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  1. 2 points
    I don’t know anything about so called “white supremacist” leanings. I find such attributions are made far too easily and are dangerously slanderous. Don’t make such accusations so lightly without damn good reasons. We’ve talked about this, the shrill overreactions that can destroy reputations and people. I don’t agree with Black’s politics on everything, but he’s exceptionally bright and knows Canada’s history. He probably isn’t “green” or left enough for current mainstream Canada, but he isn’t naive to what really counts in geopolitics. That’s my point. While I can understand Trudeau’s appeal to some as a more honest and science-based politician than some, his naïveté is very dangerous. We see similar foolishness in the uninformed protesters of industry, people who don’t understand how food gets to our table or the value of money. They live on the level of purely selfish desire no less than the most exploitative rich. There are certain essentials you need to run a truly independent jurisdiction. They’re called the commanding heights: energy, steel, trains, food supply (agriculture, livestock, fisheries), manufacturing (appliances, transportation infrastructure, building supplies, biomedical equipment), defence (especially the high tech precision, rapid deployment kind), and strong democratic institutions with rule of law. We could say much more and detail what each of these essential areas looks like. Green policies would be touted by some as of critical importance to how we operate all of the above, but we can’t have our own truly green policies when we’re in a global marketplace competing with countries that refuse to bear the costs of climate action, let alone high labour standards and wages. A system is only as strong as its weakest link. This pandemic is a little too perfect. The only way we know of to get rid of it is to stay home. Yet transmission is endless through our global network. We need to be able to detach from that network when it suits us, instantaneously. We also need to find ways of protecting ourselves and each other that allow us to participate in community activities and workplaces. Having everyone stay home is too costly for psychological and economic reasons, and it could eventually take far more lives than the virus as suicides and non-viral illnesses mount. The lockdowns must have a defined timeline with some flexibility related to our diagnosis of cases and there must be a plan for return to work. Let’s pause for a moment to consider what’s happened: the end of new sexual partnering and physical touch, the end of social gatherings (workplace, markets, sports activities, playgrounds, schools, restaurants, etc.). Through fear we have bought into the necessity to maintain these conditions for an extended period. While we need to get the numbers of new cases well down, there has to eventually be a happy medium that allows for return to normalcy. What would it look like, for example, to return to work with fewer hours and smaller groups? Could we have anyone who must work in close contact with others, such as professional athletes, return to work after passing a C-19 test? We can’t accept permanent shutdown. It’s hard not to wonder if this was planned, because we have bought into this mass shutdown. People really are dying. I don’t see any point in dwelling on that possibility, but wherever this came from, we must never let ourselves become so susceptible to outside threats again, not in trade, defence, food supply, medical supplies, and even political ideas. We can’t have our own policies without true self-sustainability. We see the totalitarianism of China and the radical self-interest of the Trump regime (stopping the export of 3M N95 masks and diverting deliveries of equipment destined for other countries to the US, as happened to Germany). We have to be careful and shouldn’t assume we can rely on other countries or regions. It’s not every man for himself and we are stronger together, but be prepared to go it alone with your family or selected community. Canada is doing relatively well in this crisis, but we need to strengthen our protections and we’re not out of the woods yet, far from it.
  2. 2 points
    It was not a matter of making more money because of the cheap labour in China, it was a matter for most of staying in business. THAT falls straight into the hands of consumers. We the Great Unwashed wanted all of the cheap shit coming into Wallyworld for less than a half or quarter of what those few foolhardy Canadian companies were producing to compete - and with our disfunctional business investment climate and priveleged, wildly expensive labour we simply can not compete. The solution was very simple - and this spreads across several governments and every party in North America: if you couldn't reach some sort of quality, public safety and employee human rights standard, you (i.e. China and much of SE Asia) could not import to our countries. Instead, we the consumer rapidly turned on our nationalistic heals and globalized like a typical trailer park family and gobbled up the poorest quality in exchange for the greatest quantity - and millions of Canadian jobs in tens of thousands of businesses. And, on top of it all: our enthusiasm to immitate the failing experiment in Casino Capitalism from the United States, we now have businesses owned by finance and run by snot-nosed Bschool brats who haven't got a clue or any experience on what actual BUSINESS is, only to make the kind of quarterly results that they need to advance their career and satisfy their Wall Street and Bay Street bosses. You get this by pissing on your more expensive, higher quality and fully accountable supply chain in country and competing with WalMart for the cheapest, shoddiest supplies (including medical supplies, to stay with this thread). With any luck (unlikely), we could come out of the economic side of the Wuhan Virus with a far better understanding of what we NEED to be as a country and economy with our own national interests at the center.
  3. 2 points
    What is the threshold? Our biggest trade partner would not get a pass if we look at their connections to human rights violations. Heck, we wouldn't get a pass.
