Why death from hypoxia is the most likely scenario for MH370
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Mar. 20 2014, 5:46 PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Mar. 21 2014, 12:39 AM EDT
The last phase of flight MH370, when the jet with 239 people on board apparently flew for some seven-plus hours until it ran out of fuel, is consistent with the possibility the aircraft flew on autopilot with everyone on board dead or incapacitated.
1. The change of course, the routine last voice communication with air traffic control, the switching off of the aircraft’s transponder and the disabling of the automatic data reporting system all point to deliberate acts by someone familiar with the sophisticated plane, perhaps a pilot acting on his own or under coercion. However, a suicidal pilot usually dives for the sea quickly; hijackers want to go somewhere; terrorists hoping to use the plane as a guided missile need targets within range.
2. We know that the plane kept flying for seven more hours after its transponder was turned off because the plane’s communications system was “handshaking” with a satellite high above the Indian Ocean every 30 minutes or so – much like a cell phone checks in with a nearby tower even if it isn’t in use and its data function has been turned off.
3. One possibility is a hijacking gone awry, followed by hypoxia of all.
A window seal failure or a bullet blast in the thin aluminum fuselage for example, can cause an aircraft to lose its pressurization, thus rendering the cabin air unfit to breathe. Hours of inexplicable silence from a modern jet, still flying, matches previous cases of hypoxia.
4. The air masks that fall from overhead in modern jetliners supply only a few minutes of life-sustaining oxygen. When an aircraft loses its artificial atmosphere, pilots must dive the aircraft down to a few thousand metres above the surface where the air is rich enough to breath or everyone will die. There is no indication MH370 did such a dive.
Text by Paul Koring, graphic by Matthew Bambach
Woman found murdered in Brisbane’s Kurilpa Park named as French university exchange student Sophie Collombet
Updated Wed 2 Apr 2014, 1:13pm AEDT
Police say they are continuing to scour security footage in an attempt to find the killer of a French student who was murdered in South Brisbane last week.
The naked body of Sophie Collombet was found by a passer-by in a rotunda at Kurilpa Park near the William Jolly Bridge last Friday morning.
The 21-year-old was a business student at Griffith University.
Her body was formally identified yesterday, and police said she suffered extensive head injuries in what they described as a “brutal” attack.
Detective Inspector Rod Kemp says the murder follows the death of other foreign students in Brisbane in recent months.
Students killed in Brisbane
Sophie Collombet is the fourth international student found killed in Brisbane since November. Read more about Min Tae Kim, Meenatchi Narayanan and Eunji Ban.
“It’s disgusting,” he said. “For someone to be brutally attacked in this manner, it’s just disgraceful.
“We believe the cause of death is from a brain injury from blunt trauma, so it’s a particularly aggressive attack.
“We are a safe society, I believe. But now this is the [fourth] international student [to be killed], and of course it’s a concern to us.”
He says police are still looking for suspects.
“There are a number of persons we wish to speak to who were in and around Kurilpa Park on Thursday night, Friday morning,” he said.
“We’re working around the clock to hopefully bring the person to justice.”
Police at the scene where a woman’s body was found near the Kurilpa Bridge at South Brisbane.
Police have been doorknocking buildings in inner Brisbane and say they have questioned several witnesses in Quay Street, including the residents of a unit.
A backpacker operator said detectives searched the hostel over the weekend and asked him to identify a photo of a man.
It is understood police are also collecting CCTV footage from Quay Street.
Police divers searched parts of the Brisbane River yesterday in the search for clues and several other leads are being investigated.
Police say they have worked closely with consular officials to contact Ms Collombet’s parents.
Detectives want anyone with more information to come forward.
Foreign student deaths in Brisbane
Ms Collombet is the fourth foreign student killed in Brisbane since late last year.
Last month, Singaporean student Meenatchi Narayanan, 27, was found stabbed to death in a hotel room at the Travelodge at Upper Mount Gravatt on Brisbane’s south side.
Police have charged a 31-year-old man with her murder.
In November, the body of 22-year-old South Korean student Eunji Ban was discovered in parklands in Brisbane’s CBD.
Ms Ban had been in Australia on a youth exchange for just six weeks before her death.
