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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Episode 33: It Can’t Be All Bad, Can It? An Optimistic Look Towards The Future

Being Optimistic is hard, dudes
“The Kids Are Our Future”

We’re looking to the future! We (try to) focus on the bright side of humanity’s future. Optimism? In MY political podcast?

Darryl walks us through some of the pros and cons of generational trends as the Parkland students show us that all hope is not lost. Sly pays his dues and breaks down the return of the unions of the world as they bargain for more power again! Ryan struggles to pronounce Universal Basic Income, but manages to explain Finland, Alaska, and California’s experiments to fight automation and disappearing jobs! Phil couldn’t bear to think about anything positive in this hellscape we’ve ended up in, but he’ll be back next episode!

Further Reading:

Polling on UBIs

Alaska’s UBI Program

Some Milquetoast NYT Nonsense

Finland’s UBI

California’s UBI

West Virgina’s Teacher Strike

Game Developer’s Unionize

Gen Z

Theme Song: Ooh Child by The Five Stairsteps

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Episode 28: Politics With The Listeners’ Family – Less Unhealthy? Maybe!

We're a Happy Family, Me, Mom, and Daddy
“Smile For The Status Quo, Kids!”

Last episode, we talked about our family’s politics. Very dramatically. And it definitely wasn’t just about our parents and the secret resentments that created our argument styles. So now we turn the microphone to all of you listeners and try to make us feel like we’re not totally weird. Big thanks to Elle, Julia, Julia’s Mom, Matt, Lauren, and Will for talking to us! Good thing nothing major happened last week in American politics! Usually it’s a real ****hole. Also porn stars are there sometimes. And Steve Bannon was subpoenaed and then refused to answer any questions. Why am I still writing this? 2018, am I right?

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Episode 27: Politics With The Family – An Oedipal Journey

Happy New Year, everyone! After a restful and relaxing holiday with our family, we’re back to complain about them! For this special episode, we decided to touch upon how we were raised, politically, when we started to diverge from our parents’ beliefs, and what it’s like dealing with them now. Apparently we can’t help but just talk about our dads the whole time! Wonder what that means?!?

On this episode, Phil desperately tries to psychoanalyze our very obvious hangups. Darryl breaks ranks to talk about… someone other than his Dad. Ryan’s slowly turning into Sly. And Sly takes a genuine turn to talk about his worldview.

Please submit your family stories, in audio, writing, or as an interview request to our facebook group or our discord (linked below), or oopsitalkedpolitics@gmail.com

Previous episode with Ryan’s Dad

Theme Song: **** My Dad (Richard Bruce) by Insane Clown Posse

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Episode 21 – Rightwing Aunties vs. Antifa: Protest The Way I Tell You To!

White moderates will hate you no matter how you act, so you might as well protest against all forms of injustice.
“Why can’t you protest like Martin Luther King? He was one of the good ones!”

On this episode, we discuss some of the recent waves of protest in America. We start with the NFL kneeling controversy started by Colin Kaepernick. Then we touch upon how Trump has only made the issue more divisive. Plus we cover some history and Antifa.

This episode serves as Part 3 in our never-ending argument: Trump’s President Now: Should We Punch Nazis? and Charlottesville Happened: Can We PLEASE Punch Nazis Now?

This episode gets a little heated. Darryl gives some comprehensive context for the current NFL controversy, including Kaepernick’s meeting with a veteran player to assess the most respectful way to protest. Ryan’s an incredibly bitter nerd who seriously hates football for it’s violent tendencies, but is starting to come around to Antifa and… their violent tendencies? Phil’s back to talk about… you guessed it! Appealing to centrists and history! This time it’s all about unions and protest in America. And Sly lives up to his title as the Alex Jones of Oops, I Talked By Politics! by rage-quitting the show. How’s that for a protest?

P.S. This episode was recorded before this happened, but lol homophobic sentient-loaf-of-white-bread VP Pence is protesting football in the fakest way possible.

MLK’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail

A History Of Antifa Protest, Their Handbook
Sly was just on Ryan’s other podcast, WGiRNY, to promote the beautiful merch he made for them.
Theme Song – Baby, I’m An Anarchist by Against Me!
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Episode 20 – Immigration: You Gotta Respect The Hustle

On this episode, we give some backstory and context for immigration issues. Then we sit down with Luis, an immigrant from El Salvador who recently got his citizenship. We also spend a lot of time talking about what makes America a great place, both for the people that are already here and those looking to move here. Because Liberals can be patriotic, too, dammit!

Despite our usual worldly confidence (read as: arrogant and sheltered elitism), we really don’t know what immigration policies we should be striving for. Phil tries to contextualize it by looking at how we’ve treated immigrants in the past (poorly). Sly opens up about his experiences as an immigrant himself. Ryan tries really hard not to talk about health care by giving us some statistics and facts on DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama’s Executive Order to allow undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to stay in America. As a result, we spend a lot of time talking about the nature of patriotism and how important protest is.

Huge thanks to Luis for his great stories about what it was like coming here as a kid, the bittersweet feelings of going back home, just how hard it is to know where our country should go from here, and so much more.

And please keep calling your senators about the Graham-Cassidy Health Care bill.
Qualifications For DACA
Facts Regarding DACA and Immigration
Fact Check for Jeff Sessions on DACA
Luis’ Latin America Nights in Atlanta
Theme Songs – Down Under – Men At Work & Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – Hamilton Mixtape

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Episode 17 – Charlottesville: The KKK Is Not OK

Tiki Torches are the new hoods in Charlottesville
Counterprotestors in Charlottesville, VA, surrounded by White Nationalists

On this episode, the four of us are back together for a serious episode about the horrid events in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you don’t know, we recap the events of the “Unite The Right” rally, and give some context with a brief history of the KKK and white supremacy in America. We discuss a different history of the police than last week’s bonus episode with Ryan’s dad. We also talk about the centrist response to these events. Things have really changed since last time we talked about punching Nazis. Phil’s finally back to really give us some global history on slavery and racism. Darryl’s even more on Sly’s side than Ryan, who’s moderate views are wavering now that *cracks knuckles* Nazis are openly rallying.

List of Unite The Right Groups Present in Charlottesville
Phil’s oft-recommended Eyes On The Prize Documentary
Birth Of A Nation – The Early Anti-Black Propoganda Film
Tim Wise’s Documentaries
Ken Burns’ Documentaries
Intercept Article on White Supremacists and the Police
An example of how Nazis are treated in Germany
Ryan’s Best Acquaintances Episode

Theme Song: The KKK Took My Baby Away By The Ramones

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