Living beside the Alaska Highway gives a guy a chance to make some determinations on traffic patterns. The most glaring one: heavy in summer, light in winter, would be difficult for even a whitey, neck-beard to miss.
Beyond that, there is this: Typically (and this is just a guess), 30 semis pass my door going up the highway in the winter, and many, many more in the summer and doubtless everyone of them is packing a load. Be it tires, grub, diesel, propane, gasoline, LNG, mining equipment, or bombs, some thing is making the trip north at any given moment of any given day.
Now you would think, that in the interests of reciprocity, an equivalent amount flows back down the highway on the backhaul. But this is definitely not the case. I'm guessing, (again) but I don't believe more than 5 percent of the southbound 18 wheelers are packing anything more than rollled up tarps and bleary-eyed road warriors.
What's going on here? Money! And a whole lot of it! The Yukon Territory just proudly announced a mere 5 million dollar deficit budget this year on a billion and a half dollar annual "budget". Wow! Way to tighten the belt guys! That's just 40 grand for every man woman, pusher and wet-behind the ears, newborn punk who calls the yukon home!
That old guy on the street with his cap upside down on the sidewalk in front of him? 40k. That college kid flippin burgers? 40k. And on and on it goes. And tragically, if my math is right, only 30 percent is being raised here through taxations! In other words, if it weren't for the nanny state, our taxes would instantly triple in order to keep the cash burning machine smoking!
May I humbly suggest that a population of 37,000 souls should be producing something other than bloated landfills? But lets be fair, there is that toothbrush factory... nope. That clothing factory? Nope. Well then, all those new bicycles we ship south? Nope. What do we actually produce for the world in order to justify our existence?
And more to the pointy end of the stick, what will we do when the country decides we aren't worth the strain and the struggle anymore and chuck us under de bus? Personally, I won't blame them a bit but that's just me.
But to end this on a positive note, maybe we could give some thought to attracting a light manufacturing business of some kind or enhancing our tourism sector by leaving a few old cabins in the bush and letting operators do their thing without the ever-increasing regulation?
Fishermen are the best people!
AFTER 2 YEARS OF INVESTIGATING TRUMP FOR COLLUDING WITH RUSSIANS, PULLING EVERY STRING THEY COULD FIND TO LOCATE THE REASON FOR HILLARY-FAIL, WE'RE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT GIVING ILLEGAL RESIDENTS THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS??
Maybe I'm splitting hairs but how on God's blue golf-ball is this possible in light of their massive apopletic outrage over the mere possibility that "RUSSIANS" somehow may have indirectly influenced the outcome of the last election? How do you square this with the newborn desire to let non-citizens of the USA actually physically participate in the election of the new president?
Wouldn't this mean: a) that an aircraft carrier full of Russian marines could enter the states on election day and cast their vote for Trump because "freedom" or b) that a neck-bearded Canadian wood-cutter could walk into a polling station in Seattle and vote for Trump because reasons?
c) or that good ol' shirtless Vlad himself would be free to board his personal jet and participate too, on camera and in real time?
What are we talking about here? Should any of the above happen and if the democrats complain that only hispanic illegals qualify for the exciting new, illegal vote, how wouldnt this violate their rabid desire for "equality" ?
Maybe I'm getting old but this is all sooo confusing!!
For the last decade or two, we've been subjected to a good many sermons and sermonettes on tolerance and how we need to have more and yet moar of that wonderful social perfume.
And most of us have complied rather gallantly. We've tolerated feminism: the preliminary, advanced and even the psychotic versions.
We've been tolerant of same-sex attraction, gay marriage, our tax-dollars funding abortion, the financial support of terrorists by our own officials, unjustifiable murders by law enforcement, and all sorts of hideous evils.
We've tolerated perpetual warfare, regime change of foreign nation-states for fun and profit, transsexual bathrooms for all, ridiculous amounts of taxation, the destruction of national monuments, emblems and statues.
We've tolerated vast cultural shifts in the movies and shows we watch. And we've said little to nothing as the evening news on both sides of the border was transformed into its current perpetual slandering of the president elect.
