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by DTVG
Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin now clearly in the minority
Replies: 38
Views: 2237

Re: Putin now clearly in the minority

First of all, United Russia's election results do not equal Putin's approval ratings. Look at historical opinion polls for that. Anyone that claims that is trying to throw in propaganda or is simply incompetent. Secondly, United Russia's election results of nearly 50% pretty much match public opini...

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by DTVG
Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nation Building
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Nation Building

I don’t view Germany after WW2 as nation building. The whole idea of Germany as a nation (yes with somewhat different borders), institutions and even democracy (for a short period after WW1) already existed. Additionally you had multiple German intellectuals which already discussed the German nation...

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by DTVG
Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nation Building
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Nation Building

Well for one Nation Building is something that takes generations. For people who have lived in a completely different systems for decades, to develop an identity for a new nation and understand how separation of power, democracy or basic human rights work (because that is what the West generally pus...

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by DTVG
Tue Aug 17, 2021 2:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43898

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

This is the point where External Operations (Ex-Ops) attacks, or proliferation of same to other groups willing to conduct Ex-Ops (read: Terror Attacks!) on US or allied interests at home and abroad become a terminal and viable threat. Personally I never thought islamic terrorism per se to be an exi...

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by DTVG
Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43898

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

By initiating an exit from Afghanistan, Trump did what previous administrations refused to do because nobody wanted to (and apparently some still don’t want to) admit that the whole Afghanistan expedition was doomed from the beginning. By negotiating a “peace” deal, or whatever one may call it, the ...

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by DTVG
Thu Jul 22, 2021 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SUV Illegally Enters United States From Canada
Replies: 23
Views: 1974

Re: SUV Illegally Enters United States From Canada

Time to build a beautiful wall on the US-Canada border

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by DTVG
Mon Jun 28, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Doctor Tried To Talk Me Out Of Getting A COVID Vaccine
Replies: 104
Views: 8685

Re: My Doctor Tried To Talk Me Out Of Getting A COVID Vaccine

In the end everybody should decide himself whether he takes the shot. As a young person the risk of having serious effects from COVID is very low and with more and more people vaccinated, you can “freeride” on herd immunity. But the more people who do this, the less well it works. Agree, that is th...

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by DTVG
Mon Jun 28, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Doctor Tried To Talk Me Out Of Getting A COVID Vaccine
Replies: 104
Views: 8685

Re: My Doctor Tried To Talk Me Out Of Getting A COVID Vaccine

I don’t see why you should change your GP. I do find it strange that she is against your mother and grandmother being vaccinated, but simply being against the vaccination doesn’t make you some kind of wingnut. I have quite a few respectable friends who work as doctors or in the pharmaceutical indust...

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by DTVG
Mon May 24, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32980

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

Lol, seizure of foreign assets and terrorist state. A lot of talk... Don't remember anything like that happening when Russia poisoned Skripal on NATO soil or the the recent revelations regarding the explosions in the Czech Republic... The US has no real interest in being involved in this mess and th...

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by DTVG
Mon May 24, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO
Replies: 261
Views: 32980

Re: Belarus intercepts Ryanair flight from ATH to VNO

EU officially calling it a hijack now in a statement from Von der Leyen. a) What Lukashenko has learned from Putin is that the EU is a toothless organisation. b) There will be a discussion and maybe some sanctions from the EU and US and that's it. At this point Lukashenko hardly cares and honestly ...

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by DTVG
Mon May 10, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Who knows, maybe AZ will have something good in 2022 and 2023… since AZ doesn´t work on mRNA vaccines as far as we know ..... Just shows how decision making at the EU is made. yup, "this companies reliability killed thousands of people in the EU, we won´t risk that again" is the sort of c...

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by DTVG
Sun May 09, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China and biological warfare story
Replies: 170
Views: 14336

Re: China and biological warfare story

Ok, as I said I’m not a big fan of the whole lab theory, but I found the article interesting.

