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Go north.

The official line I keep hearing is the Malaysia flight could have gone south or west along the radius of the last satellite ping.

I am sorry but I call bullshit.  A pilot bent on suicide would have sought to do it visibly if he was going to suicide by plane.  Also, suicide by plane would not do the climb, transponder off, and ghost act.  He also would not fly for hours into the great white south AND have his family move out the day before.

No, as commenter Mitchell pointed out, ghosting under another plane has been recognized as a way one could slip out of being tracked in an area where business as usual isn’t rigorously tracked.  It was well-described in Neal Stephenson’s “Reamde” novel.

Let’s go north again.  Wherever it went, it arrived there days ago, and looking for it now will only be looking at areas where unusual activity is occurring, using satellites.

Wherever it is, if we know about it, and have not bombed it into a smoking crater, it means a potential hostage situation has stayed our hand.  Any action would result in a UN demand for forensics, which would turn up what I suspect would be a lot of suddenly now-dead civilians.

If we don’t know about it, while whoever has it traced all transmitters on the plane to remove them, chatter will go silent, and the NSA and CIA will go nuts looking for it and signs of anything moving towards it.  All roads would lead to Rome IF whatever was going to be loaded into it wasn’t already in place, and I think a state sponsored plan will have already done so.

That plane will not be used for some time, is my guess, but the hostages will be kept fresh for it’s final trip.

Yeah, it reads like a damned spy novel, but it already has gone into that territory.

Don’t get me wrong, as I think the best scenario we could hope for at this point is it crashed.  It is a PR disaster waiting to happen for the second best scenario, where passengers die and lots of awful things like nukes (bomb or wastes) get scattered as it is shot down.  

Worst case is they fly it in with transponder off under a white flag requesting sanctuary, and getting an nuclear bomb air burst over Israel.  And if they take out Israel’s infrastructure with an EMP then they can go in using their military forces held in reserve.

Now, my argument for keeping the passengers alive is the tendency of the Islamic fanatics to hide behind the skirts of women and children if it suits their goals.  

Tel Aviv, Israel is the only target that makes sense, unless they want to take out a US aircraft carrier.  And the fanatics want Jerusalem intact.  

Any of those nations from Pakistan westward are completely capable of turning an eye in their airspace.

This is ALL supposition, but the longer this goes without resolution, the worse it will be.

 

So look at the map of possible landing strips of over 5000ft for a 777 (MH370) to land.

Well, that is real nice and all, but one of the pilots had a freaking flight simulator in his home.

And with all due respect to WYNC, but the Hyderabad airport in Pakistan is just shy of 7000ft and there are more locations.  I wonder why no destinations in Pakistan were flagged.  At some point someone said they were known to be over the Andaman Islands.

Over 5000ft runways only…

Absorb this. The last ping puts it somewhere along those paths.  Maybe.

Range, radar, and warm fuzzies.

For shits and giggles, let’s look at a great circle map from Malaysia to Hyderabad, Pakistan.  I could have picked northern Pak as well.

Final analysis?  It does not add up.  There is info that is wrong or misinformation.

Flying on the south route makes zero sense.  If a pilot wanted to suicide he could have done it long before that.  If he had a grudge he would have picked a target.  No, they went somewhere and it is making someone very nervous.  Northern Pakistan would be one place I would look, if I could fly over it.

And if I were Israel, I would be on high alert.

Great circle map to illustrate range.

 

 

 

Loose Cannon.

Far be it for me to be suspicious, but state-sponsored terrorism seems at least possible.   

Who would want a plane not directly attached to them?  If you wanted to fill the plane with “stuff” and send it to someone you did not like, and the stuff was bad enough, no one would shoot it down over their own soil.  And for another country to do so, it would almost be an act of war.  

And, if the missing passengers were aboard and unharmed as precious cargo, it would also be messy to take it out.  A plane full of passengers from a country that would lash out if the plane had to be shot down. A bad guy going anywhere he wanted could do so with a plane full of hostages, saying plausibly “oh, we just want safe passage…” 

I find it interesting that the plane could make it to Pakistan.  It looks like one could just about make it to Hyderabad, if one knew what he was doing and had the experience.  I have included a shot from the link there…

Quite a range.

Where from there, one wonders.  Only a few states would want it, and almost any use you could think of (legit) would be easier done by just buying it outright.  So let’s go to the shady uses – by means, motive, and opportunity.

Bad actors would be Pakistan, Iran, Saudi, Syria, and Yemen. All of whom could strike nearby by allowing their airspace to be used.  The state sponsored hijacking would have to go through Pakistan because it is the nearest point.  

The “end customer” could be anyone on that list. And many of those states have access to deep pockets. And the have access to bad substances, weaponizable. Means.

