The price of free

The day during which the second Covid vaccine was announced seems a reasonable time to do this. (A Biden presidency + Pfizer + Moderna = 30,000 Dow, by the way. I hope you have stayed invested.)

This blog is a free speech zone. Sort of. All comments are moderated, which means they pass through a filter. That would be me. Routinely I punt people for things like profanity, racism, appalling taste or vile ad hominem attacks. This is a subjective process, which means some souls have been denied publishing solely because they tick me off.

Here’s one now. This guy’s been banned three times using different names, most recently when he tried to hurt me after the death of Bandit, my animal companion.

Your blog, your right to ban, I’m not going to argue. Plus, I know my post was over the line. I write for a living, put time and thought into a lot of those comments under several user names. To see them ghosted without a word was unfair.

Regardless, I’d like to give some feedback. You have an illustrious political financial blog/social media career, and are successful by many measures (not the least of which being highly respected and maybe even loathed in some circles). Despite this, your blog comment blocking, deleting, warning and banning hierarchy is too arbitrary for so popular a blog. It’s undermining the blog’s quality–I can see it in other posters comments as well.

Maybe no one has told you this, maybe they have, but people come for the comments. Your posts are a great and essential catalyst, but the comments section belongs to all of us.

You’ve killed off two or three of my usernames now, but I keep coming back (you can’t ban anyone who knows IT stuff). But I don’t want to disrespect you, so I’m going to try to stay away. But if you asked, I know a majority of steerage would urge you to allow Attrition, GBiddy, Disenfranchised, and I forget my other user names…to return.

I’ve written and published dozens of professional income producing blogs, you have something wonderful here. But in my experience, when moderating comments you only ban people for lies and hate, not their opinions.

Over the last few months aliens visiting this site would have noticed it – the crowding-out and bullying, plus the replacement of opinion by edict. Trump did that. Or, at least, what some people think Trump means, stands for and epitomizes. His supporters, sycophants and admirers have tried to dominate the discussion, to call those in disagreement commies or Antifa and create a huge cleave between right and left. Sure, the lefties got their shots in, too. But the guys arriving here in their F150s with camo undies, ballistic vests and flags flying dominated. Until I started shutting it down.

Next came the Covid’s-just-the-flu meme, purposefully diminishing the deaths associated with the virus. That continues, even as cases pass 11 million in the US and we face lockdowns from Grand Prairie to Peel. Now the anti-vaxxers are here, saying they’d never take a shot, that vaccinating kids is child abuse and, because only old people get Covid and die, it’s no big deal.

As you probably know, disinformation is the currency of our age. It gets people elected, influences public policy and allows outbreaks to become pandemics. In America over 70% of Republicans, who made up most of the seventy million people who voted red, believe the US election was rigged, despite a paucity of evidence. They swallow the presidential tweets, Fox News and Steve Bannon, plus the thousands of sites that truck in conservative conspiracy, QAnon and evangelism.

Should this blog be a part of that? Does the need for free speech, unedited and authentic, override the filter of reasonableness? Is it okay for a site like this – associated with me, my reputation, background and professional colleagues – to hand over blog real estate to people scoffing on the graves of virus victims, questioning democracy or fomenting resistance to public health?

Moreover, why would I do that?

This is not a commercial site. It has no advertisers, no income stream, no financial agenda, no products to sell. Nobody pays me for clicks or eyeballs. The purpose is to inform, educate and enlighten those who stumble upon it. It’s a volunteer effort as I, Doug, Ryan and sometimes Sinan churn out original content seven days a week and hope every single post is of value to somebody. It’s free. And it will remain so until the day GreaterFool folds.

Do not hasten that.

411 comments ↓

#1 Jack on 11.16.20 at 5:03 pm

I stopped looking at the comments five years ago, too many truck nutz-grasping alpha males. The blog is valuable for other reasons, mostly Garth related.

#2 UtterlyConfusedCanadian on 11.16.20 at 5:03 pm

Thank you for your efforts Garth.

#3 First Time Commenter on 11.16.20 at 5:03 pm

Let me emphatically say, as a daily visitor, that I do NOT come here for the comments.

#4 T on 11.16.20 at 5:04 pm

Cheers to that!

#5 jimprdx on 11.16.20 at 5:07 pm

What kind of sick bastard trolls someone about their dead dog?! Talk about life choices… Keep up the good work, Garth, and keep banning these losers. The comments section does not belong to them.

#6 Kevin on 11.16.20 at 5:07 pm

In 20 years Canada/America will be under the control of people who were home-schooled by day drinkers

#7 HPVictoria on 11.16.20 at 5:08 pm

Thanks for all your effort on this blog, Garth. I come here mostly for your excellent posts. It’s your blog and you can handle the comments your way.

#8 BlogDog123 on 11.16.20 at 5:09 pm

Well stated Garth.

If I want to read all the nonsense from the rabid spreaders of disinformation, there’s plenty of other venues for that stuff… Go spread that nonsense elsewhere. I hear Dr. Jenny McCarthy is VERY interested in those anti-vaxxer viewpoints…

#9 espressobob on 11.16.20 at 5:09 pm

How did Obama put it, oh right he said ” truth decay ” .

The former prez has a point.

#10 Bill Grable on 11.16.20 at 5:09 pm

Mr. Turner – this blog has become a ‘must read’ for a LOT of people.
Try and ignore the ego freaks and crazies.
We ALL appreciate the work that goes into Greaterfool.ca.

Gracias, para todo!

#11 Mike in Calgary on 11.16.20 at 5:09 pm

Your blog….your rules. Why is that hard to understand.

#12 Steve French on 11.16.20 at 5:10 pm

You know Garth, I was Smoking Man’s #3 top fan, not to mention his mentor.

But to be honest, his life motto (“Gamble Bitc*ez”), and his rather unhealthy lifestyle, and his disavowal of formal training and knowledge, did not actually serve him that well in the end.

Following his reckless Hunter S. Thompson approach to life, Smokey did the following:

– drank and smoked his way to a bad case of cancer
– moved to down from his home at Shlong Branch to the freedom of Trump’s America- following a job, yes, but without health insurance, because apparently he was immune to illness
– proceeded to indeed become seriously ill due in part due to aforementioned unhealthy lifestyle, and then went hugely into debt due to massive medical bills

Yes sure, he did it all his way… but…

What are they going to say about him? What?

Are they going to say he was a kind man?

He was a wise man? He had plans? He had wisdom?

Bullshit, man!

#13 Ultraman on 11.16.20 at 5:11 pm

After reading the comment from 3 Times Banned, the first thing that came to mind was parasites.

#14 some guy on 11.16.20 at 5:11 pm

You have to be some self deluded weirdo to circumvent a ban because you believe you are entitled to share your opinion on someone else’s website.

Garth is a gem of a man; if you get the compulsion to attack him you need to do some serious self-reflection.

#15 Nsqt on 11.16.20 at 5:11 pm

I visit this site to read the teaching of Garth, not here to read the comments.

#16 MCS on 11.16.20 at 5:11 pm

I come for this blog’s insights and perspective… and I hope it will be this way for a long time to come.

#17 dave on 11.16.20 at 5:12 pm

A Biden presidency + Pfizer + Moderna =INCREASE IN INTEREST RATES IN CANADA????

#18 Silent Observer (not so much) on 11.16.20 at 5:12 pm

I for one am mostly here for your post. While I amuse myself at times and scan the comments, I’m here for the stats you post, recent news or announcements, and your analysis of those. So, I suppose I’m thankful that you spare me the pain of listening to the rhetoric and nonsense. After all, aren’t we already overexposed to it already?

#19 Franco on 11.16.20 at 5:12 pm

I like your blog and unfortunately we live in a time that somehow has empowered the nut jobs and misinformation is everywhere. Just never imagined that we would live in a time like this with crime rates going back up, hate crimes increasing and so on. I just hope 2021 is a better year all around for all.

#20 You know val on 11.16.20 at 5:13 pm

You tell him Gathgantuan.

#21 Bill on 11.16.20 at 5:13 pm

Were in a bull market! Dow new high…just a mater of time for the TSX
#104 Faron (from prior blog)
So yes telling people what they want to know in general rather than what they need to know is part of the issue. Keep us safe from ourselves.
Their was really very little real reporting of Trudeau and his many scandalous situations and blocking of the investigations of these. Just like how CBC soft balls questions at him in likely the most challenging times in a a century?
Maybe they can query cost benefit analysts on many policies implemented due to CV. No bloody likely. Maybe because hes ill equipped to answer them? Their told how to pitch…more likely. Any media outlet that is subsidized to the tune of what CBC gets from the tax payer should be questioned in a big way.
Guess we will figure out how to pay for the $600bill debt cause that’s where we are heading so what a bill among friends? No leadership here…
Also Shocking how the media covered the US election. I thought we became the 51st.
I’m not say its all bad but at times their very onesided.
Cheers

#22 Ustabe on 11.16.20 at 5:14 pm

Thoughtful post, I now see why it was a bit later than most.

I originally came here as a semi-retired business person with not much market investment knowledge.

As a fairly successful business person I offer this: Always know where your exit is.

Doesn’t matter if its a real estate deal, a business meeting, a new personal relationship, a Costco trip or entering a new country.

In closing what looked like it might be a crap Chantrelle season suddenly took off, they are all over the place now…

#23 Zed on 11.16.20 at 5:15 pm

Garth, you are right to exclude bad comments since it is your blog.

I am sure that everybody looking at your blog comes for your ideas and not of some unknown dude commenting on unrelated subjects.

Keep up the good work and great advice.

#24 Lifeon18 on 11.16.20 at 5:15 pm

I have visited almost daily for 8 years. I never read the comments. To your question, Is is okay.. No.

#25 Cherry Picket on 11.16.20 at 5:15 pm

It’s amazing that some evangelists believe in their god (or Trump) on faith with little to no evidence, but they can’t believe in Vaccines with peer reviewed scientific proof. Keep up the fine moderation, Garth!

#26 HowDeepThe Pain? on 11.16.20 at 5:15 pm

Canadian Real Estate Policy

What’s next?
Have policy makers learned from their past mistakes?

Creating ‘Affordability’ just pushes prices higher, including all the first time buyer charades. The competition at the low end boosts what the seller can pay in the middle market, in turn boosting the high end.

Young people are royally screwed, and this is taking a mental toll on them. Poor buggers got raised into living through Social Media anxiety. (Social Media = a comment section that is personal and almost unescapable?)

So what’s next?
*Empty home tax?
*Speculation tax?
*Multiple home ownership restrictions?

#27 KO on 11.16.20 at 5:15 pm

First time posting, but really appreciate your daily articles.
Please don’t let the trolls shut down your voice.

Also, my condolences on Bandit’s passing, couldn’t say anything before, brings back memories of my one and only dog.

So now we are with our second cat and look forward to Felix’s comments.

#28 Where's My Money Going Greedeau? on 11.16.20 at 5:16 pm

Trudeau wants to “introduce” a privacy bill with the overall goal of establishing a new set of online rights that looks like it’s a way to stifle criticism. One point; the ability to be free from online discrimination including bias and harassment.
It’s the “bias” part that has me worried. Is that going to be used to stop criticism of gov’t?
https://globalnews.ca/news/7464787/trudeau-government-privacy-bill-canadians/

#29 Jake on 11.16.20 at 5:16 pm

I read a dozen or so comments that are first posted, after that typically is when all hell breaks loose. Garth, keep up the great work you do and stuff-it to those as you please. The blog is better for it.

#30 Ben Smith on 11.16.20 at 5:16 pm

There is definitely value in every post. Don’t change a thing. Keep educating.

Thanks again!

Ben

#31 WTF on 11.16.20 at 5:16 pm

“the comments section belongs to all of us, I know a majority of steerage would urge you to allow Attrition, GBiddy, Disenfranchised, and I forget my other user names…to return.”
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Really dude? rather self serving. encapsulates the problem in a nutshell.

Garth gives us lots of leeway, You must be really special, IT boy.

BTW Those alter ego’s you mention don’t ring a bell. You must be really profound.

#32 Ottawan on 11.16.20 at 5:17 pm

I only read the comments that earn responses,,

#33 Tron Light on 11.16.20 at 5:17 pm

“Now the anti-vaxxers are here, saying they’d never take a shot…”

If women can say “my body, my choice” in regards to abortion why can’t someone say the same thing about vaccinations?

It is your blog Garth and you can do what you want but if comments do not incite someone to violence, why ban differences of opinion? For example, is wrong for people to like Trump and say so just as easily as they can like Trudeau and say so on your blog?

#34 Lead Paint on 11.16.20 at 5:17 pm

#10 Steve French on 11.16.20 at 5:10 pm

He was a kind man. No one will accuse you of that.

#35 justdeleteitifyoudontlikeit on 11.16.20 at 5:17 pm

“Routinely I punt people for things like profanity, racism, appalling taste or vile ad hominem attacks.”

I’ve had comments edited or just plain not published (no scarlet DELETED, just not published). None of the above, just against your orthodoxy.

But you have published all manner of bullspit crankery, about vaccines, UFOs, the US Fed, George Soros, Bill Gates, &c &c. Maybe you think this stuff is funny, and so batspit crazy that no sane person could possibly believe it. But every time you publish, you lose a few sane readers, and draw in a few insane ones. Years later, here’s what you’ve got.

You can just silently delete everyone who says ‘MSM’, or rails against vaccination, or subtly blames the Jews for the world’s problems, or you can continue to accumulate more of what you’ve already got. Most places got rid of comments, or stopped putting up with bullspit. A variant of Gresham’s law says that if you’re the last place that accepts this spit, the spitheads will gravitate here.

#36 Prince Polo on 11.16.20 at 5:17 pm

For those crying at being banned/blocked with corresponding ego shattered, publish your own blogs, you inconsiderate blowhards. The scroll wheel exists for others whom one does not wish to read. I only wish that platforms like Facebook and Twitter would take their responsibility as seriously as you do Garth.

Thanks for pouring your heart, soul, and time into this charitable enterprise. Your blog; your rules; most importantly, your judgement as bouncer is final!

#37 Steve French on 11.16.20 at 5:18 pm

One time I took Smokey’s picture.

He said “If you take my picture again, I’m gonna kill you.” And he meant it! So you just lay back. Lay cool.

Smokey becomes friendly again, he really does.

But you don’t judge Smokey. You don’t judge the Smoking Man like an ordinary man.

He’s up there flying around in his alien space travel contraption, right now.

One through nine, no maybes, no supposes, no fractions.

Smokey may have been right.

You can’t travel in space, you can’t go out into space, you know, without, like, you know, uh, with fractions – what are you going to land on – one-quarter, three-eighths?

What are you going to do when you go from here to Venus or something? That’s dialectic physics!

I gotta finish reading his book.

Far out.

https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Deplorables.html?id=XMd8DQAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

#38 Mf on 11.16.20 at 5:18 pm

Thanks for the blog Garth. I learned lots by reading it regularly. I own an F-150 that I’ve always liked, but now that it’s associated with hate groups, it will probably be my last one.

#39 dogwhistle on 11.16.20 at 5:19 pm

Is it okay for a site like this – associated with me, my reputation, background and professional colleagues – to hand over blog real estate to people scoffing on the graves of virus victims, questioning democracy or fomenting resistance to public health?

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You made your bed a few months ago.

“this is not an empathy blog” is what you said.

Or letting various long term commenters spew their idiocy. I guess it’s no longer funny a few months into a pandemic.

Maybe you should have closed down the comments a long time ago or made them linked at least to an email / password combination?

I’ve always enjoyed the blog, I could do without the comments.

#40 lemmiwinks on 11.16.20 at 5:22 pm

Garth, I never come for the comments, only the content. Your content.

#41 Earlybird on 11.16.20 at 5:22 pm

We do not live in special times…the election and covid has really mess with peoples head!! Trying to rationalize the irrational had led people down some weird rabbitholes…my god! Media pyschological abuse is not helping either…you’re a perfect balanced filter…I come for the Blog…not the peanut gallery….

#42 Overheardyou on 11.16.20 at 5:23 pm

You can’t expect to step into a strangers home make a mess and not get kicked out. Same idea here, if you don’t like it, the open door is right there.

Although, maybe he could get the courts to issue a restraining order for repeated attempts to undermine the owners banning of you on his property and using multiple alias to thwart his the efforts. I’m no lawyer but I do wonder if there are digital trespassing laws in place that can be used in your case.

Furthermore, Hon. Mr. Turner is busy educating and informing the general public about the status of the world and outlook with a no BS outlook, extremely rare these days.

Honestly, there are other places for you to share your opinions. Heck, take it to CBC if you’re so adamant on getting the word out.

Personally I stopped looking at the comments because it seems too many are busy attacking and judging one another, so much for humility.

#43 KO on 11.16.20 at 5:23 pm

Sorry, hope it didn’t come across that I share Felix’s views, just the way he expresses himself is quite funny.

#44 justdeleteitifyoudontlikeit on 11.16.20 at 5:24 pm

NB I skipped past the comment by the guy making fun of your dog’s death. If you didn’t think it was worth publishing the first time, I didn’t think it was worth reading. It’s some performative bullspit to publish it later, claim it’s unpublishable, and wail about it. Sorry about your dog.

His comment about Bandit was not published. Please apologize. – Garth

#45 CL on 11.16.20 at 5:24 pm

Human nature to expect others to cater to their wishes even though the blog is free and has been full of excellent content for a long time…daily, as you say. That is hard to accomplish doing daily blogs with fresh content everyday and too keep something on the net relevant.

The guy is an idiot. Not everyone comes for the comments. I definitely come for the content and I have learned a ton!! At least one of your readers understands the value here and appreciates it.

Your blog, not his or any other reader’s.

#46 Classical Liberal Millennial on 11.16.20 at 5:24 pm

I do not come for the comments. I often skim them and only rarely offer one of my own. Garth refusing or deleting comments is not censorship or a matter of free speech. None of us have the right to have our thoughts posted here. People really need to educate themselves about what censorship actually is. And if 3 Times Banned is reading, you’re a loser. Nobody cares that you aren’t being published.

#47 Middleagedman on 11.16.20 at 5:25 pm

Thanks Garth.
I read your stuff everyday.
I don’t think I would pay for it though.

#48 Tim on 11.16.20 at 5:27 pm

Hey Garth, I would say you are not only justified in filtering out these abusive orifices but it is right and necessary that you do so.

I appreciate your advice and commentary, even if I do disagree with your politics and find your online voice a bit grating sometimes. But there’s a difference between being a big personality and being an a-hole and a lot of these guys (I assume they are invariably guys!) cross that line in a big fat way.

The whole point of the internet was for people to be able to communicate openly, but that ideal lasted about five seconds before it became apparent that any channel would be jammed by trolls and yahoos. There’s no easy answer to that. (Although I imagine that an app that can accurately pinpoint the real-world geographic location of a given poster would be an instant hit, albeit likely to produce a spike in dead-douchebag-corpses-discovered-in-basements>)

And people who go after your recently-deceased dog–whiskey tango foxtrot!–deserve a punch in the throat, wash rinse repeat, ad infinitum yea world without end.

#49 Calgary Kyle on 11.16.20 at 5:28 pm

Garth, I’ve been reading for years and I think this is my second comment. I’ve seen you post about the hassle comments cause you. Just get rid of them, simple.

It would be interesting to see in your stats what % of people actually click on the comments and read/write them?

News flash, confident humans don’t care what uncredited rando internet trolls have to say any ways.

#50 Bill on 11.16.20 at 5:29 pm

RESPECT

I don’t care who leads as long as they can do the job.
The goal should be to raise the middle class, when they succeed everyone does. Its called capitalism.
Unfortunately our guy has a habit of rewarding failure. (Bombardier for starters) That’s the opposite of the stated goal.

#51 truefacts on 11.16.20 at 5:31 pm

Garth,

You’re a great writer! Differences of opinion can be tolerated – if they’re respectful and factually based. The internet has created this incredible polarization. We can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable.

If everyone tried to post as if they were having a face-to-face discussion, things would be better – but I think that is unlikely to happen.

#52 64k on 11.16.20 at 5:32 pm

Thanks Garth. Sounds like this person has an inflated sense of self worth.

To be clear, no “Disenfranchised” or whatever you want to call yourself, we do not want to read your garbage.

We are here for Garth, not you.

#53 Damifino on 11.16.20 at 5:33 pm

The blog comment section has been hijacked so many times because your moderation over the years has been too lenient. Give ’em an inch, they’ll take a mile.

On the other hand, how much of one’s life should be spent hovering over the delete key? Here’s something that might help:

No more than two posts per day
No more than 200 words per post

#54 Annek on 11.16.20 at 5:34 pm

I have often wanted to know why “ Cottagers Stay Away”
comments are never deleted. They are seldom relevant, and personally,I find that person’ s comments offensive.

#55 The Limited Sage on 11.16.20 at 5:34 pm

Imagine thinking you’re so important that your opinion matters in the comment section of a free online blog, of which the majority of unique visitors to the website will never see.

#56 Md on 11.16.20 at 5:37 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Shut down the comment section. I almost never read it. And when i do i immediately regret wasting my time. Garth, just shut down the comments, it’s not worth the headaches.

#57 KNOW IT ALL on 11.16.20 at 5:37 pm

DUDE TRIED To HURT YOU after OUR beloved Bandit passed ?!?!

He will be dealt with!

#58 wendi1 on 11.16.20 at 5:37 pm

Your soapbox, your rules.

