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  1. 7 points
    When compared to wearing blackface and dancing like an ape, or standing under a terrorist flag while mourning one of the most ruthless terrorists of the decade..... I pick cheating at golf; I'd even accept driving a golf cart above the posted limit to see how far you can get through the sand traps. People are now blaming Trump for the fact that a rogue terrorist nation shot down a civilian airliner. And don't be fooled, Iran denied this for 3 days yet knew full well what happened minutes after the missile launch, so don't even try to snow the Snow Queen. Now lets try something closer to home that may be analogous: The Toronto Police Service decides that they won't arrest pistol packing gangbangers because it might anger their gang colleagues. None the less, one of the gang members shoots at police officers during his arrest for drug trafficing and is killed in the engagement. His death results in gang members shooting up the streets of Toronto and killing numerous innocent bystanders..... If I were to suggest that it was the Police Service's fault for trying to arrest him in the first place, how would that play with the citizens of Toronto? Democratic and Liberal hypocrisy, supported by a mindlessly partisan media is fascinating to watch, especially for veterans..... all of these ideas stand as A-OK with them as long as you don't make the OK sign with your thumb and index finger. I will now predict that Bernie will be the nominee, he will maintain the charted course of madness to Crazy Island, the Democrats will lose in Nov and Liberal minded folks will be astounded by the result... as well they should; my neighbour has a blind goat that could beat Bernie in the primaries. I bet Crazy Island has an active volcano and Democrats are selling guided tour passes.....
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    Iran has claimed responsibility. https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/iran-says-it-unintentionally-shot-down-ukrainian-jetliner-1.4762972 Sad. But at least now the families won't have politics drag their horror on even longer. With thoughts for those who have lost so much. Vs
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    Margins in the airline business are thin. Airline staff have made enough in the way of concessions to enable people to fly around cheaply. If you want a seat with extra room, pay for it.
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    What I should have qualified above is what I would call an immigrant in 2019....which are the ones Trudeau drags in unnecessarily for political purposes from Syria, Lebanon etc and the invasion he allows to waltz across the border unhindered at Roxham Rd. “ Statistics Canada recently took a close look at that first cohort of 25,000 Syrian refugees who had landed as of May 10, 2016. Employment is the most important metric by which to gauge the integration of refugees into Canadian society. And here the news seems rather disappointing. Only 24 per cent of adult male Syrian refugees were working, according to census data.“ https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/how-syrian-refugees-to-canada-have-fared-since-2015/ Looked at another way, 4 years later, going on 5... Canadians are STILL supporting 76% of them, and their families and no doubt their sub families that have come since the initial invasion. Canada’s resident idiot in charge makes a mockery of the entire legal legitimate immigration system that has worked successfully for eons. He gives to the ones that had to apply, go through interviews and then wait for years, the ones who had to meet some mandatory monetary and education qualifications. I whole heartedly support the “normal” process. Canada needs immigration, in fact the more the better , except that we need people who will be the solutions to Canada’s problems .... not addIng to our problems Canada needs employable workers with skills, not Freeloaders !!!
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    when have the Liberals worried about Optics that do not have a negative effect on the Liberal Minorities?
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    His new look needs some work, perhaps our Minister of Defense can provide him with some advice.
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    A historic moment IMO, here we have Canadian Politicians standing under a terrorist flag mourning the death of a notorious terrorist and purveyor of death..... I didn't expect to see such a thing in my lifetime. This sort of fanatical religious zeal is why discussion and debate is useless..... you vote em out or accept the consequences of keeping them. The same people (in the picture) will have kittens if you signal OK to your wife while grocery shopping though because they see it as a symbol of "hate"; we now have exactly what we deserve. Enjoy the show.
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    In the past, I have always like the Boeing Model of "break the airplane to save the passengers" mentality. Self preservation is a powerful tool that cannot be perfectly implemented in computer logic. Yes it has failed us in the past but I am still a firm believer that I and the pilot and the computer is here to assist me, NOT the other way around. In order to achieve a fully automated, or even mostly automated, aircraft. One should definitely NOT start with the 737. A clean slate design would be needed and is long overdue. Many moons ago when the A320 made its debut and had its issues (teething problems) I though "no way would I let a computer be in charge" Now 30 odd years later I think the Airbus methodology was very well implemented. Far better that the multitude of re-hashes of the 737. It's time Boeing got back to being an engineering company and stop being a finance company
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    yes it is so people need to stop blaming a warm winter ofr hot summer on Climate Change. It just fuels the BS
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    The various regulators from around the world have different issues with the aircraft. The FAA is probably walking a tight line trying to keep all the foreign regulators happy and trying to find a safe solution. It's not a simple guess... It might be a gradual return to service (ie US only) but I'm sure the FAA would prefer to have a full review done. If one more b737 Max goes down it would be catastrophic for both the FAA and Boeing.
