Monday, July 31, 2006

WWIII

Over my brief blogging career I have made two predictions that would transpire over the next 5 years:

1.) A major US recession

2.) World War III

see: crumbling of an empire

We have started to see point one come to fruition - falling dollar, massive deficits, falling prices, etc. etc. etc. It won't be too much longer, in my opinion, until it ultimately implodes.

Now to come to point two: hopefully I'm entirely wrong on this one, god do I hope I'm wrong. Here is my prediction of transpiring events laid out in 10 simple steps:

Step 1

Sept. 11, 2001 - The twin towers fall giving America the foundation and public support it needs to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, securing a major oil asset. As a result, increasing hostility in the middle east against the "Western powers". As a subtle reminder, here is a 9-11 call that is sure to jostle the old memory. This one will leave a lump in your throat.

Step 2

Israel goes to war with Lebanon - A massive Israeli military funded and armed predominantly by America = a fairly one sided battle, but increases tensions of East vs. West and further lays the groundwork that Iran/Syria is funding Hezbollah and other terrorist regimes.

Step 3

Israel/US/England strikes Syria resulting in Iran getting involved in the picture

Step 4

What little confidence the world has for U.N. conflict resolution seizes to exist. Don’t worry Kofi – I’m sure Bush has a spot for you on his advisory team.

Step 5

Israel/US/England goes to war with Iran.

Now it starts getting ugly…

Step 6

Other world powers do not sit idle while America tries to secure another major oil reserve – Russia (They have problems of their own, but…)? China (What is the world’s largest military capable of…)?

Step 7

All hell breaks loose – India/Pakistan, North and South Korea, China/Taiwan attack each other. Nukes start to fly.

Step 8

America goes into a country wide state of panic so severe that citizens will give up liberties and Constitutional form of government. The plan calls for the dissolution of the US Constitution, triggered by a significant enough 'terrorist' attack. The ultimate intent is to introduce a global government and one-world religion. Yup… it all comes back to religion.

Step 9

The Western world collapses

Step 10

Who the fuck knows…

Now I'm going to go listen to some Bob Marley...

rents out!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Enron - The Smartest Guys in the Room



So I watched the Enron movie last night. Definetly a must see for documentry fans. I can't think of a bigger scandle in American history in terms of corporate crime nor one that ruined so many lives. The above diagram shows how the scam worked in a nutshell.


There was one interview where a man's 401K went from $360,000 to $1,200 and you know he wasn't alone. How on earth does someone at the age of 55 recover from something like this.

It just baffled me that no one caught on to their scam earlier than the eventual wistle blower, but when you take a step back you realize this isn't just any ordinary company. Enron had virtually everyone in their pocket, from all the major investment houses to the Bush administration. It was absolutely unreal how much power they had. When one investment banker downgraded the stock, Enron would flex their muscle and have the bank fire him, when the California government got tired of being raped and stood up to the corporate giant, Enron launched a smear campaign and it's widely thought that the company is largely responsible for Arnold Schwarzenegger being elected.

The trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling is sheduled for January 2006. Contrarty to the norm of most corporate criminals I think these two are going to have the book thrown at them, America needs to make an example. Saying that however, jail is just too good for these guys. I hope they both share a cell with Bubba and learn the new meaning of "playing house".

A few points of interest:
  • 20,000 people lost their jobs and medical insurance
  • Average severance pay: $4,500
  • Top executives were paid bonuses totaling $55 million
  • Employees lost $1.2 billion in retirement funds
  • Retirees lost $2 billion in pension funds
  • Enron execs cashed in $116 million in stock
  • 15 Guilty Please, 6 Cconvictions, 1 Acquittal, 11 Pending Cases
  • Three California Traders pled guilty to wire fraud
  • Four Merrill Lynch execs convicted of fraud in the Nigerian Barge Case

Way too much info to cover - go see the movie.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Hung



This guy is so cool looking I had to throw him in a post. He's an ant eater for all you daft pricks that don't know your mamals. haha ownt!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Hypocrisy


I'm not a fan of Stephen Harper to begin with, not just because he looks like a creepy child molester, but also for his views on various current affairs. For example, his stance on the Iraq war. He was probably one of, if not the biggest, advocate upon the initial invasion. Going to such extremes as taking out newspaper adds appologizing to the US that Canada wasn't showing more support.

It looks like Harper's mouth and knees have gotten sore enough over the past two years to enable him to stop sucking America's cock and actually realise that the war was completely fabricated. On second thought he's probably just realised that the large majority of Canadians don't in fact support the war which is a contradiction to what he said in 2003 when he told Fox news that the majority of Canadians outside of Quebec supported the US led invasion. He also introduced a motion in the Commons asking Canada to support the war. Following are a few quotes I dug up supporting this claim:

"We should have been there, shoulder to shoulder with our allies."

