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  1. the consequences of not addressing vulnerabilities: https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/germans-union-head-warns-cutting-russian-gas-topple-major-industries?dicbo=v2-df0ed87e176a3428abd95410f57e673d Now.... contrast that with this video. Remember when Trump was mocked and vilified for this? He wasn't reading tea leaves, consulting star charts, sifting through chicken entrails or getting advice from clairvoyants.... he was addressing vulnerabilities and the cost of mitigating them. Something liberals seem totally incapable of even considering:
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  2. It's the slippery slope feature of it that "conspiracy theorists" have always feared. Mostly they aren't wrong, just early. The obvious argument against their position (at least in the beginning) is the one you just made... and it's perfectly reasonable. But we have seen how perfectly reasonable can quickly morph into madness though. In short, I find your position to be reasonable, sound and compassionate, unfortunately though, I predict that it's the harbinger of things to come and those (like us) who may stand in favour of it now will seek reasonable limits on its future application (citing reasonableness and compassion in the attempt)... and fail. I had previously thought that reasonableness and compassion could (within a nominal margin) be defined and generally agreed upon. Now we can't even agree on what a women is... so who'd a thunk (say 30 years ago) that we'd be where we are right now? If slope still equals rise over run, the run portion of the equation is getting incrementally shorter and the rise stratospherically higher every year. Soon the pitch will be too steep to clean the chimney and we'll burn the house down with a huffy puffy chimney fire that sounds like a freight train.
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  3. I haven't been following this issue closely but I thought they were held back by the chief, who wrongly assumed a barricaded hostage scenario as opposed to active shooter. There's a difference of course. Invented by the military but a constant in all CQB operations... the mantra of surprise, violence of action, and overwhelming force isn't lost on police tactical teams... they sing that in the shower. If I had to bet (and again I don't know), my money would be on the side of them chomping at the bit and resenting every single passing minute that they were held back. Most of them would have taken this pretty hard. For elite teams, whether military or civilian, this scenario is what PTSD looks like. I bet that hour was the very definition of agony for them. In their place, I would have a hard time letting go of the "what if" demon, I'd be haunted by it. I remain profoundly grateful that I never had wrestle with one. I can't say that I know how they feel, but I can imagine how I would in their place... It would likely be a career ending event for me.
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  4. In a poll I received, they asked if there was a candidate I would never vote for, it was Brown for me.
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  5. ATTENTION…not so prime Justin. Meet the next PRIME minister of Canada !
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  6. Some things are just too funny not to share….and this definitely fits in the “Realty” thread.
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  7. Trudeau’s true legacy — stoking the woke Compared to other countries this century, such as the U.K. and the United States, the modern wave of right-wing populism is late in coming to Canada. It is now, however, firmly entrenched in the People’s Party of Canada, the Alberta-based Maverick Party, the Conservative Party of Quebec, and increasingly in the CPC. As in other nations, it is the product both of circumstance, including economic, industrial, and social dislocation, and leadership, both that of left-leaning politicians like Justin Trudeau, who stoked the woke, and of right-of-centre politicians, who seized the opportunity. As mentioned, Trudeau’s time in office was marked by an astronomical growth of government. This growth predates the pandemic, where spending soared off the charts; from 2015–2019, it stemmed from both a philosophical perspective and a political calculation. Philosophically, it owed a debt to the ideas embodied in future minister-of-everything Chrystia Freeland’s 2012 opus, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. Freeland argued that the middle class was being “hollowed out” at the expense of the wealthy; she prescribed economic redistribution to remedy inequality. Trudeau followed Freeland’s advice and gave tax breaks to the middle class while raising taxes on the rich; he also pledged “more support to those working hard to join the middle class,” playing to New Canadians’ and working-class voters’ desire for upward mobility. This, the Liberals figured, would win the support they needed to take key ridings in suburban Toronto, mainland B.C., and suburban Quebec. Author John Ivison describes Trudeau as having “an absolute conviction that Canadians share (his) devotion, bordering on dogmatism, for an activist agenda to transform Canada into a more egalitarian society by government fiat.” Ivison cites American conservative writer Thomas Sowell, who in 1995 penned a scathing critique of political correctness in which he distinguished between two groups: the “Anointed” and the “Benighted.” According to Sowell, the Anointed have a “vision” wherein they predict future social, economic, or environmental problems unless the state steps in; they are deemed not merely correct (think Trudeau’s reliance on “evidence-based policy”) but morally superior. The Benighted are dismissed as “uninformed, irresponsible, or motivated by unworthy purposes” (think anti-mandate protesters during the convoy). Trudeau was also sanctimonious. If you disagreed