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108 - The Three Cs of 2021

108 - The Three Cs of 2021

August 10, 2021

This week we’re talking Covid, Critical Race Theory, and Cuomo. The Covid numbers are going in the absolute wrong direction and no one seems to be doing anything about it. Meanwhile people dying in hospital beds are doubling down on their right to die and kill others. Reactionaries are freaking out about CRT because they think their children will be discriminated against. And Cuomo… well, you know the story by now. We make some very incorrect predictions. But it doesnt really matter because this is a podcast and you can’t hold us accountable. Finally, Maine bans forever chemicals!

 

11 women, 7 years of sexual harassment: explore the timeline of Cuomo's alleged misconduct https://www.timesunion.com/state/article/cuomo-sexual-harassment-report-timeline-16367561.php

Nine (other) scandals of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Ten-scandals-of-Gov-Andrew-Cuomo-16369547.php

Masks required in Albany County buildings, McCoy says https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Employees-visitors-must-wear-masks-in-Albany-16369764.php

 

Maine bans forever chemicals https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/15/maine-law-pfas-forever-chemicals-ban?emci=9407fc28-55ea-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=6ca4d35b-e4ea-eb11-a7ad-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=1823627 

 

State won't provide health guidance to K-12 schools this fall https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/State-won-t-provide-health-guidance-to-schools-16367474.php

107 - Save 1011 ft. Jess Bennett

107 - Save 1011 ft. Jess Bennett

August 4, 2021

This week the fellas are joined by Jess Bennett, a founding member of the activist group Friends of the Mahicantuck, an organization dedicated to saving an 11 acre parcel of land from a real estate developer. The land has been used by indigenous people for thousands of years and is a unique archaeological site as well as the last patch of undeveloped riverfront land in Troy. Despite a huge outcry from the community, the city council keeps trying to move ahead with the project. On the good news front, Troy, Albany, and Schenectady are suing mortgage firms over zombie properties.

 

Support Friends of the Mahicantuck: http://www.friendsofthemahicantuck.org/ 

 

Troy, Albany, Schenectady suing firms over blighted buildings: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-Albany-Schenectady-suing-mortgage-firms-16345399.php 

106 - Lies, Damn Lies, and Water Tests

106 - Lies, Damn Lies, and Water Tests

July 26, 2021

New evidence suggests that the Pfizer vaccine is good at keeping you out of the hospital but less impressive when it comes to infection. Meanwhile, one random dude is apparently a major hub of covid misinformation (and a New York Times bestselling author!) The people of Hoosick Falls have received a $65 million settlement after their water was contaminated with carcinogenic PFOAs. And for our wildflower, New York City sent mental health professionals in place of cops for a month and guess what? It worked.

 

Pfizer vaccine: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/564675-israel-pfizer-vaccine-allows-infection-but-preventing-severe-illness 

 

Joseph Mercola, tanning bed king: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/24/technology/joseph-mercola-coronavirus-misinformation-online.html?referringSource=articleShare 

 

$65 million settlement filed in Hoosick Falls PFOA water contamination https://www.timesunion.com/state/article/hoosick-falls-pfoa-settlement-16326755.php 

 

Hoosick Falls PFOA timeline: https://www.timesunion.com/projects/2021/hoosick-falls-pfoa-timeline/ 

 

Mental Health Emergency Response: https://www.insider.com/nyc-mental-health-emergency-response-pilot-data-shows-positive-impact-2021-7

105 - Srsly Weeds and Library Socialism

105 - Srsly Weeds and Library Socialism

July 22, 2021

In this very special Srsly Weeds crossover episode, the Ironweeds gang talks with the Srsly Wrong boys about library socialism, violence, and the (utopian) future of labor. 

Check out Srsly Wrong 

Library socialism episodes are 189 (Library Socialism & Usufruct), 196 (Library Socialism & The Irreducible Minimum), and 200 (Library Socialism & Complementarity).

Theme song by Spam Risk

104 - Remember the Maine

104 - Remember the Maine

July 19, 2021

Ever heard of scromiting? Us neither. Troy is about to lose grant money to develop prime downtown property, but it's not gonna be that easy. Are the Cuban protests authentic? Let's follow the money! And finally, the state of Maine is going some pretty neat stuff lately. 

Scromiting: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/high-potency-weed-linked-psychotic-episodes-mysterious-vomiting-illness-young-n1273463

Troy to hire firm for Monument Square project to avoid losing state grant https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Troy-hires-for-Monument-Square-project-to-avoid-16320617.php 

U.S. Hits Highest Number of Daily New Coronavirus Cases in the World Again: Nearly 80,000
https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-hits-highest-number-of-daily-new-coronavirus-cases-in-the-world-again-at-nearly-80000

The Bay of Tweets: https://www.mintpressnews.com/documents-point-to-us-hand-in-cuba-protests/277987/

The Cuba Money Project: http://cubamoneyproject.com/2020/01/24/ned-2/ 

Meth-addled Trout: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/06/europe/trout-drug-addiction-scli-intl-scn/index.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicksibilla/2021/07/14/maine-abolishes-civil-forfeiture-now-requires-a-criminal-conviction-to-take-property/?sh=3a30d26d5cf9

Maine Appreciation 
https://www.pressherald.com/2021/07/11/maine-among-first-states-to-make-school-meals-free-for-all-students/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicksibilla/2021/07/14/maine-abolishes-civil-forfeiture-now-requires-a-criminal-conviction-to-take-property/ 

https://www.wastedive.com/news/extended-producer-responsibility-packaging-maine-oregon/602479/ 

103 - The Will to Change

103 - The Will to Change

July 5, 2021

Just another week of upbeat content from your buddies at Ironweeds! Is the planet dying, or just trying to buck us like an angry bronco? Did climate change cause the South Florida condo collapse, or was it actually democracy? We talk about how these crises will keep speeding up, and our responses to them are outdated and counter-productive. Also, we must once again distance ourselves from President Biden after he has reauthorized a law that will lead to more jail time for non-violent drug offenders (where’s our promises kept??). The Boy Scouts of America have been accused of sexually abusing more than 80,000 boys, and despite what they knew, they did little to prevent it. On a happy note, the Brooklyn Museum has repatriated 1,305 artifacts to Costa Rica.

