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The Canadian protests bore little in common with what was covered in this piece. The film seems to deliberately display the trucker community and their supporters as semi illiterate goofs with a poor understanding of what they are doing What struck me about the Canadian convoy was the variety of people involved; truckers, nurses, doctors, teachers, blueberry farmers, office workers all making the trek to the dismal city of Ottawa every weekend to stand with the truckers and give another voice to their concerns about freedom of choice.

For 2 years millions of people who did not agree with the WEF/Covid agenda have been ridiculed, called right wing, called selfish and stupid by friends, family and their government. The trucker convoy showed us that we were not alone, and that there were in fact people around us who we might never have connected with on any other issue, but in this we were united.

So go ahead and make the classist assumption that the convoy was full of silly people, waiving their anti- commie flags or wearing Maga hats. I probably wouldn’t agree with 50% of the people there on issues like abortion or LGBetc rights, guaranteed incomes or the right to bear arms, but on this issue of mandates there are millions who stand with the truckers and their courage to speak out.

Attention should be paid to the underlying malaise of the working person about the declining standards of living for many. Trump should have been a warning about the desperation of people to pry themselves from a corrupt political system. Instead, his opposition spent 4 years consumed with hatred instead of looking at themselves and where they had gone wrong And nothing good can be born of hatred.

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But, the convoy was FULL of silly people, just not in the way the articles and other related crap conveyed the image. And it was a small plurality of the disaffected. Small. These silly people are only now noticing what's been going on for the last 50 years, and they're making the entirely wrong moves to counter what's happening to them. So, yeah. Silly. Unfortunate, foul, inhuman in some cases, largely unnecessary, but silly.

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The trucker who talked of term limits was 100% correct. He said no one will vote to fire themselves so somehow we the people are going to have to agree to installing term limits and then never support any candidate for any office that doesn’t agree

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Jefferson described the Constitution as "fatally flawed" as it did not contain provision for rotation of office.

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Public clamoring for the passage of a federal balanced budget amendment, IMO, would be far more effective in the near term. Term limits can come later.

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I respectfully disagree. Every other aspect of the Constitution is utterly ignored by the state and their appointed courts (other than the 3rd Amendment.) Why would a balanced budget amendment be special. The executive appoints the judges and the judges, especially SCOTUS, always, always, always rules in a manner that preserves FedGov efficacy.

A solution might be to abolish the central bank which enables FedGov to borrow infinite money at artificially low rates. If FedGov tried to borrow its absurd amounts in the markets, rather than simply have the FedBank print it, they would be punished with usury rates.

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Why are these the wrong moves ? What are the right moves ?

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What should one do when their occupation/livelihood/business is clearly headed for extinction? It's not form blockades and make demands that no government is ever going to dignify with a response, let alone capitulation. The right moves would not involve tying up a bunch of civilian lives in pointless yammering. Regardless of what several in here imagine, the mess does not and did not have mass support; all credible non-biased information indicates it was a small bunch of people alienating a much larger bunch of people. Multiple friends in Ottawa all indicated that it was blown way up and over anything the mass line cared about. That is not how movements are developed.

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In Canada the trucker convoy opened up a conversation that had been shut down by censorship and divisive marginalization by the MSM. The MILLIONS of supporters showed that it was not a "fringe" group holding "unacceptable" views. Several provinces have now dropped masking and vaccine mandates (both in Alta.). The Liberal government was forced to back down from implementing the Emergencies Act. And perhaps most importantly it exposed the vile, fascist tendencies of the current Liberal government. I do not use the term "fascist" lightly. Employing banks to freeze innocent citizens accounts for engaging in lawful protest (and support thereof) is pure fascism. Names of supporters were then published in MSM to further socially vilify and economically assault citizens engaged in legal political action. Our fascist Prime Minister hit a low in polling (bottoming our at 16% !!!). That in itself is a GREAT success.

I am a supporter of the convoy in Canada and I am grateful for their courageous actions in confronting the most autocratic, arrogant and dangerous government (in Canada) I have experienced in my lifetime (I am a senior).

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I'm another Canadian Senior and Canada, Yes Canada had the worst COVID response in long term Care in the developed world. Swept under the rug, yes, there are commissions and committees; seen any new LTC homes going up? Seen any de privatization of LTC going on? The organs of mind control have done their work well; only a small fraction have a clue what's going on.

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I was shocked by this article by Julius Ruechel:

Julius Ruechel: The Lies Exposed by the Numbers: Fear, Misdirection, & Institutional Deaths (An Investigative Report)

https://www.juliusruechel.com/2021/05/the-lies-exposed-by-numbers-fear.html#prologue

In section "V - The Story of the Pandemic, Told by the Numbers" Ruechel gives a summary of covid deaths in Canada (to that point). Shockingly, 75% of all covid deaths occurred in INSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS - hospitals, jails and LONG TERM CARE. Long term care residents comprise over half (55%) of the total of the institutionalized population of 292,000. So, now we know what they mean when they say they've "taken care of" vulnerable seniors.

This was a slaughter of the most vulnerable in society. Most people, as these numbers show, were not at great risk from this virus (about the same as a moderately nasty seasonal flu). But the denial of effective treatments relying only on the 'miracle vaccine' (that wasn't), the sending of sick patients from hospitals to LTC to "free up beds" (that were never needed) led to unnecessary death of many institutionalized seniors, many dying after being isolated from family and friends for their final months on this earth. I hope I am wrong but I fear this scandal will likely never be known by most people.

As you say the mind control has been quite effective. For the majority anything counter to the cult covidian narrative ('miracle' vaxes=safe+effective, all other treatments=dangerous disinformation, masks+vaccines+lock downs+distancing=worked perfectly etc.) gets the following response:

https://i.postimg.cc/3J10cpxT/Cult-Covidian-Reacts-To-Counter-Narrative.jpg

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Trudeau has yet to prorogue parliament, so not yet the most autocratic.

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Right. He's an incompetent moron who, if Daddy hadn't greased the way, would be deep frying chicken at a fast food restaurant. The people that talk about him like he's Stalin are clearly overexposed to popular TV shows and have no experience living under an actual autocracy.

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He's not the worst at anything but he's right up there. A midget with a Lilliputian cabinet. Only in Canada you say.

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No argument about Trudeau; he’s a shithead trust funder absent any life experience that would qualify him to lead a nation.

No one wants to feel like a sucker; wild claims are part of any dissident activity. Adversaries always claim victory about stuff over which they have no influence; makes them feel good. “WE WON!”…said the folks already consigned to irrelevancy. If folks wanna make them heroes, fine with me. Happens all the time. Trump is a hero to some. So is Biden. And so are a depressing number of other politicians. Shit, Trudeau is a hero to some.

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"all credible non-biased information indicates it was a small bunch of people alienating a much larger bunch of people. "

Sounds like a comment that could have been made by a bunch of "non-biased" white folk shortly after Rosa Parks was removed from a public bus for refusing to give up her seat to a white man and landed herself in jail. Do you also believe Ms. Parks action(s) had nothing to do with the Civil Rights Act being passed by Congress 9 years later?

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Sorry, but peak oil was "called" in the '70's and several times since. Yet, we produced more oil than ever in 2020. Take your fear mongering somewhere else, perhaps with the spooked COVID lockdown crowd. Data tells a different story than these bullshit narratives.

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Data tells a story that over six million people world wide have died of COVID. Your own narrative of COVID concern as being overblown is also bullshit.

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You obviously were not there.

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Were you?

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Good question.

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Any sillier than Taylor Greene or Nancy Pelosi?

