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by cpd
Fri May 20, 2022 2:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4320

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Sorry to go off-topic from the main discussion of Indian HSR , but to turn back to California (which is in the title of the topic), has anything actually started yet in terms of getting the land needed to start the project, detailed planning of the route and anything else needed in terms of cutting...

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Thu May 19, 2022 3:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

How many are full time workers, or contractors on three month contracts (short term) that get renewed for years and years and years? I supplied the ABS link, I imagine there would be a link to the statistics to see for yourself It doesn’t. The point is, there are lots of people who are “employed” b...

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by cpd
Thu May 19, 2022 2:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Liberal Party supporter working on Reid campaign helped organise crowds for Chinese Premier: You are worried about someone who is supporting a liberal candidate not an actual candidate if elected would be a Member of Parliament? Not sure I trust the LNP on national security when its minions are doi...

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by cpd
Thu May 19, 2022 2:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

How many are full time workers, or contractors on three month contracts (short term) that get renewed for years and years and years?

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by cpd
Thu May 19, 2022 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Liberal Party supporter working on Reid campaign helped organise crowds for Chinese Premier: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/liberal-party-supporter-working-on-reid-campaign-helped-organise-crowds-for-chinese-premier-20220518-p5amaa.html Not sure I trust the LNP on national security when its...

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by cpd
Wed May 18, 2022 11:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4320

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Sorry to go off-topic from the main discussion of Indian HSR , but to turn back to California (which is in the title of the topic), has anything actually started yet in terms of getting the land needed to start the project, detailed planning of the route and anything else needed in terms of cuttings...

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by cpd
Wed May 18, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5588
Views: 363584

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Looks like a plan to revive the "legendary" Moskvich https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/putin-s-ludicrous-car-plan-shows-his-economy-is-on-the-road-to-nowhere-20220518-p5am8h.html People will love giving up their Competition spec BMW M5s, GLE63 AMGs and others in favour of the Moskv...

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by cpd
Wed May 18, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 'Good Riddance' to WC-135
Replies: 11
Views: 1460

Re: 'Good Riddance' to WC-135

I wonder if these planes could be replaced by something a lot newer, like a 767?

Pretty crazy hanging on to such extremely old planes like this. Yes they can be kept running but at what costs, problems?

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by cpd
Wed May 18, 2022 2:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Wage growth was weaker than expected, only 0.7% for the quarter and 2.4% annually. This morning Morrison fell back into the trap he tripped over last week, trying to explain in quite detailed terms why wage growth shouldn’t match headline inflation. While his points on this issue are somewhat ratio...

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by cpd
Wed May 18, 2022 2:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5588
Views: 363584

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

For this to be broadcast there must be a shift in thinking at the top: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61484222 I saw that. Which oligarchs and generals are going to take the fall for what all of them have been doing? I was about to post that as well, it’s interesting seeing a differing opi...

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by cpd
Wed May 18, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!
Replies: 348
Views: 190844

Re: Photo(s) that made you go WOW!



Simply awesome! And almost perfectly aligned as well! Not easy to achieve.

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by cpd
Tue May 17, 2022 10:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Polls are tightening. Labor’s primary vote down by 3% resulting in 51:49 2PP. This is within the margin of error. Déjà vu vibes. We’re back in 2019. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/race-tightens-poll-shows-coalition-lifting-support-and-labor-dropping-20220517-p5am44.html LNP is going to rea...

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by cpd
Tue May 17, 2022 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

And you are Quoting a 2007 article, and it was acknowledged on the last page that you were right Difference here is that the ALP is campaigning lowering the debt, but in actual promises they will increase the debt, just like they wanted to continue Jobkeeper support which would have increased the d...

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by cpd
Mon May 16, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9233

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

https://mobile.twitter.com/AFP/status/1526251302459777025 I wonder what concessions NATO will offer to get Turkey to play ball ? If it were up to me I'd restore their F-35 orders in exchange for donating their S-400 missles to Ukraine. That was what really ruptured relations with the U.S. But then ...

