Monthly Archives: September 2011

Ontario Leadership Debate

Shorter version: Blah, blah, blah, blah…

I have to confess to finding these “debates” to be incredibly tiresome affairs. After listening to an hour and a half of dubious promises and contradictory gainsaying by the various leaders, one doesn’t really come away feeling better informed. But maybe that’s just me… Perhaps your impressions of the debate are different.

H/T: Blazingcatfur, who is doing a stellar job these days of posting content on YouTube from Sun News. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoy listening to alternative opinions.

Update: An impressionistic recap of the debate…

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Chris Christie Answers Questions…

Following his speech about American Exceptionalism at the Reagan Presidential Library in California last night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie answered questions from the audience, most of which (predictably) concerned speculation about him possibly running to the U.S. President in 2012.

Spoiler Alert: The answer was a definitive NO.

Despite Christie being the bête noire of the left, I happen to really like this guy and think he could potentially be an effective president – someday. Presuming, of course, that he doesn’t suffer a cardiac arrest in the meantime!

In many ways Christie reminds me of London mayor Boris Johnson (another figure widely despised by the left) in terms of being a “straight-shooter” – which sounds corny, but is applicable in this case and such a refreshing change from the vast majority of politicians.

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Dreaming of Recession

Well, here’s something rather unusual… Appearing earlier today on BBC, Alessio Rastani, an independent stock trader, confessed to a stunned interviewer that, like most of his colleagues on Wall Street (or in the City of London), they “don’t really care that much” how world leaders claim they’re going to fix the economy as their job is simply to make money from the situation. Quite to the contrary, Rastani admitted that he’d been dreaming of a market collapse for three years. “I go to bed every night, I dream of another recession,” he said.

As if that bit of candour wasn’t sufficiently amazing, Rastani went on to claim that Goldman Sachs rules the world not governments and that Goldman Sachs “don’t care about this rescue package” (i.e., the proposed plan to leverage the EU’s €440bn bail-out fund to €2 trillion to cope with the impending debt crisis in Italy and Spain) because they know “the market is toast… the stock market is finished.”

Rastani dryly concluded by warning viewers to act quickly because “In less than twelve months, my prediction is, the savings of millions of people are going to vanish.”

Update: Is Rastani a fake or a legitimate asshole? Debate and links about this in the comments.

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Pigs & Sheep

To mark today’s re-issue of Pink Floyd’s catalog (apparently following a complex legal argument over distribution rights), EMI Music reconstructed the iconic cover of the band’s 1977 “Animals”album with an inflatable pig floating over Battersea Power Station…

Personally, I think it would have been far more germane to have it floating over the City of London, perhaps counterpoised against the “Gherkin”… No time for that Photoshopping unfortunately; but more fun nonetheless… here’s “Sheep” wickedly set to a montage of clips from various dystopian sci-fi movies…

The transcript starting at 6:30 in is most notably excellent.

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Ontario Election: Economic Realities

Another fascinating TVO discussion about the Ontario election, this time pivoting off some disparaging comments made several weeks ago by former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge in regards to political leadership with respect to prospects for the province’s economy…

Dodge slammed all three Ontario political leaders. Each, he warned, is promoting “impossible” economic plans that unrealistically promise lower taxes and improved services for a province that he believes is facing a shrinking tax revenue base.

“Whoever wins will be seen to have lied to the public,” he told the Globe.

As a former Ontarian occasionally tuning in to the election from another province, it’s interesting to contrast thoughtful discussions such as this at the “macro” level of things with the barking mad rhetoric and petty sniping of bloggers more closely invested with the political contest.

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Adopt a “Job Creator”

America’s bonus dependent job creators are currently suffering marginal percentage losses against staggering aggregate wealth.

Won’t you please help the affluently burdened?

For the struggling over-endowed, your donation can make the difference between commercial first-class and G550 Gulfstream.

H/T: Saskboy.

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From Puppy Dogs to Perry

Rachel Maddow pokes fun at claims made by insane religious kook Cindy Jacobs that, as a direct result of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s repeated calls for mass prayer, “the land is starting to rejoice.”

Never mind the unremitting persistence of a record-breaking drought in Texas or the recent spread of wildfires across parts of the state shortly following Perry’s stadium prayer event… Nope, for Jacobs, “proof” of its efficacy can be determined from the supposed lifting of the cannibal curses of indigenous peoples that had apparently long been troubling the churches of south Texas.

Meanwhile, over at the Sun “News” network, host Michael Coren is currently taking righteous umbrage at those who mock Christianity…

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