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America’s Persistent Culture of Illiberalism and the Blind Eye Many Turn to It; Also, Fluoride in Tap Water a Danger to Fetuses & Protesting Imperialism in New Caledonia

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss illiberalism, which is the opposite of the liberalism ideal that forms the philosophical basis of the American constitutional setup, and some recent articles that suggest that home grown illiberalism has been a central feature and not a periodic diversion in American culture (1:31). The guys also take a look at recent studies on how fluoride consumption may be bad for fetuses (35:17) and the protests in New Caledonia over the mining of nickel for EVs and batteries (46:16).
 
The Deep, Tangled Roots of American Illiberalism (NY Times)
The Illiberalism at America’s Core (The New Republic)
Pregnant? Researchers want you to know something about fluoride (LA Times)
Behind New Caledonia’s Riots, a Fight Over Vast Reserves of Nickel (Wall Street Journal) (Apple News Link)
 

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“Tradwife” Influencer’s Reversal and the Difficulty of Living Out Ideological Abstractions; Also, Appreciating Freedom of Speech in Light of Iranian Rapper’s (Literal) Death Sentence

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the story of Lauren Southern, the right wing influencer whose life experiences now have her publicly questioning the “tradwife” mindset she once was a big promoter of (1:25).  The guys also react to the death sentence given to Iranian hip hop hero Toomaj Salehi for his music and criticism of Iran’s controlling regime (39:45).
 
Lauren Southern: how my tradlife turned toxic (Unherd.com)
Iran’s hip-hop hero refused to be silenced. Now he’s been sentenced to death (The Times) (Apple News Link)

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Trump’s Effort to Bend America’s Legal and Electoral System to His Will; Also, Is Entropy Responsible for Human Consciousness

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what appears to be a transparent and ongoing attempt by former president Donald Trump to exert dominion over American legal and electoral system (1:19). The guys also consider whether human consciousness may be a byproduct of entropy (40:27).
 
Judge Cites Trump for Contempt, and Says He Is Attacking the Rule of Law (NY Times)
Trump says he will only accept 2024 election results ‘if everything’s honest’ (CNN)
As Trump airs his election doubts, many supporters say they won’t accept a Biden win in 2024 (NBC News)
Human Consciousness Could Be a Side Effect of Entropy, Study Suggests (Science Direct)
 
 

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Discussing “The Joy Strategist” with Author Grace Harry; Also, Is Seinfeld Right to Blame the “Extreme Left” for TV Comedy Failings?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana are joined by Grace Harry, author of the 2023 book “The Joy Strategist,” and discuss notable items from the book and what’s next for her (1:39). The James, Tunde, and Grace also react to Jerry Seinfeld’s recent assertions that the “extreme left” and PC crap” are responsible for the demise of TV comedy sitcoms (34:09).
 
The Joy Strategist: Your Path To Inner Change (Andscape Books)
Jerry Seinfeld Causes Uproar With Comments About ‘Extreme Left and P.C. Crap’ Ruining Comedy (Huffpost)
 

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Campus Anti War Protests Illustrate Both American Values and Perils of Painting with a Broad Brush; Also, Caitlin Clark’s WNBA Salary is Unfair, but Not Sexist

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at what’s going on at Columbia University and other college campuses where so called peaceful protests on campuses over Israel’s actions in Gaza are creating quite a stir on campus (1:22).  The guys also weigh in on whether the slotted salary for former Iowa Hawkeye star and recent #1 draft pick Caitlin Clark is unfair compared to men’s sports or more generally (39:53).
 
Columbia cancels in-person classes; protesters arrested at Yale and NYU: Updates (USA Today)
Columbia University main campus classes will be hybrid until semester ends; NYU students, faculty arrested during protests (CNN)
Columbia, Free Speech and the Coddling of the American Right (NY Times)
Why Anti-Israel Protesters Won’t Stop Harassing Jews (Intelligencer)
Who’s Behind the Anti-Israel Protests (WSJ)
Caitlin Clark salary criticism a ‘false narrative,’ says WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert (CNBC)
Shaquille O’Neal Says ‘It’s Up to the People to Support’ Caitlin Clark and WNBA in Salary Uproar (People)
The WNBA’s Future Can Be Seen in the NBA’s Past (Global Sport Matters)
 

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Scientists’ Fear of Backlash Chills the Study of Transgender Medicine; Also, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and the Lost High Profile Rap Beef

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the “culture of fear” that many scientists are saying has developed around gender medicine research (1:32).  The guys also react to the rap beef involving Drake, Kendrick Lamar and other heavyweights that recently exploded and consider why it seems we do not see high profile rap beefs like in the past (31:51).
‘This isn’t how good scientific debate happens’: academics on culture of fear in gender medicine research (The Guardian)
Anti-Trans Bills Disregard the Science on Sex and Gender (The Progressive Magazine)
American College of Pediatricians: No Benefits From ‘Gender-Affirming’ Interventions (Daily Citizen, from Focus on the Family)
19 Burning Questions About Rap’s Civil War (The Ringer)
NBA Slam Dunk Contest: Stars Say Risk Not Worth The Reward (Sportico)
 
 

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The Explosion of Sports Gambling Will Force Society to Adapt; Also, Ultra Processed Foods Work by Changing Our Brains

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana we take a look at the explosion of sports gambling in society and how it has changed both the business of and culture around sports (1:16).  The guys also react to recent revelations on how ultra processed food changes the way our brains work (34:41).
 
