Fake news + diversity + tech

I've been buying components and building my computers for the last fifteen years. Today, it's very easy for a novice to start the same process because there are amazing YouTubers who share their awesome computer builds. In just a few hours, one can go out, buy the exact same components, and follow along with a video to assemble a new, powerful PC.

For example, take a look at this beautiful build by JayzTwoCents.

Now, let's see what happens when an idiotic, SJW organization hires an ignorant colored clown to build a PC, records the whole thing, and then shares it with the world:

OMG, how progressive and so-not-racist of The Verge to have a Black guy building a PC. So what if he doesn't have a fucking clue about what he's doing. Merit is, like, so racisss!

Here's my breakdown of the ignorance and stupidity in that video:

00:35 Tweezers? (Laughs.)

00:37 A Swiss army knife! There's a global shortage of Phillips screwdrivers.

00:40 Anti-static bracelet? It's magical! He bought it at Saruman's gift shop.

02:47 The brace!? That's not what it's called.

03:05 He installed the motherboard in the case at the very beginning! This is going to make it more difficult to put the CPU, RAM, and the NVMe SSD in the motherboard later. Order matters! By the way, doesn't your CPU cooler require a back plate? How will you attach that when you've already screwed in the motherboard in the chassis? The magic of editing will take care of that.

03:26 2666 MHz is not "fast" for RAM.

04:34 Did you just install both your RAM sticks right next to each other? That's not how dual channel works. I wouldn't be surprised if the computer doesn't even boot with that setup.

04:39 The graphics card goes in the fastest lane. Period.

05:08 Your power supply is overkill. 600-650 watts would have been enough.

05:19 Insulating pads!? Short circuit what!? (Laughs.) Also, let's place the power supply in the case so that the fan is not facing the outside. Give this man a Nobel!

06:18 "Every power supply is going to come with big bag of velcro cables." False.

07:15 Exposed CPU holder, er, slot. The entertainment is off the charts!

07:22 CPU applicator ... WTF? Just match the triangles and just drop the CPU in the socket.

08:12 This bozo provides false information regarding thermal paste. The thermal paste on the AIO CPU cooler is enough. However, if you're not happy with that, then REMOVE that paste before you apply your own on the CPU. He doesn't remove the thermal paste from the cooler and he goes ape shit with the thermal paste on the CPU. This will create air bubbles between the CPU and the CPU cooler. This will make the CPU run hotter. This is the bloody opposite of what one wants!

09:05 Does the term cable management mean anything to you?

Here's an image of the final build:

Shit show

The CPU cooler is missing a screw on the lower left! It's like showcasing a table that only has three legs. Also, for some strange reason, The Verge has disabled comments and we can't see the numbers of likes and dislikes on this epic disaster gaming PC build. Sad!


The Cloud can piss off

Vox Day:

When the whole Cloud thing started being marketed, I wondered who on Earth would fall for it. I mean, it's bad enough to run your programs on someone else's machine, but to actually store your files somewhere else?

My workplace has a few computers. After using them a few times, I gave up and bought my own laptop for work. I would keep my files up to date on my home computer by using a simple flash drive once a week.

The Cloud? Nope. For the same reason as mentioned by Vox Day.


"Hot" in Toronto

Today's temperature earlier beat a 73-year-old record for this date as the hot and humid weather continues for another day.

The mercury hit 33.9 C at Pearson International Airport at 3 p.m. on Wednesday but it felt closer to the low 40s with the humidity.

The previous record for this date was 31.7 C and was set back in 1945.

Funny. I was out today around 9 a.m. and thought that the humidity was uncomfortable. I didn't realize that a decades-old record was being broken.

For reference, tomorrow in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the temperature will hit 38 degrees with a humidex value of 46.


Can you delay gratification?

Or, in other words, can you become rich?

Dr. William Hampton: Existing studies have determined that many factors play a role in how much money a person will make. Some are very obvious, such as education and occupation, while some are less so – taller people earn more, for example. Our study was the first, however, to create a validated rank ordering of these factors (age, occupation, education, geographic location, gender, race, ethnicity, height, age, delay discounting) using machine learning.

Our results were interesting because when we compared the importance of these factors we found that how much a person discounts the value of future rewards compared to immediate ones (known as delay discounting) is more predictive of income than some other ‘big’ variables such as age, ethnicity, and race.

This is one reason why so many poor migrants from China become stunningly wealthy in a few decades in the West.

This is also why many poor people will remain poor. One could give each of them a million dollars but they'll be broke again a few months down the road. They simply don't save or conserve for the long term. Look at the people who start off in life as not-rich and then slowly build wealth over many years. The most common factor is their high savings rate.

The most spectacular example of that was Ronald Read. He died at the age of 92. He left behind $8 million. What was his profession? Janitor.


Pernicious pedagogy

I once knew a blowhard teacher who got an economics class at a high school. He had never taught the subject before. Two days into the course, he had a quiz for the students. One of the "correct" answers on the multiple choice questions was: Scarcity is just another term for a ... shortage.

Fortunately for the students, he was replaced the next day.


History marches on

Vox Day:

There is nothing strange about it what lies ahead for the planet. Diversity+Proximity=War. The Riders are already saddling up their Red and White horses; it will not be long before they begin to ride again. As Jerry Pournelle predicted so prophetically, there will be war.

Yup.

I shut down my WND column when I realized that I had completely failed to even make the smallest change in direction, that events were going to take their course and the great historical patterns were going to play out regardless of what I did, wrote, or said.

That was partly my reason for stopping this blog in late 2012. I had blogged for eight years and almost nothing came of it. I restarted in May 2016. It's now mostly a place to vent.

Why don't the majority of people in the West pay attention to reality? Why do they open their doors to poisonous snakes who'll murder their progeny?

At the margins, there might be a few people who read and comprehend the danger but most don't want to. Imagine, if you were in Hiroshima in early August of 1945. You warn people about the upcoming death and carnage. How many would have listened and moved to a safe location? How many would have called you a retard and laughed?

Those who've read history and those who've lived among the diversity comprehend the ugly future. Explaining that to the average person is like teaching calculus to a chimpanzee. Eventually, the chimp gets pissed and throws shit in your face.


To be left alone

The Supreme Dark Lord:

As a child, all I ever wanted from the dim-witted was to be left alone. And they could not, would not, do that! Now, I don't hate them, perhaps because over the last three decades I've successfully managed to arrange my life to minimize my daily contact with normal people. I can go days without ever speaking so much as a single word to anyone with an IQ below 120.

That made me laugh.

Two years ago, I was in a food joint. When I started to order my food, the voice of a mouse came out. It was confusing. What the hell is going on? Then it hit me: I hadn't talked to anyone in a week!

But while I don't blame the dim for their lack of intelligence, I find that I can't blame the intelligent individuals who hate and despise them after enduring years of malicious abuse at their hands either. Because dim or not, it's really not difficult to simply leave people the hell alone.

Oh, that would be lovely.


Not utilizing compound interest

You can't eat your house in old age:

A couple we’ll call Sally, 54, and Mike, 52, live in Alberta. They both work as personnel specialists, but have only been in their current roles for six and eight years, respectively. Sally and Mike have two children, aged 18 and 20, but their financial assets are modest: A house worth $400,000 on a 40 acre plot, and additional assets worth $148,000, including 12 acres of raw land, a car, a truck, four horses and a trailer. They also have $341,524 in debt, leaving their net worth at just over $200,000 — not a lot for folks expecting to retire in 10 to 15 years.

“We have put everything into our house and land,” Mike explains. “We have no RRSPs, no TFSAs, and no savings apart from $10,000 in chequing. We will have benefits from our employer, but with just a few years on the job, it won’t be a whole lot. Our dilemma is how we can retire with a monthly income of $5,500 after tax?”

No RRSP! That's like a 401(k) plan for those in the US.

These people worked for thirty years and completely neglected their retirement accounts. They missed out on three decades of tax sheltered growth.

Unfortunately, this mindset is quite common. Numerous people in the past few years have told me how they've bought a new house with a giant mortgage. They'll definitely start saving for their retirement once that 25-years-long debt has been paid off. One guy who told me that was in his late 40s!


Have you been to hell?

(Laughs.) I lived in Saudi Arabia for over a decade. One summer I watched the weather forecast and noticed that in two months the lowest temperature was 300C.


The speed of tech

My first computer had a 2.1GB hard drive. It was puny and slow. That was twenty years ago. Soon, Samsung will unleash an 8TB SSD:

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has launched the industry’s highest capacity NVMe solid state drive (SSD) based on the incredibly small Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF)* – an eight-terabyte (TB) NF1** SSD. The new 8TB NVMe NF1 SSD has been optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications in next-generation data centers and enterprise server systems.

The epic specs:

The NF1 SSD features a brand new, high-performance controller that supports the NVMe 1.3 protocol and PCIe 4.0 interface, delivering sequential read speeds of 3,100 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds of 2,000MB/s.

YouTubers with deep pockets would benefit from using this beast when editing 4K videos.


The Mind of a Vagina

A few years ago, we were told at our workplace that the boss expects the male workers to wear a tie. The dress code for women, however, was quite lax. Though, nothing approached Victoria Bateman:

When standards are applied to men, it's a simple fact of life. Think of the phrase, "Be A Man."

When women have to follow certain rules, it magically becomes oppression. Have you ever heard of anyone say, "Be A Woman"?


Toronto is the worst

Global News: Toronto ranked worst city for commuting in North America: study.

The report said an average commuter in Toronto spends 14 minutes waiting for a bus or a train each day. But even worse, the average person spends a staggering one hour and 36 minutes for their daily commute with an average journey distance of 10 kilometres.

If the average guy works 23 years in this case, then he would have destroyed a full year of his life in traffic. For too many people, it's worse.

