With the Canadian election out of the way, I can return to blogging here. But I don’t want to start with the election that wasn’t really necessary and that nobody wanted during the midst of a pandemic.
Let’s start with the pandemic itself.
It was supposed to be all but over in Canada by now. Life was supposed to be pretty much back to normal, with everyone double-dosed on COVID vaccines.
But that’s not the way it turned out. Canada is seeing increasing numbers of people coming down with the virus, with some ICUs in some provinces at full or near-capacity.
Because a certain percentage of the population refused to be vaccinated.
Canadian statistics are now noting the percentages of those who are unvaccinated among new COVID cases, and they are the large majority of them. Younger people are coming down with it, and some are dying. Indeed, one province noted that the only reason their hospital ICUs aren’t at full capacity is because COVID patients are dying.
Meanwhile, elective surgeries are being postponed across the country because of the unvaccinated people who are contracting COVID and filling up the limited supply of hospital beds.
Yes, it is frustrating doctors and nurses, who are saying these cases were preventable. And it is frustrating other people who are awaiting surgeries for things like cancer that, if done early, might save them and their relatives a lot of grief further on down the road.
Yet, the anti-vaxx demos continue in cities throughout Canada.
It represents the great divide, I think, between the ill-informed minority and the smarter majority. And how the minority can mess things up for everyone.
Speaking of ill-informed minorities, let’s talk about the Taliban in Afghanistan — who would be almost comical in their appearance if they weren’t so dangerous. Clearly, it is a regime that won’t be able to survive for long in the modern world. They face civil war, battles with ISIS and pressure from the civilized world. And a lack of cash and resources.
One does not need a crystal ball to predict there will be a lot of bloodshed in Afghanistan until the Taliban is removed or sheds it archaic system, which it seems loathe to do.
And then there’s China, which confirmed what everyone already knew: they will resort to hostage diplomacy to get what they want. Case in point: the release of Canada’s “two Michaels” in exchange for the release of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
It’s also no surprise that China was one of the first governments to recognize the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and to offer its support.
So, now we know for sure: China supports the oppression and enslavement of women in Afghanistan, the practice of cutting off people’s hands for theft — and all the other sick, pathetic things the Taliban have in store for the poor people in Afghanistan who were unable to leave.
Thing is, there’s nothing comical about China, either, and it’s a wonder G7 countries have anything to do with them. It’s all about money, of course. Which says something about the principles of Western nations willing to look the other way for the almighty buck.
Oh, yes, climate change: that is the not-so-wild card these days. And it is bringing on a great period of reckoning for mankind that will ultimately bring down all nations and leave everyone fending for themselves.
U.K. PM Boris Johnson summed it up recently with the comment, paraphrased: The world has to grow up and stop trashing the planet.
But that won’t be happening soon enough. Already, before climate talks even begin next month in Scotland, organizers are predicting failure because countries like . . . you guessed it . . . China won’t curtail their carbon emissions.
So, the countries that are doing the most damage won’t grow up, even with impending doom, proving they are not much more advanced than, say, the Taliban.
And, yes, we have some stupid leaders in Canada, too. Take the premiers who were weak on enforcing COVID restrictions and getting people vaccinated at the beginning of the summer. They downplayed the pandemic — in some cases, to satisfy their conservative anti-vaxxer voters — and now people are losing their lives as a result of it.
Which leads to this question: How is it we let imbeciles lead us?
And, finally, no, Justin Trudeau isn’t an imbecile. He called an election hoping to win a majority government, and ended up with a minority government much like the one he already had. It cost taxpayers $610 million.
Was it a waste of money?
I thought so at first, but the election did give Canadians a chance to vote on how the Liberal government handled the pandemic. And overall, the feds have done a great job. In my view, the Liberals deserved another term based on that alone, and that’s why I voted for them again. Plus, IMO, they have the best leader of all the parties, and I wish more countries were led by the likes of Justin Trudeau.
Clearly, a lot of people who voted agreed.
So much to talk about . . .
From what I’ve read the Taleban is not going to disappear any time soon. They got plenty more weapons, even though part of these will fail and go out of service.
But, for the rest they have plenty of money coming it it seems as they are one of the biggest sellers of drugs.
And then China…
Well, as we have outsourced at about most of our production facilities and even development to China, we basically sold our soul to them.
but then, most of our governments in Western Europe and also Canada and the US still think commercial competition will give us consumers a better line of products to choose from at a lower price while getting better quality and service…..
I guess that was debunked years ago, but they still hold on to their fantasies.
And the voters obviously in great numbers have the idea that electing these politicians and parties will be better for them. Even though if they would check out the party programs they would know that these parties are just out to shit on them.
And then later they complain about how these governments are out to make them pay more, and push BS and hoaxes on them, like climate weirding and Covid-19…. The latter obviously being nothing more that an other flu and those mRNA vaccines that are developed in only half a year and so experimental that they still haven’t proved you do not grow a 3rd arm and also as Bill Gates then will be able to chip them and track them….. The latter obviously already willingly allowed by then to Apple, Google, Failbook, etc…..
How ironic that the same dictatorship that ran to the Taliban also imprison millions of its own Muslims in concentration camps and slave labor factories.
There are bad people in the world who cannot be reasoned with. They do not hesitate to use violence to have their way. Some of them have nuclear weapons. That we also have nuclear weapons is the only reason they do not have their way everywhere.
Not a fan of nuclear weapons. I’d like to see them gone. But as long as China has a new Emperor and Russia has a new Czar, the world will continue to be a dangerous place.
I have gone beyond caring about unvaccinated people. There is no level of evidence that will overcome what has essentially become a religious conviction. Either make the vaccine mandatory and accept the political blowback or accept as inevitable that there will be hundreds of thousands of COVID deaths among them. What will be, will be. There’s no reason for other people to suffer because of the stupidity of anti-vaxxers. COVID patients can get in line behind all the other life threatening emergencies out there.
Too much political cowardice for either one.