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  1. 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
  2. or we could just look at the relative numbers of vaccinated vs unvaccinated of who are dying/populating the ICU's. High school math.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. What body has established that to be a fact?
  6. 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.
  7. A lot less scrolling fatigue if just the convictions were listed...
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. And some just want to believe what they see at the gas pump and the supermarket....
  13. Justice done, the jury has spoken...
  14. Air Canada Exits Government of Canada Financial Support as Industry Recovery Continues MONTREAL, Nov. 19, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that due to its improved liquidity position and ongoing recovery from the pandemic it is withdrawing from further Government of Canada financial support. The support package, announced in April 2021, provided the carrier access to interest bearing loans of $5.375 billion through several separate credit facilities. To date, Air Canada has only accessed the facility solely dedicated to refunding customers' non-refundable tickets, while all other remaining facilities totaling $3.975 billion have not been used. "Air Canada's recovery from COVID-19 continues. We are recalling employees, adding new routes and frequencies to our network, and restoring services, and, last quarter, we completed a $7.1-billion financing. Today, in another convincing sign of our progress, we are announcing our withdrawal from the major funding provisions of our support agreement with the Government of Canada for the $3.975 billion in facilities that were never accessed and remain unused," said Michael Rousseau, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We deeply appreciate the Government of Canada's support as this helped maintain a level playing field at a time when governments around the world, recognizing the importance of air travel to their economies, were also assisting their national carriers in the face of the unprecedented downturn caused by COVID-19. In addition to helping preserve thousands of jobs and travel choice for Canadians, the assistance offered to Air Canada importantly served as an extra level of insurance that enabled us to raise additional liquidity on our own to manage the pandemic and give us sufficient resources to effectively compete in the post-pandemic marketplace." Background Air Canada's support agreement with the government, under the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility, provided access to up to $5.375 billion in interest bearing loans and $500 million in equity for a total of $5.875 billion in liquidity. It consisted of several elements, including: A $1.5 billion secured revolving facility and three separate $825 million unsecured revolving credit facilities. None of the $3.975 billion available under these facilities was ever drawn and, under the terms of its agreement with the government, Air Canada was entitled to terminate them at any time without penalty and has done so. A $1.4 billion unsecured facility solely dedicated to refunding customers' non-refundable tickets. Approximately 58 per cent of eligible customers requested refunds, including those not covered by the government facility, with the balance voluntarily retaining future flight credits with the carrier. To date, Air Canada has accessed about $1.2 billion of the facility with the money going directly to customers. The money used for refunding the non-refundable tickets will be repaid as per the terms of the agreement with interest paid quarterly by Air Canada. The government purchased $500 million worth of Air Canada common shares at $23.18 per share, representing about 6 per cent of the current public float, which it continues to hold. Air Canada also issued to the government about 14.6 million 10-year warrants for the purchase of an equal number of Air Canada shares, at a price of approximately $27.27 per share. With the termination of the operating credit facilities, half of these warrants, which have not yet vested with the government, have been cancelled immediately. Subject to TSX approval, Air Canada intends to call the balance of the vested warrants for cancellation as per their terms at fair market value. In the third quarter of 2021, Air Canada completed a series of financing transactions generating gross proceeds of about $7.1 billion. These financing transactions provided substantial liquidity to Air Canada and extended debt maturities out until near the end of the decade. With the release of its third quarter results on November 2, 2021, Air Canada reported that as of September 30, 2021, its unrestricted liquidity was approximately $14.4 billion and consisted of roughly $9.5 billion in cash and cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments, and about $4.9 billion in available undrawn credit facilities, including the $3.975 billion in unused government facilities being cancelled with today's announcement.
