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'Inexplicable': Alito and Thomas Dissent as Supreme Court Strikes Down Pennsylvania Election Lawsuit
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Amy Ray's Ode to a Very Good Dog
[Garden & Gun] Amy Ray has been a fixture in Southern music for nearly three decades. As one-half of the harmonizing folk duo Indigo Girls, she helped shape a generation of songwriters. More recently, the Georgia native’s decidedly more country-leaning solo work draws inspiration from the nature around her Dahlonega home, delivering compelling storylines over fiddle, pedal steel, and acoustic guitar. Ray’s newest song, her first solo release since the 2018 album Holler, stays close to home, too. Called "Muscadine," it tells the story of a very good dog.

"I wrote this song after one of my oldest dogs passed," Ray says. "Regardless of living deaf and blind for his last few years, he was always willing to go on adventures with me in the woods. He might run into a few trees along the way, or fall in a little ditch, but he always got up and carried on."

While Ray’s dog Sawyer inspired the song, the lyrics offer plenty for human listeners, too. "All he wants is a hand that’s kind," she sings. "I wanna be grateful for what is mine." A tender reflection on unconditional love, the song includes backing vocals from North Carolina’s H.C. McEntire (of Mount Moriah) and was produced by Brian Speiser of Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 09:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Texas Electricity Grid: Change in Power Output 1/18-2/17
Image summarizes the devastation to electricity production from frozen wind turbines. Natural gas plants are the heroes even though some natural gas production and distribution was affected by the freeze.

Hat tip InstaPundit:

Posted by: Gralet Jomort6809 || 02/22/2021 08:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I suppose that chart showing wind failing and gas picking up the slack came from USEIA site. Look at the graph from Feb. 7 to Feb. 17 and you can see wind was much less at the end of the period and gas much higher. Coal mostly constant, nuclear nearly dead flat, and solar - well, solar is off at night.

All power sources crashed early Tuesday morning, Feb. 15. Gas fell the hardest. But it fell from three times what it was the week before. Go hug a fracker!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/22/2021 15:35 Comments || Top||

#2  What if we get Al Gore to crank up the sun a few gigawatts and warm thing up a bit? Know it sounds counterintuitive but it couldn't hurt.
Posted by: jpal || 02/22/2021 16:00 Comments || Top||

#3  solar - well, solar is off at night.

Solar is also off for weeks when panels are covered with ice and snow (unless they build in electric deicers/sarc).
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/22/2021 16:26 Comments || Top||


US Herd Immunity Coming Soon?
[Yahoo Finance] 'We could be approaching herd immunity': Epidemiologist on coronavirus pandemic'
Yahoo!
As the seven-day average of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. dramatically declines, down about 66% from a month ago, Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, says it’s "possible" we’re approaching herd immunity.

Judd points to a Columbia University study that estimates the number of active COVID-19 cases in the U.S. could be 10 times the number confirmed through testing. The study, published by NPR ahead of peer review, suggests that as of the end of January, more than a third of the U.S. population had already been infected with coronavirus.
But that's not new news, just a renewed hypothesis based on some old news.
"You add [the findings] from the Columbia study to the number of vaccinations that have been rolling out, and it’s possible that we could be approaching herd immunity," Judd told Yahoo Finance Live. "We should know within the next two or three months if this trend holds, but this is definitely the most positive news we have seen in a long time."
Deaths are still high - 100k since Biden's ascension.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/22/2021 08:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But just temporary herd immunity, which will wear off in a few months. That, plus we're getting a new variant now for which we have to start all over. Be afraid, be very afraid...
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/22/2021 10:32 Comments || Top||

#2  The "experts" know but do not admit to the general public that they are ignorant of what "immunity" to COVID-19 really amounts to. But they do love to get publicity and to win arguments.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 13:55 Comments || Top||


FEMA Sends Wind and Solar‐No, Wait, It's Sending Diesel Generators‐to the Texas Winter Storm Zone
[PJ] Here’s just a little note about what works best when things are at their worst.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — FEMA is working with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and is sending 60 generators after frigid temperatures forced the closure of at least 30 federally supported COVID-19 vaccine sites on Wednesday.

