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by Virtual737
Mon May 16, 2022 8:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9923

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

There's a massive behavioural and cultural issue that's embedded in the 2nd Amendment in my opinion. The US tops it's peers in gun crime (by some margin). The US tops it's peers in incarceration rate (by a huge margin). No amount of suggestion by anyone outside the US (or even those in the US again...

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by Virtual737
Mon May 16, 2022 5:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1163

Re: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)

Airstud wrote:
Hmmm... This post surprised me.

talent? :boggled:

Thank you, anyway, for the kind words.


p.s. :boggled:




The talent is being able to articulate well how you feel and to do so among relative strangers )

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by Virtual737
Mon May 16, 2022 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9923

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

NIKV69 wrote:
Shhhh! No sanity or fact allowed when trying to disparage America or Texas when it comes to guns. :sarcastic:


There is sanity in America or Texas when it comes to guns?

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by Virtual737
Sat May 14, 2022 1:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 115
Views: 6210

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

Anywhere you add up, the US vastly overspends Europe. The initial and ongoing costs of supporting more than 6,000,000 (and rising) refugees is a huge burden on European countries, especially Poland. $40B would be eaten up pretty fast with that number of souls. Asking why the tax payers of the US sh...

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by Virtual737
Wed May 11, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1163

Re: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)

Calling a hotline like that is a sign of strength, not of weakness. I'm amazed and delighted you have the emotional intelligence to be able to be so articulate and open about how you feel. All strength to you. Many people have been and are in similar positions, not all have your talent.

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by Virtual737
Tue May 10, 2022 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1137
Views: 57610

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

I can think millions of things from the people who are in favor of unlimited on demand abortion, but I won't just dismiss them as bad people. Just people with different opinions. There was a time when we learned to be tolerant of different viewpoints and agree to disagree. I think that's a very mat...

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by Virtual737
Fri May 06, 2022 11:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1137
Views: 57610

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

A question for those that are both against abortion and against universal healthcare. Why does your concern for human life drop significantly at the moment of birth? Is it because the actual cost to you is close to zero for the former but might actually hit you in the pocket for the latter? Yes, th...

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by Virtual737
Fri May 06, 2022 11:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1137
Views: 57610

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

A question for those that are both against abortion and against universal healthcare. Why does your concern for human life drop significantly at the moment of birth? Is it because the actual cost to you is close to zero for the former but might actually hit you in the pocket for the latter?

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by Virtual737
Fri May 06, 2022 11:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1137
Views: 57610

Re: Supreme Court is preparing to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows

seb146 wrote:
So, again, if it were about "every life is sacred" ...


If that's what it was about there would be no death penalty. Every life is sacred, apart from the ones that aren't.

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by Virtual737
Sat Apr 23, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Abortion Ban in Oklahoma Passed
Replies: 107
Views: 5911

Re: Abortion Ban in Oklahoma Passed

seb146 wrote:
do women know the very second conception has happened?


Too many answers came into my head for that one. I shall refrain.

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by Virtual737
Sun Apr 17, 2022 11:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Abortion Ban in Oklahoma Passed
Replies: 107
Views: 5911

Re: Abortion Ban in Oklahoma Passed

NIKV69 wrote:
CitizenJustin wrote:
Why can’t these people just live and let live and stop the relentless effort to ban everyone and everything they dislike? .


If you want to have that then it goes for all things not just abortion.


What is your actual position on this law as stand alone legislation?

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by Virtual737
Wed Apr 06, 2022 5:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The subject of the US Civil War is somehow lost on our European friends. The loses were brutal and the scars exist to this day. Pretty much every town or City east of the Mississippi River has a Civil War monument. Debates over Confederate monuments cause civil unrest and protests. Did you not see ...

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by Virtual737
Mon Apr 04, 2022 5:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Quotes
Replies: 48
Views: 2435

Re: Favorite Quotes

"Doh" - Homer Simpson

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 3:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.
Replies: 80
Views: 4377

Re: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.

...and back on topic. Are there any former GOP voters on this forum that would no longer feel comfortable voting GOP (not just Trump), because of his actions since the end of 2020 (including this latest request to Putin) ? Trump combined with MTG and Ted Cancun form a triad that should surely be eno...

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 3:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.
Replies: 80
Views: 4377

Re: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.

And for the third time with you: Running against Trump instead of your opponent is a failed strategy. For the first time with you, I've not once argued against that point. No matter how badly Dems underperformed in the House and Senate races in 2020... That is the point that you keep repeating. Som...

