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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How come in a lot of action movies with plane crashing involved, most of the times there are 747s?
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: How come in a lot of action movies with plane crashing involved, most of the times there are 747s?

Availability. Let's not forget that before CGI, film makers need to do a lot of aerial shots, and they need to have the plane on site in order to shoot around it. So they need to lease a plane from an airline to do so. That's why in the 1980s & 1990s there was an abundance of L-1011s and 747s in...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 2876

Re: TikTok

sierrakilo44 wrote:
zakuivcustom wrote:
Ok...tell me what freedom of speech is lost?

You can still post all those dancing video elsewhere. Also, the govt won't prosecute you merely for using Tiktok.


What would you say if the Trump Administration sought to ban CNN or MSNBC?


TikTok & the media are two different things.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: TikTok
Replies: 81
Views: 2876

Re: TikTok

Why is Microsoft being forced to buy TikTok? I don't see any benefits for Microsoft to acquire TikTok to be honest. Once the dust settles down, TikTok will be relegated to the dustbins of social media history the way Foursquare, Vine, Path, Myspace, and all the other social media entrants who are no...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline pricing logic (TAP Air Portugal?)
Replies: 9
Views: 626

Re: Airline pricing logic (TAP Air Portugal?)

It's simple logic really. Nobody would ever think about connecting at Lisbon to get to Germany from the US. So TP needed to offer potential customers an inducement to choose them over the competition, hence the low prices. How do they make money from you? They don't. You're probably subsidized by a ...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: July 17th: Deadliest Date in Aviation History?
Replies: 20
Views: 5239

Re: July 17th: Deadliest Date in Aviation History?

For some of us it's already July 17th, which is the anniversary of 4 deadly air disasters: - 1996: TWA 800; 747-200 from JFK to CDG; crashing in the sea off the shore of East Moriches, NY; 230 killed - 2000: Alliance Air 7412; 737-200 from Calcutta to Patna; crashed on approach to Patna; 55 killed ...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Orient and Northwest Airlines
Replies: 57
Views: 10201

Re: Northwest Orient and Northwest Airlines

Northwest, American, Delta, United, etc., exude about 1% of the excitement of Northwest Orient, Pan Am or TWA. The latter were all in a whole different league of air travel, none of which will likely ever pass this way again. :crying: :crying: You do realize that "Northwest" and "Nor...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Big tech on the stand again - Amazon-Apple-Facebook-Google
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Big tech on the stand again - Amazon-Apple-Facebook-Google

Big tech on the stand - and Microsoft nowhere to be found.

How the mighty have fallen...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Freedom of expression vs freedom of the press
Replies: 12
Views: 644

Re: Freedom of expression vs freedom of the press

Aesma wrote:
So why isn't Trump getting sued ?


My understanding is that US libel laws are highly strict & isn't plaintiff friendly. It's definitely harder to win a libel suit in America than in Europe or Asia.

So there's no point in suing Trump, or the media etc.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: In-flight magazines
Replies: 25
Views: 1364

Re: In-flight magazines

For full-service carriers they might disappear, but for low-cost airlines (with a buy-on-board program) that won't easily be the case. The in-flight magazine also serves as a catalogue and price list for their on-board offerings. If they don't provide passengers with their magazine anymore, people ...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

A pity that this will be a one off thing, even if the racing's good at the new tracks.

I'd rather see good races at say Imola or Mugello than boring races at Abu Dhabi or Paul Ricard or Sochi or Singapore.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Top Gun: Maverick
Replies: 28
Views: 4121

Re: Top Gun: Maverick

https://variety.com/2020/film/box-offic ... 234709716/

Marc


Can't they release it overseas first in countries where they've managed to keep it under control?
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Cadet985 wrote:
Now we have to wait a whole year thanks to this damned virus.

https://variety.com/2020/film/box-offic ... 234709716/

Marc


Can't they release it overseas first in countries where they've managed to keep it under control?

