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  1. All major companies and public organizations in Canada and the US have a "whistleblower" system in place. These were put in place, primarily for financial issues following the Enron scandal, but are used for many other purposes.... non-financial criminal or immoral acts or breaking company rules being the secondary use. In many cases, they use a firewalled system so that the "company" can't see the reporter and doesn't know their identity but even simpler systems are in place allowing people to report to an email address using a temporary email. The point is that the reporter provides initial facts and the designated person is responsible for investigating and determining the validity of the report. It doesn't proceed solely on the basis of the whistleblower's complaint. The principle of the system is to protect those who know of illegal or immoral acts carried out by company personnel so that they can initiate investigations without concern about being fired or otherwise sidelined. In the case of Trump, the life of this unknown person would be at risk if exposed. If the reporters information leads to no illegal or immoral acts, then the investigator simply drops the case. In the case of Trump, if there was nothing to follow up, then the case would not have proceeded. There has been much confirmation (and more to come) of the contents of the whistleblower accusations and, since his accusations are, at least partly, hearsay, his/her direct testimony would add nothing to the proceedings. The whistleblower's report can't be entered into testimony and, if you are watching carefully, while he is referred to in the proceedings, none of the details of his report is mentioned. Trying to "out" this individual is simply an effort to dissuade other potential reporters in the future from coming forward with what they know. It would be a true shame if they undermine the reporting system as it would mean that those in power would be even more prone to break the law. This is exactly the way that the CrimeStoppers system works. That is a great way to get people to report crimes and identify perpetrators without having to risk personal harm. The perpetrator has no right to see his "accuser", nor should Trump. It doesn't really matter whether the Dems know or don't know the whistleblowers identity any more than it matters if the Police know who a CrimeStoppers reporter is. The only thing that matters is where the information leads. Regarding second hand information, the listener of the damning public phone call that Sondland had with Trump will be testifying tomorrow. So the GOP won't be able to call the phone call information "second hand" anymore. Really quite stupid of them. They pick a new rebuttal almost every day and it gets disgorged almost immediately. We'll see how compelling the witness' testimony. It may even result in Sondland's resignation... having a phone call with the president in public, which can be easily overheard while discussing a foreign government in a restaurant IN THE FOREIGN STATE. There is no decay of western society in this issue except that those in power seem to think that they are above the law. The U.S. President and his men may have broken the laws and the meaning of the Constitution which they vowed to protect and there is enough evidence to at least see what is there. The fact that they will not participate, which in itself may be impeachable, just means that they don't get to tell their side, which will probably at least keep them out of jail for perjury. If they have nothing to hide, why wouldn't they simply testify? To paraphrase a great exchange from yesterday: GOP: I think that the instigator of this investigation should be made to face this inquiry. DEMs: Absolutely. We await the President's attendance.
  2. Greenpeace's view on Patrick Moore (Who was President of Greenpeace CANADA which was so "out there" that some other Greenpeace groups tried to squash it): While it is true that Patrick Moore was a member of Greenpeace in the 1970s, in 1986 he abruptly turned his back on the very issues he once passionately defended. He claims he “saw the light” but what Moore really saw was an opportunity for financial gain. Since then he has gone from defender of the planet to a paid representative of corporate polluters. Patrick Moore promotes such anti-environmental positions as clearcut logging, nuclear power, farmed salmon, PVC (vinyl) production, genetically engineered crops, and mining. Clients for his consulting services are a veritable Who’s Who of companies that Greenpeace has exposed for environmental misdeeds, including Monsanto, Weyerhaeuser, and BHP Minerals. Moore’s claims run from the exaggerated to the outrageous to the downright false, including that “clear-cutting is good for forests” and Three Mile Island was actually “a success story” because the radiation from the partially melted core was contained. That is akin to saying “my car crash was a success because I only cracked my skull and didn’t die.” https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/greenpeace-statement-on-patric/
  3. That's like saying that people in debt have to completely stop spending money to get back out of debt. As boestar says, Mother nature is bigger than us. She can absorb a lot of our transgressions but there is a power curve. We just need to get back on the right side of it.
  4. Not sure where you got your information from, other than just pulling crap out of the air, but it ain't so. Next someone will post that undersea volcanoes are warming the oceans.
  5. Al Gore has not "admitted being wrong". In fact, global climate change has moved more in the direction of his predictions than the other way. No, the snow on Mount Kilimanjaro has not all melted, but it is shrinking. As far as the grand solar minimum, it may have the effect of a single degree, while human caused global warming will have up to a 5 degree impact by the end of the century. That single degree in the 1600s caused a "mini ice age". Think of the global effect of a net 3 or 4 degree increase. Who predicts grand solar minimums and their effect on climate? It's the scientists, many of which support both theories of grand solar minimum and human-caused solar warming. Confirmation bias runs deep.
  6. >>> When George Washington was eleven years old, he inherited ten slaves; by the time of his death, 317 slaves lived at Mount Vernon, including 123 owned by Washington, 40 leased from a neighbor, and an additional 153 "dower slaves." <<< At least the Americans don't try to erase the memory of their founding fathers. OTOH, there's a lot of them who think that slavery would be a nice thing to have today.