The internet makes it dead easy to publish your own remarks. What is still hard is getting people interested in what you have to say.

There is NO requirement that you share your soapbox with trolls.

#59 binky barnes on 11.16.20 at 5:37 pm

Hi Garth.

Daily reader. Your blog is my favourite and the most important to my family’s financial well-being. I cannot thank you enough for it.

And I know why you have a ‘comments’ section, but I would not miss them if they disappeared. It am amazed at the time–and patience–it must require of you on a daily basis.

BB

#60 Gramps on 11.16.20 at 5:37 pm

This is a financial/dog blog.
Leave all name calling out and politics out. Where politics has an influence on financial matters, could we just treat others like a bad dog? (Basically good, just need more training?)
Btw, I have a camo t-shirt and a F150…not a bullet proof vest tho..
Oh…and I also have more teeth than fingers..

#61 crowdedelevatorcoughz on 11.16.20 at 5:37 pm

I just come to this section to ..COUGH! ..COUGH!…clear my throat and …COUGH!..COUGH!…meet some new people.

We’re all in this together, all the way up to the…COUGH!…COUGH!…penthouse.

#62 S.Bby on 11.16.20 at 5:38 pm

#22 Ustabe

That’s called your BATNA

BATNA is an acronym that stands for Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement. It is defined as the most advantageous alternative that a negotiating party can take if negotiations fail and an agreement cannot be reached.

#63 Piano_Man87 on 11.16.20 at 5:38 pm

Your site, your rules.

Otherwise, what’s the point?

Keep up the good work, Garth.

#64 Swanson on 11.16.20 at 5:39 pm

Garth, why put up with cruel, disrespectful clowns? For those of us who come here for the blog posts, as opposed to posting inflammatory drivels, we would still come even if the comment section is gone.

#65 Ivan on 11.16.20 at 5:39 pm

“Should this blog be a part of that? Does the need for free speech, unedited and authentic, override the filter of reasonableness?”

Of course not. If the “IT expert” wants to express his enlighted ideas, he can go stand up at Dundas Square and preach there for a start.

Thanks for all your work in this blog Garth.

#66 wallflower on 11.16.20 at 5:39 pm

“This guy” – as you call ‘him’ – is a Triple Hoser.
Maybe a Five Star Hoser.
Lose him, permanently.

I love the comment section.
You rule.

#67 justdeleteitifyoudontlikeit on 11.16.20 at 5:40 pm

Not apologizing for misinterpreting something I didn’t read because you told me it wasn’t worth reading. More performative bullspit. See how you drive readers away? Enjoy the funhouse you’ve constructed. *plonk*

#68 Stoph on 11.16.20 at 5:41 pm

I come for the blog and then stay for the comments.

Comments are mostly useful as a litmus test to see what kinds of opinions are out there regarding current events. I get the low-down here before hearing about it at the next family gathering.

There’s the occasional financial nugget to be found in the comment section, but you’d better off just sticking to the blog post for financial advice, lest you take someone’s advice and end up buying high and selling low.

Some days I just search the comments to find ones to which Garth responded, or follow one or two posters.

Thanks for all you do Garth! Love the blog!

#69 Oracle of Ottawa on 11.16.20 at 5:44 pm

Let’s face it. The blog section is educational. The comment section is strictly entertainment.

#70 Duffy on 11.16.20 at 5:45 pm

I would equate writing the blog to preparing a large meal for family and a friend, the screening of the comments would be comparable to washing the dishes with the help of your friend while you family sits in the living room drinking your booze. . . . . . . mixed emotions.

#71 Stone on 11.16.20 at 5:47 pm

Your blog, your right to ban, I’m not going to argue. Plus, I know my post was over the line. I write for a living, put time and thought into a lot of those comments under several user names. To see them ghosted without a word was unfair.

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All I have to say to this is:

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …one moment please – catching my breath… ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Unbelievably stupid person. Or mentally deranged. Get real and get some professional help.

I come here for the blog post and mainly comment on the topic du jour (as I’m doing now).

Personally, all the comments from the peanut gallery that are not directly related to the topic of the blog post of the day should be vapourized.

#72 gattaca on 11.16.20 at 5:47 pm

I used to read the comments regularly but now only do it when in the mood.

Comments have been crowded out by too many illiterate media types providing dubious links, just spouting same old Trumpian or anti-Trudeau world views and too many sound like old men telling people to get off their lawn.

At least Trump provides entertainment value for me but a lot of his followers here are so dull.

#73 SunShowers on 11.16.20 at 5:48 pm

#33 Tron Light on 11.16.20 at 5:17 pm
“If women can say “my body, my choice” in regards to abortion why can’t someone say the same thing about vaccinations?”

Because the health of OTHER PEOPLE does not hinge on whether or not a woman chooses to have an abortion.

There are a bevy of legitimate medical reasons why someone, however willing, CANNOT receive a vaccine (too young, too old, compromised immune system, genetic issues, etc), and it is for their sake that healthy people get vaccinated to maintain herd immunity (which does not mean “let everyone get infected and whatever happens, happens” despite what Trump and Boris would tell you).

#74 FreeBird on 11.16.20 at 5:48 pm

FWIW I see this as a private blog in a public space. I’m a passionate supporter of free speech and the right to moderate one‘a own blog. Whether I agree or not with every choice and opinion is beside the point. Too many these days in the media and YT etc are (in my opinion) moderating too heavily and or disabling comments/open public feedback altogether. I think Garth tries to balance moderating (w/moderation) fairly to the point of even allowing what could be seen as personal attacks on him and his clients. I try to pre moderate my posts to respect this blog as I would sitting a party or small cafe where yes you’re free to speak freely but with respect to time and place.
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A neighbour was testing his snow blower today. How rude! We just put winter radials on. Yes, I’m in denial.

#75 CiCi on 11.16.20 at 5:49 pm

I come here for Garth’s brilliance, insight and kind, calm voice of reason and logic. But sometimes I venture off to the comments section, but mostly just to hear him rat out some of the nastier commenters.

Garth, this dude sounds like an egocentric maniac who is trying to hijack your well-earned popularity and Internet real estate for his own 30 seconds or minutes of daily fame. Do not be fooled by a few well-penned phrases and false modesty.

In any case, this blog is owned by Garth, reflects on Garth and he has the right to manage it and the comments section (which also belongs to him, thank you very much) however he wants.

Don’t like it? Create your own blog and work your butt off to the following you deserve.

#76 zoey on 11.16.20 at 5:49 pm

100% ! Stick to the theme of the blog and out the wierdo’s.

#77 neo on 11.16.20 at 5:49 pm

“Next came the Covid’s-just-the-flu meme, purposefully diminishing the deaths associated with the virus. That continues, even as cases pass 11 million in the US and we face lockdowns from Grand Prairie to Peel. Now the anti-vaxxers are here, saying they’d never take a shot, that vaccinating kids is child abuse and, because only old people get Covid and die, it’s no big deal.”

I’ve never diminished the deaths. Quite the opposite actually. I’ve simply stated seniors are at more risk and places like Ontario, Quebec and New York have done a piss poor job protecting the most vulnerable segment of the population. We know this because the LTC situation isn’t perfect in the second wave but the deaths are drastically lower because of it.

Look at NY. They peaked at 1,000 deaths a day in the 1st wave and are at 28 a day in the 2nd wave. To put that into context the WHOLE country is at 1,000 deaths a day in the 2nd wave.

In Canada, 80% of the deaths are LTC mostly from Quebec and Ontario. The negligence, THAT’S the big deal.

As far as vaccines go. I have no problem with actual cures that have been tried and true and tested. I’ve taken those Chickenpox, Measles, etc. and have no issues with them. A rushed Covid vaccine after 8 months when it takes several years to produce a safe one in the past and these Pharma companies have been given “immunity” from any litigation over side effects. It’s not as simple as more money being thrown at a vaccine. You need the TIME. No thanks. That isn’t anti-vax. That’s accessing risk.

#78 Paul B on 11.16.20 at 5:51 pm

It’s your blog, Garth, so do with it what you will. If it was my blog, I am sure that I would not have your patience. I do not agree with you on everything, but I do on most things.

I read this blog for your opinions, not the comments… although lately I sometimes read them too. I like seeing a good debate. Debate of ideas with facts is useful. Ad hominem attacks are not. I respect your decisions on how you moderate the blog. Thank you.

#79 Yukon Elvis on 11.16.20 at 5:51 pm

#38 Mf on 11.16.20 at 5:18 pm
Thanks for the blog Garth. I learned lots by reading it regularly. I own an F-150 that I’ve always liked, but now that it’s associated with hate groups, it will probably be my last one.
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What’s yer askin’ price? Does it have low mileage ?

#80 Faron on 11.16.20 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for this forum Garth. I don’t say it enough and haven’t acknowledged what you do in too long. But thank you. I’ve wrestled with this space and my relation to it as it pertains to my well being. At times it represents an unhealthy obsession and others a valuable place to organize my thoughts around societal issues. And, of course, I have gained much insight from your blog posts all the while.

It really boggles my mind when people forget that typing into a comments box within a webpage or a mobile app is a form of permitted access to a private domain that can be revoked at any time without any free speech protection. Nor should there be protection until said box is relegated to public utility status. Complaining about Garth deleting you is akin to complaining when you become belligerent at a dinner party and get kicked out of the host’s house — a vapidly entitled non-starter.

If you want free speech on the internet, you have it. It means going to GoDaddy and buying a domain name for cheap, then publishing a web site using one of many domain hosting services. Facebook, Twitter, Parler, TikTok… nope. Or you can rig up a raspberry pi, configure a web server, open up some ports on your router and let-er-rip. Will cost you all of $30 plus your internet connection. Godspeed to you!

My condolences regarding your loss of Bandit Garth. I was gladdened to see the outpouring of kind words here that day and hope it helped ease the burden of loss if only inasmuch as the words of internet strangers can.

#81 Inequity on 11.16.20 at 5:53 pm

People come here for the comments?? I am happy to see people are exercising their freedom to smoke cannabis.

This is one of the few blogs that I read every day. I venture into the comments section because sometimes they are funny, or crazy or sometime even a little scary.
But without the mouse wheel to scroll past many of the user names that are so wordy, or quoting comments from the day before, or the free rent while we get high but not at my cabin for the Armageddon party.

So in my opinion, you could be a little more generous with the delete/ban button Garth.

#82 Stone on 11.16.20 at 5:53 pm

#65 Ivan on 11.16.20 at 5:39 pm
“Should this blog be a part of that? Does the need for free speech, unedited and authentic, override the filter of reasonableness?”

Of course not. If the “IT expert” wants to express his enlighted ideas, he can go stand up at Dundas Square and preach there for a start.

Thanks for all your work in this blog Garth.

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He’s going to need a megaphone. Those guys at Yonge Dundas are loud. Super loud!

#83 Bill on 11.16.20 at 5:53 pm

This guy’s been banned three times using different names, most recently when he tried to hurt me after the death of Bandit, my animal companion.
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As childish as one could get…Das boot forever.
Sorry to here that Garth most of us have hearts.

#84 Happy Llama on 11.16.20 at 5:54 pm

You are a great filter Garth. Does Canadian Tire know about you? You just keep going and going and don’t need replacing…I hope! :) Thank you for your service.
And best to you and the missus and for sure warm thoughts for dear Bandit.

#85 Charlie on 11.16.20 at 5:55 pm

Garth, I almost never read the comment section. It just seems like chaos. I appreciate you and your colleagues writing the blog, and have learned a lot from it. That’s the valuable content here for me.

#86 chopstix on 11.16.20 at 5:56 pm

#5 jimprdx on 11.16.20 at 5:07 pm
What kind of sick bastard trolls someone about their dead dog?! Talk about life choices… Keep up the good work, Garth, and keep banning these losers. The comments section does not belong to them.
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TOTALLY agree with you on that….that really set me on my heels when Garth said this LOSER tried to hurt him over the loss of Bandit….like wow…just woe….just another turd to kick to the curb, who tries to promote hate under the banner of ‘free speech’.

#87 Chief Pilot Antifa Air great deals on soup see our website on 11.16.20 at 5:56 pm

Did you see Steve Bannon and David Frum do that Munk debate. I thought Frum did well but always thought he should have been wearing five shirts just to put Bannon in his place.

#88 MicroGX on 11.16.20 at 5:57 pm

I visit this blog daily for you and your partner’s insight ,commentary, and pup pics: not the comments. not a rats-a$$ given for the comments, with the exception of scrolling thru to see where you leave feedback.
Thanks.

#89 Value Proposition on 11.16.20 at 5:57 pm

This blog is a mighty and valuable resource.
Free of charge, the wisdom it provides has the ability to enrich. Perhaps, like in nature, tread lightly.

#90 Celine on 11.16.20 at 5:57 pm

I greatly appreciate your efforts to keep greater fool a positive daily experience – including deleting comments as you see fit.

#91 Paul on 11.16.20 at 5:58 pm

Some folks comment on this blog because everyone knows all people have one ‘Book in them’ lol

#92 Kevin on 11.16.20 at 5:59 pm

There are some true sickos out there, and I can’t believe someone would hurt you with the loss of your dog. That’s disgusting.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love this site, Garth, but the comment section is toxic. I can’t believe you filter through all this garbage. Here are some thoughts: 1) kill the comment section; 2) get some volunteer moderators that you trust to help you filter through this wasteland; 3) allow some self-moderation through some sort of commenting system (e.g. WordPress, Disqus, etc.) to move the thoughtful comments to the top, and the garbage comments to the bottom (like Reddit, still issues with that site too). It can be done, but you need a better system than what you got now. I just search for your responses to comments, but even then, a lot of responses are basically: “Go away” or “Grow up”. I’ll be the first to help advise you, Garth, as it’s the least I can do for all the time you’ve put into this site to educate me. Thanks.

#93 CalgaryCarGuy on 11.16.20 at 6:00 pm

Re #38 by Mf
I own an F-150 that I’ve always liked, but now that it’s associated with hate groups, it will probably be my last one.
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Wow! I would certainly hope not. Buy what you want. Drive what you want. It’s called freedom. Don’t give it up so easily.

#94 Free speech advocate on 11.16.20 at 6:00 pm

Wow. If only people could see the hypocrisy of their own mindset on this blog.
I have no affiliation with the target of today’s diatribe. Nor do I drive an F150, wear camouflage underwear nor am I a card carrying Trump supporter. And I certainly would never have made comments about Bandit. But that’s a small price to pay for your right to free speech. Don’t assume that everyone automatically would truly understand how hurtful those comments might be. Not everyone who visits this blog is a dog or pet lover. Accept it. Move on.

As such, I believe in the freedom of speech and entertaining ideas that don’t necessarily appeal to me or agree with mine. This is analogous to attending a symposium on a controversial subject… Only to be stopped at the door because I have a different viewpoint than that of the presenter. Wouldn’t I want to welcome different perspectives?

You are presumably all adults here and can make your own decisions as to what you want to believe. At least let your be exposed to the ideas of others.

The only thing worse than free speech is… not having free speech. Garth could save hours per day by not moderating this blog. Surely he has better things to do with his time.

I challenge this blog to go one week without any moderation. You can always delete comments after ten days if they offend your sensibilities so much. If you changed your comment section to use Disqus or something similar (10 minute job), you could even have the readership help with the moderation by up voting or down voting.

It’s time to start letting go.

#95 Faron on 11.16.20 at 6:01 pm

NB:

Here’s a great article that touches on some of what Garth wrote today if you want to be reminded of how a thoughtful, uncynical and open minded president sounds(reads). Discusses the rise of Trumpism. The fall of republican principles and more. There’s a careful distinction to be made between policy you don’t like and wholesale discarding of the other side’s views. The former gives you Canada. That latter gives you the present condition in the US.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/why-obama-fears-for-our-democracy/617087/

As a minimum, we should agree to not take the US model of winning at any cost.

#96 Lana on 11.16.20 at 6:04 pm

I read your blog for yours and colleagues comments, to inform and enlighten my curiosity about the financial world. Never for the comment section, which in two words, 95% distasteful. You spend your energy reading the hate, filtering and deleting, I ask myself ‘why’. You didn’t answer you own why question.

#97 T-Rev on 11.16.20 at 6:04 pm

Like Playboy, I come here for the articles. More specifically, the vaguely suggestive metaphors, unabashed masculinity, and the (too) rare Harley references.

In all seriousness, I read the articles religiously for financial education, and the pictures, er comments, occasionally for the diversity of political/economic opinion. It’s your blog Gartho, but based on the comments I’ve seen pass the great filter, I’d say you’re permitting a fairly broad range of opinions.

#98 Coho on 11.16.20 at 6:05 pm

Indeed this is a good blog to post on and appreciated by many I am sure. These are arguably unprecedented times in our history, including for our neighbours to the south. Many of us need to vent our concerns and frustration. Thanks for letting us.

Even before Covid, the citizenry has had trust issues with government and other institutions. Most everyone would agree that when trust is broken between two parties, such as man and wife, or between citizenry and government, the relationship either breaks apart or never fully recovers. Betrayal of trust opens the door for reluctance of ever again giving the offending party the benefit of the doubt.

In pursuit of more power and wealth, the relationship between the Establishment and average people has become lopsided. Media appears to have lost its objectivity. T2 gave 600 million to media, did he not? Was this without strings attached? Don’t think so. We now have what is tantamount to state run media. How can we have a semblance of a first world democracy without a media holding government accountable? Clearly the MSM in Canada is aligned with the hand that feeds it. In the USA, the media beats the blue drum only, thus more than ever Americans feel it is incumbent on them to search for what rings as closer to the truth. Can we really be blamed for distrusting the intentions of government and scrutinizing the news being served up by the MSM? Criticism and scrutiny of what may presented as established truths is necessary in maintaining honest government. Nothing wrong with dissenting opinions.

We seem to be on the road to complete dependence on government handouts because our ability to make our own way is being hindered. When it is no longer through our efforts, but by way of government handouts that put food on the table, we are then helpless and dependent. Before we know it, we are broke but the government magically has the money to divvy out as long as we remember to not bite the hand that feeds us.

#99 Garth's Son Drake on 11.16.20 at 6:05 pm

You know Steve Bannon is good when deleted by facebook and twitter.

So, Dow about to hit 30k, vaccines are in, everything is great, now what?

You know what – time to hit the sell button.

Watch!

Am I the only one seeing complete chaos from the Virus? Vaccine ain’t in until a few more months at best.

In the meantime we either see a gov shutdown or a virus shutdown. Take your pick. This is going to be hella interesting.

#100 useless on 11.16.20 at 6:05 pm

#6 Kevin on 11.16.20 at 5:07 pm
In 20 years Canada/America will be under the control of people who were home-schooled by day drinkers

Hahahahahaha. Best comment for a while.

#101 Not a Follower on 11.16.20 at 6:06 pm

Garth, I come to your site to get some of your perspective. I seldom read any of the comments because I find them void of any value. In fact I think you’re pretty lenient with your deletions. I would get tougher, especially with the people who like to continue spouting the gibberish of someone else, posted previously. The right wingers, like most Republicans in the US, are lacking of intelligent information. Get tougher with some of the comments.

#102 mark on 11.16.20 at 6:07 pm

I can’t stop laughing at that email. He’s trying to bargain access to YOUR site using his unspecified credentials while offering a fake olive branch highlighting the potential you could unleash here, if only you listened to him.

Proves some folk never psychologically move beyond kindergarten.

#103 Ryan the Thirtysomething on 11.16.20 at 6:09 pm

Nobody comes here for the comments.

Maybe you’d even save on hosting costs by getting rid of them entirely.

#104 T-Rev on 11.16.20 at 6:09 pm

Oh, I should add I’m a militant supporter of free speech, but this is a private blog, not a debate platform although it can serve as one within certain boundaries that you set. There’s lots of dedicated public places online where there is no censure, and if people want to take their opinions there they may. Plus, I think In today’s age there’s an argument that anonymous posting shouldn’t be protected as free speech; although I can see the counter argument as well.

#105 espressobob on 11.16.20 at 6:10 pm

Garth, Doug, Ryan, & Sinan lay out the groundwork for those new to investing along with the caveats.

Been reading this blog for years and can say the advice is sound. Learned a few tricks from them as well.

Easy to mess things up chasing rainbows otherwise.

Buyer beware.

#106 SeeB on 11.16.20 at 6:11 pm

“Hi, I’ve been banned 3 times for content against the blog’s rules. Garth, here is where you are wrong.”

So deluded. 3 user names and several they can’t even rememer… How many of us here are brigading with 5+ accounts? Do we only have like 15 blog commenters in reality?

Why does the “freedom of speech” crowd constantly insist that people are REQUIRED to listen to them? Especially someone providing tons of free and useful advice, along with a space to engage with people in good faith.

Seriously, everyone has the freedom not to listen to you, or, call your ideas stupid. Go away. Your opinions are horrible enough to warrent a delete, your dictionary is offensive enough to elicit a ban.

Also, calling one of your accounts “Disenfranchised” and then claiming “I’ve written and published dozens of professional income producing blogs,” is indicative of someone who is either a liar about their own success, or, so incapable of self-reflection that debate is impossible.

It’s sickening that so many entitled debate-lords are abusing free-speech as a cover to spread lies and foment hate. Free-speech depends on everyone acting in good-faith, yet, the Trumpian hordes seek to destroy it by twisting it’s intended purpose.