But what goes around...
it's almost as if a higher power has decreed that perhaps those screaming the loudest for tolerance need a lesson in it themselves! And so, today, we have the entire left-leaning population along with a lot of "moderate rights" screeching continual hate and intolerance for the guy who just wanted to make America Great Again. In short, they can't begin to tolerate the fact that they lost the last election. And the latest great rising star in their midst, is demonstrating the most insane degree of intolerance yet seen on the international stage.
Is Nancy showing us her idea of what our tolerance should look like? Is stubbornly standing in the way of the will of the majority what we should be doing in regard to all of the above mentioned items?
If so, we have a lot of backing up to do on a whole lot of moral, financial and legal issues!
As someone wisely opined: "those who yelled 'appease, appease!' were hung by those they tried to please!"
The insane members of the left will not be quieted by any amount of appeasement. That has been thoroughly shown to be the case by a great many political figures who won't quit screeching their hatred until the blood of their "enemies" finally quits pumping onto the ground of the country so cursed as to be overrun with such intolerant preachers of tolerance.
Some things are simply Not tolerable, and that is absolutely OK.
Diversity we are told is the Great Thing and division is to be avoided at all costs. After all, division is so foul a thing and it's stench so putrid that any enlightened liberal recoils at the very thought of being separated from his fellowperson, even everso briefly!
Personally, I am OK with divisive politics. There are some specific individuals in this world I would prefer to enjoy on the other side of a wall of some kind, even forever. After all, the Great Division is not too long awaiting behind the curtains so we might as well begin the process here and now.
And before the words "racist busturd" spring to mind, let me assure you I am only a little rascist as I stand a paltry 5' 9" in thick woolen socks and actually am still naive enough to believe there are good people on every rocky spit of land and evil ones on every hill of power and I hardly even notice skin darkness anymore. Well actually it's the first thing I notice but I have detected that there actually are real human beings with real emotions inside some of them and it doesn't matter any...blah blah yada yada...
Another election looms in Canada, land of snowmen and ice castles and the time is short. Those of us, and a mighty frozen throng we are, who wish to see Justin return to his former role of part-time drama teacher, have to work extra hard in the meantime, "interfering" in Canadian politics. I'm OK with that too, even in fact if some of you on other soils decide to join in the fray. After all, politics has become an international exercise, with election results impacting people in foreign countries continually. Why shouldn't we all interfere in foreign politics? I can't think of a single reason. Lord knows, Open Borders certainly has no misgivings about it!
So here's how to get Justin Castro out of office in the most humane way possible:
Almost everyone recognizes by now that handing Canada's sovereignty over to the United Nations is a recipe for massive immigration from the middle east. And as those of us who follow European news on the great internet well know, this misguided compassion for mountains of young male "refugees" comes at an enormous financial cost, and even at times in the spilled blood and virginity of our youngest and brightest.
I am not without pity for the genuinely afflicted, but why is our Great Chairman so blinded to the plight of white South African farmers, who are being slaughtered in the most gruesome ways and having their land stolen from beneath them by a viciously racist, governing authority? Can't we offer them a fresh start here in Canada as well?
Or what about the christians all over the middle east and Nigeria especially who are currently being murdered in great numbers mostly by adherents of that unmentionable so admired equal religion? Would they appreciate a home in a democratic, tolerant country, rich in resources?
If millions of people are fleeing the middle east specifically, could there be a reason for that?
What we need to oust the PM and his tribe of trained walruses is a wedge issue and even more to the point a poster child for mass immigration from conflict countries and for that, we need look no further than France, England and Germany. Great countries, built on principles of kindness, generosity and hard work. Now being destroyed by a foolish disregard for which individuals are being let in the door. A great foolishness shared by one Justin Trudeau.
Yellow vests anyone?
Socialism can be very simply defined as "wealth redistribution by force" , a principle a great many South African white farmers are learning all about these days as the product of generations of labour and effort is being stolen by their home state in the interests of their home state.
Wealth redistribution by force sounds wonderful to the poor, but will the poor get jack after the smoke has cleared and the bodies burned and buried? Or will they find themselves under a real tyranical system run by overlords who have not the most basic understanding of how real wealth is created in the first place?
