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Poll reveals dark mood of Canadians

Justin Trudeau
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to discuss health care with provincial and territorial premiers in Ottawa, Feb. 7, 2023.
It's a little surprising that 67% of Canadians polled by Leger for the National Post agree with the statement, "It feels like everything is broken in this country right now."

That's a variation on the common poll question, "Is the country headed in the wrong direction?" and I have seldom seen a negative answer so high.

It might even be doubly surprising because the "Canada is broken" mantra is closely aligned with Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre. For a lot of poll respondents, agreeing that the country is dysfunctional is equivalent to admitting they kind of, sort of think Poilievre might be onto something.

But what is really, truly surprising is that the most pessimistic Canadians are women and younger people, not grumpy, old men.

Women think Canada is broken more than men do, by a margin of 70% to 64%, just as Canadians under 55 are even more pessimistic than those over 55 - 72% to 61%.

Totally unsurprising is the fact that Westerners are more convinced Canada is a mess than are the residents of other regions. Given that the Trudeau government goes out of its way to anger and repress the West, it's consistent that nearly three-quarters of Manitobans, Saskatchewanians and Albertans feel the country isn't working.

War Whore

Jordan Peterson sold out to the war party

Jordan Peterson
"I don't really regard myself as a political figure"

When Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson first burst onto the news cycle in 2016 he was seen by many as a principled iconoclast among the spineless intellectuals who was speaking out against an approaching toleration left. Protesting the gender identity rights bill C-16, he was thrusted into the public eye when he made viral Youtube videos warning that such a law would force compelled speech on a slope towards big-brother state overreach. Beloved and hated by many, years of interviews, public lectures, and debates has made Peterson one of the most influential intellectuals on Earth — but with his recent partnership with the conservative media giant The Daily Wire, he has been shifting closer to the neocon-prointervention war-wing ideologies of the world, cozying up to their version of tolerationism while lamenting the others. Attacking woke leftist ideology is still the ex-professors main grift, but now he has stuck his feet in the water of the "promoting democracy through regime change" faction of conservatives. He sold out to the war party, and may never come back around.

Like so many of the contrarian figures that challenge pervading narratives about culture, there is something immensely likeable about Peterson. Self-described as a critic of academic neo-Marxist post-modernism, he will use his Harvard psychologist background to attack leftist gender ideology and progressive views on environmental fanaticism. Part of his appeal comes from pushing back on cultural narratives that attempt to marginalize and insult responsible and competent people. He capitalizes on our personal need to rebel. Only, the rebellion is in the culture war, not the institutional. Be it his ignorance, his desire for capital, or ability to stay within the guidelines of the system, Peterson has come to promote and greenlight some of the most hawkish, pro-interventionist, and pro-war narratives.

Arrow Up

Swiss to vote on preventing cashless society, petition receives 110,000 signatures

swiss-franc banknotes
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1,000-Swiss-franc banknotes lie in a box at a Swiss bank in Zurich, April 9, 2019.
Swiss citizens will get the chance to try to ensure their economy never becomes cashless, a pressure group said, after collecting enough signatures by Monday to trigger a popular vote on the issue.

The FBS (Free Switzerland Movement) says cash is playing a shrinking role in many economies, as electronic payments become the default for transactions in increasingly digitized societies, making it easier for the state to monitor its citizens' actions.

It wants a clause added to Switzerland's currency law, which governs how the central bank and government manage the money supply, stipulating that a "sufficient quantity" of banknotes or coins must always remain in circulation.

Comment: Whilst it's worth something that Switzerland's citizens see the inherent dangers posed by a cashless society, and that their direct democracy poses an impediment to the establishments various agendas, as we saw with the lockdowns in the country, ultimately, with the mass media serving as a social engineering unit, and with an easily hystericised and uniformed public, it's likely only a matter of time before their country too is made to fall into line.


Newspaper

Joe Rogan accused of anti-Semitism

Komentator Joe Rogan.

