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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 29, 2022 5:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

There are certain times when a nation should put its own internal politics / division aside and support their leader 100%. This is one of those times. I disagree. Even in the darkest of times, you still need detractors just to keep leaders honest. Even those who lead with the best intention can mak...

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It is a dilemma. Any territory given to Russia will amount to a win for Putin and a loss to the Ukranian people. Just not as big a win for Putin as he would have liked but still he could see it as some justification for throwing aside the limitations of "civilised" world behaviour. The re...

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 29, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13208

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

https://news.sky.com/story/i-was-out-of-line-and-i-was-wrong-will-smith-apologises-to-chris-rock-for-oscars-slap-12577181 He has now apologised to Rock. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyXOPTNDiGc&ab_channel=VeeXXL Never need an excuse to post this clip. From 2:47 is still one of the funniest b...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 28, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You don’t understand it. There will be a Russia after Putin/this war and this kind of statements will be used for years to show “how bad the West/US/NATO” is and frustrate some kind of “normalization” proces. But if you don’t want such a proces -which I can understand from a US point of view- this ...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 28, 2022 5:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13208

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

Joke was in very bad taste and I can't blame Smith for his words. The physical assault though... he should have been ejected straight after and won nothing.

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 27, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Alfons wrote:
Oh, so you want to say by that, that Putin is a lion


I do hope (s)he didn't mean lion. A lion does what it has to do to survive and conjures up words and phrases such as "pride" and "king of the jungle".

Putin, on the other hand, is just an asshole.

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 27, 2022 6:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

The time will come to rout the Russians out of Donbass and Crimea, which are Ukrainian territory. Anyone who resists is a valid military target. Am I not right in thinking that the majority in Crimea approves Russian occupation? If true, how do you want the majority to be treated? If they wanted to...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 27, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

As I said, I have the feeling that he's trying to obtain something or push something (some countries?) but I can't understand what or how exactly. Or, he just let his guard down for a second and told his private opinion instead of the carefully weighted and considered official opinion. Totally unpr...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

RT media are currently banned in EU. I hadn't really noticed it earlier but I remembered about that after clicking on your link :-). That's a shame. Here are a couple of the comments that stood out for me: "EU citizens are protesting against NATO already demanding their governments withdraw th...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 11:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I occasionally like to read the stories and comments on rt.com. Partly to see if there are valid points of view in opposition to my own, and partly for my unending disbelief of most of the comments. https://www.rt.com/russia/552736-lavrov-west-total-war/ The comments on this story have been the best...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

zkojq wrote:
they won't attack the race, and we have drone/missile defences in the area. I'm not sure that everyone is so convinced



That bit did make me chuckle. The oil infrastructure was only 7.5 miles from the track. Exactly what area are the drones / missile defences in then?

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 26, 2022 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

SRQLOT wrote:

The article states he died in a belarus hospital. So was alive until that point. There is unconfirmed reports that Ukrainians also got a 6th russian general kill.


Dead or alive, i have it on good authority that he pulled out of next month's performance of Riverdance.

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 22, 2022 5:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1178
Views: 458209

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

This is in the comments of another website: "Heard from expat captain that works in China. Engine Failure, crew did not declare emergency - asked for descent. ATC told to standby Crew did not start drift down and flew the plane until stall." Not sure how valid it is though. If the crew di...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 21, 2022 1:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1178
Views: 458209

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

Very sad to read the news. RIP to all onboard. My question is: Could a Pilot Suicide scenario produce such steep numbers on descent or the aircraft simply will not "allow" that angle of attack on a forced descent? 737 will allow you to do what you want. It might shout while you're doing i...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1178
Views: 458209

Re: China Eastern 737 "Missing Contact"

While of course there is always a way, suicide doesn't match to me, this aircraft is at top of decent. I have spoke to a couple of China Eastern pilots in the last few hours (I'm an instructor who has trained for them in the past). Their policy is both crews must be seated 20 mins prior to TOD. Thi...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 21, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12475/12571619/max-verstappen-critical-of-red-bull-after-brutal-double-retirement-from-bahrain-grand-prix "Of course you can always say problems can happen and you might have a retirement," Verstappen said. "But I think at this level, after already h...

