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  1. 5 points
    Yea, what Seeker said. Some humility on your part would definitely be a good thing. I see from your profile that you have been around this board since 2004 so maybe you just missed the previous explanations. Jack is a highly regarded and much beloved Ex Air Atlantic, and LTDed WestJet pilot who suffered a serious stroke a few years ago while on a pairing. Not using the spacebar is the least of Gentleman Jack's concerns.
  2. 4 points
    I don't think the chock is necessary...?
  3. 4 points
    An Old Pilot's Reflections Pilots are people who drive airplanes for other people who can't fly. Passengers are people who say they fly, but really just ride. Fighter Pilots are steely eyed, weapons systems managers who kill bad people and break things. However, they can also be very charming and personable. The average fighter pilot, despite sometimes having a swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy and caring. (However, these feelings don't involve anyone else.) Flying is a hard way to earn an easy living. Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane; the pessimist invents the parachute. Death is just nature's way of telling you to watch your airspeed. As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you (and one of them will): a. One day you will walk out to the aircraft, knowing it is your last flight. b. One day you will walk out to the aircraft, not knowing it is your last flight. There are rules and there are laws: The rules are made by men who think that they know how to fly your airplane better than you. The laws (of physics) were ordained by God. You can and sometimes should suspend the rules, but you can never suspend the laws. About Rules: a. The rules are a good place to hide if you don't have a better idea and the talent to execute it. b. If you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance (e.g., if you fly under a bridge, don't hit the bridge.) Before each flight, make sure that your bladder is empty and your fuel tanks are full. He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a pilot; he who demands one iota more is a fool. There are certain aircraft sounds that can only be heard at night and over the ocean. Most of them are scary. The aircraft limits are only there in case there is another flight by that particular aircraft. If subsequent flights do not appear likely, there are no limits. In the Alaskan bush I'd rather have a two-hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa. An old pilot is one who can remember when flying was dangerous and sex was safe. Airlines have really changed; now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant. I've flown in both pilot seats. Can someone tell me why the other seat is always occupied by an idiot? And my favorite; You have to make up your mind about growing up and becoming a pilot, because you can't do both.
  4. 3 points
    I'm Tech Ops. Rules don't apply to us.
  5. 3 points
    One thing that I have found about Lefties: When they yell at you and then you yell back they say 'Don't yell at me'.
  6. 3 points
    Those under threat from communist influences (as you put it) should shoulder their share of the load.....it's been a long time coming. IMO, we have enough to worry about right here with the rise of socialism and it's time to look inward. Canada and the US won't be destroyed by a foreign enemy, we will do it to ourselves.
  7. 3 points
    Ten men go out for beer. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. He said, "Since you are all such good customers, I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80." The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes, so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men -- the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share"? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay! And so: The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings). Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got $10!" "Yeah, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!" "That's true!!"shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2 ? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up any more. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
  8. 3 points
    There is no scenario where Air Canada turns over LHR slots to WS. There is an IATA bid process and WS knows how to go about it.
  9. 3 points
    Saw comments about this incident from one witty poster: ”Clearly, this is an example where the right hansa didn’t know what the luft hansa was doing!!” Thought that was pretty clever.
  10. 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.
