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by vikkyvik
Fri Jun 10, 2022 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Geico may have to pay $5m after woman contracts STI in a vehicle
Replies: 12
Views: 1068

Re: Geico may have to pay $5m after woman contracts STI in a vehicle

Sounds crazy on the face of it. But I wouldn't be entirely surprised if her medical insurance denied coverage, by saying that the condition was initiated inside a vehicle, and therefore should be covered by the relevant car insurance. Which would then necessitate her going after the car insurance. I...

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by vikkyvik
Thu May 26, 2022 10:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are online crushes a sign you've been single too long
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: Are online crushes a sign you've been single too long

dating options are so crappy in the US unless you are interested in hook up culture which I loathe. They are not that crappy. "Hook up culture" is just a subset of the available people out there. Granted, if you spend your time in bars/clubs, it's a subset you'll be exposed to quite frequ...

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by vikkyvik
Thu May 26, 2022 1:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Tone-Deaf Watermarking
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Tone-Deaf Watermarking

I have to wonder what principles the site uses in determining where to place a watermark The site doesn't use any principles. Watermark location, size, and strength are determined by the uploader (who is the photo copyright holder). After seeing this masterpiece of a photo nearly ruined by "AI...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Apr 12, 2022 4:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rotating airport beacon
Replies: 17
Views: 5721

Re: Rotating airport beacon

boilergo wrote:
Thank you for coming to my ted talk.


Wow, I never knew about that system. How cool!

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by vikkyvik
Mon Apr 11, 2022 2:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach lights
Replies: 24
Views: 5035

Re: Approach lights

aaway wrote:
OAK 28R also has an ILS without approach lights, but I do not believe that runway is authorized for air carrier ops.


Airnav shows MALSR for 28R at OAK. And you can see them on Google Maps too.

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by vikkyvik
Tue Apr 05, 2022 4:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Favorite Quotes
Replies: 48
Views: 2164

Re: Favorite Quotes

Mine are quotes I've heard or seen at work, and boy do they ring true: "Faster, cheaper, better - pick two." - unknown "There is never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over." - unknown "Meetings are when you get together and discuss what you should be d...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Mar 29, 2022 9:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 13046

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

Well...he got in one little fight.

Guess it's off to Bel Air for him.

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by vikkyvik
Mon Mar 28, 2022 8:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 5254

Re: airplane gliding

Woodreau wrote:
not an airliner, but here is a recent video of a plane last month that lost all engine power and made a forced landing. The pilot managed his energy really well and even taxied off the runway using residual energy.


Just had to say....wow! What a perfect landing! Great energy management.

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by vikkyvik
Mon Mar 28, 2022 5:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins
Replies: 21
Views: 2101

Re: RIP Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins

I also can't understand it, but those of us without the addiction gene will probably never understand. It's difficult to explain. I've been sober for almost 16 years now. And while I don't really have any desire to specifically drink alcohol, there's still a strong desire to get into an altered min...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Mar 25, 2022 2:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China
Replies: 1166
Views: 439660

Re: China Eastern 737-800 crashes in Guangxi, southern China

One thing I have not seen mentioned here is that the G-Forces may have incapacitated the pilots regardless of how trained they were. Surely G-Forces would have been intense in the freefall? G-forces in freefall are as low as they can be - essentially zero. That's why astronauts orbiting the Earth f...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Mar 23, 2022 3:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Did Herb Kelleher Live So Long?
Replies: 11
Views: 1187

Re: How Did Herb Kelleher Live So Long?

Simple answer: statistics. On average, smoking has lots of deleterious effects on people. Doesn't mean everyone will suffer those effects. Another way of looking at it: Herb got really lucky with his combo of genes and whatever else. Smoking generally reduces your life 10 to 20 years. And that's on ...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Mar 17, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bought my son a new tablet, now what?
Replies: 39
Views: 5645

Re: Bought my son a new tablet, now what?

I'd be careful, some kids seem to be able to manage it, some get obsessed. Probably depends a lot on the parenting, though. As I noted earlier: No reason to make screen time such an evil thing. Just maintain balance in kids' lives (or ensure they are maintaining their own balance - I don't really h...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Mar 16, 2022 5:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality
Replies: 86
Views: 4596

Re: Permanent Daylight Saving Time in the US Getting Closer to Reality

Well this would make me quite happy!

