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by rfields5421
Fri May 08, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Michael Flynn charges dropped
Replies: 68
Views: 2301

Re: Free at last, free at last - the Michael Flynn edition

It is coincidence that today was a decision of the US Supreme Court, who voted 9-0 to overturn the convictions of 2 the persons who worked with then NJ Governor Christie (Republican), one an official of the PANYNJ to shut down 2 of 3 of Fort Lee, NJ's special local access toll lanes of the George W...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 08, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65252

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

SpaceX is leading a bit of a charmed life. They need to be careful that the odds don’t catch up to them. Let's see - their first crewed mission certified capsule was destroyed in a test at the Cape and the current crewed mission is in the second capsule, almost a year late. The testing in south Tex...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 07, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3852

Re: Should November election be canceled?

People have been wanting to get rid of the Electoral College for a very long time. Not just this one time with this one losing candidate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_abolition_amendment I suspect the calls for the Electoral College to be either weakened or taken away completely ...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 07, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3852

Re: Should November election be canceled?

Does anyone have any insight into why the US voting system seems to actively work against wider engagement in voting? Setting the election locations and eligibility requirements has been a method for the party in power to control access to the polls. This is not a Republican or Democrat, not even a...

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by rfields5421
Thu May 07, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why So Slow?
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Re: Why So Slow?

Slower landing speed is a GOOD thing for the market for the Yak-42.

737/A320 landings speeds in their market would be BAD things.

Also, the presence of thrust reversers is not used to calculate landing runway length allowable for an aircraft landing speed and weights.

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by rfields5421
Wed May 06, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3852

Re: Should November election be canceled?

The problem with voting by mail is overwhelming voter fraud. It is bad enough when voting in person. To vote you should be required to show PROOF of citizenship such as a US Passport. Please cite a source of your statement regarding "overwhelming voter fraud" Over 1/3 of votes for major e...

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by rfields5421
Wed May 06, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should Public Education go the way of Remote learning and replace the practice of a teacher standing in front of a class
Replies: 36
Views: 2001

Re: Should Public Education go the way of Remote learning and replace the practice of a teacher standing in front of a c

Okay, I wrote a long thing based on my experience with my grandchildren and their mother and father's choice to home school them. Basically end result was, good for one, horrible for another and mediocre for the other two. Currently two grandsons are still in high school. Older one is a junior. His ...

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by rfields5421
Wed May 06, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should November US election be canceled?
Replies: 133
Views: 3852

Re: Should November election be canceled?

1 - Can elections be postponed? Sure the states can postpone the elections. The combination of the Constitution and applicable federal laws mandates that the states certify electors for the position of President and Vice President and those ballots by each state electors be presented in Washington i...

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by rfields5421
Wed May 06, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African Express Airways Embraer E-120 shot down by RPG
Replies: 22
Views: 8375

Re: African Express Airways Embraer E-120 shot down by RPG

My guess on why so little media, low death total and the word COVID is not in the story Really? It's known as 'Indian bus crash syndrome'. When a bus crashes in India with 50+ deaths, world media doesn't care, not reported. When a helicopter, business jet crashes with sports people/musician, or a c...

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by rfields5421
Tue May 05, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: African Express Airways Embraer E-120 shot down by RPG
Replies: 22
Views: 8375

Re: African Express Airways Embraer E-120 shot down by RPG

Why would they shoot down this plane? Political motives? Or did some person just think that it would be fun to shoot down a plane? ,,,,and wreckage photos show a cargo of medical supplies and mosquito netting. Reportedly a humanitarian flight. Mistaken identity? The flight left Mogadishu headed clo...

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by rfields5421
Tue May 05, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is there a pasta shortage where you live?
Replies: 50
Views: 2737

Re: Is there a pasta shortage where you live?

Kroger - Sherman, TX (north of Dallas) - Today May 4 - Monday Slightly lower than normal pasta packages 1/3 or less pasta sauces (heck this is Texas, we have 60 feet of Mexican food products, and 12 feet of pasta and sauces - not New England where the relative spaces are reversed) Plentiful vegtable...

