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by Aesma
Wed Jan 04, 2023 3:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lester Chang NY residency concerns.
Replies: 14
Views: 831

Re: Lester Chang NY residency concerns.

It's not outrageous like some cases where people don't even live in the state they're running in, but still rules are rules, and the GOP are all about tackling election fraud, no ? No ?

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by Aesma
Wed Jan 04, 2023 11:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Pakistan split up? TTP sets up rival government.
Replies: 5
Views: 793

Re: Will Pakistan split up? TTP sets up rival government.

Maybe the Pakistani government will stop playing with fire with the religious nutjobs...

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by Aesma
Wed Jan 04, 2023 12:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kevin McCarthy makes history... first in 100 years to fail Speaker vote
Replies: 276
Views: 13172

Re: Kevin McCarthy makes history... first in 100 years to fail Speaker vote

The US might finally become a multi-party democracy.

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by Aesma
Tue Jan 03, 2023 11:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ken Block has gone
Replies: 7
Views: 970

Re: Ken Block has gone

I was surprised by his age. Then looking into it he started his career at 40. Gives me hope I guess !

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by Aesma
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?
Replies: 82
Views: 2530

Re: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?

Banks used to send me new chequebooks every couple of years even though I still had plenty so at some point I had like 10 full books it was ridiculous. And most of them the "wrong" type : attached lengthwise at the top instead of to the short side.

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by Aesma
Tue Jan 03, 2023 10:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?
Replies: 111
Views: 7695

Re: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?

About having a stash somewhere, it's easily done with crypto, of course. As for the pace of the justice system, first there needs to be a thorough investigation. If this was France it would take at least 5 years, even if as high profile as involving a former president of the country. US justice is l...

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by Aesma
Tue Jan 03, 2023 8:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 9th Circuit Appeals court denies principal qualified immunity in teacher's MAGA hat job retaliation lawsuit
Replies: 15
Views: 977

Re: 9th Circuit Appeals court denies principal qualified immunity in teacher's MAGA hat job retaliation lawsuit

Because I don’t have kids and no plans to, I rarely concern myself with school stuff. As such, I’m not sure if this has come up, but what would happen if a male teacher in a country school district came dressed in drag? You mean like this : https://unherd.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/kayla-1024x5...

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by Aesma
Tue Jan 03, 2023 7:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?
Replies: 82
Views: 2530

Re: Cheques/checks - do they still exist where you are? If so, how widely are they used?

Here in France old people use them a lot. Never queue behind an old person at the supermarket or you'll get to see a check being retrieved, filled, etc., in slow motion. I use them rarely but there are still occasions for them, although there is a bit of a chicken and egg issue with that as most peo...

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by Aesma
Mon Jan 02, 2023 6:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests
Replies: 151
Views: 6454

Re: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests

Yes. I support the abolition of the monarchy, all titles, all nobility, worldwide. Not realistic if you ask me, as it proves to be extremely difficult to eradicate this. I used to work with a French engineer with aristocratic roots and hIs name card still revealed his background. When I asked him w...

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by Aesma
Mon Jan 02, 2023 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Epstein's sex trafficking was aided by JPMorgan, a U.S. Virgin Islands lawsuit says
Replies: 10
Views: 1102

Re: Epstein's sex trafficking was aided by JPMorgan, a U.S. Virgin Islands lawsuit says

Well the USVI exists to provide such dodgy banking services so the AG was in the wrong job if she wanted to fight against that. Also saying that the bank shouldn't have provided Epstein with its services for rich people because he was convicted is disingenuous, he did the time. On the other hand loo...

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by Aesma
Mon Jan 02, 2023 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 9th Circuit Appeals court denies principal qualified immunity in teacher's MAGA hat job retaliation lawsuit
Replies: 15
Views: 977

Re: 9th Circuit Appeals court denies principal qualified immunity in teacher's MAGA hat job retaliation lawsuit

Aside from the political side of it, the guy is basically causing trouble amongst colleagues. Isn't that a good reason to at least require he stop ?

