Neil Strauss And Tim Ferriss Talk Writing, Creativity on creativeLIVE

This interview is for everyone that wants to improve themselves. Writing is the topic, but it’s beyond that. The principles they share is applicable in all aspects of live.

Tim Ferris is this life hacker guru, among his accomplishments is The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Work Week and much more.
Neil Strauss is a 7 times best selling author.

Reposted from Youtube
By Creativelive

During his “The 4-Hour Life” course on creativeLIVE, best-selling author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss sat down with his friend and fellow writer Neil Strauss. What was the result? One of the most entertaining hours ever captured on creativeLIVE, filled with writing tips, creativity techniques and invaluable life lessons. Fine out more about Tim’s course here: http://cr8.lv/cLTimFerriss

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Creative Engineering Photos

Here is a couple pics from a forward. I’m sharing the best of them.

An aesthetic creative garden pond.
An aesthetic creative garden pond.
Tree top suspension bridges in Vancouver, BC Canada..Visitors move from tree to tree at a height of 30 meters.
Tree top suspension bridges in Vancouver, BC Canada..Visitors move from tree to tree at a height of 30 meters.
Hanging Beds in a Forest Resort!
Hanging Beds in a Forest Resort!
Beds for three
Beds for three

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A church in Norway
A church in Norway
A masterpiece made from wood,amazing bathtub design.
A masterpiece made from wood,amazing bathtub design.
Seaside Deck, Hawaii
Seaside Deck, Hawaii

SNC-Lavalin: Engineering A Margin Of Safety

The McGill University Health Centre Photo Credit: SNC-Lavalin
The McGill University Health Centre Photo Credit: SNC-Lavalin

This is my 2nd article published my Seeking Alpha. My first one, Dollarama – A Stock That Generates Dollars, is still available for free at the moment.

This time SNC-Lavalin Group was the focus of my analysis. I make the case that SNC is currently an excellent contrarian opportunity for several reasons. The article will be free for 30 days. On the blog I’m only allowed to publish the first 250 words so feel free to click on the link to read the entire analysis.

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SNC-Lavalin: Engineering A Margin Of Safety
Reposted from Seeking Alpha
By Brian Langis

SNC-Lavalin Group US: SNCAF.PK Canada: SNC.TO

Note: Dollar amounts are in Canadian $ unless mentioned otherwise. USD-CAD 1.0262 Price of 1 USD in CAD. Source: Bloomberg

“An engineer is a person familiar with known scientific truths and respectful of the laws of nature, one who plans, executes, and economically manages works that will improve the comfort and well-being of humanity.” Arthur Surveyer, November 1917

“In every crisis, there is opportunity.” – Chinese proverb

Investment Thesis

The central focus of this article is to determine whether or not SNC-Lavalin (SNC) is currently undervalued compared to its intrinsic value. In other words, is SNC a bargain? This article will demonstrate that SNC suffers from a price and value disparity because of the corruption scandal and the market not realizing the full value of its investment portfolio. Why? The misconception provides an opportunity and exploiting it will lead to superior performance.

For the rest of the article: SNC-Lavalin: Engineering a Margin of Safety

Fire with Fire – Doctors Injects HIV Into Gying Little Girl (Video)

Amazing video. The doctors injected HIV in a little dying girl to save her life. Just watch the video.

Reposted from GE Focus Forward
By Russ Kauffman

Who would dare to pit one fatal disease against another… inside the body of an six-year-old patient? The results will shatter all expectations.

GE works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.

new balance sheets and REITs

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A really good article on REITS referred to me by a friend in business valuation. It’s educative and does a really good job explaining the REITs market.

Reposted from McMillan
By Claude Désy

The public announcements by Loblaw and Canadian Tire that they will soon transfer a major portion of their real estate portfolio to a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) are indicative of the changes in strategy and means of financing of certain businesses, namely corporations owning mature real estate properties. Other corporations are currently considering the possibility of creating such an investment vehicle.

The demand for REIT securities is such that it is leading to the listing on the stock exchange of new real estate investment funds owning foreign property. REITs owning real estate and other buildings could also emerge.

