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  1. This is turning into a circus of the absurd, Talk about crap in motion......
  2. House panel demands another investigation into F-35 pilot breathing system problems By: Valerie Insinna   36 minutes ago An F-35A Lightning II pilot prepares for a flight at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on July 30, 2020. (Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille/(U.S. Air Force) WASHINGTON — A subpanel of the House Armed Services Committee wants the Pentagon to take a second look at the F-35 jet’s pilot breathing systems, which may be contributing to physiological episodes where pilots reported oxygen deprivation. Last week, the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee released its portion of the fiscal 2022 defense policy bill, which contained a provision requiring the Defense Department to investigate and implement corrective actions for the F-35′s pilot breathing system. Although the FY21 version of the National Defense Authorization Act required the Pentagon to assess the root causes of physiological episodes occurring inside the Lockheed Martin-made aircraft, a report by NASA published in November 2020 has raised further concerns that the F-35′s breathing systems may not meet pilot needs, said a congressional aide who spoke with reporters July 28. “They had some pretty concerning findings,” the aide said. The NASA study — which used interviews with pilots and data from two F-35s during ground tests —found the Joint Strike Fighter does not continually supply the amount of oxygen needed by pilots, forcing operators to change their breathing rates to compensate. “Pilots who have suffered [physiological episodes] in the F-35 … fault the breathing system for acute and chronic health conditions that have caused impairment for days, weeks, months, or longer,” the study stated. By mandating a more comprehensive evaluation, the committee hopes to quickly correct technical problems before the services are locked into conducting expensive retrofits for a huge portion of their fighter inventory. “Unfortunately it’s taken Congress to get the department to look at those issues and take action,” the aide said. “We want to make sure that instead of the pilot having to adapt to the jet, the jet needs to make sure that it complies with the military specifications required for pilot breathing systems,” the aide added. “The pilot shouldn’t have to think about breathing in the airplane. It should just come naturally so that they can focus on the tactical employment.” F-35 physiological episodes first came to the forefront in 2017, when the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, grounded its F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing aircraft for several weeks. At the time, multiple pilots reported experiencing the symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. After studying the issue, the F-35 Joint Program Office announced that it would make software changes to the onboard oxygen-generation system, which is produced by Honeywell. JPO officials believed that by amending the amount of oxygen delivered to pilots at altitude, it could lower the number of physiological episodes experienced by pilots. More than 40 physiological episodes have been reported by F-35 pilots, the committee aide said. Air Force Magazine reported that 27 of those incidents have occurred in U.S. Air Force F-35As, including one F-35A crash in May 2020 where the “work of breathing” may have adversely impacted the pilot’s cognitive functions, according to the accident investigation. The number of physiological events in the F-35A has trickled downward since FY17, when there was a spike of nine incidents, according to Air Force Magazine. The Air Force logged four episodes in FY18, three in FY19 and five in FY20. It’s unclear whether the subcommittee’s mandate for further study into F-35 physiological incidents will ultimately make it into the final version of the NDAA. HASC is set to mark up its proposed legislation on Sept. 1. Once approved by the full committee, HASC members and their counterparts in the Senate will begin work on a compromise version of the bill.
  3. I wonder he did at AirCanada, I was not aware they paid out bonuses
  4. ‌ ‌ ‌ Watch Boeing's Starliner Spacecraft Launch to the International Space Station Tune in Tuesday, August 3, for the second uncrewed test flight of the Starliner, scheduled to lift off at 1:20 p.m. EDT (17:20 UTC) on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Launch coverage starts at 12:30 p.m. EDT (16:30 UTC). This Commercial Crew mission, called Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), will test the end-to-end capabilities of Starliner from launch to docking at the International Space Station, atmospheric re-entry, and a desert landing in the western United States. Following a successful completion of the OFT-2 mission, we are targeting late 2021 for the Boeing Crew Flight Test, Starliner’s first flight with astronauts aboard. Virtual Launch Party – Register to attend the launch virtually and receive curated launch resources, notifications about NASA social interactions, and the opportunity for a virtual launch passport stamp following a successful launch. Next Gen STEM – Engage kids and students in virtual and hands-on activities that are both family-friendly and educational through Next Gen STEM Commercial Crew. Check out our coloring sheets, classroom activities, and more. Go Starliner! – What can we expect to see on launch day? How did teams prepare for OFT-2? Hear Bob Dempsey, flight director at our Johnson Space Center, on this week's episode of Houston We Have a Podcast.
