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Two men fight in plane; stewardess choked


More fly the nightmare skies.

At around 6 p.m. on May 1, 2017, just before an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight was about to depart from Narita International Airport to Los Angeles, two men started a brawl as other horrified passengers looked on and a desperate stewardess tried to pull them apart before being “choked” by one of the brawlers.

A passenger, Corey Hour, took this cell phone video of the fight, which appears to show the man in the Hawaiian shirt was the aggressor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJfXRdp0i1o

The guy in the Hawaiian shirt yells “I will kill you!,” while someone in the cabin shouts, “Someone help! This guy is crazy,” as two female flight attendants try to break them up. Other passengers can be heard begging the two men to “please stop” as a baby cries in the background.

When Hawaiian shirt man walks away, the man in the black t-shirt shouts, “Get this guy off this plane!”

Just when the brawl appears to have stopped, Hawaiian shirt man charges back down the aisle and resumes throwing punches at the guy in black.

According to Japan Today, Corey Hour, who took the video, told the BBC that “The flight attendants actually got caught up in the mix and that’s when the video ends as I put my phone down and I actually got in the middle of everyone and confronted” Hawaiian shirt guy.

Hawaiian shirt guy is a 44-year-old American whose name has not been released. A member of the airport police told AFP that “The suspect, a U.S. citizen, was drunk and arrested after he injured [choked] an ANA official following the fight.”

The fight, as well as bad weather, forced ANA Flight 6 to delay the departure of the flight by one hour and 40 minutes.

H/t Daily Mail

~Eowyn

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Delta Airlines pilot hit passenger fighting with another

More fly the nightmare skies.
On April 21, 2017, as a Delta flight was deplaning at the Atlanta airport, two feral women began fighting, exchanging fisticuffs.
A Delta pilot intervened to break up the skirmish by separating the women. He then grabbed one of them and hit her. The pilot quickly disengaged and walked away as both women were still on the ground.
TMZ obtained a cell-phone video of the incident.

TMZ was told that the two women knew each other and had gotten into a skirmish earlier on the airplane, that a Delta employee gave a supervisor the video almost immediately after the incident, and that some Delta employees were upset because security wasn’t called.
A representative for Delta told TMZ:

“We became aware of this incident and a video last week and immediately removed the pilot from duty while we completed a thorough investigation. Local law enforcement was called to respond at the time of the incident. The pilot has since been returned to work as our investigation found that his actions deescalated an altercation between passengers on the jetway floor during deplaning.”

The two women were eventually escorted away by a Delta employee. As they were walking away, police arrived. Neither of the women wanted to press charges against anyone.
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Fly the nightmare skies: woman sues Delta for sexual assault by masturbating man

First, it was United Airlines dragging and injuring a paid passenger off an overbooked flight.
Then, it’s American Airlines’ male steward hitting a mom carrying two infants with a stroller.
Now it’s Delta Airlines.
A Michigan woman has filed a civil suit against Delta Airlines for its flight attendants doing nothing to stop a passenger, Christopher Finkley, 41, from masturbating and sexually assaulting her on a flight from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Detroit, Michigan.
Upon deplaning, Finkley was arrested.
Here’s the account of what happened on the Delta flight from the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan’s Sentencing Memorandum, Case No. 16-mj-30520, by Daniel L. Lemisch, Acting United States Attorney:

“On July 27, 2016, defendant Christopher Finkley boarded a Delta flight from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Detroit, Michigan, and sat in his assigned seat in first class. Within forty minutes of take-off, a flight attendant observed him masturbating with his penis exposed.
Before the plane landed, the defendant went to the back of the plane to use the bathroom because the first class bathroom was out of order. On his way back from the bathroom, he sat in an empty seat next to an adult woman (the ‘victim’ or ‘AV-1 5’). The victim was seated in the window seat, so the defendant sat in the aisle seat. Shortly after the defendant sat down, he placed his hand on the victim’s upper thigh and began to rub her bare skin. While he was doing this, the defendant told her that he ‘liked white women’ and asked ‘where’s your man?’ The victim told him to ‘please stop’ and stated ‘my kids are behind me.’ The defendant continued to touch the victim’s bare thigh and told her that he was massaging her leg.
Again, the victim asked the defendant to stop. He then put a part of his hand underneath AV-I ‘s shorts and continued to touch her. When the defendant realized the flight was landing sh01tly, he returned to his seat. After his return [to his assigned seat], he resumed rubbing his exposed penis, this time observed by a second flight attendant.
Upon landing, AV-I immediately texted her daughter and told her to stay in her seat because she was scared. The defendant was taken into custody and interviewed by FBI Special Agent Michael Thomas and Detective John Carmona.
During this interview, he admitted that he had two drinks before and during the flight. Initially, he stated that he did not intend to expose himself and that he was not masturbating—that the zipper of his shorts must have come down and he was attempting to zip it back up when the flight attendant walked by. The officers advised defendant of the statements that others made on the scene, and that he could be prosecuted for making false statements under 18 U.S.C. 1001. The defendant then admitted that he likes to sit with his hands in his pants and massage his penis, and called this ‘his happy place.’ He stated that on the flight, he thought he was covered with a blanket while doing this, but he guesses that he was not covered up well enough. He stated that he did not mean for the flight attendants to see his penis but that it is possible that they did. Defendant then admitted to touching AVu l on the outside of her knee and making a ‘caressing motion.’
Immediately after the incident, the victim was too distraught to make a statement. Officers reported that she was visibly upset and crying. The victim later explained that she was especially distraught because her fourteen-year-old daughter was supposed to sit in the seat that she occupied, but she had switched with her prior to the flight taking off. The victim feared that this could have happened to her daughter. She now suffers from anxiety when flying.”

In the Sentencing Memorandum, Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch notes that:

This is a serious offense. The defendant touched a woman on her bare thigh, putting parts of his hand underneath her shorts, without that woman’s permission. The defendant continued to do so after the victim told him to stop. The victim feared for her safety and for the safety of her children. That this offense took place on an airplane only escalates its severity. The victim did not have the ability to get up and walk away with the defendant seated in the aisle seat blocking her path. She was effectively trapped.

According to the Sentencing Memorandum, on November 2, 2016, Finkley pled guilty to simple assault in violation of 18 U.S.C, 113(a)(5) without a plea agreement. At the hearing, Finkley denied masturbating on the flight and denied exposing his penis. He only admitted to touching the woman’s leg, that his zipper had broken, that he does not wear underwear, and this is why his penis may have been exposed.
I can’t find a pic of Christopher Finkley in news accounts of this incident — in either WJBK Fox 2 or CBS Detroit or Mugshots.com.
So I did an online search for “Christopher Hinkley” and immediately found him on LinkedIn, where he identifies his occupation as “Auto Truck Transport” in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

That is consistent with his description in the Sentencing Memorandum:

“He completed high school and has held relatively steady employment as a commercial truck driver since 2007. (PSR 25-28). He is married with two children. (PSR 45). He denies any history of mental health or emotional health problems. (Id). However, he did admit to the FBI that his ‘happy place’ is to massage his penis with his hands and has, at least on this occasion, done so in public.”

The Sentencing Memorandum emphasizes:

“The defendant must be deterred. A custodial sentence of thirty days will reflect the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, promote respect for the law, and provide a just punishment that adequately addresses the lasting effects the defendant’s behavior caused the victim. Members of the public deserve to be free from the fear that they could be assaulted on an airplane.”

On March 28, 2017, the court recommended that Finkley be sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, followed by 6 months of supervised release.
According to a report by WJBK Fox 2, however, Finkley was sentenced for assault and indecent exposure and given only a seven day jail sentence and one year probation.
So much for the court-recommended sentence of 30 days in order to “reflect the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, promote respect for the law, and provide a just punishment that adequately addresses the lasting effects the defendant’s behavior caused the victim.”
Speaking to FOX 2, the victim’s attorney Jerry Acker said what the Delta flight attendants should have done, after they found out Finkley was masturbating and exposing himself in first class, was to monitor Finkley and not allow “that predator to run through the cabin” to sit next to and assault the victim.
Acker says he is negotiating with Delta to resolve this, and that if he can’t, a lawsuit will be filed.

