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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:43 pm
 


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Degree and working in labor = wasted education.


I wouldn't say that. I'd say that people with degrees who have never done labour aren't really educated, but I know people with degrees who are far less valuable to society than people who do manual labour for a living.

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That's true. However when I graduate with a Computer Science degree it was one of the only fields that was hot. What happened to me is I specialized in software that controls machines which put me in R & D projects. Way before there was a dot.boom there was a R & D bubble of misguided projects


I'm waiting for a friend to come over and drink my beer right now who is pretty much in the same situation. He'd be about your age too, if you got a degree in '75. He does...something else now. Not sure what exactly. "Consulting". He has a decent car anyway.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:53 pm
 


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Everybody is concerned about world poverty Rev. Working from memory NGOs have twice as much money as OECD foreign aid. Claining to be more concerned is not a big help.


That NGO stat is more than a little misleading...it includes having to pay doctors, nurses, and other professionals, not to mention aid, fundraisers, and a bunch of others. Even volunteers require pizza and beer nights sometimes. It's an extension of the false premise that all aid workers should work for free.

Who is concerned, or more concerned, about what should not be the issue. The issue should be looking at the real issues. Odious debt, the environment, HIV/AIDS, ag subsidies, the action of mining and oil companies, child labour...it's a long list and runs the gamut from giving people enough food that they don't die to truly sustainable development.


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There's a list Rev. It includes ethnic cleansing as they currently have costing lives and trillions in Iraq.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 9:39 pm
 


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December 19, 2006
Richard Gwyn

"God bless us, everyone."

She, or just possibly He, may in fact have fulfilled that famous invocation made by Tiny Tim at the end of Charles Dickens's wonderful A Christmas Carol.

Or this is what may have happened if a controversial new book that's about to be published by the Washington-based Cato Institute has got it right, or has got it reasonably right.

The author is Indur Goklany, an American economist who represented the United States on the Intergovernmental Convention on Climate Change and who has written extensively on globalization and environmental issues.

Goklany's essential message in his book, The Improving State of the World, is that the world over, more people are already, or are fast becoming, more blessed than they've ever been by a considerable margin.

What I've written so far is certain to have already raised many readers' hackles.

How dare a conservative American economist tell us things are getting a whole lot better as if global warming wasn't happening, as if Africa wasn't being ravaged by AIDS, and if what's happening in Iraq wasn't an utter catastrophe.

Goklany, though, has assembled persuasive evidence that the state of the world is indeed, "improving."

Moreover, that some of the most dramatic improvements have come among the poorest people.

Some examples:


Since the 1960s, the daily food intake in poor countries has increased by 38 per cent (to 2,666 calories per person). This has happened even though the population of these countries has almost doubled, by 83 per cent.


The consequence, when combined with a 75 per cent decline in global food prices (adjusted for inflation), has been that chronic undernourishment has dropped by half, from one-third of the population of poor countries to just under one-fifth – 17 per cent.


The poor are becoming a good deal less poor than they once were. Those getting by on $1 U.S. a day have dropped from 16 per cent of the world's population in the late 1970s to 6 per cent today; those living on $2 a day have gone down from 39 per cent of the total to 18 per cent.


Life expectancy has improved dramatically. In 1900, average life expectancy the world over was 31 years; today it is 67 years.


Education is far more widely available. The global illiteracy rate has been more than halved, from 46 per cent in 1970 to 18 per cent today. One reason for this has been a sharp decline in the proportion of children working.

Goklany forecasts that, absent some future global catastrophe, we may before long be living in a world where "hunger and malnutrition have been virtually vanquished; where malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS and other infectious and parasitic diseases are distant memories; and where humanity meets its needs while ceding land and water back to the rest of nature."

Goklany isn't the first to say this kind of thing, although his evidence is the most comprehensively assembled.

Something similar was said by Michael Cox and Richard Alm in their report, Myths of Rich and Poor, and by Stephen Moore and Julian Simon in their 2000 book, It's Getting Better All the Time.

So why does it all come as news?

Special interest groups – anti-poverty, developmental, environmental – have a vested interest in making everything seem as bad as possible, but also a genuine concern that unless they do this, people will stop helping.

The left is anti-globalization and is deeply reluctant to admit that free markets and free trade may actually do a whole lot more good for the poor (after a harsh transition) than foreign aid and government intervention.

Mostly, though, you'd have to guess the cause is human nature itself.

We only feel good when the news is bad.

We fear that if we allow ourselves to become optimistic, the step beyond that is complacency, and the step beyond is arrogance, and after that an inevitable, resounding, crash. Which of course may well be true.

So while we like to hear "God bless us all, everyone" being said – A Christmas Carol having not yet been banned along with Christmas trees – we refuse to allow ourselves to believe in it.

But maybe, She or He has been kinder to us than we deserve.

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A fine post.

So, since I've been away for a while, why did Avro get axed?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 10:00 pm
 


I think all politicians should live in subsidized housing (without the subsidy, of course).


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i used to like jack...that is until he allied himself with the fiberals..exhausted all credibility with me...but it is good he'll be stealing votes from the liberals making much less work for harper to secure a majority govt


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:37 pm
 


Jack "Big Ass" Layton has lost any credibility as far as coming up with any realistic solutions to real problems. Politicians that continually make vague statements while playing around with the facts all for pure political gains end up loosing authority on serious issues. Jack has done this time and time again... yet some still like him.


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I prefer Jack Layton to Stephen "I kiss American's ass 'cause I'm their bitch and I like it and fuck the environment anyway I'm a fuckin moron" Harper, Stephane "what the fuckI'm doing here!?" Dion and Gilles "kikoolol" Duccepte.

Layton is wise, target the social benefits and doing it while keeping some capitalist interest. He's the man.


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He's a side show. A comedy side-kick for whatever Liberal is in power.
The NDP is so far away from any real power they can piss around with the far left fringes without fear of losing votes because most of those folks don't vote anyways.
It's really a pitty because I like the moral principals but their just not serious about it.
I think they need to replace Jack.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:55 am
 


Jack is anything but a side show for the Liberals. If you watch any question period you would see him attacking the Liberals and Conservatives. He is a smart man and knows what he is doing. He is the NDP's best chance to bring social democracy to Canada and stop the capitalist Conservative and Liberals. The only problem with him (as a party insider) that he isn't a socialist but more of just a progressive.


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Jack is anything but a side show for the Liberals. If you watch any question period you would see him attacking the Liberals and Conservatives. He is a smart man and knows what he is doing. He is the NDP's best chance to bring social democracy to Canada and stop the capitalist Conservative and Liberals. The only problem with him (as a party insider) that he isn't a socialist but more of just a progressive.


Osama bin Layton is a clown that makes his policy in Fantsy Land. I still vividly remember him from the last election saying.

"Oh I defenitely think were going to form the next government"

As for him being a socialist or a proggresive, im sure he cares about people. but he cloaks essentially a radical socialist controlled economy under the cloal of 'worrying' about the middle class. Voters have seen this and gave him his due - which aint much

And do you remember the Cowichan NDP organiztion that called our soldiers "terrorists" i didnt see 'Ol Jack out there condemning them, the coward


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:41 am
 


you screwed up big time jack


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Isn't he busy drafting policy regarding Transvestite Days? His mission statement should read Bathrooms the new world order: His Hers He/she she/he and other. He's going to have all genders confused on where to pee if he follows through with his less than brilliant bathroom mandate. The guys an idiot.



ROTFL I think JaCk hit this head [bash] Angel with black wings [angel]

He should go back to Toronto and city politicals!!!!!! No!! on second SOBER thought !

Keep him there! Heard he's the Queen for the parade! He's goin to be shaking his bootie [but] ...EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!!!!


Really he doesn't belong in federal politicals. [popcorn] Sammy


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