9:12 A.M. Well … Just keep what you can handle and send the rest to me … No probs here !!! …

Friday’s record-breaking $110 million Lotto Max jackpot has some Metro Vancouver players calling for changes to a rule that allows a set of numbers to win a maximum of only $60 million … Lotto Max splits up any money over $60 million into separate , $1 million prizes called MaxMillions …

‘ It’s designed to allow the players to feel like they can dream about it , but it’s not too much that they wouldn’t know how to manage it ‘ said Angela Law of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation …

‘ It’s essentially giving us more chances to make people millionaires in Canada ‘ … As with most jackpots over $60 million , Law said more people are buying tickets ‘ because the frenzy and the anticipation and the dreaming really get big ‘…

Now , some of those players say they want a chance to win the entire thing …’ I want the big , big , big ‘ said one player … ‘ Sixty is not enough … Let’s go up to $100 million … $150 million ‘…

MORBNOTE ; I tend to agree with that player … The article carries on …

Another cited the United States’ Powerball jackpots, which can reader the hundreds of millions.

According psychologist Dr. Joti Samra , removing the cap could drive up business .. ‘ From a psychological end , we know that the larger that end game is , the larger the outcome , the more strongly our emotions go around that ‘ Samra said ‘… ‘ So certainly from a marketing standpoint and from a purchasing standpoint , that likely would increase the frenzy ‘…

But the BCLC says Canada’s population can’t sustain a limitless Powerball-type lottery , and if only one set of numbers is drawn , there are fewer winners.

‘ I’d rather have it spread around ‘ said a woman buying her ticket Friday … ‘ I don’t need that much money … Sixty is enough ‘…

Well .. Just because that’s what ‘ you would rather see ‘ means DIDDLY !!! … Many times I see the results and many times there are multiple winners … Usually 3 or 4 … And usually from two different provinces ( And too many times it’s some KBekker !! ) … Very rarely does one ticket alone win … That’s called odds … I’d like to win that big one … It would be a bummer to see you finally have the numbers and later you find out 7 more people did as well !!! … Big change in plans  …

Just because some people don’t have a clue how to handle all that money  doesn’t mean that some others aren’t capable of the task !!! … There has been numerous cases of a large amount of money suddenly thrust upon someone where it has caused copious amounts of grief , through inability to deal with it and others that have ended up broke by letting things get away from them …

First of all , it depends on your age … If you are in my bracket , with the sun setting … You don’t really have the same concerns of planning meticulously to ensure that it lasts 30 – 40 years down the road … As would my son , say , who it 29 … Both parties however have to seriously think about a ‘ plan ‘ and put it into place … AND stick with it … Don’t spend like it never ends !!! …

You also have to keep an eye on the ‘ costs ‘ of your purchases and investments … Sure … You can now bypass a mortgage on a home … But more than likely that home will be a fair bit more costly now that you can afford the ‘ toys ‘ … Like a pool or spa … Guest lodging over the 4 car garage … Leading us to the 4 expensive cars that you always wanted , but couldn’t afford !! … While you enjoy these things … Even tho they are ‘ paid for ‘ … They eat up money to maintain … The house has bills … The bigger the house the bigger the bills … The cars consume gas , oil , maintenance and insurance … The pool … It goes on and on … If you don’t plan that properly you WILL be out of liquid cash sooner than you think and in a bind … You could find yourself losing some of what you had dreamed of  … Despite being 30 – 60 million bucks richer over night !!! …

Let’s not forget the ‘ FRIENDS ‘ that will pop up when the Lottery people plaster your name and photo all over the news … I never liked that … Especially when the amount is huge , you should be able to quietly pick up your winnings and deal with it as you wish and see fit … As soon as people get wind of the news … Out come the salespeople , the ex co-workers , etc. … Who needs that bullshit ?!!! …

MORBNOTE ;  I did read another article that stated a few ( very ! few ) winners have convinced the Lottery Corp to not publish their name … But THEY decide … I think it should be solely up to the individual that has to deal with it … As far as them wanting to promote their enterprise by making sure everyone KNOWS that there are winners … A simple ‘ Brampton man , 58 , who was having a bitch of time with health and financial woes , wins 87 million dollars on the now unlimited Lotto Max ‘ …

That’s all they need to know …

 

Source: Historic $110M jackpot raises questions about Lotto Max prize cap | CTV Vancouver News

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8:52 P.M. Best statement to stumble out of the side of Jean’s mouth his entire political career !!!…

Chretien also gave Trudeau good marks on how he is handling NAFTA negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump and suggested he was not worried about the U.S. walking away from the deal.

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‘ You cannot undo an omelette ‘ he said.

Source: Jean Chretien: Trudeau Had ‘No Choice’ But To Buy Trans Mountain Pipeline

10:19 A.M. Another Humber College political wannabee …

President Trump often seems as though he’s stuck in the ’80s. But maybe the better comparison is to the 1680s, not the Reagan era.Consider his announcement Thursday of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. These countries not only supply about half of our imports of these metals; they are also among our closest allies …

Astonishingly, the White House claims that alienating these important military allies is necessary “to protect America’s national security.”These trade policies, and the supposed rationale behind them, bear an uncanny resemblance to classical mercantilism …

What is mercantilism , exactly ?…

As you may remember from some long-ago high school class, it’s an economic philosophy that was prevalent in the 17th and 18th centuries. In a nutshell, mercantilists believed a country should try to maximize exports and minimize imports. The logic was this :

