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  • IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’

    07/22/2014 2:24:30 PM PDT · 17 of 34
    ALPAPilot to P-Marlowe
    The rule prohibiting churches from advocating for any candidate is unconstitutional.

    You must think the constitution says something like:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

    It should be fun watching the IRS go in a shut down churches.

  • When Beliefs and Facts Collide

    07/05/2014 8:22:27 PM PDT · 5 of 41
    ALPAPilot to SeekAndFind

    Let me get this straight. The NYC public school system cannot teach the majority of their children to be proficient in algebra, but they can teach them enough statistical physics and error analysis to set them straight on climate change? Maybe they could teach them enough about differential equations so they can teach them to calculate the half life of carbon-14 too.

  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/05/2014 4:55:22 AM PDT · 39 of 72
    ALPAPilot to Kozy
    As Charles Dickens said about small town France before the revolution:

    The village had its one poor street, with its poor brewery, poor tannery, poor tavern, poor stable-yard for relays of post-horses, poor fountain, all usual poor appointments. It had its poor people too. All its people were poor, and many of them were sitting at their doors, shredding spare onions and the like for supper, while many were at the fountain, washing leaves, and grasses, and any such small yieldings of the earth that could be eaten. Expressive sips of what made them poor, were not wanting; the tax for the state, the tax for the church, the tax for the lord, tax local and tax general, were to be paid here and to be paid there, according to solemn inscription in the little village, until the wonder was, that there was any village left unswallowed.

  • Higgs boson scientists: The universe should have collapsed

    06/23/2014 11:32:53 PM PDT · 14 of 32
    ALPAPilot to Citizen Zed

    I thought is was settled science????

  • Rice fires back on Bergdahl criticism (Hussein's Constitutional responsibilities)

    06/01/2014 4:23:06 PM PDT · 24 of 51
    ALPAPilot to Libloather
    "No, actually Congress began to be notified when Sgt. Bergdahl was in American hands which was actually before the prisoners had left," Rice said.

    ????? We had him back and then we gave prisoners back???????

    Is that just Obama helping out his friends?

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    05/31/2014 8:35:39 PM PDT · 90 of 136
    ALPAPilot to Fantasywriter
    In context, it is clear that salvation is the gift. Below is a link that explains, via the larger context coupled with the specifics of Greek grammar, exactly why ‘salvation’, not ‘faith’ is the ‘gift’. I hope you find the link helpful.

    Thanks, that was an interesting page

    Those who believe that faith is a gift (i.e., miraculous imposition) from God, often point out that in this verse “faith” is the nearest antecedent of “that” (“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”).

    Since Greek is an inflected language, I would think that the gender matching would matter far more than position. Unfortunately, my Greek is not nearly as good as my Latin. In the Vulgate the gender of the Latin is less certain. Grace is in the feminine, Salvation is in the masculine, Faith is feminine, but the pronoun hoc is neuter. I guess, then, that the whole process - salvation through grace by means of faith - is the antecedent in the Latin

    I have to admit that Faith, as a virtue, seemed more understandable to me as something that is strived for rather than a gift that is given while salvation is a gift that we receive.

  • Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

    05/31/2014 4:38:36 PM PDT · 35 of 136
    ALPAPilot to boatbums
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

    Is it being saved by Grace that is the gift of God, or is it faith that is the gift of God?

  • Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes

    05/28/2014 10:34:24 PM PDT · 23 of 38
    ALPAPilot to DJlaysitup
    and planes just don't hit the water and easily descend below the waves without stuff coming out.

    Yes they do; nothing came off the U.S. Airways plane that landed in the Hudson.

  • Father of slain Santa Barbara student calls on politicians to 'get to work and do something'...

    05/28/2014 3:37:24 AM PDT · 20 of 52
    ALPAPilot to SoFloFreeper

    Maybe he can hashtag something just like Michele and the Nigerian girls.

  • What China Knows That You Don't: U.S. Economists Are History's Biggest Patsies

    05/27/2014 12:53:53 AM PDT · 29 of 29
    ALPAPilot to Soul of the South
    If free trade were as beneficial as its advocates suggest, the United States should be enjoying a period of great prosperity and economic growth today. At one time I believed in free trade. No longer. I believe what I’ve seen and the history of the US economy. Time to end the experiment and slap a 30% tariff on imported goods. Watch manufacturing, jobs, and economic growth return to this country.

