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leaving Vancouver tomorrow after a couple of very gorgeous days here.
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Posted: Jun 2, 2023 - 12:57am

Poilievre compares major B.C. city to a 3rd world country. People living there say that's not right

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Posted: Jun 2, 2023 - 12:55am

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That's hilarious but way too long. 

Agreed.   

Would guess the creative team grew up on Monty Python's flying circus and Kids in the Hall.  
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Posted: Jun 1, 2023 - 12:16pm

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How to tell the difference between bighorn sheep and mountain goats, an educational video from Banff National Park




That's hilarious but way too long. 
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Posted: Jun 1, 2023 - 9:20am

How to tell the difference between bighorn sheep and mountain goats, an educational video from Banff National Park

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Canada and Saudi Arabia normalize diplomatic relations after 2018 split
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Posted: Apr 17, 2023 - 4:03pm

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Westslope, you sound like another sad, misguided, Roger Waters.  As a Canadian having lived for many years in the past in the US I will tell you that your characterization of US and NATO involvement in Ukraine is lazy and highly reductive.  Has the US often been a bad actor in international affairs?  Yes.  History.  But Putin's Russia and Xi's China are brutal, genocidal regimes - in comparison to the current Biden administration in the US.  I will take Democracy (even a deeply flawed one like the US) over Authoritarian regimes any day.  And I can assure you that the Ukrainian people will fight to the end for their fledgling democracy.  I don't think that we as Canadians, with our own flawed democracy, would just lay down and let a genocidal regime roll over us.   I am not in favour of war.  But I will also defend my family.   Sometimes that requires an armed response.   




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Posted: Apr 17, 2023 - 3:59pm

 westslope wrote:

More American-style BS?



Westslope, you sound like another sad, misguided, Roger Waters.  As a Canadian having lived for many years in the past in the US I will tell you that your characterization of US and NATO involvement in Ukraine is lazy and highly reductive.  Has the US often been a bad actor in international affairs?  Yes.  History.  But Putin's Russia and Xi's China are brutal, genocidal regimes - in comparison to the current Biden administration in the US.  I will take Democracy (even a deeply flawed one like the US) over Authoritarian regimes any day.  And I can assure you that the Ukrainian people will fight to the end for their fledgling democracy.  I don't think that we as Canadians, with our own flawed democracy, would just lay down and let a genocidal regime roll over us.   I am not in favour of war.  But I will also defend my family.   Sometimes that requires an armed response.   
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Posted: Apr 7, 2023 - 3:26pm

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What about the countries that chose to join Nato due to the existential threat of Russia? Are they not sovereign countries? Don't that have a say?  If they would have let Ukraine join do you think Russia would be invading now? 

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Sure the do.  Are you familiar with the concept of social dilemmas?  You might know the concept better as a prisoners' dilemma or The Tragedy of the Commons.  Individual rational decisions lead to bad outcomes (overfishing, freeway congestion, arms races, etc.).


Let me use another metaphor.  Would you allow a small child or an adult under your care to wet their fingers and stick them in an electrical socket?  Do not adults have a personal right to not wear a seat belt?

Europe has a long history of successful armed neutral nation states.   Sweden and Switzerland kept out of WW II for the obvious benefit of the people living there.   Finland has defeated Soviet advances in the mid-20th century.    All three of those states have maintained close intelligence and security relationships with other rich western nations.

If the honest to God security of people living in East Europe was the primary objective and not US agricultural and weapon systems exports to those countries, for example, then denying official NATO membership while forging closer security and economic ties would have been the way to go.

The USA plays this game with China and Taiwan without too much difficulty.   Unless diverting US public opinion from thorny challenging US domestic economic and social problems is the objective.  

Do you believe that the USA has a right to place nuclear weapons in NATO member countries close the former Soviet Union and possibly now Russia?   

How do you explain the US discomfort at nuclear weapons placed in Castro's Cuba?  Did not Cuba have a sovereign right to choose Soviet missiles in its own country?  The USA was clearly very hostile to the regime.  



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Posted: Apr 6, 2023 - 5:26am

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By all means, spend a few paragraphs and explain why the USA and other NATO allies ignored the Russian preference for NATO to stay out of Eastern Europe.

And then contrast with the US official recognition of China but not Taiwan despite the obvious close ties to Taiwan.


Afghanistan:  If the USA had given the Taliban regime in Afghanistan a week or two, who knows?  Perhaps the Taliban would have hand-delivered Osama Bin Laden.

Or barring that possibility, perhaps sober thought would have prevailed in the USA and instead of invading and occupying Afghanistan, US armed forces might have struck a few targets within Afghanistan sending a clear message to the unwitting hosts of Al-Qaeda.

Would have saved countless Afghani lives and a few American lives too along with more than a few American tax payer dollars.  That would have prevented the global chattering class from shaking their heads and marveling (again) at the ahistoricism of political elites in the USA.    Or pushing some to ask if the US armed forces always needed live targets to practice on.





What about the countries that chose to join Nato due to the existential threat of Russia? Are they not sovereign countries? Don't that have a say?  If they would have let Ukraine join do you think Russia would be invading now? 

Afghanistan, you may have a point. We were certainly there longer then we needed to, but in your what-if game, things could have been handled differently to a different outcome.

You seem to have left out Iraq for some reason. Given all the reasons we went there, namely the WMD, appears based on lies, that would seem worth mentioning.

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Posted: Apr 5, 2023 - 2:31pm

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Listen up, we tried that an it didn't work.


By all means, spend a few paragraphs and explain why the USA and other NATO allies ignored the Russian preference for NATO to stay out of Eastern Europe.

And then contrast with the US official recognition of China but not Taiwan despite the obvious close ties to Taiwan.


Afghanistan:  If the USA had given the Taliban regime in Afghanistan a week or two, who knows?  Perhaps the Taliban would have hand-delivered Osama Bin Laden.

Or barring that possibility, perhaps sober thought would have prevailed in the USA and instead of invading and occupying Afghanistan, US armed forces might have struck a few targets within Afghanistan sending a clear message to the unwitting hosts of Al-Qaeda.

Would have saved countless Afghani lives and a few American lives too along with more than a few American tax payer dollars.  That would have prevented the global chattering class from shaking their heads and marveling (again) at the ahistoricism of political elites in the USA.    Or pushing some to ask if the US armed forces always needed live targets to practice on.



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Posted: Apr 5, 2023 - 12:16am

 thisbody wrote:

You mean history like this?



Huh? Not at all like that.
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Posted: Apr 4, 2023 - 1:59pm

 thisbody wrote:

You mean history like this?

^^^ Excellent read, that article.
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Posted: Apr 4, 2023 - 1:57pm

 haresfur wrote:
More history

You mean history like this?

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Posted: Apr 3, 2023 - 8:50pm

 westslope wrote:

More American-style BS?



More history
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Posted: Apr 3, 2023 - 12:56pm

 haresfur wrote:


Listen up, we tried that an it didn't work.

More American-style BS?

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Posted: Apr 2, 2023 - 4:17pm

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My damn clever strategy was to avoid granting NATO membership to the former members of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact.    My strategy was to slowly, patiently co-opt Russia into the western fold which would have created sustainable peace and security in eastern Europe and would have created sustainable economic and security benefits for the USA and other rich western nations.





Listen up, we tried that an it didn't work.
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