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Oily Stupidity

So, the U.S. Senate filibustered Keystone XL to death: A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for passage, despite frantic … Continue reading

Aviation

Navigating Aeronautical Safety–Part 3

My previous posting ended with an incident where the A320 “earned” a nickname from Airbus’s detractors, the Lumberjack: I think of that video every time I read William Langewiesche’s annoying, insulting pronouncement: In 1987, Airbus took the next step by introducing the first fly-by-wire airliner, the smallish A320, in which computers interpret the pilots’ stick … Continue reading