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  1. The feds spend lots of money on foreign aid and helping women get abortions in the third world.
  2. Unbelievably tragic. It looks like it was hopeless. Wonder what happened to those who ordered that operation. Seems like that kind of thing was common in the wars.
  3. This law firm website says 80% or more generic drugs are manufactured in China. There has been a problem with at least one drug called Valsartan, which I take, and it is manufactured in China. "Valsartan is a commonly-prescribed drug for high blood pressure and heart failure. Authorities in the US and worldwide have recalled more than half of all Valsartan on the market because it was contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical called NDMA." The article says some patients are taking legal action. There is nothing I can do about it, because I do not know exactly if what I receive is contaminated, what the risks are, and what the alternative is. It is a critical heart medication. I doubt if the doctor knows anything about this and I am sure he doesn't have the time to look into it or find alternatives if there is any. Valsartan Manufacturers - Who Makes & Distributes The Drug? (shouselaw.com) Your post made me look into where this drug comes from.. Oh, I just read further down and found the Valsartan is in Entresto, which is what I take but Entresto has not been recalled by the FDA. I may be ok with continuing to take Entresto. All this drug business is a money-making thing for pharma companies and law firms and lawyers.
  4. If you are correct, I would be concerned about Canada receiving 90% of its drugs from China. Considering the inferior quality of a lot of products from China, it may not be a wise idea. I would be concerned that medications from China are not being screened and checked properly. I doubt if it is even possible to check medications coming into Canada, certainly not all medications. The government could randomly check some but that would be a very small amount. This could be serious for people with serious medical problems who depend on quality medications. I might have to talk to my pharmacist about this.
  5. We only have to look at Trudeau's and the Minister of Foreign Affairs comments to see they are weak and meaningless. China could care less. It will continue to be business as usual with practically no changes in Canada to protect our democracy. The leader of the opposition, Pierre Polievre, has demanded action, but we will see what happens. I am not holding my breath.
  6. Funny thing that climate has always changed. Nothing new there. The theory that man is causing it now is purely a theory. A theory is not science. Science is empirical; that is, experiment and observation. There has never been any proof that man is causing it. The CO2 is a trace gas in the atmosphere and out of that trace gas, 97% is produced by nature. Only 3% by man. So even if everyone in the west stopped using fossil fuels, how much of that 3% would be eliminated? Probably less than 1% because the rest of the world is not going to change or stop using fossil fuels. That is next to nothing. The west would suffer catastrophically because almost everything we have requires fossil fuels to produce and almost all of transportation requires it. It's not going to go away. It would make no difference anyway. Only in the minds of fanatics that think they can change the climate and weather.
  7. While I admit Biden is not the only reason there are higher gas prices today, what he has done is certainly going to contribute to high gas prices from now on. quote Here are three specific things Biden has done that have led to increased gas prices. 1. Canceling drilling leases and limiting domestic production Since taking office, Biden has taken too many steps to count to limit domestic production. These include halting federal permits for oil and gas drilling and leasing shortly after taking office and blocking drilling in a major oil-rich Alaskan region. To be clear, these decisions will mostly affect future production. But that does still significantly affect gas prices because companies factor in their expectations about the future into the decisions they make today. “Some say that new leases … would have taken time and would not yet be online, but even so, there is evidence that expectations of increased future supply has a beneficial impact on current prices and expectations of future supply drying up has a negative impact on current prices,” the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Ben Lieberman said. “At a day-to-day level, I am hearing from drillers that they are having a very hard time getting all the approvals they need from [the Environmental Protection Agency] and other agencies in order to produce on existing wells, and of course, new federal leasing has come to a halt,” Lieberman added. It’s just basic economics that when the government throttles future supply in an industry, that will lead to higher prices both now and in the future. Biden was warned by many critics at the time that this would happen, but he proceeded anyway. 2. Choking regulations that impose big costs and lead to higher prices Speaking of basic economics, it’s well established that when businesses’ costs rise, that puts upward pressure on the prices they charge consumers. The oil and gas industry is no exception. And unfortunately, the Biden administration has both proposed and implemented a wide array of regulations on the energy sector, inflicting billions in direct financial costs and incalculable indirect compliance costs — plus further harming expectations for the future. “The regulatory chokehold imposed by the Biden administration on oil production in place of a Green New Deal has drastically raised gasoline prices, thereby hurting lower-income people the most,” said conservative economist Vance Ginn, who served in the Trump administration. “This is yet another example of the high cost of big-government environmentalism when the better approach is to remove government barriers so that free markets can better let people adapt to changes in the environment at a much lower cost,” Ginn concluded. 3. Anti-energy rhetoric that discourages investment Rhetoric matters. While words don’t literally do anything to change gas prices, the signals coming from policymakers absolutely do affect the long-term investment decisions businesses make. And even as a presidential candidate, Biden sent very negative messages about what his leadership would mean for the gas industry. In just one example, as Americans for Tax Reform pointed out, Biden said during a campaign stop: “We are going to get rid of fossil fuels. … We’re going to phase out fossil fuels.” Then, upon taking office, the president followed these words with actions such as canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, blocking leases, restricting imports, and pursuing regulations. In general, Biden’s open hostility toward the oil and gas industry has almost certainly curbed investment into production that otherwise would’ve occurred. “Such extinction rhetoric, coming from the now-president, has an unprecedented chilling effect on investment,” Lieberman said. To put it simply, less investment means less supply — which means higher prices. It’s absolutely true that our high gas prices aren’t entirely Biden’s fault. But the president is not the helpless bystander his defenders would have you believe. Brad Polumbo (@Brad_Polumbo) is a co-founder of Based-Politics.com, a co-host of the BasedPolitics podcast, and a Washington Examiner contributor. unquote Three things Biden has done that increased gas prices | Washington Examiner Punishing people for using fossil fuels is certainly not a wise idea. It will make absolutely no difference to the climate. All you have to do is look at the miniscule amount of CO2 that man contributes and you should realize man's contribution will make no difference. 97% of CO2 in the atmosphere is natural. Even if the U.S. makes life miserable for Americans and Canada does the same, the rest of the world is going on as normal and building more coal-fired plants in places like India, China, Russia, etc. So it is extremely unlikely punishing American and Canadians will help at all. It is a useless course that Biden and Democrats are following.
  8. There are several key reasons why gas prices rose very high. Some of the reasons are beyond government's control, but other reasons are directly caused by the governments, both federal and in California, the state government. quote The markets clearly see the Biden/Harris administration as one that will work to inhibit U.S. oil production, which will also have the effect of tightening the global market, and traders have responded by driving up the price of crude oil; (As I pointed out in a previous posting, the article describes 125 reasons or things the Biden administration has done to choke the energy industry) But what about California? According to AAA, the current average price for regular in the Golden State stands at $3.885 per gallon, while in Texas it is $2.626, about a 47% difference. This differential is almost entirely due to politics around climate change. California is a state that is rich in underground oil resources, but over the past two decades, the state government of California has pursued a policy agenda designed to inhibit drilling and production within its borders as part of an overall program to try to ratchet down emissions via command-and-control regulations. In more recent years, the state government has implemented emissions regulations that far exceed current federal regulation and implemented mandates requiring a rapid phasing-out of gas-powered cars and replacing them with electric vehicles (EVs). These policy choices have very predictably led to higher gasoline costs and higher costs for gasoline powered cars in California. As I detailed in yesterday’s piece, the Biden/Harris administration is now aggressively pursuing the same kinds of policy choices at the national level, with the help of congressional Democrats. Thus, California essentially serves as the proverbial canary in the coal mine for the rest of the country. unquote Here’s Why Gasoline Prices Are High And Going Higher (forbes.com) I searched for information on the question of the trustworthiness of Forbes and came up with this: Is Forbes A Credible Source? (10 Reasons It Is) "In particular, Forbes magazine has a long history of credible information. It’s been in print since 1917 and has been giving readers consistent and fact-checked information since its inception. Because of this, business leaders and entrepreneurs rely on it for trusted information." Is Forbes A Credible Source? (10 Reasons It Is) (thecoldwire.com) "
  9. This is nothing new. I am sure with the security services the federal government should have been advised about this for years. Why they chose to do nothing about it is the question. Trudeau did express an admiration for the Chinese Communist system. A book was written in 2019 by Jonathan Manthorpe called "Claws of the Panda - Beijing's Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada". Canada has had a long relationship with the People's Republic of China. First based on missionaries who travelled from Canada to China beginning in the 19th century and through the 20th century. The book says Canada has misjudged the reality and potential of the relationship. I believe liberals including the left generally have a rose-coloured vision of China and our relationship with it. They are very misguided in their thinking.
  10. In many NDP and Liberal minds, First Nations means exactly what it says, they should come first. That is NDP -Liberal ideology. You don't have to believe me. Just listen to the frequent comments by many NDP and Liberal politicians. There is ongoing evidence to show they actually believe FNs should be treated as first class citizens and everyone else as second class citizens. This is not "reconciliation" whatever that is supposed to mean. It is the NDP-Liberal ideology that is perverted. How about treating everyone the same. One law and one justice system the same for all Canadians? Ever thought of that?
  11. Thanks for revealing your lack of empathy for other people and lack of understanding of relevant issues. What I talked about is absolutely related to Canada becoming a failed state and completely out of control. Yes the leaders of Canada are handing our country over to the globalists, the U.N. being a prime example and the ideological perversions of the liberals and left to virtue signal. They are doing more harm than good in their war against what they call is systemic racism, basically a phony issue.
  12. Two years ago, the BC NDP appointed Ellen Turpel-LaFond to lead a special inquiry to look into discrimination against FN in the BC health care system. Turpel-Lafond has claimed she is of Cree native descent for decades and has been awarded the Order of Canada and other recognitions. Was made a judge I believe and fought for FNs. The CBC did an investigation recently and questions her claim of native ancestry. You can Google it and see the evidence the CBC published questioning her ancestry. Her claim is in question. CBC's article shows a newspaper clipping when it shows an old newspaper article that gives the announcement of the birth of her father and he appears to be a non-native. I can't remember the name offhand, but you can Google it. Also they found a baptismal record of her father showing his name and birthdate which corresponds with the news article I believe. I also have reason to believe the health care system in BC in at least one hospital in one case triaged a FN patient coming into the emergency department ahead of my wife. He came in and waited only for about 20 minutes before being treated while we waited for six hours even though he did not appear to be in any pain or urgency and my wife was in pain. Makes me wonder if the appointment of this woman to investigate discrimination of FN in the health care system has resulted in them giving preferential treatment to FN in the emergency department when they are triaging patients. The problem with this there is no way of knowing what the truth is because the ER has the right to triage patients according to their own definition or priority and the information about individual patients would be confidential. So there is no way of questioning it. If they triage people because they are FN ahead of non-FN that is wrong but it is impossible to question because nobody has a right to question how they triage patients.
  13. The B.C. NDP government adopted UNDRIP and have already started changing things to give more power to aboriginals. We don't know what the plan is or the end game. We see the results of the TRC recommendations in many ways. The demands for it's implementation are only beginning by native rights groups and individuals. The TRC, UNDRIP have given encouragement to the extremists and terrorist who are committing criminal acts to try to stop the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project in northwest B.C. All these things only encourage radicals and others into thinking they actually own the country. They actually believe they have the right to approve natural resource development because the TRC and UNDRIP says things like that.
  14. Perhaps there is some truth with the claim that Canada is a post-national state. In many ways we seem to belong to the United Nations. Examples such as open border that welcomes illegal migrants, adoption of UNDRIP by governments in Canada without knowing what it means and how it will impact this country. If you read UNDRIP carefully and read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and calls to action you will find it means basically handing Canada over to aboriginals. Trudeau and the left are the leading the war in the world against the phony issue of man-made climate change. This is costing Canadians a lot of money and driving the price up of everything and it may get far worse as they plan to increase the price to $200 per ton for CO2 emissions, which will make the carbon taxes far higher.
