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  1. New details have emerged concerning Canada's role in Haiti's 2004 coup, specifically the conspiracy to plan and kidnap Haiti's then democratically elected president, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.   Even more interesting is the Liberal government's rationalization for the "Ottawa Initiative on Haiti" given the context of a reluctance for the invasion of Iraq (2003) and its own "Responsibility to Protect" rationalization for interventions (e.g. 1999 Kosovo War), now widely discredited by many UN member nations as "humanitarian imperialism".



    Canada played a key role in planning and building the rationale for the overthrow of Haiti’s government in 2004, leading to a decade and a half of violence and corruption that culminated in the assassination of president Jovenel Moïse last week.

    Documents reviewed by The Breach contain new details about a secretive meeting hosted by the Canadian government in Ottawa and Meech Lake in 2003, which laid the groundwork for a military intervention a year later by U.S. and Canadian forces, and supported by France, against Haiti’s elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.



    Haiti has been purposely destabilized for over 100 years by American, Canadian, French, and other interests.   The latest assassination just continues the legacy of corruption, violence, and international complicity.

  2. 1 hour ago, cannuck said:

    I will give you that but certainly not the case North of 49.


    Maybe less so because of limited R&D investment, but government institutions in Canada have developed several important technologies (e.g. insulin (Univ of Toronto), atomic energy (fission labs), etc.).  Canada's National Research Council (NRC) has provided things like the artificial pacemaker, canola/rapeseed, and the cesium atomic clock, which U.S. submarines used on patrol during much of the Cold War.

  3. 52 minutes ago, cannuck said:

    1.  I would agree with that for fundamental research, but when it comes to development of ideas going from science to technology, government is a 100% fail.  


    Sorry, but this is a generalization that simply is not true.   Government R&D investment in universities and agencies has often resulted in applied science and technological innovation.   Yes, there is plenty of pure science only...but I know from personal experience that some technologies never would come to market were it not for the direct role of government funding and applied science institutions.  This is true for sectors like defence, agriculture, transportation, health care, energy, etc.

  4. 1 hour ago, dialamah said:

    The assertion that every trans woman is actually a man looking to scare/assault women and children is equally as ridiculous.  And as much as the conservative media, Christians and others claim they aren't saying that, their hysteria whenever a transwoman is noticed in female spaces tells us what they think.


    I don't know why you are focusing so much on conservatives or Christians...this is an issue for many different people from a wide spectrum of social, political, and religious backgrounds.   I know from personal experience with a 6" 9", 320lb transgender woman in the workplace that most women did not want to permit "them" access to the female rest rooms or on-site locker room.

    With notice, HR had to clear out the rest room and prevent other women from entering while "they" used the facilities.   "They" refused to limit their use to the existing unisex rest room in order to press the issue and agenda.

    It got to the point where women would go the rest room in pairs or more to make sure they wouldn't have to deal with "them" alone.

  5. 44 minutes ago, dialamah said:

    There are far more men in the world than transgendered women.  Therefore, the bigger threat is from men in society and not transgendered people.  Why aren't we doing something about that, hmm?  Why do all men in society get a pass for their 'natural urge to rape', but no transgender woman does?


    All men in society do not have a natural urge to rape or get a pass to do so...that is a ridiculous assertion.   It is women (and minors) from all backgrounds who can demand that their safety be assured from such threats regardless of the sex/gender source.  

  6. 5 minutes ago, dialamah said:

    Religious conservatives don't have to associate with transgender people and they also don't get to cause trouble because people who are different exist.


    But it is not just religious conservatives who object to the circumstances of this incident.   Women (and girls) of many different religious/political stripes should not be forced to feel "safe" around transgender people under such circumstances.

    This story has been played out many times in California...I specifically recall lawsuits against women's only gyms that exclude males.   Some states have passed legislation protecting same sex/gender businesses and public accommodation that has been challenged in the courts.

    If you have ever been a parent with small children changing in pool locker rooms for swim lessons then the issue becomes more than just a debate on web forums.

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  7. 10 minutes ago, bcsapper said:

    It appears that the last election in the US was without any fraud that might have conceivably affected the outcome, so whatever was allowed then should be fine. 



    I have never understood this perspective and dismissal of any voting fraud because it may not have impacted the outcome of an election.   Doesn't make any sense...as if voting fraud is to be tolerated at any level. 

