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by johns624
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 9091

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

seb146 wrote:
Why do you need to own so many of them? One well placed shot and you are safe. Twenty different firearms are not needed.
Guns are like golf clubs, different ones for different purposes.

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by johns624
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: As Boeing's stock falls, is it time for investors to buy?
Replies: 39
Views: 3749

Re: As Boeing's stock falls, is it time for investors to buy?

Here's a current list of Boeing's top institutional investors, as well as the mutual funds holding Boeing's stock. Vanguard's mutual funds are staples in most 401K plans, so even the "Working Joe" is being exposed to Boeing's stock troubles to some degree. It will be interesting to see ho...

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by johns624
Thu Dec 02, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: As Boeing's stock falls, is it time for investors to buy?
Replies: 39
Views: 3749

Re: As Boeing's stock falls, is it time for investors to buy?

Here's a current list of Boeing's top institutional investors, as well as the mutual funds holding Boeing's stock. Vanguard's mutual funds are staples in most 401K plans, so even the "Working Joe" is being exposed to Boeing's stock troubles to some degree. It will be interesting to see ho...

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by johns624
Thu Dec 02, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

In the meantime, the CF18s and Halifax-class just keep getting older and older along with the CP140 Auroras. Don't forget the P-3Cs not in the distant future. What with the Arctic sea ice melting, maritime patrol in that vast northern coast line will be come more important, no? bt Those are the CP1...

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 9091

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

I wish pro-gun Americans would just come out and say it, "The countless lives lost each year to gun violence are an acceptable cost for being able to own and operate guns in the way that America tolerates them." In the same way vehicle deaths are the cost of being able to conveniently dri...

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Trudeau said the money saved by scrapping the F-35 procurement would go primarily to increasing spending on the Royal Canadian Navy.' -- https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-trudeau-scrap-f35-halifax-1.3235791 'Six years ago, Justin Trudeau promised to find the Royal Canadian Air F...

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 285
Views: 9091

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

Just a few thoughts... He shoots and kills several people and then peacefully surrenders and knows enough to lawyer-up. I wonder if in his warped mind, he thinks that he'll be tried as a juvenile? Sorry, ain't gonna happen, bro. His father has a lot to answer for. Did he buy the gun and just not sec...

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

kitplane01 wrote:
[ (and has paid $613M so far to get no jets).
Maybe because they haven't ordered any?
The money they paid are industrial design costs to be part of the program, not for any airframes.

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Munich, Germany, 01-Dec-2021. Bomb explosion, likely WW2 dud.
Replies: 9
Views: 616

Re: Munich, Germany, 01-Dec-2021. Bomb explosion, likely WW2 dud.

As of now, nobody has died, according to the stories that I've read.

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Munich, Germany, 01-Dec-2021. Bomb explosion, likely WW2 dud.
Replies: 9
Views: 616

Re: Munich, Germany, 01-Dec-2021. Bomb explosion, likely WW2 dud.

Braybuddy wrote:
Glad that nobody has been killed, but how could a minor event like this affect half of Europe? :scratchchin:
Through hyperbole...

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

However, I don't think that countries' defence hinges solely on the capability of its fighters. If F-35 proves to be a dollar guzzler, other areas of defence will be compromised so I fear that F-35 (for all its capability) will actually reduce the overall defence capability of countries that buy it...

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by johns624
Wed Dec 01, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

It is possible that they just really want that fighter because the other available alternatives will not be able to handle the latest versions of Flankers, SU-57 and SU-75. This is what it all comes down to. It has nothing to do with cost-per-hour or anything else. It's whether it can do the job. C...

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 43
Views: 1735

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

I still don't understand how she thought that she could hide at an estate in New Hampshire. Was she that stupid?

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 1844

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

The spending on the US president (the army of vehicles that precede and follow him everywhere) is a bit ridiculous and I would feel uncomfortable having to foot that bill. I think it's an exception in advanced democracies, though. Maybe he needs the bigger entourage because he has more threats dire...

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

bajs11 wrote:
It is possible that they just really want that fighter because the other available alternatives will not be able to handle the latest versions of Flankers, SU-57 and SU-75.
This is what it all comes down to. It has nothing to do with cost-per-hour or anything else. It's whether it can do the job.

