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by einsteinboricua
Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your favorite junk food
Replies: 53
Views: 2069

Re: Your favorite junk food

I gave up fast food back in 2018 as a new year's resolution to myself and it's been going strong since. But every time I pass by a McDonald's I am extremely tempted to buy nuggets and fries; the same with KFC (original recipe just can't be beat). As for stuff you can find in a convenience store, giv...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices
Replies: 29
Views: 1182

Re: Medicare should be able to negoitiate Drug Prices

On top of this all, it seems that America is overmedicated. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Americans consume 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Nearly three in five American adults take a prescription drug at any given time. Someone could also argue that prescription ...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Oct 18, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 31
Views: 1511

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

For the group of people that is quitting low wage jobs, it's a double edged sword, because while I DO agree that the current minimum wage and even $10/hr are too little, where exactly do we draw the line when it comes to experience and pay? When I did my first internship with a company (a software e...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What would it take for you to move Jobs
Replies: 29
Views: 1208

Re: What would it take for you to move Jobs

Better opportunities for learning, growth, and career advancement, better job satisfaction, a place I'd feel safe and comfortable being in, and most importantly, paid relocation. I'm OK with a paycut if the cost of living is low to warrant it and I'm not far off from market reference for the area (I...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 28
Views: 1339

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

Good thread. I’ve never given blood, even though I “should”. Because by “should” I mean that, although no one should have to give blood… there are no reasons I can think of that I “shouldn’t” other than I’ve never got round to doing it. It’s just never been on my radar. At the end of the day, givin...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina
Replies: 74
Views: 3468

Re: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina

So a college or university issued ID does not fall under “government issued form of identification” A state-owned university would technically be a government institution. On top of that, before you can even enroll, you have to show evidence of who you are (I showed my birth certificate and gave my...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina
Replies: 74
Views: 3468

Re: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina

Surely somebody can't get an ID card within 2 years and for free sometimes? C'mon.. I think the main issues with this are: 1. Moving the goalposts every so often. Today, any kind of photo-ID works. Tomorrow, student IDs are not acceptable (but your hunting license is). 2. The total cost of going to...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4890

Re: Universal Healthcare

But getting rid of Trump and January 6 were certainly significant events. Events that are still front page news. And these were events that happened prior to Biden being inaugurated so not a lot of people will be too keen on voting against Republicans for something that is in the rear view mirror, ...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airlines establishes low cost arm Uzbekistan Express
Replies: 16
Views: 2640

Re: Uzbekistan Airlines establishes low cost arm Uzbekistan Express

Wacker1000 wrote:
Good luck to them but they probably should have looked at how well Song, Metrojet, Ted, etc worked out.

Because the Uzbek airline environment is just like the American environment? Maybe SQ should fold up TR and QF should fold up JQ since they didn't look at how Song, Ted, and others went.

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4890

Re: Universal Healthcare

I wasn’t talking about going for cleanings - I don’t know anyone that has done that. But there are plenty who have gone for root canals, orthodontics, and oral surgery. I know what you meant. I'm talking about a coworker who really didn't need much work with his mouth; he only needed a couple of fi...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 30, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4890

Re: Universal Healthcare

Even with insurance, for some services it is cheaper to fly to Mexico and have procedures done by someone with good reputation there. That makes total sense if you live next to the border or if your benefits (if you have them) are really poor. I had a coworker who would fly for dental work to Mexic...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 30, 2021 1:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4890

Re: Universal Healthcare

Perhaps you weren't alive in 1998 and 2002 when it didn't happen. These two years were exceptions. 1998 was backlash against the Clinton impeachment. Republicans lost seats in the House but lost none in the Senate. 2002 was yet another exception, strengthening Bush's hand for the War on Terror afte...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 30, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Universal Healthcare
Replies: 92
Views: 4890

