The Reset

It was mid-October when Jake told me he wanted to be an investor. “I drank the Kool-Aid,” he said on the phone. “I’m a Garth believer now and want that balanced portfolio. Now, let’s do this.”

So I got him some new accounts – TFSA, retirement, non-registered. Wrote a plan. Did a presentation. Secured approvals. All cool. Until the US election. And the conspiracy theories. Then Jake flipped out. He wrote:

I have decided that in light of the volatile times in the markets at this time, I want to delay our start. I’m afraid and would like to wait and see how things are looking with the transition of power in the States after the New Year. I’m concerned the money you would invest for me is dropped into the markets all at once rather than a chunk at a time over a period of months. I’m just not comfortable with all the volatility going on right now thanks to uncertainty of the election outcome.

What changed between the time he wanted to invest and the moment he balked? Trump, of course. The baseless theory of a rigged election. When reasonable people (and the markets) were dismissing the allegations as fiction, others couldn’t resist the siren call of conspiracy. The age of disinformation claimed another victim. Today Jake is still sitting on the sidelines, while two new Covid vaccines have proven to be over 94% effective, Joe Biden is moving decisively towards inauguration and the stock market has surged 7% higher.

Will there be more volatility to come? You bet. But we all know where we’ll be in a year or two. Steady Eddy president Biden. Widespread inoculations. GDP growth. People on airplanes. Offices, malls, restaurants open.

The best possible time to invest? That’s when you have the money. Nothing’s changed.

Conspiracy theories have never had as much sway as today, thanks to unregulated, unfiltered social media devoid of social conscience. Democrats are pedophiles. Covid is a hoax. Trump won the election. The vaccines are poison. And we’re at risk of a Great Reset.

Ah yes. The Reset. This is the latest alt-right nonsense skidding around the online world, propelled in recent days by a Justin Trudeau speech, of all things.

So here’s the pitch from those who see the world as a giant struggle between good (them) and evil (socialists, liberals, progressives, climate advocates, BLM, social justice warriors, Tesla owners, mask-wearers, people using funny pronouns and probably women). They’ll tell you that the virus was likely engineered in order for a cabal of elites to foist global economic control over everyone under the guise of public health measures. Freedoms would be curtailed. Movement restricted. Political power centralized. Then laws enacted to break down national boundaries, socialize the economy and ultimately confiscate private wealth. Along the way currencies would be replaced with a digital version and CBs would take over failed private banks, absorbing their assets and wiping out personal savings.

Why?

So globalists like George Soros, Prince Charles, Klaus Schwab and Justin Trudeau could take over. Standing between capitalism and chaos was, of course, Donald Trump.

Now, how did Mr. Socks get messed up with world domination?

Plagiarism, it seems. Trudeau gave a speech to the US a couple of months ago in which he plagiarized Joe Biden’s slogan of ‘build back better’ and also the World Economic Forum’s current buzzwords, ‘the great reset.’ It all jived with T2’s personal agenda of climate change activism, female empowerment, social justice and inclusion. Besides, it sounded cool. The vid of that speech has been shared a few bazillion times over the last week, and now a mess of people think there is a Trudeau-Biden-Soros plot to enslave.

The Great Reset, by the way, started with a short thumper of a video about how to make a better society (greener, fairer, more equitable) from the World Economic Forum – which is a think tank of people who wish they mattered. It is – like our Governor-General – powerless, meaningless, utterly symbolic and slightly embarrassing.

As it turns out, today – November 18th – the WEF had an online conference on exactly this topic. “The profound shock of the COVID-19 crisis has challenged public confidence in the ability of leaders and institutions to prepare for unexpected risks,” the forum organizers said. “What new forms of cooperation, bold ideas and reforms are needed for business, policy-makers and civil society to build a more resilient world and restore confidence in leadership beyond COVID-19?”

Does that sound scary? In a world which was unable to deal with a slimy little pathogen in an integrated, effective way, where the wealth divide has never been greater, the climate is under stress and the most powerful elected official openly undermines elections, don’t we need a kick in the global ass? Maybe the big conspiracy here is the concerted efforts of the F150 deplorables to stifle debate by fomenting fear and myth.

Well, Jake’s still in cash. Waiting for chaos. The Great Reset soon to be another giant regret.

255 comments ↓

#1 Bk on 11.18.20 at 4:05 pm

I’d take an f150 any day over a tesla.

#2 Captain Uppa on 11.18.20 at 4:06 pm

Bravo! I am going to copy/paste your words to many a’text message to my friends who watch way too many Ezra Levant YouTube videos.

One other note; Bill Gates predicts (whatever that’s worth) that biz travel will be cut by 50% in the new normal along with 30% less time in offices.

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/17/coronavirus-bill-gates-says-more-than-50percent-of-business-travel-will-disappear-long-term.html

#3 Dogman01 on 11.18.20 at 4:08 pm

#116 SWL on 11.17.20 at 11:48 pm

“Has humanity not proven time and time again that there are people who rise to power be it elected or in the shadows who like to torment, harm and do unimaginable things to fellow human beings. Most often these acts are embraced by the ones who have to carry them out as being for the greater good. Now wouldn’t one be extremely naive to not really question or dig a little deeper into what might be really going on”

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As this is a finance blog “money” people focus on the minute hand, sometimes the hour but you are concerned with larger matters more like the Month.

“We are societies of altruists governed by psychopaths, that those who claim to represent us, those who get into positions of power, are very often wildly different in that psychology to those whom they claim to represent.” – George Monbiot

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” – Steven Weinberg

Who Killed more Hitler, Stalin or Mao.
https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/02/05/who-killed-more-hitler-stalin-or-mao/

It looks like it was Mao, via famine caused by incompetent economic policy and an army of boot lickers in power….

Ideologies, religion, leaders, causes are all dangerous things as people tie their identity to the cause and then go along with or actively participate in very bad things.

Keep up the suspicion, be pragmatic, support individual rights and freedoms, centralized power, mass causes , mass beliefs should always be questioned, it is why free speech is so important.

#4 JacqueShellacque on 11.18.20 at 4:13 pm

It can’t be denied, Garth, that the technocracy largely responsible for a world in which borders are wide open and therefore viruses can be everywhere almost immediately also have a top-down view of the world. For them our economies, societies, and people are an abstraction. It’s not conspiracy theorizing to say that the only solutions that will ever occur to them are meant to come from them. The populist backlash does certainly include some fringe elements, but for the most part it’s about not ceding control to societal engineers who can’t be said to have done a great job lately.

#5 Andrewski on 11.18.20 at 4:14 pm

https://www.weforum.org/great-reset/

Avert. Yikes.

#6 Another Deckchair on 11.18.20 at 4:18 pm

Whenever I hear or read someone saying something like “it’s obvious that…” or “we all know that…” I look closer.

Generally, it’s BS that they want us to fluff on by and not question. (they generally stammer when I ask “why is it obvious???” and come up with something that won’t hold water)

When I read:

“The profound shock of the COVID-19 crisis has challenged public confidence in the ability of leaders and institutions to prepare for unexpected risks,”

I actually think that (other than #45 south of us) the leaders have done a good job with what was thrown at them.

Would *I* have done a better job? Seriously doubt it. They didn’t stick their heads in the sand, resign, or whatever; they as a group dug in and tried (and are trying) their best to lead us out of the quagmire.

#7 Dustmaker on 11.18.20 at 4:20 pm

There’s also a digital certificate, Garth.
It will be implanted under your skin once you get vaccinated. Without it, you won’t be able to board a plane, go abroad or maybe even go to a restaurant, right?
Why didn’t you mention Bill Gates?

#8 Ryan on 11.18.20 at 4:21 pm

Can’t fix stupid.

#9 C V on 11.18.20 at 4:21 pm

JAKE WHERE WERE YOU IN MARCH?

Here is what I don’t understand about people. If you just pull up a chart of the S&P500 and ZOOM OUT to like 50 years, then point to all the tops and ask “would it have been so bad if you bought here at all these tops?” IF they STILL are freaked out and not convinced of what they should do stop wasting your time. What’s the old saying- you can only lead a horse to water, you can’t make him drink?

#10 Bill on 11.18.20 at 4:22 pm

Thanks Garth
Why is Trudeau such a nut? Can we get someone honest pls and thank you.
My Tundra and Duramax blows the F150 away. My Leaf is 2nd place to Tesla but more reliable. hahaha

#11 Jimmy Zhao on 11.18.20 at 4:22 pm

…”unregulated, unfiltered social media”

So Garth, as a journalist, let’s get your opinion as to who should regulate and filter social media.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government ?
George Soros ?

Adults. – Garth

#12 Armpit on 11.18.20 at 4:24 pm

Commented here on August 4, 2019 – Armpit

“Recessions are the cleansing of the meek and mild companies. Some will die, some will thrive, and most will have to re-invent themselves.

In my opinion, I sense this next one will be a humdinger. When the dust settles, we will not recognize the next revolution … as it will be created by artificial intelligence in our everyday lives. Smart cars, smart homes, A.I. monitors.

And Boom we go.. until Boomers are no longer.

Again… no facts to support this… only my opinion. Ha!”

#13 Classical Liberal Millennial on 11.18.20 at 4:24 pm

In before Turner Nation posts his daily nonsense.

#14 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 4:26 pm

Gotta love the idea that Justin Trudeau would be part of a global conspiracy when he is just the head of a second tier country. lol

I think people who will catch covid after refusing a vaccine should pay for healthcare out of pocket, I stayed at home did my bit for nearly a year. Your Nan can make an effort, I’m not paying twice for alt-right cretins…
Usually, people who say they want the choice not to have vaccines usually are against other choices, specifically for women, or people with different orientation. Not lol

PS: reminds me, is sail away still around or just gorging on corporate CERB?

#15 Prince Polo on 11.18.20 at 4:29 pm

Whenever I get scurr’d to invest, I re-read this:
Allow me to give you an example of why humans screw up. We flatter ourselves that the times we inhabit are epochal and our lives are therefore remarkable. We exaggerate, lose perspective, drift to the extreme and sink into an emotional quagmire. It leads to bad choices.

Source: https://www.greaterfool.ca/2020/05/22/lessons-14/

What a smart guy that author dude is……

#16 Steve on 11.18.20 at 4:29 pm

Hi Garth, if you have the chance, read Educated by Tara Westover. Your article reminded me of her book, her father was believer that the world is ending. I think you’ll enjoy the book, or maybe your wife. You’ve mentioned that she loves books. Thanks for all your advice and wisdom!

#17 Oracle of Ottawa on 11.18.20 at 4:30 pm

I’m also guilty as charged. I waited all of 2019 for the big fall that lasted only a few days. It was so fast I missed most of it. In hindsight if I had invested in 2018 or sooner I would have been farther ahead. Invest when you can is the tried and trued method.

#18 SoggyShorts on 11.18.20 at 4:30 pm

Post vanished probably due to being a little bit too mean, so here’s a cleaner version:

#161 Huh? on 11.18.20 at 1:47 pm
1. It is you that stated that science and money equals success and later in your “argument” much higher than 99% than most people’s immune system at that. Do we have anything resembling that with amazingly well funded cancer? A 5% survival rate from 2% for most deadly cancers isn’t remotely successful to the mentality sane, but let’s stay on point.

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You need to brush up on your reading comprehension.
I stated that the reason why we can produce a vaccine faster than in our previous history is putting in more money and using newer technology.
Are you saying that you don’t think more money and newer technology make for better medicinal results?
Even in your silly cancer comparison do you think that none of the progress in treatments had anything to do with money.
Does it also follow that we should stop all medical funding and just wait for time to work its magic?

#161 Huh? on 11.18.20 at 1:47 pm
2. So if I point out that over 55 infected million people have survived corona virus thus far (nearly 98.5%), do I win? Zero deaths in perhaps 3 months out of out of 30,000 with only 90 of those people actual people actually testing positive for the virus dude. And only half actually received the received the vaccine and the other half a placebo. And this is actually if you take Pfizer and Moderna’s testing at face value. I’m mean did you actually read up on this???
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Again your reading skills are sub-par.
I said that the vaccine will have a better survival rate than Covid.
15,000 people got the vaccine, and exactly zero died from it.
How hard is it to comprehend that 0% is better than 1.5%?

I’ll help:
1.5% of 15,000 is 225.
So, if fewer than 225 people die from participating in that trial, then the vaccine has a better survival rate than covid.

#19 Doug t on 11.18.20 at 4:32 pm

Imagine, if you will, a people so conflicted that they will scream “All Lives Matter” while simultaneously refusing to wear a mask to protect all those lives that matter

#20 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 4:32 pm

#1 Bk on 11.18.20 at 4:05 pm
I’d take an f150 any day over a tesla.

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An F150.. It’s like drinking Coca Cola with a meal “the Beaujolais from Atlanta”. To be expected.

So many men in Canada driving pickups when they don’t need them. Is it a size issue? I drove a Fiat 500 for years, cost nothing to run, Priorities.

#21 The real Kip (Ret) on 11.18.20 at 4:34 pm

Hey. I drive an F-150. Best truck ever.

#22 Ale on 11.18.20 at 4:34 pm

Wow, the comments section will love this! By the way, conspiracy theorists, you are NOT the enlightened ones…. Find better hobbies!

#23 Dogontribe on 11.18.20 at 4:35 pm

Still shaking my head over the guy who thought most people visit this blog for the comments. Comments?

Such a fatuous self absorbed world those types live in.

That guy probably doesn’t own jack shat. Aside from a computer.

#24 Flop... on 11.18.20 at 4:35 pm

Interest rates going up in Canada?

Could of swore I saw that prediction in between ducking the conspiracy sludge yesterday.

Australia recently lowered their rates from the same as Canada(0.25) to a next to nothing rate of 0.10%

They lowered it at the same time as the U.S election, not waiting to see the results.

Apparently lowering interest rates at the same time as the biggest horse race of the year (Melbourne Cup) is the new thing.

Vaccines don’t seem to enter the thought process of the central bank either.

The reason given was they wanted to add a little fuel to the fire as the country starts a hopeful return to a new normal.

52,000 sports fans recently crowded into a rugby stadium to watch a game, full capacity, not many masks, is either unbridled optimism or hopeless foolishness, depending on where you hang on this issue.

Had a another look at this global chart to see if anyone else budged.

Doesn’t appear so, Japan hasn’t budged since 2016 apparently.

The Swiss haven’t moved interest rates since 2015.

Sweden?

