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  1. Interesting article.
  2. But still the greatest invention of all time was the venetian blind. - - - - - - - - If it wasn't for the venetain blind - - - - - - - - It would have been curtains for all of us.
  3. The ethics involved are that the Trudeau administration gave 55 million dollars of our tax money to his foundation and then accepted an incredibly luxurious vacation from him.
  4. Nobody is suggesting that this is the most important issue for Canadians. Are you suggesting then Kip that ethics don't matter. It is my belief, that the ethics of our PM should be everyone's concern. BTW, although I am no fan of PM Trudeau, I thought that he handled himself very well at that press conference today.
  5. For whatever it's worth, I'm a fan. I think it looks fantastic.
  6. Hi Defcon You wrote: Much is said regarding the separation of church & state yet it appears the two are joined at the hip in some unholy fashion. Why is there a 'need' for the US State to maintain an Ambassador & staff to the Catholic Church??? The following is from wiki: Vatican City (i/ˈvætᵻkən ˈsɪti/; Italian: Città del Vaticano [tʃitˈta ddel vatiˈkaːno]; Latin: Civitas Vaticana),[d] officially Vatican City State or the State of Vatican City (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano;[e] Latin: Status Civitatis Vaticanae),[f] is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. With an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842,[3] it is the smallest State in the world by both area and population, but formally it is not sovereign, sovereignty being held by the Holy See, the only entity of public international law that has diplomatic relations with almost every country in the world. So, as it says Vatican City is a city state that holds diplomatic relations with pretty much everybody. The issue of the relationship between church and state is often misconstrued. Every elected official has a POV whether they be religious or atheistic. The concept of the separation between church and state does not preclude anyone from having his/her views influenced by their religious or atheistic beliefs. They were presumably elected while holding those beliefs. The point is that the separation means that the church should not be a vehicle for achieving political power. We can see the consequences of this in Quebec in the last century where the Catholic church did have political influence. It was a disaster for both church and state. The Catholic church there still has not recovered. This issue of separation that we should be worrying about is the separation between media and state. The backlash from that has resulted in a Trump presidency. Politicians are always currying favour with the media as it was necessary get enough support from that quarter in order to get elected. Gaining a position in the media was, and still is, a route in which one could gain political power without ever having to be elected. With Trump we can see that road to political power being slowly eroded with Trump bypassing them and campaigning by going directly to the great unwashed. The opinions of CNN on the left and FOX on the right while is still relevant but becoming less so. I would imagine that within a relatively short time mainstream media will suffer a demise similar to the Catholic church in Quebec but they won't go down as quietly.
  7. It is hard to imagine a company, particularly with the background of Swissair allowing a pilot with a grand total of 140 hours into the right seat of an A320. With that amount of experience she did well to survive without incident as long as she did.
  8. Thanks Don I always shake my head when they call themselves public serveants. In general it seems to work the other way around. Push back had to happen sooner or later. It is too bad that it couldn't have taken a different form. Merry Christmas to you and Fran as well.
  9. I don't have anything personal to add but here is an interesting take on things from the NY Times. Merry Christmas to all in AEF land. Greg
  10. Interesting concept. I'd like to be around to see where all this will lead, but my chances are slim.
  11. I guess it's ok but it is no DC9.
  12. " being very high off the ground! ' but Don that's a good thing. It's that last foot above the ground that can be really troublesome.
  13. Malaysia Airlines MH370 plunged into ocean in a 'death dive' The rate of descent of MH370 rules out a controlled ditch or glide into the Indian Ocean. Embed Feed Australia examines possible MH370 plane debris found in Tanzania IBTimes US Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 plunged into the ocean in a 'death dive', according to new evidence. Further analysis of the Boeing 777 wing flap, washed ashore in Tanzania, revealed it was not deployed at point of impact, eliminating suggestions the aircraft with 239 passengers on board could have made a controlled landing. Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed after examination of identification numbers (in picture) on the flaperon found off the Tanzania coast that it belongs to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370Australian Transport Safety Bureau ATSB Peter Foley, the head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), reportedly told Australian Associated Press (AAP): "The rate of descent combined with the position of the flap - if it's found that it is not deployed [which since has] - will almost certainly rule out either a controlled ditch or glide. "If it's not in a deployed state, it ­validates, if you like, where we've been looking." It confirms previous analysis of the automated flight signals that the doomed aircraft could have dropped from a height of 35,000ft at a speed of up to 20,000ft a minute before crashing into the sea. The ATSB has led the A$180m ($134.9m, £103.8m) search, over 120,000km sq of sea floor, since the aircraft disappeared on 8 March 2014. Despite the recent findings of the pieces of debris said to be connected to the missing aircraft in Reunion Island near Madagascar and Tanzania, no confirmed trace of the aircraft has ever been found. It follows continuing allegations that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah purposely veered the plane off course while on its way to Beijing. Malaysian officials admitted for the first time last month that data from Shah's flight simulator at his home in Kuala Lumpur included a flight path to the southern Indian Ocean. Malaysian transport minister Liow Tiong Lai told the local press : "Until today, (6 August 2016), this theory is still under investigation. There is no evidence to prove that Captain Zaharie flew the plane into the southern Indian Ocean. "Yes, there is the simulator but the (route) was one of thousands to many parts of the world. We cannot just base on that to confirm (he did it)." It has also been reported Captain Shah was separated from his wife Faizah Hanun although they still lived together at the time of the tragedy. According to Mail Online, her comments are said to be included in an interim report due to be released on the missing aircraft. More than 50 lawsuits from grieving families have been filed against Malaysia Airlines who are seeking compensation for the deaths of their loved-ones.
  14. I remember a couple of years ago one of the Blue Angels pulled too hard and went in.
  15. I din't know that this existed