Friday, September 27

Ep 199 The Professional Left Podcast

Another Breaking Bad podcast will be up later this afternoon.

Links for this episode:

Karoli's must-read piece from Crooks and Liars on the consequences of Media "Both Sides"ism.

Lawrence O'Donnell: Beltway media likes political lies.

Motivational Biden (LITERALLY)

And here is the list of Driftglass's favorite science fiction characters, as mentioned in Science Fiction University:

Lazarus Long - (multiple stories) (Heinlein)

Jake Stonebender - (Callahan's series) (Spider Robinson)

Dana Franklin - (Kindred) (Octavia Butler)

Frank Frank - (Man in the High Castle)  (Philip K. Dick)

Case - (Neuromancer) (William Gibson)

Gulliver Foyle (The Stars My Destination) (Alfred Bester)

Cirocco Jones (Titan)  (John Varley)

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  1. Thanks! Woohoo! Can't wait to listen.

    Holy Cow. That's one hundred and ninety-nine episodes. And every one was gold. And you did it without a break, for 199 weeks!

    And then there's all the "bonus material." Specials on Chicago politics. Bonus Breaking Bad episodes. Interviews with Bob Cesca, Joan Walsh, Hal Sparks, John Fugelsang, Matt Filipovich, Arvan of Sex Gender Body, to name a few. Radio appearances. On location from Yearly Kos. Comedy skits.

    When you just listen week to week, you don't get a feel for the immensity of it. But when you stand back and look at everything at once ... wow. That's an impressive body of work. And you did it in four years.

    I don't know how you do it. But I'm glad you do. You guys are really good at it.

  2. Daily Kos has a post
    about, well, you can see it in the title of the post.
    Hunter was justifiably appalled. I made this comment, though, and I'd be interested in what Bible Bitch thinks.
    O'Reilly is right that taxation was the major aspect of Roman oppression of the Jews in Jesus's day. (Another major aspect was the crucifixions.) Jesus's followers did hope that, with the help of God's timely intervention, Jesus would establish a perfect kingdom and get rid of the added taxation.
    The difference between the Roman taxation of the Jews and U.S. taxation is that the Roman taxes benefited others -- the money went to Rome or to Herod's gaudy construction projects -- while much of U.S. taxation funds benefits for the general public.
    Suppose that you are not in the general public, but instead are a very rich person and feel that your tax payments are benefiting others and not you. That makes you a Jew and the moochers the Romans.
    Seems crazy? Paul Krugman, among others, has been writing about how the super-rich consider themselves oppressed. See, for example,
    O'Reilly's patrons will get his message.


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