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10.16.19. Message to the Midwest

EThis week we look at shifting attitudes among Americans in response to the recent Democratic Debate, and whether the Democratic message is one that voters in the Midwest can get behind. Behold, the signs of the times... families locked up in basement bunkers literally awaiting "the end of time," as well as world leaders riding majestic white stallions to sacred mountaintops, destabilization in the Middle East, and perhaps most telling of all, USA Today becoming the latest casualty of the Internet Age, with reports the leading "McPaper" may be phasing out its print edition altogether. The times they are a-changin'... but what does that mean? After world news and other commentary, we take a look at American attitudes in relation to issues discussed by Democratic hopefuls during the latest round of debates, which ranked as the largest in history. Among the topics discussed were Joe Biden's son and the present Ukraine scandal, Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All plan, and the lack of substantive answers as to how it will be paid for without imposing undue tax burdens on Americans, and of course, the impeachment of Donald Trump. However, many pundits were asking questions about the age of frontrunners Biden, Warren, and Sanders, as well as whether many of these Democrats are shifting too far to the left with their messages and policies. In an unexpected response to this leftward-shift, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of Southbend, Indiana, made quite an impact during the debate, which raises more fundamental questions about whether voters in the Midwest will get behind the message of messages that are increasingly being compared to "culture wars." DOLLARS FOR DONUTS A special thank you to those who donated to the podcast this week: * RUNE * Scott Dais * Shelly Orlandini * Sascha Neubauer * Jessica Riley If you like Middle Theory and want to help support the show, you candonate to the program here: We also offer SUBSCRIPTION accounts for those who would like to make recurring monthly payments to Middle Theory. If you would prefer to SUBSCRIBE to the program, click here to visit our DONATES page, and scroll down below the primary DONATE button. SHOW NOTES * AWAITING THE END: Dutch family locked in cellar for years were 'waiting for the end of time' * KIM’S SACRED SPACE: 'Defiant message' as N.Korea's Kim rides white horse on sacred mountain * McPAPER ONLINE… ONLY: USA TODAY phasing out print edition * TRASH TALK: Erdogan put letter from Trump on Syria withdrawal “in the bin” * Trump appears to confirm open secret about US nuclear weapons in Turkey * POLL SHIFT: Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up to 52% * Ony Once Has Gallup Seen More Support for Impeaching a President *

69 MIN4 d ago
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10.16.19. Message to the Midwest

10.11.19. The Drudge Retort

EThis week, we look at how the opinions of leading conservative media personalities like Matt Drudge are swaying public opinion in favor of Donald Trump's impeachment. More Americans these days are complaining about issues with anxiety. In fact, one recent poll suggests that one in every five believe they suffer from an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. What could be the cause behind this, and what role does social media play in causing anxiety and general unhappiness among Americans? We also look at the "nontroversy" surrounding talk host Ellen DeGeneres, who appeared next to former President George W. Bush recently at a Dallas Cowboys game, and media reactions to the unusual alliance between them. In a recent Fox News poll, slightly more than half of Americans appear to be in favor of Donald Trump's impeachment and removal from office. This was certainly a surprise to be coming from a conservative media outlet, although they weren't the only ones on the political right reporting unfavo...

63 MIN1 w ago
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10.11.19. The Drudge Retort

10.01.19. Bullshit: A Theory

EOn this edition of the podcast, we examine one professor's "Theory of Bullshit", the downfall of media in the Internet Age, and the ongoing saga of the attempt to impeach Donald Trump. Sometimes, you just have to cut the bullshit. Which is why on this episode we cut right to the chase: when did so much of the news we hear about every day become "bullshit"? A while back, Professor Harry Frankfurt of Princeton University attempted to understand the concept of "bullshit" from a scholarly perspective, which we borrow from in our examination of how the World Wide Web and issues pertaining to monetization helped foment a serious crisis in the modern media. Then later in the program, we turn our attention to new developments in the ongoing saga that is the attempt to impeach Donald Trump. While the current debacle involving Ukraine may not involve any laws having been broken, there are nonetheless several legal arguments that have been made which justify the idea of Trump's impeachment. Bu...

