Thursday, June 6, 2019

Pilot Jobs Snapshot June 6

Captain DHC8-Q400 - Flybe - Multiple Locations in Europe
Salary starts at GBP 70,037
- Valid UK CAA issue EASA ATPL
- 2,500 hrs Minimum including 1,000 PIC
- Operated in this capacity within the last 12 months
Job reference: REQ01289

Citation 550 Captain - Fresno, CA -  for Part 91/135 operation
- ATP and CE500 Type Rating
- 3,000 hrs Total Time
- 1,500 hrs Multi-Engine time
- 1,000 hrs Turbine or 200 hrs Jet

GV Captain - Sun Air Jets - Camarillo, CA
- 3,000 hrs TT
- GV type rating
- 500 hrs GV

DA-2000 Falcon Captain - Sun Air Jets - Camarillo, CA
- DA-2000 type rating, 100hr in type
- Previous 135 experience desired
- 3,000 hrs TT
- 1,500 hrs turbojet
- 500 hrs turbojet PIC

Flight Training Instructor - Part-Time Position - Delta - Atlanta, GA
pilot training and evaluation for pilots of Delta Air Lines & other carriers
- 2,000 hrs flight experience
- computer-savvy


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Welcome to the Cannabis-Campus

Anyone 19 years of age or older has been able to legally buy marijuana in Canada since October 2018.  Legalization has brought a boom to Canada, and new companies are emerging everywhere that specialize in the cultivation or distribution of cannabis, among other things.
A New Industry
Anyone over the age of 19 can buy marijuana in licensed shops grown by officially licensed producers, many of whom are even listed on the stock exchange. New companies emerging everywhere specializing in the cultivation, distribution, the development, and research of cannabis.
Universities are also Responding to this Trend
Universities are afraid of losing the connection if they don't bring cannabis to the campus.
Where to Study Cannabis Production:

Niagara College, for example, offers a course in commercial cannabis production. Among other things, it teaches lighting concepts, legal aspects, pest management, cost analysis, and proper fertilization.  "There is a new and overwhelming need for qualified and well-trained professionals in the booming cannabis industry," says the university's homepage.  The first courses started in autumn of 2018, even before cannabis was officially legalized.  There were 300 applicants at that time, for 24 places, also the spring course is already full and for autumn 2019 there are only chances over the waiting list.

Ryerson University is currently running a course entitled "The Cannabis Business", which deals with sales, marketing and regulations, among other things. 

Durham College, on the other hand, is aimed at students with a degree in business administration and offers them an advanced course on the cannabis industry.  If you want to know more about medical marijuana, you need to enroll at McGill University.  If you want to deal with legal issues relating to cannabis, Ottawa University is the place to go. They advertise that students can also visit the facilities of Canopy Growth, Canada's largest cannabis producer.  The company is run by a graduate from Ottawa.

But hardly any university can keep up with what Niagara College offers: In several freight containers there is a highly secured plantation. In this building, which students only call a "cannabis bunker", cannabis plants grow under bright LED lights and industrial conditions. Students can practice what they have learned in theory.  But one downside remains: at the end of each course, the plants are destroyed instead of consumed.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Subduing and Controling Women in Alabama

An Abhorrent Law - Let's vote Republicans out...
Why you all want to control our bodies, I will never ever know.Alabama state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures (D)
Figures, one of just four women in the Alabama Senate, told her Republican counterpart that there isn’t a single law in the country that decides “what a man can or cannot do with his body.” She also acknowledged she isn’t sure whether she would get an abortion herself, but said she believes it should up to women to make their own decision. 
“I will have to be honest with you: I praise God every day that I was never, ever put in that situation to make that choice,” Figures said. “I don’t know what choice I would have made. I really don’t. And that is why I so firmly believe that it should be a woman’s choice, that a woman knows what she’s up against, she knows what she has to do ― whether she can or cannot provide for that child.”
“You are playing God, in my opinion, because you’ve already decided what needs to be done,” she added. “You all don’t rule the world. I mean, you may think you do, but you don’t.”
Read the whole story in the HuffingtonPost:

Friday, May 10, 2019

Monsanto’s Roundup, Alzheimer's, and Autism

The Horrific Truth about Roundup:  Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide May Be Most Important Factor in Development of Autism and Other Chronic Diseases.

Dr. Mercola: "In recent months, we have learned some very disturbing truths about glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, which is generously doused on genetically engineered (GE) Roundup-Ready crops."

GE crops are typically far more contaminated with glyphosate than conventional crops, courtesy of the fact that they are engineered to withstand extremely high levels of Roundup without perishing along with the weed.

A new peer-reviewed report authored by Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant, and a long time contributor to the Vital Votes Forum, and  Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, reveals how glyphosate wrecks human health.