I had to attend a conference in Toronto many years ago. I went with a colleague who drove his car. He wanted to leave at least two hours before the start of the event and so we did. We got to Toronto in about one hour. I thought to myself, "That wasn't so bad."

Then, it took us an additional hour to travel within Toronto to get to our destination. Obviously, my co-worker was fully aware of the atrocious traffic. So, we burned four hours in our commute.

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Of course, most of the land -- let's say 90% -- is not fit for habitation. Still, this means that the livable area in Canada is larger than Germany and France combined. So, why does Canada have crazy real estate prices in spectacularly tiny cities like Vancouver and Toronto? Why is Tokyo -- a city metro that can hold the entire Canadian population -- cheaper than the crazy cities of Canada? What's stopping people from building more houses in the stunningly empty parts of British Columbia and Ontario?

Government regulation is the likely culprit.


The Zombie Life

The Shiv Lord: The Myth Of The Maladjusted Bumpkin.

I had some plans in Toronto a few years ago. I decided to take the GO train in the morning. There were a few people in the beginning and everyone was strangely very quiet. I noticed that the trains have a Quiet Zone. No talking!

As we got closer to Toronto, the train car filled up quickly. For the last thirty minutes, a middle-aged woman sat in front of me. There was barely any space between us. She was awake. She didn't make eye contact. She simply looked down or outside the window.

I looked around the car. We were all packed like sardines in a tin can. For many people, this is two hours of their life on every work day. It's truly sad.


Canadian wind storm

When nature starts tearing down trees, collecting pieces of roofs, and killing people:

Hundreds of thousands of people were still without power across central Canada on Saturday morning following a windstorm that downed trees and power lines and left two people dead.

Environment Canada said wind gusted at close to 120 kilometres per hour on Friday in the wake of a cold front that moved across Ontario and Quebec.

Hydro One, Ontario's largest power utility, was reporting about 200,000 customers affected by outages on Saturday, and Toronto Hydro said another 29,000 were without power in the city -- down from a peak of 68,000.

It really got ugly here around 5 p.m. yesterday. My neighborhood lost electricity for 12 hours. The traffic lights were out; drivers had to be extra careful.

I checked the outage map on my phone and realized that it wasn't a whole city-wide power outage. Certain blocks were out and others had no issue. So, it's not one problem, it's multiple small headaches for the power companies to fix.

In Quebec, more than 195,000 people were still without power by Saturday after the storm gusted through at speeds reaching 100 km/h.

Hydro Quebec asked customers for patience as its crews worked to clear the downed trees and branches that damaged its grid in several areas of the province.


Canadian stock market croaks

I was checking a Canadian stock quote an hour ago and noticed that it was stuck at 1:39 p.m. The US tickers were working as usual. A halt, perhaps? Nope. The whole Canadian stock market had frozen.

The TMX Group says technical problems have affected the Toronto Stock Exchange, Montreal Exchange and other markets it operates.

The Toronto-based company issued a series of notices by Twitter to alert all users of its trading services.

This is embarrassing:

It wasn't a crazy, high-volume day. So, what happened? Did some diversity hit the fan?


No Vagina Zones

Most of the time when I've gone out to have lunch with work colleagues, the group has been all-male. We talk about work, economics, finance, politics, technology, etc. And of course, the language can be quite flowery. A single woman would completely shatter that dynamic. For example, one guy in the video above made a good point: women don't handle pointed quips or jokes really well. They take it personally. There are so many shots about height, weight, graying hair, strength, and stamina among men that would make a woman burst out crying if they were directed at her.


One Savage Canadian

A few of these idiots have approached me in Toronto to talk about some cute animal. A sample conversation with one girl follows:

"Hi! Do you care about Animal X?"

"No."

[Shocked face.] "You don't care that evil people are eating this cute Animal X!?"

"Nope."

"Um, er, okay."

The soy boy commentary makes the whole thing fantastic.


The banks are not your friends

Canada's financial consumer watchdog says there are "insufficient" controls in place at the country's biggest banks to prevent sales of financial products that are misrepresented or unsuitable for consumers, and the banks' sales-focused culture elevates the risk that employees may flout consumer protection rules.

Banksters have to earn a living.

TD Bank, the focus of the initial CBC, has conducted its own internal review and concluded it did not have a widespread problem with aggressive sales tactics.

(Laughs.) Of course, it didn't.

Anecdote: I know a girl who went to TD to get a credit card few years ago. There was just one problem. The income requirement for it was $60,000. She worked minimum wage. Her income was barely close to $20,000 a year. That didn't stop the TD rep from filling out the application and, surprise!, she got a new credit card.


Problematic questions

I was around 10 when I saw a documentary about places in the world where the sun doesn't set for months. Later, these locations get months of darkness.

How could the Islamic prayers be even possible there?

What about Ramadan!? You would die if you tried to fast! Or just go through the whole month during the no-sun period and not fast at all!

