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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 22, 2022 3:41 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New defence pact AUUKUS
Replies: 550
Views: 54641

Re: New defence pact AUUKUS

But would make more people nervous in the immediate region besides the Chinese The new Australian states of North Island and South Island? :rotfl: :stirthepot: Unfortunately NZ didn’t federate with Australia in 1901, the door was left open for us to join if we want to. It probably would have solved...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 22, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

Then they should withdraw from ANZUS and Five Eyes if they are going to depend on the other members.Defense treaties rely on all members to pull their weight. Nobody said anything about arming them to the teeth. No MBTs, no subs, no jet fighters. Just a slightly more robust navy, which for an islan...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 5698

Re: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe

[*] So don't go to work then? Don't eat? Of course you can go to work and eat. But maybe bike to work and not eat red meat. Hang your laundry to dry. Simple stuff. Slight problem with this theory. I am an over-the-road truck driver. I'm almost never home, but when I am home, it is a 44-mile drive f...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 5698

Re: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe

Enjoy your hot weather while you can. If you haven't realize yet, there is a war going on in Europe that has a very high potential of becoming a nuclear global war. Those who survive will remember the warm weather with tears in their eyes. If all of the events from 1946 to 1991 didn't cause a nucle...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 5698

Re: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe

Imagine how people survived back when AC didn't exist. Oh right, it was rarely as hot as it is these days. Wrong. Back in pre-A/C days, people didn't live by the millions in places like Las Vegas, Texas and Arizona. Eighty years ago, the vast majority of Americans lived east of the Mississippi and ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 5698

Re: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe

It’s going to be a rough ride and many changes will have to be made in the coming decades to adapt. As usual, we in the nordics will probably stand to gain from it all. More people will want live and invest in this peaceful corner, winter will be shorter and people will come here for summer vacatio...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 2:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe
Replies: 105
Views: 5698

Re: Human Caused Climate Crisis hits Europe

We are seeing the devastating effects of the human caused climate crisis across the world, and this time the UK and Europe are facing record extremes they have never seen before. Will the climate crisis be like gun control in the U.S. where nothing is ever done and the problem continues to get wors...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 1:14 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

I think he is saying, well, what he has said black and white in his post, like twice now. That there is no amount of money NZ could realistically spend to fend of a serious invader, none of which is on the horizon anyway. It would be a daft use of money. Disaster relief and protection of their fish...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 1:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

Quote frankly what is the point? We're a small nation of 5.1m people at the arse end of the world, Paul's premise that we need to defend our SLOC's is daft, 2-3 frigates will not do that, buying an all singing all dancing billion dollar sealift vessel will not do that, buying a couple more P8's wil...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 21, 2022 12:59 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 11395

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

Well, the difference here is that the US has over 80 years of operational experience in carrier warfare and continues to evolve its tactics, whereas China is the new boy in the game. With a mixed fleet of carriers, the logistics is going to be a burden for quite a few years to the Chinese its going...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jul 17, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 11395

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

I kind of agree with Kiwi on the fact aircraft carriers and ships in general haven't proven themselves in a battle of equals since 1945, and back then missiles didn't exist (and spy satellites neither). During the Cold war nuclear tipped missiles and torpedoes were developed, now hypersonic missile...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jul 17, 2022 5:47 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 11395

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

I kind of agree with Kiwi on the fact aircraft carriers and ships in general haven't proven themselves in a battle of equals since 1945, Carriers were useful during the Viernam war and would be usefull again if China gets in a tit for tat with Vietnam again. Unless of course if the US decides to ar...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jul 17, 2022 4:34 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

You do realise that HADR is only one aspect of contributing to a rules-based order and NZ interest just do not lie within the 200nm EEZ. If NZ wants economic resilience, then it needs to be able to contribute maintain those SLOC that are indispensable to maintain that economic resilience. It is a c...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jul 16, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

While it's nice that NZ wants a new "disaster relief ship", for a country that small that doesn't fund their military very well, it seems to be an extravagance. If they had a few A400s, a couple more P8s, and had concrete plans for replacing their frigates and adding an ice-strengthened O...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:12 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

