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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.

We won’t “get thru this together,” any more, boyfriend.

Globe and Mail — The Liberals' Globe and Mail division sounded off today on none other than their hero, liberalism's fancy-socked neo-liberal, The Right Woke Justin Trudeau. Seems the marriage is off.
"...We will never find comfort in the Liberal Leader’s corrupted line that we will “get through this together.” He doesn’t mean it. Only certain people matter to Mr. Trudeau – the ones he uses to prosecute identity politics for the singular purpose of furthering his destiny. ..."
The G&M, in a historic fashion reminiscent of the Maclean's revelation of two years ago, suddenly wakes up to discover that the Emperor wears no clothes; or at least those he does wear are just butt-ugly, overly showy, and of poor — possibly Fabrique en Chine —quality. He is, in fact, Right Woke, as I've been saying. And thus, the G&M finally seems to have woken up. Good morning.

Vacation in Progress – a Quicktake

I regret to inform you that even I have...

Vacation in progress

I regret to inform you that even I have to take time off. Plus, my office is getting re-carpeted, and thus my office furniture and computer (whatever that is) is currently jammed into another room, much of it standing on its end, and inaccessible. I could do all my work on a laptop, like I'm doing now, but I'm not an animal. Summer's nearly over, and thus, so will be my vacationing.

The Article

This doesn’t sound capitalist to me:

The various elements of Canada’s Fabian socialist liberal-left, various governments, and their media, all pretend that state-owned and state-run divisions of government are “corporations” simply by government fiat.  That is, they call something a “corporation”, and therefore it is.  Of course it’s preposterous—these are not “corporations” in anything like the true capitalist or free market sense of the word—they’re “crown” corporations—or communist-like divisions of government which are engaged in trade—market enterprise—almost always competing against their own citizens (as in the case of the CBC and countless others). 
Another logo purposely made to look like just another corporate logo, but what is actually another division of a big socialist government—the New Brunswick government in this case.
They are engaged in—in many cases they actually OWN—the means of production, the distribution, the sales, and every aspect of competitive trade (against their own citizens). 

A quintessential case in point is this story today which is written up in—lo and behold—another state-owned, state-run, “corporation—this one the socialism-reliant, on its web site.  Throughout their creepy, Orwellian story, they make out like they’re talking about a private corporation, without ever once explaining that they’re talking—as one state-owned communist-like outfit about another—of a provincial government department.  Moreover, they’re talking about this government division—this “corporation’s”—plans to delve even further into the erstwhile still somewhat free-ish markets.  It’s about commerce and marketing and enterprise and competition —but yet never once do they explain that it’s really about a state-owned, state-run government department—instead calling it a “corporation”—and it’s about them competing against their own citizens.

It’s a story of government intrusion into the market place. But it’s disguised by the CBC and the government.

I’ve written about this phenomenon a few times now, especially after one citizen in BC decided to sue the BC Lottery “Corporation” (a division of government), and so confused was he that he was quoted as saying, “It’s about keeping corporations honest, that’s really what it’s about.” 

See NewsQuip here (item#2)here (item#5),  and a full-length article called “More blurring of lines: abject socialism (state-owned and run—shhh! “corporations”); and real ones”

The story today is further proof my contention that the liberal-left in Canada—politicos, their media, and governments in power in Canada (and as in this case, their very own state-owned media) are together perpetrating a nefarious myth—an outright falsehood—a lie. 

Here’s the story today, as presented in the state-owned CBC web site.  When you know the truth, it reads like a Soviet Communist Party news release as printed in the former state-owned Pravda newspaper, and I beg someone to explain the difference to me in this case:

NB Liquor will stock own brand of beer in fight for sales

Last Updated: Friday, January 16, 2009 | 7:18 AM ET
CBC News

NB Liquor is going to introduce its own brand of beer as the corporation attempts to stop New Brunswick consumers from crossing the border into Quebec to buy cheap suds.

The new brand will be available by the spring and cost less than regular beer at NB Liquor outlets. However, it will still be more expensive than that in the neighbouring province.

Nora Lacey, spokeswoman for NB Liquor, said there will be two types of the new beer available in 12-can packages and they will be brewed in-province.

“There’s no other liquor jurisdiction in Canada that has a private-label beer,” she said.

But who’s doing the brewing and what the products are will not be revealed until the brand goes on sale this spring.

Lacey said the NB Liquor beer will be of top quality and cheaper than the $21 cost for 12 cans of regular beer.

Lacey said the pending brand of beer will always be sold at a discount.

“We are going to guarantee that these 12-pack of cans will be available at the lowest possible price, $18.67,” she said.

Dana Clendenning, the company’s president and chief executive officer, told a legislative committee recently that NB Liquor is bleeding sales to Quebec because of its cheap beer. Even with this new brand of beer, NB Liquor said it won’t be able to beat Quebec’s price of $10.82 for 12 cans of beer before taxes and deposit.

Lacey said that’s because grocery and convenience stores sell beer in Quebec and each of those individual outlets can negotiate with breweries and set its own price.

Did the state-owned media—the CBC—write “its own brand of beer” as if they were writing about a private corporation?  And did the government spokesman refer to “private-label” beer when actually referring to official state-beer

Where does it explain that “NB Liquor” is a state-owned, state-run government division, competing against ACTUAL private labels and citizens and other jurisdictions?  It doesn’t.  On purpose. 

The New Brunswick Liquor “Corporation” is 100% state-owned and state-run. It’s a branch of government.  Its own web site says: “The New Brunswick Liquor Corporation is a Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for the purchase, importation, distribution, and retail activity for all beverage alcohol in the Province of New Brunswick. Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) is directed by a seven member Board of Directors; six are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council [the government cabinet], and the seventh is the CEO. Decisions and directions from the Board are guided by section 6(3) of the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation Act.” 

Another government web site admits:  “Our mandate is to manufacture, buy, import and sell liquor of every kind and description. … There are seven Board members including a Chairperson, all of whom are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council [the provincial government cabinet].” 

Their “Mission Statement” includes:  “To responsibly host New Brunswick’s beverage alcohol experience.” 

Pravda couldn’t have written it up better.

That doesn’t sound capitalist to me.  In fact, how is this not communist

This is nothing short of perfidy.  The players are collectively engaged in an Orwellian sleight of hand and are purposely blurring the lines. 

I think the people of New Brunswick should demand that the state get out of the business of liquor manufacturing, distribution, sales, and all those other aspects of the markets.  Demand that their government stop competing against their own citizens and other Canadians, and American citizens, as a general matter (and isn’t this contrary to NAFTA anyway?), or monopolizing the market.  And demand that the government stop controlling their lives, including even what they drink and how much they pay for it.  And moreover, demand that the media, the liberal-left generally, and the governments of our provinces and our nation stop lying to us and trying to pull the wool over our eyes in their effort to gently push us toward full-on socialism —partially through shear deception and slight of hand. 

In the meantime, I suggest the folks in New Brunswick do liquor runs to Maine. 

What kind of government competes against its own citizens in business for profits? 

Comments are welcome in the “J-Log” version of this article


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