Facebook went down last week as a so-called whistleblower testified before Congress about the social media giant. That and a lot of other topics for today's show. Dr. Russ White (rule11.tech), expert on IT infrastructure and architecture, is back with us today for another spirited conversation. Was the whistleblower testimony a false flag? What do the powers that be want to ultimately do with censorship? John and Russ look at the Facebook outage as well as the security of Bitcoin. They also discuss deep learning programs and algorithms that make decisions in social media.
Texas Senate Bill 8, the state abortion ban, has taken effect and abortions are down in the state. Opponents are frustrated, but could that frustration boomerang back on conservatives? Back with us today is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine. Could this bill, which is on its surface great for pro-lifers, be detrimental to other conservative issues in the future? Jacob and John discuss the precedents that could be set, the pros and cons of the bill, and whether it's actually equal representation regardless of what side you're on. It's a reasoned, fair conversation about Texas's abortion ban and its legal consequences.
A recent cyber attack against Microsoft is thought to have originated in China. Is our government doing anything to protect U.S. citizens, companies, and its own assets from cyber attack? Lending his machine learning expertise to us today is Weifeng Zhong (policychangeindex.org), Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He looks at not only our government's attempts to thwart online attacks, but also at censorship in the culture war. The powers that be and politically correct are protecting China, making it more difficult to recognize that they are a threat. Will free speech be enough to fight against China?
When times of trouble come upon you and you're facing spiritual red lines, you should already have plans in place on how to deal with it. This week, we speak to two gentlemen who are facing these red lines. First up is Artur Pawlowski (streetchurch.ca), the pastor in Calgary, Alberta who defied the authorities during a Passover service this year, telling them to leave, and calling them Nazis. Later, he and his brother were arrested. He describes his current situation including his arrest and goes on to compare it to the tactics of the communist authorities he witnessed growing up in Poland.
Next we visit with a man who has been battling religious persecution for nearly a decade. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, is joined by one his lawyers, Jake Warner (adflegal.org) of Alliance Defending Freedom. They recount the various legal cases Jack has endured and where they are now. Jack also describes his spiritual journey, including his decision to make plans early on as to how to handle the very situation in which he finds himself. These men created spiritual muscle memory in order to endure the hard times.
Finally this week, we welcome someone from across the Pond to analyze America's exceptionalism and the pros and cons that come with it. Joining us from France is Howard Burton (ideas-on-film.com), Founder and Creator of Ideas on Film. He compares and contrasts the perceptions of America from people abroad with those who live here. Few Americans think about their own country's exceptionalism and some even think we're far from outstanding. It's important to know your strengths and weaknesses and do so in truth.
Most people have heard of the nearly decade-long battle waged against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado. He is back in court again and he's joining us today to give us an update. With him is a member of his legal team, Jake Warner (adflegal.org) of Alliance Defending Freedom. Mr. Warner describes the history of the court cases and why they were brought. Jack recounts his spiritual journey as well as making the decision to be prepared for the battle long before it came.
Happy Memorial Day everyone! In this special holiday podcast, John gives you a behind the scenes perspective on Steel on Steel and why it is we do what we do. He explains why he puts his heart and soul into the show, highlighting the shifts in economics, politics, and religion throughout history that have influenced his thinking. If you're going to take the time to listen, we're going to take the time to put out something worth listening to. On this Memorial Day (and always), we honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. And we honor the One who sacrificed His life so that we may have eternal freedom.
Accusations of voter fraud and corrupted voting machines are still lingering around the last election, but there was another, much larger factor, that flew under the radar and left no paper trail. First up this week is Dr. Robert Epstein (aibrt.org), Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. He shows how Big Tech companies, Google in particular, potentially shifted millions of votes in the 2020 election thanks to biased search results. He describes his research into ephemeral experiences online and weighs the good and bad ideas on how to reform our election process.
What do the Titanic and the modern day Church have in common? Author and former new ager Warren B. Smith (warrenbsmith.com) is back with us after a long hiatus to discuss his new book, The Titanic and Today's Church: A Tale of Two Shipwrecks. He covers a variety of interesting topics like automatic writing, the God within, and other New Age beliefs that are seeping into the Christian church today. Today's church has been warned countless times about the infiltration of New Age thinking. Will it face a similar result as the unsinkable ship?
John finishes up the program this week by looking back at the Texas cold snap in February, reviewing how the media spun their narratives and how the concept of green energy, worthwhile as it is, is not yet ready for prime time.
We've heard about voter fraud in the last election and possibly corrupted voting machines, but there was another, much larger factor, that flew under the radar and left no paper trail. Joining us today is Dr. Robert Epstein (aibrt.org), Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. He looks at Big Tech companies, Google in particular, and the millions of votes that were potentially shifted thanks to biased search results. He describes his meticulous research showing bias and his efforts at producing a search result paper trail, not to mention whistleblower emails that prove Google spearheaded influence efforts. He also weighs the good and bad ideas on how to solve this problem.
Views deemed unpopular by the woke crowd should be protected under a nation's laws, but what happens when college students are kicked out anyway for expressing them? Joining us today from Canada to talk about his country's anti-free speech problem on college campuses is freelance writer Calum Anderson (crisismagazine.com). He looks at the differences in laws between Canada and the U.S. and broadens things out to cover the woke crowd's need for "dissenters" to write statements rejecting their own beliefs before they can be eligible to be hired.
The media in the Westersphere seems focused on ratings and not on substance. They play semantic games instead of focusing on reality. In today's boralogue, John looks at the reality going on in the world, with global geopolitics and the unfair, and sometimes completely absent, coverage that it gets. Free speech no matter where it's at is in serious jeopardy. Complex issues are dealt with in clichés and when the clichés no longer work, force and violence is used instead. To best prepare for this, we must orient ourselves to reality before watching the semantic games that are being played.