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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 19, 2022 6:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Title 42 Expiration and the Border - What happens next?
Replies: 126
Views: 4554

Re: Title 42 Expiration and the Border - What happens next?

So hiding behind bad service is a reason to not accept people fleeing certain death or poverty? Nice. I think its something entirely different though. We all know what. The LDP's political survival? Oh of course that's involved too. But there is really very little cultural tradition of philanthropy...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 19, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Title 42 Expiration and the Border - What happens next?
Replies: 126
Views: 4554

Re: Title 42 Expiration and the Border - What happens next?

Drone photos show pretty large groups already gathering. The US media (outside of Fox) doesn't seem to be covering the story much. Not sure what it will take for the US to have a frank discussion and plan on moving forward. 4 million people trying to enter? Heading into a split Congress and an econ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Dec 16, 2022 6:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

New Zealand's situation vs cigarettes is unique. New Zealand's situation vs cigarettes is not that unique. Largely as a result of concious industry targeted marketing our indigenous peoples had/have our highest smoking rates. This was certainly true in Australia as well and I suspect North America....

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by Kiwirob
Fri Dec 16, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia Foreign Agent Law Expanded
Replies: 8
Views: 1107

Re: Russia Foreign Agent Law Expanded

SEAorPWM wrote:
I wonder if the 18+ stamp is a clap back at the US? No other civilized nation considers a 16 or 17 year old a "child".


Really, what do they call them? Until you reach the age of majority aren't you still a child?

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 8:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

I am not sure if the new law in NZ will really work but it is worth a try. I think eventually it will be reversed due to it lack of working or creating black markets and other issues. There has been several major ways taken to reduce tobacco consumption I have seen develop in the USA over the last ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

Massively shortsighted. I detest cigarettes and have never smoked. I've always supported indoor smoking bans as common sense public health measures. This is ridiculous. Prohibition never works and just causes more problems. Wow what is next? Alcohol? Soda? Scary actually. Abortion? Being gay? Other...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

Odd. So a 17 year old caught drinking or having tobacco would be sent to adult jail, since 17 is an adult in NZ? Sounds like US "logic". I wonder what would happen in 2026 and onwards if someone 18+ gets caught smoking and they were born after 2007? Where do you get 17 from? 16 is the age...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

Only a complete idiot would take up smoking today, now those people will have to find something else. I am sorry in my country we are free to make that decision for ourselves. So long as you don’t live in Brookline, Massachusetts and were born after 1 Jan 2000, those poor Americans won’t be able to...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

Only a complete idiot would take up smoking today, now those people will have to find something else. I am sorry in my country we are free to make that decision for ourselves. Good for you, your country does plenty of stupid things which other countries laugh about, besides should I want to smoke I...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 6:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any ‘CHIPS’ fans here ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1742

Re: Any ‘CHIPS’ fans here ?

LCDFlight wrote:
Loved the show. It (and Three’s Company, different type of show) both made California look really good in the late 70s early 80s. Positive lifestyles and people being good to each other.


The UK original Man About the House was better.

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 6:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

Wow what is next? Alcohol? Soda? Scary actually. It's not really, smoking is at historic lows in NZ, all this is doing is accelerating it's demise. Only a complete idiot would take up smoking today, now those people will have to find something else. it's called choice that's the difference until th...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 6:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

What's the current age in NZ for tobacco? 18. In line with sales of alcohol in shops. Odd. So a 17 year old caught drinking or having tobacco would be sent to adult jail, since 17 is an adult in NZ? Sounds like US "logic". I wonder what would happen in 2026 and onwards if someone 18+ gets...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 14, 2022 6:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Bans Tobacco Sales for People Born After 2008
Replies: 87
Views: 3913

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

NIKV69 wrote:
Wow what is next? Alcohol? Soda? Scary actually.


It's not really, smoking is at historic lows in NZ, all this is doing is accelerating it's demise. Only a complete idiot would take up smoking today, now those people will have to find something else.

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by Kiwirob
Tue Dec 13, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any ‘CHIPS’ fans here ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1742

Re: Any ‘CHIPS’ fans here ?

There were lots of shows like Chips which were Sunday night dinner in front of the tv viewing when I was a kid, Jake and the Fat Man, B.J. and the Bear (I'm not sure this name would past the smell test today??), Dukes of Hazzard, Buck Rogers, Rip Tide, Remington Steel

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by Kiwirob
Tue Dec 13, 2022 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

mxaxai wrote:
ACDC8 wrote:
Yup, batteries are heavy.

Of course, but 17'' or 18'' rims used to be perfectly fine for even heavy vans and luxury sedans. On this concept vehicle, it looks like at least 20'', possibly even 22''. That's a deliberate design choice.


On this concept they are 22".

