Friday, July 12, 2019

Is Internet Censorship Really about Ideology? Or just money?

I think Styx may be right. This may be more about the money than it is about political opinion.

Going by my own experience, I remember how liberating it was when I first connected to the web and specifically, the realization that the print and broadcast media could no longer control the flow of information.

Within weeks of first accessing the web using my 2400 baud modem and the Lynx browser, I started learning HTML and writing my (formerly) letters to the editor directly to the web. My Hamilton-Wentworth Freenet account, as I remember it, came with about 1 Mb of web storage space. I no longer had to pray that some "editor," I.E. corporate censor, would condescend to allow my humble freedom of speech to be actualized by (actually) being published.

And millions of other people had the same idea. A new age of info-freedom was born. What a great ride it has been for a quarter of a century. Freedom!

But as with all good things, it was not to last.

The legacy media began to suffer. They were going the way of the buggy whip. I imagine that for the next twenty-five years legacy media executives were frantically scratching their heads wondering how the hell they were going to put this genie back in the bottle and retain their former privileges as the gatekeepers to the flow of information and opinion. And thus, the flow of the dollars. Or maybe not.

Enter Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and others whose stunning success created exactly the information chokepoint corporate media could exploit to re-establish its dominance. Whether this was a brilliant pre-planned Pied Piper strategy from the start is something I don't know, but once these entities were firmly entrenched the path forward for media cartels became stunningly clear. For them, it was a wish come true.

These last couple of years have not been happy ones for those of us in the laissez-faire capitalism camp. It starts to look like the Marxists were right all along. The problem, as they like to drone on and on about capitalism, is that it always tends toward monopoly and it certainly looks like this is what has happened in the info-market.

But let's not rush to judgment. Until these concentrated media powers succeed in capturing sleazy politicians, like the Trudeau Liberals, (notice I refrained from the use of expletives here) to employ government power to prohibit and otherwise squeeze out competitors, this story isn't quite over yet. There are still other platforms available, like BitChute and Gab for us info-refugees to emigrate to and establish new settlements.

And when they get conquered and taken over by the capitalist media imperialists, we shall have to colonize some other area of cyberspace. And, unlike landmass, cyberspace is virtually infinite.

It won't be easy but I, for one, have no intention of withdrawing from this fight.

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Update: July 15, 2019

Matt Drudge's 'Future' Is Now Realized, And That Has Legacy Media Enraged.

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THE TRUMP SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT HAS THE LEGACY MEDIA SCRAMBLING

https://www.bitchute.com/video/RXsqKRSQRsQ/

Even the leftt are feeling it.

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REBEL EFFECT: THEY'RE WAKING UP TO CANADIAN CENSORSHIP | EZRA LEVANT

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Paper Drink Box Water Bottle Sort of Things





This man is a pathological liar. Notice how he doesn't skip a beat when lying about what HE does to cut down on plastics. The truth is, he has personally done nothing.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Google Conspiracy - "A Single Point of Truth"

          

"There is a war on for your mind." -- Alex Jones

About twenty-five or so years ago I was engaged in some quite intense debates on the Hamilton Spectator's bulletin board. At first, it was called "Compuspec." Then it was renamed "SpecLink." Shortly thereafter I learned about the internet and got myself connected as fast as I could.

My first browsing experience was via the Hamilton-Wentworth Freenet, a free dial-in internet service. I was using the Samsung XT compatible PC I bought in 1988 with 640 K of Ram, a 30 Mb Seagate hard drive, and a 2400 baud modem.

Soon after I got on I caught a glimpse of the HTML code behind one of the docs I was viewing. I thought, "That doesn't look too difficult. I can probably learn it myself."

Up until then, I used to write letters to the editors of various Ontario newspapers. Few ever saw the light of day. It was frustrating.

But this new internet thing was very exciting. It immediately occurred to me that I could post my letters on the internet without having them filtered by biased editorial staff at the newspapers. I could literally self-publish and I have been doing so ever since.

What I didn't realize at the time, but has become all too clear since then was that this new information technology was the hole in the dike for the corporate media.

They could no longer control the narrative!

I was there for the birth of alternative media.

It was truly liberating.

The rest is history.

What we are seeing today, in living color, is a desperate attempt by corporate interests to regain control of the narrative. For the first twenty or so years, I naively believed that the genie was finally out of the bottle and along with the, then seemingly rock-solid right to freedom of speech, never to be forced back in.

But I was obviously wrong about that. And I now realize that the devotion to freedom of speech in the West was pure fiction. It was a fiction that would be tolerated only so long as "the people" remained effectively voiceless.

Of course, the more I learn about history, the more I realize that the Infowar has been going on forever and what we are now witnessing is just the latest iteration in that process.

As we can see from James O'Keefe's report, the Infowar is now more intense and dirtier than ever.

James O'Keefe published the following invitation on Twitter.

I accepted his invitation and uploaded his report to my own YouTube channel.

In the event that is has been 1984'd you can also view it on BitChute.

Note: I followed along with the Google whistleblower and entered the same keywords into their search engine. I took screenshots and saved them to my hard drive.

Here are the results:

Men can

Women can

Hillary Clinton's emails are

Donald Trump's emails are

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Handyman's Tale

I have decided to write a script for a television series. The series is loosely based on the 1985 novel, "The Handmaid's Tale," by Margaret Atwood

Here is a broad outline of the story.

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In the near future, fertility rates collapse as a result of the increasing feminization of men and the battle against climate change. With this chaos, the totalitarian, matriarchal government of Ovaria establishes rule in the post-nation of Canada, in the aftermath of widespread censorship on social media, huge subsidies to corporate media, and the subsequent re-election of Liberal governments.

Society is organized by power-hungry feminist leaders along with a new, military wing dominated by trans male athletes, pink-haired feminists with nose rings, and Antifa members. The regime establishes newly-created social classes, in which white men with inferior anogenital measurements are shamed into selfless servility, and by law are not allowed to do any kind of work outside of toilet cleaning, lawn mowing, and garbage disposal. Their earnings are taxed at 100% minus a small social credit allowance which allows them to procure soy products, lipstick, and sanitary napkins. For their education, they are only allowed to watch the CBC kids channel and, for instruction in science, Al Gore's movies.

The worldwide collapse in male sperm counts has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile men in Ovaria for the continued production of human offspring. They are called Handymen. They are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must act as sperm donors for their female masters in order to impregnate them so they can bear children for themselves and their wives.

At first, there are huge line-ups of potential donors at all of the government sperm-testing centers until the law prohibiting heterosexual intercourse comes into effect. Once it is revealed to them that, contrary to their initial expectations, they would be hooked up to modified cow milking machines the line-ups dwindle to zero. The government solves this problem by enacting conscription.

Alongside the Handymen, much of society is now grouped into classes that dictate their freedoms and duties. Men are divided into a small range of social categories, each one signified by a plain dress in a specific color: Handymen wear red skirts with white aprons, Subanogens (who are grass cutters, garbage removers, and toilet cleaners, and are named after the distance between the anus and the genitals) wear pink, and Husbands (who are expected to manage the mundane affairs of their households) must walk around in mini-skirts.

Econohusbands, the lower-class men who still have minimal agency, are a sort of mixture of all these categories, and they wear black burqas. Male prisoners are called Unwomen and are worked to death digging holes and filling them back in again to create jobs and control the Earth's climate.

Another class of men, Uncles (who train and oversee the Handymen), wear brown SturmAbteilung uniforms. Additionally, the Eyes are social media platforms, cellphone service providers and credit card companies watching over the general populace for signs of incorrect thoughts, Hunters track down people attempting to engage in cash money transactions, and Jizballs are sex workers who copulate with sheep and chickens to entertain the ruling elites.

Justin Osborne, renamed Yackov, is the Handyman assigned to the home of the Ovarian Commander Freda Trudeau and her wife Serena Joy. Yackov is subject to strict rules and constant scrutiny; an improper word or deed on his part can lead to de-platforming.

Yackov, who is named after his social function, ("to Yack Ov"), like all Handymen, was married and had a daughter, a job, a bank account, and his own name and identity in the "time before he had to do the shopping with his co-handyman, Yerkov," but all he can safely do now is follow the rules of Ovaria in hopes that he can someday live free again and be reunited with his wife and daughter. The Trudeaus, key players in the rise of Ovaria, have their own conflicts with the realities of the society they have helped create. (!)

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That's about all I have for now. I'm not sure of where to take it from here.

Maybe the characters get to the point where they start to think that the society they are living in is pretty fucked up and needs to consider going in a different direction.

But I am of the opinion that good fiction has to be at least somewhat believable.

