Prediction: Boeing 747 Cargo Use to Expand Sharply

At some point, we will come out of this pandemic thing.  Long before that happens, we should expect to see more Boeing 747s hauling cargo, or at least, getting painted up for the big night out.  Why?

Airlines are shedding older airliners first as they chop capacity, struggling to catch up with the collapse of demand — as well as the A380, which always had the economics of an obsolete machine.  The only other 4-holer of note, the A340, was already nearly removed from service, being exactly a less-efficient A330 with better numerical redundancy (losing one engine meant 25% of power gone, not 50%).  Engines grew up, and better overall reliability along with a better power to gross weight ratio meant that the benefit of shoveling coal at four engines made no sense when the A330 was literally the same aircraft, but better.... [Read More]

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Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Left

Big Lefty has already made its first wave assault, so stand by for little left.  I read there’s a wave of strikes coming.  The whole damned Acorn, OFA, #Occupy, #Antifa rabble is going to mobilize.

I hope the right has its stuff together, by which I mean food, fuel, and ammo.  The Communists and their American footsoldiers, our domestic enemies, will not refrain from their pursuit just because there’s a crisis — just the opposite.  This is an excellent crisis for the left, and it will not go to waste.

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Cellphone Data Map Reveals Which Americans Are Ignoring Quarantine

Cellphone Data Map Reveals Which Americans Are Ignoring Quarantine

Found on Yahoo, but mostly Yahoo, sucks down news from elsewhere. Still in the article there is a link to another website that will let you look at the raw data for your state.... [Read More]

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Why Astrophysicists Shouldn’t Build Things

Astrophysicist Daniel Reardon

Australian astrophysicist Daniel Reardon thought he’d turn his inventiveness to help humanity by inventing a device to help people learn not to inadvertently touch their faces.  His idea was to build a necklace with sensors which would respond to magnets worn on the wrists and buzz to alert the wearer when their hands approached the face.... [Read More]

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Bread and Quarantines

I like having fun.  I bet you do, too.  In fact, fun is pretty much defined as those things that we like doing.  So that’s a tautology.  It’s a stupid, self-licking ice cream cone kind of statement.

Work can be fun.  Work is more fun when it’s interesting, and less fun when it’s boring.  Again with the self-licking.  Some work is just what it is, and when it’s time to counter-sink those holes, any fun you can put into it is between you and your drill press.  Other work is more interactive as opposed to merely performative, in that you can affect the perception of others who also touch your widget.  The Maytag Repairman was bored for fifty-seven years because no Maytags ever broke.... [Read More]

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Not to further offend soft skinned people, The “Chinese” are liars.

Not to further offend soft skinned people, The “Chinese” are liars.

That is the obvious conclusion about the reports from the Chinese news agencies on the number of deaths in Wuhan.
Urn deliveries in Wuhan raise questions about China’s actual coronavirus death toll.... [Read More]

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Fiscal Conservatism is Dead Forever

The AP has the story of how many “fiscal hawks” in DC are either acquiescing to the recently passed $2 trillion money grab or outright praising it as the best option for the circumstances. Here are a couple of key quotes:

“Yes, it’s too much, and we’re worried about overall spending, but we recognize something has to be done,” David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, said. “That’s the kind of comment I’m hearing from conservatives who would normally oppose big spending bills.”... [Read More]

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Life is Too Complicated, Series III, 43rd edition

Last evening, my wife found a new series (I think on Netflix) called Vice. It began with a female reporter interviewing ISIS members. I did’t pay much attention, but I caught enough to be appalled.. The next item was about something I never heard of, called “SIM swapping”. That got my full attention. Apparently, someone who has hacked your mobile account credentials (which they say can be obtained for a $100 bribe from an unscrupulous mobile phone company employee), a hacker can call the company saying they are you and request a new sim card for YOUR phone number. They can then use it as second factor access to your accounts with most anybody. As if there isn’t enough to worry about. This is a big enough problem that AT&T Wireless is being sued for  over $200 million over this issue. Their defense is that they are not in the security business. It’s not their fault you use your phone to identify yourself.

The program interviewed several victims whose entire life savings disappeared – without recourse in most cases, as it is near impossible to catch these guys. They even interviewed one still-functioning perp, whose identity was electronically masked, and he was quite proud of himself for being able to “make” so much money. An articulate monster, he assiduously avoided the word “steal”. The victims were shown addressing one of the rare perps who had been caught (only because he bragged about his feats on social media) in court after his sentencing to 10 years in prison (of which they expected him to serve 4) and explained that he would be out at age 24 and they were pretty sure he had over $4 million hidden in cryptocurrency which they couldn’t find. I found myself saying to my wife that were I that victim, I might be telling the guy he could reliably expect me to make my presence known to him immediately upon his release… We call this justice today: steal someone’s life savings, make $4 million in exchange for 4 years minimum security incarceration.... [Read More]

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