In the interview above, Dr. Seneff summarizes the two key problems caused by glyphosate in the diet:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Systemic toxicity

Their findings make the need for labeling all the more urgent, and the advice to buy certified organic all the more valid.

The Horrific Truth about Roundup
In 2009, a French court found Monsanto guilty of lying; falsely advertising its Roundup herbicide as "biodegradable," "environmentally friendly" and claiming it "left the soil clean."

Mounting evidence now tells us just how false such statements are. I don’t believe that Monsanto is one of the evilest companies on the planet for nothing.  The company has done absolutely nothing to improve its worldwide influence on human and environmental health.

In a video, Jeffrey Smith, author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception, says Monsanto, during some reflective moment, must have asked: “What would Darth Vader do?” Because what they have come up with is a way of pretending that they’re beneficial and then insinuating themselves into the food and agriculture industry, and now it turns out that what they have is very, very dangerous.

Indeed, according to Dr. Seneff, glyphosate is possible "the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies,” including but not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, 
  • chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn's disease
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Infertility
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • ALS, and more

How Glyphosate Worsens Modern Diseases
While Monsanto insists that Roundup is as safe to humans as aspirin, Seneff and Samsel’s research tells a different story altogether.  Their report, which was published in the journal Entropy1, argues that glyphosate residues, found in most commonly consumed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GE sugar, corn, soy and wheat, “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.”

Interestingly, your gut bacteria are a key component of glyphosate’s mechanism of harm.
Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals.  However, the shikimate pathway IS present in bacteria, and that’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals.

The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to 1. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to the presence of glyphosate!

Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of the microbe’s function and lifecycle. What’s worse, glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over. At that point, your body also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens.

Once the chronic inflammation sets in, you are well on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating diseases. In the interview, Dr. Seneff reviews a variety of chronic diseases, explaining how glyphosate contributes to each condition.

The Overlooked Component of Toxicity
The research reveals that glyphosate inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, a large and diverse group of enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of organic substances. This, the authors state, is “an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals.” One of the functions of CYP enzymes is to detoxify xenobiotics—chemical compounds found in a living organism that is not normally produced or consumed by the organism in question.
By limiting the ability of these enzymes to detoxify foreign chemical compounds, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of chemicals and environmental toxins you may be exposed to.

But that’s not all. Dr. Stephanie Seneff has been conducting research at MIT for over three decades. She also has an undergraduate degree in biology from MIT and a minor in food and nutrition, and I have previously interviewed her about her groundbreaking insights into the critical importance of sulfur in human health. Not surprisingly, this latest research also touches on sulfur, and how it is affected by glyphosate from food.

“We show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport,” the authors write.

“Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.  ...

The Roundup-Autism Connection
For the past 30 years, Dr. Seneff has been passionate about teasing out potential causes of autism, after seeing what it was like for a close friend whose son was diagnosed. She points out the clear correlations between increased glyphosate use over recent years (the result of genetically engineered crops causing weed resistance, necessitating ever-larger amounts to be used) and skyrocketing autism rates.

The rate of autism has risen so quickly, there can be no doubt that it has an environmental cause. Our genes simply cannot mutate fast enough to account for the rapid rise we’re now seeing. The latest statistics released by the CDC show that 1 in 50 children in the US now falls within the autism spectrum 2,3, with a 5:1 boy to girl ratio. Just last year the CDC reported a rate of 1 in 88, which represented a 23 percent increase since 2010, and 78 percent since 2007. Meanwhile, I remember when the incidence of autism in the US was only 1 in 10,000—just short of 30 years ago!

Dr. Seneff identified two key problems in autism that are unrelated to the brain yet clearly associated with the condition—both of which are linked with glyphosate exposure (starting at 10 minutes into the interview, she gives an in-depth explanation of how glyphosate causes the many symptoms associated with autism):

Gut dysbiosis (imbalances in gut bacteria, inflammation, leaky gut, food allergies such as gluten intolerance) disrupted sulfur metabolism/sulfur and sulfate deficiency...
Interestingly, certain microbes in your body actually break down glyphosate, which is a good thing. However, a byproduct of this action is ammonia, and children with autism tend to have significantly higher levels of ammonia in their blood than the general population. Ditto for those with Alzheimer’s disease. In your brain, ammonia causes encephalitis, i.e. brain inflammation.

Another devastating agent you really do not want in your body is formaldehyde, which a recent nutritional analysis discovered is present in genetically engineered corn at a level that is 200 times the amount that animal studies have determined to be toxic to animals. Formaldehyde destroys DNA and can cause cancer.

