It’s almost the end of the year! Finally! But before we can get there, let’s take a look back on some things that happened throughout the year, some you’ve heard before, some you (maybe?) haven’t, and some you’ve forgotten! Topics range from Trump, to international scuffles, to local rulings, to… (sigh) Dark Futurology.
In this episode, Phil wants a lawyer dog, Sly loves his viewers, Ryan spoils The Prestige, and Darryl doesn’t want Mark Zuckerberg to be his boyfriend.
We watched a Dinesh D’Souza “film” called Death Of A Nation. Whatever you do, don’t watch this god damn movie and DEFINITELY don’t listen to a word this guy says.
On this episode, we celebrate a very successful midterm election by playing chicken with death and watching Death Of A Nation, the Grown Ups 2 of political documentaries. This movie suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. Darryl took copious notes documenting all the arguments Dinesh forgets to follow up on. Ryan wants to arrest filmmakers who don’t agree with him. Phil’s basically a scientist arguing flat earthers. And Sly is rushing towards death at 7 times speed.
Election Day was yesterday, but we recorded this on Sunday, so I really hope you people voted. I’m writing this on election day morning, from my dark room that only has 538 refreshing every 4 minutes and an IV to keep me hydrated from all the tears and nervous sweating. Am I rambling? No, you are. This is what QAnon sounds like, right? Just stupid rambling?
On this episode, we talk about some conspiracy theories. Just what the heck is QAnon and why do so many people think he has the inside scoop on which Democrats are about to go to jail? And is George Soros really the mastermind that the right pretends he is? Darryl just tries to have a little fun. Ryan debates with an attempted murderer. Phil has really just had enough of… everything. And Sly feels VERY strongly about Home Depot’s donations.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” ― Sun Tzu
We’re here to talk about China. They’re quickly becoming an even larger power, but so what? What kind of influence do they already have? How are they growing it? Just what is free trade and what’s a tariff? And why are all globalists cucks? We answer all these pressing questions and more.
On this episode, Darryl breaks down Trump’s new tariff announcements and asks “Why is Trump doing this dumb thing?” Ryan talks about NAFTA and the TPP and reveals his true motivations. Phil looks at just how terrible of a place China is and how much they pollute. And Sly pretty much does the same thing, but from a different point of view, one that’s got way more cameras!