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#11 Dex

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 10:50 AM

A small point - it isn't socialism, it is Facism.

At this point is time people don't care about either and probably think either is a good idea.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

Six contradictions of socialism in the USA

America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.

Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.

They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.

Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.

The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries



http://thepeoplescub...ity-t10017.html

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 07:25 AM

Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship

When the question "is it safe to hold unpopular views on campus" was asked of 9,000 campus professionals who are familiar with the enforcement end of censorship rules, only 18.8% strongly agreed.

Today, university bureaucrats suppress debate with anti-harassment policies that function as de facto speech codes. FIRE maintains a database of such policies on its website, and Mr. Lukianoff's book offers an eye-opening sampling. What they share is a view of "harassment" so broad and so removed from its legal definition that, Mr. Lukianoff says, "literally every student on campus is already guilty."

At Western Michigan University, it is considered harassment to hold a "condescending sex-based attitude." That just about sums up the line "I think of all Harvard men as sissies" (from F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1920 novel "This Side of Paradise"), a quote that was banned at Yale when students put it on a T-shirt. Tufts University in Boston proscribes the holding of "sexist attitudes," and a student newspaper there was found guilty of harassment in 2007 for printing violent passages from the Quran and facts about the status of women in Saudi Arabia during the school's "Islamic Awareness Week."

At California State University in Chico, it was prohibited until recently to engage in "continual use of generic masculine terms such as to refer to people of both sexes or references to both men and women as necessarily heterosexual." Luckily, there is no need to try to figure out what the school was talking about—the prohibition was removed earlier this year after FIRE named it as one of its two "Speech Codes of the Year" in 2011.

What motivates college administrators to act so viciously?

Administrative self-interest is at work. "There's been this huge expansion in the bureaucratic class at universities," Mr. Lukianoff explains. "They passed the number of people involved in instruction sometime around 2006. So you get this ever-renewing crop of administrators, and their jobs aren't instruction but to police student behavior. In the worst cases, they see it as their duty to intervene on students' deepest beliefs




http://online.wsj.co...0209134854.html

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

Banana Republic

In 13 Philadelphia wards, Obama received 99 percent of the vote or more.

In 37 Chicago Precincts, Romney Received No Votes

Romney was rejected by every voter in 37 Chicago precincts, an embarrassing result, given that segregation and Machine politics are two of our city’s most notable qualities

6th Ward (97.5 percent African-American; 99.3 percent Obama)
23: 457-0
26: 481-0
33: 406-0

7th Ward (92 percent African-American; 98.6 percent Obama)
15: 526-0

9th Ward (93 percent African-American; 99 percent Obama)
5: 504-0
36: 483-0
49: 523-0

15th Ward (24 percent African-American; 93.3 percent Obama)
7: 477-0
18: 482-0
21: 397-0
23: 503-0
24: 460-0



Source: http://www.nbcchicag...l#ixzz2Cd7PJes8

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:51 AM

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:42 AM

America's neofeudal cartels: Education, sickcare and national defense.

The essence of the neofeudal model: a protected Elite parasitically extracts wealth from the debt-serfs below. Should the debt-serfs resist, the State steps in to coerce compliance.

Each cartel shares these features:

1. Compelling PR "cover" for cartel extraction of wealth. "Healthcare" (i.e. sickcare that profits from illness, not health) is a "right." The defense industry is the bulwark of democracy, and "educating our children" is the key to future prosperity. Each portrays itself as sacrosanct.

These "Mom and apple pie" cover stories enable monopolistic exploitation: $300 million a piece fighter aircraft (replacing $54 million aircraft), $150,000 college diplomas, and "healthcare" spending that is two times more per capita than competing advanced democracies.

2. Government (monopoly) protection and funding. The largest monopoly is of course the Central State, which holds a monopoly on taxation, coercion and distribution of swag. All these cartels have gained control of Federal (monopoly) funding.

3. Illusory competition. Each cartel is protected by wide, deep regulatory moats and complexity fortresses that protect the Status Quo income streams from any real competition or innovation. Within each cartel, meaningless variations in price are offered as "proof of competition," but everyone knows the price of each cartel's "product" ratchets higher, regardless of conditions in the real economy


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Posted 24 November 2012 - 01:10 AM

Six contradictions of socialism in the USA

America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.

Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.

They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.

Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.

The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries



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Yep the poor get to live in trailer parks or on the street.

No other country in the world has the number of homeless the USA has, at least in the Western democracies.

What other Western country has wages that can't support a basic living?

Disgraceful.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 05:00 PM

Socialized medicine in Sweden

Free medical care for all! What a wonderful socialist dream!

It's a dream that never works. Whenever it is attempted it leads to heavily rationed care at low standards.


But what about Sweden? What about the socialist paradise? Surely it works there!

Child's appendix bursts after 20 hour ER wait
Woman awakes during hysterectomy op
Man left with rotting leg after hospital 'loses' him
Swede forced to fake stroke to get x-ray



http://www.thelocal.se/44514/20121119/

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:40 PM

Socialized medicine in Sweden

Free medical care for all! What a wonderful socialist dream!

It's a dream that never works. Whenever it is attempted it leads to heavily rationed care at low standards.


But what about Sweden? What about the socialist paradise? Surely it works there!

500,000 Swedes Can't Be Wrong

Private healthcare insurance plans have grown a whopping 400 percent in a decade and critics argue that the development could threaten the efficient provision of public healthcare.

Despite the cost, as many as 500,000 Swedes are now estimated to be using private healthcare insurance, up from 100,000 only ten years ago, according to a recent report from daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).


http://www.thelocal.se/36648/20111010/

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:56 AM

Socialized medicine in Sweden

Free medical care for all! What a wonderful socialist dream!

It's a dream that never works. Whenever it is attempted it leads to heavily rationed care at low standards.


But what about Sweden? What about the socialist paradise? Surely it works there!

500,000 Swedes Can't Be Wrong

Private healthcare insurance plans have grown a whopping 400 percent in a decade and critics argue that the development could threaten the efficient provision of public healthcare.

Despite the cost, as many as 500,000 Swedes are now estimated to be using private healthcare insurance, up from 100,000 only ten years ago, according to a recent report from daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).


http://www.thelocal.se/36648/20111010/



Yes we have private health insurance too.

But basic care is available to all.

Those working pay 1.5% from their salaries and unemployed pay nothing.

For elective surgery you need private cover for cosmetic or dental etc. A dental scheme is in the works.

Those on basic care will wait longer for things like hips or knees etc.

Employers should not have to cover the cost.

It is a problem when jobs change or are lost.

All must be covered for basic health.

Anything else is less than human.