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by Aesma
Tue Apr 26, 2022 6:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 173
Views: 9998

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

If I was a Tesla stockholder I would be worried. Tesla is valued extremely high, based on Elon Musk being its CEO, and on Tesla being a future software geant with amazing tech. Now Elon will be distracted by Twitter, and there is still no real hint of the Tesla software. Elon just bought a software ...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

On the far right there is only one person that really seems electable to me, and incidentally I wouldn't be horrified if he won even though I disagree with his economic options in particular, it's Robert Ménard, the mayor of Béziers, and founder of Reporters Without Borders. Eric Zemmour, Marion Mar...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ex-Nissan/Renault chief Carlos Ghosn, face additional arrest warrant from France
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: ex-Nissan/Renault chief Carlos Ghosn, face additional arrest warrant from France

AFAIK France doesn't have an extradition treaty with Japan either, so I'm not sure why he can't leave Lebanon for France. I wouldn't be surprised if the French government, and even Renault, are glad he doesn't come, though, this is best buried for everyone...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

To be clear these aren't the results but a mix of results in some places, and exit polls in other places, however they're very reliable. There are no great electors or things like that to mess up the results, it's 1 person = 1 vote for the whole country. The final results will be known tomorrow, the...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 6:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: South Carolina planning a firing squad execution
Replies: 41
Views: 2360

Re: South Carolina planning a firing squad execution

So NIKV69 you want to impose your religion on us all. I thought this was banned in the US constitution ?

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

Some people of my family in France aren't voting. Meanwhile several members who have dual citizenship and live in Italy are voting (at the nearest consulate), strange times.

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: South Carolina planning a firing squad execution
Replies: 41
Views: 2360

Re: South Carolina planning a firing squad execution

The death penalty used to be common everywhere, as some here want it to be again. It used to be public, it used to be gruesome, etc. Murder rates were still infinitely higher back then, so clearly, it didn't work.

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 12:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The key is this : Bundesbank warns Russian gas embargo would cost Germany 5% of GDP https://www.ft.com/content/fc767abf-6fa4-4e0c-943d-f582da3d033b The Bundesbank said in its latest monthly bulletin, published on Friday, that an embargo would trigger a surge in energy prices and one of the deepest r...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 24, 2022 12:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ex-Nissan/Renault chief Carlos Ghosn, face additional arrest warrant from France
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Re: ex-Nissan/Renault chief Carlos Ghosn, face additional arrest warrant from France

If he was in France there wouldn't be an arrest warrant, it would have been some kind of court order, and he would have been charged for various stuff. He would probably not be incarcerated as the charges aren't that severe, he would be quite likely to get a suspended sentence if convicted (and lose...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 23, 2022 10:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

In the video where Putin says that Mariupol has been "liberated" and where he's cancelling the plan to take the industrial site where the remaining defenders are, he's holding the table as if to hide a tremor. This can be seen in other videos, too. His face is also stuffy. He's definitely ...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: South Carolina planning a firing squad execution
Replies: 41
Views: 2360

Re: South Carolina planning a firing squad execution

We should absolutely bring back public executions in the US. In my opinion, this is the only way we will stop violent crimes from occurring. The sheer humiliation of the experience for the perpetrator should provide adequate deterrence and it also has a way of bringing communities together in solid...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Russian mercenaries of the Wagner group in Mali have been staging mass burial sites to accuse France of committing war crimes : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/22/france-says-russian-wagner-mercenaries-staged-french-atrocity-in-mali Of course it's them who are killing people indiscriminat...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 23, 2022 2:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

After weeks of Russia attacking its neighbour with impunity (no attacks on itself), how do you see Putin reacting to attacks? If Russia was to be attacked to reduce its offensive capability, what was wrong with doing that on 24th February that is no longer wrong today? Already posted not long after...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 23, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Propaganda is a great tool for people in power, but I wonder if at some point it doesn't become counter productive, not because common people don't believe in it anymore, but because the people in power themselves start believing in it, making them losing touch with reality. This clearly happened wi...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 23, 2022 10:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

Do you speak French ? Since midnight last night the TV can't talk much about the election (by law), they can talk about the electoral process but that's it. So 24 hours TV channels are back 100% on the Ukraine war, I wonder if that will have an influence. Macron opportunely announced yesterday that ...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 23, 2022 10:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I know very little about artillery. On French TV an "expert" (I put it in quote as I know him, he's a youtuber and former fighter jet pilot on Mirage, Rafale etc., so he knows his stuff when talking military jets, artillery I'm not so sure) said that the CAESAR is not mere artillery but co...