What is your opinion about the subsection “Comparing the Rival Scenarios of SARS2 Origin” in the article?

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by DTVG
Sun May 09, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Wait till the modalities and consequences of the EU lawsuit against them are fully understood... Not only their corporate reputation is completely trashed by their scandalous behaviour, also their balance sheet: the EC will make sure it really hurts. All for the sake of a few tens of millions of ja...

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by DTVG
Sun May 09, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

The next next AZ shareholder meeting could be fun :D Wait till the modalities and consequences of the EU lawsuit against them are fully understood... Not only their corporate reputation is completely trashed by their scandalous behaviour, also their balance sheet: the EC will make sure it really hu...

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by DTVG
Sun May 09, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China and biological warfare story
Replies: 170
Views: 14336

Re: China and biological warfare story

Whatever that was is no longer there. It's still there for me? Maybe it's region blocked? I did not read the full article, it's a stretch of text longer then the combined Harry Potter works. It's final two sentences should give you an indication: The common sense perception that a pandemic breaking...

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by DTVG
Sun May 09, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 194
Views: 43948

Re: Swiss Aviation Thread - 2021

Probably because the A340 mod was planned and finalized around 2016 (?) and premium eco was not up for discussion back then. If I remember correctly the actual implementation took ages (2020) because some seats or parts or whatever were massively delayed…

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by DTVG
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?
Replies: 109
Views: 7681

Re: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?

In the end it seems that Osama Bin Laden was a true mastermind. With 9/11 he caused a reaction from the US that was much more detrimental to the nation then the attack itself. Not only did more soldiers die in Afghanistan and Iraq (if you see that campaign as an extension of the war on terror) then ...

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by DTVG
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 12141

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

Mass shootings in the US, that are not islamist inspired (i.e. the majority), seem to be socially acceptable. If the attack is somehow connected to islamists, the whole nation goes crazy, every agency sends its incompetent bureaucrats (or special agents, because that sounds better) to the scene, and...

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by DTVG
Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are things once again heating up in Ukraine ?
Replies: 71
Views: 6934

Re: Are things once again heating up in the Ukraine ?

It is frightening how much the EU is dependant on Russia. You could turn that around: it’s frightening how much Russia is dependant on Europeans buying their gas. But while the EU is (slowly) moving away from fossil fuels, the same can not be said for Russia. There's always energy hungry China. So ...

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by DTVG
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

It all feels rather tenuous and political in nature at the moment and more about deflecting attention away from how the centralised EU vaccine program is very very poorly managed. Correct. The incompetent EU had one major chance to show how marvelous their whole centralized project is and they scre...

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by DTVG
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine
Replies: 119
Views: 10321

Re: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine

Absolutely correct to reject the vaccine. Would you want to be implanted with a 5G chip and be controlled by Bill Gates/Soros and Co?

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by DTVG
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Making numbers is good and all that but you're ignoring the elephant in the room. How do you vaccinate people that don't want to be vaccinated? (not with what you have available, at least). https://www.europe1.fr/societe/covid-pourquoi-lastrazeneca-est-il-un-vaccin-boude-par-les-medecins-4025998 ht...

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by DTVG
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Wow, in France and Germany there is an incredibly low uptake of the AZ vaccine: https://www.ft.com/content/767fdd85-5329-479d-b565-4ec85d28b492 After battling with AstraZeneca over shipment delays, and even casting doubt over its Covid-19 jab’s efficacy, EU countries are seeing stocks of the compan...

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by DTVG
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas governor blames Green new deal for power outage
Replies: 218
Views: 17845

Re: Texas governor blames Green new deal for power outage

Fair enough, I’m still wondering If that justifies winter proofing energy infrastructure (costwise).

