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Pope Wants Closer Look At Vatican's Finance Reform

Pope Wants Closer Look At Vatican's Finance Reform

Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 14:43:10 in Religion

“Lucy - the American taxpayer is right up there too considering the church pays no taxes on income of 4.4 billion dollars. The article implies that 86% of the $4.4 is their "charitable commitment". My question would be where does the remaining 14% or $615 million go, again untaxed. Regarding Pope Francis, he is the first Pope I have seen in my lifetime (60 yrs) who actually acts like a Christian, talks like a Christian and expects the Church to set an example for people to follow. When you see a false prophet like Sarah Palin making the kinds of remarks about Francis (he's too Liberal) my opinion is that there is hope for the Church yet.”

Lucy Filipac on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:24:04

“Also, Sarah Palin, regardless of your opinion on her, never said such a thing. She said on CNN “He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me. There again, unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media.”
She was not informed on the issues and she admitted she couldn’t form an opinion until she became informed. This is a good way to go for everyone.”

Lucy Filipac on Nov 29, 2013 at 19:23:54

“Why are you picking on Catholic Charities in particular? All of the charities on the list have like charitable commitments- in the 80 to low 90s range. Perhaps Catholic Charities has expenses? They provide therapists, childcare programs, food, housing services… and while there are volunteers they have to maintain a full-time staff too in order to have a functioning organization.
It’s wonderful that you like Pope Francis. But I’m sad that you haven’t noticed the good coming from the other Popes too. JPII opened dialogue between different denominations, and the Vatican was a meeting ground for all faiths during his papacy. He inspired countless young people with his love for life and for God. Pope Benedict was a brilliant intellectual who worked tirelessly to halt the sexual abuse scandal, advocated for health care for everyone regardless of economic or social status, the protection of immigrants… radical things that no one is taking the time to notice.
Pope Francis is blessed with social skills and a lovable-ness that draws people to him and also makes it easier for the media to report on him. He has many gifts, but it’s wrong to say the Church is only just now doing good for the world.”
Tory Bill Targeting Unions Has No Backing From Constitutional Experts

Tory Bill Targeting Unions Has No Backing From Constitutional Experts

Commented May 27, 2013 at 18:47:03 in Canada Business

“HYPOCRITE
G&M Feb 19 /11,"..MP Russ Hiebert's (SSurrey-White Rock-Cloverdale) riding association continues to be roiled by controversy arising from his extraordinary expense claims of $637,093. (his) were the highest for a B.C. MP and second highest in Canada in 2008-2009. ..long-time Conservatives of the association board have resigned in part because Hiebert has failed to speak clearly about how he spent the money..District Association past-president Jim Scott said he, the event chair, the communications chair and the secretary had resigned by the end of last year. Key board members did not come back onto the board this year, such as the scholarship chair and the first vice-president...David Wiens, associate dean of the school of business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, said he quit when Mr. Hiebert tried to pass off his MP cost overruns as a family matter. It could not be the main reason, as only 25 per cent of the overrun had to do with travel involving Hiebert's wife and children, Wiens said in his letter of resignation. He felt Hiebert had deliberately spun it as a family matter because it would appeal to his base of support. "I was prepared to ignore the poor quality of his communication to the riding - essentially a self-serving, continuous campaign rather than messaging that informs and encourages the people he represents - but this spinning of the budget overrun is simply too much to stomach," Wiens wrote."”

Ian Llangan on May 28, 2013 at 02:47:09

“Your comment should be posted at the TOP of this discussion for all to see, not buried halfway down.”
MP Travel Expenses: Western MPs Dominate List Of Top Spenders

