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  1. 4 points
    ... and there it is. The first slam at a group of hard working people who are just like the rest of us. They go to work each day and do their best to serve the customers. We should be better than this. Like it or not, we're all small puppets in someone else's sideshow. IMHO we should try to remember that and keep it civil.
  2. 3 points
    Our band was becoming popular back when the earth was cooling.....we sent a tape to Decca Records in NY....tape .returned with a comment that stated "seeing you are not members of the American Musicians Union, we have not listened to your tape...good luck" So we sent the tape to Liberty Records in California.... We got a reply back that they would like our band to come to California and hear us play. They would give us free studio time but ALL other expenses were up to us.... None of us had much money so expenses were going to be the big issue but...........that telegram arrived about a week before we all graduated from High School and we .had all made plans to go in other directions seeing we did not expect to hear from Liberty. The band split except the lead singer and he ventured into the US and started a group called "Steve and the Windmen"....which fizzled out after about a year. Steve pressed on and at our 50 year High School Grad Reunion we found out that Steve had ended up as a musical cast member in a kids TV show. I carried that "Liberty Records" telegram around until it turned into confetti about 5 years later..... And yeh, I was the drummer...thanks for all the above posted "accolades".....
  3. 3 points
    A teenager gets a bass guitar and a month of lessons for his birthday After he comes home from his first lesson, his mother asks: “What did you learn in your first lesson?” “I learned all the notes on the E string!” The next week he comes home and mom asks: “What did you learn this week?” “I learned all the notes on the A string!”> After the third week the son returns home rather late and his mother asks again: “What did you learn this week?” “I couldn’t make it, I had a gig”
  4. 3 points
    There is all the flooding going on in Ontario and Quebec, 2000 members of the military called out, mayors and politicians screaming for volunteers to come and help sandbag. We have thousands of asylum seekers being housed, clothed and fed at our expense, why aren't they being "volunteered" to help? Don't need language skills or any other skill set, just pick up a shovel.
  5. 3 points
    ...since I posted this on AEF. I hope you will indulge me and accept the fact that as we move through life, there are things we can do to ensure our health remains as one of our priority's, not only for oneself but also for the sake of one's family and friends..... June 2011 I had plans to make this entry an intriguing and exciting post …but common sense prevailed so here it is…………. in simple plain language…….. When I was 16 I had my appendix out…so long ago, who can remember? In my early 50’s I had laproscoptomy surgery to remove my gallbladder, a large stone was discovered during a chest X-Ray and it was thought that seeing I was a pilot, it should be removed. It was removed on a Friday, I went home on Sunday, was working my snow blower on Monday and back flying on Tuesday.(Airline MO was not happy about that sequence when he found out about it 4 months later during my semi annual medical) So here we are in 2011 The month of May was what I would call rather “blaaaaah”. I was not feeling that great, seemed tired every few days. This was the month when I prepped the boat for our summer…seemed possible I was just getting a bit older…yeah that had to be it. Finally Scuba02 hounded me so much that at the end of May I went to see our GP…..Full blood test required….result …extremely low severe anemia…loosing blood somewhere…..WHAT !!!!!??? GP said I would need to be scoped from top to bottom ASAP in the mean time Iron pills… pronto. Scoped top to bottom on 26 June…result, as I awoke from what is called “twilight anesthesia” was The doctor by the bed , shoulder to shoulder with Scuba 02 and his first words were” You have cancer in your colon and it has to come out “ What?, Who is he talking to?, I twisted my head to see if there was someone beside me , no one there……....I looked back and saw Scuba02’s eyes filling and I knew I was the intended recipient of his comments. Long story short, because someone I didn’t personally know, but knew me, I was hustled through the red tape, underwent all the required protocol and was in surgery in a minimum amount of time. Prior to surgery I had 3 major concerns….. 1) had the cancer spread outside the colon ? 2) would I require a colostomy bag attachment? 