Bob and Chez Show

The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show, 1/26/12

The State of the Union; Ron Paul's Homophobia; Debates Aren't Supposed to be Exciting; All of the Above Energy Policy; Assaulting Public Figures; Newt Gingrich Screws Up the First Amendment; Gingrich's Moon Base; Video Games; Bob is an Angry Old Man; and much more! Brought to you by Bubble Genius!

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  • Actually ‘all of the above’ is a dumbed down term. What the president is talking about is something that exists in good R&D planning called portfolio management. The basic concept is simple. You invest like you invest in retirement in a broad spectrum of assets that have different rates of return and different risks. However instead of picking one finite future date for your portfolio to give an optimum yield your investments pay out over a period of time. So you invest a relatively small amount in short time energy projects like increased drilling for natural gas, then invest in more in mid term investments like biofuels and put the biggest chunk of investments for solar and wind that will pay off more in the long run.

    I find progressive to be pretty naive about energy policy. It’s not like you can flip the switch to a new technology that is not globally commercially viable yet and Solyndra shows how risky new technology investments really are. Not that right wingers are better because they are reactionary and want to wait until every liter or cubic liter of fossil fuels are gone until they start investing in new energy technologies.

    The real challenge is what will be the future portable fuel that will replace gasoline and diesel especially for high performance engine requirements like aircraft.

  • KAboink

    Bob,
    I can’t get too worked up about this. America has been addicted to fossil fuels for generations and change will take time. Sorry for those idealists who think three years is enough to turn this mess around. Powerful corporations with their well funded lobbyists protect the status quo, write legislation and now control media and fund elections with impunity and anonymity. Change comes slow when elected officials are bought and paid for.
    This is an article that made some sense in addressing the topic: http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2012010426/obama-didnt-steal-all-above-republicans-never-had-it
    Of course any change in energy policy needs to be phased in gradually along with the new technology, whilst the population’s old habits and old technology need to be gradually phased out. It’s not going to be like flicking a light switch because change of this magnitude takes time. It’s also election time in one of the most politically corrupt nations.
    Canadians credit Tommy Douglas for their universal healthcare system http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Douglas , but the reality is he only established it initially in the western province of Saskatchewan. Douglas drove in the thin edge of the wedge and in doing so effected monumental change in an entire nation.
    Let’s not get our knickers in a twist because we aren’t getting everything we want immediately, because there is a whole corrupt establishment with billions of dollars defending the status quo.
    Drive in the thin edge of the wedge and keep fighting for progressive causes.

  • JMAshby

    The “all of the above” energy policy is something I just can’t force myself to get worked up over.

    I don’t like some parts of it, but in the face of a president Romney or Gingrich I just can’t spend much energy on it. Either of those two stooges would frack the entire country right in the ass.

  • Damn I wished I knew Bob back in the day with all those gaming consoles he had. I had a Sega Masters system but someone stole it, but I still have my original NES but it stopped working right, my SNES still works but I gotta find the plugs and controllers, my sister’s ex has my PSone long story, still got my PS2 next to my PSP and currently on my PS3 that’s how I download you guys show on my PSP. As for current gaming consoles Bob I would direct you to a PS3 or as I call it the Swiss army knife of consoles and since you’re a House of the Dead fan part 3 and 4 are coming to the PSN.

  • mrbrink

    Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception on PS3 and Batman: Arkham City are favorites around here, even though I rarely GET TO PLAY THEM!!!

    It’s funny, I just finished LA Noire a few weeks ago and now the whole world looks like a crime scene. If anyone says anything about looking for a clue, I’ll accept that as funny. We’ve had just about every gaming system since Atari 2600 through Coleco Vision, Atari 5200, Nintendos, Sega Genesis, something called Turbo Grafix, Playstations 1-3…but no XBOX. No regrets.

    “Invariably sweet smelling!” and now you must…narfle the Garthoc!

  • As a PC gamer, I never really had a console past Genesis. But I have a PS3 now, and I got it just for Little Big Planet, so I can feel for Chez on that one.

    Fun Fact: House of the Dead and similar games are referred to as “rail shooters”. Like riding a train. With a gun. I actually think the Wii has a few of those… would work best on it with the Wiimote.

    And you win the world for playing Fireworks as a bumper.

    • Scopedog

      You’re right about HOTD being an “on rails” shooter. All of the HOTD games were “on rails”, but you could select which path you could go at certain points in the game. Others, such as TIME CRISIS and GUNBLADE NEW YORK….well, you couldn’t choose your path, but it didn’t matter–it was all about shooting anything in sight.

      The Wii does have shooters–they had one for DEAD SPACE, and they’ve also got a couple of the HOTD games.

      And people forget that the PC is a gaming platform…hell, in the 90s some of the best games to play were on the PC.

  • Almost fell over when I heard some Phantom Power from the Tragically Hip. Way to spread the love!

    • One of the most brilliant and underrated (in the States anyway) bands of our time.

