2016-04-08

Daily Derp: The Long Derp

Soooo, lemme get this straight. When the Liberals strike an arms deal with the Saudis (who have an abysmal human rights record) this is 'spund business'. Ok.

I'm so glad Canada is back. We have our virtues back in order now.

But hey. As Dion notes. If we don't someone else will!

It's actually worse than that. Part of 'Canada's values' so espoused vigorous is one in which they adhere to peacekeeping and being an upstanding member of the UN, while focusing on climate change and women's rights.

Got that?

Sooooo let's do business with? Saudi Arabia! A petrol-state with a horrific human rights record and - given it is the home of Wahbabism -  net exporter of terrorism that isn't all that into peacekeeping.

"...Into the mix Dion throws the sociologist Max Weber’s distinction between the ethics of conviction (which holds fast to one’s beliefs regardless of the consequences) and the ethics of responsibility (which takes consequences into account when deciding how to act). After noting the futility of being a purist about convictions (e.g. Gandhi’s pacifism would have got him gassed by Hitler), Dion needs to head off the idea that supporters of an ethic of responsibility “lack conviction.” So he invents something entirely new: the ethics of “responsible conviction,” a formulation that means “that my values and convictions include the sense of responsibility.”

All word salad. That's all the Liberals excel at. They know it works and people eat it up. They just pulled a similar stunt with the budget. How a guy like Morneau could possibly believe half the stuff he mentioned in the speech is a little beyond me to grasp.

Canada is back indeed.

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As noted many and multiple times here, SJW and people who shout 'cultural appropriation' are ignorant loud mouth'd shnooks.

Watch this repugnant woman accost a white man accusing of him of 'cultural appropriation' for having the temerity of having dreadlocks. Pay special close attention to her smug smirk. She's a sociopath. Worse, she physically attacks him and claims he attacked her! I bet you anything this idiot eats pizza and pasta. If so...cultural appropriation because, I reckon, she's not Italian!

Lord, the stupidity of it all. And College/University Presidents across the continent actually pay attention to these buffoons.

About those dreadlocks.

Yeah, um, it's not an exclusive part of Jamaican or black culture. In fact, it goes farther back all the way to the Ancient Greeks, Indians, Buddhists and Jews.

A little knowledge is a powerful thing.

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Quite shocking to hear the news of former politician and political commentator Jean Lapierre and his family killed in a plane crash on his way to his father's funeral.

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Do you daydream?

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They lie to our faces flat out.

You know, when you hear on anti-tobacco ads the claim 'smoking causes cancer'?

Yeah, well, it's not true. Well, it may in some cases, but there is no empirical study that conclusively determines smoking causes cancer in all cases. Heck, I'd be happy if I'd come across one concluding in a majority of cases. Alas, it's just not to be.

"...Surprisingly, fewer than 10 percent of lifelong smokers will get lung cancer. Fewer yet will contract the long list of other cancers, such as throat or mouth cancers. In the game of risk, you're more likely to have a condom break than to get cancer from smoking.
 
That the majority of smokers beat cancer doesn't make for effective anti-smoking campaigning. So the statistics are turned around: Smoking accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 87 percent of lung cancer deaths; the risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers; smoking is associated with increased risk of at least 15 types of cancer; or that smoking causes millions of deaths worldwide."

"...Part of the problem of the misconception of real risks is the emphasis on smoking and lung cancer. The greater danger is from vascular diseases leading to heart attacks and stroke, which kill more smokers than all cancers combined. Toxins in the tobacco smoke cause inflammation and hardening in the arteries. 

Fear, fear and lies to get the point across and with it comes the excuse to tax and steal liberty.

Same tactics are used to scare people into believing climate change is set to devour us all and that plastic bag bans are could for the environment.

Just bull shit pimped by irrationalists and pushed by stupid politicians interested in looking good and smart at cocktail parties.

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Did I mention smoking does not cause lung cancer?

"...As ludicrous as that is, the medical and lay press is littered with such pabulum and gobbledygook. Even as web literate physician, it took me over 50 hours of internet time to find enough raw data to write this article.  I went through thousands of abstracts and numerous articles, only to find two articles that even questioned the degree of correlation between smoking and lung cancer (British lung cancer rates do not correlating to smoking rates) and another two articles which  questioned the link between second hand smoke (passive smoking) and lung cancer. Everywhere I looked, the information was hidden in terms like "odds ratio," "relative risk," or "annualized mortality rate..."

