Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mid-Week Post

The pinpoint of the work-week ...

When one thinks that one's government works for one, one is terribly mistaken:

According to a report by the Financial Tribune, the federal government“will provide $100 million in finance for a deal between Montreal-based multinational aerospace and transportation company, Bombardier Inc., and Iran’s Qeshm Free Zone Organization for purchasing 10 passenger planes, the FTZ’s chief executive, Hamidreza Momeni, has said.”

Reportedly, the $100 million will finance 80% of the deal.


Under the iron fist of Xi Jinping, the Chinese people have been force-marched back into the darkest moments before Tiananmen. The regime in Beijing has gone into hyperdrive in its efforts to persuade the rest of the world that this is how things must be. Beijing is now spending at least $7 billion a year, by the estimates of Christopher Walker, a vice-president of the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington D.C., on outward propaganda, to “make friends” in the democracies. To encourage cultural exchanges. To engage the news media, to further these ends. 

“Taken together,” Walker reckons, ” the forces working against democracy are more powerful than at any time since the end of the Cold War.” And a significant body of opinion around Ottawa appears to contend that we can’t beat them, after all, so we might as well join them.

British Columbia’s new NDP/Green coalition government was in damage control mode after the most ambitious of the province’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG, was cancelled Tuesday.

It's like a fan club for terrorists:

You can’t make this stuff up, folks. A registered third-party group previously committed to defeating former prime minister Stephen Harper has now turned its attention to getting Canadians to show some love for Omar Khadr.

I stand with Omar Khadr” is the latest campaign from activist group Leadnow. They’re calling on Canadians to sign a petition to show their solidarity with the former al-Qaida enthusiast.


Also - he may also get $10.5 million:

A Tunisian man convicted in a botched Canadian terror plot is being treated in prison with anti-psychotic drugs and now plans to appeal both his conviction and his sentence, a lawyer appointed on his behalf said Wednesday.

Chiheb Esseghaier “now understands the severity” of his life sentence, said Erin Dann, a court-appointed amicus curaie (friend of the court) and wants a chance to fight it.

Esseghaier was convicted in 2015, along with an accomplice, of planning to kill Canadians in a terrorist attack. An undercover FBI agent recorded him discussing plans to cut a hole in a railway bridge — possibly with a laser — poison the food on a military base, or trigger the eruption of a long-dormant volcano.

His accomplice, Raed Jaser, spoke on tape about murdering prominent Toronto Jews with a sniper rifle. Both men were sentenced to life in prison in September 2015.

The Supreme Court has disallowed seismic testing in Nunavut:

The Supreme Court of Canada has quashed plans for seismic testing in Nunavut, delivering a major victory to Inuit who argued they were inadequately consulted before the National Energy Board gave oil companies the green light to conduct this disruptive activity.

In a unanimous decision handed down Wednesday, written by Justices Karakatsanis and Brown, the top court ruled the NEB's consultation process in Clyde River was "significantly flawed," and gave little, if any, consideration to the treaty rights of Inuit and their reliance on marine mammals for subsistence.

A man who stabbed his pregnant wife could be charged with the murder of his infant:

(Sidebar: son or daughter? The CBC will not identify. That he or she was legally a bowl of jelly when his or her father attempted to kill him or her is too much to bear.)

A Montreal man accused of stabbing his pregnant wife, who remains in hospital, and prompting the baby's death has been charged with attempted murder and first-degree murder.  

The baby was born by emergency C-section following the stabbing of Raja Ghazi, 33, early Monday morning. The infant was in critical condition for several hours before dying in hospital. The woman was about eight months pregnant at the time of the attack. 

Sofiane Ghazi, 37, appeared at the Montreal courthouse via video conference on Tuesday. Along with being accused of murder and attempted murder, Ghazi was charged with:

- uttering threats
- car theft
- armed robbery
- failure to comply with conditions from previous arrests. 

The case has caught the attention of legal experts because the baby was in utero when the stabbing occurred and therefore not legally considered a human being.

But a representative from Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions told reporters there are grounds for the murder charge because the baby was born.

