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by sierrakilo44
Fri Dec 31, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 284
Views: 74243

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

There has been a massive brain drain at EK. Many trainers and experienced pilots left either voluntarily or were forced out during COVID over the last 2 years. The problem started well before Covid due to deteriorating rosters and compensation. Fly them at your own risk! This kind of incident is in...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Dec 31, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 284
Views: 74243

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

Some info going around the F/O who was pilot flying was a low houred local recruit. So instead of having several thousand jet hours before joining they came straight into the right hand seat of a 777. Now while I'm generally a big fan of good ab initio schemes the EK Cadet program is not one of them...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Dec 25, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Since I've never even heard of someone hospitalized for the cold Sometimes colds/flus get mixed up There are those in a vulnerable state (infirm elderly mostly) who present to hospital with symptoms like fever and test positive to common cold causing viruses like rhinovirus https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Dec 25, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

South Africa has basically ended their pandemic response No more quarantine for positive asymptomatic people and no more contact tracing. Realising this illness is not overwhelming hospitals or causing significant fatalities and the response of locking up anyone who has been near a positive case is ...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Dec 22, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Sports around the world is being significantly affected by the rise of the newest variant of the Covid-19 virus. It has hit the US/Canadian National Hockey League, the USA's National Football League, the National Basketball League as well as many college games in the USA, English Premiere League fo...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Dec 22, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

If it is half as virulent as delta but daily infections triple (which to me does not seem desperately unlikely in UK), we will have increased demand on services. Add in a flu epidemic and we will be looking at problems. I just hope it is a lot less than 50% as good as delta at pushing people into h...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Dec 21, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

If the figures confirm what I have been suspecting, then the hard lockdowns and hard borders will look rather silly. One of Australia’s (a country hardly known for being soft on Covid) leading epidemiologists has stated after reviewing the data on Omicron there’s enough evidence to conclude Omicron...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Dec 21, 2021 12:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The concern driving the lockdowns is due to pressure on the NHS. For example, a person infected with coronavirus cannot attend their job as a healthcare worker (and even if you believe that Omicron is not a serious threat, it is a lengthy process to identify which variant is present, and furthermor...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Dec 20, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19
Replies: 15
Views: 1568

Re: Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19

The unfortunate truth that given Powell's age and co-morbidities something was going to get him in the near future. It happened to be Covid but he could have died from the flu just as easily. Its the sad truth of life. Powell had a cancer that destroyed his white blood cells. His immune system was ...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Dec 20, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19
Replies: 15
Views: 1568

Re: Elizabeth Warren Tests Positive for COVID-19

Like is said on the Greg Kelly thread, are we going to have a thread for every semi significant figure who tests positive for Covid? At her age the CFR for the unvaccinated is 3%, being double vaccinated reduces that by 94% and being boosted takes that down another 81%. That gives her a 0.03% chance...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Dec 19, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

The South Africa data claim ~0.3% hospitalization rate vs 1.3% for original variant. That'd be about 1/4. But with vaccine effect against hospitalization being 70% instead of 95+%, it mean vaccinated would see 6+ times less protections once infected. (~30% chance of breakthrough the protection and ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday
Replies: 33
Views: 2733

Re: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday

I agreed with these desperate measures when the initial waves were wreaking havoc on an immunity-free population before vaccines were available. Now it just feels like politicians got a taste of the seemingly unchecked powers this virus gives them the excuse to exert and liked it... It makes me fee...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Dec 19, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: School bullies could face up to three years in jail under new French law
Replies: 25
Views: 2144

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

I was mercilessly bullied as a kid and in my experience, it’s often the bullied kid who ends up getting into trouble when they finally defend themselves. Many also end up dropping out while the bullies face no consequences. My schools were zero tolerance but that doesn’t mean anything. I would desp...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Dec 19, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

That requires knowing if the Covid19 exacerbated the prior conditions. I suspect in a majority of cases, in particular heart trouble, strokes, miscarriages, and lung issues, that is the case. Uni suspect that but there’s no evidence of it. I would suspect that if Omicron is causing mostly mild symp...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Dec 19, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday
Replies: 33
Views: 2733

