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by Kent350787
Thu Aug 11, 2022 11:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 226
Views: 11727

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

Such a tragedy. This man very likely died because of a lie that he was told. Lies have consequences Truth matters. Trump will either doom the Republican party, or he will doom the entire United States. The GOP has actually a choice. It can, in a bold move, cut all ties with the Trump fascism. But t...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 09, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michigan AG candidate is running for the office investigating him
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: Michigan AG candidate is running for the office investigating him

Looking at it from the outside, no, I do not believe there is a non-political body left in the USA. This statement is a bit disengenous, . I don’t think it’s disingenuous at all. And I would point out that, in your long reply, you have not been able to mention an example of someone/something that b...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 09, 2022 12:22 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Perceived Lack of Aircraft Variety
Replies: 14
Views: 1971

Re: Perceived Lack of Aircraft Variety

HowardDGA wrote:
I think all the jets have been covered, although I would add the Avro 146. But there were a lot of prop planes still offereing passenger service in the 1960s...Super Connie, F-27, YS-11, and someone has already mentioned the L188.


And let's not forget the Nord 262.

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 09, 2022 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boston subway train catches fire on bridge
Replies: 27
Views: 1834

Re: Boston subway train catches fire on bridgew

The problem with the MBTA management is two fold. One is it serves as both a commuter railroad linking most of the suburbs to Boston, and also as a subway system closer to Boston, meaning there is a difference in constituencies. Which brings me to the second problem is that it's a political agency ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 09, 2022 12:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Olivia Newton-John
Replies: 11
Views: 916

Re: RIP Olivia Newton-John

Cancer is a horrible thing. :( RIP. She had fought it for so many years, and been so active in promoting cancer research. This centre is her advocacy legacy https://www.onjcancercentre.org/ Being of an age, her career was a constant in my life until my late teens. The only time I saw her live was a...

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by Kent350787
Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:57 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JAL has fallen off
Replies: 9
Views: 1440

Re: JAL has fallen off

Very sad what's happened to JAL since the 2010 bailout. Especially considering they have the last remaining 8-abreast 787s and 9-abreast 77Ws in aviation in service. I haven't flown JL since 2017, but did 8 mid-long hauls sectors across 2016-17 and I was quite impressed. Certainly no hot dogs for c...

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 02, 2022 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1319
Views: 385131

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

I was surprised to see this thread pop up again. PH-BFT was my most recent KLM flight - in 1999!

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by Kent350787
Tue Aug 02, 2022 11:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Favourite Airport to City Link (Rail, Bus etc.)
Replies: 31
Views: 1941

Re: Your Favourite Airport to City Link (Rail, Bus etc.)

SYD rail link would be perfect if: 1. the rolling stock made any allowance whatsover for travellers with luggage 2. wasn't near the city end of a heavily trafficked suburban rail route (nightmare for morning arrivals/evening departures) and 3. wasn't so expensive that, for more than one person, abov...

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by Kent350787
Mon Aug 01, 2022 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the most important part of a flight to you?
Replies: 24
Views: 1715

Re: What is the most important part of a flight to you?

Having a window seat or not. Don't care about the booking process. Don't care about the boarding process. Don't care about if the cabin crew pretends I'm important or not. Don't care about if the seat turns into a king size bed or not. Definitely don't care about IFE. Just want to sit back, stare o...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jul 30, 2022 10:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Neighbours - Final episode after 37 years
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Re: Neighbours - Final episode after 37 years

I watched a few minutes across the week and wondered why the middle aged woman playing Jane looks so much like Annie Jones that I was smitten with in the Henderson Kids :P I was hooked in the 80s and got brief period in the 90s. But otherwise it had moved well out of my sphere of knowledge. And with...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jul 27, 2022 11:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Walgreens Religous Exemption for Condoms
Replies: 32
Views: 2008

Re: Walgreens Religous Exemption for Condoms

To that point: aren't there Muslims and Adventists who work in supermarkets where pork products are sold? Oh, we've already seen that to the point that the pork is taboo employees want the pork products removed off the menu or store shelves and even lawsuits. In Malaysia, mutilcutlural but predomin...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 5th-freedom flights - Where did you go?
Replies: 60
Views: 5033

Re: Your 5th-freedom flights - Where did you go?