#107 Sad today on 11.16.20 at 6:13 pm

Sorry to hear about Bandit:( Been a while since I lost my 4 legged long time furry friend….still hurts to think about him. Don’t let the haters get you down!

#108 Hans on 11.16.20 at 6:13 pm

Stubborn entitled disgrace of a human who gets banned and still doesn’t get it.. idiots like that have ruined the comments section for many of us. I rarely read them anymore.

#109 Statsfreak on 11.16.20 at 6:15 pm

Garth,
I come here for your experience and wisdom.
Sometimes I peruse the comments , but mostly just want your wonderful, free, shootin’ straight from the hip advice. As I have written previously, shutdown the comments completely and enjoy the rest of your life with Dorothy sans the negative energy that flows forth from too many in the comments section.

#110 short horses on 11.16.20 at 6:16 pm

I read the blog just about every day — it’s great, I appreciate your efforts to educate and illuminate. But I rarely look at the comments. I will occasionally skim the comments to see if you’ve added responses to comments, and on the weekend when Doug, Ryan, and Sinan respond in the comments.

#111 Niagara Region on 11.16.20 at 6:17 pm

RE: US CURRENCY DROP BY 20% IN 2021

Citigroup says the US dollar may drop by as much as 20% in 2021 should vaccines become widely distributed. Any thoughts?

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/citigroup-says-u-s-dollar-may-drop-by-20-next-year-on-vaccine-push-1.1523076

#112 TheSpangler on 11.16.20 at 6:18 pm

Dude’s an entitled douche. Your blog your rules.

#113 Faron on 11.16.20 at 6:19 pm

#22 Ustabe on 11.16.20 at 5:14 pm

In closing what looked like it might be a crap Chantrelle season suddenly took off, they are all over the place now…

Yeah, way different from last year when the mushroom hunting was incredible both for abundance and variety. I wonder if the early cold a few weeks ago knocked back the first flush? I’ve spend the past couple weekends trail running up high where the mushrooms are well and done for the year as the snow is now piling up.

#114 Nosferatu on 11.16.20 at 6:20 pm

“the comments section belongs to all of us……”

I am amazed this does not make you livid with rage, Garth. What a colossal entitled numb-nut, laying claim to something he hasn’t created or spent a dime on or contributed a single intelligent or useful thought to. If you are driven to consider shutting the blog down, please try killing the comments section first before you do anything drastic. We value this blog immensely and I and many others barely skim the comments. Yes there are some useful links from your intelligent and civil readers but I’d gladly suffer that loss than killing the blog entirely. And very sorry for the loss of Bandit. That was a beautiful update and he was a magnificent specimen.

#115 Freedom First on 11.16.20 at 6:21 pm

I hope dog lover John Wick reads this Blog today.

Freedom First

#116 CanadianGrizzly on 11.16.20 at 6:22 pm

T2+ WEF’s Great Reset = End of Canada as You Know It.

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/canada/trudeau-has-joined-the-conspiracy-theorists/

T2 has a minority government. Canadians did NOT give him a mandate to implement the WEF’s Great Reset in Canada. He is using the pandemic as a distraction to allow him to force his own beliefs on Canadians and is playing little dictator. He is selling out Canada to the Globalists. The honorable thing to do is to take this plan to the people and let us vote for it in an election. The NDP and Bloc Québécois should support an election. This too important to just let T2 force Canada to implement this Great Reset.

#117 Paterfamilias on 11.16.20 at 6:27 pm

I will be saddened the day Greaterfool folds. I will have no problem understanding.

#118 DollarDragon on 11.16.20 at 6:28 pm

To add my two cents (and my second ever comment), I’ve been reading this blog every day for years. I have occassionally dipped into the comments and regretted it. I am an uninformed 25-year-old who comes here to read the words and advice of a much wiser man – I definitely don’t come here to read the comments of self-entitled internet trolls. If it causes you this much trouble and stress, I say get rid of the comment section, Garth. Pretty sure the extremely large majority of your readers won’t be going anywhere until you decide to stop writing, comments or no.

#119 Paterfamilias on 11.16.20 at 6:28 pm

ps. that’s Greater Fool.

#120 Pete in Barrie on 11.16.20 at 6:29 pm

Like many others here, I rarely read the comments section, although I do like Garth’s italicized responses. I have been a daily reader since shortly after the blog’s inception, and it is always informative. Your blog, your rules.

#121 Rachel on 11.16.20 at 6:30 pm

Hi Garth,

I live in BC, and follow you on instagram. I love your blog and really if it didn’t have comments – I wouldn’t care. I come for your voice, not the comments. If that guy wants his freedom of speech he should start his own blog.

#122 Lisa on 11.16.20 at 6:31 pm

Only the deplorables go here for the comments!! The rest of us don’t give a crap about them. Save yourself the trouble and ditch the comments. Maybe some of the whack jobs can start up their own separate forum to attack each other nightly.

#123 JSquared on 11.16.20 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for all you do Garth & company. Save yourself some time, energy & effort – kill the comments. Life is too short to waste time babysitting strangers on the internet.

#124 Kurt on 11.16.20 at 6:31 pm

Garth, thankyou for driving this poor exuse for a human away. Keep up the good work!

#125 Frustrated Kiwi on 11.16.20 at 6:32 pm

Keep up the great work Garth! Your comments section, your choice, no debate. Also, what type of serious jerk would use Bandit’s death against you – so sorry for your loss.

#126 Dog Breath on 11.16.20 at 6:34 pm

I come here faithfully for Garth’s insightful comments and opinions AND for the comment section. It’s getting harder and harder to read the opinions of the common folk in this world. Facebook, Twitter and most of the main stream media are censoring and de-platforming anyone who doesn’t adhere to the accepted narrative. OK, sure you may get some miss information and nutty opinions but so what. You get a view into how people are thinking and that’s invaluable. Garth has in the past limited censorship. I hope it stays that way.

#127 Gerry in North Toronto on 11.16.20 at 6:34 pm

Garth, you have many friends and followers on this site and many of us have been with you for years. We all appreciate and value your humour, your financial insights, and your views on likely government antics.
We are genuinely sorry that you have to moderate any garbage comments landing on your great blog. If the turkeys start to get you down, please drop the comments section before you drop the blog.

#128 dogwhistle on 11.16.20 at 6:35 pm

#96 Lana on 11.16.20 at 6:04 pm
“You spend your energy reading the hate, filtering and deleting, I ask myself ‘why’. You didn’t answer you own why question.”

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Garth is entitled to his own kinks. lol

#129 bullwinkle on 11.16.20 at 6:35 pm

Garth’s quarterly ‘I’m going to take my Blog and go home’ article.

Don’t close the Blog down Garth. All your Worshippers will be left wandering in the desert.

#130 MarkT on 11.16.20 at 6:35 pm

I hope ‘The Greater Fool’ continues on for many years … since March 2020, I have read this site daily as a source of calm, rational thoughts, guidance and outlook.

#131 Jack on 11.16.20 at 6:38 pm

Hey Garth, long time reader. Came here to say that I never look at comments. Not here to read some keyboard warrior’s opinion.

#132 Morrey on 11.16.20 at 6:38 pm

“disinformation is the currency of our age.”

Spot on… it is indeed.

By the by i care not one iota about 70% of the comments. Most are barely decipherable. The other 30% are informative or entertaining.

keep weeding out the wheat from the chaff.

#133 Popeye the Sailor Man on 11.16.20 at 6:39 pm

I don’t read the comments very much, and only comment on days when the subject is directly relevant to me, or when I have an entry I think will benefit the blog and the blog dogs.

If I do read the comments on those few days I have time, I skip the long entries, who has time to read these long rambles.

Keep up the good work Garth, I have been reading your blog since the book with its namesake came out.

Cheers.

#134 X on 11.16.20 at 6:39 pm

I come here for the wisdom.

Not the comments.

#135 Karl on 11.16.20 at 6:39 pm

Garth, I appreciate your insights and I don’t read the comments because the helpful ideas there are so few and far between. Please feel free to ban harder. Or, feel free to turn off the comments altogether.

#136 To the point. on 11.16.20 at 6:40 pm

I love the blog, Garth. Your humour and way with words keep me coming back. When I had my own business blog, I would jump for joy to have one thoughtful comment. You should be proud.

You have already had some useful recommendations for improving the Comments section. Why not limit the length and number of daily comments? I would also ban hyperlinks – too frequently used by those with an agenda.

I am guessing that despite the headaches, you value feedback and maybe take some enjoyment from the reach of your audience. Increasing the breadth of commentary is a good thing. More pointless anger from the privileged is not.

These are hard times. Discussions about Money and Politics are not for the faint-hearted. Your heart is strong. Something about dogs.

#137 Steel City Kid on 11.16.20 at 6:40 pm

Your blog, Garth, your choice what comments are permitted. The value in Greater Fool is the information you provide and the quality and wit of the writing. I appreciate some of the comments section, sometimes (say Flop’s insight on the Vancouver Real Estate, or Dolce Vita’s reports from Italy), but a bunch of random snarky opinions are absolutely not why I come here every day!!

#138 cmj on 11.16.20 at 6:42 pm

I would hate to be an editor of your blog even for just 1 day. Those who have an axe to grind, just blowing steam, disrespectful and posting dribble not based on facts need to be deleted. Editing some of these comments can steal a piece of your soul. However, I think it is a small % and I skip over these posts. I feel privileged to read your post and understand finances and politics more clearly

Freedom of speech? Some have defined it as saying whatever they feel like. They need to be accountable. Whatever comes out of our mouth, we need to also be responsible for it. Some bloggers need to lengthen their filter between their brain and their computer.

Keep up the good work of writing your blog with all its twists and turns. You lead my example and keep your compass pointing true north

#139 A J on 11.16.20 at 6:43 pm

People like that commenter put self-importance and selfishness above all. Above facts. Above reason. Above truth. Above decency. They are a scourge on this earth. They care only about one thing: themselves. These type of people are always the loudest. Don’t let them drown out your message or poison your goodness. We’re here for your blog and thoughts. Not their comments.

#140 Devil's Advocate and Enron Accountant on 11.16.20 at 6:45 pm

Your website domain is tangible.
Your website ranking is intangible.
Your website Google ranking promotes your businesses, which is an intangible asset.

#141 cuke and tomato picker on 11.16.20 at 6:47 pm

I enjoy your blog. I would like to know where you get your
numbers on people on cerb, people not paying their house payments, and people not paying rent during covid 19 etc.
I read you every day after googling some newspapers and
people I follow on twitter. I read the comments and disrespectful language should be deleated. Thank you.

#142 Dan Basic on 11.16.20 at 6:53 pm

Time for Reset of epic proportions! A new normal for blog dogs here..play nice everyone.

#143 C V on 11.16.20 at 6:54 pm

“Trump did that”

Garth I suspect you have the media’s version of trump. Correct me if I’m wrong but you probably watch CNN and CNBC. The last 4-6 weeks have taught me that mainstream media is a web of culture shifting lies and trump is a big caught in that web

#144 Dolce Vita on 11.16.20 at 6:54 pm

A good day to speak out Garth.

You are not alone.

Twitter, unlike you: kinder and gentler, on a rampage today vs. Trump. Too many unflattering distasteful Tweets about that from people.

So I decided to Retweet the Donald’s latest election stolen Tweet, Twitter warning below his Tweet (and this is the still President of the United States so I often wonder about respect here it is anyway):

https://i.imgur.com/w2gIquh.png

Immediately comes up this, explaining why they warn:

https://i.imgur.com/FvMF1mk.png

Upon indulging Twitter you get this flattering photo and explanation:

https://i.imgur.com/uySuT8K.png

and after that you get your Pavlov’s Dog pat on the head for indulging them:

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

And then they let you “quote” which is the new word for Retweet. Funny thing, if tI ry and delete the Retweet, Twitter resists (this on another Retweet attempt to see if my eyes were working correctly and if I hadn’t pressed the wrong key):

https://i.imgur.com/0T1vKxw.png

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Yup, it’s been a good day for me to read that people WILL STAND UP and be COUNTED when it matters.

-Thanks for standing up and being counted today Garth. The World needs more of you.

Indeed.

#145 Vancouver in the Rearview on 11.16.20 at 6:54 pm

Garth, I appreciate what you write. While I agree with much, I don’t agree with it all, and that’s great. Helps me know I still have some critical faculties at work. You offer good and thoughtful advice that is worth reading and considering. The comments are somewhat entertaining, but I have to admit, I’m surprised you’ve kept them as long as you have. Appreciate your continued efforts to share knowledge so others can make the best decisions possible.

#146 OwlEyes on 11.16.20 at 6:59 pm

“Maybe no one has told you this, maybe they have, but people come for the comments…”

Wait – what?!

#147 Keen Reader on 11.16.20 at 7:00 pm

Highly grateful for the amazing work you do, Garth. Faithfully reading since day 1, and totally concur with the drop in comments’ quality, in recent years. Still, I generally find several worthwhile ones every day, if only for great laughs!

Can’t imagine the censored BS you are sparing us. Definitely not advocating less moderation, yet concerned about your workload. I’d rather see comments go, over losing your blog altogether. Thanks again to you and your team!

#148 VanIsle Retiree on 11.16.20 at 7:01 pm

I agree with many of today’s comments, and in particular the comments from those who say their primary or only reason for coming to this blog is to read Garth’s comments. Hopefully Garth won’t be pushed into discontinuing the blog.
But I also wanted to comment on the remarks of those who reject the science, whether it is the evolving science around COVID or the science of vaccines. Medical researchers around the world have been investigating both of these related issues extensively for many months now, and they continue to come up with more valuable information. But some refuse to accept that. That is certainly their right, but I have to ask some questions of them. For example, have you ever flown in an airplane? The only reason they stay in the air is because of a ton of basic scientific research. Have you ever driven over a bridge? Ditto the research. Have you ever taken an elevator. Ditto the research. Have you ever had ANY medical treatment? Ditto the research. The list is lengthy indeed.
But yet you don’t buy the scientific research around COVID or the vaccines? Trump claimed COVID was a hoax, then he said it wasn’t a big deal – not to worry, about it, etc. But then he praises the vaccine developed by scientists. Are the Trump supporters and the anti-vaxxers being a bit selective in what they buy into? I can only think that they have a different agenda than most of us responding on the blog today.

#149 Miss Anthropic on 11.16.20 at 7:02 pm

I greatly appreciate your blog Garth and have learned so much since I started reading in 2010. Never read the comments.

#150 Left GTA on 11.16.20 at 7:04 pm

Sorry you have to put up with people like that! I come here for your posts and the great pictures you post with them. The comments I browse through and find a few interesting and funny. Debate is an intellectual process. I find a lot of people do not really know how to debate but instead are argumentative and hostile.

#151 vic Hood on 11.16.20 at 7:04 pm

I’m a regular reader because I value straightforward and forthright comment and analysis. the chickenspit artists can write to the Star

non carborundum illegitimo.

#152 thats_enuf on 11.16.20 at 7:05 pm

Years-long reader, first-time commenter here. Confirming I am here for the posts.

Re: “Maybe no one has told you this, maybe they have, but people come for the comments. Your posts are a great and essential catalyst, but the comments section belongs to all of us.”

Time is money, ergo catalysts are the most precious component of any given chemical reaction, and catalysts continue chugging along despite some of the inert reagents thrown at them. Keep it up, Garth!

#153 Bee on 11.16.20 at 7:06 pm

I have been a devout daily attendee of the Church of Garth for four years. I‘ve made the mistake of reading the comments once or twice – never again. I come for your wisdom, Garth, NOT the comments. Thank you doesn’t even begin to cover it.

#154 Habitt on 11.16.20 at 7:06 pm

Thanks Garth for all your efforts. You call em like you see em. Gotta respect a person for that.

#155 kappa on 11.16.20 at 7:06 pm

“I hope you stayed invested” – great advice. I took it a year ago and worked well in spite of the pandemic and the associated market downturn. I’m glad each time I see the “stay invested” mantra reiterated. Another one I like, on the same line, is “time in the market NOT timing the market”. Thanks for the your great insight. It does help to put things in perspective and stay the course.

#156 Dolce Vita on 11.16.20 at 7:08 pm

Good news on Moderna. Now we have 2 vaccines that function. Nice. Good size up the vaccines so far by BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54902908

Happy the market received that well and yes, I have stayed invested.

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Other good news here in Italia today is a COVID-19 test that takes SECONDS to do and is for HOME USE.

In fact, the President of the Region of Veneto: Luca Zaia (like a Governor or Premier) demonstrated the test himself. He has always been a strong proponent of testing and now will start to make these test kits available for home use in his Region (hopefully in other Regions as well).

Video is in Italian but you will get the gist of it, how fast and easy it is:

1. swab each nostril by rotating 5 times,
2. put swab in a reagent and mix,
3. place 4 drops of the mixed reagent on the test indicator and you get your result right away.

(time stamped YouTube video reference, sometimes they take awhile to load):

https://youtu.be/kma2FFlur44?list=PLXB8ayGD8KsPvvfkJn5Z89Z0AqK2GfTdI&t=103

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It’s been a good day all around Garth.

Never stop being you.

#157 Brent on 11.16.20 at 7:08 pm

I read this blog almost daily and enjoy it immensly, however I rarely read the comments, and if I do nothing more than a few sentences.
Keep up the great public service as I am sure most people just read yours or the guest bloggers comments.

#158 FreeBird on 11.16.20 at 7:10 pm

#93 CalgaryCarGuy on 11.16.20 at 6:00 pm
Re #38 by Mf
I own an F-150 that I’ve always liked, but now that it’s associated with hate groups, it will probably be my last one.
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Wow! I would certainly hope not. Buy what you want. Drive what you want. It’s called freedom. Don’t give it up so easily.
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Agreed. Your life. Your choice. Other’s generalizations are their problem. Treat the opinion of those you don’t know and or respect accordingly. Just smile, laugh and wave …from your truck.

#159 Bunker Dweller on 11.16.20 at 7:11 pm

Garth is such a mainstream guy. He is mainstream on all topics except on real estate. Too bad he doesnt have it in him to question any other narrative, rather that to accept what is served to him by the mainstream media.

#160 BD on 11.16.20 at 7:12 pm

I don’t even the read comments, the signal to noise ratio is too low. This is the first time I looked at them in the last 12 months. I think you could revamp the comments for better discussion. Maybe require people to use their real names or to create accounts and have a reputation? Though, I don’t know what’s the point of debating things on the internet. Some people have more time than sense.

Regardless, I appreciate your blog and I suspect the comments section is not representative of most of your readers so I would take any feedback from there with a huge grain of salt.

#161 Alex on 11.16.20 at 7:13 pm

“Next came the Covid’s-just-the-flu meme, purposefully diminishing the deaths associated with the virus”
What is your comment on this (maybe why the heck were they purposefully increasing the numbers?):
WHO (October 5, 2020) – infection fatality rate (IFR)
“Our current best estimates tell us that about ten percent of the global population may have been infected by this virus.”
Source (click on the link, then click “Session 1” and skip to 1:01:33 to hear the exact quote):
https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/10/05/default-calendar/executive-board-special-session-on-the-covid19-response
The global population is roughly 7.8 billion people, if 10% have been infected that is 780 million cases. The global death toll currently attributed to Sars-Cov-2 infections is 1,061,539.
That’s an infection fatality rate (IFR) of roughly 0.14%. Right in line with seasonal flu and the predictions of many experts from all around the world.
0.14% is over 24 times LOWER than the WHO’s “provisional figure” of 3.4% back in March. This figure was used in the models which were used to justify lockdowns and other draconian policies.
In fact, given the over-reporting of alleged Covid deaths, the IFR is likely even lower than 0.14%, and could show Covid to be much less dangerous than flu.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization (Published Oct 14, 2020) – Infection fatality rate of COVID-19
The end of conclusion (Page 1): “The inferred infection fatality rates tended to be much lower than estimates made earlier in the pandemic”.
https://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/BLT.20.265892.pdf
Not to mention that ALL measures have been based purely on PCR test:
CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) PCR Diagnostic Panel (July 13, 2020)
https://www.fda.gov/media/134922/download
Page 2:
“Positive results are indicative of active infection with 2019-nCoV but do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease. Laboratories within the United States and its territories are required to report all positive results to the appropriate public health authorities”.
Page 38
• “Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms”.
• “This test cannot rule out diseases caused by other bacterial or viral pathogens”.
Page 39
“Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available…”

#162 Linda on 11.16.20 at 7:13 pm

Right on Garth! Your blog, your rules. As for the right to free speech – nothing stopping those folks from starting their own blog.

Thanks for all the free advice over the years.

#163 Howard on 11.16.20 at 7:14 pm

Is there no middle ground between anti-vaxxer freak on one side and, on the other side, proponent of government-forced injections of all citizens of a new rushed-to-market vaccine before long-term side effects can be deduced?

Plenty of reasonable people who never had prior reservations about vaccines are concerned about this one. Maybe their reservations are unfounded. It will be the government’s job to prove to them that it is safe.

My condolences for the loss of Bandit.

#164 Heddok on 11.16.20 at 7:15 pm

Hi Garth
You published one of my stories a few years ago. My retirement and financial security have profited greatly from your free advice.
One of my favorite guitar forums has wild and wooly fun with every topic under the sun. Talk about absolutely anything, profanity allowed. But the owner and mods have an absolute policy of No religion and No politics ever. It is strictly enforced and there’s never an exception. They will ban anyone permanently.
Site has half million users and people are happy with the policy.
It’s your work and reputation so tell this guy to get stuffed and get lost. Same to anyone else who wants to be an internet bully
Brad

#165 Ardy on 11.16.20 at 7:18 pm

I come here for the content and not the comments. It’s true, the saying two ears but one mouth.

