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3
Dec 2021

Out d’Coup | SCOTUS Attacks Roe; Omicron Rises; Honduras Elects First Woman Pres; Barbados Boots the Queen; Oz and McCormick Enter PA Senate Race; CBSD; Fitzpatrick Faces Primary; TV

The Supreme Court’s right-wing majority seems prepared to deal a death blow to Roe v. Wade, sending women’s autonomy and equality back generations. Rebecca Traister’s article in New York Mag, “The Betrayal of Roe,” should be at the top of your reading list as we prepare for a protracted fight. 

The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has now been confirmed in five U.S. states: California, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, and Hawaii. Strap in, folks. 

No government shutdown after conservatives cave. 

So glad to see that The Daily Beast got it right: “Steve Bannon’s Jan. 6 Legal Strategy: ‘Blowing Up the Whole System.’”

Honduras elected its first female president, Xiomara Castro, from the leftist Liberty and Refoundation Party. Her husband, Manuel Zelaya was president from 2006-2009 and was ousted by a military coup. 

Barbados boots the Queen and becomes a republic. 

And Chris Cuomo also got the boot from CNN this week after it was revealed he worked with his brother, the former and disgraced New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, on a communications strategy following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct on part of the former governor. 

We’re not in Kansas anymore.  Nope! Just Pennsylvania.  Day-time TV show host Dr Oz has officially announced his campaign for the US Senate.  The New Jersey Resident is looking to run as a Republican for Pennsylvania’s open senate seat.

David McCormick, President of the venture capitalist firm Bridgewater, is also getting to run for Pennsylvania’s US Senate.  Expect McCormick to become the frontrunner given his connections to the Trump infrastructure.     

Central Bucks School District is back in the New York Times following their two-part podcast on their explosive school board meetings about mask requirements and critical race theory. In the latest article, we get to see the real crises hitting the district regarding inadequate staffing, overcrowded classrooms, and declining resources - even in this fairly well-off, Bucks County school district. 

In the #PA01 in Bucks County, Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick is getting primaried from his right. Last week Perkasie resident and America First Party guy Bradley Lanning announced his challenge to Fitzpatrick. Yesterday, Trumpista Caroline Avery of Bristol threw her hat in the ring because she says Fitzpatrick "ignores the Trump agenda, ignores the Constitution, votes with the anti-American Democrat members, and basically (doesn't represent) anybody or anything but himself" in Congress. It will be a wild ride. 

Could “mushroom leather” be in your future? Could be. 

Diving into the Wheel of Time & the new season of Star Trek Discovery. 

In just a couple of weeks I’ll be jumping into Foundation on Apple+. Thanks one of our listeners, Chris, for letting me know that the series is based on Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series. Now I’m doubly interested.

29
Nov 2021

Out d‘Coup LIVE | Nick Marcil on ending K-12 school lunch debt in Bucks County

On today’s show, I welcome Nick Marcil back to the show. Nick Marcil is a second-year Master's Student of Higher Education Policy & Student Affairs at West Chester University. He is a member of the PA Debt Collective Member, and Co-Founder of PASSHE Defenders. The PA Debt Collectives has joined forces with BuxMont DSA and Lower Bucks for Change to form the Bucks Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition. The coalition is working to raise awareness about K-12 school lunch debt and empower local residents to collectively seek ways to end this problem so that no student goes hungry or feels ashamed for needing food.

The Bucks Cancel Lunch Debt Coalition launched its first campaign focusing on the Bristol Borough School District, and for good reason. According to data from the School District, 212 students in the approximately 1,200-student district owe a total of $15,875.31. Seventy-five students owe more than $50. In Bristol Township School District, 922 of approximately 6,200 students owe a total of $113,085. Seven hundred and seventy two students owe more than $50.

As the coalition put it in a recent editorial in The Courier Times, “The BCLDC hopes to organize local students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members to help free kids and their families from this debt and seek long-term solutions so that no child has to go hungry or be shamed and embarrassed for not being able to afford lunch.”

Info to join meeting Friday, Dec. 3 @ 5pm: https://buxmontdsa.org/events/cancel-lunch-debt/

Email: nolunchdebt@gmail.com

Op-Ed: Bucks County Courier Times

 

22
Nov 2021

Out d‘Coup LIVE | Gwen Marshall, Associate Prof. Philosophy at FIU and co-owner of Arcanist Press

On tonight's show, I welcome Gwendolyn Marshall to the show. We’ll be talking about her book, "Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e," that’s the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons. You mean THAT Dungeons & Dragons? Yes, that one. As the #BlackLivesMatter movement has brought renewed attention to the centrality of race in American history and contemporary capitalism, fans of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons have been looking for ways to ensure the games they love don't reproduce exploitative and oppressive discourses on race. During the COVID-19 pandemic, D&D has seen an explosion of new players and a renewed energy to take the rules of the game into the 21st century. "Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e," is a standout example of this work. 