How about this? There isn't a revolution. There is just a slow progression in the direction of the ideology which already got them to this point. And it doesn't intend to stop here.

And it takes another thousand years before sanity returns and things start to turn around again.

For the most part, that would be a long, drawn-out, and pretty boring story.

But at least it would be believable.


ARE WE TOO SMART TO BREED?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Leukophobia - Let's Find a Cure

Racism

Definition: a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.[source] [Italics: mine]

The above definition is incomplete. It should include the following line, "or involving the idea that one's own race is inferior to the others and it is, therefore, appropriate to apologize, grovel, bend over, pay reparations and otherwise accept the role of second-class citizens in their own countries."

Feelings of racial inferiority are the flip-side of racial supremacy. No one should be psychologically bound by such restraints.

This racial inferiority complex is real and is the source of most of the complaints from those of the leftist persuasion in modern Western nations. It's a form of pathological projection. It's not a coincidence that those in the crypto-communist camp cleverly exploit this racial inferiority complex to promote their own Utopian agenda which is, ultimately, equal outcomes across the board. Leftists exploit statistical disparities between different identity groups as prima facie evidence of discrimination when, in fact, it proves nothing of the sort. Non-leftists with some ability to recognize political trajectories have no difficulty in projecting exactly where the obsession with total equality ends. In the graveyard.

“THE ONLY REAL EQUALITY IS IN THE CEMETERY” -- GERMAN PROVERB

It is not a coincidence that communism is responsible for over 100 million deaths in the 20th Century.

Leukophobia

Definition: Fear of the color white. Fear or hatred of white people.[source]

Leukophobia is a serious mental impairment. Worst of all, it is contagious. The disease is spread from person to person primarily by people with a collectivist mindset and greatly amplified in the Mainstream Media, academia, politics, and the entertainment industry. It is an equal opportunity disorder affecting people of all races.

Leukophobia is a form of collectivism because it seeks to collectivize blame and guilt along racial lines.

Leukophobia doesn't just impact those who suffer from it. In has externalities that affect naive and innocent white people as well to the point that many of them are cajoled into culturally spitting in their own faces and committing other acts of self-flagellation such as tearing down historical statues.

Are you looking to be liberated from the shackles the propagators of leukophobia have cunningly imposed upon your mind such that you blame white people for every misfortune or disappointment POC have had in life, and down through history, despite ample evidence that no racial group is above reproach when it comes to mistreatment of others?

Are you a white person, consciously or unconsciously carrying the undeserved burden of shame or guilt over the color of the skin you were born in? Then you could also be suffering from the externalities of leukophobia.

Are you alarmed that making innocuous statements like, "It's Okay to be white," or "All lives matter," are now considered to be "hate speech" and that, in some Western countries, this is already enough to have you investigated by the police or thrown in jail?

Well I am here to provide you with some relief. You are a child of the universe. You have a right to be here. I hope I don't get thrown in jail for saying that.

 

This exploration is for people of color and self-hating white "liberals." For POC, it is a mistake to assume that white people are inherently superior to you and that, in combination with leftist ideology, the only way to find redress is to support legislation that gives you special rights and privileges and justifies violent, disruptive behavior in public. And for guilt-ridden, white "liberals" it is worse than a mistake since it reveals your deeply hidden feelings of supremacy that manifest themselves when you ignorantly clamor for special rules to compensate for the racial inferiority of non-whites you implicitly acknowledge.

No group should be forced to sit at the back of the bus or be denied access to higher education, etc., because of their skin color. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

You don't level the playing field by moving the goalposts for some of the players. You insult them. Only people of low character would knowingly accept such alms without resentment.

It is just as important for POC to unburden themselves from their belief in white supremacy as it is for white people to reject unearned, undeserved guilt.

It won't be easy. Leukophobia is conditioned within you by unscrupulous demagogues who pursue personal power and wealth by stoking the flames of racial animosity. Call them out wherever you find them. Reject their toxic leukophobia and send them back to the janitorial occupations they deserve. Don't start attacking them with bike locks, pepper spray, and milkshakes though. That is their MO. And ABOVE ALL, do not lower yourself to their level by demanding that they be censored, de-platformed, de-banked, or otherwise de-personed and sent to the Gulag. Encourage them to speak out loud and often so that their toxic ideologies can be fully examined and exposed.

We must all work together to find a cure for this potentially deadly disorder. 

"Fear is a dangerous thing. Once it is sanctioned by the state, there is no telling where it might lead. It is always a short path to walk from being suspicious of our fellow citizens to taking actions to restrict their liberty." -- Justin Trudeau

That is probably the only intelligent thing Justin Trudeau has ever said. The truly funny part is that he probably didn't even know it.

Leukophobia. Find a cure.


A Few Salient Examples Leukophobia Vectors

Race to Dinner.

Undoing Whiteness

White Privilege

Al Sharpton

Another barrier to finding a cure to leukophobia is the unfortunate fact that it has become commodified in Western society by giving its purveyor's paying jobs in government, education, and the media.

The number of Canadians who are prominent in the incitement of anti-white racial hatred is very large and growing. They are currently, for the most part, concentrated in the universities, the political arena, the music and entertainment industries, and in their versions of the Sturmabteilung and the Roter Frontkämpferbund, I.E. - ANTIFA and BLM in the streets. Here is a short list of some of the better known Canadian race-baiters on Twitter and in the media:

Desmond Cole

Shree Paradkar

Matthew Green

Nora Loreto

Andray Domise

Update

Other Perspectives


collectivism [ kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uh?m ]

noun

the political principle of centralized social and economic control, especially of all means of production.

RELATED WORDS

communism, totalitarianism, socialism, Maoism, Leninism, Bolshevism, Fabianism, Marxism, Nazism, fascism, liberalism (in it's corrupted post 19th century usage,) and radical environmentalism.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Dodgeball is a tool of ‘capitalist oppression’ used to ‘dehumanize’ others

A team of communist "professors" from government subsidized Canadian universities argued that dodgeball teaches students to dehumanize and harm their peers at a recent (no doubt government subsidized) bullshit-fest in Vancouver.

One of the "researchers," was quoted as saying “[Physical education class] should be an arena where teachers are helping [students] control their aggression and move on instead of expressing themselves through anger.” But is dodgeball really an expression of anger? Or is it just good old-fashioned fun? Maybe I am just a white-supremacist or something because I just can't remember ever feeling anger when I played dodgeball in public school. I do remember it being a whole lot of fun though. The next question, obviously, is what are these professors really targeting? Anger and aggression? Or fun? The answer should be a no-brainer.

"Researchers set out to interview middle-school-age students about broader questions in physical education courses, but kept hearing the same thing from certain students: They hated dodgeball."

"Kept hearing."

The problem with people whose minds have been caught in the steel trap of Cultural Marxism is that, in the end, they only "keep hearing" what they want to hear.

I can't help wondering what the percentage of dodgeball players who hate the game vs. those who love it is. Did these tax-subsidized "researchers" conduct a scientific survey in pursuit of this earth-shaking knowledge? Or did they merely focus their study on the .04% or whatever of students who hate the game?

The "researchers" then "dug deeper" with their negative respondents to plot their answers against the (almost certainly Marxist) Iris Marion Young’s “Five Faces of Oppression,” which are:

  • Exploitation: Using other people’s labors to benefit for oneself.
  • Marginalization: Relegating a group of lower standing to the edge of society.
  • Powerlessness: Those relegated have a lack autonomy.
  • Cultural imperialism: Establishing the rules and customs of the ruling class as the norm.
  • Violence: Members of a group of lower standing know they may be subject to random, unprovoked attacks.

What ought to strike the objective observer is the staggering kack of self examination and moral hypocricy involved when taxpayer funded Cultural Marxist "professors" invoke these Five Faces of Oppression without even pausing for one millisecond to measure themselves against it.

Therefore, I will do it for them:

Exploitation: Using other people’s labors to benefit for oneself.
Think of the number of private sector workers who via taxation are forced to have their labors benefit these Cultural Marxist researchers.

Marginalization: Relegating a group of lower standing to the edge of society.
To taxpayers, "We are the experts. Pay up and shut up."

Powerlessness: Those relegated have a lack autonomy.
An apt description of the millions of taxpayers having their income extorted from them and going into the pockets of these social parasites for the manufacture of utterly worthless and downright offensive "research."

Cultural imperialism: Establishing the rules and customs of the ruling class as the norm.
Of course, one of the study authors, ruling class member Joy Butler, fails to see the irony here. This means banning dodgeball.

