The brawl

Donald Trump went to Kenosha, that small city in Wisconsin where a police officer shot a black man in the back seven times, igniting protests, violence and, ultimately, death. The visit was not designed to invoke calm. It was a symbol. As such, perhaps a turning point in an election like no other, in a year without equal.

Markets have been digesting the worst recession since the 1930s, Depression-era unemployment numbers, crushed interest rates, unprecedented government spending and the first global pandemic in a century which by November 3rd may have taken 200,000 American lives – they are all real.

Despite that, equities have surged 50% since March and sit near all-time highs. Some companies – Apple, Tesla, Zoom to name three – have exploded in value. Day-trading is the rage of Robin Hood-loving novice investors. There’s a real estate boom all over everywhere (except Alberta). Despite a big, smoky hole in the GDP and millions on government benefits plus an historic public health emergency, Trump could win. That event would cap 2020 as the year of infinite irony.

This was the news out of financial giant JP Morgan yesterday. Strategist Marko Kolanovic wrote a report reflecting a growing sentiment on Wall Street that Joe Biden could be smoked, not for economic reasons, but emotional ones. Lots of people are afraid of violence and disorder. Talk of defunding police scares them. It’s a threat, and the master of social media, Trump, knows it. Hence the Kenosha trip. Turmoil serves him.

The strategist muses that a seismic shift of five to 10 points in polls, from Democrats to Republicans, could occur if the public perception of protests morphs from peaceful to violent. That’s a big change from three months ago when Black Lives Matter won widespread support and the president’s approval rating slumped. Kolanovic also argues polls showing a Biden lead could be inaccurate as people lie. Apparently that happens. Imagine.

“Certainly a lot can happen in the next ~60 days to change the odds, but we currently believe that momentum in favor of Trump will continue, while most investors are still positioned for a Biden win.”

Okay, so what does this mean to your portfolio? (This is not a social justice blog, remember. We care only about filthy lucre. And dogs.)

First, what if Biden’s numbers are solid and he wins the prize? Does this open the door to American socialism and a tax fiesta?

Nah. Mr. Market thinks not.

Since the polls have telegraphed a Biden win for several months, and markets have steadily marched higher, the Democratic threat seems muted, if it even exists. Remember that equities are forward-looking and they have not bought the Trump warning that stocks would “disintegrate…drop down to nothing” is Joe is President.

What about taxes? Biden has proposed to roll back a big chunk of Trump’s corporate tax cut, raising the rate to 28% from the current 21%. That would hurt profits and slow economic recovery coming out of the Covid crisis, but this also has been brushed aside by investors as a negative outcome. It’s too unreasonable that anyone would jack taxes and damage a recovery that cost trillions of public dollars to create. JP Morgan says this, actually: ““We see Biden winning as neutral to slight positive.”

And what if Trump succeeds?

Well, what you see is what you get. He is no longer an unknown, dark, looming question mark. The market knows him now as a pro-growth, nationalist, inflationary business protagonist. Often flaky, unpredictable, impetuous, divisive and disappointing, nonetheless he extended the Obama recovery to achieve full employment, record markets and corporate bliss.

In short, for Wall Street, Bay Street and your balanced portfolio, this is no black-&-white contest. Either guy, about the same outcome. As my buddy Ryan has detailed here in recent weeks, the US economy has actually done a little better historically under the Dems. And Biden is no wild-eyed young reformer.

So what’s the threat?

Uncertainty. Like twenty years ago when the Bush-Gore slugfest took ages to settle, during which time the market tumbled 12%. Given Trump’s statements about mail-in ballots being ripe for fraud (no evidence of that exists) plus his reluctance to say he’ll accept the electoral outcome have raised this specter. If he doesn’t win, will he not leave anyway while an army of lawyers swarm losing states? That would suck.

Strategy?

Don’t gamble. Putting too much net worth into a few stocks – especially the inflated ones – would be foolhardy. So would rolling the dice on forex, or jumping onto precious metals. Stay invested in a balanced way, with 40% safe stuff and the rest spread out globally – between Canada the US and international. Buy low-cost, liquid major market index ETFs. Don’t hunker in cash, silly HISAs or comatose GICs. 2021 will be a year of virus recovery, reopening, growth and catch-up. Rising global growth will likely kick up commodities, and fuel Bay Street. And once a proven vaccine emerges and spreads, stand back. Eruption.

  BTW, be glad you live in serene Canada. Don’t lose your head.

194 comments ↓

#1 Dirty Dan on 09.01.20 at 2:27 pm

Garth, you should do a poll. I know you have done them in the past and I quite enjoyed them.

Here’s a suggestion for the first polling topic:

“Do visitors to greaterfool also visit right leaning news sites in order to balance out the information they get from this site?”

Then you can put in some options like “No, I like my bubble” or “Yes… ” and then include some options for sites. :)

#2 Don Guillermo on 09.01.20 at 2:27 pm

I better drop this again here since your headless statue begs for it.

#155 Don Guillermo on 09.01.20 at 12:55 pm
Incredible!! Only in French? Zut alors!

https://thepostmillennial.com/trudeau-blames-extreme-right-for-dividing-canadians-after-john-a-macdonald-statue-toppled

“We’ve seen, following that, people on either side of the spectrum trying to use these elements as a way of furthering debates,” the prime minister said, only in French: “I think that we’re seeing, particularly on the extreme right, that they’re trying to start culture wars and divide Canadians on issues such as that.”

#3 YouKnowWho on 09.01.20 at 2:40 pm

#68 Nonplused on 08.31.20 at 6:56 pm

I gotta tell you, this is the discussion we have to have without doubt. I think it should be a national debate. I think it should be open. I think it should be broadcast on all TV networks.

I don’t think this is at all like a fire ban or even AIDS.

First, AIDS, well, brutal. However, if you have it, you’ll likely know it. And if you don’t have it, you have control of your choices, be it shared drug use, promiscuous sexual behaviour, etc. and if you choose to participate in those acts, then you know risk of AIDS dramatically increases with that behaviour.

I think that’s a fair logic to apply to AIDS or any sickness.
You know there is a risk.
I know there is a risk.
Each of us can act accordingly.
If you have it, it s without doubt on you to protect others be it AIDS, flu, or common cold.

In case of Covid, I may want to tolerate the risk because perhaps I have no pre-existing conditions, obesity, diabetes, etc. I’m going out. I’m living. Time is precious and I took care of my health, my body, to the point where I’m willing to take the risk perhaps and enjoy the benefits of my actions of days past. I didn’t eat like crazy or eat bad foods. I didn’t drink. I didn’t smoke. I didn’t take drugs of any sort. Weed? No thanks. I stay active. Why I should be punished for all the things like someone who did none of these things?

Someone else may be obese, diabetic, have pre-existing conditions, older. They need to adjust their risk level tolerance according to their situation. They’ve already made choices perhaps that increased their risks. Of course old age, some pre-existing condition that developed is not by choice. But then again, neither is being young a choice. You just are.

A healthy person who has no such risks should be forced to surrender their time on the planet due to decisions of others? How does that make sense?

I hear you saying – that’s selfish of the young, the strong, the healthy!

But is it not selfish of the old, the weak, the ones with pre-existing conditions to demand this from the others as well?

Why is this selfishness acceptable one way and not the other? That’s teh crux here.

Not only that, it is against nature. Nature has a process, and she works without all this emotional baggage. She works without guilt and without shame.

Yes, the young now will be older in the future when another pandemic may come. At that time they too will have to adjust their tolerance for risk if they are at higher risk and higher consequences and a pandemic hits. But what if facing Covid-19 now by the young may train their immune system for later in life? We don’t know that it does, but we don’t know that it won’t either. How many times you’ve seen some new flu come around and heard that people who faced a flu back a few decades are actually immune to this new one? It’s happened just recently with swine flu. Interestingly those who got it apparently got a crazy super immunity to various flu viruses as a result of getting swine flu.

Each individual needs to adjust their risk tolerance to their individual situation. This one is not all for one situation necessarily. The old, weak, compromised don’t have the right to take time away from young, strong, healthy. The young are already getting a MAJOR shaft here, economically, educationally, opportunity wise, social life wise – of that there is absolutely NO DOUBT! Why should they carry the burden here?

Do you agree that all who don’t take on debt should be made to pay for everyone’s debt? I actually think that this situation is quite like that – all are being made to pay for the irresponsible debt load of some – why?

Fire Ban – I was going to write about this, but this is alreayd long. It’s a bit more interesting of a comparison, but we’re dealing with property more than lives in this case as fires never kill on the scale of a pandemic. When a fire happens, we are also free to move on. Sure, we lose the Real Estate (called, accurately immovables/non-movables in other languages to reflect non-portabiltiy of the asset in a dire situation) and our stuff, but we survive. And let’s remember, nature is quite good at starting fires all by her self, again as part of the cycle.

Also Nonplaused, for your other comment,

“You have a right to housing, but you still have to pay for it.”

The opposite of what you say is exactly my point.

You can’t have a “Human Right” granted to an individual on the condition of a monthly subscription cost. If that would be so, then it would be the most discriminatory Human Right ever – and aren’t Human Rights intended to stop exactly that, discrimination? You see…the logic doesn’t work out on this one.

That’s a conflict that courts need to address and resolve once and for all on this issue. But I cannot see any logical, legal, ethical path to a Human Right that is contingent on a monthly subscription cost. It is simply not possible, and no high court can rule otherwise. To do so would be to rule in favour of discrimination, the very thing Human Rights aim to eliminiate.

#4 Borden Renter on 09.01.20 at 2:43 pm

I can sense a 200+ comment section tonight. You really know how to chum the comments tank, Garth.

All I will suggest is that everyone look for all the relevant facts in both cases before spouting off here, and that they shouldn’t be using MSM articles for it either, because every outlet isn’t being 100% honest.

The truth is out there.

#5 Handsome Ned on 09.01.20 at 2:45 pm

You lost me at Biden. As Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now said; He’s an errand boy sent by grocery clerks to collect a bill.

#6 AJ69er on 09.01.20 at 2:51 pm

Trump can walk away with this one. All it is going to take is a couple more questionable police decisions leading to more riots from Antifa/BLM opportunists. Sprinkle in a couple meth head “Antifascists” killing Trump supporters and the whole country could go Red.

Americans don’t watch the news. 328M population and prime time viewership hovers around the 2M mark for both MSNBC and CNN. They do see the destruction of democrat ran cities on social media and Joe Biden sniffing children compilations. Memes now win elections.

#7 Deplorable Dude on 09.01.20 at 2:51 pm

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#8 KNOW IT ALL on 09.01.20 at 2:51 pm

The signs are all around us but we choose to ignore them.

Equity investors will soon wake-up and ask the question ” What was I thinking”

#9 Captain Uppa on 09.01.20 at 2:53 pm

Are Trump and Biden really the best options America can trot out there?!

#10 Dirty Dan on 09.01.20 at 2:54 pm

#2 Don Guillermo on 09.01.20 at 2:27 pm
I better drop this again here since your headless statue begs for it.

https://thepostmillennial.com/trudeau-blames-extreme-right-for-dividing-canadians-after-john-a-macdonald-statue-toppled

“I think that we’re seeing, particularly on the extreme right, that they’re trying to start culture wars and divide Canadians on issues such as that.”

Extreme Right and Extreme Left are the same thing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev373c7wSRg

The only difference is extreme leftism is encouraged while extreme rightism is called out.

Someone on the left, please explain this:
https://twitter.com/SteveMillerOC/status/1275892961360805888

https://pjmedia.com/election/tyler-o-neil/2020/08/24/as-team-biden-celebrates-gop-defectors-richard-spencer-endorses-democrats-n832500

Markets already expect a Trump victory and it’s priced in.

Who knows what will happen if President Obama’s insurance policy is elected. Yes, insurance policy. Obama selected a running mate so that anyone looking to JFK him would have to think twice about the future of the country.

#11 T on 09.01.20 at 2:59 pm

I hear this phrase often enough.

‘Buy the rumour, sell the news.’

I’m just curious if anyone has any thoughts around how this applies to markets at the moment and moving forward to a vaccine; stock, housing, gold.

#12 Captain Uppa on 09.01.20 at 3:06 pm

So BNS and BMO are stating 90% of mortgage deferrals have begun to pay normally.

Nothingburger.

Link? That was not the data in the latest BNS reporting. – Garth

#13 Dana & Wheeler on 09.01.20 at 3:07 pm

Dana White nailed it in his RNC speech. If there’s one thing we should all have learnt, it’s that we need to vote in every election – from the PM to the local rat catcher.

I’ll never forget sitting in for my Dad at his new condo block AGM in Vancouver. Some of the leaders were resigning after
a year. And others were voting their friends in. No concept of “what are you qualifications”. Most of these people probably can’t even tie their shoe or keep their refrigerator clean.

We have to start voting for capable individuals through understanding their abilities and agendas. We may not love Trump, but for sure jobs, higher incomes, lower taxes, energy independence, secure borders, lower cost pharma make total sense. And so he has delivered. I contrast that with our Slovakian speech and drama leaders that have focused on cat doors and diddling charities.

Can’t wait to see how Wheeler gets out of this one. He had a birthday he’ll never forget yesterday. It must be tough when the very people you are supporting are calling for your resignation on your birthday. What a gift!

#14 Tripp on 09.01.20 at 3:11 pm

“ Talk of defunding police scares them”

Can we judge them? It would scare anyone, even here in Canada where we are not even remotely close to experiencing the unrest in the US. If any similar protest, even peaceful, would end up in our neighbourhoods, would anyone applaud from their porch and have their kids open a lemonade stand on the driveway? Most of the Americans, just like us and the vast majority of the people in the world have safety and security at the second layer from the base of their needs hierarchy, according to Maslow.

The Democrats kept silent on the social unrest, hoping it would shake Trump’s administration beyond any possibility of winning this election. It turned out to be a major political mistake. Add a Presidential candidate that keeps a low profile and barely has a leading message on almost anything, and the results are already becoming clear.

If Trump wins, we will keep wondering why it happened and how the good judgement of our neighbours vanished. Meanwhile, they will still be the leading country in the world, in just about everything.

#15 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.01.20 at 3:14 pm

@#2 Donny G

““I think that we’re seeing, particularly on the extreme right, that they’re trying to start culture wars and divide Canadians on issues such as that.”

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Only Trudeau in his delusional socialist nirvana could blame the Right wing for the vandalism committed by left wing anarchists………

#16 Joseph R. on 09.01.20 at 3:18 pm

#1 Dirty Dan on 09.01.20 at 2:27 pm
“Do visitors to greaterfool also visit right leaning news sites in order to balance out the information they get from this site?”

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Thsi site isn’t left-leaning at all. It’s actually pretty centrist, tilted to the right.

I don’t recommend you “balance” news sources; Truth isn’t the middle ground between 2 different views. It makes you easily manipulated to believe truth is in between 2 views. Fox News targeted audience are not known for critical thinking skills. Fox News knows what its audience wants to hear.

I recommend you look for evidences instead rather than “weighting” out editorials and opinions.

#17 frostty on 09.01.20 at 3:24 pm

Any help on some Etfs ideas…. i know you cant directly tell us but any insight would help.

thanks.

