Episode 43: Alex Jones – Too Hot For YouTube?

Alex Jones is still trash, though.
Ok, Sly’s right. He is handsome.

We’re here to talk about the ball of hot air in the room, Alex Jones. He was just banned from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Apple, and we sure do wish the list went on and on. Was it the right thing to do? Is it a violation of free speech? Is the government turning all of the frogs gay?

On this episode, Darryl leads a discussion on the right-wing conspiracy maniac, Alex Jones and what precedents it may or may not set. Sly just wants to talk about Gunns, both of the James and the muscle variety. Ryan tries to strike the balance between capitalism and socialism. And Phil had to move, so he’s not on this episode. Write in and tell us how much you miss him!

Theme Song: Super Deluxe’s Alex Jones Rants as an Indie Folk Song

Additional Reading:

Twitter’s CEO Doesn’t get How Conspiracies Work

Twitter is Wrong: Facts are Not Enough to Combat Alex Jones

The Censorship of Alex Jones Takes Us Down a Dangerous Path

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Episode 42: Trade And Tariffs – What Even Is That?

It’s a complicated one this time, everybody. We’re talking trade and tariffs. Trump is waging trade wars with… everybody. So what does that even mean? Darryl breaks down just what NAFTA and NATO are. Ryan just struggles to understand any of his own opinions. Phil gives us a sneak peak of what his Economics students hear every. damn. day. And Sly gets off to other peoples’ misery, as per usual.

For added context, we covered some of these talking points in more detail previously, in our China episode.

Ryan and Sly were just on They See Me Rollin’, a wonderful actual play podcast and we had a LOT of fun playing a one shot in Fiasco!

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Episode 41: The Supreme Court: Conservatives Only, Final Earth

“This game sucks now.”

In this episode, the gang discusses the Supreme Court and how apolitical it is.

Justice Kennedy is retiring and Brett Kavanaugh is taking this place. What does this mean the country? Should we agree with the New York Times that this is a good thing? Was the Supreme Court always this bad? Is it bad on principle? Ryan makes sure we start off on a strong note. Sly discusses the long forgotten prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Phil’s been Phil and Darryl finds a serious oversight in the original Constitution.

The One Area Where Trump Has Been Wildly Successful

White House Ends Bar Association’s Role in Vetting Judges

How Brett Kavanaugh Would Change the Supreme Court

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Episode 40: Bulworth: The White Rapping Senator Humanity Was Made For

Go see Bulworth, it rules
“Insane In The Brain”

We needed a break, everybody. Things are like… really bad out there. So we went back to our original format and picked a piece of pop culture to analyze! We watched a movie called Bulworth! Only Sly had even heard about the film before this week, so it was quite the unexpected experience.

Bulworth

On this episode, we cover the 1998 political film, Bulworth, written, directed, produced, and starring Warren Beatty. It’s Sly’s favorite movie now so don’t you dare say anything negative about it. Ryan keeps the conversation light by talking about 9/11. Darryl pleads the fifth. And Phil punches up the script a bit.

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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!

And if you live in New York, come visit Ryan and Sly THIS WEEKEND at Cradle Con! And don’t forget to vote in Tuesday’s Primary!

Ur-Facism by Umberto Eco

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Episode 38: The Secret Scandals of the White House

Secret Scandals
Wanna meet “Jumbo?”

In this episode the gang describes the secret scandals of the past and present in the White House. Well the current scandals aren’t so secret, but no body cares about them so they might as well be.

A bunch of shady stuff has happened around Trump but none of it seems to be sticking to Trump. We discuss these overlooked antics and their importance in displaying Trump’s corruptions. Ryan is ready to be surprised by hellworld.  Sly is way too obsessed with the Johnsons of Presidents. Phil believes in a hollow world while Darryl just wonders why people mish Buss.

Cohen Investigated for Campaign Finance Violations

Warren B Harding – America’s Horniest President

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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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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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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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Episode 35: Dumb Laws & Lawmakers: Politics Was Always Stupid

dumb lawsIn a particularly NSFW episode, the gang talks about the dumb laws our dumb species has come up with. At least it starts off that way before devolving into a lot of dirty fetish talk.

First the gang talks about old dumb laws like monarchies and dueling. Then they transition to the modern day with stories of weird legal loopholes. Also weird modern politicians. Ryan reminisces on the origins of the show while Sly introduces the new clickbaity direction. Meanwhile Phil’s secret identity is revealed and Darryl is sorry the listeners had to be exposed to this entire episode.

Theme song: The 10 Duel Commandments

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