Open Sources Show Notes for December 17, 2020

This week on Open Sources Guelph, it’s the beginning of the end… of the pandemic. Hopefully. On this episode, we’ll talk about the politics of the vaccine roll out, and the politics of rolling back into taking climate action seriously. After that, we will talk about the man behind the tweets and the bizarre little opposite world he’s creating, and a topic you’ve long been waiting for us to tackle: hardcore pornography!

This Thursday, December 17, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Jab and Go. In record time, the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer has begun distribution across Canada and around the world, but even with a second vaccine on the way from Moderna, there’s still months and months left to go in this pandemic before we get back to “normal”. But what about vaccine politics? Are governments handling the rollout in the best possible way, and what about all those anti-vaxxers that won’t likely get their shots, what are we to do about them?

Carbon State. With the end of the pandemic in site, it seems like it’s time to start getting ourselves re-oriented to the other existential threat we’re facing: climate change. Last week, the Federal government recommitted to reaching climate targets and announced increases to the carbon tax, while world leaders celebrate the fifth anniversary of Paris Accord, and the U.S.’ eventual return to the fold. A good news story, or are we trying to cover for a lost year fighting climate change?

The Biggest Loser. The American Electoral College met on Monday, and to no one’s surprise they confirmed that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the President Elect and Vice-President Elect respectively. Meanwhile, somewhere in the White House, current President Donald Trump, out of sight from the general public, is rage tweeting all the nutsy conspiracy stuff he can, apparently unwilling to concede defeat. Meanwhile COVID rages, and there’s a new Russia hacking scandal. Is it January 20 yet?

Freaks and MindGeek. A report in the New York Times cast a new, harsh spotlight on Pornhub over thousands of videos posted to the site that don’t exactly celebrate positive sexual relations between consenting adults. The story laid some responsibility at the door of the Federal government since Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek, is based in Montreal, and thus the door was opened to the idea of more government oversight of the porn business. But are we treating this like a tech issue, or a sex issue?

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

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