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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Lots of Hats

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about a phishing link Sam clicked on, the Bezos blackmail attempt, the Virginia mess, and the latest Trump stuff. They also do a run down of the Democratic field for the 2020 Presidential race. Oh, and they have news about a Seattle meetup, and more!

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Recorded 2019-02-08
Length this week – 2:32:23

  • (0:00:20-0:08:56) But First
    • Agenda
    • Bruce predictions
    • Seattle Meetup being planned
  • (0:11:09-1:21:12) Potpourri
    • Sam Clicked a phishing link
    • Bezos Blackmail
    • Virginia Mess
  • (1:21:53-1:49:09) Trump
    • Executive time
    • SOTU
    • SDNY Investigating Trump inaugural
    • New House investigations
  • (1:50:29-2:32:03) Democratic candidate roundup
    • The whole field
    • Joe Biden
    • Bernie Sanders
    • Beto O’Rourke
    • Kamala Harris
    • Elizabeth Warren
    • Cory Booker
    • The others

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Personal Petri Dish

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan finally gets his Potpourri segments! In those, he and Sam talk about Ivan being cold, reports of Texas voter fraud, an update on the economy and markets, the Huawei fraud charges, and a bunch of other stuff. Including Sam getting blasted by a famous poll watcher. Oh, and of course they talk about the shutdown ending and the continuing Trump/Russia scandals.

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Recorded 2019-02-01
Length this week – 2:12:40

  • (0:01:26-0:11:37) But First
    • Agenda
    • Sam is tired
  • (0:14:15-0:56:39) Potpourri! Part 1
    • Nate Silver calls Sam incompetent
    • Ivan in actual real cold
    • Economy and markets update
    • Huawei Fraud charges
  • (0:57:16-1:19:26) Potpourri! Part 2
    • Texas bullshit
    • Venezuela
    • Brexit
    • Howard Shultz
  • (1:20:46-1:39:14) Shutdown
    • Trump Caves
    • Negotiations
    • SOTU
  • (1:39:45-2:12:20) Trump Russia
    • Roger Stone
    • Capone model
    • Cohen testimony
    • Mueller almost done?
    • Cohen rigging online polls
    • Concord Group papers

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: You Deserve It

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan discuss the Shutdown/Wall and Trump/Russia. Again. Then they squeeze in some international topics. Before that though, Ivan complains about the severe bone chilling 49 degree Fahrenheit cold spell in Southern Florida.

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Recorded 2019-01-25
Length this week – 1:56:18

  • (0:01:54-0:13:58) But First
    • Agenda
    • Predictions show correction
    • Slack invites
    • Ivan and Cold
  • (0:14:38-0:52:57) Shutdown
    • Trump’s first deal offer
    • Negotiating positions
    • Trump caves on the SOTU
    • The blame game
    • Trump on the ropes
    • A moral issue?
    • Ways out
    • Let them eat cake!
    • Escalating consequences
  • (0:54:40-1:29:09) Trump/Russia
    • Buzzfeed on Trump suborning perjury
    • Giuliani still an idiot
    • Russian asset?
    • Master plan vs stupidity
    • Clearances
    • Cohen testifying?
    • Open crimes vs hidden crimes
  • (1:29:46-1:55:57) International
    • NATO
    • Venezuela
    • Syria
    • Russia
    • Davos
    • Brexit

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Stuff over at Election Graphs

This week I’ll finally be doing some election geek posts over at ElectionGraphs.com with some analysis of the difference between the final state poll averages I had in 2008-2016 and the actual election results.

I just posted the first one a few minutes ago.

That kind of stuff is now over there, not here, so if you want it, you either need to be checking ElectionGraphs.com itself, subscribe to it with an RSS reader (RSS link), follow @ElectionGraphs on Twitter, or follow Election Graphs on Facebook.

This is still analysis of old stuff. New stuff for 2020 will be coming soon, but not quite yet. I will probably post again here once that actually starts. But if you want my “election stuff” follow one of the above…

One preview graph from the first of this series of posts…

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Meandering Around the Fields

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan once again discuss the Shutdown/Wall and Trump/Russia. Before that though, a bit on the fast food feast at the White House, another movie Sam watched, and a story of a broken iPad.