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Nope. They’re moronic, not just silly

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They are semi illiterate goofs. Do you think he brought all those people with him? My cousin is a trucker and was part of that"protest." I went with him across country one time for a summer in college. They are some of the most idiotic, bigoted, and gullible people on the planet. They literally weren't protesting anything since the mask mandates were over and the vaccine mandates were in Canada. They were just there to scream about "freedom" really means to these people is a forever white majority country. They think that they were born special. I spent the bulk of my childhood in various Texas towns as well as Los Angeles. There is a deep entitlement mentality in the Southern white conservative Christian population that is not found anywhere else in the country. This is why they project "entitlement" on poor minorities and the liberals who support social programs who will help them. They hate white liberals and leftists because they truly see us as race traitors. I'm white and grew up with a black stepfather and stepsisters. I was called a "race traitor" and "n-word lover" by everyone from police, my "friends" and the smooth brained 9th grade U.S. history teacher/football coach (who knew nothing about history). Much of these people have no education including any critical thinking skills. This is why Facebook, Fox News, and Donald Trump were able to scramble their brains in less than a decade. Andrew interviewed many people in that documentary and the absolute nonsense they believe was all bat shit to a degree that shouldn't be possible in the modern age. My conclusion is that many humans cannot handle having access to the internet. They could barely handle having access to cable TV. If their attention in the form of clicks and ratings can make someone wealthy, the most despicable people will usually win them over. Why? Because they are sociopaths who will say anything they have to. I don't think most of the extreme right wing conspiracy theorists and started off truly believing their nuttiest talking points. They were just grifters.Tucker Carlson doesn't believe half the things he says. He wouldn't be caught dead in a room with anyone who lives in a trailer park or shops at Wall-Mart. He just knows what they want to hear. If you grew up dealing with these people and they were threatening your family on a regular basis, you might not be so sympathetic to their cause either. They vote against their own interests every election cycle. They teach their children early that the white race is superior and dinosaur bones were placed underground by the devil to test their faith. So every eighteen years a new generation of brainwashed adults goes into the polling booth and votes for the candidate who will make their lives worse. Luckily some will see reality for what it is and escape that way of thinking. Most of these people including myself feel a certain amount of empathy for the ones who were tricked by the powerful forces that beam nonsense into their homes, cars and pockets 24/7. But we've also seen that it's not getting any better. It's getting much worse every year. People I know who were not political at all into their 40's, 50's, and even 60's, including my uncle, are now absolute fanatics. They refuse to speak to their children for not believing in every Qanon theory. They have high blood pressure because they think a race war is going to break out any minute.They trust absolutely nobody and think everyone who slights them is a CIA agent. By the way this isn't just one or two out of a thousand. This is 35% of the country. In these southern suburbs and rural towns it's over 90%. Now they support Putin who is an actual authoritarian tyrant but think that mask mandates were the real tyranny. It's all insane. Masks were not a big deal. Vaccinations saved millions of lives. The lack of critical thinking skills made it possible to skew obvious truths.

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"There is a deep entitlement mentality in the Southern white conservative Christian population that is not found anywhere else in the country."

That's funny. I also grew up in Texas in a small town with cousins in multiple small Texas towns. We went to schools with 50% black people in them. I saw a single race "incident," which was a drunken comment by an elderly man. Was not even an act, just a comment.

I am sure most folks have experienced at least one disgraceful comment or action, but it occurs in small towns far, far more infrequent than the discrimination I've received for 2+ years over the vaccine "racists" that are now everywhere. Why is that discrimination OK?

It may exist in tiny pockets of any given town, but you have no idea if it's widespread. And you're own ignorance in making claims of this sort is no more than racism against southerners. Take that shit out of here.

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The are the Russian Orthodox Church and Putin is a Church Patriarch. they are the Cossacks. They are the Ukraine Nazis they are Cruz, Cawthorne, Pompeo and Cotton. They are crusaders for hate and intolerance. They are a small minority of truckers but they are larger than life stupid.

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The missing part is how all these guys earn a living. Apparently they own their trucks and the paraphernalia attached to them to harass people. How do they afford to eat, sleep and buy gas/diesel? Independently wealthy? What is their income? Are they living on their savings? Is someone giving them donations? Are they on vacation? Are they all retired? They object to vaccinations although they have all been given over 40 vaccinations in their past just I order to attend grade school! Nearly one million people have died from Covid and even today over one-thousand die every day from Covid. Ironic how tough they seem while cowering mouse-like from a vaccine injection!

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More logical fallacies; more whack a mole...

Please correct me if I'm mistaken, but I don't believe that any pre-Covid19 grade school inoculations involved experimental drugs with untested, synthetic antibodies that did not have FDA approval and did not pass through the normal FDA approval protocols. Further these Covid19 "vaccines" were distributed under emergency authorization unlike any prior vaccine or innoculation. You've apparently been fully indoctrinated by the corporate/gov. coordinated propaganda cmapaign on Covid19 vaccine "programs". I recommend exercising your critical sense and looking at some important facts that are being suppressed and cancelled in public debate. To be clear, I don't give a damn what you put into your body-- or what you wear to protect your personal health. However, personal health is a personal choice. Always has been; always should be. I'll be damned if I am going to allow you, or anyone else, to dictate what I should do to protect your personal health. Personnel safety is an entirely different matter. That is for legislators and Executives to consider with respect to business employer regulations. But I haven't seen any enacted with respect to Covid19 in the last 2 years (that hasn't been deemed unconstitutional by the SCOTUS). That should tell you something.

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Your arrogant assertions are a blatant denial of the problem and a denial of possible future scenarios, such as mass quarantine lockdowns. Your fear of the vaccine is palpable cowardice.

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More than 60% of American truckers are vaccinated. The point is something you likely don't understand: the principle of freedom, specifically medical freedom.

Maybe you should dig a little deeper before you post so you don't end up embarrassing yourself.

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So you assert, if so why is their schtick about ending vaccine or mask mandates. Are the 40% of them unvaxxed leading the 60%? Maybe you need to make sense next time you post?

There is nothing to dig up. These trucker complainers are misinformed and clearly full of ulterior motives merely using the vaccine as a pretext to act like a bunch of little kids!

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I don't think the producer needed to make them look like anything. They did a pretty good job of that. Especially on the overpass.

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Do you think Canadians are smarter than Americans? We watch the same dreck (shit) listen to the same shit and have the same MSM as America except here where French is our language and liberal means open to change or rather free to adapt and conservative means if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Here is then foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Italian television explaining a middle class liberal democracy on Italian Television in 2019.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL-5eCSzzdA&t=5s

When Aaron Mate left 22 years ago he was facing charges of instigating a political insurrection today his allies are in power in Quebec because Quebec in 2022 is very wealthy very powerful and very democratic and our French media is very non corporatist although my banking coop has 70,000 employees, my public utility has 50,000 employees and we are short 400,000 new Quebecers due to Covid and we are short workers for a generation. And our farmers and their co-operative are as powerful as the world's food giants but only here in Quebec.

Today gender, race and religion carry no sway in Quebec and women are in power and the last municipal elections saw all women mayors in all our major urban centers. We are the "Christian" right's worst nightmare. Women are running Quebec and doing a damn good job and affordable daycare and family leave is guaranteed. Forget the Viagra and restart the saltpeter.

Sincerely

One very happy old man

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Chrystia Freeland is a neo-liberal tool, divorced from anything meaningful in the lives of the average Canadian. I'm impressed she speaks Italian, and no doubt French and the Ukrainian of her unabashedly Nazi grandfather She happens to be the member of parliament in my riding. Her office has never answered one email or one written letter on any subject I have approached them on. No one in her offices in Toronto or Ottawa had ever heard of Julian Assange.

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Isn't she a graduate of Schwab's WEF "leadership" program just like the trust fund baby Trudeau?

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As far as I know, Yes. Conspiracy theories are like racism; it's so easy to accuse someone of it and when you offer a reasoned defense, it proves you guilty. Unfortunately, almost everything is built on conspiracies, we've pretty well gotten rid of street racism although the Ukraine vs Yemen selective empathy proves that the organs of propaganda still are as effective as ever.

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She's our "Lady Macbeth"!

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I don't see any such evidence. The only thing we need here is families. Sherbrooke is short ten of thousands of citizens to feed our booming economy. There is no reason with two Universities a major world research hospital and modern technology Sherbrooke can't become Vienna. We also grow the best tasting food in the world whether you are an omnivore, carnivore, vegan, or vegetarian. We are the home of poutine.

Three hundred years ago the potato was unknown in in Ireland and 180 years ago the failure of the potato was pretext for culling the bottom 20% of the Irish population.

From my perspective life on this planet has never been better. The food is magnificent, the healthcare is fantasyland, the bureaucracy is professional they do their best to serve, the schools are terrific, welfare is professional what is your problem? Our healthcare provider called us to book an appointment at our working class home in our working class neighbourhood. It would a fortune to take care of us 24/7 my wife is a control freak with a doctorate in administration and her style would drive the staff bonkers and I don't do clocks and stimulants and depressants don't do a thing. I do three cups of coffee to get to sleep.

In one of his books Irving Layton called his poems improved binoculars. I've never seen unreasoned words come out of Freeland's mouth. I remember when she called out the Saudis for their treatment of women and journalists and the Saudi broke off relations with Canada. The US sided with the Saudis and Canada stood alone.

I wonder what the world would look like if America wasn't so reasoned that there is no such thing as a moral imperative. The last Magog election was whether to continue developing or declare a moratorium on development. We are already desperately short of citizens.

I really like and admire Chrystia Freeland.

