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Making America more like Scandinavia

By tovarichpeter follow tovarichpeter   2016 Jul 12, 10:28am 34,866 views   159 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/nordic-countries-united-states/490847/

A once powerful demographic group is losing ground in American politics. For most of the countrys history, white Christian Americathe cultural and political edifice built primarily by white Protestant Christians set the tone for our national conversations and shaped American ideals. But today, many white Christian Americans feel profoundly anxious as their numbers and influence are waning. The two primary branches of their family tree, white mainline and white evangelical Protestants, offer competing narratives about their decline. White mainline Protestants blame evangelical Protestants for turning off the younger generation with their anti-gay rhetoric and tendency to conflate Christianity with conservative, nationalist...

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120   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 23, 8:16am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Meanwhile in Poland:
122   ad   ignore (0)   2020 Feb 8, 6:46pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Norway invests its money for social security and government pensions in the stock markets of the world.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_Pension_Fund_of_Norway

I realize the US Social Security Trust Fund only invests its surplus in US Treasury Notes. It has to along with the Federal Reserve to buy US debt like treasury notes. If not, then the US government could not effectively sustain government operations and debt service. If the demand drops by Social Security not buying US debt, then the interest rate for US debt like 10 year Treasury Note would increase significantly. This will make debt service even more difficult for the US government. Also it could have additional effect on raising mortgage rates.
123   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Feb 8, 7:31pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

AD says
Norway invests its money for social security and government pensions in the stock markets of the world.


While they probably average pretty good returns with that, they are also risking disaster if there is a global stock market crash.
125   ad   ignore (0)   2020 Feb 8, 10:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
AD says
Norway invests its money for social security and government pensions in the stock markets of the world.


While they probably average pretty good returns with that, they are also risking disaster if there is a global stock market crash.


Patrick, I would suspect Norway invests no more than 40% in stocks in its sovereign wealth fund.

That is why I like Vanguard's Lifestrategy Funds. Each is a fund of funds.

The Lifestrategy Conservative Growth Fund is 40% stocks and 60% investment grade bonds.
126   ad   ignore (0)   2020 Feb 8, 10:39pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I like Vanguard Target Income Fund (VTINX). It has returned 5.4% annually since its inception in 2003. Its worst year was in 2008 when it returned -11%.

I think pension funds need to earn about 6% a year. Investing in VTINX gets you close to that.
127   ad   ignore (0)   2020 Feb 8, 10:43pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Tenpoundbass says


Tenpoundbass, my wife grew up in the Soviet Union during the 1980s and lived in Kiev and Saint Petersburg.

She said Soviet stood for Socialist Workers State. Any one who was able to work and did not contribute to the works state was labeled essentially a traitor. They risked being sent to re-education and work camps in the far regions bordering the southern provinces and China, as well as northeastern Russia.
129   HunterTits   ignore (4)   2020 Mar 1, 8:49pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

AD says
I realize the US Social Security Trust Fund only invests its surplus in US Treasury Notes


No. They do not. They invest in special bonds called Intergovernmental Debentures. They are not US treasuries. IDs can not be sold on the bond market and they can be legally defaulted upon by Congress.

They just flat out lie when they tell you they are buying Treasuries. Just like they lied for decades about how everyone was paying into "their" SS 'account', which was totally untrue. SCOTUS even confirmed this when someone sued to based on the believe that their SS 'account' was recognized as property under the law.
131   Onvacation   ignore (5)   2020 May 3, 1:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Booger says

Wow 100 years! Too bad half of it was under the occupation of totalitarian powers.

I went to Poland way back in '96. I stopped in Krakow and realized why the Poles let the Germans take it without a fight in WW2; what a beautiful city!

I took a night train to Warsaw. Got off the train at dawn, walked around the soviet architecture, found breakfast, and jumped on a train to Berlin. Never made it to old town but Warsaw was not pretty.
132   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 May 3, 1:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Booger says


That's a good idea, and should be in Chinese as well.

There are lots of young Chinese who have literally never heard about the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
134   Misc   ignore (0)   2020 May 20, 5:19pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Voting...imagine that ! ! !

The US never got to vote for legal recognition of Trans people. I think if we brought up the measure for vote the liberals would freak the fuck out.
135   ignoreme   ignore (3)   2020 May 20, 5:43pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Misc says
Voting...imagine that ! ! !

