LILLEY: White House not amused with Freeland’s “Tyrant” antics

According to two independent Canadian sources, people who have been in communication with the White House in recent days, Freeland’s appearance on the Taking on the Tyrant panel is well-known in the West Wing and it is not popular.

“Everyone knows about it and they aren’t happy,” one source who asked not to be identified told me.

“They are pissed.”


Floor-Crossing MP Leona Alleslev Jabs Trudeau – Leadership is more than just “acting,”

The newest Conservative MP lambasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday as someone who merely plays the part of a leader, even though she heaped praise on his leadership mere weeks ago.

Leona Alleslev, the Toronto-area MP who narrowly won as a Liberal in 2015 and dramatically crossed the floor to Conservatives this week, spoke at the first Tory caucus meeting of the fall session.


Corporate Cult – Google executives sparkle with self-love.

Someone who must have suffered the experience in-person leaked an hour-long video of a Google “TGIF” employee meeting, held just after the 2016 election. The video features Google co-founder Sergey Brin, CEO Sundar Pichai, and numerous other high-ranking figures speaking in funereal tones about Donald Trump’s victory. Brin opens by talking about how “upset” and “sad” most people are. He describes the worries and fears of “minorities, immigrants, women,” and, somewhat preposterously, “people with kids.” As my Power Line colleague John Hinderaker observed, the video offers “much discussion about what Google can do to reverse the benighted world-wide tide exemplified by Brexit and Trump’s election.”


CNN poll shows Pope Francis’s popularity has fallen among Catholics too

Recent news from Gallup tells us that Pope Francis’s popularity is down sharply among non-Catholics but not Catholics, in the wake of recent sex abuse scandals:

Americans’ views of Pope Francis have been substantially affected by the controversies facing both the church and Francis himself, just as occurred for Pope John Paul II in 2002. The decline in the pope’s positive image is concentrated among non-Catholics — U.S. Catholics’ opinion of Francis are unchanged.

Doubtless it is due to continuing questions about his role in the recent sex abuse scandals.

However, CNN tells a different story: “Specifically among US Catholics, his ratings have fallen from 83% favorability a year and a half ago to 63% now — a 20-point drop.” (September 12)

Maybe neither of the pollsters is reliable, with everything in flux. In general, Francis’s problem is that his handlers marketed him as the “compassionate” one but most people don’t associate protecting abusers with compassion. They associated it with privilege and entitlement.

Reality check: What’s really interesting is to go back in time to about a year ago when the Guardian was telling us about the awful conservative Catholics’ war against Pope Francis:

This mixture of hatred and fear is common among the pope’s adversaries. Francis, the first non-European pope in modern times, and the first ever Jesuit pope, was elected as an outsider to the Vatican establishment, and expected to make enemies. But no one foresaw just how many he would make. From his swift renunciation of the pomp of the Vatican, which served notice to the church’s 3,000-strong civil service that he meant to be its master, to his support for migrants, his attacks on global capitalism and, most of all, his moves to re-examine the church’s teachings about sex, he has scandalised reactionaries and conservatives. To judge by the voting figures at the last worldwide meeting of bishops, almost a quarter of the college of Cardinals – the most senior clergy in the church – believe that the pope is flirting with heresy. More.

If only that was all people thought today.

See also: More documents I found helpful in the Catholic sex abuse crisis Snippets, really, answering questions I had.


Haters now call Trump supporters the ‘dregs of society’

Watch out Trump supporters! Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is on the trail and has downgraded you from “deplorables” to the “dregs of society.” It’s the September before an election, and like well-oiled machines, Democratic leadership crawls out of their basement, ready to instill fear, division and loathing into the American electorate. And they hate you even more than they did before.

Share You will see what Google and the government want you to see

IfGoogle can get the same relationship with government as they had before November 2016. From Adam J. White at The New Atlantis,

Dreams of war between Google and government, however, obscure a much different relationship that may emerge between them — particularly between Google and progressive government. For eight years, Google and the Obama administration forged a uniquely close relationship. Their special bond is best ascribed not to the revolving door, although hundreds of meetings were held between the two; nor to crony capitalism, although hundreds of people have switched jobs from Google to the Obama administration or vice versa; nor to lobbying prowess, although Google is one of the top corporate lobbyists.

Rather, the ultimate source of the special bond between Google and the Obama White House — and modern progressive government more broadly — has been their common ethos. Both view society’s challenges today as social-engineering problems, whose resolutions depend mainly on facts and objective reasoning. Both view information as being at once ruthlessly value-free and yet, when properly grasped, a powerful force for ideological and social reform. And so both aspire to reshape Americans’ informational context, ensuring that we make choices based only upon what they consider the right kinds of facts — while denying that there would be any values or politics embedded in the effort. More.

Reality check: This is the spookiest article I have read to date on the cozy relationship between the social media giants and the progressive state.

See also: You have just six emotions According to artificial intelligence. The same as everyone else does. And machines can read them. Even when they can’t.

Is the future of jobs over? Should people be paid to let machines do the work? Recently, there have been short-term limited experiments with a Universal Basic Income but it’s hard to evaluate a transformative social policy with such limited and cherry-picked data. And, says Richards, paying people not to work would simply slow their move into the job markets of the digital age.

The true cost of “free” social media If it is free, you are the product.


Turkish Education: Same Old Religious Obsession, Only Worse

Secular Turks were shocked when Binali Yıldırım, then Minister of Transport, explained to an interviewer why, in his youth, he changed his choice of university:

“I visited Bogazici University and saw that girl and boy students were sitting together… I feared I could go astray. And I decided to attend the technical university.”

Yıldırım who later became President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s choice for prime minister now serves as parliament speaker.

It is not surprising that for Turkey’s extremists, governance broadly means the Islamization of everything, including education at every level. In a 2017 speech, Erdoğan boasted that, after his Justice and Development Party came to power, the number of students at the religious imam hatip schools rose from 60,000 to 1.3 million.


FATAH: Why Raif Badawi’s wife supports Maxime Bernier

Not many people in Canada would consider Ensaf Haider, the Canadian wife of Saudi political prisoner Raif Badawi, as one of the “stupidest people on Twitter.” But that is exactly how supporters of Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada were described by Paul Wells of Maclean’s while appearing on CBC TV’s show Power and Politics the other day. Haider is among the thousands of Canadians showing their support for Bernier.

That evening, CBC invited its so-called Power Panel comprising supporters of all political parties, dressed up as ‘observers’, ‘experts’ or ‘analysts’ to disparage Bernier, laughing at him with an air of disdain accompanied by giggles and non-visual high fives.