  15. I posted under the U.S. page that Biden has done 125 things to reduce the American production of oil and gas and thereby is hurting the consumers. This is one reason why diesel prices have gone up. It is Biden and Democrats crusade against climate change that is driving it up and the fact OPEC cut back on oil production by several hundred million barrels of oil. Biden is making things worse for the U.S. and Canada. Canada suffers incredibly high prices for fuel, energy, food, and everything else and isn't helped by the Biden administration. Trudeau of course is a big part of the problem too. If Trudeau had not killed the northern gateway pepeline and energy east pipeline and done other bad things to the energy industry, we might have much more oil and gas production in Canada. I hope Democrats really take a beating in today's election. It will make it more difficult for Biden to push his agenda through and that's a good thing. Will be watching the election results today and in the coming days.
  16. Since OPEC reduced the world supply of oil by hundreds of millions of barrels, Biden should be taking steps to increase production, not reduce it. It is true the world supply is likely what determines the price, but if OPEC is cutting back, Biden should not be reducing production but he should be greatly increasing production to compensate for what OPEC is doing. Not trying to fight climate change and hurting the American people.
  17. The article I gave the link to has 125 measures Biden took against the oil and gas industry and you just say I post nonsense. No, I don't think so. You will have to address the issues in the 125 measures Biden took with a convincing refutation. Just implying anyone who disagrees with you is ignorant won't cut it. Here are just four things Biden did. There are 121 other things to consider that Biden did or said. " Biden issued an executive order announcing a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices. He directed his Interior Department to conduct a review of permitting and leasing policies." 125 Ways the Biden Administration and Congress Have Made it Harder to Produce Oil & Gas - IER (instituteforenergyresearch.org) So your complete dismissal of facts makes no sense. We all know one of Biden's central driving policies to fight climate change. That is obviously what is behind Biden's thinking. He is an old man who embraces the simplistic solutions of Greta Thunberg and radical environmentalists and rejects realty of the need for as much energy production as possible. The same thing is happening in other countries. Europe and the UK is suffering. They are on a mission to reduce or eliminate fossil fuels and are wrecking the economy of the world in that quest. Biden is an old follower of the climate cult.
  18. Then why is the price of gas through the roof in America and Canada. In B.C. we pay the highest gas price in north America at about $1.90 or $2.00 per litre? It varies up and down around the two dollar range. That equates to a a very high price per U.S. gallon too. B.C. gets it's gas from Washington State just across the border. Remember the cost of something is primarily determined by supply and demand. Biden has taken many actions that limit the growth of production of oil and gas. That reduces the potential supply. When you reduce the supply you increase the demand which in turn drives the price up. The price in north America for gas is determined by the amount being produced and if the demand outpaces the supply the price goes up. That is exactly what has been happening. The Biden administration openly admits they are on a course to fight climate change and build a "green economy". There is the reason. To claim oil production is near record levels is not reasonable. Obviously it is not meeting the demand or the price would not have increased to high so fast. No, it is Biden's war on climate change and his attempts to reduce gas production that is the problem. You can't have it both ways. The Democrats like the Liberals/NDP in Canda live in an alternate reality. They think they can fight climate change by all their regulations against the energy industry but they are harming the population by driving up the price of energy for home heating and the cost of gas/oil for transportation and everything else. The population is not dumb. Many people know what is going on.
