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  1. I always feel very sensitive and protective about Prince and his death. My mother also died the same way. She accidentally forgot her fentanyl pain patch was still on or it never came off ( we don't know) she put a second one on before bed and fell into a coma.  She died about 24 hours after I found her. I'm sorry to bring everyone down by talking about this but I remember being so devastated when I heard how Prince had died. It's such a dangerous medication and my mother was on it under a doctor's orders I don't even want to fathom the dangers of the stuff on the street.  Rolling Stone did a really good article on the music industry and fentanyl. 

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/musics-fentanyl-crisis-inside-the-drug-that-killed-prince-and-tom-petty-666019/

    Again sorry to destroy to tone of the board I just don't know how to discuss Prince and not talk about this. 

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  2. I take affront with Jason saying Purple Rain is a better movie. Under a Cherry Moon is by FAR the better film. Maybe I just really hate The Kid the character he plays in Purple Rain but I always feel like it's just a depressing watch except for the music parts.  Oh and seeing that lady get thrown in a dumpster. That will never not be so crazy it doesn't delight me. 

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  3. 18 hours ago, Peter F said:

    I thought that was very odd when I heard it. I'm not a coffee drinker, I can't stand it. But I've never heard anyone say "oOohh, that decaf, can't wait for that relaxing time with my decaf coffee, my one luxury... decaf..." and this employee must be thinking "ooooh, someone has decaf in this place? I am definitely stealing some of that!"

     

    I also do not drink coffee but I know from observing coffee drinkers decaf isn't great?


  4. 2 hours ago, Catfish said:

    There are so many things to discuss about this movie!!!

    In the beginning I thought we were entering a 2:22 scenario.  When Tonya was flipping back and forth between photos of “The Two Jakes”, I was thinking, uh-oh..we have a young man, involved in aviation, getting mixed up in some kind of soul-switching scenario. But of course that’s something only a crazy person would think…a la Tanya.

    Also the guy that Jake buys the plane from at the end of the movie says, “we moved around a lot when we were kids, so its kinda  like a family home”.   Are we to believe that his family was flying around from town to to town in a WWII era aircraft, picking up odd jobs, getting into adventures, and sleeping in the cockpit.  THIS NEEDS TO BE THE MOVIE.

    Lastly the guy from the coroner’s office tells hard-pink that, “Apparently, a lot of people jump off that building.”  What?!?!  How many?!?! What does it take before some security measures are put in place?

    I said to myself "Sir are you telling me you were a homeless in a plane? Are we just not going to discuss that?"


  5. So I'm no business woman which was why I was curious  as to how big a business has to be to have a board  directors. Margaret kept talking about how she had to sell her box of  burnt hair son in law on. 

    According to a Forbes article I found: 

    "The general thesis is that as the businesses grow in size and complexity their board should grow with them.  A group of professors across multiple universities concluded in a 2005 study that corporations increasing the complexity of their operations by introducing new product lines or expanding into new territories had a tendency to increase the number of directors on their board.

    The conclusion seems logical.  If you are a company that has 10 gas stations and you are looking to add an 11th – you probably shouldn’t implement a board of directors.  But if you are a small precision motor manufacturing company and you are expanding from automobiles to healthcare equipment a board can be extremely valuable."

     So now I wonder is her company diverse? What do they sell? How many votes would she need to get Jake as her successor? 

    I want to know more!!! ( Also I should probably stop thinking and researching when on my migraine meds because this is the hot take no one asked for). 

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  6. Ok so was I just on a bunch of migraine meds or did they say they hadn't had sex in 3 YEARS? When did they get married? How long have they been together? Sex isn't everything but like if you aren't together in 3 YEARS and you are a relatively young couple and not asexual.. perhaps you should go tot therapy? Talk? Not be married to a bag of mayo?

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  7. 9 minutes ago, Elektra Boogaloo said:

    IThis Okay but let’s say your life depends on it (maybe it’s a Money Plane bet) and you HAVE to fly with a celebrity pilot, who do you trust? 

    Sure, Harrison Ford has a “series” of crashes, but what if. WHAT IF. Underneath his human face, he is Launchpad McQuackin disguise? 

     

    Eta important update:

     

    I'm lying down and I need to lie down harder is how I'm doing. It's Too Much. My face is red with second hand embarrassment yet I can't look away.  

