Saturday, January 28, 2012

Nadir Mohamed is going to run Rogers into the ground

Nadir Mohamed, who rakes in over $8 million in income every year, is going to run Rogers Communications into the ground.  His ideas are delusional and Rogers is becoming one of the worst corporations in Canada.

Check out some of his nonsense ideas in this article.  Like seriously!  Who views Rogers as a quality brand?  If you are a Rogers customer, do you wonder if Nadir thinks you are a high value client?

If you own shares of Rogers, dump them now!

I'm going to be filing a statement of claim against Rogers for unfair business practices that violate the Ontario Consumer Protection Act.  Stay tuned for updates.

Hope everyone is doing well. Cheers
2012 - The beginning!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sending praise to Hilary Clinton for her Gay Rights Speech to UN

I just finished watching this video of United States Secretary Hilary Clinton's speech.  Clinton is addressing the United Nations, regarding gay rights.  I praise her for a doing such a great job and sending a beautiful, important and positive message around the world.
This must be shared.

Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights

BTW - How can any sane minded American support anyone in the Republican race for GOP leader and their barbaric social policies??  Not even just their policies and beliefs on gay rights but just their views and policies in general.  I see nothing but greed and disgrace in the GOP republican leader race.  It's truly a race to be a loser, no matter who wins.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Focus Idea: Keep on Moving, @OccupyToronto !!

I think there is allot of confusion because many Canadians assumed a large majority of the greed exists and comes from the Canadian banking system similar to the US. However our banking system has some pretty good regulators and is one of the best in the world however there is still greed in the upper ranks of these corporations. Corporations should not be protected by all the same laws as a human and should be held more accountable for what they do. 
I've seen people trying to change the occupy movement in Canada by telling us we have the ability to make changes by choosing who we do business with.  The idea that we have power by choosing where to shop has been around for a long time and although there is some truth I don't think it's the solution. The problem is, the heroes of the occupy movement represents the 99% however is not comprised of the 99%. The 99% can't all rise to action but I'm sure they are thankful for the actions of this powerful movement. My problem with the making change by dealing only with ethically run corporations is that it doesn't seem like we have FREE access to the market any longer. Freedom of choice should not be limited because some corporations don't have a good set of ethics.  If company XYZ makes the best widget, I want to buy that widget from XYZ and I should be able to without having to worry that I am somehow contributing indirectly to corporate greed.
The focus in Canada needs to be more on corporations in general and pushing our government to implement policies that won't allow the corporations to power themselves with greed.  Corporations should be penalized for it as it's not good for our economy as a whole. Look at the CEO incomes in Canada (below link) an tell me this is fair in anyway to people who work just as hard in these corporations. Did any of the employees get 27-150% increases in total salary this year? NO! Has average worker salaries gone up %500 in the past 20 years? NO! It's assumed that corporations will implement their own ethics and protect their employees however if times get tight again, the first thing the many corporations will do is lay-off employees because the first priority is the bottom line, the chiefs, boards and the shareholders and not the employees and society. This isn't right and that's a message I think the Occupy Canada groups need to focus on amongst others. This is just a catalyst comment to get further ideas on this so that this movement can make changes in Canada that are needed. Because the government isn't going to do this for us unless we persuade them. They do work for us though.  Don't get frustrated or let conflicts within the group slow progress.  Keep the momentum going!!

The distribution of wealth and greed is a serious concern in Canada as well.  Why any one employee of a corporation needs to take home more than a one or two $million income every year is excessive and greedy.
New York has been going for a month and they still don't have a completed draft of proposed solutions needed from their government.  Keep on moving OccupyTO!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Proper Disclosure of Statistics in Misinformation Era

I found this really cool tool on the OECD website the other day(link will be at the bottom). The tool contains massive amounts of statistical data for many countries in the world.  What is really cool about this tool is the interface that allows you to easily see the most generally used statistics used often as success indicators for the economy, public health, education and others.  It also has many less commonly published statistics that make up components of how the most general indicators, such as GDP, are calculated. The tool contains historical data for about the past decade or even prior and allows you to compare one country to another and extract.

As I played around with it more and more, it re-enforced how statistics can be so easily manipulated to show something positive that really isn't all that positive.  A great example of this is how Stephen Harper is always boasting about his government bringing the unemployment rate down.  He always leaves out the fact that the extra jobs created were mostly part time jobs and another fact that many people are stuck in part time jobs because they can't find a full time job.

This really bothers me as government, corporations and the media use stats quite often in an attempt to make a statement appear true that are not completely true which misinforms the public.  This is a growing serious issue given current economic situation and the 1% vs 99% occupy movement.  I think that we need a better set of standards and ethics that hold these institutions accountable for disclosure of full details when using statistics to inform or mislead the general public.  More to come on this..........

The Tool

Friday, October 14, 2011

Get ready for OccupyTO and Right Wing Manipulation

I saw this picture(below) being sent around with a student showing a hand written letter about how wonderful they are for having no debt in their last year of University, supporting themselves and only working for a little more than minimum wage.  Many people praised the student and said they are likely to go places in this world.  First off, I don't think so because their attempt to protest one of the draft Occupy Wall Street demands doesn't even make sense and I think it's a complete lie!
OWS draft demands  (search for Education Reform)

I think this student completely misses the point though. People aren't blaming wall street for their own debt. They are blaming wall street and corporations for greed, risky decisions and the fact that corporations have as much legal protection as an individual and this has been abused leading to a unsustainable economy. Greed wasn't included in the models for a successful free market system and is immoral.  I feel like a broken record somewhat.

I think the OWS demand is misunderstood.  The OWS group is suggesting that instead of spending money on war, they should look at putting that money into loan forgiveness programs. Loan forgiveness programs aren't new and work very similar to scholoaraships.  Is this student saying that money should continute to be spent on war instead of scholarships and student aids??

Hope everyone is having a a great day and I'm looking forward to checking out what people have to say down town Toronto tomorrow.  Here are some of the messages I've seen already.

IMAGE: The unrealistic letter from a supposed student and why I think it's a LIE!!

APPENDIX - assumed student budget with bare essentials
Weekly $9/hr @ 30 hrs/wk (before Taxes) (Note that $9/hr is about $1.50-$2 over the average minimum wage in the USA
Monthly (befoere taxes)
Monthly (estimate after taxes)
-$     10.50
Income Remaining after basic expenses
Monthly Amount
 $ 400.00
Lucky to find rent this cheap and lets even assume it has laundry and included utilities.  It's also assumed that this is shared with at least one roomate
 $   30.00
Basic phone with very litle use
 $   98.00
This is actually much less than the average monthly premium for medicare in the USA for most without coverage through employment
 $ 200.00
$50/week isn't that much and is kind of unrealistic
 $   62.50
10% of Tuition cost at average US public state univeristy($7500)
Transport Transit / Travel/Home Visits?
 $   30.00
Asssumed the student lives near the university and work which is very convenient and lucky with such low rent.  Or assumed the student uses a bike, lives somewhere with year round warm climate and that bike is not stolen and few repairs or tune ups are required.
 $   90.00
Any good budget puts aside 10% for miscelleaneous items and unexpected expenses (clothes, emergencies, day to day)
 $          -   
Nothing left for saving
Books and School Supplies?
 $          -   
Nothing left in budget
 $          -   
Nothing left in budget