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Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 3, Insightful) 456

I grew up when it was OK for parents to discipline their children. I had to pick my own switch once, and only once. My kids did as well. And guess what, they grew up to be successful in school and their careers.

Being taught to respect authority isn't 'contending' with anything. They aren't going to grow up and be mentally ill due to getting a spanking when they misbehave. I firmly believe a lot of problems with today's children/young adults are a direct result of being brought up knowing there are no consequences for their actions.

Submission + - The Boeing 747 is heading for retirement

schwit1 writes: After 45 years of service, Boeing's 747, the world's first jumbo jet, is finally facing retirement as airlines consider more modern planes for their fleets.

The plane that so audaciously changed the shape of the world is now on the wrong side of history. Airlines are retiring older 747s — JAL no longer flies them — and Boeing's attempt at catch-up, the latest 747-8 model, has had technical problems and is selling only very slowly. The air above my garden will not be troubled by 747s for very much longer.

The article gives brief but detailed outline of the 747's history, and why passengers and pilots still love it. I love it because of this:

The 747 was America at its proud and uncontaminated best. 'There's no substitute for cubic inches,' American race drivers used to say and the 747 expresses that truth in the air. There is still residual rivalry with the upstart European Airbus. Some Americans, referring to untested new technologies, call it Scarebus. There's an old saying: 'If it ain't Boeing, I ain't going.'

A comparison to the European Concorde is illuminating. The supersonic Anglo-French plane was an elite project created for elite passengers to travel in near space with the curvature of the Earth on one hand and a glass of first growth claret on the other. The 747 was mass-market, proletarianising the jet set. It was Coke, not grand cru and it was designed by a man named Joe. Thus, the 747's active life was about twice that of Concorde.

The Jumbo Revolution is a wonderful Smithsonian Channel story of the history of the 747.

Comment Re:Deliverance? (Score 1) 664

First, let me say that IMHO the guy shooting the drone acted in a hotheaded, impulsive, and dangerous manner. My post history shows I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but that's for responsible & intelligent handling and use. What this person did was neither smart nor responsible. He should be charged with reckless discharge of a firearm resulting in the destruction of private property. At the least.

I'm curious as to what you would do if your teenage daughter was out sunbathing, in your fenced in back yard, and a drone flew overhead? I ask this because while it is easy to sit in judgement of his actions with the benefit of hindsight, I can't say I wouldn't have done anything different, save for not threatening the guys with a gun.

Where would you draw the line on what appears to be snooping by someone you couldn't identify? If you call the cops, the drone just flies away. I am of the opinion that he was justified in bringing it down. When it comes to protecting my family, I would never leave anything to chance. After the recent article on here, maybe we should all go buy super soakers for drone defense.

Comment Re:More like brown and dying brand (Score 1) 361

Am I the only one scared of a banana that after a month of sitting on a kitchen counter is still firm, yellow and ready to eat? Maybe this is the future of fruits and vegetables, but right now I'd be hard pressed to pick it up and eat it. I'll stick to my every 3-4 days of hitting the farmer's market on the way home and buying only what I plan to eat for a few days.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll