Week of: June 20 - June 27, 2011

Don't worry, you didn't accidentally stumble into the Anti-PETA | NAMBLA Podcast, as always the title of the show will make sense once you listen to the segment. 

This week I primarily cover the Republican Debate in New Hampshire, of which was the first debate in which presumptive front-runner - Mitt Romney - attended. 

Who came out ahead? Who hurt / helped themselves? What exchanges, questions and responses stood out? Who has the best chance of being (realistically) competitive against President Obama in the 2012 Election? Was it simply an Obama-Bash-Fest or did any of the candidates actually have detailed and substantive ideas / solutions? Has anyone presented themselves as a viable alternative to Romney...and what about the attempted recruitment of Perry, Christie or Ryan and how does this discontentment with the current field affect the GOP's chances? 

I provide my opinion (as always) on all of these questions and more, as I continue to dissect the Republican field of candidates and what I foresee in the coming year's primaries. This discussion is an extension of last week's program ("Have You Seen My Wiener?"), now that the candidates have had an opportunity to "debate" their differences.

As a reminder, I will be off during next week's show (for June 27 - July 4), as I will be out of town in Dallas.

As always, enjoy the show!  

www.stimulatedboredom.com 

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Week of: June 13 - June 20, 2011

Are you surprised? Of course not, that is why the first topic of discussion this week revolves around "Wiener-Gate." As more women come forward with inappropriate images of Rep. Weiner's...ahem, wiener...in addition to racy emails & messages, I spend a little time not necessarily covering the events of the past two weeks, but more about my reasons for why he should step down. This includes my criticism of liberal blogs and pundits who use examples of Republican scandals as some form of justification for absolving Rep. Weiner of wrongdoing and - therefore - why he should stay.

While we're at it, let's throw in some Republican political hypocrisy as it relates to their contradictory reaction to Rep. Weiner's actions in juxtaposition to their reaction to GOP sex scandals. I'm nothing, if not an equal opportunity offender. :)

The conversation transitions into my own personal politics, as I think it is very helpful in providing important context to the political opinions you hear on the show each week.

The remainder of the show includes some in-depth analysis (and personal opinion) of the 2012 election and the pros and cons of the current Republican field of candidates...one of the weakest I have seen in a long time, however there are a couple candidates that I feel can be competitive and I explain why. 

    

Included: Why are Romney and Huntsman skipping the Iowa primary and what is the strategy? What does this mean for the more socially conservative candidates hoping a win in Iowa will catapult them into front-runner status in New Hampshire? Newt Gingrich's campaign manager and senior staff quit...why and what does that mean for his campaign? Who really has a shot? What about candidates being recruited to run, like Perry, Christie and Paul...how does that diminish the GOP's chances? And a lot more that you will not want to miss as we get closer to election season.

Lastly, what can I say about Sarah Palin? Listening to her discuss American history, reminds me of when Thomas Jefferson fought for Civil Rights during WWII, before FDR landed on the moon, in order to prevent Attila the Hun from taking away our guns. You didn't really think I would let her comments and historical (mis)understanding about what the Statue of Liberty represents and Paul Revere's bell-clanging-rootin'-tootin'-shootin' ride to warn the British slip by without notice, did 'ya?

This segment is not to be missed! 

www.stimulatedboredom.com 

Direct download: Seg1.June13.HaveYouSeenMyWiener.mp3
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You know those epic conversations that you have with a friend over a few glasses of <insert libation of choice here>, wherein you exchange ideas, opinions and personal stories about a particular subject? This week I invite you to be a fly on the wall during one of those chats, as the show is joined by guest host & listener favorite, Vanessa G of Girls-Gone-Geek.com. As is the case with all of Vanessa's appearances, the discussion is an entertaining and interesting blend of silly, sarcastic, serious and thought-provoking. :)

The topic of conversation was on the issue of consumerism and its effect on society, the environment and personal identity...a subject (remarkably) I had never really covered in over 6 years of doing the program and one that encompasses a HUGE scope of interesting issues to consider. 

The purpose of the conversation was not to come to any kind of solution or resolution - nor is it meant as a repudiation of capitalism or a consumer based society - but rather an attempt to bring awareness to how much we consume and how often people define themselves (and the perception that others have of us), by what we buy, drive, desire to own or even eat. 

