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Yahoo News — Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned on Thursday after parliament formally condemned her handling of the Afghanistan evacuation crisis.
Too bad Canada doesn't have a Parliament. Or a news media.

Canada Excluded From International China Security Pact

Globe and Mail Dismissed by Justin Trudeau as merely a crass American salesman's move to pawn off the latest high-tech US-built nuclear subs to what we have to therefore assume he thinks are the total idiot Aussies, the three-nation deal didn't even include Canada in the talks leading up to the historic pact. And after Trudeau's comments on the matter (and the aforementioned attitude toward the Aussies), you can understand why.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday played down Canada’s exclusion from the Indo-Pacific security deal, saying it is merely a way for the U.S. to sell nuclear submarines to Australia ... “This is a deal for nuclear submarines, which Canada is not currently or any time soon in the market for. Australia is.”"
In a clear indication that even Trudeau's political bro Joe Biden doesn't actually take him or Canada seriously anymore (forcing one to wonder if his high-fivin' bro Barack Obama doesn't also come off as a bit two-faced after Obama gave Trudeau a campaign "endorsement" this week), even Canadian officials were left in the dark. Almost like Canada can't even be trusted anymore on any level.

"Three officials, representing Canada’s foreign affairs, intelligence and defence departments, told The Globe and Mail that Ottawa was not consulted about the pact, and had no idea the trilateral security announcement was coming until it was made on Wednesday by U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison."

Trudeau, in contrast, delayed Canada's Wuhan Virus immunization program by signing a deal not with the Americans or Brits, but with... CHINA, for vaccines, in what turned out to be a total failure with countless Canadian lives lost as a result. What is going on here?

And the science SAYSSS…

National Post —Move over Donald Trump. In their NP Platformed email available to subscribers, columnist Sabrina Maddeaux calmly explains that Justin Trudeau's recent uncontrolled angry outbursts — one at a citizen who was rude, and one at a reporter who dared challenge him with actual reporter-like questions — provides a clue as to his baser instincts. And if you saw these outbursts, you'd agree, it isn't a good look for him or any normal human. But moreover, it's a terrible look for anyone claiming the title of Prime Minister. But it's this new line of anti-science, pure crass political campaign bullshit that has me riled:
"...At a weekend rally in Oakville, Ont., Trudeau revealed his hand when he claimed that, “If you want this pandemic to end, go out and vote Liberal.” He repeated the message again, even turning it up a notch, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, saying, “If you want this pandemic to end for good, go out and vote Liberal!”
"This is the ultimate false promise by a politician who’s become infamous for making false promises. No one can guarantee he will be able to end the pandemic. In fact, the expert consensus seems to be that there will be no real end to it: the virus will become endemic and we will be forced to live with it, albeit hopefully more normally. ..."
So it's "follow the science," and "the science says... to vote Liberal”? Many, especially the media, would dismiss "bible belt" politicians who insinuated that "God wants you to vote [whatever way].  This blowhard — and his disciples — should be treated no differently.

Two NDP humans resign their candidacy for alleged racist tropes

The National Post headline reads, "Two federal NDP candidates...

Inflation races higher in Canada — another new emergent threat to any economic recovery

Globe and Mail — They're reporting that Canada’s inflation rate jumps to 4.1%, fastest pace since 2003, sending shockwaves to almost nobody in the news media ahead of the stupid election. For example, the state-owned CBC "news media" division of the Trudeau Liberals reports it as their news item number seven or eight from the top. The G&M, as if explaining it to the CBC, wrote:
"The Statscan report arrives just five days before a federal election that’s seen affordability emerge as a key theme on the campaign trail, with all major parties pitching ideas to rein in a variety of costs, including for housing, child care and wireless plans..."
The cost of "wireless plans" is something like priority number 18,539 for me and 99% of the country, but Jagmeet Singh and the NDP — and therefore their loyal media at every opportunity — make out like it's more important than... I don't know.... inflation at 4% and Canada falling out of the economic freedom top ten... to say nothing of trillion-dollar debts and out-of-control budgets, and that thing about the end of our freedom of speech 'n junk like that. But ma wireless plan!!%#