The podcast host claimed that "Jews are into money" like "Italians are into pizza"
Joe Rogan has been accused of spreading "flippant anti-Semitism," after he defended US Representative Ilhan Omar's criticism of the role of money in the US-Israel relationship. The idea that Jewish people "aren't into money" is "f**king stupid," the podcast host argued.

Speaking to journalists Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti in the latest episode of his podcast on Saturday, Rogan condemned Republicans for kicking Omar off the House Foreign Affairs Committee over a 2019 statement about Israel. At the time, Omar said that American support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins, baby."

Although Omar apologized, Rogan said she shouldn't have.

Comment: The last paragraph probably explains why the comedian and podcast host is receiving an undue amount of attention.


Eye 1

Britain's biggest gas supplier 'profiteering' from energy crisis, Norwegian state-owned company posts record $74 billion profit

LNG norway gas
© Ole Berg-Rusten/NTB/AFP/Getty ImagesAlex Lawson Energy correspondent
Equinor's liquefied natural gas terminal in Melkøya, Norway. Climate campaigners hit out at Norwegian state-owned Equinor's record £62bn profits as household bills rise.
Britain's biggest gas supplier, the Norwegian state-owned oil company Equinor, has been accused of "profiteering" from the energy crisis and higher household bills after posting record annual earnings of £62bn.

The oil and gas producer said on Wednesday that adjusted profits hit $15.1bn (£12.5bn) in the final three months of last year, bringing total annual profits to $74.9bn, the highest in its 51-year history.

France's largest oil and gas company, TotalEnergies, one of the biggest operators in the North Sea, also reported record annual profits on Wednesday. Its adjusted earnings hit $36bn and it said it would buy back a further $2bn of its own shares.

The pair become the latest oil and gas giant to report record profits aided by soaring gas prices linked to the war in Ukraine, after similar results from Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP.

Comment: The profiteering during these times of endless crisis' says a lot about Western civilisation; even amidst the contrived coronavirus crisis tens of billions of pounds - but likely much more - was lost to alleged incompetence and outright fraud, and largely by those with close connections to the establishment.

It's perhaps no wonder that mass strikes and protests are on the rise: Strikes threaten energy supply in France, across the country tens of thousands join third round of mass protests against the government


Eye 2

Professor suggests brain dead women could be kept 'alive' and used as surrogates

pregnancy birth baby scan
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Female patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) who had provided prior written agreement may act as surrogates, allowing embryos to be implanted in their uteruses and carried to term.
A University of Oslo professor has triggered widespread anger online after theorising that the bodies of vegetative or brain-dead female patients could be utilised as surrogates to carry unborn children to term - something she calls "whole body gestational donation" or WBGD and an idea that "deserves serious consideration".

The paper by Dr Anna Smajdor, an associate professor at the University of Oslo, was first published in November 2022 in the medical journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

According to the article, with WBGD, vegetative women's bodies could be used as surrogates for potential parents who wish to have children but cannot, or prefer not to, based on proven cases of brain-dead women giving birth to healthy babies.


Comment: 'Prefer not to'?


Comment: What a disturbing thought process the professor has. She appears to be unable to conceive of the incredibly complex and synergistic relationship between mother and child, as well as their interaction with the wider world during pregnancy, which undoubtedly has a profound impact on the child's development both before birth, and after.

Although, in our time, warped proposals such as the above are par for the course in the rapidly deteriorating Western world, and, were it not for the grace of collapse, it's likely that they would be implemented:


Windsock

Wind-power makers suffer huge losses, want to abandon major project

Wind turbines
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The greenies' dream of "clean" (except for millions of dead birds) energy from wind farms is dying in the face of the poor economics (even with tax subsidies) and unreliable technology. The big players in constructing wind turbines are facing massive losses and write-downs and cancelling big offshore wind projects. Brace yourself for demands for even more subsides to the failing industry.

The green energy subsidiary of German electrical equipment giant Siemens just reported Thursday that it lost nearly a billion dollars in the last quarter. Via Fox News (Hat tip: Beege Welborn, Hot Air):
Global green energy company Siemens Gamesa reported Thursday that it had lost a staggering $967 million during the three-month period from between October to December.

The Germany-based company, which dubs itself as "the global leader in offshore power generation," noted the wind industry has faced various unfavorable pressures leading to negative growth in recent months and years, in its earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023 released Thursday morning. The company added that governments would need to further assist the industry to ensure future positive growth.

"The negative development in our service business underscores that we have much work ahead of us to stabilize our business and return to profitability," Siemens Gamesa CEO Jochen Eickholt said in a statement.

"The beginning of fiscal year 2023 saw a further increase in global wind demand prospects for the next ten years, but further governmental action is needed to close the gap between ambitious targets and actual installations," the company added in its release.
The translation of "further government action" is increased subsidies, beyond those already offered in the misnamed "Inflation Reduction Act," which mostly subsidizes green energy. Think Solyndra-like loan guarantees beyond those already available.

Comment: What took them so long? The answer is 'not' blowing in the wind.


No Entry

'Please don't get a chicken': New Zealand egg shortage sparks scramble for poultry

chickens
Animal welfare advocates are urging New Zealanders not to respond to a nationwide egg shortage by racing to buy chickens, as many supermarket shelves lay bare for the second week following a ban on battery cages.

The cages - considered detrimental to the birds' health and wellbeing - were outlawed from 1 January 2023. The government's commitment to ban them was made in 2012, when 86% of layer hens were battery-farmed. By December 2022, that number had fallen to 10%.

But egg producers say they are still hundreds of thousands of birds short of meeting market demand, and the chicken-egg dilemma could take months to resolve.

Comment: See also: Huge fire at farm kills 50,000 hens, exacerbating New Zealand's egg shortage


Wolf

Florida teen who savagely beat 9-year-old girl on school bus is charged with battery

florida girl beaten school bus
© @HomesteadSocial
A much larger teen and another boy mercilessly pummeling the third-grader, a student at Coconut Palm K-9 Academy in Homestead, Florida
The 15-year-old Florida boy who was filmed viciously beating a 9-year-old girl on a school bus has been charged with battery, officials announced Tuesday.

The sickening, widely shared video shows the much larger teen and another boy mercilessly pummeling the third-grader, a student at Coconut Palm K-9 Academy in Homestead, last Wednesday as she helplessly tries to fend them off on a crowded bus.

Nobody intervenes during the almost 30 seconds of the attack that was recorded by a classmate, video shows.

The 15-year-old seen beating a third-grader in a viral clip was charged with battery on Tuesday.

Comment: The incident in question.

Disturbing content:


From the Post's initial report:
The mother of the victim told Local 10 she will demand criminal charges against her child's assailants.
She told the outlet that school administrators are overwhelmed by spiraling violence inside and around the school — and their response was to advise her to enroll her three children elsewhere.

The heartbroken mom noted her two older kids have also been bullied during their brief time at the school — and counselors and administrators have done nothing to address her complaints.

The girl's father took to social media to express his rage and vowed to launch protests in front of the school.
"I want to set up a rally and confront the school head-on," he wrote on Facebook. "The lack of security is unreal, and the lack of security on the bus is ridiculous ... The bullying must stop!!!"
The leftist media goes into spin mode:





Black Magic

Go woke, go broke: Critics slam Disney for 'anti-white' episode of 'The Proud Family' reboot

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© Disney+
The characters chanted that the America was founded with “systemic prejudice, racism and white supremacy.”
Critics are slamming Disney as "woke" and "anti-white" over an episode of a kids show that features a song covering the history of slavery in the US and the need for "reparations."

The backlash stemmed from a Juneteenth episode of "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder," a reboot of the popular early aughts cartoon that airs on Disney's streaming service Disney+.

A clip from the episode that's been making the rounds on social media shows characters singing a tune about how America has "still not atoned for" slavery and systemic racism.

Comment: All is not well in the Magic Kingdom: