A very bitter, nasty, fear mongering and entertaining Ontario election came to a close last night, with the Liberals doing their impersonation of Lazarus and rising from the dead (politically dead after corruption scandals that would have toppled most governments). When an election includes catch-phrases from the Simpsons, “Think of the children!”, and then a photoshop of a candidate walking away from an exploding hospital (ala the Joker from the Dark Knight), was most assuredly entertaining.  I am astounded by the results, and would have laughed in your face if you had told me on Thursday there was going to be a Liberal majority, but that is why politics is so interesting.

Fathers Day

Me and My Son Discussing important Thomas the Tank Engine Issues (many years ago). We did agree he looked good in a bow tie.

It is Father’s Day on Sunday, and just remember to leave Dad the big piece of chicken, and it will all go well. My favorite Father’s Day TIL was in the early 90′s the day that had the most collect (i.e. reversed charges) calls was? Anyone? Bueller? Father’s Day, of course. We Fathers have broad shoulders to support the world (I hear). My Father taught me a great deal, hopefully my kids have learned something from me too.

The stories about the NFL awarding the Super Bowl to Minnesota and the promises that had to be made, pale in comparison to the alleged World Cup financial shenanigans. I don’t really have much skin in this event, although I will be cheering hoping that Britain doesn’t shart their shorts, I am more interested in the World Cup of Rugby in the UK next year.

I almost have 2000 actual followers on Twitter. I say actual because I have not “bought” any of them, they are mostly real folks, wow. Know any friends who’d like to be annoyed by my Twitter-Diarhea tell them to look for the Big Cajun Man on Twitter.

It is Friday the 13th today for those who worry about such problems. I don’t really remember too many bad things happening on a Friday the 13th for me, but I will also not be going sky diving or other dangerous activities today either.

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My Writings for Week Ending June 13th

If you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia my condolences (that is the fear of the number 13):

  • Some OK news, I suppose from Stats Canada with More (Part-time) Jobs in Canada in May 2014, the economy seems to be creating lots of part-time jobs, but where are the full-time economy growing jobs?
  • There was actually someone who stood up for the Mutual Fund sales guy on my Atrociously Dangerous Investment Advice piece this week. Interesting, I suppose there are two sides to every story, maybe there are fun-loving thrill-ride seeking 70+ year olds out there who want to buy on margin and such. On the plus side, Rob Carrick mentioned it on his Twitter feed and I had my biggest day from Twitter mentions ever!
  • To help all of you folks who didn’t know what to get your Dad for Father’s Day, I went a little off topic to explain as a Father, what we want with: Dad What Do You Want For Father’s Day ?

 

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A week of fun and games and an election too? Who could ask for more? How about these gems:

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Good Guy Marlins and Cubbies Fans

Good sportsmanship at a Cubs game? That’s a sentence you don’t see very often.

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The Bank of Canada on Wednesday announced that they are holding Interest rates steady for another month or so. Why you might ask? Here is their exact reasoning:

Weighing recent higher inflation readings against slightly increased risks to economic growth leaves the downside risks to the inflation outlook as important as before. At the same time, the risks associated with household imbalances remain elevated. The Bank judges that the balance of risks remains within the zone for which the current stance of monetary policy is appropriate and therefore has decided to maintain the target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The timing and direction of the next change to the policy rate will depend on how new information influences the balance of risks.

Household imbalances is an interesting turn of phrase, I wonder what it means? My guess is Debt levels being so darn high, we might overturn the apple cart if interest rates jumped right now, but that is only my opinion.

Not sure if you noticed, but the responsiveness of the site seems to be much better, now that I have chosen a new Hosting Plan with my service provider Dreamhost. I can actually work on the site as well (lots of failures previously, and a great deal of lost work as well). Let us hope this new performance remains. (if you want to sign up with them use the promo code CAJUNPROMODH to get a discount (and put some coin in my pocket too)).

The Grand Prix de Montreal is this weekend, I won’t be there, but as a younger lad I remember hearing the race from my parents house (on the other side of the mountain from the track). Given the new rumbling sound of the new F1 engines, things might be a little more quiet? There is a great clip of Nigel Mansell’s most unfavorite moment in Montreal too.

