Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Star’

From the June 3, 2014 Toronto Star article, NRA criticizes ‘open carry’ gun rallies as ‘downright weird’, my comment was chosen as an “Editor’s Pick”:


American gun culture is not supposed to make sense to anyone else, and that’s because our country was never born in violent revolution, we have nothing like their Second Amendment, and we never had a civil war. When you consider those factors, American gun culture doesn’t seem so weird or objectionable anymore, from their unique context.

They likely chose it because it makes Canadians think American gun culture is an oddity, but my purpose was to put it in a valid and particular context what otherwise doesn’t make much sense to most Canadians from a Canadian context.

Here are some other comments I made:


@Ymhos What part? About the ability to carry hand-guns, or the right to keep and bear arms at all? If you find the latter weird, then perhaps you find many of America’s defining cultural differences weird.


@besiboo We’re talking about American history, not Canadian history. At the time it was written, in 1789, it meant muskets, since they were what was used in the Revolutionary War. If they meant only muskets, they would’ve said so.


@whodat singer It says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” People have rights, not militias. The Second Amendment granted no rights. It recognized an existing natural right of self-defence with arms, and was specifically intended to apply only to the federal government, to protect against the kind of government tyranny by King George that Americans had recently fought and died combating.


@wetsurfer Times change, but principles don’t change. The Second Amendment was intended to provide the capability for the last resort of violent resistance in the face of government tyranny once all other amendments and peaceful resorts failed. Slavery wasn’t justifiable, being armed, is. Read the late Russian Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, about how the Soviet terror could’ve been ended if only the people violently resisted before it was too late.


@The Real Meatloaf The U.S. Supreme Court, in the Heller case, decided that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” protects an individual right outside of the Militia, and even Barack Obama has stated as much.


@thainion There’s no expiration on the Amendment. The proper way to change the Constitution is by passing another amendment, as has been done 27 times.


@mrestivo4u2 In those states that allow open carry, I can see why some do it, because it’s a right in those states, whereas concealed carry is treated as a privilege, and the Second Amendment is clear, that as far as the federal government is concerned, it has no power to infringe the right to keep and bear arms.


The Columbine, Virgina Tech and Aurora Colorado shootings all took place in “gun-free” zones.

For more on guns, and the divide between Canada and the United States, see my articles:

1) Canada’s long-gun registry: a feel-good failure

2) “You’re not much of a libertarian” (for not signing my petition)

3) America’s are “gun crazy” and Canadians are disarmed?

4) The great Canadian-American gun divide

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Health careFrom the January 8, 2014 article, Bosses shouldn’t ask sick workers for doctor’s note: OMA, in Canada’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, they falsely frame the sick note debate.

This is typical of the corporate-controlled mass media.

On one hand, we have the Ontario Medical Association president making the valid point:

“First of all, you don’t want to encourage people who have infectious diseases to go to their doctor’s office when it’s not necessary,” said Wooder, himself a family physician who has worked in Stoney Creek, near Hamilton, for 28 years.

And the other side makes a valid point:

John Kiru, executive director of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, said he respects an individual’s right to stay home to get healthy, but if someone is away for several days it’s entirely reasonable to demand a doctor’s note.

What’s completely left out of their framing, and deliberately so, is the issue of rationing.

Both sides, as presented, have completely legitimate positions, which are in tension with each other.

However, the true relief of this tension isn’t even being put on the table for discussion by the framers of the issue.

The true cure for this problem is allowing private funding of health care. Canada is one of only three countries — along with Cuba and North Korea — that don’t allow for individuals to pay privately for their own primary care.

Because it’s a fixed pool of resources, care must be rationed, instead of meeting actual demand through a market system.

Ironically, and what’s not mentioned in the article, is that doctors already can charge some money for writing sick notes, in addition to getting paid their customary fee through the public system.

That shows the unsustainability of a totally publicly-funded system for sick notes. A false solution may be provided to raise the amount that doctor’s can charge for such a note.

But what won’t be asked is why can’t we extend that to the entire health care system?

