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 1   General / Serious Business / Re:Truly, Muzzling and Silencing descent  on: 2018-08-20 17:18:07 
Started by Fritz | Last post by David Lucifer
I was giving Krauss the benefit of the doubt but it isn't looking good as Jerry Coyne describes at his blog.
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 2   General / Serious Business / Truly, Muzzling and Silencing descent  on: 2018-08-13 12:59:41 
Started by Fritz | Last post by Fritz
I watched with dismay as Lawrence Krauss was slandered and muzzled by the anti-athiest BUZZ feed cabal:

Info-War's Alex Jones has been pulled from all social media feeds; guilty without trial or even real reasons given. Just months before the USA goes to the polls; not a coincidence I think.

The merits of both are not the point; but silencing free speech by blackmail and coproate power is a problem.

Daily Facebook and Youtube feeds are being shutdown without do process, yet some questionable facist recruitment venues remove up.

I think the cries and protests of the social media, that they are not news or content providers involved in editorializing, is now proven false and the legal system needs to hold them legally responsible for the content of thier sites. Think of all the jobs that would be provided to fulfill that mandate.


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 3   General / Serious Business / Re:Canada Shoots itself in the Head : A Nation Going Down in Flames  on: 2018-07-04 23:20:55 
Started by Fritz | Last post by Fritz
So there you have it. With minimal  outrage, Ontario went from a very left of center Liberal Government to a Conservative Government.

Popular Vote
PCs 40.63% up 9.38%
NDP 33.69% up 9.94%
Green 4.62% down 0.22% (but there leader was elected).
Other 1.75% up 0.24%
Liberials 19.3% down 19.35% (with only 7 seats lost official party status)

Of note his first actions were; to increasing staffing of nurses and stop the annual 2% reduction in Doctor's pay that has been in effect for the last 6 years.

Lets hope this rabbit hole is better for Ontario residence then the last one.

Cheers Fritz

Source: Electionarium
Author:  Electionarium
Date:  June 8th, 2018


Incoming Ontario Premier Doug Ford sits with members of his cabinet prior to being sworn in during a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto on June 29, 2018.

TORONTO — Ontario's new Progressive Conservative government was sworn in Friday. Here is a list of the new ministers:

Doug Ford — Premier and minister of intergovernmental affairs

Christine Elliott — Minister of health and long-term care and deputy premier

Caroline Mulroney — Attorney general and minister responsible for Francophone affairs

Monte McNaughton — Minister of infrastructure

Lisa MacLeod — Minister of children, community and social services and minister responsible for women's issues

Lisa Thompson — Minister of education

Todd Smith — Minister of government and consumer services, and government house leader

Laurie Scott — Minister of labour

Peter Bethlenfalvy — President of the Treasury Board

Raymond Cho — Minister for seniors and accessibility

Steve Clark — Minister of municipal affairs and housing

Victor Fedeli — Minister of finance and Chair of cabinet

Merrilee Fullerton — Minister of training, colleges and universities

Ernie Hardeman — Minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs

Sylvia Jones — Minister of tourism, culture and sport

Rod Phillips — Minister of the environment, conservation and parks

Greg Rickford — Minister of energy, northern development and mines, and minister of Indigenous affairs

Michael Tibollo — Minister of community safety and correctional services

Jim Wilson — Minister of economic development, job creation and trade

John Yakabuski — Minister of transportation

Jeff Yurek — Minister of natural resources and forestry
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 4   General / Test Area / Re:Just some attachments used elsewhere  on: 2018-07-04 23:00:04 
Started by rhinoceros | Last post by Fritz
used elsewhere
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 5   General / Society & Culture / Re:The Red Pill  on: 2018-06-11 20:39:30 
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 6   General / Serious Business / Re:Canada Shoots itself in the Head : A Nation Going Down in Flames  on: 2018-06-06 21:18:52 
Started by Fritz | Last post by Fritz
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 7   General / Serious Business / Re:Canada Shoots itself in the Head : A Nation Going Down in Flames  on: 2018-06-06 21:18:06 
Started by Fritz | Last post by Fritz

No wait, less then a week before the election this story breaks, yeah right, just coincident; no sleaze bag politics involved.

