Toronto Star gets everything wrong...yet again.

The Toronto Star doesn’t get anything right. There is a silly little column about political pantywaist Sam Oosterhoff, and it is worth tearing apart because of its sheer ignorance to reality:

I am putting his name forward to be the first Canadian male anti-abortion politician to gestate a baby, the minute science effectively figures out how to do it. Apparently for a male to have a fertilized egg planted inside of his body and to gestate it until it’s ready for birth is life-threatening. Oh no!

This is a childish argument that completely ignores reality. Why are you pretending that men don’t have vulnerabilities when it comes to reproductive rights? They don’t need to get pregnant: they have sperm, and that’s good enough to put their own reproductive rights on the table.

Feminism keeps doing the same things and employing the same strategies, which is the reason why women’s rights are always precarious and never entrenched. You can’t keep using defensive strategies when your opponents keep using offensive ones. You have to learn to link their fortunes with yours: whatever happens to you will happen to them. You take away the rigs of barriers: they want women to lose their reproductive rights, then so do those who call for it. We take away men’s rights to choose when they can reproduce, if they can, with whom, how many times, and where.

If pregnant women are being framed as “host bodies”, frame men as “sperm gifters.” They gave away their sperm, they have no claim to it.

What you give to one, you must give to the other. You don’t make hypothetical arguments. You don’t justify yourself or allow yourself to be put on the table. You don’t fight to keep your rights — you go after the other side’s rights. Anything else is regression. This is a new war; ergo you use new strategies to ensure the other side knows that if they throw a grenade at you, you are chaining yourself to them first, meaning the explosion will hit them just as hard.

But women have this unnatural habit of justifying themselves to men and explaining and arguing. I once had a sexist male relative who kept trying to break me in for as long as I could remember. I could be dressed to the nines, and he’d say, “You have a pimple,” to which I replied, “And you have a huge glaring bald spot where hair used to be.” He lost the battle and then lost the war. You want to point out a real or perceived flaw on me, I upped the ante and struck where it hurt the most. Asshole, you don’t have the monopoly.

If it is all about reproduction, then start at the very beginning. If we are using biblical arguments about how God made man first, then his sperm is fair game. It’s God’s will and all that jazz. If women cannot be trusted, then neither can men.

When those misogynists are too busy fighting for the survival of their own rights, they have no time to meddle in other people’s rights. Feminists would be wise to throw away their old playbooks. They are obviously flawed. Bridging rights and entrenching that bridging puts the manipulators on notice that there are going to be heavy and painful consequences for their scamming — and anti-choice is a scam — it is a form of propaganda that uses fear-mongering to keep women in place so they do not succeed more than men. It creates a false pecking order and to indulge it is an admission that the pecking order is real and just.

And it is neither. Go after Oosterhoff’s reproductive rights. He is sheltered and insulated from reality and a nice big cold bucket of reality water would keep the little twerp and his ilk in their place.

The Toronto Star has no clue about reality, either. They puke 60s bullshit in a 2019 world. It’s no better and offers no solutions to how to create a real and lasting utopia…

Memo to the Wall Street Journal: There is no "miscalculation" with the US trade war with China. Learn to read the signs.

This article is a riot:

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The yahoos at the WSJ never went to a magician’s show, played poker, or fought a war.

Let’s review what the president has guided over the last couple of years — a burning hot economy that has more jobs than people to fill. Profits are soaring. Everything is gangbusters for the US. Trucks are clogging up the highways and trains are humming with goods and raw materials.

That gives the president huge leeway to take a series of calculated risks. He has weakened Canada who is heavily dependent on China and the US, and he has placed Canada in a precarious and unprecedented blind without a compass or roadmap. Justin Trudeau is an international laughing stock. Chrystia Freeland has no substance. Neither has managed to do a thing. They are easy prey and no matter what conniving bullshit gambit they can think up or crib, it doesn’t do a thing. This anchors Canada right where they need to be placed on the game board.

The US economy can take some serious hits and still be in a strong position. China cannot touch this even with their meanest sanctions. They can throw their weight at Canada, emboldening them because Canada is in ill-prepared nation that honestly believes the world sees them as cute and cuddly — and sees that delusion as a strategy for survival.

The US has carefully positioned itself since 2017. The Chaos Narrative has slowly built a spider’s web using Canada as a misdirection. Canada is begging the US to bail them out. They broke. Being that dependent on Trump who screwed them over with USMCA is a deliberate piece of theatre.

And it is no coincidence that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on the orders of the US: that was the opening salvo and had Canada been run by competent players, they would have told Wanzhou that Canada’s weather wouldn’t be good for her phone reception. Pride and image are predictable bait and both nations ran head-first into the trap. Two birds, one stone.

The only thing China’s retaliatory tantrums are accomplishing is building suspense for the show. This is all part of the act, and reminds me a lot of how my grandad Anton gave free entertainment to my mom and grandma at no cost.

He would get them both to sit on the front porch,, ready for the live action theatre: he would tell one neighbour some made-up thing he said the other neighbour gossiped about them — and then go to the other neighbour and say the same thing to them. Hilarity ensued when the neighbours got into a serious brawl right in front my granddad’s house. Divide and conquer.

Canada has already been alienated, and with China throwing its weight at the table, they are now doing the same thing. Just as Canada has alienated China, China has alienated Canada. The more they thump their chests as payback, the less inviting they are to other potential trading partners.

In boxing, bulk gets you only so far — strategy is what separates champions from the also-rans. You have to constantly move and probe as you bob and weave: the US is doing all of those things, and China is merely reacting to the probes, giving away their thinking patterns, strengths, weaknesses, and secrets in the bargain.

Canada and China were dragged into a fight with each other so that China’s reactions and strategies could be studied and a plan of action could be constructed from it. This was the test and prototype. Toss a brick to get a jade and in this case, the brick was Canada who were duped into becoming lab rats. China obliged without stepping back for a second to think how wise it was to stomp all over a former ally. For both countries, the ramifications of their credulity will haunt them for decades, and there is no undoing the damage.

So no, there is no miscalculation. Journalists fucked up their profession because they have no understanding of vision or risk. We are in the midst of a high-stakes game with China playing right along to the script. The US will take a hit, but they can more than afford it — in fact, they absolutely must take this hit in order to win their win, and victory is much closer than it appears for them.

Democrats are all bluster — they have no vision, and don’t want people to see their obvious deficits — that’s the reason they despise Trump who thrives on big gambits. They are jealous of him.

Never underestimate the man — in this game of Go, he has won every round — and the next always comes with a bigger handicap. He is firmly in control, and while others miss the signs, they do so at their own peril…

Guns are hard to control? You don't say, CBC! Cribbing from my web site, children?

Here is a stupid article.

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If you are wondering, Hey, didn’t Alexandra Kitty mention all of those points on her web site for months months ago?, you are absolutely 100% correct.

Here is just one example, almost one year ago.

I mentioned numerous times how gun control can’t stop 3D printers or underground arms manufacturing (and for added fun, my novella Chaser had just such a scenario, and when did that come out?) and it would be nice if the CBC came clean where they got their ideas…

Memo to the National Post: Movies aren't real. Stop confusing Hollywood with reality.

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I have written about the nincompoopity of people in journalism romanticizing their profession by confusing movies for their industry.

The National Post has gotten into this stupid habit.

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No, old movies show an idealized version of journalism, not a better age of it. That propaganda was never reality.

Snap out of it, and get a grip…

The Middle Class Peasantry: Take them out and dust them off when you want to manufacture a bullshit story.

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When I wrote about the business of journalism was back when, I got my education on how the power brokers lived. They weren’t nothing like the simple script-following Zero-Risk yokels in the Middle Class. They were far more like the poor: both had more of survival instinct and could read people far better than the braindead Middle Class who have some bizarre obsession with trying to make each other jealous and pretend they have money.

I likened it to the layers of a Dobos torte: a hard layer followed by a soft layer. The middle class were the soft layer who were sandwiched in-between two hard layers. The poor and the rich are too much alike, and it is the reason they despise each other, but even their differences stem from a slight alteration in their filter.

I remember one episode of Law and Order where a psychologist says the difference was that the poor still think money will make them happy, and the rich have been disabused of the delusion, but there is far more to it than just that.

The poor have but a single obstacle: their own thinking. Here is a group of people who really have nothing to lose, and when push comes to shove, you never get in a fight with someone who has nothing to lose.

The wealthy have everything to lose, but no one actually challenges them. Why? Because the middle class serve as static, and are an effective barrier. In the back of their minds, the poor can hope to reach that level — or their children. Middle class people donate to charity and volunteer at soup kitchens.

And that will keep the status quo going — so long as there is a soft layer in there.

But sometimes, the middle class, thanks to their own ignorance and arrogance, get too greedy or confident of their sparse knowledge, and then end up poor. They are in too much debt or overpaid for a house. They bought stocks and the company went belly up. Factories close and then everything else comes crashing down.

When that barrier is gone, the poorest of the poor aren’t given false hope anymore, and then they strike at a target they actually understand.

As above, so below.

They are the feral wild animals who seize power and form coups. That’s when we have revolutions, and not a moment before.

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When I used to cover the superfabulously powerful media barons, I was privy to all sorts of gossip and insider dirt. I had an eidetic memory for names and would draw maps of power structures that went well beyond communications.

People always whined how bad business was. You’d think dynasties were on the edge of collapse. Business was always bad. Movie studios had creative accounting and they were always operating at a big loss.

No one was bragging, actually. Quite the opposite. Old money was always grim about their finances, and I quickly learned to spot the difference between real economic woes, and the standard poverty lamentation so they could someone not pay taxes. People kept their cards close to their chests at all times. I learned to find out things in other ways: namely, speaking to the maids, seamstresses, or nannies who had to survive on their meagre salaries, and their bosses assumed they weren’t smart enough to pick up on the signs.

They could pick it up and know what it meant.

So did I. I became like Archie Comics’ Cricket O’Dell, the girl who could smell money.

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I could tell within seconds. People with money and connections had a different way about them than did Middle Class people, who are sheltered and always try to guess how rich people behave and always overplay their gambits. You hear well-heeled brats pretend they had no family connections, were dirt poor, and had to struggle to make it — never mind that mommy and daddy bribed a company to get their snot-nosed brat a plush job.

Old Money play different than New Money, but New Money often don’t last long because they brag and boast and don’t know the Shibboleths or comprehend the nuances of power. The teachable ones who see the precariousness of it all, read the memo and change their ways. The arrogant ones who think they are now permanently superior to the little people crash and burn at the first economic downturn.

The middle class have no clue about any of it. Too busy bragging how their brat won Miss Small Potatoes at the county fair. They look for scripts to crib to make it seem as if they know. They talk over people who know because they are jealous that someone has access to people who may be famous.

When I worked at Mohawk College at the same time I was a Canadian correspondent for Presstime, my boss had the nerve to say to me out loud, “So you won’t ever be famous writing for them, right?”

No, asshole: I write for people who decide who gets to be famous. That was my job, and one I create all by myself.

There is a jealousy problem with the peasantry, and it got out of control thanks to the Internet: people thought if they only had a platform, everyone would be razzle-dazzled by their innate greatness just like in the movies, and they would all be rich and famous.

When it didn’t happen, now the peasantry wants to tear down the rich because the deep layers realize the wealthy outclass them in more ways than one.

And their panic and ignorance of the ways of the rich blares.

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The New York Times is exploiting the middle class ignorance of the wealthy by disclosing that Trump “operated” at big losses.

Big deal. That’s a confirmation bias. Wealthy people know how to work the system. You never reveal your cards one way or another. Income taxes are for middle class people to dutifully fill out. You can’t screw around with that — unless you have big money.

But if you point this out to the middle class, they will either ignore you, or insult you with some snippy, arrogant put-down as if they were experts, not clueless people who have no exposure to that other sphere.

Why? No script and too much risk to ponder that what is seen as a static and permanent state of affairs is fleeting and can implode at any second.

I dare the New York Times to expose every single billionaire’s tax returns. Both on the left and the right. We have sheltered the middle class long enough — a little bit of perspective of reality would be a nice wake-up call to that soft layer that seems to have an opinion for everything, even if they know nothing about it.

Once upon a time, selective disclosure would rile up the little people on cue. These days, we have people who correct the confirmation bias, but we mostly get sulky and pouty people babble about “whataboutism” instead of look at the facts and question who are they cheering and booing and why — what exactly do you know about this person and why are you cheering or booing them — was it that they did something personally to you — or you just read online the script that told you to do it.

People think we should go after the rich, but I disagree: go after the middle class first — there are more of them and they are responsible for more of the rot in society than any other group. They get all the perks of being protected from both the top and bottom layer, and if we take away the scripts, we can begin to make those long overdue changes so that we don’t have the extremes of the other two in the first place…

More whitebread propaganda from the Hamilton Spectator and the Toronto Star

Canada is a country that fears change and standing on your own two feet. It is a nation with wobbly training wheels going around in circles day in and day out.