Who cares, just seeing if Dolce has his reading glasses on this time before he goes on a COVID rant…

M46BC

https://www.global-rates.com/en/interest-rates/central-banks/central-banks.aspx

#25 FriedEggs on 11.18.20 at 4:38 pm

You forgot about the Rothschild Empire, you know the guy that looks like Mr. Burns. Smithers! I wonder what their assets are worth – who knows, never on Forbes 100 richest…must be 101 and Rockefellers 102.

I dont know about the rest of the people out there, but I aint no dying ape. (no offence to our primate friends)

Dont forget a lot of prominent people worship the craft and thats based on a lot of ‘myths and fears’.

I wonder what Hiram Abiff would say to all this and the Great Architect.

#26 I’m stupid on 11.18.20 at 4:38 pm

You’re better off not having Jake as a client. He would make you miserable, anytime the market takes a down turn he’d be blowing up your phone and end up in cash. Buy high sell low, Jake is a loser.

Being your client since 2009, before you became affiliated with Raymond James. You have never met me never spoken to me or know who I am. I’m the client you want. Not a coward like Jake.

Hug? – Garth

#27 AM in MN on 11.18.20 at 4:38 pm

If Jake believes in that, he should be in bitcoin. If he did so two months ago he’d be up 40%+…

I stand by everything I wrote previously about election fraud in the big cities, and that I said Biden would be sworn in because he stole it fair and square.

He will have a dark cloud over him, but he will be in office, not the first pol in that position.

BTW, I do a lot of work with folks who have a factory in WI of about 150 people. No one even knows anyone who says they voted Biden, simply can’t believe the numbers out of Milwaukee, and don’t accept that he won WI. Same with some of the 50,000+ who attended Trump’s big rally outside Pittsburgh, to see Biden run up a huge win in Allegheny County….they will never accept it.

But like goes on.

I don’t accept the premise that we’ll have 4 years of Bliss now that the adults are back in charge. This amount of money printing just won’t end well, and it will be those who burn down the cities that will pay the price, not the Tesla drivers.

Another prediction….Garth takes the time to understand bitcoin once it hits $50k!

#28 CJohnC on 11.18.20 at 4:39 pm

Well this should be interesting to see. Yesterday’s word count: Garth’s blog: 633. Maxi Nut Turner Nation: 1790

Will Turner Nation try to cram his 1790 words into 2 posts today?

#29 R on 11.18.20 at 4:40 pm

1Bk: A Tesla Cyber Truck will drag a F150’s a$$ anywhere it wants to. The F150 can cry all it wants. BTW, Ford will be bankrupt before 2025, cry me a river !

#30 Ace Goodheart on 11.18.20 at 4:41 pm

Interesting.

A reactive blog post.

That would be the first one ever in as long as I’ve tuned in here for my daily funnies (mostly in the comments section).

You know what they say, either the dog wags the tail, or the tail wags the dog.

This post is clearly the tail wagging the dog.

Actually it now allows me to just delete all Great Reset comments. – Garth

#31 Alberta Nomad on 11.18.20 at 4:42 pm

My portfolio has been laying golden eggs since election day. Shame Jake missed out.

#32 Doug t on 11.18.20 at 4:43 pm

Imagine, if you will, a world where the official version of truth is more insane than Twighlight Zone conspiracy theories- a world where the entire political and media establishment is divided up between same oligarchs trading power back and forth

#33 Freedom First on 11.18.20 at 4:47 pm

Financially, I believe the only thing to be afraid of is to not be invested in a balanced, diversified, and liquid portfolio, now, and forever, with only 1 or 2 rebalances per year.
Of course I also look after all my financial affairs like having a will, proper insurances on health and assets and the like.

#34 Dolce Vita on 11.18.20 at 4:51 pm

“…a think tank of people who wish they mattered” *

The video that got many bent out of shape, at least on that hotbed of F150 drivers, Twitter:

“WEF by 2030 You’ll own nothing And you’ll be happy”.

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

They even talk about eating little or no meat; though, the guy at the 5 second mark seems to have a very healthy set of incisors if you were to ask me.

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*Couldn’t agree more with you Garth.

AND

“So here’s the pitch from…wiping out personal savings.” very long paragraph.

A bit over the top but I liked it.

#35 Dustin on 11.18.20 at 4:53 pm

“It takes courage to invest in this market, and the stock market scares the s#!t out of people” Quote from my Dad a couple weeks ago.

#36 WIN not Lose on 11.18.20 at 4:56 pm

I believe Newfies are the best dog for families with children.

We had two when our kids were young and everyday was an adventure.

#37 DMNO on 11.18.20 at 4:57 pm

This is from your pal Benny Tal….

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/household-savings-in-canada-skyrocket-during-pandemic-as-ottawa-doles-out-billions-in-emergency-benefits

#38 Leftover on 11.18.20 at 4:58 pm

Maybe Horgan already put his version of the Reset in motion today:

“…What I’m suggesting is that the people of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba need to know that they should stay in Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba…”

BC, being part of the Illuminati, is of course exempt.

Shades of Ralph Klein. Who knew.

#39 Leo Trollstoy on 11.18.20 at 4:58 pm

Jake is the reason there is a group called the 1% and the masses called the 99%

#40 espressobob on 11.18.20 at 4:59 pm

The whole point of hiring a financial advisor is to allow them to wrestle with Mr. Market.

Sort of like giving up control to gain control.

#41 baloney Sandwitch on 11.18.20 at 5:00 pm

It’s the opposite, with me. The anti-jake. Totally maxed out on stocks and margined for 2 million bucks. Last week it felt like I was lashed to a Saturn V. The real action is now shifting to value stocks.

#42 Doug t on 11.18.20 at 5:05 pm

Imagine, if you will, a world where people believe that the temperature of the planet can be controlled by giving more money to the government

#43 Coho on 11.18.20 at 5:05 pm

It’s interesting that most of the posters the other day claim they do not read the comments section, yet today’s post is inviting, baiting a push back from the “deplorables”. Too funny. This is a blog. Do not most blogs have a comment section?

I do also think that the overall energy of the comments section on many days feels coarse and often there are a lot of generalizations about people thrown about. Arrogance and insensitivity towards others is often prevalent.

We often attack each other rather than criticize the “Goliaths” owned by the ruling elite that misinform, censor, spread half-truths or outright lie to divide common people whose interests align a heck of a lot with each other than with those looking down at us from their exalted positions.

#44 Sydneysider on 11.18.20 at 5:09 pm

I don’t follow the conspiracy, but surely one should acknowledge that the establishment *is* playing the pandemic as an opportunity for societal change at a time when the rest of us are distracted by death and disease.

“Covid-19 is a shock and an opportunity” [to move towards a low carbon economy]. That was the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, 20 August 2020, in a speech entitled: The Great Reset.

https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2020/08/the-great-reset/

[Deputy Governor Paul Beaudry speaks about Canada’s transition to a lower-carbon economy in a virtual panel organized by the Victoria Forum.]

The worrying thing for me is not the proposed Reset but the mediocrity of the presentation.

#45 Sheesh on 11.18.20 at 5:15 pm

#7 Dustmaker on 11.18.20 at 4:20 pm
There’s also a digital certificate, Garth.
It will be implanted under your skin once you get vaccinated. Without it, you won’t be able to board a plane, go abroad or maybe even go to a restaurant, right?
Why didn’t you mention Bill Gates.
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I assume you’re referring to luciferin. Not going to be in the vaccine.

#46 #1KGBDisinfoBot on 11.18.20 at 5:15 pm

This is all material for my dystopian cyberpunk cyber-thriller.

I am number 1 disinformation agent in all of KGB
https://twitter.com/PierrePoilievre/status/1329177849530626050

https://time.com/collection/great-reset/5900765/walmart-ceo-reinventing-capitalism/
https://time.com/collection/great-reset/5900762/tony-blair-concerned-future/
https://time.com/collection/great-reset/5901377/prince-harry-meghan-markle-digital-world/
https://time.com/collection/great-reset/5900748/klaus-schwab-capitalism/
https://time.com/collection/great-reset/5901668/content-from-sompo-social-value/

#47 Dolce Vita on 11.18.20 at 5:17 pm

#8 Flop…

“Sweden?
Who cares”

Yes, I still your stuff. And to answer your question, in their words, Google translated:

https://i.imgur.com/y91sdGH.png

Not going well for them, which is too bad. A VERY nice people to be sure.

Worse Switzerland today (my heart goes out to one of our BLOG DOGS stuck there in Zurich):

‘Practically all full’: Swiss sound alarm as ICU units reach capacity

https://www.thelocal.ch/20201118/swiss-sound-alarm-as-icu-beds-fill-up-with-covid-patients

And poor Deutschland, they got their derrières handed to them by the Spanish yesterday in the Nations League:

España 6 – Deutschland 0

To commemorate that HUMILIATING DEFEAT the Polizei WATER CANNONED the coronavirus restriction non-believers at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin:

https://globalnews.ca/news/7469945/berlin-anti-coronavirus-restrictions-protest/

…and pepper sprayed them for good measure.

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Yup, just another normal COVID-19 day in the EU.

#48 Ace Goodheart on 11.18.20 at 5:19 pm

re: Actually it now allows me to just delete all Great Reset comments. – Garth

Excellent idea.

While you are at it, I would recommend deleting all the COVID conspiracy stuff, and anything that supports Donald Trump’s views of the recent US election.

This remains an entertaining and informative daily read, with a VERY weird comments section

#49 cuke and tomato pickere on 11.18.20 at 5:20 pm

My opinion is than Jake can do what he is comfortable
with. As long as you have a healthy war chest set aside
and money coming in all is fine. Also I agree with John
Horgan that we have to look at non essential travel and
self isolation because this virus is making inroads even on
south Vancouver Island with people coming and going.

#50 leebow on 11.18.20 at 5:35 pm

Now more than ever things get blown out of proportion. Internet gives podium to all the different types of BS champions. There is no more a filter of economic feasibility. Just today someone sent me a link proving that Trump is the Antichrist. Hilariously convincing. So what? Should we demand a nipple test?

The worst thing is that it tears apart friendships and families.

In forecasting, it is often a good idea to adjust any prediction closer toward the mediocre outcome. Likewise with opinions. Improbable things are just improbable. Stupidity may appear ominous and omnipotent, but it is just stupid – whether it comes from JPJT, WEF, or DJT.

Things will normalize and so will the investment returns. Too bad. Take the opportunity while it is available.

Let me quote something lengthy that I find relevant to the post from two days ago.

“Service to the state is not restricted to the man who produces candidates for office, defends people in court, and votes for peace or war: the man who teaches the young, who instills virtue into their mind (and we have a great shortage of good teachers), who grips and restrains those who are rushing madly after wealth and luxury, and if nothing more at least delays them – he too is doing a public service, though in private life.”

Value Garth, folks. If you find yourself in disagreement with him – that’s a good reason to reevaluate your opinion.

#51 Lambchoo on 11.18.20 at 5:35 pm

#42 Doug t on 11.18.20 at 5:05 pm
Imagine, if you will, a world where people believe that the temperature of the planet can be controlled by giving more money to the government

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Hahahahaha!

#52 COW MAN on 11.18.20 at 5:36 pm

Sir Garth:

If you lived next door to a neighbour with two Teslas and a Nissan Leaf, as I do, you might have a higher regard for the F-150 folks.

#53 Tron Light on 11.18.20 at 5:36 pm

Garth, do the research. “Build back better” is not a Biden slogan. It has been used by world leaders for a while now including Boris Johnson in England, Macron in France, Merkel in Germany, etc.

There’s no doubt Schwab is looking to change things. It’s all on the WEF site as the Great Reset. Whether it will happen or not is a different story.

Why would we not want to build stuff better? This pandemic should never have happened. Look at the American failure – Garth

#54 Dolce Vita on 11.18.20 at 5:38 pm

Good advice to Jake but alas,

FEAR

got the better of him. Too bad.

Garth, EU markets UP 0.5% in a single day.

Here in Italia, market observers echoing EXACTLY what you said the other day about the vaccine news, it’s positive impact on investors/business and all that because an:

AN END TO the S.L. PATHOGEN is in SIGHT.

Indeed and high time.

#55 Figmund Sreud on 11.18.20 at 5:38 pm

Strictly as a digression, … U.S. historian Mike Vlahos chimed in lately with following 5 minutes read:

Liberty to Therapy: Don’t Worry Over Civil War, Worry over the Transformation of American Life

… opening paragraph:

“Progressives pledge their lives to this mission, while just as passionately, Red voters swear to stop it. This word marks the title, the banner, and the proscenium framing an existential struggle. Transformation is the watchword of our national battleground.”

… it continues at:

https://www.anewcivilwar.com/post/liberty-to-therapy-don-t-worry-over-civil-war-worry-over-the-transformation-of-american-life

Note: Vlahos is currently a professor at The Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs, teaching strategy and global net assessment.

Best,

F.S. Calgary, Alberta.

#56 KNOW IT ALL on 11.18.20 at 5:39 pm

The FALL-OUT from COVID has just begun.

Vaccines haven’t been approved for usage.

Who is going to take an experimental synthetic DRUG with no history of medium or long-term side effects?

Americans would rather DIE than lose their freedom – even if temporarily.

And how do you get 7 billion vaccines out to the world population. I don’t think most can grasp what it takes to put something like this into production – the assembly lines, training employees on how to run it, how to store, transport, and distribute it.

This is not a time to be investing in the stock market.

Wait for the MEGA-Crash….. it’s coming!

#57 Smartalox on 11.18.20 at 5:39 pm

It’s interesting, the comedian Dave Chappelle, in his recent Saturday night live monologue (find it on YouTube) made an interesting point about Trumpists and Trump.

He observed that Trumpists feel ‘left behind, because they don’see themselvest – or their interests – represented by government’ So they vote for change.

But NOW, everyone is talking about “the great reset”. A chance to change how government responds to the people. Like FDR in the 1930s.

Sounds to me like a chance to have one’s voice heard, their needs met. But still nothing constructive – not even a list of demands. They’ve been bypassed by the status quo, but at the same time they fight change.

I guess that you can’t help people who don’t want to be helped.

#58 Canuckystania on 11.18.20 at 5:42 pm

I’d agree that if you are in the markets you should stay in. But I think Jake may have the right approach for different reasons. If you are just getting into the market, there is no debate that you are getting in at all time highs (p/e ratios, market cap to gdp, all indicators say all time highs or close to). Historically if you entered the market right at all time highs your returns over the next 5-10 or years or so were pretty dismal. I suppose if you have a 20+year investing horizon you’d be fine, but if Jake has only 10 years or less before retirement, seems like it would be prudent to not buy expensive equities? Or does a balanced portfolio smooth everything out?