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 18, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Most commonly that seems to be to concede something to Putin so that he stops the aggression and doesn't drag the rest of us into WW3. Even if Ukraine did that, we would still be left with Putin, and recent history suggesting that he will do the same again, perhaps once more into Ukraine. How can a...

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 18, 2022 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You cannot expect the Ukrainians to defeat Putin for the West at the risk of total destruction of their country. I fully understand that the first priority for the Ukrainians is to end this war ASAP. They aren't fighting Russia for "the West". They are defending their own country. Some po...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 13, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?
Replies: 50
Views: 3749

Re: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?

I'd buy stock in the company that makes 20/20 hindsight glasses. Their use usually rises dramatically after things like a pandemic.

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 12, 2022 2:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Or maybe they know that the worse is yet to come and they're urging Ukraine to be pragmatic. So when Russia eventually smash their way into the capital with brute force and force whoever is in charge of the govt at that point to sign a treaty at gunpoint forcing Ukraine to give up large chunks of t...

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by Virtual737
Thu Mar 10, 2022 7:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Quite a lot of NATO and Allied Air activity in Eastern Europe at the moment An unidentified CL60 doing a patrol in Romania and with a USAF RC-135W Rivet Joint ELINT. An E-8C Joint STARS Ground Surveillance aircraft and an RAF RC-135W over Easten Poland 2 tankers. A KC-135 and KC-10 doing holding pa...

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by Virtual737
Thu Mar 10, 2022 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I wouldn't put much faith in Musk or any of the other Silicon Valley bros being very vocal or active supporters of Ukraine, past the minimum that public opinion will allow them to get away with. Musk deployed Starlink in Ukraine as much, if not more, as a publicity stunt and a great way to advertis...

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by Virtual737
Wed Mar 09, 2022 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

An interesting surprise from Haas - Kevin "Suck My Balls" Magnussen returns to replace Mazepin! I guess they realized they needed an experienced racer to help develop the car. https://www.haasf1team.com/news/kevin-magnussen-returns-haas-f1-team Rather him than Grosjean, but is that really...

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by Virtual737
Tue Mar 08, 2022 4:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Aaron747 wrote:

So much for OPSEC - who knew dating apps would prove useful in so many ways :lol:


The app is working exactly as designed. Want to be shafted? Use Grindr.

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 07, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

From: https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-russia-latest-news-war-vladimir-putin-zelenskyy-ceasefire-only-50-uk-visas-live-updates-12541713 "Russia has now said people will be allowed to flee as long as they head to Belarus or Russia." So Putin is saying he will open the humanitarian corrido...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 07, 2022 10:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

How far back we should go? That is a good question. In my opinion.... Replace "Russia" with "Putin" and your opinions start to make sense. The median age of the Russian population is in the 30s. Getting on for 70% of the Russian population never knew the USSR - they were under 5...

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by Virtual737
Mon Mar 07, 2022 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

How far back we should go? That is a good question. In my opinion.... Replace "Russia" with "Putin" and your opinions start to make sense. The median age of the Russian population is in the 30s. Getting on for 70% of the Russian population never knew the USSR - they were under 5...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 06, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

What a contrast to how we were treating Russia. in my opinion, this is one of the contributing factors to where we are. We failed to make a security organization for all with same protection. A contrast to how we were treating Russia? How far back in history do we need to go to take into account of...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 06, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *News Feed* Thread
Replies: 164
Views: 36043

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *News Feed* Thread

Chief of the General Staff of Belarus has resigned: https://twitter.com/quiraskill/status/1500391853635551233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1500391853635551233%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.redditmedia.com%2Fmediaembed%2Ft7uuej%3Fresponsive%3Dtrueis_nig...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 06, 2022 7:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Breaking news. Mazepin still has hope for a seat in F1 for 2022:

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2928286900

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 06, 2022 6:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://twitter.com/RnaudBertrand/status/1498491107902062592 There is going to have to be a brutally frank discussion about the blame the West had in all of this when this conflict ends. I'm not about to say that the West is blameless but 1.) Person A says that if we allow a country to express self...

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by Virtual737
Sun Mar 06, 2022 3:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45945

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

af773atmsp wrote:
but we're required to leave them running.


