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Flight Rage!

Stopped flying for business about 4 years ago. Can’t say I miss it. The US Airlines and TSA have conspired to make the whole process so unmitigatedly miserable, they force you damn near to root for the terrorists. The drop dead stupid neo-Nazi Bushit Administration in their creation of Homeland Security never really considered if there were less heavy handed and less civil rights violating methodologies to secure the airlines. And like all Government Agencies one that Brobdingnagian bureaucracy was created, the group IQ quotient dropped to the level of mindless robotic pig fornicators, and no intelligent solution ever will b found. The single solution of the Goose-stepping, jackboots is to utilize technology for ever more invasive means to spy on the citizenry.

And that doesn’t even get to trying to book a flight and finding out the only way you can get from here to there is to suffer contorting into a cramped overcrowded compartment to fly to three other places, because it is near impossible to go from Place A to Place B directly…

First-class cabin fuels ‘air rage’ among passengers flying coach, study says

If you’ve felt your blood pressure rise after seeing passengers being served champagne on the tarmac while you’re fighting for overhead space in coach, you are not alone.

A new study finds that class division in the skies can have a real and occasionally dangerous effect on passengers in both sections of a plane.

Researchers report that the simple presence of a first-class cabin on an airplane is correlated with a nearly fourfold increase in the chance of an air rage incident in economy class.

And when economy-class passengers are forced to pass through the luxurious first-class area on their way to the cramped economy seats, the rate of air rage incidents is more than seven times higher than if there were no first-class seats at all.

The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is based on data collected by a large international airline over several years and many thousands of flights.

However, in order to get access to the data, the authors agreed not to reveal the name of the airline.

“These companies have a lot of fear about releasing this type of data to the public,” said lead study author Katherine DeCelles, an associate professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto. “People like to bash airlines whenever they can.”

To be clear, true air rage is actually quite rare. DeCelles said it might include an intoxicated passenger refusing to sit down, or a passenger who has just been told to turn her phone off making a verbal threat to an in-flight worker.

On average, these incidents occur in economy class just .14 times per 1,000 flights when there is no first class cabin, and 1.58 times per 1,000 flights when there is a first class cabin.

Among first class passengers, air rage incidents occur 0.31 times per 1,000 flights.

“The very definition of the air rage phenomenon is that it has to endanger the safety of the flight,” DeCelles said. “It has to be pretty extreme to warrant documentation.”

Still, with a large data set, certain patterns emerged. The authors found that the presence of a first-class cabin predicted the chances of air rage better than a number of other factors, including how much legroom there was on the plane, how wide the seats were, and even how long a plane had been delayed.

The authors report that the presence of first class was associated with greater odds of air rage similar to the effect of a nine-hour, 29-minute flight delay. 

And when economy passengers boarded the plane from the front, rather than the middle, and had to see the first-class luxury they were missing, the chances of air rage was similar to the effect of a 15-hour flight delay…Read More Here

 

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in American Greed

 

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Story Deepens on Texas Football Players Who Hit Ref

This one has taken a strange twist. Shortly after punishment was announced for the two Texas High Schoolers shown in the shocking video below, one or both of them told the authorities that they had been told to hit the ref by a coach!

Texas coach accused of ordering players to hit referee resigns

Mack Breed, the assistant football coach from John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas, who is accused of directing two players to target a referee during a game, has resigned, Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian Woods said Thursday.

Head football coach Gary Gutierrez spoke during the University Interscholastic League hearing, both defending Breed and deriding his “poor judgment call.”

“I love coach Breed. He was on staff already when I became head coach. He is an upstanding man, he is a man of integrity,” Gutierrez said, but “he violated the sanctity of what coaches are” by telling the players to hit a game official.

Breed joined the coaching staff in 2010. He played quarterback at John Jay before attending theUniversity of Missouri, where he played safety. On Thursday, Breed’s lawyer issued the coach’s first public statement on the incident, saying “some people are unfairly blaming one man, Mack Breed, for everything that happened at that game.”

According to Breed’s version of events, after a black John Jay wide receiver was ejected from the game, another black player told Breed that umpire Robert Watts had said to the player, “Throw the f***ing ball at me again, n****r.”

