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"rolling stones" cover in february. "consider this" is next, and you can get the latest online at our website aljazeera.com. >> new clues in the hunt for the missing malaysian airliner, we check the progress. venezuelan protests waged for a month. concerns the fays off could get bloodier. why are ex-or sixes on the rise. i'm antonio mora welcome to consider. here is more on what is ahead. >> it's disappeared off the face of the earth.
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>> new satellite images may show debris. missing malaysia airlines boeing 777 >> an apparent gas explosion in new york city. >> con received a call 15 minutes before the explosion. by the time they got there it had collapsed. >> diplomatic effort to end the crisis in ukraine. >> the border controlled by russian troops. >> we consider to be a violation of international law. >> evil incarnate. >> ex-or sis or is >> we begin with possible clues in the search for malaysia airlines flight 370, which disappeared saturday on route from kuala lumpur to beijing, with 239 on board.
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images shot by a chinese satellite sunday show three large objects floating near the area where the south china sea meets the gulf of thailand. a new zealand oil rig worker reported in an email that he observed the plane burning at a high altitude in one piece. he said he informed authorities in vietnam and malaysia. vietnamese officials searched the area and found nothing. malaysian authorities are unclear, saying they detected radar blips that could have come from the boeing 777. analysts are speculating why the transponders switched off into the flight. malaysian officials released the
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pilot's last words. all he said was, "all right, roger that" at the transfer. for more i'm joined by former inspector general with the u.s. department of transportation. have you seen an investigation into an air crash that is as one? >> no, and part of the reason is there's no clear leadership. the international civil aviation organization rules that the civil aviation investigatory body should take the lead. we have the malaysian military taking the lead. it's causing confusion, and they don't have much experience in the area of leading these technical investigations. >> the big development on wednesday was the release of chinese satellite photos that show three large objects. the largest is 79 by 72 feet.
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there's a lot of debate as to whether it's possible that large debris is consistent with debris from a high altitude crash. what do you thing? >> it depends what caused the catastrophe at 35,000 feet. if it was a situation where you had a problem, a fuel tank explosion, or a wing off an explosion or fire, then you would expect to see parts really torn apart and widely dispersed. if it was like an air france 447, the plane encountered bad weather. it had a stall, an aerodynamic stall. the air stopped moving across the rings at a speed fast enough to keep the plane flying and it fluttered to the earth like a leaf, the ocean. that could leave you with big parts. in the case of air-france, it did not. depends what the catastrophic event was. >> wouldn't
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there be more debris evident? >> yes. when a plane hits the water after an explosion or the wing coming off, or twa, an explosion. if a plane hits the water from a high altitude, 35,000 feet, it's like hitting cement. it comes apart. the only exception is if there was a water landed attempt and the only successful one we know from aviation history was captain sulemburger and jeffrey styles. if this is debris in the pictures, that the huge metal pieces could have floated crashed? >> if there are parts of the plane that will float. for example, parts of the wings
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might float, the tale. usually it's things inside the cabin, the gallie carts. parts like that are good floating. so to see huge parts, we know the foos large probably wouldn't float. that would be suspicious. the winds are large, thin on the end. graceful, actually. it's possible for the sake of the family i hope that it is. it's too early to tell. the big question is why are they only releasing them now, why publicly to the malaysian authorities, and how did the ship that searched miss it. >> what is your cut. i heard others argue that the pieces are too large, and it doesn't make sense that it would be part of the airplane. >> my gut says we have to wait and see.