"...If they would say that smoking increases the incidence of lung cancer or that smoking is a risk factor in the development of lung cancer, then I would agree. The purpose of this article is to emphasize the need to use language appropriately in both the medical and scientific literature (the media, as a whole, may be a lost cause).


Everything in life has risk; just going to work each day has risk. Are we supposed to live our lives in bed, hiding under the blanket in case a tornado should come into our bedroom? We in science, have a duty to give the public accurate information and then let them decide for themselves what risk is appropriate. To do otherwise is a subtle imposition of our biases on the populace."

Just learn to read how they frame things. Once you learn the game, you can spot - snaps finger - bull shit from a mile away.

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Competition, competition, COMPETITION.

Is a good - no - a great thing!

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Yes, this is where we're at as a species.

"A YARRA councillor wants to see more ‘green and red lady’ pedestrian signals installed across the inner city to promote gender equality.

Yarra Council and VicRoads announced yesterday the silhouette of a woman would be installed at a new pedestrian crossing in Richmond.

The council last night passed a motion that at new signalised pedestrian crossings, the ‘green and red lady’ be installed in place of the illuminated man, subject to VicRoads approval."

Idiocracy.

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I find it amusing to hear Quebec talk smugly about Donald Trump. This in a place where institutional racism is still a thing and one that is no stranger to Trumpian radio hosts. Shoot, just read the cover of Le Journal de Montreal from time to time to see we're already in Trumpland with the most recent outrage of Ontarians have the audacity to buy St-Hubert. Just look at the PQ's Charter or how we justify discrimination for our punitive language laws and hiring practices, for example, within the Montreal Canadiens.

All the same sort of populism if you ask me.

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Belgium is the new Vichy.

And quite a pathetic, feeble slave to politically correct nonsense.

Mistakes were made, lives were lost. But don't try and arrest Islamic terrorists between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

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Sugar 'you're allowed' to have in a day?

Huh?

Food labels are useless largely because we simply are too diverse a species to even remotely control with such things. Placing a 'daily' amount figure is pointless since different people get affected by different things in different amounts and portions. Where 5g of sugar may impact someone may not have the same affect on another. From genetics to lifestyle, the permutations are endless.

But apparently food labels and taxes will do the trick.

It's retarded.

Again, more 'one size fits all' alarmist responses to a perceived problem.

Naturally, the solution is to use inefficient taxes that will not lead to the desired goals.

These damn people will not listen to our demands!

And yes, the letter the sugar industry wrote is accurate.

Tax away. But you don't have the right to spin the unintended consequences in your favor.
 
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Progressives are pathetic, and miserable anti-humans reason #4646565

The idea that a publication needs to write an article explaining why it's okay for progressives to give to charities only points to the criticism of they being cheap bastards who live vicariously through the state.

After all, why give if the government should be taking care of it, right?

Pathetic. My patience with their insipid views of human nature is wearing thin. And they seem to be doubling down on their idiocy.

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The arrogance of Merkel and Germany is what will threaten Europe again.

Her immigration policy against the wishes of Germans coupled with an increasingly aggressive stance by its central bank can only leave a continent nervous.

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I sense a disturbance in the climate change narrative.

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Starbucks goes back to the land that inspired its origins. Nonetheless, there are challenges to conquering or at least gaining acceptance of the unique and sophisticated Italian palate.  

"We know that we are going to face a unique challenge with the opening of the first Starbucks store in Italy, the country of coffee, and we are confident that Italian people are ready to live the Starbucks experience, as already occurs in many other markets," said Antonio Percassi, president of Percassi, according to a news release.
 
And if Starbucks can't win them over with taste, it's willing to try flattery and deference.

"Starbucks history is directly linked to the way the Italians created and executed the perfect shot of espresso," said Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks. "Everything that we've done sits on the foundation of those wonderful experiences many of us have had in Italy, and we've aspired to be a respectful steward of that legacy for 45 years. Now we're going to try, with great humility and respect, to share what we've been doing and what we've learned through our first retail presence in Italy."

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George Martin died earlier this year. 

