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Tax Revenues Post Biggest Drop Since Depression

Tax Revenues Post Biggest Drop Since Depression

Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 14:55:00 in Business

“Welcome to the nightmare of a deep recession as the economy collapses tax revenues decline and social care costs sky rocket

There are no quick fixes to this problem may be now all those tax breaks and lax regulations were not such a good idea”
Kenyan Birth Certificate: Obama Birthers Latch On To Forgery

Kenyan Birth Certificate: Obama Birthers Latch On To Forgery

Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 14:11:01 in Politics

“got to love conspiracy theorists never letting the facts get in the way of their weird take on reality”

hortonhearsdawho on Aug 3, 2009 at 14:14:15

“they prefer to call it the gop...”
World Oil Supplies Are Running Out Fast

World Oil Supplies Are Running Out Fast

Commented Aug 3, 2009 at 02:18:13 in World

“Here's the thing people have argued for years as to when peak oil will happen the rapid globalisation of the world economy has only brought the day forward.

Oil was always going to go past its peak production to say this is spin from the investment banks is wrong peak oil is in no ones interest.

We have built our society around this cheap fuel and it is cheap regardless of what the price is at the pumps rapidily increasing oil prices which won't come down will drive up inflation and hence devalue currancy and make goods more expensive.

see pre war germany when a loaf of bread cost a million marks or imagine a scene from the great depression which lasted decades and tell me how stable the world will be.

peak oil needs to be prepared for and it will take a decade to try and limit its damaging impact”
Unemployment Benefits Will Run Out For 1.5 Million Jobless Americans

Unemployment Benefits Will Run Out For 1.5 Million Jobless Americans

Commented Aug 2, 2009 at 10:32:51 in Business

“This should scare the US administration senseless, as regardless of what is said about signs of recovery 1.5 million potential becoming destitute will kick the economy into a second cycle of recession.

It won't bother the bankers who helped cause this problem afterall they've all bailed with healthy payouts the rich always get the poor to pay it seems nothing changes”
Jonathan Alter: Our Heath-Care System Is Just Fine As Is!

Jonathan Alter: Our Heath-Care System Is Just Fine As Is!

Commented Aug 2, 2009 at 10:13:37 in Politics

“Healthcare in America is a joke although its not much better here in the UK, at least some people are seeing it for the sick joke that it is with the greedy drug companies and healthcare groups fighting for every dollar they can scam.

America can't afford Universal healthcare without slashing its military spending now given your recent history that wouldn't be to smart.

But it can afford a fair healthcare system if it concentrates on providing the basics, he question is do you value those less fortuneate in society enough to treat them respect.”

TheFriendlyAtheist on Aug 2, 2009 at 12:33:22

“America can't afford universal healthcare? Right now America spends approx. $500 billion extra per year to have a for profit system instead of a single payer system.

$100 billion in extra taxes to keep all gov. employees (federal, state, and local) in the for profit system instead of a single payer system.

$200 billion a year from the rest of us to pay for the "administrative cost", huge salaries for health care executives, and profits for the for profit companies over what we would pay out for single payer.

$200 billion in higher premiums for all other insurance that covers health or injury matters; car insurance, homeowner policies, workers comp., etc., etc., etc.

Anyone want to argue that an extra $500 billion per year going into the real economy wouldn't do wonders for this country.”
NRA Threatens To Punish Senators Who Vote For Sotomayor... No One Listens

NRA Threatens To Punish Senators Who Vote For Sotomayor... No One Listens

Commented Aug 2, 2009 at 08:34:03 in Politics

“The NRA are the first to go the constitution when ever the Politicians rightly want to curb gun ownership, here's why they can do this the supreme court has to be free of political bias.

So overtly agressive lobby groups like the NRA should keep in this case their rightwing opinions to themselves and not try to influence what is meant to be an open vote.

Isn't that what democracy us supposed to be about”

Peter007 on Aug 2, 2009 at 08:42:05

“The Supreme Court is a "political Institution". Its rulings are based upon political realities.
Also has and always will be.”
huffingtonpost entry

The Debtor's Dance: the U.S.-China Exchange

Commented Jul 30, 2009 at 03:06:57 in Politics

“Its true China is the new super power and America like Britain before is a nation trading on its past glory.

Politicians do seem to miss this point except the communist part in china that the policy of free trade and globalisation has done just one thing its allowed the banks, financial institution and large corporations to bypass government and work directly with emerging industrial nations.

This has undermined the economies of the developed nations and made them over reliant on credit and imported goods.

Welcome to the global economy where only profit matters thanks to lax regulation and a lack of vision.”
King Coal

King Coal

Commented Jul 28, 2009 at 02:44:00 in Green

“clearly coal is a very dirty fuel, but we can't say gas is much better its still a fossil fuel finite and releases co2 just as coal does.

