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Israel-Hamas War Update: what happens next?

Posted December 17, 2023 by Anonymous

I know Seymour Hersch has his flaws – a tendency toward grandiosity in his reporting — but he has good sources and his column last night raises some good questions about the Israel-Hamas War that undoubtedly will dominate international discussions ove…

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Words of Wisdom — from Dark Brandon to Ford v Trudeau to Taylor Swift to Wikipedia’s finest moment

Posted February 3, 2024 by Anonymous

Some interesting columns this week First, there was this controversy:Isn’t this why Trump voters like him though— Drew McKevitt (on a hiatus, mostly) (@drewmckevitt) February 2, 2024

In Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion,…

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Today’s News: From Trudeau v. Poilievre, to “effective altruism”

Posted November 30, 2023 by Anonymous

Well, well, well — so Trudeau was right about India’s responsibility for the murder of Canadian Hardeep Singh Nijjar. 
In his National Intelligence and Security Newsletter, Wesley Wark brings us up to date in tonight’s post Murder Inc. New revelations about Indian government-directed assassinations

…This sordid tale adds further weighty credibility to the Canadian government’s public claim that there was Indian official involvement in the murder of Mr. Nijjar, a claim that the Indian government has strenuously denied. The Indian government response had a ring of protesting (way) too much. New Delhi then reacted by creating a freeze in diplomatic relations with Canada, expelling a large number of Canadian diplomats from India, suspending visa applications for a time, and suggesting Canada had failed to provide the Indian government with any material evidence of a supposed plot involving Mr. Nijjar.

In response to the unsealing of the US indictment, the Indian government has now pivoted to announce that it has created a “high level inquiry” into the matter. That is more of a concession than the Canadian government was able to obtain, but it also shifts the focus onto the higher plane of India-US relations….

Now I’m waiting for all the apologetic tweets from all the Canadian right-wingers who were so quick to take Trudeau to task for insulting poor Modi …guys? ….I’m waiting… (crickets)

And Poilievre keep stepping on rakes…

And well, well, well…Trudeau was right about the Online News Act, too:

In the National Observer, Max Fawcett writes Pierre Poilievre’s mouth just opened the door to a Liberal comeback
If Justin Trudeau finds himself celebrating a political comeback for the ages at some point in 2025, he’ll probably look back to this past week as the point where it began. It won’t show up yet in the polls, which still have Trudeau’s Liberals well behind Pierre Poilievre’s Conservative Party of Canada. But for the first time in a long time, Trudeau and his team have a fighting chance.

That’s because, on two separate occasions, Poilievre exposed a weakness in his otherwise formidable political armour that they could — and should — exploit. On Tuesday, Poilievre and his caucus decided to vote against a free trade deal between Ukraine and Canada on second reading because, it seems, the deal includes a line indicating mutual support for carbon pricing and the need to avoid so-called “carbon leakage.” …

Ukraine already has a carbon tax, though, and it’s been in place since 2011. More to the point, it will almost certainly have to increase that price on carbon if it wants to join the European Union…

This sort of allergic response to the very mention of carbon pricing might play well with Poilievre’s Prairie base, but it’s a much tougher sell for the more moderate central Canadian voters he needs to actually win an election. So, too, was his reflexive reaction to Wednesday’s fatal car crash at the U.S.-Canada border, and his subsequent refusal to back down after more facts came to light.

…Instead, he went on a meandering and mean-spirited tirade against a Canadian Press reporter who asked him about his comments, clearly channelling the same churlish energy he displayed in that now (in)famous video in the apple orchard. This was the Poilievre id on full display, stripped of the image makeover gurus and slick advertising campaigns. It was the Poilievre the Liberals ought to spend the next two years trying to draw out. And if Thursday’s press conference was any indication, it won’t be that difficult to do.

Yes, this latest confrontation with a journalist will surely delight his online army of angry young men. But as Postmedia columnist John Ivison noted, “He could lose this thing if he keeps behaving like this.”…

In his newest post Silver Bullets And Sudden Changes On Poilievre And What Matters Evan Scrimshaw says Liberal polls are improving but so what – because we can’t know which issues might  disappear and which might turn out to be critical two years from now.  But he notes that regardless of the issues, the CPC still has a serious problem on its hands:

…Poilievre can’t make it through a fucking press conference without lashing out at the press for having the temerity to question him…

Scrimshaw continues:

…Poilievre is making his life harder than it needs to be by refusing to do very basic shit. Poilievre has made two tactical decisions to double down in the last week that probably won’t end up mattering too much, but might. It’s not a good thing to piss the media off as a pure matter of self preservation, and it’s not a good thing to let the Government paint you as insufficiently committed to Ukraine. These things might not matter now when people are feeling a lot of pain, but if the government goes into 2025 with a few rate cuts and better economic sentiment, then it’s probably not gonna help to have thrown a petulant temper tantrum against a trade deal Ukraine supports.

We are all poisoned by social media at this point, but the rush to identify a silver bullet has to stop. Things can matter even if they don’t instantly reverse a Nanos poll, and Poilievre’s week was still a disaster. Anyone ignoring what Poilievre put on display last week ignores his greatest liability – and that liability will still exist even if you wish it away.

Moving on, here’s an interesting piece at Bug-Eyed and Shameless by Justin Ling The Cult Around the Corner Conspiracy movements are splitting off into smaller, local, more isolated units. Uh oh. where he observes this interesting phenomenon:

…some conspiracy theorists are hitting the road and heading for the country. Whether they’re converging on an empty field outside Ottawa, setting up a neo-Nazi training camp in Maine, taking over a city council in Washington, or seizing an empty school in Saskatchewan: These movements are looking to create their own communities. That might be bad news for the rest of us.
It’s an old story. A movement rises, rises, rises: And sharply plateaus. Its adherents, once convinced of their own universal appeal, suddenly find that their particular brand of politics, spiritualism, moralism, or paranoia is of limited interest to the rest of the world. Many blame some combination of the media, government, deep state, and/or the public’s innate stupidity.

At Garbage Day, Ryan Broderick writes about Elon Musk’s Big Pivot and gives a succinct definition of those bizarre new belief systems now used by our multi-millionaire Internet Overlords to justify why they think they deserve to make so much money — they’re called effective altruism, modern rationalism, neoreactionarism, and effective accelerationism:

In 2009, a blogger, catgirl connoisseur, and Harry Potter fanfic writer named Eliezer Yudkowsky launched a site called LessWrong. It is ostensibly a place to argue about artificial intelligence, but through those arguments, several internet-native philosophies were born. The main one is modern rationalism, but other notable ones include the dark enlightenment, or neoreactionaryism, which is a type of anti-democractic techno-feudalism supported by folks like Steve Bannon. LessWrong also birthed the aforementioned effective altruism, the most famous supporter of which is crypto fail-king Sam Bankman-Fried. Elon Musk also now claims to be an effective altruist, but I don’t think he actually believes in anything. The main idea behind effective altruism is that long-term human happiness can be solved by maximizing capital.

Over the last decade, more and more effective altruists have inserted themselves in positions of power in Silicon Valley and, recently, a very small protest movement against this group has begun to spread, mainly as a meme. Which is effective accelerationism. Contrary to what you will be no doubt reading in the press in the coming weeks, these groups are not opposites in any way. The accelerationists want the same thing as the altruists, and also agree with them that AI superintelligences are coming and that capitalism is fucking sick. The accelerationists just want them to arrive as fast as possible and to smash society to bits in the process.

Oh, great. Another overlord heard from.

There is a lot of truth to this:

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Hey, it’s time for some funny stuff!

Posted January 29, 2024 by Anonymous

I am always so glad when January is over:
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One of the best shots in live TV history— Historic Vids (@historyinmemes) January 24, 2024

I had never heard musical rocks before:

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Today’s News: Is Poilievre actually Mr. Roboto?

