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…

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…

VIDEO: How Much Responsibility Do Facebook Google & Twitter Have To Block Russian Misinformation?

In an era of apparently undeniable Russian state sponsored interference in American and UK Elections social media companies like Facebook, Twitter & Google have been called to account for their part in the ‘attacks’. This begs the question, how much responsibility do internet and social media companies really have for blocking misinformation by primarily foreign entities? In this video Bloomberg explores Keith Rabois’, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and PayPal Vice President, opinion that social media is just another form…

Why Russia Turned Out So Differently From Germany & Japan

After World War 2 the US (and West in general) supported its former enemies.  Rebuilding cities, legal systems, and economies on a massive scale.  Germany and Japan were the primary beneficiaries of that financial aid and guidance and today those two countries are large stable entities that improve the West’s standard of living by providing both solid trading partners and political allies. Some argue that those countries now take “our” jobs when in fact the evidence is clear that those…

How We Know The Trump Campaign Did Not Criminally Collude With the Russian Government

Let me start with the obligatory, I do not particularly like Donald Trump, believe much of what he says or think his campaign was shinny clean.  That being said I do like to listen to both facts and common sense, so let’s go: How We Know Trump’s Campaign Did Not Collude With the Russian Government: There are a few key points to consider when thinking about the claims that the Trump Campaign for President of the United States in 2016…

A Brief Rational Look At The End of the Oil Age

“A huge shock to the system:  Our assessment is that global energy demand is set to drop by 5% in 2020, energy-related CO2 emissions by 7%, and energy investment by 18%. The impacts vary by fuel. The estimated falls of 8% in oil demand and 7% in coal use stand in sharp contrast to a slight rise in the contribution of renewables… “IEA World Energy Report So began the latest large scale report on the energy industry.  When combing through the…

VIDEO: Will Google Loose Its Innovation Mojo Because of the DoJ AntiTrust Case Like Microsoft Did?

Like millions of people, thousands of companies and dozens of countries, staff at our sister site URTech.ca are closely following Googles’ Antitrust case. There is much talk about how this process will take years to play out and how Google may or may not be broken up as a result.  However, there is little attention paid to how Google will involuntarily react during the process. We found a small part of a Bloomberg interview with Zillow co-founder and SuperNova founder…

VIDEO: How Is China’s New National Security Law in Hong Kong Different From Other Countries Laws

All countries need and have national security laws that put bounds on the conduct of its citizens and visitors so why if China’s so different? There is an excellent book titled “The Dictators Handbook” which explains in the decades and centuries past, dictators would simply round up and kill the people they did not like, but through the  last half of the 20th century increased communication and public scrutiny made those techniques for control dangerous. One only has to think…

The End of The Oil Age?

Headlines like Yes, oil is dead. Just read the writing on the wall. , The coronavirus pandemic may have one silver lining: the potential collapse of big oil. and Green Party declares that “oil is dead” are not only misleading and inaccurate, but also dangerous.   Unfortunately, these types of headlines are always from those in the first world.  Often with the best of intentions (though not always), they look around their regional environments and see decreased consumption.  They then…

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…

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…

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   .

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…

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…

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…