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by cjg225
Tue Dec 06, 2022 2:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Greatest movie ever
Replies: 56
Views: 1368

Re: Greatest movie ever

Arion640 wrote:
Die Hard 1

And since we're in December, it's a good time to remind everyone that Die Hard is the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

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by cjg225
Mon Dec 05, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Greatest movie ever
Replies: 56
Views: 1368

Re: Greatest movie ever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA9581o27uA
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johns624 wrote:
No love for Kelly's Heroes?

Certainly in the discussion for greatest opening of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA9581o27uA

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by cjg225
Mon Dec 05, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: USA abandoning free trade ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1211

Re: USA abandoning free trade ?

The US needs to ensure technological independence/reliability by moving more critical production (computer chips for example) back home. There’s also the balance of trade inequality that has plagued us for years. We were overdue for a course correction. The thing people really seem to miss with thi...

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by cjg225
Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Greatest movie ever
Replies: 56
Views: 1368

Re: Greatest movie ever

Ummm.... am I seriously the 31st post in this thread and am the first person to mention Casablanca...?

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by cjg225
Wed Nov 30, 2022 12:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impending rail strike
Replies: 107
Views: 5670

Re: Impending rail strike

Not that there's ever necessarily an "ideal" time for a strike, and certainly not with the holidays approaching given how much the parcel carriers use intermodal rail, but... with the declining freight volumes across the world (including within the US) and that most holiday inventory is wh...

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by cjg225
Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10425
Views: 776127

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Ward Carroll, former F-14 Crew, meets in person Justin Bronk of the RUSI, to discuss the air war, air defence, what we have learned about early on, challenges now and ahead; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYDnspMWdaM FINALLY got around to listening to this today. Excellent stuff. Loved the clear, ...

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by cjg225
Wed Nov 23, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF C-37 bird strike caught on camera
Replies: 3
Views: 1334

Re: USAF C-37 bird strike caught on camera

I'm sure that'll be up on something like VAS Aviation soon. It will be interesting to hear that chatter. It's definitely not a mundane occurrence, but something tells me with military pilots that this will be as calm, collected, and undramatic as you could make a bird strike, counter to the semi-sen...

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by cjg225
Tue Nov 22, 2022 2:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State
Replies: 14
Views: 968

Re: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State

Oh, yeah, '96 was bad. '93 was, too, but I think that was more cumulative over the winter than like in '96 with a huge event.

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by cjg225
Mon Nov 14, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: European Christmas Markets
Replies: 32
Views: 1225

Re: European Christmas Markets

Tangentially related, we have a European-style Christkindlmarkdt here in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the "Christmas City" of the US. Starts up this coming weekend and runs for the following 4 weeks. Pretty impressive setup year-to-year and draws a lot of visitors from outside the area.

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by cjg225
Thu Nov 10, 2022 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christmas advert RANT!
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Christmas advert RANT!

Aaron747 wrote:
They should just make them illegal. Literally nobody likes them except those selling ad time.

Eh... I mean, there are people who basically consider the Christmas season to start November 1st (if not earlier), so I'm sure there are people who love this.

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by cjg225
Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Powerball lottery top jackpot prize now record $1.9 Billion +
Replies: 26
Views: 1443

Re: US Powerball lottery top jackpot prize now record $1.9 Billion +

You can also buy lottery tickets online. Several apps are available, such as Jackpocket. No need to go to the store to buy them. Fair point. My counter is that I'd hazard a guess that the biggest consumers of lottery tickets are the least likely to be buying them online: the elderly. I was out on t...

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by cjg225
Sun Nov 06, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Series!
Replies: 40
Views: 2174

Re: World Series!

Soooooo glad I don't have to listen to Philly fans thump their chests about this one...

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by cjg225
Sun Nov 06, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Powerball lottery top jackpot prize now record $1.9 Billion +
Replies: 26
Views: 1443

Re: US Powerball lottery top jackpot prize now record $1.9 Billion +

Actually, I think the reason it hasn't gone is because people *aren't* playing it that much. In the past with large jackpots like this you'd see gigantic lines for tickets, but the last week and a half since it got to near $1 billion and above I've seen virtually no lines at any store that sells lot...

