Expendable Lives …

The United States seems to be out to destroy its own people, and others along with them.  First, we pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, putting the entire world in danger of extinction, but most of all its own citizens.  Then we pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement, making the world far less safe, and turning our friends and allies against us.  Then we renege on numerous trade agreements, denigrate world leaders, and further alienate our allies.  We encourage large farmers to use dangerous chemicals to produce our food.  We scale back regulations that made our air a little cleaner, our cars a little safer, and more.  The latest in this all-out effort to destroy the people of the United States is a sweetheart deal between our government and Boeing Aircraft.Lion-Air-crash-Indonesia-plane-what-happened-why-did-Boeing-737-Max-8-crash-739292Last October, a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 flight went down over the Java Sea, killing 189 people.  Last Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 flight crashed, killing all 157 people on board.  One might just begin to think that perhaps there is something wrong with the Max 8, yes?  Well, guess what, folks?  Every single nation on the globe has decided to err on the side of caution and ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 until further notice, pending safety reviews.  Every nation, that is, except the United States!  And, do you know why the U.S. isn’t grounding the Max 8?  First, I will let Donald Trump himself explain it to you.

“Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!”

Say WHAT??? Perhaps Daniel K. Elwell, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, can explain it better.

“The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX.  Thus far, our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.  Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action. In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.”

Okay, neither of those guys have any answers, but perhaps Robert Reich does.

“The 737 Max 8 has been grounded all over the world – except in the U.S. Why? Maybe because Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg personally lobbied Trump not to ground it, and Trump’s toothless, brainless FAA under Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (who also happens to be married to Mitch McConnell) refuses to take action.”

Now that answer is most likely nearest to the truth.  Trump pandering to and covering for yet another of his rich cronies, and to add insult to injury, Elaine Chao, married to Bootlicker-in-Chief Mitch McConnell, heads the Department of Transportation that oversees the Federal Aviation Agency.

Two United States airlines fly the 737 Max 8 aircraft and both said they planned to keep flying. Southwest Airlines has 34 of the planes and American Airlines has 24.  My advice to all would be to boycott those two airlines.  Since the federal government will not act, we must.  We the People have power in this case … the power of choice.  When Southwest and American are flying planes that are not even half full, when it begins to hit their bottom line, you can bet your sweet patootie they will stop flying the Max 8, despite Donald Trump and despite Elaine Chao.

Boeing deserves whatever it gets, up to and including bankruptcy.  They have known for some time that there were problems with this plane, but have been far too slow to address those problems.  According to The Wall Street Journal …

“A software fix to the MCAS flight-control feature by the FAA and Boeing had been expected in early January, but discussions between regulators and the plane maker dragged on, partly over differences of opinion about technical and engineering issues, according to people familiar with the details. Officials from various parts of Boeing and the FAA had differing views about how extensive the fix should be. U.S. officials have said the federal government’s recent shutdown also halted work on the fix for five weeks.”

While our government and Boeing dragged their feet, while Donald Trump shut down the government over an elusive ‘wall’, dangerous planes were left in the sky until more people died.  And now … the United States government cares so little for the lives of its people that it refuses to ground these planes.

At least two American pilots, flying United States routes on the Max 8 filed incident reports with the FAA in November that raised similar safety concerns to those preceding the crashes in Indonesia and in Ethiopia. Another pilot wrote of having been given insufficient training to fly the plane: “I think it is unconscionable that a manufacturer, the FAA, and the airlines would have pilots flying an airplane without adequately training, or even providing available resources and sufficient documentation to understand the highly complex systems that differentiate this aircraft from prior models,” the pilot wrote. “I am left to wonder: what else don’t I know? The Flight Manual is inadequate and almost criminally insufficient.”

But the FAA turned a deaf ear.  How many more people will have to die before the lives of people matter more than corporate greed?  Think about this:  every other nation in the world cares more for its people than the United States of America does.  Doesn’t exactly give you a warm feeling inside, does it?