I get up early enough that whether we are on Daylight or Standard time, I'm still going to work in the dark. So I love having more sunlight in the afternoon.

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by vikkyvik
Fri Mar 11, 2022 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach lights
Replies: 24
Views: 5035

Re: Approach lights

For whatever reason, I love approach lights. Some random observations of US airports: 1.) ALSF-1 seems to occur primarily at military airports, with MALSR/SSALR and ALSF-2 appearing at civil airports. 2.) There is at least one runway (27 at BOS) that has an ILS, but no approach lights (aside from Ru...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Mar 07, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What degree of bank angle is used by jetliners when making large wide turns?
Replies: 15
Views: 2853

Re: What degree of bank angle is used by jetliners when making large wide turns?

Starlionblue wrote:
However, I was talking about standard turn rates.


"Standard Turn Rate" - Does that mean a certain change in heading per second?

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by vikkyvik
Fri Mar 04, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What degree of bank angle is used by jetliners when making large wide turns?
Replies: 15
Views: 2853

Re: What degree of bank angle is used by jetliners when making large wide turns?

You won't see higher bank angles than around 30 degrees typically. At airliner speeds that would lead to unacceptably high g forces for passenger comfort. Aren't g-forces completely independent from the speed of the aircraft? i.e., would you not feel the same 1.5g in a 45 degree bank at 70 knots in...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Mar 02, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?
Replies: 21
Views: 4341

Re: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?

zeke wrote:
That very much depends on what country you are talking about, this is an international forum. Those people that drive on the correct side would drive mainly with their dominant hand.


But those people are in the minority. :biggrin:

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by vikkyvik
Tue Mar 01, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?
Replies: 21
Views: 4341

Re: Right and left-handed pilots and side sticks?

I'm right-handed. When driving, I grip the steering wheel with my left hand 90% of the time.

Do you drive with your dominant hand all the time?

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by vikkyvik
Mon Feb 28, 2022 8:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who are your LEAST favorite sport teams?
Replies: 84
Views: 5625

Re: Who are your LEAST favorite sport teams?

Yankees - because I'm a Red Sox fan
Lakers - I don't watch basketball, but I am from Boston.
Cowboys - because who doesn't hate "America's Team"?
Raiders - well, primarily their fan base.

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by vikkyvik
Mon Feb 21, 2022 5:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Very basic question for pilots: How do airliners slow down when they are already at flight idle?
Replies: 39
Views: 6221

Re: Very basic question for pilots: How do airliners slow down when they are already at flight idle?

kalvado wrote:
Wheel friction likely comes from tire and road deformation. At low speed that would be the dominant energy loss, I assume.


Perhaps true. Oddly, can't find many authoritative articles on the subject.

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by vikkyvik
Sat Feb 19, 2022 5:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Very basic question for pilots: How do airliners slow down when they are already at flight idle?
Replies: 39
Views: 6221

Re: Very basic question for pilots: How do airliners slow down when they are already at flight idle?

zeke wrote:
With a car it is mainly the friction of the wheels on the road.


Do you mean friction in the wheel bearings?

Also I think aerodynamic drag on a car is probably the main stopping factor if you're coasting.

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by vikkyvik
Sat Feb 19, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced
Replies: 75
Views: 4169

Re: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced

Why was she put in a position to have to resort to that action. Because, as Tugger noted, she's a police officer. Let's be honest here, that kid wasn't going to amount to anything in life. He was twenty years old, father of a two year old, working menial jobs and was wanted on a felony assault char...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Feb 18, 2022 10:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced
Replies: 75
Views: 4169

Re: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced

Habit. You trained over and over to draw your gun and use it appropriately. You think to yourself ("I am going to taze this suspect.") and your body goes automatically to what it needs to do, what it has been trained to do. And then you are left with a decision, you drew on the person bec...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Feb 18, 2022 9:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced
Replies: 75
Views: 4169

Re: Minneapolis area police officer sentenced

Clutch101 wrote:
Why is it so hard to just do what the officer tells you to do?


