With every passing day, it becomes more likely that the ships scouring the southern Indian Ocean for signs of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will come up empty handed.
In the past I've referred to them as the kids who couldn't get a date for the prom. Now, I bet the engineers at the British satellite communication company inmarsat will be the coolest kids of summer.
Is it a strange coincidence that all major fatal commercial crashes last year involved a Malaysian airline carrier? The answer could be rooted in an old cultural theory that looks at how pilots and first officers operate in emergency situations.
Airlines based in Malaysia are having a disastrous year. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 mysteriously disappeared in early March of 2014. What happened to that flight is still a mystery since no wreckage has been found.
Do aliens exist? Of course they do! Does anyone out there really think that we are the only intelligent (questionable) life in the universe? Besides, how else could we explain Kim Kardashian and Gary Busey? Hello?
But I'm perfectly capable of searching for, and then reading those tweets all by my lonesome. I don't need them spoon fed to me by a spray tanned TV personality. Perhaps if I were functionally illiterate I'd feel differently
One of the conundrums of this particular moment is that the winners in our American world are exactly those who have repeatedly been playing the losing hands. Their reward for one self-defined disaster after another has been yet more money, yet wider areas of everyday life to control, and yet more power.
There have been mysterious and tragic stories before, but this one is different. Just what is it that makes this story so unique and riveting to us?
Consider the last couple weeks a case study in American infomania. Welcome to the viral world of animals kissing; to Snowmageddons, funny dances and two-headed babies; to Kanye spoofs and Jean Claude Van-Damme's "epic split." Welcome, alas, to Flight 370.
The United States should counter aggression in space asymmetrically, by using their comparative advantages in two key sectors. This combination would increase deterrence effectiveness by removing perpetrator ambiguity while increasing the freedom of action for the US in outer space.
This week, the mystery of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 took another turn when Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that two objects -- one 80 feet long -- had been spotted by satellite 1,000 miles southwest of Australia. Multiple ships and planes were quickly dispatched, though the intensified search has turned up nothing so far. The story has transfixed the world, not least because of the shock that something the size of a 777 could just disappear in this era of 24/7 global surveillance. It's also tapped into our common humanity, as 26 nations are now assisting in the search. A grief-stricken mother who was carried out of a press conference on Wednesday brought the real stakes of finding the plane home. "My dear," she cried. "I don't know where my dear is -- twelve days! My son!" The media is consumed by the mystery; the families of the passengers are left to deal with the misery.
Last night, both CNN and MSNBC spent hours on how a satellite had spotted something in the Indian Ocean. That was it. Just that. But it sufficed as a rationale for ignoring Crimea, Affordable Health Care, Rand Paul and Chris Christie.
We don't want to live in a world where planes go missing. It's terrifying. How do we cope with modern threats to our world? How do we calm our worried minds?
I usually look upon the media's shameless sensationalism with a sort of bemused indifference. But I don't think I've ever been quite as disgusted as I am now, while I watch these news channels and publications turn the likely death of some 280 people into a Tom Clancy novel.
I'm still awaiting word on what actually happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight #370. While there will be those who find the 'miraculous' story of the man who didn't get on that flight because of his Shomer Shabbos travel agent to be inspirational, I remain troubled by its message.
As we enter the second week of the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, we are hearing more and more questions raised about the ability of the ...