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by einsteinboricua
Sun Aug 14, 2022 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone use a smart lock?
Replies: 26
Views: 1468

Re: Anyone use a smart lock?

The previous owners from the house I bought left a Yale smartlock. A bit useless since the door knob is also keyed so even if the deadbolt is unlocked, the knob still prevents entry. Totally OK with it, though. Another security layer since any time the deadbolt is turned, I get a notice.

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 09, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.
Replies: 282
Views: 16192

Re: Mar-A-Lago raided by FBI.

What was that about "Lock her up"? I can't wait for The Daily Show to put up a montage of Fox News outraged at the mishandling of emails and demanding Clinton face charges, compared to now where they're outraged that someone mishandling potentially sensitive information could face charges....

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by einsteinboricua
Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The energy companies made a mistake spiking gas prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2113

Re: The energy companies made a mistake spiking gas prices

oil companies cannot just “spike” prices, they can only react to rising or falling demand or their product. If that were the case then we should not have seen record gas prices to the point we saw. True, oil companies have no control over the price of oil per se, but they do have control over its d...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 2611

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

Had a friend of a. friend net roughly $1,000,000 after winning a progressive lottery in Louisiana. He and his wife were always poor managers of money and they ended up blowing the whole $ 1 M in a year's time. This is why I'd pick the annuity over the lump sum. If I blow through whatever's assigned...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Jul 28, 2022 6:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electoral Count Act Reform
Replies: 72
Views: 3250

Re: Electoral Count Act Reform

The best thing that could happen is for the Senate to create a bill in August or September, and give it over to reconciliation with the House. Then the Jan 6 committee could create their own version, also for reconciliation. Then if they are similar enough (which is expected), they could finish rec...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Jul 17, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SCOTUS to hear Case on State Run Federal Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 1552

Re: SCOTUS to hear Case on State Run Federal Elections

Thinking further about the implications of this case, should the Supreme Court rule in favor of NC Republicans and establish the Independent State Legislature Theory, one of the unintended side effects is that they would implicitly OK the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. If state legislatur...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Jul 17, 2022 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 136
Views: 7755

Re: Time to dump Pride?

Pride is NOT like the United States. In the United States, straight white "christian" men are offended by anything not checking all of those boxes. With pride, we don't care as long as you are respectful of each other. And everyone under the LGBTQ umbrella has been and continues to be. Le...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Jul 17, 2022 4:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electricity Costs and Supply
Replies: 36
Views: 1910

Re: Electricity Costs and Supply

Off shore wind farms would be tough to have in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes would smash them to bits if they weren't heavily built. If there are wind farms in the North Sea capable of withstanding heavy storms, I'm sure there's the possibility of making a windfarm capable of withstanding at least...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Jul 17, 2022 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electricity Costs and Supply
Replies: 36
Views: 1910

Re: Electricity Costs and Supply

What infuriates me domestically is how these heavily sunny states have such little capacity in terms of solar, which would at least help with peak demand times Well, peak demand period is generally 4 to 9pm. Solar isn't as strong then. That's what batteries are for. Surely a house can retrofit sola...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Jul 10, 2022 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SCOTUS to hear Case on State Run Federal Elections
Replies: 23
Views: 1552

Re: SCOTUS to hear Case on State Run Federal Elections

Some issues I have with this case are that because the Constitution originally passed the State Legislature, they have already determined this and that gives the courts the power to intervene. I'm not a lawyer, but in a rational world, I would expect the case to fail BECAUSE of this. In some states...

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by einsteinboricua
Fri Jun 24, 2022 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question: With the price of oil skyrocketing, who gets the extra money?
Replies: 30
Views: 3153

Re: Question: With the price of oil skyrocketing, who gets the extra money?

