EP 161: Social Culture Warriors

Patrick invites Cassidy Robinson of the podcast, Jabber and the Drone, to discuss how YouTube helped reignite the culture wars that lay dormant for a decade.  We run through how electoral politics have become social politics and how regulation and gate keeping can help clean up the algorithmic mess of social media and streaming services.

Notes

Jabber and the Drone podcast

History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past

The ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Is Just Rehashing History on Trial: Culture Wars and Old P.C. Controversies in New Media

Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web

HOW MEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE FINDING UNLIKELY ALLIES IN NEW ATHEISM: #METOO, THE MANOSPHERE, AND THE “CHURCH OF FEMINISM”

Mattress Protest and Its Aftermath

Columbia Settles With ‘Mattress Girl’ Victim, Who Is Not Mattress Girl, Somehow

Facebook’s Alleged Role in Myanmar’s Violence Is “Deeply Concerning,” Says Facebook’s News Feed Chief

Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels

Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News

Dan Savage It Gets Better NPR

 

EP 160: The Uncanny Tax-Men

Dennis and Patrick delve into their Economic textbooks and attempt to explain the American tax system, Modern Monetary Theory, The Two Santa System, school district funding, student loan crisis and why deficits never mattered.

MMT Again

Modern Monetary Theory Explained

The Deficit Doesn’t Matter

Two Santa Clauses or How The Republican Party Has Conned America for Thirty Years

Cardi B: Here’s where your tax money is going

Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem

Property Tax System is Killing American Public Schools

How Tax Breaks Help the Rich

Seattle Corporate Tax Fight

Has Student Loan Debt Reached A Crisis Point?

EP 157: Ready Player One

Patrick is joined by guest host and fellow teacher, Jesse Kiefer from @jessekiefer  the Grawlix Podcast to discuss the concepts in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One.  We discuss the themes of pop culture overdosing, the future of education, and the inherent dangers of big tech.  

It is All Elseworlds

Why are we trying to create Ready Player One’s terrifying, nostalgia-fueled dystopia?

Ready Player One: Ernest Cline on how his gamer fantasy became a Spielberg film

Ready Player One’ is a terrible book and it will be a terrible movie

Why won’t 541,000 young Japanese leave the house?

Study: Virtual schools tend to attract and harm lowest-performing students

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

EP 155: Nixons

Alternate takes on Richard M Nixon mania takes hold when we dig down into different scenarios in which “Tricky Dick” is triumphant or king mutant of the radioactive slag pile. Could he win in 1960? Been convicted on national television? Started a major international conflict in the Middle East?

1. What if Nixon won in 1960

Nixon Wins 1960

Alternate Nixon’s Part 1

2. A Third-Rate Burglary: No Watergate

Slow Burn Podcast

No Watergate Timeline

3.  Yom Kippur War

Nixon Drunk During Yom Kippur War

Nuclear Yom Kippur War

CIA Declassified files on Nixon Arab Israeli War

Nuclear War while Nixon Slumbered

4. Nixon On Trial 

Watergate Counterfactual

America in Revolt During the 1960s and 1970s

EP 153: Snake Oil

Patrick is joined by guest host Mike “Red Wizard” Fallek to discuss bunk, hoaxes, junk science and general groupthink in American society.  We start with PT Barnum and end with TED Talks. This one is hard to pin down we go in all over the place, there is a thesis in there someplace.  

You can find Mike here Let’s Start A Cult Podcast

Dark Twins Mark Twain’s America

Great Moon Hoax

This deconstruction of all TED Talks is itself the ideal TED Talk

America’s Big Circus Spectacular Has a Long and Cherished History

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 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