  15. Follow the money … out of Ontario
  16. I'm sure you likely just ran out of space but the clock seemed to stop running in 2019 and there's no mention of the substantial losses encountered by the industry in 2020 or subsequent developments on the foreign ownership front. Not that such an inconvenient truth might take away from the obviously fair and balanced narrative you presented. ' According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, 57 major financial institutions have pledged to stop funding or insuring oil sands ventures. Given the high cost, outsized environmental impacts, and financial headwinds, many investors and corporate partners are leaving the industry behind. Exxon Mobil has declared a loss on the original value of its oil sands assets, and Chevron has pulled out of Canadian oil and gas entirely. Other oil majors like Shell and BP are selling off their oil sands assets, leaving it largely to Canadian oil companies and the Canadian government to forge ahead.'
  17. Stand your ground Dougie, if they're that good the market will take care of it. Doug Ford says he won't give Ontarians rebates to buy electric vehicles, even though sales are lagging B.C., Quebec both have substantially higher rates of electric vehicle sales, report says Thu Nov 11, 2021 - CBC News Premier Doug Ford is dismissing the idea of bringing back a rebate to encourage Ontarians to buy more electric vehicles, even though the province is lagging behind much of the country in sales. "I'm not going to give rebates to guys that are buying $100,000 cars — millionaires," he said Wednesday, even though his own government says it's counting on rising sales of those electric vehicles (EVs) to help bring down greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, Ford's government cancelled the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program brought in by the Liberals under Kathleen Wynne. The Progressive Conservatives justified the move as a cost-cutting measure. It was just one of several changes they made to environmental policies since taking power. The PCs, however, insist they're serious about the environment and fighting climate change, and on Wednesday, Ford highlighted his government's commitment to manufacturing EVs and battery production. But now, a report from market analytics firm IHS Markit shows electric vehicle sales in Ontario were far behind that of other provinces offering incentives in the third quarter of 2021. Here's how Ontario compares to other provinces in the percentage of car sales taken up by EVs, according to the report: B.C.: 13 per cent. Quebec: 9.9 per cent. Yukon: 4.7 per cent. P.E.I.: 4.1 per cent. Ontario: three per cent. Municipally, Vancouver's adoption rate was 15.6 per cent, with Montreal following at 10.9 per cent. Toronto sat at four per cent. EV adoption 'won't just happen by itself,' advocate says The Progressive Conservatives say EV adoption is part of their plan to reduce emissions and reach the 2030 targets laid out in the Paris accord, the international treaty to fight climate change adopted in 2015. The Ford government's own Made in Ontario Environment Plan, released in 2018, projected "low carbon vehicle uptake" would account for 16 per cent (or a sixth) of the province's emissions reductions. But at least one advocate says the province can't get there without offering incentives. "You just have to look at the stats to see the difference it makes," said Cara Clairman, president of Plug'n Drive, a non-profit organization committed to "accelerating electric vehicle adoption in order to maximize their environmental and economic benefits," according to its website. Clairman has been driving electric cars for a decade and has benefited from provincial rebates in the past. "There's an assumption we're going to have all this EV adoption. The province isn't doing anything to make that happen," she said. "It won't just happen by itself." The province's EV target is a lofty goal, according to a 2019 report on the environment released by Ontario's auditor general. The report said the province assumed there would be 1.3 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 and it pointed out that would be a "more than 3,000 per cent increase" from the 41,000 electric cars registered in Ontario in 2019. Following the cancellation of the rebate program, sales of EVs dropped by 50 per cent in Ontario. EV manufacturing "The last time I checked my bank account, I'm far from being a millionaire," said Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner, reacting to Ford's comments. "If Doug Ford was serious about making life more affordable … when it comes to transportation, we'd rapidly be supporting people to buy electric vehicles." Both the NDP and Green Party have released environmental platforms ahead of the June election detailing sales targets for electric vehicles by 2030, as well as incentives for buying them. The Liberals said they would restore incentives. Meanwhile, Clairman said the Ford government's plans for EV manufacturing and battery production are "really significant," but she added they will be a long time coming. "If you agree we're in a climate emergency, we can't wait until that happens," she said. "We need to be starting now."
