Does The US Need To Think About Flight School?
In this period of national planning and re-evaluation, should Americans be taking a long hard look at their aviation skills and get back into the cockpit?
Let's forget for a moment the recent commercial accidents in American air space and consider our military prowess. It's not what it was in the dogfight days of Top Gun. Foreign militaries have been far more resourceful than the American military by taking Russian components and technologies and applying them to their own air fleets. India recently trounced the US in war games over the central Pacific which took American pilots completely off guard. The F22, they say, is still the world's most revered military flying machine, but we're no longer the only country flying them. See the full report card from the skies in the Atlantic's podcast.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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