This is one of the many examples where the controlled, corporate media are deliberately framing an issue to restrict the debate to controlled outcomes.

For more on the proper see my article, Ron Paul right on health care: it’s not a right and it’s not a privilege — it’s a good.

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Flu shotThis October 22, 2013 Toronto Star article, in Canada’s largest newspaper, Flu shot lessens chance of heart attack, stroke, falsely implies that the flu shot lowers the risk of a heart attack, when it’s only a correlation from selected samples.

According to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the chance of someone in their mid-60s suffering a major cardiac event such as a heart attack, stroke, heart failure or cardiac-related death are cut by 36 per cent if they have had a flu shot within the previous year.

And if they have already suffered a heart attack, their chances of suffering another major cardiac event within a year are 55 per cent lower if they get the vaccine.

This commenter said it best:

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So, despite the title, the study that is cited here doesn’t prove that taking the flu shot will lessen the chance of heart attacks. Apparently The Star and the study’s author would like to believe it is so, but they are still in the process of trying to come up with a study which we will likely never hear about, because it will almost certainly show it is NOT true. Correlation does not imply causation – it is just wishful thinking (and a timely propaganda piece to try and fool people into getting this shot; we always see them this time of year).

For more on the flu shot, see my article, If flu shots are so good, why do most Toronto health professionals not have them?

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Brian AlexanderCanadian Freeman, Brian Alexander, the subject of some recent hit pieces against him, is scheduled to be on Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, September 15, 2013 at 8 PM Eastern on Truth Frequency Radio.

I found it worthy to counter the overwhelmingly negative comments from readers to the Toronto Star article, stemming mostly from the Freeman movement being misunderstood.

Here are my comments that the censors kept up on the site:

Some taxes are necessary to pay for legitimate government services. We got by fine in Canada before WWI without a personal income tax. Is the private sector, which still makes up the bulk of our economy, really that inefficient in providing these additional goods and services on a voluntary basis, that our government is providing by force?

They’re not “anti-government”. They’re pro, limited government — government limited to the protection of life, liberty and property. That, therefore, does not include most of what Canada’s federal and provincial governments engage in today (i.e. telling us what we can and can’t consume, redistributing wealth from average people to wealthy land developers, bribing us with our own money, …). The U.S. is a great example now of what happens when government becomes increasingly unlimited.

They’re not saying they don’t want roads, or don’t want to pay for them. They object to being forced to pay for them. It would be nice if gas taxes actually went directly and only to pay for roads, instead of the general revenue, where it can be spent on whatever politicians decide, including paying interest on our massive debt incurred from extravagant spending.

If you don’t like it, get out.” — A lot of Canadian hi-tech workers, doctors and entrepreneurs did get out of Canada when we had stifling taxes in the 90s, up until we reduced them to be more than competitive relative to the U.S., with the effects being felt over the last four years when we have been ranked more economically free than the U.S. for the first time ever.

And here are the ones that they removed, keeping this important information away from subsequent readers:

“He drives without a license” — it’s lawful to travel on public roads without a license. Getting a license entitles you to be a commercial driver. Of course you will run into all sorts of problems travelling without a license, and there are some public safety benefits to travelling with one, but it is our right to do so without having a license to “drive”.

@Couch Potato: It’s an offense if you have a license and don’t have it in your possession, or if you’re driving someone for a fee without a license. You really need to read the Highway Traffic Act carefully, as I have, and study the legal meaning of words like driver, license, lawful, legal, statute, right and privilege.

I hope you’re not implying that being insured means safer roads. New Hampshire has no mandatory auto liability insurance, and it has among the safest roads in the U.S., in large part because individual drivers will be held fully and personally liable for any negligence, instead of relying on other lottery ticket (insurance) holders to pick up the tab.

Drunk driving is a separate issue. In that case, you’re potentially capable of posing a clear and present threat to others on the road, and drunk drivers can be dealt with criminally independently of whether they are licensed or not.

