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  1. I’ll make this short. I have a parent who recently got a bad medical diagnosis. I’m a casual LT at a UPT base 17 hours away by car, and 5-6 hours away by plane. I don’t have a ton of leave, but enough where I can make a few trips home. Not nearly enough to make regular trips though. I’m likely to be in casual status for at least 6 months. I want to be closer to help out for treatments and be around in case things turn for the worst. From the research I’ve done, there’s a few types of emergency leave, but they max out quickly and will put me into a negative balance that it’ll take forever to rebound from. I can’t request a humanitarian move due to the fact a gaining base in the area would need a 92T0. A sabbatical might work? But I’ll owe even more time (such is the nature) and I’m not sure how that’ll impact the AF sending me to UPT/career prospects. There’s discharge options, but they’re not something I want to consider. Is there anything else I’m missing? Any options I should consider or info I’ve put down here that’s wrong? Appreciate any insights. I plan on talking with the CC after the holiday's, but I’d like to have some options at least on the table beforehand.
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    F1 Thread

    As I understand it, they’re mad the FIA didn’t let the rest of the lapped cars through (keeping the safety car out) which means the race would have finished under a safety car and Hamilton would have won. Am I getting that right?
  3. If we have vaccinated people needing ventilators en masse… Something has seriously gone wrong, as the whole point of the vaccine is to at least prevent that outcome. Do we have any data showing such a hypothetical is even happening in small samples? How many vaccinated people are being hospitalized?
  4. Yeah, but this study is kind of lacking, as it’s focused on validating the vaccine, not testing the depths of natural immunity. The T-cell response takes approximately 3-5 days (as I understand it) to create new antibodies, so it makes sense those with natural immunity acquired >8 months ago would potentially get “serious” COVID for a few days until their body mounts a defense. What I want to see is hospitalizations and deaths among those with natural immunity.
  5. The WH took the only political route they could with the speech. When you know you're in deep shit, you pivot your message to anything you can that polls/looks/sounds better. Most people can sympathize with the decision to end the war, so he focused on that, offering a smokescreen to the withdrawal. Personally, what makes POTUS' speech so sad is that he tried to do a faux "I'm taking responsibility," but then he follows that up by saying he's taking responsibility for the courageous decision to leave... not mentioning the shitshow of a withdrawal. So many mixed messages, so many fuck ups. Heads should roll, but shit flows downhill.
  6. I know Ben Shapiro isn't everyone's cup of tea (including mine at times), but he's 100% on this one
  7. @pawnman, I could just as easily flip this around on you. If you're a rational human being, then you surely believe there are regulations/standards/laws/edicts on the books are either worthless or not 100% applicable. If so, then you too must be an anarchist like @dogfish78, right? The appeal to extremes fallacy doesn't work well for anyone, if you're actually insinuating the opponent believes all extremes. Now, if you're using that appeal to test where @dogfish78's limits on government sovereignty lie, fair play. Regardless, there are people against the COVID shot who are otherwise pro-government involvement, and there are people for the vaccine who are otherwise anarcho-libertarian. This isn't a left-right or right-wrong thing. Each individual is doing a cost-benefit analysis for themselves, because that's the rational thing to do. Is each side taking in wrong info to bolster their sides? You bet they are, because where one stands on COVID-19, like everything else anymore... it’s a demonstration of fealty to one's tribe/religion/party. Group-think is a real thing, believe it or not. @dogfish78, don't take this post as a blanket defense of you either. Lay off the "you're not a patriot, and may God have mercy on your soul" stuff. It's no way to engage in a conversation.
  8. Unknown if true. I don’t think this is exactly going to endear the President to the armed forces. But if they say I need it, I’ll get it. Just think it’s a little bullshit.
