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Screambucket Launches New Site! April 1, 2009

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Screambucket Has Launched Its New Site

ScreamBucket.Com

Please click over and give the new site a going over.

It was a bunch of work, but we are REALLY EXCITED!!

The Energizer Bunny Goes to Cuba… March 31, 2009

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burbfam-240x238-brandIt was very sudden. My husband decided we should take a trip. When he first mentioned it I came back at him with a list of reasons we shouldn’t go, beginning with “We have two children in university” and ending with, “We have two children in university.” In addition, I’m a planner, one of those people who enjoy the anticipation of a vacation, packing and repacking several times before a trip.  But he was adamant the two of us get away, so a couple of days later we were on a plane to Cuba.  I told my boss if my husband came back without me, to make sure there was an investigation.

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Economic Democracy Demands One World Balance March 29, 2009

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ar-logo1Economic Democracies have  been living exponentially. It’s a big word, and it’s a big concept.

What it boils down to is this; that nobody alive in any culture of “progress” today knows anything other than bigger. Alternatively, if you like, all participants in democratic free markets have the shared expectation that they will have more tomorrow than they did today. In fact, we can go further and say that anything other than more, bigger, or better represents a failure of our governance that we all battle with equal fear, and vigor.

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Guilt March 27, 2009

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weber-logo1I’ve been married 24 years, and during those two-plus decades I’ve traveled twice with my wife to the Bahamas, once on our honeymoon and again the following year.

Fast-forward another ten vacation-less years.  I left a job that was threatening a pay cutback, breathed life into my own company, pulled the plug on its life-support during the 90’s recession then rewarded myself after finishing Teachers’ College with a four-day vacation to Vegas.

It rained for three days.

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Legal Grass isn’t Greener: UN Against Decriminalization March 22, 2009

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weber-logo1The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the success of international controls on illicit drugs has created a monster:  a criminal market that actually offsets the benefits of drug control. 

In a paper prepared for this week’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, the Executive Director of UNODC, Antonio Maria Costa, says while controls have limited the number of people taking illicit drugs to a small fraction of the world’s population, that success has created “a criminal market of staggering proportions”. 

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Practicing for the Big One… March 19, 2009

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burbfam-240x238-brandThis party was a long time coming. I had looked forward to Christmas, but was sick over the holidays.  I looked forward to New Years Eve, but was just getting over a terrible cold. My husband was sick the entire month of February. Like I said, this party was long overdue. Even my friends were in need of some fun, and urged me to have a birthday bash.

 No, it wasn’t a BIG birthday milestone, which was the question of the day. I am two years shy of ‘the big one’, but thought it would be good practice.  There were thirty some people in our small house. The music was blaring, there was good food, great conversation and lots of dancing and drinking going on.

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10 Issues That Are Crippling the Auto Industry March 18, 2009

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A Handicappers Guide to Betting on Big Auto

 1) Market Meltdown

        Even the best of the best are hurting because there just isn’t the demand there was in the past. All automakers are hurting.

2) Market Demographics

        The Baby Boomers fueled the era of huge Auto, and they are very quickly moving out of the market for cars (Hearse demand may rise however)

3) Business Model

        Huge volumes of extremely expensive products demand massive credit for consumers to make purchases. Worse, the ancient “new model every year” plan has become unsustainable, causing as it does incredible investments in R&D and annual retooling of complex assembly plants.

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Free Markets Are Not Rational March 18, 2009

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ar-logo1The markets are rational. From that inviolate truth, a pillar of economic thought for 233 years, flows all else economics understands about the markets, men, and money. An unalterable belief that markets can be measured, quantified, cut, and pasted in mute acceptance that under it all, lays the consistent and undeniable force of rational behaviour, a religion gone unquestioned.

The theory of rational markets – that buyers and sellers will always act in their best interests – was given life by Adam Smith in his Wealth of Nations in 1776. Born into a moment between ages, the new study of economics grew and developed with its gospel already written and sanctified. Economics became nothing more than competing studies that tried to squeeze the maximum utility out of the blandness of rational, human behaviour. The competition reached a turning point at the end of two brutal wars and an economic depression that sent buildings full of newly minted economists running for their slide rules.

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DISTURBIA: Rihanna and Chris Brown Prove Domestic Abuse Knows No Boundaries… March 13, 2009

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burbfam-240x238-brandI was shocked when it was reported that pop star Rihanna had been physically assaulted by boyfriend and fellow celebrity singer, Chris Brown. I listened to the 911 calls and like everyone, was sickened by the photos of her injuries splashed all over the Internet.

Shock turned to sadness and disappointment, however, when I heard she had reunited with Brown, despite the experts telling her if he hit you once, he’ll hit you again.

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No Country for Old Men March 12, 2009

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weber-logo1I’ve got a problem and you’ve got to help me.  It’s a matter of life and death.

My father died 7 years ago from a heart attack.  That’s the simple explanation.  The truth, however, like most things human, is a little more complex.  The reality is he died from stress, stress brought on by an addiction to politics and economics, mainlined from his dealer, the omnipresent media.

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