The conversation transitions between such issues as marketing to children, planned & perceived obsolescence, consumer confidence (and its effect on the economy), supply & demand, "buying" a lifestyle and environmental impact. 

I know it sounds "heavy-handed", but the discussion is as accessible (and I would imagine, identical) to the same conversation you might have with friends or family. We had a blast diving into this topic and I think you will come away with a ton of opinions and information to consider for yourselves, as well as being entertained along the way. 

Finally, we round out the show on a lighter (and geekier) note with Vanessa's area of expertise and passion - comic books! For those in the "know", DC Comics announced some pretty big news that is intended to attract a whole new audience to its stable of superheroes and characters, while at the same time continue to be true to its lifelong collectors and fans. We discuss the announcement and what it will mean to the industry, along with new and old fans alike.  

    

www.stimulatedboredom.com

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For the second segment of this week's show I will be playing my friend Jon's music podcast, "Listen Hear...Thank Me Later", in which he was gracious enough (aka: I blackmailed him) to invite on as a guest.

As is the format of Jon's show, each week he introduces 3 bands / 3 songs per artist that he thinks people should be listening to. This week he covered a couple of my own personal favorites, so asked me to join in to share in creating the magic. ;)

This week's artists: Mansions, Two Door Cinema Club and Silversun Pickups. 

Also, be sure to stick around at the end of the show for, "On Second Thought", an assortment of other "honorable mention" tracks from this week's featured artists. 

You can also find Listen Hear on Twitter (@listenhr) or email jonathan@listenhearmusic.com

www.stimulatedboredom.com 

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I'm trying to get this week's show up before the Rapture begins, as it may be the last time that some of you ever hear my voice again. But for the rest of you, I am certain that I will be left behind to record again, so you can continue to get your boredom stimulated during the apocalypse. :)


I’m not going to lie, due to an extremely busy week and lack of sleep, I felt a little discombobulated and off my “game” this week as I discussed and recounted some of the week’s news, but hopefully it doesn’t sound that way!


Anyway, this week’s show is a combination of news, politics, updates on previous discussions and I finally round out the segment with the newest game I have been playing and my impressions of, “L.A. Noire.”


As always, thanks for listening, I hope that you enjoy the show!


www.stimulatedboredom.com 

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Ding Dong Bin Laden’s Dead!


Due to the astounding news of Osama bin Laden’s capture and death, I decided to record a special mid-week segment to provide a comprehensive, informative and entertaining discussion, with guest host Patrick, about the death of bin Laden, the operation that nabbed him, historical context, the politics, ideology and conspiracies surrounding the event.


This 3-hour discussion will likely be one of the more all-encompassing segments that you will hear on the subject matter, as we cover the details relating to the: News, Raid, History, Ideology, Politics and Conspiracies (in that order) of bin Laden from his earliest days, through the Soviet/Afghan war, 9/11 and the decade that followed leading up to his death.


This segment seeks to educate, inform, entertain and provide accurate context to everything surrounding the man, what we were told after 9/11, his effect on American politics and what his death will likely mean for Al Qaeda and terrorism as a tactic.


Does this mean the end of terrorism? When did his hatred of the West foment and why? What will his death do to radical Islamists? How many attacks were attributed to him? What do we do about Pakistan? Should Obama have released his photos? Why the quick burial at sea? Etc etc etc.


We also delve into the politics of the issue, in addition to many of the conspiracy theories circulating within hours of his death.


So much is covered in this special edition, that an appropriate description is hard to write to accurately cover all the bases…therefore I sincerely hope that you enjoy this discussion and come away with new knowledge, understanding, facts and opinions to consider for yourselves.  

www.stimulatedboredom.com    

Direct download: May5.SpecialSegment.BinLadenDead.mp3
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This week we have a LOT to cover, as ‘Stimulated Boredom’ is joined again by perennial listener favorite, Patrick!

Some big news to kick off the show, as we discuss the recent release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate and whether this will finally appease and silence the ridiculous “birther” movement.

Should Obama have released it? What effect might this have on the political discourse, emerging 2012 GOP candidates and the election landscape?

