Michael Moore Presents Planet of the Humans – The Fact & The Fiction

I recently had the opportunity to watch “Michael Moore Presents Planet of the Humans” and while I expected it was going to be about how the math of some forms of “green” energy just doesn’t add up environmentally, it turned out to be something completely different. Where is the Energy Fairy? It turns out that there is no energy fairy. The green Illuminati does seem to have convinced the green masses that they have to wait for a magical energy…

VIDEO: Should The Government Set Price Controls & Bail Out Companies During Extended Crisis?

As someone that works in Alberta’s oil and gas exploration industry that was just notified his company is pulling out of Canada before the end of 2020, I can understand how government bailouts and price controls are initially appealing to many.  However, both price controls and bailouts significantly distort markets, causing all of us unnecessary pain. WHAT’S WRONG WITH GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS? Much more importantly bailouts encourage companies to take risks or fail to plan for the future so they can…

VIDEO: Fracking Shale Oil is a Ponzi Scheme That is Finally Collapsing

Shale oil has been driven by investors with few places to put their money deciding that oil US and Canadian oil plays MIGHT work out. The fracking revolution (a.k.a the Shale Revolution) never made financial sense and investors started fleeing the business in 2019. By 2020 once booming areas like the Permian (under Texas and Oklahoma) have proven to be losers. If it takes $10 million and 2 years to get $8 million dollars in return, investors are not happy.…

A Guide to ECommerce: Amazon vs Ebay vs Alibaba vs TaoBao vs DHgate vs Banggood vs Tmall vs AliExpress

Those of us in the West have been using ecommerce sites lite Amazon and eBay since the dawn of the internet in the mid-1990’s, but as is often the case those who start second learn from others mistakes and are even more successful.  Today every chain retailer has an ecommerce site but there are a few giant Chinese companies that are poised to take over the world. There are dozens of highly successful ecommerce players in the Chinese market but…

After Oil & Gas: What Else Can Alberta Do?

After 50 years of serious oil and gas expansion it is time to rethink the options for Alberta’s economy.  In every downturn, large or small, there is talk of “Western diversification” but nothing much seens to change.  This time, it needs to be different. Is Calgary or even Edmonton as dependent on oil and gas as it was in the 1980’s and 1990’s?  Definitely not, but if oil and gas jobs were cut in half those economies would collapse and…

The Top 25 – Global Oil Production By Country

We have seen gasoline prices plummet to as low as USD$1.29/gallon in the United States and CDN$0.58/liter in Canada.  We knew that: the United States became the worlds largest producer of oil a few years ago thanks largely to the fracking revolution, and Russia and Saudi Arabia were quickly expanding production but we didn’t really have a grasp on scale. How big is the global oil market and where major oil producing countries like Canada, Iraq, Mexico and Venezuela lie…

CLEAN RELIGIOUS JOKE: The Church & The Squirrels

After a particularly mild winter the small town of Chestermere became infected with squirrels in the spring.  Because the local churches had the best trees, the squirrels often congregated (pun intended) near them and this is what each church decided to do about the pesky animals. The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation. After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they shouldn’t interfere…

Why Is Gas So Cheap Right Now? … and it isn’t Because of COVID-19

We have received several comments from readers and friends saying that they expect gas prices to stay at this historical low rates because COVID-19 (see our new videos: How COVID Ends and COVID vs Spanish Flu vs SARs vs MERS) will likely drag out low demand for many months or even years.  In Calgary you can buy gasoline at just $.58/liter and in New York, you can get it for as low as $1.69/ gallon! It is common sense the…

How COVID Ends – Should Some Low Risk People Return to Work During COVID-19 Oubreak?

There has been so much pointless coronavirus finger pointing between China and the US in recent weeks that there has not been a substantive discussion about the exit strategy to this or any other pandemic.  That does not mean that serious people have not been thinking about how to get out of this and the answer now seems obvious. The doctor (Dr David Katz) who dared to point out that there is much harm to humans (not just the economy)…

What Can YOU Do To Help In An Emergency Like COVID-19?

If you are feeling helpless in an longer term health emergency like the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, take heart there are things you can do to help society and yourself: 1 – Buy A Nurse a Gift Card If you know any nurses or doctors or fireman or paramedics or health professionals they will tell you they are stressed out and feeling alone.  Many local businesses are also suffering serious hardships due to mandatory closures. How can you help both of…

The Numbers Will Surprise You: Financial Markets Are Flailing But Have Not Collapsed

Like you, we have heard about amazing stock market crashes every other day since the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak hit Europe, Canada and the United States.  However, today we heard that the S&P had dropped all the way back to 2012 numbers and that got us thinking about how bad this financial crisis actually is. The charts below show that if you put money into the markets in recent year, it has taken a big hit BUT: Global markets are expected…

Myth: People Share Dirty Virus Infected Air on Airplanes

In 2020 millions of people are worried about coronavirus COVID-19 (watch this amazing video comparing it to SARS and the Swine Flu) and refusing the fly, but for the wrong reasons.  People are not traveling because they are worried about their fellow man (or woman!), but because they are worried about becoming infected themselves. It is a well known fact that if one person is sick on a plane, everyone will be exposed to the infection because a planes ventilation…

VIDEO: The Future of the Energy Industry 2020-2023

David Book, Managing Director of Clearview Energy Partners, does an excellent job of crystallizing the known issues and outcomes for the oil and gas industry over the next few years.  Topics include: COVID-19 Trump Reelection Russia’s Tax Structure Saudi Pools of Cash De-Globalization Innovation   .

VIDEO: Coronavirus COVID19 vs Spanish Flu, MERS, SARS & Swine Flu

Pandemics Teach Us Actions Must Be Swift Because Predictions are Often Wrong The graph is largely intended to explain the growth of the coronavirus COVID19 and put it in perspective against swine flu, MERS and EBOLA but in reality, it’s really not about coronavirus. this graph can be thought of as relating to any pandemic. It easily explains how viruses can grow and spread in the global village that we all live in. Is important to be aware and concerned…

Management Skills – Time For A Change?

With all of the coronavirus COVID-19 mess, rail blockades and ugly politics as usual, we thought we thought we would change it up with a joke just to take the pressure off for 30 seconds: If you’ve ever worked for a boss who reacts before getting the facts and thinking things through, you will love this! Arcelor-Mittal Steel, feeling it was time for a shakeup, hired a new CEO. The new boss was determined to rid the company of all…