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by cjg225
Sun Nov 06, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 5198

Re: The death of the manual transmission

I understand the concept (I think) of manual and generally how it's supposed to be operated, but I have just never actually learned because I hate the idea of screwing up. My only experience driving a manual was out of necessity. A friend and I drove to an away game when we were in college. He was g...

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by cjg225
Tue Nov 01, 2022 11:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today
Replies: 83
Views: 7024

Re: Carrier Air Wing 1993 vs today

Out of curiosity anyone know why carrier air wing is abbreviated CVW? My guess would be because "CV" is the US designation for "Carrier" and then "W" for "wing." From Wiki: In the United States Navy, these consist of ships commissioned with hull classificatio...

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by cjg225
Sat Oct 29, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Series!
Replies: 40
Views: 2174

Re: World Series!

Having lived in eastern Pennsylvania nearly my entire life, I absolutely despise all Philadelphia sports... largely because Philadelphia fans are the absolute worst in all of the sports world. So, really blows right now that the Phillies are probably going to win the Series because they are that tea...

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by cjg225
Mon Oct 24, 2022 12:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4312

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

The other thing I don't quite understand is how the dept of transportation or whomever set's up the lights. Sometimes i'll be getting home late, way after midnight, from a flight etc. Get to a red light and wait, and wait some more before it turns green. I thought there were pressure sensors under ...

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by cjg225
Sat Oct 22, 2022 12:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4312

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

People are definitely reading this completely incorrectly. I am not talking about moronically jamming on the gas and accelerating stupidly into an intersection. I know all about not doing that (and so do most people, just the idiots don't and they learn the hard way), my habit is even to always wat...

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by cjg225
Sat Oct 22, 2022 12:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Boomer in the Arabian Sea
Replies: 28
Views: 2472

Re: US Boomer in the Arabian Sea

ACDC8 wrote:
Maybe the Russians "lost" a submarine around there and they're helping "look" for it? :bigthumbsup:

Ah, re-reading The Hunt for Red October for probably the 20th time right now. ;)

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by cjg225
Sat Oct 22, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4312

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

1) Someone comes down an onramp to enter the freeway (motorway), then slows down, and just can't figure out how to merge at the speed of traffic. The way it usually works in Canada is if a roadway merges onto another one, and if there is a stop sign or yield sign, most drivers will just blow right ...

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by cjg225
Mon Oct 17, 2022 12:58 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Airshow of a lifetime...Edwards AFB today
Replies: 6
Views: 1889

Re: Airshow of a lifetime...Edwards AFB today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Mh3dsln9M

That is tremendous.

That'd be awesome in person, I bet, but I guess there's a health risk to your hearing? lol
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889091 wrote:
Not at an airshow, but here's the RAAF's "hold my beer" moment with the Aardvark. Audio is probably NSFW.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Mh3dsln9M

That is tremendous.

That'd be awesome in person, I bet, but I guess there's a health risk to your hearing? lol

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by cjg225
Fri Oct 14, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kroger in talks with Albertsons regarding a potential merger
Replies: 29
Views: 1797

Re: Kroger in talks with Albertsons regarding a potential merger

johns624 wrote:
I doubt if Meijer's is for sale.

And Publix is a southern institution; that'd be a big surprise.

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by cjg225
Tue Oct 11, 2022 12:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impending rail strike
Replies: 107
Views: 5670

Re: Impending rail strike

The threat of a freight railroad strike is back https://www.cnn.com/2022/10/10/business/railroad-union-vote-strike-threat/index.html The two largest unions, the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation union, which represents conductors, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, which...

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by cjg225
Sun Oct 02, 2022 3:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 636
Views: 79402

Re: COVID-19 - Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/moderna-refused-china-request-reveal-vaccine-technology-ft-2022-10-02/ Moderna failed to sell vaccine to China because Moderna isn't willing to comply with China's techology transfer requirement, being the precondition of accessing Chinese...

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by cjg225
Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 Hurricane Season - Hurricane Ian
Replies: 48
Views: 2970

Re: 2022 Hurricane Season - Hurricane Ian

Kent350787 wrote:
I saw in media here in Sydney that a victim was awaiting rescue from flooding in New Smyrna Beach. I thought the storm had moved up the east coast to SC?