  11. 3 points
  12. 3 points
    27 February – TS 108 YUL-ADZ Online check-in was no problem but the UL airport could use a clear and concise sign near the AT check-in area that states where PERSONS WHO HAVE UTILIZED ONLINE CHECK-IN NEED TO GO TO CHECK BAGGAGE. Two of the persons I talked to kept trying to get me to check back in at a kiosk even though I showed them I had already done an online check in. I finally found the correct area. A simple sign would certainly help The flight down was extremely enjoyable, great cabin crew who interacted with the pax in a very amiable way. Pre- departure PA from pilots was much too fast and hard to understand. Pre-landing PA merely stated an ETA, no temp or “out the window you can see” info. Was a very nice clear day, very light winds, and the main area of the small island is easily view-able when lined up for landing on the NE runway… 14 March –TS 109 ADZ –YUL Air Transat sends update text messages as the date your flight approaches. AT states that online check-in is available. It also states that two hard copies of your boarding pass should be printed out. I was fortunate that I knew the admin persons in the Dive Shop and managed to Air-Print from my IOS and get two hard copies. Checked in at the airport and it was quite obvious that there was absolutely no advantage to doing and online check-in because the airport staff do not have the technology that is available in other places. I handed in one of my boarding passes and Passport…….waited…..waited….and got back the normal thin cardboard boarding pass that was IDENTICAL to my printed out boarding pass. Again at the gate it was obvious that the technology was not yet in place as the agents could not read an IOS with the encrypted boarding pass installed…they wanted the newly issued paper pass. Once again, outstanding service from the cabin crew….appreciated by all Pre-departure PA from the cockpit was very informative and even advised the pax why we stopped taxiing and that we would have to wait for an aircraft to land prior to being able to move onto the runway. Pre-arrival PA was very good….only forgot to mention the local time and that there was a one hour time change between ADZ and YUL (Canada was now on DL Savings Time). THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE Below you will find a pic of lady waiting at the boarding gate for the flight from ADZ to YUL. There are always people who want to get on-board first and I don’t know why when pax are supposed to be boarded by assigned seat rows….(perhaps they want to get the choice of overhead bins ), anyhow…as I sat there I noticed her bag had a “Carry On Baggage” tag. After thinking about it…I finally went up to the lady and explained that the bag was much too big for Carry-On baggage..(I estimated 3 feet x 2 feet x 1 foot). She was adamant that the bag was going on as Carry On baggage.. I certainly wasn’t going to argue with her, I merely pointed out that it probably wouldn’t be allowed and I wished her luck. Well we started boarding and she was about number 5 through the gate and I was about number 15-20. Shortly after we started down the ramp to the tarmac..(air-stairs boarding), the line halted then moved again slowly past the Francophone lady shouting at the Avianca agent about her bag going up the air-stairs to the cabin. (Broken English with a touch of French and Spanish) As I looked back I saw the agent dragging her bag to the starboard side of the aircraft and heading for the belt that went into the aft cargo hold….. I guess some people just don’t get it.
  13. 2 points
    Okay, not the aircraft but the sim, sharp looking. https://twitter.com/rvr600/status/1118580015447384064
  14. 2 points
    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.
  15. 2 points
    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
  16. 2 points
    yes it is so people need to stop blaming a warm winter ofr hot summer on Climate Change. It just fuels the BS
  17. 2 points
    WestJet suffered through this during the switch to Sabre back in 2009. It was so bad they eventually contacted a temporary call center in India for help dealing with the calls. WestJet survived. AC should be in good shape. One of the key players in the WestJet debacle is now the CIO at Air Canada and she brought along some help! I’m sure they have great notes on what to do. ??
  18. 2 points
    A little off topic, but I recently saw an excellent example of local charity work. We attended a fundraising dinner for a charity that supports the breast cancer clinic at the local hospital. The women who run the charity know how to get it done. Every single dime they raise goes directly to the purchase of equipment for the hospital. There is zero administrative overhead because everything is donated. Local businesses and individuals donate the catering, decorations, prizes, auction items, DJ services, etc. Even their website account is donated! They raised over $250,000 at the gala and dinner alone - a remarkable achievement for a town this size. Thanks to their efforts, the local clinic is seen as the best in the west.
  19. 2 points
    change is good but sometimes difficult. Give them a chance they are still the best airline in Canada and indeed in North America. Mind you I have traveled on both AC and WJA but I do favour AC because of their policy re Blind passengers which revolves around a CNIB card vs the more onerous policy of WestJet. As a full revenue passenger, my wife and I travel whenever possible on AC mainly because of their policy and their demonstrated superior handling. Yes we have also tried WestJet but IMO the check in staff , the medical desk and most importantly the FAs , the AC folks rule when it comes to dealing with "vision impaired passengers".
  20. 2 points
    They showed us the divot you made when I was there on my A330 course in 2000. ?
  21. 2 points
    I don't believe the wording is new, but its application is. AFAIK that provision was intended to allow assistance to a coroner's inquest or other enquiry (as Dubbin or Dryden) to have full access to information they may need in the pursuit of public interest. In this case, it appears to me there is a much narrower application, that being civil litigation. Put another way, I sincerely doubt that the lawyers seeking this release would give a second's consideration to a collateral finding that improved safety but did not get their clients a nickel. I could, of course, be wrong. Vs
  22. 2 points
    Fans outraged after CTV's Jess Allen calls hockey fans, “white boys”, “not very nice” and “bullies” And yet Grapes is the one who gets fired!? Talk about a double standard! https://www.hockeyfeed.com/nhl-news/fans-outraged-after-ctv-s-jess-allen-calls-hockey-fans-white-boys-not-very-nice-and-bullies?ref=trevor
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Releasing dangerous criminals with a slap on the wrist or a few months in jail doesn't work either. Personally, since neither works I'd take the throw-them-in-jail-for-a-long-time option over just releasing them back to their former life and associates.
