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by Kent350787
Wed Jun 01, 2022 10:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Well I certainly didn't see or hear this coming, kept on the hush hush Albanese appointed an assistant minister for the republic. https://7news.com.au/politics/republicans-applaud-new-assistant-minister-c-7011602 It was there in the ministerial list on Tuesday but, yes, unexpected. The reality is t...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jun 01, 2022 12:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: airlines with bidet lavatories?
Replies: 6
Views: 2736

Re: airlines with bidet lavatories?

Will bidet systems be heavier to add on to aircraft because of all the water that has to be used? Will that make it less appealing for airlines or not? It seems interesting that a few airlines have it in some planes at least Given that the washlet came to prominence primarily in Japan, it's little ...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 31, 2022 11:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 15472

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2022

A problem is that, for political reason they have to make the Chinese vaccines no less appealing than the Western vaccines, and as the data is out there showing that SinoVac are less efficient against Omicron, they tried to push the narrative that it is milder and thus cause less side effects, so a...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 31, 2022 5:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 15472

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2022

Hong Kong government said that, as recently many coronavirus cases are found among inbound travellers on the PCR test taken by them on 12th day of arrival, inbound travellers will be required to take an additional PCR test on the 9th day of arrival, in order to.reduce the risk of the virus being sp...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 30, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says Clinton agreed to give Trump-Russia material to reporter
Replies: 135
Views: 6972

Re: Hillary agreed to leak Russia Hoax Trump Info to FBI

The “deplorables” comment was one of the most truthful moments of 2016. Actually it was one of the most stupidest things any candidate has said on the campaign trail. I am glad she said it though for it hurt her badly and contributed to her loss in the election in addition to showing the country wh...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 30, 2022 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 456
Views: 71831

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2022

The ET article also says two other NSW routes are under review to get the chop too. Maybe Narrandera might be one? It seems to get linked to some of their Griffith flights and WGA is nearby. I can understand Lismore going. It's not too far away from BNK were the fares and frequency would be more co...

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by Kent350787
Sun May 29, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 456
Views: 71831

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2022

Stupid question, but why historically has there been no service between Seattle and Oceania, whereas YVR has a robust market to Aus/NZ? I have my own but I'd like to know from locals why South Pacific routes out of Sea-Tac never worked. And yes I am aware of TN's PPT-SEA plans in 2023. The pre-exis...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 26, 2022 9:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

On a more positive note, all strength to the senators working across party lines to negotiate passage of gun control legislation.

Reducing the gun carnage in the US is a massive task, but even if legislative change is largely symbolic it seems a good start.

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by Kent350787
Thu May 26, 2022 2:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

it's really not that difficult, for those who are mentally twisting themselves up. Trump is banning guns during his speech at the upcoming NRA conference. NRA is filing for bankruptcy due to its corrupt leaders, nepotism, fraud. They spent 70 million buying votes to get Trump elected. Cruz and Abbo...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 26, 2022 1:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

https://mobile.twitter.com/Readers4Pete/status/1177627248347582467 For those posters who don't reside in the U.S., this thread gives you an idea of what actually happens during an active shooter drill. Even kindergarden classes now conduct these drills. When I went to elementary school and later hi...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 26, 2022 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

I'd go for that. But what would that do to stop things like school shootings, acts of rage, suicides, or children gaining access to guns? While you and your friends bandy about the 20,000 murdered by guns every year, you ignore that the number of deaths from guns is more than 40,000 every year, and...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Well, them kids died because of our God given 2nd amendment rights. But hey, freedom isn't free. God Bless 'Murica, the greatest freest country in the world. I would gladly take dozens of these sacrifices every year rather than live under the tyrannical gun laws of Canada, Australia, New Zealand an...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Sure, amendments are not permanent, but there is zero chance of the second being repealed. As I said earlier, there is essentially zero public support for doing so and for it to be possible you'd need 39 out of 50 states to agree to it. You'd be hard pressed to even get one state to ratify that cha...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 5:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Sure. I think the answer to your question is no...these children are not a sacrifice that *has* to be made, but at the same time we can't prevent all tragedies from occurring. No one would seriously argue that tens of thousands of motor vehicle deaths are sacrifices that must be made so that we can...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 4:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Question for the Second Amendment fetish folks - would you say that shootings such as today’s and the past weekend in Buffalo are just part of the sacrifice we must make for freedom? I think a better question is can we legislate our way out of all tragedies? I don't believe so. There are already mo...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

[No sensible private equity firm will put money into it be cause of political climate, and with private equity the requirements are to be profitable as possible at any moment political parties can and might impact on that profitability by legislating carbon tax of some description. The lack of an e...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 3:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

