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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Cause It’s A Book

We’re here. We’re finally at the election. So of course Sam and Ivan talk about the definition of Univeral Time. Well, just for a few minutes. Then they skip the rest of the usual random stuff and just get to the politics. We know that is what you are all here for. They do a final look at the Election Graphs analysis of the polling situation. They talk about the latest attempts to make something happen with Hunter Biden. They talk about both the possibilities of Trump pulling out another win by the skin of his teeth and the possibility of a Biden landslide. Of course, they touch on voter suppression, SCOTUS, and the pandemic as well. Oh, and Ivan might be live streaming election night. So watch out for that! So here we go. The last show before election day!

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Recorded 2020-10-30
Length this week – 1:57:13

  • (0:00:01-0:04:46) Cold Open
  • (0:05:11-1:56:52) Politics
    • Universal time
    • Hunter Biden nothing burgers
    • Glen Greenwald resignation
    • Old media vs new media coverage
    • Election Graphs update
    • Early vote numbers
    • Trump odds vs blue wave odds
    • Voter suppression and SCOTUS
    • Pendemic trends and the campaign
    • CC livestream
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: Digging A Hole For The Bar

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan continue the countdown to the election. A new polling update via Election Graphs, discussion of the last debate, talk about Hunter’s laptop, a review of current Covid trends. All the politics you would expect this close to the election. Before that they talk a bit about recalled messages and changing norms on social media sharing and sexting, school reopening choices, and once again Sam talks about a movie he watched almost a year ago. So pretty much what you would expect from the Corner.

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Recorded 2020-10-24
Length this week – 2:06:13

  • (0:00:22-0:45:15) But First
    • Recalled messages
    • Shaming for sharing
    • Misc Misc Misc
    • School choices
    • Sam movie: Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • (0:47:15-2:05:51) Politics
    • Election Graphs update
    • The last debate
    • Hunter’s laptop
    • Foreign interference/li>
    • Covid numbers
    • Rudy
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: There Is No Table

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan hit all the usual politics stuff you would expect. Updates on polling. Hunter’s laptop. Social media battling misinformation. The dueling town halls. SCOTUS. The pandemic. All of that sort of thing. But before that, they also talk a bit about the new iPhones, just being exhausted, and an old movie. So, pretty much your normal month before the election type of show. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-10-16
Length this week – 2:15:48

  • (0:00:23-0:41:28) But First
    • Microphone technique
    • Situational exhaustion
    • New iPhones
    • Revisiting 2016
    • Sam movie: Jurassic Park (1993)
  • (0:43:29-2:15:26) Politics
    • Election Graphs update
    • Hunter’s laptop
    • Social media vs misinformation
    • Dueling town halls
    • Fizzled October surprises
    • SCOTUS and the Senate
    • Stimulus talks
    • SCOTUS hearings
    • Scorched earth
    • Pandemic update
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: Attack of the Special Editions

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan recorded an entire show talking about Election 2020, including the Presidential debate, Trump’s taxes, and a bunch of other things. The also talked about a movie and thanked the patrons for paying for a new microphone. Fun stuff like that. Then Donald Trump tested positive for Covid. So they went back and recorded a whole extra special segment on that new development. Then after that Trump went to the hospital. Sigh. Things are happening too quickly! Anyway, enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2020-10-02 Length this week – 2:33:11

  • (0:00:01-0:00:59) Trump Hospitalized
  • (0:01:03-0:37:45) Trump has Covid
  • (0:38:00-0:57:04) But First
    • Emergency Alerts
    • Microphone for Ivan
    • Sam Movie: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • (0:57:50-2:32:49) Election 2020
    • Presidential Debate
    • Election Polling
    • Hope Hicks Infection
    • Trump Taxes
    • Guilfoyle and Parscale
    • What about Biden?
    • Election Week
    • Election Graphs Update
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: Fundamental Functioning

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the COVID pandemic, SCOTUS developments and their political ramifications, and of course Election 2020. Really, what else would they talk about this week? Oh. Yeah. Headphones. They also talked about headphones. Because of course they did.

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Recorded 2020-09-26

Length this week – 2:16:02

  • (0:00:23-0:15:16) But First
    • Headphone choices
    • Podcast audio quality
  • (0:15:57-0:51:07) Pandemic
    • Florida is done
    • Schools
    • Data-driven decisions
    • Retail collapse
    • The recovery
  • (0:53:09-1:30:11) SCOTUS
    • Vote timing
    • The downward spiral of failing democracy
    • Delaying tactics?
    • Election cases?
  • (1:30:58-2:15:40) Election 2020
    • Possible election results shenanigans?
    • The interregnum if Biden wins
    • Election Graphs’ odds
    • The interregnum if Trump wins
    • Scenario if Biden wins, but Republicans keep the Senate
    • The election is close now
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: Clippy 2020

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan cover ten separate topics for about ten minutes each, including recent developments in several countries, a 1940’s era movie Sam watched, the Congressional impeachment investigations, Joe Biden’s latest gaffes, the Epstein suicide, and much more. Tune in for a very full show!

