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  1. Swiss Slam Brakes On Subsidies For 'Con' Hybrid Cars Wed Jan 12, 2022 - Barrons/AFP A Swiss region has pulled subsidies for hybrid cars, citing a report which found they offered negligible emissions and fuel consumption advantages when tested on Alpine Switzerland's roads. The mountainous southern Wallis canton commissioned a study by Impact Living, a project management firm which helps clients transition to more environmentally-friendly solutions. Their report on fuel consumption by plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in Wallis found little in the way of benefits -- with one of the authors calling their claimed environmental advantages a "con". "These vehicles do not permit any environmental improvement... it's a climate target con and it's a consumer con," energy engineer Marc Muller told RTS radio on Wednesday. Studies have suggested the real-world gains in carbon dioxide emission reductions for PHEVs -- which can switch from battery power to petrol -- are not as high as in manufacturers' tests, Impact Living said. For example, in 2020, the International Council on Clean Transportation research NGO, studying 100,000 PHEVs in Germany found the real-world fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were more than twice as high as official test results -- four times for company cars. However, such studies were not based specifically on the mountainous Swiss terrain, which would appear to offer more favourable conditions for battery recharging through the regenerative braking system, due to all the downhills. Home to the Matterhorn mountain and ski resorts such as Verbier, Crans-Montana and Zermatt, Wallis's Alpine topography is essentially mountains and valleys. Impact Living recorded data from 20 hybrids and 15 conventional cars driving around Wallis for three months. Their study, published Tuesday, found that "unfortunately, the quantitative results (measurements of actual fuel consumption) show that PHEVs are far removed from what they promise and only present very slight advantages -- or none -- compared to a conventional car." From 2021, as in the neighbouring European Union, the average level of emissions from new cars in Switzerland can not exceed 118 grammes of CO2 per kilometre, as measured under globally-harmonised test procedures. Many European countries offer purchase incentives on hybrid cars, or tax benefits on buying or owning them. In line with its environmental targets, Wallis had been giving a grant of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,700, 2,380 euros) on the purchase of PHEVs weighing less than 3.5 tonnes, and 5,000 francs for those weighing more. "The plug-in hybrid does not appear to be a solution given the results," Impact Living concluded. "In real life, the plug-in hybrid average is slightly above the 118g CO2 per km target value." Wallis canton has withdrawn PHEV subsidies, given the study's findings. "The results are catastrophic," Wallis council president Frederic Favre told RTS radio. "We cannot support tools that do not allow us to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves."
  2. U.S. Is Open as Canada Shuts Down. The Difference? Their Health Care Systems U.S. free-market system has more surge capacity than Canada’s Omicron exposes a trade-off of government-run health care Thu Jan 6, 2022 - Bloomberg News By Brian Platt and Kevin Orland As omicron sweeps through North America, the U.S. and Canadian responses couldn’t be more different. U.S. states are largely open for business, while Canada’s biggest provinces are shutting down. The difference largely comes down to arithmetic: The U.S. health care system, which prioritizes free markets, provides more hospital beds per capita than the government-dominated Canadian system does. “I’m not advocating for that American market-driven system,” said Bob Bell, a physician who ran Ontario’s health bureaucracy from 2014 to 2018 and oversaw Toronto’s University Health Network before that. “But I am saying that in Canada, we have restricted hospital capacity excessively.” The consequences of that are being felt throughout the economy. In Ontario, restaurants, concert halls and gyms are closed while Quebec has a 10 p.m. curfew and banned in-person church services. British Columbia has suspended indoor weddings and funeral receptions. The limits on hospital capacity include intensive care units. The U.S. has one staffed ICU bed per 4,100 people, based on data from thousands of hospitals reporting to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. Ontario has one ICU bed for about every 6,000 residents, based on provincial government figures and