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Water drop by The U.S. Army
Via Flickr:
Members of the Utah Army National Guard 2-211 Aviation Battalion assist in fighting fires in northern Utah, Aug. 12, 2013. The National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk dropped more than 8,500 gallons of water in one day on two separate fires in northern Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tim Chacon)

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At the same time as the entire of Europe and Australia was carrying out their song contest (or whatever it was), I was at my city’s airport to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in flight. :)

OH YES THEY DID: Washington Driver Gets Six Months for ‘Marijuana-Related’ Crash That May Have Had Nothing to Do With Marijuana

Jacob Sullum writes: Today a Vancouver, Washington, pot smoker received a six-month jail sentence, followed by five years of probation, in a case that seems to illustrate the injustice caused by his state's 

Flight 232 by Laurence Gonzales.

“A richly detailed story that is equal parts heartbreaking, inspiring … and full of fascinating science … masterful.”—San Francisco Chronicle

As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn’t move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived.

No one has ever attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, captures, minute by minute, the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others.

Ultimately he takes us, step by step, through the gripping scientific detective work in super-secret labs to dive into the heart of a flaw smaller than a grain of rice that shows what brought the aircraft down.

An unforgettable drama of the triumph of heroism over tragedy and human ingenuity over technological breakdown, Flight 232 is a masterpiece in the tradition of the greatest aviation stories ever told.