81 MIN2 w ago
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10.01.19. Bullshit: A Theory

09.25.19. Ukraine Calling

EThis week, impeachment proceedings ensue in the aftermath of a phone call between Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Another day, another controversy... and leading off this week with commentary on what VICE has called "The Great American Vape Panic of 2019," a series of lawsuits are rocking the eCigarette industry. Also making the news from over in the UK is a Supreme Court decision that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, with many in government now calling for his resignation. Then at the heart of our discussion this week, a controversial phone call between Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has evoked controversy over whether the U.S. President was withholding funding aid to Ukraine, possibly as leverage for gaining the country's help in investigating claims against Democratic front-runner Joe Biden. This resulted in impeachment proceedings by the Democratic-led House, and even many of Donald Trump's supporters are ...

72 MIN3 w ago
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09.25.19. Ukraine Calling

09.17.19. Locked and Loaded

EOn this episode, we compare modern political life to Ancient Rome and look at Donald Trump's "Locked and Loaded" relationship with the Middle East. Life in Ancient Rome was far from perfect, just like life today. However, much of our modern way of life--in America particular--is borrowed from Rome, from our architecture and government to our very concepts of "the romantic ideal." What can we improve today from our knowledge of antiquity? Getting to news, we look at how all hell broke loose on the floor of the North Carolina Legislature on 9/11, as well as how the New York Times failed in reporting the latest allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Then later in the program, we look at Donald Trump's complicated relationship with the Middle East, and why many critics are asking whether Trump is too strongly influenced by our Saudi allies. The criticisms, which have increased since the killing of journalist Jamal Kashoggi, have recently mounted as tensions between S...

61 MINSEP 19
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09.17.19. Locked and Loaded

09.11.19. Democracy in Peril: In the Shadow of 9/11

EThis week, on the eighteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we look at the divided attitudes in our country, and the notion that Democracy in America is failing. On this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we lead off with word from Washington, where Donald Trump spoke this morning on the anniversary of the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. Also in the news, the high-profile departure of John Bolton from the Trump Administration not only had an effect on tensions pertaining to conflict with Iran, but also oil prices, which reportedly dropped after Bolton's departure. But did he quit, or was he fired? We also touch on the bizarre incident that occurred during a climate channel panel that occurred during a Democratic debate, where Joe Biden's left eye began to bleed on live television. This incident raised the obvious questions about the potential candidate's health, much as we've seen in past years. Then getting to the heart of the discussion, we r...

62 MINSEP 12
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09.11.19. Democracy in Peril: In the Shadow of 9/11

09.06.19. Domestic Terrorism: The War of the Words

EOn this edition of the program, we look at how words are being weaponized in American political debate, and the ever-evolving definitions of "domestic terrorism." As the concern over "fake news" continues in advance of the 2020 election, the U.S. military is now getting involved, enlisting the aid of DARPA to battle memes and disinformation. Do we really need the military to help us fight the pervasive threat of... memes? Then later in the program, we turn our attention to the recent West Texas shooting, and the notable decision by law enforcement not to release the name of the shooter. However, looking more broadly at the weaponization of language in American politics, we examine the recent decision by a group of California lawmakers to brand the NRA as a "domestic terrorist organization." Along the same lines as concerns we raised about Donald Trump arguing along the same lines with relation to ANTIFA, we express concern about a group of California lawmakers "unanimously" passing ...

86 MINSEP 7
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09.06.19. Domestic Terrorism: The War of the Words

08.31.19. The Divided States of America

EOn this edition of the program, we look at what ratings tell us about who Americans are paying attention to in the media, and how controversial reporting along partisan lines keeps us divided, and may mislead the public. With Hurricane Dorian on its way toward the Carolinas, we lead off with news of a bizarre stabbing at a California correctional facility, involving Sirhan Sirhan, the man serving a life prison for the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. In other news, Trump recently Tweeted what many experts are saying may have been a screenshot he was shown of an Iranian launch site during an intelligence briefing. Later in the program, we also look at Lawrence O'Donnell's claims about connections between Donald Trump loans held by Deutsche Bank and Russian Oligarchs. Then, looking at a Mediaite report pertaining to television ratings, we see that Fox News hosts are continuing to hold their ground in the latest rating sweeps. This, even despite controversial statements made by Tucker C...