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by rfields5421
Tue May 05, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65252

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

Bet there is a crowd at Space View Park in Titusville. Let's see. I can leave North Texas about the 17th, maybe I can take the RV and put it on the Parrish Park roadside on the causeway for that day. Getting there about 9 am should be about right. DW and I can be on the roof and properly socially di...

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by rfields5421
Tue May 05, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Are the CV-880/990, L-1011 and A340 bad freighters?
Replies: 19
Views: 3082

Re: Are the CV-880/990, L-1011 and A340 bad freighters?

N711NA - CV-990 - was converted by NASA for various usages. Destroyed in a collision when it and a P-3C were cleared to land on the same runway at Moffett Field in CA and collided short of the runway in April 1973. N712NA - CV-990 was another converted by NASA - damaged beyond repair in a fire after...

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by rfields5421
Tue May 05, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: A bad day for Liebherr in Rostock
Replies: 7
Views: 786

Re: A bad day for Liebherr in Rostock

At least there appear to be no fatalities. When something that big lets go, a lot of energy is release suddenly and anyone can be hurt/ killed even if they are not close.

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by rfields5421
Sun May 03, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons
Replies: 142
Views: 4418

Re: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons

Multiple shooters - that is simply not supported by any evidence as a credible threat to the homeowner/ private individual. Now it the person is involved in criminal activity, bringing them into daily contact with people operating outside the law - that may be a credible threat. With all due respec...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 03, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Warren Buffet cuts his loses
Replies: 27
Views: 2253

Re: Warren Buffet cuts his loses

There is no solution because there is no way the entire economy can be rebalanced. I disagree there is enough wealth in the world. While maybe for a quick fix, it is unsustainable in the long run. I have no problem with the billionaires, at least those like Gates, or similar who actually made their ...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 03, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons
Replies: 142
Views: 4418

Re: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons

Just a few points---an AR15 and an M16 are two entirely different weapons. It's like saying that a NASCAR Toyota Camry is the same as a road legal model. Yes they are different weapons. However the number of AR-15 type weapons converted to be capable of M16 type usage involved in mass shootings is ...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 03, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons
Replies: 142
Views: 4418

Re: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons

While the numbers of the two above posters may show that my research might be a little old, they do not support the position that high capacity weapons are useful in either defensive situations, or more importantly - actually decrease the likely hood of involvement of gun violence. Multiple shooters...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 03, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Warren Buffet cuts his loses
Replies: 27
Views: 2253

Re: Warren Buffet cuts his loses

Wouldn't it be better if governments ensured various safety nets to protect people from unemployment, old age, illness, etc.? Some governments seem able to do it quite successfully. Others ... less so. The math of a government safety net requires that the number of people contributing to the safety...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 03, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons
Replies: 142
Views: 4418

Re: Canada Bans Semi Automatic Weapons

If you dive a bit deeper into the gun fatalities in the United States, you'd find that most of the deaths are suicides, and most of the remainder are a result of gang or urban violence which is typically carried out by people who can't legally own guns in the first place. I would like to see your s...

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by rfields5421
Sun May 03, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Warren Buffet cuts his loses
Replies: 27
Views: 2253

Re: Warren Buffet cuts his loses

This may be a minority view but buying shares to get rich is pretty dubious ethically. At the extreme, we have thousands of people who just move money around, creaming off a percentage here and there, but who don't contribute anything to the common good. That is what ALL savings type programs/ plan...

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by rfields5421
Fri May 01, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences
Replies: 39
Views: 2125

Re: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences

Kroger, Sherman, TX - Apr 29 Walking through store - at least five people pulling orders for pickup. Wife adds a can of StarKist Tuna to our basket and I hear one of the young high school age girls pulling orders say to the boy helping her. "The order says they want Chicken of the Sea, but the ...

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by rfields5421
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 5080

Re: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP

No, this a Pandora's box that should not be opened. As others have already said, the world will sue the living daylights out of the US. Furthermore, China and the rest of the world can simply just stop Investments in the US and demand you pay your debt. The Pandora's box is open. The US and other n...

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by rfields5421
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 5080

Re: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP

This sounds like a get rich quick scheme - for lawyers.

They will keep trying to win, and collect damages, as long as the people suing keep paying the lawyers.