58 thoughts on “Expendable Lives …

  1. If while it’s grounded the black box supplies details of a fault that caused the crashed then I hope Elaine Chao is the first casualty. I hope they then consider the comments from pilots who say there is too little training in flight and that the manuals are very poor. Next up of course must be the management and board of Boeing for not taking the idea of a fault seriously. I hope there will be enough money in their pot to pay compensation to al the victim’s families. Last but not least, Trump may have eventually done the right thing but he did the right thing in last place again. I hope the people of the US note what a high priority he affords them. Incidentally, if Mitch McConnell goes down because of his wife I shall like her just a little bit.
    Cwtch

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    • I think, based on the fact that Boeing and the U.S. FAA were negotiating even prior to the shutdown in November 2018, that they (Boeing and the U.S. government) knew long ago there was a design flaw. I agree with all you say, and I hope that after Boeing pays compensation to the families of the 300+ people who died, they fold. To unconscionably and knowingly risk human lives every day in order to make a buck … they do not deserve to survive this. I think we have seen only the tip of the iceberg, and that there is much more to this story than we know yet. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  2. Last I heard Canada had not grounded the Max 8s either, though I haven’t heard yet today. Trump broke his record today, actually (being forced to) making a decision in favour of common people. He went against his own psychophants. He should be committing hari kari about now.

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    • They have known of the flaws all along, I’m betting. Personally, I hope Boeing goes under over this, but not before they are forced to pay large settlements for the 300+ deaths they caused. I don’t know … given Trump’s bromance with Putin, it might have been even harder to convince him to ground the planes if they had been Russian-built!

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  3. Jill, the self-proclaimed man of the people did the following in addition to what you appropriately define:
    – defunded retraining programs for displaced coal miners
    – defunded a contractual commitment to insurers to reimburse them for co-pays, deductibles for people beneath 2
    1/2 x poverty limit, then lied about its impact
    – in his first hours as President, he eliminated a planned mortgage premium reduction that would have helped one million low down payment mortgagees.
    – he is watering down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that helps people when defrauded or aggressively sold things.
    And, there is more. This man represents the owners not the employees. Keith

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    • PS – On this subject, I saw on PBS Newshour tonight, the best metaphor for the toxic Trump Presidency, bar none. The report was on the EPA easing policing of asbestos, a very toxic substance. Apparently, we import a lot of asbestos which goes into chlorine. We used to import it from Brazil, but they have outlawed its production. So, we now import it from Russia, yes that Putin country. Maybe that is a reason the EPA has pulled its policing. Now for the metaphor – the bags of imported asbestos from Russia have Donald J. Trump’s picture on them saying the product is sanctioned by the 45th President of the US. A toxic man on the bag of a toxic product from another toxic man. That sums it up nicely. Keith

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      • Say WHAT??? I remember the publishing company I worked for being shut down for a week while they removed the asbestos from floor and ceiling tiles because of its toxicity! They really have Trump’s picture on them? Oh you are right, my friend … THE BEST metaphor for his entire “presidency” … toxic! (Tomorrow when I awaken, this will have all been a horrible nightmare, but the sun will be shining and Barack Obama will still be the president … President of the United States!)

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    • Yes, he did all that too … and has done much, much more to prove that We the People are not important, that the only two things that matter to him are power and money. He forgets his oath, forgets that he owes his allegiance to us, not to his wealthy coal baron and military industrialist friends. Sigh.

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  4. Unfortunately in America capitalism is “king” and money (and the power that goes with it) trumps everything (no pun intended 🙂 )… 🙂

    “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” Helder Camara

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    • As long as you are using your own money to buy the food, you are supporting capitalism. If you want the government (rich azzholes) to pay, you are trying to take money out of their pockets (or so they would have you believe). They don’t care about anyone but themselves. Poor people are not worthy of their notice.

