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Some apt Rules of Acquisition:

5.  If you can’t break a contract, bend it.

13.  Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.

15.  Acting stupid is often smart.

16.  A deal is a deal … until a better one comes along.

20.  When the customer is sweating, turn up the heat

25.  Fear makes a good business partner.

28.  Morality is always defined by those in power.

29.  When someone says “It’s not the money,” they’re lying.

37.  You can always buy back a lost reputation.

42.  Only negotiate when you are certain to profit.

43.  Caressing an ear is often more forceful than pointing a weapon.

49.  Old age and greed will always overcome youth and talent.

51.  Never admit a mistake if there’s someone else to blame.

68.  Compassion is no substitute for a profit.

87.  Trust is the biggest liability of all.

90.  Mine is better than ours.

99.  Never trust a wise man.

100.  Everything that has no owner, needs one.

109.  Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.

110.  Only a fool passes up a business opportunity.

111.  Treat people in your debt like family … exploit them.

115.  Greed is eternal.

116.  There’s always a way out.

125.  A lie isn’t a lie until someone else knows the truth.

126.  A lie isn’t a lie, it’s just the truth seen from a different point of view.

131.  If it gets you profit, sell your own mother.

138.  Law makes everyone equal, but justice goes to the highest bidder.

142.  A Ferengi waits to bid until his opponents have exhausted themselves.

144.  There’s nothing wrong with charity … as long as it winds up in your pocket.

155.  What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine too.

159.  The customer is always right … until you have their cash.

160.  Respect is good, Latinum is better.

164.  Never spend your own money when you can spend someone elses.

175.  When everything fails – run.

178.  The world is a stage – don’t forget to demand admission.

180.  Never offer a confession when a bribe will do.

182.  Whenever you’re being asked if you are god, the right answer is YES.

188.  Never bet on a race you haven’t fixed.

191.  Let other keep their reputation. You keep their money.

198.  Employees are the rungs on your ladder to success – don’t hesitate to step on them.

202.  a)  A friend in need is a customer in the making

b)  A friend in need means three times the profit.

207.  Never trust a hardworking employee.

209.  Tell them what they want to hear.

223.  Rich men don’t come to buy; they come to take.

227.  Loyalty can be bought … and sold.

238.  The truth will cost.

239.  Ambition knows no family.

247.  Never question luck.

254.  Anyone who can’t tell a fake doesn’t deserve the real thing.

259.  A lie is a way to tell the truth to someone who doesn’t know.

261.  A wealthy man can afford everything except a conscience.

268.  a) When in doubt, lie

b) When in doubt, buy

c) When in doubt, demand more money

d) When in doubt, shoot them, take their money, run and blame someone else.

283.  Rules are always subject to change.

284.  Rules are always subject to interpretation.

Boeing Also Makes Planes in Renton – A Bit Slowly Right Now

By Jelson25Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

If you don’t want to go as far north as Everett, you can instead go a tiny bit south to Renton, where Boeing makes the 737’s.

They’re pumping out 5 jets every 2 days, but they’re still behind schedule due to delays from the US/France joint venture CFM International who makes some of the engines and some fuselage work from Wichita Kansas.

They’re going ahead and building the planes though and just parking them outside, waiting for the engines. Sometimes they strap on some engines and fly them over to Boeing Field in south Seattle where there’s more room, then take off the temporary engines and drive them back to the plant to fly another plane over to wait. ?

737’s currently account for around half of Boeing Commercial Airplane Company’s income.

Source: Seattle Times – Boeing confirms it’s crunch time in Renton, fewer 737 deliveries next quarter

The World’s Largest Building North of Seattle Still Produces the Boeing 747

By Maurice King – Boeing Widebody assembly plant, CC BY 2.0,

In the 1960’s Pan American World Airways wanted a “jumbo” jet and they pushed Boeing hard to create it, dangling a $525 million contract. Risking the company to do so, and building the world’s largest building by volume just north of Seattle, Boeing designed and created the world’s first jumbo jet, the 747.

Though it changed aviation, the 747’s excellent design means it’s still used as a versatile workhorse even today. Trump’s new Presidential plane will be a 747.

This factory still rolls out planes, including Boeing’s newest. The parts are sourced from companies both domestically and around the globe in a logistical tangle of millions of parts from suppliers, to time schedules, to varying technical requirements.

Not only is Boeing good at building planes, it’s unparalleled in its ability to manage extraordinarily complex manufacturing projects. This is why Boeing so often leads large national projects, such as the ISS, as the prime systems integrator between all the contractors.

I’ve never actually toured the plant up there past Everett, Washington. But I think I’ll make it my next excursion. My dad worked most of his life at Boeing, so it holds a special place.

Kurdish Allies – The Problem of Professional Detachment from Beliefs

YPG fighters in Syria, Middle East Monitor

If you’re a soldier in the Middle East, you end up working closely with local soldiers. And these local soldiers often have strong cultural, political or religious-based ideals.

Not every soldier is as well-trained as our soldiers at having “professional detachment” from their beliefs and ideals. And we all know how having ideals and beliefs can be a very passionate thing. This is what our soldiers are facing, working so closely with local soldiers in the Middle East.

For example, in a hush-hushed Pentagon example, things were going well between our soldiers and the local Kurdish soldiers. But small things can lead to larger things over time. And one night, some children being brought to the camp, bleeding and dying, were denied treatment by the Kurdish soldiers because the family was not Kurdish. But our Marines can’t do that – we must help if we can. And so one of our Marines got shot, and one of the Kurdish soldiers got killed.

Oleg Sentsov’s Hunger Strike Attempts to Draw Attention Back to Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine

Banner apparently says, “Oleg Sentsov, Ukraine with you”

Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian, lit a fire on the doorstep of Putin’s ruling party building in Ukraine, after Russia invaded Ukraine. His sentence is 20 years. He’s on a hunger strike asking for his fellow imprisoned Ukrainians to be released. Ukraine has even offered a swap with Russia. This was timed for the Moscow World Cup, and he’s 50 days into the hunger strike. Nobody is allowed to see him or the other Ukrainians imprisoned. The EU says and does nothing about Ukraine any more, other than to lay blame on the “backward” Ukrainians. Putin is very good at making his victims look like they did it to themselves. Oh, obviously, it was suicide! ?

New Straits Times – Ukraine Filmmaker Marks 50th Day of Hunger Strike – Only Western Pressure Can Save Oleg Sentsov