Feb 27 • 1HR 10M

Episode 104: How Wokeness, Toxic Masculinity, White Privilege, And TERFs Forced Vladimir Putin To Invade Ukraine

Plus: DSA drama and Texas AG Ken Paxton's anti-trans memo

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

The hosts break the news that Vladimir Putin has invaded Russia. Then they talk about race drama in the DSA and a terrible new policy Texas is attempting to enact that would rip trans kids from their parents. It’s a light and carefree episode. If you’d like to discuss it with other premium listeners, click here.

Show notes/Links:

“This current event is actually about the thing I’m obsessed by”:

Real or naw?:

It’s exhausting: https://imgur.com/ehbZCov

Declaration of Intent from Greater Baltimore Afrosocialist and Socialists of Color Caucus:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jqas0fvCIwuRSG9KpBfMZLABkS6_WXottn32Xz8Cx0w/edit

Ruh roh:

The site: https://www.uppmaryland.org/

Statement:

Ken Paxton background:

https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_Attorney_General_election,_2022

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/criminal-case-against-texas-attorney-general-hits-six-year-mark/

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2022/02/21/whistleblowers-who-reported-texas-ag-ken-paxton-to-fbi-say-hes-lying-about-them-and-investigation/

https://www.kxan.com/news/texas-politics/poll-paxton-at-risk-of-runoff-in-race-for-texas-attorney-general-bush-leads-challengers/

https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/attorney-general-race-texas-democrats-best-statewide-pickup-opportunity/

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/attorney-general-opinions

Paxton’s opinion and Abbott’s important/menacing cover letter:
https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/O-MastersJaime202202221358.pdf

The tweetstorm:

Too much genitals-talk for a single day on Twitter:

Some mainstream coverage:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/02/23/greg-abbott-gender-affirming-care-child-abuse-directive/

https://19thnews.org/2022/02/ken-paxton-texas-trans-kids-families/

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/science/texas-abbott-transgender-child-abuse.html

Sweden:

The Economist notes some shifting tides in Europe on this issue: https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2021/05/13/doubts-are-growing-about-therapy-for-gender-dysphoric-children

Swedish documentary with English subtitles: https://www.svtplay.se/video/33358590/uppdrag-granskning/mission-investigate-trans-children-avsnitt-1

Jesse’s paywalled interview with the lead presenter:

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Image: WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: People participate in a pro-Ukrainian demonstration in front of the White House to protest the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on February 26, 2022 in Washington, DC. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24th. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)