Twenty five years ago (yesterday) Tank Man entered our collective consciousness, not sure what ever happened to this man, I’d like to think he is still alive, but I have my doubts. Why did he do what he did? If you click on the link you will go to a PBS Frontline page with a special on the Tank Man.

Who was this man?

Election time is around the corner in Ontario, and I continue to think #NoneOfTheAbove is the best choice of the bunch. Do I vote for a Mike Harris wannabe? A Dalton McGinty sycophant ? Someone who acts too much like Bob Rae? This is going to be a very odd choice to make.

My Writings for Week Ending June 6th

What is a sycophant? Toady seems to be a good one word answer.

  • I am not fond of the concept of the Bucket List, however the Financial Anti-Bucket List is something that intrigues me and as usual the comments were quite entertaining as well.
  • Selective Financial Perception points out that you can get used to almost any annoying thing, but maybe your debts is not one of those things?
  • Schrödinger’s Financial Cat yes my mind works in very mysterious ways, but I keep hearing about this darn cat and figured I could write about it as well.
  • After the Leaders Debate I socialized an old post, Damn Rich Civil Servants, and it exploded with hundreds of readers, guess you need to be timely with that kind of writing.

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The mud slinging continues on the campaign trail in Ontario, now I know how the folks in Toronto must feel with their Mayoral Elections:

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Family Guy Song of the Week

Family Guy while quite rude, does sometimes put out amazing advice in the form of humor, here is a lovely summation of our current personal financial economic problems:

Montreal Grand Prix Moment

Yes there is a race in Montreal this weekend, and this is a classic moment from the early 90′s with Nigel Mansell counting his chickens a little too soon!

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The “I’ll pick the one that stinks the least” Ontario Election continues on with the mud flying and the Tories making an earth shattering break through: the best thing to do is not let Tim Hudak talk, just show his face on occasion and gag him, seems to work too. If we could just get the other party leaders to follow suit, then I’d be happier. My deepest sympathies to those luckily folks in the GTA that have the added joy of having the “Holy Crap They Are Going to Re-Elect Rob Ford” Mayoral Election at the same time.

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Couldn’t find the Lucky Charms at the end of this Rainbow

One of the voices of Canadian News was silenced last week with the death of Knowlton Nash, the voice of the National for many years on the CBC. Somehow I can’t see Knowlton reporting any Rob Ford stories, he just seems above that kind of stuff. He was from a different generation, it would be nice if the “journalists” of today embraced some of Knowlton’s ideals.

The month of May comes to a close and that can only mean 1 thing, Back to School Sales!!!

We drove through quite the odd Sun Thunderstorm, where it rained and was sunny and the glare from the rain on the road was quite blinding, but from this came this interesting photo on the right.

My Writings for Week Ending May 30th

June is almost here, that means less than 6 months to Christmas folks:

  • Our Friends at Stats Canada ended last week with a stinker of a message with CPI Jumps to 2.0 in April 2014 in Canada, which might mean our friends at the Bank of Canada pondering actions to slow things down a little bit.
  • I am starting to sound like a broken record, luckily this generation doesn’t know what that means, so I guess I’ll just keep repeating Debt Won’t Just Disappear, no matter how hard you wish.
  • When I was looking at my first house the warning I kept getting from folks was not to end up House Poor, but that expression seems to have disappeared.

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If you are going to Twitter Bomb your favorite candidate in this Provincial Election, make sure you have the right person (some lucky Kathleen Wynn in the US is evidently getting lots of nasty comments on Twitter) :