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gas Prices in the United States
Replies: 30
Views: 1328

Re: Gas Prices in the United States

In Malaysia during the lockdown fuel price went to a low of $0.32 per litre or around $1.17 per US gallon. Last time fuel was that cheap, it was in the early 2000s.

Right now it's around $1.52 per US gallon.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Because they broke the rules. It seems the drivers have to complete the formation lap 'unaided'. Instructing your drivers to pit to change tyres is not considered unaided. Actually, I took a look at the sporting regulations and there's no mention that they need to complete the formation lap unaided...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

I'm glad Albon had a good solid race. He needed. Though still waiting to hear if he will be DSQ for RB drying the track. Albon needs a break Merc has this in the bag at this point. Just cruise control turn on and go The FIA decided he's good. Though for some reason they decided to penalize Haas ins...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 20, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings
Replies: 27
Views: 1048

Re: Your first 747/A340/A380 sightings

Couldn't really remember when I saw my first 747 or A340. But I clearly remember the first time I saw an A380 - it was back in 2005 when the first prototype flew into KUL from SYD on the final leg of their world tour. My friends and I were waiting by the side of the road near Runway 32L and the MH h...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

It's like the Merc boys are playing F1 2020 with the AI set to 50%, and the worst thing is that we're not getting a close battle between the two Merc teammates a la Prost-Senna or Hamilton-Rosberg. At least that would make it more exciting.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Man, if it's going to be another Mercedes lockout then this season is going to be crap...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Master Plan of 'Lincoln International Airport'
Replies: 33
Views: 7593

Re: The Master Plan of 'Lincoln International Airport'

I'm happy people enjoyed the post. On a side-note--and I'm sure people agree with me on this--the special effects of this movie were dismal, even for 1970. I have been thinking about starting a petition to have some of the CGI redone. What do you think? Nah, I think that's the charm. To redo the CG...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dramas on South China Sea (China PR vs Vietnam, Phillipines, Malaysia, Taiwan ft the USA)
Replies: 28
Views: 1395

Re: Dramas on South China Sea (China PR vs Vietnam, Phillipines, Malaysia, Taiwan ft the USA)

South China Sea is a political mess. All those countries claim lots of territory claims and then there is China, now claiming over 90% of it. Perhaps this new thread from China might bring the other nations together to reach an agreement. During my student years, I developed a simulation game about...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Found a DC-10 Bumper Sticker
Replies: 8
Views: 1726

Re: Found a DC-10 Bumper Sticker

If it's this sticker https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/-cQAAOSwrjtcqq0M/s-l300.jpg then it's definitely as FWAREJ said This was part of the McDonnell Douglas PR campaign after AA191. Along the lines, the company ran a publicity blitz with ads featuring their VP of Marketing & former Gemini/Apollo/S...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad
Replies: 99
Views: 4118

Re: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad

Revenge of the Nerds is so problematic today - the typical effeminate gay guy, voyeurism & non-consensual sex wouldn't fly if it's made today.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

it is shocking to see how lost Ferrari seems to be. Unfortunately for them and their customer teams, the 2020 season is probably too compressed for them to make significant improvements to the engine. I can't see how Mercedes will not win everything this year, unfortunately. Not the first time real...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Great news about more races. Mugello will be insane race in 2020 F1 cars. Meanwhile, back in Austria, FP1 completed with no real surprises - Perez finished top of the timings but on softs while others only ran mediums. However, I’m expecting FP2 to be much more interesting. Given the forecast for t...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 105
Views: 5124

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Whilst not denying his obvious talent, he comes a across as a petulant child with an elevated sense of entitlement. Denying Alex his first win by going wide is not becoming of a 5-times world champion, and the penalty was much too lenient. Six-times champion! :wink2: That's a bit of a leap assuming...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 180
Views: 22137

Re: Revisiting MH370

Of that list, the MH flights were the only ones with no survivors at all. SoMe if those flights had no fatalities. It's a luck of the draw. Like in the case of MH17 - it could have easily been a Singapore Airlines 777 instead since one of their flights from CPH was flying behind MH17. Thai military...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Asian American and situation of minority in the United States.
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Asian American and situation of minority in the United States.

