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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
  • Wall Street Breakfast: European Stocks Rise As Draghi Readies QE [View article]
    Wyostocks - The historical record exists. The South was poor, ignorant, and racist. That does not mean that the North was nirvana. I lived in Holyoke, Mass., divided into ethnic ghettoes. That continues to this day. Nationailties have changed and country-wide, tolerance has improved.

    If any apologies are due, it is from those who so wanted to maintain their institutions, including the possibility of extending slavery elsewhere, that they were willing to go to war for it. If it's too late for them, their descendants as a group owe apologies for what was institutionalized Jim Crow, and would today take part in efforts of voter suppression.
    Nov 23, 2014. 12:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Ok Blue Okie - re. misplacing blame. If the Northern cotton mills had not existed, nor those of England and France, the demand for cotton would not have existed and thus a slave based cotton economy would have died. But other products exist. Before we all blame that Northerner, Eli Whitney, for "ironically" providing support for the slave economy by inventing the cotton gin, the South, between the end of Reconstruction to finally, sort of, embracing the modern world, remained poor ignorant and racist. Official slavery was replaced by ad hoc Jim Crow. For that, the North carries no blame.
    Nov 23, 2014. 11:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Buckoux and Wyostock - My comment was a response to 2harddrive, and the 4 respondents who "liked" his comment and to all those who thought it reasonable without pushing the "like" button, about the supposed positive aspects of slavery. Nowhere was the U.S. mentioned. Do you have any meaningful response to the original comment or my response to it, or do you simply prefer personal attacks? As for my tribulations with the American military, only in a relatively civilized country could any such protest be done internally without danger to life. In that sense, I can be grateful for a general discharge following a hunger strike against the Viet Nam War. I still don't think anyone should be grateful for the horrors of slavery lived by his ancestors, no matter how well off they believe themselves to be now.
    Nov 22, 2014. 06:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    CoinsK - Any hoax does not eliminate a theory. The Piltdown Man hoax has done nothing with the world's appreciation of Darwin's ideas.

    Man caused and solved both acid rain and the depletion of the ozone hole, to name but two examples where you are doubly wrong ( "man didn't make the world and can't fix it either".

    I don't need to denigrate the denialists as being immoral or being "plunderers at heart". I do find them misguided and imaginative in their beliefs of conspiracy. Flat earthers are funny. Followers of Bishop Ussher are funny. Denialists would be funny were their impact not so serious.
    Nov 22, 2014. 12:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: European Stocks Rise As Draghi Readies QE [View article]
    gggl - I was responding to Wyostocks assertion that those on the Left should be offended that Obama referred to illegals providing basic services. I see no insult to the workers in referencing their labor. We import labor here from Mexico and Central America for our farms. There are government protections, with workers often choosing to return to the same area and the same farm year after year.
    Nov 22, 2014. 12:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - Somewhere above, there was a reference to five million pickpockets. Such a reference by the President would have caused outrage across the board. Stating that illegal aliens have comprised a good chunk of the service industry should not be demeaning to those who provided labor at a very low price.
    Nov 21, 2014. 06:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: European Stocks Rise As Draghi Readies QE [View article]
    2harddrive - For any one sperm to find the monthly egg, everything has to be just so. In that sense, everything that all our ancestors went through was necessary for our existence. On the other hand, one would not wish a couple of centuries of slavery on anyone.
    Nov 21, 2014. 06:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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    Bernie - As I started reading your comment, it seemed opposite to what I saw of the Polish community in Holyoke, Mass. They too had their local Polish school, and one could hear Mass. in Polish. Then, with the reference to Yiddish, it became clear. Your grandparents had left the oppressor for opportunity in a new land. Fitting in in public was the goal, to the point of often changing family names. Only a few French Canadians felt the need to change from Boisvert or Roy to Greenwood or King. The fear of a possible future pogrom did not exist.
    Nov 21, 2014. 02:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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    Wyostocks - The long road towards enlightenment comes from reading comments of those with whom you differ. Heck, on this site, it would be a very short read if I felt differently and an ignore button existed.
    Nov 21, 2014. 01:58 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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