with him, you were not only wrong, but a bad person. He, the Anointed, would not seek to enlighten the Benighted but shame them. And in doing so, he would sow a legacy of division and backlash. Trudeau’s contempt was on full display at a 2018 town hall in Sabrevois, Que., where he was heckled about his refugee policy and lack of border controls. Trudeau responded to the Sabrevois heckler by declaring that her “racism” had no place in Canada. As it turned out, the heckler in question was in fact linked to the Storm Alliance, a far-right group. But her concern about Canada’s porous borders was shared by many Canadians who were not racist but angry that their country was allowing people to queue-jump while other refugees played by the rules. The PM’s off-the-cuff, holier-than-thou response also sparked the resurrection of every blackface meme of Trudeau ever created. A similar outrage erupted when the PM took a knee at a Black Lives Matter protest on Parliament Hill in 2020; he was slammed from the left and the right for his “hollow gesture” that disrespected the RCMP that had protected him “since infancy.” Again in 2022 when he described unvaccinated people as “racists and misogynists” on a Quebec television program, the public responded indignantly. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/tasha-kheiriddin-trudeaus-true-legacy-stoking-the-woke
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  8. “ Pearson so bad that backups a National Fire Code violation “ How bad are the backups in the customs halls at Pearson? So bad that the fire chief for Canada’s busiest airport has warned airlines that if they let passengers off before they’re told to, they will be in violation of the National Fire Code. As a result, all international flights arriving in Toronto must now hold passengers on the plane until they are given specific instructions that they can be released. The feds want you to believe that they have no role in this, it’s just the airlines and their scheduling problems, or they claim it’s a staffing issue. Let’s be clear, as I have been from the beginning, the airlines have things they are responsible for, including the disaster that has become baggage handling, but screening and customs are huge problems that are solely the responsibility of the federal government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers need to stop blaming slow passengers or bad airlines for things only they can fix. As Aitkens noted, there are staffing issues at Pearson for the Canada Border Services Agency, which is in charge of the customs agents. The union representing those workers has been sounding the alarm on staffing issues for months; they’ve also been calling out the problems https://torontosun.com/news/national/lilley-passengers-backups-at-pearson-so-bad-they-are-now-a-national-fire-code-violation?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0F6UoUzn7A2BrW8ge2JoKhmylRZwlPYX_Gd5LHGDgMElCpkm_UPGeXOeE#Echobox=1656903708
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  9. I thought she really did!
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  10. Pretty predictable eh? Agriculture is a big emitter and was sure to become a target. I have always maintained that this will come down to a rural urban divide.... a better word might be clash. As with the energy debacle in Europe, L/W loons are sure to make huge cuts before seeking alternatives or even acknowledging that they should (a bit like the police defunding madness), Throw in a few unanticipated complications caused by the complete inability to manage (or even identify) vulnerabilities, and shortages become assured. Shortages will be felt more acutely in other parts of the world and at some point in the future, access to water will become problematic. In any discussion of inducements to war, access to food and water top the list. When it all comes together, rural areas and farming communities have the ultimate upper hand in any struggle with people who rely on them for food. That's what this will eventually come down to. It could galvanize farmers into a united front, almost like a militant union. If they become united by a common threat and course of action, they could easily bring the loons to their knees in pretty short order... I think that's where this is heading. For the most part, people think the great divide is in politics between the L/W loons and the R/W loons. Given time, they will come to see how little the cacophony of loons matter in the grand scheme of things.
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  11. It’s a good thing the police nabbed Tamara Lich and got her off the streets. After all….We can’t have dangerous people like her taking photographs with other dangerous people and posting them online.
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  12. MAID is something I would look into if I was aware that I was likely to turn into a vegetable no longer aware. I would not want last memories of those I love to focus on someone who could no longer recognize them.
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  13. The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed the ammunition depot of the occupying forces of Russia in Popasnaya. The General Staff of the Armed Forces announced on Facebook about the destruction of the enemy's military facility , without specifying the location of the event. A more complete video was published on Twitter , in the post the author noted that the Russian ammunition storage base was destroyed by Ukrainian forces in the area of the temporarily occupied city of Popasna, Luhansk region. A powerful explosion of ammunition was caught on video of the Ukrainian military. At first, you can see how the fire continues with the release of a large amount of thick smoke that rises up. Then, as a result of the simultaneous detonation of ammunition, a powerful explosion occurs, which leads to the destruction of the building of the warehouse of the Russian occupiers.