A pair of related articles in the Toronto Star and the Hamilton Spectator are rank propaganda, but they both suffer from the same cowardly confirmation bias that is short-sighted and doesn’t look at the real problems plaguing society: they are pandering to the chicken littles, nothing more.

Let’s start with the Toronto Star’s garbage first.

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Why are you protesting e-learning? What do you actually know about it?

Here is a simpler question: Have you ever heard of Bloom’s Taxonomy?

If you are a parent or student and you are griping about your “education” and you never heard this concept before, shut up.

I mean it. Do not get haughty and indignant about education if you do not know what system we are running and have been since the mid-1950s. Go do some basic research before opining about something you do not know anything about — but should.

And in the last decade or so, education has evolved and we now have a revision in the form of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.

What this means is simple: e-learning has come a long way. A very long way. It is how I got certified in Higher Learning through Harvard University and upgrade my art theory through Oxford University. I use e-learning, and as an educator with a graduate degree, I know quality education. Get with the times, kids.

Because I don’t actually think most of you do your own homework, but your parents meddle and do a lot of it for you — and if they aren’t computer savvy or you have to go school to learn online, you don’t have people being able to prop up your work.

And this isn’t anything new. We used to have correspondent’s courses — and when I was fast-tracking in high school, I had to do two my credits that was in order to finish one year early. It is not a big deal. Stop throwing temper tantrums because things have to change. That’s life. Deal with it.

So you have reactionary teenaged geezers whining because things have to change. That’s called life, children.

But the Star’s obnoxious whitebread wallowing has nothing on the Hamilton Spectator with this piece of trash:

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Memo to the Hamilton Spectator: people lose their jobs every fucking day. The Spec is so immoral that they do not do the same thing to those on the streets or shelters, putting a “face” on those poor people who lost their jobs and now have no home to go to anymore.

Hamilton is a city littered with panhandlers — all those people had jobs, but we don’t seem to give flying fucks about poor people.

Teaching has been seen as a safe career: great pay, job security, and benefits with a strong union. The problem is Ontario is too public sector heavy: when people working for the government are doing far better than the private sector employees, sooner or later, you no longer can afford the system, and you have to cull the fold. You don’t get to bypass the dues paid by those in the private sector who get laid off or let go during economic downturns.

And private sector employees are the ones who bring fresh money into the tax base. People who work for the public sector are, in fact, recycling government money when they pay taxes, meaning they are always a deficit. They give some money back in taxes, but not enough, and when your tax base ends up being public sector employees, you are going to be in serious debt, which is what Ontario is in.

So the Spec’s lazy propaganda suffers from a severe confirmation bias on every imaginable level: it is not looking at why we have a province with too many civil servants, forty percent of private sector workers earning minimum wage, and how do we deal with those real problems.

You interview a few sulky people. Big deal. That’s emotional manipulation. It’s not news. News is asking why we have over 115,000 teachers in this province in the first place. Do the math on their salaries. Look at how many of those educators are on the Sunshine List. Look at how top heavy their administration is, and then go from there. You are not going to get people working minimum wage feeling sorry for these people. You are not going to get precariously employed people feeling sorry for them, let alone small business owners, or people working the private sector busting their tail hustling with a fraction of the pay and with no benefits feeling sorry for them.

Losing a job is life. Hamilton is a city where the majority of people who do well financially work for the government, in healthcare or in education. That’s a dangerous problem and one that came from myopic and shitty leadership. And Hamilton went NDP and we do not have a single cabinet minister — just a single rookie MPP who is in the outskirts of the town.

Hamilton cannot blame Doug Ford for any of its woes. These wounds were entirely avoidable and self-inflicted. The Spec is pure worthless garbage. Let’s have a pity fest seems to be their way of brainlessly waddling through life, and no wonder they are an empty shell.

No one seems to be thinking or using any skill you should have learned in school in the first place. This province needed to do things differently and change on its own before change was imposed on them, but that takes courage and proactive thinking, which doesn’t really speak well of anyone around here…

Wall Street Journals' massive bullshit story: In journalism there are the have-nots...and the have-nots who pretend to be haves.

Here is a self-serving bullshit story from the Wall Street Journal:

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There are no haves in journalism. That is a bald-faced lie.

You do have some pooling because the old guards who were indoctrinated on newspapers providing what is sanctioned subjects and opinions go to larger newspapers because they need some sort of a peg where other people are more likely to do the same thing, so they can all follow a Zero Risk script.

But that is not something to consider as any growth, nor are there enough of these people to buoy the larger broadsheets.

And considering I get email blasts from the WSJ, New York Times, and Washington Post — the Big Three, as it were, considering how deeply discounted the subscriptions are — and how often they send the blasts — you know they are operating at a loss.

I used to cover the industry of newspapers, and I can still do the math and read the signs. If there was any truth to the WSJ piece, you wouldn’t have them stalk people with incessant deals.

While the rest of the US economy is booming, newspapers are not. Neither are magazines or broadcasters.

What we are seeing is larger papers be able to coast on their old resources, and that won’t last. Other smaller papers got devoured by asset squeezers, and they are working their way up. Of the three, the Washington Post is the most vulnerable, then the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times can hold out the longest, but if all this anti-Trump hysteria that goes way beyond the worst hate-fests of the past isn’t kicking up numbers, nothing will.

Journalists have gone to loopy extremes to paint themselves as valiant martyrs. It is not translating to salvation. They are going after Trump as if he were the plague personified. It’s not working, either.

And trying to pretend the national papers are the haves in this equation is just another gambit trying to make it sound as if they are doing better than they are, and they are not…

In an Age of Propaganda, the beggar's banquet is a sleight of hand.

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If there is one journalistic propaganda trope that ought to be made illegal, it is their manipulative tendency to use the picture of people asking for something staring off far away all sad-like because the government won’t give in to their demands and hope to play the pity card.

It all started when Princess Diana gave an interview with Martin Bashir and she laid it on thick.

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It’s so hard to be a princess in a real world!

You mean life isn’t perfect and has its ups and downs where you can’t always get what you want?

You don’t say!

While she did very edgy things with her charity work that I respected, that horrid interview was not her finest moment.

Because she got away with that nonsense, all the commoners wanted to do it, too!

And they get enabled by a brain-dead press who never actually challenges them and serves as propagandists, advertising their fake plight as if it were real, but in an Age of Propaganda, beggars always try to get away with things with pity.

In Canada, particularly the CBC and the Toronto Star, this kind of propaganda is out of control. Having people look sad doesn’t make them right, and some of the junk they are throwing a fit over is dangerous, expensive, but usually both at the same time.

You can’t always get what you want. Sad people want the government to give them a big, fat pay check as they sit on their backsides and not contribute to society. Sad people want all drugs legalized. Sad people who have no control of their wasteful and ignorant children who rack up thousands of dollars on the smartphone and now are on the hook to pay for services rendered.

Really? If the government was loopy enough to enable these delusions, these people would automatically demand something else on someone else’s dime. You have conditioned them by rewarding them.

There are people in genuine need, and then there are those grifters who put on a big show of waterworks to get things that they did not earn.

And journalists enable these grifters because these people go to journalists and give them no brainer copy.

Reporters don’t actually go digging for real atrocities. They are willing pigeons who will play along with the con to get a cheap story written for them.

What’s next? Sad-looking rapists who worry that they might be one of the unlucky two percent who actually get convicted of their crime? The government should just make that legal, too!

Or sad-looking murderers who are bummed out because jail is hard and crimping on their lifestyle? Do they get to doe eye the front page of the web site as well?

Here’s a hint: people who are truly in peril don’t usually go to the press. They suffer in silence because it is too painful to go out in the world and log it, and then it is in your face and you can’t get away from it — and you are too overwhelmed to go out from media outlet to media outlet to play this game. These are the people the press either ignores or slags as they look down on them. They have absolutely no sense what is suffering and what is a grifter’s game.

But that kind of research to find real people in peril takes work. And people who are in peril don’t make pouty faces for the camera. You don’t have that luxury and self-pity isn’t something they indulge in.

So enough of this narrative propaganda. Stick with the facts, not with someone who practiced making that bullshit face in the mirror for days to get the pity factor up a few more notches…

Why do we have snowflakes throw fits at universities? Simple: they aren't offended. They are just conning you.

I don’t just write books. I teach, and have taught in various venues for years. One thing I learned very early on was that there are students and their parents who will play every dirty trick in the book to get an A with no effort. They are the ones who are perpetually offended. They thump their chests and make big threats. Don’t give in, and make them prove their intellectual mettle, and they always crumble because the scam hinges on the pigeon professor getting afraid and caving in.

I never did. I knew how scams worked and if I had to study to earn my creds, then so did they. No exceptions. No meddling mommies to lobby, whine, or bluster to getting their brats something that they did not earn. You cannot enable kids just so you can brag to your fake friends how gifted and genius they were. Let them study, practice, and work.

So what you have are parents you bully teachers and wear them down, making Big Threats if Billy doesn’t get an A on a failing paper his parents wrote (yes, we teachers can tell), and then you have students with diluted knowledge and big egos think they can bypass the system. Lori Loughlin bribed her airheaded daughters into university, and she is hardly the only one. It is always a scam.

And the faux righteous offendedness is just a mere misdirection: put the heat on the university so they are too afraid to kick you to the curb. I remember when I was an undergrad at Mac, someone I knew went there in their first year and failed seven out of eight courses. The dean told this person that they were not smart enough to go there.

Back then when universities still had merit and didn’t water down things not to be seen as politically incorrect.

Just grow a pair of ovaries, and call them on their bluff.

There are enough YouTube videos showing just how stupid university students are — they don’t know what language British people speak. They cannot do math — a skill that builds logic and is an absolute essential — and then skip the math and then still want to pretend they have intelligence.

No knowledge. No skill. No respect for those who do. You have manufactured grifters who think offence is the best defence.

Sorry, suckers, it is among the worst: do it too many times and people can figure out that you are bluffing because if they took a look at you, they’d see an empty-head trying to pass as a genius.

But universities often have people on their roster who are just as shaky with their knowledge, so they cannot push back and risk being exposed as charlatans. They have to keep quality out, and enable their fellow scammers.

If you had to earn that degree the hard way, there is no way in hell that you are going to give in to a temper tantrum or threats.

Which leads to this knee-slapper column in the National Post that doesn’t quite seem to get it.

People like Camille Paglia are actually highly and solidly smart. She is the real deal. The scumbags trying to remove her are not doing it for moral reasons: that’s an old ruse.

These simpletons have memorized one or two things and do not want to reveal the extent of their ignorance and now inability to learn: they could never compete with Paglia — so have her removed and the contrast is no longer glaring. They have memorized a script by rote means and do not want to have to learn anything new.

Especially not something that proves their shitty theory to be hopelessly wrong.

The problem with the Youth Grifter Movement is that sooner or later, one of two things happen: they try to oust a street smart person who can outfox them, such as Jordan Peterson. His theories aren’t all that, but he is cunning enough to read his marks and play them for fools. The Youth Grifters handed him his fame on a silver platter because he knew how to play them. They are not smart, let alone experienced. Peterson is a psychologist by trade, and he managed to exploit his detractors for a mainstream career and book deals — things his haters will never accomplish because they are neither intelligent nor original. He wiped the floor with their faces, and laughs all the way to the bank.

Then you have people such as Paglia who actually has a serious body of work and made it despite a slew of bigotry serving as barriers. She is tough as she is smart. She can handle these nobodies who are empty shells. She has substance, and she can eat these twits for breakfast.

So what you are beginning to see is a backlash against the moral masturbators who try to deflect criticism by pretending to be moral, just like the Catholic priests did when people started wondering if the clergy were diddling with their kids. The gambit works so far because this is a mob with little substance.

And it is the reason universities will either have to develop a backbone and call out these poseurs for who they really are — or they continue to give in and then an alternative to universities will replace them. There has already been talk for the last few years.

When everyone thinks alike, no one thinks very much. Those were the words from another smart person Walter Lippmann. When people don’t think and are too lazy to do so, they throw fits, hoping people go on the defensive and back down. You hit back much harder. You expose the grifters for who they really are — and then you go after their enablers twice as hard and make them accountable for their con games.

The University of Alexandra Kitty would be a place somewhere far away in nature with no contact with the outside world for two years — and then the next two years, you’d be having your classes in the streets, walking among your fellow man in the boardroom and homeless shelters. There would be no rest. There would be no time to think up excuses or be offended.

You’d have to justify why you alone didn’t stop the greed in the boardrooms or why you didn’t do anything but walk over the homeless when you were staring at your godphone with earphones on making Corporate America rich. You’d be in trouble for faking wanting socialism. You’d learn to be a genuine human being with emotional intelligence who could stand alone.

We have a shameful generation on cons who are just a bunch of loud-mouthed schnooks. Nothing more.

