Welcome back to The Triple Po! After a mental health break, I have returned bigger, but necessarily better. On the pre-ramble I talk about Doug Jones and his victory over Roy Moore in the special election for US Senate in Alabama. The margin was only 1.5%, but a win is a win. Roy Moore decides he isn’t going to concede until God tells him to do so, which means the Alabama Secretary of State will have to have to make that call for him. I also briefly discuss the latest Star Wars installment and my feelings about it. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers!
On the palaver I speak to Kevin Watson (no relation) about the various political and economic systems that exist or have existed in human history. We then speak of which systems are especially germane to our current political climate, and what it means for our nation. Kevin laid it out very well, and he did so objectively as possible, though he admits a left-leaning bias. I learned quite a bit, and I hope you will to.
Welcome back to The Triple Po! I have returned from The Native American Slaughter Day break with another spectacular episode. On the pre-ramble, I talk about the travesty that is the #TaxScamBill. It is probably one of the most blatant giveaways to the the wealthy and corporations in American history, and it was passed with no debate and not even completely written when it was passed. It still requires reconciliation with the House to hammer out the final bill, and Democrats may be able to soften the blow a tad, but for the most part the middle class and poor of this country are getting royally screwed. So if you voted for Republican, hey, fuck you!
On the palaver, I speak worth activist, blogger, speaker, and Zen master Alix Jules. We talk about the unique challenges the South faces in implementing change in both politics and social justice. As a New York transplant to Texas, he has an insight into the unique challenges our region faces. We also discuss how to get people who are in other parts of country to understand our plight here. Ultimately, you just have to come and visit! You’ll uh then, trust me. It was a very enlightening talk with an awesome guy. I think y’all will thoroughly enjoy it.
It’s time once again for the best podcast you’ve never heard of, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week in the pre-ramble I read new iTunes reviews, though one douchepickle decided to give me a one-star review. Sad! I then go on an angry rant about the latest sexual harassment allegations against Louis CK, Al Franken and Roy Moore. I am so fed up with these guys doing this shit. It’s time for men to start calling out other men on this bullshit fucking behavior. This is the only way to get this shit to stop.
On the palaver I speak with activist and knitter Monette Richards. We talk about her work at Secular Woman and CFI of Northeast Ohio. We also talk about the workshops she gave at Skepticon, one and half of which I attended! We discussed other topics such as Mythicist Milwaukee, YouTube atheists, the #metoo campaign, and much more. Monette was a pleasure to talk to, and she is passionate about her work, which really comes through in the interview. She is also funny and down to earth, and I am glad I got to meet her in person at Skepticon! I think y’all will enjoy our conversation.
I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Maddy Love and Marissa McCool at Skepticon 10 for a panel entitled ‘Diversifying Atheist Voices’, which we all thought was ironic because we were three White people! We realized, however, that the subject was not ourselves but the guests we had on our shows. We have all certainly tried to have different perspectives on our respective shows. I didn’t talk much, mostly because I was the token allocishet White guy, and Maddy and Marissa are much more experienced in then I am. Nevertheless, it was an honor and privilege to be on the same stage as them, and I especially want to thank Stephanie Zvan for making this panel possible, as well as moderating the panel. I hope y’all enjoy!
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.
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.
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.