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On this episode, I sit down with "Barely Legal Leelando" of Underground Peepshow to talk about nerdy burlesque, how he got started, misconceptions about it, challenges in doing it, and more.
Direct download: curiositycrossroads.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

On this episode, I sit down with "Barely Legal Leelando" of Underground Peepshow to talk about nerdy burlesque, how he got started, misconceptions about it, challenges in doing it, and more.
Direct download: 14_nimh_episode14_underground_peepshow.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

On this episode, David, Lisa and Adrian talk about the idea of a "cool teacher", learning styles, home schooling, technology in the classroom (Digital Aristotle), the biggest misconceptions about teaching and the most true stereotypes about teachers

[55m38s runtime]
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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Intro Music: “My Mentor” by Fair to Midland
Outro Music: “House of Cards (Instrumental Demo)” by Adam Emanon

On this episode, I talk to the cast of the Staff Loungin’ podcast, 3 of Toronto’s finest teachers - David Pluscauskas, Lisa Raposo and Adrian Bowers.

We talk about the idea of a “cool teacher”, learning styles, home schooling, technology in the classroom (Digital Aristotle), the biggest misconceptions about teaching and the most true stereotypes about teachers.

David, Lisa and Adrian were a delight and they shared lots of great insights and made my job as interviewer incredibly easy.

@AdamEmanon
www.adamemanon.com

Staff Loungin’ Episode 22 (which I guested on)

Staff Loungin’ Podcast (LibSyn)
Staff Lougnin’ Podcast (iTunes)
@staffloungin
@TheRealMrPlus
53 Johnsons NFL RedZone Recap (Podcast/Blog)

Links/References:
Smodcast
Caustic Soda Podcast
The Joe Rogan Experience
Scanner Personality Type
"Barely Literate? How Christian Fundamentalist Homeschooling Hurts Kids" (Quiverfull) Article (re: Homeschooling and the problems related to it)
CGP Grey YouTube Channel
Digital Aristotle Video
Good@Studios.us
Remind 101 - Free safe text messaging for teachers
School of One
Khan Academy

Direct download: 13-5_nimh_episode13-5_staffloungin.mp3.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

I talk to Toronto Teacher David Pluscauskas about the controversies surrounding the documentary "Waiting for Superman" (about America's education system), what he thinks needs to happen to improve the system (including a documentary he is working on), his podcast, teaching autistic kids, and more.

[51m55s runtime]
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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Intro Music: “Informative Timeline” by Fair to Midland
Outro Music: “Closure” by Adam Emanon

On this episode, I interview David Pluscauskas, Toronto teacher and host of the Staff Loungin’ podcast.

We spend the first chunk of the episode talking about the documentary “Waiting for Superman”, we talk about David’s experiences teaching and his ideas on what needs to change, and about his podcast and a documentary he is working on, about teaching.

"Waiting for Superman" trailer:
http://youtu.be/ZKTfaro96dg

Mr. Bergstrom (Simpsons Reference)

www.adamemanon.com
@AdamEmanon
adam@adamemanon.com

http://staffloungin.libsyn.com
@TheRealMrPlus
@StaffLoungin

Direct download: 13_nimh_episode13_teaching.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

After the recording of the formal interview for Episode 13, I asked my guest one more question which led to some good insights for me that I wanted to share.

Hello dear listeners. I completed the recording of Episode 13 (to be released on Monday, Aug 19) earlier this week, and after the official interview had been completed, I let the recorder keep going, as often I find post show insights very interesting.

I happened to share one of the original reasons why I started this podcast with my guest and some insights came from that which I wanted to share. So here is a nice little 10 minute bonus for you.

I was speaking to David Pluscauskas of the Staff Loungin’ podcast and had asked him his advice on getting into public speaking.

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Theme/Intro music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova.
Outro music: “Resisting the Pull” by Adam Emanon.

Direct download: 13_nimh_bonus_minisode_thejourney.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

I talk to Kenneth, manager of a Toronto Pet Store that specializes in Reptiles. We talk about the recent tragic news story where a Python escaped and killed 2 boys, by-laws around exotic animals, why you shouldn't bring home an animal from the wild as a pet, common misconceptions about ownership and care of both common and exotic animals and why owning a pet of any kind should be an informed decision.

