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Economie: plus de huit Français sur 10 ne font pas confiance au gouvernement

Economie: plus de huit Français sur 10 ne font pas confiance au gouvernement

Commented Aug 17, 2014 at 13:34:10 in France

“Certainement pas , mais pourquoi ne pas faire confiance au Parti libéral démocrate de la France ?”
Die Null-Grenzkosten-Gesellschaft

Die Null-Grenzkosten-Gesellschaft

Commented Aug 16, 2014 at 03:37:47 in Germany

“Ich habe nichts gegen die Idee, so lange es nicht um die Einleitung von Gewalt oder Betrug handelt.”
Hartz-Gier: So dreist zocken Lehrer, Politiker und Juristen den Sozialstaat ab

Hartz-Gier: So dreist zocken Lehrer, Politiker und Juristen den Sozialstaat ab

Commented Aug 11, 2014 at 03:33:52 in Germany

“Lösung: Hartz IV sofort abschaffen.”
OECD-Generalsekretär Gurría:

OECD-Generalsekretär Gurría: "Der Mindestlohn hilft dem Lumpenproletariat"

Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 06:06:00 in Germany

“> "Der Mindestlohn hilft dem Lumpenproletariat"

Der Mindestlohn schadet den Lumpenproletarier(in): er bzw. sie geht von mickrigem Lohn zur Arbeitslosigkeit. Zudem haben Behörden nichts zu suchen in den Verhandlunen zwischen AG und AN es sei denn Betrug und/oder Gewalt in Spiel zwischen den verhandelnden Parteien kommen/kommt.

Ihr Deutschen werdet einen Mindestlohn irgendwann bitter bereuen.”
Mindestlohn von 8,50 Euro: Bundestag beschließt gesetzliche Lohnuntergrenze bis 2015

Mindestlohn von 8,50 Euro: Bundestag beschließt gesetzliche Lohnuntergrenze bis 2015

Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 07:58:21 in Germany

“> Dieser Mindestlohn wird Deutschlands Zukunft verändern

Das könnt ihr laut. Einen Mindestlohn hat Amerika seit Samstag, 25.06.1938 gehabt als FDR die gerechte-Arbeitsrichtlinien-Gesetz unterzeichnete (vgl. http://www.dol.gov/dol/aboutdol/history/flsa1938.htm). Diese grundgesetzteswidrige Scheußlichkeit hat Amerika seitdem zutiefst belastet. Ihr Deutschen werdet es auch bitter bereuen, wenn ihr sie in eurem Land zulassen.

Der Staat soll niemals in der Gehaltsvereinbarungen zwischen Arbeitnehmer und Arbeitgeber einmischen, es sei denn die Initiierung von Gewalt oder Betrug in Spiel gekommen ist. Ich wage es zu wiederholen: ihr werdet einen Mindestlohngesetz bereuen.”
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U.S. Signals Iraq's Maliki Should Go: WSJ

Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 09:38:48 in Politics

“The difference, of course, is that he should be their SOB. They made him, but Maliki let him off the hook. Now he needs to go for the good of the region. However, it may still break apart into to three smaller countries. Even if that happens they need to offer assistance to exterminate the extremists, either air support and/or intelligence/training.

That would be a switch, wouldn't it?”
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U.S. Signals Iraq's Maliki Should Go: WSJ

Commented Jun 19, 2014 at 01:36:49 in Politics

“> U.S. SET TO SHOVE OUT MALIKI

'Scuse me, but isn't the Iraqi electorate supposed to do that? How would you like it if

IRAQ SET TO SHOVE OUT OBAMA

were splattered across the front pages of Iraqi newspapers?”

Waterlooboy on Jun 19, 2014 at 01:45:17

“The difference, of course, is that he should be our SOB. We made him, but Obama let him off the hook. Now he needs to go for the good of the region. However, it may still break apart into to three smaller countries. Even if that happens we need to offer assistance to exterminate the extremists, either air support and/or intelligence/training.”
The Government Just Made It Easier To Buy A Home

The Government Just Made It Easier To Buy A Home

Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 08:56:33 in Business

“> 'free markets'? WHERE? LOL ...