Re: Universal Healthcare

With Democrats controlling the house, senate and White House will they push for universal healthcare before the 2022 midterms? Progressives can yell and push as much as they want. The thing that allowed the ACA to pass was that Democrats held larger majorities in both chambers in 2009 and 2010 and ...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Barclay's Aviator Red mastercard
Replies: 39
Views: 3142

Re: Barclay's Aviator Red mastercard

Never heard of Aviator White; Red was the only one I saw offered on their site. Red is the only one they consistently advertise (both on the site and the plane), but there are 4 levels: White (or colorless), Blue, Red, and Silver , with each subsequent level having more benefits and perks. However,...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How does anxiety affect your body, physically and mentally?
Replies: 8
Views: 975

Re: How does anxiety affect your body, physically and mentally?

The first time I had a panic attack I was on an airplane (triggered by a very tight turn to line up with the runway). I was connecting in PHL on my way to MKE and had to be wheelchaired to the next gate because I couldn't stand. When on the MKE-bound plane, I reached for a sickness bag because I tho...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography
Replies: 41
Views: 2188

Re: Nirvana "Baby" suing for child pornography

He probably should receive some royalties, a percent or two from sales of that album. Kinda late for that. That needed to be agreed to before the picture was used for the album or sued for when it was discovered that the picture was used (in case the parents didn't consent to it). It's not like he ...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Aug 25, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13510

Re: Arizona Election Audit

Since when is Covid a problem to issue a report? The report should have already been written by that date (the deadline) so anyone with half a brain would know that they found nothing and are trying to delay the inevitable. Of course, I'm all for it. I wanna see the continuation of the meltdown. The...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 28
Views: 1339

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

L410Turbolet wrote:
einsteinboricua wrote:
I mean, I'm of the opinion that even this should be taken as a (small) victory, though the eventual goal is complete reversal of the ban.


The main and only objective of donating blood should be helping others. Let's not forget that.

No disagreement there, which is why I donate whenever I can.

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis to resign ? ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2643

Re: Pope Francis to resign ? ?

Being an atheist, I must confess that I don't follow the Roman catholic church much. But it seems to me pope Francis had some rather liberal views on faith, that on many points were in line with my own views on humanity. Best regards and stay safe, Jonas Agreed, though I always liked how the philos...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 24, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 28
Views: 1339

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

The FDA believes my blood is not worthy, though I am technically eligible to donate given that Covid has made be abstain from sexual activities. I'm in the same boat and donated a few months ago for the first time in my life. I need to set up another appointment since I'm still abstaining. Up until...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 28
Views: 1339

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

So how can you give blood if your blood is not worthy? The ban has been modified, but it still carries the negative stigma of "eww, gay blood". I've abstained long enough that I'm eligible to donate again. wouldn´t 0 negative be much more in demand Yeah. Though O- is reserved for special ...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3650

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

The worse part is when you grow up in NJ (like myself) , you get used to not pumping your own gas.. then look like an idiot the first time you try self-serve in another state Haha i have encountered this with people I know. It's quite comical for a PA native, myself. When I drove to Penn State a fe...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 28
Views: 1339

Re: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.

The FDA believes my blood is not worthy, though I am technically eligible to donate given that Covid has made be abstain from sexual activities. You'd think they'd pressure Congress to do away with the ban on MSM, but it's their loss. I'm O+ so my blood is definitely in demand. I've done plasma dona...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 23, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Barclay's Aviator Red mastercard
Replies: 39
Views: 3142

Re: Barclay's Aviator Red mastercard

I USED to have the Red Aviator, but downgraded to the White Aviator. Did the same with the United Explorer Card (now Gateway) and Delta Gold (now Delta Blue); still earn miles, but no annual fee. The only other benefit is the free bag. Priority boarding is a joke given that by the time it's your ass...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3650

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

People who jump in and out of cars quickly can build up static which is discharged when they touch the nozzle and may ignite the fumes. I can't tell you the number of times I've seen someone pull up, start pumping, then get in their car again WHILE it's pumping, especially during winter. I'm surpri...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 23, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3650

Re: Why Can't I pump my own gas?

