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by Francoflier
Mon May 23, 2022 5:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 170
Views: 14500

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

For a track that has a reputation for being a borefest Spain delivered it's second banger in a row. Some observations. - Mercedes is on the up and this very well could be a 3 team race for the title going forward. - George Russell is the real deal and it's nice to have equal drivers in Mercedes. He...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 22, 2022 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Freudian slip of the century
Replies: 91
Views: 3660

Re: The Freudian slip of the century

The second Iraq was was most definately an unorganized mess. (putin seems to have learned a lot from Dubya). No thought of what to do after the war, and just alienate the population to hating Americans. But lets not forget what really started it all was Hussain invading Kuwait and the other countri...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 21, 2022 8:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cathay Pacific CX660 Mumbai to Hong Kong | 2019 Photos and Video
Replies: 2
Views: 1562

Re: Cathay Pacific CX660 Mumbai to Hong Kong | 2019 Photos and Video

Very nice report. Thanks for sharing. I have never flown Cathay Pacific but I'm sure it is a great airline to fly with. Also I was impressed with the modern engineering and architecture structures of the terminals. That's the other beauty of air travel, aside from looking at the beauty of flight. S...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 20, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 12237

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

Not for nothing, but skeletons starting to emerge from Elon’s closet. He paid a SpaceX employee $250K to stay quiet about exposing himself to her on the company jet in 2016. https://www.engadget.com/elon-musk-spacex-sexual-miisconduct-230458875.html The going rate was around $130k just a few years ...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 20, 2022 10:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 127
Views: 5417

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Non-organic growth of an efficient intercity rail service in a territory previously void thereof but otherwise largely populated/farmed and with strong property laws is unfortunately almost impossible. It's a valiant effort from CA, but at this rate they might as well build the whole thing undergrou...

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by Francoflier
Fri May 20, 2022 4:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 8717

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

To clarify from the post-launch media briefing, there are 12 OMAC thrusters distributed between 4 doghouses. In the port doghouse, 2 of the thrusters had early shutdowns, but the 3rd was ok. Starliner has levels of redundancy that include the loss of any one doghouse, with the others compensating. ...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 19, 2022 7:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7385

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

Yes, ET 788 ET-AOP "Queen of Sheba" suffered a much larger/worse hull fire back in 2013 and was patched and has been flying since w/out issue. The ET bird was not so much 'patched' as 'rebuilt-in-situ'... The repair was extensive and took a specialist team from Boeing. I would hope that f...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 19, 2022 6:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7385

Re: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

The question becomes why did the lightning not follow the path to the static discharge wicks? Surely that is their function. This is perfectly normal, you see lightning entry and exit points all over even on metal aircraft I have never seen lightning damage this extensive on an airliner before. A f...

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by Francoflier
Thu May 19, 2022 11:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning
Replies: 26
Views: 7385

Jetstar 787 badly damaged by lightning

https://simpleflying.com/jetstar-boeing-787-lightning-strike/ Jetstar has grounded one of its 787s (VH-VKL) after being severely damaged by lightning strikes on May 7th. The video of the post flight inspection is doing the rounds and is showing quite extensive damage, including multiple scorch marks...

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by Francoflier
Mon May 16, 2022 11:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

It seems the high russian troop deaths are not just on the success of the Ukrainians. russian commanders finish off their injured with a bullet to the head. I can’t find the original article but here is a Newsweek article. Obviously he is a prisoner of war so “could be forced to say anything” but I...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 10, 2022 9:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 738 broken drain mast heater
Replies: 8
Views: 1879

Re: 738 broken drain mast heater

I'm not familiar with the 737, but a broken mast heater should not incur a performance penalty. Unless maybe it involves structural damage and an associated CDL that would limit speed, though I doubt it. The slower than usual cruise may be associated with non optimal cruise altitude, higher than ave...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 7:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 170
Views: 14500

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I think they were too busy building a fake marina. Promotional/commercial considerations are more important then the basics such as asphalt. Gosh, how tacky is that marina thing... As for the rest, I'm afraid you're right. Monetizing races seems to have become more important to F1 than the racing i...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 170
Views: 14500

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Did they even resurface the parking lot it's built on?

F1 is walking a fine line by adding all these city tracks at the expense of more established and better suited proper racing circuits.

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 2:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Thanks. All good points. On the subject of EEZ, it does assume a degree of international recognition of the control of said territory, which would not be forthcoming as most nations would not recognize this occupation as legitimate. It would be a one sided claim and treated as such, much like most ...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 4:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Do we know why Snake island is so strategically important? It has been in the spotlight since early in the war and may have some symbolic value, but would Ukrainian air assets not be better used striking Russian targets on the Eastern front? I know that defending The southwestern coast is primordial...

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by Francoflier
Sun May 08, 2022 4:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Empty Weights between first and last off the line
Replies: 17
Views: 2772

Re: Empty Weights between first and last off the line

From the very limited data I get from the fleets I'm familiar with, I get a feeling that most of the weight saving is done early in the production run, within the first few years. Empty weights tend to stabilise towards the end of the run. I suppose it makes sense that the low hanging fruits would b...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 122
Views: 15360

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

Is it me or was that booster titling a bit after landing?

