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by Airstud
Thu May 26, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ray Liotta Passes Away, Aged 67
Replies: 22
Views: 1427

Re: Ray Liotta Passes Away, Aged 67

Tugger wrote:
Very sad, I hear he was a goodfella...

...OK, moving on... :spin:

RIP Mr. Liotta, you made some great films and will be well remembered. Condolences to his loved ones and friends.

Tugg


Which, is what I said basically.

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by Airstud
Mon May 16, 2022 4:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

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

Two other thoughts, where did you live before Minneapolis. Do you have friends/family there?. Secondly, those hours are not ideal. Can they be changed. If not, can you build a social around them?. I lived in San Francesspool from 1993-2010. No family there and, as a person who is neither gay, nor a...

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by Airstud
Fri May 13, 2022 7:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Al Jazeera Reporter Killed in Israeli Army Raid in Jenin
Replies: 27
Views: 2776

Re: Israeli military kills reporters.

Perhaps the title of this thread should be changed as it is unknown at this point who actually killed the reporter? Yes sure, everyone should keep saying that to themselves while forgetting the 45 press members Israel has killed before (that we know of). https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/12/inf...

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by Airstud
Thu May 12, 2022 8:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody
Replies: 162
Views: 20550

Re: Your shortest flight on a widebody and longest flight on a narrowbody

Widebody - gotta be BOS-LGA on an Eastern Airlines L1011 circa 1984

Narrowbody - a tie between LAX-IAD on a 757, SFO-EWR on a 739, SFO-BOS on whatever United was flying on that route in 2009 (A320?) and LIH-SFO (probably SFO-LIH also) on a 757.



You heard me.

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by Airstud
Thu May 12, 2022 7:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Connecting from a premium product to economy
Replies: 15
Views: 1646

Re: Connecting from a premium product to economy

Flew into London from Singapore in Business Class, then took a National Express coach the five hours back home. That sucked. Well how uncomfortable are these National Express coaches? :boggled: I've been on Greyhound buses and Trentway-Wagar ones in Canada and they were pretty comfy. Upholstered, r...

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by Airstud
Wed May 11, 2022 3:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Al Jazeera Reporter Killed in Israeli Army Raid in Jenin
Replies: 27
Views: 2776

Re: Israeli military kills reporters.

The Ha'Aretz article in the OP's own link says that the IDF was responding to gunfire and explosives-hurling from Palestinian militants.

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by Airstud
Wed May 11, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

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

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

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by Airstud
Wed May 11, 2022 4:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ever call the crisis hotline? (***NOT*** suicidal)
Replies: 11
Views: 1027

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

Lately I have been having more severe emotional problems than is usual (even for me). I moved here to Minneapolis in 2010 because I'd gotten a job offer and national unemployment at the time was 12%. I therefore couldn't object to the fact that the job was three overnight 12-hour shifts Thursday, Fr...

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by Airstud
Thu Apr 28, 2022 7:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Re: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects

PixelPilot wrote:
How do you disconnect the computer? Power off or sleep?


Power off, all the way.

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by Airstud
Thu Apr 28, 2022 6:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Re: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects

When I get the "disconnected" message, the icon has gone from the task bar; the icon remains there when I haven't gotten the message (and have to switch the feature off manually). (Though I'm starting think this is all just because the Galaxy S10 is an absolutely exasperating steaming pile...

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by Airstud
Thu Apr 28, 2022 11:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Mobile hot spot automatically disconnects

I use my Galaxy S10+ mobile hotspot type feature to connect to work when I'm working from home, see. Sometimes when I am finished with work and I shut down my ProBook10, five minutes later or so a little message fades on to my phone's screen saying "Mobile Hotspot disconnected." Makes all ...

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by Airstud
Mon Apr 04, 2022 10:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Personal lines o' credit (not credit cards)
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Personal lines o' credit (not credit cards)

Among the major banks here in the Twin Cities, the ones that offer personal revolving credit lines are U.S. Bank and BMO Harris. The one that U.S. Bank offers has no annual fee, transaction fees of either $15 or 4% of the amount utilized, and a credit limit up to $25,000. BMO Harris's's's offering i...