Posted February 7, 2024 by Anonymous

I thought yesterday’s clip of Poilievre being interviewed by several reporters was very strange. Now, the questions from the reporters were odd too — they seemed incredibly intimidated by Poilievre, fumbling and mumbling, their voices trembling a…

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Today’s News: an imaginary bouncy castle of 20-20 hindsight

Posted January 24, 2024 by Anonymous

Very disappointing to see a Federal Court judge, Justice Richard Mosely, create an imaginary rewrite of history to conclude that Ottawa really hadn’t needed to invoke the Emergencies Act against the freedum convoy protests and blockades in February 20…

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Dogs, bruh!

Posted November 23, 2023 by Anonymous

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People who say animals don’t have feelings have never seen the look on my dog’s face when she realizes I dropped a slice of cucumber not meat.— Mary Ellen Davis (@RubyMcrae) November 22, 2023

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When Will USA Border Open to Canadians?

Posted August 25, 2021 by Ben

On August 9th 2021, Canada opened its border to all fully vaccinated Americans allowing tourists from the United States to visit the country once again. The US border remains closed to Canadians, however, and American authorities recently extended the border closure until September 21st citing COVID-19 transmission rates south of the border as well as […]

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Today’s News: Speculatively smearing Biden

Posted February 9, 2024 by Anonymous

In nine months, we will know whether Biden and the Democrats can win the American election. Though in 2020 Biden won the popular vote by millions, he only won the Electoral College distribution by less than 100,000 votes. Now we’re into 2024, a…

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Writings about the Israel-Hamas War

Posted January 9, 2024 by Anonymous

First, Paul Wells has an interesting article out tonight about how police are dealing with the pro-Palestinian protests: The police won’t make your point
Notes on a 20-year revolution in police handling of protests. Spoiler: you probably won’t like i…

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Christmas traditions: 12 Days, Festivus, Messiah, and the oddest Christmas Special ever!

Posted December 23, 2023 by Anonymous

Time for an annual “traditions” post — Twelve Days of Christmas:
 Festivus:  The Messiah:

  The New York Times writes Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Teaches Us a Surprising Lesson About Tradition:
…Fortunately, Handel’s “Messiah” …

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Canadian Border Now Fully Open

Posted November 24, 2022 by Ben

On October 1st 2022, the Government of Canada removed all COVID-19 border measures such as required proof of vaccination, random testing, and mandatory isolation for high-risk travelers. For the first time since early 2020, the Canadian border is operating under “normal” conditions. For example: Americans interested in visiting Canada no longer need to download the […]

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Today’s News: A Nelson moment for Canadian Press

Posted February 15, 2024 by Anonymous


So Canadian Press did their research. As Poilievre launched into attacking Trudeau for giving Bell Media a $40 million fee reduction in spite of firing journalists across the country, the Canadian Press found out this reduction was actu…

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Canada border testing

Pre-Entry COVID Test No Longer Required at Canadian Border

Posted April 2, 2022 by Ben

As of April 1st 2022, the Canadian border will no longer require a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test from fully vaccinated travellers entering or returning to the country. Previously, a rapid antigen test or a PCR test indicating a person does not have COVID was required by border authorities. This rule change should encourage Canadians to […]

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Today’s News: Prairie Harm Reduction – “It’s about keeping people alive”

Posted January 21, 2024 by Anonymous

It has taken years for Canadians to understand the concept of harm reduction – which means everything from sunscreen to seatbelts, not just safe injection sites and naloxone – but Canadians generally “get it” now. The federal government’s Can…

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Time to put up the tree!

Posted December 2, 2023 by Anonymous

First, Advent Calendars!
According to my chocolate advent calendar there’s only 4 days left until Christmas Day— Dr Helen Ingram (@drhingram) December 1, 2023

To celebrate the season I created a new List of many of the people posting daily Advent C…

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The cry of the Cu-cu-cu bird!

Posted January 13, 2024 by Anonymous

From across the Prairies we hear the mournful cry of the Cu-cu-cu bird….”Cu-cu-cu-Christ, its cu-cu-cu-cold here!”

