23 May 2016 – Middle East expert Landon Shroder (@LandonShroder) has returned to talk to us about the work being done to counter-message ISIS. His new company and foundation, Applied Mathematics, combines the skills of experienced foreign policy experts with the messaging genius of marketing professionals to create authentic, high quality content which will provide a counter-weight against on-line, violent, extremist media.
Will starts off the show with a story about flags. Because they had nothing better to do with their lives, Spanish soccer authorities tried to ban the Catalan flag, the Estelada, from being waved by fans during a championship match. Will then goes on to talk about the tremendously dangerous environment which now exists for ALL women as a result of the new anti-trans, bathroom laws in North Carolina. Women across the nation have already come under active threat and it’s only going to get worse. Bathroom vigilantes are coming to a bathroom near you.
Transwomen look like women, because they are women. Take these women for example:
Stay strong and beautiful @MISSBLOSSOM9210 #girlslikeus @hrc pic.twitter.com/XnMVVAOZij
— Meghan Stabler (@MeghanStabler) March 13, 2016
Do they look like they belong in the Men’s restroom?
Say no to FL bill 583 #plettputmehere #Artilesputmehere #wejustneedtopee #transgender #lgbt #humanrights #transrights pic.twitter.com/InNQ1k8s4Z
— Laura (@JWTgirl) March 17, 2015
What about her? But it’s not just women that this affects.
Hey #GOP how do I explain to women in the bathrooms that you want me in there with them? @PatMcCroryNC @DanPatrick pic.twitter.com/C2xJ2Syduc
— Michael C. Hughes (@_michaelhughes1) May 2, 2016
Does he look like he ought to be in the Women’s restroom? What about this couple? Which one should use which restroom?
Freshening up on road trip, w NC being the only place we were required to use the same bathroom #WeJustNeedToPee pic.twitter.com/5IWic9vFfi
— stephan (@stephan550) May 23, 2016
North Carolina thinks they ought to use the same restroom. And honestly, I have no idea which restroom that would be, because the couple here haven’t informed anyone which one of them was assigned the wrong gender at birth.
I begin with the extravaganza that is Eurovision and the politics of the win this year by Jamala of Ukraine. You must, must, must take a moment to take a look at both the Ukrainian and Russian competitors. A…maz…carrots! My main take this week is on the economics of immigration and the enormous upside potential which exists for the US if we can force our way past the politics. This is one of those rare cases when we need business and money to do the talking because progressives, economists and American business are all on the same side.
Next week we have David Dayen for the interview on his new book, Chain of Title. Enjoy these few, final days of Spring. Carrots! – Arliss
If you’d like to contact Landon about his work, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.