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“Big Government”

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal, Politics on September 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Watching Ontario’s political debate was painful. I’m annoyed that each candidate felt personally obliged to thank people for their questions. Oh, thank you so much, Sanjay, for that question that I will now proceed to ignore. The name-calling was excessive. With all due respect Mr. McGuinty, your energy plan shows that you’re a loser and your adam’s apple is WAY too big for your neck. They each blatantly plug “selling points” instead of answering questions. Hi Ontario, I’m going to fix everything using only five bullet points!

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Sympathies from the Spike

In Criticism, Culture, Financial, Fresh, Politics on September 1, 2011 at 9:46 AM

During the years when Eric Blair (George Orwell) was voluntarily living as a vagrant in London, he wrote an essay in 1931 titled, The Spike (full text). A Spike was a workhouse where the nomadic homeless went to find shelter and food in exchange for their labour. Upon entering, he was stripped of all liberty, respect and dignity. He and the other “tramps” (homeless) were treated like dogs; they slept wherever there was space, they were fed scraps and it was assumed that they were carrying disease.

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How to foul Lebron

In Culture, Financial, Fresh, Personal, Popular Posts on June 1, 2011 at 10:17 AM

This was originally written on October 18th, 2010. I find it interesting to look back and see how appalled I was at Lebron’s plan for financial success. Now that the Heat are on the verge of winning their first championship, It’s worse than I had imagined. Here comes the lost decade of basketball.

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American Infrastructure

In Advice, Financial, Fresh on May 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

America’s in a rut. Despite the mixed economic numbers, long term growth is absent. More importantly, many unskilled workers don’t seem to have a place in the modern economy now that production has moved abroad. This piece published on Seeking Alpha highlights how to capitalize on the inevitable solution.

Build it already – Whispers in the wind clearly annoyed at lack of progress with TTC

In City, Financial, Fresh, Personal, Popular Posts on April 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

In Field of Dreams, when Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) heard whispers in the wind, he took a leap of faith. He cleared out his crop to build a baseball diamond, clinging to a completely irrational belief that somehow things will work out in the end. Real life doesn’t work that way.

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Globalization: If he really loves her, he’ll be back

In Criticism, Financial, Fresh, Popular Posts on November 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM

If Globalization is like dating, Canada has some gorgeous features that make some countries jealous, and other countries eager. This allows her to get away with a lot. If he shows his desire openly, she makes him prove it. When he gets fed up, she’ll wait until they’ve both had time to cool off and then send a coy text message: how r u feelin?

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How to Use Cash as a Pillow

In Advice, Criticism, Financial, Fresh, Popular Posts on November 1, 2010 at 7:52 AM

Here’s what the Investment Industry never tells you about Investing: You may miss out on life. Without precise plans for your savings, Mutual Funds can lure your idle cash with their lucrative long run performance. When stock markets are confused and volatile as they are now, financial advisors will remind you that these are simply bumps in the road to prosperity. Investment has become so commonplace that Canadians don’t think twice when making an RSP contribution as to whether or not that money should live in the markets. How did investing become so ubiquitous?

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“renter rip-off”

In City, Criticism, Financial, Fresh, Personal on October 25, 2010 at 9:16 AM

The price of rents is a hot issue in Toronto as there are very few vacancies these days. For those of us that live in big rental complexes, you know, those old tall buildings with an always absent superintendent and strangers loitering in the front lobby, there is a coalition of concerned citizens that has formed a simple and pointed campaign at reducing rents: Fair Tax Fair Rent

I believe that this proposal would work, and generally speaking I get excited when “concerned citizens” want to take control of such an important thing such as the price of rents, but there is a huge flaw in the proposal.

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On the Fence

In Criticism, Financial, Fresh on October 19, 2010 at 1:22 PM

First, click on this and read the headline.

Then, click on this one.

The same newspaper on the same date, the same source for the article, roughly the same content – yet two distinct headlines. This, from the leading business newspaper in Canada. In one of the articles, it goes on to explain that the buy/rent ratio is probably not even that meaningful, and difficult to compare over time since rent controls affect how much rents can go up while housing remains in a free market.

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We Are Hunted

In Fresh on March 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM
Here‘s a new way to find music. Sure, it’s just another list. But how they have compiled it is what intrigues me. In their own words:

We listen to what people are saying about artists and their music on blogs, social networks like Facebook and MySpace, message boards and forums, Twitter and P2P networks to chart the top songs online everyday.

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