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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any of you have smart thermostats?
Replies: 23
Views: 1080

Re: Any of you have smart thermostats?

I don’t have a smart thermostat, but I do have a Temp Stick to send me alerts if the headquarters becomes too hot or cold. (No subscription required). This adds peace of mind on vacation. Great product.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 17, 2022 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A330-300 first revenue flight, 28 years ago today.
Replies: 62
Views: 8515

Re: A330-300 first revenue flight, 28 years ago today.

It’s an amazing engineering accomplishment if you take the first air inter frames up to the 330neo now. The world has changed significantly since and this airframe has stayed relevant enough. I wonder if Airbus knew it would have ample room for improvement back when they designed it though the syne...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jan 16, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread
Replies: 47
Views: 4002

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

You are right to call it a security failure. That’s what it was, and it was glaring. Almost 20 years after 9/11, there was a massive federal staff paid (and paid well) to keep our Capitol safe. They had drills, exercises and no doubt consumed endless ammunition at the gun range. Obviously, they nea...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread
Replies: 47
Views: 4002

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

A lot of media coverage on the different elements of the legal ramifications for those that were involved in the violent 'Unite the Right' gathering and the Jan 6 insurrection - Jan. 6 rioter in horned fur hat sentenced to 41 months https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/jan-6-rioter-in-horned-fur-hat-senten...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread
Replies: 47
Views: 4002

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

A lot of media coverage on the different elements of the legal ramifications for those that were involved in the violent 'Unite the Right' gathering and the Jan 6 insurrection - Jan. 6 rioter in horned fur hat sentenced to 41 months https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/jan-6-rioter-in-horned-fur-hat-senten...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will used airframes ever get so cheap for low utilization ops?
Replies: 31
Views: 4155

Re: Will used airframes ever get so cheap for low utilization ops?

Financiers who can see a profit will be the first ones to support airframes which still have a few miles left on the clock. environmentalists can be muffled by saying the plane flys only when it is full rather than aimlessly trekking across continents looking for passengers. If you are eeking out t...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ reinstates SIN-EWR flights; set to operate SIN-New York 3x daily
Replies: 76
Views: 11971

Re: SQ reinstates SIN-EWR flights; set to operate SIN-New York 3x daily

Backstory: with the exit from rule of law in Hong Kong, many multinationals are moving their Asia headquarters to Singapore, a place that is not (yet) claimed. I doubt it needs that much traffic, but it could be possible.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will used airframes ever get so cheap for low utilization ops?
Replies: 31
Views: 4155

Re: Will used airframes ever get so cheap that...

As ScottB says above, Delta has done this for quite a long time. They did it with the MD88s and 90s, and will do it with the older A320s and 737-800s once demand returns after the pandemic. An airline can leave airplanes on the ground on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, which tend to be slowest...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago (D?) insists schools reopen in person with no testing
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago (D?) insists schools reopen in person with no testing

Is it unbelievable to not require testing? Unclear if that is what you meant. Everything. Her not supporting testing, her not wanting virtual learning. It's just way different that what I expected from her. I'm not saying what she's doing is good or bad as I have zero experience on the topic of sch...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1444

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

I think US technology remains quite good. Tesla is a good example. US continues to lead the world in software, law, finance, medical tech. Space. Universities. We will see if that continues. To focus on where the chip fabrication building is located... or the fact China makes a lot of batteries... ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 11, 2022 3:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago (D?) insists schools reopen in person with no testing
Replies: 10
Views: 619

Re: Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago (D?) insists schools reopen in person with no testing

Is it unbelievable to not require testing? Unclear if that is what you meant.

