The Chaser Solution: Chapter Eleven: The script doesn't play in the real world.

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I talk a lot about war propaganda here. I also mention a lot about the board game Go.

I also talk about something called emotional literacy.

And all three of these threads are overlooked, particularly by those people who are conniving, but think they are smart.

Lying is an interesting dynamic. You have to feel like a complete inferior failure when you lie because you know the truth: that you either not as as great as other people, or you have no other advantage.

But to lie means you also have a conflicting superiority complex in that you think you are the smartest one in the room because you think no one will see through the lie.

If, as Sun Tzu noted, war is deception, then it stands to reason that war is a form of this kind of incompatible thinking. We know psychopaths lie to get their way, and they have no feelings towards others.

War is a collective psychopath.

We know one more thing: the more emotionally healthy and literate a person is, the more spontaneous, confident, secure, and unpredictable they are. The more unemotionally unhealthy a person is, they more scripted, rote, insecure, and predictable they are because they cling on to scripts to guide them.

In order for a psychopath to “win”, they have to rig boards and create rules for others to blindly follow. They have to make their lies look like reality. They have to gaslight people. They have to bully and shame them into following the script.

They have to ensure that people are selfish and self-obsessed so they are too busy trying to cover up their own defects that they don’t see how badly they are being manipulated.

They also have to create false narratives, find an enemy who stands out, and then get people to be equally focussed on the misdirection so they don’t see how they are being exploited by the real villain.

But there is a problem: the script doesn’t play in the real world.

Sooner or later, someone comes in, laughs at the script, and then ruins your production.

This is the reason the Left despise Donald Trump. They spent decades cultivating a foolproof script, shame anyone who opposed as being stupid, evil, crazy, primitive, and immoral, and rigging the board as they became the Establishment.

They pushed for “globalization” which was meant to ensure the entire world dutifully followed their script, and were spinning bullshit stories about fabled family “dynasties” instead of just admitting they were all for nepotism and keeping the spoils all for themselves.

And then Trump spoiled their script.

He is making strategic things that are fucking up the system. The moment the Democrats got control of the House, the rules all broke. The Democrats thought the strong economy was going to work for them and give the monies to try to fix the narrative, and now they know they are in a depression game board.

That means they are now in serious trouble. They cannot bribe voters because those voters are scared shitless trying to keep things together. All their rich friends are now in meltdown mode, meaning the billions they were banking on are now gone.

And all the game plans are worthless. It is truly remarkable.

Trump has no problem shutting down the government. For a long time. Over Christmas. Everything is going against the script.

Things that the Left have spent decades trying to tell the little people that Are Just Wrong. They drew a line in the sand, and bank on people not crossing the line.

I am not unfamiliar with being silly. When I was a kid, when I did something naughty, my mom would decree that I was punished.

There was no punishment. It was a loss of face, and a horrible mark on my honour. It worked like a charm until my uncle heard an instance, and then asked “What’s the punishment” before the little light went off in my head. Mom lost an effective racket, but I learned a lesson.

And I kept on learning from it.

Journalists have not learned a thing.

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Canada hasn’t learned anything, either. There is a silly piece in the Globe and Mail that shows how clueless it is:

The Chinese government needs friends – people who are a lot like the Canadians it has detained

No, they don’t. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear to everything else in Canada, the World’s Factory produced it. If China refused to sell us anything, we’d be seriously fucked.

China doesn’t need Canada. We are not even a pimple on its backside. We could be wiped off the map tomorrow, China wouldn’t even feel it.

China has citizens with solid gold toilets, while our citizens cannot afford a dinky 10K gold chain. Cash for gold didn’t take off here if people were doing well..

The scary thing about all of these troubles is that Canada’s global scandals are exposing just how weak and inconsequential we are — and no one seems to notice because they are following scripts that do not play in the real world.

So let’s be frank with the Canadian public. China is the stronger power. They don’t need us, but we are completely dependent on them for our survival. You have people here whining about not getting free government money through Basic Income anymore: do you think they are going to go to a trade school, get educated, and then go work full-time in a factory to pick up the slack?

They found some script about how they are special and are hence entitled, and are now following it and believing it.

So, what has Canada done in 2018? Arrogantly alienated the US, Saudi Arabia, and China. We cannot take any moral high ground or have any virtuous airs by now throwing the sins of these nations in their faces because we put up with it when it suited our own lazy asses.

We decided to throw some non-existent weight around and talked down to all three of them, pretending to be superior. This was a bad mistake.

Because the script doesn’t play in the real world.

But only emotionally illiterate scrip- followers buy propaganda and get surrounded and sunk in a game of Go.

Like journalists did. And the federal government in Canada.

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I don’t buy scripts. They are misdirections, not guides. And 2019 is going to show just how those scripts do not play in the real world. It will be a horrific year for those people. It will disillusioning that scripts aren’t good when you are in the chaos of anarchy and bad things come at you from all possible sides.

For people who do not follow scripts, 2019 will be a wonderful year. It is going to be one of those years where things take a strange shift. A few years ago, age was the factor: suddenly people over 40 were the hip and coveted ones, while the young generation were duds who played it safe. You can thank social media for turning over the old rules.

2019 will be a watershed year for a different reason. The architects of the old script are going to be in for a rough ride, and once the spell is broken, their flocks will turn on them. The scripts will be fodder for bonfires, and with that light, other things will be illuminated.

The stones on the Go board are turning into dominos.

And Chaser will be ready.

I don’t do scripts. I don’t panic. I don’t scare. I have proven my mettle in 2018. 2019 is going to be a fun year for me.

Get ready.

And that is your message from…

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If not Russia, then China: When an industry hates the whole world.

First, those Russians were bad, but I guess not bad enough, because now it is China’s turn to be the Super Evil Bad Guys, according to journalists.

They want to take over The World!

If that is true, then those motherfuckers are dumbass morons.

Hey, China! Yoo hoo! Have you ever seen People of Wal-mart on Pinterest? You really want to take over that? Really? Social media has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that global domination is the stupidest goal a person could possibly have.

And they are out to rule the press!

If that is your goal, then the world has nothing to worry about. That profession is dead.

So with this dumb fuck strategy, the People of Wal-Mart have nothing to worry about. They are safe to wave their freak flags sky high.

It seems in every journalistic narrative these days, there is a Super Bad nation that are like those sci-fi planetary villains where everyone on the planet is evil.

Looking for anything to provoke a public into believing them again, we are now seeing a regression in coverage where xenophobia is the bait. The Washington Post has a real knee-slapper of a quote:

As with all authoritarian regimes, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is organized around manipulation and control of information and ideas.

This from the newspaper that has been spewing organized and manipulative propaganda for a very long time.

It seems that giving facts and not stooping to fear-mongering isn’t happening anywhere on the planet these days…

Der Spiegel's mess gets messier...

Big fibber Claas Relotius apparently was doing more than lying, according to his pigeons at Der Spiegel:

…Der Spiegel said Sunday it would file a criminal complaint against a disgraced reporter after it emerged he may have embezzled donations intended for Syrian street children.

Claas Relotius, 33, resigned this month after admitting to making up stories and inventing protagonists in more than a dozen articles in the magazine's print and online editions.

Spiegel said it now had information that Relotius allegedly launched a campaign for readers to give money to help subjects of an article he wrote but that the bank details he gave directed the funds to his own account.

This isn’t good, but as journalism is an unregulated and unlicensed profession, there are no checks and balances. You have no idea of the product you are getting, What I said in 2005 in my first book, I can still say today as we approach 2019.

Think about that. In Canada, media products get no strings attached tax money. They are unlicensed, unregulated, and have absolutely no empirically tried and tested standards, no matter what little symbols they place on their propaganda or what made-up organizations they use to lobby for money. It’s a sham.

In medicine, there are at least standards and experiments, and medical trials. Journalism has none. There are more Class Relotuis's out there that have yet to be tagged.

