Vancouver to Investigate Real Estate Buyers for Money Laundering


Premier John Horgan of BC in Canada was joined by Finance Minister Carole James and Attorney General David Eby at a press conference in Victoria, BC, where they announced plans to move forward with a public inquiry in light of recent findings on money laundering.

The real estate bubble in Vancouver was built on a tax-free principal residence exemption and greedy politicians who were eager to benefit however they could. Now that the bubble has burst, they need to blame someone other than themselves. They released a report claiming that dirty foreign capital was the cause of the real estate boom. The real estate market is now under investigation for money laundering. It had been obvious for a long time that capital was parking in Vancouver. Now the twist will be to investigate and see where the money came from. If they can determine it is tainted, they will confiscate the property. Now that the boom is over and money flow has ended, it is time to investigate everyone to see if they can pick up some extra cash with allegations of money laundering. That should help prices decline even further.

British Elections


Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is poised to dominate the upcoming European elections in the U.K., according to spread betting firm Sporting Index. Nigel appears to be leading with his new party to take 28 seats. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives will win perhaps seven and Labour will take 13 with the Liberal Democrats coming in at about 12 seats. Of course, the Sporting Index predictions have been consistently wrong on their forecasts. As Nigel pointed out at the WEC in Rome, we were the only ones who got it right.

They made a forecast that was good on the trend. About two hours before the vote on May’s Brexit deal, the spread betting firm forecast she’d lose by 60 votes. She was defeated by 58. The Guardian ran the headline:

Don’t bet against the Brexit party winning the EU elections

The complete mess that PM May has created over BREXIT is just indescribable. She is determined to accept Brussel’s demands regardless of the consequences. She has even admitted that she could give into Labour’s demands to stay in customs union. Her entire policy seems to be to push it to the end and hope that the choice between a hard exit and her way will end with her victory. This has been a very dictatorial approach. PM May offered lawmakers a vote on whether her Brexit deal should be subject to a referendum, in a last-ditch bid to save it. Last time MPs voted on a second referendum, there was just a 12- vote difference, with 280 backing a confirmatory vote on a deal and 292 because Parliament is dominated by those who are against BREXIT as is PM May. This rising fear is that Senior Labour MPs are talking behind the curtain urging that Jeremy Corbyn should vote for a second referendum or face an unequivocal victory of Nigel Farage in the European elections.

Worst Decision of Judge’s Life: Gun Rights for Individual Americans


Published on May 20, 2019

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Former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens says the worst decision of his life was the court’s DC v. Heller ruling, which recognized the individual right to keep and bear arms. Of course, Stevens voted with the minority in Heller. In a new book, he says he’s still convinced the framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights meant to protect gun rights only for use in organized militias. Bill Whittle mansplains to Stevens the meaning of a simple English sentence known as the 2nd Amendment. If you think arguments in defense of individual liberty need to be heard far, wide and more often, join the team who funds their creation at https://BillWhittle.com/register/

LAGOM – “Just the Right Amount” & European War


QUESTION: Hi Martin,

The Rome WEC was a real eye-opener for me. Thank you for coming over to Europe. Especially the reports you released in advance of the conference. “The Fate Of Europe” pdf was especially informative. You’re explaining the structural defects of the EU make it clear it really is a doomed project, and just a matter of time before it, helped along by the ECB, descends into chaos.

Upon arriving home in Sweden I noticed this poster for a Swedish MEP candidate.

”Lagom” is the Swedish notion of the middle way. Not too much, not too little. Basically, blending in and being inoffensive. On the one hand, it’s cute, on the other hand, it’s sad. He’s clearly passionate about his political philosophy, but even if elected, there is Juncker, Tusk, and Verhofstadt waiting in Brussels to dictate to him what he has to do, and the structural flaws of the EU that make it all moot anyway.

Rome had this quality of crumbling neglect about it, like nothing had been repaired in 20 years. Unlike Sweden, that dutifully reinvests a lot of the tax revenue it collects back in infrastructure, Rome appeared starved of money and dying.

What does the computer say about civil unrest and war in Europe? I have the gnawing feeling it’s coming.

BIK

P.S. Thank you for Socrates and your life’s work.

ANSWER: Oh yes. I am familiar with Lagom. My interpretation would be “just the right amount,” so he is a skeptic partially. Unfortunately, the tension should begin to become more pronounced starting in 2020 going into 2022. I am not sure it would be a war, but certainly a rising trend toward independence.

