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    Legalized Prostitution

    Legalize it. Setup a Crown Corporation modelled on the post office to deliver the service. Get CUPE to organize the labor force with full seniority rights. Problem solved, social obligations met, worker's rights respected.
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    Syria Superthread [merged]

    Meanwhile, next door in Turkey, some more wheels fall off the bus. http://pjmedia.com/spengler/2013/12/27/the-end-of-erdogans-cave-of-wonders-an-i-told-you-so/ The Middle East is coming unglued, centuries old simmering hatreds - Arab vs Persian, Sunni vs Shia are bubbling up and if they are...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    End of the year summary .  .  .  "Thirteen is looking like the F-35 fighter’s lucky number.  After struggling for a dozen years to make program realities match government expectations, in 2013 prime contractor Lockheed Martin LMT -0.48% saw everything come together.  Technical risks were...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    The Hornet was an excellent aircraft in its day. But the 1990's are ancient history in aviation technology terms.
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    Politics in 2014

    Can't wait to see how the Liberals will do after they have some actual policies. 
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Looks like the Japanese have decided the recent expansionist Chinese foreign policy actions and the instability of a nuclear armed North Korea require some military insurance. http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/japan-to-hike-mid-term-defense-spending-by-5 They  have 42  F-35s on...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    There is a lot of Big Boy games happening in the US wrt the budget issues going forward - the budget deal yesterday removes Sequestration and the compulsory across the board cuts  are off the table.  Both Boeing and LockMart are in Warp Speed Lobbying mode.  This item is indicative of the...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Shades of "give it to Mikey, he'll eat anything". http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IWJeqrvoF6M Most entertaining.  Apparently developed by a small Canadian firm aligned with Boeing pushing the Super Hornet.  Someone should tell the CBC the SH price is actually 1/3 the price of the JSF, not a...
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    Canadian Geese Lift Off

    Great place to visit if you are in the area. http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/ They have viewing towers and lots of bird info. 
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    Politics in 2013

    ER, Agreed the CPC looks old/tired, but what of the alternatives. NDP is beyond old and tired, still mired in 1930 style trade union dreams and schemes and with a deeply divided membership - Urban green tinted champagne socialists vs blue collared mine and forestry workers. The GPC  is a...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Given the weekend's  events related to the Iranian nuclear (weapons) program the long standing enmity between Shia and Sunni sects and the even longer hatreds between Arab and Persians, this story will likely have legs. I would bet the  Gulf States go on a major weapons procurement program and...
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    The Defence Budget [superthread]

    An OpEd pice written by someone who has a long deep history with the Liberal Party of Canada. Not saying he is pushing an agenda buy there is an election happening in the  area and politics is politics.
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Korea WILL buy . . . 40 now, maybe 20 more later. "South Korea will buy 40 Lockheed Martin F-35As to satisfy a fighter requirement initially set at 60 aircraft, its joint chiefs of staff announced on Nov. 22." "http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_11_22_2013_p0-639916.xml
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    Global Warming/Climate Change Super Thread

    Well I suppose if you can invent the Hockey Stick, you can invent a consensus. "How do we know there’s a scientific consensus on climate change? Pundits and the press tell us so. And how do the pundits and the press know? Until recently, they typically pointed to the number 2500 – that’s the...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    What's up with the Koreans opting for a plane that might not work. "Nov 15 (Reuters) - South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff were expected to endorse an "all F-35 buy" of 40 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and an option for 20 more at a meeting on Nov. 22, two sources familiar with the...
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    A new Avro Arrow (or Super Arrow) instead of the F-35 (Merged thread)

    The SuperArrow project  an excellent Friday Funny!  . . .  proof that there are always folks who need to switch up their meds.
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    Feel like crap...

    Free online resources. Start at Kahn, scroll down for maths section http://www.khanacademy.org
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Which of course just means they now know the F-35 capabilities are so great, they can do so much more with so much less. :-* Suppose the figured they could  pay almost twice as  much for a Eurofighter and get so much less performance.
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    Highland Light Infantry of Canada 1940-1946 help!

    And this . . . http://legionmagazine.com/en/index.php/2011/06/clearing-buron-army-part-94/ If you get the chance to visit Buron you can still find remnants of the battle.  Underneath the power lines at the north end of town, where  the eastern anti-tank ditch was located, you can find bits...
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Sums it up nicely, explains my headache.  Leads to multiple versions of "the price" being used to compare/confuse with different prices.  If the F-18E is your babe_plane, you quote the URFC compared to the F-35 PAUC or APUC to "prove" how much cheaper it is.  Not fair but used all the time. The...