Archive for May 14th, 2012

Avengers is the movie to see right now

- May 14th, 2012

Is there any doubt that Avengers is THE blockbuster of the summer and summer hasn’t even started yet! Check out the latest box office numbers – set to hit $1 billion.

After posting the highest domestic box office debut in history last weekend, “Avengers” set another record by easily topping the $75.6 million “Avatar” pulled in during its second weekend in 2009, making “Avengers” the first movie to exceed $100 million in its second weekend.

“Avengers” has now racked up a staggering $628.9 million internationally since opening overseas on April 25, distributor Walt Disney Co said, positioning it to break the $1 billion threshold after just 19 days.

COLUMN: Robson – An end to the Euro Zone, not a bad thing

- May 14th, 2012

EU’s cash crisis spawns break-away backlash

by John Robson

One side-effect of Europe’s financial crisis is the rise of fringe parties who want to dump the Euro and maybe the whole European Union. So it’s not all bad news.

As I’ve argued before, the EU is artificial because there isn’t a “Europe” in the same sense that there’s an “America,” a “Britain” or even a “Canada.” Despite the chronic irritant of Quebec separatism, resurgent Scottish nationalism and the bloody American civil war followed by a century of resentment, words like “un-American,” “Remember you’re British” or “Canadian values” meant something almost everyone understood even if they didn’t agree.

No one ever said “Remember you’re European.” And it matters. The EU’s virtues, if any, are practical not sentimental. But its practical benefits are hard to discern. Read more…

COLUMN: Kinsella – Voters turning away from two main parties, breaking out on their own

- May 14th, 2012

Voting becomes a declaration of independents

by Warren Kinsella

Ever voted for more than one political party? Never purchased a party membership card? Ever refused to vote, after having come to the conclusion that “none of the above” is the best choice? Have “conservative” views on some issues, and decidedly “progressive” views on others?

If you answered yes to those questions, congratulations: You are part of the majority. You are part of the biggest political demographic there is — the independent voter. Read more…