Possible MH370 part found

There’s No Doubt: This Debris Is MH370 – The Daily Beast.

“No doubt” is probably a bit too strong at the moment, until Malaysia Airlines and/or Boeing engineers have looked it over and reported their results, but the odds this came from MH370 are rather high.

Shouldn’t take long for confirmation.  They don’t even need serial numbers(which are probably on there).  Just a conclusive ID as a 777 part, MH370 is the only 777 it could possibly have come from.

This solving the case is a longshot, though.  Small chance they’ll be able to determine if it was an in flight breakup or a breakup on impact, but that’s likely as far as they’ll get with what they’ve found. What may be more important than this specific part will be using the fact that it turned up here to plan out further searches for more debris, which might give them enough to crack the case.

Sense8 Season 2 prediction

Some spoilers here, so it’s all behind a cut.

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Greece Must Pass Massive Austerity Reform Bill by Tonight Or Else – RYOT News

Greece Must Pass Massive Austerity Reform Bill by Tonight Or Else – RYOT News.

Of course, harsh austerity, can’t have the Greek government spending money in ways that might stimulate the economy, rebuild the tax base, and lead to increased revenues.  Even George W Bush accepted that sometimes you have to spend a shitload of money to get out of a situation like this.

Their economy is wrecked, they have to borrow, they can’t pay it back on time so they have to borrow more at higher interest, which makes it harder to pay back, driving up interest rates again… This is a death spiral.

I saw an analysis recently suggesting that this will eventually work- after the Greek economy gets even worse, so that they cannot afford any imports to speak of.  Money will stop leaving the country, but some will still come in via exports.  Things should start improving when that point is reached.

But if that’s the plan, it would probably be a lot better to just suspend all aid(except maybe food if it gets that bad) and let the Greek economy collapse immediately.  The recovery would be able to start a lot sooner that way.

Giuliani: U.S. Could Take Out ISIS in Just ‘6 Months’ | Mediaite

Giuliani: U.S. Could Take Out ISIS in Just ‘6 Months’ | Mediaite.

Could the US take out ISIS in 6 months?  Probably.

But look at the last time we created a power vacuum in the region, what did it lead to?  Oh, that’s right, ISIS.

The only time the US was at all successful in nation building was the Phillipines, and that took holding on to them for about half a century.  That’s the sort of commitment we’d be looking at if we were to just go in and smash ISIS and hope for anything resembling a realistic chance of it working out well.

And all the other countries in the region might get nervous about their land borders with a long term US occupation, which wasn’t an issue in the Phillipines. And the Phillipines was taken after a war more easily digested as legitimate both here and abroad, reducing the global outcry over our occupation.  The situation would be much more dangerous for a long term occupation in the middle east.

This is one where we really need to leave the bulk of the solution to local powers.  It’s conceivable that it would be a good idea to put more boots on the ground to help, but local powers really need to take the lead on sorting this out.  Things don’t go well when we come in and impose solutions.


BREAKING: Judge Says Cause Exists To Arrest Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice For Murder | ThinkProgress

BREAKING: Judge Says Cause Exists To Arrest Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice For Murder | ThinkProgress.

Even looking at this from a standpoint of assuming the cops reasonably thought Tamir was a threat, they still fucked up.

What they should have done is parked the car a bit away, yelled the warning without the engine noise or sirens possibly interfering, and taken cover behind the car just in case Tamir fired on them.

That would have almost certainly lead to Tamir surviving, possibly getting yelled at for being careless in showing off the toy gun but surviving, and even in the bizarro world where the gun was real and he was a threat, would have kept the cops and innocent bystanders safe.

Almost running him over and firing before the door is even completely open is stupid however you look at it.  If he was *already* shooting at people maybe a crazy stunt like that would make sense, but he wasn’t.

It might be debatable whether first degree murder should apply, but certainly second degree would IMO.

I try to give cops some leeway- if they hold fire too long in a situation where they do need to shoot someone, innocent people die just as surely as when they fire too quickly.  It’s a balance, and imperfect humans will never get it right 100% of the time.  But even giving them as much credit as possible, there’s just no way they were remotely in the right.  AT BEST they were incredibly reckless to the point a second degree murder charge, for depraved indifference to human life, should apply- or whatever the equivalent charge is under Ohio law.  And that’s reckless even if it could be established that they reasonably believed Tamir to be a threat, and that appears to be quite a stretch.

Petition seeks to strip Caitlyn Jenner of Olympic medals

Petition seeks to strip Caitlyn Jenner of Olympic medals.

This is dumb.

Trans people not lucky enough to get on puberty blockers as kids develop anatomical structures matching their assigned gender(excpetions for some intersex and hormone related conditions that are sometimes also present, but that’s not the case here).  Their skeletal structure, size, and musculature, all the things relevant to athletic competition, are standard issue for their birth assigned gender.

Unless they can come up with a scientifically supported argument that being a closeted transwoman gave her an advantage, and that either she knew this at the time(you might be able to argue cheating on this count), or that the advantage was so huge that no man could possibly overcome it(not just that they failed to, which is a matter of historical fact, but that they couldn’t), there’s simply no argument here.  She earned her medals.  Want to say otherwise- show the research.  The biochemistry showing more efficient calorie use, the stats on transwomen defeating men in athletic competition, show some *actual data*.

My expectation that such an advantage would ever be shown to exist… Well, about as close to zero as they can get.  Literally the only reason I don’t say zero is that I’ve been wrong in the past.

Federal Express Flight 705

Federal Express Flight 705 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The co pilot, with only one functioning hand during most of this incident, pulled off dogfighting maneuvers in a DC-10.

Two seriously injured pilots, with the plane flipping around like it was in a dogfight, take on a healthy, armed, martial arts expert who came at them with the advantage of surprise.  AND THEY WIN.  Barely, but still, they take him down and keep him down.  And they weren’t fighting to kill anyone, the other guy was.  So really, RESTRAINING themselves, with all their other advantages, they won.

And then, well over their maximum landing weight, with no way to dump fuel and maintain control of the aircraft, the Captain manages to land with room to spare.

You wouldn’t expect some of the most epic flying and most epic hand to hand combat ever to occur in the same incident, but they did.

And of course, the Captain was the last man off.


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