Wednesday, June 24, 2020

THE LATEST MOVE TO DISMISS CHARGES AGAINST FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN

More on this with JOHN WISNIEWSKI WHO served in the New Jersey State Assembly and was a candidate for Governor back in 2017 and led the investigation into the Bridgegate scandal in New Jersey. 

THE ONGOING POLICE REFORM DEBATE

More on this with JESSE KELLEY the Manager of Government Affairs and Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties at R Street Institute who talks about the push for “Qualified Immunity” reform regarding police officers.

WEBSITE: https://www.rstreet.org

KELLEY is responsible for overseeing R Street Institute’s criminal justice implementation efforts across the United States at both the federal and state level. She advocates, researches, and writes for the Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties Policy team. Jesse works with lawmakers to implement effective public policies related to policing reform, juvenile justice, post-conviction life, and other related topics. Additionally, she manages R Street’s state policy portfolios in the Mid-Atlantic region. Jesse previously served as legislative counsel at the Marijuana Policy Project. At MPP, she led the development and implementation of state advocacy initiatives and saw decriminalization and legalization successes across the country. Earlier in her career, Jesse worked as a criminal defense attorney in Alabama. She also worked with the Mississippi Innocence Project on post-conviction issues, specifically investigating cases where convictions relied heavily on forensic evidence. 

WHY WE DRIVE: TOWARD A PHILOSOPHY OF THE OPEN ROAD, by Matthew B Crawford (Author)

Publisher: William Morrow (June 9, 2020) 

“Once we were drivers, the open road alive with autonomy, adventure, danger, trust, and speed. Today we are as likely to be in the back seat of an Uber as behind the wheel ourselves. Tech giants are hurling us toward a shiny, happy “self-driving” future, selling utopia but equally keen to advertise to a captive audience strapped into another expensive device. Are we destined, then, to become passengers, not drivers? Why We Drive reveals that much more may be at stake than we might think. Ten years ago, in the New York Times-bestselling Shop Class as Soulcraft, philosopher-mechanic Matthew B. Crawford—a University of Chicago PhD who owned his own motorcycle shop—made a revolutionary case for manual labor, one that ran headlong against the pretentions of white-collar office work. Now, using driving as a window through which to view the broader changes wrought by technology on all aspects of contemporary life, Crawford investigates the driver’s seat as one of the few remaining domains of skill, exploration, play—and freedom. Blending philosophy and hands-on storytelling, Crawford grounds the narrative in his own experience in the garage and behind the wheel, recounting his decade-long restoration of a vintage Volkswagen as well as his journeys to thriving automotive subcultures across the country. Crawford leads us on an irreverent but deeply considered inquiry into the power of faceless bureaucracies, the importance of questioning mindless rules, and the battle for democratic self-determination against the surveillance capitalists. A meditation on the competence of ordinary people, Why We Drive explores the genius of our everyday practices on the road, the rewards of “folk engineering,” and the existential value of occasionally being scared shitless. Witty and ingenious throughout, Why We Drive is a rebellious and daring celebration of the irrepressible human spirit.”

MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD is the author of Shop Class as Soulcraft and The World Beyond Your Head. He earned a PhD in Political Philosophy from the University of Chicago, specializing in ancient political thought; he majored in physics as an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara. Crawford has been working on cars since the age of fifteen and currently drives a 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.