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by Pyrex
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11
Replies: 12
Views: 353

Re: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

So 50 years ago today was one of mankind's finest achievements - landing on the moon. I was born much later but still very inspired by this. Anyone have any memories of the event? I wish we could do something similar today because we really need to unite the world again. Considering how the left ha...

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by Pyrex
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Trump get primaried or will the GOP continue to lose grip on core values?
Replies: 118
Views: 3707

Re: Will Trump get primaried or will the GOP continue to lose grip on core values?

Erm, if people don't like it here, they can try and change things, which is exactly that those 4 ladies are trying to do. Yes, it is racist. Telling them to 'go back' implies they came from somewhere. Considering 3/4 were born in the US, where do you propose sending them 'back' to? Ask yourself thi...

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by Pyrex
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NYC Power Outage
Replies: 22
Views: 1424

Re: NYC Power Outage

That's some serious contempt you have against New Yorkers..... Nothing compared to the serious contempt against non-New Yorkers on clear display in this thread. Not surprising at all, considering how, in my extensive experience, New Yorkers are the most bigoted people in the entire U.S. Anyway, New...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Protesters Remove U.S. Flag, Replace It With Mexican Flag In Colorado
Replies: 17
Views: 1306

Re: Protesters Remove U.S. Flag, Replace It With Mexican Flag In Colorado

Funny... They are being held pending extradition to Mexico, and these idiots seem to want to accelerate that process.

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by Pyrex
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked
Replies: 37
Views: 1260

Re: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked

Man, the deference to our betters in "public service" is frightening. It is almost like I was just air-dropped into an episode of "Yes, Minister." The UK system is meritocratic, so Ambassadors have to earn their way to that rank. By definition, that makes them better trained for...

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by Pyrex
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked
Replies: 37
Views: 1260

Re: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked

Man, the deference to our betters in "public service" is frightening. It is almost like I was just air-dropped into an episode of "Yes, Minister."

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by Pyrex
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked
Replies: 37
Views: 1260

Re: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked

In my line of work, if I send out an email calling a client of mine an idiot I get called in by Compliance and then go have a nice chat with HR, no matter how idiotic they truly are. I know diplomats think of themselves as special people who can get away with literal murder, but perhaps it is time t...

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by Pyrex
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked
Replies: 37
Views: 1260

Re: UK Ambassador resigns after Trump commentary leaked

The ambassador resigned because he was stupid enough to put something like this in writing. If at this point you still don't understand that everything you write down, ever, well eventually come back and bite you in the ass, then you have no business running a lemonade stand, let alone an embassy

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by Pyrex
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA’s New Tourist Centric Int’l Routes
Replies: 13
Views: 3866

Re: UA’s New Tourist Centric Int’l Routes

Not sure OPO fits in that list - there is a lot of industry in the North of Portugal (enough for a 757 with multiple onward connections at EWR, anyway), and a lot of VFR (most of the Portuguese community in and around the Newark area is from the North of Portugal, and arguably better served through ...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach
Replies: 35
Views: 3320

Re: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach

This is like fining a bank for being robbed at gunpoint - effectively robbing BA twice. And let's be honest, if whatever government bureaucrat decreed this fine actually knew how to protect a network better than BA, who they accused of being incompetent, they would no longer be a government bureauc...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19280

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

While a narrowbody will never be as comfortable as a widebody (generally speaking, I know individual configurations matter a lot), the advantage for an airline like TAP with a lot of routes flown less than daily is that they can increase frequency materially, providing a much better service. I know ...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America
Replies: 105
Views: 19280

Re: TAP schedules first non stop A321LR service between Europa and South America

While a narrowbody will never be as comfortable as a widebody (generally speaking, I know individual configurations matter a lot), the advantage for an airline like TAP with a lot of routes flown less than daily is that they can increase frequency materially, providing a much better service. I know ...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach
Replies: 35
Views: 3320

Re: BA to be fined £183M for last year's data breach

This is like fining a bank for being robbed at gunpoint - effectively robbing BA twice. And let's be honest, if whatever government bureaucrat decreed this fine actually knew how to protect a network better than BA, who they accused of being incompetent, they would no longer be a government bureaucr...

