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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can we prevent the next war?
Replies: 50
Views: 2694

Re: Can we prevent the next war?

Recently, China have conducted some provocative actions along/around its border. For example, it have triggered conflicts along its border with India, Where's your evidence it was China that triggered the conflict with the Indians? The only sources that say so have been from the Indian military whi...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Confederate Monuement in Dallas Removed
Replies: 17
Views: 1224

Re: Confederate Monuement in Dallas Removed

[l The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) The Children of the Confederacy, also known as the CofC, is an auxiliary organization to the UDC. The official name is Children of the Confederacy of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It comprises children from birth through the time of the Ch...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

Even more scary on this is something that Senator Ben Sasse, a republican from Nebraska, said about this the other day. Sasse said the second question is “What is our plan to impose proportional response on our enemies in this battle?” He said such a response “would mean Taliban and GRU agents in b...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Panorama flight 1504, right or wrong decision?
Replies: 32
Views: 10267

Re: Blue Panorama flight 1504, right or wrong decision?

Many people who are not pilots have a basic view that regardless of situation, any problems under V1, then you must stop. There is ample runway available to stop. A decision to do something else will always be wrong. Boeing is actually quite specific about what failures to stop for. Above 80kts the...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Panorama flight 1504, right or wrong decision?
Replies: 32
Views: 10267

Re: Blue Panorama flight 1504, right or wrong decision?

To the best of my knowledge the accident investigation board didn't have any issues with his decision, so why are we not only second-guessing the PIC but the accident board? It lets those who are jealous they will never become an airline pilot have a temporary smug satisfaction they can criticise a...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 780
Views: 51390

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

I am starting to see a lot of insinuations on Twitter that Trump may resign before the election. I don't see him as the resigning type, but he may also not want to get smoked by 400 EC votes, which the latest polls suggest is possible. Granted, nothing from official sources, and Twitter is what Twi...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 780
Views: 51390

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

I don’t think he can win but I thought that the first time. Biden is a disappointing choice as well. I truly believe the majority of Americans would prefer neither. It was the same for 2016 I believe, but Hillary had been around longer and was disliked for longer than Trump who was still relatively...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Blue Panorama flight 1504, right or wrong decision?
Replies: 32
Views: 10267

Re: Blue Panorama flight 1504, right or wrong decision?

Well we have the armchair expert Monday morning quarterback brigade at work today. Firstly to answer the original question, yes the decision made by the Captain to continue the takeoff was correct. Why? Because the aircraft safely made it into the air, and then return for a safe landing with no loss...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China "Backdoors" - What everyone feared may be reality
Replies: 23
Views: 1625

Re: China "Backdoors" - What everyone feared may be reality

helping as in giving countries loans to pay for PRC companies, with almost exclusively PRC workers, building infrastructure completely geared towards better PRC market access instead of local needs? Nope, the US doesn´t do that... best regards Thomas If the money comes from China I don’t see why th...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

why turn OBL over to a 3rd party country - just provide his location if you're so concerned about civilians in the way? Because at the time the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan, whether you like it or not, and the government of any nation has the right to see evidence of why a criminal residi...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India - China clashes at the top of the world
Replies: 48
Views: 3475

Re: India - China clashes at the top of the world

You are in some other planet. A planet where I get my information from sources other than Indian tabloid media. The whole conflict is taking place in ladakh. No it isn’t. No conflict has occurred in Ladakh because China does not claim any territory in Ladakh beyond the Line of Actual Control as it’...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help
Replies: 22
Views: 1188

Re: Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help

Well the US thinks it stands above international law, so that is not gonna happen … Wonder what Interpol response will be ? Funny, although the Iranian government is not perfect themselves it’s funny how they have gone through recognised International channels and institutions to issue an arrest wa...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

And since when does the Taliban have geopolitical credibility? Come on now. Maybe in 2001, when they offered to hand over Bin Laden if the US stopped bombing and provided evidence of his guilt?: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bush-rejects-taliban-offer-to-surrender-bin-laden-9143208....

