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by Kiwirob
Sun Feb 20, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced
Replies: 75
Views: 4036

Re: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced

Why is it so hard to just do what the officer tells you to do? Maybe your question should be, why is it so hard to just pull the correct weapon from your belt? Habit. You trained over and over to draw your gun and use it appropriately. You think to yourself ("I am going to taze this suspect.&q...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Feb 20, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5557
Views: 358107

Re: Russia invasion could begin any day, US warns

Tugger wrote:
Ukraine is worth going to war over, fighting to support and drive out invading forces.

Tugg


I hope you will be signing up yourself, your sons and grandsons, to go to war. It’s very easy to say it’s worth it when it’s not you and yours that are send into the fight.

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by Kiwirob
Sat Feb 19, 2022 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5557
Views: 358107

Re: Russia invasion could begin any day, US warns

I'm just vehemently against ceding Ukraine to Russia just because our safety could be in danger. Hopefully, Ukraine will not be the new Sudetenland. When you talk about safety, where are you and will you be fighting in Ukraine in your proposed attack ? Will you send your children fight, maybe ? Wha...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Feb 19, 2022 3:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5557
Views: 358107

Re: Russia invasion could begin any day, US warns

VP Harris heralds NATO unity as Ukraine crisis grows https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-joe-biden-diplomacy-europe-vladimir-putin-26cbe7d9d0f05124de91c15d267ae2b6 Well.... That's Comforting ! ! Um...are you suggesting the WH should *not* be telegraphing NATO unity at this time? FFS...people ...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Feb 15, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5557
Views: 358107

Re: Russia invasion could begin any day, US warns

Russia has 100k troops deployed in Ukrainian border regions. However the Ukrainian military itself is larger, over 200,000 active troops, plus 250,000 reservists, and many more in unofficial paramilitary groups. The traditional rule is the attacking force must outnumber the defenders 3 to 1 otherwi...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Feb 11, 2022 9:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022
Replies: 216
Views: 30382

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - February 2022

Seems to be a lot around July, wonder if that is the date they have been tipped to expect the self isolation requirement to be removed? July is when NZ opens to "anyone in Australia" and others who don't need visas, or who already have visas, to travel here. Also, there are school holiday...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Feb 10, 2022 5:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Bob Saget
Replies: 24
Views: 1697

Re: RIP Bob Saget

FlapOperator wrote:
casinterest wrote:
Wonder if he slipped in the shower or something, and then tried to sleep it off thinking it was just pain.


Possible. If it was an accident, totally tragic and a reminder that life is short.


Or maybe someone murdered him and has gotten away with it.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Feb 10, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Prince Charles Finally Going To Become King?
Replies: 75
Views: 7416

Re: Is Prince Charles Finally Going To Become King?

. IMHO, the only real blemish on her record was how she handled the immediate aftermath of Diana's death. As much a fabricated crisis as any failure to read the room. IMO, I don't think Diana was a suitable "choice for Charles." She was too young and not the right type of person. I think ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Feb 07, 2022 1:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Where did the money go?
Replies: 2
Views: 832

Where did the money go?

This is an interesting predicament. BLM leaders are warned they will be held personally liable if they fail to disclose details of $60M in donations by California DoJ - as charities' financial mysteries deepen The California DOJ has threatened to hold the leaders of Black Lives Matter personally lia...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Feb 07, 2022 5:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2790

Re: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

[ There's nothing fairer than 1 person 1 vote, the way the system is today isn't fair. Resulting in perpetual 'fair' one-party rule which might be OK if yours is the ruling party. Ask most citizens of (Russia, PRC, North Koria, Cuba, etc.) how that's working out for them. So because the GOP aren't ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Feb 06, 2022 7:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts
Replies: 68
Views: 4371

Re: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts

If Jeff Bezos really needs to buy a yacht, why does it have to be so big that they have to dismantle a bridge to get it through? Though I'd rather he used the money to somehow improve society, and yes I will absolutely criticize how the rich spend their money considering the state of the world now ...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant
Replies: 121
Views: 6079

