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  1. 2 hours ago, Videospirit said:

    You're pretty ignorant of de jure huh?

    Please show the original document signed by god granting Jews sovereignty over Israel. If God's mandate was truly eternal, surely this document will still exist in perpetuity.

    I just quoted it to you.  It is in the Bible and has been for well over two thousand years since Moses wrote it.

    "7  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession"  Genesis 17:7 KJV

    God does not need to give a "legal document".  He spoke it to Moses and it was written down in Scripture.  God the Holy Spirit inspired Moses to write the book of Genesis which includes God's everlasting covenant with Israel which included giving Israel everlasting possession of the land of Israel.  If you want to oppose that and fight against God that is your choice.

  2. 14 minutes ago, Videospirit said:

    Citation Required. Please list the treaty signed that gives Israel sovereignty over said territory.

    Treaty with who?

    This might come as a surprise to you, but Israel does not need a treaty with anyone.  God gave them the land several thousand years ago.  Read the King James Bible or Holy Scripture.  That is inerrant and infallible.  That is far superior to any kind of piece of paper or treaty.  They don't need a treaty.  What the heathen say about it is irrelevant.


    7  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; "  Genesis 17:7 KJV

    There is no debate.  It all ends with what God said.  He is sovereign.


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  3. "From patients dying on waiting lists to “critically ill” patients being asked to share a single hospital bed , our system is in crisis. A recent Leger poll found that 64 per cent of Canadians believe it needs a “major change” while only five per cent felt more money was the solution. The public overwhelmingly understands that 30 years of throwing money at the system hasn’t worked."

    Opinion: When Pierre Poilievre knocks on your door, demand health care choice (msn.com)

  4. 16 hours ago, Videospirit said:

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ),[3] the UN General Assembly,[4] and the UN Security Council all regard Israel as the occupying power for the territories.[5] UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk called Israel's occupation "an affront to international law". The UN and a number of human rights organizations continue to consider Israel as the occupying power of the Gaza Strip due to its blockade of the territory.

    Guess you don't know all the so-called Palestinian territory actually belongs to Israel..   It is kind of like the natives in B.C. who claim all of B.C. (and more) as their territory.  They claim it but it doesn't really belong to them.  It is crown land and much is private land.  FNs have been given ownership or control over certain specified areas but they don't own the vast territories they claim as their territory.  It is the same in Israel.  The land belong to Israel. 

    It doesn't matter what the U.N. says.  Israel does not recognize the U.N. which is basically an antisemitic organization.  All you have to do is look at all the endless anti-Israel motions the U.N. passed over the decades to know that.  If Israel listened to the U.N. they would not even exist. 

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  5. Having hundreds of thousands of public servants working from home while practically everyone else in the country must go out to work and many do not have near the pensions and benefits that the public service has, doesn't look good.  

    And they're being asked to go in only 3 days a week while everyone else has to go in 5 days a week.  Still complaining.

    Make them go in 5 days a week like everyone else and if there is any trouble fire them.  There is far too many public workers anyway.  Increased greatly since Trudeau came in in 2015.

  6. First the federal public service has grown enormously under Trudeau.

    Secondly, I don't think it can be generalized that the public service is more productive by working at home.

    There are lots of variables, different departments, and different types of work.


    Barriers to productivity

    The employees who reported doing less work per hour faced different barriers to productivity. About one in five (22%) reported a lack of interaction with co-workers as the main reason why they accomplish less work per hour (Chart 1). Close to 20% reported having to care for children or other family members. The remainder faced different challenges, such as accessing work-related information or devices (11%), having to do additional work to get things done (13%), having an inadequate physical workspace (10%), or experiencing difficulty with internet speed (5%).Note "

    Working from home: Productivity and preferences (statcan.gc.ca)

    So I would prefer to see everyone working from the office.  I think that is how most  Canadians work outside the public service.  It should be the same for everyone.

  7. 2 hours ago, ExFlyer said:

    Peace with hamas will stop current events.

    Peace will allow Palestinians to get back to "normal" and allow/enable elections.

    Should hamas lose, then it is known the people do not want them.

    Should hamas win again, then perhaps Israel has done so much damage it is now irreparable.

    You obviously don't have much understanding of how things work over there.

    There are thousands of Hamas members and their only reason for existence is to kill Israelis and destroy Israel.

    With Hamas in Gaza, there is no such thing as a normal election.  

    If they are left alone in a so-called peace arrangement, all that will do is give Hamas a chance to regroup, re-organize and rebuild their weapons and rockets, and prepare for the next attack on Israelis.  They have absolutely no interest in peace and they are supported by other terrorist groups and Iran.  They are not interested in the well-being of the people of Gaza.

