We’re talking 200 mph surface winds. Hurricane Patricia is taking dead aim at Mexico’s Pacific coast, with Puerta Vallarta, Manzinillo, and Guadalajara in its sights.
Fourteen people were killed in Reynosa, Mexico yesterday, bringing the total for the state of Tamaulipas to 64 for the month. Battles between suspected drug cartel gunmen and federal forces left 2 federal officers and 2 bystanders dead, along with 10 gunmen.
Reynosa is a border city across the Rio Grande from McAllen, TX.
Reynosa is a special place to me–I got my start in medical missions there, making 6 trips with LA VIM teams from the Natchitoches United Methodist Church beginning in 2002. There is a lot of poverty there, but the people were very open and friendly. It is painful to see photos of violence in streets that I recognize.
There are no easy answers to problems in northern Mexico. There will be drug trafficking across the border as long as there is a market for the product in the United States, and cities like Reynosa pay the price.
Mr Occam is offering the Inner Skeptic a very sharp and shiny piece of metal, and says that the plane probably had a systems malfunction, possibly an on-board electrical fire, that incapacitated the plane’s transponder and communication systems, as well as the crew. It then flew on autopilot out over the Indian Ocean before running out of fuel and crashing into the sea.
Not very exciting, but it seems more reasonable than an elaborate terrorist aircraft-theft scheme.
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Oceanic Flight 815 Maylasia Flight 370 just gets more confusing, and conspiracy theories abound. I think my favorite is that this particular Boeing 777 was the 404th built, and, of course “404 error” means “not found”.
Did the engines (or some part of the jet) continue to ping a satellite for 4 hours after the transponder stopped? Depends on who you ask. Could the crew (or someone on board) disable the transponder in flight? Probably. Are the passengers marooned on a desert island with a weird magnetic anomaly? ¿ Quién sabe?
And by “wrong direction,” I mean the opposite direction. It was headed north to Beijing, then suddenly the transponder was switched off and it swung all the way around to the left until it was flying southwest, where it continued on for 350 miles. It didn’t blow up in mid-air.
I guess I shouldn’t joke about this…my prayers for the passengers, crew, and families of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
I remember seeing images like this in the newspapers (yes, we had two) and on television news (all three channels). In 1968, a wave of reform and liberalization swept through Czechoslovakia. The Soviets felt threatened by the changes, and put a stop to any more movement away from the Communist sphere.
In a few days, we could be seeing images like this from Kiev. The current Administration in Washington will decide that the Budapest Memorandum is a scrap of paper, and Moscow will say that the Ukrainians requested the Russians in to “restore order.”
President Obama can say, “There will be costs if Russia interferes in the Ukraine”, but Vladimir Putin and the rest of the world know that this is mere bluster.
Simultaneous tweets this evening…unbelievable!
JUST IN: David Martin reports Russia flying "hundreds" of troops into Crimea
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 28, 2014
"It's Friday – it's after 5:00 – so it's now officially happy hour with the Democratic Party!" – President Obama at #DNC14
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) February 28, 2014
In March, Coca-Cola installed two first-of-their-kind vending machines in shopping malls – one in Lahore, Pakistan, and a second in New Delhi, India – and invited consumers to put their differences aside and share a simple moment over a Coke. The “Small World Machines” provided a live communications portal linking strangers in two nations divided by more than just borders, with the hope of provoking happiness and promoting cultural understanding.