"George Martin was the greatest music producer who ever lived. And perhaps the least likely.
His work alone stands testament to his production genius. He was the man who discovered, nurtured and facilitated the explosive growth of The Beatles, and in so doing he played an irreplaceable part in a cultural revolution that changed the world. Whatever else he did (and he did plenty), those eight years he spent (from 1962 to 1970) as the musical guide, educator, protector and partner to John, Paul, George and Ringo ensure his legendary status. Of all the people who could claim fifth Beatle status, Martin was the closest to making the quartet a quintet."
The Beatles. Forever.

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Yet another example of a failed and discredited study spooked people. 

The problem with all these research studies that eventually are proven wrong is it already infiltrated and polluted minds.

It's not just medical. It's something we see across the social spectrum From the 'vaccine causes autism' (just to show its power over people - including celebrities like De Niro and McCarthy still actually take it seriously) to the climate change scare to the smoking causes cancer to the 1 in 5 rape on campus hysteria to gun control.

All rooted in dubious arguments and faulty premises.

It's not just bad science. It's bad period.

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Speaking of persistent myths that encapsulate the contemporary mind, the 90% tax rate in the 1950s wasn't what it's all cracked up to be.

"It’s quite interesting indeed when both progressives and conservatives seem to be nostalgic for those good ol’ days in the 1950s, for different reasons, of course. Conservatives want to go back to the nuclear Leave It to Beaver family and what not while liberals like to talk about those 90-percent tax rates that we owe our prosperity to. Or something like that. We’ll focus on the latter for the time being.

Bernie Sanders noted that “When radical, socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, I think the highest marginal tax rate was something like 90 percent.” Paul Krugman said the same thing as did Michael Moore in his film Capitalism: A Love Story and you’ll see this factoid repeated on countless memes floating around the Internet.

However, what a tax rate is and what is actually paid are two very different things. Indeed, in 1955, the only people paying 90 percent (actually 91 percent) were those making over $3,425,766 when adjusted for inflation. And these are marginal rates, so they only paid that on any earnings above that threshold..."

More here with a conversation in the comments threads.

It's amazing how people actually think and believe the government "creates" jobs. I guess it's all in how you define "create". To classical liberals, the definitions is far more strict and abstract than the prevailing progressive zero-sum concept.

For example, a business creates jobs through an idea or product it invests in to fill a demand. This eventually leads to all sorts of "wealth creation". The government doesn't produce or sell anything. It's a bureaucracy that collects taxes from tax payers who create the wealth and then turns around and starts projects with them. The latter being up for debate if it's actual 'wealth creation.

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This is how fucked up things have gotten.

Bleeping creepy.

And idiotic.

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"The Canada Revenue Agency offered amnesty to multi-millionaire clients caught using what's been called an offshore tax "sham" on the Isle of Man — a reprieve that was supposed to remain secret and out of the public eye until it was uncovered by a CBC News/Radio-Canada investigation. 


Canada Revenue officials demanded, and offered, secrecy in a no-penalty, no-prosecution deal to high net worth clients of accounting giant KPMG involved in a dodgy offshore tax scheme. (CBC)
The amnesty allows for "high net worth" clients of the accounting giant KPMG to be free from any future civil or criminal prosecution — as well as any penalties or fines — for their involvement in the controversial scheme."

Canada is back. Trudeau will fist this, right?

That was sarcasm.

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Canadian anti-spam laws keeping Canadians off Jeopardy!

What else is new? Government is the master of unintended consequences.

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Obamacare?

Still a mess.

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Just what in the heck is going on in Sweden? Swedish police are warning women not to out in the dark lest they be raped?

How about you grow a pair, arrest and deport those assholes?

Novel idea, eh?

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Vice may have overstated the in the documentary on HBO Killing Cancer but it's promising nonetheless. I recommend watching it if you can find it.

In fact, it's a significant break through in the fight against cancer.

"William C. Phelps, Ph.D., a program director at the American Cancer Society, said he is “very excited” about the treatments highlighted in the “Killing Cancer” report, but he feels the program may have “overstated a bit” the outlook for a cure.

“I have every reason to believe we will succeed,” said Phelps. “I don’t want to throw cold water all over this, but it’s too early.”

Usually, when someone or something claims to have a breakthrough, it gets refuted pretty quickly.  The fact they didn't do this here suggests to me they're on to something.

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Over 2000 Hillary emails were classified. 

But where if this happened to anyone else the consequences would have been severe, Hillary will likely not face justice.

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It's amateur hour every minute with the Liberals in Parliament now.

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10 most lethal snipers of WWII.

