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Viewing the Israeli-Hamas Conflict with a “What’s Past is Prologue” Lens; Also, What Was Happening in the Americas in 1491?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the historical context of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas and consider whether after 75+ years of conflict, there is any pathway to an end to this cycle of violence (1:13).  The guys also discuss some recent research into what was happening in the Americas right before Columbus landed (48:44). Hamas surprise attack out of Gaza stuns Israel and leaves hundreds dead in fighting, retaliation (AP News)Israel pulverises Gaza after Hamas attack as it collects its dead (Reuters)How Hamas staged Israel lightning assault no-one thought possible (BBC)The Entire Israeli-Palestine Conflict Explained | Secret Wars Uncovered | War Stories (YouTube)History of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict (Wikipedia)What Do You Know About 1491? (The Atlantic) (Apple News Link)

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What Causes People to be Angrier than Ever, and What Happens as a Result? Also, All Eyez on the Arrest for Tupac’s Murder

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider how anger affects one’s ability to think, the types of actors in a society that have an interest in using anger to manipulate others for their own benefit, and whether people could be angrier now than in years past (1:19).  The guys also react to the recent arrest of a suspect for the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur and take a look at the circumstances of the arrest, especially considering how long ago the murder was (44:58).Anger overwhelms our thinking brain. Here’s how to bring it back online. (WaPo) (Apple News Link)The age of rage: are we really living in angrier times? (The Guardian)Anger (Wikipedia)The Media Needs to Keep You Angry. Don’t Feed Into It (Foundation for Economic Education)Angry Americans: How political rage helps campaigns but hurts democracy (The Conversation)Why Social Media Makes Us Angrier—and More Extreme (Psychology Today)The man charged in Tupac Shakur’s 1996 shooting death has long put himself at the crime scene. Here’s what we know about him (CNN)Why it took 27 years for an arrest in Tupac Shakur’s Las Vegas killing (LA Times)

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What Causes People to be Angrier than Ever, and What Happens as a Result? Also, All Eyez on the Arrest for Tupac’s Murder
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Assessing the Risk of Illegal and Legal Corruption Following Senator Menendez’s Indictment; Also, Are Two Parents a Privilege?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to the corruption allegations against Senator Bob Menendez and discuss whether the type of movie villain style corruption is more of a risk  than the legal corruption that is omnipresent in our political system (1:51).  The guys also comment on some recent publications that investigate how a two-parent household can be beneficial for kids (42:03). Here are the charges Sen. Bob Menendez is facing (The Hill)Sen. Bob Menendez and wife indicted on bribery charges; DOJ seizes gold bars and $500,000 (CNN)The Menendez Scandal Reflects The World That SCOTUS Built (The Lever)How the Gilded Age’s Top 1 Percent Thrived on Corruption (History Channel)Sheldon Whitehouse Just Laid Out the Scheme to Control the Federal Courts (Esquire)Who are the Biggest Donors? (Open Secrets)Is Single Parenthood the Problem? (The Atlantic) (Apple News Link)

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Assessing the Risk of Illegal and Legal Corruption Following Senator Menendez’s Indictment; Also, Are Two Parents a Privilege?
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Labor Strikes in Detroit and Hollywood May Signal a Resurgence of Union Activity That Will Benefit Us All; Also, Why Assisted or Isolating Exercises Can Create Risk

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the United Auto Workers’ strike and consider whether it, either alone or in the context of the ongoing Hollywood strikes, represent a needed resurgence in union activity (1:15).  The guys also discuss the recent expert recommendations on which exercises and/or equipment in the gym that one should avoid (39:59).UAW boss says workers shouldn’t accept lower wages so ‘greedy people like Elon Musk can build more rocket ships’ (Yahoo! Finance)The UAW’s big asks, unusual strike strategy, and what this all means for you (Vox)Strike Is a High-Stakes Gamble for Autoworkers and the Labor Movement (NY Times)Aggregated CEO-to-worker compensation ratio for the 350 largest publicly owned companies in the United States from 1965 to 2021 (Statista)CEO pay has skyrocketed 1,460% since 1978 (Economic Policy Institute)Writers union will resume strike negotiations with studios this week (CNBC)Beyond Labor Day: 3 Ways Unions Have Helped American Workers (Time)Why You Should Skip the Hip Abduction Machine — and These 5 Other Moves (Shape)

