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by ltbewr
Sat Dec 04, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline
Replies: 21
Views: 1023

Re: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline

Clooney is likely one of the richest actors in today's 'Hollywood'. For sure he didn't need the money and can pick and choose his ways to make money. We do know of many 'celebrities' who would sell out of greed or too expensive lifestyles their soul to the devil for far less of a payout, including a...

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by ltbewr
Sat Dec 04, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 6372

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

I realize this thread has become nothing but guns and now militia's and, of all things, Afghanistan... Wanted to bring this to the top seeing that it s readily apparent the victims mean nothing here. This article is about Justin Shilling, he was 17 years old and was killed by the shooter. His famil...

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by ltbewr
Sat Dec 04, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline
Replies: 21
Views: 1023

Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline

US Actor George Clooney rejected an offer of $35 Million to do a 1-day filming of an advertisement for a Middle Eastern based airline. He said he did so as 'could sleep at night', after speaking to his wife who is a well know international human rights attorney. He further stated that while the coun...

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 03, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 6372

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

To use a great line from the movie 'The Fugitive' ;"Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: [briefing all the sheriffs, deputies, police officers, and law enforcement officials surrounding him] All right, listen up, ladies and gentlemen, our fugitive has been on the run for ninety minutes. Average foot s...

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NYT: The Myth of California Exodus
Replies: 68
Views: 2367

Re: NYT: The Myth of California Exodus

California is growing slower than many states, but note the negatives of Illinois, Mississippi and W. Virginia. In WV, you have the massive decline of coal mining and certain heavy industry like chemicals and steel making. In IL, I suspect most of it is the cuts in industrial 'blue collar' jobs outs...

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens
Replies: 92
Views: 2412

Re: Germany Moves to Restrict Unvaccinated Citizens

If you are not vaccinated in Germany, are you supposed to wear a badge (along with a mask) if have to go out for food or take a walk to keep up your health if not infected. We know the history of that of 80+ years ago in that country and many don't like that despite the huge difference of saving liv...

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 03, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 years without Pan Am
Replies: 48
Views: 5144

Re: 30 years without Pan Am

There are some reminders of Pan Am today. 200 Park Avenue, NYC, their HQ from 1963-1991. It was a major building and at the time of its construction and until the WTC Towers, had the largest rental commercial space of any building in the world. I worked for law firms in it from 1990-2006. I recall i...

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 03, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20 years without Trans World Airlines
Replies: 115
Views: 10805

Re: 20 years without Trans World Airlines

Fortunately a part of TWA's history is retained in the former landmark JFK terminal now part of a hotel and its later terminal at JFK later used by JetBlue. https://www.americanlandmarks.org/post/2019/07/14/twa-terminal-at-jfk-airport I recall in 1988 going through that terminal to/from AMS, both fl...

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 02, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 6372

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

Apparently the mother of the alleged shooter in this case is a hard core Trump and '2nd Amendment' supporter. And you wonder why the young man turned to guns to deal with a problem with his classmates and teachers. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/michigan-school-massacre-suspect-e2-80-99s-mothe...

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: School bullies could face up to three years in jail under new French law
Replies: 18
Views: 784

Re: School bullies could face up to three years in jail under new French law

Many who are bullies I suspect have psychological or mental health problems. Jail or more accurately a Juvenal detention center will just make them worse. Best would be to remove the disruptive bullies and place them in special schools or classrooms where they with their parents, trained persons can...

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2932

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

The WTA has made the daring and morally correct move to suspend all scheduled sanctioned tournaments from China. Some sponsors may balk at it, but since a ranking player is involved they had to do it. Of course a similar boycott of the Winter Olympics to be held near Beijing, China will never happen...

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 01, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Munich, Germany, 01-Dec-2021. Bomb explosion, likely WW2 dud.
Replies: 9
Views: 558

Re: Munich, Germany, 01-Dec-2021. Bomb explosion, likely WW2 dud.

johns624 wrote:
Braybuddy wrote:
Glad that nobody has been killed, but how could a minor event like this affect half of Europe? :scratchchin:
Through hyperbole...

It may affect train operations in parts of Germany and adjacent countries.

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 01, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hey, another mass school shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 6372

Re: Hey, another mass school shooting.

A reaction to bullying or social shunning. Rejection by a woman for a date. A relationship gone bad, bad grades. Mental health problems - any of those with access to a gun and access into the building with it and you end up with another mass deadly school shooting.

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by ltbewr
Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Joséphine Baker inducted into the French Pantheon
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Re: Joséphine Baker inducted into the French Pantheon

Nice honor and appropriate. Its too bad she was not able to be free here in the USA for most of her life.

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by ltbewr
Tue Nov 30, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 1727

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

I suspect that with Barbados its population, mainly of persons of African heritage, has long seen the Queen (or any King) as a symbol of colonialism, especially its history of slavery. They will continue as part of the UK Commonwealth with its economic ties.

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 29, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14281

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

Rittenhouse is a student at Arizona State University and 'left wing' student groups are demanding he be immediately be withdrawn out of the (state run) school due to his acts of violence. I am surprised more students haven't called for him to be expelled on public safety and political grounds. Consi...

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by ltbewr
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA1182 arrives at MIA from GUA with stowaway
Replies: 19
Views: 6528

Re: AA1182 arrives at MIA from GUA with stowaway

Sadly conditions for some in their home countries are so bad they will risk their lives to escape in the most dangerous ways. As I and others have said about other 'stowaways', there was terrible security at origin airport. That needs to be seriously looked at as well as possible actions against the...

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by ltbewr
Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DB Cooper - 50 Years Ago Tonight
Replies: 32
Views: 5061

Re: DB Cooper - 50 Years Ago Tonight

Two results from this hijacking/escape were changes so built-in air stairs on planes could never be opened in flight and along with the numerous hijackings to Cuba by armed persons the first passenger and carry on baggage metal screenings on flights out of USA airports.

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by ltbewr
Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4636

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

Brooks will end up in jail for the rest of his life upon conviction at trial or a plea deal for his manslaughter of what is now 6 persons and attempted manslaughter for many others. He is being held under an amount of bail and social pressure on prosecutors and the courts that will make it impossib...

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by ltbewr
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Discussion
Replies: 221
Views: 11609

Re: Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Discussion

This is seen as a 'right' decision, with some measure of justice for the victim. Fortunately, this case got transferred to a State AG prosecutor. There was strong evidence including video taken by and produced under discovery by one of the Defendants. The Prosecution limited bringing up the issue of...

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by ltbewr
Thu Nov 25, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thanksgiving Dinner
Replies: 31
Views: 1529

Re: Thanksgiving Dinner

I will be part of the typical northeastern USA Thanksgiving at the home of a sister-in-law's cousin (they have the largest house). For many of us, it will be like dancing on a minefield as have to deal with family issues, politics, sports, risks of getting Covid-19 as some have refused or have young...

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by ltbewr
Wed Nov 24, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4636

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

Brooks will end up in jail for the rest of his life upon conviction at trial or a plea deal for his manslaughter of what is now 6 persons and attempted manslaughter for many others. He is being held under an amount of bail and social pressure on prosecutors and the courts that will make it impossibl...

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by ltbewr
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14281

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/23/politics ... index.html
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Rittenhouse and his mother visited with former President Trump at his home in Mar-A-Lagro Tuesday. This is very disturbing at the least, making Rittenhouse a hero to the extremist right.
https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/23/politics ... index.html

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus 340 lands in Antarctica for the first time
Replies: 37
Views: 9835

Re: Airbus 340 lands in Atarctica for the first time

I noticed that there were 4 pilots in the cockpit. I presume the other 2 were for the return flight due to limits on the time the initial pilots had to fly, prep before takeoff and time on the ground (ice ?). Very nice pictures and video. Yes I wish they used a more 'colorful' aircraft but using an ...

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 22, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Political Schism: Strained Friend/Family Relationships Due to Politics
Replies: 45
Views: 1879

Re: Political Schism: Strained Friend/Family Relationships Due to Politics

Many of us have nuanced political and social views on 'both sides' on can 'agree to disagree' on with family, friends and co-workers. Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic made it a lot worse. It will be like walking on a minefield this year at in person holiday events, just hoping you don't hit the wrong spo...

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 22, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4636

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

Of course, the race (Black) and criminal record of the alleged driver got put out late last night to fuel even more the social tensions in this country, already at a high level from the acquittal of Rittenhouse of murder and other charges.

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc
Replies: 99
Views: 4636

Re: Car drives through parade in Waukesha, Wisc

It may be the driver of the SUV was being chased and took a wrong turn or afraid of stopping. He also could have been drunk/high on drugs. In my hometown here in NJ, we have a Holiday parade this Saturday, one of biggest ones with decorated fire and related service vehicles in the USA. 1000's turn o...