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Freeland; Oh, that was brilliant virtue signalling. The Saudis stopped paying for the death machines we built in London Ontario and threatened to pull their resident physician's our of Canada and we caved. Talk is so cheap. Did you know that Canadian's with medical degrees can't get residencies in Canada because they go to foreigners including many Saudis? Hang on to whatever you have and remember, we're just a vassal state of the empire; if can be taken away in a heartbeat. Doubt that, look what happened to Bombardier; the federal and Quebec government's were less than helpful. The best aircraft of its type in the world with almost 1000 orders and for now, most are still built in Canada but that can and likely will change and in the meantime, foreigners have ownership and control as-is the case with almost all large industrial corporation's. We're well paid serfs in our own country, hewers of wood and drawers of water, more of a branch plant economy than ever. Oh, and our resource extraction corporation's are all over the world bringing wealth they raped from third world countries home to their shareholders. I truly hope your life continues good but for most Canadians, it's getting worse and has been for a very long time. One stroke and you could be in one of those private LTC homes.

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I am 74 years old. I am a communitarian.. What are we going to do about it?

Chrystia Freeland is a believer in an economic system that I don't believe works. Does that mean I reject what she offers and propose a set of mores and values that are foreign to people who believe in something that is provably illogical?

The truth be told I really can't sign my name or tie my shoes but I am very gifted in dealing with logic and interconnection

Firstly let us talk about L'Affaire Lavalin. There was no graft there was no corruption there was lots of stupid and lots of failing to understand. To grow up in Quebec and not understand unemployment is a major social problem. The truth is the entire hypothesis is no longer relevant;

There is no such thing as unemployment in a 21st century liberal democracy Employment itself defines social construct rich people are never unemployed their role is to consume and that do is meaningless because consumption is what living organisms do.

We have computers that speak mathematics not superstition.

Quebec is secular humanist and human welfare is central to our metaphysics. I don't understand flags, nations, anthems tribes, I have always been me and no one else.

My wife suggested I start learning to write 25 years ago. I don't remember the exact debate but I suggested a five day week and a 73 week year. I was told almost universally that the universes demands a 7 day week. That sir, is not the universe I live in Regardless of how compelling the math and logic people believe lots of shit that has no basis in reality7.

The only thing I am really good at is being me.

The metaphysics about Putin is he is very religious. His political and social agenda in Russia is straight out of the GOP agenda. He is a member of good standing of the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church headed by the Moscow Patriarchy and their agenda as the state religion of Russia is "Christian" fundamentalism. He is Peter the Hermit not Hitler, Stalin Trump. I don't know how to talk about Western political, social and economic philosophy without Milton, Locke and Newton. I don't know how to discuss American democracy without the 1800 Presidential election and I am still waiting for John Adams to concede but of course John Adams didn't believe in democracy and the British Empire was all democratic including the American colonies in 1688 when the monarchy no longer ruled.

Chrystia Freeland's uncle was the father and grandfather of the Freedom of Information act and Peace River Alberta is rich because Al Adqair was Alberta Minister of Highways and Alberta is rich and as corrupt as it gets and everybody loses and nobody wins.

I am still buying tulip bulbs here where cryptocurrency is a major industry and squirrels and deer love tulips.

We haven't evolved only the technology evolved. KGB, CIA , FBI, Mossad, undercover cops it hasn't changed fundamentally but the technology changes exponentially

Quebec is under attack for Bill21 that declares that Quebec has no room for religion in is legislatures, courts, schools or other public places. The CCLU (ACLU) thinks this is anti democratic. I know what I am smoking what are they thinking?

I have a problem with talking only to myself and people love talking to me. I make them smile I demand hugs and affirmation which I freely dispense. We have more than enough of everything but what we need most. The only thing I ever stole was somebody else's joint. It was 30 years ago.

I live in a house that cost 40K 15 years ago and when we go nobody will fight about their inheritance they will say to each other no please you take it.

The only Presidential Candidate who understood what America wanted and needed was Maryanne Williamson. The only enemy we have is the face in the mirror and the only remedy we have is to ask ourselves what we really want. All we really want is to love ourselves in a world that wants us to do what? exactly.

I am a stupid ignorant old demonic troll and don't understand the need to blame anyone for being who and what they are. I can only be me and if Chrystia Freeland is your idea of an evil person I cannot understand that kind of self loathing. The world is a much better place than it was 70 years ago but you know the only way we are going to save ourselves is make it much better yet. I lived in a society where my wife and the superindent ran the the school but the real authority rested with the janitor who served the community by running its school. How un Western is that?

Any suggestions other than learning to love ourselves?

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Whatever you're smoking, I want some!

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Tonight it is peaches and cream Trail Blazer 21.50CAD for 3.5 grams. low THC1.5 mg /g 1.31 CBD. Perfect the evening before the day all mandates except for face coverings ends. Tomorrow cis brioche day at the bakery.

The experts at Health Canada recommend cannabis at my age its benefits out weigh the risks. It helps to forget all about Alzheimer's. Its way better than Prevagen and way cheaper and I sure sure don't want to drive when I can fly. We don't drink and my wife isn't into cannabis or driving she spends the day reading non fiction. Today we made me special cookies with the special cooking ingredients from the catalogue. Peaches and Cream is page one of 16 in the dried flowers section.

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Poutine is what snobby Tennesseans serve their visiting Alabama kin when they wish to put on airs...

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Speaking about food and America. I was a member of the Hyde Park Co-op when the manager made of with the operating capital to pay off gambling debts and Barrack Obama was called in to save the day.

I would trust Barrack Obama with my life. He is kind and gracious and loving but sometimes intelligence and good intentions are no substitute for logic.

When Treasure Island came to Hyde Park there were no winners it was a strange decision but what did I know about Hyde Park's intelligentia and why they lived on the Southside of town. Their hype was anti hype. There hype was bringing everything down to their level.

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Our local dairy co-operative makes tons of fresh cheese curd every day and sells tons in 90gm to 50 kilo bags. It is what sophisticated Americans come here to experience. It is human food it is food to enjoy with people you love rather than people you want to impress. We came here for the ice cream and the strawberries but it is the poutine that brings the world and people like the Clintons. Poutine and the greatest symphony orchestras in world that highlights our summers.

I guess you don't understand food that feeds the soul. You people are snobs and have nothing worth being snobby about. Life is to be celebrated not condemned.

What a bunch of sickos. I just bough 5 kilos of local potatoes and they were more sugar than starch. My Chicago step daughter gloried in her knowledge of food and she knew her food but she believed the propaganda and I knew the Whole Foods Deli was about as knowledgeable about food as a starving dog. If you want the greatest food on the planet the Compton Farmer's Market on Thursdays is a good as food gets anywhere on the planet but the poutine is outside the park and the dairy is 15 km south. Try some artisanal cheese and smoked salmon and the best bread on the planet smothered in local butter. Try some local granolas and real apples. try the local butcher shop. It is local and it is good. It is sugaring off season and the food is a distant second to the sharing of love. Early this morning the egg farmer delivered three dozen fresh from the chickens eggs. The farmer loves his chickens he lets them die of old age but don't worry our farmers are not poor and our agricultural college are jammed to the rafters.

I love America it is a nation of peasants it is America's middle class that is barbaric. Here democracy is about the welfare of the family not the wealth and power of the corporations.

My wife was born at Vanderbilt Hospital and has a PHD and she married me and we are very very happy living with the riff raff they have integrity something America thinks is worthless. Strange the things that brings a Montreal autistic Jew to the South side of Chicago. What is wrong with you people are you so happy you want nothing to change? I am within days of my once a year poutine day then its back to the great food I eat everyday so I can look forward to next year's poutine day. I am thinking of fresh gravlax and fresh dill on creme fraiche on this year's poutine. Smoking salmon is big small business locally. I am waiting for the cannabis store to offer fresh specially smoked salmon on speciallly seasoned fresh Montreal style bagels. There is a master French croissant baker twenty minutes north and a local flour for every kind of bread. From nans to moo sho pancakes and teff.

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Chrystia Freeland is a Capitalist and here in Quebec we are a secular humanist liberal democracy. All we expect of Chrystia Freeland is to leave us alone. The corporations fled to Toronto, Calgary and Delaware for a reason in the 1970s. Ontario is a sovereign nation and for Ontario Chrystia Freeland is doing her job. Chrystia Freeland can only lose her job to the NDP and despite my membership in the NDP they ain't winning in University-Rosedale.

I grew up in Montreal Mont Royal it was the safest Liberal riding in Canada The French Canadian Bourgeoise represented 0% of the riding but Pierre Eliot Trudeau was my member of parliament. Chrystia Freeland is more popular here in Compton Stanstead than in University Rosedale but she must live in University Rosedale because it is University Rosedale.

