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by PPVRA
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

A couple of local grocery stores around where I live are opening early, but only for the elderly. I’m sure it can’t be just here, so make some phone calls if you’re in that age group.

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by PPVRA
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Things to do while social distancing
Replies: 90
Views: 3263

Re: Things to do while social distancing

Nvidia's calling on gaming PC owners to put their systems to work fighting COVID-19 https://www.gamesradar.com/nvidias-calling-on-gaming-pc-owners-to-put-their-systems-to-work-fighting-covid-19/ I’m not a gamer but have an old system that might still put a little power out. Will see if it still work...

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by PPVRA
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

The Countries With The Most Critical Care Beds Per Capita: https://www.statista.com/chart/amp/21105/number-of-critical-care-beds-per-100000-inhabitants/ This may come in handy in the US. But hopefully it won’t get to this point.... Do you have access to such a bed, for potentially 2-3 weeks, if you...

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by PPVRA
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

The Countries With The Most Critical Care Beds Per Capita:
https://www.statista.com/chart/amp/21105/number-of-critical-care-beds-per-100000-inhabitants/

This may come in handy in the US. But hopefully it won’t get to this point....

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by PPVRA
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article206555143/Corona-USA-will-Zugriff-auf-deutsche-Impfstoff-Firma.html In German. "The Tübingen-based company CureVac is researching a corona vaccine under high pressure. According to WELT AM SONNTAG information, the US government wants to secure the rights t...

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by PPVRA
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

This is can not be explained away with interpolation. The major variables are the start of testing and the amount of testing. Actual deaths are a lot safer number, and with the US being 41 times higher than Norway and 33 higher than sweden, we can safely say the threat has veen severly downplayed b...

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by PPVRA
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

In sweden we have 800 cases and 1 dead. 33 dead in US should be closer to 800 multiplied 33 dead.... Around 25 000. That’s interpolation. The numbers I’ve seen from France are ten times deadlier than Germany. Something is amiss here, IMO. Like I said, be careful with interpolating. Especially early...

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by PPVRA
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil 1st test has been to have confirmed COVID-19 positive. He was meeting with President Trump last week. https://meiahora.ig.com.br/geral/2020/03/5881948-primeiro-exame-de-jair-bolsonaro-testa-positivo-para-coronavirus.html Does that mean he was infected by Trump who...

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by PPVRA
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

We have 1000 registered cases and 1 death. That, amongst other things, mean that with 41 dead, the numbers in the US are way, way, way higher than 2000. Be careful with interpolating numbers. Some countries are seeing much worse death rates than others, for whatever reason. Relatively more elderly,...

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by PPVRA
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Latest numbers for France: 3661 tested positive (800 more than yesterday) and 79 deaths. Yep, And the US has now crossed 2000 333 more than yesterday, and 41 total deaths. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ We have 1000 registered cases and 1 death. That, amongst other things, mean that wit...

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by PPVRA
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Replies: 4092
Views: 163117

Re: Novel Coronavirus outbreak

As they say, every cloud has a silver lining... Not very nice thing to say is it. Well, Bolsonaro isn't a very nice person. People are vastly exaggerating Bolsonaro. He’s far more centrist and reasonable than the media is portraying him, just as they’re happily reporting that he’s infected when the...

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by PPVRA
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO
Replies: 51
Views: 4657

Re: Richard Anderson steps down, Atlas Air Chairman appointed as next Amtrak CEO

He didn’t leave delta for Amtrak. He retired from delta, then some time later left retirement for Amtrak.

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by PPVRA
Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does the US need a third political party?
Replies: 37
Views: 1235

Re: Does the US need a third political party?

Just an FYI, the two states that don't have "winner take all" rules assign their delegates via the "proportional+2" system. Meaning if a state has 20 total delegates, 18 will be assigned proportionally and the popular vote winner takes a bonus 2 delegates.

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by PPVRA
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does the US need a third political party?
Replies: 37
Views: 1235

Re: Does the US need a third political party?

