‘Cow kiss challenge’: Austria tells people to shun charity dare Guardian (ChiGal).
Nearly a quarter of West Antarctic ice is now unstable Science Daily (DL). Original.
Jared Diamond: There’s a 49 Percent Chance the World As We Know It Will End by 2050 (interview) New York Magazine (OregonCharles). “49%” is an obvious case of spurious precision, oddly unquestioned by the interviewer, David Wallace-Wells. But it’s still interesting.
Boeing 737 MAX
In his opening statement Wednesday at the House Aviation subcommittee hearing on the 737 MAX in Washington, D.C., the lead Republican congressman blamed errors by the Indonesian and Ethiopian pilots for the two deadly MAX crashes in those countries.
“Pilots trained in the United States would have successfully been able to handle” the emergencies on both jets, said Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He added that preliminary reports about the accident “compound my concerns about quality training standards in other countries.”
Graves was repeating the main points in a report written by two pilots at a major U.S. airline that pointed to pilot error as “the most consequential factor” in both crashes. Their report was commissioned and paid for by institutional investors with large holdings in Boeing stock.
Hmm. A must-read.
Now a person of logic says: “If Boeing was as negligent in the development of the 737 MAX to let MCAS slip through, what else is in there?”
Here I rely on the Boeing CEO and top management to have realized the Boeing airliner which pays the bills can’t fail. If there’s one more blip, Boeing will not only be shaken, it will be down for counting.
I expect the top management to have put the question to its MAX team:
“If there’s anything else in the MAX you don’t feel 100% confident about, just tell us. We’ll fix it, no matter what.”
“This time, there’s no pressure,” the engineers would have been told. “You will crash your career if you don’t speak.” Before, it was the reverse.
I rely on this question being put and any answers finding its way into the fix. A 737 flight control software update is not a local patch of a software corner. It’s a global update of the system and any cleanups will ride along. Any such cleanups have been flying on the MCAS test flights for more hours than any cleanups before.
“This time, there’s no pressure” strikes me as requiring an inordinate amount of trust in management by workers. Not so easy for a union-busting firm.
More Questions Than Answers About Boeing, the 737 Max, and the F.A.A. John Cassidy, The New Yorker (MA). The final sentence: “The problem at the FAA] predates the Trump Administration, and it urgently needs dealing with.” Name the problem that doesn’t. Cassidy, however, probably flies a good deal. So, on this issue he keeps a cool head.
Venezuela: Gov’t-Opposition Talks Reported as DC Embassy Raided Venezuelanalysis
Why did we not know? LRB. Review of The New Enclosure: The Appropriation of Public Land in Neoliberal Britain
On Hostile Coexistence with China Chas. W. Freeman. Another must-read. Grab a cup of coffee.
China can use US’ own tactics to counter it China Daily
A paper son’s journey to Gold Mountain Northwest Asian Weekly
Trump Administration Withholds Information That Could Debunk Russian Interference Claims Moon of Alabama. Perhaps they wish to show somebody a horse’s head too.
The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model (PDF) RAND Corporation (d tivol). From 2016. If you delete the words “Russia” and “Russian(s)” throughout, you actually add value, because you get a generic primer on disinformation techniques, most of which you will readily recognize from the daily media flow.
Trump’s immigration plan is an improvement. It’s also an act of political positioning. Editorial Board, WaPo
The “smarter” wall: how drones, sensors, and AI are patrolling the border Recode. There’s that word….
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The Justices Had 5 Votes to Overturn ‘Roe’ in 1992. Why That Didn’t Happen. National Law Journal
The Spycraft Revolution Foreign Policy
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Pivot Point Craig Murray
The Military-Industrial Virus Alexander Cockburn, Harpers
Black Injustice Tipping Point
When American Capitalism Meant Equality Matt Stoller, Pro-Market
The Liberal Embrace of War Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Antidote du jour (via):
— Life on Earth ☘ (@planetepics) May 14, 2019
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