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  2. HOW LOW CAN THIS ELECTION GO? Calgary Herald 19 Oct 2019 JOHN IVISON Comment from Whitby, Ont. The most conspicuous movement in this most discouraging election campaign has been the flow of voters away from the Liberals and the Conservatives. We don’t know who will win or how much popular support they will command on Monday. But the polling suggests the victor will have the lowest share of the popular vote in the history of Canadian elections. Joe Clark’s Conservatives won 35.9 per cent of the vote in 1979, returning 136 MPS to the House of Commons. In the most recent Nanos Research tracking poll, the Conservatives and Liberals were tied on 31 per cent. Both parties are well off their highs since Aug. 2 (the Conservatives’ high was 37.8 per cent; the Liberals’ 36.9 per cent). Meanwhile, the NDP and Bloc Québécois are at, or close to, their three month highs (the New Democrats were on 19 per cent and the Bloc on 6.2 per cent in the Nanos poll on Friday). One suspects most of that audience decamped from the two larger parties in despair, rather than rushed towards the NDP and Bloc in wild enthusiasm. It’s not hard to see why. Andrew Scheer has tried to exploit Justin Trudeau’s flexible approach to transparency by suggesting this time around it is the Liberals that have a hidden agenda — that if re-elected, Trudeau would legalize hard drugs, raise the goods and services tax, and impose a 50 per cent capital gains tax on the sale of homes. Trudeau was asked about the claims and dismissed them all as “entirely untrue” at his press conference in Whitby. “It’s unfortunate that the Conservatives are making up attacks against us when all they are offering is cuts. Perhaps that’s all they can do,” he said. But the Liberals are not amateurs in the black art of disinformation. Scheer has been dogged by accusations that he would introduce legislation on abortion if he was elected, even though he has stated point blank he would not. When he was joined earlier in the campaign by pro-life candidate Rachel Willson, veteran Liberal Carolyn Bennett asked on Twitter: “Is the abortion debate really closed?” Trudeau was asked about the double standard on Friday. “Andrew Scheer has not said he would stand up for access to reproductive services on abortion,” he said, pointing to the case in New Brunswick, where the province’s only abortion clinic is closing its doors. Trudeau has blamed Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs for the closure, but Higgs has pointed out that the decision to close the clinic was made four years ago. He said Trudeau is using the impending closure as an election issue. That fact did not stop the Liberal leader from continuing to hammer the issue. “We need a government that will fight for a woman’s rights, which is what we are doing in New Brunswick for access to reproductive rights and services limited by Conservative governments,” he said. It is almost beyond satire that Trudeau positioned himself as the saviour of women’s rights in a riding previously represented by Celina Caesar-chavannes, who resigned from the Liberal caucus to sit as an Independent over the treatment of Jody Wilson-raybould in the Snc-lavalin affair. Caesar-chavannes said she was met by hostility and anger from Trudeau when she announced her resignation, which prompted her to speak out against the Liberal leader. The falsehoods on both sides are deliberate and go beyond a straight policy contrast. This is undoubtedly the most nasty and divisive election I have experienced in nearly 20 years of coverage. The reason is that the social media through which the false claims are made are optimized for outrage. Partisanship drives engagement, which means dollars for the big tech companies and votes for the parties. The digital ecosystem encourages people to share things they like and attack things they don’t. The emotional responses have real life consequences. A teacher approached me after Trudeau’s media availability in Whitby and handed over a Conservative flyer that claimed the Liberals have a “secret plan” to increase taxes on the sale of homes. He said he corrected the record on Facebook and was intimidated as a result. “I’ve been threatened personally. The person said: ‘I know where you live. I’m coming to your house’. That’s scary. I have four kids,” he said. As a former school board trustee, he said his personal information is public. He did not want his name used, for understandable reasons. That is where we are in this election and it explains, in part, why our next prime minister may be elected with the support of fewer than one in three Canadian voters. jivison@postmedia.com