Re: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday

Since I have friends and relatives working the ICU wards, I understand the need for lockdowns. ICU admissions in the Netherlands have been dropping since December 1. https://coronadashboard.government.nl/landelijk/intensive-care-opnames This is roughly correlating when the total case numbers fell, ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Dec 19, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday
Replies: 33
Views: 2733

Re: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday

I'm in Belgium at the moment - it feels like practically all of the Netherlands has come over to Bruges, Lieges, and Antwerp to party it up. Just like how the curfew didn’t limit the number of people congregating in public. 100 people went out but instead of being spread out over a night they were ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Dec 18, 2021 10:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

Some data analysis from the UK showing the hospitalisation numbers and an Omicron “spike” may be overinflated: https://twitter.com/drraghibali/status/1472134530173702145?s=20 2/3rds of those tested positive in hospitals were admitted for non Covid reasons, and the chart in growth shows its matching ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Dec 18, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday
Replies: 33
Views: 2733

Re: Netherlands Going Into Hard Lockdown From 5AM Sunday

This has gone from being a pandemic to a darn circus. Yep. The more governments use lockdowns as a first resort the more citizens will just ignore restrictions. And this will be a blow for the vaccine effort. We were told vaccines would be the way out of this. So what’s the point if they just keep ...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Dec 18, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO tests positive for Covid-19
Replies: 23
Views: 2609

Re: Southwest CEO tests positive for Covid-19

Putting his comments aside for a moment, I do find it a bit annoying that every public figure who tests positive to Covid is having a news story written about them and being discussed over internet message boards. Kelly is double vaccinated plus booster. He’s going to be fine. Seriously are we going...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Dec 17, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2580

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

Simple answer: both. Complex answer: the US is large and difficult to manage. Federal and state/local law enforcement don't always coordinate well together, opportunities get missed, changing political agendas get in the way of long-term execution, etc. Federal agency budgets often get cut in the m...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Dec 17, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.
Replies: 55
Views: 3870

Re: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.

3 days later and the Omicron death toll still stands at one (and we don’t know how exactly Omicron contributed to the death of the patient, could’ve been ill with something else and contracted Omicron in hospital) If the virus is spreading as fast as the panic merchants say it is surely the death ra...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu Dec 16, 2021 3:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

False. Waning immunity does not mean vaccines are not as effective, the antibodies are still activate when it recognizes the virus. The media might have you think otherwise, but the vaccine still works, so to say it's not that effective is misleading. You still have protection Yes. Antibodies are o...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Dec 15, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2580

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

They aren't "goalposts", they are varying estimates....even the smallest of which dwarfs the number of gun homicides in the United States. Those numbers are suspect: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/13/602143823/how-often-do-people-use-guns-in-self-defense From personal experience in a (relati...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Dec 15, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2580

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

Stop being silly. You know perfectly well there is a 230 year old law that says murica must be filled to the brim with privately owned guns. This must under no circumstance be changed. Because. I’ve also got a question for Second Amendment die hards. The Second Amendment clearly says if I’m an Amer...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Dec 15, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2580

Re: Sandy Hook school mass killing 9 years ago

This seems like a troll/flamebait post. Everyone I know was horrified by Sandy Hook. Unfortunately, some people didn't see dead kids that day but saw a pile of small caskets that they could stand on to attack the Constitutional rights of others with. Pretty disgusting, IMO. So if it wasn’t appropri...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Dec 15, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021
Replies: 301
Views: 23075

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2021

In fact, as I linked in the vaccine thread, a study of 78000 infected South African shows that 2-dose vaccine only have 33% efficiency against infection and only 70% efficiency against hospitalization Another study showed the hospitalisation rate of Omicron in South Africa was about 1/3rd of Delta ...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Dec 15, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.
Replies: 55
Views: 3870

Re: The first death from omicron variant reported in U.K as lockdowns back on agenda.

First studies into Omicron from South Africa are good: Omicron hospital admissions - 38 admissions per 1,000, Delta admissions 101 per 1,000 Beta admissions 131 per 1,000 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/14/world/africa/omicron-south-africa-study.html Only about 30 per cent of those hospitalised with...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Nov 22, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Political Schism: Strained Friend/Family Relationships Due to Politics
Replies: 45
Views: 2447

Re: Political Schism: Strained Friend/Family Relationships Due to Politics

Well I have to say although both sides can have those too caught up in politics, in my workplace (the same as the theme of this workplace) the toxicity is definitely from the right. At worst a leftist opinion is something like “we should have universal healthcare” and generally that’s it. No “worker...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Nov 19, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.
Replies: 43
Views: 3669

Re: Female Chinese Tennis star missing.