Delta said the flight mentioned was operated by ExpressJet, a Delta connection partner. Delta and ExpressJet released a statement that they have no comment about the possible lawsuit.
~Eowyn

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Now it's American Airlines: Male steward hits woman with stroller, challenges passenger to a fight

The friendly skies have become a nightmare for travelers.
Barely two weeks after United Airlines became a pariah for assaulting and forcibly dragging a ticketed passenger, 69-year-old doctor David Dao, off an overbooked flight, American Airlines made the news when a male steward hit a mother with a stroller as Flight 591 was about to depart from San Francisco to Dallas Friday afternoon, April 21, 2017.
Passenger Surain Adyanthaya took this video and posted it to Facebook.

Adyanthaya said he started filming after the flight attendant “violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby. They just involuntarily escorted the mother and her kids off the flight and let the flight attendant back on, who tried to fight other passengers. The mom asked for an apology and the AA official declined.”
In the video taken by Adyanthaya, as the mom cries uncontrollably after being hit with the stroller, a male passenger confronts a male flight attendant, saying, “You do that to me and I’ll knock you flat.”
The flight attendant, who is a head shorter than the male passenger, points his finger at the man and tells him to “stay out of it.” As the male passenger steps closer to the attendant, the latter goads the man: “Try it. Hit me. You don’t know what the story is.”
The male passenger replies, “You almost hurt a baby!”
The passenger eventually returns to his seat and the flight attendant leaves the plane.

Adyanthaya posted another photo on his Facebook page showing the woman who was struck had two infants – believed to be twins – in her arms. She was reportedly removed from the plane, while the flight attendant who assaulted her was permitted back on the plane.

According to Reuters, American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott said the incident started over a dispute as to whether the woman could bring her stroller on the flight. Witnesses said the male flight attendant told the woman she could not keep the stroller at her seat in the rear of the plane, and that she was trying to find space for it when the initial incident occurred.
American Airlines said in a statement:

“We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused this passenger and her family and to any other customers affected by the incident.”

The male flight attendant has been suspended, while the woman and her family were upgraded to first class for the remainder of their international trip.

Update (April 24, 2017):

I’m incredulous that some commenters on the video posted on Adyanthaya’s Facebook page actually applaud what the bald American Airlines attendant did. They accuse the woman of fake crying, and blame her for not following AA rules, as if that warrants her being struck with a stroller by the attendant. I honestly don’t know what has happened to us — that increasing numbers of people seem to be turning into vicious psycho/sociopaths.
Here are two examples:

Megan Gennah Kaplan: “Maybe have some fucking respect for employees of a company and do what they ask you to do, so they don’t have to use force to do their job” (Her comment got 172 “likes”)

Otini Tupou: “”Baldy probably wouldve whooped heros ass” (This comment got 32 “likes”)

A reader of this post on FOTM‘s Facebook page wrote:

Shirley Carter: “These passengers are out of hand ? Between the bawling, ignorant woman, the loud mouth man, the do nothing pilot, and the jetway ground crew that allowed that stupid stroller to make it on the plane in the first place… was a fiasco. I want to give that flight attendant a break for putting up with this kind of crap all day long!”

~Eowyn

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United Airlines pilot frightened passengers to tears with her anti-Trump meltdown

A United Airlines pilot took the Trump Derangement Syndrome to a whole new level on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The pilot, who showed up late to UA flight 455 set to depart for San Francisco from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, boarded the plane in street clothes instead of her United pilot uniform. Standing at the front of the cabin, she told the passengers on the intercom:

“Sorry I’m late. The reason I’m late is I’m going through a divorce. Look, I don’t care if you voted for Trump or Clinton, they’re both assholes…. I’ll stop and we’ll fly the airplane. Don’t worry, I’m going to let my co-pilot fly it. He’s a man. Okay?”