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  8. 3 minutes ago, impartialobserver said:

    The Jews were not the majority for the overwhelming majority of the time especially from roughly 1000 to 1920.

    The Jews were also dispersed to the rest of the world by the Roman Empire which destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D.  However, again this does not change the fact that God gave them the land in perpetuity.

    2 minutes ago, impartialobserver said:

    I rely on proven historical record not the Bible. However, you are off topic again. How is the weather in Iqaluit? 

    How do you know since you have not studied the Bible?  You are just making wild assumptions.

  9. 10 minutes ago, impartialobserver said:

    100% unrelated to my posts. If you are going to go off into the weeds then lets start talking about the price of asphalt in Kazakhstan. 

    You still don't get it.  If you believed the Bible concerning Israel, your posts would not be tainted.  So yes, the Biblical record of how Israel came to be and why it exists is directly related.  You just don't want to admit it.

  10. 3 hours ago, impartialobserver said:

    Just because someone does not share your views or religiosity... does not mean that their interest is not as valid. 

    The problem is as an atheist, you would not believe the fact that the Bible tells us that God chose Israel as a special people for his purposes several thousand years ago and he gave them the land of Israel for perpetuity.  This is of vital importance in the whole subject.  The Jews are one of the only ethnic groups that survived in spite of everything that happened to them in the world in the past several thousand years.  That alone is a kind miracle.

    They have also been the target of hatred by much of the world during the past 2,000 years and a third of them were killed off by the Nazis in the Holocaust.  In spite of all that has happened, they miraculously re-established the state of Israel in 1948.  But they know they must continue to fight for their survival.

  11. "

    Later in life, he became a loud detractor of the federal Liberal party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. 

    He was also an outspoken opponent of "wokeism," progressive ideology sensitive to systemic inequities, and argued in his column that conservative voices like his were being pushed to the margins.

    Former prime minister Stephen Harper expressed his condolences on social media.

    "Rex Murphy was one of the most intelligent and fiercely free-thinking journalists this country has ever known," Harper wrote."

    Broadcaster and commentator Rex Murphy dead at 77: National Post (msn.com)

    Will miss his columns.  A truly gifted writer and commentator.

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  12. 4 hours ago, impartialobserver said:

    Ok. so you can stay on topic somewhat. Congrats. My interest in this story is not based on religion. I do not side with the Jews because I am jewish or with the Muslims because I practice Islam. Clear enough? 

    Clear as fog.  You still have not answered my question.  Why do you feel being an atheist and being non-religious has any relevance.  Do you think it gives you a better understanding?

    Atheism does not give a person some kind of special view of the world.  It is actually the opposite.  It gives one a tainted or incorrect view of the world.

  13. 22 hours ago, impartialobserver said:

    I do not personally care who is in the wrong.. israel/jews or palestine/arabs/muslims. first, I am atheist and so have no dog in the religious battle.

    If you don't care who is in the wrong or who has the right to the land, how can you have an opinion on it?

    What does being an atheist have to do with it?

  14. 38 minutes ago, impartialobserver said:

    100% off topic... nice try but I am not taking the bait. Respond to the topic in a coherent fashion and we can chat. 

    You are the one who pulled the atheism card and claimed you were non-religious, as if that make you really impartial.

    I explained it doesn't really.   Some of your posts make sense and I would have to agree with a lot of what you say.  But I am just telling you the truth; if you are atheist or claim to be, you don't have any foundation for right and wrong except humanism which is a faulty foundation.  It is built on sand, not rock.

  15. 5 hours ago, impartialobserver said:

    I am atheist


    What does the Bible say about atheism?

    Atheists are some of the most religious and faithful people ever. It takes an incredible amount of faith to be an atheist. Sun, moon, stars, oceans, the Earth, animals, babies, male, female, the human heart, emotions, our conscience, love, intelligence, the human mind, bone structure, the human reproductive system, biblical prophecies coming true all before our eyes, eyewitness accounts of Jesus, and more and still there are some people who deny God’s existence.

    Just stop and think about it. It’s impossible for something to come from nothing. To say nothingness caused nothing and created everything is absurd! Nothing will always remain nothing.

    J. S. Mill who was a non-Christian philosopher said, “It is self-evident that only mind can create mind. For nature to make itself is a scientific impossibility.”

    Atheism can’t explain existence. Atheists live by science, but science (always) changes. God and the Bible (always) remain the same. They know there is a God.

    He is revealed in creation, through His Word, and through Jesus Christ. Everybody knows that God is real, people just hate Him so much they suppress the truth.

    Behind every creation there is always a creator. You might not know the person who built your house, but you know it didn’t just get there on its own.

    Atheists are going to say, “well who created God?” God is not in the same category as created things. God is not created. God is the uncaused cause. He is eternal. He simply exists. It is God who brought matter, time, and space into existence."

    25 Important Bible Verses About Atheism (Powerful Truths) (biblereasons.com)


  16. 5 hours ago, impartialobserver said:

    first, I am atheist and so have no dog in the religious battle.

    You call yourself "impartialobserver" and claim you are atheist so "have no dog in the religious battle".  

    Hate to have to tell you but atheism is a kind of religion in and of itself.  It is a belief system which claims there is no god and therefore man becomes his own god.  It exalts atheism as if it is the be all and end all of everything, when in fact atheism is nonsensical.  The result of atheism is that one must believe that everything just happened by accident and that life has no meaning.  If one is to accept that, then we are just a chemical accident that happened.  There is no purpose for life and nothing to look forward to.  That is the kind of religion atheism leads to.  Sounds very depressing but that is atheism.

    Atheists also have their own biases and are not impartial.  Nobody is "impartial" as you claim to be.  You are biased toward the ideology atheism and all that it means. Of course it also means there are no absolute morals, no right or wrong other than what somebody says is right and wrong.  You claim to look at the world impartially, but you are only fooling yourself.  Everyone has their biases.  Your beliefs would have to be a result of claiming to be atheist.  I am not sure you are a real atheist.  Maybe you are only thinking you are, but maybe you are unsure.

    Sadly there are some serious consequences for not believing in the true God of the Bible.  That could mean you think our culture and foundation which is built on Judeo-Christian civilization is of no more value than any other.  That means you would regard our culture as no more valid or no better than the Islamic culture or middle eastern culture which is Islamic.  Perhaps you would think western culture is no more value than Buddhism, Sikhism, or Hinduism since all are false religions.

    Why would an atheist think Communism or Socialism is undesirable if there are no absolute morals or absolute right and wrongs in the world?

  17. 1 hour ago, blackbird said:

    We can deport anyone we want to.

    Britain had a tradition of unwritten rights.  Canada tried to stick to that with its Constitution,  but eventually succumbed to the U.N. declaration of human rights.  Then in 1982 we adopted a written Charter of Rights.

    From that the Supreme Court of Canada uses these documents to create new interpretations which Parliament has no say in.  We end up with a number of documents and rulings that set precedents.  This is a gold mine for defence lawyers.  They can pick and choose whatever they can find in documents and precedents to defend their clients.  So you can see how if an immigrant or non citizen is charged with some offence, lawyers can resort to all kinds of documents and precedents to claim their client is innocent or not criminally responsible.  If the accused is from another country, then there is always the claim that he didn't know all the laws of Canada and should not be therefore held responsible, especially for a first offence.

    Deporting people is also one of those things that can be appealed and drag on for years.  There was a fugitive murder suspect, who apparently killed a number of people, from California years ago that appealed his extradition to the U.S.  His case dragged on in the appeal process for at least five years.  I wrote a letter to the Minister of Justice to ask what was going on with this. I don't write letters like that any more, but I was much younger then and naive.  The Minister actually answered my letter and told me everyone has the right to the appeal process.  

  18. 43 minutes ago, I am Groot said:

    Yeaaaah, that's BS. We can deport anyone we want to. It's just that our judges our specifically selected for their empathy and sympathy for violent criminals and their lack of interest in the damage done to victims or the danger the criminals pose to society.

    Yes, that is true in one sense.  But judges are influenced by the U.N. UDHR.  Defense lawyers will use anything they can to win court cases and judges are under pressure to accept it.  Defense lawyers will try to take the focus off the crime and victim and make the accused appear to be the victim.


    In Canada, human rights are protected by federal, provincial, and territorial laws. These laws are influenced by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Let’s explore how the UDHR impacts the legal system in Canada:

    Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA):

    The CHRA, enacted in 1977, protects people in Canada from discrimination when they are employed by or receive services from the federal government, First Nations governments, or private companies regulated by the federal government (such as banks, trucking companies, broadcasters, and telecommunications companies).

    It covers grounds of discrimination such as race, age, and sexual orientation, and individuals can turn to the CHRA to seek protection against harassment or discrimination.

    The CHRA is directly influenced by the UDHR, particularly its emphasis on equality and freedom from discrimination

    unquote    - Wikipedia

    Also see:

    Canada’s surprising relationship to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights | The Walrus

    It appears fundamental justice can be lost in this. 


  19. The fact that Canada is a member of the U.N. means it has signed on to and agrees to obey the U.N. declaration of human  rights.  That document gives foreign nationals rights if they come to Canada legally or illegally.  This means Canada is not a sovereign state, but is under the authority of the U.N.

