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by BenThere
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Standard of living and outside influences
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Re: Standard of living and outside influences

Obviously you haven't been paying attention, John Hill . The US strategy regarding North Korea is simple. The US does not want a nuclear weapons capability to reside with an unpredictable regime which would have the capacity to incinerate our allies in Japan and South Korea, and possibly develop the...
by BenThere
Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: DPRK airspace..
Replies: 39
Views: 404
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Re: DPRK airspace..

Toward the end of my career I was flying Detroit to Shanghai and Beijing routes that took me into polar regions on the great circle. I saw spectacular Northern Lights I'll never forget. Before I got that gig, I often found myself descending into Incheon, observing the darkness of NK contrasted with ...
by BenThere
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Citizen Khan
Replies: 18
Views: 606
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Re: Citizen Khan

I understand about LA and Frisco and California in general. That's what happens when you let Dems run the state too long. Exactly, Slasher . Voting Democrat is a death knell for thriving communities and local economies. Somehow we are always on alert to fight the relentless Left. If they win in 202...
by BenThere
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
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Views: 65004
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

Has Iran bombed the US?


No, Iran doesn't have the reach yet to do that. But it has waged war on the US. Frankly, given the takeover and holding of US hostages in 1979, and the ongoing support of Hisbollah and Hamas, makes today's Iran regime a cockroach that need to be squished.
by BenThere
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: DPRK airspace..
Replies: 39
Views: 404
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Re: DPRK airspace..

Never did I have that emotion, John Hill. I always saw the dark land and felt for the people living in hell, despairing at my powerlessness to do anything about it. Then I would reflect on how lucky I was as we descended into the bright lights of Seoul.
by BenThere
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
Replies: 4884
Views: 65004
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

Even though Gen. Clark came to the forefront of the Pentagon, and emerged from active duty as a moderately left-wing Democrat. He ran the Kosovo War admirably and had a remarkable career which included being the top graduate of his West Point class, and being decorated for valor in Viet Nam. Given t...
by BenThere
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: DPRK airspace..
Replies: 39
Views: 404
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Re: DPRK airspace..

Maybe so, Plum . My observation, though, correlates more with people being well-fed, living in a vibrant economy, and as such able to experience interesting lives with culture, cuisine, and to create innovations that benefit us all. While their light pollution may be a menace to some I think the lac...
by BenThere
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Citizen Khan
Replies: 18
Views: 606
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Re: Citizen Khan

As I always declaim, who voters in Free jurisdictions outside my own vote into power is none of my business. If London voters are happy with Khan and continue to vote Left, I hope it works out for them but I believe it will entail accelerating disaster, as has been shown elsewhere, such as Los Angel...
by BenThere
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
Replies: 4884
Views: 65004
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

Given all that, Boac, aren't you amazed at his success?
by BenThere
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: DPRK airspace..
Replies: 39
Views: 404
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Re: DPRK airspace..

I retired from flying in 2016 so I'm not up to speed on the latest, but I flew commercial routes to Shanghai, Incheon and Beijing from LA, Seattle and Detroit and routes from Hong Kong to Anchorage, probably 500 times over the years. I never flew into NK airspace once. I only observed the darkness o...
by BenThere
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: DPRK airspace..
Replies: 39
Views: 404
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Re: DPRK airspace..

And really, what does DPRK airspace have anything to do in the big scheme of things? When and if the time comes to take out NK's military assets, airspace sovereignty flies out the window. Same holds true regarding Iran. What's going on now is a try-corner diplomatic dance between the US, China, and...
by BenThere
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: This is a poll. Who will be UK's next PM?
Replies: 299
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Re: This is a poll. Who will be UK's next PM?

My beloved father-in-law passed away early this year. In his last, increasingly enfeebled years I became his baby-sitter while my wife took my mother-in-law, released from duty by my guarding of her husband, shopping. So Dad and I sat and watched endless hours of Cricket around Christmas. He never g...
by BenThere
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
Replies: 4884
Views: 65004
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learned that one the hard way
No, learning the hard way is the slow process of recognizing that Islam is the scourge of civilization and setting about to defeat it.
by BenThere
Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
Replies: 4884
Views: 65004
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

If a hostile power sent a military aircraft within 20 miles of the US coast, or of Israel, do you think it wouldn't be shot down? We don't know, it's never been tried. As for the flip-flop reading anti-trumpets are so eager to apply, I counter that the president weighed the cost in Iranian human li...
by BenThere
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Africa
Replies: 26
Views: 388
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Re: Africa

One wonders what the state of Africa and what boundaries it would have had colonializing never occurred. As an American, I'm grateful to the Brits who gave us rule of law, contracts, ethics, a successful cultural framework and so much more. They also gave that to their African colonies, and the ones...
by BenThere
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Iran shoots down US drone..
Replies: 17
Views: 216
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Re: Iran shoots down US drone..

Usually when I was a B-747 freighter FO I was on a route that started in Amsterdam or Brussels and flew a cargo load into Kuwait City, Bahrain, or Dubai, about 8 hours. Then the crew had a choice. We could refuel and fly on to Hong Kong, another 9 hours, which we could do under FAA Part 91 if we had...
by BenThere
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Iran shoots down US drone..
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Re: Iran shoots down US drone..

FIR (Flight Information Region) airspace has nothing to do with sovereign territorial airspace. It simply designates areas of air traffic service provided by ICAO-agreed control and separation entities. The Iranian FIR extends roughly halfway into the Persian Gulf but Iranian airspace does not. Take...
by BenThere
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
Replies: 4884
Views: 65004
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

Interestingly the economies with the greatest wealth inequalities tend to have the highest levels of general standard of living. There are exceptions, mostly due to rampant corruption, but a free market, capitalist economy, where individuals are allowed to succeed and keep most of the fruits of thei...
by BenThere
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: Africa
Replies: 26
Views: 388
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Re: Africa

I would think that if the parents producing children had to face and overcome the challenges of rearing, feeding, and educating them without aid, the population increases would naturally subside, as they have in the Western world. Not too long ago I read a treatise about how well-meaning food aid to...
by BenThere
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Politics & Controversial Topics
Topic: The US Hamster Wheel
Replies: 4884
Views: 65004
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Re: The US Hamster Wheel

But there has never been an empire like the US. Unlike former empires, it is not expansionist and doesn't seek to increase its realm, so it hasn't expanded its territory beyond its ability to control it. I don't know how long it will last. I'm concerned about the Left controlling our education insti...