  3. And the mud gets deeper. Boeing asked FAA in 2017 to strip MCAS from Max training report 19 October, 2019 SOURCE: FlightGlobal.com BY: Jon Hemmerdinger Boston Former Boeing chief 737 technical pilot Mark Forkner asked the US Federal Aviation Administration in 2017 to remove mention of the 737 Max's MCAS system from a report used to develop training standards for 737 Max pilots, according to newly-disclosed emails. The emails, released by the House Transportation Committee, suggest MCAS was initially mentioned in a draft of a Flight Standardisation Board (FSB) report. That report, part of the 737 Max's 2017 certification, laid out training requirements for pilots transitioning from the earlier-generation 737NG to the new 737 Max. The report ultimately did not mention MCAS, the FAA confirms. "We're starting to work on the reverse differences DT, and I noticed a few things that should be changed… that are in the draft FSB," Forkner wrote to an unknown FAA employee in a 17 January 2017 email. "Delete MCAS," Forkner writes. "Recall, we decided we weren't going to cover it in the FCOM or the CBT, since it's way outside the normal operating envelope." "DT" likely refers to the "differences table" contained in the FSB report. That table specifies differences between aircraft and explains corresponding training requirements, says an aircraft technical expert. FCOM likely refers to the flightcrew operations manual, and CBT is likely shorthand for computer-based training, the expert says. The House Transportation Committee released 10 pages of Forkner's emails to and from the FAA the same day it released a series of 2017 text messages in which Forkner said he unknowingly lied about the Max's systems to regulators. The emails include those from the FAA's "Seattle Aircraft Evaluation Group", but names other than Forkner's are redacted. Information in the tweets sent Boeing's stock sliding and led to questions about how the news might affect the FAA's schedule for clearing the still-grounded 737 Max to fly. Boeing has said certification will come in the fourth quarter. The company has been criticised both for its design of MCAS – the software that played a role in two 737 Max crashes – and for not telling airlines or pilots that the system existed. Boeing has maintained MCAS is designed to operate in extreme flight conditions, such as when the aircraft is an unusual angle-of-attack. It has said an MCAS failure would resemble a "runaway stabiliser" event, which pilots could counter by following established procedures. Forkner was Boeing's chief 737 technical pilot from October 2011 to July 2018, according to his LinkedIn profile, and now works at Southwest Airlines. His attorney, David Gerger of Houston law firm Gerger Khalil & Hennessy, did not respond to a request for comment from FlightGlobal. In another email, on 3 November 2016 to an FAA staffer, Forkner describes his effort to convince overseas regulators to certify the Max as "Jedi mind tricking". "I'm doing a bunch of travelling… simulator validations, Jedi-mind tricking regulators into accepting the training that I got accepted by the FAA.," Forkner writes. Boeing's stock slipped nearly 7% on 18 October following news of the instant messages. In those messages, Forkner and another employee, Patrik Gustavsson, talk about MCAS. Forkner says the system was "running rampant in the sim", calling it "egregious". He adds, "So I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)". Boeing says it is fully co-operating with investigations. "Over the past several months, Boeing has been voluntarily co-operating with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s investigation into the 737 Max. As part of that co-operation, today we brought to the committee’s attention a document containing statements by a former Boeing employee," the airframer says of the instant messages. "We will continue to co-operate with the committee as it continues its investigation. And we will continue to follow the direction of the FAA and other global regulators." The FAA issued a statement calling the "substance of the" instant messages "concerning", and it fired off a letter to Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, asking for explanation. "Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg called FAA Administrator Dickson to respond to the concerns raised in his letter. In addition, Mr. Muilenburg assured the administrator that we are taking every step possible to safely return the Max to service," Boeing says. How the newly-released information will impact the FAA's certification of the Max remains unknown.
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  5. Jaydee- Thanks for the update, my shoulder is a bit sore today and I was was planning on skipping the gym until I saw your post. Now I can't wait to get there. Actually, I'm hoping for the reverse situation from what you described (female gym rats who self identify as gay men). I only opposed this out of consideration for other people, mostly women. Ironically, it seems many Liberal minded women were the ones who actually wanted this in the first place (dude, like a shower is like a shower, like)..... remember? God bless Liberals eh? Now that they have given me a new hobby, I feel better about the possible loss of my old one.
