On FAUXVID

The current FAUXVID crisis is caused by panic. Not the disease, but panic. Charlatans and con artists always appear, to profit from such panic. Usually, governments try to keep peace and order in such times. Our governments are not, as they are the con artists, and they are profiting from the panic by modulating it to whatever politically expedient ends they think of at the time.

I’m calling the current Spanish word for the Sun virus phenomenon FAUXVID. It simply works, and perhaps might prevent censorship of this blog in the future. FAUXVID has been an interesting phenomenon. I cannot think of anytime in my life when a disease had such a profound effect. (AIDS was a biggie back in the 80s, but FAUXVID says ‘hold my Tsingtao’.) This crisis has hit everything. Supply chains, financial markets, every level of politics. It has led to the broadest imposition of state power in the west I have ever seen in my life. This is not martial law in Québec for a month. This has been ongoing for almost two years. The measures introduced by government have been random, varied, arbitrary, and largely ineffective, at least against the spread of a disease. And all this, for a virus that kills 3.4% of those it infects (according to the WHO, but I find that figure suspect). What fun we’ve all been having in the meantime.

Something more than just disease is going on here. Our current long running crisis is panic. We have been goaded into this condition by pronouncements from the World Health Organization, by expert backed alarmist pronouncements of doom in every mainstream media outlet, all amplified in the echo chambers of social media. Unlike most good governments, the ones in the west panicked too along with their populace, and now they modulate that panic for their own benefit.

Let’s look at Canada’s initial response to the outbreak. Canada’s initial modelling showed 250,000 dead by the end of 2020. They later revised this, to say they were likely to get much smaller deaths with very strict controls. Total Canadian FAUXVID deaths up to today are 27,821. (One of those is the case of someone who tested positive for FAUXVID in April 2020, and then died in a car accident in July 2020. FAUXVID can even cause car accidents. Time to start vaccinating cars.)

The models were crap. Still are. But, Ottawa led with a greatly exaggerated figure, and then reduced it later. They climbed on board with the world wide panic, but then later backed down. They do this because it is better to overestimate initially, and then give people good news and relief later. They avoid accusations they did not do enough or underestimated the death toll. So, induce panic, then give relief. What an awesome way to treat people. It worked so well though, they have kept it up for 18 months, and that train shows no signs of slowing down. And so this cycle of induced panic, followed by relief, followed by more induced panic, is working for them. Expect it to continue.

Another example: vaccines. Vaccines were supposed to make it so people could get immunity from the virus and keep everyone safe. It turns out though, they do not do this. Anyone who thinks vaccines make you impervious to infections is wrong. Typically, you still get infected, and you may be contagious, but your immune system has a leg up and you are likely to have fewer symptoms and survive. You still get the disease though.

But that has not stopped propagandists. They all talked about the vaccines saving us. But then, the information got out about how they do not fully protect you. You can still get sick and still be contagious, and so here we are back again at mask mandates and lockdowns and isolation. What makes it even more preposterous is that now people seem to think the big fight is to force the unvaccinated to get double-jabbed, and how they are being selfish for not doing so. But, if the vaccines do not stop infections or transmission, then what the fuck is the point?

Mascot for Alberta’s Anti-FAUXVID campaign. If there was a vaccine against this kind of nonsense, we’d be getting somewhere.

Which brings us to the FAUXVID vaccines in particular. The mRNA vaccine is not new. It has been used to manage disease in livestock for some time. Say you have a herd of soon to be steak. A viral outbreak occurs. You isolate the herd, jab them with mRNA vaccines and in a short time the outbreak is over. You cannot allow any members to leave or join the herd though: isolation is key. In a few months, problem solved. But, as a feed lot manager has said, the immunity does not last all that long. The same virus can come back a year later. You typically do not worry about it because…it’s future steak. They’ll be sent to slaughter in short order and so you do not need anything more than a year.

Pfizer and Moderna admitted as much to FDA, when making submissions on the necessity of a third booster shot. They claimed that vaccine effectiveness drops 6% every two months (I heard this on the radio). I’m not sure how that is measured, but doing simple arithmetic tells me that in two years, you are down to 28%. But do not worry, the booster will help, I’m sure.

(They are making us take livestock vaccines so we can all get back to our cubicle farms…if that is not proof that irony is the fifth fundamental force in the universe, I do not know what is. It is a good lesson in what our leaders, governments, bureaucracies, and people generally better than everyone else think of the serfs.)