  5. Read the following story Trudeau’s recent housing announcement for Peel filled with misleading claims (yahoo.com)
  6. Note the date on the following story re a fatigue problem at WestJet. So is this old news being given a 2nd life or>>>> ????? Concern over sleepy pilots Nicholas Johansen - Mar 8, 2016 / 10:21 am | Story: 160246 Photo: The Canadian Press Most travellers hold a well-rested pilot high on their list of wants when it comes to choosing an airline. But, pilots at WestJet suggest that's not always the reality. An internal report shows a high level of frustration among many of the company’s pilots over the heavy scheduling they face. A former WestJet pilot, Rob Scratch Mitchell, told CTV fatigue was one of the reasons he quit. He even said he has fallen asleep in the air. “There have been a few times I’ve woken up and I’ve seen the other pilot nodding off as well. That’s probably something people aren’t comfortable to hear,” Mitchell said. “We’re stretching our crews to the edge of safety.” Some in the report blame the issue on WestJet looking to cut costs and increase efficiency. “Fatigue is not a free fix,” said one unnamed participant in the report. “They know how to fix it, but it’s all about cost. And they don’t want to spend the money.” A total of 94 participants, from nine pilot groups in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, were involved in the report. All the groups had concerns about fatigue. “Participants were passionate and overwhelmingly negative with regards to increasingly difficult schedules and related fatigue issues,” the report reads. “Many pilots believe that the increased focus on delivering value to the shareholder has been made at a significant cost to morale, culture, and trust.” A WestJet spokesperson told CTV the airline is trying to address the issues. “A significant amount of work had already been done prior to these focus groups, and several changes have been implemented since, with more to come,” the spokesperson said in an email. “It is also important to note that all of our pilots are scheduled not only within regulatory requirements laid out by Transport Canada, but in accordance with our pilot agreements and, most importantly, through changes implemented in accordance with our fatigue risk management system.” Transport Canada currently allows pilots to work 14-hour shifts. Last year, the agency announced it was looking to update its rules, and reduce the limit to between nine and 13 hours, but it postponed the change. “Countries such as Morocco, Bangladesh, India all have flight and duty time regulations that are a lot more strict,” said Capt. Dan Adamus of the Airline Pilots' Association.
  7. Schedules leaving some WestJet pilots fatigued, internal report says | CTV News Schedules leaving some WestJet pilots fatigued, internal report says CTV Vancouver Mi-Jung LeeAnchor, CTV News Vancouver You may want to listen to the video report. Schedules leaving some WestJet pilots fatigued, internal report says | CTV News There are concerns among WestJet pilots that their schedules are leaving them exhausted on the job, according to an internal report obtained by CTV News. The report, which sums up the results of focus groups commissioned by the airline late last year, highlights frustration among many pilots, some of whom blame the issue on WestJet executives pushing to cut costs and increase efficiency. “You’re not flying at the level you should be – and that’s the problem. There are no options,” one unnamed participant says in the document. “Fatigue is not a free fix. They know how to fix it, but it’s all about cost. And they don’t want to spend the money,” says another. According to the report, nine different pilot groups involving a total of 94 participants were consulted in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. It found the same key issues about fatigue and related health and safety concerns among all groups. “Participants were passionate and overwhelmingly negative with regards to increasingly difficult schedules and related fatigue issues,” it reads. “Many pilots believe that the increased focus on delivering value to the shareholder has been made at a significant cost to morale, culture, and trust.” One former pilot, Rob Scratch Mitchell, said fatigue was one of the reasons he decided to quit WestJet. He also admitted to having fallen asleep in the air. “There have been a few times I’ve woken up and I’ve seen the other pilot nodding off as well. That’s probably something people aren’t comfortable to hear,” he said. “We’re stretching our crews to the edge of safety.” Asked about the report, WestJet told CTV News it’s trying to address employees’ concerns about fatigue, and has made headway since the focus group was conducted. “A significant amount of work had already been done prior to these focus groups, and several changes have been implemented since, with more to come,” a spokesperson said in an email. “It is also important to note that all of our pilots are scheduled not only within regulatory requirements laid out by Transport Canada, but in accordance with our pilot agreements and, most importantly, through changes implemented in accordance with our fatigue risk management system.” There are also concerns among pilots that Canada’s regulations have fallen behind international standards, however. The U.S. overhauled its rules after a 2009 crash in Buffalo that killed 49 people, and which was blamed on pilot error and fatigue. Many Canadian pilots are urging federal regulators to do the same now, and not wait for a similar tragedy. “Countries such as Morocco, Bangladesh, India all have flight and duty time regulations that are a lot more strict,” said Capt. Dan Adamus of the Airline Pilots' Association. Currently, Transport Canada allows pilots to work a 14-hour shift, longer than is allowed in many countries. The agency announced it wanted to udate the rules last year, including a new limit of between nine and 13 hours in the cockpit, but postponed their implementation. With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Mi-Jung Lee
