VIDEO: Confidence in US President Collapses Everywhere Except Russia & Israel

Here are the numbers supporting what you likely already knew. George W Bush was not well liked or respected in the international community, largely because he polarized world leaders into “…those who are with (the US), or with the terrorists” Obama softened the US stance on international issues.  He had been called the Consoler In Chief. Trump’s lack of foreign policy planning and his penchant for grandstanding has lead him to take hard line on almost everything.  Thus far, he…

Uber CEO Promised a $100 Million Bonus For Ramping Up Excited IPO Investors

In her book “The Signals Are Talking” venture capitalist investor Amy Webb states as soon as she sees “The Amazon of…” she stops listening and moves to the next project.  If you have ever watched Shark Tank or Dragons Den, you will know that those VC’s turn off as soon as the person pitching their concept explains that all they need is 1% of some insanely large global market, they tune out. It is a fools game to try and…

Does Uber’s Wall Street Bomb Herald The End of High Valuations For Companies That Can’t Turn A Profit?

On Friday May 10th 2019 Uber’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Market crashed and burned.  Uber and its bankers: promoted Uber at $120 Billion dollars in 2018 dropped the sales pitch and valued the company near $100 Billion dollars at the start of 2019 valued the company at $85 Billion dollars by the start of May 2019 announced a share price of $45 the day before their IPO (Thursday, May 9th) valuing the company at $82…

JOKE: The Psychology Student & The Lawyer

A man was looking for a place to sit in a crowded university library.  He asked a girl: “Do you mind if I sit beside you?” The girl, in a loud voice, replied, “NO, I DON’T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU!” All the people in the library started staring at the man, who was deeply embarrassed and moved to another table. After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the man’s table and said with a…

Jason Kenny’s UCP Alberta Cabinet By The Numbers

We reviewed Jason Kenny’s selections for his first UCP Cabinet and came up with some interesting statistics: 3 or 15% – The number and percentage of previously elected Progressive Conservatives (PC) that are now Cabinet Ministers . 2 or 10% – The number and percentage of previously elected Wildrose party members that are now Cabinet Ministers . 7 or 35% – The number and percentage of women in the 2019 Alberta Cabinet . 7 or 50% – The number and…

Beware The New WestJet BASIC Fare

We recently flew with WestJet and had a VERY minor clerical problem with the tickets.  To make a long story short (you can read the full story at the end of this article, if you want the details), WestJet told us they were unwilling to adjust our ticket even though there were dozens of open seats and the core problem was a WestJet issue. We were told that the new Basic fare: has resulted in received a high number of…

What The Mueller Report into Trumps Relationship With Russia Has To Do With Canada

We just spent a few hours reading, skimming and searching through the Mueller report and found just two references to Canada or Canadians, both of which are completely innocuous. You may then ask why a negative outcome worth reporting and we respond that it is a question we have been asked to look into. We expected to at least be able to to say that the report was chock full of mysterious inferences about the Russia – Trump relationship but…

12 Quick Facts About Leela Aheer, Alberta MLA for Chestermere-Strathmore

We have known Leela Sharon Aheer for a couple of decades but the last eight years with the Wildrose/UCP and 2019 Alberta election brought out some facts we’ll bet most people just don’t know about her: If you think Leela is a hard worker, you’d be wrong because ‘hard working’ is a massive understatement.  She only sleeps a few hours per day and works constantly.  She personally knocked on over 7000 doors in the riding of Chestermere-Strathmore and more than…

If The Alberta NDP Are Not ‘Crazy Lefties’, Why Are They Not Still In Power?

This op-ed piece is taking a short departure from our mandate of shedding light on facts and avoiding opinion.   After the election, we had discussions thoughtful, educated people referring to the NDP as “crazy lefties”, “nutty greenies” and “anti-pipeline activists” all of which we think is inaccurate. Keep in mind that we are concerning ourselves with the Alberta NDP Party and not individuals.  We believe there are two primary reasons the Alberta NDP Party is not “crazy left”, “nutty green”…

Who Are The Most Popular Provincial Politicians In Alberta? Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10!

It is usually highly subjective process to create a most popular anything list but elections are popularity contests so we have some very solid numbers to work from.  We analysed the results directly from the Elections Alberta database for the April 16th 2019 election and were a bit suprised to find: Jason Nixon is, by far, the most popular Provincial Politician in Alberta Jason Kenny & Rachel Notley Do Not Even Make the Top 10 Not a single NDP candidate…

Chestermere – Strathmore 2019 Election Results By Zone: Aheer, Langmaid, Fildebrant & Avermenko

If you are wondering how “your” candidate did amongst your neighbors, this is the place to be.   These tables show the results of 32000 votes sorted by all 75 polls (aka ‘areas’) and by popularity. Click on the map to expand it, then find your poll/area and match it up with the tables below. Click to Enlarge Area “Polls” / Zone / Area Map Leela Sharon Aheer (UCP) 13,808 votes = 67.4% (as at 1am April 17, 2019) United Conservative…

Why DNA Tests Can Be Dangerous To You And Your Family

In our recent short article titled Why DNA Tests Are Misleading we explained that DNA tests for racial background are far less ‘fact’ and much more ‘fiction’ than you have been led to beleive by slick ad campaigns. In this article we explain how these test can be dangerous to you and your family: How DNA Tests Can Be Dangerous DNA tests can be fun and potentially interesting but the results are questionable and you no longer control your own…

Why DNA Tests Are Misleading

If you want to take a DNA test with 23andme.com, myheritage.com or ancestrydna.com you would be well served to think twice because these tests are much less “accurate” than you might think and they put you and your family at risk. How Are DNA Tests Misleading? DNA tests are misleading because they give your impression of scientific certainty when in fact there is a great deal of uncertainty involved because: 1 – Where You Are From OR Where People Live…

5 Myths About Carbon Taxes, On Both Sides of the Issue

If you live in Alberta, BC, Ontario… ok… Canada, or the US or UK or Australia… ok… if you live on planet earth, you have heard about Carbon Taxes.  Those that are for them claim they will cure all environmental ills and those against claim they are just another government tax grab. We dug into the facts and came up with 5 Myths about Carbon Taxes we thought you would find interesting: MYTH 1 – Carbon Taxes Don’t Change Behaviour…

Half of Alberta’s Voters Will Use the Advance Polls and That Will Make Tight Races Very Hard To Call Early

If you are in a close race, Tuesday April 16th is going to be an agonizing night thanks to advance polls. By 2015 Alberta had substantially reworked its advance polls including eliminating the requirement for early voters to state a reason they could not vote on election day.  Acceptable responses were things like, travel and hospitalization.  As a result of this liberalization of advance polling rules, Alberta had a huge 21% of its voters cast their ballots early in 2015.…