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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

The Shahed 129 can return. They don't crash into the target, they fire the ordnance and return to base. Shahed 129 launches its ordnance, it does not "fire" anything. It is not a gun, it does not carry a gun. It is a copy of the US MQ-1 Predator drone which the CIA was so kind as to donat...

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: North Korea just launched a SLBM
Replies: 5
Views: 1352

Re: North Korea just launched a SLBM

How is it that conservatives can accept this? All through the 60s, 70s, 80s 90s,oughts and up until 2017 the conservatives ahd a chip on their shoulder over Korea, they were furious that each administration was so slack about punishing them. Now all at once it's "beautiful letters" and eve...

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: North Korea just launched a SLBM
Replies: 5
Views: 1352

North Korea just launched a SLBM

North Korea fires ballistic missile, possibly from submarine, days before talks. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-possibly-from-submarine-days-before-talks-idUSKBN1WG4Y5 Trump is leaving this mess for his successor to deal with after he leave...

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Robocalls
Replies: 34
Views: 3061

Re: Robocalls

I regularly get calls with a harsh rat-a-tat Chinese language voice.

Does anybody know what they're saying? I'd love to know.

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impeachment: for real this time?
Replies: 609
Views: 78063

Re: Impeachment: for real this time?

Here is an interesting thought, I wonder if Trump's threats to deny or delay funding for Ukraine's military defense by using the excuse of not going after Hunter Biden was to weaken them vs their ongoing war with Russia and allow Russia to gain control of parts of that country. Trump has a bias in ...

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bone to get hypersonic weapons
Replies: 16
Views: 9860

Re: Bone to get hypersonic weapons

An excellent mission type for hypersonics would be time sensitive targets which can appear for fleeting periods across a battlespace. The fast transit time for these weapons would allow those targets to be engaged quicker, with more chance of success or before the target disappears. Sure Ozair, exc...

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impeachment: for real this time?
Replies: 609
Views: 78063

Re: Impeachment: for real this time?

No laws need be broken for impeachment purposes. That was established in Clinton's case.

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bone to get hypersonic weapons
Replies: 16
Views: 9860

Re: Bone to get hypersonic weapons

DigitalSea wrote:
There wasn't one reference to these missiles being nuclear in the article (that I could find).

You can play word games if you chose, but targeted nations know full well that hypersonic missiles are intended for first strike use.

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by Spar
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

They look very similar to me. If not the same device then similar concept. It is obvious that the Shahed 129 drone and those two pictures are three completely different vehicles. Not even close, the sadid 345 is much smaller than the Quds 1 type rocket in the bottom picture and it has square fins m...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bone to get hypersonic weapons
Replies: 16
Views: 9860

Re: Bone to get hypersonic weapons

This strikes me as more than absurd. The B1 is obsolete and should be retired. And after all don't we still put our faith in that grand overkill policy called MAD (mutual assurred destruction) anyway? It seems that in the absence of adult supervision the DOD and Air force planners are trying to add ...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Property tax votes
Replies: 15
Views: 1558

Re: Property tax votes

Most of the time it's a landlord.........................

So it isn't people who lost their "homes".

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Property tax votes
Replies: 15
Views: 1558

Re: Property tax votes

You can tell that to the thousands of people who lose their homes to delinquent property taxes every year. That's mostly hyperbole. Can you provide proof that "thousands" of homeowners lose their homes every year? Excluding of course people who are in bankruptcy and were in the process of...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Property tax votes
Replies: 15
Views: 1558

Re: Property tax votes

Any halfway alert county supervisor would already know that any out of town rental owner would be opposed to a property tax increase of any kind for any purpose. Someone renting my property, maybe. But what about those who rent in rental developments where the property tax can be spread more evenly...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Property tax votes
Replies: 15
Views: 1558

Re: Property tax votes

We often hear about how it should be illegal to vote in two states, which makes sense and I don't argue against it. However, what if you own a home in a state and a county/state attempts a citizen vote on raising property taxes? Whether or not the home is rented, shouldn't you, as a homeowner, have...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son
Replies: 423
Views: 36759

Re: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/linds ... e-impeach/

Thanks god for that video.
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Here's a link to a story that has a great video of Lindsey Graham thanking god that there doesn't need to be a crime in order to impeach the president.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/linds ... e-impeach/

Thanks god for that video.

