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  1. "I intend to show you that at the time of the events, he was not criminally responsible," Magnotta's defence lawyer Luc Leclair told a Montreal courtroom on Monday. Under Section 16 (1) of Canada's Criminal Code, a person cannot be found criminally responsible "for an act committed or an omission made while suffering from a mental disorder that rendered the person incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of the act or omission or of knowing it was wrong." (Source: CBC news) Barf. This crap better not fly in this case.
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    Nice! Happy Birthday!
  3. Expressing relief from across the pond. Not just because I think it is right, but also because things might have become insufferable over here in fairly short order (#QuebecIndependence).
  4. I did a search and couldn't find a reference to this anywhere else; I'm admittedly not too good with the search feature, however. Cool 1923 (ish) motorcycle:
  5. Making headlines here with one of our two national papers. There is some validity in comparing the Scotland situation to the separtist movement in Quebec here in Canada. If its any consolation, the polls showed a possible "yes" (separation) victory for them in 1995; the result was "no", though it was close. I have noticed a trend in recent years of polls being notoriusly unreliable. I wonder if sometimes these polls really motivate the side who is predicted to "lose".
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    Terminal 2

    Just to clarify: it was the T shirt that was XXL, right?
  7. Speaking of dogs...
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    The Canadian Lancaster (VRA) is known as the "Mynarski Memorial Lancaster". The story behind its namesake is truly remarkable: (The following is stolen from Wikipedia, but accurate as far as I remember the story; Brophy and Mynarski had been both the most unlikely, yet best,of friends) "In the aftermath of D-Day attacks on 12 June 1944, Mynarski (upper mid gunner) was aboard KB726,[4] taking part in the crew's 13th operation, a raid on northern France. They reached their target at midnight, Tuesday 13 June. After encountering flak over the coastline and briefly being "coned" by searchlights, the Lancaster was attacked by a Junkers Ju 88 enemy night fighter over Cambrai, France. Raked by cannon fire with major strikes on the port engines and centre fuselage, a hydraulic fire engulfed the bomber. Losing both port engines, de Breyne (Pilot) ordered the crew to bail out. As Mynarski approached the rear escape door, he saw through the inferno in the rear, that tail gunner Pilot Officer Pat Brophy was trapped in his turret. The tail turret had been jammed part way through its rotation to the escape position.[5] Without hesitation, Mynarski made his way through the flames to Brophy's assistance. All his efforts were in vain, initially using a fire axe to try to pry open the doors before finally resorting to beating at the turret with his hands. With Mynarski's flight suit and parachute on fire, Brophy eventually waved him away. Mynarski crawled back through the hydraulic fire, returned to the rear door where he paused and saluted. He then reputedly said "Good night, sir," his familiar nightly sign-off to his friend, and jumped.[6] Except for Brophy, all crew members of the Lancaster managed to escape the burning bomber. Five left through the front escape hatch on the floor of the cockpit. When bomb aimer Jack Friday, tried to release the escape hatch cover in the aircraft's nose, the rushing wind ripped it from his hands. The hatch cover caught him above his left eye and knocked him out. He fell into the open hatch and jammed it closed until Flight engineer Roy Vigars reached him to quickly clip on Friday's parachute and toss him out the hatch while pulling the unconscious crewman's rip cord. Only Mynarski managed to leave via the rear escape door.[7] Mynarski's descent was rapid due to the burnt parachute and shroud lines, resulting in a heavy impact on landing. He landed alive though severely burned, with his clothes still on fire. French farmers who spotted the flaming bomber found him and took him to a German field hospital but he died shortly afterwards of severe burns. He was buried in a local cemetery. Brophy remained trapped in the bomber and remained with the bomber when it crashed in a farm field. As the bomber disintegrated, and began breaking apart, Brophy survived the crash and the subsequent detonation of the bomb load. Still lodged in his turret, the crash broke the turret open with him pitched out, striking a tree and being temporarily knocked out.[8]" Full Wiki entry here: Brophy was the only one to witness Mynarski's incredible bravery; since he survived, he was able to relay the story, which lead to Mynarski's posthumous award of the Victoria Cross. Mynarski was VRA's only casualty.
  9. I've had a couple of these approaching Toronto. All one really sees is a bright green light, and of course the temptation is to look at it; as long as you resist that temptation and direct your eyes below the glareshield then it's a non-event. One then has to try and determine the source location so that ATC can be advised and they can alert the authorities. Apparently people have been caught.
  10. Just like a German to find beauty in ugliness, just because it's practical ! And That's a King Air 200, G-Man, not a 1900C. IMO, the 1900C is almost as ugly as the D: I do agree, though, that Mad Max plane is UGH -LI- ER, but I should still get points for the 1900D. Right, John? John? ...
  11. Currently circulating on Facebook:
  12. The D is all the more ugly considering the handsomeness of its progenitor.
  13. The Beech 1900D is pretty ugly:
  14. Brutal. A mistake, or negligence? On the other hand, this is one of those instances where one can take pause and decide how much fun can be had with the dealership. For example, you could drive the car to the dealership, talk to the service advisor under some nonsensical pretext, and then casually ask if any of the mechanics might, perchance, be missing any brake pipe clamps? And by the way, could they please check an odd clunking sound coming from the rear of the car? I am certain others could come up with even better, more devious fun...
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    Great show, Scott, thanks for that
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