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by Dutchy
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Considered Selling Puerto Rico: Ex-DHS Chief says President asked ‘Can We Sell The Island?
Replies: 24
Views: 1193

Re: Trump Considered Selling Puerto Rico: Ex-DHS Chief says President asked ‘Can We Sell The Island?

Two questions:
1. If any other president, Democrat or Republican, would float such an idea, what would the reaction be?
2. For Porte Rico, wouldn't be a good time to have a referendum to succeed from the union? They aren't a state, they aren't taking really serious apparently.

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hagia Sophia to be Converted Back to a Mosque
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: Hagia Sophia to be Converted Back to a Mosque

Aesma wrote:
I'm not convinced that Erdogan is that religious, or religious at all, he just figured it was a good way to get, and keep, power, like many other right-wing politicians everywhere.


Perhaps, he is a populist after all.

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 464
Views: 18927

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

And the cost of Brexit keeps rising........ One begins to wonder when it will hit the GBP350mn mark (I cannot imagine that an emergency purchase is cheap, neither is hiring contractors who have to start ASAP). Anyway, the owner of the land must be very pleased to have such a customer. https://www.t...

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 464
Views: 18927

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

And the cost of Brexit keeps rising........ One begins to wonder when it will hit the GBP350mn mark (I cannot imagine that an emergency purchase is cheap, neither is hiring contractors who have to start ASAP). Anyway, the owner of the land must be very pleased to have such a customer. https://www.t...

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 464
Views: 18927

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

sorry, missed it, well. done Olddog

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 26617

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

Quite telling graphic: Image

source

Exponential growth:
99 days for reaching 1 million
43 days for reaching 2 million
28 days for reaching 3 million

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 464
Views: 18927

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

An interesting document emerged from the EU, it is only 34 pages, but it is a very interesting read and puts it in black and white yet again what actually will happen en the consequences of choices made by the UK and how the EU is planning to contain the worst of the consequences. "Communicatio...

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hagia Sophia to be Converted Back to a Mosque
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: Hagia Sophia to be Converted Back to a Mosque

Erdogan is a reli-nut, so this is a present for his ultra-orthodox followers. The city has a very interesting history: Istambul / Constantinople / Byzantion says it all. And is located at the border between Europe and Asia. Istambul itself is more a cosmopolitan city, much less ultra-orthodox Muslim...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Croatia and Bulgaria to join the Euro currency
Replies: 8
Views: 793

Re: Croatia and Bulgaria to join the Euro currency

They are moving ahead, good for them.

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 464
Views: 18927

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

VSMUT wrote:
and former members don't count.


Indeed, as Brexiteers say: Brexit means Brexit.

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17-trail, part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 2762

Re: MH17-trail, part 1

tu204 wrote:
ECHR has no jurisdiction in Russia and for Russians.


Not true, you can find out why on the discussion thread.

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17 trial - discussion tread
Replies: 102
Views: 4622

Re: MH17 trial - discussion tread

The trail of the family members against Russia has now been strengthened by the Netherlands joining the family members with the European Court of Human Rights. I am not sure what the status is of the case The Netherlands versus Russia in the liable-case. ECHR has no jurisdiction in Russia and for R...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 666

Re: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower

https://stadsbelangutrecht.nl/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Belle-van-Zuylen.jpg Link This 'skyscraper' Belle Van Zuylen was planned in my hometown of Utrecht. The 262meter monstrosity was canceled due to the financial crisis of 2010. With due respect, it was better disigned than the 1980 building 8-)

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 666

Re: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower

Do you think that the Indiana Tower in Indianapolis that was proposed in the early 1980's will ever be constructed. I feel that it should be built as it would be an iconic landmark and major tourist attraction for Indianapolis in the same way as the Space Needle in Seattle or the Gateway Arch in St...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 666

Re: Suggestion for Reviving Indiana Tower

WarRI1 wrote:
Just my take on it, the Washington Monument has something. A simple design.


The Washington Monument, just is another incarnation of an Obelisk, a lineage going back all the way to ancient Egypt. :flamed:

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17-trail, part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 2762

Re: MH17-trail, part 1

The Netherlands sues Russia for a human rights court to take down MH17 The cabinet decided on Friday to take Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) because of the downing of MH17 in July 2014. With this, the Netherlands supports the individual complaints that are pending here, it is r...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 464
Views: 18927

Re: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal

The Brexit negotiations are dead, long live the Brexit negotiations.

