Monday, October 29, 2012

The Grace and Paul Pottscast, Conversation 3: October 28, 2012

This episode is assembled from a chat in front of our fireplace on October 28th, and a walk through the neighborhood on October 25th.

Topics: the Michigan ballot; optical scan ballots; third parties; reviewing our Saginaw ballot; partisan and non-partisan; the proposals; the Michigan emergency manager law; the tragedy of Benton Harbor; how proposals are worded in confusing ways; the constitutional amendment to allow collective bargaining; how the emergency manager law started out as a Democratic law; the new renewable energy amendment proposal; proposals written as amendments; it works in Iowa; collective bargaining for  home-care workers; SEIU and the back-story; a proposal to place limits on taxes; legislators voting themselves raises; the weirdly specific bridge-to-Canada proposal; doing the regular state business by constitutional amendment as symptom of a broken political process; millages; segue into our outdoor walk; the state of our garden; land taxes as a mechanism for reversing urban decline; voter suppression; shucking and jiving; racist language; home-schooling; education; being an auto-didact; eulogy for Wendell Taylor Sr.; returning from the recording of our walk; racist political language redux; our endless toxic election season; phony centrism; conspiracy theories and the search for truth about the Benghazi attack; the theory that we were arming the Syrian resistance; Romney would do the same thing but louder and whiter; the cowardly left; both sides aren't psychotic, but both sides are delusional hypocrites; calling Obama a "house nigger"; a whole rich stew of meaning; Uncle Tom's White House; JFK got uppity; the man of the house; poking the hornet's nest; holding your President to his promises.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Grace and Paul Pottscast, Conversation 2: October 20, 2012

Topics: our 11th wedding anniversary; remembering wombat Chelsea Clinton; the damp gets into our old bones; the joys of fireplaces; food stamps as corporate giveaway, revisited; entitlement programs as wealth transfers to corporations, not to people; everyone has skin in the game; you can't tax that dollar again; Fort Knox; money is loaned into existence; money as life-blood; stagnant pools of money; the Founders on aristocracy; these aren't the job creators you're looking for; stimulus-funded construction projects; Solyndra; the jobs bill; why stimulus can't get people out of poverty; what an asset stimulus might look like; adding one employee to a thousand businesses, as opposed to a thousand employees to one business; diversifying and specializing; apprenticeships and internships; skills that pay; NAFTA as the root of our immigration problem; exporting poverty and wealth transfer; invisible workers; what you have that Australia doesn't already have; you can't eat the asset; Strong Towns book giveaway (send us your mailing address for a free copy).

Closing music: Paul improvises on the mighty Yamaha DX-7, accompanied by his iPod.

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More information about how money is loaned into existence; The New New Deal book; The New York Review of Books article (you must be a subscriber to read the whole thing); the jobs bill (full text PDF): American Jobs Act - The White HouseWhite House summary; summary; DailyKOS summaryForbes summary.

We reference some subjects that I have covered in previous General Purpose Podcasts: Philip Blond; a previous rant recorded after the S&P Debt Downgrade; a panel discussion on Reagan's Eighth Term; the Building the Ark program.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Introducing the Grace and Paul Pottscast

A New Feed

I am setting up an additional feed to contain a series of long-form, uncensored, unedited conversations with my wife Rebekah Grace Potts, recorded in my home studio.

I'm splitting this off because it doesn't feel like it should be a part of the more free-form General Purpose Podcast feed. I chose the "general purpose" name because I really wanted to be free to include a wide variety of sound files including monologues, dialogues, conversations, ambient recordings, bits and pieces of music, and sound collages that express things I'm not able to put into words or music.

That back-catalog of content includes some conversations with Grace, but the mix of content mostly reflects my interests and personality. The intent with this new feed is to highlight specifically new conversations with Grace, featuring her interests, areas where our interests overlap, and perhaps guests, either recorded live in the studio or via Skype.

New Podcast Feed (note: use this link for iTunes or other pod-catcher software; this is not the link to the MP3 file).

Conversation 1: October 6, 2012

Part one: It's true, Paul raps; man-cave studio upgrades; Bloodthirsty Vegetarians; the 2012 presidential election; Jill Stein; Joe Shriner; playing electoral Stratego; the lesser of two weevils; life under Romney; Obamacare; the terrors of for-profit health care; death panels, triage, and end-of-life care.

Break 1: Paul plays the guitar part for Jonathan Coulton's song "I Crush Everything."

Part two: end-of-life decision making, continued; they will abuse your corpse for money; the single-preyer system; food stamps as corporate giveaway; seeds for victory; food deserts; the poor as bogeyman; the southern strategy; you have to pay your darkies now; using race to manipulate politics; the house nigger can't get uppity; Obama's debate performance; disqualified for black rage; fried chicken in Camp Delta; Clinton, the first black president; my parents were married at one time; gratitude; everything sucks; Grace makes jokes.

Break 2: Paul plays the guitar part for Jonathan Coulton's song "Nemeses."

Part three: PBS as a conservative community value; Sesame Street as radical culture; Elmo in loco parentis; Ren and Stimpy is not for your four-year-old; if you have ads, then you have to please your advertisers; giving your kids up to the Red Chinese; Big Bird's drumsticks pack a lot of meat; sorry kids, your parents should have made more money; when the Mormon church became mainstream; Christians get a say in what makes a Christian; Mitt Romney is proud of his faith; the creeds; I am not a nuclear physicist, despite my degree in English; baptizing our dead slaves; Rosa sat so Martin could walk so Obama could run; never forgetting and never remembering; desegregation and fixing racism; separate but equal at least means equal; the Maafa; dismembering families for fun and profit; there will be a test; bye!

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