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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 13, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks
Replies: 59
Views: 3161

Re: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks

And therein lies the problem - trying to maintain control and the spoils for one ethnic group over another. American WAS a melting pot. (Yeah I know we had some warts) When I was growing up in Northeast Ohio in the sixties, my immediate neighbors were immigrants from Russia, Lithuania, Greece, Serb...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 13, 2022 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks
Replies: 59
Views: 3161

Re: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks

And therein lies the problem - trying to maintain control and the spoils for one ethnic group over another. American WAS a melting pot. (Yeah I know we had some warts) When I was growing up in Northeast Ohio in the sixties, my immediate neighbors were immigrants from Russia, Lithuania, Greece, Serb...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 13, 2022 5:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks
Replies: 59
Views: 3161

Re: Los Angeles City Council in turmoil over recorded racist remarks

The Council will attempt to reconvene Wednesday, possibly to censure the three members cited by Biden. A Tuesday meeting was nearly derailed when a raucous crowd of protesters packed the chamber, calling for the resignation of those involved in the meeting — former City Council President Nury Marti...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 10, 2022 6:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 753
Views: 55095

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

The Germans had plans to link up a lot of smaller Norwegian towns to the rail network, they just didn’t stay in charge long enough to do it. The Norwegian govt hasn't extended the network much since WW2 ended, they decided air made more sense. Sounds exactly where we live in Norge also. It’d be gre...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 10, 2022 4:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10214

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

For those who wonder why Poland needs such a big military. Have a look at the map. The Russians are mobilizing just about 1% of their total mobilization army of around 25 million. And none of those 300,000 troops have reached the front lines yet. You could argue all day about how well equipped and ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 10, 2022 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 753
Views: 55095

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

A lot of small towns with urban rail are starting to understand the benefit. Even more towns without any transit network are probably wishing they had it. From my own experience, Amtrak Cascades service is perfect for people who need to get to a major city but don't want to or can't drive. Multiple...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 10, 2022 1:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 753
Views: 55095

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Reading stuff like that makes me feel very fortunate to live in the middle of the world's greatest urban rail network. I made three trips today totalling 28 km and spent $6. Small towns with less than 30k people don’t need urban rail, the closest train station to me is a ferry ride and 60km drive. ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 09, 2022 5:39 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10214

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

For those who wonder why Poland needs such a big military. Have a look at the map. The Russians are mobilizing just about 1% of their total mobilization army of around 25 million. And none of those 300,000 troops have reached the front lines yet. You could argue all day about how well equipped and ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Oct 09, 2022 1:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 753
Views: 55095

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

The fuel prices are so bad I bought an EV to replace our small car, my wife will use this for her daily run to work and home. This should save us close to 2000NOK per month. Reading stuff like that makes me feel very fortunate to live in the middle of the world's greatest urban rail network. I made...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Oct 08, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 753
Views: 55095

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

The fuel prices are so bad I bought an EV to replace our small car, my wife will use this for her daily run to work and home. This should save us close to 2000NOK per month.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Oct 08, 2022 1:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10214

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

johns624 wrote:
Well, two of the biggest non-aligned nations decided to align themselves with Russia and China when they formed BRIC.


It’s BRICS (S for South Africa) is not an alliance it’s an economic grouping, there’s also talk of South Korea being included.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 06, 2022 10:40 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10214

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

The cost for Poland to get armed to the teeth is far lower than the cost to rebuild just 1 city and some bridges. Who would want to mess with them if so armed, only someone crazier than Putin. I think Poland is being quite smart, they got their place in line before the backlog stretches out 5 -10 y...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 06, 2022 12:21 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10214

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

it's 1000 K2 tanks :shock: Then I'd say the ratio of helo to tanks is about right? bt its 1366 tanks, pus they will be developing the next generation of Korean tanks with Korea, so another 1000 or so will come out of that. They'll also have to buy hundreds of tank transporters, tank recovery vehicl...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 06, 2022 12:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10214

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

The thing is, Poland is a country with a population of just under 38 million and they are not a rich country. Their GDP still dwarfs the combined GDP of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. So the more I think about it, I can see them providing armor support for the Baltic state's infrantry. Don't believ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 06, 2022 12:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10214

Re: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache

This purchase makes no sense to me. Ukraine has just proven that the Russian Army can be defeated without this kind of extremely expensive weapons system. The twelve billion would better be spent on a factory that churns out modern IFVs IMO (that or drones). If they want helicopters, the money woul...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 06, 2022 6:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA Dropping Out of Top 50 Countries In Life Expectancy
Replies: 76
Views: 3855

Re: USA Dropping Out of Top 50 Countries In Life Expectancy

I believe one of the reasons we saw a decline is because we changed the way we reported infant mortality rates compared to other nations. But USA bad. Changing of the reporting statistics for infant mortality wouldn’t affect the overall life expectancy average. Infant mortality is only a fraction o...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Oct 06, 2022 6:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 108
Views: 6972

Re: Christmas Parade trial of accused murderer Darrell Brooks begins

Since we already have a thread why do we need a new one?

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by Kiwirob
Tue Oct 04, 2022 9:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is NFL getting more popular in Europe?
Replies: 78
Views: 3706

Re: Is NFL getting more popular in Europe?

There's always the rumor that the Jaguars will move to London since they are the team that plays there the most. In fact I saw them in London in 2019, my Texans won! The logistics of such a move would be killer, 9+ hour flights every other week for 1 team. Oh well, it's not like the jags ever have ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Oct 03, 2022 11:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is NFL getting more popular in Europe?
Replies: 78
Views: 3706

Re: Is NFL getting more popular in Europe?

Aesma wrote:
I'm not sure who the target audience is. Rugby fans ?


Not rugby fans, we generally have a bit of a laugh at the NFL.

I’ve never seen any mention of NFL in Norway in 16 years living here.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Oct 01, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 252
Views: 24768

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

The Marella Dream, which was built in 1986 was beached at Aliaga in early July 2022 to be scrapped. This ship was built for Home Lines and sailed for Holland America, Costa, and Marella before being laid up in 2020 due to COVID-19. This led to Marella accelerating plans to dispose the ship after sa...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 30, 2022 5:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Emergency action: Bank of England
Replies: 432
Views: 18242

Re: Emergency action: Bank of England

Thick Lizzy decided, after days of deafening silence, to emerge, via the medium of local radio. It did not go well; https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/sep/29/liz-truss-local-radio-bbc-uk-economy-pound Some of the bizarre and if you even remotely aware of the real world (sorry Brexiteers) ins...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 28, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 759204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Angela is history and in case you didn’t noticed, Germany has changed course which was followed for decades dramatically in just a few months. Now Europe got dependent on US LNG. We’ll see when that is going to be used to blackmail us. As for 'dependency' on US LNG, Germany is always going to be de...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 28, 2022 5:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 759204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

.... I really do not know, why and who shall now blow up these 3 of the 4 pipelines. it does not make sense for anyone. even neither Putin nor Ukraine. Risk benefit does not fit for anyone out there. One of the most obvious suspects, strangely enough, is the whole "Gazprom beneficiaries" ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 27, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 759204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Just for your information, Pipeline A of North Stream 2 is broken/has a hole (this is this one, which was completed, but never started). Pressure went down from 105 bar to 7 bar, there seems to be a hole near Denmark's island Bornholm. Also never opened, the pipeline is filled with gas. Source is i...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 27, 2022 4:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia Swearing Off Boeing, Airbus Products
Replies: 142
Views: 27154

Re: Russia Swearing Off Boeing, Airbus Products

wow..okay.. well lets see how that will work out for them !! Prior to the first sanctions in 2014 Russian shipyards relied on imported hi speed diesel engines, marine gas turbines and gearboxes, they now make all these products in Russia. If there's a will a way will be found to supply whats necess...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 26, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russia Swearing Off Boeing, Airbus Products
Replies: 142
Views: 27154

Re: Russia Swearing Off Boeing, Airbus Products

wow..okay.. well lets see how that will work out for them !! Prior to the first sanctions in 2014 Russian shipyards relied on imported hi speed diesel engines, marine gas turbines and gearboxes, they now make all these products in Russia. If there's a will a way will be found to supply whats necess...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:32 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 601
Views: 64552

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The current proposal is to build the first few in the US, with an additional line to be stood up in Australia. The Biden administration is exploring an arrangement to expedite Australia’s acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines to respond to China’s growing military might by producing the first f...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU in conflict with Hungary.
Replies: 61
Views: 3208

Re: EU in conflict with Hungary.

