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by GDB
Mon May 10, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale
Replies: 23
Views: 4489

Re: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale

I agree with everything you wrote. But consider this: if 70% of the Air Force disappeared tomorrow, they would be completely capable of handling anything that happened in Libya and Sudan. The only reason to have a powerful Air Force is Israel. So the last 44 years of history between the two nations...

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by GDB
Sun May 09, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale
Replies: 23
Views: 4489

Re: Egypt to buy 30 more Rafale

All of that seems to be capably handled by the 218 F-16s and 44 Mig-29s and more that the Egyptians already have. You forgot the 24x Su-35s (at least 5 delivered), 19x Mirage 2000 and 24x Rafale they already have prior to this order. A large portion of those 218 remaining F-16s are over 30 years ol...

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by GDB
Wed May 05, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 426
Views: 56510

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Nailed it! De tanking ongoing.
60th anniversary of Al Shepard's flight, 21st of Space X being founded.

Shame about the loss of pics and that fire was nerve wracking but it looks like they've done it.
And the brass at NASA are likely feeling vindicated, help see off that HLS challenge.

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by GDB
Wed May 05, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibility of a successful Chauvin appeal
Replies: 31
Views: 1972

Re: Possibility of a successful Chauvin appeal

scbriml wrote:
extender wrote:
He has become a sacrificial lamb so that the city doesn't burn.


No, he's a convicted murderer.


There you go again, pointing out the obvious to those who always blame non whites!

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by GDB
Wed May 05, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 61
Views: 5067

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

What's funny is that we get the argument that the Royals have no political role, but at the same time a royal yacht is what the country needs to promote trade, something very political. Doesn't add up. It's not as deep as that, it's really just the fever dream/wankfest of right wing tabloids (the s...

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by GDB
Wed May 05, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawmaker in Louisiana Suggests Teaching Good of Slavery
Replies: 50
Views: 4172

Re: Lawmaker in Louisiana Suggests Teaching Good of Slavery

And then there are more ways to exploit the poor than just slavery. England prohibited slavery early, at least in Britain itself. Did it stop the industrial revolution? Did the English industry use resources produced in Britain or within the Empire? Both. The island after all sat on massive amounts...

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by GDB
Mon May 03, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 61
Views: 5067

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

This is looking like it's turning from fantasy to reality. Boris Johnson is set to approve a new £200 million national flagship in honour of the late Duke of Edinburgh. The ‘HMS Prince Philip’ will be announced within weeks and will be tasked with boosting British trade, The Telegraph reported. The...

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by GDB
Mon May 03, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?
Replies: 76
Views: 4930

Re: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?

Some sort of PR. Having someone run the country who didn't go to Eaton or Harrow, isn't a 'character', who actually had to work to pay bills would be a nice start. Re Starmer.. have a read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keir_Starmer#:~:text=Sir%20Keir%20Rodney%20Starmer%20KCB,and%20St%20Pancras%20s...

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by GDB
Sun May 02, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 426
Views: 56510

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/science/202 ... n-darkness

And the last sentence is quietly an indictment of the other COTS contractor.
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Splashdown! As this article says a number of firsts and things not done for a long time;
https://www.theguardian.com/science/202 ... n-darkness

And the last sentence is quietly an indictment of the other COTS contractor.

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by GDB
Sat May 01, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station
Replies: 34
Views: 5480

Re: New Chinese Tiangong Space Station

Agree, especially with ISS slated for retirement in 2024 and the new Lunar Gateway in limbo. I suspect the ISS will go beyond that, for how long is anyone's guess, Lunar Gateway, at least in the near future I suspect will be just the power and propulsion and a docking module. However! I can think o...

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by GDB
Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture
Replies: 107
Views: 5665

Re: Strong correlation between movie/TV gun violence and today's gun culture

Assuming your idea is true, wouldn't that mean the problem lies in American education system instead of Hollywood media? It's a cop out American kid watches violent TV, gets involved in gun violence. European kid watches the same show, but doesn't Get involved in gun violence Could it have somethin...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.
Replies: 21
Views: 1370

Re: The Shooting of Andrew Brown Jr.

Doesn't look good if they won't release the video. I pray for the business owners in that town. Wow. Of course the victims of unjustified shootings, usually unarmed, their loved ones? No prayers? Or are they guilty by association/race/class? So how about this one then. These stalwart officers of th...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?
Replies: 76
Views: 4930

Re: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?

Totally agree Reinhardt, I would add that in this pandemic with limited access to Parliament, restrictions through much of the year in normal political life/campaigning, we are in a rather unprecedented situation. Then again, a certain former US President mocked his likely opponent for 'hiding' duri...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?
Replies: 76
Views: 4930

Re: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?

