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by Kiwirob
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada
Replies: 63
Views: 2349

Re: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada

The discussion of USA vs. Canada as to guns here is a foolish distraction from the need deal with the horror of this terrorist act. We will never fix our obsession with guns in the USA until there is a radical cultural change which I doubt will happen in the foreseeable future. We should pay more a...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada
Replies: 63
Views: 2349

Re: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada

If you start looking at polls at lot of Americans are in favor of amending the 2nd, it makes sense to do it, so no I don't for 1 minute think the vast majority of American disagree with me. Funnily enough it also appears that a huge number of Americans don't even know what the 2nd is. https://www.wa...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada
Replies: 63
Views: 2349

Re: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada

As I have said gun laws only keeps guns out of the good guys hands not the bad guys. The problem is most of the guns bad guys have are stolen from good guys. If the good guys don't have easy access to weapons then the supply for bad guys will also reduce. Limit the circulation of certain types of w...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada
Replies: 63
Views: 2349

Re: Mass Shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada has stricter gun laws than the U.S. It is illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. The country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks to purchase a weapon. This just sho...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to do About Russia?
Replies: 65
Views: 2340

Re: What to do About Russia?

Read the article I linked, Russia can keep this up for longer than Saudi can.

Russia is a diversified economy, oil is only part of it. Saudi Arabia on the other hand has almost nothing else. s

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to do About Russia?
Replies: 65
Views: 2340

Re: What to do About Russia?

I would say the one component of oil production that Russia should have built more of internally and absolutely wishes they had now, is storage. How long can they sell at a negative? Tugg According to this article Russia we all appear to have the per barrel price Russia and Saudi can sustain wrong....

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to do About Russia?
Replies: 65
Views: 2340

Re: What to do About Russia?

Oil will never leave the picture, we rely on oil for more than just fuel for transport. At least in my industry sanctions have been a boon for Russian industry. They are building a lot of components which they had never built in Russia in the past, when sanctions drop there won't be a market in Rus...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52287

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

It’s not really a horrible day, it’s been expected for the better part of the last decade, eventually the money tap was going to turned off. It's a damn horrible day for the 10,000+ staff members who will probably wake up unemployed. I was about to say the same thing. Terrible news for all the staf...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52287

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

Really horrible day for Australian aviation. Hoping there may be some light at the end of the tunnel, I have many friends who are proud VA workers that are incredibly sad to see this happen. It’s not really a horrible day, it’s been expected for the better part of the last decade, eventually the mo...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to do About Russia?
Replies: 65
Views: 2340

Re: What to do About Russia?

When oil isn't in the picture anymore...things will change. Oil will never leave the picture, we rely on oil for more than just fuel for transport. That is true, but with lot less demand prices will fall and in the end Russia's cost for extracting it is more expensive than the Middle East, so for R...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to do About Russia?
Replies: 65
Views: 2340

Re: What to do About Russia?

Both China and Russia has sold their economical success to its people as a reason to accept less transparency and undemocratic system. With Covid we see the weakness of such system. The reaction is always to avoid telling the whole truth in order to protect the political system. Covid might be the ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to do About Russia?
Replies: 65
Views: 2340

Re: What to do About Russia?

When oil isn't in the picture anymore...things will change. Oil will never leave the picture, we rely on oil for more than just fuel for transport. At least in my industry sanctions have been a boon for Russian industry. They are building a lot of components which they had never built in Russia in ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 177
Views: 12006

Re: New Air Force One

In-flight refueling is for short range aircraft, to allow them to be ferried or get to and back from their intended assignments. AF1 has no actual need for it. Tugg I know plenty of C-5, KC-10, and B-52 crew that would disagree. That has more to do with MTOW and useful payload. What's interesting a...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Retread Tires on Super Singles of Large Trucks
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Retread Tires on Super Singles of Large Trucks

You already asked this question.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Apr 16, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City

It looks like the offspring Of a mating between The Shard and The Empire State Building.

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6809

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

These 5 millions (if true) mainly spread to the rest of China so that doesn't make a lot of sense. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. When it comes to China you absolutely better assume there is malice behind it. China is not the worlds friend. Are you a CCP ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6809

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Anyone else a China apologist? Tell me, where did this virus originate? There is a reason why China is (once again, now that there is int'l attention on them) banning "wet markets". In 6 months, when the world has "moved on", they will re-open them. At which point ANOTHER "...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Apr 12, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Sir Stirling Moss
Replies: 12
Views: 810

Re: RIP Sir Stirling Moss

ltbewr wrote:
He is probably one of the greatest drivers of the era he drove and fortunate enough to die of old age, not in a crash. His part in motor racing history well recorded.