For a professional writer, that piece of work could do more work on that piece he sent you.

Guess the hint wasn’t apparent when alias after alias was banned. Some professionals are just clueless.

And that is why I don’t vote. No one deserving. Also why I don’t complain. I have no right to. I accept that. I’m center right, not a Biden or Trudeau fan, but not a Trump fan boy either.

There are not enough Garth’s in this world or in politics. The world continues will keep turning tomorrow. Trump did not destroy the planet, but didn’t do anything to better it. Neither will Biden, the next guy, or the guy after that.

Be kind, be loving, be selfless (I guess that’s Garth in 6 words too) and forget everything else. Life will sort itself out of you understand the true consequences of your actions.

Garth, hope you and D. are getting on since Bandit’s departure. Wish you well.

-RD

#166 Fluorine on 11.16.20 at 7:20 pm

Hang in there, Garth.

I used to read the comments, but have noticed that they have devolved into off topic debates, often quoting posts from a day or days before to stretch into a multi-day squabble over nothing interesting.

Way back when, I voted to keep the comments, and in their present form. I’m not sure you would get the same results from another vote about that now!

If it ever gets too much, let them go. Still better than nothing:

GF with comments > GF sans comments > NOTHING

~Flu

#167 Bob on 11.16.20 at 7:20 pm

I think the guy takes himself way to seriously. I don’t read the comments often or watch amateur talent shows or take facebook advice. I follow the professionals for their opinions and advice. I can sort that out on my own. Sorry about Bandit .

#168 Bill on 11.16.20 at 7:20 pm

Garth as they say “the proof is in the pudding”
Lets keep in mind when reading news of vaccine breakthroughs that these same drug companies have been fined billions in the past for lying about their products.
I’ve never taken a flu shot and can’t remember when I last had the flu. If they have one in the pipe… they can prove that its safe by having the people telling us to take the jab go first.
Then I’m convinced its likely ok.
I read 40% of Canucks say no to taking the Vax…

#169 Pete from St. Cesaire on 11.16.20 at 7:21 pm

Garth, I think you do a great job of moderating this comments section. The criteria you use when deleting posts is just as it should be.
I will add, however, that people’s statements about Corona being just a type of flu doesn’t diminish the significance of those deaths. It is important for the official cause of death to be correctly stated. Think of how many times people (often of limited means) will pay out of pocket for a secondary autopsy just to ensure that the ruling on a loved-one’s death was correct. These people don’t feel that it diminishes their loved one’s death to do so, in fact most of them do so because to them it would be disrespectful to the loved-one to not ensure that the actual cause of death is discovered.

#170 Doug t on 11.16.20 at 7:21 pm

Its like playboy – I just read the articles

#171 sierts on 11.16.20 at 7:24 pm

A man getting wet, to protect a fellow being from getting wet.
Today’s only message to keep in mind from this site.

#172 Mike on 11.16.20 at 7:27 pm

Hello Garth

I hate the comment section. Not just yours but comment sections in general

This is the second time I have posted a comment here and I don’t think I’ll be back anytime soon.

Your content is what I come back for. Apologies to your other bloggers but I only come here Monday-Friday.

Your blog your rules. It sounds like some numbskulls need to be reminded about that.

Have a good weekend

#173 SW on 11.16.20 at 7:28 pm

I also stopped reading comments, and posting them (under another name), after some people really got on my nerves here.
I love your work, Mr. T. I read your column every day. You’ve saved my family’s finances, I’d say.
But you sure do pick up some fleas when you lie with bad dogs.

#174 Rico on 11.16.20 at 7:28 pm

I do appreciate the comments but only by filtering to see Garth’s responses. Your shutdown comments are humourous, and you provide bonus informative comments to user questions.
I am surprised to see how much leeway you give certain nutjob pro-liberty posters (i.e. initials TN).

#175 Well Travelled on 11.16.20 at 7:28 pm

Totally agree Garth that this is not and should not be a forum for radical political ideas from tin-foil hat individuals who actually believe that others are interested in their wildly inaccurate and often uninformed views.

If I might make one suggestion though, why not limit all comments to something like 300 words to keep them focused on the point the writer is trying to make.

#176 the Jaguar on 11.16.20 at 7:29 pm

View from the cheap seats:
re:
‘Your posts are a great and essential catalyst, but the comments section belongs to all of us.’. ..and also “You’ve killed off two or three of my usernames now, but I keep coming back (you can’t ban anyone who knows IT stuff).
Pretty arrogant statements, and in no way am I left with the feeling that ‘inclusivity’ is intended by use of the words “all of us”. Killed off? Because Garth chose not to post your comments on ‘HIS’ blog. And finally the implied threat of ‘not going away because you know ‘IT’ stuff. I might wonder why the writers IP address couldn’t simply be permanently blocked, but I have no issue admitting I don’t know ‘IT’ stuff. In fact I think it has benefited me not to let it gain too much importance in my life. Just keep the valuable and convenient bits around when needed. Seems to be working like a charm, so far.

Don’t want to know what might have been said about the Spirit Dog, but I know there is a special place far below the earth’s crust where people are sent who harm animals or the people who love and care for them.

The bit about Ford F150’s….. for the record The Jaguar drives and is a devotee of Volkswagen. Good value for the money. But everyone knows what province would be associated with F150’s or any other ‘pick up truck’ reference. It’s Alberta, of course. I’m confident the statistics would support that as would the industries where their hardiness is essential. Pretty sure the manufacturers of those vehicles who employ a lot of people well east of Alberta don’t have a problem with it either. If the reference is meant as a negative, i.e. an inference that all F150 owners must be some version of ‘deplorables or supporters of same’ then that is unfortunate, inaccurate, and at the same time not surprising given the usual caricature drawn of this provinces inhabitants.

There is still one junkyard dog who is willing to defend this province. I’m not going anywhere. If the F150 and other pickup truck owners come under attack I’ll be there along side them. I’d better be, there are at least 6 of those vehicles in my immediate family.

#177 Keeks online on 11.16.20 at 7:30 pm

Fantastic post.

#178 Dogman01 on 11.16.20 at 7:30 pm

“Does the need for free speech, unedited and authentic, override the filter of reasonableness?”

Ok – I have been thinking about that, and I am becoming concerned.

A few years ago Wikileaks had some good leaked stuff, then both Visa and Mastercard suspended donations to Wikileaks via their cards…hmmm I thought. There goes two corporations limiting my freedom and trying to infringe on what I think was Journalism.
Now I watch the MSM. CTV and CBC in Canada….my god it is terrible. Very little Journalism what Turner Nations describes as “Predictive Programming”

I hear corporate Social Media is going on a pro vaccine blitz soon.
Only on Greater Fool did I hear the opinion that giving 10 Year old a Vaccine or something that does not harm them to protect 65+ Years old may be unethical…..well hell yes that is an interesting perspective and needs to be debated in the public forum…but It appears our MSM and Corporate Social Media will never allow it.

I grow more and more suspicious the more I am “protected” by some corporate status quo power on what I can read and access.

Garth allow free speech limited by your reasonableness…..I have trust in that.

By the way the Epoch times has some interesting reading about Canada’s elites (Power Corp) and China, be informed.

#179 Dolce Vita on 11.16.20 at 7:33 pm

Off topic.

I was wondering how these vaccine companies come up with these Vaccine Efficacy %’s?

Well, here is the short of it…then the diatribe follows.

Moderna stated:

95 cases of COVID-19 were observed—90 in the placebo group versus 5 in the vaccine group.

So with that, calculate the Relative Risk (RR) which is the Number of Incidents ÷ person years monitoring. Take the RR vaccine and ÷ by the RR placebo or control group:

RR = 5/90 = 0.0555555555555556

The % Vaccine Efficacy = 1 – RR

For Moderna’s vaccine that = 1 – 0.0555555555555556 or

94.44%

Not bad huh?

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What they use for person years = 1000. For example, that means they follow 1000 people for 1 year. You can speed that up by following 2000 people for 6 months.

So with the vaccine group size of 15,000 and the placebo group size the same (Moderna used 30,000 people in their Ph. III trial) you get 1000 person years in a short time.

So the “95 cases of COVID-19 were observed—90 in the placebo group versus 5 in the vaccine group.” actually meant:

90 incidents/1000 person years and 5 incidents/1000 person years.

Nifty.

Of course you ALSO have to churn the data using the Poisson Distribution still, easy enough to understand.

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For the Stats Nerds (and yes, I understood the Poisson stuff too – easy but unfortunately they like to use weird Math symbols for something that’s a relatively simple concept; thus, making it all look ALIEN):

https://medium.com/swlh/the-fascinating-math-powering-the-covid-19-vaccine-trials-930a5e97c9c9

#180 Camille on 11.16.20 at 7:34 pm

I enjoy your blog Garth, free or not. It’s your blog, don’t accept inappropriate comments.

#181 Donmac55 on 11.16.20 at 7:35 pm

If you fold sir, they win.

#182 Marc Roger on 11.16.20 at 7:35 pm

If you close the blog today, I’d be grateful for the great posts (and comments) I’ve enjoyed daily over the years.
But here’s hoping you keep it going!

#183 just a dude on 11.16.20 at 7:37 pm

Garth,

Whatever this guy says and for what it’s worth, I do NOT come here for the comments.

I come here strictly for your and your colleagues’ insightful, intelligent and incredibly helpful commentary.

For this I am extremely grateful to you for hosting this platform and would be ready, and happy, to pay a subscription fee if that’s a route that you’d like to explore.

Even if you decided to charge a subscription and then donated the funds to your favourite charity, canine-based or otherwise, well that would be entirely fine by me.

We need more people like you, particularly during these insane times we are collectively navigating.

Thank you for all that you do. So many of us are indebted to you.

#184 Blessed_Canadian_Millenial on 11.16.20 at 7:39 pm

First off, you’re awesome Garth!

Second, you have full right and authority to ban or delete comments as you see fit.

Third, I have learned so much from you over the last 6 years or so that not having your insight would leave a huge void for me. It is my nightly tradition now to read your blog and a few comments.

I hope you have a long and healthy life ahead of you and may this blog live for decades more!

Thank you for all that you have done, Mr. Turner.

#185 VICTORIA TEA PARTY on 11.16.20 at 7:40 pm

THE NECESSARINESS OF ST. GARTH OUR VOICE

This is one of those most profoundly indispensable blogs anywhere to be found on the often tasteless and venal of all locales, the Internet.

In Canada our Constitution affords us the right of “free” expression.

BUT: I thought we had the right of “Freedom of Speech”, kind of like “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” so often quoted in the US Constitution.

What is the difference between free expression and free speech?

To me, it is a lot, and I still can’t figure it out exactly.

To be free to speak packs far more punch than having the right to be free to express.

This question is nothing new in recent Canadian journalism. The National Post dealt with this recently.

Barbara Kay has written many articles. She is another tower of strength for those of us who value our freedom and know of at least two events where those rights came from: the efforts of Canada’s “Glorious Dead” of two world wars; and there have been other military engagements of great import.

https://o.canada.com/opinion/barbara-kay-from-free-society-to-fear-society-in-the-halls-of-higher-learning/wcm/ecb99757-66d7-4b73-a7c4-716044763959

#186 Grey Dog on 11.16.20 at 7:41 pm

Garth, you do a wonderful job monitoring YOUR SITE. Thank YOU!

Just because pompous snivelling whiners who think they know more than the rest of us, are not allowed to shovel their drivel are ticked at you, heck you are doing us ALL A FAVOUR! DELETE…(Thanks for sparing me from the dishonest hate filled speech. I really don’t care how educated they think they are.)

I do NOT come to this site to hear from them.

YOUR BLOG, however, I do have a couple of favourites I will read as I scroll quickly through your other blog dog comments.

Bad dog…no treats….no comments from you!

Once again, Thanks Garth!

#187 jess on 11.16.20 at 7:41 pm

“In America over 70% of Republicans, who made up most of the seventy million people who voted red, believe the US election was rigged, despite a paucity of evidence. ”
==========

perhaps more anxious about what the future holds for the economy

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-us-government-and-politics/american-political-ideologies-and-beliefs/evaluating-public-opinion-data/a/limitations-of-public-opinion-data

#188 Rural Rick on 11.16.20 at 7:43 pm

Having educated untold numbers of folks over the years you have been far more fair minded and tolerant than I would have been. You have a thick skin, at least thicker than mine is. If they bug yah ban them. Let them start their own blog. Thanks for all you do it is much appreciated.

#189 Diamond Dog on 11.16.20 at 7:44 pm

Well said, Garth.

Directing this comment to those who wish to do away with the comments section or turn it into 200 words or less twitter soundbites, we’re missing the point of what a successful blog does which is to stimulate diverse trains of thought not just for the reader, but the writer.

If we want 200 words or less to read or type, we’ll just go to twitter where the products (and digestion) of a lazy mind are laid bare for all to see. Most will never scratch the surface there on any meaningful subject even with dropping web links. 1,000 comments on any particular subject becomes a Frankenstein patchwork of one or two lines of summations void of detail, half of which don’t possess critical thinking apparent in their choices of what to share, namely misinformation put forth by their favorite cults and the other half, comments mentally crushed by a neutered thought process that can never give any meaningful topic the attention it deserves.

Case in point, would anyone here keep coming to read Garth’s blog if he was relegated to 200 words in his dailies? Can anyone think of any threads of comments we’ve ever read on Twitter that are worthy of being published? It’s a social platform designed for a lazy mind with a slogan, you can hear it already, “we’ve gotten rid of the windbags in a forum where everyone can have their say” and there’s a big market for that, apparent by twitter’s success but there’s a big cost. Not everyone has something meaningful to say and blending it in with the muted minds of those who do, doesn’t make it any more pleasurable to read.

#190 COW MAN on 11.16.20 at 7:45 pm

Sir Garth:

Please keep tightening down, as you have been doing. It does not censor, it encourages respect. That we have too little of. Thank you for what you do.

#191 yvr_lurker on 11.16.20 at 7:46 pm

Good post. The interview with Obama on BBC and in 60 minutes really resonated with me. The slippery slope of Truth Decay and “alternative” facts spread on social media and rogue media outlets are a very powerful force for influencing those with little critical thinking skills. This large downside of social media will not end with this election. In the past, any nutbar could simply get on the podium in Speakers corner in Hyde Park and spout off whatever version of “reality” that appealed to them to try to infiltrate the minds of citizens. Now, funded by wealthy anonymous donors, “blogs”,”news channels”, and “social media campaigns” spreading alternative realiities can much more easily be set up to influence the masses and spread misinformation. Would the crazy QAnon people have made such traction with the public twenty years ago? Don’t think so. I think Obama has a very good read the situation, and frankly much of the remedy involves educating the next generation in developing critical thinking skills.

#192 Anonymous on 11.16.20 at 7:47 pm

Freedom of speech
does not mean
Freedom of reach

If someone feels they are being muzzled by Garth they are welcome to start their own blog with their own rules.

#193 Work and Tumble on 11.16.20 at 7:48 pm

I come here because Garth shares the knowledge and
because of that knowledge, at 55, I’m free of debt and have no worries for my family and my retirement. (lets face it investing is not simple)
I started as a apprentice, licensed tradesman, and moved into sales in the heyday of my trade, and made a good living. I am thankful each day when I read this blog that I always invested with thoughts of what Garth said the day or week before, keep to the plan and stay balanced with a good fee based adviser.
(most comments here are just noise, keep to the plan.)

#194 Yuus bin Haad on 11.16.20 at 7:50 pm

I thought people were just goofin’ around and testing the limits of what it took to get deleted … or banned

#195 Islandgirl on 11.16.20 at 7:50 pm

I come here for your posts and occasionally I’ll read comments, especially if you comment on said comments, but if the comments were to disappear, it would bother me none. Blog on!

#196 Nonplused on 11.16.20 at 7:53 pm

“This is a subjective process, which means some souls have been denied publishing solely because they tick me off.”

Not surprising moderating some 200 comments a night by yourself probably requires some quick judgements. Especially since many of them are long (I am often guilty of this).

The rules about what gets deleted has seemed to have evolved a bit but I can usually figure it out after one DELETED especially if you post the reason. So I modify my comments to reflect the ground rules of the blog or try to. It is, after all, your blog so you have full editorial control. It isn’t a “Free Speech” zone.

Someone suggested a limit to comment length. That might work if you can automate it maybe by making this box only accept so many characters but otherwise it is probably just more work for you. And people will probably just post several 300 character comments if they are feeling verbose.

#197 Kelowna Bound on 11.16.20 at 7:54 pm

I have not posted on your site in many years but I have been reading for over a decade. The only value the comments offer is fodder for future posts. These are letters to the editor not a conversation among fans.

#198 Cliff Falkenham on 11.16.20 at 7:54 pm

I am not interested in having my comments posted but I do thank you for sharing your thoughts and knowledge. As a person who grew up in a lower economic situation(politically correct way of saying poor) I am always battling my fears of being poor again. My mom raised 8 of us working two jobs. I had a good paying career and earned a DB pension. Following your advice about buying a house which serves my needs has allowed me to own a home with no mortgage and be debt free despite divorce. It is nice to be able to buy a new vehicle with cash and not being extravagant by getting an expensive vehicle I don’t need but one that is comfortable and meets my needs. I do keep too much of my savings in guaranteed investments but reading your blog resulted in me putting some of my cash in mutual funds and despite them dropping at times I do not touch them and as per your comments they gain overall. I am nervous about where we are headed with the current Trudeau spending like there are no consequences. My friends and family call me cheap but I prefer frugal. They seem to think I have lots of money in the bank but although I am comfortable I am not wealthy and I don’t tell people how much I have in assets. I will continue following your blog as it is a guide for me. I expect we who are debt free will get taxed more in future but for now I will try not to lose sleep over the mess I believe Trudeau made even worse by not putting in some parameters around CERB. You are helping people like me who you so not gave to help and I am sure there are many Canadians who appreciate you help.

#199 Emma Zaun - GreaterFool Unpaid Intern #007 on 11.16.20 at 7:54 pm

And yet you ask us to sort through and catalogue all these deplorable comments, dripping with vulgarity and ignorance, with inadequate PPE and no time off for mental health.

Disgusting and oppressive work environment. Grievances to follow.

Emma Zaun
Shop Steward
CUPE (Canadian Union of Peelers and Exhibitionists)

#200 bill green on 11.16.20 at 7:54 pm

my partner just told me that his 25 year old nephew died this past weekend of covid-19.
keep doing what you’re doing Garth, reason appreciates it.

#201 Jeff in Vic on 11.16.20 at 7:56 pm

This is your blog…. do what you want! I come for the content not the steerage. But… Back in the early days I loved smoking Man. The best blog is when you guys met in person.
You do you Garth!

#202 fishman on 11.16.20 at 7:56 pm

Ban comments by Garth’s bloggie doggies? Pardon me please.
Like apple pie without the cheese.
A kiss without the squeeze.

#203 Lawless on 11.16.20 at 7:57 pm

We love your posts, Garth!! Many thanks for doing what you do!

#204 Lisa Campbelford on 11.16.20 at 7:58 pm

“They swallow the presidential tweets, Fox News and Steve Bannon…”
Same as the other side swallows Biden’s tweets, mainstream media and AOC
How do you know you are on the right side, Garth?

#205 Pete Howard on 11.16.20 at 7:59 pm

I come to this site for only one reason. And since that has nothing at all to do with the Comments From the Great Unwashed, and since he has no free giveaways, that would leave only one possible reason. Take a WAG (wild-ass oilfield guess).

#206 R on 11.16.20 at 8:00 pm

Trump has 70 million supporters. Many are well armed, and believe they are the protectorates of a way of life in the US. I believe Trump will face many legal charges after he is no longer president, and I believe he is guilty of many of them. What I am waiting for is Trump to start saying the Democrats are deep state ,and are going to try to charge him with fake legal charges to silence him and the cause. He will call upon his patriots to protect him, to fight the corrupt DoJs and free him. The question will be would it work ? A potential civil war might give the charging attorneys pause. Similar to the saying, if I owe the bank $10,000 , it is my problem. If I owe the banks a trillion dollars, it’s the banks problem. I am losing faith in the idea that if you have truth on your side you will be OK. Trump has shown me how perverted the US has become.

#207 Michael on 11.16.20 at 8:01 pm

The gentleman is mistaken. I come here daily for your commentary Garth. Over the years I have found it to be informative and yes also profitable. Seldom if ever do I bother to wade through the comments.

#208 Kool Aid on 11.16.20 at 8:01 pm

Opinions, whatever. Dissing a man and his dog, unforgivable.

#209 Derek R on 11.16.20 at 8:05 pm

Commenters get thousands of guaranteed eyes for their comments on this blog because it’s popular. And at no cost too!

So no one should feel entitled to have their comments published as a right. Every free publication of a comment is a valuable gift to the commenter from Garth.

Thanks, Garth!

#210 Canadian Moose on 11.16.20 at 8:05 pm

Garths blog, Garths rules, so simple yet so difficult to understand for a few narcissists and their opinions. The fact that this bozo tried to use different names and still gets booted shows his contempt. Go away ya blow hard and learn something from this FREE financial literacy website. Rant over! Going back to my wine.

