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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

“Today in Total BS News” makes me laugh a little. I could start every article, every day, that way. But this one jumps off the page for its dishonesty and its obvious effort to appeal to the idiot.

To wit: This total BS headline:

This was meant as a cheeky-cool headline for the Gen-Z crowd of uninformed 20-something numbskulls, playing off of what they (the paper’s 20-something editors) perceive as the apparent irony of the IRS going after yummy ProPublica, instead of the yucky U.S. billionaires who, and I quote because it’s promoting the belief of a total lie, they claim, without evidence, “dodge income tax.”

I believe if I were Bezos or Musk, I’d get my libel lawyer on the horn.

The libelous implication is that they are breaking the law. Cheating. “Dodging.” And that’s what stupid people will think because they are, well, stupid. The simple-minded, herd-mentality, hate-the-rich cult, truly uninformed people; and that, sadly, seems to describe what the Vancouver Sun thinks its readers are.

I think of Jeff Bezos much as the next normal guy without hundreds of billions of net-worth. He’s a left-wing political zealot, as exemplified through his ownership of the steadfastly, ardently left-wing and dishonest Washington Post, although I do give him his due with regard to starting and running a business, since he’s done OK in that regard. Elon Musk is in much the same boat with me (Teslas are junk) although he gets extra points from me because his politics are mercifully ambiguous.

But the fact is, Musk and Buffet and Bezos and all the others mentioned in the specious scandalous article with the deceptive headline are not breaking the law in paying whatever taxes they do — or even don’t — pay. It isn’t even alleged in the story that they are breaking any laws, or even any social norms, covenants, ethics, or rules of any kind. The laws that ARE being broken are the laws protecting people’s privacy —the IRS leak itself. That law has most definitely been broken, and needs to be thoroughly investigated by the IRS, the FBI, and other agencies.

This is the real lead: it is no coincidence that this leak comes at a politically expedient time for one particular political interest group: Joe Biden’s Democrats, as they are trying to pass the world’s biggest government spending, and, as you as a conservative well know because governments have no money of their own, tax increase bill (in which, as if I had to tell you, the lefties have deployed the old reliable bromide “make the rich pay ‘their fair share’,” all day long on CNN and MSNBC).

So an anonymous leaker or hacker or international spy (who knows?) — a felon — allegedly gave ProPublica information that is supposed to be a closely-guarded secret and completely private as guaranteed by a sacred trust to citizens by government — which is a felony and the only felony at play here — and which it would appear has been done for crass partisan political purposes. And the Vancouver Sun (among many others) jump right into the scam with the felon(s). And mislead you. With BS. As “news” media organizations, not cheap-ass political PR firms. There’s your headline.

But that populist headline-for-dummies will certainly appeal to the idiots out there, possibly raking in tens of dollars of extra profit for the news media. Good job, “news”paper. (N.B. this same headline appears in other PostMedia papers like the National Post.)

By the way, so you can see how others handled it: for example, holy miss-the-point-on-purpose, Batman: the state-owned CBC buys right into the slimy, felonious P.R. game being played by the leftist hacker or leaker: Many of the U.S. uber-rich pay next to no income tax, ProPublica reports — missing the point AND playing up the politics at the same time. Well done, CBC. And my two cents: I don’t think the CBC is trying to profit here (because they hate profit as a general matter) but rather to help push the political agenda. The left-wing political agenda.

Others were more mature, if only slightly:

CNBC: Attorney General Garland vows billionaire tax leak to ProPublica will be ‘top of my list’ to investigate Twitter allows sharing of ProPublica article on leaked IRS data after blocking NY Post’s Biden story ProPublica said that it doesn’t know the source of its secret tax information on the super-rich, and admitted that a hostile state could have sent it

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