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MH370 Roundup: More evidence plane was under skilled control, and radar evasion theories

Malaysia plane's flight path changed by cockpit computer

Rather than manually operating the plane's controls, whoever altered Flight 370's path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer situated between the captain and the co-pilot, according to officials.

The computer is called the Flight Management System. It directs the plane from point to point specified in the flight plan submitted before a flight.

It is not clear whether the plane's path was reprogrammed before or after it took off, the Times said. ...

The Times said the changes made to the plane's direction through the Flight Management System were reported back to a maintenance base by ACARS, according to an American official.

This showed the reprogramming happened before the ACARS stopped working, at about the same time that oral radio contact was lost and the airplane's transponder also stopped. This fuels suspicions that foul play was involved in the plane's disappearance.

Investigators are scrutinizing radar tapes from when the plane first departed Kuala Lumpur because they believe the tapes will show that after the plane first changed its course, it passed through several pre-established "waypoints", which are like virtual mile markers in the sky, the Times said.

That would suggest the plane was under control of a knowledgeable pilot because passing through those points without using the computer would have been unlikely, it added.

So, that's interesting. Here's one way radar could have missed the plane, even assuming all countries had all radar turned on, which they didn't. Did 'terrain masking' allow the pilots to elude radars? Read below the fold...

The war nerd on Crimea

I tend to trust Pando on the Ukraine/Crimea mess more than anyone because Mark Ames was in Russia, running a newspaper, when the Soviet Union fell apart. So Ames knows the players and has the appropriate level of cynicism. The War Nerd, too: Read below the fold...

More food pr0n

Warm salt pork salad with mind and onions and little hot things.

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Executive Orders: A Fair Ranking of Presidents from Least Active to Most Active

Lately, Republicans have been riding the hobby horse of charging the President with being a dictator. Well clearly he is not that, or he would have had them imprisoned, or worse, a long time ago. On the other hand, the President's hands are far from clean when it comes to activities like illegal surveillance of Americans, drone strikes without due process, collusion of the Government with local authorities to repress Occupy exercising its rights of free speech and assembly, and failure to enforce the law with reference to torture of prisoners, and control frauds in the FIRE sector.Have I covered everything, or did I forget something?

Regardless, everything I've covered are anti-democracy activities that Republicans, apparently, have no problem with. On the other hand they're mightily concerned about the what they think is the President's “extremism” in increasingly relying on Executive Orders to get some of his objectives accomplished. Their faux outrage over this, centers around the claim that the President has issued an unusual amount of Executive Orders during his time in the Presidency. Read below the fold...

The two commandments of neo-liberalism

A greatly expanded version of the same idea.

Neo-liberalism Expressed as Simple Rules

Neoliberalism (a.k.a. The Washington Consensus) is the dominant ideology of the political class in Washington D.C., shared by both legacy parties. In fact, it's not clear there is another ideology, which is why we get seemingly weird policymaking processes like RomneyCare morphing into ObamaCare, even as proponents of each version of the same plan hate each other, "narcissism of small differences"-style. Of course, in neo-liberalism's house are many mansions, many factions, and many funding sources, so it's natural, or not, that an immense quantity of obfuscation and expert opinion has accumulated over time, making fine distinctions between various shades of neo-liberalism. Read below the fold...

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An Even Better Way to Get Money Out of Politics

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on a simple solution to the problem of getting money out of politics. I said then:

If the election you're voting in is virtually a two candidate contest, then vote for the candidate, who, in combination with her/his supporters spends the least amount of money. In a virtual multi-candidate contest, do the same thing.
That's the proposal, in its simplest form. Its objective is to reverse the current race to the bottom in buying elections by ensuring that there would be a powerful incentive to start a race to the top to raise and spend as little money as possible in campaigns. That incentive is that if you spend too much you lose, pure and simple.

The other rationale for the rule is that the person who raises and spends the least amount of money for a campaign, will generally be the person who is “less bought” by wealthy people, financial interests, and large corporations. Eventually, if the rule took hold it would no longer be said of the Congress that “the banks own the place.”

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MoDo throws Obama under the bus

What a shame, even if nobody reads her anymore. Politico quotes her (and I can't find the original):

MAUREEN DOWD, “Dems In Distress: Obama will never be king of the Democrats”: “So now Democratic panic has set in. … Democrats in Congress are looking over at the White House and realizing that the president is not only incapable of saving them, but he looks like a big anchor tied around their necks. … The state of relations between congressional Democrats and the administration has been deteriorating every week, but now it’s hitting a new bottom … Hill Democrats are seething at Obama … Obama’s approval ratings will shape the midterms, and some Hill observers compare his crumpling numbers to an illness. The president didn’t do the basic things to take care of himself, and now he’s gone terminal and contagious. …"

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!! Read below the fold...

Duck!

It's comin' right at ya! Along with the crispy basil!

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Sunday Morning Music

Annals of stupid "progressive" email blasts

Subject line: "Not One Dime Cut From Social Security" ("from," or at least signed by, Robert Borosage of Campaign for America's Future*). Read below the fold...

The Plight of the Ukrainian People

According to Julie Hyland in “What the Western-backed regime is planning for Ukrainian workers” the new regime which came to power in the guise of a “democratic revolution” is made up of “former bankers, fascists and oligarchs” and is preparing “draconian austerity measures” for the Ukrainian people. Read below the fold...

From the Skytrain...

From the upper deck BTS Thong Lo station.

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