Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

On the January 24, 2015 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism, I discussed:

Hey, hey, hey, it’s not Fat Albert, it’s Bill Cosby who came to town, Target Canada didn’t hit the mark and is going out of business, a woman who found porn on her cell phone, local government shenanigans and I am not Charlie.

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After a month-and-a-half hiatus, Exposing Faux Capitalism will be back live on Truth Frequency Radio, now airing every Saturday from 2 to 3 PM EDT.

Tune in for unconventional talk about economics and politics, including interviews with top alternative economics writers and analysts like Ellen Brown, Bill Still, Byron Dale, Anthony Migchels and Joseph Meyer.

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Saudi ArabiaThat’s what Dennis Fetcho, host of Inside the Eye Live!, did on September 8, 2013, with his first broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after hosting his show from Amman, Jordan, for several years.

Seven minutes into the show, he said what we already knew, but is good to hear direct confirmation of, that there is an unwritten rule, and a “chill” in the American ex-pat community of talking politics and religion while living in Saudi Arabia.

Despite that, he went on to talk about much of the politics in the region, and about some of his observations while living there.

Listen in to get a first-hand perspective of living and working in the capital of one of the world’s most tightly-controlled societies.

For more on Saudi Arabia, see my articles:

1) Rachael Rudolph says she feels at home in Saudi Arabia, just like in the United States.

2) Shariah-compliant Saudi Arabia and UAE are no strangers to international banking hegemony.

3) Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer in 2009

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Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Reading the online version of Canada’s most widely read newspaper, The Toronto Star, on April 14th, I saw the headline, “Hébert: Debates keep Harper on road to majority.

I was struck by that headline, since nothing I had read up to that point seemed to indicate that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was headed for a majority government on election day.

When I read the article itself, it told a very different story than the impression given by the headline.

It started with:

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper comes out of the televised debates with his ambition for a governing majority intact.

Every national party leader has the ambition of forming a majority government, no matter how low he/she is in the polls.

It went on to say the following things that further distanced the text of the article from the impression given by the headline:

As for Harper, his majority is hardly in the bag.

The risk-adverse Conservative campaign could move prematurely into low gear — as it did in 2004 — causing the party to fail to cover the extra mile to a majority.

But the debates do pave the way for a final push to propel the party to the safe side of the majority line on May 2.

After reading the article, I came away with the clear impression that the headline was deliberately designed to rally the Star’s relatively Liberal and NDP-leaning readership into supporting the Liberals in the next election, who would otherwise be more relaxed if they figured the Conservatives were going to form a third minority government, as pre-election campaign poll numbers showed.

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Arms of Canada

From the elections.ca Handbook for Nomination Contestants, Their Financial Agents and Auditors:

Contribution limits

Any individual who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada may make these contributions:

up to $1,000 in total in any calendar year to a particular registered party
up to $1,000 in total in any calendar year to the registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates of a particular registered party
up to $1,000 in total to a candidate for a particular election who does not represent a registered political party
up to $1,000 in total to the contestants in a particular leadership contest

Yet, when it comes to voting requirements, you have to be a Canadian citizen:

You are entitled to vote in federal elections and referendums if you are a Canadian citizen, and will be 18 or older on polling day.

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U.S. Senator Bob Smith of New HampshireBob Smith, former U.S. Senator from New Hampshire from 1990 to 2003, derided “liberals” during his January 21, 2011 appearance on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith.

Yet, he voted for “The Liberal Lion” Ted Kennedy’s No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, as you will see in the Senate’s official roll call vote here.

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We talk differently here!

Former director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, told us what the word “immediately” means in Washington speak, in his September 14, 2010 interview with Charlie Rose:

PETER ORSZAG: …There’s also a trade off analytically — put the politics aside — analytically to the size of the recovery act because the amount of money you can get out the door quickly that will boost the economy immediately is quite limited, maybe $200, $300, $400 billion.”

CHARLIE ROSE: Immediately means?

PETER ORSZAG: You know, within a year.

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