My parents weren't amused when I asked them such questions.


Rude and ugly

Women report more incivility from other women at work than from male coworkers, according to a new study.

Shocking!

“Across the three studies, we found consistent evidence that women reported higher levels of incivility from other women than their male counterparts,” Gabriel says. “In other words, women are ruder to each other than they are to men, or than men are to women.

At my workplace when men didn't like something about another guy, they called him an idiot and shrugged. When women didn't like another woman, one would get a flood of snide, bitchy comments for days, weeks, and months. Another thing I noticed over many years is that it was the unattractive or plain women who were rude. The hot girls were uniformly pleasant and cordial.


Timmies gets a virus

The employees of Tim Hortons are having a miserable time:

An association representing Tim Hortons franchisees is threatening legal action if parent company Restaurant Brands International refuses to meet with store owners to fix a computer virus that recently knocked out cash registers at an unconfirmed number of locations, inflaming an already-tense relationship between head office and frontline workers.

I went to a local shop last month. There was just one guy placing his order in front of me. I thought, "Great, this should be fast."

It took nearly 10 minutes for his order to go through. He had a coupon which the cashier couldn't input correctly. She got her supervisor who was also stumped. Finally, they brought out a folder which detailed the complex procedure of entering the discount code.

"Damn."

Plus, the atmosphere in the place was that of a morgue. The employees looked very depressed.

Some store owners have complained of draconian cost cutting by the company’s new owners, resulting in lower-quality products, a damaged brand and weaker profits.

After months of recriminations and multiple lawsuits, the situation reached a boiling point last month when some franchisees scaled back benefits and cut paid breaks for store staff in response to Ontario’s minimum wage increases.

The franchisees accused Restaurant Brands of refusing to raise menu prices to offset the added labour costs. In response, RBI said the reduced perks were the work of a “rogue group”.

What a clusterfuck.


Public Mobile stupidity

Public Mobile (PM) is a low-priced phone carrier which is owned by Telus. PM had an amazing deal in late 2016: $120 for 12GB of data for 90 days. The major benefit was having all that data spread around 90 days. The downside? It's prepaid. Not a big deal for me. So, I switched.

Yesterday, I got a text from PM. It informed me that new pricing will be coming into effect in mid-March. Instead of $120, it'll be $150 for 12GB of data for 90 days.

  1. That's a giant 25% increase. This will make customers angry.
  2. The plan is prepaid for a 90-day period. Yet, PM gave its customers a 30-day notice!

The reactions at Red Flag Deals were scathing. Usually there are about 15-20 comments for an average post. This PM debacle got over 1,800 1,900 2,000 comments! People started to send in their thoughts to Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services (CCTS).

The complaint numbers were staggering:

Based on the incident numbers from yesterday and today, it seems like there has been an increase in incidents by over 2500. Most, if not all, have got to be about this whole Public Mobile situation. Just to put it into perspective for you, the CCTS got around 9000 complaints last year. This entire Public Mobile fiasco has basically given CCTS 28% of their total complaints from last year in a span of 24 hours lol

So, finally, just a little over 24 hours later, I get another text from PM. Surprise! We won't be moving ahead with that price increase. (Laughs.) Seriously, Telus, how can you be this stupid? If you had set a price increase of $3-4 a month and given a reasonable notice (prices go up on June 1), then most people would have shrugged it off.


Enlightened objectification

Many years ago, a hardcore feminist at my workplace was talking about the male gaze and the objectification of women and blah blah blah. Then, the conversation turned to the Football World Cup. She said that she didn't like the German team.

"Why?" someone asked.

"They don't look that good."


Vicious Canadian weather

Ontario has been hit hard in this winter:

In what seems to be a relentless winter with consistent blasts of arctic air and an aggressive active storm track, it should come as no surprise that Toronto's Pearson Airport has recorded more snow so far this winter than ALL of last winter combined.

So far, Toronto has reported 90.5 cm of snow, out-snowing the 84.2 cm of snow that fell from November 2016 through to April 2017.

It's a similar story in Hamilton, Ontario as well. The city has seen 114.4 cm of snow so far this winter versus the 114.2 cm of snow combined from November to April.

It was definitely relentless over the past week. We had plenty of snow on the ground and then we got smashed with three days of snow, freezing rain, and snow. The only positive is that the brutal cold of January didn't make a repeat visit. Also, the forecast of the following week is an improvement. It looks like the worst is over. Any day in February with above zero temperatures is a gift.


Hundred years of quality

I bought my first pair of L.L. Bean winter boots in the previous century. One day one of those boots ripped. I was holding 20% of it in my hand while the remaining part was on the floor. It was my fault; I hadn't fully untied the laces. Too much stupid force!

So, I ordered a new pair from L.L. Bean. They're still going after ten years!

Of course, some people abused the generous policy of L.L. Bean:

L.L. Bean's generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud.

