No Dogs or Anglophones



Thanks for the Memories....

For over four years I've written this blog in an effort to fulfill an inner desire to share some of my thoughts and experiences with you.

From a tiny following, the blog has blossomed, giving a small voice to a not so insignificant segment of Quebec Anglo society that the mainstream media doesn't seem to address. It has been, to say the least, entirely rewarding and I've kept going far beyond where I first thought I'd go solely because of the readership.

But all things come to an end.

With the election of the Liberals and the prospect of the PQ dim for the short and immediate term, there is less of an impetus for me to continue.

Can we as Anglos and Ethnics claim victory over sovereigntist forces?

Perhaps yes, but the real problem was never sovereignty, but rather the treatment of Anglos and Ethnics by all  Quebec governments.
It is sad to see that we continue to be viewed as interlopers, a people to be controlled not appreciated, an alien nation within the legitimate body politic of French Quebec.

Too harsh?
Nope, I don't think so. I continue to believe that if Quebec chooses to remain in Canada, it is simply an economic decision, the alternative of an independent and truly French Quebec a dream too costly and unrealistic for a generation whose real values include Facebook and Nintendo.

I remain convinced that if Quebec had the wealth of Alberta's oil sands, this province would have overwhelmingly voted for independence years ago.
It's really just about the money and when Quebecers finally realized how much money Canada lavishes upon them, the independence movement withered.

Such is the reality of our Quebec society, locked into a loveless marriage of convenience, forever unhappy and unfulfilled but financially comfortable, a difficult trade off to make.

As for myself, I look forward to the summer, sipping margaritas by the backyard pool, leaving the bitching and moaning to others, God knows, I've done my share.

To those who have been faithful readers and contributors I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your interest, friendship and lively conversation.

I would never have come this far without you.

and so I fade to black....

I'll leave the comments section open for a while and the blog itself open for research purposes.

Thank you all once again.....
PHILIP BERLACH

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Posted on 1 July 2014 | 9:23 am

Justin Trudeau



Liberal Opposition Day motion calls for end to wasteful spending on partisan government ads

OTTAWA – Liberals today will push the House of Commons to take immediate action to end the wasteful use of Canadians’ tax dollars on partisan government advertising. “Canadians are understandably upset that Stephen Harper has spent more than $750 million since taking office on wasteful and ineffective partisan advertising,” said Liberal MP David McGuinty. “The […]

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 3:39 pm

Ezra Levant



New community blog: The Megaphone at TheRebel.media!

Ezra Levant reports for TheRebel.media: The Rebel is growing! Our group blog The Megaphone is now live! It features fresh writing every day, written by fearless voices who may be new to you, but might soon join your list of favourites. Check it out today at: http://www.therebel.media/themegaphone

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 9:29 pm

Scott's DiaTribes



Guest Blog by Leanne Bourassa: 1st Year Reflections as Liberal Party Membership Secretary

(I had the pleasure of getting to meet and know Leanne at the Feb 2014 Liberal Convention in Montreal. We had been vaguely aware of each other before through blog interactions, so we weren’t total strangers, but it was a treat to meet her in person, and after getting to know her, I was pleased she was elected to National Membership Secretary. I thank Leanna for contributing this guest-blogpost to assess her first year on the “job”!. As usual, all guestblog posts/opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of me or this site. – Scott.)

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Well, as the poet says “Time flies when you’re having fun”! It’s hard [...]


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Posted on 24 April 2015 | 1:05 pm

Dawg's Blog



404 country not found

I kept meaning to write about the events going on around Greek membership in the Eurozone, but events kept happening so often that the post that I usually write first in my head kept getting out of date. And...

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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 5:39 pm

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff



Canada’s Oily Media

There are opportunities to support journalism in Canada that doesn’t take millions from the oil industry and the oil-soaked Conservative government. Had you heard that the Conservative Party communicated with Enbridge, in secret, through Mike Duffy? If you don’t watch independent journalism online, you might miss important news like that. The National/Vancounver Observer and CanadaLand […]