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when i see accidents and cases i worked on, it's widely scattered. it takes the coast guard and the navy weeks and weeks to collect the pieces. literally a flotilla of people. people collect it from all over. it was a widespread debris. then i used to be an aviation professor. planes find them intact rarely, but anything is possible. my hope is that it is. i'm skeptical at this point. for the families i hope it is. there's so much work to be done. the work has not started. so much confusion, the work of gathering the pieces, doing the residue testing, for the presence of other materials. finding the black bombs and the sad chore and job of remains. >> the
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eyewitness testimony sounds compelling. the vietnamese searched the area and found nothing. if the oil rig is close enough to where he could have seen an explosion. he talks about fire in the sky. could the plane have come down in large pieces like that? >> it's possible. again, it depends what happened. when i worked the chalks case, the wing came off. when the wing game you have the fuel caught fire. there was a fireball. it came in two pieces. it wasn't an ex-please if event. when you see it put together, it's amazingly intact once put back together. it's possible, if there was a fireball, i think ooud seed
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wider dispertion of the debris. >> we hope that for the family's mystery. >> later on you have probably all heard how satellites can rate your cars licence rate. how powerful are they. aircraft. >> now to the gas leak that triggered an explosion. three people were killed, dozens injuredment the blast was so violent. the tragedy serves as a reminder of the dangerous infrastructure. an average of 27 gas leaks kill an average of in my opinion and injuring 45 more. bill de blasio said the blast occurred 18 minutes after a 911 call about a gas leak. >> there was no warning in
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advance. this is a tragedy. there was no indication. >> for more we are joined by brieingan mccall. residents on the scene in new york said the blast felt like an earthquake. some smelt gas on tuesday. otherwise there was not a warning. is there any way to tell. systems. >> there are. but they are very rudimentary. to this day, natural gas is odourless and colourless, and we add an odourizing agent so you can smell it. given the technology you can have is the last thing contenned with is that there's gas out and about. >> normally if you smell the rotten egg smell people should call immediately.
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>> absolutely, and, you know, i'd like to tell your listeners, if you smell something that smells like rotten eggs, call 911. natural gas leaks can be dangerous. it's a commodity we use. it comes into our homes, heats our homes. we use it to turn on the ovens. if you smell something like that, you shouldn't dismiss it. you should call. >> the explosion cams as utility companies are grappling with the ageing gas mains, mostly made out of cast iron, some of which date whack to world war ii. the nta is investigating and concerned about the old pipes. let's listen to some of that. >> we had a long-standing concern about cast-iron pipe and we are looking at that. this morning we had a briefing to our staff, talking about a pipeline accident in
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birmingham, that did involve cast iron pipe. this is something that we are very interested in, we are concerned about. >> we are talking about millions of miles of pipes throughout the united states. obviously, as it did today, it cap lead to tragedy. how can we get rid of the pipes in our cities? >> we have 2.6 million miles of pipeline, enough to wrap around the earth's surface 100 times, more than any other nation. almost 2 million are what we call natural gas distribution lines coming into the neighbourhoods and districts. the boston globe reported that the gas line in the area could date back to 1889. rover cleveland was president.
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we brought north dakota into the state of union as the 4th date. the difficulty is it's difficult to get access to the lines, and out. >> you have the pipes within the buildings themselves. that adds to the complications. it's been reported that more than 2% of the gas leaks. duke university researchers drove around washington d.c. and found 6,000 natural gas leaks were out there, including 12 that could have caused explosions. in boston, 3600. six of which were dangerous. with all that going on, it's a miracle that we don't see more of these. >> we need to update the play book. we need to change your the laws and the regulations. all theuality companies should set aside money for improvement
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programs to go about replacing the lines. we need to leverage and adopt newer technology. we have censors that can detect gas from long distances. industry. >> i thought there was a wake-up call about all of this a few years ago with the gas explosion that killed eight, destroyed 37 homes. was there not enough of a reaction to that? >> i think that was a wake-up call. that was a 1950s pipeline with a single bad weld in it. my former agency came out saying you have to take a hard look at ageing infrastructure. because it's old doesn't mean it's unsafe, but you have to maintain it and watch for the development around the existing infrastructure, because oftentimes development comes to places that-rural areas.