3) how successful would the operation be ? Scuba02 and I devised a signal that would be relayed to me when I was wheeled out of recovery that would indicate that ALL was well because if any of you have had surgery you know damned well that when you open your eyes you can talk but initially you will be damned if you can remember what you said or heard…visual clues , however do remain with one's mind. I remember being wheeled out and seeing Scuba02 by the bed with her forefinger on her thumb….the perfect circle……..the international scuba signal that everything was OK !!!!! Relief.!!!! So here I sit, after 5 days in hospital with about 34 staples in a line from below my breastbone to just below the naval and the next item is to have them removed in 7 days. What is you point Kip………? Very simple…….don’t fool yourself into thinking “it will never happen to me”. As far as I know I have no history of cancer in my family..(I never have known who my birth father is…...I was adopted) so once again I became a “first” in our family, but not an envious “first” in this case. When to have that first colonoscopy ?? That is a real dilemma but “generally it is accepted that starting at age 50 one should endure the procedure every 10 years. Family member with cancer….then every 3 or 5 years. Cancer is insidious and there is no data that indicates a fixed progression of growth. The colonscopy procedure.. For a fact it is less painful that having a small filling of a tooth NO, it is not the Canada Arm being rammed up your rectum by a team of high kicking draw mules. In a nutshell…one takes a oral laxative the day before, and the next day one gets a little IV drip, and one gets a “twi-light/light switch type” anesthetic,, ( some Doctors make the anesthetic optional...my proctologist asked if I wanted to watch the procedure on the monitor........I told him , "No......, perhaps I'll pick up the DVD at a later date"), 10 minutes later one wakes up, hears the verdict and gets a lift home….(no driving for 24 hours). PS……..If for some reason your doctor does not want to use an anesthetic, you have the right to request an anesthesiologist to attend…...I know I would have. The end…. If this post causes just one individual to reconsider their thinking about the colonoscopy procedure, it will have been worth the use of all this band width. If you have any questions about my entire episode please feel free to PM me And lastly, if you are as lucky to have a woman as steadfast and true as my Scuba02, no matter what happens…you will make it. ADDED today....2019.... I hounded my three kids so much that they each finally had a colonoscopy just to get me to shut up...but I do know they were relieved to know they checked out as negative...... and they will be called back in 5 years.
  6. 3 points
    Fear is a great short-term motivator, but long-term it creates resentment, dissension, and complacency.
  7. 3 points
    Further to the above, when you engage in patently false claims to support a false narrative even your supporters are inclined to see through it because the lie needs to be expanded every time it's challenged. Not only that, you need to either ignore or downplay actual events that clearly run contrary to the stated position and at some point, as was the case in the gun control debate, your over played hand is on full display. Since most people don't get to see this stuff first hand, a little research is required. Have a look at the persecution of Christians (across the board) and tell me why it is so grossly under reported and ignored. Initial reports from Sri Lanka all referred to the victims as "worshippers" until they were called on it. They couldn't even say the word Christian. Yes, people actually noticed that. In the meantime though, here is an example of the dangers inherent with false claims to support false narratives, you never know when that traitorous Easter Bunny will see through your position and start the next question with "wait a minute now": When the Easter Bunny doesn't believe you it's a potential problem, especially in an election year. https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-trudeau-plays-politics-on-terrorism-again
  8. 2 points
    Rebrand it the the 737-MEH. After all, it's just Meh....
  9. 2 points
    The first person to say “that’ll buff out” will be asked to leave the building.... That is one heck of an impact.
  10. 2 points
    Still one of the best looking(+ theL1011) and nicest plane to fly.
  11. 2 points
    Ahhh ..... the cowards way out.....the Crown is dropping the charges against Mark Morman.......after ruining his career, costing him thousands of $$$$ in his defense, and denying him the opportunity to clear his name.... the scum of a man that calls himself the pm didn’t want to be embarrassed again in the upcoming election after the AG released a scathing report on the Refugee Board, Refugees and government services. Hopefully, the defense will file a lawsuit for damages. Why am I surprised? (And if the turd tries to say the prosecutor is independent from the pmo, he forgets what snc/lavalin proved. We have a new attorney general to protect the pm and do his bidding).
  12. 2 points
    60 Minutes Australia - Boeing 737 MAX - Fatal Flaw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFKk8iI4taI On a subject that 60 Minutes USA is not likely to show.
