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    Recently did a round trip on WestJet down to Florida and back…. YYZ – Florida -YYZ I was going to do a normal review but thought better of it but would like to relate to you why the title of this thread is what you see. Coming back from Florida I was given an “A” seat and the lady in the “C” seat was an amiable person but then in bounced a young lady, I would guess her age at about 23-27 and she took the “B” seat…..and she just loved her iPad and iPhone. As we started to taxi out the FAs asked everyone to remove any headsets as they wished to commence the Safety Briefing, and at that time “B” seat decided to do a FaceTime call with her father. So there she was giggling and guffawing with her Dad as the FAs did their job. My patience waned and after about 15 seconds I took the iPad, looked at Dad and stated that the Cabin Crew were doing a passenger safety briefing and Jennifer should be listening and if there was time, she could call him back…..FaceTime closed. Yes, the young lady was PO’d and just stared at me until the briefing ended. I then grabbed one of the emergency cards and asked her……Where are the emergency exits? (((We were 2 rows away))) Puzzled and confused looks, How many emergency exits are there?….. eyes darting around and no answer….where are the life jackets ? This time she actually answered and pointed at the overheads and said “I think, in there ? ”. By this time she had calmed down and I took the “fatherly approach “ and pointed out all the features on the card and tried to impress her that the information, both from the crew and on the card could possibly save her life in the event we actually had an emergency… She mellowed and was actually civil by the time we had the Cat III approach into YYZ. There you go …..Old Man Yelling At Clouds.
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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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    Hi boestar, Extremism is the foundation for more extremism and will always be countered by equal and opposite extremism. I would urge you to consider a number bar from -10 to +10 with zero as its centre. I think we would (at least previously) have agreed that the extremists you refer to (on both sides) inhabited the end zones on both sides of zero. If history is circular and repeatable, and I think it is, we should collectively look for two things to happen simultaneously. It starts when the far left and far right begin to share the same values, particularly when it comes to using violence as a tool. By that I mean they deem it justified and in some cases mandatory to further their narrative. In addition, they begin to stand in opposition to similar causes….. I’ll offer anti-Semitism as an example. In its most virulent and dangerous form, it was once the exclusive domain of far right skin head types. That is simply no longer the case, if you look closely, the far left has adopted the cause as well and its adherents now hold office at the highest level…. that is actually the second point to be considered. I’ll offer a third because it gains nourishment from the first two. When people hear political leaders (of any stripe) give voice to their own, silently held notions, they become emboldened, more vocal, more agitated and more prone to behaviour they would previously never have countenanced. Please consider a forth development which IMO proceeds from the others. As extreme behaviour advances down the graph toward zero, the (real) extremes NEED TO BECOME MORE EXTREME just to maintain station. The type of violence that comes from this is actually a form of terrorism as you wisely point out…. think of it this way, it might be normal for group A to be mad at group B for cause, but when they are willing to violently attack group C in reprisal (like some kid in a MAGA hat), they move the graph closer to zero. Most folks think that election violence only happens “over there.” As all of this progresses, the range on the graph inhabited by (I’ll call them) political agnostics, those only seeking the free market of good ideas shrinks quickly. By some accounts it now stands at 12-15% of voters but that still represents enough swing votes (in both directions) to carry the day and maintain a level of detente because they need to be courted. For instance, old guard Democrats are now in a bit of a panic over independents who simply won't support a progressive agenda and can't be swayed. When that pool of agnostic voters goes extinct, or falls below the effective tipping point, I will expect you to buy the beer….. at that point, we will have passed PNR, the problem will be obvious to all, it will be too late to change course but the beer will be just as good. In short, I think this is much further advanced and more dangerous than (it seems to me) you do. Cheers PS: I just noticed deicer's post above. That's exactly what I mean although it is limiting to think of it as a competition (of sorts) as to who is worse. It's symbiotic, each side feeds off the other and each act advances the colour red closer to zero on both sides of the line. For history to truly repeat, THAT FACT NEEDS TO GET LOST IN THE WAR OF WORDS and political foes need to relish the call to battle and strictly align along party lines regardless of the facts at hand.... in other words, everything Obama is good and everything Trump is bad. Some of the recent media gaffs that attributed Obama era actions to Trump come instantly to mind. There were no retractions, outrage simply turned to silence as if the action that triggered the outage no longer mattered or ceased to be relevant.... that portends danger ahead. Once the agnostics get religion, and they will, we will all wonder how "we got to this point" and "over there" will become "over here."