At this point, a passenger seated in front of her says something inaudible. The pilot laughs and says:

“Okay, if you don’t feel safe, get off the airplane, but otherwise we can go. Okay. This is all set up! Okay, come on up.”

A male passenger in a blue short-sleeves shirt gets up, removes his bag from the overhead compartment, and begins to leave. To another passenger in front of her, the pilot says:

“Alright. So I purposely offended you. Did I offend you? Okay, did I purposely offend you? I did! The answer’s yes.”

The pilot then instructs the flight attendants to check on doors to ready for take-off.
A passenger took this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnu6QSEt-m4
According to The Sun, “The whole episode left some passengers weeping.
The tall guy in the blue shirt who deplaned is Randy Reiss.
In a series of tweets (@undeadsinatra), Reiss said that nearly half the passengers followed his lead and deplaned. He said “That was scary as f*ck”, that the pilot “was crying. She apologized. I wished her well & said I hope she gets the help she needs,” and “I kid u not, her parting words: ‘We should be on show together. We should write a book.’ OMG.”.
Reiss posted a picture of police talking to the pilot after she was removed from the plane.
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United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart confirmed that the pilot was removed and the crew was replaced before the plane continued on to San Francisco. He said: “We hold our employees to the highest standards and we removed that pilot from that flight. We brought in a new crew and they operated that flight. We removed her from the flight, (and) we’re going to discuss this matter with her. We were looking out for our customers to get them to where they needed to be.”
The flight departed Austin, Texas, approximately two hours late and passengers were given snacks and a meal voucher to compensate for the delay.
That pilot should be charged with committing an act of terrorism.
Sources: Sun; The Blaze, Austin-American Statesman
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Majority of Europeans support Trump's visa ban

Obama insisted on endangering U.S. national security by bringing in “refugees” and “migrants” from Syria and other Muslim countries despite the FBI’s admission that they don’t have the information needed to properly vett them to screen out terrorists.
On January 27, 2016, President Trump fulfilled his campaign promise of barring terrorists from being brought as “refugees’ into the United States by signing Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.
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Citing the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, Trump’s executive order lawfully and temporarily suspended granting visas to nationals of seven “countries of particular concern” Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The visa ban is temporary because it is a means to an end — in order for the Trump administration to determine and obtain the information needed to properly vett refugees and migrants to screen out terrorists.
The Left accuses Trump’s visa ban of religious discrimination against Islam. But Trump’s temporary visa ban on nationals from those seven countries is not because they are Muslim, but because the foreign-born individuals who have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001 are Muslims — a distinction that eludes the mentally-disordered Left.
Now, a study conducted for Chatham House, the independent Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, has found that the majority of Europeans endorse a similar visa ban for their countries. The researchers are Matthew Goodwin and Thomas Raines of Europe Programme, and University Birmingham Professor of Political Science David Cutts.
From December 12, 2016 to January 11, 2017, a survey was conducted of a nationally representative sample of more than ten thousand adults in 10 EU countries — Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK. About 1,000 were surveyed in each of the 10 countries, totaling 10,195. Respondents were asked to what extent they agree or disagree with the statement:

“All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped”.

In their report for Chatham House on February 6, 2017, the clearly dismayed researchers reported their findings point to “an underlying reservoir of public support” of the views of both Trump and Europe’s “radical right-wing parties”. In the authors’ words:

Our results are striking and sobering. They suggest that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump’s electorate in the US but is fairly widespread.

