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
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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
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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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2PP091 – 06 August 2013

Arthur is clearing the backlog of recorded episodes! He hasn’t been able to get this episode edited due to lack of time and to some technical problems with the recording. Those problems meant even more time was required for editing, and Arthur just didn’t have any time. We recorded another episode in early September, and he’ll post that one soon.

We spent this episode responding to comments Roger Green left on our previous episode. We have a few digressions, of course. Jason also talks about his experience after being attacked and robbed, including dealing with the criminal justice system.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment—agree or disagree!

Links for this episode:
The national joke – The blog post that Arthur mentioned
Dealing with that “white privilege” conversation with humor – Roger Green’s post
When will moderate whites condemn dangerous White Culture? – Chris Hayes parody
Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness – the Gawker parody article that prompted Chris Hayes’ satire segment
The View Along My Sunday Walk – Jason’s blog post that Arthur referred to at the very end
Jason’s Blog
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2PP090 – 18 July 2013


At the start today, Arthur explains what’s been up with the delays and such. Then, we begin this episode with Jason telling us about his going to the Paul McCartney concert recently (video above).

We spend a little time talking about Internet difficulties. It should be easier to change email addresses. It’s been awhile since we recorded, so when we move onto politics, we have a lot to say. We begin with the Supreme Court rulings we missed out on talking about at the time. This leads to talk about immigration reform and Republican chicanery.

The last topic is THAT trial. We don’t agree about all aspects.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment—agree or disagree!

Links for this episode:
All Jason’s blog posts on the Paul McCartney concert
Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK Because Conservative David Cameron Had The Guts To Stand Up To His Own Party
Gay marriage reveals surprise contrast between ‘starchy’ Britain and ‘freewheeling’ France – the Washington Post article Jason mentioned
Equal justice under law – finally – Arthur’s blog post on the first Green Card issued to a gay couple
House GOP sponsor wants new voting rights law – The article Arthur mentioned
Jason’s Blog
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2PP089 – 13 June 2013

Arthur continues to have scheduling conflicts, but rather than have yet another Lost Episode we decided to post this much-delayed episode, anyway. There are sound issues—Jason’s air conditioner. Arthur tried to remove that, but it made it sound like Jason was talking under water. Instead, he used what seemed the somewhat better version.

After general chitchat, we go on to our first topic, the NSA spying scandal. Like a lot of people, we have concerns, like, who’s watching the watchers? We talk about all the swirling interests in the background, from political to commercial and beyond. Toward the end we talk briefly about the Special Elections for US Senate seats and the cowardice of Chris Christie. Could either of us vote for a Republican?

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

Links for this episode:
That Equality Thing – Roger Green’s blog post that Arthur mentioned
Jason’s Blog
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2PP088 – 27 May 2013

FINALLY!! Arthur was busier than ever, but we also had technical problems that took him awhile to work out in editing. Good thing he finished, because he has another one to edit.

Anyway, this episode is a little unusual: Politics are just in the background as we talk about a bunch of stuff. We begin with an update on Jason’s billing saga, move on to special days, and then a more extended talk about the Internet problems Arthur has faced recently, which kept us from being able to record a new episode until this one.

That leads to talk about customer service and on to iTunes and then the cloud. That, in turn, leads to talk about Adobe’s Creative Cloud and open source alternatives.

Then we talk about movies. Really. Arthur even explains why he’s never seen “The Hobbit”. This actually touches on politics!

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

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

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2PP087 – 7 May 2013

This episode was recorded nearly three weeks ago, but Arthur was too busy to edit it. Then, he had Internet problems that prevented us from recording a new episode. So, we decided to go ahead and post this one, anyway, just in case the Internet gods keep us from recording.

We begin this episode with a Special Rant. Actually, Jason’s story is kind of a case study in some of what’s still wrong with the USA’s healthcare system. That leads to a compare/contrast discussion of bill paying in the US and New Zealand. And banking. And bill paying. We’re wide-ranging.

When we turn to politics, we talk about the US’ rightwing religious nutjobs, inspired by the coming out of Jason Collins. We dismiss the far right’s claim of being “oppressed” or “victims”. It ended up being a wide-ranging discussion about the Republican right, which leads on to immigration reform and gun law reform. We mention the Internet several times, too.

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Links for this episode:
National Rifle Association Bans Bleeding “Obama” Target, Others Remain – BuzzFeed Politics
At Ft. McHenry – Jason’s blog post on the flag raising ceremony at Ft. McHenry.
More than Just Fish at the Baltimore Aquarium
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP086 – 23 April 2013

There was a lot in the news this week, and we start with the Boston bombings. First, Jason asks how it was reported in New Zealand? We then move on to the generally poor newsmedia coverage.

From there it’s on to a happier topic: The enactment of marriage equality in New Zealand. This lets Arthur talk a bit about how the legislative process works in New Zealand, and how it differs from the US.

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Links for this episode:
Boston a Week Later – Jason’s blog post about the bombing
False Flags, Fake Blood, and Michelle Obama: A Guide to the Boston Marathon Conspiracies – “Danger Room”, wired.com
Reflections on the Recent Boston Crisis – Reddit’s General Manager looks back
Boston – a post on Jason’s blog with one of this favourite photos
My favourite moment – Arthur’s blog post with the video he mentioned
My favourite speech – Arthur’s blog post with the speech Jason mentioned
The New Zealand Parliament’s YouTube Channel is called InTheHouseNZ. To find the videos, look for “Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Part # (where # is 1 – 20).
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP085 – 08 April 2013

We begin today with a “special month” and “special days”, which gave us a chance to reminisce. Politics comes along, of course, and we start and talking about Republicans as it relates to marriage equality. We end up discussing the Supreme Court cases a little more. From there, the budget—what a mess. Is the fight over social security cuts part of a larger strategy? Ultimately, this leads us to a discussion of religion in politics, of all things.

Near the end, we have a more general discussion about how the Internet has changed political interactions. Not only are things faster, people don’t check things but express their outrage, anyway. We even talk about things from Arthur’s activist past.

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Links for this episode:
The Republicans Try and Reinvent Themselves – Jason’s blog post about this
REPORT: Partisanship And Diversity On The Sunday Shows In 9 Charts– Media Matters for America
Christianity As State Religion Supported By One-Third Of Americans, Poll Finds – Huffington Post
Religion isn’t the enemy – Arthur’s blog post
Jason’s Blog
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