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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 14, 2022 8:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3796

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

What's the benefit of being a republic for Australia, Canada & New Zealand. I honestly can't see it. You and me both, I see no reason to change. Having a president adds another level of politics and increased cost, the monarchy is politically neutral and they cost us nothing most of the time. W...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Sep 14, 2022 4:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election
Replies: 81
Views: 3796

Re: Australian PM to hold republic referendum if he wins the next National Election

TheFlyingDisk wrote:
What's the benefit of being a republic for Australia, Canada & New Zealand. I honestly can't see it.


You and me both, I see no reason to change. Having a president adds another level of politics and increased cost, the monarchy is politically neutral and they cost us nothing most of the time.

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 13, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liz Truss new UK PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7256

Re: Liz Truss new UK PM

These discussions with you will always end like this, some kind of technical detail to score some debating points as well as framing some things just to fit a narrow explanation you've got somewhere, this proves my point, btw that higher income admits more carbon. But it is fastly more interesting ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 13, 2022 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: May we never forget.
Replies: 47
Views: 8061

Re: May we never forget.

I can't recall the last time any of those air disasters were an open topic on this forum. 9/11 is American issue, I don't think the rest of the world is interested anymore. Just like I'm sure you have no interest in the Mt Erebus crash. One of several Tenerife crash threads https://www.airliners.ne...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 12, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: May we never forget.
Replies: 47
Views: 8061

Re: May we never forget.

I am Dutch and in fact I do care. I remember this day quite well as a young teenager and it shook me. The event in itself has been a turning point in history, effects of which we feel still today. Empathizing with the victims of 9/11 does not exclude empathizing with the innumerable victims of the ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 12, 2022 12:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: May we never forget.
Replies: 47
Views: 8061

Re: May we never forget.

Yip, if I hadn't seen this thread I wouldn't have remembered. Well then it sounds like it’s a good thing this thread exists. Many significant air disaster from around the world are remembered and discussed here on their anniversaries, most occurring more than 21 years ago. Tenerife, JAL123, etc. Th...

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FlyingHonu001 wrote:
The Dutch Royal family will no doubt be present using their custom modified 737-700 BBJ https://fokkertechniek.com/vip/showcase ... j-737-700/


Or they could just catch the Eurostar.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 12, 2022 5:51 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Aircraft for visitors for Queen's funeral
Replies: 30
Views: 5291

Re: Aircraft for visitors for Queen's funeral

The British Government is attempting to dissuade heads of state from traveling into the UK on VIP airplanes. LHR will not be available for them. Helicopter travel between sites will also be banned. They will not be considering exceptions. https://www.politico.eu/article/queen-elizabeth-joe-biden-ki...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 12, 2022 5:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Polish Land Forces to order 96 AH-64E Apache
Replies: 130
Views: 10600

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

Dutchy wrote:
They are really on a shopping spree, a few days back a deal with South Korea and now this.


They're probably preparing to invade Germany.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 12, 2022 5:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Disney Cruise Line will soon own one of the world's biggest cruise ships after surprise purchase
Replies: 37
Views: 3484

Re: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage

These ships were designed specifically for the Asian market, it’s a surprise that one of the bigger operators hasn’t snapped them up for that market. The owner of the ship was the largest cruise operator in the Asian market. They went belly up because they couldn't negotiate additional financial su...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 11, 2022 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Disney Cruise Line will soon own one of the world's biggest cruise ships after surprise purchase
Replies: 37
Views: 3484

Re: Worlds largest newest cruise ship to be scrapped before maiden voyage

There are no cabins. More than $200M work, mainly interior build up, is still missing. The only thing with some value is the engines, They can only be taken out and reused in a useful ship when the hull has been taken apart. Cruise shipping is getting outdated. Is was mainly a thing of second half ...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Sep 10, 2022 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liz Truss new UK PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7256

Re: Liz Truss new UK PM

From an outside observation it looks as if the UK Tories are in a basketcase situation. One clown show leader to another and the state of the nation in decline. So can any UK locals say why UK Labour are still in the doldrums? Betting sites still have the Conservatives as odds on favourites to win ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12796

