Men in tights

Wall Street laid an egg one day this week. Bay Street had a cow. After surging more than 40% in history’s giddiest 50-day rally, stock markets gave back about 7% of that in a single day, before stabilizing.

What to do?

Easy. Ignore it. A feature of the Covid world we’ve been in since mid-March has been big swings in financial markets and, for a while, a huge spike in volatility. But investors with balanced & diversified portfolios have seen their wealth restored after being robbed. The reasons have been repeatedly probed here – fiscal and monetary stimulus, crashed interest rates, the expectation of recovery, rivers of public money and the knowledge that pandemics always pass. People who went to cash when the virus hit, or sat on the sidelines for three months, missed the ride up. So, simple. Stay invested. The world ain’t ending anytime soon.

Having said that, here’s why we may have a raucous few weeks or months ahead of us.

First, the bug is not finished. Globally cases continue to escalate. Brazil is a mess. India, too. A complete lack of international coordination to fight a world-wide scourge is vexing humankind. Sometimes nationalism sucks big. This may be such a moment. Until we’re clean everywhere global travel and trade will remain crippled.

Second, the whole reopening thing is spotty, uncoordinated, clumsy and confused. In Toronto the transit guys just decided every passenger has to be masked – so they’re handing out a million of them. In the East three provinces are forming a ‘bubble’ but hardening their borders to the rest of the nation. Montreal’s still a disaster. Areas outside the GTA have been shut down again. Everybody shopping in every single store needs to wear a face covering. Yet recently we saw ten thousand hipsters sweating together in a Toronto park. Protests marches have clogged the streets. But you have to stay six feet from the guy ahead in the liquor store lineup. Huh?

Third, we should worry about the US. Things are even less coordinated there, thanks to the fragmented power structure of states. Concerns about a second wave are growing in places like Houston. New York may be opening too fast. The BLM movement has thrown hundreds of thousands of people together in a way that has public health officials cringing.

Fourth, big warnings from the International Monetary Fund. And the OECD. Plus the World Health Organization that right-wingers are trying hard to discredit. International bodies say global growth will be far less robust than anticipated and the pandemic’s effects may last a few years.

Fifth, Trump. He’s losing it. Trailing in the polls, the America president is fighting on three fronts: a public health emergency that has killed over 100,000 people, the greatest economic contraction and jobless rate since the Depression plus a gathering social unrest sparked by the George Floyd death-by-cop. No president in history has faced such a trifecta.

Sixth, Biden. The Trump challenger, some fear, has been co-opted by the leftist fringes of the Dem party, and will turn into a tax-and-spend leader forcing unwanted morality on US corporations, eroding profits and spanking stocks. Voter surveys now give Biden a 54% chance of winning, plus a Democrat-controlled Congress. What does this mean?

“We believe a Biden victory should be a net mild negative for equity prices,” says a Pennock Idea Hub report. “Much depends on the degree of control by the Democrats should Biden win the White House. The chance of a Blue Wave sweep is possible, and it would embolden the progressives within the Democratic Party to steer policy further to the left with bearish consequences for the suppliers of capital.”

Okay, so outside of asteroids and locusts, these are the main concerns. Should you hide your wealth in a can in the back yard?

Nah. Bad idea.

Simply put, there’s no way politicians or central bankers are allowing this market to croak. The Fed indicated this week it’ll do whatever it takes to support the economy, barrage Wall Street with capital, ensure credit’s in place and create enough liquidity to float bricks. Don’t fight the Fed. It’s fatal. Meanwhile in Canada the Trudeau Libs have proven they’ll spend with whatever recklessness is necessary to paper over unemployment, lockdowns and decline. The Bank of Canada is also into this with both feet, which explains why a five-year mortgage is available for 1.99%.

So, worry if you want but understand this: the gap between Bay Street and Main Street will only grow wider. Investors will trump savers. The wealth divide will increase. Volatility may well spike again and wild days ensue. But the virus will ultimately fade, vaccine or no. Leave trying to time markets over the next year to all those day-trading moist Mills with their Robinhood apps.

The pros need others to feast on. And that is perfect.

About the picture: “I was taking pictures at a drive-by baby shower,” says blog dog Scott, in Hamilton, “and this guy went by.” (The biker-pooch we get. But what’s a drive-by baby shower?)

 

170 comments ↓

#1 Party on Garth on 06.12.20 at 1:05 pm

At the end of March, 2020 the total debt outstanding in Canada (bottom line of the Statistics Canada credit market summary data table) was $8.919 trillion.

In the 1 year period from the end of March, 2019 to the end of March, 2020 it increased by $557 billion. This is an increase of 6.6%.

Update on the total (household, business, and all levels of government) debt numbers in Canada and the size of the Bank of Canada’s balance sheet

https://owecanada.blogspot.com/2020/06/at-end-of-march-2020-total-debt.html

#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

Also, Brian was PC, wasn’t he Don? Home run here as well maybe? Just sayin.

Buncha Fools!!!!!!!

#3 TurnerNation on 06.12.20 at 1:24 pm

I’ve posted before that childcare and housing costs act as a “one child” policy in this country.
Now they are limiting child care policies..even more so.
Welcome to the New System. China much?

https://www.cp24.com/news/tory-very-concerned-some-parents-will-be-out-of-luck-as-childcare-centres-reopen-with-new-limits-1.4981206

#4 conan on 06.12.20 at 1:30 pm

America does not even have their first wave figured out yet. Delaying the border opening to July is a joke. It will be extended.

#5 Lefty on 06.12.20 at 1:33 pm

Voters seem to love the promises of MMT: printing presses makin’ free cash with a side order of negative interest rates.

Eventually they may ask ‘why not just mail a million dollar cheque to every Canadian’?

#6 TurnerNation on 06.12.20 at 1:37 pm

^ the daycare and education changes (forcing kids into no playing, no recess, no extra activities, 6 feet apart masked) will force even more parents to #stayhome. Which is what they sold us on, Day one. This is a marketing campaign we are living. Not a medical one.
Add to more working from home…this was all planned.
Distancing is the #1 economic and social weapon ever invented.

The goal? More contact with machines. Humans must have traits bred out of them. Like dogs. The next gen will be so glued to the screens, hard to believe even moreso than current. We are in the Compliance/re-education stage. Especially empathy and compassion is being bred out. This is WW3 they’ve unleashed – look at the protests. We all enemies, 6 feet apart. As per Wikipedia Distancing is a combat term

Oh yeah the goal: your smiling front man

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#7 John on 06.12.20 at 1:45 pm

Oh wow! With all this negative news and there’s a lot more aside from this I’m surprised the markets haven’t crashed to 0! What gives??

#8 Mike in Buffalo Republic on 06.12.20 at 1:58 pm

“The pros need others to feast on. And that is perfect.”

I think in poker the term is fish.

#9 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 2:06 pm

#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

Buncha Fools!!!!!!!

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Always nice to engage in a reasoned and pleasant debate.

Your argument is too strong for me. I concede. Can’t compete with the devastating ‘buncha fools’ masterstroke.

#10 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 2:14 pm

#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

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Actually, let’s examine:

Jessica Mulroney, a white woman, says something that offends a black woman. We don’t know what it was, but it wasn’t racist, as confirmed by the black woman.

In any case, the black woman proceeds to use her influence to destroy the white woman’s career.

Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t call that white privilege.

#11 Faron on 06.12.20 at 2:20 pm

#201 Yukon Elvis on 06.12.20 at 11:10 am
#151 OK, Doomer on 06.11.20 at 10:35 pm

“…the past is interesting, but not a limiting factor.”

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Garth, I’m sorry. I know that you don’t want this to become a race battle, but this is important in my opinion.

Consider those words. Are you saying history doesn’t have any relevance to the trajectory of our lives today? It’s true that being born black or first nations or Latinx in the US or Canada doesn’t assure a bad outcome, but the deck is stacked against you depending on the conditions you were raised in. In fact, the deck is stacked against *anyone* raised in poor communities in North America regardless of race.

There is abundant medical research that shows that *anyone* who grows up under the influence of factors like physical or sexual abuse, observing violence especially domestic, substance abuse, hunger etc. will have poor development in brain structures that foster planning, self control and abstract thinking all of which are needed to be successful in an advanced society. They will be otherwise equally intelligent, curious and bright. They are vastly more likely to turn to alcohol or drugs and to drop out of school. These are odds, not guaranteed outcomes. A middle class raised person can fall flat and those born poor in adverse condition can rise above the morass.

Given that, take, for example, first nations communities in Canada that are poor and clearly in distress. If you were to walk around the community, what do you see? Alcoholism, delapedated houses, fresh faced kids and harried looking adults, lots of garbage, vagrancy etc. If you are born in those conditions you are likely to inherit and develop traits that judge you into recreating that environment. On top of that you have an unsympathetic public and public safety force that will jail/fine and generally show up when things are a mess. Rightly so because to the rest of us, those conditions mean crime and disturbance. But they also link your nativeness, your skin colour to what they see in those communities. It would be hard not to because the human brain likes heuristics to help reduce its workload.

So, history. We know that black people in the US were and are subject to undue racism and violence through history all of which pushed many into the kind of poverty that brings about the above. This is true for native communities in the US and Canada as well. Once that legacy has been established, the cycle is hard to break because it is wired in to people’s brains through their childhood development.

Take small towns in the US that were once prosperous and could be viewed as the American Dream. Good jobs, whole communities and things were generally functional as industry thrived. Then two things happened: manufacturing was offshore and the workers were left to patch up their life; then opioids came on the scene and spread like wildfire. I’d be willing to wage that these, largely white, communities will face a long period of being down and staying down.

My story: white, raised low/middle with an alcoholic mother. I had one of the factors that help promulgate alcoholism, but just one (maybe two if you count genetics). I worked hard and have advanced degrees and am doing okay. But, the influence of my mother’s alcoholism is real and present. I’m fearful and timid. I don’t blame anyone, these are my traits, but in knowing them I can overcome them. If I pretend they don’t exist things go sour. But I don’t have to deal with anyone looking at me and deciding what I am.

I’m going to go out on a limb here. Sail Away, you are Venezuelan and have used your latinate heritage combined with your US citizenship to broadly claim that race wasn’t a factor in your life. Can you please share your story? Your story didn’t guarantee anything nor does anyone’s, but our pasts do carry weight. The more traumatic, the heavier that weight. My biased guess is that you came from a poor but otherwise intact and loving family and those things helped give you a foundation for succeeding.

The point is that you cannot ignore the past when assessing where people are today unless you can make a convincing case that that past is far enough removed as to be irrelevant. Sorry to whomever’s family history included slavery in Egypt. Otherwise, no one gets to walk away from it. You cannot just sweep it under the rug and say we are equal now. Do acts like removing colonial names and statues help? Does making a territorial acknowledgement help? Does attending a demonstration help? Probably not as much as we’d like, but they, at the very least, show a willingness to change and address the issue instead of keeping our heads in the sand.

#12 mike from mtl on 06.12.20 at 2:31 pm

The markets don’t really worry me since as time goes on, they have a very loose correlation with the real world, more so what the FED does. I held on and only bought a few k$ with some spare cash.

What does have me concerned is the whole ‘uncertain’ future in the ‘real’ economy.

-Dead tourism & related enterprises.
-Mass unemployment that will take years if ever to get back.
-Bars, independent restaurants are going to be closing left and right.
-CRE is holding up for now but is on really shaky ground.
-Those lucky who can HFM are a negative feedback loop, no commuting, no lunches SBUX, Tims, not spending, no parking, it goes on and on.

I’d like to think the ‘old normal’ would be sometime next year but I don’t know, getting less optimistic..

#13 Stone on 06.12.20 at 2:31 pm

About the picture: “I was taking pictures at a drive-by baby shower,” says blog dog Scott, in Hamilton, “and this guy went by.” (The biker-pooch we get. But what’s a drive-by baby shower?)

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Ask and you shall receive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY9idd91oSk

Just don’t roll your eyes to far into the back of your head.

#14 Dolce Vita on 06.12.20 at 2:32 pm

Masks handed a while ago on transit in Italia. What you have to look forward to Canada…

Pray Italian moms do not make a guest appearance on the TTC especially if they see a young male without his mask on (my money was on her, felt sorry for the poor Trenitalia guy in the middle).

Man, does she lay into him.

Translation not necessary, recall, Italians good with gestures. Scroll to the bottom of article for the video.

“”Put on your mask …”: the fight breaks out on the train”

https://www.ilgiornale.it/news/cronache/rissa-sfiorata-treno-perch-passeggero-non-indossa-mascherina-1868064.html

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The above and reading the Blog today…what a crazy messed up World because of that damn virus.

#15 Stan Brooks on 06.12.20 at 2:34 pm

source: tradingeconomics.com

#16 Howard on 06.12.20 at 2:37 pm

Lower-middle class people and students using their coronavirus cheques to bid up bankrupt Hertz, among other names. Does this sound like a market top or a market bottom?

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/21/many-americans-used-part-of-their-coronavirus-stimulus-check-to-trade-stocks.html

People earning between $35,000 and $75,000 annually traded stocks about 90% more than the week prior to receiving their stimulus check.

Meanwhile, Druckenmiller and Buffet are out.

#17 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 2:40 pm

#205 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 11:35 am
#192 JB on 06.12.20 at 10:15 am
#186 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 9:44 am

You must be aware the networks have hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage from which they carefully choose their 5 minute newsclips, right? Let’s just say making Trump rallies look good is not the top priority.
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100%. I get all of my “news” on this subject from Late night shows (Oliver, Meyer, Noah) because I find those shows funny, not because I believe they are fair– hence my admission of bias :)

I do feel that the MAGA team might have fewer “readers” per capita though. Again, that’s probably my late-night bias but I just don’t see a lot of intelligent debate coming from them.
I mean why aren’t there late-night shows supporting Trump and why weren’t there any crapping on Obama? Surely there would be an audience for such shows or else fox news wouldn’t exist.
Is it Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones? That can’t be the best Conservatives can come up with, can it?
Perhaps liberals are just funnier?

I’m genuinely curious. I really assume that I’m in a bubble/echo chamber and that there’s a bunch of sources I’m not exposed to.

#18 Dolce Vita on 06.12.20 at 2:41 pm

Garth, half the stuff you wrote about today is cast in concrete.

Irrational behaviour.

It will take longer than months I am afraid, years, to sort out the economic and human mess that virus has created. And that’s provided the damn virus doesn’t make an encore.

Today on Twitter way more “2nd wave” talk esp. from the US.

It’s like misery needs more bad company.

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Not a conspiracy guy here, at all, but this Tweet from one of my most level headed (and inquisitive) friends in BC gave me pause:

“Crazy times! They are preparing for a 2nd wave here and they have called in the reserves to prepare for anarchy. I talked to a military guy and he just spent 2 weeks in training in Edmonton.”

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Honest to God, this will not end well even if 1/2 truths.

Brace.

#19 Piano_Man87 on 06.12.20 at 2:42 pm

“Leave trying to time markets over the next year to all those day-trading moist Mills with their Robinhood apps.”

Has garth been reading Wall Street Bets?! :O

One of us! One of us!

#20 looking up on 06.12.20 at 2:44 pm

Garth, if as you say the Canadian government is all in to spend whatever is necessary to keep thing afloat ie. including the housing market by offering 5 year mortgages etc. then why do you stick to your prediction of real estate mayhem in the fall including lower prices, defaults etc.?

The government does not offer mortgages, and I made no such prediction. – Garth

#21 Faron on 06.12.20 at 2:45 pm

#17 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 2:40 pm
#205 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 11:35 am
#192 JB on 06.12.20 at 10:15 am
#186 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 9:44 am

“Perhaps liberals are just funnier”

Nope, I’m lib/progressive and drier than the Gobi desert.

#22 the Jaguar on 06.12.20 at 2:45 pm

‘Trump- No president in history has faced such a trifecta.’

Correct, and even without those issues he has been under attack daily ever since taking office. But he is still standing, still employing the ‘Rope a dope’ tactic. Good podcast with Victor Davis Hanson from three days ago below.
BLM & SJW are going to eat themselves alive. Look what they just did to Jessica Mulroney and what a recent (new) poster tried to do on this blog the other day to our tractor man. Very troubling………

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-nVdZoVTEg

#23 Attrition on 06.12.20 at 2:49 pm

Sad days indeed when the essence of “All Men are Created Equal…” is constantly ignored, swept aside, forogtten or torn asunder.

This stuff was solved long ago, yet we’re constantly being told to treat some more equal than others. It doesn’t work, never has, never will.

Wakey-wakey. This is simply an attempt to undermine the Republic. Fortunately, as Seattle shows, these are not victories but the last vicious attacks by the failing forces of Marxist-globalism. Always most vicious right before the fall.

If you thought the common man and woman–the silent majority–in the United States voting for Trump last time was an anomaly, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Rejoice!

#24 Linda on 06.12.20 at 2:50 pm

If Biden does win, Kenney’s head might finally explode:) Especially if Biden keeps his campaign promise to tear up the pipeline approvals. There goes billions in Alberta taxpayer cash down the drain of politics in a country where – surprise – what Alberta wants isn’t on the agenda.

As for the virus, here is hoping a viable, safe vaccine arrives sooner rather than later. 2020 has been one wild ride of a year thus far.

#25 FreeBird on 06.12.20 at 2:53 pm

(The biker-pooch we get. But what’s a drive-by baby shower?)
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They happen near us too. Horn honking, balloons etc. Same for kids bdays. Thankfully that age is least likely to get the virus (and less likely to infect others). It’s a thing but waning. In our neighbourhood it’s more don’t ask/tell and more GKs visiting. One retired couple has 10 GKs/babies…and counting (seriously). They need an award (and vacation) for babysitting almost all incl baby 6-7d/wk, all hrs to help their still working parents (not on CERB) keep their jobs until daycare is avail. Looks like fun…from a distance. Big shout out to all grand/god parents, aunts/uncles etc pitching in to help w/kids incl babies and fur kids so parents can work. We know a few.

#26 NoOneOfConsequence on 06.12.20 at 2:53 pm

@Faron..

Blah blah blah blah. Everything you typed means everything and nothing.

Excuses don’t matter.

You wanna change your world? Convince the man in the mirror.

Those who look to others to make their world better shall be forever disappointed.

#27 JB on 06.12.20 at 2:54 pm

#205 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 11:35 am

#192 JB on 06.12.20 at 10:15 am
#186 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 9:44 am

I must admit, late-night shows and the MSM must have completely biased my mental image of those who attend Trump rallys.

Attendees certainly aren’t made to look like intelligent debtors.

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Have you ever looked at the attendees at these rallies? There is always the two blonde Lebensraum twin girls that scare the shit out of me. They look like they are from a horror movie. There is the token black guy with a Trump T-shirt, the married older women who wear knitted sweaters with either Puppies, kittens or I love Donald Trump on them. They all have that glazed look in their eyes. Then of course there are the blue-jean wearing red-necks always with the Red MAGA hats, because they were free. It is very much like what you would expect at a NASCAR race. Mind you at least NASCAR has read the memo for BLM. Oh if you attend one of his rallies to get the free hat beware of the COVID-19 form you will have to sign first to get in.

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You must be aware the networks have hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage from which they carefully choose their 5 minute newsclips, right? Let’s just say making Trump rallies look good is not the top priority.

I mean, heck: the riots, when reported by MSM, seem to be peaceful affairs by intellectuals. Sure, there may be a conflagration and cacophony in the background, but let’s just say that’s not the focus. Think it would be possible to make the riots look bad instead of good?
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Making trump look good is a herculean task as he is, well……………….. a large brainless turd. Needless to say whether they use selected footage or not its always the same demographics at the front and centre stage area. Trump sets that up himself. Wouldn’t you think he would fill it with people that at least scored on their SAT’s? Ive seen videos going through the crowds from Trumps people and its scary.

#28 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 2:54 pm

#11 Faron on 06.12.20 at 2:20 pm

I’m going to go out on a limb here. Sail Away, you are Venezuelan and have used your latinate heritage combined with your US citizenship to broadly claim that race wasn’t a factor in your life. Can you please share your story? Your story didn’t guarantee anything nor does anyone’s, but our pasts do carry weight. The more traumatic, the heavier that weight. My biased guess is that you came from a poor but otherwise intact and loving family and those things helped give you a foundation for succeeding.

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Not bad, Faron.

And close enough with my upbringing, yes. My experience is that race is insignificant in comparison with other factors. With this being the case, making everything about race causes problems because it creates an ‘us vs. them’ mentality that was not there before.

The US military is as fair and equal an environment as can be imagined. I have two brothers- I went into the Army, my younger brother joined the Marines, and my older brother was class valedictorian and went straight to university. Now we all own businesses. I can’t speak for my brothers, but would unequivocally state that I have not been negatively affected by racism. Possibly the opposite since it’s instant community wherever you go.

It’s not racism, it’s upbringing. Pretending it’s racism is wrong, divisive and damaging to society.

#29 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 2:58 pm

#11 Faron on 06.12.20 at 2:20 pm
#201 Yukon Elvis on 06.12.20 at 11:10 am
#151 OK, Doomer on 06.11.20 at 10:35 pm

“…the past is interesting, but not a limiting factor.”
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……..My biased guess is that you came from a poor but otherwise intact and loving family and those things helped give you a foundation for succeeding…….
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That’s basically my story. Parents were pretty much broke throughout my childhood being poor immigrants, but they hid it from the kids well enough and have been very (emotionally) supportive all my life.

Like Buffet I do consider myself to have “won the ovarian lottery”, but I feel that way mostly because of having loving parents which isn’t a racial thing.

#30 Do we have all the facts on 06.12.20 at 2:59 pm

Let me see if I have my facts straight.

2,028,000 Canadians have been tested for Covid 19 and the majority of those tested presented one or more symptoms of a viral infection before being tested.

97,530 Canadians, or 4.8% of those tested, were found to have the Covid 19 virus in their system. This is not surprising given that the majority of tests were given to individuals who presented symptoms of an infection. There may be some delay in tests results but it seem pretty clear that the infection rate is nothing like the WHO predicted before they precipitated a world wide lockdown.

Since May 11 7,994 Canadians died with the Covid 19 virus in their system. I have not seen any breakdown indicating the what percentage of the people who died “with” Covid 19 actually died “from” Covid 19. Given the media hype surrounding possible mortality from Covid 19 this distinction has considerable value in determining appropriate approaches to mitigate the impact of any virus.

Well over 90% of deaths being attributed to the Covid 19 virus were over the age of 65 and had one or more pre-existing health concerns at the time of death. Over 81% of the individuals whose death was attributed to the Covid 19 in a Canada were residents in a long term care facility and were not immediately isolated when symptoms first appeared.

All the recent chatter about the possible impacts from a second wave of Covid 19 has me scratching my head. Now that we have taken measures to protect our most vulnerable citizens what real threat does a second or third or infinite waves of Covid 19 actually present to the general population of Canada.

Having Covid 19 in your system is not necessarily a cause for alarm for those under the age of 65. Measures should be taken to prevent spread of the disease to the most vulnerable but the fear of crowds, airplanes, cruise ships, inter Provincial or international travel or any form of regular interaction by the general population seems a bit over the top to me. Where is the hard evidence supporting the importance of social distancing for the general population.

I get why our government is still clinging to the narrative that Covid 19 posed a serious threat to the health of all Canadians. However any unbiased evaluation of actual mortality rates associated with Covid 19 tells a much different story. Surely the time has come to focus our attention on facts and to tone down our media fed hysteria.

If we want to fear anything is should be the impact of Covid 19 hysteria on the Canadian economy

#31 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.12.20 at 3:02 pm

@#11 Faron.
“The point is that you cannot ignore the past ….”
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How ironic.
You dont want to ignore the past…you just want to erase it.

Removing statues merely rewrites history or abolishes it.
Statues are raised by the population of the times to eith honor or recognize the accomplishments or sacrifices people made to achieve something.
A bridge, a city, a country and medical breakthrough….

Arte we supposed to smash and burn everything that you or the mob deems “offensive”?

OR do we place new plaques benaeth those self same statues to explain from todays viewpoint who these people really were and how they achieved their accomplishments.
Smashing and burning everything that you find offensive is something I personally find offensive.

Rewriting history achieves nothing except making people more ignorant than they already are..

#32 Howard on 06.12.20 at 3:05 pm

So Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister has a $1.2 million mortgage with the Bank of China.

I guess that alone isn’t enough to prove conflict of interest, but is it not a bit weird that a lawyer from rural Quebec (albeit I believe he worked in London) owes over a million dollars to China’s state-owned bank?

#33 Spiltbongwater on 06.12.20 at 3:07 pm

Garth, what are your thoughts on bankrupt companies offerering new shares to suckers er investors? Hertz is looking to issue 1 billion in new shares. Good buy, bad buy?

#34 Overheardyou on 06.12.20 at 3:12 pm

After trimming bonds and juicing equities in March, when would be the proper time to rebalance the portfolio?

You want to rebalance two months after the last rebalancing? Set it and forget it. – Garth

#35 Dolce Vita on 06.12.20 at 3:12 pm

“Second, the whole reopening thing is spotty, uncoordinated, clumsy and confused.”

SO true. I mean Provinces want to re-open but there are Regions in ON. e.g., with Rt>1, reopening there is asking for trouble. The other Provinces don’t even calculate Rt let alone let Canadians know how crucial that measure it, esp. to reopening an economy.

Italia, as messed up as she can be, I think did a fantastic job re-opening her economy.

-They began by creating workplace rules agreed to by Industry, Unions and the Health Ministry among others (became decrees or the law). So businesses and the people knew exactly what was expected of them. Rt crucial metric.

NEXT, they waited 2 weeks for their Rt to be consistently << 1 (actually 0.5-0.7) and then began to reopen the economy…

-Apr. 14 was Phase I, 3.5 million back to work (it wasn't just a couple of card shops like NBC and CTV told you all).

Waited 2 weeks to see what happened. Nothing. Went well. Rt << 1 and holding.

-Then in May Phase II etc., the "4 Mondays", pretty much the rest of the economy reopened in 4 weeks, step by step, save mass gatherings and travel outside of your Region.

Went well. Rt values posted for every Region, every Friday by Gov Italia. Well understood by the populace. Still << 1. New cases dropping like a rock as were deaths and COVID ICU beds.

June 3rd inter Regional/International travel permitted and now mass gatherings (discos, concerts, etc.). Going well, all the bad news dropping like a rock, Rt holding << 1.

All that is left is Serie A on June 20, yeah!!

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Then I look at the Provinces and the US States and compare to the above by the Italians that took 6 weeks of step by step reopenings with clear directives all understood with an eye on the Rt numbers, deaths, new cases and ICU beds and I conclude this:

It will NOT GO WELL in Canada or the US the reopenings, too cavalier, too premature. The Wild West =

…spotty, uncoordinated, clumsy and confused.

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ON Rt values as of today, some good news, some bad news. They need to reopen that Province by Region and prevent inter Regional travel as they did in Italia:

https://twitter.com/imgrund/status/1271436714779836416

As for the hipster mass gatherings Garth, 10 DAY RULE. How long it will take for cases to spike due to their reckless behaviour.

#36 looking up on 06.12.20 at 3:13 pm

Garth, if as you say the Canadian government is all in to spend whatever is necessary to keep thing afloat ie. including the housing market by offering 5 year mortgages etc. then why do you stick to your prediction of real estate mayhem in the fall including lower prices, defaults etc.?

The government does not offer mortgages, and I made no such prediction. – Garth

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Respectfully, I believe you did make that prediction Garth

“There will be more forced sales in the months ahead. More households in distress after pushing their problems into the future. More listings. More condos vacated. More defaults and foreclosures. More sob stories. More calls for bail-outs, hand-outs, deferrals, extensions, reprieves and forgiveness as the sins, greed, avarice, speculation and property lust of the last few years find their inevitable harvest.

This has only begun.”

That is not a definition of ‘real estate mayhem.’ It’s an accurate depiction of the impact on individuals of their poor choices. – Garth

#37 Real Men Drive Kias and Wear Man Buns, They Don't Ride Harleys on 06.12.20 at 3:14 pm

Thank Dog it’s Friday the 12th, not the 13th, and we don’t have all these geriatric amateurs on their stupid bikes coming down to Port Dover again.

(Although the local dentists probably appreciate the extra income from all the teeth and dentures falling out.)

#38 Doug t on 06.12.20 at 3:16 pm

The rich get richer – the poor get poorer – rinse and repeat

#39 Faron on 06.12.20 at 3:28 pm

#31 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.12.20 at 3:02 pm

@#11 Faron.
“The point is that you cannot ignore the past ….”
+++

OR do we place new plaques benaeth those self same statues to explain from todays viewpoint who these people really were and how they achieved their accomplishments.
Smashing and burning everything that you find offensive is something I personally find offensive.

I can fully get behind what you are saying. I really have to wrestle, mentally, with the idea of taking down statues (unless they are abjectly horrible, like a statue of an overthrown dictator). I’m not a tear it down advocate. I was pretty uncomfortable with the swiftness of the John A. McDonald statue removal here in Victoria. There seemed to be very little public engagement and that just alienated most citizens and did nothing to educate. There was a missed opportunity there at best.

I think a more educational display could be helpful. Or commission a work that surrounds the statue to give a fuller historical context. Perhaps erect memorials depicting crowded first nations reserves with folks dying of small pox. Or, allow the statue to be defaced by the public as they see fit. If a figure is to be revered, then maybe that reverence would show in how the thing is cared for.

#40 Nick on 06.12.20 at 3:30 pm

Lower brainland update:

Everything fine. People are paying what their honest realtor tells them, because obviously prices will go up next year. Sorry Siddall.

#41 Tooth or consequences on 06.12.20 at 3:35 pm

#10 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 2:14 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t call that white privilege.

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No, its what the left mean when they say “equality” and “woke”!

#42 Oracle of Ottawa on 06.12.20 at 3:36 pm

Well I’m fully invested right now. Put whatever cash I had available into the markets yesterday. We’ll see. You know the Fed has a agenda to spruce the markets. Low interest rates leaves only one place to get a decent return. Also, we went through something similar in 1918 with the end of a war and the Spanish Flu which killed 50 million worldwide. And then we had the roaring ’20’s.

#43 Faron on 06.12.20 at 3:55 pm

#28 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 2:54 pm

#11 Faron on 06.12.20 at 2:20 pm

It’s not racism, it’s upbringing. Pretending it’s racism is wrong, divisive and damaging to society.

Thanks for your constructive posts crowdedelevatorfartz, SoggyShorts and Sail Away.

Sail Away, can I assume that you took courses in partial differential equations and maybe coupled systems? If you have, you will understand the futility of isolating any one component of a system that is fully coupled. Race, racism, history and economic and social upbringing are fully coupled and have to be looked at as a whole. In my personal coupled system, I experienced zero racism because white people “won” history in Oregon so those headwinds weren’t there. There was probably some subtle classism having been raised in a white trash town. I would venture that, in Sail Away’s case, his upbringing was strong and stable enough to overcome any subtle racism that may have existed. None of this takes away from all the hard work you put in through your career in the military and afterwards.

My understanding is that In poor, black communities the historically awful interactions between black citizens and the law and the subtle and the overt racism that undeniably exists (to a decreasing degree as time goes on) between black and non-black persons is fully coupled with poverty, trauma and all other parts of the system that is their day to day lives. If you extract one part of that system, say poverty and try to solve the problem by, say, throwing funds at the issue you will get no progress. As Sail Away has noted, you may actually get resentment from the community for interfering. Likewise, I don’t think it’s right to blame the police either other than diligently working to weed out bad actors. If you isolate the police as the problem and change only that, you will get poor results. I’d wage that even if you could, now somehow take racism out of the picture through some kind of magic, there would still be major difficulties in those communities through their inertia.

However, although changing any one component may not alter the future of a community, that doesn’t mean any of those things should be ignored as problems. I guess I’m saying that the coupled system that is a community is quite stable to alteration of its components. I would say that there will be improvement with slow and steady change and working to at least recognize racism has to be one of those changes.

Finally, I don’t think this is condescending or sanctimonious coming from a white guy. I’ve listened to and read multi-racial thinkers and writers and my thoughts are an amalgamation and reflection of what I have learned.

#44 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 3:56 pm

@#37 Real Men Drive Kias and Wear Man Buns, They Don’t Ride Harleys on 06.12.20 at 3:14 pm
Thank Dog it’s Friday the 12th, not the 13th, and we don’t have all these geriatric amateurs on their stupid bikes coming down to Port Dover again.

(Although the local dentists probably appreciate the extra income from all the teeth and dentures falling out.)

you must be related to that COTTAGERS STAY AWAY!! guy lol

#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm

#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

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Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

#46 Where's My Money Gweedeau? In Roblaws Fridges and a $50 mil New "Weston" Uni Wing! on 06.12.20 at 4:01 pm

A Supermarket Billionaire Steps Into Trouble Over Pandemic
Galen Weston is saying that everything is back to normal because he’s stopping the $2/hr plandemic bonus but they won’t take back pop bottle empties because of virus concerns.
So what is it? I guess the BILLIONAIRE decides that he will cut the wages since Walmart, etc cut theirs, but uses the excuse that the virus is no concern. Absolute lying hypocrisy.

#47 Do we have all the facts on 06.12.20 at 4:13 pm

#33 spilt bong water

Speaking of Hertz I wonder how many of the junk bonds being offered by Hertz, and other “fallen angels”, will end up with the Federal Reserve. Maybe investors are thinking that support from the Federal Reserve indicates promising futures for all “fallen angels”.

Like Garth stated “don’t fight the Fed. It’s fatal”

Who needs fundamentals anymore?

#48 Daniel M. on 06.12.20 at 4:15 pm

Don’t fight the Fed?
Remember George Soros against the Bank of England!
Who won?
THE GAME IS OVER!
SP 500 down to 2400-2500 level by December 2020!
Have a nice weekend!

#49 Faron on 06.12.20 at 4:21 pm

#20 looking up on 06.12.20 at 2:44 pm

Garth… why do you stick to your prediction of real estate mayhem in the fall including lower prices, defaults etc.?

The government does not offer mortgages, and I made no such prediction. – Garth

Regardless of gov’t intervention, a market will respond to changes in supply and demand because this is a free(ish) open(ish) market. This week in equities, the demand for an overfrothed market went away and priced dropped despite all the stimulus.

In RE, that drop in frothy demand takes more time due to the illiquid nature of the asset, but is coming. Plus, economic headwinds against any kind of major purchasing will be F5 tornado strength by fall, demand will be way down because of that while supplies go way up as people give up investment or primary residences. Prices will have to drop no matter what the feds do.

The only way this doesn’t happen is if a massive influx of sidelined dollars comes in. But, that money is smart and wont leap in until value prospects align or if that capital is under threat where it currently resides. There will be some such influx, but likely not enough to keep prices from the 20%+ plop.

Enough from me today.

#50 Tom the Gambler on 06.12.20 at 4:25 pm

For today’s topic:
I’m done with being invested in 100% equities.

I’m worried about the combination 2nd wave and government help running out(or the consequences of not turning off the taps).
Not “the sky is falling” worried, but rather “there’ll be another significant drop at some point and I’ll have nothing to rebalance within my 100/0 portfolio”.

So, I want to go 80/20 and to that end on this morning’s little rally I dumped my ~18% non- North America holdings and added ief&htb (7-10 year US treasuries)

I know that global exposure is important, but I don’t feel like I’m missing out when so many of the S&P 500 are global companies. XEF&VEE consistently underperformed the rest of my portfolio up and down the last 18 months which covered a lot of market scenarios.

The new portfolio
“SOG2”
XIU 6%
XRE 4%
ZWB 4%
VOO/XUU 66%
IEF/HTB 20%

The last thing I didn’t like about my portfolio is XRE, so I dumped half and bought ZWB with it.

Thoughts?

#51 espressobob on 06.12.20 at 4:31 pm

Overheardyou #34

Create a spreadsheet, decide what criteria suits you for rebalancing.

But there is a good argument for the buy and hold crowd.

Choices.

#52 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.12.20 at 4:38 pm

@#39 Faron
“I think a more educational display could be helpful. Or commission a work that surrounds the statue to give a fuller historical context. ”
++++

Total agreement.
The changes demanded by every “outraged” cause is endless.
“Rename Dundas St in Toronto”, Rename Vancouver, Rename a Rhodes Scholarship , Remove every statue of any and every perceived racist and replace them with what?
Telli Tubbies?.

And I hate to bust everyone’s chops but , Canada, the US and Britain wouldn’t be the places they are (reasonably safe, multicultural countries with the freedom of expression laws enshrined in their constitutions)…. without those self safe bigots, racists and leaders of yesteryear grinding out the societies that eventually evolved into what we have today..

Censorship isnt the answer. smashing statues ( burning books?) is a childish, mob reaction to intricate issues that will NOT be solved by “tweets” and “likes”

Remember your history or you will repeat it.

#53 Retro Marxist on 06.12.20 at 4:39 pm

I’ve been subscribed to this blog for years, and this is the only time that these articles appear more often than several times a day

https://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2020/06/italian-restaurant-toronto-closing-forever/

Keep coping on the stock market. People are losing their jobs which aren’t coming back.What is the use of owning stocks when there is an angry mob of unemployed and angry people who want to see blood?

Exaggerate much? – Garth

#54 Attrition on 06.12.20 at 4:42 pm

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#55 Flop... on 06.12.20 at 4:50 pm

If the protesters come for my Truganini Statue on my front lawn, they will get sprayed with something that will burn their eyes more than any pepper spray.

Fosters Beer.

It can even blind cockroaches…

M45BC

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truganini

#56 Penny Henny on 06.12.20 at 4:53 pm

#22 Ace Goodheart on 06.11.20 at 2:52 pm
Here is what is going on in our neighbourhood. Conditional offers.

This, as I have pointed out before, is unheard of.

When a house comes up here, usually what happens is on open house day, you get BMWs and Audis lined up and down the street, people walk for blocks to get the chance to walk through. There is often a line.

There are then about 30 or so offers, and the house goes for hundreds of thousands over asking.

That is just not happening anymore, at all.

Here is an example:

https://www.bungol.ca/map/43.654925&-79.480119&16?listing=532-windermere-avenue-toronto-w4765420-4115447

Listed on May 20th. Sat until last week, when it got a conditional offer, with the expiry date being June 9th.

The seller then extended the expiry date to June 12th. Condition now expires tomorrow.
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Your comment brought the sellers luck. They sold today for $1.7 mil, 5k over ask

#57 Coho on 06.12.20 at 4:55 pm

Covid, tanked the economy, rioting, anarchy, incalculable suffering and loss of life from the covid reaction is what happens these days when a political party wants that badly to get back into the WH.

The economy was going too well under Trump and The Establishment could not have that. Better to bring a country to it’s knees to get back power rather than work together for everyone’s benefit. But of course it’s not about the greater/common good, it is about opposing factions vying for world dominance.

It’s feels like the Democrats are saying if you want a country left, vote us back in. If you don’t we’ll destroy what is left of it. Would the Republicans be acting much better if they were on the outside looking in? Hard to imagine what could top the shenanigans that have been going on these past few years in American politics.

Do the people have and real friends left in government or has it been polluted beyond redemption? This seems to be the case in US politics and it is affecting the entire world.

A very dark energy has permeated institutions that we rely on for a free and civil society.

#58 Penny Henny on 06.12.20 at 4:55 pm

Oh Ace , congrats on the move to Bloor West.
Must be nice to be out of Rockliffe

#59 Gran Torino on 06.12.20 at 4:56 pm

Garth – “ So, worry if you want but understand this: the gap between Bay Street and Main Street will only grow wider. Investors will trump savers. The wealth divide will increase.”

Again, with the divide. You keep bringing up the investor, the saver, the indebted and the invested. Who cares. No one cares that the insider on Bay Street is getting ahead on the backs of others.

People holding RRSPs and TFSAs with sensible assets in them are not Bay Street insiders. Try it. – Garth

#60 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 4:57 pm

#27 JB on 06.12.20 at 2:54 pm

Making trump look good is a herculean task as he is, well……………….. a large brainless turd.

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Too facile. He has succeeded at many very difficult tasks in his life.

Watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EebRtIK4o7c

#61 Ace Goodheart on 06.12.20 at 4:58 pm

Nature is funny.

Any attempt at controlling nature, is pretty much futile. Nature cannot be “rule booked”.

Trying to understand nature is like trying to understand a book when you can only read the titles to each page, but not the writing on the pages.

We get all sorts of terminology as to what a virus is, what it does, how it is set up. We get nice diagrams and pictures. We get people telling us they understand these things. We have to use labels and titles when we describe them. Each part has a name.

This of course is a load of so much manure.

What you see of nature, is the same as what you see of energy and matter. Most of it, is hidden. There is this big part of “dark nature” that you don’t see.

So we can all drive ourselves into knotted underwear and flights of fancy as to what a new virus will do to us. But really, it can’t be predicted. It can’t be understood. It probably can’t be vaccinated against (RNA virus, pretty much impossible).

What we are seeing though is that this virus behaves in the bizarre way that many viruses do. That being, it spreads, infects, and then for reasons no one understands, it subsides and disappears out of a population.

It shouldn’t do that, if we understand it. It should keep killing people. It should follow the computer models and graphs set up to predict its behaviour. It should follow the rule book. We should be able to predict it and to chart it.

But, it is nature. Most of it is like “dark matter”. You know it’s there, you can mathematically figure it out that it has to be there, but you can never see it or interact with it.

So this virus is going to follow a pattern of its own, which apparently includes peaking in a society, spreading, and then just going away for reasons no one understands.

Will it come back? Who knows. How does nature really work? What goes on behind that dark wall you can’t look past?

There is no point trying to model how this will turn out.

It’s just wait and see.

#62 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 5:02 pm

@#37 Real Men Drive Kias and Wear Man Buns, They Don’t Ride Harleys on 06.12.20 at 3:14 pm

Thank Dog it’s Friday the 12th, not the 13th, and we don’t have all these geriatric amateurs on their stupid bikes coming down to Port Dover again.

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Is Port Dover related to Wrk.Dover and F.Dover?

#63 Flop... on 06.12.20 at 5:03 pm

Flop’s Cultural Song of the day.

Midnight Oil

Truganini…

M45BC

“There’s a road train going nowhere
Roads are cut, lines are down
We’ll be staying at the Roma Bar
Till that monsoon passes on

The backbone of this country’s broken
The land is cracked and the land is sore
Farmers are hanging on by their fingertips
We cursed and stumbled across that shore

I hear much support for the monarchy
I hear the Union Jack’s to remain
I see Namatjira in custody
I see Truganini’s in chains

And the world it won’t stand still

Blue collar work it don’t get you nowhere
You just go round and round in debt
Somebody’s got you on that treadmill, mate
And I hope you’re not beaten yet”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2m3oYeVYdvg

#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm

@#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

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Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??

#65 AGuyInVancouver on 06.12.20 at 5:11 pm

The United States is a flaming dumpster fire. Where are all the expat posters who were crowing about the wisdom of their leaving Canada now? When the USA is on par with Third World nations in terms of having the discipline to fight the pandemic, and when its citizens are being threatened with physical violence by their own government?

True North all the time, every time.

#66 Long-Time Lurker on 06.12.20 at 5:11 pm

I never thought I’d see in real life:

Escape from New York
Escape from Los Angeles
Escape from Seattle

#67 Don Guillermo on 06.12.20 at 5:13 pm

#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm
SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html
Also, Brian was PC, wasn’t he Don? Home run here as well maybe? Just sayin.
Buncha Fools!!!!!!!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Good thing she didn’t go all blackface on us … she could have been in some serious trouble

#68 not 1st on 06.12.20 at 5:14 pm

Biden likely wont even be the candidate come election time.

The polls were wrong last time, I bet they are this time too.

#69 TurnerNation on 06.12.20 at 5:14 pm

Blast from the past as this blog is touting the virus action today.
Hmm they didn’t shut down the economy, take away rights all to implement the new world order back in 2009 did they?
The technology was not yet ready back then.

20% of the population might have been infected!
Over 1/4 million deaths.
SOUNDS SERIOUS.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_swine_flu_pandemic

The 2009 swine flu pandemic was an influenza pandemic that lasted for about 19 months, from January 2009 to August 2010.

Some studies estimated that the actual number of cases including asymptomatic and mild cases could be 700 million to 1.4 billion people—or 11 to 21 percent of the global population of 6.8 billion at the time.[12] The lower value of 700 million is more than the 500 million people estimated to have been infected by the Spanish flu pandemic.[13]

The number of lab-confirmed deaths reported to the WHO is 18,449,[7] though this 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic is estimated to have actually caused about 284,000 (range from 150,000 to 575,000) deaths.[14] A follow-up study done in September 2010 showed that the risk of serious illness resulting from the 2009 H1N1 flu was no higher than that of the yearly seasonal flu.[15]

#70 Howard on 06.12.20 at 5:15 pm

#42 Oracle of Ottawa on 06.12.20 at 3:36 pm
Well I’m fully invested right now. Put whatever cash I had available into the markets yesterday. We’ll see. You know the Fed has a agenda to spruce the markets. Low interest rates leaves only one place to get a decent return. Also, we went through something similar in 1918 with the end of a war and the Spanish Flu which killed 50 million worldwide. And then we had the roaring ’20’s.

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Yes, but first there was a massive deflationary event.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depression_of_1920%E2%80%9321

#71 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 5:16 pm

#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
@#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

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Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??
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Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.

Something solid please.

#72 NSNG on 06.12.20 at 5:18 pm

So a perfect storm is forming an we are all sitting around firing up the wing machiness

#73 Sail Away on 06.12.20 at 5:23 pm

#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
@#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

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Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

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you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??

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It’s not part of my vocabulary. Change my mind.

#74 RyYYZ on 06.12.20 at 5:25 pm

#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??
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I don’t know about those guys, but I know I don’t. Or, at least, I think it’s a BS term invented by the greivance industry. Is it a “privilege” to not be discriminated against because of the colour of your skin? No, it’s a basic human right and expectation in a modern society.

As far as I’m concerned it’s just another form of racism, of painting white people as bad based on nothing but our skin colour. Oh, I get it, as we’re white we’re all collectively guilty of “systemic racism”.

#75 espressobob on 06.12.20 at 5:26 pm

Retro Marxist #53

The foodservice industry has always been in a state of flux. Always will be.

The point is that supply will fill when the demand comes.

I sometimes wonder as do my clients as to what we’re doing in this field?

#76 Nonplused on 06.12.20 at 5:32 pm

“Fifth, Trump. He’s losing it. Trailing in the polls, the America president is fighting on three fronts: a public health emergency that has killed over 100,000 people, the greatest economic contraction and jobless rate since the Depression plus a gathering social unrest sparked by the George Floyd death-by-cop. No president in history has faced such a trifecta.”

I have to admit that 6 months ago I thought Trump had the election in the bag but now I think it is a toss-up.

I still can’t see Biden doing much of anything for very long, the man appears to be going senile to me. He’s musing on TV about sending the army to remove Trump from the White House. So the choice for VP will be most interesting. If the US ends up with a dictator, it will be that person.

Interesting times we live in. If ever there was a reason to suspect the US could collapse like the Soviet Union did it appears to be now.

My main fear is all this money printing is going to lead to stagflation, if it has not done so already. Money isn’t real, its value lies in its scarcity and time value. So it does not necessarily follow that more of it is always good. If that were the case why did they wait until now to start with all this stimulus. Why not just always hand out $2000 a month to every adult? Clearly there must be some reason this wasn’t tried before? And if by some miracle it doesn’t cause problems there will be a lot of pressure to continue doing so.

Anyway the next stage of the crisis is looking to get nasty. While the headlines will continue to be the media inspired riots and upcoming confrontations with the national guard, we are heading into the summer of bankruptcy. Hertz will be just the first. And if things weren’t insane enough already, Hertz is planning a share offering while in bankruptcy, which is also a new first. Who is going to buy that? Are ETF’s really so mathematical that they have to buy some of everything that is listed? Or maybe retail Robinhood traders? It’s nuts.

Also on the horizon is bailouts at the state level as most of them were in trouble before but now their tax revenues have collapsed. It really does look like the perfect storm. If I were Trump I wouldn’t want another 4 years. I’d buy an island somewhere.

#77 GrumpyPanda on 06.12.20 at 5:39 pm

Or maybe the social media warning should be: Anything you say or the absence of what some group wants you to say may result in ruining your life.

#78 jess on 06.12.20 at 5:40 pm

revisit history from the “deleted” people

How about 1955?
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-death-of-emmett-till

Boris Johnson says removing statues is ‘to lie about our history’
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-32058977/bengal-famine-remembering-ww2-s-forgotten-disaster
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1957 … man with a microscope!

“Dr. Hilleman made discoveries critical to our understanding of influenza. First, he observed that the influenza virus underwent changes. Sometimes, the changes were small, but other times they could be dramatic. Later, the small changes became known as antigenic drift, and the sudden, major changes became known as antigenic shift. Antigenic shift can result in pandemics because almost no one in the world is immune to the significantly changed virus. Second, Dr. Hilleman realized in 1957, that an influenza pandemic had started in Hong Kong. He was the first person in history to predict a pandemic.”
https://hillemanfilm.com/dr-hilleman
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rising skills and aptitudes ?

What does “essential” really mean if care workers in the usa are people who make ~16k and cannot afford health care themselves?
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/07/americans-healthcare-medical-costs

Fed Chairman Powell :
“You have a banking system that is so much better capitalized, so much stronger, better aware of its risks, better at managing its risks, more highly liquid. You have all of those things and they’ve been lending, they’ve been taking in deposits, they’ve been a source of strength in this situation.”
Nancy Marshall-Genzer of Marketplace asked Powell this: “Is there more the Fed could do to deal with inequality, for example, use the Black unemployment rate as a benchmark.”

Powell stated that inequality is not related to monetary policy. “Globalization called for rising skills and aptitudes and education and U.S. educational attainment kind of flattened out, certainly relevant to our peers….” Powell said that has a lot to do with stagnant wages in the U.S.
https://therealdeal.com/2020/06/10/related-halts-payments-to-hudson-yards-eb-5-investors/

#79 Westcdn on 06.12.20 at 5:50 pm

I can hear the young guys on their cell phones working on the renovations next door. They are looking for better jobs and are respectful. I would hire them but keeping and paying them what they were worth would be an issue. Money does not grow on trees except in T2 land.

#80 Marco on 06.12.20 at 6:04 pm

#14 Dolce Vita on 06.12.20 at 2:32 pm

Who won? Figlio di puta did not put a mask on.

#81 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 6:08 pm

@#71 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 5:16 pm
#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
@#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

—————

Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??
—-

Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.

Something solid please.

Well son, this is a solid TED talk on white privilege.

https://www.ted.com/talks/peggy_mcintosh_how_to_recognize_your_white_privilege_and_use_it_to_fight_inequality?language=en

#82 Don Guillermo on 06.12.20 at 6:17 pm

#41 Tooth or consequences on 06.12.20 at 3:35 pm
#10 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 2:14 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm
Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t call that white privilege.
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No, its what the left mean when they say “equality” and “woke”!
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Dr Leslyn Lewis is going to take a run at CPC leadership. She is very intelligent and well educated (albeit things that are obviously not important to most left voters in Canada) and being a black female would have an obvious gender/race advantage in the current political arena. All that said she doesn’t have a chance. She is religious, pro-life and would quickly be drawn into the abortion debate by the State owned media. Canadians are simply not interested in resurrecting this topic again.

#83 The Totally Unbiased, Highly Intelligent, Rational Observer on 06.12.20 at 6:25 pm

“Fifth, Trump. He’s losing it. Trailing in the polls, the America president is fighting on three fronts: a public health emergency that has killed over 100,000 people, the greatest economic contraction and jobless rate since the Depression plus a gathering social unrest sparked by the George Floyd death-by-cop. No president in history has faced such a trifecta.” — Garth

The really bad people always claim to be winning in their own fake polls. Then they lose it when Donald Trump wins the actual election.

Fighting on only three fronts is easy for someone like President Trump who is used to fighting on many different fronts and backs at once.

Dealing with such a simple little trifecta will give President Trump a well deserved break after the Russian hoax, collusion hoax, hokey hoax, and endless other obviously political hoaxes. Nobody with any common sense wasted their time watching any of that nonsense.

Since everyone else has totally lost all their marbles, Donald Trump is really the only possible choice for president.

Looking forward to all the great things that President Trump will accomplish in his second term.

#84 Bytor the Snow Dog on 06.12.20 at 6:26 pm

#21 Faron on 06.12.20 at 2:45 pm sez:
“#17 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 2:40 pm
#205 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 11:35 am
#192 JB on 06.12.20 at 10:15 am
#186 SoggyShorts on 06.12.20 at 9:44 am

“Perhaps liberals are just funnier”

Nope, I’m lib/progressive and drier than the Gobi desert.”
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First time we agree. There’s nothing funny about you. Except your worldview.

It’s hilarious.

#85 White fragility, it's a thing on 06.12.20 at 6:29 pm

#71 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 5:16 pm
#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
@#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

—————

Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??
—-

Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.

Something solid please.

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Said white woman took it upon herself to interpret black women’s general tweet about using one’s position to amplify other voices as a personal slight. White woman and black woman were acquaintances, but WW decided to threaten the BW and approached her professional contacts to damage her business prospects.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/mulroney-dispute-show-pulled-1.5609298

She got busted, and for probably the first time in her very white, very privileged existence, had to bear the consequences.

#86 OK, Doomer on 06.12.20 at 6:29 pm

Rocket- Cultural Appropriation
++++++++++++++++++++

Your arguments make no sense as they all depend on who’s feelings get hurt and that is totally subjective in both form and function. There is no end to that rabbit hole. I saw that you totally rejected my feelings of cultural entitlement and claims to reparation, but were very free to substitute in your own, which you felt that I should embrace.

The problem with Victimhood Monetization is that people have figured out how to play the Victim Card for fun and profit.

At that point it becomes nothing more than institutionalized, government backed bullying.

#87 Orange Man....Orange on 06.12.20 at 6:35 pm

#27 JB on 06.12.20 at 2:54 pm

Making trump look good is a herculean task as he is, well……………….. a large brainless turd.

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Well…. that brainless turd kicked Hillary to the curb and also beat back a coup by the best the Democrats have to offer.

For someone that stupid he sure is able to make everyone else look worse.

#88 conan on 06.12.20 at 6:36 pm

My guess is another 16 weeks of CERB for the people whose jobs just went poof. Then a Federal Election in October.

The Cons will freak claiming JT buying the election, but politically, the Libs are backed into a corner. Everyone knows that the Cons would be doing the same thing If the Angry One had won.

#89 Headhunter on 06.12.20 at 6:45 pm

Place your bets accordingly..

*HERTZ WINS APPROVAL FOR STOCK SALE FROM BANKRUPTCY JUDGE

squeezing every last drop from the rubes until the music stops… worlds 1st bankrupt IPO i guess?

(same polls that that POTUS had a less than 5% chance in 2016? those polls? I bet hes at 70% approval now.. the left has gone #batshitcrazy)

#90 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.12.20 at 6:48 pm

#39 Faron
You’ve got the patience of a saint.

#91 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.12.20 at 6:48 pm

IHCTD9
“Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.
Something solid please.”
++++

Ok.
I dont think paying my CPP, taxes and EI counts so here it goes…..

I’m stuck in a snowbank , in a blizzard, and I dig myself out with a shovel that was a gift the previous Christmas.
Thats about as white of an example as I can get…..

#92 MCSteve on 06.12.20 at 6:48 pm

60/40 still the right ratio?

#93 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 6:56 pm

@#73 Sail Away on 06.12.20 at 5:23 pm
#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
@#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

——————-

Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

——————-

you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??

——————-

It’s not part of my vocabulary. Change my mind.

Ignorance is bliss for you eh

#94 conan on 06.12.20 at 6:58 pm

He has succeeded at many very difficult tasks in his life.- Sail Away

He has done difficult things, namely becoming POTUS.

Every thing else is just luck suck. It can even be argued that becoming POTUS was a big luck suck.

His construction achievements ……99 percent was because of his father. Trump’s solo jaunt was to buy those casinos…… and that was big negative. His reality show was good and helped him become President.

I have met people who got lucky writing code that you could copyright . They became very rich, but they were still idiots.

#95 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.12.20 at 7:05 pm

#91 CEF
Do you ever read your posts before you send them?

#96 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 7:06 pm

#85 White fragility, it’s a thing on 06.12.20 at 6:29 pm

Said white woman took it upon herself to interpret black women’s general tweet about using one’s position to amplify other voices as a personal slight. White woman and black woman were acquaintances, but WW decided to threaten the BW and approached her professional contacts to damage her business prospects.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/mulroney-dispute-show-pulled-1.5609298

She got busted, and for probably the first time in her very white, very privileged existence, had to bear the consequences..

——

WW tried something and failed, now she’s kicking pebbles. Sounds like she tried to leverage her fame and it backfired on her.

However, this has played out just as it would have no matter what the melanin levels were on either side.

If anything, this is more a story about a bully getting a front kick than anything to do with skin colour.

#97 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 7:06 pm

@#74 RyYYZ on 06.12.20 at 5:25 pm
#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??
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I don’t know about those guys, but I know I don’t. Or, at least, I think it’s a BS term invented by the greivance industry. Is it a “privilege” to not be discriminated against because of the colour of your skin? No, it’s a basic human right and expectation in a modern society.

As far as I’m concerned it’s just another form of racism, of painting white people as bad based on nothing but our skin colour. Oh, I get it, as we’re white we’re all collectively guilty of “systemic racism”.

I don’t think you understand what white privilege is.

#98 Ace Goodheart on 06.12.20 at 7:09 pm

RE: #89 Headhunter on 06.12.20 at 6:45 pm

Place your bets accordingly..

*HERTZ WINS APPROVAL FOR STOCK SALE FROM BANKRUPTCY JUDGE

squeezing every last drop from the rubes until the music stops… worlds 1st bankrupt IPO i guess?

////////////////////////////////

Should be interesting to see if anyone buys it.

People still buy Tesla stock.

I guess if you can sell that garbage to people then you could sell post bankruptcy Hertz.

They rent cars that people actually drive.

#99 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.12.20 at 7:09 pm

My 19 year old son and my wife just came back from the bank.
They opened a TFSA for him.
He’s becoming quite the capitalist.
I’m sure Garth would approve.

The bank? Seriously? – Garth

#100 Reality is stark on 06.12.20 at 7:09 pm

I still am at a loss for what could possibly go wrong?
20% permanent unemployment.
Oil toast.
Automotive toast.
A populace drunk on welfare.
Yup. We are much better off than America.
We overpay our public sector. People here do not like incentive (let me tell you something folks, it’s either the carrot or the stick).
The CRA is trying scare tactics to keep the fraud out of CERB the same way they use high profile insider trading cases to keep people honest. However people on the inside tell me that this is a national disaster. Criminal organizations have found ways to abscond with billions and the CRA can’t figure out what is happening.
Your children face a bleak future here.
But that is not the scary part.
The golden rule is that those with the gold make the rules and the gold is being transferred from the private to the public sector.
Watch how public sector unions have much more influence in how the country is run from here on.
Your property taxes are about to skyrocket at the same time as you make less money.
Enjoy poverty. You voted for it. You can languish in it.

#101 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 7:15 pm

#81 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 6:08 pm

Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.

Something solid please.

Well son, this is a solid TED talk on white privilege.

——-

Cool. So if I watch this, I will receive at least one solid example of Canadian white privilege?

Awesome, I’ll be back in 20 to give my thoughts.

#102 JonBoy on 06.12.20 at 7:17 pm

#28 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 2:54 pm

It’s not racism, it’s upbringing. Pretending it’s racism is wrong, divisive and damaging to society.

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You win all the points. Thank you for saying that. I wish more people would realize it. You get out what you put in. Sometimes it’s a parent, sometimes it’s a teacher, sometimes it’s a neighbour but if kids get strong inputs, they have strong outputs.

People become what they’re raised to be. Hardworking, honest parents generally produce hardworking, honest offspring. Good citizens raise good citizens.

Nurture over nature? Nature over nurture? All I know is that strong parents seem to yield strong children, regardless of how poor, ugly, weak, or dumb they are. Instilling solid work ethic, a can-do attitude and a healthy dose of respect goes a long way in this world. I have a friend who has parents that aren’t all that intelligent and neither is he. Yet, he got a trade, worked hard and is making a good, honest living today while being able to afford the typical niceties of life (house, vehicle, vacations, etc). He also got a recent promotion and manages a group of employees in the field.

Employers are SCREAMING for people that will stick with a job, do the hard work of getting experience and then utilize those skills to improve the business. They don’t care what their skin colour is. They only care about what they can add to the business.

On my current engineering team, I have four “typical” white people, two East Indians, one Romanian (born and raised there) and one Chinese. Five males, three females, ranging in age from 71 to 24. I don’t care where you come from or what your skin colour is – I want good workers with the required skill set. Half of them don’t speak great English but what matters is that they can get the job done.

My previous engineering team with another employer had two white guys, an Italian, two East Indians, one Chinese and one Croatian. No women – none would ever apply, strangely enough. We did have a female co-op student and she was excellent – her work won us an internal competition for efficiency improvements.

Prior to that, my engineering team was 50% white, 50% non-white. If you look at all of my teams, as a percentage, we had LESS white people than we should have and far more minorities. So much for racism or “balanced” teams (ie, reflective of actual racial percentages in Canada).

Bottom line: in Canada, from my experience as a hiring senior manager in three different companies, there is zero racism or sexism on a day-to-day basis. Employers care about the bottom line and anyone that makes the bottom line better will be hired. End of story.

#103 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.12.20 at 7:18 pm

73 Sail Away on 06.12.20 at 5:23 pm
#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm
@#45 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 4:00 pm
#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm

SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html

——————-

Good link Shirl.

Black Woman gets White Woman booted from CTV.

Like everyone has been telling you, white privilege doesn’t exist.

You just proved it yourself.

——————-

you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??

——————-

It’s not part of my vocabulary. Change my mind.
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1. Obviously, your vocabulary is very limited.
But don’t feel bad, English is not my first language either.
2. To change a mind, the mind must be open to change.

#104 White fragility, it's a thing on 06.12.20 at 7:19 pm

#96 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 7:06 pm
#85 White fragility, it’s a thing on 06.12.20 at 6:29 pm

Said white woman took it upon herself to interpret black women’s general tweet about using one’s position to amplify other voices as a personal slight. White woman and black woman were acquaintances, but WW decided to threaten the BW and approached her professional contacts to damage her business prospects.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/mulroney-dispute-show-pulled-1.5609298

She got busted, and for probably the first time in her very white, very privileged existence, had to bear the consequences..

——

WW tried something and failed, now she’s kicking pebbles. Sounds like she tried to leverage her fame and it backfired on her.

However, this has played out just as it would have no matter what the melanin levels were on either side.

If anything, this is more a story about a bully getting a front kick than anything to do with skin colour.

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If it’s not about skin colour, why do suppose her bestie, Megan Markle, isn’t rushing to her defense?

#105 Democracy Is Mob Rule on 06.12.20 at 7:21 pm

#92 MCSteve on 06.12.20 at 6:48 pm
60/40 still the right ratio?
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Yes. 60% equities, 40% real estate. Or is it the other way around?

#106 Living and learning on 06.12.20 at 7:32 pm

According to this Trump will easily win the 2020 election. The number of Google searches has been a much more reliable indicator than poles. Stay tuned.

https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2020/04/02/can-these-6-worldwide-google-search-trends-predict-the-2020-us-presidential-election/

#107 renter in Surrey on 06.12.20 at 7:33 pm

#105 Democracy Is Mob Rule on 06.12.20 at 7:21 pm
#92 MCSteve on 06.12.20 at 6:48 pm
60/40 still the right ratio?
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Yes. 60% equities, 40% real estate. Or is it the other way around?
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It’s 60% SFD and 40% condo.

#108 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.12.20 at 7:34 pm

#102 DoughBoy.

My previous engineering team with another employer had two white guys, an Italian, two East Indians, one Chinese and one Croatian.
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So Italians and Croatians don‘t count.
Only pale faced Brits?

#109 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 7:34 pm

#85 White fragility, it’s a thing on 06.12.20 at 6:29 pm

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Shall I send you a self-flagellation whip and camel shirt? Such self-hatred. Maybe debasement and guilt is a necessary human function?

A version of this is also seen in a certain subset of young North American travelers from affluent families disavowing any connection to the country that allowed them the freedom to do everything they’re doing.

I don’t understand the behavior. Searching for some sort of confirmation through self-disparagement? Own your body, own your gender, own your nationality, and own your family. That’s all you have. Nobody else cares about you. If you give yourself away, there’s nothing left. Have some pride.

#110 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 7:41 pm

@#101 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 7:15 pm
#81 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 6:08 pm

Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.

Something solid please.

Well son, this is a solid TED talk on white privilege.

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Cool. So if I watch this, I will receive at least one solid example of Canadian white privilege?

Awesome, I’ll be back in 20 to give my thoughts.

i questioned your lack of belief in white privilege.
you respond with give me an example of Canadian white privilege???

I’m just trying to help you understand what white privilege actually is. white folks get so defensive when this term is used and they wouldn’t if they understood it.

#111 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 7:55 pm

#104 White fragility, it’s a thing on 06.12.20 at 7:19 pm

If it’s not about skin colour, why do suppose her bestie, Megan Markle, isn’t rushing to her defense?
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Because she doesn’t want to be crucified by the media, same reason pretty much zero elites will come to her defence.

This event has already been framed as racism, and no matter what the facts of the situation are, Markle has to play the hand as it’s dealt.

#112 belly rubs on 06.12.20 at 7:58 pm

Our consortium continues to buy up natural resources and install paid security. I see no change in our program for the foreseeable future. The pandemic and subsequent reactionary antics have little to no bearing on our long range objectives. I do hope humanity gets their collective acts together. Happiness is best enjoyed when shared. From somewhere near Eden, fare thee well, and a good weekend to all.

#113 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 8:00 pm

#110 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 7:41 pm
@#101 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 7:15 pm
#81 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 6:08 pm

Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.

Something solid please.

Well son, this is a solid TED talk on white privilege.

——-

Cool. So if I watch this, I will receive at least one solid example of Canadian white privilege?

Awesome, I’ll be back in 20 to give my thoughts.

i questioned your lack of belief in white privilege.
you respond with give me an example of Canadian white privilege???

I’m just trying to help you understand what white privilege actually is. white folks get so defensive when this term is used and they wouldn’t if they understood it.
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Dude, if you can’t provide an example of Canadian white privilege in action, just say so. It’s cool – really.

#114 kc on 06.12.20 at 8:01 pm

31 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.12.20 at 3:02 pm

@#11 Faron.
“The point is that you cannot ignore the past ….”
+++

How ironic.
You dont want to ignore the past…you just want to erase it.

Removing statues merely rewrites history or abolishes it.
Statues are raised by the population of the times to eith honor or recognize the accomplishments or sacrifices people made to achieve something.
A bridge, a city, a country and medical breakthrough….

Arte we supposed to smash and burn everything that you or the mob deems “offensive”?

OR do we place new plaques benaeth those self same statues to explain from todays viewpoint who these people really were and how they achieved their accomplishments.
Smashing and burning everything that you find offensive is something I personally find offensive.

Rewriting history achieves nothing except making people more ignorant than they already are..

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Good logic.

I was extremely pissed off when i seen the picture of W Churchill and the words “was a racist” spray painted under his name from the UK paper.

Ignorance isn’t even in the same sentence to the mindless idiot who sprayed that under this mans name.

If Hilter would have had his way, that young person today would be walking lock step in jack boots and still waving the Hitler salute.

What England suffered through during ww2 has W Churchill rolling in his grave knowing how his own country has turned their backs 80 years later on what he had to endure along with his people. I hope they find the person who did that and tar and feather the [email protected]

#115 conan on 06.12.20 at 8:04 pm

According to this Trump will easily win the 2020 election.

Meh….. 90 percent of searches regarding Donald Trump are from people who want to put his political head on a
political pike.

Trump loses bad ….. Senate House everything…..

#116 the Jaguar on 06.12.20 at 8:07 pm

Will be interesting to see what Trump actually does about the ‘Seattle Situation’. Reminds me of inmates taking over a prison. I like Orlov’s take on things south of the border, especially the last bit about law and order.
‘Those who consider the protests and looting that have been occurring in the US, and in US-aligned countries over the past week or so have been frustrated in their effort to come up with a convincing rationale for them. The quest for justice spurred on by a particularly picturesque heart attack death of a certain violent criminal and drug dealer after being choked out by a policeman is certainly one, but it doesn’t motivate the subsequent violence or the looting. The theory that the Democrats and the Deep State are fomenting unrest in order to prevent Trump from winning a second term is a nice one, but what’s missing is any cogent explanation of why an economically devastated country would be more likely to vote for senile old Biden than for an amusingly random yet implacably forthright Trump, who called for the restoration of law and order by any means necessary including the introduction of Iraqi occupation-style military patrols but was thwarted by liberal Democratic governors, congressmen and even the Pentagon. By the time the election rolls around, many people would perhaps be ready to concede that the restoration of law and order by any means necessary is just the thing to vote for.’

#117 Marco on 06.12.20 at 8:21 pm

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#118 Alphonse Kehaulic on 06.12.20 at 8:22 pm

Holding my tongue reading many of these comments. Too many posters distracted by the riots & racism headlines. Only a few posters seem to intuit where all this may be ultimately headed and for that they’re branded as lunatics. Guess it’s too painful to face the fact that most of what you’ve been told (and keep being told) is a half-truth to keep you in line.
The New Line is six feet spaced, masked up. You can’t breathe …. literally & figuratively. Then comes the humidity of the TO summer.
Don’t be surprised when they release the drones, to watch over us drones for our own safety of course. California company working on that right now.

#119 alf on 06.12.20 at 8:27 pm

#64 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 5:04 pm

you guys honestly don’t think white privilege exists??

Buddy,

There are all kinds of different people getting all kinds of different types of privilege, based on all sorts of different narratives, some based on truth, some on bullshit. Personally, I think that the overriding message directed towards the world populace should be simply to be kind to all people. By following the golden rule we can easily eliminate the need to divide into factions and endlessly seek out a scapegoat.

Ain’t likely to happen though. Divide and conquer has worked so much better up til now. Also, people in general seem to adore the reward/punishment model of existence.

#120 Cottagers STAY THE HELL AWAY! on 06.12.20 at 8:34 pm

Don’t even bother thinking of coming to cottage country this weekend.

Frost warnings throughout the weekend. It will be freezing cold and the water will kill you with hypothermia if you dare swimming.

https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on28

Don’t be a selfish southern hillbilly and compromise our limited health care resources.

Just.

Stay.

Home.

#121 Marco on 06.12.20 at 8:42 pm

#102 JonBoy on 06.12.20 at 7:17 pm

Well to tell you the truth to be an engineer you have to study hard and money is not so good like doctors, lawyers, dentists, managers… that’s why you have minorities in that profession.
And I am confused, you do not consider Italians and Croats to be white?
It is ok with me because I think serious Brits have same opinion. I think even Irish, they do not consider white. But we are now in a phase: So what?

#122 dogman01 on 06.12.20 at 8:49 pm

#2 Shirl Clarts on 06.12.20 at 1:23 pm
SAIL, IHCTD9, DON G. some light reading about white privilege.
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/jessica-mulroneys-show-redo-gets-135000393.html
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EVOLUTION
My understanding is that the human brain grew so large not for basic survival needs but rather as a reaction to growing social complexity. To figure out relationships, hierarchy, how to lie, and ultimately find a mate our requirements grew increasing complex and therefore the ongoing need to continually grow the largest brain to match the ever increasing subtly and social requirements.

