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  1. Or rather, it would be a great time if inflation weren't running at 5% with safe bonds paying 1.3%
  2. LOL @ everyone seething and writing 4 pages of 500-word posts in response to this obvious troll. I doubt any one of the 4600 people to view this thread has had their mind changed in any significant way. What a way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
  3. Looking for internet forums comprised mostly of intelligent, successful, helpful people. Bonus points if it's relatively active. I'm getting tired of mainstream social media like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  4. Probably, but from what I've seen senior military leaders don't usually get to make actual strategic decisions of consequence. They publicly agree with the politicians who appointed them, or they are replaced by someone who does. The best they can do is give recommendations in private, which seem to be frequently ignored. For his many flaws, I respect Biden for finally pinching this turd. For all his bluster, Trump couldn't bear to have his legacy tarnished by the ugly but necessary withdrawal he promised in 2016.
  5. I really can't think of any reason for a senior leader to use social media. I only post under pseudonyms now (not that I'm a senior leader).
  6. There are certain companies which are impossible, or extremely difficult, to stop supporting. Facebook, Google, and Amazon all fall into that category since Facebook and Google track you across the internet to steal and sell your data. Any time you use the internet you are supporting Amazon's cloud services.
  7. It looks like we are in for an extremely weak federal government. Biden presidency with hardly any mandate, and he will have his hands tied by the Republican Senate and a small Democrat majority in the house. I doubt we'll see much legislative action from either party for the next 2 years at least. This is probably why Facebook stock is soaring today.
  8. Many of these protests are being organized by dark money multimillionaires. Here is an interesting NYTimes opinion piece about it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/opinion/coronavirus-protests-astroturf.html The author appears to have an axe to grind but I have no reason to doubt their statements.
  9. Article just has the "loss of trust" boilerplate stated as the reason he was relieved. Presumably because he went public with his request for assistance?
  10. I heard him speak at the Air Force symposium as a part of a panel and I was very impressed.
  11. Many families live on the Southeast side, in Rita Ranch. Housing is affordable there and the schools are good. It's about a 15-25 minute drive to base. Another popular area is a new development called La Estancia, perhaps a 10 minute drive from the base. Base housing had been very popular but BAH just went up a lot on the higher end so maybe more people will move off base.
  12. Can someone in the know let me know how exactly airframes get selected? I am in UPT and they are being about as opaque as possible with the process. Excruciating detail is preferred. For example: I know that academics are about 10% of what is considered. But are they considered on a straight points scale i.e. if the first person is at a 100, last person is 98, and everyone else is 99 then the last person gets 98% of the credit of the first person and the difference in academics is negligible? Or it could also be on a forced distribution where the last person is a 0/10 and the first person is a 10/10 regardless of their relative scores. Or some other system. Furthermore, how are U,F,G,E grades quantified? Are they given point values for each daily ride i.e. 2 3 4 5 and then summed up and that's your score? Or is there something else at work? When do we find out how we are doing relative to others? Do they ever just put up a roster with everyone's names and scores kind of like they put of the list of who made the football team in high school? Yes the IPs give feedback when I ask how I'm doing but it's generally just stuff like "you're doing fine" or "you could be doing better at X". Finally, is your "raw" score from phases 1 2 and 3 the only thing they consider? Does a person who isn't the sharpest but works hard and help others truly have a better shot at what they want than a person who is not a team player and screws over their classmates, but performs better? Is there any consideration taken for people who started at different levels? For example if a brand new Lt and an Airline pilot with 6000 hours both are at the same level at the end of phase 3, but the person with a lot of hours caught on faster earlier due to their experience, will they take that into consideration? Or is it strictly your scores? Do they take into account how "good" a class is? Like if Vance says they have a ton of high performers for 18-07, while Laughlin says their class 18-07 is not quite as great, then Vance will get a "better" drop? Or are the drops blind to the perception of how good the class is?
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