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      • Wellllllll, for beginners, be it capitalism, socialism or whatever nothing comes free, there will be a price to pay… the smart majority of the rich are not in government but in the background supporting those “in” government to do their bidding annnnnnnnnnnnnnd.. to be fair there are those from all walks of life, from all parts of society that think only of themselves, not just the 1%… 🙂

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        • True enough. I was speaking to the Carara quote, but trying to keep the word communism out ot my comment. Most North Americans have no idea of the true meaning of communism, and are more than happy to never learn. I wss trying to get people to look at the true experience of capitalism. I guess I failed in my attempt.

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          • The only time you will fail is when you surrender your dignity, be bullied into silence and not follow your heart… so, let your fingers do the walking (typing) and your heart do the talking… 🙂

            “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

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            • And those who need the words of others to express their own thoughts are not thinking for themselves, but parroting what others believe.

              I hate to say, but I am missing the point of your statement, and the Baruch quote strikes me as being out of place.
              To quote myself, “One cannot win unless they know how to lose, and one cannot succeed unless they know how to fail.” Failure is not surrendering your dignity, it is being willing to learn from your mistakes. How can one improve themselves if every action or thought is considered a success? Admitting failure is opening lines of communication–assuming success is closing those lines.

              Instead of talking like a hermit on a mountaintop, why not try talking like a human, and saying exactly what you mean? I would like to understand what it is you are trying to say, but I must plead ignorance of your intent.

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              • Well, there are those are your views… and in spite of your views, there are those that do surrender their dignity upon failure, there are those that do not wish to learn from their mistakes, and there are those that do not wish to improve themselves under any circumstances… 🙂

                And I am sitting here on this ole mountain with a excellent view of the “human” race and to be quite frank, I am not impressed.. 🙂

                While you are trying to figure out my intent, your leaving everyone else alone… 🙂 🙂

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                • Of course there are all kinds, no one can debate that, I don’t think. And as far as I am concerned, the human race is pretty much proving to be a failed branch of evolution. But to me, that doesn’t mean giving up the fight. It means finding other ways to accomplish things. See, I think we can agree on some things.

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                  • Yep, and that puts us right back to; “The only time you will fail is when you surrender your dignity, be bullied into silence and not follow your heart”.. 🙂

                    And here is my quote by the way;
                    “One cannot cherish success unless one has known failure, one cannot cherish happiness unless one has know sorrow, one cannot cherish love unless one has known heartache.” (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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                    • So, in order to have failed, you have surrendered your dignity, been bullied into silence, and not followed your heart–which still makes no sense to me, as I have failed at as many things as I have succeeded at, though I have never surrendered my dignity (but I did have it stolen by bullies as a kid– though I was never silent about it), and I always follow my heart, as configured by my experience.
                      Still, I think we use failure in different terms. I see failure as an accomplishment. Even if I did not succeed, at least I had the guts to try. And I learned what not to do next time, if I try again.

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                    • 1. it is apparent this conversation has taken a different course and no longer talking about planes, etc and should be on a different venue, not here… 🙂
                      2. YOU said, and I quote; “Failure is not surrendering your dignity” and I said, and I quote “The only time you will fail is when you surrender your dignity”..
                      3. Dignity cannot be stolen… 🙂

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                    • This entire conversation has been leaping around without a true focus. It started with your Helder Camara quote, which I quite enjoyed, and somehow found its way to a discussion of failure. You are right this is not the place for it. My apologies to Jill.

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                    • Perhaps the reason failure entered into the picture were because of the failure of those in the blog that Jill had posted and were in everyone’s thoughts, whether posted or not… 🙂
                      Myself, like you and everyone else, are currently attending the School of Life, everyday is a learning experience and Graduation Day is the day of our funeral and it is then we shall know if we failed or graduated… 🙂

                      My apologies to Jill also… 🙂

                      One final quote;
                      “As my world is in a constant state of change, tomorrow my world will change, my future world will still be a mystery and today’s world will become history and a memory…” (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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                    • Neither of you owe any ‘apologies to Jill’. I didn’t reply to any of it, for I’ve had my own angst the past few days, but I was glad to see you two having some open dialog. I trusted you both to not hurt each other, for I know you are both good men and you are both my friends.

