thurbers

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  • Please do not forget organs for the Military Industrial Complex for almost the entire US media. Without factoring that in, you do not understand the depth of the propaganda.

  • Well, that tears it. You have drunk the kool-aid.

    No troops flooded into the Crimea. They didn’t have to. Due to longstanding agreements there were over 10,000 Russian troops stationed in the Crimea. They also had several ships in dock. No new troops entered. No new ships arrived. If they really just wanted to take over the Crimea, they had more then enough power before this all began.

    But the Russian invasion doesn’t work unless Russian troops ‘flooded’ the Crimea.

    And your other little scenarios did NOT happen, and have been destroyed by legitimate reporting since. But you just keep believing the big lie.

  • Just out of curiosity, do you also believe that Russian troops flooded into the Crimea?

  • Anyway who reads teh NY Times or listens to CNN without checking with Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera, AND RT are most certainly NOT getting the truth. Or did the lead up to the Iraq war teach you nothing.

  • I guess you missed the part where most of us flat out said that we don’t bother with propaganda from the west even when it is reported as ‘fact’ by CNN. We wait until less of the corporately owned press from elsewhere reports the reality.

  • He can end most of the ‘agreement’ with sanctions with one move. Turn off the gas and oil to Europe.

    There is already increasing unrest with them in Europe as they are only hurting the European economy. America bares no cost at all. And if people are going to be cold – the governments will not be able to even remotely defend them and still stand. France is already facing an election that will strip away their lukewarm support of sanctions and Merkel is facing increasing pressure on the left.

    Nope. They are not a viable weapon in the least.

  • It won’t just be the left. That will kill her with most of the rightwing Jewish groups as well.

  • One of the most hypocritical reactions I’ve seen in a long time was the US government’s posturing and declarations after the plane went down. Considering the things they were accusing Russia of doing were only SOP for most of America’s operations in the MIdEast and South America.

    As I’ve always said – one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

  • They didn’t steal Crimea. Crimea took one look at what EU and by extension the US were ‘offering’ for the future of the Ukraine and went “no way”. They then voted to go Russia. Not the same thing.

  • You haven’t read the stories from the past few days about how Mitt is rested and ready and Republicans LOVE him.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

    2014-08-27 17:22:26View | Delete

    Hell, I’m amazed we have a couple talking about raising it at all. Forget the living wage level. That is a ponies level wish…

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

    2014-08-27 15:36:55View | Delete

    I’m just going to say flat out, that she should STFU, because she has at least two kids (and a grandkid) who would be dependent on minimum wage jobs if they weren’t on her grift train.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

    2014-08-27 15:34:22View | Delete

    I don’t know. There is some truth to the makers vs. takers argument, it just falls apart when you understand that they are don’t know who is doing the taking for doing little or nothing and who is actually making things work.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

    2014-08-27 15:30:57View | Delete

    Oh, WalMart’s practices across the board have been devastating to this country. Beyond being about the biggest corporate welfare whores in the country, spreading their grift across the spectrum from local to national, their employment strategies and strong arming of their suppliers have been one of the biggest drivers of the loss of the middle class. They forced others to adopt their despicable employment practices and hatred of the very people who made their company possible.
    I admit their current distress and continued market loss does give me some black joy. That they have so helped devastate the finances of their customers that they can no longer afford even Walmart especially with politicians they have helped train and elect working hard to make sure there are less or no safety net for low wage workers was actually foreseeable, but that didn’t compute with their vulture corporate philosophy.

    I fully admit I would love to see the minimum wage raised enough so that people went from shopping at the Dollar Store straight to Costco and the nearest union supermarket forgoing WalMart entirely, but the truth is that WalMart would probably be the first company to realize the economic lift of a minimum wage increase.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

    2014-08-27 15:06:44View | Delete

    Agricultural subsidies need to be reexamined and reworked for a lot of reasons, but that alone should be enough.

  • thurbers commented on the blog post Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don’t Hold Up

    2014-08-27 15:04:02View | Delete

    The biggest ‘fact’ that you will never see anywhere is that the drive to make sure minimum wage does not increase is not based on any reality about the economy, it is about one fact and one fact only – increased wages (and increasing the minimum would drive increased wages for quite a few employees making above minimum wage as well) would increase labor costs on the balance sheets that Wall Street pundits pontificate about. And that might have a chilling effect on top management wage increases and bonuses. That it would also, in many if not most instances, also increase profits is beside the point. Look at the shit thrown at Costco year after year because they pay their employees, despite their profits, growth and even their stability. Our business culture is deeply corrupt, massively cowardly and profoundly stupid.

    How you can know this without a shadow of a doubt: the best thing that could happen to WalMart right now would be a national minimum wage increase that would bring people back to their stores. They are hurting and still fight this because they are too stupid to realize that a few weeks of greater pain then they are currently in will mean salvation. (Not that I want them to survive.)

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Studies Confirm Huge Wealth Loss of Middle Class by masaccio.

    2014-08-27 11:36:50View | Delete

    Thank you for putting it far more gracefully and eloquently then I did.

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Studies Confirm Huge Wealth Loss of Middle Class by masaccio.

    2014-08-27 05:30:27View | Delete

    And I should point out that my sarcastic use of banks is because as of 2008, Goldman Sachs is classified as a bank. All so they could have access to that sweet sweet bailout money, only part of which was TARP.

  • thurbers commented on the diary post Studies Confirm Huge Wealth Loss of Middle Class by masaccio.

    2014-08-27 05:28:37View | Delete

    It wasn’t just regulation we should have had, a lot of sensible regulation that was removed could have headed off the economic disaster we have been experiencing. There has been a systematic dismantling of laws and regulations that have a record of stopping the looting of the peons. And a whole lot of laws enacted [...]

  • If we had a real press in America, most of our political class regardless of Party affiliation would be persona non grata, both with the public and with the government.

    Hell, if we had a real press, years ago Americans would have been up in arms about all their tax dollars going to militarize their local police forces rather then to upgrading the country’s infrastructure (a far more realistic act of anti-terrorism).

    And there would be birthday greetings for you across every front page and on every news ticker. ;-)

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