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by rfields5421
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How did tattoos become so popular?
Replies: 60
Views: 2104

Re: How did tattoos become so popular?

I finally got ONE, at age 66, because it is a stylized symbol of the zodiac sign Libra. Both being Libra's with birthdays five days apart has always been a special thing between me and my oldest granddaughter. We got identical tattoo's on our upper left shoulder at the same time. She is also my firs...

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by rfields5421
Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Healthcare Plan Imminent
Replies: 58
Views: 2919

Re: Trump Healthcare Plan Imminent

Donald Trump's basic issue with Healthcare is that he has no direct knowledge of the system. He has never filed an insurance claim, never had a generic substituted for a proscribed medicine and have issues, never waited and argued over a referral. He has been a cash pay customer of healthcare his en...

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by rfields5421
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tips: for or against?
Replies: 98
Views: 2810

Re: Tips: for or against?

First, I'm very much against the system that allows people to be paid much less than minimum wage because 'their tips will make up the difference'. I think that is a disgusting way to value the work of human beings. If you willingly take up the job, then it begs the questions as to whether you valu...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US National Vote By Mail Day
Replies: 25
Views: 1267

Re: US National Vote By Mail Day

My first 'Vote by Mail' was in 1972. Just could not make it from Danang, Vietnam to the polls in Arkansas. I would have LOVED to be in Arkansas that day rather than Vietnam. Generally, I've voted by mail almost always since. Twice while I was living and working in the Dallas area, I got sent out of ...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tips: for or against?
Replies: 98
Views: 2810

Re: Tips: for or against?

I am fine with tipping being a part of the "wage" that the person earns directly based on their service to the customer. I know some people will skate on the tip or leave an inappropriately small one but I think the majority leave proper tips with a few "going big". I tend to be...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA goes after credit card churners in DOT complaint proceeding
Replies: 21
Views: 1797

Re: AA goes after credit card churners in DOT complaint proceeding

I am very concerned that CITI allowed someone to have loads of cards from them. Their Fraud Team should have become deaf from the several alarm bells ringing on their ears. The mileage thing I perfectly get it since, given it is only an award of some sort, the security is lax (should not be...). Bu...

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by rfields5421
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pandemic Risks Insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 860

Re: Pandemic Risks Insurance

I've always considered insurance as basically a bet you make that something bad will happen. And the insurance company bets that you will pay them enough money over time to cover the costs of paying up when something bad does happen. I know my fully paid whole-life insurance policies worked out that...

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by rfields5421
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pandemic Risks Insurance
Replies: 14
Views: 860

Pandemic Risks Insurance

Saw an article today that NASCAR in the US, along with other sports leagues and the movie industry are trying to get the US Congress to change some laws to make such risks insurable. Those industries have suffered massive losses, along with many other industries/ companies. I see several closed Mom ...

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by rfields5421
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29574

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

I will say this for SpaceX.

They aren't dull. Something almost always going on.

Getting information from the other companies is long, long stretches of silence, then some news that wasn't expected.

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by rfields5421
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29574

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Looks like the crew that went up in the SpaceX Crew Dragon will be coming back about Aug 2

https://www.space.com/spacex-crew-dragon-aces-space-station-tests.html

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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 25, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coping with Loss
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Coping with Loss

When my father died, I suddenly realized at age 63 that I had to grow up and be the leader of the family. Being the oldest of six, my siblings looked to me to make decisions. Heck, they hadn't wanted my opinion since they were about five or six. Sorry that he's gone. While you will think of things y...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting
Replies: 66
Views: 2941

Re: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting

Who fought against 'Real ID'? - The Republican states. Real ID and the voter ID initiative are two completely separate issues. Elections are run by the state, and a federal level nationwide identification system has little to do with state-based voter ID laws. It was the principle of having an ID w...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting
Replies: 66
Views: 2941