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    Which would have negated the FaceTime call? Whats missing here is, manners, consideration of others and common courtesy. Which seems to be missing in a lot of life these days! 'Nuf said on this subject.............
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    Probably.............. but as I am nearing the age of dirt, and with my tin hat and respirator I feel I am free to have occasional moments of level one sanity.
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    Not sure if that story is completely true and correct or if it has been embellished for humourous effect....grabbing someone's iPad, closing their call, admonishing them and grilling them on emergency equipment is over the line for acceptable behaviour. Fatherly approach or not, good intention or not, you're lucky you didn't get blowback. I certainly agree with a good dose of passive-aggressive scowling and head-shaking being directed at rude or oblivious passengers and have told people directly when their actions are problematic but grabbing their stuff or physically intervening is too much in any case other than an aggressive assault in progress. Of course maybe I'm misunderstanding your post and you posted what you wanted to do rather than what you did do.
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    Kip, your heart was in the right place and there is plenty of reason for that young lady to pay attention - least of which is simple decency not to talk over the flight attendants. That said, we are in the age of entitlement. You are lucky she did not have you punted off the aircraft for touching her iPad. I can think of a few very special personal celebrities whose dim light would have created an equally dim view of the whole situation. Glad it all worked out. Vs
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    Cheats at golf - well - Putin catches the biggest pike in the lake, and, he got there on horseback!
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    It was almost certainly a shoot down, but I have a hard time imagining it was sanctioned as part of state policy. The risks are far too great. Most of the dead are Iranians, with family in Iran and increasingly loud dissidents against the regime. (The Iranians don't recognize dual citizenship, so even a lot of the Canadians who died were in the eyes of that country Iranians first and foremost.) I don't see the gain here for Iran to admit or even imply such a public act of savagery that can only reflect badly on it in the eyes of the entire world. They made their statement when they fired cruise missiles at oil tankers in the fall, when they fired missiles at a key Saudi oil production complex, etc. Any fourth rate gang with a 1980s vintage shoulder missile can bring down an aircraft shortly after it has taken off. That's penny ante stuff, and no show of force. The Irani regime wants to split the Europeans from the Americans on the issue of sanctions, but accomplish the opposite with this. The Ayatollah himself could end up in the dock in The Hague. If you recall KE007, IR655, MH17, it's always some schmuck who presses the button presuming he has authority when he doesn't because the central authorities were lax or the process and safeguards woefully inadequate. It's even wild that some AA systems have an auto mode - I don't know if it was engaged on the SA-15. The US never disciplined the Vincennes commander for shooting down IR655. But schmucks they were Now, once that schmuck shoots down the plane, it's too embarrassing for the central authority to admit that the system was at fault for allowing this to happen. So Iran will cover up. Nor will it want the world to even know how its system and processes operate. If forced by leaks and other info to admit that this was a shoot down, it will likely find that schmuck who pressed the button, claim he did it on his own authority, and put him up against a wall in front of a firing squad, then pay compensation (as the Americans did for IR655 - several years after the fact). Compensation in this case ought to run somewhere between $500m and $1b.
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    thenewceoatboeingisbeingtested totheMAX.
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    This runway/airport claims another victim. Fortunately no real harm done but trying to land in YHZ in low vis, into wind and on a contaminated runway (as often happens) required a precision approach - shame on the YHZ airport authority.
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    Dr Phil would not BS us would he?
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    We should not confuse "Legal Immigrants" vs "Illegal ones".
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    Companies like swissport are the lowest bidder. meaning they short change their employees to get a contract. Totally not cool. People will not stick around for minimum wage. The turnaround numbers prove it. As the the total number of hirees that do not stick around even to complete the training. it is a demanding job as mentioned above. Heavy lifting, harsh conditions, noise and pressure. I did it out of high school at AC for $9.10 /hr It really hasn't gone up much in 30+ years. The other issue is the progression rate. Miniimum wage for what 4 years or more.
