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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 – 20170820, Sunday

Commentary: Trying to write a weekly blog to reduce publication overhead has not been helpful from the viewpoint of content because things are moving too fast. I’m going to try shorter daily posts.

A theme that I have posted links and comments about in the past is the idea of a new civil war in the US. Pat Buchanan writes from the perspective that the war is actually underway: America’s Second Civil War. I would agree.

The left has been working towards totalitarian government for a century and more. The cases where they have succeeded have resulted in some of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the world. The left, including our modern day progressives in academia and the arts are intolerant of any point of view differing from their own. This is why democracy is anathema to them. A totalitarian state where they have absolute control over the individual is their ideal form of government.

As I publish, this just out: Bannon: “No Administration In History Has Been So Divided”.

The US is very far along this divide and violence will be a common feature going forward. It is already a most uncivil war.

Bits and Pieces – 20170310, Friday

Commentary: Perhaps the most important article for Canadian readers today is a ZeroHedge report on new data from the BIS (Bank of International Settlements – sometimes called the central bankers bank because it acts as a global banking watchdog): Whose Banks Are Riskiest: A Surprising Answer From The BIS. The Canadian banks deny any risk as does the government. However, not believing either institutions, I am mapping out a defensive strategy which I will publish at a later date.

This article is a short summary of what I have been saying about jobs: If You Think Your Job Is One That Cannot Be Automated, You’re In For A Rude Awakening. The 5-10 year time-frame for this to unfold is the time-frame for the point of no return for the collapse of Western civilization. The 15 minute video in it I embed below. It is extremely well produced and is comprehensive in its coverage:

The key point in this video is that of the horses. Hint: we didn’t need all the horses of the pre-auto age AND WE DON’T HAVE THEM TODAY.

Civil Unrest: Here is an articles discussing civil war in the US: Is The Left Trying To Start A Civil War?

I realized today that the disregard for the democratic process in the US by those who refuse to accept the outcome and are actively working to reverse the result in a soft coup – to overthrow Trump – are really seeking a totalitarian form of government that embodies their ideologies.

Cyber Warfare: More commentary on the cyber warfare being waged by the CIA on … uh, anyone and everyone apparently: CIA’s Dirty Cyber Tricks Exposed: “UMBRAGE” & Potential False Flag Attacks” and The most shocking revelation from the CIA spying scandal. And I thought all the viruses and Trojans I have dealt with over the year came from bored high school kids working out of their parents’ basements or Russian mob technicians: WikiLeaks Holds Press Conference On CIA Hacking, Will Share Hacking Tools With Tech Firms.

As a result of the revelation of the UMBRAGE project the CIA, the CIA cannot credibly identify a hack or intrusion as Russian in source.

Socialism in Canada: O Sacred Cow Sore Wounded

The sacred cow of the modern progressive movement in Canada is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the bloated behemoth that in inverse fashion, milks the Canadian public for a billion or so dollars a year in a totally unaccountable and opaque manner. It is viewed by the progressive movement as their media extension, being the broadcaster most closely aligned with their doctrinal positions.

In contrast, the Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper is viewed with a visceral hatred by the progressives. It is therefore no surprise when the government proposes legislation that goes anywhere near the CBC that a firestorm of protest breaks out on the left. The most recent case is that of Bill C-60 and an online petition by the so-called Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

The petition came to our attention from two different e-mails (emphasis in quoted material in this essay is ours unless otherwise noted):

  1. Please read this and sign it. This affects our DEMOCRACY!
    Stephen Harper wants to silence and control our public broadcaster by sneaking new powers into a monster Budget Omnibus Bill. Please sign the petition: http://bit.ly/10YEGi9 Thanks!
    And the author in a followup email elaborated A democracy requires a free and open media, and, as history has shown, a government that seeks to control the media is a Fascist government.
  2. The second had the subject line You can help Free CBC of political interference and an embedded text asking for donations and sporting an image charging deception on the government’s part.

First we briefly examine the partisan progressive or left-wing bias of the FCB. Then we review Bill C-60 in terms of its purpose and extent. Finally we address the bovine hysteria driving the petition.

Socialism: Entitlement – the Engine of Transformation

We have suggested that there is a natural transformation of a democratic society into a socialist society. We believe that the force that accomplishes this is the individual’s sense of entitlement. In this essay we explore the concept of entitlement.

Socialism: An American Scenario II

This post is based on the part 3 video (24:40 minutes) from McAlvany Wealth Management titled The Fuse is Lit Pt. 3: An American Reckoning. They are an investment firm and the later part of the video discusses investment, something that the reader may or may not find useful. Here’s the video and our notes and commentary follow:

Socialism: An American Scenario I

This essay is based on the promotional video from Porter Stansberry shown below. We warn the reader it is long – we didn’t time it and it doesn’t display its length – and is structured to sell a newsletter subscription. Some readers might find the newsletter beneficial but our intent is to examine the primary scenario, one of a wealth-driven radical increase in socialist programming in the US. We do not have to accept its basic premises but we can extract some valuable points and observations from it. Here’s the video. We follow it with an extract of what we consider to be key points and then we discuss the points.

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