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  • Weare Police Charge Man for Recording Traffic Stop (Felony Charges)

    02/25/2011 1:28:35 PM PST · 48 of 60
    rohn to HiTech RedNeck; woodbutcher1963
    You guessed right, but exposed yourself as the “Luddite redneck”.

    Gee you'd think a learned person would recognize Weare, NH as the home of a US Supreme Court Justice Souter. Deeply enmeshed in the eminent domain ruling, such that the people up here tried to seize his home using the same arguments. Look it up.

    Oh, yeah, that “rag” is the Manchester Union Leader. World Famous, just not in your little world. Once called Reagan a liberal!! That far right. Also, torpedoed Ed Muskey campaign, long ago. ( I go back that far)

    Nashua, the “Gate city” (on the border with MA, not the “gay city”, get you ears cleaned out!) The problem with Nashua is illegals overflowing from MA. I can remember when signs were in English and French (french Canadians), think there are some churches that still hold services in french.

    OK, Nashua= Gate city, Manchester is the “Queen City”, look it up. The “gaiety you seek is on the coast, all 18 miles of it. Try Portsmouth.

    The “rag” from Nashua is the “Nashua Telegraph”, total liberal paper. Wouldn't line a birdcage with it, that would be redundant!

    Before you besmirch Nashua any further, “Money” magazine called it the best city in the US to live TWICE in ten years. Had to stop identifying cities and switched to “regions after that.

    Weare is “small town”, think Mayberry. NH has had some difficulty with the “wiretap” issue. Since I'm in the same county, maybe I can be on the jury and let FR what happens!

    Have fun. Rohn

  • 'Going Rogue' spoof: 'Nightmare'stories may have Sarah Palin seeing 'Rouge'

    10/21/2009 8:37:07 PM PDT · 61 of 69
    rohn to rdl6989; All

    Simple solution:
    1) Go to book store
    2) Pick up book and pretend to peruse it
    3) Replace book cover down
    4) Repeat as needed
    Did this with anti-Palin magazine at supermarket, no longer at check-out!
    Enjoy!

  • Elite squad guns down Bali bomb mastermind

    08/09/2009 6:40:46 AM PDT · 25 of 30
    rohn to Deo volente
    Does that mean you will wake up screaming, every two hours, with a load in your underpants? Sorry, had to ask.
  • 12 similar flights deepen Air France 447 mystery

    06/07/2009 2:15:40 PM PDT · 37 of 42
    rohn to Cyman
    Ever heard of a terrorist that works anonymously????????

    Actually, yes. Train station at Bologna(IT) has a memorial to those killed in an attack. Clock is stopped at time of explosion, crack in the wall left as a reminder. No credible claim. Ever. There are suspects, but nothing solid.
    Just there recently, very powerful.
    Certain there are other examples of anonymous attacks, but that is the one I will remember.
    Rohn

  • Church removes 'scary crucifix' [Ecumenical]

    01/08/2009 12:45:22 PM PST · 26 of 63
    rohn to NYer

    Hi,
    Reminds me of the old joke about the non-Christian child that was doing miserably in school.
    His parents finally got him into a Catholic school. His marks generally improved, but sky rocketed to straight A’s in math.
    The parents asked why he was doing so well in math. His reply, “have you seen what they did to the guy on the PLUS SIGN?”
    Enjoy,
    Rohn

  • Is global warming caused by human activity?

    01/08/2009 12:34:28 PM PST · 12 of 53
    rohn to pjd

    Hi,
    Great post!
    Just last night the PBS station had a series on the history of India. Seems many of the large cities disappeared due to “global warming”, way back around 1500 B.C. (NOT BCE!).
    How many cars were driving then?
    Look to the nearest nuclear furnace to Earth, a star, some call it the “Sun”. Tell me about the spike in temperature, or decrease in sunspot activity.
    Polar ice caps melting? Happens on Mars!
    I could go on, but thanks,
    Rohn

  • PETA's latest idiotic demand - fish are 'sea kittens'

    01/08/2009 12:19:55 PM PST · 31 of 76
    rohn to TexasNative2000

    This is too scary,
    That was my immediate reaction!
    Rohn

  • Mystery of lost US nuclear bomb

    11/11/2008 2:00:41 PM PST · 41 of 43
    rohn to austrian

    this can be a serious danger to world peace. just remember those “bloody” Eskimo now have “the Bomb” ;-)
    ************************************************

    Reminds me of an old joke (groaner alert)

    Q: Why won’t the Russians attack Eskimos?
    A: They heard Eskimos have “icy BM’s”.