Though FEMA would not disclose where in Texas the generators were sent, ABC News is told they are headed to areas still struggling with power outages.

FEMA is also providing blankets, bottled water and meals for the state to distribute.

They’re diesel generators.
FEMA has supplied generators to Texas and is preparing to move diesel into the state to ensure the continued availability of backup power, which of course is a major issue on the ground to key critical infrastructure including communications, hospitals, and water.

I don’t even want to play "If a Republican had been president..." but the fact is, a Republican president would have been pilloried for not uttering a word several full days into a major crisis. CNN, which helped puff up Gov. Cuomo even after his nursing home policy likely sent thousands to COVID death, would have led the way. You’d have had to pry Shepard Smith away from a camera with a crowbar.

We’re now probably past the storm’s worst—before FEMA gear is making its way in. Central Texas finally gets above freezing today. It’s possible that Texas didn’t ask FEMA for support, and it’s likely that said support couldn’t have even gotten to most of the state. In case you missed the big headline, the entire state froze. The whole gigantic thing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 06:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We need the generators to power the air conditioners... it's in the 70s today...
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/22/2021 10:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe FEMA can mobilize the US Plumber's "Crack" division of para-plumbers, to be air-dropped over the regions of Texas with the highest incidence of frozen/fractured water pipes.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:00 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Armed Citizens End Shooting Spree in LA
[Fox News] Armed citizens were credited with limiting fatalities in a shooting in Louisiana on Saturday that left three people dead, including the suspect, according to authorities.

It happened near a gun shop and shooting range on Airline Drive in Metairie, La., just west of New Orleans, and the armed people at the scene helped subdue the gunman, according to authorities.

"At this time, it appears a suspect shot two victims inside the location, then was engaged and shot outside the location by multiple other individuals," the sheriff's statement continued. "The suspect is one of the deceased on scene."

Employees at the Jefferson Gun Outlet typically carry sidearms at the facility, but it was not immediately clear whether the good Samaritans were customers, outlet employees or other individuals.

The gunfire came roughly two months after a Christmas Eve shooting left two men dead in Metairie, according to the sheriff's office.

In that case, police responded to reports of possible gunfire and found both victims dead in a car outside an apartment building on Yale Street.

Two weeks before that, another four men were shot in Metairie, two of them fatally.
Dangerous place, Metairie!
Posted by: Bobby || 02/22/2021 07:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's my local gun shop when I'm in Louisiana. Right next door to the roller skating rink.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/22/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Reasons for the shooting? Botched Robbery? Personal anger? Mental?

I bet the last one - you have to be pretty suicidal to try shooting up a gun shop, the employees are ALWAYS armed in my experience, as are almost all the customers.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/22/2021 19:32 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Europe to receive 1st Egyptian liquefied natural gas shipment: Ministry of Petroleum
A small addition to the flow from Russia, but it will help cushion Europe when Russia gets rambunctious, and having an income source that is only sometimes interrupted by jihadis will help Egypt as it heads into its next tens of millions of population increase.
[AlAhram] Egypt plans to use its position on Europe’s doorstep to become a major supplier to the continent, which is transitioning away from dirtier fossil fuels such as oil and coal

Egypt plans to export its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a facility in Damietta to Europe, Spokesman for the Petroleum Ministry Hamdy Abdel-Aziz told MENA on Sunday.

The LNG Tanker Golar Glacier has arrived in Damietta port to ship the first experimental shipment from the facility that has been idle for eight years.

The return of Damietta’s facility and the country’s other plant, Idku — whose exports have picked up after dropping last year amid the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
pandemic — will mark the revival of Egypt’s LNG push.

The country will become one of the top 10 LNG exporters once it reaches full capacity, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I eat Burnham & Morrell Boston Baked Beans cooked in the ancient brick ovens in Portland, Maine.