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by Pyrex
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 2021
Views: 107626

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

Such a beautiful song by Beethoven co-opted by a bunch of unelected bureaucrats to be the anthem of a country that does not exist, but that they are trying to jam down everyone's throats. A shame, really.

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 956
Views: 233475

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... talia-sole


With what money? Just a few months ago he bankrupted two airlines and lost control of another one.
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mercure1 wrote:
Now former Avianca owner/chairman German Efromovich considering a stake in AZ.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... talia-sole


With what money? Just a few months ago he bankrupted two airlines and lost control of another one.

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Enters North Korea
Replies: 95
Views: 4513

Re: Trump Enters North Korea

Funny how the same people praising Obama for taking a picture in front of a mural with the face of a mass murderer in Cuba, sheet giving them everything they wanted and getting exactly zero in return, are so hung up on this when so far North Korea has received nothing they wanted. Whether this will...

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Enters North Korea
Replies: 95
Views: 4513

Re: Trump Enters North Korea

Funny how the same people praising Obama for taking a picture in front of a mural with the face of a mass murderer in Cuba, sheet giving them everything they wanted and getting exactly zero in return, are so hung up on this when so far North Korea has received nothing they wanted. Whether this will ...

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to CHS 787 Production Site
Replies: 154
Views: 18927

Re: Federal Prosecutors Expanding Boeing Investigation to Alleged Shoddy 787 Site

Unions ordered a hit job by a friendly press on a non-union plant, federal bureaucrats use it as an excuse to harass a company now that the bank shake-down gravy train is slowing down. Simple as that. Boeing should respond to the irresponsible actions of the unions in this case by making sure the NM...

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by Pyrex
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Freebird A320 hit by jetbridge at Brussels
Replies: 15
Views: 2886

Re: Freebird A320 hit by jetbridge at Brussels

Is it just me or is it really weird to name an airline after one of the most famous songs by a group who died in a plane crash?

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by Pyrex
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt
Replies: 42
Views: 2072

Re: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt

I recently went back for my ten-year reunion at a top U.S. "non-profit" University (the non-profit here, as in most universities, should be understood in the same context as GM was a non-profit institution prior to 2008 - whatever revenue they manage to bring in, they blow it all on themse...

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by Pyrex
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class
Replies: 45
Views: 5263

Re: DL/AA complimentary meals in economy class

I understand that DL and AA offer free meals onboard some of their domestic flights. Which ones? Do you get free alcohol too? Not on UA I know. Actually United does offer free meals in economy plus on transcon flights from EWR to SFO and LAX. I believe they offer it in regular Econ as well on the E...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5219

Re: Americans and electric stoves

R It is very simple, the area you are in is largely sourced with cheap hydo electricity. it is not unusual to see residences with electric home heat, easily one of the most wasteful uses of electricity. Really, any use of electricity for resistive heat such as water heaters, stoves, baseboard heate...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5219

Re: Americans and electric stoves

[list=][/list] My electric stove is nuclear powered so it's OK... :d I like things undercooked rather than overcooked, but I hear in the US the opposite is more common, maybe that plays a role. Whenever I go to a French restaurant in the U.S. and ask for the steak frites, I always have to specify I ...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5219

Re: Americans and electric stoves

Gas is vastly superior to cook, but as others mentioned it does require additional piping, etc. so that is probably why most dedicated rental apartment buildings don't bother with it. That said, the ones that do probably can command a revenue premium. I love gas but I guess electric is safer and mo...

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5219

Re: Americans and electric stoves

seb146 wrote:
Who has gas delivered and stored in tanks? I have never heard of this.


Hank Hill has a sad..

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by Pyrex
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Americans and electric stoves
Replies: 95
Views: 5219

Re: Americans and electric stoves

Gas is vastly superior to cook, but as others mentioned it does require additional piping, etc. so that is probably why most dedicated rental apartment buildings don't bother with it. That said, the ones that do probably can command a revenue premium. Induction stovetops are just a moronic way to co...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?

