Tuesday, December 05, 2017

But Wait! There's More!

Often, there is ...

It's just money:

Canada has nothing presently underway or in the near term (within this decade) to replace the TPP11. If it fails, the losses will be with us for a long time. The longer we delay, the more we lose by not realizing the gains that the agreement would offer. And it is unclear from Trudeau’s actions in Vietnam if he will ever be pleased by the outcome of the negotiations, or whether he’ll simply wear out the other signatories’ patience. Several governments have privately said that they intend to move ahead early in 2018, with or without Canada, because, after having made numerous concessions, they cannot figure out what Canada wants. 

But, hey, at least Trudeau is talking about things no one really cares about. That's actual work, right?


After Liberals caved to Senate demands on an update to the Indian Act, the Parliamentary Budget Officer says the revised bill will cost more than seven times as much.

(Sidebar: do you know what it would cost to scrap the Apartheid Indian Act and not address "historical grievances"? Nothing.)


The Liberal government has rejected a European consortium’s offer to provide Canada with a fleet of new warships, which industry officials said could have saved Canadian taxpayers as much as $32 billion.

No one in China cares what Climate Barbie thinks:

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says getting China into Canada's international alliance to wean the world off coal power would be a huge win, but says the world's most populous country cannot make that kind of commitment right now.

Read: China won't.

Trudeau is an @$$hole.

But don't take my word for it:

Justin Trudeau is getting ripped for his “same little arrogant smile” while debating how to deal with returning ISIS fighters.

Who cares if sharmutas bring their future jihadis into the country, right, Justin?

Quebec is bleeding out 7,000 residents each year:

The number of people leaving Quebec for other provinces rose between 2011 and 2016, when compared with the previous five-year period, according to an analysis of Statistics Canada census data conducted by the Association for Canadian Studies.

“On average, we’re losing about 7,000 people per year from interprovincial migration over the last five years,” said Jack Jedwab, the president of the association. 

The analysis found that between 2011 and 2016, Quebec had a net loss of 36,955 residents, as 55,365 people moved here from other parts of the country while 92,320 people left for other provinces. 
Between 2006 and 2011, Quebec’s net loss of residents through interprovincial migration was 20,245.
“It’s not just that more people are leaving, it’s that fewer people are coming here,” Jedwab said. 

Between 2011 and 2016, “8,000 fewer people came here than was the case in the previous five years and 8,000 more people left.”

But there are returning ISIS terrorists to make up that loss.

A senior UN official arrived in Pyongyang in hopes of defusing the volatile situation on the Korean Peninsula:

A senior United Nations official arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for a rare visit aimed at defusing soaring tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Jeffrey Feltman's visit -- the first by a UN diplomat of his rank since 2010 -- comes less than a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. ...

Feltman, the UN's under secretary general for political affairs, arrived in China on Monday as Beijing is one of the few transit points to North Korea in the world.

He met with a Chinese vice foreign minister while there.

China, which is Pyongyang's sole major diplomatic and military ally, has called on the United States to freeze military drills and North Korea to halt weapons tests to calm tensions.

In the North, Feltman will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with officials, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding he was unable to say whether the envoy will meet the reclusive state's leader Kim Jong-un.

"The first step -- that North Korea agreed to have (Feltman) visit -- is a positive sign," Wang Dong, an international studies professor at Peking University, told AFP.

That is as farcical a view as believing that a virtue-signalling substitute drama teacher can successfully pull off the fantasy of being a smooth operator.

The UN meddling here is only to preserve the status quo, the one where North Korea's backer (the one that permanently sits on the UN security council) keeps its buffer state. This will prove an impossibility when North Korea crumbles and when the US must step in to avoid China's potential dominance over all of the Korean Peninsula.

It's time for Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to nuclearise.

Today in "boy, is that rich" news:

A North Korean envoy on human rights has slammed the international sanctions on Pyongyang for hampering the North's efforts to protect those with disabilities, the country's state media said Tuesday.

Ri Hung-sik, an ambassador for human rights of North Korea's foreign ministry, made the remark at the high-level inter-government meeting on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region, held in Beijing from Nov 27 to Dec. 1.

"The sanctions imposed by the United States and its followers obstruct the enjoyment of human rights of our people in every way and encroach deep into the fields of activities for the protection of the persons with disabilities," he was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency.

Yes, about that:

On 7 March 1996 I had my accident and lost two limbs. I was 13 years-old. This was during the economic problems [and subsequent famine] in North Korea, so I wasn’t as well-developed as I should have been. It was a hard time to eat and survive. In 1995, my grandmother starved to death.

I should have been in school, but I was outside trying to find food. I would take coal and try to exchange it in the markets for food every seven or eight days. Back in 1996, there was a long time that I had nothing to eat. While I was riding the train to [try to steal some] coal, I lost consciousness. 

When I regained consciousness, I found that I had fallen through a gap between train carriages. 

The train passed over me. I lost my limbs [left hand and foot]. It hurt so much. I was screaming so much that the sound would [have been] like watching an action movie in the cinema. Nobody helped. 

I went to the hospital. There, I received surgery without anaesthetic because they didn’t have it. The surgery took 4.5 hours. ...

There were times I blamed my father [for my injuries] because I had to find coal. He often apologised to me. My father felt guilty towards me, but I felt guilty about my father because he died later. I realised [in time] that it wasn’t my father’s fault, but the fault of the North Korean regime for not taking care of people.

North Korea is already a society where everybody is trying to eat and survive on their own, so they don’t really care whether you are disabled or not. That’s just how it was. There aren’t any groups that focus on or cater to the disabled community. There was no help from the government. 


North Korea is systematically "cleansing" its population by making those with mental or physical disabilities disappear, a defector has claimed. 
Ji Seong-ho, 32, who escaped from North Korea after losing his left leg above the knee and his left hand at the wrist, said the disabled are considered a stain on North Korea's image and a "humiliation" to the ruling regime. 


A sickening new report reveals that babies born with disabilities in North Korea have little chance of survival as their parents either kill them at birth or send them to obscure medical experiments on orders of leader Kim Jong-un. The few who manage to elude the state are hidden from public view.

According to a report by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB), a non-government organization based in Seoul, the radical regime bans disabled citizens by sending them to a medical facility known as "Hospital 83" to be used in laboratory experiments.

Any more suppression and it will be April 17, 1975 all over again:

Over the last year, Cambodia’s ruling party, the Cambodian People’s Party, has dramatically increased its pressure on its political opponents and civil society. Democracy in Cambodia has always been fraught, and elections are not completely free and fair. But the current crackdown is much greater in scope, and far more concerning, in part because it is being enabled by American apathy.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, East Asia’s longest-serving nonroyal ruler, has used his power to silence critics and close outspoken media outlets, including one independent newspaper, the Cambodia Daily.

The CPP has also expelled the National Democratic Institute, a US-based nonprofit that focuses on rights and democracy, and detained political challengers. Kem Sokha, who co-headed the main opposition group, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested in September on dubious treason charges. The other main opposition figure, Sam Rainsy, remains in exile in France.

Oh, burn, Russia:

Citing “systematic manipulation” of anti-doping rules, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday it has banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. An 14-person panel had been mulling a confidential IOC report that detailed Russia’s official doping program during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the extensive cover-up.

As a result of this ban, no Russian officials will be allowed to attend the games. Their flag will be excluded from any display, and if any “clean” Russian athletes are given permission to attend, they won’t be competing under the Russian flag. They’ll compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR) and the Olympic flag, any medals they win won’t be credited to Russia and the Olympic anthem will be played in any ceremony.
The cheating Russian elite brought this on themselves and any honest athlete.

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