Which is what it was bought for, it's real job is disaster relief in the Pacific. The fact that it can carry other equipment is moot. Whatever we replace Canterbury with should have a much larger hospital and a well dock, we need to face facts this kind of vessel is far more useful to NZ than a hel...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jul 16, 2022 11:10 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

Looking at the RNZN website and reading some of their printed material, it almost seems that they consider the Canterbury to almost be more a domestic disaster relief ship than a naval warship. I don't know if this is just PC stuff for the public or if that's what they really consider it. While nav...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 15, 2022 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS pilots go on strike
Replies: 104
Views: 19524

Re: SAS pilots go on strike

Yeah right. Why would the pilots throw away their best bargaining chip like that? Because they didn’t read the room, it wasn’t the best idea to strike in the middle of the summer holidays, the first summer holidays in 3 years that people have been free to travel. Most of the people I word with and ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 15, 2022 8:46 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 11395

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

The Chinese shipbuilding industry is vastly superior to the US industry. USS Ford took 8 years to build, Fijian 6. The type 004 CVN is allegedly already laid down for a 2024 launch. How many years before it's part of the fleet on a regular basis, though? No idea, but Shandong was commissioned in 20...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 15, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Australia NZ and PNG latest
Replies: 38
Views: 2858

Re: Australia NZ and PNG latest

Looking at the RNZN website and reading some of their printed material, it almost seems that they consider the Canterbury to almost be more a domestic disaster relief ship than a naval warship. I don't know if this is just PC stuff for the public or if that's what they really consider it. While nav...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 15, 2022 6:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China
Replies: 57
Views: 2567

Re: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China

I mean when they stared construction? 2019, some of them are being built in Russia at Zvezda Shipyard with Korean help. Why not use wartime capacity to build more ships and ports now that we know it is the bottleneck? Which shipyard in the US could build 300m long LNG carriers? Where are you going ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone
Replies: 185
Views: 11395

Re: China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

It's somehow comforting to downplay new rival/ enemy's I guess. And if we are clearly leapfrogged, look the other way or state it's really propaganda, unfair. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FBn37NPUYAQ97HY.jpg:large https://mobile.twitter.com/alvinfoo/status/1448461361181184005 Nobody is downplaying a...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS pilots go on strike
Replies: 104
Views: 19524

Re: SAS pilots go on strike

The pilots are not innocent in this, they could have gone out after the summer holidays. Yeah right. Why would the pilots throw away their best bargaining chip like that? Because they didn’t read the room, it wasn’t the best idea to strike in the middle of the summer holidays, the first summer holi...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China
Replies: 57
Views: 2567

Re: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China

How long have the Russian fleet been under construction? The first 15 are already in service, the newer more powerful versions are in various stages of construction, a couple of them have been handed over to owners. I mean when they stared construction? 2019, some of them are being built in Russia ...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS pilots go on strike
Replies: 104
Views: 19524

Re: SAS pilots go on strike

No I won’t spare you. It has indeed slipped into our countries for the last 20 years, and there is accordingly a pretty strong pushback these day. Working life and employee rights has been a central part of several of the last elections in the scandinavian countries. But this isn’t as simple as a l...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS pilots go on strike
Replies: 104
Views: 19524

Re: SAS pilots go on strike

I sincerely think you mean «thank you, anko and the SAS board». The pilots don’t really have a choice here. Even conservative Aftenposten and E24 covers it from the collective agreement and union-busting angle now. https://e24-no.translate.goog/naeringsliv/i/34vGa0/historiker-sas-streiken-kan-faa-b...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 12:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS pilots go on strike
Replies: 104
Views: 19524

Re: SAS pilots go on strike

Unless a miracle happens I guess my family are not flying to Barcelona on Sunday. I was sent a text on Tuesday for a free change of tickets, that won't work, my wife and older son have jobs to start the week after next, they can't swap their holidays and I won't be able to change the dates for our d...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heathrow Airport to limit departing passengers numbers until September 11th.
Replies: 68
Views: 14575

Re: Heathrow Airport to limit departing passengers numbers until September 11th.

