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“Billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson, whose bet against the overheated housing market made him one of the world’s wealthiest people, became a lot richer last year.

By earning an estimated $5 billion in 2010 thanks to bets the economy would recover, the 55-year (old) investor likely set a new record for the $1.9 trillion hedge fund industry’s biggest-ever annual payday. He beat his own record, which he set in 2007 with a $4 billion haul made off the subprime bet.”  (Reuters)

So what is wrong/obscene about this picture?  The guy pulls in $9 billion in two years.  And, just to remind you, this is personally, not his company.  This individual rakes in $9 billion in two years!  I’d like to see how much he contributed to charitable causes in the last two years.  If he gave away $100 million then I tip my hat to him.  Anything less, and John Paulson is the perfect example of how/why Marx and Lenin gained in popularity.  It’s a completely absurd notion to be earning (and I use that word guardedly given this context) that much dough.  I don’t care how good you are at what you do.  This is fuel for every socialist country and fanatical movement in the world!  So tell me John, how much did worthy charities benefit from your largesse?

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Snow drifts down, as if each flake is tethered to a wire, following individual cylinders until the crystals disappear into the endless white blanket.  It’s a completely windless day.  My dog sits vigilant on the down slope of the driveway, ears perked, listening for anything that might not belong in his universe.  Two colors predominate, white and grey.  It is not at all unpleasant or gloomy.  Just a winter day without sunshine or blue sky.  Minus 10C and dry.  A comfortable cold.  Not the bone chilling dampness of days that hover around zero.  If we had some wood I’d get a fire going, but my wood guy has not yet dropped off a load.  So the furnace keeps humming in the background, filling the house with warmth.  Some days, like today, I can even talk myself into enjoying Canadian winter.

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So what’s the deal with that??  A Canadian school board in Niagara Falls is planning to open a school for low income students whose parents do not have college or university education.  Apparently the current system does not serve these students well.  What’s next?  A return to segregation based on race?  Oh, silly me!  The Toronto school board already operates a blacks only school!  This entire concept is so retrogressive and disgusting it makes me wonder what kind of “open and inclusive” society we are building.  It is astounding and once again makes me question who is running the store?  Who voted for the bureaucrats that came up with this idea?  Talk about segregating society.  And we’re supposed to be a multicultural model for the rest of the world?  Unbelievable.

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I had the great privilege a couple weeks ago in Costa Rica, of being witness to one of nature’s magical spectacles.  Sitting in a lawn chair on my beach at ecoburica, my eco-adventure camp in southern Costa Rica, scribbling in my journal, quaffing a cold beer, when one of the staff shouted to me to look out to sea.  I thought my friend Francisco was in trouble on the reef, he had been surf casting for those ever elusive fish, so I jumped up and scanned the ocean but could not see him.  Braullio shouted “no, no” and pointed further offshore.  I swivelled my head and my jaw dropped as the sight that greeted me momentarily stunned me into silence.  A giant humpback whale launched itself out of the ocean, almost completely separating itself from the water, just the tip of its tail still submerged.  And then this behemoth crashed back down, sending huge flumes of saltwater spray into the air.  This was immediately followed by two smaller whales jumping into the air, both dropping horizontally onto the surface and sending their own cannonball waves into the air.  It looked like they were the calves trying to replicate their mother’s feat of strength and beauty.  This show lasted for about five minutes, first the mother blasting into the atmosphere, then the calves.  It was as if the mother was showing off and/or teaching her young ones about the joys of jumping!  All of us stood on the beach, whooping and shouting with our own joy as we beheld this awesome sight.  Nature never ceases to amaze me with its displays of grandeur.

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