#18 frostty on 09.01.20 at 3:29 pm

maybe rephrase i have a shit ton of safe investment … i love dividends but i want that exposure you speak off any advice on Etfs

thanks :)
Recently been put onto your blog

#19 Dolce Vita on 09.01.20 at 3:31 pm

#1 Dirty Dan

Reads a noble set of questions.

Let me address your “narrative” question with this statistically significant poll result that asked:

“Do you trust Canadian MSM/News? @CTVNews @CBCNews @globalnews”:

https://twitter.com/canadian1news/status/1299709586450993152

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Thus your “…in order to balance out the information they get from this site?” response is:

If they did, they wouldn’t trust it anyway by a LONG COUNTRY MILE…neither should you.

Cdn MSM best characterized as:

1. Hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil (unless its statutes).

2. $600MM from Trudeau buys a lot of compliance (occasionally, the Toronto Sun breaks rank as does Conrad’s paper and thinks it is high brow).

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Italian MSM puts Canada’s to shame as do many European MSM’s.

You have from the Left Commie “Il Manifesto” to Righty “Il Giornale” and “Il Foglio” (the latter hate everyone except the Pope) to a cacophony in between like “RAI” (neutral state broadcaster), “La Stampa”, “Corriere della Sera”, “La Repubblica” etc. ALL of which I read every day (web site headlines a on Twitter).

Then there is BBC and DW which I also read every day.

Canada can only hope to have such a well balanced MSM as Italia [and Europe] does, BUT ALAS, DOES NOT.

For example, semi-furor that England’s Banksy purchases a ship, spray paints it (imaging that) and puts it in the role of ferrying “newcomer families” to Italia fleeing strife etc.

Il Manifesto, normally supportive of workers and the rights of the poor, disadvantaged (i.e., Commies) said little but registered how they see the truth about Banksy with this simple headline photo:

https://i.imgur.com/xJOm14M.jpg

SIMPLY PUT, GOOD LUCK WITH BALANCE IN CANADA let alone trying to get ANY news at all (unless some cat is stuck in a tree or a statue is decapitated).

#20 Dolce Vita on 09.01.20 at 3:45 pm

“Buy low-cost, liquid major market index ETFs.”

Heeded your advice a long time ago and grateful for it.

As for equities, I only trust in Death & Taxes, so I bought DEATH and DEATH has recovered nicely since March and shed a few dividends along the way:

Park Lawn Corp | TSX: PLC

Garth, there are some equities that you can rely on, DEATH is one of them.

#21 Don Guillermo on 09.01.20 at 3:47 pm

#15 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.01.20 at 3:14 pm
@#2 Donny G

““I think that we’re seeing, particularly on the extreme right, that they’re trying to start culture wars and divide Canadians on issues such as that.”

++++

Only Trudeau in his delusional socialist nirvana could blame the Right wing for the vandalism committed by left wing anarchists………

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How true. Captain Division himself. Spewing such nonsense “in French only”. Those maudit anglias will never figure it out.

#22 blogshark on 09.01.20 at 3:53 pm

#6 AJ69er on 09.01.20 at 2:51 pm

You’re right, Trump could very easily win this election, because indeed, memes and feelings win elections now. It is also why Trudeau will be our Prime Minister until the day he decides he doesn’t want to be. And he will win eye-watering numbers of seats next election.

300 seats for Trudeau is completely within the realm of possibility to me, likewise 350 electoral votes for Trump.

#23 Jake on 09.01.20 at 3:53 pm

#5 Handsome Ned

About Trump… “the shit’s piled up so fast in [Washington] you need wings to stay above it.”

#24 ImGonnaBeSick on 09.01.20 at 4:14 pm

#17 frostty on 09.01.20 at 3:24 pm

VCN
XUU
XEF
XEC
ZAG
CPD
XRE

You can find Garth’s weightings… And if you’re just starting out, why not just to an XBAL, VBAL, or ZBAL…

#25 In Garth, Not God We Trust on 09.01.20 at 4:21 pm

#150 mnpr on 09.01.20 at 11:45 am
Yup…. S.A. one of the intelligent contributors to this blog I enjoy reading. Sure, he could maybe be a bit insensitive at times (but I like fartz’s comment about poking the bear)…. but can’t help thinking our gracious and very appreciated blog host went a bit too far, into cancel culture, in suspending him.
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How dare you say that the bearded mystic oracle, sage of Lunenberg, financial tea leaf reading prognosticator without equal, lone voice of financial reason in the wasteland that is Canada, former Minister of National Revenues, straight shooting and ethical member of parliament in a swamp of swindlers, NYTimes bestselling author, award winning financial blogger, Harley riding badass, lover of canines across this fair land, devoted and loyal husband of 49 years, soon to be recipient of the esteemed Order of Canada and last but not least, all round jolly good fellow can’t do what he wants with his own blog! Sheesh!

#26 Steven Nicolle on 09.01.20 at 4:22 pm

#3 YouTalkTooMuch
You sure do. Do whatever you want. I have underlying conditions and probably been out more than you. Listen if you have no vices you will just die healthy. Who wants that?

#27 Damifino on 09.01.20 at 4:23 pm

#9 Captain Uppa

Are Trump and Biden really the best options America can trot out there?!
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I’m afraid so. Now take a look at this country.

#28 Stan Brooks Psychiatrist on 09.01.20 at 4:28 pm

#138 BillyBob on 09.01.20 at 9:53 am
Speaking of Sail Away, I must have missed the drama about how he was apparently banned but is that a permanent thing or is he just staying away voluntarily?

Like or dislike he was a net addition of intelligence to the comments.

And Dog knows there are more than enough left around on the other side of THAT trade…
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Listen buddy, Stan is doing the best he can with his limited amount of grey matter. Go gently on the cognitively challenged that frequent this blog…

#29 Boomer Bill on 09.01.20 at 4:35 pm

#127 YouKnowWho on 09.01.20 at 8:37 am
#106 Math always gets in the way

Little bit of hunger is not a bad thing.
Lean everyone out, reduce obesity and diabetes.
Covid is having a field day thanks to those two alone.

Who made us so obese and diabetic?

Buildings full of scientists working in addictive substances to put in the food to keep people eating and drinking more of that processed sweet garbage, perhaps?
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Life is filled with choices. If folks want to eat crap that is addictive, it is their choice. Why don’t you eat it? Because you know it’s crap and you don’t want to be a petri dish for Covid19. I have never for example smoked a cigarette in my life and I hear it is highly addictive. My choice…

#30 Not a Member of the C.S.Lewis Society on 09.01.20 at 4:43 pm

#123 BillyBob on 09.01.20 at 8:14 am

How is that not absolutely applicable to the present, or any age? Society is so mentally fragile, so utterly lacking in resilience now.

Don’t really care what your opinion is of Lewis, but at least make a cogent argument if you disagree.
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Your point is well taken in that I did not elaborate on my statement about Lewis. I have actually made very cogent arguments on much of what Lewis wrote. Essays actually. This isn’t the place to discuss the thoughts of Lewis however.

#31 FreeBird on 09.01.20 at 4:47 pm

Robin Hood app in trouble? Not sure it will sway many who now think BD portfolio is boring and outdated:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.fool.com/amp/investing/2020/09/01/new-sec-investigations-robinhood-investing-villain/

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-08-31/robinhood-s-rise-brings-dark-side-of-irate-traders-u-s-probes

#32 Robert Frost on 09.01.20 at 4:47 pm

#115 When everyone goes right, go left on 09.01.20 at 2:05 am
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Is that a variation of take the less travelled path and it will make all the difference?

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44272/the-road-not-taken

#33 akashic record on 09.01.20 at 4:47 pm

Pointless to make prediction about the impact of Biden when he is just a placeholder. Even if he will have a use.

#34 Freedom First on 09.01.20 at 4:48 pm

Garth, thank you for writing your award winning Blog. I am delighted to be able to come here daily for its truth and wisdom, which is delivered freely, without bias, and in such a sane, witty, and charming manner. With free belly rubs included!

Freedom First

#35 Dolce Vita on 09.01.20 at 4:48 pm

VERY off topic:

Baltic Sea. F-16s. Hogs. Mustangs. Die Grünen. Vladimir. And Angela. And my Pordenone, FVG, IT.

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Just got buzzed by some Yankie F-16 on full afterburner here in Pordenone at 10 PM CET (worked on GE Engine projects, been to their plant in the US; thus, know what an F110 looks like up close and personal and sounds like).

Ya, so what?

In Canada they reported Trump pulling out Military, troops etc. from Deutschland because they are not spending enough on their NATO military BUT the REAL REASON is Holier Than Thou GREEN ECONOMY Germany wants to import even more Natural Gas from Russia via a new pipeline most of which will run under the Baltic Sea. Uncle Sam not a fan of seeing more economic ties with Vladimir esp. from a NATO member. Angela not happy with Uncle Sam for this.

https://i.imgur.com/vKLKTiG.png

Imagine that happening in Canada (the pipeline, let alone skirting the shores of 6 other countries) AND getting any coverage.

CURIOUSLY, German Die Grünen mysteriously quiet about this (I suppose they like warm homes in Winter like everyone else).

Well thanks to the Italian MSM I know where Uncle Sams military went [Aviano], about 15 KM from where I live. 2000 troops, a whack of F16’s and Lord only know what else Uncle Sam has moved here.

https://i.imgur.com/vGg2ISL.jpg

I am all for it, Americans spend money and Threadbare Italia needs the cash (e.g., meet Americani often at my Tobacconist, the latter getting me to translate far too often).

So EVIL TRUMP put his warplanes/troops a hop and a skip away from Deutschland by air but you wouldn’t know that from Canada’s or America’s MSM now would you?

The only downside has been the occasional testosterone US pilot like a few minutes ago and of course, 1 time a week they like to parade their hopped up Mustangs and Hogs down my Via Montereale.

Nice to see for me (son of WWII Partisans still grateful that Uncle Sam liberated our neck of the woods just in time) BETTER, nice to know Uncle Sam is still here a mere 15 KM from where I live [they also have an Attack Helicopter base at Rivolto 20 KM from where I live that like to buzz Trenitalia Frecciarossa trains] AND AMERICANI…

SPEND.

A good thing in a pandemic for Threadbare Italia.

Trump or Biden, they will still be here. Another good thing.

#36 n1tro on 09.01.20 at 4:49 pm

Trump for another 4 years. He will win on a law and order platform. While the Democrats encourage rioting and asking people to chip in and bail out the people arrested, normal people don’t see images of looting and businesses burning as a rational “moderate” choice come election time.

We should be able to have a discussion on this matter without inane comments like, “Democrats encourage rioting.” Biden does not. Stick to the facts and leave the hyperbole and mistruth for your hero. – Garth

#37 Steven Nicolle on 09.01.20 at 4:50 pm

I think Trump is going to take it. Biden should be the winner but he is not exciting the Dems. You win elections by getting the vote out and on a platform filled with emotion whether good or bad. People vote a lot on perception rather than the reality. Trudeau is the same. His Dad was the same. The real speech that makes you fired up at the end of it. If we didn’t know Trump at all when he talks he is so convincing he leaves you thinking each time , he is the guy.

#38 Not a Member of the C.S.Lewis Society on 09.01.20 at 4:57 pm

#84 Nonplused on 08.31.20 at 8:08 pm

I’m not going to put my intellect up against that of C.S.Lewis, I can’t hold a candle to him.
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You are giving Clive Staples Lewis too much credit. I wrote several essays that clearly showed flaws in much of his thinking. I presented these to some members of the C.S. Lewis Society and didn’t get any good rebuttals…

#39 YouKnowWho on 09.01.20 at 5:00 pm

#29 Boomer Bill

With you 100%.

I’ve been proscribed Oxy so freely, I was blown away. I am scared $#!+less of that drug. So much so, I’ll take the pain over the drug. That drug is so serious to me, the circumstances under which I will accept it better be pretty damn serious too. Until that time – no thanks for as long as possible!

I had a procedure where they gave me 6 of those, and I had to have the prescription filled to have the procedure start. I had to bring the drugs. And I had to decline taking them number of times during the procedure. They looked at me like some goof when I brought the drugs back to the drug store few days later, as it was the only way to dispose of them safely.

Someone said to me…”DUDE YOU SHOULD HAVE SOLD IT!” Really? So like pass the poison onto another human being?

Tears for Fears said it best – It’s a Mad World!

Few other quick points.
1. The stuff in food is addictive because companies hire tons of scientists to find addictive substances that impact our subconscious and trigger desires and demand for the food product. It’s truly disturbing. It’s individual will power vs. all the might of all the corporations and their army of scientists. Good luck David against this Goliath.

2. Hunger. Not eating. More and more scientific proof is coming out that going hungry for a day or two is incredibly good for the human body in terms of magical chemical and healing processes that get triggered. We know the less you eat the longer you live dynamic for a long time. I used to go hungry for a full day when I was a child. We’d walk around our town and areas and sometimes we were far away from home. It was either keep hanging with your friends and playing or go home along a few kilometres each way to get a meal. Choices had to be made. I didn’t die by skipping a meal or two. Once I was so hungry, I pulled an onion from the ground and ate it like an apple. I still remember that onion today – it was the sweetest onion I ever ate. I was 8 or 9. No onion has ever tasted so good since.

#40 PastThePeak on 09.01.20 at 5:01 pm

I have no interest in seeing Trump win again – 4 years was more than enough, thanks.

However, over 5 weeks ago (when Biden was riding highest in the polls), I told my wife that the one thing that could cause Trump to prevail would be the rioting/looting/destruction. It wasn’t stopping, and the Democratic side wasn’t addressing it at all – in fact going to unbelievable lengths to claim it was all “mostly peaceful”.

Big mistake, and the results are showing. But the Dems & most media just can’t help themselves. Maybe other things go bad for Trump and Biden does win…but it will not be due to the Dems outsmarting anyone…

As for the note of maybe 200K US fatalities due to Covid before the election – that mark will be passed around mid September. Per Worldometer, US deaths are at 188K, and the 7 day average is still in the mid-900s. Even with a declining rate every day, 200K by mid-Sept is pretty much guaranteed. Maybe that will change the conversation somewhat?

#41 Harold Ballard on 09.01.20 at 5:03 pm

#82 Ace Goodheart on 08.31.20 at 8:03 pm
Re# 74 Cottagers stay away person:
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I think I saw Cottage hater at a Leafs game last year. He was wearing a I Love Toronto sweater…

#42 Gramps on 09.01.20 at 5:05 pm

A vote for Biden is a vote for his running mate. From experience, I think he is showing signs of dementia. And his running mate scares me.
Trump’s vice I’m ok with.

#43 Dementia on 09.01.20 at 5:06 pm

Biden sadly can’t complete a full sentence. He has a problem.