Thoughts from the Hinterland

#211 Wrk.dover on 11.16.20 at 8:05 pm

When I came to commenting here about eight years ago ( guessing ) it was a pretty clickety cliquey space of people bouncing current event investment themed ideas about. And humor.

I participated by projecting my successes of living well on near poverty level income (by city standards) just to point out there is good life on less, if you have everything except debt and excessive cash and live on a self sufficient homestead with tools, talent and skill.

Pumped rural living hard. Then I tuned off a couple of years ago, not feeling any respect. I came back this year to catch Grand Master Turners take on the world meltdown.

What I found besides Garth’s accurate steady read, is a whole lot of mental illness, hate and posturing in the peanut gallery.

It’s all noise to me now.

Too many I(s) in my posts, too many me(s) in most of the rest. I miss nation building us idea themes.

#212 Palpatine on 11.16.20 at 8:08 pm

Thank you as always for your blog. It has been invaluable for my family’s finances and our peace of mind (yes, even over the last several months). I started reading 7 years ago and applied your recommended portfolio. Our balance sheet has improved steadily as our family grew (stable now with 3 kids and a dog in a rental ). Having a place of logic to check in everyday to get financial news and advice in a sea of people telling you to take on significant risk is amazing. (I was so sorry to hear about Bandit; our dog Ben is 12 and the best companion one could hope for.)

#213 John on 11.16.20 at 8:08 pm

Garth your the best. I read this blog every day. Keep doing what your doing. Haters gonna hate….

#214 Robert Ash on 11.16.20 at 8:08 pm

Garth; Thanks for the Blog, I enjoy the subject matter, and actually are enjoying the humor often from your or others comments… A laugh is sure good medicine, these days… I have had several belly laughs, while reading… Canada a nice apartment above a Meth Lab… had forgotten that one…. had a good laugh again… Cheers

#215 Dolce Vita on 11.16.20 at 8:09 pm

Forgot to mention Canada doing well comparatively vs. Europe and the USA (COVID-19).

New cases per million:

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

Deaths per million:

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

Keep doing well Canada!

Big drop for Italia today in new cases, not shown in the above chart as just in. Deaths a small drop only.

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Funny to read the Comments here today.

Many people bitching about other people bitching, usually about Comments, on and on.

Then there are the sanctimonious that never read Comments or post, yet posted AND completely forgetting that if Garth does not want them, they would be gone.

Garth knows when to put his Big Boy Pants on and needs no help from yourselves, especially YOUR ADVICE.

The guy is highly ACCOMPLISHED and is no need of your “sage words”.

Words of encouragement, yes, and that is NICE to read.

-FWIW

#216 Yankee Canuck on 11.16.20 at 8:10 pm

As a long time daily ready, I never come here for the comments and stopped reading them years ago. Most make me want to vomit.

I come here for some info, insight, and the dry humour. Really like the dry humour. Plus I have learned more about investing and markets here than any book I have ever read. Thanks Garth and team.

#217 Interstellar Old Yeller on 11.16.20 at 8:10 pm

It’s been years since I regularly read the comments here. I’d gladly see you get rid of the comments section and keep blogging, Garth & co.

#218 dogwhistle on 11.16.20 at 8:11 pm

#130 MarkT on 11.16.20 at 6:35 pm
I have read this site daily as a source of calm, rational thoughts, guidance and outlook.

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You need help. lol

#219 Tarot Card on 11.16.20 at 8:11 pm

Thanks for the blog Garth
I have noticed a significant change in the comments over the years. And not for the better, Not sure the reasons?
Your right about disinformation, for example
People should not be allowed to post their opinions unless they can show some supporting links or good examples!
I want to here your opinion and have an adult discussion and learn form each other. Not just making a statement and walk away! It’s like I am right prove me wrong

For example yesterday
We had someone post hey cases are going up and this proves masks do not work.
No supporting information and to be honest how do you draw a conclusion because A happened B is the result?
So to counter that statement.
I only can say this, one guy who did not were a mask and was waiting for test results. He thought why self isolate I will go to the gym. Wam 42 cases. What an idiot should be fined. And to me this demonstrates the total lack of brain power in the public.

Next,
Dr.Tam has stated on the CBC she know of no cases caught on airplanes. Guess what everyone wears a mask, duh.
Oh yes no one caught the virus on the plane, but plenty have boarded the plain sick. So masks work.

I wear a mask because it’s my civic duty not to spread the virus just in case I got it and not aware.

Like the sign says no shoes no shirt no mask no service, simple. What are you fighting?

If you want to fight then take on the government for implementing the war measures act, opps I mean emergency measures. Your civil rights are gone.

To the idiot yesterday who said we are killing our children with the vaccine. Stop and think does every child in the country not get vaccines for polio, mumps, measles and so on with no side effects.
Hmmmmm

In conclusion thanks for the blog Garth I am still invested.
Everyone have a wonderful day! Let’s debate in a mature way. And that’s the Way it is Monday November 16, 2020

#220 SoggyShorts on 11.16.20 at 8:13 pm

#33 Tron Light on 11.16.20 at 5:17 pm
It is your blog Garth and you can do what you want but if comments do not incite someone to violence, why ban differences of opinion?
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Try reading about how vaccines and achieving herd immunity actually work- if enough people refuse to take it then it doesn’t work.
GT should absolutely filter out anti-vax propaganda.

All of the comments about how fast the vaccines are being made somehow fail to account for the fact that we’ve never tried this hard nor been this technologically advanced before.

We made a mumps vaccine in 4 years back in the 60s.

Obviously everyone would prefer to know all of the possible long-term effects before taking it, but that’s not realistic is it? If everyone waits 2,5,10,50 years that’s gonna be a helluva lockdown, isn’t it?

#221 Randy Matheson on 11.16.20 at 8:14 pm

I come here for the content and informed viewpoint that is provided. It is your garden; do as you will to mind your garden. Weeds need to be pulled from time to time.

#222 SoggyShorts on 11.16.20 at 8:16 pm

@Garth
If anything, filter more, not less.
We all come here for your perspective, and while echo-chambers are bad, there are plenty of other sources we can go to if we want trash like the stuff you are deleting.

#223 Robert Ash on 11.16.20 at 8:18 pm

Ok and example, if I may… Kevin @# 6 today, cheers, for the belly laugh… I mean we got to laugh at some of these issues, and problems, and while being safe and respectful, also Lighten up… Day schooled, by Day Drinkers… to funny…

#224 Bruh on 11.16.20 at 8:19 pm

Even moderated the comments here are mostly meh, I don’t click in to read them more than once a month.

If you considered selling something here, I’m sure people would consider buying. Keep up the great work Garth and team.

#225 belly rubs on 11.16.20 at 8:20 pm

We have ferocious olipants and heffalumps out back so words don’t affect me as much. If your blog topics were about canning preserves, or refinishing an old couch, the comments would probably be different. I enjoy the Canadianna spin.

We gots a mutt named Finnegan
We always wonder where he’s been
He jumps on the couch
Shakes mud all about
Ma give’m the boot now he’s in again

#226 Drinking on 11.16.20 at 8:23 pm

All these posters that claim not to read the comments,lol!

The guy that forwarded an email is a real piece of work, putting it kindly, seriously, grow up!!

Not rocket science, recent spike in Covid cases follows Halloween and elections two weeks ago! Happens all the time after a holiday!

Good day on the stock market but as usual it will correct.

Stay safe dawgs!!

#227 DON on 11.16.20 at 8:23 pm

Not sure what to say about the current state of affairs other than lack of logic, discipline and patience. The whinning on all fronts is mind numbing and unproductive.

Follow the blog rules or piss off. It really is that simple. Lots of heighten anxiety out there.

#228 Dolce Vita on 11.16.20 at 8:23 pm

I know Garth people love your Blog and what you have to say and when someone is NOT appreciative, down right nasty…of course, your adoring MASSES to the RESCUE.

Which is fine, you know, HUMAN NATURE.

But if they only KNEW YOU AS I KNOW having collaborated the 2 short times we did – email penpals, few 100 back and forths.

I mean besides ACCOMPLISHED (duh…read your resume and what you do for a living notwithstanding your community spirit) I can say this with great CERTAINTY:

1. Sharp as a whip and a wit to match.
2. A mind that works at warp speed.
3. Gets what he wants (had me hustling off at full speed to get a non-stock photo of Pordenone – and typically, I do not move for anyone nor exploding volcanoes).
4. Funny as all heck.
5. Can trim down a million words down to 10 without any meaning being lost (much to my consternation yet ultimate joy).
6. Will no hesitate to give me supreme dung when I get “colorful”.

And they worry about defending you…

If they only knew.

Well, now they now…well, tip of the iceberg.

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Take care my friend.

#229 Hairhead on 11.16.20 at 8:24 pm

Lots of people are asking Garth, “Why do you do it?” (i.e. Keep the comments section.)

Look, it’s only Garth being Garth. When he was a business journalist, it was all about listening to people and facilitating communication. When he was an MP, he visited his constituents, solicited their opinions, and LISTENED to them! (Which got him kicked out of caucus.) When people send him sob stories to the blog here and he answers, it is because he is listening.

And there’s nothing more respectful than that — and it’s a quality very few politicians have. Name another active politician who actually listens!

Garth keeps and moderates the comment section because he values listening, even if he has to “listen” to a bunch of $%&#heads. He wants and needs to know what is going on in the culture out in the world, and what is going through people’s heads.

How do you think he got his wisdom? A lot of listening (followed, of course, by hard, hard thinking and ruthless editing — much like the comment section).

I read Garth’s blog every day, and read almost every comment. Good or bad, the comments are an interesting and useful window, though sometimes distasteful, on the thinking of a lot of people.

So to you, Garth, great respect from me for being consistent throughout your public and private life, and even more for valuing the thoughts of so many of your fellow-citizens.

#230 willworkforpickles on 11.16.20 at 8:28 pm

The greatest message site of all time was the yahoo finance message board of the 2000’s (aughties) zero moderation zero censorship. When a poster got too offside he/she wound up berated by regular posters enough to seek greener pastures elsewhere. Up until the late Aughties before its format was changed and regulated and lost 98 percent of its readership it was deemed, the wild west of message boards #1 internet entertainment site of sites. Informative, uninformative, imaginative, unimaginative, brilliant, normal, abnormal, a broad gamut of the human condition often bizarre and hilarious daily to say the most of extreme of extremes at the very least. Then it all changed and then it was all gone in a flash. Most people are sane. Some are not. It was a message board left to its own devices that moderated itself and it worked. Those days are gone. We were having too much fun. THOSE DAYS ARE GONE !
Years ago there was a Toronto Sun columnist who educated many a young reader daily on the evils of far left socialism and creeping communism and expounded almost daily how the peril of suppressing free speech can and eventually will lead to this societal and other forms of eventual unstoppable evil. He was a great educator. He spoke from personal experience. He was a Sun columnist in the 1980’s when Garth had his own column at the Sun newspaper.
I picked up the Toronto Sun every day back then (was in TO in the eighties) for 3 items…first – page 3, the Sunshine Girl…secondly – the Garth Turner column…as for the greatest of all time free speech advocate – Sun Columnist, Lubor Zink.

#231 45north on 11.16.20 at 8:35 pm

Or, at least, what some people think Trump means, stands for and epitomizes.

I’m a Trump supporter

His supporters, sycophants and admirers have tried to dominate the discussion, to call those in disagreement commies or Antifa and create a huge cleave between right and left. Sure, the lefties got their shots in, too. But the guys arriving here in their F150s with camo undies, ballistic vests and flags flying dominated. Until I started shutting it down.

none of the above applies to me

Covid is a dangerous pandemic. Basically we’re all held hostage to the medical experts. No way out.

Disinformation works both ways. Hunter Biden’s laptop makes Watergate look like a late library card. The media have sand-bagged it. They have betrayed their country.

Should this blog be a part of that?

Stick to your guns Garth. This is a Canadian blog. I’m thinking about yesterday’s blog.
Meanwhile, after hitting a new record high for all types of properties (at $1,026,925) the Toronto market is starting to unwind. Fast. I’m thinking that you didn’t go to Toronto for the fun of it. The country is starting to unwind. We have to try to preserve social cohesion. Your message is more relevant than ever.

#232 mnpr on 11.16.20 at 8:36 pm

Hi Garth…. I think your most salient point is that this blog is of course directly associated with you, and with your reputation. You have every right, and I would expect nothing less, to filter the comments to reflect your, and by extension your colleague’s values. Some leeway is nice, and I think you have been very generous in that regard. What gets me is that many commenters are using this blog as their own soapbox, and completely disregarding the topic of your blog post of the day. You could even say that if a commenter wanders to far away from the topic of the day, they have no right at all to get their comment published. I’ve been reading this blog for years. I rarely comment. But he (of many handles) does not speak for me. Your blog topic of the day is much more important and interesting to me than the comment section. Although I will say there are occasionally some very good comment. Thanks, yet again, for having this blog.

#233 mike from mtl on 11.16.20 at 8:39 pm

#77 neo on 11.16.20 at 5:49 pm

In Canada, 80% of the deaths are LTC mostly from Quebec and Ontario. The negligence, THAT’S the big deal.
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Exactly. Places like that depending on management are disasters, this is nothing new unfortunately. Not for lack of trying, tell that to the poor orderlies and nurses working 12h shifts, reusing masks, taking the bus to work. Pray you don’t have to be warehoused in your final years…

The most frustrating thing is these lockdowns for everyone which we’ve never done before, didn’t work the first time, and aren’t working now. It would seem pretty obvious where to give the most attention and $$$ to actually get a better result – that’s a win I’d say.

Yes I rather like not having suffered to Polio or Meningitis, the risk / benefit makes total sense, except to those anti-vaxxer numbnuts. CV-19 vaccine when proven, starting with those who who stand the most to take benefit over the risk(s) and unknowns, makes perfect sense – 90%+ efficacy seems awfully optimistic but hey let’s see.

HOWEVER, the ‘mission creep’ of a mandatory vax and eradicate is the concern. Hopefully these fears are untimely unfounded but who knows, this whole debacle has been one giant geopolitical mess.

#234 Apocalypse2020 on 11.16.20 at 8:42 pm

RED ALERT!

BREAKING NEWS!

Trump seeking options to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election-2020/trump-iran-strike-nuclear-site-attack-b1723987.html

Probability of nuclear war in the next 65 days =

90%+

PREPARE

#235 KLNR on 11.16.20 at 8:47 pm

Garth, do us another favour and NEVER let that parasite and his ilk back in here again.

#236 Diharv on 11.16.20 at 8:49 pm

Trump made being an idiot and an imbecile fashionable. Now that they have all come out, they think that they have the right and get a free pass. Because … Trump does it.

#237 Stephen on 11.16.20 at 8:49 pm

I’ve learned a lot from you. I’ve learned very little from those who comment. And over the last year or two, I quit reading the comments altogether. I have no idea why you even permit comments. It must be super-annoying to read some of them. Just block all comments. Your serious followers won’t care.

#238 DON on 11.16.20 at 8:52 pm

Instead of ‘Deleted’ perhaps the word ‘Gong Show’ would be more appropriate for this category of commentors. They receive an email with an automatic sliding hook…yanking the clown off the stage.

#239 Faron on 11.16.20 at 8:55 pm

#214 willworkforpickles on 11.16.20 at 8:28 pm

IRC and newsgroups predated Yahoo forums (and still exist). Comparing a Yahoo forum to a comments section on a blog bannered by and moderated by a respectable politician is an apples to elbows comparison. You are free to turn to 4chan if you want your wild west back.

Finally, did you ever stop to ask why the pg 3 figure was a cis female? I wonder how your perception of the Sun’s espousal of “freedom” would have been altered if there was a hunky, out male in a rainbow striped banana hammock on pg 3? I suggest you critically study how your “free” thinking is informed by media that sells issues and adverts by luring readers with the female figure. You most certainly have a target painted on you as you cede your decision making to your gonads. At that point you are as good as played. Now note the similarities to Fox News and its propensity for hiring attractive blonds.

#240 Karlhungus on 11.16.20 at 8:57 pm

Who comes for the comments ? They are mostly not informative, and a waste of time. Garth has a gift for writing, it’s obviously the main attraction

#241 Sheesh on 11.16.20 at 8:58 pm

First, that guy is WAY off the mark. I’m here to read you, the comments I mostly skip or skim. Especially the ones made by that person.

An opinion formed by someone with education and expertise in the field being opined on is considerably more valuable than that of some guy who watched a few YouTube videos or read a book, and many who post here don’t seem to be aware of that. It’s become too easy to spread misinformation via comment section soapboxes, and the world is not a better place for it.

Maybe you could do a letters to the editor thing like back in the good old newspaper days, instead of the comment section. Publish a few of the thought-worthy comments that you received the previous day at the end of your post. Post replies that further the discussion. Should get more thoughtful dialogue that way. Less spontaneous, but more considered, and would maybe eliminate the junk posts (first!) that you need to filter. Maybe. Might even engage more people who normally steer clear of steerage.

Anyway, if you decide to be done with comments all together, that would still be better than no Garth:)

#242 Chris on 11.16.20 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Garth, Doug, Ryan and Sinan. Your posts are always very greatly appreciated in my neck of the woods, Down Under. They have changed my life and the future for my family. I can never thank you all enough.

#243 Mossyjoe on 11.16.20 at 9:01 pm

Very well written piece. I admire your insights and your goal of a civil ,fact based conversation. As a daily reader, I peruse the comments section and sometimes appreciate some insightful comments and fast forward over the specious, off-the-wall comments.
Keep up the good work.

#244 Terry on 11.16.20 at 9:01 pm

“It’s free. And it will remain so until the day Greater Fool folds.”

“Do not hasten that.”

Life will go on with or without Greater Fool.

#245 Dragonslayer on 11.16.20 at 9:03 pm

Have to agree, Garth. Comparing the blog from say, 10 years ago, it’s apparent that the Trumpites, anti- maskers and covid deniers, are rampant now.

For any semi- intelligent reader it’s frustrating so lately, I just zoom through the comments and try to pick up the occasional nugget.

Not sure what the answer is. You’re pretty good at blasting these nutty opinions out of the water when warranted but that must be exhausting.

Fox News resorted to simply cutting away from Kaleigh McEnany when she spewed the nonsense about election fraud. Perhaps a version of that on your blog? Post crazy stuff and you’re out. For good.

#246 Bond Junkie on 11.16.20 at 9:05 pm

Everyone’s ‘truth’ is relative. I had COVID-19 a month ago. I’m 40 and healthy, it was a shade better than the flu, 36hr fever and 4-5 days of fatigue. The loss of taste and smell stuff is real, I’m only back to 75% there but overall… It’s NOT. A. BIG. DEAL.

I’m really sad to hear about Smoking Man. I had beers with him at the Duke on Adelaide about 4yrs ago. He was incredibly gracious, intelligent, honest, salt of the earth kinda guy. Wish we had more like him here in Canada. I sure will miss you Jim, rest easy.

-Bj

#247 mick McClean on 11.16.20 at 9:05 pm

I’ve been reading this blog for many years and it’s something I look forward to Garth. I enjoy the comments also since I’ve been directed to links I wouldn’t normally come across. Someone mentioned the CPD etf which is now nearly $13 from less than $8 in March. I wonder what strategy one would use to realize profit on this etf knowing that the monthly dividend is crucial for goosing retirement funds. Would be a matter of selling and hoping to find something at a lower cost while paying the same dividend which isn’t an easy undertaking.

#248 Dave on 11.16.20 at 9:05 pm

What an absolute entitled idiot that guy is.

He wants to glom on to your success in order to get people reading whatever nonsense he is trying to spread.

Thanks for your blog. I’m a very infrequent commenter but regular reader.

#249 CC on 11.16.20 at 9:07 pm

Come here for the posts and pictures, never read the comments. Essential daily reading. Thanks guys.

#250 Better late than never on 11.16.20 at 9:10 pm

In the comment section, I search for “- Garth”. This way I learn a little more, or I have a good laugh.

I would be curious to see the result of a survey

1-I never read the comment section.
2-I always read the comment section.
3-I read the comment section once in a while.
4-I only read Garth’s comments.
5-I read the comments related to the topic of the day.

#251 FreeBird on 11.16.20 at 9:10 pm

#163 Howard on 11.16.20 at 7:14 pm
Is there no middle ground between anti-vaxxer freak on one side and, on the other side, proponent of government-forced injections of all citizens of a new rushed-to-market vaccine before long-term side effects can be deduced?

Plenty of reasonable people who never had prior reservations about vaccines are concerned about this one. Maybe their reservations are unfounded. It will be the government’s job to prove to them that it is safe.

My condolences for the loss of Bandit.
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Agree. Today unfortunately as many here have said is there’s no open minded debate anymore (or it’s rare) with those holding diff or as Garth says disparate views actually listening/trying to see where the other is coming from and why. Then maybe finding middle ground or just agreeing to disagree. Now it’s easier to attack or label vs debating points of a view or issue. No grey areas. It just creates more division, less understanding and anger esp targeted at those like Garth w/blogs. A close friend and I talked (debated) about politics, new vaccines etc and def didn’t always agree but tried to listen and both learned some things. Same topics have been ‘debated’ btw my other half and I (crazy may have been used.) No divorce. I’m also lucky to have access to many in health/medical field incl a past pharma researcher. Learning to read studies and their quality could help others. I’ve found MDs open to talking about concerns over drugs/studies if reasonable. Our longtime pharmacist is as well and will drug cos if needed for info.
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Bandit was another loss of a beautiful dog and companion. It takes ignorance and or total lack of compassion/human decency to direct such a message to a respected blogger and professional after such a loss. The blog’s advice is free, valuable and generously offered by a man (w/support of a very patient spouse) when both could easily stop writing and just enjoy a simple life esp now. Maybe preachy but some readers who benefit by the blog need to appreciate this. I try to avoid long posts but this topic was worth it. Be well all. Time for Agatha Christie.

