The light

As disease and dread seize the nation and the world, we follow the light.

It’s no coincidence ancient religious events have traced the sun. The solstice in December gives us Christmas, for example. And Hanukkah. The Festival of Lights happens as the shortest day ends. Many believe religions were built around nature, which seems eminently reasonable. As this blog’s reverence for critters shows, there are worse things to think about daily.

Despite the virus and what it’s done to society, there’s light under the door leading to next year. Omicron is damn near everywhere, but (so far) is milder than the other strains, and every day more of us are vaxed. Pandemics are temporary. They always end. So will this one. Exponential growth in infections will likely lead to rapid recoveries. It sucks. But it’s finite.

Financial markets are undaunted. Record highs again this week as investors concluded the virus will not bring more big lockdowns, a wave of deaths or economic carnage. New therapies (like the Covid-19 pill) are here, and most of humanity has learned to live with this thing. Masked. Cautious. Wary.

In the last dozen months investors have seen stocks leap by more than 20%, along with other assets. Real estate, too. The pandemic’s evil side – besides robbing Canada of 30,137 souls – has been to reward the wealthy, punish the wanting and deplete the public treasury. Millions of us worked from home in relative safety with full wages and benefits, while millions others have faced job loss, business ruin and soul-crushing strain. May we not see a pandemic again for another century. It has pushed us backwards on the path to a fairer country.

But next?

The virus, and the histrionic headlines, will likely grow worse in the next few weeks. But this feels like a last hurrah for the spikey little prick. Vaccines are flowing, new treatments coming onstream and there’s a common commitment now to keep the schools alive, the economy functioning and offices reopening. We’ve been through almost two years of pandemic, learned much and are coping better with a fourth wave of gargantuan infection than we did with the first, which now looks quaint.

It’s a beginning, not an end. We’re wounded, sure, but recovering. The days grow longer from now on. Less dark. More light. Celebrate with me.

About the picture: “This is Riley, a sweet mellow mini dachshund boy,” writes Donna. “He’s 10 years young and asks for nothing more than to spend all his time adoring his family. He loves all weather and all vegetables. His much loved predecessor lived to 19 years and 3 months. Hopefully longevity will strike twice. My husband has never been interested in the finances (we’ve been together since 1979), but slowly over the last few years he’s become a daily reader of your blog. Some days he asks “did you read Garth yet ?” So good job ! We both love your wit and common sense advice. We’re definitely more diversified because of you.”


#1 Phylis on 12.24.21 at 3:36 pm

Merry Xmas!

#2 Mad on 12.24.21 at 3:44 pm

Merry Christmas Garth,

Thanks for the valuable insights all year and keeping a positive outlook on things. We appreciate it.

#3 mitzerboyakaQueencitykidd on 12.24.21 at 3:46 pm

peace on earth
good will to all

Dogs are great
beer is good

#4 david on 12.24.21 at 3:47 pm

Merry Christmas.

#5 Government Shill on 12.24.21 at 3:47 pm

Happy holidays to you and yours, Garth!

#6 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.24.21 at 3:48 pm

Merry Christmas Garth and Ryan and Doug and Sinian.
Thanks for all the hard work over the years.
Hopefully you’re all having a relaxing weekend with family (and friends?)

Covid be damned.

#7 Yukon Elvis on 12.24.21 at 3:52 pm

Nunavut has ordered an immediate “circuit-breaker” lockdown over rising COVID-19 cases in various communities.
The government said Friday that all indoor gatherings are banned and all non-essential businesses are to close.
Libraries, gyms, arenas and churches must also close. Restaurants are limited to takeout food only.
Visitors are no longer allowed in long-term care homes and elders’ facilities.
Daycares can remain open for essential workers only. And schools are to remain closed until at least Jan. 10.

#8 DON on 12.24.21 at 3:59 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

#9 RichardTO on 12.24.21 at 4:00 pm

Omicron has an absolutely pathetic hospitalization rate, even less so for the ICU cases. South Africa, UK and Australia are 6 weeks into it.

It’s over. Omicron is the best Christmas gift ever.

How will the injection fanatics, doomers, Karens and the petrified Boomers recover from this news? How will they be able to torment and harass the public now that COVID is harmless and over?

