TPPP Episode 61 : Skepticon 10 Recap

Welcome to another thrilling edition of The Triple Po! I attended Skepticon 10, which was November 10 – 12 in Springfield, MO. I had a lot of fun, and I learned so much from the workshops and speakers. I got to meet so many cool people, both old friends and new faces. I want to thank you the organizers for putting it on, and I look forward to attending the next Skepticon, which I found out will be in St. Louis next time, which is closer to me!

For the palaver, I did some mini-interviews with six people : blogger, activist and friend Jessica Xiao; volunteer at the Humanist Service Corps Jude Lane; blogger and activist Heina Dadabhoy; blogger, activist, sometime podcaster and Queen of the Outrage Brigade Stephanie Zvan; Organizer and activist Monette Richards; and Founder and President of Black Nonbelievers Inc., and one of my favorite people Mandisa Thomas. It was such a pleasure and honor to speak to them. All of them have been on the show previously except Monette Richards, and that will be remedied soon as I am interviewing her next week. The show is longer than usual, but I felt that getting all these voices out there was important, and I hope I think y’all will agree.

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Skepticon Home Page

Jessica Xiao on Twitter

Jessica Xiao’s Patreon Page

Black Nonbelievers Inc.

Mandisa Thomas on Twitter

Black Nonbelievers on Facebook

Almost Diamonds

Heinous Dealings

Humanist Service Corps

Secular Women Work

Recovering From Religion

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TPPP Episode 60 : Dan Arel, Commie Scum

Welcome to another exciting edition of The Triple Po! This week in the pre-ramble, I talk briefly about another mass shooting, this time at a small church in a small town in Texas. I opine about how we still won’t get gun control laws, and the futility of believing in a God that allows these incidents to happen. I also briefly talk about Trump’s new tax plan and how it’s royally screwing over the middle class.

On the palaver, I speak to my former archnemesis Dan Arel. We talk about our feud and how it occurred, as well as subjects such as Nazi punching and antifa, with a little Mythicist Milwaukee kvetching thrown in. We still have disagreements on certain tactics, and I let him know this, but I think we both felt like this was a productive and worthwhile exchange. I hope y’all agree.

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Texas Church Shooting Leaves At Least 26 Dead, Officials Say

Are you middle class enough to get a tax cut from President Trump’s plan?

Dan Arel’s personal website

Dan Arel on Facebook

Dan Arel on Twitter

Dan Arel’s Profile on Amazon

Danthropology Podcast

Dan Arel on Patreon

Skepticon

TPPP Episode 59 : Of Grief and Dying

Welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast. This week is a somber episode, as I discuss the recent death of my grandmother. I briefly recount my memories with her, as well as what the funeral was like. It was a very sad affair, but I think most took some comfort because she had a long, rich life and she was no longer suffering.

On the palaver I talk to my friend Brynda Quinn, a clinical psychologist, about grieving as an atheist. She offers special insight because her husband died, and thus is more familiar with the process. We also talk about specific steps we can take to help make the grieving process easier. We also discuss specifically my grandmother and what I can do to deal with her death. The coping techniques we discuss can apply to all those dealing with grief, not just atheists. I hope perhaps that this episode can serve to help people with their own grief, as well as prepare those who have not experienced this sort of situation as of yet for how to deal with grief in the future.

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Grief Beyond Belief

Secular Therapy Project

Daily Strength

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee

Sunday Assembly Nashville

TPPP Episode 58 : Hard To Say I’m Sorry

The Podunk Polymath Podcast has returned from yet another week hiatus to bring you the truth! I am going to try to get back on a weekly schedule, but I have added a bit to my already busy life and I’m trying to sort it out. I ask that you bear with me The Triple Po through this transition!

On the pre-ramble this week I talk about that loathsome piece of shit Harvey Weinstein and his serial rapes, as well as the #metoo campaign which it sparked. I also talk about how men need to get up off their asses and stand up against these assholes who harass and assault women right in front of our eyes as we sit back and say nothing. Men fucking caused this problem, and we have to fix it.

On the palaver it was my honor to speak to another SJW I admire, Stephanie Zvan. We talk about the need for public figures to be able to take criticism and learn from it. We discuss a couple of examples of people who did not take this advice, namely a certain ‘thinking’ atheist, as well as Stephanie’s own experiences with needing to apologize for things she has written in the past. We also talk briefly about her history of harassed, but also on a more positive note her appearance at Skepticon! Stephanie is someone I have followed and strived to emulate in some small way, and I was flattered when she approached me about interviewing her. It was an enlightening conversation with a remarkable individual.

