atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#6641: You people--

Really, the headline speaks for itself: "Boeing Didn't Tell Southwest Or FAA That It Had Disabled Critical Safety Alerts On 737 MAX". What this is in fact referring to is this:
...[A] report in the Wall Street Journal published on Sunday that neither Southwest Airlines nor the FAA (Boeing's primary federal regulator) were aware that a safety feature intended to alert pilots to a potentially malfunctioning 'angle of attack' sensor--in other words, a feature that might have prevented both the crash of ET302 and the Oct. 29 crash of a 737 owned by Lion Air--had been disabled on the new 737s is simply staggering.

Not only did Boeing disable the alerts, which would notify pilots when the two sensors on the new 737 MAX 8s were reporting dramatically different data, and make them part of a new 'premium' package of safety features, but the manufacturer somehow neglected to tell the airline and its regulator that the alerts had been disabled. The result was that Southwest never updated its safety manuals for pilots to reflect the fact that the alerts had been disabled.
Any sensor whose failure can lead to catastrophic loss of aircraft should have at least one backup, and the pilot should know when that sensor is not working correctly. To disable this safety system and make it a for-charge option is corporate malfeasance of the highest order, and people at Boeing should be going to jail for it.

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ROundup is not killing bees. Okay? Can we please stop this horseshit? Roundup is not killing bees nor are the other neonicontinoid herbicides.
First, and most fundamental, there is no bee-pocalypse, insect-pocalypse, or pollinator crisis. Contrary to the claims of environmental activists, honey bee populations in North America and Europe have been steady or rising throughout the two decades that neonics have been on the market.

Honey bee populations have nearly doubled worldwide since 1961. The challenges honey bees face are principally attributable to three factors: parasites, like the tenacious varroa destructor mite; pathogens, such as the widely prevalent gut fungi Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae; and habitat loss. As described in the entomology literature (e.g., here and here), however, pesticides can exert a synergistic negative effect on bees in the presence of other stressors.
I am not surprised that environmentalists are behind the push to ban the stuff. Environmentalists want crop yields to plummet. Environmentalists want humans to starve to death.

Someone finds an herbicide that works and doesn't cause any other trouble--of course they want to ban it. For the same reasons they want to ban "golden rice" and other GMOs: people might have enough to eat.

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People of the same ilk don't want there to be affordable housing in their back yards, either. How will you keep the riffraff out if people can build more housing?

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Just because you sit on the bench you are not above the law. Leftist judge helps illegal aliens escape from ICE, and is now in trouble for doing so--and justly faces an "obstruction of justice" charge for it.

And she has the gall to cry about it.

"It's no fair! I'm not supposed to be arrested! I'm not supposed to face charges! I'm a judge!"

Incidentally, Democrats, that is what obstruction of justice actually looks like. I thought you might need an example.

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This kind of strategy is a wonder to behold mainly because it is so difficult to accomplish. But when it works, you have to admire it--even if you're on the losing side--because it takes so much finesse to do.

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This has got a lot of "hell no" written all over it.

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"Where are my testicles, Summer?

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"Give it to her in bed. The breakfast." Oh, Chef Ramsay, you're such a card!

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All right, I'm done.
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