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by DocLightning
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Epstein Accuser Says Bill Clinton Partied on Pedophile Island
Replies: 76
Views: 3208

Re: Epstein Accuser Says Bill Clinton Partied on Pedophile Island

I would be 0.00% shocked. Absolutely not at all. And there is no need to get political about this. Pedophilia and/or use/abuse of vulnerable minors is a horrible thing and it doesn't matter which side of the aisle or how far from the aisle you are. I think Bill Clinton was an excellent President, bu...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus
Replies: 67
Views: 3483

Re: Herman Cain Still on Oxygen

That's so scary. Do other seasonal diseases behave like this and we just don't hear about it, or is this something entirely new? No, this seems to be something pretty novel. I've heard that 30% of cases have these "long-hauler" symptoms, although I'm a bit skeptical because my source for ...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?
Replies: 33
Views: 1683

Re: What's the most boring airport approach you've flown?

DTW. I have literally seen trucks up on blocks in peoples' lawns on approach.

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by DocLightning
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus
Replies: 67
Views: 3483

Re: Herman Cain Still on Oxygen

We've been seeing this a lot with "recovered" COVID-19 patients. Many of them are still not back to baseline and often have waxing and waning signs *and* symptoms for weeks or months after they recover. These include shortness-of-breath with desaturations, fevers (objective), fatigue, &quo...

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by DocLightning
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates CEO says no new widebodies will launch in years
Replies: 51
Views: 15003

Re: Emirates CEO says no new widebodies will launch in years

As I see it, Boeing has the widebody market pretty well covered with the 788/9/J and 778/9. Airbus has their A339 and A359/J. Airbus probably has the bigger hole to fill in their market, but they have the A321LR/XLR, which fits all of the F, all of the J, and 70% of the Y of a 762 on something like ...

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by DocLightning
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What’s the deal with ‘Manscaping’ ?
Replies: 40
Views: 2548

Re: What’s the deal with ‘Manscaping’ ?

Speaking as a gay man, I am a big fan of secondary sex characteristics, including secondary sexual hair.

That said, facial shaving and haircuts are pretty standard, but routine grooming below the neck in western men is relatively new.

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by DocLightning
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't Hawaiian wait for the A321LR/XLR?
Replies: 69
Views: 13958

Re: Why didn't Hawaiian wait for the A321LR/XLR?

A major limitation of the LR/XLR is that the ACTs take up belly cargo space. I'm going to guess that Hawaii has a very high air cargo demand as opposed to, say, Maine or Nebraska (which have similar populations). That said, as HA has been an A321 customer, it would not be a major investment for them...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: NW DC-10-40 vs DC-10-30
Replies: 35
Views: 3414

Re: NW DC-10-40 vs DC-10-30

While we're at it, what was the point of the flaring on the #2 nacelle? Presumably, the PW engines had a larger diameter, which necessitated the aft bulge, but what about the forward bulge? OK, so the inlet was larger, but then it tapered to the same diameter as on the -10/30. How does this work to ...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?
Replies: 38
Views: 10273

Re: Why are Air Canada’s A220S flying below 30,000 ft?

The PW GTF series engine has however some issues. Remarkably, the geared stage system, the biggest techncological challenge in the large turbofan area for the last 20 years, works rather well. The rest of the turbomachinery, however, is not up to the standard. It is steadily improving, but not as f...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets
Replies: 97
Views: 10956

Re: Large German Corporations Lobbying Against Advance Payments for Airline Tickets

Wouldn't it just be easier to clarify in law that carriers are obligated to provide cash refunds with flight cancellation or change in schedule of xxx minutes? To require carriers to place funds in escrow until the segment is flown? That's all well and good until the airlines either just refuse to ...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Islands new livery
Replies: 8
Views: 1973

Re: Blue Islands new livery

I like the new logo and font. But they should have stuck with a blue underbelly.

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by DocLightning
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AA goes after credit card churners in DOT complaint proceeding
Replies: 21
Views: 1781

Re: AA goes after credit card churners in DOT complaint proceeding

HardeesBiscuit wrote:
One family of 3 had 45 credit cards in 2 years or something like that.


