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by LCDFlight
Wed Aug 10, 2022 10:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engineering Feat, Repair a Broken Concrete Bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Engineering Feat, Repair a Broken Concrete Bridge

Random question, if a bridge can last 80 years at original specification, why not 120 years… The US and Europe and Japan have a whole bunch of infrastructure (post WW2) that is nearing 80. The US also has a bunch of pipelines already going beyond 120 years. So long term maintenance of old infrastru...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Aug 10, 2022 7:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Engineering Feat, Repair a Broken Concrete Bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: Engineering Feat, Repair a Broken Concrete Bridge

Random question, if a bridge can last 80 years at original specification, why not 120 years… The US and Europe and Japan have a whole bunch of infrastructure (post WW2) that is nearing 80. The US also has a bunch of pipelines already going beyond 120 years. So long term maintenance of old infrastruc...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Aug 10, 2022 4:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Eminent historian David McCullough has died
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: Eminent historian David McCullough has died

He struck me as formulaic, but extremely readable. His Wright Brothers biography was among his least interesting imo. It was a decent chronology of their lives. I just didn’t get why he wrote the book. Where did it fit in with all the other literature on them? On the other hand, I loved his book abo...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Aug 08, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan
Replies: 109
Views: 6697

Re: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan

The visit, and China’s response, severely weakened China’s international position, relationship with the US (which is very important) and the future prospects of the Chinese Communist Party. Once it is clear that Russia/China are enemies of all democratically elected countries, their governments ca...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan
Replies: 109
Views: 6697

Re: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan

Did it not suggest that the US would support Taiwan in the event of PRC trying to return it to the motherland by force (in a similar manner to Russia trying to return Ukraine to the motherland by force)? I don't really care what her personal motivation was for the visit. I am pleased that a high ra...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Aug 07, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Significant DL DTW cut?
Replies: 227
Views: 25862

Re: Significant DL DTW cut?

Connecting flows in general are being pushed through ATL and NYC. Can't afford to lose status in Atlanta, can't afford to lose slots in NYC. Lose lose situation It's not a question of retaining status in Atlanta. DL retains flow through ATL to maintain gauge for lower CASM, higher frequency for con...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Aug 07, 2022 1:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 yrs
Replies: 84
Views: 4042

Re: Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 yrs

The sentence is completely political and a negotiating tool for Russia to use as leverage. It is not about justice or any sensible view of reforming the behavior. The fawning of the right wing over this sentence is completely irresponsible and ignorant. Most Americans get limited to no sentences fo...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Aug 06, 2022 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL announce ATL-CPT/TLV, LAX-PPT
Replies: 160
Views: 32399

Re: Updated: DL announce ATL-CPT/TLV, LAX-PPT

Are you suggesting the Government set DL's block times? I am suggesting that DL padded their block times to satisfy the PF government. A 767 should only be 20-30 minutes slower than the 787 on this route. TN blocks theirs at around 8hrs or 8hr10. I can't think of any reason that Delta should have a...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Aug 06, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The energy companies made a mistake spiking gas prices
Replies: 23
Views: 1588

Re: The energy companies made a mistake spiking gas prices

oil companies cannot just “spike” prices, they can only react to rising or falling demand or their product. If that were the case then we should not have seen record gas prices to the point we saw. True, oil companies have no control over the price of oil per se, but they do have control over its d...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The energy companies made a mistake spiking gas prices
Replies: 23
Views: 1588

Re: The energy companies made a mistake spiking gas prices

Something interesting I have been noticing in American cities ever since gas prices spiked that I have never seen before are people actually rethinking using their cars. I have noticed Americans walking, carpooling, biking, using the metro, and reducing the times they drive alone to exclusively to ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Aug 05, 2022 1:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 yrs
Replies: 84
Views: 4042

Re: Brittney Griner Sentenced to 9 yrs

The Biden administration lied about her being wrongfully held. Marijuana is still illegal by US federal law. I would have to believe the US CBP enforces those laws with zeal at major US points of entry. Will somebody please save these people from themselves.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Aug 04, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Monkeypox outbreak
Replies: 78
Views: 7037

Re: Monkeypox outbreak

Monkeypox has been horribly managed. It really speaks to the competence of the bodies involved (again). These people aren’t competent. There is a difference between people who have a track record of competence and those who do not. If FedEx’s logistics team (for example) had had a command center to ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Aug 03, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources
Replies: 137
Views: 31295

