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by cpd
Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:32 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70

I haven't seen or used the 24-120, but I do have the 24-70 and you can add me to the list of folks that are very happy with it. It's a sizable lump on the front of the camera and it is expensive, but when it comes to camera equipment, you get what you pay for. Indeed: https://photos.smugmug.com/Civ...

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by cpd
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 61
Views: 2611

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

I once left a large supiscious-looking suitcase in the wrong carriage of a french TGV-train. Long story, I was stupid, but there was mitigating circumstances. I was going to CDG, and was in a bit of hurry. I left the the suitcase and went to the restaurant and got just drunk enough on red wine, a g...

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by cpd
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 61
Views: 2611

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Rogerson
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NIKV69 wrote:
Never had an issue. Turn car off, Put keys on dash, hands on wheel and follow their directions you will never have a problem.



Hope you don’t encounter someone like this:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Rogerson

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by cpd
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: Nikon Peeps: 24-120 vs 24-70

The 24-70 F/2.8 is a really top quality lens but it is expensive.

24-120 may be more versatile but for me, 24-70 every time with the F2.8.

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by cpd
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 43
Views: 3197

Re: Prince Philip has died

https://youtu.be/pX5UNcFUNN4

So straightforward, no fuss or fanfare. Interesting interview.
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Interview with him on WW2, service in the Navy and various things:

https://youtu.be/pX5UNcFUNN4

So straightforward, no fuss or fanfare. Interesting interview.

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by cpd
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Strange business names
Replies: 41
Views: 1610

Re: Strange business names

Maybe strange in most countries, but probably not so strange in the home country: Doktor Ingenieur honoris causa Ferdinand Porsche Aktiengesellschaft. During training, we had to sit through this cringy training video complete with a feel-good power ballad and "inspirational" pictures. It w...

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by cpd
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 43
Views: 3197

Re: Prince Philip has died

https://youtu.be/bfBESXgJno0

I never managed to meet him. But he just seemed so straight forward, no-nonsense.

Quite a character as well.
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Arion640 wrote:
A very sad day for Britain. We have lost a legend.

God speed sir.


From Sky News: https://youtu.be/bfBESXgJno0

I never managed to meet him. But he just seemed so straight forward, no-nonsense.

Quite a character as well.

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by cpd
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prince Philip has died
Replies: 43
Views: 3197

Re: Prince Philip has died

Actually having a constitutional monarchy has worked fairly well. You have a non party political head of state. The politicians all secretly hate it. Particularly because she is more popular than they are. And she is evidently pretty clever. Anyhow, that’s a discussion for another time. RIP Prince ...

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by cpd
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes
Replies: 54
Views: 2717

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

Are airports actually quieter, if let say 737 get replaced by 787, or two new 737MAX? Increase in gauge size and frequency due to traffic increase is quite common across the.world in recent decades Arguably on a dB basis they are quieter. 73Max is quieter than 73G is quieter than 733 is quieter tha...

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by cpd
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport Neighbors Unhappier Than Ever About Noise, Despite Quieter Planes
Replies: 54
Views: 2717

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

I think the article hits on an interesting point, about the "type" of noise complained about. Many years ago when I was but a 20-something long-haired rock and roll guitarist, our band played an outdoor gig in the town where we lived on Memorial Day afternoon to give the kids in the town ...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

Indeed, but I was shooting 320s at 50-60mm and it just wasn't happening as the winglet would be moving relative to me much faster than the rest of the aircraft (or the tailplane would be blurry due to the vibration). Not a lot I could do, irrespective of whether my technique was any good or not. 20...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

Just to add that having IS/VR (or whatever you wanna call it) turned on for panning is better than having it turned off. But it is not the magical tool some think it is. It is subject to physics, like everything else. I used to relieve the boredom between movements at my local by doing panning shot...