66 MINSEP 1
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08.31.19. The Divided States of America

08.22.19. Of Tyranny, Transhumanism and Terrorism

EThis week we look at how the tech industry is reshaping the military-industrial complex, Jeffrey Epstein's bizarre transhumanist beliefs, and the recent riots in Hong Kong which China has compared to "terrorism." "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." Thus were the famous words of former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, who warned about such cozying-up of industries to the military and other government institutions. Hence, should we be concerned about Silicon Valley's recent deals with the DOD, amounting to a $10 billion dollar contract that may be awarded to Jeff Bezos and Amazon? Elsewhere, we look at the "serious irregularities" that were occurring at the New York correctional facility where sex offender Jeffrey Epstein recently committed suicide. As questions continue to be asked about his death, new information about Epstein's bizarre transhumanist beliefs ...

66 MINAUG 23
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08.22.19. Of Tyranny, Transhumanism and Terrorism

08.11.19. Suicided

EThis week, we look at claims that sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was "suicided", or killed, in other words, in a way to make his death appear to be a suicide. This week, in light of the news about "apparent" reports of the billionaire sicko and sex offender Jeffery Epstein's "presumed" death by "apparent" suicide, we lead off by revisiting an FBI bulletin that raises concerns about what happens when the public believes in conspiracies... which is whateveryoneseemed to have leaped on with news of Epstein's death. But first, we recap President Trump's recent statements following a string of mass shootings last week, and why the New York Times' coverage of the teleprompted appearance had people screaming "cancel my subscription." We also take a look at the disturbing details behind the Dayton, Ohio shooter's unhealthy attitudes toward women, despite apparently having touted "far-left" ideologies some have likened to those of the ANTIFA movement. Finally, we take an in-depth look at Jef...

84 MINAUG 12
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08.11.19. Suicided

Latest Episodes

10.16.19. Message to the Midwest

EThis week we look at shifting attitudes among Americans in response to the recent Democratic Debate, and whether the Democratic message is one that voters in the Midwest can get behind. Behold, the signs of the times... families locked up in basement bunkers literally awaiting "the end of time," as well as world leaders riding majestic white stallions to sacred mountaintops, destabilization in the Middle East, and perhaps most telling of all, USA Today becoming the latest casualty of the Internet Age, with reports the leading "McPaper" may be phasing out its print edition altogether. The times they are a-changin'... but what does that mean? After world news and other commentary, we take a look at American attitudes in relation to issues discussed by Democratic hopefuls during the latest round of debates, which ranked as the largest in history. Among the topics discussed were Joe Biden's son and the present Ukraine scandal, Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All plan, and the lack of substantive answers as to how it will be paid for without imposing undue tax burdens on Americans, and of course, the impeachment of Donald Trump. However, many pundits were asking questions about the age of frontrunners Biden, Warren, and Sanders, as well as whether many of these Democrats are shifting too far to the left with their messages and policies. In an unexpected response to this leftward-shift, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of Southbend, Indiana, made quite an impact during the debate, which raises more fundamental questions about whether voters in the Midwest will get behind the message of messages that are increasingly being compared to "culture wars." DOLLARS FOR DONUTS A special thank you to those who donated to the podcast this week: * RUNE * Scott Dais * Shelly Orlandini * Sascha Neubauer * Jessica Riley If you like Middle Theory and want to help support the show, you candonate to the program here: We also offer SUBSCRIPTION accounts for those who would like to make recurring monthly payments to Middle Theory. If you would prefer to SUBSCRIBE to the program, click here to visit our DONATES page, and scroll down below the primary DONATE button. SHOW NOTES * AWAITING THE END: Dutch family locked in cellar for years were 'waiting for the end of time' * KIM’S SACRED SPACE: 'Defiant message' as N.Korea's Kim rides white horse on sacred mountain * McPAPER ONLINE… ONLY: USA TODAY phasing out print edition * TRASH TALK: Erdogan put letter from Trump on Syria withdrawal “in the bin” * Trump appears to confirm open secret about US nuclear weapons in Turkey * POLL SHIFT: Congress Approval, Support for Impeaching Trump Both Up to 52% * Ony Once Has Gallup Seen More Support for Impeaching a President *