But FAUXVID is simply a sign of the rot within governments in the west. It is much more pronounced here in Canada. The response to FAUXVID and the need to cycle the populace through waves of panic and relief is a symptom (among many others) that liberal egalitarian social democracy in Canada is exhausted. All that’s left for Canada’s regime is the appearance of effectiveness.

Trudeau made his career on promising to solve every problem he could think of. Racism, sexism, poverty, inequality, First Nations issues, the whole range of societal ills. His predecessors worked on these things, but Trudeau really took it to the limit. Just pay your taxes, and the government will fix everything. No, not Justin Trudeau, his father Pierre. Trudeau promised to fix everything and he had Marxism in his tool kit. All those social ills, plus oil and gas supply issues, inflation, all were going to be fixed by heavy handed government intervention. All failed spectacularly. Don’t believe me? Where is the much vaunted National Energy Program? You know the one that promised to keep oil supplies stable and gasoline prices down…scrapped in 1984, after gasoline prices had tripled, and the Canadian government was subsidizing OPEC oil imports, whose embargo in the early 1970s had caused the oil crisis in the first place.

I offer as evidence that the rest failed: the initiatives of Junior Trudeau, Justin. He is basically a champion of the very same social justice issues his father talked about in the 1960s and 70s. Nothing has changed. We have had almost 60 years of high taxes funding government interventions in society and the problems those interventions were meant to solve have gone nowhere. The First Nations are still going on about their treatment at the hands of Canadian governments. Feminists are still going on about sexism. Québec is still enacting laws to entrench the French language in the province. LGBQTA2SI+ advocates are still complaining about discrimination against their members. Just as many people are in poverty, sick, mentally ill or otherwise handicapped (mostly due to moving the goal posts). The number of people abusing stimulants and other narcotics (legal or otherwise) has shot way up. All of these grievances were extant in the 1960s, and have not gone away.

What’s a liberal socialist democratic egalitarian regime to do when 60 years produces at best, nothing, if not more harm and division? Especially salient, what do you do when your electorate has been paying 40% to 50% in taxes on the (at the very least implicit) promise you had or were going to fix these things? Not a good spot to be in. If you ever had to admit you were ineffective, the populace might lynch you in the street. So what do you do? Easy, you manufacture issues, use propaganda to push those issues to the fore, distracting from the obvious failures, and then you pretend to resolve those issues. Case in point: Transmountain Pipeline.

Transmountain runs from Alberta to Burnaby, BC. Alberta’s oil is exported to the US or sails out into the Pacific from there. It was built in the 1950s, mostly by Americans, although there was government funding involved. Come the 2010s, the US based owner of the pipeline wants to expand it, tripling capacity if I recall. Our federal government makes the owners jump through a bunch of regulatory hoops, gives its approval, but does not do it right. That approval gets overturned by the courts at the behest of First Nations. Ottawa makes a grandiose show of sucking up to First Nations and reapproving the pipeline. Those First Nations do not buy it, challenge it again, and fail the second time. It’s circus time in Ottawa, and during this nonsense the pipeline owners say “fuck this, we’re out”. Ottawa ends up having to buy the pipeline and put taxpayer money into building the expansion, to the tune of billions. So, after many years of drama, court actions, regulatory hurdles and approvals, the pipeline still gets built, but millions are wasted in legal fees, lawfare, and general public wrangling. None of that was necessary.

Hold on, it was necessary, because the regime in Ottawa simply cannot let any opportunity to manufacture controversy go. This gets repeated over and over again, and has been repeated all my life. And this cycle is what is being repeated now by governments across Canada. They are manufacturing controversy and panic over the FAUXVID crisis, and riding the waves of panic to distract people from their obvious failings and to create the illusion of effectiveness. And they are in such dire straits, because admitting they are wrong means admitting that government interventions in Canada for the last 60 years have failed. And when you’ve been bleeding the populace with taxes promising to “fix” those problems, you face a real possibility of general revolt. I have no idea how this cycle could be broken.

An example of such manipulation came out recently. The Canadian Military it seems saw FAUXVID as a chance to propagandize the Canadian population, through “shaping” and “exploiting” information. It’s here in this article at the National Post. The military thought it would try to use propaganda techniques from its time in Afghanistan on its own population. Does the Canadian Military see its own people as a threat? Or is it their masters who have that perspective? What is particularly telling is Ottawa’s response to this news: they claim they did not request the military test propaganda methods. Note, no outrage, no “how dare you”, no firings, no debate in Parliament, just a “it wasn’t us…can we talk about the election now?”

Moving forward, Canadians can expect:

  • Permanent FAUXVID passports.
  • Three more required doses of some kind of vaccine in the next 12-18 months.
  • Continued random, rotating restrictions.

