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Bits and Pieces – 20181026, Sunday

Commentary

I have been distracted by an unsuccessful run in municipal politics. It took a few hours of reflection to analyze my emotional response and an gain an understanding of the event. Here it is. But first some background on the results.

There were 8 candidates running for 4 positions. Three were 3 incumbents and one person returning to office after a term or two off. The fifth was a local realtor and Strathroy native, well known in the community. That left 3 unknowns including myself who is new to town. Poll results were in the order I described the candidates. I polled 747 votes for 6th place (first place was over 2700 votes) but only 31 votes ahead of the last place finisher. I tell people I tied for last place which I think is an astute assessment.

When asked if I was disappointed in not winning – in my mind were scenarios where I might have won – I replied “no” as I have a couple of projects that I could now get on with. What I was disappointed in was that I did not think the results reflected the effort, time and money that my wife and I invested in the election.

Finally, there was the understanding of two major points that were present when I decided to run but that I did not understand. This in itself was a brilliant flash of insight: nothing changed over the entire period except my understanding of the situstion.

The first point, and this is key I think to all politics, is that there were no major issues with the past administration. People had their personal peeves – their street has potholes, the town needs an indoor pool, etc. – and there were a few individuals that did not like the mayor or a particular Councillor. However, there was no single major issue such as corruption manifested in some form or other, to cause dissatisfaction with the previous administration.

Whether you gave them an “A”, “B”, or “C”, they earned a pass. An “F” would have created a totally different situation. Despite comments from many that I spoke to about needing “new blood” on council, the old adage,”if it ain’t broke don’t try and fix it” held sway and wisely so.

The second point is that I am new to town. One Councillor is a retired high school teacher and has taught half the community. Those re-elected are widely known, most having grown up here. Although Strathroy is growing fast, it has that small town core of residents where everyone knows everyone else. In some small towns it takes generations before you become accepted fully in the community.

In short, I didn’t stand a chance. Nor will I in 2022 unless these two conditions change. There is also an age factor. This election was difficult in terms of going door-to-door for 3, 4, 5 or more hours at a time. It won’t be easier in 4 years.

I knocked on about 750 doors out of an estimated 7500. I talked to an amazing array of people. None were hostile and most were warm in their response. You sized up the situation in a fraction of a second to determine your approach. When a man or woman answered a door holding 2 children with three in the background running around with 5 barking dogs, you read very quickly that this person isn’t looking for any kind of a conversation. One woman may even have been nursing an infant although I was careful not to stare to see if this was the case or not. The closest to having someone answer the door naked was a tall fellow wearing only shorts riding below a belly that suggested that he hadn’t seen his feet in a decade or two. I sensed very quickly he didn’t want to talk.

It was hard work and the most enjoyable part of the campaign by far – a valued experience.

With this I can put it behind me.

Bits and Pieces – 20170810, Thursday

Commentary: Martin Armstrong’s computer model has picked Aug. 12-13 and Sept. 11-12 as two key dates when a Korean conflict may begin: North Korea – Beware August 2017. That makes this weekend critical. There is more below that shows the growing tensions. George Friedman thinks there will be war but offers his thinking on NK behaviour: North Korea, Nukes and Negotiations. Finally … US “Confirms” N.Korea Has ICBM-Ready Nuclear Warheads, North Korea Responds To Trump Threat, Says It Is “Seriously Considering” Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike On Guam, and Trump Threatens North Korea With “Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen Before”. Which side makes the first move?

Some folks are beginning to look at the cost of a war with NK. Since the extent of the destruction cannot be known in advance, one can identify impacts while not being able to estimate them accurately. Read: How A Renewed Korean Conflict Is Going To Be Felt Around The Globe and “Under Any Analysis, It’s Insanity”: What War With North Korea Could Look Like.

Late comentary provides insight into one of the preferreed options: Pentagon Unveils Plan For “Pre-Emptive Strike” On North Korea. Most parties agree the a negotiated settlement would be the preferred option of them all.

I thought summer was supposed to be the quiet time when everyone went to the beach. The fall should be a doozy.

Bits and Pieces – 20170715, Saturday

Cyber Warfare: Maybe it wasn’t the Russians: New Research Shows Guccifer 2.0 Files Were Copied Locally – DNC Not “Hacked By Russians” and New Evidence Says DNC Hack an Inside Job, Not Russia Related.