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    If you're looking for a payday it isn't with front-line, entry level jobs in the airline industry.
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    Electric vehicles are supposed to be green, but the truth is a bit murkier Mining lithium for batteries, plus how they're charged, can affect an EV’s impact on environment David Common & Jill English · CBC News · Posted: Dec 29, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: a minute ago An electric vehicle may not have a tailpipe, but it still has a carbon footprint. (Ben Nelms/CBC) At gatherings of electric vehicle enthusiasts, the curious surround Rob Spreitzer and his car. Both are celebrities in these circles — he's known as "High Mileage Rob," having driven more than 115,000 kilometres in his Tesla Model 3 in a little more than a year of ownership. No other Model 3 in Canada is believed to have reached that milestone in such a short time, and it's possible no other battery-only electric vehicle has either. And not once has he stopped for gas. Never changed the oil. "I probably saved about $10,000 last year," Spreitzer says. He's also trying to save the planet by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. His car, like other zero-emission EVs, doesn't have a tailpipe and a popular online carbon calculator shows it has a zero-carbon output. But that doesn't mean there isn't a carbon footprint. Watch How environmentally friendly are electric cars, really? 19 days ago 7:25 Turn captions on An electric car doesn't produce emissions, but its parts still have a carbon footprint. We look at all the components of EVs, from how they're charged to what's in the battery to see how environmentally friendly they are. 7:25 Where does your power come from? Some EV batteries today pack 10 times as much power as an average household uses in a day. And often, those electric vehicles are being charged at home. Most of the electricity generated by North American grids has some greenhouse gas emissions connected to it. So even if a car isn't belching carbon, it doesn't mean it's perfectly clean. For instance, coal is about the dirtiest way to generate electricity to recharge a car battery. Powering an EV with electricity generated from coal is marginally better than burning gasoline in an internal-combustion engine, according to numbers compiled by Jennifer Dunn at Northwestern University's Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience. Most North American grids are composed of a mix of generating sources, from coal to hydro to nuclear, though Canada has pledged to eliminate coal-burning plants by 2030. When that mix is taken into account, charging a car generally creates less than half the carbon emissions compared to gasoline, according to Dunn. It's only when electricity comes from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar that you see the most pronounced drop in EV emissions generated to power the car. Where does your battery come from? Before an electric vehicle even charges for the first time, however, one key part of its power system already has a significant carbon footprint. "One really important aspect of an EV to think about is its battery," explains Dunn. "For example, the material that helps power the battery is produced from a number of different metals, things like nickel and cobalt and lithium." EV rider: Harley-Davidson fans kick tires of new all-electric motorcycle Electric-vehicle charging network planned for N.L. in 2020 Mining and processing the minerals, plus the battery manufacturing process, involve substantial emissions of carbon. Lithium mining, needed to build the lithium ion batteries at the heart of today's EVs, has also been connected to other kinds of environmental harm. There have been mass fish kills related to lithium mining in Tibet, for example. The freshwater supply is being consumed by mines in South America's lithium-rich region. Even in North America, where mining regulations are strict, harsh chemicals are used to extract the valuable metal. An aerial view of the brine pools and processing areas of the Rockwood lithium plant on the Atacama salt flat in northern Chile, the largest lithium deposit currently in production. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters) And all the operations are energy intensive, sometimes running on diesel generators and relying on carbon-emitting heavy machinery. Adding to the cumulative effects on the environment, lithium demand is expected to at least triple by 2025, pushing more exploration and extraction globally. Second life for lithium-ion batteries And all that extracted raw material — once the batteries are worn out — will land somewhere. It's something Andrew MacDonald at Maritime Autoparts in Debert, N.S., is thinking about. His facility recycles car parts and he says it's only a few more years before his industry will start seeing EVs and their lithium-ion batteries in the scrapyard. "As pure electric vehicles come onto the market, there's less wearable parts, so it's going to change what we sell," he says. Andrew MacDonald of Maritime Autoparts is expecting to start seeing lithium-ion batteries at his recycling facility within the next few years as electric vehicles age. Problem is, it’s not clear what he should do with them. (Jill English/CBC) MacDonald adds that his company is already receiving nickel metal hydride batteries from early-model hybrids, and is figuring out what to do with them. "We do our own research, but it would be nice to have better partnerships with the OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] to understand exactly what we're dealing with, what are the best methods and procedures and policies in handling them," MacDonald says. "There's lots of stuff going on in the research labs around the world, trying to figure out what to do with these things. But certainly there's a big potential for what you can do with them," he says. One of those research facilities is the U.K.'s Faraday Institution, and it's looking at ways to both reduce waste and extend the usefulness of all that lithium that's being mined. "There are going to be a lot of batteries that reach end of life. Out of those batteries, you're going to find very valuable applications in second life," says Gavin Harper, a Faraday Institution research fellow and the lead author of last month's paper on battery