Not A Fact Based Decision - Possible Flawed Intuition?

by Hal Mooz 21. November 2013 08:43

Giant Boeing 747 freighter lands at wrong Kansas airport

A behemoth Boeing air freighter bound for McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., landed Wednesday night at a nearby smaller commercial airport by mistake, and officials scrambled to come up with a plan to get it back in the air.

A recording of a radio conversation with air traffic controllers appears to show that crew members were still unsure of their location even after landing at Jabara, which has no control tower and doesn't normally handle cargo traffic. Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is the main commercial airport in the region. In the recording, one of the pilots can be heard mistakenly telling the control tower at AFB McConnell that they landed at nearby Beech Factory Airport, then asking for details of other airports in the area.

"Let me ask you this, how many airports...are there?" one of the crew members is heard asking.

Officials were initially worried that the plane — which weighs 400,000 pounds even when empty — would be grounded because Jabara’s 6,100-foot runway is about half the length of the runways at AFB McConnell. But by morning they had determined there was enough room for a takeoff and scheduled a noon departure.


Photos Can Be A Permanent Error

by Hal Mooz 16. November 2013 12:28

'Revenge porn' victims press for new laws

Annmarie Chiarini's long-distance boyfriend was goading her to pose nude. The pictures would be for his eyes only, Chiarini recalls him saying, because she was so beautiful and because he missed her so much. He promised, she said, they would be stored on a compact disc and hidden in his drawer.

Chiarini believed him — until they broke up and the CD was auctioned on eBay with a link emailed to her friends and family. Copies were later mailed to her son's Catholic school kindergarten teacher and the department head at the college where Chiarini taught English. The images eventually wound up on a pornographic video-sharing site, earning 4,000 views in less than two weeks.

It's called "revenge porn," and it's legal in every state but California and New Jersey. A person shares a sexually explicit photo or video with a partner, only to see those images pop up online months or even years later — typically after a bad breakup. The images are often tied to the person's name, address and phone number. And in a particularly disturbing twist, some of the sites appear to be running side businesses offering "reputation protection services": Dump $500 into a PayPal account and maybe they will take down your photo.


Faith Based Decision Leads to Permanent Error

by Hal Mooz 15. November 2013 11:43

Syria rebels linked to al Qaeda apologize for beheading fellow fighter

The leaders of an al Qaeda-linked Islamist faction fighting Syrian president Bashar Assad have asked for “understanding forgiveness” after they mistakenly cut off the head of a fellow rebel and held it aloft for public display..

He was later identified as Mohammed Fares, an anti-government fighter who had been wounded in clashes against the Syrian army earlier that day, a spokesperson from British based the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told NBC News. The neutral group reports on incidents involving both sides in the conflict.

Al-Qahatani asked for Allah’s forgiveness in the statement, adding that the error is frequent in Jihad wars.

He also referenced a story in the Quran where the prophet Mohammed said Allah would forgive a man who killed a believer in error.


Doctrine Based Decisions Changing in China

by Hal Mooz 15. November 2013 08:10

China to relax one-child policy as part of economic, social reforms

China is to loosen its controversial one-child policy, abolish some of its labor camps and seek closer policy ties to the United States. The policy shift is one of several key decisions approved by the Communist Party of China (CPC) at its historic and secretive Third Plenary Session earlier this week.

The CPC said the change in family planning policy was intended to promote "long-term balanced development of the population in China," according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Under the current law, couples living in Chinese cities can only have two children if neither have any brothers or sisters.

Among the package of reforms, the CPC also announced the abolition of the "re-education through labor" system, in what Xinhua said was a bid to improve human rights. The labor-camp system was designed to punish early critics of the Communist Party, but it is now used by local officials to deal with people who challenge the state on rights issues and corruption, the Associated Press said.

China's president, Xi Jinping, told visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that China and the United States should strengthen policy coordination during their respective reform and restructuring processes, state media reported on Friday. Xi also told Lew that China will "push forward reform with greater impetus" to maintain healthy economic growth, Xinhua said.

The state will also reduce the number of crimes punishable by death, "work to ban" getting criminal confessions through torture, and improve the judiciary system. The main economic reform in the bundle was a proposed change to the country's tightly-controlled banking sector, allowing the establishment of small and medium-sized private banks.


Perk Pressure Based Decisions with Permanent Outcomes

by Hal Mooz 7. November 2013 12:31

Navy bribery scandal: 'The Hangover' on the high seas

Allegations that top officials fed classified information to a foreign defense contractor in exchange for hookers, cash and other kickbacks has ensnared the U.S. Navy in a lurid scandal that splits the difference between a Tom Clancy novel and "The Hangover."

A third senior official, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jose Luiz Sanchez, 41, was arrested in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday and charged with accepting escorts, high-end hotels, pricey plane tickets, $100,000 cash and a bevy of other payoffs from Leonard Francis — a Malaysian contractor known in military circles by the blunt sobriquet "Fat Leonard."

Federal prosecutors allege Leonard used luxury goodies and graft to lure Sanchez and other Navy officials into a scheme that overcharged the Pentagon by millions.

Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), Francis' Singapore-based company, allegedly submitted "bogus invoices for millions of dollars in services," according to the criminal complaint cited by a release from prosecutors from the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego.

The arrest Wednesday is just the latest twist in a massive fraud case that has rocked the Navy and could expose far-reaching national security violations.


Faith Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 6. November 2013 21:05


Runner refuses to wear No. 666

A Kentucky high school student refused to run in a regional cross-country race after she was assigned bib No. 666 in Lexington.

Whitley County High School junior Codie Thacker told the station that wearing the number, considered by some to be the “Mark of the Beast,” would have gone against her religious beliefs, and that she’d rather not run — giving up a chance to compete in the state championships — than wear 666.

"I didn't want to risk my relationship with God and try to take that number," Thacker said.

Thacker’s coach, Gina Croley, says she asked three different race officials to swap out Thacker’s bib for a new number, but each time, she says, she was denied.



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