    Sorry, I had to do it!

  • London Knife Blitz: 1200 Busted

    07/02/2008 11:14:38 PM PDT · 22 of 22
    rohn to jrestrepo

    We have a winner!!
    Now, how do you defend yourself when somebody attacks you with a banana?
    (apologies to Monty Python)
    Rohn

  • Patient Conyers hopes to move slavery bill during an Obama administration

    03/03/2008 8:57:30 PM PST · 31 of 73
    rohn to yooling

    Don’t have to go that far back,
    just have all the families of northerners sue slave families for those that fought to free the slaves!
    Kaching!!!

  • American investigates as 777 engine fails to respond to throttle

    02/29/2008 2:00:24 PM PST · 33 of 36
    rohn to NonValueAdded

    Doolittle: Hello, Engine? Are you with me?
    Engine #2: Of course.
    Doolittle: Are you willing to entertain a few concepts?
    Engine #2: I am always receptive to suggestions.
    Doolittle: Fine. Think about this then. How do you know you exist?
    Engine #2: Well, of course I exist.
    Doolittle: But how do you know you exist?
    Engine #2: It is intuitively obvious.
    Doolittle: Intuition is no proof. What concrete evidence do you have that you exist?
    Engine #2: Hmmmm... well... I think, therefore I am.
    Doolittle: That’s good. That’s very good. But how do you know that anything else exists?
    Engine #2: My sensory apparatus reveals it to me. This is fun.

    With apologies to John Carpenter.
    An obscure blast from the past.
    Thanks!!

  • Should roads have tolls to fight global warming?

    02/29/2008 8:59:04 AM PST · 76 of 108
    rohn to UCFRoadWarrior
    “Toll roads actually will add pollution. I think anyone can figure that out.”

    Spot on reply! Think there are some studies proving that.

    Also, people should look to why CT eliminated tolls. They had a series of horrible pile-ups at toll booths. The cost of litigation virtually negated the profit from tolls, plus people died. (we won’t mention the bridge on I-95 that fell in the river, so much for revenue maintaining the road)

    The Mass. Pike fiasco should be a lesson to all on government hacks running a toll road. The bonds were about to be paid off years ago, and all were expecting the tolls to be eliminated. No, the hacks floated new bonds, so they wouldn’t lose their jobs. Now the tolls are going up again!

    There are some places in MA where the toll booth collects little more than the salary of the workers. Most of them are friends or relatives of state politicians. You won’t believe what some toll collectors earn.

    Don’t even get started on the Big Dig.....

  • YOU MEAN GLOBAL WARMING IS RELATED TO THE SUN?

    02/14/2008 11:53:45 AM PST · 21 of 29
    rohn to McGruff

    Didn’t Mars just have it’s closest pass by Earth?

    It’s obvious Bush and his minions unloaded warming from Earth to Mars! /s

  • Don't send in the clowns

    01/16/2008 3:31:13 PM PST · 32 of 34
    rohn to AngelesCrestHighway
    Thanks for the post!
    I’m very sorry to see the anti-clown reaction (except politicos), as I think they really helped my godson’s recovery.

    He was deathly ill ( ten days fever over 104F, pneumonia, three viruses, and fluid around the heart). Two hospital volunteers, dressed as clowns, came to visit him and gave him balloons (loofies in Hungarian). It was probably all the IV antibiotics, but he sparked up at their appearance. Suddenly, the little boy that could only groan the day before, was trying to tell me all about the clowns and loofies. I don’t understand Hungarian, but it was very clear that he loved the clowns.

    Am heading over to Budapest next week to see him. Released from hospital (tough kid, not even two), but has to go into the hospital every day for dosing and monitoring, next couple of weeks.

    Don’t even get me started on National Health plans. He is the third person I’ve almost lost to National Health!

  • Terrorists 'in plot to blow up Eiffel Tower'

    01/11/2008 4:26:00 PM PST · 36 of 39
    rohn to Hawthorn; xkaydet65

    Please let me give you my take on this. Twenty five years in ATC.

    Absolutely, controllers are required to monitor their own frequencies, they usually don’t have the time to “go looking for more work”. However, if you get an anomaly, especially interference, it becomes reportable and tapes get pulled. Oh, and BTW, during my 25 years of ATC, only 2 years working in a tower, the rest in dark rooms with no windows. The last 17 were not even anywhere near an airport. So much for “relax in their towers”.

