Promoting World Peace ⊣ "Capitalism 2.0" | I’m No Expert Isn't it time we all got along? Promoting World Peace, Capitalism 2.0, Social Enterprise, co-operation, optimism, forgiveness and an eye to our collective future Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:47:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 44309077 The Next System – A Road To Peace Sun, 01 Jan 2017 15:43:27 +0000 Recently, The Next System Project,, held an international essay writing contest, asking individuals to suggest what we believe “The Next System” should be. Our ideas to help create the kind of society—and world—we’d like now and for future generations.

Here at I’m No Expert, defining our future is exactly what we are attempting to do.  One where profits are no longer the first priority, but where Peace and individual “Social Missions” are (with profit coming in third).

Here are some highlights of what I submitted, with the full pdf version attached below:

The Next System – A Road To Peace

Roger Ley,

In 1962, John F. Kennedy made a statement that gave America a mission: To go to the moon within a decade. When America was challenged to go to the moon, Americans aligned themselves. Industry leaders, politicians, the public and the bankers rallied together behind a goal, and in 1969 the world saw that anything is possible when we focus and work together. The Next System is our next mission, but this mission is a global one.

As we enter 2017, climate change, deforestation, dying oceans, accumulating waste, decaying infrastructures, massive wealth accumulation, poverty and illiteracy provide challenges like we have never faced. Yet, we are finally equipped with the knowledge, the communications technology, the wealth, and the frameworks to not only deal with the issues of our world, but to truly evolve to a new epoch; one where all humans and our environment are treated with respect; an economy which accounts for more than just profits; and a planet that can be a safe and protected habitat for generations to come.

“The Next System” isn’t an essay, a product or a policy, an idea, a sales pitch and a mission for where we need to go next. It is a clearly defined challenge to make us rally together to do what is possible if we all work together.

Culturally, nationally, personally, we all have our separate goals. As a planet–as a species–we share a common goal of survival. We know we can not continue on the path we are on. We know change is needed. But we are a flock without a shepherd, we are disorganized, distracted, and dissatisfied. We are in disarray.

As we approach 2017, we have all the things we need to create a world that works for everyone. Now all we need is the incentive. The faith. The mission.

The Next System will be a social evolution towards a global world that truly treats all humans and life on our finite planet with respect. It will foretell a future that is accessible to all people, based on existing ideas and existing technologies, developed over decades, which are ready to go now.

Kevin Bacon is not 6 degrees away; he is a Tweet away.

At, the Next System Project is described as “… an ambitious multi-year initiative aimed at thinking boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades.” This, with respect, isn’t good enough. The United States is not the world, and its problems are not unique. Solutions aimed at helping primarily America are, in fact, just a new version of Today’s System.

When discussing the Next System, we can not help one nation without helping the others.

Unless the Next System works for everyone, we aren’t there yet.


The 10 Guiding Principals of the Next System must be as follows:

  1. The Next System must be global.
    It must help everyone, everywhere. To help a certain class, religion, ethnicity, or nationality above others is Today’s System. The Next System mustn’t pollute one river to keep another clean, end poverty in one location only by creating it in another, or see the environment as Yours, Mine or Theirs. We are all in this together. We share this finite planet, and we must equally share the responsibility, and the opportunities, that will move us forward.
  2. The Next System must deal with global poverty.
    It must set a goal of providing sustainable shelter, medicine, clothing, food, clean water, and dignity to everyone on earth. The Next System must begin at the bottom, and recognize that those at the Top are doing just fine, as they always have been.
  3. The Next System must create maximum impact with minimal change.
    The Next System must be an evolution of today, not a revolution, and must expect to evolve further as the years go by. Our minds and our Market are designed to resist change, so changes must be minimal, while effecting as much as needed.
  4. The Next System must be accessible by anyone.
    It is not just for the middle class, or the educated, or the technically connected. Anyone wishing to get involved must be given a place at the table and an area to influence, in order to become viral.
  5. The Next System must not dictate solutions, but facilitate them.
    It can never preach, or declare to know what is “good” for everyone. Nor should it discount the effort of systems that came before it. The Next System could not be, if it was not for what has been.
  6. The Next System must not punish non-believers, but must protect itself from subjugation.
    There are those for whom Today’s System works perfectly well, and may resist, perhaps actively, any changes the Next System may require. The Next System may identify these people, but should not punish them, as per Principal #5, but nor should it allow these people to derail its efforts.
  7. The Next System must not take from those who have, or punish those who have not.
    It must accept, rightfully or not, that those who have everything and those who have nothing both played a part in previous systems. It must learn from the past, but must concentrate on looking forward.
  8. The Next System must accept that everything has happened for a reason.
    Everything that has happened brought us to today, and it is now time to focus on building tomorrow together. Dualism, or “Us vs. Them”, is Today’s System.
  9. The Next System must use what we have today, not what we wish we had.
    It must examine our existing structures, knowledge and frameworks without prejudice. It must “upcycle” our systems, in new, creative ways rather than attempt to replace what simply needs to be reorganized, as per Principal #3.
  10. The Next System must recognize we have what we need to create a better world.
    It must recognize that finally we can create a world where humans aren’t killed in wars, or from a lack of food, or exposure, or extortion. We now know enough to live in balance with nature, consuming less while producing more. It decrees that we no longer need to pillage the planet for resources to create plenty for some, and poverty for others.

In a word, the Next System is a vision of World Peace.

In the 60’s, there was a growing movement for Peace, which we now know was deliberately derailed by moneyed interests who believed there was more profit in the status quo than in change. World Peace became an inaccessible utopia; a lofty ideal relegated to hippies and pacifists. Today, in modern culture, one can hardly mention World Peace without seeing eyes roll.

As we approach 2017, I believe it is time to re-introduce this dream. This is not the 60’s, this is an advanced age of global communication and awareness, and a time where peace can encapsulate the solutions to all the problems we currently face.

This is where the marketing experts can help. If the term “World Peace” causes eye-rolling and disbelief it must be re-worked, re-imagined and re-branded, just as Bell-Bottom pants were in the 90’s.

Like America’s pledge to land on the moon within a decade, “World Peace 2.0”, or however it is branded is our new goal – a grand, audacious goal which addresses all our modern day struggles: Climate change, global inequity, weapons of mass destruction, war, poverty, racism, and terrorism. True world peace – a world where no human dies for the advantage of another – is not a dream, but a mission that anyone who recognizes the connectedness of our finite planet can get behind.

Read the full essay here:

Download The Next System - A Road To Peace, by Roger Ley,


What exactly IS Capitalism 2.0? Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:26:13 +0000 Put simply, Capitalism 2.0 is an evolution (not a revolution) of today’s system – which I consider “version 1″.

Capitalism 1.0 prioritizes profits/income/economy above everything else, whereas Capitalism 2.0 prioritizes Peace above everything else. Profit comes third.

Capitalism 2.0 isn’t THE solution, that is, it won’t create Utopia, but is an INTERIM stepping-stone, bridging today’s system to the future utopian one. “The” solution would be a truly equal, global system, which, as I know you’ll agree, could never be based on Capitalism at all. Utopia would be an economic system that doesn’t require national borders, fear, scarcity, “trickle-down theories,” classes or even “races.” fearSuch a system would be far too different for most of our society (and likely ALL of our “leaders”) to even comprehend, let alone implement.

Today, people fear changeour current system is designed to ensure that. We aren’t ready for Utopia… at least not yet.

(Well, more correctly, today’s system has shown it will literally kill to maintain it’s power structures, thus rendering our efforts for drastic change futile. I actually think most people are ready (and desperate!) for change, but as election after election and referendum after referendum show, the Establishment’s control over the narrative (through their mainstream media, education system, corporate rights, “Investor-State Dispute Settlements” and more) is proving too powerful to allow drastic change through consensus. We vote for change, yet elect “leaders” who then refuse to allow it.)

So for now, I argue, we need an interim “bridge” between today’s system and “Utopia”. We need something that requires minimum change from today’s world so that the majority of people can comprehend, build and implement it . This interim system is what I call “Capitalism 2.0”. An Evolution of Today.

Capitalism 2.0 is not that different from what we have today. For now.

