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by LCDFlight
Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 260
Views: 32067

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

Forkner committed a serious crime. However, the CEO committed more serious crimes while arguing against grounding the fleet. He shouldn’t walk free again. It’s important these guys understand that being a pig and killing people isn’t okay. It was obvious what they were doing. Maybe they can plead m...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 15, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Netflix - Sarandos/Chappelle Issue
Replies: 16
Views: 677

Re: The Netflix - Sarandos/Chappelle Issue

My thoughts - when nobody is allowed to speak publicly except the most extreme 0.2% fringe, it leads to an illusion that "the majority of voices" support a particular viewpoint. I think the viewpoint that there is no such thing as a male or female human being is a legitimate viewpoint. Jus...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 15, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Boeing's Fatal Flaw, former Chief Technical Pilot indicted
Replies: 260
Views: 32067

Re: PBS Frontline: Boeing's Fatal Flaw

Imo, Forkner becomes the fall guy for Boeing. Not sure I agree with charging him criminally. Forkner committed a serious crime. However, the CEO committed more serious crimes while arguing against grounding the fleet. He shouldn’t walk free again. It’s important these guys understand that being a p...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 30
Views: 1162

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

No you see, because of inflation, we had absolutely no choice but to keep making the billionaires even richer while social mobility and wages stay static everywhere else. Hands were completely tied. (Collects paycheck from Koch brothers think tank) Absolutely what will happen, yes. People will stil...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 14, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job
Replies: 30
Views: 1162

Re: The Great Resignation - Quit Your Job

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/10/13/great-resignation-faq-quit-your-job/ There are entire large classifications of jobs which don't pay enough nor have enough benefits to pay for food, housing, medical care, elderly care, let along raising a family. EU, even the UK, subsidizes people...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show
Replies: 146
Views: 23254

Re: Boeing tipped to launch 777X freighter at Dubai Air Show

The interesting thing to me is that, by the time these programs (777xf and a350f) are launched, built, certified, and delivered in any kind of quantity, the world will be a very different place again. Less demand for cargo and pax demand returned. Maybe so, maybe not. Let’s assume Covid has effects...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying
Replies: 37
Views: 2497

Re: Problems for Wheelchair/mobility equipment users and flying

I used to send my paraplegic friend on buddy pass occasionally. We definitely prioritized mainline routings due to ease of travel for him. Things like CRJ were considerably less easy for him to use. That was the main thing. I’m sure they have a process, but not a great one. Particularly if airstairs...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dinosaurs Formed by 2 Million Year Rain Event
Replies: 16
Views: 987

Re: Dinosaurs Formed by 2 Million Year Rain Event

Don’t you hate it when it rains for 2 million years…

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

People say Kennedy stole 1960, and it’s not entirely debunked as far ask I know. . That last statement shows the insidious nature of conspiracy theories. In this case the conspiracy that Kennedy stole the 1960 election. It doesn't matter that no concrete proof has ever been produced proving this. I...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Oct 09, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Tax Agreement: 15% Minimum Corporate Rate
Replies: 29
Views: 876

Re: Global Tax Agreement: 15% Minimum Corporate Rate

A possible solution to shrink the gap between wages and GDP would be to renounce all income taxes and instead levy corporate and capital gain taxes only. A fascinating proposal but it would naturally never succeed in the US system. Too few with too much to lose. I think it could work very well. Tak...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 206
Views: 18473

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

The airlines shot themselves a bit in the foot on this. In the late 90s and early 2000s heyday of 50 seaters, they couldn't stop harping about how quickly they were going "all jet." This, despite the knowledge that turboprops are 1) also jets and 2) easily as reliable, if not moreso, than...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 08, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Tax Agreement: 15% Minimum Corporate Rate
Replies: 29
Views: 876

Re: Global Tax Agreement: 15% Minimum Corporate Rate

Probably nothing will change. Tax lawyers will get a bit richer. But, hoping to be surprised.

