Well, the annual happiness report shows Canada in the top 10. #7
the report shows Canada is a bit less happy then it was a year ago, no improvement, down about 5% globally making it about 100 in the improvement category, loading about 5% overall.
What does that mean, not much, simply things are not as sunny as they were last year. Carbon taxes, failed pipeline misadventures, uncompetitive tax rates, falling oil prices and a government trying desperately to improve its leaders social opinions on the population, other than that everything is pretty good. Let’s not forget we are well positioned in case of a depression or recession the government feels we can handle a flood well. We think it’s about water, maybe he meant the proposed immigration targets of a million people over the next three years. So much going on, hard to follow it all. Let’s nit forget Cannabis is legal now and a guaranteed income for everyone is being proposed. The budget will be balanced with debt in the interim and by 2040 government taxes will match government expenses. So it’s not so bad. Future is looking like blue skies, and the morning skies are a glow, as they, sailors take warning.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and may 2019 bring you faith, hope, health, prosperity and the love of our Lord in your heart.
50. What do you call an old snowman?
49. Why are ghosts such bad liars?
Because you can see right through them.
48. Why is Santa always so happy?
He likes to live in the present!
47. How do you catch a whole school of fish?
6. What is a witch’s favorite subject in school?
45. Why didn’t the zombie go to school?
He felt rotten!
44. What did one plate say to the other plate?
Dinner’s on me!
43. What kind of shoes do ninjas wear?
42. Why did the cookie go to the hospital?
Because he felt crummy.
41. How do mountains stay warm in winter?
40. Why do artists constantly feel cold?
Because they’re surrounded by drafts.
39. Why did the pony get sent to his room?
He wouldn’t stop horsing around.
. What do you call a cow that eats your grass?
A lawn moo-er.
37. Why do fish live in salt water?
Because pepper makes them sneeze!
36. What did the Dalmatian say after lunch?
That hit the spot!
35. Why can’t a leopard hide?
Because he’s always spotted!
4. Why should you not let a bear operate the remote?
He will keep pressing the paws button.
33. What is a robot’s favorite snack?
2. What did one plate say to the other plate?
Dinner is on me!
31. What does a nosey pepper do?
Gets jalapeño business!
30. Why did the banana go to the hospital?
He was peeling really bad.
29. Why did Mickey Mouse take a trip into space?
He was looking for his buddy, Pluto.
28. What are the two things you can’t have for breakfast?
Lunch and dinner.
27. Where do you learn to make banana splits?
At sundae school.
26. What did the limestone say to the geologist?
Don’t take me for granite!
25. What kind of dinosaur loves to sleep?
24. Why do seagulls live by the sea?
Because if they lived by the bay, they’d be bagels!
23. What bone will a dog never eat?
22. Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
To eat the chickens on the other side.
21. Why did the man get fired from the orange juice factory?
Lack of concentration.
20. When will the little snake arrive?
I don’t know, but he won’t be long.
19. What’s the biggest moth in the world?
18. What do you get if you cross a frog with a rabbit?
A bunny ribbit.
17. What type of markets do dogs avoid?
16. What do music and chickens have in common?
Bach, Bach, Bach!
15. Why aren’t dogs good dancers?
They have two left feet.
14. What do you call a blind dinosaur?
13. What did one penny say to another penny?
We make cents.
12. What kind of lion never roars?
11. Why did the clock go to the principal’s office?
For tocking too much.
10. Why did the man put his money in the freezer?
He wanted cold hard cash!
9. What do you call a funny mountain?
8. Why did the man run around his bed?
He was trying to catch up on sleep!
7. Why do dragons sleep during the day?
So they can fight knights!
6. Why can’t Cinderella play soccer?
Because she’s always running away from the ball.
5. What did the zero say to the eight?
4. Why is the grass so dangerous?
It’s full of blades.
3. Why is it so windy inside a sports arena?
All those fans.
2. Why did the student eat his homework?
Because his teacher told him it was a piece of cake!
1. What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?
Finding half a worm.