  9. Here's the thing I'm struggling with. I got COVID really early on in the pandemic. I think I even posted about it on here at the time. Knocked me on my ass for a few days, but I rebounded quickly, and had no lasting effects. Perks of being young (relatively) and without co-morbidities I suppose. I have natural immunity to the virus as a result. I haven't gone and taken the vaccine yet, because the data on re-infection is pretty clearly showing it doesn't happen very often, and I don't seem to be a good carrier of the virus, even with the Delta variant. However, I'm constantly being pressured to get this vaccine, because it's "better than natural immunity," even though it (admittedly rarely) has side effects, and hasn't been shown to do anything else for me other than make my antibodies last for a few months longer. Woohoo. I'm not seeing the cost/benefit as being worth it right now. That easily could change, and if the DoD says I have to... then that's fine. However, I'm being treated by the state and national rhetoric outlets as some kinds of a backwards idiot, because I'm one of the "unvaccinated." I promise I'm reading more medical journals and info than some dipshit who thinks Bill Gates is microchipping folks. I bet I'm also doing more research than the people who are chastising folks for not having the shot, because they actually believe "the science." Bottom line, the rhetoric on this stuff is fucked.
  10. I'm sure statements like this^ are exactly what the French were saying in May of 1789, Russians in February of 1917, the Chinese in 1927, the Cambodians in 1970, or the Iranians in late 1977. I could go on, but you get the idea. History is replete with examples of totalitarian, divisive and combative ideology spreading through a society and causing its demise. Just because America has lasted this long, doesn't mean it always will. I'm not saying we're on the verge of revolution, for the record. However, it takes vigilance on the part of the populace and an honest/open debate to make sure shit like that doesn't take hold. You're failing on both counts by 1) saying IDGAF as long as I'm good (no vigilance) and 2) not even doing the basic due diligence on what CRT's core history is, instead posting articles about what other people think it is (not engaging honestly). According to you, it doesn't matter what Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic, Kimberle Crenshaw, or Derrick Bell, the people who actually developed the theory, think. It's only the coverage in the press that actually matters. As a parallel, TIME magazine, the NY Times, Washington Post and pretty much every major media outlet loved the shit out of Hitler and Mussolini in the 1920s and 30s. They wrote pieces on Fascism and how "fascinating" it was. Give it a google sometime, It'll blow your mind. Walter Duranty did the same thing for the NY Times in Russia. He glowed about the Soviets as they massacred their people while Stalin consolidated power. For that reporting... he got a PULITZER PRIZE. Which still hasn't been rescinded, by the way. If anyone actually looked hard at the policies of Stalin, Hitler, or Mussolini, it wouldn't take long to see the coming terror. But those readers of the press back then... I'm sure they had the same carefree attitude you're implying.
  11. There’s conflicting info on when the AFOQT scoring algorithm resets. Specifically the question is if you’re being scored by percentile of the people who took the test that day/week or if it’s everyone who has taken the test thus far. Regardless, something doesn’t seem right. You took every practice section under test conditions and aced them… yet you bombed on test day? That’s impossible unless you’re just a really bad test taker (but even then, you should have seen that in the practice) or the materials weren’t good.
  12. I'm getting a warning the site is unsecured. Tested and confirmed on both Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. Edit: Add in iOS as well.
  13. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/15/space-force-co-who-got-holiday-call-trump-fired-over-comments-decrying-marxism-military.html
  14. A post of clarity in a sea of sport-bitching. I like this thinking. Here's my problem with the discussion. Roe found that abortions were legal until 28 weeks, because that was the court-defined point of "viability." Ok, let's use that term/idea as the consistent standard. To be logically consistent, pro-choice people should now be for restricting abortions after 22 weeks, because medicine has improved since 1973, and the data shows that babies are surviving at 22 weeks. Hell, one was just born at 21 weeks in MN, albeit it was a miracle. The standard Roe sets is a sliding scale. As medicine improves, that number should keep going down. It could even theoretically go down to 1 day. Are abortion advocates going to hold that consistent "viability" standard if that happens? Hell no, because "viability" isn't really their argument. The true argument is "choice." It boils down to this: My ability to live my life as I choose, without the responsibility of a child, is more important than the fetus' right to live. Read that twice, and tell me that doesn't make you uneasy. Idk what the answer is, but I can't support that argument.
