Thursday Reads: Six Degrees of Something

43db60279bdbdd553c5b7ad039ef7b2cGood Morning

Small worlds, it is amazing, last week my son had a friend who spent some time in New Orleans…and he came back with tales of “real live drag queens” on Bourbon Street. What do you know…the friend was talking about Dak and her new gig, playing piano for the ladies at Lucky Pierre’s.

What are the chances of that? From Banjoville to Nola…to Bourbon Street to Lucky Pierre’s.

Alright, the links for today are few since I am still very sick with this yuk of a sinus infection. (Thanks to BB for doing my post yesterday.)

a4b015cd72bd2cb267df82b516eef023The latest on the airbus crash is disturbing:

Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Jet Crash — NYMag

Investigators retrieved audio from the cockpit voice recorder in theGermanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday, but rather than explaining why the plane fell out of the sky, killing all 150 people on board, the recording revealed a shocking twist. A senior military official investigating the crash told the New York Times that one pilot is heard leaving the cockpit, then there’s increasingly frantic banging on the door as the Airbus A320 inexplicably begins to descend. Within 10 minutes, the plane dropped from an altitude of 38,000 feet to about 6,000 and crashed into the mountainside – all while one pilot was apparently locked out and the other gave no response. “The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.” He added, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

What makes the report even more bizarre is that there’s no indication of any friction between the pilots up to that point. The investigator said their conversation had been “very smooth, very cool,” throughout the flight. It’s unclear why one pilot left the cockpit, but “what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door,” the official said.

d2a85efbf44bd7ea5d05655295f65205Remi Jouty, spokesman for the French air crash investigations bureau BEA, would only say that they are still analyzing the recording. “It is too early to draw conclusions to what happened,” he said. “There is going to be detailed work performed on that audio file to understand and interpret the sounds and the voices that can be heard.” Debris from the crash was spread across an area of about 5 acres, on a remote mountain range 2,000 meters high.

That is strange, don’t you think?

Audio: Desperate pilot tried to get in cockpit | Boston Herald

Some speculation at that Boston Herald link.

Saudi Arabia launches airstrikes in Yemen –

With the support of nine mostly Arab countries, Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign in neighboring Yemen on Thursday, where for months Houthi rebels have intensified their violent campaign against the government.

The Houthis, ever defiant, responded by saying they will meet force with force.

Yemen, a longtime stronghold for one of al Qaeda’s most dangerous branches, has been plunged into chaos since the Houthi rebels began seizing control of the capital and other areas of the country in recent months.

1c0c4fc49990d215a49b1f30d922812eFor years, Yemen had allowed U.S. drones and special operations forces to stalk AQAP in the country. But the unrest led to the withdrawal of U.S. special forces from Yemen, leaving that arrangement in tatters, along with any semblance of peace in the Middle Eastern nation.

Now for some links to other stories.

Chelsea Handler: Bill Cosby ‘Tried to Cosby Me’ | Mediaite

“Cosby” is now a “thing,” in that things can get Fukushima’d up.

Woody Allen Really Wanted to Take His Teenage Co-Star to Europe

This is why HBO’s ‘Going Clear’ has the Church of Scientology worried

Celebrations planned after archivists find new copy of ‘map that changed the world’

Think of this as an open thread.

16 Comments on “Thursday Reads: Six Degrees of Something”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Every time I read about another celebrity male that thinks he can do whatever he wants to a woman “just because” I want to go postal. It doesn’t surprise me that Woody Allan went after Hemingway. I wonder if that story was partially based on his obsession with his stepdaughter. What on earth makes any one think it’s okay to prey on young girls? I can’t even watch one of his movies any more with out thinking self-obsessed pedophile and Cosby should be in Jail.

  2. gregoryp says:

    They are just going to have to have more than 2 people in the cockpit of those planes. They should have at least 4 people there so that at any one time 3 are present. It is outrageous that a pilot or co-pilot can get locked out by someone intending to do something horrible. Having a way of overriding the pilots is also something they need to get done. Deviating from the planned course and crashing the plane into a mountain or an ocean just shouldn’t be this easy to accomplish. I know pilots do need some autonomy but there has got to be some better fail safe’s on these things.

    • Pywacket says:

      in the U.S. it is required that a flight attendant enter the flight deck when one of the pilots leaves it so there are always two people in there. There is no requirement in Germany or Europe (I believe) for that. Even then, if someone is determine to end his/her life, it is difficult to stop him/her. Worse when that individual takes a plane load, or bus or train load of people with.

  3. Sweet Sue says:

    If you want to off yourself, do so. Just don’t take one hundred and forty nine other people along for the ride.

  4. dakinikat says:

    A building in the East Village just exploded. I think it had my local sushi restaurant in it when I used to hang out there on 14th and 2nd.