Maybe your question should be, why is it so hard to just pull the correct weapon from your belt?

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by vikkyvik
Thu Feb 17, 2022 2:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Celebrity Crush
Replies: 44
Views: 4359

Re: Celebrity Crush

Aaron747 wrote:
Lucy Liu in ‘Ally McBeal’
Gillian Anderson in ‘The X-Files’


:checkmark: :checkmark: :checkmark:

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by vikkyvik
Tue Feb 15, 2022 11:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular songs that you HATE
Replies: 95
Views: 6683

Re: Popular songs that you HATE

"Free Bird" - it's a terribly boring 6 minutes, followed by 3 additional minutes of terrible guitar wankery.

stlgph wrote:
Tainted Love.


Indeed, that song is terrible.

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by vikkyvik
Mon Feb 14, 2022 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question
Replies: 18
Views: 2319

Re: Dumb math (arithmetic, really) question

Yeah, I did wonder about the compounding frequency schedule, from continuous to daily to annually. But just went with what I was given in the opening post. Since he stated: 11.5% investment return each year That, to me, is simple - the investment gains 11.5% per year. Nothing to do with compounding...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Feb 10, 2022 6:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Bob Saget
Replies: 24
Views: 1755

Re: RIP Bob Saget

Head trauma can be a very dangerous thing, as it can seem like nothing more than a headache.

Remember Natasha Richardson? Hit her head, didn't think much of it at first, then died two days later.

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by vikkyvik
Tue Feb 08, 2022 3:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your favorite city skyline?
Replies: 53
Views: 3677

Re: Your favorite city skyline?

I have a huge soft spot for Boston. I love seeing the Prudential and John Hancock buildings while driving on Memorial drive on the Cambridge-side of the Charles River. Downtown LA seen from the southwest is amazing when the air is clear, as you get the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, especial...

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by vikkyvik
Fri Feb 04, 2022 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghost: do you love their music and theatrics, or hate it?
Replies: 13
Views: 1558

Re: Ghost: do you love their music and theatrics, or hate it?

To be honest, I haven't listened to them enough to have an opinion yet.

But I will say, their cover of "Enter Sandman" on the Metallica Blacklist album was really fricken cool.

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by vikkyvik
Tue Feb 01, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tom Brady announces retirement
Replies: 22
Views: 1405

Re: Tom Brady announces retirement

Sigh....I guess it had to end at some point.

:hissyfit:

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by vikkyvik
Fri Jan 28, 2022 9:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States
Replies: 35
Views: 2628

Re: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States

DIRECTFLT wrote:


It's interesting. Normal snowstorms in Massachusetts show the opposite pattern - higher snowfall the farther you go inland.

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by vikkyvik
Fri Jan 28, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Three things you don't like about yourself and would like to change.
Replies: 13
Views: 1190

Re: Three things you don't like about yourself and would like to change.

1.) I wish I was a little bit taller.
2.) I wish I was a baller.
3.) I wish I had a girl who looked good; I would call her.

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by vikkyvik
Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States
Replies: 35
Views: 2628

Re: Bomb Cyclone Coming to the Northeast United States

My elementary-school-self says why can't this happen on a weekday, so at least you get a snow day out of it? Looking at the weather forecasts for my hometown, doesn't look like anything major. A bit windier than normal. Then again, trying to predict the weather in New England is like......well, tryi...

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by vikkyvik
Sat Jan 08, 2022 3:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: QF 64 JNBSYD ETOPS
Replies: 12
Views: 3337

Re: QF 64 JNBSYD ETOPS

Looking at the routing on flightawire.com, the flight takes a Southern routing over the Southern Indian ocean. How much of that route shown on Flightaware is even accurate? I assume the green areas near the continents are accurate (presumably within radar coverage), but the white line over the ocea...