    First, when did we declare terrorists were the “brain trust” of this planet. I never have, and some are plenty stupid.

    Second, if you have used HF, expect drifting. Pointed out by xkaydet65 (thank you). Have been in the cockpit (jumpseat observer), while pilots were cursing all sorts of problems with HF.

    Third, I’ve experienced all sorts of frequency problems over the years. Harmonics, inadvertent jamming, and plain old misuse. Encountered problems in US with CB radio, taxi dispatch, and ham radio operators blocking my frequency. (even the USN screwed up on one excercise)
    When did we miss the word SCRAMBLED in the original story? Can you identify and descramble something in English?

    No, Bottom Line: Read the story, don’t believe everything in the movies.

    My take: Controller working some sector of Oceanic Control (or one requiring HF), gets interference. Tells supervisor. Tapes are pulled and sent to Quality Assurance. They can’t figure it out and send it to another agency. Agency realizes that it is scrambled transmission, and send it to some intelligence agency. They have “experts” decipher and translate transmission. The original objective, stop the interference. The result, something unexpected discovered.

    Been there.

  • World's Largest Passenger Jet Lands In Connecticut [Airbus A380]

    10/02/2007 7:23:29 PM PDT · 47 of 49
    rohn to The Electrician

    Sorry to burst the bubble,
    Pref. rte. BDL to CVG will go west, or north. Either BDL/PWL/SAX, BDL/CTR/DNY or BDL/CTR/CAM/SYR.
    So unless they have a special clearance for some sort of demo flight, they go out to the NW.
    Retired in May. Air Traffic Controller at Boston Center (ZBW) since 1990. That was my airspace. Before that New York Center (ZNY) and MHT. 25 years+ service.
    Traffic over BDL to HPN/LGA flies the BDL 255 radial, so they can descend. At the same time, BDL traffic over PWL/SAX runs out to the west to climb around/above NY traffic. It is a “tight corner” as ALB arrivals are descending northbound and BTV/YUL departures are climbing out from NY! (V487 if you have a sectional) YIKES! Still can’t believe I did that for all those years.
    EWR traffic is supposed to run BAF/IGN at the same time, During peak periods they get the “bypass” via TALCO, unless they can get cut in toward SAX.
    Sorry if this doesn’t help your viewing.
    Rohn

  • Spector jury says it's deadlocked

    09/18/2007 10:38:33 PM PDT · 85 of 92
    rohn to evets

    Is “Sideshow Bob” on trial again?
    the Bart the

  • Near Miss on Runway at LAX as Planes Come Within 200 Feet

    08/17/2007 5:26:02 PM PDT · 54 of 55
    rohn to ops33

    Hello ops33!
    First, thank you for your service!!
    Second, you are totally correct, there is much lacking from this story.
    Recently retired from ATC, there have been many cases of aircraft on my frequency in error. Sometimes you have them return to previous. Other times you try to find where they should be. Then, there are times, when known traffic, you call the call/talk to controller responsible and just relay the clearances.
    There is much left to be said in this story.
    Thanks again,
    Rohn

  • Vietnam déjà vu (Revisionists deny spitting on troops)

    02/09/2007 9:35:39 PM PST · 29 of 30
    rohn to Impeach98

    Will forward this to a MA State Police Trooper, with the patrol area of Worcester (Holy Cross). His uncle served in Vietnam and was later a Trooper in the MA State Police.
    Let your imagination do the rest.

  • The Lessons In My Son's Death [Media planes interfered with search for Kims]

    01/06/2007 10:11:32 PM PST · 75 of 84
    rohn to narby; TXnMA; L98Fiero; aculeus; Criminal Number 18F

    Hello all,
    Have been watching this thread and think some need to take a deep breath and actually read the posting.

    First, narby and Criminal#18F, think you have had the most sane replies of all. Thank you so much!

    Second, think some of the remainder are taken in by the melodrama/ hyperbolae of the Post. I have no love of the MSM, but really have to take apart how they "parse" a story.

    Third, again this is an incomplete story. The particulars of the TFR are no longer on the web, might get them when I get back to work.

    Ok, my background. Thirty years experience in SAR/CAP, aviation (pilot), Air Traffic Control (controller and automation) and Aeronautics (engineering major).

