The only thing predictable about Quebec politics is it’s unpredictability, as Pauline Marois (aka La Femme de Fer) has called an election for April 7th, no doubt hoping that her nutty “No religions in Quebec” kick will get her a majority government. For all who scoff at this thought, this is Quebec, who elected NDP candidates in the last Federal Election (a few of whom had never even visited their ridings), so hold onto your hats, strap on your boots and let’s wait for another wild political journey. Mme. Marois has fired the first salvo by declining the invite to the English Language debates, should be an interesting election campaign.
The World Health Org stated this week that we should be lowering our sugar in take, in other news they commented about how the Sun seemed to rise in the East and the sky is blue mostly. It’s always helpful when the obvious needs to be a headline for anyone to notice.
A young lady in New Jersey is suing her parents because they refuse to pay for her final year in Private High School and for her College Education. Seriously folks, sometimes this stuff just writes itself, see video clip at the end of this for more information.
Another cosmic giant rock went hurtling by the Earth Thursday morning, I think we all need to join up at Seti.Org and see if we can find a few more of these before they hit us.
Dramatic eh? No it’s not the real asteroid, however, picture courtesy of Getty and their free embed’ing service.
My Weekly Recap
My Writings for Week Ending March 7th
Yup, you could have done something about your RRSPs up until Monday, now we are down to the nitty gritty of tax season.
This giveaway continues until next week, wouldn’t it be great to have a spiffy new financial calculator to do your taxes with?
Yes we are now in the season of Lent, what are you going to do to make your finances better for 40 days?
I read a very interesting study in the Harvard Business Review that I based an interesting observation on. Not very scientific, but still quite interesting.
Swiss Army Knife Section
Wonder if the Swiss are worried about all the excitement in the Ukraine, I know I am:
- Michael James wonders How Much Gold Fits in Your Backpack, and the answer is simple, as much as it holds (and you can carry).
- Susan Eng from the Huffington Post goes with Top 10 Dumb Things People Say About Pensions, they are pretty entertaining, no mention however of living on low ash cat food.
- Barry Choi from City TV (and Money we Have) talks about What I plan on blowing my tax refund on, naturally he is thinking of saving it for a rainy day (well maybe not).
- The Physics of Finance uses as an example a quite racist Rudyard Kipling story as the basis for their article Economists “just so” stories, but the point is still very well made (i.e. economists don’t know either, but like to make up their own reasons why things happen).
- My Own Advisor brings up the Mandatory Withdrawals (RRIF 101) and thus completely destroys the 4% draw down theory, since you have to take more than that out, by law, in Canada.
- Scientific American points out that Docs Should Wash Stethoscopes between Patients, Too, oh and the young lady who puts the lid on my coffee should have gloves on too!
- The Canadian Couch Potato explains iShares Advantaged ETFs: Where Are They Now? They still exist, but you can’t buy them any more.
- Mark at 2nd Career Search laments that today’s Paper Men can’t hold a candle to when he was a PaperBoy in Newspaper Boys to Men or How I Learned the Value of Money .
- Promod at Riscario Insider makes an interesting comparison with Buying A Car VS Buying Life Insurance.
- Mark at the Blunt Bean Counter continues to lament The Costly TFSA Blunder & Playing With Matches – The 20% Matching Penalty , why do folks keep over paying into their TFSA ?
Adventures in Real Estate
So if you thought you had the worst problems with your house or apartment, how about a blow hole in your driveway?
The 80’s Called They said, “You’re Done!”
The Super Bowl ad for Radio Shack seems a little prophetic, in that Radio Shack in the states is closing a whole lotta stores:
Folks who HAD Their Education Paid For By Their Parents
Thank you Monty Python:
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