10.13.20 State elections, Big Tech breakup, and Gods Girls Knitters
The world and everything in it is made possible by listeners like me. I'm Melanie Lau from Bloomfield Hills Michigan. This program keeps me informed and encouraged and ready to tackle the tough questions my nine year old daughter Reagan Ass I. Hope You enjoy today's program. Good morning next year brings new congressional districts, and that has state political parties jockeying for control. Also, today big tech may be in for big changes to talk about that plus a profile of Social Club in Virginia that uses a hobby to reach out to those in need. Exciting to think that you're able to help somebody that far away and. It doesn't matter if you don't ever meet them and what our editor in chief Marvin Olesky learns from hummingbirds. It's Tuesday October thirteenth this is the world and everything in it from listener supported World Radio I'm Mary Rancor and on Nick Eicher. Good. Morning. Time for news. Here's Ken Covington. Lawmakers will begin questioning Supreme Court nominee amy conybeare at this morning on day two of her confirmation hearing Barratt once clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia and on Monday she said his legal reasoning helped shape her own his judicial philosophy was straightforward. A judge must apply the law as it is written not as she wishes it were she said the court's role is vital but limited and that the judicial branch not attempt to make or reshape public policy. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee again voiced their concerns that Barrett hold pro-life views and that she could cast the deciding vote to strike down over care and Senator Dianne Feinstein insisted we should not be moving forward on this nomination not until the election has ended and the next president has taken office and noting that the GOP led, Senate did not vote. On President Obama's High Court nominee in two thousand sixteen. Democrats. Called the hearing hypocritical and even illegitimate. But Republican Senator Mike Crepeau fired back saying the Senate has handled this scenario the same way since the eighteen hundreds he pointed out the twenty nine times, the president has named a supreme. Court. Nominee and a presidential election year nineteen of those twenty nine times. The parties of the president and the Senate majority were the same and Seventeen of those nineteen nominees were confirmed in contrast. He said when different parties controlled the White House in the Senate, the Senate has not filled an election year high court vacancy and more than a century. New Cove in nineteen cases are rising once again in America, and around the world and one country is now on track to surpass the US total in confirmed cases with new infections rising at twice the rate of the United States world's Kristen Flavin reports. India's confirmed coronavirus toll crossed the seven million mark this week that trails only the United States, which has eight million official cases but US testing capacity is far greater with one hundred, eighteen million tests conducted so far. That's nearly one test for every three people in the country in contrast Indian health officials have eight people that's roughly one test for every sixteen citizens. That means India is likely already. The hardest hit nation in the world and several other countries including Brazil and Peru likely have higher totals per capita than the United States meantime. Iran. Broke its single day record for Covid nineteen deaths on Monday for a second straight day the country reported two, hundred, seventy, two deaths and more than four thousand new cases though the true totals are likely much higher reporting for world I'm Kristen Flahavan. Sue American economists won the Nobel Prize on Monday for improving how options work the Royal Swedish Academy cise. His has today decided to award the. Prize in economic. Sciences. Jointly to Paul Hormel Grim and Robert B Wilson. Academy Secretary General. Ron Hansen heard there the bill committee said, the work of the economists underlies much of today's economy from the way Google sells advertising to the way telecom companies acquire airwaves from governments bill. Graham seventy-two and Wilson eighty-three both of Stanford University tackled some tricky problems with auctions. One of those issues was what Wilson called the snake in the grass strategy. That's where a company hides its interest in the item forbid until the last minute Wilson said, that's a lot like sniping at the very end of an Ebay auction, the pair designed rules that force bidders to reveal their interests earlier on the Nobel. Committee. Said their work has benefited sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world. Roberta Right McCain the mother of the late Senator John McCain died Monday at the age of one hundred and eight world's Lee Jones has that story. Many voters got to know Roberta McCain during her son's presidential campaign in two thousand, eight at ninety six she became the Republican senators secret weapon at campaign stops helping convince voters they shouldn't worry about her son's age he was seventy one when he launched his White House bid. Roberta married Senator McCain's father John McCain junior in nineteen thirty three at the age of twenty. Her husband would later retire from the US Navy as a four star admiral the senator said in two thousand eight that his father was often at sea and the job of raising my brother sister and me would fall to my mother alone. Senator John McCain's widow Cindy. McCain. Posted a statement Monday saying I couldn't have asked for a better role model or a better friend reporting for world. I'm Lee Jones. Hall of fame, second Baseman Joe Morgan died this week Morgan was the spark plug for the Cincinnati reds teams of the nineteen seventies known as the big red machine playing alongside Pete Rose Johnny, bench, and others. Morgan was ten time all star and won five gold gloves and two thousand, sixteen interview. He says, greatest baseball memory was winning the world series with the reds in one, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, five, we've been knocking. On the door for three or four years and all of a sudden we we are world champion. So I was still pinching myself when I went back into the locker room before I got in the shower, I still is this real. The reds also won the world series the following season Morgan was league MVP both years. A family spokesman said Joe Morgan died at his home Sunday and Danville California he was seventy-seven. COVINGTON and straight ahead state level races worth watching lost Marvin Alaska hummingbirds and elections. This is the world and everything in it. It's Tuesday the thirteenth of October twenty twenty. This is the world and everything in it. Good Morning I'm Mary Record Dan Dime Nick Eicher I today redistricting. Next year states will redraw congressional districts based on New Census data gathered this year those boundaries will influence state and national politics for the next decade most states rely on their state legislatures to determine those voting districts and that means going into this election Republicans and Democrats are vying for control that beyond their local political influence World Sarah Williamsburg reports now on what's at stake I'm Jay Ross. I am a engineer by trade running for State House sixty seven and I am a Republican Nate Ross knew he wanted to run for Michigan? State House after his second daughter was born wanting to have a positive influence in politics and hopefully impact the community positive way to give them a brighter future. But Ross has an uphill battle. He's young Kovic nineteen gathering restrictions have made campaigning difficult and Democrats have held this district for a decade. Ross says one reason Republicans struggle to win here is because of the electoral map. Most of district sixty seven is rural leans Republican, but the northwest corner takes a little bite out of lansing the state capital. It has a much higher concentration of democratic voters. Ingham County has three districts and they're all controlled by the Democratic Party right now I think there is more of a an opportunity to have maybe Republican representing at least one district inning him, county. You know depending on how those lines are drawn into the dawn of a new decade. Those district lines are on the minds of state and national politicians across the country says, Wendy underhill she's the director of elections and redistricting National Conference of state legislatures. Underhill says the district boundaries play a big part in determining who will represent voters. We know the urban environments tend to have more Democratic voters we know that rural areas tend more Republican voters suburbs, they're more of a swing set of communities. So who controls map-drawing and its final approval is important back in two thousand, ten Republicans went hard after winning state legislatures. Wendy underhill says the strategy worked by Republicans, picking up a lot of seats all around the nation they were able to get chamber control and legislative control in more states than they had before in fact, twenty, four of the ninety eight Heart Azeem Chambers in the nation flipped from data are in two thousand ten. Druce Vicki is a state legislature political analyst. He says in a redistricting term state parties are after creating, protecting or breaking up what's called TRIFECTA. That's where one party holds the House Senate and governor's office right. Now, Republicans have twenty one try factors and Democrats have fifteen. There are thirteen split state governments. Nebraska has a unicameral legislature, so it doesn't count in this list. So Vicki says, split states hold the most opportunity for both parties. Mostly, legislatures are going to flip. It always comes down mostly to these swing states where one party you know either doesn't have total control or it's too minded. Government Democrats have their sights set on seven states were they made big gains in the two thousand eighteen midterms though states are Arizona Texas, Iowa Minnesota Michigan North Carolina and Pennsylvania. And? Has Poured in in July Texas Democrats soft five times more donation dollars than in two thousand sixteen. Arizona Democrats saw a hundred percent increase over two thousand sixteen. Chaz nutty comb direct seen Alice a state legislature forecasting group. He says, Republicans are mostly focused on warding off democratic assaults in their trifecta states of Arizona Iowa Missouri and Texas, but they also have a new trifecta opportunity of lukens WANNA create a TRIFECTA. this year the best opportunity is Montana slight favorites in the governor race in the State House and. State Senate are safe. Republican but a growing number of states and politicians are getting tired of redistricting politics. Rida Albright is one. She's a Democrat running for Minnesota State Senate against Republican incumbent her party only needs to flip two Senate seats to create a Democratic Trifecta in the state. But Albright says she doesn't want her party or Republicans to control redistricting. She'd like to see an independent redistricting committee do that I. think that's what Americans one I think minnesotans want us to be fair and equitable and to me that makes a Lotta sense so far seven other states have approved independent redistricting committees. These committees are supposed to eliminate gerrymandering. That's when the political party in charge creates congressional boundaries