Drive without one, no, but travel, yes. We have a common law right to travel. Driver is a legal term meaning you are licensed to transport others for payment. Steve Jobs used to drive without a license [plate] and there are a few in U.S. states I know of who have done it. Canada is no different, in principle, being a common law jurisdiction. Of course you will be repeatedly stopped and detained by police, if you are going about your business lawfully, but it’s still your right.

He [Oliver Wendell Holmes] said [“taxes are what we pay for a civilized society”] that in the U.S. in 1935 — back when federal spending was 13% of GDP, from official historical tables. In 2011, it was 38.9%. Only anarchists argue for no government. The question is, are we getting our money’s worth these days?

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Toronto StarKudos to these fellow Canadians who took the official conspiracy theory of the Boston Marathon bombings to task in this April 24, 2013 article in Canada’s most-read newspaper, the Toronto Star, with the revelation that the younger brother hiding in the boat was unarmed.

I love it how they pay no mind to the naked man that was apprehended who still hasn’t been identified, and just HAPPENS to look exactly like Tamerlan. They just say “who was killed last week in a confrontation with police.”
Nor do they show the picture of Dzhokhar exiting the boat with no visible wounds- especially not to his neck- when all of a sudden he’s on the ground, getting his throat slit, and receiving a tracheotomy.
Seriously, let’s start asking some REAL questions, can we please?!?!?

Let’s be honest here. Despite the fact there were thousands of FBI, State Police, Boston Police, helicopters, trained dogs & an arsenal of weapons, it was a citizen going out for a smoke that noticed the cover of his boat displaced, that found this punk.

How did he shoot himself in the neck? Cause according to officials that’s what he did after getting out of the boat…

…helluva shootout at the boat for an unarmed guy!!!

This is just another example of an out of control police force run amok; a pack of state sponsored bullyboys with unlimited access to firepower. Drunk with power, they stomped on the residents personal spaces, just like they do in New York, and just like they did here during the G20. When these clowns are on fire, it’s best to run as far away as you possibly can.

Want to stop terrorism? Turn off the tv.

The shooting was prompted by the fact that standard procedure is to leave no one alive to refute your story. And you cannot just throw explosives at someone, it’s not a Bugs Bunny cartoon with dynamite and a wick.

Previously, I wrote the article, Toronto Star readers wise to the bin Laden killing story.

For more on the Boston Marathon bombings, see my article, How you were misled in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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This article, Syrian women who fled to Jordan tell of horrific rapes back home, in Canada’s most-circulated newspaper, The Toronto Star, is further confirmation of a deliberate plan of Zionist propaganda against the Assad regime in Syria, following their conquest of Libya, due in part to its public central bank that was not controlled by the Zionist Bank for International Settlements.

The Star article is duplicitous, because it doesn’t acknowledge that the uprising was covertly organized and funded by the very same Zionist entities who are now posturing to portray themselves as saviours, and because it doesn’t document the similar war crimes by the Zionist-inspired rebel groups, as even Zionist-controlled CNN disclosed in its March 12, 2013 article, U.N.: Both Syrian rebels and government guilty.

On June 30, 2012, I wrote the article, Western mass media, I utterly reject your warmongering propaganda against Syria’s Assad, concerning what I saw as a deliberate propaganda campaign to demonize Assad in order for well-meaning Westerners to accept further Zionist aggression against Zionism’s few powerful opponents.

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From the November 15, 2012 Toronto Star article, Woman denied haircut goes to Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, in Canada’s largest newspaper, I posted the following comment:

“Private property rights

Why is a store owner required to do something on his own property against his will? It’s too bad that he’s challenging this on religious freedom, when it should be a matter of private property rights — to do with your own property as you wish, so long as you’re not depriving anyone else of their rights. And it’s not anyone’s right to get a haircut at a particular barber shop.

Nov 15, 2012 9:48 AM Agree (68) Disagree (22)”

After 13 hours, my comment is the 13th-highest-rated among over 600 comments. I’m pleasantly heartened to see the message of private property rights resonate with so many readers, given the false frame of the article in portraying it as a matter of gender equality vs. religious freedom.

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