Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Mid-Week Post

Your mid-week ray of sunshine ...

The gong show that is the Canada-Saudi Arabia spat continues:

Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday there is no room for mediation in the kingdom’s deepening diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to “fix its big mistake”.  

(Sidebar: would that mistake be buying your oil? Because that is a HUGE mistake.)

“There is nothing to mediate. A mistake has been made and a mistake should be corrected,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh. ...

(Sidebar: I get the feeling that the Saudis would not be so demanding if Canada had a gutsy leader who didn't want to have $300 million worth of Saudi oil imported monthly, but I repeat myself ...)

Saudi Arabia on Sunday froze new trade with Canada and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. 

It also ended state-backed educational and medical programs in Canada, making plans to relocate tens of thousands of Saudi students and patients to other countries.

Not to be outdone in ridiculousness, Justin's useless mouth-breathers weigh in with their mass-less platitudes:

Finance Minister Bill Morneau doubled down Tuesday on Ottawa’s message that the federal government will continue to stand up for Canadian values even as it finds itself at the centre of an ongoing diplomatic tumult with Saudi Arabia.

It’s important to propagate Canadian values around the world, and the Liberal government will continue to “enunciate” what it believes are the “appropriate ways of dealing with citizens,” Morneau told a news conference in Mississauga, Ont.

Would these be the same values that deprived special-needs children of the opportunity to attend summer camps because the churches who run them refuse to let wealthy white Laurentians dictate what is regarded as right or wrong? Or the values that fund anti-oil groups and pro-Islamist groups? Are those "values" (the ones Justin does not believe we have because we have "no core identity", one might add) going to be applied to groups that actively work against Canada's oil interests but for Saudi Arabia's? The values that ignore the needs of veterans because "they are asking for more than we are able to give right now"? The values that let the useless son of Pierre attempt to skate on charges of groping a reporter because she didn't work for the Globe and Mail? Or the values that let ISIS rapists haunt their Yazidi victims, the same people still being victimised in the Middle East and Turkey? THOSE values?

More on "values":

The severity of crime in Canada is increasing under the Trudeau government.

The Crime Severity Index is a way to measure how serious reported crimes are. This can give a better idea of how bad crime really is, since the traditional crime rate may show a decrease in crime, but that decrease could be because there were fewer non-serious crimes, while more serious crimes could have increased. ...

Statistics 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Crime severity index 7 8 9 68.78 66.72 70.14 71.71 72.87

Percent change in crime severity index 10 -8.82 -3.00 5.13 2.24 1.62

Violent crime severity index 11 73.88 70.52 75.07 76.55 80.26

Percent change in violent crime severity index 10 -9.76 -4.55 6.45 1.97 4.85

It's just money:

The federal government will continue to offer support for hundreds of asylum claimants currently staying in hotels in the Greater Toronto Area, after initially agreeing to cover the cost of their shelter until Sept. 30, a cabinet minister told CBC News.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos told CBC's Power and Politics today that the federal government will be a full partner in the work of finding asylum claimants more permanent housing.

The peddling people do to protect their jobs would be laughable if it weren't so dastardly:

Hundreds of doctors, nurses and social workers are asking the Ontario government to reconsider its plan to repeal and replace a modernized sex-ed curriculum, arguing the decision would put students’ health at risk.

What nurse or physician would put their name in support to Ben Levin's sexual education program? This is the man who wanted to watch people have sex with their children. If these handful (Ontario has a total of 30,175 physicians) of "professionals" would explain why they think that a convicted child pornographer's program is absolutely necessary for children who cannot yet spell (let alone give consent - did Ben Levin's fantasies give consent?), that would be helpful.

China tacks on additional tariffs onto the US:

China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world’s largest economies escalated their trade dispute. 

John Bolton should know better than to expect North Korea to deliver on promises it barely made:

White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearize despite an agreement between Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

Bolton, in an interview on Fox News, said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was prepared to return to North Korea for another meeting with Kim.

"What we really need is not more rhetoric," Bolton said. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization."

This North Korea:

“We changed our route, we stayed in China, and helped [our pastor] to rescue other defectors. In 2005, we got caught again, we stayed in Chinese prison for 13 or 15 months and in 2006 we got sent back to North Korea again,” she said. “We thought we would die in North Korea because it was exposed to the government that we believed in Christianity.”

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