Episode 39: Trump Loves Fascism, How About You?

Fascism sucks, dudes.
“What’s next for President Obama, meeting with NORTH KOREA?” – Fox News, 2 years ago

We’re talking Fascism! Everyone’s favorite way to lose all their rights! How’s North Korea diplomacy going? Why is Trump so terrible to our allies, but sucks up to dictators? What about Ur-Fascism or “Eternal Fascism?” Did an article written in 1995 really sum up all of Trump’s tactics?

On this episode, everyone’s three least favorite hosts try to run the show without Ryan, but he’s still the one writing the notes so too bad! Sly does a very convincing Ryan impression while he pretends humanity isn’t doomed to fall to fascism. Darryl gives Trump some pointers on how to really get those libs to fall in line.. with just these 13 EASY STEPS! Phil reminds us of a bunch of world leaders even worse than Trump! Let’s start the summer off right, with a revolution!

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Ur-Facism by Umberto Eco

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Issue 69: Stan Lee Just Imagines Some Weird DC Reboots

Just Imagine... fridging everywhere
“Scrupulous Stan saved time by only changing some stuff and keeping other stuff exactly the same!”

We’re continuing our Stan Lee bonanza! So we spend another episode dunking on him. In the early 2000s, he had a series of books called “Just Imagine,” where he rebooted the major DC characters but with one major twist… now they’re dumb! Excelsior!

On this episode, we cover Stan’s re-imagining of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Ryan’s got the maturity of a 12 year old when it comes to respecting other cultures. Darryl is finally appreciating the finer things of comics, like wearing your underwear on the outside. Phil is a scumbag, but this time… in SPACE. And can you pass the Sly test and prove your worthy of existence?

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We made it 69 regular episodes. Nice.

Issue 68: Stan Lee: Stan the Man or Stan Bragg?

Ryan secretly still loves Stan Lee. Shhhhh
Face front, True Believers! For The World’s Greatest Boss! Just Don’t Dare Ask Any of My Employees!”

You know that guy that shows up in every Marvel movie? Stanley? Well, he’s been cameoing in comics for years! Not always in the best light, though. Apparently his coworkers really hated him and loved to openly mock him in their books. ‘Nuff Said!

Comics Covered: Angel And The Ape Issue 2

Mister Miracle Issue 6

Strange Tales Issue 181

In this episode, we delve into some of the more aggressive takes on Stan “The Man” Lee. Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin, and Bob Oksner all included him in their books in a pretty negative light. Darryl! Loves! Extra! Exclamation!! Points!!! Sly gives the secret origin of Stan Lee’s co-creator. Ryan revisits his fourth world fever dream. And Phil finally comes out a chicky lady booby baby. It’s time to get deep into some meta lore here at Divisive Issues studios.

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Episode 37: Yeezy’s Choice: The Party of Pants Poopers or Gambino’s America?

Celebrity Culture is kinda fucked up
“I think the president pooped his pants”

We’re trying to keep it lighthearted again! Do we succeed? Kind of! We’re talking celebrity worship in politics! Kanye, Ted Nugent, other conservative celebrities, Donald Glover, and more! Mostly pooping your pants, though.

Do you know what Ted Nugent did to dodge the draft? Here’s a hint: He made a big ol’ mess. Why does the rightwing love Kanye so much all of a sudden? Does George Bush finally care about black people? And Childish Gambino’s This is America is amazing, but is Donald Glover’s Bro Rape still ok to laugh at? Just how accountable should people be for the art they made years ago? It’s the end of the school year and I’m exhausted, I’m not writing my usual essay here, y’all. Oops, I ended the show notes.

Coates on Kanye

This Is America

The New Yorker Donald Glover Story

Donald Glover’s Instagram Letter

The Internet Never Forgets

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Issue 67 – The Original Iran Deal: Kill Robin and Appoint Ambassador Joker

Death In The Family
“Ethiopia is only 1700 km from Lebanon as the crow(bar) flies!”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! It’s time to help Robin find his mom! All four of them! Iran’s in the news a lot lately, so we recorded an episode two weeks ago, before anything happened to help hype it up for everyone. We’re getting our cohesive synergy on by following up our episodes on DC’s political stories of the 80s and some of Jim Starlin’s work to bring you Jim Starlin’s mark on the Batman Universe, Death In The Family. Just like Thanos, he set out to kill half of our main heroes. So who died: Batman or Robin? We’ll give you a hint, it’s definitely not Batman.

Read Along with Batman: Death In The Family And The Two Issues Before It

In this episode, we get some pretty serious whiplash from all the tonal shifts here. First, Ryan goes looking for some nose candy before Robin throws him off a balcony. Sly is FINALLY respecting Ryan’s choice of favorite characters (Jason Todd 4eva). Darryl just can’t stop wondering if Batman’s a real dad or not. And Phil has some thoughts on American foreign policy regarding serial killers.