She was walking to work as a hotel cleaner in the Brisbane CBD when she was attacked early on a Sunday morning.
A 19-year-old man was charged over her murder.
Less than a month later, police found the body of another South Korean student in a shallow grave on a property at Algester, in Brisbane’s south-west.
Min Tae Kim, 28, was in Australia on a working holiday, and was last seen in December last year at his home at Cannon Hill in Brisbane’s south-east.
His flatmate told police Mr Kim had arranged to exchange $15,000 for Korean currency with someone he met online on the afternoon he disappeared.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says he is “troubled” by the killing but insists the city is safe.
“I believe it’s safe not only for students but safe for Brisbane residents,” he said.
“I’m obviously very sad and troubled by this latest case and I hope the police can catch someone as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, Queensland Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey says she does not expect the murder will affect international visitor numbers to the state, despite the murders of four foreign students in the past six months.
Ms Stuckey says her heart goes out to the woman’s family.
“But I have to say that Brisbane and Queensland and my beloved Gold Coast are still some of the safest places to work and holiday,” she said.
“That is further enhanced by our strong focus on tough law and order measures that have brought in by the Government.”
Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) spokesman Daniel Gschwind also says the murder is unlikely to deter overseas visitors from visiting Brisbane.
Mr Gschwind says Queensland is still considered a safe destination.
“I think there’s a difference between random acts of mindless violence like apparently this has been, and the other cases we’ve had,” he said.
“When we’re talking about random acts of violence, it’s not necessary to go out with messaging – we have to give our customers around the world a bit more credit.
“We all witness and hear of these incidences around the world and we put it in context and we understand whether there’s something systemic going on or not. There’s really nothing systemic going on here.
“But there is a human tragedy and we have to show compassion and react as a concerned community should.”
Map: The body was found in Kurilpa Park
Topics: murder-and-manslaughter, crime, law-crime-and-justice, south-brisbane-4101, france
Walking in the SNOW
This is incredible…..he must be very strong & has good endurance to last that long in the cold snow……….notice that he is not wearing much at the bottom.
Simon Beck must have always love the snow…..he must be very good in math too as his art requires a lot of calculation of steps to create certain design.
December 23, 2013
It’s possible you’ve never heard of Simon Beck, but after today, you won’t be able to forget him or his wintry works of art. Simon is an artist and is most well-known for making incredibly delicate and detailed art in the snow, just by walking over a fresh snowfall. He literally walks miles in the snow to create these pieces. And the part that blows our minds? He could spend hours upon hours creating one design, just to have it be covered by snowfall or blown away by the next day. But he still makes them.
Simon walks over layers of fresh snow
Frozen Haute Chocolate Dessert cost 25,000 dollars
Diva Premium vodka spirit cost 1,060,000 dollars
Earrings cost 8.5 million dollars
Expensive diamond Sandals cost 7.2 MN pounds
Expensive diamond Sandals cost 2mn dollars
Gold-remote control Cost 55,000. Dollars
Most expensive Lipstick KissKiss cost 62,000 dollars
Most Expensive Sari Costs Rs 40 lakh
Most expensive perfume cost 215,000 dollars per bottle
Most expensive Diamond tie 220000 dollars
Michael Schumacher accident: Journalist ‘dressed as PRIEST’ tried to enter F1 star’s hospital room
Fighter: Schumacher is battling for his life after a horrific skiing accident
A journalist apparently dressed up as a PRIEST to gain access to Michael Schumacher’s hospital room, according to reports in Germany.
The seven-time world champion is currently fighting for his life after suffering a horrific crash while skiing in the French resort of Meribel.
The German is currently in a medically-induced coma as he recovers from surgery to alleviate swelling on the brain.
“Apparently a journalist dressed as a priest had tried to gain access to Michael’s room,” Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm told a reporter from Die Welt .
“I wouldn’t have ever imagined something like this could happen.”
The man’s deception was apparently discovered and was subsequently escorted from the premises.
In an earlier press conference brain surgeon Gerard Saillant seemed to refer to the incident when he urged people to respect Schumacher’s privacy.
“You can do your best to help Schumacher win this difficult battle by leaving the doctors in peace,” he added. “We are not hiding anything.”
