Dealer gratuity systems: socialism vs. capitalism in poker rooms

Any Canadian poker player that has spent time in other card rooms, particularly those in the United States, can attest to the stark difference in dealer quality based on the gratuity system enforced by the card room.

In the OLG casinos in Ontario, dealers in general (with a few exceptions) are notoriously bad. Speed and competency are severely lacking, and a… Read more

A double-whammy is in store for Netflix

In my article from several weeks ago, Netflix and BitCoin have disturbing similarities, I conjectured that Netflix will be a big loser in a stock market upheaval:

My issue with Netflix is its irrational valuation. When the inevitable pop in the bond and stock market occur I fully expect this stock to be the biggest loser of the FANG stocks.

Fast forward a few we… Read more

Social media and software are NOT utilities — don’t ask for it to be regulated

In Part 3 of my four part series of the dangers of social media, I made a case stating the dangers of intertwining government with tech companies.

Once you set precedent for government intervention, the Pandora’s box of totalitarianism and total state control is opened. Look no further than China to see how tightly the narrative is controlled as a fore… Read more

Guilty until proven innocent: does reverse SEO exist?

In the wake of the demonetization fiasco on YouTube and the erosion of due process due to unrestrained “wrong-think” detection algorithms, one has to wonder whether these algorithms are being exploited by malicious users intent on destroying their competition.

Google supposedly is credited with effective algorithms preventing click fr… Read more

Canadian housing bubble: Keeping up with the Joneses’ debt

New lending rules may have curtailed big banks from issuing risky loans, but Canadians in their everlasting effort to keep up with the Joneses, will go to any length to make sure they are as indebted as their neighbours.

A recently released article from the Canadian Press shows that Canadians are virtually willing to go to the mafia just for a taste of home owne… Read more

“Paid for by the Government of Ontario” Part 3: The OLG

Paid for by the Government of Ontario is a multi-part series of articles detailing the rampant government intervention in the province of Ontario, Canada. The line is borrowed from the sign-off of government sponsored commercials that air on radio, television and other media. It reflects their in-your-face approach of using tax dollars against its own c… Read more

Why reasoning from first principles is considered “contrarian”

I found the “Four Quadrant Model” developed by Eric Weinstein an interesting take on the current state of thinking. After the Cathy Newman interview with Jordan Peterson, Weinstein applied his model to describe the phenomenon of how the mainstream narrative interacts with the counter-narrative, or stated alternatively: group-think ver… Read more

Thursday Thoughts: it’s a bubble bath (socially and economically)

If Trudeau’s “peoplekind” video was a Try not to cringe challenge, I lost almost right away

As soon as I heard the words “we say peoplekind, not necessarily mankind”, I shuddered, winced, reflexively hit Ctrl+F4 and buried my face into my palms. I then forced myself to watch the video in its entirety.

The number of cheering d… Read more

The Justin Trudeau Political Corrector

Learn how to speak like Justin Trudeau!  Replace all instances of ill-perceived gender discrimination with a gender neutral equivalent using this translator. Help accelerate the demise of the English language and all gendered languages like Canada’s other official language: French.

Learn how to sow more class division in society and reap the r… Read more

How much is social media group-think fueling financial bubbles like BitCoin? #HODL

I think now is as appropriate of a time as any to tie together two topics I’ve written about extensively on this blog: anti-social media and cryptocurrencies.

It’s hard to ignore the financial news from yesterday: cryptocurrencies with another double-digit percentage drop, stock markets dropping about 5%, volatility up 100%.

With regards … Read more