The Alberta NDP have declared war on the family farm and all right-thinking Albertans.

Bill 6 extends workers compensation coverage, occupation health and safety rules and labour laws to all Alberta farms, regardless of size and regardless of whether or not the work being done on the farm is paid or unpaid. Bill 6 also allows farm workers to unionize.

So much for the family farm!

Of course, the people who will be the most affected by this bill — the farmers and ranchers — weren't adequately consulted about the legislation. But you know who was consulted? The Alberta Federation of Labour.
Back in June I posted a myriad of issues with the very concept of extending onerous health and safety legislation to family farms. Particularly, if the NDP didn't plan on modifying the definitions of labourers to exclude "volunteer" labour (ie. neighbours pooling together, or family members including children). Well guess what? They didn't. (Bonus comment by a CBCtard: "As a Safety Professional I can assure all that it isn't hard to put a safety program into place")

It's time to fight back. Third Edge of the Sword has recently trademarked a new motto when it comes to dealing with the leftwing extremists of Rachel Arab and Shiny Pony: Nothing is too extreme.

So what can you do? First, sign the Rebel.Media petition. Secondly, attend the STAND UP FOR ALBERTA rally in Red Deer on Sunday November 29th if you can. (If you can't, please continue to make public the fact that attendance at conservative rallies are subject to a multiplication factor). Thirdly, attend the rally against Bill 6 being held by radio station 790 840 CFCW on Monday November 30th, again remembering that for every protester on Monday another hundred have real jobs to go to.

Beyond that? Well, you can write your MLA. Make sure to write an actual physical letter, though (they don't care about emails). To make your letter count, there are three extra things to do. First, cc the NDP Minister of Agriculture Oneil Carlier and the Employment Minister Lori Sigurdson. Secondly, cc a member of the media, Lorne Gunter for example. This is something you can do electronically. (if you have a better/different example, please leave one in the comments). Finally, and this is important, cc the Wildrose Agriculture Critic Rick Strankman. You definitely can again send him an electronic mail message: Rick.Strankman@wildrose.ca. The letter to your MLA, the NDP Ag Minister, and the NDP Employment Minister however definitely must be written.

Tell them that you know Bill 6 is isn't about "keeping people safe": it's about control. It's about giving work to overbearing bureuacrats who lay awake at night crying that somewhere Alberta strong yeomen are living their lives free from their rule. Again, feel free to use my points from this blogpost, various real-life examples of how OHS regulations are inappropriate for a family farm This is important to look at, because most leftists defending the bill say "just read the bill", which merely makes changes to other legislation. Watch both Sheila Reid's and Ezra Levant's videos about what this legislation entails and why it must be stopped.

Bill 6 is a move to invade rural Alberta. The NDP will make every effort to destroy our way of life. They'll lie, they'll cheat, they won't stop until we stop them. Write your MLA, make sure the media and the opposition see you doing it.

Update 2:06pm: Wildrose NDP MLA Jason Nixon says that your emails to the Wildrose party about Bill 6 will be read out in the legislature. You can email Jason your copy of your letter to your MLA (I still advise you write a physical one and mail it Monday morning) at rimbey.rockymountainhouse.sundre@assembly.ab.ca


BBC Trudeau

The BBC has some questions for Prime Minister Shiny Pony. We here at Third Edge of the Sword World Headquarters in St. Albans are standing by with the answers.

BBC asks Trudeau about Queen’s portrait removal and why rivals belittle him
  1. Because Justin Trudeau is a self-serving asshole
  2. Because Justin Trudeau is a moron
You're welcome, BBC.

University of British Columbia hates white people

The University of British Columbia is a pretty wacky place. It's an extremist far-left campus, in an extremist far-left city. The local MP is anti-Albertan enviro-fascist Joyce Murray, for crying out loud. This woman loves taxes like she's in a porn waiting for a hot sticky shot of taxes to the face -- until her own sacred cows are hurt by it, then she wants bicycles and related accessories to be exempt from the GST.

So anyways, the 4chan folks picked UBC as one of their targets in last week's White Student Council movement. UBC immediately denounced them, which is odd seeing how they claim to love diversity so much that they deliberately deny talented white people a berth at the University of British Columbia, and instead have inferior nonwhite students taking their place. Meanwhile if you're a fudge packer and want to live on UBC campus, they have special dorm room accommodations (read: sodomy-fuelled bathhouses).

So in that spirit, it's high time for all white conservatives at the University of British Columbia to stand up and turn the 4chan prank into a real movement. The logo, courtesy of the pathetic pansies at the UBC administration, is provided below.


Will the bureaucrats who okay'd these men be admitting fake Syrian refugees?

Oh yeah, that vetting of "Syrian" "refugees" is going to work out just fine.

A bureaucrat somewhere failed at the vetting thing once before, it seems. Will Prime Minister Shiny Pony fire the useless tit before his rubber stamp harms another Canadian?


Safe Spaces should include those big pillows stuntmen fall into

In the wake of the various "safe spaces" debacles happening on American campuses, it's worth looking at this story:

Hubert, a 24-year-old aerospace engineering student mysteriously disappeared after attending a sorority party at The Foundry at Puritan Mill on October 16.