Everywhere there are black markets—and there are many. Black markets not only operate without the oversight of formal governments, they even thrive in the face of the latter's best efforts to exterminate them. Can you spell 'war on drugs'?”
EPA To Call For 30 Percent Cut To Power Plant Emissions By 2030

EPA To Call For 30 Percent Cut To Power Plant Emissions By 2030

Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 07:07:43 in Politics

“'Nuclear Energy

'Nuclear power plants do not emit carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, or nitrogen oxides. ...'
-- http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-and-you/affect/air-emissions.html
Dem Candidates Slow To Embrace Obama's Health Care Offensive

Dem Candidates Slow To Embrace Obama's Health Care Offensive

Commented May 26, 2014 at 12:59:28 in Politics

“Good for you. So do I.”
ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

Commented May 23, 2014 at 02:53:07 in Business

“> A federal law dating to 1986 forbids hospitals from turning patients away from emergency rooms regardless of their ability to pay ...

I would like to see our dear elected federal representatives make repealing that law a top priority.”
ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

Commented May 22, 2014 at 11:05:08 in Business

“'NHS financial squeeze unsustainable in face of increasing demand'
-- http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/feb/12/nhs-financial-squeeze-increasing-demand

"NHS England: Urgent care services 'unsustainable'"
-- http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26430358

'Stafford scandal: Let’s face the truth about our uncaring, selfish and cruel NHS'
-- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9858118/Stafford-scandal-Lets-face-the-truth-about-our-uncaring-selfish-and-cruel-NHS.html

"NHS nurses attacked for 'cruel' treatment of elderly patients"
-- http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/aug/27/nhs-hospital-healthcare-elderly-nurses-patients-association

'More NHS hospitals failing to meet targets on treatment waiting times

'Figures show 2.9m patients waiting for treatment in January, and 45,000 more not treated within 18 weeks than in January 2013'
-- http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/20/nhs-hospitals-failing-meet-targets-waiting-times-treatment

'Failing NHS is itself diseased

'THE NHS is a more effective killing machine than the Taliban.'
-- http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/neil-hamilton/416377/Failing-NHS-is-itself-diseased
ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

Commented May 22, 2014 at 07:08:36 in Business

“No, it's called personal responsibility. US Americans had better start getting used to exercising some or the situation will just keep getting worse.”
Feds Ever-So-Gently File Criminal Charges Against Credit Suisse

Feds Ever-So-Gently File Criminal Charges Against Credit Suisse

Commented May 20, 2014 at 11:15:36 in Business

“> ... Holder, realizing too late what a horrible message he had just sent to the big banks ...

My opinion of Mr Holder's competency at his current job has never been a very high one. The former is now boring it's way inexorably through rock bottom. To characterise Mr Holder as an accomplished fοοl is high praise at this juncture.”
This Lightbulb Guide Will Finally Tell You The Difference Between CFLs, LEDs & Halogens

This Lightbulb Guide Will Finally Tell You The Difference Between CFLs, LEDs & Halogens

Commented May 12, 2014 at 03:56:49 in HuffPost Home

“There's no flou used in their manufacture either.”
This Lightbulb Guide Will Finally Tell You The Difference Between CFLs, LEDs & Halogens

This Lightbulb Guide Will Finally Tell You The Difference Between CFLs, LEDs & Halogens

Commented May 12, 2014 at 03:48:28 in HuffPost Home

“I disagree. It's the author's responsibility to expand acronyms that his or her readers may not reasonably be expected to recognize. For instance according to European Training Foundation (ETF):

'... In recent times the use of both abbreviations and acronyms has been on the increase in writing of all kinds, especially technical. It is only fair to the reader to explain the less-familiar ones (by putting in parentheses at their first occurrence). ...'
-- http://www.etf.europa.eu/authorssite.nsf?OpenDatabase&Content=http://www.etf.europa.eu/authorssite.nsf/Pages/Abbreviations+and+acronyms?OpenDocument&LAN=EN”

Henry Otto on May 12, 2014 at 13:30:06

“You say you disagree, but I see no disagreement between us. I said the author should have defined LED, CFL, etc. I was simply making a point that the internet, in addition to all the garbage, is a great source of information, and people would do well to research some of these things on their own in addition to reading the news stories.”
Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts' Supreme Court, Want Term Limits

Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts' Supreme Court, Want Term Limits

Commented May 7, 2014 at 18:03:46 in Politics

“> When you tell all religions but Christianity to go to the back of the bus you get into trouble.

