Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - November 2, 2019
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Breaking news to watch
Segment 1: (11 min)
BUT FIRST: The opening essay
The moral of the story:
Segment 2: (8 min)
Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day
Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day™:— Brian Gongol Show (@briangongolshow) November 1, 2019
Daylight Saving Time should be...
- Daylight Saving Time is an idea that should be launched straight into the Sun
- It's "savings" without "interest"
- A perfectly fine example of people using government intervention to get something they want, regardless of the needs or wants of others -- what's so hard about just changing the hours at your workplace?
- A nightmare for anyone on a routine, particularly children -- and this is the "good" change, when you gain an hour
- But try to make some good come of it: Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors
Totally Unnecessary Debate of the Day™:— Brian Gongol Show (@briangongolshow) October 11, 2019
Segment 3: (14 min)
Technology Three | The week in technology
Twitter pulls the plug on political advertising
The small cadre of politicians who are known to tweet for themselves (e.g. Senators Cory Booker, Ben Sasse, and Chuck Grassley) are about to become gurus to their colleagues. The word "authenticity" is vastly overused, but first-person content becomes much more important if your reach is limited to those who find and follow you organically alone.
A UN group says it would cost $300 billion to pause global warming for 20 years by implementing a soil-restoration program to capture carbon in biomass. If true, that would be $39.47 per person alive on the planet right now. If you could get assurance that the plan (a) would work as advertised, and (b) would be implemented by people who were accountable for getting results, it would be well worth the price.
- Google buys Fitbit
- Remember that Fitbit bought Pebble's leftover assets
- As a fan of the legacy Pebble products, I'm watching this acquisition closely
- I use Google constantly, but I don't know that I trust it
- Is it weird that I have more faith in little bootstrapped startups than I do in giant tech companies?
- Maybe it's justified, though: If your company already uses Google Apps, this could be just another -- they'll weasel their way into avery corner of your life, now under cover of "fitness"
- It's a $2.1 billion deal, which only goes to show how much Google is a reincarnation of the classic conglomerates
- [Fitbit press release]
- [Google press release]
Segment 4: (5 min)
By the numbers
A $23 trillion Federal debt: It's all yours!
That's rounding error away from $70,000 per person. Try hard to make that number make sense.
- You really must vote in your local municipal and school-board elections on Tuesday
- The giant problems are out of reach -- none of us have very much we can say
- The local problems are within reach
- We need reminders that problems can be solved, and that it's within us to do it
The moral of the story:
Segment 5: (11 min)
Hot (social) topics
Warren Unveils Long-Awaited 'Medicare For All' Plan
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has finally unveiled her 'Medicare For All' plan, including how she plans to pay for the $52 trillion program.
Warren's campaign says her plan does not include a middle class tax hike, something fellow 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders admits will be part of his proposal. Instead, costs will be absorbed by private sector employers and state and federal government.
Warren says better efficiency will make Medicare for All cheaper over time for employers and the government, while individual payments will drop to "practically zero".
Authorities Seize Enough Fentanyl 'to Kill the Entire Population of Ohio'
Ohio authorities on Wednesday announced a major drug bust that included the seizure of more than 40 pounds of fentanyl -- which prosecutors say is "more than enough to kill the entire population of Ohio."
Also found in the multi-agency raid were 1500 grams of methamphetamine, 500 grams of heroin, three illegal firearms and more than $30,000 in cash, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Three suspects -- Shamar Davis, 31, Anthony Franklin, 30, and Grady Jackson, 37 -- were taken into custody and each charged with a number of crimes, including intent to distribute 400 or more grams of fentanyl, officials say.
"The quantity of fentanyl in this case amounts to chemical warfare and a weapon of mass destruction," says Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot to Create World's Fourth-Largest Carmaker
In a massive deal that could equal 8.7 million vehicle sales alone, Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot announced Thursday morning that they intend to merge, making the merged company the fourth-largest carmaker in the world.
The deal would be split 50/50 with experts sharing that the merger could be worth $50 billion. In a statement, both carmakers said by joining together they can "foster innovation and meet the challenges of the auto industry with speed and capital efficiency."
City Won't Pay Up After Blowing Up House During Standoff With Shoplifter
A Colorado man is out of luck after police destroyed his house during a confrontation with an armed shoplifter.
In 2015, police fired rockets into the home of Leo Lech during a 19-hour standoff with an armed man who hid in the house after he was caught shoplifting from a nearby Walmart. Even though Lech's family had nothing to do with the crime or the shoplifter, the city refused to pay more than $5,000 for the damage caused.
Now a federal appeals court has ruled that the city doesn't owe Lech anything more, arguing that police were enforcing the law and that the incident does not constitute a government seizure of property.
Lech told the Washington Post, "It just goes to show that they can blow up your house, throw you out on the streets and say 'See you later. deal with it."
The moral of the story:
Segment 6: (8 min)
Iowa news: "Liberty and Justice" Celebration
- First things first: Good for the Iowa Democrats in changing the name away from "Jefferson-Jackson" Dinner
- It's not erasing history to change course when a name no longer fits, and "Andrew Jackson" is a deeply problematic name
- Invitations went out to 11 of the candidates to sit down for an interview on this show
- Four responded; one was confirmed, but plans were changed last-minute
- The invitation will remain open through the end of the caucus cycle here, at which point they won't be very interested in Iowa anymore
- Steve Bullock has come to the show; Tom Steyer and Tulsi Gabbard have been on with Justin Brady, and he has Andrew Yang coming up
- The terms of the deal: Come on the show and we'll talk, but it has to be in-studio. I prefer not to have anyone (literally) phoning it in.
- People whom I've known as life-long Republicans are changing registrations so they can vote in the Democratic caucuses next year. The candidates shouldn't shy away from any audiences in Iowa.
Segment 7: (14 min)
Jon Haggerty | R Street Institute | The Conservative Case Against Trump's Immigration Policies
Segment 8: (5 min)
That's it. I'm not reading another news story for the rest of the year. I can't allow anything to ruin this moment. https://t.co/y5KXoolsnB— Brian Gongol (@briangongol) November 2, 2019
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Clean up after yourself
Mind your business
Quote of the Week
Your role in cyberwar
Contrary to popular opinion
Hyperbole is going to kill us all
What's the big idea?
21st Century conservatism
Cities and the people
Curiosity, competence, and humility
Have a little empathy
How are you feeling?
Stop the deliberate ignorance
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Yay Capitalism Prize
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