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by af773atmsp
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 9273

Re: Another mass shooting in El Paso

So what country are you from? Do yo live in the USA or are you a foreigner? Mike Drop I live in the USA. If anyone wants to label me un-American go right ahead, but at least I'm trying to actually make this country better while others would rather live with the status quo and pretend everything is ...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 9273

Re: Another mass shooting in El Paso

You know what's worse than a weak country? A weak country that doesn't admit it's weak and does nothing to try to improve itself. That is how I see the USA. So what country are you from? Do yo live in the USA or are you a foreigner? Mike Drop I live in the USA. If anyone wants to label me un-Americ...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 9273

Re: Another mass shooting in El Paso

You know what's worse than a weak country? A weak country that doesn't admit it's weak and does nothing to try to improve itself. That is how I see the USA.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ice Cream product tampering
Replies: 13
Views: 1181

Re: Ice Cream product tampering

Airstud wrote:
Definitely a good start to tackling the problem of prison overcrowding.



And what do you suggest? Tell them to stop it or we’ll say stop it in a more aggressive tone?

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by af773atmsp
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California has officially lost it...Muralgate
Replies: 47
Views: 2579

Re: California has officially lost it...Muralgate

If people hate the mural that much put a tarp over it so then at least it can be shown whenever. There, I saved them $600K. You're welcome.

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by af773atmsp
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 2020

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

This is an issue especially on major urban trails. Walkers, strollers, and strollers holding kids, runners, wheel chairs and bicycles all sharing the same 10 foot (?) right of way. A bicycle going much faster than a runner simply does not fit in. My guess is that such trails should have a 15 mph li...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 2020

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

Dutchy wrote:
30km/h? That is fast for a bike. Do you use a helm?


Yes I use a helmet.

If I had to guess my average speed on a one-way trip it would probably be 10-11 miles per hour. I hit 20 where the road is straight for a long length and there's no major intersections I have to worry about.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 2020

Any e-bike owners or users?

Last year I used electric bikes in Italy (specifically the region between Asti and Alba) and Copenhagen, and I had such good experiences with them that I wanted to buy one. Well last week I finally did, for $2,450 (there's cheaper ones, but the one I bought fit my needs the most). It's a Blix Aveny ...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coolest college experiences
Replies: 20
Views: 2286

Re: Coolest college experiences

For me it was studying abroad in Oslo in 2015. The first week was a bit rough because of homesickness, depression that had hit pretty hard that summer, and dealing with a bunch of paperwork so I could actually stay in Norway for the amount of time I did. After that first week however it was pretty a...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt
Replies: 42
Views: 2165

Re: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt

People want to pursue their passions, and if their passion doesn’t include a high paying job or getting a degree that’s more marketable then why force them to do that and they end up debt free or debt light but still miserable? I’m not saying eliminate all debt, but we need to bring education costs ...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 45 is 73 today
Replies: 6
Views: 1244

Re: 45 is 73 today

Yet he acts like a 3 year old.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate
Replies: 104
Views: 4373

Re: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate

Millennials and Generation Z'ers taking over political offices can't come soon enough.

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by af773atmsp
Mon May 20, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF schedules 77W for CDG-MSP
Replies: 3
Views: 1641

AF schedules 77W for CDG-MSP

Starting in July AF's CDG-MSP service is switched from a 789 to 772ER, however according to the MSP Spotting Facebook group there are at least a few dates in early July when it's scheduled as a 77W. I checked and indeed it shows a 77W for at least July 2nd and July 6th. Apparently I predicted the fu...

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by af773atmsp
Wed May 01, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop who shot Justine Damond in MSP found guilty
Replies: 22
Views: 2173

Re: Cop who shot Justine Damond in MSP found guilty

[photoid][/photoid]Clearly he should not have been a cop if he's that jumpy. Seems like people (and unfortunately especially for black people) just have to stand like statues to not get shot. Want me to give you my ID? Sorry it's in my pocket, you might think I'm pulling out a gun and then you shoot...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What on earth is going on at the NRA?
Replies: 35
Views: 2552

Re: What on earth is going on at the NRA?

Maybe we’ll get lucky and the whole organization will implode on itself.

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by af773atmsp
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris
Replies: 119
Views: 14731

Re: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris

Huge thank you to the firefighters for saving as much as they did. Better to have some of the building survive than none at all.

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by af773atmsp
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint
Replies: 41
Views: 3136

Re: Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint

No one forced them to become cops. There are many more dangerous professions that make a far greater contribution to society and don't cause so many utterly needless deaths. I try to stay out of these discussions usually, but... I gotta ask a question here. Um... like what? I think a better way of ...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wow Air to attempt relaunch as new company
Replies: 33
Views: 6794

Re: Wow Air to attempt relaunch as new company

smokeybandit wrote:
What will they name it if WOW is out? GEE? GOSH? WHOA?


