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As people point fingers back and forth in Texas (green energy vs traditional).... the real issue has become obscured. We have similar grid problems in Canada too. 

I don't know what's what in Texas but this has the ring of truth to it and it comes from an unlikely source. 

https://www.cnn.com/videos/tech/2021/02/18/ed-hirs-texas-energy-grid-collapse-sot-nr-vpx.cnn

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IMO, any one who believes Ottawa doesn’t dictate what is printed about certain subjects is living in LaLa land. You don’t spend billions to bail out the media and not expect something in return.

The North Vancouver stabbing incident has drawn my attention to something: Over the last few days I've noticed a trend, and now that I have noticed it (and its actually registered), I realize tha

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Texas wanted to be completely isolated from every other state on the power grid.  Isolationist thinking.  They wanted a seperate republic.  Well how did that work out when the unexpected happened.  No one to back you up since your power grid is isolated from the rest of the country.

Sure no one saw the blast of cold, snow and wind coming so why prepare for it? Problem is you should ALWAYS have a back up plan.  and since only a measly 10% of the power in Texas is derived from wind and solar, what was the "Real" problem?

no we don't have these issue in Canada since our power grid is interconnected with other provinces as well as the US.  We have a back up plan.  No it didn''t help much in 2003 but in that case the backup went down with the main.  

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The only ones who wanted to avoid federal regulation.  And it bit them hard.

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Why-does-Texas-have-its-own-power-grid-15958412.php

The Texas Interconnected System — which for a long time was actually operated by two discrete entities, one for northern Texas and one for southern Texas — had another priority: staying out of the reach of federal regulators. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Power Act, which charged the Federal Power Commission with overseeing interstate electricity sales. By not crossing state lines, Texas utilities avoided being subjected to federal rules. "Freedom from federal regulation was a cherished goal — more so because Texas had no regulation until the 1970s," writes Richard D. Cudahy in a 1995 article, "The Second Battle of the Alamo: The Midnight Connection." (Self-reliance was also made easier in Texas, especially in the early days, because the state has substantial coal, natural gas and oil resources of its own to fuel power plants.)

Bottom line: Texas has its own grid to avoid dealing with the feds.

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Dozens of pages of liberal values (right here on this forum) blown into atoms by hypocrisy and propaganda.

Tommy may be a simple a soldier but he sees your skinny, privileged a$$ hiding in the dark. Speak to me no more about values....

 

Andrew Cuomo accused of sexual harassment; leading liberal women refuse comment

 

 

 

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Some may recall the "eating while black" story from a while back.

Here's a bit of perspective on it after the fact. Imagine how all of this will be viewed in 50 years:

 https://video.foxnews.com/v/6235461359001#sp=show-clips

So, apparently, she's hanging out in one of the campus buildings.  A janitor sees her, wonders what she doing and calls campus security to come check her out.  Security shows up with a police officer.  The PO politely asks what's she's doing and she replies that she works as a teaching assistant and was lounging on the couch after eating.  PO says, thanks, have a nice evening and leaves.

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Yes, it is an opinion piece, but no worse than the rest.

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2021/02/24/i-am-offering-a-1-million-reward-to-anyone-who-can-prove-tucker-carlson-is-not-behind-the-qanon-conspiracy.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=thestar_recommended_for_you

I am offering a $1-million reward to anyone who can prove Tucker Carlson is not behind the QAnon conspiracy

Great news for cult experts, sociologists, internet researchers, deprogrammers and the thousands of families destroyed by QAnon: the conspiracy theory is not real.

This revelation does not come from academic sleuths who’ve apparently wasted the past few years chasing dubious shadows down imaginary rabbit holes.

No, it comes from Tucker Carlson.

 

In a Tuesday segment that started with a graph questioning the number of Blacks killed by police, the cable host pivoted to the broader issue of disinformation.

So it’s worth finding out where the public is getting all this false information, this disinformation, as we’ll call it,” he said. “So we checked. We spent all day trying to locate the famous QAnon, which in the end we learned is not even a website. If it’s out there, we could not find it.”

 

It’s a good thing Carlson wasn’t cast to play Fox Mulder.

