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The Flea Trap / Polls
June 14, 2023, 12:33:41 PM
This poll was completed May 19 and before DeSantis entered the race.

Former President Trump leads President Biden by a 7-point margin in a new survey shared Friday with The Hill from Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll.

Separately, the poll found Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) deadlocked in a tie when those surveyed were asked who they preferred in a head-to-head matchup.

The survey found 47 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump if the 2024 election was today and Trump and Biden were the political parties' respective candidates. Forty percent backed Biden, while 13 percent said they did not know or were unsure.

Forty-two percent of respondents picked Biden and and equal percentage picked DeSantis in that matchup. Sixteen percent said they did not know or were unsure.
The Guest Nest / Joe is playing hard to get with me
April 18, 2023, 10:58:54 PM
He can feel the chemistry between us. He wants me as much as I want him. I think he is nervous because he has never had a conservative boyfriend before.
The Flea Trap / I want Joe
May 24, 2022, 06:02:56 PM
Somebody please invite him here.
And I need advice on decorations.
This article appeared in the Toronto Sun. It should be a wake up call to all levels of government in this country.

Australia and Canada have much in common, perhaps more so than any other two industrialized countries. They share a common political and cultural heritage and similar institutions such as a federal system of government and bicameral parliament. They are similar in population, industry composition and their status as relatively open commodity-exporting countries.

But they part company on two key economic indicators—what economists call long-run "productivity performance" and growth in living standards. Productivity remains a critically important economic indicator, reflecting the ability of a jurisdiction's population to transform raw materials, work effort and ingenuity into useable goods and services. On both measures, Australia has enjoyed a long period of outperformance that raises questions about why Canada has not been able to achieve similar outcomes.

Based on internationally comparable data, Australia currently enjoys a four percentage-point advantage over Canada in both the level of productivity—that is, the level of goods and services produced (output produced per hour worked)—and average income, as measured by per-person gross domestic product (GDP). Put differently, when compared with the United States, Canada's average living standard (measured in per-person income after adjusting for inflation) is 78 per cent versus Australia's 82 per cent.

In fact, since 1990 Australia's per-person income growth has exceeded Canada's by half a percentage point (on average) while income growth has exceeded Canada's by 0.8 percentage points. These may seem like small differences but they add up to substantial differences over time. For example, average per-person income in Canada is now roughly US$51,000 versus US$54,000 in Australia.

Again, these differences in income growth are rooted in productivity growth. Between 1995 and 2019, Australia's average growth in labour productivity exceeded Canada's by 0.3 percentage points. Between 1996 and 1999, however, Australia experienced a labour productivity surge, averaging 3.6 per cent compared to Canada's 1.5 per cent, less than half Australia's rate.

What explains this long-term outperformance?

Australia benefited from extensive economic reforms beginning in the early 1980s and continuing through the 1990s that opened up the economy to foreign trade and investment, deregulated markets for goods and financial services, privatized state-owned businesses and introduced sweeping competition reforms.

Governments in Canada undertook similar reforms in the 1990s, but without the same impact on productivity growth. Some analysts attributed Canada's weak productivity growth (relative to the U.S.) to rising commodity prices and an appreciation in the Canadian dollar. However, Australia faced much the same shock to commodity prices and its exchange rate over the same period. Indeed, in 2011, Australia's exchange rate rose to its highest level since being floated in 1983.

Put simply, the Australian economy has outperformed Canada because of investment. At least until very recently, Australia has sustained a much higher level of investment as a share of its economy. Investment spending is key to new innovations and technologies that drive productivity growth. Consider that between 1995 and 2020, Australia's total investment represented 26 per cent as a share of the economy compared to just 22 per cent in Canada.

Clearly, the key role of investment spending in the outperformance of the Australian economy suggests that Canadian policymakers must pay more attention to policies that inhibit business investment."> ... KNtUqGNJMw">
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I miss Joe. We would hook up, but he has never been with a conservative man.
The Guest Nest / Joe, will you be my Valentine?
February 13, 2021, 12:14:53 AM
I wub you. :6:
I would like to meet him.
I present exhibit A as evidence.">
Probably not. Oh well. He is still handsome.
I just checked Sweden's COVID-19 stats. They have about 6800 cases of the coronavirus.

While other European countries are under strict lockdowns, Swedes can still go to school, drink at pubs, and mingle in parks and streets. The country's chief epidemiologist says the unusual measures are rooted in national values of voluntarism and trust

The Scandinavian country is pursuing what Prime Minister Stefan Lofven calls a "common sense" response to the pandemic by keeping the country largely functioning and aiming health measures at the most vulnerable.