  • According to the Harvard Business Review Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation, wow that means that when I started working, people that smoked while sitting at their desks, were in twice as much peril? Holy cow!
  • If you went to a Ball Game this summer with $20 what could you get? CNN Money gives us Ballpark Hot Dogs and Beer with a helpful graphic to tell you. Arizona seems to be the place to visit! I remember getting my Dad a beer at Jarry Park with a hot dog and the whole thing cost $3.00 (and it was thought of as expensive then).
  • Looking for ETF’s to add to your portfolio? Mark from My Own Advisor (a lover of all things that collect dividends) gives us Top Canadian Dividend ETFs for your portfolio
  • Mark from 2nd Career Search has run up the white flag of surrender in his search for accommodations in Toronto, Toronto will Have to Wait, but maybe he’ll trip over something when he isn’t looking.
  • For those who haven’t noticed I have tried to answer every comment that has been left for the past little while.
  • Larry Fink who runs BlackRock is very unhappy about the short-sighted planning in most companies, and he talks about it in the Globe and Mail World’s largest asset manager rails against companies’ short-term thinking
  • Debt Debs (a frequent commenter) talks about a topic near and dear to my heart Found Money.
  • In 5 years the largest market for electric cars will be? China, according to Blomberg’s article BMW Sees China as Biggest Electric Car Market by 2019 which may end up being a good thing.
  • Robb from Boomer and Echo brings back an old chestnut with How Index Funds Compare to Equity Mutual Funds, well worth having a look and seeing if you are making your Mutual Fund provider rich, or yourself?
  • Forbes claims that we are spending about 119 minutes on our mobile devices a day, seems a little low, but then I remember that Michael James has his Cheese Helmet on and refuses to use mobile devices, so that may help lower that number, Mobile: A Trend that is Reshaping Communication.
  • Speaking of my favorite Cheese Helmeted Financial Blogger Michael James points out CPP at Age 60 Anchors Canadians’ Thinking which is quite true, but remember we are all living longer, and we all love our jobs now too (#SARCASM ALERT)
  • There are Known Unknown, and Unknown Unknowns, but The Five Biggest Threats to Human Existence only addresses the Unknown, Unknowns, from Popular Science’s point of view at least.
  • Accountants (like Proctologists) have the most interesting stories to tell and Mark from the Blunt Bean Counter has another interesting post with Using a Corporation to Hold Your Investments, I would never have thought of doing that, and maybe that is a good thing.
  • Barry from Money We Have is enjoying a bit of down time, but even on vacation he asks intriguing questions like Do You Avoid Insurance ?
  • An astounding piece from the Globe and Mail Forty per cent of Canadian teen boys admit to searching for online porn, in a follow up piece I will be writing, the other 60% are liars. I will also be writing about the Pope’s Catholic tendencies and Bears possibly defecating in the woods.

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Good Guy Djokovic

If you made millions a year playing tennis, how would you treat the folks who work at the tournaments? Novak Djokovic earns full marks for this act of respect for the kid who was in charge of keeping him dry at the French Open:

The First 5 Minutes of a Movie

If I told you it is possible to watch the first 5 minutes of 10,000 movies, would you believe me? Here it is, and if you can click on one of them it will start zooming in!

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The Economist has a very interesting article this week about how everything on the Internet is “remembered” somewhere, and that may not be a good thing, for those falsely accused or vindicated. An excellent example is, if you wondered what this fine site looked like 6 years ago, and what I was writing about, simply go back to the Internet Archive WayBack Machine and see what I wrote about January 29th, 2008, boy that was a busy site! Getting back to the Economist, they pointed out On Being Forgotten, where the EU is attempting to have a collective memory wipe of some things on the Internet, nothing gets forgotten on the Internet. As I have told my children just assume every word you have written on a device and every picture you have taken is out there somewhere on the Web, and you will be safe(r).

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You’d be surprised how many Project Plans that have made this exact assumption!

The Grand Prix of Monaco, the Crown Jewel in the Formula 1 season goes this weekend, but I will only be watching the qualifying session, as the race itself is a bit anti-climatic. The streets of Monaco make for a picturesque race configuration, however there is nowhere to pass, so barring rain or a mechanical screw up, the car in the Pole Position, usually wins. If you want to see what the race used to look like check out Grand Prix (Amazon Link) a very good movie from the 60′s with James Garner. See just how dangerous driving in F-1 was back then.

The Mud Slinging Provincial Election campaign continues on here in Ontario. Does anyone say anything nice any more on the campaign trail? I think Kathleen Wynne is doing her best to say nothing, as she has figured out her two opponents may convince everyone to vote for her?

