Incredible pictures by Eric Carr. I love the green of the marsh and the beautiful lights from the sun. Just incredible. Flickr is a beautiful tool for all photographers, giving them the possibility to get publicity that you simply couldn’t before. I could spend days in the flickrverse. In this post, I cover some Big Brother, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, money and more!
A 40 billion merger between Inco, Falconbridge and Phelps Dodge was announced yesterday. It will create one of the biggest mining conglomerates in the world. This is the last chapter in the famous Falconbridge saga. Xstrata is out in the cold. Let’s see what the underwriters for the merger propose and how this will affect the mining situation after the stock correction that happened during the month of May and June.
In Quebec, moving day is coming up. For those of you that don’t know this, most leases end on June 30th and start on July 1st. This means that everybody who moves from one place to another moves on this weekend. It’s crazy, from what I’ve heard, it’s another way that Quebec is distinct. Trucks have been booked months in advance and with the heat, it won’t be pleasant at all. On better news, I am not moving. On top of that, there is construction all around Montreal. This is right before the construction holidays. Years ago, the government instituted mandatory construction worker holidays so that one company wouldn’t steal another one’s customers if they had some workers off on holiday.
Unpimp your ride.
In other financial news, Warren Buffet has donated 37.4 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. An example of rich people giving money to some other rich people to try to be bigger than the UN for charities. Give me 0.1% of that and I’ll be happy. Meanwhile, Warren Buffet’s granddaughter is wiping some kids ass. She is a nanny for some rich people. Funny how ironic that is; Buffet worked all his life to better himself and let’s his descendants start at the bottom all over again without any real hope of touching his legacy at any point in time. It’s not that making your own way is bad. A lot of us don’t have the luxury of a trust fund, but I believe that at some point, if your family has billions, some of it should go the way of the kids and grand kids. Some sort of financial maneuvering could be set up to save taxes and help out generations of Buffets to come.
New Spiderman trailer with Venom
The guy is a billionaire and decides to give all of his money away. Well, most of it anyway. That is not big of him, that’s just narcissistic. Who else would try to make himself known as the world’s biggest philanthropist whilst his grandchild is wiping crap of some rich kids ass? Yes she did get her school paid by a trust, but that was it, or so she said. It’s not that I am against making your way by yourself, but there has got to be some limits.
The winekone graduates.
The American dream is to make money the way he did but to ensure some form of legacy for his family as well. I think it’s somewhat selfish of him to just give it all away. Instead of giving it to charity, he could have started a fund for artists, making sure to give them grants so that they can create in peace without having to think constantly about money. I calculated that he could help out 75,000 families to live for twenty years while supplying for their basic needs. There was a way to do this, instead of trusting someone like Bill Gates and his wife to give it away for him. Heck, I’d put a billion towards lobbying for net neutrality.
It doesn’t mean anything that he didn’t start a foundation with his own name. He is a financial genius but doesn’t know how to give money away? Give some of it over here and I’ll build some schools and hospitals in Africa. I’ll find great ways to make a lot of people’s lives happier and better. Not just my own sense of immortality. This is why most estate planning should be done when people are younger. When you become older, you worry about different things, like how you made your mark on the world and how people will remember you. I find affecting people’s lives is way more important than your own sense of grandeur.
In Big Brother UK, Susie and Aisleyne were nominated by their fellow housemates for eviction. Or so they thought. The evictee will actually go into the secret house with the new housemates. Ding, dong, the bitch is dead. Well, not really, but I wanted to write that. Aisleyne and Lea are really going at it. They started to despise each other, probably because of Pete. Grace looked down upon Nikki for posing for some nudie pics, then four days after she got out of the house, she posed for Nuts. That is quite sarcastic. I guess she couldn’t say no to some green.
I’m starting to like Mikey more. He is somewhat of a calming force in the house. Richard was supposed to be that, but he just became a superbitch. Mikey is a peacemaker, even is he claimed to be a misogynist in his original VT.
In Big Brother Australia, Perry is becoming the most annoying housemate, even more than Camilla. She is starting arguments without any cause, hounding the housemates for no apparent reason. As soon as she is available for nomination, she will be gone.
I’ve really gotten into my science-fiction writing. I’ve done a lot of research, found some interesting sources and gotten a pile of “to read” books on my desk. I wouldn’t mind being a full time writer, while still taking care of my existing financial customers. There is a lot of freedom with that sort of lifestyle. Traveling the world with your laptop and ideas in your head. I think all this drive is generally because I’ve always been interested in science-fiction, especially themes of transhumanism, extropianism, transenlightment, posthumanism, technological singularities and futurism.
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