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  1. Yeah, there is a certain age/generational demographic that seems to be attracted to this particular plan of action. For some reason, many seem to insist on buying the cow (often multiple cows, one after another), regardless of the price of the milk. To be honest, I don’t get it either, but I guess we all have our proclivities.
  2. There are batshit crazy nut jobs on both sides of this argument. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Given the relative bias of this forum, I usually find myself arguing a more liberal point of view here. Many of my friends and family might argue that I’m a closet conservative however. Good on you for calling out bullshit when you see it……BUT…I still think there is a good case for continuing to try and push vaccination rates up (note: does not mean I support gov mandates) even though both sides have demonstrated their ability to entrench themselves in their positions regardless of fact or reason.
  3. Three easy steps: Move to the Philippines. Marry LBFM thirty years your junior. Give middle finger to prior ex’s. Might seem a bit extreme but this is a well worn path my friends.
  4. I have mixed feelings on government mandates. I agree that, although supported by precedent, they are rather heavy handed. On the flip side, the Biden mandate appears to have largely worked, even though it has yet to go into effect. My employer has seen rates go from the upper 60% range to ~90% in the last several weeks. From a purely political perspective, if you’re Biden & you believe your approval rating/chances for re-election rest on beating COVID, it makes good sense. I agree that it also raises many questions regarding personal freedoms. Business on the other hand, should have every right to mandate vaccination if they believe it makes a good business case. The travel and hospitality industry in particular has good reason for wanting employees vaccinated. Other businesses do as well since COVID strains can be highly contagious and take swaths of their employees away from being productive for weeks at a time. Anti-employer vaccine mandate mandates like the one in Texas are absolutely stupid & go against traditional conservative values. As far as being concerned about unvaccinated kids, I don’t think that many of us are worried that our children will be hobbled or killed by the virus. What I am worried about is taking my kid out of school for weeks at a time or, worse yet, schools closing down completely, which could happen as a result of a major outbreak. The LAST thing I want to see is another year spent trying to help my kid deal with on-line schooling.
  5. Ok. I can understand and appreciate your point about left leaning media pushing the “fear porn”. Sensationalism and outrage sells. That’s the world we live in. I think most who engage here consider themselves thinking human beings & regardless of political tilt, are looking to sift through the chaff & find something a little closer to the truth. Along those lines, there are plenty of right leaning sources and go in the complete opposite direction, discounting any threat at all and insisting society should move on, unencumbered by any need to bend itself to the realities of this virus at all (curiously, while also making the case that this was a brilliant bio-weapon, released by a China on the brink of world domination). I think it’s safe to say that the truth lies somewhere in between those extremes. It’s also a safe bet that CNN and FOX won’t be losing their influence anytime soon, and individuals who value critical thought will have to share their world with those less adept at the process. You indirectly asked the question: why, if I am vaccinated/protected, do I care what others do wrt vaccination/masking/etc? Well, I’ll tell you & I do not intend to be condescending or smug here at all. Despite a metric fuck ton of misinformation to the contrary, vaccines, while not perfect, make you many times less likely to contract COVID. If you DO happen to have a breakthrough case, being vaccinated means you are less likely to spread the virus to others. Here is just one of many studies: https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/10/13/do-coronavirus-vaccines-prevent-transmission-of-the-virus You may argue otherwise, but you are highly unlikely to convince me that the vaccines are not efficacious, nor are you likely to convince me that they are unsafe. So why do I care if you’re vaccinated? Because I may have to sit next to you on an airplane for nine hours. I may have to shop in the same supermarket where you fingered the peaches (sts) fifteen minutes earlier. I may have to work in the same office as you. I may have to stand in line at the DMV with you. You get the idea. Now, being a relatively young, fit, healthy person, am I worried about a severe or life threatening case of COVID-19? Not particularly. But I have a non-vaccinated child under 12 at home who I am worried about. I have an immunocompromised parent whom I see often that I am worried about. I have a grandmother about to turn 100 who I am worried about and who’s upcoming party I would dearly like to attend. So, yes I do care if you are vaccinated because your chances of having an infection are less, thereby reducing the chance you will infect me. If you ARE infected and vaccinated, your chances of spreading your infection to me are STILL much lower.