Never, ever, ever equate buying only the Dow with investing. – Garth

#59 Apocalypse2020 on 11.18.20 at 5:44 pm

There will be no ‘reset’.

Only regret. And very short lives for those who do not

PREPARE

#60 Paul B on 11.18.20 at 5:46 pm

The conspiracy theories generally rely on a mostly invisible hand manipulating events and act as a centralized power whose decisions are made by an elite.

In a democratic society this is unthinkable.
Fortunately, we have elected representatives that independently represent the people’s interests and govern accordingly.

but, oh wait, we really have a PMO with unelected advisors making decisions on policy…and elected MPs that act as sales people to sell the message to their constituents…

The tinfoil hat guys aren’t right, but they have some examples that reinforce their way of thinking about decision making and power.

#61 Where's My Money Going Greedeau? To Investigate Money Laundering? on 11.18.20 at 5:48 pm

Money Laundering newspaper item:
https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/11/17/BC-Dirty-Money-Scandal-Visible-Decade-Ago/

How can you not deduce in Prov/Fed gov’ts aiding and abeting money laundering. No one in gov’t/RCMP can claim being asleep at the wheel.
And why is MSM not confronting/asking Trudeau about what is now public testimony of money laundering and what steps are being taken by his gov’t/RCMP/FINTRAC?

Way more to worry about, dude. Give it up. – Garth

#62 Wilbur on 11.18.20 at 5:51 pm

Are you saying Trudeau is not a nut job? He lies, he is corrupt, he does anything he can to prevent Canadians to have access to the WE scandal information, the fact is that Trudeau continues to say COVID is an opportunity to “Reset” Canada in his image: less democratic, no budgets for spending, no transparency. Canadians will oppose this Great Reset. He gives money away like it grows on Trees to anyone but Canadians and doesn’t back our natural resource sector. The guy is a traitor to Canada and its citizens and is corrupt.

The prime minster may be misguided. He is not a traitor. Any such reference in future will be deleted. – Garth

#63 Leichendiener on 11.18.20 at 5:53 pm

You can’t time the market.

#64 Doug t on 11.18.20 at 5:53 pm

Imagine, if you will, a world where people are so brainwashed by the media that they actually believe they have freewill

#65 Maskless on 11.18.20 at 5:57 pm

>The baseless theory of a rigged election.

Except for all of the evidence of post-election chicanery?

#66 East Coast Life Style on 11.18.20 at 5:57 pm

This entire comment section should be called
the Strawman Section, because there’s awful
lot of Scarecrows being sacrificed at the alter of
Common Sense.

#67 binky barnes on 11.18.20 at 6:01 pm

People need to understand that when a man of Mr. Trudeau’s intellect speaks the world takes notice. This is why he is very careful when choosing his words.

BB

#68 Dolce Vita on 11.18.20 at 6:02 pm

About the vaccine Garth, apparently you need 60% vaccinated as a minimum, maybe as high as 80% – most medical people say 70% on average but who knows what the true number is to achieve:

HERD IMMUNITY from a vaccine.

This from Leger today about how many want to be vaccinated in Spring 2021:

https://i.imgur.com/5k4DooO.png

Not exactly inspiring would be an understatement. You can lead them to the watering trough but you can’t make them…

Sad, unfortunately true. What can I tell you Garth.

The wrong kind of RESET.

#69 espressobob on 11.18.20 at 6:02 pm

#56 KNOW IT ALL

Typical drama queen. Contrarians feast off downside. Always have always will.

Figure it out.

#70 belly rubs on 11.18.20 at 6:04 pm

Back bush. With a desire to live, so I have a 91 chevy.
Nice thing about the old throttle body injection, if something stops working, just drive it on a gravel road and it usually comes back, re heater, lights, radio. The engine never dies. Do change out the fuel pump first chance you get. Just gauge where you think the top of the fuel tank is and cut a hole in the box. Easy.
(fyi running BF mud terrain TAs, accept no imitations)

In a related missive, I need no more money this year so I’m hanging up the saw. Sorry, Ministry of Middle Class Prosperity, no more donations. Officially closed for the season. Fare thee well.

Trump to me will always be just the face card in Hucklybuck. Biden seems like somebody I could dupe out of his wallet while getting him to recount glory days. Trudeau I never stopped to consider. He hasn’t said or done anything to affect me that I know of. The regional district and its unelected board affects me the most.

Lastly, wanna read a cool kids book? Storm, Dog of Newfoundland, a classic. I wept, but then I was nine at the time. I was able to snag an original on ebay for posterity.

#71 IMALWAYSRIGHT on 11.18.20 at 6:05 pm

Canadian MP Pierre Poilievre has started a petition to stop The Great Reset.

http://www.withpierre.ca/stopthegreatreset?recruiter_id=376337

#72 Thomas on 11.18.20 at 6:05 pm

I vulch more GOLD miners today! Maybe the great reset won’t come, but currency debasement is already here…To those who say they don’t time the market: are you saying you will not wait for Black Friday to buy electronics this week?

#73 Stone on 11.18.20 at 6:08 pm

Maybe the big conspiracy here is the concerted efforts of the F150 deplorables to stifle debate by fomenting fear and myth.

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Well, there goes 85% of your readership.

#74 Youwillownnothingandbehappy on 11.18.20 at 6:18 pm

“You will own nothing and be happy”
World Economic Forum

Maybe if these folks want to avoid being the topic of conspiracies they could come up with better tag lines.

#75 I’m stupid on 11.18.20 at 6:19 pm

Hug? – Garth

When it becomes socially acceptable to give hugs again I’ll come by and we’ll hug it out.

#76 Earlybird on 11.18.20 at 6:19 pm

We will one day have to build back better out of necessity…no better time than the present.
Its a good experience for Jake…a teaching moment…everyone has done what he has…its how you learn..be kind!

#77 PlanetGoofy on 11.18.20 at 6:19 pm

#59 Apocalypse2020
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Tacolips maybe a ride on the Hale Bopp Comment next go around?

Garth Please delete all clowns.
Remembering Y2K and 2012.. crickets.

#78 Paul on 11.18.20 at 6:20 pm

The prime minster may be misguided. He is not a traitor. Any such reference in future will be deleted. – Garth

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Well there you have it,it’s true what they say about Garth
He’s too kind.

#79 AGuyInVancouver on 11.18.20 at 6:20 pm

#7 Dustmaker on 11.18.20 at 4:20 pm
There’s also a digital certificate, Garth.
It will be implanted under your skin once you get vaccinated. Without it, you won’t be able to board a plane, go abroad or maybe even go to a restaurant, right?
Why didn’t you mention Bill Gates?
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Please tell us that was sarcasm and not a serious post revealing your complete and utter idiocy.

#80 Where's My Money Going Greedeau? To Investigate Money Laundering? Pt.2 on 11.18.20 at 6:22 pm

An addendum to prior post : #61 Where’s My Money Going Greedeau? To Investigate Money Laundering? on 11.18.20 at 5:48 pm
Money Laundering newspaper item:
https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2020/11/17/BC-Dirty-Money-Scandal-Visible-Decade-Ago/

“It even included a censored section on “conflict of interest/potential corruption issues,” which stated “the integrity of gaming in British Columbia” could be “impacted by the presence or influence of organized crime figures at B.C. gaming facilities.”

I personally witnessed in 2016 while gambling at what is now called Playtime Casino in Kelowna BC, a Hells Angel member/associate, sans the vest, with his arm around the head of security while they walked through the casino. I used to see him, along with others who have since been given many years in jail for drug importing/trafficking, at a pub in Coquitlam where I used to go for supper after work on Fridays (they had great prime rib dinners). He was sitting there with other HAs. This pub was located a couple blocks from their clubhouse in Coquitlam. I also saw him managing a strip club in Victoria (I did see some shows back in the day, something I’m not proud) .I knew of his association for over 20 years.
That was in conjunction with what I had witnessed prior at Coquitlam BC’s Hard Rock Casino with females bringing in beach bags full of bills and stuffing the slots.
One time I asked the security at Hard Rock if they saw what was happening, they acknowledged it and told me that as long as they spun the reels ONCE, they were scott free!
That confirmed it for me that the casinos were “shady” and gov’t was complicit, imo.
I have stayed away since, and won’t spend another penny in any casino.

#81 Randy on 11.18.20 at 6:23 pm

“FRAUD VITIATES EVERYTHING” It’s the Law !!! Spoiler Alert -TrumpWins2020

#82 The Walrus on 11.18.20 at 6:24 pm

https://fsociety.substack.com/p/2020-election-could-trumps-claims-have-merit

I don’t agree that Trump’s claims are baseless. We’ll see how things turn out. I think Trump’s second term is going to be a rollercoaster

#83 Smokushka on 11.18.20 at 6:25 pm

I find it controversial to expect interest rates rising (which Garth always predicts) and forecasting the stock and bond markets growth.

Once stock market smells interest rates hikes it’ll be a huge sell off as all this free money is the only one thing that drives this buying wave.

Interestingly enough higher rates would also kill the bonds (at least those with the long duration) and the balanced portfolio might not play well in this scenario.

Another thing which makes me think that it’s worth to wait is mr.Buffet. He is nett stock seller this year and keeps 150B cash pile intact. He knows his stuff and patiently waits for something.

Rates go up when growth brings inflation. Stocks like growth since it means profits. As for bonds, yields and prices move in the opposite direction. As growth assets become more attractive, money moves from debt to equity, so bond prices fall and yields increase. Stop giving advice. – Garth

#84 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.18.20 at 6:27 pm

#157 Captain Uppa on 11.18.20 at 1:10 pm
I will not partake in any of the foolish conspiracy theories that have riddled our society at a time when we need to focus on actual matters of importance.

Having said that, I am all for a green revolution. There will be some pain, but if planned properly, the transition can be done. No need to see economies die or Albertans go broke.

We need to heal our planet and we need governments to step up and help us make the required changes.

Change can be great, and in this case, change is absolutely necessary.
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Even a staunch Conservative like Boris Johnson agrees with you.
His ten steps to a greener UK are as follows:

https://www.ft.com/content/6c112691-fa2f-491a-85b2-b03fc2e38a30

#85 Saw two of them Newfies ... on 11.18.20 at 6:29 pm

running towards me from the bush while steelhead fishing on the Atnarko river. Thought they were bears. Lucky I didn’t have a gun in hand. Beauty dogs though …

#86 Drinking on 11.18.20 at 6:32 pm

#98 Steven- from previous day!
you wanted a link so I found one for you. I was wrong it’s 10 times. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2219927-us-green-economy-has-10-times-more-jobs-than-the-fossil-fuel-industry/
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Hey, I think that it is great where all industries do well or are growing but the article it is easy to dispute by how many are actually employed by oil and gas in the U.S. alone never mine the rest of the world.

https://www.api.org/oil-and-natural-gas/energy-primers/hydraulic-fracturing/how-many-jobs-has-the-oil-and-natural-gas-industry-created#:~:text=Industry%20supports%209.8%20million%20jobs,U.S.%20employment%2C%20according%20to%20PwC.

#87 april on 11.18.20 at 6:32 pm

#56 – This was written by someone very poorly informed.

#88 april on 11.18.20 at 6:36 pm

#78 – Garth has insight … knows government workings ….you don’t.

#89 Tron Light on 11.18.20 at 6:41 pm

“Why would we not want to build stuff better? This pandemic should never have happened. Look at the American failure – Garth”

Okay, I’m not sure how a pandemic can be prevented. We’re talking about a microscopic organism. By the time you figure out you’ve got more than a few people getting sick with the same symptoms, it’s too late. Could they have closed the borders sooner? Sure, but that probably would not have made any difference. Well, maybe a slight difference, but the fact of the matter is that once it gets in, it will have to run its course. That’s my opinion anyway.

Of course, we’re always trying to build better, however, if you haven’t already, I suggest you read the Great Reset. Is it building back better or better for some people? And when one organization is pushing for something like this, it means someone will probably benefit more than others in some way.

For example, “you will own nothing and like it.” This was actually written by a women in 2016 for the WEF when they asked how they would envision a better world. Whether this will be part of it, who knows, but is it better if you own nothing?

Denmark and Germany were trying to pass health “emergency” laws that would have given them power to force testing, quarantine and treatment with the backing of the police. Denmark also wanted to make the vaccine mandatory but after 9 days of protests, the law was scrapped.

#90 Long-Time Lurker on 11.18.20 at 6:44 pm

I’m sticking with N.I.R.P. — the Non-Ideological Rationalist Party.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

#91 Randy on 11.18.20 at 6:49 pm

Trump’s next big battle will be with the Central Bankers and the Fed…..I predict that he will win that battle too. #EndTheFed

#92 Faron on 11.18.20 at 6:50 pm

Sorry Jake. Learn from your mistake and listen to Garth. Get in.

I expect to watch the market see-saw between the lock-down and unlock players while the beaten down stocks steadily gain traction. But, there will be a couple secular sell offs along the way to the tune of several percent when the COVID deaths ring home or if any of the zillions of unforeseens comes our way.

When the unlockers surge, there will be huge gains in catch-up sectors akin to what happened with energy stocks over the past few weeks. You can either waste all your time as an amateur trying to chase those sectors (and regions) or you can go B+D and reap them all and put your mind to other things like conspiracy theories. B+D will also cushion you from the six mega-caps that dominate the US large cap indexes. I still maintain equal weight Russel 1000 is the better option for US exposure going forward.

My real $ are B+D with Wealthsimple. Almost a paycheck a month gets autotransferred there.

My fun $ (not very many $$$ at the mo) are long vix futures and short Russel 2000. I’ll sell those once the current vaccine euphoria reverses a few percent, or if/when I get smoked, then will load back up on XBAL or XGRO. I can afford to lose that money, so it’s pure entertainment. But, so far it has done pretty well.

#93 blenzguy on 11.18.20 at 6:54 pm

The latest information I heard was that both the Phizer and Moderna vaccines were not only 90+% effective but will instantly make you look 25 years younger ! It’s a miracle !

#94 KAC on 11.18.20 at 6:55 pm

“ Maybe the big conspiracy here is the concerted efforts of the F150 deplorables to stifle debate by fomenting fear and myth.”

Seriously???

Anybody who blames the deplorables for stifling debate obviously hasn’t been watching yesterday and today’s Senate hearings on how the so called “Masters of the Universe” have been doing exactly that.

The extreme anti-Trump bias and censorship displayed by mainstream media and social media platforms is hair raising, almost North Korean in style.

