The meek

Dorothy, the dog and I settled in with enough Storm Chips and Benny Bully liver treats to get through three hours of ‘No Direction Home’ on the weekend.

Apple released the flick in 2005. To date it seems the ultimate Bob Dylan reckoning. From misfit kid to rock icon, it traces a life of musical and poetic uniqueness. The guy’s a Boomer deity. But then I got to thinking…

Dylan (plus Dorothy and me) went through days of war, social upheaval, economic dismay and political threat. The senseless conflict was in Vietnam. Today it’s Ukraine. The injustice then was discrimination and racism. We’re still fighting that stuff. Fifty years ago capitalism was breeding wealth disparity. Today, in the age of Musk and Bezos, it’s over the top. In Dylan’s day a cold war made life tenuous and uncertain. Today a political divide and tactical nukes make daily headlines.

But similarities end there.  I heard three-quarters of vertebrate animals alive when Joan Baez was singing are gone. The world population of humans has more than doubled. Extreme storms, glacier melt, drought, fires and other evidence of climate change augments. The UN said days ago we’re on the eve of destruction – three words which ring a bell with every paleo like me.

In short, the current challenges are no less than when kiddos with hair and guitars stood up to The Man. In fact, we may have more to fret over.

And where are the young warriors?

Yup, on TikTok. Listening to the inanity of Drake. Lusting for a condo. Moaning over inflation.

The latest Deloitte poll (14,000 GenZ Canadians and 8,400 Millennials) tells that tale. The top concern? Not the climate, but the economy. The cost of real estate. And dislike for structured work. The poll found 40% of Zs and 24% of Mills want to ‘retire’ within two years. A third of both groups said they’d quit even without having another job lined up. The top factors (in this order): work-life balance, development opportunities and a high salary.

Three-quarters don’t want to toil full-time in a workplace, but at home. Two-thirds prefer hybrid. Half of young women, surveys reveal, plan to quit in the next couple of years. And polls find the number one personal concern is the prohibitive cost of getting a house.

Why did people in their twenties decades ago think they could change the world, and today we’re all about selfies and Snapchat? How will society get better in a time when WFH and FIRE are the holy grails? If war, totalitarianism or climactic crisis don’t motivate people, what will? Is the goal of life really a condo?

Well, apparently. Pierre Poilievre is said to have attracted a record number of newbies to the Cons as he waltzed off with the party leadership. He spoke little of the climate, but much about housing. The vid he did standing in front of a $5 million Vancouver listing was Millennial eye candy. And while he can do diddly about prices (as all politicians), he became aspirational. The young today don’t really want change. They want stuff.

Now it’s clear this post might sound like the product of a grumpy old fart. And, yup, no denying I’m a dino. Not hostile, though. Given the life Dorothy and I (and all the dogs along the way) have had, it’s all gratitude and contentment.

There is, however, concern. Somewhere on this journey we lost our way. Idealism fell to materialism. Hope became envy. There’s a sense if everybody here had a piece of property and could work three days a week in the jammies, Putin would be welcome to march and rape his way through Europe, China could build endless new coal-fired power stations, Trump supporters could overthrow Congress and the last Mountain Gorilla could croak.

If the world is to get better, or even just hold on to what it has now, we need hopped-up, unbridled, outrageous young passion. Instead, we get Doja Cat on Spotify.

Yeah. The times, they are a-changing.

About the picture: “I’ve been reading your blog daily for years and really enjoy it,” writes Steve. “Thanks for keeping it going! The kids call this tender morsel Bunzo and he’s just as chill as the photo depicts.”

247 comments ↓

#1 Dwilly on 10.16.22 at 1:41 pm

When I was somewhat younger, I used to accept the “humans are destroying the planet” thing. But now I realize the bigger problem is nihilism, zero-sum thinking (that in order for the planet to be okay, we have to “give up” a bunch), etc. But then I actually read some credible, serious people and my mind changed. For example, Climate Activists want dramatic cuts to energy use, but higher energy use is directly linked not only to better human health but better macro-level environmental results (one doesn’t care much about animals & nature when he is starving). Increased prosperity leads to cleaner environments, etc. So gradually, I have come to the realization that no, humans are not a cancer upon the planet, and actually, rather than worrying about fertilizers, a better plan is to help each other flourish. Garth, if you have not read, a VERY credible, serious person I like to read on this is Bjorn Lomborg. I highly recommend reading a couple of his books: Cool It, False Alarm, etc.

#2 Bob Dog on 10.16.22 at 1:48 pm

This is going to be a good one.

Rage on!

#3 Omasare on 10.16.22 at 1:52 pm

Garth, I had a neighbour in her 70´s buy the house next to us. With the granite counter 2000 dollar barbecue, all bought on credit.

When she learned we are renting she stopped talking to us. I’d never seen that before and I’ve lived in a few countries.

Within 6 months she couldn’t afford payments and had to sell the house to go live in her daughters basement.

Can’t say I didn’t laugh. But it does say a lot about this very Canadian obsession with real estate…

I’m a gen X so kind of have been able to see attitudes of the young and the old. I didn’t dream of owning a house in my twenties, no, I wanted to see the world. To each his own.

#4 Damifino on 10.16.22 at 1:56 pm

He spoke little of the climate, but much about housing.
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True. And he is quite powerless over both.

#5 Russ on 10.16.22 at 1:57 pm

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The young don’t have realistic dreams?

WTF, doesn’t anyone just want a pony anymore?

Don’t worry, be happy.

#6 Cheese on 10.16.22 at 1:58 pm

As a genX/millenial border sitter, I would be happy with a simply a living wage. Keep your pleasures simple and you don’t need much, but the basic cost of living is rapidly increasing. I can understand the apathy to the greater world when you are worried about food / rent budget.

But that apathy has to be actively resisted, things won’t get better if we ignore the evils in the world.

Sometimes it is very hard to do but…

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

#7 Faron on 10.16.22 at 1:59 pm

#118 Faron on 10.16.22 at 1:58 pm

#106 DON on 10.16.22 at 12:16 pm
#102 Faron on 10.16.22 at 11:40 am
#63 DON on 10.15.22 at 9:32 pm

I was referring to the initial donation of the Starlink system at face value. No need to assume.

Except he didn’t donate the terminals. The majority of the terminals were purchased. No denying the service is useful, but Elon foisted it on Ukraine as a “donation”, which was one of his lies, and is now asking for payment for the gift. Regardless of how above board military contracts tend to be, my understanding is that products are delivered after the contract. Musk delivered something under no contract and is now asking for terms that should be in a contract, but aren’t. It’s a typical Musking.

Given that and the fact that he proposed a very Russian friendly “solution” to the war that, again, was likely proffered through Russian links Ukraine has every right to have Musk on a kill list. Given that SpaceX and Starlink aren’t Musk and would continue to operate without him, it wouldn’t even be shooting themselves in the foot to have him on said list.

From CNN:

According to the SpaceX figures shared with the Pentagon, about 85% of the 20,000 terminals in Ukraine were paid – or partially paid – for by countries like the US and Poland or other entities. Those entities also paid for about 30% of the internet connectivity

#8 Faron on 10.16.22 at 2:00 pm

#117 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 1:55 pm

I invoke laughing stocks for the laughing.

#9 millmech on 10.16.22 at 2:07 pm

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/news/to-understand-the-woke-you-have-to-understand-the-culture-of-narcissism/ar-AA12ZpCa?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=29354e3c1c304ef1bb0959e29915ade8

#10 Gen Z on 10.16.22 at 2:07 pm

Canadians are becoming more apathetic to humanity.

Like why divert billions to stop world hunger when Canadians are living in tents?

Like who told the starving masses to reproduce like rabbits sort of thinking.

#11 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 2:18 pm

#7 Faron on 10.16.22 at 1:59 pm

‘Ukraine has every right to have Musk on a kill list’

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Oh my

#12 yvr_lurker on 10.16.22 at 2:22 pm

Really good post. A few observations:

1. Even modest housing is way too expensive for purchase for the average couple living in our major cities, and rental prices/availability are very challenging for average income couples. With both partners working full time, are they better off than in the 1970s and 1980s, or has our quality of life decreased in that time for average people by a rather large factor. (answer is yes…)

2. Will a Green mandate on city councils and putting in mobility pricing, banning gas appliances, parking permits everywhere, eliminating cars and only selling electric cars when the grid is not able to absorb the capacity at this stage, etc…. do one iota towards preventing the large scale problems of climate change? Or will it just make everything much more expensive for the average couple just trying to get by (answer is again yes).

Indeed people need to change the way they consume and use energy, but putting in policies to make it even more unaffordable for people to just get by is not what I want to see.

#13 Concerned Citizen on 10.16.22 at 2:28 pm

I don’t think it’s materialism to want a roof over your head without needing 60-70% of your income until you drop dead to pay for it. Maybe if the kids had a legitimate chance to work for a better life, their work ethic would be better. Instead we’ve basically told an entire generation to work like slaves just to afford to live 20 to a basement. Would it be any wonder if some of them said, “to hell with this.”

Fiscal and monetary policy encourages speculation and rent-seeking. Just look at the poor “heroes” during the pandemic. While they made minimum wage stocking shelves and making deliveries, those that happened to own a home sat on their backsides and made hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Incentives matter, and ours all messed up. And the primary fix is to bring interest rates above the rate of inflation. After 13 long years since 2009, money has to cost something again in real terms. If it continues to cost nothing, then life keeps getting worse for those that work for a living.

#14 Jason on 10.16.22 at 2:29 pm

The problems today seem overwhelming – especially climate change. Considering China emits more C02 than all of North America combined…tough to know how to solve this problem. And I think it’s a constant depressant for the younger generations. There is no real solution – protesting isn’t going to do anything, singing songs doesn’t do anything, and nobody wants to reduce their standard of living for the climate. So they do the opposite – they stop caring entirely. It’s a defense mechanism. No point in having kids, the planet will be a wasteland by the time they grow up. No family means people can be as selfish as they want. Watch Netflix, day drink, and work only as much as they need to to support this “lifestyle”.

Put human history shows that we are a species that solves problems and I’m confident this seemingly unsolvable problem will be solved. From an investment perspective, those that are optimists, and bet on the human species to slowly, but surely improve our lives over time tend to do very well. Invest accordingly.

#15 Søren Angst on 10.16.22 at 2:31 pm

Ya.

And we all had Desiderata posters and sang Michael row the boat ashore (hallelujah).

Not me.

I had faith in humanity.

Had a 7 Deadly Sins poster and sang The End by the Doors.

History always a good teacher and I, an ardent student.

#16 Beavis on 10.16.22 at 2:32 pm

It took the last 15 years for mainstream society to build real estate lust.

I imagine it will take just as long for society to change their mindset.

#17 Old Boot on 10.16.22 at 2:37 pm

#103 IHCTD9 on 10.16.22 at 11:44 am
#91 Old Boot on 10.16.22 at 10:16 am.

Mentally ill drug addicts crapping all over Chinatown and pushing its residents around was the gift that kept on giving.

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Hard left woke ideologues who go too far down the rabbit hole eventually lose the ability to think properly. That apparent reality keeps getting reinforced over and over again. Stewart is just the latest victim of his own stupidity.

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Purity spirals only end in tears.

Those abandoned by the increasingly loony left are labeled ‘apostates’, and the fatwas are issued by those who can’t yet see their own Cavalry coming down the tracks.

Mr Zimmerman called it – “When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.”

Authoritarian left is looking like the Khmer Rouge 2.0

#18 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 2:38 pm

Garth, sadly, today’s subject was bang on.
Our materialistic lifestyle will be the end of everything.

David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/david-suzuki-goes-on-profanity-laden-rant-at-federal-government-news-conference-1.6110637

The presser was in downtown Vancouver and the air was thick with smoke from various fires in the Lower Brainland.
He pointed at the smoke when he started his rant.

#19 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 2:44 pm

@#7 Faron.
“Given that and the fact that he proposed a very Russian friendly “solution” to the war that, again, was likely proffered through Russian links Ukraine has every right to have Musk on a kill list. Given that SpaceX and Starlink aren’t Musk and would continue to operate without him, it wouldn’t even be shooting themselves in the foot to have him on said list.”

+++
You have reached a new low in your quest to be the “mostest, bestest, wokest person in the comment section.

#20 BillinBC on 10.16.22 at 2:46 pm

#118 Faron
“Given that SpaceX and Starlink aren’t Musk and would continue to operate without him, it wouldn’t even be shooting themselves in the foot to have him on said list.”

You need help

#21 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 2:49 pm

I just talked to a co worker who lives in the eastern most section of the Fraser Valley.

https://vancouver.citynews.ca/2022/10/16/bc-wildfires-sparked-fraser-valley/

He said the smoke is unbelievable.
Cant go outside without coughing and gagging.

The choking smoke in BC Lower Brainland and the Smokanogan Valley of interior BC has become an annual event.

And its getting worse each year.
More smoke, longer and drier fire seasons.

#22 In Dog We Trust on 10.16.22 at 2:50 pm

Take my word man
Take my work man
Take our wars man………… but not my soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULR8Wdeu174

#23 Faron on 10.16.22 at 2:53 pm

#11 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 2:18 pm
#7 Faron on 10.16.22 at 1:59 pm

‘Ukraine has every right to have Musk on a kill list’

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Oh my

Not my list, nor do I condone such lists. However, Musk is essentially operating against Ukraine by holding it’s communications as a pawn and proposing the overtaking of its sovereign territory. He is thus a state enemy and shouldn’t be surprised that he’s being told to fck off by Ukrainian ambassadors and being placed on a hate-list by ultranationalists in Ukraine.

#24 Gr on 10.16.22 at 2:56 pm

Hi TurnerNation,

I thought you might find the first half of this 14min new report and option interesting on the world stage, and the IT china usa employ supply chain thing from Fri that I hadn’t heard before. But there second half is more or less an add for there sponsor involving gold so maybe they just like to focus on stuff that might benefit there sponsor? Here’s the link anyway.
Whoa! What Putin and China are doing will change EVERYTHING | Redacted with Clayton Morris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msWdTkygw9Y

#25 Quintilian on 10.16.22 at 2:56 pm

Thanks Garth and the rest of the Crusty Curmudgeon Gang.
You shaped the world as it stands now.

You shaped the world as it stands now.

Your generation reminds me of Dr.Faustus.

With God’s help, and education; it will change.

Resistance is futile.

#26 DON on 10.16.22 at 2:57 pm

@Faron

I know full well that Elon is out for himself, as are opportunists and the World’s Arms Dealers etc.

Suggesting that a Country cedes part of their territory is an opinion and no reason to put anyone on a childish kill list. Might be a propaganda tool of war but stupid. There are more sides to the war then just two. There is always a history behind a conflict not just the last year.

On another note: I have a Syrian lad on one of my youth soccer teams. I don’t care which side he would be considered to be on was…I am just glad he is safe in Canada. You can see it in his eyes he is all grown up. I have a chance to treat him like a kid and get him to play with a group of other kids, this is his first group setting with multiple kids.

@Garth

‘We’ have lost sight of balance and priorities.

Covid made us remember to wash our hands more often. A long recession ( whenever that happens ) will change mindsets.

As for WFH…it was only a matter of time with the technology. Makes sense to alleviate traffic, expenses, and time savings to provide balance to life as well as finance. Everything in moderation.

As for the Environment…no rain for Van Island and most of BC. The weather is beautiful and concerning at the same time. Can’t go outside too long due to the Forest fire smoke in October on the Dry Coastal Dusty Forest. They do see rain in our longterm forescast, usually it is every day at this time of the year. Salmon can’t get up the streams and rivers.

