lundi 16 avril 2018

JAMES COMEY AND HIS BOOK


JAMES COMEY AND HIS NEW BOOK -
By Bernard Bujold-
The book A HIGHER LOYALTY by James Comey is a "kiss and tell" book but two things should be noted by the readers, which the media did not talk about. 
First, Comey admit that Donald Trump is very intelligent and have a superior instinct to understand people and events around him. He is not the sick old man that many medias said he is. 
Second, Comey do not think that Democrats should ask for impeachement because the problem is not with Donald Trump but with the electorate. The American people should reject Trump during the next election and if Donald Trump is reelected, according to Comey, that where the big problem will be in 2020. 
The wife and daughter of Comey were deep fans of Hillary Clinton during the last 2016 election.
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BARACK OBAMA ACCORDING TO FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE



BARACK OBAMA ACCORDING TO FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE -
By Bernard Bujold - 
If for some observers Barack Obama is an exceptional man, for others like the former President of France, Obama is a very disappointing man when you meet him and discuss with him privately... 
This is the opposite of Donald Trump who is aggressive and provocative in public but, according to those who know him personally including Brian Mulroney, he is in private a real gentleman and always very attentive to his guests. 
Conclusion: politicians are actors! 
To read in the new book by François Hollande: THE LESSONS OF POWER. 
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dimanche 15 avril 2018

FAIRMONT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL - 60 YEARS



FAIRMONT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOTEL - 60 YEARS 
By Bernard Bujold -
The famous Montreal hotel was celebrating its 60th anniversary on this Sunday, April 15, 2018. By pure chance, on the occasion of my Sunday afternoon walk, I found myself in the middle of their birthday party... 
The management offered guided tours for the public and I enjoyed a visit animated by a lovely employee, transformed in guide for the day... 
Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth Fairmont and Long live the Queen... 
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SPRING 2018 AND THE WINTER HAT...


SPRING 2018 AND THE WINTER HAT ... 
By Bernard Bujold - 
We are on April 15 and spring is among us since almost 1 month (Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 16:15) but we still have to take out our hat and our gloves to go outside to play... BBrrrrrrrrrrr! 
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vendredi 13 avril 2018

PIERRE MARCOTTE BIOGRAPHY


PIERRE MARCOTTE BIOGRAPHY-
By Bernard Bujold - 
I caught myself reading the biography (in French) of Pierre Marcotte (80 years old) who I briefly knew in another life while he was running restaurant Hélène de Champlain. 
To my delight, I loved reading his book in a question-and-answer format, much like a big TV interview. In a sense, his biography is an overview of the history of Quebec from the 1960s to 2010, especially about the artists but also the restoration and the TV business.
The book is ultimately a look at life and time who passed. 
Conclusion: The more the times change, the more it's the same... 
A beautiful reading. 
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mercredi 11 avril 2018

STORIES FROM THE MALL


STORIES FROM THE MALL -
By Bernard Bujold- 
In life we often develop affection for our suppliers at the market. It was my case for a Provigo teller on Nuns' Island whom I had been greeting every week for more than 10 years. Since a last week she was away and I wondered if she had any disease? 
Well, I learned today, when I inquired from another cashier, that I would not see my favorite cashier again! The reason: she won 1 million$ at the lottery and she retired... It was a shock to me comparable, in a way, to death because I will not see her again. Obviously I am very happy for her! 
Who knows, maybe having known her will bring me luck in an upcoming lottery draw ... 
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mardi 10 avril 2018

FACEBOOK AND ITS FUTURE IN 2018


FACEBOOK AND ITS FUTURE IN 2018 -
By Bernard Bujold - 
 I have been a fan of Facebook since its creation in 2004 and I am convinced that the future of this social media is in no way threatened and that it is even promising, despite the fact that the network is currently experiencing a sort of existential crisis. Facebook has become essential to our modern civilization because the media has made communication between individuals easier and more effective. 
The question of confidentiality requires adjustments, not only from Facebook but also members who must apply the various protection mechanisms already offered by the site since a long time. But we can not eliminate this social network because it has become a way of life in the same way as Google or Apple with its iPhones, iPads and computers. 
I have always had a lot of admiration for Mark Zuckerberg because, in addition to the beauty of his creation, we have two points in common. 
First: Facebook started in 2004 a year before I started my own social media initiative with LeStudio1.com in 2005 and both Mark and I started our networks from a database consisting mainly of email addresses. This e-mail technology was at the time very revolutionary to communicate but it evolved afterwards and if I abandoned my project in 2010, Mark pursued it and he developed an empire. Facebook had a clear advantage at the level of the founders because if Mark was the computer brain (programmer), his three associates were all young fellow Harvard students including a genius in financial stuff learned from his wealthy family, a dynamic graphic designer and a skillful salesman (public relations specialist). The talent of the four founders added to Harvard's resources and reputation greatly enhanced Facebook's success. 
My second common point with Facebook is this Harvard Business School. Mark started Facebook when he was a student in Boston in the middle of the United States. Personally, I have always been very inspired by this university even though my only stay there was only limited to a few visits on the campus and that my intentions to study there have never been realized. However, I seriously considered studying there in 1982 because I was married for a time with an American girl from Hartford Connecticut and we had taken steps to settle in the United States, a project that we did not realized, forgetting Harvard to settle in Ottawa during the time of Brian Mulroney (1984). 
Today in 2018, I sincerely continue to believe that Facebook is a wonderful invention and I consider that Mark is a genius to have been the designer. Of course, no genius is perfect and I blame Mark for his political ideas (he is anti Donald Trump ...) but this is another story! 
I wish the best of luck to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook and I will continue to be a loyal user for years to come! 
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LA PRESSE+ IN THE SPRING OF 2018


LA PRESSE + IN THE SPRING OF 2018-
By Bernard Bujold- 
The Internet project LA PRESSE + would have cumulative losses of more than $ 400 million since its beginning in 2013 and $ 89 million lost for the last year 2017 in the balance sheet of the owner Power Corporation. Is this a sign of the end of the media?  The company La Presse has already completely eliminated its paper edition. Closing or selling the Internet version would not be impossible for the Power Corporation group because shareholders are very unhappy with the financial results and there is constant pressure to change the situation. To be continued! 
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jeudi 5 avril 2018

JUSTIN TRUDEAU LOVES IMMIGRANTS


JUSTIN TRUDEAU LOVES IMMIGRANTS... 
By Bernard Bujold - 
At a time when waves of illegal immigration are resuming at the Quebec border, the canadien federal public servants are at bay. They are worried about Justin Trudeau's statements inviting immigrants while government structures do not have the capacity to respond to demand. 
This subject will most certainly be at the center of Quebec's provincial election campaign and could directly influence the vote on October 1, 2018. 
To be continued 
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