#95 down and out on 11.18.20 at 6:55 pm

Just realized I fit the definition of a deplorable in my F150 no wonder Karen will not ride in it. Lucky me

#96 Faron on 11.18.20 at 6:55 pm

This is also interesting. Chart depicting performance of Hedge Funds compared with indexes. Don’t waste your money on active strategies.

https://themarketear.com/posts/cn_cCCHLEE/image/0

60/40 in really good shape.

#97 Wilbur on 11.18.20 at 6:56 pm

#62 If Ethics violations are considered only misguided, fillerbusting during ethics investigation into the WE Scandal to the point of talking about underwear is considered only misguided. Why do we have a parliament? I can think personally think of far better use for our tax dollars. If the Liberals have nothing to hide, then hand over the documents as Canadians have a right to know the truth. In my books this is a lot more than Trudeau being a little misguided.

#98 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 6:56 pm

“What new forms of cooperation, bold ideas and reforms are needed for business, policy-makers and civil society to build a more resilient world and restore confidence in leadership beyond COVID-19?”

The problem is that if they spend a whole bunch of time and money planning for this or that unseen event the one we get will be something completely different. You just can’t plan for somethings. Covid is a good example. What could have been done in advance, besides maybe telling everyone to keep a box of masks and some hand sanitizer in the pantry like preppers do and Chinese folks have been doing since SARS? You can’t really make a vaccine until you have the virus. Build more hospital beds? That costs money and what if the need never materializes?

Life is what happens while you are making other plans, as they say.

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As for Jake, if his logic holds then everybody should be moving to cash. How does that old saying go, “if it is not time to buy then it is time to sell”.

And with all this stimulus going on I wouldn’t consider cash exactly safe either. First you have the 2% per year inflation which has become a much more serious target if you listen to the Fedspeak so that is baked in, but now with all this stimulus flying off the shelfs (which Biden if anything will double down on) there could be a serious inflationary episode in the not too distant future. Stimulus checks, student loan forgiveness, reparations, free education, free health care, all these sorts of things increase the money in circulation but they don’t necessarily put more toilet paper in the Costco, so prices will go up. The B&D portfolio is insurance against this most obvious risk.

I still think it is a good idea to have some cash on hand, say 6 months living expenses, but as Garth has pointed out if you have a HELOC you probably don’t need to. Back when my grandmother formulated that rule of thumb HELOC’s weren’t really a thing and people eschewed debt. But my grandmother never saw 0% savings accounts either.

#99 S.Bby on 11.18.20 at 6:57 pm

“two new Covid vaccines have proven to be over 94% effective”

I’ve only heard press releases from the companies that developed them. Is that proof?

#100 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.18.20 at 6:58 pm

#20 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 4:32 pm
#1 Bk on 11.18.20 at 4:05 pm
I’d take an f150 any day over a tesla.

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An F150.. It’s like drinking Coca Cola with a meal “the Beaujolais from Atlanta”. To be expected.

So many men in Canada driving pickups when they don’t need them. Is it a size issue? I drove a Fiat 500 for years, cost nothing to run, Priorities.
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Studies have shown that the size of the vehicle is inversely related to the size of the manhood of the owner.

#101 Heather on 11.18.20 at 7:00 pm

Yeah. I got into, shall we call it a debate, on fb in the last few days on this very topic. I dug around for some info on it so I could sound somewhat knowledgeable in the discussion. I found nothing that would alarm me. I took that back to the fb debate but I just got attacked.

#102 Drinking on 11.18.20 at 7:01 pm

You know things are getting ridiculous, embarrassing, when all of a sudden an owner of a F150 or other trucks one uses for work are called deplorables, sounds like something T2 would say, I give up, the great reset, politicians are too stupid to implement anything like that, they want your/our money to make up for there poor decisions and of course their golden handshake! Take care of yourselves, stay safe!

#103 S.Bby on 11.18.20 at 7:02 pm

#61 Where’s My Money Going Greedeau? To Investigate Money Laundering?

It’s one of the reasons why the BC Liberals lost the election.

#104 Devil Anse on 11.18.20 at 7:08 pm

Speaking of alt-right nonsense skidding around the online world, has the NHLPA considered reaching out to Theo Fleury and getting him some help? I mean, I know most hockey players have never so much as read a book or needed to say a full sentence, but sheesh.

#105 Tron Light on 11.18.20 at 7:11 pm

I’m sure the people of Germany back in the 1930s didn’t think Hitler would do everything he did either.

#106 Jake on 11.18.20 at 7:16 pm

Different Jake here, March 2021 and beyond won’t even come close to March 2020. It may be a rough winter, but covid’s days are numbered.

#107 mark on 11.18.20 at 7:18 pm

Well done Garthington. Common sense as always.

#108 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.18.20 at 7:24 pm

#65 Maskless on 11.18.20 at 5:57 pm
>The baseless theory of a rigged election.

Except for all of the evidence of post-election chicanery?
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What evidence, my friend?
And, put on a mask!

#109 Ace Goodheart on 11.18.20 at 7:25 pm

Re: #35 Dustin on 11.18.20 at 4:53 pm

“It takes courage to invest in this market, and the stock market scares the s#!t out of people” Quote from my Dad a couple weeks ago.

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I picked up Prem Watsa’s insurance holding company about six months ago. So far I am up $150.00 per share. Likely I will double my money.

This is not a scary time to invest. When markets are booming, and everything is going amazing, that is a scary time.

Right now, is like being invited to a closing sale in your favorite store, where everything is half price.

#110 Sandra Westgate on 11.18.20 at 7:27 pm

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#111 The Woosh on 11.18.20 at 7:27 pm

Actually it now allows me to just delete all Great Reset comments. – Garth

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Wonderful. Garth, that was the best comment of the day. Does that finally mean we see the end of Turner Nation? My fingers are tired of scrolling past that ludicrous fool!

#112 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 7:31 pm

I’m posting this separately so it can be deleted without taking out the previous comment.

This election has produced some of the most improbable results in modern times. I’m not talking about Biden winning being improbable, but the way the data came in in the wee hours of the morning, fully flipping where things were at when people went to bed. Thus, I think it is wise to let the US process of verifying the results play out in full. That is why it is set up the way it is. The states will verify their results one way or another by Dec. 14th and then the electoral college will vote and that will be that.

And either way it goes it won’t matter much. The president is but one man. Nothing much will change. In the same way that many expected calamity when Trump was elected but calamity never came, calamity won’t come under Biden either.

#113 The Totally Unbiased, Highly Intelligent, Rational Observer on 11.18.20 at 7:41 pm

“Democrats are pedophiles. Covid is a hoax. Trump won the election. The vaccines are poison. And we’re at risk of a Great Reset.” — Garth

Thanks for telling it like it is!

Or did I misunderstand what you are trying to say?

#114 KLNR on 11.18.20 at 7:41 pm

sheesh, slow down folks I can’t keep up with all the new conspiracy theories. still stuck in the ‘trump-voter-fraud- q-anon-alien attack’ theory.
Are the aliens involved in the ‘reset’ as well?

#115 Dogman01 on 11.18.20 at 7:43 pm

The Great Reset
Post National State
Wokeism
Globalism
Environmentalism

They are a bundle of “causes”. They seem to be intertwined and mutually supporting.

I think they are becoming predominant as our current Secular Neo-Liberal system has matured and its exaggerated outcomes become obvious.
– Lots of pollution caused to generate private wealth for the public to clean up
– Increasing Inequality and growing larger
– Less individual opportunity (inheritance matters more than merit)
– Secularism left a big psychological gap and people are looking for a way to be good (besides making money)

Like religions, Ideology has danger when things are taken to the extreme, usually accomplished by a small group with righteous followers willing to get caught up in the “movement”. (usually the young because “Tomorrow belongs to me”)

We should all be N.I.R.Ps, (the Non-Ideological Rationalist Party) and exercise our obligations as citizens.

#116 KLNR on 11.18.20 at 7:44 pm

@#104 Drinking on 11.18.20 at 7:01 pm
You know things are getting ridiculous, embarrassing, when all of a sudden an owner of a F150 or other trucks one uses for work are called deplorables, sounds like something T2 would say, I give up, the great reset, politicians are too stupid to implement anything like that, they want your/our money to make up for there poor decisions and of course their golden handshake! Take care of yourselves, stay safe!

the deplorables are the ones who don’t use their truck for work.

#117 Curious on 11.18.20 at 7:44 pm

I spent a couple of hours this weekend taking screenshots of Biden and his body double from various political speech scenarios. Most of the speeches are done by the body double. Look carefully at his right lower earlobe. The double doesn’t have one-his ear is connected to his neck.

It’s amazing that the Dems can run a candidate that doesn’t even exist! (They’re running a double!) What a mess. And the crooked US voting machines are owned by a Canadian company, with the voting data and summaries generated overseas and sent back after manipulations. (I saw the IP traceroute address going to Serbia; I saw the statistical calculations showing clearly when the algos kicked in to switch votes from candidate A to B. And on and on, the evidence is everywhere.)

Please tell us that was satire. – Garth

#118 Robert Ash on 11.18.20 at 7:49 pm

One area of attention that I feel needs to be addressed, is the obvious, difference in Voting patterns, in Canada, and the USA, that contrasts, the voting interests, and issues of Rural versus Urban areas….. Canada or America, is not a happy place, as these two areas, are voting quite differently. This is the source of a lot of angst. Our modern Leaders, have to address the issue, since it is so obvious, look at the red states, geography, and modern US cities, red vs blue…. Ditto in Canada…

#119 Steven Rowlandson on 11.18.20 at 7:50 pm

Now that I have a TD Comfort Balanced Growth Portfolio
mutual fund in a tax free savings account the question arises. Will my investment be allowed to succeed or will the powers that be short sell it until it is worthless just to financially bugger me? As for Resets we don’t need a reset. We need all governments to stop borrowing, stop the deficits and pay interest and principle on their debts first and ration out what is left of tax revenue to last a whole year and slash spending legal or not until government debt is paid off no matter what it takes.
If tax consumers don’t get their cookie tell them to get a job and live with in their means. This should have been done 40 years ago but it wasn’t because the politicians thought guys like me were full of crap and that they and their tax consuming constituents knew better. Now matters are far worse. Going into debt and not paying it off is by definition failure.

#120 Randy on 11.18.20 at 7:50 pm

Do vaccine companies have any legal or financial responsibility for the damage that they do yet ?????…..same goes for our leaders/politicians….

#121 Shirl Clarts on 11.18.20 at 7:51 pm

The Reset. This is the latest alt-right nonsense skidding around the online world,

^^^^^^^^^^

By skidding around, are you referring to a dog that gets an itchy rectum and drags it across the carpet for relief?

If so, a well used metaphor!

#122 Barb on 11.18.20 at 7:51 pm

Adorable picture!

Poor Jake, that his fear has him missing out. Cash pays nothing.

We’re up ~30K in a week!
Thank you!

#123 S.Bby on 11.18.20 at 7:52 pm

#110 Smart Alec

Gates doesn’t have a crystal ball, nor did Steve Jobs and they both got some things wrong, but they got more things right and that’s what matters.

#124 Suburban Bob on 11.18.20 at 7:52 pm

Thinking of your comments the other day, Garth, about Toronto. Are you still in the city?

I just spent the better part of two business days downtown. Amazingly quiet around King W, Bay St, Blue Jays Way and that area and Queen St W. The city is like a morgue during even rush hour. Sometimes it’s a minute or more just between cars, on the main drags.

Not feeling very positive in Toronto, that’s for sure.

#125 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 7:55 pm

#20 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 4:32 pm
#1 Bk on 11.18.20 at 4:05 pm
I’d take an f150 any day over a tesla.

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An F150.. It’s like drinking Coca Cola with a meal “the Beaujolais from Atlanta”. To be expected.

So many men in Canada driving pickups when they don’t need them. Is it a size issue? I drove a Fiat 500 for years, cost nothing to run, Priorities.

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It snows in Canada and the 4×4 version of the F150 is the most popular. In addition, a lot of Canadians like to go into the forest for whatever reason, camping, hunting, just tearing around. I bet your 500 wasn’t very useful for any of that. Plus you can put your quad in the back of the F150 or tow a trailer. Your 500 would fit in the back of the F150 easier than the quad, except that it wouldn’t be able to climb the ramps so it would have to be pushed up. You can also haul sheets of drywall or maybe some deck boards home in an F150. Some people like that feeling of independence.

Sooner or later we would do well to ratchet the hatred we feel towards others over something so simple as what car they chose to drive. The F150 is a practical all purpose vehicle. It can get you and your family (well the crew cab version anyway, which is the most popular) from point A to B, but not only that do it in a snowstorm with 1500 lbs of cargo in the back.

(Note I no longer drive an F150. Nope Ram 3500 now so let the hate begin. But I have things I want to tow and some of them are big. My wife drives the smaller car, which is a 4×4 Ford Explorer. We use that to tow the boat because the RV will be behind the 3500.)

#126 neo on 11.18.20 at 7:56 pm

Ordo Ab Chao…

#127 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.18.20 at 7:58 pm

#95 blenzguy on 11.18.20 at 6:54 pm
The latest information I heard was that both the Phizer and Moderna vaccines were not only 90+% effective but will instantly make you look 25 years younger ! It’s a miracle !
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Unfortunately for you, it only works for people who believe in it.

#128 zoey on 11.18.20 at 7:58 pm

For sure, what a laugh. Don’t buy individuals stocks just buy ETF’s …sleep at night.

I don’t even listen to Mr. Speaking Moistly anymore.

Fun post Garth.

#129 Shirl Clarts on 11.18.20 at 7:59 pm

#29 R on 11.18.20 at 4:40 pm
1Bk: A Tesla Cyber Truck will drag a F150’s a$$ anywhere it wants to. The F150 can cry all it wants. BTW, Ford will be bankrupt before 2025, cry me a river !

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They still going through with that? All I remember is how ugly it was. And that if failed the steel ball window test. Twice.

#130 Steven Nicolle on 11.18.20 at 8:02 pm

#98 Drinking

Well I believe relying only on one resource like we have been doing is a catastrophe. These pipelines are taking years to build and that is if they will ever get approved by everyone to get finished. Let’s diversify. Learn what others are doing and improve on it. Let’s be part of the pack instead of catching up to it. Someone mentioned about in the winter not enough sun for solar, not enough wind when you need it for wind energy. Electrical cars only go so far on one charge etc.. If everyone’s attitude was negative like that we would never get anywhere. We lived in the Stone Age once but we did not use all the stones up before we decided to move on to the next advance. When the last pandemic hit 100 years ago the people had nothing. No phone, few cars, no televisions, no smartphone, no nothing. The leaders of the day did not decide oh let’s stick with the wood burning stove did they? Just saying…

#131 Linda on 11.18.20 at 8:04 pm

So we’ve got at least 3 potential vaccines, all of which promise 90% or higher efficacy if/when they are approved for production/injection into the general population. We have a new POTUS – yes, it will be a number of weeks yet before Biden takes the helm but eventually they will pry the WH out of the grasp of the Donald. If Jake is looking for guarantees, good luck to him. Meanwhile he is missing out on what is shaping up to be a very good year for investment returns. Oh well, more for the rest of us I guess.

#132 TurnerNation on 11.18.20 at 8:09 pm

Short and sweet, all mainstream sources cited:

1. Travel rights:
– Per CBC: Vancouver talking toll roads to drive around the city.
Punishing movement. Well #stayhome from day one right?

– Per CBC: BC considering limiting travel to the Van Island. Let’s call it a virtual Berlin Wall shall we?

2. Economy: Any doctors here, is this method taught in medical science at all?
If not, why in 2020? (Newfoundland already proposed a UBI – as per CBC article. Who’s next?):

https://huddle.today/n-s-premier-wont-think-twice-about-shutting-down-economy-if-covid-19-spread-continues/
N.S. Premier ‘Won’t Think Twice’ About Shutting Down Economy If Covid-19 Spread Continues

#133 Wrk.dover on 11.18.20 at 8:09 pm

#70 belly rubs on 11.18.20 at 6:04 pm
Back bush. With a desire to live, so I have a 91 chevy.
Nice thing about the old throttle body injection, if something stops working, just drive it on a gravel road and it usually comes back, re heater, lights, radio. The engine never dies.

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On Reddit mechanic sites, they say once an old Chevy finally runs rough, it will then run longer rough than any other truck will run at all!

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With my old eyes, I first thought todays photo was Jane Goodall in the field with her studies.

#134 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 8:13 pm

#29 R on 11.18.20 at 4:40 pm
1Bk: A Tesla Cyber Truck will drag a F150’s a$$ anywhere it wants to. The F150 can cry all it wants. BTW, Ford will be bankrupt before 2025, cry me a river !

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That’s because the Tesla is so heavy carrying around all those batteries. Traction has a direct relationship to weight. Put 1500 lbs in the back of the F150 and the dynamics change considerably whereas the Tesla doesn’t really have a cargo bed.

But guess what? Hybrid and full electric F150’s are on the way! And they will be a lot cheaper.

(Sorry Garth this is what happens when you mention truck owners.)

#135 S.Bby on 11.18.20 at 8:18 pm

Ivanhoe Cambridge cuts 50 positions, mainly outside Quebec, in shopping centres

https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/11/18/ivanhoe-cambridge-cuts-50-positions-mainly-outside-quebec-in-shopping-centres/

For the first half of the year ended June 30, the Caisse de depot’s property portfolio, which includes shopping centres, posted a negative return of 11.7 per cent.

#136 Michael Bruce Chase on 11.18.20 at 8:20 pm

“World Economic Forum – which is a think tank of people who wish they mattered. It is – like our Governor-General – powerless, meaningless, utterly symbolic and slightly embarrassing.”….aren’t these the same folks who sponsor the Davos shindig each year, where hundreds of political and business leaders rub shoulders and drink expensive wine. I wonder just how powerless they really are. There is other non gov’tal groups like the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations who while unelected exert major influence over world gov’ts. I would not write off these groups and their influence so easily.

#137 Flop... on 11.18.20 at 8:29 pm

Confusing time in B.C.

Dr Bonnie Henry said our healthcare system here is under pressure.

Under Pressure?

But which one, Aunt Bonnie?

Are you talking the traditional Queen and David Bowie classic?

No, I think she was talking about the new Willie Nelson and Karon O. cover.

It put me into a coma, but my wife was happy because I lost weight.

Try and listen to this version and be mad at the world.

This is for all the twangers on the blog…

M46BC

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MEU-7uga_4A

#138 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 8:29 pm

#102 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.18.20 at 6:58 pm

“Studies have shown that the size of the vehicle is inversely related to the size of the manhood of the owner.”

It is not the size of the ship that counts, but the number of times it sets sail.

(Sorry again Garth. It is as easy to set off truck owners as Harley owners. And they are very often the same people. I don’t know if they still do but the F150 used to come in a Harley-Davidson package. Also an Eddie Bauer. They know their market.)

#139 willworkforpickles on 11.18.20 at 8:32 pm

Free speech provides the safety switch that shuts down and blocks conspiracy theory with open public consensus discrediting the cumbersome and improbable nature of them.
Eventually they find their way around to their die hard supporting audiences through the pages of tabloid newspapers and Mad Magazine.

#140 Drinking on 11.18.20 at 8:33 pm

#133 Steven Nicolle

I am not against what you are saying; actually I am all for it but realistic. Oil and gas has at least 75 yrs of technological experience behind it; I might say trillions of dollars. Without it we would not have the world that we live in; everything you use on a daily basis, including your home, toys, lifestyle all to the thanks of oil/gas.

I am not sure where you live, but I live in the Prairies where it can get damn cold, only limited hrs of sunlight and many days with no wind. In Alberta we have the wind and solar farms and they just do not perform as we were led to believe. When it is between minus 30 to 40 in Jan and Feb, sorry alternatives do not cut it! Many would die from exposure.

As mentioned I support a cleaner energy as long as it does not kill people in harsh winter months, is affordable ( a large part of the country is broke) and the most important is that the technology proves itself to be reliable. Our only option right now to keep the same living standards is nuclear!

#141 Oakville Rocks! on 11.18.20 at 8:36 pm

I have to admit I have little patience for people who push conspiracy theory nonsense. Too often it is dismissed as harmless but there are real consequences to the zealotry of people taken in by this. Just ask Leonard Pozner or the patrons of Comet Ping Pong.

Steven Novella (host of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast) has an interesting take on Cons
piracy Theories and the people taken in by them.
https://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/qanon-and-other-conspiracies/#more-12240

I think the conspiracy theorists are the televangelists of the 21st century… laughing all the way to the bank at the neediness of the people they draw in (Alex Jones)

#142 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 8:41 pm

#110 Smart Alec on 11.18.20 at 7:23 pm

One other note; Bill Gates predicts (whatever that’s worth) that biz travel will be cut by 50% in the new normal along with 30% less time in offices.

Apparently, not worth a lot . . . so I’m not sure why you would have entertained the notion!

Dumbest things Bill Gates ever said
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My dad used to say to me when I was being uppity, “If you are so smart, how come you aren’t rich?”

#143 kommykim on 11.18.20 at 8:48 pm

RE:#120 Curious on 11.18.20 at 7:44 pm
-Blaa blaa blaa-
. (I saw the IP traceroute address going to Serbia; I saw the statistical calculations showing clearly when the algos kicked in to switch votes from candidate A to B. And on and on, the evidence is everywhere.)

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I find it hilarious that “the vote is rigged” conspiracy theorists ignore the fact that the Dems lost seats in the house while the senate is virtually unchanged. Hardly a success by any measure except for the removal of Trump.

#144 espressobob on 11.18.20 at 8:53 pm

#122

Another emotional wreck usually doing the complete opposite when one should be doing otherwise.

Retail investing isn’t for everyone.

Hire a pro.

#145 FriedEggs on 11.18.20 at 8:55 pm

No Conspiracy –

Philly’s Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, member of Biden’s COVID task force, lays out how to control the pandemic | Trudy Rubin

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/biden-covid-19-surge-task-force-trump-ezekiel-emanuel-20201110.html

Dr. Zeke seem like a nice guy!

Woops –

‘A doctor and medical ethicist argues life after 75 is not worth living’

https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/08/21/238642/a-doctor-and-medical-ethicist-argues-life-after-75-is-not-worth-living/

Sorry Boomers

#146 Canuck on 11.18.20 at 9:02 pm

Yes Garth, we get it. Everything is Trump’s fault and everyone right of center is a misogynistic neanderthal.
Could you be any more bitter?

Feel free to correct any errors in fact. Otherwise go play with your truck. – Garth

#147 Carlo Mostacci on 11.18.20 at 9:07 pm

This is definitely the best comments section on the web!

#148 Canuck on 11.18.20 at 9:17 pm

Why would we not want to build stuff better? This pandemic should never have happened. Look at the American failure – Garth
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Who knew this was an American pandemic…So who is responsible for COVID in the rest of the world? Trump as well?

That the most advanced nation would be the most afflicted suggests a failure in leadership. – Garth

#149 Faron on 11.18.20 at 9:22 pm

On a grim note: COVID deaths are back to May values in the US. Nearly back to a 911 per day and climbing. They may surpass April highs. In eight states one of every 1000 people has died. In NJ and NY its nearly one in 500. Wrap your head around that. It’s getting close to numbers where everyone knows someone who died. There are many many tragic stories being written in this time that normally brings us together for the holidays.

Put your mask on. Only travel if you need to and listen to your public heaalth officers. Hang tight.

#150 fishman on 11.18.20 at 9:22 pm

We’ve been 4X4 shopping all week. Looked at the F150. There’s so many of them how can you go wrong? After todays blog its gotta be a Chevy or GMC. With upgrades. For both the truck & me. I’ll pass myself off up in the interior as a Trumpsterite with class, a semi deplorable with a long deep roomy box for gas guzzling toys with an extended cab for gear. No Euroweenies,Yanks or broke woke Greenies going to clog up our mountains this pandemoniac year. Just us B.C bred, beer swilling, token local yokels . La Nina starting to grow us a monster snow year. Imagine the ski hills without the lineups. The back country without the choppers & snow cats eating the powder. Biggest threat will be avalanches. Be very careful out there this year puppies. Gonna be huge.

#151 William R Drury on 11.18.20 at 9:28 pm

So what are the conspiricy theories. Joe Biden is a certified President Elect. The media has said so. The electoral college has no place to play in the media declaration. Is it possible the tech giants are biased another conspiricy theory. Is it possible the MSM had a bias. Is it possible there might be some ballot harvesting. Yes how could someone think these crazy theories.

#152 DON on 11.18.20 at 9:35 pm

Conspiracy crap aside.

We need to do more to nurture and protect our Democracy. If some party says there is fraud…
then we owe it to ourselves to investigate matters. Even the CDN version of democracy can use a lot of checks, balances and progress. If you assume that everyone is doing their level best, that’s where the slippery slope potential comes into play.

The known fact my MP or MLA has to tow the party line is a slap in the face for our sense of democracy. Just because it is that way doesn’t mean it has to be. Yes we need someone to navigate the waters but not be the ultimate decision maker. My way or the highway based on misguided ideology.

I liked Garth’s method…ask the public. Unfortunately Garth was building a new path at a time when he faced an arrogant delusional PM.

#153 RussianBot on 11.18.20 at 9:39 pm

We tried to influence this year’s election. Unfortunately the Chinese were more effective.

#154 Regjeg on 11.18.20 at 9:40 pm

Note to Jake: please let us know (1) when you’ve decided it’s time to dip your toe in the water, and (2) what made you so certain that the time had arrived.

#155 Neo on 11.18.20 at 9:41 pm

#152 Faron on 11.18.20 at 9:22 pm

On a grim note: COVID deaths are back to May values in the US. Nearly back to a 911 per day and climbing. They may surpass April highs. In eight states one of every 1000 people has died. In NJ and NY its nearly one in 500. Wrap your head around that..

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Faron,

In the spring, 1,000 a day were dying in NY. Now it it’s 40 a day.

In the entire US right now, the 7 day moving average 1,100 are dying a day.

Wrap your head around that….

#156 Mike From Canmore on 11.18.20 at 9:43 pm

#151 Canuck

If you consider the EU a country it’s just as bad.

#157 Russ on 11.18.20 at 9:46 pm

First B.C. then …

Is this the Tax Man preparing for a hunt?

https://landtransparency.ca/

#158 Doug in London on 11.18.20 at 9:49 pm

Jake’s still in cash? Why the HELL didn’t he get himself fired out of a cannon head first and dive into equities while they were still dirt cheap?

#159 waltersafety on 11.18.20 at 9:52 pm

Actually it’s not the F150 deplorables that want to stifle debate ,they couldn’t, that would have to come from those with power like maybe a 500k visitor blog.

#160 Jo on 11.18.20 at 9:52 pm

Coho, you are one of my favourite posters, always look forward to your opinion.

#161 Canuck on 11.18.20 at 9:55 pm

That the most advanced nation would be the most afflicted suggests a failure in leadership. – Garth
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Name five.. wait, 3… no, 1 other country in the world that counts COVID deaths if it was possible, probable or assumed.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/04/07/covid19-death-certificate-change-stirs-controversy

They still got Covid. They’re still dead. Stop pretending. – Garth

#162 westcdn on 11.18.20 at 9:55 pm

“which is a think tank of people who wish they mattered”
When you shoot things, you don’t fool around!

My life has not been without grief. I miss my sister more than any pet. For a pet other than a cat, may I recommend a Dalmatian as they will rip a heart out of a grizzly. Such was my experience.

My buying of REITs and Preferred is working though not at the speed I like to see. I guess I will have to stick my neck out again. The good news is I am back to zero.

I hope dog likes me.

#163 tccontrarian on 11.18.20 at 9:56 pm

Conspiracy theories have never had as much sway as today, thanks to unregulated, unfiltered social media devoid of social conscience. Democrats are pedophiles. Covid is a hoax. Trump won the election. The vaccines are poison. And we’re at risk of a Great Reset.

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I sometimes ask people:
“Do you think there exist real conspiracies?”

So far, everyone has replied with, “of course!”

Then I ask, “well, how can you tell a real one from the others?”

I get a blank stare – usually followed by either,

1. “I haven’t really thought about it!”, or
2. “Good question!”

Logically, anyone who calls everything outside of official narrative a ‘conspiracy theory’ is really only saying that they’ve never bothered to try to sort them out.

With my simple logic and reasoning powers, when the ‘cure’ (killing the economy with lockdowns etc), does more damage than the disease, there MUST be an agenda. I don’t necessarily know what the agenda is, but there is one nevertheless. Anyone who can’t see that is hopelessly brainwashed.

tcc

#164 Drinking on 11.18.20 at 9:58 pm

Tomorrow, found a great deal, buying myself a F350, she is loaded, great towing capacity for work, or vacation pulling the trailer or boat, love it, get this, I get to play with it on my days off, might even take it out to that east coast town of Lunenburg this summer, I do not have a diesel powered tug like Garth does but will tow my boat out there to test out the Atlantic! Life is good! :)

#165 Eco Capitalist on 11.18.20 at 10:04 pm

“the World Economic Forum – which is a think tank of people who wish they mattered. It is – like our Governor-General – powerless, meaningless, utterly symbolic and slightly embarrassing.”

