Why Hydrogen Will Still Be Next Years Power in the Year 2030

Every year since 2000, notable pundits and real companies have claimed that next year is the Hydrogen’s year.  It certainly looks good on television. Real car companies like Honda, Toyota and GM produce a few thousand hydrogen test vehicles (so called FCV’s or Fuel Cell Vehicles) and make slick commercials with pure water dripping out of tail pipes in front of endless green fields: The promise of hydrogen is indeed intoxicating.  It is very easy to overlook its massive problems…

The Rational Case Against Huawei

There are many that think Huawei is just a puppet of the Chinese government and an equal number that think the Huawei bans and bad talk are nothing more than hype designed to stifle a non-Western competitor. We recently wrote two articles explaining some of Huawei’s background: 10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries Who Owns Huawei? A Fascinating Story but neither our previous articles nor the political hype have clearly explained why countries should…

VIDEO: What is Short Selling Stocks & How It Can Be A Good Thing For Markets

People typically purchase stocks in a company for two reasons: to make money from an increase in stock price over time to make money from dividends However, there is a third way to make money with stocks… a very risky way called ‘short selling’. What is Short Selling Stocks In Simple Terms? A ‘short’ as it is called in the financial industry is a bet against a companies stock. To short a stock, you ‘borrow’ shares from someone with a…

VIDEO: Reckless US Government Spending / Borrowing Now Causing the Economy to Stall, Giving China The Upper Hand

There are three main factors in our calling for the US economy to stall in the coming months, which will give China the upper hand in trade negotiations: 1 – Government Spending Tax Cuts Stimulation Has Run Its Course The US economy has been booming for the last two years because of historic federal government spending under President Trump: “Trump May Be The Most Fiscally Reckless President In American History.  Trump’s behavior on everything and anything having to do with…

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Timeline of 2019 Events

Since the start of the 2019, there have been many important events in the Trans Mountain Pipeline saga and it is easy to get lost.  To clarify the issues we have appended the following entries to our master list “Complete Trans Mountain Pipeline and Expansion Timeline from 1947 to 2022” 2019 Jan 15 100 First Nations groups meet in Calgary to discuss purchase of Trans Mountain 2019 Jan 21 Trans Mountain submits report to NEB proposing three new mitigation measures…

How The China US Trade War Only Serves to Galvanize China’s Resolve, Just Like Apple and Qualcomm

The goal of a trade war is to increase access to some other countries markets.   However, we can simplify the logic by reducing down from a country scale to an individual business scale. At the single company scale, Company A withholds a key product or increases price on that product because they want something from Company B, perhaps increased sales effort of some key line.  At some point the  cost becomes too much for one or both of the parties…

VIDEO: The More Threatened Voters Are, The Greater The Likelihood They Will Support A Tyrant

If you are wondering how someone like Donald Trump of the United States, Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil get elected to power watch the short video below. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria considers the 2019 Indian elections an notes that about one third of their candidates and federal officials have serious criminal charges against them.  He the contrasts this to the United States with President Trump. The majority of Americans believe Trump committed crimes but large numbers…

VIDEO: Why China Is Like The US In The 1950’s and No Longer Needs Exports To America

From an American perspective, China has a strange confidence the belies and critical weakness that is just below the surface. US President Donald Trump is fond of pointing out that China sells much more to the US than the US sells to China.  He believes that this trade imbalance gives him unlimited power to dictate Chinese policy and that belief has lead to the US initiating a trade war. Chinese President Xi Jinping knows that his country has an enormous…

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…