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by JJJ
Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 1645

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

Yes happy for them that is what they have chosen That is your own personal opinion and not one shared by all I for one am quite happy to remain in a constitutional monarchy Living in a monarchy myself, I hate the idea of someone born into royalty and are above the law purely by coincidence. The sam...

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by JJJ
Mon Nov 08, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition
Replies: 203
Views: 7723

Re: Half world’s fossil fuel assets could become worthless by 2036 in net zero transition

But, you see, I already live in the future. Most of what you write is simply factually wrong anyway. The information you seem to be exposed to in the US regarding these questions, seems to be very volored by the influence of the fossil industry. You need to move on. As I mentioned before, time will...

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by JJJ
Tue Oct 26, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices
Replies: 46
Views: 2063

Re: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices

Like I said, we need IP reform. And Europe needs to stop pouring salt on itself before it’s gonna have to import insulin at jacked up prices. Europe needs to contribute with competition and innovation, rather than shrink. Even Ethiopia makes their own insulin now. And it's not IP what drives insuli...

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by JJJ
Sun Oct 24, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices
Replies: 46
Views: 2063

Re: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices

Yes, let’s take the carrot away from the donkey. It’ll just keep moving anyway, right? And you finally get to eat the carrot. That’s not my view. The industry would shrink, as would global investment in pharmaceuticals. You’re souring the environment and that will turn it unsustainable. You get you...

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by JJJ
Sun Oct 24, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices
Replies: 46
Views: 2063

Re: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices

“ Bayrou, head of the centrist MoDem party and named by Macron last year as commissioner for long-term government planning, said the problem was a brain-drain from France to the United States. Speaking on France Inter radio, he said it was "not acceptable that our best researchers, the most br...

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by JJJ
Thu Oct 21, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dune (no spoilers)
Replies: 13
Views: 882

Re: Dune (no spoilers)

Quite enjoyed it, but then again I also enjoyed David Lynch's version. LSD and all. I started the book several times because it was laying around the house, finally succeeded at 14 or 15-ish, then re-read it a couple times when I was older (also to read it in the original English) but stopped at God...

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by JJJ
Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 367
Views: 24545

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

They can get vaccinated on their own schedule. Forcing non-employees who come on site to be vaccinated, in this market, is a very myopic policy considering the risk we've mitigated effectively for closing in, unfortunately, on 2 years. As far as transport goes, a lot of companies over here just phy...

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by JJJ
Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 367
Views: 24545

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

FWIW, according to this source, we should expect the all US businesses over 100 employees mandate in a week. https://news.yahoo.com/ups-disney-meet-white-house-152711267.html I personally think it will take longer, but only a few more weeks. What scares me is the truckers. I personally expect them ...

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by JJJ
Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread
Replies: 367
Views: 24545

Re: Covid19 - Vaccine News and discussion thread

FWIW, according to this source, we should expect the all US businesses over 100 employees mandate in a week. https://news.yahoo.com/ups-disney-meet-white-house-152711267.html I personally think it will take longer, but only a few more weeks. What scares me is the truckers. I personally expect them ...

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by JJJ
Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?
Replies: 58
Views: 2378

Re: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?

The one thing I don't understand about America is why not have a consumption tax like a Goods & Services Tax or Value Added Tax, the way Europe and many other country do it? That way you can tax the rich in other ways beside income alone. the US has sales tax and property taxes. property tax is...

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by JJJ
Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Some Observations about Greece
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: Some Observations about Greece

I knew Ford made some cars for the European market, but didn't realize how extensive the operation was. Ford's lineup in Europe is almost entirely independent from the US one and made locally (plants in Germany, Spain and Romania, used to have plants in Belgium, Portugal, France and UK as well). Th...

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by JJJ
Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Some Observations about Greece
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: Some Observations about Greece

Full electric cars were almost absent, and not nearly as many hybrids as I expected...and I was looking, since the wife and I will be in the market next year. Europe is moving at two speeds on EV adoption - Green Car Reports https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1129375_europe-is-moving-at-two-speed...

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by JJJ
Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?
Replies: 39
Views: 1969

Re: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?

Who might be remembered for their orchestral work in a few hundred years? I think it’s reasonable that we would find some of the best contemporary talent in those who work in film, so my vote is for John Williams. Adore his scores, and wonder who his cinematic successor will be. Who do you think re...

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by JJJ
Fri Sep 17, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14846

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

That's the nature of defence procurement.

Everyone plays dirty, including France.

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by JJJ
Fri Sep 10, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My business partner is buying me out and I'm lost
Replies: 9
Views: 1718

Re: My business partner is buying me out and I'm lost

If he sends you a very lowball number, offer to buy him out for that amount instead.

If everything is as you say he'll wreck the business in a painfully short time.