#252 DON on 11.16.20 at 9:12 pm

176 the Jaguar on 11.16.20 at 7:29 pm
View from the cheap seats:
re:
‘Your posts are a great and essential catalyst, but the comments section belongs to all of us.’. ..and also “You’ve killed off two or three of my usernames now, but I keep coming back (you can’t ban anyone who knows IT stuff).
Pretty arrogant statements, and in no way am I left with the feeling that ‘inclusivity’ is intended by use of the words “all of us”. Killed off? Because Garth chose not to post your comments on ‘HIS’ blog. And finally the implied threat of ‘not going away because you know ‘IT’ stuff. I might wonder why the writers IP address couldn’t simply be permanently blocked, but I have no issue admitting I don’t know ‘IT’ stuff.

************

Sounds a little more of a stalker mentality than an IT ‘know how’ in light of the open commenting.

A stiff drink, followed by a low hey ” Yikes!” is appropriate here.

#253 Tripp on 11.16.20 at 9:13 pm

I read your blog most of your posts and occasionally, parts of the comments section.

Always found your blog informative, and never expected it to be more than the reflection of your personal beliefs and experiences. I greatly appreciate your time and effort to convey a message, although it will never be a “one size fits all” for all the readers, all the time.

Regarding the comments section, for as long as you consider it manageable, it would be beneficial to keep it open, most of the posters are containing themselves within the limits of civility. If you are doubting this, please scan the MSM, with or without enabled comments. The amount of spite and venom is sometimes unbearable, irrespective of their political leaning.

#254 Reynolds753 on 11.16.20 at 9:14 pm

Mr. Turner:

I have been reading and enjoying your blog for the past few years. I am an expatriate Canadian (still a citizen) who left Canada in 1988 to work in the US. This was because I could not find a suitable occupational position in Canada. Canada trained me and then let me go. I enjoy your writing. It really helps me get some sort of idea about what is going on in Canada. I recently retired and bought a condo in Toronto with the hopes of returning some day. It would seem that this may never happen given the reality of Covid-19. In any event, your blog is a true font of information (financial, political and social) for those of Canadians not residing in Canada. The comment section sometimes upsets me. It is difficult to read rightist comments from those who do not reside in the US and have little understanding of what it means to endure four years of truly bad government.

#255 Moose on 11.16.20 at 9:14 pm

We just watched Trump try to hijack democracy with his nonsense….it’s not anything goes here!

Great job Garth!

#256 waltersafety on 11.16.20 at 9:15 pm

I go to the comments on most blogs news, etc . I remain surprised and offended at the vile, racist stuff and the things said about celeb females or women in general that link to MSM stories.
Occasionally I find humour , good humour.
Garth , I disagree with your bias quite often but I think you’re usually fair .
This blog and comments is almost an oasis of civility and that’s saying a lot these days.

#257 homer sapient on 11.16.20 at 9:17 pm

Thank you for all you put into this blog.
It continues to be a consitently sane and useful resource worth reading every day.
Thank you for the filtering you do: it’s your blog so it’s your judgement as to what stays and what gets cut.

#258 jeff rode on 11.16.20 at 9:18 pm

Hi Garth, just wanted to say that I come here to read what you have to say, not to read comments. The vitriol and pointlessness of comment boards everywhere boggles my senses. Informed and balanced viewpoints are getting more and more difficult to find so thank you kindly for providing yours every day. Cheers!

#259 FriedEggs on 11.16.20 at 9:19 pm

If we are all here in agreeance and patting each other on the back is when we get all get ‘smoked.’

Leaving the crack of the doors of perception open is ok and healthy. At least we have all the bases covered and the truth shall prevail.

Gerry Spence, American lawyer: “Everyone wants to argue. Everyone does. Everyone needs to.” “While birds can fly, only humans can argue. Argument is the affirmation of our being. It is the principal instrument of human intercourse. Without argument the species would perish. As a subtle suggestion, it is the means by which we aid another. As a warning, it steers us from danger. As exposition, it teaches. As an expression of creativity, it is the gift of ourselves. As a protest, it struggles for justice. As a reasoned dialogue, it resolves disputes. As an assertion of self, it engenders respect. As an entreaty of love, it expresses our devotion. As a plea, it generates mercy. As charismatic oration it moves multitudes and changes history. We must argue — to help, to warn, to lead, to love, to create, to learn, to enjoy justice — to be.”

#260 TOM CHALMERS on 11.16.20 at 9:20 pm

I’m a daily reader of this blog.
I never read the comments. What’s the point?
I’m retired and financially comfortable because of your free information, not the drivel in the comments.
Thanks for sharing.

#261 Will on 11.16.20 at 9:21 pm

I don’t comment and I never read them. Love the work you do. Thank you.

#262 Brian on 11.16.20 at 9:21 pm

Garth, Thank you and Dorothy for all you do. This is your space to do as you wish and for those that do not like it please go away. I have posted maybe three times and it has been to wish you and Dorothy all the best during Christmas and New Years. Oh yes I partake in your surveys for the most part as well. A big thank you for providing those that want sound unbiased financial advise in a manner that no other Canadian can. Reach out to me when covid has passed and you are close to Georgetown Ontario as my gift to you is a bottle of Scotch to enjoy in Bandits name. Love your work! And know you are indirectly guiding three kids RESP all under 10 that I hope one say will continue your work. Brian.

#263 Alan on 11.16.20 at 9:21 pm

I think you doing it tremendous job, Garth. It’s a lot of work and I admire your commitment to treating people fairly. I’m glad that you filtered out the rude, hatred, or abusive comments.

I don’t usually read the comments because I don’t have a very thick skin!

But what you write is informative, humorous, and a great service to the public. As you may notice, I have high respect for you!

#264 Steven Nicolle on 11.16.20 at 9:34 pm

I am no investor but I enjoy your posts. The comments are brutal you are right. Great post today. I cannot believe what is happening in the States. Trump is a security risk right now. A ticking time-bomb. America is in trouble democratically. Never thought I would see that. 65 days till Biden. Hang tight.

#265 Apocalypse2020 on 11.16.20 at 9:37 pm

Moments ago on CNN, Cuomo show:

Lt Gen HR McMaster, former Trump security advisor.

1.On Trump, Iran, nukes and Israel RIGHT NOW –

“This is a period of significant danger of military action in the Middle East that could lead to a much broader conflict”

2.On Trump seeking withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Middle East locations –

“This is a huge risk”

Trump plans to take America out with him. And he will not be the only one stirring the pot. Russia, China, NK, Iran Israel, the Taliban and more all have interests in creating chaos.

Total global chaos is within merely weeks. For certain. One way or another.

PREPARE

#266 Adam on 11.16.20 at 9:43 pm

Hi Garth. Normally I skip the comments section. The crap that passes itself as knowledge knows no bounds, I gather. I certainly could understand your frustrations moderating a blog for no gains, however, I want to finally write, and just say ” Thank you”. I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I found your blog several years back, and I’ll profess, I had no to financial literacy of any kind: much like most Canadians. Your blog took me by the hand and and brought a semblance of financial well being that I could not have acquired without your kind guidance. I’m so grateful. Understandably the comment section has likely been abused by many, but I’d like to take the opportunity to express gratitude, before you deep six the mess. I plead you too continue this blog even if you kill the comments. Cheers

#267 Madcat on 11.16.20 at 9:44 pm

Anybody who disrespects you especially after the death of your beloved Bandit is a piece of crap… BAN! For what it’s worth, I rarely read the comments…

#268 Vanreal on 11.16.20 at 9:47 pm

The comments section is like a car crash. You know it’s wrong but you just can’t help rubbernecking.

#269 marie-noel misert on 11.16.20 at 9:50 pm

I am looking forward to reading you blog everyday. I learned a lot even though I worked in the financial sector myself. You can ditch the comments section or do whatever you want with it, I am sure people will continue reading.
Un gros merci from a frog from Montreal (who greatly improved her grasp on the English language thanks to you!

#270 stayfrosty on 11.16.20 at 9:52 pm

Garth,
I found your books in a Value Village in Mississauga this weekend. Looks like someone found all the value in them they could soak up. Ha.
Keep up the good work. This blog requires some serious dedication to kick the vile nonsense to the curb. Keep it up.
Thanks for all the quality content you put out – for free…

#271 cramar on 11.16.20 at 9:52 pm

Well Garth, as they say in Parliament: “Hear, hear!” (While simultaneously pounding the woodwork.)

Your best reply yet to the insufferable.

#272 Tccontrarian on 11.16.20 at 9:55 pm

Well, I wonder if Mark Twain was alive and posted here some alternative viewpoints, would he also get deleted?
There’s a fine line between challenging a perspective and being a total schmuck though.
Now, since when did the DOW offer us predictive value for the rest of the markets? Never, methinks. Several indicators are flashing red and everyone’s bullish because a vaccine may become available Q2 2021??
Enjoy a 30-40% correction first, folks. And it matters not whether Trump concedes or not.
Was adding to my shorts today and raising cash. Cash is King in crashes…
TCC

#273 Gb on 11.16.20 at 9:58 pm

Been reading your blog every day for some 20+ years. This blog has been of critical importance to me during this pandemic. A trusted source. I thank you Garth. Seriously…cheers.

#274 not my real name on 11.16.20 at 9:59 pm

It’s time to get rid of the comments section. You’re getting spammed with agitprop bots and agents trying to manipulate online public spaces with misinformation, like most social media platforms. You and your crew are worth reading. The masses are not.

#275 Errol on 11.16.20 at 10:02 pm

Hi Garth,

Loyal reader (as in daily, occasionally having to catch up on a couple posts) and first time commenter. You probably won’t hear from me for another five years…

Without sounding too suckup-ish, sincere thanks for each and every one of these posts. As you stated today in your last paragraph, you certainly have educated, informed, enlightened, as well as assisted us, and spared me and my wife grief. Mission accomplished. We’ve taken your counsel on most items, laughed at your jokes and slowly caught on to your acronyms. Btw, you do need a glossary for newbies…

We hold you in high regard. We were sorry to learn of Bandit’s departure. We’re grateful for you and your team investing time and life in GF. Way to go.

We’re middle income earners, approaching retirement, took the slow and steady D&B portfolio approach and are very well situated financially. We owe ya.

#276 DrX on 11.16.20 at 10:02 pm

Hi Garth. I’ve been reading forever and never thought my comment would add anything. This time though I wanted to say thanks and stay the course: you are right.

#277 TurnerNation on 11.16.20 at 10:04 pm

First time commenting (tonight)
300th? And the ink is barely dry.
I trust only G-Anon for all my leaks.
The day whizzes by.

#278 stage1dave on 11.16.20 at 10:07 pm

Reflective moments are good for the soul…

I don’t spend too much time on any boards the last few years, but when I do encounter a few days off this is one of my first stops. I enjoy Mr. Turner’s writing style and a uniquely Canadian vantage point on RE and financials; whether or not I agree or disagree with his personal perspective is irrelevant. I learn something from most of it (as well as many of the comments) and can apply a lot of it to my own investment strategy.

I’m not interested in living within a personal echo chamber…or I’d be talking to myself in front of the mirror 24/7. (Or hanging out with the other 26 people in this country who completely agree with me…on everything!) Its a healthy thing to realize there’s lots of peeps out there with differing viewpoints…sometimes democracy sux!

(Btw, the wife quit smoking last week so I’ve been exiled to the basement…I may indeed wind up muttering to myself a great deal down here but hopefully am intelligent enuff not to do much listening)

Anyway, keep up the incisive commentary, and I vote to keep the comments…can’t speak to what a total PITA moddin’ them that might be tho. What makes this blog work is YOU, and I don’t think guest/part time mods are gonna cut it.

Lastly, I mentioned several years ago that I didnt see anything wrong with you moderating occasionally like Wendel used to work the boards…politics, ideology, financials, and economics are quite closely linked, and the odd battle is gonna break out now n then. I don’t agree with a lot of the stuff I see in the comment section, buy so what? I’m long past the point of flame wars; say what you need to and move on…

And thanx for the blog and free advice; it is appreciated!

#279 Pet lover on 11.16.20 at 10:08 pm

R.I.P. Bandit, so sorry for your loss. I loved your column last week reminiscing about him, and shed a few tears reminded of my own losses over the years.

For the record, I’m here daily and rarely read the comments anymore. Your writing, and that of your colleagues, is more than enough food for thought. I continue to be so thankful for your generous sharing of experience and knowledge, your insight. I can’t thank you enough.

#280 KLNR on 11.16.20 at 10:09 pm

@#240 Karlhungus on 11.16.20 at 8:57 pm
Who comes for the comments ? They are mostly not informative, and a waste of time. Garth has a gift for writing, it’s obviously the main attraction

Comments section is for entertainment purposes only.

Apocalypse2020, turnernation case in point.
Always a good laugh.

#281 WealthIsGood on 11.16.20 at 10:15 pm

Garth, your blog has been my lifeline over the years as I maneuvered through my financial waters. Your teachings/warnings are really an anti-anxiety pill. My portfolio is WIP; still have stocks (Banks).

My adult daughter and I (Senior to retire next year) take your guidance seriously especially during these crazy pandemic months. Daughter saved substantial down payment for a just right size, not new, condo but has held back purchasing waiting for the right moment. She does not need me to be a BOM. With the low interest rates, owning and renting costs are pretty much equal. I am grateful that you and your team have such goodwill for regular folks as us. And no fees! What a gift! I wish you and your team everything good.

#282 FriedEggs on 11.16.20 at 10:20 pm

The fiction makes more sense than the reality they have presented us Garth.

Most people don’t wake up and say they are going to be a conspiracy theorist (a smear word used to undermine critical thinking.) Clues and evidence are being left behind.

Proving one – just ‘one conspiracy’ theory whether it is the Titanic, Moon Landing, WW1, WW2, 9/11, Sandy Hook, Clinton flying on Lolita Express, Vaccines cause Autism, Pizzagate, 5G Network, Fluoride, Boston Bombing, Covid19, Hunter Biden’ computer, etc…

Blows the lid off of everything we think we know about our Life.

Most people aren’t capable of handling that or fathom the idea.

#283 stage1dave on 11.16.20 at 10:22 pm

…on a completely unrelated note, while trying to fumble my way thru FMs Landslide, a huge pic of Boris Johnson just flashed across the CTV news livesteam I have droning on in the background…its been a very long time since I blew a Cmaj/B7 chord change because of a bad ‘do…

Who in hell does this guys hair?

#284 Two-thirds on 11.16.20 at 10:24 pm

“freedom of speech” is important, but this is a private blog, funded by a private individual, provided to us rabble for free.

Same as someone coming to your front door uninvited and insisting on talking to you about something you do not care about, on. your. property. Is asking them to leave or ignoring them infringing freedom of speech??

Your blog, your rules, is right. And as my mother used to say: when you have your own house, you can do whatever you like, but while you live in my house, you do as I say.

This is Garth’s virtual house and we are all guests here.

Long live GF!

#285 Ricker on 11.16.20 at 10:30 pm

First of all, I’m happy to hear that you banned that POS ( who, it sounds like, still doesn’t understand what an A-hole he is?). Garth, if you do moderate the comments section, I would suggest that you delete all the fluff, the irrelevant comments, the Trump stuff (who cares about that has-been?) and other ridiculous comments- OR delete the comment section completely because the only value of the blog is actually in the writings of you(Garth) and your colleagues.

#286 willworkforpickles on 11.16.20 at 10:35 pm

#239 Faron
The Sun newspaper is almost as dead as Yahoo finance these days. Your suggestion? I don’t follow what I’m not invested in.

#287 Tim on 11.16.20 at 10:35 pm

Your house, your rules. Blogs are owned and thus their editorial policy is based on their owners wishes. They are not a democracy contrary to people’s opinions.

So in short, you are in control of the comments. If you feel it isn’t worth the effort then just turn them off. A discussion is nice but I honestly don’t read 99% of the comments. I just come hear to read your posts so if it makes your life easier turn them off entirely. I trust you Garth so do what is best for your life (but please keep writing…I love your insights and you have made me a better investor!)

#288 Bill on 11.16.20 at 10:38 pm

DELETED

#289 The Flying Foxtrot on 11.16.20 at 10:39 pm

You are a good human Garth, and I am sorry for the loss of Bandit. As for that cotton-headed ninny muggins (don’t judge too harshly) – entitlement destroys happiness. It’s your blog, therefore your rules. My opinion of course. Feel free to delete it lol.

In Garth We Trust

#290 Sparrow on 11.16.20 at 10:40 pm

The comments are not what draws me to this blog. Thanks for all of your time, effort and wisdom Garth & Co.

#291 calgaryPhantom on 11.16.20 at 10:43 pm

Garth,

As an IT guy, here is a suggestion. I have implemented it for various websites, and i works wonders.

Basically you need a technology where people have ability to vote “up” and “down” on a each comment. Below are some benefits:

1- comments that received enough votes “down” disappears automatically from the comments section.
2- “Up” vote comments bubble to the top of comments section.
3- Giving readers ability to report “abuse” on a specific comment. ( you can then press delete)
4- All in all, it will reduce the effort you put into moderation of comments, while at the same time it makes the whole exercise democratic.

#292 willworkforpickles on 11.16.20 at 10:46 pm

#239 Faron
…and I should add, the gist and entire point of my earlier post today was about free speech, not sunshine girls or message board comparisons.

#293 Sal on 11.16.20 at 10:49 pm

Thank you Sir Garth, and your merry band (Doug, Ryan and Sinan), for this blog which is pithy, witty and a delight to read. And pls keep banning/deleting the pompous asses who are too stupid to know how stupid they are (Dunning-Kruger effect in action) and keep sparing us their bile and conspiracy theories etc.

Many thanks, and bless you all again for keeping the blog entertaining and educational in equal parts!

#294 Robbie on 11.16.20 at 10:51 pm

Hi Garth. I love your blog but stopped reading the comments section months ago (including today) as I was appalled and sickened by some of the comments. Please keep your blog going but keep out the mindless trolls…and that is a polite way of referring to them!

#295 dgb on 11.16.20 at 10:57 pm

some of us do not feel safe in this world without your financial help Garth…I hope you know how precious you have become to some because of your invaluable information…we love the info you provide and the humor in your delivery sometimes…I come here first thing everyday and have quit reading any comments that you don’t reply to …it is easy for us to scroll by but I also see that some cannot stop themselves from reading and the damage that can be done to peoples minds by reading the trash can be irreversable ..please just omit all of the nonsense without a further thought …anything to keep your blog here for us financial illiterates…because we are learning …we really are..thank you Mr Garth…(-:

#296 Ted MacDonald on 11.16.20 at 10:58 pm

I only come for the blog. Great work Garth.

#297 CEW9 on 11.16.20 at 11:13 pm

I rarely read the comments, and I certainly don’t visit the site for that purpose. I come to read Garth’s take on things. Nothing is perfect, but I find this blog’s creed of Balance is one of the best.

Keep fighting the good fight, Garth. The silent majority are paying attention.

#298 Coastal gal on 11.16.20 at 11:13 pm

Thanks for your efforts Garth. Read your blog daily and also the comments.

There are some knowledgeable and thoughtful comments every day. Some comments contain links to articles I would not otherwise have seen. Some good humour too!

I learn from both the blog and comments.

Keep the blog and the comments!

#299 JvdL on 11.16.20 at 11:22 pm

I love your blog and read it nearly every day. I skip the comments. Thanks for this great public service, Garth and Company! You haven’t help me become filthy rich, but I am better off financially for reading this daily drivel.

#300 Sean on 11.16.20 at 11:23 pm

I rarely comment, and stopped reading the comments many months ago. I’m just writing this comment to add to the support for the blog content (from the whole team) and irrelevance of the comments (particularly given the direction the section has gone in over the last year or so) for many.

#301 Barb on 11.16.20 at 11:32 pm

“This guy’s been banned three times using different names, most recently when he tried to hurt me after the death of Bandit, my animal companion.”

——————————
Inexcusable and inhumane.
He knows squat about decency and dignity.
Permanently turf the dolt.

#302 Bent outta shape on 11.16.20 at 11:32 pm

#24 Lifeon18 on 11.16.20 at 5:15 pm

I have visited almost daily for 8 years. I never read the comments. To your question, Is is okay.. No

___________________________________________________________

Wow! Never read the comments? Not even today?
Then why would you care?

#303 yorkville renter on 11.16.20 at 11:35 pm

asking the host to publish your comments and not ban you (repeatedly) is like demanding a girl dates you.

the blog’s just not that into you.

#304 Don't Believe The Hype on 11.16.20 at 11:42 pm

For me, your blog is a must read and I learn something every single time.
I come from the knowledge and insight you, Dough, Ryan and Sinan are kind enough to bestow upon us.
Keep doing what you’re doing, Sir.
Thank you.

#305 TurnerNation on 11.16.20 at 11:43 pm

All those Con. therorists who said this is all just a technocracy power grab also for limiting our movements.
For your health Comrades! Until you have the mark or brand…no commerce for you.
Hold on…we have 10 full years more of this. Daily/weekly changes too.
This New World Order will only intensify.