Anne Aubé cited a section of Canada's Criminal Code, which says that "a child becomes a human being … when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother."

Aubé acknowledged the case is "very rare." 

We don't have a justice system. We have a legal one.


"The clock ticks [so] that you have a few minutes and you start having brain damage and other organ damage," says Dr. Edgar Jaeggi, head of the fetal cardiac program at SickKids.

So on May 18, Ryan, Chaturvedi and Jaeggi, along with dozens of clinicians from both Mount Sinai Hospital and SickKids performed a risky and remarkable procedure: a balloon atrial septoplasty while the baby is still in the uterus.  
With neonatal and cardiac surgeons on standby in case an emergency cesarean section became necessary, the doctors used a needle to insert a balloon through Barry's uterus and into Sebastian's heart, making a small hole to open up the heart's interior wall, so oxygenated blood could pass through.  

Although the procedure was a success, it wasn't a cure for Sebastian's original heart defect, and he would still require open-heart surgery after birth.  But it meant that Barry could deliver him normally, without the trauma of knowing it would be a frantic race against time to whisk her baby away and supply him with oxygen.

People go to sh--holes like Cuba because it is a cheap holiday in a Third World dictatorship. Leaving one's clothes for the poor sods who can earn no more than twenty or thirty dollars a month isn't even in the same hemisphere as to why they went to Cuba in the first place.

So there's that:

It was intended to be a fun-filled family getaway in Cuba, but it soon changed course when a young family member fell ill. Now a family from Hamilton is struggling to return to Canada.

Nicole Antinello went to Cuba with her seven-year-old son Cole, 16-year-old daughter and 76-year-old mother. After a week in the Caribbean, they boarded a plane back to Toronto. They never left the tarmac.

Cole was visibly ill and officials noticed.

“They called the medical team to see if he was safe to fly. The medical team said, ‘No, he was not safe to fly,'” she told Global News.

Cole was taken to hospital and he was diagnosed with appendicitis.

“They pushed on his belly and he said, ‘Ow.’ He did not scream. He did not freak out. He did not have prior pain.”

Antinello phoned her insurance provider and said they advised her to do what the doctors prescribed. 

Cole’s appendix was removed on Saturday, but a lengthy recovery means he still hasn’t received clearance to fly home.

Since Antinello shared the story on Facebook with a link to a GoFundMe page, it has received significant attention. Friends, family and perfect strangers have shared her post asking for help.

Antinello described the hospital conditions as deplorable.

“There’s water that won’t stop running, there’s toilets that are overflowing … there’s dust flying in the air.”

It might have looked something like this:


China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country’s transplant program said Wednesday.

Chairman of the China Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee Huang Jiefu told The Associated Press that voluntary civilian organ donations had risen from just 30 in 2010, the first year of a pilot program, to more than 5,500 this year.

Voluntary, my @$$. 

Trump has decided that the American armed forces do not need trannies:

President Trump announced on Wednesday morning that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” any transgender service members.

In a series of tweets, the commander in chief argued that too much is at stake in the military’s current operations for it to be “burdened” by the medical costs of transgender people or the “disruption” he says transgender service members would cause.

Oh, well.

And now, a corgi swimming:


(Paws up)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

But Wait! There's More!

As usual ...

Having already won, the hospital in which doomed infant Charlie Gard was treated now refuses to release him to his parents so that he may die at home:

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard on Tuesday accused a London hospital of preventing their son from coming home to die, the latest harrowing confrontation in a legal battle that has raised emotions far and wide. 

Great Ormond Street Hospital's lawyer told the High Court it had moved "heaven and earth" to allow 11-month-old Charlie to go home, but this was impossible for practical reasons. 

The judge said transferring Charlie to a hospice for his last moments -- a move supported by the hospital -- appeared the most realistic option.

Never under-estimate the power of socialist spite.