Re: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant

If you are a law-abiding citizen, it is not hard to purchase a weapon legally. If you are a wanted criminal, it is not hard to purchase a weapon illegally. Solve the latter before trying to mess with the former. I acknowledge the problem. I guess it would take many years to radically reduce the num...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant
Replies: 121
Views: 6079

Re: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant

I saw a news report that that the officers did announce prior to breaking down the door that they were police serving a warrant. The body camera's should prove that. In America pretty much every Tom, Dick and Harry has the right to access lethal force by having a gun and thereby to play god with th...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Feb 05, 2022 8:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant
Replies: 121
Views: 6079

Re: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant

If you agree with that then I suggest you diversify your news sources and step outside your bubble. There's been several pro-2nd ammendment marches organized by black groups across the country in the past few years. Guess what, there was no legislation proposed by noon on those days. Exactly, I fin...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Feb 05, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts
Replies: 68
Views: 4371

Re: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts

Maybe generating newspaper articles about that you ordered a yacht so big so that bridges had to be dismantled is a USP for the yacht building company? As I pointed out previously the masts don’t need to be stepped at the shipyard, they could be stepped at a wharf anywhere, the yards the problem he...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Feb 05, 2022 3:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant
Replies: 121
Views: 6079

Re: Minneapolis Police fatally shoot Black man during warrant

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/no-knock_warrant "A no-knock warrant is a search warrant authorizing police officers to enter certain premises without first knocking and announcing their presence or purpose prior to entering the premises." So if I’m a legal gun owner and the police barge ...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Feb 05, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Link between Continental North American rail network with Alaska
Replies: 33
Views: 2232

Re: Link between Continental North American rail network with Alaska

You’re forgetting that Canada is in middle, what benefits would they have in linking Alaska to the lower 48?

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by Kiwirob
Fri Feb 04, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghost: do you love their music and theatrics, or hate it?
Replies: 13
Views: 1470

Re: Ghost: do you love their music and theatrics, or hate it?

M564038 wrote:
Never hears of them, is this a local USA-band?


They’re Swedish.

They opened for Foo Fighters in Oslo a few years back, I was pretty impressed. I’d go see them again.

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by Kiwirob
Fri Feb 04, 2022 6:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2790

Re: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

If these largest cities (not entire states) were historically Red, methnks you would no longer have an urge to abolish the 'very unfair' Electoral College. ;) I am registered neither blue or red, and never mentioned who victors should be. Good Republicans deserve votes as much as good Dems do. My i...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Feb 03, 2022 6:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts
Replies: 68
Views: 4371

Re: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts

I don't get the griping about the wealth involved and "having the money". Bezos has the money, so do a lot of others, and so he is buying something he wants. We all do that everyday. Some can just afford more. Why is it some awful thing? If I had the money.... if YOU had the money, why no...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Feb 03, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts
Replies: 68
Views: 4371

Re: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts

Today on First World Problems of the Ridiculously Wealthy... It’s not Jeffs problem, it’s the shipyards problem, it’s an easily resolved issue, step the masts at a different location, it going to be cheaper than dismantling the bridge. All they need is a large crane, which they probably had to hire...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Feb 03, 2022 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2790

Re: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

With the MMP system in NZ we get two votes, one for you local MP and the other for the party. So you can split you vote, vote for the MP from one party and vote for a different party for your party vote.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Feb 02, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts
Replies: 68
Views: 4371

Re: Dutch problems with Super mega yachts

Well the main issue is the location of the dry docks (or just land, sometimes) where these ships are built. Invest in the correct facilities, if these yachts are so profitable they should pay for the investment. That’s been an issue for Dutch shipbuilders for a long time, many of them are in daft l...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 31, 2022 4:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16162

Re: Australian Open 2022

He was thrashed in the US Open final, also on the same surface as Australia, by a younger player who has won 4 of there last 7 matches. It's "trashed" and "their," but hey you are wrong. Novak won three out of their last seven matches prior to US Open. All of Novak's losses were...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 31, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16162