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by vikkyvik
Sat Jan 08, 2022 3:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Movie Adaptation of Books
Replies: 54
Views: 2381

Re: Movie Adaptation of Books

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a travesty. They tried to cram too much into the three films -- and covered it at a dizzying pace -- but there was no way they were going to fill-out the characters, or cover anywhere near the amount of adventures in the books, in a mere nine hours. It would have m...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Jan 04, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Non-Aviation Pictures Thread - 2022
Replies: 11
Views: 1039

Re: Non-Aviation Pictures Thread - 2022

Haven't done much NonAv (or Av) shooting in quite awhile, but got out this past weekend to take a couple panoramas: https://photos.smugmug.com/Landscapes/California/Panoramas/i-Nx5MRKW/0/30115fa2/X3/composite1%201-2-22%202-X3.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/Landscapes/California/Panoramas/i-CnJStdD/0...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Dec 30, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift
Replies: 48
Views: 2936

Re: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift

Cavitation is caused by a phase change, the rate of phase change depends upon local flow conditions (pressure, velocities, turbulence) as well as fluid properties (saturation pressure, densities, and surface tension). It is not a result of one factor. I see the word "pressure" in there. S...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift
Replies: 48
Views: 2936

Re: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift

dennypayne wrote: I think what is being missed in this discussion is that the pressure differential is not ultimately what causes lift - I would say it is a part of the mechanism by which an airfoil causes an air mass to be pushed downwards. And it is Newton's third law of motion which thereby expl...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Dec 29, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift
Replies: 48
Views: 2936

Re: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift

No, the units for force and pressure are not the same. A force applied over an area is by definition a pressure. Newton (force) per meter squared (area). The idea of lift being generated by a differential of pressure can simply be disproved by looking at a rudder on a boat. Pressure in water increa...

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by vikkyvik
Wed Dec 15, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 316
Views: 93097

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Miami wrote:
Any update?


What are you waiting for? The site has made its policy known, and life goes on.

I wouldn't expect much more.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Dec 15, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?
Replies: 27
Views: 2110

Re: Would you alert Target to their $75 mistake?

How did you enter this into your financial transactions spreadsheet?

Must have been much head-scratching about how to account for it.

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by vikkyvik
Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 316
Views: 93097

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

I like to think of it this way: A backlit, side on, shot from the ground, photo of some common 777 would be rejected for backlit as it's not a very cool photo and not special. On the other hand, an air-to-air or air-to-ground photo of any aircraft that happens to be backlit would be accepted (assum...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Dec 07, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: School bullies could face up to three years in jail under new French law
Replies: 25
Views: 2193

Re: School bullies could face up to three years in jail under new French law

I am not in agreement with helicopter parenting nor parents being friends with their kids to the point where there is no discipline but hitting and insulting your kids isn't constructive either. In a household where a kid would get five across the eye for the simplest form of not obeying does likel...

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by vikkyvik
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 316
Views: 93097

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

Just in case you missed it, I'll ask again: What makes that image creative? Your point of view is understood and this rule change has been discussed by the head screeners for three months. Discussed for 3 months, yet not communicated with the photographer community. Just with the screeners who then ...

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by vikkyvik
Mon Dec 06, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Have quality standards changed on here recently?
Replies: 316
Views: 93097

Re: Have quality standards changed on here recently?

PanAm_DC10 wrote:
Thanks for your point of view and the image you mention was screened from our creative queue.


What makes that image creative?

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by vikkyvik
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucson Cop Fired for Killing Shoplifting Suspect
Replies: 129
Views: 6720

Re: Tucson Cop Fired for Killing Shoplifting Suspect

One doesn't need to have a high IQ to understand why reaching behind your back infront of a cop, especially a cop with a gun pointed at you, is a bad idea. One doesn't need to have a high IQ to understand why someone facing 5 cops, all pointing guns at you, screaming at you, making you crawl toward...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tucson Cop Fired for Killing Shoplifting Suspect
Replies: 129
Views: 6720

Re: Tucson Cop Fired for Killing Shoplifting Suspect

If that's the video where the guy reached behind his back the cop was justified in shooting him. You mean the video where the kid reached down to pull up his pants because the cops were making him crawl toward them? You left out the part where the suspect had a weapon which changes things, it's cal...

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by vikkyvik
Thu Dec 02, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial
Replies: 105
Views: 6935

Re: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

It is ridiculous to think that a single photo, that captures far less than one second of time, accurately depicts someone's physical/emotional/mental state during a particular event. I see this a lot lately online, and I find it ridiculous every single time. I mean, I'm sure someone could have taken...

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