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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis to resign ? ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2640

Re: Pope Francis to resign ? ?

While there have always been liberal and conservative factions in the Church, it seems like there is a sizeable group that is emerging that I call Evangelical Catholics. They are the pro-Trump, anti-vax crowd who act more and more like Fundamentalist Christians.

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

Because to the class of people that sits on BODs, $$ trumps any values. We know how it really works, but politicians should worry less about corporate profits. Citizens United and virtually unlimited contributions to PACs make that impossible. GM, Ford, Caterpillar, Boeing etc. all depend heavily o...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

What Huawei fallout, other than the UK and the USA, everyone else is moving full steam ahead or just delayed the decision until Trump left office. On the other hand, look at what China is doing to Australia via trade over critical comments, the scales are not balanced. That says more about those ot...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

Yeah, they not only don't want to offend China but they won't even truthfully say why they don't want to offend China.

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

What Huawei fallout, other than the UK and the USA, everyone else is moving full steam ahead or just delayed the decision until Trump left office. On the other hand, look at what China is doing to Australia via trade over critical comments, the scales are not balanced. That says more about those ot...

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13346

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

HAWK21M wrote:
The Aircraft left behind dont look so sofesticated to create panic though.
They aren't. They're just talking points in domestic partisan politics. There's not scary about M4s, Humvees, Blackhawks, etc.

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?
Replies: 164
Views: 23446

Re: Will the Airbus 330neo be developed further ?

Yeah, a third generation of the A330 would be great! They could call it the A330MAX. Oh, wait.... :rotfl:

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by johns624
Wed Sep 01, 2021 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

wingman wrote:
Pakistan hid the ringleader.
He started out in Afghanistan. It wasn't until he was flushed out of Tora Bora that he crossed the border. We had a reason to go into Astan. We just didn't have a reason to stay anywhere near as long as we did.

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by johns624
Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Here's a thought... Maybe the majority, or a very sizeable minority of Afghanis actually like the type of fundamentalist Islam that the Taliban espouse. Maybe they like their women uneducated. Maybe they don't appreciate ancient cultural icons? Maybe they like "freedom fighters" thumbing ...

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by johns624
Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Here's a thought... Maybe the majority, or a very sizeable minority of Afghanis actually like the type of fundamentalist Islam that the Taliban espouse. Maybe they like their women uneducated. Maybe they don't appreciate ancient cultural icons? Maybe they like "freedom fighters" thumbing t...

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by johns624
Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: Chinese professor warn that China is now "tolerating" Taiwan

In geopolitics there are five sides to a story, and re PRC assisting DPRK sanctions busting, you forgot the primary why: they don’t want a flood of 20 million refugees over their border when the regime collapses I mean, I know that's obvious, but as the primary supporter to a 5 decade humanitarian ...

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by johns624
Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

We lost another war. Luckely it was far away again. Vietnam, Yemen, Beirut, Iraq, Kurts, Afghanistan. Maybe time to get honest with ourselves and review our starting points, believes, ideologies and foreign strategies. We owe it to the victims and chaos we leave behind after another glorious, well ...

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by johns624
Mon Aug 30, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4885

Re: Universal Healthcare

All you have to do is watch tv shows like Dr Pimple Popper to see how applying the US medical system is. On tonight’s show Roger has two sheep’s testicle sized growths growing on his face. He was uninsured and couldn’t get help. This wouldn’t be an issue in nearly all developed developed countries ...

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by johns624
Sun Aug 29, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

I liked this piece very much, it's a longish read, but worth it. The War in Afghanistan Is What Happens When McKinsey Types Run Everything An Afghan General blames defense contractors for the collapse of the Afghan army. A government inspector blames the "the pervasiveness of overoptimism"...

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by johns624
Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

Dieuwer wrote:
I think China doesn't care about a possible economic fallout. Look what they just did to Hong Kong within a couple of weeks.

Hong Kong didn't fight back. Taiwan would. Besides, Hong Kong was a foregone conclusion once the British left. It just happened a little sooner.

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by johns624
Sun Aug 29, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA proposed its most expensive Embassy ever in Hanoi
Replies: 25
Views: 1673

Re: USA proposed its most expensive Embassy ever in Hanoi

ltbewr wrote:
I love the irony that 50 years ago we were at war in Vietnam, trying to keep out Communism. Now we will have this huge embassy in part due to capitalism (from trade).
Really no different than Germany and Japan.

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by johns624
Sat Aug 28, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA proposed its most expensive Embassy ever in Hanoi
Replies: 25
Views: 1673

Re: USA proposed its most expensive Embassy ever in Hanoi

Maybe of former state department person could explain why we need 13K persons in a $billion building. My worry is how do that many persons operate without getting in each others' way. Then again Amazon has 50K people working (pre-covid) in downtown Seattle. Someone hypothesized how many people coul...