This is not going away any time soon. FAUXVID passports are here to stay. You’ll be using them to gain permission to attend sporting, theatre, travel (perhaps even in your own city or town) or music events. The government will not go so far as to say you must have one to do vital things, like groceries or visit the Doctor. But that’s okay, companies WILL require them (enough of their customers will demand it), and the unvaccinated will be left with fewer and fewer options.

The mRNA vaccines, the darlings of all health care regulators, are not effective over the long term. They are already talking a third booster shot, and that will become mandatory. Eventually, governments will say “the mRNA vaccines were a good first step. We’ve come so far, but more must be done. (You’ve heard that line before.) We’re now going to introduce more vaccines which we hope will provide further immunity. You need two courses over the next six months. If you do not, kiss your FAUXVID passport goodbye.”

Learn to enjoy mask mandates, prevention schemes for restaurants, bars and other socializing places, and continued travel restrictions. These will largely be implemented, retracted, or modified at random, and will be inconsistent across jurisdictions. Again, the focus will be on modulating panic in order to keep you in a state of perplexed fear, so that you are not noticing just how ineffective the regime really is.

Sunday Morning Coffee 09/26/2021

Alf is back. He’s got an explanation of the decline of the West, and so much more. Well worth a look see. Glad to see you back Alf.

Niccolo Soldo has his own Substack, Fisted By Foucault. He does a weekly summary of some interesting articles for the public, and last week’s was a look at the USA-UK-Australia alliance, removal of Hungary from the EU, Europe’s about turn on immigration, and other articles. Read it here. He also interviews UK based TERF Mary Harrington. Well worth a read.

Jim discusses hyperinflation. The thing with Jim’s Blog is he will spend a lot of time responding in the Comments section, and that’s where the gold is.

Robert Luongo modernizes Wallace Stevens The Emperor of Ice Cream for our FAUXVID stricken times.

Banned Hipster looks at the gullibility of the general populace:

In modern advanced democracies, politics is more like a Hollywood film, and the voters are spectators. Political campaigns are pageants, and voting is merely a form of market research, polls taken to discern which subplots and characters are more popular than others. Making the point even more obvious, the most popular President of modern times was a Hollywood film actor, Ronald Reagan, and the previous President literally, not figuratively, played himself in a reality TV show.

Rant…

Speaking of pageants and useless spectacles, the Canadian election is over. I called the return of the Liberals to the same minority position, and the inability of the Conservatives to conserve their holdings in the House of Commons.

It was $610 million spent on nothing. They’ve returned a spoiled, petty, malicious, idiotic child as Prime Minister. He is simply a marionette on strings, and yet they still put him back without knowing who held the paddles. He is a reflection of Canada, and that’s why the nation just fine with him in power, even when they cry out that he is ruining the country. To use the well worn words attributed to Joseph DeMaistre and Thomas Jefferson, Canada gets what it deserves.

Canada’s Social Media Profile

I think that one of the saddest things about the modern world… is that people live in a tiny time-slice of the present moment which they carry forward with them, but nothing remains… and there’s nothing in their experience which reverberates down the centuries, because the centuries to them are completely dark—just unillumined corridors from which they stagger with just a single sliver of light.

Sir Roger Scruton

Canada is known around the world as a strong and free country. Canadians are proud of their unique identity. We have inherited the oldest continuous constitutional tradition in the world. We are the only constitutional monarchy in North America. Our institutions uphold a commitment to Peace, Order, and Good Government, a key phrase in Canada’s original constitutional document in 1867, the British North America Act. A belief in ordered liberty, enterprise, hard work and fair play have enabled Canadians to build a prosperous society in a rugged environment from our Atlantic shores to the Pacific Ocean and to the Arctic Circle—so much so that poets and songwriters have hailed Canada as the “Great Dominion.”

Discover Canada Guide

Canada is defined in modern parlance as a nation. Justin Trudeau called Canada a ‘postnational’ country. Two things about what Trudeau says generally: 1) He’s usually just saying what he’s been told to say, and 2) there is a large cohort of sycophants around him who will affirm anything he says. He’s about maintaining his personal brand, and not much else. Ignore him.

So what is Canada’s self-image? Is Canada a mature and fully aware nation with no delusions? (It is certainly conceited enough to think so.) To answer, let’s start with what Canada might say about itself in its social media accounts.

To begin, Wikipedia:

Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

So far so good. Already we’ve established that it is big, has access to three oceans, and has major metropolitan areas. It is a country, so it is not considered a territory of another state. And, it has three territories, and a bunch of entities called provinces. Here is a convenient map:

Under copyright, but unable to find attribution.

