Don’t use Ring Doorbell (e70)

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We discuss Facebook, Amazon, Ring doorbell, and facial surveillance. Bloomberg buying our elections with Bezos cheering him on as he controls more and more of our world. Fighting corruption and why it’s important for our future, including what’s at stake at the Supreme Court, and why Warren being willing to repeal the filibuster is so important. And Stephen Miller still has a job, and is still busy making anti-immigrant policies, even as the Southern Poverty Law Center unveiled hundreds of racist emails he sent to a conversation website, as he attempted to direct their coverage. And Kade survives a TedX talk.

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De-stigmatizing Abortion, with Moira Donegan (e69)

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Moira Donegan joins as a guest host to discuss de-stigmatizating abortion, and how abortion rights are one of several areas where our laws and public opinion are moving in opposite directions.

We also discuss impeachment week 2 — what we know, what pressures Trump is facing, and what we’ll be watching for.

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A Very Good Election Night for Democrats (e68)

In this Patreon-only episode, Alexis takes you through the evening’s results. Kentucky elected a Democratic Governor, as Trump’s last minute rally didn’t save Republican Matt Bevin. Virginia now has a Governor-State Senate-State Leg trifecta. Danica Roem and Lee Carter were both re-elected. The Mississippi’s Democratic vote share went up by double digits. That and more election night news from your friendly neighborhood queer. Get it for a buck over at Patreon. 

Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Know (e67)

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We cover the breaking reports of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the latest on impeachment. We also discuss the #PressPause campaign against facial surveillance, Zuckerberg’s disastrous Facebook hearing in Washington, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being held in contempt of court and fined.

Impeachment Pressure, Immigration Policy Horrors (e66)

Trump got caught, and he confessed.  We discuss the latest in the impeachment inquiry: texts from diplomats Sondland and Taylor, what happens if the subpoenas keep being defied, and what we think the Republicans’ calculus is, and what we’ll be watching to evaluate where they’re at.  We also review a host of horrifying new anti-immigrant policies that you may have missed while impeachment was going on, and a handful of recent victories against them, include a great campaign by Mijente against tech giant and ICE collaborator Palantir. 

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Impeachment Begins (e65)

We reflect on the day Speaker Pelosi announced the House would formally open an impeachment investigation.

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War in Soccer, Not with Iran (e64)

Bolton and Pompeo’s desperate and transparent attempts to go to war with Iran aren’t fooling anyone.  Wall Street feels left out of the student debt crisis, so is shopping around a form of debt called Indentured Servitude Agreements (er, we mean “Income Share Agreements”).  We stan Elizabeth Warren’s “Break Up Big Tech” billboards, debate beating World Cup teams 13-0, and get super gay. Happy Pride! 

Kade vs. Surveillance Capitalists (E63)

The ACLU of Mass found that a company called “Suspect Technologies” tried to convince police to hand over a database of driver license photos. Kade’s tireless work fighting for privacy is validated by a cop who warns the surveillance capitalist that they’ll be “run out of town by privacy zealots!” We also discuss Elizabeth Warren’s transformational student debt cancellation plan. And Kade makes a strong case for impeachment

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Pushing Left with Mike Gravel (e62)

We speak with David Oks, campaign manager for Mike Gravel. Mike Gravel is a former Senator from Alaska who’s running what is arguably the farthest left campaign of the 2020 Democratic primary. And we discuss Abolish ICE, housing, education, prison abolition, war, shifting the overton window, reparations, direct democracy, a tribunal for climate crimes, a new government agency (the “Corporate Harm Prosecution Agency”) to measure and account for negative externalities, and more.

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Fight Face Surveillance (e61)

We discuss the latest on big tech companies spying on our faces, from a NYT experiment with a feed in Bryant park, to some scary face surveillance of a Muslim population in China. We also hit on state-level efforts to fight this “plutonium of AI.” We also break down Trump’s incitement against Rep. Ilhan Omar and the pathetic response from Democratic leadership. Listen at iTunes, Patreon, or below.

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TAKE ACTION – BILLS FIGHTING FACE SURVEILLANCE:

  • Massachusetts is still set to consider a Face Surveillance moratorium.
  • Live in San Francisco? Please support the “Stop Secret Surveillance” ordinance!
    • Find your member on the Board of Supervisors here. Then give them a call and urge them to vote to Stop Secret Surveillance: https://sfbos.org/roster-members
    • If you don’t know your district, you can look it up here: https://sfelections.org/tools/districts_lookup/
    • Supervisor @AaronPeskin intro’d it, and right now, and @hillaryronen & @MattHaneySF are co-sponsors. Tweet at them to say THANKS!
    • Tell your friends & family to support the ordinance as well, by signing this ACLU petition.
    • Learn even more about the ordinance at this Engadget piece by Andrew Tarantola.
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