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  1. Good Afternoon All: Over coffee yesterday from a friend still in the WestJet/Encore system I was told there was a recent email from management concerning the high amount of book off's in the system due to fatigue. My understanding (limited I might add) is they are in the midst of ramping up again but the pairings are onerous as well as fatiguing long duty days, as they are short of aircrew. Can anyone else elaborate on this?
  2. Good Afternoon KK: If I may add to your article from Reuters Canada and the video inside the hyperlink has an excellent presentation by Dr Fauci. Delta spreads 'like wildfire' as doctors study whether it makes patients sicker | Reuters Delta spreads 'like wildfire' as doctors study whether it makes patients sicker By Deena Beasley 5 MIN READ LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a new wave of COVID-19 infections fueled by the Delta variant striking countries worldwide, disease experts are scrambling to learn whether the latest version of coronavirus is making people - mainly the unvaccinated - sicker than before. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Delta, first identified in India and now dominant worldwide, is “likely more severe” than earlier versions of the virus, according to an internal report made public on Friday. The agency cited research in Canada, Singapore and Scotland showing that people infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients earlier in the pandemic. In interviews with Reuters, disease experts said the three papers suggest a greater risk from the variant, but the study populations are limited and the findings have not yet been reviewed by outside experts. Doctors treating patients infected with Delta described a more rapid onset of COVID-19 symptoms, and in many regions an overall increase serious cases. But the experts said more work is needed to compare outcomes among larger numbers of individuals in epidemiologic studies to sort out whether one variant causes more severe disease than another. “It’s difficult to pin down increase in severity and population bias,” said Lawrence Young, a virologist at the UK’s Warwick Medical School. In addition, it is likely that the extraordinary rate of Delta transmission is also contributing to a greater number of severe cases arriving at hospitals, the experts said. Delta is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu, according to the CDC report. Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology in San Diego, said the clearest indication that the variant may cause more severe disease comes from the Scotland study, which found that Delta roughly doubled the risk of hospitalization compared to an earlier version. The majority of hospitalizations and deaths from coronavirus in the United States are occurring in people who have not been vaccinated. But there is evidence that the shots are less effective in people with compromised immune systems, including the elderly. For vaccinated, otherwise healthy individuals, the odds are that if they contract COVID-19 they will only experience asymptomatic or mild disease, said Dr. Gregory Poland, infectious disease expert at the Mayo Clinic. “But they can pass it on to family members and others who may not be so lucky,” Poland said. “We have to be vaccinated and masked or we will, for the fourth time now, endure another surge and out of that will come worse variants.” ‘FULL-ON FLAMES’ The rate of severe illness, especially in regions where vaccination rates are low, is again straining healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. “This is like a wildfire, this is not a smoldering campfire. It is full-on flames right now,” said Dr. Michelle Barron, senior medical director of infection prevention and control at Colorado’s UCHealth. Research from China suggesting that the Delta variant replicates much faster and generates 1,000 times more virus in the body compared to the original strain highlights the biggest danger of this new wave, Barron said. “It is hard to tell if they are more sick because of the Delta variant or if they would have been more sick anyway,” she said. Other doctors said patients infected with Delta appear to become ill more quickly, and in some cases with more severe symptoms, than those they treated earlier in the pandemic. “We are seeing more patients requiring oxygen sooner,” said Dr. Benjamin Barlow, chief medical officer at American Family Care, a 28-state chain of urgent care clinics. At his clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, Barlow said that around 20% of patients are testing positive for COVID-19, compared with 2-3% a few weeks ago. Patients are assessed at that time for potential hospital admission and oxygen support. David Montefiori, director of the Laboratory for AIDS Vaccine Research and Development at Duke University Medical Center, said the Delta variant is more infectious and leads to faster onset of illness - particularly for the unvaccinated. “Frankly there’s a severity that comes from this variant that is a little more severe,” Montefiori said on a webcast last week. “It’s not just easier to transmit, it makes you sicker.” Reporting by Deena Beasley in Los Angeles, Josephine Mason in London and Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago; Editing by Michele Gershberg and Daniel Wallis
  3. Good Afternoon All: With apologies to the Mods this video was F^%#*&@* hard to watch and so easily preventable.... Man's last text: 'I should have gotten the damn vaccine' Jessica DuPreez talks with John Berman about her 39- year-old fiancé who died from Covid-19. She discusses why they didn't get vaccinated, and how she thinks the shot could have saved the father of her kids. Read in CNN: https://apple.news/AV0vdf3sqQYa1Obtk8i7xRQ