recycling, published in the journal Nature. Beyond powering cars, researchers are developing new applications for high-density lithium-ion batteries, as well as for cells when they're recycled from older cars. (Ben Nelms/CBC) He says if reuse is considered in the initial design, applications for batteries can be wide-ranging when their state of health — or charging capacity — is no longer adequate for an electric vehicle. "The best option companies are looking at is to remanufacture cells into new battery packs for electric vehicles," he says. That means taking apart the individual lithium-ion cells that make up an EV battery, removing the unhealthy ones, and reassembling them for continued EV-use. Beyond powering cars, there are other second-life applications being explored for lithium-ion cells, primarily rooted in energy grid and mobile energy storage, which can include acting as a power reserve for electric vehicle charging stations. "In the new energy economy, things go hand in hand," says Harper. WHAT ON EARTH? Whatever happened to the promise of hydrogen-powered cars? The challenge now is moving these kinds of applications beyond research labs and cottage industries. Harper says batteries aren't necessarily designed for disassembly right now, and to make it economically feasible when EVs start to see mass adoption, there's still work to be done. "We need to make sure we invest time and energy to find the right way of doing things, and solutions that are to scale of what's coming down the line," he says. Getting More out of Batteries Across the ocean, a Canadian research lab is working on another aspect of lithium-ion research, and quite successfully. Nova Scotia's Dalhousie University is finding ways to extend battery range and lifespan, led by Jeff Dahn, who is something of an icon to battery players worldwide. Tesla's Elon Musk has heralded his work, and Dahn himself led a group of researchers who proved the feasibility of a million-mile battery. Dalhousie University’s Jeff Dahn is considered a pioneer of lithium-ion battery research. His team continues to find ways to improve the technology. (Jill English/CBC) He's trying to not only pack more power into batteries to boost the range of electric vehicles, he's also working to increase the number of recharges possible without efficiency loss. "We're trying to help make lithium ion batteries last longer, in terms of years or decades … and lower their cost," Dahn says. He's also thinking beyond cars — into home heating and electrical needs. "If you want to use renewable energy for your source of power, the sun and the wind aren't there all the time. So it means you have to be able to store electrical energy. You have to be able to store it at scale affordably. And whatever you're using to store it better last a long, long time so you don't have to replace it all the time." That was a hot topic of conversation at Canada's largest electric vehicle gathering recently in Cambridge, Ont. There were discussions about how long a modern EV's batteries will last, and the best practices to extend their lifespan (some tips: don't use rapid chargers too often, don't recharge unless you really need it). High Mileage Rob is perhaps one of the people most consumed by these questions. He spends more time with his Tesla than his wife, he says. And he is intent on keeping both in his life for years to come. WATCH | From The National, why it can be hard for buyers to find an electric vehicle: Watch Why it’s hard to sell electric cars 20 days ago 9:24 Turn captions on The long-standing myths about electric vehicles one reason they aren’t everywhere and subject to months-long waits. David Common looks at why and some incentives that could boost supply of electric vehicles. 9:24 CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices|About CBC News
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    The cost of the liberal “green energy” folly and why our bills are out of whack: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/randall-denley-liberals-screwed-up-ontario-hydro-and-now-the-doug-ford-has-to-clean-the-mess
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    Here is a resolution for those who preach that we should all turn away from using petroleum products A check list for those who want to get rid of oil products and help to reverse “Global Warming” 1. Need to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. 2. Remove all petroleum dependent household heating and instead use wood burning sources of heat. (must remember to plant replacement trees in the boreal forest and of course only use non powered hand saws etc. for harvesting the wood) and also that “Wood Burning vs. Natural Gas: No Contest. ... Any way you slice it, it's clear that gas burns much more cleanly than wood, leading to less particulate pollution.” 3. Get rid of all devices that will only work if supplied with products from oil, e.g. Propane BBQ, Gas driven lawn mowers, snow blowers, vehicles, backup generators etc. 4. Discard all synthetic clothing, sheets etc. that were made using petroleum products 5. No more plastic of any kind, eg. Cling wrap, plastic bags, plastic fishing lures etc. 6. If you own a shot gun, then replace all plastic shot shells with paper ones. 7. Replace all electric wiring in your home with good old fashioned paper or cloth insulated wire or Natural rubber compounds (remember to plant and nurture more Amazonian rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis).In 2013, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia together accounted for 72% of the natural rubber produced in the world. Although the Hevea tree is native to South America, cultivation there is limited due to the high prevalence of leaf blight diseases and other natural predators ) 8. Discard all tvs, radio, razor and other household utensils that contain plastic. 9. Discard all medicines derived from petroleum products 10. Replace your eye glass/sun plastic lenses with glass and at the same time swap out any plastic frames with metal. 11. Metal, natural cloth suitcases of course to replace your current ones and of course that also applies to the wheels on the cases And the list goes on and on and on. This is just a short list but it should help get you on the path of the righteous, if you can not do the above then shut up and quit preaching something that you do not / can not personally support.