Here are the findings:

  • An average of 55% in the 10 EU countries agreed that all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped; 25% neither agreed nor disagreed; 20% disagreed.
  • Majorities in 8 EU countries agreed: 71% in Poland, 65% in Austria, 53% in Germany, 51% in Italy,  47% in UK, 41% in Spain.
  • In no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32%.
  • Public opposition to further migration from Muslim states is especially intense in Austria, Poland, Hungary, France and Belgium. In each of these countries, at least 38% of adults “strongly agreed” that further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped. “It is also worth noting that in most of these states the radical right is, to varying degrees, entrenched as a political force and is looking to mobilize this angst over Islam into the ballot box, either at elections in 2017 or longer term.”
  • Across Europe, opposition to Muslim immigration is especially intense among retired, older age cohorts; those with a secondary school education; and those living in rural, less populated areas. Notably less opposed are those aged below 30; those with a college degree; and those in cities and metropolitan areas.
  • Support for a ban on more refugees crosses political boundaries but is found more on the right: three-quarters of those who self-classify as on the right of the political spectrum and more than a third of those on the left support a halt.
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The Chatham House survey is consistent with other surveys exploring attitudes to Islam in Europe. A Pew survey of 10 European countries in 2016 found that:

  • Majorities of the public in 5 countries had an unfavorable view of Muslims living in their country: Hungary (72%), Italy (69%), Poland (66%), Greece (65%), and Spain (50%) vs. UK (28%), Germany (29%) and France (29%).
  • Widespread perception (median of 59%) in many countries that the arrival of refugees would increase the likelihood of terrorism. This mirrors some attitudes in the US.

The Chatham House researchers conclude that:

While it is true that “people in Europe vastly overestimate the number of Muslims living in their countries . . . these results point to significant and widespread levels of public anxiety over immigration from mainly Muslim states. Many in the mainstream have protested against Trump’s visit but they will also need to focus on how to tackle these widespread public concerns.”

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97 companies sue President Trump over temporary ban on immigrants and refugees from dangerous countries

On January 27, 2016, President Trump fulfilled another campaign promise of barring terrorists from being brought as “refugees’ into the United States by signing Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.
The executive order states clearly the problem:

Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States.

“In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles,” and by the authority vested in President Trump “by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America” and in adherence with already established laws of the United States — the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code — “it is hereby ordered” that the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of “countries of particular concern” be suspended.
Those “countries of particular concern” are referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the Immigraton and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12). These are the Muslim-majority countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Why those countries?
Is it because President Trump is picking on a particular religion, Islam?
No.
Those countries are selected  not because they’re Muslim, but because the foreign-born individuals who have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001 are Muslims.
My only quarrel with the visa ban on the 7 countries is that Saudi Arabia is, strangely, not included.
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Suspending the issuance of visas from certain terrorist-exporting countries is a means to an end — so that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, undertake “a review” to determine and obtain the information needed from any country to determine nationals from that country who seek to enter the U.S. as refugees or immigrants are who they say they are and “not a security or public-safety threat.”
In other words, the visa ban on those 7 countries is TEMPORARY.
President Trump’s temporary visa ban executive order has already sparked judges across the country issuing stays on the temporary ban, as well as a lawsuit by 97 companies as amici curiae or “friends of the court”.
In other words, those judges and the 97 companies are against the vetting or screening of immigrants and refugees to ensure they are not terrorists.
Let that thought sink into your head . . . .
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Here is the list of the 97 companies (source: Gateway Pundit).