“The truth is no longer hidden; people are hiding from the truth”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-03/singapore-schools-to-make-virus-tracing-token-app-mandatory
Singapore students have to start using either the government’s contact-tracing token or mobile app from December as the city-state seeks to resume more activities amid the pandemic.

The implementation of the entrance requirement to schools will be enforced for children age seven and above, and when they all have had a chance to collect the state-issued tokens or download the app, the Ministry of Education said Monday, according to updated guidelines on its website. The policy follows an earlier announcement that the “TraceTogether” technology must be used at popular venues like local restaurants, offices and shopping malls by December.

#306 Upenuff on 11.16.20 at 11:47 pm

I appreciate all you do for this blog Garth. Your past economic and political experiences certainly bring a unique perspective that is welcomed and enjoyable to read. As well, certain members of the peanut gallery also bring a great perspective; others not so much, but thanks for keeping the shop open and deleting the whack jobs.

#307 Russ on 11.16.20 at 11:50 pm

Gramps on 11.16.20 at 5:37 pm

This is a financial/dog blog.
Leave all name calling out and politics out. Where politics has an influence on financial matters, could we just treat others like a bad dog? (Basically good, just need more training?)
Btw, I have a camo t-shirt and a F150…not a bullet proof vest tho..

Oh…and I also have more teeth than fingers..
================================

Sorry to hear that Gramps.

Where did you lose those fingers?

:)

#308 morrey on 11.16.20 at 11:51 pm

#277 TurnerNation on 11.16.20 at 10:04 pm
First time commenting (tonight)
300th? And the ink is barely dry.
I trust only G-Anon for all my leaks.
The day whizzes by.

We rest our case.

#309 tf on 11.16.20 at 11:57 pm

I read this for the blog, not the comments.
And the pictures:)
Thanks Garth!

#310 Charity on 11.16.20 at 11:59 pm

#banApocalypse2020
#missSmokey

Been here since the start. I’m good with you shutting down the comments just to not see this idiot anymore.
I agree with Stone in his first comment.

M50AB

#311 William R Drury on 11.17.20 at 12:03 am

Just kike your TDS you have now a medical degree. Why are covid cases discussed and never the actual deaths? Why are hospital full ? Is it covid cases (11 Kitchener Waterloo area) or is the lockdown with heart,cancer,accidents now being looked after? I know with journalist furor for checking you already know. The CBC media is not your friend. Get some other sources and compare. Trudeau is not really a capitlist I assume you know all that also. Have a penny drop day. Bob

#312 crossbordershopper on 11.17.20 at 12:23 am

i never had a dog as a child, my parents wouldnt let me have one. As an adult I never had the interest in getting one. I am not against dogs, or for dogs, or cats, or whatever.
i see some people just love there dog, i just dont get it. maybe because i never had a history or tradition of haveing them part of the family influenced my interest in having a dog. or maybe somepeople just dont like dogs. or too cheap to buy dog food, or too lazy to look after a pet. its a responsibility manybe not for everyone to undertake.
i think its cultural as well, i dont see east indians, chinese or blacks having lots of pets, i think its a white english thing. which isnt bad or good, just historical cultural traditions.
i do see lonely old men with dogs, but not old women, i dont know about why i see that, maybe its unconditional love or something.

#313 Doh on 11.17.20 at 12:28 am

Wait….what. You mean to tell me I’ve been doing this wrong for 5 years? I’ve been coming here for financial advice in the comments section along. Swarm intelligence no?

#314 Ustabe on 11.17.20 at 12:31 am

Years ago I was on a garden forum, the soil, compost and mulch specific section and we had conversations about long strand fungi and the benefits of compost tea on your lawns. If you stepped over the line and pissed off the admin (which was easy to do) when you clicked on the forum (in Garth’s case, the comments tab) you were diverted to Disney.com. We called it going to the teacups.

If that could be coded in decades ago it sure can be now.

And, hey, did you catch the latest news? Trump has another disease…he has been diagnosed with Electile Dysfunction.

#315 Jon B on 11.17.20 at 12:36 am

Appreciate all you do Garth. Been here since the MP TV days. That was like, mid-’80’s?

#316 Baadshah on 11.17.20 at 12:39 am

Garth,

THANK YOU for this wonderful blog….

I was introduced to your blog by a friend in 2018 and i have religiously followed it every single day since then. It is super informative and has helped me a lot with my financial planning and decision making. I am sure a lot of blog dogs (just like me) value this blog and have learnt a lot from Ryan, Doug, Sinan & yourself. Thank you once again for being so generous with your time and knowledge. Much appreciated!!

Also, just for the record, I DO NOT come here for comments. The only comments i read are the ones that you respond to…

#317 RussiaRuleZ on 11.17.20 at 12:42 am

Garth,

I’ve been reading your blog daily for at least 5 years. Love it and agree with you most of the time. I never read the comment section. Could care less about other people’s opinions. 1/100 blog posts I’ll read the comments. I rarely comment. I only write when I feel you get discouraged by comments, I then try to cheer you up. Please keep this blog alive!

#318 ApplePi on 11.17.20 at 12:53 am

The first rule of this blog is the same as the first rule of YouTube… Never read the comments.

Honestly I find the comments interface so difficult to actually go through that it’s not worth my time in all honesty… very occasionally do I read any of the comments

#319 h2o on 11.17.20 at 12:55 am

I have to say, I agree with your stance 100%. I’m typically a lurker but given the age of disinformation some sanity is required.

Using free speech as a banner claiming “comments belong to all of us” doesn’t understand what this idea of free speech fundamentally is.

You own the blog, you own the contents and what comments are allowed. The time you put in to filter out things you (the owner) consider inappropriate is your right. For those who dislike it can GTFO imo.

It’s like going into someone’s backyard bbq, using a super soaker and demanding that it’s a watergun fight and the backyard belongs to everyone because you left the gates open. Absurd.

#320 O=E+R on 11.17.20 at 1:09 am

I truly appreciate you Garth and your team. I’ve been reading for a long time. The advice and wisdom is amazing. I hope to pass on these learnings one day to others. I enjoy the blog very much and live the pictures and humor.

The internet is just a big bathroom wall. How you can stand moderating some of these comments is remarkable. I never post but just skim the comments and zero in one you respond to for the entertainment or further insight. I have to admit I also zero in on the DELETED.

Hopefully the few won’t spoil for everyone but I’m used to that. Perhaps a paywall would be a good thing.

Outcome=Event + Response

#321 The West on 11.17.20 at 1:25 am

Your blog is a treasure Garth, don’t mind the steerage. We try to provide the comic relief to a world that is unravelling. Doubtless the world will eventually be something better than this. Let’s hope the world makes it there peacefully. This fourth turning is going to be difficult – let us pray it defies history and stays peaceful.

If the individual who has taken liberty with your loss of Bandit has not apologized (or taken responsibility) for his atrocious transgression please accept my condolences for his actions. Dogs are our loyal companions and worthy only of our affection and good nature. They are uncorrupted with human nature and deserve to be treasured as such.

Seriously though, I feel like YOU may be Apocalypse 2020 just trolling us to elicit a reaction and get the comments popping ;)

PREPARE!

#322 Sue on 11.17.20 at 1:27 am

Read your blog daily to hear from you not the comments. Thanks for all you have done to educate me and my family.

#323 Flamed out in Kitchener on 11.17.20 at 1:49 am

Thank you Garth, for what you provide to your readers every day. Your dedication to helping Canadians is admired and appreciated by thousands.
It is a sick excuse for a human, who would make a pointed effort to add to the pain of losing a beloved, beautiful friend and wonderful companion that Bandit was to you.
May Karma work its way to bring that POS loser what he deserves. Deleting his mindless garbage is a good start.

Our condolences again, and take care.

#324 Mike on 11.17.20 at 2:01 am

I come here for your completely biased opinions. Why would I want that to go away? At least you are up front about it instead of secretly manipulating what I see in order to increase ad dollars… Facebook

#325 The Awakened One on 11.17.20 at 2:02 am

Garth and the three chum musketeers: thank you for the education over the years. I’ve learned more on your blog about finance than anywhere, and the results have been, modestly said, beyond expectation, for me and others around me.
Bandit.. rest in peace, you fluffy cuddly bear-lion! I’ll see you in doggy heaven in about 50 years bud.

#326 Peter on 11.17.20 at 2:28 am

I don’t have time to read the comments section. I am amazed you do. Feel free to ignore or delete this one (and any other comments you deem unworthy).

#327 Anja on 11.17.20 at 2:42 am

„Misinformation is the currency of our time“…we are all in our bubbles and hope to bounce to the right information at best.
Most people don’t even care to get the facts straight and amuse themselves to trash others to feel better.
I love that you take the time to filter and observe, who is writing and what they try to say.
Everyone comes for the content and if not they should just start to talk to people in real life to figure stuff out.

Thank you for your wisdom and the big heart of sharing it with the rest. All the best and stay safe.

#328 Cazador on 11.17.20 at 2:43 am

“Maybe no one has told you this, maybe they have, but people come for the comments.”

I visit to read the blog.

#329 Toxic Willy on 11.17.20 at 2:49 am

Next stop – Dow 50,000. I’m a buyer. How about you. In Asian we say “there’s only three days in life, yesterday, today and tomorrow”. If you think the world will end, squeeze your balls with pliers. Wake up.

When I first started investing an old hound said to me , “ I don’t care if it’s rubles , dollars or pesos, it’s only about making money. ‘ Biden, the guys a hundred, Kamala, too radical, Trudeau, of no account.’ Thatcher, socialists always run out of your money.

Look at what happened to the worlds every experiment with rabid socialism, all appearing at times of panic. They all fold, it’s human nature to want more for yourself. Socialist leaders are always the rich. It’s the little guy with a torch who eventually wins. Buy now.

#330 Jane24 on 11.17.20 at 3:38 am

I have certainly noticed the increase in trolling and bullying in response to comments in this column. Yes it is getting worse. I don’t contribute as much as I used to because of it. Life is too short to be rudely insulted. This is because the internet is anonymous. Folk can say things to the web that they would never say to someone’s face. This is a major downside to social media. This is why my kids in their 30’s never use social media even though one of them works in it! With 5 kids in this age range, Mother is the only one who uses facebook on a regular basis.

I still don’t understand why we have so many comments on American matters. We are not Americans and don’t live there. So why is it so important to so many Canadians what happens in a foreign county? I would have thought we have enough problems with T2 without getting involved in international matters.

#331 Rg on 11.17.20 at 5:14 am

This is the intention of these people in the forums, comments, break rooms and social medias of the world crowd out the middle by braying like donkeys constantly until the entire internet is like one sour note played on a child’s plastic recorder. These folks like to talk about the silent majority, I wish they’d put a little silent back into it, the real silent majority is the everyday people that have been turned off and tuned out by all this incessant clueless politicking. Give it a rest, take up golf or something.

#332 Pio on 11.17.20 at 5:47 am

Chiming in to say thank you for the blog.

I don’t ever read the comments, but I do read the blog content every single day.

Your perspective on finance, Canada, and the world is valuable to me and I appreciate your continued efforts.

#333 Sky on 11.17.20 at 6:22 am

Garth’s blog is fine dining. The comment section is the greasy spoon. Chef Turner takes a stringy, dry chicken (financials) and chops, spices, stews and sauces his way to a tasty meal. Then chef is good enough to share his recipes.

Down in the diner — the lighting is poor and some of the food has rotted. The cooks are temperamental — 50% temper and 50% mental. With easy access to the brandy.

We offer an extensive menu featuring everything from bland mush to BBQ wings. Special of the day is often hellfire chili. No surprise there. We’re not professional chefs. Our knife skills are poor.

So chef does need to supervise the kitchen. Put a lid on the poisonings and douse the fires. But this pisses off some of the cooks. The wannabe chefs. We got a peek inside the kitchen today and saw some of that indignation for ourselves.

This persona was so pissed that he used Garth’s love for Bandit to take a shot at him. That’s cold. And TWISTED. It’s appalling the depths to which a wounded ego will sink to.

Thanks for not printing whatever he said about you and Bandit, Garth. Because I have already reached the point where I’m in agreement with the author who said — ” Human nature is not black and white but black and grey.”

The part that you did print? The wounded ego part… here’s what I heard :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9AM9oWgEnQ&feature=emb_title

#334 Fred on 11.17.20 at 7:01 am

I do not read the comments and have read your blog daily for years now. Thanks for all the quality content.

#335 Vanguard on 11.17.20 at 7:23 am

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#336 SA on 11.17.20 at 7:24 am

I don’t some for the comments, I come for your posts Garth. I don’t come here to get other peoples opinions, I come here to get yours. Screw the nasty, vile people of the world and the ones that post the same here…they must live horrendous lives if the hatred they keep inside can so easily spill from their fingertips. Nix the comments if you must.

#337 Blog survey on 11.17.20 at 7:38 am

Thank you for the blog Garth and your patience.

This ended up being a survey the viewer’s reading habits of the blog. As many have stated, I read the blog daily. With regards to the comment section, I only read the comments that have a response from you. Your wit is delicious!

Cheers.

#338 Penny Henny on 11.17.20 at 7:52 am

Lets try that again.
Sail Away and Broadway this one is for you.
Warren dumps his Costco position.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/warren-buffett-stock-moves-in-third-quarter-212734618.html

Garth please delete the previous one, thanks.

#339 Geoffrey on 11.17.20 at 7:59 am

Garth, I sincerely appreciate your ongoing efforts at keeping us informed, educated and enlightened. Please don’t consider closing this avenue down or succumb to pressure by the negative comments that are posted. I am forever loyal to your blog, I don’t always agree with your view points but I am in no way going to undermine your credibility.

#340 Objective Observer on 11.17.20 at 8:03 am

What about those that pushed the Russian interference rhetoric for the last 4 years with no evidence? It’s on both sides.

– Objective Observer

#341 Art on 11.17.20 at 8:05 am

I don’t need to agree with Garth all the time to trust him. He actually reflects, in my opinion, what a balanced and informed influencer should be. If you don’t like the blog, you have the right to go somewhere else. But, since it is his blog, Garth has the right to publish, include or delete whatever he feels is right. His creation, his freedom, and whoever does not like it is free to bugger off.

#342 Armpit on 11.17.20 at 8:09 am

Alright, MOVE ON!….Nothing to see here… please disperse!… Nothing to see here, Please!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKnX5wci404

#343 Graphics Girl on 11.17.20 at 8:11 am

I come for the witty writing and insights. I browse the comments but I don’t spend more than 5 minutes of my time there.

Keep censoring narcissists Garth. Cheers.

#344 Sue on 11.17.20 at 8:27 am

So Garth? The suspense is killing me. Did everyone behave themselves? Was it a delete free night? Is there even such a thing? I do read some of the comments there are still some good ones left. But there are some peope who just come to antagonize and troll. I try to scroll over those ones. Thanks for all you do.

Clearly attrition has never loved a pet. Most here have, or at least have the compassion to understand the pain of a loss of a pet. Its different than losing a person. Not better not worse just different. Perhaps its their loyalty. At least for me. It gets easier but it takes time. Try to think how lucky bandit was to have found you and how fortunate you were to find each other. Everything happens for a reason:)
Ignore the haters.

#345 Blair on 11.17.20 at 8:29 am

I have mostly stopped reading the comments and am reluctant to contribute because of the bullying. The personal insults, irrational silly comments, and multiple posts by the same people on the same day make the section a turn off.

#346 Dharma Bum on 11.17.20 at 8:53 am

That idiot who wrote to you justifying his comments is the FREDO of the Steerage Section!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYabrQrXt4A

#347 David Hawke on 11.17.20 at 8:59 am

Geesh, a blog about an illiterate tRumptard who’s pissed about his ignorant comment dissing Garth’s beloved pooch not being published.

A note to those saying the comment section should be shut down, DON’T read it! The majority do so just do not click on them leaving them for those who enjoy reading them rather than being a censor. That said, most days I only read those that Garth has commented on and those by TurnerNation.

A note about vaccines, I am not an antivaccer, however, I believe in the judicial use of fully tested ones for diseases affecting more than a couple percentage points to the population.

As to pickups, I prefer Kia caban doubles (crew cabs) available here in the tropics.

#348 Tim on 11.17.20 at 9:16 am

I love this blog, I share it with all my friends and family. I rarely venture into the comments, but I say more power to you. Keep shutting down the hate, lies, and fear mongering. You are a beacon of truth on the ephemeral plane that is the internet. Keep it up.

#349 thebarold on 11.17.20 at 9:17 am

I stopped visiting for some time because I couldn’t help myself from reading comments. Completely my own fault, but I am right.

#350 Jenn on 11.17.20 at 9:24 am

People who claim “free speech” don’t seem to grasp what free speech even is. No person possesses the right to say whatever they want in someone else’s domain– without consequences. Free speech is more about the freedom to criticize the government or powers that be without fear of being persecuted. There’s no freedom protecting you, though, from others not wanting your vile commentary in their home, work, or social circles. Or privately operated website.
For example, if someone is an ass in your residence, you may boot them out. In the virtual world, if someone is an ass in your comments section, you may boot them out.
If your threshold is, say, no racist commentary, no misinformation, no inflammatory rhetoric, then so be it. That is your right, and it does not infringe on the rights of others, as no right exists to say whatever you want in someone else’s privately owned space.
And, of course, censoring such commentary has consequences of its own, but if you’re comfortable with that, then again, so be it. The consequences seem to be angering or alienating those with more extremist opinions not based in fact. And for my part, this does not seem like such a bad thing. Who wants to cater to people who do not care about the truth, or basic decency?

#351 Dan on 11.17.20 at 9:25 am

I am in here for Garth. I do not read much the comments, mostly due to time constraints. I agree that some are interesting, some are amusing, some are dumb – as expected for a comment section.

#352 SOMETHINGS UP! on 11.17.20 at 9:25 am

FACES to the pandemic!

https://www.cbc.ca/news/covid-19/lives-remembered

#353 Ordinary Blog Dog on 11.17.20 at 9:26 am

Oh Oracle of Lunenburg, I come for your original post, the rest is a crap shoot. You can interpret that as you want – double entendre intended. Sometimes I scan the comments, but if I comment it is benign – a thank you, a funny …. something of that ilk. I do not engage. I believe it is almost impossible to alter ones mindset with blog posts or an e-mail fight. Trumpism is here for awhile, and I am not sure what it will take to lower the temperature between the parties. For the people who deny, it takes a horrific event for them to even reconsider a different possibility. Sad, the world I grew up in seems to be gone, the end of civility occurred some time ago. And now I cannot get an F-150 it seems, because it is becoming politicized.

#354 Love_The_Cottage on 11.17.20 at 9:46 am

#340 Objective Observer on 11.17.20 at 8:03 am
What about those that pushed the Russian interference rhetoric for the last 4 years with no evidence? It’s on both sides.
___________
Special counsel Robert Mueller wrote a detailed fact based report of all the ways they interfered with the 2016 election:

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/18/714810702/muellers-report-shows-all-the-ways-russia-interfered-in-2016-presidential-electi

For starters: “…Over the next two months, the report says that Russian agents compromised as many as 59 different computers.”

You can read the full report but the fact that you think there was no evidence indicates you’re not looking for it.

#355 Shannon on 11.17.20 at 9:51 am

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#356 Jason on 11.17.20 at 10:02 am

Hi Garth,

I’ve been reading your blog for 3 years after being told about it from a friend.

I’m sorry for your loss of Bandit.

I Ctrl+F and search your name to see if you have any other advice or an interesting question to answer.

Other than that I avoid the comments because most of it is weird conspiracy, Trump love or whatever else is popular with those people at the time.

People get a weird entitlement, I’ve seen it happen in other forums. User get banned but won’t take a hint. They keep coming back thinking they have a right to be there.

Thank you for taking the time to moderate.

#357 Tony Adams on 11.17.20 at 10:22 am

Totally agree with your approach. I read the blog, not the comments. Keep it coming.

#358 Sara on 11.17.20 at 10:23 am

My two cents. This blog is too informative to allow the comments section to threaten its existence. Not sure whether the solution is to kill the comments section or find a less time consuming, less bothersome method of moderating.

#359 AJ on 11.17.20 at 10:25 am

Hi Garth ,

I read this blog only for it’s content. Never read any comments.
Please continue your wonderful effort !

#360 Michael Bruce Chase on 11.17.20 at 10:35 am

I have been following this blog for many years. I do NOT come to the blog to read the comments. I very rarely comment myself, maybe once per year, although my last comment got deleted, I still have no interest in comments from the peanut gallery. I DO VALUE the economic content of the blog as well as the humour. Since I am a KAT person, I feel there are too many dog pics.

#361 Kristian Denis on 11.17.20 at 10:54 am

Good job G,
if that guy bad mouthed my Dog there would be Hell to pay!

“Everytime I go to town
People start kickin’ my dog around
It makes no difference if my dog’s a hound (hound)
You better stop kickin’ my dog around”
-House of Pain

#362 Uh oh on 11.17.20 at 10:54 am

I come here for the trump comments.. life is a rich tapestry

#363 jesse on 11.17.20 at 11:14 am

Do not change a thing about the blog. I’ve been a guiding star for the masses. Hows it’s managed is what makes it great. Thank you and see you tomorrow.