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the number one leading cause of pipeline accidents, utility accidents is third party damage. we need tougher laws. there's a lot we can do. it's time to become proactive instead of reaccessory. >> it's worse in older cities. far fewer than in the united states from lightening. are you worried as the infrastructure grows, that that will change your. >> with cities that have been around. where you have ageing infrastructure, it is an issue. here in phoenix, where we are growing, new infrastructure is going into the ground, it's made out of flexible material. what it means is we have to be vigilant, we have to deploy newer technology. sonar mechanisms, there are things we can do.
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we have to do that because we have to keep people safe so it doesn't happen again. >> thank you for joining us and giving us your thoughts. >> more deaths in venezuela as there is a call for sanctions against the government. stories. >> we have numbers on an issue we have covered - the rise of adhd prescriptions. while you are watching, join the conversation by tweeting to us. or leave a comment on facebook and google+ payments. - google+ pages >> twenty five years ago, pan am flight 103 exploded in the skys above lockerbie. only one man was convicted of the attack >> the major difficulty for the prosecution, that there was no evidence... >> now a three year al jazeera
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airliner. as pope francis's first year as pontiff comes to a close, praise is almost universal. the more humble pope is facing a difficult change your - a rise in claimed cases of demonic possession. and the church is reportedly increasing the number of priests at trains to perform excorsisms. joining us is father vince lambert, the exor cyst for indiana, and the pastor in center grove. he is a member of the international association of exor cysts. most people have their perception of what an exor cyst
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is. the right, the excorsism of emily rose, portrayed at violent confrontations. having people with spinning heads, speaking in tongues. it's not what an official excorsism by the church is like. >> no, not at all. a true excorsism is a prayer by the church. aritual performed. when the determination has been made. it is a series of procedures. it is true that there can be manifestations of evil that will take place, but the best way to thing of an exor sim is a prayer of the church. what, if anything do the movies get right..
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>> they play to an audience that likes the theet at ricks. in reality, that's far removed from what a true exorcism is about, prefers refer people to doctors. what do you do to determine if, under - if it's something that the catholic church would deem a real possession, and the person needs an exor cyst. >> an excorcist relies on people in the mental health field, to determine the physical cause. and they are asked to weigh in on whether or not there's something about this person expertise. >> there's a belief that there does exist - that there are possession, and there are different
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types of possessions. the clvern believes that evil is personified. sometimes people view evil as nothing nor than humanity's inhumane treatment. the church has a different view of that. there can be different levels of demonic activity. there can be vexation, physical attacks that person can go there. there can be obsession, meantal attacks, and then demonic possession itself. so infestation, vexation, and obsession would be the lesser degrees of demonic activity. >> when you became an exor cyst in 2005. you were the 12th in the united states, and now there are more than 50. reports are that there has been acceleration, because there has been a lot of requests for them.
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increase? >> i think the increase is people say it's a greater sense of evil in the world. i say that i believe that the increases are because people are more fascinated with evil, they are tabling with things. they can open up an entry point to evil. the church recognises if it doesn't address the issue people will turn elsewhere for the answers that they are looking for. excorsisms should be rooted in pastoral care and faith. it needs to take place within the confines of a church. >> a reason mentioned for the increase is what you said, there has been a rise in satanism and black magic and the occult arts. how - what have you seen? what is - have you seen extreme cases where you are convinced there's a demonic possession. >> yes, after working with
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experts in mental health and the physical area, have made a determination to perform an exorcism. exorcism is rare, but they happen and i have probably down five over the course of nine years that i have been involved in the ministry. >> is part of the reason something that you referred to, that we are seeing an increase in people selling them as exor sifts outside the church, or those that are not out there to make a buck. seems like there's a growth of people. it's not linked with faith, so ultimately the professionals cannot provide the relief that these people are looking for. they may provide temporary relief, but long-term care of neglected.