Every one of them have enemies.  Israel and the US but other softer targets are nearby.  Motivation abounds.

Opportunity… It would have to be an area with friendly soil nearby.  It would be radar-sparse.  

 Loose conjecture, I know, but no crazier than stealing a 777 in the first place.

I had a visit to the dentist today.

My old dentist (Dr. Dremel) would never give me gas and he kept pushing vanity work on me so after a while I did not want to see him anymore.  And he was a cruel bastard.

Flashback:  I had wisdom teeth ground, carved, chiseled out of my head and jaw when I was 19 or 20.  I picked up insights along the way.

  1. Wisdom teeth can require a general, thank God.
  2. An oral surgeon can have a name like Dr. Slaughter.  I am not making this up.  That IS his real name.
  3. You can go dry socket in two teeth for FIVE DAYS before you are desperate enough to drive 200 miles to see your family dentist to help you when your surgeon is a shite-eating bastard who won’t help you.
  4. The stuff they pack in the dry sockets smells like medical-grade cotton blended with a heavily creosoted telephone pole.
  5. Creosote is apparently much like the water of life for bone exposed to air.
  6. You can try to kiss the dentist’s feet but a good one has the decency to let you kiss his ring instead.
  7. A Taco Bell burrito supreme loses something in translation when you run it through a blender.
Back to my old dentist, Dr. Dremel… If you got zinged by something he did and gurgle-shrieked “Erg!” he would reply “You’re welcome.”  Tell me that isn’t a guy who tortures crippled hamsters with a rusty fork.
 
This “you’re welcome” treatment after having pain dished out was like seeing a dominatrix without a reward at any time – humiliating and yet you are paying top dollar.  The smartass treatment was pretty entertaining the first six or seven (even eight) times but it stopped being chucklacious after that.  No gas and getting popped, being flossed with piano wire, and no sticker or sugar-free sucker, I decided I was done with dentists.  And somewhere along that path I came to fear dentists.  Well, not FEAR fear, I just had horrible unbearable anxiety whenever I thought of a dentist, which is beyond weird if you grow up with a dental hygienist for a mother.
 
Stopped for… Just over six years.  I have a coworker who has not been to a dentist in 23 years, so stop judging me.
 
After six months of mildly severe pain in a lower molar I relented and went for a checkup.  I can be stubborned.  One small cavity and one cracked filling, which explained the pain.  I was more than happy to get that fixed.
 
Experienced more things.
  1. Gas is niiiiiiizzzzze, and I think they broke out the nice dry white wine of nitrous.  Whatever, it was a nice vintage, a good week in nitrous.
  2. They will dial to eleven if you beg, and I can put a skid row wino to shame when it comes to begging.
  3. The Piano Guys are pretty good even in the dentist’s office when gassed and four hands are crammed into your mouth.
  4. When the dentist asks you if you can open a little wider and you comply by popping your jaw out, they sort of get freaked out.
  5. 65% of your face can be numb with enough novocaine.
  6. I never needed it before but the second injection is something like a million cc’s of novocaine cut with sulfuric acid.
  7. Bite splints are amazingly expensive.  They must be made from gold flakes and filler made from the bones of endangered species.
  8. I still don’t know my dentist’s name.  Let’s call him “Niiiiiiizzzzze Dentist”
  9. No, you cannot have a “doggie bottle” of gas to take to work.
The only surprise was when he used a machinist’s roughing cutter to prep the surface for the ceramic stuff.
 
The office gal asked me how it went.  I said, “Well, there was some amount of tears, cursing, and whining.”
 
“That bad, huh?”
 
“Yeah, the doc is such a baby.  I didn’t even bite him that hard.”
 
I stumbled from the office with my fraction of a face and went in to work.  No pain!  Yay, me!  It was heavenly.
 
It was heavenly until the novocaine wore off, that is.  Now my entire left lower jaw throbs.  I had a meatball sandwich for dinner – soft food.
 
Tylenol is a miracle drug, and how.
 
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I have to ask… What in hell is wrong with society that people don’t get weirded out by suggestions like this?  What is the point of prison?  Punishment?  Punitive action?  Rehab?
 
I am not sure that making time go slower chemically is a direction we should go.  If the crime is that heinous, just torture them to death over a period of a few short months and then erase them horribly.  It is what you should do for peds and child abusers, rapists, and corrupt politicians.
 
 
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Make us proud, Colorado.

Stoned statue.

 

Raving and Ranting.

Who: Cruel Wife
What: Card left on her car window under wiper, by psycho motorist
When: Yesterday, during snowstorm
Where: Meijer’s Grocery, in a snow-covered parking lot 

Side 1 


Side 2

 

 Isn’t that nice that the person is taking personal responsibility for prompt corrective action in the future?

