Whoops. I meant election. I’d go back and change it, but won’t on account of it’s hilarious.
As you’re reading this, the citizens of Greece will be heading to the polls for about the 9th election in the last year. (Author’s estimate, based on all the best information I could pull out of my ass.) This is a bigger deal than the rest of their elections, since Greece is literally going to run out of money without some sort of help from the EU.
There are two frontrunners, each with radically different platforms. The New Democracy party, led by Antonis Samaras, has promised he’ll lead the country out of the crisis – by doing exactly what the Eurozone wants him to do, mainly cut the crap out of Greece’s bloated government. His opponents from the Syriza party meanwhile, also think Greece should stay in the Eurozone, but under Greece’s terms. They wish to renegotiate the terms of the bailout. There are other parties as well, most of these parties are anti-bailout too.
If the Syriza folks are able to get enough support to form the next government, watch for stock markets to open down sharply on Monday. A Syriza victory could mark the beginning of the end of the Euro as we know it. The markets aren’t really sure what that means just yet, but the uncertainty will not be good in the meantime.
It is kinda fun to watch the impact the election of such a small country is having on the world though.
Song I Like And Therefore You Should Too
In Canada, radio and tv stations have to play a certain amount of content from Canadians. You Americans wouldn’t understand, but it exists. Anyway, as arguably the crappiest part of Canadian media, Financial Uproar has decided to take part. Enjoy your Canadian content, bitches.
I’m not gonna lie to you, this song is a little weird. It’s pretty catchy though.
Homer: Hello my name is Mr. Burns. I believe you have a letter for me.
Mailman: Okay Mr. Burns, what’s your first name?
Homer: I don’t know.
Gambling Is Fun
Last week was kind of a disaster, as I went 0-3. Remember, I picked the opposite of what I thought would happen, which has quickly become a bad strategy. I’m going back to picking what I actually think is going to happen.
This week, I’m going with the over in the Yankees/Nationals game, (8 runs) as well as Germany to beat Denmark in Euro 12, because civilized guys like me bet on soccer. To wrap things up, I’m taking the Heat minus 4 against the Thunder, because it’s fun to cheer for everyone’s favorite douche, Lebron.
Overall record: 39-54-3
A Post You Might Have Missed
Remember when this blog used to actually be good? TRICK QUESTION. It was never good. Just less crappy than it is now.
My former internet girlfriend, Young and Thrifty, wrote about how she hates the kids these days, and I, for once, politely disagreed with her. Unfortunately for Y&T, our imaginary relationship is over now that she sold her blog to the bastards nice guys from My University Money. Without her own blog, Y&T is nothing but a another face in my sea of groupies. Yeah, I have groupies. It happens when you’re a big time blogger.
The More You Know
The Simple Dollar is actually listed as a source for more than one Wikipedia entry. THIS IS UNDENIABLE PROOF WIKIPEDIA CANNOT BE TRUSTED.
Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist and actor. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do. As a result of his “tough guy” image, an Internet phenomenon began in 2005 known as Chuck Norris facts, ascribing various implausible or even impossible feats to Norris.
Norris appeared in a number of action films, such as Way of the Dragon in which he starred alongside Bruce Lee, and was The Cannon Group’s leading star in the 1980s. He next played the starring role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger from 1993 to 2001.
Fact: Chuck Norris facts were funny for about a minute and a half. There is a special place in hell reserved for people who continue to quote ridiculous facts about him.
Dirty Word In Words With Friends
Dammit, my opponents are dropping faster than Lindsay Lohan during her latest crack binge. I played ‘dildo’ against real life friend Shirlee. I don’t think she cared for it.
Play me, dammit. My user is ‘nelsmi’ and I promise there will be less penis jokes there than here.
Babe Loosely Related To Finance
In case you were wondering, Tina Fey shows up a lot if you Google ‘sexy librarian.’ We’re not interested in her though. Give us something better Google.
Olivia Munn? As a sexy librarian? I’LL ALLOW IT.
Time For Links
I’m going to give the much coveted top spot to Kevin from Thousandaire, and his interesting piece on whether people should get a new job every 2 years. Kevin argues that without a new experience, you’ll get lazy and complacent. I’m not sure I agree, but it is a thought-provoking piece.
Next up is Five Cent Nickel (look for his next blog, Ten Cent Dime) and a piece on how to figure out the mystery hotels offered by Hotwire. Because really, who likes surprises?
Up here in awesome, awesome, Canada, we don’t allow homeowners to deduct their mortgage interest from their taxable income. Over at Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Cameron explores whether it’s a good idea for our American neighbors to continue the practice. That sound you hear is PK crying because Cameron stole his thunder. Or maybe he just randomly cries a lot.
My new blog girlfriend, Kathryn from Kathryn’s Conversations, has been churning out all sorts of stuff lately. Check out her latest on why certain men think women are incompetent in business. Obviously, it’s because they’re genetically inferior to men, and their feeble minds are more suited to MAKING ME SOME G.D. PIE.
My homie JT McGee wrote an interesting piece on Zynga over at The College Investor. I hate Farmville but like Words With Friends, so will allow Zynga to live. I’m nice like that.
Len Penzo must be feeling pretty good right now, basking in the glory of his LA Kings winning the Stanley Cup. Plus, he pointed out how frequent flier programs aren’t such a good deal for most people. Those two things are totally the same.