Monday, December 30, 2019

Daily Mirror celebrates "Trans" birth.

Saw this headline:

Transgender man gives birth to non-binary partner's baby with female sperm donor

Which pretty much encapsulates the entire "trans" movement. Its cosplay. This is the proof that its cosplay.

Which is what JK Rowling said the other day, and got shirt-stormed for it.

When "men" start having babies fathered by "women" the thing starts to unravel a bit.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Entanglement transmission WORKS.

Communication between two computer chips by entanglement.

Scientists at the University of Bristol and the Technical University of Denmark have achieved quantum teleportation between two computer chips for the first time. The team managed to send information from one chip to another instantly without them being physically or electronically connected, in a feat that opens the door for quantum computers and quantum internet. This kind of teleportation is made possible by a phenomenon called quantum entanglement, where two particles become so entwined with each other that they can "communicate" over long distances. Changing the properties of one particle will cause the other to instantly change too, no matter how much space separates the two of them. In essence, information is being teleported between them.

This is the ultimate "wireless" transmission. Undetectable, can't be listened to or deciphered.
This means that data can, in principle, be sent from anywhere to anywhere, from across a chip to across the planet, with zero loss, at the speed of light. Or possibly instantly, It may be that quantum entanglement does not respect the lightspeed barrier.

Wouldn't that be something?

The Entangled Phantom

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

Star Wars Rise of Sywalker review!

Or, well, kind of a review. I sent scouts instead of going myself. Actual teenagers, to spy out the movie and report on it in a non-political, unbiased Gen Z kind of way. (Because I'm pretty cranky about movies these days, but also because I didn't want to be trapped in a theater with this thing playing and no fast-forward button to get me past the stupid parts.)

Visual aid for the reading impaired. "It's dead, Jim."

Their report: This is a shitty fanfic best viewed as a comedy. It has no coherent plot, the characters made the whole theater laugh in the "emotional" parts, but nobody laughed at the quippy humor. The devoted Star Wars old guys with the merch in their arms were laughing. It was so bad they weren't even offended.

Of note was one complaint that the powers of the various Jedi -vary- from scene to scene. In one scene a Jedi grabs a spaceship with the Force and "yeets it". (Teenagers. Get off my lawn.) In another scene the same Jedi is powerless to stop a fleeing spaceship.

There you go. Smarty teenagers say save your money, wait for Netflix.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Another stupid "smart" person tries to sell me a self-driving car.

Yet another Big Corporate dude explains why we are all stupid, and why we need to listen to him. Dan Amman, CEO of Cruise the self-driving-car division of General Motors:

Imagine if someone invented a new transportation system and said, "I've designed a new way of getting around: It's powered by fossil fuels that will pollute our air. It will congest our cities to the point of inciting rage in its users. Its human operators will be fallible, killing 40,000 Americans — and more than a million people around the world — every year. Most of the time, the equipment will sit unused, occupying prime real estate and driving up housing costs. If you're young, old, or living with a disability, then you can't use it. And for those who can, the privilege will cost $9,000 a year and suck up two years of your life."

You'd say, "You're crazy." And yet, here we are, living in a state of cognitive dissonance with exactly this — the human-driven, gasoline-powered, single-occupant car — as our primary mode of transportation.

Well Dan, imagine that somebody invented a machine that would take you from where you are to where you want to go, protect you on the trip, and look cool doing it. And everybody loved it, and everybody bought one. For 100 years, everybody bought one. Then some smooth-talking corporate dude came along and said "You people are all IDIOTS! You need to give up the effective cheap and cool transportation machines, because mumblemumble!" I imagine Mr. Smooth gets told to fuck off, is what.

And Dan my dude, about that "sitting unused" thing. What happens to any ride-sharing situation like buses, trains, taxis, Ubers, robot car hailing thing, when EVERYBODY NEEDS A RIDE at the same time? Hmm? You know, like at rush hour. Or in an emergency like fire, flood, earthquake, riots. You either come up short as public transit inevitably does, or you build in excess capacity and have units "sitting unused" most of the time.

Never fails to amaze me how guys like this think they can make up any old shite and the rest of us will go along like good little peasants.

The Phantom

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Trump: SJWs always double down.

Well, looks like they went and did it.

President Donald J. Trump was impeached on Wednesday.
For the third time in the nation's history, the House of Representatives voted to impeach a sitting president, acting after a daylong debate on whether Trump violated his oath in pressuring Ukraine to damage a political opponent.
Trump was impeached on two articles. The first vote, 230-197, accused him of abuse of power and was almost entirely on party lines; it was followed quickly by a second, 229-198, vote accusing the president of obstructing Congress. The one-vote difference was that of Democrat Jared Golden of Maine, who voted yes on abuse of power and no on obstruction.
No Republicans voted against Trump. Two Democrats, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who is expected to switch parties soon, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, voted with Republicans against both articles. One Democrat, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is running for president, voted "present" on both articles.

There's a Star Wars quote that covers this situation: "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful that you can possibly imagine."

"This is going to hurt, bro."

They just guaranteed Trump's re-election landslide. Next year is going to be quite a ride.

The Phantom

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Rationing to save the planet!

Yesterday this appeared in the Globe & Mail, touted as Canada's "newspaper of record".

The climate crisis is like a world war. So let's talk about rationing

It's time for mandatory cutbacks on the kinds of consumption that threaten all of us

One expects this sort of thing from the Toronto (Red) Star, traditionally the Globe & Mail has been a bit more... rational? Staid, perhaps?

What this is, my friends, is that since Brexit and Trump, our Betters are becoming very tired of having the Lower Classes running around doing whatever the hell we want. Its been decided by The Great And the Good that the peasants are revolting and must be brought to heel. Like a fractious dog.

Eleanor Boyle is a Vancouver-based writer. She is the author of High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat and the forthcoming book Mobilize Food! Wartime Inspiration for Environmental Victory Today.

It's too bad meat is so tasty, driving so convenient and airline travel so desirable. Because those all create large amounts of greenhouse gases and worsen the climate crisis. We know it, and some of us feel guilty getting on a plane, hopping in the car or eating burgers. But how are we to cut back when we're not sure what level of a high-emission behaviour is sustainable – and when everyone else is doing it?

Some environmental activists and leaders suggest we should practice moderation, take the bus, eat veggie burgers. But voluntary measures just can't deliver when the problem is this big and time is so short. That's why it may be time for mandatory cutbacks on the kinds of consumption that threaten all of us.

It may be time for rationing.

Yes, it may be time for rationing because all you fat disgusting fools out there are behaving immorally and eating like the pigs that you are. Time for the peasants to walk off some of that lard while Eleanor Boyle and her high-minded friends continue their world-saving crusade, jetting from The Hague to the Bahamas and back, dining on the finest Wagu beef. More for them and less for us.