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by Aesma
Sun Jan 01, 2023 11:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests
Replies: 151
Views: 6454

Re: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests

It worked out fine, after some more tries.

And I'm all for recognizing "French throne claimants'" rights to the throne, as long as they offer their head for the guillotine in return.

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by Aesma
Sun Jan 01, 2023 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests
Replies: 151
Views: 6454

Re: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests

As long as Andrew has a title, Harry will have a title. End of story. You are most likely right, But what is your opinion? Would you support Harry losing his titles that's the point of the survey in question and thread Yes. I support the abolition of the monarchy, all titles, all nobility, worldwid...

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by Aesma
Sun Jan 01, 2023 5:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests
Replies: 151
Views: 6454

Re: Nearly half of Brits say Prince Harry should lose his title, survey suggests

As long as Andrew has a title, Harry will have a title.

End of story.

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 31, 2022 4:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

Russia sold a lot of oil and gas to China (and India). The question is, what did it buy, and did it allow Russia to manufacture things ?

We already know that despite the rhetoric China is NOT selling weapons to Russia.

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 31, 2022 4:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, RIP
Replies: 21
Views: 1680

Re: Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, RIP

In the end what mattered is what he did, or rather didn't do as a Pope. If he had taken things head on, his own previous non action might have been forgiven. But he continued the tried and true tradition of minimizing, lightly condemning, protecting the offenders. And even the current Pope, while be...

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 30, 2022 11:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

I don't know how we could get real numbers but it would be interesting to know what Russia is producing, importing, exporting.

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 30, 2022 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

Russia could declare a rate of 1USD=10RUB for exchanges effected in Russia and, agreed, that rate is meaningless if outside Russia you can buy 100 rubles with 1 dollar. I quoted the price at which I can trade dollars for rubles outside Russia. You can trade rubles at that price, yes. How, though ? ...

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 30, 2022 2:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rafale pre-selected over F-16 and Gripen by Columbia
Replies: 32
Views: 4250

Re: Rafale pre-selected over F-16 and Gripen by Columbia

Good news ! I'm guessing 2 engines (also true for the Gripen) played a role for a country with plenty of places you can't hope to land on and don't want to eject over either ?

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by Aesma
Thu Dec 29, 2022 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK secures rights as only airline allowed to serve Moët&Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon
Replies: 52
Views: 9707

Re: EK secures rights as only airline allowed to serve Moët&Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon

About Champagne production there would be no problem in increasing it, the place is quite big, a few years ago there was massive overproduction that tanked the prices, that's why production was reduced. As for quality, there are all kinds of Champagnes starting at less than 10€ until infinity, what ...

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by Aesma
Thu Dec 29, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

It took several revolutions for France to get where it is now (1789, 1830, 1848, 1870). One big factor every time was a liberal/free press with prominent leaders/journalists/writers. Russians didn't value enough their free press when they got one, maybe after so many years of pravda they couldn't di...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 28, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New MINI Cooper Convertible ‘coming home’ to be built in the UK
Replies: 34
Views: 2628

Re: New MINI Cooper Convertible ‘coming home’ to be built in the UK

The Mini is coming back but the PM will be riding in German made Audis : https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/brexit-causes-government-ditch-jaguar-25831678 No British manufacturer can make armored limousines. Now I will correct that headline, since the only possible contender (and cu...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 28, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK secures rights as only airline allowed to serve Moët&Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon
Replies: 52
Views: 9707

Re: EK secures rights as only airline allowed to serve Moët&Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon

They're not blocking the sale of Champagne in general, only of a few brands.

Don't Pepsi and Coca have plenty of exclusive deals with various venues and outlets ?

