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The Boeing 737 Max 8 Crashes: Possible Explanations
There is an ugly truth out there that no one wants to face. Technology is taking over the Aircraft Industry and related fields. Planes are designed on computers, filled with automation and new improvements. Computers tend to allow people to work on designs for longer hours. While computers may not make mistakes, people do. These mistakes are not always caught by machines or people.
Many U.S. airports and tracking systems are ill-equipped to deal with new and updated technology. They use technology that often is thirty to fifty years old. Even with updates and improvements these systems are old at their base. In less developed nations the problem is even worse. Those using new or updated technologies in aircrafts and tracking systems may not have been properly trained to do so or had enough time to practice using it because limited simulators are available.
Finally, the skies might just be too crowded. Hoping that overworked personnel, limited and outdated systems will handle the ever growing load of air traffic is like watching someone standing in the middle of a freeway hoping they will not get hit by a car. They will dodge some vehicles, but eventually get run down. There is no single answer to these problems. They should all be addressed individually instead of being ignored.
The crash of two Boeing 737 Max 8 jets within a few months of each other and pilot complaints about the aircraft have caused the USA, UK and a growing list of nations to ban their use. If you plan to travel by air double check flights, reservations, connections and make sure these bans affect you as little as possible. All the checks in place during the design and manufacturing processes at Boeing make it hard to believe that isn't a case of gross negligence or sabotage. This could mean economic disaster for Boeing and some Airlines.
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A New Way To Eat Healthy and Save Your Life
Every so often we are told to avoid certain foods because they can cause high cholesterol levels, have too much salt or for some other health reason. These warnings usually come from researchers or organizations dedicated to having people eat healthy. Sadly, it is what healthy food experts don't tell you about certain edibles that can actually kill you. Either they don't know, which I believe to be unlikely, or they are more interested in preserving the sales of potentially dangerous foods regardless of the risk.
For the past couple of decades there has been a significant increase in food contamination occurrences. Certain foods have caused illness and even death because of listeria, e coli and other contaminants. It's unwise to ignore this situation and just continue eating the way people did twenty or more years ago. Why? Because the food production and processing landscape has changed.
Fresh salads are delicious and dangerous! There have been a number of listeria outbreaks involving lettuce and other items used in salads. You can't just wash it off because the contamination is on the inside, sort of speak. Growers hire pickers who come from third world Nations where water supplies have been contaminated for a long time. Although the pickers have built up a resistance to these contaminants, most Americans have no such protection.
When migrant workers relieve themselves in crop areas the contaminants are released into the soil and end up being absorbed by the crops. Fertilizer made from animal manure may also be a cause. Sadly, any uncooked veggies pose a threat. Some people throw salad materials in the microwave for a minute claiming that nuking them kills the bacteria. Well, the scientific jury is still out on that method. Microwaves don't kill bacteria, heat does. You would have to place uncooked veggies in on high for 2 minutes to be safe. Or, give your food the cold shoulder...
Better to place fresh veggies and fruit in the freezer overnight. Bacteria doesn't grow or survive well in freezing temperatures. Some say refrigerating them is enough, but I would not bet my life on that. Besides leafy vegetables, melons and sprouts are most likely to be infected with listeria. Your safest move is to purchase fruit and veggies that you cook. Salmonella is a problem that usually involves raw eggs, so cook them fully. E coli shows up frequently in uncooked meat, deli meat, hot dogs and other processed, non-frozen foods. Again, most workers in food processing plants are from third world Nations. Freeze or heat that stuff before you eat it.
Listeria recently showed up in flour, so no more licking the spoon or bowl when you bake. Wear throw away gloves when you handle raw flour and eggs. Use throw away cloths instead of sponges to wipe down counters and clean food processors. Cook meats fully, wear gloves during preparation and keep meats away from your veggies. Wash your hands before you switch from handling one type of food to handling another.
Take food processors apart and run the washable bowls and parts through your dishwasher after use. Or, if you are using it for several different items during cooking, rinse with extremely hot water making sure all previous food particles are removed. Finally, check food recalls and warnings frequently online at http://cknell.tripod.com/dr/a/rssfood.html
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