Missing Flight 370 Theory

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 10-03-2014

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The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Flight 370 is captivating the world, with everyone wondering just what happened.

I have NO idea what happened, but a theory floating around does seem plausible and leaves me wondering. While I am not certain I believe this is what went down, the following possibility could very likely be reality.

DAHBOO77 posted a YouTube video on March 9 where he shows a recording form FlighRadar24. It shows a recording from shortly after the incident, and then another after it had been supposedly altered. In the deleted version a second plane approaches Flight 370 and then disappears from radar shortly after 370 vanishes. You can watch the video below.

According to reports, there were at least two passengers on-board that had used stolen passports to board the plane. They could be common criminals, or perhaps much more.

Is it possible that these criminals ultimately hijacked the plane? Is it possible that their threats were ultimately serious enough that it resulted in a military response and the eventual shooting down of flight 370 to eliminate a more serious threat?

This sort of thing does happen – rarely, but it does happen. (See Korean Air Lines Flight 007) Perhaps the military shot down the plane, then had records at FlightRadar24 altered to hide the fact. Perhaps they know where the wreckage is, but do not want what went down public. The fact that the flight is missing could just be a coverup, and we will get some cover story in the days/weeks/years to come. Maybe the military action was intentional, or perhaps in error? Or perhaps the plane did literally just fall out of the sky.

Could all this be possible? I believe absolutely it could. I am not certain I believe it DID happen, but it IS a possibility. Any thoughts?

 

Justin Carter Jailed for Months over Facebook Post

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 02-07-2013

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Nineteen year old Justin Carter is sitting behind bars. He has been there since February. He sits with a $500,000 bail, when murderers have been known to get out on far less. He has done nothing wrong. Well, sort of.

His only crime? A sarcastic (and incredibly STUPID) comment he posted on Facebook. In an argument Carter was having with a fellow gamer over the online game “League of Legends”, one user said something along the lines of “Oh, you’re insane. You’re crazy. You’re messed up in the head.”. Carters response landed him at the center of a police investigation, and locked behind bars.

His reply?

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Shaw Direct vs Bell vs Telus

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in Television Providers | Posted on 18-09-2012

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So we made the switch from Shaw Direct to Bell a little over two years ago. Recently we cancelled Bell and are now using Netflix and online streaming through the computer plugged into the TV for new shows from major networks.

So Far So Good.

For the record: I hated Bell. Felt great cancelling! The BIGGEST problem with Bell – Their PVR. The Motorola 9241 is a big piece of CRAP! The second biggest problem: Their customer service is TERRIBLE!

Next time we will try Telus Optik and see how that goes. Will stay away form their satellite service though, they use the same Motorola 9241.

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Microsoft Gouging via XBOX 360

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 30-07-2012

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So yesterday we bought an XBOX 360. We are not big gamers, but thought the kinect would be fun, along with some other XBOX Gaming. One other main reason we wanted it was for easy video streaming of Netflix in higher quality than our Wii can offer. We were also hoping to watch some network television from the various network websites.

Boy were we mistaken. The main thing we wanted was to watch shows from network websites and stream Netflix. The XBOX 360 can do only one of these two things, and that is at a cost.

We already pay $7 a month to Netflix, but in order for it to work XBOX and Microsoft require a GOLD member ship at a cost of $8 a month. Wait what? That is like me paying DELL a fee to allow Netflix to work on my purchased laptop! This is gouging at its best! You really require the GOLD membership to do just about everything! Can’t even view YouTube without it! This is a joke.

To top it off, there is no web browser either! Really?? Even the Wii has one!

I REFUSE to pay Microsoft a monthly fee to do things I can do for free on ALL my other devices. The XBOX was packed up and returned to the store. I will never buy an XBOX again unless things change significantly into the future.

At least I got my money back.

Old Canadian Money for Red Flag Deals

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 20-04-2012

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Today Red Flag Deals posted an old Canadian $1 Bill to Facebook. I left a comment that I have some old ones, one dating back to 1937. They said they’d love to see a photo. Well here it is below.

BUT I was wrong. I don’t have a 1937 $1 bill. I have a 1937 $2, and a 1937 $10. Right year, wrong denomination.

Anyways, here are a few samples of some old paper money I have kicking around, from oldest to newest
1870 $0.25
1923 $0.25
1937 $2
1937 $10
1954 $1
1954 $5

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Cloud Storage Options and “Just Cloud”

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 02-04-2012

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Update Oct 01, 2012: I did not end up trying Just Cloud so cannot provide a recommendation of my own but after reading the many comments on this post, would probably recommend that users stay far away from it.