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 10, 2022 10:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1444

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

I think US technology remains quite good. Tesla is a good example. US continues to lead the world in software, law, finance, medical tech. Space. Universities. We will see if that continues. To focus on where the chip fabrication building is located... or the fact China makes a lot of batteries... ...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans
Replies: 43
Views: 1444

Re: No US Industrial Policy via Wall Street and Republicans

I think US technology remains quite good. Tesla is a good example. US continues to lead the world in software, law, finance, medical tech. Space. Universities. We will see if that continues. To focus on where the chip fabrication building is located... or the fact China makes a lot of batteries... y...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9683

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

This sounds like a diversity thing. IIRC, Delta (or another similar airline) said they want the pilot workforce to reflect US demographics by gender and race. That means drastic steps need to be taken, because that will be a huge change. What this announcement says is, the degree will be made optio...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 10, 2022 3:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Bob Saget
Replies: 14
Views: 857

Re: RIP Bob Saget

The best punchline to him was he was completely different than his "Full House" persona. A few years go I saw him do a "after hours' after hours" stand up routine at a club in NYC with about 150 people or so present and it was one of those classic NY moments "the owner know...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Bob Saget
Replies: 14
Views: 857

Re: RIP Bob Saget

It is a little bit disconcerting that guys 10-20 years older than I are dying of old age. RIP Bob. Listened to a testimonial by Bob about his friend Norm Macdonald. Super sad stuff... they were "brothers."

Bob had a very dark side to him...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9683

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

This sounds like a diversity thing. IIRC, Delta (or another similar airline) said they want the pilot workforce to reflect US demographics by gender and race. That means drastic steps need to be taken, because that will be a huge change. What this announcement says is, the degree will be made option...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jan 09, 2022 9:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 105
Views: 5860

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

Well, well, well . . . more details are emerging. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Carolyn Andriano, another of Epstein's victims, seems to contradict Giuffre's account of her "abuse": "Andriano recalled Giuffre texting her in 2001, saying: “You’ll never guess who I’m with… ” And...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic announces service to Austin
Replies: 491
Views: 110130

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

Well it's as official as it can be, I guess. Let the second guessing, crying, whining, Austin bashing begin. To help people understand Austin, I would nickname it "New Chicago." It's going to be performing the role Chicago did. Austin's metro population will be 5 million in the foreseeabl...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jan 08, 2022 9:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Smooth jazz guitarist Nick Colionne has died on Jan 1
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: Smooth jazz guitarist Nick Colionne has died on Jan 1

RIP to the guy. I think smooth jazz is sort of fascinating… definitely one of those kinds of music you hear at airports in the past 35 years…. So it brings back memories for me.

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jan 08, 2022 1:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8611

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

I have and will always consider this a terrorist attack. Imagine how insane you would look if you told someone 20 years ago that there would eventually be another attempted attack on the Capitol but this time by Americans. I totally agree. I think people are wildly exaggerating the stature of what ...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jan 08, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection
Replies: 199
Views: 8611

Re: One Year Since US Capitol Insurrection

I have and will always consider this a terrorist attack. Imagine how insane you would look if you told someone 20 years ago that there would eventually be another attempted attack on the Capitol but this time by Americans. I totally agree. I think people are wildly exaggerating the stature of what ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Jan 05, 2022 5:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is your theme for the year?
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: What is your theme for the year?

People often make resolutions* and making resolutions is fine if you're truly dedicated to achieving them, but life has ups and downs and halfway through the year you may be forced to scale back your ambitions (assuming you even began working on them). Enter the theme. A theme essentially is a broa...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Jan 05, 2022 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10
Replies: 319
Views: 47970

Re: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10

Boeing and the FAAs relationship is a different issue entirely you’re right. Do you think the MTOW is not something they should be doing? I don't have all the info so answering questions with questions is about the best I can do. Will a MTOW bump that adds a few hundred NM to the 787-10's range cha...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:59 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?
Replies: 63
Views: 8320

Re: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?

Lately on United the "welcome onboard" announcement the FAs make has included "we check the lavatories frequently but if you find that one needs attention please let us know." Oh no... according to some posters here, that information about United, Delta and JetBlue crews taking ...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 04, 2022 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?
Replies: 63
Views: 8320

Re: US flight attendants are not required to clean toilets onboard?

Never. Cleaners do it on the ground. Sometimes I, as the captain, or the F1 (purser) will do it in a pinch. But I would never ask a regular flight attendant to do it… It’s not their job You , as the captain, sometimes clean the lav??? I'll have to see that to believe it. Do you also blue turn? What...