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by cpd
Sun Mar 28, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

For example, if an aircraft is rotating on the runway, you will see two movements: one is the aircraft rolling on the runway, and the other one is the aircraft nose lifting off the pavement, so those different motion are very difficult to "copy" with the camera. Precisely. Too many photog...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Georgia Election Law Controversy
Replies: 295
Views: 14053

Re: Georgia Election Law Controversy

In Australia, we have independent electoral commissions at state and federal level, overseeing elections for their separate jurisdictions. Redistributions are considered after each election based on population changes, and all parties are able to provide input into that process. With mandatory atte...

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by cpd
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Nikon Issue While Panning
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: Nikon Issue While Panning

Hello all. This is particularly for my fellow Nikon photogs. I'm noticing when I drop my shutter speed to pan or get good prop blur, I'm having an issue where the camera seems to alternate between blurring the nose and the tail. Here's an example, granted it's not the best quality but this is purel...

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by cpd
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Prescreening: speedbird52 UPS 747

Whatever light you have available make sure it is behind you. If things are dull, keep the aperture up around f/8.0 and try to follow the plane smoothly as it goes past. This will hopefully get you a panning effect and at say 1/100sec it should be sharp from edge to edge of the plane. Slower than th...

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by cpd
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Sharon Osbourne leaving 'The Talk' following accusations of racism
Replies: 60
Views: 3398

Re: Is Sharon Osbourne about to be Cancelled??

‘The Talk’ Cancels Shows Amid Investigation Surrounding Sharon Osbourne Comments https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/talk-cancels-shows-amid-investigation-235909252.html I suspect that a woman of color's rights trump any freedom of speech rights that Sharon has as a dual US/UK citizen, with Jewish ...

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by cpd
Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Re: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.skysports.com/amp/f1/news/12433/12245165/murray-walker-the-formula-1-commentary-legend-dies-aged-97 Lewis Hamilton wrote a very nice tribute to Murray Walker. Lewis, like me, also grew up with Murray Walker as the voice of Formula 1. I have a “few” more years on L...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What are your favorite pens (writing)?
Replies: 30
Views: 1283

Re: What are your favorite pens (writing)?

I find I’m writing less and less with a pen or pencil because we’ve gone paperless at work for years already. I used to write with a fountain pen but not so much anymore. I just use whatever cheap pens they have in the stationary cupboard at work now. Must say they’ve actually got quite decent smoot...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Re: Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has died

Former F1 commentor Murray Walker has died at the age of 97 according to BBC. A statement from the British Racing Drivers' Club said: "It's with great sadness we share the news of the passing of BRDC associate member Murray Walker OBE. https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/56388596 https://twitte...

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by cpd
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona GOP says the quiet part with a bullhorn: ‘Everybody shouldn’t be voting’
Replies: 50
Views: 2760

Re: Arizona GOP says the quiet part with a bullhorn: ‘Everybody shouldn’t be voting’

c933103 wrote:
There's a reason why most countries around the world didn't adopt mandatory voting like Australia


Do explain further in great detail the basis of this comment and your own experience/knowledge to back up the comment. I’d be very interested to know.

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by cpd
Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2629

Re: Most unsuitable aircraft for their routes ?

A380 Dubai to anyplace in Europe. The ones I’ve flown on have been full. 777-300ER might be unsuitable too. Maybe it should be thousands of single aisle narrow body planes with everyone packed in like sardines? Qantas often uses big planes on short flights. A330 Sydney Melbourne and return. 767 Bri...

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by cpd
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: pre-post screening spompert
Replies: 257
Views: 69030

Re: pre-post screening spompert

Hello everybody, this photo was rejected for blurry. The original looks okay to me so I`m a bit surprised. Can someone tell me where it`s blurry exactly? I also might try to reduce the size of the photo and start all over to see if it`s fixable. The other fact that makes it a bit hard to accept is ...

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by cpd
Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump vs. RNC fundraising
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Trump vs. RNC fundraising

I don't think there is a lot Trump can do to stop the Republican party doing this.

