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SquatchâEUR(TM)s Open Thread 14/09/2015

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: jigsaw puzzle, voter suppression, inequality, Kim Davis, Tony Abbott, dancing bear )

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Personal, 4 short takes, jigsaw puzzle, and My Universe.


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Lynn Squance (235)
Monday September 14, 2015, 11:01 pm
Here it is . . . the 3rd Open Thread I've published. Today, with the help of Nameless, I mastered the hyperlink so no copy/paste into your browser. However, please right click on the link and open in another tab or you could end up losing some comments at the sight like I have done before. I'll see if I can figure out how to have it automatically open in a new tab.


Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday September 14, 2015, 11:03 pm
4:28 (4:40) Nice kitty - pretty kitty - please don't kill me today. (More later)

Past Member (0)
Monday September 14, 2015, 11:54 pm
Thank you Lynn.
Great Open Thread!

Jim Phillips (3247)
Monday September 14, 2015, 11:58 pm
Alternet: All religions are flawed as are men.


Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 12:14 am

P A (117)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 12:46 am
Thanks Lynn – sorry, away with kidney stones.

I saw on the news that Turnbull had succeeded in Australia – which I hope may be better for the environment and all living things – but Turnbull seems far cleverer and far more canny than Abbott (who was a plain dictator and who would have lost his party the next election with his domineering ways). It worries me that Turnbull may (despite the damage Abbott has done to everything) rehabilitate his party enough to win at the next election – 'greenwash', if you like. I strongly suspect that any feeling of being 'humbled' is just for show, and strictly temporary. (After typing this I have been talking to an Australian friend and she feels just the same).

Lynn, I do hope and pray that Harper loses the next election, as you say, all the Right Wingers the world over seem to feel it is fine to bend (and even break) electoral rules so that the playing field is tipped in their direction and they win regardless.

The EPI data is very scary – income inequality is getting more and more like before various upheavals in history – not anything I would like to live through.

Is there any news of TC? (Apologies if I missed something).

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 3:03 am
Thanks Lynn

Malcolm will worry the opposition more than Abbott ( I vote for the greens)

Animae C (508)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 3:41 am
Thanx Lynn

Pat B (356)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 7:15 am
EPI: I hear a lot of discord from the schools (staff), and local businesses. It's amazing that while we all need to work for our employers, the empathy for the workers is disregarded, and very callous. Very, very sad.
AlterNet: Well said, Jim, I agree!!
My Universe: Adorable!

Lynn: Yikes, a nursing home fight? Hard to believe the elderly has that much (negative) energy. People like that wear me out emotionally. Hope that you get your rest, take care. Kudos to your page. Healing prayers and good wishes to TC also. Thanks All..... for keeping on!

James Maynard (84)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 7:32 am
Great post - positive thoughts to TC!

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 7:42 am
Kudos to you, Lynn, for putting up a new Squatch Open thread even though you seem to have enough on your plate yourself. Thanks to your helpers too.

Huffington Post: You are spot on, Lynn. Conservatives will do everything in their power to keep people who are otherwise inclined from voting. We can see it happen everywhere where the voting systems allows itself to be manipulated. I won't bore anyone with the Dutch voting system again, but I'm still very happy with it because of its marginal room for manipulation, but also the conservatives haven't sunk so low yet to even try it. Geert Wilders is getting there, though.

Economic Policy Institute: The trouble with percentages is that the larger the numbers underlying a difference the smaller the difference in percents. So the CEO's will want to report their income going to worker's wages as a percentage only, because then it doesn't look so bad. When the 6.8 percentage-point decline in labor’s share of corporate income is expressed in the average amount of dollars their workers miss out on, the numbers suddenly appear as shocking as they truly are.

Alternet: Great article that in a humorous way exposes the hypocrisy of the Talibangelists. Thanks for my smile, Lynn.

Huffington Post: This coup was in the making in August, when we were in Australia, and my husband and I actually made a small wager on the who (Turnbull or Bishop) and when (now or closer to the election). There was a similar moment about a year ago when both Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop were attacking Abbott from all sides, but at the last moment Turnbull let go and "swore allegiance" to Tony again, as did Bishop. At that time, Julie Bishop was more popular than Malcolm Turnbull, if I remember correctly. It was obvious that both of them were undermining him again, although Tony Abbott did a terrific job on digging his own grave with refusing a conscience vote on LGBT marriage for his own cabinet and calling for a referendum on it after the elections while all polls showed that the majority of Aussies are all for it (up to 70%). So I won the wager with Turnbull and now, because this shrewd man must have learned from Labour's fight for leadership just a year before the elections, which cost them their victory.
You are right, Lynn, there won't be a political change, but on minor points. Turnbull sits on the left of a very conservative Conservative party, and probably will allow LGBT marriage to go to the vote and securing some votes they had on that account, but that will be all. Let's hope the Aussies see through this coup and vote with their brains this time.