He added: “In Corinna’s name I would like to ask you not to pressurise us,” referring to Schumacher’s wife. “Neither us, nor the family.”
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Don’t blame the military alone: women’s rights in Pakistan Sarah Ahmed and Aseem Prakash 16 August 2013
While religious parties in Pakistan have seldom secured big vote shares, all political parties tow their line. Why? And what is the way out?
The story of sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist shot in the forehead by the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat, tragically epitomizes the plight of women in Pakistan. Almost everyday, there is some incident involving the destruction of schools for girls, killings of female teachers, honour killings, and acid throwing. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reports 791 honor killings in 2010 and 913 in 2011.
A target of religious extremists, Malala maintained that education is the key to empower Pakistan’s women and to bring stability in the region. In her speech to the UN assembly, Malala noted: “The extremists are afraid of books and pens. The power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them … that is why they are blasting schools every day because they were and they are afraid of change and equality that we will bring to our society.”
If education holds the solution to rid Pakistan of its problems, what stops the country from utilizing it? Most blame the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq for facilitating the capture of politics by religious extremist groups who have no respect for women’s rights. While not inaccurate, such an analysis takes away from the mutual dependence of the military and religious classes when it comes to legitimizing and sustaining each other’s power base. The military has long used religious groups for a variety of purposes including projecting its power abroad. In return, it has allowed the religious class to impose its version of Islam on all aspects of life. Women are among the major losers in this bargain. To be sure, it is under Zia’s Islamization project that victims of rape can be prosecuted as criminals under the Hudood Ordinance.
If the military’s alliance with the religious class has undermined women’s rights, did the five years of democratically elected government prove to be any better? On the contrary, in 2012, Pakistan ranked 134 out of a total 135 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index, which measure gender disparities across several dimensions.
Religious groups began flexing their muscles soon after the creation of Pakistan in 1947. Democratic governments, like military regimes, are not above manipulating religion and strengthening religious classes for political gains. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto declared Ahmadis as constitutionally ‘non-Muslim’ in 1974 when called upon to do so by religious groups. Nawaz Sharif attempted to implement the Shariat Bill in 1998. Subsequently, it comes as little surprise that the 2013 “Acid Throwing and Burn Crime Bill” remains stalled in the Parliament.
While religious parties have seldom secured big vote shares, all political parties tow their line. Why? For this, we need to look at yet another powerful class in Pakistan: the landed elite or the zamindar class, which dominates not only all political parties but also exercises a dominant influence on the military’s officer corps. This class’ economic power allows it to rule its fiefdoms with its own form of local governance through panchayats and Jirga courts, which are supposed to uphold customary traditions and Islamic laws. In June 2012, the execution of three women in Kohistan was tied to the sentencing of a Jirga court. The women were executed for singing and dancing at a wedding, which the Jirga held to be ‘dishonorable.’ These village-level institutions form the bases of the alliance between the religious class and the landed elite, where both have vested interests in supporting the agenda of the other.
For education to transform Pakistan’s society to what Malala advocates for, the mutual dependence and shared power of the military, the religious class, and the zamindar needs to be dismantled. What measures can be taken for such an endeavour? Will more foreign aid stop the destruction of school buildings, killing of teachers, and attacks on female students?
Trade, not aid, is the way out. Aid will be pocketed by the military and political elites, only to strengthen the status quo. Long-term change will take place if the power of the landed elite is eroded. Transforming Pakistan’s economy, from an agrarian to an industrialized one, is probably the best bet. Strategies to encourage exports even in low skill industries such as garments have long-term political and social payoffs. Exports and industrialization are both indirect and non-threatening means to break the power of the landed elite, as no actor can denounce industrialization, as opposed to secularization, or even democratization. Without such economic transformation, Pakistan will continue its backward march towards religious extremism, accompanied with even more erosion in the status of the Pakistani woman.
Malala is right: empowering women via education will upset the status quo. But this empowerment cannot be realized by giving more foreign aid. It will be realized only by altering the economic structure, which supports the alliance among the fauji (soldier), the mullah (religious cleric), and the zamindar (landlord).