  25. 2 points
    IMHO, we’re getting very close to willful negligence, which is much, much worse.
  26. 2 points
    “A startle or surprise in the cockpit can endanger a pilot’s ability to maintain control of the aircraft and was said to play a role in earlier air crashes like Air France flight 447 in 2009.” Really? I don’t think the pilots of AF447 were startled... they just didn’t know how to fly an airplane.
  27. 2 points
    Re Monsef: Do you really think that the libs would have allowed any serious negative findings come to light?? After shutting down an RCMP investigation into Lavscam and hushing up the Norman charges.....this government has no serious credibiltity when it comes to investigating its own.
  28. 2 points
    I intend to retire a multi-millionaire, but I cannot provide any assurances that this will occur.
  29. 2 points
    likely parked like that by the airport authority to prevent them from leaving until they get paid.
  30. 2 points
    First of all, where do you get "gun happy conservatives" from? Firearm ownership has a long respected history in Canada - target shooting, hunting, wildlife control are all perfectly valid and acceptable reasons for owning and using a firearm. Well, at least they were until Trudeau and Blair decided to take them away. As for your second statement - I'll just throw the same thing back at you - don't change Canada, go where you can find what you want - if you're a person who wants to live in a society without firearms (which is changing Canada) just pack up and move to Singapore or Sweden or Japan. Don't you see that it's the Liberals that are trying to change Canada?
  31. 2 points
    oooh you got me real good there S. Instead of being an internet troll why not just enjoy what you have instead of trying to bring others down. Internet troll: In Internet slang, a troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive,[1] extraneous, or off-topicmessages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses[2] and normalizing tangential discussion,[3] whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.
  32. 2 points
    So thats a pretty simplistic view of Socialism as a whole. in A well running socialist society ALL members contribute for the greater good of the society as a whole. it symbiotic not parasitic. Yes in ANY system there are those that take and take. In Capitalist America it is the 1% that do all the taking while giving disproportionately little back to society. Greed is a powerful thing. Everybody has it in some form or another but most can control it for the greater good.
  33. 2 points
    The good thing a about an "emotional support horse" is that it serves a dual purpose - emotional support and also replaces the golf cart as transportation between gates.
  34. 2 points
    Working at the airport I always liked that the prime minister had his own aircraft. We didn't have to put up with the crap that ensued if he was flying on us.
  35. 2 points
    “ The conclusions were predictable because the methodology was not dispassionate and involved decisions by those who were not independent. As part of a scathing critical analysis of this paper by real scientists, the original 11,944 papers were read and the readers came to a diametrically opposite conclusion. Of the 11,944 papers, only 41 explicitly stated that humans caused most of the warming since 1950 (0.3 per cent). Of the 11,944 climate “science” papers, 99.7 per cent did not say that carbon dioxide caused most of the global warming since 1950. It was less than 1 per cent and not one paper endorsed a man-made global warming catastrophe. Political policy and environmental activism rely on this fraudulent 97 per cent consensus paid for by the taxpayer to rob the taxpayer further with subsidies for bird-and-bat-chomping wind turbines, polluting solar panels and handouts to those with sticky fingers in the international climate industry. It’s this alleged 97 per cent consensus that has changed our electricity from cheap and reliable to expensive and unreliable. Activists with no skin in the game are setting the scene for economic suicide. Time for yellow shirts to shirt-front politicians about their uncritical acceptance of a fraud that has already cost the community hundreds of billions of dollars.” https://www.thegwpf.com/ian-plimer-97-of-scientists-agree-on-nothing/
  36. 2 points
    Amazing story: https://youtu.be/B0GbkM6n90o
  37. 2 points
    And it won’t be long before Cb starts blaming west coast earthquakes on climate change. The libs will introduce a tax to stop earthquakes, putting a price on plate tectonics ??...
  38. 2 points
    If that was the most scariest time in her life, these people don’t lead very interesting lives. ?
  39. 2 points
    Maybe apologize to all Canadians for being such an idiot.
  40. 2 points
    I have been saying this for years. Kill 2 birds with one stone. Build efficient incinerators like Sweden. Direct about 99% of your trash to the incinerators and use them to create electricity. That is about the best renewable energy money can buy because we will never stop creating trash. This will reduce groundwater pollution from Landfill sites as well as other environmental factors. This is not rocket science.
  41. 2 points
    Maybe they should add a checklist item .... when airspeed approaches 400 Kias....retard thrust levers.
