Shutting down a major international airport is a strong way to get attention to a cause, that is why the HK airport has become a major site of protests. Of course it is counterproductive, hurting the business and tourist travelers who in turn support 1000's of jobs in restaurants, hotels, and other...Jump to post
The other day I saw a couple on TV, they just hit retirement age (probably 60-62) and were selling their home and packing to open a cookie shop or something like that in Japan. I must say I found the idea a bit crazy. At least they have their French pension to fall back to. It's quite common it seem...Jump to post
Airliners will still use oil for sure, there might be short haul electric planes but that's it. Cars will go mostly electric, with oil burners becoming niche. I'm quite skeptical about hydrogen. The tech will be there, but producing it, and stocking it, is a big problem. Petrochemicals are also bein...Jump to post
Obama is a politician. A good one, that managed to pass a signature legislation in his first term. There is no real incentive for him to seek power again. In France former presidents are said to be at the ready to get back in power if the "people call them". All these former presidents wer...Jump to post
I'm sure watching conventions of fringe GOPers is all fun and games. In fact I've already seen videos of them, with nazi salutes, or pastors advocating massacring the gays, etc. About the Mediterranean, the problem isn't saving lives, the problem is picking up people a few miles from Libya, and then...Jump to post
Was it an emergency landing, or a normal landing gone wrong ?Jump to post
I don't know enough to really have an opinion. Obviously what China is doing in Tibet (and now in its Muslim parts) is wrong, but that's not just letting people relocate freely to these regions. It's above all oppressing the "native" population, banning their culture, etc. If that isn't do...Jump to post
So on the one hand, the EU tells the UK that the WA is not up for re-negotiation and the only reason they grant the UK an extension to October 31st is to get the WA ratified in parliament. Yet on the other hand, I read in the Guardian article: "It was clear UK does not have another plan,” a se...Jump to post
Considering their opposition can mobilize millions upon millions of soldiers, I don't think an armed citizenry would help in this situation, unless the end goal is a massacre. What I don't understand about the situation is what does the government/China wants. If HK becomes just another Chinese city...Jump to post
ADP is a public company, but 50,6% owned by the French state. In practice it's run like a private company, AFAIK, but a number of French people don't seem to agree, as the government is planning a privatization (basically selling it to Vinci), and parliamentarians have stopped the move, calling for ...Jump to post
In the US you like to have labels for everything and everyone. When talking about neonazis, kkk members, gang members, you can actually find out people are part of a chapter, an association, something, local usually. But "Antifa" are just "antifa". Do you think one antifascist in...Jump to post
Germany has said that they would be in favor of building an EU aircraft carrier, so I don't see them opposing a carrier capability !Jump to post
About "project fear", especially from economists, I'd like them to answer with a similar list of things that Brexit will bring : what will the Pound do ? Unemployment ? Investment ? GDP ? Debt ? That way, we can confront them with it when Brexit has happened, to see who was closer to the t...Jump to post
I'll add that tariffs don't make the US more competitive. So unless you put the same tariffs on everyone else, they might not work at all. Then you have retaliatory tariffs, then when you want to export, you have tariffs on top of uncompetitive products => no buyer.Jump to post
Unless you have a decade or two in front of you, like China has, the only way to really restart coal and steel production in the US would have been to directly subsidize it. Maybe on top of the tariffs. Instead, with just the tariffs, and the bumbling policy moves, and other factors, companies just ...Jump to post
This seems like security PR without real substance. The fact that he was not charged with anything regarding possession is telling. If the thing was inert (non-functional) and there were no charges, actual missiles, or othwise hazardous materials involved, it’s far less dangerous than the thousands...Jump to post
Just look at what happened to the stock market after Trump announced a new salvo of tariffs yesterday...
And he still claims China is paying.
It's one thing to have such a policy, but at least own it. There is always the possibility he doesn't understand what he's doing, of course.
About the DC-10, there was also Turkish Airlines Flight 981, and the FAA played a dodgy role back then in not grounding, and not issuing an AD, after an almost crash with the same cause.Jump to post
Rebranding might make matters worse, like if Boeing was trying to obfuscate things.Jump to post
An Iranian president said that one time (in fact there are various interpretations of what he said).