Freeland's uncle is the father and grandfather of our freedom of information act. I am Jewish. I lived near Peace River it was 3 hrs south. I know the culture Canada has 1.4 million citizens claiming Ukrainian ancestry. Alberta has the largest Easter Egg and the largest Perogy in the world.

I still watch Fighting Words in the CBC archives and University-Rosedale thought their shit didn't stink 60 years ago and they still it smells like a rose. Chrystia Freeland is doing a great job. Haven't you bastards got enough wealth and power already ? When is Hydro Ontario going to look like Hydro Quebec? When are corporations going to have the same rights as rocks like here in Quebec? God forbid your stock portfolios should take a hit. When is Toronto going to have a liberal mayor? Freeland is a classical liberal. Were Toronto schools that terrible that your political vocabulary is that of an American? Toronto is your capital city. Why don't you ask how come Quebec is a liberal democracy where corporations serve and the people rule? Is that the fault of the federal government or Queen's Park and City Hall. You know know nothing about Canada. I subscribe to the Toronto Star it is a propaganda rag but it is nice to know the shit your side is being fed. We have a real independent media.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarch_of_Moscow_and_all_Rus%27

Googling Putin and Patriarchs and you have enough picture to fill terrabytes of memory. Putin is not an autocrat he is a Theocrat like Peter the Hermit not Peter the Great. That is what we must deal with. Remember the Children's Crusade and the slaughter of innocent children in the name of God.

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Quebec LTC homes were the worst in Canada and Canada was the worst in the developed world; don't be too confident in having a good future. In many ways Quebec is the best of Canada but I wouldn't compare it to Denmark or Norway. It's still part of Canada any Canada is still a vassal state of the empire. Stay concerned, it ain't over till it's over.

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Quebec's LTC Homes have been run by the mafia since I was born 74 years ago. It is is a legacy of church and state oligarchy. We are promised that the government will consider banning private LTC facilities. It is going to be a lift getting the churches and exploitive companies out of the LTC business.

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It's been two years; let me know when the de privatization starts. Be careful, you obviously appreciate what you have and that's great. I never would have believed that Ontario Hydro could have been destroyed in such a short time. The PC Mike Harris essentially gave away the largest nuclear power installation in the world to private interests. Gave away at prices a fraction of market value to his buddies all small hydraulic stations. Sold a 12 billion highway for 2 billions for the appearance of defecit reduction. The liberals that followed continued the sell/ripoff privatization. When you hear the words PPP grab your pitchfork. Manitoba and Saskatchewan were doing quite well with NDP government's (when it was a labor party); now they're hard core conservatives and the NDP is another small l liberal/woke party. From Petro Canada to Air Canada, to CN and ALL large non resource corporation's including beer; all gone. Bombardier aerospace destroyed and what's left work's for Airbus. If you think it can't happen in Quebec, you would be wrong; keep your pitchfork sharpened.

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Quebec has a center right government and the private and co-operative sectors need government to supply workers in a high tech society. Form follows function.

Our need is an educated work force and our women are simply better at doing what is important like over a decade of over 70% of new doctors.

It started two years ago when Covid hit Montreal when it hit NYC. I am about to leave the computer but our universities run health education and welfare and here Les Cantons de l'est the studies probably began a decade ago. Kleptocracies don't just disappear especially when the crime is an organized political and crime organization. There are things organized crime does very well like taking care of societies discards and because of our free press public corruption is politically fatal even for the most successful governments. Aside from being a wonderful provider of electricity Quebec Hydro add 14 billion a year into the public coffers and is growing rapidly and has 50,000 employees. We don't need pitch forks we have a free press CBC Montreal is not CBC Toronto. CBC Montreal is on Blvd Rene Levesque and Levesque was an independent journalist not a bourgeoise. Remember LTC facilities were a way to siphon money to the parishes and the churches are all for sale in secular humanist Quebec. Change isn't easy there a no more nuns to teach and nurse us without compensation.

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We are are major truck stop and we are truckers and truckers are us they are family and family is family even if they believe crap. One of my closest friends is a retired long haul trucker and she still believes truckers need rules just like everyone else. 85% of our truckers believe in rules and our truckers ain't starving or in need of affordable healthcare or tuition. we love trucks, we have a truck parade every year and the trucks are beautiful and we are vaccinated but people are entitled to believe whatever shit they want to believe. What they choose to do is why we have mandates.

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"So go ahead and make the classist assumption that the convoy was full of silly people ..."

It's not "classist" to call silly people silly. It's observational. All the truckers and their friends weren't silly, some were serious. But there were quite a few silly strings among them.

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Right. The serious ones were also being silly in their own way, evidenced by the fact they didn’t get anything they spent so much time and energy trying to get. I’ve been a blue collar grunt crawling around in rat shit my entire life. That doesn’t mean I’m stupid and can’t recognize silly people.

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MSM has completely sequestered this national story. Not a word of it anywhere.

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But shortly, President Biden will call out the deplorable ignorant truck drivers wasting valuable fuel “ we critically need” circling “our nations Capitol “ protesting a “life saving vaccine” mandate while the rest of the world watches in horror as Putin crushes the proud people of the Ukraine… “c’mon man, don’t you care about freedom?” I should have been a speech writer, but then, I’d hate myself for penning such divisive vapid drivel…. Btw, why are the trucks not inside the Belt Line and what happened to the free COVID tests we were all getting in the mail? And why are none of the vehicles in the Presidential Fleet electric? The media’s manipulation of the narrative speaks to their rancid arrogance and deliberate dismissal of the working peoples’ daily struggle and continued decline in their standard of living because they “ just don’t understand the bigger picture.” I’m 70 and I will march on Washington to protest this endless shoved down our throats hypocrisy.

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"Btw, why are the trucks not inside the Belt Line"

That's "Beltway." The the plan for the protest was/is supposed to take the form of the truckers blocking two lanes of the circumferential highway around Washington in a massive slow-down. But It takes a lot of trucks to for anyone to be affected on the Beltway; slowdowns of two lanes are not uncommon as part of the normal conditions, and the Beltway is so wide along most of its length that there's almost always enough room to route around them before too long.

Anyway, once rush hour begins- which can happen as early as 330pm, especially on a Friday- sooner or later the trucks will hit parts of the Beltway where no one can tell the difference.

"and what happened to the free COVID tests we were all getting in the mail?"

My household has received one. In the DC area, admittedly.

"And why are none of the vehicles in the Presidential Fleet electric?"

Because it's the responsibility of Congress to appropriate the money to pay for them.

Would the GOP Senators threaten to filibuster on a relatively insignificant line item like this? Probably.

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LOL!! I’m convinced my mild cold I just had might have been Covid.. my brain has been doing weird word jumbles... yes, Beltway. My point is most of Biden’s rhetoric is nothing but “ sound and fury signifying “ a bunch of virtue signaling. The tests are meaningless at this point and you receiving one speaks to my belief that general incompetence is the root of so many of our problems. I’m pretty sure if Biden declared that it’s “high time” that our government leads by example and have electric vehicles, it would be an easy gimme for Congress. Jen Psaki answered the question with “ now Peter ( Doocey), you know that most Presidents while in office and afterwards , don’t drive cars”...... she’s good, really good at not answering a question while insulting the questioner. My point is that there would be less discontent among us if our leaders led more by example and less “rules for for thee, not me.”

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From Forbes magazine, February 23, 2022:

"Postal Service Defies Biden Administration, Moving Forward With Plan To Buy Gas-Powered Mail Trucks"

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2022/02/23/postal-service-defies-biden-administration-moving-forward-with-plan-to-buy-gas-powered-mail-trucks/?sh=709430862c31

The "Biden" in that headline is the same President Joseph Biden who's the official Chief Executive of the supposed Democratic Party One-Party Rule Totalitarian Takeover fantasy embraced by clowns peddling Right-Wing nutcase agitprop: Joe Biden, President of the United States, evidently lacks the power to even give orders to his own Postmaster General about what to do on procurement issues.

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The USPS is an independent organization within the government and does not report to the President.

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The Canadian Postal service has specific mandates to fulfil in our democracy. We call it a Social Contract. It is hard listening to you call your oligarchy a democracy.

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"Because it's the responsibility of Congress to appropriate the money to pay for them. "

Apparently you haven't heard of executive orders. Yes, our Republic is converting to 4 year long, mini dictatorships all across America. They are facilitated by a proliferation of Executive Orders. Constitutionality and the cooperation of the legislative branch and judicial branches aren't required. Don't be silly. Biden could fund his vehicle fleet with electric vehicles if he wanted to.