I have recently been searching for cloud storage options, primarily for photos, but also for important file backups. It seems that there are a ton of options available these days and its hard to find which solutions are the best bet.

One that I came across recently was Just Cloud. One thing that really caught my eye about Just Cloud is the unlimited storage. Most programs offer encrypted and secure, multiple computer syncing etc, but it seems that unlimited storage is something that can be rather expensive in many cases – and when it comes to backing up photos, storage demands grow constantly (especially when you have two kids!). The price is comparable to other cloud services at $4.95 a month but offers unlimited storage. Continue Reading »

My Weight Loss Challenge

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 26-01-2012

So I have set a goal for myself. I want to drop my weight to 220 lbs by July 21. I started this on Jan 21, and am giving myself 6 months to drop 43.8 lbs.

Well, 5 days in I am down 3.8lbs. What have I don’t to start losing weight? Nothing really. I am not on a diet, and I have not increased my exercise (although I will). All I have done is made a few small changes. For instance, when I go to get a drink, rather than grabbing a coke, I grab some water and when eating meals, I take slightly smaller portions. And that’s about it.

I have also cut out all fast food. I normally dont eat THAT much of it, but cutting out what little I did eat is certainly helping.

For me they key is weighing myself daily and charting it. I weigh myself not so much to look for progress, but as a daily reminder of what I am trying to do. Charting it helps a great deal also. I want to see the line graph drop day after day (so far it has dropped every day). This motivates me to stay on track. If I weighed in weekly, I could see myself caving in mid week and grabbing a burger, and justify it by saying, I have 3 days to burn this off before I weigh in again. Weighing in daily is what is keeping me accountable.

I still enjoy my bacon & egg omlettes with cheese, I still enjoy dairy, and even still the occassional coke, but by simply staying accountable and by cutting back slightly it seems to be working.

I’ll drop another post in a few weeks to share the progress and let you know if things are still progressing.

Courtenay Mazda has Lost My Business

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 24-01-2012

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In 2008 my wife and I bought a 2008 Mazda 5. (Here is a review I wrote on the Mazda 5). We love our car. It suits our family perfectly. It is/was also the only vehicle on the market that has all the specific features we wanted. We had the odd warranty issue, though it never really deterred us as we understand things happen, besides, they were covered.

In early 2010 (or possibly late 2009) the left rear shock blew out and leaked all over. Courtenay Mazda replaced it under warranty. In September 2010 the right rear shock blew out. Mazda replaced it under warranty. Our warranty ran out in April of 2011, then in January of 2012, 16 months after it was replaced, the rear right shock blew out again.

We are pretty easy on our car, no off-roading or fast speed bumps. We take it pretty easy. There is NO way a shock should die after just over a year. There is obviously a problem with these stock Mazda 5 shocks.

To reinforce this fact, Mazda is now putting the beefier 2012 model shocks on all older Mazda 5’s when replacements are necessary indicating they acknowledge the previous part was insufficient. (Should this not have been a recall or TSB issue then?)

So here I am. Another blown shock. But the way I see it, even though my purchase warranty is up, the replacement shock Courtenay Mazda put in just over a year ago should be covered under its own warranty, so I take the car into Mazda.

I ask the parts guy about it. He looks me up in the computer and says no, it will not be covered. I am pissed. 16 months for a shock? He tells me he will give me a deal on parts and labour. The shocks are $149 each and the labour is about $100. He takes off 25% and quotes me about $300 plus tax. The shocks they will use are from the new 2012 model.

I tell the parts guy, no, I will take the care elsewhere and put aftermarket shocks on it. The Mazda shocks are not ones I can trust, and besides the warranty is terrible. The parts guy says, and this is an exact quote, “They don’t make aftermarket shocks for the Mazda 5. All shops have to come to us to get them”.

This pisses me off, but fine, if it is my only solution I will let Courtenay Mazda fix the car and shell out the $350 after taxes.

I go home and start researching. Wouldn’t you know it, Monroe makes an aftermarket shock that fits the Mazda 5! (Here it is). And guess what, it also has a LIFETIME Warranty! And Guess what else, they are on sale and cost only $50.54 each right now (regular price was $67.39). Canadian Tire can have them installed for $211 AFTER all taxes.

Not only is this much cheaper, the more important take away is that AFTERMARKET SHOCKS DO EXIST FOR THE MAZDA 5. The parts guy at Courtenay Mazda full out LIED to me. You’re Busted buddy.

My wife called Courtenay Mazda to complain about the whole situation and was forwarded to the owner (I am not sure what his name is). He said he would look into it and promised to call us by Monday. Well Monday came and went and we did not hear a word from him.