My aunt lives in New Smyrna. Apparently Volusia County got 30 inches of rain from the storm. Flooding is still receding.

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by cjg225
Fri Sep 30, 2022 12:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coolio Dead At 59
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Coolio Dead At 59

luckyone wrote:
Well, Weird Al just accidentally made a few more bucks.

The very first thing I did was go listen to Amish Paradise.

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by cjg225
Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Italian Politics VS. the Rest of Western EU
Replies: 71
Views: 4943

Re: Italian Politics VS. the Rest of Western EU

This feels like a good time to share an all-time classic on the differences between Italy and the rest of Europe.

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by cjg225
Fri Sep 16, 2022 1:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impending rail strike
Replies: 107
Views: 5670

Re: Impending rail strike

Interesting given the fact the agreement was not reached until this morning at 0530! 24% pay raise and back pay from 2020. https://us.cnn.com/2022/09/15/politics/biden-white-house-railroad-strike/index.html This has been going on for a very, very long time. Not every union got the same deal. There ...

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by cjg225
Thu Sep 15, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Impending rail strike
Replies: 107
Views: 5670

Re: Impending rail strike

VMCA787 wrote:
According to CNN, a deal has been reached to avert a rail strike.

Still has to be voted on. One of the smaller unions rejected their tentative deal yesterday. There exists the risk one of these two bigger unions would do the same thing.

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by cjg225
Thu Sep 08, 2022 6:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died
Replies: 207
Views: 12807

Re: UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth has died

She was a global icon. Very sad news.

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by cjg225
Sun Sep 04, 2022 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10425
Views: 776127

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

America could survive if all imports from China were banned tomorrow. Nobody would freeze to death. The stockmarket would freak but we'd be ok. We might actually see that happen if the PRC is stupid enough to sink a US ship or down a recon plane. I think you underestimate how reliant the western wo...

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by cjg225
Fri Sep 02, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10425
Views: 776127

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Francoflier wrote:
Psychological warfare in the age of social media is definitely something else...

It feels like we're desensitizing war more and more. Which shouldn't be surprising.

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by cjg225
Sat Aug 20, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Have courage
Replies: 10
Views: 932

Re: Have courage

The one that drives me nuts is people saying, "How [are] you doing?" as a greeting when they fully do not expect a response. Like you're just passing someone in a hallway and you say "hi" (or some variation thereof) but the other person says "How [are] you doing?" yet k...

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by cjg225
Sat Aug 20, 2022 1:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Have courage
Replies: 10
Views: 932

Re: Have courage

Japanese people basically say the equivalent of ‘thank you for working hard’ - お疲れ様 - in a variety of daily interactions with colleagues and sometimes clients. It’s so oft-used and repetitive that it’s basically reflexive and lacks meaning in most situations. Since I can't read that, I assume you'r...

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by cjg225
Sat Aug 13, 2022 12:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 3473

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

readytotaxi wrote:
Is this lottery only open to US citizens?

Nope. Just have to be 18.

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by cjg225
Sat Aug 06, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Memorable Meals that really were better than the sum of their parts...
Replies: 14
Views: 1497

Re: Memorable Meals that really were better than the sum of their parts...

Unsalted butter only. If I need salt, I'll add it myself rather than have it in the butter already.

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by cjg225
Wed Aug 03, 2022 12:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10425
Views: 776127

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

They just remain in their own special place. They've always been in this same hole. The Romonovs were the gold standard of mental illness afik. Then came the excesses of the revolution, for me Nikolai Krylenko always stood a head above others in a cast of thousands, he created the Soviet Justice ma...

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by cjg225
Wed Aug 03, 2022 12:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 3473

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

ACDC8 wrote:
Personally, I can care less about them - if they've haven't made an effort to stay acquainted in the past and now want to reconnect, well, they can just 'eff right off :biggrin:

That's kinda the point, though. They'll descend on you like locust.

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by cjg225
Tue Aug 02, 2022 1:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 3473

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

I never understood why some states don't allow you to claim the prize anonymously. It's like painting a big red target over yourself for wannabe kidnappers...... Where I live in BC, one must have their name published in order to receive the winnings - you can ask to claim anonymously, but they have...