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  14. How long before we see the kids encouraging their parents to take MAID to either relieve them of the responsibility of caring for them, and/or to inheriting earlier. In today's self focused society I'd say it's inevitable.
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  15. In the past 10 years I have had a father in law, a mother in law and a mother die. One was with maid, the other two were through natural causes. I did not witness the maid procedure but I was there almost daily for the 2 months previous to it and their commitment never wavered once. From the the recollection of someone present, they passed away with a content look on their face. I can definitely say from my experience I would pick MAID hands down. If given the opportunity that’s the route I will take. I guess right now that’s an easy position to take as it’s not staring me in the face, but if my choices are lying in bed suffering for months on end waiting for the walls to close in, verses quietly going to sleep before the inevitable **bleep** hits the fan, I don’t think there will be much problem making that decision. As for cases of the mentally unstable being offered MAID, at first thought I’m against it because another human being is making the life or death decision over another human. In some circles of thought that would be defined as murder. The guy writing this article hasn’t even witnessed a MAID procedure, yet he is full of critiques and questions about it. He would have a lot more credibility if his objections were backed up by experience rather than arm chair quarterbacking the subject. “ Zivot, who has never performed or witnessed MAID himself, is dead wrong, that his assumptions aren’t anchored in any published evidence and that it’s irresponsible to extrapolate findings from the autopsies of executed prisoners and claim they could be seen in the context of MAID.”
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  16. I will agree 2 sides to the story……but after Trudeau calling the trucker convoy a bunch of mysoginists, rapists and arsonists, calling out the flying of non existent confederate flags and nazi swastikas, invoking the Emergency Measures Act because he and local police couldn’t deal with them, the media going all out hyping the story, Mayor Jim Watson saying there will be zero tolerance for protestors and the latest examples of political interference with the RCMP…I have become a skeptic with whatever goes on with politics in Ottawa and the independence of the police. I think the police probably incited an interaction to make a statement…. All in all …. the last couple of years have changed my mind on the direction the government is taking the country. Now, if there was video/audio showing aggression towards the officers, justifying the arrest, I might change my mind about the use of excessive force….so far, not convinced. (Especially from coverage by the CBC).
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  17. Well, I think now that the truth is somewhere in the middle but the whole response was obviously chaotic and mishandled but I don't see why a couple of cops there didn't just take the bull by the horns and do what should have been done.
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  18. This is over the title of an existing book: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/crtc-tells-radio-canada-to-apologize-for-offensive-language-on-air Imagine the apology due from Youtube for carrying rap music. Or the record companies that produce it. Or the legion of fans who listen to it. And what do we do about those fans who sing along (out loud) with the lyrics or play the music in a manner that might cause others to hear it? There might be a few classic books out there in need of burning too, Uncle Tom's Cabin comes instantly to mind. We now have regulatory bodies with the power to compel speech on full display.... on July 1 of all days.
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  19. https://nationalpost.com/news/health-canada-backs-down-from-nutrition-warning-labels-for-ground-meat-after-criticism?fbclid=IwAR1Zw6P_DUE6cWKxlZhTbmtn6gmGc0oVrD4cckvGfT2KCgzlwHwWY-dksl0
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  20. Found this little gem… Sharing from a Montréal Lead Ramp Agent. The struggle is real…if you have to travel, give yourself a few extra days…and if you don’t “need” to travel…stay home!!! "I just got home at 6am after a 14h day including 6h of overtime. I struggle to convey in words how much chaos there is at the airport right now. 1. Last night I saw SFO passengers crawling through the carousel to retrieve their bags ... from a secured customs area ... because they've been waiting 4 hours for them. 2. I saw FAs walk off flights because the pilots were flying illegally after timing out, and the FAs didn't feel safe because they knew how tired the pilots were. 3. I saw Delhi leave with 100 missing meals and STOC said send it anyway. 4. I saw a handicapped person with no legs crawl out of a plane himself because there was no wheelchair crew. 5. We've now reached 2019 peak rush times but with only 800 ground crew staff, compared to 1200 in 2019 (and we were barely making it then) 6. I've seen dogs being left in the bulk of a cancelled flight for 2 hours. 7. One guy on my crew today almost walked into a live engine because he was new. With only 5 weeks training, he had forgot ¾ of it cause it's so condensed. The higher ups in Toronto want to make that training 5 days instead of 5 weeks. 8. We no longer wait for passengers to connect. I dispatched FRA the other day with 50 missing passengers and STOC didn't want to wait. We don't wait anymore cause it delays all the flights in the gate moving forward. So we fly with whoever is onboard. From the bottom of my heart, tell your loved ones not to fly now. Regardless if they bring a bag or not. I saw the proposed schedule over the next year and a half and it's enough to keep me up at night. Anyway, for those of you travelling anyway... stay safe. Bring food and water with you. Don't ever check a bag. And if you do fly, don't connect. You'll miss it 100%. Rant over. I'm exhausted and going to sleep cuz I I only get 7.5h rest between shifts."
