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Friday, February 25. 2022
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The Chickens Come Home to Roost for Chris Wallace
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Twitter, Facebook, Instagram allowing Kremlin officials to promote war efforts on social media
Herman Muenster: I Hope Russian Will Help Us Stay On Track To Fight Global Warming As He’s Invading Ukraine…
The rape of Ukraine
America Is Afraid of War. Putin Knows It. The invasion of Ukraine and the rise of America’s isolationists.
It is not isolationism
KT McFarland urges Biden to reopen 'American energy industry' to swipe Putin's leverage, lower energy prices
... in just a year, Biden has turned the U.S from an energy independent nation into a country that now imports oil from Russia.
Russia's plan to fight back against Western sanctions
The dilemma for the West: you can’t win a geopolitical conflict lasting years or decades with an economy powered intermittently by wind turbines and solar panels.
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'Texas moves to prosecute trans medical procedures on children as child abuse'
The fact that this is even an issue is pretty telling.
Maybe Putin isn't so bad after all.
If the European countries are sounding a little soft-spoken right now as Putin is hungrily eyeing newly minted NATO countries (formerly, Soviet-bloc countries), and as he makes use of his satellites Belarus and Moldova to launch new attack prongs into Ukraine, it's useful to remember that this is all very much about hydrocarbon supplies as well as National Security.
Russia supplies 47% of the coal, 27% of the oil, and 41% of the Natural Gas to the EU countries. I'm sure Putin has already pointed out that wars in distant, highly corrupt countries are a far less pressing concern than heat and lights in the winter time
Did I mention that China has stepped in to give Russia a helping hand with their gas supply agreements, in case there are interruptions in their supply chain? [url]? https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1570101/xi-jinping-putin-news-china-russia-gas-deal-germany-nord-stream-2-ukraine[/url]
I have friends and relatives in Canada who tell me that they don't dare talk about what Trudeau and their government has done. They have made the decision to get off of social networks or just not comment on anything that could be interpreted as political. They are careful who they talk to and worry for their future. Especially in the Western provinces where they feel they have no voice in who is elected or what the elected do.
[url=https://instapundit.com/505657/]Russia was also[/ur] the top exporter of gas and other refined fuels to the US in 2021.
Let's try again.
Russia was also the top exporter of gas and other refined fuels to the US in 2021.
Nice transition from Lenin to Stalin. But is it any better in Australia, New Zealand, or Britian. Europe is stuck in socialism and that weighs heavily on personal liberties ... especially when things head south.
trans medical procedures:
This will likely be resolved in malpractice suits and legislation.
The suit in London resulted in change in Tavistock clinic's trans procedures.
Legislation is more indirect, perhaps, but will put a damper on these body-mutilating procedures at least in pre-adolesence and adolescence. The people's voice.
Malpractice will put a chill on clinic's decisions
America is afraid of war. NO, NO, NO. America is afraid of the American warlords. The warlords prefer using war over diplomacy as we have a crap state department and politicians who love investing in war profiteering. Just ask the insider traders in Congress. Hell, we can't even get out of a war anymore without creating absolute chaos.
Can't say as I blame them. A negative social credit score can get your bank account frozen.
Not quite so.
By all accounts, our Dear Leader in Blackface and his team of whiz-kids are in an increasingly muddled position since the "fund-freezing" has backfired on him and class action lawsuits are headed towards various components of his government as well as the banks and police.
Much of this hinges on the fact that he ended the Emergency Measures Act before it got through the Senate, leaving Canadian banks who did the freezing now potentially vulnerable to legal prosecution. Also, over the next little while we may see some underbussing of minions as police take the fall for politicians at all levels.
JJM: Much of this hinges on the fact that he ended the Emergency Measures Act before it got through the Senate, leaving Canadian banks who did the freezing now potentially vulnerable to legal prosecution.
Under the Emergencies Act, the Cabinet can declare an emergency after consultations with provincial cabinets. Parliament has to table the issue within seven days, but a public order emergency declaration persists for thirty days unless Parliament votes otherwise.
It is possible the original declaration could be found to have exceeded the government's powers, but it is doubtful that would make private entities who acted under the declaration liable, as that would undermine the purpose of the law. All banking accounts have been unfrozen, by the way.
Big Tech allows Putin to promote war effort on social media
re The dilemma for the West: you can’t win a geopolitical conflict lasting years or decades with an economy powered intermittently by wind turbines and solar panels.
This is what worries me.
Currently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is mulling a climate disclosure rule. The intent is to strengthen the hand of Wall Street and woke institutional investors to impose, in effect, an embargo on investment in domestic oil and gas production. The logic appears to be that domestically produced oil and gas incurs climate risk, whereas imported energy from beyond Wall Street’s writ does not.
The intent is obviously to make energy as expensive as possible for the little people, pushing them into poverty if they can.
Why that is good policy for the United States is beyond me.
One thing we know is true in the U.S. and seems to be true in Canada as well; and that is that the law, or what is legal, is what the courts say it is. If this goes before a fair judge the banks and police may be in the wrong here not to mention Trudeau. If it goes before a left wing judge Trudeau can do no wrong.
JustMe: One thing we know is true in the U.S. and seems to be true in Canada as well; and that is that the law, or what is legal, is what the courts say it is.
The Emergencies Act, as enacted by Parliament in 1988, allows that the Cabinet can declare an emergency, "effective on the day on which it is issued," and, under the declaration, the Governor in Council can issue orders including "(a) the regulation or prohibition of (i) any public assembly that may reasonably be expected to lead to a breach of the peace, (ii) travel to, from or within any specified area, or (iii) the use of specified property".
The Emergencies Act does include a compensation clause (Part V), but that doesn't apply to private entities acting in accordance with emergency regulations. In any case, damage from freezing bank accounts for a few days would probably be de minimis in most cases.
Sort of like transphobia; me I'm not afraid of trannys; I know them well enough to steer clear. It's my preference, and worth every bit as another preference. Calling it a phobia assumes an irrationality which may or may not be there.