April 16th, 2019 | R. Rados

A Conservative Majority? Not So Fast

April 1st, 2019 | R. Rados

The Liberals have been down in most polls since the SNC-Lavalin scandal, but it won't last—as I always try to remind everyone that Canada is an inherently liberal country. It's not easy for conservatives to win elections in Canada as conservatives. It's wishful thinking to believe that a scandal of such magnitude would make beating the Liberals easy for any party, even the NDP. It'll take a whole lot more than interference in a criminal case to take the Liberals down. It took Stephen Harper several tries to beat the Liberals after Adscam, so this go-around won't be any easier for the Conservative Party. However, the possibility of reducing the Trudeau government to a minority is very high and it could pave the way for an eventual repeat of 2006. Despite what all of the professional, media-loved political prophets like Eric Grenier have been saying, my prediction is a lot different. In the height of the Lavscam scandal, Grenier predicted a Conservative minority in his CBC poll tracker.

Beto O'Rourke Is Too Weird

April 1st, 2019 | T. Carter

Everything about Beto O'Rourke smells of phoniness, but his weird ticks, hand gestures and jerking hand jabs make him look like he is over-acting and trying too hard. His hand gestures, which seem unnatural, were the butt of jokes on late night television and at some of President Trump's press conferences. "Is he crazy, or is that just the way he acts?” Trump speculated. Jimmy Fallon imitated Beto in a skit called, “Beto O'Rourke's Hands Announce His 2020 Presidential Campaign”. Hand gestures are a common thing in politics and business. They often build trust and help audiences embrace a message, but what Beto O'Rourke does looks unnatural and scripted, as though he puts too much conscious emphasis on his gestures. When compared to Donald Trump's hand gestures, which seem impulsive and natural, Beto looks like a bad actor. His hand gestures are similar to the forced and contrived hand gestures of Roger Stone. According to experts, hand gestures are supposed to look and feel natural to be effective. As the Washington Post noted:

Vaccinate All Immigrants And...

April 1st, 2019 | Spartacus

Many of Canada's current cases of measles can be linked to travellers—or their children—who have travelled overseas and brought the disease back to Canada. Only three cases (all in the same family) of measles in BC can be linked directly to anti-vaxxers. Out of the 20 or so cases in Canada, almost half are linked to unvaccinated travellers or their children. Currently, Canada does not require any new immigrants, tourists, or refugees entering the country to be vaccinated and Canadian media seldom reports on the nationalities or citizenship status of these “travellers”. India's courts recently struck down mandatory vaccination, while the Philippines and Ukraine are currently facing a measles outbreak that has claimed hundreds of lives. In February, a man travelling from Manila brought the disease into Vancouver, as reported by the Vancouver Sun:

Things I Hate About Elections

April 1st, 2019 | C. Wang

Every political advisor will tell you to “get out there and knock on as many doors as you can!”. At a glance, it makes sense. You’re getting out there and making face-to-face contact with voters. This gives them a chance to make a quick first impression and if you meet them and your competitors don’t, then presumably that voter will think to themselves, “This candidate made the effort to meet me and the others didn’t, so I’ll vote for the effort-making candidate.” It’s reasonable to draw this conclusion, but seriously… that’s a pretty low-end means of assessing a potential candidate. What can you really learn about someone in a 30 second doorstep pitch? Enough to make a general impression and listen to their priorities, but so what? Why are we doing politics the same way that cheesy salesmen try to sell you sprinkler systems or vacuum cleaners? 

A Review: Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules

April 1st, 2019 | J. Hodgson

I finally finished Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. I’ve been meaning to read it sooner, but for a brief time I had had enough of Peterson and felt I had nothing more to learn by reading his book. Some time passed and then it miraculously appeared on the library shelf as a New and Notable 3-week loaner… so I decided to jump into the Peterson hurricane once more. It was worth it. Peterson does a great job diving deep into all sorts of subjects that he’s touched upon before, but the structure of the book and the uninterrupted narrative helped to contextualize and expand many of his ideas that have been presented in other formats previously. Peterson has taken criticism for offering “trite” advice such as, “Clean your room!” and “Pet a cat!” Many online Alt-Righters have mocked such expressions by appropriating Peterson’s voice and responding with things like, “Remember to wash your balls, Bucko!” The advice proves to be not trite, but essential.

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The Rot Of Modern Feminism

April 1st, 2019 | Spartacus

Modern feminism teaches women to pass the blame for their hardships to a wider, systemic problem that exists outside of their reach. It teaches women to be victims rather than fighters. This regressive ideology is spreading to the general population like a parasite, convincing young women and teens that men and their patriarchy must be knocked down and that equal opportunities must be replaced by equal outcomes. Modern women are being taught to ask the government to help them get ahead by implementing gender quotas and by fixing the wage gap. Women are being taught to elect bureaucrats who promise to make their lives easier. Unfortunately, most of these bureaucrats are men and the causes of classical feminism are being walked back by the ambitions of modern feminists. Classical feminism taught women to play by man's rules and to beat men at their own game. Modern feminism teaches women to embrace victimhood and to elect male politicians who will change the rules for them.

                                   
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