#10 CJohnC on 12.24.21 at 4:00 pm

Into the light as every day is brighter

Merry Christmas Garth and Dorothy

#11 ogdoad on 12.24.21 at 4:00 pm

Today’s challenges are tomorrows tedium. COVID will be added to the list – thanks to peeps a lot smarter than us.

Although the wealthy have become wealthier there are people in need that have become needier.

You rich, hubris, sycophantic blog dogs need to loosen the purse strings instead of feigning importance – you’re not! Remember that.

To Garth, Ryan, Doug, Sian and families, Turner Investments and GreaterFool community, Merry Christmas!


#12 Linda on 12.24.21 at 4:03 pm

Riley is the epitome of seasonal spirit:) Happy holidays & may the New Year bring peace, prosperity & good health to all!

#13 Bezengy on 12.24.21 at 4:07 pm

Merry Christmas Garth, Dorothy and all you blog dogs.

Things don’t always worked out as planned unfortunately, but there is always a bright side. Here’s to keeping your dreams alive.

#14 Dolce Vita on 12.24.21 at 4:09 pm

Venezia Nostrum.

Few turisti.

Hope. The last to die.

Let there be Garth’s light.

Buon Natale Canada da La Serenissima.

#15 Watertower on 12.24.21 at 4:10 pm

Thank you Garth for continuing to blog through it all. Your shared insights and humour are much appreciated daily. Days indeed are growing longer again, more light, and hope. Happy Solstice.

#16 Ambi and Vasu on 12.24.21 at 4:12 pm

Let us Celebrate together Dorothy and Garth

We both wish you a Merry Christmas, Good Health plus a Safe 2022.

#17 That guy on 12.24.21 at 4:13 pm

My gosh that is a good looking pup!
Merry Christmas Mr. Turner and blog dogs.

#18 Doug t on 12.24.21 at 4:14 pm


#19 Surfsideboomer on 12.24.21 at 4:21 pm

Merry Christmas Garth & Dorothy,
Thank you Garth for all the work you put into this blog. Your wit and daily updates on all matters financial have done much to increase my investment holdings. I also get a kick out of the comments section.
To all your Blog Dogs out there. Have a Healthy, Happy and Normal New Year!!

#20 Sheesh on 12.24.21 at 4:23 pm

Merry Christmas y’all!

#21 Well Travelled on 12.24.21 at 4:24 pm

Merry Christmas Garth to you and the team and very sincere thanks for all your common sense advice, patience and perspective! Here’s to a much improved 2022.

#22 Yes and No on 12.24.21 at 4:24 pm

Nunavut has ordered an immediate “circuit-breaker” lockdown over rising COVID-19 cases in various communities.
The government said Friday that all indoor gatherings are banned and all non-essential businesses are to close.
Libraries, gyms, arenas and churches must also close. Restaurants are limited to takeout food only.
Visitors are no longer allowed in long-term care homes and elders’ facilities.
Daycares can remain open for essential workers only. And schools are to remain closed until at least Jan. 10.

Pandemic theater for the retarded CANA.DIAN lemmings..

#23 Armpit on 12.24.21 at 4:26 pm

Merry Christmas Garth, Dorothy, and Blogdogs here.

And here is a good news update on the Virus.

#24 Bscout on 12.24.21 at 4:26 pm

Inspiring and stirring words, Mr.Turner! A balm for weary souls. Thank you

#25 TurnerNation on 12.24.21 at 4:28 pm

We’re going to need it!

2022: The Economic lockdowns. I warned, they are not playing around this time. This is the final lockdown into UBI. It’s being slowly phased in via the assistance to the business.
The #s on the telescreens can do all this. Starting small:

.Nunavut orders full lockdown, bans gatherings, over rising COVID-19 cases (
“Two-thirds of new Covid hospital patients in England only tested positive AFTER being admitted for a different illness, official data shows amid mounting evidence Omicron is milder
More than half of new ‘Omicron patients’ are actually people being treated in hospital for a different reason
These people are in hospital for physical injuries such as broken bones, heart attacks, or even routine care
Ministers are keeping a close eye on Covid hospital admissions as they weigh up imposing more restrictions'”

#26 Jesse on 12.24.21 at 4:29 pm

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Garth. Keep on rockin in the free world!

#27 "NUTS" on 12.24.21 at 4:29 pm

For all we’ve been through, all the bickering and polarization that is taking place, maybe we should all take a deep breathe and realize we’re ok. Reflect on ourselves, be kind, and be thankful, whatever your belief may be.

“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

#28 Dolce Vita on 12.24.21 at 4:34 pm

For the record, UK Omicron:

Dec. 24 New Cases = 114,625 (+2,332% since Dec. 13).

Dec. 24 Hospital vs. New Cases = 0.32%.

Dec. 24 Deaths vs. New Cases = 0.025%.

ZOE Covid-19 Symptomatic cases = 1,630,220 (29.4 M workforce)


Garth there WILL be light but also economic drag in the months to come thanks to Omicron.

#29 Cici on 12.24.21 at 4:36 pm

Riley is so adorable! Santa Baby, I want a pup now ;-)

Happy Holidays to all and may the 2022 New Year bring some light!

#30 Ponzius Pilatus on 12.24.21 at 4:53 pm

For those who don’t know:
X-mas in Austria is celebrated on x-mas eve.
Instead of Santa, we have the Christkindel drop off the presents.
St. Nicklaus shows up on Dec.6 with the KRAMPUS.
If you were nice, St. Nick praised you and gave you candy.
If you were naughty, KRAMPUS would give you a symbolical lashing with his twig broom.
And both expected a shot of Schnapps afterwards.
You could imagine that would be quite a spectacle as they went from house to house.
Frohe Weihnachten!

#31 JRH on 12.24.21 at 4:54 pm

Merry Christmas Garth.

#32 NOSTRADAMUS on 12.24.21 at 4:56 pm

I am not a hairshirted puritan character who wants to see the overindebted get their due. Far from it, I am a voice in the wilderness preaching get your financial house in order before it is too late. Much like most of the movies you see today, the plot and ending are so predictable. The movie begins with the main characters racking up debt, living a roaring 20’s lifestyle, carefree, dancing into the wee hours, all supported by an ever increasing debt load. As the movie moves along to the predictable ending, the previously care free characters reach the end of the financial line. Heart break and tears, as marriage and health problems surface. The roaring 20’s morph into their own personal” Dirty Thirties.” From personal experience, I can tell you there is no leaving “Hotel California.” 2022 is fast approaching, my gift to you, from” Hotel California.” for the love of all that is really important in life, get your financial house in order. Sleep tight my little beauties.

#33 Prince Polo on 12.24.21 at 4:59 pm

Wesołych Świąt to Garth & Dorothy and the blog doggies!

#34 Marry Christmas on 12.24.21 at 4:59 pm

Holy moly did Christmas ’21 come fast. My Polish in-laws always pronounce it Marry. So perogies and borscht for all. And many more years of marry bliss.

#35 Nonplused on 12.24.21 at 5:00 pm

Well. I don’t really think anybody really knows whether we are at the end, still in the middle, or maybe even still at the beginning of this pandemic thing.

But what we do know is we can’t go on living this way or running our finances like there is no tomorrow.

We will continue with the masks, social distancing, vaxxes, quarantining the sick, and other measures even though nobody really knows how well they work, but they seem like they should be better than nothing.

Life will go on. The good ol’ human immune system seems like it will get a handle on this, eventually. Trump will be right again, this thing will eventually “just go away”.

But, like after a bad snow storm, it still lies ahead to dig ourselves out from this financial mess we’ve created. A mess that was probably more so than any other measure that was taken a case of the cure being worse than the disease.

I like this time of year partly because of all the pretty lights. It’s a tradition that has its’ roots in paganism. It marks the darkest days of the year, and knowledge that spring will come as it does every year.

#36 just a dude on 12.24.21 at 5:01 pm

Garth, thank you for yet another great and encouraging post. Like many others have remarked, I don’t know how/why you do what you do, but thank you.

I subscribe to multiple news outlets but only your and your colleague’s daily insights provide much needed objective perspective. Very grateful to you – thank you much.

Wishing you, Dorothy, the entire Turner team and Blog Dogs a wonderful holiday season. All the best to all!

#37 You know Val on 12.24.21 at 5:09 pm

Happy holidays Garthgantuan

#38 Never respected govt and proud of it on 12.24.21 at 5:23 pm

Today’s restrictions..lool

Only Benedict Cumberbatch, merchants, florists and patriots are allowed in hotels.
It is forbidden to organise hackathons and contemplation activities.

