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Right now, it's the number one reason why I search for foreign real estate (followed closely by the administration's worsening stance toward immigrants, its embrace of far-right nationalists, its hyper-growth of a debt time-bomb, its out-of-control campaign contributions, and more). I'm scared for my wife and son...

 

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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And I fear for the immigrants, for they are my country's family....

 

We did lose it. We lost it to the oligarchs...

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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I remember when America used to take the lead in opposing Russia at the UN because we were the good guys and the Russians were the bad guys. Now America has joined Russia as the world's bad guys....

 

True...

 

 

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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How in the world can this country survive with so much political cowardice and servitude to a wanna-be dictator?

 

 

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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While Huffington Post is one to talk, since it violates a cardinal rule of journalism by paying sources, Moyers is on to something. Democracy versus oligarchy is creating a nation of diametrically opposed truths...

 

Legendary Journalist Bill Moyers Says He Fears For The Nation For The First Time In His Life

"Society, a democracy, can die of too many lies — and we’re getting close to that terminal moment," he warns.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bill-moyers-impeachment-cnn-survival_n_5dc8cd83e4b02bf579426375


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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The "United" States? Don't think so. The two tribes see the nation and the world very differently...

 

Voting Records of the Parties

These bars show the percentage of the time legislators from each party have voted in support of the listed types of policies. The red bar represents Republicans and the blue bar represents Democrats.

 

http://politicsthatwork.com/voting-record/


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Well, it seems we've earned it through our choice of criminal, anti-democratic leaders...

 

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Nobody seems to have noticed: the only two rich societies in the world with falling life expectancies, incomes, savings, happiness, trust — every single social indicator you can imagine — are America and Britain. It’s not one of history’s most improbable coincidences that America and Britain are collapsing in eerily similar ways, at precisely the same time. It’s a relationship. What connects the dots?

https://eand.co/this-is-how-a-society-dies-35bdc3c0b854

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I'd hit "like" if I could, even though I don't enjoy the content. 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Truth

 

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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1 hour ago, eastvillagedon said:

Canada's doing so well their unemployment rate is nearly twice ours

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/stats-can-jobs-report-nov-1.5386624

 

1) Someone failed math.  3.5% (U.S. rate) doubled would be 7%.  5.9% (Canadian rate) is not "nearly twice ours."

 

2) Let's go under the hood here a bit.

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/unemployment

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The unemployment rate measures unemployment and is expressed as a percentage of the total labour force. The labour force is the total number of people who are 15 years of age and over who are either employed or unemployed. The unemployment rate is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed people by the number of people in the labour force.

 

Canada does not measure unemployment rate like we do - at least not the most commonly reported unemployment rate, u-3.  To get a more comparative view, one would look at the U.S.'s u-6 unemployment rate.  I'm surprised you didn't know this because it's all conservative pundits would talk about during the recovery from 2009-2017.  

https://www.macrotrends.net/1377/u6-unemployment-rate

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The current U6 unemployment rate as of November 2019 is 6.90.

 

Oops.  You may want to revise your post.

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1 hour ago, eastvillagedon said:

Canada's doing so well their unemployment rate is nearly twice ours

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/stats-can-jobs-report-nov-1.5386624

 

3 minutes ago, DarkandStormy said:

 

1) Someone failed math.  3.5% (U.S. rate) doubled would be 7%.  5.9% (Canadian rate) is not "nearly twice ours."

 

2) Let's go under the hood here a bit.

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/unemployment

 

Canada does not measure unemployment rate like we do - at least not the most commonly reported unemployment rate, u-3.  To get a more comparative view, one would look at the U.S.'s u-6 unemployment rate.  I'm surprised you didn't know this because it's all conservative pundits would talk about during the recovery from 2009-2017.  

https://www.macrotrends.net/1377/u6-unemployment-rate

 

Oops.  You may want to revise your post.