  8. If not the virus then Mother Nature still has a way of complicating flights. 40 flights cancelled at Kelowna International Airport due to a B.C. wildfire no-fly zone By Shelby Thom Global News Posted August 2, 2021 10:57 am Updated August 2, 2021 10:58 am The massive White Rock Lake wildfire burning in B.C.’s Southern Interior is wreaking havoc on operations at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) with at least 40 flights cancelled over the past 24 hours. Phillip Elchitz, senior airport operations manager, said the BC Wildfire Service increased the size of the no-fly zone in the vicinity of the wildfire on Sunday afternoon. “The White Rock Lake fire boundary has moved east to Lake Okanagan with a no-fly zone up to 10,000 feet above sea level — this is affecting the instrument approaches into the airport,” Elchitz said. READ MORE: White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold spreads to 20,000 hectares “As with any adverse weather situations, travellers are reminded to check in with their airline for the most up-to-date flight information before coming to the airport.” Elchitz said he expects most departures and arrivals scheduled for Monday will also be cancelled due to the dynamic situation. “We expect the majority of the flights today to be cancelled and we encourage passengers to check the flight status of their flight,” he said. White Rock Lake wildfire balloons to 20,000 hectares near Westwold Stranded passengers have been struggling to find last-minute hotel accommodations during the August long weekend — the peak of the tourism season in the Okanagan.
  9. Let us hope they convert to cleaner burning petroleum products such as LNG. but of course...
  10. HEALTH Quebec records over 500 new COVID-19 cases since Friday as daily cases continue to rise Quebec is reporting 501 COVID-19 cases over the last three days as the daily tallies continue to climb above the 100 mark. No new virus-related deaths have been reported. Of the 501 new cases, 154 were reported on Monday and the other 347 were from the Saturday and Sunday. Health officials say 53 per cent of all new daily infections are in the 20 to 39 age bracket. Quebec’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 11,241 since the start of the pandemic.
  11. Florida’s COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 10,200 setting pandemic record By Mike Schneider The Associated Press Posted August 1, 2021 12:35 pm WATCH: Dr. Fauci says unvaccinated responsible for latest COVID-19 outbreak A+ A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the hospitalizations, as the number of patients in hospitals because of COVID-19 once again broke through the 1,000-person threshold. The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. READ MORE: Florida shatters daily COVID-19 case record with over 21,000 new infections The previous record was from more than a year ago, July 23, 2020, more than a half-year before vaccinations started becoming widespread, when Florida had 10,170 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Hospital Association. Florida is now leading the nation in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19, as hospitals around the state report having to put emergency room visitors in beds in hallways and others document a noticeable drop in the age of patients In the past week, Florida has averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day, and 35 daily pediatric hospitalizations. Both are the highest per capita rate in the nation, according to Jason Salemi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida. cine incentive Biden calls on states to offer $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive The hospitalizations and increasing cases have come as the new, more transmittable delta variant has spread throughout Florida, and residents have returned to pre-pandemic activities. “The recent rise is both striking and not-at-all surprising,” Salemi said in an email late Saturday. Federal health data released Saturday showed that Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. The figures show how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State: only a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new daily cases. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to impose restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis on Friday barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month. Hospitals overwhelmed Throughout Florida, from Jacksonville to Miami to Tampa, hospitals have become overwhelmed. Barry Burton, the Pinellas County administrator, told the Tampa Bay Times that some local hospitals are already having to divert ambulances to different locations because of capacity concerns. READ MORE: Florida officials accused of prioritizing wealthy seniors for coronavirus vaccines There has been a startling rise in the number of children with the virus at hospitals in Miami, many of them requiring intensive care. Memorial Health’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood had seven patients with COVID-19. At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, there were 17 patients with COVID-19 on Friday, including six in the ICU and one who needed a ventilator, Dr. Marcos Mestre, vice president and chief medical officer, told the Miami Herald. About half of the patients were under 12, Mestre said, and the rest were older and eligible for the vaccine. But none of the patients with COVID-19 at Nicklaus Children’s on Friday were vaccinated. Most children who get COVID-19 do not need hospitalization, Mestre said.