Re: Australian Open 2022

And assuming that DJO would have been in that final if he would have played the tournament is, well, to put it mildly: arrogant. So it's perfectly ok to safely assume that Nadal will always win French Open, but God forbid you assume Novak would have even reached the final after he won nine titles t...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 31, 2022 4:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16162

Re: Australian Open 2022

Just out of curiosity would points do you mainly not agree with. Sorry, I don't want to waste my energy. When I read that someone wrote here that Novak is "a thoroughly despicable human being," and all posters implicitly agreed, I have no wish to participate any further. I'm glad Novak wa...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 31, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 334
Views: 16162

Re: Australian Open 2022

Wow. What an epic final for an epic piece of history. Two sets to live down Rafa takes the title for his 21st major. Double career slam. AND he has two Olympic gold medals (something Djokovic will likely never have). And the epic final and the epic piece of history happened with the best player rem...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jan 30, 2022 5:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Adult child molester to serve sentence in juvenile facility
Replies: 46
Views: 2811

Re: Adult child molester to serve sentence in juvenile facility

Gascon is following California law. This law was probably made for a very good reason and not this one specific case. Rape has very little to do with age or gender. No, she should not serve her sentence in a juvenile facility obviously. I don't believe it has anything to do with the law, the judge ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 28, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Three things you don't like about yourself and would like to change.
Replies: 13
Views: 1139

Re: Three things you don't like about yourself and would like to change.

M564038 wrote:
Other than being too humble, I can’t think of much to change, really.


Too much Janteloven as a kid?

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 28, 2022 1:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top 007 Song Openers
Replies: 55
Views: 2603

Re: Top 007 Song Openers

Ooooh, yes, changing tempo. Can’t have that, can we? Sooo 70’s. Tell that to Beethoven. It is timeless. Sorry, no can do. Just listened to it again and had to skip through the up-tempo parts because they're just so silly in that 70s way. :lol: I wasn't suggesting any tempo change is 70s. It just ai...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 28, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 323
Views: 12461

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

220 Miles Davises seems nice to me. Or are you talking about the local, obscure american distance measuring unit defined as 1609.344 meters? Yes. Subaru is one of those manufacturers that waited too long, and what they offer is too little, too late. This is not up to par with the serious manufactur...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 28, 2022 6:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2022
Replies: 201
Views: 27578

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2022

The type of rail from Auckland CBD to the Airport was announced today. Auckland’s light rail line will be largely underground, and could be built in conjunction with a new bridge or tunnel across the Waitematā Harbour, the government has decided. The government has widened its ambition to creating a...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jan 28, 2022 5:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire
Replies: 315
Views: 18229

Re: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Could you imagine the riots and looting that would take place if a POTUS said they will appoint a straight white male to SCOTUS? It should be about qualifications and not demographics. Anyone with a long and established judicial and/or legal academic record is qualified. Within that rather large co...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 27, 2022 6:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the USA)
Replies: 48
Views: 4080

Re: EU & Russia & border nation issues, a broad open discussion on events occurring between all parties (including the U

It is up to those nations to decide which side they align with and most of those nations have picked NATO. Russia is just like the wind in the story of the sun and the wind, keep scaring its neighbors into seeking better protection. They cannot blame anyone else but themselves for causing such situ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 27, 2022 12:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire
Replies: 315
Views: 18229

Re: US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

alberchico wrote:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-60144505

Just breaking now. Shame that it won't affect the balance of the court.


It's a pity RBG hadn't been so arrogant and retired when Obama was in office. Good on this guy for making the right move.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 27, 2022 11:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top 007 Song Openers
Replies: 55
Views: 2603

Re: Top 007 Song Openers

I think everyone needs to research the source material. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LOqHSXMHJo&list=PLe7j0Y__1DtMwPCRxQPCC82raowE_eZQ3 Dr.No was so good they used it for the incredibles Skyfall with Adele singing is pretty hard to beat Live and Let Die....It's McCartney for goodness sakes ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 27, 2022 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Citizens Urged to Leave Ukraine As Threat of Russian Invasion Looms
Replies: 24
Views: 2000