Bwahahahaha! Thanks for that gem; you made my evening.

#166 Sara on 11.18.20 at 10:04 pm

#115 Nonplussed “This election has produced some of the most improbable results in modern times. I’m not talking about Biden winning being improbable, but the way the data came in in the wee hours of the morning, fully flipping where things were at when people went to bed.”

There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for that. And in fact, it was widely expected to happen. I’ll let you try and figure that out for yourself though.

#167 Drinking on 11.18.20 at 10:10 pm

#133 Steven Nicolle

Here is another story that the rest of the country will never hear about, why, because it is happening in Alberta. Bad Alberta, lol! Picking up my F350 tomorrow, for work and vacation purposes.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/atco-completes-canada-s-largest-solar-project-in-partnership-with-indigenous-communities-1.5195270

#168 DON on 11.18.20 at 10:19 pm

cbc canada article on increase interest for information on how to divorce/separate. They are holding online group information sessions with lawyers/counsellors providing general information on proceedings and timelines.

More houses on the market?

#169 Dan Munson on 11.18.20 at 10:31 pm

Governments, central banks, UN, etc. are all conspiring globally. This is fact from G7 to all other meetings.

#170 Dogman01 on 11.18.20 at 10:33 pm

#150 Carlo Mostacci on 11.18.20 at 9:07 pm
This is definitely the best comments section on the web!
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Hear hear!

Even the kooks are quality kooks at Greater Fool.

#171 Head Chef specializing in Lame duck l'ronge on 11.18.20 at 10:36 pm

That girl in the picture must have a great portfolio. It would take excellent returns to keep up with that dog food bill.

#172 Tron Light on 11.18.20 at 10:43 pm

The term “conspiracy theory” was apparently first coined by the CIA, although, some believe that is also a conspiracy theory.

#173 Steven Nicolle on 11.18.20 at 10:49 pm

#143 Drinking

I understand your concern now that you say you are living in the Prairies about the elements. I live in Guelph Ontario. I look at the impact of Green Energy as a source of employment as well. Sooner or later once we are through this pandemic we will need to get people who may have lost their livelihood and give them some opportunities where they can work locally and not have to move to the oil fields as everyone does and then go through the ups and downs of being busy one year and nothing the next because the OPEC changes the rules for us. We are not in control of anything with oil prices but if we create jobs everywhere doing green people can work locally. In Canada oil is found in a few provinces as is nuclear energy but everywhere you can do Green and renewable energy. The technology will catch up. Quebec wants to have all-electric cars in 10 or 15 years on their roads. It is bold but it gets cold there too. Someone has to build the chargers. The latest electric cars do 400 km on one charge now I heard this morning on the news. It is coming. We all just need to get together and make it work. Then we do not have to rely on pipelines being built to get our oil to other markets that by the time we are ready have found someone else to buy from. This country just needs a plan and get it together. It is about yes helping the environment but also creating lasting and steady employment. Good chat we had and stay safe and warm out on the Prairies.

#174 Steven Nicolle on 11.18.20 at 10:52 pm

#170 Drinking

Fantastic! A great example of what is happening that we do not hear about.

#175 Faron on 11.18.20 at 10:58 pm

#158 Neo on 11.18.20 at 9:41 pm

7 day MA is 1265 and rising fast as Trump has completely abandoned his post. BTW, If he wants to be president so badly, why isn’t he presidenting RN?

North Dakota didn’t have a spring wave yet has managed a poor result.

Still a month until winter…

#176 Tron Light on 11.18.20 at 11:02 pm

From the British Medical Journal:

“Will covid-19 vaccines save lives? Current trials aren’t designed to tell us”

https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4037

#177 morrey on 11.18.20 at 11:05 pm

“Besides, it sounded cool. The vid of that speech has been shared a few bazillion times over the last week, and now a mess of people think there is a Trudeau-Biden-Soros plot to enslave.”

i worry for mankind.

And what a barren collection of comments this evening.
I despair.

#178 Drinking on 11.18.20 at 11:19 pm

#177 Steven Nicolle

True, but keep in mind that pipelines at this present time will bring in the revenues for future alternative energies, it will take billions if not trillions to change this around.

I agree with you, we have it all in this great country but lack leadership and lack of understanding on what and how much it will really cost to change things around, we are all in this together!

Yes, good chat!

#179 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 11:29 pm

#128 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 7:55 pm

It snows in Canada and the 4×4 version of the F150 is the most popular

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BREAKING NEWS
‘it snows in Canada”

I never needed a 2 ton truck in winter in Canada.

Having driven in snow in mountains etc elsewhere in the world and having actually learned how to drive does help.

The fake safety from 60’s technology in an overpriced package only sells to those who watch tv commercials. lol

I’m also amused that at least two readers have more to say about pickups than about more important things. lol

#180 KG on 11.18.20 at 11:30 pm

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#181 Rich from BTC on 11.18.20 at 11:36 pm

‘Build back better’ is the elites’ latest rendition of their ancient Luciferian mantra “order out o Kaos”. See the elites dont like to change things, thats too messy. They prefer to destroy things (ie. C-19) and rebuild it, much more controllable. And yes by elites, I mean the CFR, WEF, Davos crowd of high level political and business leaders. Sure GT thinks thats a conspiracy theory cause he knows nothing about them, always being on a low level political grunt.

PS: Its hilarious listening to a bunch on never-Trumpers whine about ‘crazy conspiracy theorists’ after listening to the same never-Trumpers spew non-stop hate filled BS conspiracy theories about Russia, Russia, Russia for the last 4 years.

#182 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 11:37 pm

#135 TurnerNation on 11.18.20 at 8:09 pm

tin foil something something blablabla

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I provoke unintelligent babble and I do humor.

Sseems to escape more than one reader. lol.

You really think I care what car you do or do not drive???

Turnernation does humor too. Right? Right?

#183 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 11:40 pm

#177 Steven Nicolle on 11.18.20 at 10:49 pm
#143 Drinking

“Quebec wants to have all-electric cars in 10 or 15 years on their roads.”

They can’t even do health care or roads without potholes…

For years it was hilarious driving when the 401 became a local dirt road in QC. Your hubcaps would overtake you.

#184 whiplash on 11.18.20 at 11:54 pm

#133 Steven Nicolle
#170 Drinking

Medicine Hat mothballed a $13 million concentrated solar panel project after 5 years that was last May. Even a tech from the NEB commented ” this is not Arizona or Nevada, Canada is too far north”. Not enough uninterrupted sunlight.
Oh, the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer(Dem.) has revoked an easement grant of 67 years to Enbridge. Pipeline #5 which transports light crude, light synthetic, natural gas that is used for manufacturing up to 6,000+ products that we use everyday, and provides heat for hospitals, schools, homes, and of course gas, jet fuel, diesel. The oil will stop flowing in 180 days and will impact Ontario/Quebec as well. Unions are pissed, massive job losses. Interesting to see how that will work out.

#185 SWL on 11.19.20 at 12:07 am

‘Sustainable Development’ doesn’t sound all that scary either, but Agenda 21, 2030 sure does when one digs a little deeper. Coordinated buzz words by world leaders don’t sit well with me

Useful idiots abound enacting and enforcing rules for which they have little to no understanding of the long term ramifications to our ever fleeing freedoms

#186 DON on 11.19.20 at 12:29 am

#169 Sara on 11.18.20 at 10:04 pm
#115 Nonplussed “This election has produced some of the most improbable results in modern times. I’m not talking about Biden winning being improbable, but the way the data came in in the wee hours of the morning, fully flipping where things were at when people went to bed.”

There’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for that. And in fact, it was widely expected to happen. I’ll let you try and figure that out for yourself though.

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All mail in votes went against Trump due to his covid response?

#187 boom_or_bust on 11.19.20 at 12:34 am

“Actually it now allows me to just delete all Great Reset comments. – Garth”

That was too funny…. :)

#188 NSNG on 11.19.20 at 12:42 am

I think it would be hilarious if a vaccine whistleblower came forth and revealed that these vaccines with the 90%+ success rates were all just cocktails of zinc and vitamin D.

Secondly, why is it the financial media is declaring that Canadians have ‘excess’ cash of 90 billion? Is this a mindset problem? How is saving your own money considered excess, especially in a crisis in which jobs are evaporating at a rapid pace?

The implication is that this money doesn’t belong to these people but that they are ‘stealing’ from the economy. That money belongs to the economy and these people are keeping the ‘excess’ for themselves.

Apparently, prudence is now a criminal act.

#189 conan on 11.19.20 at 12:49 am

I see risk in 2021. Biden is likely to spend trillions on lock downs, and that could upset the currency apple cart.
Several parts of the world are on the verge of conflict and we could see military action before January 20 2021.

Trump’s peace plan in the Middle East is more of a aligning of nations that want war with Iran. I would call it a war plan myself.

#190 AM in MN on 11.19.20 at 1:01 am

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#191 Manfred Manichaen on 11.19.20 at 1:35 am

Garth what is your view on the Bilderberg Group as pertains to global conspiracies.

#192 Where's My Money Going Greedeau? To Investigate Money Laundering? on 11.19.20 at 2:07 am

Re: #105 S.Bby on 11.18.20 at 7:02 pm
#61 Where’s My Money Going Greedeau? To Investigate Money Laundering?

It’s one of the reasons why the BC Liberals lost the election.
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If the BC Liberal Ministers are found to be involved with these money launderers, then how deep is the rot? And how far does the investigation go if the RCMP is complicit.
Maybe Surrey has it right dumping the RCMP even though that billion dollar headquarters is in Surrey.
Who do you get to investigate the RCMP?
With Trudeau in charge, I see no one getting anything, because he has a lot of favours to repay.

#193 Blobby on 11.19.20 at 5:00 am

Trump fanboy logic : no one has ever died from being shot by a gun… medical reports clearly show they died from other causes (like blood loss)

#194 Sky on 11.19.20 at 5:16 am

Last Xmas I went to see my doctor becuz I had this horrible vision of the future while in deep meditation.

There came this virus from China, a wet market & batsoup. Pangolins. Don’t ask. I don’t know what they are either. Scary lung Xrays, bioweapon labs & people dropping dead in the street right in front of your eyes.

Then KABOOM this virus was ev-er-y-where. So we had to copy the communists and close all the borders & lock people inside where you could watch this death clock all day and get angry & terrified & drink too much & pretend you were still OK but beat on your wife and kids anyway. And the kids didn’t get sick but they closed the schools too.

And you couldn’t go outside in the sun & fresh air because it was too dangerous. It could kill you. Unless you wore black hoodies & masks & needed to loot and burn down big stores. Then it was OK & safe. Becuz the police didn’t stop you & the politicians kneeled down to you. And the cops kneeled too becuz they needed a rest. They were tired out from arresting mothers & old people in the parks and beaches.

Then they said you could go outside again becuz it was the INSIDE that was really dangerous now. But you had to wear masks & never touch anyone again and that was OK. Becuz the death clock made everyone go all Howie Mandel anyway. And there were these big lineups & all this plexiglass & arrows & no TP but there was still food.

And I saw an election where the orange not-my-president Russian agent got thrown out after they stopped counting the votes for 4 hrs in the states he was winning. And this was OK with ½ the people. But then the OTHER half says the new president is also another not-my-president. And the TV says this is NOT OK. And all the votes still didn’t get counted becuz they used dumb election machines instead of smart TVs that can do math. Duh!

Then we get a bunch of vaccines that ½ the people can’t wait to take. And that’s OK. But the OTHER half, who don’t trust the govt anymore or any kind of warp speed drug, are too scared to take it. And the smart TV says that is NOT OK.

And there’s no more weddings, sports, funerals, visiting sick people & govt says to have sex thru a hole in the wall & millions & millions are out of work but the market keeps going up,up,up &…GAHHH!

So I go — Doc, can you help me? I can’t live in a world like this.

And the doctor goes — You won’t have to. You’re delusional. This is only real in your own mind.

Then I go — Delusional? So you think I’m a conspiracy theorist just becuz they warned us this would happen?

And the doctor goes — No, silly. Not a conspiracy theorist (condescending smile). I’m afraid this is serious (concerned frowny face). It’s paranoid schizophrenia & we have to send you away for treatment so you can become normal again.

Well, I’m out…after a hellish year of electroshock therapy & antipsychotics & my memory’s shot but I am not complaining becuz the doc was right & I’m cured & can join the real world where things are all normal. But why do I keep seeing masks? Am I hallucinating again? Damn those conpiracy theorists!!! Becuz I may need some more treatment after all.

#195 calgaryPhantom on 11.19.20 at 7:24 am

Today’s blog post and recent comments shows how badly we need to get people back in offices and get busy ……This whole WFH and lockdowns are making people weird…

#196 Felix on 11.19.20 at 8:09 am

This is DOGAWFUL!

Imported puppies spreading disease, threatening to kill Canadians everywhere.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/buyer-beware-ottawa-fails-to-track-thousands-of-puppies-some-carrying-diseases-imported-to-canada-each-year-1.5792478

Think twice about the threat implied in pictures like the one on this blog today.

#197 Love_The_Cottage on 11.19.20 at 8:14 am

Conspiracy theories have never had as much sway as today, thanks to unregulated, unfiltered social media devoid of social conscience.
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A bit harsh, but it does describe the comments section.

#198 David Hawke on 11.19.20 at 8:16 am

That the most advanced nation would be the most afflicted suggests a failure in leadership. – Garth

True, however, it seems strange that a “developing country” like Thailand only 50 deaths attributed to the bug, seems like a whole other conspiracy theory in the making, eh.

#199 Wrk.dover on 11.19.20 at 8:33 am

#115 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 7:31 pm

This election has produced some of the most improbable results in modern times. I’m not talking about Biden winning being improbable, but the way the data came in in the wee hours of the morning, fully flipping where things were at when people went to bed.

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It takes longer to count the urban vote.

Four years ago, McDonald Gump implored the blacks to vote for he, “because what did they have left to lose?”

Well this time he forgot to bring that up. Plus, they now know (their life)!

So he apparently lost the urban black vote. Doh!

#200 Dharma Bum on 11.19.20 at 8:38 am

The only reset that I’m aware of is the little red button on my electric power washer. I need to press it every 20 minutes or so.

Wouldn’t it be scary if Trudeau had a little red button to push?