    Really? So you think taking another big chunk of money away from the middle class and giving it to the politicians in Washington will solve our economic ills? The last 25 years have seen the highest ratio of government revenue per gross domestic product in the countries history. In addition government regulations at all levels (local, state, federal) have grown apace. We have also seen the highest debt to GDP ratios since World War II.

    As the article points out, it's the Chinese ability to use their dollars which they have received from trade to invest in Treasury Bonds that is harmful. The Chinese have a limited number of things they can do with the dollars they receive.

    a) They can convert them to RMB and drive the exchange rate up along with the prices of Chinese goods.

    b) They can buy U.S. products thereby equalizing the trade balance.

    c) They can invest in the productive private sector of the U.S. economy, thereby improving our productive capacity.

    d) They can lend money to our bloated bureaucracy so EBT card users can visit Disney World and Solyndra Executives can golf on well watered courses in California. Then sit back and wait for our children to toil away to pay them back.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/23/2014 8:41:18 AM PDT · 30 of 34
    ALPAPilot to PapaBear3625
    So, by your words, you would be in favor of punishing women who become pregnant by some guy who she knows is unable to support a child

    . What sort of punishment would you favor? Jail? Forced sterilization?

    If a women gets pregnant by consensual sex with a married man with children we should make her wear a scarlet A.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/23/2014 7:41:28 AM PDT · 28 of 34
    ALPAPilot to PapaBear3625
    I suppose you also want to jail all men who engage in non-marital sex? Do you want to jail the women too? If not, why not?

    How about prostitutes who have had IUDs or other reliable birth control inserted?

    We already jail prostitutes and those who solicit them. (They show it on cops all the time.)

    Those who contract an obligation who are unable to fulfill it should be punished.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/23/2014 7:22:14 AM PDT · 27 of 34
    ALPAPilot to Teacher317
    Moronic. There is no such "right", in law or in religion. Just your own baseless feel-good opinion.

    Mine and William Blackstone - Book I Chapter 16

    THE duty of parents to provide for the maintenance of their children is a principle of natural law ; an obligation, says Puffendorf, laid on them not only by nature herself, but by their own proper act, in bringing them into the world: for they would be in the highest manner injurious to their issue, if they only gave the children life, that they might afterwards see them perish. By begetting them therefore they have entered into a voluntary obligation, to endeavour, as far as in them lies, that the life which they have bestowed shall be supported and preserved. And thus the children will have a perfect right of receiving maintenance from their parents. And the president Montesquieu has a very just observation upon this head : that the establishment of marriage in all civilized states is built on this natural obligation of the father to provide for his children; for that ascertains and makes known the person who is bound to fulfil this obligation: whereas, in promiscuous and illicit conjunctions, the father is unknown ; and the mother finds a thousand obfsacles in her way ; --- shame, remorse, the constraint of her sex, and the rigor of laws ; --- that stifle her inclinations to perform this duty : and besides, the generally wants ability.

    The municipal laws of all well-regulated states have taken care to enforce this duty : though providence has done it more effectually than any laws, by implanting in the breast of every parent that natural sopyn, or insuperable degree of affection, which not even the deformity of person or mind, not even the wickedness, ingratitude, and rebellion of children, can totally suppress or extinguish.

    Ignorantia juris non excusat

    The willful ignorance of our "teachers" have led us to abortion on demand and "gay marriage." Please tell me your not a teacher.

  • The Philippines' forgotten generation

    05/22/2014 5:26:46 AM PDT · 11 of 34
    ALPAPilot to csvset

    And this, dear libertarians, is why prostitution should be illegal. Children have a natural right to have a father. If you violate that child’s natural right, you belong in jail.

  • Pope Francis: 'Tea Party Catholic'?

    05/10/2014 11:13:12 PM PDT · 32 of 122
    ALPAPilot to ExpatGator
    And what the Pope was endorsing is employing the force of the State to do it involuntarily. There is a vast chasm between voluntary and involuntary “giving”. To conflate the two is perverse.