Might be time for whoever requires them to be kept running to find a more sustainable source of power.

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 05, 2022 2:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Has any decision been made by the Hass team as to a replacement ? Perhaps someone in the IndyCar series they have long participated in ? Has any proposed replacement for the Russian slot been made yet, or will it be left empty and not replaced ? Links a plenty on the interweb, but Fittipaldi for th...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 05, 2022 12:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Mazepin is whining in his statement on the matter. I really don’t want to link to it since he refers to a murderous invasion of another country as “a difficulty”. Just goes to show that money cannot buy class. EDIT: I've just read his rant. He seems to think he was in F1 on merit. There is no way t...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 05, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Mazepin is out and Uralkali is no longer a Haas sponsor. https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/haas-splits-nikita-mazepin-uralkali/8717959/ Haas F1 Team's statement: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FNEu6aNXsAArmTg?format=jpg&name=large https://twitter.com/HaasF1Team/status/1500031737581158412 Good rid...

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by Virtual737
Sat Mar 05, 2022 5:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Australian cricket players Rod Marsh and Shane Warne pass away within a day of each other
Replies: 11
Views: 1427

Re: Shane Warne dead at 52

Kent350787 wrote:
I love the tribute under his statue at the MCG, a VB, a pie and pack of gaspers!

(Or a can of Victoria Bitter beer, a meat pie and a packet of cigarettes for those playing outside Oz ;) )


Lol, wonderful.

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 04, 2022 3:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

With all the horror going on, nice to see the brighter side of humanity. Surprise birthday party for a young refugee.

https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-invasion-romanian-camp-holds-surprise-birthday-party-for-refugee-girl-12557278

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 04, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Let's also not forget that Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons at the fall of the USSR to gain assurances of their own safety.

Doing a deal with Satan doesn't seem to have worked out too well for them in the past, so I can't for one moment blame them for not wanting to do it again.

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 04, 2022 10:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I do believe, that we failed. And we are failing as war is still ongoing. What is your proposal to fix it that will not embolden Putin into believing his tactics have won the day and he is free to repeat them? It kind of sounds like your solution to stopping the war is a full surrender by Ukraine. ...

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 04, 2022 9:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I do believe, that we failed. And we are failing as war is still ongoing. What is your proposal to fix it that will not embolden Putin into believing his tactics have won the day and he is free to repeat them? It kind of sounds like your solution to stopping the war is a full surrender by Ukraine. ...

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 04, 2022 3:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

alberchico wrote:
https://twitter.com/KaiFund/status/1499576802075111424

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham calls for President Putin's assassination :rotfl:


He's not the brightest spark now is he. Lots of us want this, but a US politician saying it publicly can't be a good thing.

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by Virtual737
Fri Mar 04, 2022 3:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 337
Views: 28737

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Not all Russians are bad. In motorsport we only think of Mazepin but never talk about people like Shwartzman, whose father's not an oligarch with inside ties to Putin, or even Kvyat. They will be affected by this, and undoubtedly their careers will be over, simply because they're holding the wrong ...

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by Virtual737
Thu Mar 03, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

So, the proper alternative was...what...exactly? According to many here, it seems to be just giving away Ukraine to Putin. At this stage, you have to admire the naivety of those who still believe that the invasion of Ukraine was somehow justified by NATO or the US 'provoking' Russia by siding with ...

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by Virtual737
Thu Mar 03, 2022 3:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US President's State of The Union Speech 2022
Replies: 90
Views: 4510

Re: US President's State of The Union Speech 2022

It was pretty pathetic, but not nearly as much as the fake patriotism from an administration led by a business man so successful he could only get foreign loans since the 1990s, many underwritten by the likes of Russian and Azerbaijani state banks. Speaking of fake patriotism, how about the Dems ch...

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by Virtual737
Wed Mar 02, 2022 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 7248
Views: 504177

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

[I traveled a lot. Studied a lot and have friends all over the world. You would be surprised, how many see us as hypocrites. And racist as a bonus. Not to take away from much of what you've written, which I agree with.... however, I'm a European and have lived long term in 3 Asian countries. Every ...

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