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Forum: Europe 22 Hours Ago
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Posted By Firn
German 'foreign policy experts' call for demand...

German 'foreign policy experts' call for demand new EU sanctions against Russia...
Forum: Europe 22 Hours Ago
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Views: 8,406
Posted By Firn
Parents’ anguish over captured soldiers lays bare...

Parents’ anguish over captured soldiers lays bare Russia’s covert war in Ukraine...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 1 Day Ago
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Views: 569
Posted By Firn
They certainly want to. Praise capitalism and the...

They certainly want to. Praise capitalism and the (mostly) free market economy. :D

After that long period monopolized by the 26", which saw (very) considerable progress in pretty much all the...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
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Views: 8,406
Posted By Firn
The influential conserative German FAZ features a...

The influential conserative German FAZ features a well-written article with the memorable title 'Russian casualities in Ukraine: from their graves are vanishing the wreaths'...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 2 Days Ago
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Posted By Firn
I think that you are rightly pointing out the...

I think that you are rightly pointing out the biggest problem for the use of bicycles by the Western infantry: the heavy load carried by the soldiers. Bikers of all sorts are well-known to be often...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Firn
@Biggus and WGEwald: Chinese eBikes...

@Biggus and WGEwald:

Chinese eBikes (http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/B-Y-New-Magnesium-Wheel-Hidden_456376098.html) might not be as sophisticated...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
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Posted By Firn
It was all quite obvious weeks ago if not months....

It was all quite obvious weeks ago if not months. Sadly confirmation after confirmation comes hammering home the point that Putin's Russia is waging war against Ukraine. A while ago I only started...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 3 Days Ago
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Views: 569
Posted By Firn
I had my fair share of fun over the last months...

I had my fair share of fun over the last months with a 29er hardtail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/29er_%28bicycle%29) with a Bosch (http://www.bosch-ebike.de/en/home/home.html) 250w crank drive...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 4 Days Ago
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Views: 569
Posted By Firn
1) So why might electric-assisted bikes be a good...

1) So why might electric-assisted bikes be a good idea for some niches?

It is of course difficult to imagine a whole company of light infantry biking from A to B as happened a hundred years ago....
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 238
Views: 13,349
Posted By Firn
Well nobody knows for sure where the oil price...

Well nobody knows for sure where the oil price will go in the short run, so many factors, so much unknown. What is certain that Putin's Russia has in the last years steadily increased it's spending...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 1 Week Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Firn
Pedalcycling into war - might (e)Bikes be back?

Bicycles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle) have been popular vehicles after quick technological progress in the decades before 1900. Military forces adopted it...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 238
Views: 13,349
Posted By Firn
The oil prices is of course of huge importance...

The oil prices is of course of huge importance for the Russian economy which is quite similar in some ways to a Gulf state. Crash in Oil Prices Deals Blow to Sanctions-Hit Russian Economy...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
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Views: 7,028
Posted By Firn
West’s historic drought stokes fears of water...

West’s historic drought stokes fears of water crisis...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 366
Views: 8,406
Posted By Firn
I was pretty sceptical about false flag artillery...

I was pretty sceptical about false flag artillery strikes attacking civilians by (Pro)Russians for Russian TV some weeks ago but more and more different sources are supporting those claims. The...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 616
Views: 69,328
Posted By Firn
I think we have an excellent recent example of...

I think we have an excellent recent example of tradeoffs between short and high energy prices: Ukraine.

We discussed it earlier...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 616
Views: 69,328
Posted By Firn
Batteries for Electric Cars...

Batteries for Electric Cars (http://www.bcg.com/documents/file36615.pdf) is a short overview by the BCG.



I think after this it becomes clearer why Elon Musk is pushing hard for the...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 616
Views: 69,328
Posted By Firn
I was going to agree with you earlier, but run...

I was going to agree with you earlier, but run out of time. Obviously the policies of countries even as important as the USA and China can influence the oil price to a limited degree. The global...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 616
Views: 69,328
Posted By Firn
My point as well. Well ideally from...

My point as well.



Well ideally from an energy security point the world market prices should be lower with the state slapping a higher tax on it. In that case you give your citziens the right...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
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Views: 69,328
Posted By Firn
Elon Musk - The Future of Energy and Transport ...

Elon Musk - The Future of Energy and Transport (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKHyZxSCseE) is a long, quite interesting interview and Q&A with one of the most acclaimed innovators of the last...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 459
Posted By Firn
That Austrian experience made further sanctions...

That Austrian experience made further sanctions far less likely. It happened on pretty weak grounds and arguably helped for a good while Haider as quite a few felt that little Austria was picked on...
Forum: Africa 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 115
Views: 34,724
Posted By Firn
I plan to do some trekking, better funded but...

I plan to do some trekking, better funded but shorter in time then in years gone by, and mountaineering in along the Albertine Rift (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Rift_Valley) in Burundi*,...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 366
Views: 8,406
Posted By Firn
Hagel Donner und andere Raketen...

Hagel Donner und andere Raketen (http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/ukraine-konflikt-hagel-donner-und-andere-raketen-13096537.html)



This would fit other stories of (Pro)Russian...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 238
Views: 13,349
Posted By Firn
"Ich habe Putin zu Sanktionen geraten"...

"Ich habe Putin zu Sanktionen geraten" (http://www.zeit.de/2014/34/russland-sanktionen-stefan-duerr)

I actually remember that German guy from a interview a couple of years ago. Already then he was...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 616
Views: 69,328
Posted By Firn
Thanks for catching that error, what was I...

Thanks for catching that error, what was I thinking? As I stated before coal imports can substitute natural gas imports and indeed they do to some degree. Obviously in the short-term is limited by...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 616
Views: 69,328
Posted By Firn
How Much Energy Does the U.S. Military Consume? –...

How Much Energy Does the U.S. Military Consume? – An Update (http://www.dailyenergyreport.com/how-much-energy-does-the-u-s-military-consume-an-update/)


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