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    Merry Christmas one and all. Great to see you pop your head out from hibernation, Mitch!
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    Happy Christmas Mitch, it’s great to hear from you. Merry Christmas to everyone!
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    Who cares if it's allowed Merry Christmas Mitch!
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    A Response to the Editor of Christianity Today Dennis Prager The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In my view, this editorial only serves to confirm one of the sadder realizations of my life: that religious conviction guarantees neither moral clarity nor common sense. The gist of the editorial -- and of most religious and conservative opposition to President Trump -- is that any good the president has done is dwarfed by his character defects. This is an amoral view that says more about Galli than it does about the president. He and the people who share his opinion are making the following statement: No matter how much good this president does, it is less important than his character flaws. Why is this wrong? First, because it devalues policies that benefit millions of people. And second, because it is a simplistic view of character. I do not know how to assess a person's character -- including my own -- outside of how one's actions affect others. Since I agree with almost all of President Trump's actions as president and believe they have positively affected millions of people, I have to conclude that as president, Trump thus far has been a man of particularly good character. Of course, if you think his policies have harmed millions of people, you will assess his character negatively. But that is not what never-Trump conservatives or Christians such as the Christianity Today editor-in-chief argue. They argue that his policies have indeed helped America (and even the world), but this fact is far less significant than his character. In the words of Galli: "(I)t's time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence." This rhetorical sleight of hand reflects poorly on Galli's intellectual and moral honesty. Galli and every other Christian and conservative opponent of the president believe their concerns are moral, and that the president's Christian and other conservative supporters are political. This is simply wrong. I and every other supporter of the president I know support him for moral reasons, not to win a "political poker game." Galli's view is purely self-serving; he's saying, "We Christian and other conservative opponents of the president think in moral terms, while Christian and other conservative supporters of the president think in political terms." So, permit me to inform Galli and all the other people who consider themselves conservative and/or Christian that our support for the president is entirely moral. -- To us, putting pressure on the Iranian regime -- one of the most evil and dangerous regimes on Earth -- by getting out of the Iran nuclear deal made by former President Barack Obama is a moral issue. Even New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, who loathes Trump, has written how important the president's rejection of the Obama-Iran agreement has been. -- To us, enabling millions of black Americans to find work -- resulting in the lowest black unemployment rate ever recorded -- is a moral issue. -- To us, more Americans than ever being employed and almost 4 million Americans freed from reliance on food stamps is a moral issue. -- To us, appointing more conservative judges than any president in history -- over the same period of time -- is a moral issue. That whether the courts, including the Supreme Court, are dominated by the left or by conservatives is dismissed by Galli as "political poker" makes one question not only Galli's moral thinking but also his moral theology. -- To us, moving the American embassy to Israel's capital city, Jerusalem -- something promised by almost every presidential candidate -- is a moral issue, not to mention profoundly courageous. And courage is a moral virtue. -- To us, increasing the U.S. military budget -- after the severe cuts of the previous eight years -- is a moral issue. As conservatives see it, the American military is the world's greatest guarantor of world peace. Yet, none of these things matter to Galli and other misguided Christians and conservatives. What matters more to them is Trump's occasional crude language and intemperate tweets, what he said about women in a private conversation and his having committed adultery. Regarding adultery, that sin is for spouses and God to judge. There is no connection between marital sexual fidelity and moral leadership. I wish there were. And as regards the "Access Hollywood" tape, every religious person, indeed every thinking person, should understand that there is no connection between what people say privately and their ability to be a moral leader. That's why I wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal 20 years ago defending Hillary Clinton when she was charged with having privately expressed anti-Semitic sentiments. That the editor of Christianity Today thinks the president's personal flaws, whatever they might be, are more important than all the good he has done for conservatives, for Christians, for Jews, for blacks and for America tells us a lot ... about Galli and the decline of Christian moral thought. http://bit.ly/2PTEzC4
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    And yet one brick stands as part of the foundation of a fortress. Wisdom endows her adherents with tolerance and tolerance is the foundation of wisdom. Watch it not conform to your vision.... enjoy a repeat of the history you mocked in high school and ask yourself, "what did you think was going to happen?" Immerse yourself in Bible prophesy and see if my imaginary friend is more credible than the other guys. Compare what was, what is and what will be. Watch as symbolism becomes literal...... it's Kenner, it's fun Baaaach
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    “ One of the most disturbing things about the 1978 Jonestown massacre was that many of the victims knew they were committing suicide. Apparently there were practice runs. People didn’t know if the Kool-Aid was poisoned or not. It was a test of commitment. Students of human psychology would do well to remember this. Obviously, when people become so wedded to an idea that it becomes dogma they will not question, bad things can happen. What’s less obvious is that any idea one is unwilling or unable to honestly reconsider poses the same threat.”
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    The latest from the centre of Canada’s experiment with diversity: The busiest highway in North America virtually shutdown (the collectors closed in Ajax westbound, coming in to the city) during rush hour because somebody gets into an arguement at a Jamaican restaurant at O dark thirty, while everybody else is in bed sleeping, in anticipation of working the next day. Whats the chance the driver of the target vehicle was over .08?? https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/three-wounded-in-driveby-shooting-on-hwy-401-in-pickering In the interest of fairness, there was a stabbing too (of course there was).
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    Glad it’s back up. I was getting a little twitchy...
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    Last time I checked, there were no charities that do fundraising for airport maintenance and upgrades. /S
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    Not a good start in the year for Bombardier. New York City pulls 300 Bombardier subway cars, citing safety concerns The Canadian PressPublished Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:12PM ESTLast Updated Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:53PM EST NEW YORK -- New York City's transit authority has pulled nearly 300 newly delivered subway cars made by Bombardier Inc. due to safety concerns. Two recent incidents "raised questions about the reliable operation" of the car doors, prompting the authority to remove all 298 of them from service Tuesday night, president Andy Byford said in a statement. "As documented, the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) has identified repeated issues with Bombardier's performance and finds this latest development unacceptable. We intend to hold the company fully accountable," Byford said Wednesday. The incidents caused no injuries and New York City Transit redeployed spare cars to service the morning rush hour, he said. Byford, who also dealt with delays to Bombardier streetcar deliveries during his time at the helm of the Toronto Transit Commission, briefly suspended deliveries of the new cars last January, citing software issues and previous problems with springs between the cars and doors that were "weeping oil." Bombardier said two doors on cars in the New York City fleet "failed to function as intended" because they were not properly calibrated by the supplier. "We are now inspecting all of the R179 cars and, where necessary, making adjustments to ensure the safe and reliable performance of the doors for the entire fleet," spokeswoman Maryanne Roberts said. She said the Montreal-based company is bringing in additional technicians to work "around the clock." New York City comptroller Scott Stringer slammed the MTA, which oversees transit in the state, for beleaguered deliveries that he called "unacceptable." "The New York City subway riders who foot the bill for the MTA's $600-million contract with Bombardier were promised new, state-of-the-art train cars to help modernize our ailing transit system. Now, all the cars that were delivered so far have been pulled from service due to critical defects," Stringer said in a statement. Last month, the comptroller released an audit laying out how the contract became three years behind schedule, costing taxpayers millions more dollars. Stringer noted Wednesday that the probe found "repeated failures to meet contract deadlines and requirements, poor project management and technical breakdowns, structural defects that delayed cars being put into service and several earlier structural problems that caused some of these trains to be pulled from service." "Bombardier sold us lemons. Strap-hangers need the MTA to manage these contracts from the beginning -- before the trains go off the rails," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 8, 2020.