Also, just to be clear, by law you need to be an admitted insurer in a given state to be able to issue an insurance policy to individual customers, which most employer captive entities aren't. Technically the way this works, most of the time, is that the insurance company issues the policy for you a...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?

If the employer paid, then what would be the point of the insurance ? Having a professional manage the business for you, instead of Jennifer in accounting. Same reason many companies outsource payroll administration, retirement benefits, etc. Interesting. So when an employee feels his insurance is ...

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by Pyrex
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?

Aesma wrote:
If the employer paid, then what would be the point of the insurance ?


Having a professional manage the business for you, instead of Jennifer in accounting. Same reason many companies outsource payroll administration, retirement benefits, etc.

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by Pyrex
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?
Replies: 12
Views: 695

Re: Who Pays For Healthcare - Insurance Company or Employers?

United Healthcare may not really be your insurer, even though that is what says on your insurance card. Most of the large health insurers offer "admin-only" plans for larger employers where, for a fee, they will manage enrollments, issue insurance cards, handle claims, do cost control, pro...

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by Pyrex
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education
Replies: 22
Views: 1020

Re: United States Spend Ten Times More On Fossil Fuel Subsidies Than Education

Is it possible to have a single thread on this board without the usual America-haters coming in and injecting their diatribe? Back on topic, most often than not when the topic of "oil subsidies" comes up it tends to be brought up by ignoramuses who don't know the difference between revenue...

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by Pyrex
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 124
Views: 16617

Re: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?

In almost all European publicly traded companies you can hardly buy anything over 100k Euros without going through a tender process. This protects shareholder interests and prevents shady deals. People are fired and sometimes go to jail for not following these rules all the time. Airbus says they n...

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by Pyrex
Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Media: Airbus to challenge IAG, Boeing deal for 200 MAX?
Replies: 124
Views: 16617

Re: Airbus seeks to break Boeing/IAG deal

If there is one thing you never do in business, is go publicly to they press to tell it what your customer told you. Or didn't tell you. The public butthurt reaction by Airbus will cost them a lot more than just this order. If there is one thing Willie Walsh did not need when taking a gamble like th...

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by Pyrex
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Buttigieg: Certain There Has Already Been a Gay Pres
Replies: 35
Views: 1831

Re: Buttigieg: Certain There Has Already Been a Gay Pres

Everybody knows that Bill "Horndog" Clinton is, shall we say, less than discriminating when it comes to his choice of sexual partners. Maybe during one of his parties at Jeffrey Epstein's place he got caught up in the heat of the moment and things got a bit out of hand. Who at Fox News wou...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A321LR delivered to TAP
Replies: 81
Views: 21415

Re: First A321LR delivered to TAP

No grudge against TP in OPO, just their overall shit-show operation in general. Plenty of times, even in LIS, gates are empty and they just decide to bus people in for no good reason. Having boarding priority for a TP flight basically means nothing, as 9 times out of 10 you will just be fighting, of...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A321LR delivered to TAP
Replies: 81
Views: 21415

Re: First A321LR delivered to TAP

And not all people who have mobility impairments call ambulifts - plenty of people with mobility impairments can walk, they just have difficulty to, particularly when going up stairs with a heavy bag. Those people may not want to call an ambulift due to all the hassle and staring they will be subjec...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A321LR delivered to TAP
Replies: 81
Views: 21415

Re: First A321LR delivered to TAP

Why is TP not using a jetbridge in OPO? It is not like OPO has capacity limitations, as LIS does. Are they really that cheap, or do they just not give a crap about their mobility-impaired passengers? Plenty of airlines use coaches/steps to board pax even tho gate space is available. I boarded a B77...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?
Replies: 58
Views: 8536

Re: Will Boeing Brasil let the E175-E2 just fall off the table?

