Everything We Know About the American Heartland


Everything We Know about Arbitration

September 23, 2017

Show Notes

Ruchit’s computer might have been hacked by the same hackers who hacked Equifax.

Trump declares war on North Korea

But first, Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea.

Equifax Breach & Arbitration

Equifax had a giant security breach between mid-May and July, in what Ars Technica described as the worst leak of private info ever.

[The breach may have] compromised data from 143 million Americans including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers. About 209,000 credit card numbers were exposed as well as “dispute documents with personal identifying information” for 182,000 Americans, the company said in a news release.

Arbitration Clauses

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Game: Who said this about Arbitration.

Do I believe in arbitration? I do. But not in arbitration between the lion and the lamb, in which the lamb is in the morning found inside the lion.

Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor for almost forty years, between 1886 and 1924, and the nation’s leading trade unionist and labor spokesman. Not United States v. Cruikshank.

Never arbitrate. Arbitration allows a third party to determine your destiny. It is a resort of the weak.

Attila the Hun

Predispute arbitration agreements are problematic in a number of ways, one of which is the fact that such contracts are signed well before any dispute arises between the parties. These predispute agreements are often vague and give little notice to the signing parties of the kinds of conflicts that will subject them to arbitration proceedings and the specific rights they are surrendering. Because predispute agreements are entered into before the grounds on which the waiver of rights is based can be known, there is no real “meeting of the minds,” as contract law requires between two parties who commit to a binding agreement.

Ex parte Allen, 798 So.2d 668, 776–77 (Ala. 2001). (Roy Moore, concurring). Roy Moore was the Alabama Supreme Court Justice who refused to follow the Supreme Court precedent in Obergefell, among other scandals and ethics problems.


AJ: Was this headline a Breitbart headline or a KKK headline?

TJ: How does HBO’s Insecure light black actors?.

A tip for taking better selfies:

[S]he has a tip dark-skinned folks can use to improve their club selfies using just their phones. “Stand close to a soft light source and turn three quarters to the light, so that it’s not filling in everything the same way. Kind of like a Rembrandt painting.”

RS: $33 dress shoes from Amazon.


In the after show, we discuss the Apple keynote and all the new Apple things AJ is getting.