I never have to wait for my natural gas, its been the same way for over 150 years !

Renewable, safe, natural gas, we were Green (and brown) before it was fashionable !

Ranters Go Green, Go B&M Baked Beans.



Posted by: Porch Jungle1549 || 02/22/2021 1:09 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Italian ambassador killed in Congo kidnap attempt
[WION] The Italian ambassador to Congo and an Italian Carabinieri police officer were killed Monday while travelling in Congo in a UN convoy, the Foreign Ministry said.

In a brief statement, the ministry said Luca Attanasio and the officer were killed in Goma. They were travelling in a convoy of the UN stabilization mission in Congo.

The convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro at around 10:15 am (0815 GMT) and was part of a kidnap attempt, the Virunga National Park said.

The envoy, Luca Attanasio, "died of his wounds" after a convoy of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) came under fire near Goma, the source said in Kinshasa.

Two other people also died in the attack, Major Guillaume Djike, the army's spokesman in North Kivu province said, without identifying the casualties.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 10:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6623 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe Kurtz was right...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 15:10 Comments || Top||

#2  UN stabilization mission in Congo.

How much loot do you have to pony up to get selected as Italian ambassador to the Congo? And good luck finding a replacement guys.
Posted by: jpal || 02/22/2021 15:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Graduating in LAST place from diplomatic charm school appears to have a down side.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 17:11 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
WHO's Coronavirus Origin Study Criticized
[Just the News] Multiple scientists at major institutions around the world are sounding an alarm over what they say was an incomplete and unreliable investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

The team, led by an international cohort of researchers, said last week that it was "extremely unlikely" that the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), an infectious disease laboratory that has for years conducted experiments with coronaviruses — some of it funded by the U.S. government.

The WIV is located just a few kilometers away from the Wuhan city "wet market" identified as the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. A growing number of skeptics have cited the lab's well-documented research into the dangers that bat-borne coronaviruses posed to human beings as a likely source for the virus. But the WHO team concluded that theory should not be considered as an "avenue of future study."

Yet multiple scientists who spoke to Just the News criticized the team's conclusion, arguing that the WHO has not been granted sufficient access to the Wuhan lab to determine if the coronavirus emerged during a lab accident in the last few months of 2019.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/22/2021 07:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:


Biological Warfare - Take 2?
[NationalPulse via CFP] "In calendar year 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of shipments containing prohibited pork, chicken, beef and duck products arriving from China intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Los Angeles, nearly doubled compared with the previous year," CBP notes.

"CBP agriculture specialists found most of the unmanifested animal products commingled in boxes of headphones, door locks, kitchenware, LCD tablets, trash bags, swim fins, cell phone covers, plastic cases, and household goods in a clear attempt to smuggle the prohibited meats," CBP summarizes.

Many imported meats from China are "affected by African Swine Fever (ASF), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Newcastle Disease (ND), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) and Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD)."
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/22/2021 07:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  I think that the USA is the largest agricultural nation in the world. Why on earth are we importing food from China or from anywhere for that matter?
Posted by: Tom || 02/22/2021 12:37 Comments || Top||

#2  We don't have to want to import it for someone to smuggle it in.

But if somebody in the US asked for and paid for it, they need to go to prison, right Joe?
Posted by: Bobby || 02/22/2021 16:01 Comments || Top||


2018 infection experiment, trans-species infection bats to livestock, antibodies and vaccine production
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 02/22/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Down Under
Australian Farmers Harvest Largest Wheat Crop Ever
[Climate Change Dispatch] Australian farmers have harvested their largest-ever wheat crop, according to the latest crop report issued by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences issued Feb. 16.

ABARES estimated the 2020-21 Australian wheat crop at 33,337,000 tonnes, up 18,172,000 tonnes, or 120%, from the drought-reduced 2019-20 outturn of 15,165,000 tonnes.