[46m00s runtime]

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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Intro bed music: “Spring” by Adam Emanon
Outro bed music: “Fortress/Natural Mother” by Adam Emanon

On this episode, I talk to Kenneth, manager of a Toronto Pet Store that specializes in Reptiles. We talk about the recent tragic news story where a Python escaped and killed 2 boys, by-laws around exotic animals, why you shouldn’t bring home an animal from the wild as a pet, common misconceptions about ownership and care of both common and exotic animals and why owning a pet of any kind should be an informed decision.

References:
African Rock Python escapes its enclosure and kills 2 boys
Little Res Q - www.littleresq.net
Reptiles Canada - www.reptilescanada.com
http://www.redearslider.com/

Turtles and Lizards sealed in plastic bags as keychains in China
Why you should never litter and risk your garbage getting in the ocean (it affects sea life very negatively)

www.adamemanon.com
@AdamEmanon
adam@adamemanon.com

Direct download: 12_nimh_episode12_exoticpets.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

I talk to Communications Coordinator David Christopher of Open Media about the campaigns/research that Open Media does, the differences between Canada and the US in the space which Open Media operates, privacy issues in the news and resources for people who want to get involved themselves.

[37m40s runtime]
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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Intro/Outro Music: “Severance” by Portal

OpenMedia.ca is a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open and affordable Internet. We work towards informed & participatory digital policy.

On this episode, I talk to Communications Coordinator David Christopher of Open Media about the campaigns/research that Open Media does, the differences between Canada and the US in the space which Open Media operates, privacy issues in the news and resources for people who want to get involved themselves.

Questions I asked David include:
-What do you do at Open Media and what does Open Media do in general?
-Your website says you bring citizen voices to government. What kind of feedback do you get, how often and what are the primary sources vs the most effective ones?
-What are some successes that Open Media has achieved and would you say online petitions work?
-What type of research does Open Media do, and what are you currently researching?
-Tell me about Open Media’s volunteers/team
-What is the biggest misconception about what Open Media does?
-What is the biggest challenge that Open Media faces as an organization?

Stories from the news:
-Voltage pictures suing independent Canadian ISP TekSavvy for subscriber info re: illegal downloads
-The CRTC approved takeover of Astral Media by Bell Global Media
-The Canadian Government potentially stripping the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) of some or all of its independence
-The Edward Snowden/NSA situation

Links:
www.openmedia.ca
www.ourfairdeal.org
www.secretspying.ca
www.demandchoice.ca
www.eff.org
www.eff.org/issues/tpp
www.fightforthefuture.org

www.adamemanon.com
@AdamEmanon

Direct download: 11_nimh_episode11_openmedia.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

John and Thomas of GreenScience Technologies talk about what their company does, why they do it and what the future may hold in the realm of processing organic consumer waste.

[58m33s runtime]

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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Bed music: "In the beginning…" by Adam Emanon

Recently I visited GreenScience Technologies’ home base in Etobicoke, where I had a tour and a sit down interview with founder John Ashbee and COO Thomas Christiansen.

We talked about why they started the company, John provides some insight into the physics and economics of recycling and landfills, Thomas talks about the urban farm they operate onsite, John explains what a worm casting is, Thomas explains what the biggest misconception is of their business, John talks about the patented technology that they use in their process and how they found the right investors for the corporation.

@AdamEmanon
www.adamemanon.com
adam@adamemanon.com

@OR2Soil

References:

www.greenscience.ca
www.csrplus.com
Vineland Research Station
Change Canada
Daily Bread Food Bank

"The Power of Community" (book/documentary about Cuba’s urban farming)
"Confronting Collapse" by Michael Ruppert
"30 Days" (TV Show produced by Morgan Spurloch)
Sweden and Norway both “too efficient” at disposing of waste/recycling, forced to import from other countries to fill their capacity

Direct download: 10_nimh_episode10_greenscience.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Some quick thoughts on Privacy, Facebook, Edward Snowden and more. Is it 1984 yet?

