February 21st, 2021

#7547: Madonna, well past prime

Can you believe that Madonna has the balls to claim that she is oppressed by the patriarchy? I don't believe that I need to explain how utterly unreal her claim is.

The problem is, entertainers should not be treated as if they are important. Unfortunately, they are.

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I don't know why anyone who has even studied history to the slight extent I have would be shocked and surprised that a communist nation treated children this way. Communism is evil, and its fruits are evil. With its 20th century's butcher's bill somewhere near 100 million murders, I don't think I need to support that assertion.

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I'm only commenting on this because everyone's asks "what if this had happened over the ocean?"

The 777 has been tested and engineered specifically to handle extended engine-out operations on long flights. It's something Boeing had to pass in an era when the FAA actually regulated the manufacturers. I agree that it's worrisome to have an obviously unbalanced, flaming engine rattling around on its nacelle, but that engine had done the damage it was going to do, and I suspect that even if it had fallen off the plane it would not have caused further trouble.

Jet engines explode, sometimes. *shrug*

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Yes if I were aboard that plane I'd be shitting bricks. Just about anyone would. That's not the point; the point is, we've designed aircraft to survive engine problems that don't immediately cause a crash. If the plane had been over the ocean, it would have made it safely to a landing field.

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Dinner tonight was roast beef, salad, asparagus, scalloped potatoes au gratin, and crescent rolls. I went into the kitchen, got dinner in the oven, washed the dishes, put the rolls in, cooked the asparagus--everything done at the same temp at the same time.

Beef came out a hair underdone, but it was still delicious.

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The window in the family room appears to have stopped leaking, but I'm going to give it another day to be sure.

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Ended up being up until nearly 4 AM since I slept a lot yesterday. Woke up for a while at 7, and again at 9, and then I was awake until mid-afternoon; then returned to bed and slept a couple more hours. "Broken sleep". *sigh*

Still, it's been a quiet and reasonably restful weekend, so I can't really complain.