Robin Hood, who famously stole from the rich to give to the poor, set an example for all who envy the wealth and privilege of the elite among them. He didn't let old-fashioned principles like "thou shalt not steal" stop him from his self-appointed mission. And any objections from the "wealthy" went largely unheard as they found themselves newly impoverished. And hahaha went the crowd of "poor" , happy to be the beneficiaries of Robin's bold and illicit actions. Much like today!
Do we hear many objections from the millions benefiting from the effects of massive amounts of taxation inflicted on today's "elite" which includes pretty much everything with a pulse? No, nary a complaint is harvested from the beneficiaries. Shockingly we do not. This is sarcasm for those who need this pointed out.
So back to the initial question now, will the "poor" benefit from the major wealth redistribution by force increasingly likely to take place all over the planet, or will they find themselves even worse off than they were at the hands of that hideous monster, "capitalism"?
Any expectations of the current Robin Hood behaving any better than " capitalists" after taking full control of every aspect of our lives is patently false. More information, more power, more control over the lives of others only feeds the lust for more, a fact demonstrated all over the planet ever since Eve discovered the control they wield over men in ????AD when she figured that out in Eden.
As the movie "my Big Fat Greek Wedding" informs us: "the man is the head of the family, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head wherever she wants!" But I digress. Lol.
No. We don't need to do more than take a stroll through any of our major cities to find examples of individuals whose needs are being completely ignored by the machinery of the state, often to and beyond the point of death. Another stroll through Gov't office buildings yields another story. Starvation, ill-fitting, smelly clothing and faces looking hopefully for a donation are noticeably absent in those corridors.
And this is why attempts to change the situation as it now stands are practically hopeless. I'm going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that ever more taxation, ever expanding Gov't control over the population is the most likely outcome we can expect until the entire top-heavy system crashes and burns due to the sheer mass of it all bearing down on the few actual producers of consumable products.
In fact, this would likely have happened a long time ago in most nations were it not for the invention of modern mechanization making it possible for an individual to produce massive amounts of product while most of the social framework, takes its ease.
The question occurs then: is there a problem? Well there definitely is for those who fall between the floorboards and are not able to access either meaningful employment or social benefits. Other than that, restlessness and despair, addictions and other self-destructive tendencies are a by-product of lack of a meaningful and productive lifestyle.
As a friend once quipped: "idle workshops are the devils hands."
Also the inevitable jealousy that results when too much wealth is concentrated in the hands of, (this time) those who did not earn it but rather confiscated it with threat of force and forgot the second part of Sir Robin's mandate...
What a time to be alive!
Yesterday I made a trip into town and looked up an old native Tlingit friend, and I do mean old: he's about 84. And I do mean friend, we've been friends for 20 years. He is a guy who would think nothing of driving for 2 hours to check on me when I was cutting firewood, bringing me drinks and sandwiches from the store.
But a decision has been made that he is unable to look after himself; references have been made to a deteriorating mental state. In my experience, I'm talking to exactly the same mind I spoke with 20 years ago. And yet, these perceptions in someone's mind are enough to stick him in the home, tearing him from his paid for home and belongings and moving him into a new community, away from his friends and enemies.
I finally found Matt in a ginormous new care home in Whitehorse and was able to have him released to make a trip downtown to get a few dollars from his account in CIBC. We parked in front and he made his way very slowly across the ice into the bank with his walker and waited in line for a good half hour while the 2 people in front of him were served by the one available teller. Finally he made it thru the queue, produced his documents and we both discovered they can't give him a single dollar from his account because it's being handled by the public trustee.
If this is the case, perhaps we should all pull our money from the bank. I understand the rationale of protecting an infirm person from bad financial decisions but to deprive an 84 year old of *all* his personally owned money is a new level of cruelty and an indignity to the aged. Matt has worked for what he has and I am witness to that.
Perhaps this idea of a nanny state caring for us by seizing our possessions for our own good needs to be revisited.