Hi everyone. I’ve been wanting to do a short, Planet Money/99% Invisible style episode, no guest, just me talking about a subject thoughtfully.

 

Thus I give you, NiMhonologue, the first.

 

20m40s runtime.
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@AdamEmanon

Music for this episode:
Theme Music - “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Bed music - “Dig up the past to bury the future” by Adam Emanon and “Natural Mother” by Adam Emanon
Outro Music - “Shudder” by Finger Eleven

Direct download: 01_nimhonologue1.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Mara has a BA in Linguistics (the scientific study of language) and we talk about just that! the quirks (and similarities) of different languages, the history of language and even typography, what it's like to learn a new language and of course, hollywood's representation of dealing with people who don't speak English well

[01h27m39s runtime]

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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Intro Music: “Fortress/Natural Mother” by Adam Emanon
Outro Music: “(This song’s just) Six Words Long” by Weird Al Yankovic

It’s that time again! Mara is back for the second half of our marathon podcasting session. Last time we talked Roller Derby (that episode should be available again very soon), this time we talk language. I have to say honestly this has been one of the most fun shows I’ve done. It was a perfect mixture of me already having a decent knowledge base to inform my comments and questions, but still learning several things in the process.

Mara has a BA in Linguistics, I just read alot.

Links:
www.ethnologue.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto
http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/9-easy-languages-for-english-speakers-to-learn/
http://mentalfloss.com/article/49238/7-sentences-sound-crazy-are-still-grammatical
http://mentalfloss.com/article/31904/12-letters-didnt-make-alphabet

"What American English Sounds like to Non-English Natives"
http://youtu.be/BZXcRqFmFa8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_Days_%28TV_series%29 (“Life on an Indian Reservation” is Season 3 Episode 6)
Windtalkers (Movie, 2002)

(Free) Language Learning Websites
*note this features primarily Spanish resources which Adam has spent the most time with
www.duolingo.com (highly recommended)
www.memrise.com
www.livemocha.com
www.spanishdict.com
www.newsinslowspanish.com (partially free)
www.newsinslowfrench.com (partially free)
http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/
http://radiolingua.com/shows/spanish/coffee-break-spanish/
www.spanishpod101.com (partially free)
http://www.lossimpsonsonline.com.ar/capitulos-online/espanol-latino/temporada-2/
http://www.seriesyonkis.com/serie/futurama
http://zachary-jones.com/zambombazo/
http://www.elmundotoday.com/
www.reddit.com/r/languagelearning
http://www.reddit.com/r/Spanish/comments/15g6ij/i_am_looking_for_kids_type_shows_in_spanish_to/
www.ankisrs.net

Other:

www.adaemanon.com
@AdamEmanon
Adam Emanon on YouTube

@BrattyCardia

Direct download: 09_nimh_episode9b_mara_language.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Brandon and I discuss how he got started in props and special effects, working and making contacts in the industry, protecting your reputation and the pros and cons of creative work.

[48m48s runtime]
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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova (from the album “Annexia”)
Outro Music: “The Bronze Age” by Adam Emanon (from the EP “Subterranean”, available for free via Bandcamp or adamemanon.com)

On this Episode, I sat down with Brandon Dale of Dale Sabers and Replicas to talk about a whole lot of things!

We talked about props, replicas, special effects, video and film production, toys, costumes, costume planning, material tips, working in a creative field, working on contracts, protecting your professional reputation, how to advance in the industry, where NOT to go to school for film and video production, Adam Savage and the Mythbusters, Brandon’s video and film production credits, stores that Brandon recommends for materials, the perils of latex and more!