The US never got to vote for legal recognition of Trans people. I think if we brought up the measure for vote the liberals would freak the fuck out.


Hey!!! The electoral college is rigged!!!!
136   Misc   ignore (0)   2020 May 20, 5:46pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Try bringing the measure up for a State ballot referendum.
137   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2020 May 29, 6:26am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/ikea-manager-charged-firing-catholic-employee-who-criticized-lgbt-event

IKEA Manager Charged for Firing Catholic Employee Who Criticized LGBT Event

An IKEA manager in Krakow, Poland has been charged with violating the religious freedom of a Catholic employee who was fired last year for objecting to the company's internal corporate support of homosexuality and the LGBT agenda.

The IKEA human resources manager was charged by the prosecutor's office in Warsaw and, if found guilty, could face a fine or up to two years in prison, reported U.S. News & World Report. The Catholic employee has also filed a civil lawsuit against the company.
138   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2020 Aug 11, 11:07am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

T-Shirt from Poland:
"Don't cry over the black guy"
140   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Sep 9, 8:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

All Western nations should ban mosques.

Every mosque is an enemy military base.
141   NDrLoR   ignore (1)   2020 Sep 9, 9:00pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

ad says
Any one who was able to work and did not contribute to the works
In other words they don't have a generous six months unemployment benefit?
142   Onvacation   ignore (5)   2020 Sep 10, 8:39am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

ignoreme says
Hey!!! The electoral college is rigged!!!!

And thank God the founders had the prescience to make it that way.
143   Booger   ignore (7)   2020 Sep 21, 1:45pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

In Bulgaria:
144   Rb6d   ignore (0)   2020 Sep 21, 1:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Booger says
In Bulgaria:

looks like soccer fans, they are the most feisty - I wonder who was the opponent of Ultra CSKA Sofia
145   Booger   ignore (7)   2020 Nov 25, 4:33pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      



I'm convinced they’re putting super male vitality in the water over there instead of fluoride.
146   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2020 Dec 19, 1:43pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Polish freedom of speech bill: Under its provisions, social media services will not be allowed to remove content or block accounts if the content on them does not break Polish law.
https://polandin.com/51388314/justice-minister-announces-online-freedom-of-speech-bill
148   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Dec 31, 6:13pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Maybe it's time to brush up on my Polish. I took one semester after visiting grandma's town of Tuliszków when I was in college.
149   Blue   ignore (0)   2020 Dec 31, 10:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

zzyzzx says


Make it billions and that is for each occurrence make it more effective.
150   BayArea   ignore (1)   2021 Jan 1, 6:57am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I love Poland!
153   Booger   ignore (7)   2021 Feb 2, 3:45pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Hungary Orders Publisher To Include Warning Label On Children's Book That Depicts Homosexuality As Normal

https://christiansfortruth.com/hungary-orders-publisher-to-include-warning-label-on-childrens-book-that-depicts-homosexuality-as-normal/
154   Patrick   ignore (1)   2021 Feb 2, 7:49pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Booger says
Hungary Orders Publisher To Include Warning Label On Children's Book That Depicts Homosexuality As Normal

https://christiansfortruth.com/hungary-orders-publisher-to-include-warning-label-on-childrens-book-that-depicts-homosexuality-as-normal/


This is a wise decision. Gayness is a life-shortening disease spread through pedophilia and propaganda.
157   HunterTits   ignore (4)   2021 Feb 22, 12:51pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

zzyzzx says
POLAND, how is it getting RICH?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1F1c3osIDg


This was predicted 20 years ago. Most of E Europe has had higher annual GDP growth than Germany.
158   richwicks   ignore (4)   2021 Feb 22, 2:15pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
Booger says
Hungary Orders Publisher To Include Warning Label On Children's Book That Depicts Homosexuality As Normal

https://christiansfortruth.com/hungary-orders-publisher-to-include-warning-label-on-childrens-book-that-depicts-homosexuality-as-normal/


This is a wise decision. Gayness is a life-shortening disease spread through pedophilia and propaganda.


I'd agree on one point, it should certainly not be taught to children. At most, they should be made aware it exists, not that it is "normal behavior".

I've known quite a few gay people, trust me, they're stuck with it, but it shouldn't be promoted. The problem is at 13-15 most boys would fuck anything with a warm moist hole.

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