Nurseries and kindergartens are open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m..

Restaurants and bars are closed.
In storage rooms and detached houses there can only be a maximum of one person per 40 m².

There can only be a maximum of 150 people at gatherings (not including MTV Unplugged concerts and dancing lessons).

The drone landing pads, cold-chain warehouses as well as fish restaurants are closed. The headquarters of local newspapers and tram stops heading south will be opened, although only on Sundays except for this month.

Remote teaching in primary school grades 4-8, in high schools and in schools erected after the year 1500, except the Austrian School of Economics (unless the student council submits a proper motion)..

Garth, have a VIRAL CHRISTMAS (PUN ABSOLUTELY INTENDED), and let us all pray for more govt idio-cy and propaganda for YEARS TO COME.


#39 Justin Flation on 12.24.21 at 5:24 pm

#9 RichardTO on 12.24.21 at 4:00 pm
Omicron has an absolutely pathetic hospitalization rate, even less so for the ICU cases. South Africa, UK and Australia are 6 weeks into it.

It’s over. Omicron is the best Christmas gift ever.

How will the injection fanatics, doomers, Karens and the petrified Boomers recover from this news? How will they be able to torment and harass the public now that COVID is harmless and over?


COVID is far from harmless or over. This variant might now be as dangerous as previous incarnations, but it’s not the last version we will see.

However, the next panic has already begun and comes from the youth more than the old. Global warming. What’s your thoughts on that?

#40 Capt. Serious on 12.24.21 at 5:24 pm

Merry Christmas to all blog dogs and to our host Garth!

Always remember that the sun also rises.

#41 enough of 2021 on 12.24.21 at 5:42 pm

At least Garth adds cats now.

#42 Danger Dan on 12.24.21 at 6:07 pm

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to Turner & Co.

#43 Islander on 12.24.21 at 6:19 pm

Merry Christmas Garth, to you and the elves.
Thanks for the cats.
Best wishes to all the blogdawgs for 2022.

#44 earthboundmisfit on 12.24.21 at 6:19 pm

Thank you for the blog and the dispensing of financial advice for those wise enough to read. Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and joyous holiday. My Santa wish for you is a Macallan 18.

#45 VladTor on 12.24.21 at 6:25 pm

Merry Christmas Garth, Dorothy and to all members of your team.

Thank you very much for yours everyday efforts to keep us informed about finance and housing.

God bless you!

#46 Ponzius Pilatus on 12.24.21 at 6:27 pm

#97 Faron on 12.24.21 at 2:16 pm
#76 Ponzius Pilatus on 12.24.21 at 11:15 am

It’s gonna be a White Christmas in the Lower Mainland.
First time in 43 years.

Don’t pull a BillyBob. Check your stats on that Ponz.
I mean snowing on x-mas eve.
Just in time, when you sit down for dinner.
And then opening the few, heartfelt presents.
And then a snow ball fight.
I think it will be perfect tonight, starting to snow already.
And on X-mas Day, up the mountains for snow sledding  or skiing.
As for Billy Bob, I read that the cheques also have a KRAMPUS.
He probably volunteered.

#47 AACI Homedog on 12.24.21 at 6:31 pm

Thanks Garth. Merry Christmas. I’ll tip a whiskey with you.

#48 leebow on 12.24.21 at 6:36 pm

Merry X-mas. The baby hatched 2022 years ago. I’m sure we’ll live to see 2023 and beyond. It’s our own stupidity, not the virus, that’s gonna kill us. So business as usual, nothing to worry about.

#49 Winterpeg on 12.24.21 at 6:45 pm

Merry Christmas to you and Dorothy, Garth, and to all the blog dogs, their families and their pets.
And a Better New Year.

#50 cuke and tomato picker e on 12.24.21 at 6:51 pm

Merry Christmas to all out there especially to GARTH for his blog and all who write their opinions about their
investments and their lives etc. Take time to enjoy your family keeping in mind your provincial restrictions. We are truly blessed to live in CANADA. Looks like the juniors are a go and the NHL will start on Dec. 27th in the mean time listen to JUKEBOX OLDIES and dance the night away. Presents in the morning .

#51 Victor Maitland on 12.24.21 at 6:56 pm

I hope it’s the end. Look what this pandemic has done to poor RichardTO. Made him angry, bitter, slightly paranoid, and more than a little unhinged. Relax and breathe Richard. Sorry you got fired for refusing the needle, but you were necessary collateral damage in the fight against COVID.

#52 Basil Exposition on 12.24.21 at 7:04 pm

Merry Christmas Garth, Dorothy, and the entire team at Turner Investments who gift us each day with financial wisdom. Cheers to you from a grateful reader.

#53 Cheese on 12.24.21 at 7:07 pm

Merry Christmas to all!

#54 Independent on 12.24.21 at 7:07 pm

Unless you work in the Aviation, then there is a common commitment from the government and public to completely screw everyone who works in a supposed strategic industry.

#55 Penny Henny on 12.24.21 at 7:10 pm

What an adorable pup. Lov em

#56 R on 12.24.21 at 7:11 pm

Tomorrow the James Webb Telescope will be launched. Way over budget, way over due, but potentally game changing. 10X + better than Hubble. A very complicated deployment of heat shields. Best Wishes NASA

#57 Wait There on 12.24.21 at 7:18 pm

It will be the combination of the vaccine and getting infected that will put this thing away for potentially good. The vaccine by itself is only half the solution. With any luck the severity will be low for those vaccinated and then infected. These will be the blocking cartel for herd immunity. Herd immunity requires a very non leaky immunity which all vaccines did not provide. There were simply too many breakthrough infections with Delta to end a was becoming/had become endemic. With Omicron we have a chance to END it. At this point we should actually rejoice that the potential for an end is possibly in sight with Omicron. This is how pandemics end just get vaccinated at least twice to minimize a bad outcome after infected. We have all the tools to end it this time…it is a matter of execution.

#58 Pandemic Is Over on 12.24.21 at 7:23 pm

Merry Christmas Garth, Merry Christmas everybody!

Time to make a bonfire of masks. Well, almost.

#59 B on 12.24.21 at 7:30 pm

To Garth, Ryan, Doug, Sinan, Turner Investments and the GreaterFool community, Merry Christmas!

Thanks for everything!

May 2022 bring health, happiness and portfolio gains!


#60 just say no on 12.24.21 at 8:10 pm

I will be getting my 3rd dose booster next thursday, and would like to add – Love first! do what is hard and what is right and life will be easy. To a wonderful life I wish you all a Merry Christmas and fantastic New Year!

#61 TurnerNation on 12.24.21 at 8:35 pm

Ontariowe’s “Re-opening Act” really is the “Re-Closing Act”. The 12 days of Christmas Bankruptcy underway.
As always flip what our rulers tell us – 180 degrees – to make sense.

But they just shut down more businesses? How will the newcomers find jobs?
And the ‘hospital capacity’ how’s it looking, as the population increases?
“Charity turns to Torontonians to house refugees as shelters fill up says it needs more families to open their doors to newcomers this winter. Romero House says it needs more families to open their doors to newcomers this winter”

— Life in Kanada.
“I’m on the train to Montreal and they make you wear a yellow sticker to show you’re vaccinated.”

– The Consp. Theorists already showed us that there are eight slots in the software code of the EU “Green pass”.

.After the Super Green Pass comes the Mega Green Pass (

**Click here for today’s fresh new CV Rules:

#62 Sail Away on 12.24.21 at 8:45 pm

#56 R on 12.24.21 at 7:11 pm

Tomorrow the James Webb Telescope will be launched. Way over budget, way over due, but potentally game changing. 10X + better than Hubble. A very complicated deployment of heat shields. Best Wishes NASA


Let’s hope the highly complicated opening procedure works. If not, it’ll be a $10B piece of space debris.

#63 Drinking on 12.24.21 at 9:45 pm

Merry Christmas; perfect day today, sun shinning brightly, good snowfall yesterday; pine trees full of snow. Just perfect!

Leave it with this with Bob and Doug!

#64 T-Rev on 12.24.21 at 9:54 pm

Merry Christmas and much love Garth. Too the rest of you Dogs as well.


#65 Interstellar Old Yeller on 12.24.21 at 10:12 pm

Merry Christmas, Garth! Thank you for the message of hope.

#66 AntMan on 12.24.21 at 10:30 pm

Merry Christmas to all. Good health and good fortune in 2022.