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  21. Supreme Court limits Biden's power to cut emissions By Esme Stallard BBC News Published 6 minutes ago Share IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES The US Environmental Protection Agency has lost some of its power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court represents a major setback to President Joe Biden's climate plans. His measures to address carbon dioxide pollution - and cut emissions in half by 2030 - will now be limited. The case against the EPA was bought by West Virginia on behalf of 18 other mostly Republican-led states and some of the nation's largest coal companies. They were challenging whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the power to regulate planet-warming emissions for state-wide power sectors or just individual power plants. These 19 states were worried their power sectors would be regulated and made to move away from using coal. In a 6-3 ruling, the court sided with the conservative states and fossil-fuel companies, agreeing that Congress had not "intended to delegate... decision[s] of such economic and political significance". The court hasn't completely prevented the EPA from making these regulations in the future - but says that Congress would have to clearly say it authorises this power. And Congress has previously rejected the EPA's proposed carbon limiting programmes. Environmental campaigners will be deeply concerned by the outcome as historically the 19 states have made little progress on reducing their emissions - which is necessary to limit climate change. The states made up 44% of the US emissions in 2018, and since 2000 have only achieved a 7% reduction in their emissions on average. IMAGE SOURCE,EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK It means President Biden is now relying on a change of policy from these states or a change from Congress - otherwise the US is unlikely to achieve its climate targets. This is a significant loss for the president who entered office on a pledge to ramp up US efforts on the environment and climate. On his first day in office he re-entered the country into the Paris Agreement - the first legally binding universal agreement on climate change targets - and committed the country to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 52% by 2030 against 2005 levels.
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  22. Doug Ford’s promised gas tax cut takes effect in Ontario this Friday A cut to the provincial gas tax promised by Premier Doug Ford before the June election takes effect on Friday and experts say it may offer some relief to drivers facing sky-high pump prices, but the long-term benefits to consumers are unpredictable. The government passed legislation this spring to lower the gas tax by 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax, which covers diesel, by 5.3 cents per litre for six months. The changes will be in effect from July 1 to Dec. 31 with the government pegging the cost at $645 million. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-gas-tax-cut-1.6506168
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  23. https://www.rebelnews.com/democrats_propose_transgender_bill_of_rights_to_codify_constitutional_protections_for_transgendered_individuals Remember when everyone thought this was about sharing bathrooms? A cynical person would say It was never about sharing bathrooms, but it certainly serves as a lesson in the dangers of not thinking things through, and the effect of unintended consequences. Seems to me that the same young women who called me a racist homophobe a few years ago (for pointing that out) are now leading the charge against trans rights. Cool eh? I expect the defund police crowd will have a similar epiphany as soon as violent crime collides with abysmal response times in the burbs (and affluent parts of uptown)... in other words, when it hurts them.
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  24. So since the criteria for removal seems to be "someone complained" I wonder if that would work for some of our current politicians?
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  25. I guess it's official now. Progressives are certifiably insane. Cornell University removes Gettysburg Address, Lincoln bust from library after alleged complaint A biology professor says the display was removed after 'someone complained' Cornell has a hand written copy of the Gettysburg address in Lincoln's hand... maybe the fools should burn that eh? They have more in common with ISIS than the Taliban do.
