Excited Delirium

Stories about Excited Delirium, the Shock Economy and a little fiction here and there.

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Bombs Don’t Discriminate …

… so why does the Harper Government?

The basic ‘no Muslims allowed’ being sent by the Harper Government when it comes to Syrian refugees is disgusting, inhumane and also very typical on the agenda that this government apparently does not have.

The bombs they drop on Syrians and Iraqis don’t discriminate between women, children and men of all creeds, race and colour.

However, the Harper Government will only allow ‘Christians’ from Syria to enter Canada, further antagonizing a world that is looking for excuses to hate us.

Should that kind of selective racism tolerable to any normal Canadian?

Should this be the image that we want to project to the rest of the world?

‘Only Christians need apply.  To hell with the rest of you because you’re heathens.  And a Merry F*ing Christmas.  Because that’s the only religious holiday that we’ll f*ing-well tolerate in this fascist Christian country.’

Nice message for the time of year, don’t you think?

The REAL Issue With Targeted CRA Audits

There’s no secret now that Stephen Harper is using the CRA to bully and cow environmental and other charity-status organizations that oppose him.

On the surface, the answer to ‘why’ is all too simple:  to defeat any enemy organization that stands in his path, regardless of the cost to Canadian democracy and the right to free speech in Canada.

However, the deeper issue is even more menacing and hard to conceive.  My theory?  The purpose of an audit is not just to keep an organization at bay and to keep them from mounting any plausible defense for the Canadian environment or other issues that Harper loathes (ie. humans living nicely), but to gain access to the people that support the organization.

That’s right.  Harper is using the CRA to build a list.

A massive list of people that he feels must be crushed, else they find a way to evade his dead gaze and people-hating mantra for oil.

This list of people will become the target of every invasion of privacy, be it from the CRA, the RCMP and other security organizations until they finally acquiesce, giving in to the insane pressure from a malevolent and evil government that hates freedom in Canada.

This action WILL put the ultimate choke-hold on the rights of all Canadians, because most will be afraid to donate to this organizations, lest they get added to the list of ‘naughtys’ as well.

So you see, it’s not just the first action that he’s forced the CRA to take against well-wishing Canadians.  It’s the endless harassment and fear that comes with it, pushing us all into a corner and bullying us into submission.

And like a wretched, perverse version of the fun-loving seasonal St Nick, Stephen Harper has you on his ‘naughty’ list, whether you like it or not.

Just ask Dr. Patricia Sutherland who spoke up in a recent CBC interview (and then later fired) how she feels about it.

And when they come knocking on your door because you donated to a bird watchers group or charity that opposes the Tar Sands, what are you going to do about it?

Fantino Fudging Exposes Universal Con Fraud

The Cons play a vicious and manipulative ‘shell game’ when it comes to managing the federal budget.

Back in 2010, Jim Flaherty doled out billions to all departments (along with loads of payouts to friends in corporate circles), creating the largest fiscal imbalance in Canada EVER.

The resulting ‘calamitous’ deficit was then used as an excuse to carve up almost every social program in this country and to assault the financial practices of the provinces, even though many were much better at managing real money than Diamond Jimbo ever was.

What’s important in all of this is that most of the funds allocated with this massive and poorly planned budget free-for-all were put in a giant piggy bank within each federal Ministry.  Everyone had a column that was probably very clearly labeled DO NOT SPEND – and when the next election comes due – 2015 – lickety split, all budgets miraculously balance when Joe Oliver steps up to bat and dips his scoops into the piggy banks of each department.

The recent financial follies of the Ministry of Veteran’s Affairs clearly illustrate this financial fraud and shell-game practice designed to bluff Canadians into thinking their taxpayer dollars are actually being put to good use.

Or that we have deficits to worry about.

The entire thing is manufactured and Canadians have fallen for it, hook, line and sinker mostly because our media companies are accomplices to the crime being played out before us.  They report what they’re told.  If they question, their Con propaganda campaigns get slashed and their financial prospects go into the toilet.

Fantino’s Ministry of Veteran Affairs became the target of questioning, mostly due to the sensitivity associated with their use and abuse of Veterans but also because of the inability to ‘spend the budget within the set time-frame’.  A $200 million program that was supposed to be allocated over three years (a la directions from Jimbo) was instead cancelled and then the story changed again to these funds being allocated over 50 years instead.

50 years.  That’s right.  Apparently, the massive budget deficits were being shell-gamed into a time-frame that’s 10 times the calendar mandate of the current government.

What a crock.

The insult to everyone is compounding on itself as Canadians finally wake up to what a sham government the Harper Government truly is.

Demand recourse.

Oust Stephen Harper and his crooks before they steal and destroy what’s left of Canada.

Should our police forces take a pledge to end bullying?

School boards across Ontario are in the right by trying to address school yard bullying, but what are we doing to reign in bullying with our police forces and federal politicians?

