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Comment Re:Big deal (Score 1) 201

Letting the market work it out is only fair when all participants are on a level playing field. When the cost of living in some other country is much lower than ours, people from there are likely to be willing to work for wages that we would consider to be poverty scale. Exporting (or importing workers) those jobs may help the companies, but is screwing over the public, and forcing lower wages. Eventually, you'll end up with a public that is unable to afford the products that companies are sell, or the education required to fill open positions.

I'm generally pro-business, but I see this as short sighted, and harmful to the nation.

Comment Re:So now we're all skeptics... (Score 1) 197

Ah, so you would have believed the sun revolved around the earth, at least until around 1514 or so. Or, that eggs were good for you, oh wait, they're bad, oops, nevermind, they're good again. Or maybe that until 1982 most believed that gastric ulcers were caused by stress and spicy foods instead of bacteria.

Personally, I choose not to believe experts without some basic evidence that can be explained in layman's terms. Not doing so is to follow those who believed the experts when we were told Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Show me some evidence.

As for climate change, I'm not a "denier", but I've yet to see solid evidence that it's anthropomorphic. But, I'll also admit that I haven't searched for it...color me uncommitted to either side of the argument.

Comment Re:And this is here because.. (Score 1) 249

A nerds dream is not to try and land a plane, a nerds dream is to land a space ship (or get laid, depending on who's stereo type you prefer).

YMMV. Knowing that I'd never have the opportunity to land a space ship, the next best thing was landing an airplane. Don't like the article, don't read it. And at a minimum, don't rage about it...it tends to get you modded down.

Comment Re:Actually, Flaring is really the hardest part (Score 1) 249

This exactly. Nighttime is a completely different world than landing in daylight. There's a reason why the FAA requires instructors to sign off your logbook for it. It's very much like doing an precision instrument landing because you really don't have the same visual cues, only lights and instruments.

Comment Re:Geez, crumped the nose wheel and the prop! (Score 1) 249

Depends. I did my first solo with 11 hours. When there's no crosswind (so you don't have to slip or crab), and you know not to flare too soon, or too late, then it's simple. Knowing when to flare...approach speed, and height, can be learned quickly. But for someone who's never experienced it, like this passenger, I'd say they were very lucky.

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