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Animae C (508)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 5:06 am
TY Lynn

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 6:31 am
Love the cat!!! Can I move in with you, Lynn.....I want a Canook pension!!!!!! :)

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 6:42 am
Thank you Lynn. RE: Alternet-"To American liberals, Canada’s retirement-care progressivism is a frustrating reminder that in the U.S., public debate on Social Security has until recently centered not on how it can be expanded, but how it can be trimmed".

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 6:45 am
Newsweek:" It is very clear that Russia is trying to quel its Muslim population with the added "benefit" of fighting a proxy war with the US. And there is no doubt in my mind that Drumpf sees the same extremism that exists in Russia being possible in the US".

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 6:48 am
MSN: "She may have even told you that inside those bags is all the paperwork to prove the government owes her more than $100,000. And she was right."

Sorry for the multiple post, but I only know how to c/p one section at a time.

SuSanne P (193)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 6:52 am
My Universe: He reminds me of a cat I had in Tellluride, CO. I lived on Main Street and my cat FB (fat balls, as they hung on the ground:) would cruise up and down the sidewalk (only street in town paved back then...oh, the good old days!) hitting up treats from every restaurant and bar. We only had one market which was too far for his lazy butt to walk, with only 3 registers at the time. Open 9-3, closed Sundays. Good memories!!! ThankX for this Cat of the Week!!!

James Maynard (84)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 7:16 am
Interesting stuff - thanks Lynn!

Pat B (356)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 8:09 am
CBC: Heartbreaking for all the lives lost! I agree with your comment also!

AN: What a great program, wish they had that here. After working for most of my life, my pension is a pity, and have to pinch pennies. Literally. I can't afford the expense of moving someplace cheaper, either. LOL.

MSN: What a great, great story!! So glad that Ms. Witter is getting her money after all these years! Now,....maybe.....she can smile! ;-)

WN: Wow!! How sad!! That's some pretty scary stuff!! Not kidding either.

My Universe: He makes a good guard kitty for sure! Just look at Olly's face. ;-)

I like the warmth over being cold, as I am originally from the NE. Having lived in those 3 states you mentioned, one thing to do/remember, is do all your yardwork, shopping, outside activities before 10 a.m., then go inside. After 6 p.m., repeat what you did in the a.m. When we lived in AZ, it was 122 outside, and we were at a flea market, and a man fried some eggs on the hood of his car. Now, that's hot! (to prove his point, not to eat).

Thank you, Lynn for post. Enjoy your day.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 12:35 pm
"To American progressives, this retirement story should sound familiar. After decades of pension cutbacks and declining unionization, many retiring seniors depend increasingly on underfunded government-run programs. Amid rising inequality, some wealthy seniors can afford to retire, while others must keep working lest they lose their toehold in the middle class. The notion that seniors are entitled to a comfortable retirement is fading, and fast."

It's already 'faded' for many Americans.

The only Americans left guaranteed a pension (for doing no work at all) are members of congress. 1 term for senators who do nothing and 5 years for House members who do nothing. The pension is not full, but hey, who's complaining when all you have to do is beg for corporate MONEY 0 hours a week while in office.


Past Member (0)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 12:39 pm

Correction: "When all you have to do is beg for corporate MONEY 30 hours a week while in office."

***We The People should be so Blessed to have our congress never begging for money. :-)


LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 2:07 pm
Thanks Lynn.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 2:32 pm
I was wishing to borrow about 15F from TC yesterday - today I'd settle for 10 - but I may want 15 again tomorrow. I am so sorry we can't cap and trade temperature!

CBC - Bigots do not see those they perceive as "other" to even be human. They would look at that kid and loudly blame him for being dirty. Call him a monkey or an ape. They don't restrict those terms to black people. Remember the song in Cabaret about how his girl (in a gorilla mask) is beautiful to him (was it called "If you could see her through my eyes"?) and it ends "she doesn't look Jewish at all." And of course if you think some people are not human but animals, I will guarantee you have no concept of animal rights.

AlterNet - Congratulaions, good luck, and you are so right. We do have some non-profits who are addressing this [ for instance] and there is lots of good info there.. But, yes, things have to change before the US will do right by Social Security.

Newsweek - This isn't a case of copying. They just naturally have the same toxic first principles - that the was to change something you don't like is to punish it. Regardless of the sircumstances, or its reason for existing. And, as always, that just strengthens it. So you punish some more ... ad infinitum ...

MSN - OMG, what a story. I agree with your assessment of Wanda. (And too many women think they have to smile because ssome male tells them to.)