With respect to the liberals waffling on the issue: "They argue one day that there are no weapons of mass destruction, yet warn such weapons might be used. They tell us the war was immoral, then moral but impractical, then practical but unjustified."


Now - December 13th, he has this to say:

If I were prime minister, we would not be involved in Iraq. I would encourage the Americans and hope they're successful, but our government would not be there." Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Dec. 13, 2005 at a press conference in Trenton, Ont.


Thank your for telling the public whatever you think the majority want to hear, even though your still supporting the fact they went in and murdered thousands of innocent people. If your elected, I'm moving because the thought of being America's 51st state (which, based on your comments on not only these issues but countless others, seems a likely outcome).

hmmmm, maybe I should start a political career

James out

Sunday, December 04, 2005

On a lighter note...

A woman was in a coma. She had been in it for months. Nurses were in her room giving her a sponge bath. One of them was washing her private area and noticed that there was a slight response on the monitor when she touched her.

They tried it again and sure enough there was definite movement. They went to her husband and explained what happened, telling him, "As crazy as this sounds, maybe a little oral sex will do the trick and bring her out of the coma."

The husband was skeptical, but they assured him that they'd close the curtains for privacy. The husband finally agreed and went into his wife's room.

After a few minutes the woman's monitor flat lined, no pulse, no heart rate. The nurses run back into the room. "What happened!?" they cried. The husband said, "I'm not sure - I think maybe she choked."

Friday, December 02, 2005

Life Deals a Kick To The Nuts

Life is funny really, one minute your on top of the world - I got married, school was going well, work was going well, I got to see Greece and London, and then bam, out of nowhere life gives you a swift kick to the nuts!

I've been out of commission for a while and am writing this post for 3 reasons: first, I wanted an electronic copy of my ordeal so I can go back and read it in a year and hopefully see some progress made, secondly I find blogging a somewhat comforting way to vent, and lastly, I tend to get a few anonymous readers stopping by so if they can take something away from my experience then that's just a bonus. Here we go...

After coming home from my honeymoon in Greece, I got the runs. Now this isn't anything new, I figured to myself, I've been traveling, eating oily and different foods, my body is just clearing itself out, but after two weeks, I started to get worried. After Imodium did nothing I decided to go to the doctor. On my third visit they decided to give me an antibiotic in case I picked up a bacterial infection (cipro). This did nothing as well. Four weeks after being back from Greece my symptoms starting getting worse (intense stomach pains, gastro bleeding, etc.) I had finally reached my breaking point, so much so that I was reduced to tears. Everyone has their breaking point and I just met face to face with mine. My wife had seen enough and dragged me to the emergency.

While waiting in triage, I found myself debating public/private health care systems. For the record I still believe public is the only way to go, although if ever there was a two-tier system that could work as effectively as public, I could be persuaded a little easier after this whole experience.

I finally get to see the emergency doctor and he ordered some x-rays and a CT scan of my gut. There was moderate inflammation in my intestine and the diagnosis was probable ulcerative colitis (a disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the lining of the large intestine which falls under the umbrella - inflammatory bowel disease).

Now emergency doctors have a very tough job, they need to be knowledgeable in so many areas that they are bound to make the odd mistake, unfortunately for me one of those mistakes came in prescribing me a drug that is no longer used because of all the associated side effects (sulfasalazine). After returning home for 2 days I couldn’t believe it, but I was actually getting worse and decided to once again go back to the hospital, this time I would be admitted for a week and finally see a specialist.

When people say hospitals are depressing, they aren’t kidding, I have never felt more down in the dumps than I did that whole week. I would lie in bed 24 hours a day except to use the washroom (which was occurring every two hours like clockwork for 2 days straight – imagine shitting out broken glass or barbed wire and that is what I felt like). I would have to say that I reached the absolute bottom. I’m usually an upbeat person, but damn it was hard to stay positive. Then you see 10 year old kids walking around with leukemia and you quickly realize you don’t have it half as bad as them. Suck it up, life goes on and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? So onward and upward.

Upon release it was determined that I picked up an infection in the hospital (C Diff.) which is a result of taking widespread antibiotics. The body’s stomach produces bacteria naturally (lets call it good bacteria) that protects against infections, but because the antibiotics are widespread (not targeted to a certain area) they kill everything including the good bacteria. In my case a “bad bacteria” was picked up and started spreading throughout my stomach/intestines before the good bacteria started to produce. The drug prescribed to kill this is flagyl, nasty stuff, but it seems to be working. I’ll have to take this one for 3 months.

