Recent content by raybar

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    Are the "fly overs' by US aircraft at sporting events necessary? And should the event pay for the fuel?

    I wonder if flyovers are part of the training budget. Pilots must practice their skills if they hope to survive combat, so perhaps flying over a stadium is simply a training flight. If not, then perhaps the public should be voting on whether to have flyovers.
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    Cruise Ship Industry Dying From Virus. Ships Being Scrapped

    Third paragraph of the article: "Three more ships are set to join five already being dismantled." That's eight ships out of the entire worldwide cruise ship industry, which does not sound like "coronavirus pandemic sinks industry" as stated in the title.
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    I want my Kmart back.

    Orchard Supply Hardware
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    Will you get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available?

    Unless they are physically unable to tolerate it because of an allergy or something, I do not understand why anyone would refuse vaccinations. What sort of "trackers" are alleged to be in this yet-to-be-released vaccine? And how is it possible for a substance included in a vaccine to track...
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    UFO Over N.J. Slows and Stops Traffic

    As usual with UFO claims, the video is of such low quality that you really can't tell what you are looking at. However, although it's a low resolution, poorly focused, shaky image, the object is the correct shape for a blimp, and it has lights going on and off on the bottom just like the...
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    Watch a freight train loaded with new cars lose a fight with a low bridge

    If I'm not mistaken, that's the Norfolk Southern–Gregson Street Overpass in Durham North Carolina. I believe it was raised 8 inches to 12' 4" last year, which is still considerably lower than the current 14 foot standard.
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    Watch a freight train loaded with new cars lose a fight with a low bridge

    It's probably not the engineer's fault. Someone higher up determines the schedule and routing of the trains, not the engineers. I think.
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    A character, who didn't have a significant impact on you, but whom you remember.

    About 1967. Perhaps 9:00 AM. Nearly deserted Fordham Road subway station, Bronx NY. A woman asked me to hold her baby so she could dig through her bag for something. I was happy to oblige. Had she known how hung over I was from the previous night's frat party (I was just on my way home) she...
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    Scientists Have Surprisingly Specific Answer on Alien Life

    The earth is about 4.5 billion years old, not 14 billion. The universe is about 13.8 billion years old. The earliest undisputed evidence of life is about 3.5 billion years old . Thus far, we have no evidence of life anywhere other than...
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    Scientists Have Surprisingly Specific Answer on Alien Life

    The study estimates that the closest such alien civilization is about 17,000 light years away. If that is anywhere near correct, a signal they sent this way would have been sent 17,000 years ago, and any response we sent back would take another 17,000 years to get there - - a round trip of...
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    Apocalypse / end of the world etc.

    There have been numerous "end of the world" predictions over the centuries, and they all have one thing in common: They were all wrong. Here's a list: Available evidence indicates that the earth will end 4 or 5...
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    What does time mean to you?

    Who defines how things "should be?" Don't you think someone "screwed up" when a bridge collapses because it was not built to specifications or wasn't maintained properly? In what universe is that exactly as it should be? Is becoming a junkie not a "wrong choice?" Is committing a mass murder a...
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    What periods, or places in history would you love to go back to?

    I would like to visit some of the ancient libraries. Plato's Academy and Alexandria come immediately to mind, but there were many others. And I'd like to take a xerox machine and lots of paper with me.
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    Should the man have let me go ahead?

    Understood. But my question remains: do you get enough money for your recycling to justify the time and effort involved?
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    Should the man have let me go ahead?

    Was the dollar or two you got for your 12 bottles worth 20 minutes of your time? Would it even have been worth two minutes? We used to recycle at a company near our previous house. That was quick and easy, but building up enough bottles and cans to make it worthwhile took many weeks, during...