  6. I'm sure that a lot of the airlines have guys who have millions in the bank, have side hustles and are living on a military pension that could flick their Airline job away like a annoying fruit fly at any moment. Not all of them have the stereotypical three kids from two ex-wives and a boat to pay for. You might be shocked by how many have MORE than two ex wives. Also, despite their hyper inflated views on their ability to act as their own financial planners, many, many of the “old heads” have done poorly in the markets & despite making millions over their careers, are not in a great retirement position. Add on the fact that regardless of personal financial situations, a majority of dudes in this business are blatant money whores, and when push comes to shove, I don’t think you’ll see too many leaving the career early. For the record, I agree with a lot of Lord Ratner’s post. At least as far as pilots are concerned, CEOs do not really have to force the vaccine issue. That will be, and is being done for them by foreign governments. Even most “domestic” fleets regularly see Canada & Mexico & there won’t be many places to hide for those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  7. Who the fuck cares if they had comorbidities? Seriously. There’s a lot of fat/diabetic/immunocompromised/otherwise unhealthy people in this country. If they would’ve survived had it not been for COVID, why does it matter? Are their lives worth less because they’re fat? Sorry, but I’m not ok living in a society that discounts the value of human life based on general health. One of the things that makes us human is having some compassion for one another, regardless of Darwinian attributes. If we’re willing to write off the weak and the sick, then we’re no more evolved than fucking gorillas.
  8. You’re not the first to recommend that to me. On my list for sure.
  9. Did anybody ever really know what it was about? After several years of flying sorties over that place & seeing very little substantive change I came to the conclusion that the only reason I, or anyone else was there was for another OPR/EPR bullet. The failure of leadership in Afghanistan lays bare what happens when an organization allows itself to fall victim to blatant and unabashed careerism. The only “accomplishments” we can claim are XXX lbs offloaded, XXX TICs supported, XXX Enemy Combatants (we hope) KIA, etc. etc. NOBODY from the four stars down ever REALLY wanted to tackle the questions of what we were doing there or what the end game was. Just do your tour, write your bullets, get your promotions, retire and let somebody else deal with the hard questions. I have no dog in the fight anymore, but as Joe Bagadonuts taxpayer (and as someone with many friends continuing to serve……..Thank You. You have a much higher bullshit threshold than I), I truly hope there is a reckoning in the military over the next decade (a la post-Vietnam) & that our future leaders can internalize our failures and codify solutions that will ensure we think a lot harder about how we expend this nation’s treasure in future endeavors.
  10. Thanks for the clarification. I think we mostly agree & I probably read a little too much into your earlier post. 🍻
  11. Way to twist yourself around this one. First you equate business’ vaccine mandates to racial discrimination? Sorry. Not even close. Offensive to those groups who really have been discriminated against. Second, you say you could care less whether people do drugs. Utter bullshit. I bet you’d care a lot if some meth addled truck driver mowed down somebody you loved. Third, you say SWAPA should be allowed to strike based on SWA’s mandate which makes me wonder if you’ve ever heard of the RLA or have the slightest clue how airline union negotiations work.
  12. Look, dude: is the system perfect? Far from it. Do (gasp) politics sometimes play a role in various bureaucratic processes? Of course. Does that mean you should never trust the FDA again? Up to you, but if you say no, you might want to avoid the supermarket because you currently rely on the FDA (your government) to guarantee the safety of everything from ground beef to toothpaste. Flawed as they are, I would rather trust them than altrightcirclejerk.com to ensure the safety of the shit that I consume.
  13. Source? Ya know, when you hear shocking numbers like that, most of the time it’s worth doing a little research. I don’t believe that stat for a second. All of the information & data I’ve seen suggests that you are many times less likely to get COVID after being vaccinated. I’d love to see the “source” that’s peddling the bullshit that you insist on spreading here. Oh I know, I know: the media & big pharma’s in bed with the FDA & uncle Joe & the Gates/Clinton/Epstein cabal so who can you really trust other than what what you hear on bitchute and 4chan, right?
