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  1. That is truly heart breaking. The ability of humans to choose destructive actions and not constructive actions will never cease to amaze me. Studying the Roman Empire and it's rise and fall is rather chilling.
  2. Very valid points. As the US keeps spending money it doesn't have and borrowing to pay the debt. Russia sits on the sidelines watching the show and conserving cash and China keeps expanding it's reach when the US makes a miss-step or pulls back in any part of the globe. China is expanding it's reach into much of the developing world with bribe and shady financial dealings.
  3. That must have been quiet the experience for you and I can only imagine being a fighter pilot and having empty skies. It all seems rather chilling.
  4. I agree with that. Some changes since 9-11 TSA Arab spring which has destroyed various countries (Syria, Libya etc). The rise and fall of ISIS Mass refugee inflow into various western countries (Europe etc) Unstable situation in many central and south American countries leading to massive hardship and flow of people to escape violence etc There are plenty of other changes since 9-11...Iraq invasion and occupation etc...Afghanistan War etc The birth of the surveillance of the internet by various governments since 9-11, of everyone that uses the internet. I do not direct this at the US Gov't only, China and many other countries are deep into this. When you start adding up all these changes, it does not appear to me that things have gotten any safer or better in the last 18 years. I see our little world as more unstable. Dictatorships have firmly taken hold in Russia and China with China officially having a leader for life and Russia unofficially embracing a leader for life idea.
  5. I was on the west coast and it was about 8am and the first tower had already collapsed when I turned on the TV to catch some news for a few minutes as my wife and our 2 young daughters were getting ready. I recognized the tower as the WTC but could not understand why there was only 1 tower. Once i understood what had happened, I figured someone was going to get nuked before sundown. To me this was a Pearl Harbor moment in our modern times. It was a crazy time and sadly the world seems worse today.
  6. Excellent. I'm glad it is sorted. Thanks everyone.
  7. Can you post messages? My apologies. I had the hosting company upgrade the ARC forums server computer to a newer version of the PHP program. This was required because the latest version of the ARC forums program could not run on the older version of the PHP program. So PHP program was upgrade...forum was upgraded with latest version and the forums then stopped working. I then sorted out the posting problem and it seems to be ok now. Let me know if the forums are working ok for you now? On a side note... I've been working some 18 hour days at my 2 jobs the last few days and doing updates on ARC Air site has been nearly impossible. Things should settle down in the next day or so.
  8. Thanks Chip. Your kind words are much appreciated.
  9. That is exactly how it felt. I love the Philippines like a second home, but this trip was really different. I did manage to get my cellphone data working last night before I went to bed. And I think I figured out how to get my wife's data settings working in the Philippines. She stayed on for 3 more weeks to be with her Dad. Sadly he's nursing a cracked bone in his leg from a fall that would have killed me. He is one tough guy. I give full credit to Tony Fredo in the Philippines for giving me the clue to the data problem towards the end of my trip.
  10. Yup...wife and daughter had a grand time. Although my wife did say she prefer too coolness of the west coast of Canada.
  11. I just got home form the Philippines. It has been 2 years since my last trip and I'm pleased to report Angel is growing in a very healthy way and seems to be on the way to being much taller than her local relatives. This trip went sideways in most ways from the start. The first hotel had free wifi but only in the lobby and not the rooms making daily updates difficult. 24 hours after arriving I got some sort of intestinal bug (I suspect food poisoning, but I'm not sure). That was followed by some sudden and nasty vomiting and other violent fluid evacuation which plagued me for most of the trip. The 4th day into the trip...while I was still not feeling well we relocated and spent 3 nights at the family farm out in the countryside away from the cooling ocean breezes. Temps on the farm were about 38C or 100F with no air conditioning. Also there was no internet of even cellphone connection at the farm....it is quite rustic. We returned to civilization with me feeling much worse and stayed at a very nice resort for 3 days on the Island of Boracay. I then worked on trying to get better. Then it was off to Manila for some clothes shopping for my wife and her sister and 2 nieces. I was slowly moving forward with my recovery and 24 hours before I flew out I was well on my way to a full and proper recovery. This trip was a struggle due to the heat and my illness. I prefer to go there in november during winter when the temps are more reasonable. I got home to 16C or 61F temps and I am completely over whatever bug I had. The cooler temps are quite welcomed by me. Although I did buy 2 different sim cards from the local carriers in the Philippines, I was unable to get any data connection. I arrived home only to realise I don't even have a data connection at home. So it seems the nice young girl I first gave my phone to, deleted my data settings from home. I plan to work on getting that sorted before I go to bed tonight.
  12. No one with that name or e-mail is a member on ARC. I'd ban him if I can.
  13. I was listening to the radio tonight and it seems Toyota is pushing towards the hydrogen fuel cell idea for their electric vehicles.
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