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 2:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.
Replies: 80
Views: 4377

Re: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.

If one wants to throw out cute little retorts, it pays to have reality to support them. I'll have a pint of what you're drinking. We're discussing Trump and he was kicked out the WH. Still screaming about it to this day. Spin it however you like. You rarely quote Wikipedia.... except when it has co...

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 2:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10675075/Ukrainian-attack-helicopters-strike-oil-facility-INSIDE-Russia.html Was this a false flag attack or a real Ukrainian operation ? I'm guessing the former. How would 2 Ukrainian helos fly over the Russian controlled areas of Ukraine north / north east...

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10675075/Ukrainian-attack-helicopters-strike-oil-facility-INSIDE-Russia.html Was this a false flag attack or a real Ukrainian operation ? I'm guessing the former. How would 2 Ukrainian helos fly over the Russian controlled areas of Ukraine north / north east...

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.
Replies: 80
Views: 4377

Re: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.

If one wants to throw out cute little retorts, it pays to have reality to support them. I'll have a pint of what you're drinking. We're discussing Trump and he was kicked out the WH. Still screaming about it to this day. Spin it however you like. You rarely quote Wikipedia.... except when it has co...

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 7:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hate speech in India has no criminality if spoken with a smile.
Replies: 17
Views: 1715

Re: Hate speech in India has no criminality if spoken with a smile.

Spirituality has been something that India got blessed with, a long time ago. And any PM or a constitutional head would want to talk from a point of strength. There is a reason that Buddhism spread in India and Asia and not so much in the west. You write that as if Buddhism is on the rise and that ...

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 7:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.
Replies: 80
Views: 4377

Re: Trump seeks help from Putin ... even now.

Bricktop wrote:
But keep focusing on Trump. It worked SO well for VA Governor Terry McAuliffe.


About as well as it did for the GOP in November 2020.

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by Virtual737
Fri Apr 01, 2022 2:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13581

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

JPS has been making Will look weak for years. This event made him look weaker. As an actor (actress, or whatever the allowed word of the year is), she must be very skilled orally to keep him on the lead.

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 29, 2022 5:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

There are certain times when a nation should put its own internal politics / division aside and support their leader 100%. This is one of those times. I disagree. Even in the darkest of times, you still need detractors just to keep leaders honest. Even those who lead with the best intention can mak...

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It is a dilemma. Any territory given to Russia will amount to a win for Putin and a loss to the Ukranian people. Just not as big a win for Putin as he would have liked but still he could see it as some justification for throwing aside the limitations of "civilised" world behaviour. The re...

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13581

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

https://news.sky.com/story/i-was-out-of-line-and-i-was-wrong-will-smith-apologises-to-chris-rock-for-oscars-slap-12577181 He has now apologised to Rock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyXOPTNDiGc&ab_channel=VeeXXL Never need an excuse to post this clip. From 2:47 is still one of the funniest b...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 28, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You don’t understand it. There will be a Russia after Putin/this war and this kind of statements will be used for years to show “how bad the West/US/NATO” is and frustrate some kind of “normalization” proces. But if you don’t want such a proces -which I can understand from a US point of view- this ...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 28, 2022 5:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13581

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

Joke was in very bad taste and I can't blame Smith for his words. The physical assault though... he should have been ejected straight after and won nothing.

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 27, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Alfons wrote:
Oh, so you want to say by that, that Putin is a lion


I do hope (s)he didn't mean lion. A lion does what it has to do to survive and conjures up words and phrases such as "pride" and "king of the jungle".

Putin, on the other hand, is just an asshole.

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 27, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The time will come to rout the Russians out of Donbass and Crimea, which are Ukrainian territory. Anyone who resists is a valid military target. Am I not right in thinking that the majority in Crimea approves Russian occupation? If true, how do you want the majority to be treated? If they wanted to...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 27, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

As I said, I have the feeling that he's trying to obtain something or push something (some countries?) but I can't understand what or how exactly. Or, he just let his guard down for a second and told his private opinion instead of the carefully weighted and considered official opinion. Totally unpr...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

RT media are currently banned in EU. I hadn't really noticed it earlier but I remembered about that after clicking on your link :-). That's a shame. Here are a couple of the comments that stood out for me: "EU citizens are protesting against NATO already demanding their governments withdraw th...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I occasionally like to read the stories and comments on rt.com. Partly to see if there are valid points of view in opposition to my own, and partly for my unending disbelief of most of the comments. https://www.rt.com/russia/552736-lavrov-west-total-war/ The comments on this story have been the best...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 600
Views: 52204

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

zkojq wrote:
they won't attack the race, and we have drone/missile defences in the area. I'm not sure that everyone is so convinced



That bit did make me chuckle. The oil infrastructure was only 7.5 miles from the track. Exactly what area are the drones / missile defences in then?