A St. Anthony, N.L., mother who claims she was told by a doctor that assisted suicide was an option for her adult daughter says she wants an apology from Labrador-Grenfell Health, in part because the 25-year-old could hear the conversation. ...
"His words were 'assisted suicide death was legal in Canada,'" she told CBC. "I was shocked, and said, 'Well, I'm not really interested,' and he told me I was being selfish."

According to Elson, Lewis was within earshot when the doctor made the comment — which she said was quite traumatic for her daughter to hear.
I would suggest that he must apologise for much more than that.

Speaking of socialist spite:

A Canadian neurosurgeon is frustrated that a Manitoba woman battling brain cancer might need to pay tens of thousands of dollars in a U.S. hospital for an innovative treatment developed by researchers in this province.

Anastasie Hacault has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for NeuroBlate laser-based surgery because it currently isn't offered anywhere in Canada. The surgery could cost about $150,000.
Dr. Brian Toyota, head of neurosurgery at Vancouver General Hospital at University of British Columbia, treated more than two dozen patients using the NeuroBlate laser-based technology developed by by Mark Torchia and Richard Tyc of the University of Manitoba.

It allows surgeons to target tumours in hard-to-reach areas of the brain with precision.​

It was licensed for use in Canada in 2013 and a donation of about $400,000 brought the machine to VGH. Toyota showed the results to the B.C. Ministry of Health, which said it wanted more cost analysis.

"They didn't look that carefully, but at the end of it said, before we can make it a budgetary supported procedure, that they would want more cost analysis studies to be done," said Toyota.

Since then, the program is on hold. The machine and software are there, but so far, the ministry and hospital haven't committed to supporting it.


Canada’s public service unions gleefully embraced a recent international ranking by Oxford University and the Institute for Government that placed us number one in the world for “civil service effectiveness.” Perhaps understandably intoxicated with this success, those same unions were curiously silent when the prestigious Commonwealth Fund in the U.S. released its most recent update comparing health-care systems in the rich industrialized world. This showed our health-care system, run virtually in its entirety by these effective Canadian public servants, not just below average, but at the bottom of the heap, barely outperforming France and our health-care system’s arch-enemy, the U.S.


The actions of a nurse who killed vulnerable patients in her care were the "most egregious" Ontario's nursing regulator has ever seen, the body said Tuesday as it revoked Elizabeth Wettlaufer's certification and found her guilty of professional misconduct.

Well, she was found guilty.

Today in "Islamists are everywhere" news:

Yet he does not care to ensure that this never happens again. 


Ekhlas, who was 14 when she imprisoned, tried to escape jihadis in northern Iraq by climbing Mount Sinjar but was caught and held as a sex slave.

In 2014, Isis began to target the Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish group, which Isis believes are “devil worshippers”.

At the time it was reported that as many as 40,000 people had taken refuge on the mountain, as Isis fighters killed men and captured women and children in the region.

“Every day for six months he raped me. I tried to kill myself,” Ekhlas told the BBC. “He picked me out of 150 girls by drawing lots.

“He was so ugly, like a beast, with his long hair. He smelt so bad. I was so frightened I couldn’t look at him,” she said.

Ekhlas told of how managed to escape while her captor was out fighting.

From there she was taken to a refugee camp, but now lives in a psychiatric hospital in Germany, where she is receiving therapy and education. She said that she hopes to train as a lawyer.

Britain's most notorious hate preacher, Anjem Choudary, has been moved to an isolation unit created for prisoners who pose a serious threat to national security while behind bars.

Choudary was jailed for five-and-a-half years in September for encouraging British Muslims to support the terrorist group Isis.

The State Department's top lawyers are systematically removing the word "genocide" to describe the Islamic State's mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies


Justin Trudeau’s little lecture about what happens in Canada should stay in Canada, and not dished out to American ears, is a bit rich coming from someone who was posing for Vogue magazine within hours of being sworn in as prime minister.

It was also a bit rich, and incredibly disingenuous, to call the controversy sweeping the country over the Liberals’ $10.5-million payout to Omar Khadr nothing more than a “domestic squabble.” The vast majority of Canadians remain outraged.