But its a moot point IMO; it would simply be a PR stunt like many other "green" initiatives. It would make no difference on any resulting carbon footprint that is exacerbating the warming of the planet. Most electrical power stations are based on consumption of fossil fuels; and new ones are being built now more than ever (particularly gas fired). But just the power lost in transmission alone from bring electricity from the hinterland to urban areas (out of sight, out of mind is the principle at work here) makes the conversion from combustion to electric vehicles (particularly on the individual basis) futile. If we were really concerned about economical transportation, then we would be building high speed electrical rail to move the masses; like that do in any other 1st world nation. Not a word about it in our "Build back better" rhetoric. We don't do this just like we don't promote universal healthcare in order to keep people safe and healthy. We simply distribute artificial and experimental medicines (which avoid all previously established FDA testing and efficacy protocols)-- at the cost of 4 trillion tax dollars over 2 years. That's a policy that is ineffective and unsustainable. We continue to enrich the oligarchs at the expense of the taxpayers who continue to fund such foolishness like electric cars and experimental vaccines ostensibly created to "improve" our human condition; when, in fact, it destroys it. These are facts that nearly everyone, including our government executives, willfully ignore under executive order after executive order. They'd rather deliver the logical fallacies of reduced "tail pipe emissions" and artificially created Antibodies (supported by artificially created CDC data). The biggest joke is that these logical fallacies are consumed by the masses like candy. The only question posed by the proletariat as they continue to sink into economic despair seems to be: When and where can I get more of that crack?

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"We simply distribute artificial and experimental medicines (which avoid all previously established FDA testing and efficacy protocols)-- at the cost of 4 trillion tax dollars over 2 years. That's a policy that is ineffective and unsustainable. We continue to enrich the oligarchs at the expense of the taxpayers who continue to fund such foolishness like electric cars and experimental vaccines ostensibly created to "improve" our human condition; when, in fact, it destroys it. These are facts that nearly everyone, including our government executives, willfully ignore under executive order after executive order. They'd rather deliver the logical fallacies of reduced "tail pipe emissions" and artificially created Antibodies (supported by artificially created CDC data). The biggest joke is that these logical fallacies are consumed by the masses like candy."

Those are not logical fallacies. They are, at most, contestable propositions. The proposition about "artificially created antibodies supported by artifically created CDC data" I would expect to be contested by people with expertise in the subject. Pardon my skepticism that you possess that much expertise. As for reduced tailpipe emissions, that's repeatedly been opposed as a goal impossible to achieve. And then it gets achieved, and the opponents just go "oh." The way passed out drunk passengers in my cab used to wake up and accuse me of cheating them, just in time for me to pull up at their house and point at their front door. "Oh."

Implying that the $4 trillion spent to backstop the economy was spent on "artificial and experimental medicines (which avoid all previously established FDA testing and efficacy protocols)" is a logical fallacy of unclarity. And also a false statement; the medicines were allowed preliminary FDA approval for release despite experimental status- that was a calculated risk by the FDA people who made the decision; if there had been a wave of serious negative outcomes there would have been hell to pay, and the vaccines would have been yanked just like that. As it happens, the side effect profile proved to be no worse than many other vaccines, and the FDA went on to approve them. So you'll have to find a way to climb down from that reality if you're going to keep on insinuating that disaster is lurking in the vaccines, rather than the covid 19 virus.

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"Apparently you haven't heard of executive orders. Yes, our Republic is converting to 4 year long, mini dictatorships all across America. They are facilitated by a proliferation of Executive Orders. Constitutionality and the cooperation of the legislative branch and judicial branches aren't required. Don't be silly. Biden could fund his vehicle fleet with electric vehicles if he wanted to."

I have heard of Executive Orders, as a matter of fact. It's possible to argue that they've been overused, and presently grant Presidents too much power in some respects. But they don't have anything close to the All-encompassing Autocratic Authoritarian power that you're implying.

The money to replace the presidential aircraft Air Force One has to be included as a line item in spending bills passed by the Congress. I'd venture that replacement of the Presidential vehicle fleet is subject to the same constraints, as part of the power of the purse granted to the legislative branch. Or maybe you missed that unit in high school.

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Of course Executive Orders have been used by many government Executives in the past. That is not new. The current nuance that makes this a brand of dictatorship particularly troublesome is their use in combination with declared "States of Emergency". Here in my state of VA, our Governor spent $4M, by executive order, on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville protests under the false pretense of a State of Emergency. There was no emergency. To paraphrase the late, great comedian George Carlin: "Could've have been; but there wasn't". This imagined emergency was falsly declared thereby activating a police force presence that most people have never seen in their lifetimes and could never fathom if you weren't there to witness it yourself. I did. It was ridiculous; whole parking lots all over the city filled with police and military riot control vehicles all on over-time pay. The riot? There was none. The cost of this imagined emergency to VA taxpayers? $4M. What emergency was there? None. What were the legislative actions that precipitated the opening of this $4M purse string expense on the part of the taxpayer? None. Simply an expensive delusional dictate delivered by a delusional dictator.

The reason purse strings are supposed to be under the authority of the legislature is that costs are intended to be debated, not dictated. Since most folks in nearly every legislature have now been bought wholesale by corporate interests, it becomes a moot point. There is no longer any debate over Executive dictate. The only debate is after fact-- and erely about how much we should borrow to pay for that illegal action. Since passing muster with the legislature has now been made a moot point, oligarchs have moved on to appointing 4 year term dictatorship in order to more effectively move the money from the taxpayers pockets --to theirs. To actually get the permission of the people to allow these "expenses" has became, how shall we say, cumbersome... and a waste of time. So you seem to be missing this bastardization of our Republic when you talk about school house government classes and power of the purse. Pining away about your high school days when you may have learned that we were supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people are long gone --and puts your head squarely in the sand.

A prime example of this bastardization of our Republic was just after 9-11 when tyrannical legislation was passed under the guise of a "patriot" act. That's when the purse string power of the legislature finally lost all authority and become a mere check writing function plunging us, uncontrollably, into deep national debt. The invasion was predicated on issuing a questionable executive order; specifically under the guise of a 2001 Authorization of Use of Military Force extension of the War Powers Resolution of 1973 which has no specific sunset clause. It's been perpetually renewed by Congress who views its re-authorization almost as a patriot right of passage. Maybe you missed the debate in Congress over initiating the illegal Iragi invasion that led to the purse strings being held wide open to the eventual tune of more than $6T of debt spending. You can be forgiven; because there was none. In the words of the late Senior Senator from West VA, Robert C Byrd, spoken in Congress in February of 2003:

"As this Nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war. And yet the chamber is for the most part ominously, ominously, dreadfully silent. You can hear a pin drop. Listen. There is no debate. There is no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war".

This is happening, once again, with the indiscriminate funding of the conflict in Ukraine. The latest round of debt spending and the sending of military equipment comes with the call to topple the government of Belarus simultaneously. These are acts of war. These are acts of nation building. These are, essentially, the same actions we took, illegally, in Iraq; with failed consequences that played out over nearly two decades. And you want to talk of about "the power of the purse". You may want to look up the meaning of logical fallacies, Mascot, before continuing to propagate them.

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How do you demonstrate against hypocrisy? I am your senior I lived through a democratic revolution I witnessed a race riot in 1970 where the only thing never at risk was human life and private property. Putin is the leader of Russia's Christian right. The Russian Orthodox Church is by Putin's side. The other Orthodox churches are on the side of modernity. The Christian right in America and the Christian Right in Russia are on the other side of modernity. This is all bullshit it is the counter reformation. The Roman Catholic Church is separating from the American Catholic Church as the American Catholic Church fights modernity. I would use the word liberal because here the word liberal means free to chose ( from the French libre free)and in America it means tyranny to a lot of folks.

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The Washington Post- local media- has done stories on the protest. As to the national media, the truckers just didn't show up in sufficient numbers to make an impact as significant as they were anticipating. Would you prefer that the national "MSM" report the protest for the fizzle that it's been, so far? We're expecting a weather front tomorrow, Saturday, that is liable to snarl traffic worse than anything the truck convoy is capable of doing, short of lining up four or five abreast and setting their trucks on fire. A move that, let it be known, I vehemently oppose.

For what it's worth, I oppose highway and thoroughfare blocking with vehicles as a protest for much the same reason that I oppose demonstrators marching up on to an Interstate highway; the people most adversely impacted are not intended targets of the protest tactic. Using vehicles to block streets and cut off access to a city center- for even a few hours- is not a tactic of free assembly and demand for redress of grievances, it's a massive denial of public space. That's a tactic that needs to be reserved for emergencies like opposing a military coup, not a fit of pique or an inchoate dissatisfaction with a government broaching suggestions about public health safety measures that are contested by some people as excessive.

