Sexy Time With Robots, Gay Muslims, Stupid Students, and Technology Slaves
Hello all you good people out there and welcome to our USA Really daily podcast for September 27. As always, this is Jesse Dominick for USA Really, ready to take you through a number of good pieces that you’re definitely going to want to check out. We’ve got a full plate for you today, serving up some robot sex buddies, rotting mothers, a couple of bigots, and several pieces on the latest in technology.
And for our regular listeners, you know the drill by now—we’re going to first discuss those last few articles from yesterday that got posted after the daily podcast got recorded.
First there was yesterday’s this day in history piece. As we told you, on September 25, 1789, the first U.S. Congress adopted the Bill of Rights, and the next day, Thomas Jefferson was invited to be the Secretary of State. Jefferson actually had a bumpy road as the Secretary and wound up stepping down from the position. It took him some time to get the electors’ favor back before becoming President, and he even lost the presidential race in 1796. Of course, the article has more details for you, so be sure to check that out.
Our next piece brings you some real depravity. I’d like to say it’s shocking, but then, the views on sex that are out there are so messed up, so degrading, so perverted, so anti-human in their essence, that really, this is kind of ho hum. It seems sex with robot dolls is now a thing, and a Toronto-based company is looking to open a robot brothel in Houston, where customers can test out the dolls before buying one. They want to open ten locations in the U.S. by 2020. There’s a petition going against the business in Houston, and anti-sex trafficking groups are sounding the alarm that such degeneracy is a slippery slope and only feeds into more dangerous perversions, where others will be harmed. Apparently, Congress even had to vote to ban the importation of sex robots and dolls that look like children, since that obviously only encourages pedophilia. Find out more at “Feminists Are Fighting the Country’s First ‘Robot Sex Brothels.’”
And apparently we’re on the cusp of a new way to get into and start our cars. Fobs are on the way out, and fingerprint scans are on the way in. It seems fobs put off a low signal that can be picked up, amplified, and copied. Your key fob is in your purse on the kitchen counter, and meanwhile some dude is out stealing your car on the street. It looks like the new wave is coming, and we’ll all be uploading our prints into our new cars’ systems. Who knows how far it will go? It could even be customizable so that customers can decide to have even settings like radio station and volume accessible only to the guy with the right prints. Of course, there are those who don’t want their fingerprints in a system, and any technology will have some vulnerabilities, so we’ll see how popular this becomes and how quickly. Check it all out in “Car Makers Plan for Biometric Security in Future ‘Smart’ Cars.”
You know, it seems like every day there’s news of one freak or another. Enter “Woman Hid Her Mother's Corpse to Watch the Stages of Death.” Yup, a woman kept the body of her 93-year-old mother in her home for several months, because she thought the stages of decomposition were interesting to watch. Burying the dead is a sign of respect and mercy. Lord have mercy on this sick woman!
That takes care of yesterday, so let’s jump right into today’s opinion piece.
This piece from Jeffrey Silverman doesn’t pull any punches. “Bigots and Politicians for Jesus” dives into the intersection of politics and religion, with a focus on those who seem to use religion to further their political careers. In the end, he also gives us some insight into some of the troubles he’s faced for writing for USA Really. Silverman somehow came across a video online entitled, “Racist American missionary brutally attacks a Ugandan hotel clerk,” where an alleged missionary shouts racial slurs and punches the poor clerk in the name of Jesus. Of course, any Christian can tell you this man was not acting on behalf of God. From there, Silverman jumps into the mix of politics and religion, with a special shout out to VP Mike Pence. As our author sees it, using religion to get votes should be grounds for disqualification from public office. Further on in the piece, Silverman shares that he began to write for USA Really precisely because it was the subject of so many hit pieces because of its Russian connections. He was even interrogated at Dulles International Airport. There’s plenty more in this piece, so make sure to give it a gander.
In another racism-related story, a civilian contractor working with the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan was fired after he was spotted in a video wearing a “Kekistan” flag patch. The fake country of Kekistan and Pepe the Frog are popular symbols of the alt-right, often identified with white nationalism and racism. As Debra Richardson, a spokeswoman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, explained, “The wearing of the Kekistan flag is a form of partisan political activity and wearing it while on duty, violated the Department of Defense policy.”