the latest population estimates. Of course, hospital capacity is only one way to measure the success of a health system. Overall, Canadians have better access to health care, live longer than Americans and rarely go bankrupt because of medical bills. Canada’s mortality rate from Covid-19 is a third of the U.S. rate, a reflection of Canada’s more widespread use of health restrictions and its collectivist approach to health care. Still, the pandemic has exposed one trade-off that Canada makes with its universal system: Its hospitals are less capable of handling a surge of patients. The situation is especially stark in Ontario. Nationally, Canada has less hospital capacity than the U.S. has, as a proportion of the population. But even among Canadian provinces, Ontario fares the worst. It had one intensive-care or acute-care bed for every 800 residents as of April 2019, the latest period for which data is available, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. During the same period, the average ratio in the rest of Canada was about one bed for every 570 residents. (The state of New York has about one inpatient hospital bed per 420 residents.) That leaves the province’s health care system in a precarious position whenever a new wave of Covid-19 arrives. “The math isn’t on our side,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Monday as he announced new school and business closures this week to alleviate pressure on the province’s hospitals. The province has nearly 2,300 people hospitalized with Covid-19. No Surge Capacity On Wednesday, after Brampton Civic Hospital in the Toronto suburbs declared an emergency because of a shortage of beds and workers, Brampton’s mayor, Patrick Brown, tweeted: “We need a national conversation on inadequate health care capacity and staffing.” The biggest bottleneck in the system is the staffing required by acute care, particularly in the emergency departments and intensive care units, Bell said. The personnel crunch becomes extreme during Covid waves when large numbers of staff are forced to isolate at home because of infection or exposure. “We haven’t done an adequate job of developing capacity that will serve the needs of Ontarians,” Bell said. “There’s just no surge capacity available.” Stephen Archer, head of the medicine department at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, about three hours east of Toronto, spent two decades working in hospitals in Minneapolis and Chicago. He said he believes strongly that the Canadian system is better and provides more equitable care. Still, he called it “embarrassing” to see Toronto’s hospitals having to transfer virus patients to smaller hospitals around the province, as happened last year. The Kingston Health Sciences Center, where he works, took in more than 100 Covid patients from Toronto earlier in the pandemic, which was no surprise, Archer said, because Ontario’s hospitals get overwhelmed even by a busy flu season. “I think a very fair criticism of the Canadian system and the Ontario system is we try to run our hospitals too close to capacity,” he said. “We couldn’t handle mild seasonal diseases like influenza, and therefore we were poorly positioned to handle Covid-19.” Beyond hospital capacity, Archer and Bell cited other reasons for the disparity in the way that the U.S. and Canada respond to new outbreaks. Canadians put more trust in their government to act for the larger collective good, and they won’t tolerate the level of death and severe disease that America has endured from Covid, they said. David Naylor, a physician and former University of Toronto president who led a federal review into Canada’s response to the 2003 SARS epidemic, said hospital capacity probably plays a bigger role in Canadian decision-making than in the U.S. because Canada’s universal system means “the welfare of the entire population is affected if health care capacity is destabilized.” But he also argued that focusing only on hospital capacity could be misleading. “Both Canada and the U.S. have lower capacity than many European countries,” he wrote by email. The major difference between the two countries’ responses to Covid outbreaks is cultural, Naylor argues. In Canada, more than the U.S., policy is guided by a “collectivist ethos” that tolerates prolonged shutdowns and other public health restrictions to keep hospitals from collapsing. “America’s outcomes are almost inexplicable given the scientific and medical firepower of the USA,” Naylor said. “With regret, I’d have to say that America’s radical under-performance in protecting its citizens from viral disease and death is a symptom of a deeper-seated political malaise in their federation.”