What’s the point of teaching kids to be mature and sensible and to do their best to avoid conflict when our police ‘kettle’ innocent protesters and our Prime Minister is picking fights with several countries?

So, OPP, other police forces, Prime Minister of Canada:  take the pledge.  Promise to negotiate before resorting to expensive taxpayer-funded weapons of mass destruction.  Promise to respect the rights of the Citizens of Canada by respecting their right to peaceful public protest.

Take the Pledge.

CASL Sucks – My Solution to Spam & Mass Marketing Calls

Think about how many times you’ve received calls about the following:

  • Issues with your Microsoft security
  • Duct cleaning
  • Credit card opportunities from your very own card service, CRDNNN uh NRC uh CRC

The CRTC and CASL have been useless when it comes to stopping them.  Asking people in countries outside Canada to never call you again falls on deaf ears. Making complaints to our regulatory bodies is a complete waste of time.

CASL as it turns out was a complete waste for everyone in Canada as it only applied to Canadians and Canadian companies.  It is largely unenforceable on a global scale so is a complete fail on the part of policy makers when it comes to understanding the intricacies of communication on a global scale.

In Canada, the main perpetrator of spam and mass marketing calls are our phone companies and Internet service providers that sell our phone numbers to bulk calling companies, but it may also be something as simple as moderately complex technological and database-driven ‘scraping’ tools that allow fraudsters to collect our personal information.

The latter issue is unenforceable, but any Canadian company should be banned from selling personal or account-related data to third parties without our express permission.  In other words, these practices must be made illegal.

Also, all of these calls come from somewhere, most likely somewhere in Asian-Pacific countries like India, Malaysia and so on.

I would like to say that I’m more enlightened and global in my social circle, but I NEVER make calls to these countries and I do NOT receive ‘normal’ calls from these countries.

With that in mind, there is a rather elegant and simple solution to this massive problem and annoyance:  I should be able to contact my technology or phone company and tell them that I do not want to receive messages from any country other than from a list that I indicate is ‘safe’.

This is a simple, tidy solution that our governments need to force on our media companies and tech providers.  We block content from the US and elsewhere on a regular basis to ‘protect’ our Canadian content (a bullshit issue I can get into another time, but won’t here) or ‘parental blockers’ to protect our kids from porn (even though we don’t seem to need to block them from being brainwashed by security industry funded movies like ‘Ironman’).

Why can’t we block ‘content’ when it’s unwanted?

If we don’t, fraud will escalate in this country on an exponential scale as unsuspecting citizens fall prey to a growing plague of scams.

Elon Musk is My Hero

Story here:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/2846132/spacex-working-on-microsatellites-for-internet-access.html

Elon Musk.  Inventor, venture capitalist, entrepreneur.

My hero.

Elon Musk is a true man of the world:  born to Canadian-English parents in South Africa, he’s now an American resident and occasional cameo expert in Hollywood movies that has brought us the following:

  • Zip2, a competitor to CitySearch
  • X.com and PayPal:  financial gateways that we all use today
  • Tesla Motors, one of the first car companies in North America to truly focus on battery-operated vehicles
  • SolarCity, the largest solar power operator in the US representing a massive effort to bring affordable solar energy to the United States
  • SpaceX, his private space exploration program

After all he’s done, it’s the last activity that’s truly grabbed my attention and has quickly vaulted him to the top of my list of true heroes when the world needs one.

Seriously.

Elon Musk is going to leverage SpaceX to launch a micro-satellite program that will deliver the Internet on a global scale on a “free and unfettered Internet access for the masses”.

The mainstream media seemed to miss this opportunity to sing similar praises, mainly because they’re crapping their pants.  We now have one of the world’s most daring and innovative entrepreneurs about to become one of the world’s biggest and newest media and internet services companies, literally overnight.

Elon Musk is living proof that anything is possible.

War: For Wankers, Bankers and Tankers

I celebrate peace on Remembrance Day.  I do not glorify war.

I respect the lives lost for our benefit and will not expand on this discussion, but for today’s bit about Remembrance Day, I want to remind all of you that I personally feel that War(TM) is brought to us by Wankers, Bankers and Tankers.

In other words, Wankers are those that are incapable of finding a solution other than bombing houses of civilians and bystanders.  They are those that are incapable of negotiation, tact, a sense of decency and respect for the lives of our children.  They want one thing:  endless war.  It may be a war on ‘terrorists’, ISIS or other made up enemies or it may even be a war on the people the brought them to power, with the end of civil liberties and privacy.

Bankers are those that are all too happy to line up and help the Wankers push our countries deep into debt because of their inept abilities as leaders.  They allow greed to trump life when it comes to financing Wankers.  They look at war as an opportunity to enslave governments with endless piles of debt and IOUs.