First gun control, then gasoline control, and finally food control. Keeping the peasants in their place and paying their taxes like they were meant to.

I would like to point the idiots in charge to the current situation in France, where this is being tried in real life with a fuel tax. 6000 people showed up in front of the Presidential Palace this week with the stated purpose of dragging Mr. Macron out into the street and kicking his ass. Every cop in Paris was there to protect him. I submit that creating a situation like that in Canada, where the national sport is hockey and not wine, cheese and surrender, might be "problematic" for the idiots in charge.

The Phantom

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

No, its NOT OKAY!!!

Kid arrested, expelled from university, and questioned by the FBI for putting up posters that say "Its okay to be white."

The Oklahoma City University police manhunt that went viral after being reported on by National File in October resulted in the expulsion and police interrogation of a student activist on Dec. 9.

An update from The Oklahoman stated that the student was tracked down, expelled and interrogated by OKC police for placing the flyers.

Federal law prevented the student from being doxxed by university officials.

OCU Police director Bill Citty explained his reasoning for the Orwellian police investigation: "The reason you look into those types of things is you want to make sure the individual is not a threat to other students." Citty did not explain how "it's OK to be white" could possibly be a "threat" to students.

The OCU police department reportedly partnered with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force to locate and interrogate the student activist.

So, I guess its not okay. Message received, assholes.

The Phantom

Saturday, December 07, 2019

York U moving from cowardice to enemy action.

Today's quite the day for guys self-identifying as the enemy. York University, long a Canadian leader in anti-Semitic bullshit, comes right out and says it out loud.

Action was taken to address an anti-Semitic incident at York University which was called unacceptable by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory.
But it was not the action that was expected.
Following an aggressive attempt to interrupt a pro-Israel event, York University has suspended Students Against Israeli Apartheid from operating on campus, pending a review.
But the university also informed the host of the Nov. 20 event, Herut Canada, it's privileges — such as hosting events on campus — are being pulled.
"The preliminary internal review has led us to conclude that a more immediate intervention is needed with both Herut Zionism and Students Against Israel Apartheid (SAIA)," said a letter sent to both groups by the university. 

This is what we call the "heckler's veto" working hand in hand with official sanction. Some campus group is hosting an event and you don't like them? Stage a riot out front, and the University will shut them down.

Here's what the university spokes-dude is reported to have said:

University spokesman Yanni Dagonas explained they "did not make this decision lightly but we recognize the holding of certain events at this time could lead to further tensions."
After "facilitated mediation that would establish mutually agreed upon processes for future events" the university is confident it will be able to restore "the withdrawn privileges," said Dagonas.

Strip away the bafflegab and one little piece stand out: "...mutually agreed upon processes for future events..." means the hecklers get to decide if there will be future events. All they have to do is disagree! No "mutually", no events.

Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen. I think a wide-based boycott of York might be in order about now, and possibly an intervention by the Provincial government. Perhaps an investigation of how provincial money is being spent would be scary enough to straighten them up.

COWARDICE. DC deletes Batman poster to please Beijing.

Deleted by DC Comics because Beijing didn't like it.

From the bulging American corporate cowardice file, this gem.

DC Comics teased Frank Miller's upcoming The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child on social media this month --- the sequel comic releasing in December -- using artwork by Rafael Grampá, only to remove the promo posts shortly afterwards, following backlash from vocal readers in China.
The issue here revolves around the variant cover featured in the posts, which depicts Carrie Kelly as Batwoman, hurling a Molotov cocktail against a backdrop that included text reading, "The Future is Young." Those opposing the artwork claimed that it implies DC Comics' support for the protesters in Hong Kong, largely owing to Batwoman's outfit and pose and their resemblance to the general aesthetic of Hong Kong protesters.

That's from, quoting Variety Mag. They seem to be pretending that people who actually read Batman comics in China are the ones creating the "backlash".

But the poster came under fire from Chinese internet users who contended that it contained coded messages in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. They said that the Molotov cocktail alluded to young Hong Kong protesters' more violent tactics, that the "dark knight's" choice of black attire referred to the black-clad Hong Kong protesters, and that the "golden child" of the book's title was a veiled reference to the color yellow, which was taken up by previous pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong five years ago.

In this article Variety had the wit to say "Chinese internet users" rather than imply it was Chinese comic readers. I think it's safe to assume that Chinese comic nerds are being very, very careful about what they say on the internet.

Variety went on to say this:

China is a critical market for Warner Bros., which owns DC Entertainment and DC Comics, its publishing subsidiary. "Aquaman" broke Chinese box office records last December to take in a cumulative $292 million, while "Shazam!" made $43.8 million in April.

What the corner-office dorks at Warner are doing is the typical risk-averse two-step that countless American companies have been doing the last 40 years. They're trying to please everybody. Unfortunately in this case its a binary situation. On one side, the totalitarian state of Communist China, with all that implies. On the other side is Western Civilization, freedom, and the very innermost character of the franchises in question.

What would Batman do? He'd kidnap the president of China and make him pull the army out of Hong Kong, most likely. Batman is not a big fan of innocent people getting shot, from my reading of the comics over the years.

For DC Comics to be A) selling super hero comics and B) openly toadying to Beijing over a comic book poster is a pile of irony upon irony that would make a hipster swoon.

There really is a culture war out there, and it is being waged against Individual Freedom by the likes of the Communist Chinese and the SJWs at comic companies and in Hollywood. I capitalized individual freedom because thats the crux of the argument. We are all supposed to be good little peasants who stay in our assigned place and do our assigned work quietly.

Personally, I'm not having it. I aim to misbehave.

The Phantom

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The new rules...

As anyone interesting in hockey or politics already knows, Don Cherry of Coach's Corner fame was fired on Monday, Remembrance Day, for saying on the air that immigrants should wear their poppies and have some respect for the fallen soldiers just like the rest of us. He had the effrontery to actually say "you people" so all the friggin' SJWs went nuts and now Don is fired.

Full disclosure, most of what I know about Don Cherry is he likes loud suits. I don't watch Hockey Night in Canada. I hate hockey, I hate television, so I never was a fan of Don Cherry for the most part, except the suits. They were flashy.

I looked him up, he's been wearing his loud suits and doing Hockey Night in Canada since 1980. 39 years of television. That's longer than the Ed Sullivan Show. Its about the same length of time Ed Sullivan was a broadcaster. But Don didn't die in the saddle like Ed, he had his horse shot out from under him by SJWs.

