Want To See Something Surprising? President Trumps Approval Ratings Compared to Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson

When we started researching this article we had intended to compare Donald Trump’s approval rating to Richard Nixon’s, but it became apparent that President Trumps ratings are: quite consistent over time ranging between 50% and 60% better than nearly all modern Presidents at this point in their history   Click to expand this chart We could write up an whole analysis of these graphs but they largely speech for themselves. One point we think worth making came from CNBC: “…The…

VIDEO: Mike Bloomberg’s Campaign Manager Explains How The US Democratic Primary System is Flawed

In this video Mike Bloomberg‘s Campaign Manager explains how the US Democratic primary system causes candidates to spend the vast majority of their time and money resources in States that will eventually vote Republican in the general election. MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION: [00:00:00] – Christiane Amanpour Kevin Sheekey is Michael Bloomberg‘s campaign manager and he’s joining me now. Kevin Sheekey, welcome. And I have to ask you the Ted Kennedy question if anybody remembers that. Why does he want to be president.…

VIDEO: Bloomberg’s Campaign Manager Explains That Michael Is Self Made Man & Not Billionaire Debutant

In this 3 minute clip Mike Bloomberg’s campaign manager explains Michaels background as a self made man and not self interested rich punk trying to buy the 2020 US Presidential election. MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION: [00:00:00] – Christiane Amanpour Kevin Sheekey is Michael Bloomberg’s campaign manager and he’s joining me now. I have interviewed Mike Bloomberg when he was mayor and as head of his foundation on many issues that as you say he’s been very successful on moving the dial climate…

The Uh-Oh Moment: The Psychology Of How Being Late To the Race Helps Micheal Bloomberg

Did you know that there is a hard pattern to the amount of effort put into projects and that this pattern can be seen in every from life, to sports, to meetings?  That pattern is a “U”.  When people are assigned a task they quickly meet and start thinking about the task at hand but then effort slumps until half way through the allotted time when effort substantially increases. In 1988 Connie Gersick from UCLA (now at Yale) wrote a…

Top 10 Things To Know About Michael Bloomberg, Candidate for US President

Here are the 10 most important facts about Michael Bloomberg in 2019: 1 – Bloomberg is Centralist & Pragmatist: Officially, he has been all over the political spectrum: Prior to 2000, he was a registered Democrat In 2001 he was the Republican Mayor of New York In 2007 he officially registered himself as an independent In October 2018, he registered as a Democrat “…At key points in U.S. history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against…

The Numbers You Didn’t Expect: Canadian Provincial Transfer Payments Per Province Per Person

Canada is a group of diverse territories held together with a brilliant formula that effectively transfers money from wealthy Provinces to poor Provinces, or so the story goes.  The official name is ‘Equalization Payments’ and they are a core building block of Canadian confederation. For the first 75 years of Canada’s existence the money was transferred largely at the whim of the Federal Government but in 1957 a formal equalization formula was agreed upon. Unfortunately, the formula that is used…

Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden, Ukraine, Trump Inquiry

There are just so many confusing details about how US President Donald Trump ended up being accused of trying to extort political support from the Ukraine in exchange for desperately need military weapons. To clarify this mess we spent hours digging through records and press releases to develope this complete Biden, Ukraine, Obama, Russia, Trump Impeachment timeline: Year  Month Notable Event 1997 Boies Schiller Flexner LLP law firm is founded and takes on very high profile litigation like DoJ vs…

VIDEO: More With Less: The End of Enviromental Crisis Is Now In Sight But Won’t Happen Tomorrow

The United States is now produced more physical things (i.e. cars, buildings, clocks…) than it has at any time in its history but it actually REDUCING the amount of materials taken from the ground to do it. One word explains how can that came about: efficiency. There is still absolutely vast amounts of work to be done to improve our global situation but there is now more than just blind hope that new technology will save our collective futures. Our…

VIDEO: Microsoft Increased Productivity 40% in Japan By Taking Fridays Off

It may be counter intuitive but Microsoft actually increased output by 40% in its 2500 person Japanese operations by mandating three day weekends in August 2019.  Most of the performance gains came from: reduced meeting length the majority of meetings changed from one hour meetings to 30 minute meetings having more remote meetings primarily using Microsoft Teams More than 90% of staff said they preferred the 4 day work week to the traditional 5 day and Microsoft intends to run…

