2PP100 – 23 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWE MADE IT TO EPISODE 100! And now, with New Improved Sound!

We talk about that first. When we get to real topics, it’s THAT letter first. We’re not impressed. As Jason said, “it’s sooooo Republican”. We also talked about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Arthur’s not impressed with it. Even Obama Derangement Syndrome gets a discussion, among so much more.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
War with Iran is probably our best option – the utterly bizarre opion piece published in the Washington Post
It’s Our Future – New Zealand opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Arthur says it has good explanations of, and reasons for, opposition to the proposed agreement.
The Senate’s 47 percent – the Washingnton Post article Jason quoted from
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP099 – 16 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe talk about all sorts of things—movies and movie going. That leads us to talking about Internet-related things. That, then, leads us on to how the Internet deals with groups like Isis. We’re not impressed with the response so far, and Arthur is particularly angry at the New Zealand Prime Minister sending NZ defence force personnel as “non combat” personnel there as “trainers”.

After we recorded, Arthur looked it up and Gold Class Cinema tickets in Auckland are about $25 each (around US$18.50), which makes it a little more than double the cost of a normal ticket. Food and beverages are extra.

Special Note: We’re about to have a major upgrade in our audio quality!

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
What ISIS Really Wants by Graeme Wood – the article from The Atlantic that Arthur mentioned
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP098 – 10 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgThis episode was delayed a bit because Arthur was swamped with work and didn’t have tome to edit it. Still, better than in the past! We talked a bit about cricket and baseball first (well, for a little while…) before we switch to talking about the goofballs in the Republican caucus in the US Congress.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
“Can’t Govern Themselves Out of a Paper Bag” – Jason’s blog post that he mentioned.
“American democracy is doomed” the Vox article by Matthew Yglesias that Arthur talked about.
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.


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2PP097 – 2 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgToday we talked a bit about the New Zealand elections, which Arthur mentioned back in Episode 95. He talks in more detail about the nuts and bolts of how election campaigns are done in New Zealand, sharing some things he hasn’t really talked about on his blog or his AmeriNZ Podcast, either. That leads to a discussion about voter turnout, and how low turnout affects the result.

Jason’s cat even has a few things to say!

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP096 – 23 February 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgYes, we’re back again—we told you so! Today we start out talking about the Alabama circus and the larger issues involved in the tired rightwing talking points about marriage equality, defiance of Supreme Court rulings, and so on. Arthur mashed two different religious references together—did you catch it? Trust us, he knows his mountains—including the one the radical right needs to get over.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP095 – 17 February 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe’re back!! Today we start out with a quick episode to—let’s be honest here—remember how to do this. Clearly Arthur needs a refresher, and that’s up first. Then it’s a little talk about what we’ll be doing, before we chat about a few other things. We even do a little skit. That’s it—we’re just getting warmed up!

A new, full episode is coming later this week.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Arthur’s blog posts on the 2014 New Zealand elections
AmeriNZ 305 – Third and AmeriNZ 306 – Solstice – The podcast episodes where Arthur talked about the NZ elections (in part)
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.


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2Political: The return

Yes, it’s true: 2Political Podcast is returning! In a few days, Jason and Arthur will record a new episode, once again sharing their conversations about politics, the news, and whatever else they think of. Naturally, in that first new episode in over a year they’ll also talk about where they’ve been all this time, as well as current topics.

Talk with you soon!

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2PP094 – 27 November 2013

Arthur starts off today talking about why there was such a gap in episodes—including Arthur’s marriage—only to have this one delayed by his work schedule. Irony! We then talk a bit about the weather system that was bearing down on DC at the time we recorded. Then, we talk about Thanksgiving. That led us to talking about Tina Turner. Of course.

Talk about expat stuff leads to a talk about marriage equality and Jason’s unique way of quantifying what it means politically. The reality is, marriage equality is the USA’s permanent reality: There aren’t enough states that would ratify a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, so even if the impossible happened and an amendment got through Congress, it would be dead in the water. We talk about why the anti-gay industry still keeps pushing a lost cause.

We move on to some talk about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Many thoughts on the actual history, conspiracy theories and our own memories. We end on a mention of the lizard people guarding President Obama.

We skipped comments because, well, the whole schedule is really messed up! Still, everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Husband and husband (Arthur’s post in his marriage)
The Kennedy Assassination — What I Remember 50 Years On (Jason’s post)
Remembrance (Arthur’s post on the assassination
JiFKa: the 50th anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Roger’s memories of the day)
White House Can’t Afford Its Shapeshifting Alien Reptile Guards (tongue-in-cheek story from Wired)
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP093 – 3 October 2013


We begin today talking briefly about Linda Ronstadt at the 2013 National Book Festival (the clip above is from that). Then, on to a darker topic: The GOP Shutdown of the US Government. We’re annoyed.

Jason wonders how a junior US Senator from Texas became Speaker of the US House—because that’s what it looks like. The Republicans began their shutdown with no exit strategy, which was incredibly stupid. But are they crossing the line into treason? If they destroy the world economy, it would be worse than that.

We think that there has to be massive reform. Congressional Districts should be drawn by non-partisan commissions and politicians shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the process. Voters also have to stop voting to re-elect the same people who are causing all these problems. We also think the Republican Party needs to suffer a massive defeat in order to be able to rid itself of the teabagger lunatics. On the other hand, Democrats have been doing much better at standing up to Republicans than they’ve done up until now.

We end up with a rant from Arthur about a Washington Post piece that totally mucked up Australian history and displayed ignorance of The Commonwealth, parliamentary democracy—and pretty much everything else, to be honest.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Linda Ronstadt at the 2013 National Book Festival – The blog post that Jason mentioned
The Nullification Party – the Andrew Sullivan piece Arthur mentioned
Australia had a government shutdown once. In the end, the queen fired everyone in Parliament. – The boneheaded piece from the Washington Post
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP092 – 5 September 2013

Arthur continues clearing the backlog of recorded episodes, this one from September. We’ve now recorded another episode already, and that’ll be posted soon (we’re trying a new, easier to edit set-up).

We began by talking about Linda Ronstadt. Jason got to see her live, but Arthur never did. We then add a few famous people born around the time we recorded. This bulk of this episode was about Syria (events settled down after we recorded). We were undecided about the then-pending Congressional resolution, and we talked about our uncertainty about what should be done. As we go on, we being to come to some sort of more solid opinion. What we talk about was played out again in the battle to prevent the GOP Shutdown, which began a few weeks after we recorded this episode.

We wind up talking a bit about International politics, first, the Australian elections, then we talk about the contest for the next Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party (who is also Leader of the Opposition).

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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