The 2020-21 wheat crop was 5% larger than the previous record outturn of 31,819,000 tonnes in 2016-17 and compared with the recent five-year average outturn of 21.6 million tonnes.

"Harvesting of winter crops (including wheat) is now largely complete," ABARES said in a commentary accompanying its crop report.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 07:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6543 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good. Some other places have been hit hard in their crop supplies. Hopefully this keeps wheat costs from going up too much.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/22/2021 12:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Locust invasion in 3...2...1...
Posted by: jpal || 02/22/2021 22:06 Comments || Top||


Economy
This Diary from the Great Depression Is Like Reading a Modern-Day Newsfeed
[Organic Prepper] During times like these, keeping close tabs on events unfolding is critical. It’s always more productive for the pragmatic, though, to be aware and knowledgeable about such events’ developments.

One of the best ways to do so is by learning from history. For the most part, natural events are unpredictable, random in impact and reach, and localized. Economic collapses, on the other hand, follow a more cyclical dynamic and have all-embracing consequences.

Because consumption, finance, and economy are in great part determined by psychology and behavior (mainly fear and greed), and because humankind always reacts the same to abundance and scarcity, history tends to repeat itself with reasonable consistency and similarity in these areas.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:


Big Business Lobbies Biden to Import Foreign Workers as 17M Americans Remain Jobless
[Breitbart] A coalition of business groups led by the United States Chamber of Commerce are lobbying President Joe Biden’s administration to allow them to import foreign workers even as more than 17 million Americans remain jobless.
Talk about tone deaf!
Last year, in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the admission of H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L, and J-1 foreign visa workers to protect the U.S. labor market. The order sought to free up at least 600,000 jobs for millions of Americans facing joblessness and underemployment.

In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups — who admittedly rely on cheaper foreign workers to boost their profit margins — lobby Biden administration officials to end the order so they can import workers more easily.

"We urge you to work with President [Joe] Biden to ensure that [the executive order] is rescinded as soon as possible," the letter states.

As Breitbart News reported, White House press secretary Jen Psaki previously referred to the order as "immoral," suggesting foreign workers have a right to take jobs in the U.S. labor market.

Despite claims from the big business lobby, there continues to be no labor shortage as about 17.1 million Americans are jobless and another six million are underemployed.

The lobbying effort comes as blue-collar Americans are beginning to get a leg-up in the labor market after a year of the nation’s working and middle class taking the largest hit of any employment group.

A Wall Street Journal report details how blue-collar Americans in Florida, Georgia, and Illinois are in high-demand as employers recruit them, by boosting wages in some cases, for jobs that are rebounding after the coronavirus-inflicted economic slump.
Posted by: Gralet Jomort6809 || 02/22/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life,

#1  Given all we hear about USA education system ...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/22/2021 1:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Hey, a broom's a broom..$15.00 an hour please.
Posted by: Pitch Jingle1549 || 02/22/2021 2:06 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Will Politicians Take Away the Ballot Initiative?
[NR] Lawmakers in both parties are trying to make it harder for citizens to place measures on ballots.

Citizen lawmaking is under attack as never before — from both Democrats and Republicans.

More and more state legislatures have made it harder for voters to place initiatives on the ballot in the 26 states that allow for some form of the process.

Republicans are upset that progressives have used initiatives to legalize marijuana and raise the minimum wage. Democrats are troubled that their attempts to impose taxes and regulations in progressive states such as Oregon, California, and Washington state are often thwarted by voter referendums.

So it’s no surprise that legislatures in more than 20 states are debating bills to make it more difficult for citizens to employ ballot measures to change public policy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 06:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's a non-trivial challenge, but new Dominion algorithms will soon be able to deal with individual ballot measures.

Should Dominion algorithms be overwhelmed, our team of dedicated vote counters are standing by to remedy any shortfalls.

