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.
Terrorism is often supported from profits from the Middle East Oil Industry and poppy growth in Afghanistan.
The U.S. deficit has ballooned trillions of dollars from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Confidence in U.S. financial institutions have eroded because of the subprime mortgage crisis.
The U.S. stock markets are down 6.00% on the year while the Canadian stock market is up 6.00%.
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.
There are still hundreds of coal producing plants in the U.S. and the world that should be discontinued.
Barack Obama has to be more specific on the changes needed to escape the monopoly of oil producing cartels.
"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 CUPW.
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 www.cupw.info.
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.
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.
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.
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".
I've also found a cheap "no-limit tournament" on PokerStars.net. 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.
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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.
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".