  • muselet

    I’ve never been a fan of Sascha Baron Cohen—I simply don’t think he’s funny—but anyone willing to take the piss out of Ron Paul deserves applause. Cue the Paulbots stamping their little feet and insisting their idol isn’t homophobic, he isn’t he isn’t he isn’t!

    OH DEAR FRAKKING GODS, BOB! THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES SHIRTLESS? Excuse me for a moment, I have to go and gouge out my mind’s eyes. And throw up everything I’ve ever eaten. You bastard. (Similarly, I prefer not to think about a Newt Gingrich amusement-park ride, although “this is not a dark ride” made me laugh out loud.)

    Bill Clinton wasn’t just compromising with or rolling over for the Rs. Economic dogma of the time was that deregulation was good (Jimmy Carter deregulated the airline industry, you’ll recall). There were those who stood, Canute-like, before the rising tide of stupid, but their numbers were few and their influence small.

    Oh, come on, Bob. I agree that “all of the above” is not sane as energy policy, but it’s shrewd politics (if short-sighted in terms of policy) to take the issue away from the Rs. I’m not happy about it, either, but it’s an election year. Even offshore oil drilling makes sense in terms of politics, but not policy.

    Construction and expansion of mass transit/commuter rail should have begun back in 1973, 1975 at the very latest (in response to the OPEC oil embargo, for the benefit of you young’uns out there), but wasn’t. In many (most?) cities, that means mass transit equals buses sharing roads with cars. Meanwhile, conservatives have had nearly forty years to produce tendentious, and fundamentally dishonest, white papers showing that mass transit costs too much, serves too few and gives (scary music sting) them easy access to us (be afraid, be very afraid!). Building it out now would be prohibitively expensive and would make every Righty go berserk.

    Chez, did I hear you mention Supertrain?

    “Newt Gingrich fancies himself an historian.” He is. He’s just not a good one.

    –alopecia

    • Bob McIntosh

      If you don’t like Sacha Baron-Cohen, you might take comfort that his cousin, Simon Baron-Cohen is a world renowned Autism researcher.

  • Scopedog

    Another great show, Bob….and while I do disagree with you in regards to the President’s energy policy, I can understand your concerns–they are valid.

    But your reminiscing about video games….priceless, man! I still have my Dreamcast and still play it from time to time, and yep, I remember dropping many quarters into HOUSE OF THE DEAD and HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2 back in the 1990s (along with VIRTUAL ON, one of the best arcade games ever made).

    The Dreamcast was ahead of its time, especially in regards to online play. Online play is pretty much standard now, but back when the DC came out, it was only for PCs, not consoles. The Dreamcast had that feature right out of the box, and it was way ahead of the PS2 and even the X-Box. It’s a shame that the Dreamcast failed, because it had everything a gamer was looking for….but gamers stayed away. Oh well.

    • So glad you appreciated an entire segment of vintage video game chatter. Thanks!

      • JackDaniel07

        Not sure how well Nintendo64 translates, but Ive been having an absolute blast with my 2 kids using NEW, Super NES, and Sega Genesis Emulators and Roms on my computer. Great show as always!

  • Damn, Bob. You’re having trouble seeing the forest for the trees when it concerns Pres. Obama’s remarks concerning energy policy. “All of the above” is not really what he is after.
    See here, mrbrink said it well on the night of the SOTU:

    The real argument the president was making in terms of energy policy was if government can help develop oil, nuclear, and natural gas technologies then government can help to promote and develop cleaner, more sustainable energy sources. If government subsidies works for the dirty stuff so very well, it will work for the cleaner stuff, too. The model is right in front of us. He was making an argument for government promotion of clean energy development by saying what’s good for big oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear is even better for cleaner alternatives.

    If government can help invent the computer chip and the internet, then government can do, can do, can do.

    I mean, what do you think would happen if the Pres said “Energy policy forthwith is CLEAN energy only. Nothing else will concern us.”?

    Fuck it. Never mind. You’re right.

    • No, I think you were on to something. The Pres is out to win all the votes, and he’s being predictably pragmatic about it; you, know, move to the center to win the election: (in this case the center is over on the right)

    • mrbrink

      Yeah, I don’t like hearing about opening up millions of acres for drilling and I don’t like the fact that a republican president can get in there and do what Bush/Cheney did to the Department of Interior, et cetera, or that “jobs” is reason enough to crank up the beat to 11 in our prolonged dance with the dead. But If gas prices shoot up over the summer, and the president is there talking about investments in yet-to-be-realized alternatives to high gas prices in August 2012 as a defense against bona fide maniacs and billion dollar Public Relations departments going to work with even a shred of truth to their claims that the president hates America’s untapped oil while the idiots are chanting drill, baby, drill, or “build that fucking pipeline or the world will end!” like eerily happy stabbers at an orgy/blood letting, well, that’s the big difference between when the president says, “all of the above” and when John McCain and Sarah Palin, or ANY Republican who knows the name of their sugar daddy is “Big Oil” says, “all of the above.”

      And just saying, “we’re open for drilling if your paperwork is in order” keeps the bottom-feeding speculators at bay, barring a lost barrel somewhere at the edge of the universe.

      • Thank you, Brink. 🙂