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 1844

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

I for one am quite happy to remain in a constitutional monarchy Curious what you see as the benefits to you, a regular citizen, having a litany of people on a very luxurious welfare account? I’ll bite. There are some forms of government far more corrupt and far less effective than the British one. ...

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 1844

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

I like having a head of state who is not political and above the dirty taint of politics. Well, there's always Randy Andy, who found his own "dirty taint". :D He’s absolutely irrelevant, he’s well down the line of succession and when Chuck becomes king and slims down the family to the mon...

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 1844

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

Kiwirob wrote:

I like having a head of state who is not political and above the dirty taint of politics.
Well, there's always Randy Andy, who found his own "dirty taint". :D

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?
Replies: 64
Views: 7957

Re: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?

The fact that the the world's wealthiest 1% produce double the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50%, says a lot about where the focus should be… Source please..? I’d like to see what the top 5 percent, top 10 percent produce and a breakdown by nation. Seriously, less than 5 seconds on googl...

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14604

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

I'm not defending Rittenhouse's decision to go to Kenosha and pick up a rifle. I think that was stupid, and if I recall correctly even Rittenhouse has stated recently that if he could go back in time he never would have gone. I also think it was stupid for the rioters to go to Kenosha, many of them...

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by johns624
Tue Nov 30, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?
Replies: 64
Views: 7957

Re: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?

Some people just look for reasons to be offended. Seems like an interesting topic to me. We have airlines eliminating things like onboard magazines and window shades to save fuel and cut down on emissions so I would have to think that transporting a 170lbs person must have a corresponding environme...

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by johns624
Mon Nov 29, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft that never was ... The Lockheed Flatbed
Replies: 22
Views: 5117

Re: Aircraft that never was ... The Lockheed Flatbed

I take it that this Kelly Johnson wasn't involved in the design???

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by johns624
Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?
Replies: 64
Views: 7957

Re: What's the environmental impact of standby staff air travel?

Are they non-revving for vacation or for commuting? Besides, I find it disingenuous from many here that don't consider pleasure travel as a legitimate reason.

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by johns624
Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14604

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

People were in Kenosha, who lived in Kenosha, because yet another unarmed Black person was killed by cops. THAT is why there were protests in the first place. Out of all the people who had weapons at the Kenosha protest, only one ended up murdering. Someone who was so upset and threatened that he f...

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by johns624
Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14604

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

Rittenhouse is a student at Arizona State University and 'left wing' student groups are demanding he be immediately be withdrawn out of the (state run) school due to his acts of violence. I am surprised more students haven't called for him to be expelled on public safety and political grounds. Cons...

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by johns624
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Stealth is over hyped. I have noticed the only people who say this are European. As Europe has no stealth aircraft available for sale they are sick of losing against the F-35 in every competition it enters. Downplaying the one area where the F-35 dominates against the Eurocanards is an obvious sale...

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Why not the F-16 ? The worst of both worlds. You don't get the two engine redundancy of the FA18 nor the stealth of the F35. Wich is why I am surprised that Canada seems to have abandoned the F-18 and is going for either the F-35 or the Gripen wich are both single engine aircraft. If so, why not th...

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14604

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

So, in the hours before he loaded his AR-15 and drove 20 miles to a protest, how many of those protesters attacked his house? How many of those protesters physically went to his house and took his stuff? The argument by the right is "he was under attack" and "he felt threatened"...

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

As for credit cards, they're not really a thing, here. What's the point of getting a credit (and pay for it) if you have the cash on hand ? Huh? You pay the same, whether cash or credit. You pay it off at the end of the month and get miles/points/cash back for free. I'm sure the vendors where you u...

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Who Here Has Flown on Both the 753 and 764?
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Who Here Has Flown on Both the 753 and 764?

I've flown on the 764 DTW-LHR/FCO and the 753 DTW-LAX/LAS and others.

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

Aesma wrote:

As for credit cards, they're not really a thing, here. What's the point of getting a credit (and pay for it) if you have the cash on hand ?
Huh? You pay the same, whether cash or credit. You pay it off at the end of the month and get miles/points/cash back for free.

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

Airstud wrote:
ACDC8 wrote:
here in Canada


The correct way to be in Canada is to be in Halifax.
I really like Halifax, it's just too damn far from anywhere. Not as bad as PEI, which I also like, but still too damn far.