Weather - "One has to wonder how the Congress manages to survive with all the toxic Republican BS and the heated rhetoric." Because spiritual bullshit only produces spiritual toxic vapors, not physical ones. They don't become corpses. But tey are brain dead.

Universe - Ollie is adorable, grumpy expression and all. Some shoppers say he is an expert about making them feel guilty aboutpoor choices of edibles. LOL!

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 7:41 pm
CBC: This is so sad. And Rumpy's connection to Putin, and Russia will go uninvestigated even when he losses the election,or any investigation will be called "politically motivated." He'll be untouched, just as his pyramid scheme was.

Alternet: I am sure that the CPP would not have been aided by the Harper Harpies! It is nice to see Trudeau doing "right" things for the society, as a whole, a concept that is anathema to the GOPigs, here.

Newsweek: Ethics be damned! Anyone still wonder why Rumpy has a "thing" for Putin?

MSN: That is one very surprising turn of events! This woman ought to have a postage stamp devoted to her! Nice ending!

Weather Network: WOW!

My Universe: Olly, by golly! Do you think that the DNC could rent him..get rid of the dirty rotten rat bastards inDC?


Lona G (66)
Sunday August 28, 2016, 8:34 pm
I'm so glad for you and your fellow heat-wave sufferers that temperatures are coming down again, Lynn. From what I've heard from The Netherlands, they were suffering the same hot weather as you were last week, but there temperatures have remained high throughout the weekend. Hope you've seen the last of it now.

CBC: News here had it that Omran's brother died in hospital the next day from his injuries, making the story even more horrific if that's even possible. True, Drumpf has absolutely no business cozying up to his BFF Putin and should never get into the position to align America with Russia. However, focusing on Drumpf and the Russians shouldn't mean ignoring the fact that everyone seems to be cozying up to the wrong regimes in that region, though. The same stories came from Yemen last week, where the Saudis receive help from America fighting rebels and have no qualms about bombing hospitals and killing more civilians than rebels in their attempt to wipe them out. The whole region is literally a bloody mess and much of the foreign "aid" is given to regimes that only have their self-interest at heart or serves the interest of the "helping" foreign power. The civilians of those countries don't come into the equation at all.

Alternet: Sadly America isn't the only country where pensioners are facing more and more problems and where social security or pension plans are cut further to "stimulate economic growth" by parties that call themselves "liberal", but in America would be described as right wing conservatives. The combination of the misnomer – as you call it, Lynn – and the targeting of pensioners' incomes is what I encounter in Australia and The Netherlands, and can be seen in many European countries with a "liberal" government. So I keep my fingers crossed that Trudeau's government will be able to get over the hiccups and get this pension expansion on its way successfully in the hope that our governments will take their cue from it.There may be a slightly better chance of this happening in Europe or Australia than in Republican America.

Newsweek: While I have little reason to doubt the accuracy of the reporting and most of the analysis in the article because Russia has a very, very long history of secretive actions by its governments against anyone or any group perceived as an enemy of the state or a threat to those in power, I think you give Drumpf too much credit for thinking along the same lines, Lynn. Oh, yes, Drumpf is definitely enamored by Putin, would like to think of himself as of the same caliber as his cunning friend, and thinks he'll be his match if he becomes president, but in reality he's an ignorant, clueless bully. The real danger lies in the fact that Drumpf would let himself be influenced and used by a devious Putin and his regime if he's not under advise of a good administration. And looking at the people Drumpf has chosen as his advisors until now, what are the chances of that?

MSN: Wow, what tenacity and endurance! And such stubbornness. I hope very soon the next story is about Wanda Witter getting her check and spending some money on some necessities for herself. And finally smiling. Because it all paid off…she won. I also hope Witter has many more years left in her to enjoy her "retirement", but also that her determination opens up doors for other homeless people who didn't end up there through mental illness or addiction but for economic reasons and can't get back on their feet (not that anyone should become or remain homeless, of course). Kudos to Julie Turner and Daniela de la Piedra for standing by her and helping her to reclaim what she was owned.

TWN: What a terribly sad story, but your remark regarding Republicans and toxic hot air is spot-on, Lynn.

MU: Olly is absolutely gorgeous; I'm sure I'd enjoy doing my shopping much more if the super market had a cat lik Olly on its shelves. 🙂

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Sheila D (28)
Monday August 29, 2016, 8:43 pm
Thanks for the post, Lynn. Good to know Canadians are taking care of their own, even when the US isn't.
Olly is adorable.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday August 30, 2016, 12:43 am
Thank you
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