Nepal airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god

“KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said on Tuesday.”

Reuters Article

The Milwaukee Time Lords membership largely consists of highly educated, “geeky” folks. Most of our members also are into gaming of some form. You really can’t play games well if you are not skilled in logical thinking.

We are also in professions and hobbies that demand logical thinking skills for success. We have a banker who must watch out for fraud. We have a geological society member with personal, first-hand knowledge about our planet’s history. We have computer programmers who can solve many business problems. We have those who are educated in law and meeting procedures. And so our members have highly tuned critical thinking skills. We are also able to suspend disbelief when we encounter science errors in Doctor Who and other shows we watch, but it’s also neat when they get it right.

A news item like this would be just the sort of thing that would make the Doctor wonder about his allegiance with the human race. Here we have the juxtaposition between the high-tech product of over 100 years of aviation science and the ancient practice of killing animals to appease a “sky god”. (If you love animals, you’ll no doubt find this appalling.) Can you name Doctor Who episodes with that theme?

Did anyone check to see if this act changed the mechanical problems? Does this point to a larger problem for this country? Do you feel safer flying or on the ground now knowing that there are other airlines that practice superstition instead of science?

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