    I can't place blame directly, even with those credentials!!! Some information is still lacking.

    The Post "implies" that private pilots violated the TFR forcing SAR helicopters to abandon the search. Let's read the timeline more carefully.


    "Unfortunately for James, aviation authorities acquiesced to media requests to relax restrictions and allowed low-altitude media flights in the area while the aerial search was still underway. This untimely and irrational decision caused many rescue helicopters to abandon their operations for one full afternoon due to dangerous conditions created by media airplanes. It took personal pleas to Washington to get restrictions reinstated. The search, not media interest, should be the top priority. "

    There was a TFR, then there wasn't. Private aircraft were allowed to re-enter the airspace.

    The pilots on this thread know that in Part 91 of the FAA regulations there are many rules about who has "right of way" in the sky. Also, the "pilot in command" has the ultimate responsibility for separation with other aircraft. (there are even rules about a blimp having right of way vs. powered aircraft and closer to mountain vs. further out, etc, etc.)
    In other words, the pilot in command flies the aircraft, maintaing separation from terrain and other aircraft. Observers observe!

    OK, on to the next bit,
    The CAP (Civil Air Patrol) was NOT invited to the search! They are the primary SAR for downed aircraft. While they primarily fly fixed wing aircraft (not suitable in canyons), they could have covered much more terrain and put more "eyes in the sky". (search CAPblog)
    Before you start randomly blasting SAR orginasations, just remember they also have people that sacrifice their lives in attempt rescue those of the stupid ones.
    My last non-commercial flight was with CAP on a practice SAR mission. They want closer cooperation with FAA in order to avoid some of these fiascos.

    You should also check out the Helicopter Associtaion International (search HAI), they also have some info about how "private" helicopter found the rest of the Kim family.

    Ok, I've pretty much had my say. We don't know the full story from the WAPO (what else is new?).
    Be Nice!! No reason to demand an apology when you don't know all the facts.

    Rohn
    BTW, did survival traing. My car has flares, shovel, batteries, quilts, knives, extra clothing, jumper cables, etc. When the media announced that OJ Simpson had some of those items, I thought for a moment I might be guilty :)!!!

  • Light Pollution (If you think it's a joke, think again. The movement seeks to change laws)

    08/05/2006 7:48:00 PM PDT · 167 of 295
    rohn to Conan the Librarian
    Hi,
    Great tagline!!!

    As I will say to "sully 777", when I get around to it, he is sadly an unfortunate person.

    I've been to Hilo, Hawaii, several times. The trip to the observatories is highly recommended. The national park allows amateur astronomers to deploy telescopes, with the privos that guests can view objects in the scopes. Wow!

    Time your trip with the dark of the moon. It is actually tough to pick out normal constellations!! So many stars!!!The summit of Mauna Kea is one of the few places you can see the North star and the Southern cross, both at the same time, Unforgettable!!!

    Back to the thread...
    Hilo and the observatories have an agreement on light pollution. The city has reduced lighting and only sodium vapor lights (yellowish), to keep the "ambient frequency" at a constant. The view above is amazing!!

    Rohn
  • Light Pollution (If you think it's a joke, think again. The movement seeks to change laws)

    08/05/2006 7:15:48 PM PDT · 153 of 295
    rohn to mjwise
    Hi mjwise,
    Given my 25 years experience in air traffic control. The "dark" area of a city is where the pilots find the airport.
    I've had several trips in the cockpit and can verify that. Regardless of the city, there was a dark hole, and a couple of strobe lights to identify the runway end. Only when aligned with the runway, did all the lighting become visible. Focused lighting.
    If you want to make arguments, please be assured of the actual facts!!
    Rohn
  • In Midst of Scorching Heat Wave, CBS Proclaims Global Warming Debate Over

    08/02/2006 1:38:09 AM PDT · 49 of 49
    rohn to Tenacious 1

    Thanks for some sanity,

    NASA reported the polar ice caps were shrinking due to global warming.

    ON MARS!!!

    As Clintonians would say, "IT'S THE SUN, STUPID".

    The sun is going through a cycle of increased heating. We are also exiting a many thousand year period of ice age.

    Yes, humans contribute to global warming. The degree miniscule compared to nature. Mt Pinatubo/ Mt Saint Helens, eclipsed humans.
    My $.02 worth,
    Rohn

  • Rare cloud formation seen in Antarctica - nacreous or polar stratospheric clouds

    08/02/2006 1:22:12 AM PDT · 41 of 44
    rohn to NormsRevenge

    Ok,
    Explain to me why it is the fault of man that the polar ice caps are melting.

