Episode 30: “President” Nixon – Turns Out He WAS A Crook!

Man, Nixon sucks
Turns out they could!

We spent last episode complaining about Obama’s Foreign Policy and Neo-liberalism and now it’s only fair to dump on a much, much worse president, Richard Nixon. No, he’s not some intricate balance of complex good and bad issues, he’s a straight up piece of garbage. But what are some of the standout parts of his presidency? And how is Trump aping his style and grace? Pretty much whenever he can. Crooks of a feather, I suppose.

Everyone’s talking about Watergate nowadays. And adding gate to the end of everything. So what actually happened? What was the Saturday Night Massacre? And why was he called DeepThroat? Darryl walks us through the scandal and the cover-up. And a lot of people praise ol’ Tricky Dick for opening trade with China. Why was that such a big deal? Phil helps give some brief (more or less) history of China and some of the economic implications of opening up our economies.

Ryan walks us through some history of Cambodia, and how Nixon fueled the fires, staged coups, and led to one of the more forgotten and heinous genocides in modern times. A genocide America refused to acknowledge for decades! And finally Sly continues Nixon’s foreign policy disasters with how we intervened in Chile and pushed Friedman economic policies on behalf of American corporations and at the expense of the South American people. Oh, and don’t forget, Nixon started the war on drugs because he hated black people and was terrified of Jews! Also Henry Kissinger is scum, too.

Content warning: We speak extensively on some very heavy issues, primarily genocide.

Nixon’s Cambodian Invasion

Operation Menu

Cambodia’s Prince

The Genocide

An overview of the whole Cambodian Operation

Milquetoast New York Times’ Chile Article

The War On Drugs

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Episode 29: Trump vs Obama – Whoever Loses, Neoliberals Win

I really miss Obama
“I’m the least racist person you’ll ever meet. Period.”

Thanks, Obama. It’s time or the left to cannibalize itself. We all know Trump’s the worst president in modern American history. But was Obama perfect? We’ve wanted to talk about Obama’s flaws and problems for a while, but it’s important to keep in mind that Trump is So. Much. Worse.

Phil breaks down some of the nonsense Obama had to deal with, like his “lazy” vacation schedule and how it compares to Trump’s and Bush’s. Similarly, he compares “tyrant” Obama’s Executive Orders. The republican presidents were way worse, can you believe it? Darryl goes through the timeline of drone strikes and compares civilian deaths throughout our endless war with anyone we feel like attacking. Ryan focuses on Health Care, not the Trumpcare bills we covered previously, but some of the problems with Obamacare, which are all Joe Lieberman’s fault (and by proxy, Obama). Sly lays out his case against neoliberalism, especially during the Wall Street bailout, and wow, even just the foreplay is enough to radicalize us.

Some sources:

Joe Lieberman ruined health care

Seriously, he really sucks

Good thing we needed him for Obamacare

Tim Geithner is maybe worse, though

Obama’s Financial Policies sure were something

Make sure you listen to Ryan’s Judging Book Covers episode – The Last Two Weeks!

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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 26: Recapping the Trump Investigation as the GOP Caps off America

Trump Investigation

In this episode, we cap off 2017 with some major topics we’ve been meaning to cover like the Trump turnover and Mueller’s Trump investigation. We also cover the GOP tax bill, the perfect news story to sum up year one of hellworld. Or is it hellword? It is, but maybe not as hellworld as it could have been.

We talk about Trump’s administration and the massive turnover it has experienced during the course of the year. To be fair, the administration is currently undergoing a tumultuous event. That event being the Trump Presidency. We also discuss the Trump investigation by Robert Mueller and Republican reaction to it. And just in case you think the GOP is any better, we also talk about the new Tax Bill. Ryan assures everyone that things are going great and it’s time to be complacent again. Darryl accidentally spills the beans on our Immortal government officials. Phil is not optimistic that the Trump presidency will end with Trump’s decapitation while Sly has a dark prophecy for the Post-Trump future.

Theme Song: WGIRNY Theme Song by Matt Dorsi

Casualties of the Trump Administration Thus Far

Everything in the Tax Bill

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Episode 25: #NotAllMen, But Most Of Them, Apparently

Kill Your Darlings and their dads
Hey patriarchy, Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

2017 is terrible. Anyone who disagrees is probably a jerk. However, one of the few good things is the wave of men being held accountable for being total pieces of garbage. The list of men being accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault is never ending and every American industry is starting to flush out the monsters. Is this the beginning of the end of the patriarchy? Goddess, we flippin’ hope so.

On this episode, Ryan is joined by previous guests Alana, Julia, and Helen to discuss the recent outing of dozens of sexual predators. How do we feel about apologies? How do we deal with these people? We discuss Louis CK, Al Franken, Roy Moore, Donald Trump, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, and many more. This one gets pretty honest and emotional, y’all.

Content Warning: This episode has a lot of personal stories and experiences about sexual harassment, violence, and assault.

Further Information on “Apologies”

Julia’s Costume History Blog

Helen’s Podcast FiLM

Alana’s Once Upon A Time Podcast, Pod Ever After

Please Do Everything You Can To Help Defeat Literal Pedophile Senatorial Candidate Roy Moore

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Episode 24: It’s November 8th, 2016. Do You Know Where Your Children’s Futures Are?

The World Turned Upside Down
“She Was About To Break The Mother Of All Glass Ceilings”

It’s the anniversary of the day the world went mad, Election Day 2016. One year later, over a dozen listeners and hosts take us back to 2016 to revisit the night that Trump won. Did anyone see it coming? We sure as hell didn’t.

Featured stories: Darryl from Oops, I Talked Politics! and Divisive Issues, Alana from Pod Ever After, Michael from We’ll Get It Right Next Year, Henry, Phil, Matt from His Great Board Game Facebook Group, Evan, Bryan, Lauren, Elle, Julia, Chrissy, and Ryan from Oops and Divisive, too.

Intro Music By: Vinheteiro

Special thanks to Ariel for helping out with the editing process.

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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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