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  26. NATO leader says defence spending target applies to all allies, including Canada All NATO members agreed in 2014 to increase their defence spending to two per cent of their national gross domestic product within the decade, a target that Stoltenberg says NATO leaders recommitted to during a summit in Spain today. But while Stoltenberg says the vast majority of NATO members now have plans to meet that target, the Liberal government has refused to publicly commit to the target, let alone lay out a schedule for meeting it. In fact, a report released by Stoltenberg on Monday projected Canadian defence spending will fall as a share of GDP to 1.27 per cent this year. That compares to 1.32 per cent last year and 1.42 per cent in 2020. Asked about Canadian defence spending, Stoltenberg told reporters that he understands the desire to spend taxpayer dollars on health care and education, but that NATO members need to invest in defence as the world grows more dangerous. While the NATO secretary-general praised Canada for leading a NATO battlegroup in Latvia, he nonetheless says the two per cent target is a floor, not a ceiling. https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/nato-embarks-on-greatest-overhaul-since-cold-war-but-canadas-role-remains-uncertain This idiot just doesn’t get it !
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  27. Hard to argue with her logic
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  28. I can see it now…..redactions galore….what will remain will probably be useless.
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  29. If you can find one. https://www.rebelnews.com/us_military_struggles_to_meet_2022_goals_lowers_standards The predictable result of woke recruiting and virtue signalling that extends all the way to preferred pronouns in signature blocks. People are also retiring early which creates the double whammy of retention and recruiting squeezes simultaneously. Analogous to police defunding as well, you will lose the people you most want to retain and gain people you wouldn't have previously selected. There are long term consequences to that when careers are measured in decades and promotion comes from within. MBA Crew finger prints are all over this... They don't understand soldiers any better than they do pilots and police officers. Seriously now, when you see experienced older pilots driving trucks and working on fishing boats it's worth taking a moment and asking why. Most (actually all that I'm acquainted with) have no desire to return to flying so it's not about luring them back... there are important lessons to be learned from the "why" though. As a PS, I mentioned pilots only because it's an aviation forum, it's the same deal with soldiers and police officers though, albeit for different reasons, but there's a common thread here... inexplicably lost on those with MBAs for some reason. The problem becomes replacing "experience" in occupations that are highly experience dependant and have long training times. Growing experience quickly is like hatching chickens for supper... hungry days are coming.
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  30. BREAKING: Liberals waive cabinet confidence for Emergencies Act evidence By Cosmin Dzsurdzsa The Trudeau government has decided to release the documents it used to justify invoking the Emergencies Act to the Public Order Emergency Commission on Tuesday after claiming for weeks that they were protected under cabinet confidence. According to a press release on the commission’s website, this is the fourth time since Confederation where a public inquiry was given access to cabinet secrets. “This exceptional step recognizes the fundamental importance of the Commission’s work and how critical these documents are in inquiring into why the Government declared a public order emergency,” said Commission counsel co-lead Shantona Chaudhury and Jeffrey Leon. “On behalf of Commissioner (Paul) Rouleau, we took the position that Cabinet documents must be released to facilitate the Commission’s examination and assessment of the basis for the Government’s decision to declare the emergency and fulfil the Commission’s mandate.” The Trudeau government is expected to produce the documents shortly, which will then be submitted as evidence to the inquiry. “It is in the public interest that this Public Inquiry be fully informed of the circumstances that led to Cabinet’s decision to declare the emergency and adopt the measures,” said Chaudry and Leon. “We appreciate that the Government has acknowledged this and cooperated by making this voluntary disclosure. This is an important step in moving the Commission’s work forward.” In May, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino refused to commit to waiving cabinet confidentiality despite claiming that the commission would be as transparent as possible. “We will be there to work with Judge Rouleau to ensure that there is transparency and most importantly, to be sure that he has the information that he needs to validate and to review very, you know, with great scrutiny,” said Mendicino at the time. Conservatives have accused the Liberals of a mock trial on their use of the unprecedented powers. “The Liberal government is doing everything in their power to ensure this inquiry is unsubstantial and fails to hold them accountable,” said a statement by Conservative public safety critic Raquel Dancho.
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  31. Never got much coverage but a Rebel news reporter was following up on a lead involving Patrick Brown. During the height of covid, when all public facilities were locked down, brown was playing regularly with his buddies at a public rink. Brown said he was just checking out the facilities, but at the 8:00 mark, there is his equipment laid out on the floor…coincidence, I guess. Never liked the guy either.
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  32. I heard on the news today that Alberta is now awash in money, over a billion dollars in the black due to high oil prices. Tell me again how Putin's responsible for high gas prices. Someone is making a lot of money from these high prices, and it's not me or you.
