August 06, 2015

The Rebel's coverage of Maclean's National Leaders Debate begins (with a special message)

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

I've traveled from Ottawa to Toronto to cover the Maclean's National Leaders Debate. We'll bring Ezra's reaction later this evening, but first, a message to the Rebel's viewers:

Just think: The Rebel started in Ezra Levant's living room in February.

Today, at the beginning of August, we're here covering the first debate of the Canadian federal election, a debate being sponsored by Maclean's -- whose website The Rebel already outranks on Alexa.com!

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commented 2015-08-08 18:56:48 -0400
Jimmy, you are not married
commented 2015-08-08 11:10:53 -0400
Jimmy, a lefty troll shill is NOT a career. And I would rather not guess what you do for money…

That being said, I wish I had time to see the debate. But my work schedule didn’t allow it.
commented 2015-08-07 22:22:39 -0400
Babich,

Oh wait – other people here know what they are talking about. You just don’t happen to be one of them.

Why would I need to receive welfare or go to the food bank. I have money and successful career. I am even married too.
commented 2015-08-07 18:52:00 -0400
Jimmy said: "Basically, the more developed ACC allows the Liberal to be a better problem solver. It helps us to cipher through difficult information and make educated decisions. According to scientists, Liberal brain chemistry allows us to monitor conflict, detect errors, and we are more likely to “respond to informational complexity, ambiguity, and novelty. Liberals, according to this model, would be likely to engage in more flexible thinking, working through alternate possibilities before committing to a choice. Even after committing, if alternate contradicting data comes along, they would be more likely to consider it. This is how science works, and why there might be so many correlations between scientific beliefs.” Well Jimmy, the “model” you presented actually describes me to a tee. In fact, my professional life relies heavily on these traits. Thanks for the compliment. I can safely say however, I am not a lefty in any sense. Life is just far too short and far too interesting for that nonsense. Cheers!
commented 2015-08-07 18:45:26 -0400
Jimmy said: “If I am borderline psychotic, then I fit right in with the crazy conservatives here.” Gosh Jimmy. You sure you want to admit some emnity with others on this site?
commented 2015-08-07 18:09:58 -0400
Robert. Yes I realize he is suffering from illusions of grandeur and psychosis. All his “made up shit” and nobody else" knows a fuck about anything". While I try to support his welfare received income from a once prosperous province. I hope he can bike to the food bank because these companies won’t produce oil and gas if there is no benefit to them
commented 2015-08-07 17:26:34 -0400
Rick,

Then how do you explain all the scientific studies that state that liberals are more intelligent than conservatives?

Several studies have found that Liberals have larger and more active anterior cingulate cortex, or ACC, than our Conservative counterparts. And while they are lacking in the ACC department, they actually have larger amygdala than we do.

Now What Do These Brain Parts Do??

First the Libs….

Basically, the more developed ACC allows the Liberal to be a better problem solver. It helps us to cipher through difficult information and make educated decisions. According to scientists, Liberal brain chemistry allows us to monitor conflict, detect errors, and we are more likely to “respond to informational complexity, ambiguity, and novelty. Liberals, according to this model, would be likely to engage in more flexible thinking, working through alternate possibilities before committing to a choice. Even after committing, if alternate contradicting data comes along, they would be more likely to consider it. This is how science works, and why there might be so many correlations between scientific beliefs.”

Now the Cons…

The Conservatives on the other hand have a more developed center of emotion with the amygdala. It is said to be the center for fear, so with such an enlarged and heightened amygdala, much of what they do and how they react to most situations comes from basic fear response. Discover magazine also says,

“Conservatives respond to threatening situations with more aggression than do liberals and are more sensitive to threatening facial expressions.”

“So, when faced with an ambiguous situation, conservatives would tend to process the information initially with a strong emotional response. This would make them less likely to lean towards change, and more likely to prefer stability. Stability means more predictability, which means more expected outcomes, and less of a trigger for anxiety.”

So, basically what this all means is that they are just plain scared. And how can you relax and laugh and find humor in things that are genuinely funny when you are scared shitless all the time?? I mean, come on. We’d probably be a little grumpy too if we were born with Conservative brains, right.

http://lcap.psych.ucla.edu/pdfs/amodio_natureneuroscience07.pdf
commented 2015-08-07 17:06:34 -0400
Robert,

If I am borderline psychotic, then I fit right in with the crazy conservatives here. It’s hilarious that people here would prefer that The Rebel just be a bubble where everyone agrees with each other and feel threatened by opposing views.
commented 2015-08-07 15:59:45 -0400
Kelvin Grabowsky said: “For what its worth Jimmy said he was 44 on another thread, which should be old enough to know better. But alas…………” Oh dear. It IS Peter Pan Syndrome. Defined as if you are not socialist before 30, you have no heart. If you are still socialist past your thirties, you have no head!
commented 2015-08-07 15:54:37 -0400
Robert Dick – you are correct in your assessment of our resident troll. Maybe RAID will work on keeping him at bay!
commented 2015-08-07 13:58:18 -0400
You do all realize the main reason Jimmy is here is to satisfy his own narcissistic tendencies. He posts to provoke, then checks back in on the reaction and posts some more. Oh yeah – and then checks back in again. An inordinate of time must be spent to create the footprint he has on this site. It’s borderline psychotic.
commented 2015-08-07 12:50:38 -0400
So he’s the same age as Justin but mentally arrested at 23
commented 2015-08-07 10:48:12 -0400
Good Job Rebel Media – You are becoming Canada’s honest media watchdog!
commented 2015-08-07 01:12:14 -0400
For what its worth Jimmy said he was 44 on another thread, which should be old enough to know better. But alas…………
commented 2015-08-07 00:35:18 -0400
I’m convinced it’s a REBEL alter ego designed to enrage and intrigue. Brian are you creating this to encite us?
commented 2015-08-07 00:15:30 -0400
Warren,

It’s the liberal trolls as YOU call it that are keeping this place alive. Do you understand how internet traffic works?
commented 2015-08-07 00:08:33 -0400
Good job Rebel staff. Keep up the good work, and try to limit the Liberal trolls from posting garbage here. Trolls.
commented 2015-08-06 23:51:36 -0400
Joan,

I asked you this in another thread, but I guess you never saw it, so I will ask it here:

Considering your passionate views on women’s issues and feminism – I am surprised that you support Harper, considering there are many women’s groups and organizations that have had campaigns against Harper. They see him as anti-woman and anti-woman’s rights.

Essentially the Canadian version of what is going on in America with Republican white men trying to tell women what to do regarding their lady parts and women’s rights in general. Hence the reason why women mostly vote for Democrats.

So as a woman, why do you support Harper – when he is viewed as being so anti-woman by millions of Canadians?
commented 2015-08-06 23:43:41 -0400
Babish,

I wish I was still 23.
commented 2015-08-06 23:42:57 -0400
Joan,

It’s funny, but a lot of people are actually saying that May won the debate and that she needs to be part of all the debates.
commented 2015-08-06 23:41:14 -0400
Reasoning is what distinguishes humans from animals
commented 2015-08-06 23:38:18 -0400
I would put you at about 23 Jimmy since the frontal lobe isn’t completely developed until 25 years of age. That is the part of the brain that allows reasoning
commented 2015-08-06 23:37:53 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva said: “Rick, No, you are wrong.” Well, either you are lying, or its OMG!, the Peter Pan Syndrome! Some people truly neve grow up or want to!
commented 2015-08-06 23:30:38 -0400
Here is social justice against common sense;
http://www.leadnow.ca/
They will try and split the vote.
VOTE HARPER..VOTE CONSERVATIVE..BE AWARE
commented 2015-08-06 23:27:12 -0400
The debate was okay. Harper came across as tolerant of Macleans bias. Trudeau was very aggressive, repeatedly interrupting Harper. Mulcair was wooden, wide-eyed, and so slow-speaking it was clear his demeanor was the NDP version of the 2006 Harper sweater vest image advice fiasco. May was green. What can I say. Her glasses made me think of a mermaid.

I think the debate may hurt Mulcair’s poll ratings. And help Trudeau’s. Hence splitting the left.

He he he …

Trudeau did quite well. He didn’t fumble until the very last minute when Giuseppe let his head fall then suddenly jerked the strings again, exposing him as a puppet.

Giuseppe has crossed the floor.

Mulcair is trying so hard to dispell the angry Tom image. But I think he went overboard tonight. Still, while it may hurt his polling short term, I doubt it will affect them long-term.

The NDP is even more aggressive than the CPC with its fund raising and member recruitment. Over the weeks until the election, the left will pull out all the stops to promote him.

Harper did okay in the debate. He showed he is a good sport by not reacting with anger at some pretty clear Macleans bias. That makes him look confident. Of course he was on the defensive; he is the incumbent. But over the weeks up to the election, I think we will see his numbers rise steadily in the polls as his ads emphasize security and the economy.

Trudeau’s improved confidence will hurt Mylcair’s lead and split the left to the advantage of the right.
commented 2015-08-06 23:19:52 -0400
Rick,

No, you are wrong.
commented 2015-08-06 23:19:06 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva said: “Rick, I understand the whole Millenial thing – I was just curious if you had an exact age within the Millenial years.” Exact ages are not relevant. It is a range of ages that determine the generational designation. Are you confirming Millenial status?
commented 2015-08-06 23:03:41 -0400
Rick,

I understand the whole Millenial thing – I was just curious if you had an exact age within the Millenial years.
commented 2015-08-06 23:01:49 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva said: “Rick, So if you were to guess – how old do you think I am?” I just laid out my opinion. If you are as bright as you think you are, you will figure it out!
commented 2015-08-06 22:59:32 -0400
Rick,

So if you were to guess – how old do you think I am?