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Progressively Less Free — Political Algorithms 2021 – Part 1

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BC Liberal Party website — They obviously put out a news release announcing their leadership debate, stating, as even their own website states, that you can stream it at their website. The Globe and Mail said so too, even. But go to their website, and nothing like an anticipatory video teaser is there. Like they're not even set up for it. Or don't care if you watch it. You can, they say, watch it on Facebook. But I won't support that crap. So heckofa job, Libbies.

Click to (not) watch it

 

Canadians love their cheap Chinese trinkets despite the moral question

Globe and Mail — Startling reports out of the Port of Vancouver indicate just how much Canadians care that communist China was (and still is) holding Canadian and American citizens illegally, steals intellectual property from everyone around the world, is a rogue racist state, an authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorship, which is bent on global communist domination, which enslaves and arguably eliminates ethnic groups, and which pollutes the entire globe to beat hell.

The Port of Vancouver is sending record numbers of empty shipping containers to Asia ... The reason so many shipping containers are going back to Asia filled with nothing but air has to do with a surge in consumer demand for Asian goods ...

...There were 597,443 TEUs of empty containers exported from Vancouver in the first eight months of this year, up 89 per cent from the same period in 2020. And 2020 was previously the record-high year for empty-container shipments from the port.

Almost half of all the containers that have left Vancouver so far this year have been empty.

In total, the Port of Vancouver has handled 2.55 million TEUs of both imports and exports during the first eight months of 2021, up 17 per cent from the same period in 2020.

China is the largest shipper into the Port of Vancouver of containerized merchandise, including consumer goods.

What happened to all that bellyaching about "sustainability?" It doesn't apply to the country of Canada itself? Trudeau? Liberals? Maybe lose the woke BS, lose the love and admiration for "that basic dictatorship" and labels that read "Fabrique en Chine," raise the Canadian flag that you've shamed from its now months-long half-mast detention, and show you give more of a crap about Canada and its real, actual issues.

Hey has China relaxed its restrictions on tourists from the west yet? Asking for literally nobody.

Wall Street Journal —Don't plan your next trip to China without writing your will and saying goodbye to loved ones. The WSJ's editorial board is not impressed - with China or with President Biden and his team of surrender monkeys.

China’s Hostage Triumph

The U.S. lets Huawei’s CFO off easy, and Beijing frees two Canadians.   
By The Editorial Board
Updated Sept. 27, 2021 7:56 am ET

Westerners working in China are officially on notice. You could be arrested on trumped up charges at any time and used as hostages to promote Communist Party interests. That’s the message from the humiliating U.S. surrender to China’s hostage diplomacy in the case of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

Canadian authorities arrested Ms. Meng in 2018 at the request of the U.S., which charged her with bank and wire fraud. Under a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) reached Friday, Ms. Meng was allowed to return to China without going to trial. She merely admitted to facts she had previously denied. Shortly thereafter, and right on cue, China released two Canadians it had arrested on phony charges not long after Ms. Meng’s arrest.

China’s immediate release of businessman Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig proves their arrest was a hostage-taking to pressure Canada and the U.S. over Ms. Meng. In China the law serves the Party. But in the U.S. the law is supposed to operate independent of political interests. ...

I'd no sooner visit China than I would North Korea, Iran, or Cuba.

“Health Reasons.” Fer sure, China.

Globe and Mail — It's not the Globe and Mail's fault. In this case, they're just reporting. And it — China — is just utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us. I didn't even read the article because I don't take well to being insulted by communists or a-holes. But on the other hand, this one is all Globe and Mail. For me it's about the contrast between how they treated the last president's handling of the border crisis — a problem not of his own making; and how they are treating this president's handling of a far worse crisis of his and his comrades' own making. Media bias 101? Or them more simply utterly insulting our intelligence and totally disrespecting us?

Joe Oliver for leader? Alas no. But heed to his leadership.

Financial Post — Joe Oliver penned a good column today offering good conservative sense for Conservatives. So that's something different and worthwhile for you to read today in the papers increasingly filled with total bunk and muck — usually from lefties — about how the Conservatives need to go still further leftward to win. It's headlined "Conservatives must persuade the electorate, not pander to the left." And it's worth your read.