2012 Best Visa Free Passports in the World 哪国护照最好用？世界各国护照好用程度排名
落地签其实也很麻烦，下了飞机还要填表，然后还要交相片，还要付钱（签证费），移民局窗口还要审问来的理由，还要看有无回程机票，麻烦死了。给你发签证 之后（在你护照上盖个大印或者贴一张贴纸），你还得到入境审查台去接受审查，然后才会在你的护照里盖上入境戳（入境章），这才算完成了入境该国的手续。所 以落地签和免签还是有很大区别的，今天的排名就仅仅考虑免签这样的情况：
2012 Ranking of 103 countries for Visa Free Passports
1 .丹麦 169国免签证，意思是全球有169个国家给予丹麦护照的持有者，免签证入境的待遇。 Top in the list – Denmark – 169 visa free countries
2 .芬兰，德国，瑞典 168 Finland, Germany, Sweden 168 countries
3 .比利时，法国，荷兰，英国 167 Belgium, France, Holland, UK 167 countries
4 .意大利，卢森堡，美国 166 Italy, Luxembourg, USA 166 countries
5 .爱尔兰，日本，新西兰，挪威，葡萄牙，西班牙 165 Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain 165 countries
6 .澳大利亚，奥地利，加拿大 163 Australia, Austria, Canada 163 countries
7 .希腊，瑞士 162 Greece, Switzerland `162 countries
8 .新加坡 161 Singapore 161 countries
9 .韩国 160 South Korea 160 countries
10 .冰岛 159 Iceland 159 countries
11 .马耳他 156 Malta 156
12 .列支敦士登 155 Liechtenstein 155
13 .斯洛伐克 154 Slovenia 154
14 .匈牙利，马来西亚 153 Hungary, Malaysia 153
15 .捷克 152 Czech Republic 152
16 .斯洛文尼亚 151
17 .波兰 150 Poland 150
18 .爱沙尼亚，拉脱维亚，立陶宛 149 Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania 149
19 .香港，摩纳哥 147 Hong Kong, Morocco 147
20 .塞浦路斯 146 Cyprus 146
21. 圣马力诺 143 San Marino 143
22 .巴西，以色列 141 Brazil, Israel 141
23 .安道尔，阿根廷 140 Andorra, Argentina 140
24 .文莱 139 Brunei 139
25 .罗马尼亚 138 Romania 138
26 .保加利亚，智利 137 Bulgaria & Chile 137
27 .巴巴多斯 135 （在加勒比海） Barbados 135
28 .巴哈马 133（在加勒比海） Bahama 133
29. 台湾（ROC）130 Taiwan 130
30 .圣基茨和尼维斯 128 （在加勒比海） Saint Kitts dan Nevis 128
31 .墨西哥 127 Mexico 127
32. 安提瓜和巴布达 126（在加勒比海） Antigua dan Barbuda 126
33. 乌拉圭 125 Uruguay 125
34. 梵蒂冈 124 Vatican 124
35. 委内瑞拉 123 Venezuela 123
36. 塞舌尔 122 （在非洲，印度洋岛国） Seychelles 122
37. 毛里求斯120（在非洲，印度洋岛国） Mauritius 120
38. 克罗地亚，巴拉圭 119 Croatia, Paraquay 119
39. 哥斯达黎加 117 Costa Rica 117
40 .巴拿马 113 Panama 113
41 .萨尔瓦多 111 Salvador 111
42. 洪都拉斯 110 Honduras 110
43. 危地马拉 109 Guatemala 109
44. 澳门 107 Macao 107
45. 尼加拉瓜 105 Nicaragua 105
46. 塞尔维亚 99 Serbia 99
47. 特立尼达和多巴哥 98（在加勒比海） Trinidad & Tobago 98
48. 马其顿 97 Macedonia 97
49. 土耳其 95 Turkey 95
50. 黑山共和国，俄罗斯 94 Montenegro, Russia 94
51. 圣卢西亚，南非 93 （圣卢西亚在加勒比海） St Lucia, South Africa 93
52. 以下省略 Omission
90. 越南 45 Vietnam 45
91. 埃及 43 Eygpt 43
92. 中国大陆，科摩罗，也门共和国 41 （科摩罗在非洲）
China, Comoros (Africa), Yemen Republic 41
93. 孟加拉，布隆迪，赤道几内亚 40 Bangladesh, Burundi (Africa), Equatorial Guinea 40
94. 喀麦隆，利比亚，北朝鲜 39 Cameroon, Libya, North Korea 39
95. 刚果 ，南苏丹 38 Congo, South Sudan 39
96. 科索沃，伊朗，缅甸，斯里兰卡，叙利亚 37 Kosovo, Iran, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Syria 37
97. 苏丹36 Sudan 36
98. 黎巴嫩，尼泊尔 35 Lebanon, Nepal 35
99. 厄立特里亚 34 Eritrea 34
100. 巴基斯坦，巴勒斯坦 32 Pakistan & Palestine 32
101. 伊拉克 30 Iraq 26
102. 索马里 28 Somalia 26
103. 阿富汗 26 Afghanistan 26
Indictment: Shooting victims picked by race
But police have no explanation why whites targeted
by Colin Flaherty
Published: 09/25/2013 at 8:15 PM
(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.) Videos linked or embedded may contain foul language and violence.