SJWs like these women here. CTV television, The Social.  Watch the clip... if you can. Its racist in the full dictionary sense of the word, also stupid and disgusting.

#fireJessAllen is trending on Twitter, and with good reason. Jessie Rae Allen came right out and said white boys who play hockey are bullies and morons. Her exact words are in the video clip, but I'll reproduce them in case it gets memory-holed:

"I don't worship at the altar of hockey. I never have," Allen said, "and maybe it's because of where I grew up and going to a couple of different universities. There's a certain type of person in my mind, in my experience, who does."
Allen continued saying, "And they all tended to be white boys who weren't, let's say, very nice. They were not generally thoughtful. They were often bullies."
"Their parents were able to afford to put them, you know, spend $5,000 a year on minor hockey." Allen suggests that the money would be better suited to travelling and learning about the world.
She concluded her statements saying that Don Cherry is a "representative" of the type of person that Allen is talking about. Allen acknowledged that Cherry has "done some good things" but added
 "Whether he's charming or not, but he's still a bigot and a misogynist."

Generally I don't believe in people getting fired for talking, not even talking on television. Free country, you are free to run your mouth. Be all the jackass you can be, I don't care.

But this is not "generally".

They fired Don Cherry after 39 years for saying the truth: Downtown Toronto, nobody wears a poppy. Mississauga, Brampton, nobody wears a poppy. And they should. Because people died for them to be free. Acknowledging that sacrifice is part of being a Canadian. That's what he said, and they fired him.

Jesse Allen said white boys are bullies, idiots and bigots. Don Cherry is white, a bigot and a misogynist, and it was GREAT that they fired him.

Comparing Mr. Cherry to Ms. Allen, she's a whole new level of bigoted. Hockey players and people who watch hockey are uncultured White hicks who hate immigrants, women and the outside world.

So if they fired Don Cherry, they BETTER fire Jesse Allan.

You Lefties wanted new rules? No problem. Now you can live in fear of your job just like Conservatives do.

Update! :

Seen first at Blazing Cat Fur (hi Arney!) we have The Apology from Jess Allen and CTV. From the Blob & Snail:

CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a correspondent on its show The Social following the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry.
As apologies go, its very legal boilerplate. Bottom line, -real- racism gets a pass, Jess Allen keeps her job, Don Cherry still very fired.

So no surprises here. Business as usual, shut up and get back to work you useless proles.

Upperdate: Full CTV statement:
“CTV’s The Social is based on opinion and debate about current issues, and we often hear from viewers who don’t agree with some of the perspectives on the show.
However, Jessica Allen’s comments about hockey have generated an extraordinary response. We’ve been touched by the stories we’ve heard from Canadians everywhere, including families from Humboldt, about what the game means to them. That matters to us.
We would like to apologize to everyone who was offended by the remarks, and let you know your feedback sparked much debate and introspection at The Social and CTV. We won’t restrict our hosts from offering their opinions on an opinion show, but we’ll always listen to viewers when they offer theirs.”

Uppity-update: Welcome Instapundit! Thanks for the linkage Sarah Hoyt!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Lest we forget...

Remember those who fell for our freedom today.

We fight on, in their honor. We remember them.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Government can't even deal drugs.

From our bulging Government Failures file, a new entry: cannabis.

Love it or hate it, cannabis is a legal product in Canada. For medial purposes and for "recreational" use.

To be honest, "recreational" is a euphemism for people getting stoned at home. The nature of high-THC cannabis and regulation is that if you imbibe, as it were, you're not going to be in a "social drinker" type situation where you go to the bar and sample the fancy Scotch with friends. Weed doesn't really work that way. And of course, obviously, Health Canada has made it illegal to consume cannabis in any form at a public place. So, no smoking weed at your favorite bar, no weed brownies, no nothing. Stay home, get stoned and crash in front of the television. Sounds super fun, right?

But cannabis legalization was none the less supposed to bring with it a HUGE tax bonanza and make all kinds of people amazingly rich. Remember the cannabis stocks soaring in the market? Big things were ahead!

But now, the reality let-down.

The latest figures from Health Canada showed that as of March 31, while monthly sales of dried cannabis amounted to 7,627 kilograms, there was 30,802 kilograms of finished inventory and 143,773 kilograms of unfinished inventory in the system.

Sounds ominous, right? Sounds like they made a booboo. But what does "finished" mean vs. "unfinished"?

Meanwhile, BMO Capital Markets analysts Tamy Chen and Peter Sklar on Wednesday warned that some "unfinished inventory," defined as cannabis that is not packaged, labelled or ready for sale, may not be deemed as "not competitive" for sale on the market, based on discussions with licensed producers.

It means that in a market that moves roughly eight and a half tons of weed a month, they are sitting on 158 tons of it that's just baled up and another 34 tons that are bagged, tagged and ready to ship. Two years worth of inventory, basically.

Big problem, weed doesn't last two years. It needs to be fresh. Not sure if even cannabis oil lasts that long. It might, but after two years its getting to its sell-by date.

But how did the producers get here? Are they idiots? No they're not. Growing cannabis is extremely technical and difficult.  But someone is.

Enter... the government. Up until the election last year, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, aka the LCBO of weed, was designated to be the SOLE PROVIDER of cannabis in Ontario. Where the most people in Canada live, not to put too fine a point on it. This monstrosity was set up by the Liberal Party of Ontario under the leadership of the Mad Librarian Kathleen Wynne. It was supposed to be an Internet-based retailer to move cannabis, and it was a monopoly.

They managed to lose $42 million dollars in a year. With a MONOPOLY. And they managed to bottleneck the sales of cannabis so badly that there's a two-year backlog of inventory sitting in storage rooms around the country. Because the producers are hostage to the monopoly retailer.

I keep hearing news that there's going to be hundreds of new cannabis stores coming to Ontario. I keep wondering how those stores are going to rent retail space and pay employees ($15/hr minimum wage, friends!) when their margin is going to be between 2% and 8%. I think it would be difficult to run a hot-dog cart at 8% margin. They're going to end up being t-shirt and novelty shops that keep some weed next to the cash register.

Maybe the Weed-CBO monopoly is safe. Only a crown corporation can lose $45 million bucks in a year and call it a success.

Dear Liberals and other socialists, these incompetent government assholes who can't even make a go of selling drugs are the ones you think should be running everything. What the hell is wrong with you people?

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

There will be no bugs to eat.

Lately we've been hearing a lot about "insect protein", otherwise known as eating bugs to save on greenhouse gasses. Otherwise known as cow farts. We're bad for eating meat, we should be eating bugs.

But oh noes, the bug population is down!

Insects and spiders are declining in forests and grasslands across Germany, according to new research.

