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by ltbewr
Thu May 23, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 122
Views: 3641

Re: EU elections

OK, so a person from Poland working and residing in the UK can vote on who the UK rep is ? Sorry, but they should only vote for the candidates in their home country by absentee balloting or at a facility designated by their embassy or counsel in of their home country outside it. No matter what, the ...

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by ltbewr
Thu May 23, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll finds wide support for Mueller to testify.
Replies: 43
Views: 996

Re: Poll finds wide support for Mueller to testify.

One of the problems with Mueller testifying is that he may not be able to say much. That will be due to still pending and referred cases, Grand Jury testimony secrecy and that some of his work is connected with very sensitive counter-espionage investigations (i.e. the Russians) that if opened up wou...

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by ltbewr
Thu May 23, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rank Choice Voting, Yea or Nay?
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: Rank Choice Voting, Yea or Nay?

Most Americans would never accept this style of voting as too complicated, confusing and changing traditions. Yes, it would deal with some of the serious problems our current system, but adding complexity would likely mean few would vote for the '2nd choice' or at all, and in some elections you real...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 22, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents
Replies: 73
Views: 8180

Re: United Tries to Seat 2-,4-,6-Year Old Children Separate from Parents

Of course when people book the seats for their kids, they buy the cheapest ones even if scattered and expect the airline to accommodate them together, even if involves more expensive seats than booked or bumping those that paid more for a particular seat. I am a single older male, I don't want the r...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 22, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "The Big Bang Theory" Conclusion
Replies: 15
Views: 918

Re: "The Big Bang Theory" Conclusion

I think the ending could have been better, but like too many shows, the writers had to rush it. The most important thing about this show and how the ending brought that out was the friendship of these 4 different characters. People like that they were imperfect, each a kind of social misfit, but dev...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 22, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up
Replies: 32
Views: 5240

Re: AA191 40 Year Anniversary coming up

One of the things that made this crash so well known were those incredible pictures of the last moments of flight that somehow got taken. As others have noted, it showed how dangerous shortcuts in maintenance were too common as well as serious design flaws, not the first or last for the DC-10.

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by ltbewr
Tue May 21, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Equine Flights
Replies: 28
Views: 2959

Re: Equine Flights

For international flights, horses being transported may have to go via certain airports due to quarantine, health checks, and specialized ground facilities.

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by ltbewr
Sun May 19, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of medivac certification onboard TN 789’s
Replies: 40
Views: 5924

Re: Lack of medivac certification onboard TN 789’s

Do other countries like the UK and The Netherlands with distant territories also bring their citizens needing major health care to the 'home' country, and if so, how?

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by ltbewr
Sun May 19, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Austrian Government Collapses over Russia Scandal
Replies: 30
Views: 1815

Re: Austrian Government Collapses over Russia Scandal

Putin is trying to 'Make Russia Great Again', to take back the 'turf' they lost in the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, to end financial sanctions on the country placed by the USA and Europe due to their acts of war in the Ukraine and elsewhere and be a player in the Middle East. The mass migrat...

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by ltbewr
Sun May 19, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anti-abortion wave across America
Replies: 265
Views: 9941

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

I think these new laws severely limiting access on abortion by some states are in part to set up a huge 'wedge' issue for the 2020 Elections, that in particular Republicans believe will be in their favor to keep control of the Presidency, the Senate, gain seats in the House and continue the party's ...

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by ltbewr
Fri May 17, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anti-abortion wave across America
Replies: 265
Views: 9941

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

Why do women have abortions ? Good question. Per a survey done by a respected group maybe 1% are due to a rape, low percentages due to the health of the developing fetus, the woman's health - the overwhelming reasons are economic and disruption of their lives. https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/defaul...

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by ltbewr
Fri May 17, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anti-abortion wave across America
Replies: 265
Views: 9941

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

The quickly rising numbers of states passing extreme anti-abortion laws is about several things. The first is winning elections. They are reflecting the views of the nosiest plurality or in some cases majorities of the public in those states who are anti-abortion so politicians will support that. Ma...

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by ltbewr
Fri May 17, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?
Replies: 53
Views: 10980

Re: Why does BA (and others) decide to use 20+ year old planes on specific popular routes?

The 747's of BA may not be the best, like the blah IFE, but I had no problem with them with my flights JFK-LHR-JFK. The pricing was cheaper than out of EWR on the 777 or other models used by BA out of JFK. Those old 747's are tough, they do the job, they are reliable and ride nice. I suspect they do...