Re: Airbus axes remaining A350 jet deal with Qatar -sources

Is there anyone else who has this feeling that this is what QR wants? I think they believe they really over ordered and don’t need as many planes, so maybe tried to find a way out? There are reasons for such suspicion. Lots of carriers deferred lots of deliveries , even on top of MAX delays, 787 de...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Aug 03, 2022 1:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The nuclear 5000 passenger airplane
Replies: 49
Views: 6280

Re: The nuclear 5000 passenger airplane

People always say they have a “solution” for airline travel, as if it represents a “problem.” This is because people do not understand airlines. They don’t understand it is the most competitive industry in the world, with the best safety record. Unit costs are low. Airline travel is one of the most ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Aug 02, 2022 4:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan
Replies: 109
Views: 6697

Re: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan

So, he's 'weak' but allows a very senior member his party, with use of US government aircraft, to go to Taiwan? (I don't really think the others are 'weak', rather one is an actual traitor, his VP enabler a faith based nut job), the current VP, not heard much from her, aside from the visit to Ukrai...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Aug 02, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan
Replies: 109
Views: 6697

Re: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan

This is a decent take on why China CCP freak out over anything that offers Taiwan greater legitimacy and apparent independence" China’s leaders and propaganda machine constantly emphasize how “Western-style” liberal democracies, with all its advertised luxuries and freedoms, are a fool’s erran...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Aug 02, 2022 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan
Replies: 109
Views: 6697

Re: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan

I think China made a mistake here. They think the US is completely mentally weak and defeated. Trump, Pence, Biden and Harris may be weak. But the US is a big place, and Pelosi is not weak. There are other people who are strong too. That is China's mistake. Without US/EU imports, both China and Rus...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Aug 02, 2022 12:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Al-Kaida leader al-Sawahiri is dead.
Replies: 14
Views: 1344

Re: Al-Kaida leader al-Sawahiri is dead.

Good. Well done, Biden. A justified and legal counterstrike.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan
Replies: 109
Views: 6697

Re: Nancy Pelosi going to Taiwan

I think China made a mistake here. They think the US is completely mentally weak and defeated. Trump, Pence, Biden and Harris may be weak. But the US is a big place, and Pelosi is not weak. There are other people who are strong too. That is China's mistake. Without US/EU imports, both China and Russ...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jul 31, 2022 9:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion
Replies: 52
Views: 2074

Re: Mega-Millions jackpot at 1.2 billion

Winning that Much money publicly would be a curse. I don’t buy tickets because for me, I wouldn’t want to win. It would make everyone know my name and want something from me. That would be a living hell. I think lotteries are most appealing to people with poor financial habits who are constantly bro...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 680
Views: 45329

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

I agree - a one time special dividend would be better than buybacks. Because these times aren't going to last. Wasn't there a thread on this site talking about how trillions of dollars in fossil fuel investments will need to be written off next decade? A buyback is basically equivalent to a dividen...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jul 30, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Jurassic World III (Jurassic Park VI)... thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 1211

Re: Jurassic World III (Jurassic Park VI)... thoughts?

The first Jurassic Park was a very good movie. I think it will always be regarded as an achievement. Old fashioned moviemaking skills combined with something new.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Jul 28, 2022 10:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Claims ‘Nobody Got to the Bottom of 9/11’
Replies: 26
Views: 1601

Re: Trump Claims ‘Nobody Got to the Bottom of 9/11’

Haha. Who was at the bottom, under the Saudis?

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by LCDFlight
Wed Jul 27, 2022 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lake Mead, 3rd body found and low water
Replies: 33
Views: 1779

Re: Lake Mead, 3rd body found and low water

putting multi-million people in the middle of the desert, with huge power consumption and huge water demand, is by definition not sustainable. Good for them that they have found ways to limit the demand, but calling that sustainable is a bridge or two too far. Yet Southern Nevada managed to reduce ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Jul 27, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 239
Views: 62219

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

I’d like to add that most airlines rewrite the FCOM to tailor it to their operations. I’ve operated under the manufacturer’s manuals before, and a rewrite is usually desired to reduce all of the legal liability language to a manageable level. The manufacturer’s FCOM can be a bit unwieldy to use. Th...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jul 26, 2022 10:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lake Mead, 3rd body found and low water
Replies: 33
Views: 1779