Scientists have described the findings as "alarming", saying the losses are driven by intensive agriculture.

They are calling for a "paradigm shift" in land-use policy to preserve habitat for the likes of butterflies, bugs and flying insects

Recent studies have reported widespread declines in insect populations around the world.

The latest analysis, published in the journal, Nature, confirms that some insect species are being pushed down the path to extinction.

It is becoming clearer and clearer that the drivers of insect decline are related to farming practices, said Dr Sebastian Seibold of the Technical University of Munich in Freising, Germany.

"Our study confirms that insect decline is real - it might be even more widespread then previously thought considering, for example, that also forests are experiencing declines in insect populations," he told BBC News.

"I think it's alarming to see that such a decline happens not only in intensively-managed areas but also in protected areas - so the sites that we think are safeguarding our biodiversity are not really working anymore."

Just in case anyone was wondering why all the German farmers decided to drive their tractors into the city and snarl traffic, this kind of thing is why. Every day a new thing is blamed on agriculture.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Greenies are coming for your inhaler. No, really. They are.

You know what's wrong with having a big government that decides everything?


Not just hemlines, ladies. Fashionable theories, fashionable causes, these things sweep through institutions like the flu, infecting everyone and changing policy directions on a dime.

Case in point, greenhouse gases. Its the latest fashion in government. In Canada we have a carbon tax and we're not building any pipelines, thereby ruining our own economy.

In England the National Health Service is going vegan and taking away people's asthma inhalers.

Asthma carbon footprint 'as big as eating meat'

Making the swap would have as big an "eco" impact as turning vegetarian or becoming an avid recycler, they say.
It's because some inhalers release greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
There are more than five million people with asthma in the UK.
The research looked at the environmental impact of different inhaler medications prescribed to patients on the NHS in England.
In 2017, about 50 million inhalers were prescribed. Seven out of every 10 of them were metered-dose inhalers - the type that contain greenhouse gases.
The gas - hydrofluoroalkane - is used as a propellant to squirt the medicine out of the inhaler.
Metered-dose inhalers account for nearly 4% of NHS greenhouse gas emissions, according to experts.

So they're going to be switching people to non-propellant inhalers to save the planet. Being a government institution, they will have targets and quotas for numbers switched to the LESS EFFECTIVE dry powder version.

Sounds great, right?

Update: Welcome Instapundit! Thanks for the linkage, Sarah Hoyt!

Upperdate: Welcome all you Small Dead Animals and flying monkeys! Thanks for the linkage Kate! 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Farmer uprising spreads from Holland to Germany.

There is a -huge- protest movement going on right now in Europe that nobody has heard about. Complete blackout in the international news. I saw this at Blazing Cat Fur.

Funny that this wasn't on the news.

Thousands of farmers in their tractors have taken to the streets of Germany, protesting the government's environmentalist agenda and the climate of hostility that agriculture faces from urban eco-warriors.
On Tuesday, farmers across Germany led 'tractor parades' into the nation's cities.
According to the German newspaper Die Welt, some 2,000 tractors descended upon the city of Bonn, and thousands of farmers took the same path in Hanover, Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg.

Organized by a group called 'Land Creates Connection', the farmers demanded not only a say in the formation of agricultural and environmental policies but also respect from the public who rely on the fruits of their labor.

Most people haven't heard about this because the lamestream media haven't reported it. Similarly to the massive Tea Party events with 100,000+ attendees a few years ago that went missing in the news, thousands of tractors showing up in big cities all over Germany isn't "news" that we should know about.

We also shouldn't know that Dutch farmers have been doing the same thing for some time now. Since October 1st. The only reason I knew about it was WiFi Lunchbox Guy dropped a link for me. It goes to a Twitter page. 
That's a lot of tractors, my friends.

Sea of tractors that did NOT get permission to be there.

So it seems that the Powers That Be are very happy for us to know if Frau Jackson's Grade 10 class showed up with signs at City Hall in Yourtown Germany to protest climate change. Less happy if we find out that the people who grow all our food showed up and kicked in the front door of Parliament because a new regulation is putting them all out of business.

And by the way, this is the "coddled and subsidized" European farmers we're talking about here, the ones North Americans think have such easy lives. Maybe that's another lie we've all been fed.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Elections have consequences. Already!

The saying is that elections have consequences. Usually we don't see those consequences the NEXT DAY after the election though.

American burger chain Red Robin says it will be closing all of its Alberta stores by Dec. 8.
Global News has spoken to all five locations the company currently operates in the Edmonton area and each location confirmed they have been told they will be shut down by that date.
A previous location in the city on 112 Street and 104 Avenue also closed earlier in the year.
The company, known for its bottomless fries and expansive burger choices, currently has a total of 17 Canadian locations. The other 12 stores operate in British Columbia.

So there's 75 people times five locations that are out of a job as of December 8th, not to mention the franchisees who are now out several million dollars for each location. Those places are not cheap to start up.

Also, Husky Oil laid off hundreds of employees on October 22nd.

Thanks, Liberals. Thanks Toronto.

Update: Encana packs it in, they are moving to the USA, taking their bat and ball with them. One of the largest and oldest companies in Canada just said "fuck it!" and left. Now that's what I call an election consequence.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Well, here we all are again. Election results.

On the surface, it looks like dirty politics and slimy propaganda are a winning combination ladies and gentlemen. The Shiny Pony lives. Surely there are a lot of articles today braying that this is a Big Resurgence of the Left.

So lets look and see what happened.

First thing that happened, obviously, is that Andrew Scheer screwed the pooch bigly this election. With the amount of truly criminal bullshit being done by the Liberals this thing was Scheer's to lose, and he did. But, the CPC is UP 26 seats to 121 from 96.

Second thing that happened, the Liberals lost influence. Hard. A majority is 170 seats, the Liberals held 177 going into this thing, and now they are down 20 to 157.

The third thing that happened, the NDP lost in every possible way. They are down from 39 seats, losing 15 seats to end up with 24.

Forth thing, and probably amounting to nothing, the Bloc won big last night going from 10 to 32, gaining 22 seats. The only thing of note about this is that the Bloc now has 32 seats despite the fact that they only got 7% of the popular vote. There's 338 seats for 30 million people, 7% should give them 24 seats. But because of the peculiarities of ridings and population density in Quebec, they swing a pretty big bat today. They can go in with the NDP and the CPC to bring down the government any time they want.

Looking at the map, the West is solid CPC blue all the way from Ontario to the BC coast. Ontario, mostly blue except for the 905 area code, Toronto/Mississauga/Burlington/Hamilton went solid Liberal. But that's where all the people live. Job done, Canadian media.
Moving east, there's a surprising amount of blue in Quebec down by the St. Lawrence river, then the middle of it is Bloc with Montreal going pretty much solid Liberal, and the Maritimes solid Liberal.