Oh well — we had a great fall here, and a green Christmas, so of course the weather gods are making us pay for it now. Tomorrow…

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USA Border

US Land Border Opens to Canadians

Posted November 8, 2021 by Ben

After being closed for nearly 19 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 8th 2021 the United States land border officially opened to all fully vaccinated Canadians. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced they will be staffing their border at pre-pandemic levels, but warns that wait times may be longer than in […]

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“As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”

Posted November 22, 2023 by Anonymous

Using the excuse of American Thanksgiving, I just need to post the funniest line ever said on television: and here’s the back-story:

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Well, here’s more upsetting news

Posted December 7, 2023 by Anonymous

On the day that Canada remembers the Montreal Massacre, I am reading articles about the terrible sexual violence and rape that Hamas inflicted on Israeli men and women on Oct 7 — I think it is shameful that it has taken two months for this violence to…

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Dogs, bruh – plus cats and owls and the rest of the barnyard

Posted December 20, 2023 by Anonymous

Here’s some great dogs – plus cats and owls and the rest of the barnyard.First, of course, dogs!

this guy built a racetrack in his backyard for his dogs and it’s amazing(ginger_cat_and_vizslas IG)— theworldofdog (@theworldof…

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Bring on the crazy!

Posted January 4, 2024 by Anonymous

I’m seeing some crazy stuff tonight on the social.Like this:

As an electrician, i’d like to remind Pierre Poilievre that we don’t capture lighting from the sky. We work together with other trades, engineers etc to produce electricity which was made po…

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Odds and ends – from dancing ladies to dancing daddies, and dogs, of course

Posted December 29, 2023 by Anonymous

So tonight I have been going through various Bookmarks and other saved posts and I’m finding some great stuff to share.
This month I saw two different cartoons based on the Matisse dancing ladies, of all things. The first is about folding a fitted she…

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Weekend fun stuff: from The Beatles to more Cats v. Christmas Trees

Posted December 10, 2023 by Anonymous

This is the kind of thread that I used to find occasionally on Twitter and all of the comments were always just so funny. Glad to see this type of goofy stuff is on Threads now:
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Happy New Year!

Posted January 1, 2024 by Anonymous

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No one does NYE fireworks like London! 🎆#LondonNYE— Sahil Oberoi (@SahilOberoi1) January 1, 2024

2024 has officially reached the shores of Canada.As Father T…

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International travel

Where Can Vaccinated Canadians Travel?

Posted July 1, 2021 by Ben

Most Canadians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Consequently, Canadians are starting to think about international travel again, and are beginning to research possible vacation destinations. This leads to the question, which countries can a fully vaccinated Canadian visit? As of July 2021, Canadian citizens who have received two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, or […]

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Well, isn’t this just ducky? Now Iran and Pakistan are verging on war

Posted January 18, 2024 by Anonymous

Whoa-jeez, this is getting dangerous:

Meanwhile, Canada’s Loyal Opposition is still shit-posting about Trudeau’s vacation.

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Today’s News: “being down 10 is a victory these days for the Liberals”

Posted December 15, 2023 by Anonymous

I got a chuckle out of Evan Scrimshaw’s lead in his Substack yesterday: Abacus’ Conservative Curveball Is There Life In The Liberals?:

It is a notable statement that being down 10 is a victory these days for the Liberals, but Abacus has the Tory lead …

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“Conservative’ means never having to say you’re sorry

Posted November 25, 2023 by Anonymous

The stupid, it burns! Yesterday following that awful crash at the Niagara Falls border crossing, somebody in Pierre Poilievre’s office was listening to Fox News when they jumped the gun by calling it a terrorist attack and saying it was all Biden’…

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Well, here’s some upsetting news

Posted November 27, 2023 by Anonymous

Hamas apparently doesn’t know where at least 40 of the hostages are.In his nightly Ukraine post at Balloon Juice, Adam Silverman is also keeping up with the latest news about the Israel-Hamas War and the hostages being held in Gaza. And the news i…

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