So remember that the next time someone gets worked up over an article or broadcast…

The Chaser Dilemma, Part Eleven: Fred Sanford called it right. But so did Isaac Asimov.

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The Middle-Class is not a well-educated class: they are not taught critical thinking, and are taught just enough for job competency, but not to break rules, question authority, or look outside their little caves.

Just look at this sorry piece from the CBC:

Modern sex-ed curriculum has huge support among Ontario parents and students, consultations show

Really, who the fuck cares?

They support it, but so what?

The Nazis had huge support from parents and students, whoop di fucking do.

I would quiz parents, asking them a slew of questions about their knowledge of the differences between the two first, and if they can’t tell them apart, I would sentence them to wearing a dunce cap. There is no evidence to show one is superior to the other. I notice these same parents and students have serious logic gaps, meaning they both have something else in common: a shitty education in critical thinking.

Why do you “support” something? What does it mean? Why aren’t you upset that your math and language skills are deficient? Why are you cherry-picking things? Do you understand the subtext of either one of those curricula?

It is not different than that patronizing Middle-Class appeal to authority complaining about people who don’t support the same thing the person does: why the fuck do I care what the Establishment has to say? What’s in it for me? How do you know that is what they are spending? Or where that money is really going to — especially as we have had governments “misplace” and misspend billions of dollars over the years?

And you still like a moron trust their numbers.

I remember how the Chretien Liberals couldn’t account for over a billion dollars under the human resources ministry — and we have some Middle Class know-nothing rattle off sketchy numbers as if this was some divine truth.

Go fuck yourself.

We have a government that has no teeth and no standards, and you actually buy what they are selling you?

I worked as a journalist, and my job was simple: having to hear a never-ending stream of bullshit, propaganda, and lies, and then find the truth.

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When you have a majority never question anything from authorities, they, in fact, make no real demands. They make no demands of a competent government. They make no demands of a competent press. They merely look for someone to issue scripts for them to follow, and will swallow whatever mystery pill that promises them something. The promise will be vague, but if the decree is to swallow, then they swallow.

Revolutions happen when a majority swallow too much shit for too long and then explode — as if their problems were someone else’s fault. You made fun and maligned those who told not to swallow shit. You thought you found the trick to winning at life because someone told you swallowing shit and following the script was all you had to do and you didn’t have to put effort or think.

That’s what eventually happens in a Zero-Risk society: they take one dumbass gamble too far, betting their last grains, and everything collapses, and then they get mad.

You mean, all those government statistics were just garbage? What do you mean my education was wanting? The scripts were nothing but distracting, life-sinking lies! Eating dog shit was bad all along! Outrage!

No shit, Sherlock.

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The problem is Middle Class people don’t look for real answers as much as a saviour. The flock want a shepherd to guide them, and as many people have quipped…

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But Hitchens suffered from a severe case of confirmation bias: it’s not just religion that rolls that way: atheism does.

And so does politics.

It is always the same motherfucking patriarchal dynamic of a Chosen One and a Flock.

Humanity is just the same old story of doing the same thing, and always expecting a different outcome.

I am not a sheep, nor do I wish to be a shepherd to a brainless flock.

It doesn’t give me any kicks or thrills.

So, I don’t want to be a propagandist because that’s just sad, and I don’t want to be some messiah leading the little people who really ought to stop looking for training wheels and start looking for their brain cells.

I have had people with zero experience in my expertise tell me I am wrong without even listening to a word I say. They think their ignorance is superior to someone else’s knowledge. Expertise and knowledge are not respected because people want you to tell them that they are right, just, and good. They want a Servant Leader who gives them things and does all the thinking and work.

How realistic is that? How well can one small group of people cater to a collective? Why don’t they get off their asses and make their own wishes come true?

Because deep down, they know they are willful big dummies because they never do things. You can never be smart or capable if you wait on others to do your work for you. You never gain wisdom or experience. You can never innovate or be a visionary. You can be an annoying lump dependent on authority to live your life for you on their terms.

That is what the Middle Class in the West have settled for.

I haven’t, though. I don’t believe in settling. I believe in upward mobility.

And I have no aversion to work or taking risks to do it. I don’t chase after worthless paper crowns: that’s just being Pavolv’s dog getting trained for basic stimulus-response.

I have better things to do with myself.

The question for me is — am I the only one?

Journalism's Void Vortex: A few odds and odders I want to talk about.

The Toronto Star made me laugh out loud with this piece of bullshit:

Inside the flawed world of medical publishing that allowed a lie in a paper coauthored by Dr. Gideon Koren to pollute the scientific record

Yeah, brought to you by the same motherfuckers who told you Gardasil was evil — and then for days told numerous members of the scientific community that they were wrong.

The Toronto Star does not know how to read a medical journal. They don’t know how to run a newspaper, either because, ha ha, read this article, kids:

KENT: Liberals’ $600 million media bailout lacks depth, fails to solve core problem

Kent is right: throwing away money on dumbass losers won’t solve their incompetency.

Why?

Because Canadian journalism is the Amish of the communications fields: they want the government to fund their horse and buggy industry when everyone wants electric cars.

They are morons who are acting like Ted Kaczynski instead of Steve Jobs, and then want the government to pay for making bombs. You cannot get more fucked up than someone in Canadian journalism.

Journalism is an industry that should abide by a bootstrapping business model. Not the beggar’s model or the trophy spouse model, but using what they have and then work from there.

Because the beggar’s tin can model isn’t working. Civil isn’t gaining anything from their brother-can-you-spare-a-dime approach.

The reason is Big Tech was always a transitionary medium, and the online schtick is running out of steam. It was always an unstable medium, from computers to laptops to tablets to smartphones, there is no stability, and where do you go from here? Journalistic content is still stuck in the Victorian Era, it has no future because it is stuck in the past thinking they found the TORTEE and they are not letting go of the script they stole from someone else and memorized.

Dumb motherfuckers.

Of all of the people in that decaying rot, the only one left standing is Glenn Greenwald. He is the only one with a clue and an actual brain, but the bad news for the industry is that he is trained as a lawyer and wasn’t corrupted by a j-school education. He keeps pointing out that journalists are credulous stenographers, and that’s right on the money.

But so what? How do you stop infectors of the information stream?

Canada’s Jive Turkey’s answer is to pour money into their dead business. It is like putting a rotting corpse on life support.

But you don’t need morals nor intelligence to be a prime minister.

Or a journalist.

No one is teachable here. No one learns. It is a void vortex where everyone gets dragged in deeper and deeper into a big pile of dog shit…and for what? To enable a few spoiled brats who couldn’t operate a sock puppet from behind a piece of cardboard?

That’s why we’re placed on this planet? To indulge a few deluded motherfuckers with no sense of reality?

Not my style, kids.

2019 is going to be a lot of new things for me — and it won’t be taking place in the vortex, thank you very much…

Der Spiegel's Fake News: It is not just them. I wrote the book on this topic in 2005, and it has gotten worse.

My Internet was down for a few days; so that is the reason I did not talk about Der Spiegel’s little fake news scandal. Claas Relotius was an award-winning journalist; just so you know awards mean squat.

And it went on for years.

Fact-checking as some sort of fail-safe is a myth. Stephen Glass proved that years ago.

I wrote the book on journalistic fraud — and notice no one is calling me for a quote on this hot mess because it is more than obvious that I am going to say this is not an isolated incident, and that news fraud is a real and series problem happening right now.

Journalists do not want to hear it. They like to be sanctimonious and smug gas-lighters who imply that to point out their lies and propaganda makes you some sort of anti-democratic loon.

No, I am pro-democracy, pro-education, pro-information accessibility, and pro-critical thinking.

I am also pro-journalism alternative.

That was overdue about twenty years ago, but better late than never…

Canada doesn't have a functional press, but they don't have a functional federal regime, either. Welcome to Anarchy.

