The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-Nine: We don't need another hero because we're overcrowded with villains as it is.

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Now the ugly truth about disgraced Liberal MP Raj Grewal is coming out.

Too little, too late, assholes.

You always wait until it’s too late.

You hang out in those hallways and you hear everything; so this wasn’t news to anyone in the press.

The Toronto Star tried to spin his basketball obsession as a good thing, but sports and gambling go together, and shows you the incompetence of the reporters who did not grow immediately suspicious and start to dig deeper.

The Star was amused by it all, which was patently racist. People are people, and it is not cute that I am a fan of boxing just because I am female and used to engage in the sport.

But the press has a serious problem of wanting to manufacture heroes and using archaic templates to do it.

All it does is encourage villains to wear the mask, and when they get caught, they often have a victim mask ready for back-up.

I will not be indulging in that bullshit. You want applause, shotgun, go pay an entourage.

I am just interested in the facts, not stroking egos because the world is filled with vain and selfish villains, and we don’t need to make any more of them…

Public Policy Forum wants to destroy free speech and democracy through the Canadian government. Big Brother, go fuck yourself.

Public Policy Forum is playing Stasi these days, and they have a vested interest in public manipulations as I have chronicled here, and in my latest book.

They wrote a piece of blatant propaganda called The Shattered Mirror and it was an unscientific piece of partisan garbage that argued that the state should fund the media.

So when you are advocating saving the media through nannying, the press are not going to look very closely at you, but I find this article fascinating:

Fed Consultant To Monitor Media, “Expose” Coverage

Stasi alert:

The Department of Canadian Heritage is reviewing a proposal to monitor truth in election-year reporting and “expose” coverage considered inaccurate. The initiative follows a Liberal cabinet plan to subsidize newsrooms it deems trustworthy. Elections Canada already enforces a statutory ban on campaign falsehoods.

Department staff yesterday confirmed the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based group, applied for cash grants for a so-called Digital Democracy Project. The value of the grant was not disclosed. “The application is under assessment and no decision has been made yet,” the department said in a statement.

The Policy Forum yesterday announced the campaign to “monitor digital and social media in real time” for “disinformation in the lead-up to the October 2019 federal election.” The group has received $593,000 in federal contracts and fees since 2015, according to accounts.

What gives them the right to meddle and dictate coverage?

Nothing, of course.

What empirical methods have they developed?

None.

What makes them qualified?

Nothing.

Canadians should be very worried about the brutes in suits using a façade of learnedness and morality to hijack the democratic process. This is a country which actively trying to merge communications with authority. That is how dictators, fascists and communists roll.

This is the reason we need an alternative to journalism: so conniving control freaks don’t get to decide things for adults who keep mistakenly think that they live in a democracy.

We need to monitor the disinformation of the Public Policy Forum who have no qualifications, right, or business controlling the flow of information at all…

Memo to the University of Berkeley: Let's stop trying to rig things to socially engineering façades.

The Drudge Report suffers no Leftist fools, and has a link to a Campus Reform knee-slapper that advocates rigging the academic board by doing away with student evaluations because white male professors get higher ratings than female or minority counterparts.

Oh, please.

No, I do believe they do get higher evaluations, and for good reason: white men have a longer history of teaching; so it should be no surprise that this demographic have it mastered.

So the goal now is to set those ratings as the Gold Standard, and work toward other demographics reaching those levels.

Otherwise, you are going to screw over students with your social engineering with bad habits.

I have been teaching for almost twenty years, and my student evaluations were always way above the provincial average.

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That is a tiny portion of the comments I have received over the years. I have always excelled even though I am a female of Eastern European heritage. Why should I be penalized by removing an important component of determining how good is a professor just because the under-performers don’t like their own results?

And before anyone prone to sophistry and temper tantrums goes on about students having prejudices, my students didn’t exactly take to me the first couple of weeks. I am not some appeasing servant. I am fiery, eccentric, hard to read, demanding, unpredictable, lippy, and also suffer no fools.

Yet my students learned, warmed up to me, and we both came out better people than we were at the start of the course.

I am learning a lot through Harvard’s course for teaching professionals, and every week excites me, and I cannot wait to learn (I am working on this week’s assignments as we speak) because I care about being the very best teacher Alexandra Kitty can possibly be.

That is the reason my evaluation scores were in the supper nineties every semester I taught.

I am the shepherd of a flock. My divine duty is to guide this flock from the side of ignorance to the side of mastery. I know every student by name, advocate for them, cheer them when they triumph, and work with them when they begin to flounder.

I am there for them when they are having an academic meltdown. When promotions meetings take place, I fight for every one.

That’s my job, and I am grateful to do so.

And my dedication is reflected in those evaluations.

So if your evaluations suck, maybe you should do what you expect of your students: hunker down, get feedback, modify your strategies, take courses to improve your technique, and go back in the battlefield again.

I am taking a very pricey course that is very involved, and my evaluations are untouchable.

Yet I still do it, and happily so. I keep myself up to code.

And by the international make-up of the other educators taking the course, these are also people who have taken time out of their schedule to do it.

So we shouldn’t get rid of a valuable tool just because we don’t like the reading.

We have identified a disparity, and the riddle to solve is how do we work toward making those kind of disparities vanish.

The hiding-under-the-bed technique isn’t going to help: it will merely alienate students, and that’s not the point of academia.

It is to engage and connect, and that means facing inconvenient truths to create a more thriving reality…

The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-Seven: When NATO bombed Serbs every night, they threw concerts on a bridge. The West needs to learn a few lessons from that. I did.

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When the thugs of NATO bombed Serbs in the late 1990s, the Serbs didn’t whine and botch like the American loser youth who are demanding pensions and wasting their fucking pathetic existence on social media rehashing propaganda memes all in the name of getting their own way, never having to admit they are wrong, and trying to get everyone to agree with their selfish assessments and demands.

You know, if you get perpetually offended because you want to rig a conversation to get pity and validation as you micromanage and find fault with the words you measure, then the best course of action is not stop talking to people. Just shut up, and deal with your own problems, and break the cycle.

Or just learn a few lessons from Serbs.

Serbs, when they were being murdered by your various governments as you and your parents cheered them on, held concerts out on the bridge where they could be bombed.

You have snowflakes of the West write articles how people should talk to them because heaven forbid someone call them on the carpet for their manipulative woe is me bullshit.

Fuck you.

The Greeks protested the bombings at their own concerts, and called it out for what it was.

But the Leftist West could bomb people without batting an eye, but when their candidate lost an election journalists did their best to rig, the howling, screaming, and tantrum-throwing just turned people in North America into spiteful little trolls who no longer use a single brain cell nor moral, but will just opposite to whatever someone who didn’t vote for Clinton just to prove some nonexistent point.

Fuck you and your bad lying.

If a person who voted Republican likes ice cream, you will see endless trolling on social media about how bad and immoral it is to like ice cream because by the default delusion, the opposite has to be the right answer.

If Republicans want to permanently fuck up Democrats — you should all praise sex as beautiful, having children as glorious, being happy as wonderful, and having a life in a nice house as something to cherish.

Just do it. Watch what happens.

Watch as journalists declare having sex as demented, ensuring the next generation as fascist, being happy as immoral, and living in a home as treasonous and most likely some nefarious Russian-backed propaganda campaign.

They are miserable, and want the whole world to be as bitter and worthless trash as they are.

I sit here and have a very good laugh. I went to a place worse than hell in 2018, and my life was hell for two years when I had to basically give up everything to look after my grandmother when the paramedics dropped her in her own home on a hard floor in front of my mother who developed Post Traumatic Stress.

People who know me and my family can attest to what we went through. Nurses and social workers who came to our house to look after her were so impressed, that my mother won an award from CCAC two years in a row.

And the second time she received two different nominators independently of one another.

That was hell.

2018 was below hell.

And I fought back.

And happily so, grateful, smarter, wiser, and better than I was before.

And here are people in their twenties, staring at their godphone like a bunch of cowardly dummies, who have no idea what life is about, making royal decrees as if they were authorities in the matter and not a bunch of ignorant motherfuckers who didn’t get enough love as children.

They are collectively depressed, but too gullible and conniving to know why.

