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Changing the Cost-Benefit Calculus for Fossil Fuels; Also, Polyamory and Human Societies

Seeing both market and legal pressures pushing society away from endless fossil fuel consumption, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the recent announcement of the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning, the placement of climate friendly members on Exxon’s board of directors, and the court order requiring Shell to reduce emissions by almost half in less than a decade (01:14).  The guys also take a look at some recent studies on the prevalence of polyamorous relationships (38:30).2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup could change how America travels and works (Detroit Free Press)Engine No. 1 wins at least 2 Exxon board seats as activist pushes for climate strategy change (CNBC)Court orders Shell to slash CO2 emissions in landmark climate ruling (CNN)Polyamory Is More Common Than You Think, One in Nine Americans Have Tried It (Newsweek)

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Finding Context in the Israeli-Hamas Conflict; Also, Eating Bugs to Save the Planet

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the recent hot conflict between Israel and Hamas and discuss the more humanistic view some have taken of the incident and the limitations of attempts to classify various actors in the dispute as pure hero or pure villain (01:28).  The guys also react to recent discussions about the need to incorporate insects into our diets in order to keep the planet habitable (42:41). The Israel-Hamas ceasefire stopped the fighting — but changed nothing (Vox)Bernie Sanders calls Hamas a ‘terrorist group’ but says Israeli government has ‘overt racists’ (FoxNews)Palestinians Echo Black Lives Matter as U.S. Activists Repay George Floyd Solidarity (Newsweek)A brief history of the Israel-Palestinian conflict (Independent)If we want to save the planet, the future of food is insects (The Guardian)A no-beef diet is great — but only if you don’t replace it with chicken (Vox)

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A Major Change in Mask Guidance from the CDC; Plus, Another Animal Super Power Discovered

Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s sudden and substantial change in its mask wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider what the actual change may mean to different parts of society (01:28).  The guys also take a look at some recent findings on how sharks are able to precisely determine geolocation (42:41). U.S. administers 273.5 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines – CDC (Reuters)The CDC’s New Mask Rules Just Follow the Science (Bloomberg)Surprising reversal of COVID mask guidance based on science, CDC says. Here’s the data (Miami Herald)CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science (AP)Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. What Are They Thinking? (The Atlantic)As more Americans get vaccinated, 41% of Republicans still refuse COVID-19 shots (PBS)Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as a GPS, scientists say (Yahoo)

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An Internal Threat to Our American Experiment; Also, Does GPS Make You Dumber?

Pushing her Republican colleagues to prioritize democratic principles over partisan agendas has made Liz Cheney’s position in her party increasingly tenuous, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at Liz Cheney’s stand and discuss the seriousness of the threat to our American experiment (02:18).  The guys also consider whether some of the conveniences of technology are diminishing us as people (37:30). LINKS (Pt. I)Opinion: Liz Cheney: The GOP is at a turning point. History is watching us. (WaPo)Larry Hogan: GOP turning into ‘circular firing squad’ over Trump loyalty (NBC News)Liz Cheney Has Only Herself to Blame (The Atlantic)LINKS (Pt. II)How GPS Weakens Memory—and What We Can Do about It (Scientific American)

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Restricting Voting as a Political Strategy; Also, are UFOs too boring?

Since the 2020 election’s record voter turnout, there have been many efforts around the country to make it harder and more inconvenient to vote, so James Keys, Tunde Ogunlana, Rick Ellsley take a look at both who is pushing these efforts and why they appear to be doing so (01:35).  The guys also discuss whether the recent confirmation of a UFO by the U.S. government is being underplayed (39:51).
 
