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Cool Places to Fly / Re: OshKosh 2022
« on: July 02, 2022, 12:12:59 PM »
One of my more memorable shifts - an F/A-18 Super Hornet taking off for the night airshow.

Spin Zone / Re: 2000 Mules
« on: June 30, 2022, 04:33:59 PM »
I will now apply Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems to show that there is in fact no way to prove a presidential election happened in 2020....


Spin Zone / Re: 2000 Mules
« on: June 29, 2022, 06:44:20 AM »
I'd like to step outside the discussion for a moment and thank Peter for being here.  I welcome his point of view and his thoughtful arguments.  Thanks!

Me too!  Peter, don’t take my disagreement for not appreciating that you’re here talking about it. 

Spin Zone / Re: 2000 Mules
« on: June 29, 2022, 06:08:48 AM »
I'd like to step outside the discussion for a moment and thank Peter for being here.  I welcome his point of view and his thoughtful arguments.  Thanks!

Spin Zone / Re: How to download for offline viewing?
« on: June 06, 2022, 03:36:53 PM »
Can anyone advise how to download this film for offline viewing?

I have a transcontinental flight coming up and that seems like it would be a good time to watch this. I am not at all familiar with Rumble, Roku, etc. I would like to watch it on my MacBook Pro on the plane.


You can order a DVD on Amazon

Spin Zone / Re: My history with trans
« on: April 22, 2022, 07:00:45 AM »
Would such surgery be classed as elective? Why, if the “condition” is a real one?

Should health insurance and, say, the military for enlisted people, be required to pay for it?

The trans state is like the gay state … in the mind. Where might codifying and legitimizing and financing states of mind lead in terms of culture and business and on down the line?

I was going to say that too, I agree with Peter that adults should be allowed - or rather, not be prevented from exercising their freedoms! -  to do anything they want to themselves, but the rest of us should not be required to pay for it.  That’s where I have a big problem.

In fact I have a big problem even paying for anyone’s necessary real medical treatment, outside of insurance.  Buying private insurance voluntarily is a way to spread cost evenly through subscribers.  In a world where it’s a real free market, insurance would be affordable (for example if it weren’t regulated across state lines etc.) but with our hybrid healthcare system it’s not possible for many to afford it.

As usual the government has messed it all up.  Medicare drives up cost.  The tax law that allowed companies to compensate employees with health insurance has made it so the only way most people can afford insurance is to work for a company with a group policy, and Medicaid is plain socialized entitlement.  All of this and more wrecks the free market and forces us to participate in a system that transfers cost to unwilling payers.

And since it is what it is, I do not support paying for any elective surgery and by “elective” I mean on normal healthy tissue, for any psychological reason.  (A non-psychological reason might be for example prophylactic double mastectomy in those with extremely high chance of getting breast cancer.  Another might be eye lift when the upper eyelid droops so low it starts to interfere with your vision.  And I do mean normal, in other words, if you have a very ugly birth defect but the tissue is healthy, you can get it fixed for psychological reasons, because it’s not “normal”.)

The truth is that gender reassignment “bottom” surgery, as it’s known, is fraught with serious complications. You start with normal, healthy, functional genitalia and you completely disrupt and rearrange everything.  The result is not even close to a normal functioning set of genitals of the opposite sex, but rather at best a good approximation in appearance anyway.  The new “vagina” doesn’t function exactly like a woman’s.  It doesn’t lubricate naturally for example.  There’s no uterus so you can’t have children.  A fabricated penis cannot get naturally erect, and of course the “balls” are prosthetic, there’s no sperm so you can’t father children.

For that you risk loss of feeling or greatly reduced feeling, loss of ability to orgasm, blood flow complications, infections, urinary complications, fistulas, etc.  Not all get these complications and some are happy with the transformation.  Good for them.  But the high rate of ongoing cost to address complications means even more money from unwilling payers in the form of insurance premiums and taxes.

Even then! … I might let it slide, if I knew the only people undergoing the procedure were true transgenders.  But because the lunatic woke crowd has made such a circus out of this - a cult really - we have brainwashed tranny wannabes jumping on the bandwagon and massively increasing the numbers - hence cost! - involved here.

I can’t help but think that the medical community involved sees a huge cash cow and I wonder if the criteria they use to approve surgery is not nearly strict enough.  They require you to live openly as the opposite sex for one year.  And you’re an adult at 18?  Are you fucking kidding me?  Who among us had ourselves all figured out at age 19!  You should be required to live as the other sex for 5 years in my opinion and be at least 28 years old, until they do the research needed to identify true transgenders very early - which they haven’t done, and now all the harder because of putting the idea into little kids heads.