America Made a Huge Bet on Sports Gambling. The Backlash Is Here. (The Wall Street Journal)
In the wake of the Shohei Ohtani scandal, can sports and legal gambling coexist? (Yahoo! News)
Cavs head coach says he received threats from sports gamblers (Axios)
Will the politics of sports gambling make it the next national ‘addiction’ crisis? (The Hill)
Gambling addiction hotlines say volume is up and callers are younger as online sports betting booms (NBC News)
The New Science on What Ultra-Processed Food Does to Your Brain (The Wall Street Journal)
From anxiety to cancer, the evidence against ultra-processed food piles up (NPR)
 

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Does the Threat to Kids Posed by Social Media Justify Florida’s Heavy Handed Ban? Also, What the Outrage over Trans Visibility Day Says About Our Leadership

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at Florida’s recent law which, among other things, operates to ban kids under 14 from social media, and in light of the dangers posed by social media, react to the criticism that has called the ban unconstitutional and/or hypocritical (1:16). The guys also weigh in on President Biden’s issuance of a statement recognizing Trans Visibility Day, which generated a lot of controversy because the day fell on Easter this year (33:12).
 
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill that bans children under 14 from having social media accounts (NBC News)
DeSantis signs ban on kids using social media (Tampa Bay Times)
Florida’s DeSantis signs one of the country’s most restrictive social media bans for minors (AP News)
Florida Has Banned Kids Using Social Media, but It Won’t Be That Simple (NY Times)
DeSantis lauds ‘free state’ of Florida. He should let parents decide kids’ social media use. (USA Today)
Trump and Republicans unite in fury at Biden after Trans Visibility Day falls on Easter Sunday by chance (The Independent)
Posts misrepresent White House Easter egg contest, Day of Transgender Visibility proclamation (AP News)
American Egg Board forced to respond to Republican conspiracy theory about White House Easter event (The Independent)
 

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The Apple Antitrust Lawsuit May Signal that Regulators are Starting to Catch Up with Big Tech; Also, the (Astrophysics) Revolution Will Be Seen Through the James Webb Space Telescope

Following the recent antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple in the US, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the ongoing efforts in the US and in Europe to attack several of Apple’s business practices in in today’s view of the historical context of antitrust enforcement (1:21).  The guys also explain why it is a good thing that some of the findings from the new James Webb Space Telescope are knocking holes many of our current theories on how the universe works (40:41).
 
Apple sued by Biden administration over alleged iPhone ‘monopoly power’ (NBC News)
 
Green bubbles, Apple Pay and other reasons why America says Apple is breaking the law (CNN)
 
Apple to put USB-C connectors in iPhones to comply with EU rules (The Guardian)
 
EU investigating Apple, Google and Meta’s suspected violations of new Digital Markets Act (CBS News)
 
US Regulators Urge Congress to Look Into Grocery Profits (VOA News)
 
Author Thom Hartmann says average family pays $5K ‘monopoly tax’ to large companies (The Hill)
 
James Webb telescope confirms there is something seriously wrong with our understanding of the universe (Live Science)
 
Physicist Claims Universe Has No Dark Matter And Is 27 Billion Years Old (Science Alert)
 
Did the James Webb telescope ‘break the universe’? Maybe not (Science News)
 
What are the true colors of images from the James Webb Space Telescope? (Space.com)
 

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Kate Middleton’s Family Photo Reaction Previews a World Where You Can’t Trust Your Eyes; Also, Are Dating Apps Just Trying to Get you Hooked on Them?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the extent to which the various reactions of people to the release of the manipulated Kate Middleton photo demonstrates what it may look like to live in a world where reality and synthetic realities may be impossible to distinguish (1:24).  The guys also discuss the evolution of dating apps in light of the recently filed lawsuit that contends that dating apps are now designed more to keep people coming back, not help people connect (37:35).
 
Kate Middleton and the End of Shared Reality (The Atlantic)
 
Countering Truth Decay (RAND Corporation)
 
How to Tackle Truth Decay (The Atlantic)
 
Tinder, other Match dating apps encourage compulsive use, lawsuit claims (Reuters)
 
It’s Not You: Dating Apps Are Getting Worse (NY Times)
 

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