    This would seem to mean Canada is actually a post-national state.  Canada is more of an international state and has allowed itself to fall under the authority of the U.N. in some ways.

    This would seem to explain why Canada signed UNDRIP, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.  The ramifications of this are still unclear.  It could have far-reaching consequences and could cost non-natives billions or trillions? of dollars.

    Canada has accumulated quite a large debt since Trudeau took power in 2015.  It would be interesting to know how much money it has cost Canadians to support the illegal migrants who came into Canada since 2015.  If you add up all the money Trudeau has thrown around the world and how much he has spend within Canada on questionable projects, it would be astounding.

  20. To be put on a health care waiting list for a family doctor or for life-saving health care such as cancer treatment or heart procedures and told by government we don't allow private health care systems in Canada is in my opinion a violation of fundamental human rights.  It is Marxist and dictatorial.  These political leaders who dictate this have lots of money and if they need health care, they can get on board a plane and fly to another country and get it.  The average Canadian who is struggling to make ends meet obviously cannot afford to do that.  Even middle income Canadians, who could otherwise afford to pay monthly premiums for medical insurance for a private system and pay a reasonable deductible, are denied the right to do it. 

  21. 2 hours ago, cannuck said:

    Fix the free ride on the public of capital gains by taxing it for what it is - nothing but gambling - and move investment money into productive endeavours and THEN we could see "wealthy people" create jobs

    I can't possibly answer all your comments which would involve technical expertise.  It is impossible to say whether you are correct or incorrect unless one is a highly trained economist of some sort.  

    All I can really tell you is government confiscation of people's wealth through taxation, if it is for the purpose of imposing a Socialist agenda or system, is a form of theft or stealing.  

    Government control or intervention in business is Socialist and a denial of personal freedom of those who invest in private corporations and business.  The extent of laws should be to maintain law and order; beyond that, it must be very careful what it does that might be considered Socialism or a invasion of the rights to own private property and invest it as one sees fit.

    We do know that there are greedy people or crooked people involved in Capitalism but they have also been involved in Socialist systems that have been tried and failed.  That is because human nature is basically evil and fallen.  However that does not mean Capitalism is wrong.  It only means there are lots of crooked people in the world.  Freedom of the individual must still be respected and private property is a sacred right.  Governments are still made up of corrupt people with a fallen nature to varying extents.  This can be easily proven by looking at the various policies and laws of governments. It is folly to put your trust in government as the solution to economic matters.  There are greedy people in all levels of society who have their own agendas.

    Here is a little information on capitalism from a good website:

    "One of the major moral arguments against capitalism is greed, which is why many Christians feel unsure about the free enterprise system. Critics of capitalism contend that this system makes people greedy. But then we must ask whether capitalism makes people greedy or do we already have greedy people who use the economic freedom of the capitalistic system to achieve their ends? In light of the biblical description of human nature (Jeremiah 17:9), the latter seems more likely. Because people are sinful and selfish, some are going to use the capitalist system to satisfy their greed. But that is not so much a criticism of capitalism as it is a realization of the human condition. The goal of capitalism is not to change bad people but to protect us from them. Capitalism is a system in which bad people can do the least harm and good people have the freedom to do good works. Capitalism works best with moral individuals. But it also functions adequately with selfish and greedy people.

    It’s important to realize that there is a difference between self-interest and selfishness. All people have self-interests which can operate in ways that are not selfish. For example, it is in our self-interest to get a job and earn an income so that we can support our family. We can do that in ways that are not selfish. By contrast, other economic systems such as socialism ignore the biblical definitions of human nature. As a result, they allow economic power to be centralized and concentrate power in the hands of a few greedy people. Those who complain of the influence major corporations have on our lives should consider the socialist alternative where a few governmental bureaucrats control every aspect of our lives.

    Though greed is sometimes evident in the capitalist system, we have to understand it’s not because of the system—it’s because greed is part of man’s sinful nature. The solution lies not in changing the economic system but in changing the heart of man through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

    For the complete article:

    What does the Bible say about capitalism? | GotQuestions.org

  22. 6 hours ago, herbie said:

    No I'm well aware they're more educated then the ploughboys, trolls and bible thumpers that infest this forum.

    You think your way of thinking is good for you.  I doubt it very much.  You need to be reading the Bible, especially the gospels to begin with and be born again.  Unfortunately, unless God gives you the grace, I doubt anything I say will change your mind.  About all I can say is you are on a self-destructive road and you need to change.  God would give you wisdom and knowledge if you let him and ask him.  Don't waste your life away.

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