Video of the light saber from the episode:http://youtu.be/EcBU6LkK4Ew

References from the episode:
www.ascreations.com
www.nightfallstudio.com
www.plecterlabs.com
www.raindance.org/toronto/
www.littleredtheatre.on.ca
www.therpf.com
www.sculpturesupply.com
www.pjfxstudio.ca - Paul Jones Special Effects
http://con-g.com/2012/guest-profile-tom-savage-bandito-savage/
www.ak2k.com - Aaron Kyte
http://objexunlimited.com/
http://www.tested.com/still-untitled-the-adam-savage-project/ - Adam Savage’s Podcast

www.facebook.com/dalesabers
www.twitter.com/dalesabers
www.adamemanon.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adam-Emanon/50757701999
www.twitter.com/adamemanon
adam@adamemanon.com

Direct download: 08_nimh_episode8_dalesabers.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Patricia tells her story of self-advocacy to get the right surgery for her to get to a healthy weight, and the misinformation out there in favour of gastric bypass surgery and against the duodenal switch procedure
Direct download: 07_nimh_episode7a_patricia_woodford.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Patricia explains what being a prosecutor entails, we discuss chronic migraines, and she tells her story of self-advocacy to get the right surgery for her to get to a healthy weight.

[Full Version 01h41m45s runtime]
[self advocacy section begins roughly 30 mins into the full version]
[Short Version 01h10m31s runtime] - Advocacy/Weight Loss segment only

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Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova from the album “Annexia”
Outro Music: “You Learn About It” by The Gathering from the album “Souvenirs”

I have known Trish for a few years now, we met at a game night through Toronto Boardgame and Social, a meetup.com group. When I met her, she was a bigger girl (weighing over 200 pounds at 5’2”), but her personality instantly won me over, and she is as they say “not just a pretty face”, she’s a smart cookie too.

Trish and I have realized through getting to know each other that we have a few things in common. We talk about some of them here (including us both suffering from chronic migraines), and Trish explains a bit about her job (she is a prosecutor).

The main focus of this episode however, is Trish’s personal experience in deciding to get surgery to get her weight under control and investigating her options. OHIP (Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan) tried to steer her (and everyone else) into getting a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure, but she found through her personal research (including medical journals) that it has a high failure rate and some really negative side effects which people are not properly informed about prior to surgery (assuming they don’t do their own research). She decided that her best bet was the Duodenal Switch procedure, but you can’t just request it because it is a rare and difficult surgery to perform. So she had to advocate for herself. And she did, successfully.

Trish shares with me her story, her experience, her research and her advice for others.

The 3 procedures that Trish talks about are:
Duodenal Switch - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duodenal_switch
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeve_gastrectomy
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roux-en-Y_gastric_bypass_surgery#Surgical_techniques

Resources and References:
www.bariatricregistry.ca
www.dsfacts.com - for info about Duodenal Switch
www.obesityhelp.com
www.obesityhelp.com/forums/amos - general forum
www.obesityhelp.com/forums/on - ontario forum
www.wheatbellyblog.com

http://instagram.com/trishto13

www.adamemanon.com
www.twitter.com/adamemanon
adam@adamemanon.com

Direct download: 07_nimh_episode7_patricia_woodford.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Heather meets with me at LLC HQ to talk about how these two companies got started and her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who might want to follow in her footsteps.

[30:00 min runtime]

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Intro/Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova from the album “Annexia”
Voice-over bed music: “The mark has been made” by Nine Inch Nails from the album “The Fragile”, Disc 2 (Right).

I first met Heather a few years ago when she worked at Drake International. She was running a job search workshop that I attended. We connected on Linked-In and now a few years later I stumbled back upon her profile. I was very excited to see what she was up to and wanted to talk to her about it.

The interview went really well, I almost didn’t even need to ask any prepared questions as Heather was very articulate and insightful. She made it very easy and I can’t thank her enough. Her story is both interesting and inspiring and she gave some great advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
It was my pleasure to interview Heather and I hope the connect as many interested parties with her as possible to help make Ladies Learning Code and Hacker You a great success.
 
Direct download: 06_nimh_episode6_heather_payne.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Michael has an Honours Degree in Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies. We talk about what criminology is, the attitude towards crime of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, courtrooms, the difference between Canadian and American courts, learning styles and left-handedness.

[01h26m41s runtime]

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Intro/Theme music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova
Outro music: “Splitzkrein” by Portal

Michael is my longest running current friend. We met a little over a decade ago and bonded over a mutual interest in Battletech/MechWarrior.

We have always had interesting discussions on a variety of subjects as we both read alot, and Michael was one of the only two guests on the original iteration of this podcast.