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by ltbewr
Fri May 17, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?
Replies: 13
Views: 1482

Re: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?

Who the hell would want to be PM in the UK with the Brexit mess, likely hated by half of the voters, facing an economic decline, the GFA broken, losses of many jobs and not enough money to keep the population happy. You either get total yankers like Boris Johnson, or some right wing nut job and like...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 15, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA Eagle/PSA Pilot Pulled Off Plane Minutes Before Takeoff, Charged in Triple Murder
Replies: 27
Views: 1654

Re: AA Eagle/PSA Pilot Pulled Off Plane Minutes Before Takeoff, Charged in Triple Murder

Pilots can be multiple murderers like anyone else. It is disturbing how this guy even got or kept his license, or an airport ID security check considering his dishonorable military record and general criminal record. Now PSA is out a pilot, their investment in him, the lost income from the flights h...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 15, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license
Replies: 38
Views: 1741

Re: Renting a car and driving in the UK with a US drivers license

I have driven on the 'other side' of the road at least 8 times, the last in November 2017 in the UK. Your USA state Drivers License, so long as valid for past your planned rental time is fine. In that last trip, I drove a Ford Fiesta with stick and petrol engine, was just right for me for size, espe...

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by ltbewr
Tue May 14, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy
Replies: 139
Views: 14225

Re: China threats Boeing to punish for Trump policy

One of the big background issues as to China's hard attitudes as to these trade disputes with the USA is that China wants to be see as the greatest economic power, to regain a self-pride in that they believe was destroyed by the UK, Japan, in their 1800's colonialism. From little children they are t...

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by ltbewr
Tue May 14, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What comes after the B797 ??
Replies: 74
Views: 8150

Re: What comes after the B797 ??

The '797' series will likely be out in 8-10 years, learning from the mistakes from the 737-MAX series. That will mean a taller landing gear system and some serious engineering. I would also like to see Boeing use a 'barrel' dimension like that of similar Airbus planes so a touch more seat room. Beyo...

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by ltbewr
Mon May 13, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 783
Views: 50348

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Although this article about how EU law making works, it brings as an example another possible loss in Brexit for UK citizens - the return of costly international roaming charges with your mobile phone: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/13/europe/european-parliament-laws-phone-roaming-intl/index.html Its g...

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by ltbewr
Sun May 12, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 9589

Re: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris

I don't know how practical or costly the 'farm' part would be, but the idea of a 'glass' roof and spire with energy efficient construction would be very much in line with the spirit of the original structure and modern times.

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by ltbewr
Thu May 09, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NY passes bills on trumps state tax returns and pardon power
Replies: 33
Views: 2219

Re: NY passes bills on trumps state tax returns and pardon power

I bet that already Pres. Trump as President and as a private citizen has the lawyers working on legal challenges in both the NY State and Federal courts to forbid the State of NY from releasing his State Income tax returns to the Congressional committee or allowing for a kind of double jeopardy. I s...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 08, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump's losses in business
Replies: 109
Views: 5160

Re: Trump's losses in business

Part of Trump's business failures are connected with the swings in the economy and the real estate markets as well saturation of the casino market in Atlantic City, NJ. The real estate markets, along with the stock market with a major drop in 1987-88 when some of Trump's first big investment write o...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 08, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU elections
Replies: 122
Views: 3641

Re: EU elections

I would suspect there will be a gain in the number of seats for right of center parties taking stands against refugees from the Islamic world entering the EU as well as high taxes, wanting to cut the costs and amount of EU bureaucracy, against bailouts of the poorer southern member countries and exc...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 08, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump's losses in business
Replies: 109
Views: 5160

Re: trumps losses in business.

This is about Trump's losses and tax write offs from 1984 to 1985, or 24 or more years ago. This is not going to get him out of office any sooner. Sure it is going to make Trump look like a big loser but more likely it will just fire up more hate from Trump toward the NY Times and Democrats 'witch h...

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by ltbewr
Tue May 07, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 1691
Views: 162546

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Those that think Boeing executives will ever face criminal charges in the USA or the company ever paying out huge civil damages to individual victims of the 2 MAX crashes, it won't happen. Our laws, our pro-corporate biased Prosecutors and civil laws as to access to courts by foreign national victim...