Exactly. I have no pity on people that in 20 years made the same error twice. Or, if they truly love to drive leviathans, fine. But don't go crying to the government or the oil companies for relief for your lifestyle choice. Entitled brats. THIS I pity those who were finally able to land a small ca...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Jun 19, 2022 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Monkeypox outbreak
Replies: 83
Views: 7350

Re: Monkeypox outbreak

DIRECTFLT wrote:
Tips from the CDC June 2022:

Social Gatherings, Safer Sex and Monkeypox


It's OK. Some people are on PrEP. Can't get any safer than that.
</sarcasm>

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Jun 15, 2022 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Joe Biden is currently one of the least popular Presidents in US history, moreso than Trump
Replies: 107
Views: 6104

Re: Joe Biden is currently one of the least popular Presidents in US history, moreso than Trump

While I know it’s irrelevant, I’m curious as to Biden’s approval rating outside the US as compared to trump Those polls are fake. It's only the ones here that matter. Under Trump, US standing in the world fell but his acolytes insisted our standing was the best it's ever been. Now Trump says we're ...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Jun 07, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.
Replies: 268
Views: 50166

Re: Boeing manning up to Launch new aircraft? Leeham thinks so.

People here are insisting that Boeing needs to get its foot with the NMA but overlook that it still faces issues with one airplane in production (787), bad PR from a second one (Max), and prolonged issues with one in testing (777X), not to mention overspent funds directed at military contracts with ...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Jun 06, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: OH GOP Passes Bill Mandating Children Genital Inspection for 'Suspicious' Athletes
Replies: 51
Views: 3501

Re: OH GOP Passes Bill Mandating Children Genital Inspection for 'Suspicious' Athletes

Less people voted Labor in this election than the last election, it makes no sense that they won 77 seats to the Coalition 58 seats. It make total sense. Labor voters are spread throughout more districts and therefore edged Coalition voters. Imagine a country with three districts where each has abo...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed May 18, 2022 1:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 10717

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

I find it hilarious that Putin, after years of veiled threats against Sweden and Finland for even considering joining NATO, is now saying "meh, them joining doesn't pose a threat to us"...but that was the whole reason to invade Ukraine...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue May 17, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transcontinental Economy Free Meal Service Gone?
Replies: 51
Views: 5508

Re: Transcontinental Economy Free Meal Service Gone?

If enough people flying U.S. domestic routes agreed with you that 'it makes a huge difference in experience' they would be willing to pay for it in higher fares, and carriers would happily serve something. pocket the difference and cut back some more Fixed it for you. The era of any meals in coach ...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue May 17, 2022 12:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 75
Views: 4574

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Well the first issue is the energy source for the desalination plant. If you burn fossil fuels, you're making things worse. Well, we're not talking about climate change here; we're talking about dealing with drought conditions. At this point, the SW is simply too overpopulated and putting a strain ...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon May 16, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Finland and Sweden: Together To NATO, Applying In May?
Replies: 141
Views: 10717

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

Do either of them believe that they will be able to get unanimous support, especially from Hungary and Turkey? What concerns has Hungary brought forth that will threaten Sweden and Finland's application? Turkey at least has something on the table (both countries' support of PKK which Turkey conside...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon May 16, 2022 12:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest
Replies: 75
Views: 4574

Re: Water Wars & Mega Droughts in the US Southwest

Given that CA just announced a massive budget surplus, one of the big items for Sacramento is investing in water desalination plants along the coast (namely in the SoCal region). If there's excess production, it can sell some to AZ and NV so that those states also benefit. If both states want a cons...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun May 01, 2022 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The GOP has decided to punish free speech
Replies: 112
Views: 7521

Re: The GOP has decided to punish free speech

Your attitude of "they *are* homophobes" is contributing to the problem almost as much as the real homophobes. Let me put this in terms we can all agree with. Suppose we go back to 1930s Germany. I am devastated with the economic ruin of the country and the government says they have a job...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Apr 24, 2022 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The GOP has decided to punish free speech
Replies: 112
Views: 7521

Re: The GOP has decided to punish free speech

As with most items it appears the GOP is shooting first, and asking questions later. The thing here is that any effects won't become apparent until a few years down the road. DeSantis is up for reelection this November and all he will care about is showing the national electorate that he managed to...

