Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - October 12, 2019
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.
BUT FIRST: Why a conservative would want to axe the Tomahawk Chop
Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day: How much pumpkin is enough?
Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day™:— Brian Gongol Show (@briangongolshow) October 11, 2019
Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day™:— Brian Gongol Show (@briangongolshow) September 27, 2019
You're temporarily living on the run. The Witness Protection Program will give you your pick of four vehicles. Which do you take?
Seeing Phil Collins in Omaha: He's Still Not Dead Yet!
Wet conditions are just not giving any relief to Iowa farmers, nor are bad trade policies
Clean up after yourself
The deficit is now growing by a trillion dollars a year. That's $3,000 per person, per year, in new debt alone. We cannot pretend like that's not a problem.
More on the deficit. A listener argues that the deficit problem is even worse when it's measured by the number of working (and, thus mainly tax-paying) adults: A figure that has been pretty stable at about 63% of people over the age of 16 since 2014.
Hot (social) topics
World-record marathon time: Eliud Kipchoge just ran a marathon in less than two hours
The incredible Simone Biles does things that nobody else on Earth can do. She's a supernatural talent:
This woman has amazing skills. Cannot imagine the amount of work she has put into her art. https://t.co/sWCDVJm1tA— Brian Gongol (@briangongol) October 11, 2019
Technology Three | The week in technology
People talk a lot about robots coming to take our jobs, but this might be in a class all by itself:
This robot may be able to hit a jumper better than the pros pic.twitter.com/sAxkWTAFqL— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) October 12, 2019
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign is trying a new tactic: Using Facebook's rules against itself. It's like technological judo. But there's an important truth to behold here: If Facebook isn't going to be clear about what behavior (and truths) are applicable on its platform, then we ought to have stronger warnings attached to it.
Facebook's "Libra" digital currency project just took a big hit as several prospective big-name partners walked away, including Visa and MasterCard.
21st Century conservatism
We need money and economic growth to fund worthwhile things. But money isn't the most important thing; it's a thing we use to serve higher values. Abandoning the Kurds over money -- or anything that even carries a whiff of that motivation -- is an urgent problem for us.