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by LCDFlight
Fri Nov 25, 2022 7:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World War 3 over... License plates?
Replies: 17
Views: 1914

Re: World War 3 over... License plates?

Sometimes, when people will not stop fighting a war, and will not lay down their weapons, you just have to kill them. I hope it does not come to that. If people don’t want to live in Kosovo, leave! Get out if you don’t like it.

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by LCDFlight
Wed Nov 23, 2022 6:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: Records snow in Western, north Central NY State

I drove thru Buffalo in, I believe, New Year's 2001 or 2002. Had a 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee at that time. It was still fairly challenging to get around there. There was 5 feet of snow on the ground. The interstates had sheer walls of snow. The hotel where I stayed had a parking lot of snow drift with...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Nov 22, 2022 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330's maiden flight 30 years ago today... Nov 2nd.
Replies: 26
Views: 4385

Re: A330's maiden flight 30 years ago today... Nov 2nd.

One of my favourites. Always enjoyed my A333 flights. Not sure too many saw it becoming the all-rounder it has matured into, but speaks of how Airbus got it right the first time without resting on their laurels. This is not to be underestimated. Airbus got market segmentation right much like the Br...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Nov 19, 2022 1:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DeSantis or Trump for Republicans
Replies: 90
Views: 4666

Re: DeSantis or Trump for Republicans

I think DeSantis is a legitimate presidential candidate and Trump is not, mainly because of his seditious or insurrectionist actions (as far as we know) on and before Jan 6. Trump could still be brought up on charges at any time, and probably should be. If I googled correctly, he could be sentenced ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Nov 18, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?
Replies: 58
Views: 3177

Re: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?

Let them fail and it will be regulated when it comes back, if it does. I see crypto as a means for a few cowboys to get rich and skirt regulations. Now there is no consumer protection for anyone who got screwed over. Elon Musk can run his mouth and change the markets in a matter of seconds with no ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 4 College students murdered
Replies: 47
Views: 2110

Re: 4 College students murdered

Were the other 2 in the house so drunk or passed out on drugs they didn't wake up ? They had to hear the attack. Perhaps they are scared of speaking out due to some threat on their lives ? The lack of information so far, likely to assure the investigation is properly done, raises many questions. Yo...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Nov 16, 2022 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Announces Paris (CDG) as next Transatlantic Destination
Replies: 44
Views: 7452

Re: JetBlue Announces Paris (CDG) as next Transatlantic Destination

I like what they are doing and wish them success. I think the post COVID world supports JetBlue’s affluent leisure-centric business model, and the A320 now supports Atlantic flying. So this is within their skill set.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Nov 15, 2022 11:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?
Replies: 58
Views: 3177

Re: FTX Crypto Business Crash & Ponzi Scheme?

If you don't understand crypto you're right to not be into it. FTX was sketchy but spent a lot on ads, sponsoring, donations to both US political sides, and thanks to that appeared legit to millions. It was a crypto exchange like there are a dime a dozens, and most of them are also sketchy. The fir...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Nov 14, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Death of our Sun, life on earth
Replies: 41
Views: 1874

Re: Death of our Sun, life on earth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD4izuDMUQA Good video on thee end of the universe. 30 minutes long. Earth is gone by 3:20 We have 500 million years +- to get off the earth. I would say there is a good chance of that happening. within 10,000 years, I would imagine there will be ships traversing the...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Death of our Sun, life on earth
Replies: 41
Views: 1874

Re: Death of our Sun, life on earth

Unpopular opinion: the end of life on Earth will happen way, way before anything goes wrong with our Sun.

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by LCDFlight
Sun Nov 13, 2022 7:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme
Replies: 124
Views: 4649

Re: Climate change is serious, but reparations to poorer nations is just a money grabbing scheme

Here's the funny part. You will see the SAME rich people getting RICHER from "climate reparations" as got rich by emitting CO2. Mark my words on that! The SAME people are involved. Today almost no finance people are involved in the oil business. "Climate" is the hot career field ...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mid-air collision at Dallas Executive Airshow
Replies: 198
Views: 38261

Re: Mid-air collision at Dallas Executive Airshow

This is highly disturbing. I thought WW2 was over and done... RIP to the B17 crew. This is heartbreaking. And I agree, been a long time since a B17 was taken out violently. No one wanted this to happen. RIP to everyone. Fact is, these activities are not the safest thing to do. Glorious but not all ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Nov 11, 2022 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK209 ATH-EWR diversion
Replies: 20
Views: 4808

Re: EK209 ATH-EWR diversion

Per the Washington Post, nothing suspicious was found. The Americans often end up responding to some sort of vague intelligence, someone else is forced to react, and then nothing happens. It probably cost EK upwards of $40k or more to return to ATH. Better safe than sorry, but there’s got to be a b...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Nov 09, 2022 8:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Live Music - Your Recent / Upcoming Gigs
Replies: 26
Views: 1301

Re: Live Music - Your Recent / Upcoming Gigs

On on the old fogey side of the scale, a friend took me to the Doobie Bros earlier in the year. On the other end, I got to see the Gen Z jazz duo Domi and JD Beck. Both shows were great, very impressive for different reasons.

