May 9, 2013 at 15:47:51
“You are absolutely correct. "there are the watchdogs to ensure your loyalty is with the company"...PR Firms do this for a living! However, tax payers should not be paying for the Conservative Party to keep a tab on their members. I can understand certain gov. dept. monitoring issues of importance but the conservative party should use its own funds to monitor its MPs for loyalty or staying on course.”
marstob on May 9, 2013 at 16:49:44
“On this there would be a matter of discretion. What came to mind was the difficulty of certain MPS spending and then of some scandals. To have any of that out in public domain would make it difficult and one can expect reverbationson these disclosures now.I would be most insulted if an MP even though understanding its necessity. Looking at the Senate and Senators - find it appalling of what over time - long time actually they have managed to feather their own lives at public expense. Not something any party would be proud of.”
“so the scientists have no idea as to what is on these planets because they have not been there...and yet, YOU have NO DOUBT that there may be water there as well as on other planets..and YOU believe there is life on these planets..that's your TRUTH?..”
Nov 27, 2012 at 08:48:52
“i thought the same thing when I saw his picture up top..but in his industry, he is definitely dominating and representing Canada and TO at the same time..after he wore the blue jays hat in his video, it became one of the top 5 hats sold in certain US states..n im sure his success has people take notice of other up and coming Canadian performers..so kinda does belong on the list..even though I hate "YOLO"..”
o3mta3o on Dec 10, 2012 at 16:15:09
“jim carey, celine dion and many others were at the top of their industry once upon a time. they haven't done anything world changing. this author can't separate actual innovators from man made entertainers.”
Alistair Gretchen on Nov 27, 2012 at 10:14:00
“At the very least they didn't the Biebs up there with him. Although that might just be because he's too young.”
“lol the DNA test was my first thought. But if he was already the record holder for the world's oldest dad, I am sure the agency that gave him the record (guiness?) carried out a DNA test to confirm the record.”
“Let's do a poll to see how many agree with Matt Taibbi...
and then, lets have a debate about it...
and then, lets do a poll again...and then, fact checkers from both sides will point out inaccuracies, and time for another poll...oh, and dont forget to poll the different minority groups, and the ever important undecided voters...and then a poll of polls...and then a debate, and a new poll...
and eventually an election..but not before a thousand other polls...and then a poll to discover that only 40% of the ppl voted...and then a poll to see why people didn't vote..
"Also among the 47 percent are the ultra-wealthy. According to former Ronald Reagan adviser Bruce Bartlett, writing in The New York Times, 78,000 tax filers in the U.S. have incomes between $211,000 and $533,000 and pay no federal income taxes. "Even more amazingly," Barlett writes, "there are 24,000 households with incomes of $533,000 to $2.2 million with zero income tax liability, and 3,000 tax filers with incomes above $2.2 million with the same federal income tax liability as most of those with incomes barely above the poverty level."
Barlett points out that the reason these wealthy Americans are not paying federal income taxes is not because of the earned-income or child tax credits. "One reason, undoubtedly, is that capital gains are a huge percentage of their income and they may have losses from previous years to offset any realized gains this year," he writes. "Perhaps some chose to invest all their wealth in tax-free municipal bonds."”
Sep 21, 2012 at 09:19:16
“this is hilarious!!
in many cultures, lighter skin is considered more beautiful and people always try to look "whiter". In India, the fascination with light skin stems from the caste system. The people in the lower caste did a lot of manual labour under the sun. Lighter skin was associated with wealth and power. The British ruling class, reaffirmed this notion, as they were lighter skinned. This is still represented in their media today.
So I find it extremely ironic, ridiculous, and hilarious that Mitt Romney (if true) darkened his skin to appeal to a certain class of voters. What some people will do to gain power is unbelievable!”
Alex I on Sep 21, 2012 at 10:01:04
“The same was true for obesity. It meant you got more than enough to eat, and didn't have to work physically. Fat White people. yay.”
member7313 on Sep 21, 2012 at 09:52:02
“When does Mitt bring out the watermelon and fried chicken?”
