August 29, 2014
By: John E. Fiorentino
It isn't often I write about such dalliances as Whakapohane. In fact, until recently, this descriptor was only slightly active in the rather murky recesses of my mind. Many years ago I was treated to a discussion for some long forgotten reason relating to the origins of this rather obscure word. In the US we know it as “mooning.”
In any event, this is the term used by Duncan Steel himself to describe his banishing from his blog (and apparently even from his private e-mail) those who in some way offended his sensibilities. I myself am one of the vanquished.
My “crime” was to make a statement and ask a question which the good doctor didn't like. Duncan, (hereinafter referred to as the “King”) said my statement was “false.” When I tried to post a response to his claim, it was removed from his site. Subsequently, after I sent him a private e-mail wherein I stated it was “good to be the King” I was blocked from posting on his site and also blocked from any further private e-mails.
What was this blasphemy of mine? I merely stated that there was no direct evidence of a “flameout” in the Inmarsat data. Not being given the opportunity to respond nor elaborate on the Kings decree that my statement was “false” certainly seems to be a rather harsh action.
Let me say here that the Kings site is his own and as such he certainly can do essentially as he wishes. The site is however a public one which makes statements and elicits responses from those who frequent it. While many times it is necessary to remove a post and block a poster, these things are usually done to those who violate the ordinary rules of civil behavior like using profanity, etc. Most people are not egotistical, arrogant, short sighted nor thin skinned enough to remove people who they may simply disagree with. It is however as I've said, the Kings parade.
I should of course get to the point and that is MH370.
Jeff Wise and I have had communications in the past and our relationship is also not what it should be. Jeff of course was a CNN aviation analyst on the MH370 story. Jeff was there as I fought for over a month to get CNN to break my story on the “pings” which the official investigation touted as coming from MH370's black boxes. I submitted numerous pieces of research and information to CNN which was pooh-hooed and ignored by the news organization and its hired analysts. Some repeatedly shook their heads “no” and said the “pings” had to be from the plane. Jeff, it must be said wasn't one of those.
After a month of writing articles, sending press releases and hounding those reporting the MH370 story, CNN finally broke the news on “Newday Saturday,” May 10, 2014. My research showed that the “pings” were in fact not likely to be coming from MH370. Shortly thereafter, the Australians admitted as much. The travesty of course was the wasted time, money and effort as the investigators chased their own tails.
Some have said that the “lead” produced by the recording of the underwater pings had to be investigated. Especially since the MH370 case was severely devoid of any type of lead which may point to the location of the aircraft. To which I basically agree, except to say the problem was all other investigative avenues (with the exception of the airborne search for ocean debris) were suspended while the Australian research vessel Ocean Shield wandered back and forth in its search for fools gold. It is unclear whether some of the other options such as a search on land were ever effectively instituted.
The King for his part didn't think much of any discussion about the underwater impulses. He claimed all of that nonsense was unscientific and he always “knew” it was just a waste of time. When I contacted him and indicated there was indeed much research (1) and science involved in the acoustics, that overture also went unanswered. Of course after JACC and ATSB finally admitted they had been pissing in the wind, a veritable host of know-it-alls crawled from the woodwork proclaiming that they to “knew” all along this acoustic stuff was just a waste of time. None of these geniuses apparently had the brains or fortitude necessary to relay their brilliant deductions in real-time to the proper authorities, the news media, or apparently anyone else. The King obviously thought that an endless debate about BTO and BFO values was more important than wasting a months time looking for the aircraft in the wrong place.
Let me say also that it wasn't just the King, the media and more specifically CNN who seemed to treat proper scientific research with such disdain. I repeatedly contacted the JACC, ATSB and other official investigative groups, all to no avail. For their part, JACC and ATSB have refused to even release the recordings of the putative “pings.”
Yes, while the CNN analysts shook their talking heads “no,” unscientific acting “scientists” thumbed their noses in the air and the various prime ministers predicted imminent success in the search, valuable time was frittered away as a cloud of ignorance permeated the air.
“I remember asking a wise man, once . . . 'Why do Men fear the dark?' . . . 'Because darkness' he told me, 'is ignorance made visible.' 'And do Men despise ignorance?' I asked. 'No,' he said, 'they prize it above all things--all things!--but only so long as it remains invisible.”
― R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye
The Continuing Inquiry
During the course of our own continuing investigation we have developed some new leads from an initial analysis of the available audio recordings between MH370 and the ground. This is still preliminary and replete with conjecture. I do believe however I've identified the person who diverted the aircraft and ascertained where the plane was headed. Perhaps even a little bit of the why.. This will have to stay with me for the time being and for various reasons.
As Jeff Wise has so correctly reported it turns out our analysis of the Inmarsat data was akin to counting the number of fairies dancing on the head of a pin This of course only accentuates the true value of the acoustic ping research.
While it may appear that “Johnny simply doesn't play well with others,” I will for what it's worth offer some explanation. The fact is I've apparently managed to tick off many of those I've come in contact with during this investigation. True, it seems I've been critical of many and have had reservations about much. I can though back it all up with hard cold facts. If some find that annoying, then so be it.
I can only hope no one will accuse me of exposing my buttocks.
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