It’s Hump Day! Sam hosts independent journalist Erin Reed to discuss the recent spate of anti-trans bills working their way through state legislatures across the country. Then they’re joined by Joshua Landis, head of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, to discuss Syria’s recent re-introduction into the Arab League. It’s Hump Day! Sam hosts independent journalist Erin Reed to discuss the recent spate of anti-trans bills working their way through state legislatures across the country. Then they’re joined by Joshua Landis, head of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, to discuss Syria’s recent re-introduction into the Arab League. First, Sam runs through updates on the Florida grand jury Trump case, Mark Meadows’ testimony against Trump, the continuing environmental emergency in the American northeast, right-wingers leaving behind their gas stove schtick, Tucker’s Twitter show, and US-Ukraine intelligence on the Nord Stream fiasco, also diving into the absurdity of economists sticking with their decades-old unemployment lies. Erin Reed then dives right into assessing the state of the right-wing’s attack on trans people nationwide, exploring how they got the entire GOP on board despite the topic’s electoral failures, and why Florida is a good case study for the fundamentalist dystopia they want to create. Wrapping up, Erin tackles the similarities we see between transphobic healthcare legislation and abortion TRAP laws, discusses the fight between progressive and fundamentalist states over border rights and trans care, and why parental rights might wind up saving trans lives in court. Joshua Landis then reflects on over a decade of US-Syrian conflict, stepping back to parse through the role of US intervention under the Obama Administration, with Obama’s trepidation and interventionist tendencies resulting in a classic US counterinsurgency quagmire, destabilizing the region in the hopes of weakening Assad’s regime while not fully delivering power to outside terrorist groups (Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc). They also tackle the role of this conflict as a US proxy war, while simultaneously pushing the parties involved closer to the US’ supposed “enemies.” After assessing the current actors in the region, and the particular role of US-Kurdish relations, Joshua walks Sam through Donald Trump’s Caesar sanctions, and the current HR-3202 to continue them, exploring what the actual goal of these sanctions was, and why the US refuses to learn from their imperialist mistakes.
And in the Fun Half: Sam and the MR Crew discuss the relative importance of the UFO whistleblowing case, watch Manchin get shut up by environmental protestors, Gabriel from Washington dives into AI growth, and Corey from SF parses through the ADHD medication shortage. Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz side with guns over gas stoves in the culture war, and Crazy Canadian asks many questions about the recent Glacier NW v. Teamsters SCOTUS decision, plus, your calls and IMs!
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