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EDITORIAL: Cheers & Jeers Nov. 30

United States President Donald Trump. — Reuters file photo

Jeers: to poor losers. Anyone else getting tired of Donald Trump’s petty Twitter tirades? Here’s one from late last week: “@realDonaldTrump: Just saw the vote tabulations. There is NO WAY Biden got 80,000,000 votes!!! This was a 100% RIGGED ELECTION.” The tweet comes with its own warning to readers that the information it contains is disputed and links to reliable news sources that report “Experts and officials said there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 U.S. elections.” Just take your ball and go home, man!


Jeers: to lame scams. It’s sad to see that the pandemic has scammers out in full force, hoping to cash in with fake stories that play to the very real financial desperation of others. Here’s a snippet from one of dozens received in our email inbox this week: “Hello Dear, am Mrs. Maya H. Oliver. I know that this message will be a surprise to you. Firstly, I am married to Mr. Patrick Oliver, a gold merchant who owns a small gold mine in Burkina Faso; he died of cardiovascular disease in mid-March 2011. During his lifetime, he deposited the sum of Eight million, Five hundred thousand euros in a bank in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso in West Africa. … I am sending this message to you praying that it will reach you in good health since I am not in good health condition in which I sleep every night without knowing if I may be alive to see the next day.” The saddest thing of all? It plays to the greed of those who would take advantage of a stranger on her death bed.


Cheers: to making the news. As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps across the world, it’s nice to know that — even as case numbers are rising in Atlantic Canada — this region is still being hailed as a success story because of the Atlantic bubble. CNN reported about the phenomenon on Friday, referring to Atlantic Canada as Being “at Canada’s outer edge,” and noting that the “Atlantic bubble is just a six-hour drive from Boston, but a world away from the COVID-19 reality.” Doesn’t feel like it lately, though, does it?


Cheers: to Christmas controversy. Here’s a good way to start a holiday racket: rate the top 10 worst Christmas songs ever. Here’s how the U.K. Mirror called it: 10. Jingle Bells (Andrews Sisters) 9. Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt) 8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Jackson 5) 7. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews) 6. Fairytale of New York (The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl) 5. Last Christmas (Wham!) 4. Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade) 3. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (Wizzard) 2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Band Aid) — We’re sorry, but that’s just sacrilege. 1. All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey). Your thoughts?


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