Capitalism 2.0 must work WITHIN today’s system to be effective. It must be driven from the bottom-up so that the top-down corruption has no power to stop it through bribes and intimidation. It must be built by people who, today, agree with this: “Love Capitalism? Check Out These Business Opportunities”. It must be led by today’s Social Innovators, Social Entrepreneurs, and any uncorrupted celebrity that can carry our flag of (minimal) change to the masses.

So… what is Capitalism 2.0?

Put simply, whereas today’s “Capitalism 1.0” requires businesses to focus on profits/income/economy above everything else, Capitalism 2.0 corporations and enterprises prioritize like this:

First Priority: World Peace

World Peace is an idea we can all get behind, provided the definition is practical: Stopping the need to manufacture weapons that kill more than 1 person per trigger pull (the NRA will have to be happy with single-shot guns and rifles).  We focus on ‘killing’ the demand for assault weapons, bombs and missiles, which starts, I believe, with killing the private profits of war & weaponry. Peace isn’t about ending conflict, it’s about ending deliberate massacres of humans and animals for the benefit of a few wealthy individuals. Further clarification of this definition is out of context for this article, so please just accept that Peace is about stopping War, NOT about naively trying to make everyone “get along”. Every new enterprise must prioritize Peace above everything else in their mandate, without fail. Divesting from weapons manufacturers is a great first step. “Leaders” who don’t support this idea will immediately be identifying themselves as part of the problem.

Second Priority: YOUR “Social Mission”

Focus next on whatever YOU (or your enterprise) believe makes the world “a better place”. Some people will focus on their home lives, others their community, others may start a Social Enterprise, while others will focus on bringing down the Cabal that profit from today’s conflicts and status quo. This is a personal “mission” that brings meaning to your life, and may or may not be your occupation. Ideally, your social mission would also support your family, but in today’s world, that’s not always possible. (This website has yet to earn me a penny, by the way. *sigh*)

Third Priority: Profit

Yes, Profit (or Personal Income, dividends, Investments, etc.) remains a priority, just not the first one. Let’s admit that today money is an excellent motivator to get people to do what they otherwise wouldn’t do… So for now money has to remain a priority. Again, minimum change for maximum effect.  Nobody wants to spend their days working, but we still need to feed ourselves during the transition, don’t we?

Beyond that, Capitalism 2.0 is not that different from what we have today.  Remember – this is a stepping stone.

What about existing businesses?

We can’t demand that existing businesses adopt this system, nor can we write laws to enforce it. The “powers that be” won’t allow it. This new system will be built from the bottom-up, it will be built by choice, by those willing to make that choice, and we must help each other out.  As Jesus said, “There will always be assholes”, and assholes at the top will continue to cling to their Capitalism 1.0 ideals… until we crowd them out. They will either choose to get on board (and recognize the economic benefits of doing so), or they will be left behind, by us – their customers.  

Remember, the business need their customers more than their customers need the business.

As Capitalism 2.0 takes over, that is, as more and more businesses, start-ups, and enterprises adopt this new approach to business, the minority of people who prefer today’s system exactly as it is, will stand out. They will be against us, and while they will have wealth on their side, they will no longer have influence. The majority will finally unite against this minority of dinosaurs who profit from today’s inequity, fear and conflict, and bring them to justice. The “top” will topple, or they will evolve and join in – as some already have.

The Evolution has already begun!

Now, while we’re introducing Capitalism 2.0 here, the shift has already begun. The Social Enterprise movement, existing successful co-operatives, and the merger of capitalist efficiencies with socialist values are already on the rise in many countries. Canada’s “Community Contribution Corporations ” (3Cs), the UK’s “Community interest companies” (CICs), and the USAs “Low-profit limited liability company” (L3Cs) are all new “blended” corporate models with tax advantages for corporations with “Triple Bottom Lines“.

The evolution has already begun. Now it’s time to encourage your employer, friends and family to join in. We are all in this together.

Once the profit-first dinosaurs have been crowded out by the Capitalist 2.0’ers, we will then be able to prepare people for the REAL end game: a system not based on money, but on real, finite, global resources, shared equally for all…. But that’s for another day.

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Progress, Profitability and a Pandemic of Poppycock Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:09:04 +0000 A number of years ago I started a website subtly named, “The Dummification of Mankind”. The premise was to vent a few thoughts about human progress versus the blatant and on-going celebration of stupidity in today’s world – especially in the media and the stock markets. I’m sorry to say that while the blog didn’t last, it’s clear the celebration is still going strong.

As per our Manifesto, I’m not here to talk about “stupid” people, I’m here to talk about the growing market for stupid people.

On the former, I have and will do and say, things that other people might consider fairly stupid, so who am I to judge the stupidity of others? Besides, who has the time?? I have iTunes libraries to organize!

On the latter, however, lets talk again about profit.

Must profitability come before progress?

Reflecting on the world’s issues for a moment, consider my continued argument, that we have all created a world that prioritizes profit above everything else. The economy and jobs come first in most “civilized” nations these days and even our “politicians” answer to the banks. Profit rules, so we really shouldn’t be surprised by the state of things.

From self-help to yoga, heroin to viagra, education to incarceration, the path of a product, system, or trademark from conception to where it is today, was directed, primarily, on profitability. (My, what, a, lot, of, commas,.)

We needed profit (money) to get to where we are today (and we’re jolly lucky to live in the time that we do and have what we have!) My generation is especially lucky–white people most of all.

In spite of some horrific mistakes (many of them on-going) I am well aware that without capitalism we wouldn’t be where we are today – for better and for worse. Again, this site isn’t anti-money or anti-capitalism, or anti-anything, really.

A wealthy minority control an awesome majority

Now, taken without judgement and looking with a very wide-angle, rose-coloured lens, the state of the world today is based on the vast majority of people doing awesome things with awesome people. It’s only a handful of people who use their power/wealth/connections to unfairly exploit the awesome majority in order to maximize profits and minimize change. Why minimize change? For these people, the world is working perfectly fine, thank you very much. Why would these dinosaurs want change?? envision a team of Budweiser draft horses desperately trying to pull their wagon at break-neck speed but are instead left straining, veiny and sweaty, against reins held so tightly that they are left crawling down the road at a snail’s pace, huffing and snorting. The horses are progress, the drivers are the dinosaurs, and all around them are the capitalists, figuring out ways to maximize profits on outdated ideas before investing in the latest innovations. (I need someone to draw that for me…)

BE765B00-E2E3-4C02-843A-E1553B910A0CChangeProgress wants to charge ahead at full speed. History, as it’s been written, shows that rapid change leads to chaos. From a humanist perspective, rapid change led to cultural, spiritual, and, of course, economic revolutions. Understandably, the powers-that-be didn’t like them one damn bit. The majority, in these cases, gains a few basic human rights and starts feeling empowered but we won’t be having that, will we Mr. Protester/”Paper Terrorist”?

Tomorrow’s direction depends on a critical mass

We here at I’m No Expert believe that where the world heads tomorrow will be entirely up to the awesome people just as soon as the awesome people realize that they have the power of critical mass. In the meantime, with strategic investing, political and corporate influence and the unmatched wealth with which to buy competition, innovation, and patents, progress will remain slowed to optimum profitability instead of optimum human benefit.

That isn’t a Conspiracy, that’s Capitalism. 

And thus, the “Change Must Be Slow” narrative continues…

20AF2E1A-15B1-4ABE-B184-5113C5B80C88Where the “conspiracy theorists” go wrong is in thinking these elite individuals must be evil psychopaths. Instead, think of how the head of Downton Abbey felt about the changes to the class system in post WW1 England. He understands that change is necessary, but believes the chaos it causes often outweighs the intended benefits of the change itself. He did whatever he could to maintain order and the “normal” way of life. Right or wrong, the elite want things to stay just as they are or, specifically, “just as things have always been.” These guys aren’t evil (well, statistically a few of them might be) they’re just human beings with a “god-given duty” to lord over the masses and keep us alive and well. It’s a balancing act of “Just Enough” – just enough so we won’t storm their castles or thrive without their control.

By the way, this isn’t a conspiracy either, it’s history – Netflix is full of period dramas so you don’t even have to read about it!

I’m No Expert on history, but Netflix tells me that throughout time we’ve been in a constant cycle of war and relative peace. Relative because we never achieve true World Peace. We have peace in some places thanks to the exploitation of other places. Today is no different, and if you don’t live in those other places, don’t ever complain about your life!