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by cpd
Mon May 16, 2022 8:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9233

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

Taking a different viewpoint.... I hope we are not making the same mistakes that led to the war of 1914-1918 - namely 2 rival groupings of countries in Europe that were just waiting for the tiniest spark for the flames to erupt You might be right, better let Russia takeover Ukraine and Finland too....

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by cpd
Mon May 16, 2022 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

I have to give kudo's to both mainstream parties to try and help people buy there first home, I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who have property here and in the UK. But its annoying how the ALP are complain that the Governments scheme will push up prices, yet fail to see there own scheme will also...

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by cpd
Mon May 16, 2022 6:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The terrible roads of Russia.
Replies: 22
Views: 1471

Re: The terrible roads of Russia.

In all my 31 years I have never used seatbelts when riding in a taxi, not sure why to be honest. You would in France or Australia. Drivers go very fast. Clearly you've never had the privilege of riding in a taxi driven by an Easter European. Better, I’ve had a Australian taxi driver with a 6L V8… I...

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by cpd
Mon May 16, 2022 12:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5588
Views: 363584

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

NATO wants to continue support for Ukraine according to this News Corp article: https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/nato-chief-jens-stoltenberg-pledges-military-support-claims-ukraine-can-win-war-against-russia/news-story/dac7af2e27eec4755acfae97c358d701 I looked on the Nato site to find a correspo...

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by cpd
Mon May 16, 2022 12:43 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Posting Russian Military Photos on the front page of the site
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Posting Russian Military Photos on the front page of the site

I agree it would be messy if you did.

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by cpd
Sun May 15, 2022 11:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The terrible roads of Russia.
Replies: 22
Views: 1471

Re: The terrible roads of Russia.

Russia was always cowboy country. Seems like nothing has changed. It’s not just Russia, it’s Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Armenia and then it gets really crazy in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan. In Ukraine all the taxi driver remove the seatbelts from their vehicles. It apparently proves they are good drivers...

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by cpd
Sun May 15, 2022 12:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5588
Views: 363584

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Sooner or later there will be talks between Russia and Ukraine and don’t be surprised Putin is still in charge. In geopolitics you have to negotiate with everyone, even it’s the devil himself. First negotiate a deal and then get rid of him. Actually: 1. Fight them until they have to surrender (see ...

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by cpd
Sat May 14, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The terrible roads of Russia.
Replies: 22
Views: 1471

Re: The terrible roads of Russia.

Blyat! Seriously, people go flying up to an intersection or junction at high speed and boom, massive accident. What do they expect… Even overseas too… was driving to Nice Airport and Russian registered M5 BMW (matte grey, all blacked out windows) chops across the front of us to go across 3 lanes to ...

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by cpd
Sat May 14, 2022 11:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

[twoid][/twoid] Best decision Scomo made in defence he put Australia first politics second, I would have kept those cards close to my chest as well , certainly not playing politics it was to get the best capability we can, I certainly would not have trusted the ALP to keep it quite with Wong and Co ...

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by cpd
Sat May 14, 2022 9:16 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Posting Russian Military Photos on the front page of the site
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Posting Russian Military Photos on the front page of the site

I had wondered if someone was going to ask if it is acceptable for those to be there. I assume that’s what the OP meant but didn’t want to say directly. Do you really think that is a good idea? In what sense are you asking if it's a good idea? I think you can read between the lines and you know what...

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by cpd
Sat May 14, 2022 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Morrison only gave Labor opposition 1 day to review the AUKUS deal before it went through and was announced: https://www.smh.com.au/national/biden-demanded-bipartisan-support-before-signing-aukus-labor-was-not-told-for-months-20220513-p5al9d.html Playing politics with national security. Best decisi...

