It's another round of technical issues this week. Here's a little update about what's up.
It's our second mini podcast from Keystone Progress Summit in Harrisburg. After a very long Lieutenant Gov debate, our Raging Chicken crew headed to McGrath's pub to debrief with food and drink. Special guests join the discussion.
We're in Harrisburg for the Keystone Progress Summit!
Out d’Coup | Tax Bill Disaster; Toomey’s Bucket List; Turning Point USA Scandal; J20; Dems Cave on DACA; Collab with Inside 254; Space News; Beer, and more!
Yes, Rep. Tom Cole, a God did make Republicans to cut taxes. A demon God, but a God nonetheless. Pat Toomey celebrates crossing off another item on his bucket list with the passage of the GOP tax disaster bill. Turning Point USA - that billionaire-backed dark money group looking to bring extreme right-wing politics to college Student Government is embroiled in a scandal. Jane Mayer tells the story in the New Yorker. The first group of J20 protestors found not guilty.
We preview our collaborative podcast with Inside 254 talking about sexual misconduct allegations in the State Capitol, toxic masculinity, and positive signs of organizing for power.
In today's last call, Galactic Capitalists starting their lobbying campaigns to call for full privatization of space. Need a last minute Xmas gift? Look no further than this son-of-a-Koch, Wyatt. He's got some shirts to sell. Free Will's ready for the holidays. Pizza Boy's special releases, and more!
On this Out d’Coup Xtra, Dr. Colleen Clemens joins Kevin to talk about misogynist, right-wing trolls and toxic masculinity. Following yet another horrific mass shooting in Texas earlier this month, Clemens tweeted “Toxic masculinity is killing everyone. REPEAT. Toxic masculinity is killing everyone. REPEAT. Toxic masculinity is killing everyone. REPEAT.” That was enough to draw vicious attacks from the bottom-feeders on the right. Her article, “Why I Said No to Tucker Carlson, and Why My “No” Didn’t Matter,” appeared this weekend on Raging Chicken Press.
Colleen Lutz Clemens, Ph.D., associate professor of Non-Western Literatures and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, earned her Ph.D. in Post-Colonial Literature at Lehigh University. Raging Chicken readers and listeners know Clemens as the co-creator of the podcast Inside 254. Keep your eyes out for an episode of Inside 254 talking about toxic masculinity coming soon.
End of the year membership special: Chris Robé’s book, Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas, is our pick to close out 2017 and we're adding it to our bookshelf. You can too. Now through the end of the year, we will send your very own copy of Breaking the Spell if you become a member of Raging Chicken Press at the $10/month level. And, we'll send you some cool swag too! Become a member of Raging Chicken Press today!
Out d’Coup Xtra | Chris Robé on His New Book, “Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas”
On today's Out d'Coup Xtra, Kevin Mahoney welcomes Chris Robé to the program. Chris is the author of the new book, Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas, published by PM Press. When he's not organizing or doing activist research, Chris is an Associate Professor in Film and Media studies at Florida Atlantic University. He’s published essays on radical media in journals such as Jump Cut, Rethinking Marxism, and Journal of Film and Video. He has also written the monograph, Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture. He is also a frequent contributor to the online journal PopMatters.
Don't miss this one folks, it's a good one.
Breaking the Spell is our pick to close out 2017 and we're adding it to our bookshelf. You can too. Now through the end of the year, we will send your very own copy of Breaking the Spell if you become a member of Raging Chicken Press at the $10/month level. And, we'll send you some cool swag too! Become a member of Raging Chicken Press today!
Out d’Coup | ACA Repeal Dead?; Bernie Introducing Single-Payer Bill; Millennials Largest Voting Bloc; Fairness Center Carpetbaggers; Barletta’s In; Severance Tax; Space News and More!
Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, dead. Zombie repeal lives on. Bernie Sanders goes on CNN to announce he’s moving forward with a single-payer bill. Meanwhile, House Democrats are already moving on a Medicare for All plan with HR 676. As of today, 116 Democrats have signed on to the bill, including all five from Pennsylvania. Those same House Democrats vow not to withhold funding for anti-abortion candidates. Stephen Miller tells the press Trump’s new immigration plan is not racist, you cosmopolitan idiots. Puts a stake in Statue of Liberty mythology along the way. The Mooch got screwed. Trump Organization prepared to start a trade war with China on Friday. Trump-loving gun fetishist calls for shoot protesters at Trump’s Huntington, West Virginia rally today. And, Millennials are now the largest voting bloc according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
The Fairness Center along with other Commonwealth Foundation and Koch Brother groups are suing teachers...and carpetbagging from Oklahoma? You bet. Lou Barletta set to officially join the clown car on Friday. Much heralded natural gas severance tax in PA budget negotiations will force the DEP to privatize fracking permits. Governor Tom “Carbon” Wolf doesn’t believe the environment will be weakened. The Stand encampment in Lancaster County will have to find a new location to resist the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The 107-acre farm was just sold to Williams, the pipeline company. Can’t imagine pipeline protesters will be welcome. Lancaster Against Pipelines says, "The Stand is not a property. It's a vibrant grassroots movement." The fight goes on.
In today’s last call: Southern and tropical birds seen in Central Pennsylvania. No climate change here, Governor Wolf. Space Fest this weekend at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in NYC. The ethics of exploring Mars. “Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet,” says Lucianne Walkowicz from the Chicago based Adler Planetarium. Checking in with Woodland Farm Brewery and Fulton Chain Craft Brewery next week. And, Sean gives us the full wedding recap.
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Out d’Coup | McConnell’s Epic Healthcare Fail; Shocking News from McCain; Sean @ DC Healthcare Protests; PASSHE Chancellor Quits; Metcalfe Whines; Musk AI Warning; Plus Space & Beer News!
John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to the Mayo clinic in Phoenix, AZ. The prognosis is not good for McCain. McCain’s announcement drew some of the attention away from Mitch McConnell’s colossal failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. The CBO scores McConnell’s last ditch attempt to repeal the ACA without replacing it. According to the report, more than 32 million Americans would be thrown off health insurance - a full 10 million more than under the GOPs repeal and replace plan. Trump orders Senate Republicans to come up with a repeal and replace plan. Late night meetings yield diddly. Sean Kitchen heads to DC for health care protests. 155 people arrested. Pennsylvania activists were there as well and converged on Senator Toomey’s DC office - there is no place you can hide Senator. And Sean gets a close up of a Rand Paul staffer...and he’s exactly what you’d expect.
Less than a week after a consultants report on the future of PA’s State System of Higher Education was released, Chancellor Frank Brogan announces his “retirement.” Brogan was hired almost four years ago through an unprecedented secret search process in which search committee members were forced to sign confidentiality agreements by former Board of Governors chair, Guido Piccini. Brogan’s hiring was the third straight chancellor from Florida who rose the political ladder as Jeb Bush’s right-hand-man in education, despite a lack of academic credentials. I guess secret processes don’t lead to the best-qualified candidate, do they, Guido? Jess King launches her challenge to Smucker to a pretty impressive crowd. And, Daryl Metcalfe breaks down and cries again after getting called a racist.
In space news, Elon Musk warns that government needs to regulate the development of AI before robots start killing people in the street. Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station. NASA releasing hundreds of videos to YouTube. Pennsylvania climate to be like Texas by 2100. Free Will Brewing sells out almost immediately of its Cloudy2 can release last week. Freewill's collaboration with Lavante Brewing was a New England-style IPA and it's awesome. And it’s Shark Week...in Harrisburg. Or, at least at Pizza Boy?
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