The three on top are territories, and the 10 on the bottom are the provinces.

Politically, provinces are best thought of as independent territories (mostly British colonies, but it’s complicated) who joined in Confederation together in a unified country with a central authority that protects their combined interests. Territories are cut from land that was not unto itself a colonial holding per se of the British. It was land held by the Hudson’s Bay Company (by English Royal Charter) called Rupert’s Land, that Canada inherited after Confederation, in 1869.

What is this Confederation I speak of? Think 1867. This is when the nation of Canada began. It was at that stage that the separate colonies of Canada (further separated now into Ontario and Québec), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick combined into one Dominion (but still part of the UK), to protect their common interests. (Notice how close this is to 1865? The colonies were all concerned that since the damn Yankees had just finished their subjugation of the South, at the barrel of a gun by light of the South’s burning cities, the Yankees were going to turn their eye northward.) Prince Edward Island and British Columbia joined soon after. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were created from the Rupert’s Land territory already held by Canada and so ostensibly joined Confederation later. Newfoundland and Labrador was the last province to join, in 1949. This is a map showing how the internal political boundaries in Canada have changed over time, if you’re interested.

The deal the colonies agreed to in 1867, in terms of who got what powers, was actually an Act of the UK Parliament, called the British North America Act, 1867. Today, you can find it in the Constitution Act, 1867, as Canada has repatriated all the old UK law that governs the country. The 1867 act describes who gets what powers: skip to section 91 for federal powers, and the 92s for provincial powers. This is akin to the federal structure of the United States, but with many notable differences. (“We’re not Americans!” cries the Canadian.) Put short: if it’s external to Canada or crosses provincial borders, it is federal. If it impacts the daily lives of a province’s population within that province (education, health care, and commerce, but many other areas too), it is provincial. (This is way too simple, as there are other Constitution Acts, but that serves my purpose for now.)

So we’ve got both the political boundaries and jurisdictions covered. How does governance in Canada actually work?

Canadian Governance

We’ve seen there are two levels of government: provincial and federal. (Territorial governance (Yukon, NWT and Nunavut) is akin to provincial.)

According to the federal government’s Discover Canada guide (the one that recent immigrants and refugees get when they want to apply for citizenship), Canada is a federal state, a parliamentary democracy, and a constitutional monarchy. We’ve discussed the federal state above, so let’s discuss the other two.

Parliamentary democracy is, according to the Guide:

In Canada’s parliamentary democracy, the people elect members to the House of Commons in Ottawa and to the provincial and territorial legislatures. These representatives are responsible for passing laws, approving and monitoring expenditures, and keeping the government accountable. Cabinet ministers are responsible to the elected representatives, which means they must retain the “confidence of the House” and have to resign if they are defeated in a non-confidence vote.

A parliamentary democracy means that the principle law making and government accountability functions are handled by a gathering of elected (House of Commons) and non-elected (the Senate) members. A Member of the House of Commons is elected, in a particular geographic riding in Canada. You only need get more votes than any other single candidate opposing you to win a riding. It is rare for MPs not to be affiliated with a political party. These MPs draft bills which if passed  and assented to become law. You need a majority of votes to pass a bill. This is where things get tricky.

Who prevails in the House of Commons?  It cannot just be anarchy. The political party that wins the most seats typically forms a government. If they have a majority of seats, then life is good. They can propose bills and pass them without issue. Any other party whose members propose bills can be defeated just as easily. So what if there is no clear majority? Typically, the winner of the most seats still forms the government, but is in a minority position, and so must rely on other MPs or parties to support them to get anything done. The leader of the party forming the government is made Prime Minister, who is not the most powerful leader in Canada, according to the sources, but is head of the government.

There is also a sword of Damocles over the head of the ruling party. Should they not survive a ‘confidence vote’ (in which all MPs vote whether they still support the government or not), then the House of Commons is dissolved and an election is held. With a majority government, no problem, you’ll always survive a confidence vote if your whips are working. A minority government has to step lightly, in order to try and prevent confidence votes, and if one happens, to survive it.

The Senate is the second house of our bicameral federal legislature. Senators are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister, and serve until age 75. They seem to have strange alliances, but not party affiliations. There has been some noise about electing them, and Alberta has held elections for Senate candidates in the past. Sometimes the then current Prime Minister has asked those candidates be appointed, but is under no obligation to do so. The Senate is supposed to exercise a level of oversight over the bills passed by the House of Commons, and may propose their own bills too. (This senate is not like the elected US Senate. It is more akin to the UK House of Lords, but not a copy. “See, we’re not Americans!” cries the Canadian.)