  8. Supreme Court backs Arizona voting restrictions....



    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld voting restrictions in Arizona in a decision that could make it harder to challenge other voting limits put in place by Republican lawmakers following last year's elections.

    The court, by a conservative-majority 6-3 vote, reversed a lower court ruling in deciding that Arizona's regulations on who can return early ballots for another person and for the state's refusal to count ballots cast in the wrong precinct are not racially discriminatory.



  9. 7 minutes ago, Petros said:

    All lies and gaslighting by the Trump crime syndicate.


    Guess again...Trump didn't make this up:



    BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Shirley Anne Conners, a/k/a Shirley Anne Faragalli, 62, Cheektowaga, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with making a false claim to United States citizenship in order to vote.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

    Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian J. Counihan, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant is a native and citizen of Canada and has been illegally present in the United States since the early 1970s. Conners has voted in over 20 Federal, State, and local elections since 1995, the last being the New York State Democratic Presidential Primary on April 19, 2016. 



  10. 3 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    The American approach is very interesting. It has its sights on other nations to fix them, hence your support for George W Bush and Dick Cheney in 2004, who destroyed Iraq because Americans are a nation of dipshit arrogant f*cks who think they can meddle with everyone, while not being criticized by a guy online. One can f*ck up entire countries and nations, but one can not denounce that, because hey, what's my take on American politics? I'm a foreigner. But Americans intervene everywhere and support that. 


    Correct...America is not so confused about its past or present.   It is so influential that social and economic dynamics easily cross the Canadian border, as if filling a void that some Canadians refuse to fill themselves.   Canadians know about the U.S. Fed, CDC, FDA, NASA, NOAA, FAA, and a host of other alphabet federal agencies...because they want to.

    Canada intervenes in other nations as well, but pretends it is a "responsibility to protect"...for oil services, mining, infrastructure projects, etc.  (including any requisite bribes).

    You can denounce all that by not looking to America to provide you with "solutions", that will only happen when it benefits...America.   We put the war into "class war".

  11. 5 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    That's very interesting. You know I have the same degree of knowledge about the USA than I do with France. I do not see them as saviors whatsoever. What made you think I found Yankees as the could-be-my-saviours?


    The same thing that leads you to believe the USA is your driver for solutions to class warfare and income inequality.   If you had focused this thread on Canada instead, I would have passed it by.

    Wall Street is not in Toronto...and France will not save you either.

  12. 3 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    It is strange of you to say it is strange to find interest in culture and history, even foreign ones. Is it an American thing to despite that, culture? Because contrary to the American stereotype I'm referring to, you seem to be very invested in this forum which is involved in those domains. 58K posts, years and years of activity. Don't make me say you look like a hypocrite and a fool, I wouldn't like to embarrass yet another American on the Internet, because my mother taught me to not beat on the handicapped.


    Already explained years ago....the forum engine is American...site was hosted for years in America...and U.S. content abounds, even in threads about Canada.  It is very common in many forms of Canadian media, but most Americans have no idea how much it drives the Canadian narrative. 

    I am here...because America is here...in spades.

    America will not save you with a "solution", and is more likely to bury you. 

  13. 1 minute ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    Funny you're on a Canadian forum.

    Still, apart from the 'tough luck, loser', do you have any other tip for the working class?


    Yes...a Canadian forum with some members who are obsessed with a foreign country (USA) and believe it matters more than their own.  Strange...

    The working class has winners and losers...be a winner.


  14. 2 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    It's not the individuals who are at fault here in the Poor/Middle class backgrounds. It's the big banks, corporations and Wall Street who account for most of the events you talked about. 

    Making it about people having to toughen up is just blinding yourself to find a solution. It works I'm sure to relieve the pain for a brief instant. 


    People still have opportunities to succeed...and fail.  It has always been thus, and will not be changing anytime soon by a magic "solution".   Economics does not care.   

    Worrying about what is happening in another nation (USA) over your own speaks volumes about the power you have already given up.   I and many others refuse to do that...refuse to play the victim.

    Nobody is going to give you a "solution"...so you have to make your own.



  15. 4 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    Is that supposed to be your rational way of admitting we're in deep sh*t?  Because those eras, the 1930s, 70s, the big Lehman Brothers crash of 2008, were some of the worse eras we've had. Saying we've been through worse isn't good, it's really concerning to think we're going through another losing pattern for maybe the next decade. Because a crisis doesn't hit right away, you're older than I am, you know that for a fact that when a crisis happens, it is 2 or 3 years later that everyone feels it. The poor and the middle class being the most hit.


