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Expert says church arsonists should be identified as criminals

“This behaviour should be identified as criminal and appropriately condemned.”

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With recent church burnings across Canada spreading, people in a variety of communities are left with more questions than answers.

Expert criminologist Dr. Stephen Dumas at the University of Calgary said UCLA colleague’s Jack Katz’s theory on Seductions of Crime could provide an explanation to the aggressive acts, including how deeply they may be tied to the recent discovery of well over a thousand indigenous bodies at previous residential school sites and the fires.

Dumas condemned the violent acts by pointing out they may actually hurt the indigenous communities.

In 1988, Katz said emotions usually drive violent crimes such as murder and assault.

“For instance, a person who’s offended by the actions of an untrue spouse, a disrespectful neighbour, or an unobservant driver, may lash out in anger and violence,” he wrote.

He also maintained, however, that emotions were also responsible for property crimes. For example, teens will often steal things that they never use simply to enjoy the ‘sneaky thrills’ offered by criminal behaviour.

“Katz argued most violent crimes were an attempt by the perpetrator to extinguish offensive sensations of shame and guilt put forth by others,” Dumas said.

Katz’s theory likely rings true with the church burnings. It’s been discovered most of the fires being set are not being perpetrated by those in the indigenous community, but rather by activists claiming to act on behalf of the indigenous community.

Dumas added some criminological motivations behind what can push people to the extent it takes to commit acts like arson.

“While it’s difficult to speak intelligently about the recent damage to churches across Canada given the perpetrators have yet to be identified, many believe that some of them were likely carried out by indigenous people as some have taken place on reserves,” he said.

“On the surface, it appears as though anger about the oppressive conditions experienced in residential schools is responsible for these actions. 

“Interestingly, indigenous people were well aware of the poor treatment carried out by various churches and church leaders for some time. In fact, it was indigenous people themselves who made authorities aware of the burials.”

Dumas says it is often not as simple as concluding anger results in destructive acts, especially anger fuelled by retribution for historical events. As Dumas points out, residential schools and the deaths surrounding them are far from Canada’s first infraction against certain communities.

“While it is tempting to follow common-sense logic that anger leads to crime, the situation is likely somewhat more complex. Reacting with criminal rage to events that transpired long ago is illogical and unusual,’ he said.

“If this were the case, then one would assume that far more retribution today for instances of poor treatment that have taken place in Canada’s troubled history.”

Dumas said some church burnings might suggest the residential schools deaths are acting as justification for some committing aggressive acts. He also touches on the deviant mindset required to commit these acts.

“Katz is instructive here because he notes that people seduce themselves into crime. It is a mental process that frees up the motivated offender from the guilt that would otherwise restrict them to conventional conduct,” he said.

“In order for the average person to defy convention, they need to rationalize ways to make criminality seem reasonable and appropriate. Criminal seduction requires one to make an action become an offensive identity threat.”

Dumas maintains the burning of churches or destruction of property is unlikely to produce any positive effects.

“In some cases, the destruction of these buildings will thwart the ability of indigenous people to hold various events that further build a sense of community.”

Dumas concludes any justification aside, the acts would qualify as deviant from a criminological perspective.

“This behaviour should be identified as criminal and appropriately condemned.

“The political capital generated by the horrific discoveries of indigenous people buried throughout Canada can be used to implement effective solutions to current problems experienced by indigenous people today. It would be a wasted opportunity to let that capital go up in flames.”

Jackie Conroy is a reporter for the Western Standard
jconroy@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Chris

    July 14, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    @ GS Uddin or better known as Antifa girl, LOL.

    I see your from Ontario, I fled there 15 years ago. Ontario is a typical liberal wasteland that relies on other peoples money to survive. Well us Albertans may not be there in the future to bail you out of your fiscal problems. If we are such a weak, feeble minded people in the west why would you pay to read our local rag website if you didn’t feel threatened? LOL, have a good one sister!

  2. GS Uddin

    July 14, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    @Chris.
    It is not about money it is about justice. You do the crime you do the time. As for money, I hope the Natives bankrupt the fascist Christian churches and put an end to their fanatical evangelical ways!