Speaking of which, I wonder what happened to B1069 (nice) which got damaged during its sail back to port last December... I hope they didn't have to scrap it, it was only its first flight.

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Sierra - Tests, Launches, and Developments
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Sierra - Tests, Launches, and Developments

Thanks. Dream Chaser was always my favorite CCDev project. I was sad that they lost to SpaceX. Boeing was always gonna be selected as the 'safe contractor' ( :sarcastic: ) and there was only room for one 'outsider'. I understand why it went to SpaceX, and in the end it was the right decision. Still,...

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by Francoflier
Sat May 07, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"
Replies: 7
Views: 1234

Re: Lewis Hamilton got a "problem"

I'm not sure it's such a big deal. No official is going to do much more than maybe give him a fine about it. F1 is just butthurt that drivers may advertise products unlicensed by them. They're apparently targeting watches on the track too now, with Hamilton immediately protesting by wearing three of...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 03, 2022 6:56 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 8717

Re: Boeing Starliner News and Discussion Thread

Thanks for the update.
It will be nice to see something different get launched from the Cape...

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by Francoflier
Tue May 03, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Does anyone know what else a difference between a 'special operation' and war would be? Apart from sending more young inexperienced men to die in Ukraine against their will, I can't see what he expects to gain. I'm guessing this will give him even more powers over the economy, such as mobilizing fa...

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by Francoflier
Mon May 02, 2022 5:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Rep. Anthony Sabatini THERE SHOULD BE NO AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT IN UKRAINE https://twitter.com/AnthonySabatini/status/1520840530976026627 Help me understand, do you think we should stop supplying Ukraine with weapons and intelligence? Do you think we should stop rallying the Europeans behind Ukraine?...

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by Francoflier
Mon May 02, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

What's interesting is that their desperation/ineptitude is forcing them into increasingly ridiculous narratives to try and save face. So much so that they are now managing to p*$s off those nations that were trying to remain neutral/diplomatic in this conflict, such as Israel. The whole Putin clique...

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 30, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 122
Views: 15360

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

And so it went. 21 days is the new record to beat. Still some way to go to the 'hours' turnaround timeframe that Musk keeps alluding to, although I doubt F9 will ever have a need for this kind of cadence. As far as the dizzying launching pace, it almost seems as if the limiting factor at the moment ...

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 29, 2022 10:47 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine
Replies: 35
Views: 3689

Re: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine

texl1649 wrote:
Good way to use an expiring stockpile though!


Going out with a bang doesn't get more literal than this... :)

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by Francoflier
Fri Apr 29, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine
Replies: 35
Views: 3689

Re: Stinger Replacement For Ukraine

I doubt this production issue poses a short term problem for Ukraine. They have already gotten or have been promised thousands of Stingers or similar missiles by allies which will come from their existing stocks. The US alone is sitting on a huge stockpile that was getting old and obsolete and was a...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I was wondering how Ukrainian artillery seemed to be able to get pin point hit on Russian armour. Apparently here is the answer. https://militaryleak.com/2022/04/02/ukraine-strikes-russian-armed-forces-with-kvitnik-semi-active-laser-guided-ammunition/?amp The Kvitnik is a 152 mm guided shell, while...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread
Replies: 123
Views: 13254

Re: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread

luckyone wrote:
She's camera friendly and really good at getting attention, but she's not actually that bright.


'Not actually that bright', with regards to MTG, has to be the strongest euphemism I've read outside of a Douglas Adams novel.

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim
Replies: 298
Views: 72752

Re: Airbus / Qatar A350 dispute - Airbus filed defence and counter-claim

Massive egos, unchecked powers and the overriding compulsion to save face always lead to disaster.

We're seeing enough examples of that in the World right now...

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by Francoflier
Wed Apr 27, 2022 7:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK. Lidl offers store finder's fee in fight for new customers.
Replies: 3
Views: 842

Re: UK. Lidl offers store finder's fee in fight for new customers.

Professional advisors get a fee for a reason - namely the ability to not just list pieces of available land... but also to edit down that list to just those which are suitable and present all the relevant associated info - eg details of road links. If one particular estate agent is giving lousy ser...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I wonder if the help offered goes as far as providing strategic/tactical 'consulting' in addition to the intel.

