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Second black box from crashed Germanwings A320 found (or is that 're-found'?)

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© AP Photo/ French Interior Ministry, Francis Pellier
The second black box from the Germanwings Airbus A320 plane that crashed in the French Alps en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on March 24 has been found Thursday, according to prosecutors.

Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin has confirmed Thursday that the flight data recorder had been recovered from the crashed Airbus. The second recorder contains specific parameters of the aircraft during the flight, including its speed, altitude and flight direction.

Officials hope that the second black box, the flight data recorder, would unveil more details about the catastrophe that had left 150 people aboard the flight dead.

Comment: Uhm, didn't they already find it?

From found to damaged to lost: Lufthansa now says flight data recorder on Germanwings Flight 9525 'may never be found'

Oh sorry, that was the NYT reporting that it had earlier been found, the same NYT that cited - within a day of the crash - some anonymous 'senior French military official' as saying that the pilot had been locked out of the cockpit... based on sounds he heard from the Cockpit Data Recording, implying that it had been located and analyzed within 24 hours of the accident.


Heart - Black

Germanwings co-pilot character assassination continues - Prosecutors say Andreas Lubitz researched suicide and cockpit door security

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Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo
German prosecutors say the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have deliberately crashed Flight 9525, researched suicide methods and cockpit door security in the days before the crash.

Investigators looked into Lubitz's tablet computer searches between March 16 and 23 and discovered he was concerned about medical treatment and was studying various suicide methods, German prosecutors said on Thursday.

In the course of one day, his search queries included cockpit doors and their security measures. They added that personal correspondence and search terms on Lubitz's tablet "support the conclusion that the machine was used by the co-pilot in the relevant period."

Germanwings said on Thursday that the company had been unaware that Lubitz was suffering from depression during pilot training. Earlier this week, Germanwings parent company Lufthansa confirmed it knew Lubitz suffered from a bout of severe depression before finishing his flight training six years ago.

Also on Thursday, the French police confirmed the second black box from the plane that crashed in the French Alps last week has been found.

Based on recordings from the first black box, investigators now believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz intentionally crashed the plane on March 24, killing 150 people on board.

Earlier, the German paper Bild reported that 27-year-old Lubitz deliberately concealed he was still flying commercial planes from doctors, telling them that he had taken sick leave.

Authorities are also examining cellphones found at the crash site for clues.

Chalkboard

13yo Logan LaPlante shares his experience with Hackschooling, an alternative to traditional education


When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.

Comment: It seems as if our traditional education system is designed to hamper kids' growth.


Airplane

Plane diverted to Boise Airport after 'smoke smell' reported

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The flight was originally headed to Spokane, Wash., from Phoenix Monday.
A Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Spokane, Wash., was diverted to Idaho after a burning electrical or smoke smell was reported in the passenger cabin.

The plane landed in Boise at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Brad Hawkins says the captain in command of the flight heard reports of an odor and decided to divert the plane so mechanics could make safety checks.

Hawkins says 143 passengers were aboard, and Southwest employees in Boise worked to get them all on other flights.


Source: The Associated Presss

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Plane lands safely at Allegheny County Airport after smoke fills cockpit

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Plane lands at Allegheny Co. Airport after smoke fills cockpit
Fire crews responded to Allegheny County Airport Tuesday after receiving reports of smoke filling the cockpit of a plane.

According to investigators, the plane landed safely after reporting smoke in the cockpit.

All oxygen masks were deployed on the plane as a result of the smoke, investigators said. The two pilots and one passenger aboard were evacuated.

No additional information as immediately available.


Airplane

Pilot's association raises serious doubts over Germanwings 4U-9525 investigation

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European pilots have expressed concern over the investigation into the crash of Germanwings flight U4-9525 en-route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf on March 24, saying the French prosecutor's role is hindering a proper accident probe.

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), which represents over 38,000 European pilots, says the role of the French prosecutor, working alongside the air accident investigation team is a blurring of responsibilities and that the prosecutor's insistence — so soon after the crash — that the plane was brought down by the co-pilot is inappropriate.
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The aeroplane, registered D-AIPX, operated by Germanwings, flight 4U-9525, crashed in the Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Following examination and downloading of the Cockpit Voice Recorder, French prosecutor Brice Robin concluded that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and then deliberately put the aircraft into a downwards glide path which caused the crash.

