Is Crime in The Netherlands Really On The Decline?

Recently we posted THIS article and video explaining that the Dutch have pragmatically decided not to incarcerate people for petty crimes and that has resulted in a 19 of 65 prisons closing.  We received an interesting response from Jack J on our YouTube channel, challenging that claim and counter claiming that the recent immigration issues in Europe has caused a spike in Dutch crime which is not accounted for in official statistics: …It is logical that in a homogeneous society…

VIDEO: Sex Lies & Loneliness – Dating in the Modern World

Joanna Coles on CNN’s “GPS with Fareed Zakaria” explains that people are transitioning from the classical method of meeting potential mates to an electronic process.  She explains that there are serious positives to using apps to find potential spouses including: Drawing from a much larger pool Eliminating the effort required rule out a potential mate if there are characteristics you will not tolerate (i.e. Like Trump vs Hate Trump or Meat Eater vs Vegetarian) Reducing the frustration of not finding…

5 Reasons Why China is Going After Boeing

In our article BoycottUSA and BoycottTrump Does Not Mean Not Buying American, we explain that China is applying there retaliatory tariffs to Donald Trump supporters and no the US as a whole.  That brings up the question of why China would target Boeing. Boeing is based in Chicago and Chicago did not support Trump in the 2016 and they certainly don’t support him now: The map to the right shows how Chicago voted; neighborhood by neighborhood voted against Donald Trump…

BoycottUSA and BoycottTrump Does Not Mean Not Buying American

There is a growing global ‘movement’ for “Trump Free” products, which to most people means a boycott of American made products.   If you are one of those people you should be thinking about two things: Boycotts Backfire Boycotts usually INCREASE the sale of a particular product because boycotts: are like free advertising in that it raises awareness of the product encourages people on the other side of the issue to by more Trumps support is only in rural states meaning…

What Did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Say At the G7 Summit That Got President Trump So Angry

After the G7 (or G6 + Trump) meeting in Quebec on June 9th 2018, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the latest target of the Trump White House’s venom: “There’s a special place in Hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,”  Peter Navaro on the Fox News Sunday  Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted…

Trudeau to Trump: Thanks For The Political Help!

In yet another unintended consequence of US President Donald Trump’s (and his minions) lack of control, his nasty comments towards Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the G7 summit in Quebec resulted in a major political boost for both Trudeau and Canada. “There’s a special place in Hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,”  Peter Navaro on…

What is a Preferential Voting Ballot?

Preferential Voting (PR) is a ballot system in which voters number their winning preference rather than just casting a single ballot.  For example, instead of just marking their ballot with the single person/party they would like to win, voters list the order in which they would have those on the ballot win.  If more than 50% of voters set the their number one choice to be the same candidate, the election is over and that candidate has won. Lets go…

How Much Oil Does Canada Import & Other Oil Statistics

Canada imports about 1 BILLION barrels of oil per year, nearly all into Quebec and Ontario in-spite of the fact that it exports 3.1 Billion barrels of oil per year. These are the specific numbers taken directly from the Canadian Federal Government from 2016: Canadian production: 3.9 MMb/d Imports: 0.9 MMb/d Exports: 3.1 MMb/d Below are some other statistics you might also find interesting: Canada Has the Third Largest Proven Reserves on the Globe: World proved reserves – 1,646 billion barrels…

How Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau May Use Kinder Morgan To Bring Back Energy East Pipeline

Much has been said about the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and while the Trudeau Government has made it clear they do not want to own it for very long, there are rumblings that they will use this as a management tool to develop or support the much needed Energy East Pipeline. In the last few months the debate over such an advanced economy as Canada exporting raw materials and importing finished goods based on those raw materials has become…

GM Wants Regulation For Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes and Zero Congestion Vehicles

Let’s be clear that General Motors and all automobile manufactures do NOT want government regulation to mandate a Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes and Zero Congestion world, but they do want laws that: approach those achievable goals are shared in many jurisdictions apply to everyone In the video below GM President Dan Amonn explains GM’s GOALS of Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes and Zero Congestion and that their investments are very long cycle that need to be based on consistent regulations to avoid…

VIDEO: What First Nations Really Think About Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline continues to rise and now has the support of more than 2/3rds of Canadians.  Further, another poll released on May 18 2018 shows support for the expansion has also continued its surge in BC, now sitting at more than 60% of BC residents.  However, the media has frequently given the impression that First Nations do not support the expansion and that is simply inaccurate. David Chartrand, VP of the Metis National Council points out that nearly all…

VIDEO: How The African Population Explosion Creates Opportunities

In “The West” we don’t often discuss or even consider Africa.  However, over the next 20 years the population of Africa is going to double and we will all be paying attention to that.  Without doubt Africa’s population explosion will lead to two things: Increased demand for goods and services Increased workforce to provide those goods and services What is in question is: Will the governments of the Africa continue to stabilize? Will the rule of law continue to expand and…

Donald Trumps Art of the Gift: Moving the US Embassy To Jerusalem

This week Donald Trump took credit for fulfilling a campaign promise to move the US Embassy in Israel  to Jerusalem.  That was likely an inevitable move, so what could be wrong with doing what Jared Kushner says is taking that issue off the table? Politics is the art of the possible that often involves negotiating with options no-one likes.  In the world of 2018, the official position of the two main parties are: PALESTINE: Israel is an illegal state and…

8 Things The Canadian Federal Government Can Do To Force the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

The current impasse on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion have many pundits, politicians and citizens taking entrenched positions insinuating that this issue has an easy fix the Trudeau Federal Liberal Government is not willing to pursue. We list eight options for the Federal Government below, but as a primer, watch this video in which CBC’s Peter Armstrong asks five knowledgeable people over 4 interviews, “What specifically can the Canadian Federal Government do to force the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion? …

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…

The Very Unexpected Way That Blocking Canadian Oil Exports INCREASES The Price of Gas in Canada By $.15 Per Liter

You would expect that if petroleum products can not be efficiently transported to world markets, that there would be an oil and gas oversupply in Canada and that would drive the prices down.  However, it turns out that two factors cause that not the be the case: the majority of large petroleum contracts in Canada (and around the globe) are transacted in US dollars the Canadian dollar is a “petro-currency” meaning that petroleum exports are so important to the economy…