While public hangings and whippings work brilliantly to control the masses, thus controlling change, the people who have presidents and heads of international corporations on speed-dial understand that distraction and fear are the best ways to maintain the order of things these days.

While war is great for profits, peace be what the people want, yo! As long as the elite believe the masses aren’t looking to storm their castles, enormous amounts of money and effort will be spent on creating distraction and fear.

So far, nothing new, right? And thus we come to the celebration of stupidity.

The celebration of stupidity

Again, I’m No Expert on this stuff, but common sense tells me it’s easier to distract a ‘stupid’ person than a ‘smart’ person, right? “Stupid,” in this case, simply means “not thinking.” People who think are less likely to give in to fear tactics (bogey men and international terrorists within our borders, etc.) and less likely to be distracted than people who don’t think.

I’m sorry, what was I saying? Right – television, iPhones, self-help, racism, nipples, presidential elections – all distractions.

Most of the distractions (stories, products, tools and indoctrinated thinking) are used to separate the awesome people into factions, thus diluting our unified strength and empowering the elite minority. These distractions are so blatant and ridiculous that you can’t not see them for what they really are. You know that daytime and reality television is scripted, that you are your own worst critic, and that M&Ms will eventually melt in your hand, however, each of us will inevitably fall for some of the distractions.

Very smart people are employed solely to make sure of this. In fact, between your FaceBook timeline and your social calendar you’ll find 90% of your personally selected distractions. Face it, some distractions are awesome and well deserved! It’s the rest of the distractions we try to ignore. Of course, “the rest of them” is entirely subjective.

Now, you all know how to boot a computer, so clearly, this is a thinking-kinda audience. I’d even hazard a guess that, like me, while you enjoy some of the distractions some of the time, you aren’t a victim to all of them. You are not like those people you see on daytime television and at Donald Trump rallies. In fact, despite what the media suggests, my extensive research has shown me that the vast majority of people are not at all mindless victims of this media-fueled, inadequacy-promoting, fear and distraction crap.

Everyone I’ve ever met is only distracted by (or fearful of) a small number of things that they themselves choose to be distracted by or fearful of! (For me, it’s mainly sex and spiders… in that order.)

The only people who seem genuine victims of this fear and distraction are the very people telling us the stories and feeding us the fear – the military men, politicians, and Fox News personalities.


These people, however, aren’t the controlling elite – they’re just employees, and it takes thousands more people to deliver this message across our media. These are reasonably normal people with very unreasonable jobs. As Mandela said, “There are no evil people, just people with evil jobs.” They do it for the paycheque – they do it for profit!

Golly. What a revelation.

Media minions aside, thousands more of us are employed by companies that use “Inadequacy Marketing” to push products on each other that none of us really need. Even more of us run small businesses, driving prices into the ground to “beat the competition”, even though the competition is our own neighbours who are struggling right alongside us! We have been indoctrinated to believe there’s not enough to go around, and that “success” requires us to compete. “Against who?” one might ask.

We, the middle class, box each other into categories, consumer groups, and repressed minorities because we have been repeating a lie for the past 80 years. Separation doesn’t create a better world or a safer world, it just creates a more profitable one.

Our obsession with putting profit above everything else has quite literally created a world where the masses get paid to deliver the progress-limiting narrative of scarcity and competition back to ourselves without recognizing we’re doing it, and without realizing we’ve started to believe our own bullshit – all under the guise of a “career!”

So what happened to the “Dummification of Mankind” blog? Once I realized I was part of a mass hysteria, distracted and fearful of a system I was helping to build (all to earn a paycheque) I got pretty bored with pointing fingers at myself.

Distracting ourselves with our own distractions

As a web developer, I built websites designed to distract and waste people’s time. Sure, one was a porn site, which was fun, but they were still just distractions – distractions that someone knew would turn a profit. I built what some of you might choose to distract yourselves with, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but here in 2015, take a look at how many distractions we have built for ourselves.

We have devised a thousand ways to separate us, the awesome majority, into finger-pointing factions and Facebook groups, incapable of effecting major change. Yet we wonder why so many of us feel disconnected, out of time, uninspired and helpless.

It’s time to recognize that we all work for a global machine that has been built by us, over generations, under the promise of paycheques, “financial freedom” and “retirement comforts.”

The good news is that we built the system, so we can choose to destroy it, rebuild it, or evolve it.

Like that scene in The Matrix, most of us today aren’t even aware this machine exists – let alone how the damn thing works. Poor people (most people) have no choice but to face the life they’ve been given. The elite love the world we have built for them.

7A1F9CCF-D62D-42A0-954D-390BB5BBD441The elite didn’t build this machine, WE did, so WE can fix it. In the same way that green energy and hemp have “finally arrived,” the elites hope we will continue to be distracted until change is in their best, profitable interests… then they’ll invest. Until then, change starts with us… as it always has.

This multi-generational investor class (the 0.01%) have held the reigns (and perhaps a few whips) for centuries, but before the rest of us point fingers at “who’s to blame” for the state of the world today, let’s remember to take a moment to look in the mirror and breathe… and imagine what we could build if we all collaborated on solutions instead of just pointing at each other and complaining about the problems.

The future of the world is in the hands of those that built it.

The direction we take tomorrow is up to all of us.

10 Simple Changes for a Better World Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:54:19 +0000 It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the issues in the world today. Below I outline 10 simple changes for a better world, aimed at making sweeping changes to our health and safety while only affecting a handful of for-profit corporations.

10 Simple Changes for a Better World

1. Ban Artificial Food Colouring

If artificial food colouring was banned the shelves would be empty

If artificial food colouring was banned. (Photo:

Ah Fruit Loops. What would they be without artificial colouring… cheerios?? Did you know M&Ms don’t have artificial colours in Europe, but they do in North America? Why?

Like all healthy things, artificial colouring is made from Coal tar and petrochemicals, and thanks to the revolving door between corporate executives and government regulatory agencies, this shit is everywhere, and it’s not good for you.

Next time you’re walking down the isle of any grocery store, imagine what it would look like if we finally banned artificial colouring. The outside circuit of the store (why are the fruits, veggies and dairy always against the wall??) would be affected the least, though fruit and veggies still get their dose. The inside aisles, where they line up all the processed food, would be practically empty.

I can’t find a list of the companies that actually make artificial colouring, which in itself is worrying, however, we know these petroleum companies choose profit over your health and safety, so fuck ’em.

Why not use natural colours? Increased costs… profit. There is no other reason.

2. Ban Artificial Food Flavours

Without artificial colours and flavours, would you eat any of this?

Without artificial colours and flavours, would you eat any of this?

While we’re at it, let’s ban artificial flavours as well.  These two laws alone would shrink the processed food market substantially. Obesity, fast food, candy bars and fizzy pop, all gone. Don’t worry, Blue Sky and other “natural” guilty pleasures would stick around and see a boom in business.

Naturally, (pardon the pun) these two laws would need to be global, but we’ll start in the U.S.A., by far the largest users of artificial products thanks to the ineffectual FDA.

Givaudan, who control almost 25% of the global “flavour and fragrance” market with over US$4.7billion in sales in 2014, claims to “create tastes and scents that delight consumers, stir memories and touch people’s emotions.”  How very exciting.

These 2 laws would only affect a handful of wealthy profit-focused corporations, and we would stop being sold cancer causing food. Sounds fair to me.

3. Ban “fancy” shaped bottles

Glass bottles in so many shapes. Time to standardize

So many shapes, so many problems. (Photo:

We all love recycling and re-using, right? Imagine if we passed a law that allowed for one standard shape of plastic and glass bottles, available in only small, medium and large.

Bottles could still be glass or plastic, but no more “fancy” shapes or sizes. Just a handful of globally standard shapes and sizes.

Vanity shapes and sizes are just that. The only reason for the thousands of shapes and sizes is marketing. Do you really get nostalgic at the shape of a bottle of coke? Of course not – that’s just the marketing people talking. Let them keep their pretty, colourful labels, but enough is enough with the unlimited shapes and sizes.

Ironically we turn scare oil in to plentiful bottles. (photo:

Ironically we turn scare oil in to plentiful bottles. (photo:

Shipping costs would be reduced, recycling and re-using would become infinitely easier and more affordable, and the products would still taste the same.

Who would be affected by this? Marketing companies (which suits me, they are among the scourge of the earth, so fuck ’em), the bottle manufacturing companies and… um… actually, I guess that’s it.

