Remember the Disappearance of the MH370 Aircraft… It’s Looking Like Pilot Suicide

15 May 2018

Chilling MH370 discovery about how pilot flew undetected, according to aviation experts – New Zealand Herald, 2018/05/14

For more than four years the world has grappled with questions over how the Boeing 777 airliner vanished into thin air en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.


According to Senior Boeing 777 pilot and instructor Simon Hardy, MH370 was used in a murder-suicide mission by Captain Zaharie Amad Shah, who deliberately flew the aircraft over his hometown of Penang for an “emotional goodbye”, before ditching it in the Southern Indian Ocean “where it could never be found”.


He said Zaharie had avoided detection of the plane by either Malaysian or Thai military radar by flying along the border, crossing in and out of each country’s airspace.

It was also on the border that the plane’s transponder suddenly turned off.


Vance said the pilot “was killing himself” and took the aircraft to the most remote place possible so it would “disappear”.

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Bioplastics in Cars Attracting Rodents for Dinner

8 May 2018

Rats can’t resist the wiring in newer cars: Here’s whyUSA Today, 2018/05/07

In 2016 in California, a class-action lawsuit against Toyota claimed the company should cover — under warranty — damage from rodents chewing through insulation for wiring that is now soy-based rather than petroleum-based.


“While advances in car construction can be beneficial to the environment, there may also be unforeseen consequences such as making your car more appetizing to rodents,” Tracy Noble, spokeswoman of AAA Mid-Atlantic, said in a 2016 press release.


The Los Angeles lawyer is involved in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Albert Heber of Delphi, Ind., whose 2012 Tundra had its soy-based insulated wiring chewed through by rodents three times, the first in 2013. The costs of repair totaled about $1,500 — damage that Kabateck said Toyota wouldn’t cover under warranty.

“Our contention, why soy is certainly — it’s laudable — they’re trying to be more green, at the same time, it’s becoming a potential food product for rats,” Kabateck said. He believes rats find it “delicious.”

So I had to look up why car manufacturers are using soy based wiring.

 

Are Bioplastics In Cars Leading To More Rodent Damage? How To Prevent Rats from Eating Your Car Wires, 2017/05/29

In recent years, the auto industry has become very focused on the initiative to “go green” with a major shift to try and reduce reliance on petroleum based products. This has led to a whole variety of car parts being made from different organic substances such as soy, corn, sugar cane, recycled wood, castor beans, etc.

A large part of our cars are made from food. No wonder rats are pigging out. So they are focused on being more green – great. Seems as though they didn’t think of the rats. But there’s also this…

 

How Car Manufacturers Benefit From Soy Based WiringHow To Prevent Rats from Eating Your Car Wires, 2017/11/16

I’ll just hit the bullet points.

  • Dealerships Get More Business
  • Expensive, Labor Intensive Work
  • Insurance Requires Factory Made Parts
  • Honda’s Rodent Tape

 

So if this is an issue for you, you may want to ask some questions when purchasing that shiny new car.

Maybe there is an actual benefit to petroleum based products.


Software Bug Blamed for Self-Driving Uber Car Crash

8 May 2018

Report: Software bug led to death in Uber’s self-driving crash Ars Technica, 2018/05/07

The fatal crash that killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, in March occurred because of a software bug in Uber’s self-driving car technology, The Information’s Amir Efrati reported on Monday. According to two anonymous sources who talked to Efrati, Uber’s sensors did, in fact, detect Herzberg as she crossed the street with her bicycle. Unfortunately, the software classified her as a “false positive” and decided it didn’t need to stop for her.

Oops…


Going on a Cruise? … Beware

8 Mar 2018

More cruise ships than ever are flunking health inspections – NY post, 2018/03/07

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that 15 ships out of 250 failed crucial health checks.

This is a steep rise on 2016 when just four ships failed checks and amounts to six percent of cruise ships.


The body’s public health inspections check the cleanliness of each ship’s water, the preparation of food, pest control, the health and hygiene of employees, and the measures to stop disease breaking out on board.

Ships failed tests for several reasons, such as crew members working with contagious bugs like gastroenteritis.

Five of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships failed checked – their liners sail to destinations like the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Mexico.


Washington Train Derailment – A Lesson In Why You Don’t Short Cut the Process

4 Jan 2018

Last month, there was a train derailment in Washington state. Investigations have been taking place.

Reason #1 is likely the main culprit.

Four factors that led to the deadly Amtrak derailment – The Hill, 2018/01/04

Beware of artificial, self-imposed deadlines.
The cost of upgrading the Bypass was largely paid by federal stimulus money from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that had to be spent, in its entirety, by Sept. 30, 2017. This explains why Washington DOT (WSDOT) was in such a hurry to complete construction of the Bypass, but it does not explain why they were in such a hurry to open the service on the new bypass before the PTC system could be installed. The most likely explanation is that WSDOT and Amtrak had promised, years ago, that the new service would be in operation in 2017 and felt obligated to stick to that schedule, with disastrous results.

In other words, to fully collect the stimulus money, they had to be done on time… and in the process, they put off the Positive Train Control system until later.

Here are two past articles as well that go into good details on this.

Obama’s High-Speed Rail Fantasy Led To Deadly Derailment In Washington – Investors Business Daily, 2017/12/21

Train derailment near Olympia: Officials pushed ‘aggressive’ timeline before safety technology was ready – Seattle Times, 2017/12/19

This is a really good lesson on how a series of bad decisions and short cuts can lead to a disaster.

On the surface, you can say the conductor was negligent – because at that time, he was negligent. However, the contract called for a positive train control system that was not implemented because they had to get done on time to collect federal stimulus money.


DHS To Spend $1 Billion on Facial Surveillance

2 Jan 2018

DHS to Spend $1 Billion to Expand Illegal Facial Scanning Program at Airports – The New American, 2018/01/02

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is setting aside $1 billion for a biometric scanning program to capture the faces of those leaving the country at airports. That scanning includes the faces of American citizens, even though DHS has no legal authority to conduct that surveillance.


This program is not an anomaly, either. In July 2015, The New American reported that DHS had developed a video surveillance program to be used at airports to predict the behavior of passengers and guests based on their facial expressions, posture, and body language.


Now, as 2018 begins, the surveillance state is pushing even beyond that with plans to turn every international airport into a hub of biometric surveillance. Because when it comes to surveillance hawks, too much surveillance is never enough.


Former Phillie Cy Young Winner Halladay Killed in Plane Crash

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/07 – Roy Halladay killed in plane crash at age 40 – Yahoo

Roy Halladay, the former MLB pitching star and two-time Cy Young winner, is reportedly dead after his plane crashed Tuesday afternoon into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed Tuesday that Halladay died in the crash, which happened around 1 p.m. ET about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg. Initial reports said one person died in the crash but the victim wasn’t unidentified until the sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon what many had feared — it was Halladay.