I would say it'd be more meaningful to group them according to e.g. Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc. And that is what some act in the United States, like AB1726, are trying to do. Those would be nationalities, not races. Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans etc are ethnically distinct that it...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 180
Views: 22137

Re: Revisiting MH370

There's nothing new with MH370. On the other hand, the trial for the perpetrators that shot down MH17 is underway & there's a thread right here - https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1441113 If you want to see an attempt at a cover-up, this is where it is, only the cover-up i...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17-trail, part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 2753

Re: MH17-trail, part 1

It's rather sad that the trials are given scant coverage here in Malaysia, given how this involves a Malaysian company and Malaysian victims. This whole picture is truly sad, and you aren't missing on a lot. Had I been a Malaysian, I would not want to look at this farce. Your country kind of abstai...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: MH17-trail, part 1
Replies: 33
Views: 2753

Re: MH17-trail, part 1

It's rather sad that the trials are given scant coverage here in Malaysia, given how this involves a Malaysian company and Malaysian victims.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Sears Tower in Chicago
Replies: 23
Views: 1366

Re: The Sears Tower in Chicago

I don't have access to the agreement between the building and Willis with regards to naming rights, but I think they were guaranteed 20 (?) years of naming rights as part of their deal, but they are not even a major tenant. United Airlines has extended the lease through 2033 and is currently the bu...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?
Replies: 47
Views: 2030

Re: COVID Masks: What kind do you have? - Or: why not wear one?

A 3D facemask that covers my mouth & nose properly.

The usual surgical mask often slip down my nose so it doesn't work as well.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "signature" songs of popular artists
Replies: 99
Views: 2961

Re: "signature" songs of popular artists

Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head Kylie has two distinct stages, so she has two signature tunes in my opinion; this and I Should Be So Lucky. Wasn't "Lovefool" a remake? I thought it was originally written and recorded by someone else? I know Cardigans was/is an alternative ban...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "signature" songs of popular artists
Replies: 99
Views: 2961

Re: "signature" songs of popular artists

Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun Techincally, it can be argued that We've Only Just Begun is Paul Williams' signature song because he was the one who sang it originally - for an ad. :D Donald Fagen: New Frontier I was under the impression that I.G.Y was Fagen's signature song? At least that's how...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Pan Am disappear?
Replies: 76
Views: 9741

Re: Why did Pan Am dissapeared?

I read somewhere that Pan Am was stunned by how much both the Johnson and Nixon Administrations disliked them, undercutting them on the Trans Pacific Route Case and not allowing them to carry domestic passengers. They made tons of enemies through the years politically. I did read about this in Skyg...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets
Replies: 176
Views: 16529

Re: Austria to introduce minimum price for plane tickets

Wouldn't LCCs earn more by having a minimum fare, logically speaking.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)
Replies: 23
Views: 4695

Re: Happy birthday to 777 (United Airlines)

When UA sheds this iconic aircraft, it should go into a United Museum... United Museum? Is that VCV? :wave: N777UA should (and most likely) will find its final parking spot at the Udvar-Hazy Center right next to IAD. However I could see the Museum of Flight in Seattle making their case as well. The...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus wants governments to finance a scrappage scheme
Replies: 53
Views: 8051

Re: Airbus wants governments to finance a scrappage scheme

How would a scrappage scheme work for an aircraft?

Normal scrappage would see airlines/leaseholders getting money for the aircraft being scrapped already. So what would this program do that's different from normal scrappage?