(The same basic structure applies to the provinces as well. They all elect assemblies based on the Parliamentary model above, with one basic difference: they are unicameral and have no Senate.)

Just what is up with this Prime Minister? The Prime Minister is responsible for running the government. The buck stops here. They, of course, could not possibly handle running the behemoth that is the Canadian government, so they appoint some of their co-MPs as Ministers, and delegate some government business to them. Together, they form the Cabinet. If that is where bucks go to stop, though, who is the Prime Minister and his cabinet accountable to?

This is where constitutional monarchy comes in. I’m going to get editorial here and say that it is two separate things. According to the guide:

As a constitutional monarchy, Canada’s Head of State is a hereditary Sovereign (Queen or King), who reigns in accordance with the Constitution: the rule of law. The Sovereign is a part of Parliament, playing an important, non-partisan role as the focus of citizenship and allegiance, most visibly during royal visits to Canada. Her Majesty is a symbol of Canadian sovereignty, a guardian of constitutional freedoms, and a reflection of our history.

The Sovereign is represented in Canada by the Governor General, who is appointed by the Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister, usually for five years. In each of the ten provinces, the Sovereign is represented by the Lieutenant Governor, who is appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister, also normally for five years.

So, it’s really two things: a Constitution, plus a Monarchy. Our current monarch is Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and she is the sovereign (“Her Majesty”). She is represented in Canada by the Governor General, and in the provinces by a Lieutenant Governor. (Pronounced “Left-tenant” in the Great White North, much to the befuddled amusement of Americans. “See, totally not Americans!” says the Canadian. “Just stop please” says everyone else.)

Prime Ministers and Premiers are not ultimately passing laws. They are advising Her Majesty, through her local representative, to enact the law they have put forward and passed in their legislatures. In the legislative process, the Governor General may assent to a Bill, in which case it becomes law, but she also has a veto. If Governor General considers a bill to be a bad idea, she can refuse to grant her assent to it, and it goes nowhere. The Governor General may also reserve their decision, to defer to Her Majesty to decide herself. But, I was unable to find where this has happened in Canada.

(So, Her Majesty has eleven representatives in Canada. How does she find time for anything else?)

But Her Majesty’s representatives also have another important role: proroguing or dissolving Parliament or a legislature. Proroguing means to discontinue a session of Parliament without dissolving it, just like sending the school kids home early for the day. They may also dissolve Parliament, which triggers an election. Usually, they dissolve a legislature on advice of the Prime Minister or a Premier. However, it is open for them to dissolve a legislature when Her Majesty feels they can no longer adequately serve her (which has also never happened in Canada).

On to the Constitution. This means the rules on which Canada is based, or the laws that all other laws are subject to. There are two primary written documents: the Constitution Act, 1867, which dictates how powers of government are distributed between Canada and the provinces, and the institutions on which the government is formed, and the Constitution Act, 1982, otherwise known as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This document is basically (put very simply) the codification of the UN Declaration of Human Rights into the supreme law of Canada, with some limitations and extra features that are uniquely Canadian. Other documents are incorporated as well (First Nations treaties, for example), as well as some unwritten principles, conventions, and royal prerogative.

You might notice some odd things. First, our Sovereign, Her Majesty, from where all government authority derives, is not Canadian, and resides in a foreign country. Second, she is not actually sovereign with respect to ruling Canada, as she is allegedly ruling with the Constitution governing her rule. This seems odd and contradictory. If it is true, then she is not sovereign, but actually accountable to those who may amend the Constitution, which are the legislatures of Canada and the provinces. Which she rules over. Seems tautological.

Canadian Law

Enough government. Let’s briefly talk about the Canadian legal system. All of Canada, except Québec, adopted the English Common Law, as well as Equity, at some point in the past. This is all judge made law, or law that evolved over time based upon rulings by judges. For instance, Ontario adopted English Common Law around 1792. So, all that judge made law was made Ontario’s law as well, but does not remain identical to English Common Law, but evolves on its own course, based on rulings by Ontario judges (rulings after 1792 by English Common Law judges can be influential, but are not authoritative). Canada itself also adopted Common Law, and has a parallel system of courts to what the provinces have. Québec did not adopt Common Law, but rather has a Code Civil de Québec, which is like Napoleon’s Code Civil, but has been modernized and adopted English law of Trusts.