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by ltbewr
Tue May 07, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sparing the rod?
Replies: 51
Views: 2719

Re: Sparing the rod?

When I was in Catholic grade school in the 1960's (1961-1968), violent physical punishment was common. Even in the 7th grade (my last there) the nuns used 1/4" thick yardsticks on your butt for minor infactions. I recall in 2nd grade a kid who left the school premises get his hand buckles bashe...

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by ltbewr
Mon May 06, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.
Replies: 127
Views: 8063

Re: A much needed debate on carry on luggage.

Many of us have seen video and still pictures how evacuating survivors in a number of crashes are bringing their carry ons with them possibly impeding the ability for people to evacuate in a timely fashion for their safety. A combination of human nature, fees for checked bags, fears of mishandled or...

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by ltbewr
Mon May 06, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 187
Views: 65623

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

As much as many of us hate the scrapping of these aircraft, in the end it is all about money. These are relatively early production ones with their own issues well documented elsewhere, no interest by any new owner and the financial viability of them with another airline.

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by ltbewr
Mon May 06, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 799
Views: 130193

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

One has to wonder if indeed there was a lighting strike that knocked out the planes' electronic control systems. If that is true, then there is, like in other ways with the 737MAX, a serious design flaw in this model aircraft. Then again, it could just be a freak set of circumstances that wouldn't h...

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by ltbewr
Sun May 05, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 799
Views: 130193

Re: Aeroflot SSJ100 on fire at Moscow (SVO)

That must of have been a very severe and intense fire from the wings back. As only in the air for a short time it likely had most of its planned fuel aboard, no time or ability to dump/burn off fuel so a lot to feed the fire.

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by ltbewr
Sat May 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville
Replies: 247
Views: 40821

Re: Miami Air 737 runway overrun into river at NAS Jacksonville

Did the aircraft land too far down the runway, especially in what were rainy/wet conditions ? Was the rain heavier than the PF expected ? That are the first things I would look at. Was there a problem with cross or tail winds, wind shear, the brakes, the anti-skid systems not working properly or a t...

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by ltbewr
Sat May 04, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 145
Views: 7001

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

Uh, could we stop the reference to people being fat, and yes including President Trump. As much as I despise Trump, busting him about his obesity is offensive and ignores his far worse issues like racism, his finances, his trying to destroy the ACA and passively accepting or even his campaign staff ...

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by ltbewr
Fri May 03, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 145
Views: 7001

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

There is a small but very important reference in the Mueller Report that explains why the investigation had to be done as to Russian interference in the 2016 election. It is about the hacking attempts by Russian based persons or their government spook agencies of the computer voter and voting record...

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by ltbewr
Thu May 02, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 145
Views: 7001

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

Barr has refused to appear to the House committee on Thursday using the excuse of a change in format by the Democrats in his questioning by them by a staff lawyer rather than 8+ House members doing so. Barr knows if that form of questioning was used he would be humiliated and destroyed. The House ne...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 01, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 145
Views: 7001

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

Here is AG Barr's statement in writing he plans to put into the record for his appearance: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/read-ag-william-barrs-written-testimony-before-senate-judiciary-committee/ar-AAAL2fo?ocid=spartandhp Seems to me his part in the cover up for Trump continues using law h...

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by ltbewr
Wed May 01, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People
Replies: 145
Views: 7001

Re: Mueller Speaks: Barr Mislead the American People

I suspect that Barr will be a no-show at tomorrow's House committee hearings. Barr is involved in a cover up, indeed an illegal act of obstruction to protect Pres. Trump with the infamous '4 page summary'. That as some suggest, for Mueller to do a letter to AG Barr for how Barr wrongly presented in ...

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by ltbewr
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company
Replies: 64
Views: 12306

Re: Media: Air Transat in Talks of Selling the Company

Who would be the likely buyers ? European based travel companies would likely be the best fit.

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by ltbewr
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380
Replies: 78
Views: 18990

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380

The last major world recession was in 2008. We may be overdue for another, triggered by disruptions and rising oil prices, Brexit and who knows what. Demand for air travel will flatten out for several years and that could mean less need for all of EK's 380's.

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by ltbewr
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No jail time for child rapist
Replies: 13
Views: 1035

Re: No jail time for child rapist

A school bus driver in Watertown, NY (that is a town near the border with Quebec, Canada) raped a girl on his bus route. He is going to be a registered sex offender, a convicted felon on 3rd Degree Sexual Assault and on probation for 10 years. He is 25 years old. He should have gotten years in jail ...

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by ltbewr
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 783
Views: 50348

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

As to the shift in holiday travel by people of the UK to non-EU nations, it is possible that as plans are and were made months ahead and that Brexit could have happened early in 2019, limiting access to the EU countries. It may, despite the value of the Euro vs. the Pound reduce travel by persons fr...

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by ltbewr
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another US synagogue shooting
Replies: 63
Views: 3297

Re: Another US synagogue shooting

The motivations for those that do 'hate' and terrorism crimes are sometimes personal, they are failures in life and get attracted to extremist views but then turn to violence and 'manifestos' to get attention for their beliefs. Just like with this shooting-terror event, they get the attention they s...

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by ltbewr
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines could return to Tel Aviv (TLV)?
Replies: 50
Views: 7406

Re: American Airlines could return to Tel Aviv (TLV)?

I would also suspect AA gave up TLV as costs for security as well as general operational ones were just too high vs. fare yields. The plane allocated to TLV could be better used to someplace without the security costs and much lower ground ops costs like destinations in Asia.

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by ltbewr
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q1 2019
Replies: 6472
Views: 704738

Re: B737MAX Grounded Worldwide

A lot of people hit on Boeing as to the 737 MAX and the 787, but Airbus has its own issues as to automated control systems like with AF447 for example which were extensively discussed here. Boeing may have made a terrible mistake with the development of the 737 MAX, so wouldn't lose market share to ...

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by ltbewr
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris
Replies: 100
Views: 9589

Re: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris

Apparently a new, and possibly costly and hazardous problem with the fire - lead poisoning and illnesses. The Cathedral Notre Dame used huge amounts of lead in many of the destroyed area and dusts from the fires could have carried the toxic stuff in the area around it: https://www.sfgate.com/news/ar...

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by ltbewr
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What on earth is going on at the NRA?
Replies: 35
Views: 2410

Re: What on earth is going on at the NRA?

There have been several recent investigative news articles about what is apparently serious financial abuses at the NRA. This article explains it pretty well: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/secrecy-self-dealing-and-greed-at-the-nra Here is another about the scandals and some of their ugly ...

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by ltbewr
Sat Apr 27, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mississippi flag ordered out of park near Statue of Liberty.
Replies: 23
Views: 1559

Re: Mississippi flag ordered out of park near Statue of Liberty.

I have been to the site of this park, a New Jersey State park, many times since was created in the early 1970's. It was formally rail yards for transfer of boxcars to NYC, saved from development to provide over a mile of park and environmentally preserved area along the NJ waterfront. The part where...

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by ltbewr
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 16 Men- Cop, teacher, others accused of Reeling in Teens for Sex
Replies: 17
Views: 1462

Re: 16 Men- Cop, teacher, others accused of Reeling in Teens for Sex

This investigation was based in and targeted person in my home area of northern NJ. Those that seek sex with children are the lowest scum of the earth, their desires are about power and control over others, using children as vulnerable and easy to go after. Why would an adult or older teen want sex ...

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by ltbewr
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mueller's Investigation/Report Complete!
Replies: 803
Views: 37661

Re: Mueller's Investigation/Report Complete!

Since the release of the partially censured Mueller Report last Thursday, Pres. Trump has been overly defensive about it as well as the several investigations connected to him, family and friends. He has made too many Twitter comments that show that and some of his comments may step over the line of...

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by ltbewr
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boy Scouts USA facing huge sex abuse lawsuits
Replies: 34
Views: 2592

Re: Boy Scouts USA facing huge sex abuse lawsuits

The BSA had the 'IV' lists to allegedly be an internal record to keep out pedophiles but apparently didn't turn the info to the correct police authorities, disobeying at most of the 12 points of what a Scout is (Trustworthy, Loyal, etc.). They are paying the price for their trying to hide from liabi...

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by ltbewr
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?
Replies: 30
Views: 2608

Re: Will/Should Boeing Have a Top Management Change?

Clearly there has been a culture change at Boeing, in parts due to the competition with Airbus, high operational and labor costs especially in the Seattle region and other West Coast facilities, the need to cut costs to keep high levels of quarterly profits and the stock price high. Yes, once the MA...

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