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by falstaff
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city
Replies: 50
Views: 3136

Re: The most distant/inconvenient airports to their city

DTW has very limited mass transit connections. The one they have isn't even well known. You can take the bus to downtown Detroit; it stops in front of the Renaissance Center. A few years ago there was an organization wanting commuter rail between Detroit, Dearborn and Ann Arbor. They wanted to have...

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by falstaff
Wed May 06, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you spend an additional hour in a car to avoid COVID-19 hassle?
Replies: 25
Views: 1593

Re: Would you spend an additional hour in a car to avoid COVID-19 hassle?

400km is not a long distance. I would have never considered flying that short of a distance unless it was to fly on some kind of aircraft I hadn't flown on before. I generally consider air travel for anything over 500 miles. I take into consideration how long I'm going to be at the destination and w...

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by falstaff
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO
Replies: 51
Views: 4630

Re: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO

Good riddance! Under his leadership he increased the pleasantries for premium cabin passengers and made riding in Y much more unpleasant. He did the opposite at Amtrak. Riding in coach changed very little but he cut the perks for the premium passenger who spent FAR more money. The "contemporary...

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by falstaff
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Father tells Warren: ‘Those of Us Who Did the Right Thing Get Screwed?’
Replies: 75
Views: 2345

Re: Father tells Warren: ‘Those of Us Who Did the Right Thing Get Screwed?’

I'm not a fan of forgiving student loan debt because it leaves out everyone who took out similar loans and paid them back. I was fortunate enough to come from a family with enough wealth that my parents were able to pay for my education, so this doesn't effect me one way or the other. A vast majorit...

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by falstaff
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Evangelical "Christianity Today" calls for impeachment
Replies: 49
Views: 1871

Re: Evangelical "Christianity Today" calls for impeachment

Not a surprise... I know a number of Evangelicals who don't like Trump and never have. Many probably voted for him because they vote Republican, not because they actually like the guy. I see a lot of people here using Christian and Evangelical interchangeably. Not all Christians are Evangelicals. I ...

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by falstaff
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How would a North Korean react to being in America
Replies: 29
Views: 1479

Re: How would a North Korean react to being in America

One thing that would amaze them pretty much anywhere in the civilized world is that there is electricity 24 hours a day.

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by falstaff
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?
Replies: 80
Views: 8991

Re: Why the passion for the MD80's and 90's?

I like the MD-80 because it brings me back to another era. The 717 (MD-95) does the same thing to me. When I see them it reminds me of a time period when I would go to the airport and see airlines that are fallen flags. I have a soft spot for McDonnell Douglas because it was HQed in St. Louis. MD wa...

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by falstaff
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you prefer authoritarian or consensus leadership style?
Replies: 24
Views: 1378

Re: Do you prefer authoritarian or consensus leadership style?

I think a lot of it will depend on your core values. If you're from China, Turkey, Russia or a Republican I think you'd tend to value authoritarian leadership that's above the law and can carry out executive decision-making with complete disregard for the law or precedent. It works well for them an...

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by falstaff
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lexus December to Remember ads are back unfortunately
Replies: 20
Views: 815

Re: Lexus December to Remember ads are back unfortunately

Nothing says love like putting yourself in deep debt. Not for everyone... People buy cars all the time and some are more expensive than others; that is just the way it is. I have never met anyone in my entire 60 years of life that gave a car as a Christmas gift. I'm a high school teacher in a well ...

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by falstaff
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Black family Arrested ‘loitering’ own their front lawn: Black Women Killed in Her Home by Texas Cop
Replies: 52
Views: 7304

Re: Black family Arrested ‘loitering’ own their front lawn: Black Women Killed in Her Home by Texas Cop

Bad policing is just bad policing. There's nothing to suggest that there was a racial component to this shooting. Yes, bad policing happens regardless of race. I bet most of you never have heard of the 1988 Documentary "Thin Blue Line". Sloppy police work in Texas put a white man away for...

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by falstaff
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is KCOS to KDEN the shortest mainline flight in the lower 48?
Replies: 41
Views: 6519

Re: Is KCOS to KDEN the shortest mainline flight in the lower 48?

Is DL still running any mainline between FNT and DTW? NW ran that route with a DC-9 at one time. You all are gonna love this: United ran a DC-10 on this route in the 1990's. I took it once and ,yes, it was full! That is a good one. The shortest widebody flight I ever was on was on TW, back in '91 OR...

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by falstaff
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clothing brands mistaken for store private labels
Replies: 12
Views: 3530

Re: Clothing brands mistaken for store private labels

I could see Lands End being confused for Sears Private label at one time. Other than the catalog you couldn't get Lands End at other stores.