  4. Good Afternoon All: As if we didn't have enough on the Delta VoC cue the potential Lambda VoC. Explainer: What is the Lambda coronavirus variant? | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera Explainer: What is the Lambda coronavirus variant? The Lambda variant has spread to 28 countries but it is not considered a variant of concern. Here’s what we know so far. By Elizabeth Melimopoulos 27 Jul 2021 Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the virus that causes the disease, SARS-CoV-2, has mutated multiple times, with some strains being more infectious and deadlier than others. Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified four of those mutations as variants of concern: Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. Four others – Eta, Iota, Kappa and Lambda – have been designated as variants of interest, and in recent weeks the rapid spread of the Lambda strain, first detected in Peru, has caught the attention of various experts. Lambda is currently the dominant variant in the Andean nation, which has the highest per capita coronavirus death rate in the world, while it has also spread to at least 28 other countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and the United Kingdom. Here is what we know so far: Where and when was it first detected? The Lambda variant was first detected in Peru last December. It is a variation of the novel coronavirus that was first recorded in the country in August 2020. The exact origins of the Lambda variant, which was previously known as the Andean strain, remain unclear, but scientists say it first emerged in South America. Over the last three months, Lambda has grown to represent 80 percent of all cases in Peru, according to the country’s National Institute of Health. “When we found it, it did not attract much attention,” said Pablo Tsukayama, a doctor in molecular microbiology at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima and one of the people who documented Lambda’s emergence. “But we continued processing samples, and by March, it was in 50 percent of the samples in Lima. By April, it was in 80 percent of the samples in Peru,” Tsukayama told Al Jazeera. “That jump from one to 50 percent is an early indicator of a more transmissible variant,” he added. According to Tsukayama, the Lambda strain did not initially cause alarm because new strains are common in places with high infection rates. Latin America and the Caribbean, while home to eight percent of the global population, account for 20 percent of the world’s COVID cases, according to a June 24 report by the US-based Congressional Research Service. Where has it spread? According to data from the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), a platform onto which countries upload their COVID-19 viral sequences, the Lambda strain has already reached 28 countries. That includes Brazil, Spain, the Netherlands, Aruba, Belgium, France, Portugal and the United States. What are the strain’s characteristics? Recent research on the Lambda strain has registered several mutations in its spike protein, the part of the virus that makes contact with human cells, binds to them, and then infects them. The mutation observed in the spike protein might be the reason for its “increased transmissibility… and it could provide a reduction of protection by current vaccines”, according to a study released in July by a team from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and released on the medical website bioRxiv ahead of peer review. According to virologist Ricardo Soto-Rifo of the University of Chile’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences, one of the mutations labelled as L452Q was similar to a mutation also shown in the Delta variant that is believed to have contributed to that strain’s high rate of infection. But Soto-Rifo cautioned that the real effect of the mutations remains unclear. “However we cannot tell yet what the real impact of these mutations are, since it’s a strain that has shown primarily in South America, and that puts us at a disadvantage, as we don’t have all the resources to execute the needed research,” he said. Are vaccines effective against Lambda? With a team of scientists, Soto-Rifo carried out preliminary studies – not yet peer-reviewed – assessing the effect of the Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine on the Lambda strain. The results showed that Lambda was able to neutralise the antibodies generated by the vaccine. Soto-Rifo said part of the vaccine efficacy can be measured by the immunisation response, but also by the responses of T-cells, which stimulate antibody production and help combat the virus-infected cells. “These results were expected,” Soto-Rifo said. “The virus has changed and that can make the vaccine not as efficient as it was with the original virus, but that doesn’t mean the vaccine doesn’t work any more. “As a matter of fact, we also know that CoronaVac still has a good percentage of protection against the virus.”Play Video Should we be concerned? Not yet, said Dr Roselyn Lemus-Martin, who holds a PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of Oxford and is based in the US. “At the beginning, we were really concerned… We thought that due to its characteristics, Lambda could become more transmissible than Delta,” Lemus-Martin told Al Jazeera. “But right now, in the US, for example, we’ve seen that Delta keeps being the dominant strain, and what we’ve noticed is that Lambda is not spreading as quickly [in other areas].” But Tsukayama at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima remains cautious. He said Peru’s research capacity to measure the effect of Lambda is limited, which makes it harder to evaluate the variant’s spread. “Gamma showed up in Brazil and expanded throughout the region, and it’s already considered a variant of concern,” he said. “Lambda shares many of the characteristics of Gamma, and it has also spread in other countries. What we don’t have yet is the same amount of evidence Brazilians did. In the region, Brazil leads in their research capacity.” Where has it spread? According to data from the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), a platform onto which countries upload their COVID-19 viral sequences, the Lambda strain has already reached 28 countries. That includes Brazil, Spain, the Netherlands, Aruba, Belgium, France, Portugal and the United States. What are the strain’s characteristics? Recent research on the Lambda strain has registered several mutations in its spike protein, the part of the virus that makes contact with human cells, binds to them, and then infects them. The mutation observed in the spike