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  • Wall Street Breakfast: All Eyes On Jobs [View article]
    Blue Okie - Either in elementary school or High School in Holyoke Mass., I learned that there were 9 Supreme Court Justices. More importantly, I learned why a Court system was necessary in the American model of government. I learned that in the Warren Court, some believed in judicial activism, taking into consideration new knowledge unavailable in the past, and others believed in strict constructionism, limiting their actions to the minimum. Thus, modern knowledge could have the Court overriding Plessey v. Ferguson by a unanimous Brown v. the Board of Education, indicating that separate but equal educational systems, dictated by a majority, was a non sequitur. If nothing else, this showed the number 9 as next to irrelevant, and that the process of deliberation could produce different decisions at different times.

    At one point in Quebec, I taught one 7th grade geography class, the leftover class from a teacher whose work load was filled by the other classes. Somewhere in the curriculum, continents were to be learned, all five of them, like the five Olympic rings. So, they learned Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Oceania, as prescribed. But then I told them that I had learned 7 continents in the U.S. - how could that be? By what logic could different systems be derived? The first lesson was already learned, that the concept of CONTINENT was a human construct, and thus like in so many human endeavors, the Truth is dependent on the parameters one establishes.

    Their 5 continent model was history and culture based, the three original continents known to Europeans plus 16th century discoveries plus eventually everything left over. Our 7 continent model is mostly geographic, including Australia and people-less Antarctica. But human prejudice maintains that Europe is a continent despite it being an appendage of Eurasia.

    It seems to me that one purpose of education is to provide answers, but that its greater purpose is to make it possible to ask better questions.
    Mar 6, 2015. 02:02 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: All Eyes On Jobs [View article]
    James - I know that science is fallible, that it is a continuing process, that I don't know everything, and unfortunately am likely incapable of understanding some of the advanced math underlying some of the theories. Knowing my limitations, I don't jump to the conclusion that the vast majority of climate scientists are in a giant cabal, and worse blame others for hypocrisy whatever their beliefs. Hypocrisy implies knowingly professing what he believes to be untrue. My challenge to you was to the label you applied to those agreeing with the majority viewpoint on climate change, not whether that viewpoint will eventually be proven right or wrong.
    Mar 6, 2015. 01:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    BlueOkie - You've nailed it. The eventual rise in interest rates and the Supreme Court decision on Obama Care (is it intent or the actual words?) will have major effects on the market and on society.
    Mar 6, 2015. 12:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Signs Of A Top? [View article]
    luckylalo - I am still trying to understand the issue. Are you saying that Hillary responded to E-mails sent to the State Dept. with messages sent over a private server? I do agree that were it not for the law or rule about messages, I assume for archival purposes - otherwise the respondents servers would have to be secure as well - that this is approaching sophist deliberations on the number of angels dancing on a pin, as far as relevancy.
    Mar 6, 2015. 10:37 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    TAS - Quebecers are no more illogical than the rest of humanity. People tend to obsess on what is important to them as individuals, and not to what is important to the collectivity. Just look at WSB remarks yesterday on access to a particular grade of ammunition.
    Mar 6, 2015. 09:04 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Deer - I was wondering if or when commentary on the McDonald's no antibiotics in chicken announcement would occur. There's a Canadian corollary to the issue. McDonald's Canada plans to continue to sell antibiotic laden chicken. It will be interesting to see the fallout from this issue. McDonald's argument is that they have found insufficient suppliers that could provide the quantities that they need. I think and hope that this is the tipping point on the issue.
    Mar 6, 2015. 08:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    James - I think that you are extrapolating way too far. I have a cottage about 30 miles from Lac Megantic and have seen the reaction to the disaster there. Residents of Lac Megantic want rail service that avoids what used to be the center of town, and they don't want the relative safety of pipelines going through their jurisdiction either. Other Quebecers, now fearful of future calamities, object to dangerous cargo on the St. Lawrence on its way to, among other places, Chicago. Obviously, they haven't thought things through. Commerce will continue. There is no hypocrisy involved.

    Similarly, WSB posted that Germany has done better than expected because of a "mild winter". It would be a major stretch to accuse you of hypocrisy for having overlooked that bit of information to instead choose to gratuitosly post " 3 feet of global warming". Yet, the next and last word of your message accuses others of hypocrisy. Ironic!
    Mar 6, 2015. 08:30 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Signs Of A Top? [View article]
    Husker Bob - If Hillary discusses foreign policy with Chelsea, or discusses pant suits with Angela Merkel, it might not be as obvious whether the conversation is public or private. And no matter what Hillary was discussing with Merkel, the server at the other end has not always been secure. And coming into this subject, it seemed that government regulations obligated ALL conversations going through a government server. Apparently I don't meet the standards of "any reasonable person". So, if I convince you that I was being truthful, I am a dim light. If I don't, I am duplicitous. Now, that's a conundrum.
    Mar 5, 2015. 11:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux - You have cause and effect reversed on the velocity of money. Higher rates and higher returns would have those with money continuing to buy bonds and stocks. Those without money and with debts would be even worse off. The Fed has been stimulative - pushing on a string - while Congress has returned to the old time pre-Keynesian religion of balanced budgets, at the worse of times, when priming the economic pump would be most useful.
    Mar 5, 2015. 03:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    BlueOkie - Acid Rain and the Ozone Hole are two recent events caused by and solved by human intervention.
    Mar 5, 2015. 03:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Signs Of A Top? [View article]
    Husker Bob - The way the story has been reported is about the need to send all E-mails by government server and the scandal and apparent illegality involved in using a private E-mail account. If "private" messages can be sent by a private E-mail account, what defines public from private? If there are gray areas. who is the arbiter, and must he see all E-mails to decide in which category they belong? I do wish to thank James for taking my comment seriously, and you also despite the easy shot taken at my ignorance of the subject. I had expressed my ignorance on the subject up front.
    Mar 5, 2015. 02:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: The Interest Rate Cuts Continue [View article]
    Killer - Of course, the Soviet Union was the largest contributor in the European theater, even if Hitler and Stalin were partners in imperialism until 1940.
    Mar 5, 2015. 02:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: The Interest Rate Cuts Continue [View article]
    2harddrive - By what kind of convoluted logic does a right-winger defend individual rights, specifically gun rights, conferred by the American Constitution by asserting that police only exist to maintain order and have nothing to do with protecting individuals? You should be rooting for fascism, the collective good even if toes are stepped on, or the Peace, Order and Good Government of Canada, but should by your arguments despise individual desire for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    Mar 5, 2015. 02:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: The Interest Rate Cuts Continue [View article]
    Buckoux - The violent response of a part of citizenry to perceived malignant government actions is not individuals uniting with their private stock of guns. Just look at the reaction of those in the Middle East who are unsatisfied with the status quo. Either they turn part of the official military to act for them, often with the help of a charismatic junior officer, thus garnering all sorts of weaponry, or they use IUD's.

    We are no longer in the 18th century, with response times from Headquarters in the weeks.
    Mar 5, 2015. 02:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Signs Of A Top? [View article]
    Husker Bob - The only wood I have been trying out is that which I put in the stove at the cottage.
    Mar 5, 2015. 01:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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