#44 Uncle Al Sinclair on 09.01.20 at 5:07 pm

#73 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.31.20 at 7:21 pm
#54 ImGonnaBeSick on 08.31.20 at 6:18 pm
#47 Ponzius Pilatus on 08.31.20 at 5:52 pm
After watching the riots in Portland, I finally find the real use of flag draped F-150s

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Spoken like someone that’s never done a day’s work in his life…
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30 years in Accounting. 45 sick days.
What’s your claim to fame?
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What’s with the 45 sick days in 30 years Ponzius? That’s 1.5 sick days a year. You slacker!!:)

#45 Gramps on 09.01.20 at 5:07 pm

She scares me like as much t2’s October budget

#46 DonaldDuck on 09.01.20 at 5:07 pm

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#47 Uncle Al Sinclair on 09.01.20 at 5:10 pm

#71 A Decade On and No Change on 08.31.20 at 7:13 pm
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Truer words were never spoken!

#48 paul on 09.01.20 at 5:10 pm

Trump’s statements about mail-in ballots being ripe for fraud (no evidence of that exists)

Yes, the mail is safe so the story goes . I read a challenge one side absolutely sure the postal system is secure.
The other side said here’s the test take $500 cash and mail it to yourself needless to say he hung on to the $500.

#49 Dirty Dan on 09.01.20 at 5:11 pm

“We should be able to have a discussion on this matter without inane comments like, “Democrats encourage rioting.” Biden does not. Stick to the facts and leave the hyperbole and mistruth for your hero. – Garth”

“We should be able to have a discussion on this matter”

Yes! We SHOULD be able to have that discussion Garth.

Biden isn’t the ONLY democrat. He isn’t even the most influential democrat, but that’s another discussion.

Ted Wheeler

Lori Lightfoot

Maxine Waters

Trump and Republicans gets lumped in with random people that do NOT represent Republicans all the time. Yet democrats in “OFFICIAL political positions” don’t represent the actions of DEMOCRATS? These aren’t even the most extreme examples.

You’re a politician and I’ve followed your blog for a long time. You even cite examples where your party kept you in line. How is it different in this case?

No leaders are encouraging rioting. Do not repeat this falsehood. – Garth

#50 Boomer Bill on 09.01.20 at 5:11 pm

#70 Flop… on 08.31.20 at 7:10 pm
#147 Dharma Bum on 08.31.20 at 8:17 am
#38 Flop

Colorado is a great state to explore.

It’s my perennial go to place.

I once even road my old motorcycle out there from Ontario. Rode it to the peak of Mount Evans (14,000′ +). The altitude fried the horn, somehow.

So many excellent spots in CO.

Make sure you also get to Telluride in the San Juan mountains of south western Colorado. Epic.

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Mr Bum!

It’s Mr Flop here!

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Gents, I say we get together for a blog dog party in the Bruce Penninsula…

#51 Blobby on 09.01.20 at 5:12 pm

Wife is getting nesting instinct. I blame covid

She wants to buy a house

I can put her off, but not sure how long. I think i have 1 year tops, as I want to suggest relocating to another part of Canadia to do this.

But I fear in the next year, prices are gonna keep skyrocketing due to low rates..

I wanna cry.

#52 45north on 09.01.20 at 5:16 pm

The brawl

Despite a big, smoky hole in the GDP and millions on government benefits plus an historic public health emergency, Trump could win.

The title “The brawl” tells the real story. On the face of it, the brawl is between Donald Trump and Joe Biden but that’s not the real brawl. Joe Biden is a cardboard cutout. On a good day, he keeps up with the tele-prompter. The real brawl is between Donald Trump and the left wing media. Here’s Newt Gingrich talking about Donald Trump “he can slug it out with the Washington Post and the New York Times and come out with a tie”. Americans are starting to see the real brawl.

#53 NS_Lurker on 09.01.20 at 5:21 pm

Hi Garth, long time reader first time poster, I almost threw my PC across the room when I read “mail-in ballots being ripe for fraud (no evidence of that exists)” Am I reading CBC or are you just not aware of the current proven fraud with mail in voting that has already happened in the US.

https://nypost.com/2020/08/29/political-insider-explains-voter-fraud-with-mail-in-ballots/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/20/politics/paterson-new-jersey-city-council-voter-fraud/index.html

#54 Marc Faber on 09.01.20 at 5:22 pm

#60 YouKnowWho on 08.31.20 at 6:33 pm

I think I’m going to Thailand. Castles for $200k. But why buy when you can just rent one?
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And all the great Thai food!! Chiang Mai here I come!

#55 FreeBird on 09.01.20 at 5:24 pm

This isn’t a chicken blog but as a PSA for all those watching prepper/back yard homestead videos on YT please do yourself a favor and check city or local bylaws before adding birds and or rooster to your suburban backyard. After being woken up enough to sounds of your new egg layers you’ll prob be visited by a friendly local animal control/bylaw officer to rehome them. This seems to be popular now among mills I’ve met. It’s what the country/boonies are for and rates are cheap now. Thanks.

#56 Nonno Nicola on 09.01.20 at 5:25 pm

#57 dogwhistle on 08.31.20 at 6:26 pm
#39 Dolce Vita on 08.31.20 at 5:13 pm
N. American CULTURAL:

IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION. Powder, water, mix, 5 min later you have your dessert.

ENJOY. It’s what you wanted Canada. BE NOT AMAZED.

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Canadians think RE only goes up, if you’ve travelled in the US a few years ago or across Spain where you see thousands of abandoned houses maybe you’d think different.

But hey, so much better than Europe. LOL
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Quick question. Why aren’t there abandoned houses in Canada or homes being sold for 1 Euro like in Europe?

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/579621/italian-homes-selling-one-dollar

#57 Uncle Al Sinclair on 09.01.20 at 5:26 pm

#56 Something’s Wrong on 08.31.20 at 6:25 pm
It is my understanding that if I see a car advertised, the dealer cannot charge above the price advertised but in the golden horse shoe a single family homes’ ” asking price” bears absolutely no relation to the price it will sell for ( eg maybe hundreds of thousands more). How can one even begin to assess this market if they were dumb enough to buy now.
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Ever heard of an auction? Is the final price of an item in an auction the starting price?

#58 Joe on 09.01.20 at 5:26 pm

Trump will win As Most Americans are like him. House prices won’t crash but stocks may again. No mortgage deferral cliff. Gold is fine to hold in a limited quantity isn’t that diversification anyhow?. Renting isn’t bad but owning is great. Time is precious so go enjoy it.

#59 Uncle Al Sinclair on 09.01.20 at 5:30 pm

#52 TalkingPie on 08.31.20 at 6:06 pm
A relative just bought a nice split level bungalow on maybe 7,000 sq ft in Oakville for 1.3 million
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The lot was 7,000 sq ft? 70 x 100 ft?

#60 Mark. O on 09.01.20 at 5:34 pm

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#61 Cowboy Carl on 09.01.20 at 5:36 pm

#48 Yukon Elvis on 08.31.20 at 5:53 pm

Bingo bango bongo ! I can hardly wait to exercise my human right to shelter. Gonna sell my condo, move into someone else’s, never pay rent, and spend all my cash on wine, women, and song. Let the good times roll !
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Now you’re talking cowboy! I’ll bring the women, you provide the wine and songs…

#62 Boomer Bill on 09.01.20 at 5:39 pm

#44 Coho on 08.31.20 at 5:30 pm
We keep hoping that things will go back to “normal”. Actually, they are. The creation of the middle class was necessary to build the architecture of our own oppression. It’s arguable if we still truly have a middle class. If not, then it was a brief blip in the history of mankind, which has typically been of a master-slave dynamic. This has been the “normal” and what some have termed as the “Great Reset” is all about.

Markets and real estate have been propped up to keep the game going. “Experts” are really stretching with theories and explanations in trying to explain the unexplainable.

It’s ironic that people are “moving up the property ladder” living in every larger houses, yet there isn’t enough room or time to care for the older generations. In other words, mom and dad have to save a couple million bucks in order to live in reasonable comfort before they croak. Must be a Western Society thing.
bucks for their retirement
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Not so quick with the generalizations. I know of two families who recently bought/built larger homes to include their parents. Beats paying big bucks to an old age home.

#63 Doug t on 09.01.20 at 5:44 pm

Empires end – Trump is at the helm and the ship is going down – a Biden win means zero when the empire is burning – sadly our a** is tied to theirs – pay off your debts if possible – prepare accordingly as the next several years are going to be CRAZY

#64 Uncle Al Sinclair on 09.01.20 at 5:45 pm

#24 Ace Goodheart on 08.31.20 at 4:24 pm
Re: New York Times: “The Demand is Insane” – in response to 97 showings and 24 offers.

That’s it?

That is like one weekend for a Bloor West special with an old, wonky iron piped hot water steam heating system supplemented by electric baseboards in rooms where the old iron steam radiators, covered over in layer after layer of paint, and full of over a hundred years’ of scale and residue, don’t work anymore.
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Ace baby, you forgot to mention the 10′ lot, the moss growing on the roof, the floor boards that are separating, the wind coming through the windows, the crumbling bricks and finally, the measely $8k tax bill…

#65 AM in MN on 09.01.20 at 5:46 pm

No evidence of vote fraud from the mass mailing of ballots? Really?

The fear of chaos is because in 2018 the R’s won 7 house seats in CA and a Senate seat in AZ on election night that then got overturned over the next week due to “ballot harvesting”

Remember, in the US the elections are run by the states, there is no federal role except for funding laws. Each one is different. The R states have much lower corruption than the D states, and in more areas than just elections. This is why so many people now move from D states to R states.

There is a big difference between sending a mail in ballot upon request to someone who can’t get to the polls vs spamming millions of ballots into the either for everyone on the list, including the 15%-20% who are dead, have moved, in prison, not a citizen etc.

Elections Canada mails you a notice to show up at the polls. It doesn’t send the actual ballot, and then allow party workers to go to your house and ask you for it so that they can deposit it for you.

Bad enough that they give ballots to Uni students with a student card who have not previously registered and can’t be contacted or accounted for beforehand, and vote 95%+ for Liberal/NDP. Or the Union nursing home workers who help the residents fill out their ballot… and everyone is surprised by the high numbers for the NDP…

Check out how elections are run and who votes in Los Angeles County or urban Philadelphia…and the results.

It matters to social cohesion that average hardworking taxpayers accept the result.

#66 Joe Public on 09.01.20 at 5:48 pm

#15 BillyBob on 08.31.20 at 3:57 pm

Yes. Sure. Joe and Jane Public sit down and rationally consider the tax advantages of WFH and it has serious weight in their home buying decision.
Gimme a break. The average homebuyer these days can barely fog a mirror. It’s fear and loathing, as our host says.
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You calling me stupid bucko?

#67 Paul on 09.01.20 at 5:48 pm

#36 n1tro on 09.01.20 at 4:49 pm
Trump for another 4 years. He will win on a law and order platform. While the Democrats encourage rioting and asking people to chip in and bail out the people arrested, normal people don’t see images of looting and businesses burning as a rational “moderate” choice come election time.

We should be able to have a discussion on this matter without inane comments like, “Democrats encourage rioting.” Biden does not. Stick to the facts and leave the hyperbole and mistruth for your hero. – Garth
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Democrats may not have encouraged rioting. But they sure didn’t do enough to stop it, almost the same thing.

#68 Dolce Vita on 09.01.20 at 5:55 pm

One last VERY off topic Garth, if you will permit me.

A couple of days ago Cdn MSM all feeling sorry for poor Venezia and its lack of tourists and promoting it (a good thing) but for the wrong reason:

The Venice Film Festival (the wrong reason)

Ask us locals and we could not give a damn about the Film Festival, probably the only Veneziani that care are those on Lido di Venezia Island where the festival is held. A Film Industry event is all it is.

What America and Canada all haven’t a clue about is that there are 2 key events that the few Veneziani that are left come out for in force (and us nearby locals like me) and they are:

1. Carnevale di Venezia.
2. Regata Storica.

The latter will be held this Sunday starting 4 PM. This nearby local already booked a ticket at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection which has this rather large terrazzo with the waves from Canal Grande lapping at its steps. You know see the Regata and some art whilst sipping on a Doppio Macchiato and munching on a Brioche courtesy of Peggy’s coffee shop.

Americani and Canadesi KNOW NOTHING esp. their MSM.

3rd time around for me to see La Regata Storica. Images from it and of course, Peggy’s terrazzo:

Regata departing from San Marco (latter on the Left out of view and the Doge’s ship):

https://i.imgur.com/TrvNp4M.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/3cXmr2L.jpg

Peggy’s comfy wumfy terrazzo:

https://i.imgur.com/3Ll48nw.jpg

Eat your hearts out Canada. You go to the Film Festival in out of the way Lido and I’ll be at Peggy’s.

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PS:

1 of our “Dragon” boats (take note BC):

https://i.imgur.com/7cFDgMk.jpg

AND every year they have this Americano in a canoe, small American flag, ghetto blaster (Star Spangled Banner blaring away) that rows, if you can call it that, with La Regata Storica. 1 year I viewed if from Ponte dell’Accademia with a gaggle of Chinese tourists…to say the least, they were not amused with the Americano…they felt embarrassed for we Italiani at the afront…Chinese tourists, they are the BEST in Venezia.

#69 TurnerNation on 09.01.20 at 5:57 pm

#3 YouKnowWho it’s the New System. A taste of the tyranny to come. By many account people love it. Keeping us safe!
Fact: In the New System individual rights are no longer. You no longer have the right to get sick; conversely you have no method of proving your health.
This is perpetual warfare we are under.

**4.5 months ago I wrote the below. What has changed? Nothing. It will be the same in December too. This is the new world order. In municipalities north of GTA beaches, parking lots etc still are closed . Get off the Crown land eh:

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#162 TurnerNation on 04.22.20 at 7:45 pm
I truly see that Canada will be on Lockdown until 2021.
They will keep playing the numbers. There is no sports or lotto after all.
More to the point, we are being re-programmed as humanity for the new system. This takes time. More economic change is required too. Slowly, else we will protest.
– Look at the data points, they keep stringing us along, never with any timelines. No hard science.
There is NO other news! 24/7 programming still in effect
– The change we see are permanent: barred from Provincial parks and all Crown lands.
– No cultural events; there is to be no other news.
– Parlament will remain closed. They might allow online voting but to what end?
– Students have been assigned Ipads, e-learning still being worked on. This is not a short term change.
– More small businesses must go bust.
– the A.I. is tracking all of this. Pressures will be applied, levers moved over times based online sentiment and results.
– We are given No scientific certainties or reproducable evidence; only mind control.

#70 Reximus on 09.01.20 at 6:21 pm

Biden campaign raised 300mm+ in august, a record by any US candidate in one month, ever. Previous record was Obama in sept 2008 at 193mm.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/514610-biden-campaign-expected-to-have-raised-more-than-300-million-in-august

#71 Linda on 09.01.20 at 6:28 pm

In Alberta, Jason Kenney & crew are likely praying for a Trump win, as Biden has promised to shut down the much disputed Keystone should he succeed in his POTUS bid. Given the poor fiscal outlook since the UCP came into power, prayer can’t hurt. Of course they are trying to blame the previous NDP government for the mess, but given we are into year two of their term I’d say the blame falls squarely on the current leadership. Which remains fixated on the belief O&G will bail them out of the smoking fiscal hole they are in. Once prices recover, that is. As far as diversification is concerned, they are all hat & no cattle.

