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by ltbewr
Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74
Replies: 19
Views: 714

Re: Singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74

A guy with an almost operatic voice and an actor in musicals from the bible belt of Texas meets up with a Jewish New Yorker song writer and with others creates one of the biggest rock albums of all time, Bat Out of Hell. It came out in late 1977 just as the disco boom with the movie Saturday Night F...

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by ltbewr
Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn
Replies: 15
Views: 823

Re: Bugatti Chiron driving 417 kph on the Autobahn

There a number of videos including on YouTube with skilled drivers driving very powerful cars on the German Autobahn. I have seen some of where approached 300 Kms/hr.. or more.

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by ltbewr
Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Freight Trains being robbed in LA
Replies: 43
Views: 1634

Re: Freight Trains being robbed in LA

Sadly the greed of some, the ease to access these packages due to the location and limited physical security of the boxcars, the lack of sufficient law enforcement and railroad security forces had led to this increase in theft.

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by ltbewr
Wed Jan 19, 2022 12:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA to prohibit many flight operations due to risk of ‘5G’ wireless interference
Replies: 458
Views: 57348

Re: FAA to prohibit many flight operations due to risk of ‘5G’ wireless interference

A number of Airlines, out of an abundance of prudent precaution have suspended flights to/from certain USA airports due to the conflict of 5G cell phone transmission/receiver equipment on operations of certain of their guidance and information systems. This is being covered in the news media around ...

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by ltbewr
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you ready for NFL playoffs!
Replies: 61
Views: 2115

Re: Are you ready for NFL playoffs!

Raiders just told GM he is not being reupped. They should do that to Carr and grab Wilson. Rumors McCarthy on chopping block. The Raiders GM made a few too many mistakes in drafts/free agents. They may defer to whoever will be the new GM to choose the HC and staff. That puts the interim coach in a ...

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by ltbewr
Tue Jan 18, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics
Replies: 12
Views: 1211

Re: Olympians Told To Use Burner Phones During Beijing Olympics

There are many issues with having international competitions including Olympic games in the PRC and a number of other countries as to privacy, human rights, ethnic, religious and political repression. Problem is that many other countries are rejecting holding them due to their costs to taxpayers and...

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by ltbewr
Mon Jan 17, 2022 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you ready for NFL playoffs!
Replies: 61
Views: 2115

Re: Are you ready for NFL playoffs!

So far the usual blowouts, close games, officiating whiffs, and Tom Brady winning another playoff game. NE looked awful, no running game like they used in that 3 pass game they won a few weeks before vs. Buffalo. Buffalo had its act together on both sides of the ball. 7 times they had the ball they ...

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by ltbewr
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stowing away in a plane - 1985 Air India story
Replies: 7
Views: 1359

Re: Stowing away in a plane - 1985 Air India story

Maybe I miss something, but according to the article "the two boys stowed away on an international flight, travelling on an Air India 747 from London to New York." But the answer about where and how is left open... Normally, people hide in the undercarriage - but after such long flight th...

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by ltbewr
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 Years Since Costa Concordia Disaster
Replies: 17
Views: 1058

Re: 10 Years Since Costa Concordia Disaster

One cannot ignore the loss of life (32 passengers, 1 recovery person), the environmental damage, the huge costs of recovery and removal of the ship over $2 Billion USD, the captain eventually convicted with years in jail on criminal charges from this stupid and totally avoidable disaster. https://en...

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by ltbewr
Mon Jan 10, 2022 12:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fire at a New York City Apartment Building
Replies: 9
Views: 737

Re: Fire at a New York City Apartment Building

Space heaters are notoriously unsafe when improperly used. Too often they are placed too close to bedding, drapes, furniture that catches on fire from the heat output. Using extension cords at all or not able to handle the amperage involved with them can cause shorts and fires. This is the most dead...

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by ltbewr
Sun Jan 09, 2022 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DW's Dieselgate Documentary
Replies: 15
Views: 787

Re: DW's Dieselgate Documentary

Part of what happened was to minimally meet the precise US and Euro test standards/cycles of pollution allowed and programing the fuel systems with the vehicles submitted by vehicle makers for it to pass them. Basically vehicle makers like VW submitted rigged cars while production cars didn't meet s...

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by ltbewr
Fri Jan 07, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New social media channel Truth Social
Replies: 22
Views: 997

Re: New social media channel Truth Social

In the USA, business entities are not subject to the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech, they can control speech on them for legal and general business reasons. Of course, this proposed TMTG 'Truth Media' social media site is another scam to make money (or more tax write offs) by Trump and his friends....