#27 ElGatoNeroYVR on 10.16.22 at 2:57 pm

The contrarian view:
Every generation takes its cues and expectations from their parents.Ofcourse the current youngesters expect to be able to get at some point what their parents and grandparents have achieved.
When that is clearly out of reach for most due to degree inflation and stagnant under living level wages or lack of jobs in their field altogether ofcourse they sort of give up .
We , as a society have provided the environment in which they grew and taught them their way/road in life.It falls on all of us to offer practical , hands on solutions out of this extreme capitlaism we find oursleves in ,rather then oberving,commenting and without offering practical advice and help.
Like it not not social media is here to stay and it is the way younger generations communicate and express themselves. The street protests of yesterday are today’s tiktok videos and instagram posts.
Yesterday’s study groups are todayˋs discord servers, github, youtube channels , and we can go on.
Want to help adjust and guide the new world ,have to reach out in the medium and the way people follow . Understanbd and listen first and assume their complaints are valid. Majority of an entire generation cannot be wrong.

#28 Doug t on 10.16.22 at 2:58 pm

For many years I have supported Adbusters magazine – and yes things have gotten worse and sadly will get worse – the human race is indeed IN a race to a moment in the future that will change the face of this big rock forever – its a speeding locomotive and nobody sane and compationate is in control

#29 Faron on 10.16.22 at 2:58 pm

#19 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 2:44 pm
#20 BillinBC on 10.16.22 at 2:46 pm

You have reached a new low in your quest to be the “mostest, bestest, wokest person in the comment section.

BS. And you guys suck at the Trolley Problem.

I’m not calling for any harm to Musk as much as I dislike the guy. He’s toying around with Ukrainian sovereignty and their ability to fight their war against Russia and putting thousands of lives at risk by doing so. Ukrainians have every right to seriously hate the guy who is threatening their personal and national existence.

#30 Don Guillermo on 10.16.22 at 2:59 pm

#18 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 2:38 pm
Garth, sadly, today’s subject was bang on.
Our materialistic lifestyle will be the end of everything.

David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/david-suzuki-goes-on-profanity-laden-rant-at-federal-government-news-conference-1.6110637

The presser was in downtown Vancouver and the air was thick with smoke from various fires in the Lower Brainland.
He pointed at the smoke when he started his rant.
##########
This was the best part

“Officials didn’t respond to Suzuki’s comments. Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane.”

#31 the Jaguar on 10.16.22 at 3:01 pm

@#11 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 2:18 pm
#7 Faron on 10.16.22 at 1:59 pm
‘Ukraine has every right to have Musk on a kill list’
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Oh my +++

It was only on their list for about 15 minutes, and then they realized what they had done so they took him off the list. Too late for damage control. Speaks volumes.

#32 cuke and tomato picker on 10.16.22 at 3:01 pm

South Vancouver Island is covered in SMOKE today. Not a good sign we have been pretty fortunate but today the sun is orange and the smell is really noticeable.

#33 Faron on 10.16.22 at 3:02 pm

#9 millmech on 10.16.22 at 2:07 pm

Ah yes, the good ol Washington Examiner. Totally not a Right Wing propaganda rag.

#34 weiners on 10.16.22 at 3:03 pm

Eve of Destruction – Indeed. Listening to it was chilling then and it’s chilling now. Many of the same issues over and over again my friend. Where is someone like Barry McGuire when you need them now?

#35 Millennial Realist on 10.16.22 at 3:07 pm

“Now it’s clear this post might sound like the product of a grumpy old fart.”

I give you more credit than that, Garth. But you should be paying me a royalty every time you call yourself a ‘paleo’, lol.

This is more than a bit of a generational generalization, however. The vast majority of boomers turned away from change and civil unrest into conventional lives because demographics made it so straightforward and easy to do. And now far too many enjoy making fun of Greta and anyone younger asking for change.

The lopsided, 1%er economy that has been built since boomers controlled the votes in the 1980s and brought in decades of neoconservative bs is chiefly responsible for all those species disappearing and the ignorance of the climate destruction that was apparent even in the 1970s and 1980s, constantly deferred by that generation.

For boomers that truly care and want to avoid the eve of destruction, please, all of you: find your backbone, turn hard left (or whatever you label it) and let’s make real change happen.

Be part of the change.

#36 bob on 10.16.22 at 3:07 pm

Well said Garth.
I’ve noticed it with my own high school aged kids. They don’t want to put in the effort to achieve great things… It’s almost like they are conniving to find the highest paying job at the lowest work-education-and-effort required. We’ve done our best as parents to teach them, but the motivation just isn’t there. And it pains me because we’re smart people, and yet we can’t figure out where we went wrong… and I don’t want to blame society, social media, or others… and I don’t want to blame them as individuals for lacking that burning fire. Maybe they had it too easy and lack grit because they are a victim of societal success.

#37 Blessed_Canadian_Millennial on 10.16.22 at 3:12 pm

#11 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 2:18 pm
#7 Faron on 10.16.22 at 1:59 pm

‘Ukraine has every right to have Musk on a kill list’

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Oh my

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Yup. Typical of the leftists thinking: I don’t like what you’re saying, I vehemently disagree with you. I hope you die.

Rather than debate points, they’d like to end the debate by killing the conversation. Or worse.

Sad.

#38 At what age ... on 10.16.22 at 3:14 pm

Does a dino become a fossil? Asking for a friend of course.

#39 Faron on 10.16.22 at 3:18 pm

#26 DON on 10.16.22 at 2:57 pm

@Faron

Suggesting that a Country cedes part of their territory is an opinion and no reason to put anyone on a childish kill list.

You have to take the two together. First, his “opinion” was in the form of a twitter poll that his 108 Million followers saw and 2.7M voted on (majority against his dumb-ass “opinion” BTW). If you don’t think there’s power in having more than 100M phone obsessed followers, you need to brush up on modern life. Second, after the poll nonsense, he threatened to withdraw Starlink thus putting a now-dependent Ukraine in serious danger. Add in that he’s hoodwinked you and numerous others into thinking Starlink was some kind of heroic gift and it’s pretty clear how starstruck you are by him.

It’s garbage and the people of Ukraine have every right to have the “opinion” that he should be on a so-called kill list. Sail Away and other’s insinuations are disgusting.

#40 Millenial Jay on 10.16.22 at 3:21 pm

One thing that needs to be understood is that with time things always change. I don’t understand what is so bad about WFH if the company is still growing on the top line, and the bottom line is more profitable than ever. The tech is better today than it was pre pandemic. In the ‘old’ corporate setting your are limited to inherit knowledge or attend meetings with the people on your direct team. Now you can sit in on meetings, train, learn, etc with members of your organization nationwide. I personally have absorbed way more knowledge in the past 3 years (2020-2022) working from home than I have going into work, working with the same team/people the 3 years previously (2017-2019).

#41 DK on 10.16.22 at 3:25 pm

You make astute societal observations. I’m reminded of the quote “Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times”. Good leaders wake us up when we veer astray and help us avoid such seemingly inevitable cycles. Keep up the great work!

#42 Faron on 10.16.22 at 3:29 pm

#37 Blessed_Canadian_Millennial on 10.16.22 at 3:12 pm

I hope you die.

Oh boy, the lies are coming in hot and heavy. This is a perfect example of the insanity of cults of personality and the one that surrounds Musk which is especially toxic.

#43 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 3:29 pm

@Quinty and Millie

yes yes yes.
Its allll the Boomers fault.
Order a cooked meal from Skip the Dishes delivered by car.
Order a bottle of booze from Dial a bottle delivered by car.
Books, clothes, toys, tv’s and other crap…delivered by car.

I think I’d be diabetic and obese too if I had all those delivery options available when I was your age.

#44 Lisa on 10.16.22 at 3:30 pm

A big issue with the size of fires we are having in BC is the lack of fire management in the last ~ 7 years compared to previous years. Instead of going in and clearing brush like they used to, they let it built up for years and then when a spark (usually from lightening) hit, the whole thing went up fast and furious because of the fuel levels existing in the forest. Addressing this would make a significant impact on the fires we have (it won’t prevent them all but everything we do helps).

#45 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 3:31 pm

@#38 At what age.
“Does a dino become a fossil? Asking for a friend of course.”

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Good one.
I’m thinking once the acidic oceans are scraped clean of life we’ll have to resort to Soylent Green.

#46 TraderX on 10.16.22 at 3:34 pm

WHO RAISED THOSE KIDS!??? yep, Boomers…

#47 PeterfromCalgary on 10.16.22 at 3:34 pm

When I was a kid…. You kids have it too easy…

Well when I was kid older people were saying exactly the same thing. Now I am an older person and us oldies are still saying stuff like that. The internet may have replaced the idiot box (TV) but us old folks still complain about it.

#48 IHCTD9 on 10.16.22 at 3:38 pm

IMHO, what we see in front of us today, is a first for humanity. Things move so fast now, that in the span of the average human lifespan; radical changes are taking place. The world is much smaller than it was 50 years ago. I’m a middle Gen X, and I feel completely unable to give my kids any career advice. Most things that were valid when I came of age are now irrelevant, I would probably unwittingly steer them into a hole with my prehistoric ideas.

I think the kids are all-right though. Much of the woe we read applies mostly to the urban set, and someday they will have a day of reckoning where they will need to set their priorities – and stop complaining. I think future technologies will set the stage for deurbanization. It’s actually already happening in Toronto, but mass immigration pastes over it. If it weren’t for international immigration, Toronto would be shrinking every year. Just look at what happened during the Pandemic, between 2020 and 2021, Toronto’s population actually did shrink because immigration numbers plummeted.

I think increasing remote work is a logical expectation for the future because employers would get lower wages and a huge pool of potential workers, and employees would get *much* lower living costs and a more unrestricted lifestyle potential. Win-wins like this usually happen. The technology needed to make this possible on a grand scale is already well along. Same with education, the Pandemic proved to the masses that e-learning works fine, and the cost reductions and savings right across the board are huge. Win for the students, teachers, and government.

In the very long term, we can only expect humanity (starting in the West) to work less, because if we look back in time up till today, you only see more and more work. Right now, we in the West already have to import folks to do the work we refuse to do. At some point, we won’t need them either. Those jobs will be done by automation, and to some extent, the consumers themselves. The machinery of modern Civilization is largely built. In the past, Labour was King, today the consumer is King, tomorrow will be digital, globally connected, robotic, scientific, minimalistic, ie. technology will be King.

#49 PeterfromCalgary on 10.16.22 at 3:43 pm

#30 Don Guillermo on 10.16.22 at 2:59 pm

“David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry. ”

After ranting about global warming “Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane. ” Hypocrite!

#50 Figmund Sreud on 10.16.22 at 3:46 pm

Yeah. The times, they are a-changing.
_____________________________

Duh, … change will never stop, it never ends! It’s true. Forever. And so, … l wouldn’t fret much, … stay happy!

Anyway, … your post just made me recall: … The Paradoxical Commandments. Yes. Here, a complete set:

– People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

– If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

– If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

– The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

– Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

– The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

– People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

– What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

– People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

– Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

… all by Kent M. Keith

Best,

F.S. ( … happy. Mostly. Often looking crazy!)

#51 Victor Llearna on 10.16.22 at 3:53 pm

Yeah. The times, they are a-changing.

With each passing day the world goes to hell a little bit more. Probably started when governments brought in income tax and once hat happened they started taxing anything and everything.

#52 Moose on 10.16.22 at 3:54 pm

Faron,
Here are some facts:
A Ukrainian ambassador told Elon to F Off when Elon suggested that perhaps an end to the war may be achieved by letting Russia keep the Crimea. Doesn’t matter if one agrees or disagrees. If an ambassador tells me to F off, guess what.
Secondly it is costing his company $20 million per month to keep that service running. That is a lot for a private company to absorb.

#53 Dogman01 on 10.16.22 at 3:54 pm

In the Gulf Wars it became clear to all that that Western (US) Military Power (technology, doctrine, warrior ethos) was exponentially superior such that large Iraq’s forces were irrelevant.

In Ukraine we are seeing this phenomena again, that Western Military Technology and doctrine is enabling Ukraine to hold and even take the fight to Russia. The conclusion may be that Russian conventional military power is impotent.

The Neo-cons in the West view this as the golden opportunity to push for “Regime Change” in Russia, which certainly will be an “existential” threat to many in the Russian Ruling Class.

My suspicion is that by their nature Russian Nuclear weapons will not suffer the disparity of effect that is on display in their conventional equipment, doctrine and soldier motivation.

With more and more Western support for Ukraine and seemingly no “off-ramp” being created for Putin the risks mount that Russia will use what they have.

During my time in the “Cold-War, we tolerated co-existing with a pretty horrible system in the U.S.S.R all to avoid the worse outcome of MAD.

I would put the wisdom and judgement of our past leadership cadre ahead of this current crop any day.

#54 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 3:54 pm

#39 Faron on 10.16.22 at 3:18 pm

…the people of Ukraine have every right to have the opinion that [Musk] should be on a so-called kill list

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Goodness me

#55 Young Passion on 10.16.22 at 3:55 pm

Thanks for the blog Garth.

Young Passion. Hmmmm not much to get passionate about this days.

what we need is an all parties in Canada to be united and establish a vision for Canada 25 years from now with a map how to get there.

No more making promises if elected I going to do away with the previous government policies.

We need passionate elected officials with a united vision for all Canadians. Stop the pettiness and be a leader.

Then the young would become passionate about shaping their future.

And for goodness sake get all the provinces together for a greater Canada

Is that really to much to ask?

#56 Old Boot on 10.16.22 at 3:58 pm

#18 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 2:38 pm

Garth, sadly, today’s subject was bang on.
Our materialistic lifestyle will be the end of everything.

David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/david-suzuki-goes-on-profanity-laden-rant-at-federal-government-news-conference-1.6110637

The presser was in downtown Vancouver and the air was thick with smoke from various fires in the Lower Brainland.
He pointed at the smoke when he started his rant.

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‘David Suzuki was seen leaving the event, (following his stirring, Save the Planet rant) …. in a seaplane.’

Le sigh

#57 canuck on 10.16.22 at 3:59 pm

Hard times create strong men
Strong men create good times
Good times create weak men
Weak men create hard times

Guess which point we’re at?

People in general get weak and lazy and that’s where we’re at now. Correction and escalating conflict are on the horizon because humans don’t seem to learn from the past.

#58 Danger Dan on 10.16.22 at 3:59 pm

Drake is just a meme and TikTok is just a platform.

What kind of idiot responds to a Deloitte poll anyway?

The best way to learn about the youth is to talk to them.

#59 the Jaguar on 10.16.22 at 4:02 pm

Idealism fell to materialism – GT +++

Yeah. I think Rome had a similar problem in July AD 64. Some ‘lazy ass’ left his watchpost to go outside and smoke a ‘doobie’ which had been legalized by Emperor Nero whose mind and body had been taken over by a villain from the future named Trudeau and the Barbarians came crashing through the gates. I think Nero was quoted at the time saying something like ” You’ll forgive me if I don’t follow monetary policy “. Things didn’t end well for Nero.

Pretty much a downhill societal slide after that debacle, and post WWII the Madison Avenue Mobsters took over the world and turned it into an opium den of desire for material goods, which got progressively worse with each generation. Style over substance, incivility over selflessness, narcissism on steroids everywhere one looks.

The cure? Revolution, of course. Revolutions arrive in different forms, often unannounced and sometimes even on New Year’s Eve in the ballroom when everyone is drunk and dancing. Just ask Fulgencio Batista.
Grab that glass of champagne and drink up. Party might be breaking up soon……….