"...There is an economic and cultural route to broaden the appeal of Conservative values and policies: bring the public to you, rather than mimic the left-wing’s latest faddish ideals and retreaded socialist truths. That is what leadership is all about. ..."

Ronald Reagan believed in and practiced this philosophy very effectively, making wonderful speaches counseling his fellow conservatives to speak up — "in bold colors" — to convince the electorate to vote for the values — conservative values — which most of their fellow electorate actually already believed in. And he was one of the best and most popular presidents in US history. Joe Oliver wrote today about some of those Canadian conservative values, which, similarly, are actually Canadian values.
Joe Oliver isn't running to be the leader. He's 81 and is rightly enjoying retirement. But anybody who wants to follow in Ronald Regan's — or Joe Oliver's — footsteps is more than welcome to step up at this time, please.

Advice to GOP, which Canada’s CPC should heed: Just. Say. No.

Washington Post — From this surprising source  — the...

Lefty Mayor caught maskless but it’s ok: “I was feelin’ the spirit!”

National Review — Another article you won't read in 99% of the "news" media because, oh do I even have to say it?... she's a lefty mayor! (and we can well imagine the "news" media's faux outrage if she was a he and he was a Republican):

The mayor of San Francisco [London Breed] says that she shouldn’t be criticized for breaking her own COVID rules, because, and I quote, “I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.” CBS reports:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” said Breed during an interview to address the controversy.

The city’s health order states attendees at live indoor performances must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking. Breed maintained that she was drinking at the time.

“My drink was sitting at the table,” said Breed. “I got up and started dancing because I was feeling the spirit and I wasn’t thinking about a mask.”
As Charles C.W. Cooke points out, the hideousness doesn't stop just at her hypocrisy, her failure to take responsibility for her own actions, or her elitist rule-breaking, it's the fact that she laments the notion of "the fun police," when, in fact, as mayor and as the perpetrator of these asinine rules, she IS "the fun police."

Best post-election headline so far

Wall Street Journal — They get the headline just about right: Their opener:

The late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher counseled that in politics “standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous. You get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.” That’s the lesson delivered to Canada’s Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole in Monday’s national election.

I like that they added this because Canadian "news" media are loathed to mention it:

Yet while they again won the popular vote, they finished a distant second in seat count with about 119, two seats down from 2019. (By the way, the Tories have won the popular vote in five of the last six elections, which is a lesson for Americans who think this only happens because of the Electoral College.)

They see what I see. O'Toole: Speaking in pale pastels — largely pink — instead of bold colors. Lesson #596 for the Conservative Party of Canada. They'll learn someday. Maybe.
Read the WSJ take here. (Free link)

BC’s NDP gov and their “news” media divisions hiding stats and facts? Here’s one.

health-infobase.canada.ca For all the noise from the Canadian national "news" media, you'd think Ontario was the only province in the country, and that it's doing terribly with regard to the Wuhan Virus (which everybody still calls "COVID" on orders from the Communist Party of China). That's not news to anyone outside of Ontario. What might be news to people both outside and inside of Ontario is that BC's rate of death is nearly twice that of Ontario.
Don't worry lefties, even people in BC don't know that, because the "news" media in BC are actually cheerleaders for the NDP government of BC — much as the national news media is actually a division of the federal Liberal Party (well and the Ontario Liberal Party of course). Ontario is led by a party with the word "Conservative" in it, even though "Progressive" is the first and foremost word and concept in their party name and style of governance. But, you know, it's just deathn shit. Politics is way more important to the "news" media.
Facts. Get 'em anywhere you can, because you can't reliably get them from the "news" media.
See also:
And from liberalvision CTV: Secrecy over B.C.'s true number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients

The political calculous or algorithm I’ve relied on over the years needs adjusting to eliminate all the things I don’t agree with politically. You know, like any Facebook, Amazon Web Services, Apple, Google, or every other “woke” and authoritarian organization does to eliminate the likes of me.

Speaking of woke, the Conservative Party’s “virtual” convention is coming up in March. Like a good boy scout (remember when there were Boy Scouts? And boys, FTM?), I’ve reviewed some of their documents which explain and codify what they are supposed to be about. Thus the tune-up I need.