What do you all think of it? So long as the price isn't higher because of the need to man the pumps, I don't mind. When I lived in WA and took trips south to OR, I had the same situation: not allowed to pump gas, but by law, gas could not be priced higher to account for someone pumping it (or so I ...

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by einsteinboricua
Sat Aug 21, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Jeopardy host in Jeopardy
Replies: 34
Views: 1981

Re: New Jeopardy host in Jeopardy

Mayim Bialik gets my vote (though as always, we now gotta look back at everything she ever said and did and now she's also getting a ticket on the Canceled Train).

LeVar Burton was OK, but in all honesty he didn't seem genuine.

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Aug 19, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The appeal of raising children
Replies: 50
Views: 2602

Re: The appeal of raising children

My mom keeps asking when I'll turn her into a grandma. I've told her time and time again that her chances of becoming a grandma through me are very slim. I'm not even married, and even if I were, I don't think I want children. I can't become a parent when I live in a country that leaves families to ...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Body, The Mind & Exercise
Replies: 21
Views: 1328

Re: The Body, The Mind & Exercise

First off: kudos for taking charge of your health. If you've been stationary, I would echo what others have said: start slowly and easily. Maybe in your prime you were able to run 4 miles unbroken, but sedentary life does catch up to you. Rather than run those 4 miles, walk about a mile. The body is...

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by einsteinboricua
Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work
Replies: 37
Views: 1415

Re: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work

bpatus297 wrote:
How are you doing classified work from home?

I'm not. What I meant was that my new job will not deal with classified work so I don't have to go to a SCIF to work anymore (which means remote work until further notice).

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work
Replies: 37
Views: 1415

Re: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work

Yeah this has always been my big concern with WFH. I’m currently hiring and on boarding/training/engaging new employees remotely has been a real challenge. I feel really bad for the most recent crop of college grads having to enter the workforce under these circumstances and being handicapped with ...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work
Replies: 37
Views: 1415

Re: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work

I feel that training and over the shoulder learning are suffering quite a bit. We may make it another 6 months without the offices, but at some point training and refilling positions will become an issue. THIS. I switched jobs during the initial stages of the pandemic (coincidence though; I had app...

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by einsteinboricua
Wed Aug 18, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work
Replies: 37
Views: 1415

Re: U.S. Fed Reserve chmn Powell on remote work

If I were a commercial real estate investor I might be pretty ticked at him today. Really? For stating the obvious? Once all companies mandated remote work until further notice, the writing was on the wall. Today, workers have more leverage: if they were still productive from home and had no issues...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 17, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

I do not expect China to try the same thing, they do not place as much importance on portraying to the west that they are a democracy. Too much countries held by trade to be overly critical and put cheap goods at risk. I think China will likely attempt to use business as a means to do mineral extra...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 17, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

But then we should have stayed until the next best window. I'm sure there was plenty of intel and briefings to suit, that led all the way up to the point of withdrawal. But that's the point...there was no next best window compared to early in the conflict. It's why people are contradicting themselv...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast Fashion is killing the environment
Replies: 42
Views: 1977

Re: Fast Fashion is killing the environment

Let me fix it for you: Everyone buys durable, practical clothes that are also fashionable, lives in a house that has modern, efficient HVAC and solar, and never flies when a more efficient method of transportation is available. Unless you are personally in charge of approving lifestyles, this is ju...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 16, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Afghanistan was a multi-national effort. The keyword there is WAS. It began as a NATO led international coalition (even non-NATO nations joined in some manner), but after facing threats in their own territory and with no end goal in sight, nations slowly withdrew. A true international effort would ...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

To be fair the American public overwhelmingly wanted in to Afghanistan, and today overwhelmingly wanted out of Afghanistan. Well, they wanted in because passions were high after 9/11 and the Taliban did not cooperate in handing over OBL or expelling Al Qaeda. But after a while, it was clear that th...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

