Facebook of the Sky: Airbus Tests Program to Track Everything You Do During Flights

Airbus is reportedly testing a new digital platform on its A350-900 test plane which would monitor every passenger action, from chosen meal preferences to in-flight purchases and even bathroom habits.

Business Insider reports that the aviation giant Airbus announced this week that it has started in-flight trials of its newest cabin technology which will connect passengers and crew to different elements of the plane such as seats, cargo, and bathrooms. Airbus unveiled its plans for its Connected Experience at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo last year.

The platform links real-time information generated from cabin components such as meal trolleys and overhead bins to passengers and crew members on the flight in an effort to create a more personalized experience. Of course, all of this information is digitally traceable and just another example of modern companies collecting mass amounts of personal data from its customers.

Airbus stated that the data collected from the platform will be uploaded to the “Skywise” cloud service, an open data platform developed by Airbus. The firm claims that the platform provides significant benefits to flight crews and will allow them to access passenger information such as meal and seat preferences more easily. Airbus claims that this will provide a more personalized travel experience for passengers while airlines will be able to utilize cabin equipment trends to perform “predictive maintenance” on the most used facilities on the plane.

Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’s vice president of cabin marketing, said at the aviation trade show in Los Angeles this week that the technology could help flight crew to determine if a passenger in the lavatory may need assistance. The firm plans to roll out the technology on A321 planes in 2021, and its larger A350 series in 2023. Wuggetzer commented on the new system stating: “It’s not a concept, it’s not a dream: It’s reality.”

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Women’s Soccer Fans in Portland Loudly Boo Armed Forces Enlistees Over Oath to Obey Orders of the President

Women’s soccer fans in Portland, Oregon loudly booed several dozen enlistees in the Armed Forces who were sworn in during a halftime ceremony on September 11 at a National Women’s Soccer League game at Providence Park between the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage. The crowd of over 17,000 President Trump hating fans filled the stadium with boos at the part of the oath of allegiance that commands orders of the President of the United States be obeyed. The crowd loudly cheered the enlistees upon completion of the oath.

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Video posted by The Oregonian to YouTube shows the incident.

A women’s soccer journalist was perplexed by the pro-America display at the game.

The oath of enlistment:

I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).

The Oregonian reported the ceremony was scheduled for the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The paper also reported on the controversy involving the banning of political displays at Portland professional soccer games.

The ceremony came against the backdrop of Major League Soccer facing backlash from fans for changing its Fan Code of Conduct to ban political signage and displays at games. Though the National Women’s Soccer League does not have a fan code of conduct, the Timbers and Thorns organization has enforced the MLS ban on political signage at Thorns games this season as well.

…Some fans said on social media Wednesday night that a military swearing-in event was inherently political and criticized the Timbers and Thorns organization for hosting the ceremony when the MLS Fan Code of Conduct still bans political signage at games.

Among the specific signage that is barred by MLS’s fan code of conduct is the “Iron Front” symbol, an emblem with three arrows pointing downward which was first used by an anti-Nazi paramilitary organization in Germany in the 1930s. Fans say that the Iron Front symbol is not political because it represents an opposition to fascism and oppression, which are issues of human rights. MLS is concerned that the symbol has been adopted by the antifa movement, a loose affiliation of activists whose protests against fascism and racism have sometimes turned violent.

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Exclusive–Michelle Malkin: End to Refugee Resettlement ‘Long Overdue’ After Americans Have Gotten No Say

A moratorium on the refugee resettlement program is “long overdue,” columnist Michelle Malkin says, after American communities have been forced to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees from across the globe over the last four decades.

During an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, Malkin — whose latest book, Open Borders Inc: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?, is now available — said she is encouraged by reports that the Trump administration is looking to halt the mass importation of refugees to the U.S.

“This administration understands the threat that every one of these global compacts poses to American sovereignty, and of course, they are putting that understanding into action, and it’s very encouraging for me to hear plans floated of zeroing out the refugee resettlement numbers,” Malkin said.

“A moratorium is long overdue,” Malkin continued. “Not only for the cultural and financial impact that it’s causing on these working-class neighborhoods and towns that never got a say in whether they wanted these refugees largely from Muslim countries and African countries in the first place, but also again, on September 11, to consider the national security implications of bringing people over here who have an unshakable hatred of all things Western.”

The U.S., thanks exclusively to President Trump’s reforms, helped lower the total number of foreign refugees to less than 23,000 admissions last year. This is a 76 percent decrease in foreign refugee resettlement from former President Obama’s 2016 totals, which reached almost 100,000 admissions. Specifically, Trump has cut the Syria-to-U.S. pipeline of refugees — started by Obama — by more than 60 percent thus far.

Since October 2001, just a month after the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist attacks, the U.S. has imported nearly a million refugees, with the overwhelming majority being resettled in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Texas.