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by LCDFlight
Wed Nov 09, 2022 11:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4766

Re: The death of the manual transmission

A car is only as fuel efficient as the driver, regardless of transmission. You can publish manufacturer or EPA numbers all day long, but at the end of the day, if the driver doesn't drive a vehicle in the same optimal manner, those numbers are moot. Yes. My grandfather said that brakes convert wast...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Nov 09, 2022 6:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2022 US Elections
Replies: 519
Views: 24045

Re: 2022 US Elections

This turned out to be a bit of a yawn...

And that's good news. :whiteflag:

I didn't vote, because nothing of note was at stake in my solid blue area.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Nov 08, 2022 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria
Replies: 50
Views: 17387

Re: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria

Hairy. May the dead, including brave crew members, rest peacefully.

The man who attempted to rescue the pilots gave a very brave effort, swimming multiple times to them. Huge respect.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Nov 07, 2022 11:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law
Replies: 12
Views: 1192

Re: Louisiana's "Blood Purity" Law

I feel like people wearing white sheets in the 1920s would be extremely pleased by all the focus on race in the 2020s. This is a sickness, a horrible disease. If people do not read MLK anymore, I suggest we cancel the holiday. It seems to be a mockery of him at this point.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Nov 07, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the A338?
Replies: 147
Views: 30462

Re: Future of the A338?

In retrospect the A338 is "overbuilt" for a passenger mission. Maybe the platform makes sense for freight/military use, can't say. But if they meant it as a passenger jet, it is not compelling. Maybe if the A339 were more range constrained, the A338 would have had a clear role. But it does...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Nov 07, 2022 3:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The death of the manual transmission
Replies: 123
Views: 4766

Re: The death of the manual transmission

I like driving manuals. One of my cars is manual, and driving it correctly is one of those small successes in life. Maybe I do everything wrong on a given day, but at least my driving is on point, smooth and under control. It is too bad that fewer cars have them now, but it is like power windows. Au...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Nov 05, 2022 5:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gabby Petito's Parents Sue Moab, UT Police for Negligence
Replies: 11
Views: 812

Re: Gabby Petito's Parents Sue Moab, UT Police for Negligence

Every cop (at least in America) is willing to help an abused woman using any force necessary. This is exactly why arming the police is a good idea. $50 million is equivalent to an aggravated murder by the police. Yes, I understand a white woman died here (which is why any of us has ever heard of thi...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Nov 05, 2022 1:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Forbes Report: The 5 Companies Profiting Most from US inflation
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Re: Forbes Report: The 5 Companies Profiting Most from US inflation

The oil and gas firms had bad profits for a long number of years. Now the business conditions have improved. It is what it is. Do you want to go without oil? They have a valuable product. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. This is within your power as a human. Buy things in glass containers and rid...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Nov 04, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Pilots Vote to Authorize a Strike
Replies: 96
Views: 13594

Re: Delta Pilots Vote to Authorize a Strike

They can't strike, but they can start working to rule, and throwing some wrenches (or even dutch shoes) into the system. There is some question as to how legal that is. AFAIK US Airways sued their pilot's union over this, and I think the individual pilots can of course work to rule, but the union c...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 30, 2022 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Madonna - the Dangers of Fame and Isolation
Replies: 43
Views: 2459

Re: Madonna - the Dangers of Fame and Isolation

I hear that. Bette Davis’ point wasn’t so much about looks though — she proudly embraced almost being ugly. I think for Madonna is almost funny because she’s clearly made a point about age shouldn’t matter, yet she simultaneously is trying to make her appearance shed years. Regarding age, I have mo...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 30, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Madonna - the Dangers of Fame and Isolation
Replies: 43
Views: 2459

Re: Madonna - the Dangers of Fame and Isolation

As you get older, looking in the mirror is tough enough for regular people. For people who've been glamorized most of their life for their looks , it's got to be devastating unless you are really a strong person (e.g. Jamie Lee Curtis).Weaker people do really strange things. Bo Dereck's quote - &qu...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 30, 2022 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iberia's high density A350 used on European flights
Replies: 30
Views: 9205

