CAS 017: You’ve Got to Fight For Your Right to Maximize Flourishing

Summary:
Sorry for the lateness of this week’s episode. There were some serious technical difficulties that prevented us from publishing until now. In this episode we discuss metaethics and the problem of political authority. Which came first: the consequences, or the rights? Would living in anarchy be anarchy? How do our ethics inform our politics, and what does morality mean when doing rights feels oh-so-wrong? Find out the answers to these questions, or don’t, in this episode, and learn more than you’d ever prefer to know about the genitalia of snakes! Want to send us your ophiological dick-pics? Email or tweet us at the address or handle on the About page. As always, please direct any and all complaints to our mailing address at:

Bernard Sanders
332 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

or on Twitter at: @ReptileFacts.

CAS 016: Jeffrey Augustine on the Big Business of Scientology

Summary:
In this episode we talk to Jeffrey Augustine, host of Surviving Scientology Radio and author of The Scientology Money Project. How does the church do business? Why is it tax exempt? How are people recruited into Scientology, and why is Colin such an S.P.? We find out the answers to all these questions and attempt to understand the wild world of proprietary demons. Can you recall the moment of the pinch? Let us know by emailing us at the address on the About page, or by hitting us up on Twitter at the handle on the About page. As always, please direct any and all complaints to our mailing address at:

Citizens Commision on Human Rights
403 E Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

or on Twitter at: @Scientology.

Notes:

Jeffrey Augustine:
Twitter: @Big_Bang_Writer
Amazon: What Caused the Big Bang?
The Scientology Money Project
Surviving Scientology Radio
Email: scienowriter[at]gmail[dot]com

CAS 015: Is Hillary Clinton the Ideal Conservative?

Summary:
In this episode we dig deep into the fruit salad of life. We talk Hillary Clinton and the insane implosion the Republican party. Is the current conservative coalition sustainable? What might a post-Trump political landscape look like? Why is Hillary Clinton so totally unlovable? Why is Ben Carson so delightfully incoherent? Do you have some delightfully incoherent things to tell us? Let us know by emailing us at the address on the about page, or by hitting us up on Twitter at the handle on the About page. A always, please direct any and all complaints to our mailing address at:

Benjamin Carson, M.D.
305 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 310
Towson, MD 21204

or on Twitter at: @HillaryClinton.

CAS 014: Defending the Cult of Privacy & Challenging Sam Harris

Summary:
In this episode we breakdown Sam Harris’ defense of the FBI in the ongoing FBI v Apple case. We thought it best to consult the experts, so we invited on Ruben Somsen and Ali Beikverdi to sort things out for us. Ruben Somsen and Ali Beikverdi co-founded the Seoul Bitcoin Meetup and Ali also founded the company Bitholla, a social payment app. In Orson Welles’ 1958 classic, Touch of Evil, Charlton Heston’s character tells us, “A policeman’s job is only easy in a police state.” Is this simply a mantra of those inhabiting a cult of privacy? Is the mind a warrant-proof room? Is the Consigliere a meaningful check on the Don’s powers? Is it fair that some people are tall enough to reach the top shelf while others aren’t? Find out the answers to these questions and hear us struggle to come up with ever newer and worse analogies in this episode! Do you have your own completely unproductive analogy to contribute to the conversation on encryption? Let us know by email us at the address on the About page, or hit us up on Twitter at the handle on the About page. As always, please direct any and all complaints to our mailing address at:

National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road STE 6248
Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6248

Or on Twitter at: @FBI.

Notes:
1. Sam Harris – Meat Without Misery
2. Sam Harris – Throw Open the Gates
3. Apple’s Open Letter to Customers
4. James Comey Testimony – Apple Case Sets a Precedent
5. WSJ – China & The Apple vs. FBI case
6. Apple Open Letter FAQ
7. Stuxnet
8. Mega
9. NYT – FBI Error Locked Phone
10. r/SamHarris Thread – Fixing Analogies About Encryption
11. WSJ – NSA Officers Spy on Love Interests
12. Dan Carlin – Backdoors to Glass Houses (Common Sense)
13. Dan Carlin – Of Courts, Cooks, and Apples (Common Sense)
14. Sam Harris – “Dead babies are not an argument.”
15. Sam Harris – Lying
16. Sam Harris – The Riddle of the Gun (Revisited)
17. VICE – Click, Print, Gun

Ruben Somsen & Ali Beikverdi:
Seoul Bitcoin Meetup
Bitholla
Ali on Twitter: @abeikverdi
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li by email: ali[at]bitholla[dot]io