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Ottawa gossip

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The Big Boys have sent a message to the Liberal Party that twinkle-toes Justin is losing them money, and that Liberal policies for the past few years have been the cause. Justin Trudeau’s brain is managed by Gerald Butts, whose goal has been the destruction of the Canadian petrochemical industry in the cause of arresting global warming. In short, Trudeau the Lesser will find an occasion within the next two years to pursue “more time with his family”. Either Mark Carney or Chrystia Freeland will take over. Mrs. Freeland, the deputy prime minister, is already working out of the Langevin Block across from Parliament Hill, which is the head office of PCO/PMO. Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England, has chosen to resettle in Ottawa, not Toronto, according to sources of idle gossip at the Rideau Club.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned. If Freeland gets in, we shall have an Alberta-born Liberal, and a competent one. If Carney gets the job, it looks like we shall have another climate wanker.

Hillary Clinton: psychopath?

It can be argued that Hillary Clinton is not in her right mind, and has not been for along time. Increasingly she looks like an inhabitant of the psych ward, and in her latest utterance in The Atlantic magazine, she has likened Mark Zuckerberg to Trump, of all people. {!}

“There’s good reason to believe, Clinton said, that Facebook is “not just going to reelect Trump, but intend[s] to reelect Trump.” We know for sure, at least, that Zuckerberg doesn’t want Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to be the president. In leaked audio of an internal Facebook meeting that emerged last fall, he referenced Warren’s interest in regulating Facebook and said he would “go to the mat and … fight” her.

“Clinton seems to find the whole thing deeply unnerving. Zuckerberg has been “somehow persuaded,” she said, “that it’s to his and Facebook’s advantage not to cross Trump. That’s what I believe. And it just gives me a pit in my stomach….”

“When I asked Clinton today whether she too sees a Trumpian quality in Zuckerberg’s reasoning, she nodded. “It’s Trumpian,” she said. “It’s authoritarian.” (Facebook did not immediately provide a response to my request for comment from Zuckerberg.) “

I do not think Hillary Clinton is a liar in the proper sense of the term. I think she is convinced of the truth of everything she says. Simply put, she has no knowledge of the difference between truth and lies because she is habituated to believing the reality of everything she asserts.

One of the mysteries of life is how this woman political psychopath managed to persuade so many that she was worthy of being the President of the United States. When America gets its Shakespeare, or its Suetonius, the play about how this obvious lesbian managed to stay married to a raging serial womanizer, and how they corralled power for so long, will make a play on the order of Richard III.

Ask yourself: how many people have died because they were about to, or might have, revealed truths about Hillary and Bill? 37? 165? 16?

Take for instance the case of Ron Brown, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce. An entire plane the size of Air Force Two carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 35 people crashed in Croatia. This required an amazing level of coordination, if it was an assassination. See this for more details.

The purpose of this is not to express outrage: I have long since exhausted my concern for Hillary and Bill’s lethal shenanigans. They are a law unto themselves. My purpose is to imagine the foremost power couple of recent times as MacBeth and his wife, and to foresee that a play will eventually be written about them. The story will deserve a great writer, but that person has not yet been born. No one will write that play while the two of them are still alive: too many have died from five warning shots to the back of the head.

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Power couple: Lord and Lady Macbeth

Trump/sex/university faculty

The US National Association of Scholars published an article of the ratios of Democratic to Republican party registrations among faculty. This will confirm you in your biases. The universitariat is commie.

If you are male your colleagues are 6.4 times more likely to be Democrats; 16.4 times more likely as women

This is the ratio of Democratic to Republican party registrations of faculty by discipline.

The sex ratio is echoed to a lesser degree among people who are not university professors.

If ever there was a split along sexual lines, this is it. Women do not approve of strong men, it might appear. Or they disapprove up until they reach the ballot box, I can not tell.

More interesting psephology can be found at

Machinery of Government/broadcasting revolution/future of the Labour party

At the beginning of my career I worked in a section of the Privy Council Office called “machinery of government.” Its religion was “ministerial responsibility”, whereby the Minister was responsible to parliament for the actions of his or her department. In many cases the civil servants escape effective control because they move from job to job faster than their mistakes or errors can be discovered.

What you see below is an interview with a former British Member of Parliament, Douglas Carswell. I wish we had MPs of this quality. In terms of perspicacity, range of thought, eloquence and experience, Carswell is head and shoulders better than almost every Canadian MP. He is one of the few people in parliament to have thought deeply about how government actually works.

He speaks of the Prime Minister sending “charter letters” to Ministers telling them of their mandates – we have this in Canada. But what he adds to this idea is vital. He says the letter should also mandate the civil servants who are expected to stay in the job to assist the Minister for as long as the Minister is in office, so that they cannot transfer out while they are supposed to be getting their job done.

  • The future of the Labour Party – at 27 minutes
  • Boris Johnson and the current government at 28 minutes
  • Problems with the mandarinate and the “quangocracy” at 30 minutes.
  • The broadcasting/digital media revolution at 44 minutes

How I wish we had people of his quality in Canadian politics!

Trump at Davos

Trump starts at the 2:26 minute mark. After a recitation of his economic successes, he reminds the audience that the US will never surrender to gloom and catastrophism, before concluding with allusions to the great cathedrals of Europe as emblems of hope, daring, and orientation towards success.

“You are going to be so tired of winning by the time I am through”, he said a while back. The prediction may be coming true.

He declared that in the previous two regimes, the US had lost 60,000 factories, and that since his coming to power, had regained 12,000 of them. 200,000 manufacturing jobs had been lost under Bush Jr. and Obama. This was the principal reason he decided to run, said he.

“The time for skepticism is over”.

He claims his policies are designed to improve the life of the American worker: “A nation’s highest duty is to its own citizens” [at 34:22] Would you not like to hear that coming from Justin Trudeau? “A pro-worker, pro-citizen and pro-family agenda”. Do you seriously imagine Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren have a chance against this?