The Cure For Canadian Pipelines: Ask Your Doctor If Ovintiv Is Right For You

Today one of linchpins of Canadian energy, EnCana, announced it is changing its name, has a new logo and is moving its ‘domicile’ (legal/trading head office) to the United States. Of course, they claim that there will be no job losses in Canada but that is clearly not the way the real world works.  Former employees of Nova, Nexen and Devon can tell you first hand the effect corporate mergers, acquisitions and relocations actually have on staff. Several analysts are…

How Much Is Tuition Subsidized In Canada & Where Does All That Money Go?

Many students complain that they are overpaying for tuition.  While angry student marches and high profile media events are main stay of student life, the reality of the post secondary education funding is quite a different story than you might expect. In reality, degree granting college and university students only pay about 25% of the cost of their education in Canada.  According to Statistics Canada: “…The proportion of revenues from tuition fees has grown from 23.5% in 2011/2012 to 26.6%…

2019 Canadian Federal Election Results List For Every Riding

We found it difficult to source a simple table of the 2019 Canadian Federal election results but did find a list of vote tallies from midnight on Election day on the Elections Canada website.   We cleaned up the data (removed 20+ fringe parties and unneeded columns) and make it available below. It is important to note that the results did change in some ridings but this table provided us with a base to work from in our article: If Greens…

If Greens Did Not Split the NDP Vote, Canada’s 2019 Federal Election Would Have Had A Different Outcome

The Green Party of Canada was on the fringe until the last two elections.  Previously they had a logical platform that was very similar to the Conservatives but with a focus on clean energy and illogical rejection of Nuclear energy.  However, Green positions have recently moved the far left, by Canadian standards. This repositioning of the party has put them in direct competition with the New Democratic Party for votes, as the Conservatives and Liberals attract nearly all of the…

A View From The Inside The 2019 Canadian Federal Election: Everyone Can Vote

For the October 21st 2019 Federal Election I applied for and was offered the position of Central Poll Supervisor in a small city near Calgary, Alberta.  I was surprised by several things you may find interesting. In particular I was surprised at Elections Canada’s drive to ensure every Canadian votes.  You might think that an odd finding but Elections Canada is a Government department and many of those are not known for their singular concern about the public. My seven…

Trade Numbers & Opinion: Why US Trade Wars with China, Mexico & Canada Have Not Bought Jobs Back to the United States

If you have been following the President Trumps Trade War with China (and to a lesser extent, Canada, Mexico and Europe) you might think it will be good for US workers in the long run. It turns out that after nearly three years of increasingly aggressive trade sanctions that China has been hurt, but shockingly it has actually resulted in INCREASED imports to the United States on net.  Here are the facts: Manufacturing companies are leaving China, but they are…

VIDEO: $16/Hour Wage Requirement in USMCA / NAFTA2 Explained

The new NAFTA (aka North American Free Trade Agreement or United States Mexico Canada Agreement) has an interesting minimum wage requirement that is not well understood.  Here are the key facts: USD $16/hour wage minimum is required on 40% of the components in cars and 45% of the components on trucks The $16/hour is required to be paid by the manufacturer to its EMPLOYEES and not the contracted suppliers to companies like GM, Chrysler and Ford $1.60 of that $16/hour…

What is the Difference Between Minority and Coalition Government?

The most straightforward form of government is a “majority” government.  Majorities occur when a single party receives more than 50% of the seats.  Minority and Coalition governments occur when a natural majority was not achieved, but what is the difference? What is a Minority Government: A minority government is formed when the party that wins the most seats, but less than 50% of the total, informally agrees to work another party (or parties) on specific areas of agreement to archive…

Can Oil Pipelines Be Used To Transport Other Materials?

What happens to oil pipelines in a post oil world?  Many people think the massive expenditures in pipelines result in a permanent oil infrastructure.  The fact is that pipelines originally constructed to move oil are both reversed and repurposed all the time. The graphic to the right is from 2014 and shows that oil pipeline reversals and repurposing are not new. Here are some real world examples about what happens to old oil/gas pipelines. PIPELINE REVERSALS: Enbridge ‘Line 9’ reversed the…