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For those of you that have been listening to this show from early on, you know that it was once called "Bitter Lake Presents: Soundwaves". Bitter Lake, being the band that I front and write music for. All the music you hear on this show is Bitter Lake music. I LOVE HEAVY CHAOTIC MUSIC. Before the pandemic, I traveled all over yelling, screaming, di…
 
"Illegality is the flip of inequality. It serves to preserve the privileged spaces for those deemed citizens and justify their privilege by creating a legal apparatus to sustain it. Heightened panic about illegality coincides with growing global inequality and the dependence of the privileged on the labor of the excluded." -Aviva Chomsky, UNDOCUMEN…
 
"Many contemporary activists, broadly defined, are quick to dismiss as racist defection any attempts to view racial disparities through the lens of class inequality, but in the 1930s and 1940s mainstream African-American civil rights leaders — among them Lester Granger of the National Urban League, Walter White of the NAACP, John P. Davis of the Na…
 
After some chatting about the recent election and alleged voter fraud, we dive into the Ghost Army, a tactical unit of hoaxers in WW2 that saved thousands of lives by pulling off elaborate frauds complete with sound, improvisational theater, props, and set design. Joining us is Col. Francis Park, Ph.D., a military historian who has a few stories ab…
 
In this episode we talk with Dr. Asatar Bair. I get hip to Dr. Bair from show economist Arash Kolahi. For the newly radicalized, Dr. Bair and I have a discussion on the importance of learning theory. We also talk about his book on the slave nature of prison labor as well. Dr. Asatar Bair is an activist, professor, teacher, and author of “Prison Lab…
 
I'm still sad his book got stolen from me. "Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom" is the perfect response for your libertarian friends or your anarcho capitalist homies that believe that the problem in the system is NOT THE SYSTEM ITSELF, but the government. Freer markets and less federal oversight will bring forth more innovation, and …
 
I discovered this man's music on The Michael Brooks Show. That Black prophetic fire that I enjoy listening too, but I also think is missing in much of the mainstream rap music. An independent artist who's amassed a nice following without the help of a major label or being part of the minstrel show that many race to be a part of to gain some sort of…
 
Ben and Celestia go through a timeline of the different ways people have tried (or pretended) to chat with dead people and get meaningful information back. Join us as we go from rap-tap-tapping to mysterious music to written words, then books, then actual recordings of a ghost's voice! Or so the theory goes. Spiritualism was of course a major devel…
 
I saw a tweet today that spoke to the sometimes contradictory tone that knowledgeable leftists can have towards the newly radicalized. Like, some of us didn't spend our lives reading Marx, Chomsky, studying philosophy and thinking about radical change. Some of didn't go university, and have only a U.S. propaganda influenced take on any alternative …
 
I found this intriguing young woman via professor Harvey J. Kaye. He posted one of her blogs titled "12 Indictments of the U.S. Education System". A 12 part series detailing serious issues on the way we approach education in America. From the piece: "Education is the backbone of our society and our country. Our children are our future, and we have …
 
I was recently sent a message by show economist Arash Kolahi about a blog I should read. It was Dr. Jack Rasmus' blog where he lays out what could happen if the current Trump administration tries to circumvent democracy and have a coup to take power into not just one more term, but many more! I asked Arash, if he could hook up Dr. Rasmus to come on…
 
If you haven't already, you should subscribe to the YouTube channel. We're starting to do a weekly livestream and last week was JAM PACKED! So JAM PACKED that we have 2 episodes from it. We were lucky enough to speak with producer of a 5 part docuseries covering the 2008 financial crisis called the "The Con". Episode one is up right now, so PLEASE …
 
For newly radicalized people that start to proclaim themselves Socialists/Communists/Marxist, the one thing that mainstream media indoctrinated family and friends throw at you is "VENEZUELA!" Right? "Oh you're a socialist huh? I guess you want the United States to become Venezuela?" Most don't understand the Bolivarian project, and the obstacles th…
 
In this episode Pascual takes the helm and brings us some audio goodies to puzzle over. Several lawsuits have resulted over pop songs that are too similar to each other, and while some are cut and dry, others tread into that weird, philosophical territory of "what is originality, anyway?" Are we all a necessary, determinate product of our creative …
 
He's my friend and political, pop culture artist Rob Israel. He definitely DOES NOT like libertarian/right wing grifters. Also, not a fan of Joe Rogan. Everyday this month Rob is drawing a caricature of some of these "chuds". Politicians, internet pundits, journalists, no one is safe from Rob's rath. We discuss... Follow Rob Israel on Twitter: @rob…
 
We were lucky enough to have Harvey J. Kaye on the livestream. He took several questions and we talked about everything from his love and ownership interest in the Green Bay Packers (lol)and why Donald Trump MUST be voted out of office. It was not just informative, but it was damn good time. If you'd like to participate in the livestreams, they hap…
 
