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SLOBODIAN: Hey Fauci, butt out!

Calls are mounting for the resignation of this thin-skinned, publicity-seeking, awful little man a growing number of Americans don’t much trust anymore.




Canadians have a responsibility to society to relinquish their personal liberties, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, U.S. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).  

Well, isn’t that rich coming from a guy whose credibility is hanging by a thread. 

Two words, Fauci: Butt out! 

But wait, a major Canadian university invited him to preach to Canadians about forfeiting freedoms.

“I think what people have to appreciate is that indeed, you do have personal liberties for yourself, and you should be in control of that,” Fauci said when he delivered the 67th Beatty Lecture October 1 in a virtual forum at Montreal’s McGill University.

But really folks, if you’re good, decent, and love your neighbours, you’ll eagerly, immediately, and unselfishly sacrifice that personal control, get vaccinated and obey all ever-changing rules, even those that makes no sense. Because Fauci says so!

“But you are a member of society, and as a member of society — reaping all the benefits of being a member of society — you have a responsibility to society,” preached Fauci.

“And I think each of us, particularly in the context of a pandemic that’s killing millions of people, you have got to look at it and say there comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.”

If you must be heavily pressured by clergy, sports heroes, etc., into obliging, so be it, said Fauci, who, albeit virtually, arrogantly intruded on Canadian territory.

There’s more.

McGill bestowed a high honour upon Fauci. He received an honorary doctorate of science from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to recognize his “inspiration and leadership to the community.”

“McGill’s highest honour, an honorary degree, is awarded to individuals who have lifetime records of outstanding scholarly, scientific or artistic achievement, or exceptional contributions to the public good through professional or philanthropic activity,” said McGill chancellor John McCall MacBain.

“He is a pioneer in the research of pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated and infectious diseases,” said Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill.

He’s also under investigation in the U.S. for lying under oath to the Senate and more.

This would be the same guy whose ties to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology — that almost certainly unleashed COVID-19 on the world — are under investigation.

Fauci had Americans spinning with his mandates, reversed mandates, flip-flopping, and authoritarian decrees. But that’s just science changing course, not at all his ineptness, reasoned Fauci. 

Fauci recently stated that the 18% of illegal migrants tested positive for COVID-19 — literally tens of thousands infected — flooding the U.S. daily pose no danger. Unvaccinated Americans holed up for almost two years are the only ones spreading the virus.

This is a guy we should take seriously?

Calls are mounting for the resignation of this thin-skinned, publicity-seeking, awful little man a growing number of Americans don’t much trust anymore.

At issue is whether Fauci abetted the funding of dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab. In the past, Fauci has openly supported this type of research.

While testifying before the Senate in July when he claimed the research funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the NIAID did not fund gain-of-function research.

Senator Rand Paul called him a liar and asked the Department of Justice to review Fauci’s testimony.

New documents released in September detailed grants provided to EcoHealth Alliance channeled $600,000 of $3.1 million received from the NIH directly for bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan lab. 

Wouldn’t Fauci have had to approve that?

The cash flowed despite a U.S. ban on risky gain-of-function research that creates viruses more deadly to humans.

Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordon tweeted: “Your tax dollars funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.” 

As far back as June, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley issued a statement demanding Fauci’s resignation. Those calls have been increasing.

Yet McGill invited Fauci to dictate to and shame Canadians, then give him its highest honour.

Perhaps the university’s research didn’t extend beyond U.S. mainstream media reports that don’t mention the cesspool of controversy Fauci is mired in, rather elevates him to sainthood.

CNN and MNSBC pundits say he’s to be “immortalized” and is a “jewel” and a “national treasure.”

Fauci flags, prayer candles and paraphernalia are sold.

No one believes the hype more than Fauci. Fox News noted he conducts interviews with a shine of prayer candles with his smug face painted on, up on a shelf in the background.

Really McGill? Is there wisdom in hailing the ego-driven Fauci while his role — direct or not — into the origin of a lab-made virus that killed millions and shut economies down is under investigation?

Fauci has no business sticking his Pinocchio nose into Canada’s affairs. Invited or not. 

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard

Linda Slobodian is the Manitoba Senior Columnist for the Western Standard. She has been an investigative columnist with the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Alberta Report. lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Liane Boeckx

    October 7, 2021 at 9:10 am

    This tells you exactly who Trudeau is connected to, & how deep the rabbit hole is. Despicable people each & every one at all levels of government on the whole CONTINENT. They all need to be reminded that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God”. We the people are going to be the least of their worries!

  2. Jennifer Dyck

    October 6, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Such a treasure! Well then, do the free world a favor – put him in a treasure chest and lock him up REEAALL GOOOD.

  3. Josh

    October 6, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    You know who has a responsibility?

    Deena Hinshaw has a responsibility to arrive in court to justify her actions against Albertans.

    Not say your to busy with “the 4th wave” and skip out on vacation.

