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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump announces regulation to lower prescription drug prices
Replies: 43
Views: 2400

Re: Trump announces regulation to lower prescription drug prices

Perhaps Doctor/Hospital should buy drugs through a central organisation resulting in more competitive pricing As long as the US continues bare the burden of the cost of a majority of R & D for the Pharmaceuticals then nothing will change. Although the EU is just starting to do development in ho...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump announces regulation to lower prescription drug prices
Replies: 43
Views: 2400

Re: Trump announces regulation to lower prescription drug prices

As Donald Trump said in March 2017, "Who knew healthcare was so complicated?" Big pharma and medical insurance companies have contributed more money than to Biden. Also to EVERY senate candidate, and most house candidates. Even to the Trump campaign. I'm guessing close to 5 or 6 % of every...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could the Trump's "administration" moves on FP be criminal?
Replies: 53
Views: 3039

Re: Could the Trump's "administration" moves on FP be criminal?

But is it campaign fund money or Donald Trump's money?. It is the voters money, the campaign. Heck, the Trump Campaign filed for and received plenty of money for the 2016 which was supposedly paid for with his personal money. In 2016, he spent about $66 million which may or may not have included th...

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by rfields5421
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Could the Trump's "administration" moves on FP be criminal?
Replies: 53
Views: 3039

Re: Could the Trump's "administration" moves on FP be criminal?

I know nothing about this since it's never happened in modern American history, but if you see what the Trump administration is doing: a) preparing sweeping diplomatic severings with China b) Mulling strikes on Iran c) Visiting an Israeli- West Bank settlement d) considering new trade sanctions on ...

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by rfields5421
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: About that "POTUS daily briefing" and classified documents
Replies: 23
Views: 1660

Re: About that "POTUS daily briefing" and classified documents

By default - the President is cleared for those briefings. But as noted, not only was Harris cleared for her role in the Senate, Biden was previously cleared for his role as a Senator and VP. a) completely new and hitherto unknown to the incoming president, and b) is there anything in those document...

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by rfields5421
Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are cruel rulers necessary?
Replies: 66
Views: 5263

Re: Are cruel rulers necessary?

Let me ask you this, what would China be like today without Mao? He dragged China kicking and screaming into the 19th Century and barely into the 20th Century. I doubt Chang Kai Sheik would have been able to attract enough people to unify China. Even his economic miracle in Taiwan would likely not h...

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by rfields5421
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Personal Perspective
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Personal Perspective

The election and COVID are not important today to me. My baby sister would be 64 today. She was born with a severe cleft palate which could never be completely corrected. We learned later that she also suffered some cognitive / mental disabilities. in 1963 my parents, and the other five of us, took ...

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

What drove GA leftwards while its neighbors moved to the right? Education and morals... Disagree. First the neighbors of Georgia did not move right. A few percentage points maybe, but nothing substantially changed. What they got was a bigger voter turnout, especially among their conservatives. What...

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

The Twenty-fifth Amendment (Amendment XXV) to the United States Constitution deals with issues related to presidential succession and disability. It clarifies that the vice president becomes president (as opposed to acting president) if the president dies, resigns, or is removed from office... How ...

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the political polling business broken?
Replies: 32
Views: 2141

Re: Is the political polling business broken?

Most of the examples you have cited - the result was within the margin of error of the poll, so that cannot be considered failures of the system. Personally, I've found polls have a negative impact upon the prospective winner more serious than upon the prospective loser. Prospective winner supporter...

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

She conceded. Has Trump? Hillary trusted the election process. And she had been on the losing side of elections - though the first was when Bill lost the governorship in Arkansas. Losing the Democratic Primaries to Obama may have been personally more difficult to accept than losing the election to ...

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

I seem to recall something along the lines of respecting those who were not taken prisoner. Coming from someone who stayed at home. Wonder how many voters in AZ were ex military or lost someone in Vietnam or elsewhere. Sometimes best to keep your nasty thoughts to yourself. Military people have lik...

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

bennett123 wrote:
rfields5421

So why change the Defence Secretary at this stage?.


IMHO it was purely petty personal vengeance to fire Esper.

It is my opinion that Donald Trump is basically a junior high school bully, determined to punish all who dare to oppose him.

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So far, which year is worst?
Replies: 54
Views: 4083

Re: So far, which year is worst?

I think it is all subjective. For many, 2001 is the worst year ever. For others, 1974 is the worst. Yes, 2020 has been horrible. I was going through so much personal stuff, I only remember like an hour total of 2001. Sept 11, 2001 was the day/ year/ event where my children lost their innocence. The...

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So far, which year is worst?
Replies: 54
Views: 4083

Re: So far, which year is worst?

meecrob wrote:
Honestly 2020 is kinda like "Ok, now they just ran out of ideas." Like a TV show that is trying to stay relevant.


Yes, US politics, voters and the political parties definitely JUMPED THE SHARK in 2020.

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by rfields5421
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So far, which year is worst?
Replies: 54
Views: 4083

Re: So far, which year is worst?

