This Argentine air show near-disaster video is going viral. It happened the other day during an airshow. The aerobatic airplane's wing fell off...
The pilot can probably thank someone in South St. Paul. The plane was equipped with a parachute from Ballistic Recovery Systems, which is based on the city's Fleming Field.
Last month at Oshkosh, the CEO there told me 61 people are employed at Fleming Field now, the highest employment they've ever had. The factory is working three shifts, and the company has plants in North Carolina and Mexico.
But while the company has recently received $1 million a month in orders for the first time, it's only because of the defense industry. BRS makes the chutes for military aircraft. The general aviation market remains weak, he said. Duluth-based Cirrus uses the chutes in their aircraft, and they're credited with saving over 200 lives.
The chutes are no guarantee, of course. The pilot above was lucky. His plane caught fire, but the plane was close enough to the ground that it was a short trip to safety. Earlier this year, a Cirrus aircraft collided with another plane in Colorado. The parachute deployed but the plane was on fire as it slowly descended. The occupants jumped to their deaths, witnesses said.
NASA has released these satellite images of the flooding in Pakistan.
But images taken today from (formerly) terra firma still look worse:
I've been in a few milking parlors in my day, but I don't remember any of them looking quite like the one pictured in this top photo:
These are two of the pictures released to Minnesota Public Radio News by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in its investigation of farmer Michael Hartmann, who allegedly sold unpasteurized milk with E. coli (More can be found at the link). It's illegal to sell raw milk in Minnesota.
Another colleague who knows something about farming says this sort of filth isn't unusual in a milking barn.
And what the pictures don't show is how Hartmann actually milked the cows.
This is how I recall things looked in a typical milking parlor:
And so I call upon News Cut readers from farm country to judge. Submit your assessment below.(13 Comments)
Roger Clemens, a former favorite to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame, was indicted today for lying to Congress when he testified on the use of steroids in baseball. Clemens vehemently denied using steroids.
A month earlier he denied steroid use even more forcefully.
Had Clemens had a more favorable committee chair, perhaps he could have avoided the prospect of prison. Take this 2006 classic in which the late Sen. Ted Stevens refused to allow oil company executives to swear to tell the truth when they were called to answer questions about their ties to vice president Dick Cheney's "energy task force."
It is, actually, a crime to lie to Congress, even if you don't take an oath to tell the truth.(1 Comments)
The debate over the community center/mosque in New York has often overshadowed the real issue for many people opposed to it -- are Muslims a threat to America?
National Public Radio this afternoon is looking at a different mosque, and finding the more naked sentiment.
"We're Christians and this religion represents people that are against Christians. That's something we need to look at, you know, because you're going to have a lot of trouble down the line," Fletcher says.
He says he does not know exactly what trouble looks like, but he and others worry about terrorist links and Muslims wanting to impose Sharia law.
Saleh Sbenaty, an engineering professor from Syria and a leader of the growing Muslim congregation, has lived in Tennessee for three decades, but he says he's never seen this level of Islamaphobia.
"All of the sudden now...there is a movement against Islam and Muslims," Sbenaty says. "We did not see that immediately after 9/11. And all of the sudden now it is part of politics and it is like...'I can get more votes if I can bash Islam more, Muslim[s] more.'"
Clearly, for many people there's more involved here than "sensitivity" to the victims of 9/11. A new poll from The Economist makes it difficult to reach any other conclusion.
In the same poll, only 50.2% of those surveyed believe there is a Constitutional right for a Muslim organization to build a mosque/community center two blocks from the World Trade Center. Not surprisingly, the less education the respondent had, the more likely they were to hold that opinion. The Midwest and South was also more likely to have the opinion than the rest of the nation. And only 50.2% of Democrats held the view that there is a constitutional guarantee of religious freedom. (topline data)
Coincidentally -- or perhaps not -- forty-three percent of those surveyed said they know "little" or "nothing at all" about Islam.(8 Comments)