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  1. Bothers me? They have mental disorders. I love how it’s been man/woman for thousands of years and in a short 2-3 year timespan we’re the assholes for not using they/them/zer give me a break. It’s a mental health issue.
    14 points
  2. Guess I'll be the asshole here. I witnessed numerous base support agencies milk covid ops well past the point of reason. I'm talking teleworking and zero in person customer service hours long past the point everyone else was back to work in person. This also falls on the wing commander (ours was a bag of shit at the time) to properly set expectations. In my time dealing with support agency officers I've found they almost regard themselves as guardians against external forces making their troops do actual work. Like a "not in my AFI" brick wall that actually has some rank behind it. This isn't everyone, and I know support functions are often a thankless job (much like Squadron scheduling no one notices it until its fucked up) But I'm somehow the asshole because I'm wondering where my TDY pay is 2 months later, even though they'll throw a shit fit if I don't submit my voucher within 5 days. I'm the asshole for having the audacity to cold call a support agency during business hours to try to fix a problem without an appointment. And I'm especially the asshole if I expect their office to have walk in hours that wouldn't make a banker jealous. Question: if they're so desperately understaffed and behind on work why is the entire FSS taking hour plus lunches and their parking lot empty by 1530 every day?
    12 points
  3. To Nsplayr’s point, I volunteer with Young Eagles when I can; over the years I think I’m up to about 3 or 4 black kids who, when asked, “so what’d you think man, want to be a pilot now!?” responded with, “well I can’t be a pilot because I’m black.” Wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t been the one they were talking to. So why’d they answer that way? Well, the short of it is they’ve been fed a complete bullshit lie about life, this country, and the people in it. And unfortunately after a little more talking to them, my feeling has been they’ve received most/all of the bullshit POV from friends and relatives, NOT from the KKK guy down the street shouting slurs at them. The communities they live in are so uninformed/misinformed and continue to internally propagate completely false narratives against themselves. To that end, I completely support outreach/educational efforts in these communities - I want every minority kid to know they can be a pilot if they so choose, and at the end of their adolescence road, I have no problem if none of these kids are selected if they don’t make the bar, but if they do make the bar, then welcome on board and I’m glad to have you! Now, quotas and going for specific percentages - that’s bullshit and a complete miss. Targeted informational outreach and recruiting, but without any affirmative action bullshit, would be a good thing.
    12 points
  4. At the tactical level it seems that way and for purpose. I mean if you think about it for a minute, as a CGO your entire purpose is to be singularly guided by your organizations mission and to drive your team to the accomplishment of that mission at any costs and without any regard to the bigger picture. It's very much a mindset adopted from the Army. With rated careers we get the advantage that we are at the tip of the spear and so our mission is often in co-alignment with operational level objectives at the theater level. Makes it very easy for us to see the big picture. However, in theory, that spear doesn't drive itself, but the force comes from the heft at the rear that pushes it, or; all of your support agencies. When you get to the strategic and even the operational level Air Force or joint organization staff, all of that haze tends to disappear for everyone. The support agencies get a better picture of how important it is to ensure crews and aircraft get off the runway and fly toward an objective. Their action officers WILL bend over backwards to make that happen. Meanwhile, from an ops standpoint, we typically get educated on the enormous backend that is super important to sustaining a military but we just never see how it connects. Logistics supply chain, casualty management, force health, engineering, etc.... Much of the support force as it exist in peace time isn't necessarily relevant in current purpose but is there as posturing decision and a way to elicit a feedback loop from lower echelons. It's a bit hokey but at the base level the customer service front of these agencies is a poor reflection of their importance, largely because their actual neccesity isn't really practiced except in war or major exercises. I would like to say your poor customer service is because they spend most of their time actually focused on what that war time mission is but I don't think that's really the case. Rather, both pieces tend to naturally deter from one another. The customer service front gives them the familiarity with the systems and processes that are neccessary to them but short actual conflict they aren't actually managing them in a meaningful manner that generates war power. The last piece to all this, is at the HAF and DoD level, people aren't really concerned with an individual or their outcomes. So your poor experience at finance isn't really that important to anyone. Rather, they are more focused on the overall performance of the machine as it runs. In other words, "if finance gets it right 95% of the time, we are doing well. For the 5% who's pay for fucked, well sorry that happened to you but the force at large is still very capable of combat and that's my bigger concern." All of this resonates as truths you hear throughout your whole career. "Noone cares about your career more than you." Etc.... The further you get from yourself and your immediate supervisor, the more that magnifies. You're a number, with no individual importance or value, other than hitting the baseline expectation of your role. It's why if you're a talented officer or aviator, you absolutely should get out when you get the chance. Because your value will be better recognized and appreciated elsewhere.