Michael went to University and earned an Honours Degree in Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies. We talk about what criminology is, the direction taken in regards to crime management by the Canadian Government, courtrooms, the difference between Canadian and American courts, learning styles and left-handedness (Michael is left-handed, I’ve adapted to be partially so due to issues with my right arm),

References from the episode:
TED Talk - Top 5 dangerous things you should let your kid do - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXhddUqNNjo
12 Angry Men film (1997 version) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118528/?ref_=sr_2
Wrongly Convicted People in Canada - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/08/06/f-wrongfully-convicted.html
Game Theory - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory
Rote style of learning - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rote_learning
TED Talk - The World Peace Game - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_UTgoPUTLQ / www.theworldpeacegame.com
Commie pinko comments - http://www.anarreshealth.ca/node/972 (it is mainly Don Cherry speaking in this video but he is giving an endorsement speech for Rob Ford, in Rob’s presence)
The 40 Year Old Boy Podcast - Year Five, Episode Twenty-Five “You should not have sat in that chair” (a story about Jury Duty) - http://www.mikeschmidtcomedy.com plus available on iTunes.
Gamification of Learning - http://kotaku.com/5890278/samurai-yetis-and-ninja-werewolves-how-one-teacher-turned-sixth-grade-into-an-mmo

Direct download: 05_nimh_episode5_michael.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Episode 4 features Adam McNeill, co-founder of SquidThink Media, we discuss the trials of university, trying to become a teacher, leadership, going after what you want and what it takes to get it. (www.squidthink.com , noiseinmyheadpod.tumblr.com)

[1h51m51s runtime]

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Episode 4 features Adam McNeill, co-founder of SquidThink Media, we discuss the trials of university, trying to become a teacher, leadership, going after what you want and what it takes to get it.

http://www.squidthink.com / @SquidThink
http://www.adamemanon.com / @AdamEmanon
Email: adam@adamemanon.com

References:
Fight Club - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/?ref_=sr_1
Way of the Gun - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202677/?ref_=sr_1
Man gang raped by 4 women, the internet mocks him - https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:_O4fNWeZAHYJ:womenspost.ca/articles/socialnetworking/50-most-disgusting-responses-torontos-male-rape-victim+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=firefox-a
Manic Time - http://www.manictime.com

Direct download: 04_nimh_episode4_adam_mcneill.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Episode 3 (my first on location record), features Jason Holborn, a screenwriter who used to eat ALOT of sugar and then discovered how unhealthy it is, and after some trial and error, kicked the habit, to the point of going over 100 days without any processed/refined sugars. This is his story.

[46m45s runtime]

 

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(Theme Music: “Noise in my Head” Clarknova)
(Intro/Outro Music: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies)

 

During the interview, I ask Jason questions from this list:
1. What brought you to the point of making a serious effort to kick sugar?
2. Did you quit eating ALL sugar, or just processed/refined sugar?
3. What was the hardest part?
4. Have you saved money since you made the change?
5. Have you converted/convinced anyone else to do the same?
6. Have you noticed you feel better/more energetic or that you sleep better now?
7. How do you avoid sugar when you go out on the town?
8. Tips or resources?

www.adamemanon.com
@AdamEmanon
adam@adamemanon.com

www.jasonholborn.com
info@jasonholborn.com
Jason’s kind response to my interview

www.stugarstacks.com
Sugar - The Bitter Truth video:
http://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM

"The Science of Sweetness":
http://youtu.be/qQarsq-1ykE

Direct download: 03_nimh_episode3_jason_holborn.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Episode 2 features my friend Steve - who has a bachelors degree in history - where we go around the table on a swath of topics including traditions, history, science, religion, philosophy, comedy and the perils of rape culture.

[1h57m51s runtime]

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(Intro Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova from the album “Annexia”)
(Outro Music: “Your Kettle” by Portal from the album “Blood Red Tape”)

Steve (pictured above) and I talk about traditions, history, science, religion, philosophy, the perils of Rape Culture and more.

I am very happy with how the conversation panned out and all the interesting topics that we covered.

References:
CGP Grey YouTube Channel
Rape Culture 101
Che Guevara Wikipedia

Direct download: 02_nimh_episode2_steve.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

Episode 1 features Moshe the Anarcho-Capitalism Libertarian - where we debate the merits of minimum wage, independent security firms in a free society and whether or not governments are inherently capitalist or not.

[1h34m43s runtime]

 

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(Intro Music: “Noise in my Head” by Clarknova from the album “Annexia”)
(Outro Music: “Your Kettle” by Portal from the album “Blood Red Tape”)

Moshe is a friend of mine from school. We shared an Environmental Economics class together. He complained that there was little to no actual economics involved in the class.

 

We had discussions and debates. He earned my respect in that he never let emotions get in the way of a solid, rational, logical debate of ideas. Even if we could not disagree more on the subject at hand (and we often didn’t agree). I only wish I could keep emotions uninvolved as well as he does.

 

We start by going over the following mini-essay that he wrote to me in advance of the show (emphasis added by me):

 

"The employment rate is currently about 60% in Canada, meaning 40% are not working, even though the official unemployment rate is only 7%. You also have to consider that part time workers, and qualified doctors driving taxis are considered to be "fully employed". The amount of real wealth in a country is directly related to the amount of labor employed. The wage rate, in contrast, is a nominal rate; meaning it’s just the number of sheets of paper people are rewarded. The only way that people can become more wealthy is by the amount of real production increasing. If someone is unable to earn the arbitrarily set discriminatory cut-off point of $10.25 an hour, they are forced to be unemployed. As hard as it is to get by on $10.24/hour or less, it’s considerably harder to get by with $0/hour. These people aren’t even part of the 7% unemployment rate, they are completely removed from the labor force. If they were working, they would be adding wealth to society, and increasing the standard of living for everyone. By creating the cut-off wage, or “minimum wage” as they call it, the government is both preventing these people from creating wealth, and preventing them from earning it. As a result, it generates poverty.

Here’s where it gets worse. In normal conditions, a person hired to work for a lousy wage, like $5/hour, would be able to gain experience, and learn on the job. Later, after gaining some on the job skills, they could earn much more than $10.25. If the employer is forced to pay them $10.25 before they have these skills, then why would they hire them? They’d be taking a loss, as they could just as well hire someone who’s already qualified to the point that justifies for the higher wage.

Then, the total amount produced is less, and the rate at which the outputs of labor increases is less. This means that not only will the person who can’t get hired at the minimum wage be hurt, but the rest of the population will lose out as well. Other people’s money will not go as far because there will be less available to buy, so prices would go up. They would then demand a higher minimum wage, because $10.25/hour would still be far too little to live on. Then the increased minimum wage would force more people out of work, which would cause there to be even less wealth available, which would lead them to ask for a higher minimum wage… that’s why I called it a self perpetuating poverty generator.

I would get to why the welfare state is fascist here, but my comment is already way too long. I’ll just say that it gives the government the ability to decide what “welfare” is. It goes far deeper than that. Anyway, what’s more fun to podcast about than an argument?”

 

My responses are contained within the episode but for convenience they are here in brief (each point corresponds to a highlighted section above):

 

1. If the minimum wage was abolished, I think many (most?) companies in a capitalist society, would gladly drop wages while not accordingly dropping prices (thus earning more profit, while the workers would then have less money to spend to buy such products to perpetuate the economy).

 

2. Just because you are not working at a paying job does not mean you cannot create wealth.

 

3. I’d argue that any job that pays as low a wage as $5/hr would not provide enough skill learning as to allow a worker to gain the skills to eventually earn more than the minimum wage people presently do. People in very low paying jobs tend to be immigrants and few of them ever move up in the workforce.

 

4. While I would admit that this would probably happen eventually, I also believe the opposite would happen initially, it would create a tug of war.

For the middle section of the show, we discuss the contents of this video:
http://youtu.be/8kPyrq6SEL0

Finally, we end up in a discussion about the purpose/role of government, and whether or not governments are inherently capitalistic or not (you can guess what his stance is vs mine)

Direct download: 01_nimh_episode1_moshe.mp3
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