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Comment Pan Am and Boeing beat them in the 30's (Score 1) 157

The article states this Chinese plane is roughly the size of a 737, which is given in wikipedia as having a wingspan of 117 ft with winglets, and a length of 138 ft max, both of those numbers for the 737 NG.

Back in the late 30's, Pan Am and BOAC flew the Boeing 314 Clipper.

Boeing 314 had wingspan of 152 ft, length of 106 ft, cruise of 163 kts, range of 3,685 miles at cruise. 11 crew, 74 passengers.

OK so it's not pressurized, it cruised at 163 kts and may not even be the largest flying boat made - but this one flew for airlines and made money, unlike the Hughes Hercules. One of them did an unintended round-the-world flight.. on December 7, 1941. Pacific Clipper. It was born California Clipper but renamed after that impromptu round-the-world flight.

As an aside trivia, Pan Am did later launch in 1947 two round-the-worlds that persisted into the Jet Age and kept doing it until Pan Am was dismembered in a futile attempt to survive. The round-the-worlds were Flight 1 (Clipper 1) westbound, Flight 2 (Clipper 2) eastbound. Initially they were done with Lockheed Constellations.

Is the Chinese one actually flying, or is it vaporware?

Comment Re:The robbery started long ago. (Score 1) 613

Neo-classical economics was invented in the 1880s to protect the robber-barons from the single-taxers: Against Henry George

I'm skimming this one, and will likely read it cover to cover, but one thing jumped out at me --- even back then, the Real Estate people were applying economic pressure to upgrade sub-par land (dykes, irrigation, etc) to sell this not-so-good-land to people who could barely afford it. ?!? This sounds like an early version of the housing bubble.

Sweet cheese and crackers. The more I learn about this, the more my blood boils and the more I realize we indeed got played, played big, by every side there is, and has been going on since industrialization. And there's nothing we can do now in the short term to offer relief.

Comment Re:The robbery started long ago. (Score 1) 613

Nixon didn't separate from the gold standard, the last remnant of that died with Kennedy

By the late 60's things were already going down hard and fast, so this isn't surprising. I wasn't aware of the timing of the gold standard break.

President Johnson knew the economy was sliding off a cliff, in no small part because of having to fund the Vietnam War. He wanted all big industry to slow down a bit. And I learned of that in a book about Pan American Airways, no less. A most unexpected source. We almost didn't get the 747.

Comment The robbery started long ago. (Score 5, Interesting) 613

Be warned, this is LONG, but it's not a rant, it's a summation. I've tried to edit it down, but I'm my own worst editor, I tend to write (and speak) long. So please bear with me.

OK, here's the deal: Some of you will think this belongs on infowars, or breitbart, or whatever the paranoid-consipiracist right-wingnut site du jour is. Others will think this belongs in motherjones, or huffpost, or whatever the paranoid-conspiracist left wingnut site du jour is. And I'm sure there's people who wrote "WHY IS THIS HERE?!@?!!", I just can't see them since I have no mod points today I'm reading at threshold=1.

Sad truth is both sides are playing us. This story is so whack it could pass for a legit Onion story!

The short of it: This guy Powell -- a Democrat, who served on the boards of 11 big companies wrote a memo in 1971 basically saying Academia was mounting an attack on Free Enterprise. This memo was sent to his buddy, the Director of the US Chamber of Commerce, Eugene Sydnor. Then Powell gets put in the Supreme Court by Nixon.

The result of the memo - which was kept secret from The People for a while - was the rise of Neo-Liberalism, that is, de-regulation, free-trade, and turning our economy from a production economy to a "services" economy - which really means "Financial" economy. Yeah. Banks rule us, and they crashed mightily in 2007-2008, and are still trying to put the pieces back together.

So this Powell memo becomes one of the factors that created the corporate culture we have today. Republicans and Conservatives get the blame, when the idea and first motions were from a Liberal Democrat.

Essentially, the result was the manipulation of media and Academia - through grants, through favors, through good old-fashioned cocksuckery - to shift the thinking of the People to thinking that Free Enterprise was a good thing, that Government shouldn't meddle with business (de-regulation). A number of think-tanks were established, that were pro-business and anti-socialist.

At the same time while all those pieces were put together, Nixon un-hitched the dollar from the gold standard, the 1973 and 1979 energy crisis happened, the economy tanked, and the rest of the 20th century was spent in a downard slope.

This neo-liberal foundation helped shape the Reagan economic policies, the whole trickle-down thing, the reduction of corporate taxes, etc.

By the 90's it looked like the slope had stopped, but in the early 00's it fell off a cliff and it's still doing so.