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by ltbewr
Sun Nov 21, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed
Replies: 20
Views: 1191

Re: Thomas Jefferson Statue Inside New York City Hall to be Removed

For at least a decade, Black and other social, religious and political leaders have put serious pressure on governments to remove from any public place of honor of anyone who was as a owner or trader of slaves; of any political and military leader, memorials or symbols related to the Confederate Sta...

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by ltbewr
Sat Nov 20, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14281

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

There were a terrible set of circumstances that led to Rittenhouse to use a gun, serious mistakes made by the prosecutors, a political environment that polarized the community by racial lines, our 2nd Amendment absolutism and witnesses that supported part of Rittenhouse's actions. Of course the news...

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by ltbewr
Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 2932

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

Recall how for years in the USA of the sexual and other abuses of mainly young female athletes like the gymnasts, afraid to speak out or lose their chance. That was repressed until the anti-rape movement got going from woman (and a few men) in entertainment and general businesses. Women were paid of...

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by ltbewr
Wed Nov 17, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 US Elections.
Replies: 265
Views: 8452

Re: 2021 US Elections.

Perhaps the biggest lessons from the 2021 elections is that both Republicans and Democrats must move more toward the right-center on social and fiscal issues. That includes as to immigration, climate change mitigation, abortion, international trade and diplomatic policies, teaching of history (espec...

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by ltbewr
Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: VP Harris feels "constrained" politically
Replies: 83
Views: 3670

Re: VP Harris feels "constrained" politically

Vice Presidents are in weird positions. As a VP Gardner with FDR said it's 'not worth a bucket of warm piss' [often the word spit used instead]. They are literally one bad heartbeat away from becoming President but have limited powers, often given assignments to keep the President looking good, usua...

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by ltbewr
Tue Nov 16, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Replies: 27
Views: 1583

Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Still in two minds whether the WC should be subject to a boycott. They say sport and politics shouldn't mix, but that's exactly what sports washing is all about. One things is absolutely certain: I won't be attending any of the matches in person, and I think to a large extent the stadiums will be m...

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 15, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 311
Views: 14281

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

Sadly in the protests after questionable and deadly conflicts of Black men with certain police officers, it led to the police backing off the streets, then idiots taking advantage of the lack of police to commit crimes including of violence and looting. That violence and looting is dead wrong and li...

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by ltbewr
Sun Nov 14, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods
Replies: 165
Views: 21657

Re: AA Pilots Union Rejects 150%/200% ExtraPay Offer for Working the Holiday Periods

The pandemic has caused a lot of working persons to rethink their jobs, if want to return to them, to take jobs where can work from home or have a short commute, regular 9-5 hours Monday thru Friday, not have to deal with the growing numbers of unruly customers, still not seeing real raises and terr...

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by ltbewr
Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?
Replies: 49
Views: 6364

Re: BBC: Should England's top football teams be flying to domestic fixtures?

Even with the top tier US Sports teams and as little as 90 miles of travel (like NYC - Philadelphia), they will fly, buses (coaches) are very rarely used and trains are never used.I suspect that but for the shortest trips in mainland Europe, top tier Football teams use planes.

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by ltbewr
Sat Nov 13, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aaron Rodgers debacle
Replies: 34
Views: 2139

Re: Aaron Rodgers debacle

Aaron Rogers along with the NFLPA is fighting any mandate of their employer teams or the NFL to get the Covid-19 vaccines and follow other health rules like use of masks, as part of a strong anti-management attitude by many players on other issues (wanting more money, CTE, bad calls, behavior rules ...

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by ltbewr
Sat Nov 13, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Steve Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress.
Replies: 16
Views: 1240

Re: Steve Bannon indicted for contempt of Congress.

Bannon has a few options. Not answer the Subpoena at all and possibly face jail time. Continue to refuse to appear, making a statement that until the issue of 'executive privilege' as to former Pres. Trump is resolved by the US Supreme Court. Goes to court on enforcement as to himself of the subpoen...

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by ltbewr
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: JFK Assassination Records Release Delayed Again
Replies: 66
Views: 2150

Re: JFK Assassination Records Release Delayed Again

I was 9 when JFK's assassination took place. It is still one of the most memorable events in my life, only exceeded by 9/11. A lot of mistakes were made that led to it, I think the holdup of records almost 70 years later is about not wanting to bring shame (or truth) to the Secret Service, the FBI, ...

