So it used to be the case that gambling was considered sinful , aberrant, immoral, and an affront to family values. It was something done by the low lifes (degenerates) of society with an addiction. However; in the context of today’s new world order – for one – you can’t make a reference to a “low life” because you would be condemned via political correctness as being prejudicial in one way shape or form or simply insensitive to another’s presumed plight as opposed to their self inflicted harmful behaviour. Secondly, in Alberta and in other jurisdictions in North America…resource royalty revenues have fallen so low that the gambling stream of revenue is now considered essential for sustaining exorbitant social programs and government budgets. Hence; it’s more culturally accepted than ever that we don’t condemn the gamblers for their devious ways in the context of keeping society afloat. Nowadays, what you’ll find in casinos are flowery programs for the addicted installed through regulation in order to soothe the cognitive impairment of the addicted. Governments apparently need them so we might as well placate them with niceties.
The question goes begging “who are we as a people if we must rely on people’s weak character exhibited through gambling in order to sustain government finances”? I suggest that it didn’t have to be this way if governments weren’t so weak with their fiscal discipline over decades. When one looks at the behaviour of governments over decades in absolute terms pertaining to the handling of your taxes….it didn’t have to be this way. Alberta’s online gambling site was apparently just launched yesterday.
Bob Woodward exclaimed to MSNBC on Thursday before revelations from the NY Times regarding Trump’s tax returns, “I don’t know Where (when) the wake-up call comes to the country” in response to Trump’s notion of not committing to a peaceful transfer of power.
It’s quite astonishing but as Woodward insinuates through his words, this pitiful man, Donald Trump, could still in fact be awarded the White House via the electorate despite his contemptuous, deceitful, patronizing, and immoral behaviour. I’m aghast and have refrained from writing on the Trump indiscretions as they regularly occur just because it’s become so banal and disheartening.
Among the latest news, we have the New York Times representing “years of tax avoidance” when characterizing Trump’s tax returns. It’s hard to imagine a man who flaunts such wealth as one who wouldn’t be left with some net income to pay tax but this is what’s been revealed by the Times.
At this point, the only nugget of conscionable defence one could muster in casting a vote for Trump would be the “either/ or” argument that the opposing political ideology is so unpalatable that Trump’s behaviour as characterized is tolerable in context.
If the United States of America returns this man to power in spite of everything they’ve learned about him through his words, his manner, his questionable relationships with Russians, his treatment of decorated military officers, his revolving door of staffers, his midnight tweets, his mocking of the disabled, his withholding of aid to Ukraine in exchange for political dirt, his payoffs of women, his bungling of COVID-19 while lying about it, his disrespectful reference to war captured veterans (McCain), his associations with the criminally indicted….all within the backdrop of a national debt advancing, race relations abysmal, and a quality of life in decline then the plight of man in the first world is deserving of whatever fate comes hither.
Throughout social media we’ve had these colourful dialogue boxes espousing COVID-19 denial. The President of the United States with his manhood expressed so succinctly to Marco Rubio during the GOP nomination process wouldn’t be seen wearing a mask in contrast to the official recommendation of government officials’ position on them being an effective tool. Then there was this reference to “mind control”. Oh ya. The mask would be seen by some self esteem lacking individuals as a symbol of repression during a pandemic. Try squaring that logic.
Now we have these Republican governors out of Texas and Florida back tracking on their perverted sense of referencing civil liberties in the context of extinguishing a virus. Now in the face of overbearing case statistics, these chest beating Trump bimbos have needed to reverse course on their misplaced usage of libertarian ideology and actually implement recommended protocols. It’s really something to behold how political hay is being made out of a pandemic. The radical right needed even a pandemic to push its agenda of civil liberties.
Unless people return to an era of common sense and objectivity in tackling problems in real time proactively instead of reactively consequentially, I’m afraid that the quality of life for masses of people is going to continue to decline. Yes, I said “continue” because 2020 has materially impacted life quality negatively and either politicians learn from errors or continue to drive unproductive narratives based on ego rather than logic.