Violence: Members of a group of lower standing know they may be subject to random, unprovoked attacks.
Taxpayers well understand that if they do not submit to the financial oppression these Cultural Marxists depend upon for their very existence, the state will not flinch in resorting to violence to get their hands on the cash. And, more than ever before, anyone who dares question the dominant Cultural Marxist narratives are finding themselves de-platformed on social media and subject to numerous random attacks from their militant wing activists with bike locks, pepper spray, roundhouse kicks, bats, bricks, and even milkshakes.

And This is Rich

"When Butler in a focus group asked a class to create a brand new game — the only requirements were that it involved a ball and two goals and that the entire class had to form a consensus about the rules — the same group of students split off to develop a game without consulting peers. She said that showed the culture established by dodgeball spills into other activities in physical education."

"Kept hearing."

"kept hearing the same thing from certain students."

What about their peers?

As if Butler and her little group of crypto-commie "researchers" don't use the exact same tactics, which end up spilling into every other nook and cranny of education.

Conclusion

There is nothing more "dehumanizing" than being a typical taxpayer in a typical welfare state and being oppressed by the tax collector only to have your money used to provide sustenance to these fraudulent intellectuals along with the funding for the never-ending stream of excrement they produce.

Final Note

A sensible and humane approach to eliminating the "oppression" of students who hate dodgeball would be to simply allow them to opt out of playing the game. But that solution is just too easy. Even a simple cab driver could figure it out. Who needs a bunch of pompous left-wing, tax-sucking "professors" and their featherbedding Rube Goldberg "solutions?"



Saturday, June 8, 2019

A short lesson in the meaning of Liberaleze.

Definition: Liberaleze

noun

1 - the standard language of all leftists, based on the speech of Communism

2 - a group of languages of the Communist family, including standard Liberaleze and most of the other languages of Crypto-communists. Abbreviation: Pinko

3 - any of the leftist languages, which vary among themselves to the point of mutual unintelligibility.

adjective

1 - of or relating to crypto-communism, its adherents, fellow travelers, "Social Justice Warriors," street bums, mooches, thieves, pickpockets, and other criminals, or one of their languages.

2 - noting or pertaining to the ideology that an individual's earnings and achievements do not belong to them, that instead, they belong to those who did not earn them, and consisting of policies like income taxes, expropriation, affirmative action, free stuff including abortions, and other left-wing demands.

RELATED WORDS

Democrat, New Democrat, Progressive, Communist, Socialist, Nazi

Examples:

1 - "Last week, Gould unveiled what the government is calling a Declaration of Electoral Integrity, which will see Ottawa work with online platforms to address online attempts to disrupt the upcoming federal election."

Translation: The Liberals want to rig the election in their favor by impairing the ability of individuals and parties with opposing views to communicate via social media.

2 - "Gould's announcement of the Declaration of Electoral Integrity last week came just before an international coalition of MPs dedicated to fighting the spread of disinformation and hate speech online met in Ottawa to grill officials from various tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Google."

Translation: Gould's announcement of the Declaration of Electoral Integrity last week came just before an international coalition of MPs dedicated to enabling the spread of disinformation and anti-white, anti-Western, anti-male, anti-capitalism hate speech online met in Ottawa to grill officials from various tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

Important words to know when traveling to Liberalandia:

Justice - Justice for some, not justice, injustice - depends on context, something somebody else always has to pay for

Hyphenated Justice - same as above

Human Rights - special privileges for some, denial of rights to others

Truth - anything Liberals say, especially when they say it loud and often (eg. CO2 is a "pollutant")

Freedom and consent: the right to be left alone if you meekly comply with Liberal edicts

The right to own property: a form of theft

Government handouts: the right to own property that belongs to someone else

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A Living Example

Another example

The actual video that was banned by YouTube.


So, what else is there to talk about?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Mayor Eisenberger Steps in Dog Poo, Again

I have never agreed with "human rights" laws mandating that cab drivers accept passengers with service animals. The last thing you want is a cab driver who is driven to panic and distraction for reasons similar to those cited by Susan Creer.

It's unsafe.

When I once voiced my opinion on a cab driver forum I was solidly denounced with some people declaring that people who are afraid of dogs should not be driving cabs in the first place. I wonder if the same logic will be applied to Susan Creer's complaint?

Over a forty-plus year span of experience in the cab business, I can say with confidence that there are always plenty of drivers willing to take animals. I never had a problem with it. I love dogs. I often used to joke with the dispatchers that I would rather take dogs than many of our human passengers.

The problem with so many SJW-based "human rights" these days is that they inevitably come into conflict with each other.

The Mayor defends his behavior by stating that he likes his dog. I like my smokes. I wish I could have used the same excuse when I got fined for smoking in my cab.

It will be interesting to see where this case goes. Maybe cab drivers will finally have their rights respected too.

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cynophobia/ (ˌsaɪnəˈfəʊbɪə) /

noun
1 - an irrational fear of dogs [source]

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"Any alleged “right” of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right." -- Ayn Rand [source]

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Mayor Fred Eisenberger Flings the Poo in Comedic fashion.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pride season is back, and it’s time to make your demands heard. Oh, really?

As government metastasizes, parasites scurry out of the cracks and crevices with increasing demands upon the pocketbooks of hapless taxpayers.

Case in point: radical left-wing LGBTQ^n rent-seekers.

"We need more flag-raisings and rainbow crosswalks providing the backdrop to our demands."

At whose expense? (Brazen pinko leftists - always with their hands in other people's pockets.)

"Yes, there should be more intention to hire and appoint people from minority or vulnerable communities."

How did we arrive at the point in our history where equal rights are no longer considered a cornerstone of our society?

How did we arrive at the point in our history where blatant power-seeking megalomaniacs have the audacity to demand privileged access to taxpayer-funded jobs and appointments on the basis of their abnormal sexual orientations?

I say, "equal rights for all," regardless of race, religion, political and sexual orientation, or mental health. Equal rights and demands for "inclusion" are mutually exclusive. There is no such thing as a "right" to barge into other people's faces and demand that they express fake servility to your particular departures from behavioral norms. The "demand" that normal community members be forced to do so, and to pay for it is pure narcissism. I am offended!

You want rainbow flags? Go ahead and install them on your own front lawns, or paint rainbows on your driveways, AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE. In a free society where everyone has equal rights, no one can stop you.

LGBTQ^n activists need to learn a thing or two about boundaries. And some basic manners.


Deirdre Pike: Pride season is back, and it’s time to make your demands heard

More on LGBTQ Narcissism.


And from Calgary, just a few examples of the "jobs" and salaries these newly minted aristocrats have been encouraged to believe they have a right to "demand."

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Mississauga woman alleges she was blocked from buying a Fergus home because she is Black

Whether the complaint is true or not, given the deluge of anti-white hatred spewed by subsidized Canadian media, subsidized academia and their ilk, the desire of far-thinking white people to seek refuge from their increasing marginalization ought to surprise no one.

DO NOT LOVE THE LEFT'S HATE!

In a just and free society, obviously, the right of people to exercise in-group preference by building and living in their own segregated communities would not be questioned. On the other hand, in a society dominated by leftist thinking, which any objective observer will note is saturated with moral hypocrisy, only members of certain "protected" groups or POS (People of Status) are allowed to exercise these rights.

The first item on the agenda for anyone who truly believes in human rights, therefore, is to abolish all communist inspired "Human Rights Commissions" in Canada.

"Any alleged “right” of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right." -- Ayn Rand

Mississauga woman alleges she was blocked from buying a Fergus home because she is Black

White Peoples and Their Achievements Are Headed for the Trash Bin of History

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Global Warming Religion Scam

When this global warming scam first started to get publicity, about thirty or so years ago now, I can still remember my exact thoughts, "Well, if this is true, it will be the end of the debate about communism vs. freedom."

I don't think it's a coincidence that it all started at around the time the Soviet Union cracked up. That represented a kind of turning point.

Prior to the Soviet crack-up, the debate was that communism was incapable of delivering the high standards of living "the masses" in capitalist countries had come to take for granted. After the crack-up, that debate seemed to have been finally settled for most people. But the die-hard communists, not willing to let go of their sick ideology, "recycled" themselves into global warming alarmists. The whole premise of the debate was switched into - not that capitalism delivered a high standard of living - but that a high standard of living would destroy the planet - so we couldn't have it anyway. And since we couldn't have a high standard of living, we would have to settle for communism. It was really quite a brilliant bait and switch.

Even though the Soviet Union had collapsed, the communist ideology had already totally infiltrated most of the educational institutions in the West. The use of propaganda and public school brainwashing techniques thus took on the aura of a new religion due to religion's brilliant track record of trapping human minds into believing the babbling fools of the Marxist priesthood.

