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Seeing This Burnt Jaguar In The Australian Bushfires Was Upsetting.

by Anura Guruge

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Saw it on Facebook.

Yes. Yes. Yes. I know. I don’t need to be told. I am only semi-stupid, not totally. I understand and appreciate that in the scheme of things a burnt up Jag is the least of the problems facing the Australians with these raging bushfires.

That said and noted, it is still distressing to see, what must have been a rather nice Jag, XJ8 or XJ12, destroyed. Another one, alas, bites the dust.

The reason I have two is that I am trying to preserve them for posterity. Enough said.

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The Smashed Donald Trump Monument Marker In Concord, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the full, original story from Patch.com.

Click to access the NH1.com coverage. NOTE that pictures is from ‘NH State Library’.

I was surprised to read about this on multiple fronts.

First and foremost it is NOT something you would expect in, or from, Concord, New Hampshire. I kind of have a hunch that this was an outside job. As always I will start off by pointing the finger at some flatlander from Massachusetts. Lot of them up here right now. You trip over them wherever you go in New Hampshire in the Summer.

The second this that confounded me was that I had never, ever heard of this ‘Primary Winner’ markers. I am no stranger to Concord nor the State Library. I visited it just a few months ago. Yes, I will confess that when I visit, I am a man on a mission. I go straight up the stairs …. I don’t dilly, dally and wonder around. But, I have done a fair amount of walking in that area. Never seen this. I will be in Concord at least twice next week. Trust me I am going to go investigate.

Obviously they will replace the marker. Just seems rather un-New Hampshire like. I should know. I have lived here for over 33-years.

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Two Accountability Issues In The ‘Asiana Airlines’ Crash At San Francisco As I See It.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Pilot error & ‘Korean Air 007’ — July 8, 2013.

Click to access NBC 'Bay Area' video and coverage.

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As somebody who has spent much of his life on planes, and have various Platinum and Lifetime Gold cards to prove it, I have a vested interest in aviation and airline safety (though I have, based on nothing other than a hunch, have claimed that I will never die in a plane crash).

Two things bother me about this crash.

1/ How do we ‘account’ for the unfortunate death of the 2nd, 16 year old Chinese teenager? Of course, she would not have died if not for the crash in the first place, BUT is it valid to include her death in the casualty count for this crash? Something that I think about. Of course I understand that it was an accident. The whole thing was an accident. But, in the case of this teenager, she was in two accidents one after the other. I fully appreciate that first responders, quite rightly, have to RUSH to the scene of an emergency. But, there is a fine line between haste and recklessness. I, as a parent and flier, would like to see this investigated fully — if that is objectively possible. Could this death have been averted with a bit more care? I don’t know. I just don’t think that a Fire Department, despite their very gallant efforts, should be given a carte blanche when an accident like this happens. We had a situation a couple of years ago, locally, when there was blatant recklessness by a volunteer fire department. So, that is my concern.

2/ I am amazed that I actually don’t know the answer given that I thought I was fairly au fait on these matters. What I don’t know is whether the Korean pilot can be detained in the U.S. to face charges. Not even sure whether it is possible to bring criminal charges against the pilot. Yes, of course, the civil law attorneys probably have already filed suit, as they should. But, can these two pilots be held criminally responsible. I also now realize why I don’t know the answer. Usually the pilots are not around to face the piper. My feeling is that these pilots need to stay in S.F. until we get to the bottom of this.

As Pilot Error Looms In “Asiana Air” Crash In San Francisco, I Can’t Help But Think Ok “Korean Air 007” In September 1983.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Craigslist was already abuzz this morning, well ahead of the news and NTSB reports, that the crash was due to ‘inexperienced’ Asian pilots. Though obviously Asian myself (and growing up I always wanted to be a commercial pilot before my eyesight went to hell), I do sympathize with these sentiments. All said and done you can’t beat U.S. and British pilots when it comes to training and experience. Even better if they flew for the services. In my days of racking up a million miles with American (and mainly sitting at the front, within the first 6 rows) you would hear other frequent flyers commenting on the style of landings of AA pilots — along the lines of “Wow, you can tell that he is from the Navy and landed on aircraft carriers the way he just put this baby down … with that definite thump“.

Given that (as I am sure I have mentioned before) I am an airplane buff I do tend to know a bit about major plane incidents. I was intrigued by KAL 007 and even read a book about it. Though we will never know what really happened, unintended pilot error on the part of the Koreans cannot be ruled out. Hence why it came to mind.

This article in Bloomberg goes onto talk about other Korean crashes and their rather shaky safety record. Not good.

Kind of bad for all Asian airlines including Air Lanka.

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