When exactly did attempting to survive after the government of the yukon forces you from your own home, become "defiant"? Maybe our survival apart from government paps has always been defiant, i don't know. In other respects this article is a pretty accurate portrayal of the situation, which has been escalating for some time. The whole thing could have been avoided had the courts provided Shelley with an alternative other than to "evaporate". However, our legal system is largely punitive, and doesn't seem to have other tools available for resolving disputes. The rest of us can all sit back and change the channel but if you're wearing Shelley Cuthbert's shoes, there you are, confronted by the power and authority of the mighty state! This is intolerable in a "free" country like Canada, or in any other country. In fact, the local aurhority over this matter, Teslin's Jason Colbert, has to drive well over an hour from his office just to deal with the problem of a few dog turds on a sea of crown land. One could ask, "is it really necessary to further harass a victim of governmental mismanagement to this absurd degree?"
And I dare to ask, for one.
A similar case once took place in New brunswick where a hog farmer found himself with some new neighbours with expensive houses. They moved into his area and signed a petition to have him removed because the smell of the hogs was offending their delicate olfactory nerves. They harassed the farmer until he ultimately couldnt take it anymore and ended his life. His brother, a lawyer, took every one of the people who signed the petition to court and won the case against them. Though they took it too the Supreme Court, they lost again. The argument against the hog-offended crowd? Mr pig farmer was there......... First! They knew the hogs were there when they started harassing him.
I visited Shelley today. She is doing quite well. In fact, i have personally visited her camp as well and there is little if any smell of urine and feces, although that was mentioned as a problem by Jason Colbert in the Yukon News. The dogs appear very well fed and dont appear to be suffering in any way, mentally or physically. Some animals are more aggressive than others, or shall we use the word "protective". And this brings to mind a possible market for some of the dogs in Shelley's care. Maybe you would like a protective dog in and around your home? They can be more effective than firearms at disheartening wouldbe invaders. Talk to Shelley!
Coming back to the care the dogs are receiving. Shelley is being inspected by animal welfare every 3 weeks! If there were any sort of problem whatsoever, dont you think they would have shut her down by now? That all by itself should convince any court that Shelley Cuthbert knows what she is doing with her animals. She has almost single=handedly solved the problem of stray dogs in the Yukon. If the govt won't support her, could they possibly just simply "not leave mad" or is that too much to ask?
And Btw, The article says she's camped at Tarfu Lake and Tarfu is an anagram for totally and royally ... well, you know the rest!
And btw, in related news, The Yukon Judge who insisted on Shelley owning only 2 dogs, which meant turning the rest over the the Yukon Govt for nearly certain destruction, has suddenly expired and passed on this last weekend. Condolences to the family.\
Gentlemen, we have a problem!
To summarize as briefly as possible:
The production of nations is being delivered through taxation directly to an entity we call the government, and from there into the hands of an elite, behind-the-scenes ultra wealthy class through means of various contracts, some legit and some much less so.
What makes the situation all the more difficult to unravel is that the vast majority of citizens see the government as a benevolent helping force instead of what it actually has become: a conduit for the labour of the people to the controlling classes.
Some elements of government of course, are indeed beneficial, while some are superfluous and others are downright detrimental to human existence. Most often, were resources left in the hands of those who produce them, the result would be a great improvement in nearly everyone's standard of living.
"But what about muh roads?" There! I said it for you. The roads are already there are they not? If government ceased to exist tomorrow, they'd all instantly disappear? I think not. Maintenance would be accomplished through other means, because transportation corridors need to be kept serviceable to get goods to the marketplace.
Now that the problem has been identified, what solutions are available? I can think of 5 or 6. Feel free to add to them, delete them all or a few; here they are, keeping in mind that the stingy end of the whip is the currency we use. It's the bit in our mouths, the controlling mechanism, without which, the power-brokers are helpless and defanged:
1. Discontinue your use of currency wherever possible. It was originally created as a convenience and it is possible to live without it entirely! It's called the barter system and it still works.
2. Grow your own food. Hunt, fish, garden and gather. End your dependence on currency income and the opportunity for taxation ceases.