    Yes, native did fight natives like Europeans Christians fought Europeans Christian. But the Europeans were way worse with tens of millions dead, mass rapes and a continent that has destroyed itself so many times over by Christians fighting Christians. Europe is only tolerant because Christianutty has been replaced by liberalism. If Christianutty returns while Liberalism dies, it will go back to its fascist intolerant killing ways with more religious wars!

  3. Chris

    July 14, 2021 at 10:16 am

    LOL @ GS Uddin

    Truth and reconciliation reports clearly detail disease in a time of minimal medical options for the majority of deaths. Chiefs council is well aware of the details of the reports as well as the knowledge of the locations of these unmarked graves. These sites have been known to the natives and communities surrounding these reserves for a century. Fake outrage may lead to more money for the chiefs.

    Yesterday I spoke to a 60 year-old libtard. We were on a Alberta Parks tour of a native site. She just found out yesterday natives had brutal wars with other natives. She thought all the deaths natives ever experienced were at the hands of white people only. My wife and I almost fell over laughing at her shock. Parks interpreter was even stunned by the question.

  4. GS Uddin

    July 14, 2021 at 6:38 am

    No it’s not. They aren’t criminal acts. The sexual, verbal, mental, physical abuse and mass murder of Aboriginal children is the real crime. These arson acts are understandable and justifiable under these circumstances!

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Prof says technocracy envisioned in federal document advanced by pandemic

In an interview with the Western Standard, he said recent scientific advances have made the technocratic dreams of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) an impending possibility.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has advanced the transhumanist vision of a federal policy paper released two years ago, according to a Canadian academic.

When Concordia University political science professor Travis Smith wrote his 2005 PhD dissertation at Harvard University, he argued medicine could be used to destroy liberal democracy.

In an interview with the Western Standard, he said recent scientific advances have made the technocratic dreams of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) an impending possibility.

“There is no end and no restrictions upon the kinds of experiments that we would conduct upon nature, including human nature, in order to transform it. ‘Supersede’ it is the language that Francis Bacon used. The goal is to supersede humanity, and to super impose upon us new natures,” Smith said.

“It was envisioned that there should be effectively a single authority politically, but really, the real rulers were the scientists — so, an oligarchy of the wise.”

Smith said a Policy Horizons Canada document called “Exploring Biodigital Convergence” manifests the centuries-old concept. The February 2020 paper said Canadian policy makers should support and guide a process where human existence is transformed by the merger of man and machine.

“It actually promises that we’re going to change bodies, change minds, and change behavior,” Smith said. “So what kind of democratic free person reads that and thinks, ‘Oh that sounds like a good thing. I can’t wait to sign up to having my body, my mind, my behavior changed by whoever’s in charge’?”

To illustrate this potential future, the authors envision surveillance “bugbots” to guard against intruders, artificial intelligence to monitor neighbourhoods for pathogens, municipalities that regularly check household feces for disease, and building codes that require automated efficiency and capture carbon for credits.

Smith said there’s nothing “idyllic or idealistic or romantic” about the portrayal.

“There’ll be thousands of thousands of minute regulations of your everyday existence [by] artificial intelligences that surround you, watch you, make its recommendations to you, and I’m sure, apply sanctions to you, both rewards and punishments, for making the correct choices to earn more carbon credits or earn more social credits.”

The pandemic has brought this techno-regulated world closer according to Smith. In the province of Quebec where he teaches, two doses of COVID-19 vaccines no longer allow recipients into bars and restaurants. The QR-coded vaccine passport now requires three doses

“There’s no limit to what treatments they could require or procedures you would have to undergo… to continue enjoying whatever freedoms they permit you to continue to indulge in. But [it’s] your freedom in the Orwellian sense in which slavery is freedom because you only get your freedoms because you obey. And what choices are going to be left to you?”

As lockdowns, social distancing, masks, and vaccines were imposed worldwide, Smith saw more evidence that all humanity is being steered to a similar and possibly post-human existence.

“With the direction that the current last two years has shown us that we’re on track for, why would you expect there’ll be different rules in different places?” Smith asked.

