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What Could Go Right, and Wrong, with Big Tech in Real Estate; Also, Toxic Positivity

Even with Zillow’s decision to get out of real estate buying and selling, the “ibuyer” trend still seems to be just getting started, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the possibilities brought by the entrance of technology companies, and algorithms, into the real estate market (01:23).  The guys also consider the concept of toxic positivity and how being around it can make it harder to deal with adversity (33:27). Zillow just gave up on ibuying. What’s the deal with the algorithmic home sales? (LA Times)Inside the collapse of Zillow: hundreds of homes to hit Orlando market (WFTV)What the rest of us can learn from Zillow’s real estate stumbles (Fortune)Zillow’s flip-flop shows limits for Big Data in property (Financial Times)Toxic Positivity Is Very Real, and Very Annoying (WSJ)

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School Board Threats and (Grand)Standing Between Enforcement of the Law; Also, Killer Autonomous Drones

After seeing the existence of violent threats against school board members turned into a media event, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the need to protect public servants, freedom of speech, and how content that drives media consumption now determines our political discussions (01:47).  The guys also discuss reports of the first autonomous killer drone being deployed in combat and how this could change everything (40:11). Our dumbed-down debate over the Justice Department and schools (WaPo)Garland defends memo on violent threats to school boards (CBS News)Ted Cruz Asks Merrick Garland If ‘Nazi Salutes’ Are a Form of Protected Free Speech (Newsweek)What Does Free Speech Mean? (uscourts.gov)One Woman’s Mission to Rewrite Nazi History on Wikipedia (Wired)Philadelphia nativist riots (Wikipedia)Autonomous Drones Have Attacked Humans. This Is a Turning Point (Popular Mechanics)

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Culture Series: The Power of Now, a Book by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” is said to be the bestselling spiritual book of the past 20 years and has been read by millions, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look a some of the key concepts that were addressed in the book (01:14) and consider the extent to which the teachings in the book could help humans on a societal level (36:38). The Power of Now (Publisher – New World Library)Excerpt of The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)

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Supply Chain Issues and the Risk of Absolute Efficiency; Also, the FDA’s Attempt to Reduce Sodium Consumption

With supply chain and inflation issues taking hold in the economy, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the how these issues reveal the incredible level of efficiency that the economy had previously operated with as well as what it will take to get things back on track (01:06).  The guys also discuss the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s effort to try to cajole food companies and restaurants to all reduce sodium content in the foods (34:52). There Is No Shortage of Reasons for the Broken Supply Chain (Bloomberg)What you need to know about the supply chain bottlenecks (The Hill)U.S. supply chain too snarled for Biden Christmas fix, experts say (Reuters)Start your holiday shopping now. Here are some goods that may be running out of stock (CNBC)Conservatives take to social media to blame Biden for the supply chain crisis with #BareShelvesBiden, while others hit back with images of fully stocked stores (Business Insider)Top White House official retweets post calling inflation, supply chain issues ‘high class problems’ (FoxNews)Pizza pockets and late-night fries: How the government is urging food companies and restaurants to reduce our salt consumption (WaPo)

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Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” and the Public Debate About What is Scientific Fact; Also, China’s Effort to Force Greater Assimilation of Minorities

The reaction to Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” has included a lot of debate about what is scientific fact, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider whether this debate mirrors other disagreements over matters of science and if truth is being sought or if want to yell at each other (01:31).  The guys also discuss China’s reported efforts to force greater cultural assimilation of ethnic minorities in order to build a national collective consciousness (25:02).‘I’m team Terf’: Dave Chappelle under fire over pro-JK Rowling trans stance (The Guardian)China’s Communist Party Formally Embraces Assimilationist Approach to Ethnic Minorities (WSJ) (Apple Link)

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Debt Ceiling and Recognizing a New Normal; Also, Approaches to Living in Times of Uncertainty