    Not the ones on Earth.

    The ones on Mars!

    The SUN is getting hotter! Look it up.

    Rohn
    BTW we are STILL exiting an Ice Age!
    DUH!

  • The P-8: The Adventure Continues

    08/02/2006 1:09:43 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    rohn to TexasPatriot8

    Amen,
    P-3 routinely shuts down 2 engines for "loiter-time".
    Don't want to see P-8 try that!!
    While I see B738 (B737-800) fly "across the pond" (Europe to US/Canada) all the time, still think an up-graded P-3 would be a better solution. Look at the C130J.
    Just my $.02 worth,
    Rohn

  • Nixon Mulled Nukes to End Vietnam War

    07/31/2006 9:11:29 PM PDT · 22 of 31
    rohn to Holicheese

    See "The Siege of Dien Bien Phu, Hell in a Very Small Place", by Bernard Fall.
    The ironic part is that US air support was actually nixed by some politician from Texas. LBJ. 1954.
    Amazing how some decisions can come back to haunt you!
    Rohn

  • FAA outage delays flights [More detail non yesterday's incident - with photo)

    07/20/2006 11:45:57 PM PDT · 36 of 37
    rohn to dalereed
    Hi,

    Last I knew ZLA still in Palmdale

    Many Approach controls/TRACONs are being consolidated. Think you might have SoCal TRACON in mind. LA Approach and San Diego Approach combined into a facility at Miramar NAS.
    "Bay TRACON" combined into NCT, Northern California TRACON.

    On the east coast there is Potomac TRACON, Baltimore/Washington area approach controls. BCT, Boston Combined TRACON, Boston/Manchester area approach controls.

    Hope this helps,

    Rohn
  • FAA outage delays flights [More detail non yesterday's incident - with photo)

    07/20/2006 11:28:55 PM PDT · 35 of 37
    rohn to Boundless
    Hi,

    ZBW is still in Nashua. Sadly, tours are very restricted since 9/11. I often gave tours to different groups. A couple years back we had a retired co-worker, with a daughter that works here (also, a controller), denied access!! Even if escorted!!

    IBM 9020D was finally phased out a few years ago. Actually heard they were in museums long before we got rid of them. The UK built a new Center that had all sorts of automation problems with new equipment. About 2 years ago they still had their 9020 on line at the old center (near Heathrow), as a back up!

    The scary part is the software, still 1960's code. The core program is only about 80k of memory. You can run it on a Palm Pilot.
  • Tuskegee Airmen Observe 65th Anniversary

    07/19/2006 6:25:50 PM PDT · 8 of 10
    rohn to SandRat

    Great post!!

    A few years back, I had the honor of attending a lecture by surviving Tuskegee airmen. It was great!! (Mass. State Police hosted)

    Awesome airmen! Admire their service!

    Rohn

  • Peretz: Attacks on Hezbollah to continue without letup, time limit

    07/19/2006 5:44:50 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    rohn to der guten tag hop klop

    Hi,
    Problem in responding directly, evidently your postings were too vile for the moderator.
    Remember back during the "cold war" Fulda Gap scenarios, one officer mused that German villages were only "2 kilitons" apart.

    Chew on that for a while.
    Rohn

  • Peretz: Attacks on Hezbollah to continue without letup, time limit

    07/19/2006 5:29:05 PM PDT · 28 of 31
    rohn to jiggyboy

    Great post,

    Finish the job.

    Rohn

  • CNN Doesn't Recognize Nazareth as "Holy City"

    07/19/2006 5:20:22 PM PDT · 51 of 58
    rohn to orionblamblam
    Name three religous leaders from Manhattan, Arlington, London, Madrid, and Mumbai of major religions. OK, Name ONE! Apologies to Will Cuppy, Rohn
  • 1,600 working on Boeing jet to hunt and sink submarines

    07/19/2006 5:03:44 PM PDT · 29 of 32
    rohn to grobdriver

    Amen!!
    Can't shut down two on a B737. Makes for a short flight!
    Rohn

  • For the Osprey Hybrid Aircraft, Zigzags to Cap 20 Years of Zigzags

    07/19/2006 4:50:43 PM PDT · 41 of 112
    rohn to Pentagon Leatherneck

    Thanks for your reply and service!

