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News, current events, history, and politics... without the slant of the mainstream. On the Middle Theory podcast, Micah Hanks provides an independent, nonpartisan look at what's happening in the world, and always with a nod to the lessons history can teach us. The tone is often dark, but with a penchant for humor, aimed at creating images in the mind and colors in the listener's ear while diving into the issues of today. Hanks takes an approach that is skeptical and highly caffeinated, asking hard questions about news, politics, cultural trends, historical events, and other relevant topics. Middle Theory is willing to ask questions and address viewpoints that many listeners will disagree with, but also cause them to think critically and challenge their own ideas and ideologies. Join us for a mental foray into the "radical center" on Middle Theory.

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News, current events, history, and politics... without the slant of the mainstream. On the Middle Theory podcast, Micah Hanks provides an independent, nonpartisan look at what's happening in the world, and always with a nod to the lessons history can teach us. The tone is often dark, but with a penchant for humor, aimed at creating images in the mind and colors in the listener's ear while diving into the issues of today. Hanks takes an approach that is skeptical and highly caffeinated, asking hard questions about news, politics, cultural trends, historical events, and other relevant topics. Middle Theory is willing to ask questions and address viewpoints that many listeners will disagree with, but also cause them to think critically and challenge their own ideas and ideologies. Join us for a mental foray into the "radical center" on Middle Theory.

    01.14.20. Iran “Smacks” Back

    01.14.20. Iran “Smacks” Back

    Tensions rise as Iran retaliates following last week's eventful U.S. strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, and world leaders weigh the prospect of reimposing UN sanctions. 



    Did we say it was a tense beginning to 2020 last week? We dive into the news amidst reports of U.S. government advisories to upgrade certain operating systems and web browsers, before turning our attention to the biggest nonsensical (yet newsworthy) story of the week, involving actor Vince Vaughn's castigation after he was filmed shaking hands with Donald Trump at a ballgame (we can't help but wonder how Ellen Degeneres might feel about this). We also look at the official launch of the U.S. Space Force, and what that might mean for the future of America... as well as the Trump administration. 



    Then shifting gears, we look at updates following the retaliation by Iran in response to a U.S. drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Tensions came to a head last Wednesday, leading up to an announcement from the Whitehouse that seemed to indicate a standdown by all parties; however, as European nations weigh their options facing the possibility of a nuclear Iran, discussion of imposing UN sanctions may soon be back on the table. In light of already crippling sanctions being imposed on the country by U.S. leadership, how effective would this strategy be in preventing future conflict?

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    * BACK OFF THE MIC: Microsoft is patching a major Windows 10 flaw discovered by the NSA

    * VILLAIN VAUGHN: Vince Vaughn catches heat for handshake with Trump

    * MAY THE (SPACE) FORCE BE WITH YOU: Space Force preparing for everything, even interplanetary operations, as it sets up

    * Mike Pence swears in Gen. John Raymond as the chief of space operations

    * IRAN SLAPS BACK: Iranian leader calls missile attack a 'slap' at US bases

    * THE ADDRESS: Trump's full address to the nation on the Iran missile strikes

    * CASUALTIES: Anger in Iran over jet's downing; gunfire disperses protests

    * SOLEIMANI: The Danger From Iran Didn't Die With Soleimani

    * Soleimani Did ‘Lift a Weapon’ Against Muslims

    * FACT CHECK: a href="https://www.politifact.com/facebook-fact-checks/statements/2020/jan/13/viral-image/footage-video-...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    01.07.20. War Nerves: The Soleimani Strike

    01.07.20. War Nerves: The Soleimani Strike

    Tensions rise in the Middle East in the aftermath of a recent U.S. drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. 



    It's been a tense beginning to 2020 friends... but before we get to the storm brewing in the Middle East, we look aat how a recent historical review of documents released by the British National Archives may indicate how our UK allies meddled in a U.S. election. We also explore the ever-sensitive issue of free speech, as it relates to social media and tech corporation monopolies... are there times when inaction is a form of action, especially when it comes to governmental oversight of the tech industry?



    However, the big news this week involves the recent drone strike which killed Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It is the latest in a long string of actions over the course of Donald Trump's presidency which have led to worsening relations between the U.S. and Iran. While some critics are asking Trump fully understands the significance of Soleimani, even one-time Trump supporters like Ann Coulter are taking to Twitter, saying "We Thought Trump Was Different About Starting Wars." However, not all agree that this was pure recklessness on part of the Trump administration, and point to the longstanding interest Pentagon officials had in targeting Soleimani.



    We examine this unfolding story (even as news of retaliatory strikes by Iran on bases housing U.S. troops are making headlines) on this first 2020 edition of Middle Theory. 

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    * HEAVY MEDDLE: Did Britain meddle in a US presidential election?

    * BIG CENSORSHIP: Permitting the growth of monopolies is a form of government censorship

    * IRAN STRIKE: Qasem Soleimani: US kills top Iranian general in Baghdad air strike

    * Russian Lawmaker: ‘Trump Did Not Understand the Significance of Soleimani’

    * COULTER SHOULDER: Ann Coulter: ‘We Thought Trump Was Different’ About Starting Wars

    * Uproar and consequences mount for Trump after Soleimani killing

    * WW3 ON THE WWW: 'World War III' was trending

    * WAR BROS: 'We're going to war, bro': Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne deploys to the Middle East...

    • 1 hr 25 min
    12.28.19. Era of Orwell

    12.28.19. Era of Orwell

    As 2019, and an entire decade draws to a close, we look at cultural trends and events in relation to George Orwell's influential novel, 1984, and its impact on Western thought. 



    This week, we look at Christmas and New Year traditions, and how the evolution of ideas and shifting attitudes affect the way we perceive and appreciate them. We also examine news about a new Russian superweapon that recently became operational, capable of traveling at 27 times the speed of sound, as well as odd reports of drone fleets seen flying over Colorado. Are we entering a real-life era of "Star Wars"?



    We also look at many of the big trends in technology of the last year, along with those which were expected to arrive by 2020, but didn't, and a few of the most unusual and ironic clips in politics and current events of the last 12 months. Then, in the final segment, we turn our attention toward George Orwell's landmark novel, 1984, which defined an era with its discussion of surveillance and propaganda. Some commentators have argued that the 2010s are the period in history that most closely matches the dystopia that Orwell imagined (and warned about), which we examine in this final 2019 edition of the podcast.

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    SHOW NOTES



    * STAR WARS: Politico: The Empty Politics of Star Wars (2015)

    * To truly understand the Brexit debacle, look to Star Wars (2017)

    * ATTACK OF THE DRONES: “Weird and concerning”: Mystery drone sightings continue in Colorado, into Nebraska

    * RED SCARE: New Russian weapon can travel 27 times the speed of sound

    * POOR PREDICTIONS: Flying Cars, Hyperloops and the Other 2020 Tech Predictions That Didn’t Pan Out

    * TOP OF THE CROP: Grabien News’ Top Soundbytes of the Year

    * THE 2010s: ERA OF ORWELL: 2010s = 1984: The decade we finally understood Orwell

    * UN gives green light to draft treaty to 'combat cybercrime'

    FOUR MOORE YEARS: Michael Moore Predicts 2020 Trump Victory: Trump's Support "Has Not Gone Down One Inch"



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    • 1 hr 23 min
    12.20.19. House Rules

    12.20.19. House Rules

    This week we examine the historic impeachment of Donald Trump, activist Greta Thunberg's selection as TIME "Person of the Year," and Boris Johnson's election win in the UK. 



    While Micah has been traveling in Europe, things have been business as usual back in the States, with the latest installment of the Star Wars film franchise arriving in theatres (and being outshined by its serial counterpart, The Mandalorian, on Disney's new streaming service). We also have the final Democratic debates of 2019 exiting on a bang, and controversies surrounding Bernie Sanders' endorsement--and then retraction--of Young Turks host Cenk Uyger in California.



    Also in big news this week had been TIME Magazine's selection of climate activist Greta Thunberg as the 2019 Person of the Year, which had President Donald Trump up in arms, and taking to Twitter (as usual). Hilarity ensured on late-night television, as rival comedians borrowed jokes from each other (or not?) to create eerily similar skits making fun of the entire affair.



    However, the biggest story of the week, and perhaps the entire year of 2019, involves the historic impeachment of Donald Trump, marking only the third time in American history that such a formal impeachment has occurred. However, now that Articles I and II have passed the House, will they ever make it to the Senate? Serious questions linger as to what the next move by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats will be... and looking back across the pond, Boris Johnson's big win in the UK has many US politicians asking whether Trump's reelection won't be almost inevitable, despite the ongoing impeachment process.



    What does Johnson's win mean for Brexit, and for the future of the UK, and does it foreshadow the outcome of the 2020 election in the US as well?

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    * THE DARK SIDE: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms

    * UNDOING ENDORSEMENTS: Sanders retracts endorsement in US House race after backlash

    * AFGHUNNING: U.S. officials misled the public about the war in Afghanistan, confidential documents reveal

    * TIMES OF THE SIGNS: Greta Thunberg named TIME person of the year

    * AUDIO: Jimmy Kimmel on Trump’s Twitter Response

    * AUDIO: Stephen Colbert on Twitter Response

    * IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES: President Trump is impeached in a historic vote by the House

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    12.02.19. London Bridge Attacks, Redux

    12.02.19. London Bridge Attacks, Redux

    This week we look at the recent London Bridge attacks, and why some attempts at regulation may only make problems with terrorism threats more problematic. 



    It sounds like something out of a science fiction film... a large, slow-moving blob was observed moving directly toward the White House, prompting military and other government officials to place Washington on lockdown. However, the official explanation for this one is fairly mundane (if not a bit bird-brained), although that still leaves a number of questions about security threats with relation to the Nation's Capital.



    We then turn our attention to the first interview given by actor and comedian Bill Cosby since he began his prison sentence, after being convicted of indecent assault in April of last year. Cosby, seemingly unrepentant, says he did nothing wrong, and even went so far as to tell interviewers from the prison where he remains that his trial was "all a setup. That whole jury thing. They were imposters,” and that he was wrongly accused. Ironically, Cosby has remained involved with reform programs for young African American men while in prison, which encourages responsibility and accountability for one's own actions... something Cosby himself seems to be avoiding.



    Then we present the latest on the recent stabbing attack that occurred at London Bridge and the political response to the incident. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks shortly after they occurred, having recently called for retaliatory attacks of this kind following the U.S. Delta Force operation that took out Abu Bakr al Baghdadi last month. Meanwhile, many politicians have expressed anger that the London attacker--who had been charged with crimes related to terrorism previously--was released and able to commit more terrorist acts. However, there has been pushback against calls for tightened regulation, namely from Boris Johnson, which some view as being a potentially totalitarian response to a problem that simply isn't easy to deal with... and which doesn't appear to be going away any time soon.

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    * AIR INVASION: 'Slow-moving blob' that may have been a flock of birds caused White House lockdown

    * LINCOLN’S LIST: Majority of Republicans say Trump better president than Lincoln

    * COSBY CONSPIRACY: NNPA NEWSWIRE EXCLUSIVE: Bill Cosby Speaks from Prison

    * FOREVER IN YOUR DEBT: Forgiving Student Debt Would Boost Economy, Economists Say

    * LONDON BRIDGE: 2 killed in London Bridge stabbing, police say

    * FLASHBACK: a href="https://www.bbc.

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    11.25.19. Code Burisma

    11.25.19. Code Burisma

    This week we look at an apparent shift toward the center by many 2020 Presidential hopefuls, and key moments in the recent impeachment hearings in Washington.



    This week, we open with strange and "smashing" tales of cyber-trucks and time-traveling climate activists, in a futuristic look at the world of tomorrow. We also touch on the recent Democratic Debates, and why many of the contenders heading into 2020 appear to suddenly be shifting toward the center (with notable exceptions like Bernie Sanders). We also look at some of the colorful moments, which include Joe Biden saying we need to keep "punching at" the issue of domestic violence.



    We then shift our attention to the testimony that has been unfolding in the Nation's Capital, which includes statements made by Gordon Sondland that some commentators call a significant shift in the ongoing questions of impropriety by Donald Trump in his dealings with Ukraine. We also look at key perspectives offered by Dr. Fiona Hill, whose testimony along with that of David Holmes provided key insights into the nature of the events which spurred the historic impeachment hearings now underway. We also look at Hill's statement that the term "Burisma", when being used by Rudy Giuliani and others in Trump's camp had been a "code" for Joe Biden and the pay-for-play scandal associated with them.

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    * CYBER SMASH: Tesla claimed its pickup truck was ‘bulletproof’, then smashed its windows

    * TIME TRAVEL ALERT: 120-year-old photo sparks Greta Thunberg conspiracy theories

    * TUB 25: Put Harriet Tubman on a New $25 Bill

    * IN BLOOM: Bloomberg announces he's entering the 2020 presidential race

    * DEM DEBATE: The Democratic Candidates Are Moving to the Center

    * THE FORGOTTEN: Forgotten? Why MSNBC’s Democratic debate made no news

    * HIGHLIGHTS: Klobuchar and Buttigieg stand out in tame night for Democrats

    * SHAKE IT UP: Amy Klobuchar’s shaking leaves viewers rattled

    * PUNCHING BAG: Biden says you have to 'keep punching' to address domestic violence

    ...

    • 1 hr 4 min

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