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The Iran Contra Scandal and the Perspective it Provides for the Issues of Today

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look back at the Iran Contra scandal, which despite not seeming to have the notoriety of Watergate or the sizzle of Clinton-Lewinsky, was a pretty big deal and one that illustrated both how the U.S. governmental system can be exploited and the mechanisms in the system that allows it to fight back when lines are crossed (01:13).The Iran-Contra Affair (PBS)Iran-Contra Explained: The Wall of Crazy Scandal (YouTube)

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Is the Christian Church Prioritizing Politics Over Christ? Also, the Remembering the March of Washington Will Take Work

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana are joined by special guest Warren Smith III from the Contemporary Commentary YouTube show, and they react to recent comments by former church official Russell Moore about the crisis in the American Evangelical Church and comments from the Pope about the American Catholic Church and discuss whether politics and political ideology have become too centered in Christian churches (01:31).  The guys also consider the legacy of the March on Washington with the recent passing of its 60th anniversary (48:46). The American Evangelical Church Is in Crisis. There’s Only One Way Out. (The Atlantic)Evangelicals Are Now Rejecting ‘Liberal’ Teachings of Jesus (Newsweek)Pope says some ‘backward’ conservatives in US Catholic Church have replaced faith with ideology (AP News)Thousands convene for March on Washington’s 60th anniversary demonstration (Politico)The March on Washington’s core ideas resonate 60 years later (NBC News)When Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, he was less popular than Donald Trump is today (USA Today)

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Are Trigger Warnings Counterproductive for Both Individuals and for Communities? Also, Reacting to India’s Unprecedented Moon Landing

With more research being done on the actual effects of trigger warnings, setting aside their intent, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana weigh in on the debate over trigger warnings, whether they are helpful, and whether they can cause unintended consequences (01:45).  The guys also discuss India recently becoming the first country to land near the south pole of the Moon (43:45).I Was Wrong About Trigger Warnings (The Atlantic) (Apple News Link)What if Trigger Warnings Don’t Work? (The New Yorker)Growth after trauma (American Psychological Association)India’s Chandrayaan-3 landed on the south pole of the Moon − a space policy expert explains what this means for India and the global race to the Moon (The Conversation)What’s next for India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission on the moon? (Space.com)

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Are Trigger Warnings Counterproductive for Both Individuals and for Communities? Also, Reacting to India’s Unprecedented Moon Landing
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What Does Fascism Really Look Like, and How Does it Arise? Also, Why Ozempic is Changing the Overweight and How We See Being Overweight

Fascism is a label that gets thrown around more often than is warranted, so James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what Fascism really is, how a society get slip into it, and the extent to which aspects of it can be seen today in the American system (01:36).  The guys also take a look at Ozempic, its seemingly miracle results, and how it may kill the mentality that a lack of willpower is at the root of being overweight (44:08). What is Fascism (Council on Foreign Relations)Fascism (Wikipedia)Trump Voters Trust Ex-President More Than Their Family and Friends: Poll (Newsweek)DeSantis vows to ‘start slitting throats on day one’ (The Hill)Ozempic Settles the Obesity Debate: It’s Biology Over Willpower (WSJ)America’s Obsession With Weight-Loss Drugs Is Affecting the Economy of Denmark (WSJ)

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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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Hawaiian Fires, Hot Tub Oceans, and the Question of Whether Environmental Progress is Fast Enough; Also, Do Some Psychopathic Characteristics Offer an Upside?
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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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Trump Fell into the Authoritarian Trap Laid by the Founding Fathers; Also, Feeling Down May Not Always Be a Sign of Mental Illness
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