  4. 2 points
    I think the one great lesson that must come out of this is that we must become extremely independent and adaptable — extremely. Relying on global and even continental supply chains is a problem. We are experiencing the effects of an overcrowded and strained biosphere. It’s the sixth extinction, taking place during the anthropocene period. Climate change has been the main worry of governments, but weather patterns and gradual increases in temperature are just more effects of the impact of the stress humans have put on the planet. It’s our ability to adapt and reduce our negative impacts that will determine our evolutionary viability. It’s unwise to be so beholden to foreign powers for our economic survival. We have to be able to operate successfully on a much smaller scale and at a more local level. While I think we have to generally go greener, on a national level we need to remember where the power lies and maintain domestic power and supply. We see the worry over procuring medical supplies, but it also applies to food, defence, and manufacturing. We need to do for ourselves to maintain the capacity. While he may be too conservative for some, Conrad Black is mostly right about where Canada needs to go: https://apple.news/AlExejMIlTnKA61WUZfZWmw
  5. 2 points
    This isn't about conservatism or being adult. I'll reserve my judgement for now but what I heard today from Doug Ford substantiates my belief that the quarantine is going too far, is useless in some ways and also harmful in others. Like what I've been saying about the psychological impact. those of us who have reserve cash are not as scared as people who live paycheck to paycheck. A lot of young people struggle with part-time jobs, having two jobs or more, not structured permanentworkwe enjoyed and they have no reserves, not eligible for EI. To say people should have to suck it up is not good enough, not responsible leadership. I know they say they'll pony up the welfare money but its weeks away at a minimum. It won't be enough. In the meantime the problem many have is now, today. Not 6 weeks. They are told to go to the bank and ask for a loan. A loan would have to be at least five to ten grand to be useful, cover rent and and food for a few months for couple or small family. These people are in shock today. Not only fear of virus, no job. No rent money. No grocery money. And now you suddenly owe the bank ten grand. If you can wear those shoes sister go ahead, then tell me how this is all smart and good. And didn't your mom ever say, it's cold and flu season, go outside and get some fresh air? Or that doctors explain the reason influenza spreads is because people spend more time indoors in winter? Pretty sure I used to be told that but maybe the information has changed today. But I remember it. I have a memory.
  6. 2 points
    They are protected by the corporations while conservatives are shut down for MUCH less.
  7. 1 point
    I give Doug Ford credit for choosing leadership over partisanship. He's doing "the people" a solid, at expense of businesses. And ... takeout delivery lcbo are solid. Thx Doug! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-coronavirus-ontario-monday-1.5506445
  8. 1 point
    Hmm, singing Kumbaya whilst running around a fire naked might be an appropriate initiation ritual. I smell a Tik Tok video.
  9. 1 point
    I wasn’t referring to Europe. Let’s clarify that they’re now a serious problem for us as well. We will need a rethink on vital equipment for pandemics and maintain adequate manufacturing capacity within the country.
  10. 1 point
    I agree but it'll be like a drunk hitting rock bottom. I'm really not that depressed at all to tell you the truth Rue. I think I would be though if I found myself unable to understand or grasp some of the enormity of what we're up against. The political and economic eight-balls we're behind are one thing but another has to be the sheer weight of deluded thinking that is compounding so much effort to contain panic. Take mom for example, we're talking on Skype the other day and she's says "I just heard they've shut down the Internet"! But that's mom, shes almost 90 and pretty harmless, fringy and funny compared to the darker reaches of the imagining that's going on these days. I don't know, I think its simply because he believes I subscribe to Pol Pot. Regards yourself and stay safe.
  11. 1 point
    Just make sure you cite my name, as it’s automatically copyright protected. Lol.
  12. 1 point
    That’s one of the best posts I ever read here. I might just copy and paste it, pretend it’s my own on a different site lol.
  13. 1 point
    Hate of self isn't necessarily wrong, if it leads to transformation to a better person. But anything taken to extremes is harmful, so we should not hate ourselves too much. Remember that we are all struggling in life and are bound to make mistakes. That is where the concept of forgiveness comes in, and should also include forgiveness of the self.
  14. 1 point
    Would the Libs (Dems) or Cons (GOP) move away from the system? Of course not. Do other parties have a chance? It doesn't look that way. The reality is that human rights violations are on only a small percentage of the population's radar. How many people think about where their product is made when they add it to their Amazon cart? This whole experience has shocked the system and has made some people to look at the system from a different perspective and perhaps even question it. That's good. However, the push right now is to go back to the way we were. Then we'll be consumed with the same old again. Would it take a bigger shock to change that? Unfortunately, I believe, that's the only way.
  15. 1 point
    I agree. It's greed. Milking the system for every last cent is the issue. Manufacturers set-up shop in China and other countries with cheap labour, just so they can make more money for the shareholders. We do need to be more self-reliant. But how do you do it? Create a protectionist system where we charge extra taxes on foreign goods coming in? Doesn't that go against the free market? Is there a balance?
  16. 1 point
    Conservatives... Always be hatin' the Corporations..
