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Flying or Grounded?

Yesterday Qantas flight 249 from Sydney to Los Angeles left, and after an hour or so of burning fuel, returned to Sydney. No the pilot was not homesick. One engine had been on fire since about 10 minutes after take off. All the passengers reboarded another 747 later last night. Do you reckon they were keen to board another Qantas aircraft?

In another grounding episode, the Australian Defence Force has confirmed that two Sea King aircrew members have refused to fly in the helicopters since the crash of the Shark 02 on the Indonesian island of Nias last April.

The board of inquiry into the crash of the Sea King, which killed nine military personnel, has heard damning evidence about widespread maintenance management problems within 817 Squadron, home to the Sea Kings. These include that there is an "embedded culture of shortcuts and workarounds".

The Sea Kings were grounded in early December after the discovery of yet another serious maintenance problem with the aircraft, but the…

Creation vs Evolution?

I'm always fascinated by the battle lines some will draw over the issue of science and its attending scientism in opposition to creation, or special creation, or intelligent design and the attending Scopes-like faith. Fascinating how fanaticism can be found in either side of the argument.

I was raised under the influences of a scientific world and I graduated university with a major in mathematics and a minor in biology. My mind is used to critical thinking; I'm comfortable seeking proofs in empirical data.

At the same time, I know God created the world. I believe that God created the world in six days, which shouldn't surprise anyone who knows the God of the Bible. Six days is a surprise, though, but not that it took such a short time. Remember the Darwinian position continues to extend the length of time required for evolution to have taken place into millions and now billions of years of earth's existence.

So the real surprise should be why it took so long to create th…