Other research backing up the Roundup-autism link is that from former US Navy staff scientist Dr. Nancy Swanson. She has a Ph.D. in physics, holds five US patents and has authored more than 30 scientific papers and two books on women in science. Ten years ago, she became seriously ill, and in her journey to regain her health she turned to organic foods. Not surprisingly (for those in the know) her symptoms dramatically improved. This prompted her to start investigating genetically engineered foods.

She has meticulously collected statistics on glyphosate usage and various diseases and conditions, including autism. A more perfect match-up between the rise in glyphosate usage and the incidence of autism is hard to imagine...

When Food Is Poison...
What the biotech industry, spearheaded by Monsanto, has managed to do is turn food into poison... quite literally, and in more ways than one. Here, we’re just talking about the effects of Roundup. There are plenty of indications that the genetic alteration of a crop itself can pose significant health concerns. So with the vast majority of GE crops, you have no less than two potentially hazardous factors to contend with, glyphosate toxicity being just one part of the equation.

As discussed above, glyphosate has a number of devastating biological effects. So much so that it may very well be one of the most important factors in the development of a wide variety of modern diseases and conditions, including autism.
In summary, these detrimental effects include:

  • Nutritional deficiencies, as glyphosate immobilizes certain nutrients and alters the nutritional composition of the treated crop. 
  • Disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids (these are essential amino acids not produced in your body that must be supplied via your diet).
  • Increased toxin exposure (this includes high levels of glyphosate and formaldehyde in the food itself)
  • Impairment of sulfate transport and sulfur metabolism; sulfate deficiency
  • Systemic toxicity—a side effect of extreme disruption of microbial function throughout your body; beneficial microbes in particular, allowing for overgrowth of pathogens
  • Gut dysbiosis (imbalances in gut bacteria, inflammation, leaky gut, food allergies such as gluten intolerance)
  • Enhancement of damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins as a result of glyphosate shutting down the function of detoxifying enzymes
  • Creation of ammonia (a byproduct created when certain microbes break down glyphosate), which can lead to brain inflammation associated with autism and Alzheimer’s disease

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from This Systemic Poison

It's important to understand that the glyphosate sprayed on conventional and genetically engineered crops actually become systemic throughout the plant, so it cannot be washed off.  It's inside the plant.

For example, genetically engineered corn has been found to contain 13 ppm of glyphosate, compared to zero in non-GMO corn. At 13 ppm, GMO corn contains more than 18 times the “safe” level of glyphosate set by the EPA. Organ damage in animals has occurred at levels as low as 0.1 ppm. If that’s not reason enough to become a label reader to avoid anything with corn in it, such as corn oil or high fructose corn syrup, I don’t know what is.

Stop using Roundup around your home, where children and pets can come into contact with it simply by walking across the area.

Until the US requires genetically engineered (GE) foods to be labeled, the only way you can avoid GE ingredients is to make whole, fresh organic foods the bulk of your diet, and to only buy 100% USDA certified organic processed foods.  Meats need to be grass-fed or pastured to make sure the animals were not fed GE corn or soy feed.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Do You Really Need a Literary Agent?

Many writers ask whether they need a literary agent. It truly depends on your unique circumstances – and the quality of the agent. And it is much more important for an author in the US and UK to have representation than it is in Canada or Australia. This is partly a reflection of the market size and also partly a reflection of culture.
Don't Send the Manuscript
Sending your (partial) manuscript into the online slush pile is a waste of time. Most writers with a finished manuscript don’t mind too much whether they get an agent before a publisher, or skip straight to the publisher. They just want to see their book out in the bookstores of the world. So the tips that follow apply equally to finding an agent as they do to finding a publisher.
Research, Research, and Research Even More
There’s a lot of information hiding in plain sight if you know where to look. Start with your own library: what have you read that has something in common with your manuscript – such as genre, subject, historical time period?
The Imprint page
. This is the page at the very beginning of the book that details the publishing house that has produced it. It’s useful to note down the different imprints that belong to the same publishing house. For example, Penguin Random House is the huge behemoth publishing house, but within its universe, you will find imprints such as Viking and Michael Joseph. Familiarise yourself with which books are published under which imprint because these are conscious commercial decisions publishers make. Agents and publishers need to feel that your manuscript would be a great fit with a particular imprint.

The publisher’s website will contain numerous pages devoted to each of its imprints. Study these to determine which imprint/s your work aligns with. You will be amazed at the education this gives you (or at least the number of fresh questions about the publishing process you’ll have), and at how impressive you will be to a prospective agent or publisher.
Literary agent website submissions guidelines. I feel this needs to be listed separately because unpublished authors regularly feel free to ignore submission guidelines posted on literary agents’ websites. Those guidelines are there for a reason...
Find a lot more tips by Virginia Lloyd, a former literary agent:



Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

How Poisonous Is Your T-Shirt?