Re: Iberia's high density A350 used on European flights

Wouldn't this have some major CG / balance issues? Presumably they can just add ballast in the forward hold. An unusual approach to passenger revenue management - add more weight to the aircraft and burn more fuel, because the airline don't want to allow pax to pay more for premium seats WE CAN’T L...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 28, 2022 11:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest
Replies: 85
Views: 4570

Re: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest

Is there any evidence the fees are directed at any specific group? They might be economically regressive, but that doesn’t mean they are aimed at punishing or excluding anyone. The fees apply to all. A white, well-off person will pay the same baggage fee as a black, homeless person. I think Biden j...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 28, 2022 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy birthday A300 - 50 years since FF
Replies: 40
Views: 14278

Re: Happy birthday A300 - 50 years since FF

It turned out to be reliable, tough airplane with an incredible future. A300 paved the way for the A320 and the magnificent A330/A340, which is still in production in modernized form 50 years later.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 27, 2022 7:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you a railfan?
Replies: 29
Views: 2265

Re: Are you a railfan?

I knew a major rail fan who owned his own private rail car in later years, traveling around the country. Amtrak will pull your private rail car for a fee! Still a service shown on their website.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 27, 2022 5:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest
Replies: 85
Views: 4570

Re: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest

Kiwirob wrote:
Flying is a privilege it's not a right. Its not any governments job to make flying affordable, the market decides the price.


Yeah, but the devil’s advocate in me says: operating an airline within the US is also only a privilege, not a right.

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 26, 2022 11:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest
Replies: 85
Views: 4570

Re: Biden Today: "Unfair" Airline "Junk Fees" Hit Low Income and "POC" Hardest

airlines/basically every business have plenty of fees and policies that have adverse and disproportional effect on poor and POC but extra leg room is not one of them. Correct, almost every human activity is disproportionate along lines of age, race and gender. Airline fees would be one of billions ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Oct 25, 2022 5:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Boomer in the Arabian Sea
Replies: 28
Views: 2330

Re: US Boomer in the Arabian Sea

I think this was a message to Russia and Iran. But let's not kid ourselves. there are pobably a few other Ohio Class subs closer to Russia right now than that. It's primarily a message to China, but also to Russia as well. If the Chinese were primarily watching the Pacific for American boomers, wel...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Oct 24, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are you a railfan?
Replies: 29
Views: 2265

Re: Are you a railfan?

Not really, but my grandfather used to nonrev on the railroads and saw the country that way, because his dad worked for them. Many years later, I got to do it by working for an airline. There are some common terms between industries (contract of carriage, stations, mainline, utilization trips). Ther...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Oct 24, 2022 4:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The One Reason A Subway Link To LGA/JFK Won't Work
Replies: 29
Views: 4686

Re: The One Reason A Subway Link To LGA/JFK Won't Work

The lack of accessibility in much of the NYC subway system is a disgrace. They were built anywhere from 90 to 114 years ago and most do not have elevators to get you to street level (actually I don't think any do!). . But this is completely incorrect. A bit over 25% of stations are accessible stati...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Oct 24, 2022 3:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The lesser car rental companies
Replies: 23
Views: 1359

Re: The lesser car rental companies

You have to be careful as some of the lower brands (Thrifty, Sixt, etc) are off site from the primary rental car facility of a major airport. So you could have to take one shuttle (to general rental car facilty) and then another shuttle. Sixt also had long lines o customers. I think my distaste for...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 23, 2022 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hu Jintao: ex-president escorted out of China party congress
Replies: 36
Views: 3570

Re: Hu Jintao: ex-president escorted out of China party congress

Very strange. Maybe he had an appointment he forgot about? … just kidding. Wouldn’t it have been better to let him sit there? Did somebody else took his seat? Given it happened straight after the press were led in suggests it was designed to send a very clear message. I want to praise you again for...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 23, 2022 1:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: UK PM Truss resigns, replaced by Sunak
Replies: 238
Views: 11814

Re: UK PM Truss resigns

There was a theory that the PM following Boris would be unsuccessful (whoever it was) and Boris could come back to rescue the country. Well, the bar has been set so low by Truss now that it's simply impossible not to go over it Hello from America: beware of our example. It’s always possible to get ...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Oct 22, 2022 5:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hu Jintao: ex-president escorted out of China party congress
Replies: 36
Views: 3570

Re: Hu Jintao: ex-president escorted out of China party congress

Question is where he was 'escorted' to ? To a prison, perhaps to an isolated home in the mountains ? For sure it was a message. Thought experiment. You are Hu Jintao, an old man. You have three options, a comfortable retirement if you don’t cause trouble, prison or a poisoning death by an overwhelm...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Oct 22, 2022 6:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The lesser car rental companies
Replies: 23
Views: 1359

Re: The lesser car rental companies

Enterprise Holdings also owns National and Alamo. They have ONE car network and one backbone IT system. Hertz Corp owns Dollar and Thrifty. They, too have one car pool, employee pool and set of corporate practices. Avis and Budget are another company. So basically you are fine with any of these main...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Oct 22, 2022 12:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Boomer in the Arabian Sea
Replies: 28
Views: 2330

Re: US Boomer in the Arabian Sea

I can’t imagine trying to sleep at night knowing a B-2 or tomahawk sub, taking orders from a democratically elected regime, has the location of my bed down to the centimeter. But that is the reality for some people. Pretty scary for the bad men out there.

