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Crowd-sourcing the Malaysian plane disappearance

 The internet and of course the pubic media are all exploding with discussions about this subject.  But it’s in the internet where the action really is: the billions of interactive discussions and comments, where one or several of which has hit the jackpot, with the lotto winner announcement yet to be made.

The chances of an exact description of what happened to this plane has more than likely already been posited online at this very moment, but like the plane itself, the answer is hidden in plain sight.  Unless you’re willing to believe in a space alien theory, whoever commandeered this planeMalaysian airline copy cannot have created a scenario that the world hasn’t already thought about.  If you recall the movie “Three Days of the Condor,” an agency within the CIA had as its charge learning and analyzing fictional and real world-event scenarios that could happen all in an effort to be either ready for such events or to thwart one in advance.

But now, the world is just such an organization.  We all connect to each other in the web of disconnect we call the internet, which has the ability to create combinations and permutations beyond what a any single agency could ever hope to produce much less examine.

Harken back to the Powerline crowd-sourced solution to the fake papers that the Dan Rather 60 Minutes segment had about George Bush’s National Guard days.  Within a very short time the crowd determined the deception and proved it.

It would help if the plane were more within a geographic area of greater population, which of course it probably isn’t for obvious reasons.  But the world is small, the plane is large, the movement not invisible.  Enter Tomnod, a “Crowdsource for the World.”   The idea is for the world to be able to scan satellite images of its choosing, and in the case of the missing Maylasian plane, a special segment has been created for anyone to help discover possible debris or the plane itself by examining the images available online, and marking them for the crowd to see as well.  Who knows, this may work.   Debris is discoverable no matter where, again with the exception of some alien abduction, which I mention only because its pondering in the internet crowd is real and because for now it explains the absence of a trail.  But this diversionary explanation, like millions of others, has a very short shelf life, and the real answer is lurking in front of our eyes, if we only look for it.


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