More:

On a recent day in the returns department, Dawn Segars recounted the story of a family that cleared out their grandfather's attic and returned a pile of 20- to 30-year-old clothes. They ended up walking away with a $350 gift card.

Costco is going to be next ...


Goals for success

Jack Ma provides excellent advice on expectations and thinking ahead. Unfortunately, that's not what YOLO people want to hear. They want to get rich today by winning the lottery.

I had a surreal conversation with a colleague about two years ago. This guy had some cash in his investment account and he was thinking of buying a few shares. He was hesitant. Understandable because of risk. He said something quite shocking.

"I only want to invest in stocks that go up 50% in a year."

Some of the greatest investors in history manage just a little over 20% compound annual growth rate. Mortals can get 10%. But, nope. He wanted 50%!

I talked to him last year. He had invested in ... nothing! His timidity and foolishness had earned him 0%.


Financially clueless

Many Americans are sorely lacking in knowledge when it comes to basic financial terms, according to new research.

A recent study of 1,000 Americans over the age of 30 found less than half of participants could confidently explain what a 401(k) is.

The research examining people’s grasp of financial terminology found many struggled to define common terms such as understanding what interest is (48 percent), the concept of bankruptcy (48 percent) or how inflation works (34 percent).

It's not just an American thing. Many Canadians don't know about finance as well.

Here, in Canada, if you've never studied finance and you're looking to save money for the future, then these are the basic terms to learn and understand:

  1. Chequing account
  2. Savings account
  3. Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)
  4. Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)
  5. Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)
  6. Mutual Fund
  7. Exchange-traded Fund (ETF)
  8. Management Expense Ratio (MER)

That's it. I've met more than one married adult with children who is spooked by the stock markets. So, these people keep significant amounts of cash locked in GICs but since they don't really understand how TFSAs work, their meager interest is taxed.

For example, a woman goes to a bank and locks $20,000 for a 5-year GIC. The interest rate is 3%. Five years later, she gets $3,000. This income is taxed at her marginal rate which is, let's say, 25%. So, the government gets $750.

Had she simply spent thirty minutes to open a TFSA and then locked her GIC within it, she would have kept that $750. Note, there is zero additional risk in this scenario.

Canadians who don't bother learning those eight things lose out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in their lifetime. Ignorance is very expensive.


Life in a shithole

The vast majority of people in the West haven't experienced real poverty. Worse, they've not even seen it. Witnessing the wretchedness provides a lot of perspective:

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, "a fecalized environment."

In plain English: s--- is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

It's not merely material deficits:

Senegal was not a hellhole. Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures' terms. But they are not our terms. The excrement is the least of it. Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

Putting such diverse groups together only leads to conflict. The West will learn this the hard way.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death. Wives raised the food and fed their own children, did the heavy labor of walking miles to gather wood for the fire, drew water from the well or public faucet, pounded grain with heavy hand-held pestles, lived in their own huts, and had conjugal visits from their husbands on a rotating basis with their co-wives. Their husbands lazed in the shade of the trees.

Feminist Islam FTW!

I've lived in the sharia shitholes of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. This is why I fully support the right of any nation to deport its Muslim immigrants. That really is the least violent option available to the West. If that's not done in the near-future, then more blood will be shed fighting the cult of death. The political class of Eastern European nations has made the right decision by refusing to import Muslim refugees. They'll be significantly better off in the coming years.


The State of Education

In a recent article for American Thinker, “Why I Quit Teaching,” I listed three reasons that prompted me to abandon the teaching profession: unscrupulous administrators, degenerate teachers, and incompetent students. Of these, the latter was the most determinant. Annually grading some 2000 term papers, which chiefly consisted of the most arrant drivel imaginable -- unintelligible grammar, stunted vocabularies, bovine inattentiveness, mental stupefaction, and monumental ignorance -- I had come to fear, if not for my sanity, for my continued intellectual viability. How many years could I go on without cerebral rot setting in? I knew the time had come to flee the cortical gulag of modern education.

I know a few high school teachers who talk about the lowered standards in Ontario. The quality of students deteriorates every year but the grades have to stay high. End result? Mediocre education. One older teacher was given a talking to by her department head for "expecting too much" from her students. She had little choice but to concede and then spoon feed her seniors. She's also retired now.

Where was one to start trying to educate an adult student who thought the Great Depression began in the 1960s; who was unable to distinguish between the First and Second World Wars; who thought that Moscow was the capital of Missouri [...] who claimed that Christ’s parables were about “betting and gamibeling and explaining differently in alot of discussion”; who asserted that “analising a book one must lick your way to the center of the Tootsie Roll-Pop”; who reading Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose declared “This book is all about mid-evil times and the monk-persons in ministories”; who thought that Canada separated from the United States during the Civil War [...]

There's not much one can do in these mid-evil times ...

I've noticed this with increasing regularity: Millennials and Generation Zyklon have given up on spelling. It's not unusual to see multiple typos in just one tiny sentence. The weird thing is that we've got automatic spell checkers. So, why don't these young people simply fix their errors? I can't understand that level of laziness.