This is a wreck, caused by the left.  Not caused by true transgenders who have always been with us, but caused by the left using it for political and social power.  It’s disgusting.

Spin Zone / Re: My history with trans
« on: April 21, 2022, 09:19:17 AM »
A very thoughtful and interesting post. I don't think we have a legal right to stop adults from doing what they want to themselves. But prior to 18, in our society, we hold that minors do not have full legal rights. The age can be debated and perhaps a more transitioned approach would be better. But for minors I think of the question as whether we recognize those rights, not whether we take them away.

Agree that minors don't have full legal rights, but I generally recognize the parents as having all rights that would otherwise be their children's, in other words, to be able to make decisions for the child, including healthcare decisions.  This doesn't give them the right to abuse their children. But we get into a big grey area when attempting to define "abuse".  Some parents have been accused of child abuse for homeschooling their kids.  Beating them to the point of broken bones is abuse, all reasonable people would agree.  Is spanking?  Your example of Jehovah's Witnesses arguably qualifies, because blood transfusion is understood as basic medical care in today's world.  What about experimental new procedures?  Should parents have the right to refuse new unproven treatments?  How about the covid vaccine?  I would say gender reassignment is extreme enough for society to intervene, but only because more harm will be done to non-true TGs.  Unfortunately this results in more harm to true TGs who will now be denied the opportunity to get early treatment. 

The problem with what you were taught in medical school is probably that all the transitioned cases didn't happen until adulthood, when it is too late to block puberty effects.  The bad psychological outcomes might simply be the result of inability to ever "pass" as the other gender, physically. There are probably exceptions though.  I was a childbirth educator and learned a lot about circumcision of newborns. Sometimes the procedure goes very badly and the entire penis is lost. What they used to do in some of those cases was remove the testicles and raise the child as female.  These cases were absolute disasters. Obviously because the child felt themselves male on the inside.

True transgenders are somewhat analogous in that they too feel from the start that they're being raised in the wrong gender. The difference of course is that they possess the right chromosomes and gonads (hormones) for their birth gender, so the cause of their dysphoria is not at all clear.

Spin Zone / Re: My history with trans
« on: April 21, 2022, 03:28:04 AM »
As you know, I am also solidly libertarian. But a I think a case can be made that there are some medical decisions a parent should not be allowed to make for a child.

Classic example is a Jehovah’s Witness parent refusing a life saving blood transfusion for the child.

I am not quite sure where sex change falls on this spectrum. I think that taking permanent measures to alter gender before a person is a full adult is rather serious. And of course teenage brains are overrun with all sorts of hormonal overloads.

OTOH, people seriously suffering for years from puberty through 18 is a lot.

The other thing which concerns me is that my understanding from some years back is that transitioning does not cure the dysphoria in a reliable way.

Agree, I too can see both sides.  I can think of two transgenders I personally knew who were happy with the change and never looked back.  However, if they had been able to take puberty blockers when young, they would have looked much better.  One in particular was comparable to Rachel Levine in appearance.  I can image they must continue to have body dysphoria in a major way.

Another, my childhood friend, would talk to me about secret things from the age of 12, such as, “I shaved my legs.  Don’t tell anybody.”  This was way back when such things weren’t spoken of publicly.  He told me he had always wanted to be a girl.  At the age of 16 he was hospitalized with major depression and suicidal thoughts.  We were the same age, that was the year I started finding out about the whole gay subculture.  In the ensuing years my friend embarked on a self destructive path of sex with strangers (men), several suicide attempts and multiple hospitalizations.  He finally succeeded killing himself at age 23. 

That person was to me like a girlfriend.  It’s hard to articulate exactly how but his personality and how we related were like he was female and it was like that from the start before I really knew what a “transgender” was.  This is why I believe the studies that say there are physical differences in the brains of gay and trans people.  Not identical to the opposite sex but different from normally oriented people. 

That is an individual who might have been saved to live a happy life had they been identified and raised as female from a very early age.  That is, if his depression was caused only by the gender issue.  But those people are rare, and the consequences of misdiagnosis are so severe, we can’t risk getting it wrong.  At this point it seems way too risky to allow children to begin transitioning. 

It’s like, we will put 5% of children at risk for less than 1% of true transgenders- that’s my quick guess about the numbers.  Not back then, but today, for every true transgender there are at least five fake ones and that is M to F.  For F to M the ratio is probably 100 to 1.

So from a libertarian perspective do you take away the freedom of the one to protect the five and the hundred?  Public policy is “yes”.  After all, they want to force vaccination on all of us to protect the 1% who die of Covid.  If the left justifies that, how much more should they support banning children from transitioning?  The harm to the majority from gender dysphoria misdiagnosis is way more than the risk of vaccine side effects.

