We love to speculate about Malaysia Flight 370

I’m not big on promoting my political views when participating in speculations based on under-educated information. Still, the story about Malaysian flight 370 is rather a simple truth, whenever we can get the recordings:

(As of August 2021, the plane/passengers/crew have not been found)

It’s Easter, and I’m eating a chocolate bunny…

First off, the few details any media are not telling us might help us understand a little about the lack of communication by plane, by phone, and from controllers on the ground. When a nation purchases a 70 million dollar aircraft, the transaction is similar to buying a car. You can buy a vehicle with the bare essentials, i.e., radio and cigarette lighter…. Or the full shebang with leather seats, a WiFi flat-screen TV behind the seats, and an NFC activated locks and ignition starter…

Malaysia most likely got the less expensive version, with little modern outfitting electronics. Unlike in the US, most people in South East Asia (except major cities) are not as well equipped with the most modern cell phones; most Malaysian citizens opt for a “pay-to-go” phone service plan, and most have a simple handy… There is NO cell phone antenna on each corner boosting signals; some areas in the jungle are remote, and there is no WiFi for hours! Or the signal stops for no apparent reason!

If there is a catastrophic decompression issue and the oxy-masks drop in front of you – everyone in the cabin will look around and ponder what they should do next… Next time you watch the flight attendants doing their silly demo, pay attention. What they are not telling you – the ominous facts – you have about five seconds to put that oxygen mask over your mouth before you pass out – and there might be only a few minutes of pure oxygen available for all passengers (scuba divers love this part…). The pilots have a longer supply. Hence, in a dramatic decompression situation (a door blows out or a window explodes…), all passengers and crew will pass out within seconds… There is honestly no chance to pull a mask over your own head – and next over a child – if the cabin pressure violently changes. It’s like telling the school kids in 1950 to hoover under the table when the Atom bomb hits the roof – whilst cement evaporates, it’s a fun exercise but hopeless an attempt!

The airplane, however, is programmed (equipped with only bare essentials) to dive on auto-pilot down to about 4000 feet to equalize and cruise at a speed and altitude that is livable… for the few that might survive, this is the time to spring in action and check on the pilots. These professionals, too, could have passed out? Keep in mind, you might have been tossed around, popped your eardrums, and blown a lung (or two), but heck, we can do survive beyond logic!

As we know it today, the odd flight pattern is a sign that someone “steered” the aircraft. However, we will not know all details until we find the black box. It could be a pilot slumped over the equipment or something far more nefarious.

They are going to find this plane. In time we will know the details of this tragic flight. The ocean is much larger than most can comprehend, and most unexplained stories invite conspiracy; yes, it is annoying. Add to it religious speculators, and we have another human version; revoked science blabber. Even CNN makes up days of stories, adding Titanic, digital camera, Submarines and a side-story of Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Meanwhile, we all need to come a bit closer and try educating the next generations about the fact we are made from the same DNA as most other living forms. I respect a strong opinion – but please spare me your speculations that lack science.

Side note:  The ears of the chocolate bunny are usually the body parts containing the most chocolate: The molds are poured upside down  – just in case someone asks if you want a piece… Go for their ears!

Back to the stove and my beloved herbs:

TCMchef raphael

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