After a frantic search by friends and family, using cellphone tracking technology, Hubert was found two days later about four miles away, bloodied and face down in a ditch at DeKalb and Arizona avenues. His family insisted Hubert was on a MARTA train that night.

"He got mugged. He left the party and we think he said somebody mugged him. They ripped all his clothes and his wallet and watch and phone
out left him for dead," said Diane Hubert at the time her son was found.

MARTA and Atlanta police confirmed Hubert was not riding MARTA that evening.

A source told CBS46 Hubert, whose nickname is reportedly 007, jumped off a bridge -- like James Bond in the opening scene of Skyfall-- onto a moving train, believed to be a CSX train.
He's an aerospace engineering student and he didn't know that James Bond stunts aren't real?

Do you think maybe post-secondary admissions aren't strict enough?

Meet the architect of Justin Trudeau's new refugee plan

Today Prime Minister Shiny Pony backtracked on his ridiculous policy to bring in 25,000 fake "Syrian" "refugees" into the country, instead admitting that he could maybe deliver 10,000 now and 15,000 later.

If this sounds familiar, it's because it is.

Prepare for the insufferable David Ortiz farewell party

(a special guest column by Eric Wilbur)

The David Ortiz farewell party, otherwise known as the entirety of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, is going to be an insufferable display of iconery from all facets of the game. The Boston media - hell, all media - will run out of laudatory superlatives to describe the Red Sox franchise superstar by the time Memorial Day comes around. Major League Baseball will attempt to market the star's final season with the inevitable tributes, T-shirts, collectible coasters, and Fenway Park dirt upon which Ortiz once tread. Twenty-nine other MLB teams will have to come up with more original parting gifts, after exhausting the well for Derek Jeter's retirement lap through the league last season.

The All-Star Game will no doubt be Ortiz-centric. Heck, Fenway Park may even have a sellout or two over the next six months.

Look, there's no argument that Ortiz doesn't deserve the accolades. He is indeed one of the most popular Red Sox to ever play the game, a consummate winner with three rings to his name. But let's stop with the knee-jerk nonsense that has Ortiz preparing to go into the business of multiplying loaves in his post-baseball life.

But because Ortiz played for the powerhouse Red Sox, his legacy has to be so much more. Had he won three rings in Oakland, his farewell tour might amount to a couple book signings and a new Samsung commercial. In self-important Boston, Ortiz will receive enough flowery tributes to make you gag. We're in for seven more months of debating where Ortiz ranks among all-time BoSox, among all-time first basemen, among all-time just ol' regular swell fellas.

The steady decline of Cam Talbot

Sonny Sachdeva for Today's Slapshot about Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot:

Through his 324 minutes of play thus far, Talbot has earned a goals-against-average of 2.22 (the 11th-best mark of all goaltenders who have played in five or more games thus far this season) and a save-percentage of .918 (the 12th-best mark among this group).

The sample size is still small and the season is young, but it’s already clear that Talbot is a notable upgrade over the Oilers’ previous options in the cage. Perhaps most encouraging for the Oilers faithful is the fact that Talbot’s numbers thus far align well with his previous performance in New York. He impressed in place of an injured Henrik Lundqvist last season while posting a goals-against-average of 2.21 and save-percentage of .926.

Talbot has continued to play at that level this season, which should be notable for the Oilers considering those numbers were good for 21 wins in 36 games for the Rangers. Crucial in that victorious run last season, however, was the fact that New York finished the year as the third-highest scoring team in the league – concluding the campaign with a goals-for per game mark of 3.02.
Oops. That story was posted on October 25th. Here's the Edmonton Journal on November 1st:
Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot’s last game in October was anything but a Halloween treat, but it was symbolic of his first month’s work. There is room for improvement with his .897 save percentage and a 2.88 goal average in 10 games.

Talbot wasn’t supposed to be a saviour in net after the Oilers traded three draft picks for him in June. They just wanted a starter who hopefully could be better or more consistent than Ben Scrivens, but Talbot has given up 15 goals in his last 115 shots; a rough patch, for sure.
Goalies can’t have save percentages under .900. Truth is, .915 is about average now. Talbot knows that.

He gave up two ugly goals against Calgary — the mishandling of the puck that Michael Frolik finished off, and the bad-angle shot by Frolik that found its way into the net. Are these mental mistakes or technical? Mental error on the first, technical faux pas on the second.
It keeps getting worse. What's Going on with Cam Talbot was the headline Suni Lagni of SB Nation asked on November 8th. And on November 18th Jim Matheson of the National Post admonished both Edmonton goaltenders.

Which brings us to November 23rd: Jonathon Willis has dubbed Anders Nilsson as the Oilers #1 goaltender. That night, he lets in a single goal against the Washington Capitals in a 1-0 loss.

Oilers management has now had a whopping three high profile goaltenders come into the team and become disappointments. Victor Fasth was a nightmare, faggot-loving coward Ben Scrivens now can't even handle the AHL, and Cam Talbot turns out to have been a phantom as well.

One hopes that the Oilers have learned their lesson: before considering another team's backup as the best thing since sliced bread, first make sure they aren't playing in front of a dominating defensive lineup. Anybody can look good with Drew Doughty playing in front of him. Put me in that net and I'd probably post an 0.825 SV%.


Eskimos are headed to the Grey Cup

With the thrilling (and, speaking as somebody who was in the stands, as scary as shit in the fourth quarter) win against Calgary on Sunday, the Edmonton "EVil Empire" Eskimos are on their way to the Grey Cup.

They'll face off against the Ottawa Redblacks -- wait, my mistake -- the Ottawa REDBLACKS in the 103rd Grey Cup, live from Winnipeg on Sunday November 29th.

The Grey Cup is definitely Edmonton's to lose. They're 14-4 and a year removed from their similarly strong 12-6 season where they lost every game against Calgary including the Western Final. Ottawa was 2-16 last season -- yes, you read that right -- and while their turnaround to being the Eastern leader with a 12-6 record is rather impressive it still won't be enough.

A curious reversal, of sorts: Edmonton was 4-14 in their disasterous 2013 season, and then similarly turned it around to 12-6 last year, and now onto the Grey Cup. Ottawa, playing in the far easier Eastern division, would be outside looking in if they too had to deal with the Stampeders every year rather than the niqab-loving Toronto Argonauts.

Regardless, for all intents and purposes the Grey Cup match was the Edmonton-Calgary game. Next Sunday should be just a formality. But any given Sunday yadda yadda yadda.

My prediction: REDBLACKS start out strong but can only minimally penetrate Edmonton's almost-always-stifling defense, and after an early lead the Eskimos will pour on the coals. Edmonton 36, Ottawa 17


2015 CFL Western Final

There's nothing down in Calgary but steers and queers. And John Cornish sure as hell looks more like the latter than the former.



Rodeo Kids Korral photos

Here are a variety of shots from the Rodeo Kids Korral event that took place at Gazebo (Dr. Wilbert McIntyre) Park in Old Scona on November 7, 2015.

Violence in Paris

The derka derkas try to make Charlie Hebdo look like a picnic in the park:

At least 100 people are reported to have died at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris.
Gunmen took many hostages there before being overpowered when police stormed the building.
Others died in attacks near the Stade de France, with some reports suggesting a suicide blast, and at restaurants.
Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and military personnel are being deployed across the city.
Paris is under a curfew tonight (for the first time since Adolph Hitler was alive), and has closed its borders.

Hey France! A little late now, don't you think? Next time why don't you do it when the smart ones warn you about it?

Update, 11:02pm: Turns out France isn't even closing its borders now! It's putting in tighter border restrictions in the form of checks at the border (ie. sort of a pre-Schengen arrangement) meaning that when psychotic Muslims show up, once they produce the right paperwork they're back in France plotting the murder of French citizens. Of course, because of Schengen there's even going to be the issue of how fast they can do this. They don't have personnel at border crossings, so first they'll have to find and deploy them, and then deal with the unions. The French border with Switzerland will be just as porous as the infamous cheese.


Patrick Kane vs. Hayley Pandolfi

In the sports world, Patrick Kane and Hayley Pandolfi are battling head-to-head in a he-said/she-said story of their sexual encounter.

But in the world of science, the two are reunited. Time-discretized variational formulation of non-smooth frictional contact was a 2001 article in the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and was authored by Anna Pandolfi and Couro Kane (along with fellow CalTech grad students Jerrold E. Marsden and Michael Ortiz).
The present work extends the non-smooth contact class of algorithms introduced by Kane et al. to the case of friction. The formulation specifically addresses contact geometries, e.g. involving multiple collisions between tightly packed non-smooth bodies, for which neither normals nor gap functions can be properly defined. A key aspect of the approach is that the incremental displacements follow from a minimum principle. The objective function comprises terms which account for inertia, strain energy, contact, friction and external forcing. The Euler–Lagrange equations corresponding to this extended variational principle are shown to be consistent with the equations of motion of solids in frictional contact. In addition to its value as a basis for formulating numerical algorithms, the variational framework offers theoretical advantages as regards the selection of trajectories in cases of non-uniqueness. We present numerical and analytical examples which demonstrate the good momentum and energy conservation characteristics of the numerical algorithms, as well as the ability of the approach to account for stick and slip conditions.

The "he said", as so very often happens, looks to be correct. This past week Hayley Pandolfi stopped cooperating with investigators and the prosecutor announced that Kane will never face a Grand Jury because the physical evidence backed his side of the story.


"They haven't really improved on the Oreo, have they?"

Harper vs. Trudeau


Distracted driving has never given anybody an STD

Metro columnist Mike Morrison: checking a traffic report while you're stuck behind a train is dangerous. Anal sex with underage boys, not so much.

Nenshi's totalitarian impulses are the scariest thing in Calgary this Halloween

In Nenshi's Calgary, the state fines people for giving ghost tours without getting permission from their city overlords.

Eventually the rogue group, who claimed to be with Calgary Ghost Tours, was found out and slapped with a bylaw infraction.