Strange facts

My fellow Canadians to the East, in Alberta, seem to have forgotten that while money talks, forensic accountants speak louder. That is, the record of financial facts is the record of financial facts.

Rather recently tar sands oil was selling for a deep discount compared with the benchmark of West Texas. The government of the day added a cap to oil sales, incidentally reducing the amount of energy and money spent on producing oil. The price paid for the oil went up, while the cost remained the same.

The price went up a lot.

In fact, the gross revenues for selling less oil was more than than the gross revenues for selling more oil at the previous steep discount. Stop. Think about that. The money received for less was greater than the money previously received for more.  Stop again. Alberta got more money total than it had gotten before. Okay, now you can go on to the next thought. For Alberta citizens this meant net revenues were even higher. Win-win, right?

Wrong. Because the producers in Alberta are basically selling that deeply discounted oil to themselves, in part to increase their much *greater* net revenues of selling discounted Alberta oil at full price to US consumers.

So Albertans elected a Premier who promised to remove the cap, so Alberta can earn less money but US oil interests can earn more.

Which is the difference between what the facts are, and what money convinces politicians to say they are.


The Liberals are rolling out their fall campaign. Every week they roll out a new A collage image of the Parliament building the logos of the Bloc Québécois, Liberal, Green, New Democratic Party, and Progressive Conservative parties.initiative, looking for the slogan which will hook the voters, and keep them in power.

Last time that slogan was “2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system”[O] Continue reading “#Canadapoli”

Life tools: Exodus

We all know we are being spied on.

The surveillance economy cuts you up and sells you in pieces to anyone able to pony up enough cash. The Koch brothers have bought dossiers on nearly every legal voter in the USA, which they use to manipulate elections in the country. The data which drives i360, Data Trust, and Cambridge Analytica is as likely or more likely collected – not only on Facebook, Youtube, or other social media platform – but on your personal devices.

But you can spy on the spies. Continue reading “Life tools: Exodus”

New technology! does not solve old problem.

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The troll under the bridge. Illustration by Kay Nielsen from East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1914). From Commons.Wikimedia.Org

One of the more interesting things to come across my radar recently is [matrix].

Matrix is an open standard/protocol for real time communications, intending to allow different service providers to pass communications back and forth with end users being unaware. Even just as a concept that is pretty breathtaking. Continue reading “New technology! does not solve old problem.”


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I do not know why I appreciate it, but it sure is cool when someone much more knowledgeable than me says what I have been thinking about a topic.

Plasma mobile[O D] does seem to work better [than Phosh(D S)] but doesn’t run as well on slow devices