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by cpd
Sat May 14, 2022 12:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Morrison only gave Labor opposition 1 day to review the AUKUS deal before it went through and was announced: https://www.smh.com.au/national/biden-demanded-bipartisan-support-before-signing-aukus-labor-was-not-told-for-months-20220513-p5al9d.html Playing politics with national security. I see Joe H...

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by cpd
Fri May 13, 2022 11:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Morrison only gave Labor opposition 1 day to review the AUKUS deal before it went through and was announced: https://www.smh.com.au/national/biden-demanded-bipartisan-support-before-signing-aukus-labor-was-not-told-for-months-20220513-p5al9d.html Playing politics with national security. I see Joe Hi...

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by cpd
Fri May 13, 2022 7:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4378

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

Good for You Rand Paul !!! I don't always agree with you, but I do here... :) $40Billion today... and how much tomorrow??? Another Afghanistan... No Thanks!!!! China is our main adversary on the world stage. Not Russia !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2uV4Q9R0bk So, give us your five point plan ...

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by cpd
Fri May 13, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

My voting is all done and has been received by the AEC.

Good to get it out of the way but just a shame the circumstances that brought about that. Wrecked my year completely.

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by cpd
Fri May 13, 2022 5:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

Surprise surprise, the government is talking about “on water activities” for once: https://www.smh.com.au/national/election-2022-live-updates-labor-promises-retrospective-national-integrity-body-scott-morrison-anthony-albanese-continue-campaigns-across-the-nation-20220512-p5akuk.html?post=p53pb3#p53...

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by cpd
Fri May 13, 2022 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9233

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

In a move that will surprise nobody, Russia again warns Finland against joining NATO. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61420185 Russia has said it will be forced to take "retaliatory steps" over its neighbour Finland's move to join Nato. A foreign ministry statement said the move wou...

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by cpd
Fri May 13, 2022 3:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package
Replies: 111
Views: 4378

Re: Rand Paul delays $40 billion Ukraine package

LOL ‘take out Putin’...mmkay sure, how, exactly, oh great global strategist, you? And once that’s done, replace with who/what? And how will other countries react? Yeah, not well thought through aye? :sarcastic: Oh yea lets just leave things as they are so Ukraine will have to live with Russian occu...

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

Re: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"

https://www.skysports.com/f1/news/24181/12587990/lewis-hamilton-defying-formula-1s-jewellery-ban-as-he-refuses-to-get-earrings-chopped-off In the twilight of his career, his vanity puts former F1 world champion Hamilton in "real trouble". Good taste and style hasn't been one one of virtue...

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 7:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

These people… but the candidate has an interesting background too: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lib-candidate-for-bennelong-tells-anti-vax-group-he-will-cross-floor-20220426-p5ag7c.html “I haven’t read the Biosecurity Act in full honesty, I’m not across it … but individual freedoms is [s...

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 11:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

It wouldn’t surprise me that the PMO really is that bad. Using Deves as cannon fodder to try and win some outer suburban seats… Thing is, outer suburban seats aren’t entirely anti-PC and all that BS either. It’s just lazy trying to win on divisive issues and says they don’t have any real vision nor ...

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 10:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 140
Views: 9233

Re: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?

Well done Finland and to all those involved in teaching this decision. It’s the right one.

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 10:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

The best thing they can do now is to absolutely blast the coalition on its economic mismanagement right up until the election in every way they can, because as you rightly point out, they will be blamed for it, even though none of this is the fault of Albanese or his party. If LNP should somehow win...

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 8:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

The PM and his security detail have been involved in farcical scenes that look more like something in China: https://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/federal-election-scott-morrison-rushed-from-event-after-approach-by-former-diplomat/news-story/8a49e89b1d196866fa47f2294309d13c https://www.s...

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 4:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

I still suspect LNP will win, people tell opinion polls one thing when they will do something else. LNP does seem desperate, campaign staff are not supporting the star Warringah candidate, Tony Abbott has been pulled out of retirement to rally the troops. Also complaints of the moderate teal candida...