Not “election news,” apparently: Canada drops out of top 10 countries in annual economic freedom report

Fraser Institute — In a sane land with actual journalism, this would be front-page news, one week ahead of an election. "In this year’s report, Canada ranks 14th based on 2019 data, the most recent comprehensive data, part of a downward trend since 2016. (Last year, Canada initially ranked 8th, although data revisions later lowered its rank to 13th.)"
“Due to higher taxes and increased regulation in Ottawa and the provinces, Canadians are less economically free, which means slower economic growth and less investment in Canada,” said Fred McMahon, Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom at the Fraser Institute.
Economic Freedom of the World: 2021 Annual Report is the world's premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas—size of government [Canada: 111th], legal structure and property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, regulation of credit, labour and business. In this year's report, which compares 165 countries and territories, Hong Kong is again number one—although China's heavy hand will likely lower Hong Kong's ranking in future years—and Canada (14th) trails the United States (6th).

Why isn’t this the biggest story in Canada?

National Review — "Why Isn’t the Attack on Larry Elder the Biggest Story in America?"  Their sub-head put it exactly right:
"A white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at a black man seeking to become the first non-white governor of our largest state, and the media shrug."
And they begin their story much as I have over the years: "Do a search for “Larry Elder” and gorilla on the CNN website and nothing comes up. Washington Post? Zilch. Nothing comes up on the New York Times site either..." — only replace those outfits with CBC, CTV, Global, Globe & Mail, etc.
In case you're stupid, let me fill you in: Larry Elder is a black man, but moreover, and in fact almost entirely over, he is a conservative man of considerable intellect and conscience. A Republican.
Indeed, in Canada, wherein they talk endlessly about evvvvvvery instance of "racism" in America in their activist effort to have it spill over into Canada and create divisions here to help fulfill their political ends, they utterly ignored this overt racism doozy. Why? Because they're hypocritical, dishonest, ideological, political... anything but journalists. They should all be ashamed of themselves. But I bet they aren't.
And yet they are so self-assured and arrogant that despite their obvious corruption, which they don't even care if you notice, they continue to demand and accept YOUR taxpayer handouts.

WE: The liberals’, the Liberals’, and Trudeau’s shame —documented in 4-part podcast

The Podcastosphere — I've listened to four parts of the well-done series titled "The White Saviors," narrated by Olusola Adeogun. There will be one more episode. The series documents the "cult" — yes, cult is the word used by an interviewee who worked for them — that is the liberals' own WE organization. I always thought of this WE group as cult-y, and corrupt, and as phony as a Liberal or NDP campaign promise, and as a leftist brainwashing center of bullshittery, but now, more so. Including, or especially because of, Justin Trudeau's participation in it. And the news media's love of it. And Big Public Education's embrace of it. And all of that combined.
The podcast is well described as "the exclusive story of a charity that did well when it was supposed to be doing good."
Produced by Canadaland, which has been on it for years, and arguably broke the story of WE and Liberal Party corruption in 2020.

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Biden’s poll numbers are too embarrassing for the “news” media — I bring you the numbers because the others won't. The "news" media only bring you the news they want you to know, filtered through their very special way of telling it to you — because as you know, they're not really a "news media" at all. Therefore, Biden being increasingly underwater, as demonstrated by the scientific data that the news media studiously refuses to follow at, is ignored. They are lying through omission.
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Read a well-reasoned explanation of Biden's declining poll numbers by Rich Lowry, at Politico, but not at any of the "news media" outlets that couldn't stop reporting on Trump's declining poll numbers.

The Article

For those who aren’t as hip and cool as me, “ratioed” means you tweet something you think is a super hot take (also largely an indication that you think too highly of yourself and have become way too cocky and overconfident), but the twitterverse slams you because it was actually an idiot take. For example, it happens to AOC nearly every day, on account of her being a loudmouthed doorknob. It is clearly evident whenever a tweet gets, like, double the number of comments as its “likes,” which is a historically good indicator that people are mocking it or slamming it as stupid. (See this more official definition.) Also, and not to overanalyze things, I believe you could also argue that a lot of the “likes” in this case are a result of people actually just “liking” what it was that was quoted – i.e., it’s not what the tweeter thinks! Sometimes this happens too, but it actually helps the ratio for the tweeter.  