A decade after global financial upheaval, it is increasingly clear that there will never be a return to the old “normal.” By one Federal Reserve estimate, the country lost almost an entire year’s worth of economic activity—nearly $14 trillion—during the recession from 2007 to 2009—that’s $70,000 per American. In the meantime, the most important effects of the financial crisis are not economic but political and social, culminating in the election of Donald Trump—by some measures the country’s most polarizing president ever. Head on over to “In the Ruins of the 2008 Crash: The Social and Political Costs of the Financial Crisis” to get all the info and stats you need to break this all down.
“Why Does the US Go to War if It Never Wins?” It’s a great question. The U.S. has had and has its hands in situations all over the world. But, despite having the biggest military budget in the world, five times larger than the next six countries, the largest number of military bases in the world, and the most expensive and expansive military industrial complex on the planet, the U.S. has failed to win a single war in the 21st century. Why? The answer is simple, according to this piece: It is not in the interest of the United States to win any wars. You’re going to have to read the piece to find out why this is the case, but I’ll tell you there’s plenty of Russia talk in this article, and I think I even saw something about Pink Floyd…
And hey, did you hear that Allah loves equality? At least he does according to one rainbow hijab-wearing Muslim woman. Of course, anyone with a pulse knows that Islam is NOT gay friendly, to put it mildly. Of course, that’s not politically correct to say, though. So a gay editor over at Politicalite who reposted this woman’s picture with an eye roll emoji got suspended from Facebook for 30 days… cause Facebook is run by terrible people. Get more on that at “’Allah Loves Equality’: Facebook Bans Gay Editor for an Emoji, Reassures Pakistan.”
Then there’s our this day in history piece for today. Samuel Adams was born in Boston this day in 1722, Thomas Nast, the man who created the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant, was born this day in 1840, and the Warren Commission released its report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone JFK assassin this day in 1964. Of course, there’s more over there, so give it a read.
“Bye, kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in.” That’s what one teacher wrote on the board to students after she got canned for refusing to reward students who did no work. It seems her school had a “no zero’s” policy. Of course, policies such as this just churn out morons, and many would argue it’s all part of our consumer society—we don’t need to be well-rounded citizens, we just need to be consumers. My parents were both public school teachers for many years, and they can attest that standards have plummeted lately, and teachers are barely even teaching anymore. Bad grades hurt feelings, don’tcha know? Anyways, “Turning Students Into Stupid Consumers: Teachers Abide, or Be Fired” has the full scoop for you.
And it looks like Facebook is getting into virtually reality now too. They unveiled their Oculus Quest VR headset on Wednesday, with plans to start shipping it out next spring. No PC necessary, cost—$400. Facebook has invested heavily, hoping virtual reality will move from a niche interest to a wide-scale platform for gaming, communication, and business applications. But with the amount of people already addicted to gaming, a more intense level of the technology might not be something we really need. “Facebook’s New VR Headset: Drug or Weapon?” looks into the issue for you.
And let’s wrap up today’s new with another technology piece. It looks like the U.S.’s first mobile voting application is here, approved for usage in 24 counties in West Virginia. Supporters say being able to vote without needing a computer, printer, and scanner is aimed at giving overseas citizens, and especially military members, easier access to having a voice in our important elections. But I don’t know. With all the heightened concern about hacked elections, this seems like the absolute worst time to plug voting even more into the system. “West Virginia’s New Smartphone Ballots” tells you what you need to know.
And that, dear friends, brings us to the end of today’s news for now. So let’s take a quick preview look at tomorrow’s opinion piece before signing off for the day.
President Trump was characteristically confident at his recent UN speech. “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country… America’s economy is booming like never before,” he proclaimed. But John Raven isn’t buying it. His piece, “Deciphering Trump at the UN,” takes you on a journey through all the areas affecting American lives and which Trump hit upon in his speech, offering probing questions and necessary correctives. There’s the economy, military spending, the Koreas, a whole lot of Middle East and the Muslim world, and even some talk of Mexico, Germany, and India. Raven believes and argues that the U.S. continually puts forth a double standard, which is why many world governments have ceased to trust the U.S. Be sure to keep an eye out for this hard-hitting piece tomorrow.
And that’s all we have for you today. For USA Really, this is Jesse Dominick saying thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check us out daily for all your top news.