Short list for me:

EK SYD-AKL

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electoral Count Act Reform
Replies: 72
Views: 3228

Re: Electoral Count Act Reform

voters in smaller states get an amplified say over legislation. There is no good reasons to undemocratically amplify their Presidiential votes as well via the EC. If you feel this is unfair, write your Congressmen and tell them to propose an amendment to do away with Article II, Section 1, Clause 2...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 25, 2022 3:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electoral Count Act Reform
Replies: 72
Views: 3228

Re: Electoral Count Act Reform

The sporting event analogy is a bit funny. Basically saying that the team or person who wins the most is the overall winner. Not whoever scores the most via some convoluted scoring method. Isn’t that pretty accurately describing that the popular vote winner should win the election? Wow, did you mis...

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by Kent350787
Sat Jul 23, 2022 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport! Movie headed back to the big screen!
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: Airport! Movie headed back to the big screen!

petertenthije wrote:
Great news! Shirley it’s a matter of time for Airplane to get back to the cinemas as well! Maybe the Rio Grande cinema?

Don’t call me Shirley!

I still haven’t quite worked out why this was released as Flying High in Australia. I think I’ve only ever seen it on the small screen.

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by Kent350787
Sat Jul 23, 2022 1:10 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Underrated and overrated airliners?
Replies: 52
Views: 8154

Re: Underrated and overrated airliners?

IFlyVeryLittle wrote:
For couples traveling long haul, there's nothing better than the 767 and its 2-3-2 seating. No stranger sitting next to you for 9 hours.


A330 2-4-2 seems just as good (and a better aircraft unless wingspan causes gate issues)

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by Kent350787
Sat Jul 23, 2022 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electoral Count Act Reform
Replies: 72
Views: 3228

Re: Electoral Count Act Reform

The is already the “State’s chamber”, the Senate, where the votes of residents of smaller states count more than larger states. I can’t see any good argument why preference should also be given via the electoral college in this day and age.

The smaller states already kill legislation in the Senate.

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by Kent350787
Fri Jul 22, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electoral Count Act Reform
Replies: 72
Views: 3228

Re: Electoral Count Act Reform

Not sure about all these other democracies you are talking about but the US needs the electoral college or small states would never have a voice in the general. Which is why it's place and not going anywhere[/quote] The Senate is the States' house, where the small states are overrepresented compare...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 21, 2022 11:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: ANA/Japan Airlines splitting between HND and NRT
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Re: ANA/Japan Airlines splitting between HND and NRT

JL switched Australian flights from NRT to HND in early 2020 IIRC (non-Covid related), whereas ANA already flew to HND. The JL switch broke some good connections for me to the US east coast.

I'd expect the data would show HND up and NRT static or down.

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 21, 2022 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global warming and water bombers
Replies: 9
Views: 694

Re: Global warming and water bombers

Australia was increasing its fleet of large bombers (mostly operated by Coulson) even before the disastrous 2019-20 fire season, and has added a further 733 for the upcoming season. Since Feb 2020 things have been abnormally wet, but the large tankers have had an impact. Have they added another? i ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 21, 2022 5:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global warming and water bombers
Replies: 9
Views: 694

Re: Global warming and water bombers

Australia was increasing its fleet of large bombers (mostly operated by Coulson) even before the disastrous 2019-20 fire season, and has added a further 733 for the upcoming season.

Since Feb 2020 things have been abnormally wet, but the large tankers have had an impact.

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by Kent350787
Wed Jul 20, 2022 1:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indiana Mall Shooting
Replies: 50
Views: 2064

Re: Indiana Mall Shooting

I just scanned through the thread and realised no-one has yet offered thoughts and prayers. So, thoughts and prayers. There have been so many obvious triggers for strong action that may start to turn the tide against the extraordinary (for a developed nation) rate of gun violence in the USA. One par...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jul 19, 2022 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jubba Airways Fokker 50 overturns in Mogadishu
Replies: 20
Views: 4817

Re: Jubba Airways Fokker 50 overturns in Mogadishu

You always land on 05 because the approach is over the sea and never on 23 over the city because of the threat of hostile fire, but that can often mean a tailwind. Heavy landing 727 cockpit video by Sam Chui that went viral recently is usually the result but alas things went badly for this Fokker F...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 18, 2022 1:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "The Real Anthony Fauci" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Replies: 127
Views: 5689

Re: "The Real Anthony Fauci" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Naturally whitewashing follows and while vaccines never meant 100 percent immunity, previous vaccines seemed to be much closer to 100 percent than the covid one obviously and likely why the definition was changed, IMO. Efficacy was high for vaccines prior to the Omicron variant, higher than some ot...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 18, 2022 12:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "The Real Anthony Fauci" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Replies: 127
Views: 5689

Re: "The Real Anthony Fauci" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

For me, the key question to ask when assessing information is "is the source of this information overall trustworthy?" In the case of RFKjr the answer is a resounding no. For any reasonable person, he needs to overcome this trust deficit before this latest publication can be given any cred...