protein might be the reason for its “increased transmissibility… and it could provide a reduction of protection by current vaccines”, according to a study released in July by a team from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and released on the medical website bioRxiv ahead of peer review. According to virologist Ricardo Soto-Rifo of the University of Chile’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences, one of the mutations labelled as L452Q was similar to a mutation also shown in the Delta variant that is believed to have contributed to that strain’s high rate of infection. But Soto-Rifo cautioned that the real effect of the mutations remains unclear. “However we cannot tell yet what the real impact of these mutations are, since it’s a strain that has shown primarily in South America, and that puts us at a disadvantage, as we don’t have all the resources to execute the needed research,” he said. Are vaccines effective against Lambda? With a team of scientists, Soto-Rifo carried out preliminary studies – not yet peer-reviewed – assessing the effect of the Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine on the Lambda strain. The results showed that Lambda was able to neutralise the antibodies generated by the vaccine. Soto-Rifo said part of the vaccine efficacy can be measured by the immunisation response, but also by the responses of T-cells, which stimulate antibody production and help combat the virus-infected cells. “These results were expected,” Soto-Rifo said. “The virus has changed and that can make the vaccine not as efficient as it was with the original virus, but that doesn’t mean the vaccine doesn’t work any more. “As a matter of fact, we also know that CoronaVac still has a good percentage of protection against the virus.”Play Video Should we be concerned? Not yet, said Dr Roselyn Lemus-Martin, who holds a PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of Oxford and is based in the US. “At the beginning, we were really concerned… We thought that due to its characteristics, Lambda could become more transmissible than Delta,” Lemus-Martin told Al Jazeera. “But right now, in the US, for example, we’ve seen that Delta keeps being the dominant strain, and what we’ve noticed is that Lambda is not spreading as quickly [in other areas].” But Tsukayama at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima remains cautious. He said Peru’s research capacity to measure the effect of Lambda is limited, which makes it harder to evaluate the variant’s spread. “Gamma showed up in Brazil and expanded throughout the region, and it’s already considered a variant of concern,” he said. “Lambda shares many of the characteristics of Gamma, and it has also spread in other countries. What we don’t have yet is the same amount of evidence Brazilians did. In the region, Brazil leads in their research capacity.” What are the strain’s characteristics? Recent research on the Lambda strain has registered several mutations in its spike protein, the part of the virus that makes contact with human cells, binds to them, and then infects them. The mutation observed in the spike protein might be the reason for its “increased transmissibility… and it could provide a reduction of protection by current vaccines”, according to a study released in July by a team from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and released on the medical website bioRxiv ahead of peer review. According to virologist Ricardo Soto-Rifo of the University of Chile’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences, one of the mutations labelled as L452Q was similar to a mutation also shown in the Delta variant that is believed to have contributed to that strain’s high rate of infection. But Soto-Rifo cautioned that the real effect of the mutations remains unclear. “However we cannot tell yet what the real impact of these mutations are, since it’s a strain that has shown primarily in South America, and that puts us at a disadvantage, as we don’t have all the resources to execute the needed research,” he said. Are vaccines effective against Lambda? With a team of scientists, Soto-Rifo carried out preliminary studies – not yet peer-reviewed – assessing the effect of the Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine on the Lambda strain. The results showed that Lambda was able to neutralise the antibodies generated by the vaccine. Soto-Rifo said part of the vaccine efficacy can be measured by the immunisation response, but also by the responses of T-cells, which stimulate antibody production and help combat the virus-infected cells. “These results were expected,” Soto-Rifo said. “The virus has changed and that can make the vaccine not as efficient as it was with the original virus, but that doesn’t mean the vaccine doesn’t work any more. “As a matter of fact, we also know that CoronaVac still has a good percentage of protection against the virus.” Should we be concerned? Not yet, said Dr Roselyn Lemus-Martin, who holds a PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of Oxford and is based in the US. “At the beginning, we were really concerned… We thought that due to its characteristics, Lambda could become more transmissible than Delta,” Lemus-Martin told Al Jazeera. “But right now, in the US, for example, we’ve seen that Delta keeps being the dominant strain, and what we’ve noticed is that Lambda is not spreading as quickly [in other areas].” But Tsukayama at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima remains cautious. He said Peru’s research capacity to measure the effect of Lambda is limited, which makes it harder to evaluate the variant’s spread. “Gamma showed up in Brazil and expanded throughout the region, and it’s already considered a variant of concern,” he said. “Lambda shares many of the characteristics of Gamma, and it has also spread in other countries. What we don’t have yet is the same amount of evidence Brazilians did. In the region, Brazil leads in their research capacity.”
  5. Good Moring Seeker: Thank you for the "compliment" but to avoid a monochromatic view I do read both sides to form an opinion. A longer read but worthwhile so as to have balance. Sometimes it is fun to "throw the hook in the water" but I digress....