In spite of the bit being brief, it was balance reporting. The Globe however neglects to mention that Michael Flynn was in the business of deploying his experience and contacts and an ex-military officer to consult / lobby foreign diplomats. Trump hired him during Trump’s campaign for the White House. What did Trump want from this man when he was campaigning for President? Kind of nice to know the context from which he confessed to lying to the American people. Of course, while this investigation of election meddling was going on, you had not only Flynn on the radar of investigators but Paul Mannafort, Roger Stone, Rick Gates, and Michael Cohen – all indicted. Here you have Trump claiming some kind of witch hunt when this was the company he was keeping.
The matter of deliberation specific to the lie as described by the Globe and Mail was in my opinion unrelated to the investigation of election meddling but must also be put in the context of Flynn pleading the fifth prior to a deal being struck for his cooperation.
I suspect that Mr. Flynn was leveraging his experience as a decorated military man and didn’t quite know the character of the man who had retained him during a presidential campaign. Flynn wasn’t doing himself any favours by apparently flirting with Russian women while on assignment and he apparently was administratively deficient in filing paper work associated with receiving pay from foreigners.
There was an untimely elimination of an epidemiologist position in China back in July of 2019. You know how much Mr. Trump liked to exclaim “you’re fired” back when he hosted “The Apprentice”. It’s Reuters and four of their sources who expose this stunning revelation. The key post administered through the American Centre for Disease Control was bestowed the duty of identifying disease outbreaks in China. Dr. Linda Quick served in the role prior to it being extinguished. This woman actually trained Chinese field epidemiologists in concert with monitoring the public health landscape. Chinese American Bao-Ping Zhu who served in the role from 2007 to 2011 expressed his dismay to Reuters. The four sources also confided to Reuters that no other foreign disease experts were embedded in China after the departure of Dr. Quick.
Who would have thought during the taping of “The Apprentice”
that the term “you’re fired” by one, Donald Trump would one day come back and
haunt hundreds of thousands of people around the world whose health depends on
the early detection of deadly viruses? Were there other variables associated
with the outbreak? Yes. One very important variable would have been the
strength of the relationship between countries and the goodwill of China in
communicating issues around public health to the U.S. and the World Health
Organization. I’ll leave it to you to speculate whether Trump fostered
trustworthy relations with the Chinese. If these sources are correct, the World
Health Organization may have also failed in its duty to deploy resources inside
The matter of corporate interests in the aviation sector,
the “travel bug”, and duties of repatriating citizens, and limitations of
airports in dealing with crowds have also been key elements associated with
this pandemic of COVID-19. The aviation industry as we see it today and the negative
consequences we’ve come to realize were likely unimaginable to the Wright
Brothers as they pioneered motorized flight.
This is what’s on my mind today as I receive emails
pertaining to COVID-19 from those compelled to exhibit their interpretation of
this virus in the context of their platform / agenda / business relationship
with you / notion of how think you now need to operate in the context of their
interpretation of the public health message.
Everybody’s got an opinion and they have needed to learn how
to type in order to convey it through the internet. Thanks god I took typing
class in grade 9 with all the girls while my friends took shop as their
elective. What were they thinking?
Anyway….I’m amused by superfluous posts and reposts of
value driven dogma which percolates occasionally on internet threads. Suddenly
an audience is illuminated through a key stroke when the more difficult gesture
would be a letter to a member of parliament (yes, I have written them in case
Then there’s the internet companies who literally dictate
terms and then await the fall out. I guess Apple app developers receive
automated bots for feedback on why their apps disqualify for hosting. I’ve had
a copyright claim on youtube within the first 30 seconds of upload. They couldn’t
have possible got through the full 1:58 in order to fully digest the
material. I’ll be at their mercy with my
28 subscribers having uploaded to “private” never intending to monetize the video.