Fear of Jeremy Corbyn Becoming Prime Minister in UK is a Threat to the Pound


There is a lot going on in Britain. Many fear that Jeremy Corbyn will now win because Theresa May has made a real mess of BREXIT. Consequently, the Telegraph is reporting that Britain’s wealthiest individuals are preparing to leave the country. The fear that Corbyn will take over Britain as the prime minister is rising. He is so left-wing that the #1 question coming from the UK is whether a win for Jeremy Corbyn could be the reason the computer has been projecting the fall of the British pound back to 1985 levels. It is clear that Corbyn just hates the rich. What he preaches has failed, but it does not matter. People like him just feel better hurting others.

Prime Minister May plans to submit another proposal but she is just resubmitting the same ideas rephrased. If she fails this time, the conservatives will ask her to resign. That could take place in June/July giving rise to some very interesting volatility overall.

Property Rights in the 21st Century


Published on Aug 25, 2011

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Timothy Sandefur, Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, discusses how the evolution of law in the United States has affected our property rights. Beginning with discussions of the founding fathers, Timothy describes how our rights, especially property rights, have eroded as a consequence of progressive ideas and judges. To reverse this cycle, Timothy states that we must strengthen the philosophical arguments of private property rights.

 

 

Australian Conservatives Win by Thin Margin


Australia’s center-right government won a surprise victory over the left. Voters backed the center-right government in a slowing economy for another three years and rejecting the opposition’s progressive agenda which has been really pretty out there at times. Despite trailing in most opinion polls for years, Scott Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition won attacking Labor’s pledge to take tougher action on climate change and strip tax perks from wealthy Australians. Many are calling Labour’s loss for its leader Bill Shorten, the shock of all time up there with the loss of Hillary Clinton because the polls just got it wrong again.

Conservatives Celebrate Stunning Win in Australian Elections…


The Australian election was held today; voting is compulsory as everyone over the age 18 is required to vote; turnout was greater than 95%…  and all the media and pollsters are stunned, shocked, jaws-agape, as the conservative coalition has received a stunning, unexpected, unanticipated victory.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has won the election.  Yes Alice, 2019 media in Australia look identical to media in the U.S. circa November 2016.

The economy, immigration and push-back against the insufferable climate-change nonsense appear to be the top issues that led to Morrison’s surprising win.  None of the pollsters or media saw it coming.  The BBC are stunned:

BBC – […] The final result of the election may not be known for some hours, but with more than 70% of votes counted the [Conservative] Coalition has won, or is ahead in, 74 seats in its quest for a 76-seat majority, with Labor on just 66 seats.

[…] Try finding someone who says they saw this result coming.

For well over two years, the coalition has trailed behind Labor in the opinion polls, and the assumption had been it would be Labor’s turn to govern.

But somehow Scott Morrison managed to turn things around at the 11th hour – and he did it largely on his own.

With some of his cabinet colleagues considered too toxic to appear in public on the campaign trail, ScoMo made this election about him, and his ability to be the trustworthy, daggy-dad Australia needed.  (read more)

Labor leader Bill Shorten , who has led Labor since it lost office in 2013, conceded defeat and congratulated Morrison.  Shorten’s losing moonbat platform was centered on creating a “fairer society”, similar to the social justice movement in the far-left U.S. Democrat party.

The labor movement planned to increase taxes on the wealthy and bring social justice demands to central government.  Their agenda was counting on strong support from college-aged students and climate change activists.  However, the majority of Australians saw the predictable economic damage that was certain from the proposals to raise taxes and institute the Australian version of the Green New Deal.

Australian left-wing media is going bananas….

The progressive movement is crying in the streets.

Mini-AOC


 

CNN Poll: Trump Loses 2020 Election to (Almost) Every Leading Democrat


Published on May 6, 2019

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A CNN poll of 1007 registered voters shows that incumbent President Donald Trump loses a theoretical head-to-head race to nearly every leading Democrat presidential hopeful for the 2020 election…one by a HUGE margin. Can Republicans safely ignore polls like this, or does it tell us something about the electorate that Trump can ignore only at his own peril. Bill Whittle Now with Scott Ott brings sharp, principled analysis to breaking news five days per week. It’s produced by a growing band of Members who enjoy 44 such shows each month, a deep archive of conservative classics, an exclusive Member-written blog and more. Join us today and support spreading these messages around the world at https://BillWhittle.com/register/