#364 Canuck on 11.17.20 at 11:22 am

The comments section has become a hangout for people with to much time on their hands with an agenda that does not relate to the goal of this site. Housing, investing and dogs

Seems to me anything over a couple of paragraphs or not related to these subjects should be trashed

There are a many other places where people can go to rant about government mind control

#365 RyYYZ on 11.17.20 at 11:27 am

I used to quite enjoy the comments here. They definitely covered a wide spectrum of opinions and topics, but were generally reasonably sane and civil.

Lately the signal to noise ratio has gotten pretty low.

People: This isn’t a medical blog. Take all your anti-vax CV conspiracy theory stuff somewhere that people like that stuff.

But no, I know, you guys can’t shut up about this stuff in any venue. You have to spew your nonsense everywhere you go.

#366 Keith in Rio on 11.17.20 at 11:33 am

The last time a society suceeded with what is starting to be attempted now, the people eventually rose up and we had the aptly named, but none too late and much required, “Reign of Terror” during the French Revolution.

You may not like an opinion, but if you cannot rebut it with facts, logic and reason, so the masses can see the debate, a space on the lunette right after Dorsey and Zuckerberg ave their turn awaits you too.

#367 Even the Global Village has an Idiot on 11.17.20 at 11:33 am

Who is this ingrate? I get that people are wrestling with change in this topsy turvy world but to choose to be cruel towards the oh so Right and very Honourable GT is frankly beyond the pale. From what I read, it appears that this person engaged in cruelty and self-aggrandizement in one communication.

And he has a wide reach thanks to the communication technologies that are available even though he is no more than an idiot telling a tale of sound and fury signifying nothing of value. Fool that he is, he believes he has credibility and influence when all that he has is a propensity to become an object of disgust and loathing.

And here we have this ingrate, this worse than useless thing who is completely unable to see how he has poisoned his single most important asset, his credibility, simply in service of his own ego and twisted psyche. May he continue to rot in this prison of his own making.

#368 caledondave on 11.17.20 at 11:40 am

I come here for Garth’s knowledge as well as the comments. The comments are good which have the supporting documentation with links so that I can read the information and form my own opinions of what the poster is saying.

Also some posts have broadened my viewing of various YouTube Stars like Quick Dick McDick….a Saskatchewan Farmer.

The jokes are funny. I particularly like the joke from last week where a frog named Kermit Jager applies for a loan from Miss Paddy Wack. It was hilarious.

#369 Just Jeff on 11.17.20 at 12:01 pm

I rarely read the comments, I honestly don’t need a source of even more uninformed yet confident opinions. I like your opinion, Mr. Turner, even when we disagree. So many websites have lost my interest in recent years because I just can’t stand the toxic people. We need an internet troll credit score.

#370 Never Commented on 11.17.20 at 12:15 pm

Long time reader – never commented before. Love the blog and very much appreciate the time and effort you put in. The poster is wrong imo – the value in the blog is your input and definitely not the comments.
The obvious solution to the poster is to start their own blog and moderate their own comments….but you know….probably no one will read it.

#371 Jo on 11.17.20 at 12:17 pm

Been reading the blog everyday for over 10 years. Can’t begin to describe how you have helped me navigate life.
Thank you Garth, you are my gem.

#372 Barb on 11.17.20 at 12:30 pm

“Your wit is delicious!”

——————————————-
Still laughing at Garth’s nice apartment above a meth lab.
We gotta write these things down!

#373 Caron on 11.17.20 at 12:32 pm

That commentor is wrong.
I come for your blog posts, not the comments.
I stopped reading the comments ages ago because I don’t see much value in them.
You’re the expert and your expertise is all I’m interested in.
You’re the one who’s made me fall in love with personal finances even more over the last several years that I’ve been reading.
You’re the inspiration behind my decision to launch my money coaching business (backed by my accounting designation) to help educate other folks and hopefully save them from major money mistakes that can take years to recover from.
Your guidance is what’s saved my husband and I from foolishly jumping back into homeownership after we sold our home a couple years ago.
And because we chose to invest most of that money instead, we’re set for retirement which is 20 years away for us.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’d happily pay a monthly subscription to access your blog.
Your loyalists could do without the aggravation of the comments and moreover, would we’d happily spare you from said aggravation.
The information and guidance you provide is priceless. Thank you a million times over for this labour of love you gift us each day.

#374 VI on 11.17.20 at 12:39 pm

I quit reading the comments at least a year ago. The gold is in the blogpost. Thank you Garth! I have been a bit absent from the daily readings and just found out about you losing Bandit. He was a good boy and my heart hurts for your loss.

#375 TurnerNation on 11.17.20 at 12:43 pm

HERE IT COMES. Winter starvation then UBI rollout in Q1. This is their plan. Every (former) first world country
This weblog is missing the boat playing it safe.

https://globalnews.ca/news/7466536/coronavirus-covid-zero-strategy-ontario/
“Health experts who have been critical of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s approach in curbing the spread of COVID-19 are now banding together to push for a more ‘aggressive’ strategy that would see more restrictions for a longer period of time.”

–Meanwhile fewer than 100 people have the FLU:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/flu-influenza/influenza-surveillance/weekly-influenza-reports.html

#376 willworkforpickles on 11.17.20 at 1:03 pm

Its likely many here concerned with the prevalence of misinformation from those not providing links with their posts do not do dd of their own. They may chose not to do any because of laziness or just haven’t an idea how to conduct a search. Misinformation is everywhere, but is quite easy to refute with a little effort.
Providing links isn’t always possible where someone has done hundreds even thousands of hours of research on a given subject and is able to accurately compose a write-up in his or her own words based on the reliable information from the countless sources/links they’ve visited. Most calling out misinformation spreading on someone for not providing a link/s even realize this. A quick and easy solution where misinformation is suspected is to search a few key words from that persons message and look into it yourselves.
Not every message without link support is skewed. Far from it.

#377 RG on 11.17.20 at 1:04 pm

The value of this site is in the articles. The comments used to be entertaining, but have been taken over this year by the worst sort.

I bet if you removed the comments you would barely notice any dip in traffic. Why not try it for a week and see how it goes? I’d still read every day and so would most others.

Or perhaps a “letters to Garth” once a week to give the rabble their moment.

#378 Peter D on 11.17.20 at 1:05 pm

This comment section, like almost every comment section on the internet, seems like a pretty hardcore cesspool of anger, bitterness, and misinformation. (seriously have you ever tried to read the comments on any CBC.ca article?)

Aint nobody got time for that. I absolutely just come here to read your blog Garth!

Thanks for the wisdom and keep it up!

#379 Gibson on 11.17.20 at 1:08 pm

Garth, thank you for continuing to provide advice and perspective at no cost. I come for the insights and stay for the dog pics (as everyone should). This is not not social media, I support you moderating as you see fit.

#380 Peter De Carvalho on 11.17.20 at 1:11 pm

Also, really sorry about Bandit.

Humans can be rotten, nasty, selfish creatures, and we don’t deserve the unconditional love and loyalty that dogs shower us with.

#381 GMR on 11.17.20 at 1:20 pm

I agree with First Timer.
“Let me emphatically say, as a daily visitor, that I do NOT come here for the comments.”
Plus anyone that tries to rip you because of your love for your dog, (family member) needs to be banned for life.
No one cares what he has to say. Just stay away!!

#382 Lisa on 11.17.20 at 1:28 pm

Most of what I know about finance I learned from this blog. (Kinda sad, I admit but the truth) I only read the comments to see if any garner your response. Please keep up the great work. Looking forward to hearing about the new pup, should you decide to get one. Take care, Garth. Thanks.

#383 Eco Capitalist on 11.17.20 at 1:46 pm

I second the motion to try a week with the comments turned off. I’m here for your wisdom, not theirs.

#384 Anna on 11.17.20 at 2:10 pm

#77 neo

The issue is not that the vaccines are being “rushed”, they’re not, the Pharma co’s have just overlapped phase 2 and 3 clinical trials instead of waiting for phase 2 to end and results to be available before starting phase 3. This is where they’ve saved time. They won’t, however, have medium to longer term safety data. If you’re really concerned, you could wait until phase 4 (post-launch) trial data is available before deciding whether to get the vaccine. That will give you the longer-term safety data and much larger data set that could put your mind at ease. Chances are if you’re healthy and under 50 that by the time there’s enough supply that it’s your turn to get a shot that you will have that extra data. Good luck with your decision.

#385 TurnerNation on 11.17.20 at 2:15 pm

Remember the plan is to lock down the GLOBE this winter into the reset in Q1. By Rest I mean UBI, permanent structural changes.

Are we looking at checkpoints, military stops, etc this winter? Why not. Unlimited power.

https://www.blogto.com/city/2020/11/toronto-mayor-says-more-covid-restrictions-coming-within-few-days/

#386 Anna on 11.17.20 at 2:15 pm

I mostly enjoy your posts but find the comments to be interesting too, so if I have some time I read them. Your blog though – do as you please :) I will still look forward to your posts and read them just as often if there is no comment section. Thanks Garth! Love what you do for all of us!

#387 ALTurnerativeNation on 11.17.20 at 2:34 pm

Price of free indeed – the internet is rife with the broken model of clickbait ads and ‘shock and awe’ consumption. People carelessly share an article on their Facebook because the title appears to align with their echo-chamber values. No fact-checking, no responsibility, just virtue-signalling bliss.

Thanks for providing the content Garth. Always enjoy your wit and insight

#388 Bill on 11.17.20 at 2:36 pm

My buddies in Victoria and worked as an Emerge nurse all over the world 15yrs.
Says its a gong show there, not cases but because the powers that be have no clue as to what they are doing. No clear standard….after how many months?

Do as I say not as I do.
“Now Is not the time to question Gov” (T2)
….Campbell gets it.
https://mikesmoneytalks.ca/high-time-officials-let-people-in-on-the-research-behind-covid-restrictions/

Hopefully we don’t see a mass die off of small business….but that’s where we are pointing..

#389 The Totally Unbiased, Highly Intelligent, Rational Observer on 11.17.20 at 2:37 pm

A lot of biased, unintelligent, irrational types are showing up today to pretend that they do not read the comments, or at least not very much. They protest too much. Way too much. They comment incessantly about how they do not read the comments to try to convince themselves and others that they do not read the comments. They do not want anyone else posting or reading any comments either. They beg and plead so pathetically with Garth to cancel the comments for at least one week to help them break their secret and shameful comment-reading addiction.

#390 thank you garth on 11.17.20 at 2:44 pm

Thank you Garth for weeding out the trash comments.

Free Speech does not mean all speech is allowed to be perpetuate… e.g. hate speech free speech.

Further, democracies only work when its citizens are educated. Which means false, fake, misleading news are a threat to democracies, because too many people of below average intelligence fall for it and cause societal harm.

#391 Martin on 11.17.20 at 2:58 pm

The blog is, and always will be, better than the comments. Thanks for doing it Garth, as always.

Much love to you and Dorothy as well following Bandit’s loss. Having lost a pet recently as well, I couldn’t bring myself to comment on it (too emotional), but as someone that very much appreciates what you do here, wanted to offer my condolences. They are family; anyone trying to hurt your over that should rightly be banned.

#392 PetertheSeparatistfromCalgary on 11.17.20 at 3:06 pm

Garth you kind of made one of my points for me. With people locked down mental health suffers and they don’t have the moderating influence of being around polite people. Therefore, they have time to let their anger grow and become keyboard warriors or worse.

The lock down has long term health costs which could easily exceed the damage done by Covid19. This is especially true with people who live alone.

#393 Sunshine on 11.17.20 at 3:13 pm

I bet the guy’s name is Dick :)

#394 KoniJr on 11.17.20 at 3:19 pm

Thank you Garth.

#395 Victor Maitland on 11.17.20 at 3:22 pm

Your only fault regarding Attrition was that you waited so long to ban him. He’s a typical frustrated simpering beta male who lives out his alpha dog fantasies online. Like most low-status males, he’s probably harmless and doesn’t mean most of the stupid things he says. They tend to mistake their lack of social awareness for confidence, especially when at the keyboard, which is why they so often come off as lacking in empathy (like kicking a guy when he’s grieving the loss of a cherished pet for example). He only says what he thinks his online persona should say, without being aware of how it will be viewed by others.

“I know a majority of steerage would urge you to allow Attrition… to return.” See what I mean by a lack of social awareness?

#396 Steven Brown on 11.17.20 at 3:24 pm

That gentleman’s msg to you, Mr Turner, is the raving of a troll, nothing else. Only a troll would believe readers come here for the comments. He seems quite proud of his blogging under several aliases. The guy and his “professional IT” stuff. It is to laugh. Thanks again for all your hard work here.

#397 PJT on 11.17.20 at 3:39 pm

Agree all the way …keep it up the way you think is best

#398 Diamond Dog on 11.17.20 at 3:41 pm

#220 SoggyShorts on 11.16.20 at 8:13 pm

Obviously everyone would prefer to know all of the possible long-term effects before taking it, but that’s not realistic is it? – SS

The one thing I realized on my comment from yesterday morning was just how far we’ve progressed in recognizing possible long term effects before creating a vaccine not just on a regional level, but globally when one follows the references. We can’t ever really know all long term effects/risk with 100% certainty, but in the same breath, we’ve come such a long way.

#163 Diamond Dog on 11.16.20 at 8:47 am

#160 BD on 11.16.20 at 7:12 pm

Maybe require people to use their real names or to create accounts and have a reputation? Though, I don’t know what’s the point of debating things on the internet. Some people have more time than sense. – BD

This isn’t really feedback for BD since BD admittedly doesn’t read comments but BD does raise an excellent point. If people were required to use their real names, would it change trolling behaviors? It would yes, of course, for the majority most definitely. Anonymity all on its own is largely responsible for poor online conduct as without it, one’s own words can suddenly be traced back to them everywhere in social media, with the potential even to effect one’s employment and reputation for years to come. That kind of exposure would no doubt force us to bite our tongues (the image conscious anyway).

Is it necessary to use real names to keep bad behavior in check? The blogger community can keep bad behavior in check without the need for real names or at least has the potential for it, but the blog needs an Alpha or it can get out of hand and on that note, some occasional readers may mistake an alpha or other alpha’s for a troll, not hard to do. When readers read Garth’s comments, they are reading the words of an Alpha and the lash of Alpha’s whip.

I’ve blogged under brain, Daystar, crazyfox and recently Diamond Dog over 14 years and have learned a great deal, that’s what’s in it for me. Just to get deep on readers (one must swim deep if one is to catch many fish), I’m a cross between Sigma and Upsilon with a slice of Alpha and the Greeks don’t want no freaks:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigma

As for online debates, most things just aren’t up for debate even though one might think so, the answers or solutions are already known and as obvious to some as the color of the sky or the answer to 2+2. It’s the age of the internet where accurate info isn’t terribly hard to find unless you aren’t looking for it.

It’s not a question of whether its even a debate, but whether the individual with the most relevant knowledge in its context can effectively communicate it. It’s theirs to lose, not others to win if winning and losing ever had anything to do with it in which case the expression “over before it began” comes quick to mind. To that end, Garth does not disappoint, predictable though it may be!

Learned a great deal from you over the years Garth, thanks! Endless heartfelt appreciation, cheers ;)

#399 Niko on 11.17.20 at 3:44 pm

If you don’t Trumptard do you even finsplain, bro?

#400 Calgary Rip Off on 11.17.20 at 3:59 pm

I have learned much from this service since its beginnings.

I like reading the comments and the often controversial content.

Over time I have decided that there must be a listener to anything I say or write. Sometimes I lack discipline, but lately I have focused on passing along information that does no harm and likely will help someone somewhere.

There is not enough vital information to save lives. Each and every life matters. And this is why I posted information about vitamin D3 and C. It bothers me greatly when I see elderly suffering from Covid as I value people older than me and oftentimes enjoy talking with people who have seen many more things than I have.

I still do believe that real estate is overpriced, however at least in Calgary so are rentals. There isn’t a clear winner as to renting vs owning a mortgage. And its enlightening to read that real estate has gone nuts in Ontario during Covid. My wife was commenting that housing costs in NW Calgary where I live houses have declined in selling amounts that the seller earns lately. She is convinced that she is not happy with the house currently: Lousy kitchen, and as of this week, 5 CGI type plugs that are shot. As Im the mortgage owner guy its up to me to fix it or have it fixed, as there is no landlord. She wants to sell and eject, I think from Calgary, as she is immune compromised and fears Covid. Problem is, Covid is everywhere. On Saturday she told me if she gets Covid she will likely die. Not on my watch.

Just my view for the day.

Yes of course a person is screened before posting here. Understood that it is Garth Turner paying the operating costs, then again I don’t have anything hostile to say except that Calgary real estate still remains a ripoff. Vancouver is worse as is Ontario.

I look forward to more information here as it is not the daily newspaper nonsense such as “We have so many covid cases. Wash your hands. Social distance. Trudeau says it is not working and the virus is spreading.”

#401 JB on 11.17.20 at 4:17 pm

#246 Bond Junkie on 11.16.20 at 9:05 pm

Everyone’s ‘truth’ is relative. I had COVID-19 a month ago. I’m 40 and healthy, it was a shade better than the flu, 36hr fever and 4-5 days of fatigue. The loss of taste and smell stuff is real, I’m only back to 75% there but overall… It’s NOT. A. BIG. DEAL.

I’m really sad to hear about Smoking Man. I had beers with him at the Duke on Adelaide about 4yrs ago. He was incredibly gracious, intelligent, honest, salt of the earth kinda guy. Wish we had more like him here in Canada. I sure will miss you Jim, rest easy.

-Bj
……………………………………………………………………..
Was this a harbinger of things that came true for poor old Smoking Man?
Bj wish you well on your recovery!

#72 Smoking Man on 08.05.17 at 9:04 pm
Dear judge.
I had 20 years of corp retained income playing a bit of forex and other bets.
I sold my house walked away with 900k
Last year in the spring I was hospitalized some kind of brain stroke. Could not even talk well. Got broomed from Vermillion shortly there after. Went back to RBC capital markets. Only lasted 4 months. Two previous gigs lasted 5 years billing 100 bones hour.
I’m un wanted now since the mental break down. Got a suite case full of loot and on a crazy casino road trip.
When it’s all gone I’ll show you judge my wife’s casino win lose ratio.
So we forgot to use our player cards on this last gambling trip.
To see the future grand kids.
I’ve done bankruptcy before. No big deal.
Never bet against a smoking man that sees the future like no other.
T2 your Dr tax. Bahaha
I’m Stoj and all the traders at cap markets know I always find a work around.

#402 Chihuahua on 11.17.20 at 4:37 pm

Sorry to hear about your dog Garth. I don’t know how you find the time and the patience to moderate all comments, but it makes it a much more interesting blog no matter what some people might say. Thank you for the great advice and insight.

#403 alf on 11.17.20 at 4:41 pm

Why not just have two comments sections?

A-regular folk comments section
B-the dark comments section (completely unregulated)

That could be fun.

#404 Sean Melvin on 11.17.20 at 5:40 pm

Thank you Garth. Thoughtful and helpful as always.

#405 West Coast Girl on 11.17.20 at 7:44 pm

Stick with your guns Garth, the crazies can go elsewhere to get their nasty kicks. I’ve been reading your blog for years and almost never read the comments section, I’m not interested in what they have to say. I just want to read your valuable advice and perspective and that of Ryan, and Doug. Please don’t let them discourage you.

#406 Bonobo on 11.18.20 at 12:44 am

Ahem…

“In America over 70% of Republicans, who made up most of the seventy million people who voted red, believe the US election was rigged, despite a paucity of evidence.”

And yet in 2016 it was the exact opposite. 65 million Americans voted for Hilary and never accepted Trump and the will of the majority. “Not my president” was a frequent refrain. All manner of subversion manifested including the Russian Hoax and the Impeachment Farce. And where was the evidence – The Steele Dossier? What a joke.

No wonder the US is divided. And then here in Canada we are stuck with a leader who did not even win election with the popular vote.

The least you could do is give credit to Trump for “Warp Speed”. If Hilary or Biden had been in charge it probably would have taken him 3 years to approve the vaccine due to all the wars that they would have cooked up. Oh, and those wars are coming back – take it to the bank.

#407 Zee on 11.18.20 at 1:50 am

Thank you for taking the time to moderate the comments Garth. I’m glad to not have to sort through ridiculous disinformation here. Also, anyone who says they go to a website for the comments is unhinged IMO. I’m a moister who’s learned a lot from your blog. If I’m not in the mood for finance, I still enjoy the dog photos and the hilarious commentary. Love and appreciate the blog :)

#408 NATURAL Person Tax Schemes Canada on 11.18.20 at 1:54 am

In our industry, we call these people tax protestors. Typically they can be found making arguments like “I’m not a person as defined by the Income Tax Act and therefore I am not subject to taxes”. These arguments have been routinely and consistently rejected by the courts.

#409 JKMac on 11.18.20 at 1:07 pm

Garth, keep doing what you’re doing, we come here for your blog, not the tolling comments. Thank you!

#410 Ronny Dobbs on 11.18.20 at 6:40 pm

I, like many on here, do not come for the comments. I’m here to educate and inform myself, as a lot of the topics on this blog were never taught to me in school and I like hearing Garth’s opinion on the subject matter. Thanks Garth and the gang for everything you do.

#411 Grande Prairie Man on 11.19.20 at 1:10 pm

Garth,
It’s Grande Prairie, not Grand Prairie!
(Unless you are referring to the town in Texas, then as you were…)