69 MIN4 d ago
Comments
10.16.19. Message to the Midwest

10.11.19. The Drudge Retort

EThis week, we look at how the opinions of leading conservative media personalities like Matt Drudge are swaying public opinion in favor of Donald Trump's impeachment. More Americans these days are complaining about issues with anxiety. In fact, one recent poll suggests that one in every five believe they suffer from an undiagnosed anxiety disorder. What could be the cause behind this, and what role does social media play in causing anxiety and general unhappiness among Americans? We also look at the "nontroversy" surrounding talk host Ellen DeGeneres, who appeared next to former President George W. Bush recently at a Dallas Cowboys game, and media reactions to the unusual alliance between them. In a recent Fox News poll, slightly more than half of Americans appear to be in favor of Donald Trump's impeachment and removal from office. This was certainly a surprise to be coming from a conservative media outlet, although they weren't the only ones on the political right reporting unfavo...

63 MIN1 w ago
Comments
10.11.19. The Drudge Retort

10.01.19. Bullshit: A Theory

EOn this edition of the podcast, we examine one professor's "Theory of Bullshit", the downfall of media in the Internet Age, and the ongoing saga of the attempt to impeach Donald Trump. Sometimes, you just have to cut the bullshit. Which is why on this episode we cut right to the chase: when did so much of the news we hear about every day become "bullshit"? A while back, Professor Harry Frankfurt of Princeton University attempted to understand the concept of "bullshit" from a scholarly perspective, which we borrow from in our examination of how the World Wide Web and issues pertaining to monetization helped foment a serious crisis in the modern media. Then later in the program, we turn our attention to new developments in the ongoing saga that is the attempt to impeach Donald Trump. While the current debacle involving Ukraine may not involve any laws having been broken, there are nonetheless several legal arguments that have been made which justify the idea of Trump's impeachment. Bu...

81 MIN2 w ago
Comments
10.01.19. Bullshit: A Theory

09.25.19. Ukraine Calling

EThis week, impeachment proceedings ensue in the aftermath of a phone call between Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Another day, another controversy... and leading off this week with commentary on what VICE has called "The Great American Vape Panic of 2019," a series of lawsuits are rocking the eCigarette industry. Also making the news from over in the UK is a Supreme Court decision that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, with many in government now calling for his resignation. Then at the heart of our discussion this week, a controversial phone call between Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has evoked controversy over whether the U.S. President was withholding funding aid to Ukraine, possibly as leverage for gaining the country's help in investigating claims against Democratic front-runner Joe Biden. This resulted in impeachment proceedings by the Democratic-led House, and even many of Donald Trump's supporters are ...

72 MIN3 w ago
Comments
09.25.19. Ukraine Calling

09.17.19. Locked and Loaded

EOn this episode, we compare modern political life to Ancient Rome and look at Donald Trump's "Locked and Loaded" relationship with the Middle East. Life in Ancient Rome was far from perfect, just like life today. However, much of our modern way of life--in America particular--is borrowed from Rome, from our architecture and government to our very concepts of "the romantic ideal." What can we improve today from our knowledge of antiquity? Getting to news, we look at how all hell broke loose on the floor of the North Carolina Legislature on 9/11, as well as how the New York Times failed in reporting the latest allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Then later in the program, we look at Donald Trump's complicated relationship with the Middle East, and why many critics are asking whether Trump is too strongly influenced by our Saudi allies. The criticisms, which have increased since the killing of journalist Jamal Kashoggi, have recently mounted as tensions between S...

