see, it's night, & this guy is looking under a lamp post for his lost car keys, and a cop walks up and asks him what he's doing. "i am looking for my car keys, which i dropped when i got out of my car, parked back there in the dark."
"well, why are you looking here," the cop asks.
"because," the guy says, "the light is better here."
well, as it turns out, something similar may have happened in the search for mh370. it seems, according to the article at the above link, that certain "theorists" have surmised that the airplane may have been flying a bit faster than earlier assumed, and that its fuel consumption may have been a little greater than assumed, and that it may have crashed into the sea a little bit farther north than where they have been searching, because it ran out of fuel earlier than surmised.
so, they have moved the air search north. and, some of the people involved have noted that that the weather is better in the new search area, and that the planes doing the searching can loiter a little longer over the seas, and look a little longer in the new search area. (it being closer to perth, australia don't you see.) and, that the conditions for looking are better.
well, you know, the light is better.
it seems only a few days ago that the "authorities" had a pretty good fix on the distance the plane had flown before plunging into the sea from the hourly pings received from the plane by the satellite detecting them, which had allowed the "authorities" to make a fairly precise estimation of its southerly position, based on the wave length shift in the "pings," a fairly straight forward application of the doppler shift principle. or, so it was said.
well, that was supposed to be an estimation of the location of the crash area based upon discrete physical facts and findings. so, have those discrete physical findings somehow changed because of the "new" speed estimates?
and, it would appear from the content of the article above, that the satellite photos of the debris fields have not changed, so why would those search areas be abandoned for the "new" locale as established by the speed estimates? and, from what i could glean of the stuff i've been reading, no satellite scans have been done of the "new" areas, because the satellites have not had their positions altered yet so they can look at the new place.
in a very macabre way, it appears that the "authorities" involved in this search have simply decided to look at a location where the light is better. in spite of the previous "evidence" which prompted them to look initially somewhere else. where the weather is stormy, and unpredictable, and it is cloudy and very cold.
and, where the light is not very good.
even though that is where the "pings" and the "debris fields" told them to look.
i don't know about you, but, i find none of this terribly reassuring.
it would seem as if "facts", even those established by "science & technological application," are becoming as malleable as opinion. kind of like "telling" the weather.
john jay @ 03.27.2014