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The Adam Morgan Show is a weekly podcast featuring Adam Morgan, a software engineer, with commentary on current events, politics, and its influence on tech.
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Apr 19, 2017

Today I circle back to Drupal drama discussing the recently published open letter to Dries Buytaert regarding Larry Garfield, a core contributor, who was asked to resign due to his BDSM/Gor lifestyle. I share my conflicted perspective on the issue as well as the lack of input from diversity and inclusion initiatives within tech.

Today I discuss proposed legislation requiring Uber to provide a tipping option to their app and why this is bad economic policy. I also share what the sharing economy would look like in a true free market economy. In a bizarre turn of events, the Community Working Group at Drupal released a statement full of contradictions leaving me even more confused about why Larry Garfield was removed from Drupal.

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Uber and tipping: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/17/nyregion/new-york-city-uber-tipping-app.html

Robert Nozick’s Tale of the Slave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxRSkM8C8z4

Juicer the $400 juicer: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-04-19/silicon-valley-s-400-juicer-may-be-feeling-the-squeeze?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

Klaus Purer stepping down: https://www.drupal.org/node/2870315

Drupal Community Working Group response: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qlc0FvM4UWyn4DpW8JKRcVqnHAIdrj2INOZZF62s_Pc/edit#

Drupal Confessions’ response to CWG: https://www.drupalconfessions.org/cwg-response-1

Apr 12, 2017

Today I circle back to Drupal drama discussing the recently published open letter to Dries  Buytaert regarding Larry Garfield, a core contributor, who was asked to resign due to his BDSM/Gor lifestyle. I share my conflicted perspective on the issue as well as the lack of input from diversity and inclusion initiatives within tech.

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An apology to the Drupal community: http://buytaert.net/an-apology-to-the-drupal-community

Drupal Confessions: https://www.drupalconfessions.org/

Airbnb discrimination against Asian woman: https://twitter.com/i/moments/851451246686941184

Exclusion in Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: http://atom-morgan.github.io/exclusion-in-diversity-and-inclusion-initiatives

Apr 5, 2017

Unions are bullshit and governments give them power. I discuss a few personal examples and one that hurts innovation in construction engineering which could potentially save lives. I also share why I never want to see unions in tech.

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Dan Mooney’s Skypicker: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20160515/REAL_ESTATE/160519910/dan-mooneys-skypicker-crane-could-save-millions-in-construction-costs-heres-why-its-gathering-dust-in-a-warehouse-in-astoria

Coal miners tweet: https://twitter.com/dcurtis/status/846802371095146496

My latest YouTube video - “Mo Women (in Tech) Mo Problems” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUDCbWL3b54

Mar 29, 2017

Work is work. Sex is sex. Right? That’s what we all thought until this week when Larry Garfield, contributor to Drupal, was forced to resign for his involvement in the BDSM community. Are you a minority in tech with a story to tell? Well if you are, be sure to portray yourself as the biggest victim possible as I discuss Inc. Magazine deciding a black CEO was not “black enough” for their story.

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Larry Garfield’s “TMI About me” - https://www.garfieldtech.com/blog/tmi-outing

Dries Buytaert’s “Living our values” - http://buytaert.net/living-our-values

Uber and Escorts - https://heatst.com/biz/ex-girlfriend-of-uber-ceo-exposes-shady-trip-to-korean-escort-bar/?utm_content=bufferc005a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

I’m not “Black enough” for Inc. Magazine - https://facesoffounders.org/im-not-black-enough-for-inc-magazine-337569d54a6b

Jewber and Uber’s Diversity and Inclusion groups - http://mashable.com/2017/03/28/uber-diversity-report-employee-resource-groups/#YDOSv6wAvsqn

Project Include’s Jewber Tweet: https://twitter.com/projectinclude/status/846834259272839171?refsrc=email&s=11

Mar 22, 2017

Netflix’s Iron Fist has been accused of whitewashing. What ever happened to artistic freedom and why do people feel artists have a public obligation with their work? What does the future of our education system look like? When will it be “disrupted”? Today I talk about how it already is and why the status quo of public education is a complete failure.

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Netflix and Iron Fist Whitewashing: https://twitter.com/kassyapple/status/844227499882172416?refsrc=email&s=11

NY Teachers and Literacy Test: https://heatst.com/culture-wars/new-york-literacy-test-for-future-teachers-to-be-scrapped-over-concerns-of-lack-of-diversity/

Mar 15, 2017

If you work in tech, it’s no longer company business that’s open to public scrutiny. If you attend a birthday party titled “Babes and Balls” as a straight male in tech, expect to be labeled “oblivious”. Could the biggest tech unicorn Uber fold in the coming years? Why is discrimination okay in the form of a “Y Combinator for Progressives”?

