Kevin interviews Bob Confer, President of Confer Plastics and Opinion Columnist at the Batavia Daily News, Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Niagara Gazette. They talk about his business, whether state policy on corona virus makes sense for companies in New York, and how his company came up with a safety plan that could be a model for manufacturers across NYS.
Resources put together by Confer Plastics:
Follow Bob Confer on Twitter @bobconfer
Read his opinion columns at bobconfer.com
Andrew and Kevin talk about New York's reopening process in the Finger Lakes Region, including allowing drive ins, lawn work, and tennis.
Phase One Business Opening info here:
Andrew Brady, the founder and chair of Conscious Capitalism ROC joins Kevin Wilson to talk about businesses and ethics in a pandemic. They talk about the benefits of decentralization, whether corporations are too short sighted, whether big businesses should be regulated differently than smaller businesses, price gouging, and whether gig workers are trapped in jobs they don't want.
Conscious Capitalism Rochester Website:
Andrew Brady on Twitter:
Andrew talked about the latest polling numbers from Sienna and they look really good for Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew and Kevin talk about how the City of Rochester and other local governments are thinking about laying off workers in the wake of a budget shortfall. How do they decide who goes? It doesn't make as much sense as you'd hope.
Plus, should the city stop testing workers for marijuana usage?
Andrew Cuomo continues to show how little he knows about what's going on in New York, by saying if you want to go back to work, just become an essential worker. Andrew Hollister talks about this and more.
You've probably seen a few news stories on this; dairy farmers dumping out literal tons of milk. Vegetable farms letting huge amounts of produce rot in the field. What on earth is happening? Kevin discusses the issue with Dan Steward, a field crop advisor from Chautauqua County who works closely with mostly dairy farms on all aspects of crop production and environmental planning.
Background info provided by Dan: https://www.dairycarrie.com/2020/04/03/why-are-farmers-dumping-milk/
Another interesting podcast on the topic: https://freakonomics.com/podcast/covid-19-food-supply/
Special thanks to Dave Reynolds and Gerrit Cain for making this podcast possible.
Andrew Hollister and Bob Savage interview Armando who is helping to organize a protest where businesses open up and operate safely.
They also talk about hospital utilization in upstate and the possibility of allowing elective surgeries in upstate hospitals again.
Andrew and Kevin talk about some of the ways that local government is using technology to keep their functions (and revenue streams) moving. From pistol permits to marriage licenses, how is local government changing in a pandemic?
Andrew and Kevin also talk about some of the "open the economy" protests.
Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan, "Agent of Chaos" talk more about the mask rule, about whether or not essential employees are "forced to work" and whether people would start going back to work and participating in the economy again even if government lifted restrictions.
Cato article on economic participation:
Kevin interviews Tony D'Orazio who just because chair of the Libertarian Party of New York. They talk about the biggest challenges facing the party, what some of the candidates are up to, the national convention, and what's going on with Andrew Cuomo,
Kevin and Andrew talk about some governments preventing drive-in chruch, whether drive in movies or car washes should be open, why some hospitals are cutting staff right now, and a controversial memorial gathering in Rochester.
Why models are tricky:
Some info on that gathering:
Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan talk about whether the media is fear mongering or misrepresenting parts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also talk about the ethics of calling the cops on people who are breaking social distancing rules. Plus, fake news Friday.
NYC mass graves:
Kevin Wilson interviews Kevin Fortune, a libertarian activist from Atlanta, GA about what is happen in his states and other states throughout the south in response to corona virus. Are other states doing things better? Or worse?
Find Kevin's show, The Liberty Show on Facebook at:
Andrew and Kevin discuss some of the ways local governments can respond to the corona virus, what they should be doing more of, what they should be doing less of, and more. They're joined by Rochester City Council Member Jose Peo, who also goes on to address whether corona virus, or it's impact and response, are racist.
Find more from Jose at his Facebook Page.
Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan talk about Andrew Cuomo's latest executive order: he says he will use the national guard to force upstate hospitals with "too many" supplies to "share" with downstate hospitals. Plus, some budget talk and fake news Friday.
Cuomo Executive Order about seizing supplies:
Info on the budget:
Kevin interviews Larry Sharpe, former Libertarian Party candidate for governor of New York and host of the Sharpe Way.
Kevin Wilson and Bob Savage talk about all of the states putting restrictions on travelers from New York state.
Sean and Kevin discuss whether it's every okay for governments and experts to lie to people if there is a good reason. Was there a good reason to tell people that masks aren't effective when that wasn't true? We talk about whether or not this erodes trust in government and what harmful impact that might have.
Much of this is based on the article found in Cato:
Most Americans should be wearing masks:
More info on masks and their limitations:
Kevin and Sean talk about the Trillions in spending coming down the pipe from the federal government, plus whether or not NYS is actually making hand sanitizer or just slapping a label on it.