How would doing away with the winner takes all rules affect gerrymandering? With proportional you would not need districts. You could do the voting for the entire state instead of for a district. You don't need districts with this system. In fact, what makes it more complicated in the current "...

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by PPVRA
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does the US need a third political party?
Replies: 37
Views: 1235

Re: Does the US need a third political party?

But let’s be honest here, the politicians are never going to do something that would open up the elections. Purple/swing states might be able to initiate such a move. But there’s no widespread education effort to enlighten people on the subject. I don't know every proposal out there but I think mos...

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by PPVRA
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KPMG postulates a 22yr aircraft economic life +/-3yrs newTech/oldTech
Replies: 9
Views: 2225

Re: KPMG postulates a 22yr aircraft economic life +/-3yrs newTech/oldTech

KPMG can decide the useful life to be whatever they want. They, EY, PwC, Deloitte, and hundreds of other smaller firms are simply enforcers of rules set forth by entities like the SEC, PCAOB, IAASB, and AICPA. As far as I know, standard useful lives for assets are guidelines or suggestions. If a co...

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by PPVRA
Thu Feb 27, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A221 Schedule Reliability struggle
Replies: 104
Views: 26125

Re: Delta A221 Schedule Reliability struggle

How many sectors does the A220 do in comparison to other aircraft like the 737? If the A220 is operating 10 sectors as opposed to 4 sectors for the 737 (just using it as an example), it would follow that there is a greater chance of the A220 picking up delays. The stats don't look good all day. Rou...

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by PPVRA
Sun Feb 23, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does the US need a third political party?
Replies: 37
Views: 1235

Re: Does the US need a third political party?

petertenthije wrote:
But let’s be honest here, the politicians are never going to do something that would open up the elections.


Purple/swing states might be able to initiate such a move. But there’s no widespread education effort to enlighten people on the subject.

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by PPVRA
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does the US need a third political party?
Replies: 37
Views: 1235

Re: Does the US need a third political party?

A third party won’t work until you get rid of “winner takes it all”. As long as that is the case, a third party will never get enough votes, as too many people will view a 3rd part as merely diluting votes away from the main parties. Instead of winner-takes-all, divide the representatives by propor...

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by PPVRA
Sat Feb 08, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPDATED: Bombardier Sells Remaining Stake in A220 Program
Replies: 249
Views: 33139

Re: WSJ: Airbus in Advanced Talks to Acquire Bombardier Stake in A220 Program

Forget "dumping". Bombardier got the Canadian government to massively subsidize the Delta order, which is the one and only reason Delta is flying this airplane right now.

I'd love to see the WTO scrutinize the documents in the Delta sale.

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by PPVRA
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Fuel Efficency.
Replies: 28
Views: 2635

Re: 787 Fuel Efficency.

First flight of the 767 and A330 were "only" 11 years apart. Hence not a very large difference tech-wise.

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by PPVRA
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: American Internists Call for 'Systematic Reform' Of Healthcare
Replies: 31
Views: 974

Re: American Internists Call for 'Systematic Reform' Of Healthcare

Healthcare might even be affordable if insurers didn't exist and we ALL payed out of pocket. Instead everything is just horribly distorted. This part I can agree with. There’s too much insurance involvement in American healthcare. In every other area of life where insurance works well, insurance is...

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by PPVRA
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

“If between now and in a little while... I were to return (to Bolivia) or someone else goes back, we must organize as in Venezuela armed militias of the people,” -Evo Morales Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bolivia-evo/bolivia-exiled-ex-president-morales-calls-on-radio-for-armed-militias-...

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by PPVRA
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coal industry in America is dying
Replies: 40
Views: 1556

Re: Coal industry in America is dying

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1SS1GC
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stl07 wrote:
But is coal really loosing to renewables, or just to the abundant natural gas?