Who would benefit? Oh, the planet, for one. American’s use 17 million barrels of crude oil annually in water bottles alone, and throw away 35 billion bottles each year). Now, I’m not against plastic – it’s one of the most versatile and amazing products we’ve ever created… we just need less of it.

IF we passed a law like this, you’d better believe that an increased awareness of garbage and recycling would come along with it.

By the way, did you know that most water bottles are made using the water you later drink? They spray the water against a heated “coin” of plastic allowing the pressure of the water to fill a negative bottle mold. The “drinking water” creates the bottle, cools the molten plastic, and is now ready for your consumption. Yummy.

4. Replace all power generation with global solar

Sure, this is a big one, but it’s on here to make a point.  According to recent calculations, to power the entire world with solar using existing solar technology, we would only need to cover 65,000 square kilometers of the earth with solar cells. Sounds like a lot? The Sahara Desert is 9,400,000 sq. km! We’d need less than 1% of it. Sand, the main component of deserts and silicon (silicon being the main component of solar cells) would be readily available, locally.

Surface Area Required to Power the World With Solar (Photo: /

Surface Area Required to Power the World With Solar

I know what you’re thinking – the Sahara Desert is miles away! OK, lets spread the 65,000km² of cells around all the deserts of the world.

OK, I know what you’re really thinking – that would require co-operation between all the global super powers, a decentralization of the national power grids, and a global approach to climate change.


Here we see the real reason Solar has fought for so many decades to take off. National energy companies don’t like to share – if they did, Tesla might have found some market share 100 years ago. Until we look past nation-borders and see our planet as one we will never fight climate change. What are we waiting for?

With Social Enterprises running the power plants, plugging the power in to the existing global grid, and ensuring the plants are evenly space around the world to ensure 24/7 access to sunlight, our energy ‘crisis’ would be over. We’d create a ton of jobs at the same time – politicians love jobs.

5. Ban Private For-Profit News Corporations

If all News corporations were non-profit Social Enterprises, that is, we remove the motivation to make “News” a profit-center, we would instantly remove the financial incentive of attracting viewers. News shouldn’t be treated like television shows or magazines – profit should not be the motivator for running a News corporation or for deciding which news is “worthwhile”.

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Can for-profit news ever be unbiased?

Two of the world’s largest news syndicates, Reuters and the Associated Press, deserve special mention.

Reuters is mostly owned by Canada’s Thompson family. As of October 2012, Thomson is listed as one of the wealthiest people in the world with an estimated net worth of $22.2 billion. The remainder is publicly traded and owned mostly by Canadian banks and financial organizations, all of whom place profit as their first priority. There are rumours the Thompson family have connections to the Rothschilds, but that’s for others to discuss. Reviewing the list of acquisitions made by Reuters, it’s reach imitates that of the Koch Brothers’ Kochtopus.

The Associated Press is a non-profit corporation, but because it’s owned exclusivity by for-profit corporations, the non-profit aspect is really just a shell game, not a philosophy.

Until we can remove the profit-focus from the News, we will never have a truly balanced, unbiased understanding of our world’s real current events.

6. Reduce Patents and Copyright terms to 2 years

As discussed elsewhere on this site, patents and copyrights make up the Intellectual Property that businesses use to maintain their competitive advantage.

In Canada, copyrights are held for the live of the author plus 50 years. Patents are now held for 20 years.

In 2011, patent trolls cost U.S. companies more than $29 billion in legal fees and settlement costs.

In 2011, patent trolls cost U.S. companies more than $29 billion in legal fees and settlement costs.

Now, if you invent something magical and wonderful, of course your invention should be protected for a few years to allow you to benefit from your invention. The problem is, copyrights and patents can be transferred to other people and corporations.

If I invent a new energy-efficient battery, I can use patents to protect my design from theft and enjoy the profits of my invention. However, lets say, oh, I don’t know, an Oil Company buys my patent, they can now shelve the technology and prevent it from reaching the market for the remainder of the 20 years, plus any extensions their fancy lawyers can obtain.

There are thousands of examples of globally transformative technologies which have been bought up, shelved and hidden from public use thanks to the use of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Google it.

If the terms were reduced to 2 years, far more inline with today’s faster, global innovation and adoption curves, corporations would no longer be able to continue flogging their old, shitty technologies by shelving and hiding the innovative game changing ones.

Of course, if the inventors didn’t sell their patents in the first place…… but that’s another story.

7. Create a 0.5% Transaction Tax on all Stock Market Trades

How much money would a Robin Hood Tax raise?

How much money would a Robin Hood Tax raise?

The Robin Hood Tax is pushing for this, and it’s awesome.

Basically, what we’re after is a tax that raises hundreds of billions of dollars annually from the financial sector, to reset our economy, stop austerity policies that are cutting public services, and help in the global fight against poverty, AIDS and other diseases, and climate change.

We think the best way to do this is a Financial Speculation (or Transaction) Tax (FST/FTT). This is a tiny tax of less than half a percent on trades in derivatives, stocks, bonds, and foreign currency exchange. With an FTT, each time a financial product is traded, a tiny percentage (between 0.005% and 0.5%) of the value of the trade is collected in tax.


Not only would this curb the dangerous high-volume trading which is argued to have destroyed the integrity of the Stock Market, it is estimated that this tiny tax, paid only by those rich enough to gamble in the markets, could generate tens of billions of dollars in Canada alone!

8. Ban “Shorting” of Stocks

As stocks crashed, profits grew.

As stocks crashed, profits grew.

While we’re talking about the stock market, for you non-traders, “shorting” a stock is basically the ability to profit off a stock that drops in value.

Take a moment and think about that.

You can profit off a business that under performs, fails, or declares bankruptcy. If you own enough stocks to sway the market, which is easier than you think if you also own the media corporations, you can earn money by destroying people’s livelihoods.

Take another moment and think about that.

Who, other than rich people that enjoy destroying companies for profit, think this is a good idea??  Shorting stocks creates a financial incentive for investors to encourage companies to fail. Brilliant.

9. Quit the Military

Do you know what happens if no one joins the military in 2015? Peace. Today’s global militaries are made up of primarily under-educated young kids (thanks to the decrease in education funding in every militarized country in the world) who are then often promised free education if they survive.

As long as people sign-up for military action we will have troops pulling triggers, returning with shell shock (sorry George, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”) and being hired by equally unstable private military contractors or the newly militarized Police squads.

There are easier ways to get better education – especially if Thomas Mulcair and Bernie Sanders win the next elections.

10. Turn off the Damn Television

I hope this requires no explanation, but here it is:

Television wasn’t invented to entertain you, it was invented to sell advertising. Period. Commercials, by their very nature, sell you shit you don’t need. They use advanced psychology to make you believe that you are a useless, ugly, looser who needs their products if you want to “Fit in”.

Your Brain on TVTelevision time is not “free time”!

Private for-profit media corporations are interested only in selling advertising and will fill the airwaves with anything that will distract you long enough to watch their commercials. Add in product placement and it’s a recipe for mindless consumerism.

Download your (commercial-free) tv shows, sign up for Netflix, or go for a walk – you’ll be amazed at how much stress will disappear from your life. Suddenly you’ll buy less crap and waste less time – just the ingredients needed for that trip of a lifetime you’ve always imagined.


One day, perhaps, I’ll be King of the World and these 10 simple changes for a better world can take effect. In the meantime, please think of these 10 ideas during your day. We don’t need laws to tell us how to make the world better, we just need to make better choices.

Are these changes simple?

I argue they are – not from a logistic standpoint, but because all of these changes could be put in place tomorrow if the appropriate stakeholders were motivated enough. Who are the stakeholders? We are – you and me.

If you’re in the “middle class”, you are the only person who can affect change. You are the consumer class. Until we evolve to Capitalism 2.0, as long as profit is the primary motivator for everything we do, your wallet and your vote will determine every single policy change and innovation our world takes on. The poor have no choices, and the rich have no motivation for change.

These changes are simple because when the consumer class recognizes that we are our own victims and unite together under a banner of Peace and Change….. everything becomes simple.

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Let's Work Together to Crowd Out Our Oppressors Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:29:54 +0000 Experts in Social Media suggest writing about controversial topics to increase viewer reach. Well, what’s more controversial than a straight, white man talking about the mistakes of feminists?

