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A Few Random Year-End Notes (And Hopes For 2019)

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So, before I engage in any long rant, please accept my wishes to you, your family, friends and loved ones for a great 2019.

I know we can all have an amazing year if we try to act civilized and stop sticking our collective heads in the sand concerning modern issues. And opportunities.

Here are some random thoughts concerning 2018:

It was not a great year for Justin Trudeau. Let’s hope 2019 is better.

Attacks are coming from all fronts and coming hard. The Cons don’t like not being in control and, frankly, Trudeau is making things easy for them.

As a reminder, I firmly believe that most of the current government’s challenges are largely a result of landmines left behind by the Harper government. Example: Phoenix. Example: General Dynamics LAV deal. Example: pipelines and Alberta relations.

Nearly every province and every interest group was pre-wired with detonators set to explode in perfect synchronicity, from one disaster to another, waiting for the Liberals to step in them blindly.

Our Media Sucks

This and next point are really inter-related. Our media fails to call out the bullshit with idiot Cons like Ford, Kenney, Trump and Andrew Scheer.

They fail to provide viewers, listeners, readers and browsers with tangible data that proves the we’re being lied to and manipulated by Cons everywhere.

Racism, homophobia, misogyny and more need to be called out ALL THE TIME.

Instead, we get this shit:

Is it any wonder Canadian media companies are failing?

The Cons are Liars and the People Are Believing Them

See my notes above.

They lie. And then they lie. And when they open their mouths, they lie again.

And people continue to believe them.

Why? Because the media fails to call out the Cons when they lie.

Intolerance is Growing. At a Frightening Pace.

I am fully aware of the irony of this subject, given my last two rants about liars, Cons and their correlation.

But, intolerance is growing. It seems to be creeping into the woodwork with every aspect of life and it has to stop.

Here are just a few examples:

What’s happened to civilized debate? Why can’t people ‘cage the rage’ anymore? Why are so many people just wrong because I said so and not because the facts prove they’re wrong?

A LOT of Cool Stuff Happened in 2018

There’s some good news happening!

BoredPanda had a great recap of some really cool things that happened in 2018.

Check it out. Here are just a couple of news headlines that a few people may have missed:

  • France is now forcing supermarkets to donate or unused food or face a fine.
  • California has banned the use of animals for testing beauty products.
  • France becomes the first EU country to ban ALL 5 pesticides that are killing bees. Apparently, food is more important than the fortunes of a few chemical companies.
  • Breast cancer deaths have fallen by 39%
  • Soft drink sales have dropped for the 12th consecutive year

Moving Ahead: 2019

Canada First

Justin Trudeau has an opportunity to play the ‘Canada First’ card just as much as some of these other assholes are doing in Canada (eg. provincial politics) and other countries.

I don’t think he will and I think as a result, it may cost him the federal election in 2019. Mistakes, broken promises (eg. election reform, budgets), Con traps and more will continue to make him and his government seem ‘amateur’, despite the fact that it’s one of the strongest, unique and respectful government that we’ve had in decades.

Cons won’t allow the public to see the good side of Justin Trudeau.

Our only hope is Maxine Bernier making Quebec (and smaller parts of Canada) the new Bloc and stealing votes from the Cons AND Jagmeet Singh possibly even losing the Burnaby, BC by-election, throwing both the Cons and NDP into a state of turmoil.

Sadly, I think the media will continue to pound the Liberals and even organizations like the CBC will ‘cut off its nose to spite its own face’ and blindly prop up Andrew Scheer’s lies. And if Blandrew wins and eliminates the CBC, they’ll be wondering what the hell happened.

If Justin gets a second term, we’re safe for a VERY long time.

I’ll vote for the Liberals IF I get two promises:

  • An accelerated plan to balance the budget
  • Electoral reform (for real this time)

A commitment to purge the ranks of government offices of Con moles will be an added bonus 🙂

The World Stage

Trump seems to be the world’s solo performer when it comes to the world stage. His insanity, provocation and commitment to a misguided base of voters scares the crap out of me.

The selfishness, the lies and the Luddite-like support of failing industries like coal and oil all tell the same story:

He’s the best politician that corruption, greed and lies can buy.

And if he’s impeached because Mueller’s mountains of evidence are more than enough to imprison Trump for 100 or more years?

There will be civil war in the US.

Which is why Mueller’s investigation will be as about as effective as the 9/11 Commission.

Summary

Folks, don’t believe the lies.

Vote. Join a civilized political party that is interested in the future of Canada and the planet.

Love your family, friends and try to smile at complete strangers. It changes everyone’s day.

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Ottawa’s Worst Mistake Under Trudeau

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There have been many gaffes on behalf of the Trudeau government.