Tune in next week when he disproves the existence of Beyoncé after failing to find her number in the Yellow Pages. And don’t miss Tucker’s upcoming prime-time special on Fox News: “If Gravity Is Real, Why Do I Keep Falling Up The Stairs?”

 

Everyone feel better? Tom Hanks is not sex trafficking kids inside armoires from Wayfair. Hillary Clinton is not harvesting adrenochrome, which she was going to trade to Bill Gates for his tracking data from the nano-chips he secretly stashed in the coronavirus vaccine with the approval of the hologram Joe Biden, who in turn is controlled by a Milky Way cabal of lizard aliens and Satanic pedophiles.

The decentralized conspiracy, which started as an obvious troll-turned-grift on an image board in 2017 before spreading across social media, is not real because there is, what, no QAnon.com? I don’t know. If a web domain was required to verify every corrosive cultural phenomenon, TuckerCarlsonIsADouche.org would be very real.

But I suppose this bolsters the case Fox lawyers made last fall in successfully defending a defamation case against the host with the argument no “reasonable” viewer could possibly take him seriously. I suspect even Tucker’s wife rolls her eyes when he’s lounging in the backyard, railing against the myth of white supremacy while sipping umbrella drinks in his fly-fishing waders.

The judge in that defamation case agreed and went one step further, characterizing “Mr. Carlson’s statements” as “exaggeration,” “non-literal commentary” and “simply bloviating for his audience,” which would make a pretty good epitaph.

But on Tuesday night, undeterred by the legal precedent he is a court jester, Tucker was not done trying to give an ironic master class in disinformation. With a resting face that is always a mix of agitation and queasiness, like he had a bad enchilada for lunch, he continued to investigate who or what is tearing society asunder with systemic and diabolical lies. If it’s not Q, then who?

“Then we checked Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter feed because we have heard she traffics in disinformation, CNN told us,” he sneered. “But nothing there.”

Nothing there? I had to put down my martini because by now the laughing jags were making the vodka spill over the edge. So you scanned a scrubbed Twitter account and found no evidence the kooky congresswoman has ever questioned Sept. 11 or called school shootings false-flag events or wondered if California fires were caused by Jewish space lasers? Is it any wonder “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has become a safe space for far-right snowflakes who melt down in reality?

If this guy worked for the IRS, everyone would confidently cheat on their taxes.

“Next we called our many friends in the tight-knit intel community,” Carlson continued, building toward his big finish. “Could Vladimir Putin be putting this stuff out there? The Proud Boys? Alex Jones? Who is lying to America in ways that are certain to make us hate each other and certain to destroy our core institutions?”

I was suddenly reminded of something my grandmother used to say when she was tutoring me in algebra: “You just answered your own question.”

And sure enough, Carlson concluded disinformation was not coming from conspiracy theories without official websites — it was coming from “cable news” and “politicians talking on TV.” It was like hearing a Netflix exec denounce streaming.

Carlson was presumably not blaming his own cable network for disinformation, even though Fox is a GM-grade assembly line for partisan dishonesty. No, he was going after CNN, a former employer that gave him the boot years ago, not long after Jon Stewart made a fool of him on live television.

 

CNN should consider a restraining order because Tucker is now an unhinged stalker. His obsession with CNN and, by extension, the “liberal media,” reveals a fellow who lost the plot years ago and now resents the mocking scrutiny this brings.

He will always take the low road in high dudgeon.

So, applying his tortured logic, I am now offering a $1-million reward to anyone who can prove Tucker Carlson is not Q. Is there a bigger conspiracy theorist on cable news? Is there anyone more inclined to defame liberals and the Hollywood elite? Who is the polar opposite of Oprah? What news personality does more to make people hate each other and destroy institutions?

When submitting your reward application, please include a website.

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According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: "It's a marvellous day today"! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: "The water is very nice, let's take a bath together!" The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbours no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

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On 2/27/2021 at 7:02 AM, Jaydee said:

the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth,

It seems to me that the very people who created, employed and ultimately benefitted from misinformation find themselves paying extra to protect themselves from the ravenous beast they previously fed by feeding an even larger one. 