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                    • Neither of you owe any ‘apologies to Jill’. I didn’t reply to any of it, for I’ve had my own angst the past few days, but I was glad to see you two having some open dialog. I trusted you both to not hurt each other, for I know you are both good men and you are both my friends.

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                    • Just the events of the week, ie the plane crash and mosque shootings, and a dear friend who is having serious health problems. Lack of sleep. Nightmares. Still coughing a lung up several times a day. Nothing out of the ordinary! 😉 LuL

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                    • Did you read Sha’Tara’s latest post? It’s a doozy, but there’s nothing I can say about it. On the other hand, a St. Louis Blues hockey player did something really nice for a kid’s First Nations hockey team that had been subject to racist comments during a padt game. You might want to check the story out, and maybe mention it in your Good People post. I believe the event happened in or around Ottawa.

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                    • No, I haven’t, but I will go check it out tomorrow. Sha’Tara and I rather fell out a few months ago, so I rarely get over to her blog, nor she to mine. And I will definitely check out the hockey player story! I made notes to do both tomorrow … er, rather, later today. For now, I’m going to bed, as I haven’t slept the last two nights and am feeling it.

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                    • Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh
                      Put your little cares away
                      Shoo shoo shoo Shelilalagh
                      Tomorrow is another day
                      Shoo shoo shoo Shelilagh
                      Close your pretty eyes of blue
                      Shoo shoo soo Shelilagh
                      Pretty dreams will come to you

                      When I was just a girl
                      My mother sang the sweettest song to me

                      (repeat till asleep)

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                    • Well thank you for the lovely getting-to-sleep song! I slept a full 6 hours, which was bliss after the prior two nights! One thing, though … my eyes are green. 😊

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    • No worries, Jack … I haven’t flown since 9/11 and am not likely to again. If I come visit on your side of the pond, which I do hope to do someday in this lifetime, it will likely be by ship. Hugs! ❤

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  5. Hello Jill. Yes tRump is trying to save face by saying they got new evidence so now they are grounded. I i think he just did not want to be the only country in the world still using the planes. Hugs

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    • Dear Jill Scottie and friends,

      Here’s the rest of the story. The roll out for the Boeing 737 Max 8 was in May 2017. The cost for each 737 Max 8 plane is about $117 million dollars. As of January 2019, they have over 5,000 orders.

      But here’s the rub. To optimize sales, Boeing decided not to classify the 737 Max 8 as a new model because if they did, the airlines would be obligated as per FAA rules to order training for their pilots. But that requirement would be moot if Boeing described it as an updated 737.

      The software update fix is a solution but the reported problem with the plane being prone to stalling as it ascended into the sky after take-off ,could have been overcome if the pilots had been properly trained, but they wren’t and they weren’t adequately warned about this issue.

      Meanwhile Boeing’s failure to properly roll out their new model has been the proximate cause of 2 crashes within 5 months with 346 fatalities.

      The Boeing stockholders, any investors, and the US House oversight committee members need to start questioning the Boeing CEO and other executives regarding their poor business decision making. Incidentally this is what capitalism looks like without effective regulations.

      In this case, I can say that President Trump made the right call even if it was late in the game.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Yes, the Boeing CEOs have much to answer for, but obviously our FAA also knew there was a problem and chose, under the direction of Trump, to do nothing. I don’t give Trump much credit for grounding the planes, for he only did it under duress, else I have no doubt he would have bowed to the pressure from the Boeing CEO. Capitalism run amok is what it is. Sigh.

        Hugs!!!

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    • Yes, I saw that a few minutes after my post had gone out. Hmmmm do y’think I made a difference? Nah, I didn’t think so either, as it was announced a few minutes before my post went out. Good news anyway, though.

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