    11 points
  5. I certainly agree Jan 6th was a horrible day for America, but Democrats stood by (and in some cases cheered), as Left Wing radicals burned American cities and stormed U.S. buildings. Just because you repeat the narrative that doesn't make it true. If you want to talk about him challenging the election please be equally damning in going after democrats who did the same thing - Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So Sadly I sense some TDS, this is not about Trump...I don't like him and I want him to go away, but the radical left under crazy Uncle Joe has been empowered to do a LOT of damage to this country. You can try to over complicate the immigration argument but it is a simple fact, with effort on the border and things like the remain in Mexico policy FAR fewer were crossing our borders illegally...many were deterred from even trying. Are there several factors that need to be adjudicated, of course, but this wide open bullshit is bringing havoc. I am usually a rule of law kind of guy so sorry this path to citizen ship for 11 million that came here ILLEGALLY is complete bullshit. I favor a path for the dreamers, they were kids and had no choice in the matter, this country is all they've ever know but the adults that BROKE THE LAW, hell no, get OUT! Granting them citizenship is a giant FU to the MILLIONS of people standing in line trying to come here LEGALLY. We are a country of law...why is that so difficult? Do we need legal immigration, absolutely...we need workers (skilled and unskilled), and as you point out the demographics of the boomer generation points to serious issues if we don't make adjustments. That being said and acknowledged lets do it legally, with background checks and a secure border that at least slows the most wanted terrorists and tons of illegal drugs that are flowing across the border and into our country. I believe the last number I saw said we allow about one million folks each year to LEGALLY emigrate the U.S., if that number needs to be increased, let look at it and do what makes sense for our country. It is ironic that the liberal mayors of these so called sanctuary cities are screaming for help with Texas sending them illegals. These nitwits get a small taste of what they have done to Arizona and Texas and they cry like little bitches. NYC cried uncle after 2,000 arrived over a month when Texas is seeing 7,000-8000 EACH DAY! The ultimate buffoon is Lori Lightfoot who then put them on a bus out of her so called sanctuary city.
    10 points
  6. If this is a war of economic attrition between Russia and the entirety of NATO...I feel freaking fantastic about winning that one! Fuck Putin...you can live relatively peacefully in your petrostate dictatorship for the rest of your days if you KIO with all the polonium and invading your neighbors. I sincerely wish better for the Russian people, but that's on them at the end of the day. But the minute he stepped across the border and started murdering innocent people, it becomes our business. It should have been our business in 2008 when Russia unjustly attacked Georgia and we failed on that one. As has been reiterated many times over, the relatively small amount of money being spent to help the Ukrainians defend their country and bleed out the Russian war machine has got to be the most efficient DoD money pound-for-pound spent since probably 1945.
    10 points
  7. Hhmm, death rates also match obesity rates. Weird.
    9 points
  8. The liberals simply don't care. The country is being run by a demented shell of a man, I pray he doesn't hit the nuke button reaching for his Life Alert. As long as they got rid of the Orange Man. Truly criminal that his wife and staff are allowing this to continue.
    8 points
  9. It gets better. https://taskandpurpose.com/news/air-force-general-mike-minihan-mobility/ “Lethality matters most,” he said. “When you can kill your enemy, every part of your life is better. Your food tastes better. Your marriage is stronger,” Minihan said.
    8 points
  10. I think the “why” with a lot of these life changes is that folks at varying levels of authority think this is the way this country is going. A small, vocal, lunatic fringe wants to go this way and they know how to amplify their voice via social media and other key areas. However, the VAST majority of people don’t care for this stuff. Has anyone ever met a chick that actually cares if the group is addressed as “guys”? I’ve flown with several gay folks and they never made the slightest bit of a deal out of any of this stuff. Honestly, the root cause of alot of this is well intentioned (but wacky) liberal, upper class white women. This is not a new phenomenon. They’re so sure they’re championing marginalized communities (Latinx anyone?) that they can’t be bothered to actually learn anything about the issues. I knew this was all bullshit when we had the meetings after George Floyd and I took it upon myself to try to really learn about the issues. I brought up discussions of civil rights going back to the Civil War up through Malcolm X vs MLK Jr, recidivism with black men, war on drugs, crack cocaine epidemic and the effects on the above, disenfranchisement, etc and got blank stares. Someone brought up “white people bad” and we were back on timeline. Bottom line, educate yourself on this stuff and you’ll learn something and also realize how much of our national discourse is fueled by the sound byte and online engagement. But that’s not where real people actually exist.
