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Spin Zone / Re: 2000 Mules
« on: June 10, 2022, 05:13:55 PM »
OK, I paid for a copy and was able to download a copy of the video using Video Download Helper in Firefox. Thus set to watch it on the long flight on Sunday.


A free market economy like ours trends toward monopolies as economies of scale cause small businesses to gobble each other up until they become one large black hole which is allied with the political class.

Of course we are presently very far from a free market economy. It is quite mixed.

The point about evolution is a good one. I think the only way to prevent such capture is strong limitations on government power. But as the history of the US shows, that may not so much prevent as merely slow down.

I rather like Rothbard’s ideas about competing organizations to provide use of defensive force. Without a geographic monopoly, people can then switch defense providers if one gets out of control.

Of course this raises other potential problems. Personally I don’t think we have enough experience and data at the low end of the violence in society scale to really know if such geographic monopolies are the best way to go or not. Essentially that is the classic minarchism vs anarchy debate.

What I am fairly certain of is that our current Federal government is at least 10X too large and is a creeping monster destructive of our freedoms.

I would add that if you need to get the flaps up after landing to get more weight on the mains you're coming in too fast.
My flaps come up on landing, to give more authority to the brakes.

Of course, it also helps to be consistent.

I've known about the piano key Bo's for a long time, don't know why you didn't, especially when flying one. 

My apologies, but despite the long read you made a very common mistake based on your lack of understanding of the aircraft you were flying.

Such apologies will less often be necessary if one refrains from drawing negative conclusions without actually knowing the facts.

A 1977 V35B Bonanza does not have the “piano key” switches.

My suggestion. Stop using PoA. They explicitly attempt to enforce subjective rules using mind reading. Not worth the hassle dealing with the MC there.

Another update.

After about 50 landings in my Cardinal I feel like I am not at all temped to raise the flaps now after landing until after roll-out. And always confirm the shape of the flap handle and announce.

So I guess that is about the number of repetitions to undo primacy of learning for this this type of behavior.

Spin Zone / Re: This post won't last long on POA.
« on: January 29, 2022, 09:29:34 AM »
lots of possibilities wrt "appropriate corrective actions", eh?

Very true! I much prefer a forum where these sort of mis-statements can be corrected and discussed, rather than censored.

Oh well, glad to not spend much time on PoA anymore. Who needs the headache of constantly worrying what the MC will do on a touchy subject.

There was another metabolic fact we were taught - “fat burns in the flame of carbohydrate”. IOW, your body needs 3 carbon units and can’t get them strictly from fats. It will tear down protein in muscle in order to get those to burn fats.

This is why very obese people who go on extremely low carb diets can end up damaging their hearts. They lose a ton of weight but the body burns up a ton of muscle to do it. Generally 2 pounds per week is considered maximum safe weight loss.

Somewhat of an aside for this thread, but I always found this interesting.

Incredibly, there are still people who deny that tons of carbs leads to diabetes.
Appears those people are correct.


Now people who eat a lot of carbohydrates often eat a lot of total calories. Sugar is very reinforcing. More calories makes you heavy which is related to type II DM.

But it likely does not really matter where the calories come from. People don’t like to hear this. But if you want to lose weight, you have to eat fewer calories and exercise more, which burns them off.

Spin Zone / Re: Rush, did you get this POA thread locked
« on: January 22, 2022, 09:27:44 AM »
In my view, solution is simple. Improve performance here on PS, refer people here from PoA, open up PS to search engines. and stop using PoA.

It was a government daily data report.  The people pushing the false "vaccines are deadly" narrative cherry picked two numbers from the report and produced a lie.
Strikes me as worse than cherry-picking, which is normally using a subset of the data. In this case they completely mis-interpreted the data. It is as though they simply don’t understand the difference between a rate of something occurring and the raw number of occurrences. This level of mathematical illiteracy does not surprise me at naturalnews at all.

It's still possible.  Heck, I get called a liberal pussy on this board.  But relatively speaking, they may be right.  On some other boards I'm called a far right Trumpster.
Part of it is that there really is no management on this board.  Most people came here to get away from the heavy moderation that usually develops on many general aviation web sites.
I actually prefer the light moderation here. A few explicit rules but otherwise open.

However, the performance on this board leaves something to be desired and so I am reluctant to steer people here with the long delays. I have actually offered to fund upgrade since I like this board and the group rather well, but no interest.

Spin Zone / Re: Joke Thread: Post 'em if ya got 'em
« on: December 21, 2021, 03:58:30 PM »
Unless he moved, he was practicing in Peoria, Illinois. Though IL is deep blue, Peoria is somewhat conservative, being in the agricultural center of the state.  The Democrat leanings of Peoria are probably due to the Union labor of Caterpillar and other feeder industries.
His office is now at the Bolingbrook Clow airport. I believe he lives nearby.

Spin Zone / Re: Covidiocy Continued
« on: December 16, 2021, 09:34:36 PM »
Screw boosters. I’m so over this.
Perhaps it is time to admit that the idea of stopping the spread of this pandemic through the use of these vaccines has failed. The virus has done what they do, mutated around resistance to further its spread.

It may be vaccines reduce severity of illness and bad outcomes sufficiently to have helped. But omicron appearing considerably less dangerous, that just may not matter much at this point.

Spin Zone / sorryantivaxxer
« on: December 03, 2021, 07:41:13 PM »
They didn't exercise a risk vs benefit behavior.  They behaved foolishly and many paid the ultimate price for it.  Moreover, by promoting their idiocy they may have caused others to pay the ultimate price as well.  Public ridicule seems utterly appropriate.
Quite unbecoming of an associate professor I think.

Also, the numbers here are just not so overwhelming in favor of taking the vaccine that we should ridicule those who don’t.

If you are under 65, the odds of dying from COVID-19, if you catch it, are about equal to driving 17 miles to/from work each day. Very few people worry about this level of risk and think “I better change my job and commute because it is too risky”.

Similarly, the odds of seriously bad outcomes from the vaccine are likely on the order of 1-10 per 1,000,000. Not really big but not trivial either.

These tradeoffs fall in the range where reasonable people may make different choices.

Sort of like some people find the enjoyment of flying in small planes with the 1 in 1,00,000 hours risk of death worth it. Others do not. Different strokes for different folks.

These facts likely account for why 30% of doctors don’t want to immunize their young children and a fair fraction of the US population does not choose to be vaccinated.

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