And it is a needless waste of a generation who never understood the reasons why you sit back and learn before you make lofty decrees and try to disguise self-interest lobbying as wokeness. It’s not. You are just trying to rig the board so that you can frighten people up the food chain into giving you a piece of the pie you never earned — too bad there isn’t any pie left for you — those who made it already had their share, and there are crumbs left.

You have to go make your own pie with your own knowledge and labor, just like every generation before you did.

Imagine that.

Your games won’t work on those who had to earn their keep. They have respect for themselves and their knowledge.

And lies cannot stand up to the Truth…

And then everyone got fired...

The New Orleans Times-Picayune was bought by a rival paper that promptly gave the lot their walking papers.

Not surprising, and no amount of self-aggrandizing or Trump-bashing is going to turn journalism’s fortunes around. It is out of sync with reality, and that’s what happens when you don’t know what’s going on around you…

Deja vu...all over again...

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Writing about propaganda was a very interesting experience.

I won’t say anything about the book because there is a tendency for unattributed intellectual appropriation if I do.

Suffice to say, the decades of research I amassed came in handy.

Which makes me wonder — aside from the public relations firms — who did those jokers rip off back then?

The book is not as massive as my usual nonfiction work tends to be, even if the reference section is still, massive.

While the trolls in the dead profession never changed or evolved and managed to kill their own profession, Alexandra Kitty most certainly did, but then again, I am not a thought thief, so as I don’t follow scripts, I could naturally grow and improve.

My last name may be Kitty, but I am no copycat.

I am looking forward to 2020!

Yes, I am back...

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But journalism isn’t.

News is dead.

Cable news is in a free-fall.

Newspapers have been cut down by a fifth since the early Aughts.

But they welcome press releases!

But then you have people who pretend they discovered something that I have been writing about for years.

Memo to Jeff Jarvis: I have been writing about the trouble with narratives in journalism for years. Why have you not given me proper attribution?

I went over it in my last book.

And on this website.

And in my first book that came out in 2005.

Do you want to know why journalism collapsed?

Because it has been choked to death by assholes. The end.

That is why I will keep working hard to do what I do best…

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We have no journalists...only propagandists pretending to be journalists. And a global humbling is fast approaching...

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Remember when journalists were lying to you and told you how WikiLeaks were Russian agents?

If you have forgotten because you have Middle Class Selective Amnesia Syndrome, I have taken the liberty of giving you screenshots of the liars and what they puked in 2016.

And now all of a sudden, when journalists thought they could ride on Julian Assange’s coattails and lie once again how they are just like him, and how great WikiLeaks is, they are trying any and all propaganda to save their worthless selves because their incestuous narcissistic award-giving to themselves isn’t doing a thing, either.

Too late. Your word is garbage and so are you. You are now desperately trying to spin the Mueller report, flat-out making up stuff as you spin and distort, but you are nothing but propagandists for lazy Democrats who have absolutely no platform or plan to have one and are using that report as a misdirection so people do not see how they just want money and power by being leeches on the taxpayer’s dime as they try to convince those same taxpayers that they would be destitute without their meddling. They are grifters and scam artists who are threatening women with rape and forced baby-producing by proxy via the brutish Right if they don’t behave and vote for them.

Here is an idea: I don’t vote for either of you losers. You’re all scum. Don’t you dare threaten me with war propaganda.

Journalism keeps getting more shrill and pathetic, but I guess the stench of a rotten corpse is rancid to begin with. The martyrdom narrative is pure bullshit. They are still losing their jobs in droves. For a reason. When you lie, you don’t deserve to be employed. Fuck you.

We are risking our lives for you narrative is bullshit. Memo to journalists: reporting on Mortal Kombat 11 isn’t actually dangerous.

Trump was exonerated, and we still have people who see it and are exasperated by the press having a vendetta that is pathological and out of control, but I agree with Noam Chomsky of what is going to happen.

But I will take it further. The Left’s temper tantrums and hubris is costing them election after election. The Right surge is happening precisely because the Left are trying to shame the world into believing their opinions to be reality, and they are not. Limousine liberals don’t know reality; so their bullshit looks ridiculous and so far off the mark that they end up looking like nerds and loons. The Right’s opinions are not reality, either, but people want to stick it to the Left for their insistence on being at the top of their pecking order to humble them.

So what you have is two groups of people trying to impose their will to rig things so they always win.

You also have Big Tech who is trying to play Big Brother with their fascist censorship garbage, known as GIFCT. However, this is not a sign of their gaining power, but that they are rapidly losing clout. The Internet is a shadow of its former self.

I am now finessing my books, but that is not focus-intensive. The research takes much more than the actual writing, but the resources online are not one tenth they were when I wrote my last book When Journalism was a Thing in 2017and that was not one hundredth of what it was when I was writing Don’t Believe It!: How lies become news and OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s war on journalism…back in 2004.

That is breath-taking. Here you have all of these little propaganda mills begging for donations, and they have shit to offer. They are erasing their archives of old articles, and even library databases are a shadow of their former selves. That is not evolving, but regressing.

Wired thinks the censorship leaning of Big Tech should scare us, but I don’t agree. Big Tech is FUBAR. The Internet is a warehouse of garbage. Traditional journalism is fucked, too. What no one else has the courage to admit is that we now have conditioned people to think their beliefs are divine truth and reality. They no longer seek any information at all because they think they have all the answers with their uninformed folksy bullshit. When you have people try to indoctrinate you by thinking an unverified meme poster proves that they are right over the person with front line experience, expertise and exhaustive research, you know it is game over. Big Tech pandered to the point of shooting themselves in the foot. They are outsmarting themselves into oblivion.

GIFCT is a desperate push to salvage the Left, and it will not work. The Left are getting crushed on all sides and deservedly so. You cannot bribe people into supporting you because it is never enough and they always want more. Kathleen Wynne found that out the hard way. Doug Ford is shrewdly taking away the Ontario Left’s three veins: he slashed municipal seats so the cheap way of NDP and Liberal candidates to get media attention and incubate a voter base has been hobbled. He is setting the bar to sue the Ontario government so high so that he is now cutting off the narrative publicity and propaganda vein of misusing the courts to shame the government. Teachers and activists used this gambit too many times because they know they give the press an easy story where they can look sad in front of the camera and whine no matter how much money gets thrown at them. He takes this vein out, and they lose a “newsworthy” stunt to moral-shame the Tories. He is drastically slashing the public sector, and healthcare and education — the two collectives who still have good jobs and a strong union to throw tantrums and get away with it, are going to be broken. I will not be surprised if education doesn’t get privatized in some significant way so that teachers no longer pose a threat.

But that’s not the Right’s doing. That’s the Left always using the same gambits thinking the other side won’t notice and crack the code. Worse, if your prosperity hinges on working in the public sector where you think you have no risks and complete security, your world will collapse because you got cocky and slagged people who are being paid less and have to toil more, and they will remember your snooty attitude and get their revenge on you at the ballot. No amount of shaming and tantrums is going to save you when it’s personal.

Journalists cannot be trusted with seeing reality because they have the same blinders. They have been indoctrinated and march lockstep brainlessly not seeing that the side they picked are not actual thinkers with a moral compass. They are short-sighted and socialism is not going to save them because you need money to burn through and when you have leeches who just take and refuse to give, the black hole will swallow you up. Trying to brainwash people through shaming, narrative, or censorship isn’t going to work because all of these leftist governments are getting kicked out in droves, too, meaning it has the opposite effect.

Politico has always been propaganda garbage and sophistry, for instance. They puke propaganda, and the jealous sots are trying to smear the Intercept — which actually has factual value in a pathetic attempt to destroy anything that goes against their narrative. They should call this trash can Pollutico.

Here is a memo to you losers: the “Democratic civil war” as you misnamed it, isn’t fuelled by the Intercept but by a bunch of spoiled and manipulative rich psychopaths who want to control people and use a ruse of morality to do it, but since they have no clue what is moral, they have to fake it, and then the low-class antics get exposed.

Speaking of garbage that has been spawned from Pollutico, Julia Angwin’s pathetic attempt at starting a propaganda machine called the Markup resulted in her getting turfed before it even debuted. She got canned because her bullshit ideas on “data journalism" about technology — snake oil for the modern ages, kids — was nixed for flat-out propaganda and lobbying disguised as “advocacy.”

When you have rich liberal meddlers give you $23 million dollars, they want propaganda that pushes their interests. Not news. This was to be liberal propaganda to try to control Big Tech, nothing more. “Advocacy” is doublespeak for “partisan propagandistic lobbying”, nothing more. The Left have been co-opted by hucksters with raging egos whose con games all hinge on feeding those cancerous egos as they shame people into doing stupid things that will bleed them dry. This entire episode is a sad joke as the little parasites have jumped shipped. This is why journalism got destroyed, and then you have clueless egomaniacs such as Andrew Yang try to suck up to journalists saying he wants to save a dead profession so they’ll keep writing about him. Sure, right, likely story. Warren Buffet sees newspapers as toast? Dude, that ship has sailed years ago. The ashes have already been blown away.

But the propaganda is all over the place. We have the Canadian Liberal regime planning to use propaganda to suggest that white supremacists — who all conveniently come from Alberta, are going to pose a threat to the jittery middle class…so the natural conclusion is to keep voting for the rancid Grits. Nice try, but when Hillary Clinton tried that with her smart-ass deplorables comment, it cost the idiot the presidency. No wonder other Western nations think Canada is bonkers with their shrill and dire fake warnings.

But the Left are getting pummelled with their games. Doug Ford has realized where they are getting their money and is cutting them off at the knees. The Ontario Liberals figured out the best way to hide how weak the province was finding itself in was to give just enough money to the borderline poor to think they were Middle Class and just enough graft to the upper end Middle Class to think that they were rich. Have a nice and fat public sector making well over a six figure salary doing bullshit and give in to their demands with some fake resistance to make them feel big and powerful. Doug Ford didn’t get a single one of their votes, and then just pulled the rug out from under them. He is actually showing just how weak and precarious they were all along.

He has nothing to worry about. You can’t bribe people using other people’s money — they will always scream for more, while the people you are using to fund your racket will not tolerate it. It’s what destroyed the former Yugoslavia and every other socialist and communist regime. The Left have painted themselves in a corner because they keep going to extremist ideologies trying to be completely different than the Right, backstabbing innocent people when they cannot control and exploit them — and then trying to claim the people they betrayed as one of their own when things spiral out of control.

I am certain poor Julian Assange had no idea how badly he’d be used, exploited, betrayed, maligned, and vilified. Journalists treated him like the devil as they broke him before trying to exploit that same broken man as their puppet by now pretending they think he is a saint. Too late, assholes, you already locked in your answers in 2016.

He was hopelessly naive, however. He honestly believed that if he told the middle class how they were being manipulated, they would rise up as they became enlightened. He had no idea it is the middle class who set these rigs up, exploiting both the rich and the poor so they don’t have to do any of the dirty work themselves or actual have to take a risk and then look foolish if they were gasp! wrong or failed. Then they can pretend they are smarter, wiser, and more moral and interesting than anyone else as they pretend they are keeping their hands clean. Assange rubbed their noses in their reality, and they turned on him for rocking the boat. He had no clue and no chance.

If he wanted to change the world, he should have filmed middle class people feeding their kids for free with shitty Costco food samples and then bragging about the smartphone they bought on their Facebook pages, and then called them nerds. That would have started a motherfucking revolution.

Big Tech pandered to that same class telling them how rich and famous they’d become, and then everything exploded and got out of control, and now they are trying to put the demon back into Hell. No dice, let alone a paradise.

Big changes are coming, and for the Left, the shocks are just beginning. They are decaying faster than they should be decaying, and that always hints at some internal crisis because someone who did all the work and thinking for them either left or was underestimated and kicked to the curb or died.

And the middle class are quietly hedging their bets on the Right, while the National Post’s solution is to drug everyone with microdoses of LSD so that people are too stoned to care about the world collapsing around them (memo to you losers: emotional apathy is not a good thing to have: it means you have no sensitivity to your surroundings. It is a coward’s lazy escape).

I see the games of the sucker circus, and I still chronicle them. I am not naive like Assange, however. I register my observations, but I have my own reasons for it that have nothing to do with changing the world for others or doing their thinking for them. I’m not your mother.

By the way, remember when journalism had the courage to admit their faults and not puke bullshit about how great they are?

No?

Try this Atlantic article from 1996.

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But that was when journalism still was a thing…

Poynter goes Nazi.

Those pretentious pricks who pretend to be journalists had the gall to have a blacklist of “unnews” outfits, all conveniently the ones not marching lockstep to the sanctioned ideology of the oppressive Orwellian mainstream press.

They caught shit for their Nazi-esque behaviour and took down the site.

Memo to Poynter: all of journalism is “unnews”. It is nothing but propaganda, and you showed your true disgusting colours.

Poynter is propaganda trying to indoctrinate the clueless Middle Class. It is pure garbage.

Yes, I am back, and I have a lot to say about a lot of things. My manuscripts are done, and while I still have pictures to take for my art book, the writing is completed, and I am just putting finishing touches on things, which doesn’t eat up my days or nights…

Fourteen years ago today, OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's war on journalism was published.

Disinfo is no longer in business, but the book is still around.

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As I am still toiling away, I would like to take a breather and point out some of the fuckery going on in the press.

Like this bullshit piece from Quartz:

A new Twitter account is outing shoddy reporting in science stories

You misogynistic motherfuckers, some white guy starts a Twitter feed, and you give him free publicity about showing shoddy reportage about science?

I wrote two books chronicling the same thing and showing how to spot it, and I did not get a mention.

Don’t Believe It!: How lies become news was published in March 2005 and I had an entire chapter on this problem.

When Journalism was a Thing also extensively went into this problem last year, and you ignored it.

The man posts five seconds on Twitter, and you drool and slobber all over his ass as if he did something original. Go fuck yourselves.

And speaking of fuckery, boy, someone with big boy pants must have taken over the propaganda arm of the federal Liberals.

The National Post are being dutiful little minions and are doing free propaganda for them:

'Inconsistent with democratic values': Internal conflict flared over Jody Wilson-Raybould's controversial last act as justice minister

An internal memo claims Crown lawyers were being overruled and told not to use certain defences to appear less adversarial toward Indigenous plaintiffs

Really? JWR was your pick, assholes. That was the culture of control you cultivated. She was well within the brand of political reasoning — and you wait until your little SNC-Lavalin scandal got this far away from you to try to take swipes at her?

You losers do realize the more you slag her, the worse you sound, right? You either mistreated her, which speaks poorly of your prime minister, or you picked and propped up a lemon for years, which speaks even more poorly of you. If you had class — which, by the way, you don’t — you would be better off copping to the former rather than the latter.

Do you idiots realize this has now gotten way, way bigger than two ousted female MPs? You are all going to get hit with a bigger scandal or three before October, and it won’t matter. It doesn’t even matter now. You all sound like vindictive spouses going through a divorce and come off as petty shits. Get a crisis management team and get over yourselves.

And as for the National Propaganda — stop being stenographers for the Man. No wonder you guys bleed money.

But it goes beyond the childish and psychopathically abusive nose-tweaking. The Grits are desperate and reek badly of it with their vast conspiracy theories of political interference being floated as a possible bogeyman for them to frighten the little people into voting for them.

Dumbasses, here is the memo: all countries meddle in the affairs of other countries. That is why Julian Assange had to be silenced by bribing the regime who gave him refuge with loans — who knows what drugs were given to the guy during his exile to discredit him, but WikiLeaks released information that showed the the “political interference” happened everywhere all the time, and the Left sound like Loopy Lous trying to make it sound as if meddling happened only with Trump, and we have people in the Liberal Party sound like paranoid potheads warning that other countries will meddle in our election.

Yeah, the way you stick your pointy little noses in theirs. Fuck you. For a group of blowhards who preach about globalization, why would this even bother you? Globalization precisely means the right to meddle in other countries’ affairs. That’s like wanting to fuck everybody and still be a virgin. Morons.

One last observation: Peter Mackay’s column in the Toronto Sun seems to have a very sly, but nasty jab to Justin Trudeau:

No one is fooled by the crafted image, stage-managed appearances, bold bromides, soaring rhetoric and flashy wardrobe; the stuff of an Old Spice commercial spoofing itself for effect.

The Old Spice reference doesn’t fit — unless you recall that Matthew Perry’s stepdad was the Old Spice guy in commercials…and that Perry boasted in public how he used to beat up Trudeau in school when they were kids.

Trudeau could never compete with Perry in the acting sphere, so go show up the guy in politics where you are completely unqualified. Take that, Matthew Perry!

That’s all for now. I am averaging a chapter a day, and I am picking up speed. Propaganda-busting gets my juices flowing. I could never stand liars because they are arrogant cowards to the core.

Ciao!

xoxo.

An update...and laughing at the deluded trash the Spec is passing off as "journalism"...

I am still alive, conscious, and coherent!

One book manuscript is done, and I am taking photographs for it. The other book is over a quarter done, and should be done in a couple of weeks.

After that, I will need a bit of a rest and recalibration.

Lots of garbage passing off as journalism and politics, but most have not compelled me to break my hiatus.

I came across this two-part knee-slapper about the murder of a Dundas couple from the Hamilton Spectator and it is pure delusional and arrogant bullshit.

It is typical of journalistic stenography when Establishment types who want to intimidate a target — regardless of innocence or guilt — by using a media campaign against them. Journalists, like good little puppets, always comply.

When my family sued the city after what paramedics did to my grandmother, all of a sudden, our case was slapped on the front page, even though it was not actually newsworthy. There were and are other cases of paramedics being sued in Ontario (I know because I went down to the courthouse to have a look) and for the exception of one, most never made news.

But the Spec drooled over the stronger and wealthier side, of course, meaning City Hall. Our lawyer advised us not to talk to the paper, but I wouldn’t have anyway. I know who these people are because I wrote a column for them and saw everything up close. The paper quoted one source who also went on to defend some shady criminal characters as well, which I have written about here previously.

The reporter pretty much got everything wrong, of course. The article did nothing but rely on authorities and parrot them brainlessly. It was free advertising about how grand, glorious and hard-working paramedics are, as if we were lazy do-nothings.

No, assholes, we were working 24/7 looking after a woman whose catastrophic injuries made her completely disabled and bed-ridden. They are just paramedics, not saints. They also have cushy government jobs and often make the Sunshine List. My mother and I weren’t living it up changing my grandmother’s diapers and feeding her because she could not feed herself. She was a prisoner in her own body, but fully alert and aware.

My mother was upset by the coverage. I knew what the city’s gambit was, and also knew that the Spec cannot give away their newspapers; so I took it in stride.

But my mother, months later, got in touch with the reporter and gave her side and wanted to show the results of what happened to us. Needless to say, they never bothered with a follow-up.

We weren’t the Man, after all.

So back to the articles of pure trash about the Dundas double homicide.

This passage is pure deceptive doublespeak and arrogance:

In recreating the night of the fire that killed Alan and Carla Rutherford, the search for a suspect in their deaths and the ripple effects the fire and the killings had on others, the Hamilton Spectator spent months speaking to multiple sources with knowledge of the family and the case, along with experts.

Some sources are confidential because they fear reprisal.

The Spectator independently verified all details.

The Spectator has also examined public financial, property, court and employment records and sifted through social media posts.

No, you didn’t. How are you exactly qualified to “independently verify” it? Are you trained or licensed? What empirical methods did you use? Are you police? Forensic psychiatrists?

No?

The fact that you needed to puke that passage out tells me everything I need to know. This is a ruse to sound as if you did something different and were authorities whose word meant something, and it doesn’t. This is a manipulative tactic and a feint, nothing more.

And how did you define “independently verify”? Talk to a second cop? Read a press release? That is an empty, garbage term. I do not recall you doing that when discussing what happened to my grandmother.

Did you see the photographic evidence we had? Did you read the hospital reports or spoke to experts on the matter?

Nope. You interviewed irrelevant parties who had no knowledge or expertise on the matter. They were there as cheerleaders to the men who dropped my grandmother, and you never once independently verified a thing.

But the faux authoritative babble of the Rutherford murder is cringeworthy. You looked at social media posts? Any motherfucker can do that. That is not an actual thing.

The purpose of articles such as this one is simple: put the pressure on the target, in this case the man arrested for the murders. You try to taint public perceptions in a bid to isolate that person and make them do what you want them to do. It is a strong arm psychological siege and the press always dutifully complies. You will always notice that everything is from the perspective of the Authority’s narrative, not the facts, and certainly nothing presented that ever refutes the theory.

The Spec is not an actual investigative body. It is just a few writers who suck up to police or government sources and then puke out whatever will make the source happy. When it is criminals involved, most people don’t care, but they should because this practice is deceptive and makes the press sound as if they are something they are not or have any business of being: Authorities who determine what narrative is socially acceptable.

I can talk about the glaring flaws and holes of both those articles, but I won’t. I will save those inconsistencies for another day, and even another book. The Spec cut my pay check in the 1990s. I wrote about them for Presstime in the early aughts. My family was traumatized by them a few years ago when they kicked an old, diasbled woman as she lay dying. I know who these people are and they do not impress me or have one grain of my respect.

I do not buy their self-serving decrees. It is a ruse, and one that is easily deconstructed. Real experts frown on using journalistic sources for a reason.

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I feel sympathy for Julian Assange, however. He was sheltered and naive in thinking the Middle Class would rise up against the psychopathic tyrants who manipulate and control them if he just exposed their slave masters.

That’s not how the middle class roll. You are telling them that they made a mistake and are defectively unenviable, and in that, they will never forgive him.

At least he understood what journalism should have been. This is not an assault on journalism because journalism never was as honest, organic, or brave as WikiLeaks, but the Guardian is trying to make a false comparison as self-serving vultures always try to do. WikiLeaks certainly isn’t the low-class garbage the Spec pukes and then pretends is real. I am writing about Assange in my latest manuscript; so it is the reason I am not mentioning anything here.

I am off again to go back to writing about war propaganda. It is a very depressing subject to tackle, especially when I am writing about it in the dark all by myself at 3 o’clock in the morning, but I am writing it from both ends to keep a positive balance. Sure, things are broken, but broken can be repaired to be better than new.

Life is meant to be Kintsugi, and it is an art that sings beautiful love songs to me; and I am grateful.

Til then…

xoxo.

An Update: I need to take a hiatus.

I have just gotten another book contract to write an academic text about war propaganda. I have wanted to write this book for many years, but it finally came together. I have my Kintsugi book to finish in a short time as well, an Oxford art course to take and a Kintsugi course to teach.

What that means is I will have to suspend this web site for the foreseeable future — until I finish everything I need to do, which is a lot.

That means Chaser stories are put on hold. One of the stories on war propaganda will be in the upcoming book instead, and will no longer be Arc II. My story on Postmedia is on hold until I hand in my manuscripts. When I come back, that will be the next entry here, aside from my usual musings about coming back, but this absolutely changes how I will do Chaser.

Truth, Explained will have its second episode this week, but that’s about all I can do. So expect one more entry tomorrow.

No Cavewoman Graffiti. No expanding the List of People Everyone Should Know. No Dangerous Woman fiction. No writing about journalism and modern combat strategies. No musing on Quora. I am so swamped that I am overjoyed, but what I do takes unbelievable focus and I write books worth of items here — so now it will be in book form.

Things are picking up for me on this end. I have my Kintsugi photographs that I have to take for the book as well — as well as finish the rest of the book. That takes me into April, but then I will be writing nonstop and I have to schedule my art courses — both as student and teacher into all of it.

I have written two books in one year before, but not at the same time. These are both books I have wanted to do for a very long time, and now I get to do them.

For regular readers, I thank you very much for coming here. I will be back, more eccentric than ever. I still have F.R.E.E.D. to place, however, and I have plans to do something else.

If you like my style and want to read other things that I have written, if you can download many A Dangerous Woman offerings from Kindle — or Kobo. I have plenty of offerings there, fiction and nonfiction. I have my Ello page and my Quora page as well, but those two are on hiatus.

So, there will be a podcast tomorrow, but I am going to keep this site up with no changes or updates. It is not a matter of energy or me not having enough to say (ha!), but I have to focus on things that require research and precision, and when I am in that zone, I am a very different person. I never realized that until I gave a book talk to a group and the hostess who is a dear friend told the group all about my behaviour while I was writing the book. She did a very good impersonation of me, too.

Even my theremin playing will have to be put aside. I do have tickets for one play at the Shaw. That’s about it.

When I come back here, it will be me very unleashed…

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Journalists do not have to be "used" to get a scoop: it's just the lazy way of doing things.

I find this commentary interesting:

Reporters are 'used' all the time. That's the way it works: Neil Macdonald

Hogwash. Reporters do not have to allow themselves to be “used.” It’s like saying wives get beaten all the time. That’s the way it works.

But this is also interesting:

Leaks a sign news media is doing its job

No, it’s not. It is a sign of the opposite: that they are passively working as stenographers parroting whatever they are being told, and usually it isn’t worth very much at all.

What leakers do is gossip, and not give facts, but narrative. There is a huge difference. With the “leak” in question: it was to smear Jody Wilson-Raybould with some bullshit about how she and the prime minister disagreed on one of her suggestions, and that he didn’t like it because he was more exacting than she was, and blah blah blah.

It was an attempt at misdirection, and it backfired. This is how divorcing couples trash talk each other in public, as if anyone cares. Trying to justify why you are a bottom feeder sounds as unconvincing as the prime minister trying to make Wilson-Raybould sound like a bad guy.

Not working…