National Newswatch

E pluribus unum Praeses: Trump fails American Values 101

Oct 17 2020 — K.W. Grafton — With perhaps the only presidential “debate” this election cycle in the rear-view mirror – described politely on MSNBC by ex-Trump lawyer/fixer and felon Michael Cohen as a “fecal-display” – and a November 3rd election looming on the near horizon (unless the President can find some creative way to delay it), it is timely to look back over the […]

‘National Security Leaders 4 Biden’ highlight threat to democracy

Oct 7 2020 — K.W. Grafton — Many watching the first Trump-Biden debate on September 29th were haunted by the words of outgoing president Barack Obama in 2016, who described Donald Trump as, “uniquely unqualified to be President” and “unfit”. Unfortunately, more than mere partisan hyperbole, Trump has vindicated Obama’s remarks daily over the past four years – tweet by presidential tweet. With […]

Canada First: Will O’Toole have to put the “Progressive” back into “Conservative?

Sep 24 2020 — K.W. Grafton — Newly elected Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Erin O’Toole, MP for Durham and former Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, released a video on Labour Day announcing his new “Canada First” policy with the broad statement “It’s time for economic policy that puts Canadian workers first.” While specifically targeting Canada’s ravaged auto, energy and forestry sectors, […]

WEXIT Canada Rebirth: New Leader, New Mission Statement

Aug 1 2020 — K.W. Grafton — Western separatist party WEXIT Canada has just published a new Mission Statement on Facebook. This follows the appointment in June of the Hon. Jay Hill as Interim Leader of the Party. The original WEXIT constitution was subsequently removed from the party website. It had zealously declared, “Alberta is a sovereign republic, and has no subordination […]

Challenging the Narrative: How Political Correctness in Media Marginalized the Majority

Jul 25 2020 — K.W. Grafton — Prevailing liberal narratives in the age of post-truth stand virtually unchallenged in mainstream journalism. Once a critical element of good journalism, and a foundational principal of democracy, dissenting opinion is no longer tolerated. Society has polarized, and become partitioned within partisan spheres that reinforce individual intuitive beliefs. Truth is now crafted within narrow and well-defined […]

The Scorpion and the Frog: Ethics Commissioner Investigates Trudeau Again Over WE-Gate

Jul 16 2020 — K.W. Grafton — Where to begin? The Liberals are at it again. Yet another ethics investigation of Prime Minister Trudeau, his shameful third since taking office in 2015. The current investigation relates to a $19.5 million sole-sourced Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) contract awarded by Cabinet to WE Charity, to help administer the $912 million Canada Student […]

Surrealistic Politics: A President for Our Season?

Jun 28 2020 — K.W. Grafton — What a long, strange trip the past three and a half Trumpian years have been. Outgoing President Obama’s statement in November 2016 that Donald Trump was “uniquely unqualified to be President” unfortunately turned out to be more than mere partisan hyperbole. The veracity of Obama’s statement has been confirmed repeatedly in virtually every action, statement […]

Ouija Board Economics – COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Jun 17 2020 — K.W. Grafton — On June 4th Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) awarded a $3 million services contract to Deloitte LLP of Ottawa for the provision of Task and Solutions Professional Services to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), in connection with COVID-19 economic recovery planning. The description of the requirement stated in the Tender Notice […]

Returning to the Cave: Risk-Aversion in the Age of Fear

Jun 11 2020 — K.W. Grafton — Rhetoric surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic has set a new bar for irresponsible fearmongering, and the resulting mass hysteria is evidence of a receptive audience. The incomprehensible spectacle of lone drivers wearing face masks is now common on urban streets. Even in a group setting, face masks are not recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and a recent study suggests […]

Surveillance Capitalism: The Digital Dream Darkens

Jun 4 2020 — K.W. Grafton — “Surveillance Capitalism” is a term coined by Harvard Business professor Dr. Shoshana Zuboff in her 2019 masterpiece “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – The Fight for a Human Future at the Frontier of Power”. It is defined as “a new economic order that claims human experience as free raw material for hidden commercial practices of […]

‘Coronasteria’ – Groupthink and the Psychology of Epidemic Hysteria

May 25 2020 — K.W. Grafton — For months now the world has been subjected to a relentless “infodemic” of COVID-19 media coverage, some of it sensationalistic fearmongering. Conflicting information is rampant, and the real threat of fake news to global health has prompted governments and health authorities to take action to shield the public from harmful misinformation. According to PEW Research, 48% of Americans report seeing […]

Trump as Strategic Distraction – White House, Straw President?

May 17 2020 — K.W. Grafton — The April 23rd White House Press Briefing, during which President Trump unveiled his controversial “Bleach Theory” for combating coronavirus, caused a global gasp of horror; but not as much disbelief as one might expect…say if President Obama had said it, or…any other past President for that matter (maybe Dubya). One certainly couldn’t imagine Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, or […]

The Cost of Freedom – Inside Looking Out

May 13 2020 — K.W. Grafton — How easily freedom is lost. A few microscopic parasites…and it’s gone with a cough. Freedom is the product of Democracy, and Democracy is fragile. It is easily broken, and too often taken for granted. Our freedom is precious and hard-won, the envy of countries without it. In Canada, our freedoms are established in the Constitution […]

COVID-19: What are the Odds, Really?

May 12 2020 — K.W. Grafton — The massive news tsunami surrounding COVID-19 has produced an overwhelming “infodemic” of often sensationalistic and conflicting information, resulting in a global state of mass panic and uncertainty. According to Time, “…throughout January 2020, the first full month of the outbreak, more than 41,000 English-language print news articles mentioned the word “coronavirus,” and almost 19,000 included […]