Do religions ride buses? Who knew?”
Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts' Supreme Court, Want Term Limits

Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts' Supreme Court, Want Term Limits

Commented May 7, 2014 at 18:02:59 in Politics

“> I just support impeaching Clarence Thomas for illegally taking bribes from conservative organizations.

It would be rather difficult for him to take bribes legally from conservative organizations don't you think?”

Fawfulfan on May 7, 2014 at 18:14:31

“Since large cash gifts are in a gray area, it'd be easier than you think. Scalia legally takes bribes all the time. But Thomas crossed the line by covering up his income from public record.”
Alarmierende Statistik: Immer mehr Hartz-IV-Empfänger kehren nicht in den Job zurück

Alarmierende Statistik: Immer mehr Hartz-IV-Empfänger kehren nicht in den Job zurück

Commented May 2, 2014 at 04:22:10 in Germany

“> Die Zahl der dauerhaften Empfänger von Hartz IV-Leistungen wächst offenbar immer weiter.

Quelle surprise! Wasser ist nass!

> Dem Bericht zufolge ist die Zahl der Dauerbezieher in den ostdeutschen Bundesländern besonders hoch

Zeichen und Wunder”

johannes29 on May 2, 2014 at 10:46:10

“Wer die Arbeit kennt und sich nicht drück, der ist Verrückt.Die Paar Milliarden mehr auf unserem Konto fallen doch gar nicht mehr auf .2017 hat Herr Schäuble alles ausgeglichen.”
The Biggest Reason People Didn't Sign Up For Obamacare

The Biggest Reason People Didn't Sign Up For Obamacare

Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 05:11:20 in Business

“I believe that the poster means "most of [third-world physicians] come from the Indian and African subcontinent [and] cannot compare to the quality of our professionally trained staff"

As for crypto-racism:

'Half of foreign doctors are below British standards
Half of foreign doctors would not be able to practise in Britain if they were subjected to the same level of scrutiny as British doctors, a study by University College London has found'
-- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10773857/Half-of-foreign-doctors-are-below-British-standards.html

'Health warning over 88,000 foreign doctors working in the NHS
'... The majority of the 88,000 foreign doctors practising the UK would fail exams if they were held to the same standards as their British colleagues. ...'
-- http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/health-warning-over-88000-foreign-doctors-working-in-the-nhs-9268698.html

'Foreign doctors should face tougher exams, study says
International medical graduates take a different test to the one sat by UK-trained doctors

'Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study has said. ...'
-- http://www.bbc.com/news/health-27076216

TRex86 on Apr 30, 2014 at 10:09:02

“Why do you defend the fool? He made the contradictory statements that the NHS is "underpinned" by third world doctors yet implies that they outperform us on the cost of health care for that sole reason. It was a gratuitous, unnecessary and racist observation that was at best irrelevant to the problems of our system. BTW physicians' fees accounted for 19% of health care spending last time I looked and cover overhead expenses of offices, staff, accountants, etc. What physicians earn is only a problem in that our system incentivizes procedure driven practice and under-rewards cognitive activity.”
The Biggest Reason People Didn't Sign Up For Obamacare

The Biggest Reason People Didn't Sign Up For Obamacare

Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 04:59:38 in Business

“> John, can you provide a link showing evidence that the UK healthcare system is staffed primarily by foreign doctors? ...

Not primarily, but certainly largely:

'Foreign doctors are vital to the NHS
Recent reports risk creating a wave of distrust among patients, which could lead to future recruitment problems'
-- http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/apr/24/foreign-doctors-vital-nhs

'The NHS needs more British doctors, senior surgeon warns
Patients are being put at risk as 40 per cent of doctors taken on by the NHS each year are foreign, a senior surgeon has warned. ...'
-- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10243671/The-NHS-needs-more-British-doctors-senior-surgeon-warns.html

'Figures show extent of NHS reliance on foreign nationals
Thinktank warns stricter immigration rules could hit service after stats show 11% of all staff and 26% of doctors are non-British. ...'
-- http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/26/nhs-foreign-nationals-immigration-health-service
Cliven Bundy: If People Think I'm Racist, Blame MLK Jr.

Cliven Bundy: If People Think I'm Racist, Blame MLK Jr.

Commented Apr 27, 2014 at 04:39:22 in Politics

“> I'll apologize for the invective but I am sick and tired of people defending that rancher.

Apology accepted.

> You mean besides your assumption that federal employees shouldn't be administering federal public land?