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by falstaff
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Black family Arrested ‘loitering’ own their front lawn: Black Women Killed in Her Home by Texas Cop
Replies: 52
Views: 7304

Re: Black family Arrested ‘loitering’ own their front lawn: Black Women Killed in Her Home by Texas Cop

Black family arrested for ‘loitering’ on their own front lawn Depending on where they are that could actually be illegal. Back in the late 1960s Lake Ozark, Missouri had an ordinance that said you couldn't sit on the hood of the car, even if it was yours. The policy was geared to tourists and count...

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by falstaff
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Central Park Tower Topped Out
Replies: 13
Views: 3853

Re: Central Park Tower Topped Out

ArchGuy1 wrote:
I also heard that they are degrading the quality of life in New York City.


How would a building degrade the quality of life for anyone?

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by falstaff
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Drunk pax vomits on woman's head on NK flight
Replies: 19
Views: 7511

Re: Drunk pax vomits on woman's head on NK flight

Back in 1984 I was thrown up on by a drunken passenger on a Republic DC-9 LAS-DEN. I was given a Republic t-shirt and a Republic "Frisbee" (I still have it). My dad received some sort of financial compensation on my ticket. Our next door neighbor was the captain and he was rather embarrass...

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by falstaff
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What do you do for work?
Replies: 108
Views: 20170

Re: What do you do for work?

High School automotive technology teacher. I teach teenagers how to fix cars.

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by falstaff
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?
Replies: 42
Views: 8350

Re: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?

Beechtobus wrote:
hey did have a business class section called Spirt Plus. Basically you got a domestic F seat and free alcoholic beverages.


After they stopped offering the business class service they kept the seat for a while and marketed it as "a big seat up front" and charged a premium for it.

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by falstaff
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Meat Replacement and the Market Economy
Replies: 45
Views: 6002

Re: Meat Replacement and the Market Economy

I hope I am long dead before we can't have meat and alcohol anymore. Sure you could avoid that stuff and live longer, but why bother? You can live to be really old, but you'll still die at some point and you should enjoy yourself while you are here. How good for you are these meatless meats on the l...

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by falstaff
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B17 Crash at BDL October 2nd, 2019
Replies: 165
Views: 40840

Re: B17 Crash at BDL October 2nd, 2019

I saw Senator Richard Blumenthal on the news last night making a non statement statement. "I think there is a real need for scrutiny and oversight here. And the tragedy that happened here may be a source of lessons for others who are still flying those B-17s. It's a vintage airplane and it need...

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by falstaff
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Requirements for Buses and Trucks Hauling Hazardous Materials to Stop at Railroad Crossings
Replies: 13
Views: 3639

Re: Requirements for Buses and Trucks Hauling Hazardous Materials to Stop at Railroad Crossings

I'm 43 and I don't remember a time when hazmat trucks and school buses didn't stop at railroad crossings. There is an exception to the rule and that is when the crossing is marked "exempt". That generally applies one of three types of railroad crossings. 1.) abandoned railroad, but the rai...

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by falstaff
Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor-----the verdict
Replies: 148
Views: 13848

Re: Cop walks into wrong apartment and kills neighbor-----the verdict

The sentencing is going on NOW???? How unusual is THAT??? That is normal. The verdict is read and sentencing is carried out during another court session. You can't shoot people because you break down the door to the wrong apartment and wrongly assume they broke into yours. Goodbye felicia. She didn...

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by falstaff
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Property tax votes
Replies: 15
Views: 1547

Re: Property tax votes

You vote at your primary residence and just have to deal with that if you have property elsewhere. It's just the way things are. It's like paying school taxes but not having any kids or paying a tax for your local library, but never going there. It's just one of the things you do. There are people w...

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by falstaff
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Self-marriage
Replies: 29
Views: 3408

Re: Self-marriage

Cadet985 wrote:
bennett123 wrote:
How do you cheat on yourself?.


Switching hands?



Switching from "Miss Michigan" to "Rosie Palms"

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by falstaff
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Self-marriage
Replies: 29
Views: 3408

Re: Self-marriage

There would be no point in marrying yourself.... If you want an excuse to have a party just go ahead and do it. 15 years ago a friend's daughter was supposed to get married and due to a cheating soon to be husband she broke it off a week before the date. She couldn't get a refund on the reception, b...

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by falstaff
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Visitor Numbers to the Queen Mary
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: Visitor Numbers to the Queen Mary

I've never heard of the "Seattle Space Needle" before this post. The Space Needle is to Seattle what the CN Tower is to Toronto. The Queen Mary symbolizes Long Beach the same way the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe symbolize Paris, the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building symboliz...

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by falstaff
Thu May 23, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airliners.net dating
Replies: 91
Views: 12402

Re: Airliners.net dating

If you really want to attract the ladies, you need to get yourself a snow globe. And be sure to track her flight across the country and tell her all about it. At airports I've done quite well meeting people, but it does depend on the airport: At DFW and PHX no problem, but at LAX you'd need to be w...

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by falstaff
Mon May 13, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GoFundme:The Wall Scam Separates Bigots from Their Cash Instead of Undocumenteds
Replies: 14
Views: 1602

Re: GoFundme:The Wall Scam Separates Bigots from Their Cash Instead of Undocumenteds

That "source" isn't exactly very objective. It is mostly an opinion about what the author thinks of Trump voters. I am not supportive of this guy's efforts and I think people should have kept their money, but this "news" piece is really short on facts. Opinion isn't news...

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by falstaff
Mon May 13, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DTW-LAN. Why?
Replies: 69
Views: 8107

Re: DTW-LAN. Why?

Didn't DL have a DTW-FNT flight? I recall several years ago my RJ to STL was delayed because of poor weather in FNT that kept it from leaving on time.

The shortest ever had to be CO's IAH-HOU flight back in the 80s.

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by falstaff
Tue May 07, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How do you even make friends in today's age.
Replies: 65
Views: 6773

Re: How do you even make friends in today's age.

Joining a club is a good way to meet like minded people. For example I collect vintage brewery memorabilia (Falstaff Beer mostly) and over the last 22 years I have made A LOT of friends in the three national organizations of breweriana collectors. There are local and national trade shows all over th...

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by falstaff
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Words in your language that mean completely different/gross/disgusting things in another
Replies: 90
Views: 11429

Re: Words in your language that mean completely different/gross/disgusting things in another

A number of years ago I was dining with some friends in Halle, Germany. I was complimenting my buddy's wife about how mushy her mashed potatoes were. When I said "mushy" my buddy's entire family laughed at me. Apparently "Mushi" is German slang for vagina.

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by falstaff
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many US states have you visited?
Replies: 91
Views: 7136

Re: How many US states have you visited?

All of them except South Carolina, South Dakota and Hawaii. I'll be in in South Carolina in a couple weeks so I'll be able to scratch one more off my list.

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by falstaff
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 9967

Re: Imperial System

In the US tires are sized in both metric and imperial and example would be P195/50R16 The P indicates metric and the 195 and 50 indicate width and sidewall height in millimeters. The 16 indicates a 16inch rim.

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by falstaff
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Imperial System
Replies: 230
Views: 9967

Re: Imperial System

Another good question is, when will the UK settle on one system? The UK still uses miles. Cars in the UK have mph speedometers. Canadian railroads still measure distance in miles as far as operations go. The entire Canadian rail network has mile posts, just like in the US. Brexiteers love Imperial,...

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by falstaff
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL
Replies: 78
Views: 12018

Re: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL

I wonder what the FFDO program costs and how many times they've actually engaged a hijacker? To my knowledge they have never engaged a hijacker because they never have had an opportunity to. I've known plenty of police officers who never shot at anyone, but they still carry a gun because of what ca...

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by falstaff
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL
Replies: 78
Views: 12018

Re: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL

A United Airlines captain threw bullets in a trash bin accessible to passengers and later flushed them down a toilet on board a flight that he was piloting to Germany. Flushing them down the john wasn't a good idea. But tossing them out in the trash may have been the best available option. Bullets ...

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by falstaff
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL
Replies: 78
Views: 12018

Re: Delta Pilot leaves Gun in Aircraft at ATL

We have the ability to have a gun because we are the last line of defense when someone tries to breech our cockpit. Makes sense to me. If the pilot(s) want to carry a firearm all all for it. It is within the realm of possibility that somebody who wants to take over an aircraft has a gun. The cockpi...

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by falstaff
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dating age gap
Replies: 42
Views: 4646

Re: Dating age gap

I am dating a woman 17 years older than me; I'm 43. She is in better shape than a lot of women who are in their 40s. She's never been married and we have a lot of the same interests; we met at church. We are on the same page when it comes to politics, religion, interests and thoughts about life in g...

