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  1. chrisg

    2001 brown face

    ROFL!!! I doooont think she wants to play TMFP.... Cheers
  2. chrisg

    2001 brown face

    No, did not hit a nerve at all just a vast difference of opinion. I use the past to build upon and improve tomorrow, it's too late to do much about today. Cheers
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    2001 brown face

    Hmm, That is probably true flip but I do TRY to avoid it. Cheers
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    2001 brown face

    Heh, Life these days is FAR too complicated for dedicated standards, something Republicans and FNQers seem to have trouble with... In a complex world, every case has to be treated individually, there should be no treading to the party line, but it still goes on - kinda moronic. Yeah, I believe someone has turned up some other pics of Trudeau in blackface, having fun. A long time ago. You really do not get it do you ? Canada had its issues, far more muted than those in the U.S. with racism, but they have done a rather interesting job of accommodating all and sundry - and that was where their rather stable society was at BEFORE Trudeau was even born. Get off the grass, your darling Trump is a demonstrable racist who preaches hate and division, but you are utterly blind to that. Show me a country that has not had racism issues, I'll show you a deserted island - even Robinson Crusoe had his Man Friday... Racism is endemic in society but we are climbing out of it, what keeps it alive ? Moronic harping on the past, but that's a theme tune for Republicans, always looking backwards... Shit for brains in other words. Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Just so it is not all Boeing knocking, there's a bit of an issue with the Airbus Neo, but not what you might think : https://www.forbes.com/sites/heatherfarmbrough/2019/09/19/why-airlines-are-losing-weight-on-the-airbus-320neo/?utm_source=quora&utm_medium=referral#3400944b3f74 Yeah, apparently it is too light so you need to be careful how you distribute the SLFs (self loading freight) and in some configs not seat passengers in the last couple of rows. Bet Boeing wish that was the only problem they had just now... Cheers
  6. I'm never inclined to leap to judgement over aircraft accidents but the early evidence of the similarities between LionAir and Ethiopian are rather stark. The AAIs will obviously look at the evidence from an unbiased standpoint and Boeing will doubtless start squealing that the pilots should have known of the potential issue from their NOTAMs but other possible causes are longer reaches given the evidence to date. Air accidents are always tragic when lives are lost but there are some nasty similarities not only between these two crashes but also another period of Boeing's history. There were a spate of crashes of the 727 in its early days. The common denominator was found to be primarily a lack of understanding of the deep stall characteristics of rear-engined jets which were new to the aviation industry particularly with an aircraft the size of the 727. Boeing resolved the issue with additional warning systems, an improved stick shaker/pusher system and training but not before several aircraft had crashed. Even that did not stop the Papa India Trident crash when the pilot repeatedly disabled the very systems telling him he had a deep stall condition caused by neglecting to extend the leading edge slats for take-off. Pilot error of course but the airliner industry moved away from rear engine designs despite several, including the 727 and Trident, going on to have long mostly accident-free service lives. I once spoke to a BAC-111 co-pilot who saved his aircraft when the captain had given up in a deep stall on a training flight, the possibility remained but pilot awareness improved and the likelihood of further incidents pretty much vanished. I've no problem with rear-engined jets at all, flown more than enough of the smaller varieties, but the deep stall condition is nowhere near as marked in shorter bodied aircraft. I don't think I'll be getting on a 737Max until the report is in. Cheers
  7. Might be me, not seen him for a few weeks, hope he is ok. Cheers
  8. chrisg