"We who are adults need to be exactly that – adults. Not spread panic or rumours," Mr. Lofven said in a televised address to the country last week. "No one is alone in this crisis, but each person has a heavy responsibility."

The approach has put Sweden at odds with many countries across Europe, including its neighbours – Denmark, Norway and Finland – where almost all public venues have been shut and people have been ordered to stay indoors. In Sweden, most bars, restaurants and schools remain open, and people continue to mingle in parks and on city streets.

The government has introduced social-distancing guidelines and encouraged people to work from home. Gatherings of more than 50 people have also been banned, and some businesses, notably cinemas and ski resorts, have voluntarily closed. But few of the measures are mandatory, and almost no one expects Sweden to adopt the kind of fines and police checks that have become commonplace in Britain, France, Spain and Italy.

"In Sweden we are following the tradition that we have in Sweden and working very much with voluntary measures, very much with informing the public about the right things to do. That has worked reasonably well so far," Anders Tegnell, Sweden's chief epidemiologist and main architect of the policy, said in an interview from Stockholm.

Dr. Tegnell said most people are travelling less, working from home and adhering to social-distancing measures.

"We know that [with] these kinds of voluntary measures that we put in place in Sweden, we can basically go on with them for months and years if necessary." And even though the economy has slowed, "it has the potential to start moving as usual very, very quickly once these things are over.""> ... -pandemic/">
The Guest Nest / I will deflower Joe
February 16, 2020, 08:28:29 PM
Someone suggested one of us should take one for the team, so Joe can lose his virginity. I am willing to be that sacrificial lamb. I will be the one to deflower Joe.
The Guest Nest / Any hot gay men out there
January 08, 2020, 08:37:12 PM
I'm Thiel, nice to meet you.
I am going to post a few articles here by Anthony Furey.

Stephen Harper was the best minority pm we have have ever had. He guided this country through the worst economic downturn in seventy years.

He showed Bush, Obama, the American congress and the Europeans the right response in a severe downturn.

It's no surprise he is one of the most respected statesmen in the world today.

QuoteThe most compelling part of Stephen Harper's new book, Right Here, Right Now, is that it lives up to its title.

It's not a trip down memory lane, like so many political memoirs, where a politician out to pasture regales the reader with stories of the past.

In fact, this isn't a memoir at all. It's the former Canadian PM's take on the most pressing and hottest public policy issues of the day. And Harper pulls no punches.

Trade, Trump, carbon taxes, open borders — it's all here. Even the NFL protests make a cameo. Whatever your politics, this is the must-read political book of the year.

The chapters that wade through President Donald Trump, Brexit and other populist schisms present Harper as something of an earnest referee in a saga that has been too often fuelled by shoddy reporting and a deliberate misrepresentation of others' motives (like constant unsubstantiated allegations of racism).

Harper's message is simple: Listen to regular people. Don't talk at them or down to them. Their concerns are earnest and legitimate.

When it comes to Canadian politics, Harper has made a point of keeping a low public profile since losing the 2015 federal election to current PM Justin Trudeau. In keeping with the convention practised by former PMs and U.S. Presidents, he's offered no aggressive criticism of his successor. He's only spoken out twice — on the Khadr pay-out and, via a memo to his clients, concerning NAFTA.

For those hoping Right Here, Right Now bucks that trend, they will be somewhat rewarded. Harper does not outright mention Trudeau by name. There is no partisan politics in this book. This solely is a book about issues.

But Trudeau haunts every second page of this book. Because so many of the issues Harper weighs in on are issues Trudeau now faces.

Like how the former PM has zero time for carbon taxes, finding it surprising the number of business people who champion it.

"Such thinking reflects a dangerous disconnect between elite consensus and regular citizens."

Harper describes carbon taxes as revenues tools levied against regular voters that "are not effective at reducing emissions."

The chapter on immigration is more about Trump's wall and the DACA troubles, but it's hard to imagine Harper wrote it without the Roxham Road border crisis — where Trudeau seems to enjoy fanning the flames — coming to mind.

"We are witnessing the liberal left openly embrace extreme views on immigration as a matter of principle," he writes. "The 'open borders' position is the clearest example."

The current PM uses concerns about borders to question peoples' motives and call Conservatives bad names. Harper has a message for those at risk of taking the bait: "We no more need 'closed borders' than we need 'open borders'," he advises.

He elsewhere stresses that "conservatives should remain pro-market, pro-trade, pro-globalization, and pro-immigration at heart... And being pro-immigration should never mean sanctioning the erasure of our borders or ignoring the interests of our citizens."

