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…

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,…

One Third of US GDP Is Concentrated in Just 1% of US Counties & How This Effects Elections

In this short clip Fareed Zakaria explains that just 1% of US counties produce nearly one third of US output.  These numbers were generated by Bloomberg from new statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis report. “…Just 31 counties, or the top 1% by share, made up 32.3% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2018… That’s despite these counties only having 26.1% of employed Americans and 21.9% of the population last year. SOURCE Put another way, 22% of American’s…

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…

A Tale of Two Industries: Oil vs Automotive Sectors

Much is made of the auto sector in both the US and Canada.  It is thought of as the manufacturing heart of both countries and is fundamental to the ongoing success of the economy.  On the flip side of that, the oil and gas energy industry is socially and politically considered far less important. The energy industry is seen almost as a utility; something that is always there and does not require much attention whereas the auto industry is perceived…

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: How To Setup a Peer to Peer Lending Account in Canada with LendingLoop.ca

In this video we setup a real account with Canada’s only sizable Peer to Peer Lending company, LendingLoop.ca.  We explore all of the settings and options that are available during the setup and immediately after. If you are new to Peer to Peer lending, like almost everyone, you may find our video Introduction to the Risks & Rewards of Peer to Peer Lending to be useful. If you enter our referral code 37f2da we BOTH get $25 from LendingLoop! Here…

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…

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…