    If you bother to read his actual speech (not the AP take on it) you will find that he said "to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands." And when describing the tax collector Zacchaeus he says, "he simply inspires him to put everything, FREELY yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others.

  • Pope Francis' Wealth Redistribution Is Economically Fallible

    05/10/2014 2:00:16 PM PDT · 21 of 24
    ALPAPilot to Mr Rogers

    In addition, why are these remarks considered aimed at the G7 countries. Perhaps the target of his remarks are places like North Korea, Venezuela, Myanmar, Syria, or any other place where the populations are truly poor and oppressed?

  • Pope Francis' Wealth Redistribution Is Economically Fallible

    05/10/2014 1:57:01 PM PDT · 20 of 24
    ALPAPilot to Mr Rogers
    “When the Pope uses the word “legitimate”, why is that not interpreted as in accordance with the mosaic law?” Because in the same sentence, he wants GOVERNMENTS to do the redistributing: “by the LEGITIMATE redistribution of economic BENEFITS by the State” Do you know of a Godly government, devoted to Christ? Me neither.

    Perhaps the Pope is implying that the current redistribution system is illegitimate. Especially since in many cases that redistribution is not done "freely."

    My point is that the AP took two words from the speech - redistribution and legitimate, and then added their own word - wealth. If we are going to criticize the Pope, I think we should criticize what he actually said instead of the stuff the AP makes up for him.

  • Supreme Court justice agrees: First Amendment limits only Congress

    05/10/2014 12:25:57 PM PDT · 36 of 93
    ALPAPilot to Jim Robinson
    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
  • Pope Francis' Wealth Redistribution Is Economically Fallible

    05/10/2014 11:01:18 AM PDT · 12 of 24
    ALPAPilot to SeekAndFind
    Okay, here is the entire speech

    I thank all of you, who are primarily responsible for the international system, for the great efforts being made to ensure world peace, respect for human dignity, the protection of persons, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and harmonious economic and social development.

    The results of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in terms of education and the decrease in extreme poverty, confirm the value of the work of coordination carried out by this Chief Executives Board. At the same time, it must be kept in mind that the world’s peoples deserve and expect even greater results.

    An essential principle of management is the refusal to be satisfied with current results and to press forward, in the conviction that those gains are only consolidated by working to achieve even more. In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens. Future Sustainable Development Goals must therefore be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive LABOR for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development. Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustice and resisting the “economy of exclusion”, the “throwaway culture” and the “culture of death” which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted.

    With this in mind, I would like to remind you, as representatives of the chief agencies of global cooperation, of an incident which took place two thousand years ago and is recounted in the Gospel of Saint Luke (19:1-10). It is the encounter between Jesus Christ and the rich tax collector Zacchaeus, as a result of which Zacchaeus made a radical decision of sharing and justice, because his conscience had been awakened by the gaze of Jesus. This same spirit should be at the beginning and end of all political and economic activity. The gaze, often silent, of that part of the human family which is cast off, left behind, ought to awaken the conscience of political and economic agents and lead them to generous and courageous decisions with immediate results, like the decision of Zacchaeus. Does this spirit of solidarity and sharing guide all our thoughts and actions, I ask myself?

    Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.

    The account of Jesus and Zacchaeus teaches us that above and beyond economic and social systems and theories, there will always be a need to promote generous, effective and practical openness to the needs of others. Jesus does not ask Zacchaeus to change jobs nor does he condemn his financial activity; he simply inspires him to put everything, FREELY yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others. Consequently, I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors (cf. JOHN PAUL II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 42-43; Centesimus Annus, 43; BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 6; 24-40), that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level. A contribution to this equitable development will also be made both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world’s peoples and by the LEGITIMATE redistribution of economic BENEFITS by the State, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.

    Consequently, while encouraging you in your continuing efforts to coordinate the activity of the international agencies, which represents a service to all humanity, I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.

    So the leftists in the media come out and interpret this as "take wealth from the rich and giver to the poor." When the Pope uses the word "legitimate", why is that not interpreted as in accordance with the mosaic law? Specifically the prohibition of stealing and coveting? The Pope makes use of the word "freely." Why did the leftist media bury that idea.

    Why isn't the interpretation that governments are suppose to reform the system that makes the political class wealthy at the expense of the common man?