  42. 2 points
    We all need to lighten up here. I believe this was an accidental thread delete while editing. I think if you have a lot of extra time to spend on AEF I have a freshly sanded deck which needs staining. All beverages are on me. ?
  43. 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.
  44. 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?
  45. 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.
  46. 2 points
    Sorry, gotta disagree - Saskatchewan is right about almost everything!
  47. 2 points
    It would seem that many folks went to Haiti this year and now want to come back to Canada because Haiti has once again erupted into political violence. Those that flew down using AT are whining that AT isn't doing enough to get them out of the country. Most have huddled in a resort and are screaming for AT to fly down and rescue them AT has an aircraft and crew on standby and , rightly so, are not going to turn a wheel until they can be guaranteed safe arrival and departure What is wrong with these idiotic travelers that feel that the airline that flew them down there should rescue them just because they may have paid for a round trip ticket?? I am bias, but having been there decades ago and that is the last country I would visit in my free time, (taken to the hotel in armed vehicles and not allowed to leave hotel without armed escorts....so much fun.....,.and it was a humanitarian cargo flight). I understand there are probably many who went back to visit relatives that are still down there but they made that choice and if they think AT is going to endanger their staff to bring a few whiners back..........well they might have a long wait. Sorta like the woman that planned a trip down south and a few days after her arrival there was an earthquake and she wanted to sue AC for taking her to an area where there could be possible earthquakes any time of the century. And finally....since the quake of 2010 the USA has given Haiti 13 BILLION in aid and Canada has given 220 MILLION....where did this money go........? Don't bother answering because we all know where most of it went.?
  48. 2 points
    This will scare the crap out of some flyers
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    "For its wider implications, but also for its looniness, our history books will marvel—if and when cultural sanity returns—at the singular 'human rights' case of alleged transwoman Jessica Yaniv—sometimes self-presenting as Jonathan Yaniv—vs the waxologists." As absurd as it is, the Jessica Yaniv case has serious implications Barbara Kay, 5 hours ago 7 min For its wider implications, but also for its looniness, our history books will marvel—if and when cultural sanity returns—at the singular “human rights” case of alleged transwoman Jessica Yaniv—sometimes self-presenting as Jonathan Yaniv—vs the waxologists. Yaniv retains his male genitalia. But, thanks to the recently invented, but imprecisely defined right of “gender expression” having been enshrined in legislation, Yaniv has been permitted to wreak havoc in the lives of 16 B.C. waxologists. These women, many of them immigrants, earn a modest living by performing intimate hair-removal services for other women. They refused to wax Yaniv’s balls, and here their troubles began. Some, under the strain of the pressure Yaniv has brought to bear on them, have abandoned their livelihood. The story has been widely disseminated. The crux of it is that innocent women have been martyred so that an unhinged biological male, who has demonstrated on social media what any reasonable person would call a sick frame of mindcan, with the state’s blessing and collusion, target and abuse culturally and economically vulnerable women to satisfy “her” kinky drives. I say collusion, because even when such victims “win,” the process is often the punishment in human rights cases. There has certainly been mental and economic punishment for these women throughout this process, but Yaniv seems to enjoy persecuting them. This story is important because if human rights tribunals were guided by reason and objectivity, none of Yaniv’s complaints would have passed their smell test. The licence afforded Yaniv cements the fictitious notion that when it comes to rights, gender identity may be held by ideologues and their legislative surrogates to trump biology, even in an area that is so simply and fundamentally anatomically based, there is no wiggle room for interpretation. As the targeted waxologists explained, a woman’s genitals require one kind of treatment, with one kind of wax, a man’s genitals another. The women were trained to wax female genitals only, and were not competent to wax male genitals without risk of harm to the scrotum. Some of the women worked alone at home, with children present, and some had religious scruples against touching male bodies, but let us set these considerations aside for the moment, because even if a woman has no religious scruples about touching male bodies and even if she works in a salon, she would still have the same basic case for refusal as the more modest women. The bottom line is, when an individual is getting his or her genitals waxed, there is no “gender” involved. And that is easy to prove. Imagine that Jessica Yaniv is now a corpse, and has left instructions for burial with waxed genitals. Who would do the job? Someone practiced in the waxing of female genitals or someone practised in the waxing of male genitals? At this point Yaniv’s “gender” would not even be moot; it would have vanished entirely, so it would be ludicrous to call for a woman-centric waxologist. But don’t you see that the fact that Yaniv is alive makes no material difference in the realm of waxology? Whether Yaniv thinks he is a woman is as irrelevant to genital waxing as if he were dead, since Yaniv’s anatomy remains ruthlessly male. Yaniv says if the case is lost, it sets a dangerous precedent for trans people. The HRC claims the hearings revolve around the question of whether a business should be allowed to deny service on the basis of gender identity. But as Brendan O’Neil noted in a recent Spiked! column, the real question is more like “‘Should a woman be forced by law to touch a penis she doesn’t want to touch?’