Archive for March, 2019

Trump Pout 4

No one would ever accuse our esteemed president of being a sensitive soul. But his comments over the past few years lead us to believe that he’s losing sensitivity in his hands and fingertips.

Just yesterday he said he “feels very badly” for Paul Manafort. Back in 2017, Trump said he felt “very badly” for his ex-national security advisor Michael T. Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Before Michael Cohen flipped on Trump, the president also said he “felt badly” for his former attorney.

Since the Prez has such a very, very large brain, and he’s like, really really smart, and he has the best words, he’s not one to miss the difference between “feel” the linking verb and “feel” the action verb. If Trump felt bad about Manafort, Flynn and Cohen, he would no doubt have told us. After all, he’s not one for holding back on how he feels about something.

But if he’s feeling badly, then he won’t be able to find Manafort, Flynn or Cohen if the lights suddenly go out.

He’s told the world he’s a stable genius. But is he really bragging that he’s good with horses?

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An Ethiopian Air Boeing 737

Following two crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 commercial jetliners for apparently similar causes — the plane’s autopilot mechanism took over and caused the plane to suddenly go nose-down during take-off — news outlets have reported that similar complaints about the 737 Max 8 have been registered by U.S. pilots over the past several years, although no accidents have occurred.

The important thing, though, is where those pilots registered their complaints.

They registered them in a federal government database.

An anonymous government database.

No names of pilots are given. No names of airlines are given. According to the news reports, this anonymous reporting facility is provided by the U.S. government so that commercial airline pilots can make these reports and complaints without having to worry about “repercussions to their own careers.”

The flying public (i.e., people like you and me) should stop and think about that for just a moment.

You board an airplane at an airport. But the big airlines whose planes you’re getting on, the companies to whom you are entrusting your very life, are so prone to retaliate against a pilot who reports a problem that the United States government has to intervene and provide an anonymous reporting system so that pilots can raise life-and-death issues without worrying about whether they’ll put themselves out of their jobs.

There may also be pilots who have witnessed problems with their aircraft who, despite the existence of this anonymous reporting service, made no complaint because they didn’t trust that system and didn’t believe that their report would remain anonymous.

The next time you hear that fugazy little jingle about flying the friendly skies of Acme Air, think about that anonymous database, about why it’s necessary, and then draw your own conclusions about what those airlines really think about the safety of the flying public.


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