ColonelTravis 6 points ago +6 / -0

Turning California would be the most significant event, in the history of the federal government. It would be bigger than secession; it would enable us to defeat the federal leviathan. Dealing a death blow to liberal California culture is a battle well worth fighting. I think that it may yet be done.

ColonelTravis 9 points ago +9 / -0

“Democracy is cringe; read Aristotle.” Love John.

ColonelTravis 59 points ago +59 / -0

That last paragraph makes absolutely no goddamn sense. Complete doublespeak gobbledygook.

ColonelTravis 9 points ago +9 / -0

Never hire people with nose rings, folks.

ColonelTravis 2 points ago +2 / -0

Plus, they beat China, in the final.

ColonelTravis 51 points ago +51 / -0

I have been defending Clapton a lot, recently. So, let me do it, again.

Clapton spoke out against third-world immigration into the UK, forty years ago. The media slandered him as a racist, and tried to bury him. It was one of the earliest high-profile cancellation attempts, in the media age. The animosity, from that, is one reason why he spent so much time in the US, for thirty years. Not only that, he protested against lockdowns, last year.

Yeah, he got the shot. He’s an older man, and believed that he was doing the right thing for himself, and his country. However, I have not heard him advocate for any of this mandatory shot/passport madness. He’s sticking his neck out, for us. I guarantee, the British media will bring up the racism allegations, from forty years ago, to cancel him, for this.

When people put themselves out there, like this, we need to support them. This is the end of his career. How many here have brazenly, willingly, put their careers in jeopardy, since the election? If people try to do the right thing, and we tell them to fuck off, why would they even try to see our side? What motive is there to leave the security of the Monolith, where they could become our feudal lords? A lot of people, here, just want to watch people suffer. There are jobs in DC, waiting for you.

ColonelTravis 0 points ago +1 / -1

The trait with the highest correlation with academic success is agreeableness. This is one reason why women are surpassing men in academic achievement, since women score higher on agreeableness, as a whole. So, essentially, the more willing you are to do whatever you are told, the more successful you will be.

ColonelTravis 1 point ago +1 / -0

He should count himself as lucky that we have so many enlightened, white liberals, to tell him why he’s wrong.

ColonelTravis 7 points ago +7 / -0

Plato’s Cave, in meme form? We’re busting out the top shelf, tonight.

ColonelTravis 3 points ago +3 / -0

This may yet be a boon, for us. Surely, liberals will flock to CA, for the money? Perhaps the Covid migrations could partially be reversed, freeing up even greater red areas. The more that we can contain them, the better.

ColonelTravis 2 points ago +2 / -0

If you can’t even do something as elementary as covering your nose, you should be pushing a manual vacuum, in a hotel. (Yes, you should not be wearing a mask, at all, but if you’re going to participate in wanton acts of dumbassery, do it right.)

ColonelTravis 2 points ago +2 / -0

I always thought of Zack as a GenX name.

ColonelTravis 3 points ago +3 / -0

Our senses have been dulled by our domestication, while our brains still very much operate on scarcity. Once upon a time, a sudden influx of energy dense, high sodium foods would be a life-saving event. You’re fighting off an inherent survival instinct, from the more primitive corners of your pysche; you can make healthy choices a habit, but it takes work.

I once read something fascinating; that early man’s diet was high in potassium, but low in sodium. It’s one reason why we crave sodium so much. Modern diets, however, are the opposite: we have an abundance of sodium, but many are now potassium deficient.

ColonelTravis 10 points ago +10 / -0

Sugar, like anything else habit forming, requires moderation. Children have 0% ability to do that. If they’re hooked on bad eating habits, before they develop the skill, it becomes an uphill battle, when they mature. You’re not making excuses for anyone; you’re accurately describing the conditions that entrap a lot of people in this country. Especially if you have the overly permissive parents that are commonplace, nowadays. But, the entire thesis of America is that you are able to rise above the circumstances of your birth, and we need to make allowance for those who grow up in obese households to advance, as well.

ColonelTravis 49 points ago +49 / -0

My dad was a type II. Quite advanced, actually; multiple daily injections, multiple daily blood tests, etc. One year, he got extremely serious about his health, and was able to live with zero restrictions; no insulin, no glucose measurements.

ColonelTravis 1 point ago +2 / -1

You’re getting downvotes, but I agree with you. People remember him as a chief arbiter of truth, of the Enlightenment, but his main contribution was the “nobility of the will”. The will to do something was just as valuable as actually doing the thing, or the result. It’s a rejection of reality, completely opposite to his other musings about truth.

Thinking about doing something has no intrinsic value. The consequences of reality do.

ColonelTravis 2 points ago +2 / -0

Pilots won’t do anything. First of all, pilots and attendants are separate unions. Second, pilot salary is determined entirely by seniority. If they get fired, and they would, they would have to start their next job at the bottom, and their union would set them on fire, on their way out.

ColonelTravis 5 points ago +5 / -0
  1. Planes that suit your needs. 7 passengers? 20? 70? 130? 240? Single-type fleet? Diverse fleet? Narrow body? Wide body?

  2. FAA Operating Certificate. If you want to carry passengers for revenue, you’ll need to operate under either CFR Part 135 (unscheduled carriers), or part 121 (typical airline).

  3. Maintenance. You will need a facility, where maintenance can be performed on your planes. All planes have scheduled maintenance required, but airlines have even more regulations. You essentially have three things to worry about: engine, airframe, and avionics. You may need to have your avionics looked at, at a different facility. The engines will eat up most of the money.

  4. Crew. Pilots, attendants, dispatchers, and whatever you may need. They also need wages. Will you pay them a yearly rate, or by the flight hour? More experienced pilots will need a bigger carrot. Less experienced have a few more risks. You’ll initially lose many pilots to the airlines; how will you cope?

  5. Training. A lot of cost is sunk into pilot training. They will need to be type-rated in whichever plane you place them. They also need their recurrent training, their line checks, and simulator time.

  6. Insurance. It’s expensive. Sooner or later, for one reason, or another, someone will die on one of your planes.

  7. Parking. To which airports are you flying? They require fees to park. Your big, international airports, are expensive. Smaller, regional airports are cheaper, but don’t have as many facilities. If you land, and find that your plane has an issue that can’t be MEL’d, then you can’t take off, until it’s fixed. If you’re at the wrong airport, that could be a while.

There are more, but I’m sure that someone else can chime in. This should be a fairly good place to start.

ColonelTravis 14 points ago +14 / -0

The fear is the first time that they have ever felt alive. They are tv-addicted, wage-slave zombies, who are barely more than loosely animated corpses. It may be fear, but at least they feel something. If the hysteria ends, they go back to feeling nothing, and they would rather die.

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