On May 24, 2013, the Choice Properties REIT filed its preliminary prospectus of which Loblaw is the promoter. It will transfer to the REIT real estate valued approximately at 7.2 billion dollars.1 At the time of the announcement of the creation of this REIT, it was expected that the latter would hold approximately 80% of the REIT units. In turn, Canadian Tire announced on May 9, 2013 that it would create a REIT. It expects to transfer to it real estate valued approximately at 3.5 billion dollars and to hold 80% to 90% of its units.2

Following these announcements, the market value of Loblaw’s and Canadian Tire’s securities increased. Why did the market react by giving these corporations a bump in value following these announcements? First of all, one should observe that, over the past few decades, these corporations acquired real estate assets that are favourably positioned and their value has increased. Continue reading “new balance sheets and REITs”

Dollarama Is Having A Sale

I have attended Dollarama’s annual shareholder meeting and here is my follow up up on my investment analysis published June 3rd.

Reposted from Seeking Alpha
By Brian Langis

On Wednesday, June 12, I attended Dollarama’s (DLMAF.PK) annual shareholder meeting and heard the first quarter results. On June 3, I wrote an investment analysis article stating that the company was a long-term buy mostly because of the pace of store openings, great management, and superior operating metrics. That thesis has been reinforced by the release of solid first quarter results. Unfortunately, the market didn’t respond positively to the results, shaving 5% off the stock after the announcement. For the first time since its IPO, Dollarama missed analysts’ expectations — mostly due to bad weather. Analysts’ estimates were for $0.67 EPS, while Dollarama reported $0.62 EPS.

It does look bad on the surface. Still, I was surprised by the market’s reaction considering the quality of the quarter. I believe this creates a nice opportunity to take a position. To better understand the situation and the results, I will explain the context first. Continue reading “Dollarama Is Having A Sale”

Why is Wheat Toxic?

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I have been reading a lot about the issues with wheat lately. I heard stories about people cutting back or eliminating their wheat portions and really feeling better. It took me a while to understand the whole anti-wheat movement since wheat is grown on a plant and it looks natural. I grew up with wheat and it was part of almost every meal since I was born. Why, all of the sudden is everybody blaming wheat? Since when is a bread basket made to look as evil as sugar?

Science is increasingly showing that eating wheat increases the potential for a surprising number of health problems. I don’t know the exact science behind it but my spouse and I have cut back a lot on bread and wheat related products and have noticed the difference. We feel better. I haven’t totally eliminated wheat but we are in the process of improving our eating habits.

Here is the pop science behind the main problem with wheat:

Gluten. Gluten can cause gut inflammation. Unlike fruit, wheat wasn’t supposed to be eaten. Wheat has an auto-defense system in it that goes to war against your system. Some people can handle it and others can’t (Gluten allergy/intolerance, Celiac disease). It’s not good news either if your body can handle it because the gluten protein can enter the bloodstream. This might lead to blood sugar spikes. Blood sugar spikes make your insulin level go way up. High insulin levels will bring the blood sugar down, sometimes called the “crash”. A drop in blood sugar levels, aka the “the crash” tend to cause hunger. This leads you to eat more and repeat the process. In the end you might gain weight and over time develop health problems. In big lines, that is the story behind wheat problems.

I had this article pop up in on my friend’s Facebook news feed. A great easy read.

                                                                                                                        

Reposted from Raw For Beauty
By CBS News

(CBS News): Modern wheat is a “perfect, chronic poison,” according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book all about the world’s most
popular grain.

Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn’t the wheat your grandma had: “It’s an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said on “CBS.

“This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there’s a new protein in this thing called Gliadin. It’s NOT gluten. I’m not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I’m talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year.”

Asked if the farming industry could change back to the grain it formerly produced, Davis said it could, but it would not be economically feasible because it yields less per acre. However, Davis said a movement has begun with people turning away from wheat – and dropping substantial weight.

To avoid these wheat-oriented products, Davis suggests eating “real food,” such as avocados, olives, olive oil, and vegetables. “(It’s) the stuff that is least likely to have been changed by agribusiness,” he said. “Certainly not grains. When I say grains, of course, over 90 percent of all grains we eat will be wheat, it’s not barley… or flax. It’s going to be wheat.