  1. AdRoll, Inc.
  2. Aeris Communications, Inc.
  3. Airbnb, Inc.
  4. AltSchool, PBC
  5. Ancestry.com, LLC
  6. Appboy, Inc.
  7. Apple Inc.
  8. AppNexus Inc.
  9. Asana, Inc.
  10. Atlassian Corp Plc
  11. Autodesk, Inc.
  12. Automattic Inc.
  13. Box, Inc.
  14. Brightcove Inc.
  15. Brit + Co
  16. CareZone Inc.
  17. Castlight Health
  18. Checkr, Inc.
  19. Chobani, LLC
  20. Citrix Systems, Inc.
  21. Cloudera, Inc.
  22. Cloudflare, Inc.
  23. Copia Institute
  24. DocuSign, Inc.
  25. DoorDash, Inc.
  26. Dropbox, Inc.
  27. Dynatrace LLC
  28. eBay Inc.
  29. Engine Advocacy
  30. Etsy Inc.
  31. Facebook, Inc.
  32. Fastly, Inc.
  33. Flipboard, Inc.
  34. Foursquare Labs, Inc.
  35. Fuze, Inc.
  36. General Assembly
  37. GitHub
  38. Glassdoor, Inc.
  39. Google Inc.
  40. GoPro, Inc.
  41. Harmonic Inc.
  42. Hipmunk, Inc.
  43. Indiegogo, Inc.
  44. Intel Corporation
  45. JAND, Inc. d/b/a Warby Parker
  46. Kargo Global, Inc.
  47. Kickstarter, PBC
  48. KIND, LLC
  49. Knotel
  50. Levi Strauss & Co.
  51. LinkedIn Corporation
  52. Lithium Technologies, Inc.
  53. Lyft, Inc.
  54. Mapbox, Inc.
  55. Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart
  56. Marin Software Incorporated
  57. Medallia, Inc.
  58. A Medium Corporation
  59. Meetup, Inc.
  60. Microsoft Corporation
  61. Motivate International Inc.
  62. Mozilla Corporation
  63. Netflix, Inc.
  64. NETGEAR, Inc.
  65. NewsCred, Inc.
  66. Patreon, Inc.
  67. PayPal Holdings, Inc.
  68. Pinterest, Inc.
  69. Quora, Inc.
  70. Reddit, Inc.
  71. Rocket Fuel Inc.
  72. SaaStr Inc.
  73. Salesforce.com, Inc.
  74. Scopely, Inc.
  75. Shutterstock, Inc.
  76. Snap Inc.
  77. Spokeo, Inc.
  78. Spotify USA Inc.
  79. Square, Inc.
  80. Squarespace, Inc.
  81. Strava, Inc.
  82. Stripe, Inc.
  83. SurveyMonkey Inc.
  84. TaskRabbit, Inc
  85. Tech:NYC
  86. Thumbtack, Inc.
  87. Turn Inc.
  88. Twilio Inc.
  89. Twitter Inc.
  90. Turn Inc.
  91. Uber Technologies, Inc.
  92. Via
  93. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
  94. Workday
  95. Y Combinator Management, LLC
  96. Yelp Inc.
  97. Zynga Inc.

H/t FOTM‘s TPR
~Eowyn

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Air France stewardesses’ mutiny over order to wear headscarves

Funny how that  “tolerance” doesn’t work under Sharia Law.
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Via The Telegraph: Air France stewardesses, furious at being ordered to wear headscarves in Tehran, say they will refuse to fly to the Iranian capital when the airline resumes the service later this month.
Female members of flight crews have been ordered to cover their hair once they disembark in Tehran and unions are demanding that the flights be made voluntary for women.
The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran, planned for April 17 after an eight-year break, follows a thaw in relations since Iran agreed to dismantle large sections of its nuclear programme.
Iranian women have been forced by law to cover their hair or face stiff fines since the 1979 Islamic revolution. In staunchly secular France, however, public signs of religion have been frowned upon since a 1905 law separating church and state.
French women see Islamic headscarves and veils as an affront to their dignity. Headscarves are banned in French state schools and offices, and it is illegal to wear the full-face Muslim veil in public.
Flore Arrighi, head of the UNAC flight crews’ union, said: “It is not our role to pass judgement on the wearing of headscarves or veils in Iran. What we are denouncing is that it is being made compulsory. Stewardesses must be given the right to refuse these flights.” She added that female staff were entitled to exercise “individual freedoms”.
The financially ailing French airline, which sees the resumption of Tehran flights as an “excellent” business development, pointed out that other airline staff were obliged to comply with Iranian rules. “Tolerance and respect for the customs of the countries we serve are part of the values of our company,” a spokesman said.

The lovely abaya...

