Thursday, September 28, 2023

The Trudeau Government and the Nazi War Hero Memory Hole

My long-term readers are likely aware that George Orwell's 1984 is one of my favourite books, one that I have read many times.  Let me provide you with a few quotes from the book that I found compelling and that are particularly pertinent given the recent events in Canada:


"With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day’s work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles. Then he unrolled and clipped together four small cylinders of paper which had already flopped out of the pneumatic tube on the right-hand side of his desk.


In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston’s arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building....


....As soon as Winston had dealt with each of the messages, he clipped his speakwritten corrections to the appropriate copy of ‘The Times’ and pushed them into the pneumatic tube. Then, with a movement which was as nearly as possible unconscious, he crumpled up the original message and any notes that he himself had made, and dropped them into the memory hole to be devoured by the flames.


What happened in the unseen labyrinth to which the pneumatic tubes led, he did not know in detail, but he did know in general terms. As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of ‘The Times’ had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs—to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. In no case would it have been possible, once the deed was done, to prove that any falsification had taken place. The largest section of the Records Department, far larger than the one on which Winston worked, consisted simply of persons whose duty it was to track down and collect all copies of books, newspapers, and other documents which had been superseded and were due for destruction."


"And when memory failed and written records were falsified—when that happened, the claim of the Party to have improved the conditions of human life had got to be accepted, because there did not exist, and never again could exist, any standard against which it could be tested."

"It might very well be that literally every word in the history books, even the things that one accepted with- out question, was pure fantasy."


And, most importantly:


"The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command."


Winston Smith's sole purpose in the dystopic society described in 1984 was to destroy history and replace it with the version that matched the current government-proclaimed reality, a never-ending process.


Let's look at some background before we get to the main point of this posting.  For those of you who are not Canadians (or residents of the United Kingdom), you may not be aware that every word uttered in Canada's Parliament is recorded for posterity in Hansard, the official record of the transcripts of parliamentary debate.  In fact, the record is so complete that it even reports nonsensical verbal sounds that are uttered in the chamber, a tradition that began in Britain in the late 18th century.  It was implemented to reduce the secrecy that had been part of British political debate, allowing the sweaty masses an insider's view of parliamentary procedures. 


In recent days, the world has become very familiar with Canada and the Trudeau government's bungling when a former member of the Waffen-SS, the combat arm of the Shutzstaffel, the much-feared and reviled SS of Hitler's National Socialist Party was formally and publicly recognized for his service in Canada's House of Commons by the now former Speaker of the House as shown here:



After some sober second thought and attention by Members of the Opposition, this caused a great deal of consternation among the ruling Liberals who tossed Speaker Anthony Rota under the proverbial bus by pinning the sole blame on him for this egregious misstep.  What isn't as well known is that the ruling Liberals attempted to "memory hole" the entire incident both in writing and in the official video record of the incident, using the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Karina Gould to do the dirty work as shown here:



Here is the quote as it appears in Hansard for September 25, 2023:


If the less than honourable Karina Gould had been able to get unanimous consent from all MPs, the record of one of her government's most significant missteps would have been erased from the public record.


Here is the response from Conservative MP Marty Morantz which provides the rationale for voting against Ms. Gould's point of order and sums up my feelings nicely:


"It goes without saying that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. What happened on Friday was shameful and brought embarrassment to this chamber. It was an ugly reminder of what survivors of the Holocaust know too well: that we must never forget. Deleting the text of the Speaker's words from Hansard would...have only one purpose: to try to forget what happened and wash the record clean."


And, for the record, here's what appeared in Hansard for September 21, 2023 despite Ms. Gould's pathetic attempt to rewrite history:


We all know that governments love to alter history, however, I have rarely seen a clearer example of how a government attempts to rewrite history by memory holing the record of an event that will likely have a negative impact on their re-electability in the future should Canadians remember this international embarrassment.  The Trudeau government's brazen attempt to change history should concern every voting Canadian.  

The ruling class must really think that we are stupid.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The Nazi Influences in Ukraine Prior to 2022 and How We Are Being Gaslit

While recent events in Canada's House of Commons have brought the historical connection between Nazis and Ukraine to the forefront, in fact, prior to Russia's actions in Ukraine in February 2022, modern concerns about these connections have existed going back to the Maidan Revolution in February 2014 as you will see in this posting.

