The Podcast : Episode 88 – The Tyranny of Terror

Episode 88 – The Tyranny of Terror

In brand new episode of the podcast, Rob takes a look at two recent terrorist events, before dissecting our response in the US to terrorist attacks or threats. First off, the discussion goes over the recent NAACP bombing in Colorado Springs and the lack of a committed media and police response to the issue. Even as the suspect remains at large, and the FBI investigation is allegedly underway, Rob asks some lingering questions the lackluster response to the attack has left in the minds of several locals. Then the discussion turns to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris and the ensuing hate and threats facing Muslims abroad. Also, Rob takes on how to mourn the losses of these kinds of attacks without a martyrization of erasure taking place which either sweeps the ills of the dead under the proverbial rug, or worse, has the ills dismissed as nothing bad as the public embraces and then begins reproducing the bullying-esque behaviors en masse. Then Rob ties it all together with a talk about the ways in which the US has let the terror win and reshape the country, and ways in which we allow terrorists to freely operate in this country so long as they do so behind a veil of Christianity.

Episode 88

Links from the Show

A Brief History of Slavery and the Origins of American Policing’s History of Police (US focused)

Link from Bin on the problematic nature of terms like ‘moral schizophrenia’ (which I used in the last episode, and apologize again for)

KKK’s Historical Ties to US Politics

NAACP Bombing in Colorado Springs


Some Related Stuff to Check Out from Progressive Podcast Australia

Episode 78 – War Declared on Racism Worldwide (PPA) – #BlackLivesMatter and Police Violence discussed

Episode 79 (Mini-cast): #illridewithyou (PPA) – Islmaphobia discussed, Sydney Siege & #illridewithyou campaign

The Podcast : Vegan Helliday Special 8 – And a Crappy New Year

Vegan Helliday Special 8 – And a Crappy New Year

In the return of the Vegan Helliday Special, Rob takes a look at holiday traveling once again, and changes in the vegan landscape in the south since last time he was around. Given the intersectionality that veganism demands, and the fact that Rob’s travels took him home to Tennessee, the episode focuses on a topic that came up in numerous ways while Rob was home, racism. Discussing the #BlackLivesMatter moment, and sharing the long list the NAACP compiled and tweeted recently providing a snapshot of the number of unarmed persons of color who have been killed by police since 1999, the episode does a lengthy dissection of systemic racism as it pertains to and has shaped our current justice system and police force. Winding down with a talk about Leelah Alcorn’s suicide, and the torture that is conversion therapy, the episode covers a large portion of current events that need to be taken with us into the new year so we can make 2015 less crappy than its predecessor.

Hellidays 8

Links from the Show

Article on Antonio Martin

Expanded NAACP short list of unarmed people of color killed by police since 1999

#BlackLivesMatter – (**In the show I misspoked and noted that the movement was started by two women, it was actually three. Their names are Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi!**)

Yves, Thanks for the following info!

Trans Housing Network

1-877-565-8860 – The Trans Lifeline (a crisis hotline created specifically for transgender people run by transgender volunteers)

The Podcast : Episode 87 – Katrina & Our Changing Climate

Episode 87 – Katrina & Our Changing Climate

In this all new special episode of the show, Rob is joined by a very special guest, former podcast co-host, Persephone Pomegranate (aka Angie) to cover the issues surrounding Hurricane Katrina, the flooding of New Orleans, recovery efforts near ten years later in the Gulf, climate change and more as a social action project for a class they took this semester at UCCS on the subject. As they share what they learned, synthesized into a narrative in three parts, the podcast covers topics that all center around lessons we should have learned on back in 2005 as New Orleans drowned. In the wrap-up section of the program, Rob takes a solo flight through emails and talks of #BlackLivesMatter and how this powerful movement of today ties back to Katrina and some of the U.S.’s victims and refugees of climate change.

Episode 87

Links from the Show

Link to full David Suzuki interview that an excerpt was used from to open the show

Outlaws and Injustice


Hollywood had a habit of telling us long ago that the good guys always wore white and the bad guys always wore black. It was a code. It helped us to identify the outlaws. Those who wrote their own codes and disrupted the daily lives of us all with their violence and defiant ways. These days we don’t have such clear lines of division between the good and the bad. Too many of the supposed good guys who live behind badges and take on the responsibility of protecting the public from the outlaws, turn out to be themselves the enemy they so proudly professed they were protecting us from.

Today, the Grand Jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri to not indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown stands as an example that the outlaws are running the system, and that spells nothing but injustice for the rest of us. If you are not afraid right now of the license to abuse that the Grand Jury has handed down to the police of the area (and potentially to the rest of the stations across the nation)…if it doesn’t chill you to the very core, and make you scared to live in this corrupted land of the free, then more than likely you are white. But decisions like this should be feared. Should be fought. I am sickened right now at the state of our system, and the repeated proof it continues to deliver to us proving that in its blinded eyes, black lives do not matter.

I have been watching this situation play out, hoping against my cynical assumptions that racism would prevail, and have been wanting to do an episode of the podcast about it, but I just don’t think I have it in me to do it. This story has broken me in so many ways, because despite my best efforts and ongoing cynicism, I wanted so badly to believe that this case would prove to be the turn around. The needed shift in the system that would course correct this racially biased path our country has been walking since its inception. I wanted to hear that the Grand Jury would stand up to this growing and overwhelming tide of police brutality and state sanctioned murdering of black youths and men that has swept through our history and continues to drown our public today, and say, “NO MORE!”

But instead they’ve said, “No. More.”

And I have no more left. No more patience for this sick and twisted system of racial profiled policing. No more compassion for the trigger happy badged Klansmen that are too many of our police force claiming duty and mistakes in the wakes of lifeless black bodies robbed of their sparks by unfeeling hands. You’re job performances have hints of lynchings, and we see you. No more calm to check my demeanor as ignorance reigns and privileged, willfully blind asshats spew uninformed drivel to support this system of hate.

We have to do better…

The Podcast : Episode 86 – Suck My Ass SCOTUS

Episode 86 – Suck My Ass SCOTUS

In this very angry episode, Rob shoves off the mission for a calmer, less shouty road for the road previously taken. After calmly diving into a few topics shared in the feedback portion of the program, which covers sexism and veganism in a couple of ways, Rob begins unloading both barrels at recent SCOTUS decisions regarding buffer zones and freedom of speech, plus the violence they now attribute to protected speech, to the more pressing decision on Hobby Lobby and health insurance coverage of reproductive care needs for women and the inequality the misogynistic ruling acts to further. Rob also looks at the Facebook study that was recently published and the unethical, underhanded approach they took and lack of trust that makes emotional contagion a dangerous concept, all the while drawing parallels to other animals being used unwillingly as test subjects and how our outrage should really be focused on all animal testing, for human and non-human animals alike.

Episode 86

Links from the Show

FDA Approves AVI Foamguard that Can Suffocate 15,000 Chickens in 15 Minutes

SCOTUS doesn’t like buffer zones (except the one around them)

Supreme Court Strikes Down Contraception Mandate (even though there wasn’t one) Stands Up for Misogyny

Hobby Lobby invests in numerous abortion and contraception products while claiming religious objection

Stop Calling Hobby Lobby a Christian Business

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-page Dissent on Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Hillary Clinton Condemns Deeply Disturbing Hobby Lobby Ruling

Debbie Wasserman Schultz decries impact of Hobby Lobby decision on birth control

John Oliver takes on Hobby Lobby: “Gov’t is not an a la carte system”

The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision

Facebook’s Unethical Experiment

The Podcast : Episode 85 – Male Aggression

Episode 85 – Male Aggression

In this episode, Rob discusses a story sent in via Species Barrier Podcast host Ruth that deals with the unending economic growth we pursue without conscience or understanding the truth of its unsustainable nature. Then the show focuses somewhat strictly on male aggression and male acts of violence, especially those which target women. Covering the recent tragedy in California, Rob looks at the motives behind Elliot Rodgers killing spree and places part of the blame on the misogynistic socialization of males to perform this violent masculinity we are taught makes us real men. The show also discusses slightly how mental health often becomes the scapegoat in these instances only making the situation that much worse. There is a trigger warning for episode of the program that deals with violence directed at women, rape culture, and the male entitlement to women’s bodies. Opening song: Consolidated’s “Typical Male”

Episode 85

Links from the Show

Watch Documentary GrowthBusters Online

If We Can’t Change Our Economic System Our Number’s Up

Story of the killing spree near UC Santa Barbara

The Podcast : Episode 84 – Bullies With Guns

Episode 84 – Bullies With Guns

In this episode, Rob touches on climate change again in discussing the flooding in the Balkans, along with some feedback and podcast recommendations before getting to some current events. First up, Rob looks at Macklemore and his problematic racist actions and the awareness he claims that make his actions that much worse, and the California Dietetic Association’s conference sponsored by and promoting junk and fast food companies and products. The show switches gears then to cover the male bullies with guns who are using threats of violence to silence women speaking out for gun control. There is a trigger warning for portions of this program that deal with violence directed at women and threats of sexual violence used as a silencer.

Episode 84

Links from the Show

Macklemore Dresses up as Offensive Jewish Caricature at Secret Rally, I Mean, Concert

Take a Trip to the McDonalds Sponsored Nutritionist Conference

Bullies with Guns Silencing Women on Issues of Gun Control

Tell the FCC to Protect the Open Internet

The Podcast : Episode 83 – Socializing Gender Limits

Episode 83 – Socializing Gender Limits

In this episode, Rob shares a little feedback that touches on celebrity obsession before focusing on climate change and the selfish lack of compassion behind those who would us not act now. Rob then shifts gears and talks about lying and coercion from anti-choice activists, meeting said aggression with violence, Holocaust appropriation in civil change movements, bell hooks takes on liberal feminism and beauty standards and patriarchal rape culture’s treatment of women of color and Beyonce, language matters, and socializing limitations for boys and girls, the power of stereotypes and more. There is a trigger warning for portions of this program that deal with rape.

Episode 83

Links from the Show

Climate Change resource from Marcus

bell hooks Will Save Us All From the Long Slow Death that is Popular Feminism

Beyonce is a Terrorist According to bell hooks

What bell hooks Really Means When She Calls Beyoncé a ‘Terrorist’

GNP – How to Avoid Implicit Sexism

The Podcast : Episode 82 – Connecting the Dots

Episode 82 – Connecting the Dots

In this new episode, Rob takes a look at some feedback which takes the discussion to one of speciesism and touches on Carol Adams absent referent before moving onto connecting the dots on the mindsets of oppression driving the matrix of domination. With some current events covered too, the show brushes over religious freedom, buffer zones, free speech, Arizona Russia and anti LGBTQ legislation, and even takes a bite out of celebrity culture.

Episode 82

Links from the Show

12 Horror Stories Show Why Wednesday’s Big Supreme Court Abortion Case Matters

The Guy Who Wants to Sell Lab-Grown Salami Made of Kanye West Is “100% Serious”

Russian Anti-Gay Law Response PDF

The Podcast : Episode 81 – Social Construction of Whiteness

Episode 81 – Social Construction of Whiteness

In this new episode of the podcast, Rob re-addresses and dissects the issue of consent a little more, looking at it via two lenses: individual and institutional. Then he shares an essay from Martha R. Mahoney, The Social Construction of Whiteness, along with some accompanying thoughts on the issue at hand. Featuring music from the Auckland Law Revue Girls! **Trigger Warning for the opening talk on consent and rape culture**

Episode 81

Links from the Show

Progressive Podcast Australia Ep. 44 Rethinking Porn and Sex Work – A Happy Ending to the Year

Auckland Law Revue Girls – Defined Lines (Blurred Lines Feminist Parody)

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

The Day We Fight Back! – Feb 11th we take on online surveillance!