Thursday, 12 October 2017

What make the health insurance market sacrosanct?  
Why can't people buy auto insurance across state lines that cost less?

Tonight's live music acts will be mostly male-only. What's holding women back?
absolutely outrageous!  
People should be required to listen to woman musicians whether they want to or not.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Unilever Apologizes for Dove Ad
Look, I am really busy today, so if you could just go and offend yourself, it would really help me out.

EPA to Withdraw Power Plant Rules
What? You think some guys in the power industry will use plants they know are polluting?
Nah, The people who run our power plants have more integrity than that!
They would never pollute just to make a buck, would they

Can’t be bothered to make stock? Here are the ways to keep cooking simple
Of course, she''s right.. Life is to short to do anything of real value.
As Calvin said to Hobbes: "Microwave for 3 and a half minutes, who's got that sort of time."

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Senate Republicans Signal Support for ‘Dreamers,’ With Conditions
"Immigrant activists oppose that, with Dreamer groups saying they don’t want legalization if it puts their parents into greater jeopardy."
     Tough!  This is about you and the unenviable position your parents have put you in.  We do not want to protect people who think they should not have to obey our laws.  We are happy to have them in greater jeopardy of being required to obey our laws.

House Republicans Say Legislation on Gun Silencers Unlikely to Move Ahead 
I can't believe it! Certainly everyone knows that a silenced weapon is only for protection?
Why would Congress not want us to be protected as our 2nd amendment rights say we should?
If you have a permit to carry, only a silencer can let you get away from law enforcement.
         Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday: “The investigation has not even been completed, and I think it’s premature to be discussing legislative solutions, if there are any.”
Why would we want to ban bump-stocks: we want people to be able to shoot more rapidly.   It helps them hunting, since they couldn't hit anything with just 5 single shots.  It is premature to discuss anything that curtails our ability to have a face-off with police officers

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Las Vegas - Lange's thought for the day
      Could we please have a moratorium on all of those tweeting or posting that “if the crowd at Las Vegas had been armed, there would have been fewer killed.”
       I’d also like a moratorium on posts that say “guns are for protection” and other silly memes.    Our right to bear arms has to do with the desire to talk a big game and look cool.  Full  stop.   Nothing particularly wrong with that, as long as you know that is what it is.  I get pretty disgusted with people who pretend that it is something else.
     Only in America does the right to bear arms have special provisions to make sure that nut cases can get guns.  This includes the right to assault rifles with 30 round magazine, for the guys and girls who couldn’t hit a barn from the inside with only 5 shots, and the right to Teflon rounds that can kill our police officers.

US is NOT the most taxed country in the world.
    You started this chain by saying the US has the highest tax in the world.  It doesn’t, not by a long shot.  Many more people live with higher tax burdens than we do.   Nor are the rates of tax historically high in America.  America’s had far higher taxes in its years of maximum prosperity (50s-70s).
     All of this whining about taxes has to do with the idle rich wanting to amass a larger shares of the national wealth.   I can guarantee you that there will be a bust following the Trump  boom, due to his borrowing money to fund his deficits.   Let’s hope it is not as large as the last one that Bush Jr saddled us with.    

Government Tax Take as a percent of GDP, just to mention OECD countries: All of Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, France Germany; Spain, Portugal and Greece. I could add in Cyprus, Slovenia, Swaziland, Canada, Australia, Botswana, Malta, etc. All of these countries take far more than we do in federal, state and local taxes.
    Taxes per capita in the United States totalled $13,482, ranking 16th out of 29 countries for which data were available for 2013. The five with the highest per-capita amounts were Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, with amounts ranging from $23,000 to $48,000.
     We do have a top corporate of 35%, which the Republicans are about to sensibly reduce to 20%, but the devil will be in the detail. (How many of the deductions, which make Americas effective corporate tax rate about 19%, will go?)

They will also, in a sop to their betters, give the wealthy a mighty tax break, funded by borrowing from the Chinese. Still, that’s understandable, since almost all of Congress are wealthy and DJT has said: look out for your own self.

Tax rates as percent of GDP

Monday, 2 October 2017

This Lawyer Works Pro Bono To Help Undocumented Families
Good for him. Why should undocumented people have to obey our laws. 
They should only obey those laws they don't find inconvenient. Makes for a good citizen.

Trump Administration Officials Defend GOP Tax Plan
The middle class could use a break, but repealing inheritance tax and the alternative minimum tax will not give them that break, it will ONLY benefit the rich.

17 Things never to say to a veggie
Why not eat naturally.
Maybe they ought to move back there.

Why not eat naturally.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Other than the Estate Tax and the Alternative minimum Tax, which are designed for Trump's fortune. and will benefit only the wealthy.   Still, in the best democracy that money can buy, you have to have something to placate your donors

Sexism has no place in British culture and these students knew they were violating local cultural values.   I trust there will be a fine?
London School of Economics concedes annual event is ‘likely to fall foul of the Equality Act'
Sexism has no place in British culture.  These students knew they were violating local cultural values and breaking the law. I trust there will be a fine?

Labour MP Emma Dent Coad Launches Fresh Attack On Royal Family And Says Grenfell Survivors Have Been ‘Abandoned
Yes, they have, mostly by you. You were a K&C councillor since 2004; why didn't you do something for them? You were a member of the board for TMO (who had responsibility for Grendfell Towers); why didn't you do something for them? You are currently the Parliamentarian for Grendfell Towers; why don't you do something for them? (And taking both Councilor and Parliamentary salaries, so it hasn't hurt you much.)
    Why do you think that swiping at Royals will get anything done for Grendfell Towers? 
    Or do you just want the publicity?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Trump outlines plans for massive tax cuts as he seeks to revive stalled legislative agenda
20% for business is good, as is no deductions for state and local income tax.  Estate and Alternate Minimum Tax is just borrowing money to give the rich a tax break  - all unearned

Disabled people have to apply for 60% more jobs than non-disabled people before finding one
That sounds about right - what I would expect to happen.
 Hard for the disabled, but at least they know it and can take plans to deal with it.

Trump ‘Not Happy’ With Tom Price As House Opens Probe Into Private Plane Travel
Drain the Swamp
Tom Price pent $400,000 on private planes since May, Scoot Pruitt has taken 10 trips to his home in three months, Mnuchin asked the tax peyer to fund his honeymoon and Trump has spent more in one year than Obama did in eigh

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Bombardier Slapped With 219% Duty After Complaint From Boeing
I hope that Trudeau will make good his threat to cancel all deals with Boeing. Does Canada really need these F18s that are the subject US state subsidies. We could also hope that Air Canada and British Airways cancel their orders for 25 Boeing that have not yet been delivered.

Euthanasia a choice for people with disability? It's a threat to our lives
Absolutely. No one should be able to decide when to die. People should be required to live life to the end regardless of how unpleasant.

Labour MP Dent Coad Hits Out At The Sun Over Coverage Of Anti-Royal Family Remarks 
Cheap and inaccurate remarks by a person who hasn't done much for anybody, other than getting some kudos for being on the right side of the Grendfell Towers disaster.       Even then it was more PR than action: she was a Kensington and Chelsea councilor since 2004, on the board of K&C's TMO (who had authority for Grendfell Towers) since May 2014 and holds a degree in Architecture, so one wonder why she didn't do anything then. 
     She is supposed to be a member of the Kensington Council, but we have seen her do much there either.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Seahawks, Titans, Steelers stay in locker rooms during national anthem as more players protest
People have said that the athletes who are protesting do not respect being Americans, but I think they do.
They think being an American means they do not have to be conformist, to do what everybody else does.
They like the American ideal that no one can tell person what to do, unless it interferes with another’s right.

So tell me: How are these athletes interfering with someone’s else’s right?

Jared Kushner Used Private Email Account To Conduct White House Business
You guys just don't understand: IARIYAR
(Its all right if you are republican)

Labour Promises To Cap Credit Card Fees For Three Million People ‘Trapped’ By Debt
To right! We don't want people to pay what they owe. Poor people, especially Labour supporters, should be able to get away with only paying some of what they owe.

Plight of the Waspi women: Labour calls for women's retirement age to be lowered to 64
Absolutely. We should have laws based on sexism. Women should have the right to retire before men because....... Well, just because.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Lange's Rant of the dayWhy do so many black people dishonor the national anthem of a nation that provides them such an opportunity to make humongous amounts of money?   Why don't the owners of NFL franchises who pay these players have rules of conduct against acts of this nature?  
      It is questionable, David, as to why people who make this amount of money can make a sign of disrespect to the flag that has protected them.  Perhaps they think that is hasn’t protected them as well as it has some others.  Perhaps they have been stopped for DWB (driving while black) or perhaps their son has been exposed to racism in school or in their daughter to racism in the supermarket.
        Fortunately, we have a lot of people who fought and died to give us the freedom to stand or not stand: no one can force an American to do something just because other people want him to do it.   The reason that the code of conduct of the NFL teams doesn’t specify that free speech is prohibited is because it would be unconstitutional.
      Unless you want a dictatorship that says American’s will do this when told to and do that when told to, I think you’ll just have to live with it.

Sorry!  How will you enforce this: if you tell them there is a post of their web-site, they will remove it immediately.   The only way that they can do this is if you wish them to read every post and become a censor.   What will your criteria be - given that you cannot have a law that does not define what is unacceptable.
    I guess that this also applies to the post office, so that all our mail is read?'
    Is this the reason that Facebook deleted Rohingya sites?

Mental Health Patients Are Victims Of Postcode Lottery, Says Labour MP
This is outrageous! Why can't the NHS just give us all the metal and physical health services that we need, regardless of cost. Our children and grandchildern will be able to pay the bill for our current lifestyle - and if they can't, someone else will have to pay.
Nonsense. As one of Germany shining example of feminism, she should just get on with her job. Let others worry about how "to help feminism go mainstream."
Nonsense.   As one of Germany shining example of feminism, she should just get on with her job.  Let others worry about how "to help feminism go mainstream."

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Rochdale Grooming Scandal Whistleblower Defends Sarah Champion And Slams Austerity
She does not have it right: we DO want to shut down people for what they are saying.
     There are topics that are not to be debated, particularly if there is a chance that some of the arguments can be called racist. If is forbidden in Britain to suggest that a problem with a group of people can have something to do with their race. They only racial statements that can be uttered are that a group has it hard because of their race; nothing else.
Gosh. That will sure help.

Tweeters School Donald Trump Over Tom Cruise ‘Top Gun’ Speech Gaffe
Odd!  It wasn't a gaffe. I hold no brief for Mr Trump. but do these tweeters speak English?
Trump said the Air Force was better looking and could fight & fly better, so what difference would it make that Cruise played a Navy f*ck.   Okay, it may piss off some Navy f*cks, but that wasn't his audience.

London bombing shows danger of Islamification in Britain and Europe. Is the US next?
Crap! Irish have been blowing us up for years in Britain. These Muslims are pikers, compared to the Christians.

Friday, 15 September 2017

This guy is objecting that a traitor is given a role at Harvard. Traitors have to make a living too. 
Just because Manning doesn't care about the damage he caused to America is no reason to deny him a chance to profit from it.

Chuck Schumer caught saying Donald Trump 'likes us' in private conversation
Oh no! A politician saying that someone from the other side "likes us - or like me anyway". 
Isn't this treason! How can we know who to hate if politicians are going to start being civil?

9 arrested in Berkeley protests relating to speech by Conservative Ben ShapiroWait a minute. I though Shapiro was a conservative!
Why would he object to people carrying guns at his speech?
Doesn't he stand for our second amendment rights?
Oh no! A politician saying that someone from the other side "like us - or like me anyway".  Isn't this treason! How can we know who to hate if are going to start being civil?

Twitter Calls Out Museum Curator For Saying Asian Names Are ‘Confusing’
What a racist thing to say: they should have labels that reveal all 17 names of a god. 
The object is not to be understandable, nor to be non-boring; it is to be non-racist.

Grenfell Inquiry Chair Sir Accused Of ‘Disrespecting’ Survivors By Ignoring Question
The guys are reading too much into Moor-Bick inquiry, which is only to answer a specific set of question. However, I do see their point: they want to have a a hearing that lasts for 5 years and doesn't get to any answers but does allow them to air their grievances. It's disrespectful not to give them their desire

America’s vitriol towards Clinton reveals a nation mired in misogyny
Actually, no.  People did not like Clinton, but the Dems ran her anyway.   
It had nothing to do with misogynist; they just don't like her.  
"...what they really mean is she needs to shut up..." because we are tired of hearing her whine.
        Why do I have the suspicion that EVERYTHING this author touches shows America (or England) mired in misogyny .

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Universal Credit: Increasing Numbers Of Tenants Falling Behind With Rent
Gosh! You mean some people can't budget and some think the landlord comes in last place in terms of people to pay? Whodda thunk it?

Hillary Clinton's Book Dissects Her Defeat In 2016 Election
As usual, it is always someone else's fault.

Canada Marijuana Legalization: Police Services Ask Feds To Postpone July 2018 Start Date
Well of course they do. After all, not arresting people is a big change, plus they are telling us that they did not have a way to testing for sobriety, although 10% of Canadians drove high.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Happy birthday, Scottish parliament. You’ve given us independence of mindWhich is far better than actually having to pay for it.
As long as we keep getting subsidies to remain in the UK, we'll be with you.
As Colin Powell said about the French "The Scots will always be there whenever they need us."

This Is How Migrants Are Rescued By NGOs In The Mediterranean"
On The Front Line Of Europe's Biggest Humanitarian Crisis" was the lead-in headline.
It is NOT Europe's Biggest Humanitarian crisis, it is North Africa and the Middle-East biggest crisis. 
Saying that it is Europe's is simply shielding the people who are causing the crisis.

E-cigarettes containing nicotine linked to raised heart attack risk
What is the risk of heart attack in Smokers?  Is the risk less than "Nicotine Device" users?