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

I like it better that way anyway. It's more suspenseful, exhilarating. Your FICO score doesn't thank you... Your FICO score wouldn't be affected until you reached at least 30 days past due and then only if the bank or their algorithm chooses to report it. FICO scores are overhyped anyways. All they...

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by johns624
Sun Nov 28, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

ACDC8 wrote:
Nowadays, go to the bank, get a book of 10 "just in case" cheques and they'll last you 5 years.
That sounds like me.

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by johns624
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

If Norway is operating the F-35 for 11K EUR per hour, they are doing it about 30% of what the USAF spends per hour. "It also claimed that F-35 operating costs had declined from $38,000 to $33,300 in 2020. As that figure is in base-year 2012 dollars, it implies around $38,000-39,000 in 2021.&qu...

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by johns624
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

Airstud wrote:

I like it better that way anyway. It's more suspenseful, exhilarating.
Your FICO score doesn't thank you...

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by johns624
Sat Nov 27, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

Airstud wrote:
It turns out it's actually due in Philly on the phirst, not the second, of December.

This morning I sent out a payment on my Goodyear credit card.

That has to be in Louisville by the 4th.
There's this new thing called e-payments. It's only been around for 20+ years...

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by johns624
Sat Nov 27, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project
Replies: 364
Views: 93656

Re: Canada - Future Fighter Capability Project

Mortyman wrote:
Why not the F-16 ?
The worst of both worlds. You don't get the two engine redundancy of the FA18 nor the stealth of the F35.

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by johns624
Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Discussion
Replies: 221
Views: 11844

Re: Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Discussion

The fallout will be high with the federal hate crime trial still forthcoming, and the prosecution of the prosecutor that let the case slide due to personal ties with one of the men that committed the crime. While I agree that the prosecutor should be charged, I'm not sure what the purpose of a hate...

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by johns624
Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4749

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

In my book anyone who drives through a crowd killing 5 and injuring 40 is a monster. We have a similar book I guess. Ask the family members of those 5 if he is the monster, I guess they will agree too. It is very and very sad that one guy who hardly messed up his own life takes away few other lives...

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by johns624
Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 1855

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

Francoflier wrote:
You pay your credit card by cheque? Through the mail?

Now that's a hipster power move.
The OP has a thang for post offices...

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by johns624
Fri Nov 26, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4749

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

meecrob wrote:

Locking people up isn't going to make them "see the light"
Sometimes, that isn't the purpose. The purpose is to keep the rest of us safe. Some people are just evil.

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by johns624
Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 15250

Re: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread

I just read that 2 more Type 23 frigates have been paid off. This was sort of expected, but still a little alarming. While the class originally had 16 members, now it's down to 11. It will be at least several more years before their replacements will be commissioned. I'm afraid of the political thin...

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by johns624
Thu Nov 25, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4749

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

That brings up a couple of learnings from this incident. First, Mr Brooks’ class of offender, repeat violent felon, likely should have been permanently jailed years ago. He had no role in society. Second, there were armed people present who could have, and probably should have, lawfully shot Mr. Br...

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by johns624
Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4749

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

Brooks will end up in jail for the rest of his life upon conviction at trial or a plea deal for his manslaughter of what is now 6 persons and attempted manslaughter for many others. He is being held under an amount of bail and social pressure on prosecutors and the courts that will make it impossib...

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by johns624
Wed Nov 24, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14604

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

I don't find a lot in common between the Rittenhouse case (the subject of this thread) and the Aubery murder.

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by johns624
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1366

Re: Roles that can only be filled by a nose-loading 747F?

That's not entirely true. The 747-8i (passenger) line has closed, however the 747-8F (cargo) can still be ordered. And they do come with the front cargo door. Not anymore. https://www.theregister.com/2021/01/13/final_747_shipment_2022/#:~:text=Today%E2%80%99s%20announcement%20confirmed%20that%20202...

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by johns624
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will China be the last country to open its borders?
Replies: 16
Views: 1207

Re: Will China be the last country to open its borders?

c933103 wrote:
North Korea is more closed than China right now
That has very little to do with Covid.

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by johns624
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?
Replies: 59
Views: 4346

Re: If Russia invades Ukraine what response can be made?

The problem with Russia invading Ukraine is that it then becomes stronger. It gets a larger population base for its military. Even more important, it gets the large gas turbine production that it desperately needs. It also gets them contiguous land borders with former eastern bloc countries that the...

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