Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tuesday Post

And so on...

If the majority of Canadians want pipelines, as this poll indicates, then why did they vote for a "prime minister" who needed convincing?

Justin Trudeau has told his senior lieutenants to draw up plans to make the Energy East pipeline and the Trans Mountain expansion in British Columbia a reality.

Trudeau refused support for the Energy East pipeline. He has also stymied the progress of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Does he hope to bribe his way into the wallets of band chiefs? Given that the price of oil is currently up, maybe all that extra cash could pay for those infrastructure programs that simply won't materialise?


Since Trudeau has no demonstrated ability to analyze the economy, let us charitably say that he was just parroting what his various economic advisors counselled during the election campaign. The interventionist economists whose advice he sought, of course, were bearish on the economy. It is not hard to find economists in this country who are pessimistic about its economic prospects, since this justifies their repeated calls for more government stimulus.

Oh, burn.

Well, I wouldn't be doing my job as a citizen if I didn't ask: where did you get all of that money?

British Columbia said on Friday it had reached a C$480 million ($369.7 million) deal to sell a large swath of land on Vancouver's exclusive west side to three local aboriginal groups, opening up the property for potential redevelopment.

The deal, which includes two parcels totaling a combined 38.8 acres (15.7 hectares), will give the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations control over the majority of the so-called Jericho lands in Vancouver's West Point Grey neighborhood.

The three First Nation groups, along with the federal government's Canada Land Corporation, had previously purchased a separate 52-acre Jericho lands parcel from the Department of Defence. ...

It was not clear how the aboriginal groups are financing the purchase, though they have worked with local builder Aquilini Developments on previous projects.

A practice no one wants to call barbaric:

Indian-born women in Canada with two or more children give birth to a higher than expected number of boys, suggesting sex-selective abortion may be driving the gender imbalance within this immigrant population, researchers say.

The skewed boy-girl birth ratio has existed for at least two decades and can be seen across the country, according to an analysis of Statistics Canada data published Monday in the journal CMAJ Open.

A companion study using Ontario data, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), delves into the possible reasons why the male-dominated gender imbalance exists.

(Sidebar: uh, because it's allowed. Don't say that one wasn't warned.)
One can talk about the knots in which the pro-abortion crowd and political multiculturalists tie themselves so as not to ever question their shaky political beliefs.

Then they can own a world where misogyny and backwardness are the norm, a world that will one day consume them.

If true, this woman is the exception to the rule and her quick thinking does not change decades of violence and ignorance:

The woman who tipped police off about the whereabouts of the man behind the Paris attacks has said she wants the world to know she is a Muslim.

Now under police protection, she has described the moment she met Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the November atrocities, through his cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen.

She told the Washington Post, that she met the terrorist in a secret hiding place in a wooded area near the suburb of Aubervillier.  

“It’s important that the world knows that I am Muslim myself,” she said. 

“It’s important to me that people know what Abaaoud and the others did is not what Islam is teaching.”

She was acting as a citizen ought. Where are the rest of her co-religionists on this?

Cue the outrage:

Comedian and actor Stephen Fry was at it again this week, inciting plenty of social media outrage when he spoke to Dave Rubin about sensitivity and sexual abuse victims, reports The Telegraph.
Criticizing those who avoid “trigger words,” Fry said, “There are many great plays which contain rapes, and the word rape now is even considered a rape.”

“They’re terrible things and they have to be thought about, clearly, but if you say you can’t watch this play, you can’t watch Titus Andronicus, or you can’t read it in an English class, or you can’t watch Macbeth because it’s got children being killed in it, it might trigger something when you were young that upset you once, because uncle touched you in a nasty place, well I’m sorry,” Fry said.

“It’s a great shame and we’re all very sorry that your uncle touched you in that nasty place – you get some of my sympathy – but your self pity gets none of my sympathy,” he continued. “Self pity is the ugliest emotion in humanity. Get rid of it, because no one’s going to like you if you feel sorry for yourself. The irony is we’ll feel sorry for you, if you stop feeling sorry for yourself. Just grow up.”

I imagine Mr. Fry's detractors, who were quick to condemn his words, did not thoroughly read or understand what he said. Mr. Fry did not say abuse was not a terrible, crushing experience for those affected (one which could be prevented or mitigated by harsher jail sentences or kicking out unwanted parties from institutions or countries but I digress...) or that victims of abuse did not deserve sympathy. What they did not deserve, according to Mr. Fry, was the opportunity to wallow in self-pity.

There is no way to erase a terrible crime committed against one nor can one forget it. But what good is done by repeatedly reminding and hamstringing the victim? Is that how this person should be defined - as a victim who needs syrupy, empty words of sympathy rather than given the tools to carry on with life and not be marred by a terrible past event?

A culture that thrives on the victim culture (whether one is a genuine victim or not) says yes.

But... but... Slut walks!

According to Erykah Badu, high school girls should be wearing longer skirts in order to not be distractions to male teachers.

Again, cue outrage.

And now, cardboard hideouts for your cat. Enjoy.


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