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by johns624
Sat Aug 28, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hurricane Ida Incoming for MSY
Replies: 41
Views: 2473

Re: Hurricane Ida Incoming for MSY

I never understand why anyone would want to live in that area of the US. It has a giant bullseye dartboard for every hurricane in the region. It's what, 8 feet in most areas, below sea level. It's also dependent on a system of dams, levees and walls to keep the water out. Now I realize that Amsterd...

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by johns624
Sat Aug 28, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

Taiwan's real power though is the high tech production and I can't see that killed. This. I believe if China made a real push for Taiwan the Taiwanese would capitulate without putting up much if any fight, they have too much to lose if the country is flattened and it’s industry destroyed. Before th...

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by johns624
Sat Aug 28, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

. But let me spell this out, I think China could threaten a bit of nuclear weapons on Taiwan. The US would not invoke MAD over it. So China can do it. China is boss on this IMO. We should given citizenship to Taiwan passport holders and let history run its course. Fighting WW3 over it is asinine. L...

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by johns624
Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage
Replies: 130
Views: 7071

Re: China will continue to tolerate Taiwan (government), at this stage

Some of you aren't aware of the latest Japanese defense white paper. They've expanded their definition of defense, while talking about Taiwan and China directly. Basically, they say that if there is a local conflict that will have an effect on Japan, getting involved is defense. Most don't know it, ...

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by johns624
Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis to resign ? ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2640

Re: Pope Francis to resign ? ?

Wanting to be happy in life and for people to get on and life to be good for everyone and to take care of other people, to live in understanding are the sources of much of the worlds good. Fortunately these human qualities will continue to exist with or without religions. And then money gets involv...

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by johns624
Fri Aug 27, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis to resign ? ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2640

Re: Pope Francis to resign ? ?

Who cares? Watch the news of Afghanistan and see the world is better of without worshiping and interpretation of some ancient books…. Doing away with religions will not make a huge difference, greed and the love of power are the sources of much of the world's problems, unfortunately these human qua...

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by johns624
Fri Aug 27, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

LCDFlight wrote:

Why are we there anyway? Do we have any right to be there?

Why haven't you been asking that for the last 5 years?

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

cpd wrote:

Now it looks like we will have Taliban -v- ISIS-K.

What could possibly go wrong?
You make it sound like that's a bad thing. As long as they're killing each other, they aren't bothering anyone else.

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

https://twitter.com/mattaikins/status/1 ... 54727?s=21
Did you read the post just below the first one? The one by the same poster who said his roommate thought it was a sonic boom?
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AirPacific747 wrote:
Did you read the post just below the first one? The one by the same poster who said his roommate thought it was a sonic boom?

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing
Replies: 50
Views: 1738

Re: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing

So the courts are saying that the courts have been racist? I can understand giving the same sentences for the same crimes, but the other part about more of certain minorities being punished is wrong. There are certain areas of cities that are more dangerous than others. Many have being a minority ar...

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

No link yet, but Fox is reporting 4 U.S. Marines KIA at Kabul Airport. Biden needs to cancel the pullout and ramp up troop numbers, or his entire administration needs to resign immediately. His actions are now costing American lives. Marc How many more lives will be lost if we "ramp up troop n...

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

This whole story doesn't make any sense. https://www.businessinsider.com/two-dozen-california-students-are-stuck-in-afghanistan-report-2021-8#:~:text=%20%20%201%20Two%20dozen%20San%20Diego,finish%20its%20evacuation%20before%20facing%20%22consequences.%22%20More%20 I keep reading different slants to ...

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing
Replies: 50
Views: 1738

Re: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing

How does giving a lighter sentence to a defendant today help a totally different person who was given a harsher sentence 20-30 years ago?

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing
Replies: 50
Views: 1738

Re: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing

Wouldn't a better ruling say "You CAN'T consider race as a factor when sentencing"?

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by johns624
Thu Aug 26, 2021 1:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-90 better at hot and high airports than the B757?
Replies: 9
Views: 1562

Re: MD-90 better at hot and high airports than the B757?

I'd see a Delta MD-90 with an overflowing boarding lounge empty into the airplane and an Eastern 757-200 with a fully crowded boarding area empty out and into the plane. Going to the viewing area I would watch as the MD-90 become airborne on the hottest days in July after a very short takeoff run. ...

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by johns624
Wed Aug 25, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing
Replies: 50
Views: 1738

Re: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing

Yeah, so? A certain poster is writing like Canada has the same history with Blacks as we do. They don't. Maybe with First Nation people, but not Blacks. Why do you make such a bogus assumption. ? It is in the articles. or here. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/five-charts-that-show-what-systemic-racis...