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: China "Backdoors" - What everyone feared may be reality
Replies: 23
Views: 1625

Re: China "Backdoors" - What everyone feared may be reality

You should. Fellow Western democratic nation with similar jurisprudence and laws subject democratic oversight and pols answerable to voters and reasonably susceptible to international pressure vs. a totalitarian expansionist regime....should be an easy distinction for even non-US citizens. Not real...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

The EU definitely has a lot of opinions on the subject, that’s just the nature of realpolitik. But the squeeze is still possible - 40 bankrupted the USSR through an arms race. Low oil and gas prices do not help Russia - we can certainly act in coordination with the EU to keep them low. Russian citi...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

Russia stepped in to save Assad, who used chemical weapons against his own people as well as indiscriminate 'barrel bombing' on deliberate targets such as hospitals and refugee centers. In order to keep some naval port for their use, not that their navy can actually use it much. And a lot examples ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

I recall it. They were Russian military who were not supposed to be there. Who decides who is “supposed” to be in a war zone? Sort of like this Afghanistan story. Whilst these pay offs may have happened, as this very vague article claims, I don’t think Afghanis need much incentive to be fighting a ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

The 19th 'Great Game' late 20th/early 21st century style. Actually the US killings of Russians were a bit more recent than I thought. February 2018 in Syria, Russian contractors killed by US airstrikes. Not sure if regular Russian soldiers were involved, but it’s not a stretch to believe that Russi...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 71656

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Qantas have just made 6,000 of their people redundant and made many many more on extended stand down, though the retirement of the 747 in Qantas service is an end of an era, I doubt Qantas would want to be celebrating anything, even their own centenary celebrations have been mostly cancelled! There...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ireland has a new government - at last!
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: Ireland has a new government - at last!

The trouble was that neither FF nor FG wanted to go into government with SF. It wasn't so much their past and their association with the IRA (although some of them proved that those associations weren't as distant in the past as we'd like to see!) Did anyone care that the UK government went into a ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House
Replies: 95
Views: 4883

Re: Bounty on US Troops Unanswered by White House

After the US funded, armed and trained the Mujahadeen to kill Russians in Afghanistan in the 80’s, you can probably see why Russia was out for a bit of revenge. It just a took a few decades.

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: India - China clashes at the top of the world
Replies: 48
Views: 3475

Re: India - China clashes at the top of the world

The area which is being contested is ladakh, a Buddhist area, solidly behind India. No it isn’t. The area that is being contested isn’t Ladakh, China does not claim that area. The area is Aksai Chin which is unpopulated. It is a desolate desert which is inhospitable for permanent habitation so I do...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early
Replies: 79
Views: 14618

Re: Qantas to sack 6000 employees, ground 100 aircraft until mid 2021, retires 747 fleet early

Unofficially...have heard there's some talk of converting some 738's to freighters too. The air freight business is actually an interesting one. I’m told it is usually more volatile than the passenger business, except of course in these COVID times. I would say by the time any freighter conversion ...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The culture wars reach branding
Replies: 98
Views: 4190

Re: The culture wars reach branding

Even in our evaluation and speculation on this site of major crashes, like most recently of the 737MAX's, if they happen with an Asian or African airline we see underlying racial bias to explain why they happened rather than what turned out to be the real reason for those crashes not having anythin...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 780
Views: 51390

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

Yeah..."I am the Law and Order president!" ...and Bolton stated 'Obstruction of Justice is order of the day, everyday' in that dumpster fire of an office... Yeah, Nixon was untested and people had forgotten how awful he was as Eisenhower's VP in the 1950s. If CNN was around back then to r...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?
Replies: 118
Views: 6916

Re: Covid 19 vaccine and return to normality?