#72 Jacques Shellacque on 09.01.20 at 6:32 pm

It strikes me that Mr/Ms Market has only considered a convincing win by either side, with undisputed result known the morning after and concession made within a day or so of that. But tight races that offer the possibility of changing the electoral college tally around the magic 270 for both candidates are numerous in combination, and a very messy potential aftermath should be hedged against by any serious investor.

#73 Tom Molica on 09.01.20 at 6:37 pm

ForgotMyHandle

Hello Garth and blogdogs. For the last 2 years, the Bank holding my RRIF has either sold shares or driven my RIF into negative balance to create the minimum withdraw amount. All without my permission, in each case at end of August. I did ask them to leave a note on my account that I would take care of it myself. Is this because my withdrawal must be before my birthday each year. Am I permitted to make the withdrawal in December, in time for Christmas. Checked Canada Gov website looking for stipulated dates to take out money but did not see anything. What am I missing??
Oh yeah, been on hold to speak for 1.5 hrs between two days!!! Customer service. Cheers.

#74 Dolce Vita on 09.01.20 at 6:37 pm

#56 Nonno Nicola

Good one or bravo, ben detto.

What kills me is that they have this “most liveable city” thing in N. America.

Basically, who’s ant hill of steel, concrete and glass factory farm of high rises that have taken root in miles and miles of asphalt is the best to live in. And they are actually piss proud of the fact reporting it in their MSM yearly.

As a European, you just roll your eyes.

Give me Venezia, Firenze and Roma or dozens of other cities and towns like them in Italia [even little Pordenone where I live]…you can keep your CN Tower, Husky Tower and Vancouver Lookout…all phallic symbols of N. American “progress” and of course “Top 10 Most Liveable Ant Hills”.

Heck, in normal times Venezia gets more tourists in a year than all of Canada put together and their “most liveable cities”.

Must be a reason for that? I mean, who would not pass up on the opportunity to spend their vacation at 1 of the Top Ten most liveable cities right? You’d have to be crazy not to.

And N. Americans, specifically Canadians, want to pay thru the nose to live in concrete, steel and glass jungles, stacked like sardines. Boggles the mind.

This recent phenomenon of migrating to the burbs in Canada, a good thing. Better yet, if Zoom is indeed the future of office work, go live in a truly liveable city in Europe. You will feel better for it.

#75 Useless on 09.01.20 at 6:40 pm

Hey Garth, what do you think the actual unemployment is? The cews is not calculated in these numbers. We ll get a better idea of the damage once the cews ends.

#76 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.01.20 at 6:43 pm

@#62 Boomer Bill
” I know of two families who recently bought/built larger homes to include their parents. Beats paying big bucks to an old age home.”

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If only life was that easy.
Lots of luck with the 3am adult diaper changes and the triple hydro bill to wash the bed “sheeets” 7 days a week.

#77 sharon kubic on 09.01.20 at 6:47 pm

Reits seem to have been hit really hard since March. How long might it take for some of the better ones to recover? Are they likely to take another hit if the residential RE market in Canada tops out say in 2021 and reverts back to some more sane valuations? Looking at doing some bottom fishing.

#78 XDFO on 09.01.20 at 6:49 pm

Biden might seem like the sane choice but Obama and his predecessors created the mire from which Trump rose.
When you put your boot on the neck of your citizens and threaten their survival and hope to thrive then you get a fallback to nationalism, preying on fear and eventually riots.

I think whoever gets elected, riots will kick off almost immediately.

#79 n1tro on 09.01.20 at 6:51 pm

#36 n1tro on 09.01.20 at 4:49 pm

We should be able to have a discussion on this matter without inane comments like, “Democrats encourage rioting.” Biden does not. Stick to the facts and leave the hyperbole and mistruth for your hero. – Garth
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My bad. Let me rephrase. Some on the Democrat side seem to encourage the “protests” which are linked with riots, senseless destruction and looting.

As for Trump being my hero, he’s as much my hero as Trudeau would be yours. Take that for what it is worth.

#80 Linda on 09.01.20 at 6:51 pm

About the possible death toll in the USA. If ‘only’ 200,000 Americans have died from coronavirus by November 3rd they will have done much better than expected. Right now they are on track to rack up 200,000 dead by mid-September. Last I heard their own health authorities were thinking the death toll would be around the 320K mark by the end of 2020. Oy.

#81 Reximus on 09.01.20 at 6:53 pm

#65 AM in MN on 09.01.20 at 5:46 pm

The only proven election fraud vote on record for the 2016 Election was by a Republican in NC.

You might also remember that right after trump’s inauguration he launched an election fraud committee headed by Pence to find some 3mm illicit votes he was sure would be found? You know, the exact 3mm popular votes he was beaten by Hilary?

Yeah they had exactly ONE meeting.

#82 Dan Stanfield on 09.01.20 at 7:01 pm

Garth, you don’t like Canadians today that are piling all their money into real estate for decades now and have little to no savings, actually they are in deep debt to their eyeballs.

However, very low interest rates and GIC’s are both knocked on this forum by you. What did you expect for most Canadians to do if they think cheap to free money, very low interest rates and savings accounts, GIC rates, bond rates were falling to almost nothing now for 30 years.

People are always fallowing the herd mentality so they do what others do. Another question I have about banks in general, how come they don’t sell their 5% to 6% yield bank shares at their branches as nobody is putting money in GIC’s?

#83 AM in MN on 09.01.20 at 7:03 pm

There is a legitimate argument to be made that Democrats do indeed encourage rioting. This isn’t hyperbole.

When the local Mayor and State Governor come out and state publicly that the rioters are justified in their grievance, and that the local police should not arrest anyone, and that if they do, the local (elected Democrat) prosecutor refuses to charge them, with things like arson!, and so on, one could make the argument that this constitutes encouragement.

When the State Governor and Attorney General have their children come out in support of Antifa, and the parents don’t refute it, it sends tacit encouragement.

When the local Mayor orders the Chief of Police to order his officers to abandon their Precinct building because it is under siege, some could argue that this sends a signal of encouragement to the people who then burn it down 3 minutes later!

Getting out in the street to march with the rioters is another way Democrat politicians give encouragement.

The list goes on…there are different ways that people in power show “encouragement”.

There is blame and shame on both sides. Plus marginalized people have every right to protest. Try to see past your narrow lens. – Garth

#84 Do we have all the facts on 09.01.20 at 7:03 pm

The US has seen their world trade deficit increase to more than $620 billion. I remember how Donald Trump ranted against free trade in the debates leading up to the presidential election in 2016. Make America Great Again!!

Once elected he seemed to cool the rhetoric but recently he seems to be leaning towards economic nationalism once again.

I am scratching my head over the number of contributors to this blog that see the re-election of Donald Trump as a favourable result for Canada. He is an man who is devoted to self interest and he is quite capable of implementing policies to reduce the current $26.7 billion trade deficit with Canada.

Over 75% of our exports are consumed by the US and I am pretty sure Donald Trump will try to find ways to replace Canadian goods and services with American goods and services if elected for a second term.

I fear that a resurrection of Make America Great Again could lead to increased protectionism and that would not be good for Canada.

#85 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 7:04 pm

“Uncertainty. Like twenty years ago when the Bush-Gore slugfest took ages to settle, during which time the market tumbled 12%. Given Trump’s statements about mail-in ballots being ripe for fraud (no evidence of that exists) plus his reluctance to say he’ll accept the electoral outcome have raised this specter. If he doesn’t win, will he not leave anyway while an army of lawyers swarm losing states? That would suck.”

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Mail-in ballot fraud happens every single election, but usually it is way too tiny of a number to make any difference (something like 0.006% of votes). But the number of mail in ballots is also usually small because they are mostly “absentee votes”.

Trump is rightly concerned that if widespread mail-in voting occurs, it would be pretty easy for someone to print up as many ballots as they wanted because they are easy to counterfeit, and it would be hard to detect fraudulent ballots. In person voter fraud happens too, but it is harder to do. That is why in Canada you only get one polling station, one box actually, and you have to show ID and they cross out your name after you vote.

Anyone who thinks this election will not have the most voter fraud ever isn’t really paying attention to what’s going on in the US and human nature. Does anyone really think Antifa is against printing up a couple million ballots to get what they want? They would only have to target the swing states.

It seems to me the Dems are trying to prepare the public for a Biden win even if Trump takes a landslide in the in-person vote on Nov. 3. I expect the MSM to start running this story shortly:

https://summit.news/2020/09/01/pro-biden-firm-trump-will-be-appearing-to-win-in-a-landslide-on-election-night/

If that happens it will be the first time in history that the voting day polling results would be overturned by mail-in ballots. It would be a statistical anomaly. If they can get a pretty good idea who is going to win by polling a few thousand people they should have it on Nov. 3 based on exit polls. But wait, what’s this? Millions of votes for Biden showing up in the mail in the following weeks? Ya, Trump will sue and there will be numerous recounts and it’ll take forever to validate all the ballots.

I mean, they already have enough questions about the electronic voting machines. The last thing they need is stacks of counterfeit ballots.

The other problem they have of course with large scale mail-in voting is that it’s never been done before, so it hasn’t been tested. Nothing ever works right the first time.

Anyway it is going to be interesting. Grab the popcorn.

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I also think all this fear mongering that Trump won’t leave the White House even if he clearly loses in just click-bait. Don’t fall for it. If the Supreme Court rules in Biden’s favor, Biden becomes president. There will be nothing Trump could do about it besides throw his golf clubs around after missing a putt.

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So here is the worst case scenario: Trump wins on Nov. 3rd, but then an avalanche of votes for Biden show up in the mail in the following weeks. The Supreme Court rules the mail-in ballots invalid. Trump wins. Riots ensue. Trump sends in the national guard and almost everyone cheers them on because they don’t want their cities burned down. Ivanka Trump becomes the first female president in 2024 and wins a second term in 2028. Mike Pence is still VP but runs for president in 2032. And wins.

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Markets may forecast who is going to win the election but I don’t think so. Trump has been closing the gap against Biden in national polls but the market doesn’t seem to care, it is still strong. If anything, I would say the market doesn’t seem to care who wins. It is looking to Powell more than anybody, I would say. And Powell appears to be pro-growth, damn the torpedoes, and “I don’t care what the inflation numbers are!”

#86 Coho on 09.01.20 at 7:05 pm

Sometimes opposing factions tolerate or even cooperate with one another when things unfold which are beneficial to both sides. These factions are of a wider scope than mere political parties or individual nations and their roots run deeper.

For instance, the creation of the surveillance state, the destruction of individual rights and liberties, the transfer of wealth from the people to Wall Street and Central Banks all suit the ruling elite factions.

People ask where all this Covid relief money is coming from. If the Bank of Canada is really Canada’s bank, then in essence we are borrowing from ourselves. Therefore, we pay interest on the money we lend ourselves. How much interest then, has accrued in the coffers of the Bank of Canada? Wouldn’t the government merely be dipping into its own ‘savings account”? Of course some people will respond it is not that simple. Of course not! It’s not supposed to be, by design. “The devil is in the details”, perhaps literally.

It’s not a stretch to consider that Covid is a deep state creation whose ultimate target is to weaken America if not take it down. While the Chinese economy appears to be booming, the USA is in turmoil. The lockdowns in China have been brief in comparison to the USA. This is my understanding. So then how is it that a country of 1.4 billion fairs better than a country of 350 million on the opposite side of the globe, especially when the virus originated there?

China is already under authoritarian rule, so there is no need (or not as much) for increased lockdowns and/or other restrictions. The people are already subjugated. However, the American Constitution and more importantly The Bill of Rights has been a bane to the forces behind the push for a One World Government. Sovereign states, let alone individual rights and liberties are the antithesis behind centralized power.

The Republicans and Democrats had worked as a tag team over decades. The bus driver may change but the route remains the same. It doesn’t much matter who held the presidency because things didn’t change much for the people. In fact over time it got worse, hence enter Trump, a non-politician outsider. He was the answer to the self serving career politicians divorced from obligations to those that voted them in. They became akin to hogs at the trough. Few in T’s party originally supported him because he wouldn’t play ball with the status quo.

Trump appears to be from an opposing “faction” to the one behind the deep state. This is not, in my opinion the good versus the bad. It is about factions competing for the prize of holding the seat of a centralized global government. And in the process, a lot of dirt has been stirred from the bottom of what has become a putrid “swamp” as it has been called.

IF, there is an election this November, the people, in my opinion will be hooped either way. If T gets in, it will be the continuation of chaos, scandals, division and turmoil. If the Dems get in, things may quieten down because the force behind their getting back the presidency is also largely responsible for the civil unrest. It’ll be like a crying baby given a soother. The lengths by which and the ensuing destruction to the country by a political party as a means to win an election should scare every American. If Dems get in, America will become like China.

For over a century, its “leaders” have been tricked and manipulated in having it become the world bully and therefore hated by many because of it. There’s a lot to like about America in the spirit of which it was founded. Its constitutional amendments were designed to empower the people while preventing government over reach and tyranny. There were checks and balances, but these have been usurped over time. The peoples’ frustration and anger is understandably misplaced because of propaganda. It’s not the founding principles of the country, rather its “Leadership” which is the problem. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

#87 KAC on 09.01.20 at 7:05 pm

When asked about the “protests” Kamala Harris said “they’re not gonna stop, and nor should they”

https://youtu.be/Cn6n8kyAoV8

And Joe Biden’s very belated condemnation of the violence was very mild:

Mr Biden suggested he supported protests against the death of Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis restrained him for more than eight minutes by kneeling on his neck as he pleaded for air, according to charging documents.

However, the former vice president noted that “burning down communities and needless destruction” was not a “necessary” form of protest.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/biden-riots-emotional-plea-george-floyd-protests-a9541481.html

#88 Gravy Train on 09.01.20 at 7:05 pm

#37 Steven Nicolle on 09.01.20 at 4:50 pm
“[…] If we didn’t know Trump at all when he talks he is so convincing he leaves you thinking each time, he is the guy.” Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? :P

#89 Flop... on 09.01.20 at 7:15 pm

Mrs Flop goes back to the classroom next week, I better get some new ear muffs.

This is what happened in June.

One teacher didn’t come back to work citing pregnancy, another, some other health concern.

The Principal took one class, teacher-on-call handled the other.

It wasn’t pretty, but they only had to muddle through 19 days.

This time?

Dunno, depends on the school.

Her school had almost maximum allowed students, while the next one over only had single digits, the main difference that jumped out was ethnicity of the children.

I’ll give my wife a pep talk Monday afternoon and then go and buy a nice new pillow, so I’m nice and comfortable on the couch that night…

M46BC

#90 Brian Ripley on 09.01.20 at 7:24 pm

Calgary Housing Chart & Data for August:
http://www.chpc.biz/calgary-housing.html

Calgary led the way up in prices in 2006 2 years before Crude posted its peak in 2008. In 2014 and 2 years prior to the Fort McMurray fire devastation, prices began to disintegrate and the downtrend continues today.

Canary in the oil patch?