Worse. OWO Air or UWU Air. People will hate it yet constantly talk about it.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint
Replies: 41
Views: 3136

Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint

I was heading to MSP from SFO last night and as I passed through security at the International Terminal I noticed on a desk in the center of the room were two miniature flags. One being the American flag, the other being a Blue Lives Matter flag. Is this an anomaly, or is it common for security chec...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 158
Views: 12001

Re: Christchurch Mosque Shooting

Very sad news. This looks similar to July 22nd 2011 in Norway.

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by af773atmsp
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Norwegian State Railways (NSB) Name Change
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Norwegian State Railways (NSB) Name Change

The state rail operator in Norway NSB (Norges Statsbaner, in English Norwegian State Railways) announced that along with its subsidiary Nettbuss the two will have a new name. That name will be... Vy. Vy apparently means outlook in Norwegian, and something about looking towards the future. Not surpri...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any Horror Movie Fans?
Replies: 42
Views: 4078

Re: Any Horror Movie Fans?

I don't know if I have a favorite, but I recently watched Hereditary and I didn't sleep the whole night. Not a fan of watching horror movies and I'm not ashamed to admit I need to hold a pillow and hold it over my face for any potential jumpscares or disturbing scenes. I probably shouldn't watch hor...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes Segment on Train Safety
Replies: 4
Views: 1367

60 Minutes Segment on Train Safety

As with the news reporting on something aviation related, I can see flaws when they report on trains. The segment focused on the crash of Amtrak's Silver Star in South Carolina one month ago. The cause was the conductor of a CSX freight train forgetting to throw a switch to allow the Amtrak train to...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Except the rail is owned by Union Pacific.... What makes you think they would refuse a free upgrade to their track? With the right amount of money any railroad will say yes. How about disruption to business operations before, during, and after construction? In the short term, it solves some problem...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Upgrading the Coast Line between LA and SF with 7 or so daily roundtrips and slashing the travel time in half to around 6 hours would be a huge improvement over the status quo and cost a lot less than CAHSR. If our government is too incompetent to build true HSR then we have to find a middle ground...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Upgrading the Coast Line between LA and SF with 7 or so daily roundtrips and slashing the travel time in half to around 6 hours would be a huge improvement over the status quo and cost a lot less than CAHSR. If our government is too incompetent to build true HSR then we have to find a middle ground ...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

GalaxyFlyer wrote:


Yeah, because airplanes never get stuck on the tarmac and people have to sit inside a metal tube for hours. :roll:

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by af773atmsp
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

At least the Coastline already has the right-of-way. Buy tilting trains so you can run at higher speeds.

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by af773atmsp
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Did You Know The Nazi’s Killed 16,000 People By Guillotine?
Replies: 24
Views: 2707

Re: Did You Know The Nazi’s Killed 16,000 People By Guillotine?

Still barbaric, but at least quick and painless (in theory) unlike the gas chambers.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Give some money to Minnesota so we can build our higher speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Duluth. It's actually shovel ready unlike most of CAHSR.

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

To answer your question about the baggage, I guess it depends on your definition of HSR but in Italy I rode a train that reached around 150 mph and it was packed and people were leaving bags in the aisle, and I rode the X2000 from Stockholm and had the same issue. Easy fix is have more room for bag...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 13574

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

This is basically the same thing that we saw with the 757 fifteen years ago: Airbus has spent the last three years essentially scouring the world looking for anyone who'll take an A380 by some means.... and other than EK and NH, they've essentially come up dry. Airlines have long since been put on ...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Interesting. So parts of the media and some people have spun this to make AOC look like she's a looney that wants HSR everywhere across this country including Hawaii and Alaska.

Nice to see people still love to blow things out of proportion.

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by af773atmsp
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Clearly they should've been more specific in the Green New Deal because people keep thinking AOC and others want to build transcontinental HSR routes. I hope that's not their intention and I highly doubt it is, but they're certainly right in wanting to make air travel unnecessary (besides flight con...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

I'll agree with you there. Yes sometimes the plane is a necessity, but for markets like LA-SF the train can and should make sense to take instead. The majority of my traveling in Europe was by train. No security, no having to get to/from the airport, and I could easily walk around. The only complai...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

California already has a bullet train. It's named Southwest Airlines. As much as we might be aviation fans here, I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking air travel, with the airport experience in particular, has become extremely miserable and would rather have rail travel as an option for relatively sho...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 17700

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

So assuming the initial operating segment is completed, are bullet trains just going back and forth between Bakersfield and Merced? Or will they continue north and/or south but at slower speeds?

