MH370 – Who Stuffed The Search?


Along with much of the world, I have been fascinated by the disappearance of and search for Malaysian Flight MF370.

Along with that fascination have come a growing number of questions. Some of them quite disturbing.

A large, commercial passenger aircraft turns off its onboard ID and tracking equipment and it becomes nearly invisible.

The only clues about its fate rely on deep scientific analysis of a few scattered quiet pings.

So I, a simple blogger with no expertise but “full of ‘satiable curtiosity“, shall ask some of the questions for which I have not been able to find answers.

 

HOW DID IT DISAPPEAR?

We live in a world surrounded by satellites. In a world where intelligence agencies can read number plates on cars from orbit. Where people can be identified from space with such certainty that drones are used to bomb them.

Yet MH370 was able to effectively disappear by using onboard actions or onboard misadventures.

All the billions of dollars of space-based investment by Intelligence agencies around the world are unable to track an object which is unable to spot a 210ft long (and 200ft wide) object, or to even find it in the photographs we all suspect are being taken all the time.

So just how was MH370 able to disappear from everyone’s view?

 

CAN YOU FLY, UNSEEN, OVER A NATION?

If MF370 did make it to the Southern Indian Ocean then it traversed the airspace and radar footprints of several nations. All with heightened defence levels.

We are being asked to accept that it is possible, in this day and age of extreme surveillance, that an aircraft is able to fly across Malaysia, Indonesia and into Australia’s radar zone with not a single sighting or alert.

I don’t want to get involved in conspiracy theories but BOY! These countries are trying hard to push me there!

Could I fly a much smaller Lear Jet the same route, without permits and without challenge?

 

WHY COULDN’T AUSTRALIAN RADAR SEE IT?

Over the past couple of decades Australia jornhas spent many millions of its defence budget in developing an “over the horizon” radar system. “Jindalee” is supposed to spot threats up to 3,000 Km out in the Indian Ocean.

Yes, I have just grabbed this information from Wikipedia, as anyone can, yet how an aircraft can travel through that “Blue Zone” without detection is hard to understand.

This is a radar system which is supposed to alert Defence to unexpected threats and jorn2dangers.

Including incoming missiles.

The original suspected flight path to a point 2,500nm SW of Perth may have been outside the range of Jindalee but with the new end point of the flight path the aircraft must have spent some time within the “Blue Zone”.

Surely an unidentified flying object the size of a Boeing 777-200ER should be spotted.

  • Obviously it wasn’t because the system failed.
  • Obviously it was but Defence kept it secret.

Which is the correct answer?

 

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN LOOKING AT?

Once it was decided that MH370 had headed south into the remote Indian Ocean, a search area was set up and “objects” were found by satellite. A few large objects and several hundred small objects. These were found in widely separated areas hundreds of kilometres apart.

It is obvious that there is a drift factor but any debris would be travelling in the same current and wind and so should not separate that much in a thirteen days.

Now, after around 22 days, we have been told the flight ended sooner and closrer to Western Australia. Soon afterwards, more debris was found, now in the new area.

I am prepared to accept that we have been looking in the wrong place and I hope that soon the correct site will be found and the “black box” recovered.

Could it be possible that what we WERE looking at was some evidence of the up to 250 vessels which disappear at sea each year? The rust-buckets no one notices and which are paid out on by Lloyds of London, mainly to Middle Eastern, Greek and Chinese owners?

If so, then should some money be spent on solving this possibly criminal mystery which has possibly cost thousands of lives?

Just what were we seeing in the satellite images?

Cyber Reporting


What is truth? What is a fact?

Once upon a time it was what was written in the morning newspaper, unless that newspaper was named “The TRUTH”. Then it was known that its “facts” were often less than real.

New reporters learnt their trade at the feet of old editors and experienced reporters.

Then TV arrived and the best, and most photogenic, reporters moved across to the small screen.

Editors still ran things, increasingly on behalf of the owners. Even the “old-time” News was messed with. There was a famous circulation war between William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal  and Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. Using “Yellow Journalism” which was was the sensationalizing of stories of dubious veracity, it pushed public opinion and lead the United States into a war with Spain in 1898..

It has been an imperfect system for over a century

Yet generations grew up accepting everything that was written in the Press or said on Radio  or TV.

Reporters are now “Edjumacated” in institutions and end up with a piece of paper saying that they are Journalists.

In the ‘Good Old Days” all information beyond that which we saw ourselves, came through the gateway of the commercial media. The Fourth Estate.

Now we have a self-proclaimed  “Fifth Estate” based, not in the real world but in the cyber-world.

So we finally move to the purpose of this rumination. Not the differentiation between Fact and Opinion but the differentiation between Real fact and Cyber fact. Between Real lies and Cyber lies.

HELP!

In the “Real World” there is face-to-face contact with informants. There is ear to ear contact with informants. There is written contact with informants. Each form of contact has its own level of veracity.

Here in Cyberspace, I get an email, a blog comment, a tweet or a Facebook comment. How am I to judge its truthfulness? Do I use an inbuilt bias and accept information which fits my beliefs? Of course not. I need more than that. I need some connection with the informant. Some knowledge of the character of the person I am dealing with.

Of course, it could be that the information is coming to me via a third party. Can I trust the third party’s assessment of the original informant? Of course information like this is usually “anonymous” due to reasons of personal danger.

OK, I won’t go on trying to sound as though I know what I am talking about.

Because I don’t.

