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ctuck622 August 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm
What a ridiculously stupid idea! Then soon the airlines will be asking prospective passengers, whenRead More searching for flights, how much they weigh, then tell people below a certain weight that they're all booked, just to make more money by booking heavier passengers. It's discrimination and a money-making scam, plain and simple. BAD IDEA!! Sounds like Samoa wants Samoa MONEY!!! (Couldn't resist, it was right there, had to go for it.)
Terry J. LaBrue August 23, 2013 at 11:01 am
After my travel experiences in the South Pacific, I can see why the local airline would wantRead More passengers to pay by the pound. Many Pacific Islanders are immense and with their luggage in tow, they could easily top 300 lbs. or more. It is common practice for the commuter airlines in Fiji to weigh you and your luggage when boarding the plane so to balance the aircraft. After seeing some of my fellow travelers surpass 400 lbs. with luggage, I can see the logic in such a move. Sharing a seat with one of these large people on an overnight flight from New Zealand to Los Angeles was an uncomfortable experience I would not want to repeat. Weigh more, pay more.
Thomas Imrich August 28, 2013 at 09:01 am
A perfectly fair system, related to actual cost and technical capability needed to provide reliableRead More (tolerable) passenger air transport service, would consider both weight (mass), volume (albeit primarily girth, but also height and leg length), and height. Total body height does matter, since tall body characteristics (even if trim and fit) as well as total body mass, can affect seat design (crashworthiness), and seat pitch, as well as required cabin height, and emergency exit characteristics. All you have to do to see this is effect is to review the Breget Range Equation. It all ultimately relates to mass, and drag (L/D), and the total energy required for the flight (SFC), and (Mi/Mf). It is NOT just girth. There is NO FREE LUNCH.
Jeanne Gustafson August 12, 2013 at 06:36 pm
Or Jesus, a common hispanic name...
Bob McCoy August 13, 2013 at 07:53 am
Back when UW was still a land grant school, I was walking with friends down the Ave when we wereRead More approached by a man, Bible in hand. He asked "Do you know Jesus?" One of the group snapped, "Do I look Puerto Rican?" as we continued along. This judge is a bit late to go on a crusade. Perhaps the judge (does she work with Judge Reinhold?) could share her expertise with Iceland, Germany, and Denmark where the governments maintain approved-name registries. 'Tom' is a title of a male cat that controls territory--why does she allow that given name? Why hasn't the judge gone after last name titles? Baker, Draper, Carpenter, Cooper, Forester, Hunt (is Hunter allowed for a given name?), Nailer, Sander, Mason, Roper, Fisher, Painter, Priest, Smith, Judge, are a few that come to mind. I guess with AG Holder's announcement that the Justice Dept is going to stop petty enforcements, this judge wants to set a precedent for a new category of crime.
Phil Leng August 14, 2013 at 10:04 am
When I heard the news story, I assumed the couple had named their child Osama Bin Laden. I alsoRead More assumed that the motivation behind the judges decision was that a name like that could cause the child to be bullied or killed through no fault of its own. A decision I could understand. When I heard the rest of the story, I was baffled. Are we in a free country, or in a police state?
Aileen Gardner August 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Being an introvert, I think it depends on where you live. In this country extroverts seem to beRead More more appreciated and liked. In other countries maybe the opposite is true.
Zenobia Bailey August 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Good point, Aileen Sad, isn't it? No matter who we are, we tend to be more or less accepted...Read More more or less appreciated, based on one's bias. What do you think happens when you are an introvert (at times) and an extrovert, at others? There's not always an either or, but we (as a society) lean towards the classifications.
Arts-n-Carafes - A Painting & Sipping Venue August 10, 2013 at 08:20 am
I read the book Quiet. Very interesting and takes it to the biological level. Babies show signs ofRead More introversion/extroversion by sensitivity to stimuli. Makes me feel proud to be an introvert!
Richard Bray July 23, 2013 at 08:56 am
The unfortunate reality today is there are 3 job seekers for every job today. Consequenty for olderRead More people it's even more difficult. However, don't get discouraged. Keep your skills and your spirits up by doing volunteer work. You will feel better, your communtiy will be improved and one day an employer will marvel at your all accomplishments and hire you.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsaraev on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
sudee July 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Dane, so agree Matt has done some great stories to the point where I have been overwhelmed (and aRead More bit irritated) this magazine covers a lot of political and current event issues, not just entertainment. Agreed they could have put victims on the cover but also agree with Amanda that not all criminals look like crazy eyes Manson they also look like that nice kid next door and the sooner we start learning this the better. Wake up folks!
Susan Milke July 19, 2013 at 02:38 pm
Sudee, Remember he has not been found guilty. He is an "alleged" suspect. Remember inRead More the U.S. we have a "fair" trial before we convicted someone. And his brother is dead and his brother's friend was killed by the FBI. Sounds alittle like a cover-up, again!
Dane Ferrell July 19, 2013 at 05:10 pm
I agree Susan, unfortunately our justice system is stacked,and the corporate media many times hasRead More someone convicted before they ever get to court, and Sudee, more criminals wear starched white shirts,and Ties, as well as police badges, we have 2 sets of rules in this country when it comes to justice.