split the USA into 2 nations?

Quebec has twice had a referendum on whether to split from Canada.

The proposal was to have a primarily French Canada and a primarily English Canada. Some regions – First Nations, for example – would decide which to join.

There are pros and cons to a separate French Canada.

There are pros and cons to dividing the USA, as well. It wouldn’t be easy, but WHAT IF you suddenly had a Red USA and a Blue USA. The other coloured States would have a referendum as to which they want to join.

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Texans might vote to form a 3rd nation.

At any time, a State might vote to move from Blue to Red, or Red to Blue.

Personally, I feel it is an insanely stupid idea where almost everyone would be worse off in a very few years.

Keith Russell’s THANKS for LEAVING Party

Today.

His University of Saskatchewan Kinesiology Colleagues celebrate Professor Russell’s retirement.

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Be warned.

He is Professor Emeritus. That means his messy office remains. Keith will be lurking the halls many years into the future. :-)

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Here’s the present I intended to get him.

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It’s the thought that counts. :-)

problems with the USA

I’ve got a love / hate relationship.

Many of the best and brightest I know are from the States. The best Gymnastics club. The best Gymnastics equipment company.

Apple and Google are from the USA.

Americans are the most innovative.

But my best guess is that the USA will go down the crapper fast, rather than have a graceful decline as did Great Britain.

There’s a fair bit of truth in this graphic.

problem with the USA

The U.S. government gridlock looks to be continuing for at least the next 6 years.

Republicans are not going to change fast enough to make major improvement.

The Democrats seem to want to copy Republican policy, for the most part. There’s been no serious attempt to improve anything under Obama, aside from a very slight fix of Health Care.

Merde. :-(

world’s 85 richest people

… have wealth equal to that of half the population: report

Just how rich are they? According to a new report by Oxfam, their total fortunes are equal to as much as half of that of the world’s population.

The report, which analyzes a number of studies to highlight the world’s growing economic inequality, was intended as a precursor to the World Economic Forum, which begins in Switzerland this week.

… the wealth of the richest keeps growing, while the bottom 90 per cent (i.e. most of the rest of us) keeps shrinking. …

Globe and Mail

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NOT sustainable.

NOT an efficient use available cash.

Most of those 85 don’t deserve to be more than piddly millionaires.

Our system is not working.

Here’s the original report that came up with that stat — OxfamWorking for the Few – Political capture and economic inequality

This kind of headline is bad news for the Tea Party crowd. It’s damage control time for the extreme right wing. Drudge linked to a conservative site claiming the actual statistic is that the 85 richest people own about 0.7% of the world’s wealth.

I trust Oxfam.

minimum wage?

A perfect world would not have socialism, unions nor minimum wage legislation.

But it seems to me that there is a time and place for each in the development of a society. Take CHINA, for example. Communism to Capitalism is the road map. En route the Chinese people would benefit from Unions and minimum wage laws.

At some point, they’d no longer be needed.

If I want to volunteer (as I am right now) — why should any Government stop me?

If I want to be an unpaid intern — why should any Government stop me?

Click PLAY or watch The Truth about the Minimum Wage on YouTube.

I don’t agree with everything in that propaganda edit. But it’s food for thought.

 

Republicans are still anti-science

That must change if they hope to regain the Presidency.

In 2009, 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage points. Today, 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats say humans have evolved, a 24-point gap.

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tywkiwdbi – The American public’s views on evolution

Only 43 percent of Republicans believe in evolution compared with 72 percent for American college graduates. Scientists overwhelming accept evolution as the dominant scientific theory of biological diversity.

Slate

Here are the stats worldwide.

full disclosure – I’m quite certain that evolution is real. That the Earth had existed for 4.54 billion years. To claim the Earth is only 5,000 years old is lunacy.

But I’m a Global Warming skeptic. Scientists overwhelming believe that the Earth is warming due to man. I’m not convinced.

Friday Night Lights

Do you think that God loves football?

I find myself watching Season 1 of the acclaimed TV series Friday Night Lights. (2006-2011)

It’s very intense. Very well done.

Is Texas truly this football obsessed?

Click PLAY or watch a promo on YouTube.

All the acting is strong. The writing excellent.

I really like Taylor Kitsch as Tim Riggins. And Connie Britton as Tami Taylor.

In fact, for a TV series about a macho male sport, the female lead characters are all good.

I never played football. Never much liked football.

Watching the show in 2013 I mostly worry about brain damage. Concussion.