Podcasting since 2007, Doug has been mostly in the politics space. First with the (late, great) Shire Network News, then his own show, "Consider This!", which won the 2018 People's Choice Podcast Award in the Politics & News category. He has co-hosted TV show fan podcasts for Golden Spiral Media, and now with his own Consider This Podcasting network
So intelligent she doesn’t need notes Yet another YouTube video was create of some guy claiming to be a doctor and claiming that lockdowns should not be the way we deal with this virus. But this is not just another crank. The nomination hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett went on last week and they demonstrated the stark difference between how Democrats and Republicans view the role of the courts. When Facebook and Twitter block posting of an article, there’s clearly something going wrong with social media (and clearly it’s an article worth reading). Mentioned links: WHO official: Stop using lockdowns as primary virus control method Twitter changes guidelines following Post censorship controversy Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript If you’ve tried to tweet or write a Facebook post or create a YouTube video these past months trying to get you thoughts out about how lockdown aren’t useful for stemming the tide of COVID-19, you’ve often found your opinion slapped down because of “misinformation” or “false news” or something like that. It’s been something of a badge of honor to get that particular action taken against you. Good thing we live in a country with free speech. Now I’ve been on the record that I would not have wanted to be anyone in power having to make that decision; to lockdown or not. There was too much we didn’t know at the start of this to be sure that leaving the status quo would be OK. Nope, don’t put me in that position; I’ll just snipe from the bleachers. After a while, though, there were a number of people deciding that these lockdown were, in some cases, a cure worse than the literal disease. Shutting down the economy and losing jobs was a major hit to the poor and the not-so-poor. Even now major store and restaurant chains, to say nothing of the local shops and eateries, are declaring bankruptcy to either reshuffle debt or go out of business altogether. Those disagreeing with this course of action saw this and said, and have been saying, stay home if you’re sick, quarantine the vulnerable, but let those who wish out of lockdown and keep the economy from crashing. But that was not the conventional wisdom. And now some other guy with a degree in front of his name (as if that means anything) has come out with another one of those videos telling all world leaders to “stop using lockdown as your primary control method”. Who is this crank? It’s Dr. David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s Special Envoy on COVID-19; y’know, just another guy. OK, so what I hear people saying in objection to the way I’m characterizing this is, “We’ve learned a lot about this virus in the past 7 months, you can’t blame him for not knowing.” I understand that, but two things. One, a lot of other people (and not just little guys sniping from the bleachers) have been saying this for months and I just can’t believe all of them just got lucky making that prediction. And two, what will we see now in states and cities that are still on lockdown whose governors and mayors have said they were “following the science”? The science now says to open up, so keep track of those places that either remain or move back to lockdown and we’ll see how much science is in their decision-making. Of course, so much damage has been done already, it’s rather pointless at this point. But do we really think it took 7 months to figure this out? I’ve been listening to some of the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett and I have to say, I like a lot of this new season of “Judging Amy” but I have some issues with some of the writing.  During opening statements and then the questioning of Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearings, it really showed how Democrats had the talking points all lined up. They said the same things over and over. Senator after Senator had examples of people who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, many times with big pictures on easels behind them. The clear idea is that they are openly worried that, with Barrett on the Supreme Court, that the ACA would get overturned or picked apart. There were a few other cases that got brought up but they were clearly upset that Barrett might not vote like Ginsburg to uphold this specific piece of legislation. This is precisely the misuse of the court that Democrats have been perpetrating for decades. They pay lip service to the (proper) view that the Supreme Court is to only apply the law – compare a law to the Constitution to see if it lines up with those principles – but what they are really interested in is having what has been called a “super-legislature” where Democrats can change the law whenever they want. If the ACA, or some part of it, is unconstitutional, applying the law means to honestly declare it so. What Democrats want is to ignore the Constitution and have the judiciary to defend and protect, not the Constitution, but their legislation, regardless of whether or not it tramples our rights. Republicans want law treated as what it is; a legal document that means precisely what it says. Democrats do not care about constitutionality; they just want a particular outcome by whatever means necessary. Regarding the courts and how they are to be properly used, this is a major difference between the two parties. I am so glad that we are replacing one Justice who was decidedly partisan with one who will hold up a law against the Constitution and do a fair comparison. For Democrats, upholding the Constitution is what they consider “radical”. Keep that in mind. I’ve posted a video in the show notes about two actual scandals that hit this week. The first, by itself, is bad enough but the second is arguably worse. The New York Post was given data from a hard drive containing emails to and from Hunter Biden which allegedly show that Joe Biden actually did know about Hunter’s dealings in the Ukraine, contrary to his previous statements. Further, Hunter sold access to Joe while he was VP as part of these dealings. There’s more to this to unpack, and that video does a great job of doing it, but I want to focus more on what happened in reaction to that. During the day of October 15th, both Twitter and Facebook blocked references to this story. You could post it on Facebook but it reduced its distribution. Twitter blocked it entirely. In fact if you tried to post the link to that story you could also have your account suspended. Just ask Kayleigh McEnany, the President’s press secretary; it happened to her and many others. Further, they suspended the account of the NY Post itself! And all this before their armies of fact checkers had even started their work. They did it preemptively! Twitter argued that its terms of service said you couldn’t post any content that was hacked or stolen. Ah so no stories with leaked aka stolen information, huh? Like, a hypothetical story about Trump’s leaked tax returns? Or a hypothetical story about how Trump called vets “losers” that was (hypothetically) denied by everyone who was there? Or so many media hit pieces with entirely anonymous sources? Hypothetically? The mask has slipped, and social media platforms are showing that they’re not just platforms for free speech; they are more and more becoming partisan publishers working for one side of the aisle in this election. Never mind Russia buying a couple ads on Facebook; look at Facebook itself for election interference. And actually Republicans are calling for an investigation into this. Hope we’ll be able to tweet about it. And finally, Bruce Springsteen says that if Donald Trump wins re-election, he’ll move to Australia. Yeah, we’ve heard this song before. If he does, he’ll be the first celebrity to follow through. If he doesn’t, he’ll just be the latest in a long line of celebs that like to say politically correct stuff just to appeal to voters of a particular persuasion. Those voters don’t really expect him to do it; just saying it, just voicing the intention, is all they need. Yes, Bruce may have been born in the USA, but baby, he was born to run. The post Episode 304: Un-locking Down / Judging Amy / Twitter Blockage appeared first on Consider This!.
Welcome to the What’s neXt podcast! Doug and Karen talk about the second episode of the Fox TV series “neXt”. We discuss the second episode “File 2” about getting more invested in the series. Here’s a quick outline: Cyber-Bully-ception More and escalated bullying of Ethan leads to intervention by Shea. In turn, Iliza bullies and […] The post What’s neXt 02 – Ethan 1, Iliza 0 appeared first on What's neXt?.
Welcome to the What’s neXt podcast! Doug and Karen talk about the first episode of the Fox TV series “neXt”. We talk about the Information Dump which is the first episode of the ten episode “event series”. Here’s a quick outline: Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t After You The main story has […] The post What’s neXt 01 – WiFi for the AI appeared first on What's neXt?.
Defund the Police? I have 3 topics this time, all suggested by listeners. First, a description of how the pandemic has affected one listener. Second, an email wonders what “defunding the police” will do to taxes; will they go down or will the government find somewhere else to spend the money?  And third, another email alerted me to a group on the Left that is planning to react to any election shenanigans of violence from the Right over the election. At least, that’s what they claim. Mentioned links: Minneapolis officials said they would defund the police. Some now regret that pledge. The Left Is Setting The Stage For A Coup If Trump Wins The Left Secretly Preps for MAGA Violence After Election Day Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript First off, I have a message from listener Linda who commented on the post where I asked what you’d learned or enjoyed or missed or lost during this pandemic. Here’s her take. Thankfully I was able to work from home for a month before returning to the office. Also, I was asked to move offices last October and my new one happens to be in a quiet part of the building and has its own bathroom. I have felt quite safe at work. I have missed the ease of just being out and about eating and shopping, but, I have a bit more in my savings acct. now. My church was able to reopen, w/precautions, in late June. I am grateful for this, but, miss physically hugging my friends. Because Sunday School was cancelled and still is not able to be done, I record 1-2 Bible studies in both English and Spanish, for my church, each week. It has been a great outlet for me. As an introvert, being alone isn’t as bad as it has been for others, and I am well aware of this. I am getting ready to fly up to my aunt’s memorial service in a couple weeks. Because my parents and aunts and uncles are all in their 80’s I am self physical distancing even more, for the 2 weeks before heading there; just as a precaution. Oh, and … masks are hot and fog my glasses! But, I now have some cute masks; even one with a picture of my family, and another with my favorite game board. The picture she attached to the comment showed one with her extended family, and one with part of the board for the game Clue. (That’s “Cluedo” for those of you who speak British English.) I’ve heard folks who don’t like the phrase “social distancing” because it sounds like you can’t or won’t be social. They prefer the phrase “physical distancing”. I do too, but when you hear “social distancing” over and over, it’s a tough habit to break. And Linda, you certainly won’t be social distancing at the memorial service; just physical distancing I’m sure. And I completely understand the desire to hug your friends. I have a feeling that when that time comes, it’ll be like a bottle of water after crossing the desert; for a little while we won’t be able to get enough. Thanks, Linda, for leaving that comment. And if you have any thoughts about your time during the pandemic, feel free to do the same. Listener Brad had a few questions about the whole “defund the police” thing that seems to be going around. He wrote to considerthis@ctpodcasting.com with his thoughts. Thanks for an always informative and entertaining podcast. I wanted to get your thoughts on the defund the police movement. Specifically, my town recently cut the police budget by a third! The claim is that this funding is going to other services such as social workers who can better respond to the types of crimes that warrant that type of response (which I assume is most crimes). However, I’ve seen no indication that this is, in fact, the case. My thought is that, as with most liberal policies, this movement is about more control, not less: defund the police now while it has some kind of support, use that money to grow new or existing government services, wait until crime is bad enough in the future to raise taxes in order to better fund the police… because who can argue with that??? Has there ever been an instance where a city has defunded the police only to give that money back to the citizens (or rather lower the tax rates)? I think not. Let’s wait a few years and see if these same liberal cities defunding the police now will have liberal politicians running on a platform of funding the police and raising taxes in the future. Keep up the good work! Best of luck on the podcast awards! Thanks Brad! He wrote this before the award ceremony, so thanks for the well wishes. And by the way, thanks to all of you who nominated my show, but the judges awarded the trophy to the show “True Crime DEADLINE”. Wait ‘til next year! In any event, there’s a link in the show notes to a story where a significant number of supporters of defunding the police on the Minneapolis City Council are backing off and essentially want a do-over. Think of it as “voter’s remorse”. One councilor says he meant the words only “in spirit”, not by the letter. What does that even mean? You wanted to virtue signal but not actually do anything? When asked if this created uncertainty in the city, the City Council president paused for 16 seconds before saying, “I think our pledge created confusion in the community and in our wards.” Ya’ think? Let’s wait a few years and see if, in some places, the police even got defunded or if this was just more useless virtue signaling. Listener Barb alerted me to a group that calls themselves the Transition Integrity Project, referring to the election transition. So many articles have been written wargaming about how the Right could get violent and Trump might stage a coup if Biden wins. Or perhaps Trump might file lawsuits in various states contesting the vote count. Yet it’s Hillary Clinton that told Biden to not concede the night of the election “under any circumstances” It was Biden himself who said that if he won that “the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.” Liberals have setup what they are calling the “Democracy Defense Nerve Center” so they can plan for all sorts of contingencies. They are the ones looking to hold us in stasis for days or weeks. They are allegedly worried about right-wing violence, but y’know the only violence I’ve seen on a medium or large scale for years has been left-wing violence. And so my thought is that, while this is ostensibly a defensive maneuver against what Trump might do if he loses, it is actually prep for what  they plan to do if Trump wins in enough of a close election that they think they can use these tactics themselves. It will be the ultimate expression of #Resist. Get to the polls and vote. If they lose big, they can’t litigate. The post Episode 303: Listener Contributions; Pandemic, Police, and Election Prep appeared first on Consider This!.
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Birthdate
Nov 19th, 1961
Location
Atlanta, GA, USA
Episode Count
327
Podcast Count
8
Total Airtime
1 week, 10 hours
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