    The "deep sh*t" is not any deeper or more concerning than before, and is in many ways less "deeper".  Your perceptions are your own, and do not necessarily translate to any more concern than before.  So yes, there will be another economic and social cycle just like before, and then there will be another and another down the road.   This is the reality then, now, and into the future.

    There is strength and perseverance to be found in knowing and understanding the past to see how groups and nations survived and even thrived.   What is it that you expect to be done ? 


  16. 33 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    In the past 100 years, there had been catastrophes and such bad events. And pretending we have no bigger problem but that a Ted was not called Sarah as she would like to be named while putting all other problems such as class warfare under the rug will create social issues we're not prepared for.


    It doesn't matter...we were also not prepared for a global pandemic.   Such issues existed before and will exist afterwards.   The U.S. had more dire circumstance in the 1930's, 1970's ("Misery Index"), and in 2008....all while engaging social issues as the same time with protests and riots.

    Economic and social issues are very much related to each other and cannot be so easily separated or diminished.    Example:   the unmarked graves of 215 First Nations children at Kamloops have come back to haunt Canada today in a very high profile way, and is more media newsworthy than the rising cost of softwood lumber.

  17. 5 hours ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    In its current proportions, income inequality is the widest we have seen in the West, it is way worse than before the pandemic. Plus, the rich gets to travel and being above restrictions compared to the poor, and may avoid rules imposed to everyone. Inequality is also increasing with inflated prices for housing and inflation in general. How come have you completely ignored the effects of the pandemic in your previous answer^


    I have not ignored the impact of the pandemic, but it should be understood in the context of many other previous economic calamities in the U.S. and in other countries over the past 100 years.  The poor have always been impacted more by such events...why would it be any different now ?  

    Social, political, and labour strife have often occurred concurrently in the U.S., and they are easily within America's ability to engage regardless of a pandemic, so much so they are easily imported into Canada and other nations, including protests, symbols, media coverage, etc.

    Housing inflation is a much bigger factor in Canada than in the United States, and this was true before the pandemic.

  18. 41 minutes ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    Because of the sharp rise in inequality, especially in this pandemic. There should be increased focus on wealth disparity from the media and civil rights organizations right now. The rich have made exponential gains while the have nots have not.


    Income inequality is not a new issue or made more important than before just because of the pandemic's fallout.   For instance, the Occupy movement swept the U.S. and other nations after the Great Recession and eventually faded from public discourse...no pandemic needed.

    Social, political, and economic conflicts are mainstays in the U.S. narrative going back many generations...there is nothing special about today's version(s).

    For the U.S. (if that is your seeming focus), all income quintiles benefited from the booming economy before COVID, with the upper incomes doing far better.   Still, there are not enough uber rich (e.g. Top 1%) to transfer wealth from to fix all of societies alleged deficits...that's just more of the class struggle that will always be.   The alternative could be far worse.


  19. 3 hours ago, QuebecOverCanada said:

    And what do we hear in the public discourse?



    Why are you "worried" ?   Civil rights were very much part of the public discourse in the American 20th century as well.   



    What do you think will happen in a society that completely ignores its own internal problems? What do you think happens when the populace becomes more and more hungry and the upper class lazier and lazier, and worse; making their money in immoral or unjust ways?


    Nothing will happen that hasn't happened before.   Maybe it will help rising obesity rates.

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  20. 1 hour ago, Queenmandy85 said:

    ... The US has no such recourse aside from the 25th A. or impeachment. The 25th has never been used in that manner and IIRC, no President has ever been convicted in an impeachment process.


    While technically true, it is generally accepted that President Nixon resigned in 1974 when faced with the overwhelming reality of impeachment & conviction because of Watergate.   Also, a few Americans had another far more violent way of permanently removing presidents from office, and have done so.

    Now back to Canada....

  21. 37 minutes ago, bcsapper said:

    I did say "no more".  I allowed for less.  Some of the people on here are pretty damn biased.

    As for your other points, you didn't change my mind on mine.


    That's OK..."minds" are seldom changed here.

    As for the rest....I am living the circumstances...you just get to watch...as always.

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