    2001 brown face

    Trudeau is ...Canadian, they do tend to be considerably more honest than their Southern neighbours, although most anyone would be more honest than Trump. What you, and others, are attempting to do is pillory him for something he did in jest years ago, probably before he even knew he was going to become their Prime Minister. It's ridiculous to enforce the standards of today on what he did years ago, which is why I wonder why he is even bothering to apologise, except it is election year... Much worse tales of Boris "the shaggy" Johnson are circulating. Of his days at Eton snorting cocaine out of the navel of prostitutes for example. He's also not the only English PM who is now owning up to drugs at Eton. Johnson is thus far ignoring it - probably a better idea than apologising. Cheers
  9. Seems storming Area 51 has sort of fizzled: https://www.news.com.au/travel/world-travel/north-america/only-75-people-turn-up-to-storm-secret-military-base-area-51/news-story/e7b0d834b2c442451f34b2afcdf148fe I don't suppose it is that surprising, it was intended as a joke after all. On the other hand the Air Force wanting to insist it is used "only for pilot training purposes" is a bit of a joke. The Air Force trains pilots on bases all across the U.S. although some bases like Luke are more involved in training and type conversion than others but they don't need a runway the length of that at Groom Lake nor do they have massive armed force security with permission to kill. Groom Lake is the admitted home of the U-2, which rather amazingly continues in service, of the SR-71, the Blackbird, and of the F-117, the Nighthawk. Those last two are retired although there is still the odd sighting of an F-117, presumably involved in stealth trials. Interestingly the B-2 spent little if any time at Area 51, nor did the Lightning II. It's assumed that the new bomber is being primarily developed there and may even already be flying but no one is talking. Rumors still persist of the existence, whether past or present, of the mythical Aurora, the supposed replacement for the SR-71. Personally I do give that one some credence. The -71 was developed in the early 60s if we can't have a much faster, much more stealthy replacement by now we are not trying. It would not surprise me if it has come and gone and there is an Aurora Mark II, it's been a long time since some indications first appeared. Whether it is manned or not would be purest guesswork. However I do wonder if we did not get a hint a week or so ago when Trump Tweeted a pic that was remarkably detailed of the Iranian site of a failed missile launch. To say the picture was detailed was an understatement and it wasn't even in original resolution. The spooks and others were busier than cats covering shit to explain it away and to scold the President who as usual continued on his ignorant way. The story that was accepted was that it was an indication of how much more advanced U.S. satellite technology was than what was admitted. Franky I doubt that. Whilst accepting that adaptive lens technologies or SLAR techniques may have advanced in the shadows it is still very, very difficult to get such a clear picture even thorough miles of relatively calm air let alone air over Iran which tends to be full of thermals. It looks to me much more like a shot taken from an offset angle from a very stealthy aircraft with a very, very good camera. It fact it reminds me of shots I used to see from the -71s during the Cold War. Think about it. The Iranians shot down a Global Hawk a few days earlier, whether or not it was inside their air is moot. But if you had a better, stealthier but high value platform might you not call it up? That the Iranians had an accident and bonehead went and published a pic. is just an unfortunate set of coincidences. Not that different to how the name Aurora came to be when it appeared on a mistakenly unredacted GAO set of budget figures years back. I don't know of course, but it interests me Oh, are there Aliens at Area 51 ? I very much doubt it. Groom Lake used to be hidden from Google Earth, it isn't any more. Presumably the Americans have even more secret locations hidden away across their huge territory. If there are any aliens, I'll keep an open mind on that, they would be elsewhere by now, not at Groom. Cheers
  10. chrisg

    2001 brown face

    I don't think you are thinking very clearly. To take Trump first he is hardly on the record as apologising for much of anything. If in the former statement or quote you are referring to Aboriginals and restrictions on purchasing alcohol it has been proven to work. No, it was not popular when first brought in but deaths in the Aboriginal community from cirrhosis and other associated alcohol related diseases are dramatically down and the move enjoys broad support in the Aboriginal communities in general. It may or may not be a transitory thing, its too early to say but the Elders have a belief that if they can break the cycle of the young men not getting employment and turning to drink, or worse as a result then it is a step in the right direction. On the other hand the NT cops pick off a few whites every year who are attempting to smuggle booze into the communities to sell at inflated prices. I don't know if they have your "you should be able to buy it if you can afford it" stance or if it is for profit but I strongly suspect the latter. Frankly a lot of the time I wonder which rock you are lurking under.... Cheers
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    2001 brown face

    yes, that's true Ry. Actually upon thinking about it more I rather think Trudeau made a bit of a mistake in apologising, he's have been better off saying "Sure I, dressed up as Aladdin, and in Blackface, had a ball! So did the folks with me that included (insert as appropriate if correct." ) He could then go on to say he probably would not do it today BECAUSE the world is so touchy and PC about everything. Spin it right and he'd create a virtue of it. Cheers
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    2001 brown face

    It is the prerogative of a person who feels slighted or debased to complain, if it does not bother black people, and I'll give you a reasonable bet it does not, then why would white people take offense ? Someone mentioned the KKK, I'd think anyone black or white, should be offended by someone dressing up in that stupid sheet and burning crosses but blackface is theatre, or a gentle mickey take at worst or could even be showing solidarity depending upon circumstance, perhaps even admiration. It happens it has fallen out of favor in our politically correct world but I rather suspect it is the WHITES that feel uncomfortable about it not the people of colour who most probably think it just silly. All in all it is rather pointless. Cheers
  13. chrisg

    What a joke

    Someone might want to remind him that it was U.S. troops in Saudi that so enraged Bin Laden that he knocked over the towers... What's wrong with the UAE or Qatar? Just as in-theatre, not as nuts. Cheers
  14. chrisg

    What a joke

    Interesting trivia, at a guess if we can contribute it will more likely be via Exmouth and surrounds on this round, or there's always Pine Gap I suppose, don't recall if it was online in '69. Cheers
  15. chrisg

    2001 brown face

    Then they go out of town - its a particular case where the needs of the many out-way the needs of the few. The Tribal Elders took a stand on alcohol a long time back because they saw how debilitating it was to many, many aboriginals. In 99.9% of cases it has worked and has made a dramatic difference to society in rural Queensland and possibly even more so in the NT. It does not and cannot work for everyone all of the time, partly because of flaws on the part of those who oversee the rules as happened with an SBS I think it was reporter in The Alice this week. Overall though the change has been remarkable. I have to say or repeat, Trudeau is the best thing that has happened to Canada in quite a while but Tall Poppies always have to cope with the ignorance of the lawnmower... Cheers
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    What a joke

