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Thursday, 5 June 2008
The Next U.S. President Faces Formidable Challenges

The world we live in today is different from what it was in the 20th century and the early 21st century:

  1. The high price of oil is having a adverse effect on commodities, transportation,  and the inflation rate.  Apparently, we're near the end of the line ("Peak Oil") for  fossil fuels.
  2. The U.S. Housing Market has been in a recession for over a year.
  3. Hedge fund managers have been pushing oil, food and gold higher through market speculation that is often hidden behind the non disclosure wall of hedge fund secrecy.
  4. Terrorism is often supported from profits from the Middle East Oil Industry and poppy growth in Afghanistan.
  5. The U.S. deficit has ballooned trillions of dollars from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  6. Confidence in U.S. financial institutions have eroded because of the subprime mortgage crisis.
  7. The U.S. stock markets are down 6.00% on the year while the Canadian stock market is up 6.00%.
  8. The slowness of North American automakers to make fuel efficent cars, vans and trucks has resulted in massive job losses for GM, Ford and Chrysler. Alternate energy vehicles have yet to come on the scene in a significant way.
  9. There are still hundreds of coal producing plants in the U.S. and the world that should be discontinued.
  10. Barack Obama has to be more specific on the changes needed to escape the monopoly of oil producing cartels. 

Posted by qualteam at 12:55 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 5 June 2008 10:26 PM EDT
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Going Postal In The Right Direction

I've been working at Canada Post so long that I sometimes I forget what life was like before I became a postal worker.

Hopefully, I'll discover what the real world is like when I retire. 

I don't take anything for granted. The viability of our pension plan depends on our ability to compete against UPS/Fedex and to make a good profit.

Here are my suggestions for modernizing the 150 year-old Canadian postal institution:

"As we know, The Post Office went through a period when just making a profit was the bottom line for Canada Postal Corportion and the Canadian Government. In the meantime, the infrastructure suffered because management was unwilling to commit revenues to new machines.
"A labour-intensive mentality" hit CPC and thousands of casuals were recruited to do work that machines could have done. Many of these casuals worked excessive hours and had to be hired on as full timers because of contract agreements with
This is a challenging environment for any CEO to inherit.
Waving the finger of blame doesn't do any good now. Canada Post needs financing to service all the citizens of Canada. We need the Government to help us out. This was done in the early 1970s when Canada Post went in debt (800 million dollars) to build mega postal centers like Gateway and South Central. This was necessary to serve all customers and citizens of Canada.
In my opinion, the loan was paid back to the Government by royalty payments through the years. Whatever is remaining should be forgiven.
I'm not sure how much Canada Post needs to borrow for its 2020 modernization plan. I know that The Government, CPC Management, employees, customers and retirees have a stake in this. We are all shareholders.
I suggest an audit of Canada Post to determine its existing value now. I then suggest that shares of this Crown Corporation should be sold to its owner(Canadian Government), employees and customers in a way that would not undermine its value or potential. At least, half the shares would go to Federal Government. The remaining shares could be distributed through the CPC Pension Plan, postal management, postal employees, and preferred customers.
The Federal Government would have a buy back option of the shares at any time.
Dividends from the shares could end up as part of the yearly CTI payment.
If we're going to have the latest and best equipment available like hybrid or fuel cell trucks then substantial investment is necessary. This is the 21st century".

There is more information about my involvement in the Canadian Union Of Postal Workers at

The Toronto CUPW Local

Posted by qualteam at 6:37 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 4 June 2008 4:03 PM EDT
Sunday, 1 June 2008
The Best Of Harvey Korman

I guess everyone has their favourite Harvey Korman role in the movies or with Tim Conway, Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence.

I was surprised that Harvey did a great deal of work in cartoons, especially in "The Flintstones".

In his later years, he also went on tour with Tim Conway and did many of his old routines from the Carol Burnett Show.

My favourite Korman character was "Hedley Lemarr" in the movie "Blazing Saddles". One of the top comedy movies of all time.

Harvey's scene below is priceless and well worth watching again and again.

Feb/1927 to May/2008, thanks for making us laugh.

Posted by qualteam at 11:09 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 1 June 2008 11:25 AM EDT
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Investing In Canada

Since the beginning of the year, The Canadian TSX Index is up 6.37% while the S&P 500 is down 4.63%. The Dow is up about 1.00% on the year.

I have a great deal of money in the Toronto Dominion Equity Fund which has delivered a gain of 20% over a three year period.

Not only does Canada have many profitable oil and mining companies, it has banks which were not exposed to the subprime crisis. The Toronto Dominion Bank and The Bank of Nova Scotia are the main ones.

In blue chip investing, one should choose the top companies in any sector.

As well as being a net exporter of oil and minerals, Canada also has a secure mortgage market which was lightly exposed to subprime mortgages.

Another good TD mutual fund that grown by 24% over the last year is the Latin American Equity Fund.

The number one investment, of course, is buying a house at a bargain price and then paying off the mortgage, so one can live comfortably in their 60s, 70s, and 90s. Certainly, the U.S. is better off than Canada in this regard.

May you have profitable investing for the rest of the year and beyond.



Posted by qualteam at 6:06 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 31 May 2008 11:03 PM EDT
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Are You Taking A "Staycation" This Year?

With gasoline hovering around $4.00 a gallon or $1.30 a litre, it's perhaps better to have a "Staycation" this year rather than a vacation.

There's always lots to do around the house or the local area. One can always get caught up on the chores or the investments of the future like electric automobiles, and green mutual funds.

On the internet, you can easily improve your poker game with the ten cent tournament at Poker Stars. Personally, I've finished in the money three out of four times in this tournament over the last few days: 30 cents for 26th place, 40 cents for 16th place and $4.00 for 3rd place. I won't get rich playing this way, but my poker is improving and that's what counts.