Paying a pilot more or less because the plane he is flying has more or less seats is like GM paying the guy bolting on the wheels on the Cadillac Escalade more than the guy bolting on the wheels on the Chevy Suburban. But since unions exist to protect incumbents and screw the new guys, and incumbent...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First A321LR delivered to TAP
Replies: 81
Views: 21415

Re: First A321LR delivered to TAP

Why is TP not using a jetbridge in OPO? It is not like OPO has capacity limitations, as LIS does. Are they really that cheap, or do they just not give a crap about their mobility-impaired passengers?

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why is the Hyde Amendment so controversial?
Replies: 91
Views: 3734

Re: Why is the Hyde Amendment so controversial?

There is no such thing as a compromise with liberals, particularly on abortion. They started out with wanting abortion to be "safe, legal and rare" and now have made it legal (in NY, at least - give it some time to extend it to some other shitholes) to literally rip a baby from his mother'...

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by Pyrex
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Delta airlines declines to take sides in abortion debate
Replies: 65
Views: 3983

Re: Delta airlines declines to take sides in abortion debate

but I agree. I don't think this is related to the airline business. I have the feeling that plenty of people at IBM or ITT have wished at times they hadn't looked at ethical and business questions as separate items... Being on one side or the other of the abortion debate is actually not at all like...

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by Pyrex
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8937

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

Well I mean as long as he went through security, there's no law stopping him... He is a grizzly bear. He will be going through whatever he feels like going through. Don't see the Russian version of the TSA trying to get in the way... I would hate to be the guy sitting next to him on the plane, thou...

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by Pyrex
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8937

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

Well, I saw chickens roam around the airport in Kauai, so I guess this is not totally unique...

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by Pyrex
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair to set up Malta Air
Replies: 61
Views: 9318

Re: Ryanair to set up Malta Air

Harshil9 wrote:
Sorry but how does Malta have more destinations than LHR??


Yeah, I call bullshit on that as well (link provided notwithstand).

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by Pyrex
Fri May 24, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Poll finds wide support for Mueller to testify.
Replies: 79
Views: 3991

Re: Poll finds wide support for Mueller to testify.

Yes, Mueller should testify. Under oath. To this guy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Durham_%28lawyer%29?wprov=sfla1 And then, when he commits perjury, he should be arrested for it (unless he rats on those higher up). Or, if he is smart enough to plead the 5th instead, that information should be...

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by Pyrex
Thu May 23, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rank Choice Voting, Yea or Nay?
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Re: Rank Choice Voting, Yea or Nay?

Dutchy wrote:
I think proportional representation is the better system, you have much more nuances in elections.


More like no representation... End up in Parliament only because some corrupt political party put you on their list, with no accountability whatsoever to voters.

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by Pyrex
Wed May 22, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 453
Views: 42830

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

Come on folks, what's he supposed to say? With the very narrow definition of "success" Faury uses, he makes his case. It's only slightly sillier than making the same claim about the B787 being a "success", as that program still has the possibility of making money. Both companies...

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by Pyrex
Tue May 21, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: House approves Equality Act, sweeping bill to expand gay rights
Replies: 46
Views: 2610

Re: House approves Equality Act, sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Auto-mutilation takes multiple forms. In my time, if a teenager cut themselves they would be given the psychiatric treatment they needed until they stopped doing it. I wonder if in this day and age a psychiatrist would just lose their license for even suggesting a person shouldn't be entitled to per...

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by Pyrex
Sun May 19, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20602

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

I'm now anxiously waiting for those Republicans to go after the abnormally high infant mortality rate in the US with the same rage they are going after abortion, since they really care about the children lives and all that... That is what the wall is for. It is always funny when Europeans try to co...

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by Pyrex
Sat May 18, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Media Spinning MO abortion "ban"
Replies: 389
Views: 20602

Re: Anti-abortion wave across America

When my wife miscarried it was followed by a very heavy period. Perhaps the abortion cops should monitor pad use and prosecute accordingly. And when my wife miscarried we were as emotionally devastated as if we had lost a baby that had been born. But hey, for you it is just a clump of cells anyway,...

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