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by cpd
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash
Replies: 33
Views: 5487

Re: Olivier Dassault Helicopter Crash

Statistically it’s still very safe, you’ve named three from thousands of famous and rich people that fly in helicopters weekly since 2018, and have survived. I’m pretty sure more rich people have died in car crashes in that time frame. I’m also pretty sure EasyJet wouldn’t have offered him a flight...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Total Apathy
Replies: 19
Views: 2356

Re: Total Apathy

With all that’s going on in the world this year, and in my life (sudden loss of my father), I’m feeling totally apathetic about EVERYTHING. Like I’ll vote in the election next week, but I don’t care about it like I usually do (or should). Anyone else just feeling totally apathetic when it comes to ...

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by cpd
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?
Replies: 36
Views: 1914

Re: What colour temperature do you prefer in your home?

The bulbs are all led and can change colour to whatever you choose for each bulb.

There are presets you can choose as well.

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by cpd
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints
Replies: 148
Views: 5490

Re: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints

Isn’t this just classic capitalism at work? The best rises to the top. Don’t like it? Nothing stopping you from starting your own “Facebook” or “Twitter”. There is a direct comparison to the christian cake shop exercising their right to not serve gays. The bakers rights trumped their customers’ rig...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints
Replies: 148
Views: 5490

Re: Texas Gov. Abbott's new bill prohibits social media companies from censoring viewpoints

Unfortunately we now have private monopolies though, so either split them up or impose restrictions on them. Another poster compared them to a bakery which is disingenuous. If a bakery won't write messages they disagree with on your cake, you can try going to another one. Isn’t this just classic ca...

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by cpd
Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Why did you fall in love with aviation?
Replies: 21
Views: 3494

Re: Why did you fall in love with aviation?

I always had a slight interest - I got more interested when I got involved with flight simulator for a while. I took photos for a time but stopped in 2012 and haven’t been back since. It’s something I will never do again.

I lost the interest - aviation is just a means of going somewhere.

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by cpd
Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 244
Views: 55288

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I did some digging on reddit for a few minutes and see others being shared on there too fairly frequently.

This is all getting way too competitive. Is this a hobby or a business? Put the cameras away for a while and see that things can be enjoyed without being top 5 or photographers choice.

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by cpd
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 987
Views: 53104

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

https://www.news.com.au/world/north-ame ... e07d79fc4d

Should be interesting to watch.
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Trump to be re-instated as the US President according to News Ltd:

https://www.news.com.au/world/north-ame ... e07d79fc4d

Should be interesting to watch.

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by cpd
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 244
Views: 55288

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

What is happening is that some people are treating this as a kind of business rather than something fun to do. Hence the hit-seeking, etc. I’ll be interested to see how it is intended to clamp down on social media posting or sharing. As long as it isn’t misused by groups of people seeking to get the...

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by cpd
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Liz Cheney: GOP risks becoming known as "the party of white supremacy"
Replies: 207
Views: 10916

Re: Liz Cheney: GOP risks becoming known as "the party of white supremacy"

The problem for now is that the Republicans cannot win general elections without white nationalists, racists, neo-fascists, anti-science, and other 'know nothings' Of course not when you label all of them racists anyways. Isn’t that the same as republicans labelling everyone else as socialists, “li...

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by cpd
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4100

Re: User's rides

The last time we did this I had a 2013 Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDi and a 2014 Audi A1 1.4 TFSi, we still have the A1, in 2018 I traded the A6 for a 2018 A6 Avant quattro 2.0TDi. Got to give Audi credit they have come a long way in the 90s their stuff was complete Rubbish but now they are some cars! Here'...

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by cpd
Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: How do I know if I’ve sharpened my images enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: How do I know if I’ve sharpened my images enough?

Thank you so much cpd and jelpee! So all images require sharpening to a certain extent? To my untrained eye, my images look sharp enough. Could resizing my image to 1200px eliminate the need to sharpen? For this website yes. Using a D800e and a very sharp 300 f4.0 prime lens gets pretty sharp image...

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by cpd
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16326

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Indeed. Then again, YSSY doesn't need it because visibility that low rarely occurs in Sydney. Same at most other Australian ports. I must say that Sydney (my city) does indeed get very heavy fog on occasions. It's not super frequently, but it's also not so rare either. This morning out in Western S...