As male primitive man was out hunting with “the boys” all day and Feale primitive man was out “gathering” with a group all day, the Female become progressively more socially sophisticated and therefore also more picky regarding a mate.

So extend technology to “social media” and all the complexity continues.

And as a male I simply could never understand the nuances of what went on between thee two “sophisticated” females. But I remain smart enough to not get involved and instead go hunting.

#123 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 8:49 pm

#110 kingston boy on 06.12.20 at 7:41 pm

I’m just trying to help you understand what white privilege actually is. white folks get so defensive when this term is used and they wouldn’t if they understood it.
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I think I have a good grasp on the concept. In fact, I believe I have experienced what you consider WP first hand, I don’t call it that though.

IMHO, the WP idea is rooted in the USA, and when you try to apply it here in Canada where non whites are all over the place, even “minority-majorities” in some areas, it goes to hell in a hand basket quickly.

#124 Unlearn Your White Fragility on 06.12.20 at 8:50 pm

To all the pathetic snowflake princesses on here, please try to overcome your deplorably low intelligence and learn about your privilege before lashing out.

#125 not 1st on 06.12.20 at 8:57 pm

DELETED. One more and you’re gone. – Garth

#126 Rocket on 06.12.20 at 9:01 pm

#86 Doomer

I saw that you totally rejected my feelings of cultural entitlement and claims to reparation, but were very free to substitute in your own, which you felt that I should embrace.
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I would never make such a specious argument about myself. One’s marauding ancestors getting killed in a hostile invasion of a foreign land by the people they are invading is not the moral equivalent of the examples of those whose people were slaughtered and subjugated and enslaved by invaders and certainly is not a strong case for reparations or even an apology. If your feelings are hurt about that maybe you are culturally entitled. “Hey your relatives killed mine when they tried to invade and rob you!” Anyways the Beothuk are extinct so there’s no one to claim from.

Are reparations warranted in the case of the kin of those dispossessed or enslaved in the Americas? Is the monetization of victimhood a dangerous path? I don’t know the answers but that story is compelling and deserving of a real counter-argument and yours is just claiming loss and hurt for relatives getting killed going to other people’s homes uninvited and acting like jerks and stealing their stuff. So either you are being ignorant or facetious if you can’t tell the difference. That’s what I take issue with, not your position on government payouts.

Also, Europeans learned about gunpowder and guns from the Chinese and steel making from 400 BC India and horse taming from the Eurasian steppes. Anyways, cultural appropriation is about respect for others values not technology transfers. So counting up everything good Europeans brought to North America and trying to calculate everything good they got in return serves your argument how exactly?

Cultural appropriation is about respect for others, walking around with a fake Medal of Honor pinned to your chest to an American is like wearing a fake war bonnet to a Blackfoot, for example.

#127 Out Of Work CEO, Will Travel on 06.12.20 at 9:03 pm

I hope the millineals are enjoying their CERB cash and buying good liquor. My stomach can’t take hard booze at my advanced age. The Trudeau “Prevention Program Policy Platform” has filled a lot of airtime on CBC since the germs got loose; kind of makes you wander if there is any follow-through. I mean where is Trudeau going after this Season’s hi-drama? If he isn’t doing a dance over in Europe making eyes at the UN and overdoing it further popping over to some obscure African backwoods to dole out several million Canadian taxdollars to the poor starving Yemen where we are supporting their people by selling the Saudi militia invaders Canadian made tanks.

#128 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.12.20 at 9:22 pm

IHTC
Let’s change the subject, if Garth approves.
I understand you are country song afficiado.
What do you think of Garth Brooks?
Personally, I like Willie Nelson better.
They have a Netflix docu on Garth Brooks right now.
Pretty interesting guy.

#129 White fragility, it's a thing on 06.12.20 at 9:31 pm

#109 Sail away on 06.12.20 at 7:34 pm
#85 White fragility, it’s a thing on 06.12.20 at 6:29 pm

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Shall I send you a self-flagellation whip and camel shirt? Such self-hatred. Maybe debasement and guilt is a necessary human function?

A version of this is also seen in a certain subset of young North American travelers from affluent families disavowing any connection to the country that allowed them the freedom to do everything they’re doing.

I don’t understand the behavior. Searching for some sort of confirmation through self-disparagement? Own your body, own your gender, own your nationality, and own your family. That’s all you have. Nobody else cares about you. If you give yourself away, there’s nothing left. Have some pride.

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Fragile much?

I’m in no way debased or diminished by acknowledging systemic racism, nor am I (unlike a certain subset of white people) threatened by conversations surrounding the dismantling of it. You sound like you are, though.

Nationality, gender, family, my body? Merely the results of a random cocktail of cartography, geography and biology, not something I consider worthy of anything more than passing acknowledgement.

Pride? Pride goeth before a fall.

#130 Deplorable Dude on 06.12.20 at 9:35 pm

#74…” As far as I’m concerned it’s just another form of racism, of painting white people as bad based on nothing but our skin colour.

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Agreed. I’ll paraphrase Jordan Peterson….To classify and assign some collective guilt or negative trait to an entire ethnic group is abhorrent and racist.

You know who has done that in the past? Hitler with the Jews.

Peterson points out that pretty much all examples given of ‘White Privilege’ are in fact ‘Majority Privilege’. I.e. we are a majority in our own country.

Would I enjoy ‘White Privilege’ in Africa…or China?

Are whites systematically racist against other races in our own country, or is it just blacks?

Is there actually any statistical evidence of police racial bias against blacks? I.e. are bad White cops unfairly targeting black civilians, say over white Civilians?

I agree with the hypothesis that a lot of these grievances can be pinned on upbringing, and self infliction.

Here’s an FBI stat to chew on (link below). Black men (we’ll assume age 15-50), are roughly 4% of the US Population, yet commit 62% of robberies and 54% of murders.

https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/topic-pages/tables/table-21

#131 Barb on 06.12.20 at 9:54 pm

The news tonight detailed that Americans, restricted from “non essential entry” across the border were stating they were going to Alaska, and needed to get across.

So they were let across, only to admit to Golden BC restaurant people that they had no intention of going to Alaska; rather were vacationing in B.C.

Nice, folks, nice!

#132 Deplorable Dude on 06.12.20 at 9:54 pm

“ Fifth, Trump. He’s losing it. Trailing in the polls”

Lol….Trump supporters lying to pollsters since 2016….

300,000 just applied for tickets to Trump’s next rally.

#133 conan on 06.12.20 at 9:58 pm

I always considered myself non racist and open to people of all persuasions. I tried to keep well read and generally informed of the “white privilege” that we are referring to.

But I did not actually “get it” until I had a good friend who was black. Hang out and go driving, let them drive. It does not take long before you too will sense a prejudicial vibe that black people constantly endure.

Anyway, that is my take.

#134 AisA on 06.12.20 at 10:04 pm

I am confused.

Why do we keep blaming the irresponsibility of the media and the cowardice of governments on a virus that is pretty much a cold according to all metrics?

#135 Sydneysider on 06.12.20 at 11:08 pm

“Black men (we’ll assume age 15-50), are roughly 4% of the US Population, yet commit 62% of robberies and 54% of murders.”

As with ex-President Obama, many of those “black” men likely have as much, if not more, European as African lineage.

#136 Butcher on 06.12.20 at 11:12 pm

We need to go on golf trip to Bandon Dunes OR
Please open borders July 21

#137 NFN_NLN on 06.12.20 at 11:15 pm

Fifth, Trump. He’s losing it. Trailing in the polls, the America president is fighting on three fronts: a public health emergency that has killed over 100,000 people, the greatest economic contraction and jobless rate since the Depression plus a gathering social unrest sparked by the George Floyd death-by-cop. No president in history has faced such a trifecta.

Democrat run cities with democrat mayors and democrat governors decided to let their citizens loot and burn down their cities and Trump’s losing it?

I think democrats are helping him sweep the election.

Any comments on the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone, or is that too sensitive of a subject for failed commies?

#138 Dirty Dan on 06.12.20 at 11:17 pm

#133 conan on 06.12.20 at 9:58 pm

But I did not actually “get it” until I had a good friend who was black. Hang out and go driving, let them drive. It does not take long before you too will sense a prejudicial vibe that black people constantly exude.

Whoa, whoa… you can’t say that stuff.

#139 Ace Goodheart on 06.12.20 at 11:24 pm

#58 Penny Henny on 06.12.20 at 4:55 pm

Oh Ace , congrats on the move to Bloor West.
Must be nice to be out of Rockliffe

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We still actually have both of the Mount Dennis houses.

Just figured a big bloor west place was something we needed. It is quite comfy down here. Up on the mountain the only street parties we had were when a bunch of skater kids managed to score some meth.

They actually organize them down here. The neighbours do. They leave their houses, during the day. Wearing something other than a bathrobe, and not carrying a can of beer.

Who knew?

Waiting for the LRT to open up then off loading the two Mount Dennis places. Sweet area, if you are into the whole boyz in the hood vibe.

But when you get older, you crave finer things….

#140 Sail Away on 06.12.20 at 11:33 pm

#128 Ponzius Pilatus on 06.12.20 at 9:22 pm

Personally, I like Willie Nelson better.

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Did you hear Willie Nelson was hit by a car?
He was playing on the road again.

#141 Freedom First on 06.12.20 at 11:58 pm

#23 Attrition

Enjoyed your post. Well put.

Freedom First

#142 Alba on 06.13.20 at 12:12 am

#71 IHCTD9
An example of white privilege: I grew up in the 60’s/70’s in a nice residential neighbourhood in the same house as my parents and siblings. The RCMP didn’t come into my village in an aeroplane and remove me and my siblings. I didn’t grow up in a residential school where I was abused and deprived of a loving family. I was able to learn by example what was considered socially acceptable and given a sense of belonging. I have never had to worry or feel fear because of the colour of my skin.
You also need to read the whole story about Jessica Mulroney, she was using her privileged position in society to tear that girl’s livelihood apart. She told her
“ your voice does not matter”. She contacted all of her suppliers to destroy her. Her behaviour was vicious. I would not consider her a good example to use if you want disprove the white privilege theory. There are so many amazing young women in Canada who got there through hard work, not by having a famous name. They are a diverse group who handle their positions with intelligence and grace. Should they need to worry about getting on the wrong side of the Jessica Mulroneys?

#143 Al on 06.13.20 at 12:53 am

“But he is still standing, still employing the ‘Rope a dope’ tactic”

Someone should tell him he shouldn’t use it on himself.

#144 Tim123 on 06.13.20 at 1:55 am

There was a bit of volatility in the stock markets this week but it was certainly expected by many investors as it did not take a genius to figure out the equity markets had run ahead of the real economy. The volatility in the markets is an opportunity for experienced investors to profit by going long and short depending on the situation. This week was a perfect example of why people should buy some hedges when they are cheap and to pay attention to the wall street forecasts. When the S&P 500 gets to the top end of the range buy some hedges and take some profits. I agree with Garth that investors will outperform savers in this market.

#145 jane24 on 06.13.20 at 2:49 am

Don’t you find it amazing the a 7% one day drop in the values of the major stock markets of the world gets no mass media coverage? Previous 3 to 4% drops have had 24 hour breathless coverage. This time nothing. We are all immune either because bigger stories are happening or the stock markets have been so volatile lately that the shock value has completely worn off the story. I have stocks but until I read this post had no idea this had happened!

#146 baloney Sandwitch on 06.13.20 at 7:34 am

The right-wing Trump-loving blog dogs are out in force today. Trying to justify racism and privilege with upbringing. Your comments show the kind of “upbringing” you had, you fascist pigs. No one deserves to be executed by the authorities over $20. Les Miserables, indeed.

#147 Steven Rowlandson on 06.13.20 at 7:53 am

If Trump is losing it and governing badly then much of the blame has to rest with those who advise him and tell him what to say , think and do and what he cannot do.
Spending 100 million to be president of the USA has turned out to be a poor investment hasn’t it?

#148 Do we have all the facts on 06.13.20 at 7:54 am

Time to get a grip on reality folks

Canada has welcomed millions of new citizens from hundreds of diverse countries with open arms.

