Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #630 on: Jan 15th, 2017, 07:49am »
Good Sunday Morning all
Published on Jan 5, 2017 by Bahinko
Bigfoot family of six captured on video on Xmas day at Yellowstone? Watch it til the end and see something very unusual that was captured off of Old Faithful's live cam on Christmas day 2016. It all began during a lull in the geyser's eruption cycle when the Yellowstone cam was turned to view another geyser erupting far away. As I watch my monitors I noticed that the location looked familiar and that's because of the "Bigfoot vs Buffalo" video that was filmed by Mary Greeley in the same general area. Then I noticed something moving around, grabbed my cell phone and started filming what appeared to be two individuals, dressed in black, sitting down in the snow. Soon a third figure appeared, then a forth, and finally two more joined the group and all dressed in black. The four new arrivals stood shoulder to shoulder all facing the same direction towards the Yellowstone webcam while the other two remained sitting in the snow. The webcam operator suddenly zoomed out and swung their camera back on Old Faithful. I think the last four are the same guys from the "Bigfoot vs Buffalo" vid. My biggest fear is that because of the poor quality nobody will watch it or think it could be important. Sure the video is awful and blurry but look at it a couple of times and you realize it is still good enough to make out what is happening. You can see them interacting with each other using hand gestures pointing out things in the distance and even patting one another on the back. My 10 year old nephew pointed out something I had missed. The last bigfoot to appear in both Mary Greeley's video and my video is the biggest one. Also the first video implied they were possibly hunting buffalo but the direction in which they're heading leads to where I filmed them. In other words that is where they live!
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #631 on: Jan 15th, 2017, 9:15pm »
This makes the e-mail rounds every so often, but that's OK; it needs to be read over and over.
The American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it..... The American flag flies from the last breath of each military member who has died serving it."
AN AIRLINE CAPTAIN'S REPORT
My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for Human Remains.)
"Are they military?" I asked.
'Yes', she said.
'Is there an escort?' I asked.
'Yes, I've already assigned him a seat'.
'Would you please tell him to come to the Flight Deck. You can board him early," I said...
A short while later a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier.
The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us. 'My soldier is on his way back to Virginia,' he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military, and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the Flight Deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight, I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin.
'I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is also on board', she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left.
We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia. The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.
I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. 'I'm on it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
"Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now, and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family.
The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal, where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home.
“Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks.”
I sent a message back, telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller, we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'
I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said: 'Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking: I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXX;. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
We continued the turn to the gate, stopped and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later, more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.
I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA.
Re: Stuff and Nonsense Unleashed
« Reply #636 on: Jan 16th, 2017, 10:25am »
GOOD MORNING LOVELIES
Published on Jan 15, 2017
Ron Jenkins, director of business development at Raytheon Missile Systems, and Gary Holst, senior director of business development for naval surface warfare at Kongsberg's Missile Division, discuss their partnership to bid the Naval Strike Missile in the US Navy's competition for a new over the horizon missile for the Littoral Combat Ship program with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was conducted at the Surface Navy Association's 2017 symposium and trade show Jan 10-12, 2017, in Arlington, Va. The Defense & Aerospace Report's coverage of SNA is sponsored by Raytheon.