Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves? Is Your Pilot Competent To Fly or Do You Have a Flying Robot in Control of Your Plane?

“This is another unintended consequence of designing  airplanes that anyone can fly  : anyone can take you up on the offer. Beyond the degradation of basic skills of people who may once have been competent pilots, the fourth-generation jets have enabled people who probably never had the skills to begin with and should not have been in the cockpit. As a result, the mental makeup of airline pilots has changed. On this there is nearly universal agreement—at Boeing and Airbus, and among accident investigators, regulators, flight-operations managers, instructors, and academics. A different crowd is flying now, and though excellent pilots still work the job, on average the knowledge base has become very thin.”775

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/business/2014/10/air-france-flight-447-crash

Playboy’s Party Joke

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A little boy hurt his finger and ran into the house to show his mother.

“Oh,” she said, “let me get a Band-Aid for that.”

“No!” Cried the boy.  “Cider!”

“Cider?” The mother asked.  “What on earth do you want cider for?”

“Because,” he explained, “Sis says whenever she gets a prick in her hand, she likes to put in cider.”

January 2008

Anthony Weiner still has a chance to be the Mayor of NYC

2682C7DE00000578-2988585-Nothing_to_hide_Mayoral_candidate_Yolanda_Morin_stripped_off_in_-a-6_1426016467288A Spanish mayoral candidate stripped nude for a campaign poster as part of her bid for mayor of Portugalete, a small town in northern Spain, west of Bilbao.

She appears naked on a mayoral campaign poster that makes the bold claim…

“politicians have left us stark naked.”

Read more: http://sacramento.suntimes.com/world-news/7/72/776030/portugalete-mayor-candidate-strips-campaign-poster
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Sponsors dump Michael Schumacher as doubts remain over F1 legend’s recovery from ski accident

Schumacher has reportedly lost out on millions as a result of the commercial decisions taken by some companies who no longer see him as a role model for their products.

By Allan Hall

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Decision: Philippe Gaydoul (left), owner of the fashion firms Navyboot and Jet Set, has publicly severed his commerical ties with Schumacher (right)

Big sponsors are beginning to sever their ties with Michael Schumacher as doubts remain over the F1 legend’s recovery for his ski accident.

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/sponsors-dump-michael-schumacher-doubts-4795298#rlabs=1

Cocaine-Snorting Oscar Statuette Appears on Hollywood Blvd.

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This Oscar statue is definitely a hard partier.

Street artist Plastic Jesus placed a life-size Oscar statuette on Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea Avenue on Thursday morning, at the edge of where the street will be closed ahead of Sunday’s awards.

This year’s statuette is also a commentary on Hollywood culture, according to Nick Stern, a photographer who works with the artist.

“The piece is intended to draw attention to Hollywood’s hidden problem of drug addiction that effects hundreds of people in the showbiz industry and is largely ignored until the death of a high-profile A list celebrity,” Stern said in a statement on Plastic Jesus’ behalf to LAist.  

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cocaine-snorting-oscar-statuette-appears-775594