Vice article about whether Cuomo is actually making hand sanitizer:
Big stimulus bill summary
The actual 880 page bill:
Andrew and Kevin talk about Andrew Cuomo's 100% shutdown order and how that will impact the economy. How do we balance safety and letting people work during a pandemic? How do we talk about the economy without sounding like ghouls? Plus some solutions to this.
Targeted back to work approach
FDA blocks home testing
Alex Merced - Libertarian, Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, joins Kevin Wilson on a prerecorded Radio Free New York to answer: What on earth is the Federal Reserve doing? We go over some basic terms and whether or not all this stuff will help.
A lot of people are suddenly getting more interested in personal defense and buying firearms. This is great! But it's important that people are safe too. Andrew speaks with Dave Jenkins from Rochester Personal Defense about how you can defend yourself in a crisis situation.
Sean and Kevin talk about Gov. Cuomo's new order to limit gatherings of more than 500 and cutting restaurant capacity in half. Is this what we need to do to flatten the curve? Plus the Federal Reserve is putting up some big numbers to help the stock market and Fake News Friday.
Kevin and Bob talk about the federal government response to COVID-19, a little bit more of Andrew Cuomo's response, and whether we should be taking this serious. Is just media fear mongering or is there something to this? Plus, the world keeps moving on; FISA abuses continue with the renewal of the USA Freedom Act.
Andrew, Bob, and Kevin go over Governor Cuomo's new ability to suspend laws and take other actions to combat the covid-19 virus and discuss the Governors bizarre plan to produce hand sanitizer.
Gov. Cuomo's Executive Order:
Government Hand Sanitzer:
The NYS Legislature voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday just past midnight to give Governor Cuomo broad sweeping emergency powers to deal with the COVID-19 virus. Was this a necessary measure to keep a disease in check or did we just create a dictatorship?
Zoning isn't the sexiest topic, but it's one of the most pervasive parts of government happening at the local level. It controls what you can build on your own land, how you can build it, what it looks like, and what you're allowed to do there. Your town, village, or city has a complex network of rules about all of these things in their zoning code. We wanted to do an introductory show on zoning with Rochester area developer and zoning aficionado Matthew Denker, owner of LBLD Living.
We cover a lot on this show, but if you want to do a deeper diving into zoning history Matthew Denker wrote a great series on zoning here:
There's a new bill in NYS to teach sex education to Kindergartners. There are other bills that would allow kids to get STD treatment and vaccinations without parental consent. It's even upsetting some Democrats including Rochester Mayor Warren. Andrew and Kevin talk about some of the details of the bill and whether NY is stripping the rights of parents with these bills.
Mayor Lovely Warren opposes this
Text of the Sex Education Bill:
Text of the Vaccine Bill:
Text of the STD Bill:
After taking a little detour to talk about some local political processes, Andrew and Kevin talk about the pardon power. What does it mean, how can it be used, and how have Presidents used it in the past. Then we they talk about Trump's pardon of Blago, possible pardon of Stone, and his pardon of people caught up in the war on drugs. Is Trump just pardoning his buddies or is he advancing criminal justice reform?
Andrew, Kevin, and Bob were all in studio today to talk about Sanctuary Counties for the 2nd Amendment in New York. How do they work? Are they legal? Plus, Fake News Friday.
Link to the ordinance for Sanctuary Counties:
Andrew and Kevin discuss how federal government policy created a lot of the segregation we still see to this day.
We say happy birthday to Frederick Douglas, talk about the new proposal to make voting mandatory in California, and discuss the Trump administrations proposal to have the US government own telecom companies to "compete" with China.
William Barr wants to own part of Nokia:
Did you know there was a proposal for a calendar that had 13 months with 28 days in it? Andrew, Kevin, and Bob talk about that, whether landlords should be able to see arrest history, and whether recycling programs work.
Kevin and Sean weren't going to let a little snowstorm stop today's show. They broadcast the show remote to talk about gig worker "protections," landlords paying broker fees, and fake news Friday.
Andrew and Kevin talk about what rent control is, the new rent stabilization laws in New York, and how rent control is counter productive to fighting gentrification and keeping housing affordable.
Text of NYS Rent Control law
Info on the NYS (from City of Rochester officials)
Freakonamics Episode on Rent Control:
Stanford Rent Control Study:
Full crew on this episode! Andrew, Kevin, Sean, and Bob were all on this show for Fake News Friday. The RFNY crew talked about Wegman's bags, why people are leaving New York, Elizabeth Warren wanting to criminalize disinformation, and fake news Friday.
Kevin Wilson interviewed Kevin Fortune, a libertarian activist and the host of the brand new podcast, The Liberty Show. They talked about a wide range of issues including positive vs. negative conceptions of liberty, how government barriers to success impact the African American community, whether John Lewis is a libertarian hero, and how to bring people from different backgrounds into the liberty movement.
