Not another jogger!

One of the benefits of living in the most expensive city in Canada:


The most important Amendment

The US had a short vacation from the harsh realities of the world after the end of the Cold War. Debt and diversity have diminished its stature. Those who oppose the powers that be will be targeted. The reality is simple: unarmed people are easier to kill.


The stupid tax

While the growing expansion of casinos and state-sanctioned sports betting steal the spotlight, state lotteries have nearly doubled in size over the past two decades, driving a multibillion-dollar wealth transfer from low-income U.S. communities to powerful multinational companies.

Life is tough. It's tougher when you're stupid.

On a snowy April day, Standifer stopped by the Korner Party Store in this Detroit suburb, its largest sign advertising “Beer Wine Lotto,” to buy scratch-off tickets. She buys scratch tickets three times daily. Four years ago, she won $1,000 on a $3 ticket, but she hasn’t won big since. [...]

“Yesterday I spent like $130 and I won like $85,” Standifer said, meaning she lost $45.


Endless wars

American wars are simply a wicked method of transferring money from the taxpayer to the weapons manufacturers.


Have you got what it takes?

The overwhelming majority fail at 1.

Add up all the traits and, at most, 2% will become multi-millionaires.


Sadly funny theater

Prime Minister Zoolander doesn't care about grandma!

Despite heading one of the only Western governments to still mandate face masks on rail transport, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was conspicuously maskless as he shook hands during a Monday photo op aboard an Okanagan, B.C., steam train.

The prime minister was not breaking any laws; the Kettle Valley Steam Railway is a heritage railroad not bound by federal transport regulations. However, the visit led to cries of hypocrisy nonetheless as COVID presumably can spread just as easily on tourist trains as aboard VIA Rail trains.

I went to the local train station early this month and noticed two different trains with a platform in the middle. VIA Rail on one side and a GO train on the other. Both were heading towards Toronto. I was in the GO train where almost zero people bothered with a mask. Looking outside, one could easily tell that everyone on the VIA Rail was masked. SCIENCE!


Avoid hell

Yup. They have a few shiny buildings because their sand swims on oil. It looks like the 21st century but the mindset is from the 19th. The concept of human rights doesn't exist. Western governments won't even lift a finger if you get thrown in a cell on manufactured mischief. So, just don't go!

The same can be said for its lovely neighbor: Saud's Arabia.


MAiD service in Canada

The governments in Canada don't have enough money to treat all the patients in the health care system. Solution? Start killing those pesky and costly old people.

A 71-year-old widower was admitted to a Southwestern Ontario hospital after a fall. His family says during his admission he contracted an infectious diarrheal illness. He was humiliated by staff for the smell of his room, his family said. He developed a new shortness of breath that was not comprehensively assessed. In this context, a hospital team member suggested he would qualify for MAiD. The team said he had end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and it was terminal. The patient was surprised by the diagnosis but trusted the team.

Within 48 hours of his first assessment, he received a medically assisted death. Post-mortem testing showed he did not have end-stage COPD. His family doctor, when notified of his death, also stated he did not have end-stage COPD, but the team had failed to contact her when they were assessing his history.

The law of death is getting an upgrade:

Although considered among the most permissive euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation in the world, Canada is poised to introduce mental illnesses to the country's medical assistance in dying (MAiD) legislation.

Oh, you support trump and other right wingers? Marked as "mentally ill". No point in wasting resources when you end up in the hospital.


The joys of public health care

That famous compassionate health care of Canada:

Prickett feels he should have been transferred on the day of his accident to London Health Sciences Centre, the largest hospital in southwestern Ontario. It has the facilities and surgical expertise he needs to repair his leg — except, he said, a bed shortage in London had prevented him from leaving Wiarton.

"It blows my mind that in Ontario, we have these facilities and I can't get a broken bone fixed. I have to lie around with a broken bone in my body for four days," he said Wednesday. "It's so frustrating. I have no control.

Yup. The bizarre solution that many propose is more government spending to fix this problem. This is especially moronic as Ontario has the highest non-federal public debt in the world: CAD$455 billion. The government has no money. It must spike taxes today or crush your progeny with more debt to cover the bills.


Nvidia is so nice

Last year, new graphics cards were sold out almost immediately upon delivery in stores. People would wait in line overnight to get theirs. Of course, some of them were scalpers who would sell the card online for over double the retail price. I saw $1,000 3080s going for over $2,500.

Now, the shortage is over. The glut is here! Stores have to move inventory as the new series of cards will be launched in the upcoming months. Nvidia just couldn't see their prospective customers suffer with crazy high prices. So, now they're offering some serious price cuts!

Such overwhelming kindness. Oh, their stock is down 55% from the top. Sad!


Saying no to the vaxx

I couldn't travel on trains, take airplane flights, watch a movie on the big screen, eat in a restaurant or listen to a live orchestra because of Canada's vaxx mandates. It was nothing big. Though, there are people who're willing to lose a lot of money and invite reactions from monkeys when they publicly refuse the SUPER AWESOME FABULOUS vaccines.

Right on!


Celebrating the colored culture

Oh, those quaint colored people and their cute illegal hijinks!

Surely, these progressive, woke, feminists would show up to understand and praise a non-Muslim, White guy who was interested in getting a third wife to help out with household chores.


DSLR cameras are dead

When Nikon released the Z7, the Z7II, and finally the epic Z9, it was clear that DSLRs had been retired. They're simply too complicated and costly to produce. Mirrorless are smaller, lighter, and provide higher margins.

Japanese camera maker Nikon will withdraw from the single-lens reflex camera business and shift toward digital offerings amid intensifying competition from smartphone cameras, Nikkei has learned.

Nikon's SLR cameras have been widely used by professional photographers for more than 60 years and have come to be seen as synonymous with the Japanese company.