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 4:03 pm

Erich the Green



You can have too much of a good thing

Water is truly the stuff of life. Each living thing needs it; all life arose from oceans, which still provide a huge amount of our food. Fresh water is like gold, a resource we struggle to conserve and keep clean, even as corporations sell overpriced tap water with imagery of pure glacial springs.
So how could water itself be pollution, if it’s something we all need? Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? To answer that, just ask my friends whose pipes burst, causing destruction and disruption. Ask someone who lost a loved one to a tsunami, or their farm to a flood. Ask a person being waterboarded (in between questions about if they are, or have ever been, an Al Qaida member) how they feel about the water of life which is threatening to choke the life out of them. Ask a citizen of a low-lying island whose very nation may soon pass below rising seas forever.
Wait, are those chemtrails?
So yes, you can have too much of a good thing, even water. And the same is true of carbon dioxide (CO2). As a Climate Reality presenter, I help people understand issues around global warming and climate change. But I repeatedly encounter an odd line of climate denial based around the assertion that CO2 is “plant food”, a healthy natural substance we all exhale, therefore can’t possibly be considered pollution, and would be ridiculous to tax with carbon pricing. Should we bill ourselves for breathing? Do we want to starve plants of their food?
Of course, this is a facetious line of reasoning. Climate scientists, and Climate Reality presenters, know quite well the role of CO2 in natural cycles. In fact, the charts of atmospheric CO2 levels we display, like the one in Al Gore’s Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth”, show CO2 fluctuating up and down yearly, due to higher uptake when the northern hemisphere (which has more land mass) has summer. We all learned about photosynthesis in grade school, after all. Yet climate deniers act like this is some revelation, some basic fact we totally overlooked. Nope, not the case!
It is certainly true that CO2 is one of the ingredients plants use to grow. Farmers even pump extra CO2 into greenhouses, to grow flowers or vegetables faster. So pumping extra fossil CO2 into the atmosphere must help, too, right?
Wrong. Plants need water, sun, soil and CO2 to grow. In a greenhouse, plants are given extra of all four, including CO2. But in nature, the amount of sun, soil, and water are constant, or even diminishing, so extra CO2 can’t help forests or crops grow better. In fact, open-air studies show higher atmospheric CO2 helps pests and weakens crops’ natural defenses. This means CO2 itself threatens our food supply, and that’s before we look at the higher temperatures, drought, fires and flooding caused by increasing greenhouse gases like CO2.  
There is no question: without atmospheric CO2, plants could not grow and our world would freeze. But that doesn’t mean more is better; having boosted the amount of atmospheric CO2 over the past 2 centuries from 280 to 400 parts per million, higher than ever before in human history, cannot fail to have significant effects. It’s a huge, uncontrolled, risky and irreversible experiment, one we must curtail as soon as possible.

Published as my Root Issues column in the Barrie Examiner as "Extra CO2 isn't what our planet needs"
Erich Jacoby-Hawkins is a director of Living Green and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation

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Posted on 23 April 2015 | 7:04 pm

Five Feet of Fury



Cowardly old scumbag Michael Ondaatje among writers withdrawing from PEN event for ‘Charlie Hebdo’

Fag.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:33 pm

A Blog By James Curran



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am

Buckdog



How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......



In a May, 2013 Buckdog post, I told you how the Duffy/Harper mess got started ...


May 20, 2013:
"When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal.

For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces.


While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. Saskatchewan's right leaning corporate MSM came running to Harper's defence and tried to murky the waters about Wallin's residency requirement.
 

Same with Mr. Duffy. While originally from Prince Edward Island, he has for decades made Ontario the site of his actual 'principle residence'.

In his haste to add these two high powered, Conservative fundraisers to the 'Upper House', Stephen Harper and the Senate turned a blind eye to the residency requirements for Duffy and Wallin. In fact, to try and maintain the optics of residency in their respective provinces, both Senators started to declare, in writing, that their residences were 'back home' in both PEI and Saskatchewan.

Here is where it all went wrong.


In order to be appointed to the Senate, ‘principle residence' reality had to be fabricated in order for Harper's appointments to be acknowledged under existing Senate rules. False expense claims were the only way to maintain the charade ...

Stephen Harper wanted both Duffy and Wallin in the Senate so that these well-known Canadians could crisscross  the nation and rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for Conservative Party coffers.

Harper created this mess. It is his doing ... and hopefully, it will also be his undoing.

Amen.


-Buckdog 2008: Academic Says Pamela Wallin Does NOT Meet Residency Requirements - Should NOT Be Appointed Senator 'From Saskatchewan'!

