INSPIRATIONAL: Pilot lands plane ‘blind’

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/pilot-lands-plane-blind-after-giant-hailstones-shatter-cockpit-windscreen/news-story/9ffbdc793087b28340b988f2d71b3720

Pilot lands plane ‘blind’ after giant hailstones shatter cockpit windscreen
AUGUST 1, 2017 11:31AM

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A voice on the ground is heard saying: “He won’t do it, he won’t do it.”

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Is there a “Sully Award” for the most astounding feat with an airplane?

If there is, these guys should get it. I’d like to know how they did it.

For the voice on the ground, I’m reminded of this quote.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” — George Bernard Shaw

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POLITICAL: Big Sugar takes on the WHO with Gooferment help

Monday, July 31, 2017

https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/07/25/big-sugar-flexes-its-muscles/

Big Sugar Flexes its Muscles
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on July 25th, 2017

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All of these industries fear regulation and protect themselves by using the same tactics…front groups, lobbies, promises of self-regulation, lawsuits, and industry-funded research that confuses the evidence and keeps the public in doubt.”

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If the Republic has ANY hope we have to break the back of Big Gooferment, Crony Capitalism, and the UN. 

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, in this case, WHO is correct about the problem.

Imagine if we all just stopped supporting the Big Crony Capitalists?

No Gooferment required.

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GUNS: A “smart gun” is “dumb”

Sunday, July 30, 2017

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/07/firing_a_locked.html

Firing a Locked Smart Gun

The Armatix IP1 “smart gun” can only be fired by someone who is wearing a special watch. Unfortunately, this security measure is easily hackable.

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Stupid to think that a “computer in a gun” can be secured.

Common sense is better than idle technology.

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RANT: And the airlines wonder why

Saturday, July 29, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/that-airline-seat-you-paid-for-isnt-yours-1501081568?mod=djem10point

Please Be Seated

If you buy an assigned seat at a theater, sports arena or concert venue, you get the seat you picked. But an assigned seat on an airline is radically different: Every so often, you don’t get it, even when you pay extra for it. Premium-seating fees guarantee nothing. It’s happened to families who see their children reassigned rows away from their parents. It’s happened to single travelers when airline computers automatically shuffle seats on full flights. It’s happened to political commentator Ann Coulter. But why? Airlines started placing price tags on particular seats in about 2010. But they didn’t really change their procedures at airport gates to match the marketing. We look at why passengers’ expectations often don’t match up with reality.

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That Airline Seat You Paid for Isn’t Yours
Frustrated fliers discover that paying for a preferred seat on a flight guarantees them nothing
By Scott McCartney
Updated July 26, 2017 1:37 p.m. ET

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If you buy an assigned seat at a theater, sports or concert venue, you get the seat you picked. But an assigned seat on an airline is radically different: Every so often, you don’t get it, even when you pay extra for it. Premium-seating fees guarantee nothing.

It’s happened to families who see their children reassigned rows away from their parents. It’s happened to single travelers when airline computers automatically shuffle seats on full flights. And it famously happened to political commentator Ann Coulter, who erupted in a Twitter tirade earlier in July after Delta moved her from a preferred aisle seat to a window seat in the same extra-legroom row. Delta roared back, calling her out for attacking employees and the airline over what was at best a minor inconvenience.

Airlines started placing price tags on particular seats—letting fliers pay an ancillary fee for a preferred seat, often with extra legroom—in about 2010. But they didn’t really change their procedures at airport gates to match the marketing. That means passengers’ expectations often don’t match up with reality.

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Sorry but this is all “barbara streisand”!

Nothing but pure “bait and switch”. Maybe if the Big Airlines weren’t “in bed” with Big Gooferment, the traveler would get a fair shake.

Sounds like an “unfair and unequal” contract. Doesn’t Judy Judy say that isn’t allowed. Much like the shrink-wrap, “license disclosure after purchase”, and “terms & conditions” in 3 point red font on red background in retail cars! 

Sorry, that’s why flying is when you just have NO OTHER CHOICE. Bring on the self-driving cars.

Argh!

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JOBFINDING: Maybe you want to join the NutritionFacts.org team?

Friday, July 28, 2017

New Job Openings

Are you interested in joining the NutritionFacts.org team? I need someone (or even better someones—plural) to help research and write future video scripts.

If you have a knack for finding, reading, and analyzing academic journal articles and are a skilled writer, consider applying here.

Please note, though, the application process involves intensive days-long skills testing, so please carefully check the requirements to make sure you might be a good fit.


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INTERESTING: Would seem that “The West” is superior!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/walter-e-williams/western-values-superior/

Western Values Are Superior
By Walter E. Williams
July 26, 2017

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Here’s part of President Donald Trump’s speech in Poland: “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”

After this speech, which was warmly received by Poles, the president encountered predictable criticism. Most of the criticism reflected gross ignorance and dishonesty.

One example of that ignorance was penned in the Atlantic magazine by Peter Beinart, a contributing editor and associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. Beinart said, “Donald Trump referred 10 times to ‘the West’ and five times to ‘our civilization.’ His white nationalist supporters will understand exactly what he means.” He added, “The West is a racial and religious term. To be considered Western, a country must be largely Christian (preferably Protestant or Catholic) and largely white.”

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By the way, one need not be a Westerner to hold Western values. One just has to accept the sanctity of the individual above all else.

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From the barbarism and the treatment of women certainly illustrates how correct this is.

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INTERESTING: The Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica — another example of how little we know

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

http://www.cracked.com/article_16871_6-insane-discoveries-that-science-cant-explain.html

6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can’t Explain

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The Giant Stone Balls of Costa Rica

The Mystery:

Costa Rica and a few surrounding areas are scattered with giant stone balls. They are smooth and perfectly spherical, or nearly so. Some of them are quite small, a few inches in diameter, but some of them are as large as eight feet in diameter weighing several tons.

They have been chiseled to perfection by persons unknown, despite the fact that Costa Rica is still not scheduled to enter the Bronze Age until 2013. The are balls everywhere and serve no apparent purpose, like a swing club on Gentlemen’s Night.

And God said, “It’s nice, but could use some more purposeless balls.”

Some of the balls have been blasted apart by locals hoping to find gold, coffee beans, or even babies. Some have been rolled around, but some are too heavy to move even with a bulldozer. Not that they have bulldozers in Costa Rica.

Why Can’t They Solve It?

About the most useful information anyone has gotten is that there are not, under any circumstance, any quarries anywhere near the balls. This information is actually useless considering the balls are carved from volcanic rock.

Our Guess:

In 1,000 years the eggs of the stone men will hatch, and their offspring will emerge to rule the Earth.

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It’s amazing how little we know.

I wonder how many more “mysteries” there are. Probably need a Snopes-like site to catalog them.

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