The lovely abaya…

In Saudi Arabia, stewardesses must wear the “abaya”, a long robe that covers the body, but unlike Saudi women they are not compelled to wear face veils.
Air France argued that French law allows “the restriction of individual liberties” if “justified by the nature of the task to be accomplished.”
The deputy head of the SNPNC flight crews’ union, Christophe Pillet, said: “Female staff do not wish to have dress regulations imposed on them, especially the obligation to wear an Air France scarf that completely covers their hair as soon as they leave the plane.”
Stewardesses normally have a choice between a uniform with a skirt or trousers, but they have been instructed to wear a long jacket and trousers on Tehran flights. Mr. Pillet said flight crews were prepared to wear headscarves in Iran when out of uniform, but objected to being ordered to wear them as part of their uniform. Unions want Tehran flights to be made voluntary without penalties for staff, deductions from wages or consequences for their careers.
Another union representing flight crews, UNAC, has written to the minister for women’s rights and families, Laurence Rossignol, complaining about the headscarf order. Ms. Rossignol, who describes herself as “a feminist with a modern vision of the family”, was herself embroiled in a row over headscarves last month prompted by Marks and Spencer’s decision to sell the burkini, or full body swimsuit. Women who wear veils or Islamic headscarves, she said, were like “negroes who supported slavery”.
Françoise Redolfi of the UNSA union said Air France had told staff it was restoring rules that applied before 2008, when Air France discontinued flights to Iran as the country’s relations with western nations deteriorated over concerns that it was seeking to develop nuclear weapons. “The general environment now is much more sensitive,” she said. “Many female members of flight crews have informed us that it is out of the question that they be obliged to wear headscarves. It is not professional and they see it as an insult to their dignity.”
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Zika virus epidemic: What you should know

There is a new epidemic, a disease that no one has ever heard of, which may cause a terrible birth defect that few people have heard of. Nevertheless, this new disease quickly has become a health emergency on a par with Ebola, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The disease is caused by the Zika virus — a mosquito-borne disease that, like Ebola, originated in Africa, but is rapidly spreading in Latin America.
Active Zika transmission areas

Symptoms

4 out of 5 people who are infected won’t even have symptoms. Others have only mild flu-like symptoms — a rash, fever, joint pain, and red eyes — which last several days to a week. But in 1 of 5 cases, Zika virus infection can lead to:

  1. Guillain–Barré syndrome, that causes temporary or permanent nerve and muscle damage.
  2. Microcephaly birth defect: babies born with abnormally small heads, who may be severely disabled, both physical and mental, as well as a shorter life span.

Why World Health Organization is concerned

Public health officials are concerned about the fast-spreading Zika virus. WHO director-general Margaret Chan, MD, said, “The level of alarm is extremely high” for four reasons:

  1. The virus has been tied to severe birth defects, such as brain damage, in babies of infected women.
  2. The yellow-fever (or Aedes) mosquito that carries the virus is found in nearly every country in North and South America except Canada and Chile.
  3. People in these countries have never been exposed to the virus before, so there’s very little natural immunity to the virus in the general population.
  4. There is no vaccine that can prevent the infection, very few tests available to detect it, and no treatments for it.

WHO says the virus is spreading “explosively” in the Americas. Assistant director-general Bruce Aylward, MD, expects there will be 3 million to 4 million Zika infections in the Americas over the next 12 months.

Zika in the U.S.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 31 people in the United States ( in 11 states and D.C.) are infected by the Zika virus. All had recently returned from travel in Zika-infected places.
At present, there are no signs that mosquitos in the continental U.S. have the virus. But officials expect local spread of the virus will eventually happen in the U.S., probably in areas that have also seen locally passed dengue fever infections, like the southern tips of Florida and Texas. Dengue is carried by the same species of mosquito that also carries the Zika virus.
Even if Zika does take root in the U.S., we are told it’s not likely to cause widespread misery the way it has in Brazil, in part because Americans use air conditioners and screens on their windows and doors.

Warning for pregnant women

The CDC has issued a travel warning for women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant covering 24 nations and territories in Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Pregnant women are advised to postpone traveling to Zika-infected regions. Those who must travel or live in an affected area are urged to undertake protection against mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants, and using a mosquito repellent like DEET, which is safe to use during pregnancy.