    Can't really say I see much difference between picking up a signal on a geostationary or at Parkes - if you believe "The Dish" they lost link anyway, but did get it back If we can't do a LOT better than 1969, after half a century we really don't deserve to go back now, do we ? Cheers
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    What a joke

    I'd have thought just the rotational orientation of the earth still makes Parkes a necessary radio telescope to stay in contact with a moon shot. Although with advances in satellite tech. I would have thought could get by without it. Still, it's mostly symbolic and to keep the next moonshot on the agenda, five years is the goal. Cheers
  18. chrisg

    What's on your mind?

    Conjures an interesting image flip Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Actually I'm a little surprised that they were, the tower operators don't tend to look out the window anywhere near as much as they used to. The old days of watching each aircraft on finals, often with binoculars is sort of gone really, apart from on carriers. However Tullamarine does lend itself to plane spotting and the 787 is still sort of exotic enough to have a keen spotter in the tower pick up the binocs. Bet it woke him or her up Cheers
  20. chrisg

    2001 brown face

    Actually what's racist about black face if not including Jim Crow type dialogue ? Could be seen as kind of a compliment I think Trudeau is just pandering to the politically correct to protect his vote. In general I would have thought Canadians were a bit smarter than that, it's a considerably more racially integrated country than their neighbour to the south. Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    That is a strange one. It's not only part of a totally standard checklist to call three greens for gear down and locked, or some equivalent for the flying computer that the 787 is but at around 2,000 feet the system starts nagging you to remind you to lower the gear. Also if anyone has been on board most any aircraft with retractable gear they'd know it's quite noisy when being extended. Unless the crew were pretty much totally asleep at the wheel I can't think how such a thing could at all readily happen. The incident report will be very interesting. Cheers
  22. chrisg

    What a joke

    Yes, he will, and ScoMo probably wont object. Apparently they laid out a red carpet welcome for him and played the anthem on his arrival. A bit over the top, that sort of thing is more commonly reserved for royalty or presidents-for-life, no so much a Prime Minister-for-a-while. Happens I have some friends in Washington at the moment, they were a bit surprised to hear the Australian anthem being played, it was a practice session for his arrival. The situation around the Saudi oil hits gets murkier by the day. Both France and Japan are saying nothing in the intel suggests direct Iranian involvement whilst the Iranians are trotting out pieces of twisted wreckage they claim to be Iranian. It's a little confusing to say the least, the claim is the strikes came from the north, Yemen is south of Saudi, but if they did come from Iran you have to wonder how the Aegis equipped U.S. ships presently in the Gulf did not detect them. However the same could be said if coming from Yemen, the Saudis have pretty SOTA radar kit and countermeasures although the latter are not terribly well suited to knocking down cruise missiles or drones.What makes me rather certain the strike did come from Iran is that if it came from Yemen the missiles/drones would have had to actually fly past Riyadh, they'd be hard put not to be seen plus its a much longer trip. Pretty good bet THAAD or even iron Dome will be en route to Saudi soon, which might be a little confusing being Israel pretty much developed the latter and it is probably better at dealing with these sort of threats. Cheers
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    2001 brown face

    Hmm, It really is an odd one in the end. Black Face is actually something with a long, long history in well, vaudeville I suppose. In England growing up the Black and White Minstrel Show, long defunct of course, was incredibly popular and I honestly do not recall, in the era, anyone, black or white taking offense to it. Of course you could argue the people of colour of the day were afraid to object but I don't that was really the case, the show was pretty much totally decoupled from any aspects of racism. Rather it hearkened back to Al Jolson and "the Jazz Singer" the first "talkie" but also just a continuation of a long tradition of Black Face in vaudeville. Posthumously and really only in recent years he's been criticised but it is just as easy to point out that Jolson actually campaigned for black rights on Broadway and he also made black music palatable to a then very racist audience who were not otherwise going to accept it. Sometimes I think we just read too much into things and try to re-write history which is ingenuous at best and potentially malicious at worst. If black people want to complain about it, fine, but whites getting all upset is sort of pathetic in many ways. Cheers
  24. chrisg

    2001 brown face

    I think scruffy nails it, what was acceptable then might not be now, probably will be again in the future but to get the knickers all knotted in the now is a bit silly really. Unfortunately as a poliie on the re-election trail Trudeau, possibly the best thing to happen to Canada in 20 odd years has to pander to the silliness, or at least thinks he should. It's pretty pathetic really, it's not as if he did a Weinberger and raped someone, he was just having a bit of fun back then. Get over it. Cheers
  25. chrisg

    Hey guys!! Whats your goal in the near future..

    Enjoy pal, not my thing but not for me to judge Cheers
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