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Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care

Health care passed. Not happy about it. Privatized health care is 1/6th of our economy. and now it's gone. To cripple a government (non-violently of course), one must cripple it's economy.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

11 months of "Obamanation" and...

The "change" that Obama promised is far from reality! The economy isn't any better, and so far the Democrats have done nothing to make it any better other unleash this "stimulous" package (which hasn't improved the economy in anyway as far as I can see, and will likely worsen it in reality), play around with health care reform (aka Obama Care or just dictatorship in the health care industry), and of course blame Bush and the private sector. The liberals say "give Obama a chance, he's only been in for 11 months," but the problem is that they're not even trying. If Bush was such a bad president, why did he have a higher approval rating at this time in his administration than Obama does? Apples to apples people, compare apples to apples.

Monday, September 29, 2008


Well, the stock market plunged and it doesn't look like it's going back up any time soon. Several major corporations have collapsed or been sold out. And the Bailout did not pass. However, I'm not discouraged. Allow me to explain why.

First of all, the bailout. It is exactly this sort of mentality that you can do whatever you want, including the market equivalent of making bad bets, and not pay the consequences. It's the idea that had run much of our economy for the past few decades, and it's exactly what got us into this mess in the first place. Over regulating the market causes people to try and get around the rules, and often has horrible results for those involved, in this case not only the US, but all foreign investors and their markets. With this economic crisis the government and the people will hopefully learn a bit of responsibility and common sense.

As for the crash itself, in a sort of twisted way I find it heartening. It is when people go through the worst times that they learn their lessons best and often become much better as a result of it. The most obvious example on a grand scale is the previous great depression which brought the nation to its knees. However, the very next generation is often called the Greatest Generation. It was they who launched us into economic prosperity, and what some of us consider the moral equivalent, despite the horror of the war they endured.

These are the ideas that mix in my head as I consider the current events. However bad it gets, I am hopeful that it will result in a new generation, unlike any before it. I hope that others, despite their diverse worldviews, can join me in this hope.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The race for the White House and Hurricane Gustav

McCain chose to not go to the Republican National Convention after the first news about Gustav possibly hitting the Gulf Coast came out. The convention was used as a platform to ask for support for the relief effort. McCain's wife and the first lady both appealed to people watching the convention to help support the victims of the hurricane. McCain went to a disaster relief center in Ohio to help pack supplies to be sent to the Gulf Coast. Republicans were criticizing Obama for continuing to campaign while the storm was approaching. However Obama wasn't oblivious to the storm, he via text and email urged his supporters to donate to the relief for the storm, and scaled back his speeches to return to Chicago and monitor Gustav and then decide what to do for the rest of the week. Obama also asked for people to pray for the victims of the storm. Both candidates are at least showing more thought for the people in the Gulf Coast than Bush showed 3 years ago.

This is one of the biggest tests the candidates are going to face over the next few months, so far they're both doing well, but there's a lot to be seen in the days to follow after this storm, and the rest of the storms to follow. Hurricane Hanna and Tropical Storm Ike are on the horizon, and they both pose a threat to this country.

The response to this storm was much better than it was to Katrina. Preparations were made way before the storm, and the evacuations of over 2 million people seem to have gone very smoothly. While no one will forget what happened during and after Katrina, it's nice to know that we've learned from the mistakes that we made then. Over 1,600 people died during Katrina, it appears that this time around the fatality rates will be substantially lower. And thankfully this time it looks as though New Orleans dodged a bullet.

It looks like we might be having another very active storm year, which brings up global warming once more to the front of the political atmosphere (pardon the pun). From what I know on global warming, it does exist, whether it's something that threatens us in the very near future has yet to be seen. The last 2 hurricane seasons were supposed to be very active, but they were rather dormant compared to 2005. It could be that this is just a cycle, but global warming might be effecting the temperature enough to where when an active season comes up it causes it to be even more than just "active", but like I say I'm not very sure on the topic.

I would like to ask for any of you reading this to donate to the Red Cross or any other organization currently helping hurricane victims (as I have done), during this time of need. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this storm, and to the families that have lost their loved ones.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Legal Drinking Age

In 1984 America passed a law requiring every state to raise the minimum legal drinking age to 21. In Europe the minimum legal drinking age can be twelve years old or lower. Many people are beginning to question America's laws on the subject. Now my opinion is that Europe has it better, and that was before I saw the statistics. You simply want what you can't have, especially if you're young and immature. As a scientific theory it's called psychological reactance. Let's see if it makes any sense.

21 percent of American youths report being drunk in the last thirty days. European youths report 13 percent. Europe:1, America:zip.

Less than 25 percent of Euros report being intoxicated throughout their life, while in America with our safe drinking laws the number is over 50 percent. Europe:2, US:nada.

And now college deans and presidents are joining in. Down here in Texas there was never any question that 21 was a bad idea. When that law gets overturned, there will be a brief period of very drunk kids, a national hangover, and then after a few years drinking becomes no big deal for under-21's and we begin to get Europe's stats. Many people want to only lower it to 18. Personally I think we ought to dip a little lower. Say, twelve. If you get used to drinking before you can legally drive, you learn not to mix them. Funny. I never thought I'd find myself siding with the Europeans on any political issues.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

McCain - Palin 2008

So McCain has finally chosen a pick for the VP spot. And it's a horrible choice.

Sarah Palin was a mayor of a small town less than 20 months ago, and now McCain has chosen her for VP when it tears apart his argument against Obama. McCain has repeatedly said that Obama is too inexperienced to be our country's president, yet now he has chosen an extremely inexperienced person to take his place as the leader of this country if he was to die. And keep in mind that McCain (if elected) will be our country's oldest president to ever be elected, which puts his chance of not being able to run the country much higher than it would be if he were younger.

I'm also not very happy with the gist of why McCain chose Palin: to catch Hillary supporters. He might say he trusts Palin, and thinks she'll help the nation, but what are the chances that he would chose a woman to be VP in this election? It echos the point that Obama made in his speech at the convention, that McCain just "doesn't get it". The election shouldn't be about playing to peoples emotions or prejudices, it should be about showing who you are and why the people should elect you.

You should practice what you preach, I'm afraid McCain didn't do that here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

DNC in Denver, McCain's VP

Two issues: DNC in Denver and McCain's choice for VP.

As DNC is going on in Denver, what is your impression about it? How much the opinion polls will be influenced by the convention?

Does anyone have any news or rumors on McCain's choice for VP?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Bejing Olympics, International Business, and Genocide

To quote Nicholas Donatiello Jr., president of the Chinese research firm, “On television the Olympics looks like an athletic event, but on location it’s a big business convention." Judging by the hubbub surrounding this years Bejing Olympics, I would agree wholeheartedly. To name a few important issues:

1) Companies like Coca Cola, General Electric, and Anglo American are being prodded for their support of the "Genocide Olympics".

a) This prodding has gone to create the "United Nations Global Compact and the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights", a conference dedicated to the tie between big business and human rights. Of course, this wouldn't be a problem if China wasn't turning a blind eye on Darfur, which brings me to my second point...

2) China has turned a blind on the Genocide in Darfur. Although many countries haven't jumped up and done something (*cough cough* United States *cough cough*), China has only recently mentioned the problems to the Sudanese Gov., although China is heavily connected to Sudan, with Sudan hosting Chinese oil refineries on Sudanese soil, with the result of 279,100 barrels per day being exported back to China.

3) China is changing their look for the outside world, which will get a rare first hand look at China's poverty, injustice, censorship, and questionable human rights. Some examples:

a) Recently, through a combination of flooding, mining accidents, and a lack of political funding to smaller townships, many individuals are not be compensated for health problems, (which leave them out of work). An estimated 10,000 people have flocked to Bejing, for hopes that the Supreme People's Court will provide justice. Bejing on the other hand is sending them back to their towns, without compensation. China does not want the world to see it's underbelly. In the last month alone, China has created blockades to, well, block the protesters. In a few accounts, police have even razed the slums where protesters live.

b) I'm sure most Wikimedians know about this, but recently, China opened it's Internet services to zh.wikipedipia. Most sources say that this is an attempt to lower the censorship issue while Bejing is internationally watched and that after the Olympics are over, it will return right back to censoring the internet. The censorship is big enough, and so well known, that the Wikimedia community had to take action.

Those issues are frequently brought out there as reasons for any company that cares about their public relations to distance themselves from China. On the plus side, these complaints are causing some good for places like Darfur and Tibet. In fact, because of the heightened sense of the public, companies that are supporting the Chinese Olympics are also "covering all their bases" by helping out Third World countries and other good causes. Coca Cola for instance has supplied Sudan with fresh water and has held conferences, albeit the records are unreleased, that are said be about how to help Darfur.

And what does China have to say about these claims? In a CNN news report (below) Wang Hong Yi of the Chinese Institute of International Studies says that the Olympics should not be tied to political issues, and that this is the "worldwide consensus".

