Things Are Good: Use a Bot to Make Ethical Investments

money A new company, OpenInvest, wants you to use its bots to make your monetary life more ethical. A very popular way to invest in the market is to use index funds, which are a smorgasbord of stocks which will hopefully rise with the stock market as a whole. Most people don’t control what’s in ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The new Canadian $10 Bill

Canada is finally putting a woman on the front of a bank note (other than the Queen, of course). The first will be Viola Desmond, who will replace Sir John A. MacDonald. Extraordinary bravery of Viola Desmond who will now appear on Canada's $10 bill. Via Heritage Minutes. https://t.co/GF4gyCWj8W #MakeItRight — Chris Fisher (@FisherSpeaks) December ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Sorry, but You’ve Been Duped into Denial

In the U.S., about 70% believe climate change is real, 35% believe it’s caused by humans, and 16% are worried about it. The 30-minute film, “The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers’ War on Climate Science” explains how you’ve been tricked into false belief. It features Michael Mann, who was also in recent films makes ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Took Money From Who?

Who has the Saskatchewan Party accepted donations from? The UofR, City of Regina, Regina Public Library, etc. Most of the cash came from oil companies such as Crescent Point, Cenovus, Encana and PennWest, though the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, the Canadian Western Bank and construction company PCL also contributed. …The NDP last year campaigned on getting big ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Abolishing Satan Should Be Easy.

Of course, there might be other factors at play.   Filed under: Religion Tagged: Christianity, god, Money, Satan, The DWR Sunday Religious Diservice

Things Are Good: What Will We Think of the Banks in Years to Come?

IN this TED talk, Michael Metcalfe wonders how will we look back on banks in the future. Will we think of the banks as an unethical industry that contributed greatly to climate change or as a tool that can be used to help the environment. Will we do whatever it takes to fight climate change? ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Fine Bigger Than Most Crimes – #PanamaPapers

Canada’s rich and powerful do not fear the media, and they do not have their names in the newspapers (some owned by foreign investment funds) when fined more than a million dollars for a crime much larger than that. FINTRAC won't name bank fined $1.1 million for suspicious transactions?! We are still a banana republic. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wealthy Implicated in #PanamaPapers will not #FeelTheBern

‪What is #‎PanamaPapers? Over 2TB of leaked bank communications exposing shell companies and tax avoidance and money laundering by HSBC, UBS, and others. CBC and Toronto Star have the names of the Canadians, but will not be releasing them since they’d face libel suits for doing so without other supporting evidence (and probably even then ...

A Puff of Absurdity: The Panama Papers

From Woodward and Bernstein to Edward Snowden, breaking stories from the 5th Estate are always exciting. This one is the biggest story yet to blow open millions of files linking dirty money to high-powered officials. After a leak of over 11 million documents compiled from the 1970s to today, and offered up to the Munich ...

A Puff of Absurdity: The Panama Papers

From Woodward and Bernstein to Edward Snowden, breaking stories from the 5th Estate are always exciting. This one is the biggest story yet to blow open millions of files linking dirty money to high-powered officials. After a leak of over 11 million documents compiled from the 1970s to today, and offered up to the Munich ...

Things Are Good: Ontario to Test Basic Income

Basic income is the idea that people will have enough money to live (food and shelter) regardless of their employment status. Manitoba tried this decades ago and it worked, but was cancelled for political reasons. A basic income is needed now more than ever since robots are going to take all the jobs. Plus, inequality ...

Things Are Good: A Way to Think About Digital Currency Replacing Cash

Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and other digital currencies are shaking up how the internet thinks about money. In turn, this has forced countries and large institutions to rethink how money works and who claims to have control over it. Perhaps it’s time for the decentralized blockchain-systems to replaced by a robot-controlled centrally-backed system. Or, at the very ...

Things Are Good: It’s Not Environment Versus Economic Prosperity

Amazingly, there are people who think that environmental protection will cause economic calamity (bankers seem to be good at causing economic collapse all on their own). This old way of thinking still impacts policy and other decisions made around the world. In order to put this archaic notion away, the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation’s ...