Does anyone seriously believe that the upcoming hard Brexit is the end-stage? Or perhaps some believe that the hard Brexit will be ended by a new EU membership..... :D

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part IX: Final rush to No Deal
Replies: 464
Views: 18927

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

Olddog wrote:
The government in London is focused on what will be the real economic war between the City and the EU.

It is understandable because it is most of ht UK GDP.....


And given that some of the strongest Brexit-backers, came from the City. In general, Brexit will be a bad deal for the City.

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 51063

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Which is typically Dutch, envious of others pay. I do not subscribe to that point of view. I think it has more to do with a sense of fairness. We'll see what happens in the end, it just doesn't have a great ring to it when these kinds of signals come from the workforce, given the situation KLM is in.

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 51063

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

As far as I understood, the government wants both. Certain salaries need to reduce by at least 20% and as a whole KLM needs to reduce costs with 15%. And the first part is what agitates the unions and I see their point. There can still be some discussion how that 20% is divided between the multiple...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90516

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

It seems that the UK is learning from the EU in how to deal with small trading partners in fish. UK's distant waters fishing fleet wants to leverage UKs position as net importer of fish from Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroes in order to gain access to their fishing grounds....As such they s...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 51063

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Not only Air France is having trouble with it's staff, the KLM staff can also be an obstacle in the recovery. As we all know, KLM is being bailed out by the Dutch government, 3,4bn Euro's in their case. In exchange for this, they asked a reduction in the operation cost of 15%. So we are talking abo...

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1463
Views: 280002

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

I haven't watched this thread too closely, I am afraid. Is there any update about the 777-8? It must be in the danger zone right now.

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 51063

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Not only Air France is having trouble with it's staff, the KLM staff can also be an obstacle in the recovery. As we all know, KLM is being bailed out by the Dutch government, 3,4bn Euro's in their case. In exchange for this, they asked a reduction in the operation cost of 15%. So we are talking abou...

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM - Master Thread
Replies: 327
Views: 51063

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

Some AF A380s at LDE along with some other big boys. https://scontent-vie1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/107378312_2953125288149108_5295421695195592256_n.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_sid=07e735&_nc_ohc=DhbQAGhIwVEAX_SgSev&_nc_ht=scontent-vie1-1.xx&oh=d53747e47cd5715357de6c981c8be4b1&oe=5F29DFF...

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

I don't even know if there is a source on difficulty of getting visas to countries. Ok, so you don't know, yet you state it as an almost fact. Right, good for you to admit that you should not do that. Although it is not a great situation for your friends, but it is still anecdotal evidence, we do n...

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

tu204 wrote:
Probably the hardest out of developed countries.


Anecdotal evidence is no evidence. So please provide a reliable source that proofs: Russia is a developed country and that it is the hardest out to get a visa. out of all developed countries or both are not a fact, just speculation on your part..

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

Not really interested in your links. I am sure I can find one kr two from the Central News of the DPRK that says they are the best at everything in the world, just don't feel like wasting my time. I know you are not interested in international comparison, in independent research etc. Mostly because...

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

That is a very good question indeed, and a question that needs to be answered. If she just stole some documents in the hope on asylum, it is possible. Than again, Occam razor learns us, that we need to seek the explanation with the least guesswork. And in this case, well..... how likely would it be...

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

No, that is simply a false statement, let me give you yet again independent research why it is a false statement. There are no absolutely independent sources. This source primarily caters to the audience in Western countries. Hence, it's possible that some findings will be way off what all of us se...

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by Dutchy
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

It's Russia, US, EU - Democracies or regimes. Pick what definition you want. Not one or the other. Russia has much more traits of a democracy than say the US. No, that is simply a false statement, let me give you yet again independent research why it is a false statement. http://graphics.eiu.com/up...

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by Dutchy
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

More likely knowing she would get asylum and wouldn't be extradited from Russia.... Of course, she wouldn't, the Putin regime would be more than willing to welcome her with open arms. Not in the last place to have a little publicity triumph. So just like the Trump and Obama regimes welcoming and gi...

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by Dutchy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SCOTUS unanimous: electors must vote how states want them to
Replies: 56
Views: 2369

Re: SCOTUS unanimous: electors must vote how states want them to

No matter how little sense the EC makes, it will not be changed any time soon, why would you change a system which got you elected in the first place?

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by Dutchy
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia
Replies: 31
Views: 1386

Re: WV Woman Rushes to Mexico with Secret Gov't Docs — Seeks Asylum in Russia

More likely knowing she would get asylum and wouldn't be extradited from Russia.... Of course, she wouldn't, the Putin regime would be more than willing to welcome her with open arms. Not in the last place to have a little publicity triumph. But perhaps her papers would be of some interest or she w...