I just want to know what are the factors which can lead me to accept or reject a cyber-sourced tip? Especially when there is no “professional” journalist backing the report? And no Government release confirming or denying facts?

Who wants to jump in and make a suggestion?

The 2013 Latikas; Award Special


Unlike the Walkelys which are self-nominated by members of the Fourth Estate and chosen by members of the Fourth Estate, the Latikas are for Fourth Estate denizens, nominated by members of the Fifth Estate and voted for by members of the Fifth Estate.

Outsiders having a say!

Grateful thanks are given to those nearly 200 voters who took the time to vote. Without you, there would be no Latikas.

And so with , not a drum roll but a piccolo tweet, to the results.

 Worst Journalist in 2013

 

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Worst Commentator in 2013?

 

The Latika commentator

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Worst Radio “Shock Jock” in 2013

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Worst TV Political Show Host

 

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Worst Publication

 

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Oil Is Best!


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OMG – WTF?


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Shale mining under Great Barrier Reef

‘likely to be banned’

Only “Likely to be banned”????

Surely that would have to be an absolute given and not even thought about.

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Climate research nearly unanimous on human causes, survey finds

Yet we prefer to walk around with our eyes closed.

We will use the medicine, computers and GPS’s that Science has provided us yet we ignore the warnings of Science with respect to the sewer the Earth is becoming.

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Vital coastal carbon capture systems under threat

We really don’t deserve this planet!

And it is the only one with chocolate!

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Church abuse victim required to repay compo

Now that is a real settlement contract.

With an automatic reverse bribe thown in for good measure.

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Saudi religious police boss condemns Twitter users

Oh dear, I’m going to Hell.

This is the classic “despot using religion for power” situation.

Not that Christians have anything to be proud of – – -

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Aleppo soap: War threatens an ancient tradition

It is good that we have war.

Getting rid of these old-fashioned things must be a good thing for humanity

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KFC smuggled through Gaza tunnels

Is there any need to comment on this one?

BAREND

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OMG – WTF?


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America’s First Climate Refugees

Oh, Messrs Koch, you will be held in contempt by your Grandchildren.

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Monsanto Wins Case Of Seed Patents; Planting Your Own Legally Purchased & Grown Seeds Can Be Infringing

The grasping tentacles of this monstrous corporation could do more damage to the human species than any natural disaster.

Looking closely at comment #12

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Bulldozers destroy Mayan pyramid in Belize

The historian in me is dismayed and outraged!

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Spaceman Hadfield touches down after ISS mission

A good bit of news at last.

Although I wonder if mankind will walk on the moon during my children’s lifetime.

Commander Chris Hadfield can sing a bit as well. Even David Bowie thinks it is a good cover.

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New procedure prolongs lives of heart attack victims

This is a really good one. Lifesaving and wonderful.

Tho’ I do wonder what this will do to transplant protocols.

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Japanese politician defends use of sex slaves

This one makes me see red. It is so wrong on so many levels!

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Oxford Uni honours Thatcher with scholarship

I do hope they are holding her up as a horrible example!

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UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger

I don’t mind being Green

BUT!!!!!!

BAREND

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Everything Old is New Again #3


When President Obama announced his intention to remain a player in the Asian Hemisphere in May 2012, I wrote of how politicians do not run the world.

How the world is run by secretive backroom bureaucrats in departments similar to our “Foreign Affairs”.

How they have become the One World Government all the Conspiracy Theorists warn us of.

Every now and then accidents happen and they briefly appear in the light, as has happened this week with “Prisoner X”.

Using “Trove” I was looking through old editions of “The Argus“, a now defunct Melbourne Daily.

In the issue of Saturday 10 February 1940, before Japan entered WW2, this cartoon appeared.

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Because of my position in time I immediately thought of a USA vs China problem but then I realised it is actually Japan on the other end of the rope of “Good Relations”. Just as today, America and China are on opposite ends of a similar rope of Trading Relations. Each country needs the other to survive economically.

My perspective suddenly began to jump backwards and forwards as I read this John Garnaut article in The Age of 16th Feb 2013.

In part it reads, “WITHIN two decades the United States will be forced out of the western Pacific, says a senior Chinese military officer, amid concerns that increasingly militarised great-power rivalry could lead to war.

Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu’s. . . . . .   interpretation of one facet of what the new Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, calls ”a new type of great-power relationship” adds to the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding China’s strategic ambitions.

Concern about China’s strategic ambitions has grown since last year’s Chinese occupation of islands administered by the Philippines in the South China Sea and, particularly, China’s continuing brinkmanship with Japan and its security guarantor, the US, in the East China Sea.Japanese leaders have accused China of locking weapons-guiding radars on Japanese targets – which China denies – while Western military sources say Chinese planes, ships and submarines have challenged Japanese-controlled waters and airspace around the Senkaku Islands.

Some security analysts say Australian political leaders are in public denial about the stakes involved and invidious choices the nation may have to face.

”It’s the most dangerous strategic crisis that the US has faced – that the world has faced – since the end of the Cold War,” said Hugh White, former deputy secretary of the Department of Defence.

China and Japan, he said, were drifting closer to a war that could draw in the US. ”This makes rather a nonsense of the mantra we hear both from Gillard and Abbott that ‘we don’t have to choose between the US and China’,” he said.

The cartoon above was published just 21 months before Pearl Harbour. It is looking as though Australia will need to make a choice between China and America rather soon.

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