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Neal Rovick

St Anthony, MN
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Posted on 04/23/14 at 01:02 pm in response to U.S. middle class wealth no longer richest in the world

Those crazy Canucks...

Higher minimum wages, health care for all, higher immigration rates AND higher incomes for the middle class.

House of cards--it'll never work...

Posted on 04/24/14 at 08:07 am in response to U.S. middle class wealth no longer richest in the world

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“With more than 8 in 10 Canadians supporting public solutions to make public health care stronger, there is compelling evidence that Canadians across all demographics would prefer a public over a for-profit health care system,” said Nik Nanos, president of Nanos Research....

...Meanwhile, Canada’s government just released a report titled “Healthy Canadians — A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2008.” Its findings almost identically mirror the CHC polling...

Posted on 04/24/14 at 08:16 am in response to U.S. middle class wealth no longer richest in the world

Perhaps Canada has made the discovery that if they have a big military-industrial complex, every problem will look like it can be solved with a war.

Posted on 04/22/14 at 10:26 am in response to Sweeping global survey registers progress, and declines, on environment

Oddly enough, we are doing better on things that make our life better--which are not necessarily the things that are needed to make human life more sustainable.

Posted on 04/22/14 at 09:21 pm in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

It's the age-old conflict of neighbors--you feel you should be able to live the way you want and you also want your neighbors to live the way YOU want, not the way they want to.

You may temporarily own or rent a parcel of land--but it's definitely not yours for all eternity. Two weeks or two months or two years from now, for what ever whim strikes you, you may want to sell and move. That's your right also.

But in the end, uses conforming to zoning rules and regulations are...

Earth Day should be renamed Human Day.

The fact is that the earth will be around a lot longer than humanity, if we continue on the path we are on. The earth has been through quite a few changes, and for most of its "life" has not been hospitable to human life. The earth is being shoved to another point in its evolution where the relatively green and easy life for humanity will not be present.

A few thousand years after the last industrial age human is gone the earth will...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 11:16 am in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

So how did that "limited government" and "federalism" work out in Alabama for her family in the pre-Civil Rights Act era?

And how does that square with her comments?

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"Let me ask you, though, today, when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education -– can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from, it matters where you are going?

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Posted on 04/18/14 at 12:20 pm in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

The Bush administration gave a big "get out of jail free" to every government around the world that has a "crisis" that requires "extraordinary methods" to deal with those "threats".

911 was an evil act, but in the scale of the US population and economy it was a bee sting.

The changes wrought in this country are far more significant in scale and were long-term damaging to laws, reputation, prestige and power of the US.

And the legalizing of torture is a big part of that...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 08:41 pm in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

She verbally agreed to allow the methods to be used on Abu Zubaydah, an al-Qaeda suspect, in July 2002, a Senate report has revealed.
Miss Rice's role was outlined in a narrative released by the Senate Intelligence Committee as the controversy over alleged torture by the CIA continued to rage....

....The new timeline suggests Miss Rice played a more significant role than she acknowledged in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee submitted in the autumn.......

Posted on 04/19/14 at 08:29 pm in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

Precedence....

Gosh, I wonder who set up the "legal" and practical precedent for all of Obummer's violations?

And I wonder which party has been after him as being weak if he seems to be unwilling to continue those violations?

And, I seem to remember some recent non-war in a country that didn't attack us where hundreds of thousands of civilians died through our actions.

But hey, we're all getting older and not remembering as well.