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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A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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