For the nation 1968 was a huge game changer. First Tet, while a military victory for the US and RVN forces, shocked much of the nation by showing Vietnam was a real civil war. Johnson saying he would not run for re-election. My father, who did not like Johnson, sat there shocked that he would give u...

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by rfields5421
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Potential Stock Market move TX - Which airlines stand to benefit most
Replies: 19
Views: 1809

Re: Potential Stock Market move TX - Which airlines stand to benefit most

Back about 2004-2005, while in IT for a Fortune 500 company, I worked in the project to move our corporate data center OUT of Dallas, to Kentucky. 6 of the 38 people moved. A lot of equipment moved, most going back to the leasing company. The new data center equipment was installed and ran in parall...

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by rfields5421
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

I think there is zero evidence that he will concede any time soon. I notice that one person recently replaced was Mark Esper at DOD. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Esper Esper broke with Trump by publicly opposing invocation of the Insurrection Act of 1807 and the deployment of active-duty troo...

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by rfields5421
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

Won't all votes received be counted soon, all the querying in all states be over, all legal suits be dismissed or adjudicated? Maybe. List of dates of certification for all the states https://ballotpedia.org/Election_results_certification_dates,_2020 On Dec 14 the formal election for President and ...

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by rfields5421
Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30230

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

Reopen everything. Immediately. Sure, lets see if we can get the US to 10,000+ deaths per day before the vaccine is available. The vaccine is TWO shots that have to be take THREE WEEKS apart, and immunity does not start immediately after the second shot. Say a month between the first shot and effec...

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by rfields5421
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

The other issue I see going forward, and one I just don’t see anyone tackling, is to restore trust in the media. A country can’t run if half the people don’t believe what’s being reported. IMHO putting the fairness doctrine back into the media rules, and having it cover all news channels, including...

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by rfields5421
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

So are the NC vote counts over yet? I've seen that both Trump and Tillis have narrow leads (<2 pts) there. But they have been quite slow with releasing vote counts. No. NC complies with the Military and Overseas Voters Act and accepts absentee ballots from those voters until ten days after the elec...

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by rfields5421
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

I am going to be upfront on this, as a conservative, I hope Biden fails as a president. Sorry if I trigger any of you but, I doubt any of you hoped Trump would have been successful neither. I hope every new president succeeds, because I do not want my fellow US citizens to suffer through a truly fa...

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by rfields5421
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30230

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

CBS program '60 Minutes' had a nice segment on distribution of the virus vaccine. The US Army General heading the program and how they were going to get it out, even near real time tracking of how many doses administered, etc. Look it up if you can. Very, very interesting. Ignore the lead story on t...

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by rfields5421
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

10 miles from the beaches, and outside Orlando, Gainesville, and Tallahassee , it is mostly an extension of Georgia and Alabama. I don't think it will be long before we start seeing elections where Georgia and even Texas go blue while Florida is red. The days of "winner always takes FL" a...

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by rfields5421
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

Venture away from those areas and the state just becomes and even muggier part of the rural South. Cattle country with a history of trail drives to bring the cows to the trains to ship them to the slaughter houses - Not Texas - Florida from north of Okeechobee west toward Zolfo Spring to near Brade...

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by rfields5421
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

To my knowledge, the "exception" ballots, those postmarked with dates after election day or with illegible signatures or other court allowed elements, are not currently being included in the state ballot count numbers. They are held and counted as the election progresses but are segregate...

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by rfields5421
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

The Democrats cannot take control of the Senate this year. At best is a tie. The Alaska seat has not been called, but with only 50% of the vote counted - the Republican has a 62% to 32% lead over the Democrat with 5 1/2 % going to a third party candidate. It would take near a 100% reversal of the re...

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by rfields5421
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PC-12 Ditches in the Pacific
Replies: 108
Views: 36912

Re: N400PW Ditches in the Pacific

Isn't it better, even cheaper, to transport such tiny planes by cargo ship instead of flying them over such long distances? Is there a ship going on that route within the proper timeline? Can the plane be disassembled to a point that it will fit in standard cargo containers, or must it be carried a...

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by rfields5421
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

One reflection I have is that the popular vote vs the electoral votes has a gap. Even Hillary Clinton gained the popular vote but lost the Electoral vote. Why do not number of electoral votes for a state better mirror its % of population? The electoral votes mirror the states' representation in Con...

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by rfields5421
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

More likely IMHO is that Biden will issue a pardon for Trump, in return for a peaceful and semi-supportive transition. Trump resisting the transition will put Biden six to eight weeks behind, so there is an advantage to him and his agenda. So you're suggesting one of the first moves of the Biden Ad...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

More likely IMHO is that Biden will issue a pardon for Trump, in return for a peaceful and semi-supportive transition. Trump resisting the transition will put Biden six to eight weeks behind, so there is an advantage to him and his agenda. He also does not want the first year of his Presidency to ha...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the ATC keep such precise seperations between aircraft during approach?
Replies: 54
Views: 6061

Re: How does the ATC keep such precise seperations between aircraft during approach?