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 22, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1055
Views: 399860

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

Analyzing the CVR data might also mean listening to it and trying to hear and interpret all voices, alarms, but also all sounds, clicks, wind, passengers...

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 22, 2022 8:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

One source in French says France has delivered "at least 3 types of missiles: "old Milan missiles", Javelins and Mistral as well". https://www.lopinion.fr/international/la-france-a-forme-des-soldats-ukrainiens-juste-avant-linvasion-russe The French Defense Minister declared to t...

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 22, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

Ascending trend for Macron : https://www.leparisien.fr/elections/presidentielle/sondage-presidentielle-2022-au-lendemain-du-debat-dentre-deux-tours-macron-accroit-son-avance-sur-le-pen-21-04-2022-S63DH5CXRFES3OASXUSANIDEEY.php Le Pen did OK during the debate, but her blows fell flat as each time Mac...

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by Aesma
Tue Apr 19, 2022 3:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Thank you for clarifying. At least they were well used. Indeed no point in giving away weaponry that will fail. I doubt France would send Caesar howitzers. I think Macron's attitude has been to stay "a step back", maybe to stay a valid conversation partner with Putin. We all know how effe...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 18, 2022 8:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It's also quite infuriating to see how lukewarm France is. They are phasing out AMX AuF1 mobile Artillery, that is being stored in favor of CAESAR howitzer. Why not give them away? It's still a good weapon, using NATO ammunitions. Would be a huge plus for Ukraine. I have googled this and apparently...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 18, 2022 12:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Interesting reading: https://www.csis.org/analysis/will-united-states-run-out-javelins-russia-runs-out-tanks The obvious answer is to build more missiles (and launch units, the control box that goes on the missile). The United States has been buying Javelins at the rate of about 1,000 a year. The m...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 18, 2022 11:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 476
Views: 27311

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Wouldn't getting rid of the EPA the oil companies lower fuel prices and getting rid of regulations? That would remove the red tape process. If America got rid of the gas tax forever should we see a decrease in prices soon? That should trickle down to the average people one day right? Screwing the e...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/russian-navy-cruiser-moskva-seen-badly-damaged-in-unverified-image https://twitter.com/johnkonrad/status/1515837566356008961 Images of the damaged warship have emerged just before the sinking. The people who took and leaked these images could end up in serious ...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 17, 2022 6:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I can't say I see a point in using tactical nukes. If you had a vast army, 20000 men or something, amassed in a single spot, OK maybe, but otherwise, it's using a hammer to hit a microbe. And using that hammer means sealing the fate of your country as a pariah for decades.

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Food shortage late 2022?
Replies: 40
Views: 3462

Re: Global Food shortage late 2022?

Rich countries are willing to provide all that, the problem is who is at the top in these underdeveloped countries.

As for Monaco's role in our globalized world, it's to steal tax revenue from other countries, not exactly a glorious role.

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 17, 2022 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men
Replies: 16
Views: 1698

Re: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men

The things "real men" do in that video all seem completely useless, including if the goal is to get women...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 17, 2022 12:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Re: Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted

https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status ... 6670607367
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And now he's claiming his ouster is "US-instigated regime change" : https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status ... 6670607367

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 17, 2022 12:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Re: Prime Minister of Pakistan Ousted

I've seen that the other day. Apparently since the country formed in 1947, no PM has ever finished a term ! I can't say we hear a lot about Pakistan here, but a couple of things don't scream "modern age" to me : In June 2021, Khan explained a surge of publicly known rape cases in Pakistan ...

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by Aesma
Sun Apr 17, 2022 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA will offer new cabin crews £1000 bonus
Replies: 28
Views: 6912

Re: BA will offer new cabin crews £1000 bonus

Didn't BA fire everyone then offered poorer contracts to hire people back ?

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 16, 2022 4:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Food shortage late 2022?
Replies: 40
Views: 3462

Re: Global Food shortage late 2022?

On the other hand, “ 1 kg of meat requires 2.8 kg of human-edible feed for ruminant…” I’d guess the nutritional value of 1kg is far superior to 2.8kg of cereal. Especially if you look at more than just calories. Not necessarily. But more importantly it wouldn't be the same people eating. In develop...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 16, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Food shortage late 2022?
Replies: 40
Views: 3462

Re: Global Food shortage late 2022?

