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The Rants of Coppens: Nov. 25

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Yes, you get one, not two doses of my thoughts this week. That’s because I filled in for Dominick Izzo on his Rants of Izzo program on Monday evening. For two hours, I got the chance to give you a dose of critical thinking and a few rants mixed in there.

I talked about Elise Stefanick, the new rising star of the Republican party and why she’s no friend to the conservative movement. There was some chatter on the numbers surrounding Thanksgiving and your second helping of #ByTheNumbers came in the form of a full break down of the myth of the need for the Wealth Tax. Let’s just say Elizabeth Warren’s braintrust is a dishonest bunch indeed.

Oh, and we also got a chance to highlight something not even most conservative media outlets bothered to touch during the Impeachment show hearings. The fact that an actual bill to put financial institutions on the hook for providing gun purchase data to the federal government was put before the house. Just because it likely won’t go anywhere, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take it seriously.

So, strap in for a two-hour adventure!

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Critical Thinking 03.16.21: A Year to Flatten the Curve

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Today marks a year since the government told us we all had to lockdown for 15 days in order to slow the spread. In the course of the next 365 days, what have we seen from America? Well, there’s a lesson I learned early on — that there is no reasoning with those so gripped by fear that facts don’t matter.

I was reminded of that during a conversation this weekend over the beginning of the NCAA tournament and the audacity to suggest that life has to go on. There was no reasoning with someone who saw three teams bowing out of conference tournaments.

But, this attitude has permeated our society for the past year. Which brings me to a bigger point than rehashing the whole year of fear, lies and panic that we have seen. That point? None of the research, facts, figures or charts will ever matter against a society that buys in to fear over facts. Arguing with facts to those gripped by fear is not going to work. We must prepare for a much larger battle ahead.

It’s a Tuesday, so we also play Truth or Fiction and of course, us sports nuts had to give you our picks for the upcoming NCAA tournament. By the way, you can join us in a tournament challenge over at ESPN, where the sole winner gets an awesome Critical Thinking prize package to include APR coffee and show swag! Join the Critical Thinking Show Challenge (1 entry per person, 1 bracket per person — man up).

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Critical Thinking 03.08.21: Gig Workers Get the Shaft

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So many are talking about the $.19 trillion Covid-19 relief bill that passed the Senate and moves one step closer to being signed by President Joe Biden, yet a lot of people are missing just how hurtful this bill is to millions of Americans.

One prime example is what this bill does to the federal tax code and it’s impact on so-called gig workers. What in the world does gig worker tax code issues have to do with Covid-19 relief? We discuss that and we chat on other fun things that happend over the weekend.

Get your week started off right with Monday’s Critical Thinking on MoJo 5.0 Radio.

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Critical Thinking 03.02.21: The Daily Pass to Hell

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Los Angeles Unified School District has teamed up with Microsoft to create a “Daily Pass” allowing students in the school district to return to in-person instruction, by jumping through the hoops and giving their kids data to Microsoft.

It’s all in the name of compassion and stopping COVID-19…at least that seems to be what those two groups believe. There’s a whole different way to look at it. Andrew and Pat explore the dystopian, and arguably unconstitutional, project that schools and big tech are entering in to.

We also debut a new segment, called Truth or Fiction, where we grill each other with statements on the news and views of the day and the other must decide if the statement is the truth or a fiction. Things like, “Andrew Cuomo Won’t Make it Through the Summer as Governor of New York.”

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