What are China’s Golden Shield & Golden Canon?

You have no doubt heard of the Great Firewall of China which keeps those inside China “protected” from the outside world.  In reality the Great Firewall is a way for the Chinese government to control its population by limiting access: by its citizens to dangerous ideas from outside China, and by limiting its citizens ability to tell the rest of the world what is going on inside China But did you know that there is another system called Golden Shield…

50 Days of Action – Complete Coronavirus COVID-19 Early Timeline

The Wuhan coronavirus, now officially named COVID-19 has near constant media coverage and it is now difficult to see the forest for the trees.  There is so much information it is easy to loose the big picture. We are now at 50 days with the coronavirus and it is safe to say that more money and effort has been put into this public health emergency than any other in human history.  To make these events comprehensible, we have a reviewed…

Do The Wet’suwet’en Chief’s Trying to Block The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Speak for the Wet’suwet’en People?

With all the talk of Indigenous rights being trampled on by governments and big oil, you are probably not surprised by the blockades that have poped up, reportedly in support of the Wet’suwet’en.  The problem is, the Wet’suwet’en Chiefs DO support Coastal GasLink. “What?!?!” you say, “How can this be?  I have seen Wet’suwet’en Chiefs saying they have not been consulted and do not approve” Well, it turns out that the “Chiefs” you see on TV really aren’t Chief’s in…

A Story of Action: The Complete Early Coronavirus Timeline

This site has a focus on China but has been avoiding the Wuhan coronavirus because we could not add useful information to the cause.  Today we reviewed many press releases and articles to develop a useful timeline of events relating to the coronavirus: CLICK TO EXPAND GRAPHIC At this point some of the facts are becoming fuzzy so here is the timeline of the first 45 days with coronavirus: Date Wuhan Coronavirus Details Dec 28 2019 Pneumonia cases linked to…

VIDEO: The Simple & Scientific Explanation for Tribalism in Modern Politics Globally

Have you ever wondered why facts just don’t matter anymore?  Take a look at this chart from FiveThirtyEight.com showing public support for removing US President Trump from Office after being implicated in seriously inappropriate actions in 2019/2020.  If that isn’t enough look at our popularity charts comparing US President Trumps approval ratings to Johnson, Regan, Carter, Regan Bush, Clinton, W Bush and Obama. It used to be that political parties of all stripes had a mixture of perspectives, but modern…

VIDEO: Highlights of The Alberta ‘Fair Deal Panel’ Town Hall in Airdrie

If you want to understand why Alberta is different, just watch this video.  We have attended many similar meeting in other Provinces over the years and seldom seen such thoughtful, calm, and well argued positions by members of the general public. If you don’t have time to watch the full 20 minute highlight reel, we urge you to watch these four excellent segments that are each about 90 seconds long: Marnie Marr Accountant from Airdrie explains the Alberta experience from…

LIVE STREAM: Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall

UPDATE: Jan 28 2020 – Below is the full 110 minute event.  If you don’t have that time you can watch our 20 Minute Highlight Reel HERE. ____________ This is the full uncut 110 minutes of Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall from January 27th at 6:30pm:   On Thursday, January 27th, 2020, Premier Jason Kenney’s “Fair Deal Panel” will hold a public town hall in Airdrie at the Town & Country Centre from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, to hear…

VIDEO – Microsoft Announces $1 Billion Commitment to 100% Renewable Energy Retroactive to 1975

In this stunning announcement Microsoft President Brad Smith said his company will: Consume only renewable energy by 2025 Will CAPTURE as much CO2 carbon as Microsoft AND ITS SUPPLIERS have put into the environment since its founding in 1975 Will require vendors to be increasingly carbon neutral Will fund investments in other companies and organizations, often in third world countries, to accelerate the migration to clean energy This makes Microsoft, which already gets two thirds of energy needs from renewables,…

VIDEO – This Is No Cold War: The Geopolitical Threat Over a Rising China Explained

The worlds thinkers figured out long ago that China is more likely going to grow through economics and not through aggression.  That fact does not stop world leaders, most notably Donald Trump, from vilifying the Chinese.  After all, a common enemy draws people together and has long been a path to political success. One of the globes most respected nonpartisan organizations, RAND Corporation, recently put out paper titled Russia Is a Rogue, Not a Peer; China Is a Peer, Not…

3 Maps of Religions In the Middle East Illustrate The Complexities

It is easy for those of us in “the West” to think of the Middle East in terms of religion.  We can accurately simplify the Middle East as a Muslim region with the exception of Israel.  To many people in the West, the Middle East is a slate with a bunch of squiggly lines demarking faceless countries and looks like: We know those countries are home to ancient peoples with a proud heritage but we really don’t understand them so…

VIDEO: Top 5 Do’s & Don’ts of Job Hunting in the 2020s

In the global competitive village of the 2020’s job seekers need to stand out from the crowd.  Beyond having the core skills and education for the a job here are the top five practical tips for job hunting that everyone 1 – Google Yourself:  Before you fill out an application or start your resume, the very first thing you need to do is search the internet for your name and previous employers.  It is a 100% guarantee that the interviewer…

VIDEO: The Economic & Social Benefits of a 4 Day Work Week

What are the benefits of a 4 day work week, has a 4 day work week been tried and do workers support a 4 day work week? A recent study by the Henley Business School in Reading England had employees showed: 51% Were able to save cost 59% Employees spend more time developing their skills 62% Our employees are off ill less 63% It helps our organization attract and retain the right talent 63% They produce better quality work Ulm,…

One Third of US GDP Is Concentrated in Just 1% of US Counties & How This Effects Elections

In this short clip Fareed Zakaria explains that just 1% of US counties produce nearly one third of US output.  These numbers were generated by Bloomberg from new statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis report. “…Just 31 counties, or the top 1% by share, made up 32.3% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2018… That’s despite these counties only having 26.1% of employed Americans and 21.9% of the population last year. SOURCE Put another way, 22% of American’s…

Process vs Strategy: Why Generalists Will Rule The World

In the video below, author David Epstein explains why being a specialist is generally (see what we did there 😉) a bad idea.  Conventional wisdom is that specializing in a subcategory offers the best path to both personal and financial success.  For example: an engineer focusing only on bridge construction an mathematician becoming a financial quant a computer coder becoming an expert on one language In todays world, specialties are expensive and repetitive making them ideal candidates for automation: Artificial…