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by DTVG
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas governor blames Green new deal for power outage
Replies: 218
Views: 17845

Re: Texas governor blames Green new deal for power outage

Texas is out of power due to an amazingly short sighted policy regarding grid reliability, which seems to be the guiding principle for US power grids in general and the reason why their power is about as reliable as in plenty of 3rd world nations. best regards Thomas Correct I me if I’m wrong, but ...

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by DTVG
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9168

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

So what? This is about mobility. These are two high dense cities with lots of economic ties and major tourist destinations. Southwest probably can use their planes on other routes rather than throw money at LA to the Bay area routes. Along with other airlines. COVID is changing the prospect of LA a...

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by DTVG
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU Proposes Massive Restrictions on Vegan Dairy
Replies: 80
Views: 5057

Re: EU Proposes Massive Restrictions on Vegan Dairy

Just because it is non-essential doesn't mean it doesn't have to be regulated, does it? :checkmark: Plus of course it is regulated by member states in any case, so this is just about harmonization, not the EU having a new idea..... best regards Thomas Indeed. Nobody wants to spend hours reading up ...

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by DTVG
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

I'm no supporter of the UK Government and the way it's handled the pandemic and neither am I a Brexiteer. But it seems there is a whole lot of butt-hurt in the EU because the UK chose not to partake in the EU vaccination procurement program. As a result, mostly because it was able to move quicker b...

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by DTVG
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU Proposes Massive Restrictions on Vegan Dairy
Replies: 80
Views: 5057

Re: EU Proposes Massive Restrictions on Vegan Dairy

Nothing new here, the EU is a hostage of the agricultural lobby. Just have a look how 35% of their budget goes towards farming.
It’s particularly ridiculous to see how governments subsidies (and promote) environmentally damaging and unhealthy diets, such as dairy and meat products.

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by DTVG
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

AZ signed a contract specifically stating they have no colliding obligations, I.e. they put in writing there is no contract with the UK. And that is fraud, under German law it would also be murder, under the applicable Belgium law it is apparently, and unfortunately, only manslaughter. Have you see...

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by DTVG
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1526
Views: 103378

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Interesting read: https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/the-planning-disaster-germany-and-europe-could-fall-short-on-vaccine-supplies-a-3db4702d-ae23-4e85-85b7-20145a898abd Lol especially regarding the scaleback of Pfizer (successful) to match the order for Sanofi (French). I assume that’s wha...

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by DTVG
Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GameStop Stock Fiasco
Replies: 122
Views: 6147

Re: GameStop Stock Fiasco

dtw2hyd wrote:
Robinhood didn't live up to its name, ended up robbing Paul to pay Peter.


Well that has been known for years, but some people don’t care as long as they are “commission free”.

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by DTVG
Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GameStop Stock Fiasco
Replies: 122
Views: 6147

Re: GameStop Stock Fiasco

Even better is that if people just hold on to their shares many hedgefunds will go bankrupt. :house: The fact that you’d be happy about this is frankly disturbing. There are more people on the losing end of a hedge fund imploding than just the manager, and most of them don’t drive Ferraris. Not eve...

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by DTVG
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Peak oil 2019-2020
Replies: 86
Views: 4363

Re: Peak oil 2019-2020

Once Europe has recolonialized North Africa, they will build tons of solar plants to power Europe (Electricity and Hydrogen).

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by DTVG
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How long does it take a 777 to dump fuel to reach maximum landing weight?
Replies: 11
Views: 2715

Re: How long does it take a 777 to dump fuel to reach maximum landing weight?

Any reason why fuel dumps (here and in general) seem to be conducted over uninhabited areas (or is that they just go to less busy air spaces?).

I would have said the fuel evaporates or the wind blows it far away before reaching ground in some form...

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by DTVG
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account
Replies: 208
Views: 9571

Re: Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account

Probably just big tech companies trying to please the Democrats. Highly probable that congress will crack down on them...

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by DTVG
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 65261

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

Where were all the tough guy cops from the American Action movies who protect the politicians? Have they already been defunded or this just incompetence?

