Paychecks for Liberal Sycophants

 

Just once in a while, Andrew Coyne of the National Post says something sensible. In an article, Any chance the media bailout would not be politicized has now vanished, he accurately portrays the complete contempt displayed by the Liberal government for freedom of expression and freedom of the Press. As Coyne points out,

The government, for its part, is unapologetic about the choice of its objective allies in the union to help it decide how to hand out the cash. “After all,” said a spokesman for the heritage minister, “who is (better) placed to advocate for the future of journalism than journalists themselves?” He accused the Conservatives of attacking the independence of the media and “the professionalism of journalists.”

Well, of course, what else would they say? After all, who is better placed to advocate for the future of crime than criminals themselves?

Basically, the $600 million allotted for media bailouts in the Budget is a slush fund to pay Liberal presstitutes and their whores with taxpayers’ money. The “independent” panel that will decide where the monies go has all the usual left wing suspects on it.

Do you think for a moment that anyone who does not subscribe to the multiculti nightmare will get any money? Do you think that any institution that expresses opposition to Islamic immigration, abortion, the left wing indoctrination in our education system, the domination of our universities by ad hoc Marxist dictatorships will ever be the recipient of any of this taxpayer largesse?

Of course not. The entire project is a spit-in-your-eye assault on press freedom. Anyone who takes that money will be tarred with the brush of sycophancy; their scribblings will have the stamp of “Liberal-Approved Propaganda” on them, and justifiably so. This has been true of the CBC for years; it has always been the Lord Haw-Haw of leftism.

The recent events in the US, the campaign of hate against President Trump, have shown us all that journalists no longer “speak the truth to power”; they are the power, and have shown themselves to be a rancid left wing mob that shows not the slightest respect for truth.

The Puerile Nincompoop of Sussex Drive cannot be expected to understand this, but his puppet masters behind the screens do. If the Conservatives win the next election, one of the first things on the agenda must be: cancel this disgraceful boondoggle. And while you’re at it, deal with the CBC. We don’t need state propaganda in this day and age.

Rebel Yell

Obama’s Communist background

I have known about this for years. I wonder how many other people are aware of these facts. Not rumours, but facts. Obama’s people were red-diaper babies, his mentors were American Communists party members, and why, in a free society, these facts remain largely unknown, is a mystery.

I do not mean Democrats. I mean the CPUSA. And he was a two term President of the United States, and he was as close ideologically to Leonid Brezhnev as George Lincoln Rockwell was to Adolf Hitler. Anytime you think that maybe the decks are stacked against conservatives, think about how Obama was treated as a god among men by the New York Times and the mainstream media, and wonder at how this fraud on the American people – Obama – was perpetuated.

The earthworm crisis

So here is how you write a newspaper article, scientific paper, or any non- fiction. 1) notice that something is happening 2) apply the story line that something is increasing carbon dioxide output 3) wring your hands about it and shout “carbon crisis”.

Today’s example is a story from the National Post that earthworms are gradually moving northward in Canada into boreal forest. Normally this would be a good thing, as the little creatures turn over soil and increase its productivity. Plus, the good news aspect can be readily ignored, which is that the North American continent is slowly recovering from the impoverishment of the most recent glaciation. (I nearly used “ice age”, but that would be wrong; we are still in an ice age, but we call it an interglacial period).

” Native earthworms disappeared from most of northern North America 10,000 years ago, during the ice age. Now invasive earthworm species from southern Europe — survivors of that frozen epoch, and introduced to this continent by European settlers centuries ago — are making their way through northern forests, their spread hastened by roads, timber and petroleum activity, tire treads, boats, anglers and even gardeners.”

At this point you smack both cheeks with you fingers and gasp in horror. Oh yes, do not forget to use the words “invasive species”. That will get them going. Species are supposed to stay where they are, according to the School of Climate Alarm.

There is no phenomenon of nature that cannot be dragged into global warming. I am waiting for the physicists to inform us how loop quantum gravity needs to be funded because it has implications for anthropogenic global warming, or climate change, or something. It is all a funding scam and a cry for attention.

Censorship by any other means

You can censor the Internet just as effectively through privacy or copyright restrictions as you can by over political means. In fact, that is how censorship is being achieved in Europe. Many American sites will not conform to the European Commission’s GDPR. Result: try to get the Drudge Report, Powerline or a host of other sites based in America, as you tour through Europe. You will wait in vain. “The server took too long to respond” is not always a technical response; it can be the result of political decisions.

Regulatory barriers act as an effective form of political censorship because they do not appear to be overtly political. If you fail to conform to a European law respecting “privacy”, which about the implantation of ‘cookies’, then you disappear. The European Commission can claim that the Americans fail to respect European notions of ‘privacy’, without censoring anything on overtly political grounds.

The net result is what the Democrats like Vint Cerf who run the Internet organizations fear the most: fragmentation of the Internet. Fragmentation can serve the interests of anti-Americans, and does. It can all be accomplished by goody two shoes European bureaucrats.

I will keep you posted on this as I can. This was one of those things I had to experience before it became real. Maybe the servers did take too long to respond, but maybe the cause was technical, not political. I doubt it.

Fatuity

Zuckerberg and Harari – the latter is one of the most over-rated gasbags of the modern world – talk past each other for an hour and a half. Harari is concerned with the implications of Artificial Intelligence, and Zuckerberg with the breakup of the Internet into national jurisdictions. All of which is reasonable from their perspectives.

I am going to say something outrageous here: I do not think these people are all that bright. I invite you to watch the show (I suggest from about 28 minutes into it). Yes I am aware that Harari has three hugely best-selling histories of everything on the market, and he is currently fashionable. And we all know that Zuckerberg is a Master of the Universe with many tens of billions of dollars in his grasp. I have neither the billions nor the best sellers and I could be accused of envy.

Zuckerberg thinks AI is a set of methods that improve processes everywhere. It should not be personified, as Harari does. Perhaps I should not be so harsh on Zuckerberg. He makes a few reasonable points. Nevertheless I find him banal, even if largely right .

Harari thinks the forces of efficiency and morality have split, and this has given a boost to totalitarian regimes. “Some system far away can know me better than my mother”, and that system can be hostile.

This, he says, is a situation we never had to deal with before.

Zuckerberg observes that there is no metric to optimize society. Harari conceives that “free will” is an illusion, and that what people imagine is their own will is an implant, so to speak, of the persuasive arts developed through the Internet.

My understanding of this attitude is shaped by what I heard recently from some left wing academic (I know, a pleonasm). He argues that the “press” needed to become professionalized , that is, turned into a self regulating professional body with powers of certification and disaccreditation, in the manner of lawyers, doctors or occupational therapists. He based his views o the terrible events of recent years, Brexit and the election of Trump.

It is difficult for those of us who look upon Brexit and Trump as perfectly understandable to sympathize with the shock that these two events delivered to the political Left. More even than the fall of Communism in 1989, the fall of Obama/Clinton and their replacement by Trump was their own personal “collapse of Communism”, their god that failed. And Brexit likewise has overturned the rule of the chattering classes in Britain, and they are fighting back as hard as they can to reclaim their accustomed role in ruling opinion.

Harari would argue that the customer is no longer right, because his opinion has been hacked by AI and manipulative algorithms. Zuckerberg, to his credit, demurs. These questions are not new, he says. In that he is perfectly correct. And I also agree with Zuckerberg that that technology has not made this problem more acute now than it has ever been, and thus I think Harari is merely handwringing. But he will not shut up about his concerns. Zuckerberg, by contrast, seems more rooted in the world of practice.

My bubble

Occasionally I am forced to realize that i live in my own opinion bubble. Or if you prefer, sphere. We organize our lives to stay away from strife, and so we live as much as possible in a place where we have filtered out the unwelcome. I do it, you do it, he does it.

Today’s lesson came from members of the NDP (Canada’s lefter that Left opposition party) objecting to an invitation to Jordan Peterson appearing at a parliamentary committee. The National Post stated:

“The NDP is objecting to an invitation Conservative MPs have extended to psychology professor and author Jordan B. Peterson to testify before the House of Commons justice committee, calling it “irresponsible and morally reprehensible.”

“In a statement released Tuesday, NDP MP Tracey Ramsey said the Conservatives are “dangerously pandering to divisive politics instead of standing up for human rights.”

If I were an NDP member of Parliament, I would enjoy having a set-to with Jordan Peterson. What dismays me is the constant effort not to engage other ideas. As the NDP representative on a CBC television show once said, in respect of a mildly controversial topic, “We shouldn’t even be discussing this”. Wrong – we should.

Everything has been settled, in this view. Only we keep finding that the number of topics that have been settled: gay rights, abortion, global warming, keeps expanding, and the zone of the discussable keeps shrinking, all in the name of “inclusion” and “diversity”. Of course as you will know, inclusion means exclusion, and diversity means uniformity, only the Left does not know that, or if it knows it, will not admit it.

But the false god Inclusivism must be served


North American Indians are now a protected class of people. You cannot say rude things about them, even if accurate. I am not defending Lynn Beyak’s taste or discernment, I am opposing the desire to squelch anything that offends this second’s standards of what can be said.

My hero Mark Steyn says it all:

“Without a healthy respect for free speech you have no culture of honest inquiry. Without a culture of honest inquiry you do not have the necessary climate of innovation that a genuinely dynamic business environment needs.

“That very narrow and particular focus tells you that what’s really going on is the substitution of one set of blasphemy laws by another. “

We used to laugh at the ideas of sacred cows, which are a reality in India. Now we have them ourselves, wandering into traffic and blocking streets. Don’t be mean to a panhandler. He or she could belong to a sacred group of humans. You know I am not exaggerating.

Small victories

It is not all doom and gloom.

The Ontario Bar rejects forced confessions (compelled speech) from the legal profession concerning racial awareness and white privilege.h

Prosecution service drops the case against Admiral Norman. Liberals look like political nitwits.

It is obvious that Trump will beat the Democratic nominee in the 2020 election, even to the Guardian.

On the other hand, the Liberals in Canada continue to lay waste to our energy sector with the approval of far too many people.

I am still not persuaded that the federal Liberals will lose power this autumn. I wish more people could be persuaded that Andrew Scheer was worthy of their confidence. I am not saying this conclusion is fair nor am I saying they are right in their assessment. I just do not feel Conservative victory yet. I hope I am wrong.