 

This isn’t a heatwave: https://eand.co/this-isnt-a-heatwave-it-s-a-dying-planet-ac1c9eb529d1

 

Biden fails to deliver on promises about drug war and incarceration: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2021/06/16/biden-could-have-taken-the-war-on-drugs-down-a-notch-he-didn-t

 

Miami condo collapse: https://slate.com/business/2021/06/miami-condo-collapse-florida-building-industry-crisis.html

 

Nearly 100 say they were abused in Capital Region Boy Scouts over decades: https://www.timesunion.com/state/article/abuse-in-the-boy-scouts-capital-region-16282312.php 

 

Costa Rica gets artifacts back: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/costa-rica-archaeologists-awe-brooklyn-museum-returns-1305-artifacts-2021-07-03/

 

Boy Scouts rescue drowning woman: https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/03/us/missouri-boy-scouts-rescue-drowning-woman-flood-trnd/index.html

 

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102 - BIG WINS

102 - BIG WINS

June 28, 2021

This week there’s a lot to celebrate after a series of DSA electoral wins across the state, including Kiani Conley-Wilson, and cautious optimism for Marketa Edwards’ campaign as well. And AG Letitia James settles a lawsuit with Johnson and Johnson for $230 million to ease the opium epidemic. 

 

Election results: https://www.troyrecord.com/news/rensselaer-county-2021-primary-election-results/article_6b09e04e-d3cd-11eb-8c8d-b72a4b1298ca.html

 

https://www.rensco.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/P21.html 

 

Take that J&J: 

https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2021/attorney-general-james-reaches-230-million-settlement-treatment-and-prevention 

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101 - New Normal, New Weird

101 - New Normal, New Weird

June 21, 2021

101 - New Normal, New Weird

 

Tired of making money the hard way, Britney, David, and Chris brainstorm what words and phrases we could trademark to make them Disney bucks. Albany Med hospital has violated human trafficking laws by turning Filipine nurses into indentured servants to avoid bargaining with the nurses’ union. Our climate is still a slow-motion trainwreck. The FBI is still using honeypot apps. But in Rochester, a restaurant has unionized, which is pretty tight.

 

Disney trademarking normal stuff that doesn’t belong to them: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/may/08/disney-trademark-day-dead-festival-pixar 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/12/14/676703629/swahili-speakers-horrified-by-disneys-trademark-of-hakuna-matata 

 

https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/disney-allegedly-files-copyright-claims-over-loki-fan-art/ 

 

Automatic for the Bosses by David Banks: https://reallifemag.com/automatic-for-the-bosses/

 

AG: Albany Med violated human trafficking law, must repay Filipino nurses https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/AG-Albany-Med-violated-human-trafficking-law-16254812.php 

 

The West is drying out. Things will get ugly: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/19/politics/what-matters-climate-change-western-drought/index.html

 

Smile for the camera! https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/17/22538160/ai-camera-smile-recognition-office-workers-china-canon

 

Tierra Whack: Whack World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOTebhPy04g&ab_channel=TierraWhackVEVO

 

CBS News: FBI uses ANOM messaging app to trick criminals, dealing "heavy blow against organized crime”: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/anom-app-messaging-fbi-trojan-shield/

 

Nani’s Kitchen workers unionize: https://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/nanis-kitchen-workers-unionized-and-think-more-restaurants-should/Content?oid=13239626 

 

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100 - 100

100 - 100

June 14, 2021

It's episode 100! 

Engineered for Dystopia by David A. Banks: https://thebaffler.com/latest/engineered-for-dystopia-banks

Conquest of Bread read by Britney Gil: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ngehu1tpjxcc4zx/AAB9ZAvgu3AoC8Wh3yuxGw5ka?dl=0

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99 -  Windows, And Other Broken Things

99 - Windows, And Other Broken Things

June 1, 2021

The Troy PD, intent on strangling even the last bit of transparency they have, is encrypting their radio transmissions. Albany County Sheriff promises to go hard on broken windows policing. The nation’s first line of defense against the bad guys has leaked critical information about our nuclear weapons arsenal in the dumbest way possible. 

 

Police using encrypted radios to hide behavior from public: https://builtin.com/cybersecurity/police-radio-encryption-broadcastify

 

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/police-scanners-go-silent-with-encryption/article_0f682b65-a2ef-54f0-a141-9491bfc80cf6.html 

 

Albany Sheriff and broken windows: https://twitter.com/rachelsilby/status/1398290600328417286?s=21

 

Nuclear Secrets Exposed: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2021/05/28/us-soldiers-expose-nuclear-weapons-secrets-via-flashcard-apps/

 

Jew who stole Palestinian house has pretty much what you’d expect on his Facebook https://twitter.com/tedbey/status/1396909119643082753?s=21

 

Official whistleblower status for Rebekah Jones: https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2021/05/28/former-health-department-employee-rebekah-jones-granted-official-whistleblower-status/ 

 

Florida Covid death estimates: https://floridapolitics.com/archives/428196-50000-floridians-have-died-from-covid-19-health-institute-estimates/

 

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