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Open Thread - 7/8/2013

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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John Gregoire (286)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:33 am
Nice of this ever became practical

Carol H. (229)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:09 am
noted, thank you Tom

Past Member (0)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:41 am
Noted. Thanks.

Pat A. (117)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:29 am
Thanks TC

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 8, 2013, 8:17 am

I love the solar plane, and I think we are only touching on the vast future of possibilities.

Thomas lie? Well...duh.

Yes, Germany is growing but still applying austerity measures to many social programs.

Austerity and the sequester are inextricably one in the same, we are paying today and we will pay an even higher price in the future for this foolish, short-sighted, lack of future planning.

Jim Phillips (3199)
Monday July 8, 2013, 10:30 am
NY Times: Germany is going ahead and will eventually become a leader in their future plans, investments all the while USA lags further behind in investments into its own country. USA is looking more and more like a "third world Country".

Crooks and Liars: Thomas should never have been appointed and confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Daily Kos: Disagree with the Conservative policy and its interconnected axioms.

Solar Plane; An awesome feat of applied engineering.

Ty, Tom.

Deb E. (63)
Monday July 8, 2013, 10:31 am
Germany is highly taxed and they are rationed on gasoline use. They are paid better than we are, but they also appreciate those in their society who may have to work menial jobs and do not earn as much as the highly skilled worker or professional worker, because they accept and appreciate that the ones who work at menial tasks are very necessary in their society. Germany is so different from this country in so many ways. I think it is hard to compare anything about them to the U.S.

When did gambling become a respected way to make a living? When did we start looking at gambling as money "earned"? Because that is what Wall Street is. That is what having a portfolio, which only makes you money "on paper", actually is. Anyone making money by "investing" in the stock market is merely gambling on how any given business entity will do with their bottom line. And that is exactly what has driven this country over a cliff. How dare they say they "earn" their money? Most of the rich SOBs have never even had to really "work" a day in their lives. And that's why they want the retirement age raised. They haven't a clue how a body starts to fall apart by age 60 when it has actually "worked" for 45 years.

Lois Jordan (61)
Monday July 8, 2013, 3:11 pm
Germany has learned from its mistakes. Unfortunately, it seems America wants to make those same mistakes. It has become a fascist plutocratic Empire and will fall as the others have with the direction it continues to take. It seems all of us here have used our voices daily to speak truth to power, to push for positive change. We share info with others in hopes that we can head this beast off at the pass. I'll keep fighting, though, because if not, I will complicit in the downfall.
Deb (above) made an excellent comment about the gambling Wall St. group of greedy bloodsuckers. Think about the "industries" America used to have, and think about what "industries" we have now.

James Maynard (81)
Monday July 8, 2013, 3:26 pm
Thanks TC!

Teresa GarcĂ­a (39)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:21 pm
Very interesting!. Noted, of course...

Dave C. (237)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:45 pm
all very good points, thanks.

Pat B. (356)
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:44 pm
Thank you, Tom for this.

Lynn Squance (233)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:05 pm
Puzzle — 3:30 Well I certainly am not top hat! But please don't crush me as I love the colours.

NY Times — Excellent article that is spot on. The author's comparison of spending for consumption vs spending for investment hits the nail of the head! Too bad that the Congress critters, particularly Republicanus/Teabaggers, don't understand Keynesian economics . . . or don't want to understand them. They are so wrapped up in their ideological war and wanting to see Mr Obama fail, that they are willing to throw the American economy and people under the bus. Oh look, there's an elephant in the garden eating all the flowers!

Crooks and Liars — I'd like to 'redact' the fool! I didn't like him when the Anita Hill situation was exposed, and I don't like his judicial activism and in your face flaunting of the constitution. Can he not be removed for lying? Or would a full impeachment process be needed which won't happen because of Republicanus/Teabagger control of the Congress?

The Daily Kos — Excellent article. Even before reading the article, I knew where it was going. To predicate the conservative`s argument solely on merit, ignores all the variables, including plain dumb luck, that make up financial success. On the other side of the argument, these same variables can leave a financial mess which has nothing to do with where people are financially at the beginning. I rather liked the part where the wealthy were seen to lie more often to gain an advantage. That is something that I have seen during my banking career.

Myths exploded! Keep the myths coming to be exposed.

Cartoon — Very cool! I`m not sure that I am ready to be a passenger yet, but very cool!

TomCat S. (214)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:44 am
Thanks everyone!

Sue Clayton (8)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:49 am
Did the jigsaw but have to leave the rest for later.......COOL!

Lona Goudswaard (83)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:32 am
Noted. I can't say I can follow everything, but even those who are not into American politics very much, can get the gist of most articles.

Robert B. (60)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 12:12 pm
It is just disgusting how our conservative politicians can be so insensitive and shortsighted. I think we should take away their sweet 5 yr retirement deal.

TomCat S. (214)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 1:16 am
Thanks to all three of you.

Nona you try, and that's one step more than most Americans, sadly.
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