Intercepted Podcast: Veni, Vidi, Tweeti

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Donald Trump enjoyed playing fireman and asking where the fire is. Hint: all around you, Mr. President. This week on Intercepted: Falling, falling is Babylon the great! Just the greatest. The best. Tremendous. The famed rebel academic, Alfred McCoy, whose book on narcotrafficking the CIA tried to stop from being published, lays out his meticulously argued theory that the U.S. empire will fall by the year 2030. The Washington Post’s media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, explains why she is not yet convinced that Trump colluded with Russia and talks about Trump ratcheting up the war on whistleblowers and the existence of a free press. Jeremy weighs in on the mounting civilian death toll from U.S.-led strikes in Iraq and Syria. Under Trump, that toll has skyrocketed to 360 civilians killed per month.

 

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How should you teach your kids about their social class?

The social stigma surrounding wealth and class makes the topics difficult to discuss – but as children grapple with inequality, it’s our job to address it

Recently, in a Maryland suburb, a high school baseball team competed against players from a wealthier suburb nearby. A mother was happily chanting for her son’s team when she heard the “cheers” of the other team, issued by both adults and kids. “They chanted: ‘Lower average income! Lower average income!’” said the mother, Jodi Jacobson. The taunts continued: “Can’t your parents afford to feed you? Can we call child protective services?” At another game, players sang “That’s all right, that’s okay! You will work for us someday!”

“It was disgusting,” Jacobson concluded. “I was astounded at the crude and cruel things said by the people in the stands”.

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Tony Abbott says home affairs ministry was not needed when he was leader

Abbott questions the ‘massive bureaucratic change’ and rejects calls for reconciliation with Malcolm Turnbull

Tony Abbott has raised doubts about the need for Malcolm Turnbull’s new home affairs super-department, saying Australia did not need such a “massive bureaucratic change” when he was prime minister.

He has also rejected the call by Liberal party president Nick Greiner for a rapprochement between himself and Turnbull, saying if he needs to talk to Turnbull he will.

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