The size of the beast is subject to limitations though, as is the upper levels of buffoonery and I wonder what happens next time:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/george-floyd-minneapolis-social-media-influencers-city-approved-messages-derek-chauvin-trial

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As the cross hairs of lunacy get centred on Dr Seuss (for being racist), even some of the card carrying crazies are beginning to shout uncle and warn against continuing the full burner climb into stratospheric buffoonery:

"When the woke mob comes after you for some ridiculous offense ... stand your ground, stop apologizing."

— Bill Maher  

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When the woke mob comes after you for some ridiculous offense ... stand your ground, stop apologizing."

One of the pure joys of being retired..you don’t have to “bend over” and take it from anyone any more. The Deicers of this world become 100% irrelevant. 
 

I would relish the opportunity to ask one of these cancel culture types this.....

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So it's not just the media that's played along with all of this; read the rhetoric here:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/andrew-cuomo-sexual-harassment-allegations-de-blasio

Then note the embedded quote:

"I've seen him be abusive in a way that would not be accepted by anyone in leadership," the mayor said in the interview. He also said he had previously heard the governor use similar language he allegedly used with Assemblyman Ron Kim in a now-infamous phone call.

The mayor has admitted to witnessing the abusive behaviour at least twice and appears to have done nothing. Said nothing until now. Not a hint of this prior to the election or when the Emmy was being handed out eh?  

I'm I missing something here?

Has he spoken up about this before now?

Is it even possible that these creatures are more vile than I previously gave them credit for? 
 

 

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It's like a competition now. Trying to out crazy each other in the media is becoming thirsty work. Even Bill Maher has been warning them to stop this stuff.

 Happy Birthday Doc.

Obama described Dr Seuss as "one of America's revered wordsmiths" who "used his incredible talent to instil in his most impressionable readers universal values we all hold dear." 

But wait:

One of Virginia's biggest school districts, Loudoun County Public Schools, reportedly nixed Dr. Seuss from the school's "Read Across America Day" celebration, citing alleged racial "undertones" in his children's books. 

And not to be undone:

President Biden appears to have erased Dr. Seuss from "Read Across America Day", the annual celebration of reading  in honour of the legendary children's author, whose birthday falls on March 2.

 

 

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“ CNN was more than happy to set its standards aside when Andrew Cuomo was one of the most popular political figures in the country. Now he is damaged, possibly fatally so, and all of a sudden CNN has rediscovered its ethics.”

https://newrepublic.com/article/161529/chris-cuomo-everything-wrong-medias-coverage-andrew-cuomo

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The race is on to delete all of the fawning Cuomo tweets and online rhetoric. Celebrity crushes on the Luv Gov make you as popular as reading The Cat In the Hat to your grandchildren, which is bad, very bad, very bad and oh so sad....

According to experts, Governor Cuomo has been officially deemed bad by all the experts, even though he was good just a few short weeks ago. Experts also agreed that you should agree with them or you're failing to trust the experts, which is bad. Very bad and oh so sad...

 

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Where is the Outrage from the media ???


Leftist protestors 'storm' Georgia state capitol to protest voter ID laws

 
Georgia's state legislature passed a new voter ID law, making leftists in the state so upset by it that they stormed the state capitol.

Capitol Riot II: In the video, an officer can be seen instructing the demonstrators that they are "in violation of 16113441." A woman approaches the officer, putting her face up against his megaphone, and another officer tries to lead her away, taking her arm, saying "step aside ma'am." She resists.
  • The left media has yet to cover the story, staying silent.
"You will disperse immediately or you will be arrested," the first officer tells the encroaching crowd. The group of protestors do not disperse and the officers continue to tell them they are in violation. The woman continues to argue with the officer.

This "storming of the capitol" went largely unnoticed by media despite their ongoing concerns about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The protestors who entered the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta were reacting to a voter ID law that was passed which adds restrictions to voting. Primarily, the bill requires a photo ID for absentee ballots, limiting the time a voter has to request an absentee ballot and putting restrictions on the location of and access to ballot drop boxes.

Background: Republican Rep. Barry Fleming, who sponsored the bill, said that "House Bill 531 is designed to begin to bring back the confidence of our voters into our election system."

Additional protestors included those affiliated with Democrats from Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties, the NAACP of Atlanta, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America, according to 11 Alive.

