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!
On today’s show, we’ve got our election day wrap up as Democrats and DSA members win big in Pennsylvania and across the country. Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore called out for sexually assaulting minors when he was the assistant District Attorney. Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler says it’s just like Joseph and Mary. Why is Chuck Schumer “looking out” for his “Republican friends.” Donna Brazile’s book continues to piss off Democrats. Huge electoral wins across the country. Big wins in Virginia, including a huge win by Lee Carter - a proud DSA member - who toppled VA Majority Whip, Republican Jackson Miller. Danica Roem became the first-ever transgender woman to be elected to state-wide office in VA. She beat out the crusty Republican, Robert Marshall, who was the leading voice behind the discriminatory bathroom bills targeting transgender men and women. Virginia Democrats also come close to flipping the House of Delegates. We’ll run through some of the huge wins by DSA members and Our Revolution endorsed candidates. Lots of reverse coattails this election. How significant are these wins? We’ll talk about this more on today’s members-only show.
Chester County and Delco Democrats win historic elections. Lehigh Valley Democrats win big. Both Pittsburgh DSA endorsed candidates win local judge races. Former Green Party member Michael Helfrich becomes the next mayor of York - winning on the Republican ticket. Shout out to Raging Chicken’s newest writer, Vanessa Baker, for her reporting on that race. “Unelectable” Larry Krasner wins HUGE - 40 point win against Republican Beth Grossman. Dr. Colleen Clemens from our friends over at Inside 254 podcast is now getting trolled by right-wing freaks after she tweets about “toxic masculinity” following the horrific shooting in Texas this past weekend. Following her interview with the Washington Free Beacon, she has now been targeted by Infowars, Daily Wire, and other publications sponsored by the demons of the deep.
Lots of beer news from Brewed and Bottled Craft Beer Shop on the New York/Canadian border. Shout out to Beer Belly Deli & Pub in Syracuse for the awesome grub and freshly tapped cask samples. Free Will releasing their annual cancer awareness collab, Saison de Rose this week. Lord Business will be hitting shelves soon. Saucony Creek hit their crowdfunding goal. Full steam ahead for their first ever crowler release. Pizza Boy released Eternal Sunshine, Doughboy, and Trung Latte this week. That an so much more.
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.
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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!
The numbers are in - we hit record levels of CO2 in the atmosphere this year - 403.3 parts per million, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015. What’s that mean? Well, let’s start with 100s of millions of people displaced from coastal cities, longer droughts, and fiercer hurricanes. Good thing that the Trump administration brought on Michael Honeycut to lead EPA’s Science Advisory Board. At least now we’ll have the Bible to guide our environmental policy. And just in case Honeycut can’t get the job done, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a climate denier, is on his way to becoming the next NASA chief. Meanwhile, Mother Jones has reported that Homeland Security hired, Frank Wuco, a guy who used to LARP as a Jihadist named Fuad Wasul to lead the department’s Executive Order Task Force. Another billionaire destroys media outlets because workers vote to unionize. RIP Gothamist and DNA Info. Donna Brazile tosses a grenade into Democratic Party. And, one of the first Democratic Party post-mortems drops and rips the Party a new one.
Angela Couloumbis, a reporter for the Philly Inquirer and the Post-Gazette, talks about what it’s like working in Harrisburg as a woman reporter. Dickenson College student dresses up at Colin Kaepernick in blackface. PennLive initially reported that the student was “dressed as a black person” before recognizing the Kaepernick jersey. We go to an extended member-only segment on this one. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announces the city will seize control of Philadelphia Public Schools from the School Reform Commission. That’s potentially one giant stiff arm to the forces of privatization. Next Friday kicks off March on Harrisburg 2.0. This time marchers will be walking the 36 miles from Lancaster to Harrisburg to support for our bills to end gerrymandering, ban unlimited gifts to State Legislators, and create automatic voter registration.
In today’s last call, Pizza Boy is releasing a New England IPA called Doughboy on Monday. And, watch out, the “Juice is Loose”! Pizza Boys released White Bronco Milk Sugar on Wednesday. Free Will has a big week, releasing Love Letter from the 90s and “Special Cookie.” They’re launching into November with a great line up of food trucks too. And is Sean closet Vapophobe?
Campus Equity Week is the occasion for this Out d’Coup Xtra. Today Kevin Mahoney is talking with Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek, the State Chair of APSCUF’s Adjunct Faculty Committee. Lynch-Biniek’s forthcoming book, Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor & Action in English Composition is a co-edited anthology with Seth Kahn & Bill Lalicker that explores the ways and means of labor reform on college campuses. She has also recently published “The Ethos of Writing Program Administration” with Anne Shivers McNair in Forum: Issues about Part-Time & Contingent Faculty. She is the current editor of the aforementioned Forum, a peer-edited journal from the National Council of Teachers of English.
