Lion of the Blogosphere

Kobe Bryant

I don’t follow basketball, so I barely know who this guy is.

I’d like to say that it serves rich people right for using helicopters to get places faster, but I can’t find any evidence that helicopter travel is more dangerous than travel by car (although both car travel and helicopter travel are a lot more dangerous than travel by commercial airline).

Also, he was a rapist.

Authorities said the woman was examined at a hospital the day after the encounter and had injuries “not consistent with consensual sex.”

She also had a small bruise on her jawline and her blood was found on the T-shirt Bryant wore on the night of the incident, cops said.

So it’s not like a Christine Blasey Ford rape that no one rembembers but her.

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With more news about the foggy weather, I strongly suspect a conversation like this happened:

PILOT: Mr. Bryant, the weather is bad for flying, it would be a good idea to cancel this trip.
KOBE BRYANT: Do your jobs damnit and fly me where I want to go, or i’ll fire you and hire new pilots.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 27, 2020 at 7:26 AM

Posted in Obituary

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  1. This man gives information about aviation. I just started following him recently but he seems to know what he is talking about: the pilot flew into bad weather for a helicopter, with a low cloud ceiling. (I personally know nothing about it.)

    Frau Katze

    January 27, 2020 at 7:32 AM

    • Yeah, that youtuber is good. He’s a professional pilot and runs a flying club in northern Cali.

      He lives near the Oroville dam and pretty much became the lead journalist in explaining and following the progress on that spillway disaster.

      bomag

      January 28, 2020 at 9:14 AM

  2. ‘I’d like to say that it serves rich people right for using helicopters to get places faster’.

    A guy dies and that’s what you would like to say? Mate, you are not well. Do something about your life already.

    Yakov

    January 27, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    • Statistics for fatal accidents are given for flight hour for planes and helicopters and per travel mile for cars so it’s hard to compare. The number of fatalities in cars is much higher, but number of miles travelled is also much larger.

      Albert Magnus

      January 27, 2020 at 8:10 AM

      • The likelihood of dying from a car crash or a walk on a railway crossing when the train collides is very high despite technological bells and whistles. Railway crossings are very dangerous in suburban areas.

        In Peekskill, there is a railway crossing literally on the river park, where people are having a good time and kids are running around. A few years ago, a Hispanic man died crossing the railway, because he wasn’t paying attention.

        The Metro North on the Harlem line (the trains that serves commuters on the interior towns of the Hudson Valley whose residents tend to be wealthier than those of the river towns, because they engage in value transference vs real work) sustained a terrible accident in 2015.

        Take the black driver of the train who was blamed for his lack of judgement and impulsiveness and an out of towner White woman who sells jewelry to wealthy value transference parasites in Westchester County and you get this terrible disaster.

        Just a microcosm of the macrocosm of the disease called Murkaprolestan.

        https://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2019/03/06/metro-north-engineer-steven-smalls-valhalla-ellen-brody/3019494002/

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 27, 2020 at 9:53 AM

      • And speaking of Peekskill again, the Circle Line Cruise Company (which are run by proles) that shoves obnoxious visitors from NYC to Bear Mountain along the Hudson River is considering busing them into town for amenities, most likely docking the floater at the river park.

        https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/peekskill/2019/09/24/peekskill-tour-boat-hudson-river-cruise/1685532001/

        Imagine hundreds of pissy drunk proles (because the boat serves alcohol) who know nothing about NYS stepping on land near this railway crossing. Expect numerous deaths and serious accidents.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 27, 2020 at 11:03 AM

      • No, I don’t expect there will be numerous deaths. Crossing a railroad track, as long as it’s not electrified, isn’t any more dangerous than crossing a country road.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 27, 2020 at 11:14 AM

      • The trains run every 30 minutes either north and south bound into the Peekskill station. Tell me if these gates really serve a protective barrier on a nice sunny day full for happy go lucky proles fussing around the park.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 27, 2020 at 11:21 AM

      • Furthermore, besides the Metro North, Amtrak runs on these same tracks to and from Montréal. It doesn’t stop at Peekskill, but it passes along the town, and the railway guards are down whenever an Amtrak is zipping by.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 27, 2020 at 11:29 AM

      • Weird. A story about a helicopter crash in California becomes a story about NY trains.

        Mike Street Station

        February 1, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    • 150,000 people die every day around the globe. If you barely know who some dead celebrity is it’s perfectly normal to not care about it more than you’d care about any random person dying.

      BBC is currently being criticized for accidentally mixing up footage of LeBron James with that of Kobe Bryant. I don’t follow basketball so I’m pretty sure I thought they were the same person until yesterday.

      Matt

      January 27, 2020 at 9:32 AM

      • The mistake was understandable. Most basketball players look alike.

        destructure

        January 27, 2020 at 11:21 AM

      • ‘ If you barely know who some dead celebrity is it’s perfectly normal to not care about it more than you’d care about any random person dying’.

