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  1. That is brilliant. I tried to sell the idea to my wife but she can be such a downer at times. Mind you, I think I might go with Airbus instead of Boeing. AbE On second thought I still love the DC 9 cockpit so I think I'd go that route. More of a man's plane than all those screens making it feel like a video game.
  2. Interesting but hopeful article from the BBC. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-60039138
  3. I wonder what the chances of this being in the TO Star are?
  4. Here is an article on a South African report that shows the way ahead and IMHO sounds hopeful. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/s-african-study-suggests-omicron-less-severe-even-for-unvaccinated
  5. Here it is 12 hours after that report was released and it doesn't show up on any of the main line North American outlets. It is on a number of news networks in other parts of the world.
  6. World Health Organization, (WHO), says that booster of the current vaccines aren't a viable approach to the new viruses. https://news.yahoo.com/repeating-boosters-same-covid-vaccines-122643406.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9kdWNrZHVja2dvLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAABZZmkK8dDYLvDkK9AzAff6vRYmkwoBFqL6X_pfAwUI03pbUTfPbhpr3irmRwN2RJosUaNFRng3Zyh_g87_82rvgp1wCQA7cpHAagHX_L0zW3cgANEEbSa3pqQanRMSn4Iif5qU9JKdgCQMvEDZ-3t7XWIpmY7bPM0RJVd-k1KlW
  7. I'm not so sure. It looks like they finished their act only up 20 or less and then married and had relatively normal lives. I wonder what their backs were like when they got older.
  8. Who could imagine that to be at all possible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ross_Sisters
  9. WOW!! There must have been a lot of bruising sustained in developing that talent.
  10. This is interesting https://globalnews.ca/news/8502714/ontario-incidental-covid-hospitalizations-january-11/
  11. IMHO neither socialism or capitalism is the problem. What we need is for our leaders to be servants of the people instead of being served by the people. Western leaders have made a mockery of democracy. Our elections are about those who want to be in power, not because they want to make things better, but simply because they want to be in power and to have all the rewards that go with it. Our elections have become about the best tactical approach as opposed to being about ideas. Our populations feel powerless and distant from those that lead. We are completely prepared as a people to completely disregard the integrity of our leaders, and I'd suggest that is largely because we don't expect them to have much of it in the first place. Rant over.
  12. Yes, that is all true but I'd suggest that would be largely counter-balanced by the fact that New York state has pretty rigid restrictions such as wearing masks etc, whereas Montana is pretty much wide open and leaves it up to its citizens. Also, as was the point. New York has roughly a 50% higher rate of vaccination as Montana. Also I can see your point if the New York rate was 2 or 3 times as high, even if the vaccines were doing anything to stop the spread, but it is nearly 7 times as high. The number of cases of all variants is growing at an incredible rate but the death rate is dropping. https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20211229/omicron-cases-soar-deaths-on-decline-white-house It seems to me as someone with zero knowledge of vaccines that we can draw conclusions from all published data. 1/ There are now 2 variants left, Delta and Omnicron. Omnicron is far more transmissible but far less lethal. 2/Omnicron is pushing out the Delta variant and hopefully providing immunisation to those infected by it. 3/The vaccines, masks etc are not slowing the spread of this variant. I know that Omnicron is not the flu but its effect is pretty much the same as a highly infectious form of the flu. Then we look at those facts and we have to start questioning our governing authorities. Here is a statement from our federal health minister. "“What we see now is that our health care system in Canada is fragile. Our people are tired and the only way as we know through COVID–19, be it this variant or any future variant, is through vaccination,” he said." We know that vaccines are not the only way of controlling Covid. There are now approved treatments for the disease and of course he is completely ignoring any suggestion that herd or natural immunity will eventually control this virus. The problem now is overcrowded hospitals and lack of staff to care for the situation. I just don't see anyway out of that except to whether the storm, use the antidotes that are available and we'll get through this. IMHO at this point the damage that is being done to the mental health of Canadians and the financial state of the country by the mandates, will have a far more long reaching effect on the country.
  13. In New York 71.8% of the population is fully vaccinated. Montana has 54% of the population is fully vaccinated. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/map-covid-19-vaccination-tracker-across-u-s-n1252085 New York has a 7 day average of 3,587.1 cases per million – the second worst in the country. Montana has a 7 day average of 534.1 cases per million – the second best in the country https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-in-the-u-s-how-do-canada-s-provinces-rank-against-american-states-1.5051033
  14. Here is an interesting chart that Google posts. From this site we can pick up several interesting and very hopeful bits of information . For BC on Dec 31 there were 3 deaths attributed to Covid with the one day average over a 7 day period being 1 death per day. We can see that if we go back to Nov 15 or the start of Covid there were 16 deaths on that day with the 7 day average of 8. At the same time , Dec 31 in BC there were 3795 new cases with a daily average of 2742 and the number of new cases on that day being 1270 with the 7 day average being 474. If you select all regions, (all of Canada), then you can see that the numbers in BC are also roughly representative of the country as a whole. As we can see the number of cases has increased exponentially while the number of deaths dropping dramatically. Apparently the vast majority of the new cases is of the Omicron variety which clearly indicates that Omicron is really no more dangerous that the regular flu bug as I would imagine that the death rate we now have is really no higher than what we would see at this time of year normally. I suggest that if the government would make this clear then the hospitals would be less overwhelmed as people would lose their fear on the virus and wouldn't be so quick to turn to the medical health system. The good news out of all this is that it seems that Omicron does give us at least some if not complete immunity to the other variants, getting us ever closer to herd immunity and the remains of Covid will become considered in the same way that we do the flu. https://www.google.ca/search?q=covid+death+rate+by+province&sxsrf=AOaemvLs4Rf5Vj79PznpiRkVRa5WPlOAFw%3A1641078384943&source=hp&ei=cN7QYYrnNo220PEPp6-qIA&iflsig=ALs-wAMAAAAAYdDsgKXCGyqK_V1BRkyJpRLAnvjAasq9&oq=covid+death+rate+by+&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAEYBDIFCAAQgAQyBQgAEIAEMgsIABCABBCxAxCDATIFCAAQgAQyBQgAEIAEMgUIABCABDIFCAAQgAQyBQgAEIAEMgUIABCABDIFCAAQgAQ6CgguEMcBENEDECc6BAgjECc6DgguEIAEELEDEMcBEKMCOgsILhCABBCxAxCDAToLCC4QgAQQxwEQ0QM6CAgAELEDEIMBOhEILhCABBCxAxCDARDHARDRAzoICAAQgAQQsQM6CAguELEDEIMBOg4IABCABBCxAxCDARDJAzoFCAAQkgM6BwgjELECECc6BwgAELEDEAo6BAgAEAo6CggAELEDEIMBEApQAFjxjwFgyZ4BaAFwAHgAgAFRiAG0CZIBAjIxmAEAoAEB&sclient=gws-wiz Here's to a Covid and mandate free 2022. Cheers Greg
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