As Ayn Rand famously stated, more or less, "Faith - that alleged shortcut to knowledge - is nothing more than a short-circuit destroying the mind."

The rest is history.


Greenpeace Founder: Global Warming Hoax Pushed by Corrupt Scientists ‘Hooked on Government Grants’

Monday, May 20, 2019

More Uber BS

Again with the mega BULLSHIT in reporting on the crisis in the taxi industry. Consider this disgusting paragraph from the NYT report:

"The medallion bubble burst in late 2014. Uber and Lyft may have hastened the crisis, but virtually all of the hundreds of industry veterans interviewed for this article, including many lenders, said inflated prices and risky lending practices would have caused a collapse even if ride-hailing had never been invented."

If the article were truthful, it would have instead said,

"The medallion bubble burst in late 2014. Uber and Lyft CAUSED the crisis, but virtually all of the hundreds of industry veterans interviewed for this article, including many lenders, said inflated prices and risky lending practices MAY HAVE caused a collapse even if ride-hailing had never been invented."

Why do they publish such misleading BS? Are the writers ignorant? Or are they dishonest?

For those who still don't understand, here is the skinny. The crisis was precipitated when governments allowed corporate power to buy and muscle their way around existing taxi regulations.

It's that simple.

NYC Taxis Medallions and Suicides

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Taxi Safety

To Styx's point about the internet, "People are too fucking saturated with material all the time to actually go out and snap and be violent."

Right on man!

It totally jibes with my observations over the last few years as a cab driver.

Pre-internet, a lot of passengers with a chip on their shoulder, or bored with existence, or terrified about the cost, or just looking for trouble would focus their attention on the driver. He should have run that yellow light, or cut through that alley or parking lot, or the meter is somehow rigged, or he is "going the long way around," or driving too slow, or driving too fast, or going exactly the speed limit, or "what nationality are you, I mean, originally."

They don't even ask whether anyone has ever puked in your cab anymore.

They are on another planet.

Since so many of them are now glued to their zombiephones, most of those "issues" have evaporated into the ether.

While I am absolutely no fan of the digital zombiefication of the population, this phenomenon did not escape my attention.

Forget about cameras and shields. Just install tablets and free wi-fi in all taxis.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

You Can't Eat Your Cellphone but...

Holy molie!

I was listening to Peter's podcast when he started talking about Bitcoin. He speculated that the average cellphone contains $30 or $40 worth of gold. So I decided to Google the question and quickly learned that the average cellphone actually contains $1.82 worth of gold!

I just threw out one of my old cellphones a while ago. I wish I had used Google first. "There's more gold in a pound of electronics than a pound of gold ore, so it's certainly worth it."

I start to wonder if I should have thrown out my old TVs and computers as well. Should I buy a smelter from Amazon for about CDN$ 659.59 plus FREE Shipping?

Should I have held on to that cellphone? Currently, $1.82 US is worth about $2.43 Canadian. Yeah, it's a pretty big package for storage of a measly $2.43 so when it comes down to it, I ask which would I rather own? A one-ounce Canadian Maple currently worth about $1285 US, or 706 used cellphones weighing about 2,824 ounces? 2,824 Ounces = about 176 pounds. Does anybody buy used cellphones?

Also, there are over 7 billion cellphones in the world today, representing some US $12.74 billion worth of gold. There are more cellphones than there are peoplekinds.

I'm just kicking the can around here but I think I can draw at least one conclusion. Maybe you can't eat your gold, but without it, there can't be any Bitcoin either.

And then there are computers and TVs, and so on.

Oh, and one more thing. When Peter asked the audience how many of them own gold he's right. They should have all raised their hands.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Speech is the New Oil

And fuck it's getting serious.

Ten years for downloading a video?

Fourteen years for sharing?

Within a half an hour of learning of the attack, I quickly found a copy of the video, though it took several attempts, and I downloaded it and copied it to a microSD card. I am teaching myself to do that reflexively given the ever-shortening lifespan of information on the web that hasn't yet been cleansed or aborted by "the authorities" to protect me from harmful knowledge.

Thank goodness Canada isn't New Zealand yet. At least I hope.

But in case no one noticed... I didn't share that video. Then again, I would not have shared it anyway. It's just brutally pointless insanity. And to be frank, the reason I watched it was to be armed with the truth in case the lying media tried to spin it to their socialistic advantage. I'm stubborn that way. If the consensus tells me I shouldn't do something, I reflexively do the opposite. That's part of why I still smoke.

I watch these things because I want to know the truth. The whole ugly truth.

And the truth in some parts of the world these days is very ugly. No wonder so many people are willing to just bury their heads in the sand.

I get it.

But is it really a good idea to deny the public access to relevant information? What the fuck is up with that?

Do you know what my mother told me? She was eleven years old when the second world war started and she lived in London. She told me she really had no idea at the time of what war meant. When she saw soldiers marching off to the meat-grinder, she literally believed that they had fist-fights. Later though, her family had to scurry off to the air-raid shelter when the Nazi bombers paid a visit, she developed a new perspective on war. Her older sister caught a piece of shrapnel from a buzz bomb that went off at the top of their street. Her brother came home after being shot down over Germany. They all thought he was dead but he showed up at the door one day. His hair had turned white.

Her father lost a leg in the First World War. I later learned that he had also lost a brother. No wonder he wasn't happy when his daughter brought home a new boyfriend who happened to be a Kraut.

These were things my mother told me. She was learning.

And now the infowar is more intense than ever.

Man, I wish I were a sports fan.

As a youngster, I was totally enthralled by war. My favourite toys were guns and soldiers. During my teen years, I grew up watching the news reports of the Vietnam war. Seeing the medevacs and the lacerated men being loaded on to the helicopters, and I didn't realize it was happening, but by the time I was seventeen I was TOTALLY CURED of any desire to join the army.

Vietnam was the "Television War." The ubiquitous coverage of front line realities influenced public opinion and the U.S. pulled out.

I'm not going to go around googling at this point to find out if the kind of news coverage we saw during the Vietnam war has been severely restricted since then, though I did see such a claim being made on some documentary, and I strongly suspect it has.

The people in power, those who start and then profit from war, DON'T WANT the people to know how terrible it really is. Else they would have a so much harder a time selling it.

Look at all of those young men, teenagers, in 1914, on all sides, waving their hats wildly, beaming from ear to ear, worried that they might have been too late and they will miss "the action!" And then when they got to the front and saw all of the shredded human bodies and smelled the stink of decomposition they had some serious second thoughts. Unfortunately, they were now in it. There was no turning back. And even if they tried, they'd end up in front of a firing squad.

This ought to make it very clear why the free flow of information is a dire threat to those who wield the real power. For one thing, and I challenge anyone to disagree with me on this point, if the entire population were to be truly educated about the horrors of war, they would avoid it at all costs.

Babies on bayonets in WWI to Babies being thrown out of incubators in Kuwait.

Information is a powerful weapon and, like guns, should be kept out of the hands of the population. Or so our masters tell us.

The sad truth is, we here in the west only had free speech so long as we didn't also have a microphone or a digital microphone. You could blab all you wanted, and send letters to the editor which rarely got printed.

Someone else was always in control of the dominant narrative. Then the internet was born. As soon as the information monopolists realized that control was slipping from their grasp, freedom of speech was no longer important to them. Jeff Zucker wins the First Amendment Award. What a fucking joke.

Yeah. That was your fucking "freedom of speech." I used to hassle my old man, who fought for the losing side, about how Nazi Germany didn't have freedom of speech. He told me that was bullshit. Then he explained that if he wanted to say that Hitler was an asshole, he could do so without fear of repercussion. I had to get a few years older before it occurred to me to ask him, "But what if you were speaking in a beer hall with a microphone, or publishing a newspaper. Would you still be allowed to call Hitler an asshole?" (It was still better than Stalin's Soviet Union at the time. In that country, you couldn't even *think* that Stalin was an asshole. You could even get five years in the Gulag for nothing at all, and one guy even bragged that he was given ten. And how did he know how to read your mind? He didn't have to. If you were dead you were not a threat. Pretty fucking simple math for a tyrant. Same goes when your Youtube channel is deleted. "No man? No problem.")

From the little I know of Nazi history their version of the internet was print and radio. Did they really have freedom of speech? Not bloody likely.

In the 15th century, the internet was the Guttenberg press. There was a lot of censorship and blood spilled over that too.

And from what I see going on around me these days the same patterns emerge.

Fucking digital book burnings.

And it ought not surprise anyone that the war on free speech is now in full swing.

Speech is the new oil.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Cab Driver Philosophy

Eddie the cab driver was complaining to me just last night about one of his cheapskate customers.

The super-generous liberals (aka - socialists) in charge of Hamilton's taxi regulations really "pinched out a loaf" of phony SJW legislation back in the 1990's. For those who don't know, taxi meter rates are mandated in most Western cities. To show how compassionate they were, they came up with the mandatory 10% "seniors discount." Unlike any other business that offers discounts to the customers though, the business owners did not absorb the discount. The drivers did.

I hated it from the start. It wasn't because I am greedy and cheap, which I am. It was the principle of the thing. Why should seniors, whose only real collective achievement is to reach a certain age, be entitled to any special treatment? I've always believed in equality under the law. This "discount" set an ugly precedent. If seniors should be entitled to special treatment, why not the disabled? Pregnant mothers? Welfare recipients? Students? Mental retards? You know how this story ends. Special discounts for blacks for "reparations" and eventually special discounts for Muslims just because Canada is such a "welcoming" society. A caste society. A total departure from a thousand year evolution of Western law and tradition which stressed equal rights over status.

It's a "slippery slope" as that fucking asshole McGuinty said before making it illegal for adults to smoke in cars if children were present. Fucking right it is.

In practice, it often meant that the sub-minimum wage cab driver would pick up a senior's couple with their suitcases, returning from trips to Europe or wherever, on their way to their lovely homes on Auchmar or Scenic, with several shiny new cars in the driveway, or wherever and he would, by force of law, have to provide the 10% discount directly out of his own pocket. Such compassion! The driver's kids would now have to wait another hour for the loaf of bread daddy was supposed to bring home after that trip.

Thankfully, many decent seniors refused to lower themselves to this crude form of legal robbery. But many milked it for all it was worth.

At one time, I bought one of those receipt books from an office supply store and started filling in the discount amount. Then I would get the passenger to sign it acknowledging the transfer of wealth from the poor cab driver to the often well-off senior. My plan was to collect these receipts and then submit them to City Hall for reimbursement. Of course, I never followed through because I knew my odds of success.

Also, in practice, the law created a conflict between driver and customer, and inevitably to anyone who understands the rudiments of economics, it resulted in inferior service to senior citizens. They became the new "persecuted minority," a status they now shared with another group who always complained of never being able to hail a cab. (Of course, the politicians brilliantly respond by writing laws to prohibit discrimination. If it don't fit, use a hammer.)

Aside: A funny thing I noticed when I was in Cuba. In this commie dictatorship I observed people driving around not wearing seat-belts or motorcycle helmets. At least the Cuban commies were smart enough to know they couldn't mandate the use of things that were not available in their country. Only capitalist countries can afford real socialism.

For my last ten years in the business I gave up on the aggressive hustle and just nested at the bus terminal fishing for walk-in customers. I saw the look on cabbie's faces a million times when some old lady with a walker emerged from the main doors and started hobbling over to the cab line. It was hilarious how often the first cabbie in the lineup would be glued to their terminal hoping to get a dispatch order so they could fuck off before the passenger got to their car. Or the way their eyes would dart around desperately hoping to see a more ambulatory and youthful customer who would rescue them and wouldn't demand their "senior's discount" and would often even tip.

Cabbies could be quite resourceful too. I had befriended a Sudanese driver who worked the bus. He was quite the character. He told me about this other immigrant driver whose trick was to suddenly go to the washroom when a senior with a walker, or a fold-up wheelchair, came out of those doors. The plan was calculated to induce the customer to walk to the next cab in the lineup. He was basically dumping his shit downstream. Like that character in Medieval London who directed the effluent from his indoor privy into the next-door neighbor's basement.

Well, knowing the game, my Sudanese friend was second in line when the asshole, and I mean "asshole" suddenly darted to the washroom. But my friend was ready. As soon as he saw that, he left his car and went to the phone booth at John and Hunter to pretend he was making a call. So the old lady ended up patiently waiting for the first driver to return from his phony washroom trip.

Fuck we had a good laugh about that.

I had my own run-ins with that same slimy cabbie. It got tense at times. He finally stopped trying to fuck me around.

One of the first things I learned at the school of libertarian thought was that government programs, ostensibly aimed at ameliorating the conditions of the down-trodden, almost always end up making their conditions worse.

A short list:

Rent controls - housing shortages
Minimum wages - unemployment
Drug prohibition - organized crime, money laundering, civil forfeiture, and epidemic drug use
Old age pensions - old age poverty
Welfare checks - single mothers

and so on.
and so on.

Multiply this egalitarian obsession across a million different human interactions and you end up with a less happy society. And not one in a million can understand why.

Forget about finding answers from Karl Marx. That guy was fucking clueless.

Eventually you end up with civilizations like India or China (pre-western influence) where the strictures imposed by law or by custom become so intricate, so embedded, so reflexive, so unconscious, and so wasteful that material progress becomes impossible for millennia. And even if a few people understand the cause, they are too few, and their books get burned, or banned by Amazon.com, and that civilization can stumble on for thousands of years before some natural or man-made cataclysm FORCES revolutionary change. The black plague had such an impact on Europe. After that they started to understand the importance of proper garbage and sewage disposal, and other advances which I am not knowledgeable enough to provide examples of.

So. Back to Eddie the Cabbie.

He drove a senior customer who demanded her senior's discount. The fare was $15.90 so the discount calculated as 10% of the last full dollar on the meter (How many actually know that?) was $1.50. Eddie rounded it off to $14. The passenger gave him $16 and said, "keep the change."

This little vignette demonstrates the extent of sophistication the cheapskate (usually a virtue-signalling leftist) is willing to employ in order to hide their cheapskatism. Eddie wondered why the passenger put him through all of this extra work when she could have simply said, "Here's $16. Keep the change."

But seniors, more than anyone else, well understand that the 10 cent "tip" went out back in the 1920's. No. What was going on here was the customer was attempting to camouflage their cheapness by invoking the senior's discount charade to make it look like she was actually granting a $2.00 tip. I'm telling you, people are hilarious.

I would be willing to bet that those seniors who engage in these kinds of histrionics in order to create an illusion of false generosity also tend to vote Liberal or NDP.

Maybe I can get a government grant for my "study."

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."

And now I want to tell you the story about the two Scotsmen I had in my cab.

Just kidding.

Yes. I have been drinking.

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Another good laugh. Danny "No-Hair" and I were in line at the go. We were chatting on the sidewalk when this smoking hot babe came walking by. She was impeccably dressed and gorgeous. She walked by often, so all the drivers knew her.

And whenever she walked by, all conversation would stop as the cabbies furtively feasted with their eyes.

So this one morning, Danny and I were talking when we spotted her coming and, like men with military training, we went dead silent, while pretending not to be too obvious in admiring her when we were in front of her. As soon as she passed though, our heads would turn and we study her from the back.

After she'd gone about twenty yards, Danny and I turned back to face each other and we both stated the conclusions of our studies at exactly the same time - "no ass."

Not that there's anything wrong with that. It was just a measurement exercise.

Great minds do think alike though. Toxic masculinity has some intractable obsession with the size and shape of the female posterior. Don't ask me where it comes from, but I doubt it was caused by "capitalism" though I have no doubt that somewhere in the academic literature this case has been made.

It's a good thing no one ever reads my shit or the left would crucify me. Hell, I am even still on FaceBook, or I was the last time I checked.

We almost pissed ourselves laughing.

Before long, laughing will not be allowed lest someone get offended. It's already happening, actually. And wasn't there a recent report about a university in England where clapping has been banned?

Saturday, March 2, 2019

African Reparations

I've been hearing more and more lately about the demand for reparations for slavery. The idea is so disgustingly evil, I thought it would have died a well deserved death by now but it hasn't.

It prompted me to dig up my article from The Way Back Machine and republish it on my blog. It's not exactly how I would have written it today, but I decided to leave it as it was originally published back in 1999. I did go through it to remove the dead links, which turned out to be all of them except for the amazon links to Thomas Sowell's books.

© 1999 Hans Wienhold
last modified:
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 at 21:18:37
Unedited.


African Reparations

"The practice of slavery dates to prehistoric times, although its institutionalization probably first occurred in early historical times"

"Slavery," Microsoft(R) Encarta(R) 98 Encyclopedia. (c) 1993-1997 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Should the rich nations of the West pay reparations to Africa and it's Diaspora?

Grab your wallet! Yet another group is on the prowl in pursuit of unearned cash. Calling themselves "The African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission" they blame the west for Africa's social and economic problems and feel the Americas and Western Europe should fork over some $777 TRILLION plus interest in reparations. The beneficiaries of this claim are to be the people of Africa and the Diaspora.

According to the declaration of the commission (the Accra Declaration) the money would be demanded from ''all those nations of Western Europe and the Americas and institutions, who participated and benefited from the slave trade and colonialism.'' Curiously, the other nations who participated and benefited from the slave trade, those of North Africa and the Middle East are not mentioned.

"Over the centuries, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 11 million people were shipped across the Atlantic from Africa as slaves, and another 14 million African slaves were taken across the Sahara Desert or shipped through the Persion Gulf and other waterways to the nations of North Africa and the Middle East."

Race and Culture: A World View by Thomas Sowell.

Evidently, it is not the slave trade that the commission objects to since slavery as an institution existed in Africa and throughout the world long before the Portuguese got in on the game in 1444. The commisson seems to have made the observation that the West is rich enough to satisfy the claim and decided to conclude that the West is rich because of the slave trade.

The combined annual Gross Domestic Products of the 9 richest American and European economies amounts to a mere $15 Trillion [1] hence, even if those nine countries were to surender their entire Gross Domestic Product every year to Africa and the Diaspora it would take about 52 years to satisfy The African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission's claim.

Is the claim just? Well, yes and no, depending on your fundamental political philosophy. To individualists, the claim is ludicrous, to collectivists on the other hand, the claim is perfectly valid. The reason for the difference is quite simple... individualists insist that individuals are responsible for their own actions whereas collectivists subscribe to the more convenient belief that someone else is always responsible for those actions. That is why criminalists, close relatives of collectivists, are often heard to say "I am a product of society, that is why I robbed, raped and murdered. Society is responsible for my actions. It wasn't my fault."

Collectivists apply the same thinking to the economic realm... where the criminal insists someone else is responsible for what he did, the collectivist insists someone else is responsible for what he didn't do. For example, the skillful, ambitious, energetic, intelligent, hard working person must bear responsibility for the material sustenance of those who are not skillful, ambitious, energetic, intelligent and hard working.

The West's peculiar instition: the welfare state , rests on this premise. I.E. the modern version of slavery, where the government owns the people but let's them keep a portion of the value they produce so they will keep on producing. The other portion of the fruits of that labour, that part owned by the government (tax evasion is stealing it's advocates claim), is extracted via taxation and doled out to various groups in accordance with the degree of political clout those groups manage to muster. Some of the recipients of this dole do not produce but, through welfare elligability, (a legal claim to the fruits of other's labour) benefit from the coercive transfer of goods and services from those who produced them.

In the same way, those clamouring for reparations for slavery insist they are entitled to the entire life's labours of every man, woman and child in the West mainly because Africa never did produce the factories, transportation infrastructure, markets and technologies the skillful, ambitious, energetic, intelligent, hard working people of the West produced. Far from having any fundamental aversion to slavery some advocates of African Reparations explicitly endorse modern taxation slavery as a means of obtaining their booty. (see below)

According to Pan African Congress (PAC) deputy president Motsoko Pheko in an article from MISAnet/PANA " The labour of Africans was used in the Americas, Europe and West Indies to build the foundations for today's wealth of the so-called developed countries."

Does Mr. Pheko honestly believe we in the West would still be living in log cabins if not for the labour of Africans? Does Mr. Pheko really think that there would be no pharmaceutical indstry in the West if not for the labour of Africans? No electronics? No automobiles? No jets? No central heating and air conditioning? No flush toilets, washing machines and refrigerators? Are we seriously expected to believe that the vast new computer industry and the internet would not have existed in the West if not for the labour of Africans? Were the great bridges, dams and skyscrapers of the West built on African labour?

Anyone possessing the merest scintilla of economic sense would reject this whole idea out of hand. The great wealth of the West is due to capitalism, not physical labour. Unfortunately, the proportion of the populations of the Western democracies in possession of said scintilla is dangerously small, hence the possibility that the proposed victims of this reparations idea remain susceptible to myriads of specious claims.

It is difficult to believe that Mr. Pheko is serious in making this claim... indeed, the claim is so preposterous that only one conclusion can be drawn.... the true basis for the African reparations claim is precisely that African labour had nothing whatsover to do with the massive wealth of the modern West, and that therefore, in accordance with standard collectivist/criminalist thinking, Africa is morally entitled to own it - or at least fifty odd years of the entire economic output of the nine richest Western nations.

A more reasonable approach to the question of reparations might be to identify the heirs of those specific institutions and individuals who profited from the slave trade and colonialism. Having done so it would be necessary also to determine exactly which proportion of the current wealth of these institutions and individuals was due to the exploitation of the descendants of modern African and the Diaspora.

A fair minded individual could hardly object to a request that these legitimate assets be returned to the heirs of the original owners. Yet according to the essay "The legal basis of the claim for Reparations" By Lord Anthony Gifford, British Queens Counsel and Jamaican Attorney-at-Law at the Africa Reparations Movement (ARM) website,

"It would be possible to identify individual companies which could be proved to have made vast profits from slavery. There are plantation owners in Jamaica, and titled families in England, whose living heirs owe their wealth to slaving."

... but this approach would involve too much work and the defendants would reject it. Lord Gifford believes that instead, all citizens should assume collective guilt because governments have "reserves" and "taxation powers" and that it is "governments who must in the end be persuaded that reparations are to be paid" by everyone regardless of the culpability of their specific ancestors. Imposing the burden on innocent third parties[2], many of whose ancestors were hardly better off and often worse off than many slaves does not seem to deter Lord Gifford in his pursuit of what he calls "justice".

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The key point here is Mr. Gifford's specific rejection of going after those who today can be identified as direct beneficiaries of the slave trade in favour of the more lucrative prospect of going after those whose ancestors were not.


[1] Annual Gross Domestic Product of Selected Nations

CountryAnnual Gross Domestic Product (1996) in Trillions
U.S.7.66
Germany1.7
France1.22
United Kingdom1.19
Italy1.12
Mexico.777
Canada.721
Spain.593
Netherlands.317
Total15.3
Source: The New World Almanac and Book of Facts 1999
 
 
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[2] The population of Western Europe, North and South America is currently about 1.3 billion people. $777 TRILLION US represents a mere payout of $597,692 for every man, woman and child living in the "guilty" countries. This is about $70,636,364 for each of the roughly 11 million Africans who were shipped accross the Atlantic.

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Further Reading

Conquests and Cultures: An International History
by Thomas Sowell.

An important book for anyone interested in developing a perspective on the validity of African reparations claims.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Roll up the Rim Lunacy

The average Tim Horton's customer waits, say, three minutes waiting for service in the drive-through lane, but every time Horton's rolls out their roll up the rim promotion, the lineups and the wait times skyrocket. A customer might wait fifteen minutes or longer to get that rim.

Why are people so eager to waste their time in the drive-through lanes at Tim's only to get an invitation to play the same game again?

The odds of winning a coffee or food prize in Tim's contest are 1 in 6. Therefore, the average drive-thru customer may wait as long as one and a half hours before winning anything.

A two-litre engine consumes about 1.2 litres of gas per hour while idling. The average Roll up the Rim looney will thus spend about 1.8 litres of gas for the average prize. With gas prices hovering around 90 cents per litre these days, the average drive-thru winner should deduct $1.35 from the value of the prize in order to correctly calculate the value of the reward.

So, if you win an extra large coffee worth $2.25 you must deduct $1.35 from that to determine how much you actually won.

Waiting in a line is just like working. The hourly pay for waiting in line for a rim thus works out to be about sixty cents.

Sixty cents.

Is it really worth it?

Roll up the Rim Lunacy


THEN THEY CAME FOR THE MEMES.


The Assman

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Plantar Fasciitis

You know how you can tell if you are going deaf? You tend to ask people to repeat themselves a lot.

And you know how you can tell that maybe you have Plantar Fasciitis? You find yourself gazing longingly at those handicap parking spaces when you're at the mall and wondering if maybe it's time to visit your doctor and ask for one of those special privilege certificates.

Oh, and what is this I see?

More designated parking spaces are popping up for designated people. The designated parking area is starting to get crowded, just like the "human rights" area. ("Bad rights drive out good rights." -- Ayn Rand. And they tend to proliferate, just like the quantity of central bank currency. Think of it as "rights inflation." I have a friend who believes all of the problems of the world can be reduced to monetary corruption. I say it goes deeper than that.)

