MH17 flight data analysis implicates “large number of high energy objects”

The AAIB has confirmed to me that the FDR (Flight Data Recorder) analysis for flight MH17, downed over eastern Ukraine, was undertaken at the AAIB together with their Dutch counterparts. The results were passed to the Dutch Safety board, which covers air accidents concerning the Netherlands.

What happened to flight MH17 is now a Dutch investigation and subsequently it is their decision to release any relevant information into the public domain.

It is important to note that all EU countries are prohibited from releasing data from flight data recorders including CVR under EU Regulation 996/2010, Article 14.

The Dutch Safety Board have provided an update on this investigation on their website (9 Sept), where the DSB chairman said the crash was likely due to “a large number of high energy objects that penetrated the aircraft.”

Furthermore, “The Safety Board believes that additional evidence will become available for the investigation in the period ahead.” The DSB is hoping to publish a more detailed report on the first anniversary of the crash, according to an Indian report (11 Sept).

The AAIB has not held onto any electronic records or hardware from either of the MH17 flight recorders and everything has been handed over to the Dutch Safety Board.

‘Foley beheading’ video false? Part III

Viz – http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/563998/20140826/james-foley-beheading-video-executioner.htm

Let’s assume the ‘Foley beheading’ video is false (as The Times and Telegraph now suggest).

Who benefits?

If it’s a new group, called IS (ISIS or ISIL too (convenient English names)) and an outgrowth of Al Qa’ida, then such a video will not win it friends. But maybe it’s designed not to.

For the Muslim world who they claim to represent – but don’t – it’s the gruesome killing of a random westerner just for that. They’re not suggesting he’s a soldier or CIA. It’s known he’s a journalist – a US journalist, the most media saturated country in the world. There’s no suggestion either of due process or any sort of trial.

The Muslim world has proud traditions of journalism, law and due process. So this won’t impress them. In fact the vast majority will think it gives another excuse for America to attack the locality.

Maybe it’s for our (“Western”) consumption. A British militant in Iraq is alleged to behead a US journo. Clearly it’s barbaric brutality, and one the US should respond to with military might; many would say “as usual”.

In addition, the presentation of a Briton doing the killing means Britain being brought into join a war. This could well be urgent since blaming Assad for CW attacks didn’t work last year, in the previous bid to get a war on Syria. Also, Britain gets an excuse to become an even greater surveillance state, to demonise Muslims more and to beef up “Jihadist prevention” projects around the country.

It all most certainly takes light away – covered in sensationalist detail by a barely questioning media – from current deep involvement of the US and UK, and proxies Saudi and Qatar, in funding and supplying the same rebels. IMO, by these means, we’re already at war with Syria and Iraq, again, and our powers want even more involvement there – such as the bombing of Libya, and quite possibly boots on the ground.

Does anyone remember “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”? Obama is continuing going through the list of countries. And Iran is on it too.

Tele 25/08 – 

Look after the goldfish bowl!

Much of what passes for modern news plays on our our emotional states, often quite deliberately. 

Hence the presentation of Syria last year and the alleged chemical attack carried out by Assad’s forces, used very quickly by the US and UK to make preparations for war, only voted down in Britain’s case by memories of Iraq. unreported go the finding s later last year that what chemical attack there may have been was likely to have been carried out by the rebels, many of whom were western-backed. 

There’s a similar presentation going on now with the Ukraine. after a western-backed coup, the new government is immediately given lots of legitimisation (as apposed to vilification of the Russians) by western powers. there are similar reasons at play; Russia is an important protector of Syria and everyone watching knows that America has plans to get both Syria then Iran predating 9/11. 

Closer to home we see it in the perennial arguments about foreigners and immigration, so everyone is familiar with the arguments of them taking our jobs’ or ‘benefit scrounging’ – or both these days in the strange policies we’ve adopted. 

Whose murder is all over our screens? The Pistorius trial. It’s there for shock value, involves a celebrity, they’re both white. Was it a tragedy or a murder? Why should it matter to us,thousands of miles away? Actually it doesn’t. It’s there to entertain and to give us something to gossip about. Do we know as much about the 1 or 2 murders a day in Britain? no, of course not. For some reason, they’re not as newsworthy. But why? They’re no less a human tragedy, so if we value human lives surely we should be more concerned about those, read about them, be told about them?