    Isn't Harry Reid the present day Zacchaeus? The one that should give his money away?

    Can you really read this speech and come away thinking that what the Pope is advocating is that Harry Reid should take more money away from hard working private sector people so he can BENEFIT his friends at places like Solendra?

    Now I'm not saying that the Pope is a dyed in the wool free marketeer. But the government does have a proper role: enforcing contracts, prohibiting fraud, etc.

  • Pope Francis demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · 86 of 307
    ALPAPilot to DManA
    You think that is better? Means exactly nothing to me. What in the world is a benefit?

    That is the question - what exactly was he talking about. The reference he made (Luke 19:1-10) about the tax collector giving his money to the poor. Why doesn't the press take the meaning to be that IRS employees need to give back their salaries.

    I think the Pope made a silly statement that was transformable by a satanic media.

  • Pope Francis demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 7:27:54 AM PDT · 26 of 307
    ALPAPilot to SeekAndFind

    The Vatican website say that Pope Francis said “legitimate redistribution of benefits. Why did the AP change that to redistribution of wealth? That’s what I want to know.

  • Homeschoolers Need Not Apply: Will This Be the Face of Common Core?

    05/07/2014 11:14:21 AM PDT · 45 of 53
    ALPAPilot to Psalm 73
    That's their loss. These kids will become smart, hard-working employees for somebody - just not them.

    Homeschoolers will end up owning the company and employing public school graduates to rake the leaves at their homes.

  • Ticket Sales a Matter of Property Rights

    05/07/2014 7:55:40 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    ALPAPilot to MichCapCon

    I think that the writer is mistaken that this involves property rights. This issue properly falls under contractual law.

    I do agree that the government has no business forbidding resale. This is a matter for the those selling tickets and those buying the tickets. Whatever they agree to should be fine with the government.

  • Brookings: More businesses dying than being created — for first time ever

    05/06/2014 10:17:06 AM PDT · 36 of 38
    ALPAPilot to DoughtyOne

    My point is that our standard of living, employment level, or economic security has almost nothing to do with the economies of other countries - whether rich or poor.

    Our problems are internal. Taxes too high, regulations too stupid, government too bloated etc.

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves

  • Brookings: More businesses dying than being created — for first time ever

    05/06/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT · 30 of 38
    ALPAPilot to DoughtyOne
    There’s no myth that our workforce will never be able to compete with third world labor, until our economy has dropped to third world status. And that’s just what it’s doing.

    That is a myth.

  • Low-carb ketogenic diet takes on low-fat diet for diabetes: Undisputed winner

    04/25/2014 7:29:27 AM PDT · 23 of 55
    ALPAPilot to fatnotlazy
    Looks like I stumbled upon a cult here. All I know is, the diet I follow that limits sodium, carbs and fat has worked for me. Lost weight, improved cholesterol and diabetes numbers and has lowered blood pressure. The meds I take have been reduced and some of them I might one day not have to take anymore.

    By the way, my cardiologist is highly regarded and respected by his peers too. But he also has enough sense to know that he, like most doctors, doesn't know everything about diet, so he referred me to a registered dietitian. The diet I follow came from that dietitian and it has worked for me. And I still consult with that dietitian once a year in case there are any new advances.

    I got fat and wrecked my health through excess. Too much of anything — including fat — can damage your health. I'm not about to undo the progress I've made by following fad diets promoted by charlatans with MD after their names who only want to sell a book and a bunch of overpriced, totally useless products.

    Don't misunderstand. I think the larger point here is that everyone's body is different to some degree. The funny thing is that it seems that the government wants all of us to follow the same dietary program (i.e. Michelle Obama and the school lunch nonsense). They do large statistical analyses with many participants and then make broad conclusions they think should apply to everyone (not unlike education).

    My family has numerous insulin dependent diabetics (mother, father, brother), and cancer is common. We have virtually no heart disease. I know other families that are completely opposite, where heart disease is common. People have to figure out what works their bodies.

    I read Dr. Adkins book, and, like many others who are at a high risk for diabetes, it made a huge difference in my health. I got rid of the sugar in the coffee and other sweets, and rarely eat desserts. The doctor gives me a blood test once a year and the lipids have always been normal.