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Posted on 23 April 2015 | 3:11 pm

Mark Steyn



Patients and Panderers

With each passing day, last week's visit by Julie Bishop, Aussie Foreign Minister, to the offices of Charlie Hebdo seems more and more like some strange dream - or glimpse of an alternative universe where the inheritors of western civilization are not a

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 2:00 pm

Huffington Post



Renewable Energy Sources Mean Higher Electricity Bills

BC Hydro's planned project for a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River -- known as the Site C dam -- is proving to be controversial, with some industry groups panning the plan while touting renewable energy sources such as wind. One wind energy champion recently claimed "it would be a breeze for $10-billion worth of wind-energy projects to inflate B.C.'s economy."

In the debate over how electricity should be provided, we often hear such lofty and optimistic projections. But if national and international experiences can teach us anything, it's that so far, more renewable generation leads to one thing -- higher prices.

For example, Germany's Energiewende program. Since 2000, German producers of renewable energy have received fixed contracts at above-market prices, and preferential access to the grid.

The result? Unreliable and intermittent electricity from wind and solar sources has caused service failures to increase by 31 per cent since 2009. At certain times, when Germany's renewables are not producing, high energy-use businesses have been asked to stop production. And who's on the hook for compensating businesses that lose profits? Your everyday, average electricity customer.

In 2001, German electricity prices were 12 cents (US) per kilowatt-hour. According to OECD data, by 2011, electricity prices had skyrocketed to 35 cents per kWh in 2011 -- an increase of 192 per cent and far above the average European cost of about 25 cents. Prices for Canada in 2010 came in at nine cents per kWh, making the cost of electricity for German households almost four times higher than in Canada.

While switching to renewable electric generation is always cast against the backdrop of protecting the environment and reducing CO2 emissions, the policies that stimulate renewables have undercut relatively clean sources of electricity like natural gas. In fact, Germany actually increased its consumption of lignite coal in 2013 to levels not seen since 1990. Although this is not entirely shocking; something has to keep the lights on when it's not sunny or windy, and coal happens to be the cheapest option.

Most troubling, though, is that energy in Germany is becoming a luxury good, as those at lower income levels simply can't afford to power their lights, refrigerators and other energy-powered household comforts that we take for granted. According to one estimate, more than 300,000 German households have their power cut off every year because of an inability to pay electricity bills.

But Canadians need to look no further than Ontario to see how renewables can affect electricity prices. In 2009, Ontario launched its Green Energy Act, which subsidizes the use of renewable energy by providing long-term guarantees at above market prices for renewable producers (wind farms, for example) through its Feed-in-Tariff system.

The results? Since 2004, the total annual power cost in Ontario has risen by more than 50 per cent. And while wind and solar energy provide just under four per cent of Ontario's power, they account for 20 per cent of the average commodity cost.

These higher prices also impact business and industry. A study by economist Ross McKitrick found that a 50 per cent increase in the price of electricity would reduce the return on investment for the mining industry by 13 per cent and manufacturing by 29 per cent.

Like in Germany, green energy policies have produced little, if any, environmental benefits. Indeed, one analysis found that if only four of the 12 coal-fired power units at Lambton and Naticoke, which could have been outfitted with advanced technology to mitigate pollution before the Ontario government shut them down, remained in operation, similar environmental results could have been achieved at one-tenth of what was spent on green energy.

Canadians need access to affordable and reliable energy to help grow the economy and enjoy the comforts of modern life. Based on recent experience, the consequences are clear. Renewables all but guarantee higher electricity bills.

This piece was co-written by Taylor Jackson, Fraser Institute analyst.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 9:55 pm

Fight the Power



Day 117





The following tweets were originally posted by Bryan Runnels on Twitter via his personal account (https://twitter.com/TheLibertysmith), variously, on November 24, 2012; April 25, 2013; November 29, 2013; December 27, 2013; January 17, 2014; January 24, 2014; January 25, 2014; January 28, 2014; January 30, 2014; January 31, 2014; February 4, 2014; February 7, 2014; February 8, 2014; February 16, 2014; March 7, 2014; March 26, 2014; May 13, 2014; May 18, 2014; July 4, 2014; August 31, 2014; September 7, 2014; and January 2, 2015.



SupportTheWarOnUsury:The greatest evil in any land is that people who make no useful thing should prosper by lending money. Usurors whore.

@punkboyinsf Bankers have never earned a dime in banking. Able people who don't work with their hands either beg our steal to live.

Men who can't trade without money hate the prospect of limiting their consumption to their production.

Bankers&Merchants use TV programs to get you into debt. They use computers to calculate how much you owe, & phones to remind you of it.

