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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for June 6, 2017, it’s episode 123, the Southern Fried Terror edition of the podcast coming to you this week (or so it may sound) from the moon! Todd is in Farmington Connecticut, Mike is in Palo Alto, we are recording the podcast on a Dictaphone Steampunk Victorian Recording machine. You can *hear* the history!

Our topics this week are the reaction of Theresa May to the terror attacks in London and related thoughts. As the people of Britain ask: “what concretely are you going to *do*???” May answers (unbelievably) we’re going to spy on the internet…and we are going to have uncomfortable conversations. Look, uncomfortable conversations are fine and all…but how about simply rounding up the 3000 or so top terror suspects in the U.K. and either expelling them or locking them up?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud British Prime Minister Theresa May for a much tougher statement following the London Bridge terrorism attack, while acknowledging the difficult free speech debate that is sure to follow. They also contemplate terror suspect profiling after one attacker appeared in the documentary “The Jihadis Next Door” and attempted to radicalize children in a local park, yet police let him go after questioning. And they express frustration over President’s Trump’s latest Twitter tirade over his travel ban.

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Breaking: Terror in London

 
London Metropolitan Police on London Bridge.

A van plowed into a crowd on London Bridge, followed by knife attacks, according to reports out of the UK. Police also say armed officers are responding in nearby the Borough Market area. Early reports have noted significant gunfire.

“The prime minister is in contact with officials and is being regularly updated on the incident at London Bridge,” read a statement by Downing Street. President Trump has also been notified and is following developments.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are surprised by who is arrested for allegedly issuing scores of threats to Jewish Community Centers and other institutions. They also react to the details of the terrorist attack in London and shred the rationale behind radical Islamic terrorism. And they discuss North Korea being suspected of a massive heist of money from Bangladesh that was held in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York – and something about that story seems very familiar to them.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America shake their heads as Republicans fight over health care reform after telling Americans it would be easy to repeal and replace. They’re also disgusted as school officials in Maryland seem far more concerned about protecting the reputation of illegal immigrants than condemning the rape of a 14-year-old girl, allegedly by two teens in the U.S. illegally. And they get a kick out of Susan Rice lecturing the Trump administration about the importance of being honest and factual with the public and our allies.

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End the Olympics

 
Olympic Rings
Discarded Olympic rings from Beijing sit among garbage and overgrown with weeds.

The 1940 and ’44 Olympic Games were cancelled due to the war. And although she was still rebuilding, London held the first Summer Games afterwards in ’48. The total cost? £761,688. Converted to today’s currency that’s around $10.8 million (US).

Contrast that with 2012 when the Games returned to the same city and it cost in excess of $10 billion. Still the organizers claim they broke even.

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Trafficking in a Bad Idea

 

shutterstock_110041646Adam Mann at Wired.com reveals a startling truth: if you build roads, people will drive on them!

In 2009, two economists—Matthew Turner of the University of Toronto and Gilles Duranton of the University of Pennsylvania—decided to compare the amount of new roads and highways built in different U.S. cities between 1980 and 2000, and the total number of miles driven in those cities over the same period.

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