  14. Brown is basically 2 airlines: international & domestic. Fred is similar. On the international side flying heavies, 12 to 14 day worldwide trips are common, but there are options for shorter trips. Long trips = fewer reports: popular with commuters. Shorter trips are somewhat more popular with the folks who live in base. On the intl light twin side there is a similar mix of trip lengths, the difference being most of the flying is intra theater. I.e. you are likely to deadhead to Europe or Asia & remain in that part of the world for the duration of your trip. On the domestic side there is a very wide variety. Turns have you home every night, there are week on/week off trips that often have commercials on one or both ends, and reserve usually yields you a few extra days at home. Domestic is where most of the night sort flying is as well which is why I avoid it. Big picture: there really is something for everyone. One thing to keep in mind about brown is that there is one pay scale regardless of equipment. This means there is no artificial pressure for anyone to “upgrade” to larger equipment if all they really want to do is fly the Bus in the CONUS. This also means that you will “max out” pay much earlier here than elsewhere. Delta may have a slightly higher max wide body pay, but your chances of ever being senior enough to be an international 777 captain there are highly dependent on when, and at what age you get hired. Also, the pension is huge & pretty much non existent outside brown and purple. Downside being flying on the back side of the clock may mean you don’t get to live very long to enjoy it.
  15. This. Nobody would argue the N word is ok to throw around as long as it’s only directed at Nigerians.
  16. Let me ask the mods directly: Why have my posts taking issue with another member’s use of a racial slur been removed? I see the post with the slur is still up. Please don’t tell me you are ok with a post using the word “ch**k” but not with posts questioning whether we want that here. I have enjoyed the banter here for many years. It gets spicy at times & is definitely not constrained by political correctness. That said, I believe racial slurs cross a line & that said line exists on this forum. I’d really like to continue to believe that is true.
  17. Thanks for the reply. Glad to hear the motors are solid & that the BUFF is finally getting some attention. Even big girls need lovin’ sometimes! 😉
  18. Is the F130 one of RR’s triple spool motors? Don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade & I’m sure they’ll be an improvement but I’d take a GE or even a Pratt option over RR any day of the week after experiencing all three on my company’s 757 fleet. Seemed like the RRs were far more problematic than the others. Hopefully y’all get years of reliable service out of these ones.
  19. Except they do. There have been vaccine mandates for schoolchildren for decades. There have been vaccine mandates for the military for just as long. Employers in various industries including airlines have required certain vaccines for years. So, sorry, but you're clearly wrong here. Public health requirements have existed without major issues in free and open societies for a very long time. They are not mutually exclusive concepts.
  20. Maybe because they were banned by Congress from even studying the issue: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickey_Amendment
  21. Not true. While the vaccines are no longer considered to provide the near total immunity that seemed so promising during initial trials, they are still effective lowing your chances of contracting covid. The talking point of right wing media has been that "well you CAN still get COVID after being vaccinated, so what's the point?" They are being disingenuous and fail to mention that while possible, breakthrough infections are still relative rare, even with Delta. So while you MAY be able to contract and spread the disease after being vaccinated, you are FAR les likely to than an unvaccinated person. https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-variant-vaccine While research suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are slightly less effective against the variants, the vaccines still appear to provide protection against severe COVID-19. For example: Early research from the U.K. suggests that, after full vaccination, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is 88% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. The vaccine is 96% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. The research also showed that the vaccine is 93% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus caused by the alpha variant. Early research from Canada suggests that, after one dose, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is 72% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. One dose of the vaccine is also 96% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant. The Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is 85% effective at preventing severe disease with the COVID-19 virus caused by the delta variant, according to data released by Johnson & Johnson.
  22. This is a result of people intentionally giving you a limited piece of the information. Your concern might be a valid one if it existed in a vacuum. However you are 1: Far less likely to get COVID if you have been vaccinated and 2: If you do get a breakthrough infection, you are likely to have a much smaller viral load and will be contagious for a shorter period of time.
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