Vancouver to Calfornia …in a Tesla

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SUPER CHARGING AT A TESLA DEALERSHIP NEAR GRANTS PASS, OREGON

What about this: drive my car to California, electric ‘super’ charging TOTALLY free… That was the proposition I accepted from a very good friend when my family was planning one of our favorite spring getaways: Vancouver to Carlsbad Beach, California in a two-day drive.

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TRUMPs Gambit: Trade Fascism for Communism

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Beach Front Towers for North Korea? Trading Hotels and Tourists for Nuclear Missiles? After rattling sabres with the G7, President Donald Trump played the ‘modern development’ card to Kim Jung-un. Apparently, he also played a video. The real question is whether China will buy in or not

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Trudeau’s Pipe Dream

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NERO IS FIDDLING WHILE VANCOUVER BURNS

The Federal Government’s announcement 29 May 2018 that it would buy the Edmonton-to-Vancouver Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion met with loud opposition from a broad segment of the Canadian public. Most don’t believe this is in ‘Canada’s best interest’. We suspect it is in the ‘Federal Liberal Party’s’ best interest.

The real issues on the west coast the Prime Minister appears not to understand. Since the 2010 Olympics house prices have more than tripled around here (3x) while wages have barely kept up with the rate of (low) inflation. 

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UBCM 2017: Housing Crisis What Crisis?

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The so-called ‘Vancouver Housing Crisis’ receives gasping responses from local and provincial politicians at Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference. Yet amid the Oohs and Aahs only one thing rang clear—the message is not getting through. Politicians in attendance did not grasp how they must stop runaway housing prices the actions of previous legislatures triggered more than 30 years ago.

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The Birth of Venus and the Allegory of Spring by Sandro Botticelli

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BOTTICELLI’S VENUS AND PRIMAVERA JOINED AS A DIPTYCH

Against the grain of art criticism, the only way to look at Botticelli’s enormous paintings from the mid to late 15th century is as a matched pair: A diptych.

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Globalization Is Great Stuff… But Needs Improvement

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JACK MA, FOUNDER ALIBABA GROUP

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With a nuclear crisis brimming on the Korean Peninsula perhaps an outside perspective on the West from China’s biggest millionaire can bring fresh insights. When the second WTO was convened, according to Ma, everyone worried that international companies were coming to take away all their stuff. As a result of globalization US companies, and others, made billions. Globalization is Great. But it needs to be improved and made more inclusive.

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Fireworks on the 4th of July

Ahead of the G20 Summit China ups the ante with surrogate Kim Jong Un firing an ICBM on U.S. Independence Day.

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KIM JONG UN ON 4 JULY 2017

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Update 3 September 2017—North Korea detonated a thermo-nuclear device in a weapon test on Sunday before Labor Day. A second seismic shock that followed the detonation said Lassina Zerbo of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization is believed to be a geological  tremor caused by the blast. The test came as Russian President Putin was in China meeting with other leaders of the BRICS economic bloc.

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