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It is Done, Ice Bucket Challenge, Media Perceptions and #theBestFin4TheWeek

This week Robin Williams decided he couldn’t deal with the inner demons (or Parkinson’s Disease, evidently) he had, and ended his life. Everyone has choices in life, but if you are having these thoughts, please go get help before you make any final decisions.

More likely the photo used if I am ever mentioned in the Media (Cranky Old Guy)

The ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ) “folks” in the states seem to have found a viral shtick that is catching on and that is the Ice Bucket Challenge. It seems many celebrated folks are dowsing themselves with Ice Water to show their support for folks suffering from ALS (if you click on the Ice Bucket Challenge link, you’ll get to where you can donate to the ALS Canada organization). ALS (to me) is the most frightening disease out there, and when they find a cure, I will celebrate.

The #IfTheyGunnedMeDown movement in the states is an interesting commentary on the media’s portrayal of minorities. I am confident if I am mentioned in the news in some fashion it will most likely be a very unflattering photo, but I am curious to see if the media changes their use of Social Media to find unflattering photos for folks in News stories?

My Writings for Week Ending August 15th

Lots of rain in Ottawa, and a chill in the air that is reminding us there are only 19 more Fridays until Christmas!

  • WW1 Centenery, More Hacked Passwords and #theBestFin4TheWeek was the list of the good writings from the week of August 8, 2014.
  • Stats Canada’s news last week about Moribund Job Growth in Canada, underlines the problem that this economy seems to be creating a large number of part-time jobs, but not enough full-time jobs. Will Part-Time become the new norm in this economy?
  • Even though we have had the TFSA for a while folks are still having problems getting the hang of the TFSA Two Step, the important factor to remember is that it is not like a regular savings account, so read the rules carefully.
  • I got to meet with a Financial Planner when I was laid off from Nortel, and I did write about it 6 years ago, so I figured it was time to do a Financial Planner Retrospective, given I now have 20/20 hindsight to rely on.

This Week’s Finest

So many things going on this week in the World, with Ebola, the Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, and all the like, but in the world of money there were still some interesting stories to follow:

Infinite Prophylactics
Many Prophylactics Ready to Go

MIT Does Cool Stuff

No wonder they call it the University of Waterloo of the South!

John Oliver on Pay Day Loans

I do like this man’s style, and his accent just adds to it all.

And I for one Welcome our Gigantic Spider Overlords

That is a BIG SPIDER!!!

Random Thoughts for 2014

Lots of these kinds of Best of articles in 2014. Here is a list of them.

Feel Free to Comment

  1. There are times when it makes sense to get a payday loan. Say you’re late paying back a loan shark who is about to shoot you in the spine. Then it makes sense to get a payday loan to pay off the loan shark. Thanks for the mention.

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