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I have wondered this and not surprised this would be the conclusion:

"...Using this framework,we demonstrate that on average, the basic social values of Muslim migrants fall roughly mid-way between those prevailing in their country of origin and their country of destination. We conclude that Muslim migrants do not move to Western countries with rigidly fixed attitudes; instead, they gradually absorb much of the host culture, as assimilation theories suggests."

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"Student protesters at the University of Edinburgh have occupied one of the institution’s buildings in a bid to pressure the university to divest from fossil fuels.


Making the announcement on social media on Monday, the group of around 20 demonstrators confirmed they had moved into Charles Stewart House - the university’s financial building - in the city’s Chambers Street."

It keeps getting better and better, huh.

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"...Despite the growing threat from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Libya, the Obama administration has turned down a U.S. military plan for an assault on ISIS’s regional hub there, three defense officials told The Daily Beast. 

In recent weeks, the U.S. military—led by its Africa and Special Operations Commands—have pushed for more airstrikes and the deployment of elite troops, particularly in the city of Sirte. The hometown of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the city is now under ISIS control and serving as a regional epicenter for the terror group.

...The administration had said that it would not intervene until Libya, which now is governed by two rival governments on opposite sides of the country, had created a single entity to govern the state."

Well, they already intervened once. It's just that they don't want to is all.

Libya will be the next hub thanks to Obama's strange way of fighting terrorism. An unstable country is exactly how ISIS steps in yet the Americans aren't interested in preventing this.

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A little break from the action with humor:



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Budget crisis in Alberta.

I have zero sympathy for Alberta and their idiotic decision to vote for the NDP. What the fuck did they expect?

Just be happy oil prices dropped because that's the only way to keep their raiding spending in check.

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Chart time!




With a chart!

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Gee, and this is the thanks we get?

"An Islamic group representing Muslim employees at Ariens Co. in Brillion said Monday it will file a religious discrimination complaint over the company not allowing prayer breaks.
Earlier this month, the manufacturer of snowblowers and lawn mowers fired seven Muslims for taking unscheduled prayer time, while 14 other employees resigned over the issue.

More than 50 Somali immigrant Muslims at Ariens protested the company's recent enforcement of a policy of two 10-minute breaks per work shift — without accommodations for unscheduled prayer time."

Nip this in the bud.

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Sanders is the new FDR. Trudeau is pretty much cut from this cloth. 

Platitudes are for suckers.

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How contemporary progressive feminism is screwing things up for women.

 "A century ago, just as markets were attracting women to professional life, government regulation in the United States specifically targeted women to restrict their professional choices. The regulations were designed to drive them out of offices and factories and back into their homes — for their own good and the good of their families, their communities, and the future of the race..."

"...The real story, which is only beginning to emerge within the academic literature, is striking. It upends prevailing narratives about the relationship between government and women’s rights. Many cornerstones of the early welfare and regulatory state were designed to hobble women’s personal liberty and economic advancement. They were not progressive but reactionary, an attempt to turn back the clock...."

"...New clerical jobs, unknown a century earlier, were everywhere to be had. Women’s wages were rising quickly, by an impressive 16 percent from 1890 through 1920. Nor were women working at “exploitative” wages. A Rand corporation study of wage differentials discovered an interesting fact: women’s wages relative to men’s were higher in 1920 than they were in 1980...."

"...Though they are called Progressives, the reformers’ rhetoric had more in common with the “family values” movement of the 1970s and ‘80s — with pseudoscientific race paranoia playing the role that religion would later play. In many ways, they were the ultimate conservatives, attempting to roll back the tide of history made possible by the advance of the capitalist economy."

"...Such laws were completely new in American history (and in almost all of modern history) because they intervened so fundamentally in the right of workers and employers to make any sort of contract. The Progressive agenda involved government deeply in issues that directly affected people’s ability to provide for themselves. It also created unprecedented impositions on both employees and their employers. Such laws would have been inconceivable even 50 years earlier."

Emphasis mine. This can't be stated enough.

"...Such laws and regulations are still around today, though they have been recharacterized in a completely different way. As Orwell might say, somewhere along the way, restriction became liberation."

Remember when Obama and Democrats said - with a straight face - Obamacare makes people free?

Rest of article in link above.

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Know thy enemy.

Marxists, critical theory and The Frankfurt School.

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Another day, another police abuse story. I can't keep up anymore.


For now, I'm not bullish on the North American economy; particularly the Canadian economy.


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