“I wrote similarly below to another member. My father lost one of his best friends because of an overheated argument
involving money and a shotgun shell to the face. A new criminal was
created, and a life lost. Guns can create criminals instantly, with the pull of a trigger and emotion (over money, or other high-stakes, usually).
Although, you are talking about white collar crime with the malpractice stats, and those numbers are astonishing I can't deny. It looks like if you have enough money, you can get away with more crime, looking at your numbers. Also, some publishers of stats can/should no longer be trusted since they are done now with a direct correlation to business/profit needs.
But, the 2 are dissimilar and gun violence could be curbed substantially if "the right to bear arms" was revisited. I understood that rule was established because there was the threat of a real invasion or raiding parties in war-time and automatic weapons did not exist. I mean, if you consider todays gangs (who, as American citizens, under your flag have the right to bear arms(?)) as the equivalent to "raiding parties", I can see the link, then I am confounded because at that point you open up the infinite loop debates.
Finally, I sleep better knowing most of my fellow citizens trust each other enough, despite being rich, poor, unstable, unhealthy, healthy, etc. not to have a "gun under the pillow" so to speak. You guys could stand to trust and”
My father lost one of his best friends because of an overheated argument involving money and a shotgun shell to the face. A new criminal was created, and a life lost. That is Canada...multiply that by the American population and you will see the amount of senseless death that occurs because firearms were easily accessible. From what I understand (correct me if I am wrong) retail stores can sell firearms, and automatic weapons are available from local gunshop specialists...and that's not even addressing the volume of guns in the criminal underworld.
I completely support some of the American Dream to be free, prosperous and so on...unfortunately, the gun thing is really, really messing it up and self defense should be left to professionals (no, I don't mean criminals). By letting "everyone bear arms" you create a culture on edge.
Finally, I understand many Americans are Christian. One of the main messages is: "Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword" - the wisdom in that one line is pretty indisputable. Why would you want your whole nation to live like that?...I don't call that "Home Sweet Home". by any stretch.”
terriskidmore81 on Feb 20, 2013 at 21:00:40
“Sorry, but I've witnessed adults in heated arguments many times but no one ended up dead. Someone has serious mental issues if they would shoot someone they are mad at or disagree with. We have no issues with guns held by lawful citizens. Our problems are with the illegal guns that the criminals carry, which are mostly by blacks. They are slaughtering each other by the thousands every year. The perpetrate most all of the violent crime as well. They are emboldened by this "president" we have. The lawful and decent citizenry are much safer because we are able to bear arms. We stop many, many murders, robberies and other violent crimes because we are armed instead of victims. Most criminals are cowards and don't want to take a chance of trying to mess with armed citizens.
The reason so many people of every ethnic group want to come to the US because I believe we are the greatest country on earth...that is, until obama.
We have born arms for centuries and been better for it. We've never been a culture on edge. The current president is a usurper and a muslim brotherhood plant and does not represent the US. He's a shame and a liar so anything he says you can take to the bank as deceptive.
We DO NOT live by the Scripture you're quoting in the way you're meaning it. We are a very tolerant and forgiving bunch...too much at times. Most of us do believe that”
Feb 20, 2013 at 08:13:00
“It's because most (not all, but enough to mess it up for the rest of us) of our business leaders and our governments sell us out for an unsustainable amount of individual profit, leaving little left to go around. I have been in the work force 25 years, and this is my ultimate conclusion. While I understand the need for fiscal prudence, etc. etc., and the business owner has some right to profit more than staff, if their risk is high, but things are completely out of balance. We were doing so well in North America at one point...then cheap overseas labour seduced every short-sighted capitalist with enough momentum to shift much of our economy into a management-tier one.
No one actually "makes" enough of anything in North America itself to keep our economy strong, and there are only so many "management and up" jobs left as well, leaving little to choose from to make ends meet in a very modest, frugal fashion, which is all we have ever known, and if retirement will be the same, why not keep working? Oh, right, I forgot, seniors are of no use in the current youth-oriented economy, but that's for another rant.”
Feb 20, 2013 at 07:58:02
“It's because most of our business leaders and governments sell us out for maximum profit every chance they get...so, less wealth for us. Period. I swear it's that frikken simple, speaking from experience.”
“Media aside, and the minutiae you focused on here, the American people themselves have proven that the average citizen should not be allowed to possess a firearm. I read factual reports daily about how some American gunned another down as if it were some action movie.”
terriskidmore81 on Jan 31, 2013 at 10:04:10
“EVERYTHING YOU SAID IS BULL HOCKEY. The reports you're reading are about "obama's sons" in armpit cities like Chicago. Those are hardly average citizens, but are gang bangers carrying illegal weapons. Also, Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country. Obama's plan is to turn our entire nation into a hellhole like Chicago, where the decent lawful citizens are unarmed but the criminals are armed, as well as the rogue government. We're not going to let fools like you help make that happen.”
Candyman45 on Jan 31, 2013 at 09:26:02
“I am amazed at how many are accidentally gunned down by either the gun owner or a child of a gun owner.”
UncleArty1 on Jan 31, 2013 at 09:08:02
“and how many of those people in those reports are criminals? and your answer is to make all of us criminals? that doesn't make any sense at all. Punish the Criminals and stop treating citizens like subjects and we won't an issue. And are we really focusing on the real issues? the US is #1 in gun ownership and #28th in gun violence, in 2011 there were 12,000+homicides in the US barely 8,000 by fire arm. Yet in the same reporting year there were over a 195,000 deaths in the US as a direct result of medical malpractice, the governments response isn't better eduction or better screening of potentially bad doctors. None of that their response was to lower the monetary value of malpractice law suits”
Nov 22, 2012 at 08:58:32
“Please remember the media will sensationalize trouble to attract readers. I am not saying Gen-Y has it easy, but neither did Gen-X. Right now, it appears that the media is looking to make some news off the backs of Gen-Y's troubles, namely real estate & employment. As a Gen-Xer, a similar series of articles may have run in print back in 1997. In fact, I remember my roommate's favourite poster in 1992 was a picture of an egg, with a paper burger-joint employee hat on it with the caption: "This is your brain on today's economy".
Meanwhile, most Gen-X'ers I grew up with would have made similar comments as we see here, which cover the entire gamut - from "I like (or) have to rent with roommates" to "I am a landlord at 28yrs.old" to "I'm 33 and bought my first real estate (condo, freehold, etc)...
All this to say, on average, I do not see anything different - some markets are just out of reach and always will be. The average age of home ownership seems to be anywhere from 20 and up depending on a multitude of circumstances. In fact, we just sold our first modest, little home to a nice couple who are maybe 22yrs old - we are 40ish.”
“...which in turn sheds light on the bald-faced lies these Capitalists tell about how to run a business. ANY excuse to raise prices, and they will - ANY. The Oil Speculator model works for anything that is in mass production - even Pizza!
hmmm...I make a good pizza now that I think of it.”
“If I remember correctly, here in Ontario it became "legal" that women could go topless whenever they wish...for everything Ontario suffers from, at least Moira would be at home. Is it actually illegal in the States?
True, at face value, there are more serious issues in the world but Moira is more concerned with fighting double standards and hypocrisy - as common as these social flaws are they are serious and should not go unchallenged.”
NC Gal on Jul 31, 2012 at 12:25:56
“It is definitely legal in the US. There is a "Go Topless" movement going on in Asheville, NC and several women went topless over the weekend at a yearly family friendly festival within the City Limits. They were not arrested but I'm sure they caused a scene. It was about 95 degrees here and many men went without shirts, so I guess it was an appropriate time to take it all off.”
Jul 26, 2012 at 11:49:53
“Cost aside, (which I am sure will be a high multiple of what it would cost in the private sector) why would they want to go from humble, stealthy, grey to this garish parade of flying hubris and conceit? Much easier to shoot down a colourful, in your face target, than a subtle one that has maybe a slightly better chance of blending into the clouds. Is that not why CF-18's are mostly grey on grey? I always thought the grey scheme was classy and camo.”
“Can you elaborate on your comment if you have a moment? It's cryptic to me, and I cannot tell if you are sincere or sarcastic. I suspect there is a much more to be understood within your 2 short sentences.
I am simply not familiar with financial markets in depth, but with a bit more detail, I might be able to profit as well...or be more vigilant.”
Sep 5, 2012 at 09:55:56
Canada British Columbia
“No sympathy from me. They are lucky to have a job. I have seen cost of living go up every year and it always outpaces any gains I make by scrimping and saving. Last %2 I saw was about 4 years ago, and I am already underpaid as it is, and in professional services.
The private sector is not the answer either.
I agree - fire them all. I would gladly do their job for what they are getting paid currently.”
tripas de leche on Sep 6, 2012 at 00:45:09
“Firing 27,000 workers at one time would create a bit of a problem in terms of keeping the province running. But if that were to happen, I'm confident the next batch of workers would come in at much lower salaries and that the folks at the top would keep the difference.”
alexg on Sep 5, 2012 at 13:41:01
“Few if any union workers have gotten any wage increase over the last 10 years, why should you be different? What type of professional are you that doesn't get a wage increase for 4 years--perhaps one that isn't represented by a union?”
Nescobar on Sep 5, 2012 at 12:30:45
“"Fire them all" Hmmm. It appears that your issue with these workers is that you feel that they are some how doing "better" than you. If you're under employed perhaps it's time for a little self reflection. Maybe the issue isn't with them making too much, but that you are making less because of a lack of marketable skills or education, and that you wouldn't really be qualified to do "their" job.”
edgermanJ on Sep 5, 2012 at 11:03:01
“You get no sympathy from me. Maybe you should have applied for one of those jobs.”
Aug 30, 2012 at 08:46:23
“PAY YOUR PEOPLE BETTER and you will get more innovation, engagement and so on. When experienced, trained professionals, tradespeople, craft workers, artisans, teachers, nurses, and so on, can barely keep a roof over their head no matter how hard they work, you will have a "malaise" that no amount of soft skill BS will remedy.
For example, we see the greed increase at the top while we work longer and harder using underhanded tactics against each other just to survive and pay the bills. Ask me to take a pay cut while I watch the CEO buy yet another multimillion dollar estate? "Dead money" swells thanks to company policies which water down every worker's ambition in their respective field to be the best, in lieu of cutting countless corners to maximize margins and profits.
I realize the above article tries to give everyone hope, but I have needed to sound off on this trend I see where it appears that consultants are being directed away from speaking about the REAL truths and problems, and instead creating these frameworks for self improvement that have no connection to improving the take home pay of millions of workers.
Detractors: Maybe I work for the wrong company or I am mismatched to the wrong industry, it appears we are living in a time where the disproportionate distribution of wealth in favor of those closest to the trough (earned or not) has reached an all new high - or low - depending on your writing”
MJinCanada on Aug 30, 2012 at 10:36:06
“You are very much not alone. I know a lot of people who have been shafted in some way. My brother quit one job in disgust when, as a manager, he was told he had to cut the hours of his most helpful and reliable employees. Why? So they'd quit to find other jobs and could be replaced by newbies at a lower wage. Would the newbies be able to perform as well as his team? No, of course not. But they'd be cheaper!
One of my sons is working in retail. He found an innovative way to display some expensive merchandise that wasn't moving and soon had sold half the stock. Store management was impressed -- but the visiting head office monkey had a snit-fit because he'd gone off "the plan." (A one-size fits nobody store planagram.) He and everyone else started with good hours and have seen their hours cut over and over -- and yet head office gets upset when areas aren't "covered." They can't do the math to see that there aren't enough warm bodies.
The current attitude in big business is that employees are nothing more than a cost on the balance sheet, that they are as interchangeable as cogs and could be replaced by machinery and trained monkeys. They think the "talent" are the guys with business degrees who know all the buzz words but actually have no clue about the business (or government department) they are managing.”
Aug 8, 2012 at 12:52:39
“After reading numerous comments, I am glad I am not alone. I am a descendant of New France as well, but due to 'whatever' over 100's of years, I am an anglophone living in Ontario. I too think the world of Quebec. Each Province should be considered a unique gem set into the crown that is Canada (sadly, we have Harper wanting to actually wear a crown...)
However, one thing that I noticed was missing: No one calling out these careerist politicians for what they are. Fakes who don't even know it. People build careers based on something, in the case of the Separatist politicians, they are looking to learn how to play politics using one of the juiciest platforms around. To me it appears that they are taking advantage of something very emotional and intangible and running with it without clearly articulating how they actually intend to successfully run with it in tangible terms.
Finally, seems like High Treason to me. I guess they are allowed to exist as a form of sensationalism in Canadian politics to keep people interested.”
janet2derek on Aug 8, 2012 at 15:25:11
“you are so correct in your assuptions and this comment section is all about separatists supporting separatists and everyone else who hates them and all you will get is but they mean well listen to them as if the rest of us are stupid. Separatists ruined Quebec and its economy last time the PQ were in power and would only do the same again.”
Alain Posteur on Aug 8, 2012 at 13:12:48
“The guy in the video was a successful and wealthy fluently trilingual investment banker in London (England). He came back to Québec and, true to his convictions, founded a sovereignty party that has virtually no chance of surpassing the Parti québecois
How in the world can that be called careerist? You have the right not to agree with his agenda, but calling him a careerist is just plain non-sense. He was making way more money before this.”
Jul 27, 2012 at 10:12:30
“This caught my eye: "There is a very prevalent hostility between the sexes, constantly reinforced by today's no-strings-attached dating game. No one has to commit. No one is responsible. Everyone is out for himself or herself. Everyone is on the defensive. So many options and no need to choose. Immediate gratification coupled with complete lack of empathy. "
This paragraph not only sums up the dating scene, but its kinda reflective of modern civic life at every level I find. Change some of the words, and it could apply to employer/employee, taxpayer/MP, customer/service provider...and so on.”
“Not so fast naysayers - 3T's...I have worked with them all in Ottawa and it is truly a well-rounded experience that always delivers. Granted, "Flare" may be lacking on the outside, but that's about conservation of creative energy, for example.”
PortlandZoo on Jul 12, 2012 at 15:45:43
“um... the last T stands for tolerance. You must be thinking of a different city - Ottawa is a chubby white paradise (the hill in particular), unless you count service workers at mickey D's, timmys, BlueLine, starbucks...”