Lynch-Biniek’s, “Campus Equity Week: We Can Do Better,” was the featured post on APSCUF’s statewide blog this week, urging tenure-line faculty to deepen solidarity with adjunct faculty not only during contract negotiations, but in the “small challenges we choose to face everyday.” Mahoney spoke with Lynch-Biniek at a Campus Equity Week event at Kutztown University as part of statewide events supported by the faculty union, APSCUF.
Dems purge Bernie supporters from party leadership. According to a new poll, a majority of Democrats now hold a favorable view of George W. Bush. Add those two things together and you get a pretty good idea about why the Democratic Party is facing a serious fundraising crisis and an expanding debt. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker ARE NOT HEROES. Repeat that as often as you need to. Shock Doctrine full press in Puerto Rico. Verizon will save Puerto Rico by ending net neutrality. Two guys in Montana land $300 million contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s energy grid. Republican budget paves way for huge redistribution of funds to the 1%. Trump proposes to raise admission to national parks to $70. And, surprise, surprise the big release of the JFK files was bungled by the White House.
Raging Chicken Right to Know request scores big, showing Identity Evropa members putting up fliers at Millersville University. Pennsylvania State Senator Don White slips amendment denying health care rights for transgendered youth into CHIP reauthorization bill. Scott Wagner’s campaign manager Jason High pictured with Koch Brother operative Matt Brouillette outside of Wagner’s campaign office. Voting against the constitutional amendment/ballot question to up-end property taxes in PA. Harrisburg police are flying helicopters over the city and shining spotlights on as a response to a spate of shootings. Their response? Proactive Policing. And, PA may finally have a budget.
Mike Pence travels to Lockheed Martin to check out their new space stuff. Military contractors are getting increasingly giddy about new business opportunities in space. Pizza Boy’s got Pumpkin Milk Sugar out along with Hopvision Mosaic and Mango River. Free Will’s got Sour Sunday #5 coming this Sunday from 12-8. Taza Egyptian Cuisine and The Flying Deutschman food trucks will be on hand. And Saucony Creek Brewery in Kutztown is coming up on their first-ever crowler can release. Their crowd-funded pre-sale will feature our latest NEIPA Thorondor On A Pogo Stick on Thanksgiving Eve.
Trump continues the assault on Obamacare through what Rick Smith likes to call the “Cut, Gut, and Punish,” model of right-wing politics. In the absence of legislative action to repeal the ACA, Trump is doing everything he can to give it a slow, painful death. Millions of people will be at risk. Also, Trump’s new federal rule will let employers opt out of having to cover birth control in their health insurance plans if God tells them not to. Trump’s had enough with having to pay attention to Puerto Rico. Rep. Scott Perry’s got his back on that one. And turns out the FBI was onto the problem of extremists ahead of the violence in Charlottesville. Only problem was they had the wrong extremists. The FBI was laser-focused on what they saw as the emerging threat of “Black Identity Extremists.” Their words. Rick Smith airs special on Janus v. AFSCME - the Supreme Court case that will likely gut public sector unions.
What happens if the right wing media wins? That’s the title of a recent article in the Columbia Journalism Review by McKay Coppins. He was interviewed on the Majority Report this week and that’s got us thinking again about the need to build progressive media networks - and fast. We’ll take a peek at the right’s infrastructure and wonder why the left does not invest in our own media in the way they do on the right. We’ll talk Bradley Foundation, Hillsdale College, and even attempts to flood student government elections with billionaire cash.
In today’s last call, we’ve got space news and beer. Scientists think we might have a ninth planet after all. It’s thought to be 10 times more massive than Earth and about 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune. Also, asteroid got cozy with Earth early this morning. Say hello and goodbye to 2012 TC4. Free Will Brewing has got a much anticipated sour release today. Today at 3 pm at both locations, Free Will releases Wildhack, a Foudre & Barrel-Aged Sour Brown w/Blueberries; and, Industrio Rustique, a Foudre & Rum Barrel Aged Funky Belgian-style Dark Ale. Pizza Boy also released a pumpkin Sunny Side Up on Tuesday. Cans only, folks.