Enigma1234 on Sep 21, 2012 at 09:31:10
“Yes it is represented in media by those who run it!”
marskyblue7 on Sep 21, 2012 at 09:29:21
“yes, many old cultures do that due to their ignorance. The color of the skin doesn't give more wisdom or power. We all are the same. BTW Many white Americans and Europeans spend thousand of $$ in tanning clubs or hours at the beach...we love "golden skin", just because is pretty and sexy .. BTW Mitt looked orange =P...bad tanning session.”
“The following is my interpretation of what Ann Romney meant:
"Stop it." How dare you? You inferior low-life, government leeching, freeloaders! We are doing you a favour. "it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now." I have money, and I can be on a yacht! We don't need you to tell us what to do, you commoners. Bow down before your king!”
Sep 20, 2012 at 14:12:35
“actually, no he/she didnt.
the original comment against multiculturalism said that some cultures are superior to others. The Nazi reference in the response was to the fact that the Nazi's felt that their Aryan master race was superior, and that their culture was superior to other cultures. In no sense, was the commenter suggesting that we allow Sharia law in Canada.”
Sep 13, 2012 at 14:22:19
“lucky enough to be alive after living in Chicago for 12 years? haha..I am kidding..but I do wonder though, why everyone says that Chicago is such a great city and yet it has like 500 murders a year..Chicago, their downtown specifically, is continously brought up here as an example Toronto should follow in developing our downtown and city planning..but how is the rest of the city? I am not referring to the suburbs, but like inner city neighbourhood..what are they like in Chicago?”
AlisonCarnie on Sep 13, 2012 at 15:32:01
I moved back and am living in Grand Bend.
OK ... there are very specific neighbourhoods in which one can live. Chicago is like Calgary with the grid system ... I lived by Lincoln Park at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive (google ... it's gorgeous) ... very safe. Michigan Avenue, Saks, specifcally is 8 north (State and Lake are 0 and 0) ... I lived 31 north 3 west ...
The south side is heartbreakingly dangerous as is a great deal of the west side. There are parts of Chicago the police won't even venture into at night.
Chicago was formed by Montgomery Ward and others (again, Google) ... the lake shore from Indiana to Wisconsin is, for the most part, public land and it is stunning.
There wasn't one day in twelve years I was not in awe of the skyline ... not one day.
Just didn't want to live in a big city anymore ...
Sep 13, 2012 at 14:16:47
“Nothing against Sudbury, but I doubt we want politicians deciding where such stores should go. Two colleges, and a university? Thats one block in downtown Toronto. I doubt you live in Sudbury for the shopping or that it would make logistical sense for Nordstrom to open up a store there. It would be like Torontonians complaining about ....I donno..open space?? Yeah Queen's Park. where you @? We want open space in TO! There is an Ontario below Barrie you know..lol..
relax and enjoy your scenic views, lakes, fishing, and hunting..visit toronto for the shopping every now and then..and stop asking politicians to cater to your every need..this post makes you sound like well-not-that-well-read-or-researched..”
“I can tell you how and then will you believe in man made global warming? I highly doubt you will but here I go anyways. I will use your example to explain this to you. The goverment (ohhh scary word) sets the limits for each pollutant in the emissions trading system. This system is based on the fact that if each pollutant, pollutes at a certain level (50x in your example) then the government will meet its targetted goal of emission reductions. The trade system is created so companies are provided an incentive to pollute even less than the limit. So in your case, your company takes advantage of the trade system and product 25x and then sell its remaining 25x to the company that is polluting 75x so that company can fall below or at the limit, and not face penalties.
I would like to add that people's expectations from the Arab Spring are unrealistic. The Libyan Ambassador to Canada was on a news network yesterday and he was asked why such violence is continuing after the Arab Spring. As if, the simple act of removing dictators (who were originally backed by the West) who have oppressed their own people for decades will magically bring about a perfect democracy.
Democracy will take time. Perhaps generations. It took people centuries to realize that slave ownership should not be allowed. It took just as long to give women the right of vote, etc. In the US, the Republicans still won't vote for equal pay for women.
for people to write off the efforts of this Arab generation is premature. In today's world, we expect results right away. And its easy to forget how long it took for the Western world to get to the point it is today.
The young, educated, modern class of Arab is tired of being oppressed and they are fighting back. But they don't want foreign troops bombing their country to a rubble (Iraq) and leaving a mess.
We need to be patient with the developments in a part of the world where many people still do not have access to a basic education. The Arab Spring will not lead to a western style democracy over night. Probably won't happen in our lifetime. But there are people there fighting for rights that we enjoy.”
Sep 7, 2012 at 11:25:36
“i don't recall hearing any discussions on this topic before this decision was announced. Are you speaking to the doubt and discussion on this huffingtonpost thread? If so, then you should note that political activism is much greater in Iran than in Canada. Even if it is to no effect, it is still no different than the doubt and discussion you are referring to, since these discussions will have no impact on federal policy. Even our opposition parties at the federal level don't get much of a chance to doubt or discuss federal policies. And we call ourselves a democracy”
“While the ideals may seem conservative, most major political parties (I am in Canada btw), so Liberal & Conservatives here, and Democrats & Republicans there behave similarly when it comes to economic policies. Liberals/Democrats have been governing from the centre, and sometime even the right (Obama extending bush tax cuts; not raising corporate taxes that were cut by the Bush admin; not cutting the Defense Budget). It is true that Conservative ideology calls for even greater tax cuts, but Neoliberalism has been adopted by both sides, and thus the private sector has been assigned a bigger role with less regulation. It is now mainstream economics. Liberals these days aren't the same liberals they once were. People on the left side of the political spectrum, need to go further Left.”
But the situation is way more complicated, and it touches on so many different issues that identifying it as a "people problem" serves as an injustice. Gangsters are born out of poverty. Poverty limits a person's ability to consider the social ramifications of their actions. This is not to say that all poor people, are out there shooting up streets. But you can look at any modern city in the world, and notice a pattern that such street violence occurs in poor neighbourhoods. This leads a lot of people to blame the poor, ghetto youth for the violence plaguing their beautiful city.
We all contributing to the poverty thats in our cities. We vote in politicians whose agendas are to cut social spending, and taxes on the rich/businesses to improve the economy. When such an agenda is set, there is no hope left to tackle poverty issues. Governments always do patchworks to prevent outrage so it looks like they are concerned. Policing is also heavily used to make the rest of us feel safer. But these aren't solutions.
We are distracted by gun-issues so that we do not focus on the economic policies that create gun violence. If someone has a well paying job, is able to afford to live a decent life, have a family, a house etc. then they have no need for a gun or gun violence. You wouldn't need gun laws to fight gangs.”
DaveRhodeIsland on Aug 24, 2012 at 11:40:32
“I agree with a lot of what you say, with one major exception - the voting practices you describe call out mainly Republican/conservative ideals. I don't vote for those politicians.”
“in the US, 1 out of 4 black people do not have what would be considered a valid photo ID. The photo ID law was brought forward to disenfranchise this group. Same thing goes with the push to not let people vote on the weekend, or limit early weekend ballots to military families. As the article points out, that early voters on the weekend were disproportionately black. Both of these laws aim to limit people's ability to vote, and in both of these cases, it will be the Republican party that comes out as the winner.”
vonbek on Aug 30, 2012 at 08:16:12
“Not to mention the early voting was popular in Ohio because democratic districts never get enough machines, so there are huge lines that people making minimum wage just can't miss a day of work to stand in a line 12 hours to vote. Go look at stories about the 2000 and 2004 elections in Ohio.”
“I agree with your assumption that people generally root for people that look like them. But Sports may provide the one exception where this is not true. I am not suggesting that racism does not exist in sports, but if an athlete performs well in his/her sport, they are hailed as a hero. For the most part colour does not come into play. The whole world cheers for Usain Bolt. When Mohammad Farrah won Gold for GBR a week ago, everyone in the stadium was jumping around. The Saudi women received long standing ovations for competing in their sports even though they lost miserably. So people do cheer/root for people that do not resemble them. Sports has proven on many occassions to bridge race relations.
However, that does not mean that racism does not exist in sports or anywhere else. The comments made by these analysts were way off mark. The people may be cheering for Cousins, but his performance won him the fans not his colour. RG III is a highly touted rookie and the ownership, and coaches of his team have selected him as their QB and it is in the best interests of the franchise that he is successful. The decision to bench him for Cousins will be made due to performance, not race.”
manmythlegend on Aug 21, 2012 at 14:58:58
“Very good points made. You are absolutely right in the fact that everyone loves a winner. I just don't necessarily call it racism when (all things being equal and a fan has to choose between two new people for a job), people choose to root for the guy that looks the most like themselves. I don't think thats racism so much as transferrence. It's easier to picture yourself as that champion when the guy looks like you.
Now in my opinion, if you like a team and the guy that looks nothing like you already happens to be scoring all the touchdowns or goals, or like RG3 is touted to be one of the best, of course most wouldn't want him replaced because of race. That's racism. Where are you from if you don't mind me asking? I noticed you spell the British way; colour/color. Again, very good points.”
“I don't think most people have a problem with the 1% in general. The problem is with the fact that the system is being rigged and hijacked to benefit mainly those in the upper income brackets. For example, companies that make billions of dollars in profit, end up not paying any taxes (EXXON MOBIL). I agree with your statement that bigger risk-takers see higher rewards. But it doesn't make sense that the avg taxpayer bail out the risk takers in the financial industry. Risk taking should come with the risk of failing. However, what has happened in the financial industry is that risk takers are being saved/rewarded by bailouts. On top of that, to pay for the bailouts that help only the top 1%, goverments are imposing austerity measures to further reduce social programs. The avg person that lost their life savings, homes etc. and is now in need of these social programs, is finding that there is no help for them because the gov't is busy helping the 1%.
On top of that, tax cuts for corporations, high income earners continue to dominate the political agendas. The middle class is being punished for the failures of these risk takers you speak of.”
“oh im sorry, I didn't realize you have worked with muslims. Should've said that earlier. I would have known I was speaking to an expert. Lets use your muslim example. These muslims that you claim have hateful views, are allowed to hold those views just like the nursing student in the article is, but if they joined Al-Qaeda, then I am certain that their employment opportunities will be limited. Because Al-Qaeda is known to carry out acts of violence. See the difference? I agree with you in the sense that we should be entitled to our opinion but we are not entitled to spew hate, discriminate, join groups that encourage violence, and then expect that society accept us and respect our views. In the case of the nursing student, its simple: She would be expected to work with the same people that the Neo-Nazi group she is a part of openly hates. How can any sensible employer justify hiring her or trust her in such a position?
In regards to PETA; if they truly were involved in some sort of terrorism as you claim, it would be very easy for the government to revoke their charitable organization status. ”
“@sheri4007..u r telling someone to go educate themselves, and stop spreading more nonsense...and in the same paragraph u display ur lack of education by repeatedly pointing out thats Sikhs are not muslims "they are peacful and inclusive. THEY ARE NOT Muslims."...seems to me that you could benefit from some education as you are as ignorant and nonsensical as anyone else who uses the act of a few members of a religion, and assumes that all 1.6 billion + of them are the same..perhaps that # is too big for you to wrap your head around..”
“I disagree Susan. While she has the right to her own views, her affiliation with hate groups that promote, and whose members have carried out violent acts, should be enough for any employer to deny her a position where she will be working with the same people her group openly hates. You do not have to wait for her to act on her hate. While we all have or should have freedom of expression etc., society at large also has a freedom to be protected from someone who promotes hate.
Lets pretend just for the sake of an argument, that Al-Qaeda is not a terrorist group, but a hate group with members across the US. Then its members, who participate in the hate promoting activity of the group, take it upon themselves to kill innocent people. Now would you still want someone from this group becoming a nurse at your hospital?
I think we can even take it a step further and hold the group accountable at some level for the activities of their member. While the shooter might have acted alone, it was the group that enabled the shooter by fueling his rage, and giving him an outlet to express his hate.
If America can hand out death penalties by using drones and considering all to be in the proximity of a terrorist a terrorist, then by using that logic, the group this shooter is affiliated with can also be charged with murder.”
Susan The Libertarian on Aug 8, 2012 at 17:55:20
“So, I support the right to die movement...Dr Kevorkian killed people, and others have assisted people to die. Oh no, Im a potential murderer because of my beliefs? Thats your premise. See how illogical it is? So youd deny employment to PETA members, because that group supports animal rights terrorism? I have worked with Muslims by the way, and many DO have hateful views...I dont think employment should be denied Muslims because of the views of too many, which I find hateful.”