'Boris Island', an airport idea rejected as impractical in 1973, when he was 9. In fairness to him, the "Boris Island" airport is probably the only good idea hes even had. Shagging Jenny Arcuri when married is his business, it is not when he uses public money for his fuckfests with her an...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Michael Collins passes away
Replies: 7
Views: 1677

Re: Michael Collins passes away

Very sad news. Aside from his considerable achievements on Gemini 10 and of course, what made his name famous, Apollo 11, he brought the Smithsonian in on time and budget and remained an animated endorser of the space program. His book, unlike most written entirely by Collins, Carrying The Fire is r...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?
Replies: 76
Views: 4930

Re: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?

Not paying tax while temporarily coming to the UK to make ventilators sounds like a reasonable compromise when compared to "don't come to the UK to make ventilators, we'll do without". Dyson and JCB's ventilator programs were both PR stunts according to everyone in the relevant industry. ...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions
Replies: 66
Views: 9827

Re: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions

On April 25, Ingenuity took its third flight. The altitude was the same, but the speed and distance significantly increased. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/nasas-ingenuity-mars-helicopter-flies-faster-farther-on-third-flight Yes, covered the length of a (presumably US) football field. Out of the Rov...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?
Replies: 76
Views: 4930

Re: The end of the premiership of mr. Johnson?

He said (and this was recorded), in a flippant way about Libya being good for investment once the bodies have been cleared away. To laughter from his cronies. As for tax dodger, offshoring all his UK activities 'Brexit Patriot' Dyson, there were UK based firms wanting to build, with the capacity to ...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A400M ZM406
Replies: 4
Views: 1793

Re: A400M ZM406

What about Malta?

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by GDB
Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing
Replies: 37
Views: 19580

Re: Indonesian Navy Submarine Missing

KRI Nanggala (402), a diesel-electric attack sub, has gone missing following a torpedo drill north of Bali. Torpedo Drill sounds like another HTP (high test peroxide) accident. HTP is part of the propellent mix for torpedo's Thinking Kursk. Okie No chance, after abortive trials by the Royal Navy fo...

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by GDB
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 426
Views: 56510

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

Well done indeed, second flight of Endeavor and the booster.

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by GDB
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 426
Views: 56510

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

This commentator has an accessible but deep dive into the factors of the NASA selection, while cost was of course a driver, it seems from NASA's own statements there was much more to it than that, plus yes, throwing down the gauntlet at Congress now they are bitching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

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by GDB
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions
Replies: 66
Views: 9827

Re: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56849723
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Second Ingenuity flight and of potentially even greater significance, the initial tests of the Moxie experiment has been successful in oxygen generation;
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56849723

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by GDB
Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14499

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... lice-chief
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Here's what a Chief Of Police in a UK city with like most major ones, issues with poverty and crime, has to say;
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... lice-chief

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by GDB
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CoVid Vaccine Experience
Replies: 130
Views: 14264

Re: CoVid Vaccine Experience

I'm afraid I am one of those annoying people who beyond a slight soreness after the jab, have no ill effects, I had my first (Pfizer) jab on 3rd Feb, no doubt early as I am listed as being on drugs that suppress the immune system, last Sunday I had the second one. Same applies with every flu jab sin...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 24881

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

It's not as black and white as other cases, but it wouldn't have happened like that elsewhere. And people anywhere have knives... Very true, our police deal with knife based attacks every day, most are unarmed and ones armed with tasers also are specially trained. There have been cases where author...

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by GDB
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 24881

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

These cases are catalysts, for sure, but that's unfortunately also representative of how slowly real change comes. This ground should have broken in 1992, but the conservative north LA county jury completely failed do what was right. True, but credit is due to technology here. This trial might have...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11938

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

not even checks on felons and the mentally ill Where do you come up with this crap? It's illegal for people adjudged mentally ill or convicted felons to purchase firearms. That's what's so frustrating for us responsible gun owners (99.99%). We're trying to debate with people who get their gun news ...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11938

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

We get it, even the mass slaughter in one incident of young children just made all you the gun nuts not give a crap as no one's lives are important than their cradling their precious guns It's sickening, isn't it. In an normal person's mind Sandy Hook should have been America's Dunblane moment. I w...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021
Replies: 426
Views: 56510

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2021

So if I have this right, Congress deny NASA the amount they need to develop a HLS with more than one finally shortlisted from the three contenders, said Congress then bitch about NASA awarding a sole contract with the one bidder who came in under budget, which these externally imposed cost constrain...

