social dancers tutor and exhibit their talent once a year in what’s called the “Calgary
Dance Stampede”. It’s an opportunity for dancers at any skill level to get
acquainted with social dancing and improve their moves. Workshops are hosted
throughout the weekend and are very well run. You need not have a partner
because rotations are made frequently throughout the one hour workshop
I attended “nightclub two step”, “cha cha”, and a new innovative line dance
called “Music To My Eyes”. After dinner at Bank and Baron, a few doors down
from host venue – The Hyatt, I sauntered back and took in the “Jack and Jill”
competition. It was a fun filled version of the normally competitive format of
the contest whereby partners are paired through a draw thereby testing their
aptitudes for adapting to random partners.
Imagine waltzing to a record played backwards. Well, not for the faint
of heart for sure.
course of the weekend, there will be 110 workshops with most at the advanced
beginner level. I was impressed by the
organization and strength of the instructors. The MC last night at the “Gala”
was entertaining while introducing the challenges for the Jack and Jill
contestants. Ample time in the evenings are scheduled for practicing those new
steps. A Pro-Am, a show case, and a “Rising Star” competition round out the
performance element of the event. It’s all sold out for today and tomorrow but do
consider the event for next year in the spirit of your good health and the support
of keeping social dancing alive.
Over at bnn.ca they kept the video link front and centre for
three days. The fellow gained notoriety for correctly calling and profiting
from the U.S. financial meltdown in 2008 having suspected issues with
collateralized debt obligations. Now, he is shorting Canadian banks.
It’s no secret. Housing prices are under pressure. Mortgage
qualifying criteria has contributed along with weakness in the oil and gas
sector arising from distribution bottlenecks. Oh yes, there’s also the carbon
tax, socialist policy, and higher taxes all tempering business investment.
Governments of today don’t quite understand the fuel feeding their public
sector pension plans. So, why is it then that a banking official in response to
Steve Eisman’s rationale for shorting three Canadian banks makes the claim that
he has “no basis in fact”? Mr. Eisman simply purports that loan loss provisions
in the face of economic headwinds have been underrepresented in bank’s quarterly
earnings. On an accrual basis, it seems fair that record profits under our
current circumstances seem circumspect. After all, if you can under report your
loan loss provision, you can keep that dividend in tact thereby satisfying
Somebody has just specifically called out the Canadian
banking sector and he’s done it with his trades. Who am I to question his analysis especially
in the context of political intransigence in facilitating industrial development
We have weak leadership in Canada right now. We are also
confronted by massive public debt which must be serviced. Then there’s the material
increase in social programs which must be financed, namely the new generous “child
care benefit”. Baby boomers are now tapping into CPP and OAS. The U.S. in
recent years has become much more capable of supplying its own energy needs and
may not be needing Alberta’s oil in the volumes of yesteryear. The Canadian
lumber industry is weakened by trade sanctions. Out east, there are the new tariffs
on rolled aluminum. Southern Ontario car plants are faced with unaccustomed competitive,
political, and innovative pressure. The City of Calgary is raising property
taxes due to mismanaged downtown core land use.
I’m thinking Mr. Eisman has got it right. Canadian banks are
going to pay the price for loan losses associated with home equity devaluations
and the consequential inability of consumers to manage unsecured debt. I’m
thinking that the culture of entitlement is going to have a reckoning.
Hyperinflation rate so astronomical you won’t
Rolling black outs
Russia installs military presence taking sides
with Nicolas Maduro
U.S. contemplates aid and incidentally has sided
with declared President Juan Guaido
Socialist policy since Chavez leaderships in 1999
If you eliminate incentives for business to produce goods and services, they will stop. If you pay people not to produce, they will not produce. If you do not sanction poor behavior, people will continue to behave badly. If you overregulate the ambitious, they will turn elsewhere for a market. If you condone corruption, you will get more of it. If you sense injustice and fail to acknowledge it, you will subscribe to the status quo. If you witness crime and fail to report it, you are complicit. If your leadership is ambivalent toward justice, your society is regressing.
mind playing a role in calling out stuff for what it is before new norms
negatively take hold thereby attributing to societal decay. No I’m not naive
enough to think that my single voice can make a difference so I implore you my
friends to also stand your ground when confronted with drivel and provide your
version of push back. I realize it’s tempting to simply cede in lieu of
behavior unbecoming of a country’s President (Trump), but call it out anyways.