Yeah, no. I just finished a project in Northern Norway, had my team in Sweden earlier in Spring. I cant see Swedes or Norwegians working 53-55 hour weeks. What my team gets done in 2.5 days, it takes the Norwegian teams 1 work week. And my guys still have time to relax. Scandinavians don't know how...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fracking permitted again in England
Replies: 49
Views: 2199

Re: Fracking permitted again in England

Just to confirm I did say onshore. i.e on land. Yes there are huge wind farms in the North Sea, it's quite an impressive sight when you fly over them to the continent. Good that they are adding more, there is almost always wind in the North Sea :D My mistake, I think the UK has more than enough ons...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 23, 2022 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU in conflict with Hungary.
Replies: 61
Views: 3208

Re: EU in conflict with Hungary.

27 EU members, it was never designed for that, what a mess. IMO the problem with the EU is too many countries with too few being net contributors to it. The EU should have stayed as a French German UK run entity with the addition of other sensibly run countries like Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, De...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 23, 2022 11:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU in conflict with Hungary.
Replies: 61
Views: 3208

Re: EU in conflict with Hungary.

So Poland opposes Hungarian position towards Russia, but are BFF when opposing the EU. Guess who has benefited Poland since 2004? https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/polands-receipts-from-eu-budget-far-outweigh-payments-says-think-tank-31274 Orban plays the strongman, but he's not strong enough to...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fracking permitted again in England
Replies: 49
Views: 2199

Re: Fracking permitted again in England

Meanwhile onshore wind farms are not allowed but they are going to allow fracking again. Completely nuts. I would laugh very hard if the energy companies refused to do it because it's basically proven already there aren't enough reserves from fracking in the UK to make it profitable. Imagine the la...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 23, 2022 7:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 170
Views: 8121

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

EVs here in my country are no longer a rarity, they are quite common. Bigger range and larger batteries have made them realistic for a lot of people. By contrast the only hydrogen car sold here is just a trial/experiment and there is hardly any infrastructure. And the Toyota drives like a ship in c...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 23, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fracking permitted again in England
Replies: 49
Views: 2199

Re: Fracking permitted again in England

I wonder how many Europeans will have to freeze before some people open their eyes. I already told a couple of family/friends there they’re welcome to work from my place here in the states, if heating becomes an issue. Hopefully it won’t, but just in case. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Some people believ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 22, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argentina fighter competition
Replies: 48
Views: 4342

Re: Argentina fighter competition

Canada isn't that far from Russia over the Pole. You know, that dynamic may be changing. With the melting of the ice cap, there will be lots more navigable water to defend. Thus Canada is looking for 20 new MPA. They still don't need a large standing army, but maybe it's time to think about more sh...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 22, 2022 2:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fracking permitted again in England
Replies: 49
Views: 2199

Re: Fracking permitted again in England

Meanwhile onshore wind farms are not allowed but they are going to allow fracking again. Completely nuts. I would laugh very hard if the energy companies refused to do it because it's basically proven already there aren't enough reserves from fracking in the UK to make it profitable. Imagine the la...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 21, 2022 1:53 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argentina fighter competition
Replies: 48
Views: 4342

Re: Argentina fighter competition

johns624 wrote:
Canada isn't that far from Russia over the Pole.


Are they really a threat?

