I was very sad to hear of the untimely passing of Jim Flaherty, our former finance minister. I have poked jabs at Mr. F. but as I said when he stepped down from cabinet, I think he did as good a job as anyone could during a really scary financial period in Canadian history. My humblest of condolences to his family during this sad time.
The Late Jim Flaherty former Finance Minister
“goodnight, sweet prince/and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”
How bad will the Heartbleed Bug end up being? Pretty darn bad by the looks of things. The latest information seems to imply pretty much every major site on the web has been compromised, so you are going to be spending a lot of time thinking up new passwords for each of them. The hard part is figuring out which sites are fixed and when you should change your passwords. Given the CRA web site is down for Netfile’ing (might be back soon), does that mean they are going to extend the deadline for Tax Return submissions? It is not like it is our fault that their system was hacked, I would assume they may give us a small extension in this case (if not, the backlash might be quite interesting).
The Quebec Elections showed that no matter how sure any politician can be at the start of a campaign, it only matters what happens at the end of the campaign. Mme. Marois ran a very interesting campaign, and somehow managed to go from a clear majority forecast to losing the election outright. Quebec Politics are the reason I still watch TV for this kind of stuff, it’s the best reality TV you can watch.
My Writings for Week Ending April 12th
Rest in Peace Ultimate Warrior
Some better news from Stats Canada about the job situations for younger folks in Canada. Let us hope the economy can keep this growth up.
Serenity NOW, was what I wish I’d yelled as I left my TD Branch after ringing the bell, showing my thanks for the ATM machine and its good works.
Even the super rich and super chaotic need to think about their financial well-being and future.
Yes, you should care. You should change your passwords too, but only after you are sure the sight you are accessing has been patched against this problem.
Lots of interesting stuff not just about the holes in the Internet:
- Scientific American says that E-Cigarettes’s Effect on Cells Similar to That of Tobacco Smoke, I have been having a Twitter conversation with a few folks about E-cigs, I say they should be treated the same as cigarettes in all ways (e.g. socially, insurance, etc.,).
- Kerry at Squawkfox shows she has a great deal of “experience” with old technology ideas with Should You Buy It? A flowchart for smart consumers , flowchart? Wow, next time use Step-wise refinement.
- Phys.org’s medical side points out that In US, vaccine denial goes mainstream, this means comebacks for those old favorites: Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pocks and maybe even Polio! Seriously folks, WTF?
- Jim Flaherty’s death really does drive home my message to those planning for retirement, that no matter how much money you have, and no matter how much you plan, you may not get to enjoy your retirement, due to health issues. Get healthy as well as wealthy if you want to enjoy your retirement.
- Mark from the Blunt Bean Counter continues on with his auto-biographical post Confessions of a Tax Accountant -2014- Week 2 never knew accountants were that exciting.
- Do you have a Booze Budget ? Debt Debs does, it seems pretty high too, not to be too judgemental (but wow that is a lot of money for BOOZE).
- Barry from Money we Have brings us 6 things we need to know about credit cards, they shouldn’t be used to try to jimmy door locks either.
- Michael James gave us some Bad Advice on Retirement , not that he wants you to follow, just that he has heard.
- Mark from My Own Advisor writes about an interesting book with My takeaways from Thinking Fast and Slow I have talked about being a slow thinker, and needing to remember that (don’t act on my first impression or decisions is always a good thing for me (unless it is whether to put out my trousers that have caught fire)).
- Mark (my brother for those that haven’t figured that one out) from 2nd Career Search is having a fresh dose of hell and he writes about it with Bermuda Triangle of Real Estate - TORONTO, I am not sure how anyone actually lives in Toronto these days.
- Preet wonders Do you need balance protection insurance for your credit card? I think we can guess the answer on this one.
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The Ultimate Warrior’s Debut
So many years ago
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