Right in the Centre - Searching for truth


By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

Over the past few weeks, I have been noting some news items that seem strange to say the least. It is becoming more difficult to sort out truth from fiction.

One thing I know for sure is that news media outlets are way too quick to jump to conclusions, usually conclusions that fit their chosen narrative.
As always, do your own research to establish what is true and what is fiction.

A story that came out over the weekend was that the horrendous fire in Hawaii had been blamed on global warming. Now, I am the first to admit that global warming, or climate change is real. My problem is that I don’t believe it’s anything new. I also don’t believe that mankind can do all that some people wishfully think we can do to modify the course of climate change. I say the Hawaii fires had been blamed  on climate change but it has now been reported that downed power lines set the fires ablaze and that emergency sirens didn’t blare so people were caught unaware. I am not making any judgement on this tragedy but just remember that whether it is a small story or a world shaker, there is always more to any news story.

The next thing that caught my attention is that the US/Biden government is looking to ban gas stoves. Seems pretty stupid to me, as, gas is a clean, cheap source of energy. Can’t imagine how many tons of metal will go to recycling or how many tons of steel will be needed to make new electric stoves but this move doesn’t make sense to me. But governments don’t have to make sense and usually don’t. All they have to do is look like they are making sense and they spend a lot of our money trying to convince us that they are making sense.

Some group in the US is hoping that in a very few years, we will save the world by reducing beef consumption to zero, as well as milk consumption. They aim to have people only buy three new pieces of clothing per year and restrict people to one airplane trip every three years of less than 1,500 miles. That will sure screw up the world leaders from flying to climate change conferences in their big  jet planes.

Here’s a good one. Canada recommends that people only drink two beers per week. The US is planning to adopt the same recommendation. Good luck with that idea.

President Biden’s latest idea is that he will have Congress finance a new vaccine and make it mandatory. Can Canada be far behind? Some medical people say we already have a 95 per cent immunity rate to COVID-19. Wonder which story is true?

In Canada, we have the Carbon Tax. It is a tax meant to lower gas usage. The market price went up but the tax still there. If higher prices were supposed to reduce consumption, then why do we still have the carbon tax. Carbon taxes have nothing to do with helping the climate change thingy, it has everything to do with feeding more money into the government. More money so they can pay more people to dream up more ways to control our lives.
By the way, every time your neighbour buys an electric car, you have helped pay for it by the way of government subsidies.

Then there’s a guy recommending that we have no more babies and thereby let the human race die out all in the name of saving the world. So if we have no more babies, then we have about 90 years left. It won’t take that long as the 70 year olds of 2093 won’t be able to feed themselves or look after each other so the world should be people-free by about 2080. I sure don’t want to see those last few miserable years.

In light of all of the above, Canada’s Liberals are planning how to fight off right wing movements in US and Canada. I have some advice for them. They could start by listening to the people and adopt logical policies, lower taxes and reduce government interference in our daily lives. It would be nice if the prime minister and his cabinet stopped calling people who they disagree with nasty names.

It would be nice if they would acknowledge that every person has a right to their opinion and that some of the government policies are not that sound. It would be nice, but alas, I am not optimistic it will happen.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are the writer’s personal views and are not to be taken as being the view of the Banner & Press staff.