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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: 5510

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: 1811

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: 2560

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: 2882

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: 121
Views: 17291

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: 3620

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 Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 189608

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: 3620

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: 14106

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: 833

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: 5083

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: 1487

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 3206

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 14333

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 19741

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: 1797

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: 19779

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: 19779

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: 901

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: 2095

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: 17522

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: 1925

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: 1925

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: 3390

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: 51425

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: 5227

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: 1433

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: 8283

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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by af773atmsp
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopia Overtakes Dubai as world gateway to Africa
Replies: 20
Views: 5538

Re: Ethiopia Overtakes Dubai as world gateway to Africa

Not that I’ll be flying to Africa anytime soon, but considering ET ignored my emails when they lost my bag flying OSL-ARN I don’t think I’ll be doing business with them. Before someone says complain to the baggage handler I did, they said complain to the airline. Not that I know how EK or any other ...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The growing problem of overtourism
Replies: 35
Views: 4036

Re: The growing problem of overtourism

American tourist here. I did visit London in the fall 7 years ago and it was very overcrowded. Still worth it, and I do want to go back someday but it’s not a high priority. Everywhere else I’ve gone in Europe has been secondary cities and business-oriented cities that don’t have a lot of tourist si...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brightline becomes Virgin Trains USA
Replies: 8
Views: 1758

Re: Brightline becomes Virgin Trains USA

Unless they connect it to Orlando quickly, I don't know how Brightline/Virgin would survive. Running in between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach is pointless as Tri-Rail has been doing this for 30+ years now with less ticket cost. Brightline train has hit like 7 pedestrians in the past 6 mont...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Legendary Flying Cars, still dreaming, or is feasibility improving?
Replies: 15
Views: 1572

Re: Legendary Flying Cars, still dreaming, or is feasibility improving?

For the environment, especially birds, this sounds like a nightmare. With limited utilization it could work out, but those sci-fi movies with thousands of them flying around doesn't seem realistic and not in the best interest of helping our only home.

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by af773atmsp
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another big fire in California
Replies: 171
Views: 11134

Re: Another big fire in California

Only in America could a topic such as wildfires turn political. To see how powerful a wildfire is in a controlled manner, keep your old Christmas tree (assuming you have one) and let it dry out for a couple months. Also assuming you have a fire pit or a large open area with no risk of the fire sprea...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?
Replies: 46
Views: 5771

Re: Why does Norwegian fly to SWF?

I'm not at all surprised. People don't come to LA to use public transit to get around. Just not feasible. Most Europeans coming to LA recognize that and use rental cars, taxis, or ride shares. Additionally, Ontario is really too far away from the places most visited want to go and the areas they wa...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should there be a Multi Party System in American Democracy?
Replies: 102
Views: 4915

Re: Should there be a Multi Party System in American Democracy?

We definitely need a middle grounds party. One that isn't afraid to say compromise is needed and there will be some wins and losses. One that won't play the blame game like the DFL and GOP do, and instead figure out how to solve issues. For such a party to have a chance at getting influence, or even...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1289
Views: 362870

Re: KLM Started Phase Out Of The 747-400

How’s PH-BFI (I think that’s the reg), City of Jakarta, doing? Will it be retired soon or will it receive the new paint scheme and be around for awhile? I flew on it last month AMS-ORD so just curious.

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by af773atmsp
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pipe Bombs sent to the White House, Clintons, Obama, Time Warner Center intercepted
Replies: 86
Views: 4594

Re: Pipe Bombs sent to the White House, Clintons, Obama, Time Warner Center intercepted

How would a party, that represents a middle ground between liberalism and conservatism, split this with a left win/right lose or vice versa? That works only in your imagination and even then only if you keep it vague, Yeah, that’s exactly what the DFL and GOP wants you to believe. That we have to s...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pipe Bombs sent to the White House, Clintons, Obama, Time Warner Center intercepted
Replies: 86
Views: 4594

Re: Pipe Bombs sent to the White House, Clintons, Obama, Time Warner Center intercepted

Or a strong third party in the middle of the American political spectrum............... In the system laid out by the US constitution, any third party weak strong or in between, will invariably as in always always always split the vote of whatever side it represents and guarantee a victory for the ...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Pipe Bombs sent to the White House, Clintons, Obama, Time Warner Center intercepted
Replies: 86
Views: 4594

Re: Pipe Bombs sent to the White House, Clintons, Obama, Time Warner Center intercepted

Maybe it's time the two old parties were disbanded and booted out. When politics is getting to this level of pipe-bombs being sent to opponents or those outlets of the media who oppose you, then the whole political landscape has failed. This topic is evidence of how bad things are getting. Pipe bom...

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