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Al-Qaida No. 2 to U.S.: Overcome meltdown with Islam

A quick glance at a list of countries ranked by GDP (thanks Wikipedia) shows Turkey (which probably isn’t even considered a real Islamic country by al-Qaid, as having the 17th largest economy in the world (4.7% the size of the US economy). The highest-ranked country that I’m sure al-Qaida would consider an Islamic country is Indonesia, ranked #20 with a GDP 3% the size of the US).

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November 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm

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This is the song I need to keep listening to today

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Since I’ve been Mr. Cranky-britches since about 3:00 yesterday afternoon, it might do me some good to listen to this awesome recording of “I Can See Clearly Now” by the Holly Cole Trio.

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November 28, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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A brief (and very Canadian) interlude

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What with all crap going on lately (attacks in Mumbai, economic craziness, bordering-on-insolvent auto manufacturers, stupid unions, the possibility of a coalition government up here and so on and so forth) I thought it might be nice to have something light and breezy on the blog. Here it is, 2/3 of Rush appearing on The Hour (a talk/newsmagazine show that airs on the CBC):

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November 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm

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Talk about selfish and narrow-minded

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Pay cuts won’t fix sick auto industry, CAW says

According to the Canadian Auto Workers (our version of the UAW), even if every Canadian employee of Ford, GM, and Chrysler worked without pay for an entire year (yes, an entire year), those savings would only offset 11 days of losses. Furthermore, the CAW and it’s members bear absolutely no responsibility for the poor financial situation the three companies find themselves in, and those poor, beleaguered workers, who’ve already given up so much these past few years (such as agreeing to a co-pay for prescription medications) should not be asked to make any more concessions to help save the companies they work for.

The real gems, however, are found in the comments left by readers, especially a reader named “Plain Joe”. Here’s one of his many manifestos:

Plain Joe from Canada writes: Few people realize that auto worker wages are a small percentage of cost of goods sold. Those who’s first reaction to this crisis was to force bankruptcy to renegotiate union contracts (fleece the flock), are largely ignorant or are envious. Second, the media obsession, and callous posts of ultra-capitalists here on G&M which focus on the ‘greed of workers’ is a propaganda tool meant to deflect blame from corporate mismanagement, and the fraud of the financial world (most of you) to an embattled scapegoat (the humble worker). My neighbour makes $35 per hour working at Ford, doing a tough job on the line, and I support his right to earn a decent living and support his family. Long live the middle-class, long live unions, long live corporate regulations, long live european style socialism!

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November 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway

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I’ve just started reading a most interesting essay discussing the development of signage for the New York City Subway (and more specifically, how Helvetica came to be the font of choice).

I know, it’s REALLY geeky.

Thanks to Daring Fireball for the link

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November 22, 2008 at 11:59 am

My thoughts on the auto companies

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I honestly cannot believe that there are people out there who can say that we should let one or more of Ford, GM, & Chrysler fail ( I say “we” because the Canadian government as well as some of the provincial governments here are considering offering some assistance to the Canadian arms of the corporations). I’m not going to go on and on about how important these three companies are to national economies or psyches or security (others have done a much better job discussing those matters than I could).

All I want to say is that, if there is a bailout, or a loan, or a loan¬†guarantee, I would like very much to see some conditions attached to it. First and most importantly, GM & Ford should be required to trim their lineups. I’ve been saying for years that they make too many cars under too many different brands. To make matters worse, so many of the models are frighteningly similar to one another. I don’t understand the need to keep a brand around just because it’s been around for 75 years (they got rid of Oldsmobile, didn’t they?). If your current business model (manufacturing 50+ different models under half a dozen brands) is what brought the company to the brink of ruin, then perhaps it’s time to rethink that strategy.¬†

Here’s a little chart I put together (I Know it’s a little crude – I wanted to get it done and write this post) comparing the number of vehicles in the lineups of the Big Three as well as a few other large manufacturers (I know Subaru isn’t enormous like the others, but I like that they have just a handful of models – plus my sweetie drives a Subaru and I’m quite a fan of the car). Notice that 2 of the companies make a far larger number of vehicles than the others? Notice also that those two companies are the ones most in danger of going out of business?

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November 18, 2008 at 1:12 pm

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Ellen Degeneres is ticked off at California voters. Well, not quite. She’s ticked off at the voters who had the gall to support the constitutional ban on gay marriage. She isn’t ticked off at those who voted for Barack Obama.

If Ms. Degeneres had bothered to stop and think for a moment before opening her mouth, she would have seen that at least some of the people who supported the ban also supported Obama. How does she feel about those people?

What? You think I’m making that up? According to the California Secretary of State 6,308,161 (or 61% of voters) supported Barack Obama and 5,387,939 (or 52.5% of voters) supported the ban on gay marriage. It seems reasonable to assume that SOME of those 5.3 million votes in favour of the ban also voted for Barack Obama (McCain received 3,849,431 [37.2%] votes so it’s not likely that the only people to support the ban were McCain supporters.

I don’t even know what to say about this article. Maybe I’ll have something later.

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November 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Posted in politics