  6. For Seeker and Jaydee If it made the National Post (right of center publication) would you give the article more credence? https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/crime-pmn/trump-urged-justice-dept-to-overturn-vote-results-documents-show https://nationalpost.com/news/world/in-one-two-punch-to-trump-justice-dept-oks-release-of-taxes-memo-2
  7. Good Afternoon All: I have always enjoyed the writings that Conrad Black produces and here is another one for your reading. Conrad Black: With America in decline, this is Canada's time to shine | National Post As the U.S. suffers through its first period of outright decline since the Great Depression, this is our chance for Canada to be an important and positive world leader Author of the article: Conrad Black Publishing date: Jul 31, 2021 • 8 hours ago This is the time Canada has awaited for 350 years: the United States has momentarily subsided into a state of juvenilism and self-flagellation. Instead of wallowing in our own tears every time unmarked graves are discovered and prancing around gas-lighting and virtue-signalling over nebulous questions of climate change, and claiming to be a post-national state, we should take advantage of the first time in our history when we are not preoccupied with the Americans. We should resume the upward rise of Canada in the world, not out of any spite for the U.S., but to fulfill our long-perceived destiny and serve the common interests of the West. As anyone who knows anything about the history of Canada is aware (and too few Canadians are), apart from settling and building Canada, the great struggle of this country has been to maintain its independence from the Americans, and more recently to have any serious raison d’etre independent of the U.S. That is not because of hostility to the U.S., or because being a part of the United States would be a pitiable fate. By most measurements, the United States is the greatest nation in the history of the world and those Americans, undoubtedly the great majority, who still honour their flag and their anthem are rightfully proud of their country. But there was always the feeling in Canada, from the times of Samuel de Champlain, that something different and in some respects better, though not as grand, could be done here, partly because of the unbroken British connection, partly because of the French fact, but mainly because of the propensity of Canadians to be sensible, peaceable, tolerant and comparatively prosperous. Louis de Buade de Frontenac repelled an American attack on Quebec in 1690. Guy Carleton, with the help of the French-Canadians, repulsed the American revolutionaries in 1775 and the following years. General Isaac Brock and others narrowly prevented the Americans from taking over Canada in the War of 1812. And for the following 50 years, the United States was walking on eggshells trying to manage the crisis of slavery and of the Union, culminating in the noble but terrible Civil War (1861-1865). Thereafter, while there were occasional annexationist noises, Canada was enjoying the challenges and pleasures of nation-building and the United States did not wish to go from its Civil War into combat with the British Empire over Canada and therefore left us alone. By the beginning of the 20th century, Canada had made its point and was welcomed as an inoffensive and commendable kindred spirit by the Americans. Yet the challenge continued: the United States almost tripled in population between the Civil War and the First World War and regularly ran eight per cent annual GDP growth rates. Canada kept pace with this despite our comparative lack of a mystique, and without the genius of the spectacle that the Americans have always possessed, which in some ways makes Canada’s achievements even greater than the unheard of rise of America, with which we remained in lock-step. There has never been anything like the huge numbers of volunteer warriors Canada sent to the world wars, even though we were ourselves under no threat. We were one of the four or five most significant allied powers in the Second World War, and a valued ally in the Cold War. Canada has never been involved in anything other than a just war, never been on the losing side, never sought anything for itself except the defence of freedom and always fought with distinction. Throughout this time, the assurance of our national security has come from the United States, ever since President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in Kingston, Ont., in 1938 that the United States “would not stand idly by if Canada were attacked.” (This was the origin of that endlessly invoked expression.) This position was formalized with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 1949, with Canada as a co-founder; NATO has gone on to become the most successful alliance in the history of the world. It is doubtless its extraordinary originality and adaptability that has enabled the United States to launch itself into a time of utter silliness and mindless nonsense. Under the current administration, the United States has hurled open its southern borders to a flood of unskilled and largely desperate people who are rarely proficient in English and take jobs away from hard-working Americans, usually Blacks and Hispanics, who are in the country legally. At the same time, the country’s police departments have been subjected to a fiscal and public-relations assault that has produced a tremendous jump in violent crime; and huge money supply increases have arguably caused inflation to reach eight or nine per cent, if gasoline and building materials, especially lumber, resume their rightful share of the consumer price index. China has effectively proclaimed itself to be the world’s most powerful and best-governed country, while the United States has invited United Nations human rights authorities, influenced by those sterling upholders of the rights of man — China, Russia and Iran — to rate America’s performance on matters of racism. The fact is that the United States has made the greatest and most successful effort of any country in the history of the world to raise up long-wronged ethnic minorities. This notoriously proud and often boastful country, which has spent centuries telling the rest of us about its “exceptionalism,” is going through this time of dangerous absurdity, as some sort of national primal scream therapy, to exorcise what is left of its slave-holding guilt. It will pass quickly. In the meantime, all the haters of former president Donald Trump may celebrate the disaster of the last six months since their electoral wishes came true. This is not an irreversible Spenglerian decline and the United States does not have a death wish. Because of the confluence of a number of non-recurring political and sociological events, this great country, which has long been so well self-pleased, is indulging in the often-useful habits of confession and repentance, but is carrying them to unjustifiable fits of self-reproach. This is a time when the world should contemplate what it would be like if Western, ultimately Judeo-Christian, values, the Western languages and alphabet and the whole civilization of the West, including popular culture and the free market economy, all ceased to be pre-eminent, and the system most admired and aspired to in the world. If the totalitarian Communist regime in China were to become the model for the world’s political and economic system, the long night of its oppression would produce a new Dark Age, which, in the words of Winston Churchill, would be “made more sinister and more protracted by the lights of perverted science.” Europe is exhausted, the United States is momentarily a neurotic version of President Richard Nixon’s famous “pitiful helpless giant,” and our turn has come to acquire national self-confidence and pride, not arrogance or complacency. We should enhance our Armed Forces, which is the best form of technological and economic stimulation, and the fast track to gaining influence in the wobbling Western alliance. We should stop agonizing over confected gender issues and mawkishly sensationalized Native questions. Canada can be a positive influence in the world, but only if it is strong, innovative and distinctive. As the U.S. suffers through its first period of outright decline since the Great Depression, this is our chance for Canada to be an important and positive world leader. We must not squander it. National Post
  8. From my training treat all smoke as fire until proven otherwise. They might be “left leaning” but would you have preferred RMN to have finished his second term? As I said at the beginning this will be left for history to be the final arbitrator unless if you have a good crystal ball to look in the future…
  9. Good Afternoon Seeker: From a previous post of yours did you not say “I am where there is smoke there is fire”? Or does this need more Jet-A on the fire?