One big thing to note though is that the final court of appeal for Canada, no matter what jurisdiction, is the Supreme Court of Canada. They can give rulings that impact the entire country, not just one province or federal law.

Also, legislatures can pass laws that override the Common Law, to “cure a mischief ” in those laws when necessary.

Canadian Culture

The guide is pretty much good enough on its own as a social media description of Canada. Notice though that the reference to Canadian culture is not what makes us all alike, but all about our separate origins. We know that origins matter, but for a government run by blank-slaters for last 50+ years, this seems odd.

English and French

Canadian society today stems largely from the English-speaking and French-speaking Christian civilizations that were brought here from Europe by settlers. English and French define the reality of day-to-day life for most people and are the country’s official languages. The federal government is required by law to provide services throughout Canada in English and French.

Today, there are 18 million Anglophones—people who speak English as a first language—and 7 million Francophones—people who speak French as their first language. While the majority of Francophones live in the province of Quebec, one million Francophones live in Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba, with a smaller presence in other provinces. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province.

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Quebecers are the people of Quebec, the vast majority French-speaking. Most are descendants of 8,500 French settlers from the 1600s and 1700s and maintain a unique identity, culture and language. The House of Commons recognized in 2006 that the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada. One million Anglo-Quebecers have a heritage of 250 years and form a vibrant part of the Quebec fabric.

The basic way of life in English-speaking areas was established by hundreds of thousands of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish settlers, soldiers and migrants from the 1600s to the 20th century. Generations of pioneers and builders of British origins, as well as other groups, invested and endured hardship in laying the foundations of our country. This helps explain why Anglophones (English speakers) are generally referred to as English Canadians.

But, also included is this little nugget:

Some Canadians immigrate from places where they have experienced warfare or conflict. Such experiences do not justify bringing to Canada violent, extreme or hateful prejudices. In becoming Canadian, newcomers are expected to embrace democratic principles such as the rule of law.

Plus, a nod to those Others:

Many ethnic and religious groups live and work in peace as proud Canadians. The largest groups are the English, French, Scottish, Irish, German, Italian, Chinese, Aboriginal, Ukrainian, Dutch, South Asian and Scandinavian. Since the 1970s, most immigrants have come from Asian countries.

Okay, got it. English settled the English speaking parts of Canada. The French settled most of Québec. The First Nations are here, but not mentioned as part of Canadian Society. There were others involved too, somehow.

Canadian Religion

The great majority of Canadians identify as Christians. The largest religious affiliation is Catholic, followed by various Protestant churches. The numbers of Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and members of other religions, as well as people who state “no religion” are also growing.

In Canada the state has traditionally partnered with faith communities to promote social welfare, harmony and mutual respect; to provide schools and health care; to resettle refugees; and to uphold religious freedom, religious expression and freedom of conscience.

And, then these little paragraphs immediately follow:

Canada’s diversity includes gay and lesbian Canadians, who enjoy the full protection of and equal treatment under the law, including access to civil marriage.

Together, these diverse groups, sharing a common Canadian identity, make up today’s multicultural society.

There seems to be some omissions. First, what is the Canadian identity? They’ve just finished parsing out every single group that resides in Canada, but nothing describing what Canadian identity might be, except that you are First Nations, English or French. Also, what is surprising is that no mention of the United States of America, being a source of immigrants, culture, religion, trade, or economic relations is mentioned. One would expect that with the dominant Empire on the continent and in the hemisphere, as well as the entire world, it would have some influence on Canadian identity and culture. But, none mentioned here, so wow, I guess we somehow managed to do what no other nation, RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the dominant cultural, economic and military power in the world has ever been able to do before: be completely isolated from it.  And that, right there, is enough evidence, on its own, to show the guide is full of shit.

Alright, it’s time to stop this nonsense. I’ve dragged you through this muck to get to the thesis of this blog going forward: all of the above, while readily accepted by Canadians, is not true or is true in a manner of speaking, but not the manner they say it in. Much of Canada’s law or legal structure may be true de jure but is not de facto true. Foreigners observing from outside have a much better understanding of Canada than Canadians. I suspect this is because they are not swimming in the water of propaganda that Canadians do. I’ll be explaining this more in the future.

My purpose here for the next while is to hold up the actual Canada for Canadians and the world to see. There will be rants.

Sunday Morning Coffee 09/19/2021

Z Man considers 9-11 on its 20th Anniversary at his SubscribeStar feed (paywalled, worth it), and has this advice for dealing with the modern lunacy:

The solution is to divorce yourself from the lunacy as best you can. Disengaging in mass culture is one obvious way to maintain your sanity. The other is to work to create parallel and underground structures where reason and reasonableness can survive. That inevitably means divorcing oneself from concepts like patriotism. That does not mean hatred of country, but rather an active disinterest. We must become guests in our own lands, a form of exile.