I can't speak to the latter as I have no knowledge of what plan Trump did or didn't have. Given that Biden has actively rejected everything Trump however, it is not reasonable to say that the plan currently being executed can be laid at Trump's feet. Then it's safe to say that your logic makes no s...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

As my old history professor said about one of my papers, "All good stuff but not really relevant". The poop torch was passed from Bush to Obama to Trump to Biden. By circumstance, Biden pulled the trigger on withdrawal, and he's f#cked it up. That simple. He took ownership of the good, th...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Never mind what Trump would or would not have done. Biden is President. He tore up every Trump policy to the glee of many here, and could have totally rewritten anything his way in Afghanistan. It matters nothing if his critics or his supporters are hypocrites. The execution of the withdrawal is hi...

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by einsteinboricua
Mon Aug 16, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast Fashion is killing the environment
Replies: 42
Views: 1977

Re: Fast Fashion is killing the environment

Our planet would be much better off if Greta Thunberg and other activists spent less time discouraging people from flying, and more time encouraging people to no longer shop at H&M and Zara. I am as much of a supporter for green technology, sustainability, recycling, and whatnot, but this state...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Aug 15, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Glad to be out of Afghanistan, no matter how messy. I say, let China figure it out. In the end, China has only a small sliver of a border with Afghanistan and crossing it is easier said than done. However, I DO see an opening for China to flex its muscle into central Asia; will India allow it or wi...

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by einsteinboricua
Sun Aug 15, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 43015

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

IMO sans allies, I don’t think many other countries will be willing to help. Depends. The US can invoke Article 5 of NATO, but something tells me the allies will reconsider how to respond. While many initially provided troops, the next time around, they may just provide logistics support. The UN ma...

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by einsteinboricua
Fri Aug 13, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mike Lindell's Cyber Symposium
Replies: 15
Views: 1506

Re: Mike Lindell's Cyber Symposium

I mean that’s one of the things about current republicans in that they truly scrape the bottom of the barrel to find like-minded folks. Except they always surprise us by finding that those they find aren't exactly the bottom of the barrel. We thought Michelle Bachmann and Steve King were the peak l...

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by einsteinboricua
Fri Aug 13, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By US 2020 Census
Replies: 103
Views: 6005

Re: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By 2020 Census

And it's not just the "Pro-family" crowd who lose their mind about birth rates either...that seems to be a bipartisan exercise. I didn't say that it's only one party. I said "pro-family crowd", a term to describe people who value households with parents and children and is not r...

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by einsteinboricua
Fri Aug 13, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Let's talk about your top goosebumps songs
Replies: 87
Views: 25916

Re: Let's talk about your top goosebumps songs

I thought Disney had a good hit when The Hunchback of Notre Dame came out and the intro song ( The Bells of Notre Dame , though I can't find the right tune for it) plays. The singer playing the part of Clopin hits a note at the end that's incredible (even though it fades into the ending choir and be...

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by einsteinboricua
Fri Aug 13, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By US 2020 Census
Replies: 103
Views: 6005

Re: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By 2020 Census

No need to worry. The Population Pyramid of the USA looks pretty healthy: no major bumps or a large retiring cohort. What is healthy? What are your criteria for that? A population pyramid is considered "healthy" if there are no major bumps followed by decreases, or if there's not a steadi...

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by einsteinboricua
Fri Aug 13, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By US 2020 Census
Replies: 103
Views: 6005

Re: Major Demographic Changes Confirmed By 2020 Census

While I’m sure factors such as cost of living and socials spending impact birth rates at the margin, by and large it seems just an immutable trend across all developed countries that as they prosper and become better educated…people just prefer to have fewer or no children. No amount of extravagant...

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by einsteinboricua
Tue Aug 10, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Relationship nomenclature question
Replies: 37
Views: 1837

Re: Relationship nomenclature question

"Better half," or "significant other," probably say it the best without sounding clinical or trite. These terms indicate marriage. I agree. Or at least that things are pretty serious (just shy of engagement at the least). The brosband and I use either "partner" or &quo...

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