Here are some examples of media and think tank coverage of the relationship between Nazis/the far right and Ukraine.  If you click on the name of the publication/think tank, you will be taken directly to the source material.


1.) Atlantic Council


2a.) The Times of Israel

2b.) The Times of Israel

3.) Forward


4.) BBC


5.) Eurasianet


6.) Jewish Telegraphic Agency


7.) Bellingcat


8.) CTV News (Canada)


9.) The George Washington Universitynstitute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


10.) Radio Free Europe


11.) Channel 4 News (United Kingdom)


This is just a sampling of how Western outlets covered the relationship between Nazis and the far right in Ukraine after the Maidan Revolution of February 2014. Isn't it funny how the media was concerned about Nazis in Ukraine until Russia decided that it needed to do something about it in 2022 and then all of a sudden it was all about Russia destroying Ukraine?  Since then....crickets on the issue except when the West criticized Putin's comments about denazifying Ukraine as one of the goals of his "special operation" in Ukraine in his speech of February 24, 2022:

"The purpose of this operation is to protect people who, for eight years now, have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kiev regime. To this end, we will seek to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine, as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation."

Then, all of a sudden, Ukraine didn't have a Nazi problem.

It couldn't be more clear that our Western leaders have spent a great deal of energy gaslighting us when it comes to Russia and Ukraine since February 2022, could it?

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

The World Health Organization's International Health Regulations and the Power of its Director-General

Do you trust this man to have your best interests at heart?



If not, you should be greatly concerned about the powers that are being granted to him under the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR).  While the drafting of an WHO instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response also known as the pandemic accord/pandemic treaty gets the headline news, the redrafting of the IHR should cause us to ponder what lies ahead for all of us as this unelected body of "experts" seeks to solidify its power over the world. 


As background, the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) "....


"...provide an overarching legal framework that defines countries’ rights and obligations in handling  public health events and emergencies that have the potential to cross borders.


The IHR are an instrument of international law that is legally-binding on 196 countries, including the 194 WHO Member States. The IHR  grew out of the response to  deadly epidemics that once overran Europe. They create rights and obligations for countries, including the requirement to report public health events. The Regulations also  outline the criteria to determine whether or not a particular event constitutes a  “public health emergency of international concern”. 


At the same time, the IHR require countries to designate a National IHR Focal Point for communications with WHO, to establish and maintain core capacities for surveillance and response, including at designated points of entry. Additional provisions address the areas of  international travel and transport such as the health documents required for international traffic.


Finally, the IHR introduce important safeguards to protect the rights of travellers and other persons in relation to the treatment of personal data, informed consent and non-discrimination in the application of health measures under the Regulations."


Governments held a second meeting of the Working Group on Amendments to the IHR from February 20 to 24, 2023 during which the 307 proposed amendments to the "instrument" were discussed by the 194 Member States of WHO who are also State Partners to the IHR for the first time.  This is being done for the following reason as suggested by Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, the former Director-General of Health in New Zealand:


"The ongoing pandemic has underscored the importance of countries working together collaboratively, and supporting WHO in its vital work, to make the world safer. The tone of the discussions and progress made during this week’s meeting clearly show that countries understand the responsibility they have to ensure this process is successful.” 


Bloomfield also claims that:

"The efforts to update the International Health Regulations and draft a pandemic accord share a number of common themes, including the importance of equity in access to health, collaboration and capacity building.  It is important that there is consistency and alignment across the two processes.”.  This is being done under the guise of making the world safer from communicable diseases and ensuring equitable responses to public health threats."


Let's look at some key excerpts from the proposed changes to the IHR which are now under consideration in which I have highlighted the term "Director-General", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus'

position, thanks in no small part to the influence of Bill Gates and his billions of dollars on the WHO, noting the following:


The proposed amendments are presented as follows:


Strikethrough = proposal to delete existing text


Underlined and bold = proposal to add text


(...): existing text in the IHR (2005) in relation to which no proposals for amendments were submitted and which is therefore omitted from the compilation


Here are screen captures of pages 9 and 10 which outline what happens if a public health emergency of regional concern or intermediate health alert is determined to be taking place by the Director-General:


Basically, under the new draft of the IHR, all power to determine whether a public health emergency or an intermediate public health alert (i.e. not an emergency but an event that required heightened international awareness and potential international public health response) is occurring and the response to an emergency is ultimately dictated by one individual, the World Health Organization's Director-General.  Elected governments who are State Parties to the IHR must then follow the orders that are dictated to them by the World Health Organization.  And there went what little remains of national sovereignty.