—that’s a franker, more honest way of putting it, though it’s obvious why people don’t put it like that, given it would expose the fundamental misogyny at play in this demented case.” If Yaniv or any other mischief-maker of his sort were to win such a case, it would open the door to similar attacks on actual professions, also 100% anatomy-based, that cater exclusively to females. Who can see to the bottom of this precipitous slope? Women in track and field and other sports based in speed or power, demonstrably related to physiology, are now sliding down it to full erasure, while their enabling sports associations look on with self-righteous complacency, and nobody in authority reaches out a hand to save them. What other fields are in peril? The Yanivs of the world are obsessive and unfiltered. They have no moral compass. They are ruled by passions that are unfathomable to normal people. Give an inch to the waxology Yaniv—Yaniv 1.0—and Yaniv 2.0 will find encouragement to up the ante. Ten years ago I would have found inconceivable, but now readily imagine that one fine day a gynecologist will be held to be transphobic if she refuses to accept a transwoman as a patient. She may find herself explaining ever so nicely to Yaniv 2.0 that she is not competent to deal with male bodies and find herself up against the stone wall of “I am a woman. You treat women. The law agrees I am a woman if I say I am a woman. The law says you must treat me.” She may then politely ask Yaniv 2.0 to seek examination and medical advice elsewhere, and Yaniv 2.0 may leave with a curse, after which the gynecologist will think the matter closed. A week later she will be shocked to learn that Yaniv 2.0 has filed a complaint against her with her professional association. The association will be baffled and at first rally to her side. Then the association—and the doctor—will find themselves deluged with denunciations of transphobia on social media. One of their members who identifies as trans will make an impassioned public plea for inclusivity, and pray that the claimant does not commit suicide as a result of being turned away (something Yaniv 2.0 may well threaten to do). LGBTQ activists will call for a legislated solution to this injustice in the universal-healthcare system. Politicians, tumbling over themselves for pride of place in the virtue-signalling pecking order, will promise a solution. One of them will propose a bill to end gender “privilege” in medicine. Consternation will rage at the various medical schools. University administrations will find themselves in the hot seat. How can they be harbouring in their midst an entire medical discipline that caters only to cis-women? Committees will be struck to study the matter. A recommendation will be made that the discipline of Gynecology add a year to its curriculum for the study of male anatomy and its pathologies. Those students already in the program can be “grandmothered,” but incoming students must commit to the additional year, and must further commit to a statement of gender inclusivity in their practice. A few shocked practitioners of high standing will speak up publicly, ridiculing the idea that gynecologists must treat biological males as absurd. They will not find the ensuing mobbing comfortable and they will soon shut up. Those that refuse to shut up may find themselves isolated and shunned, the kind of shunning that has already happened in the fields of endocrinology and psychiatry. For a good example of what is happening in the latter field, I suggest you consult the case of Dr. Allan Josephson, a distinguished psychiatrist who, since 2003, has transformed the division of child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology at the University of Louisville from a struggling department to a nationally acclaimed program. He was demoted and effectively fired for appearing on a panel (on his own time, and not as a representative of his university), run by a conservative think tank in order to express his concerns about wholesale affirmation and medical alteration of children. The trouble with democracy—one trouble anyway—is our complacency. We are too trusting. We think our liberties are well protected in law. We have no sense of how easily and perniciously laws can be amended when ideologues infiltrate the law schools and populate the benches, the bar associations and the law societies. The whole idea of human rights is being transmogrified before our eyes, and we sit there watching, superannuated classical-liberal deer in the progressive headlights. I wish my imaginary scenario with the gynecology discipline were a satirical proposition. It is for the moment. But I have no faith that it will remain imaginary. The following words have—in format—become a cliché, but only because the insight the original words represent is so often the most fitting commentary on a democracy’s demise, which always begins with the sacrifice of individual freedoms on the altar of irrational dogmas: “First they came for the waxologists, but I did not speak up because I was not a waxologist …” https://www.thepostmillennial.com/as-absurd-as-it-is-the-jessica-yaniv-case-has-serious-implications/