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Southwest Airlines fined for operating with incorrect weight&balance calculations

There's no indications that any of the flights SW operated were unsafe, but the potential for this to go wrong and end badly should be obvious


The FAA has proposed to levy a $3.9 million fine on Southwest Airlines for operating more than 20,000 commercial flights with incorrect weight and balance calculations, potentially putting the safety of the flights at risk.

The violations took place between 1 May and 9 August 2018, on 21,505 flights with 44 aircraft, the FAA alleges. The incorrect data included empty weight, centre of gravity or moment data. This information is used to determine the number of passengers and amount of fuel that can be carried, and how cargo is loaded, the FAA says in a statement on 10 January.

“Southwest’s operation of these aircraft was contrary to the airline’s approved weight-and-balance programme and FAA-issued operations specifications,” the FAA says.

Weight and balance calculations on any aircraft are critical to flight safety. Faulty or incomplete calculations can compromise the aircraft’s structural integrity, and lead to tail strikes upon take-off or control difficulty in the air.

Southwest has 30 days after receiving the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the allegations.

GE shares drop after Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos calls it a 'bigger fraud than Enron'



General Electric shares fell after Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos targets the conglomerate in a new report, calling it "a bigger fraud than Enron."
The 175-page report claims GE was hiding the depths of its financial problems and would need to significantly raise its insurance reserves. It also points out alleged accounting issues with its oil and gas unit.
"My team has spent the past 7 months analyzing GE's accounting and we believe the $38 Billion in fraud we've come across is merely the tip of the iceberg," Markopolos says in the report.
Markopolos said he has given the report to securities regulators and that certain information he has uncovered was given to law enforcement only, and is not in the public report.

The MSMs attempts to normalize the Trump's continues

with this tweet from ABC News quoting Martha Raddadtz

Check out @ABCPolitics’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ABCPolitics/status/1078015375244181504?s=09

Maybe Martha's memory is faulty, because a quick Google search shows that the following First Ladies have gone to combat zones, some more dangerous than the one Melanoma went to today:
Eleanor Roosevelt (who made multiple visits)
Pat Nixon
Barbara Bush
Hillary fucking Clinton
Laura Bush
Michelle Obama went to visit troops in Qatar

We need to bombard ABC with tweets and emails until they correct the record.

One more I wasn't sure about until I checked: Mary Todd Lincoln

A tale of two winters

The major snowfall last week may have been just the opening salvo in another frigid winter in the US Northeast. Here in CT, the high on Thanksgiving is forecast to be in the low 20's, over 35 degrees F colder than the historic average for this date. On the other hand, the West, and in particular the Northwest corner of the country will be warmer than average to much warmer.

Winter Temperature Outlook: Why This November Cold Snap Increases Odds of a Cold Winter in the East

Prolonged November cold and early snowfall are helping to raise the odds of a persistently cold winter in the East, according to the latest outlook from The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

The United States has had its most expansive November snow cover in almost three years due to a plunge of the jet stream centered over the central U.S.

This persistent upper-level trough has led to above-average snowfall not only where snow is expected along the northern tier of the country, but also throughout much of the Plains.

The colder air and increased snow cover may set the stage for frigid weather to take over a good section of the country this winter.

The overall trend calls for a colder-than-average winter in the eastern half of the country while the West remains warm, according to The Weather Company's latest winter outlook.


Melania is Clueless in Kenya

I'm surprised she didn't ask to see Obama's birthplace!


Melania Trump has prompted consternation, some anger and much derision by choosing a pith helmet – a symbol of colonial rule across Africa – as headwear for a brief safari in Kenya.

On the penultimate day of her tour of the continent – her first solo trip overseas – the first lady visited an orphanage in Nairobi before heading to a national park near the city.

Dressed in riding pants, boots and a spotless white pith helmet, the former model climbed into an open-air vehicle for the safari, taking photos on her iPhone of zebras, giraffes, impalas, rhinos and hippos.

She also stopped at a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade.

But it was the headgear that attracted most attention. Pith helmets – so-called because they are made of the material sholapith – were worn by European explorers and imperial administrators in Africa, parts of Asia and the Middle East in the 19th century before being adopted by military officers, rapidly becoming a symbol of status – and oppression.

"This guy doesn't know anything!"

Tales from Trump's Presidential Transition:

The first time Trump paid attention to any of this was when he read about it in the newspaper. The story revealed that Trump’s very own transition team had raised several million dollars to pay the staff. The moment he saw it, Trump called Steve Bannon, the chief executive of his campaign, from his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower, and told him to come immediately to his residence, many floors above. Bannon stepped off the elevator to find Christie seated on a sofa, being hollered at. Trump was apoplectic, yelling: You’re stealing my money! You’re stealing my fucking money! What the fuck is this?


Did you know: "trump" is another word for "fart" in the UK

I find that fascinating! We have a President and Mrs Fart and they run a chain of Fart Hotels. He sells Fart Water and Fart Steaks and you used to be able to get a bogus degree from Fart University.

Don't get me started on the Fart Shuttle!

Trump tried to break up the EU

According to WaPo article embedded in the Tweet below, during French President Macron's April visit, Trump offered France a better trade deal with the US than the EU gets if Macron would bring France out of the EU. Basically, that would be the stuff of Putin's wet dreams. Tell me again how Trump isn't a Russian puppet.

Check out @ObsoleteDogma’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ObsoleteDogma/status/1012509288475000832?s=09

California to require solar photovoltaic systems on all new homes after 2020

Homeowners will have the option to buy systems outright or, as I suspect most will do, contract with a solar provider like Solar City or Sunrun (disclaimer: I have a Sunrun system on my house in CT) to install and maintain the system for a fixed monthly fee that escalates at a couple of percent per year for 20 years. I actually think solar leases will start running to 25 or 30 years as the PV panels are not degrading as rapidly with age as expected.


Energy Commission Adopts Standards Requiring Solar Systems for New Homes, First in Nation

SACRAMENTO - Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent, the California Energy Commission today adopted building standards that require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020. The building energy efficiency standards, which are the first in the nation to require solar, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road.

The cost-effective 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, focus on four key areas: smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated thermal envelope standards (preventing heat transfer from the interior to exterior and vice versa), residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements, and nonresidential lighting requirements. The ventilation measures improve indoor air quality, protecting homeowners from air pollution originating from outdoor and indoor sources. For the first time, the standards also establish requirements for newly constructed healthcare facilities.

New Go Fund Me campaign: Kevlar for Kids

I'm thinking of starting a GoFundMe campaign. I'm going to call it "Kevlar for Kids;" I think if kids across the country start showing up to school in body armour that some Republicans might finally get a clue that they need to do more than offer thoughts and prayers.
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