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Thursday, May 3, 2012
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1:06 – 1:39 OPEN
1:30 – 2:00
Air Force pilots refuse orders to fly F-22 Raptors
The F-22 Raptor is the United States Air Force’s newest, most advanced… and most expensive fighter jet in its arsenal. Raptors were designed to incorporate stealth technology to evade enemy radar and are powerful enough to cruise at speeds over mach 1 without the use of afterburners – the only fighter in the world capable of such performance. All of this technology doesn’t come cheap - each of the cutting edge planes has a price tag of $143 million, not counting research and development costs which see that figure ballooning as high as $412 million per unit. The first Raptors were deployed in 2005, but through two ongoing conflicts the Air Force’s 187 F-22’s have not significantly been utilized for missions. Now, a group of top pilots are refusing their assignments to fly Raptors, citing problems with the F-22’s oxygen system during flight. A lack of oxygen can lead to hypoxia, which can cause dizziness, blackouts and fatal crashes. The ongoing problem prompted General William M. Fraser III of Air Combat Command to ground the entire fleet of Raptors for several months in 2011. The penalties for refusing flight orders in the Air Force are severe and can include discharge. Two hundred pilots are qualified to fly the F-22, which are stationed at seven bases across the country, but the Air Force has declined to disclose the exact number of pilots refusing to fly. Should pilots be able to refuse to fly an aircraft they feel is unsafe? How much will it cost taxpayers to fix the Raptor’s technical issues?
2:06 – 2:30
Employers could save $422 billion is they cancel health coverage. Will they?
A new report from the
Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Program on Health Care; he was a paid consultant to both the Romney and Obama Administrations on health care reform, he helped craft Massachusetts’s universal healthcare law
2:30 – 2:39 OPEN
2:41:30 – 2:58
What can we learn from French food culture to improve American eating habits?
How would your children, nieces, or nephews handle eating French food such as mussels, foie gras, and blue cheese for one meal? How about for an entire year? That was the challenge faced by mother and author Karen Le Billon and her family when she decided to move everyone to her husband’s hometown in northern
Karen Le Billon, author of “French Kids Eat Everything: How our Family moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters.”
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