The federal Liberals must be in bigger disarray then they let on, meaning their internal polling must actually hint at defeat at this point. Denying the connection between the arrests of Canadians in China to our regime’s boneheaded arrest of one of their corporate darlings isn’t actually a smart strategy, but neither is trying to bullshit spin this as China arresting people at random, which makes zero sense and is a disrespectful tone to take with a now adversary. The Chinese regime are strategically targeting knowledgeable people that they can squeeze for intelligence in order to find more weaknesses in Canada’s armour to form a second, and more painful wave of political and economic attack. This dark turn does not bode well for the Grits.

Neither does floating around the electoral bribing with Basic Income, which doesn’t work. The bribe – and it is a brazen bribe – acknowledges that the employment scene in this country is weak and there is no solution forthcoming. It is an admission that there are no jobs for those who got hit by US tariffs and Saudi rage, and now Chinese rage.

It won’t work for two other reasons: one, people who have lost their jobs in this latest mess had high-paying ones with big benefits. The money they will receive from the feds will not even cover their mortgages. If the move is to assure those people, they are not going to be grateful: they will be enraged, and that works for the Conservatives as the Right are experts in harnessing electoral humiliation and rage to win seats.

The other reason is for those who are already poor and would get a lift from Basic Income, they are going to get greedy and entitled – and then start looking at the NDP – the same way Ontario did during the last election. Basic Income was a Liberal strategy, and Kathleen Wynne went too far Left, energizing, then radicalizing the awakened NDP base, who were more than happy to promise bigger money giveaways. Andrea Horwath came off as a game show hostess for the Price is Right more than an actual politician. No one cared what the Grits in Ontario promised: they just figured the NDP will price match and then give more free money in the bargain.

That means this current federal regime is clueless. They have no idea who is their base. The Liberals are usually known for being The Government Party because they understand the bland and dickless mindset of the Middle Class who follow a Zero Risk playbook. The Grits, when they are done right, so to speak, look like the headless mannequins at the Men’s Department at the Bay: they are non-offensive as they project a semi-dignified, somewhat cheesy, but non-threatening buffet of goodies to their voters that is not too tacky, passé, low-class, or out of their budget. Trudeau Senior did a lot of chest-thumping, but his policies were merely a little more daring Anglo-Franco fusion of middle class-appealing offerings presented with a little more panache that was quite the global fad in the day. He brought in a little bit of a more international flair, but he never strayed too far from the Middle-Class base. He added some more colour and texture to the ambiance, but it was always about “rights” and what people were going to get; he never made them anxious by bringing up “responsibilities” of what they owe others and their regime.

Jean Chretien was the last federal Liberal leader who got the recipe book. Paul Martin was too fixated on “avenging” his dad to get the finer nuances – and while knowing how to calculate who is owed what as you settle debts makes for a great finance minister, it makes for a poor prime minister. That singular personal vendetta focus was too grim and off-putting to the Middle Class who honestly think it is all about them and maintaining an acceptably perky façade. Then back-to-back numbskulls Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff were too in love with their own sophistry-laden thoughts to see reality, and their selfish and disconnected ways made serious damage to the Liberal brand, as the then-Jack Layton (he is #29 on the List of People Everyone Should Know) NDPs had their glorious Orange Crush and became the official opposition.

Layton was dying, but he was unleashed as he worked and fought with passion, even if it meant he was hastening his own demise, and understood what the Liberals had forgotten.

That he knew he’d never reap the rewards of his efforts made him a beloved altruist, and that subversive, yet true heroic act put the Grits to absolute shame. Their healthy leader didn’t get what the NDP’s dying one did. The charmingly roguish Layton transmuted into a political Terry Fox, and the Liberals couldn’t compete with that singular beautiful and moving legacy of benevolent gravitas who had every reason not to care anymore, but did with every grain of his being. That quality is beyond rare, and yet Layton personified it perfectly. Layton moved into the eye of emotionality and took those elements to create something bigger than himself for others, while the now misnamed Grits kept moving away from those raw emotions to keep them at arms’ length as they tried to create an impenetrable fortress where they could haughtily rule forever without having to bother with pesky things such as facts or debate.

The federal Liberals’ deserved defeat should have put the Grits on notice. Layton tapped into something unspoken, yet important, but instead of learning the importance of what they were now missing in a leader, the Grits got their little noses out of joint, and took a very different – and opposite track, all while trying to spin a narrative with a product that did not fit the goods, hoping no one would notice the ideological cribbing as the Grits co-opted Layton’s message, but have it spewed from someone who had none of the gravitas.

Hence, strutted in JT, the Jive Turkey, who has no idea what’s going on, but has the air of a sheltered rich and entitled kid who slums it by hanging around street corners of middle-class neighbourhoods because the overworked and underpaid nanny finally says fuck it. But being conniving isn’t the same as being cunning. Worse, the reasons he got elected were shallow: Canadians like nepotistic leaders, mistakenly seeing them as acceptable and respectable luxury brand items; he was youngish and average-looking, like your typical middle manager at some Toronto advertising company, not harsh or wrinkly; and he was vain, but not in a too off-putting way. At least he was willing to take selfies with Canadians with a smile, and not just mug all by himself with a fishy face; hence, seeming accessible and not too insane, nor intellectually intimidating to an average middle-class person.

He had enough novelty to gain attention and seem trendy, but was familiar enough not to threaten the middle-class narrative of themselves that new high-rise condo ads have perfected with overly-processed and sexually ambiguous twentysomethings with gummy grimaces holding a glass of champagne in tacky Winners’ dresses and Bay suits having a cocktail party in their chrome-themed kitchen, which apparently is the swankiest room for entertainment purposes in a middle-class family high-rise condo.

Stephen Harper was camera-shy, stiff, not a gummy smiler who holds cocktail parties in his kitchen, a little too smart for his own good, and a wonk – in the cosmetic comparison, Trudeau won the best cocktail party in your kitchen contest by default, and that’s all that mattered.

Those few camera angles clinched the victory as did having homely veterans behind the scenes do all of the work, but the promise to legalize weed – so that no softcore rebellious dumbass middle-class kid caught smoking in the boys’ room was going to have an arrest record to shame the parents and drain their bank accounts so they couldn’t go on another bragworthy winter vacation to Seaworld – was the failsafe. The free baby-money didn’t actually get those traditional non-voters to the polling stations, but it seemed as if it did. The latter promise would prove to be trouble later on.

That means Trudeau took a gamble, was completely dependent on the circumstances, and the roulette wheel landed on his number, and in cases of beginner’s luck, he misread the signs, thinking he was cunning enough to win something that mattered.

But everything hinged on having a Democrat in the White House in the US. Everything, and that’s why the Grits went into big-ass debt the second they took office, and they gambled big on the roulette wheel, betting money they didn’t have thinking they had a sure thing and were being bold on a safe bet. Every plan was based on the calculation that Hillary Clinton was going to win in 2016, and there was no way that she could. Only someone who isn’t a realist would have thought she had a chance, and like Clinton who had no concession speech planned, the Grits had no other plan should the inevitable happen.

And there was absolutely not only no Plan B, the Grits never revised the plan once Trump won, nor when he let the world know what he thought of us. They stuck to a script that didn’t apply to reality, either being too lazy, stupid, arrogant – or all three – to lose the cursed script and use their brain cells. They still don’t get that their TORTEE script is situational, and not universal.

But the disconnect was costly as it broke a global spell, and it no longer matters what happens in the US, even if Mike Pence were to assume the presidency. Canada was always seen as a satellite of the US who had the Americans’ ear. We were the indirect backdoor should the US have a particularly tough bouncer at the front door. We were once the “sure thing.”

Until that theory was flushed down the toilet. Then all bets were off. One slip up proves that there are exceptions to the TORTEE, and that’s a fatal error.