So, in light of these changes to the World Health Organization's International Health Regulations, we had better learn to trust these two because they hold all of the "pandemic cards":


Let's close with this video from a recent tweet by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus:

Yes indeed, meaningful and lasting changes that will give him all of the power over all of us.  It's all part of an unprecedented power grab by an organization that is increasingly proving itself to be corrupted by private money.

Monday, September 18, 2023

American Workers and Their Fear of Becoming Obsolete

A recent poll by Gallup looks at one of the concerns of a significant percentage of American workers; the fear of job loss.  In particular, we will focus of the fear of job losses related to the implementation of artificial intelligence and other technologies.  This is known as the fear of becoming obsolete or FOBO.


Gallup polled 522 adults throughout August 2023 with 491 of these adults being employed either full- or part-time.  They were asked the following questions:


1.) Please indicate whether you are worried or not worried about each of the following happening to you, personally, in the near future. How about:


a.) that your benefits will be reduced 


b.) that your wages will be reduced 


c.) that your job will become obsolete because of technology 


d.) that you will be laid off 


e.) that your hours at work will be cut back 


f.) that your company will move jobs to countries overseas 


2.) Are you worried that you will be laid off?


3.) Are you worried that your hours at work will be cut back?


4.) Are you worried that your wages will be reduced?


5.) Are you worried that your benefits will be reduced?


6.) Are you worried that your company will move jobs to countries overseas?


7.) Are you worried that your job will become obsolete or unnecessary because of technology?


As I noted above, we will focus on the fear of job loss related to technological advances.  Here is a graphic showing the growing percentage of American workers that are worried that their job will become obsolete because of technology:


Concerns about FOBO have increased from 13 percent in August 2017 to 22 percent in August 2023, an increase of 9 percentage points or 69.2 percent.


The concerns about FOBO vary demographically and have increased over the past two years as shown on this graphic:



Concerns about technologically-driven job obsolescence has grown the most over the past two years among college graduates under the age of 34 with household incomes of less than $100,000.  It's surprising to see that concerns about FOBO is now more-or-less equal among non-college graduates and college graduates when just two short years ago, only 8 percent of college graduates were concerned about technology supplanting their work lives compared to 22 percent of non-college graduates.  


Thanks to Visual Capitalist, we have a clear picture of the American industries that are at the highest potential for automation:



I was rather surprised to see that architecture and engineering were among the most automation vulnerable industries, particularly given the very specific skill sets and extensive education that are required to perform in these industries.  The most ironclad jobs will be among those industries that rely heavily on manual labour (i.e. construction) and while transportation is relatively safe for the time being, jobs will be threatened by the use of AI-driven automation/self-driving vehicles which is expected to impact the trucking industry over the next 5 to 10 years as shown here:


Phase One: will involve a technique called platooning, in which a fleet of trucks will follow a lead truck on the highway


Phase Two: technology will have developed enough to have a human driver in only the lead truck while a convoy of autonomous trucks follows closely behind. Expected by 2025.


Phase Three: the lead trucks are completely autonomous on the highway. However, a human driver will still likely be needed in the lead truck for navigating small roads and loading docks. Expected around 2030.


Phase Four: completely driverless autonomous trucks are on the roads at scale. Optimistic estimates say it will come sometime in the early 2030s, while the more conservative ones say it will take until the end of that decade.”


Let's close with this thought.  With the average cost of college in the United States hitting $36,436 per student per year including tuition and fees, books, supplies and living expenses, one certainly has to question the value of spending four plus years educating oneself after high school.  Perhaps those who take jobs as mechanics, carpenters, electricians and plumbers are the smart ones after all.


Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The World Economic Forum and the Evolution of the Urban Ecosystem

The global oligarchy is all about reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a particular focus on reducing our use of vehicles with internal combustion engines, replacing them with over-priced electric vehicles.  As I have noted in the past, the World Economic Forum is one of the major proponents of the switch from ICEs to EVs and its drive toward electrification of transportation is clearly outlined in this briefing paper:


Here are the people behind the paper:



...neither of which has formal training in transportation, engineering or environment science as shown here:



...and here:



Nonetheless, never let a lack of training make one shy about promoting their viewpoints on the key issues of the day.


