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Radio station tweets the word “CHRISTMAS”, remains on air, no riot, Muslims seem cool with it so far

We thought they were called “Festive Holiday Lights of Season Values!”
This tweet occurred this morning, in which we find a radio station blatantly uttering the word Christmas, to no apparent negative effect that we have heard about. (Of course we don’t monitor the CBC like we used to.)
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Apparently Vancouver radio station CKWX News 1130 has not received the memo or any of the fascist directives from the PC police or any liberal-left think tanks. No claims of “this is exactly what ISIS wants us to do!!”

Or they did get them, but summarily tossed them in the garbage where they belong (and we hope they didn’t sort them into the correct recycling bin!). Which of course means we heartily endorse CKWX News1130 (for now… we reserve the right to rescind in the next hour if they tweet some left-wing bullshit).

LATE UPDATE: All staff are OK as far as we know. No reports of any planned pot smoke-ins or “peaceful protests” or boycotts by disaffected Muslims or atheists or any haughty sneers from CBC reporters or anchors claiming “racist!!” or the ironic “intolerant!!!!” label on them, that we know about.

So far.

Godspeed, you brave common sense normal Canadians manning the Twitter feed.  Merry Christmas CKWX! (Or have we now crossed a line?)

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Socialist NDP HATES those state-owned monopolies – which they created

British Columbia has a state-owned and state-run car insurance monopoly, which is of course completely unnecessary, purely ideological, and universally hated  – by all sensible people except its creators, the socialist NDP (circa 1973). Or… maybe by them too?

The reason it is hated starts largely with the fact that it utterly sucks, to use the proper economics terminology.

Sun_re_ICBC-2015-11-10_0758Today it was announced that “the corporation” (yeah, “the corporation”) was going to stop allowing monthly payments for insurance premiums to be paid by credit card (because you know, what business accepts credit cards these days?!). And yes, “corporation” is what a sycophantic liberal media like the Vancouver Sun calls a state-owned, state-run politbureau when they want to whitewash the socialism; and yes they also call Apple a corporation as if it is exactly the same kind of thing.

Anyway that announcement prompted Adrian Dix, the leader of the opposition socialist NDP, to say this, and we kid you not, this is an exact quote:

The change will be a major inconvenience to some customers, and is the kind of thing ICBC can get away with only because the Crown agency has a monopoly on basic insurance and drivers can’t take their business elsewhere, said NDP critic Adrian Dix.

“What they are doing is making things harder for their customers and clearly, given what they say the fees are, a lot of their customers were using this method of payment,” Dix said.

Of course the “they” that Dix refers to is his own party’s state-owned, state-run monopoly behemoth, which he calls a “Crown agency”perhaps because “state-owned and state-run” sounds too North Korean; and it is one which, according to himself, “makes things harder for customers.”

But if you’re waiting for the part where the Vancouver Sun reporter, Rob Shaw, laughed out loud and demanded in Karl_Marx_thought-bubble-no-competition!disbelief that the socialist leader revisit what the frick he just said about it being a government operation and there being no competition in the marketplace, you’ll be waiting a long time. No such questions were asked by the reporter. No remark about it whatsoever. Apparently it was all good. Perfectly acceptable.

Unbelievable. It should have been the feature part of the article. There should be a 2-page investigative analysis about the BS that is the NDP (and their own shoddy reporting, but yeah…).  This kind of reporting, this kind of intellectual dishonesty, and lying, and lying by omission, is why low-information Sun_re_ICBC-2015-11-10_075713voters vote for the NDP or Liberals, so why would the Left ever start to do things any differently?

While we’re on this left-wing politician/media cabal-fest, note how the liberal-left’s media division, like the socialist NDP itself, absolutely forbid the use of the proper terminology, which is “state-owned” and/or “state-run,” to describe the left-wing monstrosity in question. Aside from “corporation” and “Crown agency,” they also whitewash it with crap like “the public auto insurer.”

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Arctic Apple Takes a Bite Out of Pseudo-Science

After years of research and extensive field testing, the Okanagan’s own GMO apple is going to the big leagues.

Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are routinely attacked by urban organic activists in spite of the fact that not a single ailment has ever been linked to this technology. And now, as a testament to the baselessness of such attacks, the rights to the GMO Arctic Apple have been purchased by the U.S. biotechnology company Intrexon (owners of GMO salmon), for the princely sum of $41 million.

This acquisition stands as a textbook example of how to stand up to organic activists.

Rather than compromise, Neal Carter, the Summerland developer of this non-browning apple, stood firm as organic activists claimed falsely that a GMO apple threatened organic orchards. The only question that remains is whether the organic industry will take former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s advice from 1997 and include the Arctic Apple in organic production.

Unlike some GMO crops that incorporate pesticides, the GMO Arctic Apple could, in theory, be grown under organic management with composted fertilizer and holistic pest management, according to the original version of the world’s most-widely adopted organic standards – the USDA National Organic Program.

I grew up on an organic farm and worked for five years as a USDA-contract organic inspector. I left when the organic movement became a bureaucratic scam designed to propel an anti-GMO, anti-scientific political agenda.

I still support the true principles of organic production. But with three-quarters of organic food being imported from countries like China, and with 46 per cent testing positive for prohibited pesticides — pesticides that do cause harm and can lead to death — it has long been my position that the organic industry has a massive problem on its hands, a problem that has nothing whatsoever to do with GMOs.

Organic crops are not tested. Record-keeping and record-checking are all that’s required to get a crop certified.

Imagine if we quit testing athletes at the Olympics. Do you think maybe athletes might take this as a licence to cheat? This is how the anti-GMO organic industry runs.

No wonder multimillionaire organic execs like John Mackey (Whole Foods) and tax-subsidized activists like Ronnie Cummins (The Organic Consumers Association) pretend GMOs threaten organic farms. By maligning this field of science, they’ve carved-out a sizable niche for themselves, giving consumers the false hope that they’re eating a better diet when they purchase premium-priced, certified-organic food, all based on the fact that it’s non-GMO.

The reality is quite the opposite.

The lack of organic field testing not only results in 46 per cent of organic food testing positive for prohibited pesticides, but also in un-composted fecal matter making its way into the organic food chain.

As Carter and his new corporate masters at Intrexon will surely attest, this causes serious illness, and can lead to death. How is this “organic” exactly?

GMO Golden Rice, papaya and brinjal are all examples of non-proprietary (no patent) GMO crops that could be grown organically. The time is long overdue for the organic industry to follow Clinton’s advice and embrace GMOs. And what better place to start than with Carter’s GMO Arctic Apple?

By standing up to organic “pseudo-science and naysaying fearmongers,” Carter proves that when the enemies of science can’t beat you, they might someday be forced to join you.

This article first appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier. Mischa Popoff has no financial interest in the Arctic Apple or Intrexon.

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Militant left-wing BC teachers union advocates against Canada’s military recruiting

Math, science, and actively advocating against joining the Canadian military? Well yes, and “man-made global warming,” and business is bad, government is good, and socialism is the way to go, and unions are the best, and its for the kids, etc. Also LGBQT of course — that other stuff is only if there’s time.