Cato Article on John Lewis:
The Liberty Show
Kevin and Sean talked about the history of Presidential campaigning. Back in the early days of the republic, it was considered unpresidential for candidates take the stump and conduct an active campaign.
Kevin Wilson talks with Arian Horbovetz, author of The Urban Phoenix blog and podcast. We talk about finding the good things happening in upstate, ebikes, high speed rail, and why there should be more transportation options than cars.
Several Democratic candidates have criticized Facebook for taking a neutral stance on political content, including content that contains lies. Should Facebook be the arbiter of truth for political content?
We also talk about Section 230 and ways Facebook already policies content.
Kevin and Sean talk about the recent court ruling on vaping as well as the breaking news that there was a "vaping related" death in Ontario County that's being used to justify further restrictions. Kevin and Sean also talk about the emergency executive order in Virginia where Governor Northam is trying to conflate racists with gun owners. We also talk about Rochester's police accountability board for a short while before doing Fake News Friday.
Do state's have rights? Where do "state's rights" come from? Are state's rights the best way to preserve individual liberty? Is the federal government a better way to preserve individual liberty in some situations? Where do state's rights and nullification apply today?
Fugitive Slave Act:
Gun States Rights Case:
Kevin talks about the other part of criminal justice reform; discovery. What info does the defense have a right to and when? Should witness info be kept secret? Does this law mean an accused criminal return to the scene of a crime?
Need for Discovery Reform:
What Discovery Reform Does:
Andrew and Kevin discuss what's going on with Iran, whether the President had the authority to kill Qassem Soleimani , and what Congress is doing to assert it's authority to take the United States to war. Show ends with Fake News Friday
House Resolution saying President Trump violated the War Powers Resolution:
An interesting podcast on the history of Soleimani:
Andrew and Kevin are talking about the bail changes in criminal justice reform. They'll cover the history of bail, it's legal uses, and it's current uses, and how NY changed it's bail laws in response to systematic abuses.
Bail Reform Info
Additional Bail Reform Context
Tyquan Rivera case
Colony Manslaughter Case
Kevin and Sean were hosting today's episode and went over several of Andrew Cuomo's state of the state proposals. It's mostly bad, but we bring up a couple proposals that are surprisingly good.
List of Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Proposals:
Andrew and Kevin talk about Bike registration laws for Talk of the Town Tuesday, the look at the data to see if this was the best decade in human history. Andrew and Kevin also make predictions about 2020 and the next decade.
Bike Registration law:
Andrew was out today for his birthday, so he let Kevin Wilson and Sean Phelan host. Kevin and Sean discussed the "pink tax," the national debt, and Cuomo vetoing the ebike bill before playing Fake News Friday.
Gov Cuomo's Pink Tax Proposal: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-unveils-10th-proposal-2020-state-state-eliminating-pink-tax
Pew Poll on biggest issues facing Americans: https://www.people-press.org/2019/12/17/views-of-the-major-problems-facing-the-country/
Andrew and Kevin dive into one of the biggest news items that isn't getting enough press coverage: the Afghanistan papers. And we only scratch the surface.
Andrew, Kevin, and Bob finally do an episode on impeachment. We go over what the constitution says about impeachment, what the Federalist Papers say about impeachment, what the articles of impeachment actually say, what the terms being thrown around every new show actually mean, and whether most Presidents should be impeached. We just barely get to what we actually think of impeachment.
House Powers of Impeachment:
Senate Role in Impeachment:
What an officer of the government can be impeached for:
Articles of Impeachment:
House Judiciary Committee Report:
We get a little into the latest vaping restriction coming out of NYS, talk about fire insurance, flood insurance, and why we shouldn't subsidize your risky property decisions. Then we get into Fake News Friday: Is Hillary Clinton leading in the polls? Did something fishy happen on the coast of California? Has Walmart taken a bold new stance in the war on drugs?
Andrew and Kevin introduced a new Tuesday segment: Talk of the Town Tuesday, where they talk about local government issues that are likely impacting your town or city too! For the first week, we talked about the new tobacco business permits that the city of Rochester is implementing. Andrew and Kevin also talked about Amazon bringing some jobs to NYC without subsidies, and Andrew Cuomo's vindictive reason for not signing a bill to legalize electric scooters and bikes.
Rochester Business Permits:
eBikes and eScooters
Andrew, Kevin, and Bob discuss NY property tax, reassessment, and whether a tax cut really means a tax decrease. We also talk about the Uber sexual assault report, and then end on the lighter note of asking Andrew to guess if stories are real or not.
Andrew talks about a law in Virginia stirring up some controversy, the police annoyance bill in Monroe County, NY and the continuing plight of former Judge Astacio. Plus a study about men and socialism.
Host Andrew Hollister and new recurring co-host Kevin Wilson do a deep dive into the Campaign Finance Commission's Report that's slated to become law this December. Andrew and Kevin talk about the cost of the program, the barriers to entry for grassroots candidates, and the plot to eliminate 3rd parties.
Link to the full report: