We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Republican Party committed a great public crime when it gave the right of suffrage to the blacks. . . . So long as the Fifteenth Amendment stands, the menace of the rule of the blacks will impend, and the safeguards against it must be maintained." - The New York Times, 1900
A critique of George Bailey. What I Saw in America. Fair enough, but Scrooge-like, Dr. Pat: it misses the reason the movie brings tears to our eyes.
``The Republican Party committed a great public crime when it gave the right of suffrage to the blacks. . . . So long as the Fifteenth Amendment stands, the menace of the rule of the blacks will impend, and the safeguards against it must be maintained."
Change it to women and the NYT might have something.
"In recent years, Greenland’s ice has been melting more and flowing faster into the sea—a record amount of ice melted from the frozen mass this summer, according to recently released data—and Earth’s rising temperatures are suspected to be the main culprit."
Well, unless you're NASA:
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Unfortunately, I don't have the link to the sister article to the above video, but, like hurricane patterns, wind patterns are also cyclic and are presently in a trend that pushes the icebergs further south, hence their melting more than usual. Experts feel it'll last for another year or two, then go back to normal.
On the other hand, I like the idea of a volcano blowing its stack in the middle of Greenland. The AGW crowd wouldn't know what to think. If it were me, I'd take the initiative:
"Global warming is making the earth's crust thinner! You saw what happened to Greenland -- New York City could be next!"
On the other hand, it's just deplorable when a fine site like Maggie's Farm doesn't take the issue more seriously, as I do:
Hey, you can't blame the New York Times! Eugenics was fashionable among the better classes in 1900 and abstract equality today. They follow the trends. Eternal values smacks of fundamentalism! Fashion is the name of the game with those folks, mau mauing the flak catchers and all that good stuff. Dim wits then and dim wits now, but always in fashion along upper Broadway.
rufus- If they can pay, they pay. If they can't, you pay. Mandatory health insurance doesn't change a thing, other than forcing healthy, younger folks to get insurance they normally wouldn't think of paying for. Want to see health care costs continue to escalate? Leave it to politicians to find a way.
Regarding those corporate tax rates and increased revenue. What isn't shown on that graph is that, for the first time ever, corporate tax rates in the US are higher than the global average. They've been going down everywhere but here. The difference is really stark when compared with Asian countries. People wonder why large companies are investing overseas. That's one of the biggest reasons. It's usually not the first reason, but it often puts the decision "over the top".