Welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast. This week in the pre-ramble, I talk about how Trump’s ban against Muslims entering the country was struck down by a Federal judge and upheld by an Appeals Court. I then talk about my attendance at a rally/protest at the State Capitol and what it was like, as well as the purpose of the rally itself.
For the palaver I talk to long-time friend Emily White, who was a victim of sexual assault while in the military. We talk about her harrowing personal experience; her struggles with PTSD and mental illness generally as a result; as well as the prevalence of sexual assault in the military as a whole and the lack of proper oversight and effective reporting methods, as well as attempts by Congress to reform the system and the results of those efforts. It was a difficult subject for Emily to talk about, and I greatly appreciate her coming on to talk about it, and I think she is incredibly brave for doing so. I can only hope her story will help others dealing with similar situations and the aftermath of such a brutal action.
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Greetings and thanks for joining me for another exciting episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble I talk about the Cheeto-in-Chief’s latest efforts to irrevocably destroy our nation. This time he has issued a ban on immigrants from certain countries on entering the country, although none of those countries had anything do with 9/11, and most of the countries omitted are ones that, I’m sure coincidentally, Trump has business interests in. I also talk about the protests at airports in response to this travesty, as well as #deleteUber, and Lyft stepping up to give a million dollars to the ACLU. Lastly, I tell how I myself have decided to become a member of the ACLU in light of their successful fight to get a federal judge to issue an emergency stay preventing refugees from being expelled from the country, although apparently DHS agents are not complying with the order.
On the palaver I talk to Fred Sims, co-host of ORly Radio and former corrections officer, about the prison crisis in our country. We talk about the US having the largest number of people in prison; the disproportionate representation of African American males in the prison population; the issue of private prisons; solitary confinement; as well as what we can do as ordinary citizens to bring attention to these problems to our political representatives. This is a time to test men’s souls, and I fear this episode is less than upbeat. However, we have to resist as much as we can to fight Trump and his abhorrent policies, and that means constantly challenging these policies as much and as often as we can. Resist!
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Fred Sims on Twitter
Prison Policy Initiative
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Private Prison on Wikipedia
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