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by Dutchy
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90516

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

It takes time to move the business. It's not like pulling a switch and everything goes smooth. This kind of transfers need time as one cannot make mistakes. Once the regulation was final, everything was set in motion, but lead times are long for migrating the volume of trades we're talking about he...

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by Dutchy
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90516

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

The EU has been warning banks and investment firms for four years now. Banks etc. have been making plans. It is still legal for individuals and companies to use London. I suspect even last minute plans will allow time for those services which need to be moved to do so and give them a few more month...

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by Dutchy
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90516

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

We’re reaching the point where the EU would be better off quietly securing its interests and letting the other side be the empty vessels that make the most noise. :checkmark: This is what is happening anyway, in the real world at least. Not nearly enough, though. You would think three years is plen...

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by Dutchy
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A message to those who are feeling down
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: A message to those who are feeling down

Nice sentiment indeed, don't get me wrong, but a bit odd try to give life advice to adults. Anyhow, if your dream is to fly commercial airliners for Delta, good, go for it and hopefully, you will get there. That isn't a dream Covid took away, aircraft type, well that is another story. More important...

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by Dutchy
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Orders
Replies: 32
Views: 8497

Re: Emirates Orders

Gosh, it's been maybe a week since the last EK thread has been going around? Do we really need another thread where the A380 can be bashed, the 77X trashed, and EK's practices smashed. Right now EK is vigorously negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing, probably more with Airbus as the first 779 is ...

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by Dutchy
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Orders
Replies: 32
Views: 8497

Re: Emirates Orders

Gosh, it's been maybe a week since the last EK thread has been going around? Do we really need another thread where the A380 can be bashed, the 77X trashed, and EK's practices smashed. Right now EK is vigorously negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing, probably more with Airbus as the first 779 is ...

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Orders
Replies: 32
Views: 8497

Re: Emirates Orders

Would the 777x be in danger with Emirates? Still lot's of capacity coming in,

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Orders
Replies: 32
Views: 8497

Re: Emirates Orders

According to news reports Emirates wants to cancel their final 5 A380s. Bit tricky negotiating that with Airbus though since those are also the final 5 A380 and remarketing them would be difficult. Have the first metal been cut already? Probably, and if so, I agree, quite impossible for Airbus to f...

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: El Al temporarily ceases ops
Replies: 37
Views: 15640

Re: ELAL temporarily ceases ops

Don't know if it is considered a political post, but just wanted to ask this one. El Al is used by the military to haul a lot of vital goods from the US to Israel. Can Israel afford to lose El Al? And if not, can we expect a bailout soon, like it has happened in a number of European cases? El Al jus...

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 130
Views: 6515

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Those Mercedes seem to have the edge this season. That innovation with the stearingwheel and adjusting the tire / suspention settings seem to do the job well. You got to love the loopholes in the regulations.

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence
Replies: 2489
Views: 90516

Re: Brexit Part 8: the UK government saying what I want is full access and divergence

The first face-to-face talks didn't open up anything. Next round is scheduled in London next week. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jul/02/brexit-talks-break-up-early-over-serious-disagreements-michel-barnier And nothing will come of these talks. One party wants a unicorn and the other par...

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by Dutchy
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dramas on South China Sea (China PR vs Vietnam, Phillipines, Malaysia, Taiwan ft the USA)
Replies: 28
Views: 1401

Re: Dramas on South China Sea (China PR vs Vietnam, Phillipines, Malaysia, Taiwan ft the USA)

South China Sea is a political mess. All those countries claim lots of territory claims and then there is China, now claiming over 90% of it. Perhaps this new thread from China might bring the other nations together to reach an agreement. During my student years, I developed a simulation game about ...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 130
Views: 6515

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Well b an interesting season, indeed. Looking forward to the race.

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin to host Russia WWII parade ahead of key vote
Replies: 60
Views: 2673

Re: Putin to host Russia WWII parade ahead of key vote

The ratio between the two is off in Russia, which raises questions, Occam's razor concludes that Russia is fidgeting the figures. Not really. There are a few other countries with a similar ratio. Saudi, Chile, Turkey, Singapore just to name the first I found when skimming the list. Russia was hit l...

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by Dutchy
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Putin to host Russia WWII parade ahead of key vote
Replies: 60
Views: 2673

Re: Putin to host Russia WWII parade ahead of key vote

Two questions: > how is the Russian health care system overall performance compared to the Netherlands. The number of hospital beds or nurses or doctors actually says nothing at all about their performance. So presented numbers here are misleading. > how come WTO does question the numbers and remem...

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