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by ltbewr
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 142
Views: 7731

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

The Defense (Chauvin) has 'rested', concluding its presentation at trial. The trial closing arguments will be held on Monday, the Jury likely to get the case later that day or Tuesday. The timing is also good in it will allow for preparation of law enforcement for the Jury decision, especially if Ch...

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by ltbewr
Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Japanese Researchers Recommend Against Holding This Summer's Olympics
Replies: 12
Views: 614

Re: Japanese Researchers Recommend Against Holding This Summer's Olympics

Only a small number of athletes and support staffs that might attend, Japanese citizens and residents have yet, or by the time of the already postponed 2020 Summer Olympics to this year will have been able to get Covid-19 vaccines or be anywhere near 'herd immunity'. Many poorer countries may not ge...

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by ltbewr
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 39
Views: 1506

Re: Strange business names

TheFlyingDisk wrote:
Aesma wrote:
Stellantis


Well, at least it's better than FCPA (FiatChryslerPeugeot Automobiles)

The Stellantis name is a made up one so no one company is seen as the lead brand with all its business internal politics implications.

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by ltbewr
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1214

Re: Your view of a pull out from Afghanistan ?

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 the citizens of the USA wanted blood revenge against al-Quada and the Taliban in Afghanistan for supporting them. All we got was the Taliban and other Afghanistan tribes ripping the USA off with in effect bribes and due to the culture of the region, impossible to g...

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by ltbewr
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 119
Views: 3875

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

We've seen it before where multiple police officers are apparently incapable of restraining a compliant (up to a point) suspect. The officer attempting to cuff Wright looked like he'd never handled a pair of cuffs before. He was stopped due to illegal placement of an air freshener Serious stuff. Up...

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by ltbewr
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 39
Views: 1506

Re: Strange business names

Fifth Third Bank will always sound made up to me. I'm sure if I think hard enough I know a few other really odd ones but none pop up right now. I can't believe people say Aunt Jemima syrup and Uncle Ben's rice sound racist but don't seem to have an issue with a bank naming itself the inverse of Thr...

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by ltbewr
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 39
Views: 1506

Strange business names

Sometimes from mergers, takeovers, spinoffs, marketing think tanks, companies take on new names, often made up letter salads perhaps by those on bad drugs or trying to avoid names too much like another company's, hopefully not an offensive word in another language to bury a name with a bad connectio...

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by ltbewr
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety
Replies: 113
Views: 7612

Re: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety

I wonder if the Republicans want to keep him in office as long as possible to as it might not be until November and a special election to replace him and want as many of their party in House to keep their narrow minority of members.

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by ltbewr
Sat Apr 10, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 38
Views: 2989

Re: Prince Philip has died

Apparently the BBC has been getting a lot of complaints of the repetitive and continuous attention to the recently deceased Prince Philip, excluding all other programing. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/bbc-sets-up-complaints-line-for-too-much-tv-coverage-of-prince-philips-death/ar-BB1fuzyI Of cou...

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by ltbewr
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tea or Coffee?
Replies: 53
Views: 2085

Re: Tea or Coffee?

I rarely have tea, usually only when traveling for breakfast or iced tea (with only a small amount of sugar) in the summer where I live in the USA. Never got into coffee. I love the smell of fresh ground beans but despite several tries just can stand drinking it.

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by ltbewr
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ADL Calls for Firing of Tucker Carlson Over Replacement Theory Rant
Replies: 20
Views: 1222

Re: ADL Calls for Firing of Tucker Carlson Over Replacement Theory Rant

Pressure must be put on corporations who buy ads, ad agencies and Fox News to ditch such over the top racists and jerks. Starve them of money and they die like any other business.

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by ltbewr
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former NFL player kills five in latest US mass shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3853

Re: Former NFL player kills five in latest US mass shooting

Philips Adams brain to be examined for signs of CTE https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31223923/brain-phillip-adams-former-nfl-player-killed-five-examined-cte CTE, from multiple concussions damaging his brain may be a factor that led to his mental health problems and sadly to his acts of murder and...