They should all be placed on a bridge and told that bridge is going to be bombed, and they aren’t escaping or going home as their godphones are cut off.

Okay, we are giving you an hour. Tell me of all the things you did on social media that will bring you comfort.

Tell me about the trolling on Twitter that will make you feel like you didn’t waste your life.

Explain how posting your ugly pouty mug with an animal face on Instagram will influence future generations.

Who is going to give a flying fuck a year from now about the propaganda memes you puked out on Facebook?

No one, that’s who.

And then, with a loudspeaker, make bitchin’ explosive noises with your mouth as you then shout, “Punked!”

Watch the trauma those little brats will have, and the lawsuits, and the sad, doe eyed Instagram pictures they’ll post with doggie nose and ears.

An empty shell.

Serbs threw a fucking party.

People in the West should be ashamed of themselves.

I clawed out of the place below hell. I was thrown in even though I never did a thing to warrant that kind of cosmic abuse.

And yet, when my grandmother needed constant care, I spent time with her and began an epic venture A Dangerous Woman as I became an art teacher. I have no regrets. My grandmother was loved until her final breath, and she knew it.

And even though 2018 was even worse — I came out with a published book, one new one, and a new lease on life. I am still transmuting, but I have new ideas and I am ready to take on the world with a big smile on my face.

No mid-life crisis for Alexandr Kitty. No wallowing or cowering for me. I am eccentric and I don’t have a single flying fuck to give to my haters.

You’re miserable. I am not.

I call them as I see them. I am not your cheerleader or ass-kisser, If you are fucking up or fucked up, I am going to tell you it to your face.

I am not wallowing or pining for socialism. I am not a bigot who is blaming Russia for random shit.

Life tried to bomb Alexandra Kitty back to the Stone Age, and I took those stones and built a brand new castle, fusing it with gold, and made it out of Kintsugi.

And there is a saying among us Kintsugi artists: broken is better than new.

I am still an upbeat, perky person who is enigmatic, eccentric, and filled with silliosity. I write outrageous stories, and live a Bohemian life as I have grand and futuristic visionary ideas about what the world can do with idealism and happiness.

Those stones I built my castle are precious ones. They weren’t just rocks.

Each one had a history, and I got to know and love them all.

And some of those stones were known as Chaser.

And I looked at them, smiled fondly, and said, Alexandra, try it again.

Chaser is going to be a party.

Shitty and petty losers can sit in their soiled underpants and stew in their stink.

Not me.

I am excited and happy that I could land on my feet, and when I couldn’t, I learned how to soar.

I am a tough little Serbian punk.

The West was always envious of Serbs. They always hated our spirit, reverence for our families, and stubborn nature that compelled us not to be ass kissers.

So to all you moral masturbators: get over yourselves. I am not buying your bullshit. I didn’t buy it when the Catholic Church pulled that shit, and you’re no church.

Chaser is going to be a wild ride.

The smearing of WikiLeaks is pathetic, but WikiLeaks went about it with too much seriosity, and they played it wrong.

Chaser is not WikiLeaks.

I get the joke.

I understand the psychological and propagandistic bombing the overlords has done with impunity.

You don’t fight bombs with bombs.

You become bomb-proof.

And then you gain strength by getting bombed.

If 2018 left me with one amazing gift, it was to teach me how to gain knowledge and power with every kind of bomb people in power throw at you — as well as the ones life throws at you.

I am a very good learner.

You now have a generation of Reality Deniers and Life Wasters who think they are playing it safe, when they have done nothing but gamble their blessings and opportunities away living in their self-imposed bubbles and prisons.

Fuck that.

Chaser is coming…

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Get the party started because the world’s most dangerous woman is ready to arrive and deliver…

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The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-Six: Digital? That's so 2010. And 2019 is around the corner.

Condé Nast should be called Condé Past.

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The shake up continues.

The industry is in turmoil, and the moves they hoped would “shake things up” are falling flat.

The Titans of Industry are archaic and are yesterday’s news.

But the articles covering their downfall don’t get it, either.

Just look at this headline:

A shakeup at Condé Nast highlights the disruptive impact Facebook and Google are having on legacy media brands — and how they're trying to adapt

Hello! Big Tech is fading fast, let alone trying to adapt to a rapidly passé medium.

What is this? 2010?

Digital is not the future. It is the present.

The fallout happened way back then; so why do we have clueless journalists pretend they know what the fuck is going on?

They are stuck in the past. They aren’t even in the present, let alone the future.

The party started without them, and the party is now winding down.

So what are they gearing up for now?

They have no clue.

Chaser knows.

And I am getting ready for it…

A special kind of stupid: How a nation is self-entitling itself into oblivion.

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Canadian media is a special kind of stupid, and the stories they are puking about GM are fascinating.

The golden goose was cooked years ago, Toronto Star.

Memo to CBC, even when you see how serious it is, you cannot help but try to put a sunny spin on rot. You are destructive little cowards. You make excuses, and don’t even question why the press has given a platform for direct government propaganda.

The kind that has been exposed as such by reality in a very short time.

And the National Post openly states that government money cannot save a business as they lobby that same government for the same taxpayer money to save them.

They do not question why all of these politicians are investing money into the pot trade.

They lament that Canada has no standards when it comes to testing products, never realizing they collapsed because the government never made any demands of their industry, either.

The Age of Propaganda has now turned into the Era of Stupid.

Because the propaganda and sophistry has gone on for so long without a real challenge, people’s thinking has literally gone off the rails.

But reality is not waiting around to keep the charades going.

GM is closing plants because the bailouts only postponed the inevitable.

If Canadians think it is all going to work out in the end because they are going to get free money and the government will save them from their own passivity, they are in for the shock of their lives.

It has started. When Big Tech gets whacked soon enough, there will be a bigger vacuum and void, and there is no replacement.

And people are getting stupider by the second.

We have animals-slaughters (don’t play games by calling it a “protein company”) Maple Leaf touting it is building a big plant in London, Ontario…but is closing three of their old factories, slashing their workforce by the hundreds…all while getting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars from Ontario and the feds.

This is pure insanity.

Your little propaganda memes doesn’t prove anything other than you know very little but make big epic theories that have no basis in fact or reality.

Canada tied its fortunes to the auto sector and the US who it has now alienated with its self-entitled strutting. How will you strut when the carpet gets pulled out from under you, and you have created a populace who are spoiled, sheltered, and unable to handle bad news and always thinks mommy government will make everything all right?

The weed is not going to save Canada.

Neither is the government nor the press.

So what now, children, when the signs that the Oshawa plant was going to close a long time ago, but refused to see them?

And what else are you missing as you strut stupidly down the street staring at your little godphone in a weed cloud?

Get ready for 2019, and it is not going to be pretty to the reality deniers…

The Latest A Dangerous Woman is out

It is here.

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On Kindle and Kobo.

This is the last one of 2018, unless I can sneak in a One Shot, perhaps another The World’s Most Dangerous Woman story, but I am not sure I will have the time. I have a book to write in five months for a US publisher, and three more lessons to finish, and I am taking my studies seriously, as usual.

And other stuff.

As usual…

Child-like innocence gets a rude awakening: GM is closing up shop in Oshawa, and there is no happy ending.

GM is closing its Oshawa plant, and to realists like me, it is no surprise.

But the temper tantrums from both the press and the NDP is truly mystifying.

You have an anti-car nation such as Canada, and now you have dopey columnists who think that Canada has what it takes to have its own car-maker.

That ship has sailed a long time ago. That had to be done decades ago.

Canada has always been lazy and resistant to change and innovation, particularly if the innovators happen to be their own citizens who have to be innovation refugees and flee to the US to get a fair shake.

The US have been the future-thinker active doers who have encouraged innovation and progress with their industries, entertainment, and just about everything else.

You have jealous countries try to plant seeds of jealousy to sabotage that one nation by having them make apologies and second-guess themselves, but the bottom line is that Americans would have been wiped off the face of this Earth and we’d be still sitting in the dark with old sexist regimes fighting thousand-year vendettas unless the US wasn’t so focussed on an empirical model of admitting errors, thinking ahead, and improving on the status quo.