There’s a massive amount of natural gas:

“U.S. natural gas prices turn negative in Texas Permian shale again”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1SS1GC

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by PPVRA
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Head Iran Gen Killed In Air Strike
Replies: 881
Views: 27896

Re: Head Iran Gen Killed In Air Strike

It seems to be a quit limited reaction from Iran. They need to say and do something but not too much. With both lunietics in Iran regime and USA regime this look prety controlled to me. It does seem limited, I think they know that if they push the USA too far, there is the chance that the Iran can ...

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by PPVRA
Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Census estimates for 2019 are out
Replies: 9
Views: 909

Re: Census estimates for 2019 are out

I’d love to see Florida do away with the winner takes all rules they have in their laws. A big, swing state doing this would be great. And might buy some peace for its residents during election time.

Not sure Florida politicians want to lose all the attention they get during elections, however.

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by PPVRA
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech
Replies: 95
Views: 3070

Re: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech

Yes, I know, I can't yell fire in a crowded theater It’s not a law. Never was, either. From The Atlantic: “It's Time to Stop Using the 'Fire in a Crowded Theater' Quote” . . . But those who quote Holmes might want to actually read the case where the phrase originated before using it as their main d...

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by PPVRA
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech
Replies: 95
Views: 3070

Re: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech

BTW, no one says they hate heterosexuals. We do say we hate being oppressed and beaten by the "traditional family values" types. I find it interesting that we have to be very VERY careful and choose our words VERY carefully but the "I hate gays" and "I hate Cubans" don...

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by PPVRA
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech
Replies: 95
Views: 3070

Re: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech

There’s an implicit creation of approved and unapproved thoughts. I compare that to the burning of books. LOL! Do you know how ridiculous you sound? I’d love to see you argue in front of a judge that personal “thoughts” are no different or comparable to published books, and limitations on book publ...

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by PPVRA
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech
Replies: 95
Views: 3070

Re: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Free Speech

From this thread it's quite clear who benefits from and wants as much hate speech, misinformation, and electoral influence as possible. It’s very clear who wants to burn certain unapproved thoughts. Your tactic is not dissimilar to this who criticize privacy rights by saying “what’re you afraid of?...

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by PPVRA
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech
Replies: 95
Views: 3070

Re: Trudeau Wants To Penalize Certain Hate Speech

There’s an implicit creation of approved and unapproved thoughts.

I compare that to the burning of books.

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by PPVRA
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

"Given the overwhelming evidence we have found, we can confirm a series of malicious operations aimed at altering the will of the voters," https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bolivia-election-oas-idUSKBN1Y9063 A massive concerted effort to keep Morales in power, at the expense of democracy.

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by PPVRA
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind
Replies: 81
Views: 3478

Re: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind

The result? State policies dominated by angry, rural, poor folks and resentful of the more successful, diverse, and richer urban neighbors. Well, we certainly can’t say this about New York State with all recent liberal “reforms”. Rural folks in the south stay away from cities like Atlanta like it’s...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind
Replies: 81
Views: 3478

Re: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind

DLFREEBIRD wrote:
the problem is income inequality. that's a fact.


California and New York are amongst the top 5 worst states in terms of income inequality.

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind
Replies: 81
Views: 3478

Re: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind

As far as tech, most of the people in Silicon Valley are transplants from somewhere else. A lot of them from the south, mid-west and other states (and other countries). It isn't some incredible K-12 education system California has built that powers and sustains silicon valley. Far from it, they bene...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind
Replies: 81
Views: 3478

Re: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind

"Although Nunn is right about the challenges facing the South, gloomy conclusions about the health of the region’s growth model are premature.“ In 1990, when the cold war was "won", any interest in education in the US was lowered to a point where religious nut-jobs could go eroding e...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind
Replies: 81
Views: 3478

Re: The South’s Economy Is Falling Behind

“The South Is Down, But Don’t Count It Out” “An interesting article by Sharon Nunn in the Wall Street Journal garnered a lot of attention recently, showing that the South is now lagging other regions of the U.S after enjoying a long postwar expansion. Although Nunn is right about the challenges faci...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

News reports in Brazil and Argentina are saying that Evo Morales’ government, through the Bolivian Department of Justice, were directly involved in election manipulation. Bolivian DoJ workers were “forced” to manipulate ballots by the Secretary of Justice. The accusations were leveled by the workers...