  • Low-carb ketogenic diet takes on low-fat diet for diabetes: Undisputed winner

    04/24/2014 8:30:49 PM PDT · 20 of 55
    ALPAPilot to fatnotlazy

    Dr. Adkins was a cardiologist. Ivy League - Cornell Medical School and residency at Columbia.

  • Conservatives Deride Effort to Rig Electoral College

    04/20/2014 2:30:25 PM PDT · 26 of 26
    ALPAPilot to Jacquerie

    If this passed Constitutional muster, then the states could have their electoral votes be decided by the popular votes of those states that have that are part of the group.

    Clearly unconstitutional

  • Conservatives Deride Effort to Rig Electoral College

    04/20/2014 2:24:14 PM PDT · 25 of 26
    ALPAPilot to Jacquerie
    No compact is involved.

    It's called the National Popular Vote Compact.

    Compact: A covenant or contract made between two or more persons or parties; a mutual agreement or understanding; ‘a mutual and settled appointment between two or more, to do or to forbear something. OED.

  • Conservatives Deride Effort to Rig Electoral College

    04/20/2014 5:14:51 AM PDT · 13 of 26
    ALPAPilot to Jacquerie
    No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.
  • 9 big reasons why public schools wallow in mediocrity

    04/12/2014 3:19:58 PM PDT · 15 of 50
    ALPAPilot to PapaNew

    2) Get education out of the hands of the state teacher’s unions and back into the hands of local communities and parents.

    Parents will only be in control when they write the check for tuition and decide who to give it to.

  • It Doesn’t Matter Where You Go to College: It just matters that you go.

    04/12/2014 1:55:59 AM PDT · 36 of 67
    ALPAPilot to JimSEA
    We don’t need more liberal arts

    I think we could actually use more liberal arts types. Unfortunately the only places teaching liberal arts seems to be Hillsdale College and a few others.

  • Why locating MH370 in the Southern Ocean is so difficult

    03/25/2014 6:36:15 AM PDT · 3 of 59
    ALPAPilot to don-o

    I think this is why this spot was chosen by those who took the airplane (most likely the crew). My personal guess is that they attempted to land the airplane in the water so that it would not break up (like U.S. Air on the Hudson). Sooner or later the plane would sink to the bottom of a very deep ocean in a part of the world that is difficult for ships to operate.

  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 4:18:33 PM PDT · 35 of 63
    ALPAPilot to redgolum
    Statist? Not really. Homeschool or send your children to a private school of your choice.

    Don't you think it is odd to be against socialized medicine but for socialized education?

    Voucher programs are designed to DE-SOCIALIZE education i.e. increase the number of schools that are NOT owned by the government.

    I am sending my children to private school. My neighbors are still stealing my money because they do not WISH to pay for they own children.

  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 1:38:45 PM PDT · 5 of 63
    ALPAPilot to redgolum
    I am against school choice.

    Said by a true statist?

    I choose not to send my children to public school - so take that.

    Parents should pay for their own children's school. Making the old lady down the street fund it is immoral. If you created the child, then man up and care for them.

  • Lost Jet’s Path Seen as Altered via Computer

    03/17/2014 7:42:22 PM PDT · 32 of 223
    ALPAPilot to kristinn

    I would love to know how they know this.

  • What Pilots Think About The Crazy New Theory That The Missing Malaysia Jet Used Another Jet To Hide

    03/17/2014 2:56:31 PM PDT · 73 of 158
    ALPAPilot to The Working Man
    With the transponder on they could track the singapore jet with TCAS up to about 30 miles. With the transponder turned off, it would not be so easy.

    Part of the transponder system is the TCAS system (transponder collision avoidance system) This system allows planes to ping other airplane's transponders to determine location and altitude. It's range is about 30 miles and it puts a symbol and altitude readout on the planes Navigation Display. The weather radar can paint other aircraft nearby, but not very well. The TCAS, however, only works when the transponder is turned on.

  • What Pilots Think About The Crazy New Theory That The Missing Malaysia Jet Used Another Jet To Hide

    03/17/2014 2:04:10 PM PDT · 32 of 158
    ALPAPilot to The Working Man
    Flying in formation is a military skill, If the pilot or co-pilot were former military I could see it happening.