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What would it take for you to move Jobs
Replies: 29
Views: 1142

Re: What would it take for you to move Jobs

In my experience, the best way to increase your pay, benefits or even your working conditions is to switch jobs. These days, it's very, very rare for someone to stay and grow your way within a company. It happens, but it's really the exception rather than the rule. With that being said, I'm in a pr...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 07, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 206
Views: 18473

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Short distances? Where? Europe? In the US airlines are flying 1000+nm with 50 seat jets. I suspect that is more the exception than the rule. RJ fleets do a variety of work, some short, some longer. A turboprop fleet would need to include more aircraft and more pilots to do the work an RJ fleet can ...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 07, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What would it take for you to move Jobs
Replies: 29
Views: 1142

Re: What would it take for you to move Jobs

I’m asking for a substantial raise at a competitor. The stress level would be higher, plus I am happy enough in my current job. So it’s about how much do they want to spend. I am happy either way.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 07, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 206
Views: 18473

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Ah 50 seaters, one of my favorite topics. The death of 50 seaters was greatly exaggerated 15 years ago. And yet they are still here. Why? Don’t they have high CASM? Yes. And you know what that means? Practically nothing! Biz jets have enormous CASM and they are flying off the shelves! CASM means no...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."
Replies: 206
Views: 18473

Re: 50-seat RJ replacement: "the plane that doesn't exist..."

Ah 50 seaters, one of my favorite topics. The death of 50 seaters was greatly exaggerated 15 years ago. And yet they are still here. Why? Don’t they have high CASM? Yes. And you know what that means? Practically nothing! Biz jets have enormous CASM and they are flying off the shelves! CASM means not...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 06, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country
Replies: 30
Views: 2763

Re: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country

I know I was banned from another forum for saying exactly that, its ridiculous building nuclear subs to protect Australia's sea lanes from the country which provides over 40% of Australia's trade. There is an almost craze-like anti-China sentiment in Australia at the moment. Even non-Murdoch media ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Google Flights now shows CO2 Emissions
Replies: 23
Views: 1579

Re: Google Flights now shows CO2 Emissions

It's impossible to know how much fuel is burned on a flight until the aircraft has landed and someone measures how much fuel is left in the tanks. However... The more factors one takes into consideration, the more accurate a prediction will be. Can anyone think of a reason NOT to take into account ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor
Replies: 248
Views: 38023

Re: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor

The Subway is simply a better solution. There is not a money problem here. This is a praise-worthy move by New Gov. If FAA regs did not previously support LGA Subway extension, it shows how stupid FAA regs previously were. Start at the right answer and work backwards. Oh… and locals should get to _...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor
Replies: 248
Views: 38023

Re: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor

The Subway is simply a better solution. There is not a money problem here. This is a praise-worthy move by New Gov. If FAA regs did not previously support LGA Subway extension, it shows how stupid FAA regs previously were. Start at the right answer and work backwards. Oh… and locals should get to _c...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?
Replies: 58
Views: 2211

Re: The Pandora Papers - are we really susprised?

The real issue is the legal avoidance aspects. I get it, I avoid whatever taxes I can too, filing to take advantage of whatever allowances are available to me. Many people do that. The difference is the scale. At scale using these schemes can pay for themselves, so you pay some smart legal or accou...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: America - Not A 'Serious' Nation, Part Deux
Replies: 38
Views: 1845

Re: America - Not A 'Serious' Nation, Part Deux

The problem isn’t happening in the middle 50% of the political spectrum. Not even the middle 60%. The majority is being held hostage by brain damaged filth merchants on the extremes. People who don’t read books. People who think mob rule is acceptable and are willing to use weapons or firebombs agai...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 03, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?
Replies: 216
Views: 33637

Re: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?

Indeed, not least of which is the billions that Airbus would have to spend to bring the A225 to market. Something the fantasy brigade simply ignore. Even if it's hundreds of millions rather than billions to bring an A225 to market, the problem is that they are already hundreds of millions in the ho...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 01, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?
Replies: 39
Views: 1747

Re: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?