Content Warning: As is so often the case, we talk about some pretty gratuitous violence here, including suicide.

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Episode 36: Metal Gear Solid: Don’t Let Your Memes Be Dreams

“A sneaking episode?”

Metal Gear has… Oops? We talk about Metal Gear Solid and how much Hideo Kojima predicted when it comes to modern politics. Phil and Sly try to convince Ryan that these games are amazing, while Darryl adds a healthy grain of salt  into the discussion. We mostly talk about Metal Gear Solid 2 and Revengeance, but touch upon all of them at least a little bit.

On this episode, we talk about how Metal Gear Solid’s villains just want to Make America Great Again. We also cover all sorts of different types of “isms.” And we spend way too much (or not enough?) time talking about memes. Ryan tries to seem cool but ends up just hiding behind his gamecube. Sly is all about dream meme genes. Phil finally reveals his hypocrisy when it comes to hating dumb media. And Darryl takes nanomachines so he can beat us up. Just like Metal Gear, this episode is both way more serious and way sillier than it has any right to be.

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Issue 66 – Thanos: God Of Death Or Pilot Of Helicopters?

Thanos moer liek lame-os m i rite
I am become death, you cornered kitty!

Special episode alert! Who’s ready for an editorially mandated CROSSOVER? It’s the EVENT of the SUMMER! Divisive Issues will NEVER be the SAME AGAIN! We’re joined by Henry from Midtown Comics to talk about the inconsistent history of Thanos, the star of the mega-blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War!

Comics we cover: Spidey Super Stories 39 and Thanos Quest

Hoo boy, this was a wild ride. We give a quick synopsis of the history of Thanos leading up to Infinity Gauntlet, the book that inspired Avengers: Infinity War. How did Thanos get all the Infinity gems? Is he actually worthy of this decade long hype? And just how many skateboarding heroes does Marvel have? Henry’s a wonderful guest, despite his love of Sexy Fauxbo… I mean Lobo. Ryan traveled through time to 1979 to write the first issue we covered. Sly just can’t get behind the Marvel movies changing his precious Infinity GEMS into Infinity STONES. Darryl finally finds his soul (gem) mate in Thanos, his powerful purple prince.

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Announcement! Huge news! New Network Branding, Patreon, and more!

We made it
Our new network art – created by Sly

The Comrade network is relaunching as Flying Machine! And we have a patreon now with monthly bonus episodes! And other cool things!

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Issue 65 – Better A Dead Lantern, Than a Red Lantern

Red Lanterns get way cooler when it's a cat that vomits blood in the 00s.
“If all superheroes are equal, how are some Superer than others?”

Oops, We Talked Politics this week, everybody. We cover one arc of Steve Englehart’s Green Lantern, Red Lantern. An alien Green Lantern defects to Russia at the height of the Cold War and meets Gorbachev. It goes about how you would expect. Oh, also a 12 year old girl uses a ring to turn into an adult and make out with Hal Jordan. Yikes.

In this episode, Ryan’s dreams finally come true and he gets to talk about Green Lantern lore FOREVER. We talk a lot about Guy Gardner, the greatest Green Lantern ever. Somehow, Phil follows suit and falls in love with Guy, too. Darryl’s love for Salaak (and Ch’P) make their first appearance. Sly’s just a simple, gorilla man commie. If you’re interested in some of the old stuff we talk about, some old episodes we reference: Steve Englehart’s Doctor Strange getting cucked by Ben Franklin and the last time Green Lantern got political, John Stewart’s first appearance.

Comics Covered: Green Lantern 207-210

Theme song: The Ballad Of Red And Green By Eric Manwiller

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Episode 34: Oops, Everything Is Awful And We’re All Gonna Die

You can only fight your own pessimism for so long,
We feel younger already!

Against all odds, we’re back. Last episode, we talked about how much we had to look forward to! Well, not anymore. It’s time to dip into our endless reserve of pessimism and talk about some dark futurology. Let’s be real, y’all, it’s not looking good out there lately.

We talk about some of our biggest fears for the future. Darryl talks the trend of hyper-partisan politics and gives the secret origin of Jesus Christ: microbiologist. Ryan talks automation and his own miserable existence. Phil talks antibiotic resistant bacteria and has no faith in human decency vs. the allure of McNuggets. Sly talks immortality and really “Slys it up” in style.

P.S. Ryan would have talked about Climate Change but we did a whole episode on that.

Further Reading:

Hyperpartisanship

Automation In The Trucking Industry

A Trucker’s Take On Automation

Automation In America

How Safe Is Your Job?

Retired Cells

Anti-Aging Pill

The Blood Of The Young

Theme Song: The End Of The World As We Know It by R.E.M.

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