Res-Listings down 52% from JUN 2010 high
Res-Sales down 52% from MAY 2013 high
Current Monthly Absorption Rate = 24%
Current Months of Inventory = 4

Calgary SF Detached Price
Down 5.1% from MAY 2017 peak
Up 24% in last 10 years

Calgary Town House Price
Down 29.2% from MAR 2018 peak
T-Houses are priced at 56% of SFDs
or 1 SFD = 1.8 Townhouses

Calgary Condo Price
Down 28.6% from JUN 2014 peak
Condos are priced at 46% of SFDs
or 1 SFD = 2.2 Condos

#91 Donna Amato on 09.01.20 at 7:25 pm

‘A top Democratic data and analytics firm told “Axios on HBO” it’s highly likely that President Trump will appear to have won — potentially in a landslide — on election night, even if he ultimately loses when all the votes are counted.’
https://www.axios.com/bloomberg-group-trump-election-night-scenarios-a554e8f5-9702-437e-ae75-d2be478d42bb.html

#92 Frank DiNapoli on 09.01.20 at 7:28 pm

GIC now stands for guaranteed investment crook. The Bank of Canada and Trudeau, Morneau are at fault.

#93 Ronaldo on 09.01.20 at 7:30 pm

#4 Borden Renter on 09.01.20 at 2:43 pm
I can sense a 200+ comment section tonight. You really know how to chum the comments tank, Garth.

All I will suggest is that everyone look for all the relevant facts in both cases before spouting off here, and that they shouldn’t be using MSM articles for it either, because every outlet isn’t being 100% honest.

The truth is out there.
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OK Mommie.

#94 Blobby on 09.01.20 at 7:32 pm

“No leaders are encouraging rioting. Do not repeat this falsehood. – Garth”

In 10 years plus of following this blog, And disagreeing with you on a few things you post – without comment. To this, I feel I have to comment.

Just a few days ago Trump re-tweeted a video to his twitter. It was a video of a black man, in a subway, causing violence. He posted it without comment, The video was a few years old.

But you’d have to be a complete apologist to suggest that there wasnt a reason why he posted that video, at the time, without comment (thus giving himself a “get out” when pushed on the issue)

His followers, Brandishing AR’s while travelling to a certain area, almost certainly knew what it meant.

#95 Wtf on 09.01.20 at 7:33 pm

#68 Dude. u and Jane 24 should get a room. The giddy europumping is instructive to us unsophisticated rubes over here.

Yes Venice is amazing. Italians know how to live. Wonderful people. Live there? Nope. Work is conducted kinda different.As in long on breaks short on productivity. Several instances of head shaking at the less than engaged employees. Watched construction “workers” across the canal from our hotel in Cannerigo. 2 hours fumbling around on “the job” then poof gone. I found them tho. Having shots of grappa in the restaurant where we enjoyed breakfast. We left before them. And this is in the North the economic engine. The South must be comatose. No thanks. I would strangle someone. Apparently the industrious Italians left ….for here.

#96 OK, Doomer on 09.01.20 at 7:45 pm

“Since the polls have telegraphed a Biden win for several months, and markets have steadily marched higher, the Democratic threat seems muted, if it even exists. Remember that equities are forward-looking and they have not bought the Trump warning that stocks would “disintegrate…drop down to nothing” if Joe is President.” – GT

Respectfully disagree with your assumption that the markets were climbing based on a Biden win.

Equally possible that the stats savvy market squints realized that the poll stats were as flawed in 2020 as in 2016 and that it was actually a Trump lead.

Not what I said. Read more carefully. – Garth

#97 Doug Fortez on 09.01.20 at 7:46 pm

Hey Frank DiNapoli, The best GIC in town is 2.7% for 10 years now or 3.052% after compound interest.

#98 I'm Alright Jack on 09.01.20 at 7:47 pm

I can see it now, while talking to the polster on the phone and in front of his ever-watchful wife, the hubby says: “Of course I’ll be voting for Biden”, while all the time thinking: Not – I’ll cancel my wife’s vote for Biden out, because jobs and the economy are more important than being green and PC.

I’ll bet this sort of thing happens all the time, and Trump’s numbers are probably better than one thinks.

Besides, the MSM and Biden are trying to blame Trump for fomenting the riots by the lefties/ BLM and Antifa. This makes absolutely no sense – it is the Dems, their governors and local politicians that are empowering the rioters and condemning the police, and I think any American with half of a brain can figure this out.

If the Dems were smart, they’d start distancing themselves from the “protesters” and maybe start supporting the police. But they won’t because they’ve invested too much into their anti-police/ pro-BLM meme. The Dems indefensible stance is really a great gift to Trump.

On another note, I am keeping a lot of powder dry for the post election chaos and market slump that (I feel) is bound to occur, no matter who’s voted in.

#99 Gravy Train on 09.01.20 at 7:49 pm

#67 Paul on 09.01.20 at 5:48 pm
“Democrats may not have encouraged rioting. But they sure didn’t do enough to stop it, almost the same thing.” You do know that Trump, not Biden, is the U.S. president. The riots and looting are all happening on Trump’s watch. Biden has denounced violence in all forms, whether from the far-left or the far-right. Trump has yet to do so; in fact, he’s praised the far-right vigilantism.

#100 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.01.20 at 7:53 pm

#3 You know nothing

In German we have a saying that translates roughly like:
Smoke and Alcohol kills half of mankind,
Without it, the other half dies, too.
Have a nice boring life.

#101 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 7:56 pm

#3 YouKnowWho on 09.01.20 at 2:40 pm
#68 Nonplused on 08.31.20 at 6:56 pm

I think that was the longest reply I have ever got but I’ll try and step into it, in no particular order, probably easiest to hardest.

“Also Nonplaused, for your other comment,

“You have a right to housing, but you still have to pay for it.”

The opposite of what you say is exactly my point.”

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You cannot have a “right” that compels other people to give up their “rights”. So for example if you want a million dollar house, fine if you can afford it, you have that right, but you cannot compel me to pay for it, because that takes away my right to the benefits of my labor. It in essence makes me your slave.

Property ownership, which is what housing is, can be a “right” without being a “benefit”. All it means is that the government cannot seize it without due process.

And what house do you mean? They sell tents at Canadian Tire for $100. People sleep in them. Oh wait, you want a swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen? So where on the scale do we point the needle between a “right” and a “luxury”?

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“Someone else may be obese, diabetic, have pre-existing conditions, older. They need to adjust their risk level tolerance according to their situation. They’ve already made choices perhaps that increased their risks. Of course old age, some pre-existing condition that developed is not by choice. But then again, neither is being young a choice. You just are.”

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So, if there is a fire ban and I start a fire that kills my obese, diabetic, pre-existing conditions, older neighbor it doesn’t matter if they can’t escape? I’m off the hook because healthy younger people would have been able to exit the building more quickly? I think you will find the law does not look at in that way.

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“A healthy person who has no such risks should be forced to surrender their time on the planet due to decisions of others? How does that make sense?

I hear you saying – that’s selfish of the young, the strong, the healthy!

But is it not selfish of the old, the weak, the ones with pre-existing conditions to demand this from the others as well?

Why is this selfishness acceptable one way and not the other? That’s teh crux here.”

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Are you a student of Nietzsche? Anyway it is not the way our society works to value the young more so than the old. All lives matter. Your “rights” end when they are killing other people. And these masks are now $17 for 50 at Costco, much cheaper than condoms. You can’t do that to give your grandma a few more months?

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“Not only that, it is against nature. Nature has a process, and she works without all this emotional baggage. She works without guilt and without shame.”

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Pretty much everything we have accomplished as a species and society has been by conquering nature. That goes for any successful species including ants. But in our case it has been far more technological. We understand something of germs. Why should we not use that knowledge?

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“You can’t have a “Human Right” granted to an individual on the condition of a monthly subscription cost. If that would be so, then it would be the most discriminatory Human Right ever – and aren’t Human Rights intended to stop exactly that, discrimination? You see…the logic doesn’t work out on this one.”

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Ya, it does. A right is something the government can’t take away, it is not something they have to give you. Re-read my comments on US gun ownership.

Or we could look at “free speech” or the “freedom to assemble peacefully”. Sure those are great rights but you still have to do the speaking and the assembling part. If you have nothing to say you are still protected by the right to free speech but that doesn’t mean the government is going to hand you a speech. Well they will, but you don’t want to read it.

Folks, a “right” is something the government can’t take away, not something they have to give you.

#102 Reximus on 09.01.20 at 8:00 pm

Trump lost the 2016 popular vote by 3mm votes, but won because of of the Electoral College system, especially in the midwest and PA. Those states are gone for him, mostly because of the lie that he would bring back steel and coal jobs (didnt, but that was Kellyanne Conway’s GENIUS play).

He cant repeat that lie this time and she’s gone. He’s toast.

Now he’s running on the racial upset he has presided over is only fixeable by him? Fail.

On election night when Florida goes Biden (which it will) you can go to bed

#103 Flop... on 09.01.20 at 8:07 pm

When Trump won in 2016, a bunch of Hollywood types said they were going to move to Canada.

Don’t think any of them followed through.

That was when back moving around was a lot easier.

What are they gonna threaten this time if Trump wins?

People say he’s not their President, but I’m pretty sure if you’re a U.S citizen then he’s your President for now.

Look at me, I have to accept Justin Trudeau is my Prime Minister.

Well, he’s only 50%of the equation, as Scott Morrison of Australia is the other Prime Minister in my life.

Not happy with Scott Morrisons performance either,as he cost me money because I had him as the one that was going to go black face in the office pool…

M46BC

#104 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.01.20 at 8:08 pm

#70 Reximus on 09.01.20 at 6:21 pm
Biden campaign raised 300mm+ in august, a record by any US candidate in one month, ever. Previous record was Obama in sept 2008 at 193mm.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/514610-biden-campaign-expected-to-have-raised-more-than-300-million-in-august
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I can see the money being put to good use already.
Biden commercials everywhere.
Trump must be seeing the defeat coming.
Allegedly, he’s stashing away donations in his private business

#105 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 8:08 pm

#9 Captain Uppa on 09.01.20 at 2:53 pm
“Are Trump and Biden really the best options America can trot out there?!”

Yes. In the static age (Green Day reference) only celebrity matters. How do you think we got Trudeau.2.0?

It could be the case that either myself or some other commenter in this deplorable zone might be the best choice ever for PM, but there is no path for us to go from obscurity to celebrity. Wearing fancy socks won’t do it.

#106 the Jaguar on 09.01.20 at 8:09 pm

One can only imagine the ‘Flotsam Jetsam’ tonights post will attract. I can only focus ( for my own sanity) on the playful aspect evidenced by the cat and dog in the photo. Both of them pleading for love, amusement, and security. A reminder of how we all really need one another in this world, despite our differences………… I envy the beautiful stripes of the cat in the photo. What a representative of beauty and a friend to all humanity. Enough said. Unless Felix wants to chime in.

Given the blog topic today I attach a podcast. Victor Davis Hanson. National Review used to be considered so ‘right of center’, but these days it feels so very ‘centrist’, given the extreme distance between left and right. Covers many issues identified by Garth on this blog today.
https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-victor-davis-hanson-podcast/episode-31-biden-in-sorta-trouble/

The ‘Race is On’ as the George Jones said, one of the greatest singers of all time said. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQNQavoeRlQ )
Guess we’ll all see how it all turns out in November. It won’t be dull. That much is certain.

Jaguar prowled about earlier today to be witness to no less than five Calgary FireTrucks, another labelled ‘Support for High Rise’, and yet another announcing it was something to do with ‘hazardous material response’. Wow! We may be on the ‘ropes’ here in Calgary, but we sure invested well in the ‘heavy duty equipment’ so necessary to save lives in a crisis. I was filled with pride.

No idea what the beejesus was happening, but I could not help but feel grateful for highly trained first responders, so well equipped, all racing towards uncertainty to support their city and save lives. We might do well to remember these heroes in troubled times……………

Thank you to all First Responders for your courage and fortitude. For keeping us safe in troubled times. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Mercy and Amen.

#107 Habitt on 09.01.20 at 8:18 pm

#52 45 North Agree. Even his own party doesn’t want him. I certainly don’t count him out even if TPTB and media/entertainment industry want him gone. Reminds me of a tune. Look out lord he’s gonna win, the sun is down and the night is riddin in. That train is dead on time many souls are on the line…… The fear factor is working OT

#108 Billy Buoy on 09.01.20 at 8:24 pm

Trump is a con man. Period.

Sadly enough Americans believe his lies.

He B.S.’s a good game and in such a manner anyone with an I.Q. under 56 hang on his every word. Sadly enough of the mouth breathers vote.

Biden is a hair width better.

Both say it’s the eCONomy stupid. Rather it’s the ever increasing debt and bubbles everywhere that’s the reality.

#109 Stone on 09.01.20 at 8:24 pm

#98 I’m Alright Jack on 09.01.20 at 7:47 pm
I can see it now, while talking to the polster on the phone and in front of his ever-watchful wife, the hubby says: “Of course I’ll be voting for Biden”, while all the time thinking: Not – I’ll cancel my wife’s vote for Biden out, because jobs and the economy are more important than being green and PC.

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Do I understand correctly?

Husband is a coward and is a serial liar to his wife and probably everyone else?

#110 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 8:25 pm

#38 Not a Member of the C.S.Lewis Society on 09.01.20 at 4:57 pm
#84 Nonplused on 08.31.20 at 8:08 pm

I’m not going to put my intellect up against that of C.S.Lewis, I can’t hold a candle to him.
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You are giving Clive Staples Lewis too much credit. I wrote several essays that clearly showed flaws in much of his thinking. I presented these to some members of the C.S. Lewis Society and didn’t get any good rebuttals…

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I disagree. He (CSL) was a man of his time for sure, but brilliant for his time. I am also a man of my time, standing on the shoulders of giants, but I don’t think I am as smart as he was. I have more giants to stand on.

#111 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 8:33 pm

“There is blame and shame on both sides. Plus marginalized people have every right to protest. Try to see past your narrow lens. – Garth”

Every word there true. But start fires and loot? No. The US constitution does not provide for that and neither does ours.

Give it up. Nobody is applauding violence. Do not insult me by linking that to my words. – Garth

#112 SoggyShorts on 09.01.20 at 8:33 pm

#85 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 7:04 pm
…. it would be pretty easy for someone to print up as many ballots as they wanted because they are easy to counterfeit, and it would be hard to detect fraudulent ballots…

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https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-commit-mail-in-voting-fraud-its-nearly-impossible/

Key points:
♦Not everyone’s going to have a ballot automatically sent to their mailbox. For starters, you need to be registered to vote to receive one, and in some states, you need to have requested an absentee ballot to get it.
♦Nearly every state requires a signature on the ballot to verify a voter’s identity when it’s mailed in. The signatures need to match the ones logged on the voter’s registration file, and is required for both issuing ballots and counting the vote.
♦ each ballot has a specific barcode generated and matched to the voter, with scanners being able to tell which votes are legitimate.

Seems to me that fraud on a major scale isn’t likely.

#113 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.01.20 at 8:36 pm

@#104 Ponzie Prediction

“Trump must be seeing the defeat coming.
Allegedly, he’s stashing away donations in his private business…”

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If true he( and his family) may need it for his mounting legal fees after the Senate Investigations.