61 MINSEP 19
Comments
09.17.19. Locked and Loaded

09.11.19. Democracy in Peril: In the Shadow of 9/11

EThis week, on the eighteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, we look at the divided attitudes in our country, and the notion that Democracy in America is failing. On this anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we lead off with word from Washington, where Donald Trump spoke this morning on the anniversary of the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. Also in the news, the high-profile departure of John Bolton from the Trump Administration not only had an effect on tensions pertaining to conflict with Iran, but also oil prices, which reportedly dropped after Bolton's departure. But did he quit, or was he fired? We also touch on the bizarre incident that occurred during a climate channel panel that occurred during a Democratic debate, where Joe Biden's left eye began to bleed on live television. This incident raised the obvious questions about the potential candidate's health, much as we've seen in past years. Then getting to the heart of the discussion, we r...

62 MINSEP 12
Comments
09.11.19. Democracy in Peril: In the Shadow of 9/11

09.06.19. Domestic Terrorism: The War of the Words

EOn this edition of the program, we look at how words are being weaponized in American political debate, and the ever-evolving definitions of "domestic terrorism." As the concern over "fake news" continues in advance of the 2020 election, the U.S. military is now getting involved, enlisting the aid of DARPA to battle memes and disinformation. Do we really need the military to help us fight the pervasive threat of... memes? Then later in the program, we turn our attention to the recent West Texas shooting, and the notable decision by law enforcement not to release the name of the shooter. However, looking more broadly at the weaponization of language in American politics, we examine the recent decision by a group of California lawmakers to brand the NRA as a "domestic terrorist organization." Along the same lines as concerns we raised about Donald Trump arguing along the same lines with relation to ANTIFA, we express concern about a group of California lawmakers "unanimously" passing ...

86 MINSEP 7
Comments
09.06.19. Domestic Terrorism: The War of the Words

08.31.19. The Divided States of America

EOn this edition of the program, we look at what ratings tell us about who Americans are paying attention to in the media, and how controversial reporting along partisan lines keeps us divided, and may mislead the public. With Hurricane Dorian on its way toward the Carolinas, we lead off with news of a bizarre stabbing at a California correctional facility, involving Sirhan Sirhan, the man serving a life prison for the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. In other news, Trump recently Tweeted what many experts are saying may have been a screenshot he was shown of an Iranian launch site during an intelligence briefing. Later in the program, we also look at Lawrence O'Donnell's claims about connections between Donald Trump loans held by Deutsche Bank and Russian Oligarchs. Then, looking at a Mediaite report pertaining to television ratings, we see that Fox News hosts are continuing to hold their ground in the latest rating sweeps. This, even despite controversial statements made by Tucker C...

66 MINSEP 1
Comments
08.31.19. The Divided States of America

08.22.19. Of Tyranny, Transhumanism and Terrorism

EThis week we look at how the tech industry is reshaping the military-industrial complex, Jeffrey Epstein's bizarre transhumanist beliefs, and the recent riots in Hong Kong which China has compared to "terrorism." "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." Thus were the famous words of former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, who warned about such cozying-up of industries to the military and other government institutions. Hence, should we be concerned about Silicon Valley's recent deals with the DOD, amounting to a $10 billion dollar contract that may be awarded to Jeff Bezos and Amazon? Elsewhere, we look at the "serious irregularities" that were occurring at the New York correctional facility where sex offender Jeffrey Epstein recently committed suicide. As questions continue to be asked about his death, new information about Epstein's bizarre transhumanist beliefs ...

66 MINAUG 23
Comments
08.22.19. Of Tyranny, Transhumanism and Terrorism

08.11.19. Suicided

EThis week, we look at claims that sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was "suicided", or killed, in other words, in a way to make his death appear to be a suicide. This week, in light of the news about "apparent" reports of the billionaire sicko and sex offender Jeffery Epstein's "presumed" death by "apparent" suicide, we lead off by revisiting an FBI bulletin that raises concerns about what happens when the public believes in conspiracies... which is whateveryoneseemed to have leaped on with news of Epstein's death. But first, we recap President Trump's recent statements following a string of mass shootings last week, and why the New York Times' coverage of the teleprompted appearance had people screaming "cancel my subscription." We also take a look at the disturbing details behind the Dayton, Ohio shooter's unhealthy attitudes toward women, despite apparently having touted "far-left" ideologies some have likened to those of the ANTIFA movement. Finally, we take an in-depth look at Jef...

84 MINAUG 12
Comments
08.11.19. Suicided