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by chimborazo
Sun Sep 19, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 77
Views: 3246

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

Also the UK has no presence in the Pacific (except Pitcairn, 47 inhabitants...). Too many Europeans just worry about what's happening next door. The growth of China should concern everyone, as it affects everyone. The UK doesn't have any colonies like France does, but they understand the geopolitic...

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by chimborazo
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building
Replies: 1078
Views: 64270

Re: Pro-Trump Riot in US Capital Building

Another one pleads guilty ...... Jacob Chansley, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding when he took part in insurrection The man who was photographed inside the US Capitol during the 6 January insurrection shirtless, wearing a horned headdress and furs, and heavi...

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by chimborazo
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break
Replies: 25
Views: 1358

Re: ABBA Returns After 40 Year Break

...and the world yawned... And yet part of the world was inspired enough to comment on it… :-) Certain ABBA songs give me warm nostalgic feelings of early life where I cannot remember the particular situations but I can associate that music with feeling good. Have always enjoyed ABBA so went to see...

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by chimborazo
Fri Sep 03, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 24
Views: 1076

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

Hopefully, they'll reconsider their stance and just do away with it altogether. If the main issue is HIV, that's already screened for any time anyone donates (and I'd be willing to take a rapid test right then and there as part of the screening process too). I hope so too. As you mentioned, HIV is ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I just gave blood (again) and it was (still) painless.
Replies: 24
Views: 1076

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

Just re-started donating platelets after a 17 month gap (self suspended due to an issue with my arm used for donating). Back in tomorrow for units 493 & 494! I normally donate a triple (but only credited for a double which is fine by me) and have to be on the machine for about 60 minutes, but t...

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by chimborazo
Wed Sep 01, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do faster planes ever fly over slower planes on final?
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Re: Do faster planes ever fly over slower planes on final?

How far away from the runway threshold and at what heights were the two aircraft when the 737 “overtook” ?

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by chimborazo
Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Barclay's Aviator Red mastercard
Replies: 39
Views: 3043

Re: Barclay's Aviator Red mastercard

Well done, Airstud. Treat yourself to a Tanqueray and slim on yourself. I got a British Airways (free Tanqueray- yummy) Amex as it’s free and doesn’t charge for currency conversion (well, of course it does, but not separate statement item like my HSBC card which pisses off my company when I expense ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Aug 27, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2012

Re: Around the weather

Combination. But ultimately the flight commander makes the final decision (as it is and as it should be). Weather is closely paid attention to by flight dispatchers and they will plan fuel loading based on expected weather and hence routing at the time of departure. Then the final say from aircraft ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Aug 27, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42354

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Well all the Hawks should be happy. Biden just promised to hunt down whoever is responsible, and will give the miltiary the assets they need. https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/afghanistan-news-taliban-refugees-08-26-21-intl/index.html Does he not understand the meaning of “suicide bomber”…? So th...

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by chimborazo
Fri Aug 27, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42354

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Well all the Hawks should be happy. Biden just promised to hunt down whoever is responsible, and will give the miltiary the assets they need. https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/afghanistan-news-taliban-refugees-08-26-21-intl/index.html President Biden left the door open for more military assistanc...

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by chimborazo
Fri Aug 27, 2021 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis to resign ? ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2569

Re: Pope Francis to resign ? ?

Who cares? Watch the news of Afghanistan and see the world is better of without worshiping and interpretation of some ancient books…. Doing away with religions will not make a huge difference, greed and the love of power are the sources of much of the world's problems, unfortunately these human qua...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 26, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing
Replies: 50
Views: 1674

Re: Courts in Nova Scotia urged (required?) to consider race when sentencing

The ruling's goal is to level the playing field: "Data indicates that Black people have been dramatically overrepresented in the justice system in terms of their number, the severity of the sentences they receive, and the length of the time they serve in jail, Wright said. 'This is a move towa...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 26, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42354

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

I just read about Glenn Beck’s charitable flight to help refugees. BUT, there’s a catch! You have to be a Christian convert. If you subscribe to a different Abrahamic faith, sorry, you and your family are out of luck. Of course Glenn couldn’t just do the right thing and help anyone who needs it. No...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 26, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.
Replies: 692
Views: 42354

Re: Taliban rapidly taking over Afghanistan.

Things seem to be taking a dangerous turn with the Taliban banning Afghans from leaving and the firm date of Allies gone by 8/31. Understand US is already pulling some troops out. On August 29th, I'd start flying B-52's and B-1's in patterns over the airport so this doesn't turn in to Dunkirk. Lack...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 26, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pope Francis to resign ? ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2569

Re: Pope Francis to resign ? ?

Who cares? Watch the news of Afghanistan and see the world is better of without worshiping and interpretation of some ancient books…. Indeed. This Pope (while possibly quite an honourable person in many ways) has blood on his hands and is directly responsible - just as his predecessors are - for st...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 26, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why Can't I pump my own gas?
Replies: 70
Views: 3500

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

At many stations here in the UK you can’t yet pay with card at the pump (conversely there are some unstaffed stations that are card only). Here pretty much every station is self serve, pay after- of course you can do so even if there is pay at pump available. Pump pay is safer for the fuel station a...

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by chimborazo
Sun Aug 22, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Weight conversions to imperial/metric for 'used' aircraft- how does it work?
Replies: 14
Views: 1196

Re: Weight conversions to imperial/metric for 'used' aircraft- how does it work?

One of the major expenses where I work when buying US equipment is the need to buy imperial adjustable spanner’s instead of using the metric ones already in the workshop. Fred Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Ha! I used to be a maintenance engineer years ago and anyone using an adjustable spanner...

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by chimborazo
Sat Aug 21, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2372

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

The auto operation of the strobes switch is interesting. I would have thought it mandatory for the strobes to be on any time the aircraft is on/entering an active runway. Operator specific as noted above but, being interested in flight ops, I’ve often noticed as a passenger, for example, strobes be...

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by chimborazo
Sat Aug 21, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2372

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

The auto operation of the strobes switch is interesting. I would have thought it mandatory for the strobes to be on any time the aircraft is on/entering an active runway. Operator specific as noted above but, being interested in flight ops, I’ve often noticed as a passenger, for example, strobes bei...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 12, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tower Bridge in London Stuck Opened
Replies: 6
Views: 882

Re: Tower Bridge in London Stuck Opened

Airstud wrote:
Tower Bridge ≠ London Bridge


Haha. Thank you. This is a common misconception also here in the UK. Can understand why though… London Bridge ain’t too pretty.

On the (sad) day when “London Bridge is Down” folk will be thinking this situation has happened, not that HRH has left to be with Philip.

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 12, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: “Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had
Replies: 14
Views: 1401

Re: “Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had

I recall seeing Paddy Ashdown and asking him if he was prepared to increase income tax to fund his commitments. He said that he believed that he would not need to do so, However, if he needed to do so then he would. All I ask is a straight answer. The other two parties simply promise the earth with...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 12, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: “Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had
Replies: 14
Views: 1401

Re: “Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had

The main problem I'd say is who is gonna be next and will (s)he be better than BoJo ? Shouldn't be a bar too high to pass but you never know. I suspect it will be Rishi Sunak. Whoever it is I would love them to stand up and say: I don’t care if I get re-elected and I will do what is necessary for t...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 12, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Relationship nomenclature question
Replies: 37
Views: 1788

Re: Relationship nomenclature question

OK, so probably the least important question ever asked on A.net but here goes: I'm wondering how to refer to the woman I am in a romantic relationship with when speaking about her to others. We are both senior citizens, well into our 60's, so I find the term "girlfriend" silly. Saying &q...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: “Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had
Replies: 14
Views: 1401

“Best” Prime Ministers the UK never had

Here in the UK We’ve had some proper jokers over the last few decades (and a current PM who is generally accepted takes the biscuit, even though he is popular). Who do you think would have been a good leader of the UK but never quite made it for one reason or another? My view: Paddy Ashdown Michael ...

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by chimborazo
Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: UK Prime Minister's A330 Voyager damaged by runway potholes at major RAF airfield
Replies: 5
Views: 2473

Re: UK Prime Minister's A330 Voyager damaged by runway potholes at major RAF airfield

Well it's from Alexander DePeffiel Boris Johnson's favorite arse licking rag, the Telegraph. So I imagine that the RAF are already pissed off at his graffiti job on an operational aircraft, then his serial mis use of it within the UK. It's the RAF, the 'R' being whose AF it is. Plus losing AWACS ca...

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by chimborazo
Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight
Replies: 82
Views: 6314

Re: Jeff Bezos and brother to fly on first Blue Origin flight

Blue origin is a joke of a company. So was Amazon when they started out. Criticizing a company without knowing it's mission statement, it's business plan, or the people who work there make make a joke out of your statement. Blue Origin engineering team pulled a lot from the local aerospace giant ne...

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by chimborazo
Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?
Replies: 47
Views: 4302

Re: Can a new, replacement ISS be built without the space shuttle ?

The current ISS is not getting any younger and eventually it will have to be abandoned and de orbited Hopefully there’s a plan for a replacement in the works but how difficult will this be without the enormous payload capacity of the shuttle both in weight and volume ? Would it even be possible to ...

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by chimborazo
Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Bell reveals high speed tilt rotor concept
Replies: 12
Views: 1959

Re: Bell reveals high speed tilt rotor concept

flyingturtle wrote:
Reminds me a bit of the Dornier 31.



Which reminds me of the vehicle that takes out Ming the Merciless at the end of Flash Gordon.

It would be great for the Bell type of aircraft to make its way into civil aviation but they just seem inherently too dangerous for it.

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by chimborazo
Wed Aug 04, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Call to cancel DPA with Boeing on 737MAX Crashes
Replies: 145
Views: 16201

Re: Call to cancel DPA with Boeing on 737MAX Crashes

Off topic: but would they be engineers, or programmers? Are programmers engineers? Be interested if someone with frontline experience could chime in regarding how either is classified. Being a software engineer with my experience I can say we just different group of engineers. We are given requirem...

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by chimborazo
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MPH student shifting into aviation
Replies: 11
Views: 1281

Re: MPH student shifting into aviation

On reading the thread title, I thought this was going to be a thread about the OP struggling to deal with 1 knot being 1.15 MPH :-)

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by chimborazo
Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size
Replies: 13
Views: 3447

Re: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size

As noted shorter moment arm requires a bigger input to give the same relative effect of a longer moment arm for a given airspeed. This feeds into weight and balance- particularly on “small” aircraft where, if loaded outside of defined envelope, can quickly run out of margin and reduce elevator autho...

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by chimborazo
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5439

Re: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?

To add, there will also be some benefit (however small, given that taxiing/turning can chew tyres more than a landing) in decreasing wear on nose gear tyres by it touching down XX seconds after main gear and therefore touching at a lower speed than mains. ie there is less “spin-up” to landing speed,...

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by chimborazo
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5439

Re: Why do pilots do 'Wheelies' after landing?

Pendent alert! Aerobraking, that is. Pedant alert alert!! To the earlier post: In GA we try and fly the aircraft nose up into a stall - aero braking in a fashion - with the main wheels (on a conventional tricycle landing gear version) a few inches off the runway and then keep gently increasing elev...

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by chimborazo
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11949

Re: United States Mass Shooting Thread

I saw countless fights, truly vicious ones at times, growing up in Spain. It's a country with plenty of history of violence in day to day life..exactly like any other country. They hunt and sport shoot too, just like every other first world country. The key difference is they don't have six or seve...

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by chimborazo
Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics
Replies: 46
Views: 2732

Re: Simone Biles Withdraws from Olympics

Given that it's been widely reported that she's having some mental health issues, it seems more than a little harsh to tell her to "suck it up". If you are an elite athlete performing at the very top levels of your sport and self-proclaim yourself as the best that's ever been, then dealin...

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by chimborazo
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206092

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

... I do hope others who are hesitant see situation like this and think again about taking the vaccine. Not because I care whether they live or die or have long term health problems from covid (their choice, live -or die - with the consequence of that choice) but because they are then much more lik...

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by chimborazo
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 206092

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

USA Today article: 'I'm sorry, but it's too late' - unvaccinated patients beg for shot; here comes the lambda variant: COVID news https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/07/21/covid-vaccine-delta-variant-mask-cdc-hospitalizations/8035920002/ Sad quote: "Dr. Brytney Cobia, a hospitalist...

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by chimborazo
Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Mass Shooting Thread
Replies: 149
Views: 11949

Re: First Repsonders Shot In Tucson

American's have exactly the same DNA as other countries, that is just an excuse. When you travel the world (I don't know if you have or not) you realize quickly that culture is only skin deep and most people are the same. My post is dripping in sarcasm. Despite what the pro gun/anti gun law lobby w...

