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  1. He must have ignored the directive to leave his wallet behind for weight and balance.
  2. Shameless blatant bump, for the sake of bumping.
  3. You'd be amazed how easy a group of air cadets who play flight sim in their spare time can make it look. Having said that, if it was a real situation, aside from all the variables of weather conditions, etc, I would think that adrenalin would turn your cognitive skills to mush. I certainly couldn't do it.
  4. What was the voter turnout and popular vote when Harper got elected?
  5. Do you work for an airline? What is the policy for service during delays where you work?
  6. MD2 said: "Especially not giving people water is unacceptable. Regardless of the logistics, water should be offered to passengers as soon as the delay goes much beyond 10-15 minutes." So you think that water should be served after a 10 minute delay? Do you think that is reasonable, realistic, and necessary? How often do you need to drink water when you're not on an airplane?
  7. It's a pretty great experience for aviation enthusiasts. It's not a busy airport though, you have to time your visit for when the big jets are coming in, but it's pretty neat being in that close proximity to widebodies taking off and landing.
  8. Have you ever been there deicer? It is every bit as awesome as it looks.
  9. Someone not in the business sent me this photo of an Eva Air 747 landing in Amsterdam, and was wondering if it's a real photo or photoshopped. Anyone?
  10. Base Borden is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Events include air shows both Saturday and Sunday. http://www.bordenairshow.ca
  11. This is an interesting article on how anonymity has spawned the phenomenon of the internet troll. I've often wondered about the psychology of someone who hides behind a pseudonym just for the purpose of getting other people wound up. What kind of lives do they lead, or what has happened to them in the past that would cause them to derive enjoyment from upsetting other people? If you met one in real life, would he be a loud obnoxious jerk like his online persona, or a soft spoken and affable gentleman? Fascinating subject. http://academicearth.org/electives/psychology-internet-troll/ We all behave differently when alone. Anonymity frees us from a perceived obligation to act in accordance with certain social norms. For example, most people refrain from picking their nose in public, but dig with abandon when alone. This isn’t revelatory – fear of judgment is a powerful motivator and is well documented by psychologists.1 So, while most of our anonymous behavior is relatively benign, what happens when it isn’t? In 1981, Leon Mann published a study documenting the phenomenon of suicide baiting.2 Studying the circumstances surrounding 21 public suicide attempts, Mann observed that in 10 cases victims were jeered and baited to, “jump!” He identified several contributing factors to this anti-social behavior including membership in a large crowd, the cover of night, and relative distance from the victim – all hallmarks of anonymity. The irony here is that while a focused set of watchful eyes keeps us in check, the distracted eyes of many don’t. Anonymity makes all the difference, and unfortunately, this frees some to partake in some pretty egregious behavior. This is particularly true online. We’re 20 years into the experiment of the World Wide Web, and we can clearly see how Internet anonymity plays out across social media, chat rooms, and comment sections. Usually just a nuisance, anonymous troublemakers, known as trolls, can be dangerous when they go after the vulnerable. In an effort to better understand what makes them tick, psychologists are starting to take a closer look at the psychology of the Internet troll. At their most benign, trolls raise blood pressures across Internet chat rooms. At their worst, they push innocents to a lethal breaking point. But why? Why engage in such anti-social behavior? Those trying to understand, motivated by the desire to best the troll, find as many answers to this question as trolls themselves. Some assume trolls are bullies, cowards, or sociopaths. Is this true? Sometimes, but as David Auerbach posits in, anonymity as culture: treatise, “…there’s no way to know the views of the participants.”1 They’re anonymous players in a game without rules. Without the why, perhaps understanding lies in the mechanism for how trolls engage in such behavior. How can someone who outwardly appears to respect social norms (going to work, raising a family) so easily adopt a contrarian alter-ego? In a word, disinhibition – the phenomenon wherein one abandons social inhibitions that would normally be present in face-to-face interactions. In what he calls, the online disinhibition effect, psychologist, John Suller, explaisn that anonymity afforded by the Internet sets the stage for trolling.2 Similar behaviors were observed over CB radios in the 1970s when airwaves were infected by racist ramblings and disturbing masturbation fantasies.3 Arguably, the Internet is more disposed to this behavior, because, as Auerbach observes, this is the first time where “discourse is primarily written rather than spoken.” Suller identifies six factors contributing to the online disinhibition effect. Dissociative Anonymity and Invisibility: You don’t know me, and you can’t see me. Michael Brutsch, a computer programmer, cat-lover, and family man, turned himself into Violentacrez, the infamous Reddit smut-peddler who earned fandom through moderating controversial subreddits like “Jailbait.” The Internet allows one to reinvent him or herself behind an anonymous veil. The obvious irony is that Brutsch was outed by Gawker. A fool-proof system, it is not. Asynchronicity: See you later. Trolling comes from the fishing technique of setting one’s baited line in the water, dragging it behind the boat, and waiting for a bite. The activity is passive, allowing one to go about his or her business while waiting for results. The same principle plays out online. Brian Limond, a self-confessed troll and atheist prefers going after his own. His chum of choice – posing as a devout Christian. Setting his bait in the Twittersphere, “It’s such a shame that athiests will never know true love. #atheism,” he sits back, enjoys that beer, and watches as the infuriated godless bite. Solipsistic Introjection: It’s all in my head. Without the visual cues of face-to-face conversation, one is free to assign characteristics to those they encounter online. Discussing what he calls A-culture, Auerbach asserts that introverts who once found solace and community online felt threatened when Facebook took it away, turning safe anonymity into a competition for attention. Participants in A-culture see outsiders as a threat to their territory. Dissociative Imagination: It’s just a game. Violentacrez illustrates how one might dismiss trolling as “just a game.” Reddit assigns “karma points” to popular subreddits, motivating people to actively moderate provocative content. Justifying his anti-social persona in the name of the game, Violentacrez admitted creating racist and misogynistic subreddits in an attempt to accumulate “meaningless Internet points” – he was wildly successful. Minimizing Authority: We’re all equals. The Internet provides a unique opportunity for individuals to interact freely across the social strata. This is notably true in politics. Some political parties hire people to troll forums, spreading their rhetoric. Perhaps only online can a troll launch ad hominem attacks “directly” at the President, a privilege once reserved for pundits. The online disinhibition effect illustrates that trolls are opportunistic, playing an online game rooted in their anonymity. Simple, really. Do note, however, that each factor relies on a common thread to make it viable – people willing to engage the troll. Trolling is not a game of solitaire. Unless we want to actively suppress freedom of speech, the only way to beat a troll is to not play the game. 1 Auerbach, David. “Anonymity as Culture: Treatise.” Issue #15 – Triple Canopy. Triple Canopy, 09 Feb. 2012. Web. 2 Suler, John, Ph.D. “The Online Disinhibition Effect.” CyberPsychology & Behavior 7.3 (2004): 321-26. Psychology of Cyberspace. Rider University. Web. 18 Mar. 2013. 3 Tynan, Kenneth (1978-02-20). “Fifteen Years of the Salto Mortale”. The New Yorker February 1978. Web. 18 March 2013.
  12. Really great website for vintage aircraft enthusiasts. Lots of info on the aircraft types, as well as upcoming airshows. There are even a few familiar names and faces on the list of pilots. http://www.vintagewings.ca/en-ca/home.aspx
  13. I wasn't punked. I posted it as a satirical response to the mountain that was being made out of a molehill. I just assumed everyone else would recognize it as satire. The picture is so badly photoshopped, I'm surprised no one noticed.
  14. You both have valid points. If your job is important enough to require a license, then that license should be revoked at the first sign of mental health issues. And resources for mental health issues should be available to everyone, not just those with jobs that have great responsibility. And having said that, I don't think a company should have the right to fire an employee who is on stress leave or struggling with mental health issues until those issues have been resolved. Is that even legal?
  15. Published in National Entire NDP caucus arrive in neck braces, wheelchairs to House of Commons after Trudeau's assault Thursday, 19 May 2016 13:57 Written by James Bunting font size 32.5K 845 Reddit567 Photo credit: Aaron Hagey-MacKay OTTAWA - All 44 members of the NDP caucus arrived in Parliament this morning wearing neck braces, arm slings, head bandages, and seated in wheelchairs after yesterday’s physical altercation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Justin Trudeau has ruined my life,” said Mulcair, wheeling himself into the House of Commons with one arm while the other was in bandages. “I’ve lost my ability to do the thing I do best: yell and point my finger. I will be pursuing full damages for my pain and suffering.” The NDP claim that the Prime Minister’s vicious attack took place as the party was having a calm, respectful conversation about how to help poor orphans. “He came running at me like a blood-thirsty maniac who crushed my body and my soul,” said Manitoba’s NDP Niki Ashton who was in crutches and wearing an eyepatch. “As a result, I have chronic pain and the inability to win leadership races.” The NDP was not the only victim of Trudeau’s supposedly ruthless attack. “He threw me over the balcony,” said Conservative whip Gord Brown while wearing a tight neck brace and moaning just loud enough to be heard by assembled reporters. “His eyes were like the fiery pits of hell! If he had any class, he would step down from his position and give me $383,000.” Injury lawyers from Diamond and Diamond are pursuing a class action lawsuit against Trudeau and the House of Commons for $100 million and are reminding MPs that if they have been injured in a Justin Trudeau-related Parliamentary accident to call 1-800-SUEJTNOW.
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