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Babes and Balls article: http://mashable.com/2017/03/10/babes-balls-facebook-uber-zuckerberg-kalanick/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#hzSOw_vQckqJ

Babes and Balls pictures: http://sanfrancisco.wearespin.com/media/babes-balls-breakfast-tiffanys/

The Uber Bombshell About to Drop: https://danielcompton.net/2017/03/14/uber-bombshell

Arena Summit (YC for Progressives): https://www.wired.com/2017/03/ambitious-new-program-wants-support-democrats-surge/

React demo with Spencer: https://twitter.com/schneidenbach/status/841299911605919745

Mar 8, 2017

The saying goes that tech isn’t focused nearly enough on LGBT issues. So why is that when tech companies do act, articles are published with headlines like “For trans people in tech, it’s complicated when the industry suddenly cares”? What really matters here?

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TC Transgender and Supreme Court: https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/06/supreme-court-gavin-grimm-vacated/

TC “it’s complicated when the industry suddenly cares” - https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/04/for-trans-people-in-tech-its-complicated/

NYT Uber Greyball - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/technology/uber-greyball-program-evade-authorities.html

Mar 1, 2017

Today I discuss the high profile stories at Tesla and Uber related to sexual assault lawsuits. Related to this discussion is meritocratic cultures and I share my thoughts on why that may lead to behavior that has nothing to do with sexism in the industry.

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Tesla lawsuit: http://fortune.com/2017/02/28/tesla-lawsuit-uber-sexism-engineering/

Uber meritocracy: https://www.wsj.com/articles/ubers-all-out-meritocracy-comes-under-fire-1488286803

Uber culture: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/technology/uber-workplace-culture.html?_r=0

Uber conference call: https://www.buzzfeed.com/priya/uber-women-to-ceo-travis-kalanick-we-have-a-systemic-problem?utm_term=.oxWoe5RrE#.qc11DEKXr

Feb 22, 2017

Today I discuss the rise of Milo - from a nobody in American culture to Breaking News over just a few years. I also break down the latest sexual harassment claims against Uber.

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Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber: https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/2/19/reflecting-on-one-very-strange-year-at-uber

NYT Uber investigation: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/business/uber-sexual-harassment-investigation.html

Mic Uber investigation: https://mic.com/articles/169194/uber-sexism-discrimination-harassment-susan-fowler#.U3xNhLa6F

Feb 15, 2017

Today I discuss Facebook’s new guidelines for advertisements on its site which doesn’t allow companies to discriminate. But at what point does marketing become discrimination? I also discuss the latest defense of political diversity in the industry as Shopify has chosen to allow Breitbart to use its services in spite of tremendous backlash.

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Facebook Ad Guidelines: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/02/improving-enforcement-and-promoting-diversity-updates-to-ads-policies-and-tools/

Shopify on TechCrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/09/shopify-ceo-attempts-to-defend-continued-hosting-of-breitbarts-online-store/

Shopify CEO defending Breitbart as a customer: https://medium.com/@tobi/in-support-of-free-speech-275d62670203#.vgvf5j1nr

Mike Monteiro tweet: https://twitter.com/monteiro/status/831595502365925377

Latest YouTube video - “The Reality of Racism in Tech”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peUOAG1uw_U

Feb 8, 2017

Today I talk about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick caving to the political left and how tech’s recent focus on immigration contradict’s some of their own false beliefs about white privilege within the tech industry.

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Buzzfeed & tech companies brief: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hamzashaban/97-tech-companies-trumps-immigration-order-is-unlawful?utm_term=.fmxo5yRnX#.wkedO74Qn

Uber CEO statements: https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/02/uber-ceo-travis-kalanick-quits-donald-trumps-business-advisory-council/

Scott Adams: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/156540315831/be-careful-what-you-wish-for-especially-if-it-is

NYT - Why Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Work Without Immigrants: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/technology/personaltech/why-silicon-valley-wouldnt-work-without-immigrants.html

Feb 1, 2017

Today I discuss the recent uptick in people deleting their accounts with two apps: Uber and Dribbble.

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Vox #DeleteUber: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/29/14431246/uber-trump-muslim-ban

Tweet about the “great again” list on Dribbble: https://twitter.com/skullface/status/825202173831155714

Archive of “great again” list on Dribbble: http://web.archive.org/web/20170131211712/https://dribbble.com/skullface/lists

Archive of “great again” members: http://web.archive.org/web/20170131211842/https://dribbble.com/skullface/lists/26746-great-again/members?page=2&per_page=6

Dribble’s statement: https://dribbble.com/stories/2017/02/01/a-note-regarding-community

Jan 25, 2017

Today I discuss last week’s women’s march and some of the healthcare arguments made related to gender. I also discuss the left being increasingly open to violence to people and opinions they do not like.

