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Sober Second Thought … part 1

After a day of listening to my customers and some of my friends, and the media, the consensus regarding the “earthshaking” and “shocking” changes in the political landscape in Alberta is pretty much as expected. Actually there is no consensus, with each and every party and individual expressing their fears or joys according to their particular religion. And it really is religion since every thought is focused on the unknowable future coupled with one’s own fears and hopes and that is it in a nutshell – fear that the future will not hold good things or hope that it will. So why do I choose to name this interplay of opinion and social relations as “religion”?

First we should define “religion”, since it is notoriously hard to nail down just what folks are describing with the word “religion. A religion is an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols, and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the Universe. From their beliefs about the cosmos and human nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle. The word religion is sometimes used interchangeably with faith or set of duties; however, in the words of Émile Durkheim, religion differs from private belief in that it is “something eminently social”.

Rachel KnotleySo given the religious leaning of virtually ALL commentary and reporting on the “Shocking” Alberta election, I thought I would take some time to get on record what the “Official” religion of the Alberta NDP is. It can be taken as given that the Federal NDP and the provincial wings of that Socialist movement all move in lock step so what is reported here more or less applies to all NDP parties everywhere in Canada.

So let’s see, where to start, well, first Full Disclosure:

In my late teens and early twenties I was a member of the NDP and a working passionate believer in what they claimed to stand for. So What Happened?  Well, I guess I just grew up and became an adult. It happens to some folks. There is a saying around here, maybe everywhere, “If you are not a Socialist in your youth you have no heart. If you are still a Socialist as an adult you have no brain”. That saying or some variation probably exists everywhere folks recognize the difference between Makers and Takers. Anyway, …

Where do the new NDP majority government stand on the “issues” in Alberta?  What is the “public face” of the NDP religion? The only source readily available as of this writing ( 12:17 Friday, May 08, 2015) is the CBC News Vote Compass site at  .

I have been listening to the CBC tell me they are the voice of Canadians for maybe 50 years now. Since CBC is the self-proclaimed voice of Canadians we are going to stretch a bit and assume that this is a reliable source of “truth”. Nothing disingenuous about this at all. I think we can count on CBC to accurately report positions and views that more or less line up with what they consider correct thinking. As the official propaganda agency of all Canadian leftists everywhere I don’t think it’s a stretch to give the CBC credibility when reporting on the Socialist religion and it’s goals and ambitions.

It is important to note that except for three Independent Media sources, every other cited source found on this CBC site has been removed from the web. Funny thing that, I have never experienced such a clean sweep of relevant references from the web in over 20 years of using web searches.

The three references still posted are the 2 Global News article at  and The third  remaining reference is the Calgary Herald article at .

The continued existence of these three articles might have something to do with the Global News source for the public sector wages data being the Fraser Institute report based on Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey data from April 2011. Obviously, the Alberta NDP and the CBC don’t control Fraser Institute and Statistics Canada,nor do they control Global News or the Calgary Herald.  Hmmm, someone must have screwed up there.

For the rest, I guess we will just have to trust the integrity of the CBC and their reporters and writers.  I hope and trust that the cited sources WILL be re-posted after the NDP take power and the NDP Webmasters and the Alberta Government Webmasters have a chance to see which way the wind blows.

Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dillon, from the album “Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965

Anyway, here are the positions on the issues according to the unsubstantiated claims of the CBC (aka, The Canadian Liberal Propaganda Ministry, also reported as “the voice of the Canadian people” in every CBC broadcast and TV show.)

NOTE: it is important to understand that the entire CBC questionnaire is phrased in such a way that for most of the position statements the CBC “Political Scientists” have chosen to phrase the statements to state the exact OPPOSITE of what the Socialist position would typically be.  I don’t pretend to understand the logic of my betters here but at first glance it seems duplicitously misleading and given a cursory glance might lead the reader to believe that the Alberta NDP have the same extreme right wing views as the Strawman Racist Nazis of the other parties in Alberta. NOT SO !!!!!  Read the whole paragraph to understand the actual or strongly implied position of the NDP.

While the party positions and their statements on each issue included in Vote Compass  are available in the application itself, CBC News has replicated the research in their Vote Compass site to provide direct access to key aspects of the Alberta NDP’s plans for the province, which were stated at different times before the election. Which is a really really good thing since all other traces of the NDP religion have been wiped from the web. Fortunately I have saved everything off line so when this page goes away I will still have the data.

Rachel-Notley-runningNext Post :  “The 29 Commandments”, Starring Rachel Notley and a supporting cast of 1000’s.  Here we see the Prophet Rachel returning from the Mountain. Even though she is bringing 29 commandments, there are no Tablets in evidence. Well Shucks Little Lady,  in the 21st century we don’t have to hump stone tablets. Everything including supporting references are all included on a USB key in her pouch.



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