We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Way down at the bottom, you will notice that this guy took a BA at Stanford-then goes to Londa (same time as the Clintons?) While at Oxford he does not complete upper level work--merely another lower level degree. After a couple of years of "doing europe" he comes to Yale to do his upper graduate work--then and this is what I consider to be a real problem for all academic departments, schools ,etc. Then this guy stays on at Yale to become president--nice work if you can get it right? The problem is that I believe it to be intellectually incestuous to for grad students to become professors at the same school where they earned their degrees. I know, I know it makes sense to all of you--but it limits terribly the intellectual conversation.
Some good common sense in that 'airline' article. And, being in the industry, I think an especially good point about 'safety' and the intricacies of achieving same.
If the photographs that I have seen of the problem in the American Airlines fiasco were accurate... that was a totally unnecessary action by the FAA. The whole drama politically driven. It cost AA millions of dollars and inconvenienced many thousands of people for a problem that was not an immediate 'safety of flight' issue. Bureaucratic ineptitude, starting with Congress and working its way down.