Interestingly though, some facts point in the other direction on the issues of China's connection to Darfur. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's arms transfer data for 2007, China only gave Sudan 8% of hits weaponry, while Russia provided 87%. An even more interesting fact is that, according to the CIA, Japan received 48% of Sudan's exports, while China only received 31% (with South Korea lagging behind with only 3.8%). An even more alarming note is that the UN does not consider Sudan, and subsequently Darfur, to be involved in acts of genocide. In a UN report, released in 2005 (It's a PDF, with no HTML version to be found. The closest is a critical analysis by an independent journal), section II clearly states that, "The Commission concluded that the Government of the Sudan has not pursued a policy of genocide." But, like my personal opinion, it also states that, "The conclusion that no genocidal policy has been pursued and implemented in Darfur by the Government authorities, directly or through the militias under their control, should not be taken in any way as detracting from the gravity of the crimes perpetrated in that region. International offences such as the crimes against humanity and war crimes that have been committed in Darfur may be no less serious and heinous than genocide." Although we may be getting off track, it is important to know that (1) China is not giving large amounts of weaponary and resources to Sudan, and then that (2) Sudan is not commiting genocide. Heinous and horrible yes, but not genocidal. Thus, China is not funding genocide. This, of course, does not exempt them from concerns of human rights violations, censorship, and societal distortion.


P.S. Thanks to Voicer, from the comment section of the Economist article. Though I checked his/her links for accuracy (Thanks Wikipedia for the reference paranoia >_< ), they look good, and bring up some very valid points for any counterargument.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Ongoing conflict in South Ossetia

Anyone who has been keeping up with the news in the past week or so will have noticed the ever enlarging tension growing between the Georgian and Russian governments regarding South Ossetia. For background purposes, South Ossetia is the unrecognised territory which is currently under dispute of ownership between the Georgians, and the the Russians—who want to keep the territory to essentially prevent them being blocked in by NATO (especially when Ukraine, most likely, becomes a member state).

It's, basically, quite a complicated situation.

The situation has been escalating for just over a week after Georgian forces stormed South Ossetia in the hope of claiming the territory. Several paramilitary troops from South Ossetia were killed early on in the conflict.

Things took a turn for the worse when Russia decided they would press though North Ossetia, across the Russian-Ossetia border and towards the south—perhaps an understandable move considering there are many Russian citizens in the area. Moscow, specifically President Medvedev, has stated that:

"According to the constitution, I, as the President of the Russian Federation, must protect lives and the dignity of Russian citizens wherever they are. Those responsible for the deaths of our citizens will be punished."

Now, I can see where President Medvedev is coming from on this one. The Georgians acted pretty irrationally and spontaneously, bar the permit by NATO at Bucharest, over an area which they knew Russia would retaliate over. It really does seem like a little bit of a suicidal plan for Georgia. Let's give some perspective on that with a brief comparison of military capabilities (taken from the Wikipedia article):

Population of Georgia: 4.6 million
Population of Russia: 140 million
Standing army of Georgia: 18,000 personnel
Standing army of Russia: 1,037,000 personnel
Georgian tanks: 128
Russian tanks: 23,000

I think you see where this is going. If anyone can offer rationale behind the Georgian's tactics, please feel free to explain. In fact, let's make that a question to you all.

"Who knows a reasonable explanation for why Georgia would actually try and fight against the Russians?"

It's mind-boggling.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Comments from a new editor

Just thought i'd introduce myself a little before I get started here, i'm Cyclonenim and i'm a British student, hopefully going off to study Medicine in about a year's time. As you can imagine, i'm interested in the whole 'Britain' and 'Medicine' topics, so i'll be keeping you informed a tad on issues within these realms—particularly the National Health Service (NHS).

As a starting question for any Brits out there:

"Do you believe the British government has the capability to reform the NHS?"

I'll leave this one open for now, I'll probably give away my opinion on the matter in future posts. All the best—Cyclonenim

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New blogger, and our ecomnomy.

Hey I'm Chetblong, an admin from the English Wikipedia. I consider myself a republican conservative, yet in some things I lean to the middle. I hope to write an entry here soon, but for now just two questions:

What do you think about our economy right now? Which candidate do you think will help solve the crisis, and why?

Al gore

I think we can all agree that Al Gore is an idiot.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Personal introduction as a new member

Hi everybody. For those that don't me, I'm Leonard^Bloom, here and on (I have SUL though). (Also, for two posts on the, my nick was jjj; currently Leonard^Bloom). I specialize in international politics and civil issues. I don't really keep up with election business and such; I prefer watching the world "go down in flames" through an international lense. For most issues, I'm a liberal democrat, but I don't really approve of partisan politics, so don't hold me to a label. I'm a pascifist, humantarian, and civil rights activist (that's the jist of it).

In order to not bore anyone, I pose a question:

"Has the U.N. failed at its goal?"

