NY Soaked in Baby Blood and Denver Trippin’ on Some Righteous Shrooms
I greet you all once again for this edition of our weekly podcast. We hope you’ve been taking care of yourselves since we last spoke. Of course, big things have happened since then, including President Trump’s State of the Union address, and much, much more. Of course, we’re going to take a look at all of that here with you, so let’s do this!
We kicked off February 4 with an opinion piece from Seraphim Hanisch: “Archons of Greek Orthodox Church Issue Toothless Letter About Abortion Law,” concerning the reaction from within Orthodox circles to the demonic law that NY Gov. Cuomo recently signed. The Archons is a group functioning as the PR arm and fundraisers for the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul, and is associated with the Greek Orthodox Church in America. While they condemned the new law, this same group had given Cuomo a human rights award just two years ago. Moreover, 4 Greek Orthodox politicians voted in favor of this new law from hell, but the Archons failed to call out any of these people. Hanisch offers an insightful look at what exactly is going on here.
Then there was the history piece for the day, with the signing of the Montgomery Convention as part of the Civil War in 1861, the Battle of Manila in the Philppine-American War in 1899, and the founding of Facebook in 2004.
Next up: “The Color Revolution in the US Has Already Happened.” The main goal of intelligence communities has always been money and power, and they love silence and do not like the attention of the general public. So what are we seeing now? We are seeing the smoke screen of a massive attack on Trump under cover of which the Central Intelligence Agency successfully conducted an operation to seize American power. While the world is busy discussing the lynching of Trump, the Democratic Party is being taken over by the intelligence community. This is definitely one you want to check out!
And here’s one sure to make you all feel good: “Creating a Nation of Suspects: Who Shares Your DNA with the FBI?” A Houston-based company, which touts itself as a pioneer in the genetic testing industry and the first to offer a direct-to-consumer test kit, disclosed its relationship with the FBI, saying in a statement that allowing access “would help law enforcement agencies solve violent crimes faster than ever.” Last summer, FamilyTree DNA was among a list of consumer genetic testing companies that agreed to a suite of voluntary privacy guidelines, but as of Friday morning, it had been crossed off the list after it was revealed that the company had been lying all along. Dun dun dunnnnn.
And what do we really know about censorship? We often imagine it to be more rigid, more direct than it really is. Perhaps a different, Chinese version of the term is more tenacious and more accurate in description because it took into account the experience of totalitarian states of the 20th century: a complete lack of freedom leads to a riot, and a hint of freedom for the elite only strengthens power. So, what is the difference between censorship in the US and China? This piece has all the answers for you!
Then we got things rolling on February 5 with an opinion piece from Luis Lazaro Tijerina, entitled, “A Visit to an American Hospital Emergency Room.” He writes: “To die in a hospital alone is the most egregious of deaths, and as I sat on a small bed with clean white sheets in that small Emergency Room waiting for the doctor, I looked up at all the medical equipment used for saving a life, and I felt a stark sense of loneliness, utter loneliness. Then I thought of how the great American novelist Sinclair Lewis died alone in a Hospital Emergency Room — alone in Rome. This is what happens when you have no one in your life, no spouse, no partner, not even a pet — you die alone. And yes, there are many, many things to think about, when you enter an Emergency Room in America.” Hmmm, there’s some stuff to think about.
Then there’s the history piece, with the U.S.’s first ever aerial victory in 1918, the Tybee Island midair collision in 1958, and the Super Tuesday tornado outbreak in 2008.
There there’s a piece on some Muslim patrols being set up in NYC. As you can imagine, this has some people freaked out. They’re not cops but it looks like they’re cooperating with cops, but that doesn’t necessarily help quell the uneasiness. Is this the first sign of the U.S.’s coming destruction?
Next up: “The Fed Has Diagnosed the Trend of Global Impoverishment.” According to the Federal Reserve, the US economy is experiencing a deterioration in lending conditions, while the demand for bank loans is declining. There is a conclusion that in general, banks expect tougher lending conditions, lower demand and a deterioration in loan servicing in most loan categories. Tough times ahead?
And its tough times for the U.S. military: “Military Misses Recruitment Goal for First Time in 13 Years.” In addition, for the first time, the United States broke the record in unwanted sexual contact among military personnel and cadets in the academies of the national service. Yeesh.
And it looks like Denver is looking to go even further down the drain—they’re now considering legalizing hallucinogenic shrooms. They recently decriminalized people going to the bathroom on the sidewalks there, and people are walking around baked out of their minds. It’s like Denver is intent on ridding itself of all vestiges of humanity.
Here’s a very sad piece: “Seattle Toddler Shoots Pregnant Mom in Face After Finding Hidden Gun.” The title pretty much says it all.
Then there’s a lengthy piece on the “History of Children's Literature and Its Impact on Gender Self-Determination.” It’s long, but I promise it’s interesting, and there’re lots of cool pictures too! Just what are your kids reading, and how does it form the way they think about themselves? This piece is a good jumping-off point for you to think about this.
Then February 6 started off with a bang with “PR Disaster for Birthright Program” by Jeffrey Silverman. Birthright is a US-sponsored program that aims at helping Jews get to know Israel better and become more supportive of the state of Israel, by sending them there for free. But it’s becoming clearer that the objective isn’t just to help rekindle the Jewish spirit among young Jews, but rather, American financial backers and Israeli politicians are looking to churn out a new batch of American Zionists. But things went south it seems when the program didn’t like the questions some Jews were asking about the barriers between different parts of Israel. They got the boot from the program and didn’t even get their flights home paid for. That’s shady for sure. Check out the whole story here.
Then there was the history piece, with the Battle of Fort Henry in 1862, the Washington Naval Treaty in 1922, and the Northeastern US blizzard in 1978.
Aaand more on economics with “On the Problem of the Impoverishment of the Middle Class.” This article is about the sharp drop in the standard of living and the transformation of the middle class into the new poor. It’s not a new problem and we all see it. So how did this happen? What’s it mean for our future? This piece has the clues for you.
You might have heard about the loneliness epidemic in America, but a new study says it’s not so much an epidemic. It seems the loneliness epidemic that some have claimed exists in America is overblown. The results offer a more nuanced view of loneliness in the U.S. as compared to other recent studies. Although about one-third of Americans say that they are lonely some of the time (and 10% say they are often lonely), of this demographic, about 75% say they still have at least one person to whom they feel close and can rely upon. As usual, things are more complex than they first seem.
Then in case you haven’t had enough of MeToo and sexual harassment news, we’ve got a look at the whole movement for you: “Why MeToo is About More Than Sexual Harassment.” Despite that over the past seven years more than 60 students at Yale University have filed complaints of sexual harassment, only five accused have been expelled from the institution, according to Business Insider. As it turns out, the problem of sexual harassment and violence is not only at Yale University, but almost all over the United States. Statistics of harassment on campuses show that this problem must be fought immediately. This piece has all the stats and horrid examples and a look at the movement so you can see just what we’re talking about here.
Then we’ve got a breakdown of Trump’s State of the Union address from this year. Since America is deeply divided over politics in our era, Trump spoke of unity but offered few specific policies that would mend the divisions — a wise move, as he probably understands he has to fight for the voters’ minds, being in the middle of his term.
If you miss the good ol’ US vs. USSR days, here’s another cold war for you: Apple vs. Facebook. It seems Apple’s Tim Cook decided to take a jab at FB and withdrew developer certificates to work in its iOS, which means FB employees couldn’t open working apps on their phones at work. That might not sound so important, but in 2019, that’s a big deal. News of this led to a slight hit in FB stock too. Is this all leading to FB’s ultimate downfall? Let this piece be your guide!
Then we got things rolling on February 7 with the opinion piece “Food Wars” by Walt Garlington. He starts out looking at an hypothesis: Food has become a geopolitical issue. That is to say, nations are beginning to fall into two broad blocs, those favoring genetically engineered (GE) crops and livestock and those favoring traditionally-grown, non-GE vareties. And whichever bloc wins out, that will have grave effects for humanity the world over. We can consider this in the new US-Mexico-Canada deal which has a number of provisions that are helpful for GE food companies like Monsanot. So is this something we need to be concerned about? This piece gives you a look at food in various countries throughout the world to give you a fuller picture.
Then there was the history piece, with the release of Pinocchio in 1940, the total embargo against Cuba in 1962, and Mississippi’s abolishment of slavery in … 2013?
