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Counterpoint May 9th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 10th, 2014 |

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This week, we had special guest Vicky join us. We talked about the HGTV pull of a show due to the actor’s stance on gay marriage, and the general trend of having company political positions come under public scrutiny, despite being unrelated to the products they sell. We then transitioned to the recent issue of a man wanting to marry his computer, arguing along similar lines as gay marriage proponents. After that, we touched a little bit on the Benghazi committee situation. We received a ton of listener text-ins, making this show particularly fun; most of them were related to the computer marriage segment, but we’ll definitely try to do more listener-popular topics in the future. Catch a replay below the break. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint May 2nd

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 3rd, 2014 |

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This week, like the rest of the nation, talked about the Clippers’ owner and his recent controversial remarks. Then we moved on to Jordan’s “favorite” governor, Rick Scott and the upcoming medical marijuana legalization. After that, we spent a while talking about the death penalty: we all seemed to feel that the question was not whether the government has a right to issue capital punishment, but whether the methods were fair. The go-to argument against it usually involves its over-use against minorities, but we debated whether that was inherent in the system or specific to capital punishment.

Anyways, catch the tape after the break. Keep it locked–

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Counterpoint April 25th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 1st, 2014 |

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This week, we talked Affirmative Action, money in education, and conservatives in education. The question of how to improve racial relations is always a tricky one, and I thought Nicole and Jordan pulled off the discussion very well for this touchy subject. We then touched on the Kochs’ donations and ensuing veto power (and subsequent removal of said veto power) at FSU concerning the hiring process for professors. This led into a discussion about conservatives in academia in general. No surprise: college campuses are usually liberal. A relatively similar argument as the first half: what, if anything, should we be doing to promote diversity– in this case, diversity of opinion– in college? The questions were big– too big to cover in a short hour-long show, so maybe we’ll do a special on it sometime, but for now, the debate rages on.

I digress: catch a replay of the show after the break. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint April 18th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | April 20th, 2014 |

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This week, we touched on the Ukrainian situation concerning the pamphlets handed out to Jews “encouraging” them to register as such with the officials. Next, we covered the Nevada Rancher standoff and discussed how much power the government should be able to wield against its own citizens to uphold the law. We also talked about the Pope and the evolution of the Catholic Church (pun intended). After that, since it was a slow news week, we gave the floor to Nicole to talk about couponing, both regular and extreme. Anyways, for a recap, hit the jump after the break–

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Counterpoint April 11: Sebelius Resignation, Miami-Dade Voting Rights Concerns

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | April 11th, 2014 |

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This week, we talked about the Sebelius resignation and various voting rights issues, stemming from the recent rule for Miami-Dade concerning bathrooms. I was incorrect in saying that it prohibited people from stepping out of line, and it apparently is about whether or not the buildings where people go to vote are required to provide access to bathrooms, specifically, handicap-accessible restrooms.

Catch the replay after the break. Keep it locked.

Counterpoint 4-4-14: “Cuban Twitter” and SCOTUS on Political Donations

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | April 5th, 2014 |

 

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Today, we took on the SCOTUS ruling that set the stage for unlimited political donations. As expected, Jordan opposed and Nicole agreed. Are corporations people? I’m inclined to say no. As for the “money-in-politics” question? I’m actually not too bothered by it; I’d support a flat-amount or a total cap, but that seems rather idealistic. As-is, as much as people complain about it, money in politics kind of keeps the whole game going. I digress; the other part of the show focused on the recent reveal of the “Cuban Twitter” launched by the U.S. I honestly don’t feel too strongly on the subject because the Castro regime isn’t exactly conducive to U.S. interests, nor to the interests of the people. That said, it was probably an over-reach and we probably shouldn’t be launching psy-ops quite so loosely– especially without presidential approval, as recent reports allege. Anyways, catch the re-cap after the break. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint March 21st: Crimea & Elections feat. Alex & Meg

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | March 22nd, 2014 |

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So this week, we talked about Crimea again. We had previous Counterpointers Alex and Meg join us and weigh in. The conversation seemed to be heading towards “it’s not our problem,” a viewpoint shared by one of my personal heroes, Ron Paul. After that, we moved to the Jolly/Sink election, and good ‘ol Reps vs. Dems in various upcoming elections. Shout-out to Meg McGee, our previous host, and Alex Alduncin, a previous commentator, for coming on the show. We also had a higher-that-normal volume of listener texts (which we love). Anyways, if you missed it and want a replay, hit the jump below–

Counterpoint 3/7/14: Ukraine, State of the State, & House of Cards, feat. Kamila Orlova

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | March 8th, 2014 |

 

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This week, we were luck enough to have Kamila Orlova, a student here at UM who hailed from Russia, to speak with us about the Ukrainian situation. Additionally, I let Jordan rant about his gripes with Florida Governor Rick Scott, and for the last few minutes of the show, we talked about the first season of House of Cards (we will talk about the second season in the near future). Discussion was good, as usual, even though we were missing our usual conservative commentators, but I thought I played a decent devil’s advocate to bridge the gap. Anyways, hit the jump below to listen to the show. Keep it locked.

Counterpoint 2/28: Clinton Visits UM, Arizona and Venezuela

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | February 28th, 2014 |

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This week, we discussed Hillary Clinton’s visit to UM (she did not announce, unfortunately), the Arizona governor’s veto of a broadly worded bill that some say would have legalized prejudice against homosexuals by business owners, and the precarious situation in Venezuela. Hit the jump for the audio–

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Brazil to Defend Against NSA Snooping

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | October 15th, 2013 |

 

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Over the weekend, Brazil announced its plans to throw off the NSA’s ability to snoop in on their internal affairs. The system is still in development, but the idea is that a new form of secure communication is being developed that will not allow traditional NSA intrusions into it. The move comes after revelations that the NSA had infiltrated Brazilian governmental communications. An email system with the same intent is being developed for the public.

If only the same was happening in the U.S… But oh well, I’m relatively happy for Brazil actually doing something about the NSA. This brings up the idea of extra-legal justice: since the NSA is actively violating legal and moral standards, it is certainly acceptable to abandon diplomatic channels and solve the problem unilaterally. A similar solution needs to be developed in the U.S. I’ve put forth the needs for privacy before, so I’ll keep it short– it’s not just the idea that you’re being watched, it’s the mentality that comes with it: that one will never truly be able to create/express themselves freely without the threat of silent eyes judging them from some dark cubicle in some data center. It may seem like some paranoid musing, but we’ve seen after the Snowden leaks that at the very least, it’s not out of the question.

Anyways, it’s a slow news cycle: anything other than the debt ceiling, the shutdown, or the ensuing bickering that comes with it has been pushed way off to the side. Don’t forget to tune in Friday, when we’ll be talking about all of the above and more.

 

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