    8 points
  11. Ultimate slap in the face to your opponent is when you put meme's directly on your aircraft
    8 points
  12. With commuting likely in your future, I strongly suggest you consider FedEx. It's got one of the most commuter friendly systems in the industry. Some specifics: First, for trips that actually leave from your domicile, there are few if any "non-commutable trips". There's an AM launch and a PM launch and with very few exceptions, the inbound flights you would be jump seating on are timed to arrive for the sort to put the rubber dogshit on those outbound flights. If you're actually commuting to domicile on one of our own jump seats to an AM launch (for example) it doesn't matter where you're coming from. As long as your city is served by a FedEx flight, there will be a jump seat flight you can ride in that will match up with the outbound that's the first flight of your trip. By "match", I mean your arrival in domicile on the jump seat will be within 2-3 hours of your trip's scheduled show time. Jump seats are reservable up to 3-weeks in advance on a first come, first served basis. Once you have a reservation, it's yours. Unless you're trying to commute out of DEN, ORF or some other high density, high demand cities, getting a jump seat reserved is a non event. But, the nice thing is that a huge percentage of the trips start with a deadhead, so a jump seat reservation is unnecessary. The company buys you a ticket to city X for a certain price. If you already live in city X (best scenario) then you have no need for the ticket. You cancel the deadhead and show up for the revenue flight out of that city after getting paid all day to stay at home. If you don't want to leave your car at the airport all week, you can use some of the ticket money you didn't spend to get an uber or limo to take you to work from your house. Many trips also end with a deadhead which allows the pilot to do the same in reverse if he lives in city X. The more common scenario is that a pilot will use the deadhead money to buy a ticket from his home airport to the city from which the first revenue flight leaves. Possibly the same at the back end of the trip as well. It's very common that a pilot who can hold front and back deadhead trips (called "double deadheads") rarely sets foot in his actual domicile. This is not a unicorn scenario only for the very senior. I helped another Eagle bud get hired 18 months ago. He lives in Vegas and went to the 757 for QOL and seniority. After 6-months, he was able to avoid reserve and regularly get front deadhead trips to the west coast. Now when he goes to work, it's usually via a front-end deadhead to Vegas, Reno, Oakland or some other west coast city. He's in one of the spots in the crash pad I run in MEM and I don't think I've seen him there for more than one night in the last 9-months (aside from his recurrent month). Just like the front end, the back of trips that require you to arrive in domicile will almost always have an outbound flight back to your home city. Some of the rubber dogshit you (or someone else) brought in on the last flight of your trip has to go to your home city. After a couple hours or less of sort time, you jump on a jump seat back to your home town and call it a trip. With a little seniority, the number of commutes each month is usually a max of two. The gold standard for a domestic schedule is week-on, week-off. International flyers can reduce that commute frequency to once a month if they're willing to work a single 12-14 day trip. With the deadhead tickets and deviation options, most, if not all commutes are on a positive space ticket paid for by the company with full pay for your time spent getting to work. I realize the cargo dark side is not for everyone but make sure you're getting an accurate perspective on what it's really like and not what you assume or what someone in the pax biz has decided it is. I've done both types of flying and I can say without a doubt that the schedules at FedEx are easier and way more commuter friendly than anything I did at UAL. I'm an international junkie and I'm in a 5-star hotel in Singapore as I type this. My last duty day today was a one hour flight from Penang, Malyasia to Singapore. Tomorrow I will deviate and forgo the scheduled deadhead on UAL from here back to SFO (my current base). Instead I will take my airline of choice (AA) back to the US via Tokyo and Dallas. It's a long day but some decent food, premium booze and a lay flat bed in business class will make it tolerable. I went to work on 29 Aug on another commercial deadhead to Singapore and will be home on 13 Sep. In those 2-weeks, I flew 12 revenue flights for a total of 32.5 block hours. Aside from the deadhead duty from/to the US, my longest duty day was 8 hours. That's my month. I have the rest of the month off and if I choose to bid a schedule that starts mid-October will have more than a month off without any vacation. I have not broken through 50% in my current seat (767 Captain) and have spent most of my career at about 60% in my seats where I am now. It's not difficult to get these schedules, especially if you're willing to fly internationally and spend bigger chunks of time on the road. Or you can stay domestic and seek QOL in the junior equipment like my Vegas bud. There are pros and cons, but I'm flying with 30-year old new hires who will be 777 Captains before they hit 40 if they want. We have 5 year 767 Captains. There's something to be said for a pilot being able to spend the last 20-25 years of their career in the left seat of the top earning aircraft. Worth considering. If you want more info, let me know.