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    I doubt we'll ever know how many layers exist between the missile crew and the general at the very top of the Revolutionary Guard. Part of the generalized assumption that this must have been an error is that the regime as a whole had nothing to gain and everything to lose by shooting down the plane. They had actually stalemated Trump by using ballistic missiles fired from Iran proper - a first involving the US presence in Iraq - and it's clear that Trump, despite his bellicosity, is not eager to get into a bigger conflict. Now, the regime which had some modest success rallying some elements of the general population over Soleiman's death is being widely denounced - even criticized by some of its usual conservative backers - for lying about the incident. There only reason in my opinion why the regime would have approved of downing the plane would have been if there was someone or something on board so dangerous to the survival of the regime or defence of the country that it would be worth the cost. Presumably, the US or others would have let it be known by now if there was such a person on board the plane since the identities of everyone are pretty much known. And they could have detained that person at passport control, or refused to allow the plane to leave, etc. So it's almost inconceivable that the plane's destruction came on orders of the top layers of regime command. As you move down the food chain to the person or persons responsible for letting the missiles fly, you get into the realms of training, sanity, mind conditioning (a fanatic who believes God is commanding his actions, etc).
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    Well, she’s on a budget now..
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    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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    Everyone has firsthand experience with something. Take that "something", the stuff you know to be true, and compare it with the twisted offerings from CBC and CNN. It's easy to divine the problem here..... unless you are a network executive: https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/lilley-canadians-are-ditching-cbc-so-why-do-we-keep-funding-it https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/cnn-ratings-don-lemon
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    “It’s gotten to the point where I cringe every time he opens his mouth.”....... Are you talking about when he uses his “big boy” voice, his “bedroom” voice or his “kindergarten teacher” voice??
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    When is the province or the federal government, for that matter, going to get serious about road safety??? This one is unbelievable!! https://www.recorder.ca/news/local-news/police-disqualified-driver-arrested I get the fact that there is a huge demand for truck drivers...everything now is just in time delivery, the amazons and wayfairers will only make the situation worse, but when will the governments tackle the elephant in the room and start implementing stricter licensing standards. The Humboldt crash should have been the wake up call. It’s a common joke at Timmies or anywhere else about foreign truck drivers and their lack of skills. And while I’m at it...why don’t we name the drivers in these incidents? Is political correctness at play?? Come on! They did mention Brampton, so read between the lines! Every other minor offender gets named. How about the guy that stole the tractor trailer loaded with meat and crashed into the gas station in Toronto? Still waiting....
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    The new ECONO model.....no drag from a vertical stab.
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    Initially the Iranians said they would send the black boxes to France. ( this was prior to admitting missile attack). Shortly after making that statement France said they would accept the boxes for analysis but are still waiting for them,. As of today, although the black boxes were found about a week ago, the Iranians have yet to send the boxes thus Canada is requesting they be sent to France now. I would think that when the Iranians initially stated they would send the boxes, "they" were still hoping it was a "crash". Their delay now can probably be accredited to the fact that they are reluctant to send the boxes now because they know that the findings will just add more proof to the "shoot-down" and would like to see the findings released as late as possible or possibly not made public..... as more condemning Press is certainly not what they want.
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    June would not be unrealistic for the FAA. Other agencies would take longer or perhaps add additional conditions. My guess is that TC will insist on pilot training (including Sim). Thankfully for AC, it has primary access to 2 MAX sims in YYZ. I am certain that AC would like to see it back in service for summer 2020.
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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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    history repeats. Bin Laden was trained by the US
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    Like cool, like..... like, we should all be like grateful we live in a time where we can like watch history as it like repeats itself. Overall, a bit scary but I sure am. I always wondered how things like this could ever gain traction.