Gerry T. Neal at Throne Altar Liberty discusses the ethics of vaccine mandates.

William Briggs, Statistician to the Stars, does a once a week overview of FAUXVID madness. Check out this week’s episode XCIII.

John Derbyshire discusses developments on the Texas – Mexico border, and the build-up of migrants near Del Rio, which will likely end in disaster.

Z Man finds a silver lining in the COVID nonsense.

Conrad Black discusses the upcoming federal Canadian election. It is a good summary of the non-options, but I disagree with his conclusion. “Go ahead, vote, and throw your vote away!”

Canadian Election Predictions: Who fucking cares? No matter what the final seat count is, the Canadian Regime, of Toronto Tories and Montreal Whigs, will remain. We’re likely to end up right back where we started, with a minority Liberal government. No one will be surprised if the Conservatives have fewer seats, as they have been consistent since World War II in not conserving a single thing.

Governments will continue to ignore the need to maintain stability, peace and order. They will continue to modulate panic levels through weekly changes in FAUXVID tactics, based not on what is best for the populace, but for what is immediately politically expedient for them. Get ready for more and more FAUXVID restrictions, vaccine passports, health care rationing (including denying care to the heretical unvaccinated), and a 3rd, 4th and 5th course of vaccinations by the end of 2022.

Clutch closes for us:

Sunday Morning Coffee 09/12/2021

Statistician to the Stars, William Briggs, on how James Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution has held up in the 80 years since it was published. (Prepare to despair.)

The Myth of the 20th Century crew with one of their finest podcasts, a look at Plato, the Republic, and our modern political instability.

Curtis Yarvin of Gray Mirror (on Substack) and Unqualified Reservations (as Mencius Moldbug) hits the big time, appearing on Tucker Carlson’s show. It is the most reserved of his appearances I have seen, and is an introduction for newbs to the latest in dissident thought.

Charles Haywood’s audio version of his Worthy House review of Ryszard Legutko’s The Demon in Democracy.

Speaking of Haywood, he and Bronze Age Pervert, Conrad Black, the Raw Egg Nationalist, and the Fat Nutritionist have all penned articles for the premier issue of Asylum Magazine. They’ll let you have a PDF copy for free.

If you are proud, you are the devil.
If you are sad, you are his son.
If you are worried, you are his never resting servant.

Umberto Eco, Baudolino

Odd, eh?

In the late 1950s, Canada was the 25th most populous country in the world. Today, it is 37th. Iraq has more people than the Great White North. Given the…ahem…attention lavished upon Iraq by the American Empire, how is it that Iraq is ahead? This is even more concerning, because Iraq is mostly desert, with a sliver of access to the Persian Gulf, and many not friendly neighbours. Canada has plenty of access to three oceans (two usable), several dozen huge rivers, some of the biggest freshwater lakes in the world (yeah, yeah, I know, Lake Baikal), lots of prairie for agriculture, very large oil, coal, natural gas and mineral deposits, forestry, with some produce and wine production in the southern areas, and modern national infrastructure which has been bombed zero times in the last 50 years. We’ve got a relatively friendly neighbour on our only land borders, in which we have a relatively free flow of goods and services (capital moves too, but it’s movement is not free). Canada’s population should have exploded after World War II. There is plenty of room for 100 million people, since there is plenty of room in our closest geographical analogues, Argentina and Russia, for populations much larger than ours. And yet…

Once upon an time, I was in Haida Gwaii. I went to the Canadian museum on the archipelago, called Saahlinda Naay. There are First Nations peoples here, who arrived long before Europeans. (First Nations are a giant political issue in Canada.) The museum is truly awful. It looks cool on the outside, but inside it looks like someone designed it based on the IKEA Billy bookcase. While in the museum, I heard a First Nations father and son talking about the exhibits, which I think showed artifacts of the First Nations from hundreds of years earlier. The son says: “Wow. Is this how we used to live?” Dad:”Nope. This is how white people THINK we used to live.”

Speaking of Haida Gwaii, on my way there I read an article about some brave, strong women who had received lots of funding to learn a dialect of a First Nations language on Haida Gwaii. The language is only spoken by about eight elderly people, and they are in their senior years, I am told. Shortly thereafter, I’m standing in Masset on Haida Gwaii and a truck pulls up in front of a playground. From the truck, a man says something in what is clearly not a European language to a child, I presume is his son. The boy responds also in the same language, and flips the man the bird.