  17. 1 point
    You want insane? Stay tuned it's still coming. Here's one for today- People who were planning to receive medically assisted induced death are having it postponed by the hospitals, because of coronavirus. I guess those with a terminal illness will just have to wait until the virus passes before they're allowed to die.
  18. 1 point
    I agree nothing to this scale, but pandemics are all serious matters, but what we have been told over and over in the beginning of this issue, was both of them have taught us how to handle the next pandemic, we are prepared this time....but I guess thats what they were telling us, covering up for there mishandling of this crises. one would be stockpiling of vital consumables such as masks, gowns, footwear coverings, etc etc , and then machines like ventilators. The last 2 virous have come from china, and yet nobody put two and two together because china is our main source of manufacturing....nobody seen to find another source of supply.
  19. 1 point
    3 points in response to that: 1) One thing to keep in mind is that those with weak immune systems, who have COVID-19 have a much higher chance of needing to go to the hospital to receive care. Our healthcare system cannot handle that. This is the biggest problem around the world. 2) Also, an average patient with COVID-19 stays at the hospital for almost 2 weeks. A common flu patient who goes to the hospital stays for just a 3 days. Again, this shows the strain on the healthcare system. 3) Another point: The rate of death increases dramatically within a short period of time. So it may be 1 or 2 on February 15th and then it jumps to over 100 close to its peak. It doesn't stay constant. So the five people per day average does not reflect the reality of how harmful this virus is.
  20. 1 point
    Media down-playing Doug Ford's projected numbers as merely an estimate. Presumably this was a disappointment, only 3000 deaths over two years? Sorry about them, but it happens all the time, and even worse. Media follows this with a warning that if we do not continue the shutdown the number of deaths in Ontario might possibly rise to 100,000 in two years. Did Doug Ford mention that figure? I'd like to know, because he said he was going to be absolutely straight about it. Media now quoting number of deaths that were prevented as a statistic. Very interesting way to look at it. Is it because we need to move away from the "number of deaths will be extremely high" narrative?
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    I'm pretty sure thats what they said about the last 2 pandemics we've had, "does anyone have any points, GOOD, meeting adjoined " perhaps this one is the one everyone is going to expect more out of, at least the lack of preparations including no stocked supplies and equipment, " not to mention the time wasted when this virous was in china and spreading rapidly...what was major hospitals doing about getting prepared, one would guess it was not stocking up on supplies, or ensuring they had enough equipment. All levels of government have had a hand in this failure.... Justins attempt to grab total power was a dick move, but then again liberals are going to shrug their shoulders and say he done what he had to and like you said make statues for him, pray to him in their closets...nothing he does will change their minds. I agree with you things are going to look much different, It will give us pause to think, I think we will implement things such as more shopping on line, makes more sense, don't need all those concrete stores, less on wages, benefits sell on line , ship direct from the factory floor, or one massive warehouse. might even make us more competitive on the global market, or bringing more manufacture jobs back home...or ordering your food or groceries on line , pre paying for it then just picking it up or having it delivered. or maybe I'm full of shi$ Maybe it will change education, driving more classes online, once again no more steel and concrete buildings, less teachers serving more students at the university level , maybe even more online course for other school levels.... More working from home, saving on office space or size of office space. Perhaps change the way we house our elderly in homes, in effect making them someone else problem, maybe we should keep them in our own homes, like back in the day...and hire our own care workers if need be... lots of things are going to change...I hope...
  23. 1 point
    Or we could just change the constitution to remove all special native rights. That'd be good too. Natives could then be just Canadians like the rest of us.
  24. 1 point
    We have no replacement for fossil fuels either as an energy source or in the source for the petrochemical industry whose products are in 95% of the things we build, own and wear. Wind and solar make up less than 1% of world energy, and most of that is heavily subsidized. No one seems to want nuclear, despite it being a far 'cleaner' energy source, and hundreds and hundreds of coal plants are continuing to be built around the world. One presumes that eventually those plants will be replaced by oil or natural gas. The blithe predictions of the end of the need for oil are many decades in advance of any reality.
  25. 1 point
    Which both continue to this day. Quebec's insular attitude and tribal vote have given it considerably more power within confederation than Ontario, despite the latter's larger size and wealth. And Quebec has always been the most corrupt of our provinces. This must be quite an old book. The Canadian chattering classes (artists, writers, academics, media) no longer talk about Canadian greatness. Instead the narrative is Canada is a horrifically awful country populated by the racist descendants of cruel, evil, exploitive, murderous, racist, homophobic butchers and barbarians. There is nothing good about Canada's past and if you try to say otherwise you're obviously immoral. Welcome back, btw.
  26. 0 points
    Yeah... well "you people" meant Asians but generally "you" means "one" Example: You've gotta fight for your right to paaaaarty... actually is a rephrasing of Founding Father Adam Rock: "One must contend for one's freedom to pursue happiness"

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