There are a couple sections that are than thinly veiled digs at Trudeau, ones that the current PM's detractors and Harper supporters will say were a long time coming.

Such as the former PM's insistence that "it is the principal responsibility of national governments to protect and advance the interests of their citizens. The notion that we live in a "post-national" world is theoretically unsound and factually incorrect."

And who was it who famously claimed Canada could become the first post-national state? Trudeau, of course.

While Harper repeatedly speaks positively about immigration, he also stresses the importance of integration. One example he gives of an integration policy that he championed was the updating of the citizenship guide.

"We included, for example, a passage about how female genital mutilation, honour killings, and other similar customs constitute 'barbaric cultural practices'," he writes. "Only politicians seeking support in the darkest corners object to stating such basic norms."

Trudeau had a problem with that wording when in opposition and last year his government removed it.

A recurring theme throughout the book is Harper's concern about the troubling direction society has drifted in recent years. Such as how he decries that "left-wing education systems" have sheltered students from "understanding the real economic and human costs of economic collectivism." Or his worry that "a return to socialist economics in this day and age would take Western countries on a certain, irreversible, long-term decline."

But Right Here, Right Now is not a critical rant.

It's predominantly a story with a positive message to convey, about how earnestly listening to regular peoples' concerns amidst this era of populist disruption can help re-align public policy to the advantage of all.

It's a refreshing change to see a former parliamentarian offer a look forward, rather than tales from the past. It's also a sign that Harper is far from done weighing in on the issues of the day.
The Flea Trap / Odinson, where do you live in Finland
October 17, 2018, 07:36:23 PM
I will probably be doing a business trip to Sweden and Finland in the next three months. Depending on where you are, I was wondering if you want to meet for a coffee or a beer?
The Flea Trap / Why does SCOUSE hate Seoulbro?
October 06, 2018, 08:44:37 PM
They offered passive returns on investments in pos machines. It operated out of Barrie, Ontario and was run by Charles Debonno, Jim Gaudry.  Brian Coneybeare and Henry Wilkenson.

My cousin and her husband invested $60,000 last year. They were receiving a monthly return until the con artists pulled the pin  and ran.

Contact Detective Michael Streng (or his partner Detective Wilson) at Toronto Police - Financial Crimes Division 416 808-7300 if you were a victim.
I don't about this. This could bring cause worse environmental damage than a combustion engine.

The U.K. became the latest European country to mark the end of the line for diesel and gasoline fueled cars as automakers such as Volvo race to build electric vehicles or face the consequences of getting left behind.

In London, the government said it will ban sales of the vehicles by 2040, two weeks after France announced a similar plan to reduce air pollution and become a carbon-neutral nation. For some in the auto industry, the plans are too much too soon while environmental campaigners say exactly the opposite.

"We could undermine the U.K.'s successful automotive sector if we don't allow enough time for the industry to adjust," said Mike Hawes, chief executive officer of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. "Outright bans risk undermining the current market for new cars and our sector, which supports over 800,000 jobs across the U.K.," he said. "The industry instead wants a positive approach which gives consumers incentives to purchase these cars."

Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, is keen to shore up diesel, since it powers many of its lucrative sport utility vehicles and big sedans, but others are embracing the new reality. Sweden's Volvo Car Group said that by 2019 all of its cars will have an electric motor, while BMW AG will build an electric version of its iconic Mini compact car in Britain.

The global shift toward electric vehicles will create upheaval across a number of sectors, from oil majors harmed by reduced gasoline demand to spark plug and fuel injection makers whose products aren't needed by plug-in cars. In the U.K., the decision is partly brought on by stringent European Union emission rules that the country must follow even as it is set to leave the bloc.

Electric vehicles will likely grow in popularity in the second half of the next decade due to plunging battery prices, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The analysts see the proportion of fully electric cars sold in the U.K. rising to one in 12 by 2030, from one in 200 today.

"Our modelling shows that 79 percent of new cars could be electric by 2040 in the U.K. even under existing policies, thanks to rapidly falling battery costs," said Albert Cheung, analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "To close the gap to 100 percent, we'll need to see much greater investments in charging infrastructure, to make sure people have somewhere to plug in."

Not all countries are on the same page. With tens of thousands of jobs at stake, Germany is looking for ways to reduce automotive emissions without moving toward an outright ban on vehicles with combustion engines. State and federal officials are set to meet next week in Berlin with auto-industry executives to discuss possibly retrofitting cars currently on the street with new technology to reduce pollution from exhaust."> ... -telegraph">