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Glenn Beck : Fox News Blathering Sideshow Huckster March 31, 2009

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Glenn Beck Shills Tears – of Laughter

What an embarrassment.

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Economic Democracy Demands One World Balance March 29, 2009

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ar-logo1Economic Democracies have  been living exponentially. It’s a big word, and it’s a big concept.

What it boils down to is this; that nobody alive in any culture of “progress” today knows anything other than bigger. Alternatively, if you like, all participants in democratic free markets have the shared expectation that they will have more tomorrow than they did today. In fact, we can go further and say that anything other than more, bigger, or better represents a failure of our governance that we all battle with equal fear, and vigor.

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Fox Attacks Canadian Military in Afghanistan March 24, 2009

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Fair and Balanced Bullshit

Disgusting hate peddlers cross the line as four more Canadian Soldiers die supporting a worthless American cause.

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AIG : In Defence of Fallen Heroes March 24, 2009

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Americans Fiddle, While America Burns.

Here’s the thing.

The American financial system has been doing this sort of thing since its inception. There were a few collapses along its 125-year history, and once in a while regulation was imposed as a reaction to events. Once the crisis receded from memory, regulation was relaxed and off it all went again. De-regulation is the status quo, the natural state of the Wall Street mojo. Regulation free cowboy finance built America…for whatever that is worth.


While the big guns of Wall Street were shooting up the corral, the lifestyle of the average American rose in their wake. Financial shenanigans fuelled the great consumer society. Absolutely no homeowner in America was calling for anybodies head when the value of their own main asset was riding the wave along with them. These guys were heroes and it is with no small irony these “contracts” were signed back in those, good old days.

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Legal Grass isn’t Greener: UN Against Decriminalization March 22, 2009

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weber-logo1The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the success of international controls on illicit drugs has created a monster:  a criminal market that actually offsets the benefits of drug control. 

In a paper prepared for this week’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, the Executive Director of UNODC, Antonio Maria Costa, says while controls have limited the number of people taking illicit drugs to a small fraction of the world’s population, that success has created “a criminal market of staggering proportions”. 

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Defective Ammunition Blows Hole In Company Profits March 17, 2009

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“The Quality Goes In, Before The Guts Come Out”

“These Executives Should be Shot in The Face in Front of Their Families”

 

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Looking for Love… In All the Wrong Places March 8, 2009

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burbfam-240x238-brandMy grandmother used to say, “There’s a lid for every pot,” meaning there was someone out there for everyone. That may be the case, but it seems to me, finding that ‘lid’ is much harder these days.

 I have a couple of divorced girlfriends who could tell you horror stories about dates gone bad. But the hardest part of being single they say, is actually finding a date in the first place.

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Shock and Awe in Mudville March 4, 2009

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ar-logo1Naomi Kline, in her seminal book “Shock Doctrine”, proffered that in times of crisis, when the attention of its citizens is narrowly focused on a crushing event of national scope, a state will often use that event to push through a series of policies it may not otherwise be able to. While nobody really cares at the moment, momentous changes are made wilfully, and with no small kind of malice towards democracy.

The most infamous example would be Iraq of course, when a small set of evil American ideologues launched a shocked American public into endless awe under the guise of 9/11. By the time democracy awoke, the irreversible deed had been done – and done in a fashion a true democracy would never have otherwise accepted.

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School Break, And the Kids are Back… March 2, 2009

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burbfam-240x238-brandWe’ve been empty nesters for six months. Both our children went off to university last fall.  Things changed drastically around our house. Dinner, which had always been my favourite time of day, grew suddenly quiet. Uncomfortable with the silence, my husband said, “I’ve got an idea, lets eat at TV tables and watch the news.”  I sighed and rolled my eyes.  We were officially ‘old’.

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Budget Economics 101: The Essence of Life is Junk February 26, 2009

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the-scream-commentsIt seems rather odd that the battle lines are taking shape over a one trillion dollar tax increase on very wealthy people, which doesn’t come into effect until 2011, is spread over a decade, and does nothing more than reset to levels the country lived quite happily with for years. Despite all the fire and brimstone, the long-term effects will be negligible to those who will pay, but historic to those who don’t.

The principle argument appears to be, that adding a few percentage points of tax redistribution to someone earning stratospheric amounts of false wealth will somehow collapse the economy of the free world. Which is just silly talk. After all, has not the economy already collapsed, and under the aegis of the system currently in place? If the argument is that lower taxes for the top 5% spurs investment and jobs, one would expect that to be happening now. But it’s not, nor has it.

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