  4. Left Coast

    October 6, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Fauci the little tyrant is a major Joke!
    He has been on 3 sides of every issue . . . and spent over 40 years in charge of NIH.
    He is one of the players who Financed the Wuhan Lab with US Tax dollars and with the help of Peter Daszak/EcoHealth Alliance oversaw the Gain of Function Research at that lab.

    Jan 11, 2017 Georgetown University – Fauci states publicly that Trump administration will face a “surprise disease outbreak”

    Tedros installed at the WHO
    Succession law changed for 1st time since 1947 for China to install Tedros by secret electronic vote precluding nations from seeing how other nations voted; first non-physician & bureaucrat to lead the WHO.

    World Bank creates “pandemic bonds”
    Bonds created to fund the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) seeking to mitigate pandemic exposure with privatization.

    WITS Spreadsheets evidence purchase of “COVID” supplies 2 years before “COVID” existed
    WITS spreadsheets provided by a consulted epidemiologist evidence “COVID” existing in 2017 before the 27 Dec 19 outbreak or the 11 Feb 20 creation of “COVID” as a name.

    March 2020 China leverages WHO/Tedros proxy for pandemic declaration to trigger usurpation of Title II Executive authority

    They Planned this well in advance folks . . .


  5. Barry Williams

    October 6, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    If it walks like a grinch and talks like a grinch, it’s a grinch. That gnome Fauchi is a grinch!

  6. Baron Not Baron

    October 6, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Yup I give up my privilege to pay taxes.

  7. Bruce

    October 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    You got it! Dan straight

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MORGAN: Free speech in comedy under siege

“What has happened to our society when a comedy festival may turn into a street battle? “




Standup comedians have always been on the front lines in battles over free speech and expression.

In the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, most of the pearl-clutching busybodies came from the ‘moral majority’ religious right. They feared obscenity within comedy acts would degrade the moral fabric of the nation and for a while, the law agreed. Comedian Lenny Bruce was convicted and sentenced to four months in a workhouse in 1964 for the crime of spreading obscenity in his act. George Carlin was arrested seven times during the 1970s for his famous “Seven Dirty Words” routine.

Bruce died before the appeal of his sentence was completed. He was posthumously pardoned in 2003. Charges against Carlin were all dropped before he could be convicted. Carlin and Bruce refused to back down and in the end, the state couldn’t win. We will never know how many comedians allowed themselves to be cowed into changing their acts due to state and social intimidation in those days. Not all of them had the will or support bases Carlin and Bruce enjoyed.

The ability for comedians to freely express themselves is just as threatened today as it was 50 years ago. The source of puritanical outrage against comedy routines has changed, though. These days the prigs demanding the curtailment of free speech in comedy acts are the snowflakes of the politically correct left.

Canadian comedian Mike Ward found himself dragged before human rights tribunals and the Canadian courts for nearly a decade over a routine in which he mocked a disabled young Canadian performer. The case ultimately went to the Canadian Supreme Court where it was ruled in a tight 5-4 split decision Ward’s right to free speech was to be protected, and jokes were not subject to judicial review. We came dangerously close to having a comedian convicted for his routine during this decade. The threat to free expression is real and it’s ongoing.

The prime target of the cancel-culture mob lately has been American comedian Dave Chappelle. Chappelle has long enjoyed poking fun at the hypersensitive underbelly of the LGBTQ activist community and has never backed down in the face of the enraged blowback following one of his acts. In Chappelle’s most recent Netflix comedy special he went out of his way to antagonize the usual suspects as he made jokes about transgender ideological orthodoxy. The response to his act was immediate and predictable. Activists demanded Netflix pull the special down and small groups of Netflix employees staged widely publicized walkouts in protest of Chappelle’s act.

Netflix never pulled Chappelle’s special down and Chappelle has remained unapologetic for it. The controversy generated by apoplectic snowflakes in response to Chappelle’s act likely only increased viewership of the special.

It has just been announced Dave Chappelle is going to be headlining a Netflix comedy festival this coming April in Hollywood Bowl. This signals Netflix has done well with Chappelle’s routine despite or perhaps even because of the controversy it generated. In having a set date at a large outdoor venue and in such a populated area, Netflix is upping the ante in their battle with cancel-culture activists. Not only are they saying they won’t pull Chappelle’s older content, but they are also expanding the reach for his next act.

American and Canadian courts have proven they will protect the rights of free expression for controversial comedians, albeit grudgingly. Anti-free speech activists will have to take their case to the streets now and I suspect they will. With as many as 17,000 attendees arriving for a comedy festival being potentially greeted by a sizable number of protesters, things may get ugly.

What has happened to our society when a comedy festival may turn into a street battle?

Chappelle’s showdown this spring could be a turning point for comedy. Will he and Netflix stand their ground in the face of protests? Will local authorities ensure the show can go on even if activists vow to shut it down? This comedy event is going to be an important one.