512px-Red_stylized_fist.svgFeatured as one of their “Lesson Ideas” on their union web site (in their “Social Justice” section, like good leftists), they suggest the teachers in the classroom teach our sons and daughters a load of left-wing propaganda points, including advocating against Canada’s national military defense and opposing any recruitment efforts; urging that kids act as spies and “inform” on the Canadian military to the appropriate authorities (teachers and their militant left-wing union) should they witness any recruitment efforts by our evil Canadian military defense.

Ask your local to pass a motion opposing recruiting in the schools.
Ask your board to pass a motion opposing recruiting in the schools.
Encourage industry and workers in your community to resist military contracts, and ask local politicians to work with you on this. Take this issue to your labour council as well.
• Let teachers know to inform the union and/or your social justice committee when they see recruiters in the schools.
Let students know to inform teachers when they are approached by recruiters.
• Ensure that students are being informed of every side of the story about current events, Afghanistan, and the statistics about military casualties, liabilities, and suicides.
• Support counter-recruitment messages and programs in schools.
• Make materials available to teachers in your local to help counter-recruiting messages.
Go to the Operation Objection website for kits:
• Call in to television and radio, and write to your local papers to counter military propaganda.

Whose side on they on? Obviously not our national defense.

Their ironically militant left-wing anti-Canadian propaganda materials includes this helpful poster, designed to raise all manner of questions and cast a negative shadow with regard to joining our national military defense effort.


But as you saw with their own printed words, they’re not merely be altruistic here. They’re casting aspersions, planting the seeds of doubt, and hoping to discourage our young people from joining the Canadian Forces. They want to arm our youth not with guns, but with left-wing propaganda. Al-Qaeda loves it when we do that.

BCTF union boss. It's for the kids

BCTF union boss. It’s for the kids. Wink.

That makes the BCTF anti-military and against the defense of our country. How else can you describe “Encourage industry and workers in your community to resist military contracts“? They want to actively ensure that our military fails  —  starved of supply and equipment. Food. Medical supplies. Gas masks.

How can you describe them asking that union locals and school boards oppose military recruitment efforts? They don’t want people to join the military. So it fails. And we have no effective defense.

Let students know to inform teachers when they are approached by recruiters.” They want your kids to act as militant leftists on the union’s behalf. Little soldiers for their far-left extremist cause.

Support counter-recruitment messages and programs in schools“? Huh? Why? They want our military to be as ineffective as possible in defending Canada and its interests.

Who are these people?

What country is this?

Who thinks like that?

Why are they even remotely allowed to do this?

I suppose it’s no real surprise that a far-left militant union, deeply ensconced in socialist politics, would act in this way. It’s a free country and they can be as extremist as they want to be (thanks to our military and sane people who support a national defense). They can be as loony as they want, and be as ostracized as they will be. That’s their problem  —  or at least it should be. But these people are public servants. Being paid by your tax dollars and mine. These people are working against you. They’re aiding the enemy more than Canada with this anti-Canadian propaganda.

I could not find any teaching “resources” like the one above, advocating teaching the students about the radical Islamist jihadist threat. Nor about the failings of socialism/communism. Nor about the benefits of free enterprise and free markets and freedom generally. No, they only advocate for far-left nonsense like destroying our Canadian Forces.

Are these teachers? Or left-wing propagandists?

Whatever they are, I’m the exact opposite. I strongly support the military  —  all military. I’m a normal conservative Canadian.

Call 1-800-856-8488 to reach a recruitment center in your community.

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What’s Zulu for “complete government bullcrap?”

OK watch out for an air-quote festival, I’m addressing another government waste-a-thon. So you understand.

Without even fully delving into the obvious, gross misuse of taxpayer funds that is self-important government “officials” taking their spouses on “business” trips, why did government “officials” even have to go to a “parliamentary” conference in South Africa at all, last year? Why go to almost any of these elaborate conferences, for that matter, which are held in exotic places on exactly the opposite end of the world, with amazing regularity?

They are absolutely a waste of time and money. Some more than others. This one belongs in the “more,” or even “most” category.Parliamentary_Conference-03

Naturally (a word I use advisedly), the annual prize goes to those so-called “environmental” conferences, wherein politicians from all over the globe travel first by limousine, to their various global airports (mostly named after politicians), then by jet aircraft, first class, or even by national military aircraft which are designed for national security, to exotic locations on the other side of the planet. Then into another limo, to a luxury resort hotel. And various outings and dinners and shows and cocktail parties, to which they are shuttled by luxurious limos or coaches, not bikes. In the exquisite conference halls, they meet other big government “officials” (and some of their spouses), all dressed to the nines, in luxurious surroundings over cocktails and fine wine and shrimp foo-foos (but don’t worry, they’re “organic!”). There, they yap with each other, through multiple translations, about their plans to impose their big-government “green” laws, and restrictions and new taxes supposedly designed to reduce “carbon emissions,” and more programs to further re-social-engineer and re-regulate to control the bad behavior of… evil and very misbehaved and utterly stupid non-government minion citizens, and the little useful idiots people, whom they think of as their “subjects,” back home.

The arrogance and hypocrisy is almost as breathtaking as the asininity of people like us allowing them to get away with this elitist idiocy.

The conference in South Africa, of all places, that Liberal Speaker Linda Reid now infamously attended with her husband, as well as assistant deputy Speaker NDP MLA Raj Chouhan and his wife, was the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Try as I might, I cannot determine what, exactly, the point of it was. Besides wasting time and money.

Here’s the pitch from their website:

“Global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system are analyzed in conference debates among leading Parliamentarians representing Parliaments and Legislatures throughout the Commonwealth.”

Wow. Sounds official. Also, it sounds like complete bullcrap.  Good thing nobody has to attend, because…

“A summary of the main views expressed in conference debates is sent to Members, Commonwealth governments and international agencies.”

So in other words, “we’ll email ya, so you really don’t need to be here. And if you came, well shit, we sure got you good  —  well you and the people who pay you, sucka.”

I watched a YouTube video to try to garner more understanding of its worthiness. I came away knowing only that it sounded like the biggest waste of time and money I can remember, at least since the advent of Obamacare or “man-made global warming” or “stimulus spending.”  So I watched another and another. It just got worse. Confirmed it.

I’ve never heard of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, which suckers taxpayers into sending self-important government “officials” to their annual chin-wag.  You’d think with all the big-government self-anointed poo-bahs in attendance every year, at least one tiny bit of news would come of it. But no. Nothing. Do any media even attend? I bet not. I gave up searching for just one news media report after page four of my Google search.

I’m actually quite sure it’s about as close to a scam as you can get without actually calling it that.

It’s quite telling that the official web site of the “CPA” indicates that the next conference will be held in Kenya. Yeah but that’s in 2010. I’m not making this up.  If I were to shop around online for something or someplace to travel and I saw this…

(“The conference will be held in Kenya in 2010.”)

…I’d keep shopping. So perhaps the conference is more than mere complete bullcrap — it’s actually more like well-composted manure at this point three or four years later  — a product which would actually be more useful to taxpayers.

