Is Japan really a democracy when the same party is in power since the first elections, aside from a few brief interruptions ? Just saying. We only have to look at the former USSR to see that transitioning to democracy, even for people used to "modern life", not goat herders living in mud h...Jump to post
They didn't have nothing to lose, except Haas. And Alfa. Not sure what axe you have to grind here anyway, as your point isn’t even true anyway. Russell was running his mid choice of rear wings downforce wise. F1.com Tech Tuesday, if you want to read up. I have nothing against Russel, but the Willia...Jump to post
What I mean is that Starship is the new space shuttle, able to bring large stuff into orbit and come back down. About building in space, China is looking at building a miles long spaceship : https://interestingengineering.com/china-developing-23-million-megaship-miles-long They only talk about sendi...Jump to post
casinterest wrote:Will The Taliban fail spectacularly in the next 5 years?
Will the rest of the world pay a price?
Another commented that he went with his son, with a cheaper tribune (at the bottom of the raidillon) and came out at about 1000€ too, but for 2 people. Both commented that the grass parkings are a nightmare, with tractors used to help stranded cars. When leaving the circuit there were cars parked al...Jump to post
About the nuclear plant : The plant has maintained safe shutdown conditions with power from emergency diesel generators, the nuclear agency said. It should be OK but I wonder if restoring the grid to it is being prioritized, or if other measures are taken to add a safety layer. Since Fukushima these...Jump to post
On another forum a member often goes to this GP. He detailed his budget, he didn't go for the cheapest everything, but for example was in the "Gold 1 Pit" tribune, tickets were 650€. With the airbnb 30Km away, food out of the circuit (very expensive on the venue), he spent 1000€, for one g...Jump to post
A number countries outside the US actually have two tier system, public and private, with the public system providing service at affordable rate to most citizens, but come with various defects like not enough resources and long queue times, and those who want faster or more premium service can atte...Jump to post
Well, you would take these meaningless islands by surprise, but lose all surprise on the invasion of Taiwan itself, what would be the point ?Jump to post
Instead of spying on China the goal might be to influence Vietnam more than China is.Jump to post
I'm sure who is not leaving Blue Origin's payroll are the lawyers...Jump to post
And in one of those ironies we followers of history revel in, Taliban may be wanting international partners including the US, EU, Russia, China, Pakistan etc. Odder things have happened! What they will want is international aid, or famine will happen soon. You don't eat heroin. There is no way the ...Jump to post
I visited Hanoi recently. It's a modern city. By that I mean it has large avenues, and very big "socialist style" buildings. That's due to history of course, having been developed since the industrial revolution, then after the vietnam war. There are still older districts, but you wouldn't...Jump to post
If Taiwan had nuclear weapons, China would think twice before attacking. Not really necessary because the US nuclear umbrella extends to ROK, Japan and ROC. That doesn't really work if MAD is involved. Yes the US would probably help Taiwan, but not if the price is a nuke lobbed at the US mainland.Jump to post
Leon Panetta was telling CNN tonight that we'll have to 'go back into Afghanistan to get ISIS'. I wish these hawks who got us into this mess would keep their traps shut until the current evac and drawdown op is completed. https://www.news18.com/news/world/afghanistan-taliban-news-live-updates-kabul...Jump to post
Axiom/Bigelow is likely going to create the ISS replacement. Bigelow has the expandable module on the ISS right now that inflates/deflates to save space. One of the images in the thread looks like a rendering of it. Roscosmos wants out and since Zvezda and Zarya basically run the station, we're kin...Jump to post
Noshow wrote:We should build something like the X-37 upscaled to space shuttle size. This could transport crews and experiments and new sections and such in the cargo bay.
The other day we got some more details about the French embassy's evacuation : French and other foreigners weren't part of the bussing as was previously thought. The US provided helicopters to fly them to the airport. Once there the ambassador set up a temporary embassy and started working on gettin...Jump to post
At least ten US service members killed according to latest news now. This will have to be revenged. It is not surprising, given that Afghanistan is in chaos. One of the things about chaos is the lowest life forms are allowed to surface. RIP to the service members, who were only doing their jobs to ...Jump to post
With the fall of Kabul the willingness of the US to fight is into question again, and China is taking advantage of it. China portrays the U.S. as ‘weak and unreliable’ to draw Taiwan closer : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/19/china-warns-taiwan-about-us-commitment-by-highlighting-afghanistan-retreat-a...Jump to post
Are there any country other than the US that ever did this ? Talking about guns for "defense", not survival gear.Jump to post
He probably should receive some royalties, a percent or two from sales of that album. Kinda late for that. That needed to be agreed to before the picture was used for the album or sued for when it was discovered that the picture was used (in case the parents didn't consent to it). It's not like he ...Jump to post
seb146 wrote:How much influence will Francis and Benedict have on a new pope issuing laws and rules and papers and such?
In France sentences are always personalized, and mandatory minimums or stuff like that are either non existent, not enforced, or ways are found around them. I'm not sure it really helps in the end because after a couple of slaps on the hand, the criminal youth think the justice system is a joke and ...Jump to post
The Taliban are claiming women will be able to work (study ? not that clear), and that they want to keep skilled people, that the west shouldn't take judges etc. If it's true that's a good thing, if they lied, or can't control the more radical elements, ending up in many killings, then all hopes of ...Jump to post
Even if he intended to resign, I'm not sure why he would say so to anyone. Popes have been replaced after their death for millenia, death that usually comes relatively suddenly. If one day he announces he resigns out of the blue, it won't cause any issue. And at least it gives less time to the worst...Jump to post
The Taliban aren't invading a foreign country, that's the main issue. Otherwise there would be at least some resistance from the locals. Combined with the western forces, it should have been enough to wipe out the Taliban. Instead the opposite happened, they got local support. In France under the Na...Jump to post
The equation isn't that difficult. You can make carbon free (or let's say very low carbon) jet fuel from renewable electricity. The problem is cost. Scale helps a lot there, so at first it would probably be something like 10 times the price of fossil jet fuel. High, but would it kill commercial avia...Jump to post
Always got that vibe that it was a “fly-by-night” scam, honestly I am shocked that a huge global carrier like UA fell for it. I have a feeling we are heading into a high tech engineering startup bubble situation similar to the dotcom bubble back in the late 90s. Fueled by the egos of the likes of M...Jump to post
Not sure I believe it is significant, in my line of thinking the key's are to have supersonic flight with minimal sonic boom, not to have the fastest supersonic a/c or to compete with the Concorde. If reducing the speed makes some of the engineering problems easier, I still say go for it, especiall...Jump to post
In France I have never seen this, so self service has been the norm for more than 30 years. Personally I don't like wasting time at the pump (and often only go when I'm running on fumes) so if the pump can take a card it's even better. I was thankful there was someone manning a station when I drove ...Jump to post
Keep in mind uneducated people will probably not have the same thoughts and pop out 3 or 4... I've just spent a week vacationing at my parent's coastal house, with my younger sister and her partner (no kids but thinking about it), my parents, and my niece and nephew from my brother (who took 2 weeks...Jump to post
I meant NATO support as in aside from soldiers on the ground, since NATO has its own aircraft for example. But you're right there were military personnel from tons of nations according to the table here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resolute_Support_Mission I see 750 from the UK, but I also know t...Jump to post
I noticed the boarding door was open during pushback. Is the door missing? Caravelle main cabin doors open inwards & upwards, Trident, DC10, 767 & TriStar style. Also the purpose of the taxiing was to record original sounds for a flight simulator, so the door might have been left open for t...Jump to post
The military can revoke the exemption anyway in the case of a pandemic, according to what Aaron747 posted.
You're a soldier, your job is literally to take orders that might lead to your death, what's the big deal about a vaccine billions of people have already taken ? Are you a coward or what ?
Jens Stoltenberg: NATO has 'some leverage' with Taliban DW dated this as 20.08.2021 The written text that is shown by Deutsche Welle clearly indicates that it was approved by NATO and when listening that seems also to be the case; Secretary General Stoltenberg is making the statement of a NATO appr...Jump to post
I can’t remember where I saw this in print, but the height also needs to account for a collapse of the nose gear of an aircraft while taxiing underneath. Any aircraft whose tail exceeds the height of the bridge in the event of a collapse will not be allowed to taxi underneath. The odds of it happen...Jump to post
Well it's just that Elon exited Paypal early, with "only" several hundreds millions, while Bezos stuck with Amazon until it became one of the largest companies on the planet. Yes after that Elon took more risk, but Bezos didn't need to do the same. I just looked up his wikipedia page and t...Jump to post
Why will the world recognize the Taliban. Im sure the Northern Alliance will be propped up in counter soon That is not what we were talking about. China will invest because it is in their interest to do so. The huge rare earths deposits in Afghanistan will be one draw. It will enable China to retai...Jump to post