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An email exchange from last night between myself and a co-worker, and Office Assassin Savior of Kittens was on the distribution list…

Butcher of Lansing:  My firebox is lit up like a kiln furnace. The cast iron humidifier pot on top is about boiling over. CO2 outside to the max, but it sure is comfy in here. The only good thing about the Emerald Ash Borer.
Quit blowing out the drive as soon as I could get the cars out. 8 inches of snow on top of what appeared to be an inch of slushy ice about choked the blower. As Anthony said, very slow moving and fighting the steering. And then the wind blowing it right back in your face. Ugh.

 

Me:  Oh yes, that is far too much effort. That’s why I encouraged Cruel Wife to go out to shovel it by hand.

        <<me nodding energetically and stupidly>>

 

Butcher of Lansing:  And you are not face down in the remaining snow??

 

Me:  If she thought I actually meant it I would be in bags distributed all across lower Michigan.  I’m not a *total* idiot.

 

You are probably wondering, Dear Reader, why that would seem to be something I thought you should know.

Well, Cruel Wife dropped me off at work this morning and talked to Office Assassin Savior of Kittens, who told her about those emails saying only that they were incendiary. 

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As I waved her off, thinking of that business card, I said to CW, “Stay away from the assholes!”  To which she yelled “How can I?  I am married to you!”

 

She meant this in the purest of fun, not anger, so don’t be alarmed, Dear Reader.

 

Later, however, she emailed me from our favorite sushi joint with just two pictures. I think she is sending me a message but I do not know what.

Before.


After.

 I am disappointed in her for not finishing her salad.

Second Winter

We got 8″ of snow last night after a beautiful day yesterday of 40-50F degree weather – a freaking heat wave relatively speaking.  And now the mercury is crashing, heading for -5F tonight.

I’ve been listening to people whinge and bellyache about this winter for months now.  Months.

And I honestly was able to tell them that I have not minded it.  I haven’t.  The drives haven’t been as dangerous as some years because it was so freaking cold, not a slushy 28 degree snow on warm soil.

Today… today was different.  Damn white sh*t.  Everywhere.

Coworker Laconic Pup sent this.  Awesome.  It is circling the web as he says, but it is still awesome.

second winter

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Sheila Jackson-Lee is beyond stupider than a bag of hammers.

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As far as mineral names go, “Ringwoodite” is about as wickedly funny as it gets.

I have always pondered on biblical flooding and said “No, really… where did all the water GO??”

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Obama is right.  Congress doesn’t have the authority to vote something like this over the president because it does violate the whole checks and balances idea rather thoroughly.

President Obama is threatening to veto a law that would allow Congress to sue him in federal courts for arbitrarily changing or refusing to enforce federal laws because it “violates the separation of powers” by encroaching on his presidential authority.

[Too bad he's so loose with the limits to his auth-or-i-TAY... - LK]

“[T]he power the bill purports to assign to Congress to sue the President over whether he has properly discharged his constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed exceeds constitutional limitations,” the White House Office of Management and Budget said Wednesday in a statement of administration policy. “Congress may not assign such power to itself, nor may it assign to the courts the task of resolving such generalized political disputes.”

However… he hasn’t the authority to disregard his duties.  All this stuff was already laid out in that 400 year old Constitution Jackson-Lee suddenly professes to believe in.  It is a nation of rules and laws that was set up to take power out of individual men’s and group’s hands.  They can change it via a 2/3 vote Amendment though.  Let’s do that.

Congress AND the idiot in the White House have both granted themselves far too much power not expressly given them.

Time to get rid of them all, my Angry Mob Voter friends.

We just watched “Outrageous Acts of Science” and I was appalled. Supposedly real physicists allowed a bad diagram to skirt through. Obscene. 

 

Repeat after me… “There is no such thing as centrifugal force”.  

None.  Never existed. Like the cake, it is a lie.

 

 There is no centrifugal force!  Only centripetal, and if you want to draw the reaction force then that seems reasonable, but you draw that vector from center of rotation to the ball.

Cruel Wife shakes her head when I go ballistic over this.  I just get so irritated that engineers and scientists are not rigorous “so the layman can understand it”.

It makes me mad when I go to all the trouble
of having Marta cook up about a hundred drumsticks,
then the guy at Marineland says,
“You can’t throw that chicken to the dolphins. They eat fish.”
Sure they eat fish, if that’s all you give them!

Man, wise up.

                                      – Jack Handey

Go back and look at the early versions of Popular Scientific.  They tell kids and interested adults how to make poisonous gases and lethal electronics for ****s sake.

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