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Hawaiian Fires, Hot Tub Oceans, and the Question of Whether Environmental Progress is Fast Enough; Also, Do Some Psychopathic Characteristics Offer an Upside?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider whether the fires in Maui and the hot tub like ocean temperatures off the Florida coast change the big picture concern about climate change and discuss whether we are seeing enough progress in sustainability to protect our habitat (01:38).  The guys discuss recent research which views psychopathy along a spectrum, with some characteristics which may offer some potential benefits (41:02). Hawaii wildfires: How did the Maui fires start and are they still burning? (Reuters)Maui wildfire crews continue to fight “flare-ups” in Lahaina and inland, as death toll rises past 90 (CBS News)The Clean Energy Future Is Arriving Faster Than You Think (NY Times)Florida ocean records ‘unprecedented’ temperatures similar to a hot tub (The Guardian)Ocean heat record smashed amid ‘hot tub’ temperatures: ‘The water feels like a bath’ (The Independent)Can Psychopathic Tendencies Help You Achieve Success? (Smithsonian Magazine)

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Trump Fell into the Authoritarian Trap Laid by the Founding Fathers; Also, Feeling Down May Not Always Be a Sign of Mental Illness

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to a piece in the Wall Street Journal which asserts that the founding fathers anticipated a government takeover attempt like Donald Trump’s and discuss how what comes next will be a test of the American people as much as a test of the American system (01:47).  The guys consider the difficulty in finding the line between common and normal negative feelings and signs of mental illness (42:16).The Founders Anticipated the Threat of Trump (WSJ) (Apple News Link)New charges against Trump focus on lies. Scholars see an authoritarian playbook (NPR)’I’m coming after you:’ Donald Trump threatens rivals; prosecutor seeks protective order (USA Today)’Complete garbage’: Kinzinger reacts to McCarthy’s criticism of Trump charges | CNN (YouTube)Fox News Brainwashing EXPOSED | The Kyle Kulinski Show (YouTube)Being Anxious or Sad Does Not Make You Mentally Ill (The Atlantic) (Apple News Link)

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UFOs, UAPs and the Perpetual Temptation to Center Ourselves in the Universe; Also, a Power Grab in Israel is Met with Serious and Persistent Protest

Following a Congressional hearing which saw some interesting claims about alien space craft and “nonhuman biologics,” James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how much legitimacy should be given to the revelations and whether a high level of scrutiny on the self-proclaimed whistleblower David Grusch is appropriate or if that is just shooting the messenger (01:20).  The guys also take a look at the judicial reform efforts happening in Israel and how what many are describing as a parliamentary power grab really seems to have alarmed a large segment of the Israeli population (31:56).Here are the 5 most memorable moments from Congress’ UFO hearing (NBC News)What We Know—and Don’t Know—About UFOs After the Congressional Hearing (Time)The truth is out there. But this UFO ‘whistleblower’ likely doesn’t have it. (MSNBC)Here’s why Israelis are protesting Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul plan (ABC News)Israel Has Already Lost (The Atlantic)Potential Saudi-Israel normalization could see Palestinians thrown under the bus (The Times of Israel)Israeli protesters keep pressure on Netanyahu over judicial overhaul (Al Jazeera)

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The Resemblance Between Florida’s New History Teaching Standards the Lost Cause of the Confederacy is Telling; Also, Can Regulating Social Media Save the Children?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to Florida’s newly approved standards for teaching african american history and consider how they may compare to other efforts to rewrite history, such as The Lost Cause of the Confederacy mythology (01:31).  The guys also discuss the ongoing bipartisan effort to regulate social media companies and the algorithms they use to present content to users, particularly to minors (36:14).New Florida teaching standards say African Americans received some ‘personal benefit’ from slavery (Politico)Lost Cause of the Confederacy (Wikipedia)Understanding the Lost Cause Myth (YouTube)Algorithms Are Making Kids Desperately Unhappy (NY Times)Murphy Op-Ed for the New York Times: Big Tech Algorithms Are Killing Kids’ Sense of Discovery (Senator Chris Murphy)