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

SRQLOT wrote:

The article states he died in a belarus hospital. So was alive until that point. There is unconfirmed reports that Ukrainians also got a 6th russian general kill.


Dead or alive, i have it on good authority that he pulled out of next month's performance of Riverdance.

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 22, 2022 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1260
Views: 498850

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

This is in the comments of another website: "Heard from expat captain that works in China. Engine Failure, crew did not declare emergency - asked for descent. ATC told to standby Crew did not start drift down and flew the plane until stall." Not sure how valid it is though. If the crew di...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 21, 2022 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1260
Views: 498850

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Very sad to read the news. RIP to all onboard. My question is: Could a Pilot Suicide scenario produce such steep numbers on descent or the aircraft simply will not "allow" that angle of attack on a forced descent? 737 will allow you to do what you want. It might shout while you're doing i...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1260
Views: 498850

Re: China Eastern 737 "Missing Contact"

While of course there is always a way, suicide doesn't match to me, this aircraft is at top of decent. I have spoke to a couple of China Eastern pilots in the last few hours (I'm an instructor who has trained for them in the past). Their policy is both crews must be seated 20 mins prior to TOD. Thi...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 21, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 600
Views: 52204

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12475/12571619/max-verstappen-critical-of-red-bull-after-brutal-double-retirement-from-bahrain-grand-prix "Of course you can always say problems can happen and you might have a retirement," Verstappen said. "But I think at this level, after already h...

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 18, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Most commonly that seems to be to concede something to Putin so that he stops the aggression and doesn't drag the rest of us into WW3. Even if Ukraine did that, we would still be left with Putin, and recent history suggesting that he will do the same again, perhaps once more into Ukraine. How can a...

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 18, 2022 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You cannot expect the Ukrainians to defeat Putin for the West at the risk of total destruction of their country. I fully understand that the first priority for the Ukrainians is to end this war ASAP. They aren't fighting Russia for "the West". They are defending their own country. Some po...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 13, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?
Replies: 59
Views: 5100

Re: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?

I'd buy stock in the company that makes 20/20 hindsight glasses. Their use usually rises dramatically after things like a pandemic.

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 12, 2022 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Or maybe they know that the worse is yet to come and they're urging Ukraine to be pragmatic. So when Russia eventually smash their way into the capital with brute force and force whoever is in charge of the govt at that point to sign a treaty at gunpoint forcing Ukraine to give up large chunks of t...

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by Virtual737
Thu Mar 10, 2022 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Quite a lot of NATO and Allied Air activity in Eastern Europe at the moment An unidentified CL60 doing a patrol in Romania and with a USAF RC-135W Rivet Joint ELINT. An E-8C Joint STARS Ground Surveillance aircraft and an RAF RC-135W over Easten Poland 2 tankers. A KC-135 and KC-10 doing holding pa...

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by Virtual737
Thu Mar 10, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I wouldn't put much faith in Musk or any of the other Silicon Valley bros being very vocal or active supporters of Ukraine, past the minimum that public opinion will allow them to get away with. Musk deployed Starlink in Ukraine as much, if not more, as a publicity stunt and a great way to advertis...

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by Virtual737
Wed Mar 09, 2022 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 600
Views: 52204

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

An interesting surprise from Haas - Kevin "Suck My Balls" Magnussen returns to replace Mazepin! I guess they realized they needed an experienced racer to help develop the car. https://www.haasf1team.com/news/kevin-magnussen-returns-haas-f1-team Rather him than Grosjean, but is that really...

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 08, 2022 4:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Aaron747 wrote:

So much for OPSEC - who knew dating apps would prove useful in so many ways :lol:


The app is working exactly as designed. Want to be shafted? Use Grindr.

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 07, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

From: https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-russia-latest-news-war-vladimir-putin-zelenskyy-ceasefire-only-50-uk-visas-live-updates-12541713 "Russia has now said people will be allowed to flee as long as they head to Belarus or Russia." So Putin is saying he will open the humanitarian corrido...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 07, 2022 10:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10357
Views: 770050

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

How far back we should go? That is a good question. In my opinion.... Replace "Russia" with "Putin" and your opinions start to make sense. The median age of the Russian population is in the 30s. Getting on for 70% of the Russian population never knew the USSR - they were under 5...

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