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Is Jihad More Exciting than Governing? Also, Black Americans in America’s Early History

Following reporting on how many Taliban members in Afghanistan have come to miss the days of jihad, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss the nature of this sentiment and consider how it is not uncommon dissatisfied groups because making something work is often harder than blowing it up (01:53).  The guys also take a look at some interesting facts about the participation of Black Americans in the first half of American’s history and consider why learning about American history from more angles benefits the nation (26:04). Taliban Bureaucrats Hate Working Online All Day, ‘Miss the Days of Jihad’ (Vice)African Americans in the Revolutionary War (National Park Service)10 Facts: Black Patriots in the American Revolution (American Battlefield Trust)Black Soldiers in the Revolutionary War (US Army)Buffalo Soldiers (National Park Service)Black Leaders During Reconstruction (History.com)The Legacy of the Reconstruction Era’s Black Political Leaders (Time)

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High-Altitude Balloons and the Need to Play the Espionage Game Right; Also, Fascia’s Huge Role in Our Bodies

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to the still ongoing trend involving all of these high-altitude flying objects that are getting detected and shot down (01:38).  The guys also take a look at fascia, which despite being a tissue we have all over our bodies, is something that we know much less about compared to things like muscle and bone (43:21). Here is what we know about the unidentified objects shot down over North America (CNN)New unidentified ‘cylindrical’ object shot down over Canada (WaPo)‘Significant’ debris from China spy balloon retrieved, says US military (The Guardian)U.S. military says it recovers key sensors from downed Chinese spy balloon (Reuters)China accuses U.S. of flying spy balloons into Chinese airspace more than 10 times (NPR)Your Fascia Is The Most Important Part of the Body You’re Ignoring (Prevention Magazine – Apple News Link)(Lite Mind Body Clinic Link)10 Ways to Keep Your Fascia Healthy so Your Body Moves Pain-Free (Healthline)Muscle Pain: It May Actually Be Your Fascia (Johns Hopkins Medicine)

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Black History Month and Using History to as a Political Tool; Also, Is ChatGPT a Better Communicator than You?

With the start of February, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss Black History Month, whether its observation as a momentary point of emphasis is helpful to society or not, and how picking fights over what history is taught, and how it is taught, can be a potent political tool (01:34).  The guys also take a look at OpenAI’s artificial intelligence chatbot system ChatGPT and consider the implications of a system like this being able to communicate as well as humans in some respects (32:17).Black History Month (History.com)The Real Reason Florida Wants to Ban AP African-American Studies, According to an Architect of the Course (Time)New rules are limiting how teachers can teach Black History Month (Axios)Why the ChatGPT AI Chatbot Is Blowing Everyone’s Mind (CNET)Who Owns Your ChatGPT Output? (Hint: Probably Not You) (Intellectual Property Pulse)

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The Murder of Tyre Nichols is Both Different From, and Similar To, Other Cases of Police Brutality; Also, Putting Friendship Over Facts

Looking at the senseless murder of Tyree Nichols, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss whether anything can be taken from the relative speed in which the process of holding the responsible officers accountable has begun and consider what can be taken away from the fact that both the victim and the offending officers in this case were Black (02:02).  The guys also discuss an interesting article by James Clear, author of the New York Times bestselling book Atomic Habits, which goes into why facts do not usually change people’s minds (31:11). After Tyre Nichols Death, Officials’ Moves Reflect a Shift in Handling Police Violence (NY Times)A timeline of the investigations into Tyre Nichols’ death after a traffic stop and arrest by Memphis police (CNN)Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds (JamesClear.com)

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Are State Run Lotteries Bad Government and Anti-American? Also, Why Pessimism on Americas Future is Misguided

Historian Jonathan D. Cohen has recently been making the rounds asking some important questions about whether operating a lottery is a proper thing for governments to do, and James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana take a look at Cohen’s rationale for questioning lotteries and discuss why so many in the land of free enterprise have seemingly accepted the idea of having the state-run lotteries as an alternative to taxation (01:11).  The guys also discuss a recent piece in the Atlantic which makes the case that the overwhelming pessimism Americans seem to have on the future of the country is misguided (28:33).A single winning ticket for Friday’s $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing was sold in Maine (CNN)What We’ve Lost Playing the Lottery (The New Yorker)Here’s who really wins and loses in American lotteries (NPR)What the Lottery Reveals About the American Dream (Apple News)Despite Everything You Think You Know, America Is on the Right Track (The Atlantic)

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Keeping Up with the Konfidentials; Also, Why the Labor Market Seems Bulletproof

With presidents being caught with confidential documents that they should no longer have now apparently being a trend, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana compare how President Biden and former President Trump responded to their respective document controversy, consider what is triggering the media in these controversies, and discuss how this is what rule of law looks like (01:20).  The guys also react to the recent job numbers which indicate that the labor market is relatively strong despite conditions like high inflation and rising interest rates (37:12).Biden’s Classified Documents: A Timeline of What We Know So Far (Time)Five unanswered questions about Biden’s classified documents (The Hill)Recession? “Nobody Told the Labor Market” (South Florida Business & Wealth)Powell defends Fed taking ‘measures that are not popular’ to rein in inflation (Yahoo! Finance)Inflation is easing, even if it may not feel that way (NPR)

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Running the Same Play from Anti-Democracy Playbook in Brazil; Also, Extending Education Beyond the “Three Rs”

Seeing the attack on the presidential palace, Supreme Court, and Congress in Brazil by supporters of their former President Bolsenaro James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how this attack mirrored the 2021 insurrection in the U.S. and consider whether seeing this happen twice now signals a trend (01:41).  The guys also weigh in on the addition of financial and information literacy courses being mandated by states and the benefits and concerns with expanding education beyond basic subjects (34:02). Bolsonaro backers ransack Brazil presidential palace, Congress, Supreme Court (Reuters)Brazil protests: Lula vows to punish ‘neo-fascists’ after Bolsonaro supporters storm congress (The Guardian)How Trump’s allies stoked Brazil Congress attack (BBC)Steve Bannon’s Connection to Brazil Insurrection by Bolsonaro Supporters (Newsweek)Michigan officially becomes 14th state to mandate personal finance education before high school graduation (CNBC)New Jersey becomes first state to mandate K-12 students learn information literacy (Politico)Students in Michigan and Florida are required to take financial literacy course to graduate high school (Sandra Rose)‘Positively dystopian’: judge blocks key parts of Florida’s ‘Stop-Woke’ law (The Guardian)

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Streaming Between the Lines – “The Eugenics Crusade”

Michelle Ferrari’s “The Eugenics Crusade,” which originally aired in 2018 on PBS, tells the story of the rise and fall of eugenics in American scientific, social and political spheres, and.  James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss what stood out most in the film and how many themes in the story echo what we still see today. The Eugenics Crusade (PBS)The Eugenics Crusade (Amazon Prime)The Eugenics Crusade (Apple TV)

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Is the US to Blame for the Education Ban on Women in Afghanistan? Also, the Illusion of Time and the Merits of a Dry January

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana react to the Taliban’s recent move to ban college education for women in Afghanistan and consider whether the US bears any responsibility for this development (01:35).  The guys also weigh in on the ongoing debate over whether time from a scientific standpoint is an illusion (22:07) and discuss the merits of a Dry January (34:00).’The Taliban took our last hope’: College education is banned for women in Afghanistan (NPR)Researchers say time is an illusion. So why are we all obsessed with it? (NPR)Physicist Says the Laws of Physics Don’t Actually Exist (The Byte)Dry January: 10 Benefits of Taking a 30-Day Break From Alcohol (Men’s Journal)

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Is Behaving Respectably Overrated in the 21st Century? Also, the Fusion Power Breakthrough and the Possibility of Endless Energy

James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana weigh in on the idea that the tech revolution has resulted in leaders in business or public life means no longer feeling the need to behave in a respectable manner (01:26).  The guys also react to the recently announced fusion power breakthrough and consider whether the achievement is being over hyped (42:07). The Rise and Fall of Respectability (Wall Street Journal)(Apple Link)Anonymous criticism helped make America great (WaPo)Social Media and Histrionic Personality Disorder (Psychology Today)The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account (The Ringer)Respectability politics (Wikipedia)Nuclear fusion breakthrough: Scientists generate more power than used to create reaction (CNBC)Despite the hype, we shouldn’t bank on nuclear fusion to save the world from climate catastrophe (The Guardian)When Will Nuclear Fusion Put Oil And Gas Out Of Business (Forbes)Neil deGrasse Tyson shares why fusion discovery could change the future of energy (YouTube)

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