Raj Chouhan-NDP

Raj Chouhan-NDP

I’d like to see a lengthy written summary, from BC Liberal Speaker Linda Reid and the assistant deputy Speaker NDP MLA Raj Chouhan.  Report back to us about exactly how taxpayers were served by their all being there, and why it was even remotely a good use of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ funds, and the loss of work time for which we simultaneously pay them exorbitantly. Reid gets $152,788.50 plus expenses and a Cadillac benefits plan and pension plan…; Chouhan gets $137,509.65 ++.  And of course we have to pay for their spouses to go on elaborate trips with them whenever they want. We’ll read the report and decide if they should be fired. My reflex reaction is Trump-like. “You’re fired.”

Linda Reid-BC Liberal Speaker of the House

Linda Reid-BC Liberal Speaker of the House

And moving forward, if I were premier, I’d ban all further travel to any conference at all, ever again.

Actually, I’m more powerful than them. I’m a citizen and a taxpayer. Those people are servants of the people and work for me and us.  So I ban it. I demand an end to this disgraceful and immoral waste of my taxpayer cash, and the ripping off of taxpayers. You should too. I know you understand the parliamentary system of democracies, even without a fancy elitist conference.

I’ll bet neither Speaker Reid nor assistant deputy Speaker Chouhan learned how to speak the phrase “complete government bullcrap” in Zulu  —  or in any other language, including English. I, at least, did some semi-useful work: the translation from “complete government manure” to Zulu is “kuqediwe kahulumeni umquba,” according to a translator. My report would thus be more worthwhile reading.



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When government deems a park as sacred and organizes a “pilgrimage?” Tweet Poo!

Total confusion!

The upcoming “Earth Day” (barf) promises lots of pure, natural, “organic,” un-man-made, Earthy stuff to do. If, that is, as a normal person, you can ignore the left-wing aura that envelopes the obviously politically tainted “Earth Day.”

For example, you could do like the Muslims do when they embark on their sacred pilgrimage, wherein they make a religious journey to Mecca. Only make it a park instead.


That’s sort of the suggestion from a city government through their Twitter account.

This, from a town like practically every PC town these days, that doesn’t even dare celebrate Christmas as a religious day, for fear of upsetting the tender sensibilities of the secular progressive set and their mystical Gaea(300px) “church and state” mythology.

Jesus Christ? Taboo. Gaea, the Goddess of Earth, that’s totes cool. Organizing a “pilgrimage” to a park on “Earth Day?” High fives.

But wait there’s more confusion! What is with the need for all that man-made music during this Earthy nature walk through, you know, natural organic Earth, and what-not? Earth isn’t good enough on its own? Birds tweeting and beavers munching and insects buzzing and wind blowing through trees and all that Earthly music isn’t sufficient? You have to “fill” the joint with man-made music and drown out all that Earthly beauty? Well. You’re weird.


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Just what kind of “environmental justice” is raw sewage being dumped by our huge nanny-state government?

Hey producers at, oh, for example, CTV News!  I have this story of “environmental crime” that I want to pitch to you. A pipeline spilled 3,000 barrels into some of the most pristine waters and the beaches off of the iconic Stanley Park in Vancouver!  Go crazy!

Today I happened to stumble onto a tiny article at one of your competitors, Global TV, about the Metro Vancouver government pleading guilty to charges that they negligently allowed a raw sewage spill from a government-owned sewage pipeline to occur. Onto pristine beaches. Just off of iconic Stanley Park  —  one of the most beautiful places anywhere. Around 3,000 barrels of raw sewage! The guvment! Holy shnikies eh?

Oh what? You aren’t that interested really? Huh. Weird.


Katharine Hamnett of the Environmental Justice Foundation

Katharine Hamnett of the Environmental Justice Foundation wants you to save the future. See? It says so right on her shirt.

OK! I’ll start! If it were an oil pipeline owned by an energy company, and it spilled 3,000 barrels of Texas Tea, you can be sure the enviros would call this an “environmental crime” and deploy several of their left-wing “[fill-in-the-blank]-justice” bromides like “environmental justice now!”  White_House_enviro-justice-2014-03-13_102306The you’ve got to be kidding party would be all over it, with leader Tom Mulcair even more spitting mad than usual, and Olivia Chow decrying industry as a general matter, in favor of state-controlled windmills and copious regulations against, well, everyone.

All of the non-Sun News media would carry their water too, tweeting and retweeting the “BREAKING” news (“breaking” for at least a whole day), bespeaking the horrors of the pipeline. They would go ape-shit raw-sewage and report the raw sewage out of it  —  almost always with a jaundiced eye meant to project their anti-oil, anti-pipeline, anti-any private industry agenda. And as if I had to tell you, the state-owned CBC would do a plaintive six-part series about the “crime” on their “The Passionate Eye.”

Katydid Scudderia cricket.

Katydid Scudderia cricket.

But it wasn’t an energy company’s oil pipeline. It was a government pipeline, carrying raw sewage. So we hear crickets. Or at least we would hear crickets if all the endangered (well let’s just call them endangered) Katydid Scudderia weren’t killed-off by the government’s raw sewage spill, am I right fellow occupiers?! Hey someone whistle that “Hinterland Who’s Who” tune! Can they do one of their infamous 60-second vignettes, this time about all the crickets?

As it was, the state-owned CBC division did sheepishly report it online, shockingly enough, but only in one of their outlier sections  —  the local enviro-justice-4BC section  —  of their massive oil-watch site. You’d be hard-pressed to find out anything in the rest of the mainstream media. Do a Google search for “metro Vancouver pleads guilty sewage.”  I found two or three tiny articles in all the mainstream media. Search CTV: Nothing. Globe & Mail  —  even their BC section: nothing. National Post? Nothing. Vancouver Sun or Province?  Nothing in the two main Vancouver newspapers! Remember, we’re still playing “CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE THE OUTRAGE IF…”

A national news organization’s local, provincial Twitter account, @GlobalBC gently tweeted it out, once, this morning. So nice of them to maintain their composure in this one instance, and effectively whitewash a story of disgraceful government ineptitude, huh? They’re very cooperative and accommodating to the nanny-state.

twitter_73x73_CBCalerts_biggerCBC’s local provincial @CBCnewsBC Twitter account likewise carried it, utterly nonplussed. It wasn’t re-tweeted 80 times by their national account  —  in fact not even once this time  —  nor at their urgent red-alert @CBCalerts account, even once. They did tweet this urgent red-alert news alert this morning about an urgent story from, uh, 2009, though:

So the media and the Left at large is hypocritical and full of raw sewage. That’s not new. But here’s the penultimate conclusion to the story: this additional turd was uncritically reported in one of the two articles: “The district has agreed to pay $5,000 in fines and contribute $100,000 to an environmental damages fund.”

You enviro-conscious nanny-staters can borrow this pic!

You enviro-conscious nanny-staters can borrow this pic!

Well how agreeable of them. Good sports, huh? The government has agreed to pay a fine, with my tax dollars, to another level of government, Environment Canada, as a penalty for doing exactly the opposite of what I already paid them to do, with my tax dollars. Very generous of them. Now my tax dollars can help all Canadians pay their fines when their governments screw-up and commit what the left call “environmental crimes” when the private sector commits them.

Furthermore, do any kind of research on this, and you’ll find the government has been in breech of the government’s vast sewage treatment regulations for years and years, and have not yet been fined for that. (Here’s a 2006 article. Here’s a 2008 article.)  The government has allegedly been dumping toxic waster  —  and raw sewage  —  into our rivers and oceans. They’ve failed federal inspections countless times. Hey Chow! Maybe get Obama on the horn to get help stopping the pipelines!

