Air travel used to be considered one of the safest modes of travel. Unfortunately, several incidents have made that debatable.
A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane was shot down in Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard last week. In the Netherlands, 40 hearses carried the bodies of several victims, as thousands gathered to pay tribute. Most of those who perished were from that country, with one being from the U.S. Days later, two more aircrafts were shot down in the region, as Russia and Ukrainian opposition maintain a deadly conflict.
On July 23, a TransAsia airline crashed at Taiwanese Island. 51 people were killed. The plane landed in stormy weather and crashed.
A teenage boy from Indiana who was flying around the world with his father on a single-engine plane was killed when their plane crashed earlier that same day.
With all the tension between Israel and Hamas, the FAA banned US airlines from flying to Tel Aviv (Israel). Delta Airlines announced the cancellation all of their flights to Israel. Despite the ban, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed in Tel Aviv to show support to Israel. Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu greeted Bloomberg at Tel Aviv airport.
According to the Daily Record of UK, a report stated that MI5 suspect Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the murder of spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. A secret dossier of evidence compiled by MI5 operatives looking into the assassination of Litvinenko indicated that Vladimir Putin signed off on the hit.
Negativity is spreading in this world. However, not everything is negative. The media spreads so much negative news that we all are sucked into it. There is positive news, but our eyes and minds are diverting to negativity.
On a positive note, children ages 6 to 8 read books in front of NBA legend John Starks, WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who took time off in their busy schedules. Mayor Baraka has been busy walking with the clergy on the streets of Newark to create a better connection with the community.
In Irvington, Mayor Tony Vauss announced an aggressive plan to repair potholes. Vauss said, "Some of the potholes are the size of craters. People and vehicles are in danger of being injured or damaged as they try to maneuver the holes in the streets." He announced that the repairs will start this week. I applaud the mayor for addressing one of the immediate needs of the residents.
The billionaires can support PACs (political action committees) to support any candidate of their choice without declaring their contribution. It is legal and stamped by the Supreme Court with their decision. As US Senator Menendez said, "This is the state of our democracy right now: A few anonymous billionaires have the power to sway elections across the nation - without us ever learning their names."
This is outrageous. Ras Baraka might be the last person to get elected as a people's person. It is very difficult for real bright and independent-minded personalities who want to help people, but not bend down to the rules of the powerful and rich. They will not get support, and most of the time the money can sway away the election, and the better candidates will not lead.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.