MP Travel Expenses: Western MPs Dominate List Of Top Spenders

Commented May 27, 2013 at 18:27:56 in Canada Politics

“Russ Hiebert is going to lose the next election.
"Federal Conservative MP Russ Hiebert's riding association continues to be roiled by controversy arising from his extraordinary expense claims of $637,093. Mr. Hiebert's expense claims, as reported last May, were the highest for a B.C. MP and second highest in Canada in 2008-2009. Several long-time Conservatives of the association board have resigned in part because Mr. Hiebert - who represents South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale in the House of Commons - has failed to speak clearly about how he spent the money, reports the Peace Arch News..... Former communications chair David Wiens, associate dean of the school of business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, said he quit when Mr. Hiebert tried to pass off his MP cost overruns as a family matter, the Peace Arch News reported. It could not be the main reason, as only 25 per cent of the overrun had to do with travel involving Mr. Hiebert's wife and children, Mr. Wiens said in his letter of resignation. He felt Mr. Hiebert had deliberately spun it as a family matter because it would appeal to his base of support. "I was prepared to ignore the poor quality of his communication to the riding - essentially a self-serving, continuous campaign rather than messaging that informs and encourages the people he represents - but this spinning of the budget overrun is simply too much to stomach," Mr Wiens wrote."From the Globe & Mail Feb 19 /11”
Right-To-Work Laws: John Mortimer Says Canada ‘Last Nation On Earth' With Mandatory Union Dues

Right-To-Work Laws: John Mortimer Says Canada ‘Last Nation On Earth' With Mandatory Union Dues

Commented May 22, 2013 at 13:42:21 in Canada Business

“For working people, union or non-union, this is a critical issue and to understand it you need some history. I would start by reading the history behind the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 to understand the lengths workers had to go to and how many had to die to get inhumane working conditions outlawed. Most labour laws are a result of years of fighting and negotiating between unions representing workers and their employers. These are the basis for Employment Standards around the world. So the effect is that whether you're in a union or not, if you are an hourly employee, most of the benefits and laws regulating your work are the results of unions fighting for these rights. Reading some of the comments from those who claim to pay union dues, don't like it and want their money back, I would have to agree with another article in the Huff Po today about human IQ on the decline. Union dues are tax deductible.”
Science Cuts And Muzzling In Canada: How Conservatives Reshaped A Discipline

Science Cuts And Muzzling In Canada: How Conservatives Reshaped A Discipline

Commented Apr 30, 2013 at 11:19:43 in Canada Politics

“It's a nice dream, but not grounded in reality. The energy industry will make advances in applied science specific to their needs and zero advances in theoretical science or other research not specific to their needs. This is especially true of the extraction and processing of hydrocarbons. They won't spend money if there is nothing in it for them and if they do they will make sure the taxpayer subsidizes the research. You make it sound like all research is profitable which it isn't. So private industry isn't interested in something with zero return, like most research. That is why Governments are involved, mainly through universities and government institutions. Private industry is more interested in letting the universities and government do the research, and then poaching the good results - it's way cheaper than running their own research. Moreover, if they throw a few bucks at the universities and partially fund the work they stand a good chance of owning it in the end. Look at the model in the US and the drug industry, where the drug companies rely more on universities than on their own studies for new products. It all starts with theoretical science and scientists and whether they come form the private or public sector is immaterial. The real mistake is thinking that the only useful science has to be somehow an economic benefit. Truly useful science is science which gives us knowledge, and just as importantly piques our curiosity to do more.”

KSofen on Apr 30, 2013 at 13:54:15

“That kind of positive "can do" attitude will save the world I suppose.”
Paul Krugman Responds To Critics: 'Maybe I Actually Am Right'

Paul Krugman Responds To Critics: 'Maybe I Actually Am Right'

Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 17:56:53 in Business

“The reality of austerity is that it is a play for assets, and definitely not in the public interest. The aim was to force governments desperate for cash into selling publicly financed assets to private enterprise as a part of their austerity arrangements. Greece, Italy , Sain etc have all been sucked into the austerity hysteria and have been leveraged by the money lenders. These countries are selling off state assets as conditions for their bail outs and the same guys who have put them into this position will be purchasing state enterprises (Greece must raise 2.6 billion euros through asset sales this year and, for example is selling off its railway system ("Greece on the Auction Block," International Business Times)). This is the piratization of public assets similar to what Thatcher did in the '80's in the UK. These state enterprises were expensive to build but generate long term stable cash flow and these are the prize. It is only the conditions imposed by austerity that makes this shift in ownership possible.”

patrickcweaver on Apr 28, 2013 at 19:48:56

“Sooo fake austerity is a better investment than a fake war??”