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by rfields5421
Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6231

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

As noted - having a mole that deep into the NK society would be the most dangerous job in the world. Heck, not being a mole, but a loyal member of the family is dangerous, with a short life expectancy. Then there is the entirely complicated issue of getting the information out in time to be useful. ...

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by rfields5421
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fox News, and especially Hannity, getting people dead...
Replies: 87
Views: 6212

Re: Fox News, and especially Hannity, getting people dead...

So what exactly is the coroner looking for? A sample of blood would be enough to determine if a person who dies has had COVID-19. Saying a death is due to COVID-19 is more difficult, because it has to look at other factors. The disease itself does not kill anyone. It weakens other systems which fai...

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by rfields5421
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?
Replies: 59
Views: 3094

Re: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?

We are not quarantined. Quite a few people on this forum are not from the United States, and have been under very strict quarantine for weeks. Did you read the post of a forum member in Spain yesterday? He was allowed to take his young children outside the apartment for the first time in weeks, for...

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by rfields5421
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?
Replies: 59
Views: 3094

Re: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?

The governor of the state of Texas announced today that the state wide stay at home order will expire on Thursday 4/30. The order will not be extended. Restaurants, movie theaters, all retail stores and malls will be allowed to reopen, but limit themselves to 25% of capacity, and ensure patrons prac...

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by rfields5421
Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?
Replies: 59
Views: 3094

Re: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?

It really depends upon where a person is and the level of lockdown. Here an hour 1/2 drive north of Dallas, TX, USA - life has not really changed that much for us. We are retired, live in a 36' RV trailer, so we spend a lot of time together. We are in a nice campground where we usually base ourselve...

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by rfields5421
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Donald Trump asks the Nobel Committee to revoke awards to journalists
Replies: 32
Views: 2081

Re: Donald Trump asks the Nobel Committee to revoke awards to journalists

From Trump's Twitter @ approx. 1855 EDT 4/25 Does anybody get the meaning of what a so-called Noble (not Nobel) Prize is, especially as it pertains to Reporters and Journalists? Noble is defined as, “having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals.” Does sarcasm ever wo...

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by rfields5421
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?
Replies: 15
Views: 1250

Re: Will we soon see a coup by parts of the military in Brazil?

I'll admit to being a dumb American, knowing very little about what is happening in Brazil, but I got the impression from the original post that he was talking about a coup to overthrow the current leader in power. Or was he talking about a 'coup' to prop up the current leader? Which isn't really a ...

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by rfields5421
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Private Haven receives 2 million dollar SBA Loan while others are cut off
Replies: 18
Views: 784

Re: Private Haven receives 2 million dollar SBA Loan while others are cut off

Most likely, this fell through the cracks. But if you want to make nasty accusations you need to back them up. There have been several articles recently about how this thing works, and how the system is so automatic. One I liked is https://abcnews.go.com/Business/inside-paycheck-protection-program-...

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by rfields5421
Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6231

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

I would also add to my previous post - the South Korean official line is that these rumors are just that - rumors not based on truth.

Their statements are clear - Dough Boy is alive and relative well, taking a restful break in Wonsan from the wonderful and glamorous city of Pyongyang.

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by rfields5421
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kim Jong-Un dying?
Replies: 85
Views: 6231

Re: Kim Jong-Un dying?

I find it hard to believe that in 2020 the South Koreans don't have any assets within the top brass to tell them after TWO WEEKS whether or not Fatso is still alive. North Korea seems to have solved a problem that plagues almost all governments world wide - leaks to the press. For one thing, there ...

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by rfields5421
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Private Haven receives 2 million dollar SBA Loan while others are cut off
Replies: 18
Views: 784

Re: Private Haven receives 2 million dollar SBA Loan while others are cut off

A small business in the US is defined as less than 500 employees, and $7.5 million per year in non-manufacturing income. There are some adjustments in the definitions for different industries. The average two or three store fast food franchisee is a small business. The loan was not to the rich and w...

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by rfields5421
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences
Replies: 39
Views: 2125

Re: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences

The USA is number three or four in world wheat production in 2017 - 4th place. Russia varies, and the US varies. China is number one with almost three times the production in tons of the US in 2017 (last year figures I can find). India is solidly number two. Number 5 in 2017 was France, much to my s...

