Hatred Corrodes The Container It Is Carried In.
Whether it's elections, journalism & media bias, free speech or free will, Mark ponders why it is that everything we hold dear seems to be under attack and why it is trust has collapsed in our institutions and in our communities. If the 'way Its working isn't working', what do we need to change to get things back onto an even keel?
Do As I Say, Not As I Do!
Mark looks at the hypocrisy of our State and National political leaders. While we the common folk are locked down, Governor Newsome and other members of the political elite ignore the very rules they insist we follow. Plus Mark looks at Trump's final acts as he looks to keep his followers 'Enraged & Engaged'.
Marks' Voted. Now What Will The Future Bring?
After being deluged like the rest of us by waterfalls of campaign material, Mark has ticked his boxes and sent in his ballot. In this ThoughtCast he looks forward to what the next 4 years might look like; nationally, across The State and locally on The Central Coast. Will we be laughing or crying? Probably a bit of both.
A 'Reasonable' Conversation - Part Deux!
The second part of Mark's recent conversation with his In Search of Sanity Partner - Clive Pinder. Mark praises Diane Feinstein. Clive lives up to his 'equal opportunity offender' billing as they tackle the question of why people move to The Central Coast from LA & SFO because they love the community spirit and neighborly values born of 'Pioneer Principles'; then immediately look to challenge those principles and change them. Plus Mark asks Clive for his POTUS prediction.
What A 'Reasonable' Conversation Sounds Like - Part 1.
Mark is joined by Clive, his Co-Founder of In Search of Sanity to have a reasonable conversation about topics of the day. Trying to understand why you can fly in a plane but not go to church? If putting your mask on between bites will really help reduce infection rates? Plus Mark challenges Clive on his opinions on their local newspaper - The San Luis Obispo Tribune, and it's apparent editorial bias. Something here for everyone, and while you may not agree you may end up thinking a little differently.
Mind In Neutral. Foot In Mouth.
Mark brings his usual irreverence to a quick fire review of some of the more absurd news stories of the week so far. From Michigan militia using PT Cruisers as their attack vehicle of choice, to ICE Cube being accused of selling out black people! Alas none of our political leaders, nationally or locally, come out smelling of roses! Heidi Harmon & Donald Trump especially, and you don't often see those two names in the same sentence! On this occasion boy (girl, ze, xe, ae - take your pick) does Heidi earn it for a classic case of opening mouth before engaging brain!
In this ThoughtCast Mark notes that politicians seem to have perfected the art of not answering questions directly. Journalists seem to have perfected the art of not asking direct questions. While The World Health Organisation seem to change their mind on what the right answers are regularly, with catastrophic economic consequences.
STICKS & STONES
Mark reminisces about the days when comics, writers, musicians and entertainers had the creative license to entertain without fear of being cancelled or worse prosecuted and convicted. Using his trademark appeal for all of us to be 'REASONABLE', Mark encourages everyone to stand up for free speech, demand civil discourse, respect everyone's right to a point of view even if you don't agree with it, and of course to vote.
Our Votes Can't Be Bought!
Mark honors his 'equal opportunity offender' status, giving both sides both barrels as he responds to the latest attempt by both parties to buy our votes through 'stimulus checks'. He also gives his honest opinion on President Trump. Hint, it isn't pretty. Talking of which, he also shares his thoughts on Nancy Pelosi. In the immortal words of the Incredible Hulk...."You wont like me when I'm angry"!
CAN'T WE JUST BE HONEST!
After a debate where direct answers to direct questions were as rare as a politician honoring their campaign promises, Mark takes a quick 10 minute look at some of the absurd and maybe dishonest claims made in the VP Candidate Debate. Followed by 10 minutes pondering about more absurdities doing the CV19 circuit, like wearing masks in between bites!