How to Price Yourself as a Freelancer

Posted on June 15, 2021

A new friend of mine gave me two ways to value yourself on the market. The first is your hourly rate. The second is the value of the service you provide (usually the opportunity cost). To calculate your hourly rate, you can use your last job’s pay as a reference compare yourself to what freelancers on the market charge, calculate how much you’d need to live your dream life. Charging hourly tends to prevent you from making big gains though.Read More

Cruella (2021)

Posted on June 8, 2021

Cruella is a disappointing movie. It had suspense and glamour. However, it fell a bit flat on the plot, on the plot twist, and on the message. I didn’t like a couple of things. For one, the plot twist. The plot twist is that Cruella is the daughter of the Baroness. But I didn’t like it because it wastes the great tension and suspense that the director had created by pitting Cruella against the Baroness. It seemed like the conflictRead More

Democracy, Cancel Culture, and Western Values.

Posted on June 7, 2021

There are a couple of ideas running through my mind today. One is the shifting of our democratic institutions from one of representative democracy to one of direct democracy. Why can’t we all vote for every issue on our phones? Why shouldn’t we? Two is that cancel culture and mobbings are here to stay for as long as the technology which enables it continues to exist. Social media facilitates cancel culture and mobbings. The two go hand in hand. Three,Read More

D. Jared Brown – Revelations from Cross-Examining Manitoba’s Health Experts in Court

Posted on May 28, 2021

D. Jared Brown is a litigator and Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. References: Section 3 of Manitoba’s Public Health Act:  “If the exercise of a power under this Act restricts rights or freedoms, the restriction must be no greater than is reasonably necessary, in the circumstances, to respond to a health hazard, a communicable disease, a public health emergency or any other threat to public health.” Transcript and YouTube Video: Show-notes 2:51 How the JCCF tapped BrownRead More

How much of an activist should one be?

Posted on May 27, 2021

Lockdowns, police brutality and violence, curfews, a loss of freedoms, student loans. These are a few things that deeply bother me. So far, I’ve been using instagram as an outlet to vent, because I “have to do something.” And yet, there was a question within me: how much of an activist should I be? To be an activist is to be someone who “campaigns to bring about political or social change.” And in my own way, I was being anRead More

My Personal Vaccine Hesitancy

Posted on May 24, 2021

I had an appointment booked for this Thursday to get the vaccine, but cancelled at the last minute. I don’t feel confident about the jab just yet. There are two reasons for why. First, I can’t properly weigh all of the risks. Second, I don’t trust the leaders who are deploying the vaccine. When you don’t know what a course of action’s risks are, you generally don’t take the action. If you’re about to take an international flight and suspectRead More

Dr. Doug Allen – The Flaws in COVID-19 Modelling (Epidemiological and Economic)

Posted on May 1, 2021

Dr. Doug Allen is a professor of economics at Simon Fraser University. Link to YouTube Link to Anchor (which has links to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc). References: Allen. Covid Lockdown Cost/Benefits: A Critical Assessment of the Literature. April 2021. Atkeson, Kopecky and Zha. “Four Stylized Facts about COVID-19.” August 2020. doi = 10.3386/w27719 Timestamps: 2:15   His original thoughts on the pandemic when it first hit, and then how his thoughts changed. 6:10   What were the four false assumptionsRead More

Dave Redman – Models, Mismanagement, and Emergency Planning

Posted on March 31, 2021

Here’s a link to the YouTube video. References: The World Health Organization’s 2019 guide on Non-pharmaceutical public health measures for mitigating the risk and impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza: 0m 38s Emergency management looks out for hazards, for those most vulnerable to the hazard, and then connects the relevant stakeholders. For some reason, the government decided that COVID wasn’t a societal-wide emergency, but rather, just a health emergency. We knew back in February who was dying from COVID-19.Read More

Style Fundamentals

Posted on March 22, 2021

By Tim Dessaint. Alright! Let’s learn about fashion. It’s very stressful for me to shop for clothes. The stress comes from worrying about how other people view you. But despite the stress, looking good is a virtue that must be cultivated. So I will try to learn about fashion, whatever that means. One video I watched by Tim Dessaint gave me a taxonomy which I could use to help me evaluate and understand clothing. I can ask myself about theRead More

The Ontology of Political Philosophy

Posted on March 10, 2021

The question I have is this: what is the nature of a claim made in political philosophy? It’s a super cool and interesting question because political philosophical truths are not literal exactly. They’re not exactly falsifiable either. They’re more like paradigms through which we view a particular government or state. They are more like beliefs of action rather than empirical beliefs. They’re also timeless. So they’re not falsifiable. But perhaps they are. Let’s take Rawls as an example. To recapRead More

Beyond Order by J.B. Peterson – Summary/Notes

Posted on March 5, 2021

Overture: This book was written while struggling through the pandemic, sicknesses in his daughter, his wife, and himself. He first started using benzodiazepines to help with his anxiety in 2016. He took more in March 2019 because his anxiety skyrocketed during Mikhaila’s surgery and his wife’s surgeries. He switched off of benzos and tried ketamine instead in May of 2019 because the benzos weren’t reducing his anxiety. Then came the withdrawal symptoms – akathisia. So he went back on theRead More

Dr. Ari Joffe: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Lockdowns

Posted on February 28, 2021

Thanks for checking out the episode! Here’s a link to it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, and YouTube.  A few notes: Group think caused us to adopt lockdowns, not good thought. The strongest predictor of lockdown adoption was whether neighbouring countries did so too. Lockdowns should be voluntary rather than mandatory – people who are willing to take the risk should be free to do so. The exit will be when the R value of COVID is lessRead More

A Call to Disobey COVID Restrictions

Posted on February 27, 2021

Either a law is just or unjust. If it’s unjust, it should be opposed. Civil disobedience, protests, and writing a letter to your representative in Parliament are all different ways to oppose an unjust law. For me in Montreal, it is illegal to visit another person at their residence. It is also illegal to leave my residence between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am. I think both the visitation restriction and the curfew are unjust. And I thinkRead More

Season 2 Trailer

Posted on February 27, 2021

I’m back. Table of Contents: [0:00] The government and my fellow citizens don’t seem to be responsibly balancing public health with our rights and freedoms. This makes me sad and worried.  [0:40] The curfew in Quebec is unreasonable. I don’t think it would pass the Oakes test. Walkthrough of all 4 steps.  [7:54] My fellow citizens seem to be experiencing cognitive dissonance. They speak in favour of the restrictions, but break the law over and over again. More broadly, supportRead More

Should I visit Philippe? Pt. II

Posted on January 6, 2021

In my last post, I outlined the scope of my research. In this post, I’ll try and specify what information I need to find in order to answer my research question: “is the government’s prohibition that I do not visit Philippe a legitimate one?” Well, I can think of a few different ways to address this. The first is legal. We could ask whether a health officer is legally allowed to make ordinances. We could ask whether the opposition andRead More