7 April 2016   Leave a comment

Dutch voters, by an almost 2-1 margin, voted not to approve a relationship between the European Union and Ukraine.  Only 32% of the electorate participated in the referendum, just barely above the 30% required to consider the outcome valid.  But the vote will certainly delay any economic relationship for the hard-pressed Ukraine.  The vote seemed to be primarily motivated by a dislike of Ukranian President Poroshenko rather than a repudiation of Ukraine as a whole.  The Dutch government seems to favor the relationship, so we should expect some negotiations between the Netherlands and the EU to try to make the arrangement more palatable to Dutch voters.

There are times when it is very difficult to determine how citizens make political decisions.  But there is extensive evidence that most people are capable of believing some rather extraordinary things.  For example, 4% of the American people (12.5 million people) believe that lizard people control American politics. And 13% of voters think that President Obama is the Anti-Christ.

Conspiracy Percent believing Number of Americans believing
JFK was killed by conspiracy 51 percent 160,096,160
Bush intentionally misled on Iraq WMDs 44 percent 138,122,178
Global warming is a hoax 37 percent 116,148,195
Aliens exist 29 percent 91,035,072
New World Order 28 percent 87,895,931
Hussein was involved in 9/11 28 percent 87,895,931
A UFO crashed at Roswell 21 percent 65,921,948
Vaccines are linked to autism 20 percent 62,782,808
The government controls minds with TV 15 percent 47,087,106
Medical industry invents diseases 15 percent 47,087,106
CIA developed crack 14 percent 43,947,966
Bigfoot exists 14 percent 43,947,966
Obama is the Antichrist 13 percent 40,808,825
The government allowed 9/11 11 percent 34,530,544
Fluoride is dangerous 9 percent 28,252,264
The moon landing was faked 7 percent 21,973,983
Bin Laden is alive 6 percent 18,834,842
Airplane contrails are sinister chemicals 5 percent 15,695,702
McCartney died in 1966 5 percent 15,695,702
Lizard people control politics 4 percent 12,556,562

 

They are controlling your lives!!

Tokers

The Washington Post has a heart-breaking article on the devastation of the city of Homs in Syria.  There are photographs and a video that illustrate the destruction of a once vibrant and vital city.  Whenever we discuss matters of war and peace, it is imperative that we do not allow the abstractions of theory or strategy to divert us from the central reality of war:  the innocents invariably pay the highest price of any conflict.

 

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Posted April 8, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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