What kind of funky “justice” is this? Bullraw sewage justice. And both the nanny-state government and its trusty media both stink of it.


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BC nanny-state may allow citizens to do grownup things soon.

I’ll believe it when I see it, but the progressive-left liberal BC Liberal government is setting the stage for allowing citizens to buy consumer products like liquor in regular stores, almost like the free world grownups down south and to our east in Alberta do.


The question asked was: “Do you think retailers such as Costco should be able to sell alcohol in their B.C. stores?”

The progressive BC Liberals aren’t making this move on account of any political principle of theirs. Certainly not. BC still has a monopoly state-owned car insurance politburo, a mammoth lottery businesses, and of course welcomes state-owned and state-run heath care. And much more. Even the liquor monopoly will continue to be state-run, including keeping their state-owned, state-run, public-sector union-staffed retail stores to compete against taxpayers, and including maintaining all the buying decisions, such as what citizens will only be allowed to consume. You know, like in North Korea.

They’re simply reacting (if a half century late) to an increasingly pissed-off public which is demanding this; and possibly trying to avoid being mocked and laughed at by the rest if the civilized world, as if BC were in fact the sort of backward, Soviet-style, nanny-state, and rather authoritarian regime, which its progressive government does sometimes seem to be trying to replicate, at least in certain areas of consumer life and business life.

What caught my eye today was a story in the privately-owned Global News’ web site which the (federal) state-owned CBC competes against. The story has to do with Costco, along with 7-11, and Real Canadian Superstore, wanting to sell booze in competition with the provincial state-owned Soviet-style BC liquor stores. The massive government public service unions are naturally against it, since they enjoy the idea of state-owned, state-run liquor stores  —  or anything that involves huge, enormous, growing government intrusion into our lives, all staffed with big union’s workers.

The attached Global poll indicates a slight majority (snark) of normal people who still remember what freedom is, still exist in BC, despite the socialists, liberals, public-sector unionists, and whatever other progressives still wield power in BC. By a margin of ten to one, most people favor allowing Costco to sell alcohol in BC stores.

You’d think this sort of thing were a wake-up call to progressives. It isn’t. It’s a call to action.


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Irony: the Province newspaper misleads readers on senate scandal with fake photo

The irony of this terrible reporting obviously flies right over their heads, at the Postmedia-owned Province newspaper in Vancouver.

Even while reporting about the senate scandal, in which we normal citizens and all responsible media lament the fact that nobody knows who to believe (Harper or Duffy…), on account of there being so many underhanded shenanigans, the Province doubles-down and commits what some might call a worse perfidy and its own underhanded shenanigans. The Province Misleads on Purpose

Look at the picture the Province searched for and then chose to attach to their story on the senate scandal today. It is obviously an official-looking police “evidence bag,” full of cash.

Trouble is, that “evidence bag” of money has utterly nothing to do with the senate story. It even has utterly nothing to do with the many ginned-up fantasy versions of the story. There simply is no “evidence bag” full of cash in this case. No cash was even alleged to have been passed, and what money was passed is not alleged to be illegal.

You’ve been duped. The photo is a fake, of sorts. It’s actually misappropriated  —  a word which speaks perfectly to the delicious irony, which I’ll expand on in a bit.

So what’s up here? Is the Province mendaciously advancing a political message to its readers?  An anti-Conservative narrative? An underhanded meme, of sorts?

Ya think?

The Province, in an exercise of slimy, deceitful innuendo, put that photo there to make a quick visual insinuation of criminal activity. They presented for its readers visual “evidence” of such. They did it to tendentiously stink the story up with the illusions of mafia-like bags of cash being passed between Conservatives.

It’s a lie.

Hang on  —  maybe it was just an innocent, albeit ignorant blunder of mammoth proportions insofar as journalistic standards are concerned.

Yeah…no, it was just on purpose. And that, believe it or not, is worse.

The purpose is to lead some readers   —  as many as possible (they even tweeted about it to get more attention)  —  to think even more negatively than they already might about the story, and about the Harper Conservatives. The bar is already set low, to be sure, so it takes quite the limbo. But low-information readers, who became that way thanks largely to deceptive media stories like this one, will surely take that bait and run –err vote– with it.  With ginned-up stories like this, lots of other voters will switch their vote to the media-supported NDP, or to their Liberal Party division, next time around. The media knows that after seeing evidence bags of cash connected to the Liberal Party’s sponsorship scandal, voters did switch their votes to the Conservatives. The media has never forgiven themselves. So here, since none exist, they simply created a fake “evidence bag” of cash. Lots of neat anti-conservative water-cooler banter will ensue.  And there will be high-fives among reporters and editors.

The Province Misleads on PurposeHere’s how the Province misappropriated that “evidence bag” of cash. And how the Province knows darn well it did. Postmedia used that photo  —  correctly  —  before.

The Montreal Gazette (also Postmedia-owned) had that exact same evidence bag of money photo attached to a story a little more than a year ago (October 22, 2012) — a completely different story.

In that story, that same photo (as seen again at left) is the correct photo  —  it’s the actual RCMP evidence bag full of cash, which the police secured in their criminal investigation of the infamous mafia-linked construction industry corruption in Montreal  —  a real, truly criminal corruption story, which included that real evidence bag of cash.

The caption under that photo reads:

A bag containing $123,000 returned by ex-city engineer Gilles Surprenant, on display at the Charbonneau Commission.

Photograph by: HO , THE CANADIAN PRESS

The caption under the Province story’s photo?


So the Province knew the photo was unrelated to their senate story. But they chose to attach that same photo depicting actual evidence and that photo’s deep, nefarious, criminal implications, on the completely unrelated senate story.

I’m not sure how Canadian Press will feel about their photo being used that way, but I’d personally be pissed if the the news media were wrongly using my photos like that, implicating me in their devious deception of readers. Oh who am I kidding? Postmedia is one of the owners of CANADIAN PRESS. But don’t worry  —  there is no corruption there.

Irony abounds. But that’s not what’s important. It’s far more important to set the media narrative right. I’ve done my best. Before writing this, I called them out with a couple of tweets including this:

I got no reply from them. They don’t care because despite their egregious deceit, I was the only one complaining. That’s some more bitter irony for me.


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Liberal Media “Arts” Reporter Should “Shut Up And…”, well, just shut up.

Reading any of the mainstream liberal-left progressive newspapers, the one thing that will strike you aside from their liberal-left advocacy and bigotry against the conservative or traditional right, is that they will bend over backward, do multiple back-flips, leapfrog over logic and common sense, do multiple re-writes, strain credulity, and even make a total mockery themselves if need be, just to appear “politically-correct.”

Political-correctness is at the heart of liberalism.  And watching this phony little P-C exercise being repeated over and over is one of the funnest things about being a conservative. It’s literally funny how stalwart liberals avoid offending… certain people.

Stuart DerdyneAgain, that’s certain people. That obsessive P-C idiocy gets tossed out the window when the liberals are discussing folks who might be Republican, or conservative, or support their troops, or who are, say, US Patriots who demand less government intrusions into their lives, and lower taxes, and an adherence to the constitution. Then they go to the extreme opposite: they turn into intolerant louts, and all semblance of political-correctness flies out the window.