Wouldn't that tank your credit rating?

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by DocLightning
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Fourth of July
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: The Fourth of July

Every year in our neighborhood, the fireworks start sometime in April. But this year, it has been on a completely different level. As I sit here typing this, there are massive explosions going off every few seconds. I mean house-shaking explosions. We rented an AirB&B last night to escape the pr...

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by DocLightning
Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?
Replies: 51
Views: 2911

Re: Is the A380 the Biggest Failure in Commercial Aviation History?

The 737MAX rightfully deserves the title as an engineering failure on par with the Comet, even if sales will eventually make it a sales success. A sales success, perhaps. But *MAYBE* Boeing will be able to turn an overall program profit. And with recent events, it is not clear that the market will ...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question: UA from SFO-SIN on 787-9
Replies: 16
Views: 3670

Re: Question: UA from SFO-SIN on 787-9

dlphoenix wrote:
I took this flight on Jan 2019. The seat map showed a full flight.
DLP


That does not necessarily mean it was full. Some seats may have been blocked.

Yes, it might have been full. Depends on the day and conditions.

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by DocLightning
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

I read an article yesterday claiming that traces of SARS-CoV-2 had been found in a wastewater sample in Spain. The sample was from March 2019! https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-spain-science/coronavirus-traces-found-in-march-2019-sewage-sample-spanish-study-shows-idUKKBN23X2HQ Co...

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by DocLightning
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 357
Views: 27641

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Ideas for locations to dock the Sovereign class ships include Martinique, Aruba, St.Thomas, Nassau (Bahamas), Kingston (Jamaica), Miami, Jacksonville (Florida), Barbados, Savannah (Georgia), and Daytona Beach. Honfleur, France or St.Nazaire where they were build are other ideas. Could be used as a ...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 357
Views: 27641

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

I feel that the Sovereign of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas that are currently in the Pullmantar fleet should go to another cruise line like Celestyal as I heard that the company is looking for a third ship and I feel that they have a number of years in service left. Also, if that fails, they sho...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 767 Cabins Since Delivery
Replies: 179
Views: 33687

Re: American Airlines 767 Cabins Since Delivery

Actually...that is not the 767-200 launch cabin. The aft bulkhead walls were delivered with the matte computer-generated cloud/sky pattern. The bolder blue/grey/white “quilted” pattern shown in this pic was rolled out around 1988. This 767-200 also appears to have the retrofitted galley configurati...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

My question is then : is it possible that the "dark number" of covid-19 cases that are not found through testing, is somewhat higher than some believe, because the antibodies disappear quite fast and cannot be measured in an antobody test? I assume you cannot measure the long-term cell-me...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years on airliners.net
Replies: 36
Views: 1888

Re: 20 years on airliners.net

Just realised I've recently passed 20 years on a.net. You can now all praise me :praise: :praise: :praise: :praise: This is the cargo bay full of people who care. https://previews.123rf.com/images/tratong/tratong1206/tratong120600139/14145384-inside-air-cargo-freighter.jpg Congrats, young whippersn...

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

KFTG wrote:
Cases are increasing, yes.
Hey Doc, what are deaths doing?


They are not rising as rapidly because we are getting better at saving people with COVID-19. However, hospital admissions are rising and that is the most important metric.

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

With 100 trials going in is a vaccine really be an if? Given prior research on MERS-CoV vaccines and just what I know about the family coronaviridae , I think that a vaccine is extremely likely (of course, nothing is guaranteed). A little bright side about this corona-situation is that my 10-year o...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

I'm not banking on a vaccine until early next year either. But I have to imagine with more than 100 candidates that we'll have something to help wind this down in 1.5-2 years paired with hopefully some effective treatments. So that's an interesting topic: What would happen if there never was a vacc...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

I do wonder if you could elaborate a bit on the "been burned by vaccines before". What events were those? And how come things went wrong? One of the H1N1 vaccines from 2009 seems to have been associated with a rare neurologic disorder. I think it was used only in Norway and it caused 15 c...

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by DocLightning
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6343

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

I'll recall the H1N1 pandemic of 2009. The first cases of H1N1 were reported in late March, early April of 2009. Influenza vaccines were already well-studied and their production was well-established with a solid infrastructure and known practices and supply chains. It took six months for the vaccin...

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by DocLightning
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The culture wars reach branding
Replies: 98
Views: 3699

Re: The culture wars reach branding

So, as it turns out, Quaker announced that the Aunt Jemima brand will be changed and renamed, in light of the recent events. I will admit I had no idea of the origin of the Aunt Jemima brand, which led me to look into other brands like Uncle Ben. However, just like when Land O Lakes removed the Nat...

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by DocLightning
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 304
Views: 23356

Re: Why have DL's A320-200s not been retired????????

I think it comes down to engines. The MD88 and MD90 engine maintenance costs are very high since there are limited spare parts and competition among overhaul shops. The MD-90 uses V2500s, though. DL's A320s use CFMs, but there are still a lot of V2500 powered A320s in the world. I think the showsto...

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by DocLightning
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 492
Views: 32342

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

Remember that what matters is the electoral college. As of Early April (before the most recent round of protests hit), the UVA's Center for Politics had the DNC with 248 electoral votes. To get pushed over 270, Pennsylvania (20 EV) and either WI, NC, or AZ (10, 15, and 11 EV, respectively) have to b...

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by DocLightning
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus threatens to sue airlines
Replies: 104
Views: 20234

Re: Airbus threatens to sue airlines

Ishrion wrote:
Didn’t Qatar Airways say it would stop buying from Airbus/Boeing if they didn’t accept deferrals?


I am sure that Lockheed is chomping at the bit to sell them L-1011s. :biggrin:

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767
Replies: 68
Views: 13778

Re: Air Canada Officially Retires the 767

What will AC use to replace this type? The A321 is too small (although it's a decent 762 replacement) and the 788 and A333 are too big.

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by DocLightning
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video - FX MD-11 landing incident at Mumbai
Replies: 22
Views: 7803

Re: Video - FX MD-11 landing incident at Mumbai

tjwgrr wrote:
Notice the compressor stall on #1?


Oooh! Good spot. Yeah, that was lucky. They skidded and that stall might have knocked them off-center, but they wound up on the runway, so more of a paperwork hassle I'd imagine than anything else.

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by DocLightning
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6949

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

This article was making the rounds today: New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-losing-potency-top-italian-184358113.html I'm not exactly sure what they're trying to say however...that it's mutated to something less fatal? I am skeptical. Folks, ...

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by DocLightning
Fri May 29, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA is allowed to give hand sanitizer
Replies: 39
Views: 6134

Re: AA is not (yet) allowed to give hand sanitizer

kalvado wrote:
because vodka doesn't burn. I believe you need 60% at least.


Oh, yes it does! Ever seen a flambé? Or a flaming Dr. Pepper? Admittedly those aren't vodka, but they are distilled alcohol of similar proof.

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by DocLightning
Wed May 27, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA is allowed to give hand sanitizer
Replies: 39
Views: 6134

Re: AA is not (yet) allowed to give hand sanitizer

Why is hand sanitizer a hazard and booze isn't? (OK, 55-60% vs 40% but still...)

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by DocLightning
Wed May 27, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 28168

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

It's as 'temporary' as the fuel surcharge introduced in 2007 to combat 'currently high fuel prices'. I doubt it. I think that once there is a vaccine or a clear indication that the wave of acute illness is dying down, we will see the return of meal service. I will point out that airlines make money...

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by DocLightning
Tue May 26, 2020 3:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Crowded Pool Party in the Ozarks
Replies: 60
Views: 2848

Re: Crowded Pool Party in the Ozarks

Masks are largely theater, there’s a hope that they might reduce an infected person from spreading the disease, maybe. Docs are divided and proper use is haphazard. Better than nothing but they’re being treated with religious faith. 80-90% reduction in transmission.(1) 100,000 dead is less than an ...

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by DocLightning
Tue May 26, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 44% of Republicans believe in Bill Gates microchip vaccine conspiracy.
Replies: 44
Views: 2159

Re: 44% of Republicans believe in Bill Gates microchip vaccine conspiracy.