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    The photos are Interesting but the pax load is what caught my attention.
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    Might be the lighting but that looks like a Bald eagle
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    Sadly Justin's "Middle Class", you know those who voted him in, will likely not be upset if we cover the costs. Afterall they don't seem to mind our overwhelming deficits so what's a few million or so more to add to the debt.
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    Thats what a contract is for. When I leave, No matter how crappy a job I did, I get $X,000,000 on departure. This is the problem today. Over compensated incompetence.
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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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    My last post concerning this thread.....pile on if you like. What it was , is what it was. I make no apologies for my actions and have no regrets . Perhaps many are content to sit and watch the ignorant, or uninformed, cast aside manners and do whatever they wish without any consideration for others...I am not content Perhaps those of you that state I could have been charged with assault should refresh your memories concerning the definitions of Civil Assault and Criminal Assault
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    IMO, they are more tactical than nuts.... I would be willing to forgive mental illness. Had Soleimani died of a heart attack instead of a drone attack, would those NDP MLA’s have stood under a terrorist flag while mourning his passing? Even though I remain in absolute awe over their actions (and the lack of blow back), my guess is no. IMO, this was purely an anti-Trump sentiment and that’s the only reason they got away with it. That means “outrage” has become selective, and even worse, synonymous with partisan politics… and thus rendered moot. In the absence of a raving anti-Trump sentiment, their actions would be widely seen as treasonous. Don’t simply take my word for it, try it out for yourself, hang a Hezbollah (or ISIS) flag at the end of your driveway and see how supportive your neighbours are. The latest Democratic position in the US seems to be that the strike was wrong because there was no evidence he was going to attack anything. Pause for a moment, think about that perspective; take a look at this guys resume… now apply that same logic to targeted strikes during the Obama years and judge the current level of “outrage” rationally. Lets go a step further and use a Toronto analogy that most Canadians can relate to. Trying to convince a soldier there was no credible evidence he was planning an attack is akin to telling Toronto residents there’s no evidence to support the notion that street gangs plan to sell drugs, carry weapons or target rival gang members.
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    While I agree with what you did Kip, nowadays you're lucky you weren't charged with assault. On the other hand, who can get mad at Yoda???
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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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    If they did this intentionally, then they appear to have severely underestimated the internal outrage it would create. The regime has been facing turmoil for a while now and if they thought they’d distract it, they were dead wrong. I’m more inclined to believe it was a tragic accident, not unlike the Vincennes shoot down of the Iranian A300.
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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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    Alberta simply loveeeesssss Justin
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    I'm replying to Dagger but didn't want to unnecessarily quote his entire post in which he reasonably maintained that Iran would not INTENTIONALLY shootdown this airliner except in error. I am a cynic. I believe ( regrettably) that people will engage in otherwise irrational acts in the belief that by so doing, they will advance a cause; " a greater good". I also believe that there is general acceptance of the principle of acceptable casualties in war; we will sacrifice troops knowing they are being deployed to certain death in order to give credence to a feint that increases the likelihood of a successful manoever. Those two "principles" are invoked in the world of geo-politics but without attribution. I was aware that the Ukrainian flight had been held on the ground for an hour and was then cleared. This was NOT an unexpected departure. Khomeini made specific reference to the downing of a commercial aircraft in response to Trump's comments regarding the embassy hostage deaths. Now...imagine....Canada provided the intelligence of Suleiman's agenda for the controlled militias in Iraq ( and elsewhere) to the US. The US found that intelligence to be credible though the targets were not clear. It was an ambiguous report but only in regards to the specifics. The US responded and eliminated Suleiman. The Iranians...who are no fools...quickly determined that "other" intelligence agencies were involved. How best to convey their understanding in a way that would be unequivocal to that secret " nether world"? The shootdown would make it clear that "cost" was irrelevant....they WOULD respond without fear to perceived or actual threat. And the message was understood. And now the US administration is left fumbling trying to explain the nature and source of its intelligence that a terrorist threat was imminent.
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    Well done - always a good day when I get to read a post from Wolfhunter!
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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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