Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio
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Segment 1: (11 min)
BUT FIRST: The opening essay
Too many people believe that there is a finite amount of respect in the world, and it must be "won" at any cost before someone else gets it.
Respect is like other virtues like love, joy, & happiness; we don't take it from others, we produce it for ourselves and share the surplus.
For a variety of reasons, many Americans feel disrespected -- economically, socially, politically. The prescription isn't more disrespect.
I hate to see people feeling disrespected. I really hate to see people supercharging a feedback loop of disrespect by piling it on others.
Leaders across all areas of life -- religious, political, economic, civic, cultural -- need to recognize the need for more earned respect.
A respect surplus needs to be generated by finding more meaningful, productive, constructive things for us to do as individuals and groups.
Segment 2: (8 min)
Segment 3: (14 min)
Segment 4: (5 min)
Segment 5: (11 min)
The Presidents Bush make an easy call: "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms." The statement should really be so obvious as to not even bear repeating, but the fact a sitting President struggles to make any such statement makes it necessary for his predecessors to say so. And in so doing, they exhibit an awareness of their joint legacy that escapes those who seem to think we should commemorate people on the wrong side of the Civil War. Isn't the idea that history may judge our behavior by a higher standard a fairly important tool to incentivize good behavior in the present? If your view of history is that it is static, then you're missing the point. It's not to be memorized. History must be grappled with. A compendium of names and dates is just a list. To really appreciate history is to struggle with questions of context, meaning, and choice. Sometimes, that may cause us some discomfort -- like when we have to acknowledge that the Founders were imperfect. But treating the Founding Fathers like humans rather than demigods is good for us. It says we have a duty to try to be even better than them. When we put the Founders on an untouchable pedestal, it says we are "less than" -- when in fact, we honor them most by trying to be greater. To understand their time (the Enlightenment) is to understand that they saw humanity as a work in progress, to be constantly improved upon.
Segment 6: (8 min)
Segment 7: (14 min)
Segment 8: (5 min)
Unsorted and leftovers:
Anybody who says things today are worse is welcome to turn in their smartphones, laptops, air bags, microwave ovens, and basically all chemotherapy drugs.
Technical analysis is nothing more than astrology for stock-watchers.
Survey finds that a lot of military and foreign-service professionals in the Pacific think China's within 20 years of being the hegemon there
And Spanish police think they saved a lot more after a raid
Putting a lot of white-collar talent on the market in Omaha
It may be no real risk at all, but the recommended cleanup process rivals Chernobyl
The President tweets his opposition to removing Confederate statues from public display. This is a good time to re-familiarize with the drawbacks of the endowment effect. Just because we already have something doesn't mean it's valuable enough to keep. If we need monuments to keep public spaces beautiful, perhaps Rosa Parks statues would be a good substitute for those of Confederate generals.
The President has tweeted out his endorsement of a fictitious counter-terrorism strategy. You will not find such nonsense recommended anywhere in the US military's wide range of professional reading lists.
Some good ideas; others may need some work. All worth serious examination.
There's really no reason to think otherwise: The President is just winging it.
At some point, it becomes impossible to effectively evacuate in time to stay in the good graces of the FAA
One major issue: Depending on how quickly autonomous vehicles reach the mainstream, this could be an occupational track heading into a narrow lane
Columnist Leonid Bershidsky correctly identifies that anonymous accounts on social media are responsible for a whole lot of bad behavior and cultural damage. But then he suggests that social-media sites "should be regulated in the same way as a TV station or a newspaper, which always knows the authors of the information it publishes." This argument is both radical and misled. The notion that government should step in to regulate social networks betrays a wildly misplaced confidence in the virtue of the regulators.
The genes themselves aren't new, they're just newly-discovered. If we start to develop truly new genes...that would be a game-changer.
Whether it's causal or just coincidental is a different question -- but putting your name on the door might make a difference
They're factionalized to an extent we haven't seen in a long time
The inhumanity of subjecting an innocent child to murder over adults and their politics should be incomprehensible to us all. It is most surely an abomination.
Different people have different needs
The President declares he's shutting down advisory councils -- after the businesspeople on the councils already quit en masse. The easier (and better) choice would have been to take responsibility for his own behavior.
He appears to have been selected on merit, rather than connections. That's apparently a big change for China's military hierarchy.
By the numbers
Clean up after yourself
Mind your business
Quote of the Week
The week in technology
Your role in cyberwar
Contrary to popular opinion
Hyperbole is going to kill us all
21st Century conservatism
"The arc of history bends only when ppl grab onto it and wrench it in the direction they insist it go" -@KoriSchake— DeepStateRadio Nerds (@DeepStateNerds) August 15, 2017
Civilizations are subject to entropy. If that weren't the case wouldn't we all be Athenians? Conscious effort on behalf of good is required. https://t.co/OlMqEBqYYl— Brian Gongol (@briangongol) August 16, 2017
Curiosity, competence, and humility
Our American family deserves conspicuous,determined leadership that stands in the gap for principles of freedom and the pursuit of liberty— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) August 16, 2017
To surrender the moral high ground of the Oval Office is to desecrate the honor of the people who have both occupied and defended it before. https://t.co/23pcPdx0xr— Brian Gongol (@briangongol) August 16, 2017
Have a little empathy
Stop the deliberate ignorance
Tin Foil Hat Award
Yay Capitalism Prize
Capitalist solution of the week
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