Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Post


Just in - at least sixty-one people are dead after an earthquake in Iran:

At least 61 people were killed and 300 injured by a quake in Iran's Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border on Sunday, state television reported.

A mass grave in Iraq may hold up to 400 bodies:

Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said Sunday.

Trudeau, having refused to attend a conference at which he would (as usual) be hopelessly out of his depth, shrugs his shoulders and tells the electorate not to be surprised that he didn't sign the TPP agreement:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone when Canada declined to sign an agreement-in-principle Friday on an updated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Trudeau said Saturday in Vietnam that despite some significant progress on the deal’s framework there’s still more work to be done, particularly when it comes to protecting Canada’s auto and cultural sectors.

His decision Friday to keep negotiating for a better deal in the 11-country pact rather than striking an agreement led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation. 

Rather, he didn't know what he was doing and ruined everything.

Other politicians may be "shocked" but no one else is.

Carbon taxes are money-grabs for irresponsible governments that recklessly throw around money. One wonders why poverty activists aren't in the front-lines arguing against these ridiculous taxes unless watching people go without food serves their purposes:

Trudeau’s carbon pricing plan, such as it is, is a noxious mix of carbon taxes and cap and trade cash grabs which have proven to be ineffective and inefficient wherever they’ve been tried in the real world, as they will be in Canada.

Crucially, they ignore the importance of revenue neutrality — that every dollar raised through carbon pricing must be returned directly to the public rather than fatten government coffers.

Why? Because without revenue neutrality, all carbon pricing does — particularly at the level required for it to be effective — is to cause a massive recession, which only lowers emissions to the extent it wrecks the economy.


And what in Heaven’s name can Bashar al-Assad offer to the oft-invoked “climate community” that has our tranquil nation saluting him? Has he promised to cut back fighter jet traffic in the bombing of his own citizens? Does displacing some two to three million Syrian citizens count in some sadistic way in cutting back on Syria’s carbon emissions? Has he pledged to cut back on the gas attack emissions?

Because the Narrative invites any bed-fellow. 

And - asking an ineffectual "ethics" commissioner to investigate an unethical finance minister is a comedy unto itself:

Federal ethics watchdog Mary Dawson is launching an examination of Finance Minister Bill Morneau's involvement in a pension bill that could have benefited a company in which he owned some $21 million worth of shares.

Alright, veterans, who did you vote for?

A controversial new policy is causing anxiety for some members of the Canadian Armed Forces who risk losing monthly allowances they receive for high readiness and high risk duties.

Such salary top-ups will now be terminated if personnel are sick or injured and cannot return to active service after more than 180 days, as CTV’s Mercedes Stephenson first reported Wednesday.

“Why would you take away monies that their family relies upon as part of their income when they're at their most vulnerable, when they're broken and trying to mend,” said veterans advocate Mark Campbell.

Under this new policy, Canada’s most elite commandos could stand to be docked more than $23,000 over six months. But the new rules also apply to more than just Special Operations Forces members -- injured or ill soldiers and sailors could take a hit of almost $5,000 while for air crews, $3,700 is at stake.

“It may in some cases mean that people hide their injuries and not come forward because they want those additional funds to be there for their families and themselves,” said Phil Ralph of Wounded Warriors Canada.


No amount of money can compensate someone like Campbell, whose family was traumatized by him losing his legs to an IED in Afghanistan in 2008.

As he has described it, his 11-year-old son saw “his superhero” left without legs; his wife was driven to a nervous breakdown by the “betrayal” by the Canadian government.

The return to a life-long monthly pension plan will go a long way to restoring the social contract between Canada and the men and women it sends into harm’s way.

The happy coincidence from the Liberal perspective is that the best part of $10 billion will likely buy them peace with a group that has brought previous governments to their knees.


Someone just shove this broad down a flight of stairs already:

Rehab Dughmosh, 32, will face a judge and jury starting May 28, 2018 for what is expected to be a three-week trial.

Dughmosh is facing a total of 21 charges, including attempted murder of at least three people for the benefit of or in association with a terrorist group.

Police said she allegedly tried to attack employees at a Canadian Tire store in east Toronto with a golf club and a large knife in June.

Dughmosh previously underwent a psychological assessment and was deemed fit to stand trial.

During a brief Toronto court appearance Friday, Dughmosh stood with her back to the judge and repeatedly interjected through an interpreter to call those in the court “infidels.”

No, Professor Peterson is not "creating a climate of fear".  Fascists who hound him are:

A plan by University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson to launch a website that would allow students to identify leftist faculty has "created a climate of fear and intimidation" and is a "threat to [professors] and to the academic mission of the University," the school's faculty association says.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the association demanded a meeting between its executive members and University of Toronto provost Cheryl Regehr to express their deep concern. Asking for such a meeting is an "unprecedented step," the statement says.

The faculty association's comments came days after professors from the school's Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) sent a letter to university administrators and student leaders detailing Dr. Peterson's plans to start a site that identifies faculty and course reading lists that are what he calls "postmodern."

(Sidebar: of course it would have to be that department.)

But Dr. Peterson said the concern is premature, as he has not yet launched the site. "No such site exists, and the site was only trying to provide people with information," he said in an interview.

Dr. Peterson has gained a high profile over the past 18 months for his criticism of what he believes is the dominance of Marxism, socialism and postmodernist ideas among university professors and students.

This is why Peterson et al need to put their speeches on Youtube, shout them from rooftops and leave pamphlets everywhere.

It would drive the snowflakes mad.

Richard Nixon had nothing on Obama or his water-carriers in the popular press:

The Democratic party was “leeched it of its vitality” by Former President Barack Obama and others in the lead-up to the 2016 election campaign, according to Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“We had three Democratic parties: The party of Barack Obama, the party of Hillary Clinton, and this weak little vestige of a party led by [Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz] that was doing a very poor job getting people who were not president elected,” Brazile writes in her new book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House,” released Tuesday.

But this never stopped Donna Brazile from being sympathetic to both Clinton and Obama.

Why we fought:

A memory that has remained vivid for Cote since that spring of 1953 was seeing the effects of the war on Korean civilians.

"The worst part of it, what I didn't like to see, was little wee kids at all the train stations, no clothes, starving ... probably their parents got killed. These are the things that you see when you go into action."

Cote said the children were no older than four or five years old, begging for food.

"We used to throw our rations at them from the train... We would just throw them out to them. You'd see them scrambling, picking them up and what not."
Only one half of Korea now lives in prosperity (the other half still has the unfortunate kotjebi with whom Mr Cote is familiar) and that is a better memorial than anything in stone or plastic.

Canadian soldiers speaking with Korean children.

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