“The convergence, it will mean a great deal of homogeneity, a great deal of uniformity… The only difference would be, are you among the ultra elite or are you among the masses? Are you among those who make the rules and benefit the most from everybody else’s compliance? Or are you one of the ones that submits?”

Smith says a two-tiered humanity is inherent to this futurist vision, yet even those on top will still be bound in many ways.

“There’s no way a power that could create superhumans yields equality. The essence of the project is to generate superiority, and it will depend on the generation of inferiority as well. The project is you create superhumans and subhumans,” he said.

“We all know with totalitarian societies that the elites are always forced to conform and have to behave in fashions that reach consensus and uniformity because failing to conform is to be guaranteed rejection from the elite.”

Smith said there’s a “good chance” technocrats could one day control our actions, speech, and thoughts in ways not yet possible. Alternatively, disillusionment over the failure of lockdowns and the vaccine to stop the pandemic could create a backlash to forestall a technocratic agenda.

“Human beings aren’t going to consent to all of this all at once… It requires manipulation, or it requires dissimulation, or it requires coercion, or at least a heck of a lot of cajoling,” Smith said.

“To use the language of The Godfather, they have to be given an offer they can’t refuse. What’s the alternative? The alternative is, if anybody’s allowed to opt out, they get to live in a Brave New World style savage reservation.”

Lee Harding is a freelance journalist living in Saskatchewan.

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These Yellowstone-Alberta memes capture the soul of Wild Rose Country

The Montana-based violent drama has found its way into the hearts of Albertans — it even mentioned the friendliness of the Calgary Stampede — with a new meme circulating on Facebook.

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The Paramount Network smash-hit Yellowstone is wildly the most popular show on cable and streaming on Amazon Prime.

Although the network blockbuster starring Kevin Costner drew more than 11 million viewers for its fourth season finale earlier this month, without streaming, it has gone virtually unnoticed by award shows until Wednesday — receiving its first major nomination for a Screen Actors Guild award.

The Montana-based violent drama has found its way into the hearts of Albertans — it even mentioned the friendliness of the Calgary Stampede — with a new meme circulating on Facebook.

The meme depicts show characters as a representation of towns and small cities throughout Alberta.

The character Beth Dutton played by Kelly Reilly is captioned with Alberta’s St. Paul and has the most comments of all the characters listed in the meme, likely due to her merciless, tougher-than-tough, bad-ass nature.

“She’s a Cockroach. A Superhero Without the Cape,” said Reilly reflecting on her character Beth in a recent article in Esquire.

Tanya Hollasch — calling herself a Beth look-a-like — commented on Ms. Dutton’s image with an attached picture of herself — bright purple shiner and all.

“I’ve been told I’m a Beth look-a-like from Bonnyville🙈 ….I’m just not bad-ass enough 🤣 just a boring story of a horse mishap😂”

Many of the main characters from the show are featured in the meme including Costner representing Nanton.

Hundreds of people have chimed in from picture to picture either agreeing wholeheartedly with each character’s related Alberta location or have inserted their own suggested location comparison.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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MAKICHUK: Unholy alliance: America faces a formidable two-front crisis

That might be the diplomatic view, but two against one was never a fair fight.

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The year is 2065.

Russia and China have combined their space programs and now have a functioning, expansive joint lunar station.

Advanced Chinese shuttle landers are making regular visits to the base, which has pioneered major mining projects below the lunar surface with the use of robot devices.

The station generates its own food, water and oxygen, and the landers regularly deliver workers and supplies and return shipments of valuable minerals.

America, a once-great power in space could not keep up with the expanding space gap, nor the military gap, or even the technology gap and now trails the two nations that formed a strong alliance early into the new century.

Back on earth, China, with Russian help, invaded Taiwan and now controls the former democratic island, enforcing a strict Communist crackdown on the helpless populace. 

The US, a country racked by crumbling infrastructure, runaway poverty and deep political divisions and now dwarfed by the Sino-Russian alliance, did nothing — except to place more useless sanctions on Beijing.

This may sound like a dream, or perhaps even a nightmare, depending on what your perspective is.

Could it happen? Nobody knows, of course. But the way things are going an alliance of this nature appears to be growing with each day, week and month.