Thousands of Canadian families have used their own resources to sponsor refugee families until they found suitable accommodation and employment.

I honestly thought any controversy over skin colour or religious beliefs had been resolved for the large majority
of Canadians.

In 1996 11.0 % of the Canadian population was recorded as a visible minority. By 2020 close to 25% of the Canadian population was identified as visible minorities.

Does this look like “white supremacy” in action.

No doubt racism still exists in Canada in a wide variety of forms but step back from the recent headlines and ask yourself if the colour of your neighbours or co-workers skin really matters to you.

Most Canadians are tolerant of diversity in all forms and we should not let media headlines colour code our diversity.

Citizenship in Canada has no colour.

is a very diverseWe are a very diverse of the colour oThe recent focus on the colour of ones skin is skin colour
offered Japan is totally ethnocentric and

#149 Wrk.dover on 06.13.20 at 7:55 am

#127 Out Of Work CEO, Will Travel on 06.12.20 at 9:03 pm
My stomach can’t take hard booze at my advanced age.

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Puleeze say it ain’t so! At what age do I need to fear the onset of this grim condition?

What about watering it down with Vodka?

Have you tried that? Wrks for me so far.

#150 TurnerNation on 06.13.20 at 7:57 am

Many comments about peoples’ appearances tonight.
I know a guy for years, his one parent is total Jamacian.
His other parent is 1/4 Native American.
Yet his skin pigment is lighter than mine! You’d never know. Appearences go only so far.

–Wrote this yesterday AM:

How do our elite rulers envision the New System?
Sharply divided along class and cultural lines and in prison – if not prison of the mind. The media programming, and it is, bears this out.

Like this:
Currently, the wealthy get sent to low security prisons. Poorer people get Med/Max.
Either way you sit at only one cafeteria table. The choice is obvious. Sharply divided by culture.
You cannot trust the guards/police. Only your own tribe may be trusted.
Tattoo culture? Yep.Covered in em. The more the better.
You must also wait your turn, stand on marks and stay a distance away from your fellow prisoners. Go through the de-lousing showers to visit people.

Sound familiar? Most of this is already here…outside in our minds and open air prison we live.

#151 TurnerNation on 06.13.20 at 8:02 am

#76 Nonplused
Don’t worry about HTZ. I told many people that in my opinion it was a strategic move. In accounting, the term is Big Bath.
Air Canada last week issued billions in new debt and equity. Today it’s stock is trading even higher.

There’s only two guarantees in life. Air Canada, and Bombardier always will get bailed out – using tax dollars.

#152 Do we have all the facts on 06.13.20 at 8:06 am

Story about all the bits that appear below my comments

I am still learning how my new IPad works and often push submit before I check for stragglers.

#153 TurnerNation on 06.13.20 at 8:10 am

#85 fragility…sure tell that to the millions of young men – and women – who gave up everything to fight for 5 years in WW2. Living in hell. People even lied about their age to enlist…and be likely shortly thereafter mown down.
So fragile they were! The lucky ones begat us.

The ground war was won but the mind war…today is lost. They program us. Back in Jr. High School on a Monday morning everyone would come to school repeating all the lines they heard on Saturday Night live; work on the WWF wrestling moves they just saw; and dress as the characters on the latest shows.
We are so easy to program; most of our culture is totally invented by our overlords.

#154 Dilbert Your Brain on 06.13.20 at 8:46 am

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#155 Willie the WASP on 06.13.20 at 9:03 am

#71 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 5:16 pm

Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.

Something solid please.
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Two questions for you. Are you using the term white syonymously with the term WASP? Second, if you are, are you stating that WASP privilige has never existed in Canada?

#156 Stone on 06.13.20 at 10:23 am

#138 Dirty Dan on 06.12.20 at 11:17 pm
#133 conan on 06.12.20 at 9:58 pm

But I did not actually “get it” until I had a good friend who was black. Hang out and go driving, let them drive. It does not take long before you too will sense a prejudicial vibe that black people constantly exude.

Whoa, whoa… you can’t say that stuff.

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Garth, seriously. You’re actually letting pass what that a-hole Dirty Dan wrote above? Dirty Dan goes and changes the last word from what #133 wrote and turns it into something racist and makes it look like he’s so lily pure? Not ok.

No need to print this. Just please delete #138. Better yet, ban him.

#157 Dharma Bum on 06.13.20 at 10:25 am

#88 Conan

My guess is another 16 weeks of CERB for the people whose jobs just went poof.
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I’m not so sure.

I was planning a “day drinking” session with my 26 year old nephew this Monday, but he just texted me to cancel, saying that his “COVID Vacation” was over. He’s been called back to work.

13 weeks of free cash was great, but alas, it is no more.

Back to the salt mines.

“Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man’s made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that’s a-weak and a back that’s strong
You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store”

-Tennessee Ernie Ford

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIfu2A0ezq0

#158 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.13.20 at 10:37 am

@#95 Ponzie Prattle
“Do you ever read your posts before you send them?”
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nah, I emulate you.

#159 Dharma Bum on 06.13.20 at 10:50 am

The “new generation” acts and speaks as if they’re the only ones who suddenly figured out that there is inequality in the world, and that some groups are disproportionately advantaged while others are disproportionately disadvantaged.

It’s all true.
But it’s old news and nothing has changed.
It’s not as if governments and decent folks haven’t already tried for decades and decades to level the playing field.

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/affirmative-action/

The problem is that no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot legislate thought.

We must continue to educate, not legislate.

The dumber people are, the longer their irrational biases will linger.

#160 crowdedelevatorfartz on 06.13.20 at 10:54 am

@#153 Turnernation
“We are so easy to program; most of our culture is totally invented by our overlords.”
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If you put two layers of tinfoil on your head and wear sunglasses while sitting at the computer….the invisible “thought waves” emanating from the camera on the top of the screen have a much harder time penetrating your skull……

#161 Sail Away on 06.13.20 at 11:06 am

Hahahahaha…CHAZ!

This will be fun. These people have created a combat zone. I suspect none of them have experienced the deprivations of a combat zone.

Give it a few days. I watch with great anticipation.

#162 Ronaldo on 06.13.20 at 11:14 am

The gov’t is here to CERB you.

Restaurants having trouble finding people to return to work as would rather remain on CERB.

Things go better with CERB. This was so predictable. One blunder after another. How much more can this country handle?

https://www.cheknews.ca/nanaimo-restaurants-struggle-to-find-workers-to-reopen-due-to-cerb-674941/

#163 robert james on 06.13.20 at 11:17 am

7 Steven Rowlandson on 06.13.20 at 7:53 am
If Trump is losing it and governing badly then much of the blame has to rest with those who advise him and tell him what to say , think and do and what he cannot do.
Spending 100 million to be president of the USA has turned out to be a poor investment hasn’t it?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,………………………………………… Well,, that is certainly a bit of a drawback when electing a lying con-man simpleton… I have a German Shepherd that has a higher IQ than most of people that support the buffoon …And for the supporters that are planning on going to Trump`s upcoming rally,, y`all don`t wear a mask and make sure you give everyone a hug and maybe a kiss when you are there.. Darwin would approve..

#164 Doug in London on 06.13.20 at 11:18 am

Yes, the stock markets have been bouncing around a lot in recent times. It reminds me of the rock crusher I saw at the now closed MacIntyre Mine in Timmins. It had a large motor, geared down and driving a large set of mechanical jaws. I recall the ammeter for the load bouncing around in a chaotic matter with the constantly changing load. That’s what the stock markets have been like lately.

The advice of staying put and ignoring this bouncing around is quite sound, no argument there. However, if you just can’t keep away and want to make a few bucks here and there you could try selling call options. At times like last week when stocks were going way up you could sell a call option, if the stock goes higher than the strike price you sell it. If not you get to keep the stock but still have the money from selling the call option. Just make sure you only sell covered call options. Outside of that, forget about the bouncing around and get outside in the warmer weather.

#165 SoggyShorts on 06.13.20 at 11:24 am

#130 Deplorable Dude on 06.12.20 at 9:35 pm

…Black men (we’ll assume age 15-50), are roughly 4% of the US Population, yet commit 62% of robberies and 54% of murders.

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An interesting statistic, but I think something is missing. Those are arrests and not even convictions let alone actual crime numbers, right?

To be clear:
By actual numbers, I mean that there are robberies without any arrests and there are arrests of innocent suspects.

Meaning that if the claim of systemic racism in police and courts is true, this would account for some of those stats. Not all, but certainly some.

#166 viorelli on 06.13.20 at 11:33 am

While the US is burning, the Russian national TV is having a laugh! They tell the story of G. Floyd who sold drugs, raped, killed, and put a gun to a pregnant woman’s belly. Now a national hero! They are showing chaos and destruction on the streets. There was a protest in Moscow
defending migrant workers rights who work there for peanuts and have no legal status (ex Soviet republics), the police chief was clear: 5 minutes to disperse or live ammo will be used. Gues what: no looting, no burning, no shooting, and no social disorder! The situation in the US is dire at best, my son’s friend in Nevada says that his town is protected my a local militia, the sheriff is with them and the local law enforcement, everyone is armed to the teeth, the oftalmologist he personally knows just spent over $30.000 on ammo and a new machine gun. Local militia is patroling the streets. The mayor of that town just announced that looters or democrats from California or Oregon will be shot on site in the name of self defence. In my opinion it smells of civil war. The situation is out of control: virus, economy, inflation, race wars, riots, and it is happening in the most of western world and it may not end well. I would place my bets very carefully right now and be ready to move to a safer destination at a short term notice. I hope that trouble skips Canada, but it is hard to predict what is going to happen in the next 3 to 6 months.

#167 SoggyShorts on 06.13.20 at 11:53 am

#155 Willie the WASP on 06.13.20 at 9:03 am
#71 IHCTD9 on 06.12.20 at 5:16 pm
Give me an example of Canadian white privilege.
Something solid please.
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Two questions for you. Are you using the term white syonymously with the term WASP? Second, if you are, are you stating that WASP privilige has never existed in Canada?

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“Never existed”? Irrelevant to the conversation. The issue is whether there is a current problem.
If there is a current problem it should be addressed.

At some point, the past needs to be left in the past since most people aren’t super interested in paying for the sins of our ancestors.

Also, Canada being such a land of immigrants poses a huge problem for ideas like reparations since no one is interested in paying for the sins of other peoples ancestors.
E.G.
♦My grandparents were forced off their lands and out of Yugoslavia and had to walk to Austria.
♦Later they got on a boat and came to Canada.
♦Much later I was born in Canada.

Now I (through taxes) should pay money to the descendants of native Canadians because other Canadian settlers did things before anyone of my bloodline even got here?

That doesn’t quite seem fair unless I also get some from my ancestral lands, right? How far back do we go?

Perhaps a better way forward is to take race out of the equation and simply help those less fortunate based on current circumstances regardless of ancestry.
It might turn out to be the same people getting help, but it’s certainly an easier pill for me to swallow if I’m not being blamed for something I didn’t do.

#168 dosouth on 06.13.20 at 12:09 pm

Drive by baby shower….just leave your sanitized $3000 stroller gift at the curb or maybe he wanted to see just exactly what the “new normal” is when it comes to who wants to still get their free baby stuff (gift cards gladly included)

#169 Willie the WASP on 06.13.20 at 1:11 pm

#167 SoggyShorts on 06.13.20 at 11:53 am

I muddled into this conversation and am coming from a different angle as I didn’t follow the running dialogue. My point is very simple. Canada was a WASP ruled society until probably late into the 20th century. Positions of power were dominated by WASPS. WASPs were by the very nature of being WASPs privileged like nobody else in society. You entered positions in industry and government because of your WASP background. That is the point I was making. I also suspect, it hasn’t entirely disappeared from Canadian society…

#170 Mike G on 06.14.20 at 10:24 am

Good review… but being the good little soldier you are you missed the part where all of this chaos is manufactured… the masks (a complete 180 from our Globalist “experts”) and distancing are to delay any thoughts of “normal life” as long as possible before the (obedient) serfs catch on…
But ’til when?
November 3, 2020…