  18. The problem with electric cars EVs should not be seen as some sort of panacea for dealing with climate change Tue Nov 09, 2021 - Financial Post by Diane Francis The hype and mythologizing over electric vehicles (EVs) afflicts policy-making and leads to costly subsidies that produce little environmental benefits, according to Danish climate expert Bjorn Lomborg. “In Norway, there are more EVs per person than anywhere in the world and studies show that people have two cars — a (subsidized) EV car to go `virtue signalling’ and the real car for use for real stuff,” said Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus think tank and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, in an interview with the Financial Post. “Norwegians use the gasoline car a lot more and drive less in a green car. A new study from a select group showed they only drove 5,000 miles a year, on average. This estimate was based on their electricity usage.” That’s because, while EVs are fuel efficient, they are not always practical. “The main problem is that they have to pay more to buy it, then sit around and wait 40 minutes when recharging it,” he said. “It’s great if you have a house and can get a high voltage hookup, but 40 per cent or more people live in apartment blocks.” Nor should EVs be seen as some sort of panacea for dealing with climate change. “Even if everyone switched, it would solve very little of the problem regarding CO2 emissions,” Lomborg said. “The International Energy Agency (IEA) says EVs effectiveness depend on the power source as to whether they reduce emissions. In Norway (with hydroelectricity), they generate 24 per cent fewer emissions than a gasoline car, but in China they contribute more emissions because they run on coal power.” The head of the IEA, Fatih Birol, famously said , “If you think you can save the climate with electric cars, you’re completely wrong.” China is the world’s biggest EV manufacturer — an industrial strategy designed to reduce its dependency on gasoline made from foreign oil. But around 60 per cent of its power is generated by burning dirty coal, which means that EVs driven in China are “coal” cars that contribute to the emissions problem more than gasoline cars. Besides that, many countries suffer from brownouts or power disruptions, making EVs untenable. Norway’s power comes solely from hydroelectricity, but the country is wealthy mostly because of its fossil fuel exports. “Subsidies to make EVs cheaper are not going to cut all that much CO2, according to the IEA,” Lomborg said. “This uses tons of financial resources to allow rich people to virtue signal: 75 per cent of all subsidiaries to green energy are given to the richest quarter of all people for EVs and solar panels.” Lomborg cited numerous ways in which EVs lead to more pollution. “A U.S. study looked at what happens when you put extra one million EVs, hybrids, gasoline or biofuel cars. It turns out you get more air pollution from electric cars, because they use more coal-fired power. Biofuel cars generate a lot more air pollution, but the best thing you can do is build hybrids. They use less gasoline and re-use the power generated by its small battery to emit less. It’s smart and cheap and good for your wallet,” he said. “Another belief is that all green products are good, but batteries are mostly made in China with lots of coal power generating lots of emissions there … and materials like lithium used in EV batteries are mined by young children mostly in the Republic of Congo.” Despite the facts, some countries are planning to ban the internal combustion engine within the next couple decades. Canada’s Liberal government is looking to implement the ban by 2035. Instead of following the herd and paying excessive amounts to give wealthy people access to subsidized EVs that won’t have much impact on climate change, Canada should re-examine the facts and look to implement policies that have the largest impact on the environment, at the lowest-possible cost to taxpayers.
  19. AC Chairman unleashes blistering response to Freeland's perceived interference: 'Mr. Soerensen issued a response to Ms. Freeland on Monday night, assuring the Deputy Prime Minister the board of directors is “fully engaged” on the controversy. He said Mr. Rousseau is taking French lessons, and that the ability to speak the language is an important qualification for promotion to many senior jobs at the airline. He also said the board will include at the next meeting Ms. Freeland’s call for a review of policies and practices of the use of French. “We have discussed our concerns with Mr. Rousseau about these events and are confident he will further dedicate himself to our collective goal of promoting the use of French at Air Canada,” Mr. Soerensen said in a letter to Ms. Freeland released by Air Canada.'
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