I see banner ads as well as ads on daytime trash TV about class action lawsuits over Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir) that involve kidney issues and even kidney failure. I wonder if the whole class of ARV have the same issue? Remdesivir is the second one I have seen that has a side effect of kidne...

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by DocLightning
Mon May 25, 2020 1:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of inflight showers
Replies: 22
Views: 3062

Re: The future of inflight showers

The showers in the First Class lounge are much nicer than anything you will find on a plane, and you can stay in them for as long as you like without the water shutting off.

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by DocLightning
Mon May 25, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 44% of Republicans believe in Bill Gates microchip vaccine conspiracy.
Replies: 44
Views: 2159

Re: 44% of Republicans believe in Bill Gates microchip vaccine conspiracy.

I am not buying into the Gates implanting chips into people but I do think he has a financial gain in this somehow. He doesn't. He is the second-wealthiest man in the world and he doesn't need more money. He has funded countless vaccine projects for diseases you've never even heard of. Nipah? Hendr...

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by DocLightning
Mon May 25, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6949

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Could a covid19 vaccine by given in a different manner such as a nasal spray? That is a very good question and I have been wondering why it isn't. Needles seem to be the standard, but I feel like not enough researchers ask why. It's not just that needles hurt and scare people, but is injecting an a...

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by DocLightning
Sun May 24, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 6949

Re: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread

Apparently melatonin may be able to help fight off the inflammation attack: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/sleep-newzzz/202005/could-melatonin-help-protect-against-covid-19 Yes, but the recommendation that healthcare workers take 40mg/day? Do you *really* want me making life-and-death deci...

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by DocLightning
Sun May 24, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are there still American cities with police foot patrols ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1060

Re: Are there still American cities with police foot patrols ?

SF, Oakland, but they are usually found in places with high foot traffic. Doesn't make sense to have foot patrols in industrial areas or primarily residential areas unless it's a NYC-style affair. But around my local BART station there are often some OPD officers standing around.

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by DocLightning
Sat May 23, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154303

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

889091 wrote:

Gearbox, lubrication systems, alternator...double flameout due to lack of lubrication?


So with oil leak, you'd expect flame-out in 5-10 minutes, right?

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by DocLightning
Fri May 22, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal
Replies: 58
Views: 3429

Re: German lawmakers call for buying sex to be made permanently illegal

So Germany now has joined the impressive list of countries that think that they can end the world's oldest profession.

Mind you, I personally have no interest in paying for any kind of sex (it would make me feel gross), but this is pointless. There are much better ways to handle human trafficking.

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by DocLightning
Fri May 22, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 154303

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Nmcalba: great find indeed. With that kind of damage... it is hard to imagine an engine could run for any longer period. Seems like today's aircraft was doomed as they lifted from the runway on the first landing attempt. The Nacelle looks shredded, but not terribly deformed. What systems are locate...

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by DocLightning
Fri May 22, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA conducting fleet review, may retire some 777-200ERs
Replies: 53
Views: 11389

Re: Rumor: AA may follow DL and retire 777 fleet

Simple Flying is cancer COVID-19. FTFY :bouncy: One problem is replacing 777-200ER with 37 J class seats with 787 is they have way less Business Class seats, The AA 787-8 has ONLY 20 J class seats, way too few. Even the 787-9 with 30 J class seats needs another 12 or 18 to match Qantas and United B...

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by DocLightning
Wed May 20, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: HYPOTHETICAL: If AA goes under...
Replies: 16
Views: 1347

Re: HYPOTHETICAL: If AA goes under...

1) I doubt that the brand (or at least the name) of "American Airlines" will be retired. Then again, "Pan Am" is now a freight rail line in the Northeast so go figure. But it's also likely that the brand might be purchased by some smaller airline (AS or B6?) and built into a glob...

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by DocLightning
Mon May 18, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Business Class Divide in America
Replies: 23
Views: 1549

Re: The Business Class Divide in America

The question of "mom-and-pop" stores is a bit nuanced. One of my husband's best friends' parents owned a Mountain Mike's pizza shop. We don't think of those places as being mom-and-pop, but many of these franchise chains are, in fact, small local businesses. But a lot of these small "...

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