    Yes it takes practice. The biggest problem with the theory is that at night, it would be very hard to track down the singapore jet; especially with the transponder turned off. With the transponder on they could track the singapore jet with TCAS up to about 30 miles. With the transponder turned off, it would not be so easy.

  • Missing MH370: Expert Needed to Disable B777 Systems

    03/15/2014 2:57:14 PM PDT · 16 of 53
    ALPAPilot to andyk
    Why are the systems made available to the crew in such a way that they can be disabled? What’s the real world, legitimate reason for crew disabling these systems?<\i>

    For the ACARS it gives us the ability to reset the system if it is not functioning propey. Similar to cntr-alt-del

  • Boeing 777 Pilots: It's Not Easy To Disable Onboard Communications (No idea)

    03/15/2014 12:55:57 AM PDT · 42 of 44
    ALPAPilot to Rockpile
    If ACARS on say a routine flight quits working or trips a breaker does the crew get any notificiation? Audible or visiual cue?

    Sort of. If the Satellite voice goes out, we get a message on the EICAS (engine instrument display). If Satellite data goes out, we get the message and a link to the short checklist. Out of VHF range if we lose satellite data, we lose the ACARS.

    With other types of failures, we would figure it out when we went to use it. It's used all the time. Takeoff Data, weather, release verifications, ATIS etc. all come through the ACARS. Consequently, ACARS problems create a big increase in workload.

  • Boeing 777 Pilots: It's Not Easy To Disable Onboard Communications (No idea)

    03/14/2014 6:00:20 PM PDT · 26 of 44
    ALPAPilot to chrisser
    I don’t know if this story is accurate or not, but, could it be that any pilot who would speak to NPR possibly isn’t the brightest of the bunch?

    I hate to say it, but it is probably the most accurate story about pilot knowledge of the communication systems on the 777. Shutting down the ACARS is not something someone could do without specific training on the 777. Boeing airplanes are pretty standard, but there are major differences in how the ACARS is set up and functions in the 767, 777, and the 747.

  • Sam Adams Beer pulls out of South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade

    03/14/2014 9:28:47 AM PDT · 58 of 113
    ALPAPilot to reegs
    From 2002

    We can't stand wormy little corporate titans like Jim Koch, chairman of the publicly-held Boston Beer Company, which distributes Samuel Adams products.

    As TSG first reported, the 53-year-old Koch (pronounced Cook) was the so-called Grand Marshal of the "Sex for Sam" stunt that got radio shock jocks Opie and Anthony canned. In fact, Koch was actually present in WNEW-FM's Manhattan studio and played a key role in the public sex contest--though he and the beer company didn't admit that until TSG obtained audio clips from the controversial August 15 show.

    Still don't drink it.

  • Exclusive: Radar data suggests missing Malaysia plane deliberately flown way off course - sources

    03/14/2014 7:43:48 AM PDT · 28 of 65
    ALPAPilot to mad_as_he$$
    CNN was just in a 777 sim. There are eight separate power systems and it takes several steps to shut down the ACAREs and the vhf and hf radios. Apparently no one breaker can drop everything. It was done deliberately by someone with knowledge and training.

    It sounds like the Transponder was manually shut off (a switch on the center console). It's much more difficult to shut the ACARS down. It doesn't have an on off switch. The circuit breaker could be pulled, but it sounds like that did not happen. That's why the ACARS was still pinging the IMARSAT. Finding the correct circuit breaker on the overhead panel would be time consuming, unless one knew exactly which circuit breakers to pull before hand.

    Even for the pilots, it would be difficult to know how to shut all the communications down. There is a lot of automatic stuff (like the engine data) that is transmitted. The plane also automatically changes what antenna the data is transmitted through. Over land the ACARS transmits on VHF frequency. It automatically switches to the Satellite antenna when the plan leaves VHF range. Anyone knowledgeable enough to alter that would have to have been trained on the 777.

  • Hong Kong pilot spots debris in Vietnamese waters

    03/12/2014 4:49:45 AM PDT · 188 of 244
    ALPAPilot to Norm Lenhart
    How many times did this exact plane and/or hundreds like it sit on runways in Saudi/Iraq/Middle East/Las Vegas/Phoenix under almost, if not identical circumstances? Numbers would indicate that in your 4 cases, something else happened.

