Podcast Transcripts

Pandemic Populism – Season 2 Wrap Up

Posted on October 20, 2021

In Season 2 of Letters from a Contrarian, I sought to understand what went wrong with Canada’s pandemic response, and what a more ethical, constitutional, and tolerable response would’ve looked like. I summarize my two answers to these questions based on the conversations I had with my guests in Season 2 in this episode. I also go through why crypto, web3, and decentralization is the best way to preserve liberal values without the use of naked power. — Send inRead More

Bruce Pardy – Vaccine Passports

Posted on September 1, 2021

Bruce Pardy is a law professor at Queen’s University.  Link to Anchor (where you’ll find links to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc). References for Pardy’s claim that you’re just as likely to catch COVID-19 if you’ve been vaccinated than if you haven’t: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0730-mmwr-covid-19.html https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7031e2.htm?s_ci https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/07/30/1022867219/cdc-study-provincetown-delta-vaccinated-breakthrough-mask-guidance?t=1628295537352 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1 https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/british-study-shows-covid-19-vaccine-efficacy-wanes-under-delta-2021-08-18/ — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eugene-fernandes1/message

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: eugenefernandes.com/letters-from-a-contrarian Show-notes 2:51 How the JCCF tapped BrownRead 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. http://www.sfu.ca/~allen/LockdownReport.pdf 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: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/329438/9789241516839-eng.pdf 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

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

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

Ryan Elson: No Humble Opinions, Dialogue, Social Connection, and Changing Minds

Posted on December 29, 2020

For our last episode of 2020, Ryan Elson, the host of No Humble Opinions, joined us. You can learn more about Tribe and No Humble Opinions by finding him on facebook. He’s also pretty damn friendly, so make sure to say hi! Thanks for coming on Ryan. www.employmeet.com www.tribebelonging.com.au www.nohumbleopinions.com https://www.facebook.com/nohumbleopinions/ — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eugene-fernandes1/message

Matt Strauss, MD: Lockdowns, Trust, China, Philosophy, and Doctors.

Posted on November 28, 2020

0:05 Introduction, Strauss’ ostensibly contrarian opinion, media biases and framing, how lockdowns save lives, herd immunity, Great Barrington Declaration. 0:20 How we should be dealing with the COVID pandemic, masks, HIV, adults taking risks, additive vs. multiplicative risks, externalities, and seniors. 0:40 Governments, continued discussion, terror, democracy, cover-ups of Chernobyl and trust, China, Hong Kong. 0:50 Block the trolls, write well, learn your values and your arguments for them (by heart). Do you truly want a meaningful life? Soul crushingRead More

Dr Eddy Lang – Overdiagnosis, Cancer, ADHD, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Posted on November 2, 2020

Dr Lang shares his concerns about overdiagnosis in breast cancer and prostate cancer screening, among other conditions, like ADHD. We chat about the incentives behind overdiagnosis along with some solutions to it too. Lastly, we chat about how Equity, Diversity and Inclusion applies in his work. You can learn more from the following websites: canadiantaskforce.ca preventingoverdiagnosis.net You can reach Eddy on twitter at @eddylang1, and email him at eddy.lang [at] albertahealthservices [dot] ca. — This episode is sponsored by ·Read More

Ford v. Pardy — The Conflict on the Right

Posted on October 12, 2020

Hey everyone! We’re back! This week we have a debate between Caylan Ford, and Bruce Pardy. A debate between common good conservatism and libertarianism. The motion? “In the face of growing intolerance from the left, the state should enforce the virtues of common good conservatism rather than the freedoms of classical liberalism.” Enjoy! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eugene-fernandes1/message

Jesse Clarke (@jesseclarke95): Ex-Muslims, Abduction, Fathers, and Fear

Posted on August 12, 2020

Hey there 🙂 This week I spoke with Jesse Clarke, a charming ex-muslim activist from the UK. Enjoy! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eugene-fernandes1/message

JL (@stucatz101): From Finance to Carpentry, and Nassim Taleb.

Posted on August 3, 2020

Ciao everyone! This week I spoke with someone I met on twitter – a guy from Toronto who talked about the university system, graduating with a finance degree, going into carpentry, and more generally, his thoughts on how to become a skilled and competent person. Enjoy.  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eugene-fernandes1/message

Nadia Guo: Police Accountability, a Lawyer’s Reputation, Media Deception, and Sex Work

Posted on July 29, 2020

Welcome back. This week I spoke with Ms. Nadia Guo – a criminal defence lawyer and sex worker based in Toronto. You can reach her on twitter at @ngdefence. Enjoy.  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eugene-fernandes1/message

Dr. Ryan Alford: 7 Absolute Rights, Canada’s Unwritten Constitution, Torture, and Law Schools

Posted on July 20, 2020

Hey everyone! Dr. Ryan Alford is a tenured professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. On this episode, we discussed many things, like Baldwin and LaFontaine’s fight against the Tory oligarchy in Canada’s 19th century, Canada’s Unwritten Constitution, Blackstone, Coke, Instrumentalism, selection pressures on judges and professors, Bush v. Gore, judicial interference, how to overcome cultural, class, and racial barriers as a law graduate, what classes to take in law school, the Statement of Principles andRead More