Re: Lake Mead, 3rd body found and low water

So far, the experiment about giving farmers free access to water to irrigate the desert hasn’t been a success. It is almost like laws are sometimes needed, or else farmers would fritter away all the water in vast, water scarce areas of the US, and people would have no water to drink. Oh well, blesse...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jul 26, 2022 3:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pence remains mum on Jan 6 & Trump
Replies: 22
Views: 1504

Re: Pence remains mum on Jan 6 & Trump

What do you expect him to do… this is on brand for Pence. He is a fairly extreme right Republican. His main strength is that he says very little. He tightly controls what people have on him. An under-appreciated skill.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jul 26, 2022 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bill introduced in U.S. Congress to raise pilot retirement age to 67
Replies: 65
Views: 6698

Re: Bill introduced in U.S. Congress to raise pilot retirement age to 67

No, you would not, it depends on your training. See FAA Part 61 Section 160. Even so, where else would we accept 9 months work experience where hundreds of lives are at stake. Even 1500 hours is slim work experience. We will be seeing the 1500 hour rule double pilot compensation from where it would...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jul 25, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 135
Views: 7360

Re: Time to dump Pride?

I think there should be a global vote on these questions, inclusive of diverse geographies, histories and cultural views. Each Californian gets 1 vote. Each Pakistani gets 1 vote. Each Brazilian, Indonesian, Saudi Arabian, Nigerian, or UK citizen gets 1 vote. Each Bangladeshi and each Congolese get...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jul 25, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 135
Views: 7360

Re: Time to dump Pride?

I think there should be a global vote on these questions, inclusive of diverse geographies, histories and cultural views. Each Californian gets 1 vote. Each Pakistani gets 1 vote. Each Brazilian, Indonesian, Saudi Arabian, Nigerian, or UK citizen gets 1 vote. Each Bangladeshi and each Congolese gets...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jul 24, 2022 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 102
Views: 18241

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Rather than “boom” I think they should call it “facepalm.”

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jul 24, 2022 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident
Replies: 239
Views: 62219

Re: Investigation gone quiet on AA300 incident

First, i would have absolutely no problem flying with this cockpit crew. I don’t believe their “calibre” was compromised. Im a retired cabin crew member, and this particular incident would have definitely alarmed me. We know that we can call the cockpit, even during the “sterile” time (under 10k af...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jul 24, 2022 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated #2: DL ordered 100 737 MAX 10 + 30 options
Replies: 321
Views: 84448

Re: Updated #2: DL ordered 100 737 MAX 10 + 30 options

Delta had been and remains to be a fleet mess. I guess they grab anything with wings if they think it's a good deal. At least it keeps the industry interesting and I guess it's so many frames that it still makes some economic sense In a decade from now the following fleet types will be gone: CR2 71...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jul 24, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Monkeypox outbreak...what could it mean to commercial aviation???
Replies: 31
Views: 8771

Re: Monkeypox outbreak...what could it mean to commercial aviation???

I’m pessimistic. The government just watched it spread wildly out of containment. The pattern is related to global travel flows. (Duh.)

Commercial aviation has a long history of uncertainty and instability. That will continue. Airlines are uninvestable.

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jul 23, 2022 10:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airport! Movie headed back to the big screen!
Replies: 14
Views: 1068

Re: Airport! Movie headed back to the big screen!

I like that movie like I like my men… just kidding

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jul 23, 2022 3:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New school logo - Nazi symbol?
Replies: 19
Views: 1386

Re: New school logo - Nazi symbol?

Regardless of whether or not there was deliberate intent to stylize like a Nazi logo, it's a strange logo for an elementary school in general. Gives off a real indoctrination camp vibe. Marietta is a northern Atlanta wealthy suburb, probably a heavy caucasian population. I can't fathom how this log...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jul 22, 2022 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indiana Mall Shooting
Replies: 50
Views: 2057

Re: Indiana Mall Shooting

How do we know this supposed "good guy" with a gun wasn't the original shooter himself? If multiple people are firing weapons, no one knows for sure, regardless of whatever cause they think they are serving. I don't want vigilante justice, I don't want people carrying weapons everywhere b...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jul 22, 2022 1:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Russia expands Anti-LGBT laws.
Replies: 22
Views: 1846

Re: Russia expands Anti-LGBT laws.

If the Russian government is hypersensitive about gayness, there must be a reason. What is it? Why do the regime’s thoughts dwell constantly on this subject? I know from life experience what it indicates, but I’m hoping somebody else
can answer (maybe an expert?).

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by LCDFlight
Wed Jul 20, 2022 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indiana Mall Shooting
Replies: 50
Views: 2057

Re: Indiana Mall Shooting

I don't actually believe guns can be made illegal in the US, and certainly not with today's Supreme Court. Our best option is to focus on reducing gun crimes by engaging gunmen, just as the Good Samaritan did here. Imagine if the Chicago Police were motivated to engage, and defeat, gunmen across Chi...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Jul 20, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A380 Open Fan Technology Demonstrator announced by Airbus and CFM
Replies: 56
Views: 7769

Re: Airbus A380 Open Fan Technology Demonstrator announced by Airbus and CFM

This is not jut a propeller but a fast turning highly stressed fan blade. This is exactly my concern. This is partly why many UDF engines were mounted on the tail in the very back of their aircraft. Yeah, isn’t that why jet engines are required to have, you know… ducts? I am skeptical that props an...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jul 19, 2022 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Time to dump Pride?
Replies: 135
Views: 7360

Re: Time to dump Pride?

I will also point out that Martina Navratilova, a well known lesbian, has spoken out against Trans Women competing against other female athletes. And yet somehow, as arguably one of the most famous lesbians in sports history, and a supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights, she's been branded as a "bigot&q...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jul 18, 2022 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Austin Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 475
Views: 76371

Re: Austin Aviation Thread - 2022

And why aren’t they moving forward with the new head terminal with a centralized security checkpoint? Is it too much money? AUS has 4b worth of projects currently under construction or in the pipeline. Problem with AUS is they drag their feet and have a committee to discuss a committee before doing...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jul 18, 2022 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: "The Real Anthony Fauci" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Replies: 127
Views: 5682

Re: "The Real Anthony Fauci" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

If Dr. Fauci’s work were purely scientific, hundreds of other candidates could do his job equally well or better.

I don’t see how a cult of personality has any relevance in such fields.

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jul 17, 2022 12:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electricity Costs and Supply
Replies: 36
Views: 1878

Re: Electricity Costs and Supply

However, I will agree with you on the massive gaping hole in the PV cell life cycle. This is not something that the "free market" will correct, seeing how the same issue applies to the disposal of other electrical appliances. PV recycling is possible but requires economy of scale to be pr...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jul 16, 2022 9:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Democrats as the Party of Life
Replies: 13
Views: 960

Re: Democrats as the Party of Life

Here's what Republicons forget about "but... SEATTLE!!" or "but... SAN FRANCISCO!!!" or "but... PORTLAND!!!": Democratic controlled legislatures for those cities actually pass laws that cover the entire state. So, the higher minimum wage in Seattle actually helps peopl...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jul 16, 2022 3:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, dies at 73
Replies: 8
Views: 925

Re: Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, dies at 73

Might have been a broken hip, which can precede dangerous falls. In any case, she seemed pretty relatable in interviews, more so than Trump himself.

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jul 16, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Electricity Costs and Supply
Replies: 36
Views: 1878

Re: Electricity Costs and Supply

It is a painful transitional period. We will get through it with notably higher costs. Renewables are nice, but natural gas cannot be the only base load power. We need nuclear. If we can manage to phase out coal (and that is only an if) then we need to be extremely clever, and most like imo, we need...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jul 15, 2022 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk Backing Out of Twitter Deal
Replies: 43
Views: 2731

Re: Elon Musk Backing Out of Twitter Deal

As someone who does greatly admire Musk for SpaceX, while knowing he has a childish, sometimes vindictive streak in him, I cannot for the life of me think just why he wants to enter the Big Tech/Social Media quagmire. Maybe it's because my view of that sector ranges from agnostic to hostile, (my ow...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jul 15, 2022 10:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Democrats denying Green Party Ballot Access in NC
Replies: 61
Views: 2742

Re: Democrats denying Green Party Ballot Access in NC

It’s all politics, giving more reasons to stop giving them out power and money. They need to put on a severe diet. Take money out of politics. That is what a lot of progressive Democrats want and have wanted for a long time. More conservative Democrats just kinda push it off like it is no big deal....

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by LCDFlight
Fri Jul 15, 2022 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China
Replies: 57
Views: 2565

Re: Biden sells 1 million barrels of oil to China

Exporting LNG is bad policy because it's so wasteful. Remember it takes a huge amount of energy to liquify (freeze) the gas. If you ship 10000 tons of LNG, you have to burn 2000 tons of gas to generate the energy to freeze it. Instead we should completely phase out our coal power plants and then sh...

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