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January 8, 2014

U.S. Military reports two helicopter crashes in as many days

  • Yesterday A U.S. military helicopter crashed on the eastern coast of England, killing all four of the crew members on-board, during a low-level training exercise taking place near RAF Station Lakenheath.
  • Today A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed off the coast of Virginia. Though it was originally believed all five of the air transport’s crew members were alive and accounted for, updated reports have confirmed one crew member died several hours after being rescued and that another is still missing at this time. The military has yet to identify a cause for either crash at this time.

Editor’s Note: We’ve updated the post to reflect the latest information on Wednesday’s crash, and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day. — Scott @ SFB

15:45 // 3 months ago
July 11, 2013
This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

This is undoubtedly an amusing headline, but it actually touches on a serious issue in democracies: How can policymakers sell and implement necessarily policy when the general public is almost comedically misinformed about what policy is needed? The poll cited showed that Britons believe that 24% of jobless benefits are fraudulently claimed (the actual number is .7%); that violent crime is rising (it’s falling); that immigrants comprise 1/3 of the population (more like 13%); and that teen pregnancy is roughly 26 times higher than it actually is. “Politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,” said one of the pollsters involved. In addition, “the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise.” So, in other words, the incentives structure of politics and the media needs to do a complete 180 from where they are now. Awesome, that should be a quick fix. source

20:22 // 9 months ago
May 24, 2013
We landed safely and then he announced that they had some kind of threat from someone and that’s why he landed the plane.
A passenger on Pakistan International Airlines Flight PK709 • Discussing the reason the flight was diverted to an airport near London, rather than landing at its expected destination of Manchester, England. Fighter jets guided the plane to safety, and two men were arrested for endangering an aircraft Friday. Despite the nature of the incident, officials are treating the incident as criminal, not terror.
14:41 // 11 months ago
May 22, 2013
15:26 // 11 months ago
March 3, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II in hospital with stomach bug

  • 10 the number of years since Queen Elizabeth II last visited the hospital for any reason. The 86-year-old made an appearance there Sunday suffering from gastroenteritis, or what the kids call a stomach bug. She is expected to make a full recovery from the illness, and the hospital trip is meant merely as precautionary. source
13:35 // 1 year ago
February 4, 2013

nationalpost:

‘Beyond reasonable doubt’: King Richard III’s remains found buried beneath England parking lot
He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch’s 500-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester — a discovery Richard’s fans say will rewrite the history books.

University of Leicester researchers say tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries.

“Richard III, the last Plantaganet King of England, has been found,” said the university’s deputy registrar, Richard Taylor. (AP Photo/ University of Leicester)

For fans of skeletons and old kings.

9:00 // 1 year ago
July 26, 2012
England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions.
Mitt Romney in 2010 • Saying something that probably isn’t going over too well right now in England. The quote is from his book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,” and resurfaced today amidst his visit to London. For the record, England isn’t a island. source (viafollow)
16:51 // 1 year ago
I didn’t have anything on me and and no-one asked me for anything. I did what I asked and just carried on walking.
11-year-old Liam Corcoran-Fort • Discussing the security process he went through when he boarded a flight from Manchester to Rome — despite the fact he didn’t have any sort of identification or a boarding pass and was really just trying to use the bathroom. ”I just wanted to go to the toilet. I wasn’t trying to go anywhere I wasn’t allowed,” Corcoran-Fort, who has learning difficulties, said. ”But it was easier than my homework, even easier than computer games.” For what it’s worth, he did go through a metal detector and body scanner, the airport says.
8:21 // 1 year ago
July 25, 2012
It’s not technically a breach of security. The boy posed no threat to the aircraft. He went through a security process.
Manchester airport spokesperson Russell Craig • Discussing an 11-year-old boy’s trip from England to Italy, where the boy took a Jet2.com plane from Manchester to Rome despite not having a boarding pass or passport. His trip may not have technically been a breach of security, but a ton of people got suspended from their jobs over it. Oops.
11:00 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
reuters:

At noon London time on July 12, 2012, Britain will slip silently into a new era of radio history.
At the top of the hour, the BBC World Service - once the voice of the British empire - will transmit its last radio news bulletin from its imposing home, Bush House in central London.
For more than 70 years the art-deco building was the beating heart of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s overseas service and a bastion of press freedom around the world.
From here King George V addressed the Empire in 1932, Charles de Gaulle defied the Nazis, and legions of emigres sent news in dozens of languages to the unmistakeable introductory strains of Lilliburlero, its signature tune.
READ ON: End of era as BBC bids good-bye to majestic home

All things must end. Some great history here.

reuters:

At noon London time on July 12, 2012, Britain will slip silently into a new era of radio history.

At the top of the hour, the BBC World Service - once the voice of the British empire - will transmit its last radio news bulletin from its imposing home, Bush House in central London.

For more than 70 years the art-deco building was the beating heart of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s overseas service and a bastion of press freedom around the world.

From here King George V addressed the Empire in 1932, Charles de Gaulle defied the Nazis, and legions of emigres sent news in dozens of languages to the unmistakeable introductory strains of Lilliburlero, its signature tune.

READ ON: End of era as BBC bids good-bye to majestic home

All things must end. Some great history here.

13:15 // 1 year ago