Gwendolyn Marshall is an associate professor of philosophy at Florida international University, where she works on early modern philosophy and feminist history of philosophy. As co-owner of Arcanist Press, she is also a game designer and publisher, having published the award-winning "Ancestry & Culture: An Alternative to Race in 5e," and the upcoming "S5E: Superheroic Roleplaying for 5th Edition." She is also a parent, punk, leftist, and all-around geek, as well as a trans woman.

Check out all Arcanist Press publications: https://arcanistpress.com/products

 

19
Nov 2021

Out d’Coup | Long COVID; CBO Score; John Deere Workers Win; Ohio Concealed Carry; Ithaca Carbon Free; School Board Mania; Fulton County Library; PA GOP Games; KU Dining Workers; CBSD; New Sci-Fi

New research shows that at least 50% of people who survive COVID-19 “experience a variety of physical and psychological health issues for at least six months following their recovery,” according to the Washington Post. 

The Congressional Budget Office says that Biden’s Build Back Better Bill will not be entirely paid for as the White House claimed. It’s close, but the CBO didn’t think the IRS would be able to raise $67 billion over 10 years; they put the number at $207 billion. That might just be enough for Manchin or Sinema to take a hatchet to key provisions of the Build Back Better bill. 

UAW workers at John Deere approved a new contract after a month on strike. The agreement will see a 20% increase in wages over the course of the contract and significant improvements in working conditions. Rank-and-file working power baby. 

The Ohio House passes a bill that will let residents 21 years old and older to carry concealed weapons without any kind of license or permit. If the Ohio Senate passes the bill, there will no longer be a requirement for a background check or training. 

A school district in Goddard, Kansas orders 29 books be banned from its libraries. You can already guess the kind of books being banned: the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Fences,” but August Wilson; Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale; The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas; and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, are among the books on the list. 

Ithaca, New York votes to decarbonize all of its buildings by 2025. The unanimous vote for their “Efficiency Retrofit and Thermal Load Electrification Program,” will include everything from swapping out natural gas and propane cooking with electric induction to installing solar panels. The city of 30,000 is working with a Brooklyn-base company, BlocPower to manage the program. The move will eliminate 40% of the city’s carbon emissions. 

Right-wing parent groups at the forefront of “critical race theory” protests are now shifting their target to school-based mental health programs, according to reporting by NBC news. You heard that right. No more talk of suicide prevention, depression, or any “social emotional learning” is the goal. Right-wiing groups apparently believe that “social emotional learning has become a ‘Trojan horse’ for critical race theory…[and] encourage children to celebrate diversity, sometimes introducing students to conversations about race, gender, and sexuality.” God forbid. 

And, the QAnon Shaman is sentenced to 41 months in prison. 

Earlier this month, the Fulton County Commissioners denied the Fulton County Library a $3,000 budget increase because they host “hate groups” that are sympathetic to the LGBTQ communities or the Black Lives Matter movements. In response to this bigotry, Emily Best from the Sisters of the Night Caucus launched a gofundme page to help the library close the budget gap and ended up raising over $26,000.  

Pennsylvania House Republicans used their fall session to highlight their extremist agenda.  House Republicans passed a constitutional open-carry gun rights bill, a bill making bail funds illegal and advanced more voter suppression measures. 

The House Labor and Industry Committee held a hearing on a slate of radical anti-union bills.  Public Sector labor leaders refused to participate in the committee’s “farce,” and Democratic Chair Jerry Mullery walked out of the committee meeting and hosted a press conference outside of the meeting with members and labor leaders.

A landmark PA school funding trial got underway. The case involves the cash-strapped Panther Valley School District and five other Pennsylvania school districts. In opening remarks, of course, GOP House Speaker Bryan Cutler argued that there’s nothing to see here, everything’s fine. Tell that to the 75 kindergartners in the Panther Valley School District who are forced to share one toilet and two urinals. 

Spanning both Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, Panther Valley serves more than 1,600 students. Around 56% are classified as economically disadvantaged, though McAndrew believes the number of children living in poverty is higher.

Lt. Governor John Fetterman joined Kutztown University Dining Workers United for a rally on Tuesday, demanding Aramark and Kutztown University recognize their union. 

Dina Leygerman, a former Central Bucks School Board candidate, wrote an excellent piece on Medium critically responding to the recent two-part podcast on The Daily from the New York Times on the school board wars in Central Bucks. Dina Leygerman lays out a much more toxic history and lays bare the role Paul Martino played in fomenting the conflicts. 