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  4. "In the case of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, the restrictions will cover a broad area surrounding the runways themselves — where no 5G base stations will be permitted — plus two long stretches from Etobicoke to Brampton and another two from Downsview to Mississauga. In the longer stretches, there will be limits on power use, which can affect network performance. ISED said the restrictions are needed because there is a possibility that radio signals from 5G equipment on the new spectrum frequency could interfere with the operation of altimeters, which are used in automatic flight guidance systems." Canadians living near airports won’t get full 5G service
  5. Addendum: On Thursday, Cornwall ('Karen') was returning from the restroom when she saw a flight attendant conducting beverage service and blocking the aisle, according to the complaint. After Cornwall asked the flight attendant to help her find her seat, the flight attendant requested that she find an available seat until the conclusion of the beverage service, the complaint says. “What am I? Rosa Parks?” said Cornwall, who is White, according to the complaint. Upon hearing the comment, the complaint says, the male passenger sitting in seat 37C told Cornwall “it was an inappropriate comment and that she ‘isn’t Black … this isn’t Alabama and this isn’t a bus.’ ” He then called her a catchall term popularized in recent years to describe an entitled, demanding White woman who polices other people’s behavior. “Sit down, Karen,” he said to Cornwall, according to the complaint. Video posted to Twitter from @ATLUncensored appears to match the description of the incident involving Cornwall. Authorities declined to confirm that Cornwall is the woman seen in the video, which has been viewed 8.7 million times as of Tuesday. After the man calls the woman a “Karen,” the female passenger yells at the man to put on his mask as he is eating and drinking, the video shows. The woman, who has her mask pulled below her chin, calls him a sexual slur, which is then repeated by the man toward her. When a flight attendant asks the woman to mask up, she ignores the order and asks the flight attendant to tell the male passenger to “mask up.” The man, who still has his mask off, calls the woman another derogatory term, according to video — and that is when she slaps his face. “Now you’re going to jail! That’s assault,” the man exclaims, according to video. “You’re going to jail as soon as we get to Atlanta.” The woman then appears to spit in the man’s face. The two passengers were separated only by the beverage cart, but they continued to lob expletives at each other as other passengers stood up during the chaotic situation. “I will put my mask on when you put your mask on!” the woman says, according to video. Toward the end of the video, one passenger is heard saying that the woman “went crazy on the airplane.” Federal Magistrate Judge Christopher Bly on Monday set Cornwall’s bond at $20,000 but allowed her to fly home to Southern California if she followed the judge’s requirements, CNN reported. However, Cornwall won’t be flying home on Delta. The airline placed the woman on its no-fly list.
  6. Now all they have to do is sell the cars. Good luck pushing Buttigieg Buggies in the Fractured States of America.
  7. Not sure it would be the same with a Tesla... 396.mp4
  8. Cutting out the middleman... While church attendance among Canadians plunges, belief in God stays nearly the same All provinces saw declines in the number of people attending services, but Quebec saw the biggest drop, with people going to church often and occasionally falling from 33% to 8% Fri Dec 24, 2021 - National Post by Jessica Mundie Throughout the pandemic, there has been a sharp decline in Canadians attending religious services despite only a slight drop in their belief in God, a new survey has found. The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and Leger recently released findings from a survey that looked into how Canadians kept their faith during the pandemic when many places of worship have had to close their doors or severely limit capacity to comply with public health rules. The survey was conducted through a web panel between Nov. 19 to 21, with 1,565 Canadians 18 years of age or older. The results of the survey are compared to a similar pre-pandemic survey of 2,215 Canadians that was conducted in May 2019. The most significant finding of the 2021 survey is the decrease in Canadians attending religious services since the pandemic began. Respondents who said they never attend services increased from 30 per cent pre-pandemic to 67 per cent. The survey also found that 60.5 per cent of Canadians who say they strongly believe in God never or rarely attended a religious service since the beginning of the pandemic. Although attendance has dropped, the survey found that one-third of respondents still say religion is important in their lives. The survey found only a slight decrease in the belief in God — down six per cent from May 2019 to November 2021. Jack Jedwab, president and CEO of ACS, said the drop in attendance reveals that Canadians have been able to separate their religious beliefs and the physical act of attending church service. “It is possible that people made recourse to virtual platforms for attending religious services,” Jedwab said in an email. “Still, it speaks to the personal side of religious conviction as opposed to the need for the group or communal feeling.” While restrictions on places of worship due to COVID-19 were seen as unfair for four in ten Canadian faithful according to one poll, 50 per cent said the restrictions were fairly