Well 14% would be good, even 5%. From your link : Livestock consume one third of global cereal production

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Food shortage late 2022?
Replies: 40
Views: 3462

Re: Global Food shortage late 2022?

What would make sense would be to reduce meat production temporarily (for this year, basically). A lot of meat is made using cereals as feed, so make less meat, have more cereal for people.

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I don't trust governments to "swiftly" get weapons into the Ukrainians hands in a timely manner. Maybe that is why Zelenksy has turned up the pressure about needing weapons now! He is finding out what we experience when at the DMV, Passport office or at any Government Office. Speedy its n...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I know that we have been celebrating the sinking of the Moskva. However, things don't look so clear on the eastern front. Can Ukraine hold out in the Donbass? Russian logistics lines are shorter, and this area doesn't have the forests like around Kiev. Russians have the advantage in air power and a...

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by Aesma
Sat Apr 16, 2022 12:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jamaica becoming a Republic?
Replies: 62
Views: 4315

Re: Jamaica becoming a Republic?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axXDZOlMI34 Not sure that the locals feel that they are equitably treated. Water management is a local power. That means all the money went to pay salaries to countless unneeded employees, and none went to actually maintain the water network. We're talking hundreds o...

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 15, 2022 2:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

Image

Voting intentions for the second round, from March 12th (before the first round, but it was already polled) to today.

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 15, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I think they need realistic objectives, like holding on pockets that make "occupied Donbass" a patchwork of land.

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 15, 2022 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is Singapore a democratic country?
Replies: 15
Views: 1873

Re: Is Singapore a democratic country?

I think the fact it's a very small country helps a lot in having the kind of system it has. And its economic/financial success too, with a strange mix of laissez-faire capitalism and plenty of socialized stuff.

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 15, 2022 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 173
Views: 9998

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

No, France. In fact the GAFAM are already regularly put on the spot for refusing, or being too slow, to censor cyberstalking, even of kids. Or of the "first lady"... Now the EU has given itself, under French leadership, new powers to rein in these companies, especially regarding their anti...

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by Aesma
Fri Apr 15, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Russia is now warning Finland and Sweden that if they join NATO, Russia will deploy nukes to Kaliningrad. First, them threatening nukes over everything is getting old and less threatening every time they say it. Second, I bet they already have nukes there. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russi...

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 14, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 173
Views: 9998

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

He's against "censorship" and would probably stop the moderating process.

If that happens, I can see Twitter getting banned in my country;

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

tomcat wrote:
According to TASS, she has now sunk while being towed:

(Google translation)
The cruiser Moskva sank while being towed in a storm, the Russian Defense Ministry said.


https://t.me/tass_agency/127473


:tombstone:

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 14, 2022 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Is it "common" to evacuate a stricken ship, then have it move under its own power, while still being on fire ? These 3 things seem pretty contradictory !

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by Aesma
Thu Apr 14, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

And it seems that LePen is now wanting to cuddle up with Vladimir again once this bother in the Ukraine is over... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/13/marine-le-pen-proposes-closer-nato-russia-ties-after-ukraine-war?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other ""As soon as the Russian-Ukrainian w...

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 13, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I know everything coming from Russia is WTF, but seeing them complain about their territory being hit is really something. Maybe think about that before starting a war ?

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 13, 2022 12:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

In France the pension system is basically a tax that you can't not pay, that pays the pensions of current pensioners, no significant money is put aside/invested. So if the system collapses, we're all screwed.

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by Aesma
Wed Apr 13, 2022 6:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022
Replies: 75
Views: 6840

Re: French presidential election : 1st round on Sunday, April 10th 2022

Le Pen is or rather was until recently a proponent of the 60 years retirement age, a stereotypical left-wing policy, when Macron announced we had to go from the current 62 years to 65 years. She's also promising to reduce gas taxes, increase salaries, etc. So it's not too surprising. In fact her par...

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

victrola wrote:
So, we are hearing about the big upcoming battle in the East. What resources does Russia have to throw at this? Can the Ukrainians hold out there?


130 000 young conscripts as cannon fodder, I guess.

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by Aesma
Mon Apr 11, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5514
Views: 353639

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I think a bunch here are being ridiculous. If Putin were to agree to a settlement we can only be hopeful of, such as withdrawal (including Crimea), Ukraine remains "neutral", the LPR and DPR are independent, and Russia gets its money back, I think Ukraine would agree to this in a heartbea...

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