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Nov
26
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@user102008 Interesting reasoning! In Russia (and possibly in other countries with civil law) this logic definitely would not work. In Russia you are either a citizen or not a citizen legally. In the first case you have all citizen's right and cannot be denied any, in the later case you do not have citizen's rights. There cannot be any intermediate "status quo".
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@Spehro Pefhany and... it seems they will not give u an SSN if u dont have a passport or driving license or any other ID. More surprising is that the passport is not sufficient alone...
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@Spehro Pefhany Thanks! The Illinois link does not work though.
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@Spehro Pefhany so how u get a driver's license or SSN? Do they believe your words? Or do u use a birth certificate?
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@Spehro Pefhany and how u get that number or credit card without a passport?
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@choster If somebody forges a passport loss and a new passport issued to a wrong person, the older passport becomes obsolete, so it becomes instantly known to the true owner that somebody impersonates him (in Russia passport is needed even if u want to buy an intercity bus ticket or exchange currency, and always checked against database). And to get a new passport after loss, you would need to have the same look and signature as the true owner, because his photos and signature are already in the database.
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@choster in Russia everybody obtains a passport at 14, an adult wanting a passport without having the previous one lost, would be highly suspect. Also one can get the passport only at the place of resident registration, and people are registered in their homes at birth. So one cannot come to an arbitrary police office and ask for a passport. The real identity holder will instantly discover the issue because he will come for the passport at the same time (as he reached 14) and will be told that somebody already got it.
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@choster what about getting driver's license or taxpayer's number or a job or a bank account?
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
They have no photo. Suppose one claims he is John Doe born in 1975 in certain place (which birth is recorded).
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
Birth certificate does not have a photo. What if a person uses another person's birth certificate or claims he lost his own and pretend to be certain person whose birth has been recorded?
Nov
25
asked How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
Sep
4
comment Luggage was stopped by customs (we learned about it after our flight)
@CGCampbell formally in this case i would go for the luggage by myself, and then sue the airline or the customs (as the court will decide) for the tickets i bought, lost workdays and moral compensation.
Sep
3
comment Luggage was stopped by customs (we learned about it after our flight)
A friend of mine had her luggage lost in Russia. She sued the airline and the airport and got about $500 for the luggage and $500 for moral compensation.
Mar
5
comment Safety concerns of travelling by plane
@Simon indeed this was one thing that also bothered me, but I was told that they shoot chickens into working engine during certification, so that the engine should continue to work without interruption. The anti-bird grids are never installed because they reduce air flow into the ingine.
Mar
5
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Mar
5
comment Safety concerns of travelling by plane
@Martheen 1 in million per kilometer, per trip, per hour, per person living? It is known that probability of dying in air trip per hour is 4 times greater than that for a car. Yet per kilometer it of course seems safier. If you take per person, then dying in an orbital space flight is much less likely than in an elevator, just because less people fly in the space. Yet everybody will tell you that flying in space is much more dangerous.
Mar
4
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Mar
4
comment Which (South) East-Asian contries are the cleanest?
@greg121 it lists Thailand as a strong performer, but it definitely does not account for garbage which is everywhere in Thailand.
Mar
4
comment Safety concerns of travelling by plane
look, increasing gas leads to a pompage of the other engine because the engine needs more air. Decreasing gas leads to loss of speed which also leads to pompage (because the engines do not receive enough air at small speed), and also to rising angle of attack (which also contributes to air hunger) and to a flat spin. What you to do - increase gas or decrease?
Mar
4
comment Safety concerns of travelling by plane
3)I have read many times that this or that plane the last model that can land without working engines. It is not true? 4)Dropping speed leads to the rising of the angle of attack. 5)Regardiung the same catastrophe it was concluded that the pilots could not do anything because civil pilots are not trained to get out of flat spin, it is a Russian specific? 6)It was found that the commercial airliners were not equipped with an anti-spin parachute due to money shortage. The test planes Tu-154 were always equipped.