The highly anticipated series The Wheel of Time launches on Amazon’s Prime Video. Get ready for social media haters and lovers. 

The new season of Star Trek: Discovery launched this week on Paramount Plus.

17
Nov 2021

The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for November 17, 2021

On this week’s show, we’ll be talking about Cyril’s latest column in the Bucks Co, “Vanguard Group must stop financing the planet’s destruction,” latest column in Bucks County Courier Times. The Malvern PA-based Vanguard is the largest global financier in coal with $86 billion in investments, and second largest in oil and gas. This week the Bucks County School Board Wars got national attention as the New York Times podcast The Daily did a deep dive into the battles in the Central Bucks School District. We’ll also check in to see what’s happening over in Cyril’s Substack newsletter and get a preview of what he’s working on for his upcoming columns. 

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15
Nov 2021

Out d‘Coup LIVE | Lara Putnam, Prof. of History at U of Pittsburgh on ”Rust Belt in Transition” and Organizing for Democracy

On this episode of Out d'Coup LIVE I welcome Dr. Lara Putnam to the show. Lara is UCIS Research Professor in the History department at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a historian of race, gender, and migration in the modern Americas. Her interest in grassroots social movements has led her into local civic organizing in Pittsburgh’s 11th Ward.  She is also a member of the advisory board of the New Pennsylvania Project. Lara’s Twitter account has become a must-follow for people looking to understand elections in PA, the emergence of a strong progressive/left movement in Western PA, and critical linkages between organizing and democratic politics. 

Tonight we'll be talking about this month's elections beyond the initial hot-takes about the meaning and causes of the election results. The backdrop of our discussion will be Lara's recent article, "Rust Belt in Transition: What has happened in Pennsylvania's, and the entire Rust Belt's, 'Middle Suburb' counties, and can it be reversed?," published last year in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

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12
Nov 2021

Out d’Coup | Build Back Better; COP26; No Consequence Extremism; COVID surges; Dr. Oz; Connor Lamb is Desperate; Scranton Teachers Strike; KU Dining Workers United; CBSD; Space News; D&D

Well, the big roads, bridges, and fossil-fuel infrastructure bill passed. And now...drumroll please...it looks like the more important Build Back Better reconciliation bill is on the ropes as fossil fuel industry and corporate-backed Democrats renege on their promises. Hope you have your flood and fire insurance updated. Earlier in the week, Brian Deese, the director of Biden’s National Economic Council told PBS:

“We are confident that this framework will pass the House and will pass the Senate. And what we're telling lawmakers is, this is an easy vote.”

As COP 26 wraps up in Glasgow, Scotland it is clear that the developed countries are going to rely on magic and wishful thinking to address the climate crisis. According to Climate Action Tracker, only four parties - Chile, Costa Rica, the European Union, and the U.K. - have any kind of concrete plan to meet their pledges to cut the carbon cord. While nations - including the U.S. - have committed to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the Century, current policies put us on track for 2.7 degrees Celsius. And time is running out. 

It’s been a banner week for right-wing extremists.  Kyle Rittenhouse puts on a show in an attempt to avoid accountability for killing two people and wounding a third during a #BlackLivesMatter protest last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, tweeted out an altered anime video showing a character with his face killing a character with AOC’s face. 

Despite the dire warnings from scientists and direct experience with extreme weather, a new Washington Post-ABC News polls finds Americans’ views on the threat of climate climate change remains unchanged over the past seven years. And, surprise, surprise, the gap between Democrats and Republicans has only grown. 

Austria is preparing to place millions of unvaccinated people on lockdown as chancellor Alexander Schallenberg expressed the exasperation of many European leaders calling it shameful that people refuse to get vaccinated, putting their communities at risk. The move comes as COVID cases are surging in Europe

Oh, yea, and the leaders of Belarus have got an extremist grift going. They’re massing refugees from the Middle East on the border of Poland with promises they will be given entry to Poland. The problem? 1) it was a lie; 2) Poland’s right-wing government doesn’t want them. Prepared for more of this, folks as the climate crisis grows. 

Republicans are getting high on their own supply of ivermectin.  Joe Rogan has become the right-wing’s go-to source for medical advice.  

Meanwhile, the pandemic news takes a turn for the worse as we are seeing a surprising spike in COVID cases in states with high vaccination levels. That paints a rather concerning picture for this winter. 

Day-time TV host and vaccine skeptic Dr Oz. is looking to make a gubernatorial run in Pennsylvania. 