“Altria will pay a USD$2 billion bonus to Juul's 1,500 employees as part of the price for its stake in the e-cigarette maker. While that averages out to USD$1.3 million a head, actual payouts in the form of special dividends will depend on factors such as longevity at the company, CNBC says. The maker of Marlboro cigarettes is paying a total $12.8 billion for a 35% stake, valuing the California startup at $38 billion. Juul recently said employees can only vape outside company facilities to conform with laws governing the use of tobacco in the workplace. • Here’s what people are saying.
Wow, nice vice bonus 1.3 million average for 1500
Many may know, in our own area in Smiths Falls, Canopy Growth has created over 100 millionaires that work at this local company. I understand everyone that works there is a shareholder of some sorts. Those early employees got vested early and have benefited immensely for working their buts off and taking a chance on a new industry.
Employees investing in the company they work for is a very good thing. I see many examples of this happening with those that are public companies and some private companies. Good lessons here for private companies and employees to work towards.
great quick overview about the challenges of growing
came across this site today from one of my realtors in my network
figure will store some real estate info on this posting as a resource
Some good thoughts to consider, what are going to do in those last years, 60 to 110 ? Maybe 110 is out of reach, yet more people are getting closer and with the advances in nutrition and health care, a return to our old age potential is quite real. So, consider the possibility. Even if you only get to 90, or 80 or 70 , what are you going to do to make a difference , what great adventures are in store for you. What love and wisdom can you pass on?
What will your legacy be ?
Let’s not forget, We are blessed , don’t check out, explore your purpose, “Be The Adventure”
I hope you enjoy this song, “Blessed”
lots to consider in this space
Idea of the Day: When starting a new business, be careful about taking on more liabilities prematurely, says Lisa Unwin, founder of She's Back.
“I’ve just seen a fabulous business, run by two amazing, energetic, committed women, go to the wall because they ran up too many debts before the cash came in. I believe the term is overtrading. Don’t do it.”
Some inspirational thoughts
Remember, follow your heart
Keep your affairs in order
Core principles from Apple leader
Think different, Be The Adventure, Be Blessed, Be
“The Heavy Weights” and the top of the scale for business is the Municipal Hog, interesting
“The impact of taxes on business investment is the focus of a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute, which says a major factor is often overlooked.
Comparing 10 large Canadian cities, the largest in each province, the report considers corporate income taxes, retail sales taxes, land transfer taxes and business property taxes.
These combined taxes - marginal effective tax rate (METR) - impact business investment decisions.
The report’s authors - say that often METR calculations do not include property taxes despite their heavy burden.
"We find business property taxes account for about half the total METR on corporate investment, a share much too large for Canadian governments and other analysts to continue overlooking," says Adam Found.”
By Richard Millington on Dec 11, 2018 07:30 am
The moment you get defensive, take insults personally or react badly to criticism you’ve lost the chance of building a positive relationship with that member (and other members who see your response).
Every interaction is a great opportunity to build a stronger relationship, deepen mutual understanding, and find better solutions to community problems.
You shut down those possibilities when you try to defend your own reputation instead of making the other member feel great.
Defensive responses are selfish responses.
The great irony is the best way to improve your reputation is to ignore the personal insults against you and focus on helping other members solve their problems, feel understood, and more appreciated.
Interesting story about the long term. Please enjoy this great example of what you can do if money was in abundance. Slow down and think I think is part of the answer. That might be a good investment on its own. We all a key to that bank and we really should not pretend we only have to wait a hundred years before our clock ticks. Besides we may not have 10,000 years, the scriptures speak to a time when things will change. The hope of our salvation. Till then, raise your hands, set your spirit on fire and move. Your clocks ticking. TLR
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The organization building a 10,000-year clock funded by Jeff Bezos
The Long Now Foundation is on a mission to change the way we think about time — in part, by building a $42m clock inside of a mountain. We sat down with the organization’s exec director to learn a bit more.
The modern workplace likes to “move fast and break things.” It places a premium on speed, efficiency, and instant solutions. It lives by the mantra of building without inhibition (or fear of consequence). It reflects in the form of 5-minute pow-wows and “post-mortems.” It lives in the now, where the “future” is tomorrow.
