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The US Supreme Court’s Removal Societal Guardrails; Also, Handling All the Smoke from Canadian Wildfires

With recent US Supreme Court decisions operating to remove societal guardrails put in place by previous generations, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss why the guardrails were in place and whether the guardrails are still necessary in the US (01:42).  The guys also react to the smoke coming from Canadian wildfires that keeps coming to US cites and consider the interconnectivity of certain environmental conditions (39:33). Supreme Court effectively ends affirmative action at colleges in landmark ruling (ABC News)Supreme Court says 1st Amendment entitles web designer to refuse same-sex wedding work (NPR)Sonia Sotomayor Pens Stunning Rebuke of Supreme Court’s Discrimination Ruling: ‘Today, the Court Shrinks’ (People)Why there won’t be a backlash against the Supreme Court this time (CNN)Smoke will keep pouring into the US as long as fires are burning in Canada. Here’s why they aren’t being put out (CNN)

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The Coming Boom in US Manufacturing and What it Means; Also, Can the F.I.R.E. Lifestyle Deliver on Security or Happiness

Seeing reports of a huge year over year increase in investment in building factories in the US, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at what may be driving this spike and what a boom in manufacturing would mean in the 21st century (01:31).  The guys also discuss the financial independence, retire early lifestyle and why it may be inherently unable to deliver on its promise (32:46).Factory Boom Sweeps US With Construction at Record $190 Billion (Bloomberg)The US is building factories at a wildly fast rate (Insider)A couple who retired early with $4.3 million say the FIRE lifestyle is wearing thin: ‘We don’t want to just keep throwing money on the pile and keep being cheap’ (Fortune)Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) Explained: How It Works (Investopedia)

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In a Liberal System, Where Do the Bounds of Individual Liberty Come From? Also, Is It Woke to Discuss Juneteenth?

After checking out David Brooks’ thought provoking piece in the Atlantic on the outer limits of liberalism, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss liberalism as an ideology focused on individual liberty, where the bounds of individual liberty should be, and how the extremes of any ideology can lead to a difficult place (01:31).  The guys also acknowledge Juneteenth and consider whether any honest telling of Black history would be considered woke by some (39:16).The Outer Limits of Liberalism (The Atlantic)Liberalism: where did it come from and are its days numbered? (The Economist – YouTube)Ahead Of Juneteenth, Ron DeSantis Slashes Funding For Black History Programs In Florida (NewsOne)

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U.S. v Trump is Quite Literally the Rule of Law v the Rule of Man; Also, Is there a Sex Recession in America?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stood out in the federal indictment of Donald Trump and consider how this represents another instance where Trump demands that his supporters abandon their claimed principles when those principles do not serve him (01:29).  The guys also react to the premise of a recent article in Esquire Magazine that asks whether the US is in a sex recession (39:23).Indictment takeaways: Trump’s alleged schemes and lies to keep secret papers (AP News)Former President Donald Trump’s second indictment, annotated (CNN)Donald Trump’s Documents Defense Appears to Be Unraveling: “This Is Secret Information. Look.” (Vanity Fair)Why Trump was charged on secret documents and Clinton, Pence were not (WaPo)James Comey criticizes William Barr, says Trump ‘eats your soul in small bites’ (USA Today)We’re Living Through a Sex Recession (Esquire Magazine – Apple Link) (Magzter Link)Gen Z is having a sex recession — here are the depressing reasons why (NY Post)

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Raging Over Chick-fil-A’s Inclusivity and Demanding the Exclusion of Others; Also, Is Boredom the Key to Creativity and Sanity?

Seeing the firestorm surrounding Chick-fil-A over its employment of an executive for diversity, equity and inclusion, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what appears to be a rising tide where the power of the pocketbook is used to pressure actors to be more exclusionary towards certain segments of society (01:31).  The guys also consider whether boredom, which modern technology has seemingly eliminated, actually can be something that benefits us greatly (37:15).Not Even Chick-fil-A Is Safe From Anti-‘Woke’ Right Wingers (Rolling Stone)Conservative boycotts against Target and Bud Light are working thanks to a ‘perfect storm’ of social media and culture wars, experts say (Insider)Why are Christians calling for boycotts of Chick-fil-A and “The Chosen”? (Denison Forum)Fox covered Target’s Pride Month displays for hours and the allegations of abuse in the Illinois Catholic Church for less than a minute (Media Matters)The Secret Power of Boredom (Good Housekeeping)

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NAACP’s Florida Travel Advisory – Targeted Power Play or General Retreat? Also, Does Ending the Pandemic Emergency Leave Long Covid Sufferers in Limbo?