If you want to broaden your point of view, check out some "new age religions" and some websites created by aliens. Maybe!!

It's always fun to upload songs and pictures to your blog or websites. I have close to a half a gigabyte on my websites.

Indoor and outdoor sports are not only exciting, but good exercise as well.

Hopefully, you will have a good staycation this year that suits you and your pocketbook.

Beach Party/Annette


Posted by qualteam at 9:00 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 31 May 2008 11:21 PM EDT
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Mind Melding And Christianity

The original "Mind Melding" concept comes from the first Strar Trek series. It involved linking one's mind with that of another. Memories, thoughts and emotions could be shared on a very spiritual level. Looking at it from a religious point of view, you might call this act: "A Vulcan Communion Service". 

Holy Communion in a church could be called a "Mind Meld With The Divine". The body and blood of Jesus Christ are touched by Christians through the symbols of bread and wine.

The Body Of Christ is everyone in the church past and present, so they connect with each other's mind as well. This is a mind meld of great proportions through space and time.

It is highly likely that "Crystal Skulls" play a profound role in memory transfer as well. It has been reported that if a crystal skull is nearby a sleeper some of its memories will flow into the sleeper's mind. 

On the internet, a primitive kind of mind meld is achieved through hyperlinks to webpages, blogs, pictures and music.

Hopefully, this kind of communication reaches a deeper level than good natured banter and/or long winded explanations.

One Day At A Time/Christy Lane

Posted by qualteam at 11:39 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 25 May 2008 11:47 PM EDT
Thursday, 22 May 2008
The Mysteries Of The 13 Crystal Skulls

With the opening of the new Indian Jones, movie today, the mysteries of the crystal skulls have appeared for most of humanity to see.

Could this by part of Edgar Cayce's prediction of the surfacing of Atlantis? The secret knowledge of their energy production system?

The 13 interconnected skulls are probably a reference to the basic organization of "The Brotherhood Of Christ", 12 apostles and Jesus.

In the Book of Mormon, there are references of Jesus talking to ancient peoples in North America. Secret golden plates containing the history of the Isrealites in the New World were given to their leader Mormon. These later became part of the religious doctrine of the Church Of Latter Day Saints.

I believe the crystal skulls were given to Native American tribes in southwestern U.S. around 400 A.D. At this time in Rome, the Catholic Church was on a campaign to rid Christianity of the "Gnostic heresy". 

The Roman hierarchy dogmatized the Christian religion into series of correct beliefs which were enforced by the church ministry. 

I believe Christ cut off divine life energy to the papal bureaucracy and channelled his energy into the communication and energy collectors called "Crystal Skulls".

From 400 A.D until Martin Luther's time, the dark ages prevailed.

I don't believe any high tech alien civilization would use primitive skulls for communication or energy devices.

I don't think you'll find the above information in the new Indiana Jones movie. As far as I can see, the emphasis is on action and special effects rather than a story line.

Posted by qualteam at 10:44 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 25 May 2008 7:15 PM EDT
Monday, 19 May 2008
Learning Texas Hold 'Em Poker The Easy Way

There's lots of material on poker on YouTube and other places on the internet. One of the most fascinating articles that I've read recently was on how to play "small pairs" and "small connectors".

I've also found a cheap "no-limit tournament" on It's on the main lobby's "The Sit And Go Board". Down near the bottom of the board, you'll find a "Hold 'Em Tournament" that has an entry fee of ten cents. This tournament is capped at 360 players and the winner gets $8.50. The other prizes range dowward from $6.00 for second to $.20 cents for 38th spot.

Without a doubt, this is great cheap practice for poker players of any skill level. I've went from 320th position to 43th position in a couple of days.

Like to know the basic strategy behind "Hold 'Em"? Check out Gus Henson's video below:

Posted by qualteam at 10:31 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 19 May 2008 11:28 PM EDT
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Brampton, Nice Place To Visit, Nice Place To Stay

I've lived in Brampton for 12 years. During that time, it has grown from 200,000 residents to well over 500,000 residents.

At first my attention was drawn by the cheap housing and easy access to the "Greater Toronto Area". Generally, houses are cheaper in Brampton than the rest of the GTA because there's an ample supply of new and old houses in the community.

As well as the afforable housing, the main attractions are the many beautiful parks like the one above and the Rose Theatre where I've seen the Rankin Sisters, Tommy Hunter, John McDermott and Lesley Gore.

Brampton is basically a family and mutlicultural city. The facts below back this up:

Brampton is the first city in the GTA and one of 10 in North America to be designated an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization in 2007. Home to more than 8,000 businesses, the city enjoys a Triple A credit rating by Standard & Poor, reflecting its debt-free position, exceptional liquidity levels and excellent economy.

The city celebrates its diverse population that represents more than 175 different ethnic backgrounds who speak over 70 different languages.

With more than 4,000 acres of parkland, Brampton takes pride in being "The Flower City" and the "Best Blooming Community in Canada".

Enjoy "Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens. 

Posted by qualteam at 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:19 PM EDT
Monday, 12 May 2008
The Longest Running Oil Well In The World
Mood:  special

I was astounded to find out that it's right here in Ontario, near the town of "Oil Springs" precisely.

The person above is Charlie Fairbanks and his great grandfather, John Henry Fairbanks, started pumping oil from this location in 1861.

Oil was discovered in 1858, so 2008 marks the 150th anniversary of this operation. It actually beats another discovery of oil in the U.S. by a year.

There is very little oil that is produced in Ontario. Most of it comes from Alberta and "The Alberta Oil Sands".

Charlie looks happy and laid back. It helps when oil is over $124.00 a barrel.


Posted by qualteam at 9:41 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 12 May 2008 10:15 PM EDT

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