RANT: A split-level passenger seat design?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Airbus files patent for split-level passenger seat design
Published October 06, 2015

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Airplanes could get even more cramped with a new seat design from Airbus that has passengers seated on top of each other in a bi-level configuration.

Earlier this month, the global airline manufacturer filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a split level seating design that could be used in businesses cabins on wide body aircraft, news.com.au reports.

In rows where passengers are normally seated six across, the middle rows would alternate between floor level and elevated seating to fit an additional two passengers per row. The raised seats would be accessible by a stair or ladder and would be able to fully recline above the passengers seated below.

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I can’t image how you evacuate that plane in an emergency. Let alone board and “de-plane”.

And, if the passenger above you spills something or worse, then yuck?

Can you make it any MORE uncomfortable and cramped?

There’s a reason I hate to fly any more.

It used to be “fun”; now it’s like torture.

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RANT: Anyone care to tell me how the economy is getting better?

Monday, October 5, 2015

From Drudge

Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force… 
Participation Rate Lowest Since 1977… 
Record 56,647,000 Women Not Working… 
‘Payrolls Disaster’…
‘Fed never going to raise rates’…
Markets at ‘panic levels’… 

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Anyone care to tell me how the economy is getting better?

Any wonder that Trump is leading in the polls.


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RANT: GSA’s 10% occupancy rate?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


EPA Spends $92 Million on Office Furniture
Jason Stapleton –  Sep 25, 2015

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If you’re thinking, “That must be some nice furniture!” you’re absolutely right. The EPA ended up spending an average of $6,000 per employee buying some of the most expensive furniture in America.

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More shocking was the assertion that the inventory of Government Services Administration (GSA) leases shows that there is a 10% occupancy rate.

The podcast states that the GSA has an inventory of 8,000 buildings. With a 10% rate, that means that they only need 800?


Any place I ever worked that occupancy rate was between 80 and 120%. 

With teleworking, even less space is needed.


The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. And this is an example of it.

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RANT: All is not well with the “refugee” influx

Monday, September 28, 2015


Germany in a state of SIEGE: Merkel was cheered when she opened the floodgates to migrants. Now, with gangs of men roaming the streets and young German women being told to cover up, the mood’s changing 

  • Thousands of economic migrants are posing as refugees to reach Europe
  • David Cameron said this week that Europe must said failed asylum claimants back to their countries
  • Demands for Germany’s ‘open doors and windows’ policy to be scrapped
  • Women said rape and child abuse were rife in Giessen’s refugee camp

PUBLISHED: 18:27 EST, 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 19:29 EST, 25 September 2015

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Meanwhile, the migrants keep arriving. Many have deliberately thrown away their passports on their journey through Europe, so they can pretend to be Syrian refugees rather than economic migrants.

The authorities, now being urged by both the EU and Germany’s leaders to return those who aren’t genuine, are completely overwhelmed.

At Freilassing, on the border with Austria, I see hundreds of migrants waiting in teeming rain to reach Mrs Merkel’s promised land. Wrapped in see-through charity macs, they queue excitedly for soup. Most have travelled for weeks, from Turkey by boat to Greece, then via Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia to Austria.

‘We are nearly there,’ says Arun Ari, 27, grinning. He comes from the Syrian town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State for two years.
He seems a deserving refugee among so many who are not, yet won’t show me his identity papers.

Deserving or not, he faces a tough future. Arun will be processed in one of the camps set up all over Germany in former military bases, school gymnasiums, sports halls, even a former monastery. Yet, just like him, almost every male migrant I meet is optimistic.

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And, if this is happening in Germany, then it must be happening here.

These communities show no signs of “assimilation”.

Wonder where it all ends.

Strife and mayhem?

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RANT: Steelers website hints at shadiness

Saturday, September 12, 2015


As Steelers website hints at shadiness, NFL to review communications gripe
Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sports 12:40 p.m. EDT September 11, 2015
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“Strangely enough, whenever an NFL representative proceeded to the New England sideline to shut down their headsets, the Steelers headsets cleared. Then as the representative walked away from the New England sideline, the Steelers’ headsets again started to receive the Patriots game broadcast.”
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Once again the NFL isn’t doing their job.
Two guys listening in to each team. Listener #1 — Comms go bad for team #1; he flips a switch to kill team #2 comm.
And, visa versa.
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RANT: That hit on the referee was criminal

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Two high school football players investigated for hit on referee
ReutersReuters – 16 hours ago

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(Reuters) – Two San Antonio, Texas high school football players are under investigation after they smashed into a referee during a game, according to local media.

In a play during John Jay High School’s game on Friday, one of the team’s defensive players ran into a referee’s back, sending him to the ground, where another player dove on him, according to a video posted on the San Antonio Express News website.

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It says “investigated” by the school and league.

The hell with that.

They should be arrested and criminally charged.

That was not even close to reasonable behavior.

Where was the coach or coaches not to calm their teams down?

Sounds like a black eye for all of  texas football.

This was imho criminal behavior.

What happened to “sportsmanship”?

At least, a “lifetime suspension”, discipline for the team, school, and the league. 


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RANT: There are only “negative” rights; “positive” ones imply a duty by others

Monday, August 31, 2015



Only “rights” are negative rights. Positive rights — like what you are calling “access to affordable health care — implies that someone else must provide them. Does the doctor have to work at 3AM to be accessible and for free to be affordable? If not the doctor, then why forced — by being robbed — to pay for that service for someone else?

Moral principles are the same in the first world as the third world.

Charity care has ALWAYS been available. And IS available.

An example, a fellow at the AL on a merchant marine disability pension had some serious health issues. He was treated at Princeton Hospital as a “charity case” and it cost him nothing.

The original hospitals were set up by religious organization to provide care for the poor. Columbia Presbyterian, Baylor Baptist, Jewish Memorial, and the vast number of Catholic ones.

Then the Gooferment got into “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else with “Medicare and Medicaid” and it has been a mess ever since.

People “demanding” their “rights” to “free stuff” has been the death of the American Experiment.

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