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by JJJ
Sun Sep 05, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

that meant they have softened (at least outwardly) a bit Yep, I mean there’s nothing like killing an eight-month pregnant policewoman to demonstrate how much the Taliban has softened. FFS man, they’re just as bad as they ever were, to think otherwise is naive in the extreme. https://www.bbc.co.uk/n...

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by JJJ
Wed Sep 01, 2021 6:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 5049

Re: Universal Healthcare

I don't have an exact number, I just going by what my friends say that live in Detroit and Buffalo and Canadian friends. But if you really want to know, from the Toronto Sun- https://torontosun.com/news/national/canadians-continue-to-leave-the-country-for-health-care-says-new-report Bit of a myth. ...

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by JJJ
Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

At some point, western military forces will go into another country, we need to identify why this disaster happened, or we will repeat it. There are many reasons, but a big part of it was refusing to ackowledge what was actually happening on the ground. I liked this piece very much, it's a longish ...

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by JJJ
Fri Aug 27, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Leon Panetta was telling CNN tonight that we'll have to 'go back into Afghanistan to get ISIS'. I wish these hawks who got us into this mess would keep their traps shut until the current evac and drawdown op is completed. https://www.news18.com/news/world/afghanistan-taliban-news-live-updates-kabul...

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by JJJ
Thu Aug 26, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Second question, we all know that the USA basic military tactic once in country is overwhelming fire support, since they have drawn down the bulk of those supports, how are they going to extend the 31st deadline without bring back more of that combat firepower? Going out into Kabul or the country s...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

If anyone still wonders why Afghan army folded so quickly they probably should just watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S84bntUzY1U&t=1s It's basically stoned teenagers only held together by a few Western soldiers. Quite painful to watch actually. That plus the Taliban's standard ...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 25, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S84bntUzY1U&t=1s

It's basically stoned teenagers only held together by a few Western soldiers. Quite painful to watch actually.
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If anyone still wonders why Afghan army folded so quickly they probably should just watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S84bntUzY1U&t=1s

It's basically stoned teenagers only held together by a few Western soldiers. Quite painful to watch actually.

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 28
Views: 1392

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

einsteinboricua wrote:
. I'm O+ so my blood is definitely in demand.


Same here, I try to donate every time I make a hospital visit for whatever reason.

Works out to maybe once a year, but it's still something.

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by JJJ
Thu Aug 19, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By US 2020 Census
Replies: 103
Views: 6111

Re: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By US 2020 Census

When I was 9 years old (1966) America had 194.3 million people. 55 years later 331,449,281. In 1965 when you were 15 miles from a city center, you had forests and farmland. Small towns. My Uncle lived about 3 miles west of MIA airport where he worked. A mile west of his house was the Everglades. We...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

I was thinking in terms of vulnerability. How many Afghan AF Tucanos have been shot down by the Taliban? The Taliban were deliberately targeting AAF pilots in assassination attempts to keep them off the air. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-pilots-assassinated-by-taliban-us-withdra...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

I couldn't see the NYT article but the ATF stats show me nothing of the sort. It shows me that, despite what movies portray, the vast majority of licensees are squeaky clean or just have minor clerical errors. You should be the ones pushing for regulation then. As it's often said in other contexts ...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

Of course the agent pursuing the case called for that, but why didn't they follow? Because even with plenty of evidence they knew the store would sue and most likely win back on appeal in a big profile public case. Laws as written make it incredibly onerous on the prosecution and it's just not wort...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

No, they don't need "accountability", they need "enforcement". Look out of the window, they're effectively unenforceable. They don't have any teeth left and have more holes than a barrel of Swiss cheese. It's not the cops or the prosecutors fault, it's like that by design. No, e...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Surely that would have been obvious from the start. Assuming that a new Taliban govt was not the objective, what was?. A large and permanent western military presence, or for them to be replaced by western contractors?. AFAIK, there were no plans for the Afghans to operate F16/AH64. If this was not...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

[ Laws that require accountability would make a difference. No, they don't need "accountability", they need "enforcement". Look out of the window, they're effectively unenforceable. They don't have any teeth left and have more holes than a barrel of Swiss cheese. It's not the co...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

The ATF keeps track of dealers who have too many "time from sale to crime" sales. Why they don't do anything about it is beyond me. Like many others have said, there's plenty of current laws that aren't enforced. Adding new ones does nothing but make officials feel good because they've &q...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

So then, what do you propose to remedy it? I've stopped lots of straw sales. The problem is that it's subjective and easier to see if you have been selling guns for awhile. See the original post you quoted. How many attentive dealers out there Vs those who don't care as long as the cash keeps flowi...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

It is good to know, there's a stable, reliable ally nearby, Pakistan. The majority Pashtuns Taliban (from area overlapping with Pakistan) have been supported by them for 30 years. As someone said, Pakistan: the only country in the world which defeated the US without fighting the US and while being ...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

I don't even know what this means. Try again. Straw purchasing happens on a massive scale yet it flies under LE radar and when caught not even prosecuted because it's too easy to walk free or just get a slap in the wrist. So then, what do you propose to remedy it? I've stopped lots of straw sales. ...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

Back to the relevant issue, why are straw purchases so prevalent? Because there are so many get out holes it's impossible to enforce. I don't even know what this means. Try again. Straw purchasing happens on a massive scale yet it flies under LE radar and when caught not even prosecuted because it'...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

It's public confidence. That's not the same as self governance. How much of that confidence comes from knowing there's a punishing authority that will catch and punish you if you break the rules. Back to the relevant issue, why are straw purchases so prevalent? Because there are so many get out hol...

