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It's entirely true that abortion is one of those difficult questions. It's even true that the answers rather divide Americans. However, it's still possible to help out Salon here with their question on the subject:
Ending Roe v. Wade is the goal of draconian new abortion laws — and we're getting closer every day
Why does the Biden administration remain silent on abortion, when 3/4 of Americans want the right preserved?
The answer being that abortion, whether yea or nay, is nothing to do with the Federal Government. And, last time I looked at least, the Biden administration was in charge of the executive branch of the Federal government. That means that abortion, whether yea or nay, is nothing to do with them.
Yes, we know, progressives always do think that the answer lies in the Feds doing something. And yet we do actually have rules that say they have to butt out...
Dearden is from Global Justice Now - the usual bunch of Trots who never quite have left mother's basement. Their political views haven't advanced from the age when that was where the train sets were either. Nor, actually, has their knowledge:
The trade rules contained in the UK-Australia deal will be a disaster for the environment. On the one hand, it will certainly increase carbon emissions if we replace food from Britain, or our near neighbours, with food from a country on the opposite side of the world.
No, not really, As Adam Smith pointed out it used rather less resources to get our wine from Bourdeaux than it did to grow the grapes in Scotland. Tomatoes from southern Spain have, even after transport, lower emissions than those hothoused in England. New Zealand lamb - yea after transport - has fewer emissions than Welsh hillside stuff. Whether Oz beef will than...
It's possible that Amazon is simply packed full of thuggish racists who delight in keeping the poor folk down. Possible, even if perhaps a little unlikely.
It's also possible that we don't give a damn even if it is. The value of the company to us is the value of the services the company provides to us and how they do so isn't all that important. Or, perhaps, we could go with the standard economic view and point out that being a racist is expensive. It reduces the available labour pool, increases costs relative to output and therefore isn't in the shareholders' interests.
But that's not, really, what the race equity activists are complaining about. This is:
“Beth is a brilliant operations professional and engineer,” the longtime HR manager added, “but it’s not surprising that these issues would be coming up under her because these aren’t issues she prioritizes or...
This isn't what Transparency International quite means to say here but it is indeed what they are saying. Government provided health care leads to corruption:
Almost a third of residents in the EU relied on personal connections to access healthcare during the Covid crisis, and around one in five in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Lithuania paid a bribe for such services, a report on corruption has found.
Across the EU’s 27 member states, nearly two-thirds (62%) of the 40,000 respondents in a survey conducted by Transparency International said corruption in their government was a major problem and three-quarters (76%) said it had been stagnating or getting worse.
The clear and obvious point being that if health care is offered at market prices then there's no point in paying a bribe for it, is there? Because if you pay the market price then you get the health care.
It's only if government is offering...