Six In The Morning

1 STUDY SAYS PHARMACARE COULD SAVE BILLIONS Billions!, says the Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives (CBC). Plus it would be far less evil than Canada’s current state of prescription drug anarchy. And I imagine it would be a nice relief to the 59 per cent of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque.

2 MORE THAN HALF OF CANADIANS LIVE PAYCHEQUE TO PAYCHEQUE Well surely this can’t be good. (Toronto Star)

3 BETCHA A NICKEL YOU WON’T HEAR THIS DEAL CRITICIZED ON FOX The U.S. president will sign off on a $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, who will get up to 84 new F-15s and upgrades to 70 of their current planes. (The Guardian). Seems like an easy cheap shot for the president’s critics: “Obama’s a Muslim and this deal with a Muslim state proves it!” But that would involve bashing corporate arms-dealer profits.

4 OBAMA IS AN OUT-OF-TOUCH, ANTI-COLONIAL KENYAN-BRAINED CON ARTIST See, I told you he’s not Muslim this week. Oh and Newt Gingrich is a douchesaurus rex. (New York Times)

5 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CHEATERSĀ  “Good people” making “bad ethical decisions” or sub-criminal psycopaths? (Globe And Mail)

6 “SASK-QUASH SIGHTING”? REALLY, WINNIPEG?In case you don’t feel bad enough about this weekend’s game check out the Winnipeg Free Press’ coverage, which cheekily points out how the Riders lost to a team that’s so bad they don’t know what to do when they win. From Ed Tait’s article:

“We were confused at first, man,” began Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown. “It was like, ‘What do we do? We won a game?!’ I had my ‘mope’ face on. It’s like we were allowed to smile and different muscles in our faces were working again. Guys are saying, ‘What are you doing afterward?’ and I’m thinking, ‘What, we don’t have to hide after this game? We can go out in the city and hold our heads up for a night?! Really?!’ I don’t know, it had become like a lost art around here, knowing how to celebrate a win.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’re welcome, Winnipeg.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

4 thoughts on “Six In The Morning”

  1. Re #2 – “this can’t be good.”

    That is perhaps the understandment of the week. It utter blows my mind that people don’t know the words ’emergancy fund.’ The “I sleep easier at night” factor is worth saving at least one month of expenses. Don’t people know it takes like a month to get money from an EI claim? *sigh*

  2. I wonder if living paycheque to paycheque is largely due to spending problems, or if it’s more that wages aren’t enough. Maybe it’s just people aren’t taught to save money, or are encouraged not to at every turn. Given that we’re collectively wealthier in this province than most of the world, it may simply be a spending problem. Take a look at our average money spent on smoking and gambling per household, for instance.

  3. Well, high cost of housing aside, we do live in a consumer economy – there are incentives to spend money everywhere you turn. Also, it’s nearly impossible to buy anything that will last for longer than four or five years, at least not on the average wage. I was reading somewhere, too, that the average wage hasn’t risen in the last 30 years after you account for inflation. Not sure how correct this is, but it’s definitely a contributing factor.

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