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by ltbewr
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former NFL player kills five in latest US mass shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 3853

Re: That Didn't Take Long

It is believed the alleged killer had ongoing mental health issues. He was a former NFL player so it is possible he had deep brain injuries and using drugs for his injuries from his playing day as possible contributors to his mental condition. Still he had access to a gun despite his mental conditio...

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by ltbewr
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 38
Views: 2989

Re: Prince Philip has died

I will be interesting how his funeral will be carried out, especially due to Covid-19 restrictions. Of course the biggest media attention will be if/how Prince Harry and his wife attend, taking it away from Prince Philip. I suspect the funeral, as per his wishes and Covid-19 restrictions will be rel...

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by ltbewr
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 385
Views: 85601

Re: LATAM A350 Will be retired

Likely it is to narrow their maintenance and crewing needs by cutting out a type of aircraft from their fleet, lower overall costs.

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by ltbewr
Wed Apr 07, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NRA bankruptcy trial
Replies: 16
Views: 1283

Re: NRA bankruptcy trial

Last year the NY Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit to revoke/terminate the not-for-profit corporate status of the NRA in the state, as until last year the NRA was incorporated in NY State (they re-incorporated in gun friendly Texas). The NY AG has authority to regulate such entities, includi...

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by ltbewr
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Campaign Reportedly Forced To Refund More Than $122 Million To Donors
Replies: 11
Views: 1112

Re: Trump Campaign Reportedly Forced To Refund More Than $122 Million To Donors

Sadly in the USA, there is frequent use of 'opt-out' in fine print or hidden not 'opt-in' of continuing purchases of a product, or here a political campaign donation. People do have a right to obtain refunds if an error made or per federal elections, general federal or state laws, such opt-outs are ...

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by ltbewr
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Riots in Northern Ireland: situation dangerous
Replies: 46
Views: 1813

Re: Riots in Northern Ireland: situation dangerous

I suspect many of the youth rioters are unemployed, due to a mix of multi-generational employment issues, Brexit and Covid-19. People not working have time on their hands and not enough money, so tend to get involved in anti-government and anti-social activities. They brood in their 'tribes' listeni...

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by ltbewr
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Belgian police seizes 27.6 tonnes cocaine in 40 days.
Replies: 13
Views: 1387

Re: Belgian police seizes 27.6 tonnes cocaine in 40 days.

Criminals will always be a step ahead of law enforcement in technology, weapons and how they do their criminal acts.

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by ltbewr
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Norway sees new homicide record 1st quarter 2021. Zero.
Replies: 21
Views: 1376

Re: Norway sees new homicide record 1st quarter 2021. Zero.

The population of NY City is about 8 million, and they have about a 100 murders per quarter in 2020, a higher rate since 2014. Although it is far better than in the early 1990's where the murder numbers were 500 per quarter, at all time highs, still 100/quarter is unacceptable. To have zero murders ...

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by ltbewr
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes
Replies: 54
Views: 2704

Re: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes

In the USA, it is the deep fear of residential homeowners that the value of their property they hope to make a lot of money on when they sell will be less than desirable. Some who moved to areas near airports did so as the value of property was lower and more affordable. Than you have the 'environme...

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by ltbewr
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety
Replies: 113
Views: 7612

Re: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety

Wonder how many GQP’ers will be caught up in this when the deal making begins. I have a feeling a whole lotta. :bouncy: Thank you for your hard work, Stacey Abrams! Without flipping Georgia blue, I highly doubt any of this would be going down right now. First of all, the 'tax collector' was charged...

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by ltbewr
Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Capitol incident
Replies: 19
Views: 1398

Re: US Capitol incident

The driver apparently had mental health problems, made worse by use of drugs. Why he decided to go to the Capitol may be just some desperate act to get attention for his problems. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/family-and-friends-concerned-noah-green-was-unraveling-before-capitol-attack/ar-BB1ff...

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by ltbewr
Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Capitol incident
Replies: 19
Views: 1398

Re: US Capitol incident

The driver apparently had mental health problems, made worse by use of drugs. Why he decided to go to the Capitol may be just some desperate act to get attention for his problems. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/family-and-friends-concerned-noah-green-was-unraveling-before-capitol-attack/ar-BB1ffB...