An Islamic tradition

Police in Pakistan's capital are investigating banners that were put up on behalf of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a U.N.- and U.S.-designated terror group, that urged residents in Islamabad to donate money for Muslims in Myanmar and Syria.

Most Muslims won't personally engage in Jihad or terrorism but many don't mind donating a little money to the effort.

"It is a tradition in Pakistan, and such banners and signs appear mysteriously overnight, [posted] by unknown people on behalf of militant groups," Hasan Askari Rizvi, a security analyst from Pakistan, told VOA. "They should be held accountable for violating the law."

Making such "charities" illegal has little, if any, impact because:

Militant groups in Pakistan reportedly collect donations under the guise of religion and welfare for the poor, and instead use the money to fund terrorism.

Muslims are commanded to donate 2.5% of their savings to "charity" every year. These Jihadist groups often show photos of malnourished and oppressed Muslim children to get a few bucks from gullible Muslims. That money goes towards murdering infidels.

I remember such donation boxes in stores in Saudi Arabia in the mid to late 90s. That cash went towards their poor "Muslim brothers" in Afghanistan. All those Arabs who gave money basically bankrolled 9/11.


The Canadian Weed Chronicles

I was thinking of selling and then buying the dip this morning but decided to HODL! Soon, of course, TD croaked again:

Traders using at least two major online discount brokerage platforms are complaining of sporadic outages and expressing frustration that the latest glitch has tied their hands amidst a broad plunge in marijuana stocks.

Clients of TD Bank's WebBroker and Royal Bank's RBC Direct Investing platforms have again taken to social media to gripe about problems, after facing similar issues in recent days.

A TD spokesman says "unprecedented" trading volume continues to drive some intermittent delays for its online and mobile WebBroker clients, and the bank rolled out a broad update on Tuesday night to increase the platform's capacity.

Apparently that increase wasn't enough. Canada is six months away from the legalization of recreational marijuana. If the online platforms of the two largest banks are already melting down, then what will happen as the hype and volume increases when we approach July?

The big, upcoming news stories are the MOUs from the three big provinces. Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia will sign supply deals with the major firms (Canopy, Aurora, and Aphria). Those events will cause a huge spike in volume.

Are you ready RBC? Are you ready TD?


TD trouble

I couldn't log in to my bank account last Friday. There's always a huge surge in account activity and trading on the first business day of the year. Many Canadians are filling up their TFSAs and buying securities. So, I decided to check my account after the market closed yesterday. Nope. Didn't work.

Apparently, many people had issues:

Some Toronto-Dominion Bank customers are having problems using its WebBroker internet brokerage service and taking to social media with their complaints.

Several Twitter and Facebook users are complaining about problems logging into or using TD's WebBroker website since Friday, and complaints about the bank logged on canadianoutages.com on Tuesday began to climb at around 9:30 a.m.

More:

TD WebBroker user Adam Kauppi said he started having problems using the service on Friday and called the bank for assistance, but hung up after waiting for two hours on hold.

He didn't ... HOLD! It's odd that other banks didn't have any problems with their servers. Has TD Bank been cheap with their IT infrastructure? It appears that they didn't scale well.

Update
Ten minutes later: I read that many people have trouble accessing RBC Direct Investing.

Seriously, RBC and TD are the two biggest banks in Canada. They make billions of dollars in profits every year but their websites can't handle a spike in traffic?

The smaller players -- ScotiaBank, BMO, CIBC -- should be smart enough to use this to increase their customer base.


Uncovered Meat

Many years ago, my mom was talking about her new sister-in-law. She stated, with a subtle sneer, that my young aunt was very modern because she didn't wear any sort of a burqa or purdah. I realized much later that my mom was basically calling her a slut.

By the way, that aunt lived in the West. So, she was mostly free from the hungry and predatory eyes of lewd Muslim men.


Halaal harassment

When I was in Pakistan in the early 90s, I was asked a few times to accompany my older, female cousin for brief grocery shopping trips. The poor girl needed "help" in carrying all the stuff. I was the gallant muscle. That was confusing because the food would usually fit in two bags. She could've easily lifted them.

I was a fool. Now, I know better.


Risk. Live.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb:

[...] life is sacrifice and risk taking, and nothing that doesn’t entail some moderate amount of the former, under the constraint of satisfying the latter, is close to what we can call life. If you do not undertake a risk of real, reversible or even potentially irreversible, harm from an adventure, it is not an adventure.

A few years ago, I was thinking of investing in a new company in Canada. At that time, I had put money in established businesses --  blue chips like TD, CNR, SU, etc. 

I hesitated. Then, I went over four possibilities in my mind:

  1. The new business fails. My investment in it goes to zero.
  2. The new business fails. I didn't invest. I didn't lose.
  3. The firm succeeds. I make a nice return.
  4. The firm succeeds. I didn't invest. FUCK!

