Friday, April 26, 2024

Israel's chances against Iran are looking better - much better

 I am feeling better about the threat Iran poses to Israel. Good news on both Israel’s defense and offense - see the link. And… when Iran attacks Israel its weapons are so crummy that they might hit Jordan or Saudi Arabia - an act of war! - and Israel will get help from its neighbors.

First Hanson talks about the details. 

Iran's Nightmares | RealClearPolitics:

Now that the soil of both Iran and Israel is no longer sacred and immune from attack, the mystique of the Iranian nuclear threat has dissipated.

It should be harder for the theocracy to shake down Western governments for hostage bribes, sanctions relief, and Iran-deal giveaways on the implied threat of Iran successfully nuking the Jewish state.

The new reality is that Iran has goaded an Israel that has numerous nuclear weapons and dozens of nuclear-tipped missiles in hardened silos and on submarines. Tehran has zero ability to stop any of these missiles or sophisticated fifth-generation Israeli aircraft armed with nuclear bombs and missiles.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Canadians may revolt once they realize how broke they are under Trudeau


Canadians may revolt once they realize how broke they are under Trudeau as 'many under 35s are unlikely ever to buy a home'

Police have warned Canada's leaders they will struggle to contain the fury at its deteriorating economy and a generational revolt by young people unable to ever buy a home.

The secret report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police paints an apocalyptical picture of the future for America's northern neighbor, predicting it will be riven by economic crisis, ecological meltdown and territorial disintegration.

The report has caused a sensation in the Great White North after a heavily redacted version was released following a long-running access to information request by a Canadian academic.

Described by its authors as a 'scanning exercise', the Whole-of-Government Five-Year Trends for Canada warns that the truckers' convoy protests that polarized the country in 2022 may just be the precursor for a society increasingly polarized by 'conspiracy theories and paranoia'.

No. The problem isn't conspiracy theories, but a country that is under the thumb of a mediocre bully. He has the population afraid and getting poorer and poorer under his policies. (More below.) Source: Daily Mail - UK

'The coming period of recession will accelerate the decline in living standards that the younger generations have already witnessed compared to earlier generations,' they wrote.

'For example, many Canadians under 35 are unlikely ever to be able to buy a place to live.

'The fallout from this decline in living standards will be exacerbated by the fact that the difference between the extremes of wealth is greater now than it has been at any time in several generations.'

The report was produced last year to provide 'special operational information' for senior officers in the RCMP and 'decision-makers' in the federal government. And it warns that Canada's prospects 'will probably deteriorate further in the next five years'. 'Law enforcement should expect continuing social and political polarization fueled by misinformation campaigns and an increasing mistrust for all democratic institutions,' it notes.

The 'Freedom Convoy' protests galvanized millions of people opposed to the long-serving Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Originally started by Canadian truckers opposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for cross-border drivers, they became a rallying point for separatists and complaints about the living standards. Thousands camped outside the Canadian parliament building, and vital trade routes along the Canada-US border were shut down along with key parts of the capital for more than three weeks. 

They were finally broken when Trudeau deployed Canada's Emergencies Act, enabling draconian penalties for those interfering with critical infrastructure.

The report paints a terrifying picture of environmental threats which it warns could have an outsized impact in Canada.

'Canada's north is getting hotter at least three times faster than the global average,' it claims. 'Shrinking polar icecaps are providing access to untapped raw materials and new paths for transportation. This new opportunity for profit is causing several countries to expand their territorial claims in the area,' which it notes will lead to 'increasing pressure to cede Arctic territory'.

And alongside gloomy predictions about the impact of artificial intelligence and crypto currencies are warnings about what it calls the 'erosion of trust'.

'The past seven years have seen marked social and political polarization in the Western world,' it claims.

'Capitalizing on the rise of political polarization and conspiracy theories have been populists willing to tailor their messages to appeal to extremist movements.'

