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  1. Angela Cullen is no longer Lewis Hamilton's physio. The reasons for the split are unclear.
  2. They are from the same era as the F-16, i.e. they were designed in the 1970s. Not sure if they got any upgrades, though. The F-16 certainly have.
  3. From what I read, Charles plans to cut Andrew's "annual grant" and he won't be able to pay for the upkeep of the Royal Lodge without it. So Charles offered him Frogmore Cottage, as that's cheaper to maintain.
  4. I wouldn't be so sure. Actually, the Su-27 would probably win. The F-35 isn't supposed to get into dogfights and isn't very good at it. The F-22 is a different story. Ars Technica had a story on it a while ago. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/04/sitrep-is-the-f-35-now-officially-a-failure/
  5. Berlin is is pretty much split between the center ("S-Bahn-Ring"), which votes Green, and the rest of the city, which has voted CDU this time. SPD, Linke, and FDP are losing relevance. AFD is halfway holding up but not doing particularly great either. Technically, the old senate could continue, but that may cost them at the next election. As for why, I won't pretend to fully understand it, but the performance of the incumbent senate hasn't been particularly great. And that didn't start with Giffey. The same parties were already in government during Müller's second term, and that went so well that he didn't even run again. The really big change from 2021 is the result of the CDU, which is probably thanks to Merkel not being around anymore. It certainly isn't because Wegner is so brilliant, because he isn't. ETA: Here's the map https://interaktiv.tagesspiegel.de/lab/wahl-wiederholung-abgeordnetenhaus-2023-karte-auszaehlungsstaende-historische-ergebnisse-wahlkreisergebnisse-stimmbezirke-ergebnisse/
  6. From what I have heard it has always been like that with Musk's companies. They prey on the idealism of young people and exploit them mercilessly. After a few years they are burnt out and leave. Of course, this doesn't work for Twitter, as there is no "good cause" young people want to work for.
  7. As horrible as these losses are, they aren't enough to have a big impact on Russia's demographics. There is another advantage to the Kremlin, though. Dead men don't talk. They have committed and witnessed all sorts of war crimes and know the true situation on the front line. Better get rid of them.
  8. Well, on the Syrian side things didn't look so great before the earthquake. There's an ongoing war and has been for a decade.
  9. 9 May is probably a more interesting date than 24 February. Can Putin still have that parade as in previous years?
  10. The current engine is still developed by Honda. It's just rebadged. The engine for 2026 is Red Bull's own development. Honda isn't evolved. Honda is developing a new engine, too. They will be competitors from 2026.
  11. So, Brazil has sunk its decommissioned aircraft carrier because there were too many toxic materials on board to scrap it. Because dumping all your toxic waste in the ocean is obviously the best solution... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/feb/04/brazil-sinks-aircraft-carrier-in-atlantic-despite-presence-of-asbestos-and-toxic-materials
  12. Apparently, Putin has made threats against Scholz and Macron, too. At least that's what this German paper reports: https://www.morgenpost.de/politik/article237498623/putin-drohungen-johnson-scholz-macron.html
  13. How relevant is Andrew these days? He was the spare when he was young, and there was a big hype about him and Sarah back in the 1980s, but he has been pushed down in the line of succession by Charles's offspring. Would anybody even talk about him without that scandal? Does anybody talk about Edward and Anne? Or Sarah?
  14. The German media claims that the German government is now ready to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
  15. I don't think range is a criterion, but fire control, sights, and the probability of actually hitting your target, preferably with the first shot, as that will deny them the chance to shoot back. Western tanks are optimised for this, Soviet / Russian tanks ... apparently not so much. Some of the Russian tank fleet has modern fire control (bought from France) but apparently it's not common. Same on the Ukrainian side. Apparently there even is a a lot of indirect fire, i.e. they don't even see their target. It's the same with the artillery. They shoot a lot, but not very targeted.
  16. I think the number hit 100,000 around Christmas. Casualty rates have been on this level (i.e. several hundred dead each day) since late summer. They don't get much attention in the media, though. You have to go to Twitter. Neither do we know the Ukrainian losses as Ukraine doesn't publish them.
  17. More Tesla fun: Tesla staged 2016 self driving video It has always puzzled me how they got away with selling a "full self driving" feature.
  18. Surovikin has been relieved of the command of the "special operation." Gerasimov is in charge of it now. And Alexander Lapin is the new chief of staff of the ground forces. Prigozhin and Kadyrov are not pleased. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-64235713 https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-appoints-new-ground-forces-chief-staff-despite-hawks-criticism-2023-01-10/
  19. The real question now is when will we finally send battle tanks? Infantry fighting vehicles and battle tanks don't make much sense on their own on the battlefield. They need to be deployed together to cover each other's vulnerabilities. As for fighter aircraft, apparently those requires extensive pilot training, so we won't see Western planes in the Ukrainian sky any soon. Of course if we had started training them in spring last year ...
  20. Only on paved roads and maybe in the North African desert. Certainly not in the Ukrainian mud.
  21. John Shelby is out. That's very good news for NASA. https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/01/so-long-richard-shelby-and-thanks-for-all-the-pork/
  22. Ukraine was in possession of some nukes but Russia held the keys. Ukraine didn't have the resources to maintain those nukes either, so using them as bargaining chips was the maximum they could get out of them. Russia didn't keep its part of the bargain and annexed Crimea, but nobody recognises their claim to it.
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