    8 points
  13. uh there was a giant conspiracy. look at the emails that were sent internal to the CDC and the memos sent to big tech to censor opposing ideas. that's factual my man. the fact is the CDC and federal government conspired with twitter specifically (and big tech in general) to censor and ban private citizens and doctors dissenting opinions. the email chain is there. alex berenson has the email screen shots. (reference joe rogan episode #1864) its bad. and there's gonna be hell to pay. and no, alex berenson isn't some right wing nut job...you can look him up. as far as pigeon hole....well seems like biden's done that for me. you either voted for him or you're "extremist" and a "threat" to the republic. in regards to pigeon hole related to the pandemic...there's only two sides. you either approve of how FL type states handled it...or you approve of how CA type states handled it. there's no middle ground. you're either for individual rights and choices or you're not. that's not a pigeon hole or strawman. i'm amazed at how many citizens blindly trust their daddy government and will never hold it accountable for gross violations of their constitutional rights.
    8 points
  14. I don’t think too many people outside Russia will believe the US is behind this. If by “brilliant strategic plan” you mean Putin committing yet another unforced error and shooting him self in the foot for the umpteenth time, well, ok I guess.
    7 points
  15. Not to worry - the (checks notes...) AMC Commander's got the read on what the actual operational personnel in the service consider "the mission" ... (I think this is a great turn of messaging for the command by the way) https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3167080/win-or-die-amc-commander-presents-mobility-manifesto/ "The world turned upside down..." Chuck
    7 points
  16. Ignore and downplay this garbage at your own peril. This is not some annoying side show of worthless CBTs. Ever since 2020 and George Floyd the extreme far left is not afraid to show that a pillar of their political agenda is racial and identity politics. These people are now in positions of power all over the govt and the DoD. They are not doing this out of some goodwill gesture to have a more accepting military force. These folks hate the military; the entire mil structure is a giant sucking chest wound of money that they believe would be better served being poured into social programs. What better way to weaken an entity you hate than degrade it by instilling and indoctrinating as many people to your agenda as possible while simultaneously turning off the main base of talent that the military used to recruit from. A chief of diversity for the Pentagon has legitimately and openly racist tweets from not that long ago towards white people. This is not some FoxNews fantasy, it’s really happening.
    7 points
  17. The question is who is "they?" I'd argue it's not so much the contractors, as it is the Air Force. In particular, AFMC and ACC. Contractors gonna contract, they're gonna occasionally be slow and provide substandard product. That's not ideal, but that's just reality of the supply base for military aviation. A former professor had a different way of putting it - the difference in standards between military and civilian aviation is why, when a 737 makes a smoking hole in the ground, the heirs of each person sitting in the back gets tens of millions. When a F-16 does the same, the heirs get a couple hundred grand in SGLI money and a folded flag. A morbid aspect of the difference in civilian and military aviation. And the topic of "counterfeit parts" is obviously incredibly concerning, but so far it just seems like a red herring in this case. It makes for good press, but hasn't yet been attributed as causal to the incident. In theory, AFMC and ACC should be the "adults in the room," advocating for keeping the best possible hardware in the hands of the warfighter. In the case of AFMC, it would be the System Program Office (SPO) for the F-16 and whatever SPO handles the ACES-II seat and components. One would hope that, due to the criticality of their application, all mods, TCTOs, etc related to the ejection system would be given the highest priority within the Air Force enterprise. Everything about this accident seems to point towards the ejection seat mods being treated the same as any other mod on the aircraft, and scheduled when they'd be the most convenient and least manpower-intensive. Either way, lots of missed opportunities: TCTO 11P2-3-502 was issued for the shorting plug installation. When the plug wasn't available in 2017, ACC decided to push the install 36 months, to the next seat maintenance opportunity. Why was such a safety-critical mod allowed to be pushed three years to the right? Who made that call, and what was their reasoning? What was the original compliance deadline on the TCTO? The shorting plug was out of stock, for some reason. Did someone from one of the SPOs go beat down the door of the supplier to expedite orders for the shorting