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US increases EU aircraft tariffs to 15%
Replies: 167
Views: 4400

Re: US Could Be Granted $8B In Tariffs Of EU Goods

Boeing is definitely subsidized. Just look at the F-15EX buy; that's nothing but a gift to Boeing. That plane is unneeded, its role could be fulfilled easily by upgrading the current fleet of F-15s. It seems like everytime I look into aviation news I see another sweetheart contract being given to Bo...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police:72yo Man Fatally Shoot Burglar Then Goes Back to Sleep
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: Police:72yo Man Fatally Shoot Burglar Then Goes Back to Sleep

Ignore the fact that the dead man was coming at him at 0500 with a pick ax. If he shot the guy after he wasn't a threat, the homeowner is up a duck's ass. Anybody walking around with a pick ax at 0500 is not up to any good. And Texas does allow deadly force to protect property. Which is exactly wha...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

The Iranians have a smart glide bomb. Four of these can be carried on a single drone. The display of the wreckage seems to show parts of these glide bombs. They look like short, stubby rockets. The four round tanks look like they were all hit by something fired from the same place. Iran is close en...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Police:72yo Man Fatally Shoot Burglar Then Goes Back to Sleep
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: Police:72yo Man Fatally Shoot Burglar Then Goes Back to Sleep

Being that it was in Texas, I'm surprised the cops weren't on his side.

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impeachment: for real this time?
Replies: 609
Views: 78063

Re: Impeachment: for real this time?

I don't know of anyone that supports what he does or is no matter what. In fact many who support him don't particularly like him. But they understand the line drawn in the sand. I think all of America retains this 'collective reputation' (in differing ways of course). Supporting (or accepting) his ...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

Why would you assume any more sophistication that simple GPS? I can program my Mavic Pro to climb to 400', four miles away, and then proceed to impact my head (within a meter) standing on the ground. All it takes is accurate coordinates and elevation. I got that from the Defense News link that Ozai...

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by Spar
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impeachment: for real this time?
Replies: 609
Views: 78063

Re: Impeachment: for real this time?

For once we agree. For very different reasons. You do not ever want to see any Republican investigated for anything at all because all Democrats are crooks and should all be removed from office and investigated. I, on the other hand, hate that the leader of the Republican party is lying and working...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Alternate History of Hillary Clinton being President
Replies: 70
Views: 4888

Re: Alternate History of Hillary Clinton being President

The ME and the economy would be the big news now. We probably would have already launched air strikes against Iran and oil would be over $100 with the Saudi oil fields ablaze. Also, the Taliban would be on the offensive after receiving weapons from Iran. The Russians would know how good their S-400 ...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impeachment: for real this time?
Replies: 609
Views: 78063

Re: Impeachment: for real this time?

The current talk on the Hill is that Trump's 'Civil War' Quote Tweet Is Actually Grounds for Impeachment,. https://www.newsweek.com/trump-civil-war-tweet-grounds-impeachment-1462044 And if not that, then his actively seeking the identity of the whistleblower is. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/us...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil Fields Attack
Replies: 100
Views: 7567

Re: Incredible footage of Iranian cruise missiles precision strike on Saudi oil refinery

Big difference between Raytheon UGM-109 and a Hezbollah Aeronautics drone. These strikes in SA did not use large warheads as found on the Tomahawk. They had enough to create the mayhem that crippled the site. The definition of a cruise missile is something un-manned and accurate. It does meet the d...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oil Fields Attack
Replies: 100
Views: 7567

Re: Incredible footage of Iranian cruise missiles precision strike on Saudi oil refinery

To the topic at hand, those strikes don't display much explosiveness. They almost look like dummy warheads igniting only what's flammable in the immediate area of contact. When you watch Russian and US cruise missile strikes you tend to see some bigger boom boom. I'm not I categorize those as cruis...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impeachment: for real this time?
Replies: 609
Views: 78063

Re: Impeachment: for real this time?

