The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)
Jul19

The Faces Behind the Numbers: ‘The Innocent Lives of Flight 17′ (Updated)

Scroll down for updates In her “Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner,” fellow contributor Prairie Weather posted an image of the numbers and nationalities of the men, women, children and babies aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While the numbers have slightly changed — the Wall Street Journal this morning, for example, raised the number of Dutch victims to 192 — the enormity of...

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MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul19

MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Can Moscow’s support for seperatists in Ukraine survive an atrocity the scale of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, the country that suffered the greatest loss of life in yesterday’s attack, columnist Bert Lanting writes that if it is proven that the crime was committed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will have to choose from two decidedly unpleasant options:...

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What You Need to Know About the T.S.A.’s Latest Regulation
Jul10

What You Need to Know About the T.S.A.’s Latest Regulation

Just when you thought traveling by plane couldn’t get any more difficult, the Transportation Security Agency has issued new regulations for carry-on baggage. Passengers are now prohibited from carrying phones, tablets or other devices that do not turn on. According to the Department of Homeland Security, terrorists have been using such devices to conceal explosives which are then used to assemble a bomb on board. As a result,...

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Increasing Frequent Flyer Mileage Vs. Increasing Understanding
Jun22

Increasing Frequent Flyer Mileage Vs. Increasing Understanding

The Camel Tow Approach To Journalism How Erin Burnett Stoops To Conquer The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist To say I’ve been watching a lot of the World Cup soccer games is a bit of an understatement. I’ve watched all of them. At least all those broadcast by ESPN/ABC. What I’ve learned is that The Netherlands (Holland) came up with the world’s first national anthem. And like most groundbreaking things, it...

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Is There a Pilot in the House?
May29

Is There a Pilot in the House?

Nice and true story about what many of us wannabe pilots and would-be heroes often dream about, but only a real, cool pilot could accomplish. Some comparisons between a B-1B Lancer bomber and a 737 commercial aircraft: A B-1B Lancer (U.S. Air Force illustration) The multi-mission heavy bomber B1-B Lancer, originally developed as a nuclear bomber replacement for the B-52, is now the backbone of the U.S. long-range bomber force. The...

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A GREAT World Cruise Part 4
Apr09

A GREAT World Cruise Part 4

Editor’s Note: Cruises that go terribly or tragically wrong are always in the news, starting with the Titanic. But what about the many, many cruises that are sheer joy? Two years ago retired French professor Jeffry Foster went on a world voyage. We are presenting his diary in several parts. Here’s Part 4: Tuesday, February 28 Fremantle It’s a return to Fremantle /Perth as we circle around Australia. The ship lands in Fremantle...

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Flight MH370: Finally, a Plausible Theory
Mar18

Flight MH370: Finally, a Plausible Theory

While the reports, theories, speculation and just plain rumors surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continue, I finally have come across a reasonable, simple, non-conspiratorial theory that might well explain (more or less — the writer is not a diviner) what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The writer, Chris Goodfellow, a Canadian Class-1 instrumented-rated pilot for multi-engine planes with...

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Now Is The Time 4 All Good Men To Jump 2 Conclusions
Mar17

Now Is The Time 4 All Good Men To Jump 2 Conclusions

Lost in the Golden Triangle — rather than Bermuda. The Case is Mad for Profiling Pilots Overseas. The View from the Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist It’s surreal enough to be the plot of a major TV series. In fact it already was – “Lost” on ABC – except even scarier than giant polar bears and smoke monsters – are pilots with extreme views bent on total destruction. The flight in the TV series was scheduled for 17...

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St. Patty’s (Cartoon)
Mar14

St. Patty’s (Cartoon)

Copyright 2014 David Donar. All rights reserved. Copyright Donar, Political...

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How to survive airplane food
Jan30

How to survive airplane food

“Please return all seat backs, tray tables and your sense of taste to their full, upright and locked positions…” If you’re like me, you’re a little ambivalent about airline food. Okay, maybe more than a little. The stuff that’s slid in front you usually has all the culinary appeal of “government cheese.” It speaks volumes when the foodie Web site Chowhound asks its members to name “the least bad airline meal” they’ve had. Not the...

