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A group of millennials team up to discuss politics and pop culture, all without taking themselves too seriously! From psychology to history to political philosophy to movie reviews, tune in every Tuesday for a snarky overview of what's going on in the world!

    Policing Our Own, Part II: Protests? Terrorism? Protesterrorism?

    Policing Our Own, Part II: Protests? Terrorism? Protesterrorism?

    Aaron and Austin continue their discussion from last week about “policing our own,” and apply it to the armed protests against the COVID-19 Lockdowns. They compare it to previous armed protests and go into why they think these are different, and why these protests are perhaps not the best idea ever.

    A news article about the Michigan protest that Austin and Aaron use as a counterpoint to the anti-lockdown protests: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/07/michigan-lawmaker-armed-escort-rightwing-protest?fbclid=IwAR3MTxz5-3oAhMu6In9uIk5rcW5fKhtwhLovPnuDSYewDSnF9-YSC6eJTiY

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    Policing Our Own: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Kenneth Walker

    Policing Our Own: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Kenneth Walker

    Aaron and Austin join up for a two-parter on the topic of “policing our own.” They start by discussing some further details about the Ahmaud Arbery Case, including some of the difficulties they foresee in the upcoming trial. They then discuss the similar case of Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who were the victim of a no-knock raid where the police had the wrong address and killed Ms. Taylor, and Mr. Walker, who was only defending himself, is now facing criminal charges. Aaron and Austin, in the spirit of “policing our own,” call out supposed gun-rights activists who are remaining damnably silent about this, the same way they’ve remained silent about Ahmed Arbery’s case.

    The WaPo article on Gregory McMichael’s history of shirking use of force training: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/13/ex-detective-accused-death-ahmaud-arbery-lost-power-make-arrests-after-skipping-use-of-force-training/

    An article on the rather damning silence from gun rights activists in Mr. Walker and Ms. Taylor’s case: https://www.upworthy.com/gun-rights-activists-silent-in-breonna-taylor-case

    Reason magazine on the policy implications of Ms. Taylor’s tragic death: https://reason.com/2020/05/15/the-breonna-taylor-shooting-shows-how-reckless-drug-war-tactics-lead-to-senseless-deaths/?fbclid=IwAR1P9ZaBuH78I3Ge2VH0K-dmvVvDhl4b_mYxk_RcMe3ZloUa0LHCwxNxiY4

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    A 21st Century Lynching: The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

    A 21st Century Lynching: The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

    Aaron is joined by Hannah Cox, a conservatarian journalist and criminal justice reform activist, to discuss the public discourse around the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Aaron and Hannah discuss the facts of the case, why the public outcry against the delay of justice for Ahmaud is important, how it’s impossible to discuss issues like this without bringing up issues of race, and how these issues extend to all levels of the criminal justice system. Hannah also gives some background about her own involvement in the justice system and why she’s taken up the mantle of such causes as ending the death penalty, and Aaron brings up something that’s become more and more of a theme on the podcast, the idea of “policing our own” when it comes to the expression of individual rights.

    The Police Report on Ahmaud Arbery’s Death: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/fb-8297829/READ-POLICE-REPORT-AHMAUD-ARBERYS-DEATH.html

    Georgia DA George Barnhill on why he didn’t prosecute the McMichaels: https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/6916-george-barnhill-letter-to-glyn/b52fa09cdc974b970b79/optimized/full.pdf

    A report on why the video of Ahmaud Arbery in the house was not grounds for the McMichaels’ actions: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/10/ahmaud-arbery-shooting-new-video-shows-georgia-jogger-did-nothing-illegal/3105123001/

    Charles Blow writing for the NYT on the ramifications of this case: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/opinion/ahmaud-arbery-killing.html

    How the source of the leaked video showing Ahmaud Arbery’s death actually leaked it to clear the McMichaels: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8302641/amp/Attorney-leaked-Ahmaud-Arbery-lynching-video-thought-CLEAR-friends.html

    CNN’s compilation of what is known about this case: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/11/us/ahmaud-arbery-mcmichael-what-we-know/index.html?ref=hvper.com

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    "There is Another" - Justin Amash's Presidential Bid

    "There is Another" - Justin Amash's Presidential Bid

    Aaron is joined again by Tyler Groenendal, now one of the hosts of “The Amash Files,” a new podcast dedicated to following Justin Amash’s candidacy, as well as providing insights into Amash’s campaign that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

    Aaron and Tyler discuss Justin Amash’s recently-declared candidacy. How viable is his bid for the presidency? What makes him different from previous third party candidates? Why is he entering the race so late? What makes him such an ideal voice for liberty? Why do people refuse to consider third party options even when served utter dreck from the mainline parties?

    Aaron also brings up the specific controversies and questions regarding Amash, from controversial votes (including voting for impeachment) to specific policies an Amash presidency would produce, and Tyler gives us an insider's perspective on these and other topics. 





    The Amash Files Podcast: https://www.amashfiles.com/

    Reason’s Matt Welch on Amash’s Candidacy: https://reason.com/2020/04/28/justin-amash-is-running-for-president-as-a-libertarian/

    Joe Walsh on why he thinks Amash’s campaign will re-elect Trump: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/29/amash-libertarian-reelect-trump/

    The Liberty Herald’s case for how Justin could actually win: https://thelibertyherald.com/2020/05/01/117-electoral-votes-a-very-real-possibility-for-justin-amash-and-the-libertarian-party/?fbclid=IwAR2Y54fVV4yaK2y0_n8LY6UKl0wcBWUJ8q-NI7S_PQsVknOTDPB4RC_4mRk

    The recent Politico profile on Justin and why he’s running for president: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/30/justin-amash-running-destroy-the-system-that-created-trump-225147?fbclid=IwAR14cYNV1gDXnIJxU02JewJCSroDCzale_BVKS6AJPxDSXRyxfQ6eal1rxo


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    Whose Right is it Anyway? Big Cats and COVID-19

    Whose Right is it Anyway? Big Cats and COVID-19

    Austin and Aaron continue upon and expand numerous previous podcast episodes (including last week’s episode on Tiger King) to discuss the problems of individual rights vs. collective wellbeing. Both hosts begin by talking about their own preferred variants on the Old Fashioned, after which they discuss a rights-based perspective on such issues as owning large cats, balancing concerns about COVID-19 with the right to work and the right to go out in public, and how we can try to balance our concerns for our own individualism with the welfare of the communities in which we live.


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    The Conscience of the Tiger King: Big Cats in Captivity and Wildlife Conservation

    The Conscience of the Tiger King: Big Cats in Captivity and Wildlife Conservation

    Hey there you cool cats and kittens! This week, Aaron is joined by Sarah Sparks, a veterinary student and animal welfare advocate, to discuss the fervor around Netflix's “Tiger King.” Specifically, they decide to talk about one of the issues that the documentary seemed to sweep aside, namely the actual tigers and other big cats. Aaron and Sarah discuss some of the problematic depictions of the big cat industry within Tiger King, as well as the overall issues of conservation that Tiger King hints at. Also discussed are Harambe, the exotic pet trade, “Savannah Cats,” and why Aaron’s Old-Fashioned practices (i.e., regarding the bourbon-based cocktail) make him a Heathen in the eyes of his Kentuckian guest.

    Cat Behaviorist Jackson Galaxy (someone as endearingly bizarre as anyone in The Tiger King, but unlike them he makes a difference in the lives of animals) on why Tiger King misses the mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKH37XLpqa8&fbclid=IwAR0fJiA0MnSZXvCz6wojwTNOr1GbIs3ReZw2_d_-DmhFogO3XBG6hAwsbvg&app=desktop#menu

    Carole and Howard Baskin on the accusations made against them by Tiger King: https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2020/04/10/carole-and-howard-baskin-say-tiger-king-makers-betrayed-their-trust/?fbclid=IwAR10XqqCQyWjV8XOOcCZHxKcxZHUJX73YKtRwIII4TjnhCm0WbpEI1URDXk

    Why Tiger King is Not “Blackfish for Cats”: https://www.chicagotribune.com/featured/sns-nyt-tiger-king-joe-exotic-conservation-20200418-alcizsxczrc45iam3rvw3zveby-story.html

    For no other reason other than it’s funny, here’s Joe Biden’s response to Tiger King: https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/joe-biden-reacts-to-viewing-tiger-king-what-are-we-watching/ar-BB12WC2x


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