Donald “Kaiser Wilhelm II” Trump

The following are quotes regarding the Kaiser from an excellent book “The War That Ended Peace” by Margaret MacMillan :

We ask ourselves,” remarked Beyens, “with a touch of anxiety, whether the man we have just seen is really convinced of what he says, or whether he is the most striking actor that has appeared on the political stage of our day”.

Wilhelm was an actor and one who secretly suspected that he was not up to the demanding role he had to play.

He just talks himself into an opinion … Anyone in favour of it is then quoted as an authority; anyone who differs from it ‘is being fooled’ “

He was always quick to feel insulted but frequently insulted others.

Did he have, wondered an Austrian military attache in Berlin “as one says, a screw loose”?

Pale, ranting wildly,” Eulenberg went on, “looking restlessly about him and piling lie upon lie he made such a terrible impression on me I still can’t get over it”.

He is a child — But a child who has power to make everything difficult if not impossible”. “Woe to the country that has a child King!”.

The trouble, though, was that he wanted the power and the glory and the applause without the hard work.

Bismarck compared him to a balloon : “If you don’t keep fast hold of the string you never know where he’ll be off to”.

Many grumbled even so that the Kaiser was inattentive and complained if their reports were too long. He refused to read newspapers and tossed long documents aside in irritation.

He also spent more than half his time during his reign away from Berlin or his palace in nearby Potsdam.

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Climate Change Denial and the Left (and Nominal Left)

Many years ago in Montreal a black football player remarked that he much preferred the open racism of the Southern States, where he came from, to the kind he found in Montreal. The smiling face that would tell you that “sorry, you’re too late, the apartment has just been rented”.

I am reminded of this as I read the reaction from people like Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau to Trump’s KXL decision.

Both proclaim, true believers they are, that Climate Change is real. Both promise action to counter it.

Both are Climate Change deniers. Not the open, in your face, denial of a Brad Wall, but the denial of a smiling face, spin and marketing.

There is the much touted “carbon tax”. The signing of the Paris Agreement, Alberta’s “Climate Change (marketing) Plan”.

Reality serves up an LNG plant, pipeline approvals, and further oilsand development approvals. The carbon tax becomes a slight puff of wind in a hurricane. The Paris Agreement might as well be called Kyoto Ver 2.0. And now there is KXL. Tomorrow, maybe Energy East. …To replace all those nasty, dangerous, rail cars. Pipelines are so much safer. Not safe, I haven’t seen anyone say that, just ‘safer’.

They dance.

You get ludicrous puffery like this:


“Diversify” …. with more dilbit. Now that’s different.

There are a number of things impeding progress here. Above and beyond anything else is the oil companies’ rush to sell as much of the stuff as they can before it goes the way of coal. There is the fact that no politician can support true Climate Change action because of “jobs and the economy” in spite of the fact that there are no jobs, there is no economy, on a dead planet….. And THAT is the biggest sticking point. Because in believing in Climate Change and all it implies you must accept the possibility (many say probability) that the planet will not survive. The concept is too large to take in. It seems unreal next to a concept like “jobs and the economy”. That they may be the wrong jobs. That it may be the wrong economy, is never discussed. Accepting Climate Change, not the slogan, the reality, is just one too far.

Accept but deny.

Catherine McKenna, like a certain Sean Spicer, should resign.

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A Speech Too Far

Mammon led them on

Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell

From Heaven, for even in Heaven his looks and thoughts

Were always downward bent, admiring more

The riches of Heavens pavement, trodden gold,

Then aught divine or holy else enjoyed

In vision beatific: by him first

Men also, and by his suggestion taught,

Ransacked the center, and with impious hands

Rifled the bowels of their mother Earth

For treasures better hid

John Milton, Paradise Lost




The following is a speech given by Kent Hehr on the occasion of his Governments pipeline approvals. I will endeavour to correct any errors in the transcript I am made aware of.

An analysis of that speech follows.

Hi, my name is Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, Minister of Veterans Affairs. It’s a great honour and privilege and, actually very exciting for me to be chatting with you today. For today, our Prime minister and our Cabinet approved two major projects that will move Calgary and Alberta and, in fact, this country forward on the energy file. Our Government has approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline, as well as line three, which will see our industry grow and prosper and allow us to move our oil in a safe and reasonable fashion and allow our energy to get to do(sic) markets. I can say this has not always been easy. For ten years we have relatively no action on this file. We tended to ignore our environmental responsibilities; consultations with our First Nations communities and that led to a lack of success by the former Government in achieving a clear consensus on moving this country forward. A country that needs to see both energy and the environment as two sides of same coin. The announce(sic) today shows our commitment to Alberta and our economy as well as our commitment to a world that demands action on climate change and we are doing both. Our Government is leading by putting a price on pollution. Already 80% of Canada lives in a jurisdiction that has a price on pollution. Setting this stage will allow for competitiveness, allow for innovation to prosper and allow our companies to do better in an ever increasing global economy that is demanding carbon reductions. We also have committed to insuring our coastlines are safe by investing money in shoreline protection along the West Coast that will see top of the line technologies put in as well as a tanker ban to protect our northern coastline to ensure its safety and its success to(sic) a clean environment. I also say we are revitalizing the National Energy Board which will see science and evidence(garbled) based policies; will see real consultation with our First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. This is real move forward by a Government who understands energy and the environment are two sides of the same coin. Very proud to have(sic), during the election, not only pounding the pavement to get your vote but to be in Ottawa pounding the table on behalf of things that matter to the City of Calgary, The Province of Alberta, and, in fact, to all of Canada. Thank you so much for giving me the great honour of representing you in Ottawa. Today is a day for us to celebrate the success of the way we move the new economy forward by seeing this as a way forward and a blueprint to our future success. Have a great evening.”



Where to begin. I am fairly sure the ever affable and earnest Mr Hehr did not write this speech. I say this on the strength of several devices used therein which smell of political hackery.

I have emphasized the statements which I wish to deal with.


We begin with a propaganda technique often termed “the big lie” : Our Government has approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline, as well as line three, which will see our industry grow and prosper and allow us to move our oil in a safe and reasonable fashion’

What is being moved is not “oil” but dilbit. Further, pipelines are provably not ‘safe’ and therefore by no means ‘reasonable’. Pipelines leak. Dilbit is incompatible with life. The seriousness of the damage done is a function of the volume leaked and the location of the leak. Cleanups are never complete and also beg the following questions :

– who pays for the cleanup?

– do you think the material magically disappears or is it dumped elsewhere?

– do you think the material is processed somehow despite a prohibitive cost?

We actually have, at our disposal, an objective measure of pipeline safety, aside from the litany of leak reports. Imagine, if you will, that these pipelines were fully insured, including cleanup costs. I leave it to the insurance industry to determine pipeline “safety” and council anyone holding stock in any insurer willing to take the risk to sell immediately.



A country that needs to see both energy and the environment as two sides of same coin.’

This is a catchphrase which is repeated twice, whose origin must be the butt crack of a P.R. hack. It is ludicrous unless we view it in terms of a real heads OR tails coin. First the phrase is softened by the use of the word “energy” in lieu of “dilbit” or “oil”. So we could view this two-sided coin as oil OR the environment. Perhaps “heads I win tails you lose”.



Our Government is leading by putting a price on pollution’

No, they are not. A minor point, perhaps, They are putting a price on carbon. Carbon is not the only pollutant although it takes pre-eminence with respect to climate change.



We also have committed to insuring our coastlines are safe by investing money in shoreline protection along the West Coast that will see top of the line technologies put in’

Here we have the misleading phrase “top of the line” which, by all the world’s evidence, is equivalent to saying “inadequate”. “We also have committed to insuring our coastlines are safe by investing money in shoreline protection along the West Coast that will see inadequate technologies put in”.



I also say we are revitalizing the National Energy Board which will see science and evidence(garbled) based policies; will see real consultation with our First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.’

Okay, you can accuse me of jumping to conclusions but I find this statement startling. I see it as an admission that science and evidence based policies and First Nations consultations were NOT a part of the pipeline decision since they were ante this ‘revitalization’. It’s like we have been allowed (inadvertently) to see behind the curtain.

That the pipeline decision was purportedly made on the basis of science and evidence stretches all credulity.

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Between a Rock and a Tar Pit

For those of you that think all of the dinosaurs are all in Alberta consider Saskatchewan’s Premier Wall who’s Government is now officially in climate change denial. It’s “misguided dogma” he insists. (

But wait let’s not forget the socialist paradise that is Alberta just yet. Rachel Notley has attacked the Leap Manifesto as being “thoughtless” “naive” and “tone deaf”. She presides over a province that is overmuch a “one industry town”. It got this way through many, many years of mismanagement by both federal and provincial Conservative and neoconservative Governments. As is often pointed out, they had every opportunity to follow Norway’s example and would not be in as dire a strait as they find themselves to be in today.

Notley is in a deep hole not of her digging and make no mistake, but for the collective wisdom of Alberta voters, things could actually be much worse.

BUT, the NDP Government touts it’s stance on climate change all the while pushing for pipelines. Notley, as premier of Alberta, finds she has no choice. Her political survival on the ground depends on feeding the one trick tarsands pony.

My question is : Is there any light between that stance and Wall’s climate change denial? At the very least it’s schizophrenia…. or at the very very least it’s “tone deaf”.

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Energy East “Nation Building” With a Dilbit Pipe?