That my friends is what you call a nation divided. This is an urban/rural divide, one which is probably going to get MUCH deeper before it starts to let up. Because the urban side owns all the propaganda machinery, and the rural side owns all the food and industry.

Bottom line, Canadians didn't really care that the government is a bunch of corrupt assholes led by a child.

But at least now I know what its going to take to get them to pay attention. It'll take random blackouts, food shortages, rioting and a constant fear of death to wake them the fuck up. Venezuela north, basically. Or the West could start separation proceedings, that might work too.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

12 months of legal weed already?

Happy Weedaversary everyone. Yes, the Demon Herb has been legal to buy here in the Demented Dominion for a whole year. Twelve months of getting wasted whenever you want, all legal and everything.

Tommy Chong is so happy!

Notably absent are the zillions of car accidents and hordes of brain-dead zombies shuffling about our ruined cities that we were all warned about right up until the 17th last year. I always thought it was a little suspect that the warnings and the Scientific Studies! all stopped on 10/18/2018, as if somebody threw a switch to turn off whatever was generating them.

But hey, today's a big celebration. So hoist a celebratory joint, take a little puff, and then get the hell back to work. You've got taxes to pay, peons.

The Phantom

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hardware subversion for cheap.

Something I've been wondering about for a long time is now officially a thing.

More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks. Apple, Amazon, and Supermicro all vehemently denied the report. The NSA dismissed it as a false alarm. The Defcon hacker conference awarded it two Pwnie Awards, for "most overhyped bug" and "most epic fail." And no follow-up reporting has yet affirmed its central premise.

But even as the facts of that story remain unconfirmed, the security community has warned that the possibility of the supply chain attacks it describes is all too real. The NSA, after all, has been doing something like it for years, according to the leaks of whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Now researchers have gone further, showing just how easily and cheaply a tiny, tough-to-detect spy chip could be planted in a company's hardware supply chain. And one of them has demonstrated that it doesn't even require a state-sponsored spy agency to pull it off—just a motivated hardware hacker with the right access and as little as $200 worth of equipment.

Here's what was actually done:

With only a $150 hot-air soldering tool, a $40 microscope, and some $2 chips ordered online, Elkins was able to alter a Cisco firewall in a way that he says most IT admins likely wouldn't notice, yet would give a remote attacker deep control.

"We think this stuff is so magical, but it's not really that hard," says Elkins, who works as "hacker in chief" for the industrial-control-system security firm FoxGuard. "By showing people the hardware, I wanted to make it much more real. It's not magical. It's not impossible. I could do this in my basement. And there are lots of people smarter than me, and they can do it for almost nothing."

Elkins used an ATtiny85 chip, about 5 millimeters square, that he found on a $2 Digispark Arduino board; not quite the size of a grain of rice, but smaller than a pinky fingernail. After writing his code to that chip, Elkins desoldered it from the Digispark board and soldered it to the motherboard of a Cisco ASA 5505 firewall. He used an inconspicuous spot that required no extra wiring and would give the chip access to the firewall's serial port.

The article goes on to explain the exploit in some detail. Short version, wiring a pre-programmed ATtiny onto the motherboard of a router is a piece of cake. Its not the smallest or cheapest thing that could be used either, just the one this guy found convenient.

Okay, so now I want you to imagine some guy soldering something the size of kosher salt to a motherboard in your Tesla. He's now got remote access to everything electronic in there. Which is -everything-. Door locks to steering and brakes, all electronic control.

Pretty bad, right? Now make your car a transport truck. Much worse. How about an airplane? Instant cruise missile.

Somebody out there is thinking about this, I guarantee you. Probably a lot of them.

What's your defense? Manual controls.

The Phantom 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Lies the New York Times told me.

Today in the New York Times, the Newspaper Of Record, "all the news that's fit to print" and etc, we have this big, big extravaganza on vehicle "emissions".

Reducing emissions from driving has been a big challenge, said Conor Gately, who led the project mapping CO2 on America's roads as a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University. Emissions dipped during the recession of the late 2000s, but have been ticking back up since 2013.

National fuel economy standards put in place under the Obama administration have helped temper the rise in automotive emissions because the rules require cars and trucks to use less gasoline per mile traveled. But even as vehicles have become more efficient, Americans, buoyed by a strong economy and low gas prices, have been driving more miles and buying more S.U.V.s and pickup trucks, which have lower gas mileage. Freight trucking is also on the rise.

The Trump administration is expected to finalize a rollback of efficiency standards for passenger vehicles this month, a move that could significantly increase future emissions from America's cars and trucks.

So, Brown Man Good, Orange Man Bad, and how dare you peasants drive the kind of cars you want instead of put-putting around in tiny death-trap eco-mobiles like good little consumers ought to. Get a friggin' bicycle, prole!

Couple things that make this whole article a heinous lie.

First, and most important, this is not a map of pollution. Its a map of CARBON DIOXIDE which is not pollution, it is the stuff humans breath out. Plants -need- carbon dioxide, right? This is another global warming fairy tale filled with dire Greta Thunberg warnings about how your car is going to cause the end of the world.

Which is, I'm sorry New York Times, a lie.

Second, and this is my favorite part right here, they didn't measure a goddamn thing to make this map. Nope. This is an estimate.

To create their database, Boston University researchers used federal traffic data to calculate the number of miles travelled on local segments of each road in the United States and converted those miles to carbon dioxide emissions by estimating how much fuel is consumed by different types of vehicles using those roads.


An additional New York Times analysis used Boston University's on-road CO2 data and population figures from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Census Bureau to derive total and per capita emissions for each metropolitan area.

This is an ESTIMATE based on a federal government ESTIMATE of traffic and an NIH ESTIMATE of population. Nobody counted the cars, nobody measured the CO2.

They made it up.

So, ladies and gentlemen rest easy in the knowledge that the New York Times is completely full of shit. To the brim. So full of shit in fact that it is unfit even to wrap fish.

The Phantom

Thursday, October 10, 2019

More Real Oppression in China

Antifa and the other Leftist idiots like to scream about Oppression! like its something they've experienced in a Western nation like the USA or Canada.

This is the real thing right here:

The Chinese Communist Party has razed dozens of Uighur Muslim cemeteries in western Xinjiang province to create more "civilized" areas, the Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported on Wednesday.

China has taken over Uighur burial rites and replaced them with Communist Party-controlled cremations staged in "burial management centers" that ban religious activity surrounding the handling of a person's remains. Uighur locals and activists have accused China of attempting to erase the ethnic minority's history and uproot them from their ancestral home.

