CNN’s Ratings Surge Covering the Mystery of the Missing Airliner – NYTimes.com

On CNN, the plane rises from misty clouds accompanied by an eerie background score while anchors offer intriguing details — some new, some days old — of the disappearance of Flight 370. The reports, broadcast continually, often are augmented by speculation — sometimes fevered, sometimes tempered — about where the flight might have come to rest. And viewers are eating it up.

The story of the vanished Boeing 777 jet has been exhaustively covered across every form of news media, with television generally leading the way. Each of the broadcast networks began its evening newscast with stories on the plane every night last week, a consensus that happens “once a year at most,” according to Andrew Tyndall, who publishes a weekly report monitoring newscasts.

But it is CNN, the cable network that has been scrambling to find a sustainable business model against its main competitors, Fox News and MSNBC, that has perhaps invested most heavily in the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

via CNN’s Ratings Surge Covering the Mystery of the Missing Airliner – NYTimes.com.

It’s comforting to know that in this day and age something as big as a Boeing 777 can disappear without a trace. It gives me such hope for my own plans.

The song Hungry Heart used to be just a song for me, now it’s a game plan. You know the line. “Got a wife in kids in Baltimore Jack, I went out for a ride and I never came back”. I take it to heart now.  It’s important to have Plan B tucked away for a rainy day. It keeps you sane and gives you hope in the dark times. These are some dark times.

But I don’t have any hope of finding these poor passengers alive on an island eating coconuts  with a volley ball friend. My fear is that they are sleeping with the fishes and it’s only a matter of time before someone finds a floating seat cushion.

I’d like to think that they were all abducted by a UFO. I’d actually love to hear that. All those years of watching UFO shows with nothing to show for it would be repaid in spades. I’m pulling for the UFO scenario. And if the plane is never found, then this is story I am going to believe.

It’s interesting to watch the news coverage of this event. There is no news and yet these champs can talk 24 X 7 about this missing plane. These jokers at CNN have some really wonderful special effects. I saw one segment where a guy was standing on what must have been a green screen. He was moving the virtual plane around with his hands. He was standing on an ocean and flying the plane with his fingers.  I am glad I wasn’t tripping or I’d have been hospitalized forever. I wonder if Syd Barrett saw men moving planes with their fingers. The virtual news has sure come a long way.

I’m just glad the NCAA tournament is starting up. It’ll take some of the heat off of this story.

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Signals on Radar Puzzle Officials in Hunt for Malaysian Jet – NYTimes.com

SEPANG, Malaysia — After four days of reticence and evasive answers, the Malaysian military acknowledged on Wednesday that it had recorded, but initially ignored, radar signals that could have prompted a mission to intercept and track a missing jetliner — data that vastly expands the area where the plane might have traveled.

Radar signals from the location where the missing aircraft, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, was last contacted by ground controllers suggested that the plane may have turned away from its northeastward course toward Beijing, officials said. Military radar then detected an unidentified aircraft at several points, apparently headed west across the Malaysian peninsula and out into the Indian Ocean, the head of the country’s air force told reporters. The last detected location was hundreds of miles to the west of where search and rescue efforts were initially focused.Continue reading the main story

The military took no immediate action on Saturday to investigate the unidentified blips, whose path appeared to take the aircraft near the heavily populated island of Penang, and only later realized the significance of the radar readings. The search area was then expanded to take in waters west of the peninsula as well as east — encompassing almost 27,000 square nautical miles, an area bigger than South Carolina — but officials did not give a full explanation for the move.

via Signals on Radar Puzzle Officials in Hunt for Malaysian Jet – NYTimes.com.


Firstly, my heart goes out to the loved ones of the people on the missing plane. I can’t imagine how they feel. I am sure it will be found any day now. It’s amazing to realize that the ocean can swallow an airplane.

I can however imagine how someone on a crashing plan feels. I imagine it every time I get on a plane. I repeat Hail Mary’s on every take off and landing like I am a cloistered priest begging forgiveness. Flying scares the shit out of me. I lube up with enough airport Heineken’s to get me on the plane and then spend the flight annoying my row mates with repeated trips to the lavatory to get rid of the Heiney’s. It’s the best I can do row mate. Forgive me please and thank yourself that I am not enormous, smelly and talkative.

I’ve been flying several times a year lately for work lately and I hate it. I wish I could work from home but the job requires me to go to Miami every couple of months. Before you envy me for getting to go to Miami, let me tell you that I have never seen the water in Miami. Never even got close.

I fly down and back and fight anxiety the whole way. I know my chances of getting in an airplane crash are slim, but I can’t help thinking that it will happen to me.

But holy shit, this flight disappearance has added a new wrinkle to my plane crash anxiety. Planes aren’t supposed to fall from the sky. Most accidents happen on take off and landing. Am I going to have to spend several hours reciting my mantra?

My hope is that this plan was hijacked and is sitting on a runway in North Korea while the passengers are being forced to watch basketball. My fantasy is that the plane was abducted by a UFO and is chilling with the crew members of Flight 19. Or maybe the plane has disappeared into John Galt’s gulch with Jim Gray from Microsoft and all these poor people are forced to hang out with the doers and the makers of the world while they plan their complete takeover of the takers.

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