The D300 and the D800 were spectacular during their time.


BOC goes for the big one

I thought the Bank of Canada would go for a 0.75% increase like the Federal Reserve but they surprised almost everyone:

The Bank of Canada raised its benchmark rate by 100 basis points on Wednesday, a surprise move that exceeded economist expectations, as the bank attempts to set a firehose against scorching inflation.

The unexpected and supersized increase comes after two consecutive 50 basis point hikes, bringing the policy interest rate to 2.5 per cent. It is the largest increase since 1998.

It's going to get ugly very fast for those who're leveraged to the gills. At least, we'll get a slightly better real estate market.


The Enemy of the People

The Deep State and the media tried their best to bring down Trump with RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA and other manufactured stories. None stuck. When the Hunter Biden laptop story leaked, they jumped into action by blocking anyone online from reporting it and reframing it as a ... RUSSIAN PLOT TO HELP TRUMP!

Now that the economy is tanking and Creepy Joe is more of a senile walking corpse, they don't need to bring the hammer down on stories that make him look bad. The important question is: who will be the successor?


Death boosters

In a noticeable change in tone Friday, Health Minister Dorothy Shephard told the legislature she is concerned about unexplained high death counts in the province in the second half of 2021 and will attempt to get to the bottom of what happened.

"I think that everybody wants to know," said Shephard under questioning from interim Liberal Leader Roger Melanson.

We don't know it was the vaxx ... it was the vaxx.


Fake POTUS

There is no widespread evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 US president election; only some specific, fine-tuned, well-targeted illegal actions in a few relevant states to tip the scales in favor of Creepy Joe.


Putin defeats poutine

The Canadian government folds under pressure and reverses a part of its Russian sanctions:

Canada will return a repaired turbine to Germany that is needed for the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline and could help to ensure continued flows of energy until Europe can end its dependency on Russian gas, Canada's minister of natural resources said.

Ukraine's energy and foreign ministries said the decision amounted to adjusting sanctions imposed on Moscow "to the whims of Russia" and called for it to be reversed.

The Canadian government said in a statement on Saturday it was issuing a "time-limited and revocable permit" to exempt the return of turbines from its Russian sanctions and also announced new measures against Moscow in response to its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.

After all that, they still decide to posture:

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said on Saturday in a statement that "Canada is unwavering in its support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity ... Canada will not relent in pressuring the Russian regime".

So brave.


Canada got rogered

A dumb, fragile system crashes and millions are impacted:

Rogers services appear to be coming back online, after a daylong outage at the telecom giant that left millions of Canadians without internet and cellular service, while also disrupting government services and payment systems.

It's logical that Rogers customers couldn't use their telephone or internet services. However, Canadians who have nothing to do with Rogers couldn't use their bank debit cards in grocery stores, restaurants, taxis, etc.

It gets worse:

Rogers-owned flanker brands like Fido and Chatr also went offline, as did services not directly controlled by Rogers, such as emergency services, travel and financial networks. [...]

Government services including already bottlenecked passport offices, Service Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency are also affected.

It would be easier to list services that weren't affected. The Internet traffic in Canada declined by 25% because of this outage. Rogers has been making sweet profits for decades thanks to their market power in Canada. Yet, they couldn't build a robust system. It's time for the fat cats to lose weight.


Task Force Assemble!

My passport expired late last year. I waited and went to the post office to mail my application in February. I got the passport a month later. Too many people didn't bother in the winter and now we've got long queues.

As passport processing delays and long lineups persist at Service Canada offices, the federal government is looking to buy 801 chairs for people standing in line by the end of this week.

That precise number made me laugh. Of course, Prime Minister Zoolander is doing his very best to get to the root of this problem:

The request for the additional seating was posted just days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the formation of a special cabinet committee "task force to improve government services."

The 10 ministers on the committee have been tasked with tackling the "unacceptable" backlogs with immigration and passport applications, though with no clear timelines attached to this task.

The geezers are on it!

It's a simple supply issue. The government didn't forecast the spike in demand and so they didn't bother hiring and training sufficient numbers of workers. At least, it's still possible to apply and get a new passport in 48 hours. There are certain federal government applications where the response time is not measured in hours, days, weeks, or months! It takes years for a bureaucrat to even look at your documents. Why doesn't the government charge higher fees and employ more people to speed up that process? Can't even think of an answer.


Clown World at it again

Competitive skateboarder Taylor Silverman said in a new interview that the 29-year-old transgender competitor who won a recent tournament against girls as young as 10 should not be allowed in the women’s division. Ricci Tres, a transgender woman, captured The Boardr Open after vanquishing second-place finisher Shiloh Catori, 13, of Florida, last weekend.

An adult man competes against teenage girls and thrashes them.

“I’m not going to go and be easy on them because they’re kids,” the Navy veteran said.

She also downplayed the possibility that she enjoyed any inherent advantages.

Of course.

Silverman noted that an increasing number of transgender competitors have been entering — and winning — skateboarding events.

“This happened to me on three separate occasions, two of which I placed second,” she said. “There are several skaters doing this in skateboarding.”


Make it a century

No retirement for the youth:

A 50-year home loan might sound depressing to some, but perhaps not if the alternative is never being able to buy a property. Long-term fixed-rate mortgages are an emerging financial product that should in theory allow first-time buyers who are currently priced out of the market to get on the housing ladder.

By spreading the repayments over longer – the average for mortgages taken out this year is 29 years – buyers should be able to borrow up to eight times their income, rather than the current average of 3.2 times, say potential providers.

50 years? Those are rookie numbers. Go for 100-year mortgages! The boomers racked up huge budget deficits and exploded the public debt. Might as well add mortgages for the grandchildren. It's not like all that debt will be paid back.