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    “Canada is on an economic road to nowhere” The Liberals spent five years pandering to environmental, regional or anti-capitalist interests. Now in a minority position, the situation will worsen Who’s going to look after Canada’s economic wellbeing for the next five years? Canada slips and there’s nobody to catch it, not Parliament or other levels of government. The Liberals spent five years variously pandering to environmental, regional or anti-capitalist interests. Now in a minority position, the situation will worsen. The country’s governance, like a 100-car pile-up, is a tangled mess that is transiting out of the free enterprise system every year. The Liberals have adopted a soak-the-rich taxation approach and swallowed whole the green’s concocted “Climate Change Emergency.” As a result, Canada has missed out on what The Economist labelled the recent, half-decade global “jobs boom.” Deficits were supposed to disappear but have soared. Jobs and unemployment calculations are suspect and include so-called “part time” and “self-employed jobs.” For instance, before the Oct. 21 election Ottawa claimed that job gains hit 81,000 in August, then another 54,000 in September. Then suddenly, post-election, gains turned into losses of 1,800 in October and 71,000 in November, the biggest decline since the financial meltdown in 2008. Since 2015, median income has increased only $38 a year under the Trudeau regime, compared with $428 a year increases under Prime Minister Stephen Harper (even though he had to steer through the financial meltdown.) Consumer debt has become the highest in the G7, because Ottawa has not cracked down on illicit capital flows into condos in Toronto and Vancouver, which has helped drive housing prices to excessive levels. The private sector is embattled. In 2019, the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” report found that it takes 249 days to obtain all the necessary permits to build a new warehouse in Canada — 160 days more than in the United States, the only country Canada really competes against for capital. And how long does it take to obtain a permit to build needed infrastructure? Ask Kinder Morgan and hundreds of other corporations who have left because impediments turned into all-out obstructions. Overall, the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” report ranked Canada 23rd out of 190 countries, but this has fallen from fourth in 2006. Meanwhile, New Zealand is first; Singapore second, and the United States ranks sixth. Canada ranked 64th in getting permits and the U.S. 24th; Canada ranked 124th in providing electricity to businesses and the U.S. 64th; and Canada ranked 100th in enforcing contracts and the U.S. 17th. Other job-killers include anti-resource development laws (C-48 and C-69); the NGO and the federal government war against fossil fuels and mining; and interventionist labour laws, red tape, and excessive “green” energy regulations. Last year, the country’s biggest export sectors were slammed. General Motors shuttered operations in Oshawa, forestry laid off thousands, and Alberta lost thousands of oil-related jobs. Among the 34 OECD (Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development) members, Canada has the highest regulatory burden and the lowest investments in machinery, equipment, and intellectual patents. Interprovincial trade barriers worsen. British Columbia should not be able to block oil pipelines just as Quebec should not have been able to block transmission lines from Atlantic Canada. Recently, after years, a natural gas pipeline route had to be approved — in order to bypass Quebec via the U.S. — to deliver Alberta natural gas to a Nova Scotia LNG project. Regulators, special interests, and politicians did not hoist this country into the economic big leagues and the G7. Business, entrepreneurs and opportunities did. Now, in GDP terms, Canada is behind India and Brazil in size and will soon be overtaken by Russia and South Korea. It’s all very tragic given Canada’s track record, potential and talent. In the absence of smart economic leadership, Canada will become a road to nowhere. https://business.financialpost.com/diane-francis/diane-francis-canada-is-on-an-economic-road-to-nowhere?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1578406892
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    “When a terrorist is killed, some people cheer, some shrug, but two NDP MPPs thought it best to go to a solidarity rally where the terrorist was mourned and honoured.” https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-ndp-mpps-sing-and-chant-as-dead-terrorist-honoured
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    Merry CHRISTmas https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/17/gay-jesus-weed-smoking-mary-brazilian-christmas-parody-netflix-slammed-blasphemy/ Since its release on the streaming service earlier this month, “The First Temptation of Christ” has spawned multiple online campaigns that call on Brazilian authorities to ban the special and criminally charge its creators with “vilification of faith.” As of early Tuesday, one petition had been signed by nearly 2 million people. The Netflix film tells the story of Jesus returning home from the desert for his 30th birthday, in a highly satirical format. Mary and God are portrayed as illicit lovers, Joseph is a bumbling carpenter who can’t build a table, and the Three Kings try to pass off ham as “free-range soy.”