  6. DALLAS, Oct. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays are right around the corner and Christmas Decor, the nation's leading holiday lighting and decorating company, is gearing up for a busy season. Known for its safe and professional service, Christmas Decor specializes in extravagant... View the full article
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  8. DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Oct. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) announced today that the United Republic of Tanzania, represented by the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA), has signed a firm purchase agreement for a Dash 8-400... View the full article
  9. Hillary Clinton suggests Russians are 'grooming' Tulsi Gabbard for third-party run Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Thursday the Russians are currently "grooming" a Democrat running in the presidential primary to run as a third-party candidate and champion their interests. The comment appears to be directed at Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who has been accused of being cozy with Russia in the past. "I'm not making any predictions, but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate," Clinton said, speaking on a podcast with former Obama adviser David Plouffe. "She's the favorite of the Russians." Clinton never names Gabbard, but there are only five women running for President -- Gabbard, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and author Marianne Williamson -- and none of the other woman have been accused of being boosted by Russia. Clinton did not provide proof about how Russia is "grooming" Gabbard. She and her team pointed to allegations that Russian news and propaganda sites often report on Gabbard's campaign and that moments in Gabbard's campaign have been reportedly amplified by trolls and bots on Twitter with ties to Russia. Gabbard has denied those allegations. "They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far," Clinton said. Clinton's team also noted that some of Gabbard's foreign policy views align closely with Russian interests. Gabbard responded on Twitter Friday afternoon to Clinton's comments. "Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain," she tweeted. "From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation," she added. "We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose." "It's now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don't cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly." Responding to Gabbard's attacks, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said, "Divisive language filled with vitriol and conspiracy theories? Can't imagine a better proof point than this." Asked earlier if the former secretary of state was referring to Gabbard in her comment, Merrill told CNN, "If the nesting doll fits." Here are the 19 Democrats who are running for president "This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality," Merrill said. "If the Russian propaganda machine, both their state media and their bot and troll operations, is backing a candidate aligned with their interests, that is just a reality, it is not speculation." On Friday evening, after Clinton's comments drew considerable criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, Merrill backed away from the former secretary of state's allegation, tweeting, "She doesn't say the Russians are grooming anyone. It was a question about Republicans." Gabbard, in a late August interview with CNN, ruled out a third-party bid. "I will not," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN. "No, I have ruled that out." Gabbard has tried to fight off the charge that she is being pushed by Russian interests. "Just two days ago, the New York Times put out an article saying that I'm a Russian asset and an Assad apologist and all these different smears," Gabbard said, referring to a recent story that said she is being backed by Russians on Twitter. "This morning, a CNN commentator said on national television that I'm an asset of Russia. Completely despicable." Clinton also accused Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate in both the 2012 and 2016 elections, of being a "Russian asset." "That's assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not, because she's also a Russian asset," Clinton said. "Yes, she's a Russian asset, I mean, totally. They know they can't win without a third-party candidate." Stein's campaign, which earned nearly 1.5 million votes in the 2016 election, was part of Russia's meddling efforts, according to a host of congressional reports, including a Senate Intelligence Committee report that indicated Russian social media efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election included messaging in support of Stein. A summation of the report's findings on "comprehensive anti-Hillary Clinton operations" said while the group's assumed Twitter personas had some pro-Clinton content, "the developed Left-wing Twitter personas were still largely anti-Clinton and expressed pro-Bernie Sanders and pro-Jill Stein sentiments." Stein, who had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015, has also compared Russian interference in the 2016 election to American overseas efforts. "I think it would be naive to think that Russia did not try to interfere." But, she said, "Certainly that's what the United States does," though she added, "that's not to justify it." "Interference is wrong and it's an assault against democracy, and it should be pursued, but (the United States) should pursue it knowing that we do it, too." CORRECTION: This story has been updated to reflect when Clinton made the comments, to provide more context about Clinton's allegations and with additional comment from a Clinton spokesman.
  10. Maybe someone should explain that to her in fine detail. Looking like she’s going to try and be defeated for the 3rd time.