Seeing all the handwringing over the debt ceiling and the so called “meteor headed to crash into our economy,” James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider whether politics surrounding the debt ceiling illustrate dysfunction or gamesmanship, and the extent to which this is just the new normal (01:17).  The guys also discuss some findings on how living with high levels of uncertainty is difficult for us as humans (37:10). Biden warns ‘meteor headed to crash’ into US economy amid debt struggle (The Guardian)As Senator, Joe Biden Opposed GOP Debt Ceiling Votes and Mitch McConnell Hasn’t Forgotten (Newsweek)Schumer forces debt limit vote to squeeze Republican resistance (Politico)Democrats Are Holding America Hostage, and Trying to Blame the GOP (Daily Beast)Our Brains Were Not Built for This Much Uncertainty (Harvard Business Review)

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Election Audits or Profiteering Schemes? Also, Can Leisure Time Reduce Happiness?

With Arizona’s partisan election review reportedly confirming what all the prior reviews said about the outcome of the 2020 election and appearing to be an (expensive) exercise in futility, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the extent to which the results of the 2020 election are being challenged to create a pretext to raise money and enrich friends (01:16).  The guys also take a look at some recent research on whether the way we approach free time in our society actually reduces our happiness (39:39). ‘Truth is truth’: Trump dealt blow as Republican-led Arizona audit reaffirms Biden win (Reuters)‘Big Lie’ Election Audits Go On After Arizona: Here’s What’s Happening In Wisconsin, Pennsylvania—And Now Texas (Forbes)Final report from partisan Arizona review confirms Biden defeated Trump in Maricopa County last November (CNN)‘Stop the Steal’ Movement Races Forward, Ignoring Arizona Humiliation (NY Times)The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model (RAND Corporation)The way we view free time is making us less happy (BBC)

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This is Your Society on Social Media; Also, Making Sense of Huge Changes in Average Height

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at some of the revelations in the “Facebook files” series being published by the Wall Street Journal consider how our humanity in impacted by social media in ways that have serious effects on society (01:41).  The guys also react to recent research on changes in the average heights of various societies (40:54). The Facebook Files (WSJ)Leaks just exposed how toxic Facebook and Instagram are to teen girls and, well, everyone (The Guardian)From Instagram’s Toll on Teens to Unmoderated ‘Elite’ Users, Here’s a Break Down of the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Revelations (Time)Wall Street Journal’s Facebook Files series prompts comparisons to Big Tobacco (CNN)Facebook says WSJ allegations are ‘mischaracterizations,’ confer ‘false motives’ (Reuters)Why does world’s tallest populace seem to be getting shorter? (The Guardian)

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Looking at How the Trauma from 9/11 Changed Society; Also, Why Dental Problems Are the Norm

Following the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in the United States, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how the trauma experienced that day has affected Americans and American society and discuss the effectiveness of the nation’s response to the attack (01:21).  The guys also take a look at some recent research on why modern humans by and large have so many problems with their teeth (35:01). ‘A heavy price’: Two decades of war, wariness and the post-9/11 security state (NBC News)America Played Into Al-Qaeda’s Hands (The Atlantic)Why We Have So Many Problems with Our Teeth (Scientific American)

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NIL in College Sports & the Puzzling Embrace of Socialism; Also, the Possibility of Developing a Sixth Sense

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the recent change in college athletics that has allowed student athletes to make money off of the use of their name, image and likeness and question whether college athletics have evolved enough over time that some to necessitate how we treat what has become with some sports the business of college athletics (01:30).  The guys also discuss how humans can learn to use echolocation for spatial awareness and the extent to which this, and any other supposed “sixth senses,” may be something we can learn to access and utilize (33:19). Everything you need to know about the NCAA’s NIL debate (ESPN)The NCAA Dropped The Ball On NIL (Forbes)The NCAA and the impact of NIL compensation, explained (Denver Post)Business of Football: The Supreme Court Sends a Message to the NCAA (Sports Illustrated)Social media stardom: How changes to NIL will benefit athlete-influencers across the NCAA (ESPN)How NCAA athletes with little fame will benefit from NIL rights (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Humans Can Develop a Sixth Sense, Study Proves (Popular Mechanics)

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