An actual mainstream newspaper review of the Dixie Chicks concert yesterday:

“Natalie Maines dissing Dubya permanently divorced Dixie Chicks from its cracker and Tea Party crowd. But the Dallas trio apparently didn’t offend anyone in B.C.”

It’s like they have no editors there. The Sunday review was in the Postmedia-owned Province newspaper, by the apparently very low-information and suddenly (though right on cue) intolerant and politically-incorrect staffer, Stuart Derdeyn. 

Where do I begin?

1. First of all, this is one example of how we know the liberal media is in fact liberal.  We know there are editors there, and an editor gave this article their thumbs-up. No bending over backward, no leapfrogging common sense, etc., in this case.

2. Secondly, I do appreciate the fact that this is only a concert review by an “arts” reporter, and not a political statement. Oh hang on, it was a political statement. It was both.

3. “Cracker” is an anti-white racist term used by, well, the word I’m going to use here is assholes. Mostly by hate-filled black people, much like the “n-word” is used by racist whites who are also dumb-asses. But also by smug jerks who think they’re hip, or are trying way too hard to appear hip, to people who are so shallow that this kind of BS would appeal to them. In this case I don’t even know what it means. Is Derdeyn suggesting that white folks stopped liking the Dixie Chicks, and that just black folks liked them after “dissing Dubya?” That’s just patently stupid.

But look  —  the Province sure didn’t bend over backward in valiant pursuit of their usual P-C-ness, in this instance, did they? I guess The Province will describe black people as “n-words” now.

4. “Dubya” is usually used in the media by hack liberals who have a hate-on for George W. Bush. The Canadian example is where trolls use “Stevie” instead of “prime minister Harper” or “Stephen Harper.” For several examples, look at comments. Sure, it’s a contextual thing. In this instance by Derdeyn, it is to be read as derogatory.

5. This part is really fantastic: in his effort to be hip again, and evoke more of that anti-conservative intolerance he seems to think is so cool amongst his liberal-left conservative-intolerant friends, he brings up “The Tea Party crowd,” and just as with his use of “Dubya,” it is used in the pejorative.

But wait: “The Tea Party” did not exist while “Dubya” was in office back in 2003, when the Dixie Chicks started making complete fools of themselves with their in-concert, anti-Iraq-war line “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas,” and falling out of favor amongst most of America. The tea party movement (and BTW, there is no capital T and capital P “Tea Party” since it isn’t a party but rather a loose affiliation of millions of grassroots Americans) started only after Barack Obama was elected. The “Tea Party” had utterly nothing to do with the Iraq war, which was the object of the Dixie Chicks asininity. Nothing. At all. Zip. The two events did not occur at the same time. They were years apart. And “The Tea Party” today has virtually nothing to say about the Iraq war except that probably most of them would be against it today. And they are certainly no great fans of “Dubya” and his profligate ways.

6. We’re almost done with our review of the idiocy. The Dixie Chicks weren’t done-in because they were (in England, mind you) “dissing Dubya,” the fact is, they were in effect “dissing” millions of people, including soldiers and spouses and families of soldiers getting ready to go to war in Iraq, and the were effectively “dissing” millions of Americans who supported the war for good reason, at the time. George W. Bush had an unheard of 70% approval rating at the time.

7. And finally, Derdeyn claims the Chicks “didn’t offend anyone in BC” with their idiocy?  Not anyone?  Well that’s some sound science right there. They offended me and other sensible people. I guess “everyone” in the audience thought the concert was fantastic too. Everyone  —  you know, because Derdeyn liked it, and he saw some people clapping and cheering and everything.

The take-away problem here (and another one of the things that we conservatives laugh at liberals about) is how liberals think everyone in the room agrees with them. It’s hideously funny.

Let me assure you I cannot even begin to summon the crap to give about the Dixie Chicks. It’s obviously the drip-by-drip left-wing and anti-conservative advocacy by everyone including even arts reviewers like Stuart Derdeyn, and the abject hypocrisy, and the hideous inconsistency in journalistic standards and practices, that turns me off all of them  —  the Dixie Chicks and their like-minded fools in the liberal media.

Just as the Dixie Chicks should “shut up and sing,” as many in the crowd shouted at them when the Dixie Chickss’ Natalie Maines smugly shouted out her politics at a concert in England, Derdeyn should shut up and, well, just go to pop concerts. Everyone in BC would benefit.


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Ford: taxpayers being played is job one?

Even as I write this post (Thursday afternoon) about a couple of different examples of the failures of corporate welfare and crony capitalism that came across my desk, Sun News Network is broadcasting a report about… the failures of corporate welfare and crony capitalism.

It seems we need a team approach to keeping up with all the idiocy from progressives.

Corporate welfare and cronyism

Canada is awash in corporate welfare and crony capitalism. It takes team work for conservatives to keep track of it all. Hilariously, even the state-owned, taxpayer-funded, socialism-reliant CBC reports on it.

For Sun News it’s about Blackberry  — that great Canadian success (?) story, which has become, err, overripe.

But not before the socialist Nova Scotia government had texted $10 MILLION of taxpayer cash to them in early February of this year, on the proviso Blackberry promise to keep 400 jobs there.

How good was that bet? Today the rotting Blackberry is rumored to be poised to slash 40% of its berries workforce.

I’d love to play high-stakes poker with the genius progressive “investors” in the Nova Scotia government.

But hey Joel, how did Blackberry wind up in Nova Scotia anyway?! Well that’s easy, reader! More o’ that corporate welfare and crony capitalism, of course! Here’s a quote from a CTV article about that:

…The company was lured to Nova Scotia in November 2005 by millions of dollars in payroll rebates and grants. At the time, the province offered $19 million in subsidies, including $14 million in payroll rebates and $5 million for training and recruitment. …

Turns out they only got $8 MILLION of taxpayer’s cash that time, since they only created 540 jobs instead of the 1240 jobs they’d all estimated, in their prescient wisdom,  would be created. And now how much have they gotten in total? Who knows. Anyway, it’s only your money. Or as the genius Hillary Clinton says, “What difference, at this point, does it make?!”

North Korean version of CBC state media

Wonder if all the Canadian corporate welfare and crony capitalism is being jealously reported in North Korean state media!

The only good part of that CTV story and my quoting of that article is that it wasn’t from the state-owned, taxpayer-funded, socialism-reliant CBC, because then something would be sure to explode on account of all the socialism. Oh darn the luck, here’s the CBC’s version. Hey I wonder if it’s being reported in the North Korean state media too!

But this blog post was started as a rant about an article I read yesterday, wherein BC’s Liberal Party finance minister Mike de Jong was lamenting over his notion that Hollywood is “playing” Canada  —  province against province  —  for tax breaks, etc.

Gee, ya think?

In the article I read about that, he’s on about all the ridiculous tax credits and breaks and write-offs and sundry other fascistic corporate welfare and cronyism taking place in Canada, in this case just to buy more movie business (with taxpayers’ money). Well actually, alas, “ridiculous” and “fascistic corporate welfare and cronyism” are my words alone. Not his. And this is unfortunate.

