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Aren't Canadian sociology profs wonderful?

Professor Nathan Lauster says Vancouver’s China-money fears mirror Nazism. He just made millions selling home to China-money lobbyists
    UBC academic Nathan Lauster says the role of Chinese money is exaggerated and a ‘moral panic’, testifying in lawsuit aiming to axe Vancouver’s foreign buyer tax
    But at the same time, he was selling his home for C$3million (US$2.3 million), more than double its valuation, to two of the city’s top China-money lobbyists

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Godwin’s Law, as anyone remotely familiar with social media should know, posits the shift towards certainty that a comparison to Hitler or Nazism will be made, the longer any online discussion proceeds.

It’s usually a gambit of last resort. But Nathan Lauster – a professor in sociology at the University of British Columbia – went there with little prodding.

Focusing on the role of foreign money in Vancouver’s unaffordable real estate market “mirrors how you move from ‘socialism’ to ‘national socialism’”, he said on Twitter in November.

Lauster is no anonymous troll.

The author of the 2016 book The Death and Life of the Single-Family House, he has been an influential and dismissive voice when it comes to the role of Chinese money in Vancouver’s real estate unaffordability crisis.

Instead of the “exaggerated” role of Chinese investors, Lauster believes Vancouver should be worrying about single family homes, which he calls “invasive parasites”.

It’s a well-liked position by the development industry and supply-side circles.

Lauster has pressed his case widely in social and mainstream media – and in the court battle against Vancouver’s 20 per cent foreign buyer tax.

Lauster was asked to provide expert testimony by Chinese homebuyer Jing Li in her high-profile case against the BC government that seeks to have the tax deemed illegal. It is a wildly popular tax – backed by 81 per cent of BC residents in a 2018 poll. Support among residents of Asian ethnicity is even stronger than among whites, according to a previous survey.

Lauster volunteered to the court in a March 29, 2018, affidavit that “concerns over foreign buyers have taken on the characteristics of a moral panic”.

“This is not to say there aren’t investors living overseas and bidding up local properties in Metro Vancouver, but rather that their impact on the market overall has likely been exaggerated through the stylised and stereotyped social construction of the ‘foreign buyer’ problem, especially as it’s been identified as a particularly Chinese problem,” he said.

“As a result, changes in policy (ie: the Foreign Buyer Tax) have imposed real hardships on individuals … and have inflamed long-standing prejudices against (and within) the Chinese-Canadian community.”

What Lauster did not say in his affidavit was that at the time he was in the process of selling his Vancouver home for millions of dollars, at a price more than double its valuation, to two of the city’s most prominent China-money lobbyists, Pan Miaofei and Chen Yongtao [emphasis added].

A C$3.09 million windfall

This is not to say that Lauster’s views should be disqualified as insincere, or that he, Pan, or Chen, behaved improperly in the sale.

But it is one thing to publicly rubbish a phenomenon – and quite another to do so while privately pocketing millions of dollars as a result of that same phenomenon, courtesy of two of its most enthusiastic facilitators...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (centre) shakes hands with Pan Miaofei at a political fundraising dinner hosted in Pan's Vancouver mansion in November 2016. The dinner became the focus of a “cash for access” furore. Photo: Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the Wenzhou People's Government

Uniforms / Re: Sleeves up in Cadpat
« Last post by Blackadder1916 on Yesterday at 16:59:10 »
There was nothing wrong with work dress that an ascot didn't make better.   ::)
China is very vulnerable to the Japan, India, Vietnam and the US.
Can you explain?  Seriously.     :pop:
I'm not saying we have to return to 1990 (yes, it was that recent), but there are some folks who take the operational mantra to an extreme.  When one of the arguments for wearing combat clothing in an air-conditioned headquarters in Canada is in order to maintain an "operational mindset," I call BS.

I would also suggest, for the exact same reasons, that the stated rationale for sometimes having us ensure that our shirts are properly ironed and that our shoes are shiny and that our hair isn't allowed to get too long and that we shouldn't be able to dye said hair purple, in order to "act like professionals" is likewise BS. If NCDs don't make someone think with an operational mindset, then likewise DEUs also don't affect how we think or act.

The clothes don't make the person, their actions do. Perhaps it's time to stop wasting so much time on what we look like and more time on what we do.
Uniforms / Re: Sleeves up in Cadpat
« Last post by Hamish Seggie on Yesterday at 16:54:06 »
I'd kindly suggest that you avoid trying to fix complaints related to dress by making things worse.

You didn't see the *wink* emoji??

;) ;)
Uniforms / Re: Sleeves up in Cadpat
« Last post by gcclarke on Yesterday at 16:52:18 »
Well you could always go back to “work dress “.

That would be for day to day stuff in garrison and the only time op dress is allowed is for op training like ranges etc.

I'd kindly suggest that you avoid trying to fix complaints related to dress by making things worse.
US Military / Re: USAF Viper Team Commander Fired
« Last post by Quirky on Yesterday at 16:39:28 »
....From February 12th.
The Canadian Military / Re: White Supremacist is Army Reservist
« Last post by Cloud Cover on Yesterday at 16:37:33 »
If you follow Mercedes Stephensen on Twitter, you will see she has posted that the PoI was taken into custody by RCMP ERT and then released.
Space Force (actually Space Command, for now) and NRO:
Tectonic Shift As NRO Moved Under Space Command In Wartime [how does the US define that these days?]
US Space Command will officially stand-up on Aug. 29, with four main missions: "missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support," says JCS Chair Gen. Joseph Dunford.

If war in space erupts, the new US Space Command will have the power to order the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to take “defensive space operations” under a new joint concept of operations. The new chain of command represents a tectonic plate shift in US national security space, which has long been plagued by often testy relationships between the Intelligence Community and DoD.

“For the first time, there will be a unified structure that fully integrates Intelligence Community and Department of Defense space defense plans, authorities and capabilities to ensure seamless execution of space defense systems,” Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told the National Space Council today.

“Furthermore, should conflict extend to space, the NRO will take direction from the Commander of US Space Command and execute defensive space operations based on a jointly developed playbook and informed by a series of exercises and war games,” he added.

Maguire admitted that establishing coordination and cooperation between the NRO — which builds and operates US spy satellites — and US military space operations (even in wartime) has been an almost impossible task. As Breaking D readers know, for two years the former NRO Director, Betty Sapp, resisted efforts by the two top civilians in the Defense Department to create what in 2017 became the National Space Defense Center (NSDC) under Strategic Command. And NSDC’s powers to integrate NRO and military space activities was limited.

Commanders in the field for decades have been clamoring (even as this is being written) for their own satellite systems that would be more responsive to their immediate tactical needs, rather than having to wait for NRO to re-prioritize its relatively few and usually exquisite satellites. The Army, in particular, has plans to develop its own remote sensing and other types of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) [emphasis added].

But the Air Force, which controls about 90 percent of the DoD’s space budget, also has clashed with NRO over perceived priority needs. “This is a big deal,” one Air Force insider said, noting that currently NRO, the Air Force and NASA meet three times a year to “untie these knots.”

“For years there have been debates about how NRO and military space organizations can be better integrated,” Maguire conceded. He explained that Space Policy Directive-4, issued in February, not only called for a new Space Force, but tasked the IC and DoD to develop an “enhanced mechanism” designed to “increase unity of effort and effectiveness” of space operations.

“Early in this task, we recognized that the proposed establishment of US Space Command provided us with the opportunity to finally determine the appropriate level of integrations between the Intelligence Community and DoD to ensure effective space operations,” he said.

The new organizational structure will maintain the NSDC at Strategic Command that was established in April 2017 to integrate NRO data into military space operations, but will expand its remit and deepen interagency ties.

Meanwhile, the NSDC will be shifted to US Space Command, once the command is formally stood up on Aug. 29 by Vice President Mike Pence
[emphasis added], as announced today by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford said that initially 87 units will be transferred to the new unified command under Gen. John Raymond. Raymond’s mission, he said, will focus on “missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support.”..

The Canadian Military / Re: White Supremacist is Army Reservist
« Last post by Tcm621 on Yesterday at 16:26:08 »
Not to take away from him being a crap head if this is true but would a reservist MCpl engineer be considered an explosives "expert"?

Absolutely, depending on his qualifications. It isn't uncommon to have Cpls as EOD and/or IEDD operators. I don't know about reservists and IEDD but they all pretty much have basic EOD and basic demolition.
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