We all have fell victim to it. We've had the phone calls from bill collectors, some of us may have even had wage garnishments due to our debts. It always feels like you against a powerful machine that uses your hardship, or class as money machine. I came across the Debt Collective and really believed in what they're doing. They're forming debtors u…
 
I discovered Kristy Lovich on Twitter calling out the non-profit world and the local politicians in here native Los Angeles. We talk about working with the unhoused, the paternalistic approach to treating unhoused people, and the law enforcements over involvement with the mentally ill. Some organizations that can use your support: Ground Game LAhtt…
 
He took on the richest man in the world in a fight for a just work environment. In the middle of a pandemic that spreading like wildfire. He was working in the epicenter of it. The conditions for their labor were, in a word, deadly. He tried to alert management about the dangers, and his voice for the most part went unheard, for they like most of u…
 
Ben brings in two guests, Scott Mardis and Darren Naish, to discuss two different instances of alleged "baby" versions of lake monsters and sea serpents. These cryptozoological cuties have made waves a few times in the history of monster lore. Whether it's pipefish in pails, pickled puppies, or plesiosaur progeny, there's some strange things afoot …
 
One thing about this show is, I'm always looking for people to talk too. Many of the guests on here, I'm a fan of their work, and some, I stumble across via the net. And some, like this show's guest, I came across through social media. Ramon is a college student studying abroad in Buenos Aires, and he's the politics editor of Creative Loafing Charl…
 
This is from our first livestream together. We discuss everything from the election, police violence, to travesty of forced hysterectomies. Love these guys and everything they stand for. I tried as best I could, to edit out the all the technical difficulties we were having. We're going to be weekly livestreams, and if you miss them you'll be able t…
 
We are hosting a livestream Question and Answer session with author of the book "Welcome to the Rebellion: A New Hope in Radical Politics" with author Dr. Michael Harris. “Star Wars doesn’t just depict a dystopian future but focuses on fighting it. It says that another galaxy is possible.” “We face a planet-destroying empire – ideologically-driven,…
 
This is one I've been excited about for A WHILE! I think I booked Richard Rothstein about 3 months out. I read the book "The Color of Law" about 3 years ago and I LOVE IT! A great story of how the U.S. Government enacted racist policies that helped to widen a racial wealth gap that has has yet to be remedied. “Today’s residential segregation in the…
 
After some chatting about current and upcoming events, we dive into a mysterious entity in a women's toilet in Bangladesh. Ben brings his love of ghosts and mass hysterias to the party, as we examine all the cultural and folkloric factors that play into why female factory workers are experiencing ghostly (or djinny?) encounters in the loo.…
 
In the middle of an economically devastating pandemic, we're looking at Depression Era unemployment. Those jobless numbers are also the driving factor that we are facing the possibility of 30,000,000 Americans on the street. With no federal oversight, this could be disastrous for the United States. I got to speak with attorney, author, and homeless…
 
He's the show economist and he's here to tell us what's going with the REAL economy. From Arash: "Trying to prevent an economic recession/depression from the top-down is like trying to push string: The more you push, the more slack develops – but nothing moves along. Corporations will keep hoarding their capital & won’t hire employees or invest in …
 
Hillary Clinton called them "deplorables". Now, president Donald Trump calls them his minions. The Proud Boys, the Buggalou Movement, you name it. Marx had a different name for them, he referred to them as the lumpenproletariat. A class of people defined by Marx as: "slum workers or the mob, this term identifies the class of outcast, degenerated an…
 
How often do you buy something online, and then you get hit with suggestions of other things you should purchase. Most of us ignore this bid to separate us from our hard earned cash, but I was hit with a suggestion that piqued my interest. It was a book called "Welcome to the Rebellion: A New Hope in Radical Politics". A book about Star Wars, revol…
 
Who would fake their own abduction? It turns out, plenty of people. Whether it's the "runaway bride," who says the stress of wedding planning made her snap, or the McDonald's worker who claimed a maniacal clown kept her from getting to work, hoaxed kidnapping cases end up taking time away from legitimate crimes as well as creating fodder for news a…
 
I first came across Justin Hunte on Facebook a few years back. A video popped up in my feed titled "Black Rappers are Going Extinct". I watched it, and it was a very smart, well produced, well thought out story of race, class, and access with Net Neutrality being a key concern. After that I feel down the TCM rabbit hole and consumed as many videos …
 
I first came across Rob Israel's art looking for images for the show. We were doing a show about Trump's racism and I found the greatest image. It was a picture of Trump's face, covered in Swaztika's. It was PERFECT. I put the image up and advertised the show. I didn't realize I committed the cardinal sin of not crediting the artist. He quickly I f…
 
I wasn't lying when I said I was going to make these dudes a part of the show. I got a chance to speak with the homies once again. Take a listen, as always it's informative and entertaining! Follow the Left Flank Vets https://www.twitch.tv/LeftFlankVets Left Flank Vets Twitter https://twitter.com/LeftFlankVets Thank you again for taking the time to…
 
