Robin Of House Hill

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  1. EgyptAir MS804 vanishes at 35,000 feet

    ACARS data shows smoke in a forward lavatory, the avionics compartment below the cockpit and finally, a loss of control. Airbus uses "fly by wire", rather than the older hydraulic and mechanical control lines. When that function is lost, there is almost nothing a pilot can do.
  2. EgyptAir MS804 vanishes at 35,000 feet

    Well, they've now found wreckage and body parts, so it's apparent that the plane went down. Everyone is thinking terrorism, but I question that. No one has claimed responsibility, which seems odd if the purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. And why would terrorists target a red eye flight carrying relatively few people. I'd be interested in knowing how many hours on the airframe and the maintenance record of the plane.
  3. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    I'm sorry for your loss, WS. My mother passed before I began my transition. While I did all I could to conceal who I was, I've always suspected that she had some inkling. My father, on the other hand, was clueless. Neither of us will ever know how it would have gone if we'd had that chance.
  4. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    Congrats!
  5. How would you rate episode 601?

    10. Theon growing a pair. Sansa's getting smart. The sand snakes doing what they do best. Brienne having the best damned GPS in Westeros. Pod showing potential. Frankenmountain.
  6. LBGTQ - 4 out of 5 cats prefer lesbians

    And may the odds be ever in your favor. Seriously, congratulations.
  7. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    Because there are people, right now, for which the ACA as it currently currently exists, negatively impacts their ability to pay the rent, buy groceries and clothing, and handle other necessities. This leaves them with no alternative but to simply pay the penalty because it is less detrimental. Incremental changes by making deals with those who simply don't care if people live or die, so that the only hope people have is that they make it to Medicare age without a medical crisis intervening, or finding that Medicare has been bargained away. This has become a side issue to the subject of this thread. and since I apparently cannot even construct sentences to properly communicate my thoughts, I give up. Sorry for the distraction.
  8. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    Yes, my "evolved" sentence was poorly constructed. 5-6% across the board? Are we doing the flat tax thing again? Take the number of uninsured people who are eligible for ACA, subtract those who have signed up for it, and you should have a ballpark figure. If anyone doesn't qualify for subsidies and doesn't have medical conditions that require substantial care, they wind up having to pay a couple of thousand per year, but still need to pay most of their medical costs out of pocket because of high deductibles. As far as what can be accomplished in the current political climate, how will we know, if no one tries?
  9. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    This would work better if you replied to what I actually said, rather than what you assume I meant. I never said her positions are the same as Goldwater, though by her own admission they were in 1964. I made no claim they still are her current views. Do you know how many people find that paying the tax penalty for not signing up with ACA costs them significantly less than what ACA would cost them? But according to her, universal healthcare, which a goodly number of other countries seem to be able to have, is not possible here. Actually, I only asked if the poster I'd replied to was referring to anything other certain regulations she put in place as SecState. ETA: In reviewing what I posted, I can see that my saying that I evolved while she has not, could have been interpreted in ways I hadn't anticipated.
  10. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    I haven't said Sanders is without fault. I'm also not a one issue voter. If I agree with 90% of what he is for, but only 30% of what Clinton is for, it is logical for me to focus on reasons I'd rather not see her in the White House. The problem is that in my first post I mentioned a whole range of issues that I found problematic with regard to Hillary Clinton. Yet the responses I've gotten have zeroed in on LGBT issues. That wasn't my intent.
  11. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    My apologies. I haven't been rigorously following these thread, of late. There is no question that people's opinions change. My skepticism comes when they change their opinions because there is something in it for them. When Clinton as SecState implemented policies, I have no real way of knowing if she was taking the lead or implementing what POTUS wanted. The "problem" is that if she takes a position because it is politically advantageous to do so, rather than because she believes in that position, what happens if the political winds change direction?
  12. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    I can't help but notice that her "evolving" seems to coincide with what she finds to be politically expedient. Jumping on a bandwagon after it has gained momentum, leaves me with no measure of comfort. If the sentiment of the voters she is trying to attract for her own gain, was to change, I think she'd "evolve" again. No, she isn't anti-GMO and that is a problem. A hypothetical: A GMO crop is developed to resist an herbicide used to control weeds. Seems like a great idea. It cuts the cost of food production and might even increase production. What happens a year of more after it is in use and it is discovered that the GMO crop is very susceptible to a competitor's herbicide? I suppose you could warn people not to use the two, in combination, but what happens if this crop cross-pollinates with a non-GMO crop or another GMO crop and the results are unpredictable? Sound far-fetched? How many highly trained medical doctors told pregnant women that Thalidomide was safe?
  13. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    Aside from changing passport regulations when she was SecState?
  14. US Election: To NY and Beyond

    It is so sad to see one party wants to change nothing for the better and the other wants to make everything worse. so many people willing to settle for the lesser of two evils. I won't vote for Clinton and it has very little to do with her stance on guns. It has to do with her positions on TPP, NAFTA, Keystone XL, DOMA, DADT, Glass-Steagal, and fracking, not to mention her coziness with Wall St. big banks, big pharma, fossil fuel and Monsanto. I have one thing in common with Clinton. In 1964, we both supported Goldwater. I evolved. She didn't.
  15. Jackson, not Hamilton to be replaced on US Currency

    Now, they'll have another thing to blame Obama for.