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Is Tesla’s Billion-dollar Pay Package For Elon Musk a Sign Of Success Or Trouble Ahead? Also, Texas School Board Fights and the Missing Indoctrination and the New Research that Says Alcohol is Not Good for You

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider whether Tesla’s shareholders voting to reinstate a pay package presently worth over $40+ billion to Elon Musk is indicative of things are going right, or wrong at Tesla, and in our society in general (1:41).  The guys also react to the story of the Texas republican who won a school board seat to fight indoctrination that she later found out didn’t exist (28:22) and take a look at new research that suggests that alcohol in any amount is bad for you (43:30).
 
Elon Musk’s multi-billion paycheck just got approved by stockholders. That could be a fraction of what’s coming (CNN)
How Elon Musk’s $44.9B Tesla pay package compares with the most generous plans for other U.S. CEOs (AP)
Elon Musk and the Decline of Tesla (The American Prospect)
Expert insight: Does Elon Musk deserve his $56 billion pay package? (Audacy)
Elon Musk cannot keep Tesla pay package worth more than $55 billion, judge rules
 
A GOP Texas school board member campaigned against schools indoctrinating kids. Then she read the curriculum. (Texas Tribune)
 
Is That Drink Worth It to You? (NY Times)
 

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Culture Series: “Technofeudalism,” a Book by Yanis Varoufakis

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss Yanis Varoufakis’s 2023 book “Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism,” a book that lays out the evolution of capitalism over the 20th century and how following the Great Financial Crisis, factors like the monetary policy of major central banks and the enclosure of the Internet and information technology has led to the decline of capitalism and markets the rise of a new economic system which looks a lot like feudalism.
 
Technofeudalism, By Yanis Varoufakis (Penguin Random House)

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The Court of Law Remains an Obstacle in Donald Trump’s Effort to Bend Reality to His Will; Also, Debating Seinfeld’s Call Back to an “Agreed-Upon Hierarchy” and Whether Misogyny Enlivens Rap Music or Makes it Harder to Enjoy

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how quickly followers of Donald Trump were to attack the pillars of the American system like courts and a jury following Trump’s conviction and the almost religious manner in which Trump defines reality for his followers (1:24).  The guys also consider Jerry Seinfeld’s “agreed-upon hierarchy” comments and whether too much was being made of them (26:22) and how the extensive misogyny in rap music can affect one’s behavior and/or enjoyment of the music, particular as one ages (46:00).
 
Trump Was Convicted by a Jury, Not by His Political Enemies (Wall Street Journal)
Republicans are sticking by Trump, the felon — even in battleground states (Politico)
The Texas GOP Has Made Its Bed With Trump—Conviction Be Damned (Texas Monthly)
Trump supporters call for riots and violent retribution after verdict (Reuters)
Trump supporters try to dox jurors and post violent threats after his conviction (NBC News)
Trump allies signal they’re declaring war against Republican Senate candidate (The Independent)
 
Jerry Seinfeld Says He’s Nostalgic for “Agreed-Upon Hierarchy” and Misses “Dominant Masculinity” (Yahoo!)
Jerry Seinfeld on the Rules of Comedy—and Life | Honestly with Bari Weiss (YouTube)
 
Inside My Complicated Relationship With Rap Music (Esquire)

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The Court of Law Remains an Obstacle in Donald Trump’s Effort to Bend Reality to His Will; Also, Debating Seinfeld’s Call Back to an “Agreed-Upon Hierarchy” and Whether Misogyny Enlivens Rap Music or Makes it Harder to Enjoy
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Justice Alito’s Flag Display Turns Supreme Court Legitimacy Upside Down; Also, NCAA Revenue Sharing, Evidence We Live in a Simulation, and Finding Addiction Everywhere We Look

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the extent to which Justice Samuel Alito’s flag flying controversy undermines the Supreme Court as an institution and whether that may be the point (1:16).  The guys also discuss the NCAA’s history settlement that will result in revenue sharing with college sports players (16:00), react to the claim from one scientist that he can prove we live in a simulation (32:31), and consider whether humans are in fact addicted to addiction (43:42).
 
Dems Call for Alito to Recuse Himself From Jan. 6 Cases Over Upside-Down Flag (Rolling Stone)
A Christian Nationalist Battle Flag Flew at Justice Alito’s Vacation Home (Rolling Stone)
NCAA settlement a historic day for paying college athletes. What comes next? (ESPN)
A Scientist Says He Has the Evidence That We Live in a Simulation (Popular Mechanics)
Food, sex, drugs and more – are we addicted to addiction? (New Scientist) (Apple News Link)
 

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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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“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
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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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