Over the years I’ve ruminated about that party changing into Liberal Party Too, but what I didn’t realize was that it might actually be their official policy to do that. You’d think I’d know this but I’ve been so busy fighting progressives and standing up for Conservatives and now ma faulty algorzies

I’m not providing in excruciating detail the entire context or history of the party, and I’m focused on only a few words, and mostly only on the parts of the Conservative Party’s Policy Declaration which would tend to separate it from the multiple progressive parties in Canada and America. But from what I can tell, the full context doesn’t even help.

Here’s the part on free speech:

15. Free Speech
The Conservative party recognizes that open dialogue is vital to resolving conflicts. For this reason the Conservative party supports freedom of speech for all Canadians. The conservative party will promote policies and legislation designed to protect freedom of speech and freedom of expression in Canada. 

Those are nice words. But I’m just not seeing all the “free speech.” I mean in practice. I heard lots of bromides about it from now party leader Erin O’Toole during the leadership campaign, but since then, it’s like I was simply dreaming. The last thing I remember hearing about the Conservatives’ grand devotion to “free speech for all,” was a few weeks ago when Mr. O’Toole banished Conservative leadership candidate and duly-elected MP Derek Sloan — cancelled him — for expressing his, uh, “right-wing” opinions. Too right-wing, if I understand O’Toole and his woke scolds correctly. I’ve never heard him accuse the NDP or Liberals — or the news media, or the schools… — of being too left-wing. No, his scorn is reserved for the right.

But let’s back up a moment. The very first item in their Founding Principles section is this:

Founding Principles
The Conservative Party will be guided in its constitutional framework and its policy basis by the following principles:
• A balance between fiscal accountability, progressive social policy and individual rights and responsibilities;

See what I mean when I said that it might actually be their official policy to turn into Liberal Party Too?

Seeing the term “progressive social policy” is a little incongruous to me in the context of a conservative party or any, you know, not-progressive party. I assume it’s a holdover from the old days, the early 20th century when “progressive” was the trendy new ideology, much as “woke” is this year. That’s when the party was almost inexplicably named the Progressive Conservative Party —a name which could have been invented by some slick marketing exec, pitched to party organizers as a brilliant catch-all brand name which would appeal to all those who don’t recognize the incongruity of it, and literally playing to both ends of the political spectrum and capturing the market, moo hoo ha ha haaa, etc.

Wikipedia:
…The party adopted the “Progressive Conservative” party name in 1942 when Manitoba Premier John Bracken, a long-time leader of that province’s Progressive Party, agreed to become leader of the federal Conservatives on condition that the party add Progressive to its name. Despite the name change, most former Progressive supporters continued to support the Liberal Party of Canada or the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, and Bracken’s leadership of the Conservative Party came to an end in 1948. Many Canadians simply continued to refer to the party as “the Conservatives”…

When you read that, Liberal Party Too makes sense. Hell, NDP Too makes sense, as the CCF was a socialist party.

I imagine Peter MacKay and his fellow progressives insisted the term “progressive social policy” remain when the party reformed in 2003 (at least presumably) and (re)became the Conservative Party. And I assume some Conservatives are stupid, and will argue that “progressive” simply means “good,” or “making progress,” as progressive people and Fabians would. But the Progressive in the Progressive Conservative Party was a left-wing faction, from a left-wing party. Left-wing. With all that the left stands for. And the term “progressive” is a political ideology of the left.

To me “progressive” was a fraught term pre-2003, but as if to prove me correct, it’s an especially fraught term nowadays given the way in which progressives have evolved in real life. Far from liberal in the classical sense, it’s now a movement associated with being overtly illiberal; often including left-wing radicalism and extremism generally (BLM, Antifa, teachers’ unions, etc); certainly including its mandatory, aggressive “woke” bullshittery; the seemingly blind or insouciant drive toward authoritarianism and totalitarianism; bully-driven “cancellations”; Orwellian speech control and even thought control and forced speech; the diminishment of freedoms including the aforementioned freedom of speech; and to some in the myriad progressive circles and bubbles, it really does mean a drive toward outright socialism, full stop (or rather, no, it doesn’t even stop there, as progressive literally implies).

The word progressive, in the political sense, is exactly what I am trying to avoid with my vote, and “progressive” is exactly what I have counseled Canadians and Americans against in my political ramblings over the decades. I’m not about to endorse it now.

So my algorithm will be adjusted to account for it.

More on the Conservative Party in an upcoming article.

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