The lie is,"Everyone needs $s". The truth is,"Bankers&merchants need $s so they can defraud workers in an unnoticeable way".

When money is fiat, bankers & merchants are the enemies of the free State.

The poor don't need jobs. Bankers & merchants need people to plunder. Pricing land forces men into cities, & makes them plunderable.

#Bankers&Merchants make captives using contracts. The prices they name require little of themselves, & much of their captives.

Putting a price on land is treacherous enough. Giving the #FederalReserve power to inflate prices endlessly was hellish, indeed.

Usurors know how to make business an excuse to steal earthly treasures from you- get gov't officials to build something on borrowed money.

#Merchants will sell anything- regardless of the damage their merchandise does to the world. That makes the profession immoral.

#Merchants will sell things that threaten the honest just to force the honest to buy the remedy for the threatening merchandise.

Corporations, considered people, are #Merchants. They are the mighty men of the earth who cause disorientation in leaders of nations.

Corporations, as people, are #Merchants the values of which are produced by the most unscrupulous of men. They have no souls.

When the interests of #Merchants are placed above the interests of honest men, making slaves of honest men becomes necessary.

Loan #Merchants are the enemies of low prices. Your support for them increases prices because you pay them for producing nothing.

Money-making businesses are organized for the purpose of selling indoctrination all the time. In a way, they are like #whores

Fiat money drives inflation. Fiat banking gives bankers the power to 'tax' savings into oblivion with inflation.

The #FederalReserve attacks the honor due producers of necessary things trans-generationally- postponing deflation in the usury cycle.

People who see the rich as their source of support rather than as their robbers will always be slaves.

Usurors offer "The American Dream" to everyone who will enter debt. 'In debt' means not entering into rest. #Imagine rest.

Scoundrels who don't want to labor find money a means to live off your labor & the labor of your children. #KillMoney

When you are yoked together with capitalists, you have to fight the wars they want fought- &, support all other kinds of evils, too.

Money is a fiction. "Let's agree to a medium of exchange" they say. #Bankers&merchants have a built-in cheat. #KillMoney

Are you for #FedRes money? You're for selling your own kids into slavery, and, sending you're own kids to die in wars. Sucker.

To the #BankersAndMerchants, freedom is an evil from which their economy must be protected.

The production of money is the stealing of honor from labor. #KillMoney

Capitalism is the cocaine and socialism is the heroine sold by #BankersAndMerchants to governments. #KillMoney

Politicians are the pushers of the junk produced by #BankersAndMerchants. #KillMoney

People who have set themselves in agreement with the #FedRes have set themselves in agreement with all wickedness.

Americans must recognize that Corporate #Bankers&Merchants have lobbied themselves into ownership of American workers. Liberty has been lost

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 5:01 am

Andrew Coyne



Andrew Coyne: It’s time to get serious about election debates

Debates have proved critical to the outcome of any number of elections, yet we persist in treating them as afterthoughts to be thrown together at the last minute

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 1:50 am

Blazing Cat Fur



Salman Rushdie chastises authors protesting PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute

unnamed-14NEW YORK – Salman Rushdie on Monday defended the PEN American Center’s plans to honour the magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation. Rushdie said in an email to The Associated Press that PEN is “quite right” to honour the Charlie Hebdo artists […]

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 3:00 am

Driving The Porcelain Bus



No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

This article in the Toronto Star points to the voters as those solely to blame for Rob Ford being elected.

I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.


1) The Media
The Media is very much to blame for the election of Rob Ford. During the election campaign they, pretty much as a whole, focused much more on the celebrity of Rob Ford than on the policies of the candidates. This influenced the many voters who are more easily swayed by name recognition and celebrity than policies.

Also, the Media is largely to blame for discouraging people from voting, by convincing many that it is pointless to vote as it will change nothing. Remember, the vast majority of media is or is owned by large corporations. So, it is in their best interests for the most part to support Conservative ideology. It is known that the most avid voters are conservative supporters. So, by convincing those who disagree with and are disappointed by government policies and trends that it is a waste of time to vote, they are removing votes against the parties/people that support the conservative/corporate agenda/ideologies.


2) Ignorance
A large part of Conservative ideology is the celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason. Just look at the popularity of the Tea Party in the USA, especially a couple of years ago, during the time of the last Toronto municipal election. Those people in Toronto who embraced this celebration of ignorance over knowledge and reason at the time of the election were/are at the core of Ford Nation. The popularity and sensationalizing of this ideology convinced many more to jump on the bandwagon of celebrating ignorance.

