Hong Kong Demands 民主—Democracy

STORMTROOPERS  (Bloomberg Photo)

UPDATE 15 SEPTEMBER: Political turmoil engulfing this global financial center showed no signs of abating as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched Sunday in defiance of a police ban, with many venting their anger at Beijing just two weeks before China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic.

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Xi Strikes Back

On Friday 23 August Xi hit back. China announced retaliatory tariffs on the US threat to impose 30% import fees on goods Made in China. ‘

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Even before Trump signed into law the legislation giving overt support to protests in Hong Kong yesterday, it had become clear that China was “Out of Ammo”. The most feared retaliation, that Beijing would sell its holdings of US Treasuries sending the dollar spinning, has been proven a fallacy. China sold 25% of its US reserves in 2019 without appreciable disruptions in the US economy. The halt of buying soy beans from US farmers has hurt. However, farming safeguards already in place appear to be holding. Finally, the threat to halt export of the so-called rare earth minerals is something Australia has already bested by going shopping somewhere else—Canadian miners take note.

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Trump Nails China

In a masterful strike, Trump took ‘The Art of the Deal’ international. Unable to regulate international corporations, he did the next best thing.

TRUMP: THE ART OF A DEAL WITH XI. Photographer: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP Getty Images

Tariffs and free trade agreements are Trump’s way of projecting the power of government over corporations that are American in name, but operate internationally to avoid US taxes. To close the loophole Trump will slap tariffs on goods designed in the USA, but made in China. As a sidebar he gets leverage over his #1 rival, China’s president Xi.

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Not Any One Province or Pipeline, All Canadians Should Put the Interests of the Oil Industry First

In an open letter in over 30 Canadian Newspapers today, an oil industry PR executive argues for privileging 20th century solutions

Suncor Energy oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, 13 June 2017 (Photo: Larry MacDougal/AP)

Oil from Alberta’s Tar Sands will be worth as much as the sands that hold it, making it difficult to get the oil to market at a competitive price. That day is not far in the offing. Rather than increase pipe-line capacity, lets focus on dropping demand. How many electric cars do we need to get on the road to match the throughput of a pipeline reaching the Burrard Inlet, the home of more than 1 million Canadians? Damian Newman, president of an oil industry public relations firm, fails to factor this calculus in his open letter to all Canadians.

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My 2-cents on Climate Change, ‘Smart’ Cities and Global Warming

Show Me the Money (‘stupid’)

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US PENNY (1943)

It’s a Bizarro World… It is the third week in May and it’s raining in Santa Barbara—VERY Vancouver. The day before at the Mount Shasta Tesla Superchargers I met a Tesla owner reporting he’s paying 1.8 cents per mile in fuel costs. The one-cent coin is no longer legal tender in Canada, where distance is measured in kilometres and volume in litres… But the penny still dropped for this Canadian—driving a gas car in California costs 10¢ a mile. Driving a Tesla costs 5-times less than that!

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Trump Shutdown

Trump is Cleaning up Washington. General ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis resigned as Secretary of Defence over the US troops withdrawal from Syria just as Congress rejected a $5 Billion price tag for the ‘Mexican Wall.’ 


Of course, this is not the popular view out there. Most certainly not in the right-left media divide recycling entrenched patterns of thinking. 

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Lewis Mumford’s review of Jane Jacobs ‘The Death and Life of the Great American Cities’

Just in time for Christmas 1962 the New Yorker magazine published a review of Jane Jacobs epoch making book by the the renown humanist and planner Lewis Mumford.

JACOBS & MUMFORD (LNV Webbimage, 2018)

Do towers make or break neighbourhoods? Must we chose between either building ‘hyper’ density, or making ‘good’ places? Can only ‘big’ cities be ‘great’ cities? Will Capitalism trump the issue of human scale, or do we possess the strength to resist the its siren call? On 1 December 1962 these issues played across the cover and pages of the Christmas edition of the hip, the savvy, the culturally inured New Yorker magazine. Famed New Yorker columnist and liberal arts critic Lewis Mumford took up his pen to review—and criticize—the epoch making little yellow book by architecture journalist and Greenwich Village activist Jane Jacobs: The Death and Life of the Great American Cities. How was Jacobs’s manifesto, bound in a small yellow jacket, received by the establishment media and the establishment planning profession? Fifty-six years later we take another look.

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The Commodification of the Modern Corporate Woman in the Vancovuerism

The image of Isis has always functioned in Western Culture as the vehicle for laying our collective and subliminal undercurrents bare for all to see.

Rumoured Apple Corporation’s new headquarters in Vancouver BC have come complete with the image of the work space reproduced above and analyzed below.

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A Short History of Modern Tram

Co-authored with D. Malcolm Johnston



The same movement that saw the end of tram service in Vancouver and the rest of North America was active in Europe in the middle of the last century. Parties were held in towns all over France to celebrate the ‘End of Tram’. In Bordeaux in 1958 the mayor of the day, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, rode the last trip next to the driver in a tram draped in the tricoleur. In Strasbourg a bonfire was lit to burn the last wooden cars before the rails were covered over with asphalt. Having ridden the Heritage Railway here in Vancouver I can attest that the ride on wooden trams rolling on railroad trucks is bumpy. In the middle of the twentieth century perhaps progress was asserting its toll.

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Understanding PostModernism

Jordan Peterson exposes the stuff coming out of our universities for over 40 years as antithetical to classical liberalism

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Peterson, a Canadian professor from Toronto, steps up to the plate and hits one over the wall in a manner inspiring not just for the Blue Jays dugout, or Canadians citizens in general, but for the western world as a whole. If you are unable to open the link, my notes from the video are offered below.

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