User Profile: corbecket


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  • August 11, 2014 at 8:14pm

    Just tell Comcast you want internet service only. All else is an add on, or package (which they love).

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:08pm

    You do realize that “Star Trek” is a fictional series?

    It’s not real.

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:03pm

    I think you’re being a bit harsh, but I am a bit surprised that the napkin didn’t go into the cockpit trash sack at the end of the flight. Making a big deal about it is a bit irregular.

  • March 5, 2014 at 8:55pm

    From a pilot standpoint, and I realize the napkin was written by a member of the general public, this is a non-issue. After 20+ years as an airline pilot, I’ve flown with plenty of pilots, in both the right and left seat, some of whom happen to be gals instead of guys. What most people here seem to be missing, is that admission to the airline pilot profession is still generally a meritocracy. In other words, can you fly the aircraft, and can you do so without annoying everyone you work with? Safety matters prominently. As to how your X and Y chromosomes are sorted, is of little concern to most of the pros I’ve had the honor of flying with over the years. Job performance is the primary concern.

    That napkin isn’t at all about what pilots are about, the author obviously has some rather strange personal issues to sort out. The job we perform is at odds with the public perception, so most civilians don’t have a clue as to what we do exactly. Most pilots couldn’t give a hoot about what gender they’re flying with, though apparently it seems to matter a lot to (some) of the passengers……..shrug.

  • January 23, 2014 at 9:10am

    This is a provincial attitude, mostly held by folks on the east coast. As to your comment, draw a line vertically through a map of the US. Everything to your left, is the “west”. In the middle of the west, is the midwest. Pretty simple when you think about it.

    Sticking the midwest somewhere in Ohio doesn’t make any sense at all.

  • January 14, 2014 at 2:12pm


    It’s an interesting theory. In 1927, that particular pregnancy test was developed. It is/was commonly believed that the death of the rabbit indicated pregnancy, but in truth the test was considered positive when the rabbit was slaughtered and the ovaries inspected. If the ovaries showed reaction to the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is only produced by a pregnant female, then it was considered positive for pregnancy.

    The rabbit was sacrificed in the test, whether it diagnosed pregnancy or not.

    In reality, the rabbit always died.

  • January 9, 2014 at 2:25pm

    It’s not at all surprising to me. The basic fact is, that the civilian labor market is not a “jobs program” for the retired military. I’m sure he understands the concept of meritocracy, as should every civilian.

    Is he nuts? Being of high rank in the military, does not insulate him from developing mental problems. High expenses for college, and marital problems are not rare. Multitudes deal with those same problems successfully, and may never have been in the military, let alone rising to the rank of colonel.

    Anyone who believes that coming from the military immunizes us from developing mental illness, is drinking someone’s Koolaid. During my career, the folks that had the biggest inability to accept the fact that a former military type (Air Force pilots all), had mentally run off the rails, were other military pilots. It indicates that too many people believe the PR that surrounds those positions.

    Be warned! If you are nuts, get professional help and follow your doctor’s directions. General, Private, or civilian pauper, none of us are immune to the ravages of mental illness. Without taking affirmative steps to address the problem you are shortchanging yourself, and imposing your problems on others. See a doctor and get it fixed.

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  • January 8, 2014 at 5:04pm

    The article gave the “saddest part of the story”. As RaydocX mentions, the happiest part is that she got the heck out of there before she went boom. Simply having chutzpah to walk, gives some hope for the young in that country. Of course, the best (safest) thing she could do is never go back to that “family”.

    I hope she can get herself out of the country. Any adopters that would like to make a big difference in her life? Anyone could make a worse emotional investment. Consider it, at least.

  • December 12, 2013 at 12:56pm

    Correct. This particular video was shown ad nauseum, in the media, immediately after the accident. The “360-degree” spin was noted at that time.
    Unfortunately, this headline is not a good example of enviable journalistic standards. I hesitate to mention the New York Times as a counterpoint in quality, but my political beliefs won’t let me give them too much credit either.

  • November 22, 2013 at 9:27am

    Oh, by the way. As opposed to the video title, it isn’t just mother’s that get these premies through their first year. Some fathers do it as well. ;-)

  • November 22, 2013 at 8:55am

    Yeah. Those “cord complications” can be real killers. Our son was the same, and way lucky.. He was in the 5% that survived a rapidly degenerating placenta, and an umbilical cord that had tons of aneurisms. Snagged out early, that cord failed (rather spectacularly) during the emergency delivery. Being quick with a clamp is a good thing.

    Six months later he came off of the oxygen, though we still have the 100 ft O2 line that the little “hose nose” used to stay connected while he migrated around the house. Handy for finding him. I’d forgotten most of this. The 50 some pediatric specialist appointments we kept during the first year. The worry that the emboli from the dying cord and placenta (which were surely there) had shrapneled him.