  13. 2 points
    Maybe that explains why I felt this one flew “funny” compared to the others in the fleet.
  14. 2 points
    I saw that article but didn't post it because I considered it too horrific, but on second thought it's probably good for it to be widely seen and condemned. I no longer even recognize the Liberal and Democratic parties; I'm ashamed to even admit I once supported them. They have morphed into a dangerous, evil and hateful cult. I now have greater respect for the Taliban. It's likely that even moderate pro-abortion folks are mortified. Would anyone care to defend his position (merely for the sake of argument) in case there is some mitigating factor I might have missed? I would be very hard pressed to play the devil's advocate here. I'm guessing that has views run contrary to the bulk of centre left voters who are abandoning the party in droves. How do they remain oblivious to this?
  15. 2 points
    Besides the recent spike in impaired driving inToronto recently, we still have issues like this: “A high-flying driver with a restricted licence was stopped for speeding on Highway 401 early Thursday morning. Leeds County Ontario Provincial Police clocked the eastbound driver at 172 km/h on the highway through the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. When the 20-year-old driver from North York was stopped, the OPP found she had a G1 licence, which, among other things, prohibits drivers from 400-series highways and from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. The woman had her car towed and impounded for seven days. She has been charged with stunt driving, driving on a prohibited highway and driving at an unlawful hour.” Time to start naming names....maybe that will have an effect! Her inexperience also will get her killed for another reason....wildlife. At this time of year, animals are starting to move around and at that speed at night, you won’t be able to avoid them. Maybe more people should see what a car looks like after it hits a deer. Seeing lots of beaver roadkill as well.
  16. 2 points
    Thank you Mr./Mrs./Ms Google The main purpose of an airliner is to move a lot of people a long distance, in acceptable (if not always the best possible) comfort, and do so in the most profitable way for the airline. A low-mounted wing does this particular job best in most cases. A mid-mounted wing’s main spars would intrude into the cabin, reducing the space available for passengers. A high-mounted wing would expose the passengers to a greater amount of engine noise, and require a more complicated undercarriage arrangement. It would also move the engines higher up off the ground making maintenance less straightforward. In some designs such drawbacks might be worthwhile for other benefits, such as the ability to allow for a much higher-lift slow speed wing, giving short take off and landing. That’s the case for the high-wing airliner BAe 146. High-wing transports like the C-141, C-17, C-130 and C-5 are not airliners, so the high wing is a better option for the roles they’re designed for. A big consideration there is the ability to operate from rough strips, so the higher engines reduce intake of dirt from the ground. Airliners always operate between paved airports. Cargo aircraft usually need a loading ramp for cargo, so having the fuselage slung under the wing makes that much more practical while keeping the engines up high.
  17. 2 points
    To quote Hollis Harris: "Head office might be a receptionist and a janitor.
  18. 2 points
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed a major gathering of the Canadian First Nations peoples. He spoke for about an hour about his plans for increasing their present standard of living across many areas in Canada. Thou very vague in detail with many ums ahs and ers ,he spoke about his ideas for helping his indigenous brothers and sisters. Afterwards the head Chiefs presented him with a nice hand made plaque inscribed with his newly given Native name of "Walking Goose" which he gratefully accepted with many pictures taken of this historic event. After Trudeau left, a news reporter asked the Chiefs how they came up with this new Native name for him. They explained to him that "Walking Goose" is a name given to a bird that is so full of **bleep** that it can no longer fly!!!!
  19. 2 points
    Okay, not the aircraft but the sim, sharp looking. https://twitter.com/rvr600/status/1118580015447384064
  20. 2 points
    Can't help but wonder if airlines aren't busy scraping the word MAX off the side of their parked aircraft
  21. 2 points
    If you are suggesting that he is I think you are part of the very problem you seem to oppose. If there is evidence bring it forward, the entire notion of exaggerated claims, manufactured evidence and false convictions (as a result) is exactly what we are talking about here. Really, because he didn't condemn it, he is favour of it? By that logic, since AOC has not condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka as she did in New Zealand, are we to conclude that she hates Christians and approves of the massacre. Since Canadian Muslims have not been condemning this in a big way are we to assume they approve? Yes indeed, I can do this all day and make it progressively more silly as I go along. If silence is deemed "cowardly" how much more so is a snippet of truth woven into a tapestry of lies in support of a narrative. There is a big difference between this and bias. Bias is partiality and favouritism.... the current level of lies, name calling and fabricated news bites is something all together different. As far as I know, JT has not condemned the practice of playing bagpipes in kayaks.... does that make him culpable in boating accidents where bagpipes are deemed to be a cause factor? In actual fact though, pipers are more likely to be shot by a neighbour..... I don't recall hearing him condemn that either. Maybe he hates pipe bands too. Canadians of Scottish descent are outraged.
