Apr 092020
 


In dealing with the COVID-19 disease, it seems the most popular prescription has been the establishment of what amounts to a police state. Already, the necessary elements of a police state are firmly in place.

We have seen state ordered shut downs of economic activity and social assembly, the establishment of snitch lines, legal prohibitions regarding access to the commons, outrageous and unjust monetary fines and jail sentences for failing to ‘distance’, and propaganda campaigns based on dubious statistics and arguments. To say nothing of the unprecedented degree of government deficit spending.

What’s truly frightening is the delight that many in positions of power (and many in the public) are exhibiting with regard to keeping the shut down going for as long as possible.

That perhaps helps explain why the least popular prescription in dealing with COVID-19 is the prescription of drugs shown to be effective in actually treating the disease. And alarmingly, it’s beginning to look as if public health treatments sought to address the pandemic – like ventilators – may actually be another case of ‘the cure being worse than the disease.’

The grim projections regarding COVID-19 are falling far short of being realized. Yet our politicians persist with their destructive police state policies.

Consequently, we will shortly be facing truly grim projections, less about the still very low COVID-19 numbers, but more about the coming crisis caused by the political destruction of the global economy.

The question on everyone’s mind now is: Will things ever be Just Right again?

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Apr 022020
 

Now that the first ‘two crucial weeks’ of a state-imposed lockdown have passed, we have entered a second ‘two crucial weeks’ period – with promises of more ‘two week crucial periods’ ahead of us – as everyone waits to see if the anticipated statistical predictions regarding COVID-19 actually come to pass.

First, we were faced with a coronavirus health pandemic. Then, world governments created a second crisis by shutting down their economies and precipitating an unemployment pandemic and a financial pandemic. Now, it appears that we have a serious COVID-19 ‘statistics crisis,’ which may in the end be the one most responsible for precipitating all the fear and panic concerning the first two.

An increasing number of analysts are calling into question the validity of COVID-19 projections based on extrapolations of very dubious data samplings. There is also evidence surfacing that the statistics are being manipulated to present a false picture of the situation.

For example, there is a huge difference between measuring ‘cases’ of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and measuring the number of people suffering from the COVID-19 disease. Yet our governments have intentionally decided to treat each of these very distinct concepts as being identical.

It is becoming increasingly recognized that the statistics cited in our daily COVID19 updates may not be statistically valid. and do not represent valid comparisons or projections. Continue reading »

Mar 262020
 


Recent drastic actions taken by various global governments have called into question the wisdom of their forcing a ‘cure’ on the populace that is far worse than the disease.

“Facts. Not fear,” proclaim Canadian government officials as they proceed to terrify Canadians from coast to coast about the coronavirus. Yet the only ‘facts’ offered are meaningless statistics such as, for example, citing “688 cases with 5 in hospital and 19 deaths.”

How do these statistics (which are dwarfed by comparative statistics related to a host of other viral infections) possibly justify any of the actions being taken by our politicians? Do our politicians know something we don’t know? If so, not telling us is as big a crime as one can imagine.

We have been told that this is being done “to protect the health and safety of Canadians.” We have been told that this is being done “to flatten the curve and plank the curve.” We have been told that things “will get worse before they get better.” Continue reading »

Jun 072018
 

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Since last joining us on Just Right, Amir Farahi of the London Institute has become the Chair of London’s Transportation Committee, been appointed to the Municipal Advisory Committee for Rapid Transit, and has become project manager of a $20 million development plan called Venture London.

Over the same period, Amir’s views have become less accessible to the London community. He no longer appears on the weekly Wednesday CJBKam1290 round-table with Ken Eastwood and Lisa Brandt or on Andy Oudman’s Live Drive, which has been dropped by the same station. And because of the recent folding of a London community newspaper, Our London, Amir’s regular and insightful columns about municipal issues are also no longer available there.

So it should be no surprise that Amir now plans to provide a fresh media platform for people who have “lost the opportunity to be a voice for reason” in the London community. Stay tuned for further developments on this front as we delve into the controversies that have driven all of these changes and developments.

As examples of the municipal themes Amir is now dealing with in an official capacity are those discussed on today’s show: the traffic problem, the drug problem and the political problem – issues facing municipalities everywhere. Continue reading »

The Age of Outrage – 002 – Robbing Peterson / Overpaying Paul

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Feb 182018
 

“So we’re saying that” Jordan Peterson’s infamous Channel 4 interview with Cathy Newman is just one of the issues that John Otis and Scott (the Brick Wall) Williams-Oakes found was generating a lot of outrage. That outrage went both ways: those who were upset by Newman’s twisting everything that Peterson said to fit her own narrative, and those who were blaming Peterson for the vitriol and outrage aimed at Newman following her outrageous interview.

Also on John and Scott’s outrage meter this week are Ontario’s new minimum wage laws. These laws also generated outrage in two directions: the outrage expressed by the businesses forced to cope with the additional forced and artificial expense and the outrage felt by those angered when some businesses cut back on voluntary staff benefits in response.

Or how about the more fundamental and universal outrage felt by the Left who shout versions of ‘make the rich pay’ and argue that those who earn millions of dollars should be robbed because “no one works for $60 million.” Now that’s really outrageous! Continue reading »

502 – Gods of the machinations

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Apr 272017
 

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ECONOMICS – In One Uneasy Lesson: It is often difficult to reconcile the stark contrast between reports that the economy is improving and/or performing well, and those suggesting that the growing condition of poverty is reaching a crisis stage.

Some explain the contrast using the “one per cent” theory. They argue that the economy is doing well for the one percent, but not for the rest. There’s a grain of truth to that statistic, but not in the sense intended. Once understood, it is simply not a cause for concern.

For many attempting to keep from becoming part of the poverty statistics, it is the intricacies and challenges of finding a job, establishing a career, or embarking upon a new financial venture that is the real concern. These concerns simply cannot be reflected in economic/political statistics or theories – no matter how accurate or valid.

The theoretically accurate principles of economics can be taught in one simple lesson, as Henry Hazlitt demonstrated in his 1946 economic masterpiece, Economics in One Lesson, a lesson that was easily expressed in two to three pages. Continue reading »

493 – Ending the limits on the Uber debate

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Feb 232017
 

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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. Continue reading »