EP 147: FCC Me

Patrick goes solo to explain the history of The FCC,  How Tim Wu explains Net Neutrality, and why Ajit Pai is like a comic book henchmen.  There is also some Venture Brothers love heaped on at the end of the show.


Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination

Vox Explainer

Ajit Pai submits plan to allow more media consolidation

Geroge Carlin Seven Dirty Words

Howard Stern War with FCC

Portgual’s Broadband Plan

The Venture Brother’s Guild

EP 146: Antitrust of Silicon Valley

This week we use the Al Franken speech at the Open Markets Institute sponsored the event as a screed against Big Tech, Bots, and monopolies.  Some debate ensues about the Fairness Doctrine and “citizen journalists”.    There is more debate about how to regulate Algrurytms from Google, Facebook,  We end as always on a pessimistic note about a toothless FEC and the lust for antitrust in America.

Hear Patrick featured this week on Jabber and the Drone Podcast

Our show was featured on The Podcast Discovery Network

Notes for this week

Open Markets

Open Secrets

Sunlight Foundation

‘Citizen Journalism’ Is a Catastrophe Right Now, and It’ll Only Get Worse

If Zuckerberg Were President

How to Buy Online Trolls and Influence People

Russia Loves Twitter

Transparency in Tech

AL Franken Speech

Data Dealers


EP 145: They Live

Patrick invites guest host Cassidy Robinson from Jabber and the Drone, on the podcast to discuss the John Carpenter cult classic They Live.  We look at the film from its’ original Reaganomics and consumerist critique to its evolution as a Shepard Fairey skateboarding meme.  We also take a look at the battle to save the iconography and thesis of the film from being co-opted by Neo-Nazi groups online.  And wrap things up with discussing John Carpenter the Auteur

They Live Trailer

Why ‘They Live’ Is a Subversive 1980s Masterpiece – Rolling Stone

Why Do Internet Nazis Think ’80s Cult Classic They Live Is an Anti-Jewish Conspiracy?


Against the Fascist Creep

John Carpenter music

EP 144: The 25th Amendment

This week we discuss how the president can is able to launch nuclear weapons, codes, bombers, footballs included.  How the heck did we get the 25th amendment and more importantly how does it really work?  Should we really trust the “generals” and what the hell happens when Trump tries to fire Robert Mueller?  

Raven Rock how the government will survive nuclear war

The 25th Amendment explained: how a president can be declared unfit to serve

Waiting for World War III

15 Minutes:  General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation

John Kelly Intercept

Power without Constraint: The Post-9/11 Presidency and National Security

The Constitution does not have a do-over clause

Article One of the United States Constitution

EP 143: Werewolf Study Session

Patrick invites oldest and best friend of the show Professor Winston Conrad of the Red Lodge podcast to discuss all things lycanthropy.  What do werewolves have in connection to the witch trials? Why no chick werewolves?  How awesome is the Howling?  

Show Notes

The Book of Werewolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition

A Lycanthropy Reader 

15-Minute History: Episode 55: Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe

The Howling Film review Rotten Tomatoes 

Winston Conrad’s Website


EP 142: Theologians of Senior Lit

We play L. Ron Hubbard and take anchor text of literature from our classroom and turn it into a doctrine of a new religion.

Patrick uses John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men melds Pre Vatican II Catholicism and Marxism to create a small animal worshipping and atonement cult.   

Dennis takes his favorite work The Great Gatsby and constructs a Neo Midwestern Protestantism that rejects avarice and values confessional secret keeping?.  


Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men Cliff Notes

A Marxist Perspective Of Mice and Men

Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby Cliff Notes

Biblical Allusions in Great Gatsby

Is the Protestant Work Ethic Real?

EP 141: The Paranoid States of America

This week Patrick invites guest author, history professor, and podcaster, Aaron Gulyas on the show to discuss his book Conspiracy Theories: The Roots, Themes, and Propagation of Paranoid Political and Cultural Narratives

Patrick picks Aaron brain on how these narratives have always been part of the undercurrent in American culture and politics.  When did they stop being something fun to peek at in zines and message boards? How have they transformed over the decades?  Finally, how has social media mutated them into something more sinister and infected the mainstream in the past two decades?  

Show notes

Conspiracy Theories: The Roots, Themes, and Propagation of Paranoid Political and Cultural Narratives

The Chaos Conundrum

The Paranoid Style in American Politics

Project Archivist Ep-221 Aaron Gulyas and Conspiracy Theories

Paranoia is America’s national religion: Wingnuts, gun culture & the disturbing cost of living in constant fear

Sean Wilentz: Trump Ushers in the Age of American Paranoia

The Saucer Life Podcast