“It’s really a wheat issue.”

Some health resources, such as the Mayo Clinic, advocate a more balanced diet that does include wheat. But Davis said on “CTM” they’re just offering a poor alternative.
“All that literature says is to replace something bad, white enriched products with something less bad, whole grains, and there’s an apparent health benefit – ‘Let’s eat a whole bunch of less bad things.’ So I take…unfiltered cigarettes and replace with Salem filtered…

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So Here What You Wanted To Know About Aliens + Video

Canada's former minister of National Defence Paul Hellyer testified at the Citizen Hearing On Disclosure (CHD) last month in Washington D.C. that aliens are living among us and that it is likely at least two of them are working with the U.S. government.(YouTube/Getty)
Canada’s former minister of National Defence Paul Hellyer testified at the Citizen Hearing On Disclosure (CHD) last month in Washington D.C. that aliens are living among us and that it is likely at least two of them are working with the U.S. government.(YouTube/Getty)

Hon. Paul Hellyer – Former Minister of National Defense of Canada is making some bold claims. He is not the first one to claim crazy out of this world alien stories, but what’s really interesting about this story is that Mr. Hellyer has a deep background in the government and the military. That makes in one of the most credible person to discuss aliens and UFOs. This is not some Joe Blow claiming that his car got stolen by an alien. He testified that aliens are living among us and 2 of them are working with the US government. It’s really rare that a Minister of Defence would come out so open with so much information and discuss about it. Check out his testimony on video below.

He has a book on what we need to do to make this world a better place: Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Survival Plan for the Human Species

Here are his major claims according to the Huffington Post:

– “At least four species” of alien have been visiting Earth for “thousands of years.”

– Some of the aliens hail from the “Zeta Reticuli, the Pleiades, Orion, Andromeda, and Altair star systems” and “may have different agendas.”

– Alien enthusiast Linda Moulton-Howe is correct that “there are live ETs on Earth at this present time, and at least two of them are working with the United States government.”

– Global warming is the primary threat to humanity and dealing with it is being held back by our “wars to control oil” and the “infinitely silly banking and financial system.”

– A shadowy “cabal” comprised of “the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, and The Trilateral Commission, the international banking cartel, the oil cartel, members of various intelligence organizations, and select members of the military junta” control world affairs and are scheming to create “one world government.”

– “Canada, too, is included in the grand plan” for one world government.

– After 9/11, George W. Bush should have listened to Osama bin Laden to learn the true causes of the terrorist attack.

Hellyer’s statements, strange as some of them may be, come as a new survey reports that sightings of UFOs doubled in Canada in 2012.

Dollarama – A Stock That Generates Dollars

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Here is a preview of an investment research that was publish by Seeking Alpha. For the whole article click here:
Dollarama – A Stock That Generates Dollars

Reposted from Seeking Alpha
By Brian Langis

Editor’s notes: The dollar store craze has spread in Canada as well. Dollarama has been a hit since its IPO, and investment consultant Brian Langis sees 27% upside still to come.

Dollarama Inc. DOL.to (TSX) (DLMAF.PK)

Note: Dollar amounts are in Canadian $ unless mentioned otherwise. USD-CAD 1.0318 Price of 1 USD in CAD

Dollarama (DOL) is the king of dollar stores in Canada. With 785 stores at the end of fiscal year 2012, it’s 5x bigger than its nearest competitor, Dollar Tree Canada (DLTR) (140 locations). Its stores are located in metropolitan areas, mid-sized cities, and small towns across Canada. The average store has 10,000 square feet of space. DOL offers a broad range of consumer products priced between $0.69 and $3.

DOL is the darling of the Canadian stock exchange. Shares of the discount retailer shot out of the gate after their 2009 IPO and never looked back. DOL’s IPO of 17 million shares at a price of $17.50 per share resulted in gross proceeds of approximately $300 million. Since then shareholders have been well rewarded; today shares of the retailer are trading at ~$72, a whopping 311% not including dividends.

The focus of this article is on whether or not the rally continues.

For the full article: Dollarama – A Stock That Generates Dollars