She just shared some photos of her in her residence to her WeChat account, so missing no more. Perhaps she’s keeping a low profile because, just like a lot of women in Western countries, raising of harassment allegations attract a lot of unwanted attention and she wants to privacy. If women in West ...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Nov 05, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 US Elections.
Replies: 265
Views: 9459

Re: 2021 US Elections.

How soon they forget their opinions about Jane Fonda, The (Dixie) Chicks, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Janet Jackson, etc etc etc. You don’t even need to go back that far. This year notorious conservative firebrand and “free speech warrior” Ben Shapiro led an online harassment campaign to have an AP jo...

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by sierrakilo44
Thu Nov 04, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 US Elections.
Replies: 265
Views: 9459

Re: 2021 US Elections.

I tried searching for evidence that there’s an agenda in schools to “ram race and gender issues down throats” like “6 year old kids are being taught they’re responsible for slavery”. Couldn’t find a single piece of evidence from a credible source that there is a school curriculum with that message. ...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Nov 02, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 2021 US Elections.
Replies: 265
Views: 9459

Re: 2021 US Elections.

Is America stuck in a perpetual cycle of elections, fundraising for elections, mid terms, speculation of who’ll run, campaigning, analysing, off year elections.....?

In other countries it’s call an election, vote 6 weeks later, government sworn in on Monday, forget for 3 years.

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by sierrakilo44
Sun Oct 31, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Southwest pilot broadcasts political views to pax
Replies: 147
Views: 9146

Re: Southwest pilot broadcasts political views to pax

If a pilot spoke of his support for B.L.M. over the PA would those of you supporting him feel the same? Or is the support and downplaying only for views you believe in? Exactly I have my political views and everyone there’s, but the last place I want to be subjected to them is going about my busine...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Oct 30, 2021 11:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Southwest pilot broadcasts political views to pax
Replies: 147
Views: 9146

Re: Southwest pilot broadcasts political views to pax

tomaheath wrote:
I’m liking Southwest Airlines more and more! How does this make the pilot unsafe?


Question, would you be liking SWA “more and more” if the pilot had insulted Trump or a Republican, or broadcast leftist political views over the PA?

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Oct 30, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Southwest pilot broadcasts political views to pax
Replies: 147
Views: 9146

Re: Southwest pilot broadcasts political views to pax

Completely disgusting, and certainly socially inept, but unsafe? Potentially unsafe because “Let’s go Brandon” comments were also constantly being transmitted on guard (121.5), to the point ATC told an aircraft to stop transmitting. In a more wider sense it’s imperative to have a well functioning a...

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by sierrakilo44
Sat Oct 30, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Fox Tucker Carlson Promo Alleges 1/6 'False Flag' - Conservatives Criticize It
Replies: 66
Views: 4776

Re: New Fox Tucker Carlson Promo Alleges 1/6 'False Flag' - Conservatives Criticize It

No it wasn't. It was a protest that got out of control Hold on, isn’t that what they right say about BLM protests? But when they say it about BLM protests they say it in a bad way, “BLM Protests Out Of Control! BLM Burning Down Our Cities!” But when they dismiss the Capitol Insurrection as a “prote...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Can Islam reform ?
Replies: 61
Views: 4021

Re: Can Islam reform ?