#67 Ponzius Pilatus on 12.24.21 at 10:36 pm

#62 Sail Away on 12.24.21 at 8:45 pm
#56 R on 12.24.21 at 7:11 pm

Tomorrow the James Webb Telescope will be launched. Way over budget, way over due, but potentally game changing. 10X + better than Hubble. A very complicated deployment of heat shields. Best Wishes NASA


Let’s hope the highly complicated opening procedure works. If not, it’ll be a $10B piece of space debris.
Gotta agree with you Sailo.
I can’t believe the money is being wasted  on “space  exploration”.
Who gives a shit if there is water on Saturn or Mars.
Millions of people are dying from lack of water on this planet.
We’re just a minuscule part of the universe.
And we even can’t control our tiny, tiny, tiny planet.
A tiny virus shuts us down.
God is laughting at us.
And will hold us to account.

#68 fishman on 12.24.21 at 10:43 pm

Merry Christmas & Lets Go Brandon. Santa came early for some of us. No really! There is a Santa & the second reindeer behind Rudolph is called Brandon.

#69 T on 12.25.21 at 12:04 am

Merry Christmas Garth!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

#70 Bob Dog on 12.25.21 at 12:28 am

Milking it right into the Christmas break?

You truly represent everything that had gone wrong with Canada?

Shame .. Shame ..

#71 Diamond Dog on 12.25.21 at 12:59 am

“Celebrate with me.”

At least for a day. Merry Christmas Garth and to all the rest of us blog dogs out there, cheers.

#72 Faron on 12.25.21 at 1:27 am

#103 DON on 12.24.21 at 3:54 pm

Well, we will have the cold air in place for something like that. But, it will take an atmospheric river to interact with it juuuust riiiight to get that much snow.

Typical cold pattern has a big ridge of high pressure well offshore that forces storms to go up and over and then squeeze southward between the ridge and the arctic air mass, both of which are pretty dry. Typically, when they get here, they aren’t super wet meaning that low elevation snowfalls aren’t super deep hereabouts except in favoured locations (basically Duncan to Campbell River).

For big snow, the ridge needs to be undercut by a moist system (or the ridge needs to flatten to allow a juicier system over its top) and to track in a way that doesn’t scour out the cold air. Thinking of it statistically, it’s like rolling a 100 sided die for a particular number and each year we get, at most, three rolls of the die.

Snowing here in Victoria (well, slushing). Dew point is still too warm for meaningful snow, but the wind is starting to low out of the east. See what morning brings.

Merry Christmas.

#73 Puzzled in Mtl on 12.25.21 at 1:46 am

Merry Christmas – Joyeux Noël Garth and Dorothy

Thank you for all those hours you dedicate helping us navigate though those confusing times.

#74 Jolly St Nick on 12.25.21 at 1:48 am

From the first days of the “pandemic” ( after waiting 4 months for the PC WHO search for a name that didn’t offend China) , the Liberals, Globalists, Western Hate mongers, Multilateralists, Christ Hate Fronts, BLM, Green Goons , Sex and Lifestyle radicals, Conversion deniers, School boards ready with dusty catalogues on Critical Race Theory, Statue wreckers, Flag Stealers, Blue haired Pagans, Unions, and let’s face it, everybody with an axe to grind, looked at Covid as “ An Opportunity”!!! Getting jabs into peoples arms has taken 2 years and it’s not a priority in Canada, still a nightmare. People, you are not a priority. Don’t wish it. Hoping is hopeless.

The 30,000 dead and millions sick weren’t the first consideration for freeloaders, sustainable developers, politicians, luddites, remember that. Trudeau racing towards borrowing another trillion might just be ‘the plan’ to force “The Great Reset”.

If we look at people for their actions , we’re in trouble.

#75 Don Haraguchi on 12.25.21 at 2:19 am

Merry Christmas to you & yours, Garth.

Thank you for your service, and sound advice.
Canadians are very fortunate to have someone like yourself to turn to.

Mele Kalikimaka.

#76 Sail Away on 12.25.21 at 2:26 am

#67 Ponzius Pilatus on 12.24.21 at 10:36 pm

Re: space telescope


Gotta agree with you Sailo.
I can’t believe the money is being wasted on “space exploration”.
Who gives a shit if there is water on Saturn or Mars.
Millions of people are dying from lack of water on this planet.
We’re just a minuscule part of the universe.