Having been through LHR a few times in the past couple of months the biggest holdup isn't check in its security, they don't open up enough lanes, the ques are long people get angry and frustrated, it's not fun. Terminal 5 is the worst by far.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 14, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China
Replies: 57
Views: 2567

Re: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China

Then maybe the US and Canada should race to increase petroleum export facility and ships in order to drive Russian gases out of competition, shipping across the Pacific should be much more economical than shipping across Arctic and Bering Straits, or via Indian Ocean It would take a fair few years ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jul 13, 2022 4:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China
Replies: 57
Views: 2567

Re: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China

Russia energy export to China is capacity limited, like they only have one single gas pipeline, I am not sure about energy but I don't think they can export much more than what they already exported There is a fleet 15 of ARC7 LNG carriers running between Yamal and China today. There's about 20 mor...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jul 13, 2022 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China
Replies: 57
Views: 2567

Re: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China

Russia energy export to China is capacity limited, like they only have one single gas pipeline, I am not sure about energy but I don't think they can export much more than what they already exported There is a fleet 15 of ARC7 LNG carriers running between Yamal and China today. There's about 20 mor...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jul 13, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China
Replies: 57
Views: 2567

Re: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China

So to chip in on the dark side, the USA is sending a million barrels of oil to China maybe as incentive to not assist Russia, but they could have sent the oil to Germany who Russia has cut off who is sending equipment to Ukraine....the political things that make you say hmmm.... The US is selling t...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jul 12, 2022 8:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anger simmers for Dutch farmers who oppose pollution cuts
Replies: 66
Views: 3042

Re: Anger simmers for Dutch farmers who oppose pollution cuts

For hundreds of years there weren't farms with thousands of animals. The problem with farming in the Netherlands is its incredibly intensive due to the limited amount of space available. Put simply the dairy industry has outgrown the land available to it, cows are living inside almost all year roun...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jul 12, 2022 7:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anger simmers for Dutch farmers who oppose pollution cuts
Replies: 66
Views: 3042

Re: Anger simmers for Dutch farmers who oppose pollution cuts

Aesma wrote:
Often the waste is put on fields as fertilizer.


That's the smell of Norway in summer, cow poop sprayed on the fields to improve the grass.

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jul 12, 2022 7:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas educators have proposed that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation"
Replies: 45
Views: 2995

Re: Texas educators have proposed that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation"

you are the one talking about a power struggle in DC. DC is not where the issue is. The issue starts locally with bad ideas by bad people, and this whole Topic is a result of a bad law by very bad politicians. You want to talk about the divide in the US, it is because very dumb people claim allegia...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jul 11, 2022 5:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Waterfall faucets - Yay or nay?
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Waterfall faucets - Yay or nay?

I hate them, they’re tacky as hell and just don’t do the job of being a tap properly.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas educators have proposed that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation"
Replies: 45
Views: 2995

Re: Texas educators have proposed that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation"

When I see the attitudes of the people in the southern United States, I really wish that the North had lost the civil war so that we would not have to be in the same country with them. Slavery is evil and the South's excuses for slavery or "involuntary relocation" are evil. Tbh I don’t se...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jul 10, 2022 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS files for chapter 11
Replies: 112
Views: 21929

Re: SAS files for chapter 11

Read the link I provoded a few posts above yours, it goes directly in to this question. The timing is not up to the pilots, Robert. I’m pretty sure they would have prefered not messing up everyone’s summer, but this time they had no choice. For once a SAS pilot’s strike is actually an inportant mat...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jul 10, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 136
Views: 7512

Re: Time to dump Pride?

The problems and issues of those who are Trans are different from a Lesbian or Gay male from access to public bathrooms to being on sports teams.Trying to be a 'big tent' for a range of gender identities may cause division eventually in the LGTBQ community, the general public and political leaders....

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by Kiwirob
Sun Jul 10, 2022 10:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 136
Views: 7512

Re: Time to dump Pride?

