Episode 73 – Protest!

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Tonight the Curios talk protest. It looks like we may be on the eve of action as the impeachment hearings will soon move to the senate for a vote. Donald Trump has sought to swing our election by means of foreign intervention for his benefit in the 2020 presidential election. If his actions are not checked, our democracy will wither. The Republican senators have (mostly) decried this process as unconstitutional, they have embraced Russian propaganda and seemingly abandoned our constitution. We must speak out.

There are many ways to protest but the most effective way to be heard is en masse. Organize a group or join one if you can. Below are some ideas for peaceful protest, a link with current senator’s contact info and a link to the ACLU’s website’s page, Know Your Rights.

  • Write letters
  • Email lawmakers
  • Make phone calls
  • Host a “Postcard Parlor”
  • VOTE!!!
  • Boycott – know who your consumer dollars benefit
  • Gather, march, sing, ORGANIZE
  • Engage in public art
  • Seek factual reporting and share it
  • Engage in meaningful discourse with other-minded folks
  • Model kindness and inclusion
  • Donate to humanitarian causes
  • Help fellow protestors

Contact senators

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?Class=1

Know your rights

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/

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Episode 72 – There’s No Kentucky Fried Chicken in Afghanistan

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Game night! Tonight we play Who Said It and Bad Libs with some despicable republican personalities. It’s funny and sad. But what are we supposed to do, revel in the angst or laugh a bit? In this episode we choose laughter.

These are scary times. Our democracy is on the line and the republicans seem to be totally ok taking Russia’s side. What the hell? These fools are not “patriots”, they are self-serving, greedy, evil cartoon characters hell bent on the destruction of our constitution. Russian assets. They are Russian assets eating away at our national identity like a hammer and sickle wielding plague. Fuck them.

We take a break from politics to talk about Menopacolypse, which may or may not be be related to our angst. It’s hard to tell but whatever, we don’t care. Ziggy has a boo boo, kim has the sniffles, Cass has the spots.

It’s a grand shit show and we’re all lead actors. Hazzah!

Thanks to Doug for setting up the mics like the pro he is, to Cass for her fine editing skills, Quinn and Altadena Hotel for the killer music and my word deficient peri menopausal brain for squeezing out this blog.

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Episode 71 – Gratitude

Oh, the divine elixir of gratitude. It makes us healthier, happier, and more optimistic. It makes our relationships stronger, it improves our energy levels, complexion and our sleep quality. Really, there isn’t much it can’t do and it’s so easy to practice. Just a few minutes a week thinking about the people and things we appreciate raises our happiness levels. Even the most difficult times provide an opportunity for gratitude, possibly the most profound kind.

Keeping a gratitude journal, making a gratitude list or writing a letter to someone you love, thank you notes, even a quick text or a phone call make a big difference. Being mindful and living in the moment give us pause to be content and free from wants and desires. It all adds up to a greater quality of life.

We are truly grateful for our listeners and guests, thanks for tuning in!

And big thanks to the usual cast of characters Cass, Kim, Doug and Quinn

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Thanks Freaking Giving

In conjunction with Thanksgiving, Cass and I will explore gratitude on this this week’s podcast. As I started to muck around in the history of Thanksgiving and the idea of gratitude, a few things came to mind. Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving we learn in elementary school is less than accurate and portrays the event through the rosiest of rose colored glasses. Why do we cling to this visage of happy Indians and gracious pilgrims eating turkey and pumpkin pie together when we know their tumultuous and violent relationship resulted in years of war and unrest? The post-feast ritual of Black Friday sales are also curious, although logical enough in our consumer centered culture. But a greed fest right after a day of a national day thanksgiving? Really?

Walk into any American kindergarten classroom in mid-November and you’ll be faced with oodles of handprint turkeys stapled to the walls, corn shaped connect-the-dot worksheets strewn about and a mini sweatshop of six year olds busily assembling their pilgrim hats and paper bag Indian dresses with brass brads and glue sticks. This is how they learn the story of the first Thanksgiving, and the story goes like this: When the Pilgrims came to America from England they didn’t have any food and they were tired and didn’t know how to do anything. Squanto, chief of local Indian tribe showed up and said they would totally stoked to teach the pilgrims what they needed to know to survive. They planted corn together, caught wild turkeys and built houses together. In the Fall of 1621 the pilgrims harvested their crops and invited the Indians to the feast. The Indians brought food and they all sat down together, said a prayer and ate. Then they played games and took a nap. The end.

A lovely vision of charity, unity and gratitude but missing a few important facts. The Pilgrims actually called themselves separatists, and harvest celebrations have been happening throughout the world FOREVER. The one in 1621 didn’t happen in November but most likely late September or October. The homestead the Pilgrims and Indians worked together to establish was actually the remains of a Wampanoag village, Squanto’s home. After he had been captured by the British and sold into slavery, a smallpox epidemic (courtesy of the Europeans) wiped out the entire population. Squanto learned English in order to escape slavery and upon returning home, discovered his village had been commandeered by the Separatists. Some Wampanoag did attend the feast in 1621 but their relationship with the settlers had always been a bit unstable and eventually deteriorated. In 1637, the settlers accused the Wampanoag of killing one of their men. In retaliation the settlers attacked a neighboring Wampanoag village killing hundreds of men, women and children and burning it to the ground. When the battle was over, Plymouth’s governor, William Bradford marked Thanksgiving day as a celebration of the victory. In 1789 George Washington designated November 26 as Thanksgiving day. In 1863 Lincoln made it a federal holiday in an attempt to unify a divided nation during the civil war.