For me, the biggest was not firing important people when they had a chance. The thousands of Harper minions that continue to toss rotten eggs at the current government should have been canned a long time ago.

Morneau should have also been either moved to another department or, ideally, let go from any decision-making post given the risk of perception of conflict.

That said, the Trudeau government has caved to Alberta’s oil industry and will likely pay out at least $1.6 billion to keep things moving.

What a waste. When governments like Norway and the Saudis continue to pull in hundreds of billions of funds, we decide to buy out pipelines and extend an oil-live branch to a very whiny sector of our economy.

Perhaps the price of Alberta oil is too low because no one wants it. This suggestion never seems to be floated by the powers that be, which confuses me.

Maybe … just maybe … I could be convinced that there’s something to this IF the Trudeau government ties the funds to the construction of at least one refinery in Alberta, but I doubt they have the foresight to do this.

But if they did, we latch on to the revenues and institute a clean-up fund for the Tar Sands, because you know the current owners won’t tidy up the mess they’ve made.

And who will benefit?

Mega-rich multinational oil companies that could care less about Canada.

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The Myth of the Fiscal Conservative Continues

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The United States created a new level of deficit that grew by the size of the Brazilian economy in just two years.

What does that mean?

The Trump Republicans ADDED nearly $2 TRILLION to the deficit since the beginning of 2017.

This put the US deficit at a RECORD level of nearly $22 TRILLION.

The story of the fiscal conservative has to come to a quick and rapid demise because IT IS MYTH.

There have been few Conservatives anywhere on record who have created a surplus or even a balanced budget in my lifetime.

The Stephen Harper Conservatives pretended they did in 2016, but we know it was only because of playful use of accounting.

To add to this story, Conservatives and Republicans typically follow the same pattern:

  • Promise to spend less and get ‘the books in order’
  • Be more accountable and transparent
  • Cut taxes
  • Reduced cash flow from less tax revenue results in … CRISIS!
  • Crisis = cutbacks
  • Cutbacks = cancellation of many programs that are important to the social fabric of our countries (eg. health care, environment, social programs)

We’ve seen it time and again.

Doug Ford is replicating the same trick by creating more deficits than ever before. Even Liberals couldn’t spend as quickly as he is now.

Why do people keep falling for this crap?

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The Songs They Sing …

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Anger and opposition has swept to all-time highs following the choice of a number of radio stations to pull the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ because someone had complained about the content.

Very swiftly, the internet world was packed with memes of outraged traditionalists who mocked people that wanted to shed a little light on Christmas pageantry.

The following made the rounds on Facebook:

I understand the indignation, but I beg people who are incensed about this original action to pause and think for a second: it someone an enormous amount of energy and stress to come forward and identify that certain tunes just aren’t cool.

And let’s face it: despite the effort to mock people that want some level of civility during the ‘holiday season’, the reality is that the defensive tact taken above is all pretty true!

Sure, we have yet to ban rap songs that are littered with the ‘n-word’ or talk of ‘bitches’ and ‘hos’, but that’s coming too.

It’s really not a free speech thing.

It’s a reaction to a slow and painful inundation of idiocy that overwhelms average people at this time of year and, frankly, the time has come to scrutinize the memes that get tossed about as ‘tradition’ without consideration for the people that it hurts.

I would also argue that it’s done intentionally by a number of corporate broadcasters in order to fuel their call lines and add an intense level of righteous indignation just in time for the birth of Christ almighty.

To repeat, it’s not a free speech thing. It’s a dearth in creativity and sensitivity that we need to bring to our world.

People that are ‘affected’ by these changes are typically the same white, middle age people that are ravaging this planet like a hoard of locusts with no end in sight. Christmas just gives them an excuse to literally step on the gas and bring all seven deadly sins to a max.

And remember that this is not pie: you’re really truly not losing anything. But the people who make progress are making substantial gains.

If we really believe in miracles, let’s try to make everyone happy. Equally.

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Vax Populi

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Is the Center for Disease Control (CDC) a pharmaceutical company?

Yes, according to Robert Kennedy, Jr.

This story that came out last week showcases Kennedy’s opinion that the CDC needs to change its ‘business’ model in order to ensure that the health of citizens overrides the health of the companies that utilize the institution.

Seems pretty reasonable, right?

Well, we know this story won’t make it to the mainstream press. They’re too busy being a business as well, and many of their top advertisers are pharmaceutical companies.

And it’s very unlikely that these media companies – despite being consistently labelled as ‘left-wing media’ (like that exists anywhere) – will investigate the claims being made.

So, suck it up … your health isn’t as important as the quarterly results for Big Pharma.

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