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March 27, 2015

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Christ’s reminiscence is one of the spookiest moments in the New Testment.
He knew evil of old. We, on the other hand, have forgotten it, or deny it exists. Lufthansa thought it could make its planes safer through layers of screening and automated processes, but it failed to defend against the oldest enemy of all: the insistent will. To guard against this old enemy — which civilization remembered until recently — systems of checks and balances were built into critical systems to ensure that no single individual will could unilaterally control them. “Per US Air Force Instruction (AFI) 91-104, ‘The Two-Person Concept‘ is designed to prevent accidental or malicious launch of nuclear weapons by a single individual.” Germanwings Flight 9525 | Belmont Club

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 27, 2015 9:02 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Posted by: pbird [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2015 10:30 PM

Best thing about flying those crates in the '50s was flight engineers and navigators - third, sometimes fourth man on the flight deck. Many of them were retreaded flight line mechanics, usually WW2 vets, old enough to be the pilots' father, and often far wiser than the pilots.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 28, 2015 7:49 AM

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