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Comment: Re:The 777 is unique in its vulnerability (Score 1) 113

I'm not Alanis.

Perhaps, ironic was an unfortunate choice of words, but I didn't mean it in terms of sarcastic/sardonic. There is an alternate definition:

happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.
"it was ironic that now that everybody had plenty of money for food, they couldn't obtain it because everything was rationed"

(e.g. paradoxical, incongruous)

Shortly after 9/11 when they were first proposing armoring the cockpit doors, I remember thinking: "But, what if you have [a legitimate need] to get in there?". Hence, the irony for me. If the locked out pilot had access through such a maintenance port, he might have been able to override the suicidal co-pilot.

After GermanWings, there are new proposals:
(1) Europe adopting the U.S. policy of two crew members in the cockpit at all times [even if one is a flight attendant].
(2) Aircraft flight systems will [forcibly] take over flying the plane if they detect something [egregiously] unsafe--not merely warn the pilot.
(3) Allow a ground based pilot crew to take over flying the aircraft remotely (like a drone aircraft) if something is unsafe.
(4) Not allowing [as is presently allowed] a single person to disable the cockpit door unlock codes/keys.

Remedies (2) and (3) aren't limited to just a suicidal pilot. Hypoxia may overcome both pilot/co-pilot before they have a chance to switch to oxygen.

But, if people are screaming "beware of hackers" now, just imagine the hoopla surrounding implementation of (3). Although remote drone piloting is used by military drones, there have been some [unconfirmed] reports of nefarious people being able to take over drones.

Comment: IRS - Taxes (Score -1, Troll) 72

by Archangel Michael (#49495625) Attached to: For the most recent tax year ...

Tax day reminds us, that all taxes are regressive.

The idea that a tax can be "progressive" is simply a fairy-tale lie to get people to pay more taxes, under the guise of "their fair share" (nebulous term meaning anything and everything). The reality is, taxes are falling on those that cannot afford to not pay, and those that cannot afford to avoid them (i.e. Middle Class).

Every time a liberal cries about the rich, just know it is your pocketbook that will be impacted.

Comment: Re:Youngest ever? False. (Score 1) 309

Um, you failed to actually answer the question I actually asked.

While you are 100% accurate about when "personhood" begins (being Philosophical), we do know that premature babies as young as 24 weeks of gestation have been born, and survived. Would you at least say that was at least one likely boundry of "personhood"?

This is not arbitrary boundary, it is one established by survivability outside the womb.

None of them allow aborting while in labor when the mother's life isn't in danger. Almost none allow it when close to labor.

"Almost" doesn't mean what you think it means. "Almost None" means some. Some isn't none. Lets rephrase your statement in the positive shall we?

None of them allow aborting while in labor when the mother's life isn't in danger. Some even allow it when close to labor.

How you phrase things to minimize the effect doesn't actually negate it at all, which is kind of what you were aiming for. I happen to be able to phrase the exact same meaning in a sentence (Almost None=Some) that conveys a completely different connotation. Since both terms are equally nebulous they are equal in meaning.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 309

To hope is to long for circumstances to change. That is to say, one rejects what is real and wishes instead for a fantasy.

Here is my refutation of this. Hope and being grounded in the Here and Now (present reality) are not mutually exclusive, nor did he present any argument suggesting they are.

I am FULLY AWARE that today's world sucks in many ways, I HOPE that the suckage will change when real grownups start to run the world instead of mental three year old who react based on emotional arguments, rather than logic and thought.

My hope is not fully dependent upon what is the "now". I realize that my chances of my hope coming to fruition is between slim and none, simply because the powers to be think the best person to run for president for the Democrats and Republicans are Clinton and Bush.

Comment: Re:Youngest ever? False. (Score 1) 309

While you are 100% accurate about when "personhood" begins (being Philosophical), we do know that premature babies as young as 24 weeks of gestation have been born, and survived. Would you at least say that was at least one likely boundry of "personhood"?

The problem is, that the Blue State abortion fanatics refuse to establish even a baseline, because they know that once that line is drawn in the sand, it can be argued for movement. They refuse to even define the line in the sand, because they are just as fanatical as the Red State crowd on this issue.

Making it about Red State anti scientific types, when it is much more nuanced than that, is a disservice to the discussion.

Here is my suggestion for "personhood", legal scientific accurate. Personhood starts the moment the fetus (baby) is able to survive outside the womb. We know when that is, because we have proof via example.

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