I realized that, going forward, I could live with the first possibility but I would really hate for the fourth to come true. So, I put a little bit of money down. What's funny is that a year later I mentioned my super risky pick to some of my colleagues and they all shook their heads. Not one of them would risk a penny in that highly speculative industry. They thought that the chance of making it was just too low. "Good luck, man," was their merry response.

And then they collected money for their next lottery ticket purchase.


No books for you!

Book? What is that?

My parents bought materials that were required by the school curriculum. The only other books we had were the Quran and the Webster's Dictionary. That's it. I was the weird kid growing up because I liked reading. I would borrow and devour the new school books of my siblings every year. I would save my pocket money ($0.25 for each day of school) for months and then buy cheap novels and magazines upon visiting family in Pakistan.

I was sixteen years old; in the library scanning through an encyclopedia on my computer when it hit me. I know nothing! Worse, the more I read the more I comprehended the depths of my ignorance. That was a wrenching realization. I remember walking from the library to my dorm. It was raining. I looked up and smiled. My reading habits haven't abated since.


Berry berry bad Bollywood

Tambi Dude emailed me the following article.

Sibtain Naqvi: The history of Indian cinema reveals an industry that used to be more inclusive of Muslims.

The writing is quite impressive as Naqvi goes through decades of Bollywood movies which promoted religious tolerance. Amar Akbar Anthony gets an obligatory mention. However, the whole thing ends on a jarring note when one movie and the reaction to it, somehow, makes Indians into intolerant creatures today.

The Three Khans -- Amir, Shahrukh, and Salman -- have been enjoying success in this supposedly horrible industry for almost three decades. As I listen to tanha tanha from Rangeela, I'm reminded that the greatest, most celebrated music composer in India is a Hindu convert to Islam. Even Hollywood gave the Mozart of Madras two Oscars.

What's even more puzzling is this: Why is a guy from Pakistan berating India for not being secular enough!? How does Pakistani cinema treat apostates? Can an A. R. Rahman survive, let alone thrive, in Pakistan?

If anything, the historical mindset of Indian movies is very naive. They promote peace, love, unity, and harmony with Muslims -- the same people who looked at the mass of Hindus in the 1930s and said, FUCK YOU! WE WANT OUR OWN COUNTRY! Perhaps, it's Muslims who need to work on that whole "inclusive" thing ...


Not so pure

Pakistanis love myths. Whether it the myth of the Islamic Bomb or the myth of Pakistan as the saviour of the entire Ummah, we love to feel good about ourselves.

These myths allow us to live in a fantasy world, to ignore the true horror of our times. One such myth is that of the silent majority. The myth goes something like this:

The violence and intolerance in Pakistan is the undertaking of an organised minority and that most Pakistanis are, in fact, tolerant.

Indeed, that's a myth. You would have to be blind to not see the decades of state discrimination against Ahmadis, Hindus, and anyone who is accused of "blasphemy". In 1947, about 23% of the population of Pakistan was non-Muslim. Today, that has been cut down to roughly 3%.

I've met descendants of people who used to do business in Pakistan during the 1960s. For them, Pakistan was economically and socially better than India. That has completely changed since the late 1970s. India reduced its socialist policies to grow at a faster rate and Pakistan went into the toilet by going full-Islam. This is the country that created, supported, and acknowledged the Taliban. Later, it provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden.

Finally, this guy is waking up:

This week it dawned on me that it was this fabled silent majority all along that had transformed the society into what it is today. The majority of this country is intolerant, and this is why they have remained silent in face of mounting social and cultural crisis. Their silence was tacit approval of the ugliness around us.

Just one more step towards recognizing the core of this ugliness ...


Religion of Peace

For Muslim parent, it's considered a great honor when a child can vomit any portion of the Quran within a few seconds. In Islamic countries, one can find boys who can recite all the Arabic verses from their holy book with tremendous precision. However, most Muslims are not Arabs. So, how can so many non-Arab kids memorize tens of thousands of words in a language that they don't even comprehend?

This is how:

Muslims suffer years of constant brutality in their schools. If you make a mistake, cause too much noise, or fail a test, then that's your vicious fate. I didn't have the means to record my torment but now with cheap phones, we can all see the savagery.

Note that this is the behavior of Muslims towards other Muslims. This is part and parcel of what is being imported into the West. Do you think it likely that this abused boy will grow up to be a peaceful, tolerant, productive member of society? Or, perhaps, he'll be forever filled with rage -- the outlet for which will be a new generation of unfortunate children.

Such are the fruits of a rotten tree.


The Weed King

Canopy Growth Corp is a Canadian cannabis producer, the biggest one in fact, which has been on a rampage of acquiring other Canadian licensed producers and cannabis businesses over the course of this year.

Their stock has went crazy this year, and there are solid reasons for that type of behavior.

The stock price was $3 about two years ago. Today, it closed at $18 on the TSX.

Canopy Growth Corporation has talent, money, and hype. The hard part comes in 2018. Can they grow and deliver marijuana to millions of new customers? Will they continue to be the #1 weed company on Earth?

