Veterans Week, No Presidential Change, New 20, Bridges and Friday #Shoutouts

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It is Remembrance day on Sunday, and it has been Veterans Week all week, hope you have your Poppy, and that you will observe Remembrance day. Thank a Veteran if you can, they deserve our thanks. I wanted to be a Fighter Pilot, but unfortunately the Big part of the Big Cajun Man, kind of got in the way. I had a very nice Armed Forces recruiter point out this problem before I signed up, so I thank him for that as well.

Surprisingly there has not been a mass immigration of folks who said, “If Obama wins I am moving to Canada”, yet and the world continues to spin as well. The drama of the U.S. election is a little overdone, but it is always an interesting story. Kudos to Donald Trump for having the most over the top reaction, look on-line for some of his tweets, he seems to be calling for revolution, and commented how Romney had more of the popular vote? Don’t think so, but as long as Trump stays in the U.S. we are good with it.

An interesting story was the proposition in Michigan to stop Canada from building a new bridge from Windsor to Detroit, which was supposed to cost Michigan nothing. Evidently Michigan thought it was some kind of Trojan Horse trickery from Canada, so they tried to stop its construction, with an odd proposition (backed by the owner of the existing bridge, who makes $80M a year from the existing bridge, what in interesting coincidence). Evidently the bridge construction will now go ahead? We shall see.

The new $20 Bill  (pictures from the Bank of Canada below) is now on the streets here in Canada, so counterfeiters beware! It is interesting that maybe with the advent of electronic payment and such, maybe counterfeiters will give up trying to forge money, and just move over to identity theft? What does an out of work forger do these days?

This is also Financial Literacy Month #FLM2012, it kind of got lost in the hubbub and excitement of the American elections, but you should be trying to sharpen your Financial Smarts this month.

Weekly Recap

I guess I should prepare for the mass immigration coming from the U.S., I’ll put out the Welcome Mitt, but remember leave your Hand Guns and cheaper tax rates at the border:

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1260 folks who follow me, holy liftin! If you join my “Twitter Posse“, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?).

Check out my Facebook page and find us on Google+ as well (but no I didn’t buy Facebook stock). The page includes many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long), and I have changed it a little bit too (note the new background).

Links for the Week

It was a dark and stormy week this week, that is for sure, but hopefully our favorite authors can be a shining beacon of light for all of us:

Top Stories of the Week of November 9th 2012
Financial Literacy Month/Veteran’s Week

Combating Wireless Phone Bill Shocks

How can you protect yourself from massive bills? Michael James has a few ideas.

The Income Tax Cost of Working Overtime or Businesses taking on New Clients/Customers

The Blunt Bean Counter wonders about whether people are that smart when the claim they don’t want to make more money because of a higher tax burden?


5 reasons to be careful about wanting a housing crash

Larry MacDonald warns that you should be careful what you wish for, because a housing crash may not be what you really want.

FREE Giveaway and Book Review – Cash Cows, Pigs and Jackpots

Mark writes an interesting book review, and is giving away a copy too!

Why Market-Beating Strategies Don’t Last

The Canadian Couch Potato points out that even if you find a way to beat the market, the market will eventually find a way to make that strategy ineffective.


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What Does Being Rich Mean to You?

A great story about a son talking about his hard working parents. I am the son of immigrants who worked darn hard to make a better life for all of us, Thanks doesn’t ever seem to be enough.


7 Reasons Canadians Fail to Plan Ahead

Another important post for Financial Literacy month, have a read and see if you do some of these things? Financial Highway creates a useful list.

Some of You Aren’t Spending Enough

Control Your Cash comments on a post about how hospitals are trying to make money off you while giving birth to your child? Man the world has changed since Mrs. C8j birthed L’il C8j!


Free Chequing Account Comparison

Echo of Boomer & Echo compares free chequing accounts, but free is always a good start.

What is the U.S. Fiscal Cliff?

Our old friend Preet has finally finished his new TV show, and is back posting on his blog again. Good to see you back, what is a Fiscal Cliff?


Other Bookkeeping

$20 notes/Coupures de 20 $

There is a new $20 This Week too!

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  • Greg McFarlane November 14, 2012, 4:08 PM

    Thanks for the link, but the Control Your Cash post was actually about how having a hospital profit off your child’s birth is a good thing, when contrasted with going on the cheap and hiring a midwife.

  • My Own Advisor November 11, 2012, 9:54 AM

    Thanks for the mention BCM.

  • Michael James November 9, 2012, 9:26 AM

    Thanks for the mention. To paraphrase the thinking of some people on the new $20, “I’m pretty sure this is change, so I don’t like it.”

    • bigcajunman November 9, 2012, 9:59 AM

      Agreed, change is bad, staying the same is easier, no change!

  • The Blunt Bean Counter November 9, 2012, 7:53 AM

    Thx for link. Speaking of Remembrance Day, as an observer of human nature etc. have u ever written why the hell can’t someone make a poppy that does not stick you ten times and fall off fourteen times. Just have a closure pin.

    • bigcajunman November 9, 2012, 10:00 AM

      I don’t know, I have asked a few of the folks I know who know these things, and they said it is traditional.

      My guess is the straight pin is never quite secure, so it assures you of having to buy multiple poppies every year!


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