It seems strange to me that we always go for the quick fix the one with the least pain even when its long term future is distinctly limited just so we don't have to change our life style or in other words make better informed choices.

This is what worries me about this industry and interest group push for gas that its being sold to the people as a solution to energy security and climate change when nothing could be further from the truth.

its time for the american people to wake up and not sleep walk into a nightmare”

dsws on Aug 2, 2009 at 13:57:32

“Gas contains a lot more energy per carbon atom than coal does, or to put it the other way, gas releases a lot less carbon per watt-hour of energy. The stopgap of a switch to gas is well worth doing while we bring the renewables online.”

TwistedNibbler on Jul 28, 2009 at 05:32:10

“RFK Jr. is a man who gets things done in the order they must be done. While a significant portion of his article was indeed an illustration of the importance and ease of transitioning to natural gas from coal, he DID first make the point that a green alternative was merely a decade or two of "in the field" development away from REALLY taking over.

The main fact is that if the coal industry is not dried up like a salted slug (and soon) the Appalachians, and to a slightly lesser extent the entire rest of the country, is in for dire consequences.”
Micky Louis Mayon, KKK Member, To Be Escorted Back To US

Micky Louis Mayon, KKK Member, To Be Escorted Back To US

Commented Jul 14, 2009 at 20:18:11 in World

“Surely to cruel New Jersey that is”
Is <i>Mad Men</i> a Feminist Show?

Is Mad Men a Feminist Show?

Commented Jul 14, 2009 at 20:11:22 in Entertainment

“got to admit mad men is one of the few shows i'll go out of my way to watch, from the great cast to the writing of the characters it really does bring to life the social dynamic in an advertising office of that era.

but that is far as it goes as a reflection of social attitudes of that time it doesn't hold up things were already starting to change, however it portrays the men brilliantly and it still holds true.

If you create an all male environment in an office this is how we will behave, its how we are childish compulsive and overly competitive ...”
Stefan Frederick Cook: Soldier Won't Deploy Over Obama Birth Certificate

Stefan Frederick Cook: Soldier Won't Deploy Over Obama Birth Certificate

Commented Jul 14, 2009 at 19:52:46 in Politics

“Hmmm now I am sure his party or even the republicans would have not spotted that one, this just seems to be another misguided person from the deep south”

CheshireCat2 on Jul 14, 2009 at 19:56:05

“If there was anything at all to it, the Clintons would have smoked that out already, long ago.”
The 10 Worst Places To Be Homeless

The 10 Worst Places To Be Homeless

Commented Jul 14, 2009 at 19:34:01 in Business

“I spent a few days document the work on the coalition on homelessness in New York last year and it amazed me then how many times people are moved on, there they are trying to force people into shelters.

They don't like the homeless on the streets it makes it look untidy, now in the bronx they gave up on that years ago but then again new york gave up on the bronx years ago too.

In dealing with homelessness we either show ourselves at our best or our worst in terms of our compassion to our fellow man..”
Sotomayor Hearings (VIDEO, UPDATES): Day 2

Sotomayor Hearings (VIDEO, UPDATES): Day 2

Commented Jul 14, 2009 at 19:15:33 in Politics

“Kyl is one angry little monkey thought this was going to be a robust but respectful cross examination , but in his case someone call animal control .

Where do GOP get these people from seems he's another one from the GW Bush good old boy network.”

EspritDeVoltaire on Jul 14, 2009 at 19:17:13

“Apparently he hasn't studied the demographics of his home state.”
Electric Cars Could Dominate U.S. Roads in 2030

Electric Cars Could Dominate U.S. Roads in 2030

Commented Jul 14, 2009 at 07:24:19 in Green

“I doubt it greatly that this will be the case unless we can deal with the issue of range and performance and cost.

its comparitively easy to get a electric car to go 250 miles at highway speeds just give it enough batteries or a secondary power source it will just cost you $150,000so what about the miev it can do 80 miles and can do 80 miles an hour but just not at the same time.

The problem is energy density in that in any battery system it is to low to make it truly viable without a conventional engine of some kind.

As for the arguement electric cars are ideal for cities here is a few words on that " get a bike "”

quiviran on Jul 14, 2009 at 13:10:02

“You've got your system design wrong. 40 mile battery range is all that is needed once you make the decision to have an on board generator. The generator must be sized to recharge the battery at the same time it provides power for a steady-state cruise. That's not a $150,000 car, it's a $40,000 car in small numbers, and a $20,000 car when it hits big numbers.

40 miles covers the majority of daily commutes. Recharging at work gets coverage for over 90% or the average cars' daily driving in the US. There's not much call for a long-range BEV.

I predict series hybrid cars made in China at Wal-Mart within two years. The US auto industry should be looking to license the Chinese design, so maybe we can build a few here.”