And if you don’t believe the science of this, just read the comments to this state-owned CBC news reporter Katie Simpson’s ratioed tweet:

But let’s boil this pot of “news” “reporting” crap down:

1.) The “man I believe to be a host on Fox News” is Greg Gutfeld (@greggutfeld). He’s a comedian and commentator — not a hard news reporter nor a hard news host or anchor, as CBC reporter Simpson would love to have you believe by arrogantly not telling the whole, actual, truth.

So that’s a first clue as to its non-hotness — and to her veracity as a reporter. The very idea that she sheepishly refers to Greg Gutfeld in that way (or feigns her ignorance) is a very poor choice, because Gutfeld is in fact one of the most popular people in American news commentary, full-stop. He is a host of The Five, which is one of the most popular cable shows in America (not just cable news, I mean the whole of cable TV), on Fox News Channel, which is the most popular cable channel in America (and it’s popular in Canada too). Gutfeld might attract more viewers per minute than the whole of the state-owned CBC in a month. He also has his own show on Saturdays, which is great too.

But hard news CBC reporter Katie Simpson thinks you’re stupid, and that literally nobody would know any of what I just said. Or even know Greg Gutfeld. She didn’t mention him by name — and certainly didn’t “@mention” him — because that would spill the beans, and the poop, all over her.

Does she know The Daily Show and its uber left-wing ass-of-an-anchor Trevor Noah? Bet she does. Stephen Colbert the ever-so hilarious hard-left ass? Dollars to donuts. Bill Maher, the bloviating leftist? Guaranteed. But one of the most popular, funny, and thoughtful guys on cable TV: I believe he might be a host on Fox News.

2.) Gutfeld is one of the most entertaining and sagacious news and culture commentators on TV, vastly outstripping anything you ever see or hear from a Canadian on Canadian TV — pay-channel or state-owned. I mean there is absolutely nobody to even compare him to in Canada. Alas.

3.) Fox News Channel is a competitor to CBC News Network (like it or hate it, Simpson and CBC-lovers, free-market facts are free-market facts). Is it now the practice of the state-owned CBC or its reporters to officially mock or cajole or in any way “call-out” competitors like this? Is this a new policy? Is it even allowed according to the CBC guidebook or its mandate?

4.) What Gutfeld said is absolutely spot-on. And for context (remember when that was a thing in news?) here’s the video of him saying it. After the Wuhan China Communist Virus hit America and Trump closed the border to China, Bill de Blasio (and his staff), in full anti-Trump-Opposite-Man mode, plied the streets of his New York City demanding that folks continue to go to restaurants, walk amongst people, celebrate Chinese New Year, act like everything is normal, live your normal life, ignore the virus’s dangers, moreover ignore Trump, it ain’t nothin but the flu, etc. There – are – numerous – news articles and – all too many videos displaying this historic fact. Then de Blasio advocated letting prisoners out of prison (to protect them, and apparently, only them), and when that happened, crime shot up in New York. He then feigned shock and outrage at that inevitable result. [Also see this doozy.] He is a literally mockery of himself.

But de Blasio was simply joining other left-wingers and Democrats who did the same thing at that time in the U.S. — Nancy Pelosi, the mayor of New Orleans, and virtually all the other Trump-Opposite Men/Women in politics — and in hard news. And amongst liberals in Canada, and in Canadian news.

But not Greg Gutfeld, “a host on Fox News.”

5.) In contradistinction to the socialist New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, Greg Gutfeld responded with warnings and advice, with regard to the Wuhan China Communist Virus, from before the beginning of the pandemic. Watch this January 28 2020 clip where Gutfeld warned everyone — including America and the Trump Administration — to take it seriously — on January 28. Others on Fox News like the less funny show host and news commentator Tucker Carlson (also not a hard news reporter!) did the same. [Also see this]. And he has continued thus since then.

You would not know any of this if you are Canadian and don’t watch Fox News. Which the likes of Katie Simpson and her ilk hope is the case. Which is itself rather scary.

From a Wall Street Journal opinion article
From a Wall Street Journal opinion article by Jason L. Riley, April 21, 2020.

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