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  1. KoN, very sorry to hear this. We have a Russian Blue as well - she is a rescue (I know, very rare to get a $1500 cat with papers as a rescue) as her 1st owner rapidly developed Alzheimer's and became very abusive towards her, and she needed to be rehomed quickly. She's turned around now, and is the best companion we could ask for. I'm not sure how I would handle the news you've gotten... Good for you for taking care of your Blue now, I hope your cat gets spoiled rotten.
  2. SOME of the passengers on his flight had the machine pointed at them he said. The majority, him and his father included, did NOT. Relying on people being honest is a pretty piss poor security measure. Honest or not, the majority of the people on his inbound flight had no screening whatsoever. The story is breaking into the news in Canada now as well, there are several interviews on Youtube about this already.
  3. A family friend returned from Iran to Toronto a couple days ago. No screening at the airport or customs....NONE. Good job Trudeau. It'll be spreading like wildfire in TO right now, with a plane full of people from the most infected city in Iran, somebody had to be infected statistically.
  4. What, according to you, would be considered "securing them well enough". The Canadian Firearms Act and the RCMP have storage requirements that need to be met, in terms of the types of containers as well as having them locked. Breaking into many of these said containers, safes, vaults, and locks, comes down to the type of tool used frequently. IE a metal tool kit with a good lock, you can cut that open with a decent saw. A hard polymer/plastic case of similar shape and design - a metal mallet/slege will bash that open in a minute or less. Look at the various YT videos available online, we're talking some thousand(s) dollar vaults in some cases that have been easily, and rapidly, accessed without the key, combo, or bio metric material needed to "legitimately" open them. These vids are just a quick and small sample of what's available online regarding a huge swath of safe/vault makers vulnerabilities. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lockpick+gun+safe In terms of "safe storage", the attacking team (criminals), will always, always have a huge advantage over the defense. Short of having a living, breathing, armed guard (which defeats the entire purpose), any secure storage steps taken can be circumvented, and usually much faster than most believe. I support safe storage, in particular with regards to keeping firearms and ammunition out of the hands of both children and those untrained in the safe handling of both, as well as increasing the difficulty/time unskilled/unprepared criminals need to steal them - criminals who frequently are just doing a very rapid smash/grab, frequently looking for easy to steal high value items to feed their addiction. However, where "safe firearms storage" is only a step or two up the ladder from useless, and is largely just a talking point, is targeted attacks/thefts to specifically steal firearms. Again, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to acquire both the knowledge and tools required to defeat the vast majority of the safe storage options available.
  5. Interesting threat, Rippounet, I've had many similar thoughts and opinions to your posts. One thing I've always thought about regarding "nuclear winter" - there have been well over a thousand nuclear weapons tests since 1945, most of the ending decades ago (above ground ones at least) due to various non proliferation treaties. Some of those warheads were ridiculously large in terms of yield, such as the various hydrogen bombs and the Soviet Tsar Bomba. Yet, the world marches on sans nuclear winter. Regarding Israel's nuclear weapons, they have some pretty spun up short and medium range ballistic missiles, I refuse to believe these are all armed only with conventional warheads - they have a triad of their own, with gravity/cruise missile aircraft launched weapons, the aforementioned Dolphin air independent propulsion subs, likely armed with a modified Popeye missile (add on turbofan kit for an estimated 1000 mile range at high subsonic speeds) with a mid100s kt warhead. Israel absolutely has a pretty strong second strike capability, those AIP subs have small crews and a pretty large logistics tail, and can likely stay out at sea for a couple of months at slow speeds loitering after they sortie. Very, very quiet and hard to detect as well. I read a really interesting book about the supposed Israel/South Africa joint nuclear weapons program, the "Vela incident", and the possibility that Israel greatly increased its nuclear weapons stockpile beyond what the USA likely "gave" them decades ago. Japan of all countries has made noises recently about spinning up a nuclear weapons program, due to tensions with China, and China's massive rearmament and modernization programs. Japan. Crazy times. They could do it too, they have the tech and nuclear capability to spin up piles of centrifuges/etc and weaponize nuclear material in a matter of months probably. With their own subs, and an F35 capable carrier, they could deliver them too, without any land based ballistic systems. Here in Canada, I grew up on air force bases, and as an elementary student in the 70s and 80s, I remember doing the duck and cover drills, as well as the race to the underground survival bunker that was underneath our school gymnasium. Different times - as the OP mentioned in the opening paragraph...not all of us have forgotten, believe me. One base I was at was the primary alternate for B52s from Minot, should their home base eat a warhead or two in an exchange, and we somehow didn't have one launched at us (unlikely, but that was the theory). Canada had US nuclear weapons stored at some of our bases back then (none now however, not for a long time). Canada also had the Genie air to air missile for our Voodoo fighters which had a 1.5kt nuclear warhead, and our Bomarc SAMs had nuclear warheads as well. I can understand why Australians would consider wanting nuclear weapons right now, and I can also understand why some would not.