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 6:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Or the US Army will raid their offices in Frankfurt and....(/sarc...and GTFOH)
Posted by: Clem || 02/22/2021 6:48 Comments || Top||

#3  So remember kids, anytime you hear a politician talking about "protecting our democracy..." An actual democracy would be a plebecite on every single issue. And boy would the pols be unpleasantly surprised how that might turn out without vote "adjustment" shenanigans.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 7:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Whenever I hear someone nowadays using the term "democracy" I figure they are either (1) lying (2) profoundly ignorant of the historic meaning of the term (3) engaged in misdirection / redirection of the entire discussion or (4) some combination of 1,2 and 3.
Posted by: Knuckles Fluper5134 || 02/22/2021 14:37 Comments || Top||

#5  From a history book on "Direct (Athenian) Democracy" the ancient Greeks came to the conclusions that for polities with over 3,000 voters that It. Just. Doesn't. Work. Any damnfool thing gets voted on in the "heat of the moment" and there are just too many citizens to poll on each and every thing...

Still, when you have an corrupt entrenched majority party run state government (*Hint* California) it does seem worth the confusion that it causes.
Posted by: magpie || 02/22/2021 15:09 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
India-China disengagement process in eastern Ladakh complete: Rajnath Singh
[OneIndia]
An Nahar adds:
India and China share a 3,500-kilometre (2,200-mile) border, with disputes at other points in Ladakh, including at Aksai Chin, a strategic corridor linking Tibet to western China next to the Galwan valley, and at Naku La pass further east, which connects Sikkim state with Tibet.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/22/2021 02:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Science & Technology
VARS update link
For those interested in tracking the Covid-19 Vaccine Adverse Reactions.

Here is the official Database:

VARS
Posted by: NN2N1 || 02/22/2021 09:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6536 views] Top|| File under:

#1  https://vaers.hhs.gov/index.html
Posted by: Gralet Jomort6809 || 02/22/2021 10:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Thanks GJ. Good to go.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/22/2021 10:32 Comments || Top||

#3 
Confused???

https://vaers.hhs.gov/data/datasets.html

Is what works for me?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 02/22/2021 14:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Remember to approach scientific data like a scientist, not a fear-filled emotional conspiracy theorist.

When evaluating data from VAERS, it is important to note that for any reported event, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established. Reports of all possible associations between vaccines and adverse events (possible side effects) are filed in VAERS. Therefore, VAERS collects data on any adverse event following vaccination, be it coincidental or truly caused by a vaccine. The report of an adverse event to VAERS is not documentation that a vaccine caused the event.

...


A report to VAERS generally does not prove that the identified vaccine(s) caused the adverse event described. It only confirms that the reported event occurred sometime after vaccine was given. No proof that the event was caused by the vaccine is required in order for VAERS to accept the report. VAERS accepts all reports without judging whether the event was caused by the vaccine.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/22/2021 19:24 Comments || Top||


FAA Demands Boing 777 Engine Inspections
[Foxbusiness] Federal Aviation Administration administrator Steve Dickson has ordered the agency's aviation safety experts to issue an Emergency Airworthiness Directive, requiring "immediate or stepped-up inspections of Boeing 777 airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines."

The move comes in response to United Airlines flight 328, which experienced an engine failure after taking off from Denver International Airport on Saturday. The airplane landed safely after dropping debris over northern Colorado, officials said.