plug? Did someone search out an alternate source? Or did no one take any action, and accept whatever slip they manufacturer gave them? The DRS reached it's life limit, and it sounded like ACC asked for three individual six month extensions. ACC is looking to the "big brains" in the SPOs in AFMC to provide well-reasoned technical guidance on whether or not the life should be extended. Did AFMC do any kind of no-shit analysis and come to a well-supported conclusion? Or did some desk jockey just sign it off to keep the boss happy? In hindsight, the combination of a required TCTO, along with expired service life should have given someone pause. When the shorting plug became available, ACC didn't install it on the aircraft. When the replacement for the DRS became available (the MASS), ACC didn't install it on the aircraft, either. Instead, they pushed all mods to the next available maintenance opportunity. That's great for efficiency in manpower and aircraft availability, but poor for safety. Again, an OK path if your mod is some mundane change, but poor if your mod is safety critical. Goes back to what was the deadline on the shorting plug TCTO? Who set the deadline, if it was pushed, who approved the push, etc. The question of manpower resources at Shaw comes up, too. I'm long since removed from any kind of military flightline environment. But the stuff you read on social media (here and elsewhere) seems to indicate the scepter of volunteering, bake sales, SARC CBTs, and everything else but your primary duty continues to be the focus. If some of that nonsense was diminished, would maintenance at Shaw have had the bandwidth to do the seat work sooner, and not wait for the next "convenient opportunity?"
    7 points
  18. This kind of weak equivocal language is at the heart of the our nation's communication problem. That's like saying it's safe to assume a rapist could do more to respect the rights of the woman he's actively raping. Or that Russia could do more to recognize the sanctity of international borders and human rights. Rape is Rape. An invasion is an invasion. Stop cowardice and have the balls to call spade a spade: Our country are being invaded through our southern border by a list of nationals and organizations so long we don't even know who they are. The administration who's PRIMARY JOB and who TOOK OATHS to "support and defend..." is actively supporting and empowering the invasion. How is that anywhere close to "could do more"?
    7 points
  19. I mean..... Just to be clear.... Even if that's legal, you're still a fuckhead if you're in you're early 40s sleeping around with teenagers.
    7 points
  20. Don’t know that I have an overall prediction at this point but the Ukrainians definitely seem to have the initiative/operational momentum. If you look at Oryx on Twitter the amount of equipment Russia has lost up north over just the last 3-4 days is pretty significant. Russia still has pretty large reserves but their manpower and morale problems, as well as logistical limitations, are starting to really show. Maybe the Russians might decide it’s time for a change in who’s in charge after this absolute abortion of a military operation. It’s going to get increasingly difficult to hide the scale of this disaster, even if the Russian military is able to stem the current Ukrainian advance. In any case I’m happy to continue to watch the Ukrainians kick the shit out of the Russian bear with the help of my tax dollars.
    7 points
  21. https://www.theepochtimes.com/fauci-we-dont-have-time-to-run-clinical-trials-for-updated-boosters_4720564.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=rantingly That's how you do 'science' when big pharmaceutical owns you.
    7 points
  22. "Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation." President Joe Biden, Jan 20, 2021 So glad POTUS honored his campaign pledge last night and attempted to reunite the nation.
    7 points
  23. Summary: What rational person wants to go into combat and depend on leadership or fellow airmen, soldiers, sailors, or marines selected for non-warrior criteria that could get you killed.
    7 points
  24. Bad day to be a Russian pilot yesterday. Seems the situation in the Kharkiv region is bad enough that the Russians are willing to accept high attrition of aviation assets to try and blunt the Ukrainian advance. Good to see the Stinger is still a leading distributor of MIG/SU parts across the globe.
    6 points
  25. If the CBT is forgettable, let’s not do it. If it’s genuine, our elected leaders have a duty to debate the content before new ideology is mandated upon the force. Either way, how am I “taking the bait?” Your commentary is logically incoherent. And nice dig at a past generation of war fighters who answered the nations call. Nothing makes your point more convincing than disparaging those who went before us🙄
    6 points
  26. Hugo, even if Tucker brings it up... it's either true or it's not. If it's true... and even if the cadets ignore it... it is a very concerning shift of the AF Culture for many people.
    6 points
  27. In the civilian world I am free to not participate in deluded sexual fantasies of the insane. And men pretending to be women are insane. Women who cut off their tits and main line testosterone to live out severe mental health problems should be pitied not celebrated. The military is fundamentally different in that I took an oath to follow orders and we are not free to walk away. Ordering the military to follow radical social philosophies wrecks unit cohesion and degrades lethality. The DEI argument that inclusion increases unity because everyone feels valued might be true if they focused on tolerance. However, they are totalitarian not tolerant. By forcing the language of their own worldview they deny equal dignity to my own which is antithetical to unit cohesion.
    6 points
  28. I'll bet that when the town council (or whatever passes for local government there) passed the "Sanctuary" thing, they never dreamed actual immigrants would ever show up. Maybe that should be called "Safe Hypocrisy"
    6 points
  29. https://www.919sow.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3154553/draco-crew-excels-despite-adversity-in-afghanistan-withdrawal/ Here’s a great write up about a Reservist pilot and crews mission in Kabul. Hopefully AFSOC PA can get can the stories of the no shit heroism of the Draco folks involved there.
    6 points
  30. I own six homes, three are Airbnb's which gross a combined $15000 each month. I own them all outright so expenses are limited to taxes, insurance, utilities and Mx. Two of the remaining I rent long-term and combined they gross $4500 each month, they are also paid off. I do have a mortgage on my primary home but like you I am at 1.75%, I could pay it off quickly but have instead put spare cash into building a warchest of cash to purchase more properties which tend to be a solid investment when inflation is high. A quick segue, over the years our wealth manager was against me paying off properties, he obviously wanted more money in play in the market. I grew up poor and wanted to diversify, I finally had a heart to heart with him where I explained this is how I am going to do it and using my method I will always have a place to live. That strategy has obviously paid off. Currently I am holding on purchasing another property for the reasons you mentioned. I may actually go with a large piece of land (40-60 acres), this time. Listing prices are starting to fall and inventory is starting to sit, next year will likely be a good time to find some deals. The transition has been rapid. last year we made an offer on a house on the same street as one of our Airbnbs. We offered $25K over, all cash, close in 7 days with no inspection, they didn't even respond to our offer. Apparently they had 32 offers in 24 hours, one was $60K over. Oddly that house is back up for sale and has been sitting for almost two months now. I have a year's worth of cash in a money market (need to move it to short-term bonds), the Airbnbs and rentals are producing strong cash flow, as does my O-6 retirement sprinkled with some VA. I work full time and am paid way more than I am worth so my DTI is very very low. In all honesty I could simply retire right now, pay my primary residence off and live very comfortably. I continue to work because I enjoy what I do and have a connection to the programs and projects I work. As I am getting older and my mentality is slowly shifting. We ALWAYS lived below our means and invested heavily. I distinctly remember making making major and watching most of our friends buy much bigger homes. We stayed in ours and paid it off in 13 years. Now that we are secure our second goal was to make sure we were leaving a solid estate for our son. I HIGHLY suggest all do some estate planning and look at things like trusts. Many think a Will solves all your problems when in fact the typical estate with only a Will sees 30% of the estate consumed in probate. A trust is nearly automatic in transferring wealth. I have a family trust, a land trust for my primary resident (kind a newer approach in Florida), and my investment properties are in an LLC owned by the family trust. Back to the mentality shift, realizing our goals for my wife and I and our son were complete our finance guy had a heart to heart with us last year and convinced us to start enjoying some of our money (dying with a pile of money does not make you a winner.) It was absolutely mind blowing to me when I bought my wife a $100,000 BMW, but I adjusted and bought myself an even more expensive Range Rover this year. We have other cars, an RV and an airplane and still live well below our means. I plan to work another year or two then retire. My wife wants to travel, I want to sit at the airport fiddle with my airplane and bullshit with the fellas. If there was a large collapse I believe I am postured to endure. Using the 4% rule or my retirement I would be just fine, combined I am obviously better off than most. I think I let this turn into a financial flex when the intent was to say your are on course, pay cash when you can, don't carry debt and in times of high inflation, real assets are king. Without getting political inflation is going to impact the housing market and as cash dries up and rates increase real estate inventory will increase providing more opportunity to invest. Good luck devil dog.
    6 points
  31. Damn...I want to know what your next big bets are so I can short them.
    6 points
  32. Real sad thing was there were several empty seats.
    6 points
  33. That’s exactly right. Go back and read this thread from 18 months ago, people here were claiming there was a scientific consensus when in fact there was a conspiracy to paint a scientific consensus and drown out opposing voices. And those opposing voices turned out to be correct. Now revisionist history is taking place right in front of our eyes: Democrats are claiming they did not want schools closed, Trump pushed the shot, and it was just a wild time and nobody really knew what the right answer was so they defaulted towards safety. All of that completely false. As I look at the many failures compounding within our society, from skyrocketing urban crime to a foolish Covid response, to a humiliating defeat in Afghanistan, runaway inflation, etc. there is a single thread which connects them all: lack of accountability. People in senior leadership positions made deliberate decisions with disastrous results, and they are never held accountable. All of our problems will continue to worsen until people are fired & thrown in jail when they deserve it. And given the severe damage to children he perpetrated, I would like to start with Fauci.
    6 points
  34. I’ll chalk up a win for the FSS a few years ago at a “forward” tanker base: PT testing was completely optional but the run was well executed. They had measured a 1.5 mile course along the flightline road. They figured out which way the wind was blowing (usually 25 knots) and pointed which way to run for the day based on tail wind. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
    6 points
  35. Woke until if affects your city…then OOPS!
    6 points
  36. yeah cause we want the chinese to be embedded at the core of any nuclear power generation in the US...good move on the Trump admin's part.
    6 points
  37. Without "job security', your other goals are unreliable. As a pilot who has been furloughed twice, I put job security first.
    6 points
  38. Yeah, this is key. Everybody’s going to have to come to terms with the fact that we NEED new reactors. A lot of progress has been made over the past 40 years and it’s my understanding that smaller, regional level plants are probably the way to go. We should start a massive PR campaign to get people on board & start building the things ASAP. In related news, the French have apparently come to terms with the reality of Europe’s energy predicament and decided to re-start all of their reactors: https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/edf-restart-all-its-nuclear-reactors-by-this-winter-minister-says-2022-09-02/ Over/under on how long it takes them to start selling electricity to the Germans?
    6 points
  39. In this case, somebody hired off of merit would not look like they were reading statements from a book. They would look like somebody professional enough to think on their feet and talk extemporaneously with honesty about the questions that are asked, not somebody who spends 80% of every briefing reading pre-written notes that may or may not answer the actual question. Count the number of “umms” and “ahhhs” and tell me the average undergrad communications major couldn’t do better. Psaki was a liar but at least she looked competent at speaking in public.
    6 points
  40. At least Kamala says the border is secure… It blows my mind that anyone in this country could actually support this administration. What a cluster fuck every…single…day.
    5 points
  41. Trust me…I volunteer my time on the support side of base to make sure they actually support ops. I walk into offices daily and wonder why we pay 5 people to do the job that one ops capt could do. I actually told the base commander he should cut 30%….he laughed. It’s pretty much welfare disguised as govt employment
    5 points
  42. would you feel the same way if the government closed your business and drove you into bankruptcy? i'm genuinely curious. because that's what happened to hundreds of thousands of your countrymen. you don't think there should be accountability for that? or for firing people from not taking an experimental vax that has been proven to not work and/or cause deadly side effects in some people? you also think it's "Ok" that the white house used twitter and facebook to censor and ban doctors/citizens who had options contrary to the CDC? Opinions that turned out to be 100% correct. you think it's "ok" that doctors who spoke out against mandatory covid vaccinations and mandatory masking had their medical licenses revoked by their states? you're good with saying "eh... fuck it let's move on"? i think you're missing a lot. this isn't over. not by a long shot. lawsuits are just now being filed and the truth is starting to come out.
    5 points
  43. You sure he wasn't a patient at a Russian hospital?
    5 points
  44. Something to distract from the political discussions… https://fireaviation.com/2022/08/28/cal-fire-attaches-video-camera-to-air-tanker/ Mounted a GoPro to the bottom of my tanker this week and got a little fire yesterday to test it out. Just a short clip, but captures the essence of our Initial Attack mission here at CalFire. Direct and timely action to save structures and possibly lives!
    5 points
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