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 759204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Someone has to be prepared to shove back against Russia. They are just allowed by the weak to invade, declare a referendum then say the country is their own. That’s not right. Correct! One thing that might be brewing could be a UN General Assembly vote being called to strip Russia of its seat in th...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 21, 2022 11:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 759204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

If Russia uses nuclear weapons, it would be the end of Russia as a nation; it will fully drag the US and NATO directly into the war, and they have the military force to make quick work of the Russians. And the Russians know that. Unless NATO is prepared to go nuclear having all those forces to make...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 21, 2022 10:38 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 601
Views: 64552

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

....... Japanese Prime Minister Tojo on the subject. We never had enough troops to [invade Australia]. We had already far out-stretched our lines of communication. We did not have the armed strength or the supply facilities to mount such a terrific extension of our already over-strained and too thi...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10239
Views: 759204

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

What about declaring war, annexing the occupied territories and start with dropping some small nukes? Then the Ukrainians may choose: either some additional small nukes on some western Ukrainian cities, or accepting Russian troops to “denazify” and “liberate” Ukraine? Edit: interesting analyses in ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Italian Politics VS. the Rest of Western EU
Replies: 71
Views: 4919

Re: Italian Politics VS. the Rest of Western EU

Sweden has also moved to the right based of this Sundays election results, to be fair the Swedish right is still slightly to the left of the Democrats in the US.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argentina fighter competition
Replies: 48
Views: 4342

Re: Argentina fighter competition

May I ask what possible need is there for Argentina have a dozen marginal fighters? Paraguay isn’t threatening, neither is Uruguay. Chile isn’t coming over the Andes, so what’s the point? A lot of countries should ask themselves the same question, ie Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Portugal......NZ a...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argentina fighter competition
Replies: 48
Views: 4342

Re: Argentina fighter competition

It’s a pretty huge country. Really, it seems like an inadequate number for the amount of square miles. True enough, but the question who is a logical enemy, where is the strategic plan to employ these planes? Argentina is hardly responsible for maintaining the sea lanes in Southern Hemisphere. Inde...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:37 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argentina fighter competition
Replies: 48
Views: 4342

Re: Argentina fighter competition

May I ask what possible need is there for Argentina have a dozen marginal fighters? Paraguay isn’t threatening, neither is Uruguay. Chile isn’t coming over the Andes, so what’s the point? A lot of countries should ask themselves the same question, ie Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Portugal......NZ a...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU in conflict with Hungary.
Replies: 61
Views: 3208

Re: EU in conflict with Hungary.

There is no rule against staying in power for a long time, cue Angela Merkel. But subverting the justice system, the press, etc., to ensure that position of power is the problem. The EU can't continue to finance such a country, and an exclusion should be a possibility. Orban plays the strongman, bu...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Greenland Ice Sheet to Lead to 10 Inches of Sea Level Rise Minimum by 2100
Replies: 91
Views: 3928

Re: Greenland Ice Sheet to Lead to 10 Inches of Sea Level Rise Minimum by 2100

As you’ve completely failed to comprehend I’m not a climate change denier, I just don’t accept how you want to deal with it, I accept it’s inevitable and believe we should plan for a future with higher sea levels, where as you want to tax the shit out of everyone in some daft belief that it will ch...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A new approach to bush fire hazard reduction in Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: A new approach to bush fire hazard reduction in Australia

It will be interesting to follow. One thing they should do is allow home owners to clear their property of trees out to a further distance. Below is a excerpt from the Blue Mountains council concerning the pruning, cutting of trees. My neighbor received a hefty fine for cutting down a dead tree whi...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A new approach to bush fire hazard reduction in Australia
Replies: 8
Views: 691

Re: A new approach to bush fire hazard reduction in Australia

Goats on frontline to help prevent another New South Wales Black Summer of bushfires https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-04/goats-used-for-nsw-bushfire-prevention/100592220#:~:text=Goats%20recruited%20to%20help%20with%20bushfire%20hazard%20reduction,a%20NSW%20inquiry%20into%20the%20Black%20Summer%2...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 601
Views: 64552

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

The Japanese never planned to invade and colonise Australia, that’s just historical fact. That is not accurate Rob. Japan did have a plan for invasion of the Northern Territories of Australia, proposed by the Japanese Navy. However it was set aside due to the Army not supporting it, feeling their f...

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