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by cpd
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16326

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Indeed. Then again, YSSY doesn't need it because visibility that low rarely occurs in Sydney. Same at most other Australian ports. I must say that Sydney (my city) does indeed get very heavy fog on occasions. It's not super frequently, but it's also not so rare either. This morning out in Western S...

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by cpd
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: How do I know if I’ve sharpened my images enough?
Replies: 6
Views: 1434

Re: How do I know if I’ve sharpened my images enough?

I can’t help with Nikon NX-D, but I can say that most people are using photoshop to edit in. The usual trick tends to be to apply sharpening as a layer on its own (even a smart filter will do). You might start with a 150% 0.3 settings and experiment. If it isn’t enough, increase the amount in the se...

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by cpd
Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4100

Re: User's rides

Awesome ride, I’d take one over any of the German competitors. How’s the reliability been? If you had asked me on December 20th, I'd have told you it's been absolutely bullet proof. However, the car has been at the dealer for 8 weeks because the turbocharger seals are leaking. That's an engine-out ...

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by cpd
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: User's rides
Replies: 83
Views: 4100

Re: User's rides

I'm driving a 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio in bianco trofeo (pearl white) with the classic dark 5-hole wheels. https://i.ibb.co/pxPtz0q/PXL-20201107-213554478.jpg https://i.ibb.co/XWwnxzd/liqv-bearmtn-023-landscape.jpg https://i.ibb.co/hMhR4wH/hobart-001-landscape.jpg Awesome ride, I’d take ...

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by cpd
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Op-Ed: California Has Failed To Live 'Woke' Values
Replies: 17
Views: 1330

Re: Op-Ed: California Has Failed To Live 'Woke' Values

I can find poorer people who also support environmental policies and who are also leftists.

Hmm, guess that doesn’t fit the model being pushed by the astroturfers.

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by cpd
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway
Replies: 270
Views: 14922

Re: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway

They want to look like they are doing something, when in reality that something should be taking care of nation with hundreds of other issues that they should putting their collective minds together on. In the month or however long it was since the former leader departed his position, what would yo...

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by cpd
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway
Replies: 270
Views: 14922

Re: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway

Wow. What an utterly failed state the US is. They let him go. We knew it was coming, because we already know how rotten the US democratic system is. But it was still surreal to see that happen. Unbeliveable. We knew it would happen because a lot of politicians are too scared of losing the privilege...

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by cpd
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway
Replies: 270
Views: 14922

Re: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway

Wow, reporting with GOP sources on and off the record says Trump refused on 1/6 when the House Minority Leader asked for his help with the insurrection. https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/12/politics/trump-mccarthy-shouting-match-details/index.html Speaking to the President from inside the besieged Ca...

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by cpd
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Absolutely BONKERS Screening
Replies: 4
Views: 1312

Re: Absolutely BONKERS Screening

Hello! These were my first two uploads and were both rejected for: *Color, *Noise, *Underexposed I am NOT biased on these images whatsoever. I GREATLY welcome feedback. But as a pro photographer of nearly a decade, I truly fail to agree with the screeners on these images. I appealed both, and BOTH ...

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by cpd
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway
Replies: 270
Views: 14922

Re: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway

The democrats won the day. The American people lost. Instead of focusing on COVID, vaccines, jobs, the economy, we are again at this. Just to score political points. Good for them, and I am sure it will lead to them winning elections, since that's what more important for them. And the only thing th...

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by cpd
Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: John Kerry, Climate Czar’s Private Jet Defense
Replies: 48
Views: 1961

Re: John Kerry, Climate Czar’s Private Jet Defense

And what deals would they be? The Paris Climate Accord? A non binding deal that the two biggest offenders of world pollution namely China and India you know damn well will not abide by. We live in a world together I am all for trying to find better and cleaner solutions but not at our expense only....

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by cpd
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: John Kerry, Climate Czar’s Private Jet Defense
Replies: 48
Views: 1961

Re: John Kerry, Climate Czar’s Private Jet Defense

And what deals would they be? The Paris Climate Accord? A non binding deal that the two biggest offenders of world pollution namely China and India you know damn well will not abide by. We live in a world together I am all for trying to find better and cleaner solutions but not at our expense only....

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