The sociopolitical landscape of the day is a minefield of cognitive dissonance, intellectual laziness, and disingenuous actors. Listen in weekly as four dudes navigate the perilous state of national discourse and laugh at current events. Because if you don't laugh you'll cry.
Stories from this week include a long dive into Andrew Yang's new political party the Forward Party and the merits/demerits of the platform, looking at the media criticism of the new Dave Chappelle special, and trying to figure out why Southwest Airlines cancelled 20% of its flights over the weekend.
The guys talk about the bizarre tale of a ninja attack on a Special Operations unit in California, the irony of Keith Olbermann's rant from a Manhattan apartment, and discuss wild opinion piece on why Amazon and Facebook should have a seat at the U.N.
The guys focus on a few stories this week. They chronicle the wild week of Nicki Minaj - a story that started on Twitter and ended in Q-Anon groups, and then spend a lot of time on the second amendment, including a recent poll that suggests young people are more pro-gun than ever and how the left is trying to rewrite history to make a pro-gun stance anti-black.
David's getting married, so instead of a dispatch this week, we're unlocking a Patreon episode to the main channel. Support the pod and get 4 bonus episodes a month for $5 at www.patreon.com/pauseforparrots The guys take a suggestion from a Patreon member this week and have a conversation about their dreams for the what the world, socially and politically, could look like. From thoughtful education reform to rethinking the way we elect leaders, to underground mole people societies, the church of perch is here to save the country.
The guys tackle stories involving people losing jobs for vaccination status, The LA Times running a wild story on Larry Elder, an opponent of Gavin Newsom in California's recall election, and dive deep on the mishandling of a widely reported fake story about ivermectin overdoses and how the media is so good at narrative building.
The guys dive into some stories from the week, including conversations about the new Texas abortion law, a woman losing custody over her vaccination status, UFO's in restricted air space, and how quickly TikTok overtook Youtube in daily active users.
**If you don't want Candyman spoilers, you might want to come back to this one. The guys talk about the issues with Candyman, have a broader conversation about black representation in film, and why it might be dangerous to celebrate films like this as progress in the fight for black equity in filmmaking.
The guys look at some interesting stories from the week, including Russia's claims that the US rigged the Tokyo Olympics, controversy surrounding a Facebook data transparency report, the real reasons behind OnlyFans' pornography ban, and the rescinding of a meta-analysis on Ivermectin.
Episode 100! The guys cover some stories from the week, including updates on Ghislane Maxwell and Prince Andrew, why the Taliban has an excessive amount of brand new Toyota Tacomas, and how drastically Biden's vaccine messaging has changed between when Trump was in office to now. We launched a Patreon! Get 4 bonus episodes a month for $5 at www.patreon.com/pauseforparrots Thanks so much for your support. It means the world to us.
The guys get into some stories from the week, including a group of 9/11 activists that don't want anything to do with Joe Biden, a racist boulder at the University of Wisconsin, Marjorie Taylor Greene's wild theory on vaccine canvassers in Alabama, a Parkland survivor's QAnon father, and a primer on the suuuuper wild Chris Chan/Christine Watson case.
The guys get into some stories from the week, including a softball Anderson Cooper interview with Bill Gates about his ties to Jeffery Epstein, how Tucker Carlson is simping for a Hungarian border wall, and a controversial documentary by Tariq Nasheed.
The guys cover some wild stories this week, including an update on the GOP's new framing of the Capital insurrection as Nancy Pelosi's fault, why Cori Bush and The Squad aren't doing much about medicare, and how a 2018 California ballot initiative might soon make bacon disappear from the state entirely.
The church of perch congregates for a conversation about the implications of recent research into covid-19 and mRNA vaccines. They try to break down the science and make a case for why vaccine hesitancy doesn't necessarily mean anti-vax and have a broader conversation about the increasingly limited access to relevant information, how government consensus building and financial interests both play a part in the rise of corporate censorship, and as always, try to look at what this specific story might tell us about the future.
The guys tackle some stories from the week, including an interesting development in the case of the thwarted kidnapping plot of Gretchen Whitmer, Johnson & Johnson's $26B deal to close cases on their involvement in the opiod epidemic, and some wild ass quotes from Joe Biden's recent town hall.
The guys dive into some stories from the week about whether or not Jeff Bezos is actually Cuban, an anti-police hate crime case in Utah, and how the Biden Administration is working with Facebook to censor anti-vaccine information from the platform. They also get into an update on how the right is rewriting the history of the insurrection and scientists are bringing us one step closer to an IRL Jurassic Park.