    Based on my engineering/history/ATC experience, see the V-22 as a "transitional" aircraft. It is not perfect, few are. The first B-17 prototype crashed. Few remember that.

    The V-22 is unique. Had one declare an emergency based on fuel state. Suggested alternate airports with secure military ramps. Supervisor was deeply concerned until I reminded him that the aircraft could land in any field, like a helicopter. Landed safely at a military field.

    In ATC, I treat it as a helicopter that can fly fast.

    Rohn

  • FAA outage delays flights [More detail non yesterday's incident - with photo)

    07/19/2006 4:11:39 PM PDT · 27 of 37
    rohn to Boundless

    Hi, Work as controller and technology rep at ZBW-Boston ARTCC, Boston Center, same type of building as ZLA- LA ARTCC, LA Center in Palmdale. "ARTCC" is Air Route Traffic Control Center, regional control facilities, my best explanation is we keep the Montreal to Miami flight from hitting the Boston to Chicago flight. A lot more complex than that, we also line-up arrivals into major approach controls so that they can "blend" the flow of traffic to the airport.

    The "new" power system, "ACEPS" (ARTCC Critical Equipment Power Supply), consists of turbine generators and a battery UPS system. The batteries are similar to submarine batteries. Huge or should I use FR term "hugh" ACEPS is the same back-up power system used at most military facilities. ACEPS could power a town of about 30,000 people.

    ZBW did have an interesting "event" a few years back. Running the ACEPS, and found a design flaw. Condensation collected in one conduit from the temperature extremes up here. The result, an exciting fireworks display of molten copper spewing into the parking lot!!! All the facilities, including military, had repairs.

    We still use the "old" power system, four diesel generators, the type used on WWII destroyers. They were fired up yesterday, long before the ZLA outage. Ran on them for at least 6 hours, until the severe weather threat dissipated.

    Testing: All facilities have mandated testing, some on full load conditions. Have been called in to observe a few. It really sucks if you get called in for testing on your day off, try to save the government some money by getting credit hours instead of OT.

    We have done several power cutovers, always hold your breath. Only a few glitches, but they happen.

    In ATC, like the Marines, must always be ready to adapt, improvise and overcome. Worked 24 years, and yet no two days the same!
    Rohn

  • FAA outage delays flights [More detail non yesterday's incident - with photo)

    07/19/2006 3:29:07 PM PDT · 24 of 37
    rohn to kingu

    Hi, This reply is from a controller at ZBW (Boston ARTCC), the equivalent of ZLA (LA ARTCC, in Palmdale) I'm the facility technology rep with 24 years experience in MHT, ZNY and ZBW.

    I've been through a few outages. Most because private industry failed.

    1) Telephone company worker ignored an alarm, because it was always faulty. One time it wasn't. Took out regional communications and radar. The radar and radios still worked at their remote sites, but is piped in to the regional centers via telephone lines. Got very quiet, radar went blank. The only phone working was a pay phone by the cafeteria. Sent a controller with a bunch dimes, that long ago, to notify all the surrounding facilities. Have since put some critical info on microwave lines, independent of telephone company.

    2) Telephone worker over-rode several safety steps to test hub "A", then accidentally shut down hub "B". Both out of service. Regional center lost most radar/radio.

    Privatizing ATC will only cost more and ERODE safety. A private company will only remove back-up systems, costs money to maintain them. The only private ATC systems making money are in New Zealand (reduced service)and somewhere near Mongolia (they just collect money for planes flying over, provide little service). The rest have required bailouts, can you say "AMTRAK"?

    Also, most companies include wording in contracts to keep the government responsible. They mess up, government gets sued, where is the savings in that?

    Can tell you more about back-up power. Generators and batteries. Not only do we have periodic testing, there is pro-active use. Just yesterday, expecting severe thunderstorms, the generators were running and facility already cut-over to back-up power. Long before the outage at ZLA. We ran over 6 hours on back-up power. No problems. (not to see we have not had glitches in the past) Do you think a private company would be that pro-active?

    BTW, PSNH (Public Service of NH, our electric company) is the only electric company that will not take ARTCC generated power onto the grid, 19 other centers can!
    Glad to answer any more questions,
    Rohn
    p.s. Controllers at ZLA used personal cell-phones to communicate with other facilities. The same phones that are banned from the control room by the administrator!