So yes, people - we got robbed by liberals, democrats, conservatives and republicans combined. But somehow the blame has been shifted to the conservatives, as if it is their fault for breaking the US.

Sources? Citations? Do your own reading. Start with the Powell Memo itself, then some Chomsky, and your own examination of the event past half century. Find out what think-tanks were created and what the spout. Find out what rules were taken out to let business "flourish." This is all out there, in the open, from sites and books that are both conservative and liberal. This is not a one-sided thing, folks.

It'll turn your stomach, it will, doing that kind of reading.

We got played, by both sides, but the foundation was a liberal foundation, upon which most of the economic policies of today were built on.

I don't believe any of these people. Not a one. Especially not Billary, and especially not Trump.

What do we do? Suffer quietly, England-style? Revolution? We're trapped, folks. And what happened here spread to other countries, so emigration to say, England, is not an option, things over there and in Europe are also whacked.

I think we're going to have to let this take its course. Let it burn, stand back and just let it burn. People already are hurting. People already have lost jobs and are having no luck in getting something like what they lost. And we're going to have to let it burn, and once it's all ashes, we'll build it again. But will we remember what happened in the latter half of the 20th century onwards?

I'm hoping we do remember. But we probably won't.

Sorry for the rant, folks, but this robbery is a sore subject for me because of how complacent we were while it happened, how eagerly we accepted what came out of the TV, movies, and now Internet.

There were always skeptics, and it was a self-fulfilling destiny that the skeptics would be labeled nutters, conspirators, and worse. Traitors. Commies.

I just smh and wonder how the fuck we're going to survive this year, let alone this decade.

Submission + - 60 people killed and many more injured in terrorist attack in Nice, France (bbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A truck slowly drove towards a crowd, accelerated and then hit people on the famous Promenade des Anglais shortly after celebratory fireworks had ended. July 14th is a national holiday in remembrance of the attack on the Bastille which started the French Revolution. The truck reportedly drove more than a mile before the driver was shot and the truck stopped.

Comment Re:Seagate Fires 6500, Stock Soars (Score 1) 224

Before I bought a house in the favorable post-2008 market / housing crash I had thought of going to Central or South America an do IT work there, make a killing, and perhaps stay there. Im 100% spanish-english bilingual, you see.

Maybe it's time I sell / rent my house and do the south / central america thing anyway.

I've lost all faith in the US and in "Western Civilization." To the point where I"m almost ashamed of being American. That, from a 10-year veteran of the USAF.

I'm ashamed of what we've become. Maybe a decade or two down south .. way down south.. is what I need.

Comment Mine didn't replace a laptop (Score 1) 170

But then again, I don't need a laptop for most of what I do, in terms of personal, recreational leisure. I don't even need a desktop. I use my desktop pretty much when i'm having breakfast.

I read books. I watch movies. I do a bit of web surfing. I look at radar when the sky turns battleship gray. I read/write email. And that's about it. A tablet does all that very well, especially the movie, book, web and radar parts.

If I'm home, or on a plane, or in a hotel, I use the tablet. (first model of iPad Air)

When I'm out and about, I use my phone. (iPhone 5S)

The two have different missions and due to my tastes in size, there is no common ground. I don't like a big phone and I don't like a little tablet.

Both, however, have almost identical loads in term of apps, books, etc. They have identical screen layouts. It's seamless, for me, to go from one to the other.

Comment From TFS... (Score 0) 1010

"Comey added that while there is "evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information," they think that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."

I think he means "no reasonable prosecutor terrified of the prospect of never-ending retribution against self and family would bring such a case."

The political machine is so broken it it were a car, i'd strip it down to the bare frame, clean whatever can be kept, replace whatever is FUBAR, and put it back together.

Sadly, there is no way that trick can be done to an organization made of money and people. So.. what can be done? Can anything be done? Yeah, so my question is rhetorical, but it still stands -- how can We the People fix it? I'm convinced it'll take many decades, if not a century to fix.

Or maybe we just implode like our daddy did a couple of weeks ago. How's that Brexit working, UK?

Crazy thing is, I admire them for having the sheer balls to give the V to their leaders. (I'm not talking about the peace sign. Turn it around.)

Comment Re:WHY IS THIS HERE?! (Score 3, Interesting) 251

Because it's news for nerds. Oh, there are more nerds than you think they are. I think your definition of nerd is extremely narrow.

There are car nerds, computer nerds, aviation nerds, boat/ship nerds, literature nerds, and more.

So yes, an article about a controversial (and beloved) TV show that was about cars, politics and humor appeals to a broad spectrum of nerds and merits discussion on a board about news for nerds.

I rarely reply to ACs but this whole "DOES THIS BELONG HERE" faction is even screechier and irritating than SJWs.

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