Episode 23: The Last Episode?
Episode 23! WOW, so much has happened… After three successful months, a growing listener base, and great subscriptions numbers Mark and Mike worry that the toll of the podcast is too much to bear. Social issues are important, politics are divisive and dividing and arguing against intransigent mobs is exhausting. Can we find a better way? Please listen, and let us know!
Episode 22: Sick and Tired – And Politics Sucks
In Episode 22 Mark and Mike discuss the incessant fatigue of non-stop Partisanship and its destructive force on family, friends, neighbors and one’s own soul. Enough is Enough! We discuss issues on which we have commonality, agree to terms of civility, and try to bring back the joy that seems to be leaving us as we do this podcast. This is a natural cycle in life, and a consequence of the Shit Storms flung at us each and every day.
Episode 21: Natural Consequence to the Death of Civility
Episode 21 is a deep and thoughtful look at the consequences of personal integrity, accountability and responsibility. We also examine the effect of highly divisive rhetoric, especially from our highest political leaders on the disintegration of societal norms leading to violence against those with whom we disagree. This is never OK and it a frightening turn of events in American Society.
Episode 20: Discourse in Danger – Immigration and Politics
In Episode 20 Mark and Mike lament the collapse over civil discourse, not only in America, but even in our Podcast. We are committed to maintaining civility at all costs. We discuss Immigration in detail and what can be done about the state of illegal migration, legal migration, the impact on the demographics in the United States, a subtle undertone of racism and the fear of many, especially white Americans, of becoming a minority in what they consider to be their own country. We discuss, civilly, of course. Let us know what you think.
Episode 19: The Immorality of Teaching Intelligent Design
Episode 19 is about an alarming trend in predominantly Southern, conservative and evangelical States. These Republican States are trying to skirt the ruling by the US Supreme Court against teaching Creationism in public schools. They have re-branded Creationism as Intelligent Design (“ID”), changed it a bit to make it appear scientific and thus pass muster. This is not only illegal but immoral because the kids taught ID and not evolution are at a tremendous disadvantage in the higher education system and in other areas of life. These States are also trying to erase the darker side of American history like slavery and the genocide of the Native Americans.
Episode 18: The Political Correctness Culture War
Episode 18 is about the role of Political Correctness (“PC”), and in this context, in America. Mike is resolute in that PC is important and protects minorities and other disenfranchised groups. Also, that it is never necessary to not be PC since there are much better ways to say things than insult people. Mark, also strongly, takes the point of view that PC has gone too far and is stifling free speech and causes ambiguity in the social discourse. Please listen, and decide for yourselves. Let us know what you think.
Episode 17: Left, Right or Wrong
Today, Mark and Mike discuss how they reached their respective political viewpoints. Mike started out a nominally conservative Republican back in the late 70’s and early 80’s before evolving into the Progressive voice he is today. Mark had the opposite journey. According to popular thinking, Mike’s journey is the opposite of most American men, but that is not necessarily true. Each of us evolve our thinking over time. Listen to see if our journeys match yours.
Episode 16: Kavanaugh Interrupted
This episode is a continuation of Episode 15, where Mark makes an impassioned plea defending the behavior of Judge Kavanaugh during the Senate confirmation hearing. Mike has a different point of view. You decide!
Episode 15: Kavanaugh? Yes or Know?
In this, rather contentious, episode Mark and Mike do not mince words. This is an in-depth discussion on whether Brent Kavanaugh should be confirmed as a Justice on the US Supreme Court. Mike is clearly not a fan, Mark clearly is. This discussion revolves around a the politics of nominations to SCOTUS, the fitness of judge Kavanaugh, the responsibilities of the party in power to instigate investigate, and many other facets of this (rather embarrassing) clown show.
Episode 14: Artificial Intelligence, Should we be Scared?
In Episode 14, Mark and I have a special guest, Brian Garr, an expert in Artificial Intelligence (“AI”). We examine the truths, the myths, and the benefits of AI, as well as the fears (real or imagined) of this emerging and important technology. AI is changing our lives is rapid, always evolving, and need context to be understood.Let us know what you think!
Episode 13: Do Corporations Love God?
In Episode 13 Mark and Mike have a strongly heart-felt discussion regarding the religious conscience of a corporation. Mike is clearly against this notion. Additionally, this topic is extended to the concept of discrimination based on “sincerely held” religious beliefs. We then extend the discussion to immigration, and the need for fair policies for all people, irrespective of religious (or lack thereof) beliefs.Let us know what you think!
Episode 12: Is God Moral
In this Episode we have a special guest, Catalina Martone, host of the podcast “Stuff Your Doctor Should Know”. Mark and Cat argue that morality is best derived from a strong religious foundation, and (of course), Mike argues the anti-theist point of view that this is completely unnecessary. This is loosely a continuation of Episodes 9 and 11.
Episode 11: Rage Against Religion
In this Episode Mark and Mike expand on Episode 9 (Did Man Create God). We have a special guest, Mr. George Kelly. George expands on the notion of atheist by being an anti-theist. We also explore at great depths the notion of being a moral atheist (anti-theist) and how one derives ones morals in the absence of religion.
Episode 10: Monkey Business in FL?
In this Episode Mark expresses an heartfelt outrage against the media portrayal of what Gubernatorial Candidate in Florida, Ron DeSantis, as a racist comment and, by extension that he is a racist. Mike makes another rather heartfelt rebuttal giving his position that DeSantis spoke racially and this says quite a lot about the character of Ron DeSantis. While both of these opinions have merit you must decide for yourself. Furthermore, by the end of the podcast both Mark and Mike come to a common, respectful conclusion, which is where we all hope to arrive.
Episode 9: Did Man Create God?
In this Episode Mark and Mike discuss the basis of Theism versus Atheism, and the notion of whether god must exist. Mike makes the argument that science is more objective than religion and hence there is no need for a man-made construct. Mark generally agrees but with subtle differences. This is an interesting look at a fundamental, societal issue that hits at the root of humanity. Part 1 of 2.
Episode 8: Climate Change – Load of Sh!t or Not (part 2)?
Today is the second installment of our client change debate….A bit more decorum and civility has returned, but the opinions are still as heated. Listen for yourselves and decide. Also, you can click on the “Supporting Documentation” link below for interesting and information information.
Episode 7: Climate Change – Load of Sh!t or Not (part 1)?
Today is a real barn burner… In the first of two episodes Mark and Mike get into this subject, sometimes quite heatedly. In the end, all is good although at times it seems we are at loggerheads with each other. Listen for yourselves and decide.
Episode 6: Mark’s Sh!tStorm
Yeah! Mark and Mike have finally acquired production-worthy audio and mixing equipment! In this Episode we listen to the challenges that Mark is facing finding a new home. This is a problem that affects many, many people due to the lack of affordable housing. We also discuss the Environment, Overpopulation, Conservation (especially water), and Living in Harmony (including common courtesy).
Episode 5: Guns – is Control too Much to Ask?
In this episode Mark and Mike have a Special Guest Devon Handy. Devon has a podcast called HellBent and it is a definite must. Today, with Devon, we discuss reasonable gun control measures and the need for effective policies on background checks, type of guns owned and many other topics.
Episode 4: Corruption and the Swamp under this Administration
In this episode we discuss everything from Corruption, to Iran Sanctions, North Korea, the absolute incompetence of the Trump cabinet (especially Besty DeVos), the truth of the Obama economy versus the tRUMP economy, ruling by Fiat, Tesla going private… and that is just the beginning!
Episode 3: Do We Need the Federal Reserve?
In this episode we briefly discuss QAnon., the tRUMP supporting conspiratory group that believes in the “deep state” and child pornography rings operating in the US Capital of Washington, DC (hint… both are FALSE). We then delve into Mark’s favorite subject being the role, and value, of the Federal Reserve Banking system in the United States.
Episode 2: Regulation and Prosperity!
Today we discuss a wide ranging set of topics from personal stories from both Mark and Mike, to the politics of what is happening on the world stage, to the pro’s and con’s of flat tax versus a consumption tax, to wages, and off-shore business accounts. There is plenty for everyone in this all encompassing conversation.
Episode 1: Why Universal Healthcare?
Mike lays out the reason why healthcare should not be handled like a pure business and offers sound economics that supports his reasoning. Mark challenges Mike, asking him question that the right always chants as why this model is wrong. By the end you may agree with Mike.