  22. 2 points
    Yes, some posts are biased according to the beliefs of the poster and some linked articles are biased too but I was responding specifically to the bit - " Perhaps then every one would understand how they are being manipulated by the few to gain control." I don't feel like anyone is manipulating me to gain control (here on the forum) so maybe that means I'm the one doing the manipulating - although that doesn't feel right either.
  23. 1 point
    I would also bet that criminals did not surrender their guns.
  24. 1 point
    Let's just agree to disagree about that one issue.... and leave it at that.
  25. 1 point
    Transat has had its list of issues since their start-up but having flown with them several times over the last few years I can say with confidence there is nothing ‘so-so’ about their quality of service.
  26. 1 point
    How do you know a drummer is at the door? The knock speeds up.
  27. 1 point
    I don't think there's ever an announcement, change, direction, plan, or concept at WJ that's ever been well received or eventually partially received on this forum. The doom and gloom isn't unexpected.
  28. 1 point
    The biggest laughs are generated by the journalists who are espousing that 'this could mean cheaper ticket prices for consumers'.
  29. 1 point
    In the real world, passengers don't care who owns the airline as long as they operate on schedule and the "price" is right. Based on what I have read here, nothing as far as the operations go, will change but there are concerns by some customers, (in the Press), about the airline eliminating some features to make the bottom line better for Onex. Present execs of WJ say "nothing will change",as far as the worker bees are concerned.. Of course when WD was folded into CDN we got that same story... and a few weeks later I was on a different aircraft course, different uniform etc etc,. Hang on........... I'm sure the ride won't be as wild as the new roller coaster at Wonderland.....
  30. 1 point
    Ladies and Gentleman... Boeing is proud to present to you our Latest aircraft......the all new "777 Max". Featuring our inovative new system called....MCAS. Allowing anybody that has ever flown an old 777 to just hop in and go !
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  33. 1 point
    The provider is CAE and their 737 MAX simulator would include all known systems and functions as per any regulator approved aircraft. AC initially ordered their aircraft and simulators without HUDs but reversed that decision awhile ago. A friend of mine repeated the ET event in the AC 737 simulator recently. He said they managed to get through it but he also said it took all of his arm strength which were shaking the whole time. Their solution was to unload the stab through Boeing’s porpoise maneuver.
  34. 1 point
    AC is re-deploying some 737 MAX pilots, while putting them all through sim training of the particular conditions suspected in the two fatal crashes. I knew AC had a sim, but didn't realize it had the only two of any North American airline. Air Canada says it will reassign Max pilots as grounding of Boeing plane drags on Globe and Mail ERIC ATKINSTRANSPORTATION REPORTER Air Canada says it will redeploy some of its idled 420-odd 737 Max pilots to fly other planes as the grounding of the Boeing plane drags on. The global fleet of the 737 Max narrow-body planes remains parked as Boeing and aviation authorities work on a software fix and pilot training procedures after two fatal crashes of the aircraft since October. Boeing has halted deliveries of the planes and slowed production as it makes changes to the automated controls allegedly linked to the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed a total of 346 people. Air Canada owns 24 of the 737 Max planes and was due to take delivery of another 12 by June. Transport Canada grounded the model domestically on March 13, forcing Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. to scramble to replace much of the lost capacity. Air Canada said on Monday the loss of 20 per cent of its narrow-body fleet that flew as many as 12,000 customers a day meant it had to cancel 1,600 mainline flights, but was able to retain 98-per-cent of its schedule. Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s chief executive officer, said the company has about 425 Max pilots who are spending their days training on a 737 Max simulator, but not flying customers. Some pilots who flew other planes in the past year – narrow-body Airbus or the Embraer 190 – will return to flying those models, Mr. Rovinescu said. Boeing has said the global groundings cost it US$1-billion so far but has not provided any timeline on when regulators will approve the 737 Max’s return. Air Canada and WestJet have retooled their schedules without the planes well into the busy summer travel season. Mr. Rovinescu said it could take several weeks to fully deploy the 737 Max once it is cleared by regulators. But because Air Canada is the only airline in Canada or the United States with a 737 Max simulator (it has two in Toronto), its pilots are “modelling some of the scenarios that occurred in the two accidents. So that has given us a leg up in terms of the readiness for the pilots to go back into flying these aircraft.” In the first quarter, Air Canada said it paid $920-million for six Boeing 737 Max 8 planes and one 787-9. “Our final decision on returning the Max to service will be based on our own safety assessment following the lifting of government safety notices and the approval of the software modification and training protocol,” Mr. Rovinescu said on a first-quarter earnings conference call with analysts on Monday. For the three months ending March 31, Air Canada beat market expectations and posted a profit of $345-million, or $1.26 a diluted share, compared with a loss of $203-million (74 cents) in the same period a year earlier. Profit on an adjusted basis was $17-million (6 cents), up from a loss of $26-million (10 cents) in the first quarter of 2018. Analysts expected an adjusted loss of 17 cents a share. The results were lifted by the recent purchase of the Aeroplan loyalty card company and a new agreement with Chorus Aviation for additional flight capacity. Air Canada’s cash liquidity hit a record of $6.9-billion at the quarter’s end. Passenger revenues rose by 9.4 per cent to $3.8-billion. “We achieved these results in a quarter where we faced extremely severe weather events early in the quarter, literally from coast to coast, and the first 18 days of the Max grounding at the end of the quarter,” Mr. Rovinescu said. Walter Spracklin, a stock analyst with Royal Bank of Canada, noted Air Canada provided no update to its 2019 guidance, which it suspended in March due to the 737 Max groundings. For his outlook purposes, he is assuming the planes will not return in 2019. But he said the good financial results despite the first quarter’s bad weather and 737 Max loss highlighted Air Canada’s operational and financial resiliency. The stock is rising as markets express relief the 737 Max problems are not “overly severe” and measures to mitigate the challenges are in place, he said in a note to clients.
  35. 1 point
    This is pretty good. I hope many passengers see it and that it makes them think twice.
  36. 1 point
    I had this great reply typed out but on reconsideration decided that you are not worth getting booted over.
  37. 1 point
    the point is that if you are paying $33 on your hard earned $100 that means you are pulling in a 6 digit salary and $67 worth of fuel really aint that much.so in reality. what you just payed was 0.039% in tax from an income of a nice round 100K. that would be on top of the 26.3% of the total Tax you actually payed on that $100 not 33% as the meme implies. interpreting it with FACTS make more sense that trying to illicit an emotional response based on lies.
  38. 1 point
    First time a journalist was allowed to video inside a B-2 in flight. https://www.businessinsider.com/new-video-offers-first-ever-look-inside-b-2-stealth-bomber-cockpit-2019-4
  39. 1 point
    I buy nothing from China.... I would rather eat boiled grass and squirrels. The local produce manager runs when he sees me coming. I have a two word message for China and all things Chinese, can you guess?... yes, it might be "don't buy" or maybe, perhaps, it's more likely to be "go away quickly." Any Chinese tourist caught taking pictures in Canada should be detained as an enemy spy.... one of the few capital offences left on the books.
  40. 1 point
    Equality, my man, equality. The public perception of the two persons would be..................... for equality ..... man/woman ..........and would assume .........receptionist = female...............janitor = man
  41. 1 point
    And it has only taken 23 years for them to come to that conclusion ????
  42. 1 point
    Sorry Yes PSA. These were all specially modified for gateless walk on walk off operations. Just a really big regional jet of the era
  43. 1 point
    I guess it still has a purpose for future AME’s to learn a necessary and worthwhile trade. I’d have to place knowing how to identify airframe corrosion and it’s potential repair in my top five skills for any AME.
