Glenn reacts to his interview with Google's top executives

Last night, Glenn had a fascinating hour-long sit-down with some of the greatest technological minds in the world today – Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas. Schmidt and Cohen’s new book, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, explains how the face of the internet is about to change, and Glenn hoped to use that as a jumping off point to get a better sense of where they believe the world is headed. On radio this morning, Glenn reflected on the conversation.

“Yesterday I did an interview with Google chairman Eric Schmidt and head of Google Ideas,” Glenn said. “I don't know about you, but I was shocked at how much Eric was denying in his own book. It was incredible.”

One of the things Glenn found most surprising about the interview was the way in which Schmidt and Cohen addressed the technology Google is working on. Glenn is very interested in the work of futurist Ray Kurzweil, who is a director of engineering at Google, and he asked Schmidt and Cohen about some of the bold predictions Kurzweil has made. Their answers, however, seemed to downplay the possibility of actually achieving these goals. That frustrated Glenn and Pat, who had hoped to hear more of a philosophical debate about the role of technology, but Stu was more open-minded.

“You guys seem extremely… disappointed in the interview or disappointed in them. I always find, Glenn, when you interact with people like this, to be really interesting because these are guys that are in the world of doing this on an everyday basis, and… they do think about it different than Ray does,” Stu explained. “But they're smart enough to bring a guy like Ray in because they are trying to move this along. I don't know that they've considered all the things – I'm sure they've considered them and they've obviously written to some extent, but they don't live in that world. And I think that's the issue you tried to bring up with them over and over again: You have to live in that world.”

Glenn wasn’t convinced.

“You know what? They do live in that world,” Glenn countered. “The name of the book is The New Digital Age. Just listen to the title: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business. And so this is a dynamic and terrifying book, and this is what they say is coming. I'm reading the book.”

Interestingly, Glenn revealed that following the interview, Schmidt told him that of the hundreds of interviews they have done for this book, Glenn is the first person they encountered who actually read it.

Throughout the interview, Schmidt and Cohen sought to assure Glenn that Google has no ill intent, and they operate well within the law when it comes to collecting data. With that in mind, Glenn asked what would happen to Google if it was suddenly run by people that didn’t share their same mission and vision of making the world a better place.

GLENN: You guys walk out of this studio, God forbid you're, you know, hit by a bus, which could happen here in New York. Somebody -- somebody evil, sinister takes over Google, and you want certain things from the government. What stops you? You are far more powerful than J. Edgar Hoover ever was. Ever.

SCHMIDT: One, we've not engaged in any of the illegal activity that J. Edgar Hoover did sanction while he was FBI director in the 30-plus years he was. From a Google perspective, it's not going to happen for a bunch of reasons. The governance of the company, the culture of the company, even if you somehow replaced the senior leadership, the people were brought in to do one thing, they're not going to switch just without a huge riot inside the company. It's not going to happen.

It was this rose-colored glass view of the world that concerned Glenn most.

“It is so funny because Ben McPherson works for the Dream Labs. He was [at the interview], and I had dinner with him last night, and he was like, ‘All the way through all I kept thinking was, everything is awesome,’” Glenn explained. “How true.”

“That is their attitude,” Pat agreed. “Everything is awesome. It can never happen. Nothing can go wrong.”

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The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.

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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet


Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.