I’m No Expert on Feminism

Now, I’m No Expert on feminism, or any -ism for that matter. My only credentials are that I love women and believe that everyone, regardless of parts and pieces, should be treated with equality and respect; that sexist, racist and homophobic people should be ignored, not sensationalized (and never elected); and that I have been blessed with incredible female role-models, including my wife, mum, family and friends. In fact, almost all the women in my life are awesome – and I think that’s a good indicator of my own self-worth, if I do say so myself. Strong women don’t waste their time with losers, or so I’m told.

Next, let me say for the record that of course I understand why the feminist movement began. In a world ruled by men no one mattered but other men… well, other straight men… well, other men who at least pretended to be straight. Basically, if you had a penis and you said you didn’t like other penises (and you were white) you were accepted into the fold and given a seat at the trough, otherwise you’d better “earn it”. Of course “earning it” is difficult when you’re working against small-minded assholes.

The Superior Male

Now these men didn’t have breasts, couldn’t play basketball, and were lousy dancers, so they needed to convince themselves that they were somehow “superior”. Using muscle, money and military, White Men put themselves in charge of everything and everyone, and anyone who took issue with this was enslaved, labeled “abominations” or witches and were suitably punished.  Because the courts, governments and corporations were all full of other white men, the “proof” of their superiority was everywhere and white men got away with genocide (and still do). White men were assholes – many of us still are – and anyone else who attempted to rise up was quickly pushed back down “where they belong”.

The Mistakes of Feminists

Here we see the mistake: the feminist movement was fighting for the rights of women when women weren’t the only group being repressed. Black people, Native American and aboriginal people, handicapped people, people with mental issues, drug issues, sex issues, and body issues were all held down by White Men. Each group had a common enemy yet each group was (is) fighting their own fight.

Today you can open any newspaper or website and see headlines of a struggling “minority” fighting against  the rule of (generally) white men. Campaigns like #BlackLivesMatter, #BringBackOurGirls, #ChangeTheRatio, and #IdleNoMore are each attempting to raise awareness and support for the equal treatment of people.

All around the world, we have struggles, movements and hashtags attempting to raise awareness for basic human rights against the stronghold of elite power. Each of these groups have a common foe – the existing (sexist, racist, homophobic, fearful of the masses) elitist power structure. This fight, in all its incarnations, is the reason we don’t have World Peace, but that’s another story.

Feminists pull together to fight the men in power, but they have to share the stage with the movements for Black Rights, Native American rights, LGBT Rights, Animal Rights, Land Rights For Gay Whales and more.  Each group raises their own funds, holds their own protests, has their own magazine, and recruits their own supporters, and by doing so, dilutes the potential strength of each movement. This is what the existing power structure prays for, of course.

What would have happened, do you think, if each of these movements joined forces to take on their common represser?

Following Suit

Instead of putting on shoulder pads, man-tailored suits and trying to fit in to the existing male-dominated corporate structure, demanding equal pay from sexist bosses, and proving (as Hillary ClintonCondoleezza Rice, Christy Clark and others have) that women can be just as corruptible as men, why didn’t women join forces with other marginalized groups and build new economies and opportunities outside of the existing power structure? Was it too hard? I doubt many women think that fighting for their rights has been easy.

Now, it’s no surprise that many of the women in power today are as bad as the men before them… that’s not sexist, that’s Capitalism. As business life has taught me, assholes always hire assholes. Shitty bosses don’t like “good” people pointing out their shittiness, so they tend to hire and promote other assholes who’ll keep their mouths shut. Is this the world working women wanted to become a part of?  Is this the world women hope(d) to change??

The old adage “if you can’t beat them, join them” is bullshit when you are the majority of people. In South Africa, it took the Black, Indian and Jewish communities working together (despite their differences and unique struggles) to over throw the barbaric minority of white men that ruled them… something, some argue, our society still hasn’t done!

Instead of trying to fit in, why didn’t women, black people, Native Americans and all the other repressed people of the world team up with, well, white men like me (who want to help) and build entirely new economies based on the principals of nurturing motherhood and balanced nature instead of merging into this male/masculine rule-the-world crap?

Why didn’t all the minorities co-operate and start new banks, schools, and businesses based on the “feminine” qualities of life and the Indigenous values of Ecological Interconnectedness and crowd-out the ignorant white male power structure? They certainly would have had my vote!

Why didn’t all the minorities boycott all the racist and sexist businesses, combine their economic and social power and then lead by example, effectively ignoring the “other” power structure?

Of course, I’m not here to really discuss feminism or any “mistakes”, that was just a dirty trick to get you to read this article. My hat goes off and my heart goes out to anyone who has had to struggle for respect and equality.  My main point is simply – why are we still fighting these old men at their own game?

I believe that the mistake of any oppressed group is creating their own unique fight instead of joining forces with all the other marginalized people. I believe that if all these groups combined efforts, the sexist, racist, homophobic elite could simply be crowded out. Their tiny minority would be left behind or forced to evolve.

Now, here at, our focus is World Peace which we believe is incompatible with the existing profit-above-all corporate model. There is no room for peace when profit is the first priority–a legal requirement for CEOs of public for-profit companies today. The Social Enterprise movement, encouraging businesses to focus first on their social mission and then on profits, is the new “business minority” fighting for an equal place at the economic trough.

The Social Enterprise movement works tirelessly to prove this model is perfectly compatible with today’s Capitalism (and Socialism, for that matter), that it’s time has come, that we aren’t naive dreamers, and that we deserve to be heard. Like the fight for equality, existing Social Enterprise corporations are up against massive resistance from the existing profit-before-people corporate elite. Sound familiar?

I believe the Social Enterprise movement must learn from the mistakes of feminists and combine forces with everyone else fighting for change.

The Social Enterprise movement, like the rights for equality, are incompatible with the male-centric, profit-focused mentality. Where male CEOs in the 1950’s foolishly thought that women were useless at business, many of today’s corporate players foolishly think that Social Entrepreneurs are useless “socialists” and “lefties” with no place in the business world. In both cases, nothing could be further from the truth.

Yet, we continue to work with these people!

I propose that anyone grasping for equality in today’s world must unite against today’s common represser, the elite minority that believe profit is the sole purpose of business, and that wealth makes them superior.  The profit-above-all mentality is just as dangerous as the male-above-all mentality which of course still exists today.

Instead of trying to “join them”, “fit in”, or “carve our niche”, Social Enterprises, women, visible minorities, youth, socialists, whales and anyone else that is sick of today’s inequality and repression must work together to crowd-out these dinosaurs and build a new model based on peace, equality and respect for everyone worldwide.

The Feminist movement isn’t over – it continues to struggle for equality today, as do African Americans, Native Americans, the LGBT community, and more.

There comes a time when we must accept that the elite (called “The Investor Class” today, don’t you know)  never let in outsiders. You either earn your way to their game or you don’t play at all.

It’s time we re-invent the game for the 21st century. Your parts and pieces, skin colour or birthplace should have no bearing on what you are capable of becoming, creating or building. Anyone who doesn’t agree with that should be crowded-out and marginalized themselves. Sexism, Racism, Homophobia and greed are not traits we are born with, despite what the media will tell you. It’s time these people were booted away from the trough until they earn their way back in.

If you believe a peaceful planet should come before profits, if you believe all people deserve equal respect, and if you are tired of the existing system, its time to unite and build a new model fit for today’s world.

The Social Enterprise Movement is attempting to build a new model based on these ethics and we need your help, no matter what parts and pieces you may have.

  • If you run a small business, make it a Social Enterprise – its as much a philosophy as a business plan, just prioritize profit third, not first
  • If you are part of a marginalized minority, reach out to other marginalized groups (and Social Enterprises) and combine your protests and efforts with theirs

The mistakes of feminists–of all repressed groups–is in thinking they are alone and must first help themselves. The truth is, we are ALL in this together. Only a united front has the ability to garner the attention of the people, to reach a critical mass, and to crowd-out those in power still holding so tightly to the reigns.

We all deserve a more balanced, equal, peaceful world, and it’s going to take all of us to build it.

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Chickens To China and Back Again: Capitalism 1.0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18:43:52 +0000 In a splendid example of globalization, America’s (seemingly corporate owned) U.S.D.A. has green-lighted a plan to send American chickens to China for processing and then back to America for consuming.

