Archive for July, 2011

27
Jul
11

Habs Scoring Drought Continues

During the past NHL season for the storied Montreal Canadiens (18 years since their last Stanley Cup Championship) scoring seemed hard to come ny as they produced only 3 players on the team who scored 20 or more goals with absolutely no 30 goal scorers (or higher) and only 1 player to score for more than 50 points. With Carey Price’s solid goaltending in the regular season and the playoffs, some extra goal scoring could have helped them go alot farther in the regular season as well as playoffs. Let’s look at the past 3 championships won by the Montreal Canadiens and compare.

In 1993 when the Canadiens last won the Stanley Cup, they had six players with more than 50 points in the regular season of which 4 had 80 or more points that season, 5 players to score 20 goals of which 3 of them had 30 goals or more as well as a 40 goal scorer. In 1986, the second previous season that the Habs won the Stanley Cup, they had five players with more than 50 points in the regular season of which 3 had 80 or more points that season (including 1 with 100+ points), 5 players to score 20 goals of which 3 of them had 30 goals or more as well as a 40 goal scorer.

At the end of the late 1970’s dynasty for the Canadiens where they captured their previous Stanley Cup (in 17979), they had nine players with more than 50 points in the regular season of which 3 had 70 or more points that season (including Guy Lafleur scoring for 129 points), 7 players to score 20 goals of which 4 of them had 30 goals or more as well as a 52 goal scorer. With lack of offensive threats for the upcoming 2011-2012 season, the lack of winning results seemed to be destined. With their forwards getting smaller, less skilled and older this season, it seems the Habs need to revert to their older winning ways by picking more offensively skilled players who can find the back of the net. Until they do so, Habs fans alike can just reminisce about the past.

19
Jul
11

Is the Catholic Church the Roman Empire?

The Catholic Church is no doubt one of the most powerful organizations in the world with it’s power spanning across many continents. Although it is supposed to be a form of Christianity, there are many traditions and beliefs within the church that are not contained nor professed by Jesus in the new testament of the bible (the foundation of Christian belief). Where does it then originate from? Let’s look at some interesting similarities between the Catholic Church and The Roman Empire .

The title Pontificus Maximus was once given to Caeser, the ruler of the Roman Empire and it is also the title given to the Pope within the Roman Catholic Church. In the Roman Empire henotheistism was practised. Henotheistism is the belief of many gods as well as the concept that one particular god rules over the other gods. The Catholic Church professes worship in their various saints as well as mother Mary in addition to their supreme god which is very Henotheistic in nature.

Mithraism was a popular religion in the Roman Empire that was replaced with Christianity by Emperor Constantine. One of the main rituals of Mithraism was a sacrificial meal, involving a sacrificial meal involving eating the flesh and drinking the blood of a bull to be granted salvation. It had had seven sacraments as well making it very similar to Roman Catholicism. Sol Invictus (“Invincible Sun”) was the official sun god of the later Roman empire. It’s feast day (or birthday) was celebrated on December 25th. This is the day that the Catholic Church has adopted as the birth of Christ.

Isis worship was very common during the Roman Empire and the belief in the concept of the mother of god. Many statues and temples were built during the Roman Empire for this purpose. The Catholic Church has a strong ties to worshipping Mother Mary even though there is no reference in the New Testament of the bible nor by Jesus that Mary was to be worshipped.

The Emperor Constantine experienced a big victory in 312 at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, after which Constantine would claim the emperorship in the West. Constantine saw a cross of light in his dream before the battle. He then adopted this as the symbol for his newly adopted Christian (Catholic) church. Although theologians and historians have researched that Jesus was executed/hung at a stake built via a tree and not a cross, the cross has been adopted as the symbol of the Catholic Church and it’s followers.

The similarities between the Catholic Church and the Roman Empire shown above make it very hard to distinguish between the two. Is there no difference between them? Did the Roman Empire hide itself in the Catholic Church to stave of extinction from the Empires that invaded and conquered them afterwards?

15
Jul
11

Are most charities corrupt?

Charitable organizations are in abundance everywhere within North America. In Canada it is estimated by Revenue Canada that there are around 85,000 charities. There are approximately 1 million charity workers in Canada. Canada Revenue Agency shows more than 6,000 of these people earned above $120,000 last year and a couple of hundred made over $350,000. About 12,000 workers made between $80,000 and $120,000. The proportion of money charities spend on research dropped dramatically — from 40.3 cents on the dollar in 2000 to under 22 cents in 2011. Reports reveal that the area that’s getting the greatest portion of donor dollars is fundraising, up from 26 per cent of all monies raised in 2000, to 42.7 per cent in 2011. The 10 highest paid workers at Sick Kids Foundation made more than $160,000 with five making more than $200,000.

The fact that less money is going into the actual cause for the charities and instead more into lucrative compensations for their workers raises corruption issues. Helping people who are suffering or less fortunate is the primary goal for a charitible organization. Stealing from these people is immoral and a crime. It seems that white collar criminals have infiltrated all levels of society and it is sickening that they are using charities for self-profit. When is enough for such levels of greed and corruption? With poverty levels and the number of people relying on food banks is at all time highs in Canada, it becomes ever so evident that people earning gracious salaries for running charitable organizations are in it for themselves, not caring about the welfare of those in need. In fact if you probably look at the charities and look at the one’s who pay their staff little or more modest salaries, you realize which are legitimate and which are bogus.

05
Jul
11

Is the American Dream Dead?

When you look around at the current state of America today, you often ask yourself whatever happened to the American dream? Remember those movies that showed in America, everyone had the opportunity to climb the ladder of success, enjoy a comfortable life, live in a respectable neighbourhood and enjoy a comfy retirement. It’s hard to avoid when driving around in small town and suburban America the closed or boarded up restauraunts, stores, shopping malls and houses sitting vacant with big for lease or sale signs on them. Here are some interesting points:

  • Since 2008, more than 1.2 million Californians have lost their homes
  • Unemployment rate hit a near 30 year high at 10.6% in January of 2010
  • 1 in 7 people in the United States lives on food stamps
  • 44 million Americans live in poverty
  • the gap between the rich and poor in the United States has now exceeded that which occurred during the Gtreat Depression of the 1930’s

The middle class have now become over-burdened and often find themselves supporting the more priviledged wealthier class through the tax system and corporate hierarchies. It seems like not too long ago there was an American President who rose from poverty and being the child of a single mother named Bill Clinton. Can this ever be attainable again? It seems like a big shift  within the American ideals has occurred thus leaving many behind. The American Dream has died for many.