Archive for June, 2017

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)

Posted in Airlines, Aviation, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Kleptocracy, Movie Reference on June 26, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Last March while hanging around the hangar grounded by the weather, a few fly boys and girls were hangar flying the script for a movie about the New Zealand bug out estates that are all the rage among the parvenu jet set.  And mulled the job opportunities.  We posited three perspectives – the valiant and selfless pilot of one evacuation plane, the oligarch on another air ship, and a kleptocrat’s cute kid on the third bird who questions the insanity and absurdity of the scheme.”

J          “Bugging out is not without bugs and not just the ones implanted on the windscreen.  The first plane may never take off because of mechanical problems, the second air ship may be lost in transit because of navigation and communication difficulties occasioned by the Collapse, and the third bird may arrive to find tents, yurts, buses, campers and other structures and local folks trying to survive who are covering the runway and precluding a safe landing.”

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J          “The thinking is that the pilot’s family must be accommodated on the manifest.  Imagine the pilot’s daughter caught in swelling traffic during the Collapse an hour from the airport compelling her father to stall the departure by claiming that the stall warning system is malfunctioning.  She is trying to taxi her Gremlin to the airport while her dad is faking a gremlin in the cock pit.” 

K          “So let’s say they get everyone safely buckled into the air ship.  Heat conspiring with altitude produces ‘density altitude’ that can ground a plane because the craft physically cannot lift off the ground.  Phoenix may have arisen from the ashes, but the planes at PHX may not arise from the tarmac in the summer.  WX is such a bugger.”

J          “If they lift the craft off the ground and then the GPS system goes south, they are left with no idea whether they are heading north or south.”

K          “The best laid plans.”

. . .

K          “No one is going to inquire whether you have made three touch and goes in the last ninety days.  However, can you make one takeoff and one landing in the next nine hours?”

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K          “Imagine the surprise in the cockpit when they come upon the LZ in NZ.  ‘Robber Baron Estate traffic, N0666Whiskey turning final landing one three  . . .  Romeo Bravo traffic, 66Whiskey overflying the airport.’  No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land).”

J          “They could squawk 7700 to their heart’s delight in a world that will be indifferent to their flight and to their plight.” 

K          “Some of the helpless villagers have silently squawked 7500 all their lives to announce that their existence was indeed hijacked.”

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J          “Even if they armed their jets and mowed down the little people down on the runway, they may not be able to rid the strip of detritus and dead bodies to make a safe landing.”

K          “Dollars are shackles.  If their money is no good, the wage slaves are suddenly emancipated.”

J          “Someone on the ground formerly enslaved on the payroll has little incentive to assist his or her oppressor.  And may perhaps harbor some resentment at his or her former master.”

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K          “So are we on a CFIT or an UFIT?”

J          “We are UnFIT.”

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K          “If you want to make the gods laugh, just share your plans with them.”

J          “We need to laugh.”

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[See “‘Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich” in “The New York Times” by Evan Osnos dated January 30, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary on the prospects for the Empire and the planet passim.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

CFIT:  Society’s flightpath

We are way behind the power curve

No place to run (fly), no place to hide (land)

What happens when you are running out of altitude, airspeed and ideas at the same time?

Pull up . . . pull up . . . pull up.”  . . .  “Or level off if your airspeed is too low.”

Crank, yank and bank

Aviate, navigate, communicate

Fly the plane, fly it where you want it to go, tell someone about it

What are the two most dangerous words in aviation:  “Watch this.”

Stay tuned

Introducing And Inducing Extreme Inefficiency In Commercial Fishing (June 19, 2017)

Posted in Fukushima Daiichi, Solstice on June 19, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The anadromous fish return to the mouths of rivers with almost clock-work predictability.  Fish traps at the entrances could collect the fish efficiently and allow for the tender tender and immediate transport to the market.”

J          “That is hard not to notice.  Yet that approach may be too efficient and too logical.  Instead, an expensive and elaborate flotilla of fishing vessels and tender vessels steams out to the open seas, jeopardizes the lives of captain and crew, and intercepts the fish a few hours or minutes before their appointment and otherwise ready, compliant and inexpensive assembly at the mouth.”

K          “Go figure.”

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J          “And the scourge that cannot be acknowledged continues unabated.  Fish corralled using either technique may still be irradiated.”

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[See the e-commentary by typing “Fukushima Daiichi” into the Search Box.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Fish on!

The worst day fishing beats the best day working

Another Solstice, another year

Dear Costco:  Please Pull Plastic Bottles (June 12, 2017)

Posted in Boycott Series, Consumerism, Environment, Oceans, Plastic, Water on June 12, 2017 by e-commentary.org

Costco Wholesale Corporation

P.O. Box 34331

Seattle, Washington 98124

Dear sir or madam:

          Costco impacts the lives and livelihoods of your customers and other citizens.  Plastic threatens the lives and livelihoods of your customers and other citizens.  As part of your “Sustainability Commitment,” would you do your part to reduce the threat of plastic to the lives and livelihoods of your customers and other citizens?

          Using plastic bottles to transport water creates pollution and public health problems that often are unseen and threaten the very water they fleetingly transport.  Plastic bottles roam and range the seas.  The bottles break down into little particles and shards ingested by birds, whales and other critters.  Lead shot in birds is discernible via x-ray, yet plastic particles go undetected except by chemical analysis.

          Issue a major public statement that you will no longer carry bottled water.  For ninety days, post a statement in the area of each of your stores that otherwise would house the bottles above a palette intentionally left empty.  You will perforce lose business and make fewer profits.

          Thank you for your attention to this request.  Best wishes.

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[June 8 was World Oceans Day.]

[See the e-commentary at “Playa Plastica / Plastic Beach (September 13, 2010)” and “Plastic Pirates (August 6, 2012)” and in the category “Plastic.”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Boycott bottled water

Paris Accord; London Discord.  America Lost; America Last (June 5, 2017)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Gas/Fossil Fuel, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Trumpi on June 5, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Some Americans criticized the French complicity with the Germans during World War II.  Remember the jab:  ‘How many Frenchmen does it take to liberate Paris?  . . .  None.  The U.S. always has to do it.’”

J          “How the tide has turned polluted and the seas have risen.  ‘How many Americans does it take to repudiate Paris?  . . .  One.  The Emperor.  Il Duce.  Donaldo Trumpi.’”     

K          “‘How many citizens does it take to exonerate the United States?  . . .  Everyone.  The world has to do it.’”

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K          “The greatest threat on the planet today is the threat to the planet today.”

J          “The ultimate act of terrorism.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Living In The ‘Peoplocene Age’.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable.  (December 12, 2016)” and at the “Categories” for “Global Climate Change” and for “Global Warming.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

There is no PLANet B

Making America Lost Again

Making America Last Again

Making America Lose(rs) Again

Ask the Admirals

Price Carbon ($ C)

Sometimes I wrestle with my demons and sometimes we just snuggle