balanced. While all provinces saw declines in the number of people attending religious services, Quebec saw the biggest drop, with people attending church often and occasionally falling from 33 per cent to eight per cent. Comparatively, Francophones have the lowest rate of attendance — 91 per cent said they have rarely or never attended religious services since the beginning of the pandemic. The survey also points to interesting trends in religious beliefs within different populations in the country. Belief in God is lower among men (50 per cent) than women (57 per cent). Younger people also believe less, only 41 per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34 say they believe compared to 64 per cent of those 55 years of age or older. Jedwab said younger people are less likely to believe in God because they are still forming their own ideas about religion. He also said because they spend more time online, they may not encounter religion as much in their day or consider it as important as older generations do. While attendance at religious services was down in all provinces, some saw a rise in believers. In Atlantic Canada, respondents saying they attend services often and occasionally dropped from 38 per cent in May 2019 to 17 per cent in November 2021. Yet, throughout the pandemic, Atlantic respondents who say they believe in God rose nine per cent, from 54 per cent to 63 per cent. “It is possible that the lesser impact of COVID-19 may have some positive impact on religious sentiment in the Atlantic,” said Jedwab. The surveys have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 per cent (2019) and 2.9 per cent (2021)
  9. Airlines Brace for Flight Restrictions in 5G Standoff Carriers are taking steps to prepare for potential FAA flight limits when a new 5G wireless service goes live Jan. 5 Tue Dec 21, 2021 - WSJ By Andrew Tangel and Drew FitzGerald Airlines have begun planning for possible flight disruptions from a new fifth-generation cellular service slated to go live early next year, industry officials said. The early steps by airlines are a response to a Federal Aviation Administration order earlier this month. The directive outlined potential restrictions on landing in bad weather in up to 46 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, where the new wireless service is scheduled to roll out starting Jan. 5. The planning comes as U.S. regulators consider two proposals––one from the telecom industry and another from the aviation industry––for protecting aircraft from potential 5G interference with cockpit safety systems. Commonplace in modern air travel, they help planes land in poor weather, prevent crashes and avoid midair collisions. The wireless industry has said that the planned service poses no risk to aircraft, while the Federal Aviation Administration has said it is worried that the frequencies the cellular signals use could possibly disrupt the cockpit systems. The airlines are in the middle of the dispute. “If there’s any kind of weather, if there’s high winds, if the visibility isn’t good because of smog, you can’t use that equipment,” United Airlines Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Scott Kirby told reporters Dec. 15. “You can’t land at airports—at Chicago O’Hare, at Atlanta, at Detroit—just think about what that means. This cannot be the outcome.” As they game out various scenarios, airlines are awaiting specifics from the FAA about how broad or targeted the restrictions on landings might be—and where—starting Jan. 5, industry officials said. About a week before that date, the FAA is expected to issue pilot warnings specifying which airports will be subject to restrictions, people familiar with the matter said. Air-safety regulators have been analyzing cell-tower and aircraft data to determine where 5G signals could potentially interfere with aircraft, people familiar with the matter said. Despite the unknowns, airlines are assessing what canceled or diverted flights could mean for fuel, aircraft and crew needs, said George Paul, vice president for technical services at the National Air Carrier Association, which represents smaller cargo and passenger airlines. “It’s like a bad hurricane—you don’t know where it’s going to hit until it actually gets a little closer,” Mr. Paul said. The early planning by airlines is the result of long-simmering conflict between U.S. telecom and aviation regulators, which have been working out of sync for more than a year. The Federal Communications Commission auctioned off portions of the 5G-friendly frequencies, also known as C-band, about a year ago. Top auction winners AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc. were authorized to start offering some of the faster cellular service early this month, but the companies delayed their rollout until Jan. 5 to address the FAA’s still-unresolved concerns. The companies also pledged to dim the power of C-band signals, especially near airport runways, for an additional six months. Flight limits could complicate the U.S. airline industry’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Domestic travel has bounced back, and airlines have been betting on a surge in demand for international flights in summer 2022. While some carriers might need to trim travel plans because of Boeing Co.’s delays delivering its 787 Dreamliner, Mr. Kirby, speaking at a Dec. 15 Senate hearing, called possible 5G restrictions the “biggest and most damaging potential issue facing us.” U.S. telecom industry officials have disputed claims about the new technology’s safety risks. “The aviation industry’s fearmongering relies on completely discredited information and deliberate distortions of fact,” said Nick Ludlum, a spokesman for the