In Q3 of 2017, their revenue was $191,000 per day. Let's see how quickly they can make that into an average of $1 million per day. It would be mighty impressive if they manage it by Q4 of 2018.

Revenue and market share matter right now. Profit can wait a few quarters.


In the heart of Islam

I lived in Saudi Arabia for over a decade.

My dad, a foreign worker, had a job in the country. He was paid half the salary of an Arab worker because of his race. He wanted to own a house or an apartment. Nope. Illegal for his kind to buy property in Saudi Arabia. Still, he wanted to live there after retirement. Nope. After thirty years of working and living in Saudi Arabia, he was given six months to sell his stuff and get the fuck out.

In all that time, none of his Arab colleagues ever talked to him outside work. Arab kids weren't a friendly bunch either. They would often save up small stones and use my younger Paki brother as target practice when he walked back from his bus stop to the apartment.

So, I know. I know with absolute certainty that this is some prime horseshit:

Islam is like communism. No inequality! Equal distribution of misery!


The destruction of Canada

James Bissett, the former head of Canada’s immigration service, writes:

Canada’s current immigration policy is based on myths. All of our political parties, most of the news media, big business interests, the banks and land developers favour large-scale immigration and justify this on the grounds that immigration helps our economy, strengthens the labour force and alleviates our aging problem.

They're low IQ voters. Liberals love them. They're cheap workers who lower wages. Businesses love them.

The 1985 MacDonald Royal Commission Report concluded that immigration did not contribute to economic growth and, in fact, caused a decline in per capita income and real wages.

Yup. More labor = lower wages.

I was a part-time math tutor ten years ago. My wage was $15 per hour. I found out that the same institution had hired a new math tutor about four years ago. Her wage? $12 per hour. She had a degree in mathematics from a Canadian university!

A more recent study by Prof. Herbert Grubel of Simon Fraser University and economist Patrick Grady found that in the year 2002 alone, the costs in services and benefits received by the 2.5 million immigrants between 1990 and 2002 exceeded the taxes paid by these immigrants by $23 billion. It is not surprising that this study has received little media coverage in Canada.

Shut up, you xenophobe! Diversity is strength!


Rumor has it

I've been blogging, on and off, for almost ten years; haven't seen a single Zionist dollar or shekel! I'm not greedy. I'd be happy with...

100-billion


The Weed King II

When Canopy Growth Corp. started trading in 2014, its entire market cap was under $100 million. Today, it's over $2 billion. It'll likely never go below that level thanks to Constellation Brands:

Corona beer maker, Constellation Brands, has acquired a 9.9% strategic equity holding in Canopy Growth. This news not only caused WEED’s shares to soar higher by 19% today, it was largely responsible for taking the S&P/TSX Composite over the 16,000 threshold for the first time.

About two years ago, WEED was trading for $2 per share. Now, it goes up by $2.30 in a single day of trading. The longs who persisted had a magnificent day.

Canopy Growth Corp. has over a quarter billion dollars in cash. The company has always had grand rhetoric and global ambitions but now they've got the war chest and the connections to make it all a reality.

It closed at $15.22. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point it goes up by $15 in a day before or during 2020.

TWD --> CGC --> WEED. I've been a very content shareholder.


The political elite don't care

I remember filling out applications for refugee status and citizenship in Canada many years ago. I had to provide tons of information:

  • addresses over the previous decade
  • support documents for persecution
  • blog data
  • FBI background check
  • multiple interviews
  • a full hearing in Toronto, etc.

But what was the point of all that when now the Canadian government is allowing confirmed ISIS members and other terrorists into the country?

Around 180 individuals, referred to as “extremist travellers” by the Canadian government, who have connections to Canada have travelled to various countries to fight for Islamic State and other radical Islamic terrorist groups. The Canadian government officials call the returning jihadists “extremist travellers” and are now worried that many of them may be a serious security risk to the safety of Canadians, broadcaster Global News reports.

One of these ISIS members even answered questions from the media:

One Islamic State returnee spoke to Canadian media about his experiences as part of the terror group’s “Sharia Police”. The unnamed Pakistani-Canadian brushed off his time with the terror group saying: “We all do things that we regret … All that’s behind me.”

Yeah, just like having an extra slice of pumpkin pie.

Former Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government had passed a motion to strip terrorists of their Canadian citizenship. The motion was later overturned by current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau which also restored the citizenship of an Islamist who plotted to bomb Toronto.

Lovely.


Not worth the trouble

Hackers are going to have fun with this:

Amazon.com Inc. is going to start delivering packages not just to doorsteps, but inside homes as well.

The new service, called Amazon Key, incorporates a smart lock fitted to a customer’s door, as well as a new Amazon security camera to record the movements of the delivery person, the company said Wednesday.

Nope.

If I'm not at home, then a notice is left and the delivery goes to the nearest Canada Post location. I can pick up the order later.