Journalism could learn a lot from that spirit of innovation.

And so could Canada.

But it was easier to follow scripts and have the Americans do all of our heavy lifting.

And now we are paying the price.

The NDP babbling about how Doug Ford should have fought for a foreign corporation to stay here is childish. If GM could be induced to stay, they would have put out feelers and gotten money from the province and the country.

They way they did in 2009.

The fact that GM just announced it without prior warning should be a huge clue that they had no intention of staying in Oshawa, and, as Ford said, the ship had sailed.

I remember when my grandmother’s factory closed in Stoney Creek to move to Mexico: the federal Liberals had a program specifically for those woman of a certain age to be given a full pay check until they turned 65, and my grandmother was a recipient. The factory was unionized, and Canada was a different place back then.

There was no sunny-spinning rot back then. The factory was closed, and it was seen as a bad thing.

No new factories sprang up to take over the slack with the same high wages and benefits. The federal and provincial governments still had money to weather out the recession, but we now have both provincial and federal regimes that are broke and in serious debt with a serious depression moving into the nation at an increasingly faster rate.

As the 2009 bailout proved, throwing money at a problem doesn’t solve it.

Our prime minister may have his father’s arrogance, but none of his cunning, and he stepped in dog shit by not taking the US president as a serious adversary, and not heeding him the proper respect. Do not underestimate the US. Do not overestimate Canada’s importance to the world economy.

It is the reason why Canada, more than any other country in the world — needed a strong and realistic press that was empirical, innovative, and not dependent on handouts. Our place is always fragile, and somewhere along the way, we bought our own hype.

The union declaring some sort of war on GM is pure stupidity. It is their company; they were generous enough to give you jobs, and now that they aren’t in the mood, they have the right to up and leave. That this country’s governments and media have been sleepwalking and leeching off the US doesn’t change the reality of how lackadaisical Canada has been to its own self-interests.

Our universities have failed to create innovative spaces because they go for the cheap and worthless “safe spaces”. We are thrilled that our weak currency is now politically correct as we completely ignore that it is going in the wrong direction, and when it is worthless, it won’t matter who is on the currency because it won’t buy you anything, regardless of how you identify yourself.

The job of a government is to ensure strength and prosperity for all of its citizens equally. You don’t pat yourself on the back for doing what you are supposed to do. You are always vigilant and on alert. You don’t babble about straws to save the environment, you ensure people have homes and can pay their bills.

Or the environment they will be living in will be on the streets.

We talk about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, but the government’s job is to always secure the bottom and primitive base of it: the physiological and the safety needs. The love, the esteem, the self-actualization is not their mandate.

It’s ours.

We want to sound special and brag, but without the basics, we cannot achieve any of it, nor is it the governments place to meddle in those higher levels.

And Canada’s base has always been on rotten and cracked foundation.

It is starting to cave in, and we have a sheltered generation who are already too arrogant to understand that no one owes them fame and fortune, and think they have suffered because they are frustrated and depressed about their mundaneness.

One day, they will look back and cringe at how they took their lives for granted. It will be too late for them.

Canada is in for a rough ride: not for everyone, of course. Some have already factored in the worst and made plans and counter-plans.

Those pragmatists will weather the storm and thrive.

But to those whose child-like innocence shackles them, the worst is just around the corner and no temper tantrum is going to make things all right for them any time soon…

The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-Five: Social Media is dead. Chaser may begin here, but it is not going to stay here.

Recently, I quit a website called Metafilter.

I was on it since about 2007, on and off, mostly off, and when I left, I had a bit north of 1600 posts. If you do the math, you see 2.5 posts a day isn’t a place where I had much of a presence.

I was quoted once by the Telegraph way back in 2010 about computer games that looked as Excel and Word programs, but Metafilter never did a thing for me. They have Projects section where I placed my various web sites for one reason: to establish provenance.

It was never my favourite site, but it was average, and I had a few things to say on a variety of topics over the years, some things people agreed with, some things people ignored, and there were some people who were abusive toward me, and the moderators didn’t do anything about it.

I never reported any of it, either, people I believe in free speech and preserving a record. I had gotten personal emails from people who were irrationally abusive, and one who I did threaten to report because he or she took offence that I thought Plan 9 from Outer Space was a stupid movie, and they repeatedly hurled nasty emails my way.

I had a couple of nice emails, but in the span of a decade, the net effect is nil. I have been on Ello a lot less than that, and have better feedback there.

I had all but abandoned Metafilter, and I may have posted a couple of responses in the last couple of months, two of which had to do with journalism — which is obviously my expertise.

I had for a while posted about A Dangerous Woman Story Studio, as it related to publishing and fiction stories.

I can say with absolute confidence that I have never gotten any sort of “lift” on any of my books or websites from Metafilter in the decade I have been on it.

So I never see it as some sort of free advertising, but when I know something or have experienced something, I will talk about it.

But recently, Metafilter did something that angered me enough to deactivate my account for a second time (the first was years ago, and I wasn’t upset: I just wasn’t going there, and then deleted it due to my own apathy, and had a change of heart).

In the span of a week, I replied to two threads about journalism, and, as usual, explained my background with links…

The same way I do here. If I am talking about one of my articles, I post the link. If I talk about one of my books, I post the link.

Just as I post links to articles and books other people write. I don’t consider it free advertising for me or them.

If you are going to talk about something specific, you give your evidence. It is common curtesy.

Every once in a while, I may be on a forum, and decide it is too much trouble, but then immediately people would rather ask me directly than google it.

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I should also mention that only my latest book has a publisher that is still in business. The Disinformation Company is no more. bluechrome is no more. Zer0 Books is still in the game.

A lot of magazines I have written for are also dead. Presstime is no more, for instance, and I was their Canadian correspondent.

As for A Dangerous Woman, I have my short stories up on this web site, on Ello, and, until I can find the proper venue, many of the eBooks on Kobo are downloadable for free.

And I mention my books and stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Ello, but those venues are not what sell my books.

It is word of mouth.

So for one post, I had mentioned over at Metafilter what I have mentioned here, other places, and my books: the journalism needs an overhaul, it is antiquated, and should be replaced by an alternative.

No problem.

And then came the second one about George Lakeoff’s stupid ideas about Trump, and one poster made some uppity comment along the lines that reporters are already savvy on Trump, and then I said, what I always do.

That they don’t because he keeps playing them, and they keep getting played.

And, as I always have had to do because I am Writing While Female, give my qualifications on it.

That’s when the temper tantrums came out.

It was perfectly fine for me to mention my qualifications when people agreed with my sentiments, but when they didn’t; so tattled like cowardly little children who didn’t get a lollipop, and I got this vexing email:

Hey, I know media and in particular Fox propaganda is something you've done a lot of work on, but people are starting to flag your comments about it as spam and self-promotion. It would help a lot if you could engage with others' discussions; I think right now people feel like you're posting formulaic advertising for your books rather than engaging in a conversation with other posters, and it's picking up a lot of flags and bringing the conversation to a screeching halt. I'm sure that's not your intent, but that is how people are taking it right now.

So I get censored because a few snowflakes don’t like what I have to say, and are looking for excuses. If the accusations weren’t so misogynistic, they would be hilarious, especially considering how few media interviews I have done over the years, and the kind of year I have had to battle for my very survival, and what my priorities have been. Accusing me of self-promotion is akin to accusing a recluse of being a media whore.

But the message was interesting: we know you are not self-promoting, but complainers are twisting logic to say as much, and we’ll take their dishonest side, without ever giving you the opportunity of giving your honest side.

And Lakeoff honestly believes in truth sandwiches.

Peter Pan may want to muse from Neverland, but Tickerbell was all booked up today.

I gave my response:

They are picking on me because they do not like what I am saying, and are finding any excuse to censor me. If I don't post a link to what I am referencing, then I get abused. If I post a link to what is my expertise, I am accused of self-promotion.

And if I wanted to shill my work, I would be doing it in a larger forum than Metafilter. I would be doing interviews on larger platforms, which I turn down, and I would be writing fawning books to appease the press. I hardly post on Metafilter anymore, and there is a reason for it.

So I venture out twice and talk about a subject I know something about, and now I am getting a warning? When I don't, people get rudely patronizing and ask how would I know, and now that I do, they have rigged it so I am some sort of self-promoter? Nice try.

If they want to flag me and run away from life, I don't actually care. If you want to erase my comments, go ahead. If Mefi want to ban me or censor me in any way, go ahead.

I am an easy target because I am a female who is not marching to some sort of preset script, and I am fully aware of it.

I have been abused on Metafilter numerous times over the years, and took the hits in stride. I believe in democracy and free speech.

If I am getting in trouble because I am merely proving I have expertise in a subject area, and this is condoned by Mefi, then fuck it. 

I had added an extra line that for all I knew, those who were complaining had a vested interest in censorship and controlling a narrative.

After all, I am not given any information of who is doing, their identities, or why.

So, I deactivated my account, and gave the reasons why.

The same reasons I gave here.

But I am not on social media much these days. Twitter and Tumblr have been reduced to posting links automatically from here. Ello has the same Story Studio fiction as this site and eBooks do. Facebook I use to mostly check-in to various Starbucks as I once posted whatever things I thought would amuse my mother who recently signed up, and now left because she finds Facebook boring and keeps to using my Pinterest account as she has discovered documentaries on YouTube — until that bores her; so even my Facebook is barely used.

So, in all honesty, this is pretty much the only place I post other than the private Harvard forum where I am taking an online course in teaching. Another three weeks, and that’s over.

I have been thinking a lot of about the Internet, which is a transitory medium. The digital is the present, but it is not the future.

And the reason is simple: it is far too much a “me-centred” medium that shelters people and gives them the impression that it is all about them, that they are never wrong, are perpetual victims, and they are owed something for free without effort.

It is the reason we suddenly have ideological stagnation and regression. We have educated youth who want pensions are talk about socialism as if it were the answer when it wasn’t the answer for millions of people who tried that experiment, and failed.

And when you are young and educated, you are not owed a pension because you have not significantly invested in society.

The fact that these unoriginal thinkers cannot come up with a brand new ideological or political system is all you have to know.

We have an old, reactionary, and Victorian group of script-followers who having fainting spells when someone has an original idea that does not involve applauding their sophistry.

That’s not going to be Chaser.

It will be about presenting new ideas, and challenging the uninspired Establishment, regardless of their age.

It will not censor reality or give in pressure. It will not care about your insults or how offended you are, or whether you think I am about self-promotion.

I never installed a flying fuck storage area; so I have none to give.

So maybe it is time I went all out with self-promotion. I have never actually gave it a whirl.

Because what people have been promoting lately is propaganda and garbage.

But I have never been either of those things.

And it is time for me — and the rest of the world — to experience a change in the right direction.

I don’t need Metafilter to do that because I have another medium in mind and at heart for it…

The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-Four: If you are babbling about "truth sandwiches", you really don't know truth.

Western civilization is one that infantilizes adults.

It is the reason why those over-thinking and over-educated sheltered souls keep missing the mark.

We have a linguistics professors actually going on record, thinking that he is more cunning than Donald Trump, and babbling and spewing about truth sandwiches.

Are you serious?

Do you honestly think this is some high school debate?

Memo to George Lakeoff: this isn’t your classroom, this is real life, and you obviously have lived a very sheltered life.

So, let me give you a little lesson in reality.

People will marry ugly slobs who will eventually steal their money, isolate them from their family, and when they get what they want, off them.

No non-existent, ABC Afterschool Special “truth sandwich” will convince them of anything. They have their fairy princess narrative, people who are not in love with the scum bucket will be painted as jealous, and they will be ignored.

And do not instruct the moronic press with lessons because they are as corrupt as the president.

And that’s why people do not believe them, either.

It’s all just a line in the sand, and when you have a linear divide, people will see their superiority, and then that’s it.

Psychologist Brett Silverstein showed that creating two random groups was all it took.

So save your lectures for your captive audience of students.

But don’t buy your own hype.

Trump is more cunning than you, and more cunning than journalists.

And anyone who talks about truth sandwiches with a straight face is asking for a knuckle sandwich instead.

I will not be treating adults as children.

Come February, the dynamics of this web site will change.

I have been busy lately, and among other things, I have three weeks to go on my course, and a move to make.

I will be writing a book for a US publisher as well; so things are picking up here, but I promised a few things, and they will be coming.

I never talked down to people — not back then, not now.

And I don’t defer to authority, either.

If some people thought they didn’t like what I had to say before, they have not seen anything yet…

Memo to the National Post: Even if when you post an alternative opinion, you still don't get the trouble you're in.

The National Post has a certain snooty obliviousness to it that explains why it isn’t relevant.

This latest column is interesting, trying to argue the case against the government because it would “politicize” journalists…as if they were not politicized already.

Media outlets were openly lobbying the government for the Benjamins in the space that is supposed to be about news.

They were whoring themselves right out in the open, saying they were bribable.

They stated they were for sale and demanded the government be their johns.

Including the National Post.

Notice that they never made any changes to either their business model, nor their journalism model.

Doing the same passive thing and expecting a positive outcome.

Because their motives were never about informing people, but lording over them.

And they figured the government has money and the same intention: so let’s finally drop the pretence that there is a separation, let the press be your organ and rub us the right way and we’ll aim wherever you want us.

And this is the second time the government gave money to media outlets.

Two hundred fifty million was not enough for the whore.

Now it is more than double the last time.

And the last hit didn’t do a fucking thing; so how will this be any different?

This Brothel of the Damned is a hoot.

Andrew Coyne notes the fucking around:

Well now its 2018, and the publishers have long been leading the charge for federal aid — not only in luncheon speeches but in their own pages, not to mention numerous private meetings with federal officials. The publishers’ association even went so far as to suggest a model of how the money might be delivered, complete with promises of what sort of coverage they would provide in exchange.

If the government had balls or ovaries, they would have told the press to go fuck themselves, but the government is as loose with their morals as the media who has been lobbying for fuck money.

And obviously, they sheltered their sugar daddies in order to get the dough, and screw the little people: they are the targets to manipulate, not the electorate to inform.

And then the attempted sunny spinning of rot:

The government’s blackly brilliant answer: an “independent panel” of journalists will determine who is eligible to receive the government’s cash. Of course! Make the inmates fight among themselves! Let decisions about which journalists get to keep their jobs be made by other journalists! Who can blame the government then?

So while one group of journalists is scrambling to stay onside with the panel’s government-mandated definition of “core journalism standards” and “professional journalism,” another group will be angling to be appointed to this panel. Since that’s where the real power will lie.

Just so we’re clear: I don’t actually think the government will appoint a group of card-carrying Liberal hacks to this “independent panel.” They won’t need to. If the example of the Liberal-appointed “independent” senators is any guide, they will be scrupulously non-partisan, of unimpeachable respectability, and dependably progressive.

That’s right: people who fucked up the profession get a cushy government job to make decrees about which one of their little friends gets taxpayer monies as if they should be entrusted with a task they messed up the first time.

The press in Canada have already marketed themselves as government hacks. They haven’t been independent: it is the reason Left-leaning Ontario either went Right: whatever the press told them, they didn’t believe. That they trusted Doug Ford more than the press or the Grits says everything you need to know.

It sounds like a case of federal Liberal incompetence, but it is a case of federal Liberal corruption. This ruse is something I would expect from some socialist or communist regime: brazen nepotism with an open Big Brother bent.

What we are starting to see is a quiet revolution: people are now pulling away from Establishment entities. Those overlords are trying to demonize those by claiming they are fascist populists, but the gambit’s effectiveness is not gaining traction. That Canadian media outlets have hedged their bets wrong shows, (a) that they have no idea of the reality they proclaim to be covering, and (b) they are now in serious danger of a different sort. They have now declared that they are against the people.

But journalistic ignorance is to blame for their predicament.

I have been taking a course on teaching through Harvard University, and there are discussion forums where educators taking the course can post information. I had posted a two-part news article about what we are learning this week from a public radio station without making any comments one way or another about the quality of the pieces.

It isn’t surprising that one professor immediately saw the holes and flaws with the piece, and asked smart questions, and it was then I responded that when you have a product that misinterprets information, the public are misinformed, but have some sort of demented idea that now they are informed, and make demands that they shouldn’t because it doesn’t apply to their situation.

And giving money away to losers who fucked up their profession as they start to argue who is going to get the pennies is pathetic — but as I have said before, throwing money to these knuckle-draggers is a waste: this won’t save a dead profession, and it will not help the Grits win the election.

Because the middle class in Canada are jittery, arrogant, unknowingly misinformed, and have gotten too cocky as they have been lulled into believing it will all work out in the end regardless of what happens.

More fascinating, is that you have a divided Left, and weak Right who will battle it out, but the upcoming election will not be decided by either group.

It never is.

It is the pragmatists in the centre who call all of the shots.

And they have much to ponder.

For one, traditional media doesn’t sway them at all. Because they look at the bottom line and governments never give them any graft or goodies because they are always pandering to their own flock and fringes, bypassing them completely, mistaking those who are too intelligent to hold political affiliation with being apathetic.

For another, Donald Trump won the battle on social media, bypassing the press, and both the press — and the rich white Leftist Establishments overlords shit their pants because they thought they were clever and cunning, when they were just conniving with the ridiculous assumption that the Internet was just for those hip young Leftist kids and old Republican retirees wouldn’t be able to use social media.

Fucking arrogant morons.

So then the Left discredited social media with their various distorted canards about Russia, as if countries such as China, Saudi Arabia, the UK, and the US don’t regularly meddle and use propaganda to rig elections themselves.

Right.

So they managed to frighten their own base, but not as much as they could: the US primaries will almost always have both the House and the Senate switch parties to oppose the president…and the Senate didn’t sway.

So had we not had this shit fit propaganda-fest, the outcome would have been more in line with the Left than the Right.

Now, this is a significant shift. This means that social media’s fortunes have now been tied to traditional media, and neither is an actual force.

What we have is a void, and the prime group that will determine the election have been freed from both influences.

All thanks to the Left who have been behaving like the Catholic church: trying to shame people in order to control and manipulate them under the laughable pretence of “morality.”

Both have been derailed.

Trump won on social media, and then the Left burned that bridge, thinking people would hop on the traditional media bandwagon, and it is the reason the Canadian federal regime is now bribing the dead Canadian media.

Doug Ford won his majority without either social media nor traditional media backing him.

The NDP and the provincial Liberals played up to both, and both lost.

Ford’s victory is neither minor, nor contained to Ontario: it is a significant shift in the ideological landscape, and what we are witnessing is a rapid transition away from all forms of media.

As the extremists on both sides are rapidly burning through their goodwill and authoritative capital, the traditional structure of communications is imploding. The overloading of the overlords is merely speeding up the inevitable with no alternative on their minds because they not real leaders with vision or an eye on the future: they are conniving hoarders trying to cling on to power.

And Canada has an old school fuddy duddy Liberal regime who not futurists but script-followers who think bribing a dead profession will do something for them.

They should remember state-run propaganda did not work for the Soviet Communists, either.

And that was pre-Internet days.

The Internet was always a transitional medium the way radio was: it paved the way for television.

And it is paving the way for something else.

The Canadian Liberal regime are not the guiders to the upcoming era.

And neither are the American Democrats.

The lot of them are Yesterday’s Rulers.

That is going to cost them more than they realize.

Journalism is also Yesterday’s Chroniclers.

And hitching their ride on any government is not a good idea.

The Internet trained people to speak in a public forum, once you have trained a collective, they can rebel against content, but never the structure or the expectation.

They can abandon Facebook, but not the idea that their internal pecking order where they are they are right and have the right to express themselves and expect immediate change.

And that neo-Victorian narrative allows that fake halo where they cannot be judged, expected to pull their own weight, or question their motives or assessments.

That’s why you have perfectly healthy and abled-bodied people making sad faces for the CBC and the Toronto Star how evil it is to take away their free government money and make them go get a job as if that were horrible punishment.

The reality is that we have a Western society that is reality-averse. When you have a public that is that way, but a regime that is savvy to reality, you have a people who are exploited.

When you have a reality-savvy regime and a reality-savvy electorate, you have true, visionary progress, and you can properly channel idealism to achieve great things in short order.

But when both the regime and the electorate are reality-averse, you have an Age of Propaganda where everything is swept under the rug and people play mind games trying to prevent reality from exposing itself and revealing the truth.

That means nothing real ever gets done, and then the denials of the sheltered government prevent them from taking the hits…

But the electorate are not so lucky, and when you have an awakened reality-savvy electorate stuck with a reality-averse government, that’s when the real troubles begin.

The Grits are using unworkable reactionary methods to connive their way to victory. It would have worked for Ontario Grits, when laughing boy Patrick Brown was at the helm, but then more cunning minds prevailed, kicked him to the curb, and installed reality-savvy Doug Ford who cruised and cha-cha-ed his way to a majority.

Donald Trump is now quietly reassessing the game board and has kept quiet. The knuckle-dragger haters assume he is becoming more predictable, but he will come back with a new strategy in the new year when the timing is right.

They forgot he did the same when he had to file for bankruptcy in his heyday, and then came back with a hit TV show that catapulted him to the White House.

People think they have found the hack for eternity and are holding on to it, even though it is working against them.

A stagnate society is a weak society that is resting on the laurels of the visionaries of the past.

Italy used to be the innovators of Murano glass until you came to the generation that hid its methods and stuck to the old ways, and then lost their prominence when the Czechs came on the scene with their better and more creative ways.

Governments are no different, and neither is journalism.

Both are clinging on to the past, particularly the leeches who have hedged their bets of hiding under the cover of Leftist ideology. They are the ones discrediting and ruining that faction.

The same goes for journalism, and now social media.

Money and dirty tricks will not salvage it because the mindsets have altered in a generation.

What’s next?

Another subtle, rapid, but significant shift.

Chaser will be there, and it is going to be an exciting escapade…

America's Neo-Victorian Narrative: At what point do we call it out as bullshit?

American Leftist mainstream media has some sort of demented narrative that has done an enormous disservice to women as it has chained them to some odious ideal that is absolutely no better than their Rightist rivals.

They have women chained into some Neo-Victorian groove which has no basis in reality.

Women are the same as men. They can be assholes, just like men. They can be psychopaths, just like men.

They are not superior to men. They are not inferior to men.

They are humans, just like men.

But yet, when the Left try to make a case for women, they always fuck it up.

The fuck up began in the real Victorian Era that brought the first seeds of liberation, but it did so on a lie.

The lie wasn’t necessary, and it should have been done on the more powerful truth, but the conniving gambit has made problems and prolonged a battle that should have never started in the first place.

And that lie was the notion of romantic love.

Men saw women as the property, and the governments codified it with laws. Men mistreated women savagely, and it was an extremely oppressive existence for the majority, though there were women who were powerful, and lived full, exciting, and meaningful lives despite the rigs and artificial obstacles.

But for those who were more timid and passive by nature, they resorted to a clever feint: they humanized their gender by planting seeds of romance, and from there, women began to crawl out of that oppressive mindset, breaking away, getting the right to vote, not be property, get work, and making options and opportunity for themselves.

But the case was never actually made on the notion that women were equal to men.

Women were always presented as being the morally superior gender, which is bullshit. Just as you have moral women and men, you have untrustworthy and destructive garbage out there, too, and it comes in every gender-variety available.

You have women who have murdered their children. You have women who prostituted their children and allowed their husbands and boyfriends to repeatedly rape their children — and then feign ignorance, when they damn well knew what was happening.

My grandmother had a fight with a woman who was earning more than her husband, but she knew her husband was sexually abusing her daughter, and refused to leave because she said, “Who is going to support me?”

So you have women who always find excuses why their evil is justified.

We, as a species, have never quite learned to stop with those manipulative binary games where we demonize everyone or deify everyone. The case-by-case assessments are non-existent because everyone wants a hack and a TORTEE: The One Rule That Explains Everything.

The Victorian Era’s gains can be wiped out at any given moment because everything was based on a lie.

Had we had a braver focus on reality, women should be judged the same as men without any narrative rigs. Men can be full of shit; women can be full of shit; people are people, and the point is not to rig and hold back the kind and the competent, but to do our best so that we don’t have to suffer and can live better lives as we deal with our own petty jealousies and learn how to be embrace life instead of make it miserable.

And that means that consequences matter. Men should be imprisoned if they raped someone because they have proven themselves to be untrustworthy and are corrupting society with their wickedness. The expense and traumas incurred are unnecessary, and yes, make his ilk be aware of what happens when you play those games.

But for the women who have allowed men to molest their children, they, too have to be taught the same lesson: no, sitting on your ass and allowing it to happen has no excuse that gets you off the hook. You are not some neo-Victorian victim: you are a wicked adult who knew exactly what you were doing, but figured the rapist’s pay check was worth more to you than the well-being of the child who had no say in coming into the world and having a piece of garbage for a mother.

And anyone who allows a child to be harmed is a piece of garbage. Fuck you.

But journalism is trying to retain some audiences — any audience — and is now pandering to anyone by offering to serve as their apologists, regardless of what the consequences of that pandering will be.

So what we have now are journalists using a Victorian narrative to advocate on behalf of psychopaths, and other destructive people who do not need compassion, but be held accountable for their behaviours, without incessantly looking for loopholes, and then thinking a neo-Victorian narrative will do it.

This piece of propaganda from the New Yorker is such as case in point: here we have a journalist painting a highly deceptive narrative about how horrible it is for children to be separated from their mothers who are in prison.

For many, yes, it is, but for some, those mothers have repeatedly exposed them to torture, abuse, starvation, rape, prostitution, and death.

Even if they weren’t convicted of those crimes, those mothers have a lot to answer for. They hung around a criminal element. They exposed their children to violence, gangs, drugs, weapons, and danger at every waking moment.

Not all, but not a couple, either.

This article is unscientific in the worst way imaginable. The author has willfully and deliberately chosen propaganda to spin a tale.

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Many of these women have their children pimped out, in child porn, working as drug mules, and stealing…and they are placed in the same prison population as women who have done none of these things.

However, you do not take a manipulative approach: if it is bad for some, then it has to be bad for the whole.

And that is hardly the case.

We do not know how many of these women have abandoned their children, and only think about exploiting her motherhood once the reporter came marching along looking for some propaganda to spew.

If we had an actual journalist looking for reality and truth, this isn’t how you approach the subject.

You do not willfully manipulative and distort facts to make a false case, and then try to use the misdirection of a Neo-Victorian narrative to do it. There are so many holes and contradictions in this colour-heavy piece of garbage that it is useless.

I am not unfamiliar with doing a story about women in jail. I did one for Elle Canada about fifteen years ago about women who broke the law to please a boyfriend.

The piece was edited, and the editor took out a crucial profile without my knowledge, but let me explain what I did.

First, I spoke to a dozen people who were classified as experts in various areas of my subject of interest. This gave me a crude roadmap. I then went digging to find individual cases of specific women, and I researched about fifty women just to look for patterns. I read court transcripts, articles, and conducted interviews.

I then looked at fifty more who did not fit the profile, but were in jail for other reasons. They were my control group so I could compare and contrast their situation with my group of interest.

I didn’t make grand sweeping generalizations, but then I interviewed about a dozen women who fit the bill, and then I went with four women.

Unfortunately, my editor removed the last one, and I was not pleased.

While the other three women I spoke to were sympathetic, the last one was not.

None were blameless. One had no children. None should have been there for twenty years, but they should have been punished. The state was not wrong in punishing them, but mandatory minimums were obscene.

But one had a son and dated a drug dealer. Another one was a mother who took up with a prisoner, left her husband, and opened a business where he killed someone and then talked her into confessing to the crime. The third did not have children, but was involved with a drug dealer as well.

I had sympathy all the same for these three, but it was the fourth that was a caution against seeing the situation in a Victorian way.

The fourth was a teenaged killer who murdered an innocent stranger in her sleeping bag to prove to her boyfriend that she loved him. When I spoke to the D.A. about her, he warned me that she was an out and out psychopath.

And, boy, did he have her number.

She was in her twenties by then, and could not understand why she was in jail when she was “daddy’s girl.” She murdered an unarmed sleeping stranger on the say so of her boyfriend, and to her, that should have been reason enough to get off. She thought her sentence was profoundly unfair, and she had all sorts of reasons and excuses, and used a lot of that neo-Victorian propaganda to spin her tale of woe, that sounded very similar to the New Yorker article.

It was bullshit, and in my story, I laid out the facts without her own self-serving spin, but it was taken out, and I had no clue until after publication, but if I had known, I would have pulled out my article. The fourth was critical to understanding that you do not break out the violins just because you want to pretend you are moral, woke, and sensitive.

A lot of people are going to spin a story to gain sympathy, and make themselves look like victims, even if they are the villains and the primary architects of their own ruin. They dust off their children and parade them only when it suits their purposes, but they could not give one flying fuck about them.

A more responsible piece would not be spinning any story. Take fifty women with children who are in jail, and get the facts of each one.

Not just how howling sad it is that their children are separated from their mothers. That’s a confirmation bias right there.

But what kind of mother was she before she was arrested, and no, her version is just her interpretation.

Were those children in foster care, for instance? What do teachers and neighbours know? What do social workers know? You have privacy obstacles, but it is funny what you can dig up when you are determined to find the truth.

I would talk to psychologists and social workers as well as police, judges and D.A.s about the different categories of mothers they come across, and then start to grid my profiles with my information.

I would also talk to activists and advocates of these women.

But I would not be “picking sides.”

What you will find will be far more complex that the simpletons of the New Yorker will puke.

And you have to present the shades in a single piece.

Some children will be very sad and lost, but for others, it will be a blessing in disguise.

And you have to find out why and face that reality that not everyone who gives birth has the right to be called a mother.

Because women are people. Some are good, some are bad, and some are whatever the wind takes them.

Women, just like men, are the captains of their own ships.

My grandmother was alone during the Second World War. She had a limited education, no family, it was war, violent, and anarchy.

She didn’t stoop to illegal activities. She didn’t harm other people. She became a nurse during the war, and saved lives.

Even when there was no options, she made the one that counted, and she raised my mother, moving to Canada, and getting a job on the day she arrived without having connections or knowing a lick of English in a country that looked down on Eastern Europeans, labelling them DP — Displaced Persons.

Whenever I start getting to sympathetic to someone’s sob story, I think about her, and then get snapped right back to my senses.

North America has countless social services and organizations to help people when they are down. There are jobs here. There is free education. There is a bounty of opportunities that never in the history of mankind were there — in a world where there is Internet access and you can even fucking crowdfund if you need money for an emergency.

So in 2018, there are no excuses. None. If these were truly neo-Victorian ladies, they would be gravitating to those safety nets.

And they are not.

It is time we stop spinning garbage narratives to manipulate people, and start presenting empirically-tested information to paint a realistic picture of the world.

People feel sorry for themselves as they wallow and make excuses why they are acting in ways that is beneath them.

If you have true morals and sympathy, you do not enable that vile behaviour, but take away the crutches of narratives, and start presenting facts.

Not the rancid garbage the sheltered goobers at the New Yorker like to spew because they can’t function as moral humans being and try to build fortresses of lies to poison the information stream…

An update...

The latest edition of A Dangerous Woman magazine is coming along, and it will be about by December.

Chaser Investigative News will debut in mid-February. This will comprise of two stories because I am going to be writing another book, this time for an American publisher on an art topic — more on that later, but suffice to say, I am also an artist, and A Dangerous Woman does have the sporadic line called Dangerous Art; so for the regular readers, that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

If you haven’t been following the train of thought here: A Dangerous Woman has been the incubator for my ideas until they reach a book form. Strangely enough, it is the nonfiction portion that has been having more success than the fiction, although by number of downloads, fiction is far more popular. I want to take the fiction to another platform, but there is only so much of me to go around.

I am over halfway through a teaching course, and that has been taking up some of my time, but there are other things that have delayed me as well.

As Chaser always had a personal angle, I will reveal that side when that venture debuts here. Chaser, like a A Dangerous Woman, is experimental and an incubator.

