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What does it mean, Government shutdown? he asked. He tried out an answer to his own question: It means the funding of official things has to stop for a certain time. But that cant be for long, or can it? I said we dont know. Does this lead to a new election? Timo asked. And if so, on what level: Senate? House of Representatives? Not in our system, I said. Well have to let it work itself out. For years, American officials visiting China marvelled at how Chinese leaders could push through infrastructure projects and sweeping legislative changes, without the complications of opposition and the niceties of voting. It always bothered me a bit to hear visitors rave about the efficiency of Chinese authoritarianism, when there was so much they didnt seehow the government was poorly equipped to hear the demands of its people, how it was captive to the whims of a minority determined to hold on to power. When I got worked up, I suspect I began to sound like a flag-waver. There were moments on October 1st, in Washington, when I found myself wondering about some of the same problems on this side of the Pacific. How did a system so well designed to absorb the demands of its people become captive to so few? How many times do we get to do this before people start to wonder if were still the best place to visit? The best place to study? To work?

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It is clear that the United States, despite having power greater than the twenty largest countries of the world, including Russia and China, is not currently able to engage in large conventional wars. Washington thus gave up on attacking Syria when the Russian fleet was deployed along the Mediterranean coast. The Pentagon would then have had to launch its Tomawak missiles from the Red Sea over Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Syria and its non-state allies would have answered with a regional war, plunging the United States into a conflict too big for it. In an article published by the New York Times , President Putin opened fire. He stressed that American exceptionalism is an insult to the equality of humans and can only lead to catastrophy. At the podium of the United Nations, President Obama answered that no other nation, not even Russia, wanted to shoulder the burden of the United States. And if they were the police of the world, it was precisely to ensure equality of humans. This intervention is not reassuring : the United States asserting itself as superior to the rest of the world and considering the equality of humans only as their subjects. But the spell is broken. The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, drew applause by demanding an apology from Washington for its universal espionage , while the President of the Swiss Confederation denounced the U.S.

And 35 million (the population of Canada) live off food stamps. All the while, the top 1% income earners make up 37% of all private consumption in the United States, with corporations (that rake in billions) refuse to pay their workers anything approaching a living wage. To circumvent the so-called Obamacare, something we Canadians take for granted, companies simply dont give their workers enough hours to be considered full time. That means many Americans earn $7.50 or so an hour and only get 29 hours a week. If they are lucky. Is this the kind of shoppers utopia Canadians want for the country, too? Be more like America? I certainly hope not. Canada is kinder, gentler, and an altogether more civilized place than it is south of the border. Canadians, dont be duped by American capitalistic apologists. Ed Chung, associate professor of marketing, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Penn. Why extend misery? Re: Help Me Live Instead Of Helping Me Die , letter to the editor, Sept. 27. Letter-writer Steve Passmore makes a valid point about the need for improving social supports, but he makes the mistake of suggesting an either-or situation.

S. Steel Introduces ACRYLUME E PLUS(TM) as New Member of the ACRYLUME Family 09/30/2013 | 01:31pm US/Eastern Recommend: 0 PITTSBURGH, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) is pleased to announce the addition of a new high-quality, value-added product to our lineup of construction steels that supports green building design and practices, positively impacting these projects’ environmental sustainability. ACRYLUME E PLUS(TM) Coated Steel Sheet, a new coated flat-rolled steel that has a chromium-free clear emissive polymer coating, provides all of the quality and performance attributes inherent of ACRYLUME( )with improved thermal emittance. U. S. Steel’s new ACRYLUME E PLUS(TM) offers the environmentally conscious metal building construction industry a chromium-free emissive acrylic coating on GALVALUME() Coated Steel Sheet, which is designed to meet challenging solar reflectance and thermal emittance regulations. Prior to the introduction of this product, the emissivity requirements could only be met through pre-painted GALVALUME() products. ACRYLUME E PLUS(TM) also meets numerous European Union environmental directives including Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances (REACH). The original ACRYLUME(), which meets all current environmental guidelines in the United States, will continue to be available to customers for commonly used applications such as metal roofing and siding. The new ACRYLUME E PLUS(TM) provides users with the same benefits as traditional ACRYLUME(). ACRYLUME() set the standard for enhancing the outstanding corrosion protection of GALVALUME() Coated Steel Sheet by sealing it in a tough, clear polymer coating. As with ACRYLUME() and ACRYLUME CF(TM), ACRYLUME E PLUS(TM) also minimizes staining and discoloration issues during storage, handling and installation, and both products can be used in the same end-use applications. In addition, neither product requires the application of lubricants prior to roll forming, thus they can be delivered to a job site free from slippery substances, providing customers with increased safety during handling and installation. For more information, please visit our website at www.ussteel.com or call (877) 798-7909 to speak to a U.