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  33. “ So, to sum up the current energy conundrum: Western Europe became increasingly dependent on Russian natural gas because they deemed it preferable to fracked gas from North America. In the scramble to displace Russian gas, U.S. gas producers diverted supplies from China to Europe. China responded by replacing gas with high-carbon coal, ramping up domestic production and importing more low-quality coal from Indonesia and Mongolia. Germany, meanwhile, is shuttering low-carbon nuclear plants and restarting idled coal plants as Russia cuts off its supply of gas. Joe Biden is set to visit Saudi Arabia – a country he labelled a “pariah” state – to appeal for increases to oil production to help drive down crude prices. This complicated web of tradeoffs and unintended consequences – this existential dilemma – could be best summarized by philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, who wrote: “If you marry, you will regret it; if you do not marry, you will also regret it; if you marry or do not marry, you will regret both “ ‘Comment in the Globe and Mail
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  34. Thank god it was not a Scotsman with a kilt and a bag pipe...... political satire': Lynne Hoff discusses her controversial parade float Lynne Hoff was behind a controversial float in the Sundre Pro Rodeo's parade on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Tyson Fedor CTV News Calgary Video JournalistMore share options The owner of a contentious Alberta parade float that sparked controversy after photos of it began circulating online this weekend is speaking out. Lynne Hoff was behind the float, which appeared in the Sundre Pro Rodeo's parade on Saturday. It was a John Deere tractor pulling a manure spreader with the phrase ‘The Liberal’ on it in red lettering, driven by one volunteer dressed as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while another volunteer, dressed as NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, sat on the back of it. Hoff says it was political satire. RELATED STORIES 'Deepest apologies': Central Alberta rodeo organizers shocked by parade float "The last thing it was, was racist," she told CTV News. "If the leader of the NDP party would have been a blond woman, I'd have been in there. It wasn't anything to do with the Sikh community." Hoff says Sundre is a very welcoming and inclusive town and that the float was motivated by a tumultuous two years of COVID-19 restrictions, federally and provincially. "These lockdowns have kept Sundre from having their parade for two years," Hoff said. "We just wanted to bring some levity and showcase that a little bit. There was laughter all the way down the parade route." Unsanctioned entry in the Sundre Rode Parade in the Alberta town that including depictions of Prime Minister Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. (Twitter)On Sunday, both the Sundre Pro Rodeo and the parade committee said they did not approve Hoff's entry. "The entry was not approved and, upon further investigation, joined the parade without passing through any registration," the committee wrote in a statement that was posted on the Sundre Pro Rodeo's Facebook page. Hoff says she is a supporter of the rodeo, but believes there may have been a miscommunication between organizers and herself. "I was a little surprised," she said. "I don’t sneak around about anything." "The Sundre Rodeo Committee is a wonderful group of people, they're all volunteers and I am not going to contradict what they said, but I think that there was a mistake." Hoff says those who found the float offensive have a right to be offended. "I don’t think it was done in poor taste," she said. "It was political satire." She says Canada has seen political satire dating back a century, referencing The Milch Cow, a political cartoon from 1915 depicting easterners raking in rewards from hard working western Canadians. A copy of The Milch Cow, a political cartoon from 1915."It shows the cow that is Canada," she said. "It shows Alberta feeding all the hay, Saskatchewan and Manitoba doing more work, and central Canada getting all the milk and that really hasn’t changed for 100 years." Hoff says anyone who found the float racist or offensive is welcome to visit Sundre. Mayor Richard Warnock says the town does not condone any type of racism. "We are extremely disappointed to learn about an unauthorized float and their attempt at a political statement gained access this past weekend to an event that our community has celebrated for years," said Warnock. When questioned if felt racism was not the intention of the float, Warnock said no. "I don't believe that racism was intended against the Sikh community," he said. "But nevertheless, it was taken that way, and therefore, we just can't have that." Sundre resident Neran Persaud says he is dismayed people suggested the float had racist undertones. "Come out here and see for yourself," he said. "Don't just sit in Calgary and yell 'racism' because you see something that you don't like. That was a political statement." Persaud says he has lived in Sundre for five years and has always felt welcomed. "I don't like it when people say that this is racism, and this town is racist," he said. "Look at me, I'm a man of colour, living in this town. I'm well accepted here and I've never had anything derogatory said to me." The parade committee does say that it is putting in place measures that will stop similar floats from showing up in the parade in the future. Calgary’s mayor Jyoti Gondek reinforced her view on Monday that the float had racist undertones. She says it drives people away from Alberta, a province she believes can have a bad reputation for similar events. “It’s not funny, it’s not amusing, you’re killing our economy by perpetuating this stereotype,” said Gondek. When asked what measures are in place to prevent a rogue float from joining the upcoming Calgary Stampede Parade, officials with the organization issued the following statement: The volunteer Parade Committee has a thorough selection process for its entrants, along with on route security to ensure the safety of participants and guests. "The Calgary Stampede Parade has been taking place for over 100 years and has always embodied the spirit of our community."