"The most plausible and probable interpretation for us is that the co-pilot, by a voluntary abstention (deliberate decision not to act), refused to open the door to the cockpit to the flight captain, and activated the button to start descent. So he activated this button to initiate loss of altitude (descent) for a reason that we completely ignore today but that can be analysed as an intention to destroy the plane," Robin told a press conference.

Comment: The pilots feel something is deeply wrong with this whole situation. Trial by media and casting immediate blame on the co-pilot does nothing to concretely enhance air safety. One might think this is one more incident designed to discourage people from traveling at all.


Stormtrooper

Indiana woman resident charged with resisting arrest for not pulling over on abandoned street

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Indiana resident DelRea Good was arrested last week for refusing to pull over on a dark street because she felt unsafe. Good claimed that she did not want to stop on the deserted road even though it seemed like a police officer was attempting to pull her over.

The 52-year-old woman was driving after 11 p.m. when the flashing lights appeared behind her car. She thought it was a police officer but did not want to stop in case it was an imposter attempting to hurt her.

Good said she slowed down, turned on the hazard lights and waved with her arm out of the window to let the police officer know that she was not resisting arrest. She drove for less than a mile, where she pulled over into a well-lit parking lot.

While Good thought her actions were not illegal, Porter County Sheriff's Department Patrolman William Marshall arrested her and took her to the Porter County Jail. She was charged with a felony crime of resisting arrest.

Good claims that she was trying to protect herself. "I felt I didn't do anything wrong. I got to a safe place and I told him that."

Light Saber

Angry outcry in South Ukraine at soldier's pro-war speech

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Rally in South Ukraine, erupts into anti-war shouting.
A rally in the southern Ukrainian city of Nikolaev commemorating the 71st anniversary of the freeing of the city from Nazi occupation became heated after a speech by a soldier in the Ukrainian armed forces prompted an angry outcry from residents.

The event, organized by the local administration, sparked an angry outcry from locals after a soldier began a speech on his service in the "anti-terrorist operation" in eastern Ukraine. The soldier's speech was met with cries from the crowd, people shouting "Shame!" "Bastards!" "Screw You!" "Murderers!" "Fascists!" and "You're killing your own people!"

The meeting was attended by state officials, including the mayor, regional officials, and members of parliament, along with religious leaders and veterans' organizations.

Comment: It seems the Ukraine people's common sense is starting to reassert itself as they see the results of Kiev's submission to their Western masters.


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The 12 and 13-year-olds making their own porn: One in ten say they have made or been part of sexually explicit videos

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Children aged 12 to 13 have made or been part of sexually explicit videos, research shows (file pic).
More than one in ten children aged 12 to 13 have made or been part of a sexually explicit video, according to shocking new research.

Nearly one in ten in the same age group are worried that they are addicted to porn, a survey of nearly 700 children for the NSPCC's ChildLine service found.

Comment: The video above places the onus on children to be responsible when really it's pathologicals and the effect they have on our society that's at fault.

Children Grow Up Addicted to Online Porn Sites: Third of 10-year-Olds Have Seen Explicit Images
It's called TV programming for a reason: Children exposed to sex on screen go on to be promiscuous


Apple Red

Angry memo that Macintosh's original developer sent to Apple after Steve Jobs forced him out

Steve Jobs
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In 1978, Jef Raskin became the 31st employee of Apple computer.

The next year, he started leading a "computer appliance" project — an easy-to-use device that would sell for a mere $1,000.

It would be called the Macintosh.

And it could change the world — and make Apple a ton of money.

"It does not take much imagination to see that a portable computer will open up entire new application areas, and once again give Apple access to a totally untapped, yet ripe, market," Raskin wrote in a memo to Steve Jobs that was uncovered by Fast Company.

But as journalists Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli note in their new biography "Becoming Steve Jobs," then-CEO Michael Scott encouraged Jobs to consider working on the project after he was taken off of the team for the ill-fated Apple Lisa.

Comment: See:

SOTT Talk Radio: Steve Jobs' Apple Revolution and the Fall of Man
Steve Jobs's response to finding out he just got a Google employee fired typical of shady world of Silicon Valley companies
What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs