Why DNA Tests Can Be Dangerous To You And Your Family

In our recent short article titled Why DNA Tests Are Misleading we explained that DNA tests for racial background are far less ‘fact’ and much more ‘fiction’ than you have been led to beleive by slick ad campaigns. In this article we explain how these test can be dangerous to you and your family: How DNA Tests Can Be Dangerous DNA tests can be fun and potentially interesting but the results are questionable and you no longer control your own…

Why DNA Tests Are Misleading

If you want to take a DNA test with 23andme.com, myheritage.com or ancestrydna.com you would be well served to think twice because these tests are much less “accurate” than you might think and they put you and your family at risk. How Are DNA Tests Misleading? DNA tests are misleading because they give your impression of scientific certainty when in fact there is a great deal of uncertainty involved because: 1 – Where You Are From OR Where People Live…

How Antitrust Corporate Breakups Should Be Good For Shareholders and Society

The first time you heard of antitrust laws being used to break up large companies you likely thought that that it would result in a destruction wealth.  Depending upon your political persuasion or past experience with the company, that may or may not have bothered you. However, it is important to remember that the driver behind antitrust law is to increase competition and innovation, there by creating more wealth.  In fact, breaking up large companies is usually advantageous to the…

SOLVED: What Affects Your Credit Score?

Have you ever wondered what really affects your credit score?  Did that late car payment really make a difference?  Does having too many companies ask about your credit rating, affect the rating?  Well, here are the answers: 1 – PAYMENT HISTORY = 35% Making payments on time is the most important. 2 – AMOUNT OWED = 30% Obviously your credit score is heavily affected by the amount you owe relative to your net worth. 3 – Length of Credit History…

What is the Backfire Effect and How It Affects Facebook & Twitter

The Backfire Effect is part of a larger physiological phenomenon called Confirmation Bias.  Confirmation Bias is the human desire to seek information that backs up what we already believe and avoid information that disproves our beliefs.  A Backfire occurs with more emotionally drawn positions, like politics or abortion, that causes us not only to disregard information that disproves our beliefs but actually see such information as an attack requiring is to further entrench our (wrong) position. In simple terms the…

This Person Does Not Exist & This Cat Does Not Exist

Do any of the people or cats in the photos below look familiar to you?  They shouldn’t because not one of them is of a real. These “photo’s” are also not, as you might think, just assemblies of assorted inventory pictures like noses, eyes and hair.  No, these are all effectively paintings made by two artificial intelligence (AI) engines working back and forth to perfect the images.  The first AI builds and image and sends it to the second AI that…

VIDEO: Did Cryptocurrency Exchange Boss Fake His Own Death To Steal All The Money?

If the insane value gyrations, scams and exchange failures of crypto currencies have not scared you away from them, this story should do the trick.  QuadrigaCX was a Canadian based Crypto Currency Exchange until a few days ago when the founder, Gerald Cotten, died and took the decryption codes to his grave.  This means about CDN $200M of ‘investor’ money is forever lost in hyperspace. To make this story worse, the are some very smelly peculiarities to it: It is extremely unusual that…

What is the ‘Oil Curse’ and How It Applies to Amazon and Walmart

The “Oil Curse” or “Curse of Oil” or “Resource Curse” is the net negative outcome that is seen with any single industry that takes over a geographic area.  The central idea is that when oil is discovered in an undeveloped land, like rural Africa, the initial promise of great wealth results in rapid development and that leads to what economists call ‘externalities’.  Externalities are charges that should be calculated as part of the cost of development but instead are pushed…

Why Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Very Intelligent

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has constant news coverage today and global thinkers like Elon Musk and Bill Gates warn of a dangerous future.  A dystopian world run by robots and computers powered by AI not unlike that shown in the Hollywood blockbuster Terminator 2 is one that could come to pass, but it is highly unlikely to occur in your children’s lifetime. The original title of this article was “What’s In A Name?  Change Algorithm to Artificial Intelligence & You Have your…

Who Owns Huawei? A Fascinating Story

Huawei was founded in 1987 and it is well established that the Chinese Government “helped” at several points in its early history. There are dozens of articles on Huawei that start like this: While no direct ties between Huawei and the Chinese military and Communist Party have ever been established beyond (founder and) CEO Ren Zhengfei’s past ties to both, the fast-growing telco supplier’s ownership structure is still fascinating, strange and tricky for Western observers to understand. SOURCE Huawei states that they…

10 Short Answers To Why Huawei is so Scary To Western Countries

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation said: We’re deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company (like Huawei) that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks. That provides the capacity to exert pressure or control over our telecommunications infrastructure. It provides the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information. And it provides the capacity to conduct undetected espionage. but no-one has provided specifics. What has Huawei…

Why YOU Should Be Very Concerned About the Marriott Sheraton Westin Starwood Data Breach

Marriott is down playing their 500,000,000 person data breach as just another data hack that we have all become so used to.  So why are we being alarmist about this attack? PartisanIssues.com is not prone to hype; we focus on facts and downplay opinion.  Yet this data breach’s implications are so massive we believe it to be of great concern to almost every person in “The West”. There are four reasons YOU personally should be be exceptionally worried about the…

The 20 Largest Data Breaches In History

Below are the list of 20 largest data breaches in history.  Today, Marriott, which is actually Sheraton, Aloft, Westin and many others proudly enters our list at number three. We had intended to research a list of the top 10 data breaches but found that the top 20 was much more thorough and covered nearly all of notable hacks. # Company / Organization Number of Stolen Records Date of Breach Notes & Links 1 Yahoo 3 Billion Aug-13 Almost sunk the…

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Continue To Dominate in the Toronto Montreal Corridor

Nearly two years ago we wrote an article in our sister site URTech.ca explaining that Machine Learning and AI companies are increasingly putting their resources in the area along Canada’s 401 highway through heavily populated area’s of Quebec and Ontario.  The so called Toronto – Montreal Corridor actually extends from Waterloo Ontario to Montreal, but no-one outside of the region knows where Waterloo is so we just say Toronto, Montreal. Today we are astounded by the variety and quality of education,…

Massive Chinese Chip Hack Shows How Great Apple and Amazon Are… Even If They Won’t Take The Credit

Today Bloomberg released a report stating that, at the direction of the Chinese Government, a massive China based ‘board’ manufacturer named SuperMicro added hardware to servers that were sold to Amazon and Apple.  While the specific details of what was implant is not fully known yet, it is safe to say that such a hack would almost certainly: give complete access to all data running through the servers in question provide at least some access to non-infected servers On its…

Who Has Makes More Electricity from Renewables: The US vs Canada

We recently completed research on an article evaluating how Alberta, Edmonton and Calgary generate their electricity and that got us to thinking about how Canada compares to the United States. In a word, Canada, largely because Quebec produces an outrageous (and growing) amount of Hydro.  Obviously this is a percentage calculation, given that the United States has 10 times the population of Canada. Canadian Electricity Generation Source 2016: SOURCE     United States Electricity Generation Source 2016: Of the 866…