“Paid for by the Government of Ontario” Part 2: education, the ETFO, and the makings of a Brave New World

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

It’s Groundhog Day and like the movie, Canada is about to relive another financial crisis

Until this modern take of Keynesian economics is no longer pushed as the standard of financial “wisdom”, debt-fueled economies will continue to relive these progressively worse economic cycles, with every bubble burst being much worse than the last.

On the heels of the quarter percent rake hike freak-out, Canada is on track to its Groundhog … Read more

Thursday Thoughts: cryptocurrency hype is dead, enough with Russia

Thursday Thoughts are a series of recent observations too short to merit their own article, but still important when analyzing today’s technological, economic and psychological trends.

A moment of silence for cryptocurrencies

Another 10% rout today brings the total drop-off over 50% within the span of six weeks for BitCoin and many other cryptos.  T… Read more

If Tuesday was a violent selloff, then the looming recession will be armageddon

Oxford Dictionary’s 2017 word of the year was “youthquake”.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s 2017 word of the year was “feminism”.

A word that would run in my personal Top 10 of 2017 is “violence”. In many ways, it is related to the above two: “youthquake” and “feminism”.  Th… Read more

Facebook Messenger Kids App gets deserved pushback, but what about the parents?

Two months ago I wrote an article outlining the dangers of Facebook’s new app aimed at kids, “The new Facebook messaging app for kids is another step back for families and society“.

My article just points out what should be obvious, not needing in-depth studies from watchdog or advocacy groups. But we are living in an age where most parent… Read more

“Paid for by the Government of Ontario” Part 1: reminding us daily who our owners are

By now if you have recently listened to the radio, or God forbid, watched television like CP24 (whether voluntarily or by force, seeing how it is plastered all over the GTA), you will have likely come across a series of advertisements with a sign-off that sears in to your memory:

Paid for by the Government of Ontario

What a slap in the face.  Advertising is not c… Read more

The pot calling the kettle black: George Soros criticizes Facebook for out-Sorosing Soros

Market manipulator extraordinaire George Soros recently criticized Facebook and Google at the Davis Economic Forum:

Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros slammed Facebook and Google, two companies he’s invested in recently, noting that “the rise and monopolistic behavior” of tech platform companies has become a “global problem.”

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Thursday Thoughts: fake news is everywhere

Thursday Thoughts are a series of recent observations too short to merit their own article, but still important when analyzing today’s technological, economic and psychological trends.

Fake News Calculator for Twitter

My Fake News Calculator gadget helps with identifying YouTube channels espousing views that generally cannot withstand public sc… Read more

Oxford University giving more time to pass computer science exams defeats the purpose of exams

UK’s Telegraph published an article with a misleading title, “Oxford University gives women more time to pass exams“, which states:

Students taking maths and computer science examinations in the summer of 2017 were given an extra 15 minutes to complete their papers, after dons ruled that “female candidates might be more likel

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Netflix and BitCoin have disturbing similarities

Netflix is poised to pop 10% or more at the opening bell today after reports of subscriber growth beating estimates.  6.36 million new subscribers signed up in the fourth quarter, better than the 5.1 million expectation from analysts.

Yippee.

I don’t have anything against Netflix as a company.  I am not a Netflix subscriber, but I think it is great t… Read more