As he says here in this article, he’s totally cool with the concept of corporate cronyism and corporate welfare as a general matter. Check the last paragraph (my bolding).

BC’s Finance Minister says Canada’s being “played” by Hollywood

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980
Marcella Bernardo
September 18, 2013 08:09 pm

Saying he still believes Canada is being ‘played’ by Hollywood, BC’s Finance Minister says he’s not ready to keep giving film producers big tax breaks in order to compete with better offers from other provinces.

Mike de Jong was speaking at a cabinet panel on jobs and the economy at this week’s Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver.

“I think we’re being played in Canada. Candidly, we’re being played one province against another, and the time has come to get smart, sit down as provinces and say, here’s what we agree to do in Canada.”

George_ClooneyDe Jong says it’s great to have huge stars like George Clooney making movies in BC, but he doesn’t think the film industry deserves more subsidies than other industries providing good-paying jobs.

So he’s A-OK with (what I alone call) crony capitalism and the corporate welfare  —  he just wants to level the playing field?

As they say in Hollywood, or even in that very-expensive-to-taxpayers Hollywood North, “That’s a wrap, de Jong.”  Or as they say at the CBC, “more cash please!”

The epitome of being “played” (aside from Obama being played by the Russians and Putin and Assad on Syria; oh and how we’re being played by our liberal-left agenda-ridden news media), is the example of GM and Chrysler and their unions, when they played Obama and his administration, and Harper and McGuinty, and all the taxpayers of the U.S. and Canada, and you bailed them out… just before you tried to bail your own selves out without any help.

Ford Escape

Apparently I will have to “go Galt” using my Ford Escape. It will be ironic.

I was impressed that Ford never got any of that state bailout money  —  in fact I was impressed enough that my wife and I made a point of buying a Ford Escape to replace a car whose time was up at that time. (First of all, we made sure it was not made by the militantly anti-conservative, and possibly Marxist CAW union  —  which it wasn’t).

But now the state  —  in fact two levels of government: the Ontario government and the federal government, is being played again. And whadoyaknow, it’s Ford this time! Have you driven a government lately? Ford has!

I’m now thinking of going Galt.

Feds, Ontario give $142.5M to Ford Motor Company

11:22 am,September 19th, 2013

OAKVILLE, ON – The federal and Ontario governments are pumping up to $142.5 million into the Ford Motor Company to upgrade its Oakville assembly plant.

The investment comes just days after RBC warned the province could be losing ground to the southern US and Mexico in auto manufacturing.

The Ontario government has offered a grant of up to $70.9 million, while the federal government has committed $71.6 million.

The project, which will update the plant’s manufacturing facility, comes with a total sticker price of about $700 million and will “secure” more than 2,800 jobs, the provincial government said.

Calling CAA is a waste of time on this matter. Maybe the CTF? Or does the tea party government_car_smallmovement have a service? Sign me up of they do.

What a crock. From the far-left Liberals of Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne I understand this kind of crony capitalism and corporate welfare and liberal fascism; but I still get choked when it’s from the so-called Conservatives we elected in Ottawa just to end this kind of progressive crap. Sadly I’ve become accustomed to this kid of insanity even from them.

All of this is all about political progressives.

I’m a conservative: I would take all the tax breaks, subsidies, grants, and any other government corporate welfare, and run them over with my SUV. I would stop crashing the free market. And stop engineering a false economy and fake business climate.  Government has no business being in business  —  or being in the business of betting our taxpayer cash on winners and losers.

We the taxpayers are the ones being played. As total suckers.



Just now, Obama is making a campaign speech (yeah, I know he’s not running, but that’s what he’s best at), at none other than the FORD plant in Missouri, at exactly the place where our Escape was built, and he actually mentioned that he bought an Escape. I will now have to sell our Escape, for it is tainted.



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In BC: Bikers join Washington DC 9/11 Bikers Honoring 9/11 heroes

I’ve been watching the 9/11 memorials all over the U.S. today. Very moving.

But I got a kick out of the item called ‘2 Million Bikers’ turnout blows away ‘handful’ at ‘Million Muslim’ gathering in DC [pics, video].  

Twitchy featured the tweeters’ pictures of the massive bike-in, along with a couple taken at the so-called (poorly named) “Million Muslim March,” which was also held today, of all days.  Turns out it was more like the “Four Muslim March.”  And yeah, go ahead and join me in laughing at these people. million-muslim-march--not I do not feel sorry for those people and their hideously poor turnout.  I choose instead to reserve my sorrow for the thousands of family and friends left behind after thousands of innocent Americans were murdered by Islamist terrorists. Call me crazy.

I supposed many Muslims felt hindered by the obvious inappropriateness of that march, on this of all days, and chose to stay at home.

Here in my own neck of the woods, we had our own biker ride-in! Nobody was hindered here. No reason to feel hindered. Hundreds showed up!

9-11-bikers-bcSadly, the newspaper made a typo in a caption of one of the photos:



Another 9/11 item: I loved this stunning YouTube video of the construction of the new World Trade tower.


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Socialism update: NDP-affiliated union demands state-owned cell-phone “company”

Socialists, liberals, and other progressives are sure to love the latest demand from one of the far-left, socialist labor unions in Canada.  The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) is calling on the Harper government to establish another “crown corporation”  —  yet another expansion of the government  —  to compete against the existing privately-owned, normal, free-country-type companies.

I found this quote today not at, but at the union’s web site, CEP.CA:

“If the government is intent on providing consumers with a fourth major carrier in each market it should acquire one of the struggling small telcos … and establish ‘Canada Wireless’ as a Crown Corporation,” says [union boss] Coles.

The socialist labor union is demanding that the state pull a Hugo Chavez and “acquire,” to use their word, one or more of the existing cell-phone companies, and start a new state-owned competitor. To compete against Canadian citizens.

Presumably by “acquire” they mean that government would democratically and in free-market-style “buy-out,” using taxpayer cash (hey why isn’t the source of the funds spelled-out? Weird!), one of the current competitors, rather than simply usurp one.

And this delightful plan is designed so that the state  — the government  —  can compete in yet another area of Canadian commerce and life, against its own citizens.

Personally, I like the free people, free country, free market model, and capitalism, the best. So I’m against socialism and left-wing fascism like this.

Oh did I mention that today, the state-owned BC Hydro’s “subsidiary” Powerex (pretty corporate-sounding, huh?!) is agreeing to pay the state of California 3/4 of a BILLION taxpayer dollars to cover for Powerex’s massive foul-up back a few years ago? But I digress. Oh hang on  —  before I stop digressing, read the story on the massively in-debt, state-owned BC Hydro, especially the part where one of the bosses says today that as a result of this idiocy, “There will be no impact on the taxpayer,” right after he said, “I know there will be some folks over the next few days who say, well, if (Powerex) didn’t do anything wrong they should just fight it out in the U.S. court system. That is a huge risk to the taxpayers of British Columbia.” anyway. Hey that part of my headline where I say “NDP-affiliated union…”? Much like my article earlier this week about my jaunt over to, in which I pointed out that has a direct link to the NDP which is featured as a permanent tab in their header, the CEP features their NDP affiliation in their web site too, as a part of their “Policies” section. I mean it’s actually a “policy” of the union to back the NDP.

