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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 Hoping that overworked personnel, limited and outdated systems will handle the ever growing load of air traffic is like watching someone standing in the middle of a freeway hoping they will not get hit by a car.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 https://cknell.tripod.com/dr/a/rssfood.html
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Everything Irish About Ireland
Like many Americans my genetic and cultural heritage includes the fact that I am half Irish. The other half is Scandinavian. In a sense, that makes me very Irish. The history of Ireland 800–1169 covers the period from the first Viking raids to the Norman invasion. However, recent archeological finds give the impression that the Vikings may have visited the emerald isle much earlier; coming and going as they pleased.
Vikings left a lot of culture, language, building tech, traditions and genes behind. Red hair and freckles came from Norway. Google Erik The Red, a famous Viking with flaming red hair.
Millions of other people around the world claim Irish Ancestry. That doesn't mean they know a lot about Ireland and the Irish. It's what they don't know that will surprise them. Especially Irish social etiquette. If you are planning a trip to the Emerald Isle for business, pleasure or to meet an Irish guy or girl, this information will be invaluable to you. Explore Irish People, Social Etiquette, History, Culture, Music, Dancing and more.
Before you visit or move to the Sunshine State… by Doctor Know
A lot of people visit each year, but some think seriously about moving to Florida. It is the only state in the continental USA that has a tropical climate. But all is not fresh orange juice and theme parks. Before you visit or decide to live there consider a few things...
Climate... It's hot and the further south you go, the hotter it gets. If you are from a cold state it will take your body at least a year to acclimate and during that time you may find yourself with sudden instances of diarrhea and vomiting as your body adjusts. You can only stay in your house or car with the a/c churning so long. You eventually have to go outside and between the heat and humidity, it will hit you like a punch in the gut. Avoid dairy and heavy meals if you plan on going out. Bring water with you everywhere and crack those car windows a bit when you go out. Do NOT leave pets or kids in the car for any amount of time without a/c. Get a sun screen for the front window.
Crime... Tourists and newcomers to the Sunshine State are easy pickings for career criminals. Do not leave your car running or unlocked, unattended. Lock all your doors and windows at a hotel, b&b or home at all times. Never leave anything in your car or outside that you don't want stolen. Don't open your door for anyone you don't know. Lots of scammers and home Invaders look for people who will just answer the door. If they claim to be from the power company or police, dial 911 and let them tell their tale to the authorities. Carry a debit card and some i.d. with you, leave your cash and wallet at home or in a safe. Pickpockets and thieves are everywhere. When you gas up go inside to pay. Do not leave cell phones or laptops/tablets in the car or trunk (thieves will steal, heat can damage). Use indoor ATMs. Escort young teens and kids everywhere. Avoid going out alone late at night or early in the morning.
Critters... Alligators are more important to politicians than people so there are now MILLIONS of them in Florida. Lakes, ponds and swamps are favorite habitats. Don't stay or live too close to those places unless you want to find an alligator in your pool, backyard, garage or house, or a family member or pet attacked. In many places in southern Florida you will also want to beware of monitor lizards.
Big, fast and very dangerous. They catch and eat deer in the wild, so consider that and keep on eye on dogs and cats. Make inquiries with local wildlife authorities before you move anywhere. Talk to locals. Pythons are also a very BIG problem. Monkeys are also on the increase. They are unpredictable, carry many diseases and bite. They are destructive to cars and homes, and they have HERPES (which can be passed on to people). They will also dump your trash everywhere. With all the critters in Florida I suggest you purchase snap or locking trash bins. Leaving your door open to bring in groceries will also likely let in palmetto bugs and little lizards. Do not allow small pets to be by themselves outside. If the big crîtters don't get them, the larger predatory birds might.
West Coast Florida Visitors... Don't Miss These Places...
When traveling along 19 on Florida's west coast take some time to check out the Sponge Divers and Greek culture of Tarpon Springs. But don't stop there... Silver Springs is now a state park in the Ocala area, but still home to the famous glass bottom boats. Those vessels allow visitors to peer down into the crystal clear water created by underground springs. You'll see everything from Native American artifacts to a small boat left behind by Spanish Explorers who visited there hundreds of years ago. A number of movies have been filmed there including older Tarzan flicks and the entire park is rich in history and natural beauty. I enjoyed my visits there as a child and teen.
Another attraction that is world famous and located on 19 just a couple of hours from the Tampa/St Pete area is Weeki Wachee. It is home to a live Mermaid show that has been around since the 1940s. You can sit in a comfortable submerged theater and be entertained by beautiful gals in their mermaid gear. And yes... It is appropriate for all ages. Toddlers might be bored or get scared unless they have seen The Little Mermaid, but I generally recommend the show for ages five or six and up. Call ahead to check on any age restrictions. Things have changed a bit since it became a state park. However, the show is as good as it ever was and the surrounding area offers a chance to visit classic Florida with a modern touch.
Great Food, Great Fun at Tarpon Springs on Florida's West Coast...
I lived in Florida during my teen years in the 1970s . As a transplanted New Yorker I was amazed at all the West Coast had to offer. While many of my beloved Tourist Traps have sunk just like the HMS Bounty replica which once graced the area known as The Pier in St Petersburg, other lesser knowon little gems have survived to this day. One such place is Tarpon Springs. Located on Route 19 between Clearwater and New Port Richey, it's a town rich with Greek Culture and internationally famous for the Sponge Divers who dive for sponges and show off for onlookers just as their fathers and grandfathers have done for decades.
There is no admission fee because it is a town, not a museum or theme park. However, you will probably want to spend a few bucks to go out on a sightseeing boat to watch the Sponge Divers. You will also likely be lured into spending a few more dollars on the delicious Greek Food. Then there are the amazing array of sponges available to purchase for decoration or actual use. Most people that come there make the mistake of using the place as a lunch stop while traveling along the Gulf Coast. Once they arrive they instantly regret not having allowed more time for their visit.
I suggest you allow for at least half a day to visit Tarpon Springs and make sure you eat there. It's not the Mouse House, but most kids over five will enjoy the experience. Older children who are inquisitive about different cultures or that need a good subject for a "How I Spent My Summer" essay will appreciate the place. Of course anyone wanting to traverse the Gulf Coast in that part of Florida can begin at Tampa, St Petersburg or St Pete Beach and continue North on 19 to Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Crystal River. All have some genuinely enjoyable experiences, apart from the fabulous beaches, so plan carefully before you head to the Sunshine State.