2PP055 – 17 May 2011

We get right on to Special Days because Jason is a bit verklempt over recent folks who dropped out of the presidential race. After that, it’s the big story, the end of the world. Does that make this our last podcast? Ha! No such luck because May 22 will dawn like normal. While we’re amused by all that, there’s more serious aspects to talk about, and Arthur brings up a New Zealand connection.

That leads on to another rightwing religious leader’s new hobby: Huckabee’s propaganda films. That leads on to a discussion of America’s political divide. Are humans programmed to be polarised? That discussion leads to Arthur sharing some thoughts brought about by a blog comment discussion about Christians. We agree it’s stupid to brand all Christians as “bad”. Tone matters as much as word choice. Finally, we talk a bit about how poor journalism is part of the problem.

Before comments, Arthur shares a good thing—well, sort of… Comments then finish this episode.

Please leave a comment (anyone’s welcome—agree or disagree!), or you can ring the 2Political Comment line on 206-350-3982.

Links for this episode:
Apocalypse soon, says US preacher – NZ Herald story with local angle
Southern Poverty Law Center’s listing of anti-gay hate groups
Reasonable Doubts podcast – Arthur highly recommends it
The Thinking Atheist YouTube Channel – Interesting, well-made videos
Episode 168 – Playing MST3K with Historical Revisionism – Check out our friend Tim Corrimal’s latest episode
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2 Responses to 2PP055 – 17 May 2011

  1. Roger Green says:

    Interesting stuff about nuance in language. Sorry, either the blowhards either don’t know how to do nuance or find it an ineffective strategy.
    I’ve never been bothered by the term Christianist, as used by Arthur, but someone I know (who doesn’t know of Arthur) is quite peeved by it; he thinks it heats up the rhetorical temperature.

    Oh, please, PLEASE talk about the joke that is the Newt! http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/index.html?story=/politics/war_room/2011/05/18/gingrich_glitter_attack

  2. Tim Corrimal says:

    Great show. I listened twice because it was really that good. I made the critical Obama/Osama mistake on my podcast as well, but luckily I was able to edit it out. And this explains why I don’t want to do a live show . The podcast is a hobby and I have to fit it into the busy work week schedule of my paying job as I’m sure you and Jason have to do as well.

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