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by ltbewr
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality
Replies: 55
Views: 7698

Re: 20yrs since a mainline crash in the USA without mass fatality

AA 587 was a major loss of life. What caused it is still controversial today. At first as only 2 months to the day of the terror acts of 9/11/01, many believed it was a terrorist attack as well but by later in the day that was quickly determined it wasn't. Seeing years ago the above picture or other...

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by ltbewr
Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American shutting down The Shuttle.
Replies: 88
Views: 13565

Re: American shutting down The Shuttle.

I flew on the LGA-DCA shuttles of several of its operators from the early 1980's to the early 2000's. Usually I was delivering documents for filing in DC for a law firm I worked as a paralegal in that time. I saw several US Senators and Congress members on board. I would get the shuttles from 1:30 t...

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by ltbewr
Thu Nov 11, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai
Replies: 80
Views: 5370

Re: Possible EU ban of Turkish Airlines, flydubai

The leaders of the EU and their member countries are taking a hard line as to further migration of these refugees of war, poverty, drought/climate change, ethnic and religious persecution in response to demands of their citizens so can keep their jobs and not get voted out. That the overwhelming maj...

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by ltbewr
Wed Nov 10, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is in Britain's future?
Replies: 114
Views: 4874

Re: What is in Britain's future?

To me the UK, in particular England (and perhaps with Wales), wanted to become like Switzerland. Have its own financial and banking rules, its own money, its own tax laws, not subsidizing other countries (like Greece), its own border controls (to keep out pesky migrants from Eastern Europe, the Isla...

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by ltbewr
Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aaron Rodgers debacle
Replies: 34
Views: 2139

Re: Aaron Rodgers debacle

Rodgers now taking ‘full responsibility’ for any confusion or perception of being misled he caused. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aaron-rodgers-takes-responsibility-vaccine-comments-rcna5005?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma Translation: his sponsors called and said clean up your act or we’re out He lost ...

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by ltbewr
Wed Nov 10, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Aaron Rodgers debacle
Replies: 34
Views: 2139

Re: Aaron Rodgers debacle

Rodgers now taking ‘full responsibility’ for any confusion or perception of being misled he caused. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/aaron-rodgers-takes-responsibility-vaccine-comments-rcna5005?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma Translation: his sponsors called and said clean up your act or we’re out He lost ...

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by ltbewr
Tue Nov 09, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston
Replies: 42
Views: 2266

Re: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston

There is no doubt there will be huge lawsuits brought against the top performers, the concert management company, the site operators and owners, all their insurers by those who had family members who were killed and by those seriously injured. Insurance for such events will see a rise in premiums an...

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 08, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1992

Procedures if a sick/incapicated pilot or co-pilot in flight ?

I would be interested, except for any critical security information, of procedures if a pilot or co-pilot if a sick or becomes incapacitated during a commercial flight. One question I have is if a doctor on board, would they be allowed in to the cockpit to try to determine what the medical problem i...

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by ltbewr
Mon Nov 08, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance
Replies: 28
Views: 1305

Re: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance

I am 67 years old. It shows in your comment. There are plenty of newer bands who have come up in the last couple decades who are amazing. If you can't or don't find them, that's not their fault.[/quote] Actually I do like some (relatively) newer groups like Coldplay, Cold War Kids, I don't just lis...

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by ltbewr
Sun Nov 07, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston
Replies: 42
Views: 2266

Re: At least 8 dead and many injured at the Astroworld Festival in Houston

In 1977, at a concert for the rock group 'The Who' In Cincinnati, OH, 11 people died rushing the doors of the concert site. It led to an end of 'general seating' at most concerts in the USA. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Who_concert_disaster#:~:text=The%20Who%20concert%20disaster%20occurred%20on...

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by ltbewr
Sat Nov 06, 2021 7:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance
Replies: 28
Views: 1305

Re: Are the Stones Done? Cotton Bowl Dallas Performance

As long as they can make money from performing, they will do so even if halfway into a coffin. The Stones are far more talented on a 'bad' night than most modern performers who use auto-tune, sing nonsense lyrics and have only a fraction of their talent and musicianship. I am 67 years old. I have be...

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