  15. Pretty simple. He’s using a parallel example of Mars to show the error in your/society’s whimsical definition of “life.”
  16. They don’t hire off the street. Research a little further though and you might find squadrons who will.
  17. Yep. The LT did an okay job in my opinion. He was a little testy at times, but who could blame him. That cop going for a felony stop over a new car without plates? Plus “evading the police” if he was (as described to me) going 35 with blinkers on to find a well lit area? Total prick. He’s a bad lemon, and he’s been fired. That other cop was trying to help somewhat, which shows the force isn’t all bad. The LT is about to have a big payday, the asshole got fired and no one was shot. Win-win. Side note: the rush to make it a racial issue on social media was funny, until they realized the cop was Hispanic and the good cop was white. Then again, that article earlier in the thread said all problems are due to whiteness.
  18. I've taken part in use of force scenario training a few times, and each time I had my eyes opened a little wider to what law enforcement deals with. If your local department ever offers it, please take up the chance. In the first scenarios I ran, the Taser was strategically placed to be different than the firearm (chest mount). I saw people choose the wrong use of force that day, (wanted to shoot someone that could have been tased) but never saw someone mix the weapons up. However, I guess all departments don't run things that way, and its possible to have a setup where one could mix up the two, despite their training. The video pretty clearly shows it's a fuckup, and whatever training/awareness failed. Two things are true here. - His resisting arrest put himself (and others around him) in greater danger, and contributed to the circumstances that led to his death. - The cop clearly pulled out the wrong weapon and as such, killed the individual. She made the trigger pull, she killed him. She's directly responsible for his death, and should be fired/face legal penalties. However, let's not remove his culpability here. I wish all cops were quick thinking 160+ IQ individuals who get it right 100% of the time, but they aren't. They're average people with (in my opinion) average training. The closer you place them to a life-death split decision, the more that lack of training is going to become a problem. Bottom line, don't fight the cops. Don't stress them out any more than necessary. Film/record them if necessary, and fight the legal battles later.
  19. https://www.professionalmilitaryeducation.com/the-importance-of-military-education/ I found this podcast pretty interesting, partially for the military history aspects (added books to my list) but his take on the politics of today, and how the military is being involved.
  20. FFS, I knew RATM was left, but honestly didn't know it went this far. I'm not one to "cancel" folks, but I had to wipe all their songs off my stuff after watching that video.
  21. Same issue for me in Firefox (Windows) and Safari on iOS. The insecure message Huggy mentioned sounds like an SSL issue.
  22. @BadGuySplashBit of a thread revive, but I feel like it's relevant. I've been working a night-shift job for the last two years, and it's slowly eaten away at me. I'm finally at a point where I can't do it anymore. So, I'm kind of in your shoes. I need that reset that I talked about in my previous post. I can't remember the last time I was able to sit in the sunshine (God how I miss the sun) on a weekend and just relax. I haven't done any of my favorite hobbies really either, and I've just fallen into a malaise. My FC1 is approved, and the paperwork is sent off, so UPT is a reality, but not anytime soon with COVID/delays. I'm going to find other ways to pay my bills, kind of like @benfnghad to do, because at least that'll let me be a normal person again, and have me in that good headspace for whenever my dates do drop. Thankfully I'm in the financial situation where I can do that. Bottom line, take care of yourself. You're the only one who can.
  23. Gents, What's the seasoned veteran's take on having a girlfriend come with you to UPT? Previous threads seem to focus more on marriages, with a few posts warning that a bad relationship can destroy someone's chances for a particular platform. Pretty sure @Duck said he'd seen bad relationships move people from the top of the list to the bottom. Trying to sort out my affairs before I head that way, and my girlfriend appears dead set on tagging along from day 1. I'm not confident enough in things to get married beforehand, as I don't know how she'll take the AD AF lifestyle. I've suggested her moving halfway through UPT to at least let me get my bearings, but that idea seems to be no good as well. She's very against long-distance relationships, which is a red flag for its own reasons. Any info/anecdotes/wisdom is appreciated.
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