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And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:38:59 PM EST
Canadians and Americans Review Afghan Mission

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? - Canada's combat role in Afghanistan is vital to the future of the region, and they should stay there until they get the job done.

                    Canada      U.S.

Very much agree       19%       18%

Somewhat agree        29%       48%

Somewhat disagree     26%       26%

Very much disagree    25%       9%

Source: Ipsos-Reid / Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars / Canada Institute on North American Issues
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,173 adult Canadians and 1,038 adult Americans, conducted from Sept. 21 to Sept. 26, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

It almost looks as though Canadians are tiring of their presence in Afghanistan as well.  This can't be good for the long term success of the NATO mission there.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:34:02 PM EST
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Afghanistan a Lost Cause for Canadians

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? - Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan are dying for a cause we cannot win.

Agree            59%

Disagree         34%

Not sure          7%

Source: Decima Research / Canadian Press
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 2,038 Canadian adults, conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 18, 2006. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

This is very bad, the US is depending on foreign support to keep Afghanistan.  It would be ironic painfully so, if the US was forced to flee Afganistan before pulling out of Iraq becaue the Allies don't suport the mission.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:46:37 PM EST
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Americans Urge for Action on Oil Imports

Do you think it is very important that the United States become less dependent on oil imports?

Yes            73%

No              5%

What is more important, conserving energy or developing new sources of energy?

Developing new sources of energy    71%

Conserving energy                   21%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

This one is for Jerome.  I guess the meaning depends on what is meant by developing new sources of energy.  Does that mean building windmills and ethanol plants, or drilling for oil in the Great Lakes.  (Yes, that has been discussed.)

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:37:38 PM EST
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It means don't bother me, someone else should act!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 11:11:17 AM EST
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Americans Question Link Between Iraq and Safety

Do you think that America's safety from terrorism depends upon our success in the war in Iraq, or does it not depend upon our success in the war in Iraq?

Depends           37%

Does not depend   57%

Not sure          6%

Do you think Iraq is in a civil war, or do you think Iraq is not in a civil war?

Iraq is in a civil war       61%

Iraq is not in a civil war   29%

Not sure                     10%

Do you think the war in Iraq is helping the United States in its ability to win the war on terrorism, hurting the United States in its ability to win the war on terrorism, or not making a difference either way in the war on terrorism?

Helping the U.S.           32%

Hurting the U.S.           46%

Not making a difference    19%

Not sure                   3%

Source: Hart/McInturff / The Wall Street Journal / NBC News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 805 registered American voters, conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, won't get fooled again.......

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:42:33 PM EST
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Fox Keeps Stable Numbers in Mexico

In general, do you approve or disapprove of Vicente Fox's performance as president?

          Sept. 2006 Aug. 2005 Aug. 2004

Approve       55%      55%      51%

Disapprove    22%      23%      23%

Source: Parametría
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,000 Mexican adults, conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 11, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:49:11 PM EST
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Good Numbers for New PM Abe in Japan

Do you approve of disapprove of Shinzo Abe's cabinet?

Approve            70.4%

Disapprove         14.2%

Source: Yomiuri
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 946 Japanese adults, conducted on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, 2006. No margin of error was provided.

This is good.  The last thing that is needed in Northeast Asia with Kim Jong Il playing nuclear brinksmanship is a Japanese leader who feels the need to prove himself militarily.  Especially in the wake of what happened when Olmert tried to prove himself in Lebanon.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:00:00 PM EST
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I'm a bit sceptical. Japanese politics is still not exactly about pleasing the masses, the masses are expected to vote for the right elderman. If Abe Shinzo feels the need to prove himself to other potentates, then we have a problem. Since he has the record of a fiery nationalist who has spoken about military strength before, I think we do have a problem (though unclear how serious).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 11:08:47 AM EST
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Now that they North Koreans have tested a nuclear weapon, I guess we get to see how Japan reacts. I highly suspect that the whole neighborhood is going to go nuclear. (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan)  And we all though that the end of the Cold War ended the threat of nuclear war....  

Yet, we have 4 potential new nuclear states in the last week from this.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 01:22:54 PM EST
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I read somewhere years ago that Japan allegedly had a secret nuke development programme, which enables it to build a bomb from the second the government decides they shall turn nuclear power, so indeed this could be it. (I wonder though if anyone better versed in these matters, like Pierre or our Japan contingent, knows anything about this.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 02:33:42 PM EST
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Palestinians Split Over Suicide Bombings

How do you feel about the suicide bombings operations against Israeli civilians? Do you strongly support it, somewhat support it, somewhat oppose it or strongly oppose it?

Strongly support          22.5%

Somewhat support          25.5%

Somewhat oppose           32.1%

Strongly oppose           17.8%

Do you support the resumption of the military operations against Israeli targets as a suitable response within the current political conditions, or do you reject them and find them harmful to the Palestinian national interests?

Suitable response       43.1%

I reject them           53.2%

Source: Jerusalem Media & Communication Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,200 adults in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, conducted from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:02:20 PM EST
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Many Israelis Fear Iran, Feel Threatened

Do you fear for the very existence of the State of Israel?

Yes         54%

No          45%

What do you think is the most dangerous threat for the State of Israel today?

                             2006    1997

Iran                         54%     31%

Palestinians / Hamas         8%      29%

Hezbollah                    7%      13%

Syria                        7%      13%

Ourselves                    7%      --

Other Arab states            3%     2%

Source: Teleseker / Maariv
Methodology: Interviews with 500 Israeli adults, conducted on Sept. 29, 2006. Margin of error is 4.3 per cent.



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:10:48 PM EST
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