Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Flight MH370

The tragedy of Flight MH370 has concluded with the realisation that the missing airplane crashed into the southern Indian ocean.

Already the drama is passing into mythology, as this esoteric article by India Ross in the New Statesman indicates:  http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/03/lost-passengers-flight-mh370-why-modern-world-can%E2%80%99t-cope-missing-people (although it does not seem to have occurred to India Ross that most of the world's population will not have access to the digital social media she talks of so the all-pervasive argument falls a bit flat).

Presumably the crazies will soon start talking about Flight MH370 passing through a hole in the Antarctic and into the hollow centre of the earth where clones of Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Madam Blavatsky are already examining it through the magical power of vril.

One of the more frivolous aspects of the narrative has been the gushing reaction around the world to the appearance of Flight Lieutenant Russell Adams, who led a search for the missing aircraft http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-australian-pilot-russell-adams-internet-sensation-1441581 (the attention is supposed to have irritated Flt Lt Adams and also provoked disdainful comments about lack of respect by David Sim and other journalists).

Having had Flt Lt Adams brought into focus, one cannot help noticing his lack of ear lobes.

According to a study in the Harvard Business Review lack of ear lobes can indicate leadership potential, although another study reveals that individuals who lack ear lobes also have hairy ears and translocation in chromosome number 22 (whatever that means):  http://bioinfopublication.org/files/articles/4_2_1_IJMCR.pdf 

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