Chickens to China: Factory Farms are deadlyThat’s a poultry, er, paltry 14,000 mile round-trip ticket from the (American) factory farm to your American kitchen table – assuming you still buy factory farmed chickens of course. Hint: You shouldn’t. Ever. Shop locally and eat fresh.

Why would we send Chickens to China to be sliced up when we have both the facilities and the out-of-work workers in America to do the slicing? Profit.

Capitalism 1.0 – Profits Above Poultry

It seems that U.S. chicken manufacturers (we can no longer legitimately call them “farmers”) are forced to pay American chicken-cutter-uppers at least $11/hour. In China (not known for it’s love of workers) pays them only $1-$2/hour. Think of the savings! By the way, neither rates are living wages in either countries, but that’s another story.

I probably don’t need to point out the inherent dangers and idiocy of shipping chickens to the other side of the world and back, but I will anyway…

Hate your job? So does everybody!Last time you had a minimum-wage job, how seriously did you take it? I would cut corners, be lazy, not always wash my hands, and didn’t really care about the future of the company, because, frankly, $3.85/hour (the minimum wage in Ontario when I joined the work force) wasn’t enough to care, quite frankly.

Do the Chinese workers, working at $1/hour, worry about the safety of Americans or their food supply?? Will they wash their hands and ensure quality standards as high as we expect?

As a friend recently pointed out, there are more Chinese people than Chinese jobs, so their work ethic (if they can find work) is likely higher than mine was, so perhaps this is an invalid argument. I’m No Expert on foreign job markets, but low wages and high competition doesn’t sound like a reliable combination to me, especially when food standards and worker safety are at stake.

Furthermore, in the interests of keeping costs “competitive”, would the owners of the Chinese company (oh, wait, that’s their government) spend money on wash basins, safety lessons, clean workstations etc? In the interest of profit, how many corners are cut?

Considering the state of some of North America’s factory farms, where minimizing costs has an inverse relationship to safety and cleanliness, how could China possibly meet the standards that our corporations continually lobby against? According to

Not a great record.

All this to say, the only logical reason I can see for sending American chickens to China is to lower costs. Period.

Factory farmed chickens are bad enough without an over sea voyage

Factory farmed chickens are bad enough without an over sea voyage

Corporations in North America, thanks to our pesky regulations and safety standards, not only have to pay their employees too much money, they ALSO have to ensure the safety of the workplace, cleanliness of the abattoirs, and meet labeling and shipping standards that don’t exist in China. Shipping chickens to China is a win all around for corporations bent on maximizing profits!

But is any of this new?  Nope. China already processes America’s seafood at a significant cost-savings. According to

“There are 36 pin bones in a salmon and the best way to remove them is by hand,” said Charles Bundrant, founder of Trident, which ships about 30 million pounds of its 1.2 billion-pound annual harvest to China for processing. “Something that would cost us $1 per pound labor here, they get it done for 20 cents in China.”

Precedent has been set, and the American public didn’t complain then, why would they now?

Mind you, what could the American people legally complain about, even if they were paying attention?  Nothing. Maximizing profits is a legal requirement for all U.S. (and Canadian) public corporations.  They must, by law, do everything they can to maximize returns for their shareholders.  Did you know that?

One of the shittiest issues of the new, secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (or TPP), a “trade” agreement being written and negotiated in secret from public review, allows corporations to sue governments if we get in the way of future corporate profits.  For example, if the American people learn that their seafood and chicken is unnecessarily tainted with risk because of the freezing, shipping, processing, re-freezing, re-shipping agreement, and IF the American people got off their asses to complain about it and demand the American companies return the processing to American workers, the corporation could sue the U.S. government, or any other body attempting to “tell them how to do their jobs”.  This lawsuit would happen in a secret International tribunal, with non-elected judges, and the outcome of the case would also be kept secret. Secret!?! How much money the government had to pay the corporation to “compensate them for lost profits” would also be a secret!?!  That’s tax-payers money by the way – and the trade agreement states that we aren’t allowed to know anything about it until everything has been settled!

From (who are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone that leaks this secret TPP agreement to the public):

“These investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals are designed to overrule the national court systems. ISDS tribunals introduce a mechanism by which multinational corporations can force governments to pay compensation if the tribunal states that a country’s laws or policies affect the company’s claimed future profits.”

FYI, thanks to Harper, the ISDS already exists in Canada when he ratified FIPA (the “Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection” Agreement) last September.

Let’s re-visit this:

An American corporation can fire American workers and shut down American processing plants to ship dead carcasses to the other side of the world for processing to lower costs. These cost savings are not passed on to the customer but are used to maximize profits for the corporation’s executives and shareholders.  IF Americans complain, and IF their government listens, and IF the government then passes laws preventing this absurd and unfair (to the people) practice, the American corporation can then sue Americans, in secret, for undisclosed amounts paid for by the tax payers the government is trying to protect in the first place!

– Take a moment to let that sink in if this is news to you –

So far most of tribunal cases have favoured the corporations (I wonder who can afford to pay off the judges) and thus American tax-payers pay for the settlement they didn’t know about for a total sum (usually in the multi-millions) which they don’t know about with what’s left of their taxes after the U.S. military has taken their share! Insane, isn’t it?

This is Globalization.

Chickens To China is about Profit

A typical shipping vessel carrying chickens to china

A typical shipping vessel carrying chickens to china

Now, I’m No Expert, but this doesn’t seem to be in the best interest of the customer, or the workers, here or abroad. Sending Chickens to China isn’t about helping employ the world, connect communities, or create global employment standards. Globalization is about maximizing profits at the expense of every worker involved. Americans loose their jobs while Chinese workers continue to be exploited by their government and our corporations.

This is Capitalism 1.0 – profit above all other considerations, and it has to stop.

In a Capitalism 2.0 world, profits would come third after our eco-system (Peace and a balanced eco-system go hand-in-hand) and the corporation’s social mission – which ideally would at least be to treat their employees with respect.  Would an employee-owned co-operative abattoir ship their chickens to China? Nope, they’d keep the work, product, safety and freshness local because the quality of the meat and the reputation of the co-operative would their primary concern.

Capitalism 2.0 prioritizes the Planet over profits, so we would look at the entire, whole product cost of processing chickens. When you add in the environmental cost of burning all that oil to ship the chickens 14,000 miles, the cost “efficiency” disappears. Keeping the chickens (and the workers) local would cut down on pollution AND allow the meat to be sold fresh. Today of course, globalized corporations only pay for the diesel and not the damage.

Capitalism 2.0 also prioritizes People above profits, so IF we shipped Chickens to China, Chinese workers would be earning a living wage, protected by safety standards, and given a decent work environment. These additional costs of course would keep Chinese chickens in China, and American chickens in America because costs would dictate the logic of keeping things local.

By looking at this story purely from the corporation’s (legal) requirement to maximize profits, we simplify the idiocy of these arrangements and see the priorities more clearly. We see that corporations care nothing for their workers, and especially nothing for the Chinese workers.

Profit is King, and the King is a delusional, short-sighted, greedy man detached from his people.Profit is King, and the King is a delusional, short-sighted, greedy man detached from his people.

How long, I wonder, can he remain on the throne?

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Save Money on Internet Costs Wed, 20 May 2015 00:12:14 +0000 If you want to save money on Internet fees, lowering your monthly expenses and possibly stop paying for the internet all together, here’s a tip that will not only lower your bills, it will also connect you with your neighbours and community.

I did a quick search, and lots of people suggest bundling your services, choosing a cheaper plan, complaining, threatening to cancel, or just getting rid of your service. Very few people suggest my favourite – sharing.

Save money on Internet fees by sharing your network

Save money on Internet access by sharing a neighbour's network

Save money on Internet access by sharing a neighbour’s network

Have you ever noticed how many wireless networks there are in your neighbourhood?

I live in a small town, yet I can see over 20 unique wireless networks from my desk. The average Canadian spends $50-100 each month for home internet service.

So, I share my wireless network with 4 other neighbours.

Instead of all paying horrendous monthly fees for our own Internet connections, we all save money by sharing one account. One of us holds an account with our (profit-hungry) internet service provider (ISP), and simply shares the wireless network password (and thus their account) with the rest of us.

We each pay $20/month instead of $100/month.

We each save almost $1000 each year.