  6. Someone in the thread mentioned that only Dr. Manhattan has any real super powers? Is that correct? How does Sister Knight beat the crap out of men over 2x her size with absolute ease, and then shove the coffin as easily as she does, without any super powers?
  7. I thought he did a fantastic job in this film, really looking forward to his Batman portrayal now based on his impressive talent here. I agree with others here that Timothy Chalamet was excellent as well. As always, the archers were disappointing compared to their effect based on history - and yes I realize that the typical armor of the day would have stopped most of the English war arrows of the time period, but horses and exposed body parts sure didn't. One thing I found to be very accurate however was the single combat scene(s).
  8. It was an A Wing fighter, and a Super Star Destroyer, but your point is well taken. Rogue One was always a favorite of mine, but now a few years later it's become my number 2 or 3 after everyone's (including mine) favorite Empire. Rogue One has the best starship battles in the franchise IMO, and it also has a great female lead character whose strength is shown not at the expense of the male supporting characters, but alongside them (I'm only referring to TLJ here). I'm really looking forward to Rise of Skywalker, while I didn't hat TLJ, I did find it disappointing vis a vis the Luke storyline, and I'm hoping Rey's character arc is going the direction I think it is. I've been a huge fan of Ridley's since her Star Wars debut, and she was by far the best part of TLJ, in fact it's the major redeeming factor for me in Rian J's film.
  9. It is low standards, both in recruiting and training, however this idea that you can shoot someone to subdue them is ridiculous. First of all, the leg, arm, shoulder, whatever you think is a "less lethal" alternative target are very hard to hit under stress conditions in a dynamic situation. Secondly there are many places in the leg/arm/whatever you think is a better option as a target, which can cause you to bleed out in a minute or less (brachial, radial, femoral, etc, arteries) if struck my common handgun ammunition. It's difficult enough to get police to hit the center mass (the largest aiming area, as well as the most likely to stop a threat), and now you want them to be shooting weapons out of hands, and only cause light wounds so that the threat/suspect/whatever has a chance to "tell his story" after the fact? Over 85%, some studies say over 90%, of all police and law enforcement rounds fired in engagements miss their intended target (this is FBI data, so it's unlikely to be false since it paints the police as incompetent). This is similar to battlefield statistics, typically under combat/stress conditions less than 10% (some say under 1%) of infantry fired weapons hit their target, and they are typically using rifles, which are a shoulder supported weapon and many times more accurate than any handgun typically used by police. I've spent 18 months in combat zones in 2 different countries, and have also shot competitively with and against the US Army marksmanship unit and other highly skilled civilians, and I'm telling you that trying to get police to just "wound" people is a non starter from an accuracy under stress standpoint. The better idea is to change the mentality of those recruiting and training police, and the law enforcement at large in the USA, so that their weapons leave their holsters and car mounts in a far less frequent manner. Much of this can be attributed to having a mindset of both aggression and fear combined. Some of that is warranted - most is not IMO. I also believe that sometimes the media is wrong about LE shootings. The Michael Brown thing was ridiculous, Brown had just pulled a robbery, then attacked the cop, got a hold of his weapon, and shot rounds through the floor of his vehicle. WTF does anything expect to happen when the cop/suspect are in a life and death struggle for the cops weapon, and it's already been shot (twice) at the cop - someone is going to be lit up, one or the other. That said, the last video I saw of the officer shooting the unarmed African American guy in the back, and then claiming he "went for his taser" (Walter Scott shooting), is absolutely insane. Every time I watch it I become more angry. That cop was convicted, and so should he be. Are you an officer in the UK? You should throw that baton in the river, nothing is more useless in a fight than a collapsing baton. They are used for punishment here in North America mostly, it's VERY difficult to find video evidence of the baton making a combative suspect comply, but tons of them being beaten with it after they've already surrendered. Many YT videos regarding this subject. I do understand your sentiment/statement however, LE in the UK take a much different approach, much of that is mindset and training, but some of it is attributable IMO to the threat level. You have far fewer firearm threats out there compared to the USA, and to some extent here in Canada. Canada is odd, as we have very high firearm ownership levels, here in the West it's at least 2 firearms in every 2nd home according to RCMP firearms stats, and there are between 10-20 million firearms in a country with 35 million people. A lot of firearms, yet comparatively few police shootings compared to the USA per capita. IMO that's down to handguns being restricted use, while in the USA they are easier to both gain access to and keep on ones person or in a vehicle. Also perhaps it's mindset and training - here in Calgary of the 1500 or so CPS officers and support, there are nearly 100 officers from the UK and other European countries who have a similar outlook to law enforcement that the UK does. That seeps into the blood chemistry of a department, and has had a positive effect over time. I've never once had a CPS officer draw a weapon on me when I've been pulled over (we own an LC500 and a Nissan GTR, so I get picked off a lot for driving too fast). Every time I've been pulled over in California at our US home, the hands is on their weapon, and sometimes it's drawn at night.