And more on food: “Millennials Are Getting More Obesity-Related Cancers Than Baby Boomers.” Researchers documented 14,672,409 cases of 30 types of cancer, finding that the incidence of 6 of the 12 obesity-related types rose significantly in adults between the ages of 25 and 49. Well, that’s concerning.
And the IMF wants to ban people from saving. Go out and spend spend spend! Ten years after the 2008 financial crisis, refinancing rates in many countries remain at a record low level, somewhere below zero, so the question is how well will monetary policy be able to withstand the future recession?
It looks like a new Toy Story is on its way, this one featuring the return of Bo Peep, who wasn’t seen in part 3. She’s got a sleek new look, but apparently it’s not good enough for everybody. She still has her shepherd’s staff, and that upsets PETA who says the crook is a symbol of meanness to poor sheep. Oh, brother!
Then we’ve got a breakdown of how President Trump is doing so far, looking at his 10 biggest fails, including his decertification of the Iran nuclear deal, the bombing of Syria in 2017, moving the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and much more!
And hold on tight kids—the World Meteorological Organization is predicting some extreme heat coming up, and they’ve got some advice for how to deal with it. Last year was the fourth hottest year since 1880 and it looks like we’re going to keep on cooking. In fact, the world is now on track for a temperature rise of 3° or more by 2100.
February 8 started off with Seraphim Hanisch’s piece, “Message of SOTU "Women in White" Avoided by Press.” Of course the media was all abuzz about those ladies in white from the House, but nothing was said about if Republican women joined in celebrating the women’s right to vote or what women in the Senate were doing. Of course, the women were doing more than just celebrating an anniversary though, so what were they wearing white for? The press said little about it, but Hanisch has the deets for you.
Then there was the history piece, with the premier of the racist film the Birth of a Nation in 1915, the Eastern Airlines flight 663 crash in 1965, and the early February North American blizzard in 2013.
Next up we have part one in our series on “Venezuela: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse.” For some, the crisis in Venezuela is all about the endemic corruption of Nicolás Maduro, continuing the broken legacy of Chavez's ideological experiment in socialism under the mounting insidious influence of Putin. For others, it's all about the ongoing counter-democratic United States meddling, which has for years wanted to bring Venezuela -- with its huge oil reserves -- back into the orbit of American power, and is now interfering again to undermine a democratically elected leader in Latin America. Neither side truly understands the real driving force behind the collapse of Venezuela: we have moved into the twilight of the Age of Oil. That sounds a bit ominous, does it not?
Then we have a piece on the Panera Cares restaurant—something I’d actually never heard of. I guess Panera had several locations set up where people could get food for a suggested donation, or not—it was free if you couldn’t afford anything. Good for the poor and the homeless. But all the locations proved unsustainable and now the last one is closing up shop. Too many college students descended on the places and took advantage of the system, it seems. Anyways, this piece has the story for you.
Then we have a really interesting piece called, “Prison as a modern form of slavery.” I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but there is a parallel you can see—except, of course, criminals are being punished, whereas slaves didn’t deserve the horrible treatment they received. Apparently we even have commercial prisons where they’re motivated to keep people in prison because of economic incentives.
And the gun control battle continues with a new bill that would require buyers to reveal their social media history. As you can imagine, this has some people riled up, but I don’t know, it doesn’t seem terrible to me. If you’ve revealed on social media that you’re a nutjob, why should we give you a gun?
Then, on Saturday February 9, we had our history piece for the weekend, with the beginning of the Red Scare in the Cold War in 1950, the battle of Elizabeth City in the Civil War in 1862, and the premier of Puss Gets the Boot in 1940—the first appearance of Tom and Jerry!
And our last piece for this podcast is a hot one! “The Book that Changes the World is Wide Open in Venezuela.” Scenarios for the coup in Venezuela were developed more than a decade ago, as Wikileaks revealed when they released the “Field Manual (FM) 3-05.130, Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare,” written in September 2008, that has been described as the military’s “regime change handbook.” And of course, there’s money involved: In this manual, the U.S. Army states that major global financial institutions — such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) — are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to and including large-scale general war,” as well as in leveraging “the policies and cooperation of state governments.” This is an in-depth piece that makes for a fascinating read, so be sure to check it out!
Well, friends, that is all we have for this edition of our podcast. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to come on back next week to hear about all the news you need to know.