The imagery and story we are familiar with today was Lincoln’s contribution and it still resonates. We share home-cooked dishes, sit together and eat, talk, tell stories, laugh. Turkey plates, gravy boats, weird jello salads, potatoes, pumpkin pie. Grandma’s silver, a toast to those who have gone before us, all bound together in the spirit of gratitude. Then we clean up and anxiously await the next holiday ritual – Black Friday.

Full bellied Americans venture out into the dark, wee hours of the morning after Thanksgiving to do battle for door busting deals on electronics, cordless leaf blowers and TVs. So. Many Deals. Teetering masses coming off of a thankful bender, crash though store doorways pushing their fellow shoppers, yelling, shoving items into their carts, eyes bulging with raw greed. Black Friday has become associated with violence. Last year, Reviews.org published the article “These States are at High Risk for Black Friday Violence”. Here are some highlights:

  • Arkansas wins top place for the highest risk of Black Friday violence, Tennessee is second and West Virginia third.
  • 57.1% of incidents happened at Walmart.
  • Incident types and percentage of total: Trampled 30%, Shooting 26.7%, Car 16.7%, stabbing 13.3%, pepper spray  6.7, and fight 6.7.

Wikipedia notes that there have been 117 injuries and 12 deaths since 2006 attributed to Black Friday shopping altercations.

It seems more is never enough.

Merriam Webster defines Thankful as “conscious of a benefit received” and Grateful as “the state of being grateful: Thankfulness”.

When we are conscious of benefits received and truly grateful for them, we experience a kind of peace that leaves no room for greed, envy or jealously. We are full, satiated in spirit, connected to our fellow humans and environment. This is the sentiment of elementary school celebrations, a parable of gratitude set on the stage of American history, however bastardized. It is an ideal worth donning rosy shades for, a lesson far more valuable than any Black Friday sale has to offer. Especially at Walmart.

The old narrative is alive and well; the desire for more at the expense of others versus the peace and connection that gratitude affords. One an insatiable, bottomless pit, the other a never ending harvest.

May we sow our seeds with gratitude and discover that enough is more fruitful than more.

 

Episode 70 -Salvaging American Democracy From the Dimwitted Narcissists at the Edge at the Earth.

This past week we heard testimony from some of the top witnesses in the impeachment inquiry of president Trump. Each day of questioning solidified what many of us already suspected and brought new information to light. Meanwhile, the republicans, who obviously have no viable defense, stuck to their bizarre strategy of deflection, projection and conspiracy theories.

We made a cocktail in honor of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch who we admire for her strength and resolve, not only in her service to our country but also on the stand. While she was answering the committees questions, Trump attacked her via twitter in real time. He also went after Lt. Col. Vindman as he testified. WTF? Nunes came off as aggressive and disorganized and the defense lawyer seemed to be bored and under-brained as he sat slouching and rolling his eyes during testimony. It is clear the defense is  playing to the republican base and has no real compelling facts to offer. Bully tactics 100%.

Other bits from this week:

  • Barr spoke to the Federalist society, slamming democrats and accusing them of trying to dismantle our democracy then Marco Rubio tweeted, “And the children of Israel did EVIL AGAIN in the sight of the LORD and the LORD delivered them into the hands of the philistines for forty years.” Judges 13:1
  • Roger Stone was found guilty of all 7 counts against him. His daughter asked Trump to Pardon him on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox then showed everyone the tattoo of  Vladamir Putin on her back.
  • David Nunes sold his soul to the devil. Again. This time reportedly for a chance to win a weekend at Mar a Lago and an afternoon tending to Trump’s “bone spurs”.
  • Elise Stephanik whines on twitter that she was denied the floor during the hearings (she was out of order and knew it) which results in public fact-lash and her democratic challenger Tedra Cobb raises 1 million dollars in 3 days from small donations. HA HA!
  • Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana go blue.
  • Trump took an unplanned trip to Walter Reed hospital, reportedly for a phase of his annual physical which is due in February, so that’s obviously bullshit. Many speculate that he needed emergency hair plug adjustments, his bone spurs were acting up or his new Putin back tattoo got a little red and ooozy.

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Episode 69 – Stupidstitions

So. Many. Superstitions. From black cats to sneeze salutations, we are steeped in them for good or bad – or maybe just for fun. Most of the superstitions we share are bits of ancient lore passed down to us from our parents who learned them from their parents who’s grandparents learned them form their parents who, well, you get it.  Many superstitions have roots in religion and despite being disproven by science the allure is alive and well. Superstitions make us feel like we have some control over unforeseen events, that we can control our luck by behaving in certain ways; avoiding cracks in the sidewalk, knocking on wood, lucky charms and the like.

Beck and Abi join us tonight to talk about some of our fav’s: black cats, wood spirits, sneezes, numbers and other random bits. Doug also shares some top secret info about what’s REALLY up with the missing 13th floor in high rise buildings. It’s where all the leprechauns keep their gold, four leaf clovers, lucky pennies, and albatrosses. No, that’s a lie.

Maybe.

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Episode 68 – The Venn Diagram of Fear in Politics and Religion, a Love letter..

Awe, sounds so romantic, huh? A ménage a trois of evil functionality. It works for the greedy and depraved but everyone else gets screwed.

Fear is an age old device used to control people. It’s a simple, wildly effective tool and politicians, people in power and religious leaders use it so very, very skillfully. We are taught to be afraid of eternal hell fire, the wrath of god, other nations, cultures, religions, politicians, political parties, windmills, pit bulls, strangers, genders, etc.

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  • Music – Quinn
  • Blog – Kim

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