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Nuance and violence: https://twitter.com/atommorgan

Man punching Rebel reporter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1eb9vQ1vAk

Jan 19, 2017

Today I give a quick recap of last week’s episode while highlighting and underserved area within tech. Given how well Marlene’s episode has been received, I see these stories as a new option for guests on the show

Jan 11, 2017

Today I chat with Marlene Jaeckel, a senior software developer, who was recently banned from Rails Girls and Rails Bridge. She gives her thoughts on why she was banned from both groups and her experiences as a woman who’s been in the tech industry for 20 years.

Jan 4, 2017

Happy 2017! Today I give a brief recap of an exchange I had last year after the Nodevember controversy with Kyle Simpson and his inconsistency with empathy in his latest course for Frontend Masters. I also discuss how those who are trying to silence Milo Yiannopoulos the most are the ones elevating him to higher levels. To close, I look into the future of science and political correctness.

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Twitter Moments with Milo warning: https://twitter.com/LaloDagach/status/816396453694283776

Scientific American and Popular Science: https://twitter.com/wokieleaks1/status/815945638777155584

Dec 28, 2016

I’m back to a solo podcast for my last episode of 2016. Since I’ve been busy with guests for the past two weeks, I close out with some of the ridiculous happenings in the tech industry that occurred in the meantime.

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neveragain.tech: http://neveragain.tech/

womenwhodraw: http://www.womenwhodraw.com/

Complaint about ReactJS: https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/806782001009213440

ReactJS Response: https://twitter.com/reactjs/status/806646405909483520

Dec 22, 2016

In this episode I chat with Ryan X. Charles - Reddit’s former cryptocurrency engineer and now CEO and co-founder of Yours.org about the future of getting paid for creating and discovering content with micropayments through Bitcoin.

Dec 14, 2016

Today I talk with a self taught programmer and former co-worker Will Ricketts. Will recently moved to Washington after a few years in Atlanta and was kind enough to join me on the show while he’s back in Atlanta to get his car to finalize his move out of the southeast.

Dec 7, 2016

The BBC recently covered esports: both the sexism within it and the gender pay gap. Today I discuss why the both of these are bullshit.

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BBC Sexism and esports: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37992322?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Julia Kiran’s tweet: https://twitter.com/juliakiran/status/800779147840655361

CLG Red’s Potter on women in esports: https://clips.twitch.tv/omgitspotter/ExuberantStorkPanicBasket

Reaction time of sprinters at 2008 Olympics: http://www.asbweb.org/conferences/2009/869.pdf

Dec 1, 2016

The future of tech is transparency. Reddit is finding this out the hard way in the process of digging its own grave.

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Reddit CEO /r/the_donald admission: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/23/reddit-huffman-trump/

Reddit CEO namefag: https://web.archive.org/web/20091003170838/http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/9ikfb/reddit_has_some_shiny_new_interface_changes_but/c0cwwru

Nov 24, 2016

Snapchat has released their first hardware product Spectacles. Some aren’t even aware of it. Many who are think it’s a gimmick. I share why I’m a fan.

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Drone Fireworks: https://twitter.com/TechCrunch/status/799058234573107200

Snapchat Spectacles: https://www.spectacles.com/

Nov 16, 2016

Who does the left blame for Trump’s being elected president? First it was third party voters. Then it was white women. Now it’s Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Article after article has been published over the past week blaming this election on fake news being shared widely on Facebook. Today I talk about why Facebook has no obligation to fact check news sources and why that would do more harm than good.

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Google’s AI Pictionary: https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/

NYT Zuckerberg is in Denial: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/15/opinion/mark-zuckerberg-is-in-denial.html

Rigged by TechCrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/09/rigged/

Will Trump’s Victory Be Silicon Valley’s Wake-Up Call?: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/11/trumps-the-president-and-youre-a-publisher/507278/

Nov 9, 2016

Against all odds, Donald Trump won the election. I recap with some analysis on post-election reactions and why Donald Trump as President may lead to some good outcomes even if you hate the guy and his political views.

Nov 2, 2016

It’s been a crazy week centered around women. First, TIME said Hillary Clinton’s “Emailgate” is an attack on women despite the overwhelming evidence against her actions as Secretary of State. Then, there’s the upcoming Distributed Denial of Women day on December 2 - a “DDOS”-like attack on the tech industry.

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TIME Hillary Clinton’s Emailgate Is an Attack on Women: http://time.com/4551711/hillary-clinton-emailgate/

CIA Officer’s Summary on Emailgate: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/303499-hillarys-emails-matter-a-retired-cia-officer

Distributed Denial of Women: http://distributed-denial-of-women.org/

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