There’s more to being human than any given emotional state.  This is quite important for those of us who live in pathological societies like America or Britain. America has the school of counselling tricks known as NLP, or new age thinking like The Secret, or The Seven Habits of Successful People. But to think that a mindset will cure all our ills is delusional, even if it is temporarily helpful. It arises out of the How to Get Rich school, something America has become very good at. A good contrast for The Secret would be The Wolf of Wall Street – where individuals also get fabulously wealthy and successful – by lying and at the expense of others.

For all Americans to be as rich as their own richest have become would mean the destruction of the planet (already far advanced). We’d be better off with a global ethic such as ‘Live simply, that others may simply live’. This starts from a more global understanding and imperatives arising out of the known macro effects humans are having. The biggest single class in the way of this are the rich and powerful, most of whom haven’t got there by the ‘Law of Attraction’ but through inherited wealth, position and exploitation of others or the earth or both.

Foremostly, we’re social beings and the health of the society will influence how generally healthy the individuals are, rather than the other way around. Like fish in a goldfish bowl – one enlightened fish may teach the others how to enjoy life, but if the water’s poisoned, the progress is short-lived. We have to look after the goldfish bowl now (even if it makes some people unhappy).

AXE THE BEDROOM TAX RALLY, HULL | CHRISTOPHER ALDER VIGIL

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Martin Deane speaking at the Bedroom Tax Rally, Hull,. with Dermot Rathbone, LRC (Labour Representation Committee). (Photos: Peter Pollard, with thanks)
 
Martin Deane, of Hull and East  Riding Green Party, spoke at the Bedroom Tax rally, Sat 5th April. also speaking were Dermot Rathbone (People’s Assembly), Cllr Shelagh Finlay (Lab), and Cllr Gill Kennett (Labour, suspended for voting against the budget costing 400 Hull jobs).
 
“The figures surrounding the tax are staggering.  Despite the government’s avowed intent to rehouse people more sensibly, only a tiny fraction have been able to move. A further staggering number involve disabled people, as if they didn’t have enough to contend with!
 
“The figures exposed recently by BBC research show that only 6% of people affected by the bedroom tax have been able to move.
 
 
“We already know that 66% are in rent arrears, with 15% facing eviction. This is further evidence that the bedroom tax is causing widespread misery and suffering. That there are now hundreds of thousands of households trapped in unaffordable homes is an indictment of the bedroom tax policy, and this government.
 
 
“The bedroom tax is one further blow to disabled people in Britain, already hit hard by the deeply flawed and grossly unreasonable Work Capability Assessment administered by the dreadful Atos.
 
“We rejoice – briefly – at Atos caving in after recent national demonstrations, and requesting their government contract be ended early – but we know some other craven company will take their place.
 
“Two thirds of households affected by the bedroom tax have at least one disabled member. This unjust tax piles disadvantage on disadvantage. It expects children of the same gender to share bedrooms – yet we’re expecting schools to improve results for the most disadvantaged pupils. Forcing those children to try to do their homework and study in overcrowded, stressful environments will not help.
 
“We currently have a government detached from reality with Iain Duncan Smith proclaiming “let them move house” when there are no homes to move to!  We need to back policies to ensure that people have a roof over the heads and enough to eat in the UK – one of the richest countries in the world.”
 
“It is deeply concerning how grossly unfair it is that the poor are targeted by this tax – especially as the richest are benefiting from tax cuts. It’s horrifying that such a high proportion of those affected are disabled.
 
“This abhorrent policy is pushing people who are already desperate, into homelessness or into the hands of pay day loan sharks.

“A government minister was recently asked, How much money has the Bedroom Tax saved? She said, It wasn’t all about saving money…

 
“We need to see an end to this tax. We need an end to this government!”
 
 
Janet Alder is still seeking justice for her brother Christopher who died on the floor of Queen’s Gardens Police Station, Hull. 16 years on, and despite an unlawful killing verdict, dozens of questions remain unanswered. There have been 6000 deaths in police custody since the year 2000. ( http://www.scriptonitedaily.com/2013/05/17/2814-deaths-of-the-mentally-ill-in-police-custody-zero-prosecutions-where-is-the-justice/ )
 
Adding insult to death, when Chris, a 37-year old ex-paratrooper, partner and father of two, was buried, the WRONG body was handed over for the funeral. A recent investigation shed no light on how this occurred beyond revealing Christopher’s body had been transferred between 6 body bags.
 
It also refused to lay any blame or to find any criminal wrongdoing.
 
Of further worry is the revelation that 59 police officers attended the mortuary to view Christopher Alder’s body. There is no explanation as to why.
 