Am I the only one who's never had "bad gas" in the thousands of times they've filled up? I've never even heard of bad gasoline in the developed world. No, 99% of people and their cars would not be able to tell the difference between brands or even the grades on sale, but for that 1% who c...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 01, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?
Replies: 216
Views: 33637

Re: Airbus pushed for A220-500, replacing A320CEO / 737-800.. ?

Why would Airbus want to do that? They can make more money on the A320NEO than an A220 and it has a mature, high rate production process. They'd be mostly competing with themselves since I doubt there would be many orders that they would beat the 737MAX with the A220 that they couldn't have won wit...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debt Ceiling Drama
Replies: 58
Views: 2277

Re: Debt Ceiling Drama

DC area is absurdly wealthy and quite stylish. They massively tax the country AND also have a magic license to create US dollars at the Federal Reserve. You would certainly expect DC to be wealthy, and it is. People are generally comfortable and there are quite a few wealthy people in DC metro, but...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 01, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debt Ceiling Drama
Replies: 58
Views: 2277

Re: Debt Ceiling Drama

DC has tons of lawyers, politicians, and lobbyists along with government contractors stationed there to collect money. It is actually a city as well. So instead of comparing it to states. Compare it to cities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._cities_by_adjusted_per_capita_personal_income ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

This is bull and you know it. Both sides did not claim the election was stolen. Both sides did not sack the Capitol when their side lost. Both sides did not play Calvinball with vacancies on the Supreme Court (apparently with expectation of a quid pro quo.) Both sides have not been trying to rewrit...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina
Replies: 74
Views: 3448

Re: Voter ID Law Blocked in North Carolina

I don’t have a big problem with voter ID. It is another case where both sides look stupid. The system where a voter identifies himself or herself is adequate, as long as the fraud rate is tracked and dealt with. While perhaps not technically required (as with air travel, ID is not required according...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Sep 28, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

This is bull and you know it. Both sides did not claim the election was stolen. Both sides did not sack the Capitol when their side lost. Both sides did not play Calvinball with vacancies on the Supreme Court (apparently with expectation of a quid pro quo.) Both sides have not been trying to rewrit...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Sep 28, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

Both parties are against democracy. They are both going full tilt to try to build a single party dictatorship. Republicans would love to build a dictatorship. So would Democrats. Many people cheer for that. But it’s not a cool thing. This is bull and you know it. Both sides did not claim the electi...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

Biden actually picked up votes in Maricopa County. He still won. The only reason people were questioning the election is because of who lost. Why do you think the attempted overthrow on 1/6 happened? Not because of social media, not because of Russia or China. Because people are told, still, to thi...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?
Replies: 39
Views: 1747

Re: CITGO is Top Tier gasoline?

I think the gas business is regional (trucking distance from refineries). As a result, gas stations in a region tend to use the same refinery.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

I would not trust Democrats OR Republicans to conduct an election fairly. If they could steal an election, they would. Trust, but verify. This is the horror that Trumpo has given us. Because of the FACT that he and his followers do not believe facts and the myriad safeguards of our independent elec...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

The Arizona GOP wasted Millions of dollars of taxpayer and donor money to give Biden 360 more votes. Now,if other state GOP's have their way, will they pay even more to give Biden more votes? The sad part of all of this is that the Arizona GOP doesn't even trust the local officials who were entrust...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Arizona Election Audit
Replies: 141
Views: 13239

Re: Arizona Election Audit

The Arizona GOP wasted Millions of dollars of taxpayer and donor money to give Biden 360 more votes. Now,if other state GOP's have their way, will they pay even more to give Biden more votes? The sad part of all of this is that the Arizona GOP doesn't even trust the local officials who were entrust...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Breaking: Member of Congress Admits to Being Wrong
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

Re: Breaking: Member of Congress Admits to Being Wrong

Actually this is horrible news. Cheney isn't a raving lunatic, and as a result is probably going to lose her seat. So she's saying that now that her career is basically over. Furthermore, she had "proof" in her own family that being gay wasn't some kind of horrible thing, and still defend...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Breaking: Member of Congress Admits to Being Wrong
Replies: 18
Views: 1009

Re: Breaking: Member of Congress Admits to Being Wrong

If Cheney or her father took personality tests, would they would they get the same results as Darth Vader or Hannibal Lecter? How does one interpret the words of a character like that?

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by LCDFlight
Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1114

Re: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?

I don’t see the need to include jazz musicians, rock singers, rappers, etc. that’s not “composer” but “musician, singer, songwriter” which is a different thing IMO. Lol. I would like to hear some actual arguments for that peculiar way of defining the word. It is quite simply so, that the greatest c...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal
Replies: 274
Views: 14300

Re: ‘Stab in the back’: France accuses US of sinking Australia submarine deal

In France there is a commonly held belief (difficult/impossible to prove) that US weapons/hardware can be shut down by the US at any time. That's precious. The US's goal is not to harm France's safe position, but to help maintain it against threats coming from totalitarian states. The paranoid thou...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Sep 25, 2021 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered
Replies: 116
Views: 22538

Re: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered

Whole new electrical architecture and changed hydraulic systems as well. New APU and ventilation system. FBW secondary flight controls, IIRC. Indeed. There were many improvements and upgrades over the DC-9. Imho, it is a fabulous little airplane, optimized for short range markets, that undersold it...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Sep 25, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1114

Re: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?

Philip Glass is still alive. He might be a contender for “best” living composer, if you count it as recognizable, famous, lasting contribution to classical music. I don’t see the need to include jazz musicians, rock singers, rappers, etc. that’s not “composer” but “musician, singer, songwriter” whic...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DOJ sues to block AA - B6 Northeast partnership
Replies: 920
Views: 143489

Re: Updated: DOJ sues to block AA - B6 Northeast partnership

Airliners would have had a much bigger "cushion" had they not doled out cash to investors by buying back boatloads of equities. :bigthumbsup: US Airlines Spent 96% of Free Cash Flow on Buybacks: Charth ttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-16/u-s-airlines-spent-96-of-free-cash-fl...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed
Replies: 185
Views: 16415

Re: Miami Condo Partially Collapsed

I understand that entire chapters are being written on steel reinforced concrete buildings. We tend to think they are about as eternal as the Parthenon and some of the Roman concrete constructions. They are not. That steel is definitely capable of becoming the weak and fatal link. Electrolysis is n...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border
Replies: 117
Views: 4735

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border

There would not have been a decades long humanitarian border crisis had the US not sold boatloads of weapons the Central and South American guerillas and fascist governments. The same can be said of Mediterranean refugees from Africa. Sorry people, but you reap what you sow. So, that's it? Open bor...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DOJ sues to block AA - B6 Northeast partnership
Replies: 920
Views: 143489

Re: Updated: DOJ sues to block AA - B6 Northeast partnership

Oh gosh, it seems like "Antitrust immunity" is no longer a thing! Laws, who knew.

Agreed that DL's JVs are also "antitrust immunity" silly things. Ridiculous, imo.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Spin off: High quality nice price travelling
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: Spin off: High quality nice price travelling

Yeah there seems to be some countries where life is low cost, but without a high risk of kidnapping.

Honestly, Argentina looks great right now. Their currency is very low, great life if you have Dollars/Euros to spend.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1114

Re: Who do you think is the greatest living composer?

I read an opinion that the best late 20th century opera (let’s say, in English) is Nixon in China, by John Adams. I don’t know enough to judge contemporary composers. It’s a very, very nerdy subject…

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by LCDFlight
Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border
Replies: 117
Views: 4735

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border

The asylum argument is based on “open borders”; if one can claim asylum after passing thru three or four “safe countries”, they’re economic migrants, not a persecuted individual. With the global economic inequalities, there’s no way the developed world can allow unlimited economic immigration. Plus...

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