How anyone could be fooled by the Republican messaging I don’t know. Yeah both parties suck but one sucks much more and that’s the one that controls Congress now, though thankfully with only a slim majority in the senate so they can’t ram what they want through that chamber. Big conservative money won the night and I hope that President Obama sticks to his guns and doesn’t give in further…
I always laugh when I tell my American friends that Obama is more conservative than our Conservative Prime Minister, they’re always shocked.
Oh and on another note, a very classy way to stay relevant Vatican…
“We don’t judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned,” said Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which is responsible for ethical issues in the Catholic Church.
“Assisted suicide is an absurdity,” Carrasco de Paula told the Italian news agency ANSA. “Dignity is something different than putting an end to your own life.” Source: USA Today
So instead of choosing when to die, I guess everyone with a terminal illness should just hang on for as long as they can sucking up resources and suffering till the pitiful & painful end.
So it’s election day in the US and if you’re a citizen it’s your civic duty to vote. The polls are suggesting that the Republican party expanding their majority in the House and possibly capturing a slim majority in the Senate and as an outsider I’m wondering if the US electorate is nuts… I mean the Democratic party isn’t great but the Republicans are so obviously worse, I don’t see how the people can’t see that (along with how big money in politics would be bad).
Anyway it’s going to be interesting tomorrow to see the political map, I’m interested because unfortunately whatever happens in the US affects the rest of the world too.
So John Tory is the new mayor of Toronto and I am conflicted… I never liked Tory, he seemed like an opportunist that only tries when he can get the top job (his first mayoral campaign, becoming PC leader, etc). I guess we’ll see how he turns out as mayor, I’m sure it’ll be less scandal plagued than Rob Ford’s term and who knows maybe he’ll win over everyone and I’ll change my mind about him.
On a side note, I’m glad that the asshole Sam Sotiropoulos lost his TDSB trustee seat.
Why are people still voting these idiots into power?!? Please, is the American electorate really this stupid that it wants retards like this representing them?
If the evidence that he has says that the temperature on Mars is the same as on the Earth then his evidence is blatenly wrong. Seriously this isn’t funny anymore climate change is real and the deniers are just taking pages out of the leaded gasoline and smoking playbooks, it’s so obvious.
Deregulation and free market policies simply don’t work and lead to disaster after disaster. Please if you’re an American elect scientifically literate representatives, it’s so important there’s no point in growing the economy if the world as we know it changes to the point where we can’t survive any longer.
Anyone who follows my blog knows how I hate how supply side economics (aka Reaganomics & trickle down theory) has become economic orthodoxy in the Western world and Nick Hanauer sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty well. Hopefully people listen to him, he’s a self made billionaire who’s argument is very persuasive. Here are a few quotes from the article that I particularly like.
If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around.
The model for us rich guys here should be Henry Ford, who realized that all his autoworkers in Michigan weren’t only cheap labor to be exploited; they were consumers, too. Ford figured that if he raised their wages, to a then-exorbitant $5 a day, they’d be able to afford his Model Ts.
What a great idea. My suggestion to you is: Let’s do it all over again. We’ve got to try something. These idiotic trickle-down policies are destroying my customer base. And yours too.
Most of you probably think that the $15 minimum wage in Seattle is an insane departure from rational policy that puts our economy at great risk. But in Seattle, our current minimum wage of $9.32 is already nearly 30 percent higher than the federal minimum wage. And has it ruined our economy yet? Well, trickle-downers, look at the data here: The two cities in the nation with the highest rate of job growth by small businesses are San Francisco and Seattle. Guess which cities have the highest minimum wage? San Francisco and Seattle. The fastest-growing big city in America? Seattle. Fifteen dollars isn’t a risky untried policy for us. It’s doubling down on the strategy that’s already allowing our city to kick your city’s ass.
We rich people have been falsely persuaded by our schooling and the affirmation of society, and have convinced ourselves, that we are the main job creators. It’s simply not true. There can never be enough super-rich Americans to power a great economy. I earn about 1,000 times the median American annually, but I don’t buy thousands of times more stuff. My family purchased three cars over the past few years, not 3,000. I buy a few pairs of pants and a few shirts a year, just like most American men. I bought two pairs of the fancy wool pants I am wearing as I write, what my partner Mike calls my “manager pants.” I guess I could have bought 1,000 pairs. But why would I? Instead, I sock my extra money away in savings, where it doesn’t do the country much good.
Source: Politico Magazine
When Republicans and Conservatives (both in the US and here in Canada) say lowering taxes will spur economic activity, they’re clearly assuming it and not looking at history. Tax rates on both corporations and individuals need to go up significantly, people should be paid more so there will be greater demand and then maybe we’ll have a sustainable economy… Trickle down economics will only bring doom for us all and our political leaders are doubling down on this retarded notion.
Fuck President Regan (the Republican hero) and his stupid theory on economics, let’s thank that asshole for putting the world on a course for disaster.
This was big news in the US so even though we’re in Canada you probably heard about it. Anyway the Supreme Court of the US for some reason ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s court case which basically said that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional because it goes against the owner’s religious beliefs. That’s great, now corporations are being granted a right that was previously restricted to individuals and while the majority decision tried to play down the ruling as being limited, we’re starting to see the religious nuts come out of the wood work. I mean I can almost empathize with not wanting to provide contraception because it goes against your belief thing but this next part is even worse.
This week, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception. That decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action.
Source: The Atlantic
Now some religious leaders are coming out and asking the Obama administration to give religious exemptions to LGBT anti discrimination, so now the door to outright discrimination has been opened… The LGBT community is an easy target, so what about a white business owner who doesn’t want to hire minorities because it’s against their interpretation of whatever religion they belong to, is that right?
Going back to the the health mandate too, is a Jehovah’s Witness employer now allowed to refuse to pay for hospital work that includes blood transfusions? How about a Scientologist, who refuses to pay for psychiatric care? This first exception opens the floodgates to other possible upcoming exceptions from the mandate, what if one break away sect says health care altogether is against their beliefs, also does this mean other basic human rights are to be granted to companies?
The world is going down the shitter thanks to the US and it gets worse and worse everyday… The rest of the world is looking at the crazys there and can’t understand why this once great country is letting itself fall apart, turning its back on education, science and basic human decency and instead moving back towards to iron age fairy tales. If someone wants to believe in god that’s one thing, don’t let those retarded beliefs trample on the rights of others.
And we now have a Liberal majority government so now they have free reign for the next 4 years or so. Last night when I was voting, I couldn’t bring my self to select the Liberal candidate but she won anyway. That’s fine though I did my civic duty and voted, my candidate didn’t win but I did my part to try and punish them for stupid past transgressions.
Funny many of my “gun” friends were surprised I was even thinking about voting Liberal but as I told them, I’m not a single issue voter. Frankly I was surprised how poorly Tim Hudak ran his campaign; to come out swinging saying he’d get rid of 100k public employees was plain stupid and his campaign manager who thought it’d be ok should never work in politics again. There were so many issues the PCs could have focused on but instead screwed it all up.
Tough choices will have to be made by the provincial government, let’s see what the future brings…
If you’re from Ontario Canada you no doubt noticed there’s a provincial election going on and for the first time in a long time, I’m not sure who to vote for. I’m generally a Liberal supporter as their social and fiscal policies align with my own but frankly I’m not happy with how they’ve performed in the last few year. They squandered a lot of tax payer money for partisan gains along with a lot of other stupid moves but lol the other candidates to me are not a better choice.
The PCs are the only other party that may win power and like their federal cousin’s, they’ve taken a sharp right on fiscal matters. I absolutely hate the notion that cutting business and taxes will be enough to stimulate the economy, supply side economics does not work!!! In order for the economy to grow, you need consumer demand! I mean think about it for a second, if you’re a business owner are you going to hire more people simply because the government taxes you less? No that’s profit in your pocket, you only hire when you don’t have enough employees to keep up with demand.
It’s not a hard concept but supply side economics (aka Reganomics, trickle down theory) has somehow become fiscal policy orthodoxy in the Western world for some reason and look what it has brought us. I mean taxes in both Canada & the US are lower than they were in the 1980s, with that line of thinking we should be swimming in jobs…
Sigh who to choose, who to choose and picking the lesser of two evils sucks…
If you need any evidence that the US is moving backwards here it is…
Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of lies.
“I don’t think the function of public education is to prepare students for the turn of the 19th century,” said Eric Meikle, project director at the National Center for Science Education.
It’s scary how the rise of the religious fundamentalists are ruining the country and no one dares stand up for what is right… The government should have every right to set a standard on what to teach the kids and I certainly feel a lot of sympathy for the children who are taught this mumbo jumbo. When they reach the real world, they’ll be totally useless as they don’t have the proper educational foundation for the 21st century.
I’ve always said the evangelical movement is much smarter than the jihadists, violence gets you a lot of attention fast but if you truly want to change the system, you need to do it politically… And that’s why the evangelical movement is even more dangerous, they’ve infected the western world with its bull shit.
Oh and if you want another laugh, creationists feel they should get equal time on the show Cosmos…
Yeah no, as Dr. Tyson said science is true whether you believe it or not and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. There is none on the god side and if you still believe, then you’re simply irrational.
As an outsider looking at the United States, the country looks absolutely insane. Let’s skip the religious nuts and politics this time around and let’s talk about wealth inequity… Anyone who knows me knows I hate capitalism, the pursuit of “money” over the rape and pillage of the planet’s finite resources is crazy but to have a system that skewed towards the rich is worse. I mean I understand that life is not fair, however shouldn’t the system that we all live under be as fair and equal as possible?
Anyway I saw this video and thought it was worth sharing because it highlights a huge problem in America.
Now of course Americans are the first to defend their system along with the usual BS about being the best country in the world blah, blah, blah and it’s sad because the US could be so much more… It could be the society we all strive to be and live in, instead it’s rotting from the inside and everyone is happy to go along for the ride.
Reminds me of the fake tea party, sure grass root conservatives may be upset but the tea party is not the way to vent their frustration as it was set up and run by a few conservative billionaires who are using these groups to push their own agendas. You’re free to differ all you want but if you follow the money it all leads to the same place…