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

We will be live streaming the Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall on January 16th at 6:30pm, on this page.   Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on Febuary 16th 2020: “I am shocked at the terribly sad news of the untimely death of my friend Jason Goodstriker. Jason was a proud member of the Kainai band of the Blackfoot people. He served as band councillor, and was elected as Alberta Regional Chief for the Assembly of First…

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,…

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…

VIDEO: Trump Impeachment? Politicians Voting Conscience Rather Party Do NOT Lose Future Elections

Conventional wisdom says that any American politician that votes against their party’s position will be severely punished by voters and loose the next election.  However, that facts do not support this. From Civil Rights, to the War in Afghanistan, to Medicare, to Gun Control, those politicians that voted against their party to take a principled stand have won re-election. These historical results explained by Jon Meacham, author of the 2019 book IMPEACHMENT: An Amercian History, may be helpful to those…

VIDEO: The Environmental Case to Canadian & American Energy

To someone living in the US or Canada, it probably appears that the whole world wants to shut down the oil and gas energy industry, but a slightly closer look shows nothing is further from the truth.  Western energy is correctly considered the both the saviour of the third world and the environment. Rex Murphy recently interviewed Modern Resources CEO Chris Slubicki in a deep dive into the how oil and gas from the western world, specifically, Canada, the US…

VIDEO: Complete Audio & Text of Phone Conversation Between US President Trump & Ukrainian President Zelensky

This is a followup to our article: Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden Ukriane Trump Inquiry The basis of the impeachment of US President Trump is a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky but very few people have heard an audio recording of the call. Because no audio recording of the original has been released, we decided to use computers to read the transcript.  This has the advantage of depersonalizing the exchange and hopefully allows you…

In Simple Terms, Who are The Uyghurs & Why Is China So Afraid of Them?

If you know anything about China’s domestic social policies in recent years, it is likely related to the Uyghur minority.  China has been widely criticized by governments and activists around the globe for their claimed mistreatment of the these people: “…China’s aggressive media campaign comes after exposés published by The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists about the government’s drive to detain a million or more members of largely Muslim minority groups in indoctrination camps. The…

VIDEO: What is Peer to Peer Lending & How Does It Work?

If you want to make more than 5% interest these days, you are going to need to look at something other than stocks and bonds. In the simplest terms, Peer to Peer Lending connects borrowers with lenders directly.  The idea is to remove large and slow banks that typically collect deposits and lend money, from the equation and allow lenders and borrowers to talk directly. Banks have so many rules and regulations to follow (which is a good thing because…

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

UPDATE: Dec 18 2019: President Trump has been Impeached and we have a transcript audio recording of the Trump Zelensky call that resulted in this trainwreck HERE. 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,…

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…