My Universe: Love the dancing bear who is doing it to please himself and not his circus trainer.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 7:54 am
Lynn, you are awesome!
And the Republicans are not....don't you love how they pick and choose from the Bible? Love everyone, feed the hungry, nourish the sick.... none of that matters, but boy don't let gay people get married!
I'm feeling a small revolution coming...let it start with us!

JL A (281)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 8:09 am
Love the bear!

EPI's research supports why the SEC should've acted sooner than this on the CEO pay element of existing legislation to help fix the economy.

Some of my emails suggest groups expect Turnbull to support positions he's taken in the past (e.g., same gender marriage) others that he's indicated he's going to support all of Abbott's policies (I pray not).

Alternet list makes me remember the saying "Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it."

David C (75)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 8:23 am
wow, this will keep TC's blog going thanks, thanks, thanks

pam w (139)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 8:32 am
(Just in case he's watching.....GET WELL SOON, TOM!)

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 9:14 am
HuffPo I - When your philosophy is "The end justifies the means," you cheat early and often. And openly. Do these peope also have control of voting machines, as American (USA) Republicans do? Yes, registration and voting becomes literally a lifeline. Good luck to all those who are working hard and may their numbers grow.

EPI - Americans know that CEO pay is bloated, but most who learn for the first time exactly how bloated are generally shocked. Most estimaes are in the rangs of a quarter of the actuality. Notice I said pay and not wages. Wages are compensation for actual work done. That doesn't apply to CEOs in general.

Alternet - Beautiful. Do you think any Republicans will get that it is sarcasm? Me neither.

HuffPo II - Where did I read that Turnbull will not change Abbott's policies?

Universe - There used to be a joke that two prisoners were preparing for execution and were asked if they had any last requests. One asked to hear the Macarena one last time. The other said "Kill me first." This bear, however, knows how to handle it.

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 12:25 pm
Thanks, Lynn! Love the Bear dancing!

Judy C (91)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 1:48 pm
Thanks Lynn for the good selection of articles. I hope you are as comfortable as possible, and getting better, TC!

Mitchell D (82)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 5:26 pm
What Jim Phillips said!!!!
I'm getting invitations, on line, to watch the next GOP debate: I'm sorry, if I've eaten in the prior 75,000 hours, I can't do it!

Vivian B (169)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 6:01 pm
Oh, TomCat! Hoping you are getting better! We sure do miss you!
Thanks to Lynn for keeping TC's blog going! You are doing an EXCELLENT job!

Edith B (146)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 9:01 pm
Every time I click on a link, my comments disappear.

Huffington Post: This sounds exactly like what the Republicans are doing here.

Economic Policy Institute: The worst part of this is that our goverment is aiding the corporations who treat their employees so badly. Many of them pay NO income taxes. We are subsidizing Wal Mart employees with government benefits because their wages are so low that they qualify.

Alternet: I doubt that very many right wing Christians would want to live by the laws in Leviticus.

Cute bear.

Sounds like you had a very hectic Sunday.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday September 15, 2015, 11:35 pm
Thanks everyone. Can't you just hear the macarena playing in your head when you see the bear?

A new post is up and I'll sending out links shortly.

@ Pat B --- My mother's nursing home is for dementia patients. With dementia, there can be significant personality changes. And with cognitive decline . . . let's just say that good judgement sometimes goes out the window.


Roslyn McBride (26)
Wednesday September 16, 2015, 2:53 am
Thanks for filling in for TomCat.

Sherri G (128)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 10:07 pm
TY Lynn Noted Give Tom Cat our prayers for his recovery.

Beryl L (78)
Monday September 21, 2015, 1:05 pm
I finally right clicked and didn't get lost! lol!

Good writing. Lynn

I flunked out at the jigsaw. My tap to click mousepad will not cooperate.
I think my time would have been off the charts!

I hope TC is getting well. Send everyone's regards.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 30, 2015, 7:03 pm
Thanks Lynn. More love and magical wishes for TC.
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