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by PPVRA
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

But true Democracy can only from leftist thought (free thoughts/thinking politically), it cannot ever come from a Rightwing gov't...that approach only reinforces 'the status quo' of 'no changes necessary and a guarantee of the repression of political activism (silencing them). reinforcing the statu...

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by PPVRA
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

Ironic considering the massacre of protesters supporting Morales today https://mobile.twitter.com/dancohen3000/status/1195463866261671944 The left in Latin American has a very long history of violent protesting, vandalism. And the Right in Latin America is notorious for jack-booted thuggery to murd...

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by PPVRA
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

"If the election result had stood, it would have marked Morales' fourth consecutive term as president. Although the 2009 Bolivian constitution – which Morales helped write and pass - only allows for two consecutive terms, the constitutional court ruled in 2013 that his first term didn't count t...

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by PPVRA
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if the US was a parliamentary government
Replies: 75
Views: 2329

Re: What if the US was a parliamentary government

The problem is, a good 15-30% of Americans are, and that margin is enough to sway an election. Then fix that, don’t violate our rights. News Flash: not voting for YOUR chosen candidate is NOT evidence of foolishness or lack of intelligence. It merely means they value different things—let’s call it ...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if the US was a parliamentary government
Replies: 75
Views: 2329

Re: What if the US was a parliamentary government

https://www.fairvote.org/maine_nebraska
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Just found the link below describing what Maine and Nebraska do. It’s a bit more nuanced than strictly proportional, but it makes sense why they do it that way:

https://www.fairvote.org/maine_nebraska

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What if the US was a parliamentary government
Replies: 75
Views: 2329

Re: What if the US was a parliamentary government

ok smarty pants how would making the electoral college proportion turn the US into some European type utopia, all would do is make everyone's vote count. And if you pull your head out long enough you'd see that 2 of the 50 states already do this. Why couldn't you get rid of the electoral college bu...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

This was the military assuming neutrality, telling Morales they wouldn't quell the protests , and a president who, in the eyes of the public, had lost all authority and respect. Ironic considering the massacre of protesters supporting Morales today https://mobile.twitter.com/dancohen3000/status/119...

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by PPVRA
Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

I´m happy he´s gone. But, it was a military coup. To call it a military coup implies that the military forced him out of power (put him under arrest and assumed all power). To also call it a coup means that he was the legitimate ruler of the country being forced out by the whims of a few. Despite t...

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by PPVRA
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airline still censoring movie content
Replies: 24
Views: 1732

Re: Airline still censoring movie content

bennett123 wrote:
Perhaps it would be easier if they just included films which they deemed suitable.


Then the movie list would really suck. I’d prefer they keep censoring what they deem culturally inappropriate but still show good movies.

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by PPVRA
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

“What did the OAS say? In its preliminary report on Sunday, the OAS said it had found "clear manipulations" of Bolivia's voting system and it could not verify the result of the 20 October race. During the audit, it said it found physical records with alterations and forged signatures, and ...

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by PPVRA
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unrest in Bolivia
Replies: 54
Views: 2380

Re: Unrest in Bolivia

https://www.oas.org/es/centro_noticias/ ... o=C-099/19

Only in Spanish so far.
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The OAS auditors have issued a scathing report on election fraud:

https://www.oas.org/es/centro_noticias/ ... o=C-099/19

Only in Spanish so far.

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by PPVRA
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: HDHP plans: good or bad?
Replies: 51
Views: 2021

Re: HDHP plans: good or bad?

Do you take into account the time it takes to choose a plan, review it regularly, compute all these "deductible, max this, premium that", look at what exactly is covered or not, etc. ? Time is money, after all. It's a good thing we have a chip card here that means I get reimbursed automat...

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