Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Saturday, July 19, 2008
This article in USAToday By Harriet Baskas talks about this problem.
Below are a few excellent quotes from the article.
No matter what your pilot tells you, taking a plane trip these days could be irritating, uncomfortable and even maddening. For millions of people, it also is absolutely frightening. Despite statistics that show flying is one of the safest modes of travel, many people will only fly if they must. Others are so afraid of flying that they will never travel by air. And when people are too afraid to fly, they can ground not only themselves, but their families, their vacations and their careers. For years, Maria Smyth, 42, was one of those truly fearful fliers.
Fortunately, she found free monthly classes at the Phoenix airport. Taught by Ron Nielsen, a veteran airline pilot with a master's degree in counseling, the Cleared 4 Takeoff seminar is similar to various programs around the country. First, participants are encouraged to identify and talk about what scares them. "We educate people about flying and airplanes," Nielsen says. "We identify the noises and point out that most of them are routine."
In the past, many airlines offered their own fear-of-flying programs. Pan Am may have been the first, with a program that started back in 1975. Over the years, classes were offered by American Airlines, US Airways and Northwest Airlines (the WINGS programs), but like other passenger services, programs offered by domestic carriers have been dropped. Several international carriers still offer them. In Australia, a course offered in association with Qantas Airways includes classes, tours and a Qantas flight. In the U.K., Virgin Atlantic's one-day Flying Without Fear classes include 2000 Virgin Airmiles, a hot meal, a relaxation CD, insurance, a 45-minute flight and a certificate of achievement signed by Richard Branson.
Nielsen with the Cleared 4 Takeoff classes in Phoenix says that although air travel is definitely becoming more stressful, it's not really the long lines at the airport, the Transportation Security Administration or the threat of terrorism that makes people afraid to fly. Rather, "those are the triggers that release these little time bombs inside people who are already afraid to fly."
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The qoute above and pictures below are found at the Deputy Dog Blog. Great blog if you are interested in the world's architecture.
Source for picture found here
Source for picture found here
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Walk a Mile in McFly's Shoesby Mike Krumboltz July 9, 2008 12:16 PM
1989 was a big year. The Berlin Wall fell. The Exxon Valdez spilled its guts. And there were protests in China's Tiananmen Square. But those were just side attractions to the year's most memorable moment—the debut of Nike's "Air McFly" sneakers in "Back to the Future 2." The film, which largely took place in the year 2015, introduced viewers to many a futuristic wonder, but none were so iconic as the light blue high-tops worn by Michael J. Fox. Ever since the film premiered, folks have been begging Nike to produce the shoes for the masses. Now, Nike has finally obliged... sort of. The shoes were recently revealed at an event headlined by Kobe Bryant. Ever the showman, the hoopster even arrived in a DeLorean. Fans lined up way in advance, but according to Wired, many went home disappointed. Nike only made 350 pairs of the specially designed kicks, not nearly enough to satisfy the fans. The shoes were released in a very limited quantity, but for hardcore fans who were shut out, there's always the capitalist slaughterhouse that is eBay. Pairs are currently going for up to $1,000 (power laces not included).
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Senator Grassley updates on ministry responses, background questions and answers document sent to 6 TV preachers and their organizations.
I think these so called Atheist are confused. Personally I do not think there are any true atheist in this world. So it looks like some are actually been honest without realizing it.
21% of Atheist in America believe in some kind of God. What?
I am still trying to figure out why this discovery is a problem for Christianity. It was supposedly created before Christ birth. So! Do these people not realize the Old Testament spoke of the Messiah, suffering, and a resurrection years before this "Jesus Stone."
Tablet ignites debate on messiah and resurrection
Here is a Aviation story that I thought was interesting. Several passengers even complained in another article about being scared to death during this procedure. Well, I am sorry but would they rather survive or have an accident. This quote says it all, "Go-arounds haven't been blamed for any crashes or midair collisions involving commercial airliners over the past three decades, according to a review of National Transportation Safety Board records." Yes Runway Incursions are serious, but there may be other areas to be concerned with than this procedure that all pilots train very hard to perform correctly in an emergency situation.
Go-Arounds are a possible safety hazard