wireless industry group CTIA. “We will launch this service in January with the most extensive set of protective measures in the world.” Regulators are at odds over competing proposals from the U.S. aviation and telecom industries to limit the new 5G signals near airports. At a high-level meeting Wednesday that included Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, officials discussed both industries’ proposals to create buffer zones around airports, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Buttigieg requested that the FCC consider the aviation industry’s proposal, some of these people said. FCC officials described that proposal as a nonstarter that would amount to a no-5G option, another person familiar with the meeting said. The FCC’s Ms. Rosenworcel has said she believed officials would find a solution to allow 5G deployment swiftly and safely. “I have confidence in the mitigations that have been offered up by the wireless industry,” she said at a Dec. 14 press conference. An FAA spokesman said the regulator continues to work with other federal agencies and wireless companies so “5G C-band and aviation can safely coexist.” Boeing, which at times makes its own safety recommendations, is evaluating potential risks not addressed by the FAA, people familiar with the matter said. Boeing engineers have been examining issues related to takeoff and pilots’ responses to possible 5G interference, according to one of these people. European plane maker Airbus SE said it was working with its regulators and the FAA to provide guidance to airlines. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency, the FAA’s counterpart, doesn’t view the 5G issue with as much concern as American regulators do, a person close to the regulator said, but is aware of unconfirmed reports of 5G interference and is fielding inquiries from worried airlines. The scope of any U.S. flight restrictions is expected to depend largely on 5G buffer zones around airports. Such proposed protections include reduced 5G signal strengths and limits on antennas pointed in certain directions to avoid potential interference with planes’ radar altimeters, which measure the distance between aircraft and the ground. A preliminary FAA analysis has found that the aviation industry’s proposal would likely avoid significant disruptions of U.S. air traffic, people familiar with the matter said. The agency’s early analysis of the telecom industry’s proposal suggests that it could lead to widespread cancellations and diversions in bad weather, these people said. The FAA may also determine that certain radar altimeters aren’t at risk of interference, exempting aircraft equipped with them from any flight limits, according to a senior White House official involved with mediating the dispute. Larger airport buffer zones would prevent cellphone carriers, which spent $81 billion for C-band licenses, from reaching as many customers in some of the often densely populated cities they serve. Speaking at the recent Senate hearing, Delta Air Lines Inc.’s operations chief, John Laughter, said: “The safety concerns with aircraft and aviation are very real, and I also know that there’s a solution here.”
  10. The best antidote for Trumpism would have been an effective Biden administration. All they had to do was not be crazy. It's not Manchin, it's not the Republicans, it's not the media - it's them, they did it to themselves. Joe Biden’s presidency is in big trouble – and that’s good news for Donald Trump Tue Dec 21, 2021 - The Globe and Mail - Editorial Board Joe Biden’s presidency is in trouble. This past weekend, it was abruptly torpedoed by Senator Joe Manchin – live on Fox News. The U.S. President’s signature piece of legislation is – was – the so-called Build Back Better bill. It’s been pitched as the most ambitious overhaul of American social policy since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal of the 1930s, and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society of the 1960s. The New Deal’s legacy is programs such as Social Security (more generous than the Canada Pension Plan, and created decades earlier); the Great Society’s legacies include Medicare and Medicaid – health insurance for the elderly and poor. Build Back Better included an evolving list of promises, from clean energy to subsidized child care, free prekindergarten, free community college, a poverty-reducing child credit modelled on Canada’s, and expanded health coverage. Mr. Biden’s Democratic Party has a slim majority in the House of Representatives, but the Senate is split 50-50. To pass Build Back Better, Democrats can’t lose a single vote. For months, they’ve been fiddling with the bill, and whittling it down, in an attempt to woo Mr. Manchin, a Democrat from tiny, Republican-leaning West Virginia. But on Sunday, the lawmaker popped up on TV to announce that, after all these months of his own party tying itself in knots trying to mollify, cajole or charm him into supporting at least some of Mr. Biden’s plan, he’s out. After months of saying he was on the fence but persuadable, he’s off the fence – with both feet on the other side. It leaves the core of Mr. Biden’s agenda somewhere between limbo and non-existence. Which explains why, in response to being blindsided, the White House released a scathing and deeply personal statement, unprecedented in tone and directed at a fellow Democrat. “On Tuesday,” the statement said, “Senator Manchin came to the White House and submitted – to the President, in person, directly – a written outline for a Build Back Better bill that was the same size and scope as the President’s framework, and covered many of the same priorities.” The statement described the senator’s move as “a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate.” There was more, and not much of it involved words used when negotiations are still ongoing. The Biden administration was left trying to save face, having been jilted at the altar by someone who’d gone on TV to tell the world he wouldn’t be showing up at the church, without so much as a call beforehand to his intended. For Canada, the sudden transfer of Build Back Better to somewhere between the ICU and the morgue does have a small upside. The bill included big subsidies for buyers of electric cars, but only American-made vehicles. In addition to violating the spirit of every trade agreement between Canada and the U.S., such subsidies would disintegrate North America’s integrated auto manufacturing supply chains, and crush Canada’s car industry. But most of the rest of Build Back Better is – was – about funding programs to make America a bit less unequal, poor, sick and resentful. Which, given that we’re stuck living next door, is something Canadians should get behind. Among its peers in the developed world, the U.S. stands out for high levels of income inequality and poverty, and low levels of economic mobility. The U.S. has comparatively low taxes and a weak social safety net, and though no country spends more per capita on health care, tens of millions of Americans have no health insurance. The average American works longer hours than a Canadian; gets less (or no) holidays, sick leave or parental leave; and dies three years earlier. Mr. Manchin represents one of the poorest states, so one would expect he could get behind Mr. Biden’s old-fashioned, prewoke economic program. His voters would be among those who would benefit most from a stronger safety net, support for working parents, better health coverage and more educational opportunities. However, Mr. Manchin is also a Democrat in a state whose Republican lean grows ever more pronounced. In 2020, Donald Trump won 69 per cent of the vote. The senator’s U-turn helps his own political fortunes. But he just drove right over Mr. Biden.
  11. Yeah maybe the answer's to just swap out the poison in those vials with a 100 mcg of spine stiffener and this whole covid thing disappears.... spinestiffner.mp4
  12. or we could just look at the relative numbers of vaccinated vs unvaccinated of who are dying/populating the ICU's. High school math.
  13. Canada's vaccine mandate for foreign crews a headache for European airlines 'Carriers will need to find workarounds in order to comply with the Canadian entry requirement' Sun Dec 19, 2021 - National Post by Allison Lampert and David Shepardson European airlines are walking an increasingly fine line to meet both foreign inoculation and local privacy requirements, as more countries require flight crews to be vaccinated against COVID-19, carriers say. Canada is slated on Jan. 15 to end an exemption that allowed entry of unvaccinated foreign flight crews, joining others that have vaccine mandates for pilots and passengers alike. That’s creating a logistical headache for European carriers, who are unable to ask for their employees’ vaccination status since they are bound to strict data protection laws in Europe, a spokesperson for the trade group Airlines For Europe (A4E) said. “Carriers will need to find workarounds in order to comply with the Canadian entry requirement,” A4E spokesperson Jennifer Janzen said by email. U.S. carriers like United Airlines require their cabin crew to be fully vaccinated, while rivals like American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have delayed the effective date of vaccine mandates until 2022 for employees. Airlines, which have suffered steep losses due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and bans, are blaming a patchwork of shifting rules for increased red-tape and depressed demand for international travel. Airlines expect to see more inoculation mandates for crew as the fast-spreading Omicron variant forces governments to tighten border restrictions. “We now see that more and more countries are mandating or considering immunization of flight crews,” said KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a statement. The carrier identified intercontinental flights to about 10 destinations where crew are currently not exempt from vaccine requirements. As more countries demand proof of inoculation from everyone on planes, international flights will no longer be practical without vaccinated crews, said a spokesperson for Germany’s Lufthansa AG which can’t obligate its personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Canada, which implored residents on Wednesday not to leave the country due to Omicron, is expected to announce on Friday that it will again require people returning from short foreign trips to submit a negative COVID-19 test. Still, some countries give foreign flight crews a pass from vaccination rules aimed at international travellers, as recommended by the U.N.’s aviation agency. International flight crews are exempted from U.S. requirements that all non-U.S. citizens traveling from abroad be vaccinated. Transport Canada said in a statement it is working closely “with public health officials on the vaccination requirements impacting international aircrew.” Since KLM does not require crew members to be inoculated or share their vaccination status, employees must instead seek a generalized “travel restriction” so they are not scheduled to fly to a destination with entry requirements they cannot meet, the carrier said. “Managers do not gain insight into the reason for the restriction,” the airline said in the emailed statement. “Only in this way we can continue to fill in the rosters properly and keep our operation feasible.”