President of the United States has declared that the press is the “Enemy of The
People”. On the contrary, the press has a major role in reporting to the people
behavior elicited by their governments.
Journalists actually become formally versed in ethics as part of their
curriculum. Unfortunately, the business of journalism is not immune from
pressures of bias arising from mediums in which their messages are
expressed. Hence; particular news
outlets will be better than others and thankfully a democracy provides people
with the power to discern the credible from the incredulous.
It could be
the case that Donald Trump believes that if he states something ridiculous
enough times over and over through his Twitter account that those on the
margins of self esteem with an unrequited vote may just step over to the dark
side with him.
Trump may believe
he can take his dysfunctional, demeaning, and narcissistic management style and
impose it on a populous weakened largely by events which were largely outside
of their control but within the control of past governments and regulators. If
he somehow can derive a correlation between liberal misgivings and CNN, then in
his heart perhaps he can sway those undisciplined from objective thinking.
consequence of the election of Donald Trump to President has been the
attribution some will make of his character to the conservative
philosophy. The track record of recent
Republican Party leaders has been lacklustre further weakening the image of the
conservative philosophy. Although not much of a talking point to date, the
conflation of populism and conservatism because of Trump will have a dulling impact
on communicating fundamental conservative doctrine over the next decade.
Strong conservative leadership in Alberta has been lacking for a lot of years. Jason Kenney…..a rather bland fellow stained by a lacklustre record serving under Harper as an MP at the federal level where he talked up social issues instead of what really matters to Canadians – their pocket book is now your choice. We hold our nose and vote for him of course. You wouldn’t think for a moment during this critical time of burgeoning socialism to spoil your vote via voting for a fringe party, I know. We hope that he actually gets it. We hope that he understands that Albertans have industrial resolve at their core believing that a merit based capital system is foundational for the actualization of career dreams.
We hope that he understands that Alberta and Canada cannot alone solve the world’s environmental concerns. We hope that he keeps his mind out of the bedrooms of taxpayers. We hope that he materially aims to cut public expenditures including pensions to civil servants so that taxes can be reduced. We hope that he invigorates the legal system so that law enforcement can feel empowered rather than stifled. We hope that he leaves the abortion debate alone. We hope that he repeals intrusive regulatory burdens such as the “carbon tax” for small business. We hope that he rightfully imposes penalties to corporations behaving environmentally irresponsibly. We hope that he applies common sense to decisions affecting us all. We hope that he communicates interests of Albertans effectively with federal law makers. We hope that he is honest and immune from lobbying efforts of special interest groups. We hope that he understands that Confederation requires the cooperation of provinces for the good of economic development. Finally, we hope that he understand the level of exasperation felt by taxpayers constrained financially while witnessing their governments blow away money as if it were confetti.
Forty years ago in Kamloops, B.C. as a teenager when at home
listening to Loverboy’s self titled album with my aunt and mother on what can
now be described as a vintage cabinet record player enraptured by songs titled “The
Kid is Hot Tonight” and “Turn Me Loose” in no way could I have imagined that
last night I’d be back stage of a concert in Calgary shaking hands with the
lead singer Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean.
As if intended through some unknown protagonist, upon taking
up guitar and piano there’s been opportunity to circulate in music circles and attend
performances which have proved to be sources of inspiration and everywhere I
turn I discover fellow amateur guitar players where we share about the
Don’t be shy if you’re a single male in the crowd with a
backstage pass encircling your wrist. Work it with the ladies preferably in a
fashion that at least gets you a date. You see Tom Cochrane was actually the
closing act and he apparently offered leverage power to backstage pass holder.
The question I had for Mike Reno last night was, “have you
ever had voice training”? His answer was “no”. He still carries the high pitch
exemplary of his singing. It’s not falsetto but just a high range he’s
obviously carried throughout his career.
It was thanks to a client with connections that made this
night out extra special. It was also fun to wear a neck badge with photo of the
band purchased for me by my client’s wife from the souvenir stand. In response
to perplexed inquiries I represented the keepsake as my “premium backstage pass”
much to their astonishment and my silent guffaw.
