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Culture Series: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a book by Mark Manson

DESCRIPTION:Mark Manson’s 2016 bestselling book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” challenges many common beliefs on how to find happiness and fulfillment and lays out what it describes as a “counterintuitive approach,” so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss their impressions of the book and their thoughts on some of the major principles it articulates.  NOTE: this podcast contains spoilers.LINK(S):The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (HarperOne)

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A Stimulus Inflated Stock Market & Trading Privacy for Security

It appears that significant amounts of government stimulus dollars are being used not for necessities but to play in the stock market, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how this happened and how big of a problem it is (01:13). The guys discuss the tradeoffs between security or convenience and privacy in light of a report about an employee for a national security company who used security cameras in customer’s homes to view unsuspecting people’s sex lives (39:41).$1,400 Stimulus Checks Will Blow Up The Stock Market (Forbes)The stock market is ending 2020 at record highs, even as the virus surges and millions go hungry (WaPo)2020 Has Been a Great Year for Stocks and a Bear Market for Humans (Bloomberg)Home alarm tech backdoored security cameras to spy on customers having sex (Arstechnica)

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Work in the Information Age & Rituals as a Connection to Our Humanity

Society appears to have left the Industrial Age in the dust, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what that means for the concept of “work” and what people should be contributing to, and expecting from, society (02:24). The guys also take a look at some recent research into where rituals come from and what purpose they serve in our societies (41:05).
What’s Wrong with the Way We Work (New Yorker)
An Alligator Wrestler, A Casino Boss And A $12 Billion Tribe (Forbes)
Why do humans embrace rituals? Disease and danger may be at the root of the behaviors. (Nat Geo)

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The Radicalized and Restless & a Solution to Plastic Waste

Radicalization in America is manifesting itself in dangerous ways, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how big of a threat it poses to civil society as well as who, and what, can potentially settle things down (01:31). The guys also discuss the recent identification of an enzyme that may make it practically and commercially feasible to reuse plastic waste (44:40).Watch ITV News’ eyewitness report from inside the US Capitol as Trump supporters storm building (ITV)The Insurrectionists Would Like You to Know That They’re the Real Victims (The Atlantic)Impeach and Remove Trump Now (Intelligencer)ACLU Counsel Warns of ‘Unchecked Power’ of Twitter, Facebook After Trump Suspension (Newsweek)Have British scientists solved the problem of plastic pollution? (The Times)

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Land of the Overprivileged, Home of the Entitled & the Milky Way’s Frontiersmen

Seeing the recent chatter about how 2020 revealed America as perhaps the most overprivileged society of all time, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana analyze the nature of the overprivileged and entitled mindset that pervades a significant chunk of Americans (01:44). The guys also dive into some recent stories about where life on Earth likely fits in relative to the rest of the galaxy (37:34).America the overprivileged (Yahoo Finance)The Milky Way is probably full of dead civilizations (Space.com)

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Streaming Between the Lines: The Social Dilemma

“The Social Dilemma” docu-drama both explains and illustrates how social media exploits weaknesses in our humanity, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss their biggest takeaways from the film and the challenges that it details (01:14). The guys also consider what having a non-destructive social media environment would require (27:20) and take a look at where the film may have changed or confirmed their existing perceptions (37:17).The Social Dilemma (Netflix)

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Reactions to the IRL Great Hack & Serious People Talking UFOs

The story of the extensive hack that hit agencies across the US government as well as many powerful private companies still has more questions than answers, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the nature of the hack in a modern context, how it has been reacted to, and some things that could or should be done looking forward (01:13). The guys also take a look at some recent statements about UFOs and aliens from apparently serious people around the globe (40:55).U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye discloses breach, theft of hacking tools (Reuters)Russian government hackers are behind a broad espionage campaign that has compromised U.S. agencies, including Treasury and Commerce (WaPo)What We Know About Russia’s Alleged Hack Of The U.S. Government And Tech Companies (NPR)Computer Hack Blamed on Russia Tests Limits of U.S. Response (WSJ)Trump Contradicts Pompeo Over Russia’s Role in Hack (NY Times)Senior Government Officials Keep Saying That UFOs and Aliens Are Real (Intelligencer)

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The Move Against Facebook and the Need to Defend Against Market Takeovers

An effort to break up Facebook and restore competition in the social media space has begun, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the issues surrounding the antitrust lawsuit seeking to force Facebook to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp (01:10). The guys also discuss some recent research that casts a tendency to see oneself as a victim may be a personality trait (33:23).The FTC wants to break up Facebook (Yahoo Finance)Why the US government wants Facebook to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp (Vox)Behind Washington’s one-eighty on Facebook: A rethink of monopoly power (Politico)Researchers identify a new personality construct that describes the tendency to see oneself as a victim (psypost.org)

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Keeping the Public in the Dark in the Sunshine State

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss recent reporting about the extent to which Florida’s governor has prevented health officials and experts in the state from providing information to on the virus to the public (01:28). The guys also discuss some interesting findings on how our expectations for our spouses and romantic partners have changed in modern times (29:21). Sun Sentinel Investigation: Gov. Ron DeSantis ‘Ordered Public Health Officials Not To Discuss The COVID-19 Virus With The Public’ (CBS Local Miami) (republished in MSN.com)We Expect Too Much From Our Romantic Partners (The Atlantic) (republished in GetPocket.com)

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Eliminating Poverty is a Multifaceted and Evolving Challenge

Seeing China’s recent declaration that it has eliminated extreme poverty, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the feasibility of eliminating poverty through central government action (01:28) and the challenges modern societies face in building sustainable systems as our technological and social environments continue to evolve (22:17).China fulfills a dream to end poverty. Not all poor people are feeling better off (LA Times)

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