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by rfields5421
Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Navy may reinstate fired Captain of Navy Carrier
Replies: 126
Views: 6482

Re: Updated: Navy may reinstate fired Captain of Navy Carrier

I will be interested to see what the report says about the actions of those flag officers immediately above Crozier. The carrier strike group commander just down the hall who had to know what was happening on the ship. What were his actions? The commander of naval forces on Guam. Did he help or hind...

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by rfields5421
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 69234

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

I've seen the flu kill 15-20% of the patients in a nursing home in a couple of weeks. Problems start with many to most patients being at high risk for complications. Very susceptible to injuries and illnesses of any kind. If they catch a disease like flu or COVID-19, are already on oxygen due to red...

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by rfields5421
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Quarantine will reduce crime?
Replies: 15
Views: 873

Re: Quarantine will reduce crime?

A few of the things have impacted US crime rates. A number of places what used to be targets for armed robber and smash and grab thefts are not closed. Small scale thefts like breaking car windows and taking something, or quick break ins for homes and businesses are difficult because most of the pla...

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by rfields5421
Fri Apr 24, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Transit Bus Shooting and Police Chase in Dallas
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Transit Bus Shooting and Police Chase in Dallas

Slow new day. No sports on TV, except some computer game NASCAR racing.

Real live video of any kind would be picked up, especially how long it ran.

Know the area well. Used to live in Wyle, and have driver every bit of those roads at different times.

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by rfields5421
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 118
Views: 7259

Re: What if a COVID-19 vaccine is not found?

With or without a vaccine, I see the shrinking of the 'tourism' industry which is such a part of the United States and the world today. Air travel returning to a 1960's or early 1970's model. Significantly reduced flight, much higher air fares. Social distancing simply is not a viable option for air...

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by rfields5421
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Transit Bus Shooting and Police Chase in Dallas
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Transit Bus Shooting and Police Chase in Dallas

In the US, nothing makes for 'better news' than video coverage of a chase along streets and tollways. In general in the US though, local television stations seem to be starved for news these days. So much of their 'reporting' is on events, gathering and situations where crowds of people are involved...

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by rfields5421
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 69234

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Yokosuka, Yokohama, Tokyo Metro area. Very common in trains and subways, stores on the street. Japanese workers on the base wore masks often. If an American sailor came in one morning and was coughing, the Japanese workers were usually in masks within hours, Used to see entire groups of kids walking...

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by rfields5421
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 69234

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

Japan is an interesting case. They never seemed to take the disease seriously. They certainly never seemed to test on a large scale. I wonder how much trying not to lose the Olympics influenced their early management of the outbreak, especially for a country so exposed to tourism from China. That b...

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by rfields5421
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences
Replies: 39
Views: 2125

Re: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences

7-11 Corporation has setup 'mini' convenience stores/groceries within unused spaces in seven (7) hospitals in the Dallas/ North Texas area. It takes them less than five days to setup a retail outlet only for hospital staff, and daily resupply is done via their central warehouse. Among the items are ...

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by rfields5421
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences
Replies: 39
Views: 2125

Re: COVID19 world, home delivery, pickup, in-store experiences

Amazon's problem is the supply chain from manufacturers. A lot of stuff they have on the shelves in the warehouses, like laptops, diamond rings and models. A lot of stuff is gone, and they are not getting shipments of replacement items. Items sourced from China are extremely difficult to get. Shippi...

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by rfields5421
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What to do About Russia?
Replies: 65
Views: 2414

Re: What to do About Russia?

As for oil, I really meant not using it at all. Of course this will not happen overnight, but once carbon is priced correctly, there is a point when there will be an alternative for most uses of oil. If you only need oil for a few special things (lubricants, for example), you might need less than 1...

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by rfields5421
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paying back the debt incurred for COVID-19 response
Replies: 23
Views: 769

Re: Paying back the debt incurred for COVID-19 response

2) The US government has completely abandoned the concept of actually spending within its means. The last political support for that idea disappeared on Jan 20, 2017. This. The deficit was out of control for no reason at all before COVID. I did not say it wasn't. Just that the Republican Party prom...

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