Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - May 22, 2016
Please note: These show notes may be in various stages of completion -- ranging from brainstormed notes through to well-polished monologues. Please excuse anything that may seem rough around the edges, as it may only be a first draft of a thought and not be fully representative of what was said on the air.
Speaker Paul Ryan reinvents Kempism for the 21st Century
And there's no way to make up a tenable alliance between his vision of America and the unmitigated, inarticulate goulash of false promises that is Trumpism
An academic research paper came out recently saying that there was a very strong correlation between the earnings power of families in the 1400s -- and their descendants today. The paper studies families in Florence, Italy, so it's not appropriate to over-extend any conclusions drawn by the paper. The Italian economy has its own special characteristics and history.
But at the same time, it's not something to overlook or dismiss too casually.
"Intergenerational income mobility" is a mouthful, but it's an important one. It's easier to say "Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations", and it doesn't hurt that a bunch of examples come to mind quickly.
To what extent:
(a) knowledge and values transfer over generations
(b) special access/foot in the door/privilege begetting privilege
(c) general economic straitjacketing or freedom
Also, a HUGE argument for the importance of broad-based economic growth
Tin Foil Hat Award
Don't dismiss the nightmare scenario of Russia re-invading the Baltic states
A recently-retired British general has published a book saying he thinks Russia might go after Latvia as soon as next year. The book's online description says the nuclear deterrent won't work. When reviewers skewer the writing but then say, "for all the clumsy writing, it is of profound importance when a former Nato deputy commander is screaming at us that the alliance's high readiness task force is a sham", then attention must be paid.
"[W]e are forced to think how to neutralise the emerging threats to the Russian Federation"
& Those are the words of Vladimir Putin
A matter of grave concern for the rest of the Western Hemisphere. Not only is the country economically important (as a major producer of oil), but it also has the potential to create a lot of disturbance. And, critically, there is an enormous human cost of suffering that has been building under the country's profound mismanagement by a corrupt and mindless government.
Yay Capitalism Prize
Chinese investment brings labor-union manufacturing jobs to south Chicago
A great deal about the story seems incongruous, doesn't it? It's certainly not an organic outcome (that is, it wouldn't have happened spontaneously), but the United States is too attractive a market for investors around the world to resist, and China has a lot of money to put to use. And if that manifests itself in a Chinese company pursuing and winning a bid to build cars for the CTA, and the contract includes a "Buy Chicago-made" provision, then what is organically or spontaneously unlikely becomes possible. Rival bidder Bombardier protests, saying "Buy American" is all that should have mattered, not "Buy Chicago".
Also worth reading this week
Observers wonder whether Google is even really trying to get business clients
And the more it cedes that line to Microsoft, the worse Google's future is going to look
Black renters pay meaningfully higher prices on AirBnB
So says a study from January, saying discrimination against African American renters shows up both in prices and in the agreement to even make a deal.
The online media outlet, which has been an openly pro-Trump mouthpiece for much of the 2016 campaign, turns a foul attack on Bill Kristol. Shame on them.
Jake Tapper starts asking important critical questions
As one of CNN's premier political journalists, Tapper is in an important role -- one that most of his peer group has failed to execute with enough vigor. Too many of them have treated the rise of Donald Trump as "good television", but haven't acted like bulldog journalists. Good for Tapper for stepping up his questions.
A selfie shouldn't have to be an act of political defiance
Yet it is in Iran, where women are being harassed by the authorities for posting pictures of themselves without head coverings
Sen. Bernie Sanders flies Eastern Airlines
The photographs aren't vintage -- just the livery. His campaign is using a plane bearing the markings of the once-defunct, now-revived heritage airline
Gannett tries to squeeze Tribune
One newspaper publisher tries to ensnare another with a higher bid for its stock
- Podcast of this episode - segment 1 (Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations? Not always.)
- Podcast of this episode - segment 2 (Keep an eye on Russia and the Baltic states -- it could be the next flashpoint)
- Podcast of this episode - segment 3 (Venezuela is a dangerous powder keg, and socialism is to blame)
- Podcast of this episode - segment 4 (A Chinese company is building a factory in Chicago that will build train cars using union labor)
- Official station page for this episode (forthcoming)