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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Only by the light of his phone

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan concentrate on the Paris attacks and the worldwide reaction to them. This is a big enough topic that we spend most of the show on it rather than having several smaller topics. We hit on why Paris resonates more with Americans than terrorist attacks elsewhere, the Syrian connection or lack there of, the anti-refugee backlash, where things go from here, and more. Before that starts we do spend a few minutes on Sam’s power outage and Ivan’s driving habits… but really, this is a one topic show this time.

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Recorded 2015-11-20

Length this week – 1:06:46

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:12:56) But First
    • Sam in the dark
    • Insurance Driver Tracking
    • Agenda
    • Generators
    • Food Going Bad
    • Showers
  • (0:13:40-0:36:44) Paris Attacks
    • Seeing Lights
    • Why does Paris resonate?
    • Syrian non-Connection
    • anti-Refugee reaction
    • Reflection on Republicans
    • Obama Reaction
  • (0:37:22-1:06:26) More Paris Reactions
    • Bombing ISIS
    • Eliminating the Grey Zone
    • Calling it Radical Islamic Terrorism
    • Xenophobia + Islamophobia = Good Politics?
    • Comparing Risks
    • What next?
    • If it happens here
    • non-Encryption connection
    • Parallels to Gun Debate
    • Presidential Candidates on Paris/ISIS/Refugees

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Outside the Lines

This week on the Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, Sam is joined by guest cohost Bruce. Together they discuss the Volkswagen cheating debacle, the situation with Syria and Syrian refugees, and of course this week’s developments in the 2016 Presidential race. In the final lightning round they also cover the Super Moon Eclipse, the Fed’s interest rate decision, that kid who made the clock, and more!

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Recorded 2015-09-24

Length this week – 1:51:54

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:10:38) But First
    • No Ivan today, but we have Bruce
    • This Week’s Agenda
    • In House pre-School
    • School Scheduling Craziness
  • (0:11:40-0:26:02) Volkswagen Cheating
    • What they did
    • Possible Fixes
    • Impact on VW
    • What were they thinking?
  • (0:26:41-0:48:13) Syria
    • Refugee Crisis
    • Turkish Connection
    • What do you do?
    • Russian Involvement
    • Assad must go?
    • Coordination with Russia
  • (0:49:35-1:30:27) Election 2016
    • Rand Paul
    • The Xenophobic Racist Party
    • Primary and Caucus Rules
    • Carson on Muslims
    • Walker Drops Out
    • Republican Polling since the Second Debate
    • Democratic Polling
    • Deadlines for Shadow Candidates
    • Clinton Declines
    • More on Clinton Email
  • (1:31:07-1:51:34) Lightning Round
    • Super Moon Eclipse
    • Queen Elizabeth Milestone
    • Federal Reserve Interest Rate Decisions
    • TV Show: Best of Carson
    • Pope Visit / Chinese President Visit
    • The kid who made the clock

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Until I Hit That Wall

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner podcast, Sam and Ivan’s main topics are the tension between locked down and open computing device philosophies, the European refugee crisis, and Election 2016. In the Lightning Round we talk about social media, the Iran deal, the new Google logo, Kanye for President, Kermit and Miss Piggy, and much much more!

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Recorded 2015-09-03

Length this week – 1:42:54

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Show Details:

  • (0:00:10-0:13:13) But First
    • Where Sam has Lived
    • Agenda
    • Cracked Phone
    • Raleigh-Durham Airport
  • (0:13:56-0:28:06) Computing Philosophies
    • Apple hates Kevin Drum
    • Customization vs Supportability
    • Market for Both
  • (0:28:45-0:42:56) Refugees
    • Fleeing to Europe
    • Drowned Syrian Boy
    • What do you do?
  • (0:44:05-1:13:03) Election 2016
    • Mt. McKinley to Denali
    • Ben Carson Surge
    • This Week’s Trump Talk
    • Bush Advertising
    • Tribalism on Issues
    • Republican Loyalty Oath
    • Clinton falling apart?
    • Biden run?
    • Fun scenarios
  • (1:14:23-1:42:34) Lightning Round
    • Facebook Hits a Billion
    • Orkut
    • Iran Deal done
    • Friendster
    • Book: The Scarlatti Inheritance
    • MySpace
    • Kanye West 2020
    • Kermit and Miss Piggy
    • GeoCities
    • Google Logo
    • Kim Davis and Gay Marriage
    • Classmates
    • Compuserve
    • Market Update
    • Putin Workout
    • Interstitial Ads