Finally, due to the infection and mass amounts of “the runs”, I developed an abscess (infected cavity filled with pus). This too caused a tremendous amount of pain so it was off to the emergency for a third time. I was given some morphine for the pain – oh baby did it provide some relief. An abscess requires surgery - draining the pus from the infected cavity, making an opening in the skin to relieve the pressure. I met with the surgeon at about 9:00 a.m. and he said the surgery would happen that night around midnight. I looked at him and asked if it would still be him performing the surgery and he replied yes. Now I got a little worried, he’s been at the hospital since 7:30a.m. and is going to operate on me 16.5 hours later – hope he has good hands.

Turns out I went into surgery around 6:00p.m. as an operating room freed up. I must admit I was a little scared about the surgery, although only minor, there are always risks involved with surgery and after no sleep for a couple of days and lots of drugs running through my body, my mind couldn’t help but concentrate on the “what if” scenarios. Once in the operating room they give you a shot of something to calm you down and five minutes later they knock you out. Twenty minutes later I was awake in the recovery room and apart from breathing a bit weird I felt good. It was back to my room for the night in case any complications arose.

The next morning I was feeling pretty good, not too much discomfort. I met with the surgeon and because of what he saw inside, changed my diagnosis to Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease is very similar to ulcerative colitis but the inflammation can occur in any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus and usually penetrates deeper into the lining of the affected organ causing more sever symptoms.

Well with everything out of the way it was time to go home and recover from surgery, the C. Diff infection, and my inflamed bowel. After 2 weeks of watching movies and resting I finally feel normal again. There is a little bit of an upset stomach and a feeling of nocuous from all the drugs (21 pills a day in total), but compared to how I was feeling it’s night and day. I can eat pretty much what I want now, but am keeping away from the hot sauce for a little bit. I’ve now started on the main Crohn’s maintenance drug (imuran) which should take full affect after three months.

That’s my life for the past 6 weeks.

A quick note to express my thanks for all the support I’ve received from my friends, family, work and an extra special thanks to my wife because I don’t want to think what it would have been like going through this alone. I guess if I had to take some positives away from this experience it has brought my marriage to a new level after such a short time period and I suppose I will view my health in a new light.

Finally, one last shout out to Lance as per his request – your still gay and I’m going to kill you in fantasy football this weekend, hope that’s what your were looking for lol.
Okay, that was depressing, something more cheerful in the next post I think.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Is matty good hanging them up?

From his site:

I was doing an interview yesterday with the Winnipeg Sun and realized, after answering a question, that this may very well be the last tour that I ever do with this sort of band. That’s not to say that there might not be the odd one off in the future, but I really don’t see the point of continuing presenting material this way, especially if it doesn’t jive with new material. So you never know, this could just be the last time that you get to hear some of these songs live.

I personally enjoy his older material when I go see his concerts, but it sounds like he wants to go solo in my opinion, maybe an acoustic tour. Guess I can't blame the guy, he's been in the game for quite a while.

Looking forward to his concert in Calgary on Nov. 1

Pimp my propaganda

The US propaganda machine got a bit of a facelift yesterday when it nationally televised a teleconference with George and U.S. troops. I guess you have to give them kudos for trying something new lol. Here's an excerpt, and the entire summary can be found here: teleconference


WASHINGTON - It was billed as a conversation with U.S. troops, but the questions President Bush asked on a teleconference call Thursday were choreographed to match his goals for the war in Iraq and Saturday's vote on a new Iraqi constitution.

"This is an important time," Allison Barber, deputy assistant defense secretary, said, coaching the soldiers before Bush arrived. "The president is looking forward to having just a conversation with you."

Barber said the president was interested in three topics: the overall security situation in Iraq, security preparations for the weekend vote and efforts to train Iraqi troops.

As she spoke in Washington, a live shot of 10 soldiers from the Army's 42nd Infantry Division and one Iraqi soldier was beamed into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building from Tikrit — the birthplace of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

"I'm going to ask somebody to grab those two water bottles against the wall and move them out of the camera shot for me," Barber said.

A brief rehearsal ensued:
"OK, so let's just walk through this," Barber said. "Captain Kennedy, you answer the first question and you hand the mike to whom?"


"Captain Smith," Kennedy said.

"Captain. Smith? You take the mike and you hand it to whom?" she asked.

"Captain Kennedy," the soldier replied.

And so it went.

I'm back baby

So I've been away for a while: got married, had a honeymoon, back in school for another semester, etc. etc. etc. Strangley I've actually missed bloggin a little bit so I'm going to climb back into the saddle and start posting again. So much has happened in the past month and a half that I'm not sure where I should begin - maybe start with Bush...