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by Kiwirob
Tue Dec 13, 2022 12:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Either way I'm sure most of us who haven't got one foot in the grave already will own an HEV or a BEV at some point in time. No disagreement there. Personally, I'm still a good 10 years away which gives me time to see how the technology advances and a better picture of long time, real world battery...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 11, 2022 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Bodø Airport
Replies: 7
Views: 2870

Re: New Bodø Airport

Apparently the plans for a new Bodø Airport in Norway have been given the green light after years of debate. https://kommunikasjon.ntb.no/pressemelding/har-vedtatt-bygging-av-ny-lufthavn-i-bodo?publisherId=17421123&releaseId=17949546&lang=no (in Norwegian - scroll down for two pictures). Wo...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 11, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Marriage: do women change surname in your country?
Replies: 43
Views: 1973

Re: Marriage: do women change surname in your country?

My wife took my surname, this was common in NZ 20 years ago when most of my friends married, although one of my friends took his wife’s surname, not unheard of but not the norm. In Norway most people don’t get married, if they do all sorts of things happen with the surname. If they don’t marry and h...

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art wrote:
Rishi Sunak (UK prime minister) is set to announce a collaboration between the UK, Italy and Japan to develop a new fighter jet that uses artificial intelligence.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-63908284


The Swedes are out?

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by Kiwirob
Thu Dec 08, 2022 6:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme
Replies: 334
Views: 12963

Re: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme

The Mughals became Indian. The colonizers never integrated on any level - it was segregation all the way. So you believe that segretationary type of colonialism is bad, and integrationary kind of colonialism is good? The first demands justice, retribution, reparations. The other doesn't. Correct? I...

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by Kiwirob
Thu Dec 08, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme
Replies: 334
Views: 12963

Re: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme

Interesting. So colonialism is apparently a major part of this screaming match. And then it's irrelevant if countries were not participating in colonialism, or were on the receiving end of it (Finland). Interesting. Would you have an opinion, as far as colonialism is concerned, in which camp would ...

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by Kiwirob
Wed Dec 07, 2022 6:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme
Replies: 334
Views: 12963

Re: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme

Interesting. How would you classify Norway, Finland, Switzerland in this debate, then? North v/s south. East v/s west. Developed v/s developing. Or we could go full 19th century and classify them the way they classified themselves: by race. “White men” v/s their “burden”/“savages” etc. But what wou...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Dec 06, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA abandoning free trade ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1843

Re: USA abandoning free trade ?

We'll see if they agree with the consequences. The example of Whirlpool in the article is telling (incidentally, Whirlpool has also made political waves here in France, closing a factory here to open a new one in Poland, it played out during the 2017 presidential election). It's basically consumeri...

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by Kiwirob
Tue Dec 06, 2022 8:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Russia just launched the biggest European war since 1945 and you're saying a defensive alliance against it has no reason to exist? Russia's actions created more than seven million new refugees in less than a year (https://data.unhcr.org/en/situations/ukraine} and you're saying that it's those other...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 3:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for termination of Constitution
Replies: 56
Views: 4500

Re: Trump calls for termination of Constitution

Side note: if having dinner with anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers will not make Republicans turn their back on him, nothing will. But, we already knew that... Weird isn't it, in the US these people sit to the right, in the UK they sit on the left, or at least the Labor party does. Stay on topic. ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

c933103 wrote:
So you think they should just ride on security capacity of other countries for free?


In some respects yes, they clearly don't need a navy. It's a waste of money and resources.

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

There is absolutely no reason to suggest Russia would have tried to expand if NATO didn't exist. Other than the fact that they did try to expand on Feb 24, 2022, just as the hawks predicted that they would in the early 90s . Putin isn't the first tyrant to lead Russia, and it's a good bet that he w...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Belgium is down to 2 frigates and their replacements are only going to have half the VLS tubes as their Dutch sisters. I'm sorry, but 8 cells just isn't enough in today's world. They're just being cheap. You could say the Belgians are cheap, and the USA are wise. Another way to look at it, is that ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

As I already mentioned in the other thread Now you're being an idiot, the end of the cold war was wasted, it was the perfect opportunity for the world to disarm, we screwed that up. There is absolutely no reason to suggest Russia would have tried to expand if NATO didn't exist. An EU on friendly te...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Would that war have happened if NATO no longer existed or if it still did hadn't expanded to the east? As I already mentioned in the other thread Sure. Russia would extend to the Elba river. Or to Polish-German border minimum, right? Why would invade their already conquered territories? No, they'd ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 12:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Would that war have happened if NATO no longer existed or if it still did hadn't expanded to the east? The fact that Russia's invasion of Ukraine didn't trigger an attack on Russia by NATO offers clear proof that Putin's (alleged) paranoia was baseless. But everybody knew that before Feb 24th. The ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

The cold war ended, the reason for NATO's existence ended, it certainly didn't need to be expanded and European NATO countries didn't need to be dragged into Americas 9/11 wars. The biggest threat to European stability is not Russia it's the millions upon millions of people wanting to illegally mig...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

In fairness and perhaps rather forgotten about, was that the Cold War brought a whole new burden for a now reunited Germany, the East, it's problems, regeneration, a huge task it seems lost from recent history. It wasn't all just a 'peace dividend' for them. Germany was just an example. I could've ...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NATO and related topics discussion
Replies: 103
Views: 6517

Re: NATO and related topics discussion

Now we have established that NATO was not some US plot to control Europe, or even have undue influence domestically, despite the opposition to it's continuation in some quarters on both sides of the Pond after the Cold War, basic principals of collective defence still apply. And hasn't this year pr...

