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  1. No, voting should not be mandatory. In fact, we should go the other way - should have to pass a test before getting your ballot. Prove you have some understanding about what you're voting for or against and you can participate. I study the platforms, learn the issues, look at the candidate's history and my vote get cancelled out by someone voting for JT because he has nice hair.
  2. Would have quicker and easier to write that article if the journalist had listed everything that Lion Air was doing right in their operation - Nothing!
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    You're not that nerdy - didn't even mention di-lithium crystals once!
  4. How is this acceptable? One of the bedrocks of being a journalist is that you report the facts without bias. Now, I know that journalists often do have a bias but the general public wants to believe that the bias isn't too much or that individual reporters and news organizations will limit themselves to a little bit of spin without too much effect on the story. Here we see the union representing all journalists stating that they are in a war against "conservatives." Nothing that they report can be trusted - nothing!
  5. Well, let's get back on topic - how about watching the video and posting your comments, perhaps where you disagree. Anyone can scour the internet and find both those who agree and those who disagree with any opinion but I'm curious to hear your analysis.
  6. So Trump came to the PC with a bad attitude and a plan to entice Acosta into causing a disturbance so that he could revoke his credentials, have a judge override that decision and then incorporate new restrictions on the press as a whole? Do you even read the stuff you write before hitting the "submit" button?
  7. Exactly right. Acosta's a disturbance - CNN can replace him - no harm to the press overall. Anyway, latest news says the White won't challenge his court ordered reinstatement.
  8. "So this is a girl who thinks she’s a boy, they let her in the boys locker room, and the first time she walked in she caught the boys, literally, with their pants down," Klavan explained. "They were embarrassed, right? They didn’t like it. So the school put a gag order, forbidding teachers from talking about the change." Gad Saad on this story:
  9. Knowing many of the people who work there and having flown on Westjet many times I'm not surprised that they won an award but I am surprised they are still considered to be an LCC.
  10. Don't get me started - the lighting on RWY 05 for the YHZ 624 crash was set at 4 - this is 25% of the intensity of setting 5! The controller was busy and forgot to change the setting even though asked to do so by the crew. Is that controller still working there? This error is on the same level as anything done by the crew.
  12. So, standard caveats; I never flew a 747, we don't know all the facts, etc, etc. The information, as I understand it, is that the aircraft was empty, that it had flown in from ORD and that the wind when they were arriving in the YHZ area was a direct crosswind and that it swung to a slight tailwind late in the approach. What's the landing distance for an empty 747 on a wet runway at sea-level? I don't know but I looked at a few online sources and 7700' should be long enough. The crew thought it was long enough. My feeling is that it will come down to; the tailwind component was stronger than anticipated and/or not accounted for correctly in the landing distance calculation, there was some mechanical fault either pre-existing or which presented itself during the landing or poor technique. The more interesting question for me is not why the aircraft overran the runway but why the crew chose to do that approach rather than an RNAV 23. Was the aircraft equipped for RNAV approaches, were the databases up to date, was the crew properly trained for RNAV approaches? The issue of the displaced threshold is significant. Flying an RNAV approach to a displaced threshold, at night, with no vertical guidance is not a trivial matter. Yes, a properly trained crew should be able to do this and other crews did it just before the accident. Personally, I think the ultimate "cause" of the accident will be whatever it was that prevented the crew from doing the RNAV 23; aircraft not properly equipped, crew not properly trained, company not having procedures for conducting a visual landing without vertical guidance. Some combination of these factors made the crew choose an ILS to a shorter, wet runway with a tailwind as being the better option.
  13. Well, it was a quartering TW for runway 14. The crew decided that a slight quartering TW on the shorter, wet, runway with an ILS was a better option than dealing with an RNAV approach to a displaced threshold on the longer, into wind runway.
  14. What surprises me, actually two things; that Westjet didn't have better procedures to audit the processes and that the this person would think they could get away with it. How could a corporation have a system that allows an employee to refund/rebate travel credit without a corresponding audit procedure? Huge error in allowing this. Also, what kind of moron would think that they could get away with this? Eventually, it would come out.
  15. Well, obviously the "official" airline has to be Air Canada - they have "Canada" right there in their name!
  16. Come on people - have we learned nothing from the thousands of other times this has happened (by "this" I mean some passenger with an agenda spouting off to the media about how they did nothing wrong and are being cruelly mistreated by the airline)? Look, this is Westjet we're talking about, not some backwater airline from Uzbekistan. Westjet employs highly trained, conscientious staff and is quite focused on customer service. Sure, an individual can make a mistake but are we to believe that the FAs, the pilot and the gate staff (in consultation with their operations staff) all made the same mistake and off-loaded the guy for falling asleep? I have no doubt that some crucial piece of information is being withheld by the passenger as he tries to get some cash. Even if, in the long investigation afterwards, we find that the passenger actually could have flown safely the crew had 10 minutes to decide on the most conservative course of action and did so. We've been discussing it for a week here on the forum and still haven't figured it out to a satisfactory conclusion. Now, the question of whether he should be refunded the cash he lost because of the deplanement is another matter. I guess it would depend on whether he was forthright with his pre-existing medical condition and whether that would have been allowed to travel if he had disclosed everything. But, IMO, there's no point in armchair quarterbacking a fellow airline crew.
  17. OK, everybody pick a side. Once we get the teams organized we'll square off!
  18. Odd that we haven't heard from Gabor Lukacs yet. Usually he weasels his way into getting his face into the news right from the start.
  19. Malcolm, take that little piece of advice from CanadaEH (the very same piece of advice I've given to you many times over the years) - when you post random, non-sequitur or otherwise unrelated stuff into a thread about something else - it annoys people. Yeah, I know, you see it as a thread about Westjet and therefore any Westjet related article is fine but the rest of us see it as a thread about this one particular incident at Westjet. Also, the title, unfair and not representative of the subject of the first news item.