    Since 1960's the FAA and aircraft manufacturers have had two choices to prevent undesired fuel combustion. Either remove oxygen, or remove the ignition source. Removing oxygen (and replace with nitrogen) has been available since the 1960's. FAA and commercial airliners chose ignition source removal, because of weight considerations. That has been largely successful, but not entirely so. Just like many other safety considerations.

  • Hong Kong pilot spots debris in Vietnamese waters

    03/12/2014 4:28:08 AM PDT · 187 of 244
    ALPAPilot to sport
    No, it ignites. If it exploded it would ruin the engine. It is a controlled burning.

    A deflagration is a propagation of a combustion zone at a velocity less than the speed of sound in the unreacted medium. A detonation is a propagation of a combustion zone at a velocity greater than the speed of sound in the unreacted medium. An explosion is the bursting or rupture of an enclosure or container due to the development of internal pressure from a deflagration or detonation as defined in NFPA 69 (National Fire Protection Association).

  • Hong Kong pilot spots debris in Vietnamese waters

    03/11/2014 7:24:38 PM PDT · 115 of 244
    ALPAPilot to driftdiver
    So where was the compression on flt 800?


    It was a hot day in JFK, the plane was delayed several hours on takeoff. The packs (air conditioning system on Boeing Airplanes) are directly below the center wing tank. The area became very hot.

    That's why Boeing put an fuel tank inert system in the 787. There have been 4 center tank explosions.

  • Hong Kong pilot spots debris in Vietnamese waters

    03/11/2014 6:31:58 PM PDT · 108 of 244
    ALPAPilot to gaijin
    The US Navy rightfully wondered about that, and performed many test on their a/c after TWA800 --over 100 times then even dumped entire HIBACHIS full of briquettes, tossed flaming rags, etc into full tanks, 1/2 full tanks, almost empty tanks, and what did they get..?

    When my tractor's fuel injector mists diesel fuel into the cylinder, it explodes every time the piston compresses it - it doesn't even need a spark.

  • The real trouble with Thomas Sowell is he doesn’t like Ted Cruz or the TEA party

    02/26/2014 2:48:28 PM PST · 63 of 88
    ALPAPilot to GeronL
    Now, why the HELL should I vote for these people???

    Both Thomas Sowell and I share your frustration. Thomas Sowell believes that your political goals are most likely reached by voting for those people. As for me, I would definitely vote against Lindsey Graham, and would probably vote for Matt Blevin. But I also realize that it would be a risky proposition for which I could pay dearly (with real money for higher taxes etc.). Just because Thomas Sowell doesn't think the risk is justified does not mean he has abandoned conservatives or has been co-opted or payed off or whatever calumnies that have appeared in this thread.

  • The real trouble with Thomas Sowell is he doesn’t like Ted Cruz or the TEA party

    02/26/2014 1:20:54 PM PST · 58 of 88
    ALPAPilot to FreeReign
    Red state RINOs need to be primaried. It's not clear if Sowell agrees with that strategy or not.

    I don't disagree, but it's a risky strategy as demonstrated by the Donnelly v. Mourdock race in Indiana. Is Kentucky more Red than Indiana?

    Regardless of the tactical choices and the arguments about them, conservative will not be victorious unless we are successful at convincing voters that conservative principles are the best choice. Dr. Sowell has done and continues to do more than most fighting on that front. I think he's frustrated that there are people behind the lines shooting at each other instead of at the Democrats. He has complained often, with good reason, that not enough Republicans are courageous enough to back him up. I sympathize with him.

  • The real trouble with Thomas Sowell is he doesn’t like Ted Cruz or the TEA party

    02/26/2014 11:55:55 AM PST · 55 of 88
    ALPAPilot to FreeReign
    The Sowell type strategy has all but yielded complete authority to the Democrats.

    It's failing.

    Please look at what is going on.

    We all see what's going on - hence the frustration.

    a) I don't think it is "Sowell's Strategy"

    b) Just because putting up with RINOs has obviously not worked, does not mean that shooting the RINOs will work.

    c) I think the point of Sowell's articles is that his strategy is that the entire Republican Party should unite to advance conservative principles. He was upset with the RINO's for abandoning conservative principles and the Tea Party for abandoning unity.