Now that there is a risk that the route isn’t secure, we saw our fortunes rapidly eroding. The powerful countries that once indulged us are now cutting their losses. They have no reason to bother with us anymore, and are looking for any pretence to do it, while the Grits keep helpfully obliging.

Until Trudeau won, we were US-lite, or Diet America. We were the diffusion label of the haute couture luxury brand known as the United States of America. Once the A-list line repudiated the B-list, we were seriously fucked. The sky isn’t going to fall, but the ground eroded, and the bottom line is the only thing that counts.

And yet, we have a regime behave as if none of this is happening, making the situation worse, and now alienating province after province in the bargain.

This reminds me a lot of Clinton’s sorry excuses for losing the election: blaming Russians (external) and Comey (internal) for her loss. Asshole, do you think the external and internal machinations magically stop once you are president? What kind of dumbass motherfuckery are you puking, you moron? Memo to Clinton: that was part of the final exam, and you failed. You have to show voters that you eat those vipers for breakfast in the real world, and then use their bones to make your crown, and mace that looks suspiciously like a sex toy. Grow up, you worthless idiot, and grow a pair of ovaries.

And now we have a prime minister who can handle neither externals nor internals. So, what are you good for?

Now, at this point of the game, you have to fully admit to fucking up. Everyone can compare Canada pre-Jive Turkey to now, and do the math. There are too many minus signs and the equals sign is right around the corner with no plus sign in sight.

Trump-bashing doesn’t do anything. Minions bad-mouth their overlords all the time. They still are minions and their overlord is still their overlord.

You still have bupkes.

Once you own your mistakes, ironically, you are no longer saddled with them. Your problems no longer own you. You own them, and you can do with them whatever you want. You can fix them, throw them away, whatever. You have control.

If I don’t own something, I cannot alter it or get rid of it.

I am stuck with baggage that I cannot touch. I call dibs on them, they are mine.

At this stage of the game, if the Grits were intellectually competent, they’d re-invent everything.

But as their narrative is that they do not possess any Responsibility nor Flaw, they have to stick with their course with their worthless script, no matter how far down into Hell they drag this country.

And this is basic math: if you have 0, you have nothing to plug into any equation.

And the Grits have nothing but ideas they are stealing from the NDP, thinking that free baby money worked the last time for them. However, Wynne did this brazenly to the perpetual chagrin of Horwath, but she did it so many times that all she managed to do was energize the Left’s base, and the Grits were always Centrists. It was a big tactical mistake to leave the centre core because they had no competition there, and now they had a bigger brand that could best them because the Centrists look too bland to the Leftists. Wynne gave Liberal votes to the NDP, sinking their chances at re-election. It is like a burger joint trying to compete with a pizza parlour by getting rid of the food they have perfected and then going for something they have little expertise in creating what their rivals have mastered and already have the base who are loyal to them. The outcome was a foregone conclusion.

The troubles for the Grits didn’t end there. The people on the Right got radicalized, and weren’t going to stand for their tax money to be wasted on their rivals, and you cannot actually blame them – so they got a more Rightist option – far harder right than the pantywaist they conveniently turfed out – and Doug Ford won a majority, something no one in the Grit’s war room foresaw. This was the expensive steak house, and it’s there for people who don’t want pizza or a lower grade of meat with filler bread crumbs.

And instead of learning from Wynne’s debacle – her federal cronies picked up her playbook and are now using it because they have no Plan B, no vision of the future, no momentum, no follow-up policies, and no possession of the troubles they created.

All the federal NDP have to do at this stage is vow to out-bid the Grits: whatever the Grits offer, the NDP can promise to triple it. The Grits will put all of it on the table, and once that happens, people will comparison shop. You don’t go to the Red store or the Blue store for the things the Orange store is famous for carrying. The End.

This is truly unprecedented in Canadian politics that a reigning federal Liberal regime is floundering that badly given the lack of competition, majority status, and that they are only one term into the game. The Liberals are the centrist option, not the leftist; they are not going to co-opt the NDP votes; they are merely giving free advertising to them, as the subtext is that they are conceding that the NDP were correct all along, and the Grits were wrong. Wynne proved it in the last provincial election.

Under any other circumstances, there should be a second arc to the federal Grits’ political narrative.

Except there isn’t, and there should have been hints of it by now.

There isn’t because this clownish regime – which pretended they learned from their defeat at the hands of Jack Layton was an out-and-out lie. It is the same sophistry and the same fortresses with less intellect guiding the party. It would be one thing if the Grits crashed and burned, but they are taking the Middle Class down right along with them, just as their American counterparts are doing on their own turf. Once the Middle Class get burned by their own TORTEE, the humiliation of the new rule burns deep, and they never forgive or give a second chance. Ask the Bob Rae NDPs.

This is a regime that has no control of anything and are flying by the seat of their pants. Their strategy has been an unstable mix of trying to out-NDP the NDP, or tweak Doug Ford who has a loyal base no matter what bullshit the Toronto Star rage pukes about him. That’s no fucking strategy: that’s shit a slacker student thinks up while stoned. The Grits are banking on the lack of competition and counting on the complacency of Canadians to be in equal denial of what’s going down all while thinking that Trump will go away and everything will be reset as the time machine brings us back to October 2016.

Normally, that would be sufficient, except the list of nations retaliating against us keeps growing. The Grits didn’t contain it at Trump; so now it no longer matters what the US does. That ship has sailed.

And we are running out of options and cards to play. The US can live without us. They will either recover in 2019 or crash – and the latter is going to be worse for us than the former because Trump is going to punish the Democrats like they have never felt before, setting off a major depression to seriously weaken them, and starving them of spoiled dilettante deep pockets who will be too busy warding off financial ruin to meddle in political affairs. He knows where their bodies are buried, and has said as much. This turn in the Go game was more than obvious. So, if Trump keeps playing Go with Canada, we drown slowly, but if you finally bring in an able Go player into the fold, you can start to pave a new path away from the game board on our own terms with some resources untouched and still viable. If the US hits a recession with Trump fighting off impeachment – and he has proven time and again to thrive in that sort of impossible chaos, then we go down fast with no time to form a counter-plan to ward off our own catastrophes as the board explodes, and make no mistake: the board was rigged to explode in order to alter the game.

Even if the Democrats were to take pity on us, they are too busy actively destroying their own democracy to settle a petty and treasonous vendetta, pissing away their own resources and goodwill to be of any use to their own citizens, let alone foreigners. They are not cunning because they were hijacked by spoiled and indulged limousine liberals and champagne socialists who have no comprehension of reality or benevolence; they are selfish, greedy, manipulative, egotistical, hypocritical, and disrespectful control freaks who just want a bottomless pit to exploit just for themselves, and those leeches have no intention of contributing one grain or pay their own way. They always frame people who do not give in to their tantrum demands as evil and immoral, but I have yet to see one who talks about what they should be giving others or what they owe. That is the classic misdirection of a gaslighting psychopath, and that is all you need to know.

It was an ill-omen when Trudeau Junior disrespectfully sashayed into India, making a mockery of their culture for his own prolonged demented vanity show, then made a diplomatic mess by inviting their enemy, falsely pinning it on the nation he offended – and then came home with nothing to show for the troubles. Honestly, you do not have to wear a dress to be sympathetic to feminists, or a priest’s frock to show religious tolerance; ergo, leave the national cultural garb to those who own them. Stay away from their closet and just broker a fucking deal. That spectacle was the harbinger for more serious missteps mere weeks and months later.

The Saudis will not forgive. Neither will the Chinese. You cannot look down on countries whose racial make-up is not the same as yours, patronize them as you issue them orders as if they were your indentured servants, and then expect a different outcome when their power is greater than yours, and that’s precisely what the Grits did, never learning from the India debacle. The allies, satellites, and dependents of those nations are not going to rock the boat on our behalf, either.

Folksy, middle-class logic dictates that some hero will come in, fix the problems to our own exacting demands, everything will then work out in the end, and we will win because we are “the good guys” and good guys always win. However, this isn’t a fairy tale. This is a crisis.

I don’t take much stock in polls, but there are too many fires burning, and a regime that insists those infernos are grand and glorious.

The election is too far away to call it, but at the rate this country is going, Canada is in for a very wild and rough ride ahead with a perfect person for them to blame for all of it: the jive turkey they voted in because he seemed safe and nonthreatening to their reality, narrative, and way of life…

The Chaser Dilemma, Part Eight: The question no one ever asks is, "How did you know unless you were complicit yourself?"

The US is cannibalizing itself with the Left and the Right not realizing the rest of the word sees the whole, and thinks they are all scum equally.

The Left are gleeful thinking they are going to sink their manufactured villain, Donald Trump, but it won’t work because there is something they are not computing.

The extent of corruption and rot in both their corporations and their governments.

And this confirmation bias is going to hit not the rich or the poor, but the middle class, who don’t possess even basic critical thinking skills.

Here is an article to show you the level of dumbfuckery:

Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to

All right, then who should have the middle class people “handed the web” over to?

You only know how to slobbering over and fellate grifters. You cheer frauds and scoundrels, and make fun of honest and decent people.

You cannot make it in business unless you are a cutthroat willing to play the game. You do not reward honesty as you throw childish fits and make ridiculous and unrealistic demands because you refuse to take risk.

So which one of you motherfuckers gets it?

You are mad at Amazon, but you cheap asses are willing to spread poverty to millions of people in lousy working condition to save a buck.

And you never, ever think about tomorrow.

And what is this salivating over finding bad things in Trumpville?

Do you know why there are bad things there?

Because every single Titan of Industry did the same things.

And how does the government know ahead to look?

Because they not only allow it to happen, they rig the system to reward it; so if someone should get out of line, they have blackmail.

And what do middle class people do?

They can tell you all about these fuckers, that’s what.

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They know fake things, and never question the real things.

I remember when I was taking a class at Mac and one student pretended that she never studied, but she got sterling grades.

She said she didn’t need to read the texts because the class notes were enough.

Everyone believed her except me.

I asked, “How does she know that unless she read the texts?”

There was a moment of shock, and then no one was impressed with her.

It is a question I asked a lot — as a journalist, and as a citizen connected to my surroundings.

How do you know?

How do you know where to strike unless you were privy to certain information?

And that’s the problem with both corporations and governments: they know each other’s dirty little secrets. Governments rig the boards, and those who success figure out the rigs and play the game.

I have seen what happens when Canadian grifters swindle this country, but then get too full of themselves and then try to swindle the US, where they get caught fairly easy: they get arrogant with their small potatoes success, and have no idea about the rigs.

But the natives know them.

It is the reason why the grifters are more successful than the honest geniuses.

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Goodness, kindness, honesty, hard-work, and genius are never rewarded.

Remember Nicola Tesla. The modern-day cheering is, in a real way, a slap to his face.

You bastards should have done it while he was still alive. Fuck you.

To this day you are screwing over the Teslas and fawning over the Edisons.

That is the reality that I am contending with right now, and am challenging as I write this…

Lots of shootings and homicides in Toronto...but let's keep lying to the little people!

How many homicides in Toronto in 2018?

94 as of today…way surpassing the previous record of 89.

But the worthless motherfuckers of the CBC are in denial because the bimbos think they can spin it:

Toronto breaks homicide record from 1991, but numbers don't tell whole story

The losers think that it is better because there were mass murders that happened in their city this year, so it is like it doesn’t count.

You fucking cowardly, propagandistic shits are really reaching. Do you scumbags realize that makes it worse?

Assholes.

Oh, and there were four shootings today.

But that is not the only propaganda in town. You have the press here acting as Amazon’s publicists all happy that Amazon is bringing some low-paying jobs here.

Just as their workers and customers everywhere else are screaming about the shitty conditions.

Other countries have some inkling of reality. The UK has just realized most of the female murder victims are killed by a man they know. And the US are starting to wonder about their economic future.

But not Canada, no sir. They don’t care if their womenfolk get slaughtered or raped: they’ll just get the National Post to blame the women for it. And their economy? Poverty is where it’s at!

That’s why we can never have a real discussion in this country about anything: it’s just immature bullshit.

You have inflated housing costs that drives up personal debt to un-payable levels, but don’t touch the Greenbelt!

And bring in illegal migrants!

Okay, where will all these people live? At your house? They will all go to a sure thing city like Toronto where there is no way they can afford it.

So then there is Hamilton, where there is the same housing crisis, where the poor are being shoved out by limousine liberal gentrification, so where do they go along with the migrants?

If you suggest to build more, they throw fits.

So what is the plan? People protest building in the Greenbelt, in poor neighbourhoods, and object to high-rise buildings, the only other solution available.

So what do you suggest? You want everything, but will trade off nothing.

Canada is not a bottomless pit.

You want to put the provinces and country in more debt with less to show for it?

You have a serious crime problem. You have a serious debt problem. You have a serious housing problem. You have a serious trade problem. You have a serious international reputation problem.

So why are you motherfuckers still sleepwalking when the cliff is one step away from you?

The press is lying to you, making up bullshit stories to lull you because if you fall off the cliff, they have something to write about.

The next step is yours.

Do you keep in denial?

Do you hope your imaginary friend They will come to your rescue, princesses?

Or do you actually wake up, look at the reality, and start adulting before the bullet comes to your head…

Authoritative Ennui in a Zero-Risk Nation: When there are no consequences, it is Alfred E. Neuman all the way.

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The National Post’s lone sane man Andrew Coyne has a tough job: being aware of the situation, and this column is interesting:

Andrew Coyne: Trudeau seems unperturbed as trouble brews on all sides

The Liberal election strategy would appear to boil down to this: sit tight, and hope there’s no recession

Particularly the opening paragraph is of note:

The prime minister was his usual insouciant self through the traditional round of year-end interviews: a shrug here, a smile there, with comments just ambiguous enough to justify each news organization’s decision to trumpet its own interview without actually committing his government to anything.

Yes, why is the jive turkey so nonchalant given all the motherfuckery his regime is responsible for?

Why should he be anything else? What are the consequences to him if, let’s say, the worst happened to Canada? That we fall into a depression, all the social safety nets end up with giant holes in them, and everything collapses?

Not likely, but not that far from being unlikely.

What happens to him?

Will he be arrested and sent to jail? Will he be fined? Will he end up a pauper on the streets as punishment for being incompetent?

No. He will get a cushy job somewhere far away where he can have someone ghostwrite his memoirs, get a speechwriter, land a few gigs, and continue to be a jive turkey.

He will have all the money and time to cultivate his image, perhaps hire a crisis management team to rehabilitate his image, and spin excuses because those who were harmed by his policies and decisions will be too busy warding off homelessness and despair.

He has nothing on the line.

It reminds me of my Sociology of Mass Media professor when I was an undergrad studying psychology, and he thought game shows were a snore because you never actually lost. You got a consolation prize, and you lost nothing of your own.

To spice things up, he said, people should actually lose something for real, like their own refrigerator if they lost the game.

Being a leader in a Zero-Risk Nation is like being a loser contestant on a game show: the leader loses absolutely nothing if he loses the election. You see US presidents leave office and suddenly become near billionaires. How is that even possible? We never question anything or follow the money.

And while Canadian prime ministership is nowhere near that lucrative, there is no loss. You just don’t come back to the next episode of the long-running game show Fuck Up Your Country With Your Shitty Ideas.

Whoop di do.

I mean, here is a country insanely rich in profitable natural resources, and the government has to give over a billion dollars to keep one sector afloat.

You have a government that tried to give money to the dead industry of journalism quietly and had to backtrack when it came out. And instead of pushing for investment to reignite the industry with fresh blood, newspapers are stuck with the same old scribes who never met an accused rapist they couldn’t spin a bullshit story for. The same profession that nitpicks on people they do not like, but pretend they are perfect as they watch their fortunes crash and burn.

