2PP118 – 22 April 2016

2PP_Album_art 1400x1400We were a bit confused about the episode number for this one, and when posting it, Arthur noticed why. He will investigate further.

This episode had some sound issues. Arthur had a slow Internet connection which affected our Skype connection.

We talk about the New York primary, Drumpf’s delegate and party problem, some trivia, how the media should have been doing a better job of explaining how primaries and delegate selection works, and we even talk about sports (yes, really…), and Jason watching Jeopardy! being recorded—this is a very eclectic episode.

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

Links for this episode:
The transcript of the April 6 Rachel Maddow Show where they talked about Rule 16c
Real Clear Politics list of delegates/dates
”A Couple of Funny Signs” – his post about signs Jason mentioned
”Harper Hits Home Run 100 — A Grand Slam!!!” – Jason’s blog post on the home run he mentioned
”Emanuel defends $1.2 billion Lucas Museum plan as ‘investment in the future’” Chicago Tribune
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP115 – 13 January 2016

2PP_Album_art 1400x1400Arthur finally found time to edit this episode! The Powerball lottery drawing in the USA hadn’t happened yet when we recorded, so we begin today talking about that first. Then we turn to the deaths of Natalie Cole and David Bowie. Arthur wonders: Should Bowie have told his fans he was terminally ill?

We also talk a bit about the whole “Is Ted Cruz really eligible to run for president?” thing. There actually are legitimate questions, but we talk mostly about the broader implications of those questions. That leads to more general talk about the primaries and polling.

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

Links for this episode:
”Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president” – Mary Brigid McManamon in The Washington Post
”Harvard law professor: Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be president is ‘murky and unsettled’”The Guardian (via Raw Story)
”Yes, Ted Cruz is a ‘natural born citizen’” – Jonathan H. Adler in The Washington Post
”It is absolutely scandalous and ridiculous that American immigrants can’t become president”Vox
”The Republican Party Has Only Itself to Blame for Donald Trump” – By Kevin Drum on Mother Jones
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP114 – 30 December 2015

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2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe decided to do a special episode that wasn’t tied to the particular time it was recorded so that we’d have something to post during the holidays. We’d hoped to have it a little bit earlier, but, hey—it IS the holidays!

So today we talk about the state of public discourse, especially as shown by the comments people leave online. Jason has some actual examples of the sorts of things we’re talking about. Arthur shares some of his own experiences with the trolling behaviour of other commentators.

Finally, there’s even a little talk about New Zealand’s flag referendum and summer holidays.

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

Links for this episode:
All Arthur’s blog posts on the NZ flag referenda
All Jason’s blog posts on the Photo Ark Exhibit
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP113 – 16 December 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe decided to do a shorter episode this time, and I took Arthur only five days to get it edited. Progress.

We start out talking about the state of the election campaign. Among other things, we don’t understand why the newsmedia fails so miserably at understanding why Trump continues to do well. Maybe journalists and pundits don’t understand the base of the Republican Party, and that’s why they don’t understand his appeal to that base? The early contests—especially Iowa—make matters worse, since they’re all completely unrepresentative of the USA generally (and Iowa Republican politics is domoinated by fundamentalist Christian political activists).

As we start to wrap up, we talk a bit about Arthur’s summer off from work, which leads us to talk about going to the movies, since we were both about to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the time we recorded. What’s better—assigned seats or general seating? We have different views on that.

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

Our usual links:
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP112 – 9 December 2015

We start today talking about a couple of Jason’s pet peeves—the news media’s poor performance on reporting on terrorism. We talk about why that might be the case. Arthur talks about the people who are real threats, and how we have no idea why they do what they do. We also talk about how the media is used, and how so often they don’t really report anything at all useful. We still think that the whole Daesh mess is an Arab problem, and sending in troops is nuts.

Next, we talk about a letter Jason received telling him the guy who mugged him is up for parole. Jason shares his reaction.

Arthur says his dogs apologise for barking while we recorded this episode. They said they had no idea they needed to be quiet.

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

Links for this episode:
“Kiwi Jihadi brides on the rise” – from Stuff
“‘The worse the attack the more excited they are’ – Kiwi women leave to be jihadi brides” [Video] – ONE News – Has the comments by John Key that Arthur mentioned
“An Unwelcome Blast from the Past” – Jason’s post on his letter about his mugger’s parole
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP111 – 23 September 2015

This episode was delayed, again because Arthur didn’t have time to edit it. We start today by talking about Jason’s to New York to see the final performance of Mamma Mia. After that, we talk about people liking what they like, one of Arthur’s recurring themes. That leads us to talk about meanspiritedness on the Internet—why do people say such horrible things about other people?

We talk a bit about “pharma bro” and his fake capitalism—or, his anti-capitalism, to be more accurate. Scott Walker dropped out. Good riddance! Other Republicans come in for their share of criticism, too, of course.

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

Links for this episode:
“Mamma Mia There I Go Again One Last Time on Broadway” – Jason’s Post that we talked about
“Like what you like” – Arthur’s posts that Jason mentioned
“Scott Walker could have stayed in the presidential race. But he wasn’t willing to fight” – from Vox
“Carly Fiorina Lies to Fox, Has a Bri-Wi Problem”Huffington Post
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP110 – 18 August 2015

IMG_66282PP_Album_art 1400x1400We start today by talking about some fun things, like Jason’s recent visit to the National Building Museum (which Arthur didn’t know existed) and their “The Beach” exhibit.

Our first topic today is “The Hair Donald”. Arthur thinks that pundits still don’t get how much Trump speaks to the base of the Republican Party. Jason points out how much of the conventional wisdom about the race is wrong. The Republican Party created all its own problems—and it has a lot of problems.

And, we managed to make this episode shorter!

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

Links for this episode:
National Building Museum
At the Beach at the National Building Museum – All Jason’s posts on the exhibit
“Charles Koch scolds the 1 percent: The plutocrat’s surprising moment of clarity” – from Salon
“The missing clown” Arthur’s blog post on the 17th Republican Clown Candidate
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP109 – 23 July 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgThis a NEW episode, recorded just a few days ago! Well, it had to happen sooner or later. Unfortunately, there’s a weird background noise at some points. I guess maybe we can have new, or we can have perfect…

We start out talking about the Republican Clown Bus, especially Trump. The news media’s obsession with Trump has meant that other stories are being missed. Also, other candidates can’t get any attention whatsoever. We even talk a bit about the Democrats. But, we also talk about some of the challenges that Republicans face, especially the party’s attitude toward immigration reform. It leads us to talking about making poor people peeing in a cup.

We thought we were done, but no! One more topic: The death of A&P. And also about Frango mints. It’s all about numbers on a balance sheet, the rest be damned. Arthur thinks there HAS to be a better way to raise finance for corporations.

One last thing! A site about all the candidates running for president.

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

Links for this episode:
“The last big clown” – Arthur’s post when John Kasich entered the Clown Bus.
“Early presidential poll favorites sometimes struggle at finish line” – from the blog of the National Constitution Center
California Proposition 187 – The Wikipedia article on the proposition Jason mentioned
“A&P was ‘the Wal-Mart of its day.’ Now it’s filing for bankruptcy.” from Wonkblog at the Washington Post
“Here’s who’s running for president in 2016” – a guide to all the candidates from Vox
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP108 – 01 July 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgThis episode was recorded at the start of July, and the reasons that episodes 106 and 107 took so long to post were also true for this one. We talk a bit about those delays at the start of this episode.

Next up, we start talking about Supreme Court rulings (the first one is not the one you might expect, and not totally serious. The Leap Second is next, before we’re back to serious talk (this is how we’ve always talked). Our main discussion is about the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality and the irrational reaction of the radical right. Toward the end we talk about the Arizona case, and why it could in the long term lead to one of the USA’s most critically needed forms of electoral reform.

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

Links for this episode:
“Hold on a second…” – Arthur’s post on his attempt to see the Leap Second (complete with a video he made right after this episode was recorded)
“New York City Trip June 2015” – a link to all Jason’s posts on his trip to NYC in June
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP107 – 20 May 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgThe episode was recorded back in May, but things happened. We talk a bit about that in the next episode. We have an unofficial policy of no more “Lost Episodes”, so here it is, even though it’s old.

We begin with Jason’s commuting story, and that leads to a wider discussion about customer service in general, as well as Metro in particular.

We then go on to talk politics, starting with the Republican Clowns who were getting ready to announce their candidacy. We then talk about the problems with how many candidates the Republicans have. It turns out that some of the discussion was prescient. We say, elections have consequences. Arthur has a go at ardent Leftists, not for the first time. We even get into how New Zealand does elections.

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

Links for this episode:
“Dictating the future” – Arthur’s post on his attempts to use his computer without hurting his finger
“Another Wonderful Morning Commute on Metro” – Jason’s post on his commuting hell
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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