that benefit them. Chaz any comes says how well those committees work depends on the state. Some states have commissions they say are independent, but really dig it staff two years ago. Michigan voters adopted an independent commission. So this'll be the first time. The state legislature doesn't draw district lines. Republican State House. Candidate nate raw says, he's hopeful. The commission could be the start of a fair redistricting era and he's anxious to see district sixty seven's new borders. We might get a more rural area or or more of the city of Lansing. But definitely, before the district changes trying to give it a shot here in twenty twenty reporting for world I'm Sarah Berg. Coming up next on the world and everything in it breaking up big tech last week a House panel issued a report on the business practices of Tech Titans. Apple Google and facebook the report accuse them. Of Amassing. Monopoly Power, Democrats, control the House therefore the committee, and therefore this report and they're bent toward regulation shows up in the recommendations they range from breaking up the companies to providing more funding and oversight tools to the government's antitrust agencies. The top Republican called the reports factual findings undeniable. Even as he disagreed with some of the proposed remedies, the company's protest they are being punished for their success. Joining us now to talk about where things go from here is Jason Thacker. He's chair of research and technology ethics at the ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention good morning to you Jason, good morning, thank you for having me. Well, what was your biggest takeaway from this report? DID ANYTHING SURPRISE YOU? Honestly, there wasn't a ton that surprised me a lot of this specific report was focused on antitrust obviously, and so it really wasn't designed to engage a lot of the issues that everyday people are questioning talking about the role of misinformation or the role of social media in our elections. the undue influence of Algorithms on a lot of listeners might have seen the social dilemma. The last few weeks this report doesn't really address. A lot of those kind of pressing questions really focuses on antitrust matters are these companies too big do they need to be broken up? Just there needs to be additional regulation in order to protect consumers but also to push for a greater competition Jason Do, you think the big tech companies will make any changes to try to preempt. Any proposed regulation possibly, it's one of those things that right out of the gate, you had Amazon and Google pointing out that a lot of these antitrust proposals specifically in this report were flawed they misunderstood the way that the businesses are set up but even twitter and facebook or making changes with the upcoming election about the spread of misinformation and possibly contested election, and so you're starting to see some changes and I think that's really helpful and I think pets encouraging. So but the report itself was kind of heavy handed and some of the proposals are met with skepticism on both sides specifically on more of your conservative senators and things, and I think it's really important in this specific instance to know that this report didn't have a single republican sponsor or supporter I'm it was written by Democrats and in many ways, it kind of reinforce a lot. Of, the ways that Democrats have already been approaching these things in terms of big tech and antitrust. Well, from a cultural perspective, these platforms have become ubiquitous even critics use them because they're so woven into the way we communicate now and go about our daily lives. So Jason, what do you think is driving the ground swell of antipathy toward them? Are they victims of their own success? Yes and No I mean, we're kind of at a tipping point kind of a crucial moment within our economy in the life of our nation where you have these big technology companies really able to have outsize influence in many ways in the ways that we communicate the ways that we can act as a public and so given that we're facing a lot of challenges that are I don't like to use the. Word unprecedented in the land of twenty twenty. But in many ways, they kind of are because we don't really know exactly how to navigate a lot of these things and we're kind of having to figure it out while we're navigating them while we're right in the middle of it and so for me is thinking through is how do we address? This is not even as Christians and how? Do we approach these things. I think we need to be really nuance. I. Think we need to take responsibility for the ways we use these tools every single day, but then also be really thoughtful about any types of regulatory approaches. How do we actually want to go about a lot of these problems and hopefully bridging the I'll bridging the gap between the left and the right and the Liberals And Conservatives to come up with some types of good commonsense solutions that really benefit not only consumers but also push for better economy and business. Well, I think a lot of what happens next probably depends on the November election. What do you think are the likely next steps in this push to break up big tech and how do you think that's going to affect our lives? Yeah as You said it a lot of this does kind of ride on the selection. So in the short term I don't think this is really going to change the nature of the conversation too much as I said, earlier, kind of confirms what people already believed about these issues and about these situations So I don't think the report itself will do what it does do is it generates more conversation even. Having conversations like this today I'm generates more conversation, which is good. We need healthy