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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jan 17th 2009, 07:25 PM

Indian Muslims display a giant-sized caricature of President George W. Bush and posters of Iraqi journalist Mutadhar Al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at Bush, as they shout slogans during a protest against Israel's assaults on Gaza, in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009.
(AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)
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Posted by tuvor in Economy
Thu May 15th 2008, 09:10 AM
(The source is three years old; if anything has since changed, please post new information.)

At the Mall of America's own store, every item with an American flag on it checked by WCCO-TV was made in China.

At other stores with patriotic apparel, labels read made in China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Russia.

At Target, WCCO-TV found more than 80 pieces of patriotic clothing. Of all the items, only one T-shirt was made in the United States.

At Old Navy, WCCO-TV could not find any American-made patriotic apparel.
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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Feb 07th 2007, 02:17 AM
I have never understood how over 100,000,000 eligible American voters chose not to vote in 2000, but in the minds of many, they all get a pass and bush's selection by the Supreme Court ends up being the fault of someone who earned the trust of fewer than a measly three million voters--with no guarantee that they would have voted at all, let alone for Gore, if Nader weren't in the race in the first place.

I think apathy is the culprit.
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Posted by tuvor in Canada
Tue Jan 09th 2007, 02:55 AM
If a tree falls in the forest...will politicians hear it?

Canada's new environment minister paid a visit to wind- ravaged Stanley Park yesterday and said the devastation should serve as a "wake-up call."

John Baird chose to make Vancouver his first official stop since being appointed environment minister last week because he "just had to see the devastation first-hand."

"This just looks like an environmental war zone," said Baird as he walked along hundreds of fallen trees at Prospect Point, the area hit hardest by December's wind storms.

Earlier, during a media scrum with Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan and other politicians, Baird told media B.C.'s extreme winter weather drove home the reality of climate change.

"When you see these types of weather phenomena, climate change becomes a huge concern," said the minister, who replaced the embattled Rona Ambrose. "I think this is certainly a wake-up call."

What a fortuitous coinki-dink to have Baird replace the ineffective Ambrose, what with Canadians deeming global warming their number one concern and all.
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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Dec 30th 2006, 02:20 PM
"Saddam's heinous crimes against humanity can never be diminished, but he was our ally while he was doing it," he said Friday. "Saddam as a war trophy only deepens the catastrophe to which we are indelibly linked."
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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Nov 07th 2006, 10:08 PM
Give a pass to those who chose not to vote today!
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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed Sep 20th 2006, 03:20 PM
bush has had five long years to find him, and he hasn't delivered on his promise.

To continue to ask where he is implies that if bush produced him tomorrow, we'd be all right with that.

Well, I'M not all right with that. Half a decade is more than enough time.

He's failed.
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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Wed Sep 06th 2006, 11:51 PM
(This is not new news, but just posted today, and if you haven't heard about it, you should. Hard to know which paragraphs to excerpt. Best to read the whole thing, or listen to the mp3 provided.)

(Editor's note: On August 21 in Ottawa, the Standing Committee on International Trade heard a U.S. trade lawyer damn the proposed softwood lumber agreement as a terrible deal for Canadians. Elliot J. Feldman of Baker & Hostetler LLP argued that Canada caved at a moment of strength, given that international rulings continued to land firmly on our side. Instead, Feldman argued, this deal will kill the NAFTA process which has favoured Canada's position, and forfeit at least a billion dollars plus hundreds of millions of dollars more in interest that would have come our way had our negotiators hung tough.

Feldman, who is based in Washington, D.C., offered one more bit of startling analysis, excerpted below. The deal, he said, will funnel nearly half a billion dollars directly to George Bush's White House, creating a political "slush fund" available to the Republicans and the U.S. timber industry for waging future campaigns.)


So, here we have the government of Canada requiring that Canadian private parties sign over $450 million to an escrow fund slated to be conveyed to the White House. The agreement does not mention Congress, and the Bush administration says that Congress will not be involved in any way with this agreement. The government of Canada thus is making a gift of $450 million to be spent by the president. That was more than a belt buckle, even more than a stetson, on July 6th. There is only one date certain in the deal: that the planned expenditure of the $450 million must be determined by September 1.


Curious, that date, which traditionally is the kick-off for campaigns in the United States in election years. Yes, it's an election year, and the Republican control of Congress is considered in trouble. The entire Republican campaign war chest is less than $300 million. Canada will add to it by 150 per cent in funds to be expended for "meritorious initiatives." It does not require much imagination to foresee the strategic places where this money will be spent.


During questions following Feldman's presentation, NDP MP Peter Julian (New Westminster/Burnaby) noted the "quite a staggering revelation that the funding of $450 million would be, if I understand it, under the control of the White House; Congress would have no say and Canada would have no say as to the use of that money. And, hence, in a mid-term election year we would be giving $450 million to a massive political fund." Feldman responded:


This is in my view an historic, unprecedented, astounding intrusion into American politics. We searched all the way back to the Revolution and found nothing like it in American history. And the question that I came this morning to put is, "Will the Parliament of Canada accept responsibility for possibly tipping the balance in American politics in preserving the control of Congress by the president's party?" This softwood lumber agreement is an historic moment in part because of that proposition, and it's up to this Parliament to decide whether it will accept the responsibility. That responsibility cannot be shifted and, indeed, that money inevitably will go to shore up the electoral aspirations of the Republican party through the president -- it's not going to be touched by Congress -- it's going through an escrow fund. And these are questions that could impact American politics for generations and impact relations between Canada and the United States for generations to come. And that is entirely in the hands of this Parliament.
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Posted by tuvor in Canada
Mon Jul 17th 2006, 09:52 PM
Even if he were right, big fucking deal. It's only the current conflict--one of innumerable previous conflicts.

A significant part of the world appears to be imploding before our eyes after decades of shit from all participants that I don't pretend to understand. But I do understand that it runs very deep and very long.

The patient is bleeding to death, but Stephen knows which brand of band-aid to apply to a nasty paper cut.

Get. Off. The. Stage.
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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Jun 05th 2006, 08:46 PM
Then you must outlaw divorce.
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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Wed May 31st 2006, 10:26 PM
Percent, that is.

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Posted by tuvor in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue May 23rd 2006, 04:01 PM
Bolton: Iran regime can stay if ends arms pursuit
May 22, 2006

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that Iran's leaders could stay in power and improve their ties with Washington if they ended their pursuit of nuclear arms.


"...if (the rulers in Tehran) give up their long-standing support for terrorism and they give up their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, that their regime can stay in place and that they can have a different relationship with the United States and the rest of the world," he said.

Now, why does that ring a bell?... Oh, yeah!...

Saddam can stay if he disarms, Powell says
October 22, 2002


Mr Powell, raising the possibility that the US might not seek "regime change" as it has repeatedly promised over the past 18 months, said on Sunday that if Saddam abandoned his chemical, nuclear, and biological programs, the Government would be altered so dramatically that in effect the goal would be reached.

"We think the Iraqi people would be a lot better off with a different leader, a different regime," he said, "but the principal offence here is weapons of mass destruction ... The major issue before us is disarmament."

God damn.
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Posted by tuvor in Canada
Thu Apr 27th 2006, 09:48 PM
(Not like you didn't already know, but...)

Canada has reached a softwood lumber agreement with the United States that will "finally put an end to this conflict," Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

"I'm delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement," Harper told the House of Commons.

"This is what Canada wanted. This is what Canada got. This, colleagues, is a good deal."

Harper made the announcement of a revised agreement after an initial deal drew mixed industry reviews on both sides of the border, and criticism from the Ontario government.


"There can be no question of Canada returning to a conventional bargaining table, as the U.S. Ambassador has suggested. You donít negotiate after youíve won. The issue is compliance. And achieving full compliance should be the objective of the Prime Minister." --Stephen Harper, September 7, 2005
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Posted by tuvor in The DU Lounge
Thu Apr 13th 2006, 12:30 AM
The biggest, dumbest rock song that ever was. I likes it.
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