Well, of course we have to explore. And the money is irrelevant since money is just a human construct. Heck, Justin’s busy creating 6 or 7 billion a week out of thin air.

If millions of people are dying from lack of water somewhere, it means environmental carrying capacity is overwhelmed in that area, nothing more. Finite resource means finite life. Don’t overcomplicate things; a balanced and sustainable world and endlessly increasing human population are not mutually compatible.

#77 Diamond Dog on 12.25.21 at 2:38 am

#9 RichardTO on 12.24.21 at 4:00 pm
#35 Nonplused on 12.24.21 at 5:00 pm

It looks like Omicron and the variants behind it will mutate its way to becoming less virile until it becomes a mere cold (albeit more contagious) so the trend suggests. We can hope for this, but that obviously remains to be seen.

As for the markets, if Omicron has indeed become more contagious than the common cold, Omicron should still pack enough punch to disrupt things somewhat since it sounds like it packs more punch than a 1 to 2 day common cold:

10% of U.S. flights were cancelled for example, on Christmas eve because of sick crews. It’s likely lots of sick days will be used up in the work force early next year which could be more disruptive than one might think

South Africa is often used as a point of reference since Omi first burst on the scene there. Some have suggested that South Africa hit it’s peak quite quickly and each nation’s wave will wash over quickly but lets remind ourselves that South Africa is in the southern hemisphere and it’s numbers haven’t trended significantly down. It’s like our equivalent of June 25th there, not exactly peak flu season.

Europe is a better indicator of what we might expect in North America and case numbers have exploded in the U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Poland. Even Canada reported 21,000 cases yesterday, a daily record:

The U.K. reported 700,000 cases in the last week for a population of 68 million people, or 1% reported cases. Asymptomatic cases are at least double that, maybe as much as 2.5x or more with milder cases going unreported. That’s likely 2.5% of the population that has gotten exposed or sick from the virus in one week. Some talking heads in media are throwing out numbers like 20 to 40% exposed or re-exposed to the virus or higher this winter alone.

Lets remember too, there’s always a chance of a second strain and should one develop. That would be the worst case scenario with everything Covid19 has thrown at us so far. The world is better prepared no doubt, but only to a point since Covid19 has plenty of ADE markers in it’s genetic code:

But, second strains are speculation. One may never come. What is more certain that loads of us are going to have a date with this bug and I don’t think that’s fully sunk in yet. After all, we are now talking about a clearly airborne highly contagious virus.

I will remind, most never saw Omi coming including myself. 6 weeks ago, Omicron didn’t have a name. I’d like to stick a fork in it and call it done, but that’s for Christmas dinners. On that note, better check on things!

Merry Christmas and have a happy healthy NY everyone.

#78 bdwy on 12.25.21 at 3:25 am

happy santa day to all. best wishes for a better 2022 even to faron and to L.G.Brandon.

this is an important milestone for humans. the live video, if there is one, should be awesome to witness. ponzi keep looking down at your shoes.

“The telescope is optimized to capture images of the first stars and galaxies to begin shining in the aftermath of the Big Bang, light that has been stretched into the infrared region of the spectrum by the expansion of space itself over the past 13.8 billion years.

That light can’t be seen by the iconic Hubble Space Telescope, which was designed to study visible light wavelengths. Even so, Hubble has detected galaxies dating back to within a half billion years of the Big Bang.

But Webb should be able to push several hundred million years beyond that, detecting light that began heading out when the universe was just 200 million years or so old. That’s the era when the cosmos first emerged from the hydrogen fog of birth and starlight began traveling freely through space.

Closer to home, Webb also will study the atmospheres of planets orbiting nearby stars to characterize their habitability and provide routine, up-close looks at planets, moons, asteroids and comets in Earth’s solar system from Mars outward.

***But first, the telescope must deploy a five-layer sunshield the size of a tennis court, unfold its segmented 21.3-foot-wide primary mirror and unfold its secondary mirror on an articulating tripod.***

Those make-or-break deployments, the most complex ever attempted for a science probe, will be carried out over the first two weeks of the mission.

If all of that goes well, engineers and astronomers will spend the next five months or so aligning the telescope’s optical system and calibrating its four science instruments. The first science images are expected in about six months.