  11. Under the Liberals, Canadian government support for Kurds fighting ISIL ground to a halt By Justin Ling Canada has done plenty to “help, support and strengthen our local allies” in the Middle East, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Friday. But over the past four years, Trudeau’s government has worked to slowly end support to those partners, specifically to the Kurdish people. According to government reports and interviews with private industry, Canada has frustrated efforts to sell weapons to our Kurdish allies, while failing to deliver long-promised military aid. Since 2014, Canada and other allies have partnered with local groups like the Kurds to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Canada began working to train and equip the Peshmerga in Iraq, while its fighter jets supported the YPG in Syria. Under the then-Conservative government, Canadian military aircraft carried equipment into Iraq, while private companies began exporting arms, mostly to the Peshmerga — nearly $2 million worth in 2015, and $1.3 million in 2016. With the Liberals in power, that help ground to a halt, even as the Kurds were waging a costly fight against ISIL’s strongholds in the area. Trudeau immediately halted Canada’s bombing campaign in Syria. And while special forces had been training Kurdish fighters in Erbil, the Trudeau government put a halt to that mission in 2018 and diverted the resources towards the central Iraqi government in Baghdad. North Eastern Arms, an Ontario-based rifle manufacturer, was one of the bigger exporters to the Kurds. “We, under the Conservatives, shipped about 2,000 rifles over there,” said Jeff Hussey, former president of the company, which has since been acquired by a larger defence contractor. Hussey said the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq subsequently placed orders for 18,000 more rifles. But the new Liberal government required they get approval from both Kurdistan and Iraq — which he did. Hussey supplied to the National Post proof that both Erbil and Baghdad signed off on the deal, but he said that didn’t sway Ottawa. “They basically slow played us.” In this case, and others, the Canadian government hasn’t explicitly denied the request for export permits, but it hasn’t approved them either. A representative from a second arms company that had done business with the Iraqi Kurdish government confirmed similar problems with their export permits. 'Nobody can stop us': Ignoring Trump, Erdogan orders Kurdish fighters in Syria to drop weapons and withdraw Iraqi Kurds invite Canada to help train, equip military after being frozen out Nearly three years after Trudeau's promise, Canadian weapons for Kurds still sit in a Montreal warehouse Global Affairs refused to comment on any aspect of these sales, writing in a statement that “permit applications, and decisions related to applications, are confidential. Global Affairs Canada does not release this type of information.” The Canadian government also didn’t send the aid it had explicitly promised. In 2016, Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan committed $9.5 million in military aid to Kurdistan, including rifles and mortars. The government procured the weapons, but they have sat in a Montreal warehouse ever since. The Department of National Defence confirmed this week that the weapons haven’t moved, and it appears that won’t change. A core part of Thursday’s deal between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to end fighting in Northern Syria would require the YPG to hand over all their Western-supplied heavy weaponry. While Canada did not supply the YPG, the Turks have long-held the position that any arms sent from the West to the Kurds would end up supply the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group in southern Turkey that has been listed as a terrorist organization by Canada. It’s on that basis that Erdogan has lobbied hard for the West to end all military aid and weapons sales. Turkey has even supplied a photograph claiming to show Canadian rifles in the hands of the PKK, though it’s hard to verify those claims. Canadian export permits forbid the Kurds from sharing the weapons with any other group, beyond the official military and police of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Even as the Trudeau government halted new military exports to the Iraqi Kurds, it has expanded them significantly to Turkey. Canada sold just $4 million in military goods to Ankara in 2016 — that number jumped to more than $115 million in 2018. The issue has become pressing after Trump pulled American forces out of Northern Syria, leaving a vacuum for Turkey to go after its Kurdish rivals. The American withdrawal has also seemed to inspire ISIL to regroup. The Post asked Trudeau about Canada’s Kurdish allies while he campaigned in Whitby, Ont., on Friday. The Liberal leader took the opportunity to condemn Turkish incursions into Syria and express concern over the Washington-Ankara deal that will see Turkey control a 30-kilometre stretch of land along the border in Northern Syria. There’s no guarantee the YPG will respect the deal, and Turkish shelling of the border continued Friday. Trudeau said that, upon being elected in 2015, he decided that “Canada would not, anymore, have any engagements in Syria and we would focus our help in Iraq, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” Canada’s condemnation came with an announcement last week that it would temporarily suspended new export permits to Turkey because of its invasion of Northern Syria. Global Affairs confirmed Friday that would only apply to new export permits, not existing ones. In his statement, Trudeau never once mentioned the Kurdish people or their government by name. That’s in direct contrast to French President Emmanuel Macron, one of Trudeau’s liberal and internationalist brethren. Macron’s foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian travelled to Erbil to relay a message of support alongside his Kurdish counterpart. Hussey has largely given up on Canada. “We used to brag to the Americans and the British about how great Canada was to do business in,” he said, adding that the problem isn’t just with the Middle East. Ottawa also held up another $6 million contract with Guatemala, he said. The second defence contractor confirmed that Ottawa has held up or kiboshed several other deals. Now, with an order for another 30,000 rifles and 150,000 pistols from the Kurds, Hussey says he’s moving the manufacturing to the U.S., where the State Department is more supportive of his deals. “We were going to make them in Canada, but it’s just not worth the risk,” Hussey said, shrugging off the idea of getting the Liberals to change their mind on these exports. “I’m not SNC-Lavalin.” https://apple.news/AN3_NEDz7TqG96jE1Syk_qw
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  14. The Dash 8-400 aircraft offers exceptional versatility, excellent passenger comfort and a best-in-class environmental footprint DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Oct. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (De Havilland Canada) announced today that the United Republic of... View the full article
  15. >>>> Bill 16 Lest we forget...the day common sense died in Canada... Bill 16 Passes Second Reading Allowing Men in Women's Spaces Tuesday, October 18th was a dark day for Canada. The Liberal government presented Bill 16 - The Transgender Bill, to parliament for second reading. The Bill passed 248 - 40 with less than half of the Conservative members opposing the change to the criminal code. Upon enactment, males will be admitted to all female spaces and positions under the power of law. Any man who says he has an inner feeling of being female will be admitted into girl's showers, change rooms and bathrooms. No certification or operation required. Since this proposed law changes the criminal code of Canada, anyone who opposes a man in a female space will be subject to imprisonment for up to 2 years. Unfortunately this new law will not just apply to people truly struggling with gender fluidity, it will also provide unmitigated access for predators who seek to take advantage of their new rights. God help us as we allow people like Colonel Russel Williams legal rights to enter where he chooses, a murderer and rapist who expressed himself with female attire. Also women's sports will be changed forever. Any male will now be able to try out for Canada's women's Olympic hockey team or any other sport, as long as he has any type of female expression. Modern misogyny has take on a new face. Women in Canada are now losing their rights as a movement against women is gaining tremendous powers, even the power to put people in jail if they oppose.
  16. One of many reasons why Trump will win again.... Hillary back on the scene...it’s all the Russians again.
  17. I'm sure the regret is huge but I wonder how much regret they'd be feeling if ISIS didn't collapse? Interesting quote from the letter: "What is our common denominator is our rejection of ISIS and it's theology and our desire to be in a world that allows each person to choose how and what they believe and desire to live." You had that. You chose to throw it away and join a radical group who wanted to take that exact thing away from everyone they could. Yes, most people in the western world believe that others should be able to live free from religious oppression and for these women (and others) to go join with ISIS to fight against those who believe it makes her statement especially ironic now that she's sitting in a refugee camp in fear saying "coming to Syria was a mistake." Yes it was, and I'd bet your family and friends told you that before you left Canada too. Personally, although, in general, I'm sympathetic to the regret you must feel how can I know that you won't flip to radicalism again? How can we know that, once back in the safety of a western country, you won't continue to fight for radical beliefs? You have committed crimes and fought in a war against your home country - not exactly the person most likely to be trustworthy. Sorry, if you bargain and payoff hostage-takers - you get more hostage taking. If you repatriate terrorists - you get more terrorists.
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