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by Kent350787
Sun Jul 17, 2022 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump deciding to announce 2024 run before or after midterms
Replies: 67
Views: 3791

Re: Trump deciding to announce 2024 run before or after midterms

A relatively small chunk of opinionated Americans are over-represented on internet chat boards. Best advice is to avoid drawing conclusions from a noisy few. Most Americans live their day-to-day lives, do their jobs, take their kids to school, grill hamburgers on the weekends, and on Election Day g...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 14, 2022 4:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dominoes Pizza
Replies: 58
Views: 2829

Re: Dominoes Pizza

LOL, literally just ordered before I came on here. I usually hit Domino's simply cause its cheap - $9 for a medium two topping is hard to beat these days. As for taste and quality, its definitely a pretty piss poor pizza. But I do like the Brooklyn. Whoah, Dominoes is expensive in the US. With the ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 14, 2022 3:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dominoes Pizza
Replies: 58
Views: 2829

Re: Dominoes Pizza

A101 wrote:
HD some McDonald the other day it tasted like cardboard


Funnily enough, the 14yo Dominoes lover works at the McD's directly opposite.

My thoughts on franchised fast food are pretty much aligned with yours.

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 14, 2022 2:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dominoes Pizza
Replies: 58
Views: 2829

Re: Dominoes Pizza

The master franchise in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark and Taiwan is owned by Dominoes Pizza Enterprises, an Australian company. There are around 700 stores across Australia. Selling pretty darn average pizza, but my youngest son enjoys ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jul 12, 2022 1:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 15523

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022

I agree that the time for vaccine mandates has ended, There never was a time for vaccine mandates in the first place. Keep the vaccines optional, encourage people to get vaccinated, and make people trust the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines - that is a far healthier solution in the long run...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jul 12, 2022 12:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 15523

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022

https://www.thaipbsworld.com/thai-stats-indicate-ba-4-ba-5-likely-more-serious-than-other-covid-sub-variants/ Thailand claim BA.4 and BA.5 are likely more serious than previous subvariants, saying that they occupy 77% of all severe cases despite occupying 72% non severe. But the sample size is 570 ...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 11, 2022 10:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: KISS Mistakenly Display Australian Flag At Their Concert In Austria
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: KISS Mistakenly Display Australian Flag At Their Concert In Austria

[...]Highly doubt that was a mistake[...] It definitely was and the same mistake happens everyday and everywhere. I am absolutely sure that a large number of passengers who flew to/from Australia on Austrian Airlines did not know that Austria is NOT Australia. LOL. I almost flew Lauda and then Aust...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 11, 2022 10:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 664
Views: 15523

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - 2022

I agree that the time for vaccine mandates has ended, other than as belts and braces for people working with high risk groups such as the elderly. However, the sensible decision is to stay up-to-date with vaccination. In Australia, 4th dose is now recommended for people over 30yo, although I still h...

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by Kent350787
Sun Jul 10, 2022 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How about a leg-up for the humble turboprop?
Replies: 42
Views: 5822

Re: How about a leg-up for the humble turboprop?

We are quickly approaching the point where, aside from a few rare unique circumstances, if a route isn't capable of supporting a mainline sized jet it isn't really worth being flown. Millions of air travelers per day. Hundreds of millions of people in the US. Billions of people in the world. Why wa...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World’s Thinnest Watch
Replies: 32
Views: 1236

Re: World’s Thinnest Watch

Does anyone still rely on a watch to tell time? I occasionally look at mine for time, but just as, if not more frequently look at my phone for time. Watches are basically just a fashion statement at this point, and the statement for this watch is jibberish. And please don't get me started on Apple ...

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by Kent350787
Thu Jul 07, 2022 12:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 136
Views: 7617

Re: Time to dump Pride?

My own take is that identity politics can be very divisive, and the more identities you have the more you are going to have competition and division. BINGO. Identity politics have fragmented our nation more than anything. And it makes the oligarchs happy, because they can pander, promise, and drive...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jul 05, 2022 5:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 20507

Re: The status of the Airbus A380 fleet worldwide

I can't work out the forum I saw it on, but another SG A380 left ASP for SIN via a swing test in SYD during the week, SQ231/232 is a daily SIN-SYD-SIN A380 rotation (on top of 77W and 2x359). Looks like SG and QF will only downsize their A380 fleets by 2 each SQ you mean. 9V-SKP left ASP recently, ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jul 05, 2022 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Fleet Tracking Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 20507

Re: The status of the Airbus A380 fleet worldwide

I can't work out the forum I saw it on, but another SG A380 left ASP for SIN via a swing test in SYD during the week, SQ231/232 is a daily SIN-SYD-SIN A380 rotation (on top of 77W and 2x359).

