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  • Wall Street Breakfast: Crude Continues Decline Following OPEC Decision [View article]
    tyouth - The U.S. has had a long history of supporting (or installing) dictators who provided short term gain, and who continue to furnish long term pain (think Iran as an obvious Middle East example). Anyone going through the long litany of U.S. backed tyrants has likely concluded, that democratic ideals are, at best, only for some Americans.
    Nov 28, 2014. 01:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Crude Continues Decline Following OPEC Decision [View article]
    BlueOkie - That's the difficulty in having rich and poor countries or area living under the same currency. Years ago, Ontario was doing so well that our central bank upped interest rates to prevent inflation. In the meantime, Newfoundland was already in recession which the hike in interest rates made worse. There's a compensatory flow of funds from rich provinces to poor to attempt to balance things out. So fast forward to today and Alberta, Saskatchewan and yes, Newfoundland, will likely have fewer of their oil-derived funds heading to the poorer seven provinces in coming years. I have seen references to the changes that will come, but I have not seen complaints yet - in either direction. In Europe, the great beneficiary of the poorer regions, have been the richer regions, particularly Germany. If Germany still had the Deutchmark, its high value would likely price many German products too highly to be exported in the quantities they are today.

    National traits change over time. The nation of Socrates, that fathered Western Civilization forgot its roots. Roman engineering that gave us straight as an arrow roads now provides convoluted politics. The great plunderers of the Viking North now provide exemplary results when compared to other countries. And a country that could proudly proclaim - "Give us your poor, your huddled masses ---", it would seem now seeks to compete with the ancient Chinese in building great walls.
    Nov 28, 2014. 12:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Crude Continues Decline Following OPEC Decision [View article]
    With Saudi Arabia playing hardball to squeeze out marginal oil producers and hurt rivals such as Iran, will political pressure for the Keystone pipeline be as relevant as passing an open season on passenger pigeons?
    Nov 28, 2014. 08:40 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: ECB To Decide On QE In First Quarter [View article]
    Wyostocks - "We got a picture of a gorge, with farm surpluses on one cliff, and under-nourished city folks with outstretched hands on the other" - Milo Perkins - First food stamp administrator ca. 1939. Cranberries, whether whole, jellied, or turned into fruit juices seem to fit in with the intent of the original Food Stamp program. But "right into the garbage can" seems the appropriate destination , it would seem, of any product tainted by governmental contact.
    Nov 26, 2014. 12:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: ECB To Decide On QE In First Quarter [View article]
    Blueline - So if you get your wish and the EPA becomes impotent, does acid rain again become a topic of conversation? Shall I stock up on lime for the garden before demand goes through the roof? Will our cars become cheaper not having the burden of costly catalytic converters? Those EPA extremists have seemingly screwed up the world and now want to eliminate components of smog. How dreadful!
    Nov 26, 2014. 10:29 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Happens When Solar Costs Go Below Fossil Fuels? [View article]
    CoinsK - The Piltdown Man hoax did not invalidate Darwin's ideas. Neither does Stephen Jay Gould's substitution of punctuated equilibrium for Darwin's original gradualism invalidate his major ideas.
    Nov 26, 2014. 09:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    WMARKW - I agree but likely for different reasons. It's sad that different perceptions of what really happens might force the use of a tool that should align perceptions. Perhaps, the widespread use will see no difference in death by cops, thus validating police behavior. Or, deaths decline because of better police behavior. In either case, society wins.
    Nov 25, 2014. 08:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    Buckoux - You're being silly. It was decided a long while back that sales tax would apply to everything. That way, it could be low. Objections were made that this very flat tax would be unfair to the poor. Thus, food was exempted, except for "bad" food. Thus, soft drinks and food having healthier alternatives were taxed. Yes, it can seem absurd. Unsalted peanuts are not taxed while the salted version is taxed. And yes, fruit juice is untaxed while fruit drinks are. There is no "tendency toward malignancy".

    When I attempt to explain American political behavior to Canadians, I tell them that some Americans live in a time warp, viewing anything beyond the time of the Bill of Rights as anathema. Moreover, those Americans forget that those words were used in a document replacing a weaker one, the Articles of Confederation, and would soon have newspaper editors in jail for defiling President Adams. All those words about individual liberty were being used in a country that had slavery as a fundamental institution. Some Americans, I tell them, actually believe that government is malevolent and can do nothing else but be malevolent. Seemingly, it can't be controlled by the people. Ironically, I tell them, these people wish to limit the vote. They fear government. And, they fear democracy. They want a Republic, controlled I guess, by themselves. Anything else smacks of tyranny. I can tell they don't quite believe me. No one is that foolish, that simplistic, they believe. But, I tell them, such people do exist.
    Nov 25, 2014. 05:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    Slowtrader - If I were to abuse "only" 10% of the women whom I met, the good behavior shown to the 90% would carry no weight in any court of law, nor should it.
    Nov 25, 2014. 04:24 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    For those who don't know about "poutine", it is French fries, mixed with squeaky cheese, ie., day old cheese curd that would otherwise become cheddar, all slathered over with gravy. It is delicious, and filling, both for the stomach and arteries. It is a modern fast food, not over 60 years old, and has no apparent connection with traditional French Canadian food other than caloric contribution. Though both my parents were born in Quebec, they only became aware of it when later visiting here from the U.S..
    Nov 25, 2014. 04:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    Guardian - Labels are important. Private enterprise wants to use certain terms and never have to use others. This is done to sell products. Government wants to put limits on certain terms and insists on the use of others -to inform and perhaps protect consumers. It is amazing how much right wingers on this site would allow private enterprise to do as they would while opposing governmental action that would inform. The ignorant aren't interested anyway seems to be the best argument used, but shouldn't it be worth a try?
    Nov 25, 2014. 11:26 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    Guardian - Labels are important. Private enterprise wants to use certain terms and never have to use others. This is done to sell products. Government wants to put limits on certain terms and insists on the use of others -to inform and perhaps protect consumers. It is amazing how much right wingers on this site would allow private enterprise to do as they would while opposing governmental action that would inform. The ignorant aren't interested anyway seems to be the best argument used, but shouldn't it be worth a try?
    Nov 25, 2014. 11:26 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    Killer - You've turned into a centralizing purist. What people want as language seemingly would make no difference to you. The rules win out. You've outfrenched the French. They have an Académie Francaise to decide what is proper usage. But, even they will recognize - eventually - changes in language.

    The Anglophone world has no CENTRE of authority. Thus, usage can be different in Australia, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.. We all try to be good NEIGHBOURS and accept each others différences - except for a few centralizing purists.
    Nov 25, 2014. 11:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    Guardian - There have been a number of comments by the usual anti-government suspects, that government enforced labeling will have no effect on consumer choices. Then, I have to wonder why private enterprise bothers with labels like natural, gluten-free, or whatever is the new catch phrase. Why do they bother studying the question and spending for new labels? They must think that there will be a positive effect on sales. Why is it that if government is responsible for new labels that the only effect can be negative - or are your pre-judgements, your unquestioning anti-government beliefs, overriding basic logic?
    Nov 25, 2014. 09:48 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Santander CFO Alvarez Named New CEO [View article]
    Killer - re. - epidemic. According to you, "Epidemic relates to highly contagious diseases and nothing but that." A cursory examination of dictionaries, including those online, will show that the meaning has spread well beyond that. example - There has been an epidemic of right wingers, blaming all things believed negative, on government. That sentence may or may not be correct, but it does use the word EPIDEMIC correctly.

    As to the question of government getting involved in diet, a cursory survey of those around you or perhaps a look at the nearest mirror, should demonstrate that there is an obesity epidemic. Gene rightly focuses on means used by government. In Quebec, food is not taxed unless containing added sugar or salt. Thus fruit juices are not taxed and fruit drinks are.
    Nov 25, 2014. 08:57 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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