3. Sell anything and everything to get completely out of debt. Both the interest and the principle have to be paid from after-tax income. You have to earn nearly twice the amount of your debt and interest combined to pay down your debt! For instance: a 10,000 dollar visa balance at 18 percent requires a low income individual to earn nearly 20,000 over living costs, pay the income tax etc and finally pay off the amount actually spent on the card. So not so convenient after all !! Is it?
Far better and simpler to let go of some treasures and use that instead. Let's be serious about this. Nearly everything you sell to eliminate debt can be reacquired later when you actually have some real bartering ability.
4: Help one another! This produces an immediate and socially satisfying result. Think of all the Gov't agencies you totally bypassed with this one simple trick!! Taxation, board meetings, catered meals with wine in high end hotel Chambers, deciding which poor to help, all eliminated along with all those prime ministerial flights and parades.
5: You're welcome.
(photo by Make Believe Photgraphy)
Shelley Cuthbert has achieved a certain measure of fame in the Yukon bit of Canada, but not in the way she would have preferred!
Shelley runs a rescue for dogs which require behavioral management. The goal of the rescue is to develop management plans for difficult dogs and adopt them out to people who have the experience and ability to manage such dogs. The rescue also boards other dogs long term, and handles dog control for the First Nations. Which makes the rescue a kind of revolving door for problem and unwanted dogs. Problem is she's been involved in a dispute over the last many months involving a few neighbours who seem to find living next to half a hundred dogs objectionable.
Understandable though that might be, the consequences of their annoyance have been piling up to a ridiculous level, actually to the point of driving Shelley and company from her personally owned home in the unincorporated settlement of Tagish, Yukon.
How this odd situation came about is a long story but to hit the key points: First of all its important to state that Shelley is a fully qualified mental health nurse who through a series of career choices ended up running a dog rescue in the Yukon. Obviously Shelley cares about the well-being of her animals. The evidence for that is everywhere you care to look. Feeding 50 dogs requires a thousand dollars a month for one example.
But nowhere is it more evident than in the fact that Shelley has actually chosen to adopt a homeless lifestyle rather than to take the obvious step of destroying her dogs, as her neighbours and a certain Yukon Judge clearly would have preferred her to do.
The striking thing about the situation is that a hundred years ago anyone owning 50 dogs would have been esteemed rather than despised as a "crazy dog lady" due to the fact that a large number of dogs back then represented success and prosperity. At the time of writing Shelley's whereabouts is unknown. Apparently, nobody but her and her 45 remaining dogs know just where she is, but it does beg the question: just how does one go about hiding 45 dogs?? There would be even more to hide but the courts have ordered at least some of them "euthanized" or "killed", in the local vernacular.
Now picture a woman cradling a 13 yr old dog that saved her daughter's life from CO2 poisoning, in her arms, as it slowly dies due to the lethal cocktail injected into its circulatory system by a veterinarian. Picture her being forced through fines and liens against her personally owned property to watch 4 of the dogs in her care destroyed this way until both the vet and herself were in tears and simply couldn't continue.
Thankfully the owners of the other 6 dogs came forward and spared her the ordeal of watching them die too. Unbelievably, Shelley has been held in contempt of court for Not following the courts order to have all the dogs in her care destroyed! Contempt of court! Are we North Korea? Yes it is annoying to be woken at 5 AM by the neighbours barking dogs, but using the court to force a woman to destroy her own family, for that is what a pet is to a single person, surely is a bit of overkill? And how is it even legally possible for the territorial court to force anyone to do anything regarding personal property in an unincorporated village? This has got to be one of the most ridiculous cases of coerced Gov't overreach ever attained in the once free Yukon.
As for Shelley, she's keeping up an amazingly positive attitude where many would simply despair, while she looks for a new situation for herself and her rather large and motley "dogteam" A place more isolated from neighbours, with any kind of rude shelter would be more than attractive to her at this point. And she can pay some rent. Any takers?
This head-scratcher makes you wonder though: was no other solution possible? What if the territory had made an offer of swapping her property for something less developed and more remote for instance? And what's with neighbours who choose to involve authorities in annoyance issues rather than taking a six-pack over and sitting down face to face to discuss the situation? Might that have prevented this sad scenario?