  10. Good Morning All: From the Washington Post about a phone call between the former President Trump and Assistant Attorney General Rosen. I am most certain the arbitrators of history will have the final story of this but from one reader the following personal perspective " Virtually everything that can be said about tRump has been said. Not that it will ever happen, but he needs to step back and take stock of his life. You don't live your life by promoting fear, having no morality, empathy, compassion, etc. His inflated ego has made him a shell of a human being with nothing to offer but vitriol and raging tantrums. He makes accusations that others are nasty to him - perhaps a good long look in a mirror would be appropriate to reflect his shortcomings. He should have used some of his "executive" time for self assessment in addition to learning about the US government. No wonder some have turned on him as he has no loyalty whatsoever to anyone other than himself and the almighty dollar. We are tired of his tantrums, lies, grifting, and attempts to regain power through any means available. We are so tired of him. He needs to fade into the abyss of ignominy". Donoghue notes show Trump pressing Rosen, Justice on election-fraud claims - The Washington Post Trump to acting AG, according to aide’s notes: ‘Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me’ By Devlin Barrett and Josh Dawsey Yesterday at 6:12 p.m. EDT 6.2k President Donald Trump pressed senior Justice Department officials in late 2020 to “just say the election was corrupt [and] leave the rest to me” and Republican lawmakers, according to stunning handwritten notes that illustrate how far the president was willing to go to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. The notes, taken by Justice Department official Richard Donoghue, were released to Congress this week and made public Friday — further evidence of the personal pressure campaign Trump waged as he sought to stay in the White House. In one Dec. 27 conversation, according to the written account, acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen told Trump that the Justice Department “can’t + won’t snap its fingers + change the outcome of the election.” The president replied that he understood but wanted the agency to “just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,” according to the notes written by Donoghue, a participant in the discussion. The Washington Post first revealed the existence of the notes and the phone calls Wednesday. How Ashli Babbitt went from Capitol rioter to Trump-embraced ‘martyr’ The documents show the extent to which senior Justice Department officials “were on a knife’s edge” in late 2020 as Trump sought to prevent Biden from becoming president, said David Laufman, a former senior Justice Department official. “These notes reveal that a sitting president, defeated in a free and fair election, personally and repeatedly pressured Justice Department leaders to help him foment a coup in a last-ditch attempt to cling to power,” Laufman said. “And that should shock the conscience of every American, regardless of political persuasion.” He credited Rosen and Donoghue with devising “a mechanism to allow Trump to vent and spew his desired schemes to enlist their help to overturn the election without undertaking any course of action that would have facilitated that scheme.” The notes were made public by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on the same day the Justice Department announced that it would support the release of Trump’s personal and business tax returns to a different Democratic-controlled House committee — another legal setback for the former president, who could continue to fight the issue in court. Donoghue also took notes on a meeting he participated in with White House officials two days after the Dec. 27 phone call. In that meeting, Trump officials repeatedly pressed the Justice Department to pursue various unfounded theories of election manipulation. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), chairwoman of the Oversight Committee, said the notes “show that President Trump directly instructed our nation’s top law enforcement agency to take steps to overturn a free and fair election in the final days of his presidency.” A lawyer for Rosen declined to comment. A lawyer for Donoghue did not respond to a request for comment, nor did a Trump spokeswoman. See Richard Donoghue’s handwritten notes of the Dec. 27 phone call Some of the notes taken by Justice Department official Richard Donoghue during a phone call with President Donald Trump. (House Committee on Oversight and Reform) The president and Rosen discussed Trump’s claims of voter fraud at other times as well, according to people familiar with the discussions. In the calls, Rosen was generally noncommittal, hearing the president out while not promising to take any specific action in response, these people said. His attempts to change the subject were mostly unsuccessful. “Trump was absolutely obsessed about it,” one person with knowledge of the