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Syria, Soviets, Science, Sexism, Skeptics and Sceptic Stupidity
September 14, 2013 06:13 PM PDT

Originally broadcast 14 September, 2013::

If you missed the show last week, which you probably did unless you listened live because the audio quality of the podcast was horrible, then you missed my analysis of the situation in Syria. My prediction about the the Russian reaction was spot on, as usual, but of course this turns an already non-winnable predicament into a serious clash of morals and ethics. There are times when I think that our entire civilization is going through the Kobayashi Maru scenario.

Usually I talk about the things that unite us, culturally, ethically and biologically, trying to show how those who fight against these through prejudice and superstition are not only wrong, but are actually a debilitating cancer within the human race. This time I'm going to talk about the things that divide us, the strange ideas and actions that can divide us and leave us open to defeat. Including the sudden view of Putin as an ''American Hero'' standing up for Syria, despite his fascist policies and thuggish ideals, as well as the accusation of sexism against Richard Dawkins that have managed to turn leading atheists and skeptics against each other.

All of that and the best music from across generations and genres, packed into two unforgettable hours.

Another Little Show About Not a Thing
September 07, 2013 05:30 PM PDT

I planned on talking about whatever came to mind and wound up explaining the conflict in Syria.

Another Day, Another Fayre
August 31, 2013 05:53 PM PDT

Originally Broadcast 31 August, MMXIII ::
I'll be once again attending a British Fayre in order to lecture, preach, cajole and educate the masses about saving their little corner of the planet.

How will it go? Will my ever living boredom drive even the staid Brits to madness? Will I finally snap at someone who waddles up to me and yells, "OI! You work for (insert colorful pejorative for local government here), innit?"

Tune in to find out the answers to these questions, and much, much more...

Lift Me Above the Old Routine
August 24, 2013 06:23 PM PDT

Originally broadcast 24 Aug, 2013:

I've said it before and I'll say it again, music is the closest thing we have in this world to magic and sex is the closest thing we have to true spirituality. It never ceases to amaze me how mere vibrations in the air, stimulating tiny pieces of flesh and bone in the ear, can bring us such feelings of ecstasy. Can relieve our pain, inspire, motivate and soothe each and every one of us, no matter the color or culture, music is the one thing we all have in common.

I'll be talking about that on the next show, as well as discussing various ideas of why this is so and playing great music from across generations and genres to help soothe the madness and pain that the atrocities and hate around the world can often induce in those of us burdened with conscience.

Clueless by the Sea
August 11, 2013 06:13 AM PDT

Note, due to major glitches during broadcast, this is a barely recovered, enhanced and recreated podcast of the original episode broadcast 10 August.

What a strange day. I have many things planned, yet haven't gotten around to most of them. I plan on stopping by the revamped Newhaven Outdoor Market, which will be closing soon as it's now past 4:00pm. I also wanted to check out a hog roast for charity at a local pub, among other things, yet here I sit typing this. Meh

What I'll probably be talking about on the next show is all the things I didn't do today, and expounding upon last week's theme: What is Putin Hiding in the Iron Closet? Especially now that the International Olympic Committee has done an about face, stating that any athletes who do not abide by Russia's bigoted, draconian laws, both in and out of the Olympic stadium & events, will be ousted from the games. There goes my idea of athletes wearing pink triangles. If they were to do that, they'd quickly be banned from the games, lose any medals they'd won and then probably be arrested by the Russians on their way to the airport.

Of course some might still do it. If it's really all about the sport, all about proving yourself the best, then the medals won't matter. An athlete could win a gold medal, wear the pink triangle on the winners platform and maybe kiss the silver recipient long and slow - even if (or most especially if) they're both straight and the world would know that he or she really is the best - both physically and morally. When they're stripped of their medals it won't matter.

Oh yeah, I got some awesome tunes that I'll be playing as well!

What is Putin Hiding in the Iron Closet?
August 04, 2013 10:46 AM PDT

Originally Broadcast 3 Aug, 2013::
With the Olympics coming up in Russia there has been increasing global awareness of the Nazi-like laws that have been enacted in Russia. Not only laws against homosexuality, but laws against anyone not fitting into the Medieval Russian Peasant's concept of gender normative looks, behavior or attitude, as well as laws curtailing non-conformative speech, ideas, sexual expression and even attitude. You can be arrested in Russia simply for being a straight person with a gay friend, or for having a friend that you think might be gay and not alerting the authorities. Your boy like playing with dolls? Your little girl like playing with trucks? You're in trouble. Children are even being urged to report their bachelor uncles or aunts who may be just a little bit too femme or butch...