Poisons Are in Clothes Too...
Being the savvy, health-conscious food consumer you are, you probably aren’t shopping in the GMO aisle of your favorite grocery store - but are you stocking your closet with clothes made from Monsanto’s toxic GMO cotton?

It takes about one-third of a pound of toxic agricultural chemicals to produce one pound of cotton—the amount of cotton needed to make one t-shirt.  Many of those chemicals, including glyphosate, are linked to CANCER. Do you really want to wrap your body’s largest organ, your skin, in cancer-causing chemicals?  Those chemicals are absorbed into your body through your skin!

Chemical contamination is just one reason to care about wearing clothes made from GMO cotton—there are plenty of others, including environmental contamination, and the fact that most non-organic (and unfortunately, some organic) cotton clothing is made in sweatshops.  These workers, predominantly women, are not only underpaid but also suffer from unsafe working conditions, physical, psychological and sexual abuse, 18-hour work shifts and other illegal labor practices.

We Are Not Only What We Eat - But Also What We Wear
The fashion industry, where toxic chemicals abound, promotes a toxic “fast fashion” culture designed to convince consumers that their self-worth depends largely on keeping up with the latest fashion.  Can we as consumers clean up the fashion industry, by rejecting its message?  And choosing a more conscious approach to buying clothes and textiles?
Start to Care What We Wear?
Read ‘Beyond Monsanto's GMO Cotton: Why Consumers Need to Care What We Wear’

Monsanto’s new super-toxic GMO dicamba-resistant cotton is already wreaking havoc across the U.S. But even beyond Monsanto’s latest “Frankencotton,” there are a myriad of reasons why we need to start paying as much attention to what we wear as we do to what we eat.

The U.S. is the largest clothing and apparel market in the world, with 2016 sales of approximately $350 billion. The average American household spends about four percent of its income on clothing, more than one-third of what we spend on food.

If Americans are what we wear, then we—even the most rebel youth, conscious women, organic consumers, and justice advocates—judged by what we wear (not just what we say) are increasingly corporatized. The fashion statement we’re apparently making with what we wear is that we don’t care. A look at the labels in our clothing, or the corporate logos on our shoes, reveals that the brand name bullies, the transnational giants in the garment and apparel industry, reign supreme.

Walk into any department store or clothing retailer. Look for a label that says “certified Organic Cotton or Wool and Fair Trade.” Search through rack after rack, in-store after store, but you aren’t likely to find very many items that are non-GMO, organic and Fair Trade certified.

There are, however, a growing number of online and retail clothing companies and brands, which offer non-sweatshop, natural fiber, and organic clothes, accessories, and textiles. These companies include Patagonia, PACT, Under the Canopy, Fibershed, Savory Institute, TS Designs, Maggie’s Organics, Indigenous, Hempy’s, and many others.  Unfortunately, most U.S. consumers, even organic consumers, have never heard of these socially and environmentally responsible clothing companies.

Given the importance of clothing and fashion in American culture and the economy, there are a number of rarely discussed, yet crucial issues we need to consider—health, environmental, and ethical—before we pull out our wallets to purchase yet another item of clothing or a textile product.

Synthetic fibers in clothing and textiles pollute the environment, the ocean, and ultimately the food chain. Clothes and textiles are made from both natural fibers, like cotton, hemp and wool, and synthetic fibers, like fleece, rayon or polyester. Synthetic fibers, often marketed as wrinkle-resistant, durable or easy-to-clean, are industrially produced, utilizing large amounts of energy and toxic chemicals. Polyester, for example, is made from petroleum, a non-renewable fossil fuel. Rayon, technically “semi-synthetic,” is derived from wood pulp and transformed into fiber through a high-water- and chemical-intensive process in notoriously polluting factories.

Once manufactured into fleece sweaters, bath towels or sheets, and brought home by consumers, synthetic fibers pollute the natural environment in the form of “micro-plastics.”

Whereas natural fibers, including cotton or wool, biodegrade over time, synthetic fibers do not. Scientists and marine biologists have begun sounding the alarm that clothing and other consumer products containing synthetic fibers (such as polyester, nylon, fleece and acrylics) release plastic-like micro-particles when washed, passing through sewage treatment plants, polluting surface waters and the oceans, where they are eaten and bio-accumulate in fish and other marine life, eventually contaminating the seafood that we eat.

 “Synthetic fibers are problematic because they do not biodegrade, and tend to bind with molecules of harmful chemical pollutants found in wastewater, such as pesticides or flame retardants.”

Read more:

But perhaps the safest thing to do is to stop buying clothing and textiles containing synthetic fibers.