  14. Ryanair Boss Calls for Ban on ‘Idiot’ Anti-Vaxxers Sat Dec18, 2021. - Bloomberg News By Charlotte Ryan Ryanair Holdings Plc’s Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary thinks only vaccinated passengers should be allowed to fly, according to the Telegraph. The newspaper said that the European airline chief pushed back against compulsory vaccine programs being rolled out in Austria and Germany in an interview. Instead, governments should “make life difficult” for people who refuse to take the vaccine without good reason. “If you’re not vaccinated, you shouldn’t be allowed in the hospital, you shouldn’t be allowed to fly, you shouldn’t be allowed on the London Underground, and you shouldn’t be allowed in the local supermarket or your pharmacy either,” he said. The omicron variant has once again dashed the travel sector’s hopes for recovery, as a fresh wave of restrictions leads passengers to cancel or hold off on booking trips. O’Leary said Ryanair expects to fly 10% fewer passengers in December as a result, according to the newspaper. He said he also expects the first few months of the year to be weak if there’s continued uncertainty over restrictions, or if new measures are imposed. The outspoken CEO already hit the headlines earlier this week, as Ryanair used its Twitter account to mock U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson over Christmas parties in Downing Street. The image listed mock government responses to coronavirus alert levels, ranging from “Small gathering with wine and cheese” to “Full on rave.” O’Leary was unrepentant according to the Telegraph, saying “You get promoted around here for upsetting Johnson and his half-witted idiots.” He criticized the U.K. government for panicking over the omicron variant when other European countries don’t seem to have the same concerns, and said this would likely prevent people from traveling over Christmas due to the uncertainty.
  15. What body has established that to be a fact?
  16. Keepin' the faith.... The Globe and Mail reports in its Monday edition that Canada's airlines are urging the federal government to relieve them of the responsibility for approving passenger applications for religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination requirements. The Globe's Eric Atkins writes that the National Airlines Council of Canada says the government should be in charge of approving or rejecting faith-based travel requests from people who are not vaccinated against the deadly virus. "Individual companies in the private sector should not be responsible for determining whether a person's religious beliefs are 'sufficient' to merit an exemption from a federally mandated obligation related to public health, nor do companies have the means to evaluate a person's religious convictions," says the letter. The airlines are reacting to a new federal rule, effective as of Nov. 30, that requires all air and rail passengers older than 11 who are travelling within Canada or leaving the country to show proof they are fully vaccinated. Travellers whose "sincere religious belief" prevents them from being vaccinated are exempt from the rule. Passengers seeking religious exemptions must apply to their airlines three weeks before travelling.