public discourse around these really important issues, not just specifically antitrust rate regulation, but really just the role of social media and the role of technology companies in our society in our economy, I think these are going to be the pressing issues that we're going to be dealing with and facing over the next few years. Jason Thacker is chair of research and technology ethics and the ethics and Religious Liberty Commission thanks for joining us today. Thank you for having me. Additional support comes from door university students can apply to door to study nursing agriculture, engineering social work in more all todd from a Christian perspective more at the O. R. DT, Dot Edu slash apply and from Samaritan ministries a community of Christians who will care for us spiritually and financially when you have a medical need more at Samaritan ministries dot org slash. World. Intruders have managed to breach the best security in the world. The White House, can you believe it? These bandits appear to be wearing masks and I'm not talking about Kovic Masks looks like a typical bandit mask covering there is to make it more difficult to identify well, not that difficult to identify the bucks raccoons man again, this is the second time CNN reporter Joe Johns one of these bandit raccoons snuck up behind him while he was live on the air yet there is. He turns and tries to scare it off. And then he goes back to his live report. Now, no events on the president's schedule today and important to say I'll tell you what that's poise raccoons apparently have run the place. It's a bigger problem. I think than flies during the VP debate but John's he didn't have the same tolerance level for that Pesky creature as vice president Mike Pence hat I felt something on my leg and the first thing I thought was it was a cameraman from another network and I looked down and it's a raccoon that had just grabbed my lead cameraman from other networks grab your leg. Okay. Good stuff it's the world and everything in it Today is Tuesday October thirteenth you're listening to world radio so glad to have you along today Good Morning I'm Nick I and Mary Record. Comey next on the world and everything in it knitting besides it's practical purpose studies show the craft can have therapeutic value but that's old news for a group of friends in. Virginia. Yeah they call themselves. Niggers in the work of their hands as blessed recipients all over the world senior correspondent Kim, Henderson has their story. Members of God's girls Niggers had been getting together once a week for eleven years they're tight knit. But they let me inside their circle for a little while. So this is Elaine. Pat. Janice. Leader Susan. Saunders owns the cozy basement where they gather on Friday mornings at one end free standing heater counters the cool of a show stopping Appalachian Autumn. Five faithfuls have come today during a time for prayer request before they began. They mentioned absentees like best who's away on a motorcycle trip and patsy whose husband had a stroke. Didn't they pull out their knitting needles and go to town. This is key cable-stitch. That's what that's called before retirement the women were teachers an innkeeper, an x ray technologist these days there in a new line of works the hats, booties and blankets business every piece gets donated don't like to say knit for charity we nit for love that's Janice Delong she and the other ladies have knitted thousands of items for foster kids, veterans, dialysis patients, even the Lakota Indians? Member Nancy Wagoner puts their efforts and biblical perspective group or just encouraging each other not to be weary in well-doing. Quite as plastic laundry baskets lining one wall are filled with items ready to be delivered to grateful nonprofits. While quality is important here, it's quantity that really matters still Nancy and Janice point out that each item is custom work I, wouldn't want to just do plain stock it role brim hats from here to kingdom come what makes it interesting and challenging is what are you going to do with it to make each one a little bit? Different from the other one, whatever we need, it's going to fit somebody. So if it's the baby shoes turnout, really small though be a preemie somewhere that will fit those shoes. If the gloves out really large somewhere there's a man they're gonNA, fit so some knitting projects are quick and easy like the hundreds of cotton wash cloths they send on mission trips to Honduras but completed baby blankets. Well, they represent a lot more time the soft white when laid across genesis lap is about half done. When it's finished, it will go to the Blue Ridge pregnancy center to a mom who chose life. Susan Campbell serves as Executive Director of the center. Loves to get deliveries from God's girls. niggers. Last year, we had one hundred, eighty laugh saved and more than fifty percent of those clients received a handmade gaffe from this wonderful group than it is also sent hats to an orphanage Nepal member Elaine. Nice smiles. When asked what is like to know something? She's made grace's a tiny head in Asia. It's exciting to think that you're able to help somebody that far away and. It doesn't matter if you don't ever meet them hopefully, we will meet them in heaven because this is a ministry that leads children to the Lord at Friday mornings aren't all work cranberry muffins wait in the wings as a tea. Kettle. Constant comment one of the oldest he's going. And toasted Copa Whoa. Yeah, lively conversation is given to we talk about books. We talk about the word of the day we talk about lyme disease but Susan says, one subject is off limits politics. We try to keep that so far on the back burner, the fellowship has extended into a spin off group in nearby Forest