But wait, there's more. A Greenie connection!

The destruction of Uighur graveyards is not new. The Print reported in July that the Communist Party began rapidly constructing "burial management centers" throughout the region after destroying at least three cemeteries in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. One was turned into an "ecological" park; Chinese authorities have also used a green agenda as an excuse to eradicate Uighur holy sites.

I was reading along and the notion of bulldozing cemeteries pissed me off, I must say. But then I read this:

In Hotan, another major Xinjiang city, the Csehine regime razed a 1000-year-old cemetery holding the remains of several historic figures, including Muslim crusaders from the late second millennium who brought the religion to western China.

The Communist Party has also built thousands of concentration camps in Xinjiang holding millions of Uighurs – and used the camps to excuse the replacement of private burials with "burial management centers," arguing that they are necessary because not enough young men remain free from the concentration camps to help carry bodies and perform burial rites.

First of all, a 1000 year old cemetery? Wow. We think shit that's 100 years old is old. Second of all, this is like destroying Martin Luther's burial site in Germany. Its the same thing.

So, all you Lefty snowflakes, just read all that and have a good hard think about what Oppression with a capital O really is, and who in the world is really doing it.

The Phantom

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Racism at Harvard A-OK!

More legislating morality from the bench: US federal judge rules in favor of Harvard. Shocker, right?

A lawsuit, backed by President Donald Trump's administration, had challenged Harvard's use of race in determining admissions, part of a decades-old push to boost minority enrolments at America's oldest university.
Federal Judge Allison Dale Burroughs said in a long-awaited decision that while Harvard's admissions process is not perfect, it was right, for now, to factor in race to form a diverse student body.
"The rich diversity at Harvard and other colleges and universities and the benefits that flow from that diversity will foster the tolerance, acceptance and understanding that will ultimately make race-conscious admissions obsolete," she said.
The case was filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions, a group led by conservative white activist Edward Blum, who previously attacked the affirmative action policies at the University of Texas.
 Love that subtle journalistic characterization there, eh? "Conservative White Activist", real smooth. The byline is AFP New York, just so you know the type of hipster dickweeds they hired.

But, obscene journalistic bias aside, what's being celebrated here is literal racial discrimination against more qualified candidates in favor of less qualified ones. That is, not to put too fine a point on it, using race as the determining factor for admission.

Back in the good old days it was all A-OK because it was only discrimination against white kids, which is always good in the minds of Lefties. But lately Harvard has been discriminating against Brownies too, because Indian and Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese etc.) kids are showing up with SAT and high school marks in the A+++ range, over 95%. Harvard has basically said that if you have a 95%+ GPA and you're a Brownie, they don't want you. They will take a black or Hispanic kid with an 80% first. Because Diversity!!!11!

Real, live, racial discrimination.

The Federal court of the USA just said they're good with that.

So, if your kid is a brownie or a whitey and has a fucking 98% GPA because they worked their ass off, but for some reason still wants to get into Harvard to rub shoulders with the 80 percenters, you're going to need to have them dye their hair pink and claim to be transgender. Because tranny is the new black.

The Phantom

Update: Welcome Instapundit! Thanks for the linkage Sarah Hoyt!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The sewer-pipe home. Now a reality.

Edgy new architecture, the house made from concrete sewer pipe.

Gives a new meaning to the phrase "sewer dweller."

They're called OPod Tube Houses and literally consist of reclaimed bits of industrial piping renovated inside with other left over pieces from building sites to make them into micro apartments.
"Constructed out of low cost and readily available 2.5m diameter concrete water pipe, the design utilizes the strong concrete structure to house a micro-living apartment for one/two persons," states a promo for the product. "OPod Tube Houses can be stacked to become a low rise building and a modular community in a short time, and can also be located/relocated to different sites in the city."
The pods are placed on spare bits of land and stacked on top of each other, allowing people to live their dream of being a human ant in a colony.
The sewer pipes are becoming more widespread in Hong Kong, where the cost of living is prohibitively expensive, but expect to see the trend transfer to the west very soon.

Because sea-cargo containers are too expensive now, so they use eight foot diameter sewer pipe instead. And they -stack- them. Sounds awesome, right? Sign me up!

The Phantom

Sunday, September 15, 2019

DC = DemocRat Comics

DC Comics has decided that they are an unpaid propaganda maker for the DemocRat Party of the United States.

Comic book icon Lois Lane is making a return in a new 12-issue series from DC comics.
In the series, "Enemy of the People," the character reprises her role as a hard charging reporter for the Daily Planet, her newspaper in the DC universe.
This time around, Lane is covering the White House, where she gets into a combative exchange with a White House press secretary, is ejected from the briefing room and has her press pass revoked.

Revoked because she's working on what?

In the first issue, Lane is in the other DC universe, the District of Columbia, grilling a fictional White House press secretary on whether her administration is monetizing the separation of children from their families at the U.S. border.

The comic then goes on to Russia. Inevitably. Here's what the author has to say about comic book fans:

"I've seen criticism saying, 'I don't read comics to see what's going on in the real world.' Too bad. It's called art. And it has to reflect what's happening around us," Rucka says. "I don't think you can tell an honest story about Lois if you're not reflecting the state of journalism and also hostility to journalism in the world today. The danger in telling truth to power and the fear that power has of truth being told, is in and of itself, a worthy story."

"Too bad. Its called art." Well no, Mr. Rucka. It is actually called propaganda. A perversion of art used to promote a political agenda. You don't get to make a naked propaganda comic and then fob off your critics with the "art" excuse.

Its too bad I already boycott comics 100%, I'd like to be able to boycott them even harder.

The Phantom

Update: Welcome Instapunditeers! Thanks for the linkage Sarah Hoyt!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ontario -loses- millions selling weed.

You know how we joke that the government is run by fuck-ups who couldn't make money selling dope? Guess what:

Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents.

The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019.

However, Ontario's consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario Cannabis Store, racked up expenses totaling $106 million during the period.

For those who don't know, the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation is not a brick-and-mortar operation. They run a WEB SITE. These incredible, unbelievable assholes spent $106,000,000 taxpayer dollars on a web site and a warehouse.

I have seen their web site. It is a steaming pile of shit. I have seen little mom-and-pop vitamin stores that had better web sites and offered better service. A do-everything custom web site for retail costs about $300,000 at the high end of the range.

A gold-plated warehouse with all the trimmings and super security would cost at most $10 million in a private enterprise setting. The producers who grow the fricking weed have entire production facilities that go from seed-in-dirt to finished-packaged-shipped product, and those cost a lot less than $100 million bucks. According to industry numbers, a grow-op costs $42 per square foot for indoor cultivation.

And that is why I am for smaller government and lower taxes. Because government is where money goes to die.

The Phantom

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11th. Did you forget?

Twin Towers on Sept. 11th 2001 from the ISS.

It is easy to forget about these kinds of things. I forgot. I was reminded by friends this morning, who posted their reminders.

Its been 18 years. The people who did this are dead. Osama Bin Laden is dead. I should feel better, right?

I saw this as it was happening on television. I sat the whole day and watched people deal with this atrocity. They did well. They were magnificent.

Its important to remember two things. First, there is evil in the world. People will try to do things like this, out of hate. Second, the evil is small and out numbered. For every hate-filled lunatic there are a million good people.

Walk with your eyes open and your heads up, my friends.

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Unclean, unclean! Leprosy in LA.

The new emerging hotness in Los Angeles is leprosy. Isn't that special?

Leprosy cases are emerging in Los Angeles County, according to a recent study revealed in a Reuters Health report and its co-author Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa of Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles told Reuters Health that she's urging the public to "fight the stigma."

If there is a more horrifying medieval plague than leprosy, I do not want to know what it is. If you vote DemocRat, that's what you are fucking well voting for.

The Phantom

Friday, September 06, 2019

Just how full of shit are the Puppy Kickers?

We've know for quite some time now that Puppy Kickers, aka those WorldCon Wokelings who called people who were part of the Sad Puppies Campaign racists, were full of shit. To the point where this year the Red Panda Faction ran a slate trying to hack the Dragon Award.
If that paragraph makes no sense to you, this is all Science Fiction Fandom drama, you can stop reading.
If it did make sense, then this next part is going to piss you off.  (Fair warning, this link goes to Vile770, the wretched hive of scum and villainy run by China Mike the bot-farmer and manure merchant. Don't click it if you don't want to get any on ya.)

Fandom, Entitlement and Toxicity By Hampus Eckerman: On the second day of the Dublin 2019 Worldcon, I went to a panel with the promising name of "With fans like these, who needs enemies?" I hadn't really read the description, instead going by the idea that it might have something to do with fans sucking the energy out of convention organizers, whether caused by anger, entitlement or a sincere wish to help. Instead it was about how fans made life miserable for creators with George Lucas and Star Wars fandom as the prime example. Most of the panel was about the big media phenomena in SFF, Star Wars, Star Trek and GoT, but there was also an interesting discussion on why Doctor Who fandom hadn't reached the same levels of toxicity.

Emphasis mine.

Because when a guy makes a movie trilogy, and it is awesome, and it develops a huge fandom, and that fandom is two generations deep, then he sells it to Disney and they release a movie that basically craps all over the original in favor of some idiotic political propaganda effort, if the fans complain they are to be considered spoiled, entitled, and toxic. 
Which is exactly what we see with the Sad Puppies. We complained because we were sick of seeing politically heavy Leftist grey-goo grimdark bullshit winning the Hugo award. We voted against the WorldCon Wokelings fair and square, and they literally changed the rules to keep us out.
But that's not the annoying part, that's just history. Here's the part where we find out how deep the shit really is:

My first understanding of my own potential for toxicity was with the infamous Spider-Man storyline "One More Day". For you that have never heard of it, the basic plot is as follows: Spider-Man married Mary Jane in 1987. This changed the dynamics of the comic. There was no longer the possibility to add soap elements of romance to the story, Spider-Man being too much of Goody Two-Shoes to be unfaithful. Killing Mary Jane would have caused an outrage, a divorce would still have left the dynamic. And that was not the only problem. Spider-Man had given up his secret identity in the Civil War-storyline, thus even more limiting the possibilities for writing a traditional story. So the decision was made in 2007, some 20 years later, to make a drastic change: Mephisto would for some flimsy reason magic Spider-Man so he wasn't married, his identity had never been revealed, and a lot of stuff was retconned for no apparent reason, such as Harry Osbourne being alive again.
I remember the enormous *anger* I felt at the time. It felt like they were spitting in my face.

 Emphasis his.

Yeah, that's because they WERE spitting in your face, Mr. Eckerman. They didn't give a shit about the fans and the Spiderman nerds. They took a comic that had held the same continuity since 1964 and changed it as a business decision. A really BAD business decision as it turns out, because the slide their sales were on in 2007 steepened dramatically after that. Funny how that happens when you spit in the faces of the people who buy your comic.

Afterwards, I can see that most of it was a healthy reaction. I quit reading. I didn't continue, becoming more and more discontent, feeling more sidelined or out of step with the Marvel universe. Instead I found other things to read.

I've written nearly identical things about my experience of quitting comics in 1992/93. I didn't like the art, I didn't like the stories, and I didn't like the way they were screwing with the characters. Many years later I found out that there was a business crisis at Marvel in 1992, and the whole thing was coming unglued. New "talent" was brought in to put a "fresh" stamp on things, and they did so. By fucking up all the stuff I liked. I did the same thing Mr. Eckerman did in 2007, I stopped reading comics. Of course when I did it, -that- was toxic entitled nerd racism.

But that was of course not my only insight in toxicity with regards to myself. I remember a flatmate inviting her friend to a visit. The flatmate was also a comic nerd, so I remember starting to talk about comics, trying to see what we had in common, what likes we both shared, on what level we could discuss. Until she asked if I was interrogating her. And that was a clear wake-up call. What I was doing was in practice seen as if I was trying to find out if she was a "fake geek girl", that toxic concept where only women are questioned about their statuses as geeks or nerds.

This is hilarious. When guys test each other's nerd lore and each tries to impress the other with their command of the subject, that's "talking about comics." When the exact same conversation takes place with a woman, that's "toxic masculinity."

A third insight was only this year while watching first Captain Marvel and then Avengers: End Game. The sudden understanding that I didn't really get any pleasure out of these movies. I was never that much of a fan of action movies and that is much of what the Marvel movies are. I wasn't watching them as much out of enjoyment as I was out of addiction. I was watching them as a completionist, wanting to learn all the details, again building up an expertise. But building up that expertise also forced me to spend time on things that I didn't really like. Often sitting there bored while Captain Marvel was having another uninteresting fight, waiting for it to stop to at least get a bit of plot or dialogue.

Emphasis mine again. Yes friends, comic nerds are -addicts-. (And I'm sorry, uninteresting fight scene in a comic book movie and waiting for some dialogue? Dude.)

Thinking of nerds as addicts puts things in a different perspective. Not only as addicts but as persons who come to identify themselves as, let's use a grandiose expression, Keepers of Knowledge. People who have for 10-20 years built up a knowledge about a subject, are addicted to add to this knowledge, but suddenly recognize that they don't enjoy it anymore. And the frustration of needing to do things *they don't like* just to feed the addiction.

So just to recap, comic nerds (and SF fans) are spoiled, entitled and toxic if they complain when Big Corporation spits in their faces, they are full of toxic masculinity for expecting teh nerd whammyn to live up to their same level of secrit nerd lore, and they're addicts.

But, Mr. Eckerman's little trip down memory lane A) absolves him of all of the above, because B) HE of course doesn't complain, he just goes away like a good little consumer and doesn't make a fuss.

Myself, I walked away from Spider-Man and Marvel. They didn't fit my needs anymore and I moved on. Toxicity, I feel, is for those that can't move on. But I feel it is good to admit that I myself have these feelings, because that makes it possible for me to recognize them before I grow angry enough. Recognize the pattern in myself and thus being able to also see the flaws it is built on.

The rest of us, who feel moved to say something when Big Corporation (or maybe the CHORF Wokelings) spits in our eye and tells us to shut up and consume the bullshit like we're supposed to, despite the fact that he's literally repeated exactly what I've said on the same subject over the years, we are toxic racist/sexist/bigot/homophobes and we should all be... what, quiet? Crawl back into Mom's basement and go play Minecraft? Give up and go paint landscapes?

Yeah. Right. That'll happen. When Hell freezes over, mother fuckers.
So there you have it my friends. How full of shit are the Puppy Kickers? Completely. Can't get any more in there. No space for anything else. Running out their ears.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Social credit decides if you can buy a gun.

In ChicomLand their ubiquitous surveillance system gives each prole a "social credit" score. If you have bad scores then you get refused things like social services, airline tickets, luxury goods etc. Pretty much everyone I talk to agrees this is a Big Brotheristic nightmare and the Chicoms are assholes for doing it.

Well, check this out:

The Trump administration is considering a proposal that would use Google, Amazon and Apple to collect data on users who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The proposal is part of an initiative to create a Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA), which would be located inside the Health and Human Services Department, the report notes, citing sources inside the administration. The new agency would have a separate budget and the president would be responsible for appointing its director.


HARPA would take after Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which serves as the research arm for the Pentagon. The idea was first crafted in 2017 but has since gotten a renewed push after mass shootings killed 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in August.


The Suzanne Wright Foundation approached the president recently and proposed the agency include a project called Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes, or Safe Home, the report notes, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The document lists several technologies that could be employed to help collect information, including Apple Watches, Amazon Echo and Google Home. Geoffrey Ling, the lead scientific adviser on HARPA, told reporters Thursday the plan would require enormous amounts of data and "scientific rigor."

Stripped of bafflegab, shitheads at the Suzanne Wright Foundation are proposing to create a government system that spies on you with your cellphone and your network-attached devices. They're calling it Safe Home but it is really a Big Brother Telescreen.

Not explicitly stated in the article is the implication that if you "exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior" according to their "scientifically rigorous" algorithm, you would be denied the right to purchase things like guns and ammunition.

Aka this is a social credit system identical to the Chicom system, and if implemented will be used to send people to jail or the loony bin.

What's most chilling here is that these assholes actually think its possible to to predict and circumvent mass shootings by mentally ill people. With cell phone data no less.

In truth this proposal is so odious that I wonder if it isn't being floated to damage Silicon Valley monopolies. If government seriously proposed using Big Data to decide who's been naughty or nice, every thinking human in the country would immediately ditch their phone and go off-line permanently. If they made it a law that you have to have a phone, you park the little spy in front of a VCR playing "Its a Wonderful Life" 24/7/365.

In other news, Hong Kong demonstrators are going off the government run cell network and using a Bluetooth mesh network instead. If you take the SIM card out of your phone, the Bluetooth still works. If you are extra-mega paranoid, the cell antenna is separate from the Bluetooth antenna. Snip, you're off the cell network.

Suck it, Big Brother.

The Phantom

Friday, August 30, 2019

Women's shelter vandalized... by Lefties.

What sort of sick individual hangs dead animals by nooses and paints death threat graffiti on a women's shelter in Vancouver? Alt-Right Proud Boys? The KKK? The MAGA-hatted Trump supporters? Dare I say it, conservatives? [boo, hisss!]

Nope. Lefties.

What kind of person would threaten and harass a rape crisis center? Here in Vancouver, we have the answer: trans activists. While it might sound odd to the uninitiated that those who claim to value 'inclusivity' and 'acceptance' would also be the same people who nail a dead rat to the door of a transition house for battered women, those of us following the gender identity debate closely are all too familiar with this type of occurrence.
On Tuesday, Vancouver Rape Relief & Woman's Shelter (VRRWS) tweeted images of vandalism left on their storefront — a space used for meetings, events, and support groups. 'Kill TERFs,' 'Fuck TERFs,' 'TERFs go home, you are not welcome,' 'Transwomen are women,' and 'Trans Power' had been scrawled across the windows and door in black marker. 'TERF,' for the blissfully ignorant, is an acronym that stands for 'trans-exclusionary radical feminist.'

Down at the bottom she finally gets to the point:

Anybody should be able to say anything at all and not be threatened with death. But certainly, of all the people who should be protected from such terrorizing, it should be women who dedicate their lives to helping some of the most downtrodden among us — those with few to no resources, who are running for their lives, who have suffered immensely, and are simply trying to protect themselves and their families.

Any person who would go so far as to intimidate and threaten women who stand up for other women in this particularly disturbing way is on the wrong side of politics, never mind history. It is beyond unacceptable that the left is not only remaining silent on these kinds of attacks, but is continuing to fuel them, by claiming it is feminists who are guilty of 'hate' and 'violence,' not their comrades-in-arms.

Meghan Murphy is a writer in Vancouver, BC. Her website is Feminist Current.

Ms. Murphy is enraged that the Left, supposedly the aid and comfort of women and feminists, has turned on her and is actively attacking her personally and her friends. She is shocked, surprised, and enraged.

Because she never understood that Leftists view women as political pawns and property. To a true Leftist, women are toys. To be used and passed around among their friends, to be discarded without care when no longer amusing.

Ms. Murphy didn't get on board the TrannyTrain when it left the station, and now she's under the wheels. They'll do to her what they've been doing to capitalists, gun owners, hunters, Christians and every other target of their wrath. Her principles are inconvenient to their goal of the moment, so they'll beat the hell out of her until she shuts up and gets in line.

I'm puzzled as to why we as Canadians put up with the Left. Really, why should we sit still and let them do this type of thing, day in, day out? Isn't it about time we started demanding they behave in a civilized manner? Seriously, dead rats hung from nooses on a women's rape shelter, I think I've had enough.

The Phantom