Re: US Citizens Urged to Leave Ukraine As Threat of Russian Invasion Looms

Considering Russia fought and took the Crimea, a shooting war seems very likely. Modern warfare is fast. Citizens should get out. What fighting occurred when Russia annexed Crimea, it's was almost bloodless, they walked in, took over with hardly a shot being fired. The Ukrainian military didn't att...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 27, 2022 8:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 323
Views: 12461

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

ICE vehicles will still be around but they will be expensive to own and operate, in Europe at least you won't be able to buy a new one, they will still remain popular in developing countries which don't have the infrastructure to go BEV. I've never disagreed with that - I've simply said its not goi...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 27, 2022 7:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 323
Views: 12461

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Somebody is full of fear. The only ones full of fear are the ones refusing to realize that ICE vehicles will still be around for years to come and that EVs don't work for everyone nor does everyone want them - yet they choose to continue their relentless spread of the Gospel like a newly saved JW c...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jan 27, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 323
Views: 12461

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Manufacturers seem to be looking at better faster chargers and ever cheaper batteries rather than hydrogen. But speaking of batteries: like real estate the big deal is batteries, batteries, batteries. That is the limit of how many personal, business, commercial (short and long haul) vehicles will b...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 323
Views: 12461

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

How much electricity do you really think these EVs use? Do you have a heat pump in your home for heating Heat pumps are more energy efficient than electric panel and oil column heaters. My energy bill dropped significantly after we installed a heat pump. BEV's aren't an issue right now but they wil...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 26, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 323
Views: 12461

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Not to mention the inevitable increases in the prices of electricity the necessary changes to the infrastructure to support all those EV's is going to bring. How much electricity do you really think these EVs use? Do you have a heat pump in your home for heating Heat pumps are more energy efficient...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies
Replies: 323
Views: 12461

Re: Stellantis says politicians NOT people want EVs + more lies

Norway is an exception, the govt provided massive incentives for people to adopt BEV's they completely upended the market. When toll roads, bridges and ferries are free, allowed to use bus lanes, there no 1 off purchase tax and in the early days free parking you would have been mental to buy anythi...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 7367

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

The Germans and other NordStream2 beneficiaries cannot have their cake and eat it to. Considering Russian actions to destabilize Europe to date entirely outside the current Ukraine situation, any business dealing has to be seen as directly benefiting a nation whose intelligence operatives are braze...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 7367

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

NordStream 2 is intended to replace the current pipeline system used via Ukraine, not in addition to. That is definitely the biggest issue. When NordStream 2 comes online Russia can and will choke off Ukraine supplies as they see fit on order to force obedience. They will have more complete control...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 7367

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

The Germans and other NordStream2 beneficiaries cannot have their cake and eat it to. Considering Russian actions to destabilize Europe to date entirely outside the current Ukraine situation, any business dealing has to be seen as directly benefiting a nation whose intelligence operatives are braze...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 25, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 7367

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Someone needs to tell the US Senate, who recently used the dreaded filibuster to stop the sanction of NordStream2. The US has no right to sanction Nordstream2, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with them. I used to work for a company who supplied equipment to the pumping stations in Germany, why sh...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 25, 2022 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 7367

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/24/us/politics/us-russia-ukraine-war.html I would like to quote a line from the article: "the reality is clear: Ukraine is so corrupt, and its grasp of democracy is so tenuous, that no one expects it to be accepted for NATO membership in the next decade or two.&...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jan 25, 2022 5:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 7367

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

Someone needs to tell the US Senate, who recently used the dreaded filibuster to stop the sanction of NordStream2. The US has no right to sanction Nordstream2, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with them. I used to work for a company who supplied equipment to the pumping stations in Germany, why sh...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria
Replies: 122
Views: 7367

Re: Russia now wants NATO out of Romania and Bulgaria

That's why appeasement politics doesn't work. True, which is why appeasement politics needs to stop. Someone needs to tell the US Senate, who recently used the dreaded filibuster to stop the sanction of NordStream2. The US has no right to sanction Nordstream2, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with...

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