 
Janet also revealed she had had no support from Labour (under who this killing happened), the Lib Dems or the Conservatives. The Green Party should formally support her and others of the 6000 dead seeking answers. It is time to end the paramilitary model of policing.

EE Customer Service is Poor to Tragic

IF YOU are having problems with EE, here are all the EE directors / executives emails to write to:

executive.office@orange.co.uk, olaf.swantee@ee.co.uk, francoise.clemes@ee.co.uk, ralf.brandmeier@ee.co.uk, marc.allera@ee.co.uk, pippa.dunn@ee.co.uk , gerry.mcquade@ee.co.uk,  stephen.harris@ee.co.uk, fotis.karonis@ee.co.uk

Dear EE,

I’m still waiting for your refund on a product that didn’t work in an area you said it would. So I thought I’d do an analysis of what your customers are saying.  The following is from 4 or 5 of YOUR OWN prominent ads on facebook, and the comments YOUR customers have written on them.

EE Analysis:
Comments which expressed an opinion on EE (as opposed to being social remarks on someone else’s comment, etc). IE, a random sample of 100 EE customers with FB accounts.

% who noted Poor to Tragic EE Customer Service –  33

% who noted EE’s  rubbish signal –                               26

% who think EE is an Awful Company –                       21

% who commented on a Big Wait for goods –               6

% who thought EE was a great service –                        4

% left without communication abroad –                        1

% who said SKY was better, cheaper –                           3

% who wrote about EE receiving most complaints to Ofcom – 1

% who noted No response for deaf customer –            1

% who said Vodafone is better –                                      1

% who noted the Ofcom helpline 02079813040 –       1

% who noted EE was Orange + T-Mobile = useless – 2

% who recommended the Live EE complaints site –  1

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

There is a LOT of flak against immigration. I’ve been thinking about it.

I’m the son of immigrants… My parents came here in 1960. They came here to find work – like many tens of thousands of other from their country. They came to take ‘jobs from people’ here (as the right-wing press puts it), though that wasn’t their prime intention. And my father found work… He worked for the railways, eventually he worked for the post office –a job he kept for 35 years until he retired, work which paid his taxes and our bills and provided a roof over our heads that the family still owns.

In Hull, who would we not have had without immigration?
Amy Johnson! Her grandfather came to Hull from Denmark. What of her future had that not happened? A woman who became the first Air Ministry qualified ground engineer, the first pilot ever to fly solo to Australia. Her grandfather set up a fish merchant’s business with a Norwegian called Knudtzon; Andrew Johnson Knudtzon Ltd. (A.J.K.) is still in business in Hull today.

Then there’s Clive Sullivan, a Welsh rugby league player who played for both Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers in his career, for Oldham and Doncaster, and captained Great Britain in 1972, a team which won the Rugby League World Cup. Clive Sullivan, born in 1943 (died in 1985) , the first black captain of any British national sporting side. I’m unsure of his family’s origin.

I’m sure we can all think of many more… Maybe we should.

When my father first came to London, and was looking for lodgings, there were signs in the windows. They said “No blacks. No dogs. No Irish.”

My parents are from Ireland.There is a LOT of flak against immigration. I’ve been thinking about it.

I’m the son of immigrants… My parents came here in 1960. They came here to find work – like many tens of thousands of other from their country. They came to take ‘jobs from people’ here (as the right-wing press puts it), though that wasn’t their prime intention. And my father found work… He worked for the railways, eventually he worked for the post office –a job he kept for 35 years until he retired, work which paid his taxes and our bills and provided a roof over our heads that the family still owns.

In Hull, who would we not have had without immigration?
Amy Johnson! Her grandfather came to Hull from Denmark. What of her future had that not happened? A woman who became the first Air Ministry qualified ground engineer, the first pilot ever to fly solo to Australia. Her grandfather set up a fish merchant’s business with a Norwegian called Knudtzon; Andrew Johnson Knudtzon Ltd. (A.J.K.) is still in business in Hull today.

Then there’s Clive Sullivan, a Welsh rugby league player who played for both Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers in his career, for Oldham and Doncaster, and captained Great Britain in 1972, a team which won the Rugby League World Cup. Clive Sullivan, born in 1943 (died in 1985) , the first black captain of any British national sporting side. I’m unsure of his family’s origin.

I’m sure we can all think of many more… Maybe we should.

When my father first came to London, and was looking for lodgings, there were signs in the windows. They said “No blacks. No dogs. No Irish.”

My parents are from Ireland.