        No it’s not, especially when his young daughter dies with him and he leave behind a wife and 3 kids after 20 years of marriage.

        Yakov

        January 27, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    • “A guy dies and that’s what you would like to say?”

      I’d like to say how happy I am that the world now has one less rapist. Good riddance.

      destructure

      January 28, 2020 at 2:30 AM

    • Yep, I found this article as well. I also saw a helicopter forum where helicopter enthusiasts tried to dispute this article, but instead of using math, they mostly huffed and puffed. This leads me to think the stat is basically correct.

      My father always taught me that if you spend lots of time in helicopters, your cause of death will very likely be helicopter, a statement that is not true about cars and planes. He judged this largely from all the tales he collected of helicopter crashes in the Vietnam-era US Army, in training accidents and so on.

      Wency

      January 27, 2020 at 8:15 AM

    • As a pedestrian who can operate neither a car nor a helicopter but *can* be struck and killed by one, my chances of being hit by a car are pretty significant whereas my chances of being hit by a helicopter are nearly zero.

      Kyo

      January 27, 2020 at 7:54 PM

  3. If we’re going to discuss helicopters, Lion, you should do a review of the 1980s TV show Airwolf.

    Hermes

    January 27, 2020 at 9:09 AM

    • That helicopter also crashed (IRL).

      Half Canadian

      January 27, 2020 at 10:24 AM

  4. Being a black sports hero seems to excuse him for rape

    Alex

    January 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM

  5. Kobe’s death is very sad considering his age and his daughter with him. And it seems other parents and kids were on board.

    I don’t know about the rape charges as it seemed to me a case of adultery and then after the fact rape allegation, but who knows?

    It seems like this crash was caused by hubris. LA police helicopters were grounded by the foggy conditions. Goes to show, everyone dies no matter how rich or athletic. You can either take this is as depressing or schadenfreude.

    fakeemail

    January 27, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    • According to what I’ve read, the pilot was operating on a VFR (visual flight rules) basis, which meant that he navigated according to landmarks he saw on the ground. Freeways are a very common landmark in the area. He could have operated on a IFR (instrument flight rules) basis, but that would have taken longer. The low cloud ceiling wouldn’t have been a big issue if the pilot were on IFR, but because he was using VFR he had to remain below the clouds.
      The idea is that the helicopter went into the clouds, the pilot dropped below them, unfortunately there was no clear space between the clouds and the ground.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      January 27, 2020 at 3:14 PM

  6. I agree on all points.

    I played sports but never cared about watching them. I was only aware that Kobe was a very famous basketball player. I was also aware that he was a rapist. Even so, his fans defended him and smeared his victim. I don’t believe in karma. But it was still nice to see the long arm of cosmic justice work out for once.

    I had just mentioned the dangers of helicopters and small private planes with one of my sons a few days ago. So he was impressed when he heard about this crash. Working and middle class people rarely die in helicopters and small private planes because they can’t afford them. So when it happens it tends to happen to rich and famous people which makes headlines. But they really are more dangerous.

    Helicopters are more difficult to fly than planes. And while flying may be touted as safer than driving, that’s commercial flights. There’s a big difference between a pilot who flies every day for a living vs a pilot who flies two or three times per month. Just as there’s a big difference between the maintenance done on a commercial plane vs a small private one.

    Since helicopters and small private planes are more dangerous and there’s no real reason for most people to fly on either, it’s hard to sympathize when someone is hurt doing something they knew was dangerous. When you hear of someone injured while running with the bulls in Pamplona do you not think they were asking for it?

    Here’s another famous person who died in a helicopter crash. As a raging alcoholic and drug addict, he was bound to die of something. But he was still a great guitarist and one of the few musicians I enjoyed.

    destructure

    January 27, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    • As far as I can tell, helicopters are more dangerous than fixed-wing aircraft, period. But driving in cars is also very dangerous. People ignore the risk because they do it everyday, so it seems like a normal activity.

      But yes, regular middle-class people never die in helicopter accidents. And I hear there was bad weather involved, so I don’t know why the pilots thought it was a good idea to fly in that situation, or maybe they didn’t but Kobe said “I don’t care, do your job and fly me where I want to go.”

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 27, 2020 at 11:13 AM

      • Great point. Celebrities and politicians seem to think that because the rules of ordinary society don’t apply to them, neither do the laws of physics. It is widely believe that the plane crash that seriously injured Ted Kennedy was largely due to Kennedy’s insistence on making the trip even though the weather was really not suitable for flying.

        Sgt. Joe Friday

        January 27, 2020 at 11:25 AM

      • “But driving in cars is also very dangerous.”

