Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - July 27, 2019

Brian Gongol

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Breaking news to watch

Segment 1: (11 min)

BUT FIRST: The opening essay

Segment 2: (8 min)

Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day

The moral of the story:

Segment 3: (14 min)

Make money

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The deceleration in real GDP in the second quarter reflected downturns in inventory investment, exports, and nonresidential fixed investment. These downturns were partly offset by accelerations in PCE and federal government spending.

Segment 4: (5 min)

Website reminder

The moral of the story:

Segment 5: (11 min)

Have fun

Billionaire dropped out of the sky on Erie for TV show "Broke Billionaire"

  1. Weird stunt
  2. Who starts with just $100 even for a weekend?
  3. Interesting premise
  4. Perpetuates the entrepreneur myth
  5. Real focus should be on the system, not just one guy

Segment 6: (8 min)

Technology Three | The week in technology

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Your role in cyberwar


Russia Targeted Elections Systems in All 50 States
According to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian interference is still happening “as we sit here.”
A report from the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday concluded all 50 states were targeted in 2016 and ahead of the 2018 election.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a House-passed bill that would authorize $775 million to improve state election systems while Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, called inaction by Congress a “disgrace.”

The moral of the story:

Segment 7: (14 min)

The moral of the story:

Segment 8: (5 min)

Stop the deliberate ignorance

As delivered

The President this morning decided to tweet. He tweeted -- and I quote:

"Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings['] district when it is considered the worst[-]run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!"

The words of the President, tweeted today.

I just don't know what else to say other than: I condemn the President's remarks.

I don't need to stand in partisan solidarity with a person like Representative Cummings in order to stand in civic solidarity with him as an American, and with the people of Maryland. We are fellow Americans. We don't call each other names. We don't say, "no human being would want to live there." We don't say those things about each other and to each other. That is not how we live.

We have disagreements. We can have things that we disagree about. Things that we think need to be improved. We have lots of different ways that we can believe life ought to be lived. But if the President wishes to avail himself of the Constitutional remedies available to him, he has a responsibility, and I quote, to:

"Recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."

That's the job of the President to Congress. He reports to Congress. If he thinks something is wrong with this district or any other district in America, "he shall recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient". But he's also ordered that he shall, and I quote,

"Take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

If the President thinks that some places are badly-run and dangerous, "he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." This stuff isn't about Constitutional duties, though.

He's had two and a half years to show us that he cares about his Constitutional duties. He has had plenty of time to show us that he cares about doing the job he is assigned by the law.

This tweet isn't doing his job. There is no other way to say it.

So I condemn the President's remarks, because I don't have to have partisan solidarity to have civic solidarity with my fellow Americans -- and that includes you.

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Clean up after yourself

Cyber-bullying on the rise with girls

Mind your business

Quote of the Week

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Contrary to popular opinion

Hyperbole is going to kill us all

What's the big idea?

21st Century conservatism

Cities and the people

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Curiosity, competence, and humility

Have a little empathy

How are you feeling?

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Inbox zero

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Listen to the full episode from July 27, 2019 here

The coverage of the Congressional hearings with Robert Mueller as witness mainly came across as coverage about "performance", not about the subject of the hearings itself. If we don't get our act together, this "telling a story about the story" instead of just telling the story...well, it's going to break us.

Listen to segment 1

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is a bizarre new film from Quentin Tarantino. So which is his best film?

Listen to segment 2

The growth rate in the GDP slipped last quarter, and one of the main things propping it up has been government spending -- according to the government itself. That's a problem.

Listen to segment 3

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A new TV series is going to follow a "broke billionaire" around Erie, PA. Maybe it'll make good television, but it's not the way we need to think about breathing new life into the economies of Rust Belt communities -- and elsewhere.

Listen to segment 5

There's usually a character in Quentin Tarantino films -- one in every movie -- who will stick out to you, once you know to look for them. It's the one I always like best, and in many cases, the only one I find likeable at all.

Listen to segment 6

Technology Three: Equifax settlement, mobile merger, and the missing device

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The President's tweets about Rep. Elijah Cummings and his Maryland district were totally out of line and deserve brisk condemnation.

Listen to segment 8