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by cpd
Thu May 12, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)
Replies: 369
Views: 76728

Re: Qantas/Airbus to launch Project Sunrise and firm narrowbody order tomorrow (2 May 22)

Whilst SWZ is NOT aiming to be a LCC airport it will likely end up being one. Secondary cities don't usually attract as many premium services. SWZ is not like most secondary city airports given that its catchment will be greater than that of SYD given its geographical positioning. Its not like an A...

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by cpd
Wed May 11, 2022 8:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)

Yet twice in the past week (psych appointment is the 16th) I had a couple of moments when the emotions were just too burdensome, and it goes without saying that the social desolation of my Minnesota existence makes those situations 500x worse than they otherwise would be. The best thing of the hotl...

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by cpd
Wed May 11, 2022 5:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)

I haven’t - but I’ve been lucky to have lots of people checking on me daily to make sure I’m coping okay. I probably most needed it the first week when I was in hospital and then when I first got home and being in pain all the time. In hospital I had plenty of people checking on me all day doing usu...

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by cpd
Wed May 11, 2022 3:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5588
Views: 363584

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It would definitely be nice to get Ukraine away from its Russian/Soviet aircraft and into Western stuff, but that will take time. But then we have to start somewhere. The Soviet stuff won’t be around forever. That said as far as I’m aware nobody is offering western planes at the moment, and besides ...

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by cpd
Wed May 11, 2022 2:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4320

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Let the free market decide, amiright? You sure are and we will see it when this boondoggle is over. High speed rail are generally preferrable to air travel whenever they are available, especially when the train trip is about ~1-4 hours long. I seriously doubt this, HSR works in countries like China...

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by cpd
Tue May 10, 2022 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger lands Cessna Caravan after pilot has medical emergency
Replies: 30
Views: 6538

Re: Passenger lands Cessna Caravan after pilot has medical emergency

From the the video, it appears the passenger did a great job. Well done to all.

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by cpd
Tue May 10, 2022 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More than 100 Passengers are barred from boarding connecting flight in Germany
Replies: 72
Views: 14934

Re: More than 100 Orthodox Jews are barred from boarding connecting flight in Germany

https://nypost.com/2022/05/09/airline-kicks-over-100-nyc-orthodox-jews-off-flight-over-masks/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10799895/Orthodox-Jews-NYC-barred-boarding-connecting-flight-refused-wear-masks.html What a messy incident. Airlines really should stop being so strict with mask us...

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by cpd
Tue May 10, 2022 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: More than 100 Passengers are barred from boarding connecting flight in Germany
Replies: 72
Views: 14934

Re: More than 100 Orthodox Jews are barred from boarding connecting flight in Germany

https://nypost.com/2022/05/09/airline-kicks-over-100-nyc-orthodox-jews-off-flight-over-masks/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10799895/Orthodox-Jews-NYC-barred-boarding-connecting-flight-refused-wear-masks.html What a messy incident. Airlines really should stop being so strict with mask us...

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by cpd
Tue May 10, 2022 2:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4320

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Doesn't Southwest airlines serve all these areas? Seems like a lot of good money being wasted. High speed rail are generally preferrable to air travel whenever they are available, especially when the train trip is about ~1-4 hours long. Usually will get you much closer to your destination too. Wher...

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by cpd
Tue May 10, 2022 2:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2022
Replies: 80
Views: 6589

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q2 2022

The vaccines work. I now how my first coworker catch the latest variant (probably the BA.2.12.1, I'm fairly certain what most of us caught at an after work event) who is unvaccinated catch it. Miserable. Much worse case than the vaccinated had. Not hospitalized. Ironically, he caught it while takin...

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by cpd
Mon May 09, 2022 11:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2022
Replies: 162
Views: 6991

Re: Australian Federal Election 2022

A friend of mine did serve in government actually. I won’t say which one and despite everything he said, there is no way I’d ever get into that world. Actually in his time political standards were a bit better than now, it had not descended to gutter trash behaviour and actually members of the oppos...

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