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>> what would you say to non-catholics who say this is crazy. >> catholics would tell you that all of this is crazy. the reality is that it's not knew to modern times for people to doubt the reality of evil. many people doubt the reality of god. a common theme is a clash twine the kingdom of good and satan. there are many people that think that exorcism is a throw back to the middle ages, back to the time of christ when mental health issues were not understood. once again, it can be extreme whereby it would be a need. >> we appreciate you talking about it. >> you're welcome. >> ahead - wall street's profits dropped by 30%.
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>> you if you factor in pay, the average take home in 2012 shot past 360,000. that's just the average. which is still five times more than the rest of the private sector. all this bonus news comes five years to the day bernie madoff pled guilty to fraud, and theft. 10 of that has been recovered. half of that has been distributed as the legal process
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draws out. coming up, tracking the missing malaysian flight. using satellites, space-age technology being used in the
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>> as the search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370 continues, the effort has been crowd sourced. the earth imagery company digital globe started on online campaign, where people can log on and inspect imagery of the search area to help look for signs of the name. the chinese government released pictures of their own that they
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say may show signs of debris. how powerful are the satellites that fly over our head. let's bring in dr derek pitts from the franklin institute science museum. how accurate are the hollywood and spy novel depictions. the movies make it seem like they can read licence plates, newspapers, and the reality is that on our computers we can look at google earth and see detailed images of our houses. if they are that powerful. why have they not been more interested in finding the airplane. >> the question is how do we bring it to bear. where do we tell the satellites to look. it's not clear where the airplanes went down. when you look at an ocean surface the
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reality is that the ocean surface is enormous, truly enormous, and an object as large as an aeroplane from a great distance covers a small portion of what you see when you look down. >> with great magnification that helps. you have to be able to pinpoint where it looks. so if a location can be identified. maybe it can help. >> 30 years ago tom clansry wrote "hunt for red october", he described how satellites could tect the heat generated by a submarine. they could detect it from under water and a pod of wales. if there's that infrastructure technology, couldn't that help source? >> you know, if this it were employed after the aircraft went down, that would have helped. if the aircraft went into the
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ocean, the whole aircraft has cooled off down to the temperature of the o. there's not much difference in heat signatures. detecting heat can pick out slight differences in temperature between objects, even at a great distance. but it helps to know where to look, and there's technologies that could be used like radar penetrating ocean service, and radar can penetrate ground surface and see subsurface structure. maybe it could have been used also. it's a question of where do we look, how soon can we get in to look at it. >> there's other limitations, cloud and others. you've seen the pictures that china released. resolution is low, lower than the images than in the
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crowd-sourced search images in what google earth can do. is china holding back on the resolution of the pictures. >> i think that all the major world powers that have satellites looking at the earth have tremendous capability to see in high detail. what we see on google earth is a great representation of how powerful the technology is. when you think of the satellites that countries use to look on other countries, their capabilities will be an order of magnitude greater. they can see the make and models of cars and other details. but will they admit they have that capability. we won't reveal it to other countries that we have it. other countries won't. it may be a question of getting the information through other channels, but not communicating what the truly value is.
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>> i want to change your topics, a team of astronomers found evidence that changes how we believe that galaxies were formed in the early universe. >> yes, this is interesting. if you imagine 12 billion years ago. 2 billion years after the beginning of a solar system. someone used a microwave oven to flash cooked galaxies, they seemed to have come to maturity faster then they do. this is causing astronomers what could cause these galaxies to accelerate faster than others. >> does it do anything to the explanation of the big bang and how the universe started? >> it gives us pause to wonder
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about the early history of the universe. we wonder if other galaxies are slow to mature. how is it that they could come to maturity. what does it tell us about the state of the university verse, itself. >> good to have you on the show. >> the show may be over, but the conversation continues. aljazeera.com/considerthis. we'll see you next time. >> al jazeera america is a straight-forward news channel. >> its the most exciting thing to happen to american journalism in decades. >> we believe in digging deep. >> its unbiased, fact-based, in-depth journalism. >> you give them the facts, dispense with the fluff and get straight to the point. >> i'm on the ground every day
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