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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has admitted that "it's apparent that in both flights, the MCAS activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information." Yet, Boeing kept pilots in the dark about potential failure modes. Pilots complained saying that it is "unconscionable" that Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines had pilots flying without adequate training or sufficient documentation about the MCAS system. Massachusetts' highest court upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a young woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself through dozens of text messages. The Supreme Court ruled that the evidence proved Michelle Carter's conduct caused the suicide of Conrad Roy III in 2014. If manslaughter charges can be brought against ordinary American citizens, why not against powerful American corporations and their executives?

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We all know that will never happen, because the law is not applied equally in our country. There's one rule for Presidents, another for CEOs, both of whom are not subject to the same rules as you and I.

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As I read these articles about Boeing, I have trouble not thinking about self-driving cars and the liabilities thereof....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-20 09:42 PM | Reply


And then there's this...

Claims of Shoddy Production Draw Scrutiny to a Second Boeing Jet
www.nytimes.com

...Workers at a 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina have complained of defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations....


Boeing is going through a character-building experience.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-20 09:45 PM | Reply

If manslaughter charges can be brought against ordinary American citizens, why not against powerful American corporations and their executives?

My guess is it has something to do with money.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-04-20 10:38 PM | Reply


@#3

Didn't Citizens United say something along the lines of ~corporations are people~ so they (corporations) have a say in who gets elected?

If so, then why don't corporations have the liability you suggest?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-20 10:49 PM | Reply

If so, then why don't corporations have the liability you suggest?

Same answer. Money. Corporations are people with lots of it.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-04-21 12:03 AM | Reply


@#5

[sadly] I have to agree with you.

The populist movement that put Pres Trump into office in 2016 seems to have fallen to the wayside.

It's been hijacked by the corporate interests (and white supremacists) who seem to have only solidified their control of the Republicans in Congress and the Oval Office.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-21 12:14 AM | Reply

Welcome to our Oligarchy. More white than ever. Barr's argument that its not illegal to dispense stolen emails does not apply to Julian Assange, just our President.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-04-21 10:12 AM | Reply

Boeing and Its CEOs Should be Charged with Manslaughter

What about the auto manufactures? Did you forget them? They account for about 40k a year here in the USA.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-21 12:26 PM | Reply

What about the auto manufactures? Did you forget them? They account for about 40k a year here in the USA.

#8 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Is that 40K due to poorly designed, malfunctioning cars that veer into telephone poles and trees on their own?

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2019-04-21 06:39 PM | Reply

#9 if we use that logic, then Elon Musk goes to prison for selling Autopilot that's steered people into emergency vehicles.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-04-22 08:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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@#10 ... then Elon Musk goes to prison for selling Autopilot that's steered people into emergency vehicles. ...

I suspect Mr Musk is adequately shielded from such actions by corporate law.

However, I agree with the concept that Tesla should be held accountable.

Which is why I mentioned self-driving cars in #1.


#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-04-22 11:33 AM | Reply

They settled a class action suit about it, but there are ongoing lawsuits from drivers that were crashed by their autopilot. It's very interesting as Tesla has to make a hard push now to get self-driving on the market in the face of their many headwinds.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-04-22 12:02 PM | Reply

Is that 40K due to poorly designed, malfunctioning cars that veer into telephone poles and trees on their own?

#9 | Posted by jpw

Has a US plane done that? If it wasn't a bad pilot then every 737 stretch with the new engines would crash.

#13 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-22 12:44 PM | Reply

One could have been saved. One we don't know enough about yet. If their manual trim failed then the mechanical failure is far more serious.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-04-22 01:11 PM | Reply

I suspect Mr Musk is adequately shielded from such actions by corporate law.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter

Is he better shielded than the ceo of boing? I doubt it.

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-22 05:36 PM | Reply

If their manual trim failed then the mechanical failure is far more serious.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Now there is a wild guess.

#16 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-22 05:37 PM | Reply

It's what came out in the preliminary report. The context of that claim isn't quite clear.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-04-22 06:03 PM | Reply

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