This website is a work in progress. So far, I have been pointing out the shortcomings of journalism, and then I brought the short fiction into the mix, and Chaser will be the hard news aspect.

But there is a fourth arm: learning about Who is She?

It will all weave together, with offshoots for each part with the intent of this being the initial springboard.

As I have said, 2018 was a catastrophic year for me. Things came out of the blue, and there was no way to prepare for them. Things were horrific a couple of years prior when my grandmother was dropped by paramedics and her amputated leg burst open and then she became bedridden and paralyzed for the last couple of years of her life. She died a horrific death, and she loved life and did not want to go at all. The traumas that ordeal caused both my mother and me were real and deep.

I gave up a lot to look after her 24/7. I was teaching art, and literally writing A Dangerous Woman in the snatches of time I had while I was looking after her as she slept.

She passed away over two years ago, and I had to pick up the pieces, and was getting my life back in order when 2018 struck me full force in cruel and shocking ways.

There are two songs that sum me up right now:

And this one:

Yes, I am a tough little Serbian punk.

Somehow, I got through it and I am pushing forward regardless.

It drives my detractors nuts, but fuck them.

I came out stronger, and more optimistic than I have ever been before.

You can crumble and stick to things that don’t work as you deny the problem and look to others to clean up your shit.

Or you can be the hero of your own story.

Those whiny and pretentious motherfuckers who call themselves journalists should be ashamed of themselves.

And so should anyone else who supports them and enablers their bullshit.

Shame on you, too.

So 2019 will be a different year for me.

Right now, I have a Harvard course to get through, and I am loving every second of it.

I have two Belle Eve stories to finish.

Then I have some big things to clear, then a book to write and two articles for Chaser to do.

I want to get back into teaching as well.

And my art.

I have a theremin to play.

I want to get back into shape which I couldn’t do this year, and I would like to go back to boxing.

When I hit those milestones, you’ll hear all about it.

There will be surprises galore.

Don’t think my latest book will be ignored by me. I was delayed, but a book doesn’t have an expiration date, and this is for the long-haul.

And memo to readers: If you want to say things to me, use the comments part of this website.

I don’t mind emails, but be a little braver than that, all right?

You know journalism imploded and are now reduced to pathetic beggars.

A lot of you know that I am right and that what I say is the truth.

The more voices that speak out, the less places the destructive forces that destroyed journalism can keep causing damage to both the product and to democracy.

So that brings you up to speed on Alexandra Kitty, who is a lot tougher than even she realized she was…

xoxo!

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As the federal Liberal regime bribes journalism outfits, they ignore Canada's violence problem.

When I worked as a journalist, I had repeatedly tried to pitch various stories to various media outlets, both in Toronto to a national audience, and in my hometown of Hamilton about the serious gang and mob problems Canada was having and how it was all coming to a head.

I was repeatedly dismissed as being alarmist because having a story with actual research that wasn’t sunny spinning rot and garbage was scary to these outlets.

I knew a lot of things from my research in art crimes in Canada, another topic no one in Canadian media would ever publish. I knew, for instance, that stolen art was criminal currency, and there was a lot of art theft going on at the time I was looking into things.

There was a link between stolen art and gang violence, and had I been given the green light to pursue it, I could have found out much more.

But, no, no, no: we have to pretend that Canada doesn’t have a violence and organized crime problem that is worse than the US.

And make no mistake: Canada’s problem is worse.

I warned some publications, such as the now defunct Saturday Night, that the gang violence in Toronto was going to spill into civilian life. The editor thought I was exaggerating, and then, as I predicted, it spilled into the streets on Boxing Day in Toronto, and a teenaged girl named Jane Creba was murdered in broad daylight.

But journalists here would rather play free Hollywood publicists and fellate celebrities at TIFF than do actual journalism.

The federal Liberal regime is buying media coverage right now, wasting money thinking that getting good publicity is going to secure a second term for them.

But Canada has a severe violence problem that is now catching the attention of people in the US. Our homicide rate is the highest it has been since 1992, before there were all those gun control measures put in place, and the year isn’t done yet.

Gang violence has gotten out of control, but it is more complicated than that.

This is a problem that is global in origin, and has deep roots in international organized crime, but as the federal Liberals have turned a blind eye and have been, to be blunt, incompetent, it is a problem that is not going away.

And don’t look at the federal Conservatives to be any better as we have seen what kind pervy self-indulgent antics their politicians such as Tony Clement have played on Canadian taxpayers’ dime.

We have no one in the federal cabinet remotely qualified: we just have the morally masturbating Chrystia Freeland holding childish vendettas against the US and Saudi Arabia for not giving her a lollipop and not pretending she is in any way intelligent, when, in fact, we have serious problems that originate from outside our borders, and that there is no way for it to be contained from within our borders.

In other words, Canada’s violence problem has gotten away from us, and, just like our legitimate businesses, they are mostly foreign owned and it is not Canada that calls the shots.

We have a vassal state that is a puppet regime spending money it does not have as it borrows from outside interests to bribe the press and lull the public as its own resources have been co-opted by other countries who do not give away their autonomy the way Canada has.

We don’t control our own wheat board.

And we do not own bread of a different kind.

I can see what is happening very clearly. We have a serious violence problem because we have a government who do not want to see how badly they have managed Canada, and we have a press that never does its job properly.

If you thought 2018 was violent, 2019 will take it out in the streets once again because that cancer was left untreated, and it spread.

Dundas, Ontario has beggars out in the streets now. So does Oakville, Burlington, and Ancaster, once considered the cradle of the upwardly mobile middle class in this province.

You cannot have that kind of rampant poverty and not think that vulnerability is going to cost you human life.

When you have close to a million people in Ontario on social assistance, they are not contributing to the economy.

When you have over a million people who worked for the government, they are also not creating an economically robust ecosystem.

And if you have fifteen percent of a large province on unsteady ground, you have a problem.

And this doesn’t factor in children or pensioners.

The scaffolding is weak and unstable.

But you have people deluded into thinking they are rich because their rubble of a shack is over-valued, and they don’t see the storm up ahead.

The postal strike did a number. US tariffs are dong a number. The retail sector is doing worse than what is being let on. We have a violence problem that is now catching the eye of the foreign entities that lend us money. The ones who are buying Canadian properties to park their wealth who are artificially jacking up the prices of housing.

We have a serious money laundering problem. We have a serious organized crime problem. We have a serious gun problem. We have a serious human trafficking problem. We have a serious gang problem.

We have a serious violence problem.

We have a serious criminal problem made worse by the fact that Canada is notoriously bad at making bad activity illegal, and if it does, having no teeth to do anything about it.

That’s there where we are right now.

And we have a regime whose leader wears kiddie socks and takes selfies as he calls people who point out the rot as “ambulance chasers.”

This is all aided and abetted by a dead profession that just got a slush fund right on the eve of an election.

The fun and games have just begun, but it will be interesting to see what happens when the implosion happens, and why it will make the impact that it will.

Because you are not getting a warning of what is happening from either the feds nor the press.

Expect more violent temper tantrums next year, and one that will no longer be so straightforward to clean up before an election…

Canadian Federal Regime bribes media outlets with tax credits: Don't expect real news.

The Grits are busy bribing their way to an election victory.

For the Liberals, this is nothing new.

The provincial counterparts did something very similar during the last Ontario election with foreign-language properties.

And lost.

But the timing of this bribing of the incompetent is deliberate and it is brazen — and should be illegal.

But this is Canada, and conflict of interest and corrupt is the norm.

I remember doing one story for a US publication about a Canadian media outlet where rumours were swirling about the legitimacy of some of their actions.

So I called the CRA to ask, and I was basically told they do not know, and they do not care.

But then I called their US-counterparts and asked the same question as the company had US interests, and their response was not quite the same: we do not know, but don’t worry, ma’am, we are going to find out.

And boy-o, did they ever, and men suits went to jail.

But Canada is more corrupt than the US, but skirts the glare by not have laws and regulations to deal with the problems.

Make no mistake: this is a way of buying the press, but its influence is minimal, and the election will not be fought in the press coverage.