Things Are Good: Increase Your Happiness by Prioritizing Time Over Money

Modern capitalism as informed us that greed is good and we should only work for money. However, if your goal is to live life then working might not be the best use of your time. If you’re looking to be happy in your life then you should definitely value your time over how much money ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Truth is Like Poetry

… and people fucking hate poetry. It’s a line from the excellent film The Big Short, which is brought to us by Adam McKay, the director known for goofball comedies like Anchorman and Step-Brothers. But it’s nothing like that. At all. It’s listed on IMDB as “Biography, Drama,” but it has its funny moments. It’s ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Those Statues Again

There are dueling petitions out to continue (which curiously disappeared) and stop statues of all 22 prime ministers being planted on the grounds of Wilfrid Laurier University, my old school that I loved all to bits. I wrote about this statue project on its inception two years ago. The statues were originally to be set ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Going Off-Grid

Off-grid, self-reliant living is a rapidly growing phenomenon and popular movement – so popular that there is now a cable TV show devoted to it, called something like, Off-Grid House Hunters, on HGTV. It only makes sense. Cut your expenses and improve your quality of life, while lowering stress and saving the planet? Of course! ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: CNN lies, distorts, while its own polls tell the truth: Bernie won the debate

CNN’s own polls show Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential debate last night, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, hands down. When CNN polled, and asked “Who won the debate?” 83% of people said Bernie Sanders. 83%. Yet, CNN headlines are splashing the big, bold message, Hillary wins debate by landslide. Can the media be any more ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Shared Knowledge Conference – Regina

These videos are from the second day of the Shared Knowledge Conference at the Core Ritchie Centre, the second weekend of June. Jim Elliott with many interesting (and terrifying) facts about Regina’s watershed system. We are on the Plaza @MarketRegina today. Find us beside @TrogiFoods #honey #salsa pic.twitter.com/wGd2bYiBVB — Zee-Bee Honey® (@_zeebeehoney_) June 24, 2015 ...

Things Are Good: It’s Time to Rethink Capitalism

Capitalism favours the wealthy and what we have seen this entire millennium is that this is more true than ever. Inequality is on the rise pretty much everywhere, and this is a problem. In this TED Talk, Paul Tudor Jones II, examines the current problematic state of capitalism and how we can rethink it. Paul ...

Things Are Good: We Need to Hold Banks Accountable (again)

The financial sector is like a hydra and we need to get it under control. The bad news is that bankers have been able to get away with some unethical practices for the last decade or so. The good news is that finally American politicians are taking notice of this and are talking about what ...

A Puff of Absurdity: If I May But Touch His Garment

I went to see Chris Hedges speak last night.  His words brought forth a mix of devastation and elation, with some in the congregation compelled to applaud after every few sentences.  He’s a brilliant storyteller, and I could have listened to him all night.  It went far too quickly. I had a chance to speak ...

Things Are Good: Young Investors Care More About Using Money for Good

It turns out that people born after 1980 care more about investing in companies that make the world better than investing in companies that don’t. Traditionally investors were told to only care about one thing: profit. Younger investors have seen that way of thinking not work out given the ongoing lame economic performance of that ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Premier Wall Takes Potshot at First Nations Leaders’ Pay #skpoli

.@TDellerCBC I'd have to agree with the FSIN leader that @PremierBradWall took a pot shot at leaders' pay, rather than offering to help. — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) March 4, 2015 The Premier said: “It underscores the need for leadership at the local level, including — and let’s be clear — including on the part of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: And Now, For the TFSA Switch!

Following up my blog post of 4 years ago about Harper’s tax break for the wealthy are stories on CBC and elsewhere regarding the TFSA folly. The increase benefits only ~39% of Canadians who’ve managed to open such a savings account. “Harper pledges to double tax-free savings limits – but not till deficit is beat” ...