Bloat.   How many of these agencies could be dissolved, or handled at the state level?

There's is so much overlap and waste that we're probably paying triple the taxes than what's really needed. Politicians and bureaucrats use government jobs on the federal, state and local levels for political payback.  Patronage.  These are often unnecessary, make work jobs.  People actually do little or no real work.  It's sickening.

The Mooney is unforgiving of fast and/or hard landings. Either results in the aircraft leaving the runway after the first landing attempt. It's happened to me a number of times over the years, and what to do depends.

If the runway is of sufficient length, I add a little throttle, and then softly land again. This technique usually works, but if the aircraft leaves the runway a second time, it's time to apply full power and get the hell out of there. Maybe you can save the second bounce, maybe not. The problem is, if you get a third bounce, you will likely have a prop strike.

I didn't know he came down so hard as to damage the landing gear, that is a tough one. Ugh. One problem with the Mooney is the rubber biscuit landing gear. Unlike an a strut, which I assume has some damping abilitiy just as a car strut does, the rubber gear has zero damping. Pretty much all of the energy put into compressing the gear WILL be released as a rebound, bouncing the plane back into the air. A soft touchdown (at the right speed) is the ticket to avoiding the bounce.

I see. He mentioned that back in the old Air Wagner thread. Seems he was forthright about it and took a lot of training to improve. All good things.

What is honestly more puzzling to me is the constant fallacies in a person who has professional scientific training. But oh well, I digress from the main point here which was to possibly help others understand and avoid similar issues.

I can address that.  It’s the absent minded professor syndrome.  My father had it.  I suppose it would sound like bragging if I said I have it but I believe I do.  I can be extremely blind and unperceptive about things around me because my mind is constantly occupied with complex analysis of some topic or another.  I think it actually made me a worse pilot, because I tend to over analyze, rather than make quick decisions. 

It also leads people to extrapolate all possible futures and hence have more anxiety than the average person about the various consequences of your action or inaction.  You can then become overly focused on one thing or another, I believe Michael admits being “paranoid” about gear up landings.  He doesn’t mean literal psychotic paranoia, but perhaps a bit closer to a neurotic obsession.  Smart people can be quite high in neuroticism because they see reality with all its dangers more acutely than the “fat, dumb, and happy.” 

Pilot Zone / Re: FAA Administrator To Resign
« on: February 17, 2022, 07:11:41 PM »
That was Trump’s biggest political fault. Not being a politician, let alone a career politician, he relied way too heavily in the insiders that were advising him.  Those people did what was in THEIR best political interest, not Trump. How many of those insiders sold  seats at the table - exactly what Blagoyovich was accused of, but less visible.

I think that’s what happened with Fauci. Trump trusted him to know what was right. In retrospect he should never have put Fauci and Birx up in front of the people in all those press conferences, giving them a platform to mislead us into a two year nightmare.

I will add a story about simplified physiology stories that may be on interest here and amuse.

When we were studying kidney function many years ago in medical school, the lecturers would often have a qualitative story of function and causation. Something like the increase in sodium then causes a change in the proximal tubule. This then causes a change of concentration in sodium in the urine, which is then sensed and causes a change in the distal tubule. The change in the distal tubule then causes this other effect. There were lots of these. It was many years ago so I don’t remember the exact details.

Anything beyond simple algebra is generally avoided in the medical school curriculum as too mathematical. This led to an entire one hour lecture being used to explain an exponential decay!

In any case, I got very curious about this one day and investigated by tracing a number of these stories in our kidney physiology text. It turned out that the various stories when put together led to a positive feedback loop! This would have led to death if literally true.

So the moral for food metabolism I think is that there are a lot of interacting systems which likely require proper equations to actually understand. I imagine the relationship between the amount of carbohydrate and fat burned and protein consumed is likely governed by a number of sigmoid curve type relations and so may be qualitatively described in the extreme ends where the curves tend to flatten, but probably our bodies are often running closer to middle of the range where the slope is steeper.

Interesting insight!  And I’m guessing most of mainstream medicine operates in the local area of the curve without full understanding of the total picture, kind of like how Newtonian physics works as long as you don’t look too far, kind of like how point to point on the earth looks like a straight line as long as it’s short enough, when in fact it is curved because the planet is a 3D globe.

Spin Zone / Re: Rush, did you get this POA thread locked
« on: January 22, 2022, 11:23:08 AM »
When the mods silence opposing viewpoints, are they not simply turning POA into its own echo chamber? 


Curious if any of those snowflakes are participants here.

I believe that some at least lurk.

Then there was the firing bombing of Japanese cities that nobody talks about which was much worse than the two nukes.

Indeed, Operation Meetinghouse was a gruesome thing, the single most destructive bombing raid in human history.

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