Bob and Chez Show

The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 6/19/13

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The NSA Eavesdropping Story Week 2; The CNET Meltdown; Snowden’s G20 Surveillance Leak; Irresponsible Journalism; All the President’s Men; Link Bait; The FBI Uses Surveillance; Masturbating Fetus Drones; The Growing Division on the Left; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the BobCesca.com Amazon Link and the Bowen Law Group.

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  • LK3

    I agree with alopecia,..Chez please do not stop writing. I read one post a few years ago that was linked through Bob’s page and have been an avid reader since.
    Great show once again. My boyfriend now asks every Thursday “Has the radio show posted?” (he was a republican before he met me.) We both enjoy it every week. Thanks for the time and effort you both put into its creation. It is appreciated every week, even though I may not comment.

  • muselet

    “Writing is easy, you just open a vein and bleed.” –Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith (attributed)

    Chez, you did it once, you can do it again. How you did it is irrelevant. Whether you can top what you did before is irrelevant. You can write, you know you can write, so write.

    Edward Snowden wouldn’t have come within a hundred miles of Michael Hastings for exactly the reasons Hastings was a good journalist. Snowden wanted someone he could … believe it or not, I almost typed “snow” … convince without putting out much effort: no journalists need apply.

    I was in high school when the Watergate story was breaking (yes, I’m old) and I remember seeing the LA Times, which then had serious ambitions to become the fourth national newspaper, trying to find some crumbs Woodward and Bernstein had missed. It had to have been humiliating, but the LAT didn’t cut corners. Nowadays, I dread to think what every news outlet not the Washington Post would do with that story.

    “That’s the less-dangerous equivalent of the guy who brings a gun through airport security just to show them that he can.” Well said.

    Wow, who could ever have guessed that countries spy on one another? (“I’m shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here!”) However, revealing methods—hell, revealing the basic fact in public—makes it necessary for the other countries to make a public fuss and put on a big show of changing their security protocols, even though everyone in government knows the new security isn’t going to be secure for more than a few days at most.

    I think you guys may have it right: Snowden really doesn’t think “spying”—however defined—is a legitimate activity, either because he’s an idealist or because he’s hopelessly naive.

    I’m not immune to the tl;dr phenomenon, alas, but I’ve always read for pleasure. Several times in the last few years, I’ve looked at a book or long article I’ve had sitting around and (reluctantly) decided I had to read it; every time, once I get back into the rhythm of reading, I have that “aha” moment when I realize yet again that there’s value to concentrating on just one thing. It’s the difference between reading online and reading something physical (although I have to say, reading on a tablet comes mighty close to reading something printed on dead trees).

    “Operation Peeping Tom”. Bob, you’re a sick, sick man. You’ve even beaten Chez to the title this week. Congratulations.

    The problem with surveillance—especially the sort of profligate collection of electronic communications—is that it’s a distraction. Actual police work is cheaper and more effective at preventing crimes. (Targeted surveillance is a different matter altogether.)

    James O’Keefe was harrassed by federal agents? Now why don’t I take the word of a serial liar, do you suppose?

    –alopecia