The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.
The world has watched over Malaysia’s flight paths for the past eleven days, hoping for a good outcome to the missing flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The search has focused on ocean off the coast of Australia in recent days. Early news today reports possible sightings of wreckage from the airplane.
Three million people joined in the search by computer access to photographs taken over the area the flight may have traversed, available by satellite.
Many theories about the cause of the disappearance have arisen. Among the top theories are:
A fire may have broken out on the aircraft shortly after last contact was made with air traffic control. The pilot may have made a sharp left turn and attempted to return to a Malaysian airport.
A gradual decompression could also explain MH370’s disappearance.
Central Queensland University aviation expert Ron Bishop said a fire or some other accident could have led to a gradual decompression of the aircraft.
The British intelligence system charged with oversight has been described as a Sit-Com candidate by MP’s looking into it.
Other MPs on the home affairs select committee also questioned Sir Mark Waller, the intelligence services commissioner, as to whether there was adequate political and legal oversight of MI5, MI6 and the surveillance agency GCHQ, and suggested the existing system was not robust enough.
Waller, a former judge, had initially refused to attend the committee but had to relent after being summoned. But he told MPs that he thought he had adequate resources to do his job.
In hearings on the system, the sitcom cited has shown bumbling and incompetent functions; ‘There is a line there where it says, ‘Good Lord, no. Any hint of suspicion, you hold a full inquiry, have a chap straight out for lunch, ask him straight out if there is anything in it and if he says no, you have got to trust a chap’s word’.”‘
In the conversion of Crimea into Russian territory, the St. Petersburg Times finds sanctions from the U.S. puzzling.
The White House has thrown some light on who may be next in line to feel U.S. wrath over Crimea’s breakaway from Ukraine: businesspeople close to the Russian government.
President Barack Obama’s recent executive order seeking to make Moscow pay a price for pulling Crimea away from Ukraine opened the way for sanctions against individuals who provide material support to members of the Russian government.
The first day of Spring started around midday today, 12:57 ET, the March equinox, and on April 8th the earth will pass between the sun and Mars, a best chance for viewing Mars in several years. Winter is officially over today.