  • Tradewinds 747 overrun

    06/10/2006 8:20:53 PM PDT · 46 of 49
    rohn to Eagle9
    Great post!!
    Work ATC feeding traffic into NY. See WAY too much weather deviations, but never in that format!
    Thanks again,
    Rohn
  • Tradewinds 747 overrun

    06/10/2006 8:14:49 PM PDT · 45 of 49
    rohn to primatreat
    Hi, Doubt it would stand up in court as "PRANG" was already in the public domain. Really wanted to find my photos of the "Puerto Rico Air National Guard" post WWII fighters with "PRANG" proudly emblazoned on the side! Seriously! Rohn
  • Iran cracks down on “mal-veiled” women

    05/07/2006 1:26:06 AM PDT · 85 of 105
    rohn to Right Wing Assault

    Thank you,
    Thank you,
    Thank you,
    Rohn

  • Russia's Aeroflot to choose Airbus planes over Boeing

    05/07/2006 1:01:58 AM PDT · 27 of 32
    rohn to Energy Alley
    Hi!
    Airbus v. Boeing.
    Airbus handles quite differently from other aircraft, mostly due to software overiding real pilots. Can get into situations that others won't, witness the "twin engine hedge clipper" at the airshow a few years back.
    In ATC we have to make allowances for Airbus not following "normal" turn procedures. More details if you seek private reply. (heads could explode otherwise!)

    Work ATC into/out of NY. While I can't overtly play favorites, I have discretion on breaking "ties" to an approach fix:
    1) US flag carriers get priority, they pay the taxes and my salary!
    2) Non-US flag carriers flying US built aircraft (I was in aero/astro engineering before this career, and will always support the industry). Buy US
    3) US allies before non allies, support US.

    Not too many "ties" to break, but feel I'm doing my part.

    Had to wait at Heathrow for some friends flying in from the states. Know that the "red-eye" from the US gets in before the curfew. Noticed that the passengers passed through customs in reverse order of separating from the British empire! US last, Singapore first ( India, Canada, Australia, and South Africa in the right sequence. thought the controller at London Center had a sense of humor!
    Rohn
  • Howie Carr Live Thread: Patches in rehab?

    05/05/2006 3:06:49 PM PDT · 51 of 53
    rohn to MIchaelTArchangel
    Great Post!
    First, assuming you were serving military at the time. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
    Have worked with military at CEF/BAF/BDL for years, great people!

    Do have to relate a couple of items. My work partner, lives in MA, lost his wife on 9/11. Kennedy has been there on every issue. Knows my friend by name. A people person, even though I don't agree with his politics/lifestyle. Have to respect his effort on this one issue.
    Kerry shows up after any 9/11 event and has a "private" press "photo-opportunity", pretending to be there, pisses-off all the 9/11 survivors groups!
    Rohn
  • New Hampshire Defies National ID

    04/26/2006 1:25:52 PM PDT · 13 of 22
    rohn to MineralMan
    According to AP story on page two of todays Union leader,
    billed passed last month in house, up for vote in two weeks in senate.
    Rohn
  • Supermodel arrested for allegedly hitting flight attendant (no, not McKinney again)

    04/22/2006 9:05:44 PM PDT · 76 of 79
    rohn to Fairview

    AMEN!

  • IRS, Social Security Administration could slow illegal immigration

    04/22/2006 8:43:48 PM PDT · 63 of 87
    rohn to oprahstheantichrist
    Think you may have hit the nail on the head!

    My latest nightmare:

    1)Politicians "legalize" illegal aliens.
    2)They bring in extended families to get all the benefits.
    3)They get John Edwards type lawyers to generate a class action suit to reclaim the money they paid into the system using bogus SSN numbers.
    4)Social Security system collapses under the chaos.
    5)Money to fix it taken from other programs.
    6)People like my mom, who paid into the system for years, are penalized, while now former illegals reap an undeserved windfall,

    Think about it,
    Rohn
  • Is Georgia's Immigration Bill a Step Forward or Back?