#201 Al on 11.19.20 at 8:44 am

“full electric F150’s are on the way! And they will be a lot cheaper.” A lot cheaper With the same range and other important specs? Not a snowballs chance. They won’t even be the same price, not even close if all the competition has showed us anything up to this point.

#202 Colin on 11.19.20 at 9:03 am

“ The baseless theory of a rigged election.”?

It appears you don’t understand the various dimensions of the US election, including the presence of election fraud. Systemic election fraud has not only been identified across the US in multiple forms, it will be measured and proven through a plethora of existing and imminent court cases in the coming days and weeks. And this is not “conspiracy theory” even though it is clear you won’t accept the idea that is in the process of being proven by several of the brightest minds in law and politics.

These legal cases may not only change the current electoral counts but they may very well prevent either candidate from reaching the critical 270 electoral vote threshold .. and this, in turn, could effectively result in Trump’s re-election. My suggestion is for you and any readers fooled by your naive understanding of the US election process to hit the books and do some additional research.

The days and weeks ahead will prove how wrong your smug comments are regarding election fraud and the election process to follow (as defined by constitutional law). So rather than using the usual lame crutch of referring to opposing points of view as nothing more than “conspiracy theory”, perhaps you may want to better inform yourself before trying to mislead your audience with a narrow-minded and uninformed conclusion that cannot be supported by fact.

I will be eager to see your comments about US election fraud and the confirmed election results on December 14 (and because you’re so brilliant, I’m sure you know what happens on December 14).

Yes, I do. Biden wins. See ya then. – Garth

#203 Penny Henny on 11.19.20 at 9:11 am

#20 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 4:32 pm
#1 Bk on 11.18.20 at 4:05 pm
I’d take an f150 any day over a tesla.

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An F150.. It’s like drinking Coca Cola with a meal “the Beaujolais from Atlanta”. To be expected.

So many men in Canada driving pickups when they don’t need them. Is it a size issue? I drove a Fiat 500 for years
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They last that long? Years??

#204 Stone Walker on 11.19.20 at 9:17 am

Good post again today. I haven’t been coming by much since building my house. It actually, so far, turned out to be a really good decision, sure took a couple years of holidays wasted to build in sweat equity, but mortgage is way cheaper than rent, and can be paid down much faster. My situation is unique though.

Anyway, this blog is off the beaten path, outside the box, that’s what attracted me in the first place, researching the housing bubble and how the economy works. With all due respect, this off the beaten path blog has offered good info that’s not normally the same as the mainstream propaganda channels spoon feed the sheeple. I see some of the posts here as conspiracy (Respectably) Housing bubble fed by the big bankers, politicians, and RE agents, and not exposed by the MSM. That’s all true conspiracy, not theory, and the facts are listed to back it up, good journalism!
However, there are also some interesting facts not found in the MSM about MNRA vaccines, patents on Corona virus, the furin polybasic cleavage site in COVID19 that indicates human manipulation as brought out by scientists studying how it could jump from animal to human. Just like what we’re being told about the RE market in the MSM, there’s a lot of propaganda about the plandemic, economy and elites. We’re overdue for a world currency reset, history proves this as well, not much of a theory there either, if fractional reserve banking and debt based growth worked forever, we’d still be using Roman Dracmas, but since they left the gold back, they imploded, just like we’ll see with the current system, unless a reset happens first. I’ve found some good research goes a long way, lot’s of people at places like CNN saying somethings a “Conspiracy theory” because they said so, with no proof or facts to back up the “Debunking”. finding some good alternative sources usually brings out some good facts that point to what really happened, heck , research outside the MSM is how I found this place after all.

#205 Penny Henny on 11.19.20 at 9:27 am

#56 KNOW IT ALL on 11.18.20 at 5:39 pm
The FALL-OUT from COVID has just begun.

Vaccines haven’t been approved for usage.

Who is going to take an experimental synthetic DRUG with no history of medium or long-term side effects?

Americans would rather DIE than lose their freedom – even if temporarily.
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Temporarily lose their freedoms or temporarily die?
Which is it?

#206 Sara on 11.19.20 at 9:28 am

#188 Don. Try Again.

#207 willworkforpickles on 11.19.20 at 9:38 am

#197 calgaryPhantom

…after another year of this many here will become writers for the world weekly news.

#208 Cowtown Cowboy on 11.19.20 at 9:46 am

Did my post offend??

Do you not find it a bit strange that Dominion Voting shares office space with the Tides Foundation????

Some things are too stupid to publish. – Garth

#209 TurnerNation on 11.19.20 at 9:52 am

Maybe our forum host is right.
There’s not a whole to to talk about. Just sit back and watch it unfold. Attack me if it makes you feel better.

-New York City closing all schools ‘indefinately’ – even if #s drop. This means kids stuck at home, educated by Big Tech. No socialization or dating in person, or hard to. They are the future all right
Control over Feeding/Breeding/Movements. Check,

#177 Steven Nicolle on 11.18.20 at 10:49 pm
What decade/century are we in?
Latest elec cars get 400kmh range?

In 1989 – that’s 30 years ago GM had a pefectly good elec car getting 225km on a single charge. 30 year ago! Then they crushed it. What is the Best Selling vehicle these days? V8 Full sized Pickup truck.
No oil conspiracy here…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_EV1
http://www.ev1.org/

“Why did GM crush the EV1??
“Range problem??”

FALSE
The NiMH EV1 had an EPA certified range of 140 miles on a charge; none of the EV1 lessees complained about the range. So if the customer wants the car, despite what someone else says, why not sell it to them?

“Liability??”
FALSE
When GM crushed the EV1, it drove away its own customers, who went to Toyota. Toyota was happy to take our money and sell us the Toyota RAV4-EV, last sold in Nov., 2002. If there was no “liability” issue for Toyota, GM did not have that excuse either.

“Not enough electric??”
FALSE
Far from a shortage of electric, being able to buy a plug-in car would actually help the utility grid. The EV1 charges slowly, at night, when there is too much electric; and the money you save NOT buying gasoline will more than pay for your rooftop solar PV system. This isn’t fantasy, it’s FACT; hundreds of Toyota RAV4-EV drivers put solar on their roof and now drive for free, free of pollution and free of cost since the money they saved paid it off years ago. But you can’t do this unless you can buy a plug-in car, none are offered for sale by the Auto Alliance.”

#210 MWL on 11.19.20 at 10:14 am

#102 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.18.20 at 6:58 pm
#20 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 4:32 pm
#1 Bk on 11.18.20 at 4:05 pm
I’d take an f150 any day over a tesla.

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An F150.. It’s like drinking Coca Cola with a meal “the Beaujolais from Atlanta”. To be expected.

So many men in Canada driving pickups when they don’t need them. Is it a size issue? I drove a Fiat 500 for years, cost nothing to run, Priorities.
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Studies have shown that the size of the vehicle is inversely related to the size of the manhood of the owner.

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Also directly related to how much fun they like to have. Pretty hard to tow a boat or trailer with Fiat 500. Don’t see many Nissan Leafs in the backcountry.

Sure some of the trucks on the road are ridiculous in size and are clearly not used the way they were intended. The guys rolling coal are obnoxious aholes.

I’m happy you guys are getting 700 MPG in your 90hp value boxes but I won’t be giving up the 600HP LSA or 12V Cummins anytime soon. Life is meant to be lived and for lots of people vehicles are a big part of that.

#211 Cowtown Cowboy on 11.19.20 at 10:16 am

Did my post offend??

Do you not find it a bit strange that Dominion Voting shares office space with the Tides Foundation????

Some things are too stupid to publish. – Garth

That does kinda hurt my feelings, you’re not making me feel very welcome in our new inclusive and diverse Confederation…you don’t seem to have any issue publishing Turner Nations incessant ramblings…and Tides/Dominion didn’t seem particularly eager to advertise the fact…

BTW my Masters degree is from the West so maybe i have a built in bias against all things east of the 90th meridian

That was even stupider. – Garth

#212 Stone Walker on 11.19.20 at 10:19 am

#194 Where’s my money going?

You make a good point. The Police force in this country outnumbers the military, bans guns because of the way they look, confiscates guns without people knowing in emergency situations, mostly never returning them to the owners, and who does this armed force answer to? they control the weapons in the country and are the only humans allowed to carry firearms in public. I guess we just have to trust them and have faith that they’re honest people, just like the ones they screen to qualify for gun ownership lol. There’s a pretty good rap sheet for the RC’s already, stuff they’ve been legitimately busted for, imagine what they’ve got away with? this world is on a bad path

#213 NSNG on 11.19.20 at 10:22 am

The current US election fiasco sure is giving blockchain certified voting a huge shot in the arm (pun intended).

#214 Colin on 11.19.20 at 10:28 am

Garth, re your response:

“Yes, I do. Biden wins. See ya then. – Garth“

I’m glad you agree that the claim of election fraud being “baseless” is in fact a false statement. It appears that you are aware of the constitutional process (inclusive of audits and legal contests at state and federal levels) that will take place in the weeks leading up to Dec 14 and possibly beyond this date if a winner cannot be confirmed/certified by the electoral college.

It would be nice to see you retract (or at least acknowledge) your incorrect assertion that US election fraud is a baseless claim. You’re incorrect.

Not only is the likelihood of system fraud evident but it may very well be large enough to put Trump back into office. I will keep my eyes open for your next references to a premature conclusion about Biden and the US election.

#215 NSNG on 11.19.20 at 10:28 am

One other point. The GTPMI™ is now over 200 comments. This is a cautionary number. 300 is the red line and the condolences thread for the beloved Bandit doesn’t count in the market gauge.

It is clear the GTPMI™ is sniffing out potential market turmoil. Of course, with CEF’s voluntary posting withdrawal the index could need some recalibration.

#216 Tbone on 11.19.20 at 10:32 am

F150 , EV ? Should I consider one of them … naw
Think I’ll keep the A6

#217 co on 11.19.20 at 10:42 am

Did my post offend??

Do you not find it a bit strange that Dominion Voting shares office space with the Tides Foundation????

Some things are too stupid to publish. – Garth

That does kinda hurt my feelings, you’re not making me feel very welcome in our new inclusive and diverse Confederation…you don’t seem to have any issue publishing Turner Nations incessant ramblings…and Tides/Dominion didn’t seem particularly eager to advertise the fact…

BTW my Masters degree is from the West so maybe i have a built in bias against all things east of the 90th meridian

That was even stupider. – Garth

LOL, maybe i’ll quit while i’m behind

#218 willworkforpickles on 11.19.20 at 10:45 am

This governments propensity for being gullible enough to be proponents of the great reset shows a deficit of original thought on their part and inability to run this country. Being in the position to set policy as they are plays on the minds of the people in this time of crisis where CT’s are as rampant as emotions run high.
This touch and go CT of a great reset will run its course though the minds and emotions of the gullible masses until enough clear thinking individuals can quell their fears and the great reset is relegated from the psyche of the common man.
Then its on to the next. Perhaps an alien integration with multiple tentacled monsters from the deep plotting to enslave all of humanity… not good for future RE values.

#219 Ponzius Pilatus on 11.19.20 at 11:08 am

180 Tron Light on 11.18.20 at 11:02 pm
From the British Medical Journal:

“Will covid-19 vaccines save lives? Current trials aren’t designed to tell us”

https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4037
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Old article, gotta try harder.

#220 Flop... on 11.19.20 at 11:24 am

My TFSA isn’t doing that great this year.

Maybe it’s because it’s like Boris Johnson.

Overweight in Europe…

M46BC

#221 Gonkman on 11.19.20 at 11:32 am

This is for you Trump Apocalypse 2020…

All will be revealed shortly.

First GA will Flip then the others will fall like dominoes.

“President-Elect” will be no more shortly..

4 more years incoming…

Grab some popcorn. This is going to be epic.

#222 Captain Uppa on 11.19.20 at 11:49 am

Why would we not want to build stuff better? This pandemic should never have happened. Look at the American failure – Garth

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Take solace in the fact that I have this argument all the time as well, Garth.

What is this plague upon us that has completely warped peoples’ minds into tin foil hat wearing know-it-alls?

#223 Chris Serran on 11.19.20 at 11:49 am

Hey Garth – how about a post on preferred’s – how will recovery, deficits, Biden gov’t, etc all likely affect preferred shares going forward. Also maybe some discussion of the different types of preferred shares and the pro’s/con’s of each in different situations. Something different from covid, real estate and great resets… Thanks

#224 Tiny Eyes on 11.19.20 at 11:51 am

Inb4 Garth censoring all ‘told ya so’s on Jan21st

#225 SoggyShorts on 11.19.20 at 11:52 am

#183 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 11:29 pm
#128 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 7:55 pm
Fiat 500 vs F-150
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blXYrYUc0xU&ab_channel=PlayPal


So many men in Canada driving pickups when they don’t need them. Is it a size issue? I drove a Fiat 500 for years

BREAKING NEWS
‘it snows in Canada”

I never needed a 2 ton truck in winter in Canada.
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The f-150 is a half-ton truck, basically the smallest available one they make aside from the old Ranger which you couldn’t really drive if you were over 6′

♦Being even slightly raised compared to cars improves your FOV drastically.

♦4×4 is better to have in winter, that’s a simple fact, and it’s often 5 months long in Alberta.

♦I’m not sure about other years but in 2011-2014, the interior of the F-150 was way bigger&better than The Silverado or Ram. At least in the full 4-door version.

♦Also, since it’s been the best-selling vehicle for so long that means parts are reasonable to come by.

Honestly, I think buying anything else is just a vanity purchase.

Fiat 500 vs F-150
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blXYrYUc0xU&ab_channel=PlayPal

#226 SoggyShorts on 11.19.20 at 11:55 am

#189 DON on 11.19.20 at 12:29 am
#169 Sara on 11.18.20 at 10:04 pm
#115 Nonplussed

All mail in votes went against Trump due to his covid response?

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Close.
At least in part due to his covid response(or lack thereof), a lot of people chose to vote by mail in order to avoid human contact.
Mostly democrats since quite a few Republicans don’t even believe in Covid, especially tump fans who believe him when he says it’s no big deal.

But plenty of people predicted exactly what happened with the votes. I mean
♦the guy yelled into every camera he could find that mail-in voting was bad for months, so why would his fans do it?
♦Dems have always voted by mail more frequently than Reps.
♦Old people vote more often by mail, especially in a pandemic that threatens them the most, and they were the least happy about his covid response.

2020 election predictions by Bernie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9DNGSQvvz8&ab_channel=NowThisNews

#227 Frank Santem on 11.19.20 at 12:22 pm

This is the biggest power grab in history giving technology more power is the worse answer NSNG. This is what the technocrats which are technological communists want. China’s communist party is the biggest test ground for years.