    He turned out ok. Just as deranged as his father. He’s currently headed towards engineering school, but the video brought all of the stuff back that I’d forgotten. It’s worth watching.

  • November 19, 2013 at 2:41pm

    “Is there even enough of a civilized world left with the will to destroy all the parasitic, feral human animals…”

    Well, if the 20th century was any indication, there is no shortage of organized evil. Between the Nazi’s, the communists, and the Pol Pot types, the death toll exceeded 100 million in that century. Please think about the quoted phrase. There were plenty of National Socialists that would have completely agreed with it, to the disbenefit of the Jewish population (though I’m sure you didn’t mean it in that way).

    Extermination is better directed at bothersome insect populations. Trying it on large human groups leads to the less “mental” getting carried away with the task.

  • November 14, 2013 at 6:07pm

    You may be correct, but the 737 cabin controller may be overridden in the manual mode. In this mode it is possible that they were able to reassert contol of the pressurization. Once the cabin is controlled, it is no longer an emergency.

    As to the pilot’s comment, “We’re going down”, I would hope that this was only a small part of his explanation to the passengers. Otherwise, it would seem a poor choice of words (Lame brain!). Consider the airline.

  • November 14, 2013 at 5:56pm

    Oh, please!

    When there is an “EX Fighter pilot” at the controls, be afraid. Be VERY afraid. Especially when it is a Southwest pilot.

    Believe me when I tell you this, as I’ve more experience in these matters than I care to admit.

  • November 13, 2013 at 9:00am

    Those societies have eaten more species into extinction, than any others. I mean, they’ll eat ANY protein source. Squiggly or not.

  • November 7, 2013 at 9:58am

    Po-210 is an interesting way to die. Alexander Litvinenko was a Russkie intelligence officer that was on the lam from his old agency, and liked to write about his previous employment. He died in 2006 from Po-210 ingestion. It’s an alpha particle emitter, that is not easily detected, but kills you just as dead. His previous employer was strongly implicated in his death.

    Arafat died in 2004. So why is this interesting? First of all, it’s a very rare cause of death. Secondly, you need a nuclear reactor to produce the stuff. It’s a no-brainer that the Russians have the nuclear facilities to produce Po-210, and it’s generally conceded that they had Litvinenko on their hit list. British Airways even had one of their aircraft inspected for Po-210 residue, as it had been running the London-Moscow route at the time. Sure enough, one of the seats had a high level of Po-210 detected.

    As to who took out Arafat, who knows? Would the Russians have benefited from his death? Hard to say, but he was becoming more difficult than in the past. On the other hand, Israel has reactors as well. It is sufficient to state that he had lots of enemies that would have been pleased with his death.

  • [2] November 5, 2013 at 3:48pm

    Well, if he wasn’t “clenching his buttocks” during the first traffic stop, he surely will during the second (and perhaps every one thereafter).

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  • September 29, 2013 at 3:44am

    Oh, don’t be so hard on this poor guy. A lot of these meteorologist/environmentalist have fallen on hard times of late. Though this fellow is degreed out the wazoo, the public perception of his herd has fallen a lot over the last few years. It’s not his fault, he just “believed” like the rest of them. Now his image has taken a fall. I’ll not go into his tweets, other than to say that the guy may be in need of mood elevators, if he’s really serious about what he’s texting.

    Again, the folks I know in that crowd really dig the publicity, and adulation, that they derived from being in the right crowd. That was then, and this is now. Like Al Gore, nobody really believes their dogma anymore. They haven’t gotten to the point that they can admit that their models, and beliefs don’t work anymore (at least in the real world). He’s a broken man, in a broken herd. No wonder he’s so depressed. It’s just not as much fun anymore, when the general public views you as something of a quack. Tough times for them, but one of the bright spots for America (though half the population doesn’t know it…..yet).

  • September 18, 2013 at 10:15pm

    “I guess they just made it more attractive to be a suicide bomber……….must be getting harder to find”

    Supply and demand, even into the afterlife. All of the really good suicide bombers are gone now. They’re having to raise the pay of those that are left.

  • September 18, 2013 at 12:49am

    I don’t buy what some of these folks a selling. RF is all around you. We figuratively swim in it. If it was hazardous based on the levels produced by these units, we would have been dead long ago. TV’s, wifi, leaky microwave ovens, cell phones, cordless phones, baby monitors, they all produce a fair amount of RF. Even electric blankets produce a fair degree of electromagnetic radiation.

    Smartmeters may have their own problems, but excessive RF above what is already there, is not one of them. Now catching on fire is another thing. I’d like to see the incineration percentages on these units. Again, show me the number of house fires caused by smartmeters, compared to their total number on the grid. That’s a reasonable method of determining if they’re a significant fire hazard. Otherwise, it’s just rumors or onesie twosie stories.

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