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Pilot Zone / Lenticular Clouds
« on: March 23, 2020, 09:35:29 AM »
As pilots we know to stay clear of conditions that produce lenticular clouds, which usually form over mountains, else the ground will come up to smite us.

For us flatlanders, that experience comes from merely seeing a picture in a book, and perhaps a question on the private pilot written exam.

I often use Bing as my search engine, (1) because it’s not Google, and (2) they usually have cool pictures as their background.

Today’s Bing shows a loop with the formation of lenticular clouds over Mount Rainier.  Very cool stuff.

Spin Zone / Where are the Universities?
« on: March 23, 2020, 09:24:15 AM »
On Sunday I saw the Michigan Democrat governor complaining about the lack of test kits.  Elsewhere I’ve heard it’s not the lack of kits, but the lack of testing facilities.

Every state in the union has world class universities, with PhDs and some MDs doing research in many fields. They have an army of graduate assistants and undergraduate students helping in their efforts.

Why can’t that brain power and man power be used to develop test kits, or do the testing currently being done by labs, in order to help out their states and the country? 

In WWII Singer Sewing Machine Company built M1911A1, the Sperry T-1 bomb sight, and B-29 instruments. Whirlpool built parts for P-40 Warhawks, tanks, and engines. Maytag built components for the B-17, B-26, B-29, and the P-51.

So universities can’t build test kits? 

Spin Zone / This is What Tyranny Looks Like
« on: March 13, 2020, 01:07:40 PM »
The mayor of shit hole Champaign Illinois is using this corona virus to make a tyrannical power grab.

“Included in the executive order are ordinances that would give the city extraordinary powers to the Mayor.

Violating parts of the Open Meetings Act
Ban sale of firearms and ammunition
Ban sale of any alcohol
Closing of all bars, taverns, liquor stores, etc
Ban sale or giving away of gasoline or other liquid flammable or combustible products in any container other than a gasoline tank permanently fixed to a motor vehicle
Direct the shutoff of power, water, gas, etc
Take possession of private property and obtain full title to same
Prohibit or restrict ingress and egress to and from the City

Pilot Zone / Bought a Navion
« on: February 21, 2020, 01:40:50 PM »
A couple weeks ago I traveled with my IA to do a pre-buy on a Navion. Seller rejected my first offer last week, but came back yesterday with a counter, which I accepted. This will be my first and probably only aircraft. I’ll pick it up mid-March.  Not perfect timing for a CPA, but hopefully all will work out.

Edit: Crap! Didn’t mean for it to be in the SZ.  Should be in the Pilot Zone. I can’t change in on Tapatalk. Lucifer, can you move it for me?

Spin Zone / Rush Limbaugh Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
« on: February 03, 2020, 12:57:07 PM »
Just heard it at the end of his show.

Cancer sucks.

Spin Zone / More NFL Virtue Signaling: Aluminum Cups
« on: February 01, 2020, 09:39:43 AM »
Apparently, recyclable aluminum cups are more “sustainable” than recyclable plastic cups?  Do they even hear themselves? 

Don’t get me wrong. I like metal cups. But sustainable?

I can’t wait until they are used at every game. I wonder if some, say, Philly fans might just figure out that a few crushed aluminum cups make a hell of a projectile.

Spin Zone / Trump Letter to Pelosi
« on: December 18, 2019, 09:58:39 AM »
I know lucifer posted this in a different thread, but I thought I’d start one just regarding “the letter.”  I thought it was an epic letter putting into the official record Trump’s own defense of the office, and ridicule of the process.

Are you glad he wrote it?

Spin Zone / The Looming “1984” Election
« on: November 12, 2019, 05:24:39 AM »
Victor Davis Hanson nails it.

“The choice in reductionist terms will be one between a growing, statist Panopticon, fueled by social media, a media-progressive nexus, and an electronic posse. Online trolls and government bureaucrats seek to know everything about us, in Big Brother fashion to monitor our very thoughts to ferret out incorrect ideas, and then to regiment and indoctrinate us to ensure elite visions of mandated equality and correct behavior—or else!

“In other words, the personality quirks of a Trump or an Elizabeth Warren or a Bernie Sanders will become mostly irrelevant given the existential choice between two quite antithetical ideas of future America. In 2020 we will witness the penultimate manifestation of what radical progressivism has in store for us all—and the furious, often desperate, and unfettered pushback against it.”

Spin Zone / Kin?
« on: October 22, 2019, 02:43:33 PM »
WTF is Kin, and why should I give it? 

This keeps popping up on some SZ threads. Every time you scroll up, this thing follows. Irritating as fuck on Tapatalk.

Spin Zone / Don’t sunbathe naked, boys
« on: August 27, 2019, 06:16:07 AM »
Experts say the fearsome bird mistook the man’s exposed privates as a couple of birds eggs and dropped in for a tasty snack.

As the man – who has not been named – dozed on his patio in his detached home near Ipswich, the seagull swooped from the sky, and with one bite of its beak ripped away the right testicle.

A spokesman for research group Seagull Watch International confirmed that seagulls often feed on the eggs of small birds.

“Eggs are full of protein – it’s why we eat them, after all. Gulls will often steal other birds’ eggs, so it is unfortunate for this man that his private parts resembled a couple of eggs in a nest.

Pilot Zone / Is Obama not aware the oceans are rising?
« on: August 23, 2019, 10:34:26 AM »
Apparently not after buying a mansion on Martha’s Vineyard with 29 acres of oceanfront property.

And here I thought he was a true believer. I guess not.

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