The Downside of Democracy (5)
Apr23

The Downside of Democracy (5)

There are so many negative aspects of democracy that it is difficult to focus on one particular problem as being responsible for the failure of democratic elections to produce good government. However, virtually all of the problems with the democratic process result from one aspect that appears to be resistant to correction- the unwillingness of the electorate to study the policies and values of the candidates running for office, to...

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How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality
Apr22

How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality

How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality By Tina Dupuy Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy? Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea. Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak. Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity of sesquipedalian polysyllable liberal loquaciousness. This...

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The End Of Chris Christie’s National Ambitions & Other Musings In This Season Of Our Discontent
Apr21

The End Of Chris Christie’s National Ambitions & Other Musings In This Season Of Our Discontent

CHRIS CHRISTIE’S BRIDGE TO OBLIVION? In 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie singlehandedly killed a planned $8.7 billion commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River that virtually everyone else believed would ensure the future health of the New York region’s economy. Christie argued that it was just too damned expensive for the frugal times in which he governed, an argument that held little water then and has now...

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China and Coal
Apr20

China and Coal

China’s consumption of coal has not decreased but the yearly increase in coal consumption has. China is realizing that coal is bad for the country: But that kind of growth of coal has more than just climate impacts. It is “draining the country’s arid west of precious water resources,” as Greenpeace itself noted. And then there is the air pollution. Climate Progress has pointed out “when eight-year-olds start getting lung cancer...

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Show Me the Money
Apr15

Show Me the Money

What are the conservative justices on the Supreme Court thinking? First Citizens United and now the McCutcheon ruling. Do they honestly believe that wealthy people’s ability to spend money should be equated with free speech? Don’t they realize the unfair advantage this provides to affluent individuals who have more money to spend on political issues, whether it’s through Super PACs or direct contributions to parties and candidates? Or...

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We Knew It Was Going To Happen
Apr14

We Knew It Was Going To Happen

After the United States and for that matter the World real estate collapsed the Chinese kept building to keep their economy growing.  The result was entire new cities where no body lived and empty apartments and retail space.  Many, including me, knew this was not sustainable.  Well now it’s happening: China Property Collapse Has Begun Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment. Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store...

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