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by Kiwirob
Mon Dec 05, 2022 5:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump calls for termination of Constitution
Replies: 56
Views: 4500

Re: Trump calls for termination of Constitution

seb146 wrote:

Side note: if having dinner with anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers will not make Republicans turn their back on him, nothing will. But, we already knew that...


Weird isn't it, in the US these people sit to the right, in the UK they sit on the left, or at least the Labor party does.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Aesma wrote:
But there are millions upon millions (much more than the population of Norway) of workers in the EU auto industry that can't be ignored.


The Chinese manufacturers will build factories in the EU like Tesla, the Japanese and Koreans have done.

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

The South Koreans are planning to built wind farms which will be dedicated to producing energy to make green hydrogen. They want to make gigantic amounts of it, so do the Japanese and Chinese. In this transition plan, hydrogen will account for 33% of energy consumption and 23.8% of power generation...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA abandoning free trade ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1843

Re: USA abandoning free trade ?

It is not just the US and it is not just China. If it is only China then US would have been actively engaging into free trade treaties like TPP and try to engage free trade with countries like India yet this is not the case we are seeing now. In fact even back in 2016, major Democrats candidates al...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

I think China does have an advantage, it's making lots of batteries. Including for Tesla. And it has access to a lot of the materials. I wonder if the reason they've not invaded Europe (and the US) yet isn't a political calculation by XI, because if that happens, I expect a strong backlash, with pr...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The "Other" Neutral Country in Europe
Replies: 16
Views: 1437

Re: The

Why not talk about Ireland, which is also 'neutral'? Austria and Ireland are both members of the EU. Within the EU treaties, there is a kind of article 5-clause, so I would argue that they actually kind of have aligned themselves. Sweden and Finland actually border Russia, so that is a different ma...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA abandoning free trade ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1843

Re: USA abandoning free trade ?

It is not just the US and it is not just China. If it is only China then US would have been actively engaging into free trade treaties like TPP and try to engage free trade with countries like India yet this is not the case we are seeing now. In fact even back in 2016, major Democrats candidates al...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA abandoning free trade ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1843

Re: USA abandoning free trade ?

Well the USA does have a balance of trade problem which they need to address, no other developed country has their problem, time for them to learn from others even if that means the actual consumers not just the politicians. https://oec.world/en/profile/country/usa A lot of it is self inflicted, un...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

We get rebates, not tariffs on both EV and hydrogen. We don’t let Soviet socialist elite cars like those get big rebates. (That’s what some of now opposition politicians call them). The Honda I was referring to was Honda E. Nice design but poor range and not great space for the size. I looked at th...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 11:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Most apartment buildings around here have an underground garage, each apartment has a parking bay, its easy to install a charger in the parking bay, most new buildings will have these included, retrofitting them to older buildings is easy. If your building doesn't have parking then that's an issue,...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 8:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

I think China does have an advantage, it's making lots of batteries. Including for Tesla. And it has access to a lot of the materials. I wonder if the reason they've not invaded Europe (and the US) yet isn't a political calculation by XI, because if that happens, I expect a strong backlash, with pr...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 8:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

I know many people that live in apartments within cities that could never find a charger anywhere as they need to park wherever they can. If everybody is required to have an electrical car by law these people and the ones that can not afford to buy a new car anytime are excluded from individual tra...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 214
Views: 11214

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Id like some of that fantasy euros or yen EU to invest 550 billion euros, Japanese put US$800 million last year https://www.forbes.com/sites/mariannelehnis/2021/12/31/the-eu-is-investing-550-billion-in-hydrogenbut-whats-the-future-of-the-hotly-contested-energy-source/?sh=1caddba513d7 with 5 billion...

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by Kiwirob
Sun Dec 04, 2022 7:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia Expands Law Prohibiting LGBT Propaganda
Replies: 39
Views: 2596

Re: Russia Expands Law Prohibiting LGBT Propaganda

We have those issues right here in the good ole USofA. Look at what just happened in Colorado Springs. LGBTQ people gathering to simply be themselves. To feel included in a country where we feel threatened. And it is our fault, somehow, to expect safety and equality. We should just take crumbs and ...

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by Kiwirob
Sat Dec 03, 2022 7:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia Expands Law Prohibiting LGBT Propaganda
Replies: 39
Views: 2596

Re: Russia Expands Law Prohibiting LGBT Propaganda

As a member of a targeted group, I am an expert. As a member of that group I'm sure you don't travel to countries who have an issue with your orientation, and if you do you're not running around with rainbow flags inviting people to beat you up or worse. We have those issues right here in the good ...

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by Kiwirob
Fri Dec 02, 2022 7:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia Expands Law Prohibiting LGBT Propaganda
Replies: 39
Views: 2596

Re: Russia Expands Law Prohibiting LGBT Propaganda

Gay people have more rights in one country than the other. Not full equality, but which do you think is better for us? The country cancelling us or the country tolerating us and giving us the bare minimum? Either way it’s not my problem, I’ll leave that up to the experts. Experts? What is that supp...

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