#60 BC_Doc on 10.16.22 at 4:02 pm

1) I heard Joan Baez play in Cambridge, Massachusetts back in the early 1990s and also had the chance to chat with her after the performance. She is a lovely person.

2) One of my favourite Bob Dylan covers— Edie Brickell and New Bohemians cover “Hard Rain.”

https://youtu.be/kgpF5VjWO34

#61 Dogman01 on 10.16.22 at 4:03 pm

“whatever your cause, it’s a lost cause without population control”

If the “climate science” was so settled, then why the need for so much fraud?

The Fraud supports the Graft and Cronyism. There’s big money to be made…

Climate Change = Social License to send taxpayers money to friends of the regime.

Grifters, Alarmists and ideologues have all latched themselves to the Climate Change cause. (Carney, the Doom-goblin Gretta, Guilbeault).

The rest of us scoff at these characters, their hyperbole alienates us and creates a backlash.

– why is Nat Gas or Nuclear taboo?
– why a carbon Tax on us and no Tariffs on imports from places that have horrendous environmental standards? – does that not just move production to places with horrible environmental standards?
– what is this bat-shit crazy talk of no ICE vehicles in the 2030’s
– If it is an “emergency” ….really? an emergency?
– how does converting food to fuel make any sense?
– why just target our domestic O&G industry while It seems A-OK to import from horrible places?

We add it all up and reach a verdict, I think many are coming to the same conclusion. The only serious thing we see taking place is serious amounts of money being redirected to friends of the regime.

I saw Bjorn Lomborg on a interview, the guy has credibility. Discussing the $300 Billion in a bill and how it will have next to zero impact on the Climate and what it could be used for instead.

#62 IHCTD9 on 10.16.22 at 4:10 pm

#25 Quintilian on 10.16.22 at 2:56 pm
Thanks Garth and the rest of the Crusty Curmudgeon Gang.
You shaped the world as it stands now.

You shaped the world as it stands now.

Your generation reminds me of Dr.Faustus.

With God’s help, and education; it will change.

Resistance is futile
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I hate to break it to ya, but you’ll get zero help from the crusty’s or the government. In fact, if you’ve been paying attention at all, you’ll notice that the government is solidly working *against* your interests (and in favour of the curmudgeon gang). If you want something different from what you’ve got, your best bet is you. Nothing good is coming your way unless you make it happen yourself.

#63 Grateful in Victoris on 10.16.22 at 4:17 pm

This post is so accurate even tho I do my best to deny it. One wonders if it is materialism or a sense of having given up that renders this pervasive apathy amongst the younger generation.

#64 JacqueShellacque on 10.16.22 at 4:22 pm

With all due respect, Garth, you’re off the mark here. 60s radicalism gave us political correctness and a ‘social justice’ mindset that’s infected the educated with a bizarre civilizational self-loathing which breeds only conflict – exactly what radicalism aims to do. The way to save Ukraine isn’t to throw money and weapons at them with some fantasy aim of ending Putin, but for those with no skin in the game to not start yet another proxy war for abstract aims, this one with the real possibility of blowing us all up. Less intervention, not more, is all that might save us.

#65 Nonplused on 10.16.22 at 4:23 pm

What happened to “anti-ageism”?

The main problem with today’s kids is that they’ve been raised by yesterday’s adults. Did you boomers really think all those drugs, free love, dropping out, divorce, deficit spending, socialism, gender-bending, etc. would have no consequences? That it wouldn’t have some sort of impression on the young, even if it only was to not be like you?

The kids didn’t dream this stuff up. You sold it to them.

If there is any wonder to be had about today’s youth, it’s that so many of them have faired as well as they have. They didn’t have a very good example growing up.

#66 DON on 10.16.22 at 4:23 pm

#39 Faron on 10.16.22 at 3:18 pm
#26 DON on 10.16.22 at 2:57 pm

@Faron

Suggesting that a Country cedes part of their territory is an opinion and no reason to put anyone on a childish kill list.

You have to take the two together. First, his “opinion” was in the form of a twitter poll that his 108 Million followers saw and 2.7M voted on (majority against his dumb-ass “opinion” BTW). If you don’t think there’s power in having more than 100M phone obsessed followers, you need to brush up on modern life. Second, after the poll nonsense, he threatened to withdraw Starlink thus putting a now-dependent Ukraine in serious danger. Add in that he’s hoodwinked you and numerous others into thinking Starlink was some kind of heroic gift and it’s pretty clear how starstruck you are by him.

It’s garbage and the people of Ukraine have every right to have the “opinion” that he should be on a so-called kill list. Sail Away and other’s insinuations are disgusting.

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I am very up to date on the history of the Ukraine and geopolitical tensions in that area and in the rest of the World. I pay attention and continue to study.

There are lots of opinions especially in War. Even before twitter existed…there was the radio (Hilter used that) and then there is TV (opinions can and do change as more info sheds light on the issue). I am sure the folks of eastern Ukraine have opinions as well even the ones who believe they are protecting there people and families.

MUSK is an opportunist and many exists…but having an opinion and supplying starlink (even for payment) not the same thing. Isn’t Nato fighting the Ukraine war to ensure freedom and a diversity of opinion?

#67 Thus Spoke Zarathustra on 10.16.22 at 4:25 pm

Capitalism, in its simplest form, is using production not needed for immediate consumption to invest in productive assets. You can think of a farmer using his down time to build a barn, or saving some of the harvest for use as next year’s seed and raising cattle for breading. Socialism, in its simplest form, is stealing those productive assets for immediate consumption. You can think of the villagers tearing down the farmer’s barn for firewood and eating his seeds and breading cows. One leads to increased prosperity for everyone, the other impoverishment.

This is why laws the world over tend to protect property rights, whereas most socialist initiatives on the face of them are illegal. This is also why no other system besides capitalism has ever produced an abundance of wealth. Without property rights, prosperity is impossible. Theft and piracy will consume and destroy everything that might be productive.

Anywhere socialism has appeared successful, you’ll usually find it did so by strip mining resources for sale to capitalist economies. When the resources are depleted, the success of socialism shows itself for the fraud it is.

Communism is merely an attempt to save socialism by putting all property rights in the hands of the state. It also fails because the state isn’t a real entity like a person, capable of self interest. It is a construct that only serves the interests of those who control it. Thus, the state can never be truly concerned with the upkeep of the barn, the planting of seeds, or the raising of cows, only in the profit to be extracted from them.

Capitalism has its drawbacks, because men are not created equal, only equal under the law. Some men are better at some things than others. And fortune plays a large roll too. Some men are luckier than others. Thus, capitalism cannot ensure “equality of outcome”. Those who suffer from a lesser outcome will always be jealous of those who have been successful, whether by skill or by luck. Redistribution, or theft and piracy of the fruits of success, thus becomes morally justified to the thieves and the pirates simply because it is the easiest way to profit for the thief and the pirate. They care not that each act of theft and piracy leads to less wealth over all, only that it increases their personal wealth temporarily.

#68 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 4:26 pm

@#30 Don G
“Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane.”

+++
He lives on one of the Gulf Islands.
Probably burned less fuel than driving a car to the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal, Boarding a Ferry, exiting in Swartz Bay, driving his car to another ferry, boarding that ferry, driving his car home.

Float plane to his private dock in 30 minutes.
Faster and more efficient probably burnt way less fuel.
Thats how the rich roll.

Or would you rather he swam home?

#69 Old gringo on 10.16.22 at 4:31 pm

Another great post oh great bearded one.
Reading a few of the recent posts that many of these posters would need serious counseling if you ever closed this option.
They apparently need to vent their frustrations here or else at the local Smith and Weston stores.
As I’ve said so often folks” it’s the journey not the destination “.
Lost another friend way to early in love.
If you’re not living and enjoying life you’re missing the boat.

#70 yvr_lurker on 10.16.22 at 4:32 pm

David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/david-suzuki-goes-on-profanity-laden-rant-at-federal-government-news-conference-1.6110637

The presser was in downtown Vancouver and the air was thick with smoke from various fires in the Lower Brainland.
He pointed at the smoke when he started his rant.
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Suzuki. Has been very valuable in articulating key points regarding effect of climate change on flora, fauna, and our very existence. However, not everyone has the benefit of living in his fancy house on Point Grey Road, and most of us need to earn a living to support our families. Some industries like tourism that employs lots of people, actually… needs tourists to come to Vancouver. Should the people in this sector all glue themselves to the roadways to protest Gov’t handling of climate change and stop working in this sector to protest planes flying tourists into the city? Or do they need to simply make a living to support their families. Just one little example of the tension between climate/jobs lies.

#71 DON on 10.16.22 at 4:34 pm

#32 cuke and tomato picker on 10.16.22 at 3:01 pm
South Vancouver Island is covered in SMOKE today. Not a good sign we have been pretty fortunate but today the sun is orange and the smell is really noticeable.

*******

It has been smoky for the last four days…yes today the worst.

#72 Sun Tzu on 10.16.22 at 4:35 pm

Careful with your analysis of this war. The only part of my writings that the west seems to have gotten correct is that war is based on lies, that you tell the truth to nobody, and that nobody is to know anymore about what they are doing than is necessary to complete their mission.

For the followers of CNN, that means no portion of the truth is to be told to them. So far, so good.

The Ukrainian army and air force has been destroyed, they have no navy, their fighters have fled, they exist only on foreign handouts of money, arms and mercenaries, their infrastructure is destroyed, and winter is coming. Yet we are told they are winning. This is the art of war. Appear weak when you are strong, strong when you are weak, and never, ever tell the truth about anything.

#73 @J on 10.16.22 at 4:35 pm

Are today’s youth too self-centered and materialistic compared to the youth of generations past who supposedly exhibited more idealism and starry-eyed visions of a utopian future?

I dunno. What’s the average youth today vs 75 years ago?

Today I see examples of idealistic youth. Greta Thunberg. The brave young people in Iran. BLM.

Were there more examples in the ’60’s? Perhaps in the USA. Could the youth of today be more proactive? Probably.

It seems that with human nature, it takes a pretty large catastrophe to spur people into really getting behind one movement or another. We seem to have to feel some very real pain first before we actually do something meaningful about it.

Take nuclear weapons. If one or more of these are used in Ukraine, and we survive any further escalation, then I can see a concerted effort led by our youth to dramatically reduce the current stockpiles.

Climate change is fuzzier to nail down and point a finger at, but I can also see our youth focusing more and more on this as it becomes apparent that we are screwing up the climate.

I’m a fan of a certain pathetic blog. I also like to listen to Freakonomics podcasts. I find they have compelling topics and guests.

Here are some podcasts that perhaps give more hope to our future:

https://freakonomics.com/podcast/two-totally-opposite-ways-to-save-the-planet-ep-346-rebroadcast/

https://freakonomics.com/podcast/reasons-to-be-cheerful-rebroadcast/

https://freakonomics.com/2012/03/is-the-future-really-better-than-you-think-ask-the-authors-of-abundance/

#74 DON on 10.16.22 at 4:36 pm

#38 At what age … on 10.16.22 at 3:14 pm
Does a dino become a fossil? Asking for a friend of course.

*******
My kids think anyone over 25 is a dino….and over 30 a fossil.

#75 Barry McGuire on 10.16.22 at 4:40 pm

Maybe I am alone, but I find today’s post quite sad. We are so far off the rails–worldwide and in Canada–that I see little hope for a bright and prosperous future for my children and grandchildren.

#76 IHCTD9 on 10.16.22 at 4:55 pm

#36 bob on 10.16.22 at 3:07 pm
Well said Garth.
I’ve noticed it with my own high school aged kids. They don’t want to put in the effort to achieve great things… It’s almost like they are conniving to find the highest paying job at the lowest work-education-and-effort required. We’ve done our best as parents to teach them, but the motivation just isn’t there. And it pains me because we’re smart people, and yet we can’t figure out where we went wrong… and I don’t want to blame society, social media, or others… and I don’t want to blame them as individuals for lacking that burning fire. Maybe they had it too easy and lack grit because they are a victim of societal success.
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Too early to call it at HS. Plus, kids are different these days – much milder socially, much better in academics. We’d get up to all kinds of shenanigans back in the 80’s, that was more important than good grades back then. My kids’ class in HS maintained a steady class median overall average of 90-91. Unheard of when I was in HS, happens a lot today. Uni average grade requirements for popular degrees have risen to the mid 90’s, because so many kids are doing great in HS, and most want to get a degree.

My kids are in Uni right now, both mid 90’s avg. out of HS, honour student grads, math wizzes, and both taking CompSci. Both not interested in chasing the big urban paycheques with the attendant dystopian living conditions and diabolical costs of living. I think they’ll be alright, and they both lack the “good work ethic” by my definition. It looks more like their effort went into good grades, and less into flipping burgers at the local fast food joint. Who would have guessed? :)

#77 Reality is stark on 10.16.22 at 4:56 pm

And now the truth while everyone is sleeping.
Beneath it all the East Indian engineers are coming in in waves, and they are bright.
Don’t fall asleep.
They are the future, and they know how to bust some ass.
Get on that train when the blood starts running in the streets to take advantage of the next wave.
It will be bigger and better than the last one.
Set yourself up or get left behind.
Sport may be more vicious than the real world. The opposing player who uses his hockey stick as a weapon and really does try to kill you with it offers you some valuable training for the private sector and for life in general.
Get out there and compete.
The bottom 10% will always be reckless and lazy, we need you to work 80 hour weeks to provide for them as well. Suck it up.
Putin is about to get stuffed and Russia is sowing the seeds towards democracy and a further breakaway of some more Republics. A good thing.
All this woke stuff and Free the Nipple stuff is a stupid distraction.
Once we get rid of our “Spend our way to Prosperity” fool of a PM we’ll be back on track.
You are just going to have to work harder and smarter than your parents who spent a lot of their lives drunk and stoned and got away with it.

#78 Grunt on 10.16.22 at 5:20 pm

Remember Garth we live in the information age and there’s a distracting overabundance of it.

#79 Victor V on 10.16.22 at 5:27 pm

“The world is not driven by greed, it’s drive by envy.”

— Charlie Munger

https://twitter.com/austen/status/1568606879609417735

#80 espressobob on 10.16.22 at 5:34 pm

The world stage is a real mess these days. Hell, we are constantly overloaded via media on all these issues.

Our civilization is on a course that’s unsustainable. It’s our nature that will eventually bite us in the ass.

Too bad we’re on that path. What a shame.

#81 statsnerd on 10.16.22 at 5:37 pm

Based on the latest census, ~12% of the City of Toronto’s population’s household income is above 200k.

The census won’t even breakdown beyond that (census’s data brackets should probably be changed)

People are wealthier than ever before, and the young are providing an insane amount of liquidity to the old.

Dino’s have nothing to worry about, as they are entitled to 39% of the young’s future income as they get levered on max GDS ratios when they buy their homes.

#82 Reality Check on 10.16.22 at 5:38 pm

The latest Deloitte poll (14,000 GenZ Canadians and 8,400 Millennials) tells that tale. The top concern? Not the climate, but the economy.

And polls find the number one personal concern is the prohibitive cost of getting a house.
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And they’ll all vote for Trudeau who has magnificently failed on both counts and give him another 4 years to trashed the economy and sow division amongst Canadians.

Unfortunately we all get the government millennials and genZ deserve.

#83 WTF on 10.16.22 at 5:41 pm

@#53 Shawn on 10.15.22 at 7:10 pm+++

Careful Shawn ( originally from Cape Breton area if I recall correctly…). You awaken the hatred of WTF who cannot stand any positive comments about Alberta.

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People in NS have a chance to stay where they want to be and make a life. Is that a problem for you?

Don’t remember “hating” positive commentary about Alberta. Simplistic answers to complex issues are tiresome but I’m sure Danielle Smith will lead you to Valhalla.

Your apparent sensitivity to imagined slights is illustrative though. insecure much?

Kinda plays into Garths message. Worrying about nothing while much larger issues fester.

BTW: The Fall Colors in Cape Breton are amazing. Bus loads of tourists from all over the world. You should visit sometime. Get out of your bubble.

#84 kommykim on 10.16.22 at 5:47 pm

RE:#36 bob on 10.16.22 at 3:07 pm
Well said Garth.
I’ve noticed it with my own high school aged kids. They don’t want to put in the effort to achieve great things… It’s almost like they are conniving to find the highest paying job at the lowest work-education-and-effort required.

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But isn’t it the way? When a commissioned RE salesman makes more than a machinist, plumber, doctor, etc, can you really blame them for wanting the same?

#85 Scooter on 10.16.22 at 5:52 pm

Spot on Garth! I identify as a Gen Z (DOB: 1977), and I agree – the majority of millennials and part of my cohort have no work ethic. Everyone is a CEO! Work ethic seems to steadily trail downward after ~ DOB: 1985 cohort (social media?) It would be a great anthropological investigation! Most of the best workers in my experience are newly minted Canadians (immigrants). So many of today’s youth are living like millionaires – “chameleonaires”. I live in rural NB and the youth don’t just lust for luxury they obtain it at any cost regardless of the financial implications. The majority have craftsman homes (or extensively renovated older homes), boats, seadoos, snowmobiles, ATVs, etc. Even though their parents and grandparents would never have been so irresponsible! And you’re also bang on……99.9% of this frivolous spending has to do with portraying a successful image online (IG, Snap,TikTok, FB, etc.). The self absorbed generation!

#86 Wrk.dover on 10.16.22 at 6:10 pm

Put a draft card in their hip pocket.

That’ll snap them to attention of the situation.

#87 some guy on 10.16.22 at 6:11 pm

I think the youth are too overloaded with bad news that they have given up hope and have given into hedonism and escapism.

#88 Doug William on 10.16.22 at 6:13 pm

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs had adequate housing lower on the pyramid then climate change on an individual level. After getting booted from my rental the today’s cheapest rental is twice the price I use to pay. Yeah no wonder they are focused on housing until there are adequate renter rights they are ‘entitled’ to want to buy for the stability

#89 THE DANDADA on 10.16.22 at 6:16 pm

Those that control the media….
Control the masses…

Tiktok, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…..

Find the CEO’s and majority investors of those companies and start your gripe with them.

#90 Quintilian on 10.16.22 at 6:21 pm

#62 IHCTD9 on 10.16.22 at 4:10 pm
“I hate to break it to ya, but you’ll get zero help from the crusty’s or the government.”

I don’t expect help from the gov, I hope I will never need it, but still see the need for a social safety net, because as with animals, humans start looking at each other differently as the watering hole dries up.

It’s a mystery to me, how some of you curmudgeons in your 50’s , 60’s and beyond can be so intellectually stunted, and logically dishonest.

Why can’t you understand that the system is rigged?

The contest is about who becomes the dealer of the stacked deck.

The system needs a purging.
Both left and right are corrupt.

The only true difference is that left is slightly less evil.

#91 The other Keith in Calgary on 10.16.22 at 6:28 pm

Today’s blog was interesting enough that I actually started to think about comments. Times changing. The work ethic of youth, or the lack thereof. Idealism vs materialism. Retirement. Climate change.
And then made the mistake of looking at the comments on the way down to the comment box. Holy doodle. And this is what gets past the moderator’s delete button. Won’t be making that mistake again.

#92 Quixotic on 10.16.22 at 6:28 pm

Many young people do care about climate change, the environment, and dismiss the need to acquire stuff. Even young kids can articulate the need to care for the environment and are concerned for their futures. I agree social media can be a damaging influence.

European environmental policies are 30 years advanced, Canada is lagging. Saw Suzuki this past summer with his grandson on a cafe patio. He is leading the next gen and some are listening.

#93 LJ on 10.16.22 at 6:32 pm

There are brave young women and girls in Iran sure showing what they’re made of. Talk about backbone!

#94 San on 10.16.22 at 6:34 pm

“Is the goal of life really a condo?”

This wins the internet.

#95 Quixotic on 10.16.22 at 6:38 pm

#58
The best way to learn about the youth is to talk to them
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True! Or, better yet, work with or mentor youth.

#96 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 6:45 pm

#93 LJ on 10.16.22 at 6:32 pm

There are brave young women and girls in Iran sure showing what they’re made of. Talk about backbone!

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Yes! Enter Elon Musk activating Starlink internet after Iran blocked ground-based internet.

Fighting oppression every step of the way. Get those girls some Starlink terminals!

#97 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 6:53 pm

#90 Quintilian on 10.16.22 at 6:21 pm

Both left and right are corrupt.

The only true difference is that left is slightly less evil.

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This saying has been floating around for awhile. I couldn’t find its origin, but it seems to underline emotions behind some of the steerage comments.

“Politically speaking, the right thinks the left is wrong, but the left thinks the right is evil.”

Heck, one diehard self-proclaimed lefty here is even cheering Ukraine’s death list inclusion for Elon Musk, just because. That seems sorta, well, evil, to be honest.

#98 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 6:57 pm

@#90 Quinty’s quagmire
“The only true difference is that left is slightly less evil.”

+++
Tell that to the addicts on Hastings suffering through free needles and the safe supply of “Harm Reduction”.

Record overdose deaths month after mounting month.

#99 Generation Delusional on 10.16.22 at 7:04 pm

The poll found 40% of Zs and 24% of Mills want to ‘retire’ within two years. 

Bwahahahahahaha lmao

This must be a typo, right? Right?

#100 Kitkat on 10.16.22 at 7:12 pm

Don’t worry about any of it because it can’t be changed or fixed. Problems are just too large and multiplying.

Enjoy each day that we have left.

#101 Linda on 10.16.22 at 7:20 pm

I confess, I’m a bit bemused at the concept that Gen Z individuals are looking to ‘retire’ in 2 years. Even Millennials are a bit of a stretch, but at least some of them are aged 40+. GenZ are listed as being born after the Millennials, which means their ages range from 10 to 25. Hence the bemusement, since a lot of GenZ’s haven’t even graduated from grade school let alone entered the work force. What does it say about their expectations given the oldest Gen Z’s are only 25?

#102 AM in MN on 10.16.22 at 7:21 pm

#92 Quixotic on 10.16.22 at 6:28 pm
Many young people do care about climate change, the environment, and dismiss the need to acquire stuff. Even young kids can articulate the need to care for the environment and are concerned for their futures. I agree social media can be a damaging influence.

European environmental policies are 30 years advanced, Canada is lagging. Saw Suzuki this past summer with his grandson on a cafe patio. He is leading the next gen and some are listening.

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The people who care about climate change the most are the professional grifters who live a life of conferences and travel paid for by the taxpayer, along with “scientists” with approved political views who get a never ending supply of “research” grants.

Wanting an $90k Tesla is part of being a good climate justice warrior as well.

Due to the fact that many people do want a Tesla, and solar power, coupled with the price of hydrocarbon based fuels, these things will grow in market share, nothing wrong with that.

These days the counter-cultural youth are like a niece of mine who got married a month after her & hubby got BA degrees, in a church with a lifelong commitment, and 15 months later have their first child at 23. Happiness all around, the material things will come.

The earth will do just fine 90 years from now when baby needs a nursing home.

#103 Blessed_Canadian_Millennial on 10.16.22 at 7:26 pm

#29 Faron on 10.16.22 at 2:58 pm
#19 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 2:44 pm
#20 BillinBC on 10.16.22 at 2:46 pm

You have reached a new low in your quest to be the “mostest, bestest, wokest person in the comment section.

BS. And you guys suck at the Trolley Problem.

I’m not calling for any harm to Musk as much as I dislike the guy. He’s toying around with Ukrainian sovereignty and their ability to fight their war against Russia and putting thousands of lives at risk by doing so. Ukrainians have every right to seriously hate the guy who is threatening their personal and national existence.

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Hey Faron,

I like you and enjoy your posts.

But you are so out of depth on this one. Hating Elon for whatever reason is your right. But you can’t deny simple facts that he helped launch those starlink satellites and his personal company is still footing the $20M+ monthly operational costs for which he asked for help from the Feds.

Seriously, you’re missing so many facts that it’s comical.

BTW, I think Elon is an amazing person and has helped do more for the EV industry than anyone else.

#104 Hide the decline on 10.16.22 at 7:28 pm

#49 PeterfromCalgary on 10.16.22 at 3:43 pm

#30 Don Guillermo on 10.16.22 at 2:59 pm

“David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry. ”

After ranting about global warming “Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane. ” Hypocrite!

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From Al Gore to Justin Trudeau to the Davos jet setters, they are all hypocrites, every last one of them. How can hundreds of “elites” arrive to their climate conferences in private jets to create policy meant to punish the plebs for their carbon emossions with a straight face, and why doesn’t the media call them out?

Sorry, I don’t take any of these people seriously.

#105 AACI Homedog on 10.16.22 at 7:31 pm

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qfZVu0alU0I

“Eve of Destruction “

#106 AACI Homedog on 10.16.22 at 7:32 pm

That’s my age group !
60s classic.

#107 JPN on 10.16.22 at 7:33 pm

# 21… ? Why say non-truths ?

Take the time to actually take a look at what your criticizing.. the Okanagan has been clear all summer ..
It’s sad to see doomer’s just want to get on the wagon .. Ground Zero everyone .. clear and beautiful in the OK Valley .. Cheers ..

#108 TurnerNation on 10.16.22 at 7:35 pm

Nonna Nicola check your DMs.
What’s the call?
Cappa rates are going uppa on rental units. For the cash buyers only. Else buy REITs/XRE.TO.

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Second, This country could never go to war. Think of the time and expense to add the Ukraine and Rainbow flags to all equipment, documents, and uniforms.
I’m not kidding. Even local schools are flying these two flags.
The kids would expect it.
And, the catering unit, never would keep up with demand for lacto-ovo, locavore, vegan, vegetarian, soy and nut and lactose free meals. Battle would be delayed.
And what if a soldier fell behind on their booster schedule while deployed? These people not up-to-date would have to be airlifted out. Unfit for battle.
In summary if push comes to shove we’d better learn to speak Russian or Chinese.
If only I were joking….

#109 Terry on 10.16.22 at 7:35 pm

Nothing new under the sun in this world in my opinion. The world is and will always be a jungle. There is nothing special about any of us. Life is great but it doesn’t owe anyone anything. All you can do is have Faith and keep busy working, progressing and looking after yourself and your family members. Life is a now you see it now you don’t……….that’s really all there is to it.

#110 Quintilian on 10.16.22 at 7:39 pm

#98 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 6:57 pm
@#90 Quinty’s quagmire
“The only true difference is that left is slightly less evil.”
+++
“Tell that to the addicts on Hastings suffering through free needles and the safe supply of “Harm Reduction”.”

Crowdie, the overdose deaths, the downtrodden, the random violence, will soon be a thing of the past.

Ken and his apostles will pass a bylaw that will make the blights of society illegal.
Problem solved.

#111 XEQT and Chill on 10.16.22 at 7:39 pm

Garth,

I’m a 35 year old millennial. Anyone I know my age who has taken seriously environmental issues has completely given up. Maybe you should read Limits to Growth, An Uninhabitable Earth, or some stuff by Derrick Jensen.

This is not a generational issue. We are part of a species that has made infinite growth on a finite planet a physical impossibility and economic necessity.

Do not trouble future generations with your quibbling and quabbling while you yourself has done little but fiddle around in the margins.

Everything is going to collapse. Written in the subtext of all those tik toks and mindless YouTube videos is the full and sober realization that this world is not going to last. There are simply too many people on this planet using too many resources too quickly. There is nothing you or I will realistically do besides hope the end is beyond our lifetimes.

#112 A J on 10.16.22 at 7:43 pm

I respect you Garth, but please stop this endless bashing of younger generations. Wanting a home is not a new concept. Should younger generations just throw away all their hopes and dreams to fight the man? How’d that work out for the hippies? Pretty sure most had to cut their hair and get a job at some point. I’m sure many of them are now Conservatives. And why is it the sole job of younger generations to fix the ills of the world? Hmm? Most of the millennials I know are good, hard working people who just want a comfortable, happy life. Isn’t that what everyone wants? Why would millennials and Gen Z be any different?

#113 gfd on 10.16.22 at 7:45 pm

Truckin’, up to Buffalo
Been thinkin’, you got to mellow slow
It takes time, you pick a place to go
And just keep truckin’ on

https://youtu.be/b5MznpSW-wg

1987 Dylan and the Dead

#114 A J on 10.16.22 at 7:49 pm

#111 XEQT and Chill

I’m with you. It feels like we’re past the point of no return. I’m not having kids for fear they have no future. And yet apparently because I’m a millennial, I’m the problem. Okay then.

#115 Shawn on 10.16.22 at 7:55 pm

U.S. Inflation Wowzer.

Did all ya all see where U.S Social Security pension cheques will be increased by a whopping 8.7% in January! That comes on top of last year’s 5.9% increase.

That can only add fuel to wage increase demands. Why should workers paying taxes get a smaller increase than seniors collecting Social Security!

https://www.ssa.gov/cola/

#116 DON on 10.16.22 at 7:58 pm

#101 Linda on 10.16.22 at 7:20 pm
I confess, I’m a bit bemused at the concept that Gen Z individuals are looking to ‘retire’ in 2 years. Even Millennials are a bit of a stretch, but at least some of them are aged 40+. GenZ are listed as being born after the Millennials, which means their ages range from 10 to 25. Hence the bemusement, since a lot of GenZ’s haven’t even graduated from grade school let alone entered the work force. What does it say about their expectations given the oldest Gen Z’s are only 25?

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Gotta wonder how Deloitte surveyed the 10 to 25 yr olds….no doubt just the uni age group. I have worked with Deloitte on severval projects over the years and they are not that impressive to say the least. Consultants will write a report on anything their client asks for. It’s all about the revenue to them. They churn through young consultants.

#117 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 7:59 pm

Well.
In the same environmental light as todays topic.
Lets talk “refugees”.
In 2020 the UN Human Rights Committee ruled that “climate” refugees cannot be sent home.
Meaning that any State would be in breach of it’s Human Rights obligations if it returns someone to a country where – due to climate crisis- the refugee is in danger.
Now.
Lets go one step further.
Today in 2022.
There are approximately 100 million refugees in the world. ( doubling since 2010). Half are children.
50 million of them are climate displaced people.
Floods, droughts, crop failures, etc.
That number is expected to grow exponentially over the next few decades.
Surpassing economic refugees ( but climate , economic or war doesnt really matter to refugees )
So.
Do we try and “manage” ie close the border?
Or do we control their immigration to Canada or try and stop it?
Good luck with that.
According to the UN Human Rights Council….There are 22 million undocumented immigrants in the USA.
If the US can’t ( or more likely won’t) stop 22 million undocumented cheap labourers from entering….what hope does Canada?
There are 4.2 BILLION with a “B” living in poverty in the world.
They will be coming.
How will we deal with it in a country that has borders but can’t hire any “guards”?
Our military desires 80,000 troops, officers, cooks, bureaucrats in “peacetime”.
We currently have 65,000 military staff.
Our top military general has ordered “recruitment” be priority #1.
The world is getting hotter, drier, and much more volatile.
Never mind the disappearing birds and bugs.
How will we deal with 1 million refugees like Germany did?
10 million?
100 million?
Because.
It will happen.

#118 Macduff on 10.16.22 at 8:03 pm

I languished in my parent’s basement during my first degree until I realized that I needed to find a career that would make me self-sufficient. I chose pharmacy and my career has included owning a franchise business that generated more than $9M annually. As I look at the profession today, these opportunities are still available and in fact, a shortage of pharmacists exists in many areas across Canada.
Having said this, the last two years have been a sombre period for all health care professionals, with record resignations. At one time, they were respected and reciprocated by providing optimal care to patients. Now, many leave because governments, and society in general no longer respect them; in fact, “doing your own research” has become the desired treatment modality for many.
As my son was growing up, I often saw him following in my career footsteps. As he embarks on post-secondary education, I no longer feel that way. I do want him to prosper, but I don’t want him to experience the disenchantment that affects so many now in the health professions, including many boomers who had earlier in their careers dreamt of making a positive impact on the world.
As my son embarks on this next phase in life, one of my recommendations is that he look outside of Canada for opportunities. Hoping for a bright future in this country is perhaps a strategy that might not deliver positive results.

#119 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 8:04 pm

@#110 Quinty’s Questionable quarry.
“Ken and his apostles will pass a bylaw that will make the blights of society illegal.
Problem solved.”

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Well, unlike Mayor Invisible….at least Ken Sim will actually “do something”….anything…….

But don’t worry.
PhD Stewart will ride off into the sunset with a Senate seat in his future.
Jaggy Singh owes him big time.

#120 TurnerNation on 10.16.22 at 8:12 pm

#114 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 12:52 pm

A derelict leftist government in this Former First World Country. The Least Coast is always fully Red/Leftist. They even welcomed the Corvid Berlin Wall.
During the storm this year rural ON had power back, smartly. Probably, likely as Doug the Slug has a cottage north of the city. First dibs.

(My poor over-educated flouride addled brain leeched full of glyphosate, BPA and endocrine disrupting chemicals (I trust the Science!!) can conceive only of a Left-Right paradigm.)
I’m not bozzing, honest.

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Almost back to 2019 normal guys so close.
— Control over our travel/movement continues.

.The Business Council of Canada says it is concerned over the continued closure of the Nexus trusted-traveller program. Business Council of Canada CEO Goldy Hyder says it is ‘deeply troubling’ that the U.S. government has not reopened 13 Nexus enrolment centres (cp24.com)

—— Our Rulers are not letting this go. Billion$ in contacts at stake. Year 3 here we go. You know The Rules, Comrade.

.COVID-19 hospitalizations rise, provinces report | CTV News (ctvnews.ca)

.Masks should be worn on public transport this winter but will not be made mandatory, says Donnelly. (irishtimes.com)

.World Faces New Threats From Fast-Mutating Omicron Variants (bloomberg.com)

.Mask mandate reinstated on Milwaukee County buses (tmj4.com)

#121 mike from mtl on 10.16.22 at 8:17 pm

#82 Reality Check on 10.16.22 at 5:38 pm
….
Unfortunately we all get the government millennials and genZ deserve.
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Gotta disagree there, every vote poll (municipal, provincial, federal) I’ve been to has been long queues of (now grey) boomers.

That is the cohort who will always support PLQ and Libs; in passing conversations yes I do believe polling accurately reflects this.

#122 Kurt on 10.16.22 at 8:18 pm

#36 bob on 10.16.22 at 3:07 pm

“It’s almost like they are conniving to find the highest paying job at the lowest work-education-and-effort required. ”

They have clearly absorbed the ethos of our corporations.

#123 Phylis on 10.16.22 at 8:18 pm

20 mil/month to run those satellites? Did he forget to ask for billing addresses? Maybe he should ask Telus or Bell for some tips.

#124 Dragonfly58 on 10.16.22 at 8:32 pm

All things are possible , just not for almost 8 Billion of us. And potential disaster if 8 billion and steadily climbing plus all the various environmental pressures . Clean water, clean air, healthy forests and grasslands. Biodiversity. Garbage, sewage. fisheries collapse, and more.
Really just far too many people. It will be our undoing.

#125 BQ.1.1 on 10.16.22 at 8:35 pm

Bad news on the covid front for any of you who still care…

NY hospitalizations are spiking up while cases remain flat as proprtion of BQ.1.1 increases. Looks like delta all over again. Not good…

https://mobile.twitter.com/JPWeiland/status/1581735046704074752

#126 SK on 10.16.22 at 8:37 pm

#68 crowdedelevatorfarts
Perhap’s Suzuki’s tantrum would be taken seriously if his lifestyle was more in line with his climate hysteria. And taking a floatplane for someone spouting off his extremist views is unacceptable. Stop being so dramatic. Nobody is suggesting Suzuki swim home. You certainly were triggered by valid criticism of your golden boy.

#127 AR on 10.16.22 at 8:38 pm

As someone with 29 and 26 yr old I believe the kids are in despair. They try to pretend everything is normal but they aren’t stupid. The pace of destruction is insane. Like their parents they yearn for security but they aren’t going to slog it out for the man when they know the future is so desperate. They live for today and try to keep the anxiety at bay. It’s a daily struggle for millions of kids. Tough to get a lecture on ‘not trying hard enough’ from an old wrinkly who literally rode the capitalist wave to prosperity. Hard work not withstanding, all was stacked in our favour.

#128 The General on 10.16.22 at 8:39 pm

# 7- faron: Once again, brother, you showcase your utter lack of morals. Are you saying Musk deserves to be permanently canceled, for wanting peace? You dwell in a dark place, faron. Please enlighten everyone with some more kill list targets to be canceled.

#129 Freaking Amazed on 10.16.22 at 8:48 pm

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#130 Just someone on 10.16.22 at 8:52 pm

Yeah, we all knew this post by Garth would generate one of the worst sets of comments in a while….. Sad. So many ad hominem attacks.

#131 Doug t on 10.16.22 at 8:53 pm

#111 XEQTand chill

Exactly- humans will not stop the course they are on – they cannot – they simply are a species that grows and swells and consumes – we are a part of Nature but unlike most species we destroy the place that is our home – can’t change that period

#132 Dragonfly58 on 10.16.22 at 8:55 pm

Lisa, # 44. Do yo you have any idea at all of how many square miles of bush / forest exists in British Columbia ?
You would need the efforts of every man, woman and child in the province to make a dent in the undergrowth. And it is all part of the forest ecosystem anyway. Better leave forest care to mother nature. Fires are part of the forest cycle. Been going on for millions of years without mankinds help.

#133 Ronaldo on 10.16.22 at 8:56 pm

#68 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 4:26 pm
@#30 Don G
“Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane.”
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Or would you rather he swam home?
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Good one.

#134 Don Haraguchi on 10.16.22 at 9:03 pm

“Idealism fell to materialism.”

-Not according to these two kiddos.

https://www.today.com/today/amp/rcna52274

#135 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 9:13 pm

#49 PeterfromCalgary on 10.16.22 at 3:43 pm
#30 Don Guillermo on 10.16.22 at 2:59 pm

“David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry. ”

After ranting about global warming “Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane. ” Hypocrite!
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You call him a “hypocrite”.
But he’s got more smarts in his pinkie, than you two bozos have in your whole bodies.
He’s a World renowned scientists.
And “The Nature of things” should be a must watch for every school kid.
And the steerage, too.
But it doubt it would make a difference.
Denial of science is a trademark of right wing fanatics.

#136 mark on 10.16.22 at 9:13 pm

That’s quite doomer, Garth. Not like you.

#137 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 9:29 pm

#53 Dogman01 on 10.16.22 at 3:54 pm
In the Gulf Wars it became clear to all that that Western (US) Military Power (technology, doctrine, warrior ethos) was exponentially superior such that large Iraq’s forces were irrelevant.
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The claim by the US that the Iraqi army was the 5th largest has been soundly refuted.
So has the claim that the had WMDs.
What’s wrong with you people?

#138 Doug t on 10.16.22 at 9:37 pm

#49 peterfromcalgary

LOL what do you want him to do jump in a cedar strip canoe and paddle away – crikey people give him a break

#139 Wrk.dover on 10.16.22 at 9:38 pm

#111 XEQT and Chill on 10.16.22 at 7:39 pm
Garth,

I’m a 35 year old millennial. Anyone I know my age who has taken seriously environmental issues has completely given up. Maybe you should read Limits to Growth, An Uninhabitable Earth, or some stuff by Derrick Jensen.

This is not a generational issue. We are part of a species that has made infinite growth on a finite planet a physical impossibility and economic necessity.

Everything is going to collapse.

There are simply too many people on this planet using too many resources too quickly. There is nothing you or I will realistically do besides hope the end is beyond our lifetimes.
__________________________________

It was already that grim, before I was your age.

Which explains my vasectomy, pre wedlock. The least I could do to nurture all other species. (Cue delete-worthy pointlessly crass jokes from the usual suspects).

I often wonder why people with no kids bother to take climate change so seriously…..but do I care that deeply.

How about your contribution, wazzit?

M69NS

#140 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 9:43 pm

Wow.
Reading all the comments.
Where are the razor blades?

#141 Done Deal on 10.16.22 at 9:51 pm

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/toronto/article-low-list-price-nets-eight-bids-156-million-sale-for-north-york/

Let’s play…what would you get in Italy for 1/2 the price? ;-)

#142 45north on 10.16.22 at 9:54 pm

The world population of humans has more than doubled. Extreme storms, glacier melt, drought, fires and other evidence of climate change augments.

We are more aware of natural disasters because the world population has doubled. Suppose for example if Hurricane Katrina (2005) had happened a hundred years before – same storm, same location. The Hyatt Regency New Orleans, suffered major damage but it wasn’t there a hundred years before. Also news gets around faster.

#143 DJT on 10.16.22 at 9:59 pm

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#144 45north on 10.16.22 at 10:00 pm

I watched Adam Taggart interview Danielle DiMartino Booth (on youtube). They are talking about the US housing market. They both see the potential for a collapse. My take-away is the Canadian housing market is in worse shape. As I said before, the people who know aren’t saying.

Danielle DiMartino: There’s an underlying fundamental demographic, many boomers are carrying two mortgages. they’re going to sell one when they feel the heat.

Real estate investors are highly levered. They do a third of all housing transactions. Their cash flow assumptions are assinine in a recession.

#145 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 10:13 pm

Flamingo in Venezuela covered in oil.
It could not be saved.

https://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/bilder-des-tages-fotos-aus-deutschland-und
der-welt-fotostrecke-122824.html#bild-f5f5a756-82b5-4d01-abb6-27477494d030

#146 k on 10.16.22 at 10:13 pm

Past and present religious atrocities have occurred not because we are evil , but because it is a fact of nature that the human species is biologically only partly rational. Our prefrontal lobes are too small and our adrenal glands too big. Our reproductive organs apparently designed by committee. A recipe which alone or in combination is very certain to lead to some unhappiness and disorder . The late great Christopher Hitchens .

#147 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 10:19 pm

Re: Flaming Picture
Scroll all the way down.

#148 Cheyne on 10.16.22 at 10:25 pm

Problems created during the “boomers” watch

#149 Dragonslayer on 10.16.22 at 10:39 pm

Faron #7

“Ukraine has every right to have Musk on a kill list”

From one who really likes your posts and almost always agrees with your point of view, a friendly suggestion. You might want to walk this one back.

No harm in making an honest mistake. We all do, and your credibility won’t take a hit at all by simply saying: guys. I made an error in judgement. I think even your opponents on this blog would respect the courage it takes to admit you crossed the line and are now fixing it.

Anyway, whether you do or don’t, please keep posting. Really enjoy your perspectives. Cheers.

#150 Don Guillermo on 10.16.22 at 10:42 pm

#68 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 4:26 pm
@#30 Don G
“Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane.”

Thats how the rich roll.

Or would you rather he swam home
*******
Oh yes, I’d much rather see that.

#151 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 10:54 pm

116 DON on 10.16.22 at 7:58 pm
#101 Linda on 10.16.22 at 7:20 pm
I confess, I’m a bit bemused at the concept that Gen Z individuals are looking to ‘retire’ in 2 years. Even Millennials are a bit of a stretch, but at least some of them are aged 40+. GenZ are listed as being born after the Millennials, which means their ages range from 10 to 25. Hence the bemusement, since a lot of GenZ’s haven’t even graduated from grade school let alone entered the work force. What does it say about their expectations given the oldest Gen Z’s are only 25?

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Gotta wonder how Deloitte surveyed the 10 to 25 yr olds….no doubt just the uni age group. I have worked with Deloitte on severval projects over the years and they are not that impressive to say the least. Consultants will write a report on anything their client asks for. It’s all about the revenue to them. They churn through young consultants
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Agree.
These Accounting firms used to do mostly financial audits.
Now the auditing side is just a side line.
What is frustrating for inside specialists and experts, is that management very often ignores their advice and pays top dollar for exactly the same advise that the inside guys came up with.
And Furz thinks only Government departments waste money on useless consultants.

#152 BC Voted on 10.16.22 at 11:21 pm

The new Vancouver Mayor picks up where Vision Vancouver left off. More commodification of homes.

Basran the realtor mayor in Kelowna is gone.

The Surrey mayor is gone.

Most of the mayors in BC are gone.

Apparently people across BC wanted change.

#153 SK on 10.16.22 at 11:59 pm

#130
Not all ad hominem “attacks” are invalid. Instead of going down the rabbit hole, use some common sense. No wonder our poor country is falling into totalitarianism. Our education system is truly a mess.

#154 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.17.22 at 12:09 am

The new Van Mayor will hire 100 new police officers.
FURZ probably thinks most of them will be Chinese spies.
Hiring 100 mental health nurses is a great idea.
So far, I like what I see.
Surprised about the new Mayor in Surrey.
I thought there were other better candidates.
Mac Callum had to go, but there is a “et tu, Locke” moment here.

#155 Revo Lou Shin on 10.17.22 at 12:42 am

Bob Dylan??? Meh…

Prefer to channel Geddy Lee, In 2112 the meek shall inherit the earth, or better yet Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name …great lyrics….enjoy .
https://youtu.be/8de2W3rtZsA

Much more relevant than some fuddy duddy 2nd rate poet from the 60s

#156 SoggyShorts on 10.17.22 at 12:52 am

#8 chalkie on 10.14.22 at 3:44 pm

Cell phone plan’s cost you $144.00 with 100 gigabytes in Canada, verses in Europe, the same cell phone bill would cost you $30.00, TELUS, Rogers and Bell, control over 90% of the wireless market and there is no appetite for this to change with the current or the past governments.

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120 GB plan here and it’s just under $6 per month. SEA FTW!
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#8 chalkie on 10.14.22 at 3:44 pm

Canada came in sixth spot for the cost of the most expensive airline travel in the world. Over 90% of Canadian domestic air travel is done by Air Canada and WestJet, there are few foreign flights within Canada and we also have the most expensive landing fees, keeping our domestic air travel very costly to use.

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I just flew to Bangkok and back for under $100!
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Being born in a rich country is winning the ovarian lottery. Spending your whole life paying rich-country prices is squandering that win completely.

#157 Bileth on 10.17.22 at 1:37 am

I disagree. Young people want to change the world. We are working hard to get into positions of power. No matter the generation, there is going to be a spectrum, though. Many do want handouts and “stuff”. This is no different across generations. It was just a hell of a lot easier to get said stuff some time ago.

#158 Jane24 on 10.17.22 at 1:41 am

Garth you are somewhat right but you can’t expect folk to care about the planet when they can’t find anywhere to live. In our generation you got married in your early 20s, brought a starter home and started your family. By your 30th birthday we all had our bigger family home, often on one income. This isn’t possible in Canada today.

It is possible in a lot of other countries but Canadians don’t seem to move in spite of the fact that many qualify for second passports. They like to sit in the snow and wish things were different. I honestly don’t know why so many have no get up and go. May have started in grade school when the concept of prizes for all and no competition is established. My advice for anyone would be a D7 visa to Portugal. Get a nice 4 bed villa for $450,000 cdn and WFH.

Anyway off to IKEA in Bari, Puglia here in Italy to buy some made in China crap. The Canadians are visiting me next May so I need more beds.

#159 Beavis on 10.17.22 at 1:45 am

“The latest Deloitte poll………The poll found 40% of Zs and 24% of Mills want to ‘retire’ within two years……
Three-quarters don’t want to toil full-time in a workplace, but at home. Two-thirds prefer hybrid. Half of young women, surveys reveal, plan to quit in the next couple of years.”

I look at this as an opportunity. The people that want to work (especially the blue collar) will do well. New immigrants will also take those jobs.

It’s unfortunate that so many Canadian youth are discouraged with the way society is heading. I’ve spoken to Gen Z’s and Millennials that have come from countries with limited opportunities (and have a worse environmental impact) and are so optimistic living in Canada.

#160 Jane24 on 10.17.22 at 1:47 am

I forgot to mention that our first UK Tim Hortons has opened outside of an airport. It is on a roundabout near Chichester. They have gone for the luxury market price wise but the bargain market decor wise. They charged me $15 for a box of Tim bits. I laughed in their face. I can get 4 donuts for a quid at the Co-Up.

#161 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.17.22 at 1:48 am

@3126 sK
“You certainly were triggered by valid criticism of your golden boy.”

+++
I couldnt care less about Suzuki.
I just enjoyed him lambasting the Liberal toady’s in front of the media.
It looked good on them with the smoky background of Vancouver as an emphasis to his rant.

And everyone mocks how “the messenger” travelled home…… instead of realizing we’re all frogs in a warming pot.

#162 Overheardyou on 10.17.22 at 3:15 am

It’s going to be great for those that are working hard towards a better future instead of complaining about their circumstances, but I guess that might have always been the case…

#163 Farley M. on 10.17.22 at 4:19 am

Started reading here about 5 months ago. The faron guy is just vile. Always nasty, always trying to appear not.

you watch he will just double down on his rhetoric. (Just like trump) Not possible for him to apologize, not possible for him to admit wrong, ever.

Scary.

#164 T-Rev on 10.17.22 at 6:22 am

Almost missed this post, which would have been the first one so skipped in years. Glad I didn’t.

Two things:
1. Social Media Gartho. It is the answer to Fermi’s Paradox. The Great Filter. It’s the drug that we don’t know we’re on, but we’re on it and on it hard. Messes with our brain chemistry as much as any pharmaceutical. It is used alternatively to numb and to enrage us, and always to control us.
2. The neutering of young men. You can’t expect unbridled young passion to drive change when we’ve spent much of the last 50 years, and particularly the last 15, demonizing toxic masculinity and telling boys to be more like girls. I’m hyperbolizing a bit here of course, I don’t mean to suggest that each individual person should be stereotyped by gender, and I’m not being an apologist for disgusting sexual predators, but when we spend more time indoctrinating young boys on the use of proper pronouns than on how to survive in the outdoors, you’re going to take the fighting spirit out of society. Throw in Tinder and Pornhub, and you’ve effectively drugged and controlled the most powerful generative force on the planet.

#165 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 6:36 am

#135 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 9:13 pm
#49 PeterfromCalgary on 10.16.22 at 3:43 pm
#30 Don Guillermo on 10.16.22 at 2:59 pm

“David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry. ”

After ranting about global warming “Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane. ” Hypocrite!
———————-
You call him a “hypocrite”.
But he’s got more smarts in his pinkie, than you two bozos have in your whole bodies.
He’s a World renowned scientists.
And “The Nature of things” should be a must watch for every school kid.
And the steerage, too.
But it doubt it would make a difference.
Denial of science is a trademark of right wing fanatics.
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
Yes, Dr. Fruitfly has fooled many people. Ponzie being front row and center.

#166 Wrk.dover on 10.17.22 at 6:57 am

#117 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 7:59 pm
There are approximately 100 million refugees in the world. ( doubling since 2010). Half are children.
50 million of them are climate displaced people.
Floods, droughts, crop failures, etc.
That number is expected to grow exponentially over the next few decades.
The world is getting hotter, drier, and much more volatile.
Never mind the disappearing birds and bugs.
How will we deal with 1 million refugees like Germany did?
10 million?
100 million?
Because.
It will happen.
________________________________
Jethro Bodine’s UNI kids will develop technologies rendering natural systems obsolete/unnecessary.

The only thing we need the great outdoors for, are trails upon where to ricochet across our home county on a Griz, while imagining Utopia for all, right around the next bend.

#167 ogdoad on 10.17.22 at 7:33 am

Phew, G. Heavy…

dupedness has certainly played a major role, in my opinion.

And it seems that powers that be are just starting to realize how deep the rabbit hole of our subconsciousness goes – and how to f with it.

The middle class is just a blob in a petri dish.

This, my friends, is turning out to be better than anything on netflix.

Og

#168 KNOW IT ALL on 10.17.22 at 7:35 am

**BREAKING NEWS**

New UK finance minister races to calm markets with stunning policy reversaL

CHECK MATE!

Lez incompetent are running the circus.

#169 NJ on 10.17.22 at 7:45 am

Your most pessimistic post yet, Garth! Enough with the young-people bashing. Young people want all the same things every generation before it wanted (money, house, life balance). I work with primarily all millennials (Automotive software). I see hard-working, savvy, smart young people looking to change the world in unique ways. Open your eyes. They aren’t all sitting in their moms basement scrolling through Tik-Tok.

#170 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.17.22 at 8:14 am

@#154 Ponzies Police Pals
“FURZ probably thinks most of them will be Chinese spies.”

+++
Yeah.
They’re called “police” in China or when they arrive in Canada and the Trudeau govt does nothing about it..

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjc-5S9nuf6AhXVIH0KHVLnAz0QFnoECAsQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglobeandmail.com%2Fopinion%2Farticle-why-are-chinese-police-operating-in-canada-while-our-own-government%2F&usg=AOvVaw1M9Tjtg40QiIvg0OB0I_kF

#171 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.17.22 at 8:18 am

@#160 Jane24
” I laughed in their face. I can get 4 donuts for a quid at the Co-Up”
+++
You seem to laugh in a lot of peoples face.
P.S.
Could you explain to the country hick colonials what a “quid” is?
( Mind you after Liz Truss is finished with it….it’ll be called a dollar).
We don’t get the Limey lingo.
P.P.S.
Do you, as a former Canuck, speak with a British accent now?
More British than the Brits?

#172 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.17.22 at 8:26 am

The 4th British Finance Minister in 4 months is trying desperately to put out the fires lit by the pervious F.M. Kwasi Kwarteng.
But the jokes are already “flying”….

Did you hear Kwasi Kwarteng flew back from the U.S. first class? Apparently they didn’t want him near Business or Economy” read one joke doing the rounds on Twitter in reference to Kwarteng’s rushed return from Washington to be fired by Truss.

Britain is in such a mess…..

#173 IHCTD9 on 10.17.22 at 8:26 am

#157 Bileth on 10.17.22 at 1:37 am
I disagree. Young people want to change the world. We are working hard to get into positions of power. No matter the generation, there is going to be a spectrum, though. Many do want handouts and “stuff”. This is no different across generations. It was just a hell of a lot easier to get said stuff some time ago.
______

Houses maybe, but everything else was either hideously expensive compared to incomes, or hadn’t been invented yet. They weren’t handing out credit like candy either 30-40+ years ago. Really, if you can design a life for yourself well outside our big Metros, everything is cheaper today compared to income – even the houses.

#174 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.17.22 at 8:28 am

“Britain is the new Italy”
How ironic.

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/hows-brexit-going-british-politics-mocked-home-abroad-2022-10-17/

#175 Dharma Bum on 10.17.22 at 9:01 am

#14 Jason

Watch Netflix, day drink, and work only as much as they need to to support this “lifestyle”.
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“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

– Hunter S. Thompson

#176 Dharma Bum on 10.17.22 at 9:05 am

“There is, however, concern. Somewhere on this journey we lost our way. Idealism fell to materialism. Hope became envy. There’s a sense if everybody here had a piece of property and could work three days a week in the jammies, Putin would be welcome to march and rape his way through Europe, China could build endless new coal-fired power stations, Trump supporters could overthrow Congress and the last Mountain Gorilla could croak.” – Garth
——————————————————————————————————

There was madness in any direction, at any hour. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning…

And that, I think, was the handle — that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply PREVAIL. There was no point in fighting — on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave…

So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark — that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back.”

― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

#177 Tony on 10.17.22 at 9:10 am

Re: #43 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 3:29 pm

A friend of one of my brothers’ gave the green light to Skip The Dishes. That company was turned down for funding many times before as a startup.

#178 Dharma Bum on 10.17.22 at 9:21 am

#68 crowdedelevatorfartz

Thats how the rich roll.

——————————————————————————————————

If he’s gonna roll, he should change his name from Suzuki to Kawasaki.

Good times!

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

(Sorry about that.)

#179 Dharma Bum on 10.17.22 at 9:24 am

#164 T-Rev

Throw in Tinder and Pornhub, and you’ve effectively drugged and controlled the most powerful generative force on the planet.
——————————————————————————————————-

Not to worry.

This is just a temporary phase we’re living through.

Toxic masculinity will once again rule the planet.

It’s a law of nature.

All will be well.

#180 Dharma Bum on 10.17.22 at 9:28 am

#155 Revo Lou Shin

Much more relevant than some fuddy duddy 2nd rate poet from the 60s.
————————————————————————————————–

Sacrilege!

Blasphemy!

I am horrified.

By the way, who was the fuddy duddy 1st rate poet from the 60s?

Donovan?

#181 Old Boot on 10.17.22 at 9:37 am

#164 T-Rev on 10.17.22 at 6:22 am

Almost missed this post, which would have been the first one so skipped in years. Glad I didn’t.

Two things:
1. Social Media Gartho. It is the answer to Fermi’s Paradox. The Great Filter. It’s the drug that we don’t know we’re on, but we’re on it and on it hard. Messes with our brain chemistry as much as any pharmaceutical. It is used alternatively to numb and to enrage us, and always to control us.
2. The neutering of young men. You can’t expect unbridled young passion to drive change when we’ve spent much of the last 50 years, and particularly the last 15, demonizing toxic masculinity and telling boys to be more like girls. I’m hyperbolizing a bit here of course, I don’t mean to suggest that each individual person should be stereotyped by gender, and I’m not being an apologist for disgusting sexual predators, but when we spend more time indoctrinating young boys on the use of proper pronouns than on how to survive in the outdoors, you’re going to take the fighting spirit out of society. Throw in Tinder and Pornhub, and you’ve effectively drugged and controlled the most powerful generative force on the planet.

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

You’re getting very, very warm.

Anyone younger than 30 who grew up with an internet connection was not raised by their parents; they were raised by strangers on the internet.

Those young enough to be ‘digital natives’ (never knowing a pre-internet society) can’t understand why that’s a problem.

Transgender nonsense came straight from Tumblr. Pornhub is hijacking young men’s limbic systems and resulting in young women wanting nothing to do with them. Hence, the popular ‘asexual’ gender’ and incels.

The predators who run WPATH, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, just released their new standards of care, which include those for the exciting new eunuch identity for boys and men who seek to escape their porn-induced sickness. There is no longer a recommended minimum age limit for any mutilating transition procedures.

https://www.wpath.org/soc8/chapters

Not surprisingly, the ‘standards’ for this medieval atrocity were written by an academic who’s a member of an online pedophilic castration fetish group. You’re thinking I’m nuts here, but …

https://reduxx.info/top-trans-medical-association-collaborated-with-castration-child-abuse-fetishists/

This is part of the invisible online community who’s raising your children.

Then the poor kids go to school where they’re programmed to be activists for every fauxgressive cause under the Sun by the time they’re 8 years old.

No wonder we have an epidemic of youth mental health problems when we tell children it’s their job to solve population-level problems by the time they reach 4th grade, or the planet will croak and all the trans baby unicorns will be sad.

The kids are not alright. They’re being used by adults in some truly horrific ways.

#182 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.17.22 at 9:42 am

The Dow is up 600+ points in the first 40 mins of trading.
1980’s
Crack that whip.

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

video fashion was based on budget.

#183 millmech on 10.17.22 at 9:53 am

Another one.
https://www.reddit.com/r/PersonalFinanceCanada/comments/y61sm7/no_good_options_left_locking_in_our_mortgage/
Lots of comments on rate hikes, general acceptance is for 75 next week, 75 in December and 50 in January then the pivot happens.
I believe there will be no pivot and rates will increase by at least 25 if not 50 basis points at every meeting next year, December 6th 2023 we will have 10% posted rates for 5-year fixed mortgages and a good chance of variable being the same plus 2% stress test making qualifying at 12%.
The people like in the Reddit post who are going to be renewing from a 2.5% rate to a 10% rate are in a world of hurt, going from $3500/mth to $7000/mth.

#184 Steven Rowlandson on 10.17.22 at 9:57 am

In this country thanks to real estate prices and rents plus fighting inflation on the backs of the working man it is possible and highly likely to be able to start work at age 18 and quit in disgust in your 60s or 70s having limited savings, no wife, no children and no home. Slavery and genocide are alive and well in the western world. You just have to expand your perception about how these things manifest themselves.

#185 Tony on 10.17.22 at 10:02 am

Re: #76 IHCTD9 on 10.16.22 at 4:55 pm

Everything in school has been dumbed down over time skewing the marks a lot higher. My sister and brother were both teachers. My brother just retired this year. One of the reasons being immigration from countries where English is not the first language.

#186 millmech on 10.17.22 at 10:11 am

Furthermore at 12% qualifying rate a person making $40/hr qualifies for $189,000 mortgage with $20,000 down.
Yikes

#187 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 10:12 am

Garth,

Gotta tell you, and really it’s only for you down here in the bottom of the comments for yesterday’s post…this one rubs the wrong way. It’s got an Animal Farm vibe about it.

We know you have to crank out content day after day, free, and we appreciate it but this episode of generational conscience cleansing should get a response.

Things were better when you were young? The Man?

It reminds me of one that old saying about being careful pointing a finger at someone in blame as three point right back.

Yeah, your generation were fighting against wars, for freedom, fighting The Man, corporations, etc. etc.

And now what?

Now who’s causing the wars?
Who’s stifling freedoms?
Who’s preventing protests for freedom through…well, let’s call a spade a spade – police state actions?
Who’s The Man?
Who’s The Corporation?
Who gave us Bazos to sell us laziness?
Who gave us all this technology and screens to creep on us, waste our time and distract us from what really matters?
Who gave us the 375sqft condo?
Who gave us this inflation?

YOU! Your generation. Boomers. Boomers have the most control, authority, influence over politicians, over rules, over laws, over corporate policy and actions, over EVERYTHING. And they have done plenty to keep the new generations down.

Your generation are the ones selling the young into debt before they are even born.

Your generation are the ones turning them into consumers. Have you ever seen as much advertising, making as you do today?

Your generation are the ones who came up with cubicles. And Starbucks baristas.

Your generation wants the young to comply and waste their youth on empty material possessions and consumption. Forget free love and freedom, embrace identity confusions and restrictions.

Your generation are the ones making the young make iPhones and other goods in slave conditions.

Your generation are the ones doing all the greenwashing nonsense. NetZero – meaningless garbage.

Your generation are the ones demanding billions of low wage maximum profit slave labour in China make all this crap for the young in the West to buy, and then for cherry on cake you point fingers and talk about human rights violations in China.

You are telling the young that the way to financial freedom is to support this corporate behaviour, as long as they are profitable and we can suckle something off that profit.

And then you wonder why the young don’t want to buy into it?

Why they have realized that now more then ever they are sold into a losing game unlike Boomers?

I know Garth, it’s not everyone and no one is actually putting chains on the young but we all support the path through clever strategy and the marketing propaganda to drive us toward a lifestyle designed by Boomers and paid for with debt slavery. It is being done through that marketing messaging as well as environmental controls, policy, corporate strategy, nonsense empty talk by leaders or all sorts – saying one thing while paying off the politicians to do exactly the opposite in this for-profit surveillance technological algorithmic mess that seems to have no good end game that I can see except for TOTAL CONTROL.

The only logical course of actions actually Garth is for the young to VOTE accordingly, with their actions.

– To NOT buy crap.
– To remember NEED and WANT are different.
– To not be the plant in the cubicle.
– To not participate in the game the Boomers created, whenever possible.
– To raise up their middle finger and say, NOPE!

“I DON’T WANT TO PLAY” is a perfectly viable choice for the young. Boomers don’t like it it seems.

Best things in life are free, as you well know.

#188 Quintilian on 10.17.22 at 10:17 am

#119 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 8:04 pm
“Well, unlike Mayor Invisible….at least Ken Sim will actually “do something”….anything……”

That is “harm reduction” at work. The more hands off, the less damage the politicians can inflict on society.

If you analyze Sim’s jibber jabber, it because embarrassingly obvious the man is actually still a child with a dangerously inflated ego wanting to capriciously assert himself as one who has agency over others.

The empty slogans:
“ Vancouver will be the number one city in the world again”

Of course, he is a political eunuch, most of the changes needed would need senior government involvement.

It’s true and it will always be, you can fool all of the people some of the time.

#189 V. Poutine on 10.17.22 at 10:23 am

Democracy don’t rule the world,
You’d better get that in your head,
This world is ruled by violence,
But I guess that’s better left unsaid.”

Dylan, Bob: Union Sundown, Infidels (1983)

#190 millmech on 10.17.22 at 10:27 am

#135
I have no problem with him taking a float plane, the thing that I wonder about is why is he living on an island that is just above sea level that will obviously be under water when the oceans rise from the glaciers melting.
Does he know something we do not, perhaps we should look where all the climate change experts live.

#191 Sail Away on 10.17.22 at 10:33 am

#187 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 10:12 am

It reminds me of one that old saying about being careful pointing a finger at someone in blame as three point right back.

And now what?

Now who’s causing the wars?
Who’s stifling freedoms?
Who’s preventing protests for freedom through…well, let’s call a spade a spade – police state actions?
[Etc…]

YOU! Your generation. Boomers.

———

How are those fingers?

#192 Shawn on 10.17.22 at 10:40 am

Alberta economy still strong as of August. Investment figures out this morning. August up 28% year over year. Single family home investment up 32% year over year. Firing on all cylinders! https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/cv.action?pid=3410017501

#193 tbone on 10.17.22 at 10:49 am

# 180 Dharma

Oh ya, Donovan , who was that guitarist on some of his songs… that young up and comer … Jimmy Page.

#194 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.17.22 at 10:52 am

#172 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.17.22 at 8:26 am
The 4th British Finance Minister in 4 months is trying desperately to put out the fires lit by the pervious F.M. Kwasi Kwarteng.
But the jokes are already “flying”…
———————-
Anyone with the first name “Kwasi” is not gonna last long in politics.

#195 Shawn on 10.17.22 at 10:53 am

Inflation to Slow Dramatically?

Loblaws just announced freezing prices on 1500 items until end of January. Why? Probably because consumers were doing what they could to shop at cheaper places and choose lower cost items. And Loblaws may be seeing supplier price pressures abate.

I believe save on Foods was advertising rollbacks. And isn’t Walmart back on TV with roll-back claims after an absence?

As we “lap” that start of the higher inflation from last year. this year’s increases will be smaller.

My prediction for Canada October CPI: Something under 6% in the headline number and month-over-month CPI probably down slightly (deflation) due to mostly lower September gasoline prices.

Meanwhile, stop buying so many things and shop around harder to help in the battle against inflation.

#196 Penny Henny on 10.17.22 at 10:56 am

#1 Dwilly on 10.16.22 at 1:41 pm
Garth, if you have not read, a VERY credible, serious person I like to read on this is Bjorn Lomborg. I highly recommend reading a couple of his books: Cool It, False Alarm, etc.

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

Thanks for the recommendation.

#197 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.17.22 at 10:58 am

Again,
Technology is showing its nasty side:
“kamikaze” drones

#198 THE DANDADA on 10.17.22 at 11:03 am

“The poll found 40% of Zs and 24% of Mills want to ‘retire’ within two years. A third of both groups said they’d quit even without having another job lined up. The top factors (in this order): work-life balance, development opportunities and a high salary.”

YEP….Covid taught us all a very good lesson. How more important family is and living life rather than spending the majority of your life devoting it to a company who doesn’t care about you anyhow.

Just ask those bluecollar workers…. you know the ones who actually physically build the things we use.

And look at that wealth gap. Makes me feel so comforting wanting to run to work everyday just to pad the pockets of a few.

YOU BOOMERS did a terrific job. HODL’d all the assets and wrote the rules to protect your fortunes and stay in control.

Just look at the monsters you’ve created now!

#199 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.17.22 at 11:06 am

#165 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 6:36 am
#135 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.16.22 at 9:13 pm
#49 PeterfromCalgary on 10.16.22 at 3:43 pm
#30 Don Guillermo on 10.16.22 at 2:59 pm

“David Suzuki lost it at a presser the other day while standing next to a Liberal politician who was announcing they were donating millions to the tourism industry. ”

After ranting about global warming “Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane. ” Hypocrite!
———————-
You call him a “hypocrite”.
But he’s got more smarts in his pinkie, than you two bozos have in your whole bodies.
He’s a World renowned scientists.
And “The Nature of things” should be a must watch for every school kid.
And the steerage, too.
But it doubt it would make a difference.
Denial of science is a trademark of right wing fanatics.
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
Yes, Dr. Fruitfly has fooled many people. Ponzie being front row and center.
—————————
Ever had a fruit fly infestation?
If you had, you’d understand.
Home brewers everywhere, do.

#200 Islanddave on 10.17.22 at 11:40 am

Garth,please, this whole ukeranian kill list craziness does not mix well with my morning coffee… what happened to your delete finger
Dave

#201 ERKSTVS on 10.17.22 at 11:48 am

Humble Millennial opinion: This is the product of capitalism itself. I mean, we were fed our entire lives that home ownership is the road to eldorado, that you need to own the place where you live somewhere in your thirties. Pair that with globalisation, consumerism, easy credit, companies extinguishing pensions and a sense of long-term reward for loyalty and the deterioration of western values brought by record amounts of prosperity and good times (“bad times make good man” they say?) and here we are. It will probably take a tangible crisis for us to snap out of it. Tangible in that conflict is still too far from our doorstep, the climate is yet too abstract… It will have to be something bigger. Make your bets… UGH!

#202 Cuttlefish of Cthulu on 10.17.22 at 12:11 pm

Of course the millennials want stuff.
The same stuff they see all the previous generations having, but can never attain. Who can blame them?
Stuff always comes first, then idealism.

#203 Dr V on 10.17.22 at 12:11 pm

187 Meek – reads like it’s from 1968 with “iphone”, “starbucks “and “condo” edits.

Good work!

#204 Faron on 10.17.22 at 12:18 pm

#97 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 6:53 pm

“Politically speaking, the right thinks the left is wrong, but the left thinks the right is evil”

#30 Joseph R on 10.15.22 at 3:36 pm

DEMONCRAP sham attacks who are using the House to attack poor, God-fearing Conservatives Christians

Hmmm, sounds like righty is seeing the left as evil. Do you enjoy your foot in your mouth as much as you enjoy crow?

#205 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 12:18 pm

Bjorn Lomborg was mentioned at the beginning of the comments. Haven’t read his books but do check his website occasionally.

https://financialpost.com/opinion/bjorn-lomborg-suppressing-good-news-is-scaring-our-kids-witless

“It’s easy to believe life on Earth is getting ever worse. The media constantly highlight one catastrophe after another and make terrifying predictions. With the never-ending torrent of doom and gloom about climate change and the environment, it’s understandable why many people — especially the young — genuinely believe the world is about to end. But the fact is that though problems remain the world is getting better.”

#206 the Jaguar on 10.17.22 at 12:20 pm

@#185 Tony on 10.17.22 at 10:02 am
If your brother hadn’t retired he might also be enduring this sort of nonsense:
“The Durham District School Board is debunking online rumours that some schools have added litter boxes to restrooms.
The online statements said schools were adding litter boxes and allowing students outdoor bathroom breaks if they identify as so-called furries.” +++

Also, @Jane24. I like you travelogues about Italy, Portugal, etc. Not sure why you are constantly under attack from the same poster on this blog. He’s become an understudy to the principal poster here who exists to undercut every opinion expressed that differs from his own.

#207 Faron on 10.17.22 at 12:25 pm

#68 crowdedelevatorfartz on 10.16.22 at 4:26 pm

@#30 Don G
“Suzuki was seen leaving the event via sea plane.”

+++
He lives on one of the Gulf Islands.
Probably burned less fuel than driving a car to the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal, Boarding a Ferry, exiting in Swartz Bay, driving his car to another ferry, boarding that ferry, driving his car home.

Float plane to his private dock in 30 minutes.
Faster and more efficient probably burnt way less fuel.
Thats how the rich roll.

Or would you rather he swam home?

Yep, this is exactly right. David Suzuki has done more for environmental awareness (hence action) than almost anyone in Canada. It’s not his fault that there isn’t a low-carbon option for him to travel by. More Don Guillermo’s and all the deniers fault really.

#208 Brian on 10.17.22 at 12:25 pm

Canadian Real Estate Developer Core Selling off UNFINISHED Properties

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msl6akte0Oo

#209 Faron on 10.17.22 at 12:31 pm

#97 Sail Away on 10.16.22 at 6:53 pm

Heck, one diehard self-proclaimed lefty here is even cheering Ukraine’s death list inclusion for Elon Musk, just because. That seems sorta, well, evil, to be honest.

Don’t misconstrue my words even if that kind of dishonesty is your bread and butter.

Also, you do not have an ethical nor moral leg to stand on given how utterly bereft of concern for human (and K-9 companion) life, in almost any number, your comments have been through the years. Don’t try to offload your pathological garbage onto me.

#210 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 12:35 pm

#191 Sail Away on 10.17.22 at 10:33 am
#187 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 10:12 am

YOU! Your generation. Boomers.

———

How are those fingers?

———

As noted, both middle fingers up telling Boomers “I DON’T WANT TO PLAY YOUR GAME”.

#211 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 12:46 pm

#199 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.17.22 at 11:06 am

Ever had a fruit fly infestation?
If you had, you’d understand.
Home brewers everywhere, do.
†*†*****”
Ironically just had a fruit fly infestation in our kitchen Saturday. We arrived back from Mexico and they were everywhere. Some spoiled fruit was accidentally left in the compost tin below the sink. Yuk!

#212 ogdoad on 10.17.22 at 12:51 pm

#187 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 10:12 am

:):):):)

Nice, Meek.

Have a look around, tho. Boomers are pawns, too.

Easily exploitable Human nature is the problem.

Just look at all the teslas

Og

#213 IHCTD9 on 10.17.22 at 12:53 pm

#166 Wrk.dover on 10.17.22 at 6:57 am

Jethro Bodine’s UNI kids will develop technologies rendering natural systems obsolete/unnecessary.

The only thing we need the great outdoors for, are trails upon where to ricochet across our home county on a Griz, while imagining Utopia for all, right around the next bend.
__________

Well, the Griz lumbers along nicely, but ricocheting is a bit of a stretch. Thankfully, we also have a sweet YAMAHA Raptor 700R for when we’re feeling randy. Pan that thing in the dirt and you’d think it’s some kind of mining equipment haha!

As far as my kids go – we told ’em to study hard and get a good education or they might have to live off handouts from the wife someday.

#214 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 12:53 pm

#207 Faron

Yep, this is exactly right. David Suzuki has done more for environmental awareness (hence action) than almost anyone in Canada. It’s not his fault that there isn’t a low-carbon option for him to travel by. More Don Guillermo’s and all the deniers fault really.
$$$$$$
He chooses to live a high carbon lifestyle. Absolute hypocrite.

#215 Shawn on 10.17.22 at 12:59 pm

A million U.S. dollars buys a lot of house in Orlando

Too bad the Canadian dollar is so low right now…

No indication if it includes a charger for the Tesla however.

Toll Brothers homes in the Collage Collection at Laurel Pointe Lake Nona [Orlando, Florida] feature 2,976 to 4,413+ square feet of luxury living space with 3 to 6 bedrooms and 2.5 to 6.5 baths. The homes in the Mosaic Collection are set on expansive home sites, ranging from 4,296 to 5,801+ square feet, 5 to 7 bedrooms, and 4.5 to 6.5 baths. The one- and two-story home designs in both collections offer open-concept floor plans, elegant primary bedroom suites, 3- or 4-car garages, and smart home features including keyless front entry locks, Wi-Fi thermostats, and Wi-Fi garage controls. Homes are priced from the mid-$900,000s in the Collage Collection, and from $1.22 million in the Mosaic Collection. Stunning new lakefront home sites have just been released for sale in the community.

#216 Faron on 10.17.22 at 1:04 pm

#149 Dragonslayer on 10.16.22 at 10:39 pm

Anyway, whether you do or don’t, please keep posting. Really enjoy your perspectives. Cheers.

Thanks bud. I knew there were a few out there.

In terms of the ethics on the recent garbage actions from Elon and subsequent hatred of him by Ukraine, I think I’m mostly right on this one. Sail Away’s car lending example is trivially stupid as a means for understanding this. Here is a simple analogy.

The duties of a CPR attendant are to continue to perform CPR until the patient is declared dead, alive or transferred to more definitive care. Failing this is a substantial ethical breach and you must continue CPR until one of the above happens or until you are endangering yourself.

Elon’s destabilizing threat to remove Starlink from Ukraine is similar, but on a scale of thousands of lives and on some level the existence of the country. He voluntarily chose to help and intertwine his business’s services with the acute needs of Ukrainians, so he has an ethical duty to continue to do so until he is no longer able. Adding in that he tried to use a poll to decide whether the heart attack should be allowed to take a couple limbs and a chunk of brain while giving his CPR is an even more severe breach. There’s a vice article showing evidence that he may have also decided to collaborate with the heart attack for some reason. Now, if you were the person receiving CPR, wouldn’t you be right pissed at the actions of the attendant? Especially if the actions of the attendant prevented the actions of a more competent player? The person receiving the CPR has every right to wish ill on the flaky attendant. Scale that up to an entire, sovereign nation and it’s not at all surprising that Elon is on a “kill list”.

#217 Blessed_Canadian on 10.17.22 at 1:05 pm

“In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem; it merely creates new and more complicated ones.”

