Editor's Musings

Income tax - When I do my income tax, I cannot remember anywhere where I mentioned that I am paid by a company worth whatever dollars. Even if I had shares in, or owned the company, it would be filing its own income tax. In fact, nowhere on my income tax form is there anyplace where I claim that my vehicles (truck, car, motorcycles, scooters, boat, bicycles, roller blades, running shoes) or the place I live in has a value of $x. No where does it ask me about any vacation property I may own or whatever.
I do not think there is a great difference between the Canadian income tax form or any other county.
So I wonder if all those critics of Donald Trump ever thought about it?
They want him to release his income tax so they can see what he is really worth. He owns or has shares in some 500 companies. Maybe, the million dollars (for example) he makes only comes from one company.  Even if he only owns a fraction of that company, I don’t think there is any place on the income tax form to point out his share.
Each of those companies would be filing their own income tax. Are these people asking that he release details of every company he is involved with?
If we, you and me, have mutual funds, we may have shares in numerous companies. No one is asking us to release our share percentage.
Do critics think? Not likely!

Another critic shortfall is when they look back or recall something someone said many years ago.
One example is homosexuals/lesbians now more commonly referred to as LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Although it has been tolerated since the 1960s, it was on July 20th, 2005 that Canada became the first country outside of Europe and the fourth country in the world to legalize same sex marriages.
Another is abortions - which became legal in 1969 as long as a committee of doctors signed off that it was necessary. Today, there are roughly 100,000 abortions a year in Canada. In my brain, this means that some 100,000 innocent lives are terminated a year.
In 1970, there were 12,000 legal abortions but in that year, and in the couple of decades before that, it is only guessed at how many illegal abortions took place with the aborted mother at risk of up to 8 years in jail or sickness/deaths. Legalized is the right way but do we need 300 abortions a day across Canada.
Today, same sex marriages and abortions are legal. Years ago most of us followed the law, the ever changing laws, and claimed those two things were illegal. In fact in some 20 states in the United States, abortions are still illegal.
It is almost scary to say things because they might come back to haunt us. An example...Sharia Law. The Prime Minister of Canada sometimes leaves us with the impression that might be okay. While there are ongoing debates as to whether Sharia is compatible with secular forms of government, human rights, freedom of thought, and women’s rights.
Be careful what you say. It may come back to haunt you - which is too bad.
You want my opinion? Why can I not give it without being crucified down the road.

Everytime I see the word “Greenpeace,” I cringe. Although people at all levels quote some of their dogma, the question is “How honest are they?”
If you google ‘Greenpeace honesty’, the very first article has a heading of “Greenpeace is more dishonest and Dangerous than the Mafia.” The article is about staged photos - it did not happen - and videos with false story lines. It points out the falsehoods and more of the $360 million enterprise located in more than 40 countries.
Another story - Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace states that the organization he co-founded has become a monster. Now Greenpeace has knowingly made itself the sworn enemy of all life on Earth. By opposing capitalism, it stands against the one system of economics that has been most successful in regulating and restoring the environment. His story has had 3,556,521,675 hits so I would suggest people know of their dishonesty but repeat their stories - which lack credibility, but if you publish it enough, people will think it is true.

Credibility - people ask me if I believe in the scientific proof that scientists write about especially in the world of Global Warming.
I say “No!”
Why?
Forty years ago they predicted Global Cooling.
Today, it is Global Warming.
97% of the scientists - 75 scientists were in the deciding survey - said that by 2014 the ice-caps would be gone. The  Arctic has so much ice right now, that any summer supply ships are either idled or caught up in the ice waiting for some ice breakers to show up to get them out of there.
There is a claim that the Antarctic is melting - which after 20 years of increasing amounts of ice should not be unusual.
Greenland has ice that is more than a million years old. By drilling and taking ice cores, it is found that the temperature was probably almost 8 degrees C warmer once upon a time. Remember your school history lessons. The Vikings use to farm there.
Data on future warming is based on scientific models. Most if not all of their predictions have been wrong.
Another 97% figure came from a survey of 200 scientist.
Another started out with 12,000 abstracts. Only 4014 expressed an opinion and afterwards, some of the scientists said they were misinterpreted. Only 41 papers — 0.3 percent of all 11,944 abstracts or 1.0 percent of the 4,014 expressed an opinion, and not 97.1 percent.
There are the more than 31,000 American scientists (to date) who have signed a petition challenging the climate change narrative and 9,029 of them hold PhDs in their respective fields. But hey, Al Gore and his cronies have also ignored that inconvenient truth, as well.
They also said that snow would be a thing of the past in many areas. This year we have had unprecedented snow in Newfoundland and British Columbia. In South Africa, there has been snow. No scientist predicted that.
Despite the debunked figure of 97%, there are scientist now saying that since there is almost no solar activity with the sun, we will probably slip into a mini ice age that may last for the next 20 years. Some figure we could have a temperature drop of a couple of degrees.
So do I believe what scientists say? How can I when one says “Up” and another says “Down!”

Plastic Straws - most of the pollution from plastic straws come from other countries. In Canada, most all are recycled - but having said that, Canada uses 57 million straws a day.
Pardon???
There are 35 million people in Canada. I can’t think about the last time I used one. Two a day per Canadian? Where do these stats come from?
So I looked it up. It is estimated that in United States, each citizen uses 1.6 plastic straws per day, 500 million a day. Each American will use 38,000 straws in their years between 6 and 65.
I think we, Margaret Ann and I, have the first box of straws we ever bought and we have been married for almost 49 years and raised three children in that time.

The public payroll system - Pheonix - that got rolled out before it was ready has already cost $1 billion and they expect it to cost another $500 million before it is fixed.
The billion is gone but $500 million. Suppose we pay a government employee $70,000 and let’s assume after employers contribution towards a health plan and a retirement pension, it costs $100,000 per employee.
That’s 5000 jobs! The billion already spent was another 10,000 jobs.
Who ever said governments know what they are doing.
I am also sure they had ‘experts’ telling them what to do.
Whoever said experts knew what they were doing?

As of Tuesday morning, the 12 soccer players and their coach have been recused from their Thailand cave. All that is left to bring out is the doctor and three Royal Thai Navy SEALs who have been helping look after the boys since they were found.
The news reports say that the world has been riveted to the reporting. We have been concerned but if there are many people like me, I never got up in the middle of the night to find out what was going on. Now if it had been a sporting event, hockey or curling, I might have been known to have left the coziness of my bed and that warm body next to me to watch a game or two.
Honestly, most of my reports came from a TV that runs 24/7 in my garage so while I messed with any of the projects that are there to do, I heard one expert suggest the kids would be there for another four months. They could never negotiate through the water without having an anxiety attach or worse. I wonder what his story is today?

There are many people upset that Greyhound will not be sending buses to some Canadian centres because of the low ridership leaving many small towns in the lurch.
How about the upset towns who now have no banks because corporate profit meant more to these institutions than the people?

Charles??? I’m back in two weeks...or you can give me a call.