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by GDB
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11938

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

The question? Well we are waiting, since if the 'good guy with a gun' stopping a mass shooting wasn't as rare as rocking horse shit, each and every instance of these would be all over these threads on this depressingly familiar subject. They aren't though are they? Thin on the ground and nowhere in...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11938

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

When did this happen, or is it just your warped fantasy? Easy, most American gun nuts will be poorly trained, plinking targets on static targets is not the same as a real situation, you also miss the larger point, when law enforcement arrives how do they know who the shooter is, when the first arme...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions
Replies: 66
Views: 9827

Re: Mars 2021 Trio Of Missions

Success! First initial test flight/hover! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm8HBIHdfOY&t=277s https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56799755 A few grams from the Wright Flyer 1 is on Ingenuity, so with that in mind and using the most advanced comms they had back then; SUCCESS/FOUR FLIGHT...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

Aside from the UK, other countries with the Queen as head of state basically don't have a head of state. It's the PM, they just don't admit it. I mean It depends. We just view the queen as the queen here and the PM is the PM. I wouldn’t really view the queen as head of state. She is though, constit...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11938

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

“Good guy with a gun” doesn’t expect to get into a firefight that day so panics and just shoots bullets all over the place, hitting more innocent bystanders than the killer. When did this happen, or is it just your warped fantasy? Easy, most American gun nuts will be poorly trained, plinking target...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Relationship orthodox and secular Jews in Israel
Replies: 8
Views: 1171

Re: Relationship orthodox and secular Jews in Israel

Theocracy, what's not to like ? It is more insidious afaics. A group with privileges, high birthrate and massive alimentation from the social system. From a secluded fringe group to a loud overbearing "moral majority" sect that can't be bothered with the "worldly" framework of t...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

Mountbatten is often cited as this hand behind Phillip's rise, his did help to look after Phillip when he arrived effectively stateless in the UK, including encouraging a Naval Career. Though in WW2 Mountbatten had his own commands, at sea then as head of Combined Operations, later SE Asia, so not r...

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by GDB
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

It's been several times now that I hear or read that he was so great in the RN that people expected him to become the youngest admiral, also to become Lord of the Seas or whatever it's called. Is there any truth to that ? I'm not talking about his merits, just the fact that he left the service so y...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 6649

Re: Was the V22 tilt rotor the only candidate to replace the C2 ?

https://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/05 ... er-oh-yes/
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In the early 80's the original production C-2's were being considered for replacement, I recall what seemed an unlikely proposal, here it is;
https://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/05 ... er-oh-yes/

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by GDB
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021
Replies: 82
Views: 15929

Re: Airbus A400M News, Production and Delivery Thread - 2021

texl1649, not to be a pedant and it's a post a few weeks old but the RAF could hardly have sent A400M's into Libya a few years ago, if you are referring to the 2011 military operation, that was likely due to the type not being in RAF service then.

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by GDB
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14499

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

A breakdown of emphasis points in a training course used by Kiwi and Australian police: USING COMMUNICATION TO RESOLVE CONFLICT The point of employing de-escalation techniques is to effectively diffuse tension to allow for a constructive discussion to take place. However, these strategies are most ...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 61
Views: 5067

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

Again, the last one went in 1997 as the only remaining justification for it had gone, that is why it was not replaced before retirement. We don't even have a dedicated VIP airfleet (save one tanker badly painted on the orders of the overgrown child in Downing Street), compare to the mini AF/airline ...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

A detailed obit from a paper not known for it's unquestioning support of the Royal Family and all the better for it, (as I noted in a link up thread he loathed Murdoch and his faux patriotic papers), revealing a man with wider interests and concerns beyond the bluff old sea dog of the popular imagin...

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by GDB
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?
Replies: 61
Views: 5067

Re: Will there be a new UK Royal yacht?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9458535/Build-new-Royal-Yacht-tribute-Prince-Philip-Boris-Johnson-told.html https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1421540/boris-johnson-royal-yacht-britannia-190m-prince-philip-death-news-ont https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/04/10/boris-johnson-urged-ba...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

I cannot speak for the Netherlands but swearing an oath of service to a non political entity such as the Monarch, for those joining the armed forces, police, various other organizations, is preferable to doing so for a political figure. The Monarch, represents in person, the nation as a whole. Not ...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

GDB : In France you swear an oath to the Republic not the president.And the Republic is not just the current political system, it's the country, its values, etc. If the president decides to go against such values, then public officials can go against the president, for the Republic. As for the argu...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

Though around 20% in the UK tend to want to see a Republic and many abroad cannot understand a Constitutional Monarchy today, i think the 'outdated' part as regards the UK is not them but the electoral system, certainly the European Constitutional Monarchies are not the backwards nations some like ...

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by GDB
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Prince Philip has died

Though some of his 'gaffes' caused a stir, in part it was with all these official events as consort, a way of him albeit in a sometimes in a clumsy war of 'breaking the ice' with all the formality these things tended to have. A very active role in the RN in WW2, including at Cape Matapan in the Med ...

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