#114 DON on 09.01.20 at 8:36 pm

#27 Damifino on 09.01.20 at 4:23 pm
#9 Captain Uppa

Are Trump and Biden really the best options America can trot out there?!
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I’m afraid so. Now take a look at this country.

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They appear to be the best choices that the two ruling parties can come up with on both sides of the border.

It’s sad, but sooner or later bad times require the best leaders…until then we are SOL and up the creek without a paddle.

#115 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 8:40 pm

#94 Blobby on 09.01.20 at 7:32 pm
“No leaders are encouraging rioting. Do not repeat this falsehood. – Garth”

In 10 years plus of following this blog, And disagreeing with you on a few things you post – without comment. To this, I feel I have to comment.

Just a few days ago Trump re-tweeted a video to his twitter. It was a video of a black man, in a subway, causing violence. He posted it without comment, The video was a few years old.

But you’d have to be a complete apologist to suggest that there wasnt a reason why he posted that video, at the time, without comment (thus giving himself a “get out” when pushed on the issue)

His followers, Brandishing AR’s while travelling to a certain area, almost certainly knew what it meant.

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So, it was a dog whistle?

#116 Paul on 09.01.20 at 8:42 pm

#99 Gravy Train on 09.01.20 at 7:49 pm
#67 Paul on 09.01.20 at 5:48 pm
“Democrats may not have encouraged rioting. But they sure didn’t do enough to stop it, almost the same thing.” You do know that Trump, not Biden, is the U.S. president. The riots and looting are all happening on Trump’s watch. Biden has denounced violence in all forms, whether from the far-left or the far-right. Trump has yet to do so; in fact, he’s praised the far-right vigilantism.
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Biden is denouncing the violence now his numbers are dropping. I may be wrong but the Mayors ect. Need to invite the guard in the President can not just send them in. If you google Rand Paul you will see the way him and his wife were leaving a Trump rally the other night.

#117 Garth's Son Drake on 09.01.20 at 8:45 pm

Was dumping my net worth into Tesla in March a dumb idea?

Maybe, but look at that gain for this year. My only regret is cashing out before the stock split.

Oh well, 7-figure income for doing nothing this year is okay with me.

#118 Slacker on 09.01.20 at 8:59 pm

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#119 DON on 09.01.20 at 9:00 pm

Hard to beat Trump at his own game.

He has limited shame and tells a lot of lies. Some subtle, most obvious to those checking up on him. Teflon Trump. At least now he just uses innuendos. But he comes accross as independant from the Republican party. A good portion of America seems to be fed up with the good old boys club.

‘Say it ain’t so, Joe’

#120 Mr. Market? on 09.01.20 at 9:22 pm

This “Mr Market” gibberish needs to stop. Mr Market was speaking loud, logically and clear back in March until Mr Fed and Mr Government felt that they were much smarter than Mr Market. Mr Market is now far more drunk, reckless and delusional than the real estate market. Forward thinking? Where else does anyone have to invest? This is laughable. Why bother having corrections at all if all facts, data and fundamentals are completely ignored because one day things will get better?

Those of us fully invested are up a ton since April but let’s admit it, the insane real estate market almost makes sense by comparison.

#121 KAC on 09.01.20 at 9:26 pm

#84 Blobby

Just a few days ago Trump re-tweeted a video to his twitter. It was a video of a black man, in a subway, causing violence. He posted it without comment, The video was a few years old.

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The “few years old” New York subway rape story which Trump retweeted actually occurred last Sunday and little or no accompanying comment was really needed. Clearly, since the defunding and disbandment of some of the local police units, crime in NYC has spiralled out of control

#122 Nonno Nicola on 09.01.20 at 9:34 pm

#95 Wtf on 09.01.20 at 7:33 pm
#68 Dude. u and Jane 24 should get a room. The giddy europumping is instructive to us unsophisticated rubes over here.

Yes Venice is amazing. Italians know how to live. Wonderful people. Live there? Nope. Work is conducted kinda different.As in long on breaks short on productivity. Several instances of head shaking at the less than engaged employees. Watched construction “workers” across the canal from our hotel in Cannerigo. 2 hours fumbling around on “the job” then poof gone. I found them tho. Having shots of grappa in the restaurant where we enjoyed breakfast. We left before them. And this is in the North the economic engine. The South must be comatose. No thanks. I would strangle someone. Apparently the industrious Italians left ….for here.
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Summed the situation up very accurately. My observations as well and I have been there over a dozen times. Nice place to visit, great if you are retired, not a great place to eke out an existence if you have to work for a living.

#123 Westcdn on 09.01.20 at 9:42 pm

I have some extra cash so I went hunting for preferreds but they are fully valued these days – no bargains for such a passive investment.

I thought maybe CPD might be a good idea. I was surprised how it is constructed. The breadth is astounding and all Canadian. It seems to me they buy 5 year resets and ladder them in 20% renewals in 1 – 5 year intervals. Since it in ETF, I imagine they just roll their holdings and rebalance to maintain the 20% silos.

If true, the current 1 and 2 year silos are going to reset at lower yields. I don’t see this puppy going anywhere and the distribution is under threat. You can do better but a 5% yield in an unknown environment is okay as cash.

I think the valuations placed on the leading assets (Telsa, residential RE) are crazy. But then, if you are renting money on the cheap with leverage and no intent to repay.

I can see T2’s eyes lighting up when he was told he could spend big as the interest on the net debt would still fall as a % of GNP (includes gov stimuluses and sick days). The BoC is compliant. Expect no interest rate increases soon and minor tax increases in the short term.

Our Achilles heal are the imports we need (things like good food) and a green agenda will not help our exports – I can hear the Chinese and Mexicans chortle. I figure 3 years down the road before the chickens come home to roost. Enjoy the sunny ways today while the budget balances itself (debt not included).

Meanwhile, I am off to check the options market – pretty busy these days.

#124 Drinking on 09.01.20 at 9:44 pm

What most politicians do not get actually I think I maybe wrong on this, I think they do and it is about a golden handshake, look at the NDP leader, what has the guy actually done besides guaranteed to get a golden handshake?

Anyways that was not my point; my point is that the system is broken, does not matter who one votes in and the people on the street causing this mayhem know it.

Do I agree with it, heck no, but unfortunately this is just the start of it; so, just prepare, do what one needs to do, meaning pay off those debts, have cash handy, invest wisely if you can!

#125 Mick McClean on 09.01.20 at 9:46 pm

“The market knows him now as a pro-growth, nationalist, inflationary business protagonist. Often flaky, unpredictable, impetuous, divisive and disappointing, nonetheless he extended the Obama recovery to achieve full employment, record markets and corporate bliss.” He also wants a stop to unending wars and bringing U.S. soliders home. What is this man thinking!

#126 Ronaldo on 09.01.20 at 9:51 pm

#44 Uncle Al Sinclair

What’s with the 45 sick days in 30 years Ponzius? That’s 1.5 sick days a year. You slacker!!:)
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Heck, a company I worked for, we had people did that every month, lol.

#127 mike from mtl on 09.01.20 at 10:00 pm

Who ends up being US president, who cares. Being that I can’t vote and whatever happens, happens, Why obsess over something you’ve got exactly zero control over, yes we need to be aware of our neighbours for sure but the constant debate as if they’re our leaders is silly. The markets have not cared since the 80s, only the Fed matters. Low rates = party on!

Regarding the statue since I live here, this is nothing new. When the weather is nice at least a few times per year it is defaced, painted over, set ablaze or all of the above. Honestly it is not a bad pitch to move it to Alberta.

#128 YouKnowWho on 09.01.20 at 10:30 pm

1. Regarding right. It’s a matter of touch it, and it’s on you.

You, Jim over there, Steven in the corner, Jackie over there getting a coffee aren’t obligated to meet anyone’s human right to housing. However, once they grant someone the Human Right to Housing, it becomes a lot more sticky because they now have an obligation of providing that Human Right to someone. There is precedent to it, with common law relationship and marriage, where obligation exists on behalf of the husband (usually) to provide for the spouse, even where no children are present and relationship is over. Or when you sponsor someone to come to the country and you’re responsible for them – this is parallel to that logic.

So I understand what you’re saying. But as noted, you’re not obligated to grant the Human Right, but once you do (landlord), you can’t take it away for any reason because a Human Right is not a subscription based monthly service that you are entitled to take away.

2. Fire Ban.

I told you, this is a different example because we’re talking about mostly property damage, and not nearly the scale of death as with a pandemic. Show me a fire that’s credited with 844K deaths?

And why does the fire have to be started by you? Why can’t lightening start the fire and the young nimble person manages to run away, but obese slow diabetic person with pre-existing condition doesn’t manage to. If that happens, did nature just exercise natural selection and survival of the fittest, as nature tends to?

3. Garth is really sensitive to talk about masks. But fact is they told us – don’t worry about it, you don’t need masks. Then they said, wear the masks. Now that science on masks has filtered through to everyone and we know how ineffective these masks that general public uses are in filtering anything with actual tests. Same tests that qualify N95 masks have shown cotton to be N2. Since we’ve seen how POORLY the public uses these masks as well, touching them all over, wearing on their wrist when not in use, in their pocket, in their purse, adjusting all the time – because they need to be adjusted up, the masks are becoming a health liability with all this face touching. I would not be AT ALL surprised to learn that masks contribute to respiratory illnesses due to the amount of face touching they make us do, instead of actually protecting anyone. And as noted, the science is clear on the protection – actual real scientific studies show the protection is within margin of error in all studies conducted over the years. If you read them you would be sure to spend that $17 on condoms instead, as you should, because they will protect you better during truly more risky behaviour. Hey, if Grandma doesn’t need condoms, she can be the one wearing the mask – as that makes perfect sense – she’s older, and at risk and should be taking those protective measures as noted.

4. Folks, a “right” is something the government can’t take away, not something they have to give you.

COME ON Nonplused, are you 5 years old? The government is who grants you rights. They are also the ones who take your rights away. It is quite telling that Cuba for example, grants right to food, housing, eduction, healthcare, and United States of America grants rights to freedom of speech, guns and bankrupting healthcare fees.
Why do people immigrate from one land to another? That’s right, for the rights granted to them in the new land.

Governments take rights away all the time. As noted here in Canada you don’t have a human right to water, you have a human right to ACCESS water, to ACCESS food. How ridiculous is that? What other creature in nature has a law that grants it ACCESS to water? ACCESS to food? Only humans have that type of outrageous approach to other humans to control them and restrict their freedoms. It is incredible really. Sure, no one will charge me if I pull a glass of water from a lake, but the fact that it is a right that’s been granted is a joke in the first place. And it was only granted in 1982! That’s like, not that long ago at all. And guess what? Canada is absolutely totally failing First Nations in this Human Right in 2020 – can you frikken believe that?

Look, this whole Covid thing is a real lesson. We need to toughen up. Internet, social media, cancel culture, outrage, has made us SOFT like marshmallows. We’re fatter than ever, slower than ever, lazier than ever, do less than ever, expect things to be done for us more than ever before. And a little bug has come to take inventory.

#129 Ace Goodheart on 09.01.20 at 10:35 pm

I’m a little worried about the outcome of the US election.

There is this ground swell of hatred building up against globalism, and globalist institutions, grass roots style. Biden, for whatever reasons, is being associated more and more with “the globalists” (whomever they are).

He is soft on the UN and the WHO (feared globalist organizations that must be defeated at all costs) so that might be part of the reason.

Trump started the “war” with China (probably incorrectly, and on false pretenses, but hey, he is a US president, when have they ever NOT started a war on false pretenses?).

Now that the USA hates the Chinese, and Biden is seen as a “globalist sympathizer” , all it takes is a little spark and you will get this massive change in direction in the US presidential campaign.

I wish Smoking Man was still here. He was very good at calling the results of US elections.

I am getting a bad feeling about it. Same feeling I got when I had decided that Ford would win the Ontario election.

Americans are very angry about what has happened to them. So they are either going to blame bad leadership, or they are going to blame China, globalization, the WHO, the UN and anything else that they can conveniently make into a mass hysteria bogey man.

Look at US history. What do they usually do?

Blame their President? Or blame something, anything else that they can find to blame?

#130 Looney Baloney on 09.01.20 at 10:36 pm

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#131 BS on 09.01.20 at 11:11 pm

Given Trump’s statements about mail-in ballots being ripe for fraud (no evidence of that exists)

Democratic operative says he’s been committing voter fraud for decades and warns ‘war coming November 3rd over this stuff’

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/democratic-operative-says-hes-been-committing-voter-fraud-for-decades-warns-theres-a-war-coming-november-3rd-over-this-stuff

Confessions of a voter fraud: I was a master at fixing mail-in ballots

https://nypost.com/2020/08/29/political-insider-explains-voter-fraud-with-mail-in-ballots/

Yes America, there is voter fraud. These recent cases prove it.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/yes-america-there-voter-fraud-these-recent-cases-prove-it

Trump in a landslide. Deal with it.

#132 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 11:22 pm

#111 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 8:33 pm
“There is blame and shame on both sides. Plus marginalized people have every right to protest. Try to see past your narrow lens. – Garth”

Every word there true. But start fires and loot? No. The US constitution does not provide for that and neither does ours.

Give it up. Nobody is applauding violence. Do not insult me by linking that to my words. – Garth

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That was not my intent. I was trying to condemn the violence and not at all trying to say you were in favor of it.

I perhaps should have made a better break between “Every word there true.” and the rest of what I said because I did change topic or subject at the period.

#133 Nonplused on 09.02.20 at 12:05 am

#108 Billy Buoy on 09.01.20 at 8:24 pm
Trump is a con man. Period.

Sadly enough Americans believe his lies.

He B.S.’s a good game and in such a manner anyone with an I.Q. under 56 hang on his every word. Sadly enough of the mouth breathers vote.

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Um, just to be a stickler here, but you do know that the US army won’t take anyone under 70 IQ because they can’t even push a broom? 56 is below where most down syndrome people come in. This is an odd number for you to quote because it includes almost nobody.

#134 Flop... on 09.02.20 at 12:10 am

Australia has officially entered into recession.

North America has officially entered into the twilight zone…

M46BC

#135 Tccontrarian on 09.02.20 at 12:23 am

30% short, 50% cash, 20% gold in its various forms. Probably should get some toilet paper too, just in case Biden gets angry.
Till the next drop, probably by December or January.
That’s how I’ll sleep well next several weeks…
TCC

#136 Don Guillermo on 09.02.20 at 12:47 am

#71 Linda on 09.01.20 at 6:28 pm

In Alberta, Jason Kenney & crew are likely praying for a Trump win, as Biden has promised to shut down the much disputed Keystone should he succeed in his POTUS bid. Given the poor fiscal outlook since the UCP came into power, prayer can’t hurt. Of course they are trying to blame the previous NDP government for the mess, but given we are into year two of their term I’d say the blame falls squarely on the current leadership. Which remains fixated on the belief O&G will bail them out of the smoking fiscal hole they are in. Once prices recover, that is. As far as diversification is concerned, they are all hat & no cattle
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So what’s your deal Linda? Hat? cattle? Maybe take a swing at wheat and canola while you’re at it. Do you hate Canada’s resources or just Alberta? Do you think that Canada can actually succeed without something to show for it. Maybe some poetry and pottery will cover the bills. Oh and let’s sell each other hamburgers well we’re at it. Fools!

