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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina Looks To Swap Debt For New Notes [View article]
    Techy - From a combination of facts, stereotypes and opinions , you have decided how an event occurred. From a combination of facts, stereotypes and opinions, others have already decided that a completely different version is true. Us and them - Exclusion vs. inclusion - Not a pleasant place to be even for the "included". When will we learn?
    Aug 20 01:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - Charles Martel's victory at Tours was the highwater point of Islamic expansion into Western Europe. The First Crusade had nothing to do do with that initial expansion. But, the Reconquista of Spain that ended in 1492 with victory over the Moors demonstrated the relative levels of tolerance of the Islamic and Christian worlds of the time. Jews were tolerated until Christians forced them to convert to Christianity or be expelled.

    Attitudes and traits of societies change. After all, modern Danes don't fit our image of Vikings. Modern right-wing Americans, so mired in exceptionalism born of success in 18th century conflicts, still feel compelled to revert to solutions that are inappropriate today. Americans no longer do duels, hold slaves, nor should they fear the "mob" nor engage in simplistic religious stereotyping.
    Aug 20 01:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina Looks To Swap Debt For New Notes [View article]
    SoCalNative - The problem is ALIENATION. When you're community has grievances and they are not taken seriously, a significant minority may be motivated to act out in what might seem to be an irrational fashion. Your "solution" (moving out of town), exacerbates the problem. It makes obvious the us and them, the included and the excluded. I grew up in a small city (Holyoke, Mass.) that suffered from white flight. It allowed those with means to have good schools and good services, all the while congratulating themselves for avoiding the ever growing problems that their move across the river or over the mountain had caused.

    Whether it is within a limited metropolitan area or worldwide, neither avoidance nor a James Carlini military attack solves the problem of alienation. Anyone knowing the history of the Crusades should know that. Christians Crusaders were the extremists then, having been "dissed" by the takeover of the Holy Land by Muslims, fighting for God, sins not yet committed having been pre-pardoned. You can't kill an idea. There were initial victories, but Muslims were at the gates of Vienna by the end of the 17th century.

    Considering that so many on this Board would rather express their testosterone rather than reason, I suggest buying alienation stocks. Buy those companies that make equipment for keeping us apart - e.g.,border security, gated communities, the next iteration of the Iron Dome for Israel. It will be time to sell when, all else having failed or having proven counterproductive, that talk, reason and inclusion are on an upswing again.
    Aug 20 12:14 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Eurozone Banks To Borrow €250B From ECB [View article]
    BlueOkie - You're question confounds government and economy. Right wing dictatorships have allowed free market capitalism just as left wing ones insisted on a collectivist economy.
    Aug 19 06:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Eurozone Banks To Borrow €250B From ECB [View article]
    Mo Zii - Your own link contradicts your statement. Oil IS a product of organic matter decay.
    Aug 18 04:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: General Electric In Talks To Sell Appliance Business [View article]
    When "socialized medicine" started in the province of Saskatchewan ( the first jurisdiction in North America), initially it was met by a doctors' strike which was beaten by the temporary import of left wing doctors. Within a few years, other Canadian provinces came up with their own systems. It would be unthinkable, and political suicide for the fool who propsed it, to return to the Canadian (and American) past.

    The key battle now in the U.S. is not whether the Right can further obstruct a universal health care system. The key battleground is the states. Are states like Vermont which would implant real universal health care, be allowed by the Federal government to implant their less convoluted systems?
    Aug 16 07:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Amazon Unveils Mobile Credit Card Reader [View article]
    Wmarkw - I agree that Britain and France have done a generally rotten job of integrating those who came from their former colonies. Unfortunately, I saw it personally two decades ago when the basketball team I was coaching was involved with exchanges with a French basketball team over a three year period. I do think that Canada, including Quebec , has done better in integrating ( not assimilating) people from other countries.
    Aug 15 06:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - Should you not compare with those sharing the same heritage? Fortunately, western European countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand are not burdened with obsessive observation of 18th century policy and have moved on to a world of less internal violence.
    Aug 15 05:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - The social safety net reduced to a calorie rich diet is simplistic. Education, is a part of a social safety net. As long as education is locally funded, and higher education becomes increasingly costly, expect the U.S. to demonstrate ever more clearly the symptoms of a third world society.

    I am originally from a city that demonstrates the point. Holyoke, Massachusetts built a "Field of Dreams" City Hall in 1876, rightfully believing that even if it was built on the hill of High Street, away from the existing Main Street, that progress would occur and that it would become the new downtown.

    A century later, dealing with hard times, the descendents of these progressive pioneers, preferred to sell off the city's heritage (art works) rather than tax themselves. By comparison, Detroiters are proud enough not to want to sell off their heritage. Too many Americans today resemble the majority of Holyokers of a generation ago who couldn't care less for the plight of others as long as they get theirs.

    It's shortsighted thinking. At least uncaring Holyokers could say bye to their problems and move to the next town. Americans can't all move to Canada.
    Aug 15 05:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: General Electric In Talks To Sell Appliance Business [View article]
    wyostocks - It's difficult to respond to gggl's comment that mentioned both Bush and Obama without referring to both of them. There are plenty of "boring" commenters on this board, and the arguments, mine included, often do become repetitive. I'm glad that mine caused enough of a tingle to find it worthy of a comment.
    Aug 15 02:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Mo Zii - Isn't it strange that other civilized countries have managed to do well without the 2nd amendment and without an inordinate number of gun deaths?
    Aug 14 01:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: General Electric In Talks To Sell Appliance Business [View article]
    gggl - Blaming Bush for the EU's economic difficulties may be a stretch. Blaming Obama is outright absurdity. The world is still trying to digest the implosion of the financial house of cards that occurred prior to Obama's presidency. As for the thought of a revolutionary Kenyan Muslim socialist becoming President having brought on the recession by the possibility of his election, McCain's poll numbers dropped only when the economy was dropping 700,000 jobs/month.

    Certainly deregulation, Greenspan's monetary expansionism and Bush's tax cuts and increasing employment by mean of selective wars all had to do with creating the financial bubble. Compared to outlandish deregulation and "creative financing", Bush's "contributions" were relatively minor.
    Aug 14 12:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    It is normal to feel the loss of someone we "know" more than those that we don't know. For instance, the extra gun related deaths that the U.S. produces compared to other rich countries falls totally under the radar of those enamored with the 2nd amendment.
    Aug 14 11:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - It would be a small tax for practically all investors, but it would make abuses, pointed out above, much less profitable. The revenue might be "wasted" by your lights, but, then again might be "usefully" used in projecting American force worldwide.
    Aug 14 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - Some of us would prefer investment in infrastructure and maintain or improve the social safety net, and wonder of wonders, pay for it by taxation, preferably of those who otherwise do no better than bid up the bond and stock markets. The idea of deficits not being important and raising government revenue by tax cuts was a Conservative idea.
    Aug 13 12:20 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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