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  8. On 9/17/2020 at 10:49 PM, GrahamS. said:

    Sorry to hear it. If you dont mind me asking, how old was she?

    She was in her 80's. She was the last of my grandmas siblings and she was so kind and caring to me after my mom and grandma died. The funereal went really well actually I went with a  new friend who was so kind and drove me because I don't drive. She made the whole day bearable.  

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  9. On 8/30/2020 at 4:29 PM, Cameron H. said:

    Both Daario and Theresa Palmer make a huge deal about sharing the same birthday, but statistically speaking, beyond a slight "Huh, that's kind of cool" moment, it's not really all that impressive. Every person on Earth has a 1 in 365 (0.3%) chance of sharing a birthday with any random person they meet -- which isn't nothing. Furthermore, according to the "Birthday Paradox," if you take a room full of people, say 50 people enjoying an evening of sensual aerial ballet, the odds that two (or more) people share a birthday actually increases! I'll spare everyone the "math" of it all (although if you're interested, you can find it here, here, and here), but if we go by my estimate of about 50 people at the ballet, there is a whopping 97% chance that two people in that room were born on the same day! (At which point, it would actually be more impressive if two people in that crowd *didn't* share a birthday.)

    It portends nothing. There's nothing magical, mystical or even all that unusual about it. At best, it's trivial ephemera you might share at a dinner party when all other topics have all been totally exhausted.

    Shut your dumb logical face!  My sharing a birthdate with Sarah Paulson MEANS SOMETHING!!

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  10. On 8/29/2020 at 5:51 PM, The_Other_MikeD said:

    I'm told that could be his "stash" by reliable sources.

    And the first thing he pulled out of his hipster drawer was parchment paper. You know the first thing you grab to write down something important. This would explain why the windows were written on like a scene out of Numb3rs.

     

    Ok but was it like parchment parchment paper or ye old parchment paper? Because our boy could just be a baker. I think I even have some scraps off the last roll in my aluminum foil/ pot holder drawer I had from the cookie baking banaza I I went into for a library tea a few years ago. 

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  11. 8 hours ago, jimkiler said:

    You do not go far enough back, they tried to upgrade the systems in the 90's as confirmed by this article:  

     

    https://reason.org/commentary/time-to-get-u-s-air-traffic-control-out-of-the-1960s/

     

    So we are still stuck in 1960's tech despite other countries having working systems.  I remember news stories on this failure to convert to modern technology in the 90's.

    Gee thanks I really needed this anxiety!! Lol I'm kinda of kidding? I do know I was pulling stuff from 2005 up and mostly wanted to get you guys the most recent info. I was *hoping* that maybe there had been some changes since the older ones had been written but it doesn't look like it's been advanced much. A lot of the articles were on whether or not it should be funded via congress or this newish idea of a private sector thing that fell through. I don't know there were so many acronyms and letters I got very confused very fast.

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  12. On 8/30/2020 at 2:54 AM, Nick T. said:

    Wasn’t Sadie aka “I’m Jason”’ (audience questions) incorrect about it being episode 222? Wasn’t it not even close? If true, hilarious since June kept saying “I don’t trust her.” Haha, Jason fangirl bit was super cringe.

     

    RE: Pilot certifications and aircraft. I was about to begin a commercial pilot training program before the pandemic hit. So, I went deep into all the reqs and based on what I already know, there’s no way that guy is flying for Southwest like under a year later based on the fact alone that you need to log 1,500 hours with students as a certified flight instructor to be eligible to fly a commercial passenger plan (it doesn’t need to be with students, but that’s the only way someone other than a very wealthy person is going to be able to get 1,500 hours flying). And before you can be a certified flight instructor (CFI), you’ll be spending 7 months minimum getting your commercial pilot license (seven months in the shortest CPL program I’ve ever seen listed).
     

    And, of course, you’ll need to get added training time on whatever specific type of commercial plane you’re going to fly. You can’t just jump in a passenger plane because you have gotten a commercial pilot license.bEven a highly favored Southwest cadet (cadets are pilots in training that are part of a commercial airline’s training program) couldn’t do it that fast. Cadet spots are coveted and typically go to young folks since they want to get the maximum career mileage out of you to justify their expenses. Plus, forget being a commercial pilot if there’s anything in your medical, legal or discoverable history that establishes drug use, alcohol abuse or psychiatric issues. 