The generation market is not investing in fossil fuels. We're paying $600 million of public money for the Kurri Kurri gas generation plant. If it was a good deal, why wasn't the market ready to fund it? We're in a transition stage, but 10 years later than the rest of the developed world because of a...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Restricting guns will mean demand outstripping supplies. Prices will go up to a point where only the most organized of criminals can afford guns - and these guys don't go around committing petty crimes. No they won't, not when you'll be able to 3D print a gun easily in just a few years. Laws keep h...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 12:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Well, them kids died because of our God given 2nd amendment rights. But hey, freedom isn't free. God Bless 'Murica, the greatest freest country in the world. I would gladly take dozens of these sacrifices every year rather than live under the tyrannical gun laws of Canada, Australia, New Zealand an...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 12:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

But we know that a mix of renewables, plus expanded storage can deliver that. Australia has higher PV generation rates on cloudy days than many northern hemisphere countries have on sunny days. Coalition climate denialism and strong preference towards fossil fuel industries has held back investment ...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 12:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Well, them kids died because of our God given 2nd amendment rights. But hey, freedom isn't free. God Bless 'Murica, the greatest freest country in the world. I would gladly take dozens of these sacrifices every year rather than live under the tyrannical gun laws of Canada, Australia, New Zealand an...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 12:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Well, them kids died because of our God given 2nd amendment rights. But hey, freedom isn't free. God Bless 'Murica, the greatest freest country in the world. I would gladly take dozens of these sacrifices every year rather than live under the tyrannical gun laws of Canada, Australia, New Zealand an...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 25, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Now 18 kids and three adults dead.

Thoughts and prayers.

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by Kent350787
Tue May 24, 2022 11:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

but not everyone can afford it and especially those that rent will never pay to put those sorts of things in.l I know not everyone can afford it, but they are having to find ways regardless otherwise existing energy becomes far too expensive. So you get people increasing their loans because they've...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 24, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Gun ownership rates north of the border aren't so much lower, Gun ownership rates in Canada are a lot lower than in the US. Canada: 31 firearms per 100 residents US: 89 firearms per 100 residents. And the types of guns differ greatly. In Canada they actually do go hunting (for animals). I hadn't re...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 24, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Ban the gun. It's the only solution, just like in other Western nations. The freedom from being shot is a more fundamental freedom than the freedom to own a gun. Mind you, it's primarily a US issue, that realistically the US has no will to address. Gun ownership rates north of the border aren't so ...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 24, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

There is a big difference between even centre-left and left wing. There is no doubt that Sky after Dark is far right, and I'd argue the commercials are centre-right to right. The addition of Speers and Probyn to the ABC has clearly made its political coverage dead centre, if not slightly right. If w...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 24, 2022 9:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX
Replies: 519
Views: 16157

Re: Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, TX

Thoughts and prayers.

More innocent slain, more endless arguments about why action can’t be taken to stop it happening again to come.

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by Kent350787
Tue May 24, 2022 2:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

its just like wages the ALP are banging on about, minimum award rates are reviewed yearly by the the Fair Work Commission with both industry and government making submissions to the Annual Wage Review 99% would not even know that I reckon Mind you, a Government can make a submission strongly suppor...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 23, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?
Replies: 43
Views: 3108

Re: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?

Sydney is meh on a sunny day on a 16R approach with the green suburbs interpsersed by the sparkling blue water and the city skyline over to the east :P But less so on a stormy evening with considerable turbulence approaching 25 in a J31. Very memorable, but mostly for the looks on my fellow passeng...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 23, 2022 11:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

What’s the ALP to do next? If the ALP form a majority in the lower house, they do not need the crossbenchers, the Teals just become observers the Greens on the other hand have a few more cards to play if the coalition do not support them in the upper house, do the ALP throw money at the teal seats ...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 23, 2022 3:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

I have a hopefully noncontroversial question: Why did "Labour" become "Labor"? My understanding is that there was a lot of love for the USA when the Australian Labor Party was formed, and it was a conscious decision to adopt the US spelling in the last name. As for the "per...

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by Kent350787
Sun May 22, 2022 11:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Good Government relies on a good opposition - and we really don't have one after Saturday. i would hope Labor is able to move back to a spirit of negotiation and is able to advance a legislative agenda. Although Labor may scrape to majority in the house, the more broadly they can adance their agenda...

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by Kent350787
Sat May 21, 2022 12:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Im just hoping that the ALP can form government in their own right and not be beholden to the greens I too want a Labor majority but the e “beholden to the Greens” is just Lib bs scaremongering. If negotiation is needed, it will be interesting to see whether the independents or Greens will guarante...