The Boeing 777 was heading from Denver to Honolulu with 231 passengers and 10 crew aboard when its right engine failed and erupted in flames. The plane quickly lost altitude and dropped huge pieces of the engine casing and chunks of fiberglass onto the neighborhoods below. Authorities said no injuries were reported aboard the plane or on the ground where debris fell.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/22/2021 07:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6535 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just like gun articles where "journalists" are avid to show their ignorance. Lots of talk about "engine parts" when the photos showed a lot of pieces of fairing. I'm no expert, but the pic from a passenger window showed a broken fan blade that would have been ingested into the engine, causing an explosive failure that blew the fairing off. At that point you have an engine issue that is more or less independent of the particular model of the aircraft, but after the 737 MAX debacle, all the media know is to squwak hysterically about the plane model. They are having trouble with PW engines on F-35s too, ya know. Hmmm?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/22/2021 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Add P&W's geared turbofan to the 'troubled engines' list. An early version on one of the Mitsubishi Regional Jets failed flight, a/c landed at an Oregon airport for eval; replaced the engine.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 02/22/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#3  No remarks about the shit power/lift ratio of this excellent airframe or outstanding pilot efforts at safely landing it after a 50% power loss?
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/22/2021 10:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Follow the science?
Posted by: Clem || 02/22/2021 10:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Serfs shouldn't be flying anyway, it's bad for the climate... Shut down all aircraft made by Boeing or using Pratt & Whitney engines...
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/22/2021 10:42 Comments || Top||

#6  Oh, and make sure the FAA inspectors have been properly trained in social justice and the unfairness of 'white' mathematics.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/22/2021 10:44 Comments || Top||

#7  My brother-in-law is an engineer that works on that plane model. Most likely a fan blade that broke because it wasn't inspected properly. A piece shooting off at 30,000RPM is never going to end well.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/22/2021 13:28 Comments || Top||

#8  A piece shooting off at 30,000RPM is never going to end well.

Heard the same from my nephew who heads a repair crew for the 'D' airline. His take was that the passengers were extremely lucky that the broken turbine blade took off in the direction it did and not through the engine and into the fuselage.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/22/2021 14:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Has the inspection and part replacement system been affected as badly as the rest of industry?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/22/2021 14:57 Comments || Top||

#10  Just heard back from my nephew. Another PW4000 series engine just blew apart in the Netherlands.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/22/2021 15:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Parts made in China (?)

Curious.
Posted by: Unimble McGurque1207 || 02/22/2021 17:17 Comments || Top||

#12  ...the passengers were extremely lucky that the broken turbine blade took off in the direction it did and not through the engine and into the fuselage.

My brother-in-law said Boeing has extra shielding on the fuselage side of the engine to minimize risk of cabin penetration. While possible, it is rare in newer jets.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/22/2021 17:51 Comments || Top||

#13  How old was the engine? The airframe over Denver was 20+ years in service.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/22/2021 19:29 Comments || Top||

#14  Fire and heat, damn glad the wing didn't fold.
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U.N. Condemns Myanmar Junta after 3 Killed in Anti-Coup Unrest
[AnNahar] A lethal attack on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar sparked fresh U.N. condemnation of the country's new military regime on Sunday, as mourners held a funeral for a young woman who has become a national symbol of resistance to the junta.

Authorities have gradually ratcheted up their tactics against a massive and largely peaceful civil disobedience campaign demanding the return of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Saturday marked the deadliest day so far in more than two weeks of nationwide street demonstrations after two people were killed when security forces fired upon a rally, while a third man was rubbed out in Yangon overnight.
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Muppet Show Now Considered Offensive
[NYPost] Even the Muppets are "offensive" these days.
I was harmed. Who do I sue?
Anyone who streams "The Muppet Show" on Disney+ will see a declaimer first — warning of "offensive content."
Somebody at Disney must have seen the YouTube video edit of the Sex Pistols singing "Friggin in the Rigging (Good Ship Venus)" with photoshopped video of the Muppets.
Disney released five seasons of the iconic show for streaming on Friday, allowing viewers to enjoy watching Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their celebrity guests as part of its $6.99-a-month service.
After watching Miss Piggy it took me years to be able to eat bacon again.
The disclaimer shown prior to each episode warns viewers that the show features "stereotypes" and "mistreatment of people or cultures."
Poppycock!
"This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now," the disclaimer states.

"Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together," the disclaimer says.
In other words, "we are making a lot of money with this so we think a disclaimer is adequate".
"Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe," the statement adds.

It’s unstated precisely what Disney considers to be offensive on the show, but some characters depict Native American, Middle Eastern and Asian people.