With the NAACP issuing a travel advisory relating to Florida in response its belief that Florida is openly hostile to Blacks and other minority groups, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the half measure nature of the travel advisory tactic and whether it can be an effective way to exert political influence (01:32).  The guys also consider how the formal ending of the Covid pandemic emergency by organizations like the WHO and CDC will affect sufferers of long Covid (39:09).NAACP Issues Travel Advisory in Florida (NAACP.org)NAACP president explains why the group issued Florida travel advisory (Politico)Florida is No. 2 in number of Black-owned businesses (Florida Politics)‘The power of the Black dollar.’ NAACP travel advisory in Florida a reminder of ’90s boycott (Miami Herald)‘Stop playing games:’ Florida officials push back against NAACP travel advisory (Click Orlando)For Covid Long-Haulers, the Pandemic is Far From Over (WaPo) (Apple Link)

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Separating the “Guns in Society” Conversation from the Ja Morant Controversy; Also, Honoring Jim Brown as a Man Instead of as an Idol

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the suspension of NBA star Ja Morant following the posting of another social media video showing him brandishing a gun and take a look at the more general “guns in society” that many seem to want to have when looking at the Morant controversy (01:22).  The guys also take a look at the life of Jim Brown and consider how our society goes about remembering men who have done great things but whose legacy is not without any blemishes (39:37). Ja Morant suspended from Memphis Grizzlies after flashing apparent gun in second video (Commercial Appeal)Ja Morant Can’t Quit His Gun Habit. Neither Can His Country (WaPo)Nike app no longer listing Ja Morant’s upcoming ‘Hunger’ sneakers after Grizzlies star’s latest gun incident (CBS Sports)Gun deaths among U.S. children and teens rose 50% in two years (Pew Research Center)Minnesota governor signs gun safety bills into law: ‘It’s about keeping our kids safe’ (The Hill)Political TV Ads Referencing Guns Increased Eightfold Over Four Election Cycles (Johns Hopkins)Guns and Political Violence Play Central Role in MAGA Republican Campaign Ads (Center for American Progress)Jim Brown, Football Great and Civil Rights Champion, Dies at 87 (NY Times)Jim Brown Lived a Remarkable Life Like Few Other Athletes (Sports Illustrated)

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America’s Perpetual Dissonance on Immigration; Also, the Nick Cannon and Elon Musk Approach to Fatherhood

Following the expiration of the Title 42 pandemic emergency rules for migrants, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at the current crisis at the border and discuss America’s long time reliance on and hostility toward immigration (01:27).  The guys consider the more is merrier approach to fatherhood apparently taken by people such as Nick Cannon and Elon Musk in light of current society norms and historical precedent (42:41). Fear and confusion, but not chaos, along the southern border after Title 42 ends (NPR)What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 7 charts (Pew Research Center)History of immigration to the United States (Wikipedia)Mexico faces humanitarian crisis as Biden migration policy kicks in (WaPo)Migrant crossings drop at U.S.-Mexico border after Title 42 expires (Reuters)While growing family makes headlines, Nick Cannon quietly makes ‘$100 million a year’ (Yahoo! News)Did you know Elon Musk has 10 kids? Here’s everything you need to know about Elon Musk’s family (Pinkvilla.com)

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Are the New Diversity Standards for the Oscars Oppressive to Artists? Also, Can Workism Bring Salvation?

With the new diversity and inclusion standards for Oscar eligibility kicking in, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the standards and the purpose of efforts like this while also reacting to some of the hostility being directed at the standards (01:53).  The guys discuss a recent piece in The Atlantic from Derek Thompson on the concept of workism and the idea that for many, their job is where they look for fulfillment (33:09).Richard Dreyfuss Slams New Diversity Requirements for Oscar Contention: ‘They Make Me Vomit’ (Variety)Why Americans Care About Work So Much (The Atlantic)(Apple News Link)

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Weaponization (of the Government) is as Weaponization Does; Also, Are Americans Moving Away from Close Emotional Relationships?

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana consider what weaponizing of the government means, and also what it does not mean, and also discuss Rep. Jim Jordan’s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government and Disney’s new lawsuit against Ron Desantis and other Florida officials (01:27).  The guys also take a look at recent studies which suggest that Americans are becoming increasingly less trusting and more isolated in their relationships (38:27).The weaponization of the federal government has a long history (The Conversation)Republicans Are All About Weaponizing the Government (Vanity Fair) Richard Dreyfuss: Americans’ ignorance of Constitution, disrespect for opposition has damaged our country (Fox News)‘Weaponizing its power’: Disney accuses DeSantis of retaliation in federal lawsuit (Politico)DeSantis’ tough words may come back to haunt him in Disney lawsuit, experts say (Reuters)America Is in Its Insecure-Attachment Era (The Atlantic) (Apple News Link)

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