Let's look at the briefing paper.  It opens by noting the following (with my bolds):


"By 2050, almost 70% of people will live in urban areas, with towns and cities expected to grow by 2.5 billion people over that period. In an increasingly urbanized world, delivering healthy, inclusive, sustainable and vibrant cities is vital for both people and planet. When it comes to achieving this vision for cities of the future, there is perhaps no sector more important than mobility....


Electrification is a crucial component of the modern sustainable transport ecosystem. However, electrifying private vehicles is not enough to achieve the emissions reduction targets agreed in the Paris Agreement on climate. In order to create more equitable, liveable and healthy cities, a diverse range of approaches is required.


Electrification needs to be accelerated in sync with a powerful push towards more efficient, accessible and connected public transport, improved infrastructure and priority for cycling and walking, and integration of emerging mobility solutions such as shared mobility to create a suite of options to meet the wide-ranging needs of people moving about cities. It is only with a combination of these solutions that we can cut emissions to address the urgent climate emergency, reduce the number of vehicles on the road to make our streets safer and more accessible, all while transporting a growing urban population."


Here's a key quote:


"There is no pathway to meeting the Paris Agreement climate goals without electrifying urban transport, growing shared transport use and designing more compact cities."


Since the authors claim that electrification alone cannot deliver what the world needs to reduce the threat of global climate change posed by urbanites, the authors propose a shared, electric, connected and automated or SEAM approach to urban mobility.  By adopting the SEAM approach, by 2050, the authors proclaim the following benefits:


1.) Reduce vehicles from a potential 2.1 billion to 0.5 billion


2.) Decrease measured mobility costs by 40%


3.) Mitigate >80% of CO2 from passenger transport


4.) Free up 75% of urban public space


5.) Save ~$5 trillion per year by 2050 due to reduced need for expensive motorways, parking areas and maintenance


Note the reduction in the number of passenger vehicles which must be put into context with the growth of population in the future.

In addition, since passenger vehicles cause over half of urban air pollution which led to 1.8 million excess deaths in 209 and nearly 2 million cases of asthma in children, the electrification of transportation will be beneficial by delivering cleaner and healthier air.  How that electricity will be generated is not addressed in this briefing paper however, one must assume that the authors believe that the vast majority of the electricity required will be sourced from unreliable renewables.


One of the key parts to the "new urban reality" will be designing more compact cities that prioritize active mobility (i.e. bicycles, walking) and shared transportation.  For some reason, when I think of compact cities, this cityscape from the dystopian movie Ready Player One comes to mind:


Of course, the World Economic Forum must play a role in the implementation of a SEAM ecosystem.  The WEFs Global New Mobility Coalition (GNMC) initiative will play a role, acting by facilitating dialogue between the private sector, public organization and NGOs to "identify the root challenges and practical solutions" that ensure that the transition is equitable for all urban dwellers.  Its aim is to help cities identify strengths and gaps in urban mobility, understand barriers to progress and raise ambition on advancing sustainable urban mobility.  As such, the GNMC has launched its Urban Mobility Scorecard (UMS) Tool which provides a platform to stimulate dialogue and action on urban mobility as follows:


1.) Connect public and private stakeholders


–  Create neutral platforms through events and workshops that open up space for cities, NGOs and private mobility operators to discuss shared challenges and explore solutions


–  Bring together diverse stakeholders to expand perspectives and increase awareness of innovative approaches and learnings from the public and private sectors


2.) Support decision-making


– Support urban mobility decision-making by building a broad-based consensus on roles and responsibilities, and developing collaborative ways of working


3.) Benchmark progress


– Develop a user-friendly scorecard tool, trialled with cities and backed by the private sector, to help cities track progress towards shared, electric and connected mobility


Here is the UMS Tool framework:


Here is the WEF's vision for urban mobility:


In closing, let's look at an example of the UMS Tool dashboard for an example city, Buenos Aires:


I think that you now have sufficient insight on how the World Economic Forum is steering the urban landscape of the future.  Electrification is a key part of the equation but is insufficient to meet the environmental goals that have been forced upon all of us by the ruling class.  As part of the new urban ecosystem, city dwellers will find themselves living in far less space than what they are currently used to and it is my belief that the WEF's vision is playing right into the 15 minute smart city narrative where urbanites are essentially heavily surveilled and controlled captives of their neighbourhoods, living in conditions that we cannot even imagine.  And if you should happen to think that you may be exempt from this new reality because you are living in a small city, you might wish to think again because the UMS Tool is being designed to work for smaller cities as well.