It sounds like just about every fascist regime that has rolled down the 'pike in the last hundred years all rolled into one. There is one key difference however. The Olympics gives outsiders a chance to speak for those who have been forced into silence, to support those who are down trodden and alone, perhaps even to free those who have been brainwashed into violent conformity.

My first thought was that these Olympics must be boycotted, blatantly shunned at all costs, to cripple the Russian economy and kick that tin pot dictator Putin where it hurts, his ego. To let them know in no uncertain terms that this is the 21st century and scapegoating any minority group will not be tolerated. But then it was pointed out that for many Olympic athletes this is their one shot to achieve that to which they've dedicated their entire lives. Of course another viewpoint is to question how important 'sport' is, in the scheme of things, and whether it can be considered a worthwhile pursuit in the face of so much ignorance, pain and hate.

I've thought long and hard about the problem, my brain chasing it's own tail trying to come up with a solution that will be fair to all. My AHA moment came when I was thinking about how similar this Olympics will be, politically and sociologically, to the 1936 Olympics in Germany. The very simple solution I came up with would be for all athletes, participating in every event, regardless of their sexual orientation, to wear pink triangles.

Everyone in the world would understand this low key, simple message. As would the Russian people and oligarchs, and most especially those lone and lonely, bullied and brave folks being forced by threats of prison, violence and death into iron closets. Gay Russians who have been beaten, bloodied, abused and humiliated may see this symbol, worn with pride by the supposed elite of the world, and know that they are not alone. They would know that in this time of horror and darkness the world stands with them, maybe even, perhaps, giving them the strength to stand tall for another day.

I'll be talking about all of that and more on the next show, as well as playing the greatest music from across generations and genres.

Events Far Too Numerous to Enumerate
July 13, 2013 06:11 PM PDT

Originally broadcast 14 July, 2013:

There is just so much going on these days that I wouldn't even know where to begin. That's why I've decided to talk about it all or nothing on the next show.

Whatever pops up in the chat room, on the news or anywhere else that piques my interest will be food for thought and topics of conversation. Is there something that you want to discuss, a topic too taboo for mainstream media or even something you want to vent about? Just come into the chat room to let me know. All that and great music too!

The Illusion of Freedom
July 07, 2013 03:33 AM PDT

What I miss most about the 4th of July are the fireworks, the awesome food barbecued and sizzling on a hot summer evening, hanging with fun people and basically the excitement of NYC. Did I ever really celebrate it as Independence Day? Probably not, but really, does anyone? Does anyone really think about what it means? The lives lost in pursuit of slippery ideals of liberty, freedom or independence?

These days we worry more about freedom from rather than freedom to. We worry that the freedom of others may infringe upon us, or that the independence of others may somehow take away something from us. As we watch our liberties and freedoms vanish we somehow manage to blame the victims, we somehow seem to think that granting others freedoms is what is detracting from our own. We want to banish anything that makes us uncomfortable, yet decry our own foibles and habits as inalienable rights. What gives? Are we really that selfish? That blind? That sociopathic?

I'll be talking about all of that, as well as about those who fought for freedom but who've been forgotten. People like Ira Hayes, the Pima Indian, enshrined in American legend as one of the soldiers raising the flag at Iwo Jima, but who died a few years later frozen in a filthy ditch because, after all, when he got back home he was just another dirty injun.

What a Week, What a Week, What a Mighty Good Week.
June 29, 2013 06:42 PM PDT

On Tuesday morning, a little-known Texas senator named Wendy Davis stood up and began a passionate speech against a bill designed to severely restrict access to abortions in America's second-largest state. After ten hours and 45 minutes, with nothing to eat or drink and not even a bathroom break, the 50-year-old was still talking, still on her feet, and America had a new national icon.

On Wednesday the US Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and declared that same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples.

To top it off, at some point the president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, made a huge announcement apologizing for the hurt Exodus has caused over the years and explaining that it will shut down with a new, separate ministry launching soon. You may remember them as the "pray the gay away" folks and the ones who used barbaric methods, including ECT, to supposedly "rehabilitate" homosexuals.

But, as great as it all sounds, everything may not be quite as it seems and I'll be discussing all of that on this evening's show, as well as playing great music from across decades and genres.

Oh, those savage breasts!
June 23, 2013 04:11 AM PDT

One of the most misattributed & misquoted lines is,"music has charms to soothe the savage breast". It's catchy and it's true, nevermind my love for breasts! tongue

I'll be talking some more about music on today's show, how it resonates across the millennia, across generations and genres, how it can inspire, soothe or agitate, and more intriguing to me, why it has such an incredible effect on us all. Of course I'll be playing some great music as well!

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