Trudeau eventually met with recently sworn-in BC premier John Horgan, the non-Liberal one:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and new B.C. Premier John Horgan sidestepped the contentious debate surrounding the future of the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion as the two leaders held a first meeting in Ottawa.

Thunder Bay has the highest homicide rate in the country:

Thunder Bay was given a dubious mention for having the highest homicide rate among the census metropolitan areas, with 6.64 homicides per 100,000. The next worst city was Edmonton, which had a homicide rate half of Thunder Bay’s. However, the city with the highest total number of homicides was Toronto, with 96 recorded in 2016. Nevertheless, the city’s homicide rate was 1.55 per 100,000, given the size of its population.

That's nothing to be proud of.


The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio.

It wasn't long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat, started crying and pleading for water. Children whimpered. People took turns breathing through a single hole in the wall. They pounded on the sides of the truck and yelled to try to get the driver's attention. Then they began passing out.

By the time police showed up at a Walmart in San Antonio around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and looked in the back of the truck, eight passengers were dead and two more would soon die in an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone tragically awry.

(Paws up)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Post

Shark Week: Great for self-esteem

Quickly now ...

Charlie Gard's parents have withdrawn their plea to send him to the US for treatment after a British court held him hostage (oh, yes, it did - what else would one call being confined to one place without permission to leave?) and waited until nothing medically could be done for him:

The parents of Charlie Gard, whose battle to get their critically ill baby experimental treatment stirred international sympathy and controversy, dropped their legal effort Monday, saying tearfully that it was time to let their son die.

At an emotional court hearing, a lawyer for the baby's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, said the couple was withdrawing a bid to have Charlie sent to the United States, where a doctor had offered to try to treat his rare genetic condition. The decision came after new medical tests showed the 11-month-old, who has brain damage and cannot breathe unaided, had irreversible muscular damage.
Both parents wept in the packed courtroom at the High Court in London as lawyer Grant Armstrong made the announcement, his voice breaking.

"This case is now about time," Armstrong said. "Sadly, time has run out."
Now that a precedent has been set, this will occur again and again.

Right now, Sarah Palin is feeling a twinge of bittersweet vindication.

A newborn is dead after his mother was brutally stabbed:

A newborn who was delivered by emergency C-section after its mother was stabbed multiple times died in hospital Monday, police said.

A 37-year-old man who is the woman’s partner was taken into custody several hours later, said spokesman Jean-Pierre Brabant.

Police were called to a home in the city’s Montreal North borough around 2:30 a.m. and found the woman, 33, stabbed multiple times in the upper and lower body.

The suspect was not at home when police arrived and the victim, who was eight months pregnant, was transported to hospital.

“The woman is in stable condition,” Brabant said. “Unfortunately the baby did not survive its wounds and was pronounced dead in hospital.”

Hours after the attack, around noon on Monday, the suspect reappeared and approached a police vehicle not far from the scene of the crime.

“After a brief discussion, he was arrested,” Brabant said.

It was not the police force’s first visit to the home.

God, people are stupid:

While common sense probably could have saved any disappointment — along with pre-show interviews where Phelps assured everyone that he wouldn’t really race next to a shark in open water — many viewers were not pleased.

Throughout the episode, viewers watched as Gutteridge and the team collected data about the swim speed of sharks, which is apparently very hard to do, because sharks don’t typically swim in a straight line.

What really rubbed salt in the wound? Phelps lost.

Thank you!

We don’t sufficiently appreciate the unintended effects of novels and stories. Most of us read fiction for pleasure, not education, but the best stories have a way of instructing. They leave behind perceptions that enrich us....

A sensitive author sometimes shows us the inner lives of people who radically differ from us. If we are young, writers expose to us the thoughts of the old. If we are old, they do the opposite. They tell men something about women and women something about men. ...

People regard knowledge as some vague thing spoken about hypothetically, not something that ongoing, organic or found in rich sources.

That is why people are stunned that an Olympic swimmer didn't actually race a shark, or make so many grammatical errors in their native language that it is embarrassing to read what they've texted.

What happened to the book that expanded one's mind as well as entertained it?