But some problems simply can’t be solved by 10x-ing, or optimizing, or “growth hacking.” Some problems, it turns out, require time — lotsof it.
In the quest for disruption, long-term thinking is often forgotten. The Long Now Foundation, a non-profit based in the epicenter of the tech world, wants to change that.
You may know Long Now best as the org working with Jeff Bezos to build a $42mclock inside a remote Texas mountain — a 500-foot orb of insanity that will bong once per century and keep time for 10k years. But the clock is more than a mess of gears, bearings, and chimes: It is a colossal monument to doing things “slower and better.”
I recently chatted with Long Now executive director (and clock project lead), Alexander Rose, on the importance of long-term thinking, Silicon Valley’s myopia, and — of course — this mysterious clock everyone’s talking about.
The transcript below has been lightly edited for clarity and length.
Alexander Rose, with clock prototype schematics in the background (via The Appendix)
ZC: First off, what is the Long Now Foundation?
As a species, we’re pathologically short-sighted. Our goal is to identify things that are worth thinking about long-term, and highlight some ways that’s being done in the world.
And when you say ‘long-term,’ what are we talking? 10 years? 100 years?
In work and everyday life, we’re often rewarded for thinking very quickly. Silicon Valley, in particular, puts a premium on breakneck speed. Are there systemic issues with this way of thinking?
The people who started Long Now were very much a part of the first generation of that growth and speed. In a way, they were the canaries in the coal mine. They realized that, while that mindset can lead to interesting and disruptive things, it also leaves some important things out of the equation.
Certain issues — whether it’s world hunger, or faults in our education system — can only be solved by thinking long-term.
If you were tasked with “solving” climate change in 4 years, you would give up immediately. But if you were given 100 years, or 500 years, you might start to imagine how you could lay down the groundwork. Since we aren’t taking the long-term very seriously, we’re also taking some serious issues off the table.
How the Long Now Foundation thinks about time (via Long Now; edited by Zachary Crockett)
Why do you think people have trouble thinking long-term?
Well, the idea of long-term thinking is very much a luxury. If you’re worried about your next meal, or putting a roof over your head, it’s difficult to think 10,000 years out. You have to be in a position where a lot of other things are taken care of.
Can you give me an example of an institution that is thinking in the long-term?
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault [a long-term facility that houses the world’s largest collection of crops in case of disaster] is an interesting case, as are certain nuclear waste facilities (both in the US and Europe) designed to last 10k, or even 100k, years.
There’s also the story of New College, at Oxford. In the 1800s, they noticed the old oak beams in the ceiling of their dining hall were rotting — and they couldn’t buy new ones, since oak had been over-harvested.
But it turned out that the people who’d built the school 500 years earlier had planted a grove of oak trees for this very reason: They knew the beams would eventually rot, and they planned far ahead for it.
Is there a particularly urgent area we’re failing to apply this thinking to?
An asteroid impact has 100% happened, and will happen again. It could be next month, or in 10,000 years — and that could be it for us. For the first time in history, we have the potential to detect and deter asteroids, but we basically have zero programs to do that.
Prototype components of the 10,000-year clock (Rolfe Horn / Long Now)
On that pleasant note, let’s turn to the clock! What’s the story behind this thing?
Back in the ‘80s, Danny Hillis [founder of Thinking Machines] was building the fastest supercomputers in the world. People kept asking him to build things faster and faster, and he became disillusioned. So, he started thinking about building the world’s slowest computer — a machine that would counter the “faster/cheaper” mindset.
He wanted to build something monumental and mythic that served as an icon of long-term thinking. The result was the idea of the millenium clock.
And… what is it?
Basically, it’s a giant clock that will keep time for 10k years.
It will tick once per year (instead of once per second), and bong once per century (instead of once per hour). The cuckoo will come out once every millennium.
We built two smaller prototypes over the years, then began construction of the actual clock in a mountain in West Texas. [Note: The project is funded with a $42m donation from Jeff Bezos, and is being built on land that he owns.]
We’ve had as many as 40 people on site. The ‘clock team’ has around 10 engineers and 10 fabricators.
Why 10,000 years?
It’s when the last ice age retreated, and it was the origin of cities and agricultures. It’s our modern human technological moment in civilization.
We decided that doing things for an eternity was too dwarfing.
How big is it?
The space we have created inside the mountain for the clock is 500 vertical feet.
The largest component is the chime generator that rings a series of 10 notes in a different sequence each day for 10k years. It’s 60,000 pounds and 80 feet tall. The pendulum, by contrast, is only 7 feet tall.
A prototype schematic (via Long Now; edited by Zachary Crockett)
How does it display the time and date?
All the clock dials are astronomic. They show you the current night sky, the moon position and phase, the sun position, and horizons. There is also an area that shows you the Gregorian date. We want to make it easy for the future to reverse engineer it.
The clock always knows what time it is. But all the things that show the time in the clock require people to run it, and update it, and put energy into it.
What have been the biggest challenges with building it?
For one, the natural aspects — everything from mountain lions to bristlecone pine trees, to the heat and cold.
One of the more interesting challenges has been to to design something that is relevant 10k years from now. Clock parts obviously have to work, but they have to look the part as well. Sometimes we’ll come up with a part that is engineered flawlessly, but we’ll look at it and say, ‘Nope, just doesn't feel right’ — and we’ll start it over.
The basic design principlewe’re after starts with a question: If we had burrowed into this mountain and found the clock already there, what do we wish we had found? We settled on this neo-Victorian, mechanical punk vibe. [Detailed schematics here.]
Everything has had to be custom-made, with the exception of some of the screws.
What’s the latest on your progress?
We’re in the middle of installing the clock underground. All the underground work is basically done. Every few months, we’re bringing the next module of the clock into the mountain and integrating it. [A video of recent progress can be found here.]
Clock progress is underway in a remote mountain in Texas, on property owned by Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos (via Long Now)
And when will it be open to the public?
We have a year or so more of installation work, and a year of commissioning. Then, we’ll start to have people up to the clock.
The area is very remote high desert — one of the smallest per-capita areas in the lower 48 states. People will have to hike up 2k feet to see it. Hopefully, it’ll be an experience that gives them some time to think about it all.
I can’t help but ask: What exactly is a $42m clock going to do for the world? Why shouldn’t we use that money to tackle problems that exist right now?
The clock is as much about the present as it is about the people of the future.
There are certainly a lot of hungry mouths that could be fed with the amount of money we’re putting into this project. But if all we do is feed the hungry mouths, there will always be hungry mouths. We want to put a dent in the root cause by changing the way people think.
Also, it is a lot of money, but it’s not more than last summer’s blockbuster rom-com. Hollywood movies come and go; I hope our clock will last much longer, and help the world a little bit more, than a rom-com.
What is the bigger legacy you want to impart with this clock?
I hope someone who stumbles across the clock in the future realizes we built it because we cared about them. And maybe it will inspire other people to build things that last, or to work on more ambitious problems with longer timeframes.
If the decisions you make broaden decision making power for the future, they are probably good. The future will always know more than we know. They’ll always have more than we have. Giving them the opportunity to make more decisions is good.
The current manifesto for 2019 Carbon Tax redistribution.
Plus some other thoughts from Mrs Tax
Will add additional info in comments as sourced.
Strategicly , I would like to see some requirement other than being a tax filer, and indirectly a voter to be eligible. Some sort of educational component. Perhaps a online course that teaches the basics of how to reduce our own personal carbon footprint.
Different levels gets you more of the credit or bonus credit if you click the box, I love this credit, Thank You Mr Trudeau.
For extra credit, the box that says , you got my vote, please redirect my rebate to your campaign. You would then be eligible for an additional 75% tax credit on your redistributed carbon tax.
I still like the find an easy Billion idea. Those Canadians that have left Canada to work abroad should all have to pay an annual tax. Fair is fair, they may not get a direct annual benefit from our Country, but we launched them. There should be a tribute for that. With almost 10% of Canadians living abroad, and a million immigrants projected need to fill vacancies in the work force, why not, let’s get a little return for our country’s investment in their beginnings. TLR
lots of info in charts for review
as we get ready for Christmas and 2019, it’s always a pleasurable tradition to listen to the Queens message.
some great tips on building , taxes and hst
Ping, right in the email, another great encouraging message from Mark and Angel.
Saying No, that must be the answer, saying Yes is sometimes a better option. Weighing those two choices is so important if you think about it. Zoom Zoom TLR
Logically, you know it’s okay to...
Yet, you often seek the exact opposite when life gets stressful and you’re under pressure.
You do the wrong things even when you know better.
Because your mind has so many little weaknesses. It becomes forgetful and insensible when it’s stressed.
Get to there Website, lots of inspirational resources
make your own breakfast and cereal , a little extra work, with major investment in your well being, we literally ground the grains and pulled the ears off the corn stalks for this one
Make a major decision with confidence
Maybe it’s taking the time to build a fence to add some structure to your lot lines, Blessed by friends who help move the project along
surely a more effective way would be to close the loopholes that allow corporations to hide billions offshore to avoid taxation.
The CRA knows full well that countless large corporations are hiding money in tax havens abroad to avoid paying but they do nothing about it.
And for the record, Canadians working overseas do have to file their taxes, it’s just there’s a high threshold before they are required to pay taxes on it
The threshold should probably be dropped down to the middle class level, Fair is fair , you have to get the pennies from those that benefit
Like Ford, a little bit here, a little bit there and you get your budget back in line
you mean like, a little from the hospitals, a few nurses here, a few nurses there. A few schools here and there. A little from the poor, a little more from the poor. A little from green energy subsidization. Sell off some profit generating aspects of the government.
Back to the days of Mike the Knife Harris before we know it
No, if your a Canadian living abroad, you pay the same tax rate less what you pay in the country you live in, simple, effective, fair
fair in what capacity? Pay for services I can’t use? Pay 20-30% of my income to a government that isn’t providing any services for me? Then pay another 17% to the Korean government in income tax. Get real.
If that’s the case, are we going to see your men of the people Ford and Scheer go after corporate tax avoidance, their use of tax havens, and questionable loopholes to not have to pay their share? Cut the unnecessary and pointless subsidies they get from the government, which they pocket and do not re-invest.
There’s a better chance of the Green Party winning the next election than there is the conservatives (or liberals for that matter) go after their rich friends and demand they pay their fair share
Your a Canadian, that’s is worth a couple bucks a day in my books
2 billion dollars from those abroad every yr will help hire a few auditors for sure
You will get to vote as well, sounds like a bargain to me
this is a great idea, I am sure the Green Party and ndp will love it. It’s a bit socialist, but very capitalist at the same time, Canada invested in a person, they should get a return for that investment. Especially if that person win the birthplace lottery and found themselves getting the benefit of a doctor, school teacher, bus driver, born in a hospital, took a bus somewhere, drive a car over a bridge or on a 4 lane highway after it was plowed after a snow storm, they should pay a little back for winning that lottery. If they managed to get a decent job overseas , why they should pay at least a percentage of that extra just like everyone else that decided to stay. Alternatively, pay an exit fee , kinda like buying your pension back, you can scale anything and make it fair.
that system is already there. Canadians working abroad making a certain amount of money are required to pay back. Those who benefited from Canada’s services and high standard of living are asked to give back. Your idea is to lower the threshold and squeeze the smaller folk, which has always been the policy of the conservatives. Protect the wealthy, and crush the poor
Collect extra 2 billion dollars, that’s the goal
from those who can afford it the least? Why not start by cutting our subsidies to those who have more than enough?
We give subsidies to corporations and the rich and instead of re-investing the money, they hoard it. As we’ve seen with GM, and in recent years, Heinz, Proctor-Gamble, Caterpillar, that regardless of how profitable they are, and the subsidies they receive, their greed will never be satisfied and they will abandon their workers
Have tax laws and processes changed since the Trudeau government began, or are they the same as the Harper government's policies and laws?
Announcing foreign aid alongside celebrities is a long standing tradition. https://www.thestar.com/.../aga_khan_prime_minister... Yes...thanks that we can speak freely about attempts to politicize aid announcements, either by governments, or by criticizing governments.
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