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Notre-Dame's precious rooster statue found 'battered' in debris

Amazing that this statue that was atop the spire survived the fire and the fall from that height.

https://news.yahoo.com/notre-dames-precious-rooster-statue-found-battered-debris-084658347.html

Paris (AFP) - A wrought copper statue of a rooster that sat atop Notre-Dame has been found "battered" in the debris of the Paris cathedral following its devastating fire, France's culture ministry said.

The statue is considered all the more important because it contains three holy relics -- including a fragment of the Crown of Thorns believed by Christians to have been worn by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion, placed there to protect Parisians.

The sculpture of the bird -- which is an unofficial symbol of France -- was recovered Tuesday by a restorer picking through the rubble left when the spire on which it had sat toppled at the height of the inferno that ravaged Notre-Dame on Monday, a ministry spokesman told AFP.

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Because of the statue's damage, it was not yet possible to verify if the Crown of Thorns fragment or the other relics were still inside, the official said.


https://twitter.com/chanutj/status/1118191122340302850

France 24 now reporting the main structure of Notre Dame will be saved per the fire fighters.

https://twitter.com/BreakingF24/status/1117894127658528768

Churches around France are ringing their bells in solidarity with Notre-Dame.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/15/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-paris-france-landmark-live-news

Boeing has been reducing quality assurance positions and has plans to reduce more.

This article is from Feb 2019. I wonder if their plans are staying the same given the two recent crashes.

Shortcoming in Boeing quality-control audit draws scrutiny from inspectors, FAA
Originally published February 1, 2019 at 6:00 am Updated February 1, 2019 at 8:03 pm

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeings-move-toward-fewer-inspectors-questioned-following-quality-control-audit/

In the last quarter of 2018, Boeing failed one element of its quality control audit on the 747, 767 and 777 legacy airplane programs in Everett, a setback in its plan to shift its quality system to one that relies on fewer inspectors overseeing the work of mechanics.

Quality inspectors at Boeing, angry at managementís plan to streamline and automate some quality-control processes with fewer inspectors overseeing the work of mechanics, point to a recent quality-control audit that missed one of its targets as evidence that the companyís effort is unwise.

Boeing plans to eliminate up to 900 quality- inspector positions as part of a sweeping transformation of its manufacturing system over the next two years. The idea is to move away from reliance on inspections by a second set of eyes to find any defects after a mechanic does a job. Instead, Boeing is redesigning tasks to make it easier for mechanics to get things right first time, and deploying smart tools and digital technology to track and monitor quality.

Never forget that Barr pushed for Iran-Contra pardons in his last AG gig. Covered then, covering now

One bright light. We have the House. Glad Mueller released now rather than earlier.

No doubt that when Republicans had the Senate and the House, they would have used a giant broom to sweep this under a large rug. Who knows how little of it we would have seem.

At least now Democrats are in a position to apply pressure to have as much as possible be known.

The racism of technology - and why driverless cars could be the most dangerous example yet

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2019/mar/13/driverless-cars-racist

There is a rule for dealing with computers: garbage in, garbage out. Put the wrong number of zeroes in your Excel spreadsheet and it will unthinkingly pay your staff pennies on the pound; train a self-driving car to recognise human figures by showing it millions of pictures of white people, and it might struggle to identify pedestrians of other races.

That was the finding of researchers from Georgia Tech, who analysed how effective various ďmachine visionĒ systems were at recognising pedestrians with different skin tones. The results were alarming: AI systems were consistently better at identifying pedestrians with lighter skin tones than darker. And not by a little bit: one headline comparison suggests that a white person was 10% more likely to be correctly identified as a pedestrian than a black person.

"First Southwest 737 MAX Breaks Down on Flight #2 With CEO on Board." So, problems from the start?

While searching for more info about the 737 MAX, I came across this blog post from 2017 about the early fights on Southwest when they first aquired the planes.

The blogger was set to fly on the 2nd Southwest flight of this type of plane, but the flight ended up being cancelled due to mechanical issues. I donít follow this type of blog, so I donít know how usual or unusual it is for this to occur.

It does make it seem that there were some probelms in using this plane from the start and I think itís notable that the blame was placed on crew training rather than on the plane from the get-go.


https://thepointsguy.com/2017/10/first-sw-737-max-breaks-down/

However, once everyone had gotten a seat, the captain came on the PA system to alert passengers that a spoiler indicator light had illuminated in the cockpit. It needed to be solved before we could take off.

Not too long thereafter around 9:40am, the issue was corrected. A round of applause followed the captainís announcement and we thought we were on our way. But the spoiler indicator had other plans. After we had pulled away from the gate and begun taxiing to the runway, the indicator illuminated again and we were forced to turn around and head back to the gate.

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Roughly 20 minutes into this third and final delay, the crew informed us that the carrier would be swapping aircraft. Passengers were asked to deplane and wait in the terminal. Disappointing, but something that was out of the control of many of those on board.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, who had been along for the duration of the dayís activities until that point, remained on board and talked to passengers throughout the delays. After weíd returned to the gate on the second go-around, I asked him if he planned on staying on board. He said it depended on the aircraft and whether it was operable. He added that the issues were likely due to the fact that crew and maintenance are getting used to the new plane.

And Spike Leeeeeeeeeeeee! Yes. About damn time!

Yesterday, Trump's FEMA Chief resigned. Today Trump threatens to sign emergency. Coincidence? No.

On Feb 13th, Trumpís FEMA Chief resigned.

Brock Long: US emergency management chief resigns

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47234227
13 February 2019

US Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long has announced his resignation, the latest senior name to leave the Donald Trump administration.
In the post since June 2017, he has led the response to several extreme natural disasters, including the heavily criticised operation in Puerto Rico after a devastating hurricane.
Mr Long was also involved in a row over the use of government resources.
In a statement, he said it was "time for me to go home to my family".


Today Trump is saying he will declare an emergency so he can divert funds to build his nonsense wall.

So, I wonder if these are related and if itís because Trumpís newest plan is a step too far for even the lousy leader of FEMA that Long was.

Trumpís people have been floating the idea of using the emergency declaration to grab necessary funding away from California and Puerto Rico for months now. I keep thinking that trying to take punitive actions against the areas that support him the least is one of the main things he is attempting with the bogus emergency declaration.

Thoughts?
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