calls said. Others close to Trump were also pressing the Justice Department to consider dubious claims of vote tampering. Mark Meadows, then the White House chief of staff, at times forwarded public claims of potential voter fraud to Justice Department officials, which some officials found exasperating, according to previously released emails. Meadows’s defenders have said he was just letting the department know about possible instances of illegality. Some of the notes taken by Justice Department official Richard Donoghue during a phone call with President Donald Trump. (House Committee on Oversight and Reform) The president and Rosen discussed Trump’s claims of voter fraud at other times as well, according to people familiar with the discussions. In the calls, Rosen was generally noncommittal, hearing the president out while not promising to take any specific action in response, these people said. His attempts to change the subject were mostly unsuccessful. “Trump was absolutely obsessed about it,” one person with knowledge of the calls said. Others close to Trump were also pressing the Justice Department to consider dubious claims of vote tampering. Mark Meadows, then the White House chief of staff, at times forwarded public claims of potential voter fraud to Justice Department officials, which some officials found exasperating, according to previously released emails. Meadows’s defenders have said he was just letting the department know about possible instances of illegality. Donoghue’s notes show the degree to which the president was personally involved in such efforts, however, and the ways in which Justice Department officials walked a tightrope of listening to him while not taking any concrete actions they considered unethical or partisan. The notes also say that Trump suggested to Rosen that he might be replaced at the helm of the Justice Department and even dropped the name of his possible successor. “We have an obligation to tell people that this was an illegal, corrupt election,” Trump said, according to the notes. “People tell me Jeff Clark is great, I should put him in. People want me to replace DOJ leadership.” As Trump pushed to overturn election, he called his acting AG almost daily Within a week, Trump was contemplating a plan to replace Rosen with Clark, already a senior official at Justice, who was more amenable to pursuing Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud. That possibility nearly touched off a crisis at the highest levels of federal law enforcement, people familiar with the matter have previously said. The president was ultimately dissuaded from firing Rosen after a high-stakes meeting with those involved, those people said. Clark, whom Trump had appointed to lead the environment and natural resources division and who later led the civil division, has denied that he devised a plan to oust Rosen or that he formed “recommendations for action based on factual inaccuracies gleaned from the Internet.” Donoghue’s notes show that Trump repeatedly brought up unsubstantiated tales of voter fraud in various states, which the Justice Department officials told him were not true. “You guys may not be following the Internet the way I do,” Trump responded, according to the notes. He also said people are angry and “blaming DOJ + for inaction.” The president urged the nation’s top law enforcement official to aggressively investigate Biden’s son Hunter, according to the notes, which recount the president saying: “You figure out what to do w/ H. Biden — people will criticize the DOJ if he’s not investigated for real.” Justice Department officials have been conducting a long-running investigation into Hunter Biden’s finances, but no charges have been filed. Trump and his lawyers could have sought to block the release of Donoghue’s notes to Congress. There were days of discussion among Trump advisers about whether to do so, one adviser said, but the former president did not believe that the notes showed anything problematic, even though some of his advisers feared that the disclosures would be damaging. “If it gets more attention on the election, he welcomes it,” this adviser said. At least some of the former Justice Department officials with knowledge of the phone conversations had privately hoped that Trump would seek to block the sharing of the notes, to prevent those former officials from having to testify on Capitol Hill about the exchanges, said people familiar with their thinking. Those people spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions. But Trump did not attempt to stop the release. And the Justice Department informed Rosen and others this week that their conversations with the president about the election were not protected by executive privilege. In a statement revealing the content of the notes Friday, Maloney said that her committee “has begun scheduling interviews with key witnesses to investigate the full extent of the former President’s corruption, and I will exercise every tool at my disposal to ensure all witness testimony is secured without delay.”