 

And here I was just thinking about how when your country has a proper public healthcare system that covers everyone, as they do in Canada, being unemployed isn’t nearly as devastating as here in the US where you lose your healthcare when you lose your job. But you did the extra digging to point out how the OP was comparing apples to oranges.  (Shocker.)  Thank you. 

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Research? You want reactionaries to do research??

 

Here's where the debate begins... Americans are living shorter lives. You can't have a higher quality of life if you have less of it.

 

Then there's that whole oligarchy-not-democracy thing, huge numbers of Americans in prison most of whom are minorities, huge numbers of Americans getting slaughtered by the guns they claim are needed to protect us, weakening regulations that used to punish not reward companies like in progressive countries, and of course a transportation system that isolates the poor rather being a ladder to success.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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In a nation spiraling out of control....

 

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Are you f-ing kidding me??

 

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Redirecting from the Trump thread....

 

Once Senate Republicans acquit (and they will), the precedent is set that presidents are untouchable by any law, including the Constitution. And once Trump cheats even worse and wins reelection with foreign help (because no one will stop him), can we still call ourselves a constitutional democracy or are we Republican oligarchy whose inner circle and its point man controls the nation and its people?

 

And for those states or parts of states that want to remain in a democratic nation of laws, preferably with a multiparty system where corporations aren't people, what is their recourse? Do they threaten to hold their own constitutional convention? Do they threaten to secede into their own country? They may have to. Anything less may be an empty gesture.


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That's exactly what will be the USA's epitaph: "We didn't give a sh!t."

 

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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https://www.businessinsider.com/sanna-marin-finland-nordic-model-does-american-dream-better-wapo-2020-2

 

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Sanna Marin, the millennial prime minister of Finland, said her country and other Nordic nations were best equipped to provide their citizens a chance to achieve the American dream.

 

She told The Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor at Davos, Switzerland, in January: "I feel that the American dream can be achieved best in the Nordic countries, where every child no matter their background or the background of their families can become anything."

 

She's not wrong.


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I used to not vote because I didn't like any of the candidates. While our two-party system, exclusionary primaries, sickening campaign finance (aka legalized bribery) laws offer candidates incapable of serving anyone but the oligarchs, I realized before Trump got elected that defensive voting can save some semblance of democracy. Too bad most of America's electorate didn't realize that before 2016....

 

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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From true left-wing journalism. But that doesn't mean it's wrong....

 

Graham vows to investigate Trump critics in retaliation for impeachment

https://americanindependent.com/lindsey-graham-donald-trump-senate-investigations-joe-biden-adam-schiff-gop-republicans/


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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This is How a Society Dies

UMAIR HAQUE DECEMBER 12, 2019

 

Who else in a rich society denies their neighbours healthcare and retirement? Nobody. Who else denies their own kids education? Nobody. Who else denies themselves childcare and elderly care? Nobody. Who else doesn’t want safety nets, opportunities, mobility, protection, savings, higher incomes? Nobody. Literally nobody on planet earth wants worse lives excepts us. We’re the only people on earth who thwart our own social progress, over and over again — and cheer about it.

 

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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The Senate's jury nullification of Trump's impeachment is reminiscent of the ancient Roman senate’s compliance with the autocratic rule of the emperors and its transformation into a body largely reliant on the emperors’ whims.  Trump’s lawyers (and many in his cabinet have done so as well) argued that the president’s personal position is inseparable from that of the nation itself. The old Nixonian view that when the president does it, it cannot be illegal. 

 

A similar view of Roman leaders occurred during the ascendancy of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, 31 B.C. to A.D. 14 -- the leader is the state. 

 

Of course, the Roman senate's acquiescence at least initially was encouraged by August bringing his army into Rome.  A not-so-veiled threat.  So yes, there are some differences.

 

But in acquitting Trump's obstruction of justice, what incentive is there for the executive to ever testify or provide documents to Congress?  Are we on the same path toward authoritarianism? 

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