    So based on all this evidence do we think he just walks around in a pilot's outfit he bought somehow? Is he trying to go full Secret here and manifest to the universe his dreams?

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  13. On 8/29/2020 at 5:34 PM, The_Triple_Lindy said:

    That reminds me:

    When Dylan decides to start writing everything down, the first thing he grabs is a roll of paper (wax paper? shelving paper?) from what looks like a kitchen drawer. Among the items in the drawer is a random piece of oddly folded aluminum foil ...

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    ... and is that a hat? Is that a tinfoil hat? Is there any other plausible explanation for pre-worn, previously-crinkled tinfoil kept in a drawer like that? And if he's the kind of person who is prone to tinfoil-wearing to keep the satellites from reading his thoughts or whatever, then is this movie telling us upfront that Dylan's about to go totally off the deep end? That would call into question his entire reliability as a narrator and, I daresay, tosses the ending of this movie into Jacob's Ladder territory.

    You obviously have never lived with a environmentalist  grandma who believed in washing and reusing aluminum foil, 

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  14. On 8/28/2020 at 11:11 PM, The_Triple_Lindy said:

    This movie should've just been called "Red Flags Ignored" ... Sarah becomes immediately invested in a guy she's known less than a week, and when he totally makes a sense at her place of work, and then starts talking crazy about letters, and she becomes convinced he's gone mad, she should have said, "to hell with this ... I just got out of a too-intense relationship with a long-haired moody psycho model asshat -- I don't need this shit in my life." 

    Look sometimes you live in a red flag factory 

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  15. Don't tell June but our Air Traffic Control system as a whole is deeply fucked. It's apparently outdated, understaffed, and underfunded. Many employees have been fired and it's only gotten worse since the pandemic. I read this truly terrifying blog post that was written last year during the shutdown of last year when LaGuardia shut down because people called out sick in protest. Here are some of the highlights (aka the moments when I wondered if i should ever fly which is something I love. I honestly feel safer and happier in a plane than in a car which I'm terrified of.) 

    "You see, the ATC is a bit of a mess. Underfunded and at times badly managed, the FAA's NextGen air traffic control began replacing older systems more than 10 years ago in 2007. It's not scheduled to be completed until 2025, and that was before Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, which includes a 2 percent FAA's budget reduction.

    At the same time, Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), which has been in the works since 2000, is slowly completing its rollout. It's scheduled to finally be in place at the end of the year. Then, and only then, will the US finally have a single national software and hardware ATC system." 

     

    "As for those TV shows and movies showing advanced equipment suited for a starship? That's fantasy. So are -- fortunately -- death-defying crashes, as a controller dies at the mic and planes collide in mid-air.  

    Air traffic control, especially at the airport level, is still very low-tech. Nothing beats the good old, mark-one eyeball when a plane is within visual range of a runway.

    This, of course, requires bright, alert workers with their wits focused on their job, rather than, say, how they'll make their next mortgage payment. There are currently about 14,000 FAA air traffic controllers. But, with their great responsibility and the sheer scale of their work, it only takes having a few not at work to cripple the country's air traffic."

    Knowing the crashes are not something that happens often made me feel better but I'm still not sure how I feel knowing that it's all pretty much manual eyeball work ! I like the comfort of thinking it's Star Trek up there. Give me this false sense of safety please. I read several other articles a while ago about how the TSA actually hasn't done much of anything to improve our safety and is also a security blanket that just makes us FEEL safer but that's another story for another time. 

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-the-air-traffic-control-system-works-and-fails/

     

    Here are a few older articles on how deeply fucked we all are:

    How we are understaffed: https://money.cnn.com/2015/10/14/news/economy/air-traffic-controllers/index.html apparently at their lowest in 27 years at the time of this article but that was 2015. I imagine it's only worse now. 

    https://www.economist.com/international/2019/06/15/air-traffic-control-is-a-mess a really interesting looking article from the Economist that I can't read because I refuse to give them my email. But if one of you jerks is fancy and smart and have access somehow and would be so kind as to copy and paste it to me in a dm I would love you forever as only a nerd who loves free articles can! Is this ethical? no. Do I have a bone to pick with the Economist for being to expensive for me to ever afford a subscription after my uncle told me to get one to help me with my ACT's? Yes. 

     

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