Including refugees who have been brought to the U.S. on humanitarian programs like the Special Immigrant Juveniles and the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act, the country has imported a refugee population since 2001 that far exceeds the population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is at least three times the population of Boston, Massachusetts.

Refugee resettlement costs American taxpayers about $1.8 billion a year and about $8.8 billion over the course of five years, research by the Federation for American Immigration Reform has revealed.

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The “burning AOC” anti-socialism ad

I groaned last night as I watched this since the entire dynamic was apparent in an instant.

1. Some righty wanted attention and knew that an inflammatory attack on AOC is a cheap way to achieve that.
2. AOC herself would notice and claim victimhood because that’s half of her political shtick, the other half being theatrical defiance of the left’s enemies.
3. Allegations of racism/incitement/what have you would immediately begin flying because “tacky” just isn’t a damning enough critique in 2019.

How’d I do?

The spot aired during a debate in which Democrats accused Trump of having “directed” a mass murder last month in El Paso, notes Ben Shapiro, in case you’re wondering how seriously to take the hand-wringing about incitement. (“Obviously he didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s certainly been tweeting out the ammunition,” said Kamala Harris.) The person behind the spot isn’t a white supremacist, she’s a Cambodian-American named Elizabeth Heng who ran for Congress last year, lost, and has now started a PAC called New Faces GOP aimed at promoting young nonwhite Republicans. That may also explain the focus on Ocasio-Cortez — it’s not just an easy way to grab eyeballs, it’s a challenge to the most famous young (and nonwhite) leftist in the country.

Lefties are now trying to organize a boycott of ABC for airing the ad, which will flex AOC’s muscles but also help Heng by martyring her on the right and calling even more attention to the ad. That was also predictable; I’m embarrassed I didn’t foresee it as step four in the inevitable fallout last night. What a perfect little episode of modern American politics, all wrapped up in just 18 hours or so.

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REALLY? DNC Chairman Tom Perez Claims Socialism Is What Makes Capitalism Work

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has said some crazy things before now, but this is a whole new level of insanity.

Perez is trying to spin his party’s embrace of socialism into a good thing but it might make your eyes roll out of your head.

From the Washington Times:

DNC chair: Programs called socialism by GOP critics ‘make capitalism work’

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez says that what Republicans call “socialism” actually makes “capitalism work for everyone.”

Mr. Perez sat down with Fox News’ Bret Baier Thursday evening in Houston to discuss the future of the Democratic Party.

The two men, having just watched ten presidential hopefuls spar on stage, discussed the divide between democratic socialists like Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders and the more fiscally moderate former Vice President Joe Biden.

“You know Brett, socialism is the oldest trick in the book,” Mr. Perez said. “You’re a very good student of history. When Social Security was debated, when Medicare was debated, when the minimum wage was debated, Republican opponents of all of those three critical elements of our social compact said this is socialism. What Social Security and Medicare and the minimum wage have done is make capitalism work for everyone. And so, this is the oldest attack line in the book. Voters are smart. When you have coverage for people with a preexisting condition, I’d hardly call that socialism. I’d call that sound health policy and sound economic policy.”

The stupid is strong with this one. Who does he think he’s kidding?

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Text Sent to Wrong Number Leads to Act of Kindness for Young Boy Fighting To Stay Alive

It’s amazing what a seemingly accidental connection can result in. In many cases, when someone has the wrong number, that’s all they’re told — communication doesn’t go beyond that.

For Abby Fink, a wrong number ended in a wave of blessings that no one could have anticipated.

Fink meant to send a message to the Jakeman family, who is going through a difficult time. According to a GoFundMe page set up for them, their adopted 4-year-old son, Noah, experienced some life-threatening events that landed him in the ICU at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“A week ago Noah was admitted to the ICU with respiratory failure and placed on life support,” the GoFundMe reads. “His mom Alex is staying by his side until he can leave the ICU. They do not have family that are able to provide child care for their other children so Shaun has had to take time off from work to care them. Since he hasn’t been able to work it is taking a financial toll on the family.”

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Fink was planning on bringing the family a meal, but she got one of the digits in the phone number wrong.

“Hey brother Jakeman, this is sister Fink! We are bringing you dinner tomorrow,” she wrote, according to KNXV-TV. “I was wondering what time would be a good time to bring it over?”

The recipient of the text message was a man named Bill who decided to have some fun with the unanticipated message.

“Oooh! What are you bringing me? I’m allergic to seafood,” he responded.

When Fink responded, though, and explained that she was trying to get in touch with a family whose son was gravely ill, he was quick to change his tune.

“What can I do to help?” he asked.

When Fink said he could pray for Noah, Bill responded that he didn’t pray, but he’d be happy to help in other ways. He even posted on Reddit that he’d managed to get a charity involved and rounded up people to donate and lend a hand.