  19. Why are house prices so high in Canada? Maybe you can find out and tell me. Canada has one of the largest geographical areas for a small population in the world. The number of square kilometers per person is huge, yet millions cannot afford a home. There are obviously serious problems in our country at all levels of government that have led to this situation of a small home on a city lot costing over a million dollars in the major cities. That leads to the question is Canada heading in the direction of becoming a "failed state" where few people can afford to buy a home? Yet there are millions of square kilometers of land sitting out there with nothing on them. I am not sure the statement we are a civilized society where people can live in peace together really describes Canada in a full way. It may be a bit of an over simplification and ignore some issues that exist. Compared to many other countries, we are one of the best in the world though. However, depending on the policies of government and depending on a number of factors, we could become a troubled country in the future with far more serious problems. There is no guarantee which direction Canada will go. There are serious potential problems in the world that could have serious effects on Canada. I listed some of the problems in the opening post related to the failing health care system, extreme housing prices, rising crime in some towns and cities where criminals are caught and released constantly, homelessness and people living in tents on the streets, a high number of drug deaths in B.C. per month, etc. Where are the solutions? We also have an aging population and so the question must be asked: how is the government going to pay for old age pensions, CPP, and where will the people get the money to afford to pay the high rent and cost of living as prices rise rapidly? Where will the aging population live? Not everyone has a good job with a good pension plan.
  20. "Joe Biden’s presidential administration and certain elements in Congress have a plan for American energy: make it harder to produce and more expensive to purchase. Since Biden took office, his administration and allies in Congress have taken over 125 actions deliberately designed to make it harder to produce energy here in America. A list of those actions appears below. A PDF of the full list is available to download here." 125 Ways the Biden Administration and Congress Have Made it Harder to Produce Oil & Gas - IER (instituteforenergyresearch.org)
  21. Trudeau commented on this but said nothing about what if any plans he has to bring in legislation to stop China's CCP infiltration and interference in Canada.
  22. Just wondered what you click on to put a video link with the picture on a page.
  23. "President Biden has taken a number of steps to curb domestic fossil fuel production since taking office but has still turned to foreign dictators for oil as prices have ticked up. The Biden administration has aggressively pushed its climate agenda, which includes a transition from fossil fuels to green energy, over its first 20 months in office. For example, it has taken aim at oil and natural gas pipelines, restrained leasing on federal lands and waters, moved forward with stringent climate disclosure rules for the private sector and introduced burdensome environmental regulations. "Americans are taking it in the shorts because the Biden administration has basically declared war on American affordable, abundant energy," Dan Kish, a senior fellow at free-market think tank Institute for Energy Research, told Fox News Digital in an interview." Joe Biden has hampered domestic energy industry while pleading for more foreign oil | Fox News
  24. Hopefully enough American voters will remember tomorrow what Biden has done to the energy industry and the economy causing outrageous gas prices and contributing to inflation.
  25. 1. I never said there were no-go zones in Canada yet. You missed the point. I said it is happening in cities in Europe. The point is it is happening in places where large populations are built up in certain tight areas. There is nothing to prevent that from happening in Canada in the future as the Muslim population grows larger. Do you have any reason why it is happening in Europe but would not happen here in the future? Of course not, because if the exact same situation develops, that is, a large population of Muslim develops in certain neighbourhoods or concentrations in certain cities, there is no reason to believe it would not happen in Canada as well. Sharia Law has certain demands that must be followed if at all possible. 2. Psalm 14:1 says "the fool hath said in his heart there is no God". The evidence is in the creation all around you. You just close your eyes to it and won't accept it as evidence of God being the Creator. It is simple logic. Something complex that operates in a very precise way such as the universe, the movement of the planets around the sun, the season on earth that give us the seasons and agriculture, the intricate and complex workings of a cell for instance all point to the necessity of an intelligent designer Creator. The very existence of the universe point to a supernatural being that brought it into existence from nothing just as Genesis says. It all required the creation of the laws of physics, energy, matter, atoms, particles such as electrons, neutrons, protons, and precise way they operate. This had to have a designer Creator. Something (the universe) cannot come into existence by nothing. Every effect had to have a cause. Hence the universe had a cause. When we talk about God, in order for it to make any sense, we must look at it with spiritual eyes. Trying to look at it from an earthly or humanistic way (human wisdom) will not work. It is a supernatural subject and therefore can only make sense if one looks at it through a spiritual mind. " 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. " 1 Corinthians 1:21-31 KJV "14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." 1 Corinthians 2:14, 15 KJV
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