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We look at the jailing of a University of Minnesota student from China for political tweets (00:53), how this may be the type of thing LeBron James was worried about during the NBA and China controversy (04:02), and wonder if the government’s legal retaliation against CNN and AT&T puts us on a slippery slope towards this (07:30).  We also discuss Robert Downey Jr.’s recent comments on the use of blackface in Tropic Thunder (9:40), the presence of “forever” chemicals in the water supply of many Americans (18:20) and the general lack of concern for protecting our environment (20:57), and the disconnect between the so called experts and many members of the public concerning keto diets (34:35).

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SHOW NOTES

China Student’s Jailing for U.S. Tweets Shows Beijing’s Reach

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-23/china-student-s-jailing-for-u-s-tweets-shows-beijing-s-reach

Report says Trump ordered top adviser Cohn to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/report-says-trump-ordered-top-adviser-cohn-block-t-time-n978906

Robert Downey Jr. Talks About Blackface in 'Tropic Thunder': 'My Mother Was Horrified'

https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2020/01/robert-downey-jr-90-percent-of-my-black-friends-loved-the-blackface-in-tropic-thunder

Bamboozled (2000)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215545/

U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': environment watchdog

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-water-foreverchemicals/u-s-drinking-water-widely-contaminated-with-forever-chemicals-report-idUSKBN1ZL0F8

New Trump Rule Rolls Back Decades Of Clean Water Protections

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-wotus-water-rule-overhaul_n_5e291714c5b67d8874ac9a74

Experts Condemn Keto. Will People Finally Stop?

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/z3bv94/keto-diet-experts-rank-best

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