Of course since then a US president has talked about wiping half a dozen countries off the map, but who's counting ?
9 people on board should have been wearing a parachute, the aircraft was at altitude, yet none made it out. A strong giveaway that something very violent happened, probably knocking everyone unconsciousJump to post
I'm watching more and more economic programs, mostly about finance and markets, confirming that everyone has his own opinion of what's going to happen, so no surprise there. I just heard about what was done by FDR in the early 30's : he had the government buy back loans from banks, and changing the ...Jump to post
This thread wasn't ambitious enough, I propose to use the ISS instead !
I think someone has already worked on the idea to put it in Lunar orbit.
You're talking about countries with a million times less guns than the US...Jump to post
UK always talking about their deficit in trade against EU27. How big is this today if you include services like financial services? I for example works for a big international company that has a office in London aónly to be close to financial markets. Now there is considerations that another one in...Jump to post
Personally I think there is no majority. A vote of confidence should have been called before BoJo was allowed to go see the Queen.Jump to post
French people are not considered very patriotic, and don't consider themselves such either. People usually don't own French flags, for example. Until recently when we were invited to display one after the 2015 terrorist attacks (I still don't own one). I can't imagine French politicians accepting so...Jump to post
Becoming rich and buying a ticket for space is probably much easier now than becoming an astronaut, anyway.
When Mars One asked for candidates for a dubious one-way trip to Mars, more than 200 000 people expressed interest, that's not a small number.
The concept of the shuttle is now proven to be a bad idea. SpaceX (and others) provide true reusability of ALL components, and will get people in orbit/to the ISS.Jump to post
Yeah it doesn't make sense, especially considering the four contracts are not for things you get right away, services and maintenance is over a period of time, you're not going to pay for that in advance, at most agree a price.Jump to post
You send the bare shuttle in orbit (well not bare, but with everything it needs, and all the fuel possible, and the crew), then you find a way to send an external tank in orbit (strap 4 or 6 boosters to it ?) and assemble the two, and that should do it. The real question is why ? The Shuttle is a sp...Jump to post
Those peace loving Iranians seized two British oil tankers today. Seems to be retaliation for those peace loving British seizing an Iranian tanker. Complying with EU sanctions. The British vessels are not violating any known sanctions. With the seizure of multiple vessels and the shooting down of a...Jump to post
People complaining about cruiseships should think about the internet. Particularly streaming (movies and music) already today is responsible for more pollution than all airplanes of the world together. And internet streaming is by far the fastest raising single source of pollution worldwide. Stream...Jump to post
How do these resorts even survive? At its worst, SSH seats were down 80% from their recent peak, and they're still a fraction of what they were only a few years ago. They survived by lowering prices and trying to hold expecting for better times, some properties exchanged hands and some local promot...Jump to post
The dispute doesn't include China or Russia, so they were violating someone's airspace anyway. You might argue the US is doing the same because it doesn't claim the contested islands it flies over, but at least the US does this for the benefit of the claimant countries (I still think it shouldn't re...Jump to post
A war was fought long ago over Crimea, after that it was pretty obvious that nobody would want to fight there, especially since Ukraine isn't part of NATO. The Baltic states are another story. I really can't imagine Putin invading them, too much hassle for nothing to gain, and even if it killed NATO...Jump to post
Cruise ships are polluting monstrosities. If they are going to make them, the least they can do is pack as many rooms into the footprint as possible. This. Cruise ships pouring far more pollution into Europe’s air than road vehicles, study finds Luxury cruise giant Carnival claimed to be among bigg...Jump to post
Interesting theory heard on Channel 4. ERG and brextremists are fine with the WA, because that delivers Brexit, and after that, they can go for a minimalistic trade deal with the EU. However to be able to attain that goal, they needed to get rid of May, who wouldn't have gone with the plan. So now B...Jump to post
Here a basic unlimited cable or DSL broadband connection is about 20€/month. With TV and unlimited phone to plenty of countries, it's 35-40€/month. With my aforementioned ISP, that is also in the mobile network business, I have a mobile plan (in fact all my family has it), with everything unlimited,...Jump to post