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  35. Majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court will limit gay marriage after overturning Roe v. Wade: poll Majority of Americans believe the Supreme Court will limit gay marriage after overturning Roe v. Wade: poll (msn.com)
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  36. You would have to be some kind of stupid to not see the intended message in this photo.
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  37. Racist or just a political statement re the NDP and their support of the Liberals.? Unapproved racist float snuck into Sundre rodeo parade, say organizers Michael Rodriguez - Yesterday 5:02 p.m. © Provided by Calgary HeraldA float being condemned as racist joined the Sundre Pro Rodeo parade without approval from parade officials on June 25, 2022. The Sundre Pro Rodeo is apologizing after photos surfaced from the event’s Saturday morning parade of a racist and politically charged float, which parade officials say joined the procession without approval. The float showed a tractor, driven by a man in a mask holding an Alberta flag, pulling a manure spreader marked “The Liberal” which carried another man wearing a fake beard and a turban, brandishing what appeared to be a pitchfork. While the exact message the float was attempting to convey remains unclear, several from the Sikh community have condemned it as a racist act.
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  38. In the same vein, here's a short interview that's worth watching. The lack of journalistic integrity is at the heart of many divisive and polarizing issues. They should be asking the questions that we would be asking if we were there to ask the questions. instead of being a card carrying member of the trinity, they should be holding the government to account in a way the Conservative party has utterly failed to do. https://www.rebelnews.com/former_cbc_journalist_you_re_not_allowed_to_question_the_narrative
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  39. You could also quote the source of your post, Rioters in downtown Portland graffiti, smash windows following Supreme Court abortion case: 'Death to SCOTUS' | Fox News The actual details are a little different from what you post.'
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  40. Indeed, but a bit late I'd say. Doctors should have stayed in their lane and put science and patient care first and foremost.... resisting any and all government coercion and disciplinary measures aimed in their direction as a professional body. Unions should have stood up as well. The Conservative party failed entirely (unforgivably actually) and the NDP has forever ruined their brand IMO. Add two things to the above quote and I completely agree: 1. Refusing to answer the most basic of grade 13 biology questions and de-platforming those who tried... and for me the worst of all: 2. The ridicule (and meanness) of 70 percenters who were themselves unable to discuss the issue at the most basic of levels. Nothing but T-shirt slogans and attitude. Just had another double vaccinated, relatively fit (actually athletic) acquaintance (late 30's) drop dead with a heart attack yesterday leaving a wife and four children behind. I think I'll be able to add "bold faced liars" to the other two parameters in about 18 months.
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  41. If you try to compare similar countries you will get a different picture. Try comparing the G7 countries or NATO countries with Canada. For your second statement, Country Oil reserves do not have much correlation with pump prices unless you have a nationalized market or some sort of a dictator regime. I don't detect any desire in your writings for such a market. It's an interesting list... Have a look at Norway at the extreme $$$ end... Good reserves, Gas producer and stratospheric prices. At the other end of the scale, you have Venezuala, Iran, Kuwait, Kazakhstan,Iraq, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Pakistan and the UAE with sub 1$US per liter gas. Those countries don't really appear as comparable. As far as comparables go... Gas in Europe, NZ, much of the eastern bloc is mostly higher than in Canada. The list has a few countries with lower prices that "could" be compared to Canada. The US, Australia, China, South Korea, Turkiye, Brazil, Japan all have cheaper gas... From most of the reading I have done, I am reaching the conclusion that high prices are going to be here for a while. The current Prime Minister is merely the figure head that was voted in prior to world prices sky rocketing. He's not going to fix it, and neither will a conservative government or the NDP...