Feel free to define goal as whatever you wish, but be sure to back it up.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

interesting stats

Why Do Politicians and The Main Stream Media Distort the Numbers? Military Deaths!

Military losses, 1980 through 2006

These are some rather eye-opening facts.

Since the start of the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, the sacrifice has been enormous. In the time period from the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 through today, we have lost over 3,000 military personnel to enemy action and accidents

As tragic as the loss of any member of the US Armed Forces is, consider the following statistics: The annual fatalities of military members while actively serving in the armed forces from 1980 through 2006:

1980 ........ 2,392
1981 ......... 2,380
1984 ......... 1,999
1988 .......... 1,819
1989 .......... 1,636
1990 ....... 1,508
1991 .......... 1,787
1992 .......... 1,293
1993 .......... 1,213
1994 .......... 1,075
1995 ...........2,465
1996 ......... 2,318 Clinton years @14,000 deaths
1997 .......... 817
1998 ......... 2,252
1999 .......... 1,984
2000 .......... 1,983
2001 .......... 890
2002 .......... 1,007
2003 ........ 1,410
2004 .......... 1,887
2005 ...... 919
2006.......... 920 Bush years (2001-2006): 7,033 deaths

If you are confused when you look at these figures, so was I.

Do these figures mean that the loss from the two latest conflicts in the Middle East are LESS than the loss of military personnel during Mr. Clinton 's presidency; when America wasn't even involved in a war? And, I was even more confused; when I read that in 1980, during the reign of President (Nobel Peace Prize winner) Jimmy Carter, there were 2,392 US military fatalities!

These figures indicate that many members of our Media and our Politicians will pick and choose. They present only those "facts" which support their agenda-driven reporting. Why do so many of them march in lock-step to twist the truth? Where do so many of them get their marching-orders for their agenda?

Our Mainstream Print and TV media, and many Politicians like to slant; that these brave men and women, who are losing their lives in Iraq, are mostly minorities! Wrong AGAIN! Just one more media lie!

The latest census, of Americans, shows the following distribution of American citizens, by Race:
European descent (White) ...... 69.12%
Hispanic ........................................ 12.5%
Black............................................ 12.3%
Asian ............................................... 3.7%
Native American .......................... . ..1.0%
Other ............................................ ... 2.6%

Now.. here are the fatalities by Race; over the past three years in Iraqi Freedom:

European descent (white) ...... 74.31%
Hispanic .................................... 10.74%
Black ........................................ 9.67%
Asian ........................................... 1.81%
Native American ........................ 1.09%
Other ........................................... . 0.33%

You do the Math! These figures don't lie, but, Media-liars figure and they sway public opinion !

(These statistics are published by Congressional Research Service, and they may be confirmed by anyone at: )

Now ask yourself two questions:

"Why does the mainstream Print and TV Media never print statistics like these?" and
"Why do the mainstream media hate the (world wide) web as much as they do?"

Submitted by Roy B.
reposted from its a very interesting bit of information

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Enthusiastic supporters

Out of all the campaigns this year, Ron Paul really seemed to have the most enthusiastic supporters, while holding single digits in primary polls. Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, lead national polls, yet he had some of the least enthusiastic supporters. Why is this? Has anyone figured this out?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Illegal immigration

While we're on the subject of illegal immigration from the replies of the last post, I'd like to point out a few statistics:
  • At the United States/Mexico border there is just a little bit of fence, but it is mostly patrolled by border agents. For those who think the fence is a crazy idea, we have found that in places where we built the fence along southwest has worked. One of the top areas for illegal immigration was the San Diego – Tijuana border. After the installment of the triple fence, illegal immigration in that area decreased by 90%. Even the crime rate in the San Diego, California area dropped by 53%.
  • Just in 2005, 155,000 people were caught crossing that border, who were not from Mexico, but from other faraway countries like China, North Korea, and Iran. People know how easy it is to both get to Mexico and slip through the Mexico-U.S. border. Why should we invest so much money in airport security if it is so easy to slip through the Mexican and American border?
  • The cost socials services to these illegal immigrants has 1996 will soon reach 400 billion dollars. These is all paid by taxes of citizens here in the United States. People who are here illegally do not pay taxes. A lot of this happens through anchor babies and education.
  • Mexico's biggest import is the American dollar (according to RC-0722)
This is why we need to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Why John Mccain is the better choice for national defense