First, Ben, Pascual, and Celestia discuss the recurring social media uproar about why something isn't being covered by the media, as well as the recent public concern over disappearing mailboxes. Then for our main segment, Ben celebrates the 25th anniversary of his favorite cryptid beastie, the chupacabra, and we examine it's past, present, and fut…
 
For my birthday show I wanted to make it a little fun for this one. If you've listened to the show for a while, you've heard comedian and good friend Chris Riggins on. He had hit me up a while back to come to the studio to record a live stand up album. Before I botched that he wanted to do a podcast to warm up for the jokes. Well, I'm his co-host a…
 
I found Zero Books and Douglas Lain a few years ago after falling down a Marxist rabbit hole on YouTube. I was quickly hooked by the 80's Max Headroom on LSD imagery combined with a heavy dose of Marxist theory. Well, I had the pleasure of talking all things leftist politics with Mr. Lain the other day, and we had such a good time we've decided to …
 
Nancy Pelosi has been in congressional office since 1987. In her 33 years as a Congresswoman, she has not only become Speaker of the House, but she's become one of, if not the most powerful people in politics. She's a firebrand in the #Resistance Democratic establishment. As the Trump administration has been an utter disaster of a presidency, Pelos…
 
About a month ago I had the professor Cedric Johnson on the show. We were having a great time talking on and off air. In our conversation, he had remembered me talking about working in North Dakota and recommended I read an article from a journalist named Susan Shepard. He sent me the link, and I read it right away. It was a great piece that put yo…
 
Susan Gerbic, of Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, joins Celestia and Ben to bring us up to date on her recent psychic research and writings, as well as her team's ongoing efforts in shoring up the information on various Wikipedia pages in response to pandemic misinformation. Ben shares his thoughts on one of the last public theatrical events he at…
 
I found these dudes on Twitter and I had to hit them up and to see if they'd be down to be on the show. To my surprise, they responded and were down to come on tell their story of how they got radicalized, and an in depth critique of the U.S. empire. Left Flank Vets (Twitter): https://twitter.com/LeftFlankVets Left Flank Vets (Instagram): https://w…
 
Aviva Chomsky brilliantly explains the history of illegality in the United States in her book, "Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal" published in 2014. She explains the racial and political context of the concept of illegal immigration as well as explaining how large agricultural companies use immigration laws to maintain a highly profitab…
 
I once wrote that Black Americans are involved in an intriguing experiment to see if an oppressed minority can continue to march forward if there is not a strong and vibrant left-wing and radical movement. That's not an experiment I would recommend, although the story is still unfolding and we will see how it unfolds, but they are not the sort of c…
 
This is a bonus episode (free to all, as I'm not clicking the box that says "charge patrons for this creation"), wedged between episodes 126 and 127, in which we chat about recent rumors floating around the interwebs--often intersecting with Covid-19 fears and the ever-present existential threat of "stranger danger," where people see nefarious ring…
 
I was real excited for this one. I've been a fan of his debunking videos, and his book, "Give Them An Argument: Logic for the Left". Ben Burgis has just finished a new book, that he says should be out next year titled, "Cancelling Comedians While the World Burns: A Critique of the Contemporary Left". We talked about the upcoming book, the scuttlebu…
 
With statues being front and center in the news earlier this month, we decided to take a few tours of the stranger side of statues. From graveyard statues that take strolls when you're not looking to spooky statues that allegedly can't be photographed. Myths involving statues coming to life, or live people being turned to stone, is a rich vein of f…
 
If you haven't heard his two part deep dive into the history of QAnon, then you really ain't doing this internet thing right! Robbie has been a voice on the left for sometime now, and to have actually agree to come down to the studio and do this socially distanced masked interview was pretty damn fun. Fun fact, we're both bay natives. Listen to Rob…
 
Buckle up! I got to sit down with professor Cedric Johnson and we discussed a variety of topics that ranged from the last days of Trump, BLM, is COVID-19 a "black problem"? We of course went into the recent uprisings over police killings and even his early activist days in Louisiana! A good dude, fascinating insight, enjoy the conversation with Pro…
 
It's has become our new reality. COVID-19, SARS II, Coronavirus, whatever you want to call it, it's here and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon. I was worried about this reality because federal leadership during this pandemic has been beyond dreadful, it's been literally deadly. The Washington Post has a Trump Death Clock for all…
 
In this episode we were SO LUCK TO HAVE Erica R. Meiners, co-author of "The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence". Dealing with the unhoused population I deal with both ends of sexual harm, and domestic violence, and this book for me was a great looking into how we currently handle sexual violence with the c…
 
Heard about the college parties where kids are intentionally trying to infect themselves with Covid--even betting money on who can catch it first? We sure have, and there will likely be many more tales popping up as the pandemic continues. And it provides an intersection of folklore, moral panic, media literacy, and helpful versus harmful "public a…
 
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