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by johns624
Wed Aug 25, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing
Replies: 50
Views: 1738

Re: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing

fr8mech wrote:
johns624 wrote:
Does everyone realize that we are talking about Canada here, not the US?


Yeah, so?
A certain poster is writing like Canada has the same history with Blacks as we do. They don't. Maybe with First Nation people, but not Blacks.

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by johns624
Wed Aug 25, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing
Replies: 50
Views: 1738

Re: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing

Does everyone realize that we are talking about Canada here, not the US?

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by johns624
Tue Aug 24, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Charlie Watts
Replies: 14
Views: 823

Re: RIP Charlie Watts

How can Mick and Keith still be alive?

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by johns624
Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13346

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

How much of that equipment wasn't "left behind" but was transferred to the Afghan Army over the last 20 year? I find it hard to believe that there were "pallets of dollars" left behind. If there were, I just lost confidence in our grunts...

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by johns624
Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10832

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

Are you trying to say that the US troops that controled the access to that first German A400M arriving in Kabul would have let more people get through if it had been an American-made type? No, he's saying that a smaller C130 could've hauled those 7 people. Nonsensic argument, as even a C130 is much...

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by johns624
Sun Aug 22, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10832

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

It's confirmed that the German A400 only rescued 7 people. Maybe they should've waited and send their new C-130 instead. Are you trying to say that the US troops that controled the access to that first German A400M arriving in Kabul would have let more people get through if it had been an American-...

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by johns624
Sun Aug 22, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10832

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

I understand that some countries, including the US and Germany, are using helicopters to pick up people from parts of Kabul and bring them to the airport. Is that not terribly dangerous? Don’t they fear that the helicopters will be shot down? And also, why did the western countries abandon the emba...

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by johns624
Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Not to mention that two of the five countries mentioned aren't even in NATO.

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by johns624
Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

As for Pakistan, I also think the opposite, we should drop any pretense with that country and let it decide what it wants. While also making clear that if they start a war with India, we will support India. Next is dropping Turkey from NATO. I agree with both statements. We've had a problem for yea...

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by johns624
Sat Aug 21, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1031
Views: 171695

Re: USAF F-15EX News and Discussion Thread

JayinKitsap wrote:
Is Iron Butterfly PC enough.
Only in the Garden of Eden.

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by johns624
Sat Aug 21, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?
Replies: 32
Views: 2015

Re: Your favorite self-hubbing connection?

Back in the mid-90's, I built an itinerary for my mother and myself on DL & KW (TPA-FLL-SJU) that proved to be significantly cheaper than the offerings for AA & DL (AA nonstop TPA-SJU or TPA-MIA-SJU, DL TPA-MCO-SJU). This would have been right around the time WN started service to TPA, so I...

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by johns624
Fri Aug 20, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

You don't think the blackhawks are fancy? :sarcasm: It's all relative, they're transport helicopters. The couple I've seen didn't have rotor blades and seemed in a sorry state. I agree. Helicopters are also very maintenance-intensive. They won't be flyable for long, if they even are now. Especially...

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by johns624
Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

What's more surprising is why western people there, aside from directly linked with embassy work, still thought it was a good idea to stay. That's been my question, too. Whether there were warnings from the State Dept or not. Here would be my thought process if I were there. "I'm in a country ...

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by johns624
Thu Aug 19, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

A “ Minor thing” with thousands of American Citizens left to the tender mercy of the Taliban, facing violence, slavery, or even execution. Our justification for remaining in Afghanistan ended the day bin Laden died. That being said, a plan existed for the SAFE removal of all Americans and equipment...

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by johns624
Thu Aug 19, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42964

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

I don’t disagree with you here. However, I’m at a loss. This is bigger than me or anyone here. And I would never put a tacky bumper sticker on my car! How dare you! :-) While there is nothing we can directly do to help the current situation, we must learn from this. To do that, the situation should...

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by johns624
Wed Aug 18, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6516

Re: The Murder of Ella French

I couldn't see the NYT article but the ATF stats show me nothing of the sort. It shows me that, despite what movies portray, the vast majority of licensees are squeaky clean or just have minor clerical errors. You should be the ones pushing for regulation then. As it's often said in other contexts ...

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by johns624
Wed Aug 18, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Murder of Ella French
Replies: 156
Views: 6516

Re: The Murder of Ella French

B777LRF wrote:
The only good thing about 2A is the letter. It's an amendment, and as all other amendments it can be repealed.
Including Freedom of Speech. Watch what you wish for.

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