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    Default Kaczynski is dead - along with about 100 others

    I'm really surprised no one posted anything about this incident. First, of course the situation is tragic. Apparently the Polish head of state flew to Katyn to commemorate the people who were killed there.

    Strangely, he found it necessary to take 100 people with him, most of which were government officials or people from various NGOs (which makes me suspicious to start).

    Query: In what plane of human existence does it make sense to take important government officials, NGO officials, and other leading members of various organizations, and put them ON ONE PLANE to commemorate an incident that happened 65 years ago???

    Of course, what happened? The plane crashed, and now no one has any idea who the hell is going to run the country.

    Let me get this right: Poland receives millions of euros in EU funding and doesn't even have the presence of mind to put these people on different planes in case disaster strikes? Shit fire.

    Okay, I agree, this is tragic/sad/whatever. But it was also pretty effing stupid, you have to admit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    Okay, I agree, this is tragic/sad/whatever. But it was also pretty effing stupid, you have to admit.
    Indeed, and it wouldn't be the first time he has been ballsy/stupid with a plane flight.
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    You might want to point out that you're talking about the late President of Poland in the thread title, and not the Kaczynski most of us in the US would be familiar with - the Unabomber.

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    That was kind of a crazy decision. My husband read that the plane wasn't probably in great shape to begin with.

    I hope they can sort things out quickly and smoothly.
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    One of the reports on the incident, indicated they refused to accept an alternate airport for landing. I see it as an example of government stupidity in action.

    I hope they at least get an honorable mention toward one of this years, Darwin Awards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    You might want to point out that you're talking about the late President of Poland in the thread title, and not the Kaczynski most of us in the US would be familiar with - the Unabomber.
    Why is "most of us in the US" that relevant. Perhaps this thread will remind people that there's a big world out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    I'm really surprised no one posted anything about this incident.
    I think I saw a thread on this. It got "lost".

    First, of course the situation is tragic. Apparently the Polish head of state flew to Katyn to commemorate the people who were killed there.

    Strangely, he found it necessary to take 100 people with him, most of which were government officials or people from various NGOs (which makes me suspicious to start).

    Query: In what plane of human existence does it make sense to take important government officials, NGO officials, and other leading members of various organizations, and put them ON ONE PLANE to commemorate an incident that happened 65 years ago???
    That "incident that happened 65 years ago" happens to be a symbol for Poland and for all the nations that suffered great losses during WW II. Oh, and just for the record, it happened in 1940.

    Of course, what happened? The plane crashed, and now no one has any idea who the hell is going to run the country.

    Let me get this right: Poland receives millions of euros in EU funding and doesn't even have the presence of mind to put these people on different planes in case disaster strikes? Shit fire.

    Okay, I agree, this is tragic/sad/whatever. But it was also pretty effing stupid, you have to admit.
    Sure, putting them all on one plane was stupid, to say the least. The commemoration of the Katyn massacre and attempts to improve the relations between Russia and Poland by joined commemoration of the day was the reason why there were so many high officials on the plane. The EU most likely doesn't fund official trips that are the private matter of the government. There might have been concerns for the costs, after all, times are tough at the moment. Somebody thought that it would be a good idea to cut some corners. Unfortunate for Poland, indeed.

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    lol... my first thought upon seeing the title was "no way! He's in prison! "... then I remembered that the president of Poland also had the same name... sad since I'd just been reading about the crash (ok... I got distracted and started to read about Katyn instead)

    I don't really think that it was a conspiracy... just another case of trying to be too efficient and cheap and timely turning out badly
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    Well this is what happens when you use coal to fuel your airplanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Well this is what happens when you use coal to fuel your airplanes.
    See, I always pictured a Polish plane to be an aerial version of a viking ship: all the passengers have to grab an oar and flap the wings of the plane. They must have gotten tired.



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