  12. China burns us again Reliance on coal making climate goals useless Calgary Sun 1 Aug 2021 LORRIE GOLDSTEIN lgoldstein@postmedia.com @sunlorrie JUSTIN TRUDEAU Whenever human-induced climate change is discussed during Canada's upcoming federal election, keep in mind the country that matters most on this issue is China and the fossil fuel that matters most in China is coal. The reason is that whatever China does makes whatever Canada does irrelevant in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. That's because coal — not oil — is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel and the main contributor to global emissions. In China, coal-fired electricity supplies 57% of its energy needs. In Canada, it's 7.4%. China consumes more coal than the rest of the world combined. In 2019, China was responsible for 27% of global emissions. The next largest emitter was the U.S. at 11%. Canada contributes 1.5%. In 2019, China for the first time generated more emissions — 14.09 gigatonnes — than the entire developed world combined — 14.06 gigatonnes — including the 38-member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the 27 members of the European Union. According to the international research company Rhodium Group, China's emissions in 2019 more than tripled compared to 1990 levels with a 25% increase over the last decade alone. China is also building coalfired power plants at a faster pace than the rest of the world combined. In March, energy journalist Michael Standaert, writing in Yaleenvironment360, published by the Yale School of the Environment, reported that China in 2020 “brought 38.4 gigawatts of new coalfired power into operation, more than three times what was brought online everywhere else. “A total of 247 gigawatts of coal power is now in planning or development (in China), nearly six times Germany's entire coal-fired capacity,” Standaert wrote. “China has also proposed additional new coal plants that, if built, would generate 73.5 gigawatts of power, more than five times the 13.9 gigawatts proposed in the rest of the world combined.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed Canada to reducing our emissions up to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030 and to net zero by 2050. (No federal government — Liberal or Conservative — has ever achieved a single target it has set in more than three decades.) China's defenders argue that the country's reliance on coal has been decreasing over time (mainly because of public anger about air pollution), that China's per capita emissions are much lower than Canada's, that most emissions in today's atmosphere were put there by developed countries and that China is a global leader in developing wind and solar power. That said, it's also a major investor in coal plants around the world. A better argument, based on realpolitik, is that China's focus is on having enough energy to feed its 1.4 billion people today, not global temperatures 80 years from now. Chinese President Xi Jinping said China's emissions will peak before 2030 and they will achieve net zero by 2060. But given China's record on COVID-19, Hong Kong, Uighurs, Tibet, Taiwan and its appalling treatment of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, it's best to take what Xi says with a huge grain of sand. China's reliance on coal makes everything Trudeau is doing in Canada irrelevant — including his national carbon tax/price — a policy the Americans have refused to implement to this day. That said, many Canadians agree with Trudeau that regardless of what China does, we have to do something given rising global temperatures. Fair point. Just remember that what Canada does is irrelevant, other than as a symbolic gesture.
  13. Road to victory for Liberals wide open Calgary Sun 1 Aug 2021 LORNE GUNTER lgunter@postmedia.com @sunlornegunter THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE JUSTIN TRUDEAU There have been a rash of columns lately across the nation cautioning Justin Trudeau and the Liberals not to assume a majority is in the bag if they call an early election. Of course, nothing in politics is certain. But if Liberal supporters can't be pried away from their party over the Snc-lavalin scandal, in which their party leader openly tried to undermine the justice system; if they can't see through Trudeau's blackface antics or his corruption in the WE Charities or his economic incompetence and fiscal ineptitude, what gives the Conservatives, NDP and Bloc any hope they might use the pandemic, for instance, to demonstrate how unfit Trudeau is to govern? There are currently 10 major vaccines being used around the world to combat COVID-19. This week, the Economist magazine surveyed more than 150 countries to see which of those vaccines were most acceptable to their health authorities for incoming international travellers. In other words, which travellers did not have to quarantine upon arrival based on which vaccine they had received. Perhaps a little surprisingly, Astrazeneca was No. 1, followed closely by Pfizer and Moderna. What potion was No. 10? Cansino, the Chinese vaccine Trudeau wanted Canadians to put all their faith in. Cansino is so ineffective, even countries that took it from China to inoculate their own populations won't accept it from international travellers. Of course, Trudeau insists he wasn't trying to put all Canada's vaccine eggs in the Cansino basket. (Cansino, by the way, is affiliated with the Chinese military.) As recently as last month, the PM was spinning this elaborate web about how he was working on getting us reputable vaccines long before the Cansino deal fell through. And he's such a ditz, he may well remember it that way. But the truth is, among Western nations Canada was very slow getting vaccines because for months Trudeau kept holding onto his naive belief that the Chinese government would come