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat May 16, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777 - 25 years in commercial service
Replies: 147
Views: 14260

Re: 777 - 25 years in commercial service

Horrible plane. Has made Boeing lot of money and tortured passengers around the world. Noisy and cramped. But is it really though? The bulk of my longhaul flying has been on the 777 and I honestly don't feel it to be cramped at all even in the 10-abreast seating. Noise wise, sure it may be louder t...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri May 01, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?
Replies: 59
Views: 2910

Re: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?

Not going on social media, because vile negative people resides there. That's how I keep sane. Although I do sneak a peek once in a while... Other than that I play games on my PC since I just got myself a new Logitech steering wheel, watch a lot of streaming TV from other countries (been watching MT...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Attorney General Barr: Be On The Lookout For Constitutional Violations
Replies: 48
Views: 1591

Re: Attorney General Barr: Be On The Lookout For Constitutional Violations

I am trying to remember the movie, but there is a line "The constitution is not a suicide pact", for all those that wish to gather in large group to ensure their rights are not infringed on, I say go for it, Darwin will not be denied. Interestingly (or should I say ironically?) the Orange...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Abandoned A330 parked at TLV
Replies: 14
Views: 7252

Re: Abandoned A330 parked at TLV

SR380 wrote:
You mean the current 767 tanker? It should have been A330?


Yes, originally it was supposed to be the MRTT, designated KC-45. However Boeing protested the award, and a rebid was announced - only then did we get the KC-46.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Dems have FINALLY figured out how to attack Trump
Replies: 32
Views: 1606

Re: The Dems have FINALLY figured out how to attack Trump

Maybe conservatives are able to understand nuance. Now that we have the full picture we see how it all unfolded. Thinking someone ate bad meat from a wet market is far different than a virus purposefully put together in a lab that couldn't contain it. You can snarl at Trump all you want. But you've...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about KLM Asia
Replies: 36
Views: 6565

Re: Question about KLM Asia

Coal wrote:
You're clearly not from the region.


Kuala Lumpur born & raised, actually.

In the grand scheme of world politics in the 80s & 90s, SE Asia isn't really that significant.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about KLM Asia
Replies: 36
Views: 6565

Re: Question about KLM Asia

I don't think this is right. There are many state-owned airlines in SE Asia that are the official state airline / flag carrier and fly to both PRC and ROC and don't have a separate brand or entity to serve Taiwan. Sorry if I didn't get it. State-owned VN serves both Taiwan and mainland, why is ther...

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by TheFlyingDisk
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Guilt of job switch
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Guilt of job switch

You'll still be friends with your colleagues. The only thing is that you won't see them every work day.

So just do it & move to the new job. The guilt will recede sooner or later.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll Americans turning against trump
Replies: 55
Views: 2356

Re: Poll Americans turning against trump

Polls mean nothing. Actions do.

No point saying you don't like Trump but in the end he is sworn in for his second term next January.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are your streaming/binge watching currently?
Replies: 34
Views: 1446

Re: What are your streaming/binge watching currently?

Not binging on much. But thanks to streaming TV, I've been watching foreign TV channels. Right now I'm watching the UK TV channel Dave and catching up on Red Dwarf. Apparently they're airing a new feature length episode tonight (well, tomorrow morning here in Asia).

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tuesday Morning Massacre: Trump Removes Stimulus Inspector General, Press Secretary
Replies: 14
Views: 966

Re: Tuesday Morning Massacre: Trump Removes Stimulus Inspector General, Press Secretary

Why don't Pence get Congress together to invoke the 25th Amendment to get the Orange Menace out of office? Surely there's documented evidence showing how Trump is not in full possesion of his faculties.

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by TheFlyingDisk
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 4814

Re: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions

Honestly, given the frequency of hijackings in the old days I'm surprised 9/11 didn't come sooner. It's not like suicide bombers are a fairly new invention. In fact, I'm surprised that Osama faffed about with the Bojinka plot of blowing up planes instead of going ahead with the 9/11 attacks early in...

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