Archive for April, 2011

29
Apr
11

Is Obama Worse Than Bush?

When you take a trip across America and see what is going on today, you start to wonder what it’s political leaders are on when they give their rosy forecasts and accounts of the current and future state of the country. With the current President Barack Obama, you often feel like things feel the same or worse than they did over the previous guy (George Bush Jr). Is there any difference?

Let’s compare the two leaders to see if there is any difference between them. Barack Obama is the son of a Senior Government Official in Kenya (of whom Obama’s father had ex-wives and many more children scattered around the world), admitted he was a former alcoholic and drug user, launched an air assault on Libya without receiving proper approval, has continued the war in Afghanistan by sending more troops, often dines with the executives of big powerful corporations and makes policy decisions (or in-decisions) that allow their companies to dominate further, has racked up huge fiscal deficits as well as the country’s debt while in office, has allowed the gap between the rich and poor to widen to the greatest in American history (not to mention the record number of American people who are poor and live off food stamps), has eliminated the number of high-paying jobs and replaced them with lower paying ones (except if you’re an Executive of a company), allowed the big oil companies to influence his decision making while in power, made the credit system even looser than it was before, has further re-inflated a bubble of excess in the economy through even further de-regulation  and has allowed the energy and food crisis to grow out of control to name a few achievements.

George Bush Jr shares Obama’s experience as being a former alcoholic and drug user as well as son of a US Government leader, helped reverse the economic, technological and fiscal gains in America created during the Clinton Administration (to somewhat lead to what we have now), started a war with Iraq (a nation whom had never killed an American soldier before the gulf war) based on bogus reports of weapons of mass destruction, invaded Afghanistan (to fight an army that America once trained to fight the Russians), often made decisions to help promote the oil industry and helped create illusionary economic growth through financial de-regulation (that popped in 2008) to name a few items.

Comparing the legacy of these two Ivey league Presidents above it seems that they are in a tie for their achievements (or failures). The only difference is that it took George Bush 2 terms (or 8 years) to create such havoc and Obama has done so in less than 1 term.

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18
Apr
11

Carey Price Makes History for the Habs

Although the Montreal Canadiens are missing some of that offensive talent from the past, something familiar occurred especially behind the pipes this past season. Carey Price appeared in the most number of games by a goalie in a season in franchise history. Yes, even more than Patrick Roy, Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante. Carey had the most number of wins as well as shutouts by a Habs goalie since the 1976-77 season when Ken Dryden was in net for the Montreal Canadiens. Keep in mind that Carey faced the second most number of shots by any goaltender in the league this past season. For a goalie that does not have the likes of Laperriere, Savard, Lapointe, Robinson, Chelios, Desjardins, Markov (although only for a few games this past season) and Harvey (to name a few Habs’ defensive greats) to defend the nets in front of him, those are pretty impressive numbers. Tied for the lead in wins by a goalie this past season in the NHL and coming off an All-star Game Selection, Carey Price is proving that he is the missing piece in the Canadiens’ goaltending puzzle that became a see-saw/juggling act since the departure of Patrick Roy. With his impressive start to the 2011 playoffs against the Boston Bruins, the future looks bright at least in one position (that of goaltending) for the Montreal Canadiens.

15
Apr
11

Is Japan the Next Atlantis?

From Plato’s famous account of the lost civilization that was once the most advanced in the Western world, never since has such a country so powerful completely disappeared off the face of the earth. Atlantis was once believed to be so far ahead in terms of technology for it’s time where it’s influence help morph technologies used by the great empires of the world that proceeded it. With recent links to the location of Atlantis to be buried off the Coast of Spain it was believed that a powerful earthquake causing an enormous that tsunami submerged Atlantis thousands of years ago.

Since the powerful 9.0 earthquake that rocked Japan on March 11th, Japan has experienced many strong aftershocks and earthquakes on a daily basis. On the verge of a nuclear crisis as well as the economy effectively declining for the past 21 years, this recent disaster might as well be the next nail in the coffin for Japan. Desperately trying to use monetary policy for decades now to rejuvenate their economy Japanese leaders have mounted the countries debt to irrecoverable levels. There is no more money left within the country to bring them back to the promise they had decades ago to be the next economic superpower.

Although over time many cities have been destroyed by  natural disasters  or “Acts of God” (such as Pompeii, Sodom and Gomorrah) never such destruction has occurred to such a large body of land such as Japan. An American pshychic Edgar Cayce once predicted that Japan would disappear off the face of the earth due to earthquakes. With the increase in earthquake activity after the March 11th earthquake (which is usually a sign that a bigger earthquake is yet to come), will Japan be face the same doom that Atlantis met?