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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Roundtable

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner… something different! Sam, Ed, Jenn, and Matt host this week. They discuss Elizabeth Warren persisting, Donald Trump’s adventures in foreign policy, and Trump’s court battles. Finally they step back a bit and talk about the lack of civility in politics today. With Ivan out dealing with family issues this week, you get to hear a different range of perspectives than usual. Check it out!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-02-11
Length this week – 1:32:42

  • (0:00:12-0:04:35) Introductions
  • (0:06:17-0:25:06) Jenn’s Topic: Nevertheless, she persisted
  • (0:25:42-0:55:50) Sam’s Topic: Trump and foreign policy
  • (0:56:59-1:12:54) Matt’s Topic: Trump and the judiciary
  • (1:13:58-1:32:22) Ed’s Topic: Vitriol in politics

 

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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: 2016 Predictions Review

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan review the predictions they made a year and a week ago for 2016. It is called accountability in punditry. They covered Tech, Politics, the Economy, Domestic and International issues, and other things as well. What did they get wrong? What did they get right? Did they do better or worse than in the year before? Which topics did they excel in? Where did they fail completely?

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Recorded 2017-01-07
Length this week – 1:44:39

  • (0:00:30-0:09:54) But First
  • (0:10:43-0:24:15) Economics
  • (0:25:30-0:43:36) Tech
  • (0:44:45-0:55:36) Domestic
  • (0:56:11-1:06:18) International
  • (1:06:56-1:25:55) Politics
  • (1:27:15-1:35:57) Hodgepodge
  • (1:37:00-1:14:19) Grand Totals

 

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: 2017 Predictions Show

This week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner is the annual predictions show! Sam and Ivan give all their predictions for 2017 in the realms of politics, the economy, technology, international issues, and a hodgepodge of other random things. Basically, we do predictions on just about anything we can think of. How will we do? Subscribe and listen to the podcast all year long to find out!

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Recorded 2016-12-30
Length this week – 2:11:58

  • (0:00:10-0:07:57) But First
  • (0:09:00-1:02:19) Politics
  • (1:03:07-1:19:00) Economics
  • (1:19:39-1:38:20) Technology
  • (1:39:35-1:56:53) International
  • (1:58:12-2:11:39) 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.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2015 Predictions Review

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan hold themselves accountable by going back and reviewing the predictions we made for 2015. What did we get right? What did we get wrong? Are our predictions any better than the flip of a coin? This week, you’ll find out!

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Recorded 2016-01-07

Length this week – 1:53:48

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  • (0:00:50-0:03:57) Intro
    • Agenda
    • Ivan doesn’t listen
  • (0:04:46-0:39:28) Politics
    • Election 2016
    • Congressional Velocity
    • Presidential Vetoes
    • Executive Actions
    • Big Issues
    • Impeachment
  • (0:40:27-0:50:43) Economy
    • Politics Results
    • Meta Prediction
    • Dow Jones
    • Fed Interest Rates
    • GDP
    • Oil
    • Ruble
    • Housing
    • Bitcoin
  • (0:51:22-1:06:08) Technology
    • Economy Results
    • The Squirrels Ate Mommy’s Golden Car
    • Apple
    • Tablets
    • iOS vs Android
    • Microsoft
  • (1:07:24-1:24:42) International
    • Economy Results Correction
    • Technology Results
    • What a Difference a Year Makes
    • Country Predictions
    • Big Global Crisis Spots
    • Ebola
    • Terror Attacks
  • (1:26:02-1:37:37) Hodgepodge
    • International Results
    • Deaths and First Contact
    • Climate
    • Totaling Things
    • Cyberattacks
    • Police Violence and Race
    • Cars
    • Mergers
  • (1:38:16-1:53:28) Wrap-up
    • Hodgepodge Results
    • Overall Results
    • Patting ourselves on the back
    • Best and Worst Categories
    • Feedback
    • Fantasy Sports Sites and pseudo-gambling
    • Extra Terrestrials
    • What we missed during our special shows

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2016 Predictions Show

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner we do our annual predictions show. Hear Sam and Ivan’s take on what to expect in 2016. We talk about the economy, tech, domestic issues, international issues and of course Election 2016, with a few random things thrown in for good measure. Do you agree with our predictions? Do you think we are crazy? Tune in and find out!

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Recorded 2016-01-01

Length this week – 1:49:46

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  • (0:00:10-0:03:53) Intro
    • Ivan Sick
    • Predictions of the Past
    • Explanation
    • Year Confusion
  • (0:04:31-0:13:42) Economy
    • Corporate Profits
    • Oil Prices
    • Dow Jones
    • US Recession?
    • US Economic Growth
    • European Economy
    • Jobs
    • Housing Market
    • Bitcoin
  • (0:15:01-0:30:06) Tech
    • Breakout Products
    • Peak Apple?
    • Apple Car?
    • iOS va Android
    • Security Breaches
    • Autonomous Cars
    • Cable/Satellite TV vs Internet
  • (0:30:45-0:39:24) Domestic Issues
    • Guns
    • Police Violence
    • Racial Tensions
    • Abortion / Gay Marriage / Marijuana
    • Cosby
    • Healthcare
    • Domestic Terrorism
  • (0:40:27-0:50:23) International
    • Syria
    • ISIS
    • Israel/Palestine
    • Cuba
    • Iran
    • Russia
    • Alex Interlude
    • Ukraine
    • Iraq
    • Turkey
    • Venezuela
    • Other Countries
  • (0:51:02-1:40:08) Politics
    • House
    • Senate
    • Iowa
    • New Hampshire
    • South Carolina
    • Trump Collapse?
    • Super Tuesday
    • Contested Convention?
    • When will we have winners?
    • Nominees
    • Significant 3rd Party?
    • Who Wins the Presidency?
    • Election Margins
    • Big Uncertainty
  • (1:40:57-1:49:26) Hodgepodge
    • Olympics
    • Dead Pool
    • Broken Bones
    • Broken Devices
    • Weather
    • Mergers
    • International Terrorism
    • Your predictions?

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2014 Predictions Review

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Iván talk about:
* Introduction
* Politics
* Economy
* Tech
* International
* Hodgepodge
* Results

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Recorded 2015-01-02

Length this week – 1:47:17

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2015 Predictions Show

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Iván talk about:
* Introduction
* Politics Predictions
* Economy Predictions
* Technology Predictions
* International Predictions
* Hodgepodge Predictions

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Recorded 2014-12-26

Length this week – 2:10:41 – Longest ever – again!

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Nuke the Penguins Again

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:
* Bad Commute
* Bombing Syria
* Money in Politics
* Climate Change / Apple Woes

Recorded on 25 Sep 2014

Length this week – 1:11:53

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2014 Predictions Show

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • Introduction
  • 2014 Politics
  • 2014 Politics Continued
  • 2014 Economics
  • 2014 Tech
  • 2014 International
  • 2014 Hodgepodge / Wrapup

Recorded on 8 Jan 2014

Length this week – 1:45:24

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2013 Retrospective Show

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • 2013 Politics
  • 2013 Econ
  • 2013 Tech
  • 2013 International
  • 2013 Hodgepodge
  • 2013 Results

Recorded on 31 Dec 2013

Length this week – 1:10:41

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