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by cjg225
Mon Aug 01, 2022 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 60
Views: 3473

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
First, open a trust to accept the winnings and do it anonymously.

That and hope you live in a state that allows you to accept anonymously even if you don't do that.

But, yeah, you do not want anyone knowing you won this.

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by cjg225
Fri Jul 29, 2022 12:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 10425
Views: 776127

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1552723519087198208.html If anyone is curious to know just how a HIMARS rocket launcher works, this insanely detailed thread tells you everything you need to know. That must've taken forever to put together. Wow. Laughed a bit at the disclaimer at the end. "I...

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by cjg225
Sun Jul 24, 2022 3:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Memorable Meals that really were better than the sum of their parts...
Replies: 14
Views: 1497

Re: Memorable Meals that really were better than the sum of their parts...

Beefmastor in Wilson, NC. My second rotation in my rotational program when I started at my current job was at one of our plants in North Carolina. My parents drove down for my birthday. I honestly didn't know a lot about restaurants in the area, which is rural North Carolina east of Raleigh. My mom ...

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by cjg225
Sat Jul 23, 2022 12:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Last F-14D Tomcat delivered 30 years ago
Replies: 7
Views: 3057

Re: Last F-14D Tomcat delivered 30 years ago

I started Tomcat!: The Grumman F-14 Story recently, and I stumbled into a YouTube channel by a former Tomcat RIO (Ward Carroll).

Such a damn shame we were denied so many more years of seeing the best that ever was fly the skies and ply the seas with a US flag.

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by cjg225
Mon Jul 18, 2022 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lego Ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 697

Re: Lego Ideas

The one of the Great Wave off Kanagawa is nuts. That must've been so annoying to design.

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by cjg225
Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best all around fighter, July 1 1997
Replies: 47
Views: 4041

Re: Best all around fighter, July 1 1997

744SPX wrote:
NSSN/Virginia was/is a giant step backwards in terms "back of the boat" technology, something we were already decades behind the Russians in.

What does that mean?

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by cjg225
Tue Jul 05, 2022 11:40 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Best all around fighter, July 1 1997
Replies: 47
Views: 4041

Re: Best all around fighter, July 1 1997

LyleLanley wrote:
I think we all know who the best all-around fighter was in July 1997: Evander Holyfield! After the Tyson rematch where he bit Holyfield's ears and was disqualified, Evander was the undisputed champion!

Case closed.

Which immediately makes me think of Chris Farley yelling I WANT HOLYFIELD.

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by cjg225
Mon Jul 04, 2022 10:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best anti-virus option for windows now?
Replies: 20
Views: 1454

Re: Best anti-virus option for windows now?

cpd wrote:
Built like a tank. The Radeon W6800X video card is very chunky as well. Even the case is very heavy to lift off it. my old Mac Pro was also really heavy. I dreaded moving it.

Good Lord. That is incredible.

I don't remember the last time I saw a tower that heavy.

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by cjg225
Sat Jul 02, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Best anti-virus option for windows now?
Replies: 20
Views: 1454

Re: Best anti-virus option for windows now?

cpd wrote:
it’s nearly 20kg! :weightlifter:

What in the world do you have in that thing!?

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by cjg225
Fri Jul 01, 2022 2:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?
Replies: 41
Views: 2165

Re: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?

Both Goursich and Kavanaugh, under oath during confirmation hearings, said Roe sets court precedent. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2022/06/28/did-supreme-court-justices-lie-by-claiming-they-wouldnt-overturn-roe-v-wade-heres-what-they-actually-said/?sh=5dcd58365420 https://www.nbcnews.co...

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by cjg225
Thu Jun 30, 2022 11:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?
Replies: 41
Views: 2165

Re: Next SCOTUS nominee proceedings: constitutional crisis looming?

Congress should have codified Roe. They KNEW it could be overturned, that's why theybasked about it on confirmation hearings. The judicial bravh dosen't make law, that the legislative branches job. Which, for better or worse, rarely ever actually happens. Legislative branches at the state level ten...

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