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Weekend File: Jan. 22, 2016

  1. Noticed   Monogamy and Sex Attacks Our English Editor Jackson Doughart checks in with two pieces that caught his attention this week: In the National Post, PAH Governor Barbara Kay reviews the recently-published Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us Human. Kay’s apologia is full-throated: she fully endorses the author’s claim that monogamy as a societal norm is superior to its rival of polygamy for its own sake, but that this ethic is instrumental in achieving a stable political order. Polygamous cultures inevitably produce a mating advantage to high-status, alpha males; this leaves a class of low-status males who are unable to mate and flourish, and therefore become a destabilizing force within the society itself, and with its adjacent ones. As Kay writes, “Tucker brings a persuasive body of biological, evolutionary, and anthropological scholarship to bear on a recurrent theme, that the besetting weakness of polygamous societies is the inability to get on with neighbours. If she is right in her judgment, Tucker’s book may become a seminal work. In Taki Mag, Paul Wood explains why the Cologne mass sex attack on New Year’s Eve, 2015 could become “of lasting and huge significance to European history.” The upshot, he argues, is that the government and media conspiracy to prevent the public from learning the truth — that this attack was committed by young Arab Muslim migrants, whose native culture does not discourage such sexual assault and harassment. It is possible, therefore, that the German public will be inoculated against the platitudes of its pro-immigration elite and demand change. If true, then the Cologne attack could indeed be the impetus for a sudden and massive reversal of policy direction, and a central event in this history of the present migrant crisis. Energy East (vs. West?) An interesting political situation… Read More

The Weekend File: Jan 16, 2016

1. Noticed Trudeau’s PMO The Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski wrote a long piece on the new composition of the Prime Minister’s Office in the early days of the Trudeau regime. Radwanski explains that the Trudeau PMO is an attempt to create a flatter structure with a “free-flowing and casual environment”. This would stand in stark contrast to the regimented, disciplined order of the PMO during the Stephen Harper years. However, Harper was a student of the failures of Paul Martin, whose freewheeling style was regarded as a disaster. The piece also profiles twelve key Trudeau team members. A common theme among these people is their connection to Queens Park and the McGuinty/Wynne Ontario Liberals. Katie Telford, Chief of Staff, and Gerald Butts, Principal Advisor (read: de-facto Prime Minister) both worked at Queens Park during the McGuinty years. Several of the other key players came directly from McGuinty or Wynne’s offices. Conflicts in the Media With a new government inevitably comes a bunch of new staff, new positions, and new roles. I was interested this week to learn that MacLean’s columnist Scott Gilmore is the husband of the new Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna. Besides Gilmore and McKenna, there have been at least two other uncomfortable scenarios with media personalities of late. Bruce Anderson resigned from CBC’s At Issue panel after his daughter Kate Purchase was named Director of Communications to the PM. This is the same daughter whose wedding was officiated by the CBC’s own Peter Mansbridge. Further, Katie Telford is Trudeau’s Chief of Staff. Her husband, Rob Sliver, resigned as a commentator on CBC’s political coverage following the election. There are two ways to look at this. Are these inevitable conflicts that should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis? Or is this the Liberals going back to their… Read More

Weekend File: Jan 9, 2016

  1. Noticed ‘Cheapjack Scum’   Hunter S. Thompson was well known for his eccentric style. He wrote for Esquire for many years before his death a decade ago. Evidently, Dr. Thompson did some editing work for the magazine as well. This week, the magazine reprinted a letter that originally appeared in a book called “Letters of Note” by author Shawn Usher. The letter was a reply to the late writer Anthony Burgess, who was submitting a piece to Esquire for consideration. The letter not-so-kindly rejects Burgess’ piece and informs him the magazine has no “International Gibberish Desk”. The piece can be found here (caution: language).   ‘The Nazi Kid from Brooklyn’   Our English Editor Jackson Doughart has this to say about a piece he read in TakiMag: David Cole tells the story of Arthur Jacobs, an octogenarian whose ordeal of internment, deportation, and imprisonment during World War II remains largely unknown. Unlike the well-publicized cases of internment of Japanese-Americans, the similar treatment of Americans by German lineage does not factor into our cultural memory of the war. This, Cole argues, is the product of ideology: while Japanese-Americans can be represented as the victims of racial discrimination, the white race of German internees makes them ineligible for sympathy in our culture's quest to make every square peg of injustice fit the round hole of white privilege.   Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau   Our CEO, Tom Kott, wrote a column this week that appeared both here and in the National Post. Tom examines Quebec’s archaic married-name prohibition. Since 1981, it has been illegal for a married woman to change her name upon marriage. At time of passage, the law was viewed as progressive. However, changing times have rendered it archaic and a burden to free choice. Tom’s piece can be found here.… Read More

Weekend File: Jan 2, 2016

Editor’s note: after a week off for Christmas, the weekend file returns with our first edition of 2016. 1. Noticed LaPresse Thursday was the last ever hard-copy weekday edition of LaPresse. After 131 years of a printing hard-copy newspaper, the Montreal based daily has become the first major newspaper in Canada to make the move. The change comes in light of the fact that 85 per-cent of the paper’s revenue now comes from its tablet edition. The weekend edition will still be delivered in hard-copy form. Caroline Jamet, VP of Communications for LaPresse told the Globe and Mail: “We feel that this is more the way of the future,” “A mostly black-and-white, two-dimensional paper with no interactivity is just something that less and less people are interested in.” The tablet edition of the paper has a readership in the range of 220,000. According to these statistics from newspapers Canada, that would rank it among the most well read papers in the country. Refugees The promise of the Liberal government was originally 25,000 refugees to be landed in Canada by Christmas. That number was revised in late November, as the party seemed to realize it was totally unrealistic. The new number was to be 10,000- a major step back, but seemingly reasonable based on the idea of doing things right. Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides a handy tracker to show the number of refugees that have arrived in Canada at any given time. As of late December 31st, the number stood at just 5,788. The premise of doing things properly is a good one. There are all manner of logistical challenges when it comes to resettling 25,000 people. But we knew that beforehand, when the promises were made. If one hand the Liberals get credit for making the pledge, they must… Read More

Weekend File: Dec. 13-19, 2015

The Weekend File Editors Note: this is the second edition of a regular feature of our weekend content. We expect the concept to develop over time, so as always your feedback is welcome:   1. Noticed Calgary Man Breaks Through in Republican Primary Filed under the category of “will anything stop Donald Trump?”. Calgary’s own Ted Cruz appeared to have a breakthrough in ever-critical Iowa this week. Iowa is the first state to vote in the Republican primary, and will tell a lot about how the rest of the race shapes up. Cruz was shown to be two points ahead of Trump (28%-26%) in a Fox Poll, and ten points ahead in a joint poll commissioned by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg. Cruz still trill trails Trump by about 15 points in national averages, but when you look at the past month or so no candidate has gained more ground. Looking at the other candidates, at what point is a Jeb Bush candidacy declared dead? Polling at four percent nationally and six in Iowa, it has been a long way down for the one-time front-runner. As to whether we want to claim Cruz him as one of our own, consider this quote from Philosopher Ted (in Congress no less!): "You might think a camel’s hair brush must be made of camels….But a Camel’s hair brush is made of squirrel fur, and it makes you wonder the squirrels apparently have a very bad marketing department."   Alberta Nova Scotia Saskatchewan New Brunswick has a deficit problem! Jeffrey Simpson weighed in with a column in the Globe and Mail Thursday detailing the (alleged) revelation that the Province of New Brunswick is financial trouble. I left the page asking myself “why stop at New Brunswick?” He makes some good points, but… Read More
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