Nelson Mandela passed away last week, after a long illness. His impact on World Politics can be seen by the number of current (and former) world leaders that came to be seen at his funeral. There are still conservative commentators that have tried to tarnish Mandela’s reputation (remember Reagen fought against Anti-apartheid sanctions against South Africa in the 80’s), but even they have toned down their commentary for now. The only black spot on the moment is a “Sign Language Interpreter” who didn’t really do his job.
Canada “Post” seems to be taking a poison pill, by cutting the one service people like (i.e. door to door delivery), while raising the cost of sending a letter (and laying off 7000 employees and hopefully losing another 15000 to retirement). Everyone is going to enjoy what I do every day, going to the super mailbox and hope that the mail has been delivered, and the box is not iced shut. I am sure for the seniors out there, it will be a chance to get some fresh air (like today when the high is -15 Celsius). As you can tell, I am not really on board with Canada Post’s proposed changes.
Have you got your Gail on the Shelf™ yet? I am already starting to make some up for my kids for Christmas. Mrs. C8j wanted me to point out that it was her idea, but I can still market the idea for her. Gail seems to have taken it in stride too (she was also bragging she’d finished her Christmas shopping too).
My Weekly Recap
My Writings for Week Ending December 13th
Watch Out for that Creepy Elf on the Shelf it IS
We are still creating jobs in Canada, so that is good, but not at a very high rate, and all the old folks are getting them!
Luckily Gail Vaz-Oxlade has a sense of humor, and she actually said she liked the idea (or at least thought it was funny).
I was having an argument with one of my Tweeples about the TFSA and how it isn’t costing the Government much and it turned into a post.
As we all know there is nothing that is really “free” these days at all. Watch out for this scam if you have an older furnace.
Swiss Army Knife Section
I have renamed this section mostly because it isn’t just the best Financial posts of the week, I include other esoteric things like science and technology in here too:
- According to the BBC Bots now ‘account for 61% of web traffic’ which means a lot of you might get this joke, a Bot walks into a web site and looks at a cookie, but it didn’t meta his standards (bad bot humor).
- If you want some festive spirit go to DJ Riko and his Christmas 2013 Music Mashup, very festive.
- The Blunt Bean Counter decided it was time we learned more about Gros Morne National Park which is fun, doesn’t have any financial stuff in it either, but hey, as I said this isn’t just for financial stuff.
- Michael James writes about Not Going Dark, which is more of a business of blogging article pointing out the crap we sometimes have to go through to publish stuff.
- Kerry from Squawkfox brings us part one of her new expose I’m so done with holiday sales events. Maybe you should be too. It’s OK to shop at sales, if you are buying what you need, buying something on sale that you don’t need is not saving money, however.
- Gail Vaz-Oxlade warns Co-Signers Beware , especially if a family member asks you to co-sign.
- Our friends at Popular Science has a great new set of numbers for us The Week In Numbers: The Rise Of Bed Bugs, A Portable X-Ray Machine, And More
- When Mark from My Own Advisor asked me What’s in your portfolio? Big Cajun Man, I figured he was just asking how NOT to invest, who knew you could write about a failed investor?
- Matt at One Million and Beyond gives us The Grocery Game – Can you save 15% on your groceries? Eat 15% less?
- Preet goes un-dark with My New Personal Finance Book – 47% off for pre-orders (This week only) hurry up it is a limited time offer!
Sandra Boynton Section
No not another Tweet with a fun picture, an actual VIDEO this time!
What Says Christmas More
Than flashing lights in time to a 109 yard field goal return and then the Auburn fight song, just makes you feel like Christmas all over.
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