1. Another via Leggy:

2. Tech tyranny:

3. Fishermen never lie:

4. In the States, they’re a little more circumspect about taking the mickey:

5. The left always turn on their own and cannibalise:

6. Explains itself:

7. Last but not least, a song to gladden your heart:

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]

10 comments for “Wednesday

  1. Tom
    March 20, 2019 at 11:12

    Loving the Johnny Cash reference.

  2. Mark Matis
    March 20, 2019 at 14:51

    6. Actually, 737-Max crashes bode ill for anyone flying on a plane piloted by a fourth world culture. And I suspect those piloted by a third world culture as well. Or had you not noticed the demographics of the only two crashes thus far? And at least for the first crash, how all the other pilots of that airline flying the Max had similar experiences, but NONE of them bothered to, like, actually DO anything about it and report it to someone who might actually take action???

    When I was in pilot training back when Iran was our ally, we used to call them camel jockeys. Even though they were the best that their nation had to offer. I see no reason to think that has changed significantly since then.

    • dearieme
      March 20, 2019 at 15:45

      Perhaps. But it wasn’t long ago that two USN naval vessels were in collision with two large, slow merchantmen. Immediately blog comment threads were full of Americans pointing out that the merchantmen were officered and crewed by little brown men who must therefore have been at fault. Yet it was glaringly obvious from the start that the fault lay in lousy seamanship by USN officers, as the American investigations duly reported.

      In other words, the seamanship was so conspicuously, undeniably, dreadfully bad that even a potentially bent US enquiry didn’t try to cover it up.

      • Mark Matis
        March 20, 2019 at 16:59

        Actually, the potentially bent US inquiry DID cover up the fact that the senior officer on the bridge and the senior officer in the CIC where the radar data was displayed were two bints who were being schtupped by the same Captain or Admiral (who wasn’t on the ship) and who as a result were refusing to talk to each other. Don’t remember the details on the second collision, but ’twas something similar, resulting from the fine changes made to the US military since 1989. After all, the Preferred Species MUST be appropriately represented across the services, regardless of whether they are qualified.

        And unfortunately, even in first world cultures, similar conditions hold in airline pilot selection, where females must be appropriately represented. And same for the other Preferred Species. But at least in those first world cultures, the applicant pool tends to be somewhat better to start with. Not sure if it’s been updated, but the flight time by the copilot in the latest crash was reported as 20 hours, and the flight time by the pilot was below that normally required to even START with a US airline, so there was some speculation that the time shown may have only been his time in the left seat in that variant of the 737. But even if that WAS the case, the procedure for dealing with the problem has been publicly available since about a week after the FIRST crash, and I suspect the first world airlines pilots flying the Max have been thoroughly trained and checked on how to deal with the unplanned event. Which somehow does not seem to be the case with the second crash…

  3. Mark Matis
    March 20, 2019 at 19:17

    But surely neither fourth world culture nor third world culture could ever reach THIS level:

    of engineering excellence…


  4. March 21, 2019 at 13:48

    Ahhh! At last, a visual example of “prop wash”.

  5. Mark Matis
    March 21, 2019 at 16:34
  6. Mark Matis
    March 21, 2019 at 20:30

    Getting back to serious, a third world airline crash:

    Please remember that both 737 Max crashes were FOURTH world. Cultural differences can affect you in technical situations.

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