Cheers Fritz

That late-breaking estate lawsuit might actually help Doug Ford

Source: eSpeak
Author:Matt Gurney Radio Host Global News
Date: June 5th, 2018

Ontario PC leader Doug Ford makes an announcement at Capri Pizza during a campaign stop in Cambridge, Ont. Andrew Ryan / The Canadian Press.
Anyone who closely watched Toronto City Hall during the Rob Ford mayoralty can’t be surprised at the latest development on Ontario’s campaign trail: Renata Ford, the widow of the late Rob Ford, is now suing his brother Doug (and the family business, Deco Labels).
The lawsuit alleges, in effect, that Deco is struggling, perhaps even failing, and that Doug and his surviving brother Randy are keeping it afloat by improperly using the remaining financial wealth of the late Doug Ford, Sr., patriarch of the Ford clan. This, Renata Ford’s suit alleges, is denying her and her children family wealth that is rightfully theirs.
READ MORE: Doug Ford, brother named in $16M lawsuit by widow over Rob Ford’s estate
That’s a fast summary of the legal filing, and none of it has been tested in court. But there’s still something almost predictable about it all. When you know the Fords, and follow them across the years, you learn to expect ... well, things like this.
When the news first broke, my first instinct was that this was dangerous for Ford’s campaign for premier. Polls are indicating that Ford seems to be on the cusp of a majority government, but it’s a tight, volatile race.

until that’s proven, the public has every right to suspect that this is a stunt. Further, it will probably be years before a case like this is actually litigated, if it goes that far.

That’s the luck part. But Doug Ford himself has responded well.
He’s refused to answer questions by reporters about the state of his company’s books, saying that that will come out in court and he’ll be vindicated. He’s repeatedly expressed dismay and shock at the lawsuit, and has noted (I’m sure rightly) that he did a lot for Renata and the kids over the years, including financial support during tough times. He’s said, repeatedly, that his main concern is the welfare of his niece and nephew.
Renata Ford poses with her husband, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, at a charity gala in 2011. John R. Kennedy / Global News.
His campaign, meanwhile, has also released a statement attributed to his mother, which asserts (without proof) that Renata Ford is troubled, suffering from serious addictions. That allegation is certainly plausible, as those who’ve followed the Ford family know.
I winced a bit at the bold assertion that Renata is an addict  — though I’m pleased that, at long last, the Ford family can spot addiction. That wasn’t always the case, as readers may recall. In any event, if Renata needs help, I certainly hope the children are being looked after in the interim.
But for Ford, this story probably broke too late to hurt him, and by responding calmly, as a wounded family man, he’s reminding voters of one of the Ford family’s admitted strengths: a sense of loyalty and unity. He’s also showing genuine human vulnerability, something he’s not usually good at.
Doug Ford obviously would not have sought this. But it doesn’t seem to be hurting him.

In a weird way, it may actually help. And there’s only 55 hours or so to go.
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 8   General / Test Area / Re:Just some attachments used elsewhere  on: 2018-06-06 21:13:12 
Started by rhinoceros | Last post by Fritz
to be used elsewhere
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 9   General / Serious Business / Re:Canada Shoots itself in the Head : A Nation Going Down in Flames  on: 2018-06-06 20:16:13 
Started by Fritz | Last post by Fritz
Interesting review

Cheers Fritz

2018 Ontario election newspaper endorsements

Source: Macleans
Author: Maclean's
Date: June 6th, 2018

2018 Ontario election newspaper endorsements: Doug Ford or Andrea Horwath?
News outlets from across the province weighed in as to who would be the best choice for Ontarians in the 2018 provincial election

On Thursday, Ontario will decide its next premier. As in past elections, editorial boards at several newspapers from across the province have weighed in with who they think voters should support—though in an era of unending media consolidation, shared editorials across chains are now commonplace.
With Kathleen Wynne essentially conceding that she won’t be Ontario’s next premier, and with her party far back in the polls, no major paper has endorsed her. Which leaves Doug Ford’s PCs and Andrea Horwath’s NDP.  Even then, some outlets couldn’t bring themselves to choose.
Here’s where the papers stand:
READ ALSO: Ontario election 2018 platform guide: Where the parties stand on everything

The Toronto Star said: “Ontario voters should back NDP to stop Doug Ford”“What’s at stake in Thursday’s election is the future of the province. That’s more important than any strictly partisan choice and progressive voters should think beyond their loyalties to a particular party. They shouldn’t risk giving Doug Ford the chance to drag this province backwards, and in the great majority of ridings that means supporting the New Democrat.
Ontarians are obviously looking for change: the polls are clear on that. But the same polls show the majority of people in this province are fundamentally progressive.”

