From Trump fundraising letters to an exploration of the externalities created by illness, there’s something for everyone in this week’s episode of Told You So! Listen to the podcast or catch the video below!
LISTEN NOW… While COVID-19 concerns run rampant, the world is hunkering down – but could there be a few silver linings around this cloud of bad news? Join your hosts for their first ever remote recorded episode of Told You So!
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LISTEN NOW… With COVID-19 sweeping the globe, it’s time to surround yourself with a protective hoard of toilet paper and hunker down with your hosts! Explore pandemic response, the irrationality of crowds, and just how potentially harmful something has to be before it’s actually considered harmful on this week’s episode of Told You So!
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EXTRACT: “In 2010, Carla Gericke says she was following a friend in her car one night through Weare, New Hampshire, when a squad car pulled up behind her. She says she pulled over, and the officer told her to drive away because he was actually pulling over the car she was following.
“The officer told me to leave and I was like ‘Well, I can’t leave because I’m following them and I’ve no idea where I am, it’s 11:00 at night. It’s dark, you know. No I’m going to stay here.’ But he really was a bit on edge so something was weird and I was just like, OK, something’s weird.”
At this point, Carla pulls out a video camera. For some reason, it wouldn’t record, but she got out of the car and started pretending to film the police anyway.
They told her to get back in her car, and then a second officer showed up and asked her where the camera was. She refused to tell him, and refused to hand over her license and registration.
“So things escalated. I was arrested. The people in the car that I was following got arrested and at the police station the police officers refused to give me my camera and they refused to give me a receipt to say they had taken my camera, and so I got a little stroppy and that’s when they decided to charge me with wiretapping.”
Carla told me this experience – of being told she could not document the actions of a police officer – re-affirmed everything Carla knew about the state. Not just New Hampshire – the very concept of a state.
“Government is force. And what I mean by that is for every law we write it is backed by the barrel of a gun. If you refuse to do whatever’s in that piece of paper and you keep saying I won’t do it someone will eventually show up at your house with a gun and make you do it.”
LISTEN NOW… This week’s episode of Told You So features our first ever guest, Lyn Ulbricht! She is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, a young man who found himself in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors after creating Silk Road, a cryptocurrency-powered global marketplace. A first time offender who was never charged with any violent crimes, Ross is currently serving two life sentences plus 40 years without the possibility of parole. LISTEN NOW…
Dive into the details of Ross’s case, a discussion of the serious problems with sentencing and the abuse of plea deals in our criminal justice system, and much more on this week’s Told You So!
LISTEN NOW… Living in the modern world is hard – there’s more information than ever at everyone’s fingertips, but public discourse isn’t getting more enlightened. How can people with the same information come to such radically different conclusions? Join your hosts to think about the way people think on this week’s Told You So! LISTEN NOW…