Saturday, May 14, 2011

RIP Wallace McCain

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Wallace McCain passes on. READ THE FULL STORY at TheSpec.com

April 9, 1930 – May 14, 2011 ~ Born in Florenceville, New Brunswick

Co-founded McCain Foods Limited in 1956 with his brother Harrison McCain

“He was 80 going on 60” ~ Frank McKenna

“No matter how good… it should never be the same.
Good companies renew themselves.” ~ Wallace McCain

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Billionaire Bachelor’s Playground

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Wow! Paul Allen has creatively used his wealth to bring SATISFACTION to his life.
This should be the goal of all wealthy individuals – to actually “play” and “enjoy”
while you’ve got time left to do it.

I’m very impressed with Mr. Allen’s complex choice of “stuff” and “playtime” to immerse himself into.
Clearly his intelligence has been put to good use once he retired and he didn’t “flake out” or maintain
the workaholic mode as so many of peers choose to do. Good on you Mr. Allen! Impressive!

Read more and play video at CBS, 60 Minutes

~ Verna Lane

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bless the man who dares to create change

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God bless President Obama for having the courage to create real change.
This is what we need to catalyze the shift to alternative fuel vehicles.
 
[read the full story at egmCarTech.com]

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Obama – The Full 60 Minutes [video]

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Very handy video of complete interview with President Obama. Handy for those of you who’ve been too busy to monitor his progress and want a simple mid-term summary.

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ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Who can really criticize at this point, given the monolithic task that he walked into before he was even sworn into office? Whatever errors he might have made, one can only shudder to think what would have happened to America (and the world) if he had not taken such swift and deliberate actions.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembering those who sacrificed

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This post is in honor of the men who sacrificed their lives for the greater good - the soldiers who fought wars on our behalf. They gave up their lives (or suffered injury) so that we could have our freedom.  To them we owe our thanks for a debt that can never be repaid.

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This post is also in honor of the men who sacrificed themselves and worked in the harshest conditions so that our society could be built. The men who labored on our infrastructures, dams, railways, bridges and tunnels. They worked in deplorable, unspeakable conditions and knew that they might die on the job (and so many did). Those men were not shielded by unions or laws. They had no right to “safe or sanitary conditions”. They had no rights, period.

They were fueled by a strong sense of duty to provide for their families and serve their country. They paid the ultimate price for our evolution.

As such, they deserve a rightful place here, next to the tycoons who gave them work.

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And finally, I’d like to honor the families who lost a loved one for our sake. It is an extreme challenge for women and children to carry on, once the father is injured or lost to them. To those of you who paid an ultimate price so that we could have freedom and infrastructure… I’m sorry for your loss… and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JP MORGAN - Introduction

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J.P. MORGAN

Born in Hartford, Connecticut USA

April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913

American Financier and Banker

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Estimated Net Worth (NW), per modern standards: $28B

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

TONY ROBBINS - Introduction

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ANTHONY ROBBINS (more commonly known as TONY ROBBINS) is the “KING of MOTIVATION”. His books are among the very best of instructional tools on how to be a better human being. I, for one, am grateful for his work and have benefited tremendously from his instruction. As VIP Advisors go, he’s the very best and has counseled many of the world’s top power players. Check his biography for complete details on who they are…

OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY

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Home of BILL GATES – Virtual Tour [video]

VIDEO: Home of Bill and Melinda Gates (3 mins 17 sec)

This is the actual virtual tour created by the architects for Bill Gates himself.

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Mark Cuban on Entourage [video]

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Mark Cuban's appearance on Entourage (seen here with Jeremy Piven, aka “Ari Gold”) . He did a really good job, especially considering it's a lot tougher to act than people think.  That must have been a lot of fun - doing the Hollywood thing for a day. I wonder if he liked it?!?!

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Warren Buffett opens up about his love life

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I find this story interesting because one rarely thinks about the private lives of such powerful men. It’s fascinating how Warren Buffett clearly COULD HAVE whichever women he wanted - from the socialite Katharine Graham to the attractive blond he hired as housekeeper when his wife walked out. He later married that attractive blond housekeeper, so she obviously wasn’t JUST doing the dishes and cooking ;-) … In any case, I find it intriguing that even though he COULD have any women he wanted, he claims his “biggest mistake” was letting his wife walk out… saying that “her departure was preventable. It was definitely 95% my fault. ... I just wasn't attuned enough to her, and she'd always been perfectly attuned to me. She kept me together for a lot of years. ... It shouldn't have happened."

Obviously a man of such extraordinary wealth CAN have his pick of women to bed. But, as my favorite saying goes; “Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD”. The story above seems to be a very fitting situation for that motto.

Thanks Mr. Buffett for such candid confessions that we might learn from your footsteps.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Canadian Billionaires

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Canada's Billionaires

2010 MAY via Nosey Parker

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John D. Rockefeller [via Early Tycoons in America]

Monopolizing the kerosene market during the civil war, John D.Rockefeller grabbed up the oil refineries like a marauding lion. Then when the big gas eating cars came along a few years later he was able to turn Standard oil into the biggest corporation in the world. Standard oil was described in 1880 as the most cruel, impudent, pitiless, grasping monopoly that ever latched onto a country. Ida Tarbell exposed Rockefeller’s crooked dealings in her 1904 book, The History of Standard Oil Company.

Rockefeller hired a public relations agent who advised him in order to save his reputation to give some of his money away. Rockefeller had plenty to give. He had more money than anyone in the world who had accumulated his own wealth. During the next thirty years of his life he watered many worthy causes with donations. He financed a black woman's college in Atlanta and named it Spellman after his in-laws. His school board helped pay for an education for blacks all over the south.

He founded the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, turned a small Baptist college into the University of Chicago, and established one of the worlds largest foundations to further medical training and the arts. And these were only some of his charities. In all Rockefeller gave away over $550 million when the country’s gross domestic product was around $34 billion. He did at the least pay back some of what he had taken.

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