        True. But cars are a necessity; not that every car trip is necessary. And most driving accidents and injuries are avoidable i.e. alcohol, sleep deprivation, texting, speeding, driving too close, not wearing seat belts, etc. Someone who drives responsibly and defensively has much lower risk. That’s why teens are at much higher risk than middle aged drivers.

        destructure

        January 27, 2020 at 1:41 PM

      • “Celebrities and politicians seem to think that because the rules of ordinary society don’t apply to them, neither do the laws of physics”

        This happens a lot. Going for years without hearing “no” probably changes your brain. Professional guides tell rich customers that something is too dangerous, and the rich customers insist that because they’re paying, they’re in charge. Right before everyone dies, the customers blame the guides for not stopping them. No idea if this is what happened to Kobe.

        When someone’s disposable cash on hand goes up, their life expectancy goes up because they can afford great healthcare. Then the arrow starts heading in a different direction because they have enough money to get killed doing fun stuff that is out of reach for the middle class.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        January 27, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    • Stevie Ray Vaughan had been sober for four years when he died.

      ice hole

      January 27, 2020 at 11:48 AM

      • When a person drinks and uses drugs as much as he did for as long as he did the damage to their health doesn’t go away just because they quit.

        destructure

        January 28, 2020 at 2:32 AM

    • “ I had just mentioned the dangers of helicopters and small private planes”

      And yet the brand new thing being hyped as the savior of small regional airports are supposed electric air taxis. Never mind that the FAA has never certified such a plane, that electric batteries produce approx. 80% less power per pound than jet fuel and that the skies are already crowded, the hucksters are everywhere predicting Uber air taxis in a matter of a few years.

      Curle

      January 27, 2020 at 10:16 PM

  7. I guess we can’t say the “I” word, but obviously he wouldn’t have had any need to take a copter to beat the traffic in 1990, or even 2000.

    You know me

    January 27, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    • Dr Dre lyrics reference the bad traffic in 1999. The lack of city planning was creating traffic problems even before then.

      MoreSigmasThanYou

      January 27, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    • Hey, Steve Sailer, not everything is caused by immigration. Hell, even real-life Steve didn’t pin this on immigration.

      ScarletNumber

      January 27, 2020 at 9:54 PM

  8. Railroad crossing accidents are almost 100% avoidable. There are crossing gates with audible and visual signals. The trains have horns that will rupture your eardrums, and headlights that can be seen from over a mile away. Most crossing accidents are the result of people deliberately going around the lowered gates, and a large percentage of those involve (a) alcohol or drugs, or (b) are suicides.

    Where I used to live (southern California), there were also accidents from time to time in the neighborhoods heavily populated by immigrants.In many cases, the victims were peasants who came from the countryside of Mexico or Central America and had never seen a railroad train before, and consequently had no understanding that a moving train cannot stop on a dime.

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    January 27, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    • “Most crossing accidents are the result of people deliberately going around the lowered gates, and a large percentage of those involve (a) alcohol or drugs, or (b) are suicides”

      A cruise company is thinking about dumping hundreds of alcohol fueled pricks into a park where there is a railway crossing and the trains run at least every 30 minutes along it. It’s stupid things like these as to why we have a reckless culture.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      January 27, 2020 at 12:46 PM

      • I can’t find anything on Google about any train accidents involving park goers ever happening at Bear Mountain.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 27, 2020 at 12:57 PM

      • Bear Mountain has a railway for freight trains along the river, but it’s pretty isolated in a dense area with only trees, shrubs and rocks. Proles would also need to make a long downward trail into the tracks from the park area, if they want to hurt or kill themselves.

        Peekskill, which is on the eastern side of the Hudson River, right across from Bear Mountain, has shops and restaurants in a recreational area with train tracks running in parallel only separated by a low fence and ineffective guard rails.

        Does anyone think it’s a good idea that Circle Line will dump hundreds of passengers into Peekskill for a run of Hipsterville food and more drinking?

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        January 27, 2020 at 1:38 PM

  9. Music promoter Bill Graham, a Holocaust survivor who was almost single-handedly responsible for launching the San Francisco music scene of the late 1960’s and beyond, also died in a helicopter crash in bad weather back on 10/25/91.

    Ripple Earthdevil

    January 27, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    • The helicopter in which Graham and his girlfriend were riding did not crash into the ground, but got caught in electrical transmission lines. Electrical arcing basically welded it into a solid mass.

      Peter

      ironrailsironweights

      January 27, 2020 at 3:31 PM

      • That’s a very metal way to die.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        January 28, 2020 at 10:57 AM

  10. “Authorities said the woman was examined at a hospital the day after the encounter and had injuries “not consistent with consensual sex.”