Re: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting

I'd add the left's odd war against voter ID laws, specifically mandating ID. I do not understand this, basically every civilized country in the world requires you to show an ID/notification/check of some kind. Does not matter if its Iceland, Italy and heck even India does it. It isn't the 'left'. T...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting
Replies: 66
Views: 2941

Re: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting

I have voted ONCE in person at a polling place on election day. The first time I voted was absentee from VIETNAM in the 1972 general election. For 20 years, I was in the US military and never near my home of record/ registered voting place on an election day. After I retired and my residence was in ...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting
Replies: 66
Views: 2941

Re: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting

Texas, and I have no knowledge of other states, but suspect the same exists, had a absentee ballot fraud problem. it occurs almost exclusively in nursing homes and senior care facilities. Like many states, Texas allows 'assisted' voting by senior citizens and the disabled. Which allows someone to ob...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is there so much economic hardship in the US when welfare seems to be strong?
Replies: 45
Views: 2463

Re: Why is there so much economic hardship in the US when welfare seems to be strong?

Eventually some were covered, but not all. My possible grandson-in-law did receive a partial payment of $350 per month because Texas Workforce Commission ruled he was entitled to a bit over 1/2 the Cares payment as a half-time restaurant worker. But my granddaughter was ruled not eligible for unempl...

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by rfields5421
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?
Replies: 100
Views: 3960

Re: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?

I remember the battles against the Interstate Highways. Think of all the small businesses from Oklahoma City to San Bernardino, CA that have gone out of business with I-40 basically replacing Route 66. Lots of small towns dried up when the interstate highway bypassed downtown. People stopped and sl...

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by rfields5421
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?
Replies: 100
Views: 3960

Re: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?

I'm surprised there is not an attack on Public transit now from oil and car manufacturer companies today Basically, the oil, tire and automobile industry have already won the war. They succeeded in changing the mindset of most of Americans that they NEEDED a car, and NEEDED the freedom to drive whe...

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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Administration revives banned hunting techniques in Alaska which Obama had banned
Replies: 36
Views: 1528

Re: Trump Administration revives banned hunting techniques in Alaska which Obama had banned

Federal land is a big patchwork in Alaska. Major cities have federal wilderness land right up to their borders. It isn't always remote areas.

True, most hunting does occur far away from populated areas.

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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage
Replies: 185
Views: 6022

Re: The Confederate Flag - Stars & Bars and Southern heritage

Raised in the segregated South, the main users of the Stars and Bars was as a symbol for the KKK in the 1950s. Only as schools started to desegregate did the flag become popular with 'normal' southerners. Looking at the history, Robert E. Lee and the flag were NOT popular southern symbols until the ...

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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Administration revives banned hunting techniques in Alaska which Obama had banned
Replies: 36
Views: 1528

Re: trump Administration revives banned hunting techniques in Alaska which Obama had banned

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/09/climate/trump-bear-hunting.html Imagine baiting bears with donuts, what sportsmen does that? I cannot help but mention donald trump jr. was awarded a permit to hunt grizzlies in Alaska. Is this coincidence or what? I forgot to mention also shooting animals while s...

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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?
Replies: 100
Views: 3960

Re: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?

Driving across rural northeast Texas one day about 8 years ago, my then 10 year old grandson commented that there seemed to be a decaying/ dying small town every 10-15 miles. I told him that's how things were setup, when a man, or horse, could walk 5-10 miles a day round trip to the town for busines...

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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?
Replies: 100
Views: 3960

Re: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?

Most North American cities "grew" after WWII which was the era of the automobile. All the infrastructure went to accommodate cars and low density housing in suburbs so most of the metropolitan areas cannot be economically covered by mass transit. Now it's too late to do urban planning so ...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads
Replies: 22
Views: 1250

Re: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads

ArchGuy1 wrote:
Why do courts shout down in the south with marginally icy conditions?