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Tidbits from Down Under – Part 4
Dec08

Tidbits from Down Under – Part 4

Those who have been following my Australia travelogue will notice that — after three installments — I am still in Sydney and the Sydney area. Although there are many reasons for dwelling on this magnificent city, it is time to move on — but not before mentioning one (or two) more thing(s). Perhaps some of the reasons why we fell in love with Sydney are the same reasons why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in...

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Officials Continue to Investigate the Cause of the Metro-North Train Derailment
Dec04

Officials Continue to Investigate the Cause of the Metro-North Train Derailment

Early in the morning on Sunday, December 1, a devastating train crash occurred on New York’s Metro-North railroad. 4 were killed and 62 were injured during the crash. Unsurprisingly, many are demanding to know how and why the tragedy occurred. Just hours after the crash, officials launched an investigation, and although they aren’t 100% clear on what caused the event, here’s what they know so far. 82 mph Before a...

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Tidbits from Down Under – Part 3
Nov13

Tidbits from Down Under – Part 3

While reading my second installment of “Tidbits from Down Under,” I realized that introductions, caveats, disclaimers, etc. took up a large portion of the piece. This time, having already heard from a friend from Down Under, I will just repeat and expand one “disclaimer”: These “tidbits” are impressions of someone who knew very little about that magnificent continent called Australia. They are in no way, shape or form...

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Tidbits from Down Under – Part 2
Nov05

Tidbits from Down Under – Part 2

FORWARD: A New York Times review of Bill Bryson’s 2000 book, Down Under, says about Australia (and about Bryson) [i]: It is the driest, flattest, hottest, most infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents and still Australia teems with life — a large portion of it quite deadly. In fact, Australia has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. Ignoring such dangers — and...

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Flying Soon? Be Prepared for More Security
Oct23

Flying Soon? Be Prepared for More Security

If you thought airport security was strict enough, you may not be happy the next time you have to hop on a plane. The Transportation Security Agency (T.S.A) recently unveiled its plans to tighten airport security in the future. The screening process for passengers can now begin hours before you board the flight. No, the agency won’t be giving you a pat-down when you board the airport shuttle. However, it will be equipped to...

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Tidbits From Down Under
Oct11

Tidbits From Down Under

There is so much to see, hear, experience — and write — in and about Australia and its wonderful people that there is hardly time and space to write about it in “real time.” Until there is, a few “tidbits” for anyone interested will have to do. First, as we sat this morning enjoying a “long black” cup of delicious coffee and a semi-English breakfast at a delightful sidewalk café in Sydney’s vibrant central business...

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How it Happened: Updates on the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire
Sep18

How it Happened: Updates on the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire

Unless you haven’t turned on your television and computer for the past week, you’ve probably heard about the fire that ravaged a large part of the boardwalk in Seaside Park, New Jersey. This fire, which started around 2 p.m. in the afternoon of September 12, destroyed most of Seaside Park’s commercial boardwalk before firefighters were able to put it out. Initially, some people suspected the fire may not have been...

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‘Syria’: By No Stretch of the Imagination the Holocaust, but…
Sep04

‘Syria’: By No Stretch of the Imagination the Holocaust, but…

There is absolutely no event in recent history — no massacre, no genocide and no mass murder — that even begins to compare to the obscenity, the cruelness, the wretchedness, the inhumanity that was the Holocaust. Nothing will hopefully ever compare, or be “elevated,” to the meticulously state-planned, systematically executed persecution and extermination of six million human beings — Jews — by the Nazis and...

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TRAYVON MARTIN: Why blacks need to travel
Aug11

TRAYVON MARTIN: Why blacks need to travel

Educating ourselves to the ways of the world — and the knowledge that the rest of the world isn’t all the same as America when it comes to racism — is a major reason why black Americans need to travel. This Sunday, I have Trayvon Martin on my mind. To a lot of people, the death of this young man, and the acquittal of his killer under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, is cause for outrage, yet another pointed reminder that Breathing...

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Can We Overcome the Existential Terrors of August?
Aug05

Can We Overcome the Existential Terrors of August?

For someone with a grandchild due home from the Middle East next week, the State Department Alert about “potential for terrorist attacks” there this month is no abstraction. “U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling,” the government says. The safety measures are not specified. As this warning chills millions of American...

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