And yet they never do deep digging at just how precarious everything is, even when they notice that household debt is spiralling out of control, don’t seem to call the jive turkey on the carpet when he crows about that nation’s credit rating — the provinces can’t say the same thing, neither can your citizens.

So how long before the bankers start keeping everyone’s credit rating aligned?

A Zero-Risk Nation never holds people accountable — not the people who count. That would be an admission of fault and flaw — and an admission to the entire global village.

The shame! The horror!

The gamble.

Citizens should realize that no matter how bad it gets for them, those who put them in that bind will go on with a happy, care-free life. Of course it will always “sunny ways” for the PM: he knows that he will not be called on the carpet for anything, no matter how bad it ever gets. He can apologize for other Prime Minister’s bad ideas, but never has to say he is sorry for the consequences of his own actions. It is the greatest of rackets, and he can be confident that he’ll be re-elected because he is in a cushy job in a Zero-Risk nation.

Why should he worry? Why should he care? What are the mechanisms in place that would bring about any other outcome?

None. The top job in the nation and there is not a single thing anyone can do should the one keeping that chair warm make a colossal mess of things…

Vanity Fair babbles incoherently...find something real to write about that requires research.

Vanity Fair has lost its shit. It is spewing about Melania Trump, but has nothing real or coherent to babble about:

Melania Trump’s Spokesperson Writes a CNN Op-Ed to Beat Up on CNN

Uh-huh. And?

CNN beats up on her and her family all the time. What is your point?

At the very least CNN should give Trump a platform for a rebuttal.

Or do you just want to silence people who disagree with whatever a journalist decrees?

And what CNN decreed was very uninformed and devoid of anything of value.

So what is your point, you dumb motherfuckers with the plummeting circulation?

Do you know how to put a coherent thought together anymore?

Do you all realize you are having a collective public mental breakdown?

Look in the mirror before you start making snide remarks about things you no longer have any grasp of handling…

The Weekly Standard getting more attention dead than alive...

John Podhoretz is touchy.

When a conservative wasn’t weeping and had some nasty words to say, Podhoretz went ballistic.

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And the Standard is still dead.

We have an opinion-glut these days. We don’t have many facts anymore. The Standard, like all other partisan mouthpieces, suffered from a confirmation bias. It got squeezed out because the ideological landscape is starved for facts, but filled with the ignorance of hatred that dictates that you are either on the Right supporting Trump, or on the Left hating him. Both sides are hopelessly moronic, and no longer have any actual policy or mandates, just threats and scary stories.

The Standard was no voice of reason: it tried to sit its backside on both of these chairs, and fell through the cracks…

Fake News: Everybody's doing it!

Yes, even private school children!

They are creating their own fake news. Of course they are.

But I do not think this is sparked by social media. It was always a problem at that age group, the difference is they used to lie among themselves and to their parents, but now there is a social record of those deceptions.

It begins when parents and teachers avoid confrontation and enable the lying by not calling kids on the carpet every time they do it. It is not an easy thing to do. It really drains energy. I have had students flat-out lie to me, and I just don’t let them get away with lying. You don’t reward it. You punish it by over-correction and restitution: when the deceiver doesn’t get anything, and also loses in the bargain, then the habits start to change.

Reward honesty, and you reinforce healthy psychological well-being.

People who lie are arrogant because they think they are smarter than anyone else; so they lie to themselves first, and then spread the lies around.

I have chronicled lies that make news, and still do: people lie to get good things or avoid bad things: it is a simple cost analysis to them. They take gambles because they figure it easier than having to earn their way the honest way. You get to be envied and on top of a pecking order without actually being superior — and you get to make genuine superior people look worse in comparison.

That is not a product of social media. In fact, it leaves a trail to verify, and if a few of those deceivers were proven to be the big fibbers that they are, it would teach them a very valuable lesson in life…

Over ninety percent of plastic isn't recycled? You don't say, Associated Press!

Duh.

Of course it isn’t. The environmental preaching of limousine liberals is just to control the middle class ditzes with fear. I recently gave a talk where one of the participants kept whining, “We’re doomed! We’re doomed!”

Only if you allow people to scare you silly.

I have been to commercial dumps where all of this recycling isn’t happening. It all goes into one giant pile, and there is no guarantee that the separated trash goes where we are told it goes.

If governments were truly serious about the environment (as well as they should be), then stop businesses from packaging their wares in all that plastic. The clamshells, the fifty bags within bags — all of it.

When I moved, I used old boxes from the liquor store and those reusable Ikea bags. I wrapped breakables in towels. I tried to keep the flotsam down to an absolute minimum.

But one person isn’t much help, especially when I know governments find excuses to tax people and limit their choices without actually doing anything real.

Just go to the dollar store and inhale that plastic. That cannot be safe. No one needs most of that junk; so why do we allow its manufacture?

Only someone not in tune with their reality would be surprised by this finding. You don’t have to go any further than your driver’s license and in Canada your health card that you have to renew every five years — that’s plastic you have to throw out. Why haven’t we found a better system for that?

We have plastic bottles instead of glass. Why not have refillable glass bottles for your stain removers or your dishwashing soap?

Why are we so immune to that junk, which is probably not even healthy to store liquids that we end up using and ingesting?

I am not some tree hugger, but I can see plastic waste everywhere, but you can be certain it is regular citizens who are expected to make all of the sacrifices, not the governments or corporations…

Europe's Winter of Rage.

Hungary is the latest to pop as the current regime wants to make their populace figurative work slaves.

While European leaders are entitled dunderheads, the people are starting to have enough. Lose the goodwill of the public, and anything can happen. There may be a lull in France, but a habit has been formed now, and this doesn’t just go away, especially when other nations start to follow suit.

This isn’t revolutionary anger manifesting — yet.

The problem is going to be Kosovo with foreign meddlers actively pushing war there. They want to once again use the old “blame Serbia” playbook, but to 2019 isn’t the 1990s. The world is too volatile and fuming. War starts there, and unlike the last time, it can easily spread throughout Europe.

The last time the US and Western Europe financially benefitted from the Eastern European slaughtering. This time is going to cost them all a pretty penny.

And there are other factors at play. The press isn’t strong anymore. The BBC flat-out bullshitted about Serbs, making the illogical propagandistic claim that Serbs somehow invited in the Mujahideen, but now had to sneakily backtrack that narrative because Saudis are now the bad guys in the Western narrative. The old alliances are getting fucked up, and the old script no longer works with a rickety press who have boxed themselves in with their previous lies and propaganda.

Europe has lost its stability in short-order. They are going to push hard for a war in Kosovo, and they will succeed to their absolute devastation. If citizens are quick to riot because some other country did, they are also going to up the ante. They waited too long to agitate Kosovo just as they have made enemies of US Big Tech with their swaggering demands.

The match has been lit. It is not as if French haven’t ever rioted this way before, but not in these numbers for this long or after so many terrorist attacks on them to get a populace focussed with a different mindset. The anger is different. Social media is different. Europe is different.

With too many distractions, we will see a shift in the ortgeist. It is not going to be pretty. Left or Right, no one is happy with their ruling regimes

And that’s when troubles begin to explode out of control…

Canada's Jive Turkey Dilemma.

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Canada is going full-steam ahead into an abyss, and with the federal elections not that far away, even publications such as the Hill Times are starting to realize that Canada is fucked:

Liberals should be ‘exceptionally concerned’ about potential recession in 2019, voters’ anxiety on ‘unrestricted immigration,’ says Nanos

The recession is already here. You see homeless beggars in traditional Middle Class cities and towns such as Dundas and Burlington that were never there before. Housing in Hamilton is unaffordable and there is no relief in sight. You see the number of empty store fronts. Weed is proving to be a problem, but not for the traditional reasons that the government is spewing in their press releases: shortages have nothing to do with it — it is about how much money the government isn’t getting in taxes.

If they were generating enough tax revenue, they would (a) give more licenses, not slow it down, and (b) Ontario wouldn’t be making all those shocking cuts and have their credit rating downgraded.

Why not hold it off? Why would Moody’s downgrade Ontario now?

Because something more incompetent is in play in the federal regime.

Because we have a jive turkey for a PM.

The problem is his rivals are also jive turkeys.

And there is an election looming ahead.

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2019 will be unpredictable. For one, the US isn’t done with Canada. The set-up has been completed, but the pay-off is coming, even if the jive turkeys are trying to spin their bullshit. That’s more than obvious. Canada now has too many battles, and it isn’t used to one battle, let alone several.

And the PM has an uncanny talent for stepping in dog shit with reckless abandon.

He is focussed on bullshit, such as trying to get out of the deal with the Saudis that actually just hurts Canada, not the Saudis. That is not something to bother with when there are bigger troubles on the eve of exploding.

He is the epitome of a jive turkey, using window-dressing as proof. Canada’s credit rating can go the same way as Ontario’s. We are not exactly a country of clout, and should someone take a closer look, the scam starts to unravel.

And it is starting unravel by having the federal Grits buy their own hype and then get involved with irrelevant affairs in Saudi Arabia and China.

Why did Canada get involved when they had no horse in this race? Or with China where they also had no horse in this race, either, having nothing to gain, and everything to lose at the worst possible time?

The problem is that the world has figured out Canada is a nation lead by a jive turkey. If you think blustering is a cagey bluff to hide how inconsequential you are, think again. Once the US signalled that they were not going to shelter us anymore because our prime minister is a jive turkey, the jig was up.

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When you are a nation led by a jive turkey, you have problems. For all the babble about how Trump is dishonest, he has an excellent track record of getting done what he said he would do. You look at the bottom line, and he may use war strategy that is predicated on deception, but the end result’s truth is what counts — and it is the only thing that counts.

Middle class people are not educated well in the art of war; so they have no idea how to look at things or what they see. They just read the maudlin Hallmark mother’s day card, and think that’s all they need to know about life.

And in a way, that’s a relief; so long as they know they have no horse in this race and shouldn’t weigh in.

Journalists are even less schooled in it, and write bullshit about about how the PM wasn’t baited, when fell for every Trumpian pull my finger gambit under the sun. The press in Canada know a single script and stick with it hoping no one notices that they are faking it.

Trudeau has a serious credibility problem himself. He abandons promises, has no ability to stay focussed on anything but his own image, and has no gravitas or clout to do anything on a global stage. He wants to be Barak Obama, but while Obama lacked gravitas for most of his presidency, he was shrewd and had the might of the US to make a fairly good impression on a world stage. His wife Michelle, on the other hand, has gravitas that she seems to hold back, but if she were to run for her husband’s old job, she would be wise to unleash it unedited.

Trudeau’s wife has no gravitas, and neither does he. They are common and unremarkable. This plays well in Canada because the goal is to fly under the radar just enough not be expected to do extra work.

The problem is there is a big storm up ahead and there is going to be a serious clean-up detail.

And the prime minister has no idea what that means. He has no idea what work means. He cannot prepare for a storm if he doesn’t understand how flimsy everything is, and that you have things to clean up and then rebuild.

But the opposition parties picked parity leaders who are of the same ilk.

They appeal to the Middle Class who play it safe. They do not know what real work entails, or that gambling isn’t a strategy.

Trump greatly appealed to the poor and the working class because despite everything about him, he knows hard work.

He works hard and he plays hard, and those classes who toil, immediately could see it. The lazy limousine liberals and champagne socialists hate him with a passion because they hate work.

They are always demanding that some They do all of the work. They want illegal immigrants to nanny their children and do the jobs they do not want to do. They can pretend all they want, but if they cared about migrants, they would be opening their own houses to them and sponsoring them so that they wouldn’t be in this country illegally.

But that takes work.

Jive turkeys hate work. They do a lot of talking just so that they do not have to actually do this thing called “werk.”

The PM is a slacker. So are his rivals.

And Canada is entering a dangerous phase where the end result is going to be hard work.

The middle class and their unremarkable children are going to have meltdowns because the reality that there is no such thing as a sure thing is going to hurt. Everyone is pinning salvation on weed sales and housing, and that is not going to work.

Canada is unprepared. They are so used to nannying and entitlement that they don’t know that the danger has already made its presence known.

Work never bothered me. I will not allow myself to be exploited or abused, but work means getting up early and going to bed late. It means I can assess what needs work and when, and do not meddle in things where I have no benefit, but meddling with make things worse, giving me extra and unnecessary work with nothing to show for it at the end.

But the Liberal Regime have no clue. They just make messes on a global scale, and think their servants can clean up their messes, and their servants are as entitled duffers as they are.

You have school boards in Ontario who have no idea where money went and for what, but throw fits when it gets taken away.

If you understood the value of a dollar, you would know within the dollar where it went, and how much bang you got for that buck.

And I know it first-hand. When I moved, I made phone calls to various businesses because when you move, you have to have things done, and it would be nice to have it done by professionals.

And all of all of them, only two showed up on time and did the job. The rest never showed up, let alone show up late. There was always an excuse, and I had to do all of it myself.

Once upon a time, I could call a business, set up an appointment, get service 100% of the time. I would be satisfied, and I would rarely get someone trying to hose me.

Now, it’s mostly jive turkeys. Jive turkeys who do not understand you either pay now or pay later.

And we are about to pay very shortly with no leader capable of understanding work, let alone partake in the blessed deed themselves…

Wired babbles; doesn't see big picture.

Journalists try to be deep, but they rely on a few hacks, such as quoting Neil Postman’s book, which I have showed to be deficient here.

Wired tries to be clever, and it isn’t:

USED WISELY, THE INTERNET CAN ACTUALLY HELP PUBLIC DISCOURSE

This is to be read: with the right rigs, we can tell the little people how they should think about things again and they will start to behave.

The article goes on about the old complaint about television news, also quoting Daniel Boorstin’s book The Image, another hopelessly flawed misunderstanding of broadcasting that makes all the sense to university students whose life is experience is very limited.

The article discusses the concept of “pseudo-events” and how broadcasting “created” fake events and created celebrities, which is patent bullshit. PT Barnum had no such tools, and he made a living creating pseudo-events and celebrities; but so they did in ancient Rome with gladiators. Give the middle class their bread and their circuses, and that’s all you need to make them sheeple.

What we have is a very old and universal tradition of one-way communication where those who have power have the primary access to an information stream.

But it was a mere mask: people were quiet about what they were thinking because there would be shaming, blacklisting, and bullying by Authority, but they still thought it. They just didn’t have a voice.

The Internet was the first time where everyone could have access to the information stream. What we are now seeing is that Authority lost control of the ability to edit and censor, and they are in shock that they cannot fool all of the people all of the time or that there is kind of simmering rage that people used to hold back, but now spew everywhere.

Knowing the “pseudo-events” was more than a distraction or even misdirection: it was imposed on the masses because if they didn’t know about them or “got” the right interpretation on how to approve or disapprove of it, they would be ostracized and belittle by the masses and be shunned into the fringe.

And now this freedom has gone on for too long, and even though Big Tech is trying to shove that genie back into the bottle, it is not working because we have now made it a new habit of not engaging in those events or celebrities, but people are becoming bored of Big Tech.

And you don’t actually need Big Tech to express yourself or refuse to be indoctrinated: you can do it with any technology — or none at all.

This is now uncharted territory, and the Man doesn’t know what to do about it.

And Wired, as usual, has no idea what’s going on around them…

CNN's very bad day in court.