  7. Don't see any schooling. Just a politician avoiding a question and insulting the news station he seems to have enough respect for to agree to an interview. On the other hand, the question was inappropriate for the context of the interview.
  8. It's more than the science... it's the Earth itself.
  9. Can you back up your statement? I am advised that CBSA officers take the same gun training as police officers.
  10. I don't doubt that, Rich. But I would suggest that very few, even Officers in Her Majesty’s not so secret service, have had had the opportunity to discharge a firearm in an arrivals hall full of people. So everybody is a rookie at it. Gun training at CBSA is equivalent to police gun training. But if there's a maniac in there firing at will, I'm sure there would be many very happy people and their families if an armed member of Public Safety Canada (the same department that oversees the RCMP) is able to stop him early in the process. This is notwithstanding the importance of self defence if someone pulls a loaded gun out of their bag while they are being inspected in secondary.
  11. I'm glad our CBSA officers do their job with professionalism. As far as the RAF situation that Fido mentions goes, the officer's job is to ask the questions. If they didn't do the basics, and one of the boys committed a crime in Canada and had a criminal record or something, the officer would be reprimanded. In asking the questions, they can sometimes determine if someone is nervous or sketchy. Especially an "old", experienced officer. Many police officers have the same type of attitude as your experience with CBSA. Some much worse. Does that mean that they shouldn't carry a gun? In my 38 years of flying, I may have had one or two experiences like yours, but I just wrote it off to a bad day. Most of the time, they are courteous and accommodating. The way customs officers are treated by travellers and the boredom of their job, I might snap at the occasional person, too. Especially if they had an attitude. While airports are generally safe places, a person in secondary may have been cleared by security, but their checked bag may contain a gun (which could be easy for them to retrieve as they picked up their bag... remember Fort Lauderdale?). CBSA officers are the only uniformed people normally in that area and would become immediate targets, especially in secondary. In addition, they are properly trained to shoot to kill if someone decided to start randomly firing off a gun in the baggage area or secondary. As the NRA says, just having an armed person in the area is a deterrent. I disagree with the NRA position with respect to armed civilians, but CBSA officers are well trained and have full legal authority to use their weapons throughout Canada. I think they should carry the same equipment whether they are at a land or air border crossing.
  12. Of course, by posting a link to sites like this, we just encourage more of this type of illegal and potentially destructive activity. Almost like making terrorists and mass murderers immortal by publishing their names, pictures, life stories and manifestos... it just encourages others to follow in their footsteps.
  13. Conrad Black is a big fan of Trump and employs Trump's method of spouting lies that are blindly accepted by those who wish to believe them and use his sound bytes as "truth". The Greenland ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in at least 400 years, new research suggests. And the melting is only speeding up. Melting is now nearly double what it was at the end of the 19th century, the research suggests. And the scientists say a significant increase in summertime temperatures—to the tune of about 1.2 degrees Celsius since the 1870s—is mainly to blame. ... Sea levels have risen 5cm in the past 20 years alone. NASA's data reveals that, although the picture is complex, sea levels overall are rising faster than they were 50 years ago — more quickly than expected — and that the speed will likely increase in the future, primarily because of melting ice sheets.
  14. Conveniently ignoring the part about how the progressive tax system helped you and your family when you were young in a a low income family, but now refer to it as Economic Racism now that a flat tax would help you in your current tax bracket.
  15. Every democratic country in the world uses a progressive tax system. It is not a socialist plot. It does not make everyone equal. Middle to high income earners still have vastly more options than low income earners in any progressive tax system. Many low income earners in Canada work VERY hard, often working 16 hours a day for most of their lives. Yet they still can hardly make ends meet. The reason they work so hard is often so that they can provide for a better life for their children. Fortunately, most people whose lives are made better by others' hard work are willing to share their good fortune. I have no need to reach into your pockets, Jaydee. I worked hard and made lots of money, saved and invested wisely, started a couple of companies outside my flying career, donated much to many charities and every time I complained to myself about how much tax I paid, I remembered how lucky I was that I had the opportunities that I had... mostly because of my parents' sacrifices and somewhat because I was born in Canada. I was also able to provide the same support for my children. I'm now retired and have the life experience to know that I am not wrong in my "socialist" views. I have no problem paying a higher percentage of my income in tax than someone who may never be able to get into the middle class, no matter how hard they work. Many of those who have entered aviation in the past few years will make literally millions more than I did during my career, just because of the retirements and growth in the business. They are very lucky people. They did not "work hard" to create that situation. It took me 16 years to get to the right seat of the 767 and 19 to become a Captain. New hires go direct to the 767 and will be Captains, if they choose, within 5 years. Yet, I often found that some (a small number, fortunately) were apt to complain about pay and impatient about advancement. So, I may have flown with you. Oh... and since your family was not well off when you were a child, I should point out that you were the beneficiary of the same progressive tax system that you now wish to deny others. I wonder what opportunities you might not have had had you been even more destitute under a flat tax system. ST27.... the problem is that many high money earners do not spend their money hiring local workers. They often buy German cars, American boats and Asian electronics and buy homes in Florida or Arizona and take trips to other countries. Or, they just keep it, trying to make their pile of money even bigger by speculating in the stock market. And don't let anyone tell you that they are investing to help create jobs. They are investing to make money.