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Northwestern’s Quick Reversal Illustrates the Media’s Role in Holding the Powerful Accountable; Also, Will Old Transmission Lines Telecom’s be Lead Balloon?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the role of news media in holding powerful people and organizations accountable in light of Northwestern University’s recent firing of its head football coach, Pat Fitzgerald, following media reports which detailed the nature of the hazing allegedly taking place in the football program (01:48).  The guys also take a look at how the discovery of lead in telecom transmission lines has affected the stock prices of several large tech companies and consider who should be responsible for the costs for removing the lead (36:40).Northwestern caught in a mess of its own making (Yahoo! Sports)Former NU football player details hazing allegations after coach suspension (The Daily Northwestern)Pat Fitzgerald ponders litigation over his firing by Northwestern (ProFootballTalk)Former Northwestern football players hire civil rights attorney to investigate hazing (AP News)Why a Free Press Is Actually Good for the Economy (The Heritage Foundation)AT&T Falls to 29-Year Low Amid Concerns of Cleanup Costs (Yahoo! Finance)Telecom stocks are shedding billions in market value. Here’s what’s happening (Fast Company)

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Have America’s New Cultural Norms Turned the Democratic Party a Conservative Party? Also, the Danger of Plastics Being In Us and Everywhere Around Us

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to a recent piece from The Atlantic which asserts that the way America’s modern cultural landscape has evolved has caused the Democratic Party to largely become the party of the status quo (01:16).  The guys also consider how deep of a hole we are digging with our (over)use of plastics and if there is any way out (37:35). The Democrats Are Now America’s Conservative Party (The Atlantic) (Apple News link)How Plastics Are Poisoning Us (The New Yorker) (Apple News link)

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The US Supreme Court’s Removal Societal Guardrails; Also, Handling All the Smoke from Canadian Wildfires

With recent US Supreme Court decisions operating to remove societal guardrails put in place by previous generations, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss why the guardrails were in place and whether the guardrails are still necessary in the US (01:42).  The guys also react to the smoke coming from Canadian wildfires that keeps coming to US cites and consider the interconnectivity of certain environmental conditions (39:33). Supreme Court effectively ends affirmative action at colleges in landmark ruling (ABC News)Supreme Court says 1st Amendment entitles web designer to refuse same-sex wedding work (NPR)Sonia Sotomayor Pens Stunning Rebuke of Supreme Court’s Discrimination Ruling: ‘Today, the Court Shrinks’ (People)Why there won’t be a backlash against the Supreme Court this time (CNN)Smoke will keep pouring into the US as long as fires are burning in Canada. Here’s why they aren’t being put out (CNN)

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The Coming Boom in US Manufacturing and What it Means; Also, Can the F.I.R.E. Lifestyle Deliver on Security or Happiness

Seeing reports of a huge year over year increase in investment in building factories in the US, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at what may be driving this spike and what a boom in manufacturing would mean in the 21st century (01:31).  The guys also discuss the financial independence, retire early lifestyle and why it may be inherently unable to deliver on its promise (32:46).Factory Boom Sweeps US With Construction at Record $190 Billion (Bloomberg)The US is building factories at a wildly fast rate (Insider)A couple who retired early with $4.3 million say the FIRE lifestyle is wearing thin: ‘We don’t want to just keep throwing money on the pile and keep being cheap’ (Fortune)Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) Explained: How It Works (Investopedia)

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In a Liberal System, Where Do the Bounds of Individual Liberty Come From? Also, Is It Woke to Discuss Juneteenth?

After checking out David Brooks’ thought provoking piece in the Atlantic on the outer limits of liberalism, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss liberalism as an ideology focused on individual liberty, where the bounds of individual liberty should be, and how the extremes of any ideology can lead to a difficult place (01:31).  The guys also acknowledge Juneteenth and consider whether any honest telling of Black history would be considered woke by some (39:16).The Outer Limits of Liberalism (The Atlantic)Liberalism: where did it come from and are its days numbered? (The Economist – YouTube)Ahead Of Juneteenth, Ron DeSantis Slashes Funding For Black History Programs In Florida (NewsOne)

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U.S. v Trump is Quite Literally the Rule of Law v the Rule of Man; Also, Is there a Sex Recession in America?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stood out in the federal indictment of Donald Trump and consider how this represents another instance where Trump demands that his supporters abandon their claimed principles when those principles do not serve him (01:29).  The guys also react to the premise of a recent article in Esquire Magazine that asks whether the US is in a sex recession (39:23).Indictment takeaways: Trump’s alleged schemes and lies to keep secret papers (AP News)Former President Donald Trump’s second indictment, annotated (CNN)Donald Trump’s Documents Defense Appears to Be Unraveling: “This Is Secret Information. Look.” (Vanity Fair)Why Trump was charged on secret documents and Clinton, Pence were not (WaPo)James Comey criticizes William Barr, says Trump ‘eats your soul in small bites’ (USA Today)We’re Living Through a Sex Recession (Esquire Magazine – Apple Link) (Magzter Link)Gen Z is having a sex recession — here are the depressing reasons why (NY Post)

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