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by einsteinboricua
Sat Apr 16, 2022 12:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is Hungary still in NATO and the European Union
Replies: 53
Views: 5575

Re: Why is Hungary still in NATO and the European Union

The defense of Hungary is not worth the blood of one single NATO soldier. Wouldn't be surprised if Hungary eventually decides to leave NATO. It's nearly surrounded by NATO or neutral countries in all borders, except for small parts with Serbia and Ukraine. Hungary poses no threat to either block an...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Apr 10, 2022 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Affirmation Tower Proposed for New York City as Symbol of Equity
Replies: 11
Views: 1713

Re: Affirmation Tower Proposed for New York City as Symbol of Equity

I look forward to the day when women and blacks get past the need for their self-imposed separatism. "The first black to..." and, "The first woman to..." has gotten really old. For some things, I agree. I don't need to know that a building was the first to be designed by a *mino...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Apr 07, 2022 10:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 166
Views: 17140

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

The primary reason the ships you cited last so long is because so few cruise ships were built until the 1990s. You must be new here...you're wasting time. Every time a cruiseship is slated to be scrapped, ArchGuy1 will insist that the ship has life with another operator or as a floating hotel. If t...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Mar 22, 2022 1:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 166
Views: 17140

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

Just back from a short cruise on QM2. Nice pictures. I'd love to do a sailing aboard the QM2 but I've grown too used to NCL's Freestyle Cruising and I can't see myself going back to anything else. Plus, given that Cunard likely expects its guest to dress a little more beyond jeans and tennis shoes ...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4698

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

Like most things, this is one of those things that people haven't thought out fully - and they're gonna be in for a shock when its still pitch black at 830 in the morning :rotfl: Perhaps today's generations may be willing to put up with morning darkness if it means being able to enjoy some sunlight...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4698

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

Switching time zones to 30 minute differences would be much more of a headache. I think carving out a fifth time zone from Mountain and Central would be a better idea. That's unnecessary, and it would likely be UTC-6:30 so it would still be a :30 timezone. Fitting that "new" timezone betw...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Mar 20, 2022 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?
Replies: 50
Views: 3749

Re: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?

Always a huge relief for any of my friends/relatives who have. Congrats! Wis it would have been under happier circumstances...I had just broken up with my boyfriend and fell into a slump wondering if I had done the right thing. She called, upset that I hadn't called her in over a week and berating ...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4698

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

Apparently most Senators didn't even realize this was coming up. If a Senator ever complains that they don't know what UC is or are "unaware" that a bill is being passed in such a manner, they deserved to be removed. People get fired over "oversights" that end up affecting many ...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?
Replies: 50
Views: 3749

Re: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself at the beginning of the pandemic 2 years ago?

Probably would have told myself to NOT interview or take the offer to switch teams; to stay put with your program which will have loads of business. April 2020 was when everything went downhill for me and led me to multiple career moves in the span of a year. I still look back with regret to when I ...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Mar 20, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 166
Views: 17140

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

The bad thing is that unless you have a visa, you have to stay with organized tours. Well, and that's the thing. I'm all for enjoying a tour of St Petersburg, but the next day, unless I have a visa, it's pointless to get off the ship. It's like the cruises out to Bermuda which dock for 3 days. Firs...

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by einsteinboricua
Sat Mar 19, 2022 10:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 166
Views: 17140

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

Cruise lines are seeing the reality that a Baltic cruise without St. Petersburg is not an attractive option for many customers. I'd still do Baltic without St. Petersburg. I've found the fact that you overnight in the city is pointless. Replace it with another port or another sea day. Don't Latvia ...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4698

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

Our US Congress worries about and works on a bill to end the bi-annual time shifts while many other far more important issues are stalled or ignored from assuring voting rights to additional funding for dealing with Covid-19 and immigration issues. The law won't go into affect until 2023 to allow f...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4698

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

I'm generally agnostic on the whole DST issue except that I would want ALL U.S. states to either do it or don't do it, but having AZ and IN and a few other select counties close to some other state lines not participating drives me crazy. I thought it was all about the rights of states? Well, the b...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4698

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

South Florida would see more benefit, but people in Boston/Seattle areas wouldn't see the Sun till around 9 or so in the morning. People in the northern latitudes will likely be affected over the weekends and such. But during winter in Seattle, I would commute to work in darkness and would leave wo...

