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Airbus Makes Beautiful Crosswind Landing At The End Of The World

http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/airbus-makes-beautiful-crosswind-landing-at-the-end-of-1722901257

The approach to Ushuaia International Airport in Argentina, near the southern tip of South America, is known for being windy. Last week, an Airbus A340-300 made a beautiful cross-wind landing there, kicking the crab out with a little cross control to keep the wings level and the aircraft from drifting off centerline.

Perfecto.

Notice how low the wings are situated on the A340’s fuselage, and how much lower the bottom of the engine nacelles are. This requires the pilot to keep the wings as level as possible so nothing strikes the ground right before landing. On smaller or high wing planes, a wing down into the wind approach can be used instead of a crab, this is called a side-slip. Side-slip approaches can end with only one side of the aircraft’s gear touching down first, and its wing still drooped into the wind. As the aircraft slows, the wing can be raised and the landing gear on the other side of the aircraft can touch down safely.


EDIT: Direct Link to Youtube video





Do Schumer and the other Iran Hawks really want another war?

I'm not asking a rhetorical question. I want those who are students of the Iran situation to educate me.

If they want a war, do they really think they can sell that after Iraq?

If they don't want a war, what do they really want, and what do they hope to get out of it?

Hypocrisy on the part of some Physicists.

My opinion has always been that if the bomb has been available 6-12 months sooner, or the war lasted 6-12 months longer, then Berlin would have been the first target. Those who now condemn the use of the bombs on Japan would not have said a thing about their use on Germany. Their attitude would have been that the dirty Fascists got what they deserved.

The Nazis were executing more people toward the end of the war in the concentration camps because they had perfected the mechanical means of the Holocaust. How many Jews, Poles, Gypsies, homosexuals and others might have been saved if the war in Europe had ended 6-12 months sooner?

Those scientists who worked on the bomb (many of the Jewish refugees from Hitler) did not seem to develop scruples until it was clear that Germany would no longer be the target. They knew for a fact that Berlin, and its civilians would certainly be the main target. They certainly didn’t have any concerns about German civilians being killed.

And for those who cry moral outrage I see no difference between the fire-bombing of Dresden, Tokyo and other Japanese cities and the atomic bombings. Dead is dead.

The Japanese were just as bad as the Nazis. But too many people weep tears for the “victims" of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as if the Japanese did nothing to start the war in Asia. The Chinese suffered between 20-35 million casualties during the Japanese invasion of China (1937-1945). The Japanese forced Korean women into sexual slavery as “comfort women” in field brothels where the women were forced to sexually service, as many as 70 Japanese soldiers a day. In other words these women were raped 70 times a day for years on end. Everywhere the Japanese conquered, they acted like barbarians toward Allied POWS and civilians. The Japanese beat, starved, tortured and executed men and women. They used living human beings as living test subjects in their infamous biological warfare Unit 731.

People these days find it easy to take some moral high-ground when they are not involved in a war to the knife for the future of civilization. Hindsight is easy.

Finally, I personally think if Truman had not used the bomb out of moral scruples, and Operation Downfall had gone ahead, then America would have suffered terrible casualties. The truth about the bomb would have come out. And I think Truman would have been impeached.

Millions would died of starvation.

That is what a naval blockade, without invasion, would have caused.

Already have the Windows 10 Update downloaded..

To one of PCs. Ready for update at midnight.

$Windows.~BT is the file on my C Drive. 4.04GB on my Windows 7 Pro system.

Apparently the file size is different to every PC.

Anyone here wear rimless prescription eyeglasses?

I'm talking the kind with lenses that are drilled for the mounts. I am thinking of switching from half-rim to rimless and would like some input from those who wear them. Especially durability-wise.

These are the ones I am thinking of buying from Zenni Optical. I have been buying from them for years and am well pleased with their products. And I like Titanium for their durability and light weight.

And I will be using Transitions lenses.

Officials Assure Transparency in Sandra Bland Jail Death Investigation

Source: NBCDFW.com

A group of Texas and Waller County officials met with authorities Tuesday about the death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland while in the Waller County Jail on the same day dashcam video of her arrest was released.


State Senator Royce West emphasized that the investigation into Bland's death would be transparent and thorough at a news conference at Prairie View A&M University after meeting with authorities. Just last week, West asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to release any video related to the case.

"We will be patient to allow the process to work itself out – but it will be transparent," West said. "We're going to be watching every step of the way to make sure that the job will be done correctly."

Authorities have said Bland committed suicide by hanging herself in her cell days after she was arrested, but her family disputes the account.



Read more: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Sen-West-Meets-With-Officials-on-Jail-Death-in-Waller-County-317906671.html



Dashcam video of Sandra Bland arrest just released.

WARNING: The video above may be disturbing to some and contains foul language.

Edit: Video is 52:12 long.

Blue Bell to Begin Trial Ice Cream Production (Not For Sale)

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Blue-Bell-to-Begin-Trial-Production-Run-This-Month-312629291.html

Blue Bell Creameries plans to begin a trial run of ice cream production "in the next several weeks" at its Alabama plant.

The ice cream produced in the trial run will not be sold to consumers.

The popular Texas-based company issued a nationwide recall of all its products April 20 due to concerns of listeria contamination at its plants in Brenham, Texas, Sylacauga and Broken Arrow, Okla.

No further information has been released from Blue Bell on when full production might resume.



More at link.

I sure hope they have their problems fixed. Blue Bell is the only one making a decent straight Coffee Ice Cream (not Mocha or some other term, or mixed with something else.) And I am not paying $5 for a pint of Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream.

Blue Bell to Begin Trial Ice Cream Production (Not For Sale)

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Blue-Bell-to-Begin-Trial-Production-Run-This-Month-312629291.html

Blue Bell Creameries plans to begin a trial run of ice cream production "in the next several weeks" at its Alabama plant.

The ice cream produced in the trial run will not be sold to consumers.

The popular Texas-based company issued a nationwide recall of all its products April 20 due to concerns of listeria contamination at its plants in Brenham, Texas, Sylacauga and Broken Arrow, Okla.

No further information has been released from Blue Bell on when full production might resume.


More at link.

I sure hope they have their problems fixed. Blue Bell is the only one making a decent straight Coffee Ice Cream (not Mocha or some other term, or mixed with something else.) And I am not paying $5 for a pint of Häagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream.

State Department Orders Tarrant County to Stop Issuing Passports

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/State-Department-Orders-Tarrant-County-to-Stop-Issuing-Passports-312266481.html

In a highly unusual move, the U.S. State Department has ordered Tarrant County to indefinitely stop issuing passports.

The order comes amid a federal investigation into the use of fraudulent documents to obtain passports in Tarrant County and whether clerks followed proper procedures, according to a person familiar with the case.

Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder said the State Department sent an email on June 25 ordering him to immediately close the county’s passport offices.

The email, which was followed by a formal letter, did not specify why, he said.


Wow, something is certainly rotten in Tarrant County for this to occur.
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