496 – Rapid transit bullShift – When ‘A’ is not ‘A’

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Mar 162017
 

Bus

“Shift” is the name of the City of London Ontario’s plan to spend well over half a billion (federal/provincial/municipal) tax dollars on a “Rapid Transit” system.

Supporters of Shift say the Rapid Transit service is “more than a people mover,” as the headline in the Mar 11 London Free Press expressed it. It is municipal council’s “vision for London’s future” and is fundamentally based on the “build-it-and-they-will-come” theory. A key component of this vision of the future is to get us all to leave our cars in favor of public transit, biking, and walking (as literally expressed in the Shift plan).

“Down Shift” is the name of an association of downtown London merchants who have formed to oppose the city’s “Shift.”

Ironically, these same merchants are also “members” of another “association” called the London Downtown Business Association (LDBA). When they turned to the LDBA for help, they discovered that their “association” is no such thing! Continue reading »

Mar 022017
 

Amir Farahi

Armed with the courage of his convictions, Londoner Amir Farahi has launched an on-line petition, No to London, Ontario becoming a Sanctuary City, which has caused a sea of controversy in the city.

At some point, we have to stand up to the politically-correct, social-constructivist, post-modernist society that we have today. If you oppose an idea that doesn’t meet the agenda of those who call themselves ‘progressives’ – especially if you are male and white – you are automatically ‘privileged,’ you are automatically a ‘white supremacist’…

I don’t care how politically risky it is. I will stand firm.

On today’s Just Right, Amir shares some of his experiences in having become London Ontario’s principal and principled voice against the city’s motion to become a “sanctuary” for those fleeing the United States. Politically precipitated by US president Trump’s travel/immigration restrictions against seven nations (among them, Iran), Amir objects to London’s setting up any kind of “sanctuary” – from just laws.

An Iranian immigrant himself, Amir has found himself opposed by various “Marxist organizations,” including members of the Occupy Movement, Solidarity Across Borders, No One Is Illegal In London, and even a fan of Vladimir Lenin who accused him of being a ‘traitor to this country’ for opposing the sanctuary proposal. And of course, there’s the usual gang of city hall politicians and administrators who regularly seek sanctuary from the opinions of their voters. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

Uber

In the city of London Ontario last week, a 7-6 municipal council vote defeating a motion to force cameras into vehicles driven by Uber drivers was seen as a victory for the ride-sharing company. But the conflict between the taxi “industry” and the Uber “ride sharing service” is certainly far from over.

Vowing to “regroup” after the municipal vote setback, Roger Caranci of the London Taxi Association has been single-mindedly pushing a “safety first” justification for continuing the local taxi monopoly and maintaining the limit on the number of taxis permitted to operate in the city. It is a strategy that has remained unchanged since his first live on-air debate with Bob Metz in 2015, through his second live debate with Bob in 2016 and through his live appearance on talk radio following the municipal vote last week.

On today’s broadcast of Just Right, you’ll get to hear their on-going debate in a way that will leave no doubts in your mind about the one huge taboo topic that Mr. Caranci and the taxi industry fear most: any discussion of taxi limits.

Refusing to discuss limits forces the discussion to one of irrelevant distractions employed to keep everyone’s attention away from the limits.

The good news is that Caranci’s defence of the taxi monopoly using his “safety first” spin has begun to wear thin with the public and with London city councillors alike. Without his “safety” shield, Caranci may find himself in a very vulnerable position in terms of his own credibility. We can hardly wait to see what his next monopoly rationalization will be, after he “regroups” with the industry that has hired him to protect it from competition.

It’s time to end the limits – both on the number of taxi drivers allowed, and on the debate itself. Setting both free from their limits would be Just Right by us.

Sep 032015
 

Hong Kong Monopoly

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Slaves to slavery: economic slavery, debt as slavery, work and life as slavery, the two grand choices for production – capitalism or slavery, where life offers no choices, why natural obligations are not slavery,
18:50 Not why capitalism works: George Gilder on capitalism’s secret – altruism, refuting Gilder’s case, needs of others, greed as immediate consumption, capitalist entrepreneurs, voluntarism, hope of civilization, moral code, conditions of capitalism
34:45 Cab fair: Orest Katolyk – London bylaw enforcement, taxi monopoly, Uber charges, gild socialism, issue distractions Uber alles, technology apps, city’s protection racket, Roger Caranci, limit on number of taxi licenses, so what’s a monopoly, fixed pie economy theories behind taxi monopoly
45:00 Monopoly’s monopoly on monopoly: 80th anniversary of Monopoly – the game, Monopoly is not about capitalism, capitalists vs capitalism, a brief history of Monopoly the board game, Anti-Monopoly the board game, how Monopoly helped WWII prisoners in Germany, Sept 2015 monopoly tournament in Macau China 57:33 END

Jun 182015
 

Patrick Brown

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Greater than the sum: Just Right updates, audio productions, video productions, plans for print productions
16:45 Blurring the debate with meaningless concepts: participatory democracy, monopolies, London municipal strike, teachers strike, Canada Post super mailboxes, business and labour monpolies, competition, clear meanings, predictable consequences
27:20 Putting people first is idea-illogical: putting people before ideology, ideology, floating adjectives and abstractions
35:15 Patrick’s ideological Brownout: Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, Christine Elliott, pragmatism, progressive, conservative, fiscal conservatism, compassionate conservatism, Bill Davis, David Peterson, anti-capitalists, avoiding ideological labels, moving the conversation forward 57:02 END

Oct 302014
 

Russell Brand

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Party politics – parting politicians: London municipal election results, the Fontana Ate, Fontana’s council not dysfunctional, socialists are dysfunctional, zero percent tax increase promise, the power of a repeated lie, legal theft vs illegal theft, election signs, door-knocking, voter turnover between elections, the media agenda, defacto political party, party politics in municipal elections, predicting a boring council
16:30 Change please: London municipal election results, change but little difference, Toronto election, right and left, consensus and debate, Ontario Ombudsman says democracy unfolding, forcing people to vote, voting as a duty or a right, freedom of religion
30:05 Islamists Branded mental: Russell Brand’s tirade against Stephen Harper, Ottawa terrorist link to ISIS inescapable, religious motivation or mental illness, insensitivity of Russell Brand, Russell Brand’s brand of politics, Brand promotes destruction and anarchy, True News is distorted news
49:05 Just right copyright: Political parties and news copyright, Conservative government’s omnibus bill, CTV News protests, no copyright in news, radio and TV advertising, democratic freedom 56:30 END