Naked and Exposed.
The early days of keeping foods cool for extended periods of time led to some bad jokes, like, “The salesman goes from door to door, but the iceman has his pick.”
Now, wi-fi integrated refrigerators can keep track of your comestibles and order viands to fill in voids. These appliances can also provide easy access to identity stealing hackers.
Small potatoes, we know, when compared to the mega hack of Equifax that exposed six out of every ten Americans to predatory I.D. snatchers. We’re hoist on our own petard for true.
The frustrating truth is this: no one victimized by the Equifax hack had any part whatsoever in providing their most sensitive information to the giant credit bureau. WE are not the customers of Equifax. Our lenders are. The institutions we trusted to mortgage our homes, finance our cars, educate our children provided our details to the credit bureaus. And even our insurance companies check credit reports. We were innocent bystanders.
As for Equifax itself, its credibility is shot to heck. Where do we go from here? That’s the burning question.
Both of my parents worked for Braniff Airlines (and mom did NOT shove Lindbergh out the door of an Electra no matter what you may have heard). Airline safety was drummed into us kids at an early age.
Lately, regional airlines have been forced to cancel flights due to a shortage of pilots to fly their aircraft. Companies are beating the drum for removing a great number of safety regulations that hamper their ability to make a buck.
President Trump has issued a directive to cut burdensome business regulations. So, an FAA committee recommends that several safety regs be trimmed — including the 1500 flight-hour requirement for both pilots and first officers — to make crewing airline cockpits quick and easy. The pesky training requirements were put in place after pilot error killed 49 passengers and crew aboard a flight, plus one grounding.
If the suggested guidelines are implemented, staffing will be easier, crashes more frequent, flying more dangerous, and insuring the business more costly.
Flying was once an enjoyable and relaxing activity. Top notch cuisine, pampered service, plenty of room to get comfortable, everyone dressed in their Sunday best.
Now it’s a cattle call — first at the security check-in, then at the gate, and finally in the rush to claim overhead storage. Too small seats, too little leg room, charges for everything — and now the prospect of inexperienced cockpit crews. Car trips are sounding better all the time! — G.E.H.