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 28, 2022 1:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

Yes you can protest in our democracies, up to a point anyway. I wonder what would happen in the US if you had something like the Yellow Vests. My point was in agreement with WildcatYXU, Russians are ultimately responsible. Some thousands rebelling in the right places can probably topple Putin. Last...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 28, 2022 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend
Replies: 97
Views: 19125

Re: Bypassing sanctions, Iran received 4 A340-300 over the Xmas weekend

Sorry Nancy, what exactly do you expect the South Africans to do? If the flight plan is filed to DXB what do you want? Enough with the conspiracy theories... That's assuming the South Africans would even care. Hard to believe US inteligence was totally blindsided to this. That's assuming they even ...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

Yes you can protest in our democracies, up to a point anyway. I wonder what would happen in the US if you had something like the Yellow Vests. My point was in agreement with WildcatYXU, Russians are ultimately responsible. Some thousands rebelling in the right places can probably topple Putin. Last ...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 28, 2022 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa 747 diverts to ORD due smoking laptop - 2 FAs injured
Replies: 32
Views: 8033

Re: Lufthansa 747 diverts to ORD due smoking laptop - 2 FAs injured

These days laptop batteries are often non replaceable easily, you need to dismantle it (not saying it's very difficult, but you can't swap batteries on a whim). As for a "Chinese copy", China is the world leader in making batteries by a wide margin, so there is no real reason for a replace...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 28, 2022 2:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

Sad for the Russian people, they deserve a far better government than they have. Sorry, Dutchy, I respectfully disagree. The Russian people have exactly the government they deserve. The Russian Federation at least tried to show some signs of democracy. For example, there was a provision in the cons...

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by Aesma
Mon Dec 26, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia
Replies: 84
Views: 5201

Re: Economic Crisis Looming in Russia

To be clear what the sanctions did in the first few days of the war would already be called an economic crisis in our countries. Crazy inflation, fluctuating currency, millions of people jobless as western companies fled Russia, no way to import or export many things, empty shelves in supermarkets.....

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 25, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Electric airliners coming soon...
Replies: 254
Views: 26270

Re: Electric airliners coming soon...

eVTOLs don't need pilots. Most of them have dozens of individually controlled propellers that a human pilot couldn't handle anyway, so it would be completely fly by computer and the pilot would be an "operator" at most. And since it's VTOL in case of pb you put it down anywhere basically.

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 23, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London City wants to open Saturday 1230-1830
Replies: 89
Views: 13602

Re: London City wants to open Saturday 1230-1830

The conservatives have been in power in the UK for 12 years. A few years of labour in charge, possibly allied with the greens, and I can see LCY becoming a nice park.

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 23, 2022 8:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44294

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

Yeah now it's a French guy at the top ah ah, who isn't involved in tech (nor publicity stunts).

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 23, 2022 8:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?
Replies: 111
Views: 7695

Re: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?

That is a bad precedent to set. I could see offering that deal to a much lower level participant but she and the other employee need to spend some time in prison. Otherwise, you could be the number 2, live large and then turn on the boss and skate with no less than what you started the game with. R...

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 23, 2022 8:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?
Replies: 111
Views: 7695

Re: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?

FTX’s Gary Wang, Alameda’s Caroline Ellison plead guilty to federal charges, cooperating with prosecutors https://www.cnbc.com/2022/12/22/ftxs-gary-wang-alamedas-caroline-ellison-plead-guilty-to-federal-charges-cooperating-with-prosecutors.html https://twitter.com/SDNYnews/status/160574536184232755...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 21, 2022 11:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 734
Views: 44294

Re: Musk, Twitter News and Discussion Thread

About Twitter polls, or any similar online polls on websites, they're totally meaningless. On Twitter it's worse since it's an app used all over the world, but of course Musk is first and foremost followed by US users. And on Twitter and facebook, you can have a few people that call on their communi...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 21, 2022 11:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oregon Gov Commutes death sentences.
Replies: 120
Views: 5604

Re: Oregon Gov Commutes death sentences.