Virginia. Pat Chauncey recalls how her seven year old grandson Spencer even got involved with their work had suggested to him one day. You know, why don't you go through your car's maybe it's a little boys in. Honduras because we give their MOMS wash cloths and we'll give them a car. Well, he just loved that she says Spencer donated a bag full of toys two hundred effort so. The next trip they came back with pictures of the little boys get in cars. So he's got that hanging up in his bedroom since Scott's girls niggers formed in two, thousand, nine, some thirty three ladies have joined. An outline of one of each member's hands cut from construction paper is part of a scrapbook. It helps them remember friends like Brenda, who died in two, thousand eighteen. The group made hats to donate on what would have been her birthday. We had her daughter come here And the Gal from allow the children came and we donated I. Don't know how many lunches bunches. So that was in her memory here when I visited God's girls Niggers was marking two occasions, their eleventh anniversary and their last time to formerly meet. No more Friday morning gatherings, Susan says it's like an ecclesiastic. He's an end to an important season in their lives. They'll continue to knit items individually for organizations and the craft and its ability to bless others will. Knitting crosses generations for us on my mother taught me how to knit. These were women who were true workers at home. So Wednesday says when she's knitting, she can't help but think of her mother and the Gods Girls Group. To pass on skills to others and so find being able to find young people who are interested in learning these crafts is. It's a bit of a stretch. So I'm always looking for the younger girls at Church who are showing interest in these kinds of things. Apart. Long. Brian reporting. On Cam Henderson in Lynchburg Virginia. against. One final reminder to reserve your seat to hear Kim Henderson tomorrow if you're in or nearby. Jackson. Mississippi, you're invited to hear Kim. Henderson speak at first Presbyterian Church. The theme is journalism is never neutral. It's open to the public but as we have said seating is limited, you do need to rsvp details at world and everything dot org slash reception. Today's Tuesday October thirteenth good morning. This is the world and everything in it from listener supported world radio. I'm nick. And married record. World editor and chief Marvin Olesky. Now on the lessons, he's learned from hummingbirds. My wife Susan and I along with world interns when we have them live tall house on the side of a hill bragging Texans call it. Edwards. Mountain, which means our restaurant with three tables is just above the treetops. It's a restaurant with outdoor dining only and very tiny customers hummingbirds, each of which weighs one, nine, th of announce. That's about what a nine and a half week old unborn child ways. Two centuries ago a writer John Hector Saint John to cliff couture called hummingbirds the smallest. But the most beautiful of all gods winged creations. I Agree Are Austin. Home sits right where the Rangers of Ruby throated Hummers and their plaque chin brethren overlap. So we host both kinds. We love watching them fly forward or backward with equal ease. They beat their wings between seventy and two hundred times per second. They can dive at speeds that reached sixty miles per hour. But they are also desperately needy. The hummingbirds hyper fast metabolism pushes them to eat each day at least twice their own body weight in tiny bugs, nectar and sugar water. That's like a human eating all the food on every shelf of a big refrigerator. So hummingbirds are different in that way from all except the fattest of human beings. But a hummingbird and a human are similar and that neither is a bird brain. Hummers can remember flowers the visited. They even remember which humans can be trusted to refill empty feeders. Hummingbirds also have the family values or lack of them that characterize much of America today. Female humming birds work for five days to build a two inch diameter nest of buds. Implants. The mom makes it about an inch deep. She then lays her white eggs. They're about the size of jelly beans she sits on them for two weeks. But the father meanwhile tries to mate with any female he can catch. hummingbirds also resemble humans in this election season one more way. They are fearful. They take a drink of the water with sugar mixed in a restaurant serves then they fly away only to come back for another drink a minute later when the Co seems clear. Even. Though there's plenty for everyone our hummingbird restaurants function it only twenty, five percent of capacity. And hummingbirds normally eat alone at our four seater tables. They attack other hummers and even bigger birds that infringe on their social isolation. Amid. Election fears humming birds CAN REMIND US to consider Christ words are not to sparrows sold for a penny. And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your father. We, do not know whether the coming election will be blessing or curse. We do know that God will not abandon us. AMARNA, laskey. Tomorrow Day three Judge Amy Coney Barons confirmation hearing in the Senate, we will talk with world's Chamie Dean of woman poised to become the newest Supreme Court justice and we'll meet one of the volunteers who helps to keep state parks running that and more tomorrow I'm nicotine. And Mary record the world and everything in it comes to you for world radio. World's mission is biblically objective journalism that informs educates and inspires, and we know that for those who love, God, all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose I. Hope you'll have a great rest of the day. We'll talk to you tomorrow.