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 21, 2022 5:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4264

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

And how about the drivers stopped at green lights, just chilling? Meth and fentanyl. Texting, whiskey, meth and fentanyl. US drivers in a nutshell. My experience… texting far far far more often than any other… and most of the others taking on the phone… Anyways if anyone likes congestion and insani...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 20, 2022 11:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4264

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

[...]Most truck drivers in America seem to be pretty good, but I did often witness one truck pulling out to overtake another, only to discover that their speed differential suddenly evaporated when they pulled out from behind the other truck. They then spend five minutes in a futile attempt to comp...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Oct 20, 2022 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Driving habits of US citizens
Replies: 100
Views: 4264

Re: Driving habits of US citizens

And how about the drivers stopped at green lights, just chilling? Meth and fentanyl. Texting, whiskey, meth and fentanyl. US drivers in a nutshell.

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 19, 2022 5:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Sanctuary’ cities navigate migrant influx from GOP states
Replies: 165
Views: 8532

Re: ‘Sanctuary’ cities navigate migrant influx from GOP states

I agreed with your statement that anyone could claim asylum as long as they follow the rules. I said that in my previous post. As far as "open borders" that is a right wing talking point every time immigration comes up. They start whining and screaming about how "all liberals want op...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Oct 19, 2022 4:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: ‘Sanctuary’ cities navigate migrant influx from GOP states
Replies: 165
Views: 8532

Re: ‘Sanctuary’ cities navigate migrant influx from GOP states

I never said liberal's demanded "open borders". Mainly for the reason I stated - they aren't that stupid. So is my statement correct or not - "that based on our current policy, at least a billion people could rightfully claim asylum in the US. They just have to get here". Am I w...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Oct 16, 2022 6:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elon Musk ~ Twitter ~ SpaceX ~ Tesla ~ Starlink ~ Optimus
Replies: 21
Views: 1242

Re: Elon Musk ~ Twitter ~ SpaceX ~ Tesla ~ Starlink ~ Optimus

I doubt that one digital environment will rule them all. Luckily, the US has multiple digital ecosystems. I view that as a strength. Musk has a good imagination, though. If he wants to take Twitter into the payments industry and into search, he can do that. He has done payments industry work before....

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by LCDFlight
Sat Oct 15, 2022 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Airlines nears order for over 100 widebody jets - Bloomberg News
Replies: 519
Views: 146228

Re: United Airlines nears order for over 100 widebody jets - Bloomberg News

A 77X will have unparalleled range / payload. With A35J or better economics.. QF's Project Sunrise decision to go with A350-1000 would not appear to support your assertion, one way of the other .... Rgds As much as people love to talk about ULH, the fact of the matter is that there are very few rou...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 14, 2022 1:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DFW Area Police Stop Young Man, Arrest and Mace His Father, $200K Settlement
Replies: 19
Views: 1207

Re: DFW Area Police Stop Young Man, Arrest and Mace His Father, $200K Settlement

There’s a remark going around a lot in the US that many newer cops these days are the kind of people everybody hated in high school. The law does not actually allow cops (or anybody else) to detain people for no reason, or for disrespect, etc. So yes, a cop doing his or her job follows the law. Kin...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 14, 2022 1:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: DFW Area Police Stop Young Man, Arrest and Mace His Father, $200K Settlement
Replies: 19
Views: 1207

Re: DFW Area Police Stop Young Man, Arrest and Mace His Father, $200K Settlement

but need for effective de-escalation training really seems to be an issue in many departments. De-escalation training is mostly focussed to de-escalate the attitude of the people cops have to deal with. In this case it was the cop escalating the incident. Not sure if that falls under training, or i...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Oct 14, 2022 2:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.
Replies: 170
Views: 8121

Re: Battery cars vs Hydrogen fuel cell cars.

Korea is also massively investing in Hydrogen, I was at a shipyard workshop last week, most of the floating wind farms that are being developed are going to be used for manufacturing green hydrogen. 94% of Koreas energy is imported, Japan and China have similar numbers, turning to hydrogen means th...

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