This is not a good ruling for them (you can read it here), but the bottom line is this:

This interlocutory appeal requires us to decide whether the motion-to-strike procedure of the Georgia anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) statute, O.C.G.A. § 9-11-11.1, applies in federal court. Davide Carbone filed a complaint against Cable News Network for publishing a series of allegedly defamatory news reports about him and the medical center he administered. CNN moved to strike the complaint under the Georgia anti-SLAPP statute or, in the alternative, to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim for relief under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). The district court denied that motion. It ruled that the special-dismissal provision of the anti-SLAPP statute does not apply in federal court because it conflicts with Rule 12(b)(6) and that Carbone’s complaint states a claim for relief. CNN challenges both rulings. We agree with the district court that the special-dismissal provision of the Georgia anti-SLAPP statute does not apply in federal court, but we lack pendent appellate jurisdiction to review whether Carbone’s complaint states a claim for relief. We affirm in part and dismiss in part.

You can read about the anti-SLAAP statue here, here, and here, but the simplest explanation for the uninitiated comes from here:

Anti-SLAPP laws are designed to provide for early dismissal of meritless lawsuits filed against people for the exercise of First Amendment rights. The acronym “SLAPP” stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation – a phrase coined by two law school professors in the late 1980s. They identified a trend of retaliatory lawsuits brought to intimidate and silence opponents or critics who had spoken out in the public sphere, typically on land use and development issues. The actual resolution of the plaintiff’s claims – for defamation, tortious interference or related theories – was a secondary motivation at best. Anti-SLAPP statutes were proposed to provide a quick, effective and inexpensive mechanism to combat such suits. Anti-SLAPP laws enable those who are the subject of a SLAPP suit to seek early dismissal and oftentimes get their legal fees reimbursed.  The fact an anti-SLAPP law is on the books in a jurisdiction can also help to deter potential litigants from filing retaliatory lawsuits in the first place.

This ruling is going to seriously hurt. In Canada, two doctors went after the CBC in 1996, while this country isn’t known for awarding big payouts in civil cases, for the CBC, they made a big exception. Journalists often use the façade that the person suing for defamation is a villain wanting to silence them, but honestly, that’s not too common: suing a large institution is intimidating, stacked against the ones suing, expensive, cruel, and slow.

In the CBC’s case, the melodrama proved troublesome as the facts took a backseat. In the CNN case, if the network used bad statistics and bad empirical methodology, they are in serious hot water, especially given the compulsion to use narrative over the mere replaying of facts.

And if that is the case here, as it was with the CBC, there is no better argument to replace journalism with an alternative that doesn’t commit those kinds of amateur errors in the first place…

Online journalism's dirty little secret: it was never truly profitable. It relied on sugar daddies who are starting to wise up to their snarky charms.

Online journalism was always a sham in that they never did the journalism differently, even though they could have, and easily.

Now investors are starting to balk at giving more money to these snarky and swaggering leeches.

Crunchbase is an interesting hub to see which online publications got money, type of rounds, how many rounds, and the like. While businesses raise capital as par for the course, the idea of bootstrapping never crosses their minds.

Bootstrapping is a superior way of doing things. For one, you live and die by your own investment. There is no cushy delusions that you are doing well. You are beholden to no one, and that means your outlet is your own lab to connect to audiences to see what works, and what doesn’t.

Bootstrapping is for the honest folk. It takes longer to grow your business, and it is slower, but that an advantage: flash in the pan is fad-driven, and it doesn’t work in the long-term.

But people who would to brag and gloat don’t like the idea of earning their keep. They want to crow about their success, even though it isn’t real success.

Journalism should have always went by means of bootstrapping. I did Chaser News that way, and had life been reasonable, I could have weathered it out. I pulled back, but now I am re-inventing it…but through bootstrapping. A Dangerous Woman is the same way, and I am now actively experimenting on business models through the theory that bootstrapping is the superior way for an alternative to journalism to find the grit of traction and grow.

You can’t keep pouring money into a venture that is not producing income without the help. It is the reason I do not believe in donation or government-funded journalism: if you are useful, people will buy your product. You buy aspirins. You buy gasoline. You buy food.

You will buy information that is relevant to your progress and survival.

I have more books on my shelves than I care to admit. I have books in mountain of boxes right now, on shelves, and against a wall. I have read almost every one except the ten I bought just before I moved, and I will read them all. I have a Debrett’s manual. I have DSM 5. I have books on Clarice Cliff. I have books on educational psychology. I have a manual on cultivated plants. I have a book on aerogeology. I have a book on the genocidal mentality. I have a book on the history of jewelry. I have a book on scientific fraud. I have encyclopedias on games, philosophy, famous authors, weapons, and fictional characters. I have a book in Japanese right on my desk, and it is hardly the only one. I have books in German, French, Serbian, and even Latin.

I have an atrociously vague Serbian cookbook whose instructions are knee-slappers:

How to make Blueberry Jam:

The same way you make strawberry jam.

Gee, thanks a lot!

It never tells you what temperature to crank up your oven, or how long to cook, let alone the amounts for various ingredients, yet my grandmother used it, and made fabulous things from it because it was for people who had an innate feel for cooking and baking.

Those books I bought for the most part, from Amazon, bookstores, library book sales, church sales, the Re-Store, and some I got for free at one campus library that was giving away books, sized me up as a book lover as I stumbled in to look for a reference, and then the librarians grabbed a bunch of bags and then ordered me to take as many books as I could, even though I insisted on buying them, but you don’t argue with librarians.

My mother thinks that I am a book addict, but I love learning. Tsundoku is not a word to describe my habits. I read my books, and remember things from them, and when I do research for the books that I write, those books are heavily used. Some are not even obvious.

For example, when I research on deceptions, I read my books on stage magic, and method acting, looking for the scaffolding in order to look for the nuances of deception.

I just bought a book an hour ago on Amazon.

I use search engines, and databases, but I pay for books. I pay for information.

So what the hell happened to journalism?

Why can’t they get people to pay?

Simple: there is nothing there to buy.

That’s the real problem in democracy: the legacy media is horrid, and so is the online versions.

And that’s where my journey into bringing an alternative to life begins…

AFP is at it again...they don't actually understand what this whole "fake news" thing is all about.

It is interesting when one form of propaganda calls out a rival form of propaganda.

AFP is one of those informationally-devoid services disguised as news, but it all comes off like an ABC Afterschool Special.

Their latest attempt at framing “fake news” is fake news itself.

The first hint is their use of the word “weaponize”: this is a trigger-word and a propaganda word:

Since US President Donald Trump weaponised the term "fake news" during the 2016 presidential election campaign, the phrase has gone viral.

Increasingly it is used by politicians around the world to denounce or dismiss news reports that do not fit their version of the truth.

But as news outlets defend their work, false information is saturating the political debate worldwide and undermining an already weak level of trust in the media and institutions.

Outlets cannot defend their bad journalism. They misuse their pages to beg for money, tell people how brave guardians they are writing about the skits they watched on Saturday Night Live, and bash Donald Trump, as they use manipulative narratives to rig collective thought.

That isn’t news. That is propaganda.

In fact, this is exactly what AFP is trying to do: frame an issue in order to deflect attention away from journalism’s countless shortcomings, which I have been chronicling since 2005 in my first book, and continue to do so.

In my first book, I picked cases where the outlets admitted to reporting fake news. I could have posted ones where they insisted it was true and I had them dead to rights on their willful deceptions, but I went for the confirmed and admitted fake news so there would be no wiggle room.

And the fact that the press continues to pretend that this doesn’t happen or that they are sloppy and not empirical in their approach tells you that the US President knows who they really are.

It is the reason we need an alternative: we cannot rely on people who manipulate and lie to make decrees about other people’s truthfulness and trustworthiness. You can have two bands of thugs making ultimatums: you do not have to pick either side. You can tell them both to fuck off, and not follow any thugs.

Which is the wisest course of action. Politics is broken, but so is journalism. They both should be held accountable for their sins.

But more importantly, it is time to replace the old systems for something much smarter — and kinder…