Daily Archives: Wednesday, 14-Nov-2001

Dan Lyke over at Flutterby is looking for ways to build community between the weblogs, journals and personal pages on the net. It seems he misses the good old days, back around ’95 and ’96 when he feels that such a community existed. I’ve read Dan’s pages since way before Flutterby and I’ve networked with his computers since way before the commercialization of the Internet in ’94. He and I agree more often than not but he’s been complaining about loss of community since Fidonet days.

Okay, Dan, how do you propose we do this. My comment system isn’t as adaptive as yours so I’m not sure how well my readers can get involved with it but I’m game, if you are. How do we build this community?

I’ve always thought of Egypt as being one of the more progressive Arab nations, what with their peace settlement with Isreal and all. I guess that progressiveness doesn’t extend to sexual orientation.

One man was jailed for five years with hard labour on charges of debauchery, contempt of religion, falsely interpreting the Quran and exploiting Islam to promote deviant ideas.

Boy, those Egyptians make the Cobb County, Georgia politicians seem like cheerleaders for Act Up.

I took a little trip from my home in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Clarksville, Tennessee this past weekend for a roller hockey tournament. I bought gas in Manchester, Tennessee for $0.959 a gallon. My 12 year old son was baffled by the lowering of gas prices and asked me for an explanation. I had no satisfactory explanation for him.

It seems like I’m not the only one having a hard time trying to explain the economics of the petroleum industry. Opec’s new tactic to boost oil prices involves them lowering production by 1.5 million barrels a day but only if non-Opec members lower their production by 500,000 barrels a day. Russia says they are willing to lower their production a token amount but Norway sees no use in it. They appear to be at an empasse or even a Mexican standoff with Mexico also reluctant to reduce production. Perhaps between low fuel prices and the recent successes in Afghanistan we may be looking at one of the shortest recessions in recent history.

Now they are talking about turbulence and the vertical stabilizer being lost first, echoing a little of what I posted here yesterday afternoon.

Investigators and the manufacturer of the A300 wide-body airplane, Airbus Industrie of Toulouse, France, said they remained puzzled that both engines and the airplane’s vertical tail fin cracked off for no apparent reason. In particular, several investigators spoke of being baffled that the vertical tail fin may have broken off first.

That loss is significant, as such a catastrophic event would have tossed the plane out of control, and might have set in motion severe forces that snapped off both engines. The engines landed a block apart — one in a gas station and another striking a boat in a neighborhood driveway. The main body of the plane crashed two blocks to the west.

So we are beginning to get a little good reporting and some more reasonable speculation on what happened. I’ve still got a problem with the blame being layed on wake turbulence, though that may have been what set things in motion. Expect a lot of speculation over American Airlines maintenance procedures over the next few days.