Corporate piracy

“A government’s view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”– Ronald Reagan, 40th US President, Republican On Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 the captains of America’s oil industry stepped foot in US congress… Continue reading Corporate piracy

The new cold war

“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography”– Ambrose Bierce The audience was a who’s who of Calgary’s social elite, from oil baron to politician, the conversation topical and bearing the stamp of influence. I was a little out of place. This was the backdrop to a one hour invitation for a speech by the… Continue reading The new cold war

Sinking into the casino abyss

Entering the front doors of a casino in Calgary is a rare experience reserved for moments of boredom and feelings of risk. The lingering smoke, dreary faces, a dismal atmosphere underscored by an apparent quiet desperation. After completing three trips to Las Vegas last year, I incorrectly assumed my impression of gambling was accurate. Nothing… Continue reading Sinking into the casino abyss