This post comes into being as a result of a Twitter conversation I had with Kent Hehr and an interview he directed me to that Naheed Nenshi had on “The House”. I have some problems with the interview and with the Energy East Project in general.

I do find Nenshi extremely likeable and understand he is doing a job for his constituency and his province BUT.

He states that the NEB “has to go through its process” … “based on good science and good environmentalism”. Whether a Conservative dominated NEB will do this is, to me at least, in some doubt. He also seems to be under the impression that Trudeau has not come out in favour of Energy East when he, in fact, he has.

He then goes on to imply that, whereas Central Canada fills up on imported oil coming in on tankers down the Saint Lawrence, trans-shipping dilbit from the East Coast (for Nexxen? For the Kochs?) will some how mean we become more “energy independent”. The magical connection is left unstated. As if imported oil coming in on tankers down the Saint Lawrence will cease.

Mr Nenshi mis-represents Mayor Coderre’s concerns about there being “more people in Montreal than Saskatchewan”, when the context was with respect to the negative effects on the environment and how many people would, therefore, be effected. He then implies that Coderre is making it an East vs West thing. In fact Mr Nenshi manages to do just that (granted,with prompting from the interviewer).

Now here’s the thing. This pipeline is not an oil pipeline, it is a dilbit pipeline. It will be going through pipes not originally built to handle dilbit. Further, there is a virtual certainty of a spill. A virtual certainty of a number of spills. History supports this … to the hilt. The question then is only how much of a disister each will be, which will depend on where it happens and how long it takes to turn off the flow. From documents I have read the “monitoring” is inadequate and reaction times terribly long.

If the talk of self sufficiency held any water at all, we would not be sending dilbit through a cross country death funnel for, basically, other’s benefit and, instead, be processing it IN PLACE.

Something that never seems to be discussed is the true cost of our oil, the many billions of subsidies aside. No value is ascribed to the environmental damage. No thought (not really) is given to making the whole thing cleaner because it would just “cost too much” so lets have tailing ponds instead. “Ponds”.. doesn’t that sound nice? Like “Nation Building”. Who will pay for cleanups? What happens when the water supply for any given community gets compromised. Who will pay. The taxpayer will.

Or it will be ignored/denied like the Athabasca.

I wonder if there is a centimeter of pipe that’s even insured. What insurance company would be that crazy? Why should we be that crazy?

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Kevin O’Leary : In Which the CBC Soils Itself

Well, as everyone is aware Kevin O’Leary pledged to invest $1M in the oil industry in exchange for Premier Notley of Alberta stepping down.

CBC’s PnPCBC picked it up like a bottom feeder after rotten meat. It was said that “Rosie was rough on him”. Rough!? How are you rough on something that is NOT REAL? Any living organism not floating in a Petri dish can tell you that Ms Notley is not going to step down if the oil industry gets $1M. Rough!? You are merely giving credence to a nullity.

Kevin O’Leary knows he will never have to shell out the $1M. He got the propaganda pulpit he was looking for and it didn’t cost him even one, dearly departed, red cent. It didn’t even cause him shame. He has none. They licked his boots.

$1M is not even a spit in the ocean. It may buy you a modest house in Vancouver. While O’Leary may well be a skinflint, the fact that it was not $10M or even $100M (who cares if he’s got it or not) just shows his lack of imagination. It’s all Monopoly money anyway.

Perhaps if the CBC had have handled it in another way. They could have put him on “As It Happens”, say, next to a guy trying to get his house declared a nation so he can join the UN. Even that would have been a startling contrast because the guy while, evidently, insane would nonetheless be sincere. O’Leary on the other hand (I won’t venture an opinion on his sanity) cannot spell “sincere”.

I pledge $1000 to the Ottawa Humane Society if the CBC cuts PnCBC from it’s schedule.

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Justin Trudeau : Just a Little Bit Pregnant

So, now we have l’affaire nanny or as someone somewhere, I’m sure, has by now called it Nannygate.

In response supporters will point out that this is a distraction from the flurry of 40 some odd appointments made by Harper before he left. It should, however, be obvious that someone Lib or Con would be fitted for the nosebag in any event.

The fear, well founded in my view, is that there will be CPC sleeper agents in place.

There are a myriad of other counter examples to the nanny chez Trudeau, be they drivers, cooks etc.

Again, in my view these are all of a piece. It may all be some kind of “tradition” or something established through usage but it all reeks of the kind of feeling of entitlement evinced by certain Senators.

I have no objection to the PM having publicly supported childcare as a Canadian, NOT as PM. All Canadians should be able to avail themselves of it. Alternately, he is well able to afford the very best on his own.

To say that the nanny is something that is “wrong” to a lesser degree than some “other” is like arguing that someone is only a bit pregnant.

And just how pregnant is too pregnant?



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