And in season five, legendary country singer Johnny Cash is seen performing in front of a Confederate flag.

The warning will also appear before some iconic movies, including "Aristocats," "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," and "Swiss Family Robinson."
Does this mean Song of the South will be reentering the rotation? The Uncle Remus stories are as legitimately African-American culture as Baba Yaga is Russian and Hansel&Gretel is German. And look at the little white children respectfully sitting at his feet to absorb his wisdom tales, just as the little Black children do.
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#1  Not offensive enough that Disney won't make money off them.
Posted by: Gralet Jomort6809 || 02/22/2021 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  You are being used by the "woke" political movement, which is using "offensive" to prepare you for more and deeper abuse as a person.

White Americans make up more than half of the country's population, according to the Census Bureau. The bureau predicts the year 2044 will be when minorities make up the majority.

Today, attack main stream culture, that culture has been designated by your attackers as being white.

More of these articles will emerge in the comming months, brought to you by the ultra-left, communists where ever they be, with the interwebs, it could be your neighbor
Posted by: Porch Jungle1549 || 02/22/2021 0:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Must be the Swedish Chef....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/22/2021 1:34 Comments || Top||

#4  "muppet" is considered an anti-Biden slur?
Posted by: Lampedusa Angaitch7175 || 02/22/2021 3:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes - Muppet is considered a slur, Its the name he uses with Doctor Jill, when he is in bed at night with Major & Champ, and he directs Jill to his Bed Chamber (deep, very deep in the basement of the White House)

Muppet, Muppet, I'm over here playing Mario Cart, with Major & Champ, come join me, we are having fun. .... Ok Mommmy...I mean Muppet...
Posted by: Winky Guelph7521 || 02/22/2021 3:57 Comments || Top||

#6  So sick of this crap, especially of culture being destroyed in the service of people who should be in mental institutions.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/22/2021 7:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Aristocats: the Siamese cats singing, "we are Siamese" are suddenly offensive, because the song sounds vaguely Asian.

Dumbo: the two crows are step and fetchit stereotypes, can't have that

Peter Pan: not sure. makes fun of disabled people? or is it the boys dressed up as Indians? can't have that after all.

Swiss Family Robinson: no clue.

I wonder what the young fan of Disney thinks when they suddenly break out 'Zippity Do Da' during the parade at Disney World. Just a song from the vaults?
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/22/2021 7:25 Comments || Top||

#8  "It ain't easy being green." ___Kermit
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/22/2021 7:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Our society is being yanked around by a small handful of folks that take advantage of corporate cowards.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/22/2021 9:34 Comments || Top||

#10  Reason #25,456 that I'll never give Disney another red cent.
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/22/2021 9:47 Comments || Top||

#11  Our society is being yanked around by a small handful of folks that take advantage of corporate cowards collusion.

FIFY. How do you make sure the rubes know who's in charge otherwise?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/22/2021 10:10 Comments || Top||

#12  This is the problem with index funds Disney rakes in investment dollars regardless of performance
Posted by: Regular joe || 02/22/2021 14:49 Comments || Top||

#13  "When correctly viewed,
Everything is lewd!" --Tom Lehrer
Posted by: magpie || 02/22/2021 15:25 Comments || Top||

#14  /\ #7 Swiss Family Robinson: no clue.
White. European Colonialism spreading ecological devastation. Cisheteropatriarchy. Really! After seeing that title I am going to need double strength Brain Bleech™ (/sarc)
Posted by: magpie || 02/22/2021 16:12 Comments || Top||

#15  And this is where the true horror of streaming comes in. At least with a DVD copy they can't add and subtract content to something you purchased years ago.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/22/2021 17:01 Comments || Top||

#16  Remember when Google Books started digitizing print books in libraries? Ministry of Truth time is upon where things get "memory holed" in the 1984esque fashion.
Posted by: magpie || 02/22/2021 19:49 Comments || Top||



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