YES !!!!!! First off, let me say I DO actually identify as homosexual but you could say I’m one of those “old-fashioned” gays, you know like the one who couldn’t be nearly as open about their sexuality like the kids nowadays but oh well! That’s how times go I guess. In the words of the great Lenin ...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jul 09, 2022 12:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nicola Sturgeon seeks independence vote in Oct. 2023
Replies: 150
Views: 7677

Re: Nicola Sturgeon seeks independence vote in Oct. 2023

If it fails for a 2nd time I think Sturgeon falls on her sword I’m not so sure. Granted I’m not the most expertly versed in Scottish politics, but my understanding is that the other political parties (labor and conservatives) are in shambles more or less while the SNP (independence aside) have posi...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Jul 09, 2022 7:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas educators have proposed that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation"
Replies: 45
Views: 2995

Re: Texas educators have proposed that slavery should be taught as “involuntary relocation"

When I see the attitudes of the people in the southern United States, I really wish that the North had lost the civil war so that we would not have to be in the same country with them. Slavery is evil and the South's excuses for slavery or "involuntary relocation" are evil. Tbh I don’t se...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 08, 2022 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS files for chapter 11
Replies: 112
Views: 21929

Re: SAS files for chapter 11

The timing is not up to the pilots, Robert. I’m pretty sure they would have prefered not messing up everyone’s summer, but this time they had no choice. For once a SAS pilot’s strike is actually an inportant matter in a societal sense. Now, when pilots are asking to be made whole, we are back to th...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Jul 08, 2022 5:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World’s Thinnest Watch
Replies: 32
Views: 1233

Re: World’s Thinnest Watch

It's an exclusive club for people with money to waste. There is no real functionality there, just prestige in ordering a rare 50$ worth of materials device, with maybe 500$ of labor. I’d imagine the investment in time and research to make this movement would run to some serious cash, a Swiss watchm...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 07, 2022 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS files for chapter 11
Replies: 112
Views: 21929

Re: SAS files for chapter 11

Now, when pilots are asking to be made whole, we are back to the "greedy pilots always wanting more" part of the chorus. Its as predictable as the seasons. Normally I’d be on the pilots side but this time the timing is horrible, it’s been three summers since most Scandinavians have been a...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 07, 2022 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World’s Thinnest Watch
Replies: 32
Views: 1233

Re: World’s Thinnest Watch

It's an exclusive club for people with money to waste. There is no real functionality there, just prestige in ordering a rare 50$ worth of materials device, with maybe 500$ of labor. I’d imagine the investment in time and research to make this movement would run to some serious cash, a Swiss watchm...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World’s Thinnest Watch
Replies: 32
Views: 1233

Re: World’s Thinnest Watch

I love watches but this is a hard no from me.

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by Kiwirob
Thu Jul 07, 2022 10:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 136
Views: 7512

Re: Time to dump Pride?

Actually, you might be right on this one. Being Asexual (which means you are not usually attracted to others romantically) has nothing to do with being a trans women. Nor does it have anything to do with being gay. Nor does being gay have anything to do with being a trans women. This is what I have...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jul 06, 2022 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS files for chapter 11
Replies: 112
Views: 21929

Re: SAS files for chapter 11

If SAS liquidates, what socially responsible alternative airline do they have? Most certainly not Norwegian or the LCC's. * Norwegian Air shuttle (Norway and Europe) * Flyr ( Norway and Europe) * Norse Atlantic Airways (Europe and USA) * Wideroe (owned by SAS ... I'm not sure if it will affect Wide...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Jul 06, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boris Johnson done as Prime Minister?
Replies: 345
Views: 16221

Re: Boris Johnson done as Prime Minister?

I think he will survive a wee while longer, unless another few ministers resign this week then he’s toast. Can't wait for the weekend. I like Boris being a lovable rogue. I loathe Boris being a prime minister. We didn’t even need to wait for the weekend. I believe it’s now 32 members. The rats a ju...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Jul 05, 2022 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS files for chapter 11
Replies: 112
Views: 21929

Re: SAS files for chapter 11

Knowing nothing about how this legal process works, why is it filled in the United States when the company is based in Sweden? I wondered the same. The first thought that came to mind is that U.S. bankruptcy courts have a history of allowing companies to default on obligations to the workers. Europ...

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