I didn't assume that; again, I just asked some questions.

> ...He's a member of the tea party who has no knowledge of agricultural matters. ...

There's ignorance galore everywhere you look. While it's no shame to be ignorant (nobody can know everything after all), it is a shame to stay that way unnecessarily.

> ... If that made me be sharper tongued with you than I should have been, my apologies.

Actually I've been thinking that I need to cool down in some of my posts too. As I have to hammer ever harder to get my points through what seem to be increasingly thick skulls, I've been applying ever more caustic language. I'm sure I've passed the point of diminishing return more than once.

Rank ignorance, inability to formulate sound arguments (or sometimes even unsound ones), and to read and write correct English seem to be rampant right across the political spectrum in the US. I'm just not getting a warm, fuzzy feeling that everything is going to be alright any time soon there.”
Abhängigkeitsfalle Energie: Wie viel Russland-Bashing kann Europa sich wirklich leisten?

Abhängigkeitsfalle Energie: Wie viel Russland-Bashing kann Europa sich wirklich leisten?

Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 14:19:04 in Germany

“> ... Auf ihre Courage zu hoffen, ihre eigenen Fehler einzugestehen...verlorene Zeit.

Vielleicht würden sie die notwendige Courage allmählich (oder plözlich) entwickeln nachdem Hr. Putin den Gashahn für ein paar kalte Winter abgedrosselt hat. Oder vielleicht auch nicht -- was wieß ich?”
Cliven Bundy: If People Think I'm Racist, Blame MLK Jr.

Cliven Bundy: If People Think I'm Racist, Blame MLK Jr.

Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 13:56:14 in Politics

“> ... Article 4 section 3, second clause ...

Thank you, that's all I was asking for. Why not just drop the trash talk answer the question straight away? Invective adds nothing useful to the conversation.

> Tell me..how exactly do you think you're in a position to argue that federal administration of public land is unconstitutional.

First, I haven't argued that federal administration of public land is unconstitutional. I merely asked what the justification for it is.

Second, anyone is in a position to make any argument about anything. It's the soundness of the argument, not the person presenting it that counts,

> ... when you're so clearly not as knowledgeable about the US Constitution as you think?

How would you know what I think of my knowledge of the U.S. Constitution?

> ... and sorry..there's nothing in the constitution that says corporations and churches can't pay taxes.

I never claimed that there was. Moreover my original questions had nothing to do with whether or not corporations or churches can pay taxes. You introduced that issue, not I.

> If you think that the founding fathers thought corporations should be able to operate under an olly olly oxen free system..yeah you don't really know about the founding fathers.

I haven't written anything in this thread concerning what the founding fathers thought about corporations. Once again, the issue is irrelevant to my original questions. If you want to discuss that matter, please start your own thread.”

Nick Kelsier on Apr 26, 2014 at 15:08:09

“I'll apologize for the invective but I am sick and tired of people defending that rancher.

To quote: How would you know what I think of my knowledge of the U.S. Constitution?

You mean besides your assumption that federal employees shouldn't be administering federal public land?

A few days ago I spent the better part of a day trying to explain to someone that 1: the rancher doesn't own public land, he's never shown any proof to back his claims and 2: that you don't pay grazing fees for grazing cattle on your own land in the first place. His expertise? He's a member of the tea party who has no knowledge of agricultural matters. WHereas my family has spent the last 150 years farming and grazing cattle and yet somehow he presumed to know more than me.

Like I said..I am tired of people in their ignorance defending that rancher. If that made me be sharper tongued with you than I should have been, my apologies.”
Cliven Bundy: If People Think I'm Racist, Blame MLK Jr.

Cliven Bundy: If People Think I'm Racist, Blame MLK Jr.

Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 10:48:48 in Politics

“Please name the precise article(s), section(s), and clause(s) inthe U.S. constitution that you believe allow or require our dear elected federal representatives to lease pasturage. Please state concisely and cogently your reason or reasons for believing that the text does so.

> ... There isn't enough space here to educate you. ...

There's plenty of space. Use more than one reply if you need more than 250 characters.

Since you obviously know the correct answer, please be so kind as to grace me and the rest of your readership with your wisdom. Come on now, there's nothing hard about it: precisely where in the US constitution are our dear elected federal representatives permitted or required to rent pasturage to cattle ranchers?”
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