What most people in Greenville, N.C., thought they knew about why Lakim Faust allegedly shot four people near a Walmart parking lot is wrong.
Faust tried to kill them because they were white, a grand jury indictment released this week has revealed. This contradicts earlier police reports the shootings were random.
According to WRAL: “Faust, who is black, picked out his victims based on their race, according to the indictments. The documents didn’t specify why Faust wanted to shoot white people, and police have not talked about why he picked out his targets.”
Prosecutors made this determination after searching his apartment and computer. Police also found a copy of the Quran and other Muslim books in his residence.
The shooting took place in June and began in the parking lot of a Greenville law firm. Faust shot one man in the face while the man was sitting in his car. Faust then crossed a major highway, carrying more than 100 rounds of ammunition in a backpack, to the Walmart parking lot.
Using a pistol grip, pump-action shotgun, he opened fire on several more people, wounding three before police found him and gunned him down.
“If we had responded the way police used to respond to active shooters, we would’ve had more victims,” said police chief Hassan Aden. “The way we train now is, literally, the first officers on the scene go to the threat. That’s exactly what they did without regard for their own safety. They went right for the threat, engaged it and neutralized it.”
The shooter and victims survived.
All four of the victims were white. Justin Lawler was working at a nearby fireworks stand and saw much of the carnage after Faust walked by him without attempting to shoot him. Lawler is black.
The day after the shooting, police said Faust had a limited criminal history. Soon after, a clearer picture emerged of the 23-year-old shooter’s long and violent record.
Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”
According to WITN, Faust was charged in Maryland with attempted first-degree murder, assault and attempted second-degree murder. “The case was remanded to juvenile court and is sealed. There is no way to determine what became of the charges,” says WITN.
These incidents happened when Faust was 14 years old.
After moving to North Carolina, Faust had been found guilty of resisting an officer, trespassing and defrauding an innkeeper. He was also charged with injury to real property and personal property but those charges were dismissed.
He was arrested twice for returning to a local college campus after he was banned from a classroom for disruptive behavior.
He applied in 2012 for a permit to carry a handgun but was denied because of his criminal record. Most states, however, do not require a background check to purchase a shot gun or rifle.
The news that police had found evidence of racial motivation encouraged some in Greenville to comment that race was not the problem, guns were.
The vast majority of the posts highlight the fact that the shooter was black and acted out his crime with racial motivations. A lot of them sound rather smug.
Not much about the real problem – we had a crazy man shooting civilians in a public place – again. This is what happens when you have a culture of gun fanaticism and our political leaders take to the world with violent force to right wrongs real and imagined.
Another, identified only as southbrother4dems said: “One incident compared to thousands committed against black Americans!”
Faust remains behind bars under $6 million bail. His victims have been released from the hospital, but all are expected to suffer life-long injury from the shootings.
Faust was employed as a gardener as a part of a government job training program. Deborah Moody of the Intergenerational Community Center told WCTI that “she was very surprised to hear he was the one they suspected.”
Faust was polite, showed up to work on time, and dreamed about opening his own record label, she said.
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