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by ltbewr
Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8826

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

It was an attempted coup carried out by right wing domestic terrorists. We need to start being honest about this. We should have been honest about this since the beginning. They were there to execute Pelosi and Pence and install their god as king. To have one man think and speak for us all. The maj...

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by ltbewr
Thu Jan 06, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Open 2022
Replies: 296
Views: 11844

Re: Australian Open 2022

With injuries, continuing risks from Covid-19, individuals choosing to not get vaccinated sadly the Pandemic will hurt the quality of this major tennis tournament.

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by ltbewr
Wed Jan 05, 2022 1:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Germany debates labeling some natural gas energy projects as green investments, reject nuclear as green
Replies: 214
Views: 5853

Re: Germany, with Green Party in ruling coalition, welcome gas as green energy but reject labelling nuclear as green

From their initial creation 'Green Parties' have been openly anti-Nuclear power as part of anti-Nuclear bomb beliefs. Nuclear power is not benign as to CO2 or emissions either. There is the operational risks as we have seen in Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. There are issues as to the st...

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by ltbewr
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes
Replies: 26
Views: 1507

Re: Messy Theranos Verdict for Elizabeth Holmes

Ms. Holmes was like other scam artists believed in their own bullstuff, knew she was running a scam to make a lot of money on and boost her ego. Far too many are looking for the next investment to make a fast buck thing, to purchase early, have the stock go up, dump it at the 'right time', no matter...

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by ltbewr
Sun Jan 02, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63184

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

The ME3 and some other airlines elsewhere seem to be behind the times as to sound CRM practices and discipline. CRM started in the USA and Europe to overcome the 'pilot in charge is god' mentality, that potential mistakes are caught before a crash or serious incident, other pilots will face no or li...

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 31, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63184

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

To me in part this incident and others like in the past suggests poor a CRM culture at EK, perhaps at other ME3 and related airlines. There should have been cross-checks done, if an error someone should speak up, unafraid of facing discipline or firing, the correction made.

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 30, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 105
Views: 5955

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

Until some of the rich and powerful who raped (including by statute) the young women that Maxwell helped arrange get charged and convicted, there will never be satisfaction that justice was done. Many want her 'black book' of names of those she arranged for the rich and connected to have sex with yo...

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 30, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall
Replies: 120
Views: 4667

Re: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall

A terrible mix of circumstances caused the death of an innocent 14 year old woman. Police are not infallible. They make judgments based on experience and training. Unintended events can happen. There can be some attempt of financial compensation from the City but that is never going to be enough. On...

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 30, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Record Snowfall in the Western United States
Replies: 10
Views: 898

Re: Record Snowfall in the Western United States

I-80 was closed in the higher elevations of California and 100's got into trouble attempting to use alternate routes from their GPS's and Waze programs. https://news.yahoo.com/hundreds-drivers-stuck-snowy-sierra-172112881.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYmluZy5jb20v&guce_refe...

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 29, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Beloved John Madden has passed away
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Re: Beloved John Madden has passed away

John Maddan was a coach of a team the then Oakland Raiders of misfits, crazies, persons who were given up by other teams and made it work including Super Bowl trophies. Madden went on to be a top game commentator, his style copied by many as loved by fans. He was a master of marketing himself and th...

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by ltbewr
Tue Dec 28, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL2790 23DEC On Board Assault over masking
Replies: 23
Views: 4540

Re: DL2790 23DEC On Board Assault over masking

The USA will have the transportation mask mandates until at least into March 2022 and due to the current and potential variants of Covid-19, likely at least into Summer of 2022. The USA government, law enforcement at airports and airlines must come to some way to deal with huge growth of dangerously...

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by ltbewr
Tue Dec 28, 2021 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possible longest (ferry) ATR flight ever?
Replies: 9
Views: 3651

Re: Possible longest (ferry) ATR flight ever?

With a full load of fuel, little or no pax or cargo, winds in favorable directions, it might be possible to do a long non-stop in a ATR-72.

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by ltbewr
Mon Dec 27, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sportsbook wars
Replies: 8
Views: 930

Re: Sportsbook wars

Several US States beyond Nevada in recent years have legalized sports betting and casino style gambling in various ways. In particular is the recent legalization of online betting from your home computer or smartphones from states that allow it. States are going for it out of the need for more reven...

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by ltbewr
Mon Dec 27, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread
Replies: 868
Views: 598810

Re: COVID-19 News and Reference Thread

DL flight from SEA to Shanghai turns around due to new rules by China for disinfection of planes as to Covid-19 before departing flights from that airport. Apparently the time it takes to do the procedure hurts operations and costs so DL and other airlines have reduced service to/from there. https:/...

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by ltbewr
Mon Dec 27, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 years today since SAS MD-81 Dana Viking crash
Replies: 12
Views: 5534

Re: 30 years today since SAS MD-81 Dana Viking crash

Sadly not enough was learned or applied from other icing condition airliner crashes like Air Florida 90 less than a decade before (Jan. 13, 1982) to prevent SAS 751 and other crashes in later years. As no loss of life SAS 751 likely doesn't get the attention it deserves.

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 22, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH 17 Trial begins - Dutch prosecutiors seeks life sentences
Replies: 1
Views: 748

MH 17 Trial begins - Dutch prosecutiors seeks life sentences

The first hearings in a specially setup Dutch court facility near Schiphol Airport have taken place as to the missile attack and downing of flight MH17. Prosecutors presented their initial case and to request life sentences against 3 Russian and 1 Ukrainian Nationals being tried in absentia who are ...

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 22, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS orders another 19 767Fs
Replies: 189
Views: 29201

Re: UPS orders another 19 767Fs

I would suspect that by the time they are delivered UPS and FedEx will be retiring their DC-10's/MD-11's as will have a lot of hours/cycles, are 3 engine mx and fuel hogs, and as the 767 can carry about the same amount of weight/volume. It is great that a model aircraft I rode on in 1982-83 (?) JFK-...

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 22, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 21393

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Sports around the world is being significantly affected by the rise of the newest variant of the Covid-19 virus. It has hit the US/Canadian National Hockey League, the USA's National Football League, the National Basketball League as well as many college games in the USA, English Premiere League foo...

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by ltbewr
Tue Dec 21, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What Changes would you like to see in 2022
Replies: 54
Views: 3222

Re: What Changes would you like to see in 2022

Serious efforts in dealing with a number of issues including: Dealing with human migration/immigration thought the world, especially to the USA To deal with the Climate Change Crises To prevent more authoritarian, right wing governance from coming into or keeping power. Criminal prosecutions of many...

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by ltbewr
Mon Dec 20, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7964

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

The removal of the SALT deduction under Pres. Trump was supposed to be offset by the higher standard/base family deduction. Problem is if you live in a state with high local property and state income taxes like CA, MA, NY, NJ (I live in NJ), that offset was no where near enough especially for many m...

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by ltbewr
Mon Dec 20, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7964

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

To me the decision of Sen. Mancin in his own words and other reasons have several elements. While many people would benefit from the BBB bill, no one wants to pay for it or continue to increase the massive national debt. Many who would pay for it see some parts as encouraging people not getting jobs...

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by ltbewr
Sun Dec 19, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday
Replies: 33
Views: 2612

Re: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday

The standard pattern in any pandemic... is that politicians initially ignore the issue for fear of losing votes until way too late... but by the time the pandemic has become entrenched politicians typically overreact for fear of being seen to not to be in control and losing votes.... In the USA, du...

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 15, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2371

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

Until we deal with the deeper social culture as to guns in the USA, more horrible gun terror events like Sandy Hook will continue. Sadly since Sandy Hook, we have regressed in doing so.

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by ltbewr
Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United
Replies: 84
Views: 13061

Re: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United

Perhaps too especially with a TATL hub of UA and VS at EWR, it may work out better for feeders to VS flights to/from EWR with UA. This has nothing to do with VS. VA and VS have no relationship except Branson holding a minority shareholding in both. Oops, my bad. Is the DL and VS JV also falling apa...

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by ltbewr
Tue Dec 14, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United
Replies: 84
Views: 13061

Re: Virgin Australia Ends Partnership with Delta and Enters into New Partnership with United

Perhaps too especially with a TATL hub of UA and VS at EWR, it may work out better for feeders to VS flights to/from EWR with UA.

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by ltbewr
Mon Dec 13, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are we entering a new "workers" era?
Replies: 67
Views: 3010

Re: Are we entering a new "workers" era?

