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  1. 24 minutes ago, daniel.o said:

    Thanks for the link, Seeker. I'm looking at it now!

    Any thoughts on this case?

    And here are more details from the TSB:
    "C-GLQL, a de Havilland DHC-8-402 aircraft operated by Porter Airlines, was conducting flight POE204 from Ottawa/MacDonald-Cartier Intl, ON (CYOW) to Toronto/Billy Bishop Toronto City, ON (CYTZ). While passing through 8300 feet approximately 29 nautical miles East on the initial approach to CYTZ, the flight crew noticed an object directly ahead on their flight path. The object appeared to be solid, approximately 5 to 8 feet in diameter and shaped like an upright doughnut or inner tube. There appeared to be no relative movement and the object was rapidly getting closer to the aircraft. The captain overrode the autopilot in order to quickly descend the aircraft under the object. The object passed slightly to the right and above the aircraft. There was no impact. Both cabin crew members were in the process of securing the cabin for arrival and were not seated. They received minor injuries when they were thrown into the cabin structure. The aircraft subsequently landed at CYTZ without further incident."

    I believe that 99.99% of so-called "UFO" sightings have conventional explanations, and I recognize that trained observers like veteran pilots are WAY better equipped than me to analyze such cases.

    Story 1.)

    When I was a kid (a looong time ago) I heard about a prank that some guys had done - they took dry cleaning bags and made a small balsa wood frame, a sort of "X" in the opening of the bag with a candle.  Apparently the heat from the candle would produce enough lift the float the whole thing and the light from the flame would cause an eerie glow.  I tried unsuccessfully (as a 12 year old kid) to duplicate this but was unable to do so.  And, BTW, I am fully aware that sending lit candles, plastic bags and balsa wood into the skies is ill-advised.

    Story 2.)

    Father and son send iPhone into space


    There's way more "stuff" flying around than we realize.

  2. Hi Daniel; 

    I have over 40 years under my belt as a pilot.  I've seen comets, meteors, aurora borealis, planets, satellites, the Space Shuttle, the Space Station, flights of military aircraft, helium birthday balloons, hot air balloons, drones and flocks of birds where there shouldn't be birds.  I've seen dozens of examples of weird visual illusions - every one of which I attribute to the almost infinite possible combinations of light source and observer.

    I think this, very comprehensive, site gives the true explanation behind virtually all reports: 

    Everything else can be explained, IMO, as military, or someone either seeking to draw attention to themselves or away from something else. 

  3. 13 minutes ago, Kip Powick said:

    Picky-picky, I know but......

    Boating Rule # 3...You don't move your boat with the boarding ladder down.....😲😄

    I thought you should leave it down to help with an emergency re-boarding if needed?  Anyway, probably got knocked down during the frolicking portion of the cruise!

    PS - wasn't there a movie that used that as a major plot point - everyone ends up in the water and they all drown because nobody can re-board?

  4. 35 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

    Some may recall the "eating while black" story from a while back.

    Here's a bit of perspective on it after the fact. Imagine how all of this will be viewed in 50 years:

    So, apparently, she's hanging out in one of the campus buildings.  A janitor sees her, wonders what she doing and calls campus security to come check her out.  Security shows up with a police officer.  The PO politely asks what's she's doing and she replies that she works as a teaching assistant and was lounging on the couch after eating.  PO says, thanks, have a nice evening and leaves.

  5. Thinking an airline pilot to be some sort of expert in the field of aerial phenomena makes as sense as considering a family GP to be an expert source of information about a pandemic.

    Each has a relatively narrow field of expertise - narrower than they usually realize themselves and certainly narrower than those outside their industry believe.

  6. OMG, this is a funny video.  The woman, Nicole, is apparently a monster truck driver and has a Youtube channel where she goes out to experience different driving situations.  In this video she checks out a VW Beetle that some dude has stuffed with a 500 HP Subaru WRX engine.  The first part (11 minutes) is the story of the build process and looking over the car - interesting but not the funny part.  The funny part is the second half - driving the car.  Start from about 13:15 if you're not interested in the story of the build. 

    Watch the owners face as he drives the car - never seen that level of focus - the car, obviously, is massively over-powered and vicious to drive.  Then he lets her drive the car!  The transmission has no syncros so there's lots of grinding (cause she does it wrong) and missed shifts along with the look of terror on the guy's face every time she gets on the gas!  This is almost exactly my experience trying to teach my wife to drive a standard (except for the 500 HP part).


  7. 42 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

    In any case, I recall him in  one of the scrums defending the the new OIC by asserting that no one uses the newly banned weapons for hunting..... immediately following up with the indigenous exemption for hunting.

    Yes, you're right.  You must follow along very closely to make any sense out the words he strings together.

    Regarding the AR15 - you've missed out - as a tool for making little holes in paper from long distances, there's nothing better.  Nobody used the AR15 for hunting (in Canada) because they were forbidden - the AR15 is used quite successfully for hunting in the USA.