Who cares about the tourists? I would give up all the tourists in my town in a heartbeat if it meant life could go back to normal. The Kiwis can go to soccer games and concerts, can have large parties, and can eat out without fear of COVID. We in the US could have had that too if we actually bother...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Donald Trump get a second term?
Replies: 780
Views: 51390

Re: Will Donald Trump get a second term?

He barely waved and saluted. that used to be a capital offense for Fox News...... yet i´d be mildly surprised if Fox News viewer ever see that clip. best regards Thomas Fox News blew a fuse when Obama wore a tan suit and put mustard on a hamburger. Will Trump win? Despite recently failing polls it’...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting
Replies: 66
Views: 3361

Re: Kentucky cuts number of polling stations by 95 percent ahead of primary voting

I'm still unclear from my reading (multiple sources, including the judgement) as to whether or not this situation in Kentucky is active disenfranchisement or a reasonable response to the current health crisis. Is there any further insight happening. In the current environment I'm viewing waterfowl,...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to authorize sanctions against ICC members probing possible Afghan war crimes by US personnel
Replies: 28
Views: 1548

Re: Trump to authorize sanctions against ICC members probing possible Afghan war crimes by US personnel

When France left NATO, he rang President Johnson and was quite rude about it, as in get your troops out NOW. LBJ replied 'even the ones buried there? I’ve seen that urban legend around a lot, it was actually the US Secretary of State at the time, Dean Rusk, who was said to have made the comment, wi...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The D Day Invasion
Replies: 42
Views: 2348

Re: The D Day Invasion

What publicity the Pacific gets in America always annoys me because it is SOOOOOOOO incredibly Marine Corps-centric. What annoys me is the fact is the portrayal of the fighting in the Pacific theatre is so America centric, it’s pretty much only the US military vs Japan from Pearl Harbor to Island H...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 38-year-old deputy killed, 2 officers injured after ambush in Santa Cruz County
Replies: 18
Views: 1623

Re: 38-year-old deputy killed, 2 officers injured after ambush in Santa Cruz County

Dahlgardo wrote:
Method seems to work well, and without much outrage, for some "protesters" :roll:


99.9% of protesters aren’t “lynching” anyone. When some media sources paint all protesters as violent it is a deliberate smear job to obfuscate their message

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 38-year-old deputy killed, 2 officers injured after ambush in Santa Cruz County
Replies: 18
Views: 1623

Re: 38-year-old deputy killed, 2 officers injured after ambush in Santa Cruz County

DIRECTFLT wrote:
The suspect needs to be put down.

There is no mercy for this kind of blatant taking of life.


It’s “suspects” (note suspect not convicted criminals) being “put down” without “mercy” which is why the US is in this mess to begin with.

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 37291

Re: Another day another police killing

It was quite funny to see how Steven Crowder got outraged over a "feminist" account, signed up in June 2020... that at the time had 3 followers. How did he find that account so quickly...... ? Almost like he set up the fake account himself.... One could think everything people on the righ...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tiananmen Square Massacre
Replies: 13
Views: 1049

Re: Tiananmen Square Massacre

By being completely unable to manage the violent protests in the US and only threatening to use force to stop them and sewing more division with his comments, Trump is playing right in the hands of China, who now use him as an example of how dysfunctional democracy is and how the US is no better at...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NYT publishing Cotton's op-ed
Replies: 22
Views: 1127

Re: NYT publishing Cotton's op-ed

It's to prevent a future presidential run. "Just a few years ago he wanted to carpet bomb American cities" With what’s come out of Trump’s mouth since he started running for President and how his supporters blindly follow him do you think that’ll stop Cotton from attempting the same? And ...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 37291

Re: Another day another police killing

Police have the backing of right wing courts and right wing legislators. They can also use the "LOOK OVER THERE!!" defense to deflect from their horrible actions. As always. Don’t forget all the other excuses: “He had a long criminal record” “He resisted arrested” “He was wearing a hoodie...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 37291