My Writings for Week Ending May 23rd

So May 24th Victoria Day (the actual date) is tomorrow, but we have already celebrated it?!?:

  • Happy Victoria Day  salutations from this past Monday, which still confuses me, but how many times can I post a picture of Queen Victoria and get away with it?
  • If you plan on Doubling Your Money, you had better figure out just how long that might take, and luckily Albert Einstein helped make the math to figure that out, popular.
  • Seems like a week for big number tables, with MER And Growth Percentage showing how little you get after everybody gets paid, I guess I could have thrown in the taxes you pay on this as well, if it’s not in a registered account, but that would be a little too depressing.This one got revised after I had phrased things a little incorrectly.

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Pat Sajak accused those who criticize the Global Warming Denier movement of being racist. What kind of race are you talking about Pat? Hatred towards higher temperatures? At least he didn’t jump to the “Hitler Card” like Prince Charles did (i.e. Godwin’s Law) :

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Grand Prix: The Killer Years

Vimeo brings us the BBC documentary about the bad old days of Formula One, where it was very likely to watch someone die in a race at least once a year (if not more often):

Grand Prix: The Killer Years from Formula1Blogger on Vimeo.

You Remember that Movie Where the Coach Makes that Speech?

Yeh, well forget that crap, this is Gene HACK-MAN from the greatest basketball movie ever, Hoosiers, game over!

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After a few days off this week, helping celebrate my middle daughter’s graduation from the University of Acadia, I have returned, refreshed with some different ideas, we shall see if anything comes of it. I did enjoy visiting Wolfville, and it’s views of the Bay of Fundy, and we stayed in Windsor, (one of) the birthplace(s) of hockey. I was glad we flew down and I didn’t have to drive 17 hours in each direction (approximately). As a note, I have included a video about the S.M.I.L.E. program at Acadia, for those parents with special needs kids (in the Nova Scotia area), later on in this post.

The Acadia Axe Man

The Acadia Axe Man, not the RedBlacks Big Jos

Ontario is trying to catch up to Quebec for electoral wackiness, with this week’s polls showing the Tories in the lead. This is after Tim Hudak announced he will create a million jobs, but will also fire 100,000 Civil Servants and Teachers? I guess that is the whole “more is less” economics thing I never understood. Somehow the Liberals are in second place? Why do I envision the electorate going to the polling booth holding their noses? NONE, of the parties seem to be very palatable (to me), maybe we could start a Wacky  Trillium Party to mimic the Wild Rose folks in Alberta? Soon the CRA may be able to share with law enforcement your Tax Information, without need of a warrant of any kind? That doesn’t sound fair to me, the cops don’t need to know that I declare my hamsters as dependents! It’s interesting that there doesn’t seem to be any outcry about this change in privacy rules. Victoria Day weekend is here, which is odd given May 24th is next Saturday, but a long weekend ahead for those of us living in Canada. Memorial Day in the U.S. is next weekend.

My Writings for Week Ending May 16th

I did enjoy taking a few days off, but I did manage to get a couple of posts done:

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Some interesting stuff going on in the web, as you will see :

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The Acadia S.M.I.L.E. Program

My daughter had the privilege to work in the S.M.I.L.E. program at Acadia for her four years at the school, and I think it was very worthwhile for her to volunteer. The program is a god send for the Parents of Special Needs kids in Nova Scotia. There needs to be more programs like this across Canada.

The Bay of Fundy

One of the most amazing parts of my trip was seeing the Bay of Fundy and it’s world famous tides: Remember my RSS feed is available too, and I have added an RSS Comment Feed as well. Have a look at my micro-blog on Twitter, where you can see a whole plethora of good articles and pithy comments by me as well. Twitter feed where I re-tweet many great articles by some of my featured writers (and make the occasional odd or off colour commentary on life (in 140 characters or less)). I am also on reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest and other Social Media sites (look for the BigCajunMan userid) as well. If you have social media accounts, don’t forget to vote for my posts (see the nifty dashboard on the bottom of each article, where you can cast your votes).As they say in Quebec, vote early and vote often! This site is iPhone Friendly (and Android , iPod Touch and iPad Friendly), enjoy it on the go, in a readable format for the device. If you are reading with an iPhone or Android device, drop me a comment and tell me if this needs any improvements. This site is also in the Kindle Blog list,if you are interested.

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