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The World - IMF Approves $17 Billion US Bailout For Ukraine

The World – IMF Approves $17 Billion US Bailout For Ukraine

  In the west of the country (Ukraine), you have a government who are happy enough to seize power but are happy on the same day, to cede it to the IMF and western interests and pimp their people for whatever can be got out of it for their own political aggrandizement and gain and if […]

The World – Gold Standard Versus Fiat Currency Versus Bitcoin

A quick tutorial on the global money system.  FYI.  It helps to make some sense out of what is going on in the world right now. Money printing is supposed to increase inflation but governments claim inflation rates are very low.  Now why is that?

Thunder Bay - Economic Death Spiral

Thunder Bay – Economic Death Spiral

So instead of a small tax increase, users of some city services, including a raft of planning and zoning applications, will see annual fee increases totalling $186,000. Some long-term care positions are gone; so are jobs at city pools and transit. A range of planned hires are cancelled and council received a confidential proposal for […]

Thunder Bay - It Was Like That When I Got Here

Thunder Bay – It Was Like That When I Got Here

“Typically we expect them to last longer from our inspection period … we very rarely get one of these issues where they just suddenly fail like that.” Adams said the situation was “troubling,” and that the city usually has “some notice through our inspection process.” “It’s just we’ve got a lot of assets out there, […]

Thunder Bay - Keep Your Eye On The Prize City Hall

Thunder Bay – Keep Your Eye On The Prize City Hall

Two Thunder Bay news stories released on April 30, 2014 Priorities? A bike repair station may be a nice thing to have but is it a must thing to have? Repairing bicycles is not something the City of Thunder Bay needs to be involved in while making sure rusting and rotting city infrastructure doesn’t kill someone […]

Canada - Who Really Runs This Country?

Canada – Who Really Runs This Country?

Who really runs this country? If you answered parliament or government , then you are naive. Very naive.  Maybe stupid too.  Probably more stupid than naive. With the Temporary Foreign Workers Program in the news, I wondered just how that type of program would come to be?  A very business friendly program that, until last year. […]

Thunder Bay - A City That Is Rusting And Rotting Away

Thunder Bay – A City That Is Rusting And Rotting Away

A four-meter lamp post toppled to the ground outside Victoriaville Centre in Thunder Bay yesterday afternoon, narrowly missing a pedestrian.  “We were just standing by the post there, me and my buddy, and it … just fell over and almost hit me,” he said. Whew…could have been worse. The falling pole might have hit an expensive […]

Thunder Bay - The Thunder Bay Way

Thunder Bay – The Thunder Bay Way

OK. New benches were installed along the stretch of Algoma Street located between Bay Street and Cornwall.  This space next to the Madhouse Tavern/new bus shelter at the intersection of Bay and Algoma Streets had an existing bench located there.  Has been there for years and years. So, you install the new bench in front […]

Thunder Bay - Whats Behind Me Is Not Important

Thunder Bay – Whats Behind Me Is Not Important

Included in the resolution is close to $2.5 million in a deficit management strategy, where different departments found savings from non-essential spending. These included measures such as a hiring freeze on all non-essential positions, reduction of travel budgets and postponing or cancelling some projects and programs. Council also approved more than $1.6 million in cost […]

Thunder Bay - Laughing Last

Thunder Bay – Laughing Last

She who laughs last, laughs best eh Keith and Tim? Remember  this and this and this and this and.. I could go on for ever….sigh? I think you, Mr. Mayor, Mr. City Manager and your little dog CJ , owe several people an apology. Seriously. I think the financial pigeons have come home to City Hall and are now […]