  11. Good Afternoon All: I can imagine the "startle factor" was quite high in this incident and not the most compelling argument for single pilot operations in the Transport World in any flight phase. Incident: French Bee A359 at Paris on Feb 4th 2020, altitude and heading deviations and low speed warning during go around By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Feb 21st 2020 18:40Z, last updated Wednesday, Jul 14th 2021 14:40Z A French Bee Airbus A350-900, registration F-HREV performing flight BF-711 (dep Feb 3rd) from San Francisco,CA (USA) to Paris Orly (France), was on final approach to Orly's runway 25 descending through about 900 feet MSL when the crew initiated a go around due to wind shear. The aircraft attempted to climb to 5000 feet MSL, however, lost speed and began to descend again at 2500 feet. At about 1200 feet MSL the aircraft had accelerated from about 170 knots over ground to about 290 knots over ground and finally climbed to 5000 feet, positioned for another approach to runway 25 and landed without further incident about 15 minutes after the go around. The French BEA reported on Feb 21st 2020: "During the approach to runway 25, the crew went around due to wind shear. During the missed approach procedure, deviations in heading and altitude are observed and the low speed alarm is triggered. The crew made a new approach and landed without any particular event." The occurrence was rated an incident and is being investigated by the BEA. On Jul 13th 2021 the BEA released their final report concluding the probable causes of the incident were: The following factors contributed to the initial path deviations in the go-around (Phase 1): - The cognitive incapacitation of the PF, which by definition was difficult for the crew to identify. It was not possible to fully establish the reasons for this. However, the following factors may have contributed to its appearance: - the surprise effect linked to the unexpected triggering of the predictive windshear warning; - the initiative taken by the captain-PM, without conferring, with respect to the management of the flight during the go-around phase; „- the workload associated with the go-around. ˆ- The presence of several elements of a typical scenario of the BEA Aeroplane State Awareness During Go-Around (ASAGA) study: „- the surprise effect linked to a disruptive element, without any forewarning; - carrying out the go-around in manual flight control at an altitude close to the stabilization altitude; - a complex missed approach procedure with a low stabilization altitude and a turn. ˆ- The time taken for the PM to take over control. After the captain had taken over control (Phase 2), the following factors may have contributed to the triggering of the low energy alert and to descending below the published missed approach stabilization altitude: - the cognitive incapacitation of the copilot, which led to his intervening on the flight systems such as the speedbrakes and AP without calling this out; - the captain’s high workload as he had to manage the flight alone in a dynamic phase, which included the interactions with the ATC to manage the conflict with a departing aeroplane. The BEA summarized the scenario in their conclusions: Scenario Established on ILS 25 at Paris-Orly, the copilot-PF disconnected the autopilot (AP) at 1,400 ft with a view to landing. Four seconds later, and without any forewarning, the crew were surprised by the predictive windshear warning, “GO AROUND, WINDSHEAR AHEAD” (Phase 1). The captain ordered a go-around which was flown in manual flight control by the copilot. This led to an immediate and brutal break in the crew’s action plan, substantially increased their workload and considerably changed the rate of work after a flight of more than 11 hours. The flight phase suddenly became very dynamic, all of the occurrence sequence lasting around four minutes and the difference in altitude between the start of the go-around and the stabilization altitude at 2,000 ft being small. The captain-PM’s call for a go-around in immediate response to the predictive windshear warning may have contributed to the destabilization of the copilot-PF. The copilot thought that the AP was engaged whereas this was no longer the case, and made no input on the sidestick after the initiation of the go-around. The plane started to deviate from the missed approach path and the FD command bars progressively moved off-centre on the two axes. The copilot, confronted with the surprise effect in connection with the unexpected triggering of the predictive windshear warning, the change in the rate of work and the increased workload was then “absent” for a few minutes. This cognitive incapacitation was not initially identified by the captain or the relief pilot. In the vertical profile, the go-around was continued to around 800 ft above the stabilization altitude, and this despite the position of the FD command bars, the altitude alerts and the altitude calls made by the captain-PM and relief pilot. Although the captain had quickly identified this flight path deviation, he took over control of the aircraft and started correcting the flight path more than 50 s after busting 2,000 ft. In the horizontal profile, it was the slight right input on the copilot’s sidestick on increasing the nose-up attitude at the beginning of the go-around and not subsequently corrected, and the FD command bar indications not being followed, which resulted in the plane being around 650 m to the right of the runway centreline, and flying over the control tower. The copilot then put the aeroplane into level flight at an altitude of around 2,800 ft. The captain had just put his hand on the sidestick when the copilot probably extended the speedbrakes without calling this out. After calling out “I have control”, the captain engaged the AP (Phase 2) to return to the published missed approach path by turning left and descending to 2,000 ft. The case of the PM taking late control of the flight path once the aeroplane configuration changes had been completed, is typical of the occurrences in the study carried out by the BEA into Aeroplane State Awareness During Go-Around (ASAGA). In the dynamic context of the go-around, the cognitive incapacitation of the copilot was not verbalized by the crew. The captain had to manage a high workload on his own: flight control and navigation