Screw The System, Save Your Money

Officially, buried somewhere in the 7,500 words of conditions my provider makes me agree to, I’m not allowed to share. Sharing with our community is explicit forbidden. This is true in a surprising growing number of contracts we sign these days.

Thanks to the near monopoly of Canada’s three telecom giants (who work desperately to stifle and destroy any competition) if you want internet access in Canada you have no choice but to agree to these terms and sign these contracts.

With no real choice, my ethics puts this on the side of extortion rather than customer service.

This is a perfect chance to practice some civil disobedience.

Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, or commands

Beside saving money, this also forces me to trust and talk to my neighbours. That is never a bad thing. If the lights go out, your neighbours are the only people that can help you.

What are the risks in sharing the Internet?

There aren’t as many risks as people might assume. It’s interesting how many people resist the idea of sharing – but that’s our indoctrination into consumerism talking, not logic or wisdom.

So what are the risks?

Computer security? These days, computers are secure to most casual hacking. Computer viruses are a billion dollar industry so ignore the fear-mongering propaganda advertising. If you have a PC, keep your virus software up-to-date (that’s the only software upgrades I recommend) and, for Mac users as well, make sure your computer’s firewall is enabled.

Monthly overages? My neighbour could use more than their “fair share” of bandwidth and push us all over our monthly limit, but split 5 ways, the overage fee isn’t much.  Besides, together we can easily afford the higher-priced, higher-cap plan. So far, 250GB/month has been more than enough.

The only other risk is finding out your neighbour doesn’t like you. Well, at least now you know.

Technical Details

How do I share my Internet Connection?

  1. Walk to your (immediate) neighbour’s houses and discuss this idea. Get to know them if you don’t – this is a great excuse to say hello
  2. Keep the Internet account for the house “in the middle” and share the network password with any neighbours within reach (the wireless signal may only reach to one or two other houses – walk around with a laptop to test the signal)
  3. Update the laptops and computers in the other houses to use the network of the middle house. Confirm all computers can connect to the network. If the houses are too far apart or don’t support wireless internet you might be out of luck.
  4. Disconnect the other Internet accounts, don’t tell the provider why, and save money!

Will Sharing My Connection Slow Me Down?

Theoretically, yes. More people on your network splits the bandwidth, however,

  1. All modern routers, can handle over 10 users without an issue.
  2. Most users aren’t online all the time
  3. Sharing costs means you can upgrade to a fast connection if needed and still save money

Will my ISP find out and disconnect me?

No. Their systems can not detect if computers on your Internet network are inside your house or not, despite what they may tell you. Secondly, thanks to their focus on profits, they would only threaten to cancel your account. They’ll still take your business if you mention switching to one of their competitors.

Why aren’t more people doing this?

Most people simply don’t know they can. No one profits from helping you save money, so those interested in sharing these money saving ideas can’t afford mailing campaigns, advertisements, or political lobbying.

Why are Canadian Internet costs so high?

Bell, Rogers and Telus all claim the Canada’s relatively small population on a large land mass forces them to invest more than most of their international competitors to build our national infrastructure. The argument doesn’t stand up to scrutiny when compared to international providers, surprise surprise. So why do the Big Three charge us so much?  Because they can. They have bought up and shut down all their competitors. Profit. Capitalism 1.0 at work.

Meet Neighbours, Screw System, Save Money

This is simple, free, and can save you a bundle. If you look at your monthly and living expenses, how else can you share to save money? Tool sharing? Car shares? Discuss below.

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World War Profiteering Out Performs World Peace Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:01:04 +0000

World Peace is not impossible, nor is it improbable

World Peace is just being held back by people whose interest (profits) in the status quo out weigh their limited understanding of the economic and social possibilities that World Peace could offer. The world is working just fine for them as it is, why encourage change?

According to, global military expenditures was $1.756 Trillion in 2012 alone.

That’s $1,756,000,000,000.00 for you visual learners.

World Peace is held back by the Global Military expenditures

Military expenditures, 2012

Most of that money ended up in the coffers of privately held corporations. In 2012, 37% of American’s taxes went towards paying for new and past wars, while only 2% went towards “Diplomacy, Development and War Prevention”.

Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so hard? - Malala YousafzaiThanks to Privatization (a euphemism for selling off, and profiting off the Commons) more and more of the military establishment is being handled by private, for-profit corporations. Food service, laundry, camp deployment, and of course, building the machines that get blown up, scrapped, left behind (here, and here) or accidentally given to the enemy have all been privatized.


This is public money (personal income) taken by Government (taxes), and handed over to private for-profit corporations who earn profit from death, pure and simple. These companies, their executives and their shareholders literally have no interest in Peace.

World Peace isn’t being held back by politicians defending a country’s sovereignty, or religions defending their god, or people scared of skin colours, not any more. World Peace is being held back by a handful of extremely powerful corporate and economic leaders who profit from the machines of war.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hanger and are not fed, and those who are cold and are not clothed - President Dwight D. EisenhowerIn 2011, Lockheed Martin had Arm sales of $36.3 billion, or 78% of the company’s total 2011 sales. Boeing had arms sales of $31.8 billion and earned $4 billionand, as always, managed to not pay any corporate tax.

Imagine how else that money could be used.


Here’s USA Today’s list of the top 10 war profiteer corporations, and Business Insider’s top 25 American “Defence” corporations.

The executives of these corporations sit on government task forces, committees, and of course finance major lobby groups to ensure their continued corporate success – just like any other Capitalist. Protecting (and defending) your market is just good business practice. to, a web site that tracks corporate purchasing of politicians, Lockheed Martin spent almost $15million on lobbying the US Government, and gave over $4million in campaign “contributions.”

Apparently 70 out of 109 Lockheed Martin lobbyists in 2013-2014 have previously held government jobs.

According to, at least nine of the top-level U.S. generals and admirals who retired between 2009 and 2011 took positions with the five largest defence companies contracting with the government: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman.

Privatized militarized defence contracts and globalized corporations build the weapons while their majority shareholders use their political and media influence to sell the people on the need for war. Many of these companies hold controlling interest in the very media corporations that sell us the news to begin with…

Did you know that until 2013, General Electric Company, ranked 16th in the “Top-100 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Prime Contractors in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013” also owned a controlling interest in NBC, one of American’s biggest media conglomerates? So they profit off building wars, profit off selling wars, profit off reporting wars, and profit off all the advertising sold during shows “discussing” wars.

Vertical Integration at its finest.

NBC (owned then by GE) building, selling, marketing and profiting from war.

NBC (owned then by GE) building, selling, marketing and profiting from war.

Conspiracy? Nope, Capitalism. Profit-above-people. Profit-above-peace.

Peace will never exist while the shareholders and employees of these cancerous corporations allow these corporations to profit off the deaths of millions of innocent people. The fact that these corporations pay no taxes back to the people just adds insult to idiocy.

While profit rules above people, peace and planet, while our governments continue to outsource their military interventions to private for-profit corporations, we can never truly have peace.

How can you help?

  • If you own shares in any of these corporations, sell them.
  • Shop local from small business instead of these large corporations and those that invest in them
  • Join the growing movement to encourage divestment from military corporations
  • Hug a stranger
  • Quit the military
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There's more to Capitalism than Profit Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:45:17 +0000 Are we evolving capitalism?

Evolution is unstoppable, not just with apes, but with our ideas and systems as well.  Capitalism is evolving but the media, bankers and finance experts talk only of its evolution in one direction – and that’s towards ever-increasing profits.

Bankers (“Banksters”) are always finding new ways to profit off your debt. Investors have found ways to profit from failing companies (“Shorting” stocks). Wealthy and influential people have successfully manipulated the stock market for their own gains (here’s Jim Cramer’s arrogant take on the subject). Banks secretly collude (the recent Libor Scandal as an example) for shared advantage, and of course softened punishments for illegal stock trading, the increasing revolving door of politicians to the private sector (i.e. John Baird this week), and the merger of commercial and savings banks have all created new “legal” means for wealth creation for those in the game, profiting off the losses, debt and hard work of the rest of us.

On any given day we hear of the increasing wealth of the investor class, the increasing divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots”, the decrease in available social service and education funding, the shrinking middle class, and a general feeling of “where the hell is all our money going?”