For a couple of years now, I have seen spaces for mothers, pardon me, "parents," with babies at Walmarts and Fortinos. I wonder when the mother spots will have the fine and towing warnings that accompany the handicap spots. (which occasionally sends me off on a tangent wondering about fertility rates and whether or not certain politically significant voting groups are more, or less likely to benefit from such privileges, whether legislated or not. And also, whether or not, the parking spot privileges are likely to change places as the demographics continue to change. Like when the boomers start to die off.)

The other day, I went to Fortino's to buy bread. I noticed a new battery of designated parking spaces. This one was for people with electric cars. I assume these spots double as charging stations. (To fight Global Warming, pardon me, Climate Change.) Of course, they were all empty, just like bicycle lanes, which meant that the proletariat, on average, would have to find parking spots further away from the store entrance.)

"Ahah!" I thought, "the list grows!"

One thing I remember studying in high school was "finite math." I don't know why it was called "finite math," but I do remember that part of the program involved "progressions." 1-2-3-4, what comes next?

And 1-3-5-7 and what comes next again? And on and on to increasingly complicated mathematical designs.

That part of the course impacted my thinking for the rest of my life. I was always trying to detect progressions. That is also why it is so easy for me to recognize the folly spewed forth by people who call themselves "progressives?" The question becomes, progressing to where exactly?

And I notice the same pattern in parking lots.

Handicap parking.
Mother's parking.
My Shit Don't Stink electrical vehicle parking.

What comes next?

Senior's parking? (Updated: Feb 16, 2019)

Fat people's parking?

LGTBQ^n parking?

Indigenous parking?

Indigenous elder parking?

Parking for the mentally ill, or the romantically lonely?

Parking for designated assholes? (No one ever set out in life choosing to be an asshole, yet some people have been sadled with that fate, or designation. For some people, being born an asshole, or more colloquially, an "asswipe" was never a matter of choice, but in some cases it works rather well - just look at Justin Trudeau. But what about all of the other assholes who never get to be Prime Minister? What about the ones that end up working in car washes? Don't they deserve "inclusion?" And what about me?)

The poor? I imagine a time when "parking for the poor" would have been an oxymoron.

Black parking, brown parking, Asian parking, female parking, white parking? White parking? (!) By the time all of the slots have been allocated, white males will be told that they will have to find parking on adjacent side streets. Guilt by birth.

Muslim parking?

Whether the allocation of political spoils involves parking, or designated prayer zones, or smoking zones, though the specific details may differ, the principle remains the same. Do we wish to live in a world where everyone has equal rights? Or do we wish to live in a world where we are categorized and divided, rewarded or punished, ultimately in accordance with statistical voting patterns, or our "identity?" Or upon the number of "social points," we are able to accumulate by swiping our Good Citizen cards? And where wormlike politicians are the ones who are given the power to decide WHO GETS WHAT?

Sorry. There will be no parking for white, Catholic, male, MAGA-hat-wearing, teenaged boys. They are guilty by nature.

They will have to walk or take the bus.

I have to admit. It bothers me.

My ideal, even before I learned to articulate it, was of a world where everyone had equal rights. "My right to beat my drum in your face ends where your face begins. It doesn't mean you have to get out of my way, or kiss my ass, or suck my cock, regardless of our relative ethnic origins, or because I have a designated parking spot in the political heirarchy. (Notice: You don't hear *anyone* talking about EQUAL rights anymore.) The socio-political progression I have observed after I learned to articulate it is in totally the opposite direction.

Our idiot Prime Minister flatulates with his mouth. "Diversity is our strength."

So long as "diversity" implies a legally enforceable hierarchy of rewards and punishments, depending upon the politically assigned relative importance of the plethora of human frailties, from restricted mobility to restricted intellectual capacity, and decided upon by people almost universally recognized as possessing low character, I.E. politicians,

we're fucked.


Update: February 15, 2019

WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND THE EMERGENT CASTE SYSTEM

"Current events predict future trends." -- Gerald Celente.

Jeepers Sneakers

A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.

Michael LeBoeuf (1942-)

Prelude

We take a lot of things for granted including our wardrobe and specifically our footwear. There are numerous stores that sell all sorts of women's and men's clothes with a wide variety of style. We can purchase casual or formal attire and if a consumer shops around enough they may obtain a decent price for what they're looking for. However, it appears there are more specialty boutiques catering to women's fashion than there are shops for men.

Back in 2010, I was experiencing a stabbing and piercing pain in the sole of my right heel. At times the discomfort was unbearable...irritating so badly I had difficulty walking. I paid a visit to my family doctor and he immediately diagnosed my problem as Plantar Fasciitis. The following is from the Mayo Clinic: Plantar Fasciitis is a heel pain that involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. My physician gave me a written prescription to Bio Ped.

Bio Ped is a recognized and reputable foot care establishment. After two visits I walked out of their store wearing custom made orthotics in my running shoes. Orthotics are molded plastic inserts placed inside both shoes. They were a miracle. I can truly say I've never encountered that agony since wearing the orthotics. Now if I can just eliminate my gout.

The Bio Ped employee that served me was tremendously professional and courteous. She strongly suggested to me I purchase a certain type of running shoe called New Balance 623. Being the foot care specialist and expert she was I agreed to her recommendation and bought the shoes. They turned out to be an excellent investment. They were a superb, terrific and comfortable fitting running shoe.

I wear a size eleven 4E. Usually I've never had any difficulty buying my specific running shoes until 2017. I required a new pair and drove to National Sports on Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton, Ontario. I also hiked across the street to Sport Check located in Limeridge Mall. My shoes were on sale at both stores for seventy dollars, regularly one hundred dollars and sometimes more. Unfortunately either store didn't have my size in stock. However, the salespeople at both outlets assured me they receive shipments every day and proposed I check back periodically. I accepted their advice and returned three days later to both stores.

My visits to both spots was increasing my mood of disappointment and complete discouragement. At Sport Check they still didn't have my size. The sales clerk offered to phone Eastgate Square in east Hamilton and Oakville, Ontario to find out if they had my correct size. I asked the saleswoman if they do have my size can they ship the shoes to this store. Her reply was simple. No we don't do that. Nevertheless she did mention I could order the shoes online and she would initiate the transaction but it was up to me to finish the order. I declined and walked out of the store extremely pissed off. And on top of that I wasn't driving to Eastgate Square and certainly not Oakville (58.7 km's/36.5 miles).

I drove across the street to National Sports and noticed "my" running shoes were still on sale (as they were at Sports Check also). Once again I asked the sales associate if my size was available. He walked into the stock room and quickly returned with the same old story. I asked him if he would order a pair for me and guess what his reply was...we don't do that. That term seems to a regular phrase. Then he added some additional disturbing news. His store doesn't receive my type of shoe in a 4E. This time I walked out of the store irate and livid.

I felt I was in a no-win situation but what really infuriated me was the lack of customer relations both stores had. In my mind their fucking policies stink. I wasn't going to settle for any other type of running shoe. New Balance 623 are by far the utmost comfortable pair of running shoes I have ever owned. Straightforwardly speaking they are without a doubt the finest home for my feet. So I decided to phone my orthotics gal at Bop Ped and ask her to recommend a running shoe at her business. The phone call was successful. She would order a pair of New Balance 623 running shoes for me and the cost would be one hundred dollars. Obviously I was very happy and gave her the green light.

Perhaps you might be asking yourself what's wrong with ordering items online. Five will get you ten we all agree the brilliance and intelligence of computer hackers is unlimited. Their understanding and knowledge of that device is amazing. For those reasons I'm very leery and skeptical of conducting business affairs online. And of course I'm the first to admit I'm a downright moron when it comes to computers. You could almost say they intimidate me.

I've noticed in the past ten or more years (you probably have also) when individuals inquire or purchase an item or service a very high majority of sales representatives will say, "have a good day" as the customer is about to leave. If I remember correctly that phrase "have a good day" originated in the United States long before Canadians started that lingo.

I would like to share the following true story with you. In the spring of 1985 a friend and I attended the University of Texas spring football camp in Austin, Texas for one week. We arrived on a Sunday and returned home on the following Sunday. Since the camp's practice sessions were a steady days, weekends off event I decided to partake in some shopping on the Saturday. I was focused on acquiring items for my girlfriend (she wasn't present on the trip) who later on became my wife and then my ex-wife.

I was browsing through a large mall and walked into a department store's jewellery section. I saw a beautiful woman's gold chain with a gold state of Texas pendent attached to the necklace. I was eager to buy it but noticed it was pricey. My cash flow had decreased immensely and it didn't help the exchange rate was forty percent. I asked the saleswoman if I could see the necklace and she removed it from the display case. She stated it goes on sale Monday with sixty-five percent off.

