Great Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Wisconsin's state court of appeals has temporarily halted a court-ordered purge of 209,000 registered voters sought by Republicans.

Meanwhile, Britain, France, and Germany are accusing Iran of breaking the nuclear peace deal which seems like a "duh" kind of moment given recent events. Iran announced they would no longer abide by the terms of the deal after Trump ordered the assassination of Soleimani.

Finally, internal messages from Boeing show the company convinced Indonesia’s Lion Air not to train their pilots specifically for flying the 737 Max a year before a Lion Air flight crashed. Some employees at Boeing also mocked Lion Air for considering training.

Indonesia’s Lion Air considered putting its pilots through simulator training before flying the Boeing Co. 737 Max but abandoned the idea after the planemaker convinced them in 2017 it was unnecessary, according to people familiar with the matter and internal company communications.

The next year, 189 people died when a Lion Air 737 Max plunged into the Java Sea, a disaster blamed in part on inadequate training and the crew’s unfamiliarity with a new flight-control feature on the Max that malfunctioned. [...]

“Now friggin Lion Air might need a sim to fly the MAX, and maybe because of their own stupidity. I’m scrambling trying to figure out how to unscrew this now! idiots,” one Boeing employee wrote in June 2017 text messages obtained by the company and released by the House committee.

In response, a Boeing colleague replied: “WHAT THE F%$&!!!! But their sister airline is already flying it!” That was an apparent reference to Malindo Air, the Malaysian-based carrier that was the first to fly the Max commercially.

There are no words.

Programming note... tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my mother's death and I'm going out to lunch with my father. I will most likely be offline for the day and back here on Thursday.

  • Georgie

    Enjoying the memories together, sounds perfect. Hugs to you and yours.

  • Draxiar

    Oh yeah…not training to operate a specific piece of high altitude people moving machinery is a *fantastic* idea. This goes straight to the “Better To Have It And Not Need It Department of Advice”. Boeing executives are directly responsible for the deaths of those people and should be criminally charged.

    Ashby, I send big hugs to you and your Dad.

  • stacib23

    JM – my mother will be 89 years old in a few weeks, and even at 60, I cannot imagine this planet without her. I will be thinking kind thoughts for you and your family tomorrow.

  • Aynwrong

    Why is voter suppression not a national issue? Why are Dems in congress not banging away on this publicly with at least a quarter the zeal of the Republican Benghazi/Email whores?

    Even if the next President is a Democrat (God willing) our allies will never fully trust America again and I’m sorry to say, I can’t blame them.

    Those leaked Boeing emails are just further proof that the free market will police itself…. and I’m Brad Pitt.