#137 Anon-e-mouse on 09.02.20 at 12:55 am

Trump for another 4 years. He will win on a law and order platform. While the Democrats encourage rioting and asking people to chip in and bail out the people arrested, normal people don’t see images of looting and businesses burning as a rational “moderate” choice come election time.

We should be able to have a discussion on this matter without inane comments like, “Democrats encourage rioting.” Biden does not. Stick to the facts and leave the hyperbole and mistruth for your hero. – Garth

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Ah You may wanna watch a couple of Tim Poole’s youtube vids.

#138 Zackery P on 09.02.20 at 2:52 am

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#139 baloney Sandwitch on 09.02.20 at 5:58 am

I am glad I live in calm and serene Canada, compared to gong-show going on down south. I think the US is now headed for a second civil war. Given the number of guns its like a powder keg. Lots of yahoo’s trying to start a race war and a cheerleading race baiting border line fascist potus.

#140 Gerald Butz on 09.02.20 at 6:12 am

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#141 Mio on 09.02.20 at 7:02 am

“… where a police officer shot a black man in the back seven times …”

a.k.a. police wrestled with a career criminal for several minutes, before such criminal wrestled free and reached into his automobile where he had kept an offensive weapon, thereby proviking gunfire

Over the last few hours I have deleted many similar posts which seek to fully justify shooting a person in the back seven times. Like everyone else, I saw the video. Comments like this – ie, he had a criminal record and so it was probably okay to eliminate him – are appalling. Today I hate this blog. And it’s because of the people it has attracted. If I give you a platform, I fail my principles and ethics. This I will not do. – Garth

#142 Not a Member of the C.S.Lewis Society on 09.02.20 at 7:38 am

#110 Nonplused on 09.01.20 at 8:25 pm
#38 Not a Member of the C.S.Lewis Society on 09.01.20 at 4:57 pm
#84 Nonplused on 08.31.20 at 8:08 pm

I’m not going to put my intellect up against that of C.S.Lewis, I can’t hold a candle to him.
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You are giving Clive Staples Lewis too much credit. I wrote several essays that clearly showed flaws in much of his thinking. I presented these to some members of the C.S. Lewis Society and didn’t get any good rebuttals…

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I disagree. He (CSL) was a man of his time for sure, but brilliant for his time. I am also a man of my time, standing on the shoulders of giants, but I don’t think I am as smart as he was. I have more giants to stand on.———————————————————-

We can agree to disagree. C.S. Lewis is held in awe by many religious fundamentalists. I am speaking of the logic he used in some of his famous apologetics. This trascends time and place. I wrote several papers on his arguments and couldn’t get any good rebuttal from his C.S. Lewis Society. We are not talking members with little education. We are talking PhDs…

#143 Devi Dhar on 09.02.20 at 7:50 am

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#144 Gravy Train on 09.02.20 at 8:10 am

#37 Steven Nicolle on 09.01.20 at 4:50 pm
“[…] If we didn’t know Trump at all when he talks he is so convincing he leaves you thinking each time, he is the guy.” Like this remark Trump made to Dr. Deborah Birx at a White House briefing: “So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked because of the testing. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that, too.” Or this one: “I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? As you see, it gets in the lungs, it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.” — Donald John Trump
I doubled over in laughter. :P

#145 Wait There on 09.02.20 at 8:18 am

The thought that when there are going to be close elections and there won’t be any “tampering” with a loose system is ludicrous. Any reasonable person will have to protect against that….provided they are reasonable. Reasonable does not count anymore.

The way I see is like this. Something smells like poo. Looks like poo. Has the texture of poo. It has not been proven to be poo. Show me the evidence!. So you can now taste it for yourself. If it is poo after you have tasted it, THEN you have evidence. Before that…there is none.

#146 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.02.20 at 8:22 am

@#134 Flop
“Australia has officially entered into recession.”

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Wow!
Thats a bell ringer.
Is it starting in the outer fringes of the world economy?
Australia has had 25 years of positive growth quarter after quarter.
One of the best economies on the planet up til now.

If they are the canary in the coal mine we should see housing sales plummet and repos in Oz before us.

As Jimmy Pattison once said to his executives in the early 80’s, “Gentlemen, sell your Cadillac’s, there’s a recession coming.”

#147 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.02.20 at 8:24 am

@#142 Not a member of ………Mensa…

” I wrote several papers on his arguments and couldn’t get any good rebuttal from his C.S. Lewis Society. We are not talking members with little education. We are talking PhDs…”

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I type among intellectual giants…..

#148 Q2 DUPLEX DRIVE on 09.02.20 at 8:39 am

Gsrth –

‘Lots of people are afraid of violence and disorder. Talk of defunding police scares them. ‘

Ya think?

‘Kolanovic also argues polls showing a Biden lead could be inaccurate as people lie. Apparently that happens. Imagine.’

It’s called preference falsification and has been well-documented, both in the 2016 election and the BREXIT vote. Look it up. That’s why so many people view polls with scepticism.

‘Ya think?’ What is that inane expression supposed to mean? My words were clear. – Garth

#149 Tater on 09.02.20 at 8:45 am

#72 Jacques Shellacque on 09.01.20 at 6:32 pm
It strikes me that Mr/Ms Market has only considered a convincing win by either side, with undisputed result known the morning after and concession made within a day or so of that.
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The kinked VIX curve says that Mr. Market very much expects there to be some fireworks.

#150 Bonobo on 09.02.20 at 8:51 am

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#151 Wrk.dover on 09.02.20 at 8:54 am

Over the last few hours I have deleted many similar posts

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Over the last few hours I have been giving your situation much thought on that very issue, Garth.

A financial blog is going to attract right wing money made through other peoples sweat readers. Exploiters.

I’m a guy that carved my existence with hand tools. I read this blog to try to find a home for the pittance of excess in what you consider chump change that I have left over.

Human nature is really being exposed for what it is this year and it is fogging over your radar screen in this comment gallery.

Not pretty is it? Every last soul in the investor class, nasty.

Stephen Rowlandson is probably the guy to spend a day with right about now. He has empathy.

Living on air is not such a bad principal, compared to selling ones own conscience in order to eat someone else’s lunch.

It’s a great day to walk about in the wilderness of NS, post biting bug season. Go for it! The blog can take a day off too….it’s yours.

#152 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 8:59 am

#26 Steven Nicolle on 09.01.20 at 4:22 pm
#3 YouTalkTooMuch
You sure do. Do whatever you want. I have underlying conditions and probably been out more than you. Listen if you have no vices you will just die healthy. Who wants that?

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#100 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.01.20 at 7:53 pm
#3 You know nothing

In German we have a saying that translates roughly like:
Smoke and Alcohol kills half of mankind,
Without it, the other half dies, too.
Have a nice boring life.

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Steven Nicolle, I respect that. Live your life, absolutely. Isn’t that what I’ms saying? And you don’t let anything come between you and living your life? How much more can I agree with you than 100%?

Who wants to die healthy? I guess I do. Because in that case I know I got the maximum out of life.

Why do my vices have to be self-destructive by the way? What is this thinking? Why can’t my vices be to make love in every possible way I can imagine? Why can’t my vices be to be best I can be? Strongest I can be? Fastest I can be? Why can’t my vices be to learn about the world, about physics, about nature? Why can’t my vices be to smell ever flower I encounter?

Ponzius Pilatus, do you know why all the drugs and alcohol comes with a hang-over?

It’s to remind you that there are no shortcuts in life.

Either do the work on the front end, and blow your mind through use of your brain with experiences, thoughts, interactions, discoveries – and have no back end price that you pay. Or put your brain to sleep with substances, and be cloudy for hours, days after.

Once again, this thinking proves without doubt that humans do everything backwards, and worse – they think it’s the right way.

#153 Do we have all the facts on 09.02.20 at 9:07 am

#128

Governments do not grant human rights. In the past they have passed legislation and policies that infringed upon basic human rights but they do not have the right to grant basic rights or to take them away.

The Constitution of Canada was amended in 1982 to protect the basic rights held by all Canadian citizens from being compromised by a Provincial, Territorial or Federal government.

Whenever a government enacts policies or legislation that infringes on, or abrogates, the basic human rights of one specific group of citizens the Supreme Court of Canada can direct the offending government to amend the policy or legislation. We are protected by our Constitution.

We should never allow our governments to infringe upon rights all citizens hold as human beings. The impact of some measures enacted to prevent spread of the Covid 19 virus could be viewed as infringing on the right of some Canadians to equality before the law.

#154 Guelph Guru on 09.02.20 at 9:10 am

Trump or Biden. Does not matter.
Prosperity requires abundant goods production, healthy trade and customer confidence.
We currently have all three in place inspite of all the trade war stuff we keep on hearing. Cust confidence is improving but we still have it in abundance.
60 40 for low risk.
80 20 for young folks.

#155 Paterfamilias on 09.02.20 at 9:13 am

At this time I am only too glad to be living in that dull Canada, so very deprecated by some readers of this blog. There is no justification for any person to shoot any other person in the back seven times. While I do not like reading some of the comments, it does occur to me that the blog actually performs a public service in reminding the rest of us of some of the execrable opinions that are out there.

#156 TurnerNation on 09.02.20 at 9:17 am

Here is comes…bye bye travel rights unless you submit to multiple tests. As after 9/11 expect extra fees fees fees forever. Not one ‘t3rrorist’ ever was caught at an airport by the checks we submit to. Expect the same with the testing. Already there’s a CV no-fly list – if you dare lift your mask in-flight the airline bans you. But why? See more below:
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“The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday edition that widespread adoption of COVID-19 tests for airline passengers will allow governments to reopen borders safely while boosting travel and limiting the devastation suffered by the world’s air carriers in the pandemic, according to airline lobby group IATA. The Globe’s Eric Atkins writes that the International Air Transport Association’s call for tests comes as Air Canada and WestJet say they plan to begin trials of voluntary COVID-19 checks in the weeks ahead in an effort to persuade governments to loosen travel restrictions. IATA boss Alexandre de Juniac said tests developed with support of governments and the medical community that are fast, reliable and “more comfortable” than most could be among steps that could allow international air travel to resume. —>>Without providing details, he outlined a test that passengers would take in two or three stages: two days before flying, on departure and perhaps on arrival. <—-
© 2020 Canjex Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved."

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BUT WHY: from another blog, back in March they nailed it. Hurry up and fly now, when the new Green Deal Communism drops later this year it might become impossible.

"“March 24, 2020
We’re in an experiment. We’re now getting a glimpse of what a high tech, low carbon, limited mobility civilization looks like. The technocrats must be loving this – they’re going to have so much data to analyze after the experiment is over. Other major interest groups will use this experiment to further their agendas”"

#157 TurnerNation on 09.02.20 at 9:30 am

#152 YouKnowWho a good attempt but be aware that you are dealing with a dark cult when it comes to the CV crowd. They have totally lost it and welcome all levels of tyranny. (This is WW3 and the lines are clear.)
To keep us safe. Perhaps a white shade of pale horse.

#158 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 9:33 am

#153 Do we have all the facts

Governments do not grant human rights. In the past they have passed legislation and policies that infringed upon basic human rights but they do not have the right to grant basic rights or to take them away.

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Is now the time we should bring China into the conversation? Hong Kong? Heck, why not Russia or the United States of America – oh, they were already in the conversation. United States of America should be on the hook for lack of due process – so many are being found guilty before they get a chance to defend themselves – it is incredible that such things happen in the US of A.

For the current state of things and how Governments protect and ensure human rights, what grade would you give them? Exactly.

#159 TurnerNation on 09.02.20 at 9:40 am

2nd WAVE coming: bankruptcies. Who did this? Our worst sworn enemies overseas (which h8 our freedoms) – assuming they really exist? Or our own arm of the new Global Government? People are sacred of the stupid new regulations.

https://huddle.today/halifax-restaurants-brace-for-the-end-of-patio-season/

#160 Flop... on 09.02.20 at 9:48 am

#146 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.02.20 at 8:22 am
@#134 Flop
“Australia has officially entered into recession.”

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Wow!
Thats a bell ringer.
Is it starting in the outer fringes of the world economy?
Australia has had 25 years of positive growth quarter after quarter.
One of the best economies on the planet up til now.

If they are the canary in the coal mine we should see housing sales plummet and repos in Oz before us

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Morning Crowdie.

Why not start with Australia as the world is a little upside down at the moment.

As the country enters recession I think house sales have been decent in most states and one thing that caught my eye the other day was some states have record, or near record building permit applications, with hard hit Victoria wondering if enough trades people are going to stick around to complete the work.

Damn, I said the work word.

Off I go…

M46BC

#161 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 9:49 am

#155 Paterfamilias

This 7 shots in the back is going to be a slightly harder case. However, the continued resistance, the fact that taser didn’t get the job done (twice?), the fact that there was a weapon, this all plays a role.

I think people don’t consider one thing – what it is like to be a police officer in the land of guns. Where there is what 3 guns for every citizen? 5? I don’t know – a lot of guns. Guns, guns, guns. The chances of a cop being faced with a gun are probably highest in the United States of America.

These are not Robocops. These are human beings, with families, friends, brothers, sisters. They want to go home, and the truth is each day the leave their house maybe their last. Read this little tidbit as an FYI

“The FBI has released its latest statistics regarding line-of-duty deaths and/or assaults on law enforcement officers in the United States. A total of 106 police officers lost their lives on duty last year, a 13% increase on 2017.”

Now, suit up and go to work. Don’t be on the edge. Don’t have adrenaline pumping when a guy rushes for his car. Know magically ahead of time that it’s a knife not a gun this guy resisting arrest has in his car. Take that chance with your life with this guy resisting arrest, with an outstanding warranty.

It’s simply crazy to expect miracles of the cops. Everyone is a Monday morning quarterback. Now put your life on the line.

I respect any individual who puts on that uniform and agrees to come by ASAP when I need them. Highest respect.

#162 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 9:58 am

106

That’s the average number of cops killed in the line of duty in the United States of America each year over past 12 years, and it just so happens that 106 was the number killed in 2018, last reported data.

106 Cops in the line of duty.

Wow.

Anyone care at all?

#163 Dharma Bum on 09.02.20 at 10:03 am

#50 Boomer Bill

Gents, I say we get together for a blog dog party in the Bruce Penninsula…
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I’m into that, for sure.

Flop can cut northeast after his stint in Denver (which is the worst part of Colorado, by the way, besides the barren plains that make up over half of the eastern part of the state) and meet us up on the Bruce.

Headed back to the BP next week to clear some more shoreline (machete and chainsaw).

Building permit application in the works now.

Blog Dog house warming party…here we come!

Maybe I can hire Garth to be the guest of honour? He can make a grand entrance on his harley Davidson.

Dolce can fly in. Is Alitalia still in business?

We could discuss how Trump’s second term is going.