  44. 1 point
    blues, I think most passengers don't know what airplane they're in. Safety announcments I've heard mention the type but many don't get the Emergency Card out and read it. I think fares have more impact than aircraft type.
  45. 1 point
    The Deficit will continue to increase no matter what government is in power. Maybe an insignificant decrease but it will be short lived. Governments spend, are poor at creative ways to generate income so they even start borrowing from themselves. OHIP - EVERYONE pays this. It should be self sustaining however the government chooses to use the money elsewhere. Not cool. Road Maintenance - Every dollar you put in the tank of your car pays for this or at least it is supposed to but nope, general revenue. This list could get long as to where the allocated funds actually end up. The systems was suppose to segregate the funds to specific accounts but that no longer happens. Federally lok at the CPP. NONE of that money belongs to the government. It belongs 100% to US that pay into it. Yet the government sees fit to borrow that money and then tell us it is an entitlement. Again thats not how its supposed to work. All governments are responsible for this mess not just the left. Harris committed political suicide by doing exactly what Ford is doing.
  46. 1 point
    Cirque de Soleil will train all maintenance staff for any high level work. Safety nets by ‘request’ only. https://www.skiesmag.com/press-releases/westjet-unveils-its-787-dreamliner-maintenance-hangar/?utm_source=skies-daily-news-top-story&utm_campaign=skies-daily-news&utm_medium=email&utm_term=top-story&utm_content=V1
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    Just for the record, it wasn’t just Scheer who didn’t mention Muslims......Liberal Minister Goodale and Liberal appointed GG Payette were also “guilty”: -- Andrew Scheer says criticism over his initial failure to mention that Muslims were targeted in the recent mass murder in New Zealand is "completely baseless" and driven by "disgusting" Liberal efforts to score political points from the tragedy. Moreover, he argued that initial tweets by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Governor General Julie Payette also didn't specifically mention mosques or Muslims. https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/scheer-criticism-for-not-mentioning-muslims-in-n-z-statement-completely-baseless-1.4349360 And it’s funny how the election is shaping up, far from the Liberals pledge to avoid name calling, which the media is to blame as well, but here is a sample of words/phrases from the articles in Deicer s post: white supremecist, cowardly silence, alt right, white nationalists, toxic company, racism infused policies, Canadian bigots, rancid shoulder to rancid shoulder, odious likes of, dangerous sinister slope. Pretty hard taking the bias out of those pieces and coming up with an unbiased view of Scheer and the Conservatives.
  49. 1 point
    Personally, I’m not too concerned about bias. It’s generally pretty innocuous, easy for a thoughtful person to discern, and for the most part each of us has one. What concerns me are narratives and the deliberate, wilful manipulation of facts and blatant lies that are told in support of that narrative. If bias is a “tendency” then surely narrative qualifies as an “ideology”. So, take anything you have first hand (boots on the ground) experience in that may be controversial and compare what you know to be true with what you hear (or don’t hear) being reported in the media or what politicians say (or don’t say) about the same subject. And, if you don’t have that experience just pick something easy and put it in the form of a question or series of socratic questions. I’m not a Scheer fan but, is he really a white supremacist? Is his party really a bunch of racists? Are those who voted for him racists? Do you even know what real racism looks like? You don’t need to have been to Rwanda to understand racism or it’s effects. Everyone knows damn well that Scheer isn’t a white supremacist and saying it over and over is most definitely not a bias. It is a bold faced lie foisted on the public by those with a narrative that supports an agenda. That’s far more dangerous than simple bias IMO. Calling that behaviour a bias is to not understand bias and calling Scheer a racist is to not understand racism. In either case, it is the ignorance of the accuser (or narrative supporter) that usually stands on full display.
  50. 1 point
    As we have seen with the resource industry, companies move to where there is a business friendly climate. Would you want to be the politician that hikes corporate tax rates, companies abandon Canada and then watch as job losses mount?? Ask Trudeau how he thinks his chances are in western Canada right now. And Wynne found out the same thing when she was in power (unfriendly business environment). So go ahead...raise corporate rates and see what happens.