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 26, 2022 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion
Replies: 201
Views: 12237

Re: Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion

The board wasn't stupid or trapped, this isn't about about content moderation, for Twitter the past few years has been, and today's sale is ALL about paying back investors. Now it is on the new owners shoulders to do what the public company could never do at a proper scale. And the good thing about...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 26, 2022 2:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

I don't think it is an "end date" per se , it is just an important date because of the russian military parades and public focus on this day making it supremely awkward for Putin if he's on the podium with his pants figuratively pulled down at the time by – say – a successful ukrainian co...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 1:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

Does he really believe that increasing Russian troops, including heavy weapons and rocket fire on Ukraine, will help find a diplomatic solution? How blind and lost do you have to be to let go of such sayings. Western allies should send a formal note that Russia withdraws from Ukraine before diploma...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 12:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 5686
Views: 374548

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - *Discussion* Thread

You have to marvel at the absolute audacity of Russia, which is still angrily demanding that the US stops sending weapons to Ukraine so that the country they are brutally invading for no legitimate reason stops defending itself... https://www.newsweek.com/russia-demands-biden-administration-us-stop-...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Horizontal Stabiliser Angle of the Bristol 188
Replies: 8
Views: 1390

Re: Horizontal Stabiliser Angle of the Bristol 188

The whole stab was moveable. You can see on the few inflight pictures available online that it didn't have this angle while flying. This was likely its ground/parked position, or just where it eventually came to a rest when hydraulic pressure was lost. I suspect the broad supersonic range of speed i...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 25, 2022 1:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 170
Views: 14500

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Nevermind... snoozefest. Except that Leclerc's f#ckup and Sainz's curse are now bringing RedBull and VER back in the race for the title. Snoozefest for the lead perhaps, but there were plenty of racing in the midfield, though what's up with Hamilton? Russell was miles ahead of him. Speaking of Russ...

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 24, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 170
Views: 14500

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

Nevermind... snoozefest.
Except that Leclerc's f#ckup and Sainz's curse are now bringing RedBull and VER back in the race for the title.

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by Francoflier
Sun Apr 24, 2022 12:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 170
Views: 14500

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

About 50% chance of showers throughout the race... :stirthepot:
Let the chaos begin.

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by Francoflier
Sat Apr 23, 2022 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight
Replies: 97
Views: 17279

Re: Mike Tyson Punches Passenger on JetBlue Flight

In a development that should surprise no one, it turns out that the guy who harassed Tyson is your archetypal 'Florida man' with a criminal record long enough to award him the status of 'Habitual felony offender'. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2022/04/22/mike-tyson-airplane-passenger-punched...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022
Replies: 122
Views: 15360

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2022

B1060 is back on Earth, for the 12th time. It's the second booster to reach that milestone. The landing video feed from the barge was quite nice, showing how amazingly precise that suicide burn is as the booster zeroed its vertical speed just a couple of inches from the deck before cutting out and l...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The GOP has decided to punish free speech
Replies: 112
Views: 7236

Re: The GOP has decided to punish free speech

Right now the GOP is convinced they are running a holy hell bent culture war with Texas so their abusive leaders can outdo each other to run against Trump in 2024. The end result is that the educational system and business climate will suffer, and the GOP will no longer be the party of small or any...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 12:05 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 125860

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

An influx of spare parts has allowed them to return 20 aircraft to service, although we don't know which type(s).. Mig-29 and Su-25 are the only options, not many Su-27 spareparts to be had in the west. Could be helicopters as well. Or even transport, like the An-26s. Hopefully, however, they're lo...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 9:03 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 945
Views: 125860

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Military Aviation News and Discussion Thread

Good news for the Ukrainian Air Force: https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/20/politics/ukraine-aircraft-spare-parts/index.html An influx of spare parts has allowed them to return 20 aircraft to service, although we don't know which type(s). Nothing is known about where these parts come from either but s...

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by Francoflier
Thu Apr 21, 2022 3:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The GOP has decided to punish free speech
Replies: 112
Views: 7236

Re: The GOP has decided to punish free speech

The CCP could learn a lesson or two from Florida on how to run an ideologically driven dictatorship...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 19, 2022 1:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"
Replies: 217
Views: 9809

Re: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"

Say's you have some twisted values if you think children should be viewing kinks and fetishes. Kinks and fetishes? Are they telling these kids stories about their sexual lives? Is 'transvestite story telling' part of the Florida curriculum that parents and politicians need to be so worried about it...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 19, 2022 5:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men
Replies: 16
Views: 1757

Re: Tucker Carlson: The End of Men

For those, like me, who didn't watch the show and wonder what the quasi homo-erotic image in the thread starter is about, it's just Carlson pushing a quack medical theory about shining red light on a man's gonads to increase testosterone levels... :sarcastic: https://www.insider.com/tucker-carlson-s...

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by Francoflier
Tue Apr 19, 2022 4:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"
Replies: 217
Views: 9809

Re: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"

NIKV69 wrote:

The white supremacy propaganda is a favorite of left. I mean just check out NYC and see all the hate crime being committed by "white supramcists"


Refuting an accusation of racism by using a racist accusation is next level conservative logic...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 170
Views: 14500

Re: 2022 F1 Season News and Discussion Thread

I'd love to be excited/interested in Formula E, but the tracks are all visually awful. I don't know why people find racing Infront of big concrete blocks appealing.... Meanwhile, visually speaking, the Albert Park circuit for example is visually stunning. I also find the proliferation of street cir...

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by Francoflier
Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting at a Mall in South Carolina
Replies: 65
Views: 2548

Re: Shooting at a Mall in South Carolina

My answer would be don't let the guy who just shot several people walk and go to work and whatever just cause he said self defence. Libbie laws and no crime punishment is what is triggering it all. https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/suspect-in-south-carolina-mall-shooting-acted-in-self-...

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