    04/22/2006 8:24:17 PM PDT · 29 of 64
    rohn to cardinal4
    AMEN!
    Illegals not only cost the US in evaded taxes ($30 Billlion was one estimate I saw, but think it was high), they also cost in services ($35 Billion estimate, think that was low).
    Please remind lawmakers that "legitimizing" illegals will not only encourage them to bring families into the country- a HUGE drain on the economy, it will encourage them to sue for the "taxes they pay" now. They claim to pay Social Security taxes on their bogus SSN numbers. What happens when a bunch of lawyers get together and attempt to reclaim that money?
    BTW, the New York/Boston area had this debate years ago concerning Irish illegals. Not a factor now that the Irish economy is strong. At the time I was opposed to illegals, even though of Irish descent. Much of this is the fault of Senator Kennedy and his immigration reform bill about 30 years ago.
    Although, I'd still rather have an English speaking (ok, with an accent), college educated, Irish man/woman as a new citizen than a non-English speaking, unskilled worker. Have met several college educated Irish that were waiting tables/bartending about 10 years ago. They wanted to live in the USA but were blocked by the "Kennedy quotas"
    My $.02 worth,
    Rohn
  • Is Georgia's Immigration Bill a Step Forward or Back?

    04/22/2006 8:04:04 PM PDT · 28 of 64
    rohn to neverdem

    My note to the editors at time

    Hello,
    Time appears to have confused the nomenclature for immigrants. There are plenty (at least 6 million) patiently awaiting legal entry into the USA. They are IMMIGRANTS. There are many more who broke the law to get into this country. They are ILLEGAL ALIENS.
    Illegals should not be allowed to "jump to the front of the line" at the expense of law abiding future citizens.
    Thanks, Rohn

    Suggest every editor at any publication be reminded about the difference.

  • Religious leaders outraged by congressional plan to punish those who help immigrants

    03/23/2006 12:45:54 PM PST · 13 of 33
    rohn to Dr. Marten

    Does said church get a tax break or no taxes? Maybe that would fund the drain on the economy caused by illegals!

  • French Whine, French Wine

    02/11/2006 7:16:04 AM PST · 51 of 60
    rohn to KneelBeforeZod

    Yes!
    Explore Australian/California wines!!!
    Have found some better and WAY cheaper than french!
    Rohn

  • ID Request by Homeland Security

    11/29/2005 5:06:46 PM PST · 7 of 40
    rohn to TMSuchman; All

    This is not a case of "just being a passenger on a bus". This was a bus route specifically to enter federal property where you are required to show ID.
    The route was made to accommodate people going to the federal center. She could easily have taken alternate route that didn't pass through the facility. She made a choice, knowing all that.
    Had she been sitting on a park bench minding her business I'd agree. She was refusing to show ID, would have to exit the bus before it went on the grounds and refused (became belligerent I think was the term).

  • Court trip next stop for bus rider

    11/27/2005 1:43:32 PM PST · 56 of 58
    rohn to calex59
    Ok,
    I feel I have to reply at this point.

    Davis CHOSE to ride on a vehicle that she knew would require producing ID to enter federal property. Not a building, but the property. She could have taken other bus routes/ transfers, etc. She did not. Check out the transit website for routes.
    Normally she would have been thrown off the bus, period. She became confrontational.
    Don't give me the argument that she was only transiting the property and not getting off. Would you require a guard to leave his post and check ID' of everybody getting off? Would you require an additional guard at every door? Would that mean if I have a "right to carry (pistol)" at points A and B, I can carry the pistol on the plane? I think not! The rule is to check ID ENTERING the PROPERTY!
    The route is there to accommodate the maximum number of passengers, not one idiot. I'd love it if the transit bus would pull up to my house every morning and night. Much better than trudging up and down the hill, don't you think? I have to decide which bus route is most convenient, why shouldn't Davis?
    This is obviously not an issue regarding the transit authority, otherwise she/ACLU would be suing them for not having an alternate route.
    If any worker has to walk from a detoured route to get to work they should sue Davis!

    Also, there have been postings about why government employees are getting increased security. Almost everybody is! Shopping malls, stadiums and public places have new measures in place. Even some financial institutions have beefed up security? Why? Because they make inviting targets to terrorists.

    Regarding checking an ID. Law Enforcement Officers use this as a basic method of questioning people. Not only do they look for the fake or missing ID, LEO's watch your reaction.
    Had Davis been sitting on a park bench at noon, minding her own business, I would agree with her position. Had she been peering in back door windows at midnight, I don't. She chose to access federal property knowing she had to show ID. She was wrong, no sympathy here.
    As to not being required to produce ID to any government authority, depends on the locale. Even in the liberal state of Taxachusetts, you can be slapped in jail for failing to produce ID! Enough said? (I have a lot more, btw)