My bliss is in Iceland



According to nationmaster.com: “More than a third of the time, Icelanders don’t show up for work. Perhaps that’s why they’re the world’s happiest nation.” (Of 50 countries surveyed)

I wonder what they mean by “don’t show up”? Do they really wake up and say ‘nope, not today’ and go back to bed? No phone call? No explanation required?

Iceland also has no military, houses just three McDonald’s cesspits, claims the highest cinema/lowest church attendance, and ranks number two in gender empowerment (GEM).

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Julie’s Story



Have you seen the recent “lifestyle” television ad in which a woman of fortyish is expressing her desire to lose weight? Which one of a thousand you ask? This ad is peculiar because it doesn’t really hardsell anything. It shows a woman being active, laughing with friends, etc.

There are two moments in this commerical that drive me nuts: 1) said woman is standing on a scale, we see her side profile, her body is awesome; 2) said woman is sitting in a chair, we see her side profile, her body is awesome. Seriously, she could have hosted the 20 Minute Workout back in the day.
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Preserving your bliss.



By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.

You just never know, a’ight?

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TD says we’re no better off than 1989



TD Bank released a report today announcing that the “well-being of the average Canadian has barely advanced over the past 15 years”. In addition, they’re urging the Feds to cut taxes and supplement policies that boost income and productivity. That’s pretty rich coming from a bank, don’t you think?

I’m not an economist but I think it would be interesting to compare this report with the rise of service charges in the banking industry (how about “white-label” ATM charges?). Perhaps that’s where part of our incomes are going! In 1989 the service charges on my bank account were well under $10. Today it’s not unusual for me to pay $30/month in service charges. Use interac, get charged; pay a bill, get charged; write a cheque, get charged. And it never seems to matter if I upgrade my account, I still get charged for so many transactions!

And how about the ridiculous rates of interest we “earn”. That’s really where we’re getting screwed.

Wait, there’s an upside – just not for you! According to the Globe and Mail, Canada’s six biggest banks earned more than $13.3-billion in profits for fiscal 2004. I’m happy for them.

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