And now, with all that, there is the issue of trying to reason with those who have chosen to abandon reason.

It is easier to fool someone that to convince them that they have been fooled.

We have our work cut out for us. And it is made especially hard for individuals to fight against the Media for the attention of people, especially for those people who currently won't be reasoned with.

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Posted on 24 November 2013 | 7:58 pm

BigCityLib Strikes Back



HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Rob Ford To Run For CPC Against Bill Blair?

OMG!!!  OMG!!!OMG!!!
So the CPC would counter Justin's marijuana legalization position by running a crack smoker?  Hard to imagine.  But we can always hope.

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Posted on 26 April 2015 | 7:33 pm

Just Right



Omar Khadr's boosters

His lawyer:

The media:


The National Post (editorial, no author named, but smells like Chris Selley channeling Dennis Edney):
It is time to give Khadr his first shot at building a life in the country of his birth.
Riiight! The country he left, with his al-Qaeda father, to fight on the side of our terrorist enemies.
Welcome back, Khadr!

The editorial then goes on to help Khadr build a case for a mega$ lawsuit against Canada.  That's probably his lawyer's real objective - a 30% cut.



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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 7:09 pm

eaves.ca



Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully […]

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Posted on 6 June 2014 | 5:46 am

Bold Colours



Arctic Apple Takes a Bite Out of Pseudo-Science

After years of research and extensive field testing, the Okanagan’s own GMO apple is going to the big leagues. Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are routinely attacked by urban organic activists in spite of the fact that not a single ailment has ever been linked to this technology. And now, as a testament to the baselessness of such attacks, […]

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Posted on 20 March 2015 | 5:08 pm

Accidental Deliberations



Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Barrie McKenna takes a look at how the Cons are pushing serious liabilities onto future generations in order to hand out short-term tax baubles within a supposedly-balanced budget, while Jennifer Robson highlights the complete lack of policy merit behind those giveaways. And Ian McGugan writes that even as they're trumpeted as attempts to improve saving none of the Cons' plans have anything to do with actually improving retirement security, especially for the people who need it most:
Our reliance on private savings to fund our retirements makes Canada an outlier among developed countries. Public transfers – programs such as Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security – account for less than 39 per cent of seniors’ incomes compared to 59 per cent on average among OECD members.

Women are most at risk, especially if they are divorced or separated. “Higher poverty among older women reflects lower wages, more part-time work and career gaps during women’s working lives, as well as the effect of longer female life expectancy,” the OECD notes.

These are problems that Ottawa should be addressing, but isn’t. Instead, it’s bending its efforts to ensuring that those who already have substantial retirement nest eggs can live even better.
...
To make matters worse, the TFSA system narrows the tax base. As wealth builds up in those tax-sheltered accounts over the years to come, Ottawa will have to push more of the tax burden on to the remainder of the population – in effect, shifting the load from affluent, older Canadians onto younger, poorer Canadians.

There are ways to fix the problem while still maintaining all the good parts of the TFSA program. Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, recommends instituting a lifetime cap of $150,000 on contributions to TFSAs, as well as a lifetime tax-exempt limit of $450,000 on each TFSA holder. That would allow typical Canadians to amass a substantial nest egg without subsidizing million-dollar-plus portfolios for the affluent.
- Zach Carter reports that at least some U.S. Democrats are rightly challenging the position that free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership should be drafted entirely by corporate interests without any public accountability, then accepted without question. And Paul Krugman responds to the trade-at-all-costs crowd by pointing out that there's little reason to think the TPP will do much to encourage trade in general - as opposed to locking in monopolies - in the first place.

- Jim Coyle reports on George Lakoff's advice for progressives in framing our vision for Canada. And Susan Delacourt observes that there may be a natural disincentive for parties to try out new or different messages even if they otherwise wanted to.

- But lest anybody presume that political courage will never be rewarded, Ryan Donnelly comments on Tom Mulcair's opposition to the Cons' terror bill - which was once seen as a political risk, but has proven to be a boon instead.

- Finally, Michael Harris points out that Mike Duffy's trial may represent the only opportunity to seek honest answers from Stephen Harper about his appointment of ineligible senators.

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Posted on 27 April 2015 | 1:04 pm

What Do I Know Grit



Happy Birthday Madiba

Nelson, the world needs more of you. We miss you kind sir. Happy Birthday!


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Posted on 18 July 2014 | 4:29 am

Small Dead Animals



"Organic" Is The Latin Word For "Grown In Pig Shit"

Genetic Literacy Project; To use land and derivative natural resources as sustainably as possible requires using the least input to produce the most food. So, how does organic farming stack up?...

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Posted on 24 February 2015 | 2:46 pm

Le blog politique de Claude Dupras



La culpabilité par amalgames !

On lit de plus en plus, particulièrement dans les textes de blogueurs et de chroniqueurs anti-Couillard, des arguments qui découlent de faux syllogismes. Ils cherchent à l’associer abusivement à des personnes, des groupes ou des actions de nature différente pour le dénigrer et l’accuser de tous les péchés d’Israël. Ils jouent avec des raisonnements basés sur des propositions de valeurs différentes, qu’elles soient vraies ou fausses, et déduisent des conclusions qui semblent logiques et cohérentes. Mais, ces dernières sont rarement vraies ou exactes, car l’une ou l’autre des propositions est généralement fausse ou mal appropriée. Ils ne respectent pas les règles de la logique, du bon sens et ne considèrent pas leurs lecteurs avec respect. Pourtant, ce ne sont pas des écrivassiers car ils écrivent bien, mais ils manquent de rigueur.

Une telle logique fallacieuse est malhonnête. Elle peut paraître rigoureuse mais n’est pas, en fait, valide. De plus, la répétition de tels sophismes les rend sources de rumeurs, de propagande et même de lavage de cerveau. Ce qui empire la situation.
Ainsi la société Hydro-Québec qui appartient à l’État est dirigée par un conseil d’administration. En 2004, l’importante Corporation Power, celle créée par le défunt Paul Desmarais (un grand fédéraliste) et maintenant dirigée par ses fils, « les Desmarais », a vu un de ses meilleurs vice-présidents, Michel Plessis-Bélair, nommé au conseil d’administration de l'HQ. Il y est resté jusqu’au 11 novembre 2014. Pour les péquistes, Paul Desmarais était le principal ennemi de leur parti. C’est pour ça qu’ils ont inventé la sornette, répétée à satiété, à l’effet que Plessis-Bélair était en « conflit d’intérêt » puisqu’il influençait, à leur dire, les décisions du conseil en faveur des intérêts futurs de Power.  
Leur imagination fertile les amena à dire que Power vise la privatisation de l’HQ afin de pouvoir l’acheter et cela au détriment de l’intérêt public. En réalité, Plessis-Bélair, administrateur chevronné avec une longue carrière professionnelle, a été du genre d’administrateur soucieux, compétent et honnête qu’une société importante comme Hydro-Québec doit avoir. Il n’a jamais été sérieusement question de la privatiser. De toute façon, tous savent que les Québécois rejetteraient une telle proposition avec fureur.  
Je fus fort surpris et désappointé lorsque Pierre-Karl Péladeau, le candidat favori dans la présente campagne au leadership du Parti Québécois, a repris à son compte, pour des fins politiques, ce type d’argument biaisé. Il affirma publiquement « La principale occupation de Michel Plessis-Bélair est d'être un très haut dirigeant de Power Corporation... Il y a là un véritable et problématique conflit d'intérêts ». En plus, il attaqua publiquement et directement la famille Desmarais en laissant entendre qu’elle veut influencer la politique énergétique du Québec en faveur de Power. Un coup bas et disgracieux. Je fus étonné que PKP se laisse ainsi influencer par les créateurs d’amalgames, d’autant plus qu’il connait mieux la vérité que quiconque puisqu’il a été président du conseil d’administration de l’HQ. Et, surprise! Le jour où PKP a fait sa déclaration, le rôle de Plessis-Bélair comme administrateur de l’HQ était déjà terminé et il avait quitté son siège. Un vrai « strike-out ». 
Il en est de même dans le domaine privé. Témoins des bonnes relations d’affaires et sociales des Desmarais avec certains dirigeants du Mouvement Coopératif Desjardins, les péquistes y voient la conclusion que Power espère que ce dernier devienne une banque selon la loi canadienne afin de pouvoir, par la suite, mettre la main dessus. Si ce n’est pas un procès d’intention sur la base d’association d’individus, c’est quoi ?
Ces faux syllogismes sont malhonnêtement fabriqués pour dénoncer les Desmarais afin de stimuler la révolte des Québécois contre ses amis fédéralistes. Aucune preuve, aucun fait réel, rien… seuls des amalgames.
