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The State’s Human Road Kill Project

Driving on government owned and operated roads is a dangerous business.  More than 2,000 Canadians are killed every year while simply travelling from point A to point B.  More than 400 people are killed every year in Alberta alone.  Of those, an average of ten people die on Alberta’s Highway 63, the sole two-lane highway […]

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The Smart Grid as the Slave Grid

We have all heard the hype about the “smart grid” and it goes something like this:  North Americans are using too much energy.  Consequently, the energy grid is under great stress and may fail.  Our only hope is for the grid to become “smart” because if it remains dumb then we will be left in […]

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Central Planners and Pagodas

Not long ago I attended an interesting presentation by an engineer who had the job of promoting the use of wood in the construction of commercial and industrial buildings.  Traditionally, wood has not been used to a great extent outside of residential home construction.  The primary purpose of the presentation was to demonstrate that wood […]

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Salt Crimes

Just as the winds of socialism blew-in from our southern border in the early 20th century [1], the War on Salt (WOS) is about to do the same.  You may not know that in 2010 the New York government went full-bore on the WOS by introducing a bill that promises to fine chefs hundreds of […]

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Solar Energy: Going for Broke

Every environmentalist drools over it, every physicist and engineer breaks into a dreamy sweat when they think about it, and every politician has fallen completely head-over-heels in love with it:  solar photo-voltaic (PV) energy.  What on earth could be more “sustainable” or “socially responsible” than converting sunlight directly into the energy needed to power our […]

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The Keynesian Propensity to Spend

We have all heard the claim that government spending can “kick-start” the economy when it falters. For example, governments all over the world introduced a steady stream of stimulus packages that were intended to compensate for the effects of the 2008 recession. In trying to understand the logic for such economic machinations, we can look […]

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