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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Buckoux - There are lots of ways of doing propaganda starting with which events to report on. Then selective data can be used, no lies, just not the "whole truth". Words chosen can make a difference swaying opinions even if the words objectively mean the same. As an example, a scheme or a plan mean the same but leave a different impression.

    All I am saying is that the subtleties I have usually found on RT seems to be absent now just as they were prior to action on Crimea.
    Apr 9 08:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - You've posted a panoply of panoplies.
    Apr 9 02:00 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Blue Okie - GW Bush is the new standard by which all future "bad" Presidents will be measured. He plumbed new depths in overall actions and ineptitude. Only in personal honesty did he garner positive grades. When one measures "bad", one compares with other "bad". Though, those who think Obama bad tend not to compare, perhaps because of his unique characteristics. (I always find it funny to think that someone chosen by their peers as head of the Harvard Law Review should be considered "dumb". Only "legacies" can go to Ivy League schools without being amongst the brightest.) The easiest defense of Obama, for those not wanting to really discuss the issue, is to compare to Bush. It's weak, but nothing else need be said. Clinton, I believe, will be rated middling, with biblical references to talents wasted.
    Apr 9 01:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    chudzikb - To rise to the level of Swift's Modest Proposal, an executive order extending food stamps for the fattening up of poor babes would have been desirable. Twenty-first century sensibilities would have obliged no reference to the ethnicity of the babes, nor their ultimate utilization.
    Apr 9 12:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Deer - Teachers in the U.S. have gone from being viewed as selfless missionary types to being viewed by too many as unproductive leeches on the body politic. Unfortunately, for many, teachers have become one of the litany of punch lines applied to Reagan's lead in "Government has come to help."
    Apr 9 12:05 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - My RT propaganda index has gone negative. The "news" has become propaganda ie., "reporters" becoming one-sided analysts during supposedly straight news broadcasts. The last time it was this bad, the Crimea invasion/liberation soon followed.

    Of course, I have only one example to go on. This Russian financed TV network had usually been quite subtle in promoting its viewpoints on issues. I hope that I'm wrong and that the new hard line is a bureaucratic reaction to the "defection" of two of their staff during the Crimea affair.
    Apr 9 11:54 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Ignis - Are you trying to score points, or are you really unaware of the panoply of New Deal programs that came with the FDR presidency that began 81, not 82, years ago? For all I know, there might have been a fully functional Congressionally passed road kill program. Try to get anything work related like that through today's Congress.
    Apr 9 11:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    John - The stereotypical hard wired capitalism good, government bad right wing ideologue was targeted. I wasn't targeting Guardian. I was just indicating the quandary that the juxtaposition of a generally positively viewed government program targeted at veterans would provoke in those who are used to reacting so positively to veterans and so negatively to government.
    Apr 8 08:16 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    fxdudeinmia - Your post has likely put absolutist right wingers into the equivalent of the proverbial mule between two bales of hay who starves, incapable of deciding where to eat. Nothing is too good for veterans vs. anything governmental is bad.
    Apr 8 07:40 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - The loosening of government controls ALLOWED, not FORCED, the company to have the engineer stretch out his hours, go a little further and park up the hill from Lac Mégantic in Nantes about 10 miles north.
    Apr 8 04:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Dave - We have things so backward here in Canada. Our minimum wage is about 40% higher than the U.S. minimum. That means that our WalMart employees are being paid by Walmart, and their clients of course. It also means that government does not have to provide the historical basics of food, shelter, and clothing, or at least not as much. We do provide what almost all rich civilized countries now consider essential ie., cheap higher education and free health care.

    It's hard to understand why Americans might think that hard work made miserable is a good thing. After all, other Americans in other times explained away their exploitation of other human beings within the institution of slavery as being good for slaves as well as their owners. I always thought that attitude a bit depraved. But now that attitude sounds downright civilized as compared to one that would have jobs set up in such a way that ''they don't want to do that job for the rest of their lives'' and underpay them to reinforce the point.
    Apr 8 04:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    gggl - Our "nutjobs" in Quebec are trying to see to it that existing Federal rules are implemented lest another Lac Mégantic disaster occur on the altar of Conservative Federal government cost savings and regulations ''modifications''.

    The 47 lives lost at Lac Mégantic occurred because of too high speed coming into the last curve in town. The real reason is long shifts, and unsafe standards allowed. The train had been parked the next hill up while the engineer went off to a hotel for a night's sleep. The brakes were badly set and the train came into Lac Mégantic ''engineerless'' with the spectacularly disastrous results that were shown worldwide.
    Apr 8 03:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Birder - It seems to me that IPO's and predicting market tops are related. IPO's are the equivalent of insider selling, once removed.
    Apr 8 08:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    James - I have a 2006 Saab 9-5 bought for $12,700 in 2009. I wasn't knocking the Jaguar, just that you were talking repair costs. You live in a big city, have a good mechanic, and a car that, if well maintained, can rise in value over time. I live in a small city, and initially knew that service was available east or west an hour away. I haven't had a Saab specific problem and have had few problems overall and they were taken care of locally. I haven't visited what used to be the old dealerships. So, do I dare take a long trip ( I did do a meandering road trip that got me as far as New Mexico, two years ago)? Will I find a savvy mechanic if the need arises? Will parts be available, in a reasonable time? The front loaded cost savings are combined with the possibility of more adventurous non-scheduled road incident.

    Oh yes, in reference to comments further down, I'm getting about 29 miles/American gallon on average. It may be apocryphal, but I like to believe that Saabs were designed to lessen the chance of finding a moose in the cabin should a collision occur.
    Apr 7 07:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    John - You're dismissing a concept because there is no hard and fast, living wage, which could then be attacked for being overly generous or greedy, depending on specific personal factors. I think you're beginning to succumb to the debating style of some of your fellow protagonists on the Right.

    The minimum wage in all Canadian provinces is a bit over $10. Wal-Mart has closed stores that attempted to bring in unionization, but it continues to do business here, profitably, I assume. Raising the minimum wage would be a great start to bringing about the 19th century reaction to Robber Baron America, the Living Wage.
    Apr 7 07:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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