“I’ve gotten in touch with a charity to help him,” Bill wrote. “I’ve gotten people to help with meals and laundry. Now, I’m rallying people to send this kids some love. He’s at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Noah is off the ventilator, so now he can receive gifts as long as they are not flowers or latex balloons.”

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“His full story is that is 3 and has cerebral palsy,” Bill continued. “He got sick in the back seat of the car and threw up. Some vomit went into his lungs and they rushed him to the hospital as he couldn’t breathe. He wound up with pneumonia and a collapsed lung. He then wound up with sepsis and blood poisoning.”

“He is finally off of the ventilator but is still on a GI tube so he can better [absorb] his medicine. Because he is off the ventilator, he can receive care packages as long they are not flowers or latex balloons. He loves Harry Potter, Star Wars, Mickey and dinosaurs. He can only see the color red, green, blue and black.”

Fink and the Jakeman family were both shocked at the love and support that came pouring in over a misdialed number. Bill, who has a son of his own, apparently told them it’s “just what people do.”

“We were just really touched and in awe that a perfect stranger, that all he knew was that a little boy was in the ICU and he just wanted to jump into action,” Noah’s mom, Alex, told KNXV-TV.

“I’m thinking to myself, no that’s not what people do because it’s hard to find good people, good genuine people who want to serve and help others,” Fink said.

“I told Bill, ‘I don’t know if you believe in God or not, but I believe you were sent here to help this family.’ I told him he was an angel.”

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Pence Calls Casting Tie-Breaking Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood One of Great Honors of His Life

Vice President Mike Pence told social conservatives gathered for an event in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night that casting the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood was a “great honor.”

In March 2017, Pence broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate on legislation which allowed states to withhold funds from the nation’s top abortion provider, according to USA Today.

GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine had broken ranks, necessitating the vice president to step in as president of the Senate.

“I don’t know if I have had a greater honor than to cast the tie-breaking vote to defund Planned Parenthood,” Pence told attendees at the gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of Concerned Women for America on Thursday, The Daily Caller reported.

“I couldn’t be more proud to serve as vice president for a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life,” Pence added. “This president will always stand for the unalienable right to life.”

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CBN News congressional correspondent Abigail Robertson, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, told The Western Journal that Pence’s remarks were very well received.

“Vice President Mike Pence spoke to an appreciative crowd at the CWA 40th anniversary gala, receiving over ten standing ovations,” Robertson said. “His comments on efforts to defund Planned Parenthood definitely resounded with the audience.”

“Many in the crowd commented on the passion in Pence’s remarks, with one attendee telling me that he is a politician who walks the walk when it comes to standing for biblical and constitutional principles in our country,” she added.

Pence’s remarks definitely resonated with Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance.

Do you believe Trump administration has a strong pro-life record?

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“Mike Pence understands that American taxpayers do not support Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, nor their insidious behavior,” Nance said in a statement to The Western Journal.

“PPA has been caught aiding and abetting people they believed to be sex traffickers, covering up child abuse and selling baby body parts,” she added. “The time has come to reprogram our tax dollars to other worthy organizations that care for poor women and their babies but do not destroy human life.”

In January, Pence made a surprise visit to the 46th annual March for Life in Washington.

The march is meant to protest the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which overturned all state laws outlawing abortion nationwide.

“It’s an extraordinarily important event,” the vice president told Ben Shapiro on the conservative commentator’s radio program, which was broadcast live at the March for Life.

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“You think 46 years ago this month the majority of the Supreme Court of the United States turned its back on the unalienable right to life,” he said.

Pence went on to observe, “And here nearly a half-century later, generations of Americans have come together to say, ‘No, we are going to put the sanctity of life back at the center of American law,’ I believe in our lifetime we will accomplish that.”

In a tweet after his appearance at the event, Pence highlighted some of the actions the Trump administration has taken to advance the pro-life cause.

“Spoke w/ @BenShapiro & all his listeners at @March_For_Life about how @POTUS has been STANDING for LIFE. We’ve reinstated the Mexico City Policy, allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood & nominated judges who will uphold our God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution,” he wrote.

The Trump administration’s most recent victory on the pro-life front came when the Department of Health and Human Services implemented a new rule for Title X family-planning health services last month, which resulted in Planned Parenthood choosing to stop taking federal dollars.

The rule precludes family-planning providers who receive federal money from recommending abortion. Title X funds were never authorized to pay for abortion procedures themselves.

However, because money is fungible, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers have been able (until now) to use the federal dollars to help subsidize the overall costs of their clinics.

In addition to Pence, other featured speakers at CWA’s gala included former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, GOP Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, CWA founder and chairwoman Dr. Beverly LaHaye and Nance.