Les séparatistes ont une approche similaire dans le débat sur l’exploitation du gaz de schiste et le transport par oléoducs du pétrole de l’ouest canadien. Ils se justifient en citant comme exemple le projet américain Keystone XL sans expliquer que ce projet a été temporairement arrêté par le président Obama pour des raisons particulières et totalement différentes.
Depuis son élection au poste de PM du Québec, Philippe Couillard est devenu la principale victime de cette stratégie politique malhonnête. Les accusations sont devenues tellement nombreuses et ridicules qu’il s’est révolté à l’Assemblée Nationale et s’est écrié « ça suffit, la preuve par amalgames ».
Encore aujourd’hui, sur le site Vigile des séparatistes, on mijote et amplifie des arguments pour détruire la réputation du PM. Cette fois, cela a rapport avec le conseil d’administration de la compagnie Amorfix Life Sciences, présidé par Philippe Couillard avant son retour en politique. Un des membres du conseil d’administration était un dénommé Hans Peter Black. Ce dernier est actuellement soupçonné de fraudes au Québec et au New Hampshire via une de ses compagnies personnelles de placements, qui n’a aucun rapport avec Amorfix. À l’Assemblée nationale, Couillard a nié fortement toute les insinuations vitement montées en épingle par les péquistes contre lui dans ce dossier.
Nonobstant ce démenti solennel devant tous les députés et la population du Québec, ils accentuent leurs attaques. Ils en sont rendus à affirmer qu’Amorfix était sous le contrôle de Black et que Couillard ne protégeait pas sciemment les intérêts des actionnaires d’Amorfix.
En plus, dans un autre dossier, ils associent Couillard au personnage bahamien Porter, ex dirigeant de l’hôpital Victoria, pris dans un scandale de pot-de vins lors de la construction d’un nouvel hôpital. La preuve de la culpabilité de Couillard : lui et Porter siégeaient, jadis, ensemble sur des conseils d’administration du gouvernement fédéral et de compagnies privées et ont participé à un même voyage de pêche. Voici leur raisonnement, Porter est un voleur, un tricheur et un espiègle, donc Couillard, qui s’est tenu avec lui, occasionnellement, est de la même espèce. Sans rougir, ces petits politiciens le déclarent coupable par association et exigent son départ, affirmant hautement qu’il n’est pas digne d’être le PM du Québec.
Le vrai problème des séparatistes québécois est que leur argumentation viciée et vicieuse ne cesse de les plonger dans les limbes de la popularité. Le nombre de membres inscrits au Parti Québécois (PQ) l’indique bien. Ils sont aujourd’hui 70 000 inscrits, soit la moitié d’il y a à peine 10 ans et cela malgré l’impact journalistique et publicitaire de la campagne au leadership de leur parti en cours. Pire, le sondage d’opinion publique d’hier indique une descente du parti avec Péladeau comme chef. Le Parti Libéral reste en tête malgré l’intense mauvaise publicité à son égard suite aux coupures draconiennes qu’il a entreprises dans les budgets de tous les ministères pour atteindre l’équilibre fiscal.  
Leur discours de « nous sommes dominés par les anglais » ne colle plus et en désespoir de cause, tout comme ils ont fait durant la dernière campagne électorale, ils accentuent leur campagne de dénigrement contre le PM Couillard. Ne trouvant pas d’arguments réels, ils en inventent à des fins polémiques sur la base d’amalgames avec des individus à la réputation contestée, des textes biaisés ou des situations inventées.
Ils en sont rendus à vouloir faire du vrai avec du faux. Ils sont devenus les champions de faux syllogismes.
Claude Dupras

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Posted on 25 April 2015 | 12:28 am

Mind of Dan



Bah Humbug!

Physicists who want to protect traditional Christmas realize that the only way to keep from changing Christmas is not to observe it.

(via xkcd)

That is all.


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Posted on 25 December 2014 | 12:12 am

Warren Kinsella



Has Kid Kodak lost his mind?

I deplore Bill Blair’s abuse of civil rights at the G20. I despise his defence of carding of non-whites. I oppose his candidacy as a Liberal.  But I’m, you know, a private citizen. Andre Marin, Ontario’s “Ombudsman,” isn’t. What the Hell is he doing?           

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Posted on 28 April 2015 | 3:17 am