I realize that some of the recommendations and policies by agencies connected with the Federal government have erred on the side of caution to the point of arguably being overly restrictive. But that's to be expected, as a response to an unprecedented public health hazard- and the appearance of a novel virus fits that definition entirely appropriately. In that regard, it's also par for the course that the people with medical expertise won't craft an unerringly accurate or appropriate response. That does not warrant the conclusion that they're incompetent, corrupt, or totalitarian. It's easy for the people hurling those charges- more like shadowy insinuations, as usual- to offer their hyperbole and conspiracism; few of the adherents to those fables can tell a reagent from a catalyst, or RNA from DNA, and they have approximately zero responsibility for solving the dilemmas of how to best address a pandemic disease outbreak of a virus never before seen, with properties that are poorly understood, of unknown severity and virulence. The researchers and therapists have made mistakes; their advice does not rest on a particularly secure foundation, because how could it. But their track record is considerably more reliable and well-reasoned than the insane sensationalistic dystopian fantasies peddled by conspiracists and opportunist political hacks, with their prophecies that the policies intended to counter the covid emergency are covertly laying the foundation for global totalitarianism.

I'll counter that viewpoint with a prediction of my own; 12 calendar months after the covid pandemic finally abates (whenever that is; it's still just a little bit too early to tell), its ass will be forgotten. All of the face masking and shutdowns will have receded into the past, most of us will have breathed a collective sight of relief and gotten the party started, and only a small handful of people will still be going apocalyptic about some final roundup to the Gulag.

When that happens, my advice to the people peddling the lunatic fringe line on the Big Bad Davos MSM Democrat Biden Administration Master Plan For Global Totalitarianism is to take your GOP midterm victory lap- the most likely political impact, just another chapter in the R vs. D game- shut your traps, and stop hurting the country. But my guess is that the most committed of you will merely find something else to exploit with fearmongering to push your demented agenda, much of which makes the John Birch Society seem like the League of Women Voters in comparison.

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Addressing more logical fallacies (its like whack-a-mile on this forum)..

1. Wearing masks and taking experimental drugs are not "public health"measures. These are personal health measures...and I don't recall ANYONE arguing that you, as an individual, should not be allowed to exercise those measures.

2. "Using vehicles to block streets and cut off access to a city center- for even a few hours- is not a tactic of free assembly and demand for redress of grievancesactic... that needs to be reserved for emergencies like opposing a military coup"

Now, wouldn't the effectiveness and legitimacy of that tactic depend greatly on what side of the military coup you were on? Your per-meditated position (regardless of the reasons of the coup) are all too clear; whomever is in power, is entitled to stay in power. If that were the case, then the United States of America would have never been established under the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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...except useful idiots.

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It was wise of them to avoid going into DC. After Jan 6 it is clear that DC is the US version of Iraq's Green Zone, a militarized safety zone for a paranoid, illegitimate occupying force, complete with barricades, secret police, and scheming apparatchiks who do nothing but plot against the American people in an endless "schlock and awwwww" campaign.

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It is wise .. but knowing that “ Nora Desmond” Pelosi would deem these peaceful protesters as terrorists possibly even suicide bombers attacking the People’s House with the msm being a full cast of supporting actors resulting in the truckers being locked up indefinitely by the Capitol Hill Polizei …my outrage is off the charts at the moment.

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I think the third to last paragraph hits at the source of discontent that drives movement. I was in Hagerstown last weekend donating food and water at the racetrack. Everyone has an opinion, but behind that opinion everyone has a story. A lot of people in this country have no sense whatsoever of the feeling of economic precariousness that permeates "flyover territory".

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I'm sick of reading "I'll gladly pay a few cents more a gallon to support Ukraine." So dishonest.

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Ukraine is learning a very valuable lesson. Never prod a bear. But if you do prod a bear, you should prod it & run like hell. But if you're dumb enough to stand there and prod the damn bear for 8 years the bear will eventually eat your innards.

So I have no desire whatsoever to pay more for anything to support anyone.

And, to be fair, I've never asked anyone to support me.

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U.S. "Hey Ukraine, wanna join NATO?"

Ukraine "Yeah, that sounds great."

Russia "Don't even think about it."

Ukraine "Huh?"

U.S. "Don't listen to him. Join us!"

Ukraine "O.k. When can I join?"

Russia "Seriously, it's not gonna happen."

U.S. "Ignore him. Just fill out this application."

Russia "I'm warning you..."

Ukraine "He sounds serious. Should I be worried?"

U.S. "Don't worry about it. You'll be fine. He's all talk."

Ukraine "Alrighty then. I'll do it!"

Russia invades

U.S. "Oh man, sorry bro."

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There is another thought. All this started with the WEF initiative Collective Strength which started on 02/17/22. Which is supposed to change the monetary system by showing instability. Putin may be working with the West. Look at the following facts.

Event 201 (SARS like virus pandemic desktop senario funded by Bill Gates ended on 11/19). COVID 19 starts in US on 02/22

Cyber Polygon (started 07/22, supply chain hacking tested). In 09/22 Supply chain problems of indeterminate origin started occurring. Inflation and shortages started.

Collective Strength 02/17/22 to show financial system weaknesses. Russia Attacks Ukraine several days later. No Wheat, no nitrogen based fertilizer, no nickle, no palladium. Russia cut us off from food.

Russia is the only country to make nitrogen based fertilizers. The rest mine potash. The Haber process which makes ammonia used for fertilizers uses Nickle and palladium as catalysts in the process, all of which Russia has. People will starve to death Africa, India, Pakistan. Less carbon foot prints. Nearly 50% of the nitrogen found in human tissues originated from the Haber–Bosch process.[57] Thus, the Haber process serves as the "detonator of the population explosion", enabling the global population to increase from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7.7 billion by November 2018.[58].

I figure 2 years to starve several billion. As the petrodollar dies the grain currency will rise. Fill them hollow points with fentnyl and seal them with wax, it won't hurt the oppressed as much when they are unruly and must be eliminated. (Sarcastic comment)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_process

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Well, that's one more thing to keep me up at night. Thanks. On the flip side, my hope is the vast majority of sociopaths in governments are just too stupid and/or greedy to organize to carry out such a complex plan. Gates may have a hard-on for it, but getting the state's goons organized is like herding cats on meth.

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That is true. Floating a good conspiracy, makes for good science fiction. The best fiction is always based in a lot of fact and no point can be disputed. Use gaming theory assign weight to importance and a weight to probability to each event. Plot paths of probability. Most people do not think that money manipulates destiny. The probability of the rich cabal I would say is 25%. The are adverse to breaking a few eggs to make their omelet. The goal is less carbon and less carbon foot prints is an answer.

The states goons hate Trumpers. This is visible on the Spy Talk Substack and Book Smart Substack. They talk about banning books not being a good thing. I agree ans say bring back Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and they shut up.

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Unless you do, in fact, beat the bear . . .

In 1776, Britain was the mighty empire and we were the little guys with the stick. By your definition, the British bear should have eaten our innards. Instead, we ate redcoats on toast.

In 1948, little Israel should have been slaughtered by the invasion of its new nation by five Arab armies led by war-hardened British generals. Instead, Israel won.

I am happy to pay something to help Ukraine. We all need help sometimes to stay free of oppressors, from the cops on the beat to the power of the the state. Had France and Prussia not helped the colonists back then, we might not be the United States today.

As for "I've never asked anyone to support me," well, neither have I. But you and I get all kinds of support without asking, thanks to our system of governance and taxation. We should be grateful we don't have to ask outright for antitank weapons as Russians barrel into our cities.

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Or the Ukrainian government could have enforced the Minsk agreement and the US could have agreed to put a muzzle on NATO. Of course muzzling NATO would muzzle arms dealers so we can't have any of that now can we?

I'm curious, in your definition of "oppressor" does that include the Nazis who did the slaughtering at Maidan & Odessa and who spent 8 years lobbing bombs into the Donbas region?

See, it seems that we are deeply into the territory that Chomsky referred to as acceptable victims/unacceptable victims.

And honestly, the fucking Revolutionary War...you've got to be kidding?

Please point me to the section of pre-Revolutionary American history where the colonists slaughtered Brits with impunity for years before war broke out.

But, like I said to someone else, different opinions. I completely support your right to transfer your entire bank account to Zelensky if it makes you feel virtuous. What I don't support is you or the president dictating that I have to give my money to anyone.

Not interested.

Their problem.

This conflict was amazingly avoidable if avoiding conflict was the desired outcome. It obviously wasn't the desired outcome.

