The message trumps all

Lost in translation.  In the aftermath of the US presidential election, it has been difficult to change the subject, no matter where one looks, reads or watches.  The political upheaval that is unfolding in the land of the free is palpable, fissiparous and oddly inchoate.  Amidst this tectonic shift in campaign finance quarters was a […]

Hocus Pocus

Stupefying inanity.  My daily net surfing session this morning stumbled upon a marvelous little news report regarding a vote by the City of Vancouver to ban all natural gas uses by 2050.  You can see the article at:  I wondered how many people actually took the time to think this one through.  Banning natural […]

The ersatz science

It’s economy, stupid.  The field of economics has, over the decades, its moniker as the dismal science, from its inability to reliably predict and quantify the ups and downs of markets and economies.  Nobel prize notwithstanding, its variegated economic models struggle to jive with quotidian commiserations.  Imagine how physics would be regarded if it promoted […]

Of projects and men

From the monde to the mundane.  Wealth, in the broadest sense, is in large part generated by the successful operation of profitable assets.  Assets are so ubiquitous as to be invisible.  If you are sitting in a coffee shop right now, just take a look around you, starting with the space itself: everything that you […]

The long shadow of a black swan

Buyers of hope, beware.  Last week saw two news items in the National Post associated with the continuing blight of the energy industry.  On 16 September, the Post reported the approval of three oilsands projects by the Alberta government (“Alberta approves three oilsands projects worth potential $4 billion in investments”, by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press).  […]