The guys try to come to an understanding of the unrest and protests unfolding in Cuba. They work through some of the history between the U.S. and Cuba, make their way to the current situation, and lay out some different lenses through which we can better understand the situation and the foreign policy implications.
The church is in session to talk about some really good stories from the week, including Hunter Biden's foray into art (or maybe just money laundering), how Bill Gates got agriculture wrong in India, an insane "citizen enforced" abortion law out of Texas, a terrible Ben Carson quote about welfare and slavery, and much more.
The guys take a deep dive into what happened when the #nofap movement met 4chan and got mixed with alt-right ideology. The church of perch discusses the intersection of politics and the anti-masturbation movement, the strange co-opting of nazi occultism in this belief system, and the very real issues our world faces with arousal addiction - whether it be pornography or doom-scrolling TikTok.
Happy sixth (or seventh?) of July. The guys celebrate America's independence by fighting about whether or not Toby Keith is good, then get into some stories from the week about a billionaire privately funding the National Guard, Lori Lightfoot's comments on gun violence in Chicago, and a conversation about the nihilism of Doomsday thinking, courtesy of the Birds Aren't Real movement.
The guys spend today's episode thoroughly dismantling a bad take Vox piece about the housing market. They break down the ways in which institutional investors have priced out everyday people from home ownership and the myriad ways Vox gets it completely wrong.
The guys discuss the schizophrenic nightmare that is internet conspiracies about John McAfee's death, take the pulse of Trump's America and figure out if there's any interest in a 2024 reunion tour, and try to find a small victory in Johnson & Johnson's settlement for their role in the Opioid Epidemic. Hint: It's a very very small victory.
So much happened this week. Tony gives some inside information on the story of a high school basketball team throwing tortillas at their Hispanic opponents, the guys discuss Whispery Joe Biden's plan to pay for a new infrastructure bill, and get into what happened when some fish drank antidepressant water.
The Powers That Be tried to silence the Church of Perch (or Dylan fucked up the recording), so this week we've got just one story. David breaks down some unfolding drama in the world of Youtube leftists and makes a case for how easy it is to weaponize identity politics.
The guys dive deep on America's problems with student loan debt. They tackle arguments for and against loan forgiveness programs and universal free education, explain how for profit colleges and a broken accreditation system are partially to blame for the 2000% increase in tuition costs, and draw some scary parallels to the housing crisis of 2008.
The guys talk about the removal of Benjamin Netanyahu from power in Israel, try to figure out if Rand Paul is actually smart, get into the nitty gritty of a hilarious poll about vaccine hesitancy, and get an update on the AZ election audit.
The guys check in on the q-anon movement and try to figure out where they went one - because presumably there they went all . They cover the January 6th insurrection, the attempts by the movement to assimilate into mainstream political culture, and discuss how political extremism on both sides of the aisle leads to outright facist agendas.
The boys get into some wild stories from the week, including the White House attempting to access journalists' emails to uncover sources, the low vaccination rates among hospital workers, and a listener update about the efficacy of robot policing. Plus a straight up outlandish speech from a guest lecturer at Yale University sparks a conversation about some of the glaring issues with identity politics.
The guys get a lot done on this one. They discuss Derek Chauvin's plea for no prison time and the new coalition to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from power in Israel, then make a case for robo cops, solve America's homelessness crisis, and check in on neekolul, the Okay Boomer girl.
What's this?! A Wednesday dispatch?! The guys get into Biden's weird Juneteenth speech, a bizarre change to sex abuse laws in the Catholic Church, Andrew Cuomo getting in trouble on memorial day, and a whole lot more.
This is truly a milestone episode. The guys debate David's rat park theory - a contentious topic in Pause for Parrots lore - in which he makes the case that late stage capitalism is to blame for drug addiction rates in America, due to Capitalism's proclivity towards the commodification of social interaction, misuse of the criminal justice and public health system, and general erosion of community building.
The guys dive into some stories from the week, including an update on the Jeffery Epstein suicide investigation, the legal defense of the Capitol insurrectionists, a controversial BLM leader, and a secession movement in the Western United Sates.
The guys use a Mother Jones article as a launching point for a dive deep into the proliferation of conspiracy theories in motherhood facebook groups. They examine why those communities have been especially primed for this kind of thinking and a deeper causality behind conspiracy theorizing as a whole. Read the article here: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/09/the-terrifying-story-of-how-qanon-infiltrated-moms-groups/
Stories this week include a woman with covid that almost got cremated alive, some horrible examples of anti-democratic lawmakers in Missouri and Missippi, the GOP's new efforts to whitewash the Capitol insurrection, and a story about how Bill and Melinda Gates' divorce might be connected to his relationship with Jeffery Epstein.
This week's longform episode centers around new reporting by the Wall Street Journal that offers further credibility to the idea that the coronavirus pandemic was born in a lab. The guys discuss the implications of the reporting, why it's taken so long for the media to pick up on this story, what it means for our understanding of the last year, and why reasonable consideration now needs to be given to some more conspiratorial ideas about the virus.
The guys get into some stories from the week, like the Republican gubernatorial candidate that got outshined by a big fuckin' bear, the continued trouble of the Capitol Police, and a report that claims job growth is up 10x under Joe Biden.
The guys have a conversation about The Council for Inclusive Capitalism, an extremely ironic Vatican sponsored movement to "make the world fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable", led by the very companies that helped make the world that way in the first place.
The guys dig into some stories from the past week, like the left's reaction to Tim Scott's "America's Not Racist" speech, why a federal ban on menthol cigarettes is dumb and bad, and how the CIA is co-opting intersectionalism and woke politics in a new recruitment ad.
The guys take a deep dive into psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration and make a case for how the model could be applied to an understanding of American social and political evolution.
The guys continue the conversation on policing with a story about how the Chauvin conviction has lessened pressure on legislators to reform the police, talk about a huge breakthrough in a malaria vaccine, and get into some wild facts about American private military presence in the Middle East.
In the aftermath of the Chauvin conviction, the guys have a conversation about the hypocrisy of politicians championing justice while supporting legislation that continues to harm disadvantaged communities, make a case for why the State will continue to be ineffective at solving the problems it created in the first place, and examine ways to create change outside of the system.
The guys get into some headlines from the week, including a long conversation about recent UFO disclosures and their ties to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, more Republican-led punitive legislation - this time for Major League Baseball - and an update on the story from last week about a BLM co-founder going on a property buying spree. Oh and the microchip conspiracy theorists may have been on to something??
The guys use a CNN piece about brain disease in COVID patients as a springboard to discuss irresponsibility in reporting, the power of the media to influence the emotional well-being of a society, and whether it's ok for the government to lie to the people.
The church of perch is back in session. The guys read through a Republican Party "platform audit", talk about a BLM co-founder buying a house in LA's Topanga Canyon, and hear a wild conspiracy theory from an attendee of a White Lives Matter protest. Plus a conversation about nativism and a bad take from Tucker Carlson on white replacement.
The guys dive deep on an article from The Atlantic that posits that the Baby Boomer generation is responsible for the plight of the world today. They have a far-reaching discussion about the truth in the article, how fallacy that Gen-X thru Gen Z are doomed to the fate that their parents created for them, and the merit of personal responsibility.
The guys discuss some stories from the past week, including the investigation into Matt Gaetz, the Georgia legislature punishing Delta airlines, Amazon workers peeing in bottles, and how NPR wants everyone to wear masks forever.
The guys have a longform conversation about far-reaching religious influence in American politics, the history of the Evangelical movement and its influence on social issues, how religious grifters have embedded themselves in the Christian Right, and a look at the parallels between the left and the right's calls for ideological purity.
This week's dispatch covers the Steve Bannon probe, Sydney Powell's legal defense, Four Seasons Total Landscaping, and an installment on violent crimes the media doesn't care about because they aren't politically helpful. Plus Georgia's new rash of racist voting laws and a really bad mileage tax idea.
Recent mass shootings have President Biden reigniting calls for assault weapon bans and an increased interest in Caniglia v. Strom - a case surrounding the 4th Amendment's Community Care exception. The guys revisit the topic (originally discussed in EP. 49) for a conversation about the irony of increasing police power in the wake of last summer's protests and an examination of the frustrating way that politicians have misrepresented crime statistics to justify their position.
The flock returns to discuss the news of the week, including stories about the Biden administration firing staffers for drug use, the NCAA's bad locker room look, and the left's trouble with border policy. Plus a really bad "Biden fell down some stairs" take and how conservatives finally found their horny.