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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 Article

Idon’t get it. Couples who suspect they may produce a child with a genetic mutation can use technology to create embryos for the express purpose of having them all carefully screened for the slightest defects in their biological machinery. If abnormalities are present, the embryo is destroyed.

If they are already pregnant, they can undergo a search and destroy technique to detect genetic diseases in utero. In more than 80 per cent of cases in which a problem is detected, the unborn child is immediately aborted. That rises to more than 90 per cent with a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and to almost 100 per cent for potentially lethal diseases like anencephaly.

Surprising? Maybe. But it’s no big deal since we give women the unfettered reproductive freedom to abort their babies simply because they are inconvenient.

We’ve also given fertility clinics license to jump through all sorts of ethical hoops just to give an infertile couple a “biological” child.

So why are we suddenly having ethical qualms about two British Columbian parents who want to create a child to provide stem cells that could save their eight-year-old son’s life?

The ethical microscope is focused on Vancouver couple Mike and Pam Obadia and their eight-year-old son Benjamin who has suffered from leukemia for five years. A bone-marrow transplant could help him, but a two-year search has been futile in finding a compatible donor.

Thus, Benjamin has endured 300 courses of chemotherapy, 285 needles, 35 spinal taps, 16 blood transfusions and 13 bone-marrow biopsies. His website (www.mobadia.ca) documents his journey and updates the numbers of these medical procedures. It only takes a quick look to be overwhelmed by compassion and an emotional desire to help him.

As any parent would understand, the Obadia’s are desperate to create a “saviour sibling” to provide genetic material (in this case, stem cells from the umbilical cord) to treat Benjamin’s illness.

But suddenly doctors at Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Vancouver have ethical and moral concerns. It seems that creating a life to potentially save another life is too edgy for an institution that has no qualms about doing late-term abortions for genetic indications or early-term abortions for any reason. As a result, the couple must now travel to Chicago to undergo the procedure, at a potential cost of $30,000.

Hence, the ethical dialogue is now underway. Most concerns have long been debated in relation to either genetics or reproductive technology. But that debate is exacerbated when these technologies are combined (as in this case) to create the new science of reprogenetics.

The first concern is that Mrs. Obadia is 47 (i.e. biologically ancient), so chances are extremely small that she will conceive naturally. Her age may even keep her from conceiving via assisted reproductive technologies.

A second concern revolves around the idea of creating a child for the purpose of being used in an experimental procedure or, as is commonly said, for “spare parts.” No matter how noble the end goal may be or how much the child is ultimately loved, the human dignity of the child is still diminished when created for a utilitarian purpose. Worse, once we agree to create babies to use their cells, there’s not much stopping us from creating children to use their organs

That said, if the Obadia’s are successful, I have little doubt that they will have unconditional love for their child — no matter what happens.

The third — and biggest — controversy concerns the use of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to screen the embryos. Once multiple embryos are created via in vitro fertilization, the key to success is for PGD to determine which embryos are an exact match for Ben’s tissue type; they are then implanted in the womb. When the child is born, the stem cells in the umbilical cord are harvested for transplant to Ben.

This is a twist on the normal PGD procedure that screens embryos for unwanted genetic mutations, and imperfect embryos are then discarded or used for research.

The new use of PGD appears to be preferable from a moral standpoint, but both techniques still culture the idea that embryos can be picked and chosen like vegetables at a supermarket, and the losers are subject to suspended life in a freezer, or death via experimentation or the garbage disposal.

Yet it now appears that, in this case at least, the new PGD procedure is the big ethical problem because it takes a step toward the creation of ‘designer babies’ where parents select FOR desired traits.

Apparently, the medical establishment is reluctant to move down that road to perfection while it is so busy destroying the imperfect.

I don’t support aborting unborn children (for any reason) or the wholesale creation and selection of embryos to get one perfect child.

But the logical inconsistencies in this case are laughable.

We live in a society where some view the embryo as a life that can save a life, while others view the embryo as a disposable bit of tissue.

Frankly, I’m not sure that a society that has granted women the “right” of absolute reproductive freedom can logically keep the lid on saviour siblings much longer.

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