> Saudi Arabia and Qatar are spreading salafism on top of this, which is a nightmare and can only lead to religious wars or worse. When we think of Islamic nations most go straight to Saudi Arabia and other major gulf nations most closely associated with extremism. But look at the list of biggest Is...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 63239

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

I wonder if SYD-DRW-DEL is a temporary arrangement until McGowan opens WA... I also think PER-JNB/CPT will be on the radar considering we may not see SA back on that route. QF has confirmed PER-LHR will be back in April. There's also a consideration DRW-LHR may continue in it's own right, but Perth...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Powell dead at 84
Replies: 50
Views: 2972

Re: Colin Powell dead at 84

Bush2 is slowly seeing building esteem for his presidency. Seriously? This is why the media/political sphere is so messed up. Bush 2 unleashed more destruction and negative consequences on the world than Trump did yet now he's friends with Ellen DeGeneres so he's alright now apparently. https://www...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Powell dead at 84
Replies: 50
Views: 2972

Re: Colin Powell dead at 84

If Powell had refused to give that WMD speech, the Bush Admin would have ousted him. He chose to keep his job. Who know what anyone would do in that situation. Talk is cheap. Easy for a man with his knowledge of history to predict that being the rare person to stand up and say NO would result in jo...

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by sierrakilo44
Tue Oct 19, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Powell dead at 84
Replies: 50
Views: 2972

Re: Colin Powell dead at 84

This is something that everyone should read before making Powell such a great man. Powell had a lot of blood in his hands. He had his choice and he decided to lie. And he knew it. The more I read about Powell the more I find his lies about Iraq were just one in a long list of evil behaviour. He wro...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Oct 18, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Powell dead at 84
Replies: 50
Views: 2972

Re: Colin Powell dead at 84

He played a key role in the run-up to the Iraq War. A war of opportunity based on nothing. A war in which 500,000 people were killed. Because the Iraqi people, from 6,000 miles away, vaguely resemble the 9/11 hijackers to some Americans. The atmosphere was so heated after September 2001 that the US...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Powell dead at 84
Replies: 50
Views: 2972

Re: Colin Powell dead at 84

it’s a shame he didn’t end up in the dock to answer for his crimes against humanity. This is often said but a misnomer since the US does not recognize the ICC. Not necessarily the ICC just any legitimate tribunal or court so he can answer to why he was part of a conspiracy to pursue a war of aggres...

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by sierrakilo44
Mon Oct 18, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Colin Powell dead at 84
Replies: 50
Views: 2972

Re: Colin Powell dead at 84

He was not at fault for the second Iraq war, but obviously tarnished by it. It’s surprising how quickly some forget history. On February 5 2003, one month prior to the war starting, Powell got up in front of the UN and the world and gave a presentation that he knew at the time was not accurate. Ove...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Oct 13, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 3209

Re: SPOILERS James Bond No Time To Die Discussion

007 and James Bond are linked, they are one and the same character, messing with the formula would bomb like the all female Ghostbusters, or a female Dr Who, or now Indiana Jones being played by a female, you know it will fail even before the movie has been shot and released. I have no idea why thi...

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by sierrakilo44
Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 420
Views: 63239

Re: Australian aviation thread - October 2021

redroo wrote:
As much as they want to do it, I don’t think the balance sheet can handle a 737 replacement order and an A350 order right now.


10 A350s for the price of 30 737 MAXs

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Oct 06, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country
Replies: 30
Views: 3067

Re: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country

The movie isn't being branded as a "propaganda movie" simply because of the setting it picked. Citing a section of review of the movie from Chinese government official media, The film begins with a concise and vivid plot, telling the audience that the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid K...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Oct 06, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country
Replies: 30
Views: 3067

Re: Chinese official admits that Taiwan is an independent country

The march towards war is on, the recent announcement of Australia getting nuclear power subs is indicative of it, Australia really doesn't need nuclear subs, the reasoning behind it I find flawed. This exact situation was predicted in this comedy show from several years ago: We’re spending close to...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 109894

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

787 (and future A350) captains and FOs nonetheless receive inferior pay (and - more specifically - conditions) than A380 (and previously 747) pilots. The biggest ‘efficiency’ saving was changes to ‘overtime’ payments for 14+ hour flights (I believe it’s now 19 hours on the new fleets?). When even M...

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by sierrakilo44
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Qantas selects A320neo and A220 families for narrowbody fleet replacement
Replies: 507
Views: 109894

Re: Qantas to officially issue tender on narrowbody fleet replacement in coming days

They already have instructors and pilots endorsed on the A320. QF group already operates A320 series with Jetstar, Express Freighters, and Qantaslink. Many QF pilots also too the opportunity to work at Jetstar on the A320 and then returned back to QF. It’s not that easy. You can’t just throw a bunc...

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