Home-ownership has become impossible for near record numbers of Canadians according to analysts, with just 26 per cent of households now able to afford a single-family home.

'The situation is particularly tense in Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto where the costs of owning a home are sky-high,' wrote RBC in December. 'Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax also face challenging affordability conditions.'

The report concludes with a 'next steps' section which has been entirely redacted sparking intense speculation about what the government plans to do.

'I think they're panicking. This means that asset/homeowners are going to get wrecked and the young will afford to buy,' tweeted @roguechristian. 'This is not only a Canadian problem. It afflicts all Western countries. We live on borrowed time,' added Gary Clueit.

'Canada for a long time has only relied on its natural resources, its industry is mostly American, the prices of homes are already insanely high the housing bubble keeps increasing, and most decent jobs are in banking,' wrote @SamuraiElf.

'The RCMP assessment is not a surprise.'  'The time of western hegemony is over,' suggested Tony DiLorenzo.

But... you respond the US is more expensive . Not true. Looking into cost of living data I see "Yes. Canada is cheaper in many areas -- child care, rent..." But buying real estate is much more expensive in Canada. And the average income in the US is much higher - plus 58 per cent in this source. Numbeo

Friday, January 26, 2024

Pres. S Joe Biden plans to cut natural gas exports, double crossing Europe

Where can Europe get natural gas? President S Joe cut off Russian natural gas to Europe due to Ukraine. Their few alternate sources include liquified natural gas (LNG) from the US.

But Joe is planning to restrict US exports. Sabotaging Europe!? Because of climate change, you know.


The Biden administration’s climate-driven rethinking of U.S. natural gas exports is spooking Europe’s fragile energy industry.

The reassessment of how the Department of Energy approves gas export permits, first reported by POLITICO, threatens to stall projects that Europe depends on to meet its energy demands while it tries to counter Russia’s war in Ukraine. It’s just the latest example of how U.S. policy priorities — in this case, reducing reliance on carbon-polluting fossil fuels — can create headaches for European leaders and even frustrate the transatlantic allies’ shared security goals.

And now his minions won’t talk about, that is admit, what they plan to do.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Pro-human-flourishing proponents Milei and Roberts speak straight to WEF Davos elite

 President Milei of Argentina and Kevin Roberts of Heritage Foundation were invited to speak at Davos and told the billionaires and world leaders the truth - that their World Economic Forum plans cause harm and are rejected by most Americans.

Milei gave a 25-minute class on the benefits of free markets. Poverty was near universal 300 years ago, but was ended by the economic growth brought about by free markets - by entrepreneurs bringing goods and services that people needed and wanted; that their goods competed in the free market and the best, most efficient won. By this deep poverty went from 99 per cent to 10 per cent.

Someone used an AI system called HeyGen to make Milei speak perfect English in his own voice with perfect lip synching. And they did it right away

Link at X/Twitter

Kevin Roberts told the elite that they are the problem.

- The elite tell us that open borders / illegal immigration is positive. The American people tell us "that they rob them of the American way of life."

- That public safely isn't a problem in American cities, "but travel to NY City, Washington or Dallas and the average person will tell you that it damages not just the American way of life, but their life."

- That we have this existential crisis with so-called climate change, but "the solutions, the average person knows are far worse and more harmful and cost more human lives... than do the problem, problems [sic] themselves."

- Fourth, China - "the number one adversary, not just to the US  but to free people on Earth. Not only at Davos do we not say that, but we give the Communist Party a platform. Count on President Trump to end that."  

- Fifth - Another super-national organization the World Health Organization intends to foist gender ideology on the global South. These policies under review by countries in N Europe. The new president will, as you like to say, trust the science. He will understand the basic biological reality of manhood and womanhood. And do you know why? ... Because he has the power of the American people behiind him.

Finally Roberts quoted Pres. Milei - that he is in power "not to guide sheep, but to awaken lions."

Roberts made his main points in 3 plus minutes at Heritage's Daily Signal