TPPP Episode 52 : #OneYearPodunkiversary Live Show

It’s that episode y’all has been waiting for : The #OneYearPodunkiversary Live Show! Myself and guest Zach Law from Zachrilege Cast host a two and a half hour extravaganza! We karaoked, took calls, played voicemails, read emails, we laughed, we cried. Well, maybe not the last one, but we did have great time talking to our friends and listeners including Jeremiah and Ari from SJW Circle Jerk, who were in studio with Michael Schaffer, host of Reasonable Risk Podcast and show patron; Amy Kuhel from The Ginger Snaps; friend and one-time guest William Ferguson; listener and badass Jon Livingston, who is most certainly NOT Ishmael Brown; Rob from Secular Yakking; Nathan Dickey from Trolling With Logic; and friend and sometime co-conspirator Jeanne Ikerd. I had a lot of fun doing this, and I am so grateful and humbled by all the support and love I have received over the past year. I also wanted to thank Dot Dot Dash for their music, which has become an integral part of the show. My patrons deserve thanks as well for thinking enough of my humble creation to actually pay for it. And, finally, to all of you have listened and interacted with me over the past year. It has truly been a pleasure and an honor to be your host. Here’s to hoping for plenty of years to come!

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Trolling With Logic

Secular Yakking

The Ginger Snaps

Naked Mormonism

SJW Circle Jerk

Reasonable Risk Podcast

 

 

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TPPP Episode 50 : Real Life with the Crails

It’s time once again for The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble I talk about Trump tweeting that transgender folk will no longer be allowed in the military, once again proving that he’s a heartless prick, among many other things. We also find out how McCain redeemed himself a bit by voting against the repeal of Obamacare. We then go back to the radioactive Trump administration to find a foul-mouthed fuckstick has taken up the position of White House Communications Director. Finally, we wrap things up on a positive note by announcing a live show for the one year anniversary of the podcast!

On the palaver this week, I speak with my friends Jenica and Patrick Crail about their activism; their journey to deconversion; their new podcast; murder; their favorite kind of beer; and much more! These are the two of the coolest atheists ever, and definitely one of the hottest couples. I guarantee you’ll fall in love a with them… or else!

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Transgender People Can Still Serve for Now, U.S. Military Says

McCain casts crucial vote to kill ‘skinny’ ObamaCare repeal

Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon

Real Life Beyond Faith

Real Life Beyond Faith on Facebook

Real Life Beyond Faith on Twitter

TPPP Episode 49 : Trolling With Nathan

A day late but hopefully not a dollar short, here comes The Triple Po! On the pre-ramble I give a recap of the awesomeness that was Secular Saturday in Chattanooga. It was a lot of fun, and I got to hang out with some old friends as well as some new ones. It was a fucking blast!

On the palaver I speak with co-host of Trolling With Logic, Nathan Dickey. We talk about his show; some topics he has covered; what guests he’s had on; and… Lars von Trier? Yes, it was a wide-ranging and entertaining conversation that you’re not going to want to miss.

On the post-ramble, I talk about Jenica and Patrick Crail’s new podcast, Real Life Beyond Faith! The first episode is about to be released, and they have a Twitter and a Facebook page. Make sure you go check them out!

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Trolling With Logic

Trolling With Logic on Facebook

Trolling With Logic on Twitter

Real Life Beyond Faith on Facebook

Real Life Beyond Faith on Twitter

TPPP Episode 48 : Hearing Voices 

Welcome to another installment of The Triple Po! In the pre-ramble this week, I announce THREE new patrons and a patron who is increasing their pledge! I also read another positive iTunes review. Finally, I remind everyone about Secular Saturday which is coming up this weekend.

On the palaver I speak to Rakeem and Esmerelda of The Outer Voices Podcast. We talk about their podcast; sex; the challenges of being a Black man in the South; polyamory; and much more. It was a great conversation with a couple of awesome people

On the post-ramble, I mention that I will be on PaleoRadio on Monday, July 17th, at 10 am Central, since once again I forgot to mention something in the pre-ramble. The topic will be ‘Is the Atheist Movement Eating Itself Alive?’ It should be an interesting discussion. Y’all should definitely check it out.

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Secular Saturday Convention

The Outer Voices Podcast

PaleoRadio

TPPP Episode 47 : True Neutral 

Welcome to another exciting installment of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! On the pre-ramble this week, it’s all good news as I read a very kind message from a friend and listener; an iTunes review with a little pizazz; new patrons; and an appearance on Trolling With Logic! I also remind y’all to get your tickets to the upcoming Secular Saturday Conference, and I also announce the next Atheists at the Pub on August 5th. It’s a cornucopia of coolness!

On the palaver this week, I speak to podcaster, friend, and Canadian Cory Johnston. We talk about his main gig as a co-host of Brainstorm Podcast, as well as his side project, The Hardcore Skeptic Examines. We talk about his focus on social justice, and his attempts to look at both sides of the issue, with sometimes less than optimal results, especially from the anti-SJW side. It’s a great conversation about social justice and the role it plays in our community, as well as the sometimes frustrating lack of honest discourse. I enjoyed speaking with him, and I think y’all will enjoy listening.

The post-ramble is the same shameless self-promotion as usual, but with the added twist of the mention of the upcoming one year anniversary of the podcast on August 15th. I only reason I talked about it in this segment is because of my notoriously bad memory. If y’all want to give me any audio or written messages, good or bad, to play or read on the anniversary episode, you can email, message, or call the phone-in line. I really hope I get a lot of messages because I always like hearing from y’all!

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The Biskeptical Podcast

Trolling with Logic – #040 – Chris Watson the Podunk Polymath

Secular Saturday Convention

Atheists at the Pub Event Page

The Brainstorm Podcast

The Hardcore Skeptic Examines

TPPP Episode 46 : Humanist Service Beyond Belief

Thanks for joining me once again for that podcast that is more addictive than crack, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week’s intro is read by those spicy redheads from The Ginger Snaps, and of course they had to do it THEIR way! On the pre-ramble I talk about the inaugural Atheists in the Pub held at East Nashville Beer Works in Nashville. We had a good group of people come out, and I look forward to doing future AitP’s with even more people! If you’re in the Middle Tennessee area, or anywhere else, come and check out the next event if you can. I also briefly mention the Cheeto-in-Chief’s not so veiled threat to commit violence on CNN. What can you even say anymore?

On the palaver I speak to Jude Lane and Warren Tidwell from the Humanist Service Corps, which is under the umbrella of the Foundation Beyond Belief. They tell me about their work in Ghana assisting women who are accused of being witches; helping with building vital infrastructure in the villages; as well as some of the challenges they encounter in their endeavors. I admire these guys greatly, indeed anyone who does this sort of work in the service of humanism. I think it helps to show that atheists are capable of doing good, and that we can achieve great things. I think y’all would agree that their stories are very inspiring, and we should all strive to do more within our own abilities to help people.

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The Ginger Snaps on Spreaker

The Ginger Snaps on Facebook

The Ginger Snaps on Twitter

Lawmakers blast Trump’s ‘crude, false, and unpresidential’ CNN tweet

Foundation Beyond Belief

Foundation Beyond Belief on Facebook

Foundation Beyond Belief on Twitter

Humanist Service Corps

Humanist Service Corps on Facebook

Humanist Service Corps on Twitter

 

 

 

A Journey Into Darkness 

I originally posted the following essay as a Facebook post, but I thought I would also put it on my blog, because I hope that perhaps someone might see this and know they are not alone and that they aren’t losing their minds as I did when it happened to me. 

I generally don’t issue content warnings, but I am making an exception in this case as it may be triggering for some. I am going to talk about my first panic attack and descent to depression thereafter. This was inspired by hearing Ari talking about their experiences on the SJW Circle Jerk.  

I should preface with saying that this panic attack I am describing was the the first one that was induced by substance use. I actually had one when I foolishly smoked too much of the that potent Amsterdam weed. I went there to visit when I lived with my Dad when he was stationed in Germany. The feelings were the same but only temporary. 

So on to the first “chemical imbalance” experience. I was sitting there drinking some cheap wine because I was too young yet to buy alcohol on my own. I was only 20. I was living with Stepmother and my then baby sister. Dad had gone to Omaha for a job and they were going to join him and I was planning on staying in school in Montgomery and staying with a friend. So anyway I am just sitting there drinking when all of a sudden this wave of utter terror overcame me. I had no idea what was going on because I was just sitting there and there was no external cause. I had this overwhelming feeling that I was going to die and my throat felt like it was closing up. For some reason I thought gargling salt water would help, which obviously didn’t do shit. I considered calling an ambulance because I really thought I was going to die. Keep in mind that I didn’t know anything about mental illness and the internet wasn’t as ubiquitous as it is today so I couldn’t really look it up. So finally somehow I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep. 

Thus feeling of terror only diminished somewhat over they next six months. It was replaced by a background feeling of hopelessness and nearly overwhelming anxiety. Nothing was done enjoyable. I lost a lot of weight. I even cut out caffeine and smoking because I thought that had something to do with it. Luckily I was a on break from college so that was OK. I basically just stopped going to work because I couldn’t muster the energy to move. They basically fired me because I stopped showing up. At one point I went to a doctor on base and they gave me Buspar which did nothing except make me lightheaded. I finally just gave up on the idea if staying in college at AUM and came back to Nashville to live with my mom. It was through her love and assistance that I finally got to help I needed and started taking Zoloft. Eventually I emerged from the darkness a started feeling semi-normal again. So that is a brief synopsis of my introduction to mental illness. A couple of things I wanted to mention that I felt during this time 

  • I felt disassociated. Things didn’t seem real and I felt like I was a ghost 
  • I got this strange fear that I was going to go blind. I think this is a from hearing Terry Gilliam went blind temporarily due to stress when he was directing a movie. This is a feeling I deal with to this day on occasion. 
  • I couldn’t leave town. A friend wanted me to go out of town with him. I got like a half an hour out of the city and I told him to turn back. I was afraid of being away from the hospital in case something happened. 

These are just a few of the things. I am don’t want to keep y’all longer. But this shit is real and anyone who tells you that antidepressants don’t help like Tom mother fucking Cruise should be kneecapped.