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by JJJ
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Just to put a little frosting in this cake, Uzbekistan just shot down an Afghan military jet that was about to cross into their airspace. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-military-jet-was-shot-down-by-uzbek-air-defences-ria-2021-08-16/ Edit: Info on twitter that il looks like a Supe...

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by JJJ
Mon Aug 16, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

US failed with the amount of money and equipment they have. Afghanistan national army is in the same position as the US minus the equipment and funding. What make you think they can fight. You took away the air support. You taught them how to fight US style, which requires air support, they didn’t ...

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by JJJ
Sat Aug 14, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By US 2020 Census
Replies: 103
Views: 6111

Re: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By 2020 Census

Says who? Again, many countries provide A LOT of incentive to reproduce…but people evidently are weighing the value and lifestyle implications and still opting to have fewer/no children. I get what you’re saying about cost of living but you can’t force people to do something they fundamentally don’...

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by JJJ
Fri Aug 13, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

I sure hope so but you are putting the cart before the horse. Ideally I would like to have Ella French still alive. America would rather have "freedoms" than address inequality, access to education, mental health care and access to deadly weapons. Hundreds of dead kids haven't changed tha...

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by JJJ
Thu Aug 12, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

Doesn't matter the two perps that shot this officer don't follow gun laws at all. Or any law for that matter. That's right, and they will face the consequences for that. Isn't that what we all want? I sure hope so but you are putting the cart before the horse. Ideally I would like to have Ella Fren...

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by JJJ
Thu Aug 12, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

So here's the plan. Like I said before, if your gun gets stolen and used to commit a crime, you can be investigated for that crime too. How did that gun get stolen? Did you not have it secured properly? Was it not locked away? Maybe if you just left your gun laying around or left it on the passenge...

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by JJJ
Thu Aug 12, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6722

Re: The Murder of Ella French

I suppose is all about training and being reasonable. After all, gun ownership is high in Switzerland too, but deaths are much less. https://www.buzzworthy.com/switzerland-gun-laws/ https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21379912 Swiss gun laws are an interesting study. While it is easy to buy a gun the...

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by JJJ
Wed Aug 11, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Messi going to PSG
Replies: 60
Views: 3100

Re: Messi to leave FC Barcelona

. As an American and a soccer fan, I’ve always found it interesting how many Europeans are content with a structure that ensures only a handful of teams can afford the top players and have a shot at the championship at their top of their respective league structures. The balance of power between in...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Messi going to PSG
Replies: 60
Views: 3100

Re: Messi going to PSG

He gave a teary press conference, wishing he could have stayed with Barcelona Nothing stopping him from staying there. Sure he would take a massive pay cut, but he’s loaded. If he was that keen to stay there, they would have worked something out. Nope. Spanish liga rules that you can't sign a new c...

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by JJJ
Tue Aug 10, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209960

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Dieuwer wrote:
COVID deaths among kids 5- 14 years are low in comparison with drowning, vehicle accidents, homicide, cancer, etc.


If only all those causes you mentioned were as easy to prevent as COVID.

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by JJJ
Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Advanced Child Tax Credit
Replies: 23
Views: 1594

Re: Advanced Child Tax Credit

They are vote buying / breeding payments. And they are being given in an all time high income year. This is completely ludicrous and cuckoo. It is setting us up for disaster as soon as 2022. Let’s just say a lot of bass boats will be repossessed in 2022. Private security teams relating to eviction ...

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by JJJ
Sun Aug 01, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43899

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

frmrCapCadet wrote:
What we have spend in the mid-east would have brought the US infrastructure to A or A+ condition.


Raytheon, LockMart, Honeywell, etc. thank you for your service as a taxpayer.

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by JJJ
Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 12141

Re: First Repsonders Shot In Tucson

Correct. Because here in the UK we had a couple of mass shootings and realised enough was enough. Pistols were banned and regulations tightened. It’s still relatively easy to get weapons (if you can be arsed) but, as noted, very few people are interested in having them. Watching the video, no sympa...

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by JJJ
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 209960

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Using "pro-choice" slogans is definitely something coming from the US though, since here there is virtually no debate about abortion, it is easy to get, and free, since the 70's. The populist right in Europe has been cross-pollinating with the likes of Steve Bannon for a long time. They s...

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