  17. A lot less scrolling fatigue if just the convictions were listed...
  18. Well it appears somebody else has been doing some digging too - The New York Times, hardly a messenger boy for the right. Nary a mention of greedy capitalists as being a factor, key or otherwise, contributing to inflation. But 'Households collectively received hundreds of billions in recovery aid' manages to get a shout out. How the Supply Chain Crisis Unfolded Sun Dec 05, 2021 - The New York Times By Lazaro Gamio and Peter S. Goodman Ships stuck at sea, warehouses overflowing, trucks without drivers: The highly intricate and interconnected global supply chain is in upheaval, with little end in sight. The turmoil has revealed how the need to ship surgical masks to West Africa from China can have a cascading effect on Ford’s ability to put back-up cameras on its cars at factories in Ohio and delay the arrival of Amazon Prime orders in Florida in time for the holidays. In one way or another, much of the crisis can be traced to the outbreak of Covid-19. When the pandemic struck in early 2020, people and businesses were quickly forced to restrict their activity, sending the global economy into a brief but damaging free fall. As offices and stores closed, and factories from Asia to Europe and North America halted production, companies laid off workers en masse. That took spending power — an economic life force — out of people’s hands. With fewer goods being made and fewer people with paychecks to spend, manufacturers and shipping companies assumed that demand would drop sharply. But a far more complicated situation unfolded, challenging the global supply chain. In early 2020, the entire planet suddenly needed surgical masks and gowns and other protective gear. Most of these goods were made in China, which produced half of all protective masks the year before. As Chinese factories ramped up to meet the new demand, cargo vessels delivered protective gear around the globe, even to regions that do relatively little trade with China, such as West Africa. Empty shipping containers piled up in many parts of the world. The result was a shortage of shipping containers in the one country that needed them the most: China. China’s factories were pumping out goods in record volumes. Despite the worry that economic devastation would destroy spending in many countries, the pandemic merely shifted the demand: Instead of eating out and attending events, Americans bought office furniture, electronics and kitchen appliances. The pandemic sharply accelerated a trend that had been advancing for years: the shift toward online shopping. From April to June 2020, as the first wave of the virus spread, Amazon sold 57 percent more items than it had a year earlier. The spending in the United States was also encouraged by government stimulus programs that mailed checks to households, part of a record-setting effort to resuscitate the economy. Households collectively received hundreds of billions in recovery aid. As demand increased, a wave of factory goods swiftly overwhelmed U.S. ports. With too many ships arriving at once, boats had to wait at times in 100-vessel queues off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Swelling orders also outstripped the availability of shipping containers, and the cost of shipping a container from Shanghai to Los Angeles skyrocketed tenfold. Even once unloaded, containers piled up on docks unclaimed, because of a shortage of truck drivers needed to haul cargo to warehouses. Truck drivers had long been scarce, with wages steadily eroding over the years amid grueling working conditions. Businesses across the economy struggled to hire workers: at warehouses, at retailers, at construction companies and for other skilled trades. Even as employers resorted to lifting wages, labor shortages persisted, worsening the scarcity of goods. Shortages of one thing have turned into shortages of others. A dearth of computer chips, for example, has forced major automakers to slash production, while even delaying the manufacture of medical devices. As businesses and consumers have reacted to shortages by ordering earlier and extra, especially ahead of the year-end holidays, that has placed more strain on the system. Even as the pandemic catalyzed it, the crisis has roots in a production model pioneered by Toyota at the end of World War II, and disseminated throughout the business world by consulting companies like McKinsey. Under the model, called “just in time” manufacturing, companies stockpile as few raw materials and parts as possible, instead buying what they need as they need it. That works only when they can get what they need when they need it. For years, some experts have warned that the global economy is overreliant on lean production and faraway factories, exposed to the inevitable shock. The pandemic has seemingly validated that view. With the holiday shopping season underway and the Biden administration pressing to force major ports to expand operations, the supply chain has become a central political issue. It is also a key factor in rising inflation, which is deepening concerns about the fate of the global economy and its recovery from the lockdowns of the pandemic. The supply chain issues are likely to last for many more months — if not years.
  19. Don't think the American public is buying what you're selling.... Biden hits a new low in the NPR poll as inflation concerns rise
  20. There couldn't be a better fit... President Biden’s New Helicopter Hits Setback: It’s Unreliable in a Crisis Thu Nov 25, 2021 - Bloomberg News Program office still hasn't solved problem of scorching of the White House lawn
  21. I suspect 'Multiple organizations including CDC and OSHA suggest use of plexiglass or other barriers for a variety of industries to reduce exposure' could be added to the list.
  22. And some just want to believe what they see at the gas pump and the supermarket....
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