  10. We've had a large array at our lake home/property since 2012. We power 5 other homes plus ours, and could still put energy back into the Provincial grid here if we wanted to. This is a ground based system though, I haven't looked into a roof based system (yet), might do so in the future for our in city properties. https://imgur.com/cqL3Cq1 https://imgur.com/jMYrvtn
  11. OP, I would have NO fear purchasing any of the options you're considering. A friend of my father's is a Tesla "Ranger", one of very few here in Alberta, a roaming/at home technician/mechanic. Despite all the negative media, the Tesla cars I've seen and driven are fantastic, so much so we're getting an S next month. We already have a plug in hybrid van as well, and have put about 20k miles on it, using almost exclusively the electric battery to run it. My SO bought a Lexus LC500 last summer, we just got it out on the road after a long/cold winter here in central/Western Canada. We recently drove a friend's Tesla S/P100D for a week while in Malibu last month. SO has decided the LC500 is going out, and the model S is coming in. I don't disagree either. Fragile Bird - Our grocery getter/non truck winter vehicle is a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, 2018. It's a plug in hybrid type, very decent gas motor for long range highway trips if required still, but the vast majority of the driving with this vehicle is city, and we very rarely use up the 55km/35 mile-ish range of the battery, even in cold winter times, with electric seats/heaters going all the time. We just use the basic charger that came with it, but with the new S coming in May sometime, I'll be installing a faster charger for both. Right now the van will charge in about 8 or 9 hours overnight from 5 percent or lower up to 100. It's such a fantastic vehicle, the Pacifica, not using any fuel for most of our daily city driving, 10 year/unlimited warranty on the battery/electric systems. Very happy with it, and while I was very hesitant to get a hybrid or electric vehicle, I'm beyond sold on the technology as well as the usability. It's all massive pluses, and I've been a motor/gas/petrol head since I was 15 and got my first car and bike (1990 Honda VFR and a 1991 TT 300zx), and have had a long line of sports cars and 4x4 trucks in the last 30 years since then. IMO electric/hybrid vehicles are the future. I hope you find a plug in hybrid that suits you. We had that Pacifica Hybrid as a loaner when another vehicle was being repaired, and we both fell in love with hybrids/electric vehicles in that week. So much so we bought an identical van. Us, a hybrid van, it was laughable to our friends, until they ride in it, or borrow it. All have had a similar response as us.
  12. Cool, I just thought I'd mention it as it's by FAR my fav TC novel, and has a large Russian component, even more so than Bear/Dragon, which was IMO TC's last "good" work (Ok, maybe Red Rabbit, but that's it). The submarine chapters and arcs are fantastic, for sure, especially the chapter where the Capt of the USS Chicago meets the drunk Norwegian Captain he inadvertently saved who blew his perfect approach on a huge Soviet convoy/objective. I collect all kinds of books, and have first edition HC Red Storms from a bunch of different countries, the Australian one with orange flames on the cover flap is my favorite. Have lots of other online/library access to it as well, if you wish to borrow it, PM me and I can sent one of my many copies to you gratus. Just finished Iron Fist 2, had to post phone Jack Ryan, watching it all tonight.
  13. Rhom, you really need to read Red Storm Rising if you haven't - 1/2 the characters are Russians/Soviets, and one Soviet General in particular is the primary sort-of antagonist. The chapter with the Battle of Alfeld ranks up there in the top 5 of any warfare written in fiction or otherwise IMO, think as good as Blackwater Bay in ACOKs except circa 1988 era equipment. That said I do agree with your sentiment.
  14. I'm hitting this up tonight for an all night binge, I too watched Ozark first, and want to get this out of the way for Fist this weekend too. I remember watching an Alec Baldwin interview last year when he spoke about his time doing Hunt for Red October - he mentioned how when you flew in a plane circa 1986 to the mid 90s, every 2nd male in the cabin seemed to be reading a Tom Clancy novel. Struck home with me as I remember my drill band doing a tour of the South Pacific in the summer of 1988, I took 26 different flights that tour, and every single one, guys were reading TC novels that had just been released in paper back (Patriot Games IIRC, but it may have been Cardinal). My life intersected twice with Clancy, I worked in QA for Redstorm prior to it being bought out, back when Redstorm created the first Rainbow 6 game for the PC. I also interviewed John Gresham when I was the editor at Combatsim.com back in 2001, who was Clancy's long time research assistant and co-author of the non fiction series based on the various US military units and services. I still feel the best TC novel was one that didn't feature Jack Ryan, "Red Storm Rising" was and is still my favorite military based techno-thriller. Clancy co wrote it with Larry Bond, who had created the board game "Harpoon". RSR was based on a naval campaign from that board game which theorized that the Soviet Union could defeat NATO, particularly at sea, if they seized Iceland and eliminated the GIUK gap early in a war between Nato and the Warsaw Pact. Without Remorse also was excellent, all without much contribution from the Jack Ryan character.
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