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Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 2 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Firn
As much of this thread is about technological...

As much of this thread is about technological aspects I think it is important to point out the key implication of the paper on bicycle patrols: It's mostly not about biketech but about thinking...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 22,816
Posted By Firn
Just as short (tech) update: 1) Mighty...

Just as short (tech) update:

1) Mighty Shimano enters the e-mtb engine market (http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/news/article/shimano-joins-the-e-mountain-bike-fray-with-m8000-steps-46994/). A bit more...
Forum: Africa 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 367
Views: 89,609
Posted By Firn
Good reads. The day will come when power changes...

Good reads. The day will come when power changes hands. Without a widely shared, supported, clear and hardly disputed way as in a modern democracy this is bound to create great tensions and potential...
Forum: Africa 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 367
Views: 89,609
Posted By Firn
Sadly history has shown that a regime can survive...

Sadly history has shown that a regime can survive a hunger crisis while many of it's citiziens might not.
Forum: South Asia 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 19,582
Posted By Firn
Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also...

Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also overreppresented in the rank of the Daesh? Maybe somebody has some study at hand...

Obviously that vile murder of foreigners, among them many Italians...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 237
Views: 92,394
Posted By Firn
Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also...

Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also overreppresented in the rank of the Daesh? Maybe somebody has some study at hand...

Obviously that vile murder of foreigners, among them many Italians...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 6,429
Posted By Firn
EU Support Surges in Denmark as Brexit Scare...

EU Support Surges in Denmark as Brexit Scare Spreads in Nordics (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-04/eu-support-surges-in-denmark-as-brexit-scare-spreads-in-nordics), according to...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 6,429
Posted By Firn
An interesting facet of Brexit is that it is a...

An interesting facet of Brexit is that it is a lot easier to roughly determine it's overall long-term economic effect - a clear negative for it's potential GDP. In the short run a heavily devalued...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 6,429
Posted By Firn
Wink Brexit humour springs out from fertile ground and...

Brexit humour springs out from fertile ground and once again stranger then fiction. I mean Boris running away for the time being by not running for PM, Gove's mutiny after defection, spurred on by...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 6,429
Posted By Firn
Well if Brexit happens it will obviously not be...

Well if Brexit happens it will obviously not be the end of the world, indeed Europe has seen much worse and is still there and one of the richest areas of this world.

For everybody who wishes to...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 6,429
Posted By Firn
I heard it now a couple of times but don't think...

I heard it now a couple of times but don't think the 'Germany' cited all too often as a proxy for the whole EU will put economic self-interest before poltical necessitiy. Much of the same was said...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 6,429
Posted By Firn
Everybody has obviously his opinion and his vote...

Everybody has obviously his opinion and his vote and who I am to not respect the specific decision. What bothers me greatly is:

1. Lies, yes lies, played such an important part for the Leave...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 3,062
Posted By Firn
I checked that yesterday as well in midst of all...

I checked that yesterday as well in midst of all the stress. It's important to keep the baseline in mind and that a larger leave was quite feasible based on the specific demographics of her...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 227
Views: 6,429
Posted By Firn
@Outlaw: Lots of good questions and points. ...

@Outlaw: Lots of good questions and points.




Indeed, finally a poorer DisUnited Kingdom or possible Little Britain will likely be able to have migration and taxation without representation......
Forum: Europe 06-21-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3,062
Posted By Firn
Thanks for that insightful article on the subject...

Thanks for that insightful article on the subject of illegal firearms.

An outspoken MP ambushed outside her surgery, shot and stabbed multiple times, political extremist slogans shouted during...
Forum: Middle East 05-08-2016
Replies: 2,663
Views: 65,013
Posted By Firn
Just a humble thanks for all the input guys! ...

Just a humble thanks for all the input guys!

Firn
Forum: Americas 05-08-2016
Replies: 60
Views: 33,030
Posted By Firn
Indeed the man who largely created this mess died...

Indeed the man who largely created this mess died before the economy went from a disaster to an utter catastrophe:

Venezuela Doesn't Have Enough Money to Pay for Its Money...
Forum: Africa 05-08-2016
Replies: 367
Views: 89,609
Posted By Firn
Zimbabwe Introduces New Currency, Angering...

Zimbabwe Introduces New Currency, Angering Everyone (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-05/-zombie-currency-printed-by-zimbabwe-draws-scorn-from-critics)



Hard to argue with that...
Forum: International Politics 04-08-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 7,674
Posted By Firn
Some thoughts about the saga: 1) Much of it...

Some thoughts about the saga:

1) Much of it was already common knowledge however the sheer size of capital involved still surprises. Quantity has indeed a quality all of it's own.

2) The...
Forum: Politics In the Rear 03-21-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 19,458
Posted By Firn
Italy has certainly stepped up it's efforts to...

Italy has certainly stepped up it's efforts to increase the share of digital transactions at the expense of cash transfers. To some extent I do actually support this move however in some areas we...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 02-05-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 22,816
Posted By Firn
Bogus is rather a strong word. ;) I...

Bogus is rather a strong word. ;)

I generally try to keep it short for time reasons and out of want to avoid tedious repetition. Sometime that makes it less clear than it could be.

The...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 02-04-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 22,816
Posted By Firn
The big big drawback of every battery-powered...

The big big drawback of every battery-powered electric vehicle is well, the fact that it is battery-powered. A battery has a dismal energy density compared to gasoline, which makes it in general...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 02-04-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 22,816
Posted By Firn
Another year one

It is now 2016 and from my limited perspective I see several trends:

1) The arguably trend-setting and most high-end European market is still growing a great pace, roughly 25%...
Forum: Europe 01-28-2016
Replies: 250
Views: 155,718
Posted By Firn
Certainly any such drastic change in budgeting...

Certainly any such drastic change in budgeting raised eyebrows, as consistency is for very good reasons a key principle in accounting. Such a shift should have a much better arguments on it's side as...
Forum: Europe 01-14-2016
Replies: 636
Views: 82,085
Posted By Firn
Two charts to keep in mind before going into the...

Two charts to keep in mind before going into the interview with the Russian Finance Minister:

http://assets.bwbx.io/images/i5DNX_CQP.mc/v3/-1x-1.png
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