Even if the answer was still “no” we will not replace the parts for free, had the owner called us back he could have saved some face with us. While it may not have been enough to keep our business, it may have prevented me from writing this blog post which will hopefully rank well in Google for “Courtenay Mazda”.

Devils Advocate

Okay, while I am 100% certain, the parts guy at Mazda full out lied to me, I want to play devils advocate, because I do recognize that it IS possible that hey truly believed that there were no aftermarket shock options. I find it very hard to believe that this could be true, BUT it is possible.

It is possible that the parts guy did NOTHING wrong. After all, he is just following Mazda’s policies – its those policies that are the problem. In the parts guys defense, he did also offer me a discount on the repairs for what its worth.

So if we take the lie out of the equation, the whole thing is still pretty bad, that Mazda can’t warranty a replacement part that they know is insufficient. It wreaks of “evil doing”. Lets sell this guy a part we know will break soon, then sell it to him again, and again, and again, AND lets charge 3 times what a reliable warrantied part will cost him elsewhere.

The fact that the owner didn’t return his call like he said he would just throws gas on the fire and makes them look worse.

The Parts Guy

I want to add one more thing about the parts guy. I know his name, but am not putting it in here incase he truly did not lie to me, because if he thought he was telling the truth, the only thing he did “wrong” was follow policies set by the dealership. I have run into this particular parts guy a few times at parties, and he is genuinely a nice guy. Parts Guy, you know who you are, If you really believed that aftermarket parts did not exist then then you and I are good, if you really did lie, then you are dead to me.

UPDATES:

Jan 24, 2012: We had the new shocks installed by Canadian Tire. Car is running like new again. Guy at Canadian Tire told me that someone from “Courtenay Mazda” (cause it said so on the call display) called to ask about his “wifes” mazda 5. Certainly this was either the parts guy or the owner, probably checking to see if we could actually get it cheaper there. Funny that they wouldnt “*67″ the call or wait and call from home. Too funny.

Jan 26, 2012:
The owner of Courtenay Mazda told us on Saturday Jan 21′st that he would call us back on Monday. Today is Thursday Jan 26, and still no word from him. I don’t think we will ever hear from him, but its too late anyways.

Feb 13, 2012:
Well, still no-one has got back to me. I kind of thought someone would have by now. I have added a poll below as well, so please vote, and comment with more details!

August 23, 2013
It is about 18 months since we put the Monroe shocks on the car and so far no issues what so ever, the shocks are working perfectly! I see that this post is also ranking well – I am actually quite surprised that nobody at Courtenay Mazda has ever tried to contact me.

Have you dealt with Courtenay Mazda in the past?

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Mazda 5 Suspension Issues

Also, here are some places where people are noting that the shocks in their MAZDA 5 are insufficient. I am posting these links to help show, that it is not just my car, but a known Mazda 5 issue.

Santorum

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 05-01-2012

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As a Canadian I of course have no influence on the upcoming American election, but I can say this. Anyone who votes for Santorum is a fool if what I have read is at all true. This article “Rick Santorum’s Top 10 Most Outrageous Campaign Statements” pretty much says it all for me – stay away from this guy.

Be sure to check out Santorum – I guess this is what he gets for. With the internet the way it is, you definitely dont want to get on the bad side of certain people.

 

Some reasons why I don’t like Rick Santorum:

  • - Anti Abortion (Even in cases of Rape etc)
  • - Anti Birth Control! (Wants to allow states to make birth control illegal!)
  • - Anti Gay Marriage (says he will anul ALL same sex marriage if elected)
  • - Anti Food Stamps (Says high obesity rates in the US make food stamps unnecessary)

Todd Tweedy – The Social Media World is Looking For You!

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Posted by ScottBlogs | Posted in general | Posted on 04-01-2012

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Todd Tweedy

Todd Tweedy

UPDATE: Todd has been found, and found alive. Great news for everyone who knew Todd. Few details have been released at this time other than he was found in Baldwin WI.

source: myfoxtwincities.com

A Minnesota man, Todd Tweedy, yesterday posted about his depression in an apparent suicide note onto his Facebook timeline. Since then hundreds have commented on his post and friends, family, and fans are on a full out search to find him before it is too late. His facebook status, as of around 7pm EST last night read: “One illness I’ve never been able to defeat is my own depression. I have to say goodbye now. I wish each of you a wonderful New Year!

If you have seen Todd, or his car, you are asked to contact the St Paul police department – hopefully he can be reached in time. He drives a Red VW Passat, Minnesota plate 545 BLM.

Todd Tweedy Facebook Post

So far only a couple online news agencies are covering this story: