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54 - What if Your Boss Was an Algorithm?

54 - What if Your Boss Was an Algorithm?

July 14, 2020

The gang inspects our dystopic reality and asks some probing questions - Why does Elon Musk want backsies on his Ye endorsement? What if gig workers’ pay reflected their effort? What if your smart fridge ratted you out to your insurance company? What the hell is a democratic task force? This episode features a deep dive into David’s most recent essay for Real Life Magazine, which is now out in podcast form, narrated lovingly by Ironweeds’ own Britney Gil! And stick around for our first installment of Lenin’s State and Revolution. 

 

New Orleans gorilla is expecting! https://abc3340.com/news/offbeat/endangered-gorilla-in-new-orleans-expecting-1st-baby 

 

David’s Essay on robot bosses:

https://reallifemag.com/automatic-for-the-bosses/ 

 

Real Life Magazine Podcast RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/reallifemag/feed.xml 

 

Target's Gig Workers Will Strike to Protest Switch to Algorithmic Pay Model:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gzd8/targets-gig-workers-will-strike-to-protest-switch-to-algorithmic-pay-model 

53 - Independence Ye

53 - Independence Ye

July 6, 2020

Britney gets Chris to sign up to volunteer for #Vision2020. Meanwhile, insurrection and subsequent blowback continue to break out across the country as tensions between radicals and reactionaries increase. In this world the problems are getting bigger and scarier but there are wildflowers in a nearby star system that is lookin’ pretty interesting to astronomists.

 

https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/news/close-and-tranquil-solar-system-has-astronomers-excited/

52 - Birthday Q&A

52 - Birthday Q&A

June 29, 2020

What a year it's been for the pod! This week we answer some listener questions about cops, desserts, boycotts, Stalin, and so much more! Thanks to everyone for your support. Here's to many more years.

51 - Don’t Call it a Comeback

51 - Don’t Call it a Comeback

June 22, 2020

We open this week’s episode with a report from the far-flung nation of the United States. Then the gang talks about the conspiracy theories around cops and those fireworks that are keeping you awake. Cuomo is trying to kill your grandparents, especially if you live in Troy. The dictatorship of the teen outsmarts the cheetoh-in-chief and for wildflowers we learn about a tortoise who has been a very busy boy.

 

Unrest in former British colony: https://www.thaienquirer.com/13861/foreign-affairs-unrest-continues-for-a-seventh-day-in-former-british-colony/

 

Cuomo forces nursing homes to take in Covid patients: https://www.propublica.org/article/fire-through-dry-grass-andrew-cuomo-saw-covid-19-threat-to-nursing-homes-then-he-risked-adding-to-it?token=XgFT9qOh9SrXdoACbzMzWe_PuorElToO

 

Nursing homes evicting residents to make room for more profitable Covid patients: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/21/business/nursing-homes-evictions-discharges-coronavirus.html

 

Diego the tortoise, father to hundreds and saviour of his species, finally retires: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/16/diego-the-tortoise-father-to-hundreds-and-saviour-of-his-species-finally-retires

50 - Kneeler’s Remorse

50 - Kneeler’s Remorse

June 16, 2020

The revolution will apparently be live-streamed on all major platforms. The gang discusses the CHAZ in Seattle, the ever-change state of the BLM demonstrations throughout the country, the tragic lack of any concessions from Louisville in the struggle for justice for Breonna Taylor, the unhoused persons’ encampment named ‘Camp Maroon’ in Philadelphia, and the politics of autonomous zones generally. For our wildflower, San Francisco will be sending in social workers instead of armed police officers for non-criminal calls!

 

CHAZ speaks for itself: https://caphillauto.zone/

 

USA Today on CHAZ: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/14/inside-seattle-autonomous-zone-black-protesters-seek-lasting-change/3179232001/

 

Camp Maroon: https://twitter.com/JPeters2100/status/1271846345163366401

 

No Justice Yet for Breonna Taylor: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/05/us/breonna-taylor-birthday-charges-arrests-case-trnd/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/12/louisville-breonna-taylor-law/

San Francisco stops sending cops for non-criminal calls: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-12/san-francisco-police-reforms-stop-response-noncriminal-calls

49 - No Justice, No Pizza

49 - No Justice, No Pizza

June 9, 2020

This week it’s all cops, all the time. We discuss the huge peaceful demonstration in Troy this weekend and the broader context of nationwide protests and calls for defunding and dismantling municipal police departments. Kudos to the Minneapolis City Council for moving to disband their own department! Kropotkin tells us that the 20th Century will see decentralized domestic manufacturing. Fake News! But we love him anyway. Stick around till the end to hear Wavy Cunningham’s fantastic track “All We Need is Love.”

 

Austin PD stages fake thank you cards: (https://twitter.com/Austin_Police/status/1269326118366183424?s=20)

Disband The Cops: (https://theappeal.org/minneapolis-city-council-members-announce-intent-to-disband-the-police-department-invest-in-proven-community-led-public-safety/)

Wavy Cunningham - All We Need Is Love: https://soundcloud.com/phil_dreisin/all-we-need-is-love-wavy-cunningham

48 - A Time of Disease and Dis-Ease

48 - A Time of Disease and Dis-Ease

June 2, 2020

This week we discuss the uprisings across the nation, including here in the Capital District. The system feels so fragile right now, and we marvel at the ordinary citizens demanding justice as well as the violent backlash from militarized police. We also discuss our pouty baby boy Trump lashing out at Twitter, and how social media platforms are simply ill-equipped to deal with misinformation and toxic content from users. Our wildflower reports some promising development in Taiwan on a potential vaccine against Covid 19. 

 

T-shirt to balaclava: https://youtu.be/W7LjcFS3WX8?t=58

 

Justice for Edson Thevenin! Fundraiser link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/22jghg84

 

Taiwan scientists find antibody that fights coronavirus: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3941083

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47 - It Happens feat. Mike Pearl

47 - It Happens feat. Mike Pearl

May 27, 2020

We’re #blessed with a guest this episode, Mike Pearl, the author of a recent book titled “The Day It Finally Happens” which looks into a long series of interesting and plausible scenarios we may experience in the near future. We discuss anxiety, the future, and how to come to terms with reality. For our wildflower, we discuss how coal may finally be dying as an energy source! Enjoy Chapter 15 of The Conquest of Bread: The Division of Labor.

 

Follow Mike on Twitter! https://twitter.com/mikeleepearl

 

Buy the book! https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Day-It-Finally-Happens/Mike-Pearl/9781501194139

Bye By Coal! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/17/coal-industry-will-never-recover-after-coronavirus-pandemic-say-experts

46 - People Do Die

46 - People Do Die

May 18, 2020

Youtube decides Chris is a crank and starts advertising to him accordingly. The City of Troy moves to eliminate its entire reading department due to a budget shortfall. We discuss the tragic murder of Ahmaud Arbery and the new evidence that local police may have facilitated his killing. We also talk about calls to reopen the states, how Elon Musk defied Alameda County’s Coronavirus restrictions, and how a California city declares itself a “Sanctuary City for Work.” For our wildflower, an adorable baby pygmy hippo. Enjoy Chapter 14 of The Conquest of Bread!

 

Sign the petition to save Troy’s reading program! https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-troy-city-schools-reading-department

 

People Will Die. People Do Die.' Wall Street Has Had Enough of the Lockdown: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/wall-street-has-had-enough-of-the-lockdown

 

Police officer told homeowner he could contact Ahmaud Arbery shooting suspect for help with potential trespassers: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/us/ahmaud-arbery-text-message/index.html

 

Central California town declares itself 'sanctuary city' for business: https://abc7news.com/6186358/

An endangered pygmy hippo was born at the San Diego Zoo: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/us/pygmy-hippo-san-diego-zoo-trnd/index.html

45 - Red State Blue State

45 - Red State Blue State

May 11, 2020

This week the gang catches up after taking a much needed break for work and play! We discuss how Kerala, India is absolutely dominating coronavirus with one simple trick: communism! Governor Amazon Cuomo is using the pandemic in classic shock-doctrine fashion to sell us all to Google and Microsoft. NY State legislature is working on a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from gathering information on civilians’ documentation status, and the Mayor of Flavortown is using his big flaming heart to help out hospitality workers. Enjoy Chapter 13 of The Conquest of Bread!

 

“How India’s Red State Got on Top of Coronavirus”: https://tribunemag.co.uk/2020/04/physical-distance-social-unity-how-indias-red-state-got-on-top-of-coronavirus

 

“Screen New Deal”: https://theintercept.com/2020/05/08/andrew-cuomo-eric-schmidt-coronavirus-tech-shock-doctrine/

 

Assembly Bill A9586: https://www.nysenate.gov//legislation/bills/2019/A9586

 

“Guy Fieri Raises More Than $20 Million for Restaurant Workers Affected by Coronavirus”: https://variety.com/2020/biz/news/guy-fieri-raises-more-than-20-million-for-restaurant-workers-affected-by-coronavirus-1234602930/

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