4eva on Apr 28, 2013 at 18:24:24

“They wouldn't have to sell anything if the didn't sell their sovereignty beforehand to the EU”

tammy916 on Apr 28, 2013 at 18:09:21

“Excellent. Well said.”
Sun News ‘Canadian TV First' Campaign Uses U.S. Footage: Report

Sun News ‘Canadian TV First' Campaign Uses U.S. Footage: Report

Commented Apr 24, 2013 at 15:01:52 in Canada Business

“My impression is that the PM got this idea from a meeting he had with Rupert Murdock. So Kory, fresh from Director of Communications in the PM's office, gets Steve to talk to Pierre Paladeau, president and CEO of Quebec Corp., to put together a cable news channel modeled after FOX News because there is a demand for that type of political spin in Canada. So Pierre, PQ's number one neocon and top conservative obliges, thinking that they will be able to use the same kind of tactics as Fox to win over viewers and to put the Harper message out there dressed up as "news". All the while they are espousing the virtues of free market, free enterprise and all other forms of neo-conservative blather. Looks like the experiment didn't work out so well, and typical of capitalists, they now want to socialize their losses. My view is that the parent company Quebec Corp., is a very profitable company and already subsidized by taxpayers, is quite capable of bankrolling SUN News. Let the shareholders pay for SUN - not the taxpayer, and not the cable subscriber who has zero interest in watching SUN. We should all understand that this move has been a part of the SUN strategy all along because there was zero business case for the channel from the start.”

LNWells on Apr 24, 2013 at 16:50:16

“Beautiful!.”
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Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Newtown, Connecticut Administrators, Students Among Victims, Reports Say

Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 19:33:33 in Crime

“This is America's real war - against itself. More civilians die each year from guns (accidental and homicide) than each year from armed conflict since the end of the Korean War. Since the early 1970's 8000 - 14,000 Americans die each year from homicide and many more if you include accidental deaths from guns. Today's other headline is from China where a knife wielding man injured 22 school children and that's the difference for all you gun lovers who insist people will resort to other means if they aren't packin' heat. When is America going to grow up and become a civilized country? Gun-related death rates in the United States are eight times higher than they are in countries that are economically and politically similar to it. The difference is not gun ownership, but gun laws. In fact the best armed civilians in the world are the Swiss and their murder rate is incredibly low. Higher rates of gun related homicide are only found in developing countries and those with political instability. Guns are the antithesis to liberty and why Americans can't understand that is because in America, liberty is something said, not something done.”
Generation Y And Religion: As Church Attendance Falls, Young Believers Ponder The Future Of Faith

Generation Y And Religion: As Church Attendance Falls, Young Believers Ponder The Future Of Faith

Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 14:55:11 in Canada

“It is the greatest hoax perpetrated on men by man. Fear is a powerful weapon, especially against the uneducated, or the believers. And there is no middle ground. The younger generation have had the opportunity to watch enormous advancements in science in a few short years. With advanced telescopes and particle colliders we witness advances from the micro to the macro as never before, and barely imagined. They look at the state of the world and look at the core problems in most crises around the world and that's where they see religion, fighting amongst themselves.”

fallyn fleur on Dec 10, 2012 at 15:04:00

“The younger generation also has alot more access to information, courtesy of the internet. With the emphasis on critical thinking within the school system (thank god for that) they will be so much smarter and wiser to the hypocrisy of "organized religion".”
Generation Y And Religion: As Church Attendance Falls, Young Believers Ponder The Future Of Faith

Generation Y And Religion: As Church Attendance Falls, Young Believers Ponder The Future Of Faith

Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 14:54:52 in Canada

“Human beings are so incredibly egocentric. It's all about us. Our physical existence within the vastness of the Universe is so infinitesimal that were the lifetime of Universe one year, human existence would be like lighting a match sometime in June. To think that there was a "Creator" who built this just for us, well I think there's a better probability of finding other life in the Universe than a creator. However I also know the feeling of spirituality - walking in an old growth forest, watching the sun rise or set from a mountain top, the majesty of a large carnivore in the wild, the colour and life of a coral reef, looking into the night sky through a telescope on a dark clear night. But whereas some people think about a religious experience, others think about the wonderment. We think about the wonderment of this place, this world, the Universe and the forces that are ongoing, and present all around us. From the particles that make up atoms to the materials of stars and galaxies the Universe is constantly changing and evolving but most of it in a time line we cannot fathom. Religions generally seek to control that feeling, and what better way than to guarantee a believer with immortality in a perfect place, or with a bunch of virgins or whatever.”
Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources

Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources

Commented Dec 5, 2012 at 18:30:05 in Politics

“Take your head out of the bong Charlie”
Paul Krugman: Republicans To Throw 'One Long Tantrum'

Paul Krugman: Republicans To Throw 'One Long Tantrum'

Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 12:39:50 in Business

“2010 the US budget was $3,456 billion broken down as; Medicare/Medicade 23%, Department of Defence 20%, Social Securituy 20%, Discretionary 19%, Other Programs 12% and Interest 6%”

megwright on Dec 3, 2012 at 12:52:33

“And SS is entirely self-funded through a dedicated revenue stream, so it doesn't add to the debt. Medicare is partially self-funded. Anyone adding those to the debt as if they come out of general funds is basically dishonest and has an unterior motive.”
Sarah Palin On Obama Victory: 'It's A Perplexing Time For Many Of Us Right Now' (VIDEO)

Sarah Palin On Obama Victory: 'It's A Perplexing Time For Many Of Us Right Now' (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 8, 2012 at 13:13:15 in Politics

“No Sarah - I think you've been perplexed for some time now.”
Paul Krugman: Obama Reelection A Victory For The 'Real America'

Paul Krugman: Obama Reelection A Victory For The 'Real America'

Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 16:43:56 in Business

“No not really - notwithstanding what you've been told to believe, there are no aspects of America that approach socialism. Relative to America, socialist countries have health care for all citizens (the US is getting there), low crime rates, strict gun laws, higher average incomes, higher levels of education worldwide, higher income taxes, no capital punishment, low incarceration rates, long living and relatively happy populations. Americans should travel outside America more.”
Kerry Jang Called 'Banana' In Vancouver Shark Fin Fight By David Chung

Kerry Jang Called 'Banana' In Vancouver Shark Fin Fight By David Chung

Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 12:45:56 in Canada British Columbia

“This makes my blood boil. Look around you David - you left the old country for a new one and in this one - Canada - we can question the efficacy of practices like this. It is one reason why so many people want to come to Canada, and it is a country built by immigrants. That doesn't mean that Canada accepts all practices from all cultures. Not too long ago your culture bound women's feet. That was not acceptable in Canada. Marine biologists and ecologists are telling us that slaughtering millions of sharks for their fins each year is doing irreparable harm to population cycles in the world's oceans. Just because you immigrate to a country like Canada, which per capita accepts more immigrants that just about anywhere, doesn't mean that Canadian culture must adapt to barbaric practices of your culture. Park it at the door before you enter and Canadians will welcome you with open arms. Try and force a reprehensible aspect of your culture on Canada and expect push back. Just do the right thing here. Swallow your pride, and start advocating for the elimination of the needless slaughter of sharks.”

olssy on Nov 5, 2012 at 13:25:04

“Read the article again, he(Chung) is only for serving shark fins gotten from humane fisheries. Still sounds disgusting to me but so is most of the meat industry. That said, the guy has no sympathy from me for trying to use racist slurs to push his point.”

novabird on Nov 5, 2012 at 13:14:20

“very well stated!!”
World's Most Prosperous Country 2012 Is..

World's Most Prosperous Country 2012 Is..

Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 13:48:13 in World

“In terms of French culture how about the province of Quebec where French is the common language with a population of 10 million. In terms of poverty, racism, murder rate and corruption, well there's no place in Canada that's like New Orleans.”
World's Most Prosperous Country 2012 Is..

World's Most Prosperous Country 2012 Is..

Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 13:16:10 in World

“No - it appears that Norway is smarter than that. To start with they have a very high royalty rate, and a major portion of their oil wealth is diverted into a heritage type fund that is for future generations, not the next fiscal quarter. Second, they have one of the best education systems in the world and consequently have one of the most highly educated populations in the world. Using just about any metric that you can measure a society with (crime rate, infant mortality, life expectancy, average income etc.) Norway comes out ahead of the pack. Interestingly, Sweden, which does not have Norway's oil resources but a similar system of governance and sense of social responsibility also measures very high. In all of the countries in the top 10 list there is a willingness of citizens to pay higher taxes to attain the type of society they live in. Personally, and I hate to generalize here, I think many Americans are sold on the notion that life has to be every person for themselves - the Randian world view. Americans appear to have forgotten that America's greatness came from putting differences aside and working together to solve problems. And the so called "American Dream" well money can buy you just about anything, but you can't buy true freedom and you can't buy happiness.”