SworldPeas on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:14:12

“I have an electric car, it is for short trips around town and my daily commuter. The performance is like that of a VW bug which works fine for the city. It was cheap to buy, I run it off my solar system so it's FREE to charge and zero emissions. It doesn't have to be expensive, it doesn't have to have long range (heres a few words on that "take your gas car") It doesn't have to be a high performance machine as I'm not out to impress people on my way to work.
Would you be willing to give up a little performance and range for say... CLEAN AIR?”
huffingtonpost entry

In Defense of Bruno

Commented Jul 13, 2009 at 18:35:02 in Entertainment

“Its a film its a piece of entertainment not a good piece of entertainment but thats what it is, like all of cohen creations its takes a variety of character types and takes them to their logical limit.

If you want a documentary on the gay rights then watch one this isn't it, although from the comments here it does seem the gay community is at risk of going backwards in wanting to hide amongst the straight population when you should be celebrating your own identity and culture.”
The Myth of How the Media Destroyed Palin

The Myth of How the Media Destroyed Palin

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 19:36:09 in Media

“Shame on you in the media hounding her like that putting stupid words in her mouth how could you, its not like she needed any help in that matter now is it..”
huffingtonpost entry

Riverbank Park: A New York Oasis

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 19:25:07 in New York

“riverbank does kind of blow you away when you first come across it as I did at night on the way back from the bronx, I had to go back the next day and spend some time there its sad that a lot of new yorkers don't realise how beautiful the city is.”
Texting Teen Falls Into Manhole On Staten Island

Texting Teen Falls Into Manhole On Staten Island

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 19:06:59 in New York

“I was about to laugh until I found out she was slightly injured, hmmm the dangers of texting whilst walking note to self watch where you are putting your feet”
Goldman Spy Case: Bank Frets Over 'Doomsday Machine' Trading Codes

Goldman Spy Case: Bank Frets Over 'Doomsday Machine' Trading Codes

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 18:59:29 in Business

“The truth is its not just goldman every major trader has its own automated trade software its how the system works thats why the system can move so fast, traders set the direction and the software does the volume trades.

automated trading was a bad mistake it means the institutions make more money hence become more greedy and if things go wrong they can't react quickly enough to avoid market upsets.

automated trading software by its nature artificially manipulates the markets without anyones malicious intent.”
Swedish Newspapers Threaten To Boycott Britney Concert Over Photo Restrictions

Swedish Newspapers Threaten To Boycott Britney Concert Over Photo Restrictions

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 16:06:13 in Media

“This just sounds like more over controlling PR here's an idea for them drop the talentless performer, they are quite happy with the coverage when they want it.

But in truth this not a story its just the time limit on the photos which is the issue as a music photographer I am use to restrictions 2 songs only or 3 and having to sign releases to limit publication its just part of the game.”
Obama Asks For Patience On Stimulus

Obama Asks For Patience On Stimulus

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 14:55:20 in Politics

“can we get down to the basics here a faction of the money has been spent so you've got a way to go, people should just grow up fixing the problems we all created will take time.
.
here's an small example for you when our economy went south in the70's it took over 5 years to drag ourselves out of that.

so two years is a short time in comparison”

dandypuddin on Jul 12, 2009 at 14:57:06

“Especially with the magnitude of the problem.”
U.S. Postal Service Gets 6,500 New Alternative Power Vehicles

U.S. Postal Service Gets 6,500 New Alternative Power Vehicles

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 05:57:42 in Green

“true but that is weather climate is much more predictable, increase the co2 and you increase the overall heat levels.

geological records and ice cores bare that out , the problem is that E-85 and hybrids just don't cut it when it comes to co2 emissions they just get the green lobby off your back for a little while

which for most heavy polluters is all that they want”
U.S. Postal Service Gets 6,500 New Alternative Power Vehicles

U.S. Postal Service Gets 6,500 New Alternative Power Vehicles

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 05:47:37 in Green

“This is more a positive spin story as you say most of the trucks will be E-85 capable and hybrids unless they are plug in are knowhere on the co2 reduction stakes.

my thoughts on this they could try harder on this one but then again no one else is.”
Cheney Told CIA To Hide Program From Congress

Cheney Told CIA To Hide Program From Congress

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 05:28:53 in Politics

“see thats congress for you best not to tell them things they only start to ask difficult questions”
Cheney Told CIA To Hide Program From Congress

Cheney Told CIA To Hide Program From Congress

Commented Jul 12, 2009 at 05:24:29 in Politics

“Someone file a missing persons report on that man last seen running away from the scene of the crime .

The question arises if the program wasn't that active whatever it was and was so unimportant not to report to congress, why was it cancelled soon as the new director found out about it

chenney and the bush administration never knowling above board”
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