The Globe and Mail endorsed neither of the parties:“The choice is thus between a PC government led by Doug Ford and an NDP government led by Andrea Horwath. Neither is desirable, albeit for different reasons. With the PCs, the leader is a profound problem, while the state of the party itself is also a worry; with the NDP, it’s the party’s platform…
The electorate cannot vote for leadership where it does not exist, or for platforms that are wrong for the times. So if you are lucky enough to have a local candidate who embodies integrity and principle, we encourage you to support him or her.”

The Hamilton Spectator and Niagara Falls Review, both owned by Metroland, endorsed Horwath:
“One thing is clear. We cannot endorse a candidate and party who didn’t even go to the trouble of properly filling out the job application. That’s disrespectful. Say what you want about Patrick Brown and Christine Elliott, but they wouldn’t have shown Ontarians the disdain demonstrated by the Doug Ford PCs.
So, the NDP by default? That would be our view. But there are solid Green and Liberal party choices in many ridings, and there are candidates worth supporting for local as opposed to party reasons. We wish you the best of luck as you make your choice.”

The Toronto Sun, owned by Postmedia said vote Ford:“Unlike Wynne and Horwath, Ford knows efficiencies can be found in government. That controlling public spending will lower Ontario’s $12.5 billion a year in interest payments, money saved that can be used to improve public services. This won’t happen overnight given the enormity of the financial hole the Liberals created.
But the way to start digging out begins with the election of Ford and the PCs on June 7.”

Several Postmedia newspapers (including the National Post, London Free Press and Windsor Star) also endorsed Ford:“An inexperienced premier Ford will nonetheless have experienced, credible legislative veterans around him. The lack of a proper campaign platform is certainly worrisome, but in reality, given the Liberals’ affinity for cooking the books, no party’s campaign platform will survive the first day. Accountants will need free rein to assess Ontario’s true fiscal status — something the Tories have pledged to arrange without delay. Only then will it be possible to produce anything like a realistic, costed plan.
So, while this is probably not the best choice Ontario has ever had, it is a clear choice: the Liberals must go and the NDP must not win. Ontario would therefore best be served by a Progressive Conservative government led by Doug Ford.”

Waterloo Region’s The Record said think local, instead:“Yet the two major alternatives offer limited consolation in an increasingly polarized political landscape. On the right is a Progressive Conservative Party with an erratic populist — Doug Ford — as its leader and a ramshackle platform that has not been fully costed.
On the left is a New Democratic Party captained by the more congenial Andrea Horwath but encumbered by rigid doctrine and spending-spree plans that would shackle a new generation of Ontarians with even more unsustainable debt.
In this era of unreason and instability, we would counsel Waterloo Region voters to seek reason and stability. Support the candidates who best know this community and can represent our interests, whether in government or opposition.”
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 10   General / Serious Business / Re:Canada Shoots itself in the Head : A Nation Going Down in Flames  on: 2018-06-03 13:05:00 
Started by Fritz | Last post by Fritz
All the polling as of June 1st 2018.

Cheers Fritz

2018 Ontario election Predictions June 1st 2018

Source: Calculated Politics
Date: June 1st 2018

The site has great break down of all the pools and ridings.

PC:69 37.5%, NDP:49 36.1%, Lib:5 19.5%, Green:1 5.4%, Other:0


NDP lags, PCs retake lead in Ontario election after final debate: Ipsos poll

Source: Globalnews
Author: Monique Scotti   
Date: May 28th, 2018

Indeed, turnout could prove to be the deciding factor in this election, especially in ridings where the race is too close to call. A full 82 per cent of PC voters responding to the Ipsos poll said they were “completely certain” they’d turn up to vote, while among NDP voters it was 69 per cent and among Liberal supporters it was 65 per cent.
That aligns with patterns Bricker has seen in the past.


Source: Electionarium
Date: May 16th 2018

PC:75, NDP:36 Lib:13 Green:0 Other:0

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