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Newborn baby found in toilet bin of Air Mauritius plane
Replies: 17
Views: 3655

Re: Newborn baby found in toilet bin of Air Mauritius plane

Bless the kid for a long happy life. And bless the people who found the kid.

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by LCDFlight
Tue Jan 04, 2022 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022
Replies: 90
Views: 15600

Re: Airbus A220 Sales Campaign Thread - 2022

I think Airbus will only introduce A225 in 2030 or 2035. Why bother doing it sooner? Screw the customers. They can wait. :stirthepot:

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by LCDFlight
Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7949

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

I think his major problem is that BBB has the spending over 3 years while the income is spread over 10 years, making the real cost more like $6 trillion over the 10 years and an additional $4 trillion in deficit spending over the period. Smoke and mirrors accounting. Correct, when people say it is ...

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by LCDFlight
Sun Jan 02, 2022 1:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years of the Euro
Replies: 78
Views: 3800

Re: 20 years of the Euro

I think the euro has, generally speaking, been a good thing. It makes trade easier, and a united European block can stand against the USD and the CNY, which individually would not be feasible (except maybe Germany). That said, it is easy for me to say living in the Netherlands. I would guess someon...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jan 01, 2022 9:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall
Replies: 120
Views: 4662

Re: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall

My point is that as a society, Americans evidently want guns. Well you have them and now you are complaining about them. "Oh, our police have such a difficult time because there are so many guns!!" Again, no shit! You guys asked for the guns, you got 'em! I'm not at all saying cops should...

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by LCDFlight
Sat Jan 01, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Betty White passes away at age 99
Replies: 20
Views: 1216

Re: Betty White passes away at age 99

We really need a break from all this sickness and death. Sometimes it becomes very overwhelming. Betty lived a full life and made millions of people happy. She’s a legend and she will be terribly missed. Today is a day of renewal. I believe we need to embrace life and good health while we have it. ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Dec 31, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 14
Views: 2059

Re: Minneapolis Aviation Thread - 2022

It looked like MSP-LHR, MSP-HND and MSP-ICN will be added back in late 2022.

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by LCDFlight
Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific Suspends 747F and Cargo-Only Pax Flights for 7 Days
Replies: 184
Views: 29666

Re: Cathay Pacific Suspends 747F and Cargo-Only Pax Flights for 7 Days

Hong Kong is showing the world how to deal with this virus. This is the only solution. Hard, but true. We have to accept it. Good on Hong Kong! Disagree. From a US perspective, the virus is out of containment. It is not appropriate to shut down society anymore. Get vaccinated and get on with living...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Dec 30, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US3 Airline Pilots Scheduling
Replies: 12
Views: 1859

Re: US3 Airline Pilots Scheduling

There is another layer to the question, "which system do airlines use to schedule flights." For crew scheduling, there is a complex piece of software to figure out the most efficient way to use the available pilots to crew the flights the airline has decided to fly. (How the airline decide...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Dec 30, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7949

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

So which bits is he still unhappy with?. I think his major problem is that BBB has the spending over 3 years while the income is spread over 10 years, making the real cost more like $6 trillion over the 10 years and an additional $4 trillion in deficit spending over the period. Smoke and mirrors ac...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Dec 30, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Strong headwinds in the US causing issues this week
Replies: 62
Views: 12841

Re: Strong eastbound headwinds causing problems over the US this week.

I see your 7h20, and I raise you an hour........ https://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWG467/history/20211221/0006Z/MDPC/CYVR Jesus H. Christ 8hrs 20mins?! How is that even possible? I had no idea this route was even flown either. The MAX8 is pretty dog-on impressive plane. I'm happy it can do route...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Dec 30, 2021 2:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 105
Views: 5860

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

Maxwell has been found Guilty https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/29/us/ghislaine-maxwell-trial-wednesday/index.html A jury in a New York federal court has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004. Maxwel...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Dec 29, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall
Replies: 120
Views: 4662

Re: 14 Year Old Girl Shot to Death in a Los Angeles Shopping Mall

It is sad that the criminal's actions (and potentially, the criminal's family) led to the death of the young girl. Hopefully, Los Angeles will unite as one to stamp out criminal behavior in the future. All violent criminals should be locked up unless and until they are nonviolent (age 55 is a reason...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7949

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

This statement is pure hyperbole, partisan and doesn't have much basis in reality. I guess most Democrats hate Manchin but for the most part he has saved the country from falling deeper into the Jimmy Carter Abyss Biden seems to not care his handlers are steering him towards. As Manchin was quoted ...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Dec 27, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?
Replies: 21
Views: 1097

Re: Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?

