Benajmin Dixon on Michael Bloomberg (e75)

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Benjamin Dixon joins Alexis to discuss the audio he discovered of Michael Bloomberg saying “you can just Xerox” the description of male, minorities 16-25 and hand to cops. Dixon’s clip went viral, but led to criticism of Dixon himself by the media. One CNN correspondent, Cristina Alesci, tried to downplay his discovery by saying he is “very anti-Bloomberg,” rather than engaging with the substance of Bloomberg’s remarks. And how we’ve never before seen a person this wealthy try to buy the U.S. presidency.

“The reason Mike Bloomberg is in this race in the first place is because we are nipping at his feet. And he had to get off his throne himself, and come down and do it.” –Benjamin Dixon

Also discussed: Bloomberg’s wealth and how it is seen by some as a strength, despite the danger it poses to Democracy. The role pod casters can play as the mainstream media treats Bloomberg with kid gloves. Bloomberg buying validators. And how people are rewarded for defending our existing systems of oppression. Why the status quo needs Wall Street and wealth to be idolized in order to maintain power. And the myth of money equaling merit.

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Teaser – Mayor Pete sacrificed himself; he will sacrifice anyone (e74)

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We discuss former Mayor Pete’s horrific record in South Bend, how he’s decided to stop reading LGBTQIA media entirely because it criticized him, and what it means for someone to know they’re queer, but stay in the closet in order to pursue political power. Kade asks, poignantly, “someone who will sacrifice something that is that intimate to their personhood in pursuit of their political ambitions will sacrifice anyone.” And we discuss the meme LGBTQ: Let’s Get Buttigieg to Quit.

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Debating the Dem Primary, Clearview AI Spying (e73)

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Kade breaks down the news about the shady, alt-right connected and Peter Thiel funded Clearview AI, which has been amassing a giant database of our faces by scraping social media. We talk about the chaos of the Iowa Caucus and what it’s making us think about as the primary goes on, including the U.S’ worship of wealth, and how that informs the election (31:15). We discuss Warren vs. Sanders as the leftist candidate of choice (41:00). We remind everyone that the GOP had a shitshow of a primary back in 2016 and the candidate no one thought would win, won, so maybe nobody really knows what will happen (46:00). Alexis makes a pitch for the places where Warren is to the left of Sanders, such as on abolishing the filibuster and adding Supreme Court Justices, both of which Sanders opposes, and Warren’s commitment to using executive authority, not Congress, to cancel student debt on Day 1 (54:00). And we preview a TedX talk Kade did on facial surveillance that just went live (29:00)!

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No War With Iran (e72)

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We discuss Trump’s utter insanity and recklessness in his actions in Iraq and towards Iran. We discuss what’s next in the Senate trial now that Trump has been impeached. Kade went to a fundraiser with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, and is excited to read a new book on the Boston Marathon bombing. And Alexis challenges herself to read 40 books this year – what should we all be reading? 

Ben Rhodes’ Book and 2019 in Review (E71)

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For the last episode of the year we review some of the good things the house did, talk about Obama national security advisor and speechwriter Ben Rhodes’ memoir, celebrate some 2019 victories, and make wishes for 2020. Here’s to lots more freedom fighting and lots more freedom. Happy new year!

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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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