Courts need jurors, and workers. Many of whom live on small backroads that barely get the gravel graded once a year. Too many people have died trying to get to work or other places in bad weather to waste more lives.

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by rfields5421
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads
Replies: 22
Views: 1250

Re: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads

More often than snow in the belt across Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi where I've lived - all within 100 miles of I-20 - is we get freezing rain with may a dusting of snow. Temps in the night/ early morning hours are seldom below 25 degrees F. But that is cold enough to put a sheet of ic...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads
Replies: 22
Views: 1250

Re: Driving a Prison Bus on Icy Roads

I drove a school bus that held 40 kids a bit in northwest Arkansas, for a school district outside Fayetteville to the south the winter of 1970-71. It was an unmitigated pain. Twice we had kids at school when the sleet started, and we had to get them home. Despite it's size a bus is a very empty ligh...

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by rfields5421
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?
Replies: 100
Views: 3960

Re: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?

Living in a big city with half-decent public transport (and current major investments in new metro lines) I'm still surprised by questions on travel forums around "how do I use public transit?" It does take a bit of an education. My granddaughter raised in Dallas and a user of DART light ...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?
Replies: 100
Views: 3960

Re: Public Transit in the U.S. Buff it or kill it?

Within a city or metro area, I see mass transit as a combination of light rail and buses as working and doing a decent job for those who must use it. The American psyche is such that driving a personal vehicle is much more desirable than using public transit. For several years that I worked in downt...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4528

Re: Reparations

he said the problem isn't the system the problem is at home and mainly single parent no father households mothers working making little money and kids with no direction and he is exactly right. As I mentioned above, that systematic requirement for fathers to not live in the home started back in the...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4528

Re: Reparations

They can spend their money however they want. You're not back to square one if they waste it, they are and it's their choice. What I'm hearing from black leaders and Democrats who support reparations is that the purpose is to compensate, and LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD for blacks. The purpose of any pa...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4528

Re: Reparations

That's what I'm proposing and what I consider reparations, however I am talking about paying them the white man's wage at the time adjusted for inflation which should be way more than $100. A white overseer's wage up at the time right before the Civil War was approximately $12-15 per MONTH, Say $15...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 09, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP candidates
Replies: 116
Views: 6583

Re: VP candidates

I'm not sure what's the difference, but of course in my country changing the constitution is a regular thing The US Constitution requires that three-fourths (75%) of the state legislatures vote to approve an amendment. That means 38 of the 50 states have to approve the amendment. A very difficult p...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4528

Re: Reparations

Reparations will do NOTHING to fix a problem. Those are 'free' money with no value in that the person receiving the money has not invested anything in an effort to obtain the money. If there must be something along that line, I vastly prefer the money to be focused on education. How is it fair not ...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP candidates
Replies: 116
Views: 6583

Re: VP candidates

it is very clear that a person elected twice to the office of President CANNOT take the office again. That's not what it says. It says he cannot run for a third term or run for more than one term if he's taken over from a president with more than 2 years left in his term. Obama wouldn't be running ...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kirkland Alcohol
Replies: 21
Views: 1400

Re: Kirkland Alcohol

Pretty hilarious that all those Red States are alcohol control states. So much for "Freedom". Remember the US passed an amendment to the Constitution about a hundred years ago the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exp...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP candidates
Replies: 116
Views: 6583

Re: VP candidates

Tammy Duckworth wasn't born in the US (with no debate about that fact) so that would be opening a big can of worms ! Neither was John McCain, but being born to American parents on a military base, he was clearly eligible. The having been born on a US military base had no bearing on McCain's 'natura...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP candidates
Replies: 116
Views: 6583

Re: VP candidates

I'm not that close to US politics but like Ken777 I get the impression keeping senate seats will matter. A lot. As for the rules to be president, I find them ridiculous. Demanding someone be citizen by birth, I can understand (not a requirement in my country, and I have voted once for a candidate w...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP candidates
Replies: 116
Views: 6583

Re: VP candidates

Barack Obama would not serve a "third term" because he never served as vice-POTUS in the first place. Sorry. I was talking about the possibility of him serving a third term as president. That is something we must think about, no matter who is running for president. Biden has already said ...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reparations
Replies: 96
Views: 4528

Re: Reparations

One of the problems I've watched develop over the past 50+ years is the efforts of the 'welfare' system to destroy the family concept for the recipients of government assistance. Basically, the system provides assistance to mothers to help have 'decent' housing for children when the family is financ...

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by rfields5421
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP candidates
Replies: 116
Views: 6583

Re: VP candidates

Tammy Duckworth wasn't born in the US (with no debate about that fact) so that would be opening a big can of worms ! She might be considered a 'Natural Born' American Citizen as her father was working in Thailand for the United Nation agencies, so likely falls into the diplomatic exception. No, the...

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by rfields5421
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is there so much economic hardship in the US when welfare seems to be strong?
Replies: 45
Views: 2463

Re: Why is there so much economic hardship in the US when welfare seems to be strong?

Unemployment doesn't cover everyone. If the company did not pay unemployment taxes in Texas, the person who lost their job gets nothing. Also, a significant number of people work 50-60 hours a week at two or more 'part-time' jobs. Less than 32 hours per week per job. That way the company does not ha...

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by rfields5421
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The D Day Invasion
Replies: 42
Views: 1994

Re: The D Day Invasion

Sicily was learning how to do mass amphibious landings. And work a joint force with two major competitive forces from different nations. Yes, they should have far north and cut off the Germans trapped in Italy south of Rome. D-Day was important symbolically to the war effort. No, it would not have b...

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by rfields5421
Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29574

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

When every rocket expert, every trained scientist, said it was impossible, he said what have we got to lose by trying except for a small bit of money. (Small in his case being a couple tens of millions of dollars.)

Amazing what can be accomplished when people try.

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Invest in Airbus or Boeing
Replies: 27
Views: 2610

Re: Invest in Airbus or Boeing

My opinion: NO While both are too 'big' or 'vital' for the governments to allow them to fail, either or both, are prime candidates for a restructuring bankruptcy/ administration. In such case, the major suppliers, the major creditors who are large banks and investment firms will come out owning most...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?
Replies: 38
Views: 3625

Re: P-8 Poseidon, fighter escorts needed?

The Chinese and the Russians learned nothing from the PLAAF J-8-IIM collision with a USN EP-3E back in 2001. Nah, that P-3 was on the ground for a while in China. I'm sure they learned plenty. The aircraft and most of the equipment it carries are nothing special. While they might not have some deta...

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by rfields5421
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29574

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

rfields5421 wrote:
A manned space station with a moderate - say 50 person capacity


READ what I wrote. I'm not talking about a beer can sized small facility. A real long term industrial production capability.

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 2699

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

a majority are healthy and don't incur huge medical bills, so it can therefore be difficult for them to see the benefit in paying more for a service they don't really use. The people in the United States, and I suspect a large part of the world, have a mis-understanding of what insurance is. In the...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 2699

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

$10,000 would probably be the most I would pay before hitting my max out-of-pocket cost if ever I have a major medical event. I thought I had that type coverage through my company. What I found out with a major medical issue was that a LOT of expenses are not covered by insurance, or if you are pla...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 2699

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

Frankly during my lifetime, insurance has always been a LIMITING factor in obtaining health care. As a child, my father and mother were very thankful for the union backed company healthcare plan. But I also know with six children, one with major facial deformities - only Shriner's Hospitals made it ...

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by rfields5421
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 353
Views: 29574

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The major problem with space is the amount of cubic dollars required. Even all the money SpaceX and Boeing have spent in the past 10+ years on manned flight is just pennies in a huge bucket compared to the total amounts needed. A manned space station with a moderate - say 50 person capacity - is goi...

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