ZIKA virus can be transmitted through sex

Alarmingly, the CDC just confirmed a first case of the Zika virus that was transmitted by sexual contact in Dallas County.
The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) director Zachary Thompson said that “Zika virus can be transmitted through sex” and counsels the use of condoms or abstinence as the best prevention method against Zika and any sexually-transmitted infections.

Zika virus mosquito is genetically modified?

A clinical psychologist named Kathy J. Forti claims that the Zika virus, which has been detected in 18 of the 26 states in Brazil, is transmitted by the genetically-modified Aedes mosquito, developed by the British biotech company Oxitec to battle dengue fever.
Since 2011, Oxitec has been producing 2 million genetically-modified mosquitoes a week in its factory in Campinas, Brazil.
Oxitec is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, also called yellow fever mosquito, is the world’s most dominant variety of mosquito that is commonly found throughout the subtropical and tropical Americas. The only two countries in the Americas that don’t have this mosquito are Chile and Canada.

A vaccine, not Zika virus, causes Brazil’s microcephalic babies?

Since late October, Brazil has seen more than 4,000 cases of microcephaly, 6 cases of which have been definitely linked to Zika, leaving the cause of the other cases still under investigation.
microcephaly
Dr. Forti maintains that it is the Tdap vaccine, not the Zika virus, that causes microcephaly birth defects in Brazil, because:

  • Only a small number of Brazilian babies with birth defects who died, had the Zika virus in their brain or in the mother’s placenta. This means a large number of the babies who died had no Zika virus in their brain.
  • Zika has been around since before 1948 and has never been known to cause birth defects and/or death.
  • Brazilian mothers who gave birth to microcephalic babies had received a newly-formulated untested vaccine, Tdap, when they were pregnant because in late 2014, the Brazilian government made it mandatory for all expectant mothers to get a Tdap shot.
  • The Tdap shot, which combines the Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping-cough) vaccines into a single jab, has never been proven safe for use during pregnancy, but is classified by the FDA as a Class C drug, which means it is NOT safe during pregnancy. And yet, in 2011, the CDC saw fit to recommend pregnant women receive the Tdap shot at 20 weeks gestation.

In 2015, the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program received a $307,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the immune responses of pregnant women who had received the Tdap vaccine.
Sources: CDCWebMD, ABC13; Trifinity8
H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV
In a speech at the 2010 TED conference, Bill Gates made a Freudian slip that belies the philanthropic purpose of his Foundation’s push for vaccines. In his speech, Gates was on the subject of how to reduce global warming by lowering the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) from Earth’s atmosphere, that a major way to do that is to reduce the world’s population. Beginning at the 1:03 mark in the video below, Gates said:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a REALLY great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health service, we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.”

 
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London Parliament to debate banning Trump from entering UK

This is friggin’ unbelievable.
On January 18, the British Parliament is scheduled to debate whether Donald Trump should be barred from entering the UK.
CNN reports (via Q13Fox), Jan. 5, 2016, that an online citizen’s petition to ban Trump from the UK had garnered more than 568,000 signatures, which is well above the 100,000 threshold required for a measure to be considered for a Parliamentary debate.
The petition says that since the UK has banned entry to people for “hate speech” before, “the same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter” the country, including Donald Trump.
The petition was precipitated by Trump’s proposal to temporarily halt the immigration of Muslims into the United States. The proposal prompted UK Prime Minister David Cameron to call Trump “stupid” and “three times a loser.”

Nota bene: I propose that Congress pass a resolution banning David Cameron from entering the U.S.A.

Obama & David Cameron play table-tennis at Globe Academy in South London 2011 (Source)

Obama & David Cameron play table-tennis at Globe Academy in South London 2011 (Source: Daily Mail)


Last week, the UK government released a statement stating that Home Secretary Theresa May has the power to “exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be non-conducive to the public good” and that “The Home Secretary has said that coming to the UK is a privilege and not a right. She will continue to use the powers available to prevent from entering the UK those who seek to harm our society and who do not share our basic values.”
Trump owns a golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
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