He almost died in a crash, he was in a coma, it ended his career.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll Americans turning against trump
Replies: 55
Views: 2359

Re: Poll Americans turning against trump

We’re a nation of States with limited sovereignty among said States. Nothing daft about it. If the electoral college was proportional not winner takes all (like a couple of the states now have) the outcome would be a much better reflation of the will of the people than what you have today. Only tha...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll Americans turning against trump
Replies: 55
Views: 2359

Re: Poll Americans turning against trump

The polls all had Hillary winning. But I know people rarely ever learn from their past mistakes. I'm sure the left will cook up another Boogeyman that stole the election from them. She did win, it's just your daft undemocratic electoral college system that denied her the presidency. We’re a nation ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll Americans turning against trump
Replies: 55
Views: 2359

Re: Poll Americans turning against trump

TTailedTiger wrote:
The polls all had Hillary winning. But I know people rarely ever learn from their past mistakes. I'm sure the left will cook up another Boogeyman that stole the election from them.


She did win, it's just your daft undemocratic electoral college system that denied her the presidency.

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 302
Views: 39286

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2020

... acting during the downturn rather than waiting until the market has returned in 5-10 years and we in the same dilemma we were in Dec-Feb. Even if the above points don't actually eventuate, there's an unprecedented amount of uncertainty, so it's reasonable for AIAL to have halted the second runw...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Navy may reinstate fired Captain of Navy Carrier
Replies: 126
Views: 6339

Re: LISTEN-Sailors Yell Profanities At Trump’s Acting Navy Secretary As He Slammed Fired Captain: “He Was Trying To Help

This digital age of young adults are more in touch with themselves any of us ever were And that’s all they’re in touch with—they’re selfish, oafish selves. Didn’t they read the part about Service Before Self, which is bedrock military ethic? That doesn't work today, either the military shapes up an...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6809

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Interesting article about Trump and his China policy from the liberal magazine "The atlantic" https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/consider-possibility-trump-right-china/609493/ One important thing in this article, aside from the fact that its true those who hate Trump are ju...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6809

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

China should be held accountable for all the disruption and deaths etc that this pandemic has caused. Because they are also benefiting from it is all the more reason to penalise them more including reparations, tariffs, asset seizures, moving manufacturing to other countries etc. The CCP needs to g...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Random Good music from Youtube
Replies: 49
Views: 2509

Re: Random Good music from Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUWvKDf3g5Y


Same cover, same Beck, completely different take on the same song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHHY3eRUMsM
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ER757 wrote:
OK, one more Beatles cover - this one just brings tears to my eyes it's so beautiful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUWvKDf3g5Y


Same cover, same Beck, completely different take on the same song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHHY3eRUMsM

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by Kiwirob
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Random Good music from Youtube
Replies: 49
Views: 2509

Re: Random Good music from Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFxOaDeJmXk


That’s an awesome version, this one runs it close for awesome cover status

https://youtu.be/ilgbWaG7G0Q
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ER757 wrote:
One of the greatest covers ever done - have watched it countless times and it never gets old

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFxOaDeJmXk


That’s an awesome version, this one runs it close for awesome cover status

https://youtu.be/ilgbWaG7G0Q

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by Kiwirob
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6809

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

A bit of whataboutism here, the US isn’t a paragon when it comes to environmental regulations and your entire economy is built on printing money and increasing the debt ceiling, that’s hardly stable or economically prudent. Anyone else a China apologist? Tell me, where did this virus originate? The...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirBaltic going all Airbus A220 - smaller carrier
Replies: 83
Views: 13382

Re: AirBaltic going all Airbus A220 - smaller carrier

"In an interview with LETA, the chief executive officer of Latvian airline airBaltic Martin Gauss said that the airline will fly with a reduced fleet after the Covid-19 crisis and only with Airbus aircraft." In other words, growth will be slower. Lightsaber Growth isn't a problem for most...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6809

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

China needs to be reeled-in; not a war, but a unilateral international response to their unsustainable growth, lax environmental regulations, etc. A bit of whataboutism here, the US isn’t a paragon when it comes to environmental regulations and your entire economy is built on printing money and inc...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?
Replies: 158
Views: 6809

Re: Could we be headed for WW3 over Covid19?

Many on the left like this and some in the right, and if anyone questions this, all of the sudden is to be vanished and labeled some fancy derogatory term. Abbott of Australia says the lockdown will last 6 months. I see only right wing and far right leaders in that list... It’s not 2015, It’s been ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Apr 02, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: France, Germany, and United Kingdom confirm first successful INSTEX transaction with Iran bypassing US sanctions
Replies: 19
Views: 1247

Re: France, Germany, and United Kingdom confirm first successful INSTEX transaction with Iran bypassing US sanctions

Excellent step in the right direction. INSTEX has been a long time in the making. https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo/status/1244902540812189697?s=20 I hope this is opened up to more countries, hopefully if breaks the US owned Swift stranglehold. It’s ridiculous that EU banks are beholden to the US an...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66552

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

They can’t be - they are a permanent UNSC member, just like the US and Russia. None of these countries are ever held accountable for anything. It is unrealistic to expect accountability from the major powers that decide how the world runs. You might want to ask the Russians about that, if you hadn’...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is there a chance for some holidays in August?
Replies: 25
Views: 1118

Re: Is there a chance for some holidays in August?

