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The picture says it all. I still can’t believe that so many people were stupid enough to vote for him… twice. With the exception of the two crazy socialists, ANY of the other candidates would have done a better job than Villaraigosa, including Zuma Dogg (haha).
How do you feel about Villaraigosa?
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse… it did…
How do you feel about your taxpayer money going towards bonuses for people who can’t do their jobs? Or worse, to foreign countries instead of your own country?
Last year when Forbes released its list of richest people in the world, there were 1,125 billionaires. This year, only 793 people made the list. In 2008, Bill Gates had also dropped down to third place after being on top for 13 years, while his friend Warren Buffet took first, and Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helú was second. A few billion here, a few billion there, and Gates is once again back on top.
The world’s richest are also a lot poorer this year, with their collective net worth being $2.4 trillion, which is $2 trillion less than last year. Forbes states,
“Of the 1,125 billionaires who made last year’s ranking, 373 fell off the list–355 from declining fortunes and 18 who died. There are 38 newcomers, plus three moguls who returned to the list after regaining their 10-figure fortunes. It is the first time since 2003 that the world has had a net loss in the number of billionaires.”
So, any aspiring billionaires out there?
Alright, let’s try to soften things up a bit with a new movie. My sister and I were having a bonding moment this past weekend and decided to go out and watch Confessions of a Shopaholic. I thought the movie would be too ditsy and cliché, but it actually happened to be very fun and a great metaphor to life. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it is about a girl who is left with thousands of dollars of credit card bills due to the fact that she can’t control her shopping habits.
Although it is easy to laugh at her lack of self control and her over-the-top (cute) sense of fashion, it brings up a serious problem many of us face today. Part of the reason why people are being affected by this “economic crisis” is because of the lack of ability to distinguish wants and needs. People were going out and getting loans to buy new cars and new homes without calculating the future outcome of not being able to afford it. But it even goes with simple things in life, such as buying a $600 pair of Jimmy Choo shoes to impress others, which you’re probably going to wear once, if that. I mean, if you can afford it, by all means have fun spending. But sadly, a lot of people who go on those crazy shopping sprees charge everything on their cards, and end up having difficulties paying back.
My sister told me that she read a random review which said, “it is insensitive to the economic crisis we’re in.” That is actually what prompted me to write this blog, because the person obviously didn’t understand what the movie was about: it teaches people to prioritize their needs in life and how to overcome debt and bad habits.
One of my favorite and inspiring quotes from the movie was, “If the American economy can be billions in debt and still survive, so can you.” Another one was when the main male character gave the girl $23 while waiting in line for a hot dog because she was delaying the process. She said, “You just paid $23 for a hot dog,” in which he responded “You want your scarf, I want my hot dog. Cost and worth are two very different things.”
Has anyone else seen the movie? Did you like it?
Today I finally decided to watch Slumdog Millionaire with a friend, and honestly, I don’t understand what the whole hype is about. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad movie, but I just think it’s over-rated.
In fact, the movie pissed me off.
Why? Because of the whole issue of male dominance and domestic violence within the country. Those of you who know me know that I can’t stand the oppression of women, and you can refer to an older blog I wrote about domestic violence. The reason why the movie didn’t impress me is because I know that stuff like that goes on in that country, and even have friends (who live in America) who have told me that their dad has the same mentality as the mob boss in the movie who was using women as objects and beating them up. Minus the game part of the movie, it seemed more like a documentary than anything else, which is why I’m not impressed by it. It’s like doing a movie about the hardships of living in Compton or any third world country… it’s an unfortunate part of life, and making a movie about it doesn’t make the movie itself anything special. Perhaps they should take some of the money (and publicity) they made from that movie and try to make a change in their country? I don’t know, but it’s just really sad. Maybe that’s another reason why the Indian government is suing the (Indian) cast, aside from the fact that they didn’t like the portrayal of the people in the slums… gee, I wonder why?
The movie was just more disturbing than anything else, especially the incident with the blind singing kids. Assholes like that exist, and it’s really heartbreaking that not everyone has the strength to get away from a lifestyle like that.
What do you think?