Protestors objected to any limits on voting or implementation of voter ID laws, saying that it disenfranchised primarily minority voters who don't have enough access.

Georgia was the site of prolonged controversy during the 2020 election season. The Trump campaign launched concerns about voter fraud and election integrity while voting rights advocates like Stacey Abrams pressed celebrities into service to bolster the campaigns of two Democrat senatorial candidates in her state, both of whom won their seats.
 
Watch the situation unravel in the state capitol here
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This just out. CBC promoting racial division?,now there’s a first...,who’d a thought !!

 

“ Dear Members:

As you may be aware, the CBC Marketplace news program will be running a segment on racial bias within the home appraisal process this Friday, March 5th. Their coverage will feature a hidden camera investigation that seeks to highlight discrimination against racialized homeowners and allegations of anti-Black racism in housing.

As part of their story, Marketplace engaged six unnamed appraisers to complete an
appraisal on a property in the Greater Toronto Area. Six appraisals were completed for three different Marketplace staff members posing as the homeowner; two of the
appraisals were completed for a white “homeowner”, two for a black “homeowner” and a two for a South Asian “homeowner”. The appraisals were all completed within a one week period; CBC’s review of the appraisals noted a wide range of values, from a low of $1.7 Million to just over $2 Million.

The show producers contacted the Appraisal Institute of Canada for comments and
perspective on their story. The AIC takes any allegations of racial bias and discrimination in valuation very seriously. We responded quickly, decisively, and transparently to their concerns, via an on air interview.

The position of the AIC has always been that our members offer unbiased, independent, and professional opinions of value that are developed based on our nationally and internationally recognized valuation standards. In the interview, we spoke, at a high level, about the process members undertake in completing their work and also discussed some of the reasons that could have contributed to the differences in value.

We also communicated to the show producers that it is the policy of the AIC to foster an environment that respects people regardless of race, nationality, sex, gender identity within the organization and in the profession at large.

Despite our requests, we were not provided with full copies of the appraisals nor have we yet seen the segment which is set to air this Friday.

Discrimination in Valuation
While the AIC acknowledges that discrimination and implicit bias exists in society, we are doing everything in our power to ensure that this is not reflected in the appraisal process.

Our governing documents including CUSPAP, regulations, bylaws, ethics standards, and our complaint resolution process, all exist to ensure that discrimination and bias is eliminated to the greatest extent possible within our membership and throughout the appraisal profession.

This all comes on the heels of the creation of our President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion last fall, with a mandate, in part, to promote equity and diversity within the profession. Over the coming months, Council members will begin the important work of applying a racial equity lens to various governing structures and activities of the association to identify barriers and bridges for a more diverse and inclusive AIC. 

While Canadians continue to grapple with issues of racism and discrimination against racialized individuals, this an opportunity for us as a profession to do so as well. We consider it a matter of corporate social responsibility to contribute to the discussions around racism and discrimination in meaningful ways and to ensure racial bias is eliminated from the valuation process.

Resources for Members

We will be issuing a statement regarding the CBC Marketplace segment and would
encourage any Member that is approached regarding this story to refer to the statement. The AIC National Office will respond to any follow up media enquiries as they arise. We would strongly suggest / request that you refer any media enquiries to us for a response.

Complaint Resolution - We remind you that we have a Complaint Resolution Process for any individual that feels they have experienced bias in the real property appraisal process.

 

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The appraisals were all completed within a one week period; CBC’s review of the appraisals noted a wide range of values, from a low of $1.7 Million to just over $2 Million.

 

 

So, a 15% difference in the appraised values.  I really have no idea but would expect that a 15% difference is within the normally accepted range.  Every group of estimates, appraisals and quotes I've ever received have varied more than 15% from high to low.

I would guess the point they're trying to make is that minorities get cheated on their appraisal values but what if a minority buys the property?  Then what?  The system worked against one (in their opinion) but advantaged another - even Steven? 

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The whole concept of the article is 2021 type BS. A property is worth what someone is willing to “over pay” for it regardless of race colour or creed. If a black guy offers me 500K and a white guy offers me 600k, even Leftists will take the 600.

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