Military power comes from wealth; wealth comes from accumulating gold and silver; and the way you accumulate gold and silver is through trade surpluses. Your merchant ships should go out loaded with attractive goods and came back overflowing with shiny specie.There basically was no such thing as modern-day trade diplomacy ; tariffs were high and no one would have trusted anyone to stick to trade agreements anyway , since everyone was trying to maintain trade surpluses at once … Which is fundamentally impossible …

It was a zero-sum view of the world. Nothing was win-win , everything was win-lose , and everyone was suspicious of everyone else … As you also may remember from high school history , then a dude name Adam Smith waltzed onto the scene. He ( and subsequently other classical economists , such as David Ricardo ) turned much of this thinking on its head. Smith showed that real national wealth doesn’t come from amassing piles of gold , which are transitory. Wealth comes from increasing productivity … That is , by figuring out how to make stuff more efficiently , which permanently increases living standards … 

How do you increase productivity ?… By specializing in what you do well and honing your skills in that area. Then you trade with other people who do other stuff well. Through these transactions , over time , everyone gets richer. In other words : Trade is not zero-sum ; it’s positive-sum … 

This revelation would eventually revolutionize international relations , trade historian Craig VanGrasstek writes in his upcoming book ‘ Trade and American Leadership : The Paradoxes of Power and Wealth From Alexander Hamilton to Donald Trump ‘. After all , ‘ It implied that countries could focus more on the cooperative creation of wealth than on appropriating it all to themselves ‘…

Trump seems to have missed this lesson , however.Like an 18th-century mercantilist , Trump perceives no mutual gains from trade. In any transaction , he sees only a winner and a loser. And the winner is determined by who has the trade surplus. Since there’s no way everyone could come out ahead , there’s no point in trying to create a system of rules oriented toward that outcome. Plus , he seems to believe everyone’s going to cheat anyway … Including , and perhaps especially , our supposed friends …

‘ Frankly , our friends did more damage to us than our enemies ‘ … Trump said in March … ‘ Because we didn’t deal with our enemies , we dealt with our friends , and we dealt incompetently ‘…

Source: Trump’s trade policy is stuck in the ’80s — the 1680s – The Washington Post

9:58 A.M. Ovie … Plus Holtby ( LARGE !!! ) … Squeak out the series evener …

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I didn’t watch the game … But , by the score , I could see it was a different game then the free-wheelin’ , goalfest the first one was … 

As a goalie in the past I appreciate great efforts like Braydon Holtby’s on this ‘ hail Mary-Get-Something-On-It ! ‘ desperate , and a tad lucky ! save with under two minutes to go in regulation … Had it gone in , the game would have been tied and the Capitals could be down two games in the series …

I find myself leaning a bit more toward Washington in this final now … For Ovie … And also for Holtby … I forgot how long he’s been in the league and always among the top goaltenders but one tends to forget about him since the Capitals have never managed to get past the first two rounds during his tenure …

Should be good when it moves to Washington for the next two … Enough of the Vegas Bullshit to open it up !!! … I can see the first game … It is Vegas after all … But EVERY GAME ?!!! … It’s already gotten old !!! …

Just play the damn sport !!! …

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9:31 A.M. Tennis Tits !!! …

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I’d like to know what the Vegas odds are of those puppies remaining inside that top for the duration of the match !!!…

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Now THESE puppies are chompin’ at the … er … bit … to race right after that tennis ball !!! … The tensile wire strength in that sports bra is getting put to the test indeed !!! …

Mind you , it looks like she’s doubled up on the ‘ containment ‘ effort … Probably borne out of experience …

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4:51 P.M. Secretary Of Defense Mattis Says Most Young People Unfit For Military Service

This from a speech from Secretary of Defence James Mattis … It’s a serious statement … But I thought I’d put these quotes in the ShitzUNTgiggles section … He cites that over 70% of 18 – 24 year old men and women are just in too pisspoor shape to make it into the Army these days …

This has to really eat at a guy like Mattis whose nickname was ‘ Mad Dog ‘ and who was known to be one serious badass as some of his great quotes will show :

“ The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

“ I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes : If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

“ Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment ( in American democracy ) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”

“ Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

“ You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”

“ Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit”

We had better hope that there isn’t a war because we’ll be screwed if the pussy generation is the last line of defense …

Source: Secretary Of Defense Mattis Says Most Young People Unfit For Military Service

4:27 P.M. Obama Says ‘I Didn’t Have Scandals ‘…

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2018MediaHeaderApparently Obama is travelling about … Making all kinds of money in the process ! … Boasting that his tenure at the helm was ‘ scandal free ‘ !!! …

Here’s an excerpt from the article written by someone who puts that in its’ proper perspective …

Despite the incompetence, absurdity, recklessness, and fatalities of the program, the entire affair never really received scandal-like attention. No one lost his job. There will almost certainly be a tweet from Trump this week that political media will afford more attention than a story in which an American border agent was murdered with the gun Obama’s ATF provided.

Not even when the administration refused to cooperate with congressional investigators was it handled like a scandal.

Not even when a federal judge rejected Obama’s assertion of executive privilege in efforts to deny Congress files relating to the gun-walking operation was it treated as a scandal. Not even when we learned that Obama attorney general Eric Holder misled Congress about when he was made aware of the program did it rise to the importance of a Trump tweet.

Holder became the first sitting attorney general in American history to be held in contempt of Congress — a vote that included 17 Democrats — and Obama still never paid a political price …

Apr14SignOff1 Click the link below for the whole , good read …

Source: Obama Says ‘I Didn’t Have Scandals.’ So What Are All These?