through for him. My statement immediately above is anti-communist, not anti-chinese racism. But Liberal spin doctors know all they have to do to make Liberal voters forget their own government's total incapability is claim their opponents are racist liars and — presto — instant loyalty to the Liberal brand. Let me give you a hypothetical about how that works. Theresa Tam, the chief public health doctor in Canada, is an alarmist — far too alarmist to be in charge of deciding when we need lockdowns and when we can be freed again. Yet if Conservative Leader Erin O'toole were to say that, the Liberals would immediately insist he was an anti-science, anti-vaxxer who was also an anti-asian bigot. And being weak, O'toole would crumble and beg forgiveness, thereby proving the Liberal slurs were accurate. Much of the Canadian media, too, would fall in behind the Liberals in such accusations. That's what the Liberals' opponents are up against in any election, but particularly one now when so many “progressive” voters remain scared stiff about COVID-19. They're not looking at the waning pandemic rationally, so they are especially prone to irrational tactics from the Liberal war room. The Conservatives should go after the Liberals over the pandemic and over the loss of jobs and over historic, massive deficits and climate change, the destruction of the energy sector, the Liberals' fake commitment to women and Indigenous Canadians, and a host of other touchy subjects. But Erin O'toole believes the path to power lies in copying the Liberals issue for issue, but promising simply to implement the Libs' policy book better. Margaret Thatcher used to have a term for Conservatives like O'toole, she called them “wets.” They abandon their base rather than be criticized by “progressive,” elite voices, but in the process they gain no new swing votes. That assures the Liberals a win.
  14. LETTING HIM SKATE Media continue to give PM a pass on groping allegations Calgary Sun 1 Aug 2021 BRIAN LILLEY blilley@postmedia.com @brianlilley JUSTIN TRUDEAU I don't know what is more audacious: That Justin Trudeau felt he could condemn hockey player Logan Mailloux and his being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens or that much of the media wrote about this without mentioning Trudeau's past. Mailloux was drafted by the Canadiens in the first round despite asking every NHL team to give him a pass this year over his actions while in Europe. While playing for a Swedish team during Ontario's COVID-19 lockdown, Mailloux engaged in a consensual relationship with a young woman. He also took an intimate photo of the woman and shared it with his teammates, something that's against the law in Canada, but he was only served with a fine in Sweden. Mailloux issued a statement before the draft saying that he has shown he isn't deserving of being drafted into the NHL and that he regrets his error. The decision of the Habs has rightly caused controversy, started a national conversation and seen the team denounced. Given his past, one person who shouldn't have been condemning Mailloux or the Canadiens was Trudeau, yet he couldn't resist when asked. “As a lifelong Habs fan, I am deeply disappointed by the decision,” Trudeau said Tuesday. “I think it was a lack of judgment by the Canadiens organization. I think they have a lot of explaining to do to Montrealers and fans right across the country.” That statement from our prime minister is stunning in its lack of self-awareness. This isn't a defence of Mailloux, his actions or the decision by the Canadiens to draft him, but our PM has a history with women that should make him think twice before condemnations like this. This is the same Trudeau who said in a CBC interview in January 2018 that there were no incidents from his past that he should be worried about and that everyone should be held accountable for their past actions. “There is no context in which someone doesn't have responsibility for things they've done in the past,” Trudeau said at the time. Of course, when the story broke that he had groped a woman in the early 2000s and then said that he wouldn't have been so forward if he had known she was working for a national media outlet, Trudeau brushed it off. “There's a lot of uncertainties around this. In terms of my recollection, there was no untoward or inappropriate action, but she was in a professional context. Who knows where her mind was and I fully respect her ability to experience something differently,” Trudeau told TV station CP24 just six months after the CBC interview. He basically said he doesn't remember doing anything wrong and she experienced it differently, now let's move on. Trudeau faced criticism from conservative commentators like myself, but not other government officials. Feminist groups were silent and most of the media just moved on with his explanation. Voters then gave Trudeau the second chance he doesn't think Mailloux deserves. After Trudeau raised this issue Tuesday, I expected his Kokanee grope to figure prominently in coverage of his comments, given the sharp juxtaposition of his words and his actions. It didn't happen, though. I haven't found a single media mention of it despite reading multiple write-ups from multiple outlets. Conservative MP Candice Bergen, who has grilled Trudeau in the House of Commons over his groping, called the media silence unbelievable — and she's right. “Both women and men in the media continue to provide cover for Trudeau on his treatment of women by refusing to ask him about how he's groped women,” Bergen tweeted Wednesday. By giving Trudeau cover and not even mentioning his problems in passing, the reporters who cover Parliament Hill full-time have shown their bias. It's hard to keep calling yourself objective when your actions prove that claim to be patently false.
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