as well as handing radio communications and the conflict with a plane taking off from runway 24. The extension of the speedbrakes, very probably commanded by the copilot, led to an increase in the VLS and the activation of the low energy alert “SPEED, SPEED, SPEED”. For the captain, this was the third disruptive element at the end of this flight, coming after the predictive windshear warning and the copilot’s incapacitation. The captain then returned to conventional manual flight control with the objective of increasing speed and then stabilizing at 2,000 ft. He temporarily put the thrust levers in the TOGA detent (which automatically caused the speedbrakes to retract) and disengaged the AP by his actions on the sidestick (which also disengaged the FDs due to the effect of a mode reversion). He continued the descent while monitoring the separation with the other aeroplane. In this very emotional situation, the stability of his manual flight control was affected. During this descent and in reaction to a suggestion made by the relief pilot, the copilot engaged AP2 without coordinating this action with the captain. The latter was surprised and did not understand why the AP was engaged in V/S mode. This led to his firm request for silence in the cockpit, “Everybody silent, I’m the only one giving orders” to allow him to concentrate on the management of the flight. He then disengaged AP2 to engage AP1. After a descent to 1,550 ft, the captain stabilized the plane at 3,000 ft as requested by air traffic control (Phase 3). As the copilot felt better, he became PM for the landing which took place without further incident. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/FBU711/history/20200204/0704Z/KSFO/LFPO Metars: LFPO 041900Z 32012KT 290V350 9999 FEW026 BKN056 08/03 Q1028 NOSIG= LFPO 041830Z 31011KT 280V340 9999 SCT029 BKN055 08/03 Q1028 TEMPO SCT030TCU= LFPO 041800Z 31012KT 9999 SCT034 BKN042 08/03 Q1027 TEMPO SCT030TCU= LFPO 041700Z 31011KT 9999 SCT034 BKN045 08/02 Q1027 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU= LFPO 041630Z 32012KT 280V350 9999 SCT036 BKN046 08/02 Q1026 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU= LFPO 041600Z 33015KT 290V360 9999 SCT042TCU BKN050 07/02 Q1026 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU= LFPO 041530Z 32012KT 280V020 9999 SCT042 BKN050 08/01 Q1025 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU= LFPO 041500Z 30017KT 9999 SCT042 BKN053 09/01 Q1024 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU= LFPO 041430Z 32017KT 280V350 9999 FEW037 SCT053 08/01 Q1024 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU= LFPO 041400Z 31018KT 280V340 9999 FEW048 FEW050TCU SCT053 08/02 Q1024 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU= LFPO 041330Z 31015KT 9999 R25/1200D SCT040 SCT053 07/02 Q1024 TEMPO 29015G30KT SCT020TCU
  12. Good Afternoon Seeker: Thank you for your response. With regards to 1 Dr Shi Zhengli's research started 2012 when a group of miners in Yunnan Province suffered severe respiratory disease in the same cave where Dr Shi's team later discovered a virus close to SARS-CoV-2. That being said research goes back further then 2012 Dr Shi later published some of the most important papers on SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19 assisting other scientists around the world. Regarding 2 and 3 I will look at this later. Regarding 4 (spoiler alert no fan of the Clinton's) I have to accept on the basis of his testimony he is telling the truth until proven other wise. I have 2 sources for you to review and comment on at your discretion. The first is from the New York Times published June 14th 2021 and updated July 09th 2021 with the hyperlink below: Shi Zhengli, A Virologist in Wuhan, Speaks Out Against 'Lab Leak' Theory - The New York Times (nytimes.com) The other one is a peer reviewed scientific paper which is a tough slog but refers to how long the study has been going on. his was received November 21st 2017 and and accepted January 08th 2018. As an aside Dr Zhengli runs the Wuhan Institute of Virology but strangely is not a member of the Communist Party of China. Serological Evidence of Bat SARS-Related Coronavirus Infection in Humans, China (ecohealthalliance.org)
  13. Good Morning KK: Back in the day I did that myself I did the line controlled as well. A lot of fun but I got disoriented very quickly by going in circles. At Air Cadets we built multiple balsa wood models and some fabric covered wings. I can still remember the headaches from the dope used to cure the fabric from a long time ago. Spinning the prop I can still feel the "clips" on my fingers... Thanks
  14. Good Morning Seeker: All good points but Dr Fauci was under oath at the time giving testimony and was under significant legal jeopardy if he was lying at this enquiry. U.S. Code sections 1621 and 1001 of Title 18 refers: Section 1621 covers general perjury, and stipulates that anyone who “wilfully and contrary to such oath states or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true” is guilty of perjury and shall be fined or imprisoned up to five years, or both. Section 1001 covers false statements more generally, without requiring an oath. The section stipulates that “whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government of the United States, knowingly and wilfully” falsifies or conceals information, including before a congressional committee’s inquiry, may also be fined or imprisoned up to five years. In addition Senator Paul can find relief for character defamation as not only was Doctor Fauci under oath, video recorded and witnessed if he so chooses. From Wikipedia Dr Fauci has a very impressive review and I sure his curriculum vitae is more impressive then most witnesses that have testified before a committee hearing. Anthony Fauci - Wikipedia Can you please take the time to walk me through on what I am missing? Do you have information that shows that gain of function for COVID-19 was in play? If you do I would appreciate links for peer reviewed papers so I can educate myself more fully. Thank you
  15. Good Morning All: Although not biased media per say as this is like listening to a CVR post incident it is worth watching Dr Fauci with his last response to Senator Rand Paul. In a word Priceless! https://apple.news/Aki1JhdfwSHaEQwyvrtpoTQ
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