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by Airstud
Mon Apr 04, 2022 9:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Quotes
Replies: 48
Views: 2167

Re: Favorite Quotes

"The key to life isn't accumulation — it's contribution." - Stephen Covey

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by Airstud
Fri Apr 01, 2022 6:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13055

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

I really don't think it was staged. If it was rehearsed under the pretense of Smith being violently angry at Rock for the joke; we wouldn't have seen Smith sitting there having a laugh at the joke right after Rock told it. (and enough with this "health condition" BS; a lot of black women c...

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by Airstud
Tue Feb 22, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2321

Re: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

I'm more interested to know where to find an IRA that has an 11.5% per annum ROI. A nasdaq 100 index would have done this easily over the past 20-30 years. That is not necessarily a promise of future performance…. But, it is proof that it does happen. LCDF Update: I looked up one source that said N...

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 13, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2321

Re: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

frmrCapCadet wrote:
And to stack the deck, maximize those contributions the first few years.


It's a IRA, though. Contributions are capped at 6K.

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 13, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2321

Re: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

Would year two be $7459 and year three $8317? Remember there is a $6K contribution each year so those years could not possibly be less than $12K and $18K respectively. Tugg: Yes. I know about spreadsheets. My debate opponent insists - without substantiating this - that my formula is wrong. That's w...

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by Airstud
Sun Feb 13, 2022 5:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2321

Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

I find myself in an argument with someone. None of the gory details are needed, let me just ask y'all: Assume opening an IRA this year with a $6K contribution. Assume a $6K contribution every year for the next 22 years, and assume also an 11.5% investment return each year (the plausibility of which ...

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by Airstud
Wed Feb 02, 2022 12:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister
Replies: 54
Views: 2877

Choosing a Canadian Prime Minister

I just watched a Gad Saad video on YouTube in which he made reference to "voting for Justin Trudeau" in the (what do you call it? "Prime-Ministerial?") election. I haven't lived in the Canada since I was about 18 months old, but I remember "explaining" to my fellow Amer...

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by Airstud
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Denon vs. Audio Technica
Replies: 9
Views: 623

Denon vs. Audio Technica

Soon it will be time to purchase an phonograph/record player/whatever those things are called nowadays. The most cursory Google search has revealed that Audio Technica is in this game, which threw me for a bit of a loop since I thought they just made microphones. In any case I've always liked that c...

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by Airstud
Sat Jan 08, 2022 10:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to
Replies: 61
Views: 4473

Re: One a time landed or Took off airport you've flown to

BDL, 1992. Flew in from LAX via IAD, then drove up to Boston & flew home from Logan. Haven't been back to BDL. SJC, 1996. Was booked on HP to SFO but HP was its usual calamitous self & I got rerouted to SJC and bused up to S.F. Have not used SJC since. Also took Amtrak from S.F. to Reno (gro...

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by Airstud
Fri Jan 07, 2022 10:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years of the Euro
Replies: 78
Views: 4586

Re: 20 years of the Euro

I could maybe see Canada but Mexico's economy is too different (and screwed up) to include them in it. Meh, buying my cerveza and tacos without having to switch currencies is much more interesting than the whole economics of it all :biggrin: As long as I can get my Timmy's and Molson's, eh? The cor...

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by Airstud
Fri Jan 07, 2022 12:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Entering [Open]VMS hobbyist-hood
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Entering [Open]VMS hobbyist-hood

I find myself in possession of an VAXstation 3100-30, and out of the cat-killing sort of curiosity, want to see if I can, rather than find a proper way of disposing of it, make it an active participant in my overgrown home computing rig. I'm still seeking out the cables & adapters I shall need t...

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by Airstud
Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The Delta bag-drop line at Logan Terminal A
Replies: 0
Views: 631

The Delta bag-drop line at Logan Terminal A

Is it ever not an unending fustercluck? I don't think I've ever had a less than 45 minute wait to drop off one (1) checked bag when taking Delta from BOS. Today, the Green Line was empty @ 1pm from Copley to Gov Centa, the Blue Line was empty to Airport station, the Massport shuttle bus was empty ta...

