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The Nuclear Option

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressive minions are adamant that climate change is an existential threat to our country. But if they really believed that, they would support nuclear energy, the only technology that has a track record of rapidly replacing fossil fuels.

Environmentalists in the U.S. rarely support the nuclear option and their opposition can be traced back 40 years to the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island, Pa., where no one died. The incident would have been long forgotten if not for The China Syndrome, a Hollywood flick that said a nuclear accident could burn a hole all the way to China. “People saw that and freaked out,” says environmentalist Joshua Goldstein. He says we’d have more nuclear power if it weren’t for that movie and the media hysteria that followed.

On the other side of the issue is activist Harvey Wasserman, who says it’s an inevitability that another disaster looms in the future. Wasserman and Goldstein join John Stossel to debate the issue.

Regulation Overload

Eighty years ago, Americans built the world’s tallest building–the Empire State Building–in 15 months. Today, we know much more about skyscraper construction than we did in the 1930s and you’d think we could build faster–but we can’t! Case in point, the World Trade Center, which took 13 years to re-erect following the 9/11 disaster.

John Stossel says all skyscrapers take longer to build today, because government’s rules and regulations bog them down. Stossel explains the problem persists in industries throughout the country, especially when politics sticks its ugly head in matters. He welcomes billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel to discuss the issue, who says, “Thank God the FDA wasn’t around when the polio vaccine was invented.”

Make America California Again?

Residents are leaving California in droves because of exorbitant tax rates, high crime and failing public schools, yet the Golden State is the Biden Administration’s model for America. What can they possibly be thinking? Or are they thinking?

Despite the dismal failures in sunny Cal, the Los Angeles Times writes, “Make America California Again? That’s Biden’s plan.” Why would the rest of us want California’s problems? In the following episode, John Stossel highlights California laws and regulations that President Biden is pushing for the country and discusses the state’s politicians who failed their way into his administration.

Woke Colleges Vs. Testing

Colleges are ending SAT/ACT tests in the name of diversity, despite research that shows they are good at predicting college success. Some schools now won’t even look at applicants’ test scores, reasoning that richer kids may get tutoring, and some minority groups, on average, don’t score as well.

Bob Schaeffer, of the advocacy group FairTest, compares test-makers to the tobacco industry and he’s winning his war against testing. More than half of colleges in the country are now test-optional. “The test makers themselves admit that the SAT and ACT are inferior predictors of college performance,” Schaeffer says. But here’s the data: high school grades predict 33% of college grades, while tests predict 32%. Not very inferior. Tune in, as John Stossel takes a closer look at the controversy.

Unions Invade Private Property

Another one of California’s wacky laws is playing out, much to the chagrin of private-property owners. Bolstered by a statute that allows unions to invade private property, members stormed Cedar Point Nursery over the weekend in an attempt to provoke workers to join their ranks. Nursery owner Mike Fahner is crying foul, saying the union is trespassing and members should be jailed, but it’s perfectly legal in sunny Cal.

Fahner says, “If I didn’t allow them in, I’m the one going to jail! It is asinine!” He points out that unions don’t have the right to access private property without permission in any other industry. “If they came back every day I would have been paralyzed.”

California officials argue that unions must be allowed to go onto farms because “workers remain isolated from the flow of information characteristic of modern society.” Since losing two lower court cases, Fahner and other are challenging the law in the Supreme Court.  Here’s more on the issue with John Stossel.

Award Shows Going Woke

It’s Oscar season and you’ve probably heard that the Academy will impose new rules for eligibility, surrounding diversity and inclusion. Among the new standards are all films must have at least one lead actor from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, or at least 30 percent of secondary actors in minor roles from two underrepresented groups. Translation: Future awards will go only to films that meet diversity quotas.

In this sensitive era of wokeness, not everyone agrees with the new rules. Musician Eric July says such a system would cheapen the awards. “If the work is good, it doesn’t matter if it’s exclusively black people working on it, exclusively white, Asian, none of that should even matter,” he says. And actor Viggo Mortensen points out that the restrictions invite exclusion. He says, “The new rules are just one example of awards shows going woke.” Here’s more with John Stossel

 

Vaccination Chaos

Frustrations are mounting and there is so much confusion in the vaccination rollout. Government “experts” botched much of the COVID-19 response, but fortunately, other experts, such as scientists, economists and web developers, are helping save lives. 

The problems emanating from government are many, beginning with their predictions surrounding the vaccines. Add to that, state vaccine websites didn’t work and government is now holding back doses, reserving them for the second-round of vaccinations. It’s a total mess. Tune in as economics professor Alex Tabarrok dissects the chaos with John Stossel.

Privacy: Who Needs It?

American whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked highly classified information from the NSA and is now marooned in Russia, tries to convince John Stossel not to worry about privacy. “They’re trying to shape your behavior!” he warns. Stossel shot back with: “Americans by and large don’t care, and I mostly don’t care. I figure that teenage boy across the street could be picking up the stuff I send. The cork’s out of the bottle. What difference does it make?”

Snowden says Americans don’t care, because they don’t realize how the system and information is being used against them. He points out that we will feel pressured to “constrain our intellectual curiosity and, even frankly, our weirdnesses, because we could potentially someday be judged on the basis for it.” Tune in for more of this lively debate on the John Stossel channel.

Confronting Union Bosses

Most of education in America is a mess. The cost has skyrocketed, but performance is flat. Why? One big reason is that the government monopoly, aka the BLOB, makes it nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.

In the classic 2012 investigative report by John Stossel, he confronted union leaders, such as Washington, D.C., boss Nathan Saunders, who opposed judging teachers by student test results. “I know my kids are learning when I look in their eyes,” he said. New Jersey union leader Joseph Del Grosso opposed charter schools: “Over my dead body, they’re gonna come here.” When Saunders and Del Grosso were kids, they attended private schools, but at the time of these interviews, they vehemently opposed vouchers. This is a common phenomenon amongst members of the BLOB.

The scenario has been played and replayed by union bosses over the years and is still prevalent today. In this Stossel classic, he brings to light the problems facing both sides of the issue, which are still at the forefront today.

Debunking Socialism Myths

Socialism is now as popular as capitalism among young people. That’s because they are being told nonsense. John Stossel tries his hand at debunking five socialism myths, including the scenario that follows when it fails and people always say, “That wasn’t the real socialism.”

He explains that after the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought that socialism would bring misery. But intellectuals, such as Professor Noam Chomsky, convinced many that it was capitalism that was a grotesque catastrophe and the Soviet Union was about as remote from socialism as you could imagine. Ridiculous, to say the least. Economist Benjamin Powell explained that when the Soviets made private business illegal, that was about as close as the world ever saw to the purest socialist end of the spectrum. Here’s more debunking from Stossel.

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