I was in the Copenhagen Airport in Kastrup, Denmark. I was talking to one of the security people who handle the luggage scanning. She mentioned that some Canadians she met were very rude to her. I was aghast: I’ve been told all my life how nice and well thought of Canadians are abroad, everywhere in the world. I said I was surprised as Canadians have a reputation for being nice. She replied: “Canadians are not nice. They are polite.”

No one in Canada seems to know how much Canadians pay in taxes, as a percentage of their income. Between federal, provincial, municipal, property taxes, along with other levies and such, figures of 42% to 54% of your income are bandied about. That’s a lot of money. In the Roman Empire, according to Gibbons, the highest rate of tax was 0.75% of your property, under Augustus (or maybe Augustine).  This lasted almost no time, as Rome faced a tax revolt. Yet, in Canada, the roughly half figure has been a constant all my life.

The city I live in has had increased property tax payable for 30 years in a row. This stellar winning streak ended this year. Also, property values have doubled or tripled. All told, the real property owners in the city are effectively paying three to four times the tax they paid thirty years ago, in adjusted dollar value. Yet, the services from the city have only gotten worse, traffic congestion is up, the transit system is shit, and the police have basically stopped enforcing laws protecting private property, all of which are funded by those taxes. Our soon to be ex-Mayor once lamented that he only had $800 million dollars to spend on his pet projects once the essentials were paid for, and it was the hardest thing he ever did not raising taxes even more. This was during a recession.

In the 1950s, a big concern was that the Americans were going to come in and buy up everything. From the 1970s to the 1990s, a big concern was Québec separatism potentially breaking up the country. In the 1980s and 1990s, free trade was either going to solve everything, or make us destitute. Now, no one talks about these things. They’d all rather talk about Climate ChangeTM, [Insert vulnerable group name here]phobia, hating the ‘other’ side on the COVID 19 divide, and how all Justin Trudeau needed to do to be the best Prime Minister LIKE EVER was to say he is a feminist.

Last year I read a story about how, in 2018, the Federal Liberal government had made all kinds of pork-barrel promises to spend money on infrastructure work in ridings where their MPs were elected. Two years later, some opposition MP asked why the work had not started. A Liberal MP asked the civil service what happened. They responded that they did not know if they had even cut the cheques to pay for the work yet, much less if they could say why the work had not started.

I heard an interesting statistic the other day: 75% of immigrants  to Canada (not including ones from the USA I assume) move to the USA or move back home within five years of arriving in Canada. A significant number move to Canada as a stepping stone to getting into the USA. It must be the weather.

Try to find a reprint of a book written by a Canadian author prior to 1970 on the subject of history or politics. Hell, try to find PDF or free copies of such books. If the author’s name is not Grant or Burton, forget it. I recently bought a reprint of Freedom Wears a Crown. It was printed in Australia.

Did you know that in Environment Canada forecasting, they only use weather data from 1997 onward? So, if they are telling what the highest temperature on record for a particular day was, the year they list will never be from 1996 or earlier? Canada’s hottest years were in the 1930s and 1950s, so this seems odd. Unless of course, your mandate is really to sell the populace on climate change, in which case, limiting your data to relatively recent helps support the idea that OMG it’s getting hot out there thanks to muh climate change.

Lester B. Pearson allegedly resolved the Suez Canal Crisis, or so we are told. If he did, then the previous sentence is equivalent to saying “Lester B. Pearson was a patsy for the Americans”.

Most SJW types I’ve spoken to in Canada love the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is the codification of the UN Declaration of Human Rights into Canadian law, with some distinctly Canadian extras. And it makes the Declaration supreme over all other laws in Canada. This, the SJW types claim, is how Canada fights the evil white cis-gendered, heteronormative, English speaking, European blooded Christian men who spread colonialism across Canada. SJW types here though demonstrate their ignorance when they fail to acknowledge that it was largely a group of white cis-gendered, heteronormative, English speaking, European blooded Christian male politicians who wrote and enacted the bloody Charter in the first place. (I’m sure some were bilingual, but remember also, that Québec never ratified the Charter.) So, SJW types, what do you think these evil politicians did when they enacted the Charter: did they hand you power to fight them, or did they take it from you? The hardwired SJW brain implodes.

The Canadian media won’t shut-up about how the fall of Kabul and the disasterous withdrawal from Afghanistan is all Justin Trudeau’s fault. I shit you not.

COVID 19. What the fucking fuck?

What’s really going on here?