WWIII: Turkey’s realignment continues: Turkey “Turns Away” From NATO, Buys Russian Advanced Missile System For $2.5 Billion. They still seem to be playing both sides. This article follows along the path of the ides that thew US was one of the initial proponents and supporters of the EU: Unite and Rule: EU As NATO’s Auxiliary Economic Alliance.

The American Empire (AE): All the more reason for the AE to install a puppet that they can control, in Damascus: The New Silk Road Will Go Through Syria.

Climate: Climate alarmists need not worry their pretty little heads: Nature Unbound IV – The 2400-year Bray cycle. Part A.

Worth a read although many of you already know this: Research Team Slams Global Warming Data In New Report: “Not Reality… Totally Inconsistent With Credible Temperature Data”.

Canada Corner: I see no way to correct this other than a broad reset: “Canada Is In Serious Trouble” Again, And This Time It’s For Real. Sorry to take away Justin’s punch bowl but: IMF Rings The Alarm On Canada’s Economy.

The only contexts that the following makes any sense is in terms of Islamic appeasement and extreme progressive posturing: Canada’s Multi-Million-Dollar Pay-Out To A ‘Foreign Terrorist Fighter’.

Bits and Pieces: A masterful player, knowing that he has the Europeans by the balls, squeezes again: France Agrees to Pay All Costs for Turkey to Sign Paris Climate Accord.

Here’s a question for you, if Catalonia votes successfully to succeed and a new civil war erupts, will the Luftwaffe intervene as it did in the last Spanish civil war: Catalonia to Move to Referendum October 1st to Break From Spain?

Trump continues to have problem with loyalists from the Obama administration embedded in the bureaucracy. It takes time to find and sack the thousands of people involved: Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump.

Keep in mind that these are the early days of the development of software of this nature: New Software Fakes Video Of Former US President Barack Obama. With Photoshop we gained the ability to manipulate still images to create new images that are indistinguishable from reality. Now we can no longer be assure that a video we see is a real image scenario. When voice synthesis reaches the same level we wil be t the point where all news must be treated as fake news – synthesized propaganda. Note to all governments: we are almost there.

Here’s an interesting note on the silence of the UN on human rights abuses in Venezuela. It lines up with a similar silence by Pope Francis which I have commented on in the past. The article also makes a connection with Agenda 21: Is This Why The UN Human Rights Council Is Silent As Venezuelans Die Oppressed Under Socialism?. Weaving into this theme is the following of which I’m confused. I thought that this brand of geopolitics was what our communist pope supports: Vatican Press Lashes Out At Catholic Trump Voters, Calls Steve Bannon “A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics”.

Bits and Pieces – 20170614 – Wednesday

Commentary: Here is a must-watch half hour video by George Friedman. He presents the best succinct description of key geopolitical issues that I can recall: the position of Russia, the problems in the EU, the Middle east with Turkey in a pivotal role, where China stands: Crisis & Chaos: Are We Moving Toward World War III?

Turn off CNN, NBC, CBC and the rest of the MSM and spend the time listening to this a second time. He brilliantly summarizes all you need to know about the issues driving the important events of today and tomorrow. If on the other hand you’d feel more comfortable watching a telethon, turn on CTV.

POPE FRANCIS’ DEVOTION ON BEHALF OF RELIGION

We present this new essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

On July 26, two Muslims slit the throat of a French Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, while he was saying Mass before a typically small group of locals in his village church.

“I Do Not Like to  Speak of  Islamic Violence.

The assailants  were well-known to police as Islamic radicals with connections to ISIS; in fact, one of the two, born in Algeria, was required to wear an electronic surveillance device intended to thwart anything along the line of what he accomplished that day.

A journalist working for a French Catholic news agency sought the insight of the Pope. (Who better, after all, to explain definitively what an assault upon a Catholic priest must mean?) “Four days ago,” the reporter noted, “you told us once again that all religions want peace… When you speak of these violent acts, why do you always speak of terrorists but not of Islam?”

The Pope replied:

“I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence because every day when I open the newspapers I see acts of violence, here in Italy, someone kills his girlfriends, someone else his mother-in-law… If I spoke about Islamic violence I would also have to speak about Catholic violence …. Terrorism is everywhere…Terrorism increases whenever there is no other option, when the global economy is centred on the god of money and not the human person, men and women. This is already a first form of terrorism. You’ve driven out the marvel of creation, man and woman, and put money in their place. This is a basic act of terrorism against all humanity. We should think about it.”

It is certainly an inventive argument — that “terrorism increases whenever there is no other option” — but it builds (dare I say it) on a desperate, bottom-dragging morality.

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