John Mccain has first person experience in the field of national defense. He is alumni of the United States Naval Academy, and he has served as a Naval Aviator. Obama has never served in any branch of the military. John Mccain supports finishing the job in Iraq before we leave. Obama wants to cut and run. I have something for those of you that oppose the war to think about. Whether you approve of war or not, you must realize that angry terrorists won't allow the war to end now. If we pull out of Iraq, the terrorists will probably follow our troops home, and the war will continue on US grounds. We must not allow that to happen. We must finish the job in Iraq. I applaude those of you that approve of the war or disapprove of the war but understand that the job must be finished before we pull out. These are just two reasons why John Mccain is better prepared to take control, there's many more. I encourage everyone to read more at,, and God bless the USA!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

November election: analysis

McCain is trailing Obama in opinion polls (see, but I think that this is the typical result of the enthusiasm for the nomination. However I don't know if Obama would be a successful candidate or not in November. In order to win he will need to hold all the States Mr. Kerry won in 2004 and actually win some more States. Take a look to my analysis.

The most swinging States that Obama could win are, in my opinion, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. I actually don't think that he can win Florida, Ohio and Colorado, all three States were McCain will be a strong canidate, and if he wins the three remaining States, McCain will win the general election with 269 e.v. over the 268 e.v. of Obama.

Moreover McCain could easily retain those three States mentioned and win a few more States Mr. Bush did not win in 2004 among Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In these States Bush was close to victory and McCain will be a strong candidate. If he retains all the States Bush won in 2004 and wins some more States, he will win by a landslide.

It seems to me that Obama is the strongest Democratic candidate in Southern and Mountain states (states that McCain will definitely win, although with a smaller margin than Mr. Bush in 2004), while McCain is the strongest Republican candidate in the North-East, in industrial states (like New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan), in the Mid-West and in California.

It will be a close race, but it seems to me that Obama is actually gaining strenght where he doesn't need it, while being weaker in swing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and so on.
It is too early to make forecasts, but I definitely think that it will be a close race in much more states than in 2004 and that, in that kind of race, McCain is a strong candidate. Obama has much to loose if the red-blue scheme disappears in November. The 50-states strategy will help Mr. McCain, not Obama, who needs not to loose any of the states which Mr. Kerry won in 2004.

(Images: McCain: top, Obama: below)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Hillary's plans

In Mrs. Clinton's speech on Saturday he stated I suspend my campaign. If Hillary actually wanted to support Obama, why did she not say that she would end the campaign instead of suspending? this leads me to think that the Clinton may still attempt to make a end run around Obama before the election.

Obama gets confused

For all the discussion on Obama not being experienced enough and not knowing enough about foreign policy, it looks like Obama doesn't really know his own stuff. Take a look at these videos:

Friday, June 6, 2008

New Blogger and Obama's VP?

Hey, this is ComputerGuy890100, also from Wikipedia and I will be writing in this blog alongside Diligent Terrier, Checco, Orderinchaos, and RC-0722. This is my first post and I hope you like it!

Obama's VP/Running Mate

Sen. Barack Obama (D) recently became the presumative Democratic nominee by earning enough delegates. As said before, John McCain hasn't chosen a running mate and we made a poll for you. The same is to say for Obama. We might put a poll up if approved, after this poll is over.

Hopefully, the vice president that Barack Obama chooses, become a candidate in the 2012 or 2016 election for President. Maybe John Edwards?

Clinton is done!

Well, by now Hillary Clinton has given her concession speech. She is currently hosting about 500 people in her backyard for a thank you party. Her national campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe refused to comment on her meeting with Barack Obama. [citation]


Well folks, it's official. Clinton is conceding saturday at 12:00 PM (EST). Which can only mean one thing: Obama's got the nomination. The two have met somewhere in D.C., but (to my knowledge) have refused to divulge what their meeting was about. Some have speculated it was an offer for the Vice presidency, but I fel that is highly unlikely. Now the big question is, Who will be Obama's running mate? Wil it be Clinton? Or will it be John Edwards?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What about Italy?

I would like to know what did you knew and what do you think about the centre-right victory in the Italian general election in April, and especially about the big win of the Northern separatist/federalist Lega Nord, and of Berlusconi and his new administration.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The creation of this blog and McCain's VP

This blog was partly inspired by the political debates I have seen among Wikipedia editors, and also the small debate that took place on my talk page a few days ago on who McCain's vice presidential choice will be. Now I am asking readers: who do you think McCain's choice will be, and who is your favorite?

Obama and the West

One simple question for my fellow American friends. How was that Obama was so successful in all the primaries of the interior West, from the Mid-West to the Mountain West?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Welcome from Diligent Terrier

This is the first post of a new blog which will be focused on political debates among Wikipedia editors in order that they refrain from debating on Wikipedia. If you would like to write for the blog, just let me know by sending me an email. Enjoy!