Lest there be any confusion, here’s the CEP’s official policy:

The CEP supports the New Democratic Party and will participate fully in all election and other CEP_NDP-affiliation-2013-08-16_125609-highlightedactivities of the NDP. To that end, the National Executive Board:
1. Urges all CEP Locals to affiliate directly to provincial sections of the NDP to the extent permitted by provincial electoral laws;
2. Authorizes the President to arrange for material to be sent to unaffiliated Locals explaining the process and benefits of affiliation;
3. Encourages all CEP Officers, members and National Representatives at all levels of the Union to become individual members of the NDP;
4. Directs the Secretary-Treasurer to establish a check off system for NDP membership dues (and remit to the Party monthly a cheque for the total amount deducted) for all Officers and staff who make the request;
5. Will annually budget an amount deemed appropriate, depending upon special activities, elections and Union finances, for political action within the framework of electoral laws.

Cool. A “check-off system” for NDP membership dues. What’s that for  — to see who’s been naughty and who’s been a good little proletariat? Well then. That all sounds perfectly fascist.

You’d think the media would anxiously point out all this socialism/union/government/politics/crony-capitalism/fascism crap, and call them out on it. But no. It’s all cool to them. Especially to the unionized reporters at the state-owned, taxpayer-funded CBC!

Possibly the CEP could create another “check-off system” and instead of engaging in left-wing political and government activism, encourage members to pool their money together and start their own cell-phone company, and compete, like normal free people do in a normal capitalist county.

Better yet, get them to start a TV news channel, and “compete” against the state-owned, taxpayer-funded CBC. You know, risk their own damn money in a system totally stacked against them. We’ll sit here and watch that hilarity unfold.


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Example of typical liberal media “news” report: “It’s even more bad news!!”

In today’s news across Canada, we find that there are sensible Canadians responding to the left-wing progressive-advocating media’s advocacy  —  in the papers’ own comments sections! It’s what makes Wednesdays tolerable for me. Well that and Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller’s segment on Fox News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor.

(My two examples of sanity will be separated into two blog entries, because I made a promise to myself to try to limit the word-count in my blog entries to something less than Biblical proportions. So here’s the other one.)

This is what makes the internet so pernicious to the Left. I can only imagine how annoying left-wing media must find this. I mean the Left, what with their mobs and their hysterically hypocritical betrayals of their supposed liberal-left “inclusiveness” and “tolerance” and their grand allusions to their “intelligence,” can and do shout down or physically block perfectly normal, good conservatives or “right-wingers” at events in confined communities, as they did Ann Coulter and Dick Cheney and others when they have visited Canada (and then not report any of it, at least not fairly).

But preventing sensible voices from presenting their good, common sense and not-at-all socialist values on the internet can be tricky for a supposedly fair and balanced and objective news organization. I mean stuff leaks out all over the place against their will, in places like blogs, and Twitter, and Facebook, and on TV like Sun News Network in Canada, Fox News Channel, and on Rush Limbaugh’s fantastic radio show (9 AM-noon PT). So they’re forced to allow open reader comments just to maintain their pretense of openness, and to keep up with the Joneses (or the Wall Street Journals), to increase business (damn that capitalism! Why can’t we all be like the state-owned CBC?!).

No fair! People wreck their whole narrative sometimes. Media-driven narratives are expensive, and Joe Blow being allowed to contradict them just willy-nilly can spell doom for them. We see this all over the liberal news media industrial complex (snarf!), wherein the jig is up, and the power of the liberal media over the electorate is failing. They have failed in doing their jobs, and so many of them are going out of business. Just to end any confusion: this is a good thing.

The "man-made global warming"-advocating photo of ubiquitous BS accompanies their "news report."

The “man-made global warming”-advocating photo of ubiquitous BS accompanies the Vancouver Sun’s “news report.” The picture’s caption reads, “Climate change has sparked fears about the survival of the polar bear, seen in Churchill, Man., in this file photo.”

So for my part in this destruction, here is a good example of narrative-busting. This is for those of you interested in helping regain control of the proper, fact-based narrative, and actually building our nation again instead of allowing it to sink deeper into the progressive morass.

First of all, let me set this up for folks in not-Vancouver: The Vancouver Sun’s coverage of the daily news, like most or all of the Canadian media’s, seems to start with the premise: “Let’s see what we can present today to advance political progressivism and socialism as a general matter.”

Then they carefully allow a tiny bit of space for just a couple of non-progressive voices and non-full-on socialists, to pretend they’re actually not progressives or full-on socialists, but really just fair-minded and ever so objective and balanced and so earnest and full of common sense. It’s sort of like they do on the Jon Stewart show, only it’s even less funny.

Oh hang on —  this article is in fact funnier than most Jon Stewart “news” items. Get a load of this tendentious, leading headline, which also serves as an indication that the Vancouver Sun thinks their readers are idiots:

Results signal more bad news for the planet

By William Marsden, Postmedia News August 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — The year 2012 signalled more bad news for the state of the Earth’s climate as global land and ocean temperatures continued to rise, accelerating the decline of Arctic summer sea ice, the melting of ice sheets and glaciers, and the raising of sea levels, according to a peer-reviewed scientific report…

…Karl said that over the past 50 years average global temperatures have been increasing consistently at a rate of about 1.5 C per decade…

Here’s a reader’s response:

So many errors in the first paragraph. Temperatures didn’t ‘continue’ to rise because they have indeed stagnated for 16-17 years. And don’t blame the El Nino in 1998 [which they did  —  see below.  — ed] because the IPCC’s models accounted for it, and still failed miserably. The decline of Arctic ice isn’t accelerating – it’s at its greatest extent since 2006, according to Denmark’s Center for Ocean and ICe ( Sea level has been increasing at the same pace since the end of the Little Ice Age centuries ago, paused for a few years recently, and upticked again in line with previous trend.

This one is especially laughable: “Karl said that over the past 50 years average global temperatures have been increasing consistently at a rate of about 1.5 C per decade.”

Really? A 7.5 degree C increase in five decades! Amazing. You should headline with this.

The Sun’s coverage of this issue is truly horrible.

Yes it is, sane Canadian. Yes it is. And you just cost them a zillion dollars in lost, failed, narrative-building. Drinks are on me.

On the Left’s “climate change” meme itself, I always love how progressive, left-wing media like the Vancouver Sun purposely misstate or confuse or obfuscate the facts to suit their worldview, and not just with regard to the stats or the science in general. For example, this “skeptics of climate change” line they always churn out, as used in this paragraph:

“Skeptics of climate change often point out that since a record high global temperature was reached in 1998, temperatures at first decreased, then did not rise as quickly over the next 15 years despite increased greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists note that in 1998 there was a fairly intensive warming from the natural El Nino cycle, followed by a natural La Nina cooling cycle.

For one thing, they present this contra position for the sole purpose of refuting it. But moreover, calling people who aren’t buying their crap “skeptics of climate change” is sort of like calling pro-life people “anti-choice,” or calling them “foes of women’s ‘reproductive health choices'” or “enemies of ‘reproductive rights’,” or accusing them of engaging in a “war on women.” And it’s like branding people who think traditional marriage was just fine the way it was, as “homophobes.” And as we know, if you don’t dig Barack Obama, it’s because you’re a “racist.”