And of course, no “birther” discussion would be complete without mentioning Donald Trump and his monumental ego. We spend a considerable amount of time dissecting Trump’s motives, whether he will run, recent statements (including his Tourette’s afflicted speech in Vegas…which was very “Presidential”), whether he will release his tax records as promised, his new line of attacks on the President, his uncanny ability to pull bullshit out of his ass and the people who support him.

Next, we move on to Paul Ryan’s budget and the flack GOP candidates who support it are receiving in town hall meetings at home.

Does it gut Medicare? How might support for Ryan’s budget backfire? Is giving grandma a $15k healthcare “coupon” an effective measure? Will it actually reduce the deficit? How is the tone different than the town halls meetings during the Healthcare Reform debate?

Lastly, we completely change gears and talk about the recent PSN security breach and shutdown of Sony’s servers due to hackers…which affects over 77 million users / gamers around the world. Is your information safe? What happened? What backlash is Sony experiencing? When will the PSN be back up? What precautions can you take when it does?  


The show also includes a large assortment of additional topics and discussions that you’ll just have to tune in to catch!

www.stimulatedboredom.com

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Last week I provided you guys with the first ever episode of a new hosted music magazine podcast that I helped my friend Jon create entitled, “Listen Hear…Thank Me Later.”

As I mentioned previously, I am producing the initial episodes of Jon’s program, along with temporarily guest hosting, and wanted to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all of the ‘Stimulated Boredom’ listeners who were so welcoming of the segment!

Therefore, this week I bring you the SECOND episode of Jon’s show, as I would like to help him gain some additional exposure…and what better way than with my own amazing listeners from over 100 countries. :)

If you dig Jon’s program, I encourage you to continue to check it out on his Live365.com channel, as he will begin producing and hosting it on his own over the coming weeks.

I am sure you will hear me guest hosting again in the future and I will be sure to keep you informed of those episodes. I will also keep these first 2 shows available on-demand in the archive, but beyond this week you will want to tune into his channel in order to catch any new episodes going forward.

Thanks again for being so supportive of Jon’s program and I hope that you enjoy this second show (and the awesome music) that we recorded earlier this week!

PS - This week Jon features 3 artists that begin with the letter "F"...hence the title. :)

www.stimulatedboredom.com 

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Returned and refreshed from my travels, I focus this week’s discussion on some of the major news of the past 2 weeks, primarily the budget battle that almost led to a government shutdown and was averted (literally) in the final hours.


How similar / different was this battle from the shutdown that occurred in 1995? I also focus on the gross mischaracterization (as framed by the GOP) of Planned Parenthood and the preventative health services that they provide, and my issue with trying to force ideological issues (on either side of the isle) by way of dangling the federal budget as a carrot.


The discussion turns to tax cuts, spending, the economy, our national debt and the current budget deficit.

Next, I give my assessment of the likely field of potential GOP candidates and some of the obstacles that I can foresee. With Gingrich, Palin, Trump, Santorum, Bachmann etc all completely sucking the air out of the room (and news cycle) for the more serious candidates, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for those who actually have a chance, to gain any traction amidst the noise. 


No serious GOP candidate (Romney, Huntsman) can embrace the Tea Party or the “birther” movement. Therefore, for the ones that do, they accomplish nothing more than splitting the primary votes / support and weakening the GOP’s chances of selecting a competitive candidate in 2012. Is the fact that there is no truly interesting and exciting candidate the reason that the likes of Donald Trump is able to garner attention…and is he really running or just using this as a self-aggrandizing marketing stunt for his TV show?  


Side Note: I intended to record a second segment this week, but realized I had essentially covered most of what I wanted to discuss and would have just babbled on for another hour…and nobody wants that. ;)

www.stimulatedboredom.com

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Fresh off his recent trip to SXSW, we are joined by guest host Patrick, as we wax poetic on all things geek (woot!).

This segment revolves around some of the newest trends and innovations in interactive design, social media, gaming and technology.

Patrick also recounts his meeting with Felicia Day (“The Guild”), the power of taking fancy notes and what the future holds for how we interact with companies, websites and entertainment.

We also discuss some of the announcements from CTIA and the newest smart phones on the horizon, as well as the advantages (and disadvantages) of using geo-tagging services such as Foursquare and Gowalla.

Geeks Unite! This segment is for you.

www.stimulatedboredom.com

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