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by chimborazo
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS B748 Engine Fire at HKG
Replies: 40
Views: 10981

Re: UPS B748 Engine Fire at HKG

I’m sure they used their fire bottles, but a continuous fuel leak inside a hot engine could easily reignite. Not saying that’s what it was, but there are definitely scenarios where the capabilities of a protection system are exceeded. The AV Herald article states the pilots used both bottles. Thank...

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by chimborazo
Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brawl on F9 flight after landing in MIA
Replies: 59
Views: 12445

Re: Brawl on F9 flight after landing in MIA

Still no excuse for savagery. Throw these aWholes on a lifetime no flylist. Man I miss the golden days when flying was a luxury, you wore your best clothes and the experience was amazing. Now you have savages flying for $40 in their PJ’s either doped up on meth or wasted on booze. Such sad times. S...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas House Republicans vote to track down absent Democrats and arrest them if necessary
Replies: 102
Views: 11596

Re: Texas House Republicans vote to track down absent Democrats and arrest them if necessary

Are you allowed to drive a car without DL? Nope. Can you get food assistance without ID? Nope Can you get child assistance without ID? Nope. Can you buy a cellphone without ID? Nope Can you travel outside of the country without a passport? Nope. Can you get a payment plan without ID? Nope. Can you ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lowering flaps and gear at the same time.
Replies: 18
Views: 2736

Re: Lowering flaps and gear at the same time.

Saying “gear down, flaps 15”, doesn’t mean actually moving them simultaneously. For example, the gear needs to indicating green to avoid the flap warning, so there might be a slight delay on moving the flap handle. Fair point. But in my (limited) experience they are consecutive actions by PNF so ge...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses
Replies: 124
Views: 6257

Re: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses

My daughter is 5, when she doesn’t know what to call someone (another 5year old she just met at the park) she just asks them, if you can’t grasp that same concept that a 5 year old does then I would suggest you shouldn’t be on a plane unaccompanied. Fred Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Nice. She w...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses
Replies: 124
Views: 6257

Re: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses

Who cares what people care… the issue comes when you don’t know what to call someone. My daughter is 5, when she doesn’t know what to call someone (another 5year old she just met at the park) she just asks them, if you can’t grasp that same concept that a 5 year old does then I would suggest you sh...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses
Replies: 124
Views: 6257

Re: Jetblue allows Male FA to wears dresses

This doesn't surprise me at all but I think this is totally unprofessional and this guy is doing it for attention. I wonder if the pilots really will stage walkouts. I bet some families with small children have. https://mobile.twitter.com/johncardillo/status/1415808341872414724?s=20 A walkout becau...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jetblue allows Male FAs to wear dresses
Replies: 124
Views: 6257

Re: Jetblue allows Male FA to wears dresses

This doesn't surprise me at all but I think this is totally unprofessional and this guy is doing it for attention. I wonder if the pilots really will stage walkouts. I bet some families with small children have. https://mobile.twitter.com/johncardillo/status/1415808341872414724?s=20 A walkout becau...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gallup Poll Results: Republicans' Confidence In Science Down 27 Points Since 1975
Replies: 28
Views: 1826

Re: Gallup Poll Results: Republicans' Confidence In Science Down 27 Points Since 1975

The scientific method and changing one's views when new information becomes available would explain an evolution in mask mandates, for example, if it became clear that they were or weren't effective. It doesn't explain knee-jerk reactions to call Trump a liar without proof, then realizing he was ri...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gallup Poll Results: Republicans' Confidence In Science Down 27 Points Since 1975
Replies: 28
Views: 1826

Re: Gallup Poll Results: Republicans' Confidence In Science Down 27 Points Since 1975

All of those conflicting points and more have been made in the name of science. And the only conclusion you can reach is that the GOP hate's science because we're all dumb? Get over yourselves. Your copy and paste post highlights a lack of understanding of the scientific method or transmission and ...

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by chimborazo
Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gallup Poll Results: Republicans' Confidence In Science Down 27 Points Since 1975
Replies: 28
Views: 1826

Re: Gallup Poll Results: Republicans' Confidence In Science Down 27 Points Since 1975

I would always try to avoid the non-aviation forum, but this post is a hanging slider. Reading the replies to this post, it becomes clear to me that Democrat voters know as little about the right as they claim the right knows about "reality." I strongly encourage you not to brush off 74 m...

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