Tankers are those that mindlessly produce weapons of mass destruction.  For centuries now, this enterprise has been passed to private businesses, many of which are now publicly listed for all of us to profit on as we supply an endless parade of bombs, grenades, planes, tanks and other tools of destruction to allies and enemies alike.

Wankers, Bankers and Tankers keep a tight circle.  They fund each other, ensure Wankers are always in charge and keep the cash flow going.

I would bore you with statistics and charts showing the exponential growth in purchase of weapons, issuance of debt and declarations of war since the beginning of the 20th century, but I think it’s safe to say it’s too much.

And who pays for this cycle?

We do.  We are the enablers.

Taxes, fees, levies and other costs paid to our governments make this cycle happen and we need to break this cycle.

On this Remembrance Day, think about why we allow our governments, financial institutions and industry to continue to destroy the lives of millions around the globe.

And as the months pass and you actually decide it’s time to take action to break the cycle, stop being an enabler and consider filing a Peace Tax Return, via Conscience Canada.

The dividends may be your life, your child’s life or, dare I say, Peace on Earth.

An Easy Solution for Climate Change

The UN has made a more dire announcement than ever that will likely go unnoticed a few days from now.

‘We told you so’ will hardly make up for our collective lack of action.

That said, if the UN and our governments actually decide that they want to do something to save our planet, the answer is really quite simple:  we all agree that we will STOP allowing companies and individuals around the world from deducting anything related to fossil fuels as expenses when we do our taxes.

I run a small business.  I do a lot of driving.  Every year, my fuel bill has been increasing, but I’m the classic ‘boiling frog’.  I don’t do anything different because taking action in the short term seems more financially onerous than doing what I’m doing.

I then deduct about $3000 worth of gas expense from my tax bill.  It’s not a big deal, but I’m a small business.  What would this expense be like for, I don’t know, say a trucking company?  Or airline?

If we alter the rules by which everyone has to play, everyone will stop using fossil fuels.

Go a step further:  make investments in renewable energy and other alternatives more financially attractive.

Not bloody likely?

The UN has to walk the walk.  They can’t just tell us we’re bad and then not take ownership of the issue.

The UN oversees or at least holds moral suasion over a number of bodies that could help it implement such an initiative:  the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and even the accounting body known as the General Agreement on Accounting Principles (GAAP) that dictates accounting standards, particularly those related to deductions and treatment of expenses.

Anything is possible if we all commit to doing it at the same.

Call it the Big Leap Forward.  If we don’t, it’ll be the Slow Painful Death.

Please Vote Today

Many people say – and I agree completely – that the municipal vote is both the most important and, in many instances, the most boring as well.

It’s the most important because municipal politics influence and control most of our daily activities, be they road construction, development, planning, real estate activity and value, traffic controls, trustees for education boards and so on.

It’s also really boring because campaigns aren’t glitzed up with promises about slashing taxes or elaborate spending schemes.  Well, Toronto is an outlier in this respect, given the subway plans that are required for this town (yes, I just said that), but most voters in municipal elections are confronted with worries like flouride & pesticide bans, parking fees and other seemingly trivial issues.

However, the KEY issue in all municipal politics are traffic and planning.  Cities are no longer being planned, they’re being built without thought.

Today, be sure to vote for someone that will do everything they can to avoid turning your municipality into another Detroit.  Endless sprawl must end and find the right person who is committed to delivering the best bang for the buck by intensification.

And please, for the love of the creator(s), DO NOT vote for someone that promises to run public office like a business.

VOTE.

Ottawa

Today in Ottawa.

The Cons brought this on Canada.

George Bush may have converted 9/11 into a heroic moment which saved his profile – for a short time – but I can’t help thinking that events in Ottawa today are a direct result of the horrifying and misdirected politics of the Stephen Harper Conservatives.

Whether it’s a couple of gun nuts blasting away at the public, blow-back from the radicalized Canadians (assuming such a beast hasn’t been manufactured by the MIC) or massive incompetence on the part of our security establishment as a result of spying on Canadians and environmental groups, it’s more clear than ever that the Cons are firmly on the wrong side of history after today.

I am disgusted with where this government has taken Canada and the rest of Canada should be as well.

The Harper government has invited attack on our soil because of their misguided political agendas.

This is a sad day for Canada.

The greatest fear I have is not gun toting criminals or terrorists, but that Harper will quickly leverage this to his advantage to eliminate any of the few freedoms that we have left.  He will continue his crusade and make Canada an even uglier face in the world of politics.

When it all goes down, who does Harper call?  Benjamin Netanyahu, like he’s the frickin’ boss of Harper.

Much like 9/11 shielded Donald Rumsfeld’s disclosure of truth about Pentagon spending, today’s attacks in Ottawa will prevent anyone from questioning Harper’s new legislation that will put us all in a permanent state of lock-down.

It is a sad, sad day and my kids will one day ask why we did nothing to prevent it from happening.