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Recorded 2019-08-17
Length this week – 1:59:02

  • (0:01:49-0:13:44) Ivan: Feedback
  • (0:15:30-0:24:36) Sam: Sam Movie: Double Indemnity (1944)
  • (0:25:56-0:36:57) Ivan: Epstein Suicide
  • (0:37:34-0:48:29) Sam: Impeachment Investigations
  • (0:49:45-0:59:19) Ivan: Steve King Comments
  • (1:00:04-1:09:00) Sam: Sam Book: The Ideas Industry (2017)
  • (1:10:10-1:20:32) Ivan: Biden Gaffes
  • (1:22:33-1:32:54) Sam: Election Graphs: Blue Texas
  • (1:34:37-1:44:49) Ivan: Argentina / Hong Kong / Moscow
  • (1:45:53-1:58:41) Sam: Greenland

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: Going Bad

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Brandy joins Sam to talk about dogs, raisins, impeachment, Mexican tariffs, propaganda, polls, and electability. A fun and exciting show!

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Recorded 2019-06-08
Length this week – 1:37:47

  • (0:00:33-0:57:18) Round 1
    • Brandy: Raisin Dog
    • Sam: Impeachment
  • (0:58:55-1:37:27) Round 2
    • Brandy: Trump Soup
    • Sam: Electability

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: Slosh Back

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about politics in the US, UK, and Israel. They also riff on Julian Assange, Mexican tariffs, and Social Media disinformation. Plus some feedback and an Election Graphs update!

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Recorded 2019-05-31
Length this week – 1:50:22

  • (0:00:25-0:27:22) Round 1
    • Ivan: New Israeli Elections
    • Sam: New Assange Indictments
  • (0:27:58-0:59:48) Round 2
    • Ivan: Mueller Statement
    • Sam: Teresa May Resignation
  • (1:00:27-1:40:46) Round 3
    • Ivan: Mexico Tariffs
    • Sam: Social Media Disinformation
  • (1:44:29-1:50:01) Round 4
    • Ivan: Feedback
    • Sam: Election Graphs Update

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: Pod Coast Pod Roast

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan talk about Cohen revealing there were talks about pardons, that long rambly Trump speech, Fox news acting as an extension of Trump, Representative Omar’s comments, and a bunch more. Yes, it is a lightning round show! You even get Ivan ranting about tangled cables, Sam plugging his Election Graphs site, and another reminder about the Seattle meetup!

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Recorded 2019-03-07
Length this week – 1:47:44

  • (0:02:28-0:07:58) But First
    • Agenda
    • Busy Ivan
    • Seattle Meetup
  • (0:09:14-1:01:01) Lightning Round 1
    • Ivan: Cable Tangles
    • Sam: Election Graphs
    • Ivan: Rep Omar
    • Sam: Cohen Pardons
  • (1:02:22-1:47:23) Lightning Round 2
    • Ivan: Trade Deficit
    • Sam: Tracking journalists
    • Ivan: Long Trump speech
    • Sam: Fox News

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.

Election Graphs 2020 is live!

So, I mentioned a while ago that I wouldn’t be posting here regularly about developments over on my site Election Graphs. And I won’t. But I did want to mention that although I’m about four months later than I had wanted to be, and I haven’t yet made some of the changes and additions I have been thinking about, Election Graphs 2020 is now live and up to date with the sixteen 2020 state polls that have already been released, and I’ll be continuing to update it as new polls are released.

Recent highlights:

  • 2019-01-27: Polling Averages vs Reality – The first in a six-part series looking at how polling averages compared to actual election results in the last three election cycles. (Links to the other five posts in the series are in the first post.)
  • 2019-03-03: The 2020 Starting Line – A post looking at the average state by state election results for the past five cycles (2000-2016) to try to define what the “starting line” for the 2020 race looks like. This places each state where it would be based on this nearly 20-year history.
  • 2019-03-08: The First 2020 Polls – The kick off for actually looking at real polls for 2020, pitting various Democrats against Trump. The main theme so far… based on the very limited polling so far, Biden does better against Trump than the other four of the five “best polled” Democrats. (That would be Warren, O’Rourke, Sanders, and Harris.)

At this point, as new polls come in, I’ll be updating the Election Graphs Electoral College 2020 page regularly as new polls come in, and when there are notable changes, I’ll be doing blog posts on the main Election Graphs page.

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 like and follow Election Graphs on Facebook.

Hope to see some of you over there!