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by af773atmsp
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train
Replies: 39
Views: 1533

Re: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train

Up front cost might be more expensive, but thinking about the development costs & maintenance costs on such a complicated piece of machinery, not to mention all of the costs associated with producing, delivering and and storing the fuel, I imagine that over 5-10 years that investment of buildin...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Politicians propose Green-New-Deal. Air Travel to Become Unnecessary
Replies: 352
Views: 17691

Re: U.S. Politicians propose Green-New-Deal. Air Travel to Become Unnecessary

Sometimes you need to ask for overkill to get good enough or not quite good enough. I like the high speed rail idea. Obviously it won't replace every domestic flight, but there are routes where upgraded rail infrastructure could mean less or no flights are needed. I am curious why you and others ar...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: U.S. Politicians propose Green-New-Deal. Air Travel to Become Unnecessary
Replies: 352
Views: 17691

Re: U.S. Politicians propose Green-New-Deal. Air Travel to Become Unnecessary

Sometimes you need to ask for overkill to get good enough or not quite good enough.

I like the high speed rail idea. Obviously it won't replace every domestic flight, but there are routes where upgraded rail infrastructure could mean less or no flights are needed.

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Question: Asbestos in the World Trade Trade Center
Replies: 2
Views: 747

Question: Asbestos in the World Trade Trade Center

I was watching a documentary about asbestos and learned that the World Trade Center towers had asbestos installed in the first 40 floors before the material was banned from use. What would the health affects be if the entire two buildings had asbestos when they collapsed on 9/11? Also the fire-proof...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amusing online advertising fails
Replies: 18
Views: 1925

Re: Amusing online advertising fails

When I came home from Norway I was still getting ads in Norwegian on Facebook for nearly a month. That included one of my favorite grocery stores when I was there; REMA 1000. I actually miss those ads.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Looks like the Governor of Virginia has a lot of explaining to do
Replies: 314
Views: 16181

Re: Looks like the Governor of Virginia has a lot of explaining to do

If we fired everyone who made bad choices in the past then no one would have a job or hold public office. At least he acknowledged what he did was wrong and apologized. If he tried burying the truth then yes he should resign if one of the people in the photo is him, but he told the truth which is sh...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you ran for President in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1563

Re: If you ran for President in 2020

I wouldn't say the Scandinavian countries are 100% right, but they seem to have a lot more figured out than we (the U.S.) do.

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by af773atmsp
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you ran for President in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1563

Re: If you ran for President in 2020

Taxes: Higher taxes on the upper class, and making sure there aren't loopholes for the upper class and corporations to get around paying their fare share. Health: Universal healthcare. People's health should not be seen as a way to make money. Make efforts to ban cigarettes in all public places. Fin...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Advice you would give to your younger self
Replies: 37
Views: 2981

Re: Advice you would give to your younger self

-Forget about girls. Focus on you. -Some people will come into your life and may seem like friends, but they're really just acquaintances. Eventually they'll move on, and you'll have to let go. -You were destined to be in transportation planning. Focus on that. -Humans are imperfect and can sometime...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Shutdown Part 2 - reasons, effects and details
Replies: 1199
Views: 46823

Re: The Shutdown Part 2 - reasons, effects and details

Tunnels. Catapults. Cars. Planes. Boats. All of these inventions make a wall useless.

And that's all I'm going to say on this matter.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MSP's regional air service partnership success
Replies: 62
Views: 4434

Re: MSP's regional air service partnership success

Antoli0794 wrote:
Maybe NBO, 28 PDEW


Take this with a massive grain of salt, but supposedly a decade ago KQ was considering NBO-AMS/CDG-MSP. Whether this is actually true or not I have no idea.

I'd like to see non-stop service to a Scandinavian city (OSL, CPH, or ARN) and DXB in at least a few years.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What is your view on autism?
Replies: 16
Views: 1125

Re: What is your view on autism?

I'm probably not the best perspective, but I have Aspergers and have been ashamed of it even though I try not to be. When I was a kid my parents tried to get me into groups with other autistic people, but that only made me feel more ashamed. However I live a mostly normal life; the only aspects of A...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: GM Cutting Jobs, Models and Plants
Replies: 190
Views: 7392

Re: GM Cutting Jobs, Models and Plants

If anyone wonders why GM is cutting economy cars when gas prices are bound to go up again, just remember they kept building land yachts during the oil crisis, and only in the 80s when the Japanese and Germans were taking over America did GM bring out economy cars (that were half-baked) in a desperat...

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