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by Kent350787
Thu May 19, 2022 1:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?
Replies: 43
Views: 3108

Re: Most Memorable Approaches as a Passenger?

Sydney is meh on a sunny day on a 16R approach with the green suburbs interpsersed by the sparkling blue water and the city skyline over to the east :P But less so on a stormy evening with considerable turbulence approaching 25 in a J31. Very memorable, but mostly for the looks on my fellow passenge...

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by Kent350787
Wed May 18, 2022 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass shootings in Texas and NC
Replies: 56
Views: 3326

Re: Mass shootings in Texas and NC

Just noting that Sunday saw two more mass shootings reported, at a flea market in Houston with two deaths (3 injured) and in Winston-Salem in what seems to have been a shootout between vehicles (7 injured). Maybe this should just be made a sticky/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27No_Way_To_Prevent_...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 17, 2022 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

I don’t believe the issue is Labor, rather it’s finding the right message the resonates with people. When the bushfires have been largely forgotten by the general population, the vaccine rollout was sooo 2021, and RATs are in plentiful supply, Morrison has done just enough to detoxify his brand, as...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 17, 2022 2:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass shootings in Texas and NC
Replies: 56
Views: 3326

Re: Mass shootings in Texas and NC

Its unfortunate. RIP to all. You missed the 33 shot and 5 killed in Chicago because of mass shootings too https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-shooting-weekend-violence-crime-police/11855997/ The article did not describe any mass shootings - these were multiple gangland incidents with a single target or...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 17, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass shootings in Texas and NC
Replies: 56
Views: 3326

Re: Mass shootings in Texas and NC

I'm only posting about mass shootings. I didn't realise that I also had to try and carve out gang violence because that's somehow OK. In my city, the few gun deaths that there are tend to be gangland hits. Even the few domestic violence massacres have been via arson in recent years. The sickening to...

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by Kent350787
Tue May 17, 2022 1:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 75
Views: 4555

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Well the first issue is the energy source for the desalination plant. If you burn fossil fuels, you're making things worse. Well, we're not talking about climate change here; we're talking about dealing with drought conditions. At this point, the SW is simply too overpopulated and putting a strain ...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 16, 2022 11:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass shootings in Texas and NC
Replies: 56
Views: 3326

Mass shootings in Texas and NC

Just noting that Sunday saw two more mass shootings reported, at a flea market in Houston with two deaths (3 injured) and in Winston-Salem in what seems to have been a shootout between vehicles (7 injured). Maybe this should just be made a sticky/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27No_Way_To_Prevent_T...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 16, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

I'm not a fan of the first home buyer policies of either of the major parties - apart from the fact that both will push up the value of my property. Fuelling demand without increasing supply can see only one outcome. Plus the Coalition policy is another nail in the coffin of the super system they ir...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 16, 2022 4:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 75
Views: 4555

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Well the first issue is the energy source for the desalination plant. If you burn fossil fuels, you're making things worse. Ours in Sydney is powered by renewables, including from wind turbines. Ironically. It was heavily damaged by a mini-tornado a few years ago and barely back on line during the ...

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by Kent350787
Mon May 16, 2022 12:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3297

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Clutch101 wrote:
Really no point, it’s basically a daily thing now. It would take up too much space on this site.


I had a post deleted yesterday for suggesting a general "today's mass shooting in the USA" thread. It seems that the mods prefer individual threads on each new horror.

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by Kent350787
Mon May 16, 2022 12:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 75
Views: 4555

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Given that CA just announced a massive budget surplus, one of the big items for Sacramento is investing in water desalination plants along the coast (namely in the SoCal region). If there's excess production, it can sell some to AZ and NV so that those states also benefit. If both states want a con...

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by Kent350787
Sun May 15, 2022 11:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3297

One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 79614.html

Will be interesting to see what comes out regarding motivations of the shooter.
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Just starting a thread on today's US mass shooting https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 79614.html

Will be interesting to see what comes out regarding motivations of the shooter.

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by Kent350787
Sun May 15, 2022 12:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 9405

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

Surely it’s time to revisit the notion of a generic “latest US mass shooting” generic thread for the forum.

Those of us outside the US can only stay aghast for so long, and few in the US seem willed to do anything about the (on average) daily mass shootings.

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by Kent350787
Fri May 13, 2022 11:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 278
Views: 13584

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Morrison only gave Labor opposition 1 day to review the AUKUS deal before it went through and was announced: https://www.smh.com.au/national/biden-demanded-bipartisan-support-before-signing-aukus-labor-was-not-told-for-months-20220513-p5al9d.html Playing politics with national security. I see Joe H...

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