The Truth About Georgia’s Voter Law (The Atlantic)
Florida Legislature passes elections bill that adds restrictions to voting (CNN)
Republicans Say They Care About Election Fraud. Here’s How They Could Actually Prevent It. (538)
G.O.P. Seeks to Empower Poll Watchers, Raising Intimidation Worries (NY Times)
Pentagon confirms UFO video is real, taken by Navy pilot (CNN)

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Trying Accountability on for Size; Also, the Allure of Conspiracy Theories

The murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer is proof that holding police officers accountable for misconduct is possible in the U.S., so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how society has changed over the last year and how it still needs to change moving forward (01:41).  The guys also weigh in on some recent analysis into the kinds of factors which make our brains tend to embrace conspiracy theory thinking (42:03).
Chauvin’s Conviction Is the Exception That Proves the Rule (The Atlantic)
Why A Guilty Verdict For Derek Chauvin Doesn’t Change The Reality Of Police Violence (538)
The Derek Chauvin guilty verdict is a huge outlier (Vox)
Opinion: After George Floyd’s Death, A Press Release Obscured A Police Murder (NPR)
Here’s what the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would do (NBC News)
How You’ve Been Conditioned to Love Conspiracy Theories (Popular Mechanics)

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A Broad View of the Issues at the Southern Border; Also, Seeing our Brain as a Computer

Reportedly over 100,000 migrants per month have been encountered in consecutive months at the U.S. southern border, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider the implications of this scale of activity from a historical, humanitarian, and political perspective (01:16).  The guys also take a look at an essay and related research which lays out why the common the human brain as a computer analogy is misguided (37:06).
 
9 questions about the humanitarian crisis on the border, answered (Vox)
The Situation at the U.S.-Mexico Border Can’t Be ‘Solved’ Without Acknowledging Its Origins (Time)
Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says (CNN)
There’s an Immigration Crisis, But It’s Not the One You Think (Politico)
The empty brain (Aeon.co)

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Biden’s Big Move on Infrastructure; Also, Global Trends and Future Challenges

The Biden Administration’s infrastructure proposal is quite ambitious, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss both the timing of it and the approach being taken to improve the nation’s infrastructure and increase the nation’s potential (01:23).  The guys also take a look at the US National Intelligence Council’s recent Global Trends report and the types of challenges facing the world in the near future (31:56).
Here’s what’s in Biden’s infrastructure proposal (CNN)
With His Legacy In Mind, Biden Seeks U.S. Transformation With Infrastructure Plan (NPR)
Biden wants to go big on infrastructure. History says that’s the right call. (WaPo)
Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure (The Hill)
U.S. Intelligence Report Warns of Global Consequences of Social Fragmentation (NY Times)
The global future is looking dark and stormy (Axios)
Global Trends 2040 pdf (DNI.gov)

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COVID Vaccines Bring New Technology & Old Skepticism; Also, Parenting Styles & Correlated Outcomes

Seeing the strikingly fast development and roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the new mRNA technology that is driving two of the vaccines and also at some of the skepticism of the vaccines amongst the public (01:13).  The guys also discuss some recent research into how different parenting styles may predispose people to falling into certain traps as adults (44:36).
How mRNA Technology Could Change the World (The Atlantic)
Few Facts, Millions Of Clicks: Fearmongering Vaccine Stories Go Viral Online (NPR)
What Parenting Styles Set Kids Up for Emotional Abuse? (Psychology Today)

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Election Interference Appears to be the New Normal; Also, the Fight Over Women’s Sports

Alarmed by the U.S. Intelligence Community recently released a declassified assessment of foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. election, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss whether the significance of the escalating efforts to undermine our democracy from abroad, often with assistance from domestic actors, is being underplayed (01:30).  The guys also take a look at the fight over whether transgender women should be able to compete in women’s sports (36:08).
Intelligence Community Assessment on Foreign Threats to the 2020 U.S. Federal Elections (DNI.gov)
US intelligence: Russia tried to help, and Iran tried to hurt, Trump’s 2020 reelection (Vox)
A New Report Adds Evidence That Trump Was a Russian Asset (Slate)
Russia and Iran tried to interfere with 2020 election, U.S. intelligence agencies say (CNBC)
Banning trans women from sports is not about fairness — it’s about transphobia (Mic)

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