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by ltbewr
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety
Replies: 113
Views: 7612

Re: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety

House Speaker Pelosi has said that Gaetz should be removed or resign form his seat on the House Judiciary Committee and face investigation by the Ethics Committee. https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-judiciary-nancy-pelosi-21e7c59440b276457a00c593da2be11a Then there are the allegations he was pa...

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by ltbewr
Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety
Replies: 113
Views: 7612

Re: Florida's Rep. Gaetz Under Investigation For Underage Impropriety

What I am afraid of this guy quitting and his replacement being even more of a RWNJ, Trumpster, and tool of Satan.

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by ltbewr
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again
Replies: 91
Views: 7887

Re: Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again

As with any other incident there will be investigations on what happened and how to reduce the risks in the future. Apparently the key issue was due to high 'sandstorm' wind speed slamming the huge wall sides of the ship, shoving the it around. Perhaps if similar high wind or sandstorm conditions ar...

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by ltbewr
Wed Mar 31, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 40 Years Since Attempted Assassination of Reagan
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: 40 Years Since Attempted Assassination of Reagan

I never was a fan of Reagan, but it was a scary possibility that just about 2 months in office, he could have died and I didn't want that. He lost a lot of blood and came too close to death. One has to wonder how much he was damaged by it, perhaps even his mental state and later onset of dementia. T...

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by ltbewr
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 293
Views: 13827

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

To add to the controversy with this law in Georgia: The infamous and racially biased law was signed by Gov. Kemp in a closed room at the State Capital with only several other Republican legislative leaders and an 'official' photographer, kept out any possible objectors including arresting on trumped...

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by ltbewr
Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sharon Osbourne leaving 'The Talk' following accusations of racism
Replies: 60
Views: 3397

Re: Is Sharon Osbourne about to be Cancelled??

A source exclusively told The Sun Sharon is “not expected to return.” The insider claimed: “The lawyers seem to be battling out regarding money, letting her spin it, non-disparagement and more. It's all happening at the highest levels of the network. https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/2542800/th...

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by ltbewr
Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Curfew in Miami Beach
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Re: Curfew in Miami Beach

Public health is at stake here. That supersedes the needs of business and 'rights' of tourists to protect the public from a deadly infection.

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by ltbewr
Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 293
Views: 13827

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

First of all, the Covid-19 pandemic led to the unprecedented and massive use of voting by mail and early voting in the USA in 2020 and likely critical factors in Biden/Harris, the Democrats, winning as US President/VP by the Electoral College vote, of 2 Democrats winning in special run-off election ...

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by ltbewr
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest Biden Administration "Scandal"
Replies: 35
Views: 2895

Re: Latest Biden Administration "Scandal"

Apparently Pres. Reagan started the act to salute back military around him, he did it to show respect to the military and to drive liberals nuts.

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by ltbewr
Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Environmental Pollution Has Cut Sperm Count 50% Since 1970s
Replies: 24
Views: 1334

Re: Environmental Pollution Has Cut Sperm Count 50% Since 1970s

Look at the bright side [HUMOR ALERT !] It means less of a chance of getting a woman pregnant if go in bareback or if the condom breaks. It also means fewer babies and a lower population which ironically would be good for the environment. [

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by ltbewr
Thu Mar 25, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22
Replies: 279
Views: 13231

Re: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22

The USA is not going to make major changes in our gun laws in large part as not enough Democrats will support stronger laws as fear losing in their next election.

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by ltbewr
Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again
Replies: 91
Views: 7887

Updated: Broken down ship in Suez Canal on the move again

In the Suez Canal, a large container ship, the M/V Ever Given, has apparently had an electrical blackout, affecting control of the ship and is now wedged diagonally across it, totally blocking traffic. Efforts are underway to get the ship moved, but it may take several days and meanwhile is shutting...

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by ltbewr
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22
Replies: 279
Views: 13231

Re: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22

Whether it is a mass shooting like in Boulder, or the too many every weekend in Chicago, the amounts of gun murder is a deep cultural problem in the USA. Far too often, the possession and use of a gun is about fear, power and about control of one over others no matter if a robber, a cop or mass murd...

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by ltbewr
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Let's talk about your top goosebumps songs
Replies: 74
Views: 7735

Re: Let's talk about your top goosebumps songs

Fallin' by Alicia Keys is one for me. It came out in 2001 and was on of her first hits. She wrote the song and does it with a down to the bone solefulness that hooked me and still gives me 'goosebumps' when I hear it. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=alicia+keys+fallin+youtube&view=detail&am...

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by ltbewr
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22
Replies: 279
Views: 13231

Ten murdered in Boulder, CO by shooter 3/22

On the afternoon of March 22nd, another person with a gun terror murdered 10 persons including a police officer at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder is the home of the University of Colorado, nominally a 'liberal' community in the state. It is believed the shooter was wounded ...

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by ltbewr
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Multiple STL Cops Charged With Rape, Assault, and Witness Tampering
Replies: 31
Views: 1255

Re: Multiple STL Cops Charged With Rape, Assault, and Witness Tampering

Far too often a toxic mix of politics, excessively powerful unions, poor selection process, poor training, weak management, too much covering for peers leads to way too many cops corrupt, abusing people they are supposed to protect and get away with serious crimes like discussed in the OP.

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by ltbewr
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Atlantic Hurricane Season Naming Changed
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: Atlantic Hurricane Season Naming Changed

Perhaps they should use popular last/family names like Smith, Jackson, Johnson, Chen, Gupta, Cohen, Murphy, Dante and so on. Part of the reason for hurricane naming is for the US Weather Service and in turn Weather Channel to keep track of them and for marketing. The Weather Channel even gives names...

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by ltbewr
Sat Mar 20, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Crowds In Multiple US Cities Protest Attacks on Asians
Replies: 61
Views: 5612

Re: Crowds In Multiple US Cities Protest Attacks on Asians

The USA has a bad history with persons from Asia. The deadly attacks in the Atlanta area with others elsewhere in the USA are getting national attention. Some suggest the growing numbers of attacks over Asians is over the apparent source of Covid-19, made worse by a generally negative opinion of the...

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by ltbewr
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 54
Views: 2463

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

At least in The Netherlands voters have far more choices like in a cafeteria than the 2 parties we really only have in the USA choosing 'the lesser of 2 evils' so means collations balancing how the country is run. It also shows how the ideas of some narrow parties, like the Greens, are absorbed by o...

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by ltbewr
Wed Mar 17, 2021 3:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1262
Views: 60290

Re: European Commission Vaccination Strategy News and Discussion Thread

Before I comment on the EU vaccination problems, the USA does have good overall numbers for getting its population vaccinated, but the rates vary from state to state. Certainty there were improvements in ramping up production and distribution since Pres. Biden took over as President, but states stil...

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by ltbewr
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Election time: the Dutch version
Replies: 54
Views: 2463

Re: Election time: the Dutch version

I presume you are voting in what is a Railway Museum. Is the decoration at the entry of the museum the usual or for the election or from a special event ? I know in the USA most election sites fly an American flag at their entry point. Most election sites in the USA are in public schools, municipal ...

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by ltbewr
Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sharon Osbourne leaving 'The Talk' following accusations of racism
Replies: 60
Views: 3397

Re: Is Sharon Osbourne about to be Cancelled??

One can express an opinion but how it is worded may make the difference between acceptable or not. Both Piers and Osborne made comments that in their form were seen as racist by some in their immediate audience.

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by ltbewr
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters
Replies: 64
Views: 2972

Re: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters

One potential abuse could be in breaking picketing lines of workers on strike.

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by ltbewr
Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021
Replies: 265
Views: 20803

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2021

One issue that may hold up the reopening of the cruise line industry, perhaps well into 2022, will be the need to make sure 'herd immunity', mainly by distribution of vaccines to at least 80% of where ships will make ports of call and crews come from. Many of those locations have seen massive losses...

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by ltbewr
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: #51 in infant mortality Arkansas signs near-total abortion ban
Replies: 81
Views: 3874

Re: #51 in infant mortality Arkansas signs near-total abortion ban

Sadly this is another example of politicians pandering to their base in the worst way. They won't encourage comprehensive sexual education, subsidies birth control to the poor, and as others note, won't offer financial help to poor women with children.

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