#164 ImGonnaBeSick on 09.02.20 at 10:10 am

https://www.thinkspot.com/discourse/zquaJQ/post/jordan-peterson/hell-one-step-at-a-time/b6mtwx

#165 Dharma Bum on 09.02.20 at 10:11 am

#155 Paterfamilias

At this time I am only too glad to be living in that dull Canada, so very deprecated by some readers of this blog. There is no justification for any person to shoot any other person in the back seven times.
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Oh, sure, Canada is so innocent, and our cops are beyond reproach.

Nothing bad ever happens in Canada the good.

Ask the family of Sammy Yamin and James Forcillo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwmcL1A-Rf4

Not SEVEN shots. NINE.

#166 George S on 09.02.20 at 10:21 am

#56 Nonno Nicola on 09.01.20 at 5:25 pm
You asked why there aren’t any houses for $1.00 in Canada like there are in Italy. Well they aren’t really $1.00 by the time you fly there and deal with all the paperwork and hire local people to fix them up. A $1.00 house will require fixing up. So let’s say you end up putting $20 to 30k into it before you can move in.
What you end up with in reality is a vacation home in a village of 1000 people that speak very little English. no job and it costs you $2k per person to go there and back.

If you look for real estate in any of the countless small towns and villages across Canada and especially on the prairies you will be able to find similar prices for houses in similar condition. A few years ago we sold a house in a small town for $43k all stuff inside included (basically completely furnished and outfitted for living in it). It was on a 75 X 120′ lot, 5 bedrooms, nicely finished basement, garage. The town had a hospital, nursing home, all sorts of businesses and there were plenty of places to get a job and have some income. There are many, many deals like this all across Canada. Supply and demand rules.
I know of one village where the serviced (electricity, water and sewer) building lots are $100. One resident I know bought 4 lots adjacent to his so that he could have a nice big garden.

I got to thinking about Anarchists. I am not sure how you can have left or right wing Anarchists, since they should be without any political allegiance, being anti- government. But being anti-government they should not want to control people because that would put them in an unusual position of opposing government controlling people but wanting to control people themselves by putting themselves in the same position as the government by making everything government control-free by imposing their philosophy of how things should go on everyone just like the government does. Or am I missing or adding something?

#167 Boomer Bill on 09.02.20 at 10:26 am

#163 Dharma Bum on 09.02.20 at 10:03 am
#50 Boomer Bill

Gents, I say we get together for a blog dog party in the Bruce Penninsula…
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I’m into that, for sure.
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Sounds like a plan! I was up for a week in beautiful Cobble Beach in July and usually go up for their amazing car show in September which has been cancelled this year due to this thing called Covid19. If you are into pristine vintage cars, this show is a must…
They have a great banquet room which would make a great blog dog convention/xmas party!

https://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/

#168 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 10:35 am

#165 Dharma Bum

Man, SOOOO easy to be a Monday morning quarter back.

You take out a knife on a public transit vehicle, you just raised the stakes.

You forgot about the maniac who cut off the head of the guy on a GrayHound bus? That happened just a few years earlier.

How about this scenario change ever so slightly. Say you are sitting on that streetcar and a random guy takes out a knife and takes the streetcar over? Or you Mom. Your Child. Your Sister.

What do you want the cops to do now? Does that change the math for you on the situation?

Once you take out the weapon, you’ve just raised the stakes, and made it very likely that a weapon will be taken out in response.

Is taking a life easy psychologically for cops? Do you know how many people bait cops into shooting them to commit suicide each year in America?

“research of 843 police shootings determined that about 50% were victim precipitated homicide. Police defined victim precipitated homicide as “an incident in which an individual bent on self-destruction, engages in life threatening and criminal behavior to force law enforcement officers to kill them.”

I know that these numbers are being used here – 7 shots, 9 shots – for scale and outrage. But reality is, that once deadly force is used, does it really matter?

7 shots to the back and the guy is alive. 1 shot to the head and it’s over. Quantity is causing outrage. Emotion is taking over. That’s dangerous, always.

You know those 106 cops that died in the lined of duty in the United States of America in 2018? 11 cops – full 10% of deaths on average are ambushed. Can you imagine knowing this statistic? That by having the uniform you’re a constant target to be killed.

Now, go ahead – go with a target on your back out there and be cool. Make your body not produce more adrenaline, be in a higher fight/flight mode. Be RoboCob!

Craziness.

The thread is over. This blog is going in the wrong direction. – Garth

#169 Yukon Elvis on 09.02.20 at 10:45 am

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#170 Tater on 09.02.20 at 10:59 am

#162 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 9:58 am
106

That’s the average number of cops killed in the line of duty in the United States of America each year over past 12 years, and it just so happens that 106 was the number killed in 2018, last reported data.

106 Cops in the line of duty.

Wow.

Anyone care at all?
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Police officer isn’t even in the top 10 most dangerous jobs, so I’m more worried about loggers (7.1x more likely to die on the job) or garbage men (3.25x more likely to die on the job) than cops.

The FBI has stats from 2019 here: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2019-statistics-on-law-enforcement-officers-killed-in-the-line-of-duty

48 cops killed in felonious deaths and 41 from accidents.

#171 Paterfamilias on 09.02.20 at 11:05 am

# 161. “..a slightly harder case ..” you say ? FWIW, I am a retired “cop”; my father was in the military; my grandfather was a career police officer. There is NO justification for any person to shoot any other person in the back seven times.

A police officer can face difficult situations (I can tell you).There are methods approved for dealing with certain situations and these methods are taught to police officers. Shooting someone in the back multiple times is NOT one of the approved methods.

#172 MF on 09.02.20 at 11:07 am

157 TurnerNation on 09.02.20 at 9:30 am

Lolol dark cult.

Like your message of fear, suspicion, and paranoia is even better? What solutions do you propose? Are you an infectious disease expert with credentials? Do you have inside knowledge to the inner workings of governments?

Your posts are all the same. The usual daily blast we all get when first clicking on the comment link (always first for some reason?) is like opening the public washroom stall and seeing poop floating. Some will flush and use it, but most will just move on the next stall.

MF

#173 Ponzius Pilatus on 09.02.20 at 11:23 am

They say, “a time of crisis brings out the best in people”
Judging from the majority of posts here, They are wrong.
Get a grip, people.

#174 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 11:24 am

The thread is over. This blog is going in the wrong direction. – Garth

Got it.

These cases need to go through courts, all evidence needs to be seen, considered, evaluated, due process do what it does.

Everything we’re doing here is nothing short of speculation and waste time. It makes no difference indeed.

HEY, wait a minute, isn’t investing about speculation? So it’s on topic!

I’m stuck at home in front of a screen for a few days, this is my diversion. :-)

#175 mark on 09.02.20 at 11:37 am

Why real-estate is best investment for most people.

We keep hearing of a correction, but just keeps going up?

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/why-housing-is-still-the-best-investment-for-most-canadians-1.1442476

#176 Lambchop on 09.02.20 at 11:37 am

#164 ImGonnaBeSick on 09.02.20 at 10:10 am
https://www.thinkspot.com/discourse/zquaJQ/post/jordan-peterson/hell-one-step-at-a-time/b6mtwx

“Tyranny grows slowly, and asks us to retreat in comparatively tiny steps at a time. But each retreat increases the possibility of the next retreat. Each betrayal of conscience, each act of silence (despite the felt resentment), and each rationalization weakens resistance and increases the probability of the next tyrannical move forward.”

A well-written and thought provoking read.
Thank you

#177 the Jaguar on 09.02.20 at 11:42 am

Good read on the cover of this mornings National Post.

https://financialpost.com/opinion/terence-corcoran-you-are-not-you-and-other-truths-of-the-new-world

The fight for freedom and democracy is underway.

#178 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.02.20 at 11:42 am

@#151 Wrk.dvr
“It’s a great day to walk about in the wilderness of NS, post biting bug season. ”

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Except for the ticks and Lyme’s disease…… the NS woods are infested with it…
Long pants and high socks….

#179 Phylis on 09.02.20 at 11:44 am

Let’s drag a q back to the finances, shall we? I have some banked capital losses (cowgirl days). Should i wait for the inclusion increase?

#180 RyYYZ on 09.02.20 at 11:44 am

#153 Do we have all the facts on 09.02.20 at 9:07 am

We should never allow our governments to infringe upon rights all citizens hold as human beings. The impact of some measures enacted to prevent spread of the Covid 19 virus could be viewed as infringing on the right of some Canadians to equality before the law.
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“Universal” human rights are a fantasy. What are they? Where do they come from? The UN?

“Human rights” are a purely human invention, and are no more or less than what you can get most people to agree to.

Nearly everything we can conceive of as a “human right” goes against what some societies believe, or have believed.

Some on the left seem to believe that housing is a right, but free speech is not. At least not for wrong-thinkers.

#181 WTF on 09.02.20 at 11:48 am

The thread is over. This blog is going in the wrong direction. – Garth

Well, you did title it “the brawl”:-)

really cute pic tho!

#182 crowdedelevatorfartz on 09.02.20 at 11:57 am

Elon “Musk” has come over to the dark side.

Music to my ears

https://ca.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idCAKBN25T2DH-OCATC

#183 aW on 09.02.20 at 12:02 pm

TurnerNation and YouKnowWho are my favourite posters here. I very much appreciate and respect their opinions. I don’t agree with all of them, but I’m glad we get the opportunity to read them and consider. Please keep the comment section open, Garth!

#184 conan on 09.02.20 at 12:55 pm

There was a certain fellow from 1930’s Europe who used violence to grab power. Worst thing for the USA , and the planet, would be to allow it to happen again.

Yet, it looks like the cluster duck strategy has been chosen by Trump. Personally, I think Americans are too smart to fall for that, and I predict a blue Tsunami will take out the Trumpster.

#185 MF on 09.02.20 at 1:21 pm

Trump:

Of course Trump has a chance of winning.

1) the protests are well meaning and have a positive message (anti racism) but they have been infiltrated by radical elements. All American social media sites I visit have become a constant stream of posts from users showing violence in the streets against civilians, police, and businesses. The original peaceful message has been muffled. And the users are convinced the people in the streets will vote Democrat.

2) Biden is doing what Hilary did and not campaigning enough. Meanwhile Trump has been out and about. This also seems to paint Biden as frail. The democrat strategy of sitting back and letting Trump “make mistakes” was flawed from the beginning.

3) Biden was nominated as a middle grounder, but he won’t resonate with the more radical elements in the democrat party, who are growing in numbers. Harris was a better choice for everyone but people don’t vote for Vice Presidents.

4) Biden is still seen as a vestige of the Obama era. Modern Democrats might not get the appeal. Even disillusioned Trump fans won’t consider voting for him. Trump’s base wasn’t going to move regardless.

Will be close (aren’t they always though?)

MF

#186 YouKnowWhy on 09.02.20 at 1:36 pm

#170 Tater

Yeah, accidents in performing duty. Getting to the scene quickly with sirens has risks. They are rushing to get to you urgently and quickly – and there is a risk. They are controlling a scene and get killed by other drivers. The 2 cops who drowned – probably trying to help someone – lesser? These are risks of duty. I am tired of assigning a quality of death to one but not the other and making one death more significant than other. These cops died in the line of duty – all are equal in their sacrifice in my view, and should be in your view. The ultimate sacrifice no one on this blog is making.

Provide detail to. those accidents, data was in your link:

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48 cops killed in felonious deaths and 41 from accidents.
Circumstances. The 41 officers accidentally killed died in a variety of scenarios:

19 died as a result of motor vehicle crashes
18 while operating cars, SUVs, trucks, or vans
1 while operating an ATV or a motorcycle
16 were pedestrian officers struck by vehicles
3 were killed in firearm-related incidents
2 officers drowned
1 officer was reported to have died in the category of an other type of duty-related accident when they were struck by a tire/wheel while assisting a motorist

The other thing I learn from your comment is that I should appreciate loggers and garbage men more. They provide critical service that really matters.

Speaking of which, what happened to the 7:30 PM salute? Did we get tired of it? It’s over now? Front Line worker appreciation is no longer necessary?

Why pay them for their essential-ness – let’s bang some pot together…ahh…Hockey is back on, stop making noise.

#187 Aunty Fah on 09.02.20 at 1:42 pm

We can’t let this man have the nuclear codes!!

Vote for our guy or the riots will continue

#188 YouKnowWho on 09.02.20 at 1:58 pm

#157 TurnerNation on 09.02.20 at 9:30 am

#152 YouKnowWho a good attempt but be aware that you are dealing with a dark cult when it comes to the CV crowd.

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I used to trust scientists. But over past 6 months scientists sound more and more like politicians, and politicians try to sound like scientists.

Crazy as it seems, jocks like Joe Rogan are the ones who are bringing valuable scientific factual information to the forefront to masses from rogue scientists that are providing the facts from a based of knowledge that is rich and deep, and a venue where he gives them 3 hours to lay it out.

HOW is it possible that the only person I have heard speak about the DNA makeup and “features” of Covid-19 is Bret Weinstein on Joe Rogan? NO ONE ELSE has provided any information about the DNA makeup, code, suspicious gain-of-function features, evolutionary steps necessary for it to get to this stage (and steps that are missing in case of Covid-19 by the way) from someone who has dedicated their entire life to it.

Even on here, I mean Garth tried, and he got the Bacterial guy on here, but note how basic and simple all the science presented is in MSM, and how hard it is to find anything really meaningful data and info wise. We’re at the mercy.

Thank GOODNESS for inter webs, podcasts, the Joe Rogans, the Garths blogs, because without it, we would be completely out of the loop on any valuable information.

#189 Steerage on 09.02.20 at 2:11 pm

Rosie is not impressed by the markets.. head for the exits!!
https://financialpost.com/investing/investing-pro/david-rosenberg-no-matter-how-you-slice-it-markets-are-in-a-bubble-of-historic-proportions

He lives in the exits. – Garth

#190 Don Guillermo on 09.02.20 at 2:50 pm

#185 MF on 09.02.20 at 1:21 pm
Trump:

Of course Trump has a chance of winning.

1) the protests are well meaning and have a positive message (anti racism) but they have been infiltrated by radical elements. All American social media sites I visit have become a constant stream of posts from users showing violence in the streets against civilians, police, and businesses. The original peaceful message has been muffled. And the users are convinced the people in the streets will vote Democrat

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The Iranian revolution started with good intentions . It was supported by students, islamists and secular groups with the goal to overthrow the western supported and cruel Pahlavi Dynasty. It was eventually highjacked by the Islamists and the end result was a theocratic republic with Khomeini becoming supreme leader. It certainly wasn’t the vision of the secular groups. I was there at the beginning and remember most of quite well. I still have some Pahlavi coins and a small Persian carpet to show for it. ;)

#191 Bill on 09.02.20 at 2:58 pm

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#192 Penny Henny on 09.02.20 at 3:07 pm

#166 George S on 09.02.20 at 10:21 am

I know of one village where the serviced (electricity, water and sewer) building lots are $100. .

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tell us where George

#193 Penny Henny on 09.02.20 at 3:10 pm

Re Australia,
the only reason they didn’t have a recession for 25 years is because China was buying up all their natural resources.
But China and Australia had a tiff.

#194 salonist on 09.02.20 at 7:46 pm

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