    Think of the logic there;  first ban them from hunting and then after a few years ban them alltogether because "nobody uses them for hunting anyway."  Yeah, nobody uses them for hunting because you said they couldn't, not because there's any reason not to use them.

  8. 1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

    Take a moment, a deep cleansing breath.... and consider JT's nonsensical one uses an AR15 for hunting but indigenous people can keep them for hunting purposes. Only a liberal can assert that something is both true and untrue at the same time within the same sentence.



    In the interest of fairness I don't believe he actually said Indigenous hunters could use AR15s.  I think  what he said was Indigenous hunters could continue to use whatever they were using now (as of May 2020) that had become newly prohibited (such as BCL-102, Mini-14, Mini-Thirty, M305, etc).  I think the intent was that newly prohibited firearms that were legal to hunt with before May 1st could continue to be used by Indigenous hunters not that AR-15s which were not legal to hunt with before May 1st became legal.

  9. 41 minutes ago, Wolfhunter said:

    There seems to be a lot of this in Toronto. Perhaps delegating municipalities the authority to ban transporting knives would curtail it.

    I know, pretty silly when you actually say it out loud eh? Know why? It's because everyone is familiar with knives.... the mere suggestion of it invites ridicule. And rightly so.


    Where have you been - this is already being done in London.

    London Bans Knives

    “No excuses,” Khan tweeted. “[T]here is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”

    His message came as London recorded more homicides than the comparatively-sized New York, a historical first. By the numbers, London’s suffered 50 homicides already this year, most of which have been stabbed. Why? ‘Cause guns are already pretty much outlawed in London so the murderous-minded need to find a different weapon.

    Just goes to show what conservatives and Second Amendment advocates have been saying for some time: It’s not the gun, stupid.

  10. 7 hours ago, dagger said:

    The results;s of Vitamin D trials are inconclusive. The one point of agreement is that people with a significant deficiency of Vitamin D may be more susceptible but there's no evidence that people who have no deficiency are better protected - they get sick and die of Covid as well. 

    I don't know, 'cause I'm not a doctor, but looks proven to me.  Or, at the very least, proven well enough that I'm taking Vit D every day.  Sure, some people who have enough Vit D will still get sick just like some people who wear seatbelts will still die in car crashes but the question is; at what rate?  One result I saw, which I can't seem to find right at this moment, was that 98% Covid mortalities (tested post-mortem) were Vit D deficient.



  11. 42 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

    Re the training, we already have that in Canada:


    I'm well aware as I have taken it.  It's a one day course which actually ends up being about 4 hours long (with the exam after lunch) with no live fire component.

    The Canadian course is all about safe storage, transportation and the regulations.  It's valid (although you could learn the material in about 15 minutes of self-study) but it doesn't teach anyone "how" to shoot.  The proposed American course seems to be about actually teaching people how to shoot - is that really what you want to do?  I could see it if the problem they were trying to address was accidental shootings but that's not it.

    The whole plan is to make the process to own a firearm so complicated and expensive that most people won't bother, not much different from the Canadian plan in that sense.

  12. 27 minutes ago, deicer said:

    It appears Biden is trying to bring the U.S. up to speed with the rest of the world.


    Register every firearm in the country?

    Undergo a psychological evaluation including interviews with spouse, former spouse and two family members??  Yeah, there's a good idea - let's get the former spouse to weigh in.

    Database of all owners and their firearms available to the public????  Another brilliant idea - let's tell all the criminals exactly where all the firearms and valuables are in the country, can't see any problem with that!

    Mandatory insurance - 'cause that's a benefit somehow.

    Mandatory firearms training - to make everyone a better shot.  One of the things I count on if ever facing a criminal with a gun is that they usually miss what they are shooting at more than they hit it due to lack of discipline and training but we can fix that - just train everyone on proper effective shooting technique - brilliant.



  13. 1 hour ago, Wolfhunter said:

    Y'all suppose these revolting creatures will retract anything? In addition to being untrue and provocative, it's an affront to the family. It serves Democrats and their acolytes poorly but they can't help themselves. They are quick to accuse others of unsubstantiated claims though.

    It's the sort of stuff first responders and simple soldiers don't forget and it's hard to undo that, mostly they fume about it quietly. When you do stuff like this, it needs to be right... even then common decency and consideration for the family suggests you shouldn't.




  14. On 2/12/2021 at 8:42 PM, Kargokings said:

    Every time I think it can't get worse and Trudeau couldn't possibly make a worse decision than he has in the past - it does, he does!  The two Michaels jailed, the failed vaccine partnership (which was really just a front for China to steal intellectual property from us), the National Microbiology Lab breaches in Winnipeg - how stupid is this guy?


    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's decision to partner with Huawei to create state-of-the-art computer and electrical technologies at Canadian universities, despite months of criticism from international allies and opposition parties.

    Federal agency National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) has agreed to work with Huawei to fund research, despite national-security concerns from allies such as the US and the UK.

    Trudeau defends Huawei partnership