fear of collapse…

The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare

The U.S. is becoming increasingly ungovernable, and some experts believe it could descend into civil war. What should Canada do then?

THOMAS HOMER-DIXON SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL December 31/21

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A terrible storm is coming from the south, and Canada is woefully unprepared. Over the past year we’ve turned our attention inward, distracted by the challenges of COVID-19, reconciliation, and the accelerating effects of climate change. But now we must focus on the urgent problem of what to do about the likely unravelling of democracy in the United States.

We need to start by fully recognizing the magnitude of the danger. If Mr. Trump is re-elected, even under the more-optimistic scenarios the economic and political risks to our country will be innumerable. Driven by aggressive, reactive nationalism, Mr. Trump “could isolate Canada continentally,” as one of my interlocutors put it euphemistically.

Under the less-optimistic scenarios, the risks to our country in their cumulative effect could easily be existential, far greater than any in our federation’s history. What happens, for instance, if high-profile political refugees fleeing persecution arrive in our country, and the U.S. regime demands them back. Do we comply?

In this context, it’s worth noting the words of Dmitry Muratov, the courageous Russian journalist who remains one of the few independent voices standing up to Mr. Putin and who just received the Nobel Prize for Peace. At a news conference after the awards ceremony in Oslo, as Russian troops and armour were massing on Ukraine’s borders, Mr. Muratov spoke of the iron link between authoritarianism and war. “Disbelief in democracy means that the countries that have abandoned it will get a dictator,” he said. “And where there is a dictatorship, there is a war. If we refuse democracy, we agree to war.”

Canada is not powerless in the face of these forces, at least not yet. Among other things, over three-quarters of a million Canadian emigrants live in the United States – many highly placed and influential – and together they’re a mass of people who could appreciably tilt the outcome of coming elections and the broader dynamics of the country’s political process.

But here’s my key recommendation: The Prime Minister should immediately convene a standing, non-partisan Parliamentary committee with representatives from the five sitting parties, all with full security clearances. It should be understood that this committee will continue to operate in coming years, regardless of changes in federal government. It should receive regular intelligence analyses and briefings by Canadian experts on political and social developments in the United States and their implications for democratic failure there. And it should be charged with providing the federal government with continuing, specific guidance as to how to prepare for and respond to that failure, should it occur.

If hope is to be a motivator and not a crutch, it needs to be honest and not false. It needs to be anchored in a realistic, evidence-based understanding of the dangers we face and a clear vision of how to get past those dangers to a good future. Canada is itself flawed, but it’s still one of the most remarkably just and prosperous societies in human history. It must rise to this challenge.

See you in Court…

Reflecting the spirit of our times Court Painter has sensitively recycled the 2021 New Years Greetings to reflect greetings for 2022. You’re Welcome!

Press Attache & Court Painter celebrate another banner year of financial success!

asleep at the wheel?…

As Ukraine fights for it’s life ,the “greatest democracy in the world” waits for Justice to prevail and charge the lawless grifter of a 45th President and partners in crime with criminal activities that riddled his presidency.

Bannon & Trump salute fans in the museum.

If US Attorney General Merrick Garland is asleep at the wheel of justice as lawless authoritarian forces hold democracy by the throat; then arguably AG Garland will be judged to have contributed as much to the erosion of democratic principles of law and order as Donald Trump and his Republican sycophants.

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Excepted from New York Times article “Will Donald Trump get away with inciting an insurrection?” By Laurence H. Tribe, Donald Ayer and Dennis Aftergut

  | Dec. 25, 2021, 11:00 a.m.

In his nine months in office, Attorney General Merrick Garland has done a great deal to restore integrity and evenhanded enforcement of the law to an agency that was badly misused for political reasons under his predecessor. But his place in history will be assessed against the challenges that confronted him. And the overriding test that he and the rest of the government face is the threat to our democracy from people bent on destroying it.

Garland’s success depends on ensuring that the rule of law endures. That means dissuading future coup plotters by holding the leaders of the insurrection fully accountable for their attempt to overthrow the government. But he cannot do so without a robust criminal investigation of those at the top, from the people who planned, assisted or funded the attempt to overturn the Electoral College vote to those who organized or encouraged the mob attack on the Capitol. To begin with, he might focus on Mark Meadows, Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman and even Donald Trump — all of whom were involved, in one way or another, in the events leading up to the attack.

Almost a year after the insurrection, we have yet to see any clear indicators that such an investigation is underway, raising the alarming possibility that this administration may never bring charges against those ultimately responsible for the attack.

Court Painter sits patiently in the waiting room.

Sen. NO Manchin…

Senator No Manchin


Sen. Joe Manchin delivered a potentially fatal blow to President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. The conservative Democrat from West Virginia said he can no longer support the Build Back Better social spending plan, nor would he be in favor of changing filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation.

“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t.“I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there. … This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do.”

Senator No Manchin

Build Back Better was the centerpiece of Biden’s domestic plans. Included in the bill were proposals to improve health care, fix immigration, help Americans with child care costs, and address climate change.

Grifter of the Year…

UPDATED from December 13/2020 post

In the tradition of grifter capitalism another capitalist grifter leverages the state socialist policies for predatory grifter capitalist outcomes and makes the cover of Time magazine as a reward or something like that…(still working with the algorithm to get it more precise)

Elon Musk’s Big Government Grift https://newrepublic.com/article/160500/elon-musks-big-government-grift

It’s entirely possible that this carnival barker of a CEO will continue finding crafty ways to extract tax breaks and favorable contracts from government entities for the rest of his career. But we should be alive to the ways in which Musk’s reputation is built on a faulty foundation of borrowed money and worker exploitation. To Musk, the government is only useful in helping to enrich him, and he otherwise expects it to stay the hell out of his way. The problem is that he is now powerful and rich enough to get his wish. For all his supposed brilliance in developing electric vehicles and rockets, this may be his greatest talent: grifting the government. In doing so, he’s creating a roadmap for reform, if politicians care to notice. Jacob Silverman  @SilvermanJacob

collect data sets & play the percentages…

Court Painter comes through again with public service images in aid of society’s desire for a simple two step guide to assist with decision making in health, art investing, severe weather events and fool proof pastry recipes.

Collect data sets and play the percentages !

Press Attache A Hardon MacKay expressed some hesitation with releasing these images …”it is more complicated and not so simple or common sensical in our pandemic informed digital times”, he sputtered. Court Painter however insists non mathematicians do not have to be Rockette dancers to figure how to follow the simple two step…Collect data sets and play the percentages!