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by DTVG
Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Next COVID-victim: Montenegro Airlines
Replies: 48
Views: 6357

Re: Updated: Next COVID-victim: Montenegro Airlines

An airline from a small country with a relatively impotent economy fails (after being kept alive for too long with the help of the government). Doesn’t this happen every year somewhere else...

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by DTVG
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread - 2020
Replies: 529
Views: 137506

Re: Cathay Pacific News and Discussion thread

I do think that some people will think again about visiting HK or transiting there. I also think that HK as an international finance hub has lost some appeal. That doesn't mean that Cathay won't be flying pre-Covid routes again, but the whole political events (both in HK and the general US-China ten...

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by DTVG
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German government concludes that Putin opponent Alexei Navalny was poisoned
Replies: 85
Views: 8130

Re: German government concludes that Putin opponent Alexei Navalny was poisoned

Navalny and Bellingcat get paid from the same ( convoluted path ) sources. Are you aware that Navalny was in coma? So we've been told. compare: Zitronenfalter falten Zitronen. So now I’m curious, what actually did happen to Navalny? I am open to hear a Tom Clancy version as well as a Gregor Gysi ve...

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by DTVG
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unusual places your food comes from
Replies: 17
Views: 1259

Re: Unusual places your food comes from

So what is a „usual place“ for food to come from?

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by DTVG
Sat Dec 05, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if John McCain Became President in 2000
Replies: 27
Views: 2356

Re: What if John McCain Became President in 2000

I don't know why some people see McCain as some saint. Sure, I respect him for what happened to him as a soldier in Vietnam, but overall I see him as a hawkish guy who would have started a lot of those US interventions that end up failing. As the general public wanted some kind of payback after 9/11...

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by DTVG
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Il-86 Performance
Replies: 54
Views: 10214

Re: Il-86 Performance

I have seen multiple videos/photos where Il-86 are barely able to takeoff the runway (as in post #3). I know the type doesn’t operate anymore (in civilian service), but is it even legal to push an aircraft like that? What about an engine failure? Won’t you have a really low V1 as the runway has been...

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by DTVG
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal
Replies: 136
Views: 9225

Re: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal

The swedish model, ie. making BUYING sex illegal, even abroad for our citizens, has made a real positive difference. Reading this thread is like reading something from the 1800s. A positive difference how? This interview points to a rather ambiguous outcome: https://sciencenorway.no/forskningno-nor...

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by DTVG
Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal
Replies: 136
Views: 9225

Re: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal

Swedish model. Punish the buyer. Not the seller. As a hardcore libertarian I don't agree with prostitution. It sanctions violence towards women by the state. How? It more so protects women from violence. If their profession is legally recognized, they are able to report violent offenders to the pol...

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by DTVG
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Market failures
Replies: 41
Views: 2395

Re: Market failures

Aviation causes a lot of negative externalities. Time to slap on a tax on fuel (obviously this has to be coordinated globally). Also some airports clearly have to raise usage fees in order to internalize noise externalities.

Any objections :D

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by DTVG
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 107448

Re: Official Election thread

Trump is the president that Americans deserve.

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by DTVG
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Oneworld airlines & LHR T5
Replies: 18
Views: 3142

Re: Oneworld airlines & LHR T5

Terminal 1 has been abandoned for years but not torn down, why ? I don't know but its taking up some valuable T2 area where many more planes could be parked, Virgin Atlantic could do worse. Last year (or late 2018, I need to double check), Heathrow Airport had an auction to sell the recycled aviati...

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by DTVG
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?
Replies: 40
Views: 1944

Re: Can Addis Ababa Become a World Class City?

What I see from this discussion is that the starter has a hard-on for futuristic buildings, shopping malls, monorails and airline hubs. For some reason they are are all associated with progress and a „world class city“. As others have mentioned there are „soft factors“ that may not be as visible as ...

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