Trump visits Puerto Rico. He forgot to pack his t-shirt cannon, but he made due. Reminds Puerto Rico that Katrina was a real disaster; that Puerto Rico has thrown U.S. budget “out of whack;” and, that he is incapable of basic human compassion. Trump did suggest, however, that Goldman Sach or “whoever” may have to cancel Puerto Rico’s debt. Mick Mulvaney - a contender for worst human being in the world - puts the kibosh on that. Says we shouldn’t take what the president said “word for word.” By which he meant that no one’s canceling Puerto Rico’s debt. Las Vegas horror and status quo response from NRA soaked politicians. If we can’t talk about gun control and toxic white male masculinity now, can we pencil in a date? Oh, you’ll get back to us? Yeah, OK. PA Republicans’ solution? The Hearing Protection Act. Mueller-led Trump-Russian probe gets to talk to Christopher Steel, author of “the dossier.” Does this mean the pee tape will be a topic of an open session? And, Supreme Court season is underway. This year is voting and organized labor in the crosshairs. Janus v. AFSCME looks to accomplish what Fredericks could not. Barring another death of a right-wing justice, public sector unions are in trouble. In a bit of a surprise, however, on Tuesday, oral arguments were heard regarding Gill v. Whitford...a case that could bring an end to partisan gerrymandering. Justices seemed open to the possibility. Thanks to a cache of emails internal emails. Buzzfeed reveals how Steve Bannon and Breitbart laundered Alt-Right racists. Oh, and let’s not forget hurricane, Nate. 22 people are already dead.
APSCUF-KU helps raise over $5000 for the adjunct faculty member who was kicked to the curb ahead of life-saving surgery. Over 500 Raging Chicken readers clicked to find out what they could do to help. Still no PA Budget. Gov. Wolf says he’s sick of playing games and will start to manage the budget himself. Securitizing the State Liquor stores is at the top of the list. The refusal of PA Republicans to talk about any reasonable revenue package may lead to the full privatization of Penn State, Temple, Pitt, and Lincoln. And, of course, Standard and Poors has downgraded PA’s credit rating again. That will cost PA taxpayers about $53 million/year in interest payments. Rep. Tim Murphy is out following revelations that this pro-life Rep encouraged his mistress to have an abortion and he conducted a “reign of terror against his staff.” State Rep. Tom Marino blocks Raging Chicken on Facebook. Alt-Right is making a serious play for a PA stronghold. Identity Evropa had a Lancaster coming out party. Now there’s a podcast, called “Taking a Stand.” The first episode featured Identity Evropa leader, and PA native, Evan McLaren and the PA coordinator for Identity Evropa, William Clark. And Represent PA is calling November days of action including a March from Lancaster to Harrisburg beginning on Nov. 10 concluding with two days of action in the Capitol rotunda on Nov 13 & 14.
In today’s last call, it’s the 60th anniversary of Sputnik. Mike Pence uses the occasion to help relaunch the National Space Council. He says the U.S. is going back to the moon. Free Will released PV Fest in 16 oz. cans yesterday. It’s a traditional malty Marzen just in time for Oktoberfest. I will be picking some up today. Free Will partners with Down to Earth Cafe holds its Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 22. There will be 5 traditional German-style beers and traditional German fare at the Perkasie Brewhouse. You can even pick up a Free Will stein for $10. Sunny Side Up cans are out at Pizza Boy. That and so much more.
On today’s show, Shock Doctrine warriors take aim at Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricane Maria. Roy Moore defeats Trump endorsed Luther Strange in the Alabama Senate primary. Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage were very happy. A preview of the Pennsylvania Senate primary perhaps? Far-right German AfD Party sees large gains after German Election. Climate scientists report that century-old temperature records for September have been shattered across the Midwest and East coast during this month’s heat wave. Judge rules that anonymous police office can’t sue Black Lives Matter. It’s a social movement you idiots. You know, First Amendment and all that? NFL players #TakeAKnee following Trumpster’s attacks. ADAPT activists arrested and dragged away in protests against Graham-Cassidy. Graham-Cassidy dead for now. Russian hacker story gets interesting.
Kutztown University faculty union helps to raise more than $4500 for adjunct kicked to the curb as part of the university’s “caring community” initiatives. HERE’S HOW TO HELP. Wagner praises Bannon at Phyllis Schlafly “Put America First Rally” in St. Louis. Scott Wagner looking to repeat Roy Moore’s Alabama victory by throwing in with Steve Bannon while Paul Mango lines up with PA’s Trump machine. State Senator Mike Regan takes his hood, I mean helmet, off for the National Anthem. Uses Jackie Robinson to support his move to condemn the NFL for being anti-American. Jackie Robinson, by the way, didn’t stand for the anthem. Incidentally, @MikeRegansJunk premieres on Twitter. Then it went limp. Just sayin’. Sean puts PA white supremacist on blast. Oh, yeah. Still no budget. We told ya.
SpaceX to produce Big F’ing Rocket in plans to make life interplanetary. Mars, the Moon, and anywhere on Earth in less than an hour. NY to Shanghai, for example, in 39 minutes. Cargo ships to Mars by 2022. Dyson to jump into the electric car market by 2020. Sunny Side Up back on at Pizza Boy! Free Will ramping up can productions. They’ve got Crisper in cans - a Kolsch style ale just in time for Oktoberfest. Rumor has it that Safeword will be brewed again for the holidays.
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