Personally aside from the most common arguments against the death penalty, that I agree with, I think it does the opposite of what it claims to do. It banalizes murder. The state can murder, so why can't I murder, too ? Of course in the case of the US (and some other countries) there is also the pro...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 21, 2022 2:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Protests in Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: Protests in Peru

The guy was totally unhinged.

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 21, 2022 1:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wolf’s Fang Runway in Antarctica
Replies: 23
Views: 5492

Re: Wolf’s Fang Runway in Antarctica

Don't watch any of them so can't comment (I think with Sam it's particularly a cultural thing, though), however if I had the opportunity, I would only fly the nicest seats, too. In fact here on airliners I think there are (or used to be) quite a few members who did just that. Now, does Antarctica re...

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 21, 2022 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF to offer scheduled CDG-MSY, for December 2022, 4-class 77Ws
Replies: 34
Views: 12090

Re: AF to offer scheduled CDG-MSY, for December 2022, 4-class 77Ws

President Macron visited NOLA during his state visit, maybe a sign for the future of the link.

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 18, 2022 9:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Cup 2022 Football Thread
Replies: 400
Views: 16905

Re: World Cup 2022 Football Thread

LittleFokker wrote:
For a tournament that is only held every 4 years, is one of the biggest in the world, you would think the trophy would be bigger than one person's forearm.

It's a team sport, the trophy should require at least 2 people to properly handle it.


It's 6Kg of gold.

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 18, 2022 8:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Shooting
Replies: 99
Views: 3812

Re: 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Shooting

There is no solution to mass shootings. But, one of the tradeoffs that society decided to make resulted in a police officer hesitating to take down a shooter and a lot of innocent kids died as a result. I can think of a different tradeoff society decided to make that's killed a lot more kids than o...

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 18, 2022 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Cup 2022 Football Thread
Replies: 400
Views: 16905

Re: World Cup 2022 Football Thread

Too bad my team lost but it was fair and an entertaining match, well done to Argentina. The champagne bottle stays in the fridge for now.

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by Aesma
Sun Dec 18, 2022 5:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Cup 2022 Football Thread
Replies: 400
Views: 16905

Re: World Cup 2022 Football Thread

Argentina was really going to win deservedly, and in 3 minutes everything is to do again. Lots of adrenaline for both sides !

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by Aesma
Sat Dec 17, 2022 4:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Cup 2022 Football Thread
Replies: 400
Views: 16905

Re: World Cup 2022 Football Thread

Well you'll get to see that match, tomorrow.

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by Aesma
Fri Dec 16, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Shooting
Replies: 99
Views: 3812

Re: 10 Years Since Sandy Hook Shooting

The conspiracy theory about it is quite something, too.

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by Aesma
Wed Dec 14, 2022 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3568

Re: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008

I applied that law to myself when I was about 13 so basically the age of the first people it will apply to.

I don't see how there can be a law that applies to some adults but not others though, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't pass constitutional scrutiny here.

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by Aesma
Tue Dec 13, 2022 5:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 10559

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Related economics question: Coal and LNG are commonly shipped by, well, ships, and it is allegedly the cheap way of transporting these basic industrial supplies. So why is it so expensive on moderately well populated islands for FF powered electricity? And also related, most of those islands are in...

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by Aesma
Mon Dec 12, 2022 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: PA 103 Alleged Bomb maker in USA custody
Replies: 39
Views: 4692

Re: PA 103 Alleged Bomb maker in USA custody

I don't necessarily support the release of terminally ill prisoners (depending on their crimes), but I understand it and wouldn't question a justice system on that point. A justice system's ultimate goal is to aid in the limitation and reduction of crime, if Scotland is significantly more peaceful t...

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by Aesma
Mon Dec 12, 2022 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Cup 2022 Football Thread
Replies: 400
Views: 16905

Re: World Cup 2022 Football Thread

And people wonder why the English are loathed in the football world: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/sun-runs-billboards-central-paris-ahead-englandfrance-world-cup-match.1000720 The Sun newspaper taking out arrogant billboards in Paris declaring “It’s Coming Home” and a definite English win...

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