See, there are “skeptics of climate change,” and that includes plenty of scientists, and then there are also skeptics of the larger left-wing meme, which if you remember correctly, the Left started out calling “man-made global warming.” And there are people  —  including thousands of scientists, who are simply “skeptical” that global warming is in fact “mad-made”  —  at least to any great extent. It’s a moving scale  — there exists no simple line of demarcation between “believers” and “non-believers.” (This is what elitist liberal-left “thinkers” used to call the smart-set’s far more advanced “nuanced thinking,” which, you see, conservatives could never grasp, on account of their being “idiots” and “Neanderthals,” which was their way of showing their great respect for “celebrating the differences” and their love of engaging in “a conversation.”)

We who are among that latter group of “skeptics” note that the climate change alarmists like the Vancouver Sun and its “reporters” on the subject, actually changed the terminology they started with, from “mad-made global warming,” to “climate change,” ever since it became obvious that the science behind their BS theory wasn’t behaving properly, and the “man-made global warming” “scientists” were actually advocating a scam; and when the curtain was pulled back, they were revealed in little-reported news to be scarcely more than socialist political scientists, like the multi-gazzillionaire jet-setting Al Gore and his li’l Canadian sidekick David Suzuki.

But enough of that tangent. The job has been done wrecking that idiotic narrative. I also want to edify you with this bit of sanity from another Joe Blow reader, from another source. This one is written-up in the Globe & Mail, which is no different really  —  they’re both progressive-advocating liberal media sources. At least this headline isn’t as insulting to its readers (although I’m quite sure if they sided with IKEA with regard to its offer to its unionized employees, like they side with the “man-made global warming” “scientists,” they’d have left out the “company says” part, thereby instructing us as to their version of “facts,” just as the Vancouver Sun tried to do):  “Rejected IKEA offer spoke to inefficiencies, company says”.

Sure, the “company says” that. But it’s also irrefutably true! So why include that, as if to imply it’s debatable?

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Employer: Workers, please strive to go from bad to average. Workers: No way!

This tangent is a sequel to my blog entry just posted, which speaks to the power of the people in wrecking the narrative advanced by the liberal-left and/or their mainstream media division. I am rejoicing today in how these good citizens (a word so good, by the way, that it has been banned by the left-wing progressive nitwits in Seattle, Washington) have become more and more adept at blasting holes in the liberals’ memes, and that of their media. The fun part is that they’re using the mainstream media’s own web space to do it. Which is why I love the internet.

But it gets even more fun. The article is about how a union is battling against one of the icons of European-style socialism, IKEA. It is unwittingly mocking, in practical terms, how both of them are failing  — at least failing to make sense.

This news article comes with a handy bonus fold-out dumbspakenbild. It reveals some of the bizarre, almost embarrassing thinking of today’s labor unions. I may be a nincompoop, but I bet lots of IKEA’s union members would shed their union membership and join the ranks of real-world, performance-based normality; and they can see the success easily available to citizens (ok Seattle-folk  — the people) in the absence of unions. For these people. the simple solution to ending this IKEA strike  —  and the key to higher earnings and a better job  —  is to eliminate the union.

The fun bit is that the union in this case is the union representing IKEA workers. IKEA has always been carefully crafted and packaged and then assembled by the Left as a shining scion of European-style socialism. For its part, the union is, apparently, posing as that infamous, confusing, IKEA assembly instruction sheet, which makes no sense. And then it’s all printed-up in a very progressive-lovin’ media outlet, which usually poses as an instruction sheet for progressive-spokentürd.

 (My highlighting)

Rejected IKEA offer spoke to inefficiencies, company says


VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

Last updated

The offer most recently tabled by IKEA in an ongoing labour dispute with employees at its Richmond, B.C., location addressed the unionized members’ primary contract concern and would have positioned the store for future sustainability, according to the company.

Teamsters Local Union 213 recently rejected the offer – which would have guaranteed employees a 2-per-cent increase annually and up to an additional 6 per cent if the store met annual sales targets – after three days of mediation over a two-week period. The union found the targets to be “unrealistic,” said member Dorothy Tompkins, noting they are significantly higher than the store’s typical sales.

However, the company maintains that a sales target of $30-million more over a six-year agreement is reasonable for the store, which it says has consistently been the lowest-performing in Canada while having the highest staff costs.

IKEA Richmond’s productivity is 30 per cent below Canada’s highest performing store, in part due to the allocation of guaranteed hours and a “lack of efficiencies and flexibility” in the expired collective agreement, said IKEA spokeswoman Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick…

The company is asking the Richmond store to go from being the lowest performing in the country to seventh out of 12, Ms. Lowenborg-Frick said.

No! says the union. We refuse to be encouraged to be barely half-ass instead of staying at the bottom!

It’s almost funny. I say almost because alas, it’s real life and the fact is, this is really just absolutely common union-think. Worse, it’s the sort of “thinking” that prevails in the enormous government or public-sector unions too. For example, teachers’ unions are dead against performance-based job security or salaries, and are therefore against testing and rankings as put out by the venerable Fraser Institute. And therefore, people today can’t read or write. But teachers and their unions are cool with that. At IKEA, they might call this a stupitcrap. But they still sell it anyway.

And here’s where plain old citizens (or people of unidentifiable or unimportant national credentials) come in:


7:28 AM on August 7, 2013

Sounds like ikea is being quite reasonable. All the employees have to do is rise from bottom of the barrel to middle of the pack–and they get an 8% increase (2% + 6% bonus)! If they don’t–they still get 2%. Most of us would love 8% increases for being hopelessly average. And 2% for being worst of the pack? Come on! If that’s not a good enough contract, you deserve to be unemployed because clearly even simple math is beyond you.


12:17 PM on August 7, 2013

Actually 7th out of 12 is still below average and they are the highest paid. They should get nothing unless they pull themselves up to average while being paid the most. Their highest paid workers after 4 years get almost $29 an hour for a retail job.

Cry me a freekin’ river.

IKEA-start_the_car(300px)Or as the IKEA ad says, “Start the car!!” Because the union is getting away with theft.

And now I’ll tangent again, because the liberals can’t stop me! I’ve often advocated that politicians get paid based on how much the average self-employed entrepreneur is making  —  after tax. That’s an odd twist on performance-based pay scales, to be sure. But imagine the benefits to Canadians! Alas, politicians are (perhaps wisely) against that. After all, politicians have kids to send to private schools and medical tests and procedures to get done in the U.S., and they don’t shop at IKEA.

There is no love lost between me and IKEA, which I swore off of back when I discovered quality goods. To be as uncomfortable about IKEA and its sales woes at its Richmond, BC store as an IKEA chair is to sit in, I’ll venture a guess here. If I understand correctly, Richmond was Canada’s first IKEA store which is still standing, opening back in 1976. It has taken this long for the folks of BC’s lower mainland to figure out that a lot of, or even most of, IKEA’s stuff… is junk. Its made out of something just barely thicker and sturdier than cardboard  —  and actually, some of it is cardboard. It’s little more than a temporary Hollywood set stock. And their credo seems to be “make it uncomfortable, workers, for our goal is to make our chairs hard on the ass.”


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