#79 bdwy on 12.25.21 at 4:09 am

#51 Victor Maitland which type are you?
…”injection fanatics, doomers, Karens and the petrified Boomers”

you seem uptight.

#80 Manny Deals on 12.25.21 at 5:42 am

Here’s how the Green Goons think.

EU leftists tear out all energy infrastructure and install windmills that can’t produce enough power to keep the lights on. Result, factories shut, people freeze. To increase power, greens shift into poor countries with no standards.

Trudeau kills Alberta ethical power but raises imports from Venezuela, Senegal, Nigeria and Saudi, countries with no standards. But it allows Trudeau to dance at COP .

EU fought to ring fence Kosovo from reality. And now it’s poverty is grinding the Muslim Albanians into the dirt. But wait, what does the EU have on offer to again shift it’s responsibility to poor countries with no media reporting? Denmark will now be shifting it’s prison population to Kosovo .

The Danish prisons are majority Christian, the prison guards majority Muslim. What could go wrong. The Christian Muslim divide is raw meat. Kosovo is the front line of religious war. Add the sweetener, EU Overlords will loan Kosovo one hundred million to increase its inadequate power generation that are subject to consistent black out. But what kind of power do non-countries burn? Coal. Of course.

One hundred
Million to build new coal burners. A loan by an EU bureaucracy that has consistently attacked Alberta.

Go figure. Obviously Green Goons have a different way of thinking.

#81 Habitt on 12.25.21 at 8:13 am

Happy holidays to you Mr. Garth. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with saps like me everyday. It’s appreciated so much. Also a big thank you to all the blog dogs. You folk are awesome. You too SailAway. You’re pretty cool. Thanks

#82 Pattie Weatherill on 12.25.21 at 8:17 am

Merry Christmas Garth & Dorothy. Thanks for all you do for us.

#83 Steven Rowlandson on 12.25.21 at 8:37 am

“Less dark. More light. Celebrate with me.”

Garth are you a Christian or a pagan? Pick one.

Merry Christmas to you and your family either way.

#84 san on 12.25.21 at 9:15 am

Merry CHRISTmas!

#85 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.25.21 at 10:02 am

Looks like the $10,000,000,000 Origami experiment blasted off into space without a hitch on Christmas Day.

Scientists hope to see it unfurled and working in about six months.

Fingers crossed that multiple , complex, stages of it’s self creation will work without any issues.
Amazon doesn’t deliver there.

Will it allow Man to see back to the very beginning of time?
Will we see someone staring back at us?

Question questions on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas Blog Dogs.

Snowing to beat the band in Burnaby at 7am and coffee is ready.

#86 westcdn on 12.25.21 at 10:28 am

It is book review yet I can gather this man may replace Carl Sagan for me. I agreed with the points brought forward. The US Constitution was designed to protect people from oppressive government as well as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. Both are being gutted for special interests.

A nation is not made by flimsy people. Give me the people with silent grit and silent resolve to achieve a future goal.

Enjoy Christmas you all

#87 crowdedelevatorfartz on 12.25.21 at 10:38 am

From the Turner Nation file….
Something to read while nibbling on Christmas Pudding.

The PHA asked for, and will receive, ALL phone tracking data from Jan. 2019 to May 2023.

In the public interest of course….

Which raises a question.

If a benign agency like Public Health can request and easily receive information like this….. who else is dipping into the info pot and pulling out stew?

#88 Jake on 12.25.21 at 10:39 am

Words of hope and wisdom. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

#89 Dharma Bum on 12.25.21 at 10:41 am

Weekend Agenda:

The Bells of St. Mary’s
It’s a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Carol
Die Hard
Going My Way
White Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Miracle on 34th Street
Charlie Brown Christmas
Rudolph the Red -Nosed Reindeer

Some things never change.

#90 G on 12.25.21 at 11:20 am

Wishing everyone has a great day! Hopefully yours or you can help make someone elses a bit better too going foward. Head for the light.

#91 Heath slee on 12.25.21 at 3:28 pm

Merry Christmas Garth and Dorothy. Thanks for all your efforts Garth in helping us with your sage financial advice, political insights and just plain old common sense. Wish you would run for pm.

#92 Why? on 12.26.21 at 9:50 am

Is our govt wasting resources tracking omicron cases ?

Who cares ?

Man thinking he can stop nature ? How many times does will nature make a mockery of man?