After a few months in solitary confinement with my wife and kids I’m not sure I want to spend 3-4 weeks on holiday with them.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66552

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

During today's Coronavirus press conference (March 31st), Dr Birx basically stated that China lied. She said that when she and her collegues were looking at the developments in China, they thought this was an Ebola type of situation because of the low reported numbers. If her and Dr Fauci thought s...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66552

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

A study places the mortality rate of COVID-19 at 0.66% Findings Using data on 24 deaths that occurred in mainland China and 165 recoveries outside of China, we estimated the mean duration from onset of symptoms to death to be 17·8 days (95% credible interval [CrI] 16·9–19·2) and to hospital dischar...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163026

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Yes, viruses love dense population. I fear what may happen in India. India is massively overpopulated, losing a few thousand isn’t going to make any difference at all. It would probably take the deaths of millions to make much of an impact. I honestly don't know what to answer to that. I'm speechle...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163026

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

FYI City of Detroit has a heatmap showing hotspots within the city https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-health-department/programs-and-services/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19#vizContainer MI-Oakland County has a dashboard. They are supposed to report by the ZIP Code starting today. ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020
Replies: 480
Views: 41393

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - March 2020

And as for a second runway at AKL - that's now pie-in-the-sky for the foreseeable future. AIAL will have many more pressing concerns for a good number of years (like how to balance the books) than worrying about mega-dollar investments. And don't hold your breath for a new terminal either: that wil...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163026

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Imagine what could have been accomplished if the WHO were a functioning, uncompromised organization, and there was unity and leadership in the west - we’d have a consistent global containment and mitigation effort and be halfway to nipping this thing in the bud by now. Unfortunately, such will neve...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you know Sign Language?
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Re: Do you know Sign Language?

I tried learning, until I realized that American Sign Language is different from Spanish Sign Language (you'd think it would be universal...). Only got as far as learning the alphabet and numbers, and now I've forgotten it. You’d also think all the English speaking countries would share the same si...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163026

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

If this news is true we humans might as well seal goodbye kiss to earth ! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8163761/Chinese-markets-selling-bats.html Can you guys think of any solution to fix this? A new round of infections is what these idiots need before they stop these markets. It would p...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163026

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

You guys do know that the next time (and their will be one) a lethal viral menace to make the rounds in the near future will be put on steroids, right? In case you are missing my point, the next time will be marshal law total lockdown and a home-by-home visit by medical techs to gauge your vitals.....

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by Kiwirob
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163026

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

So, I have been reading the news, but no real useful information was there. What is the prevalence of COVID-19 in each country? How likely is covid 19 to kill you, if you are infected? I would be satisfied just with the prevalence numbers. That would allow us to determine if COVID 19 is dangerous, ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla model Y
Replies: 53
Views: 2200

Re: Tesla model Y

Who keeps a car long enough to need to change the automatic transmission fluid? Who buys a car with an automatic transmission? :yuck: :vomit: :biggrin: The vast majority of Americans. I have both, auto in the big car and manual in the small one. The auto in the big car is a twin clutch unit with pa...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla model Y
Replies: 53
Views: 2200

Re: Tesla model Y

Why do manufactures require different maintenance intervals for different regions? In the USA the "norm" I have seen is "Maximum 10,000 miles/16,000 km" and often the maintenance is to be sooner (5-7000) as that is the max. For example: https://www.mazdausa.com/siteassets/pdf/ow...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla model Y
Replies: 53
Views: 2200

Re: Tesla model Y

Aesma wrote:
I'm not sure what point you're trying to make Kiwirob, but it seems like you hit the nail on the wrong end. Upgrading an older car to get the latest tech for 2500$ is something totally unheard of, and a great thing Tesla is doing.


I’d rather buy a new car.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla model Y
Replies: 53
Views: 2200

Re: Tesla model Y

They will start by stealing the top 1 million units per year in terms of profit margin. Hence the truck. The truck in its current form isn’t going to pass pedestrian safety standards in most parts of the world, it’s also too big for markets outside of North America, I fail to see how much of an imp...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163026

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

http://ucrtv.com/royal-palace-confirms-queen-elizabeth-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/ Royal Palace confirms Queen Elizabeth tests positive for coronavirus With an age of 93 years....This is not good, also it seems she has no other high risk factors. Let us say it on this way; Charles has now a goo...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla model Y
Replies: 53
Views: 2200

Re: Tesla model Y

I have a 2019 RAV4. It actually has all the safety features that friend's 3 has. The difference, Toyota as the features controls and indicators scattered all over the place, 15 or more buttons and lights from my knees to the center panel to the dashboard. And NO updates - it will be out of date in ...

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