Looks like SG and QF will only downsize their A380 fleets by 2 each

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by Kent350787
Mon Jul 04, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 4th of July Mass shooting in Chicago suburb
Replies: 63
Views: 3556

Re: 4th of July Mass shooting in Chicago suburb

I'm surprised no one seems to have offered thoughts and prayers yet?

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by Kent350787
Wed Jun 29, 2022 6:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China international borders reopening thread
Replies: 68
Views: 6320

Re: China international borders reopening thread

[And as HK and later Shanghai show, all restriction does is delaying the inevitable and when things hit, it hit hard. There is a reason why countries more or less are just going "let it rip". Yes, HK is a very strong example. Similar population, but more densely housed, to NSW Australia, ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jun 29, 2022 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2022
Replies: 379
Views: 62362

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2022

They have been talking about heading to Australia ever since they had capable aircraft. There is no logical case for PER though There's no logical case for PER-IST itself, I concede. But there's also no logical case for SYD-DOH, or SYD-DXB as standalone routes. They only work because of connection ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jun 29, 2022 4:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2022
Replies: 379
Views: 62362

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2022

But think of the connections to Europe and elsewhere thru IST? Just because the aircraft is capable doesnt mean its worth doing. What would IST offer that cant already be done through DXB, DOH, and LHR non-stops? TK has a stronger European network that DXB or DOH by a country mile, while LHR means ...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jun 29, 2022 2:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: KISS Mistakenly Display Australian Flag At Their Concert In Austria
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: KISS Mistakenly Display Australian Flag At Their Concert In Austria

Seems that the Austrian's are a forgiving bunch with most laughing at the epic fail on the Austrian flag at a concert in Vienna https://metaladdicts.com/kiss-mistakenly-display-australian-flag-at-their-concert-in-austria/ Highly doubt that was a mistake given the number of times they've toured Aust...

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by Kent350787
Wed Jun 29, 2022 1:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: KISS Mistakenly Display Australian Flag At Their Concert In Austria
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: KISS Mistakenly Display Australian Flag At Their Concert In Austria

Seems that the Austrian's are a forgiving bunch with most laughing at the epic fail on the Austrian flag at a concert in Vienna https://metaladdicts.com/kiss-mistakenly-display-australian-flag-at-their-concert-in-austria/ Highly doubt that was a mistake given the number of times they've toured Aust...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 28, 2022 4:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mass Shooting in Norway
Replies: 68
Views: 3124

Re: Mass Shooting in Norway

A mass staber can be taken out by a few brave bystanders with umbrellas, stools, walking sticks, narwhal tusk, etc Or chairs and plastic milk crates.... https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-13/sydney-stabbing-suspect-tackled-by-highest-order-of-heroes/11409676 This murder in Norway is another awful ...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 28, 2022 2:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri
Replies: 33
Views: 2120

Re: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri

How do you eliminate the level crossings? Tunnels? Overpasses? Either. Its not inexpensive along a lengthy route. Europe invested heavily late last century with the introduction of high speed rail. My country has uncontrolled crossings across routes in large sparsely populated areas. But even in th...

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by Kent350787
Tue Jun 28, 2022 12:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri
Replies: 33
Views: 2120

Re: Amtrak train hits dump truck and derails in Missouri

Level crossings will always be the bane of railways everywhere as the world will never run out of people who don't know how to safely drive across them. That said, relatively high speed passenger rail (60+ mph) should strive to eliminate unguarded/unsignaled crossings, or even level crossings altog...

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by Kent350787
Mon Jun 27, 2022 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1085
Views: 48592

Re: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade

A major concern I have is that there is a lot of anger of those who opposed the decision of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Some 'pro-choice' protesters have gotten in physical conflict with those that supported the decision, climbed a bridge in DC, almost run over by a vehicle, and t...

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by Kent350787
Sun Jun 26, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade
Replies: 1085
Views: 48592

Re: Updated: US supreme court overturns abortion rights, upending Roe vs. Wade

The BBC is reporting that a growing number of large American corporations will pay staff travel expenses if they have to leave the state to get an abortion. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61941591 Major companies including Disney, JP Morgan and Facebook owner Meta have told staff they will cov...

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