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Beto’s Idea on How To Change Gun Buying Makes Him Sound Like a Know-Nothing Liberal City Slicker

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has never known what he’s talking about, but his newfound pet project has really sent him over the edge.

That issue is, of course, gun control, and not moderate, debatable gun control.

We’re talking about full-blown confiscation, and the former Texas congressman’s enthusiasm for it is almost as pathetic as his ideas on how to accomplish it.

Beto’s latest move is to take on the financial industry, calling for banks and credit card companies to comply with his mandates for gun purchases.

“Credit cards have enabled many of America’s mass shootings in the last decade — and with Washington unwilling to act, they need to cut off the sales of weapons of war today,” the floundering candidate wrote Thursday on Twitter.

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“Banks and credit card companies must: 1) Refuse to take part in the sale of assault weapons. 2) Stop processing transactions for gun sales online & at gun shows without background checks. 3) Stop doing business with gun & ammo manufacturers who produce or sell assault weapons,” he continued.

My oh my. There’s quite a bit wrong with that.

First, he never offers a definition of “assault weapons,” which completely ruins points No. 1 and 3. If you’re calling for something to be banned and taken away, you have to know exactly what that thing is.

I doubt O’Rourke’s definition involves anything other than cosmetics or even safety features, such as collapsing stocks or barrel shrouds.

Unfortunately, it’s equally likely his definition would be so expansive (for example, all semiautomatic firearms) that pretty much every gun manufacturer would be ineligible for business.

Second, it’s blatantly obvious that Beto doesn’t know how gun sales work.

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Let’s take a look at point No. 2. He wants credit card companies to stop processing transactions for gun sales without background checks, which is quite absurd.

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The only transactions that don’t require background checks are person-to-person private sales. When’s the last time you’ve used your credit card to buy something out of someone’s trunk?

Likely never, which is the point. These transactions are done with cash, which means gun sales completed with credit cards (yes, even online and at gun shows) are contingent on the required background check.

Now, is this a real critique of Beto’s policy? Of course not, but it’s still important.

This is a man trying to persuade people to make him the most powerful man in the world, and his primary goal apparently is to steal millions of guns from innocent Americans.

It’s not too much to ask that someone with that kind of aspiration should know what he’s talking about. Instead, his pet project is based on emotion, ignorance and unwarranted arrogance.

Fortunately, it looks like O’Rourke’s road to being tyrant is getting narrower by the day (he’s seventh in the RealClearPolitics polling average at 2.8 percent), so we can look forward to the day he faceplants for good.

Until then, Beto will remain the laughingstock of the Democratic field. And that’s saying something.

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Democrats’ Confiscation Threats Backfire as Gun Sales Skyrocket


Democrats’ Confiscation Threats Backfire as Gun Sales Skyrocket

Gina Brewer, the manager of a gun shop in San Antonio, Texas, stands behind the counter at her store on June 17, 2009.Gilles Mingasson / Getty ImagesGina Brewer, the manager of a gun shop in San Antonio, Texas, stands behind the counter at her store on June 17, 2009. (Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images)

Democrats’ growing obsession with gun control is backfiring spectacularly as Americans arm themselves in even greater numbers, making any potential mass confiscation an increasingly dangerous prospect.

According to the Washington Examiner, background checks conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month resulted in the highest August number on record.

Adjusted for gun sales alone, there were 15.2 percent more background checks than in the previous August.

This increase in gun sales is (at least in part) likely a product of Democratic fear-mongering. Many prominent Democrats have vowed to ban so-called assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, with some states actually pursuing those restrictions to humiliating effect.

In August alone, candidates fighting for the Democratic Party’s nomination have proposed such bans.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, still the frontrunner, wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times that he would push to ban “assault weapons.”

On Aug. 5, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said he was “open” to a “mandatory gun buyback program” along the lines of the Australian model.

At Thursday’s Democratic primary debate, O’Rourke made his position clear, calling for government confiscation of rifles like the AR-15 and AK-47.

But average American citizens are refusing to stand by while rights are trampled on.

“As we’ve seen in the past, the recent publicizing of mass shootings has fueled people’s concerns about their personal safety,” Justin Anderson, the marketing director for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, said, according to the Examiner. “We are seeing many first-time gun buyers, and our concealed carry classes are booking up quickly.”

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“Political figures talking about gun bans and confiscation is also starting to figure into sales. We’ve seen a slight uptick in the sale of tactical rifles as a result.”

While the left is confident that gun confiscation will be a simple matter, the plan may not be so easy to execute.

It seems unlikely that law enforcement officers (or armed service members) would comply with orders to disarm their fellow citizens. Police and other law enforcement officers tend to lean Republican — at least if statistics on political donations from The Washington Post are any indication.

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And then there’s the real possibility that civilians themselves will refuse to give up their guns.

With more Americans purchasing firearms, O’Rourke and his fellow Democrats may have made a severe political miscalculation.

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