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TPPP Episode 57 : Walking the Walk

The Triple Po has returned from a one week hiatus. I had a lot going on, so I apologize, but now I am back! On the pre-ramble, I talk about my experience at Oktoberfest in Nashville with friend and former guest William and their boyfriend Dan. We had a great time drinking beer, as well as seeing street preachers and checking out the various and sundry tents selling their wares. I also talk about something a little less cheery, that being a White Supremacist protest that is coming up in Shelbyville, TN, on October 28th, and perhaps one in Murfreesboro. There has already been a counterprotest that has emerged, and I will be going to it. We have to show these assholes that we’re not going to stand by and let them spew their hate unchallenged.

On the palaver, I speak to one of my favorite people, Mandisa Thomas, who most of y’all probably already know as the founder and president of Black Nonbelievers Inc. We talk about her organization and how it was founded. We also talk about the need for allies to step up and get involved. Another subject we hit on is some of the negative feedback she has gotten from some of those in the Black community, including a confrontation at a conference where someone verbally attacked her. She also gives a statement regarding the travesty at Mythicist Milwaukee. There are plenty of other things that we discuss but you will have to listen to find out! Mandisa definitely walks the walk, and she is the closest things I have to a hero.

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BooToHate Stop the Pointyhead Supremacene in Shelbyville! Facebook Event Page

Black Nonbelievers, Inc.

Black Nonbelievers on Facebook

Black Nonbelievers on Twitter

Black Nonbelievers on YouTube

 

 

TPPP Episode 51 : Reasonable Discussion Of Gentrification

It’s time once again for another exciting episode of The Triple Po! In the pre-ramble I give a synopsis of what happened at the second iteration of Atheists at the Pub. Spoiler : It was fucking awesome! I then mention my drunken appearance on Brainstorm Podcast, and especially my rant about an article regarding trans people and dating. Also, friend and previous guest on the show Natalie Newell was on The Scathing Atheist to talk about her documentary ‘Science Moms’.

For the palaver of, I have host of Reasonable Risk podcast to talk about gentrification. We talk the definition of gentrification, asking well as the pros and cons. We then offer up ways that a balance might be achieved between the needs of developers and those people who are being harmed by the effects of gentrification.

On the post-ramble I apologize for the shitty sound quality of my side of the interview, which almost certainly a result of the laptop mic somehow being uses as opposed to my regular microphone. And once again because I have a shitty memory and I forgot to mention the fact in the pre-ramble, I mention that the show logo was spruced up a bit, just in time for the #OneYearPodunkiversary. Speaking of that, I also forgot to mention in the pre-ramble that the one-year anniversary live show is coming up on August 12th. Make sure you ‘call in’ via Google Hangouts. It should be a lot of fun. There might even be some Facebook karaoke involved! Thanks for listening, and I hope y’all enjoy the show!

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Scathing Atheist 233: Science Moms Edition

The Brainstorm Podcast

Globeville, Elyria and Swansea could be erased without aggressive intervention

Denver Post readers weigh in on gentrification of city’s neighborhoods (7 letters)

As Denver’s neighborhoods gentrify, the poor are pushed to new pockets of poverty

Note to gentrifying Denver: You can’t always live where you want, but…

Denver’s communities of color need help now

At $225,000 a unit, affordable housing is difficult in Denver, but not impossible

What Denver is doing to deal with gentrification

A great city isn’t just for the rich

Sound Off: The Denver Post opinion newsletter: June 26, 2017

Gentrification, affordable housing, and the changing face of Denver (4 letters)

Land rush ahead of I-70 overhaul spurs residents to protect their neighborhood

Jeff Prebeg, Jr. on Twitter

The Podunk Polymath Podcast #OneYearPodunkiversary Live Show

TPPP Episode 56 : Southern Inhospitality

The Triple Po is in full effect! This week on the pre-ramble I read a kind message I received, and then I go on a bit of a rant about Trump’s comments about those not standing for the flag in which he calls them ‘sons of bitches’, once again demonstrating what a disgraceful piece of shit the Orange Overlord is.

On the palaver I speak with atheist, musician, and fellow Tennesseean Stephen Barry. We talk about his experiences with racism in the South; his life as a military brat; his music; as well other things. We had a great conversation. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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Trump : NFL owners should fire players who protest the national anthem

The Barry Orchestra on Bandcamp

Mr. Barry and his Orchestra…