Re: Another day another police killing

Lol, those weren't "medics"....they were Antifa medics, and totally incapable of providing medical care. They were mostly there as a stunt...Antifa's "medics" have already been filmed this week applying a tourniquet to a graze wound from a rubber bullet to someone's thigh as he ...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3088

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

One thing I just want to comment on, and it may be a "nitpick" to many: All lot of people say universal/national/single payer is at "no cost" or call it "free healthcare" and that of course is not true. There is a cost, a substantial cost, it is just built into the nat...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3088

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

Yes, and physicians in Australia earn a fraction of what they do in the US along with the whole train of medical labor. That’s an inescapable fact and doctors aren’t taking a 50% hit without a fight. Incorrect, fake news, nonsense. (or baloney as Americans call it). Here’s actual data: https://www....

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by sierrakilo44
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3088

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

For the most part it is the American citizens that do not want socialized health care. It would result in significantly higher taxes, less choice in health care, long waits for care. Single Payer is viewed as socialism which is not what the American people want, thats why Trump ended Obama Care BS,...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Do you support unpaid internships or not?
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: Do you support unpaid internships or not?

I was wondering what your opinions were on unpaid internships. I have always been positive about them as they give work experience to someone without any qualifications and my first real job was an unpaid internship. But recently, somebody told me that an unpaid internship, if you think about it, i...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 02, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 37291

Re: Another day another police killing

Don't forget, the United States of America was built on a violent protest, the Boston Tea Party. A lot of similarities with the protesters today. Sons of Liberty were protesting in Boston over their injustice, after having suffered deaths at the hands of the controlling authority, the British soldie...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lincoln Project Ad - Americans Must Choose 'America'
Replies: 45
Views: 2830

Re: Lincoln Project Ad - Americans Must Choose 'America'

Yes, I always used this argument when the Confederate statutes were being finally removed from public spaces, and Confederate names from schools and the "Stars and Bars" was taken down from atop government buildings. I find hilarious how all the Southerners who fly the Confederate flag sa...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump vows to end violence now
Replies: 171
Views: 9690

Re: trump vows to end violence now

Multiple C-17 and C-130 aircraft arriving into the Washington DC Area (Andrews AFB) at the moment from the bases of 3 US Army divisions: https://mobile.twitter.com/AircraftSpots/status/1267674928729358336 Bringing infantry of the 1st Infantry Division, the 10th Mountain Division and the 82nd Airborn...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3088

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

There is a great push by the conservatives to convince the working poor that universal healthcare coverage is going to give greater benefits to the poor (read LAZY) who do not want to work. That the 'bums' are going to have much better healthcare than the people who work. Rather than fight for bett...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3088

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

There have been some fabulous posts here on this. rfields and you both wrote things that are very meaningful. I am looking here to learn things. The US is looking for an answer to its unsustainable care issues and money issues. Healthcare is 17% of the US GDP. The Health Insurance Industry is one o...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3088

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

One of the main points of opposition to it that people usually point to is the idea that they wouldn't have any choice in their healthcare and would be forced into a bureaucratic system of low quality care with "death panels" yadda yadda even if they liked their private insurance...when i...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Jun 01, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 3088

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

This, of course, is unlike many other countries with universal healthcare who do in fact have robust private health and insurance systems for those who opt to pay for it. This is a major misconception I hear from Americans who oppose Medicare for All, that “other countries have private insurance an...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri May 22, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Boyd Group Intl. suggests that US airports sue China's CCP
Replies: 94
Views: 5231

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

The Chinese CCP government didn't just not leave their air traffic wide open. They also do so while underplaying the virus's humam to human transmission potential and threaten any countries who tries to close border because of it. By doing so they keep their international air traffic mostly nornal ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun May 17, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1501
Views: 51197

Re: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread

In normal times training a pilot means removing him/her from the roster so there is a cost there, but since we're talking about people mostly sitting on their asses right now, what is the cost exactly ? Especially for airlines owning simulators, training material etc. ? Quite a few costs. One, if y...

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