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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

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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.

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In the U.S., Tucker Carlson’s very good Fox News Channel show is now the highest-rated show in cable news with over 4.3 million viewers per day. It’s also the highest-rated cable news show in history, according to numerous sources like Forbes and RealClearPolitics. And as usual, Fox News Channel is number one, beating CNN and MSNBC combined, and often, the number one cable channel — of all cable channels, news channel or not.

Not that Fox News’ popularity is helping check the leftward slide toward a BLM-induced Marxist Dystopia in America, or Canada for that matter. Turns out FNC alone can’t do it, and just watching, alone, it doesn’t help change society. (It can’t hurt.)

Speaking of leftward slides, in Canada, the Liberals’ state-owned CBC division continues to exhibit its utter failure in drawing the interest of Canadians, despite having received countless hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars over the decades, and being the beneficiary of enormous regulatory advantages and defenses against competition. (Maybe they should be a WE “media partner” like the liberals’ Globe & Mail division!)

In the latest rankings, which are similar to those I’ve looked at and posted here over many years, the CBC fails — again — to reach the top ten in Canada. Or even the top 15, 20, or 25. This week it finally hits the mark at spot number 27 out of 30 —with a British soap opera. (I could have watched one on channel 837 or 963.) Some weeks, the CBC doesn’t even crack the top 30. Think about that as the federal debt reaches $1.2 TRILLION by this time next year, or the next time you get a paycheck with all its deductions (or not get one, I guess, these days).

So the state-owned CBC’s supply of entertainment (or “entertainment”) for the citizenry doesn’t appeal to Canadian taxpayers, but apparently virtually nobody watches even the CBC’s state news. This is logical and understandable to me, having watched it studiously with my brain agape, but it must be at least a little embarrassing to them. No I take that back. They’re not embarrassed. I’m being silly.

Canadians continue to watch liberalvision CTV News, and it continues to concern me that Canadians still, in the year 2020, don’t have any Canadian-based TV news aside from clearly liberal, progressive, leftward-tilted news (or, more often, “news”). Canadians thus aren’t getting all of the news and information and analysis, and are living in a bubble of liberal, left, progressive thought. This is the stuff of those awful one-party nations like the ones that have state-owned media.

Anybody who newly subscribes to Fox News Channel after watching only CNN and MSNBC, or any Canadian news for years, is often quite shocked — I mean in a good way; it is very different. But anyway. At least we do have that choice, after PTBC helped to finally get it unbanned in Canada, back in the day.

Worth mentioning, as I have repeatedly over the years: the top entertainment shows in Canada are (still) all American. Every single one. This, despite the countless hundreds of billions in failed government efforts, over decades, to “buy” Canadian TV creativity that appeals to citizens (and even mandates that they be put on TV no matter what); and moreover, failed government efforts to “create” a Canadian culture for Canadians (instead of — oh I don’t know, I’m just spit-balling here — letting Canadian people create their own culture organically, on their own, sort of like Canada is not a nation of government serfs — or like most normal, free, democratic nations do).

In Canada, we regular plebeians in the citizenry can’t access data concerning cable channels like CTV News Channel or the state-owned CBC News Network and how they all rank. I believe that this is in order to hide the dismal viewership of Canadian cable channels, especially as compared to American — although the cat (OK, beaver) is pretty much out of the bag here, too, I believe. This idiotic mask should of course be removed so that Canadians can see what the hell is going on in their country — with their government’s enormous regulatory regime, with their tax dollars, and for those times when they’re trying to figure out why their country is drifting toward that BLM-induced Marxist Dystopian state I mentioned earlier. And manifestly, so that they aren’t treated like total idiots, as they most assuredly are now by big government elites.

Paternalistic Canadian Authoritarianism will never get huge ratings. But here are the other ratings:

Top Programs – Total Canada (English)
Top 30 TV programs for all national networks and Canadian English specialty networks for the week, based on confirmed program schedules and final audience data including 7-day playback; Demographic: All Persons aged 2+, June 29, 2020 – July 05, 2020, based on average minute audience. Data supplied by Numeris and adapted by PTBC. 

3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – Citytv – T…..
5 WORLD OF DANCE – CTV – Total .T…..
7 BLUE BLOODS – CTV – Total ….F..
8 MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – CTV – Total ..W….
9 THE WALL – Global – Total M……
10 GOOD WITCH – W Network+ – ……S
11 THE TITAN GAMES – Global – Total M……
12 BLINDSPOT – CTV – Total …T…
13 GLOBAL NEWS HOUR – Global – Total MTWTF..
16 GLOBAL NATIONAL – Global – Total MTWTF..
18 GAME ON! – Global – Total ..W….
19 W5 – CTV – Total …..S.
19 JEOPARDY – indieNET+ – MTWTF..
21 LAW & ORDER: SVU – CTV – Total …T…
22 GLOBAL NEWS 6 WKN – Global – Total …..SS
24 CTV NOON NEWS – CTV – Total MT.TF..
25 MATCH GAME – CTV – Total .T…..
26 FBI: MOST WANTED – Global – Total .T…..
27 CORONATION STREET (2015-2022) – CBC – Total MT…..
28 ALONE – History+ – …T…

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