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Forum: Trigger Puller 2 Days Ago
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Posted By Firn
Having read and experienced quite a bit of...

Having read and experienced quite a bit of electric mobility and battery technology I have a couple of question regarding the problem of energy consumptions. As jcustis has put it:




1) From...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Posted By Firn
I was pretty impressed by the Gordon Brown's...

I was pretty impressed by the Gordon Brown's speech at Maryhill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J39bBV7CBJk). A very powerful rallying cry with mostly very sound arguments. So after he did more then...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
In short so far it seems that the Kremlin is...

In short so far it seems that the Kremlin is protecting it's budget while letting the economy suffer. We discussed the origins of that logic before.

I think the Swedish paper is pretty good and...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
As some here expected Russia is facing a tough...

As some here expected Russia is facing a tough budget (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-approves-tough-budget-as-growth-restricted-by-western-sanctions/507362.html):



It...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
The Russian Economy: Can Growth be Restored...

The Russian Economy: Can Growth be Restored within the Economic System? (http://www.foi.se/Documents/foir3876.pdf) by Susanne Oxenstierna, hosted on the FOI of Sweden is well worth a read. Roughly...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
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Views: 18,082
Posted By Firn
There certainly seems to be a rather high...

There certainly seems to be a rather high percentage of those Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine are from the VDV which is hardly a surprise considering it's status and use in recent conflicts. It is...
Forum: Europe 4 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Posted By Firn
Things change over time which is a bit of a...

Things change over time which is a bit of a truism. While it seems that the No will prevail it is rather useful to look at the Velvet Divorce...
Forum: Middle East 1 Week Ago
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Views: 26,210
Posted By Firn
Israel’s Unit 8200 refuseniks: ‘you can’t run...

Israel’s Unit 8200 refuseniks: ‘you can’t run from responsibility’ (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/israel-unit-8200-refuseniks-transcript-interview)



....



It matches some...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
Russia restricting Austria's gas supplies...

Russia restricting Austria's gas supplies (http://www.thelocal.at/20140911/russia-restricting-austrias-gas-supplies)

I have made a quick search if other European countries suffered also a drop in...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
Russia reduces gas exports to Poland...

Russia reduces gas exports to Poland (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29154335)



It looks like a test, which obvioulsy gets denied to see the initial Polish, Ukrainian and European...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Posted By Firn
Such tendencies might have been present in quite...

Such tendencies might have been present in quite a few of fateful big decisions in nations and other entities with both good and bad outcomes in the longer term. Frankly I have little to no idea...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 2,008
Posted By Firn
The rapid technological progress and world-wide...

The rapid technological progress and world-wide spread in some areas as well as vast economies of scales make a lot of interesting adaptions possible. It is pretty much impossible to keep on top of...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 995
Posted By Firn
Scottish independence: Cameron, Clegg and...

Scottish independence: Cameron, Clegg and Miliband make Scotland 'No' vote plea (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-29136699)

It is quite possible the great recession is having...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 2,959
Posted By Firn
Indeed it is very important to state the obvious,...

Indeed it is very important to state the obvious, especially if for some it might not be so obvious. :wry:

It is possible to speculate that a Crimean scenario might have worked also across parts...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
I would say that this 1% is still peanuts. Would...

I would say that this 1% is still peanuts. Would be nice ones however for those with an innovative? company, ideally with some links into the state apperat.:wry:

Personally I think it is a bad...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
After a bit of reading is quite clear that: ...

After a bit of reading is quite clear that:

a) The Russian funds in question have a (very) low percentage in equity. Thus real performance suffered compared to the international benchmarks

b)...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 715
Views: 18,082
Posted By Firn
Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal...

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29082574)

According to the BBC:



Now nobody knows of course how long this ceasefire will last and the...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
Russian Oil Giant Rosneft to Shed a Quarter of...

Russian Oil Giant Rosneft to Shed a Quarter of Staff, Report Says (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/rosneft-to-shed-a-quarter-of-staff-report-says/506426.html)

The Moscow Times Sep....
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 2,959
Posted By Firn
To make my last point clearer: That Putin had to...

To make my last point clearer: That Putin had to use a considerable amount of regular troops to avoid the defeat of shadow force does not mean that those 'violent hybrid games' had no value in the...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,775
Posted By Firn
To sum it up for now: Technological advances...

To sum it up for now:

Technological advances could make bicycles in new forms attractive for some armed forces for some niches in some conflicts - or not.
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 2,959
Posted By Firn
Still if options A or B don't work against a...

Still if options A or B don't work against a forceful enough 'conventional' offensive that massed armor by battalions with plenty of indirect heavy fire support seems to get still used.
...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 715
Views: 18,082
Posted By Firn
I hope that such an agreement takes place quickly...

I hope that such an agreement takes place quickly although I'm doubtful to say the least. So far Putin has often 'de-escalated' - and escalated in words only to push hard in a single direction when...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 715
Views: 18,082
Posted By Firn
Stepping back a bit back, how long will this war...

Stepping back a bit back, how long will this war go on?

i) Putin has already annexed a part of Ukraine and seems to want another slice of it - at least that is what Ukraine and other powers have...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 619
Views: 70,351
Posted By Firn
The additional margin of safety doesn't seem...

The additional margin of safety doesn't seem likely to destroy the British economy. Said that it seems that:

i) It was a great deal of bad luck that so many plants have at the same times problems...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 294
Views: 15,683
Posted By Firn
From the article: The other side of...

From the article:




The other side of the coin, at least partly considering that countries like Cyprus are mostly just stepping stones for Russian money for safety, tax and camouflage.
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