Friday, October 14, 2016

Is Democracy As We Treasure it Safe? US Election 8 November 2016

Finally, a Whiskey for People Who Prefer Vodka...

Why so many of America’s sushi restaurants are owned by Chinese immigrants. If you guessed “because the markup is better than on Chinese food,” well, you got it right

What If All The Poor People Were Gone?

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The turning point for Baird — though he played it down at the time — was almost certainly a Newspoll in the last week of September that showed a disastrous slide in his satisfaction ratings among voters, and a serious slip in the Baird-led Coalition’s two-party-preferred lead over Labor.Miscalculations do not come much bigger for political leaders who base their authority on looking after voters' best interests and sticking with decisions. In the name of doing the right thing for the people ...
It was previously unthinkable, given the handsome win at last year’s election, and the Premier’s assumed popularity, that Baird’s government could be in danger of losing when voters next went to the polls in March 2019. But the mathematics had now forced a high-flying premier to earth.
Baird took a week’s break after the bad poll and did some soul searching. A few of the experienced older hands from cabinet had a word to him, too. It was no rebellion, more friendly advice from Hazzard and others that — despite agreement that policy settings were more or less correct on a range of fronts — there was a growing public perception that the government was dictatorial and arrogant. Further­more, Jones and company were showing no signs of stopping. There was the risk of a crisis of confidence.

Selected Tweets from @SamuelBBeckett:

Beckett’s most quoted line fits comfortably into a single tweet with 69 characters to spare—perhaps one of the reasons it’s tweeted almost every hour of every day. Taken from an experimental late prose work, Worstward Ho, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” has taken on a life of its own. The line is often interpreted as an inspirational slogan, although calling it an anti-inspirational slogan might be closer to the mark. Either way, it succinctly captures Beckett’s restless persistence in the face of uncertainty and difficulty, something that clearly resonates with a large number of people.

Election Day in the United States of America is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It can fall on or between November 2 and November 8. The earliest possible date is November 2, and the latest possible date is November 8 - as it will be for the 2016 election. For federal offices (President, Vice President, and United States Congress), Election Day occurs only in even-numbered years. It is the day when popular ballots are held to select public officials