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Recorded 2019-01-17
Length this week – 2:02:28

  • (0:04:12-0:25:06) But First
    • Preparation
    • Agenda
    • White House Fast Food
    • Sam Movie: Sense and Sensibility (1995)
    • Manu’s iPad
  • (0:25:42-1:07:02) Shutdown continues and repercussions:
    • Pelosi cancels SOTU
    • Negotiations
    • No emergency declaration?
    • Polls are hammering Trump on shutdown
    • McConnell strategy
    • Impacts of the shutdown
    • No deal in sight, how does this end?
  • (1:08:11-2:02:08 ) Trump Russia Corruption
    • Giuliani admits campaign colluded
    • Giuliani strategy
    • Putin meeting interpreter notes
    • Trump non-denial on Russia
    • FBI Counter-Intel investigation
    • Collusion with middle east
    • Trump vs Pence
    • Emoluments clause
    • Congressional prerogatives

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: The Wheel is Still Good

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan get back to the normal format with the main topics being the Shutdown/Wall and Trump/Russia. Before that, a bit on the Mexican gas shortage and a movie Sam watched.

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Recorded 2019-01-11
Length this week – 1:45:43

  • (0:03:38-0:17:31) But First
    • Mexican gas shortage
    • Sam Movie: The Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
  • (0:19:13-1:05:32) Shutdown / Wall
    • The walls themselves
    • Now what
    • Should the Dems take a deal?
    • The impact of the shutdown
    • National emergency?
    • Border neighbors
    • Live Address
    • Civility
  • (1:06:41-1:45:23) Trump / Russia
    • Manafort poll data
    • Improper redaction
    • Confirming conspiracy theories
    • Who knew what when?
    • Cohen testifying
    • Impeachable offenses?
    • Almost over?
    • Trump kids

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2018 Predictions Review

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan review the predictions they made a year and a week ago for 2018. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? Were they amazing prognosticators, or would you have done better tossing coins or reading entrails? Tune in to find out…

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Recorded 2019-01-05
Length this week – 2:08:50

  • (0:02:05-0:18:00) But First
  • (0:18:39-0:52:58) Politics
  • (0:53:35-1:11:26) Economy
  • (1:13:27-1:24:13) Technology
  • (1:25:33-1:39:32) International
  • (1:40:13-1:59:03) Hodgepodge
  • (1:59:48-2:08:30) Results

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

2018 Reading List

About a quarter of the way through 2018, I lamented that I wasn’t reading enough books, and made a resolution to do better. My goal was to finish 10 books in 2018, which would be considerably better than the 3 I managed in 2017. I am now reporting back. I did improve on both 2017 and 2016, which were pitiful years, but I did not finish 10 books. I finished 8. Here is the list:

2018 (0 Physical, 4 Kindle, 4 Audible)

  1. 2018-04-04, Fiction, Kindle, The Man from Berlin by McCallin
  2. 2018-04-18, Non-Fiction, Audible, Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3: The Complete and Authoritative Edition by Twain
  3. 2018-05-22, Fiction, Audible, The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel by Fforde
  4. 2018-07-11, Non-Fiction, Audible, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving by Gallagher
  5. 2018-09-01, Non-Fiction, Kindle, The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Woodward
  6. 2018-09-19, Fiction, Kindle, A Study in Scarlet by Doyle
  7. 2018-10-24, Fiction, Audible, Arrow of God by Achebe
  8. 2018-11-16, Non-Fiction, Kindle, Hands-On Data Science and Python Machine Learning by Kane

And that’s it.

The goal for 2019 is 12 or more, to try to hit a one per month average at least. We shall see.

I’ll leave you with the updated chart of my reading since 2006 with 2018 added in… the trend is in the right direction.

Boy and Puppy

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2019 Predictions Show

This week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner is the annual predictions show! Sam and Ivan give all their predictions for 2019 on the topics of domestic politics (both Trump and non-Trump), international politics, economy/business, technology, and other random things too. Tune in this week to hear the predictions, then listen every week in 2019 to see how they do!

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Recorded 2018-12-28
Length this week – 2:53:50

  • (0:01:09-0:05:47) Intro
  • (0:07:47-0:48:17) Domestic Politics [non-Trump]
  • (0:49:01-1:54:34) Domestic Politics [Trump]
  • (1:55:14-2:10:25) International Politics
  • (2:13:02-2:25:06) Economy / Business
  • (2:25:44-2:39:55) Technology
  • (2:40:34-2:53:30) Hodgepodge

The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch.

Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link)

Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link)

Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link)

Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.