    She also had a small bruise on her jawline and her blood was found on the T-shirt Bryant wore on the night of the incident, cops said. ”

    Disagree. If you’re `large` enough some of this stuff happens even during very consensual sex. I’ve `injured` more than one partner, and I’m not a six and half foot tall NBA player. Also I don’t want to do a web search on this stuff right now, but she had been with numerous men who weren’t Kobe in the brief time period before making the allegation. As Dave Chappelle put it:

    this b—h got noah’s ark in her panties, what u tryin to recreate humanity or somethin?

    MoreSigmasThanYou

    January 27, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    • “I’ve `injured` more than one partner”

      Ever try this as a pickup line? Did it work?

      Curle

      January 27, 2020 at 10:23 PM

      • No.

        If you’re tall or have a handsome face every woman sees it, and you don’t have to brag. Trying to get a first date by talking about something you legally have to cover with clothing is a sure way strike out with all but the very lowest quality women.

        I’ve had women ask why I didn’t mention it earlier. I turn the question around and ask point blank: “If I tried to tell you about that before our first date would you have still gone out with me”. They’d have to think about it for a few seconds, and then the answer was “No.”

        A woman wants you to have it, but she doesn’t want you to tell her about it before she knows you well enough to trust you. If you get comfort before attraction, you get friend zoned. If you get attraction and then comfort, then you don’t need anything more to entice her.

        If you try to work that stuff into your repertoire, you’re getting too close to being Carlos Danger. The only people I know who commented on him actually having a pretty good body were all men.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        January 28, 2020 at 10:44 AM

  11. There was a helicopter that crashed last summer into a skyscraper in Midtown that killed the pilot. It was a similar situation, with lots of fog and the pilot not knowing where he was:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pilot-killed-nyc-helicopter-crash-did-not-know-where-he-n1021736

    In 2018, there was that tour helicopter that flies around Manhattan that crashed into the East River, killing the tourists:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_New_York_City_helicopter_crash

    Tom

    January 27, 2020 at 1:23 PM

  12. No one said this man was perfect. Yes, he had flaws, he made terrible mistakes but we all do and that’s not an excuse to be happy about his death. If that was the case, none of us would mourn for anyone. I pray the Bryant Family and the other families affected by this tragedy receive an outpouring of comfort and support. The pain these families are going through can’t be put into words. May they rest until there names are called to rise again in the resurrection (John 5:28,29).

    heatherjo

    January 27, 2020 at 2:09 PM

  13. Kobe was very white for a black guy. Everyone else who died in the copter with him, other than his daughter, was white. I guess he preferred hanging with white people and not with the brothers.

    peterike

    January 27, 2020 at 3:12 PM

  14. Any aircraft that is not a jet engine (turbine powered) is sketchy at best. The vibration from a prop aircraft is very noticeable and that vibration means the aircraft requires frequent maintenance to make sure bolts have not come loose. It’s why commercial airline companies switched to jet engines…the reliability is so much better.

    Turbine aircraft are much smoother. Military helicopters are turbine-powered, meaning the jet engine turns a shaft. Because turbine-powered aircraft have a much longer operational life and are intended to be used more frequently, they will have a full-set of aircraft avionics that gives full spectrum visibility. These avionics are completely customizable and they can double the cost of the aircraft if you get the complete set. By complete, they can fully automate the flight of the aircraft. I could have a $300,000 Beechcraft, outfit it with $300,000 of avionics, and the plane will takeoff, fly, and land itself.

    Who knows what some rich a–hole bought to travel in? An instrument-rated pilot is not useful if he does not have all of the instrumentation.

    Furthermore, helicopters are binary in safety. Above a certain altitude, if the engine fails, then auto-rotation can save the craft. Below a certain altitude, the helicopter falls like a rock.

    It’s fairly clear that Kobe Bryant was assassinated. The usual trick of using school-shootings and mass-shootings to gaslight the public is not working, so, coincidentally, a celebrity is killed on the exact same weekend that Republicans are defending the President, along with the breathless coronavirus coverage. Why select Kobe Bryant? Probably because, since he is retired, he is no longer an earner for Cabal, and, since he is Cabal, then he knows too much. Getting rid of him is a no-brainer. Besides, these private plane/private helicopter users are easy targets for this type of assassination. Heck, I would not be surprised if the the aircraft was remotely piloted into a mountain.

    map

    January 27, 2020 at 7:11 PM

  15. Kobe isn’t a rapist. It was consensual.

    Latias

    January 28, 2020 at 3:56 AM

  16. “Not consistent with consensual sex” for a fat office drone – pussy look different after a pro athlete hit it. Since jew penis is notoriously small you may not know this, but when you got a big dick bitches can spot during sex from getting dey cervix slammed – wipe with t shirt, proceed. KOBE WAS NOT A RAPIST.

    Brice Nicholson

    January 28, 2020 at 12:50 PM


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