North America has lousy airlines

I’m in Europe shopping inexpensive airline options. It reminds me how bad we have it in Canada — WestJet and Air Canada being almost the same, equally bad. There’s no competition.


Air fares are higher per seat mile in America than in Europe. …

Airlines in North America posted a profit of $22.40 per passenger last year; in Europe the figure was $7.84. …

Only one operator based in America can be found in the world’s 30 best carriers, as rated by Skytrax, an aviation website, compared with nine from Europe. …

This happy combination of low fares and reasonable service has a simple explanation: competition. American policymakers have presided over a wave of mergers in the past few years. The biggest four carriers in America between them now control 80% of the market, compared with just 48% a decade ago. …

A lack of competition explains the flaws in American aviation


America’s woeful image among travellers is self-perpetuating

the BEST Canadian Conservative leader?

I can’t support O’Leary or Leitch. I’d vote for ANYONE ahead of those two.

300px-maxime_bernierTherefore it seems Bernier is my best option. … Assuming Trudeau loses the next election, highly likely at the point, I’d say.

Maxime Bernier, 54, is the MP for Beauce, Quebec …

Bernier is considered a libertarian and advocate of limited government. …

Leave a comment if you have any advice for me.

Registered candidates:

Money Monster

I quite enjoyed this film. It has many surprising twists and turns.


Money Monster is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jodie Foster …

The film stars George Clooney (who also co-produced) as Lee Gates, a TV personality who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street …

Money Monster has received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 58%, based on reviews from 231 critics, with an average rating of 5.9/10. …

It’s clearly based on Jim Cramer, host of the TV show Mad Money.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

I subscribed to the Washington Post

The Washington Post has been killing it in recent months. The best U.S. election coverage by far. Even better than Politico. Or the NY Times.


Like all print media the Washington Post are trying to find a way to survive while switching customers to digital.

I paid $9.99 for the first 6 months – digital edition. U.S. Amazon Prime members can get those same 6 months for free. They hope we get addicted to the service over that period … or forget to cancel the subscription. 🙂 Mine renews at $150 / year, more than I’m willing to pay.

It’s easy to bypass the Washington Post paywall if you don’t want to pay. But I’d like to support them.

No doubt the Washington Post will offer me a lower price when I go to cancel my subscription on April 12th, 2017.

I now subscribe to Economist magazine and the Washington Post. The only two old media companies getting cash from Rick McCharles. So far.

The GOOD reason I bought a 4th bike.

I bought a hybrid bike for touring May 2016. It’s in Calgary. I’ll be doing some Rocky mountain biking in August.

July 2016 I bought a second identical bike to be stored in Parksville, BC at my parent’s place. (I’ll now have a mountain bike and a hybrid in each city.)

I got the second on sale for $550 as it’s now last year’s model. It would have cost me well over $100 to ship a bike Calgary to Parksville. And another $100+ to ship it back. THAT’s the good reason. It’s less expensive for me to own two bikes than to ship one back and forth.

I’ll be cycling a lot both out of Calgary and Parksville on the two bikes.

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However … MEC bungled my order for the $550 last-year’s-model. Instead I had to buy this year’s model now $775. AND I needed to accessorize twice. Quite costly.

adding water bottle and pump
adding water bottle and pump