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Food for thought

In an article published in today's Sydney Morning Herald, Jane Shilling of the London Telegraph argues that White House secretary, Sarah Sanders, should not have been refused service by the Red Hen restaurant because of her politics. She also argues that civility is the key to creating dialogue with the Trump administration.

Fuck civility. Shilling could not be more wrong.

Illegal Immigration into the US

Illegal immigration was a serious crisis during the 80's and 90's, when well over a million people (almost all Mexican) were illegally crossing the border every year. Since then, though, it's fallen by over 80%, and illegal immigration from Mexico has fallen by roughly 90%. Over the last decade, though, illegal immigration from Central America has risen from basically nothing to roughly half of the total.

Andrew Bolt and Domestic Violence

Here is the full story:

Women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home, than from some monster lurking in the bushes

One in four Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner, according to the most recent analysis of homicide statistics in Australia

One in four Australian women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner

The ABC can never be sold

On June 17, The Guardian reported that senior members of the Liberal Party were in "damage control" after the Liberal Party's peak council votes to privitise the ABC. They have, of course, already slashed funding to the public broadcaster and have made no secret of their continuing opposition to the independent public broadcaster which provides of news and information across remote corners of the country.

Holding Kids Hostage

Donald Trump is literally holding kids hostage. He has basically admitted that they are keeping kids in cages in inhumane conditions in order to force Democrats and principled conservatives to support funding for the border wall. This asshole is literally keeping kids locked up without adult supervision (other kids who aren't even related have been having to change kids' diapers because adults aren't taking care of them)...and this fascist fuck has the audacity to say "well, we'll stop doing this to these kids when the opposition caves on the border wall."

Australia's Newest Threat

Immigration minister and Border Force Obergruppenführer, Peter Dutton, has warned that Australia is at risk of succumbing to compassion.

Citizens are being urged to remain vigilant against the spread of compassion in Australia which, if left unchecked, could see our society regress into an egalitarian dystopia, where greed and self-interest struggle to survive.

Risk tolerance and income

Food for thought: As a person's income rises, their risk tolerance increases. If the money is saved or invested, then as the risk tolerance increases, the average return on investment also increases. As the average return on investment increases, the net present value of that income also goes up. If you take the resulting net present value and tax it at a flat rate, you get something that looks an awful lot like a progressive tax system.

The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax

Here is an update on the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax:

In the 12 months that Robert Mueller has been conducting his witch hunt hoax, 20 witches and three witches’ businesses have either been indicted or admitted guilt and a total of 75 charges (none concerning witchcraft) have been laid.

Five witches are now cooperating with the witch hunt.

The Witch-in-Chief has begun insisting that he has the constitutional right to pardon himself from charges that might result from the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax.

Real Republicans

Conservative: "America is a Republic, not a Democracy."

Dude, shut the fuck up! You are a fucking idiot.

Republicanism is a philosophy of democratic government that specifically defines liberty in such a way that their very definition of freedom entails universal healthcare, elimination of poverty, abolition of wage-slavery, free college, et al. Bernie Sanders is basically the only real republican in American politics.

Swedish Economic Figures and Swedish Propertarians

Sometime ago I encountered a Swedish propertarian, who was horrified at the level of his country's national debt, and citing the number exclaimed:

Haha this is swedens national debt. But you are probably a "an"com that doesn't understand economics XD

Well I might only have a modicum of knowledge of economics, but I know the difference between gross public debt and net public debt. Here's how the rest of the conversation went.

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