As with any art, the enjoyment of comedy is subjective. Some people like simple clean humour, some like complex satire, and some like vulgarity-laden shock comedy. The only people who can judge good comedy are the audience and they should only be able to render judgment through voting with their feet (and wallets). In other words, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

Comedians ply their trade by observing the world and poking at sacred cows. They dig into subjects people commonly avoid and force us to think about them through the lens of humour. They provide a public service by pushing the boundaries of free expression and ensuring no subjects are ever out of bounds. They often make us laugh and we need a whole lot more of that these days.

Comedians will not be able to effectively practice their art if they fear censors or legal repercussions. They will be restrained and they will leave subjects that need to be brought before public scrutiny untouched.

If the speech and expression of comedians are allowed to be suppressed, no speech is safe. We need to stand up for our comics for both their sake and our own.

Cory Morgan is Assistant Opinion & Broadcast Editor for the Western Standard

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WAGNER: Hydrocarbon based fuels are here to stay

“Think of it as telling people to step out of a perfectly serviceable airplane without a parachute, with assurances that politicians will work out alternatives on the way down.”




Alberta’s future is threatened by a national campaign to dramatically reduce the production of hydrocarbons.

The political and media elite repeatedly assure everyone that such fuels can be replaced by new “green” energy sources such as wind and solar power. People currently employed in the oil and gas industry will supposedly transition into green energy production and life will continue on as before, except with fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Indeed, Justin Trudeau’s federal government has committed to transitioning Canada’s economy to producing net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

Trudeau’s scheme is a fairy tale. Hydrocarbons are going to be required for a very long time because current green energy technology is nowhere near where it needs to be to replace them. Currently, there are no realistic alternatives to oil and gas, so reducing their production will only lead to energy shortages.

As Dr. Henry Geraedts put it recently in the Financial Post, “The ultimate goal of net-zero politics is to impose a radical energy transition that demands a top-to-bottom physical and social-economic restructuring of society, with no credible road map in sight. Think of it as telling people to step out of a perfectly serviceable airplane without a parachute, with assurances that politicians will work out alternatives on the way down.”

Geraedts’ Financial Post column is a brief description of a policy report he produced in June 2021, and how it was ignored because its conclusions contradict the ideological perspective that university professors are expected to support. He didn’t toe the party line, in other words, and therefore got the cold shoulder.

Geraedts’ report, Net Zero 2050: Rhetoric and Realities, is available online at the website of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy which is affiliated with both the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina. It’s a very credible piece of work.

Fossil fuels are hydrocarbons and Geraedts points out “hydrocarbons are nature’s most efficient embodiment of primary energy: the combination of high energy density, abundance, stability, safety, portability and affordability is unmatched by any other source of energy.”

Currently, hydrocarbons comprise about 80% of global primary energy. This is essentially the same percentage as 30 years ago, when the global warming craze began. Despite years of favourable government policies and billions of dollars in government subsidies, green technology such as wind and solar energy remain relatively small contributors to the world’s energy supply.

Geraedts also describes the negative environmental impacts caused by so-called green energy technology. Among the most interesting details he mentions is: “Neither turbine blades nor solar panels nor lithium-ion batteries are physically or economically recyclable. They are instead, at an alarming rate, ending up in landfills leaching toxic chemicals — an estimated 10 million tons/year of batteries by 2030 alone.” So much for protecting the environment.

Geraedts is not a so-called “denier.” He points to data from reliable sources indicating global temperatures have increased by one degree Celsius since 1900. But he also explains “the projections used to justify net zero policies and the Paris Accord, are based on fundamentally flawed computer climate models that overstate warming by some 200%.”

Not only that, but “observational, empirical evidence remains agnostic as to what, with requisite confidence levels, is attributable to anthropogenic influences vs. natural variability.” In other words, it cannot be determined with certainty to what degree the gradual temperature increase is the result of human activities.

But climate change worries aside, there is still a fatal lack of realistic alternatives to hydrocarbons. The International Energy Agency forecasts that even if all countries fulfill their Paris Accord commitments — an unlikely prospect — hydrocarbons will still account for 60% of primary energy in 2040. With accelerating energy demand in Africa and Asia, Geraedts expects hydrocarbons will remain the dominant energy source for decades to come.

This is what it all means: If we put progressive ideology aside and take a hard, honest look at the energy situation, hydrocarbons are here to stay for quite a while. Knowing the ingenuity of human beings in a free society, the discovery of new energy sources is likely at some point in the future. For now, though, we need oil and gas, and Alberta has lots of both.

With strong international demand for hydrocarbons forecast to last for decades, there is no reason why these resources cannot continue to provide the foundation of economic prosperity for the province. The biggest obstacle to such prosperity, of course, is the federal government. Due to its determination to prevent the development of hydrocarbons, independence may be the only way to maintain and increase the resource-based wealth that is Alberta’s birthright.

An independent Alberta could implement policies maximizing economic growth and avoid the suffocating policies of Canada’s central government. A free Alberta would be a prosperous Alberta.

Michael Wagner is a columnist for the Western Standard

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