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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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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