2PP106 – 14 May 2015

CrazyMapThe episode was recorded a couple weeks ago, but as soon as we were done recording, Arthur hurt his hand, which caused a gout attack. That meant he couldn’t use a computer mouse, and that meant he couldn’t edit this episode. Since then, we’ve recorded another, which is coming soon.

We begin with Jason’s car stories—well, they’re not really about that, are they? Actually, that leads to a wider discussion of when government works.

Jade Helm 15 is up next. Even among conspiracy theories, this one is nuts! “When a sentence begins, ‘even Rick Perry…’”. Eventually, we get on to the Republican Clown Bus.

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

Links for this episode:
“Getting rid of crackpotism in the GOP” By Jennifer Rubin May 11
“Ben Carson: I would not go to war with Russia over Ukraine” By Jose A. DelReal May 10
Three more clowns in the car – Arthur’s blog post in which he talks about Ben, among others
Allen West confronted with imaginary ‘Sharia law’
My Trip to Get My Car Inspected – Jason’s blog post after this episode was recorded
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP105 – 28 April 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgThe episode was recorded a couple weeks ago, but Arthur was too busy to get it edited. The “week off” we refer to was actually last week; we’re recording a new episode later this week.

Siri made a special guest appearance before we go to our first topic, the most important story in the world: The ponytail-pulling Prime Minister of New Zealand. Arthur summarises the story, then explains the background of the story and some aspects that weren’t reported outside of New Zealand. Naturally, the story is bigger than the creepy headlines: There are power disparities, and lack of consent, for example. But the politics of the story was icky, too.

Next up, the far-right anti-LGBT religious extremists rallied in Washington. We talk a bit about that, then that leads to a wider discussion of the far right, as well as how the US Supreme Court might rule. We even end on a positive note.

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

Links for this episode:
John Oliver’s take on John Key’s ponytail pulling
A Kindle edition of the book Dirty Politics that Arthur mentioned (and recommends) is available on Amazon
A related link: “The Curious Science of Counting a Crowd” in Popular Mechanics back in 2011
“The new argument against gay equality: Same-sex marriage kills” by Dana Millbank in the Washington Post, which Jason mentioned
“Janet Porter: Gay Marriage To Blame For Noah’s Flood, Will Usher In End Times”
“Bachmann: Rapture Imminent Thanks To Gay Marriage & Obama”
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP104 – 16 April 2015

DSCN0477We start with light-hearted stuff, like Jason hates fitted sheets. Jason shocks Arthur when he talks about still paying bills by cheque—well, he’d use a check, probably. Jason is going to the closing date of Mama Mia, a show he’s talked about before. We also talk a bit out the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC—and all the other things going on at the same time. He also went to Opening Day for the Washington Nationals. Arthur, on the other hand, had a less fun time.

When we turn to politics, we start with the recent announcements for candidates for president by Rubio and Clinton. We also talk about the problem Republicans face in their campaigns, especially whoever their eventual nominee is. Money is a problem for Republicans, too, because of what it does to their nomination process.

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

Links for this episode:
As it turns out, Arthur blogged about folding fitted sheets
All Jason’s blog posts tagged “Cherry Blossoms”
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP103 – 10 April 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe thought we’d try something a little different for this episode: Talking about things we don’t like about President Obama. Before we actually get into that, we have a bit of banter about—something. We actually have joked like this all our lives, but Arthur was a little punchy. Arthur then talks about one thing he doesn’t like about President Obama, then Jason mentions one of his, and we’re off! Along the way, we also talk about quite a few topical issues.

Next time, a “normal” episode. Well, we hope so, anyway…

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

Links for this episode:
JEOPARDY! plus 180 months – One of Roger Green’s posts Arthur mentioned
Or, just check out Roger’s blog—Arthur highly recommends it!
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP102 – 3 April 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe’re back to politics! We recorded this a few days ago because we wanted to talk about the stupid Indiana RFRA law. But Arthur was busy, and before he had a chance to edit the episode, Indiana passed a “fix”. Things sure do change quickly! Nevertheless, we decided to post it anyway because, well, why not?

We have a special one-topic discussion planned for the next episode.

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

Links for this episode:
What Makes Indiana’s Religious-Freedom Law Different?The Atlantic
Indiana GOP Leaders Shocked Their ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Is Seen As Anti-GayHuffington Post
Gov. Pence defends religious freedom bill amid continued criticismWashington Post
Mike Pence Dodges Questions On Anti-Gay Discrimination In IndianaHuffington Post
At the National Kite Festival – Jason’s blog post that he mentioned
Fudge at the Fudgery – Jason’s blog post that we talked about at the end

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

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2PP101 – 30 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe are ALL over the map in this episode! And none of it’s political this episode—just the sorts of things we’ve always talked about. After reminiscing about a cigarette commercial (it’s relevant, actually), which Arthur later found, we move on to two things that Jason thinks are different and interesting. That leads us to talk about artists using sites like Kickstarter to fund their projects—including a New Zealand-made comedy that used crowdsourcing to fund distribution in the USA.

Jason talked about a service where listeners “pay what they want” to buy music of emerging artists. That, in turn, leads to talk about listening to music. We don’t use our phone for music. Oddly enough, there are some things that Arthur doesn’t do on electronic devices, like his phone.

A little discussion of tricks to remember things leads us to veer into nostalgia and even urban legends. We ARE all over the place this episode.

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

Links for this episode:
What We Do In The Shadows – the New Zealand comedy film Arthur mentioned—and highly recommends!
NoiseTrade – The music service Jason’s used.
Ray Rayner – Arthur mentioned him, and the Wikipedia entry at the link talks about everything that we talked about.
Cuddly Dudley – The Ray Rayner-related toy that Arthur had.
Odd Ogg – The toy that Jason mentioned. Somebody made a video of how it worked.
Click Clacks – Jason mentioned this toy, too.
Urban legends about snakes in things – Snopes
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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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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