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  1. chrisg

    I thought of this today

    Heh, Sad but probably true. Cheers
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    What a joke

    I can't say that I have ever had a bad experience directly with a U.S. cop but at second hand I've seen it a few times. It's always dangerous to generalise and some allowance needs to be given for the fact that they are policing a heavily armed society but they can often come across as far too heavy handed for no reason. Cheers
  3. chrisg

    I thought of this today

    I totally agree but so many people seem of the opposite view. Cheers
  4. chrisg

    I thought of this today

    Not unless you include essentially baseless threats, no. Cheers
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    I thought of this today

    Not something anyone could imagine Trump doing. Cheers
  6. chrisg

    What a joke

    Interesting, I go away for the evening and it all blows up. The real reason behind the rioting is far more than just the killing of an unfortunate black person by a cop with a history of lesser offenses. America has been progressing toward this melt down for quite a while but Trump has inflamed it with his moronic tweets, his tacit encouragement of disobedience over the lockdowns and by most every act he has executed in the past three and a half years. He may not have started any new wars Leo - somewhat difficult to think of where to go for another one at the moment anyway once he backed off on Iran, but he has not really stopped any either. He made some half-assed attempt to pull out of Syria which was disastrous for the Kurds, he is letting Russia literally get away with murder in Libya, he is bogged down in Afghanistan and not able to properly complete the withdrawal from Iraq. His record on war is far from stellar. Before you go and shift that to well, Obama did no better, I won't disagree with you although he did his level best to disentangle as much of the mess that Bush landed him with as he could. Trump has just left it status quo with the odd statement that turns out to be completely wishful thinking, like the Syrian withdrawal that really just shifted the troops around to being more SF. That at the moment however is mostly irrelevant because his domestic policy has just come completely unraveled because he kept denying the virus was anything to worry about. Now he has over 100,000 dead, rapidly rising unemployment, the economy melting down around him and the streets filling with people who have had enough. There are a lot of different reasons why the cities are burning up, not just the death of George Floyd but that has proven to be the catalyst. Cheers
  7. chrisg

    What's on your mind?

    Just in case you did not know, Finland has been dragging itself back from a period of near prohibition way back in the sixties and seventies that had it go through a period of fighting extremes of alcoholism to where it is sort of stable. They discovered, to really no one's great surprise that if you dramatically restrict alcohol it flourishes as an underground economy lacking reasonable control. Cheers
  8. chrisg

    What a joke

    ..and I might need to spend some time deciding if that is sarcasm, or not... Cheers
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    What a joke

    That leaves the beast headless but under the control of a dangerous moron Leo. I don't like the alternative, it's ridiculous that the Dems, or some new party cannot come up with a valid and relevant alternative to this pestilence but it appears they can't. However give that is the case I'll take Biden, he is decidedly less likely to doom us all, there is zero guarantee of that around orange man. Cheers
  10. chrisg

    What a joke

    No, There is reality and there is the presentation of reality by the media. I do not subscribe and never have to the latter. It's time to 'fess up Leo, do you support Trump? Because if you do then for all your purported smarts you have careened off the right hand edge into utter stupidity. Cheers
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    What a joke

    No, not at all all Trump's fault but he has been a remarkable catalyst. If he were even a shadow of a President he would have been dampening down the national angst, dealing with Corona in an adult manner, as Australia did, and actually managing the economy not trashing it. Instead the fuckwit has basically bolloxed everything in sight. I saw the article about the captain being killed, nothing can excuse such action but it is nothing but a passing tragedy on the way to the peak, one that trump is way too fucking stupid to see. If something does not change civil war is coming to that country - some might say it already has. Cheers Cheers
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    What a joke

    Heh. Anarchy in the U.S.A is basically a reality, well and truly incited by Trump. The uptake of covid promises to be horrendous over the next few weeks given how much their distancing is being ignored and their ignorant attempts to reopen the economy after not quelling covid enough in the first place. Basically he is presiding over the downfall of the nation at the moment so what does he do? Go wave a Bible around, upside down by the way, outside a church after clearing a path with tear gas and rubber bullets... If I believed in a God I'd hope he did enter a church so he could be struck down... He's is a shit-stain upon humanity and the quicker he is gone the better. Unfortunately the Dems are so far not fielding a hugely viable candidate either, it's geriatrics on parade over there at the moment but if Biden picks a strong VP that should reinvigorate matters. God help them all if Trump croaks and the Bible bashing zombie takes over. Cheers
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    A Snowbird crash in Canada

