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May 25, 2021

Belarus

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:53 am
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The country of Belarus has apparently seen the movie White Knights.   For those of you who haven’t seen it, Mikhail Baryshnikov plays a Russian dancer who defected and while flying to Tokyo, his plan is forced down in the Soviet Union.  It is an OK movie.

Apparently a leading Belarussian dissident was on a Ryanair flight flying over Belarus.  The government reported a bomb threat to the plane and sent a fight to escort it to land in Belarus.  Once on the ground there, the dissident was pulled from the flight and appears to have been imprisoned.

As you can imagine, this isn’t going over well with other countries.  Airlines are avoiding Belarus airspace and airlines are cancelling flights in and out of the country.  Some are pointing out that if they get away with doing this, other countries will do it too.

February 22, 2021

More UFOs?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:40 pm
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Over New Mexico this time.  Hmmm.  Bob Lazar, call your office.

October 15, 2020

Jetpack man at LAX, again

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:54 am
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For the second time pilots landing at LAX have reported seeing someone flying in a jetpack near the airport. Story here.

September 1, 2020

My favorite story of the day

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:59 am
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and it is only 11:00 a.m.  2020 keeps getting weirder and weirder.

January 9, 2020

Iran 1 Airliner 0

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:09 pm
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Looks like Iran may have shot down the Ukrainian Airlines 737.  The pentagon says an SA-15 Gauntlet was the missile involved.  It is criminally stupid to allow airliners to be flying while your air defenses are on high alert.

 

UPDATE: There now appears to be video evidence to confirm that the airliner was hit by a missile.

October 14, 2019

Don’t fish off the company pier

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 12:06 pm
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Why, oh why, do people still insist on becoming involved with co-workers?  It inevitably leads to thinks like this and now both individuals have lost their lucrative jobs.  For the pilot particularly, he has probably flushed all that training and experience down the toilet, as no sane airline will ever employ him.  Good gosh what poor judgment, not to mention the complete cowardice of hitting a woman.

September 19, 2019

Was it terrorism?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:38 am
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or just industrial sabotage by a disgruntled employee?  Either way this guy needs to end up in jail for a long time.

September 11, 2019

In memory

Filed under: General — dknights @ 7:25 pm
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An important story of this day.

September 10, 2019

Airships

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:03 pm
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I read this same article every few years.  Every few years the return of the airship is just around the corner.  Yet, it never happens.  I don’t think it ever will.

August 8, 2019

Amazing

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:45 pm
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