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  • Jemand - Censorship Improves History

    I’m assuming this is a clockworks repair and not some fix for a dicky foot.

    I’m also going to assume (and hope) that Craig will retain his vocal capabilities to dictate occasional rages against the machine for subsequent electronic transcription to this blog.

    Good luck, Craig. If you see a light, stay away from it, or ask someone to turn it off.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Okay, so was Flight 214 sabotaged to take away attention from the Snowden debacle, and only failed to achieve its goal because of the special training and efforts by the crew?

    After all, according to Washington, Asians are always expendable when it comes to its goals.

  • Anon

    “Okay, so was Flight 214 sabotaged to take away attention from the Snowden debacle, and only failed to achieve its goal because of the special training and efforts by the crew?”

    No. Any further stupid questions, Tro?

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Certainly reminds me when I took an AirChina flight from Beijing to JFK on a revamped 747 at the end of February, and the pilot somehow managed to make the runaway under very bad conditions. The plane just seemed to float around Jamaica Bay without any power, and all we Asians (except me) remained deadly silent while it was occurring.

    Noticed all the special preparation that officialdom had engaged in before takeoff, especially having a most senior, Western pilot taking command of a crew who had never met him before, and having yet another security check of all the passenger after going through the gate to make sure that no one, especially me, was not carrying some kind of explosive device in their hand luggage.

    To dismiss out of hand any explanation of what Washington’s thugs are up to these days is apparently just helping them along!

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    In the AirChina case, Washington hoped that it would make a serious miscalculation, leading to disaster, or an embarrassing climbdown by the Chinese carrier.

    Washington seems to have gotten HAARP going over Alaska, heating up the ionosphere that the plane had to go through, reducing airspeed by about 70 knots an hour, and making JFK the absolute limit of its range.

    Of course, the pilot could have diverted to some other airport but it would not be good publicity for the purchase of more such planes, what Washington does not want it to have because of the impact that AirChina would then have on international passenger travel.

    Then China’s Ministry of State Security thought that I might have some special message for it, and made attempts to meet me. A Thai woman made a special effort to sit next to me when I made the flight from Bangkok to Beijing, and then she was monitoring my actions by cellphone facilities set up in the airport during my long wait for the flight to JFK.

    The more usual event was yet the security check just before getting on the plane during which the head of the detail gave me a welcoming wave of the hand, apparently expecting me to come over and say something to him.

    I didn’t because I just strongly suspected that the USA was just going to pull another dirty trick on China, like the Pentagon-made earthquake in May 2008, but I didn’t have a clue of what it might be.

    It seems that it was a very good decision on my part as the crew must have worked its butts off, getting the 747 to JFK.

    The MoSS even had one of its couples sit next to me during the flight, hoping to provoke me to make some outburst or admission.

    When I was only most polite and helpful, they became more and more friendly.

    During the ordeal of making that landing, they wanted me to keep quiet about what was happening, and when the plane finally landed, we shook hands rather than engaged in high-fives.

    This time, it seems that Washington left nothing to Korean miscalculations.

  • Anon

    (Not the anon with shades at 2:31)
    But on the same subject

    Type Qualified Pilots on various forums already have a fair idea what happened. It involves pilot error and also potentially a sequence of events of input to flight computers which would have allowed the engines to idle down too far during landing. The crew, who may not have done a VFR approach for a very long time and didn’t seem to be doing a good job of it from the start, noticed their mistake too late.

    The airline has already said tellingly, there was no problem with the aircraft as far they are concerned.

    But we will probably know for sure soon enough. The fact that the plane continued to transmit real-time aircraft flight data as it crashed (and these were picked up by the web-based flight-trackers) means a lot of info is already in the public domain about this crash.

    But more Importantly, Craig – Get Well Soon

  • barrie

    Same as Hassan I am a compulsory lurker on this blog ,my sentiments are the same get well soon ,

  • Indigo

    All the best Craig.

    Hope to see you back – fighting fit and in customary shit-detector mood – as soon as you’re on your feet again.

  • Anon

    I see the odious fat slug Salmond and crony didn’t miss the opportunity for a staged unfurling of the Scottish flag in front of the cameras after Murray’s win. The pre-planned and hurried unfurling by the grinning slug was more akin to a schoolboy prank than the behaviour of a statesman.

  • The CE

    Arabest Craig, at least you have an amazing victory for Clan Murray today to cheer you up! 🙂

  • Kibo Noh

    You’ll be sorely missed Craig.

    Here’s best wishes to every cell involved. May they get to work on whatever healing and mending is required.

    And may you return to us once rested, full of life and bursting with fresh insights for us to argue about.

  • nevermind

    Gute Besserung junger Mann. Best wishes from us all here in Rokelunda, hope you back on track soon.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    And say no to any over-liberal application of the butter as well!

    Good luck and a speedy recovery.

  • Arbed

    Sorry to hear repairs are required, Craig. Can I add my voice to the chorus of Get Well Soons?

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