Huh, more and more inconsistencies in what is said to be known about the whistleblower report. And amazing that while the media and Democrat politicians fall all over themselves about supposed quid pro quo for the frozen aid money, NYT reported this almost a week ago... A Ukrainian official said Mr...

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by Spar
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fiery UN speech by Pakistan PM Imran Khan
Replies: 7
Views: 1088

Re: Fiery UN speech by Pakistan PM Imran Khan

I haven't watched it yet, just the bullet points, but isn't he basically saying that he has no power over anything, and that the west should solve all problems, including ones in his own country ? He does say that he wants the west to "help" them and then he harps about the interest his c...

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by Spar
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fiery UN speech by Pakistan PM Imran Khan
Replies: 7
Views: 1088

Re: Fiery UN speech by Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Still the best speech in any political forum. Bibi's calling Rouhani a wolf in sheep's clothing at the UN general assembly. Pure leadership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCDcdnEjJHA Yea right. He starts in immediately with the Zionist line: "we are an ancient people": come on, we all h...

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by Spar
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WaPo Report:Trump told Russia He's Not Concerned About Their Election Interference
Replies: 16
Views: 1531

Re: WaPo Report:Trump told Russia He's Not Concerned About Their Election Interference

Exactly, why would he be? He really is teetering on the line of traitorous behavior in my opinion. Giving aid and comfort to an avowed enemy. Bring on the inquiry and the unmasking of our Republican Super Patriots who defend him. I don't see any teetering. He is out and out cutting deals with Putin...

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by Spar
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son
Replies: 423
Views: 36759

Re: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son

The GOP is too fractured to rally around Romney. The one thing the GOP has done is destroy the tent. However Romney is a known quantity. Actually Romney is a known quantity, and he is acceptable to all Republicans who aren't religious nutcases or true lower middle class culture of mostly lower mid ...

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by Spar
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

Quoting myself: Interestingly enough, this complex at Abqaiq–Khurais is a good approximation for the defense needs of a large airbase; it's 17 mile or so perimeter is about what an airbase would need defended. Maybe the lesson to be learned from this episode is larger than just the Saudi refineries....

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump and Nobel Prize
Replies: 64
Views: 5505

Re: Trump and Nobel Prize

If there was a Nobel Prize for lying, Trump would be a slam-dunk to win it. Now there's an idea. If we could present a petition with a billion signatures maybe we could induce the Committee to award such a prize to a deserving individual. I think it's doable. Maybe half of the US, most Latin Americ...

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son
Replies: 423
Views: 36759

Re: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son

...or blissfully gleeful, as one of Putin's propaganda proponents on A.net. There is nothing Putin and his merry band of internet-posters want more than America to suffer from damages foreign relations... along with dissent and division within the nation. You are absolutely correct. I still had mha...

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son
Replies: 423
Views: 36759

Re: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son

This is not about security - this is about trust that the US government is able to keep data that is traditionally kept confidential such. Your complaint is petty and without foundation; it is nothing other than whataboutism. If you can't let go of this view any other way, then just accept that any...

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son
Replies: 423
Views: 36759

Re: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son

This coming from a guy who would crow all day long about Trump rental properties in the 1980's. Duly noted. Observing how Trump managed his real estate properties is very revealing about his (lack of) ethics. As are the facts that he stiffed numerous contractors, filed hundreds of lawsuits, cheated...

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son
Replies: 423
Views: 36759

Re: Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine’s President to Investigate Biden’s Son

mham001 wrote:
Now we learn Joe's brother came up with a $1.5 billion contract in Iraq to construct housing during Joe's tenure there and actively sold his brother's name. For sure, lots of stink around.

You forgot to mention Hillary's E-mails or even Bengazi or Vince Foster.

You're slipping.

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

Why would you assume any more sophistication that simple GPS? I can program my Mavic Pro to climb to 400', four miles away, and then proceed to impact my head (within a meter) standing on the ground. All it takes is accurate coordinates and elevation. I got that from the Defense News link that Ozai...

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

smithbs wrote:
Optical guidance requires a high-bandwidth radio channel back to the guidance personnel.

I doubt that there was anyone with a joystick nearby. My assumption is that the terminal navigation system used something similar to facial recognition software as used in cell phones.

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by Spar
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

An interesting long article from DefenseNews about the Saudi drone/missile attacks and worth a read. For me the solution to these types of events really sits with Directed Energy Weapons, which would allow a very low cost per shot, a high accuracy and likelihood of impacting damage against drone ta...

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by Spar
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

A shaped charge wouldn't likely be used to attack these kinds of tanks. What are the typical thickness of the tank walls. I would assume these are run of the mill rolled steel plates. Unless they are doubled wall, or incredibly thick, they would be susceptible to shaped charges. bt We seem to be lo...

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by Spar
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

"Single hole" sounds like shaped charge. Could be from a long range anti-tank missile or just an RPG round mounted onto a drone The fact that they have convex shape makes it look like they are pressure vessels; but still, these are different kinds of "tanks". A shaped charge wou...

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by Spar
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

A few articles from relatively creditable news and Defense sources are now emerging on this subject.. Did U.S. Missile Defenses Fail During Saudi Oil Attack? https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/did-us-missile-defenses-fail-during-saudi-oil-attack-81171 How drone attacks reveal fixable flaws with...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?
Replies: 62
Views: 14316

Re: What drones were used against Saudi Arabia?

Radar works by line of sight, so if a cruise missile flies at 100 feet off the ground (which is possible over the desert), then it is undetectable by a radar located at ground level until it is within 10 or so miles away, (also, cruise missiles are stealthy by nature). That gives less than ten minut...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 80 years since wwll and molotow ribbentrop agreement
Replies: 65
Views: 5550

Re: 80 years since wwll and molotow ribbentrop agreement

I've read that the main reason for the pact was that the USSR wasn't ready to fight Germany yet, since they were still recovering from the purge of the army's top leadership in the 1930s by Stalin. "Weren't ready to fight" , while that's true, it is also true that Stalin hoped to stay out...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If J&J Fined $572mln why is this Cong. Member Unscathed
Replies: 6
Views: 1081

Re: If J&J Fined $572mln why is this Cong. Member Unscathed

To make it clear:

The congressman, Rep. Ralph Abraham owned the two businesses (Clinic Pharmacy, and Adams Clinic Pharmacy) that sold those1,478,236 opioid doses in a town of 7,000.

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by Spar
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Contact Lenses wearers
Replies: 18
Views: 2957

Re: Contact Lenses wearers

Spar's experience is exactly the same as mine............... My belief is that it is the lens manufacturer's lawyers who have decided that we should be buying daily or monthly lenses and taking them out every night. I believe it has nothing to do with microbes. Sometime in the late 80s or early 90s...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 5 dead in West Texas shooting after traffic stop
Replies: 351
Views: 15935

Re: At least 5 dead in West Texas shooting after traffic stop

Most of those burglaries occurred when no one was home right? So if those people owned guns, guess what, now we have an unregistered gun in the hands of a criminal. How does that affect you and your families safety? Then there is the fact that living in a house with a gun increases your odds of deat...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 02, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 5 dead in West Texas shooting after traffic stop
Replies: 351
Views: 15935

Re: The Texas Special

These people don’t even care if information came from a retracted source - facts, data science, and processes mean nothing to them. It’s all about feels and emotion - their own - and nothing else. Not what’s real, not what’s good for other people or society, nada mas. Exactly, so I want this one to...

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by Spar
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 5 dead in West Texas shooting after traffic stop
Replies: 351
Views: 15935

Re: The Texas Special

You don't need to belong to a militia to own a firearm. That argument had long been settled by the SCOTUS. Anyone who can read and understand the phrase "well regulated militia" is aware that the previous SCOTUS rulings are standing on very shaky ground. Unless they want to quite dishones...

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