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by falstaff
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tesla closing its stores to pay for $35,000 Model 3
Replies: 105
Views: 7399

Re: Tesla closing its stores to pay for $35,000 Model 3

Can you buy one in the USA and ship it to Holland? You could but I bet the warranty would be voided. I know that is the case for a variety of manufactures. That would most certainly be the case for a GM, Ford or Chrysler. The same would be true if the car was bought in Europe and shipped here. You ...

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by falstaff
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: G4 stuck. TOL closed.
Replies: 13
Views: 4316

Re: G4 stuck. TOL closed.

Hotel vouchers?! Damn, even Allegiant gives better service than United. I doubt they would have had to give many hotel vouchers. Its not like any were connecting passengers so they all originated at TOL. I would bet most live within an hour of Toledo and could easily go home. Offering vouchers to t...

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by falstaff
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Commerce Chief "Why don't they just get loans?"
Replies: 151
Views: 6714

Re: Commerce Chief "Why don't they just get loans?"

The quality of discussion here has taken a nosedive since free accounts were allowed. I've been on here for 13 years and was a paid "first class" member when that was still a thing. I rarely look at a.net NonAv anymore because so many discussions have degenerated into political nonsense a...

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by falstaff
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Commerce Chief "Why don't they just get loans?"
Replies: 151
Views: 6714

Re: Commerce Chief "Why don't they just get loans?"

Sigh...just how out of touch some people can be. What's next, tell them to "go get another job"? I have heard that argument from some individuals. I have also heard "They should just go find a job while they are on furlough". When I hear that I ask "Would you want to hire s...

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by falstaff
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused
Replies: 91
Views: 15087

Re: Passenger suing United for shattered windscreen and fear it caused

Sometimes I think that all passengers should be compelled to receive a basic education in aviation before being allowed on planes. I also believe all prospective drivers should receive a lesson in how cars work. I have an American Airlines route map from 1959. On the back it has all kinds of info a...

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by falstaff
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trump ill?
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: President Trump ill?

seb146 wrote:
When I have a blood draw, there is a tiny bit on the cotton ball when I finally remove it.

Yes, there is usually very little blood for me too.

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by falstaff
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: When Amtrak did away with train names for the Northeast Corridor
Replies: 9
Views: 1630

Re: When Amtrak did away with train names for the Northeast Corridor

I didn't even know they named the trains. In the USA named trains were generally full service coach trains or full service overnight trains, with sleeping cars. These trains also had number. Local trains usually had no names and only numbers. An example of a coach only train with a name would be Sa...

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by falstaff
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trump ill?
Replies: 26
Views: 3205

Re: President Trump ill?

Yeah, phlebotomists will go for the vein right there if they can't coax a vein in the arm to pop out in an accessible manner. Every blood test I have had since I was in my early teens has been taken out of my hand, because the vein is so easy to get at (If I make a fist it sticks out). They use a s...

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by falstaff
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Commerce Chief "Why don't they just get loans?"
Replies: 151
Views: 6714

Re: Commerce Chief "Why don't they just get loans?"

I would bet some government employees are getting loans. Not good loans, but those loans at shady payday loan places that ask few questions and charge insane interest rates. I have always felt those places are only one step above loan sharks. I am sure many are taking advantage of the situation.

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by falstaff
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger
Replies: 51
Views: 3846

Re: Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger

He's trolling for sure, but I don't think he's really off base. I have sat through sensitivity trainimg for my employer that stated that gender and sexuality aren't the same thing. People who claim to be a different gender than that they were "assigned" change genders based on the way they...

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by falstaff
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: POTUS cell phone harrasment
Replies: 60
Views: 3232

Re: POTUS cell phone harrasment

False equivalence. I can turn off radio and television. I cannot turn off these text messages. I can't turn off the Tornado or storm warning siren. The siren also goes off during a city snow emergency, signaling people to not park on the streets. That is a message from my local government. Like it ...

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by falstaff
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you in the middle class?
Replies: 46
Views: 2600

Re: Are you in the middle class?

I'm right in the middle for Detroit area earners and that makes me a top 14% person on a national scale. I looked at what I would be in San Francisco and I see I would still be in the middle income range there too. However I wouldn't have much in the way of disposable income if I lived there. I can ...

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by falstaff
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces DTW-HNL
Replies: 123
Views: 20240

Re: DL announces DTW-HNL

I don't know that DTW-HNL is a big corporate market... I couldn't imagine it would be. Hawaii isn't exactly known for its auto suppliers and manufacturing. MSP-HNL goes way back. Back in the mid 2000s NW had a MSP-SFO-HNL flight on a 753. I flew on it a couple times on the MSP-SFO routing section. ...

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