SIO203: Jamie and the Yang Gang

Jamie Lombardi is back to talk about the curious case of Andrew Yang! We explore why there seems to be so much support for him among the alt-right, 4chan, and IDW type people. We also discuss his flagship policy – the UBI. Hop on to patreon.com/seriouspod to enjoy a bonus QnA segment!

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SIO202: The Russia Hoax Hoax

In catching up on some of your many amazing questions, emails, and voicemails, I stumbled into a Glenn Greenwald vortex that I cannot help but sound off on. There is a contingent of the far left (if indeed they are that) that believes liberals fabricated the bulk of the Russia story in order to deflect from Democratic shortcomings. I explore this, and also take a look at what I believe to be the blatant hypocrisy of some of Greenwald’s stances on this. Then, I answer another few questions and two bonus questions in a much needed patron only segment!

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SIO201: Did Al Franken Get Railroaded? with Jamie Lombardi

Recently, a New Yorker article made a case for Al Franken and why he didn’t get the due process he deserved. It points to some inconsistencies in Franken’s first accuser’s story, and explains some misconceptions about the USO tour and the skits that he wrote. But does the evidence justify the central claim – that he was railroaded and shouldn’t have had to resign? Joining me to discuss this question, as well as the wider #metoo implications, is Jamie Lombardi! Jamie also introduces herself and gives some of her background and we talk about a ‘free speech in academia’ talk that she is giving in the fall.

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SIO200: Democratic Debate, Round 2, Night 1

Hey folks, I’m back with a rapid response on night 1 of the… TIME, thank you Thomas. But I didn’t get to explain what the.. TIME thank you Thomas. Moving on. But I… ok you have 3.2 more seconds. That’s it? Ok it’sanepisodeaboutthedebates TIME!

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SIO199: The Problem with #Antifa

… is they get no credit for any good they do, and they get infinite sh*t for anything bad a masked person does, anywhere in the country ever. Today, the occupant of the White House tweeted that “ANTIFA” should be declared “an Organization of Terror.” Well, this sounds like a good time for me to deliver to you an episode I spent hours developing back when Andy Ngo was attacked by someone, but hadn’t ever recorded. So, here it is. Today’s episode is about antifa and how we ought to be thinking about them, how we ought to put them into context, and why no one should give a sh*t about Andy Ngo.

Links: Ngo Claims Brain Hemorrhage; Attack Video; Other Report’s Account; Disturbing Texts Between Oregon Police and Far-Right Group; Right-Wing Extremism Responsible for Every 2018 Extremist Murder; Right Falls for Its Own Fake Antifa Accounts; Disturbing Rape Case; My FB Post Where Medical Professionals Commented; Atlantic Article Epidemic of Disbelief; Police Shootings Database

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SIO198: Why No One Is Racist

…. according to Republicans. Hey folks, sorry for the long hiatus. At the end of the episode, I talk about why I haven’t been recording this show. But before that, I had a conversation with a family member that really made me think about Republicans and how they think about race. I sort of had an epiphany that I wanted to share. Here are a couple links I mention in the show: Sam Harris black friend audio; Philosophy Tube video.

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SIO197: The #DemDebate, Part 2

This one wasn’t as good. Why does hollywood keep pumping out crap sequels. However, Kamala Harris dismantling Biden was maybe worth it. Harris was far and away the winner, in my book. Her poise is something to behold. Buttigieg is a very effective communicator. As weird as it is, I think he has an outside shot. Then there are a bunch of mediocre white men who I can’t keep straight. Plus, I’m definitely ageist. I admit it. All this and more!

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SIO196: The #DemDebate, Part 1

Warren was great, Castro might be a rising star, why don’t people like Cory Booker, and who the hell is Delaney? I watched the debate, and I took copious notes, a couple of which will be utilized. I’ve got lots of preamble, lots of thoughts, and even a ranking of these 10 at the end. Let me know what your ranking is!

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SIO195: A Mormon #metoo Reckoning, with Colleen Dietz

This week my guest is Colleen Dietz, who is the host of the Mormon Happy Hour podcast. On her show, Colleen does a great job discussing important and sometimes heavy topics while still maintaining laughter and good spirits. She’ll need that skill today because unfortunately we’re here to discuss a traumatic assault that happened years ago when she was a new student at BYU, and the woefully inadequate response by the school and the church. We don’t into too much gory detail, but if you want the full weight of her awful experience she has written more about it here. BYU’s victim blaming response was in her opinion almost worse than the assault itself. It took her a long time to come to terms with what happened and why her Mormon faith was not just wrong but how their unhealthy and repressive relationship to sex actually made her more vulnerable to her attacker. However, she’s in a much better place now, and she’s doing amazing work trying to reform the church from without, and helping others reform it from within.

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SIO194: Milkshaking with Eli Bosnick

When Eli Bosnick asks to come on your show and give his lava hot milkshake take you say YES. So that’s what I’ve done. If you’ve wondered how liberals ought to respond to things like the milkshaking or Nazi punching controversies, listen to this episode and wonder no more!

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