Archive for the 'Life' Category


Are the English Royal Family Welfare Bums?

The Royal Monarchy of England has been in power as well as the public eye for many, many centuries but are they anything but upper class? Of late with public scandals such as Prince Harry (nicknamed Harry pothead) on his escapades caught on film committing sexual acts in a Las Vegas hotel room with a female, Princess Kate topless sunbathing photos leaked to the media, Prince Andrew having ties to shady underworld figures and Prince Charles wedding a woman he had extra marital affairs with when married to Princess Diana to name a few, one starts to realize that the royal family’s behaviour has become very similar to the lower class rungs of England. It was recently announced that the Queen’s royal finances are running low as well and cannot cover costs for their vast real estate holdings. How can that be from the centuries of stipulance plus the tax breaks at the cost of the English taxpayers? Have the Royal family become no different from the welfare class willing to collect money to help finance their lifestyle without really working for it? With strong German blood in their family ties, is it time they are cut off from milking the English people? Have they become the laughing stock of upperclass circles for their declining fortunes as well as family values and behaviour?


Is it the Roaring 20’s All Over Again?

With global stock markets at all time or multi-year highs as well as global real estate sky rocketing, it makes one wonder how this happened just over 4 years from a near melt down of the global economic system initiated by just some hundreds of billions of sub prime mortgages in the United States. The Gap between the rich and the poor has never been so high in world history, with wages for the middle class staying stagnant for decades after taking inflation into account as well as global poverty at record highs. How can this happen and has this happened before? The answer is in the roaring 20’s. Coincidentally with the release of the Gatsby movie earlier in the year (where the role was reprised by Leonardo DiCaprio) celebrities have never made so much money in their lives (often drunk as well as wastefully partying and spending their fortunes away), executives have never made so much more than the average employee, people are paying record amounts for mega mansions and high end luxury real estate and luxury vehicles or goods. The rich economy is prospering while the economy for the remaining majority average population is struggling. Sales at high end luxury producers like Porsche, Tiffany, Coach, Prada, etc. are soaring while regular retailers like Sears, JC Penney and even Walmart are struggling. The Federal Reserve, ironically founded 100 years ago, have replicated their loose monetary policies of the roaring 20’s this past decade allowing the global stock markets to be up in an unprecedented 10 out of the last 11 years. Will this end differently than how the Roaring 20’s? Probably not. Why would anyone intentionally create such imbalances? To help the elites get richer off the rest of the population knowing their are easy manipulated and distracted by lifestyle obsession. Here we go again….


Is Canada In Trouble?

Within Canada there seems to be quite a bit of problems occurring at various levels within the vast great North as it is referred to. From Mayors being arrested and charged with corruption and bribery in Quebec, the Mayor in Toronto caught partying with drug dealers and murderers, Senators caught expensing personal lifestyle costs to the taxpayers or getting in trouble with the law, Provincial organizations such as eHealth Ontario caught handing out over priced contracts to friends and family, lack of oversight and criminal enforcement over shady publicly listed corporations on the TSX (ie. Sino-Forest, BreX, Poseidon Concepts, Nortel, etc.) and their Executives, etc. to name a few problems on the political side. With the government debts racked up substantially at all levels of government in Canada and the Canadian Government now more reliant on Exports to the US than ever (as a % of overall exports), to Canadian Consumers racking up record levels of debt (buying cars, houses as well as luxury goods) as well as Corporations, an obvious real estate bubble, to the Banking system adopting a too big too mentality and mimicking the shady practices performed by their US counter parts before the 2008 collapse, it seems Canada is a shock away from a collapse. With recent flooding in Calgary as well as Greater Toronto to the train disaster in Quebec (combined with regular passenger train derailments in Canada over the past few years), Canada’s aging infrastructure has been exposed as well. Since 2006, the current Federal Government under Stephen Harper has continued to finish off what Brian Mulroney started by selling Canada’s assets to the highest foreign bidder (thus allowing us consumers to pay high prices for Canadian Commodities and resources owned by foreign conglomerates) and not investing in Canada. Is Canada heading towards a repeat of the 1990’s? With the Canadian Economy ever so reliant on commercial and real estate growth and the banking activities that finance them, what will happen when that growth tapers off? Without significant investment in R&D during the current Harper government compared to previous Canadian leader’s legacies, how can Canada stand on it’s own two feet without such bubbly activity? Is Canada sailing towards murky waters and heading towards trouble?


Is This Year of The Snake Going to be a Bad One?

They say that the year of the snake is good for people who have been working hard or persisting towards a goal but bad for those who have had it too easy for too long. Let’s look at some important events that occurred in past Year of the Snakes as follows:

February 13, 2011 – A 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits El Salvador, killing at least 400
September 11, 2001 – The 9/11 Attacks
October 2, 2001 – Swissair seeks for bankruptcy protection and grounds its entire fleet
November 10, 2001 – Heavy rains and mudslides in Algeria kill more than 900.
November 12, 2001 – In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, headed to the Dominican Republic, crashes in Queens minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board.
December 2, 2011 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history at that time)
January 17, 2012 – The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo displaces an estimated 400,000 people
June 4, 1989 – The Tiananmen Square massacre takes place in Beijing
1989 – The start of the collapse of the junk bond crisis, the Fall of The Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Berlin Wall
October 17, 1989 – California Earthquake in San Francisco-Oakland
March 4, 1977 – Bucharest Earthquake kills 1,500
March 27, 1977 – A collision between KLM and Pan Am Boeing 747s at Tenerife, Canary Islands, kills 583 people (the deadliest accident in aviation history).
May 25, 1977 – Star Wars opens in cinemas and later becomes the historic highest grossing film for that time
1977 – First Personal Computers Tandy TRS-80 and Commodore PET are released as well as Atari 2600 video game unit
August 16, 1977 – Elvis Presley dies in his home in Graceland at age 42
March 7, 1965 – Bloody Sunday: Some 200 Alabama State Troopers clash with 525 civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama. Numerous other civil rights race riots that year.
March 8, 1965 – America’s involvement in Vietnam War begins
May 29, 1965 – A mining accident in Dhanbad, India kills 274.
June 1, 1965 A coal mine explosion in Fukuoka, Japan kills 237.
September 9, 1965 – Hurricane Betsy roars ashore near New Orleans, Louisiana with winds of 145 mph (233 km/h), causing 76 deaths and $1.42 billion in damage.
April 13, 1953 – Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale in the United Kingdom.
June 30, 1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette is built at Flint, Michigan.
August 12, 1953 – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake totally devastates most of the Ionian Sea islands in Greece’s worst natural disaster in centuries
December, 1953 – Hugh Hefner publishes the first issue of Playboy
1941 – Heavy WWII battles including attack on Pearl Harbour by Japanese
December 25, 1941 – WWII: The Battle of Hong Kong ends after 17 days with surrender of the British Crown colony to the Japanese.
September 3, 1929 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) peaks at 381.17, a height it would not reach again until November 1954.
October 24–October 29, 1929– Wall Street Crash of 1929 which lead to the Great Depression as wel as the rise of Hitler’s Nazis

Although there are a few positive things that occurred in the most recent previous year of the snakes, they are way outnumbered by negative events. Is this a sign of things to come as this 2013 year of the snake transpires?


Is Apple Big Brother?

Currently the largest company in the history of the economic world (by market cap), Apple has grown significantly over the past few years. Apple’s products from iPhones to iPads to iPods to PC’s have increased in demand substantially compared to their competitors. With their memorable launch in 1984 of the Mac, Apple used George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 as the premise for the ad. Was this deliberate? Everyone knows that Apple  applications require very sensitive credit and personal information to be submitted over Apple devices. As well, the devices can be tracked more easily with much less security and privacy capabilities than competitors such as Research in Motion (RIM).

With the largest increase in sales coming from all levels of government as well as corporate clients, Apple customers are more vulnerable and more trackeable than ever in this age of connectivity. Have their devices been pushed on purpose for this reason alone? Is Big Brother watching or tracking you through your Apple device? Is Apple trying to take over and perhaps control the world (from a technology perspective)? Is Apple Big Brother?


Has America Gone Gun Crazy?

Of late, it seems like almost every other week there has been a shooting spree incident resulting in fatalities. From Columbine to Virginia Tech to the recent Batman Premiere in Colorado to the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, the frequency of such incidents is becoming quite regular. But what is causing such problems of violence in society? After each incident occurs the application for gun permits as well as gun sales increase. But is this something that society wants? A bunch of nervous people carrying guns with them in public? Watching movies over the last decade you can tell the amount of gun violence in them has increased big time. Political advocates whose roots are from Hollywood such as the late Charleton Heston as well as action stars such as Clint Eastwood and Arnold have made the pro gun cause even more stronger. The NRA is stronger than ever. Not to mention the video games. Violent game sales dominate the video game industry. With the gap between the rich and the poor at record highs as well as huge strains on the middle class and former Army veterans stressed from battling wars in the US, society is becoming more disgruntled than ever as the winner takes all culture has left many people behind. How can such incidents be prevented? Perhaps gun violence must not be glorified in the movies and in video games. Are there no role models anymore to come out and campaign against violence? Until the powers that be have less of a stranglehold on government and society with the big money making weapons business they have vested interests in, the American Dream will keep getting destroyed with each senseless gun shot.


Is Kristen Stewart the ultimate cheater?

Recently Hollywood headlines have made headlines with Twilight actress Kristen Stewart caught cheating on Robert Pattinson with the much older director Rupert Sanders from her latest movie Snow White and the Huntsman. What is so new about such a scandal as plenty of celebrities have commited such crimes is the past? Anyone watching Robert’s movies of late know that he is an up and coming talented actor starring in roles that are quite challenging.

But the 22 year old Stewart to sleep with an old director (married with 2 kids) seems all too familiar. An actress who has made alot of money because of the Twilight Saga role, not so talented, whose father John Stewart is a stage manager and television producer who has worked for Fox, sleeping with directors to get parts in movies as well as in a relationship with Pattinson (the hottest star since Johnny Depp). Yep, she is sleeping and cheating her way to the top. To the world who now have seen her true colors, Robert Pattinson being the classy guy moves out of their house quietly and picks up his pieces from being let down by her.

Too many celebrity vixens have slept their way to the top and relied only on that to get ahead over the years. The funny thing is that too many of them end up lonely and rock bottom at the end as they realize all but too late that they deserved none of the fame as well as realize they really sold themselves to get it. Remember Marilyn Monroe? Well here we go again.