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Saturday, April 2. 2011
My nightmare: Fuselage hole forces Southwest emergency landing
How come nobody got sucked out?
We can thank his psychoanalyst for his wisdom about human nature, despite his predictable and boring academically-
"For Koran-buring"? Give me a break. It's the fault of some jerk in Florida? No. Just an excuse to go berserko and behead some filthy infidels. Muslims or anybody can burn all the Bibles they want. I don't care, and I won't want to harm anybody - I would just feel sorry for them. These are killers looking for excuses, and any excuse will do. That's just the way killers are: they kill because they are killers.
Nice teacher: The face behind those anti-GOP death threats
Dems go after Sen. Brown's family's medical records
That is a declaration of war. Is Scott locked and loaded?
Prehistoric Americans Traded Chocolate for Turquoise?
Hot chocolate is delicious, especially in the winter
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What the article on sex doesn't discuss are the percentage of those low sex drive marriages where the wife is over weight. A fat wife is not much of a turn on. I'm sure the same can be said for a fat husband but I can't speak to that perspective.
In Africa they love fat women. They call them "comfortably-sized."
Articles like that one are one of the main reasons we stopped supporting FOTF.
How come nobody got sucked out?
Not a big enough hole. I'm sure all the loose papers and magazines probably moved around, but the rapid decompression wouldn't have created that much of a pressure differential to actually move anything heavier than a piece of paper. Cabins are pressurized to a little over one atmosphere (14.7 psi) - at 36,000 feet, the differential would be roughly 10 psi - pressure in the Troposphere decreases by a factor of 2 for every 18,000 feet. Not a lot of positive pressure to suck a human out a small hole.
Aren't you glad you asked?
An airliner cabin depressurizing does not look like the last part of the movie 'Aliens.' There's not enough air contained in the fuselage to feed a prolonged gale.
I believe the last person to be 'sucked out' of a plane was a flight attendant on an Aloha Boeing 737 -- but that airplane lost the complete top of fuselage from just aft of the flight deck to just forward of the wing root. (And -- no -- a failure that catastrophic is not going to happen again either.)
I am flying Southwest to a marathon out west. Non-refundable tickets, natch. I have three weeks to brood about this on top of all of the other accompanying things that can go wrong. Yikes.
If this really worrying you, you might consider: 1) Airline travel is extremely safe. You would have to fly every day for several thousand years to get a statistical even chance of being in an airline accident. 2) While this was, I'm sure, frightening for everyone, they all came through OK. (One news report said a flight attendant was slightly injured.)
Passengers get all upset if the pilot descends quickly to get down where there's lots of breatheable air.
Frightened by ignorance over a non-event.
737's do seem to have their share of hull ruptures. But then there are a lot of 737's in the population so you remember them from decades ago.
I never liked the airplane because of the shortage of non-wing-view window seats. The rear engine design was much nicer, because it moves the wing way back.
I still say the best passenger jet aircraft Boeing ever made was the 727.
The 727 tended to come down short and hard until they blocked out the full flaps position.
Murderous muhammadans in Afghanistan are peaceful protesters whom el presidente feels he must protect.
"I will stand with them (muhammadans) should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." "The Audacity of Hope" (Barack Obama) (2006)
These louts certify, once again, that Muhammad's hords need to be quarantined and not aided, me thinks.
I burn every extra koran i come upon, keepin' but one for referencing.
Cain't figure Bird Dog, Boniitos maybe have traded turquoise for chocolate but even NG only writes they may have.
Visiting Mesoamericans may have bartered cacao beans for gems unique to the Southwest, such as turquoise, which is known to have been mined by Puebloans in what's now New Mexico.
Methinks they may have needed something more precious to get chocolate.
Maybe Bonitos traded their fat bonitas for the cacao elixir.
Maybe they stole it.
Parrot feather ornaments, and early Spanish coins from the mid 1500's have been found on a small foot trail that runs from south of the border up through western Montana and into Canada. It is of course probable that this trail was in use a long time before the Spanish arrived in the US. In some places this trail runs alongside
of prairies where buffalo were grazing. Fresh water all the way for the entire trip. What were they coming up to Canada for you might ask? Oil? Fish? Fish Oil? . . .
"That's just the way killers are: they kill because they are killers."
I suppose. But that's only half the problem. What about the people who blame America and Americans for the murders? They're not killers: "That's just the way useful idiots are: they say those things because they're idiots"?
apple pie ...My husband tells me there is a cliff over the border in Canada the Indian name of which is Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump, where the Indian tribes used to drive herds of buffalo over the cliff. It gave the tribe plentiful meat for their families for some time, depending on the size of the herd. Apparently, the cliff had been used for centuries -- lots of buffalo bones at the bottom.
Kay Hymowitz is getting to be a one-subject thinker, and has not been moved by different interpretations of her data.