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by Airstud
Mon Dec 27, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?
Replies: 21
Views: 1283

Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?

Some doctors (M.D.'s; practitioners of whatcha call "Western medicine) whom I quite respect have stated that acupuncture and certain other alternative medicines such as your Chinese herbs have been shown to be quite effective in certain applications, and that the best Western doctors will tell ...

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by Airstud
Fri Dec 17, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2112

Re: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

My DM to @AskTarget (after the part where I summarized the problem & provided the order number): ... Fix this, please.  I like $75.90 worth of free stuff, but that wasn't the promotion, and this is a screw-up that needs fixing. (Once fixed, this will, I quite trust, qualify as one of the 3 $70 o...

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by Airstud
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2112

Re: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

If I thought the clerk you dealt with could be in some hot water over this, I'd certainly try to correct it, but that is extremely unlikely. She did scan the pickup barcode on my phone, which I'd assume transmits to their systems that the order is being picked up. Or... does the barcode only tell h...

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by Airstud
Wed Dec 15, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2112

Re: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

Dutchy wrote:
Anyhow, let us know what you decide. 8-)


Already decided, hours before I posted this.

My decision is known only to the independent accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers until the sealed envelopes are opened on the air.

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by Airstud
Wed Dec 15, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2112

Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

Interested in hearing y'all's ethical takes you might have on this: Days ago, I placed an order (same-day-pickup) at target.com, and then I went to Target and picked it up (on the same day(see)). The gal scanned the pick-up barcode on my phone, disappeared, came back with my order and off I went. In...

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by Airstud
Tue Dec 07, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2789

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

See, a few days ago I was approved yes APPROVED for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card from Chase. I had put a rule in place that I wouldn't open any new credit cards that had annual fees, but this 100,000 bonus points promo was too good to pass up. What's odd is that they opened the acco...

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by Airstud
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Byzantine Empire (491-1453 AD) and coupons
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

The Byzantine Empire (491-1453 AD) and coupons

Ever a personal finance champion, I snagged the 25%-off-a-single-item coupon that Barnes&Noble was emailing out last week, and on Sunday evening after work I wound down on the sofa with my laptop opened to both BN's page and Amazon's. I wanted to find something at BN that wasn't already priced m...

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by Airstud
Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline
Replies: 27
Views: 2583

Re: Actor George Clooney rejected $35 Million to do ad for ME airline

I guess I misinterpreted his quote. I thought Clooney said he wants to be with family, and one day’s work for $35 million would simply be too much work for him, given his privileged and aloof lifestyle. But if he is guarding his reputation versus Qatar, good on him. I don’t know enough about Qatar ...

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by Airstud
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The newest Republic: Barbados
Replies: 47
Views: 2680

Re: The newest Republic: Barbados

A101 wrote:

Yes happy for them that is what they have chosen



Is it really what they have chosen, though? It might not be.

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by Airstud
Sun Nov 28, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2789

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

As for credit cards, they're not really a thing, here. What's the point of getting a credit (and pay for it) if you have the cash on hand ? Points/miles so you can take a nice vacation ? If you like. My AmEx SkyMiles card gives me 1 SkyMile for every dollar I charge to it; extra ones for Delta purc...

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by Airstud
Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2789

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

Your FICO score doesn't thank you... Your FICO score wouldn't be affected until you reached at least 30 days past due and then only if the bank or their algorithm chooses to report it. FICO scores are overhyped anyways. All they measure is you're credit to income ratio and whether you pay bills on ...

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by Airstud
Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2789

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

ACDC8 wrote:
here in Canada


The correct way to be in Canada is to be in Halifax.

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by Airstud
Sat Nov 27, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2789

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

E-payments aside, do postmarked dates not matter anymore? I think it depends on what your agreement says. I don’t think I’d ever seen a credit card that defined on time as the postmark date. I think that’s reserved more for applications and what-not. Yeah postmark dates matter for things like sweep...

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by Airstud
Sat Nov 27, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2789

Re: My Barclay's mastercard payment

It turns out it's actually due in Philly on the phirst, not the second, of December.

This morning I sent out a payment on my Goodyear credit card.

That has to be in Louisville by the 4th.

