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Oct 28, 2010 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Time Travel REAL ?!?!?!

The Story below ended up in my email today. I don’t have time to really decide, but I think I would see something different if I were to go back in time.

cel phone user

Does the above screenshot prove that time-traveling exists?  According to filmmaker George Clarke yes, yes it does.  The screenshot comes from a six-minute long film taken of people attending the premiere of The Circus, a 1928 film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin.  The clip (which can be seen below along with Clarke’s interpretation) shows a woman holding what appears to be a cellphone to her ear as she walks through the shot.  Clarke believes that this is clear evidence of time-travel.  However, a number of obvious problems with his theory immediately spring to mind:

1.  Cellphones weren’t the first small, rectangular devices invented that were designed to be held against the ear.  A number of hearing aids were manufactured in the 1920’s that were roughly the same size of a modern cellphone.

2.  Unless this is part of a larger conspiracy involving numerous time-travelers, who exactly is she talking to?

3.  If  you traveled back in time, why would you go to a movie?  Thanks to the invention of tapes and DVDs it’s no longer neccessary to resort to time-travel to see a movie you missed in the theatres.

Then again, Clarke says that he’s shown over a hundred people the clip and none of them have come up with a more reasonable explanation than time-travel, so who am I to argue?

http://www.thescreeningroom.ca/2010/10/man-claims-he-finds-time-traveler-in-charlie-chaplin-flim-clip.html

Oct 27, 2010 - Uncategorized    No Comments

“Banks in Leasing” – AGAIN ?!?

A number of years ago, in a different life, I was involved in a couple of the Bank Act reviews fighting for the Banks to get into the leasing market here in Canada. We eventually did our own thing, launching a lease product that met all the criteria for “not” being a Bank lease, but that was our product non-the-less.

Better competition, better for the consumer were the primary arguments for entering leasing directly by the Banks, along with the fact that almost all consumer leasing in Canada was controlled by foreign corporations.

Now in 2011 the act comes up for review again, and it looks like this may finally change. Two of the major opposition (Chrysler Credit and GMAC) are no longer around offering leasing, and as can be seen in the article link, Mazda and Nissan are also for it.

I think it is a bout time. Too bad the president of the Canadian Dealer Association can’t see where it will help his members. He is trying to say that Bankers are not experienced or smart enough to do what other finance companies have done all over the world. It’s not Rocket science buddy. In fact, if Bankers had been in charge of Chrysler Credit and GMAC, maybe they would still be major players, and not either out of business, or scrambling to  straighten out their operation.

I guess the association president thinks he knows it all. By his reasoning, not ever being in the financial sector himself, he is not qualified to comment !

Good article at https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20101026/RBAUTOLEASING1026ATL