Watts, through his attorneys, has repeatedly denied uttering racial slurs toward the players, says he is considering lawsuits and is urging criminal prosecutions of the assistant coach and the two players.

“As a black male, nothing offended Mack Breed more than being called a racial epithet, except someone in a position of authority calling his players racial epithets. The slur was heard by multiple players, some of whom were not involved in the hit,” Breed’s statement said.

The player that reported hearing the slur was later tossed from the game for throwing a punch even though, according to the statement, a white player on the opposing team had allegedly punched the wide receiver multiple times and avoided ejection.

Describing the atmosphere on the John Jay sideline as “a powder keg,” Breed said that another John Jay coach was penalized for yelling at the officials about the alleged racist comments. Gutierrez also notified the officials about the slurs, according to Breed, but was told the officials wouldn’t use such language.

“Succumbing to the racially charged atmosphere, Coach Breed let his anger get the best of him and he made some regrettable comments. Witnesses can’t agree on what the comments were, but they were interpreted by two players to mean ‘hit the referee.’ The witnesses agree that Breed never explicitly told them to hit the referee, except for Michael Moreno, whose story continues to evolve,” the statement said, referring to one of the two players in question.

Singling out the teen, Breed said “Moreno paints himself as a saint on television” when he was actually “out of control” during the game. Not only did Moreno allegedly allow another player to be ejected for Moreno’s hit on Watts, he flagrantly hit a kneeling quarterback — a no-no in football — on the next play, according to the coach.

“His behavior is exactly what one would expect from a rogue player blaming a coach for the player’s actions,” Breed’s statement said.

Breed concluded his statement by saying he “feels that he could have handled the situation better. For that reason, Mack has submitted his resignation and will move forward taking responsibility for his role in the events that occurred. Mack never intended for the kids to hit or hurt the referee, but the result was the same.”

Jay Downs, an attorney for Watts, took the stand, reiterating another Watts attorney’s assertion that the allegations of racism are false. Watts, who has provided a statement to law enforcement, is suffering from post-concussion syndrome and didn’t attend the hearing, the attorney said. Doctors have yet to clear him to return to refereeing.

News of Breed’s resignation came a day after the players, who intentionally hit an official during a game this month and were suspended from school, attended a disciplinary hearing.

Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, said that because Moreno and Victor Rojas are minors, no information about the hearing would be released.

This 1955…or 2015? This racial name calling went on in sports until the late 60’s, when it pretty much ceased due to pressure by the fans, coaches, and leagues who decided not to tolerate it anymore. The only response in the 50’s and early 60’s was to walk away. The coach – in exposing the two boys to punishments is wrong.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in You Know It's Bad When...

 

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Tom Walter, Baseball Coach at Wake Forest Donates Kidney to Player

An amazing and heart warming story of a Coach committed to his players –

Tom Walter, Wake Forest Baseball Coach, Donates Kidney to Player

Wake Forest Baseball Coach, Tom Walter

Wake Forest Center Fielder, Kevin Jordan

College coaches in all sports like to talk a lot about creating family atmospheres for their players, but it never really seems like that matters as much as winning and promoting their own careers on the backs of 19-year-olds.

Tom Walter does things a little bit differently. He actually acts like a father in the hour of greatest need. The coach of Wake Forest’s baseball team donated a kidney to freshman outfielderKevin Jordan on Monday. Jordan got sick last year and his kidney function gradually got worse and worse until they were only functioning at 8 percent of their ability. No members of his actual family were compatible matches, but his coach was a good match, which led to what Walter called a “no-brainer decision.”

“I would do anything to help any one of my players or any of my family members-anything in my power to help them have a better quality of life is something that I want to do,” Walter said. “Maybe it’s something as little as helping mentor them in their academic pursuits, or helping them choose a major, or something of a greater magnitude like this. My No. 1 priorities in life are my family and my team and I’ll do anything to help any one of those people.”

You hear words like that all the time. Rarely do you see people back them up so completely. The surgery was deemed a success and you can check out the full story at Baseball America for more from Walter, Jordan’s father and others about this heartwarming gesture.

Note to Baseball fans – Kevin is the son of former major leaguer Brian Jordan, and was drafted from High School by the New York Yankees last year in the 19th Round. He opted for Wake Forest.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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