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by Airstud
Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Barclay's mastercard payment
Replies: 42
Views: 2789

My Barclay's mastercard payment

is due in Philadelphia on the 2nd of December. It is for that reason that I have placed it in the mail this Friday morning, November 26th, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. ...I mean I put a jacket on and drove to the Elmwood post office just for that reason. Has to be in Philly by the 2nd. *alternately...

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by Airstud
Sun Nov 21, 2021 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 318
Views: 19328

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

You can look at the slant and the tone of this ABC News article on the Rittenhouse acquittal, to see where the bulk of the mainstream media will be going tonight. They are playing to their base. https://abcnews.go.com/US/jury-reaches-verdict-kyle-rittenhouse-homicide-trial/story?id=81108654 Slant? ...

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by Airstud
Sat Nov 20, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial
Replies: 318
Views: 19328

Re: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

You can look at the slant and the tone of this ABC News article on the Rittenhouse acquittal, to see where the bulk of the mainstream media will be going tonight. They are playing to their base. https://abcnews.go.com/US/jury-reaches-verdict-kyle-rittenhouse-homicide-trial/story?id=81108654 Slant? ...

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by Airstud
Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Monstrous ethical conundrum
Replies: 32
Views: 2345

Re: Monstrous ethical conundrum

But anyone who says that about brussels sprouts has never tasted them roasted and topped with pomegranate mollasses. Clearly you've never had them halved and cooked over a high heat then tossed with a subtle blend of honey and soy sauce. Do you guys have recipes you can give me by chance? Adding to...

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by Airstud
Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Monstrous ethical conundrum
Replies: 32
Views: 2345

Re: Monstrous ethical conundrum

When listing the transactions chronologically, does what Toppers put on paper as occurring at 3:14pm come before ALDI, since I entered the order — and AmEx authorized the charge — before the 3:18pm Acquisition of the Sprouts? OR Does the Toppers transaction come AFTER, since a transaction is an exc...

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by Airstud
Thu Nov 18, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Monstrous ethical conundrum
Replies: 32
Views: 2345

Monstrous ethical conundrum

It is time to log the day's financial transactions in my spreadsheet. First, I caved and went to Dunkin Donuts in Roseville. Let's hope I don't do that again. Then it was time to buy Brussels sprouts at ALDI, but that wasn't going to take long at all so in the parking lot there, before I went in, I ...

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by Airstud
Wed Nov 10, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fossilized sea creatures under Iowa. (Yes. Iowa.)
Replies: 7
Views: 803

Fossilized sea creatures under Iowa. (Yes. Iowa.)

With the fall foliage peaking in Minnesota this past week, I drove down U.S. Highway 61 along the western shore of Lake Pepin and y9n Mississippi River, to Highway 14 along the eastern shore, to Wisconsin 82 into Lansing, Iowa (obviously). The trip back to the Twin Cities took me through the Winnesh...

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by Airstud
Sun Oct 31, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Vitamin D shots ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: Vitamin D shots ?

My doc didn't officially identify a Vitamin D "deficiency" but he expressed concern nonetheless about my levels since I work nights (little sunlight exposure). He has me taking Vitamin D₃ softgels, 2000IU/50mcg once daily. Vitamin D₃ is preferred over Vitamin D-not-₃ because the former doe...

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by Airstud
Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?
Replies: 44
Views: 3265

Re: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?

cairns wrote:
As for "gas = gas", not always. I don't know about today, but, when I was a teen in Los Angeles (1960s), the fastest way to destroy exhaust valves in a Simca 1000 was using Shell gas.


It's also a good way to destroy your soul. Shell Oil is the evilest corporation on the planet.

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by Airstud
Sun Oct 17, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dallas Metro School Administrator Urges 'Balance' in Holocaust Curriculum
Replies: 43
Views: 2837

Re: Dallas Metro School Administrator Urges 'Balance' in Holocaust Curriculum

So this would also apply to religious education? Religious education isn't publicly funded in the U.S. I thought in a lot of US schools creationism and abstinence were the norm as opposed to evolution and sex ed? No. Creationism, being purely a theological construct, cannot be advanced in U.S. publ...

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