— MLK

#218 Sail Away on 10.17.22 at 1:11 pm

#210 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 12:35 pm
#191 Sail Away on 10.17.22 at 10:33 am
#187 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 10:12 am

YOU! Your generation. Boomers.

——–

How are those fingers?

——–

As noted, both middle fingers up telling Boomers “I DON’T WANT TO PLAY YOUR GAME”.

——–

Haha, not bad. You definitely don’t have to play anyone’s game, but it is wise to learn from those who have succeeded in life. Learn all you can and choose the path you want.

Generational division is fiction- people are just people, all doing the best they can with the hand they’ve been dealt.

#219 Observer on 10.17.22 at 1:19 pm

I love to see CEF and Faron in agreement on climate change issues. I truly think CEF is a lefty in denial.

#220 A J on 10.17.22 at 1:21 pm

#187 The meek?

Amen.

How cute it is for older generations to create so many issues on this planet and then turn around and blame the younger generations for not doing anything about it.

Observations, not blame. Please dispute anything I actually said in the post. – Garth

#221 West New West on 10.17.22 at 1:22 pm

Don’t ever forget that it takes a village to raise a child. It seems to this 55 year old that parents, grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, the neighbors, friends parents, soccer coaches, park volunteers, teachers, etc etc etc have been replaced at least in part by Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter, as exemplified by our own 17 year old. We have both managed to have careers and be at home to raise a strong, grounded, connected child who knows what it is to go play outside during the day, but even so, the incessant pull of the addictive fondle slab is ever present. It all starts at home.

#222 IHCTD9 on 10.17.22 at 1:28 pm

#90 Quintilian on 10.16.22 at 6:21 pm
#62 IHCTD9 on 10.16.22 at 4:10 pm
“I hate to break it to ya, but you’ll get zero help from the crusty’s or the government.”

I don’t expect help from the gov, I hope I will never need it, but still see the need for a social safety net, because as with animals, humans start looking at each other differently as the watering hole dries up.

It’s a mystery to me, how some of you curmudgeons in your 50’s , 60’s and beyond can be so intellectually stunted, and logically dishonest.

Why can’t you understand that the system is rigged?

The contest is about who becomes the dealer of the stacked deck.

The system needs a purging.
Both left and right are corrupt.

The only true difference is that left is slightly less evil.
____

Why don’t we understand the system is rigged?

Because it’s not.

If you live anywhere near YVR, it’s pretty obvious to me why you think the system’s rigged. Same if you live anywhere near the GTA. Not too hard to figure that one out. I’d be in that exact same boat as you if I tried to buy in those places – despite my crusty countenance and system “rigging” in my favour.

Falling back on conspiracy is just wasting even more time. I suspect you know exactly what needs done to repair your prospects, just a matter if you’ll do it or not.

#223 Faron on 10.17.22 at 1:41 pm

#214 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 12:53 pm

#207 Faron

He chooses to live a high carbon lifestyle. Absolute hypocrite.

Nope. If it weren’t for people like David Suzuki, you and myself would all have far better low to no carbon options for travel. You foot-draggers have made it impossible for anyone to travel in a low impact way by preventing any kind of investment in tech that could enable it. And I completely disagree that someone with an international to national profile should be asked to stay home at all times.

#224 Faron on 10.17.22 at 1:44 pm

Should read:

If it weren’t for people you, like David Suzuki, you and myself would all have far better low to no carbon options for travel.

#225 IHCTD9 on 10.17.22 at 1:55 pm

#219 Observer on 10.17.22 at 1:19 pm

I love to see CEF and Faron in agreement on climate change issues. I truly think CEF is a lefty in denial.
____

Climate change stuff is probably one of the more common points of basic agreement among non-extremist lefty and righties. But there is a huge spectrum, some are running around shrieking with their hair on fire, others admit to the general facts but aren’t too worried about the ramifications. It’s always the minutiae that gets beat to death.

#226 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 1:58 pm

#223 Faron on 10.17.22 at 1:41 pm
#214 Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 12:53 pm

#207 Faron

He chooses to live a high carbon lifestyle. Absolute hypocrite.

Nope. If it weren’t for people like David Suzuki, you and myself would all have far better low to no carbon options for travel. You foot-draggers have made it impossible for anyone to travel in a low impact way by preventing any kind of investment in tech that could enable it. And I completely disagree that someone with an international to national profile should be asked to stay home at all times.
######
Okay, let’s give him credit for flying in from his cozy island off of an island home and not from an Australian home.

#227 mcsteve on 10.17.22 at 2:00 pm

Young people are also subjected to non-stop mis-information in orchestrated media attacks. Vaccines are bad, Trump is justified, Russia is just defending itself, climate change isn’t happening, ATIFA led January 6th. Hard to get excited when down is up.

#228 Doug t on 10.17.22 at 2:15 pm

#221 west

What happens if the village is full of half wits and you end up with a village idiot

#229 Guy in Calgary on 10.17.22 at 2:20 pm

Would be nice if instead of badgering the kids about being on the apps, you badgered the companies that are some how allowed to utilize the smartest people in the world to ensure they are as addicting as possible. Kids don’t stand a chance against that.

#230 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 2:26 pm

#203 Dr V on 10.17.22 at 12:11 pm
187 Meek – reads like it’s from 1968 with “iphone”, “starbucks “and “condo” edits.

Good work!

Other things that Boomers benefited from?

Shorter life spans of generations before them, so that they had a chance for their generation to take over and make an impact.

Much less educated previous generation.

The young now have to contend with ever again Executives and Board Directors hugging spots and hanging onto their positions longer and longer…until later death, who are more educated and knowledgable about internal workings vs. the young with their inexperience.

#231 Russ on 10.17.22 at 2:27 pm

Don Guillermo on 10.17.22 at 12:53 pm
#207 Faron

Yep, this is exactly right. David Suzuki has done more for environmental awareness (hence action) than almost anyone in Canada. It’s not his fault that there isn’t a low-carbon option for him to travel by. More Don Guillermo’s and all the deniers fault really.
$$$$$$
He chooses to live a high carbon lifestyle. Absolute hypocrite.

====================

Maybe Dr. Suzuki does not know there is public transportation to Tsawassen ferry terminal and public transportation to the Gulf islands too.

The lowest carbon expenditure practically available to him.

#232 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 2:31 pm

#218 Sail Away on 10.17.22 at 1:11 pm
#210 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 12:35 pm
#191 Sail Away on 10.17.22 at 10:33 am
#187 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 10:12 am

YOU! Your generation. Boomers.

——–

How are those fingers?

——–

As noted, both middle fingers up telling Boomers “I DON’T WANT TO PLAY YOUR GAME”.

——–

Haha, not bad. You definitely don’t have to play anyone’s game, but it is wise to learn from those who have succeeded in life. Learn all you can and choose the path you want.

Generational division is fiction- people are just people, all doing the best they can with the hand they’ve been dealt.

——–

What will any investor tell you?

“Past performance is not indicative of future results.”

I think this blog in itself is often noting that what worked for the Boomers, may not work for you.

One of the best moves the young can do to the Boomers is to change the rules of the game, and/or play their own game. Although, those Boomers have been quite adaptable, trying to buy/own/control the new games, haven’t they?

As I said, Boomers have wealth, influence, ownership, control over rules, politicians, laws, etc.

#233 Observer on 10.17.22 at 2:32 pm

#225 IHCTD9 on 10.17.22 at 1:55 pm
#219 Observer on 10.17.22 at 1:19 pm

I love to see CEF and Faron in agreement on climate change issues. I truly think CEF is a lefty in denial.
____

Climate change stuff is probably one of the more common points of basic agreement among non-extremist lefty and righties. But there is a huge spectrum, some are running around shrieking with their hair on fire, others admit to the general facts but aren’t too worried about the ramifications. It’s always the minutiae that gets beat to death.

^^^^^^^^^^^^
I believe they share other similar “leftish” viewpoints. Take Trump for example.

#234 Nonplused on 10.17.22 at 2:35 pm

#111 XEQT and Chill on 10.16.22 at 7:39 pm

Such sad pessimism. Gen IV nuclear offers the hope of unlimited energy, and thus unlimited wealth, for future generations. That, combined with recycling, technology, and the natural tendency for wealthy, educated populations to stabilize and slowly decline, means the future ain’t so gloomy. And we pretty much know how to do the Gen IV nuclear thing now, and even though it can’t be done in North America and Europe due to political reasons, China and Russia are off to the races. It will be done. Wind and solar will factor in as well. Battery technology remains the weakest link because the things have a tendency to burst into flames if they get too hot, but we use them practically everywhere now and it works, so progress will be made.

Realistically, there are problems everywhere, but the human condition has never been better. But yet there is so much sadness and fear. Those problems are relative. Our kids worry about whether they have the newest iPhone, whether Tim Cook has too much money, and what their gender identity should be. Even just 100 years ago they were worrying about whether they would survive polio. We’re pretty good at fixing things. Just give the engineers and scientists some time.

#235 The General on 10.17.22 at 2:36 pm

The cake is now in the oven. There seems to be no going back now. The question is this: how will the cake be divided? And who will apply the icing, or the cherry on top? Or will the cake be thrown into the wall, spoiling the whole damn party?

#236 A J on 10.17.22 at 2:43 pm

#220 A J

“If the world is to get better, or even just hold on to what it has now, we need hopped-up, unbridled, outrageous young passion. Instead, we get Doja Cat on Spotify.”

That sounds like blame to me. Blaming means to assign fault. And it sounds like you’re equating a lack of passion in young people to the perpetuation of societal ills. And as I said, It shouldn’t be the young’s sole responsibility to right all wrongs. Especially when many of those said wrongs were committed by past generations.

I’m not going to paint every generation with a broad brush because, quite frankly, I’m sick of that being done to my generation and to Gen Z. We all need to stop that, seriously. We all live on this planet as one race of people and we all have a responsibility to care about each other and our planet. No one gets a pass. No matter if we were born in the era of Bob Dylan or Doja Cat.

#237 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 2:45 pm

#212 ogdoad on 10.17.22 at 12:51 pm
#187 The meek? on 10.17.22 at 10:12 am

:):):):)

Nice, Meek.

Have a look around, tho. Boomers are pawns, too.

Easily exploitable Human nature is the problem.

Just look at all the teslas

Og

:):):):)

I’ve given it some thought, and granted it took me a while, but the conclusion is in:

Tesla drivers are greenwashing their image and their much higher than average human CO2 carbon consumption footprint, thanks to their higher average earnings level, higher overall consumption, higher air-travel, etc. Or they buy their Teslas second hand to associate themselves with that image.

Of course this CO2 carbon footprint greenwashing is in full alignment all the way to the start, and goes upstream all the way to the mining of the lithium for the batteries along with their short useful lifetime of approx. 100K miles and difficult and expensive replacement and recyclability.

#238 Nonplused on 10.17.22 at 2:52 pm

#197 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.17.22 at 10:58 am
Again,
Technology is showing its nasty side:
“kamikaze” drones

——————————-

Just a better version of artillery. Only now you don’t have to blast your way to within 20 miles of the target and level the whole city to get your target. It’s better in so many ways, really.

I mean, let’s say for some reason Russia had to blow up a particular power station in Kiev. No, I don’t mean let’s argue about whether they should or all that, let’s just take for an assumption that they are going to. Now say they are going to do it with tanks or a drone, those are the options available. Do you know how many tanks it would take to blast their way through Ukraine, how many lives lost on both sides, how many villages destroyed, just to get in firing position? And then artillery is notoriously inaccurate, so they would basically have to level the whole area, causing more destruction and loss of life. On the other hand one cheap drone launched from 1000 km away and the target is destroyed, only injuring those in the immediate vicinity.

Tanks and artillery are ancient, costly, and barbaric. Precision drones and missiles are much better. That’s why they don’t put big guns on navy vessels anymore. Useless. Old school. Expensive. Dangerous. A couple of missiles is much better. Cheaper too.

#239 Village People on 10.17.22 at 2:57 pm

#228 Doug t on 10.17.22 at 2:15 pm

#221 west

What happens if the village is full of half wits and you end up with a village idiot

————

Well played, sir.

#240 Brian on 10.17.22 at 3:18 pm

“Canary In The Gold Mine”: Asset Seizures Could Skyrocket Due To Post-Pandemic Debt Default, Say North Central Bailiffs in Kelowna, B.C

https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/canary-gold-mine-asset-seizures-could-skyrocket-due-post-pandemic-debt-default

#241 MarkInTheHammer on 10.17.22 at 3:34 pm

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed
~Dylan

I hope you enjoyed No Direction Home, Garth. His lyrics have indeed kept up with the changing times.

#242 Overheardyou on 10.17.22 at 3:34 pm

Sounds like a connected world may not be so great after all…

#243 Dr V on 10.17.22 at 3:44 pm

230 Meek

“The young now have to contend with ever again Executives and Board Directors hugging spots and hanging onto their positions longer and longer…until later death, who are more educated and knowledgable about internal workings vs. the young with their inexperience.”
————————————–

Sounds like you do want to play that game.

Just follow Sailo’s advice. Lots of opportunity out there.

#244 PeterfromCalgary on 10.17.22 at 3:51 pm

199 Ponzius Pilatus on 10.17.22 at 11:06 am

Ever had a fruit fly infestation?
If you had, you’d understand.
Home brewers everywhere, do.

LOL Those pesky fruit flies are always trying to get into my wine before I do.

#245 Moss on 10.17.22 at 4:01 pm

Garth – I love your content but you’re dead wrong in this post.

“In short, the current challenges are no less than when kiddos with hair and guitars stood up to The Man.”

And what did those Boomers do who stood up to “the man” as youths? They’ve had their hands on the levers of power for the last 40+ years and have delivered us a system that benefits themselves over future generations. After having benefitted from the selfless restructuring of society from the Greatest Generation – fighting an actual war against tyranny, creating the largest middle class in history, providing higher education to Boomers at bargain prices, and prioritizing the construction of affordable housing for their citizens – Boomers then reversed ALL of this progress in a matter of two decades. When it was their time to build a better world for the future, they instead took it all for themselves. And you wonder why today’s youth are upset with the system they find themselves in?

“Why did people in their twenties decades ago think they could change the world, and today we’re all about selfies and Snapchat?”

And tell me, Garth, what exactly did all of those twenty-something boomers in the 60’s and 70’s change the world into when they had the chance? Is it not the world we live in today that you and others complain about?

“Somewhere on this journey we lost our way. Idealism fell to materialism. Hope became envy. There’s a sense if everybody here had a piece of property and could work three days a week in the jammies, Putin would be welcome to march and rape his way through Europe, China could build endless new coal-fired power stations, Trump supporters could overthrow Congress and the last Mountain Gorilla could croak.”

The glory days of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that Boomers so often harken back to was all about providing people with an opportunity for a piece of property if they “did the right things”. Is that not what the American/Canadian dream is? While I agree it should not be so Real Estate-focused, the social contract of opportunity in exchange for hard work was what Western societies were supposed to be based on. When that social contract is broken, is it really so shocking that younger populations wonder why they are putting in the hard work part of the equation when the opportunity part has been so thoroughly gutted?

As someone who often cites history as a reason for people to think beyond their current emotions, I’m surprised to see a piece like this from you Garth.

#246 PeterfromCalgary on 10.18.22 at 12:46 am

Garth! Kids today may have it harder than I did as a kid. But my dad grew up in Nazi occupied Netherlands and he defiantly had it harder than this baby boomer or today’s kids. He stole back bikes from the Nazis after Nazis stole them from his friends. Thankfully the Nazis were too drunk to shot him.

#247 jess on 10.18.22 at 8:18 am

populist perception ?

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/opinion-danielle-smith-populism-playbook-1.6617059