Follows a brief statement from Shelley Cuthbert herself: (slightly edited) "The dogs remaining at the time if the court case were my personal, other people's, and dogs whom do not meet the criteria set out by the Yukon government to be adopted. I choose to be homeless to prevent healthy dogs from losing their lives. (I agree the neighbours were adamant my dogs be handed over when the courts and everyone else were informed they would be killed) The vet was very empathic to the situation and supportive. There were 6 other dogs that previous owners requested they have the opportunity to euthanize (even though they had been surrendered to the rescue). These dogs were like my personal and had been with me for many yrs. In total 10 dogs lost their lives due to a court order demanding I surrender dogs to the government even though they did not meet their criteria to be safely adopted out due to liability issues. This effectively condemned them to death. It also needs to be said the neighbours are only seasonal and one neighbours lit is empty as he lives elsewhere. The one seasonal couple comes over on tourist visa every year. The neighbour who testified lives in Whitehorse and appears in Tagish periodically. The other two neighbours are also seasonal."
Come on Yukoners, in the spirit of this great region, lets find a better solution for Shelley and her animals than this!
Alberta, unloved and twice rejected, was once the beloved crown jewel of Canada.
Alberta boasts rich agricultural land, seas of swaying prairie grass, a defunct dinosaur place, rugged majestic mountains with enormous peaks and vast underground pools of oil and bulging pockets of methane gas.
That last one though has recently highlighted what is perhaps Alberta's biggest problem: It's a landlocked province with no easy accessibility to ocean ports!
And two generations of the Trudeau family have used this defect to torture the province to no end, to the enormous pleasure of the Saudis. Alberta is clearly seaport challenged and of course, in a functional country, this would present more of an opportunity than a liability. Friendly business transactions could take place to move their valuable product to the port of Vancouver, to Texas, to the eastern regions of Canada, and from those destinations to the world at large. However, we Canadians are clearly living in a dysfunctional country, eh?
The senior Trudeau, Pierre Elliot was no raving fan of the west and the west was never seen worshippng swayingly, arms outstretched, at his besocked feet either, so if we're waiting eagerly for Trudeau the younger to make emotional outpourings of sympathy toward Alberta, I would suggest finding an amusing hobby of some kind.
All we can expect is some few words perhaps and a forced toothy grin from our well-haired leaderette.
Recently in fact, she was caught in, to be polite, what could be termed a bold-faced lie. Justin denied, in Parliament, ever saying that the current rising prices for gasoline are "exactly what we want" . And there was something else in that previously recorded speech about encouraging better behavior from Canadians. On that, Justin and I concur wholeheartedly! I definitely would prefer to see better behavior from all Canadians, especially from myself, along with all the rest of us, and the Prime Minister! Better behavior, better results and who would be stupid enough to argue with that? The question though, is just exactly what constitutes better behavior and there is going to be a lot of different opinions on that topic, my friend!
Can I be perfectly frank? No I cannot because that is not my name and i don't know any perfect franks anyway. Nevertheless, by this one statement, Justin has shown himself to be totally out of touch with the vast majority of Canadians. We live in a sprawling land; it is huge in fact! (Duckduckgo The Arrogant Worms: Canadas Really Big, if you don't believe me)
I spent two days just driving from my home in the southern yukon to near the community of Fort McPherson, near the Arctic coast! A magnificent drive! I loved it, but i digress. Zooming back as with a digital map, the two day trip didn't even put a scratch on Canada! Our friends and colleagues are separated by enormous distance, as are the products we consume daily. What makes the whole thing tick tock as well as it does is one simple thing: Energy, usually in the form of oil and gas. I smile when I see a tanker of fuel coming up the alaska highway because i know what it means! Our perhaps well-meaning, grinning PM obviously does not! And who will ultimately bear the burden of that willful ignorance?
I've often had the thought that business, all business in fact, should go on strike for just a week. I think some people inhabiting this fair land would have a different perspective on such trifles as "resources" and who brings them to their doorstep by the end of the seven days. (Hint: Its Not the Gov't of Canada)