I wonder if the large loss of lives from the series of tornadoes that hit over several USA states this past Saturday was in a factory in Kentucky and an Amazon warehouse in IL (by East St. Louis) will motivate workers to improve their work conditions and pay. Between both sites about 100 persons die...

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by ltbewr
Sun Dec 12, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: F1 - 2021 Season
Replies: 1121
Views: 65293

Re: F1 - 2021 Season

Of course there is plenty of fuel to keep arguments as to this now past F1 season from Max winning to the safety car issue until the new season begins. At least it was a competitive season, perhaps a change in the leading driver after a generation in racing leadership by Hamilton, Mercedes still won...

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by ltbewr
Sun Dec 12, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin's troubled Brandenburg Airport still in crisis one year after opening
Replies: 24
Views: 5677

Re: Berlin's troubled Brandenburg Airport still in crisis one year after opening

Has there been any investigations by the Federal and regional governments or their respective parliaments as to what went wrong in the construction and the continuing operating problems ? It seems to me to be ripe for investigations, but I guess too many politicians are afraid of getting blame so ar...

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by ltbewr
Sun Dec 12, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California governor says he will use legal tactics of Texas abortion ban to implement gun control
Replies: 51
Views: 3186

Re: California governor says he will use legal tactics of Texas abortion ban to implement gun control

This will never become law as enough Democrats won't go for it to prevent them from it being used against them in their next campaign. Better would be to go after much more strongly the street gangs that do a lot of the criminal gun deaths, including funding police more in high crime areas.

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 10, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plane diverted mid-flight in latest unruly passenger incident
Replies: 105
Views: 12891

Re: Delta plane diverted mid-flight in latest unruly passenger incident

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out the worst in too many people in the USA including when they travel by airplane. There are lot of bad political and social influences, the nature of American culture, rejection of authority, lack of trust in government that when told to wear a mask to protect cre...

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by ltbewr
Fri Dec 10, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jussie Smollett trial
Replies: 31
Views: 2453

Re: Jussie Smollett trial

What a sad and tragic story. It has destroyed his life, made worse our country dealing with racial and GLTBQ issues at a full boil. He now faces jail as he should for false police reports.

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 09, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline
Replies: 27
Views: 2140

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

Let's not forget that many countries and companies try to buy respect by paying stupid money for endorsements or participation in events by well known celebrities, sponsor foreign sports teams (like in professional soccer/football). At least some like Clooney have limits.

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 09, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Josh Duggar Charged with Possession of Child Porn
Replies: 72
Views: 6275

Re: Josh Duggar Charged with Possession of Child Porn

The creep has been found guilty. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/12/09/josh-duggar-guilty-trial-verdict-reality-star-child-pornography-case/8868921002/ I must admit, when they first started appearing on television I watched their show -- then I realized they were effec...

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by ltbewr
Thu Dec 09, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Zealand to BAN smoking
Replies: 59
Views: 2373

Re: New Zealand to BAN smoking

Yet NZ will keep the age to purchase and use a far more dangerous drug as to short and long term affects at 18 - alcohol. Raise the minimum age for both alcohol and tobacco including any nicotine containing products (vaping) and alcohol to 21 and strongly enforce the laws on sellers and users. Beyon...

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by ltbewr
Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fox News NYC HQ Christmas Tree set on fire
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Fox News NYC HQ Christmas Tree set on fire

Some sick bastard set on fire a large Christmas tree which also damaged adjacent smaller trees and decorations in the plaza that is the Headquarters building for News Corp. and Fox News on 6th Avenue in NY City shortly after midnight on Dec. 8th. He was promptly arrested and faces arson charges. I d...

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by ltbewr
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chris Cuomo's Termination From CNN
Replies: 58
Views: 3354

Re: Chris Cuomo's Termination From CNN

He has also lost/quit his Sirus XM radio show gig. Although he denies it, there are accusations of Chris Cuomo behaving improperly with a woman at a party when left ABC to go to CNN. Times change and women are less afraid of speaking out of past harassment. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/fired-cn...

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by ltbewr
Sun Dec 05, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chris Cuomo's Termination From CNN
Replies: 58
Views: 3354

Re: Chris Cuomo's Termination From CNN

He should have been fired over a year ago for helping to cover up then the accusations of his brother's sexual harassment as well as very early in the pandemic able to make a huge 'jump in line' to get then scare Covid-19 testing access and processing of the test in a day, not weeks. One has to wond...

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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: 27
Views: 2140

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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