Ski day at Nakiska and first foray into vlogging March 14, 2019. Busted out with a day off work after the schedule cleared. I’ve had a season pass here for the past five years. Definitely good value if you catch the early bird discount. It’s really the quickest trip from Calgary and need not occupy the full day.
Those learning to ski need an easy going comfortable setting with appropriate terrain. Nakiska fits the bill.
There’s never a snow issue here because of the well developed snow making infrastructure. The snow park is well equipped with ramps, jumps and rails. Downhill skiing not your thing? Just jump on a tube or snap into X country gear and tour the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country.
Does the human mind have limitations when confronted with
multiple variables presented during short time windows requiring a life and
death decision? I took a course in third year university called “Human
Performance” and in the course we pondered the question of “reaction time”. It
was postulated by our professor that when a football team was confronted with a
“third and one” (American rules) scenario that the offensive team should be
guaranteed a first down because of their advantage of snap count cognition.
However; any fan of the game has witnessed the defence putting on the stop.
After all, a quarter back sneak requires execution after the snap.
Airplanes now have all this automation which is predicated
on electronic data flow. In fact, some of the data flow is initiated from
conditions exterior to the fuselage. Ice pellets, rain, snow, wind, lightning
and thunder are all conditions which airplanes may encounter and hence require
the pilot whether automated or not to interpolate. But wait…shouldn’t these
automated systems adjust for the conditions? Hasn’t every imaginable metric
been created to account for weather events which have now been deployed within
electrical circuit boards and decision switches? Has it not been established that auto pilots
can now drive the plane from just after take-off to just before landing? Does a
pilot dare interfere with the scientific deployment of automation when his /
her instinct has been aroused? Has the human mind been compromised through
excessive deployment of automation in an environment which carries living souls
through the air in a cargo machine?
Your Attorney General of Canada claims that your Prime
Minister placed undue influence on her with respect to a prosecutorial decision
in lieu of criminal evidence. In my mind this amounts to “obstruction of
justice” subject to the penal code. It’s apparent that Justin Trudeau was
motivated politically to save an engineering firm, namely SNC Lavalin, from
consequences arising from their apparent conduct. The firm is based in Quebec.
Trudeau is a Quebecer. It’s postulated that pensions would be saved by
interfering with the prosecution of the firm and somehow that would philanthropically
justify such immunity. I suppose Canadians are now expected by our Prime
Minister to rationalize the penal code depending on circumstances of a person,
or a company? This in my opinion makes our country’s leader unfit to lead. Now
that he has cast away Jody Wilson-Raybould from her post as Attorney General in
lieu of her steadfast integrity, the next incumbent will be faced with an
office stained of its independence. Canadians are asking whether our justice
system is now not only pitiful in its timely and cost effective execution but
also lacking in credibility. If our Prime Minister is not ousted from office in
the short term, I will be asking whether Canada is any better than corrupt
a municipal forum last week which dealt with the possible replacement of the
Calgary Saddledome for the whiny Calgary Flames organization. Let me take that
back…they’ve been better behaved lately having come to grips with the
economic landscape in this city in lieu of the oil price drop and the
difficulty in transporting the resource due to political obfuscation.
consider the impact of failing to fund “correctional facilities” in which tax
payer money should be rightly allocated. Last month, Adam Capay walked free
from murder prosecution because Canada’s correctional system was either ill
equipped to manage his incarceration humanely or lacked the necessary will to do so. As a result of his
rights being breached under the Canada’s Charter, he has been immunized from
prosecution of murder. Imagine that? In a world where cars can now drive
themselves and governments throw funding at “artificial intelligence”, our
country has lacked the resources to keep this man, Adam Capay, housed within a
humane environment. Consequently, the family of Mr. Capay’s murder victim
wonders about a system of justice whereby lawyers grow wealthy through
exorbitant fees, and justice fails after years spent haggling in a legal
It doesn’t matter the government. Navel gazing politicians more interested in pet projects oriented around ego as opposed to execution of administrative policy drop the ball on matters relevant to the public purse whether it was Mr. Harper’s obsession with Mike Duffy’s suspected abuse of public perks who was ultimately exonerated, or the endless apologies by Justin Trudeau to groups offended in decades past, or photo ops of white men in turbans….politicians are failing to do the job such as humanely incarcerating criminals and administering a system of justice which is fair, expedient and cost efficient.