It wasn’t in the Ontario provincial election where Doug Ford bypassed them entirely and won a majority, while the Liberals gave out goodies galore and didn’t meet a photo-op they didn’t like, while the NDP vogued and strutted in front of the cameras to defeat.

The postal strike is going to be a blow to the Canadian economy during this critical retail season, and there are a few other factors that are quietly eroding the ground here.

Elections used to be won or lost in the press — not anymore.

But it won’t be won or lost on social media, either.

And that is a sign of things to come — and a major new shift in the landscape…

Memo to BuzzFeed: Boycotting Fox News? Sure, and people should boycott BuzzFeed News. You are propaganda on the opposite side of the same bad penny.

I never understood ideological control freaks.

They want to rig things so it is just their ideas that are acceptable, and, naturally, those ideas benefit them only.

Nice try.

We are in an Age of Propaganda, and one of the more obvious propagandists happens to be BuzzFeed.

They lack the intelligence and the experience to do the partisan manipulation covertly.

They are are on a tear on how people should “boycott” Fox News:

Fox News Isn't A Normal Media Company. We Have To Stop Treating It Like One.

Assholes: neither are you.

You are Leftish propagandists, and I have said some of it on Metafilter, but you are very patronizing Leftist propagandists with your nerdy and cringeworthy brain dead quizzes, and your creepy advertorial-esque celebrity obsessions.

You spew garbage that looks like used candy wrappers, and you want people to boycott Fox News?

They should boycott you, too.

Your publication is the worst sort of smug, worthless garbage that has no factual valid or utility.

You are not news. You are partisan bullshit.

No better than Fox News.

If only everyone would censor ideologies that are inconvenient to BuzzFeed, then the world would be just perfect, eh, fellas?

You could just puke sophistry with reckless abandon, and never be made to prove your arrogant delusions.

We need facts. The more facts we have, the more propaganda becomes obvious and silly-looking.

And we don’t have enough facts to see it…

The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-Two: What is journalism's role? Don't ask The Narwhal. They have no clue.

There is too much sophistry and muck in journalism, and it is deliberate. The more you drag your feet and ponder bullshit, the more you put distance between you and the need to make changes.

The philosopher kings and queens are shallow thinkers and it shows. Sophistry upon sophistry and journalists never do anything substantial.

Here is a pile of worthless trash from the Whole Story and I wrote why it was a pile of garbage earlier. It is not worth the pixels it was written on.

But it is a piece of propaganda that serves as a jumping for the article:

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Ripley and about 25 other journalists for a conflict mediation training in New York. We collectively grappled with big questions like: how do we tell “complicated” stories that allow for contradictions and expose people to the “other side” without giving oxygen to fringe groups and opinions that aren’t based on facts?

Are you serious?

Do you understand a thing what it means to be a journalist?

Can you imagine these knuckle-draggers covering the Second World War?

Their coverage would have no mention of the Nazis because they would not want to give oxygen to them.

Yes, this is how patently stupid the profession has become.

But do not think this is a real article:

There’s no doubt that part of what drives highly polarized news coverage is that news organizations are often rewarded with clicks for writing sensational, outrage-inducing stories — and clicks drive advertising revenues in the traditional business model. Thankfully, that’s not our business model at The Narwhal

As a non-profit, we are driven to serve the needs of our readers — who support us directly — first and foremost. This opens up the opportunity to prioritize a different set of values: how can our stories contribute to healthier public conversations? How can we portray Canadians in all of their complexity and steer away from the caricatures we so often see in the media? How do we slow down, take a step back and write about the systemic issues in a way that might lead to solutions?

That’s right, kids: this isn’t an actual piece of journalism: it is advertising for the Narwhal.

It babbles and spews, but now that we know that this isn’t an actual piece of reportage, we can ignore it.

And we do not need any more narcissism and propaganda.

If you have to ask what journalism’s role is, you have no business being one.

It is a sad thing that journalism has been reduced to shit-posting…

The re-launching of Chaser News, Part Thirty-One: Impossible times call for sensible measures.

Patient is a virtue.

And I am patient as well as persistent.

I make mistakes and frequently, but I work at improving myself, admitting errors, correcting them as I learn and improve, and then move on.

I don’t know everything. That is the reason I am such a rabid researcher.

I think and I muse, but I also test and experiment.

You’d think journalism would be the same way.

It’s not.

It is the reason the profession flounders. When you cannot admit your weaknesses, you lose your strengths in the bargain.

CNN’s resident clown Jim Acosta may have gotten back his hall pass, but principal Trump has new rules, and even though reporters say they will still ask follow-up questions, the problem is a briefing is a canned, event, and hence, meaningless because it is pseudo-order used to mask chaos.

Participating in it is a disingenuous act that keeps the charade going.

It isn’t just the truisms and rote habits that have the profession behaving impossibly.

BuzzFeed wants to merge with “rivals” to have even fewer voice and venues, and then have a paid subscription to their stupid quizzes and listicles filled with stupider gifs.

It is an impossible strategy that is doomed to fail.

Chaser is about sensibility, even during impossible times.

It will not follow rules, nor will it be dysfunctional.

It is based on a flexible matriarchal structure based in emotional literacy.

It doesn’t ignore content or intellectual literacy.

But it is about a multi-faceted balance.

Even in the worst of times…

Misunderstanding Reality: Why the Conversation should just shut up.

The Conversation has always been the dumb person’s attempt at thoughts, and it shows. It spews sophistry and appeals to authority without questioning their own simpleton methods, and this article is no different:

You can’t characterize human nature if studies overlook 85 percent of people on Earth

This is a direct appeal to political correctness and a misunderstanding of diversity, but I am not going to tackle the nuts and bolts of the article (I could if there is a demand), but how my own career contradicts this.

As in, real-life application that trumps spewing.

It is posh these days to think people all think differently and different culture and races are different.

Throughout different times and places, every place on this globe has had misogyny, xenophobia, violence, inequality, tyranny, war, exploitation, and patriarchal structures.

Your culture can have no virtuous airs over any other culture.

Propaganda from ancient times is identical to what is being spewed globally right now.

Where people get it wrong is that they have an obsession with the content of their thoughts. They think it makes them different.

Really?

There has always been competition and pecking orders.

We have aways had castes. We have always had inequality — socialism and communism had it as bad as capitalist societies. People rig things to benefit them and their relatives.

I know because I have bothered to look at cultures other than Western European ones.

Every society has had their own weapons; so when people tell me how violent some designated Them are, I always point out how their own culture is equally violent, too.

And then I rattle off their own in-group’s sins.

You may have justified it or become adjusted to it, but that’s not the same.

That is a myth.

What people look at is content.

So let’s take a gender-based one.

Women think they are the only ones who society pressures into worrying about their bodies.

They will cite anorexia as proof that their gender is the only one to have this problem.

There are men who suffer from it, the ratio is skewed.

And then women get smug with me.

And I say, yes, the content is starvation.

But what about the structure?

Men are also pressure to have muscles and abs, and their outlet is to abuse steroids, which is no less dangerous.

You may have one group starve themselves, but other pump all sorts of dangerous things into their system to achieve the same ends.

The content differs, but not the structure.

We look at shallow difference, while ignoring the silent similarities.

The human brain is the same regardless of race or nationality.

And we are far more alike than different.

When I was a psychology student, I didn’t just study and memorize theories in psychology or take anyone’s word as gospel truth.

I went out a tested that theory on different people in subtle ways to get feedback and verification.

And I could have a diverse sample size.

And lo and behold, the results held up.

If we are looking at 15% of a global population, that is a fair sample size.

Besides, studies usually rely on a single profile of a test subject: a first year university student.

There will always been variation and difference, but even for the same subject depending on the conditions.

There should be diversity in empirical testing, but that is true for studies looking at content.

But structure of thought is remarkably consistent.

Because we never question the structure of thought.

Testing is a form of intangible biopsy. You do not need to drain someone of all of their blood to see what is going on in their bodies.

A few vials usually does it.

What we need is diversity of structure.

And anyone can take up that mantle.

I have, for instance.

We have to stop thinking that there is no such thing as unity.

Diversity is one half of the equation. Unity is the other.

And we have to stop thinking that we are better or superior to others.

No, we are humans.

And that is scary enough as it is…