But on final everyone is flying around 170-180kts. Especially the poor caravan who is told to fly their approach at maximum forward speed. Been to many a youth sports game in Lewisville, TX - less than 4 km from touchdown at DFW - suddenly a very loud noise as a turbo-prop passes over head trying t...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ILG Upgrades
Replies: 14
Views: 2027

Re: ILG Upgrades

How far do they take Marine One? I've seen reports that it has flown to Camp David. Aerial photo near the bottom of this page shows the helicopter landing area https://whitehouse.gov1.info/camp-david/ One the first uses of a helicopter by a President was to take Eisenhower from the White House to G...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US - Cuba under a Biden Administration
Replies: 15
Views: 2454

Re: US - Cuba under a Biden Administration

I think Biden will re enact the Executive order that Obama had. It should be done as soon as possible once the pandemic is over. I think rescinding Trump's EO which rescinded Obama's EO on Cuba travel will be in the very first batch less than a week after he takes office. But you are correct, nothi...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: RIP Alex Trebek
Replies: 12
Views: 1184

Re: RIP Alex Trebek

More unhappy news :-( on a day where my arthritis in my hip already made it a bad one. I'm old enough to have watched the original Jeopardy, but Alex was one of the most delightful hosts of any TV game show. I remember a thread, maybe on this forum, about who could replace him, and my memory of the ...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

I think the difference between then and now is that pretty much everyone was convinced Nixon was unsuitable and had to go. Here we see an electorate that is almost split 50:50 on Trump's suitability. I was more focused on pre-Watergate, especially the 72 election. Now to compare the 72 election to ...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

Their is a level of programming that I haven't seen in years involved in the warped sense of identity that is pervasive in the echo chamber. What blows me away is that the same generation that used to admonish mine about watching too much TV or MTV because it warps your brain, has fallen victim to ...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

Can anyone find for me the registration of Kamala's Bombardier GLEX (unlikely to actually be hers, obviously)? I'm suddenly curious. Almost certainly a charter by the campaign. That way it is a legal campaign cost.. EDIT of the above post after the forum edit deadline. Found this link - https://jet...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

Can anyone find for me the registration of Kamala's Bombardier GLEX (unlikely to actually be hers, obviously)? I'm suddenly curious. Almost certainly a charter by the campaign. That way it is a legal campaign cost. Ford pardoned Nixon prior to any criminal indictments (although Congress had started...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Odds of US Election ending up in the supreme court

Just curious as to what people think the odds are for the results of the election results in the US being contested in the supreme court? The courts, especially the US Supreme Court, must find that the lawsuit has standing - i.e. that it is about something over which they have power. You cannot tak...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PC-12 Ditches in the Pacific
Replies: 108
Views: 36912

Re: N400PW Ditches in the Pacific

Photos of a U-28A at Rotterdam (very pretty and anonymous, i.e. completely devoid of any air force markings or US flag) This has been discussed a few times on Military Aviation. The US military runs 'logistics and support' flights to various US Embassy and Consulate locations around the world. They...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should elections be managed or supervised by an international organisation?
Replies: 14
Views: 1018

Re: Should elections be managed or supervised by an international organisation?

I don’t know why people aren’t more aware of this, but yes, there are several internationaly organized «missions» to conteol and watch each others elections. The OSCE made it’s preliminary report a couple of days ago. These are heavy hitters in international politics, diplomacy, election and democr...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PC-12 Ditches in the Pacific
Replies: 108
Views: 36912

Re: N400PW Ditches in the Pacific

This shows how important it is to have the right equipment for these flights. I'm glad they're safe. Out of interest, isn't it possible to fly across the Pacific following the Aleutian Islands all the way from Alaska to Japan? The US Army used to ferry their C-12 ELINT aircraft US to Anchorage to A...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trumps B757
Replies: 59
Views: 7124

Re: President Trumps B757

I asked in the locked thread in MilAv if a president-elect would be allowed to fly from his home city in a civilian aircraft such as this posted there to his inauguration..... No doubt the Secret Service will have the final say on that...even as my post was removed and the thread closed. http://www...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

But then in 2024 Trump will be too old. He will be barely a year older than Biden is now (might be a bit under a year, you can do the math.) Anyone besides me remember that many people thought Ronald Reagan was too old? Taking office a couple weeks before his 70th birthday. Just thinking ahead: giv...

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by rfields5421
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

I think once it reaches the SCOTUS, Trump will be declared the winner. The US Supreme Court does not have the power to overturn the votes of the states. Bush v Gore in 2000 - the Supreme Court pointed out that their decision was not a precedent on future election issues. It decide one narrow point ...

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by rfields5421
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

We can't rule out him winning yet.

Extremely doubtful in my opinion. But miracles do happen, even bad ones.

As for his reaction - I think he would call it proof that he was right all along.

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by rfields5421
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 103543

Re: Official Election thread

CNN commentator thinks it likely that 3 states will have a recount and that would take several days. The fat lady has not even got on stage to sing or so it seems. Question for those in the know on the US constitution: Is the day the electoral college votes set in stone or would any outstanding leg...

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by rfields5421
Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:52 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: President Trumps B757
Replies: 59
Views: 7124

Re: President Trumps B757

What is the range on the B757-2J4 lightly loaded?

This aircraft surely isn't often flown anywhere near MTOW.

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