Conor Lamb went on social media the other night telling everyone that he’s a “normal” brunch-going, Manchin like Democrat and if you don’t like it, well, then he’s “NOT YOUR GUY.”

In the day’s following Lamb’s late-night twitter rant about socialism, Civiqs and the Inquirer released a new poll that showed Lt Gov John Fetterman polling at 52% while Lamb was polling at 12%.  Clearly, not our guy.   

Hundreds of striking Scranton Federation of Teachers members went to the capitol Wednesday calling out the “state-sponsored union busting” happening in Scranton.  The teachers went on strike over a week ago after working without a contract for 4 years.  Speakers included Senator Marty Flynn, Lt Gov John Fetterman and House Rep Malcolm Kenyatta.

Central Bucks School Board meeting goes off the rails as a few members of the community take the mic during the public comment period to spew transphobic and anti-semitic comments. 

MotherJones and WHYY looked into the “successes” fringe school board pac’s had with their local school board races and it turns out the PACs supporting right-wing candidates had zero victories in competitive races across Bucks and Montgomery Counties. 

Kutztown University food service workers continue their fight for a union. They will be holding a rally at 5:30 on Tuesday, November 16 outside South Dining Hall on campus. The workers sought voluntary recognition from Aramark, but the company has been dragging its feet. Kutztown University food service workers are the only ones in the State System of Higher Education without a union. 

SpaceX launched another four astronauts to the ISS this week on its Crew-3 mission. The launch marks SpaceX’s fifth crewed launch in less than 18 months. 

Shenzhou 13 astronauts continued construction of China’s new space station over the weekend in a six and a half hour space walk. This was the first of two or three planned space walks to install a robotic arm and prepare the module for the arrival of new equipment and modules next year. 

Heinz rolled out its first “Mars Edition” ketchup this week. The ketchup was made from tomatoes grown in Mars-like conditions. According to CNN, “A team of 14 astrobiologists worked for nine months at the Aldrin Space Institute at the Florida Institute of Technology, growing tomatoes in a controlled environment with soil, temperature and water conditions similar to Mars.” Research team leader Andrew Palmer said, “Before now, most efforts around discovering ways to grow in Martian-simulated conditions are short-term plant growth studies. What this project has done is look at long-term food harvesting. Achieving a crop that is of a quality to become Heinz Tomato Ketchup was the dream result and we achieved it.” 

8
Nov 2021

Out d‘Coup LIVE | Kierstyn Zolfo from Bucks Co. Indivisible checking the receipts on Fitzpatrick

On this week's episode, I am talking with Kierstyn Zolfo from Bucks County Indivisible. We'll be checking the receipts on Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick. As we shift our attention to the 2022 midterm elections, we'll take a look at the votes that Fitzpatrick DOESN'T want to campaign on. Yes, Fitzpatrick's "moderate" credentials are a bit sus when you cut through the press releases and look at his actual voting record. Zolfo will help us dig into his record in one of the most highly watched Congressional districts in the country.

Kierstyn Zolfo is a resident of Bucks County and a volunteer organizer with Indivisible Bucks County. She also serves on the steering committee of Pennsylvania Indivisible as the Legislative Chair, and in that position edits and contributes to the Pennsylvania Member of Congress Tracking report, an effort that keeps an eye on the votes and quotes from the Commonwealth's 20 Members of Congress. Kierstyn is originally from New Jersey but moved to PA when she was an undergrad at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster and has stuck around the area ever since.

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3
Nov 2021

The Wednesday Show with Cyril Mychalejko for November 3, 2021

On today's show,  we'll be talking about Cyril's latest column, "Why is your neighbor flying that all-black American flag?"  And, it's the day after Election Day. Despite amazing organizing in the community,  extremists swept elections throughout much of Bucks County. We'll reflect a bit on Election Day and look ahead to the organizing that has already begun for the next fight. 

Check out Cyril's newsletter here: https://cyrilmychalejko.substack.com/

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1
Nov 2021

Out d‘Coup LIVE for November 1, 2021 | Climate Crisis, School Boards, and Election Day Eve

Tonight on Out d'Coup LIVE we'll be taking a look at the urgency of now. As COP 21 gets underway in Glasgow, Scotland, we are faced with perhaps the last best chance for a livable future as leaders of developed countries tamp down hopes of progress. 

Tomorrow is election day as we are faced with the crisis in our school boards as right wing extremists have made a play to turn back the clock and reinvigorate white supremacy. 

We are living in a time of high stakes. We'll be taking your comments and calls.

Mentioned tonight: "The real reason Paul Martino is pumping money into school board races," from the great newsletter noneofthisisnormal.substack.com

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