Now this is how my twenty seconds of fame occurred. Puritan - Damn. That's too bad. I'm from Canada and I'm returning home tomorrow.
Saleswoman - You look familiar. I recognize your face. I saw your picture in the paper. You're visiting the Texas football camp.
Puritan - Yeah that was me.
Saleswoman - Since you're leaving tomorrow I'll give you the discount price on the necklace today.
Puritan - That would be fantastic. Thank you very much.

The Austin American - Statesman newspaper wrote an article about my friend and I attending the football camp. The feature also had a picture of us and Head Coach Fred Akers. You have to admit it's not every day two Canuks fly to Austin (1412 miles/2275 km's) to watch the Longhorns practice.

In my opinion the sales clerk went out on a limb. Furthermore she demonstrated excellent, top quality and first class customer relations. I still wonder if that situation was to take place in Ontario would the same result transpire?

Epilogue

In my opinion National Sports and Sports Check are prime examples of two large enterprises that really don't give a rat's ass about going that extra mile for their customers. As far as I'm concerned the customer relations, well, they don't have any. Maybe one day they may encounter liquidation. I wonder how they would react to their final dance and last hurrah. Is it possible they may ask themselves why did this happen?

The End

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Has Capitalism Failed?

Gerald (See below) is bang on when he criticizes Ray Dalio's ridiculous claim that "capitalism has failed." It just goes to show that you don't have to be smart to be rich.

For much the same reasons as Gerald gives, I have felt my blood pressure rising whenever someone chooses to wisely inform me that "capitalism has failed." If I were in a good mood, I would simply tell them that WE DON'T HAVE CAPITALISM. To hear this mantra repeated over and over and over again, for a span of five decades ends up really trying a guy's patience to the point that, when not trying to "be the best a man can be," I would simply reply with, "You are a fucking retard."

I know this will be considered to be nothing more than "tin-foil hat" libertarianism, but one of the first things I learned is that government economic intervention causes distortions including, but not limited to, shortages and surplusses.

Unemployment, for example. It is both a shortage (of jobs) and a surplus (of labor,) in EXACTLY the same way as taxi meter rate mandates create a shortage of customers and long, long lines of vacant cabs. Both are created by government interference into the free market.

Government intervention is the PRIMARY cause of chronic, structural unemployment. I read somewhere, that prior to the rise of "capitalism" there was no such thing as chronic, structural unemployment.

I also read Hans (!) F. Sennholtz's fantastic book, "The Politics of Unemployment" back when it first came out which contained, for me, the best summary of the causes of unemployment I have ever read. From the description on Amazon,

"The modern age of economic intervention began under the pretense of helping workers. Professor Sennholz demolishes the entire edifice that gave rise to this movement.

We were told that workers must be organized into unions. They must have job protection. Their safety must be guaranteed by legislation. There must be a minimum wage. People under the age of 15 must never engage remunerative work, for that would be exploitation. And workers need retirement income. If unemployment rises, nothing short of full-scale central planning is required!

So on it goes, except for one inconvenient fact: the age of intervention accomplished precisely the opposite of its stated goals for workers. The unemployment of the 20th century was government created. And today, workers are taxed, regulated, and regimented to their own detriment.

Here is the uncompromising case against the entire interventionist regime erected on behalf of workers. No one does a better job in showing how the state has harmed the very group that it claimed to be backing.

The title suggests merely politics, but this book is filled with economic theory. It's one of the few books to give a full critique of unemployment insurance, for example, showing it as a destructive intervention that should be but is not questioned by the mainstream literature.

Sennholz refutes dozens of theoretical fallacies and exposes the bad policies that flow from them. His focus on current trends like "mandated benefits" explains how they have so drastically increased labor costs. (emphasis - mine. Wonder why jobs are going to China?) He also deals with the feminist arguments against the free market and makes a strong case for the benefits of the underground economy. (Yeah!) A principled and readable work that unifies theoretical rigor and a passion for liberty. "

I think the phrase, "capitalism has failed" should be banned from all public discourse because it triggers me to the point of fearing a stroke or a heart attack.

Oh, and that reminds me about how I recently got off on a little debate with Bill Ayers of Weatherman fame on Facebook after he posted the following ridiculous graphic,

to which I commented,

A lot of people find themselves homeless because they have no money, and the reason a lot of them have no money is that they don't work. And the reason why a lot of people don't work is that they are too lazy to work.

That they find themselves needy is in no way an indicator of the success or failure of free markets. It's arguably a testament to free markets operating as they should.

Getting something for nothing has never been promised by those who advocate free markets. In the real world, it's a lot more complicated than that though. Governments create unemployment, and via a million and one other mindless interventions create substantial fissures into which many, who don't deserve it, sink. And of course, it's always the politicians (and the lazy, and the fake SJW's) who promote the con that getting something for nothing is a sustainable economic model.

To my surprise "Professor" Ayers felt the need to respond and it went on from there.

I've gone on for too long already but just one more minor point.

Another book I read was called, "The Tragedy of American Compassion" by Marv Olsky. (?) It described how charity worked in the U.S. before the welfare state took over the job. I recall that churches took care of a lot of indigent men and that the reason for their indigence was, you guessed it, ALCOHOL. The churches would house and feed these guys in exchange for chores like chopping wood and so on. One implication is that the able-bodied non-alcoholics all had jobs.

Oh.... just one more thing, as an atheist I am never too enthusiastic when God is invoked as a possible solution to various social ills. I would not personally consider belief in God to be an important, much less the MOST important solution to poverty. On the other hand, I say, if it works - use it.

From Amazon, [broken into paragraphs by me,]

"Can a man be content with a piece of bread and some change tossed his way from a passerby?

Today's modern welfare state expects he can. Those who control the money in our society think that giving a dollar at the train station and then appropriating a billion dollars for federal housing can cure the ails of the homeless and the poor. But the crisis of the modern welfare state is more than a crisis of government. Private charities that dispense aid indiscriminately while ignoring the moral and spiritual needs of the poor are also to blame. Like animals in the zoo at feeding time, the needy are given a plate of food but rarely receive the love and time that only a person can give.

Poverty fighters 100 years ago were more compassionate--in the literal meaning of "suffering with"--than many of us are now. They opened their own homes to deserted women and children. [ME: As Tucker Carlson might say, "Huh!" Imagine if any of the SJW mouthpieces we hear ad-nauseam today, virtue-signal-puking their "concern" for immigration/refugee/ asylum-seekers actually opened their own homes to, say refugees and asylum seekers? Trudeau?] They offered employment to nomadic men (Huh! - "nomadic men") who had abandoned hope and human contact. Most significantly, they made moral demands on recipients of aid. They saw family, work, freedom, and faith as central to our being, not as life-style options. No one was allowed to eat and run.

Some kind of honest labor was required of those who needed food or a place to sleep in return. Woodyards next to homeless shelters were as common in the 1890's as liquor stores are in the 1990's. (italics - mine) When an able bodied woman sought relief, she was given a seat in the "sewing room" and asked to work on garments given to the helpless poor.

To begin where poverty fighters a century ago began, Marvin Olasky emphasizes seven ideas that recent welfare practice has put aside: affiliation, bonding, categorization, discernment, employment, freedom, and most importantly, belief in God. In the end, not much will be accomplished without a spiritual revival that transforms the everyday advice we give and receive, and the way we lead our lives. It's time we realized that there is only so much that public policy can do. That only a richness of spirit can battle a poverty of soul. The century-old question--does any given scheme of help...make great demands on men to give themselves to their brethren?--is still the right one to ask. Most of our 20th-century schemes have failed. It's time to learn from the warm hearts and hard heads of the 19th-century."

The century-old question--does any given scheme of help...make great demands on men to give themselves to their brethren?

The Tragedy of Human Compassion

In other words, if you want to know why we are embroiled in a gigantic economic fuck-fest, look no further than the governments you appeal to for "solutions" to problems. (And then ask yourself, again, do you really think these buffoons, who can never even balance a budget, can control the climate?)

"The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster." -- Ludwig von Mises.

Most of the mysteries that lie at the root of so much chaos and acrimony we see today could be easily explained if every student in every first grade were given an introduction to the most basic elements of economics such as supply and demand along with the role of prices in balancing those forces. They should also be given a very short lesson in politics, which would consist of one question. Who pays?

In the end, I am hopeful that any reader will be persuaded over to my belief that it is not "capitalism" which has failed. It has been government.

As my mother used to say to me, "Mark my words."



It's been about thirty(?) years now since one single album dominated my mental space-time. I was about 17 when I discovered "Abbey Road." (side 2.)

This kind of reminds me of that.

I've played it four times tnoight.

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