Then there’s the government
with its tax collection and system of correspondence now pretty much dictating communication
through the internet as opposed to a live person. If you really want to talk to
somebody, you’ll have to navigate the phone auto attendant just to find the
queue to wait in for 30 minutes. Your music will certainly be interrupted frequently
with messages of education hoping you’ll find some nugget of information thereby
reducing the probability of being redundant when you finally get through to
talk to that agent. This agent will need to provide you their agent ID number.
Have your pen handy for those 30 minutes ‘cause they spout it off quickly
hoping you’ll not catch it thereby potentially not being liable for the
You get the drift. We have all these phones now but folks
don’t want to talk on them for anything relevant to their business or
professional life. Email or text only please – I’m now conversation inept
having been raised behind a computer screen.
One must ask, are we now more efficient? I suggest yes at
times and no oftentimes. Nobody wants to be controlled but they do want balanced
reciprocation. People know when they are being controlled and they will resent
it. When communication is compromised – so is the relationship.
stand point of the stock market, this is a lesson that so many folks needed to
learn. Your investment advisors are simply people with vulnerabilities like the
rest of us. The buy and hold mantra has cost you money. You must put attention
on your own investments and you must actively manage your portfolio with input
from financial people who know more than you. You must be the torch bearer of
your own financial destiny. You must be in a mode of “continuous learning”. What
about locked in accounts and government pensions you ask. Well, you are at the
mercy of portfolio managers but you still have access to your accounts with a
right to know what you own.
do I find the time to manage my own investments? You fit it in. You stop
succumbing to the bosses request for overtime. You put boundaries around your
schedule. You stop being a pushover when it comes to your calendar. This might
mean helping your spouse understand that that second vacation within a calendar
year goes bye bye. Boo hoo! What would
you rather have – an earlier with
compounded accelerated rate of return and an earlier retirement or that second
vacation just because your kids get a spring break?
Now that I’m
on a roll ‘cause I put this together having just returned from an empty gym ‘cause
of the psychology behind avoiding sweat boxes now that we’re dealing with this
corona virus, I expound further. Have
you seen the chart on the Dow 30? The thing has been going straight up for
years. Did you not think that it was overdue for a major correction in response
to some kind of Black Swan event? Hell….I simply took a look at the
incompetence of governments in running budgets given deficits and debts and on
that basis alone considered the market over heated. Have you not perceived the
weakness currently in our North American political leaders?? There’s another factor right there in and of
itself worthy of shorting the market or running for the hills.
I’ve thought much of the passengers stranded on cruise
liners in the Orient over the past couple of weeks. I was definitely suspicious
of the quarantine protocol thinking that these cruise vessels would not afford
the degree of isolation required in order to prevent the transmission of a
virus. Not that I’m an epidemiologist but in every piece that I’ve read since
the threat of the coronavirus, it seemed that the health professionals didn’t
have strong confidence in how exactly the virus spreads and they didn’t provide
much assurance that healthy passengers on a quarantined cruise liner would be
protected. It seems now that the rights of health cruisers were superseded by
an overzealous quarantine effort and an obvious void in protocol perpetrated by
an international lapse in cooperation.
When we elect leaders who lack a moral compass or who are
irrationally swayed by ideology over practicality, we should expect the occasional
debacle to arise. We should expect intransigence, indifference, and
ambivalence. Great leaders have a knack for anticipating problems and
establishing control mechanisms. Great leaders do not patronize administrative bodies
designed for international cooperation (United Nations, World Health
Organization). They seek ways to strengthen the foundation. Great leaders do
not find themselves distracted by issues of personal accountability thereby
compromising their attention toward matters of international importance. Great
leaders do not find themselves isolated due to pettiness in their bargaining or
vindictive with opponents. Great leaders do not find themselves enthralled in
meetings over the mundane.
Health workers fighting disease and treating patients on the
front line need administrative competence as a pillar of their support. They
need courageous leaders cognizant that the proliferation of international
travel and trade has made nation to nation cooperation paramount in protecting
lives and potentially fostering higher living standards.