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  1. Every business is going to try and realize cost savings from teleconferencing in lieu of business travel... Until the first time they lose. $5 million contract to the company that sent their executives out in person for a couple grand.
  2. Repaired, at a significant premium over buying a like-new, refurbished Beech 400.
  3. You also don't jump directly to hyperinflation. People forget that the main instances of hyperinflation were ones of government intentionally destroying their currency (Weimar Germany) or countries with no real economy left to underlay the currency (Zimbabwe, Venezuela). A decade or two of 15% inflation would go a long way towards debt reduction (at least, for that not on short term treasuries).
  4. TDART involves earning a fair amount of pay on the mil side as well, as opposed to a single income stream for pure mil. Maybe it involves working more hours, maybe not... Depends on how hard you were working as an O-2. They floated the idea of a contract (really, a promise) to do TDART for five years if you got picked up for UPT, but that lasted about five minutes before they realized they couldn't legally enforce it.
  5. It's not just straight GS, it's an OPM special rate table that adds maybe 25% or so to the base + locality pay. Also, you can always quit... There is no contract besides annoying your boss for making them do the paperwork for you to then leave soon. If your goal is airlines and you can afford the paycut, go to a regional and get 5x the flight time you'll get on the mil side. But if not, TDART ain't bad.
  6. I'm mystified at how Textron hasn't managed to lobby to sell a couple years' production of a random not-in-demand business jet as a T-1 replacement / jobs program.
  7. Realistically, if they're not buying enough T-7s to even fully replace the T-38, and the T-38 is falling apart, how does retiring the T-1 with no replacement not dramatically reduce the throughput at UPT? The T-1 was only ever about increasing capacity as the -38 fleet couldn't handle the numbers required... What's changed?
  8. Isn't this, like, a textbook example of Soviet, er, Russian intelligence agencies using Kompromat to discredit those who oppose them?
  9. I assume if you went RC-26 you'd track T-1s in UPT. If that's the case I think you'd have an incredibly uphill battle to ever make it to a fighter.
  10. MEPS won't process you if you're overweight. I weighed in 1 lb over and had to come back a week later (where I weighed in 8 or 9 lbs under). Quite frustrating since I was traveling a fair distance on my own dime to go to MEPS.
  11. Except that a split ticket with a Democrat for VP and Republican for President is just a Republican ticket, and vice versa. Especially if the person on the presidential line is reasonably healthy. Tons of VPs have thought they were going to influence policy, and besides Cheney I can't think of any who actually have. A viable VP candidate joining a split ticket is basically taking all their future political ambitions and flushing them down the toilet.
  12. Sanctions only work when they're taking something away. Iran has been sanctioned for so long that the elites have figured out how to stay comfortable and in control even with a crappy economy. China would be hurt far more by sanctions, simply because they actually have something to lose (we'd lose just as much, though, so not really a good play).
  13. There's 3 or 4 million Americans turning 18 every year. Any plan for a modern draft is going to end with innumerable stories of draftees spending months or years wasted doing absolutely nothing (which to be fair, sounds like the military). If there were actual productive projects for all of these new adults, we'd be paying them to do it already.
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