The joint chief on Nov 4, 2012 at 14:24:59

“And there are only 5 million people in the whole country. My time living there was an experience, just talk to the locals for a different story.”
World's Most Prosperous Country 2012 Is..

World's Most Prosperous Country 2012 Is..

Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 15:07:15 in World

“Look at all those 'socialist' European countries, and Canada. Policies all in the top 10 have in common are, a public component to their health care systems, gun control laws, low crime rates, no capital punishment, hate laws and long living, way up on the happy meter citizens. Now that exceptional. Government for people, then property, not the other way around like the US has devolved to.”

WoodyCPM on Nov 3, 2012 at 15:56:14

“The ability of the wealthy ruling class in America to scare the American people out of their wealth has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. We're an easily intimidated lot.”
News Outlets Held Back Detail Of Benghazi Attack At CIA's Request

News Outlets Held Back Detail Of Benghazi Attack At CIA's Request

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 18:33:52 in Media

“If they think they can score a few political points, the GOP have no problem outing the CIA and endangering their operatives. Remember Sandra Plame?”

boberrigan on Nov 2, 2012 at 21:31:10

“Valerie Plame's name was given to the media by our own Vice President Cheney.....working through his operatives, Scooter Libby and Karl Rove. They should all be behind bars.”

mappy3 on Nov 2, 2012 at 19:43:16

“Valerie Plame and totally agree with you!”

TheyCallMeLtKelso on Nov 2, 2012 at 19:22:32

“Valerie Plame?”

dgrich on Nov 2, 2012 at 19:05:34

“Will someone tell me how you can out murdered CIA contractors?”
70% Americans Doubt Scientology Is Real Religion According To Poll

70% Americans Doubt Scientology Is Real Religion According To Poll

Commented Oct 2, 2012 at 18:41:36 in Religion

“true religion - oxymoron if I ever heard one
“In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”
"Zeal and sincerity can carry a new religion further than any other missionary except fire and sword." Samuel Clemens”
Science & God: Will Biology, Astronomy, Physics Rule Out Existence Of Deity?

Science & God: Will Biology, Astronomy, Physics Rule Out Existence Of Deity?

Commented Sep 19, 2012 at 13:56:55 in Science

“Science can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God, but religion is toast.”
Pat Robertson, Televangelist, Encourages Man To Become Muslim So He Can Beat His Wife

Pat Robertson, Televangelist, Encourages Man To Become Muslim So He Can Beat His Wife

Commented Sep 11, 2012 at 14:30:20 in Religion

“If I were a Christian, looking at Pat Robertson would be looking at the Devil Himself. He is truly a sick man.”
Kentucky Evolution Fight: GOP Lawmakers Upset State Exams Test Students On 'Made Up' Theory

Kentucky Evolution Fight: GOP Lawmakers Upset State Exams Test Students On 'Made Up' Theory

Commented Aug 19, 2012 at 14:04:31 in Politics

“Science's greatest attribute is that it continually tries to disprove itself.”

yakmeat on Aug 19, 2012 at 15:40:31

“Bingo. Creationism's greatest flaw is that it starts with the answer and then tries to make all the questions arrive at it.”
Gun Control After Wisconsin Shooting: 'Everyone Looks At The United States As Uncivilized'

Gun Control After Wisconsin Shooting: 'Everyone Looks At The United States As Uncivilized'

Commented Aug 8, 2012 at 18:44:34 in Politics

“"America has gone from barbarism to decadence without going through civilization" - Oscar Wilde
The first, most basic premise that should be used to define a "modern, civilized" country is whether or not that country offers it's citizens equal access to basic health care. America, rather than offer health care to it's citizens, offers equal access to guns.”

chinapaige on Aug 8, 2012 at 19:01:15

“Yes, why give Americans access to birth control when you can just give them guns instead? Talk about a barbaric way to keep the population in check.”

DoctorFurberger on Aug 8, 2012 at 19:00:10

“Other countries offer crappy HC to their citizens you might want to take that in to consideration as well, also its not like the feds are handing out guns for free(unless you count fast and furious) you have to pay for them just like you need to pay for HC.”

Steve Doll on Aug 8, 2012 at 18:56:23

“...and yet when we invade a country and they form a new government, universal healthcare is something we always demand that they implement.”
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