Last year Oxfam reported that the 85 richest people own the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people. What a ratio that is! (See the report here)

Capitalism, by definition, is about more than just maximizing profits – I’m no expert, but I would say profit is merely the desired side-effect of Capitalism. Capitalism is about building capital, maximizing efficiencies, creating an open competitive market, and much more fancy economic stuff. Profit is a part of Capitalism, but it’s not the whole kiboodle.

As our society evolves, so do our morals, our values, and our priorities. As we learn to do more so must we learn to understand more.

If Capitalism “won”, then it’s time the victor took on the responsibilities of a true leader

Capitalism 1.0, ruled as it is by rich men focused only on profit, hasn’t been allowed to mature. It’s morals, values or priorities remain the same: “irrelevant!”.

What we’re witnessing today is a lack of balance. Today we know better than ever that everything is pendulums and balances, swings and roundabouts. Like all systems, Capitalism MUST be allowed to evolve and find a balance between wealth creation and wealth distribution. Today’s extreme discrepancies between the “top” and the “bottom” haven’t been seen since royal families, selected by “God”, ruled entire nations (and we know how little regard Capitalists have for Nations, don’t we?)

Capitalism needs profit, at least so I’m told. Profit is a great reward system – just look at how many good people have had evil jobs, just for a pay cheque. This evolution of Capitalism doesn’t remove profit, it simply knocks it down a few pegs. When profit is the first priority, life suffers. When profit is the third priority, we have room to recognize the values of other important factors – worker safety, the eco-system, children, education, etc.

Now, I’m no socialist (or any ‘ist’ for that matter). In today’s world, I believe we need an upper class and I believe people who work hard deserve to earn a respectable income, but a history of immoral (though questionably “legal”) activities have brought us to a cross roads: either we allow a full and balanced evolution of our current system or we have increasing social unrest, unending war and poverty, and a class system similar to the United Kingdom in the days of the Tudors. Personally, I’m not yet ready to declare a wealthy man a god or a King.

Evolving Capitalism to find balance

Evolving Capitalism to find this balance, by finally exploring and encouraging it’s “left” side, is vital in order to find a balance that, some suggest, fills the gap left from the downfall of the Soviet Union. If Capitalism “won”, then it’s time the victor took on the responsibilities of a true leader.

As I’ll continue to say, I believe the most peaceful path to balance is by encouraging everyone we know to promote the idea of Capitalism 2.0. An evolution, not a revolution, of today’s system. We need to encourage co-operation and collaboration before competition – especially in small towns – within all sectors, and within all businesses. We need this Capitalism 2.0 as a stepping-stone towards the next, radically different World of Tomorrow (“Utopia”) which we are all dreaming about.

Thanks, in part, to the lobbying efforts of the wealthy ruling class, who will literally kill to maintain their luxurious status quo, we will never get off today’s system until we evolve it. The wealthy have no interest in change (pun intended), and so the changes required to build a truly equal, global “Utopia” will remain far out of our grasp, perhaps even our own comprehension, while we maintain today’s system of inequity.

Capitalism 2.0, an evolution from today’s top-down, profit-above-all version 1.0 of our modern world, requires no new laws, no new economy, no major change, save one: You.

The change must come from us – the regular folk trying to feed our kids, keep our jobs. We will build it from the bottom-up, crowding out today’s top-down Establishment, to create a world that then can create a future that genuinely works for everyone.

But first we must evolve from today.

Thinking While Yer Tinkling Fri, 13 Feb 2015 03:38:10 +0000 It’s 5:30 AM. The bedroom is dark, the room unfamiliar, and my wife sleeps soundly. To pee, or not to pee. I fumble my way across the hotel room and hesitate at the light switch – to switch, or not to switch.

Whilst in the dark, even the least civilized amoung my side of the species knows that peeing sitting down is the best option. As I descend towards the throne I hesitate momentarily – Wait, real men don’t pee sitting down!?  But it’s too late – I’m down and no one’s looking.

Peeing Sitting Down – why not??

Real men don’t pee sitting down…  Really? Why not? Who said so? Who taught me this?? When, exactly, in our cultural history were men told that sitting down is wrong, effeminate, for old men, or just not proper??

I can’t actually remember anyone explicitly teaching me this, yet some primal part of my brain continues to tell me to stand up. Logically, peeing sitting down has many advantages – I can relax, not splash on my legs or the floor, and I can check my email while, er, working.

Few people talk about what we get up to when the bathroom door is closed. Perhaps all men are peeing sitting down and just don’t talk about it. Perhaps we lift the seat just to perpetuate this strange myth of always standing. Or perhaps it’s a deep rooted evolutionary survival tactic – fearful of a sabre-toothed tiger leaping on us while we tinkle. As children we sat on potties – perhaps it was a right of passage when we were finally tall enough to move to a standing position. Perhaps we never let go of this magnificent anthropological achievement.

What if no one actually told me I should remain standing? What if I made this up years ago and joined some unspoken, subconscious mental collective? Did this unwritten rule simply osmose in to my head? So many possibilities…

My legs are asleep.

As I stagger back and collapse in to bed, I think “This might make a good blog post”.

Perhaps not, but here it is.

Made Up Mental Rules

If my brain is telling me to stand while peeing, even though I have no memory of such a rule being taught, what other baseless ideas does my brain hold on to?  What else do I do in my day for no reason except that “this is how I always do it.”?

What else does our society do over and over again that has no basis in logic, behavioural teachings, societal rules, or even common sense?

Take a moment to think about your day.

Thinking Without Thinking

Our brains have a unique ability to think without us thinking about it. Left alone, your brain works things out, stores things away, makes things up, separates right from wrong, and processes, processes, processes.

Brains fascinate me because it’s where I spend most of my time. I like my brain and I’m equally fascinated at how many people find that a curious thing to admit.

What do you think about your brain? Do you think about your brain? I hope so.

Same Same, But Different

Did you know that everyone’s brain is folded slightly differently? We all have slightly different shaped skulls and, as a baby, your brain grew to fill the space it was given. So while our brains all theoretically operate from the same principals and materials, it’s impossible to say that all of our brains are identical. Neat, huh?

Your brain is like no one else’s, but it’s capable of all the same things.

“Same same, but different,” as they say here in Asia.


I’m no expert at neurolinguistics, but I believe a brain is a muscle. Like all muscles, it is capable of repairing itself, rebuilding parts of itself, and making itself ‘stronger’. The strength of a bicep is different than the strength of your brain, but both can be exercised, and both will atrophy if not “flexed” from time to time.

Science is now proving that our brains can literally re-write themselves, by themselves, with nothing more than thoughts.

Thoughts create pathways, and pathways create thoughts.


Thinking about Thinking

For whatever reason, I love using my brain – I love to think. I contemplate, analyze, and people-watch. I enjoy figuring things out, I try to never repeat the same thing the same way twice, I’m always trying to improve my way of doing things, and I like to think about thinking. I listen to my thoughts, I use my brain to examine my brain. It’s fun. Why? My brain is my conscious and unconscious self, so the better I know it, the better I know myself.

The better I know myself, the better I can change what I don’t like and proudly play with what I do like.

Until recently I assumed everyone else thought about thinking as well, but a lot of people I’ve talked to don’t do any of this. In fact, many seem to be afraid to examine their own mind. There is a fear that if they take time to examine themselves, their life, their feelings, their thoughts, they may not like what they find.

Ooo, they don’t know what they’re missing.

Like a Republican extremist, our brains continue to tell us the same things over and over again until we simply believe whatever we think.  We simply believe our thoughts without taking the time to question our thoughts.

It is easier to simply obey than to question.  Fox News knows this – they repeat the same war mongering buzzwords and propaganda knowing eventually we will collectively start to believe them. In Canada, our politicians appear to believe them – they are now repeating the same messages of war and fear. Psychologists have been helping the media and the military fine tune this technique for decades.

The survival of our individuality and the goodness of our society relies on each of us questioning our ideas, our ideals and our thoughts.

Taking time to separate useful ideas from habitual ideas helps us grow and learn as people, and as a family.

Identifying the things we do without knowing why we do them help us release bad habits, old ideas, and outgrown thoughts. It forces our brains to flex and grow.

The more we examine our own minds, the more we get to know ourselves.

The more we get to know ourselves, the more confident we can be internally and externally.

The more confident we are, the less we need media, celebrities and psychopath politicians to tell us what to think.

So, why do men get all funny about peeing sitting down when it’s easier to sit down?

I don’t know, but it makes you think.

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