“Work From Home”?

“Work From Home”?

No. It’s a euphemism for “As your employer, I dictate what you do in your own home.”

Easy? Yes. Cheap? Definitely. Relaxed? Of course (too relaxed in one, nay, two infamous instances and by the same person). Doesn’t really feel like work? I bet. I did a quick search of “benefits of working from home”. There’s tons, apparently.

So, what’s the catch?

It used to be that a boss showed absolute respect for his employees’ private life and family life. Or at least, it used to be a selling point for position offerings to attract serious candidates. As a matter of course, it takes discipline to keep family and business separated, to avoid one interfering with the other. To work from home means that the selling point is now the complete opposite of absolute respect for one’s private life and family life. That doesn’t make sense to me. It doesn’t sound like a benefit at all. There must be something else going on.

If there’s no longer a separation of private life and business, this means subordination to an employer gives this employer the authority to dictate what you do in your own home. The lever for this authority is “place of work”, where the employer – not the person who lives there – decides what happens at that place. If this employer is the government, well, I’ll let you figure this one out.

Martin Levac 01:05 6/17/2022

Freedom Convoy 2022 – Justin Trudeau Resign?

Freedom Convoy 2022 – Justin Trudeau Resign?

No.

Unambiguous, absolute, unadulterated, pure 100% no.

That is not the reason for the trucker convoy. The reason is lift all restrictions, all mandates, particularly the vaccine mandate for cross-border Canadian truckers. Justin Trudeau resigning is meaningless, of no value. He resigns, what happens? Maybe we think we got what we wanted, we can leave and get back on the road (I’m not a trucker, manner of speech, so get back to whatever). The vaccine mandate is still there, the restrictions are still there, the mandates are still there.

The idea of Justin Trudeau resigning doesn’t come from truckers, it comes from outside as a contamination of the Freedom Convoy’s raison d’être. In a negotiation, there’s compromise. A compromise is to abandon a particular demand, to come to an agreement. In this case, the particular compromise is to abandon all demands, to come to an agreement which includes the resignation of Justin Trudeau. Why you still here? You got what you wanted, didn’t you?

What effect does the resignation of Justin Trudeau do? A new puppet comes in, the show goes on. Nothing was done, nothing accomplished, same old same old. Democracy was not restored.

I mean, Justin Trudeau can do whatever he wants. He can resign all he wants of his own initiative. But that has no bearing on the Freedom Convoy, no bearing on the free and democratic society, no bearing on the suspension of rights and freedoms, no bearing on mobility rights to move anywhere in Canada and to exit and enter the country. The resignation of Justin Trudeau as prime minister of Canada is of no value to any Canadian at this junction. In fact, from a political perspective, the resignation of Justin Trudeau will not save the Liberal Party of Canada. That ship is sinking, and sinking hard. There’s just not enough ballast to throw overboard to keep it afloat.

Freedom Convoy 2022 is infectious, contagious, virulent, moreso than any virus known to man. The world is watching, and the world is infected. With what?

Freedom.

Martin Levac 14:59 2/1/2022

UnFuck This

UnFuck This

You willfully knowingly contaminated yourself with a toxic substance. Then, you go shopping, but you’re stopped at the door by a guy who says “you can’t come in, you’re contaminated”.

UnFuck This.

Martin Levac 20:19 12/20/2021

We Are Afraid

Of COVID? We’re not.

In fact, the most common reasons given to get the jab is “travel, work, shopping, not be shunned”. The most common reasons given to wear a mask is “I’m a good person, I’m not selfish, I’m not a grandma killer”. The most common reason given for vaccine passport is “I don’t want to be a second class citizen”. Where’s the virus in all that? Nowhere to be found. In fact, the virus has become a distant second to all of it. Now we’re just worried about our job, as many are threatened with being fired for not getting the jab. The virus, the pandemic, the cases and the deaths, has become a droning background environment for the rest, as if there was still a need for it but only insofar to make the rest make sense. If the virus, the pandemic, the cases and the deaths, went away, there would be no rationale for anything we do to that end. It would be pure insanity, and we’re acutely aware of that. This makes us not afraid of the virus, it makes us afraid that the virus disappears.

Dread washes over us as we contemplate the moment the virus and the pandemic and the cases and the deaths all goes away for good. As we contemplate our life after the virus. As we contemplate a return to the mundane. We dread the mundane. We have no raison d’être in there. The virus, the pandemic, the cases and the deaths, that is our raison d’être. Without that, our life is meaningless. Bullshit jobs. No purpose, no higher purpose. No goal, no plan, no dream.

Well, let me tell you about the other side of that story. Many of us, many had a goal, a plan, a dream. We were working toward it, for it, putting in the time and the effort. For some it was the mundane “clean your room”, while for others it was the grandiose “repair this broken world”, and for everybody in-between it was a meaningful worthwhile endeavor. Get a degree, get a job, fix the house, build a house, fix the roads and build them, work the land and feed the chickens, run a grocery shop, a restaurant, a movie theater and an iceskating rink, fix people and heal them and treat them and cure them and make them well, drive a truck and transport goods to and fro from where it’s made to where it’s needed, drive a bus and carry people to where they need to go, assemble and speak of all things important and mundane, plead to shops and food makers to give generously and then give this food to the hungry and the destitute, preach and worship as we dress our best and behave our best and in these rites and rituals and ceremonies strengthen our group, celebrate the birth and mourn the death, go to the pub and meet our friends and neighbours and strangers alike, as we hold a vigil a wake for one of ours, a father perhaps a mother, one of our own, go to the park and play, have a picnic, catch a fish and hunt game, restore an old car and customize a new one just the way we want it, fix shoes and make shoes, fix suits and make suits and pants and fit them, paint a landscape and shape the clay into a face or a frog.

All of these plans, shot to hell, thrown away, destroyed and dismissed as unimportant, as meaningless, as worthless in the face of a virus, of a pandemic, all in the name of the greater good. All of our plans, all of our goals, all of our dreams have been declared non grata sine die.

I reject. I refuse. I oppose.

Every one of our plans, every one of our goals, every one of our dreams is important to somebody.

That is the other side of that story.

Martin Levac 19:27 10/1/2021

The Greater Good

The Greater Good

Is defined by this paper: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/9/7/693

“For three deaths prevented by vaccination we have to accept two inflicted by vaccination.”

The greater good is thus that some must die so that others live. Who dies, we don’t know. Who lives, we don’t know. We only know how many.

Furthermore, the greater good is a choice between two goods, where the greater of the two is preferred. Since the good is defined as how many live, the more that live is better, the most that live is greater. And since for those that live the cost is some must die, the greater good is thus the greater must die so the greater live.

That is why you get the jab. You get the jab so that you have a chance to be one of the three that live. That is why you tell others to get the jab. You tell others to get the jab so that you have a chance to be one of the three that live.

And you get the jab knowing full well that you also have a chance to be one of the two that must die. And you tell others to get the jab knowing full well that others you tell also have a chance to be one of the two that must die.

That is why you get the jab.

That is why you get the jab.

That is why you get the jab.

Martin Levac 11:48 6/28/2021

A Day Of Infamy

A Day Of Infamy

Today, June 11th 2021, RCMP officers arrested political candidate Maxime Bernier. The offense: Attending a gathering.

Today, June 11th 2021, via Global Affairs Canada, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement:

https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2021/06/canada-condemns-arrest-of-political-candidates-and-civil-society-leaders-in-nicaragua.html

Copied in full below.


Canada condemns arrest of political candidates and civil society leaders in Nicaragua

From: Global Affairs Canada


Statement

June 11, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada joins the Organization of American States, the United Nations, international human rights bodies and members of the international community in condemning the arbitrary arrest of political candidates in Nicaragua. The Government of Nicaragua has failed to implement meaningful electoral reforms that are desperately needed and is now further eroding the democratic process with these arbitrary detentions.

“We stand with the Nicaraguan people in their aspirations for a more just and democratic future, which includes a fundamental respect for human rights, media freedom, and the opportunity to make their own democratic choices in free, fair and transparent elections.

“The Government of Nicaragua needs to guarantee the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all its people in accordance with international law and its own constitution. International human rights bodies must be allowed to return immediately to the country to monitor the situation and ensure the government is fulfilling these crucial responsibilities.

“Canada calls for the immediate release of the arbitrarily arrested, imprisoned or detained political candidates, as well as the release of all political prisoners, and an end to the arrest and harassment of the independent media and civil society actors. We remain in close contact with our international partners.

“Canadians in Nicaragua should regularly check our Travel Advice and Advisories page, monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

“At any time, Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance can contact the Embassy of Canada to Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua in San José, Costa Rica at +506 2242-4400 or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling +1 613 996 8885 collect or by sending an email message to sos@international.gc.ca.”


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Since March 2020, in Canada, several independent media members and civil society actors (along with regular citizens) were, and continue to be, harrassed and imprisoned arbitrarily, their rights and freedoms violated. The offense: Opposition to the restrictions and violations of freedoms and rights, attending gathering, operating a business, shopping, walking on the sidewalk, reporting current events, gathering in a private domicile, breathing, intimacy, social interaction, staying fit, picnic, laying on the beach, playing, speaking, teaching, treating patients, playing hockey, traveling, worshipping, preaching, archery, feeding the poor, meditation, attending school, eating a donut and drinking coffee in one’s own car, ordering a donut and coffee in a shop at the counter, skateboarding, sitting on a bench, standing on the sidewalk, recording a public event, renting and staying in a hotel room, going home from school, going to work from home, and other manners of otherwise normal acts.

Maxime Bernier has been, and continues to be, a vocal opponent to the on-going restrictions, imposed on the pretense that they are intended to counter the presumed pandemic. In Quebec, the state of emergency has been renewed every 10 days, to date, 61 times since March 2020. It’s similar in other provinces in Canada.

Two weeks to flatten the curve. This is where we started.

Arrest political candidate. This is where we are.

??? This is where we’re going.

Choose wisely.

Martin Levac 00:11 6/12/2021