#228 Colin on 11.19.20 at 12:29 pm

This is for you Trump Apocalypse 2020…

All will be revealed shortly.

First GA will Flip then the others will fall like dominoes.

“President-Elect” will be no more shortly..

4 more years incoming…

Grab some popcorn. This is going to be epic.:

You are spot on Gonkman! I am patiently biding my time (no pun intended) to watch an army of misinformed people who prematurely popped their Biden champaign bottles only to discover they’ve all been conned (yet again) by deceitful mainstream media and political hoaxers.

A large handful of battleground states will be unable to certify their votes and this, alone, will pave a clear constitutional path to re-election via congress. This path will be particularly enjoyable as it will force Pelosi to tap the gavel (in her house) confirming Trump’s victory on Jan 20.

#229 WTF on 11.19.20 at 12:32 pm

#148 Fried Brain “‘A doctor and medical ethicist argues life after 75 is not worth living’ “Sorry Boomers”

Well you may get YOUR wish genius. Stay away from home cooking, exercise, and anything that might trigger your fragile mental state.

Millennials on Track to be Most Obese Generation in History

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-labels-and-instagram-fuel-obesity#What-can-we-do-to-stop-the-trend?

Pot Kettle?

#230 Ace Goodheart on 11.19.20 at 12:34 pm

It keeps getting worse.

A $900,000 house in our wonderful, massively over priced city of Toronto:

https://www.zoocasa.com/search?condo=false&latitude=43.65833560232638&longitude=-79.46787261962889&zoom=15&listing-id=10225190

There is absolutely no possibility that anyone purchasing a home in Toronto, that has dirt underneath it that you actually own, is getting a good deal right now. These are the most ridiculous prices I have ever seen in my entire life.

Can you imagine paying down a 30 year mortgage to live in this house?

#231 Faron on 11.19.20 at 12:35 pm

#228 SoggyShorts on 11.19.20 at 11:52 am

#183 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 11:29 pm
#128 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 7:55 pm

it’s often 5 months long in Alberta.

If you are lucky. I recall snows in September and snows in May. Inclusive, that leaves three months of the year without snow. I made $900/mo at the time I lived in Calg (early 2000s) so a F150 (or any car) was out of the question.

#232 Neo on 11.19.20 at 12:58 pm

#179 Faron on 11.18.20 at 10:58 pm
#158 Neo on 11.18.20 at 9:41 pm

7 day MA is 1265 and rising fast as Trump has completely abandoned his post. BTW, If he wants to be president so badly, why isn’t he presidenting RN?

North Dakota didn’t have a spring wave yet has managed a poor result.

Still a month until winter…

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I still don’t see your point here….

In the entire country there are 165,000 cases a day producing roughly the same amount of deaths a day as the state of New York did in the Spring while peaking at 10,000 cases a day. Something went horribly wrong there that isn’t being talked about enough.

#233 Uros on 11.19.20 at 12:58 pm

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#234 ronh on 11.19.20 at 1:11 pm

We have a debate.

Subject: The Great Reset
Against: F150 Deplorables
For: Mr Garth Turner

You now heard both sides, please vote.

#235 Bill on 11.19.20 at 1:13 pm

We are #1 with Trudeau and his green fire hose.
Banana republic here we come. Just need those million imigrants the next 3….be scared for your children.
https://financialpost.com/executive/executive-summary/posthaste-canada-is-leading-the-debt-tsunami-now-sweeping-the-world

#236 Derek Taylor on 11.19.20 at 1:15 pm

Things look shaky out there as some of my friends are having financial difficulty as I can empathize to a point from my early days of my online business having no profits but losses for 13 months.

My online business now 4.5 years old is doing pretty good considering the world these days with profits up 16% the last 24 months. I am able to pay all my living expenses, taxes etc. and still have between $4,000 to $4,600 a month left over. I wanted something outside my business simple and with some certainty.

The only financial, non business investment I ever made in my life was my TFSA back in 2019 which included 2009 to 2019 total TFSA contribution room of $69,500.

My TFSA GIC, term deposit with a 3.30% compounded yearly for 10 years at Westoba Credit Union here in Manitoba. It is a 3.835% annual rate once compounding taken into account and income tax free. The way interest rates look these days, it looks like it was not a bad move.

#237 SoggyShorts on 11.19.20 at 1:15 pm

#234 Faron on 11.19.20 at 12:35 pm
#228 SoggyShorts on 11.19.20 at 11:52 am

#183 dogwhistle on 11.18.20 at 11:29 pm
#128 Nonplused on 11.18.20 at 7:55 pm

it’s often 5 months long in Alberta.



If you are lucky. I recall snows in September and snows in May. Inclusive, that leaves three months of the year without snow. I made $900/mo at the time I lived in Calg (early 2000s) so a F150 (or any car) was out of the question.

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I dunno what I was thinking- There’s almost always snow on Halloween and May long weekend.
That’s 7 not 5.
I’ve been snowbirding the past 4 years, maybe some of the trauma has faded?

#238 Ubul on 11.19.20 at 1:20 pm

We can be confident that Justin Trudeau will announce his plagiarism, he will clarify black and white that in his statement there is absolutely no great reset, as characterized in the “Great Reset conspiracy theory”, while explaining what his great reset means.

#239 belly rubs on 11.19.20 at 1:24 pm

Dr. Roger Hodkinson, medical degrees from Cambridge University in the UK (M.A., M.B., B. Chir.), a scholar at Corpus Christi College. Residency at the University of British Columbia, a Royal College certified general pathologist (FRCPC) and also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists (FCAP), in Good Standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, recognized by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta as an expert in pathology, an expert in virology, and CEO of Western Medical Assessments, a biotech company that manufactures COVID tests which means, “I might know a little bit about all this.”

If Covid concerns you, search what this doctor says. I listened to the zoom call with Alberta Health experts. It shouldn’t be hard to find. This is one of our doctors and a specialist in such diseases.

#240 sue on 11.19.20 at 1:33 pm

#231 Colin
I completely agree. I have been pretty quiet around all the Biden celebrations and the whole “there’s no evidence of fraud…” blah blah blah
I am watchng Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis and team kick butt at a press conference right now.
I have huge amounts of popcorn with extra butter going. Wow, this is overwhelming when you listen to the evidence presented.

#241 Handsome Ned on 11.19.20 at 1:35 pm

Headline on wednesdays National Post was “Money hoarding at record levels”. Sub heading was Canadians have 90 billion in excess cash. Note the words “hoarding” and “excess”. It makes it a lot easier to seize these funds. Another small dot, but when you start connecting them you become a conspiracy theorist.

#242 belly rubs on 11.19.20 at 1:44 pm

Re the F-150
Occasionally, in the back bush, working with a forestry crew, we would stumble upon an f-150 sitting in the woods. They were parked on crazy mountain passes, or up on ledges, or deep in swampy dells. We would marvel at how some farmer or prospector ever got the truck in such a position. They would have raised beds and skinny bush tires. It seemed amazing that a truck could perform such feats. The vehicles were unfortunately broken, and abandoned, and left to lookout over a valley or a meadow. I developed a great respect for these f-150 trucks. Then we would climb back in the Chevy and drive home (work crew on a schedule.) Ps, never saw a dodge in the woods.

#243 KG on 11.19.20 at 1:55 pm

Why was my comment deleted ?

#244 tccontrarian on 11.19.20 at 2:09 pm

KABOOM!

(assuming the Censors allow this to get out. If not, we know the allegiences here)

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Top Pathologist Claims COVID-19 Is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated On An Unsuspecting Public”

https://youtu.be/uEo3rnU12jw

#245 SomeDude on 11.19.20 at 2:18 pm

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#246 Bill on 11.19.20 at 2:23 pm

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#247 The Totally Unbiased, Highly Intelligent, Rational Observer on 11.19.20 at 2:32 pm

The GREAT RESET Fully Explained

After Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau has betrayed, sold out, and destroyed Canada, many people will start to wish that there were a Great Reset button that they could simply press to reset everything back to the way things were when Stephen J. Harper was the Prime Minister of Canada.

Sadly, the Great Reset button does not really exist. People will have to bear the consequences of having voted for Justin Trudeau, and those consequences will be severe.

#248 FriedEggs on 11.19.20 at 2:39 pm

WTF – you missed the point.

Dr Zeke is on Biden’s Covid19Task Force team

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/biden-covid-19-surge-task-force-trump-ezekiel-emanuel-20201110.html

Dr Zeke said life is not worth living after 75!

https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/08/21/238642/a-doctor-and-medical-ethicist-argues-life-after-75-is-not-worth-living/

Kapeesh?

#249 F-150 vs others on 11.19.20 at 2:57 pm

Considering buying a truck soon. Not for work, just play and pulling camper down the road when living in the city becomes…unbearable/dangerour even.

I see that F150s outnumber others, but then so do McDonalds restaurants – doesn’t mean they’re the best, just popular.
Wondering if anyone here has a strong conviction, one way or the other, for this class of vehicles. Sure, I can google and I will, but I believe that the average IQ is higher here!

#250 Ace Goodheart on 11.19.20 at 2:58 pm

RE: #248 tccontrarian on 11.19.20 at 2:09 pm

Top Pathologist Claims COVID-19 Is “The Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated On An Unsuspecting Public”

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Two more people I know closely declared bankruptcy this week after exhausting all possible options to keep their businesses going.

One owns a bar. The other, six restaurants.

Both are massively in debt.

Toronto is going to get a hard lock down on Friday. Likely we will not be able to leave our homes other than for short periods of exercise or to buy food or go to a medical appointment (but doctors won’t see you in person anymore anyway).

Talking to people I know, the big thing was “can we get alcohol still?” That seems to be on everyone’s mind. I believe the Ford government will continue to allow unrestricted booze delivery to a person’s home, which you can put on your credit card and pay for later. So while you are locked down, you can just get smashed every day and forget about it.

A few folks I know who are still “hanging on” will likely go under before this next hard lock down is over.

Also hearing some horror stories from, interestingly enough, seniors who rely on medical service providers to obtain needed medical services, such as blood and serum testing to monitor medications. Long social distance lines. Chaotic situations within the labs. Forced to stand outside for hours waiting for a ten second blood work appointment (needle in, drain three tubes, needle out, have a nice day, sir!).

Apparently things are getting dire.

People I know had a child’s best friend over for a sleep over. The friend is in the child’s school “bubble” so they thought it was OK. They see each other every day anyway.

Apparently, it is not. The teacher found out and reported them. They got a stern warning. Next time, it will be charges.

For having an eight year old sleep over in your home, with parental permission on both sides!

For me, this virus has been a mixed bag. I am down about 3K on my restaurant stocks. I expect that I will make that all back on consolidation once the powers that be decide the pandemic is over and things can open back up again. There should be buy outs and acquisitions. I made a ton of money when my Northview apartment REIT went private. More than made up for the restaurant stock problem.

Diversify your holdings, and you win in any situation.

Other than that, the lock downs don’t effect me much.

But, man, it is getting hard watching my friends lose their lives over this stuff. I know these people. I know their kids. They are hurting badly. Families are getting split up. Alcoholism is rearing its ugly head. Violence, drunkenness, scary situations that happen when you lock innocent people in their houses and tell them that there is no expiry date to their “house arrest”.

I mean, even criminals on house arrest get to look forward to their warrant expiry date, right?

They keep changing the deadlines. First it was a 28 day semi lock down.

Then they put numbers on it.

Then the numbers weren’t getting them the results they wanted, so they just changed them, lowered the bar, and put us in permanent “red zone”, to be followed this Friday by the dreaded “grey zone”.

It is really hard watching your friends going through such massive amounts of pain like this.

And no, I don’t know anyone who has COVID, and I sympathize with anyone who does and wish them well and good health and all the best cures in the world.

I am talking about the damage being done to people I know by the lock downs.

Lives are being destroyed and relationships are being wrecked in a way that you can’t fix.

No one seems to care about these people.

#251 JB on 11.19.20 at 2:59 pm

#251 The Totally Unbiased, Highly Intelligent, Rational Observer on 11.19.20 at 2:32 pm

The GREAT RESET Fully Explained

After Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau has betrayed, sold out, and destroyed Canada, many people will start to wish that there were a Great Reset button that they could simply press to reset everything back to the way things were when Stephen J. Harper was the Prime Minister of Canada.

Sadly, the Great Reset button does not really exist. People will have to bear the consequences of having voted for Justin Trudeau, and those consequences will be severe.
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Agreed! I didn’t vote for the sniveling little brat but many around me did and now they have all said I wished I had not voted for him. As I say you may not get what you wish for but with T2 it was all a fallacy. Many were duped.

#252 Shannon Devine on 11.19.20 at 3:00 pm

Garth, Joe Biden will not serve as US president for long. They will put Kamala Harris in and throw down our everyone’s throat a socialist government and policies like they wanted under Hilary Clinton.

I hope you let me post this Garth. Reality bites, I know.

I’ll post it, of course. And people will remember the brave, anonymous Trump fans on this site who believed the emperor actually had clothes. – Garth

#253 jess on 11.19.20 at 4:08 pm

destroy your own data

New proposed law to better protect Canadians’ privacy and increase their control over their data and personal information

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
News release

Law to include the strongest fines among G7 for privacy laws

November 17, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario

…”the proposed Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020, which modernizes the framework for the protection of personal information in the private sector.

This legislation takes a number of important steps to ensure that Canadians will be protected by a modern and responsive law and that innovative businesses will benefit from clear rules, even as technology continues to evolve, including:

increasing control and transparency when Canadians’ personal information is handled by companies;
giving Canadians the freedom to move their information from one organization to another in a secure manner;
ensuring that Canadians have the ability to demand that their information be destroyed;
providing the Privacy Commissioner with broad order-making powers, including the ability to force an organization to comply and the ability to order a company to stop collecting data or using personal information; and
ensuring the strongest fines among G7 privacy laws—with fines of up to 5% of revenue or $25 million, whichever is greater, for the most serious offences.
https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2020/11/new-proposed-law-to-better-protect-canadians-privacy-and-increase-their-control-over-their-data-and-personal-information.html

#254 Just Saying on 11.19.20 at 6:37 pm

So why is Cuba going more away from socialism by cutting government subsidies and making more businesses private. It is because they were starving like China 30+ years ago. This is at least the 3rd time in decades they have done this. Socialism does not work. Another failed country, economy, society. They have to use capitalism but will never admit it.

No mention of this news story today by the media. It is because they are all hypocrites.

#255 Colin on 11.19.20 at 8:46 pm

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