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A View From the Edge

Watching rapidly changing trends

Sometimes it takes a trip once or twice a year to sharpen your perspective of changes in society. The newest perspective is fresh and yet the past memory sharp enough to know what has changed — changes stand out in sharp contrast to what you remember.

The great social divide in this country gets greater

Many people feel that the divide in America is primarily caused by location, ethnicity and education. To a large extent those are the markers or the outcome of the real reason behind the divisions among the population. 

The skies are filling

Airline passenger traffic is rising in the United States. Fast. In the next 20 years, the estimates are that there will be half again as many people flying as there are today in America. 

Inhibiting with language

During the Middle Ages, language and the ability to have anything written down, were at the center of power in Catholic Europe. The common man (or woman) was powerless when faced with books they could neither read nor ever hope to afford — each book was original, hand inscribed and illustrated — treasured repositories of knowledge and laws. 

Control of knowledge

No, we’re not going to discuss the control and dissemination of Internet stuff on Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo and others. Roughly 99% of that material is based on consumer demand, research on something you forgot or wanted to know about — just a little, just enough. And, yes, Google and others are controlling those precis of information and access to products and your needs. And, yes, we should be concerned.

Airworthy issues on planes you may fly

Many of my friends know I follow aviation closely and ask what happened to the 737Max planes that crashed, why did they crash, why did the FAA take so long, why don’t the pilots know what to do, etc.?