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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 12/18/14

RELM_buttonTaepodong: Last Show of 2014, Back Again on January 8, 2015; The Sony versus North Korea Situation; Hackers and Hacktivists; Standing Up to Terrorists; Greenwald Attacks Elizabeth Warren; Jeb Bush is Running; Mitt Romney Again; And a Holiday Dramatic Reading of a Twitter Fight Between Chez and Dan Bidondi; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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  • kagavin

    I was feeling totally stressed and cranky and then I decided to listen to this week’s podcast. Your “dramatic” reading of the Bidondi/Pazienza twitter exchange cheered me up and had me laughing. I think I actually guffawed at “something, something…chemtrails.” Brilliant. Thanks for making me feel less Scrooge-like this week.

  • muselet

    “We are not going to have him on the show.” Probably wise. Poo-flinging is seldom enlightening. However, Dan Bidondi facing off with you two—or either one of you—could be the funniest damn’ thing ever heard.

    Jeb Bush was always billed as The Smart Bush Brother (stop laughing). Exactly why has long been a mystery to me. We’re in little danger of seeing a President Jebbie anytime soon, since The Base loathes the man and I don’t think the party bigwigs will to be able to foist a (for want of a more accurate word) moderate on them this time round. It could make the GOP’s primary season entertaining to watch, though.

    George W Bush being the first Bush son into the White House had to make for interesting conversation at Thanksgiving dinner. (The fact that the Bush family has a sense of entitlement is hardly surprising. What’s surprising is just how powerful that sense is.)

    The big question on the GOP side isn’t who will run, it’s who won’t run. Mitt Romney will *ahem* allow himself to be convinced to run, and most prominent (or self-deluding) Rs have already started their campaigns. Sure, the herd will thin out as soon as serious money needs to be spent, but the True Believers will stay in until the bitter end.

    Chomsky/Nader 2016. Don’t even joke like that. I think my heart stopped there for a moment, and not in a good way.

    Cynics here and there on the interwebs are suggesting the whole Sony Pictures hack attack was an inside job, in order to prevent Sony from humiliating itself by releasing a movie that was doomed to tank. Too much embarrassing material was released to the entertainment press for me to buy that theory—forget the studio execs, too many writers and directors had sensitive emails exposed for it plausibly to have been Sony’s doing (the studio still has to deal with those people again in future)—but having seen the final trailer for The Interview, I have to say it’s not hard to imagine the studio trying to stop it getting out.

    [Continuing on Friday—long story, just don’t ask]

    Of course, now the FBI has stated flatly that North Korea is behind the hack, which really changes nothing much.

    What a surprise, Barack Obama took a well-aimed potshot at North Korea in his end-of-year press conference:

    “It says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to stage an all-out assault because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen…I love Seth. And I love James (Franco). But the notion that that this was a threat to them” was ridiculous.

    Bob, I think you’re right about hackers versus terrorists in terms of potential damage. Most people don’t think about what—and how much—information is being stored somewhere *waves vaguely* out there that would be of interest to bad guys.

    Glenn Greenwald would do well to consider the wisdom of Will the Quill:

    “Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.” –William Shakespeare, King Lear, 1.4.251

    Chez, you know this already, but even drunk you made infinitely more sense than Dan Bidondi. That’s a very low bar to clear, but still …

    In case real life interrupts my online jollies yet again and I don’t get another chance to say it, happy holidays, guys.

    (Bob, you missed a couple of Chez’s fucks from the last segment. As ever, I don’t mind but it makes the show, erm, less than radio-friendly.)


  • HilaryB

    Merry Christmas, Bob!!

  • aynwrong

    I have no audio on my computer until I can get it fixed.