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September 15, 2016 | Merciless

A best-selling Canadian author of 14 books on economic trends, real estate, the financial crisis, personal finance strategies, taxation and politics. Nationally-known speaker and lecturer on macroeconomics, the housing market and investment techniques. He is a licensed Investment Advisor with a fee-based, no-commission Toronto-based practice serving clients across Canada.

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The verdict is in. Blog comments stay. For now.

Reading 500 comments in the comments section on what to do with said comments section was an interesting experience. Thank you. Many couldn’t care less what other readers have to say, after being dazzled and rendered speechless by my blog post. They want comments gone. Others insist that as weird and dangerous as many commenters obviously are, this part of the site is valuable for on-the-ground observations, disparate views and unvarnished gems of info.

Finally, there are many who think any attempt to moderate, edit or delete anything anyone wants to publish is censorship and I’m a Nazi. Well, tough.

So my decision is to retain the comments aspect of this pathetic blog, but at the same time to mercilessly crush those who waste our time with their banal or hateful drivel. I reminded you the other day of how extremists and bullies, over time, naturally infect public blogs until they’ve succeeded in killing debate and replacing it with dogma. And while we love dogs here, there are limits.

So here’s what comes next:

Expect tighter editing and more moderation, not to stifle opinion or free speech but to make sure it survives and thrives.

Those using this blog to brag about their masculinity, alcohol abuse, unworthy spouses, sexual prowess, debauched lifestyle, trucks or pet cats will be singled out and summarily deleted.

No more shortcuts around the ban on vile language. We all know what ‘fk’ means and dropping letters makes it no less offensive, nor will this protect you from painful, instantaneous deletion.

Misogyny, racism, homophobia, ageism, xenophobia or the promotion of healthy, vegan lifestyles may be fine on other sites, but not this one. Go away.

People with no lives who post multiple times daily will have both our pity and a deletion after an entry or two (at my imperious discretion).

Don’t come here to mindlessly promote gold, anarchy, Trump, Norway’s tax system or Kias. We already know what kind of people you are.

Firsters will be shot. Then waterboarded by Amazons. Afterwards, deleted and shot a second time, just for the sake of irony.

As a result of the above moderate measures, the whole Internet will be better. Expect fewer comments every day, but hopefully all will merit publishing and reading. As there will likely be many more deleted comments, an attempt will be made to explain why, so shame and public ridicule is correctly allocated.

Clip this handy reference card and store in your wallet, purse, or car. Of course, never leave it within the reach of children.

DELETED CODES & OFFENCE DETAILS

1. Language – offensive, potty-mouthed, juvenile, worthy of the HuffPost site.
2. Slur – deliberate demeaning of an identifiable group (gays, Chinese, immigrants, Costco shoppers etc.).
3. Ad hominem – disrespectful comments attacking a person, rather than his/her ideas or opinions. Especially mine.
4. Anti-canine
5. Verbal garbage – blathering comments, unrelated to blog topic, which nobody cares about. Seriously.
6. Ennui – Stop, already. You’ve posted too much today or this week.
7. Garth’s List – I don’t like you. This is your invitation to go away.
8. Firster – yes, Jimmy, you.
9. Bully – any combo of the above used to intimidate others and assert your pathetic masculinity or dubious superiority.
10. Evil linker – trying to bury a link in your post to porn, white power, gold nut, Adele or doomer sites.
11. Illegal dumping – no, we don’t want to scroll through a complete Trump speech or a twisted Zero guy column. Post a reference.
12. Blog terrorist – your IP’s also been sent to the CRA, CSIS, the RCMP plus you have been subscribed here. Suffer.

If you have a complaint, you know where to go.

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GreaterFool part-time blogger and full-time know-it-all Ryan Lewenza told BNN (yuck) viewers this week why investors should expect a boffo year-end rally on equity markets. Here’s the vid.

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September 15th, 2016

Posted In: The Greater Fool

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