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  42. Working hard to ensure that there is a large crop of mind controlled new Liberals. Jamie Sarkonak: Federal government effectively declares Red Ensign a hate symbol Special to National Post - 23m ago React17 Comments| © Provided by National PostJamie Sarkonak: Federal government effectively declares Red Ensign a hate symbol The federal government shouldn’t be telling K-12 teachers to monitor and discipline students for holding certain political views. But it’s part of a project the Department of Canadian Heritage paid $268,400 to do. Launched on June 29, an educational toolkit created by the federally supported Canadian Anti-Hate Network, and jointly announced with the government calls for a politically correct culture change in schools across Canada. Its 50-page guidebook is geared toward confronting and preventing hate — which would be fine if it didn’t include political beliefs, critical thinking, and Canada’s previous national flag among the evils to be confronted While some of the extremist organizations and hate symbols discussed in the guidebook are correctly classified as such, it extends this to “problematic” politicians and policies, as well. In a set of examples about hatred that must be addressed in the classroom, for instance, the guidebook places students who argue in favour of former U.S. president Donald Trump’s border wall among those who salute Hitler. This obviously goes too far — the federal government doesn’t have any place forcing political beliefs upon students. People in Canada have the freedom to agree or disagree with Trump, and students should be able to argue for or against his policies. Ahmed Hussen, the minister of housing and diversity and inclusion, shouldn’t be enthusiastically endorsing a guidebook that tells teachers to coerce students not to express themselves, but here we are. The guidebook encourages identity-based activism in the classroom, insisting that educators “increase the visibility of symbols of diversity and tolerance” in the classroom — including pride flags, culturally affirming posters and portraits of people from historically marginalized groups. It is a good thing for teachers to foster welcoming environments, but it’s dystopian for the feds to be nudging them to do it a certain way. Students who don’t go along with this illiberal narrative should have their concerns recorded and dismissed, according the toolkit. “Often, these students have little more than dogma to offer, but some students may have impassioned and intricate stances that have led them to this point,” it says. The guidebook goes on to list the Red Ensign , the official flag of Canada until 1967 and the one under which we fought fascists in the Second World War, as a symbol of hate promotion. Its use by modern fringe movements shouldn’t override its place in Canada as a symbol of unity, but the guidebook still claims that, “Its usage denotes a desire to return to Canada’s demographics before 1967, when it was predominately white.” If anything, the mainstream should reclaim it. Canadian Red Ensign (1957-1965). Getty Images/iStock Photo Ironically, the document even advances the harmful stereotype that women are perpetual victims of hate . Women with incorrect politics, it says, are useful propagandists for men who wish to use them to propagate large families . It seems to encourage the view that women don’t have agency unless they agree with a particular brand of progressivism. To ensure compliance and accountability, the guidebook encourages peer-to-peer surveillance, suggesting that students monitor each other’s activity outside of class and check source materials for “problematic affiliations.” Throughout the document, it tells witnesses of hateful content to gather evidence, document their experiences and report them to multiple trusted adults in the school system. It encourages a level of institutional paranoia, in effect saying that everyone has a duty to enforce these new social norms on everyone else. Monitoring should be proactive, as well. Among its “ best practices ” is a recommendation for schools to search student devices, both school-owned and personal, if possible, at any point in time: before, during and after the circulation of “hate-promoting ideas.” This, of course, violates the basic privacy of students and seems over-broad, considering that the vast majority of students do not deserve to be searched because of a few bad apples. There are a lot of common-sense objections to the radical version of inclusivity that the federal government appears to want to promote in Canadian schools. The main one is that it infringes on freedom of expression. Yet the Canadian Anti-Hate Network dismisses this, instead saying that calling for freedom of expression when someone wishes to censor an idea is the same as yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre. Similarly, the guidebook says that complaints that social justice is being imposed too harshly on everyone are simply a far-right dog-whistle. It all goes too far. While this new guidebook isn’t yet part of any education program, its creators intend to lobby provincial governments to incorporate its content into K-12 curricula. Hopefully, provincial governments will be smart enough to say “no” to this one. The feds have no place policing the political views of students. National Post
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  43. “ Since Roe was overturned, some on the left are now arguing that voting simply doesn’t work — a message that has been mostly spread on the internet and litigated through memes and Twitter. From their perspective, if democratic institutions can’t deliver the results they want, the solution is not to win stronger democratic mandates, but to instead burn down the said institutions. “ https://nationalpost.com/opinion/adam-zivo-to-win-the-abortion-debate-democrats-need-to-be-persuasive?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3aNBBIsyyoCAkcH1aKaZsDFtFrXthO8lifvGfcFDjhBNS2cMdnEpnWcso#Echobox=1656498629
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