Some herbal substances are probably just drugs that haven't been fully studied, too. Doctors are quick to mention that herbal supplements are not necessarily safe. Lots of herbs can sicken you, or kill you, and maybe some make you well, in some cases. There are all kinds of chemicals out there. The...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Dec 27, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?
Replies: 21
Views: 1097

Re: Acupuncture & herbal medicine - is it hokum?

Psychological effect is real, I guess? After all, for many common disease, without specific medicines targetting the pathogen, the best can be done by the doctor is just to alleviate the symptom and hope your body immune system get to do their work in the mean time. I think it is psychology, or the...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Dec 27, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline scene today compared to ten years ago
Replies: 42
Views: 6430

Re: Airline scene today compared to ten years ago

If you compare today's airline scene to the one ten years ago, these trends are clear: - the consolidation of the big 6 into the big 3 (legacies) in the US is over (unless Alaska does something) - the rise of the ME3 und Chinese Big 3 was strong - in Europe: The rise of Wizzair - the mixed picture ...

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by LCDFlight
Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7949

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

Republicans voted it down because they hate Biden. Manchin voted it down because he is drunk with power. And, yes, I understand there have been other Democrats who demanded things be taken out. Manchin has been the most vocal about it. Manchin has been saying from day one that he would vote for it ...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Dec 24, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19
Replies: 15
Views: 1466

Re: Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19

Like is said on the Greg Kelly thread, are we going to have a thread for every semi significant figure who tests positive for Covid? At her age the CFR for the unvaccinated is 3%, being double vaccinated reduces that by 94% and being boosted takes that down another 81%. That gives her a 0.03% chanc...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Dec 24, 2021 3:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS orders another 19 767Fs
Replies: 189
Views: 29177

Re: UPS orders another 19 767Fs

I think now it's safe to say 767 is year 2021 wide-body sales champion! Yes it’s amazing that the little old 767 is the widebody sales champion including that it outsells the A330neo since Airbus didn’t make a freight version of that airplane. Being little helps animals survive difficult times. Bei...

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by LCDFlight
Fri Dec 24, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7949

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

I doubt anyone with $1 billion dollars is stuffing in their king mattress. They’re investing it—venture capital on new inventions or businesses, in Muni bonds to pay for schools, roads, improvements (plus munis are tax exempt); Treasury bonds to support the US Government’s insatiable borrowing, all...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Dec 23, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NHS privitized?
Replies: 44
Views: 2217

Re: NHS privitized?

As somebody who does financial optimizations for a living, the US healthcare system is my worst nightmare. It is a tragedy that so much money (that can be used to improve people's lives) is wasted in the US on its poorly performing healthcare system. Meanwhile, many Americans essentially go without ...

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by LCDFlight
Thu Dec 23, 2021 1:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami Airport brawl last night
Replies: 51
Views: 8741

Re: Another Fight Night at MIA, This Time With Cops and Guns…

Regardless of this case, helpful advice in most countries...never touch a cop without permission. They will likely consider it a threat. They don't like one keeping hands in pockets either. I almost feel sympathy for a cultural misunderstanding here. But when a cop has a GUN, you do not touch that ...

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by LCDFlight
Wed Dec 22, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better
Replies: 167
Views: 7949

Re: WP: Manchin will not vote for Build Back Better

The removal of the SALT deduction under Pres. Trump was supposed to be offset by the higher standard/base family deduction. Problem is if you live in a state with high local property and state income taxes like CA, MA, NY, NJ (I live in NJ), that offset was no where near enough especially for many ...

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