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"This conflict was amazingly avoidable if avoiding conflict was the desired outcome." Yes, it was. All Putin had to do was not invade Crimea, not invade the rest of Ukraine, and leave the Donbas alone because it is not his to touch. But he chose otherwise.

Ukraine is a sovereign nation and can do what it likes inside its own borders. It didn't set one foot inside Russia, ever. Putin did all the stepping, and Ukraine is absolutely right to say "get lost" and find allies willing to help. We are among those allies.

--I've read all the Minsk agreements: I, II, and their offshoots. None of them ban Ukraine from joining either NATO or the EU.

--Given Putin's outrageous invasion and annexation of Georgia, followed by blowing the breakaway Chechnya province to hell and cinders--which you seem to have no complaint about--followed by the equally outrageous invasion and annexation of Crimea, Ukraine would be foolish to not explore NATO options. Ditto joining the EU. Ukraine saw Putin on the prowl and reacted accordingly.

--One more time on national sovereignty: Donbas and other regions belong to Ukraine, not Russia. They have as much "right" to break away and rejoin Mother Russia as the South had to secede from the United States.

--We fixed our secession problem by fighting the Civil War. The Ukraine military was too weak at the time to fix its Donbas problem, so it sent in paramilitary forces all too happy to do the work. That would include the battalion of "Nazis" you describe. I detest using Nazis and white ultranationalists for anything. But Ukraine was fighting to keep its territory, had no other troops to wage that particular war, and so it turned to Azov.

--For readers unfamiliar with the Nazi-riddled ultranationalist Azov battalion and why Ukraine uses it, Al Jazeera has a good explainer:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/1/who-are-the-azov-regiment

--Yes, honestly, the fucking Revolutionary War. It is exactly on point. In the 1700s, we were Great Britain's breakaway provinces. We insisted we were leaving. Britain insisted we were staying. We quit paying taxes, signed a Declaration of Independence, threw tea in the harbor, and started to fight. Britain responded just like Ukraine responded to its breakaway provinces--with brutal force. They lost, we won, but we needed allies to pull it off. We got France and Prussia to help. Ukraine gets us and most of the rest of the world to help. Same damn thing.

--If We the People through our president and Congress decide to use your tax money to support Ukraine, we will do it . . . and in fact just approved billions more to help Ukraine stifle Putin's grand ambition of getting the band back together. I have to pay taxes to support lots of things I don't personally like or approve of. So do you.

There are worse things to pay for than helping a free country remain that way.

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Blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada...

I'd argue you point by point but I've known you all of 30 seconds and they weren't 30 good seconds so I'm currently not accepting homework assignments.

I have a better plan. Why don't you take the next flight to Eastern Europe, get one of Zelensky's AKs and fight the good fight for freedom & fucking democracy champ. Take all of your friends and acquaintances with you Within days you & your posse could personally be standing side by side with your Nazi love crushes, teaching Putin and his Russian hordes a nice lesson about how wrong they are about invading.

Or you'd all be dead.

Either way...ho hum.

The upside is your death would cost me nothing.

So preach to someone else padre, I don't give a flying fuck about Ukraine.

Or your opinion.

You remind me of Stephen "stank balls" Colbert who told his audience that he's willing to pay a few extra bucks for a gallon of gas because a clean conscience was worth it. Everyone cheered for heroic windbag Colbert and his virtue signaling punk ass. Then he ruined it all by saying he drives a fucking Tesla. Of course his audience of slavish liberal dickweeds were too stupid to catch Colbert's hypocrisy. They kept right on cheering.

But that's liberals for ya, heads so far up their own asses they never notice when they've been had.

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It's not that I don't support them. But it's going to cost a heck of a lot more than a few cents at the pump. We're looking at a recession at this point.

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Fair enough. Different opinions make life interesting. Otherwise we should all just hang out with mirrors.

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So much for stating the obvious. Again.

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Absolutely agree with this. It would be boring to never have different views.

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"looking at a recession"? That is a substantial understatement. We've been in an economic depression since the pandemic started. The only thing that has propped the depression up whereby you think we're "looking at a recession is the, roughly, $6T in debt spending we (the U.S.) has racked up since March of 2020. Remember, the U.S. hadn't eclipsed $1T in net operating debt when Ronald Reagan took office. We're now over $30T!

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Since the pandemic? Lol, 2008 would like a word.

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Sure. I think an argument could be made the economic depression began with the '08 real estate crash. Personally I would say that was the beginning of a long recession that sank to a depression in 2020. Some would also argue that the depression began when Nixon took us off the gold standard by emergency order in Aug. of 1971 and the era of endless printing of fiat currency blossomed in earnest. Just look at the massive amount of M1 money that is in the system now compared to that era--and compare now the amount of M2 money to M1 currency in circulation over, say, the last decade. Outrageous. It's almost too difficult to keep track of (fiat currency bond buyers --investors-- are the only thing keeping this in check because their return depends on it). But the U.S. dollars is losing faithful believers; quickly. I believe this is why the U.S. government just come out publicly with interest in supporting Fed. reserve holding debt in cryptocurrency. Much harder to produce and to personally hold and trade with. More importantly, to track. Fiat currency is simply a troublesome, physical, hindrance to unlimited government spending on oligarchs by whom they've been bought wholesale. They now feel truly entitled,to spend whatever they wish, whenever they wish. No questions asked. Yet they want continue to push for the legal right to track, virtually, every penny you make--and how you spend it.

So, you say 2008 would like a word? Since 2008 can't speak, what are your words for it, Phisto?

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"If they can't afford gasoline, let them drive Teslas." -Leftists

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VP Harris on free Covid testing sites.. “ Just get in your car, punch the address into your GPS and get to the nearest testing location… how hard can that be?” Clueless Kamala…

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"So, Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia is a powerful country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine. So, basically, that’s wrong, and it goes against everything that we stand for.” -The person who is one heartbeat away from controlling the button.

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Hyena Harris’ comments are frightening…. In the words of Archie Bunker and yes, she deserves this, “ What a Dingbat.” Indefensible imo.

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My response? “well, aren’t you wonderful “ ….. amazing how the cause of rising cost of motor fuel which started 6+ months ago has been transferred overnight to RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA!!! And apparently, “we” are buying that….

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Just saw a documentary last night by Oliver Stone (beyond his first one - which was very good interviewing of Putin called "Ukraine on Fire") called "Revealing Ukraine".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tVMarKUR2Y

There was an interview with a Canadian researcher who showed how the Maidan massacre occurred using Belgian footage - how the far-right nationalists infiltrated the crowds demonstrating and led them into the sniper kill zones. And then how Nuland then advised them before and afterwards to get in front of the story and help remove Yanukovich.

No way Americans would be willing to pay more at the pumps, if they had the entire picture and the movies above were not banned on Youtube. And then again, your point is also well taken -- who in their right mind is that attached to Ukraine, half way across the world - unless they are getting paid to or come from that region.

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Yeah, once I found out the back story the front story looked like some badly written Hollywood screenplay.

Honestly I'd probably care more if I wasn't constantly told to care by the same crew of windbags who have literally lied to me about every major issue in, at least, the last 6 years including this one.

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Try centuries not six years. I know America doesn't teach history but John Adams never conceded to Thomas Jefferson in 1800 or any time before their v4th of July deaths.. Adams did not believe in democracy he was a federalist and a legal philosopher who believed in Plato's maxim that democracy is the worst of all tyrannies. That is why America is a land of law rather than a land of justice.

In Canada our Supreme Court of Justice determines justice not law.

Putin and the Supreme Court of the USA have exactly the same agenda.

Abortion rights, gay rights and human rights and their elimination are high on the agenda of Putin a devout "Christian" and the Russian Orthodox Church. In Russia the State Church supports the state government it is not communism. It is not capitalism. It is old time religion it is theocracy it is Holy Roman Empire, It is Caliphate. It is Russia's Patriarchs.

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Accurate, just insufficiently nuanced.

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Thanks Bill,

II don't understand nuance when there seems to be a moral imperative. You either believe all men are created equal or you don't. In Quebec all men means all homo sapiens. Tell me what is your definition?

That is why I am here. I already know what I know and I am always reconsidering what I know.

I am asking the same question Mark Twain asks in The United States of Lyncherdom. What are moral imperatives and what is moral cowardice.

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I think the proper quote is "I'll gladly let you pay a few cents more a gallon to support my graft and incompetence."

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I'm not. The West (Atlanticists) pushed Russia into this. You listen to news from the US, which blinds you to what they think and who they are. You listen to globalist news. Poland, Hungry, Croatia, Serbia, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Check Rep, Slovenia, Russia and Ukraine want to retain a national identity. Nationalism is counter to the open society the EU wants. I'll think about you as I fill my gas pump and pay more for fuel and food. People like you are on a different planet.

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At least we’ve established the price of a dead Ukrainian child?

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That's a little unfair. Asking the government to be honest about the cost, asking for a leader to tell Americans where this is going, doesn't mean no one cares about a child's life.

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Of course, but I’m being pithy.

Considering the US’s role in developing this tragedy, it’s asinine in the extreme to claim paying more at the pump somehow supports Ukraine.

As suggested at the protest, short rope and a tree would do way more.

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"short rope and a tree would do way more."

Well, we can start with you, since you insist. Step up on the ladder and smile for the camera.

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Sorry, I don’t rule anyone.

Would you like to see what’s behind door #2?

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Unlike the prices on dead Iraqi & dead Yemeni children which still seem to go through quite regular price spikes on eBay. I tried to snipe one (sorry) the other night & some bastard with a bottomless wallet beat me to it.

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I also think there are a lot of people who still vote Democrat who don't realize that they're also in Hillary's "basket of deplorables." They delude themselves into thinking she was just talking about Trump supporters.

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The convoy was 12 -18 months too late. The Canadian convoy was timely.

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US Truckers saw what Trudeau did immediately after talking with Biden. Seizing/ freezing all their bank assets (illegally) and those of their donors, puts a lie to the First Amendment and neutralized US protests.

Biden has turned DC into a giant bunker to keep Americans out. Only Globalist neocons/ neolibs allowed.

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Yep. By the time they hit DC, Biden had already declared victory in the SotU.

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We were paying more than a few cents more for fuel months before Putin invaded Ukraine. We've yet to see that built-in. Our leaders talk to us like we are stupid. It is most insulting to see these posers work everyday making America poorer. Biden is a fool's fool who thinks we are fools. FJB!

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Because sadly, “we” are. I forced myself last night to watch NBC Nightly News after watching VP Harris “live” Press Conference with the President of Poland…. Her performance , including her signature laughing hyena outburst, in response to the number Ukrainian refugees was brutally embarrassing. NBC heralded her visit as “unity building.” So, the average bear hears that and is comforted.

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The trucker comment 'we're about to lose our asses' is the one that struck me. The idiocy and sheer evil of the Covid mandates coupled to a dangerous war in Europe will usher in a crashing economy the likes of which we haven't seen in a century. 1922/23 was the year that inflation really took off in Germany and then spread. The people who will suffer the most are, as always, the already marginalized, but don't worry, the oligarchs are doing just fine. Follow the money.

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Those trucks run on diesel fuel not gasoline. From 3/7 Central Atlantic (where the big trucks are) gasoline was averaging $4.25 per gallon, diesel $5.093 per gallon. Many truckers will lose money at high diesel prices, so the supply chains (food, building materials, etc) will crash.

Just so Americans can show they stand with NAZIs in Ukraine. Biden and Zelinsky should have negotiated in good faith.

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Covid policy has been worse than a complete failure. In addition to having not helped, it has created massive harm to children and everyone. The damage globally is massive. 150 million people pushed into extreme poverty and starvation.

https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2020/10/07/covid-19-to-add-as-many-as-150-million-extreme-poor-by-2021

COVID POLICY REPORT CARD:

Vax stopping spread- virtually zero

Prevent severe outcomes- fades to zero

Masks- zero

Social Distancing- zero

Scrubbing surfaces- zero

Plexiglass- zero

Mandates & Passport- zero

Travel ban- zero

Capacity limits- zero

Curfews- zero

School Closures- zero

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I’m looking forward to when MT does a piece on all THIS.

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And where has Little Tony disappeared to? And btw, we get to wear useless face masks for another month on all forms of public transporting…..

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He’s been spotted at a bioweapons lab in Ukraine.

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Not even funny…. I wish I believed in Hell, because it would be the appropriate spot in which he should rot. I lived metro NYC in the late 80s… his treatment and dismissal of HIV +Gay men was just disgraceful. He’s never gotten off his high horse… let’s get him a ladder.

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That is my memory also. But someone that has been white washed.

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The revolution will not be televised... unless it's Maoist.

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I can think of 2 valuable lessons I've learned from liberal America.

1. That old saying, "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" is one big lump of happy horse shit.

In reality, in the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is de-banked, debunked & de-personed, shoved into a jester's costume & renamed Benedict Arnold, while the blind just mill about, bumping into each other as they grind common sense & civilization into a fine powder.

2. With the proper spin and PR it is possible to make anyone palatable to the masses, even Nazis. Any future despots and serial killers should take note and make sure they hire a good PR firm before the blood starts flowing.

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Something about events transpiring - first as tragedy, afterwards as farce.

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I haven't watched this yet, but I've enjoyed the New2Share pieces, and I will.

I'm just responding to the responses of people who obviously haven't watched this on Matt's Twitter feed, and his Twitter feed in general. There seems to be a small army of people on Twitter that seemingly only exist to second-guess, swat down, or make moronic accusatory inferences on Matt's Twitter feed.

I follow a lot of other media types/journalists that have now been branded as heretics, or worse, but this seems mostly unique to Matt's Twitter: about 1,000 or so people who only exist online to tell Matt Taibbi that he's wrong, about everything. I'm sure it frustrates him. It frustrates me when I see it. I'm not conspiratorially-inclined, but I wonder how much of this is actually an organic response, and why it's more Taibbi than seemingly anyone.

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Here is the explanation for this less than large American trucker protest.

I have a friend that owns a trucking business. 2020, 2021 and 2022 have all been his best years ever... by far. He also got a $2 million PPP loan that he never needed, but he and his wife are about done building their new home funded by company owner distributions. His employees are all making higher wages. Nobody in his circle of trucking-employed people are motivated to stop working to protest... even though my friend and most of his employees are Trump supporters.

It just has not gone bad enough yet for the American blue collar masses to rise up. It will happen though... the Democrats in charge seem committed to making it happen.

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US Media to their scribes:

"Lead with massive Ukraine propaganda, curtsy to your left with the CDC Pandemic mask mandate changes, and curtsy to your right with the DC area Truckers and throw the implications for cancel culture, climate change, and class conscious warfare (inflation-de-dollarization) into the "we'll scare them later on down the road" bucket.

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Mar 11, 2022·edited Mar 11, 2022

Not that anyone should be compelled to write about war atrocities, ancient cities being reduced to rubble, and innocent citizen... many of whom are children... being murdered while they flee madness....but writing about a bunch of utterly lost souls driving their trucks around a city... rallying like they're going to rush the stage...to demand what's largely been taken care of and the rest of which no government is ever going to dignify with a response... but writing about this shit is sad commentary in and of itself. The Lefty side, I won't dignify with a comment. I don't give even a slight fuck about the truckers or the Lefties. Since TK is allegedly democratic, that's my vote.

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What has been taken care of?? The Government admitting that Covid was not that bad after all, or it was really really bad but poof! now it’s not?? But, yup, keep that useless face mask on for another month…. Sorry, your comment reads as “removed elitist “ offended by Blue Collar workers who should shut up and make sure the goods for your life style are not delayed…there are a lot of critical cogs in that process that you apparently don’t give a fuck about…

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Nah. I’ve been a small cog worker my whole life. No offense to me. It’s just a bunch of fellow workers being really fucking stupid. It doesn’t matter. They’re all going away, which is what they sense but can’t figure out. That’s why they resort to stupid shit like truckers convoys.

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I get your point, but it seems that us “ natives getting restless” is the only thing that gets their attention. Certainly my writing letters regularly to my elected officials has been futile. No offense to you at all, thank you for being a hard working undervalued unappreciated cog worker. I’m just tired of seeing the non stop insincerity of their passionate rallying cries for the down trodden working class, get their votes and then do squat. I wish I could stop caring. Signed, Charlie Brown

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“Revolutionary” demonstrations are not about achieving power; they’re about someone venting frustration, anger, and attempting to stave off feelings of futility. People seeking and achieving power are rarely if ever those sacrificing themselves. Zelensky is a righteous exception, but there’s not many of him in the world.

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They could likely do so much more at home with their family and friends.

Driving out to DC is standing in a swamp, pissing into the wind.

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Mar 11, 2022·edited Mar 11, 2022

Yep. They’re relics that don’t know kit yet. They sense it, and are therefore afraid, leading to doing stuff like convoys that few care about. MSM makes some think it’s something. There’s a small group in here insisting it’s a big movement, but it’s not. It’s simply not. They’re also confused and blathering nonsense in lieu of doing something useful.

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