He Admires Their Basic Dictatorship

The COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) from the Oxford University suggests that the stringency of lockdown measures in Canada ranks nearly as high as those of communist China and Cuba.

Canada has kept on strict lockdown measures as many industrialized countries are in the midst of reopening their economy. Canada’s poor position today is largely explained by the failed vaccine rollout.

The Trudeau government wasted “a lot of time” by trying to secure doses from an unreliable pharmaceutical company linked to the Chinese Communist Party, CanSino Biologics. The CanSino vaccine later turned out to be a dud, and Canada never received a single dose.

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Read that last paragraph again.

Not Now, We’re Busy

Globe and Mail

The Trudeau government, which once promised to end all long-term drinking-water advisories in First Nations this year, now estimates it could take until 2026.

The new timeline was not announced by the minister who is responsible, but revealed in government documents that officials from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) presented to the House of Commons Public Accounts committee. The documents say the department will continue work with First Nations to implement projects that address needs for all communities affected by long-term drinking-water advisories, and note an expected completion date of March, 2026.

Another zero percent interest miracle!

In a normal, growing economy, each generation can expect a higher standard of living than the previous one. In Canada, we seem to be going in the opposite direction of normal. If the trend noted in this article continues, millennials will be lucky to buy a principal residence at about the time they would like to retire.

In the epicenter of the housing bubble, it’s particularly bad for an average income earner:

In Toronto, for example, where the median home price crossed $1 million in the first quarter, it now takes 278 months (23 years) to save up for a down payment. In Vancouver, where the price of a representative home is $1,381,274 and you need an income of $237,201 to afford it, you would have to save for 389 months (32.4 years) just for the down payment.

Margin Of Fraud

Stephen Moore;

There is something very fishy about the new 2020 Census Bureau data determining which states picked up seats and which states lost seats.

Most all of the revisions to the original estimates have moved in one direction: Population gains were added to blue states, and population losses were subtracted from red states. The December revisions in population estimates under the Biden Census Bureau added some 2.5 million blue-state residents and subtracted more than 500,000 red-state residents. These population estimates determine how many electoral votes each state receives for presidential elections and the number of congressional seats in each state.

Move along folks, nothing here to see.

Incentives Matter

From FEMA

Applicants may receive assistance for the funeral expenses of multiple deceased individuals. Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application per state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

This won’t change anyone’s behavior at all. Reminds me of all the public works projects that magically get funded by saying its because of climate change.

The Sound Of Settled Science

Biologists and conservation scientists have long been operating under the assumption that inbreeding should be avoided at all costs, but a new survey — published Monday in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution — suggests mating with relatives isn’t always bad.

If it were, researchers contend, animals would be trying a lot harder to avoid inbreeding.

“People assume that animals should avoid mating with a relative when given the chance,” lead study author Raïssa de Boer said in a news release.

“But evolutionary theory has been telling us that animals should tolerate, or even prefer, mating with relatives under a broad range of conditions for more than four decades,” said de Boer, a researcher in zoology at Stockholm University in Sweden.

We Don’t Need No Flaming Sparky Cars

Zerohedge;

About 20% of all “planet saving EV owning visionaries” in California are defecting from their EVs back to gas-powered vehicles, according to a new report by Business Insider. The switch back to gas comes as a result of charging being a “hassle”, the report found.

The report cites a new study published in the journal Nature Energy by University of California Davis researchers Scott Hardman and Gil Tal. They surveyed people in California who purchased EVs between 2012 and 2018. […]

“If you don’t have a Level 2, it’s almost impossible,” said Bloomberg automotive analyst Kevin Tynan. It took him six hours to charge his Chevy Volt back to 300 miles of range using a Level 2 charger.

h/t Adrian

A Hanging, Followed By A Fair Trial

Fortunately for lying while under oath juror #52, he’s not a secret member of the Proud Boys who voted to acquit. He might be in real trouble.

First reported by The Post-Millennial and since covered by other outlets, a photo from a Facebook post of Brandon Mitchell in Washington, DC shows him wearing a t-shirt that reads, circling a photo of Martin Luther King, “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks – BLM” while standing with two other men, one of whom is identified in the post as Mitchell’s cousin.

Mitchell now says that he was just in DC to “be a part of something.”

Viva Frei: Could it lead to a mistrial?

No Oppression Olympics at the Olympics

(AP/WBTV) – The IOC says athlete protests and political messages will remain banned at the Olympics after a survey found that a majority of competitors were in favor of keeping the ban in place. That means raising a fist on the podium or taking a knee would still risk punishment at the Tokyo Games this year.

Here’s the real kicker

The IOC said it surveyed more than 3,500 athletes over the past year and that 70% said it was “not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views” on the field of play or at the opening or closing ceremony.

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And Just Like That, Protests Are Cool Again

From reader RM, via email;

The intersection of Georgia and Granville sits on one of the busiest thoroughfares in and out of Downtown Vancouver. Describing this location as the “heart” of the city would not be an overstatement.

Yesterday, my wife and I happened upon a small group of protesters who had occupied this busy intersection to draw attention to the “climate emergency.”

Rather than clearing the intersection and arresting those disrupting the free movement of people and traffic, the Vancouver Police Department had instead deployed dozens of officers to secure the perimeter of the protest and effectively provide security for what would otherwise be considered an illegal blockade.

I asked one officer how many personnel from the police department were on hand, and his response was “a lot.” I then mentioned that there seemed to be more police officers than protesters at the event, and asked him if it was fair to say that the police department was the biggest participant in the protest. He had no response.

See attached images for reference. This country is a joke.

Yes, it is.

One Flu Out Of The Wuhan Nest

Grab a coffee.

If the case that SARS2 originated in a lab is so substantial, why isn’t this more widely known? As may now be obvious, there are many people who have reason not to talk about it. The list is led, of course, by the Chinese authorities. But virologists in the United States and Europe have no great interest in igniting a public debate about the gain-of-function experiments that their community has been pursuing for years.

Nor have other scientists stepped forward to raise the issue. Government research funds are distributed on the advice of committees of scientific experts drawn from universities. Anyone who rocks the boat by raising awkward political issues runs the risk that their grant will not be renewed and their research career will be ended. Maybe good behavior is rewarded with the many perks that slosh around the distribution system. And if you thought that Dr. Andersen and Dr. Daszak might have blotted their reputation for scientific objectivity after their partisan attacks on the lab escape scenario, look at the 2nd and 3rd names on this list of recipients of an $82 million grant announced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in August 2020.

The US government shares a strange common interest with the Chinese authorities: neither is keen on drawing attention to the fact that Dr. Shi’s coronavirus work was funded by the US National Institutes of Health. One can imagine the behind-the-scenes conversation in which the Chinese government says “If this research was so dangerous, why did you fund it, and on our territory too?” To which the US side might reply, “Looks like it was you who let it escape. But do we really need to have this discussion in public?”
Dr. Fauci is a longtime public servant who served with integrity under President Trump and has resumed leadership in the Biden Administration in handling the Covid epidemic. Congress, no doubt understandably, may have little appetite for hauling him over the coals for the apparent lapse of judgment in funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan.

To these serried walls of silence must be added that of the mainstream media. To my knowledge, no major newspaper or television network has yet provided readers with an in-depth news story of the lab escape scenario, such as the one you have just read, although some have run brief editorials or opinion pieces. One might think that any plausible origin of a virus that has killed three million people would merit a serious investigation. Or that the wisdom of continuing gain-of-function research, regardless of the virus’s origin, would be worth some probing. Or that the funding of gain-of-function research by the NIH and NIAID during a moratorium on such research would bear investigation. What accounts for the media’s apparent lack of curiosity?

In the acknowledgements, he credits the same Yuri Deigin essay we introduced here a year ago.

Buy a horse. You may need one someday.

Generally people think roadways when the topic is infrastructure spending. But if Shiny Pony has anything to say about it, such projects may be consigned to the environmental dustbin.

Ontario’s proposed new mega-project to build a highway looping around the northwest of Toronto has been designated by the federal government for special environmental scrutiny.

The federal government says the provincial project, already facing opposition, needs additional environmental oversight, a designation that will slow the massive construction project or, opponents say, kill it altogether.

Two days drive to get across the GTA? A small price to pay to protect the spotted burble frog:

….this project may cause adverse direct or incidental effects on federally-listed species at risk….

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