The more the US and its allies place pressure on China for its perceived sins, the more they push the Red Dragon into an unholy alliance with the Russian bear.

Beware of such a development, because it will change the world.

According to a report in the New York Times, the militaries of both countries have stepped up joint exercises and even operations, including in the air and for the first time in October, naval patrols in the Pacific. They have also pledged to explore space together.

Analysts say that an important factor in Russian-Chinese ties is the personal chemistry between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, both men in their late 60s who have consolidated control over their countries’ political systems, NYT reported. 

Xi has addressed Putin as his “old friend,” while the Russian president called his Chinese counterpart both his “dear friend” and “esteemed friend.”

There is still plenty of historical friction between Russia and China, onetime adversaries that share a land border stretching more than 4,200 km.

But on trade, security and geopolitics they are increasingly on the same page, forming a bloc trying to take on American influence as both countries’ confrontations with the US deepen, the NYT reported.

For Putin, a recent congenial video summit between the two comes at a high-stakes moment in his brinkmanship over Western influence in Ukraine.

The imposing Kremlin leader, facing threats of crushing Western sanctions if Russian forces attack Ukraine, heard Xi propose that Russian and China cooperate to “more effectively safeguard the security interests of both parties.”

Meanwhile, China has come under US and European criticism for human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region and its suppression of political freedoms in Hong Kong as well as its alarming military activity in the Indo-Pacific region.

Make no mistake, the mere thought that two of the strongest military powers in the world may join forces against the US and its allies will send shockwaves through the corridors of Western powers — for the basic fact, it is a two-front crisis that US President Joe Biden can’t win.

And while the two countries have not signed anything official and neither of the leaders can really be trusted further than you can toss a chihuahua, this can’t be ignored.

Yet, the US appears blind to the fact it is pushing China into a corner, with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejecting so-called “red-lines” in Ukraine and Taiwan — tough talk, but it might just be another hollow gesture.

Words don’t stop tanks, fighter jets, missiles or amphibious landing craft.

Citing human rights concerns, the US, Canada and Australia have declared diplomatic protests over the upcoming 2022 Beijing Summer Games (athletes will still attend), while Putin was the first major leader to RSVP his attendance.

This week, the Biden administration added China’s top military medical research institute to an export blacklist in response to concerns about Beijing’s use of emerging technologies such as biometrics and brain-control weapons.

All that aside, Ukraine is not a member of NATO and does not receive Article 5 protections from the alliance, Defense One reported. But the country does receive regular rotations of US troops and sales of weapons to bolster its self-defense. 

Taiwan is recognized by the Taiwan Relations Act, under which the US provides weapons and training to Taiwan so it too can defend itself. But neither is guaranteed US military protection in case of an attack.

The US, meanwhile, plans to channel US$7.1 billion in defence spending to the Indo-Pacific region in the next financial year, the South China Morning Post reported.

It is turning its entire military might — the Navy, Marines, the Air Force and the Army — toward the Indo-Pacific theater. Even the CIA is following suit, with the creation of a new China mandate, abandoning its Bush-era war on terror.

Zhao Tong, a senior fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Centre for Global Policy in Beijing, told the SCMP the funding indicated the US was determined to confront China head-on.

“Beijing is driven by its goals for national rejuvenation and Washington understands that it’s impossible for them to change China’s political mindset, which is counter to the one recognized by the Western world,” Zhao said.

The winds for a perfect storm are howling in both Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific just as the Biden administration is reeling from the effects of a chaotic withdrawal from a 20-year war in Afghanistan and a persistent pandemic that has exacerbated sharp political divides at home, Newsweek reported.

“This is a time when democracies are being challenged — some being challenged from within, others being challenged from without,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe press conference. 

“And there is a contest between autocracies and democracies, and as President Biden has spoken to on numerous occasions, that is a fundamental contest of our time.”

That might be the diplomatic view, but two against one was never a fair fight.

Dave Makichuk is a Western Standard contributor
He has worked in the media for decades, including as an editor for the Calgary Herald and covering military issues in Asia. He is also the Calgary correspondent for ChinaFactor.news
makichukd@gmail.com

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