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by einsteinboricua
Sat Mar 12, 2022 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

[Was just talking to a friend of mine yesterday who brought up that very point. A large portion of the population (in the US at least) do live in apartments so charging an EV would be problematic at least in the immediate future. I am sure new apartment complexes being built (there's quite a boom i...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Mar 10, 2022 7:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Fossil fuel is finite. There is just so much of it. It will run out. Then what? If you think things are bad now, just wait until the tap runs dry! Compare the number of gas stations vs EV recharging stations and for now, many will opt for conventional fuel. Why? Because not everyone has the means t...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Mar 10, 2022 2:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

You honestly think that this is a Biden/US only issue? For some, the world is only what happens in their neighborhood and what Fox News tells them. Fox COULD say "hey, inflation is bad all over the world and Biden isn't doing anything to mitigate it in the US" (which would be a valid argu...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Mar 10, 2022 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Biden will not take responsibility for gas prices until they come down. Rising prices? Putin! Pandemic! Greedy energy companies! Coming down? Yeah, that was me. I recall an orange-skinned man who had the same thing for nearly everything. Dow went up? His doing. It crashed? Not his fault. Gas prices...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Mar 10, 2022 1:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Each American could have done better. Way better. I'd like to believe that many Americans would like to do better but are constrained. I would love to have an EV, but Missouri isn't really green when compared to other states like OR and WA, and even if MO were green, living in an apartment complex ...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Mar 09, 2022 1:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Oil has never been near $200/bbl. Oil was $180 about 15 years ago. Adjusted for inflation, perhaps. Nominally, it never rose above $147. Greta was right. Each of us could have significantly reduced or eliminated our fossil energy use. And we could have told Russia, Iran and the rest to go pound sal...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Mar 09, 2022 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arajet News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 143
Views: 26421

Re: Arajet, a new Dominican airline launching with 5 737MAX8

Actually American had twice daily flights on mainline with a mixture of 757's and A300's, followed by 737's and 757's until the hub was cut down. And the usage of the A300 went really far back into the 90's since my mother recalls flying on them to SDQ. Color me shocked with the A300. I know AA use...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Mar 07, 2022 1:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arajet News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 143
Views: 26421

Re: Arajet, a new Dominican airline launching with 5 737MAX8

Explain to me why no Caribbean flag has purple in it. Purple is not used in flags (Caribbean or else) because in Medieval times, purple was associated with aristocracy and wealth. Only royal standards bore purple because the method to get purple dye at the time was expensive and yielded very little...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Mar 07, 2022 1:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Arajet News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 143
Views: 26421

Re: Arajet, a new Dominican airline launching with 5 737MAX8

I suspect some destinations could be: JFK, EWR, MIA, BOS, BDL, MCO, TPA, SJU, among a couple others. They'd be up against US mainline and LCC airlines on all those destinations who may offer better products and services. At this point, the US LCCs almost are the de facto airlines for a lot of Carib...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Mar 07, 2022 12:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022
Replies: 166
Views: 17140

Re: Cruise Ship/Ocean Liner Thread -2022

While trying to look for cruises for next year, I've noticed an interesting pattern. If I book about 120 days out, I may find better deals than if I book a year or two ahead. Of course airfare is always the wild card, but I may be tempted to try it out next year.

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Mar 07, 2022 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Would a city like Chicago be able to heat itself on solar power and some windmills? I have doubts. IF (a big IF) the two major grids can be connected, it may be possible to set up solar farms in desert states and windmills in coastal ones to transport energy across the country. A city like Seattle ...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Mar 07, 2022 12:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 682
Views: 45964

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

I have no sympathy for people who buy huge vehicles and don't use them as intended, and then complain about high gas prices. At my job, LOTS of folks come in on F150-350s, RAMs, Tundras, you name it. It's an office job and you live in the suburbs. Exactly why do you need so much vehicle? We're at ab...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Mar 02, 2022 3:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US President's State of The Union Speech 2022
Replies: 90
Views: 4510

Re: US President's State of The Union Speech 2022

Biden is a typical pro-corporate centrist Democrat like Obama, and like Obama he pays lip service to progressive ideals and ideas at times, but that's about it. BIG difference between both: When Obama took office, Dems had over 257 seats in the House and 59 Senate seats (60 when Al Franken was fina...

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