U.S. airlines may need to start weighing passengers in order to comply with FAA rules. For safety reasons, carriers need to calculate an aircraft’s weight and balance, and it has to be within allowable limits for the plane. However the assumptions they’ve been using for passengers are outdated. Americans are getting fatter, and the federal government wants airlines to find out how much fatter their passengers have gotten, at least for smaller aircraft.

The FAA realizes that passenger weight can vary by route and airlines may want to document this difference.

Standard weights may not be appropriate for smaller planes…


Fuel hoarders risk life and limb

Never spare a chance at hoarding shit you don’t need for no reason.

Colonial Pipeline restarts after hack, but supply chain won’t return to normal for a few days

Colonial Pipeline restarted operations Wednesday at approximately 5 p.m. ET after a ransomware attack last week forced the entire system offline on Friday evening. The company did warn, however, that its pipeline would not be fully functional immediately.

“Following this restart it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial said in a statement. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. …


Yesterday, I wrote about how Russian hackers infiltrated the largest fuel pipeline on the East Coast. A dummy argued with me about it.

Gas stations along the U.S. East Coast are starting to run out of fuel as North America’s biggest petroleum pipeline fights to recover froma cyberattack that has paralyzed it for days.

From Virginia to Florida and Alabama, fuel stations are reporting that they’ve sold out of gasoline as supplies in the region dwindle and panic buying sets in. …


Colonial Pipeline was hacked by Russians

WASHINGTON — A U.S. energy company says a cyberattack forced it to temporarily halt all operations on a major pipeline that delivers roughly 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast.

Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affected some of its information technology systems. The company transports gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and home heating oil from refineries primarily located on the Gulf Coast through pipelines running from Texas to New Jersey.

ABC News

Seems like kind of a big deal. I heard some sort of expert on this subject opining about how this forced shutdown…


If you thought Rudy was sweating then, wait til you see him after the indictments!

The extraordinary FBI raid on Rudy Giuliani’s New York apartment and office has sparked debate about what criminal charges Giuliani may face, and signals a widening criminal investigation into his Ukraine drive to help Trump in 2020 by sullying Joe Biden, former prosecutors say.

The high-profile nature of the raid meant it required senior Department of Justice sign-off, and underscored the investigation’s seriousness and progress. It also obtained several of Giuliani’s electronic devices and thus may have harvested a rich trove of new evidence and leads for investigators to follow.

“A search warrant involving a lawyer is always a sensitive…


After weeks of coronavirus patients flooding emergency rooms in Michigan, the worst Covid-19 hot spot in the nation, hospitalizations are finally falling.

On some recent days, entire states, including Wisconsin and West Virginia, have reported zero new coronavirus deaths — a brief but promising respite from the onslaught of the past year.

And in New York and Chicago, officials encouraged by the recent progress have confidently vowed to fully reopen in the coming weeks, conjuring images of a vibrant summer of concerts, sporting events and packed restaurants revving cities back to life.

Americans have entered a new, hopeful phase of…


So I would not trust her, ever. But she’s right (of course) when she says the 2020 presidential election was not stolen.

The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.

— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 3, 2021

But it doesn’t matter to the rabid MAGA Deplorables: They want her gone, saying she can’t possibly stay on message if she doesn’t agree with the idea that Trump got cheated.

(CNN) Rep. Liz Cheney’s days as the №3 in House…


Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.

Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a vaccine. But daily vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists and public health experts that the herd immunity threshold is not attainable — at least not in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not ever.

Instead, they are coming to the conclusion that rather…


Ethics? What are “ethics,” says Texas’ Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz was blasted for being the colossal dick that he is. Walter Shaub, former ethics czar for the Trump and Obama White House, said this about Cruz:

Walter Shaub’s castigation came after the Republican said his party will no longer give special treatment to deep-pocket corporate donors if they get too “woke.”

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) threat to “woke” CEOs was slammed Sunday as likely the “most openly corrupt” message ever from the Senate, declared Walter Shaub, former head of the Government Office of Ethics.

“This time,” he wrote, “we won’t look the other way on Coca-Cola’s $12 billion…

Bill Davis

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