    It appears it may have been a birdstrike: https://theaviationist.com/2020/06/02/bird-strike-possible-factor-in-snowbirds-ct-114-crash-that-killed-one-injured-pilot/ But nonetheless it does sound like the days of the Tutor may be numbered. The Snowbirds have had their issues over the years but it would be a shame to see them disappear. I've not seen them perform in many years and they rarely do outside of North America, I vaguely recall they did come to Paris one year but that would have been a very long time ago if my memory is not playing tricks. Cheers
  14. Whilst preparing for some morale boosting flyovers a RCAF Tutor aircraft has crashed on Kamloops BC. https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/canadian-air-force-jet-crashes-into-home-reports-one-dead/news-story/8fb0f90dea5544ebd2495da4557ef98b#itm=newscomau|news|right-now-in-|0|Canada plane crash%3A Air Force jet crashes into home%2C one dea...|index|world&itmt=1589769813613 I have friends in that town so glad no one was hurt on the ground but sorry for the pilot. To be honest I was a bit startled to see they are still operating the Tutor, it's very similar to the British Provost that was retired years ago. Apparently they date back to 1963, 57 years is a bloody long time for a jet to be in continuous use. Cheers
  15. I really do not quite know what to make of this, but it is frighteningly plausible: https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/coronavirus-may-have-leaked-from-a-chinese-lab/news-story/0bc7c4f52892eb2e51e788b8e2e45c07 A separate thread for CV news was probably due anyway. To my mind the containment has been pretty much consistently bungled, especially with regard to the Diamond Princess but I am still trying to resolve just how Australia is dealing with it. Initially the banning of inbound flights etc. whilst perhaps somewhat heavy-handed definitely kept the numbers low and contained in Australia. But now - the deal is that if a returned person from the infection zones is found to be contagious, primarily now at the Darwin facility, they are passed along to their state of origin for isolation and care. Question. How do they safely get there without potentially contaminating others ? No one seems yet able to answer that with much confidence and meanwhile Japan, which has a health system at least as advanced as ours seems to be losing the containment battle, as is South Korea. This is a long way from being over. Cheers
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    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    I'd missed the latest, or near latest anyway, released figures on what has been happening to the MAX orders: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/14/boeing-customers-cancel-staggering-number-of-737-max-orders.html No one is really saying it but that must be among the largest cancellations in aviation history outside of the military. There have been incidences in the past of options not being taken up, Concorde was a classic example of that, but not orders. Of course the pandemic complicates things as well and none of those orders seem as yet to have gone across to Airbus but it is certainly taking dollars off of Boeing's bottom line. With the South Carolina plant production temporarily suspended all Boeing are putting out the door at the moment are a small number of military fulfillments. Desperate times for them... Cheers
  17. 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
  18. chrisg

    What a joke

    It's what Trump and his followers have to believe - they are at core so racist they cannot see it in themselves. Cheers
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    SpaceX timing could be better...

    As human beings I really do not care much for either of them but Musk is at least a solid contributor to change, Bezos is just a retailer writ large in the end who had the immense good fortune to be in the right place at the right time with excess computing capacity. What I DO like about Musk is he sees challenges as puzzles to overcome not obstacles to avoid. Cheers
  20. The Dragon launch delay was a signal of a responsible organisation not getting pressured into launching and they have not committed to a Saturday U.S. time launch despite Trump coming back again, it will depend upon weather and a clean vehicle. However today Starship goes and blows up at the Texas facility. Until they clarify I'll assume it is just part of the destruction testing that has seen the vehicle "explode" more than once, it's all a part of qualifying the vehicle for space. However with the eyes of the media on the launch it might have been a good idea to give the Starship team the weekend off... Cheers
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    SpaceX timing could be better...

    That's a long way down the track and Mars not having an ozone layer means immediate domes are a given. High orbit habitats seem so much more sensible (Besides, I like the idea of being in orbit but also being able to drop down to earth for lunch ) Cheers
  22. chrisg

    SpaceX timing could be better...

    Hmm, If by capture an asteroid you mean mining and a significant move of population to the La Grange points I completely agree with you. Snare a big rock and we could have all the material we need for multiple habitats on a grand scale, making terraforming Mars rather redundant. I'm somewhat unconvinced anywhere else in the solar system is truly habitable, we seem to be in the Goldilocks Zone and the exo planets are out of reach right now. What Musk is doing is inevitably polarising, beit his cars, SpaceX or his Internet constellation but he is doing SOMETHING not making excuses or just making money. Cheers
  23. chrisg

    SpaceX timing could be better...

    Yeah, in an interesting way the moon is the ideal way station, much lower gravity well once you haul or manufacture what you need there. I read an interesting comment on exploration many years ago of how difficult it was to get to the South pole the first time but when we went back about fifty years later we just went in style in snowcats. Yesterday's launch reminded me of that but the next step to the moon might well be similar. Cheers
  24. chrisg

    SpaceX timing could be better...

    Yeah, there are times when I do think that automation in aviation has gone too far but when orbiting at 17,500 mph and wanting to rendezvous with an essentially priceless space station it's a good thing. It's all relative though, the final approach speed was down in low single digits and went to zero for the soft dock. It's amazing to me how advanced the Dragon/Enterprise is compared to the capsules I saw NASA launching when I was a kid, incredible vehicle. Yet it is to SpaceX just a stepping stone on the way to Mars. Cheers
  25. chrisg

    Problems with the 737MAX ?

    Yeah, every now and again an interesting looking job at Boeing Australia pops up but I've never really been inclined to apply. That's not to say I'd even get it although my creds often match, more they are not an employer I could really get interested in. Cheers
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