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

RIP I live in France and the Queen/King of the UK has no relevance to me or my life in any way. Currently there is a war raging, energy crisis, inflation crisis, climate crisis, and many others, the Queen/King has no role to play in any of this. Even when the fate of her country was at stake with B...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 09, 2022 2:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12796

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

It really doesn’t and cannot work like that, it would undermine the institution that would likely be it’s end, it works by not twisting and turning to suit temporary and perceived opinion. We have politics for that which the Monarchy is supposed to be above it. It works like this in the Netherlands...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12796

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

RIP my head of state for my almost 6 decades. I only saw her in person in 1970 as her car sped past in my home town, but she has been there my whole life. It will be interesting to see whether this delays Oz passports at all - we submitted applications for four around 6 weeks ago and (as seems norm...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12796

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

Best thing for the monarchy would be for King Charles to step aside and pass the baton on to Prince William. Seems to me William and Kate have a lot less baggage and are more likeable. Not sure if it’s ever happened before but would be interesting if it did. Just my humble opinion. It really doesn’...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12796

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

DocLightning wrote:

Long live the King.


I hope not, my ideal situation is Charles abdicates in 10 years or so after cleaning up the family, dropping off all the unnecessary baggage and leaves William with a clean slate. William is the future Charles carries too much baggage from the past.

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 09, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana
Replies: 38
Views: 1961

Re: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana

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Aesma wrote:
The car was driving at 200Km/h. With a crash barrier it would have bounced into other cars for sure.


Really where did you get that from, the official report stated 65mph, which is 105 kph.

https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/news/nol/sh ... report.pdf

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 06, 2022 9:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10+ dead in mass stabbing in Saskatchewan
Replies: 18
Views: 1428

Re: 10+ dead in mass stabbing in Saskatchewan

In regards to my previous statement, this is what I mean: https://www.castanet.net/news/Canada/383740/Past-drug-alcohol-use-had-caused-stabbing-suspect-to-lose-mind-parole-document#383740 The guy has 59 criminal convictions, mostly violent assault, he was serving a sentence and given parole last ye...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Sep 06, 2022 6:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liz Truss new UK PM
Replies: 151
Views: 7256

Re: Liz Truss new UK PM

Good news for the rich, bad news for the ordinary men. Like she said herself: " It's fair to give wealthiest more money back " Not good first signs and certainly not when you take into account her words about Johnson and the 2019 deal. She will not fundamentally change anything. Ah well, ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 05, 2022 4:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 6086

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

I do not see a problem with what the dealer is doing here. The Golf R is a very limited production car, that is very high demand. A dealer would be lucky to get 10 for the whole model year. There is a Chevy dealer in Texas marking up new Corvettes $100,000. People are lining up to pay it and none a...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 05, 2022 4:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 6086

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

I’m pretty sure we don’t, I can go into any manufacturers website built a car, take that build to my nearest dealer and that’s what I will pay, unless the dealer offers a discount, they will not charge me more than the price I get from the manufacturers website. Thats why I said its most likely alr...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Sep 05, 2022 4:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 257
Views: 25443

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

I have the class drawings for the navigation lights, which includes the dimensions, none of the renders I've seen look like the drawings, a lot of people are in for a surprise. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? As far as ship sizes, I've always gone on cruises in the 2000+/- passenger size...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Morning Consult: 40% of former U.S. road warriors expect to never travel for work again.
Replies: 169
Views: 23790

Re: Morning Consult: 40% of former U.S. road warriors expect to never travel for work again.

I’m back to flying as often as I did before Covid. I need to visit customers, my industry is very face to face.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 04, 2022 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 6086

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

We don’t have this in Norway. You do, but its probably already included in the price advertised by the manufacturer. In Canada, it gets a bit more complicated, you have the base MSRP that the manufacturers set, but that does not include the PDI (transportation, delivery, inspection) costs, but the ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 04, 2022 6:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 257
Views: 25443

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

Probably very few 1980's aircraft are still flying for first rate airlines and they are likely a 757, 737, 767, or A320. No 1970's aircraft are flying for them. However, most 1960's ocean liners ended up being converted to cruise ships and sailing for over 40 years until they were retired with SOLA...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 04, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 6086

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

ACDC8 wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Then there's the famous "dealer prep".

Which, at least in Canada, is a fixed price set by the manufacturer and half the time, they miss half the stuff like not remove the shipping pucks :rotfl:


We don’t have this in Norway.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Sep 04, 2022 5:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 6086

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

I think dealers should do whatever they want, but dealer exclusivity laws should be struck down. I should have the freedom to distribute cars from any car manufacturer I want to. If that’s the case then why can’t the manufacture also have the same rights to say who can and who can sell their vehicl...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 02, 2022 5:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTC May regulate Car Dealers
Replies: 146
Views: 6086

Re: FTC May regulate Car Dealers

I think dealers should do whatever they want, but dealer exclusivity laws should be struck down. I should have the freedom to distribute cars from any car manufacturer I want to. If that’s the case then why can’t the manufacture also have the same rights to say who can and who can sell their vehicl...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Sep 02, 2022 5:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 257
Views: 25443

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

The Saga Pearl 2 will be scrapped at Aliaga after a 41 year career. The ship was intended to become a Mega Yacht for the Saudi Royal Family, but an anti government crackdown put an end to those plans. There have also been rumors about future cruise service or a floating hotel along the lines of the...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 01, 2022 5:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon
Replies: 87
Views: 4660

Re: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon

The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me. A Florida man (34) went to see a prostitute while on his honeym oon in Tampa. He slipped away while his new bride was sleeping. Not only is his marriage likely over, so is his life. It will be next to impossible for him to ever get another job, let ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 01, 2022 5:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana
Replies: 38
Views: 1961

Re: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana

Like many people I can recall precisely where I was when I heard about this. Then, and now, I'm wondering why it was a big deal beyond the "media" trying to make a different story to distract from whatever involvement they had in the chase. I'm American, to us she's nothing but an attract...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 01, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana
Replies: 38
Views: 1961

Re: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana

Princess Diana did rock the British royal family boat. It needed rocking, I think. I would say that her treatment by the royal 'establishment' was nothing short of despicable. Without wishing to diminish her good qualities - some outstanding - I think that some of the British public placed her on a...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 01, 2022 5:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon
Replies: 87
Views: 4660

Re: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon

Most companies would do it as damage control, given the wide spread media coverage any company would use this to say "Our (former) employee broke the law and we took immediate action we do not stand for this type of activity." For the most part the USA is rather prude, and this type of be...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 01, 2022 5:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana
Replies: 38
Views: 1961

Re: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana

She was eminently likeable from A to Z. A shame someone somewhere felt differently and wanted to take her platform away. I fear we’ll never know the full story. You're not one of those Diana conspiracy nutters are you? It was a car accident caused by excessive speed, nothing more nothing less. She ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Sep 01, 2022 5:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana
Replies: 38
Views: 1961

Re: 25 Years Since Death of Princess Diana

https://news.yahoo.com/fans-princess-di ... 27896.html


She would have been if she had worn her seatbelt.
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ArchGuy1 wrote:
Today marks the 25 year anniversary of the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris. Wish that Diana was still alive today.
https://news.yahoo.com/fans-princess-di ... 27896.html


She would have been if she had worn her seatbelt.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Aug 31, 2022 4:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 257
Views: 25443

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

Many liners and cruise ships built from the 1950's onward sailed 40-50 years before being scrapped. Though at least half of the 1950's liners were scrapped during the oil crisis of the 1970's, most of those that survived sailed until the 1990's and 2000's despite being a tiny fraction of them. For ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Aug 31, 2022 4:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 257
Views: 25443

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

Actually size could have worked for it. Size is not always a bonus, plenty of ships over 70,000 tons have been broken up. She was small and she hadn't been refurbished in almost 10 years. The smaller cruise ships are normally luxury ones. It's a lot harder to gut a ship to make the cabins larger. N...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Aug 31, 2022 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon
Replies: 87
Views: 4660

Re: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon

I’m not for illegal trafficking or abuse of sex workers but IMO sex work should be 100% legal. Regulate the industry, ensure safety of workers and clients, ensure sex workers have rights and protections in their employment. It’s time to recognise that sex work has been around forever and will be ar...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Aug 30, 2022 5:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 601
Views: 64708

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

God help the Chinese if they ever manage to land forces on the Australian mainland. :roll: Comparing Australia to Ukraine is futile considering most of the Australian land mass is inhospitable to an army. The Austrailian Arm Force probably have to structure itself to fight over large distances, eve...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Aug 30, 2022 5:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon
Replies: 87
Views: 4660

Re: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon

I’m not for illegal trafficking or abuse of sex workers but IMO sex work should be 100% legal. Regulate the industry, ensure safety of workers and clients, ensure sex workers have rights and protections in their employment. It’s time to recognise that sex work has been around forever and will be ar...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Aug 28, 2022 8:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon
Replies: 87
Views: 4660

Re: Guy (34) arrested for prostitution while on Honeymoon

I am all for ending human trafficking but there needs to be a fine line. This guy's marriage is over, maybe, but why should the rest of his life be? Per the article, he solicited an adult. Give him a ticket and move on. No one will want to hire him, just google his name and it comes up dozens of ti...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Aug 27, 2022 6:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 200
Views: 8824

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Toyota is going a very good job testing ICE engines with hydrogen fuel, performance is excellent , far better than BMW manged with there project. Toyota's hydrogen vehicles use fuel cells. This is a much superior solution because it has all the advantages of an electric vehicle (full torque range, ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Aug 26, 2022 10:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cancelling Student Loan Debt
Replies: 84
Views: 4133

Re: Cancelling Student Loan Debt

Here’s an idea just make all levels of education free. It works in many other countries and society benefits from having a better educated population.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Aug 25, 2022 10:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 200
Views: 8824

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

[threeid][/threeid] A lot of people who live in apartments don’t have charging facilities at home they use fast chargers. A lot of people living in Europe and the UK don’t have there own parking space, they park on the street. That's still only one fast charging cycle per week, which should give you...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Aug 25, 2022 6:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finnish Prime-minister suspected of drug use after dancing like a normal person at a party
Replies: 110
Views: 6949

Re: Finnish Prime-minister suspected of drug use after dancing like a normal person at a party

Why would anyone be outraged by seeing bear breasts? I don't want to see bear breasts or bare breasts but you do you. Free the nipples. God/Allah/Yaweh/Krishna/FSM/Satan made us in His image so let's celebrate that. As far as the Finnish PM and her friends having a good time, why not? What a fuss i...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Aug 25, 2022 5:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finnish Prime-minister suspected of drug use after dancing like a normal person at a party
Replies: 110
Views: 6949

Re: Finnish Prime-minister suspected of drug use after dancing like a normal person at a party

Oh how terrible. Downing Street you say? Under the current but departing sleazeball it was sleaze of the important kind, ground zero. Large scale lockdown lawbreaking, illegal donations for gaudy, hugely expensive decorations. Tip of the iceberg knowing Johnson. Totally different situation. Nobody ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Aug 25, 2022 5:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How can I find an older music video?
Replies: 24
Views: 1227

Re: How can I find an older music video?

Here's one that's way old from the beginning of MTV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im3JzxlatUs And you might go through this list of all the videos MTV played on the first day. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_first_music_videos_aired_on_MTV Tugg Thanks for that, I’m absolutely amazed that a...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Aug 25, 2022 5:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 200
Views: 8824

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Repeated rapid fast charging is bad for batteries Road trips are hardly a daily activity for 99% of drivers. Most cars just go from home to work and back, maybe 10-20 miles each way, so you can go about 1-2 weeks without charging. That one road trip a year isn't going to kill the battery. A lot of ...

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