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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 8/21/14


RELM_buttonLive From Ferguson: Chez Broadcasts Live from Ferguson, Missouri; Ben Cohen from The Daily Banter Joins Us From Washington, DC; The Story on the Ground; Police Militarism; Chez Pepper-Sprayed by Cops; The Aftermath; The Reality of Ferguson Versus the Stereotypes; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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  • ranger11

    I find Ben’s accent to be kind of interesting. For some reason I’m expecting him to sound like Tony Blair and instead he’s like Bob Hoskins in “A Long Good Friday”. Straight-up British gangster.

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Awesome job Chez!
    Great podcast as always.

  • ranger11

    It might be wrong but the picture of Chez seems to me to have a cinematic quality. Can’t figure out which one. Italian neorealism maybe.

  • muselet

    Chez, thank you for reporting from Ferguson.

    A phone may produce technically so-so photos, but you got shots you couldn’t have if you were using something bulkier.

    “A celebration of outrage” makes all kinds of sense.

    The militarization of the police is a serious problem, contrary to some people, and the militarization of small-town police departments—which are not, generally speaking, made up of people best-suited to a career in law enforcement—is an even bigger, even more terrifying problem. As I said last week, agreeing with Bob, if a situation needs a military solution, have the governor call out the National Guard.

    I think we all need to learn how to de-escalate situations. It’s amazing how much easier it is to make things worse than it is to make things … well, not better, necessarily, but less bad.

    “Everything goes back to the Civil War for you, doesn’t it?” Clearly so.

    “You want a camera just to keep the police off your back.” I don’t doubt that’s good advice, but the media credentials around your neck was kind of a big clue as to who you were. That cop was simply looking to hurt someone with a press pass.

    The inability of the police to connect with the communities they police is partly due to geographic distance. Part of what made the 1992 riots in Los Angeles worse than they could have been was that so many LAPD officers (active and retired) lived 40 miles away in Simi Valley, one of the whitest places in the LA Basin. I’ll bet a lot of Ferguson police officers don’t live in Ferguson, but even if they do, since the police response has pulled officers from all over the greater St. Louis area, the overwhelming majority of the officers on the ground have no earthly idea who they’re facing off against.

    Isn’t it amazing that the police in (some) other countries can manage to quell unrest and control chaotic situations without resort to indiscriminate aggression and military gear?

    Incidentally, Chez, don’t bother suing the cop who pepper-sprayed you. If we learned anything from the 2011 UC Davis incident, it’s that the cop will file a worker’s comp claim for anxiety and depression (it’s stressful to douse people who pose no plausible threat with pepper spray!) and walk away with a stack of cash.

    Of course, a very happy birthday to Paula.

    (Oh, and Chez says “fucking” at 5:46.)


  • Victor_the_Crab

    Considering that Chez was in Ferguson, Missouri this week covering the unfolding events over there, I really didn’t think we’d get a podcast this week. Thanks guys for putting in the effort. Especially you Chez for going out there to cover this story and then contributing to this week’s episode. All while getting attacked by pepper spray and living to tell about it. 😀