We've been taught and convinced for most of our lives that we should all spend a portion of our lives being miserable. I'm going to challenge that idea tonight. It's a controversial position, but radical thoughts are what change the world.
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Why do we kill each other? Maybe an easier question to answer would be why don't you and I kill other people? What can we learn that can help us stop the violence?
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Statistics on Trauma and Poverty Relationship to one another:
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I've done some nice, but fluffy, sorts of episodes the past few weeks. I was busy expressing my Joy. I continue to be filled with that Joy, but it's time to have something a bit more substantive.
Regardless of your political views, you should have the right to vote. I'm going to make the case for that in tonight's episode.
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The Brennan Center Article:
The Google Search on Constitutional Republic:
The Newsroom Clip:
Heather Cox Richardson Article:
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Transcript on Word Press:
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This is sort of the heart of this podcast, I think. I asked some Facebook friends to describe the show, and this is the description that I believe best fits it.
I want to show you why Art is all but a survival need. Listen and see what you find.
I wind up this episode quoting Sara Niemietz. The song I quoted is called "The Dimming." You can find it here.
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This isn't about any important social or political issue. This is the story of how, finally, I am about to make my dream come true. This is my way of thanking all of you for getting me here.
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This has been a highly politically charged week. You can find more commentary than you can digest anywhere you look.
I needed a break from it. I dove headlong back into the literature in which I find the comfort, wisdom, and catharsis many of you get from your religions.
Let me read to you for a little while. You will find more value in that than in a thousand political essays, I think.
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We have made normal the idea that there will be people who have no homes. I think, deep down, we all know this is wrong. And we placate our consciences with all of the programs we have to help people like Mike. None of them accomplish what we need to accomplish.
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"Perhaps we could stop insulting people who flip hamburgers, mop floors, or do other "menial" jobs. These are people who are contributing to the functioning of society. They make it possible for us to enjoy our lives, and they deserve to live decently.
I need them in my life. I'm grateful to them."
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Last week, I posted this on my Facebook:
“If we can agree to accept a common reality, we can move forward to finding solutions to the problems posed by it. Let's concentrate on that.”
That simple statement touched off a furious debate. I have taken the time to read all of the comments there, and I have written and recorded this to help explain my idea more completely. If we can’t all agree on what the facts are, we have no chance of finding the solutions to the problems we face collectively.
I’m going to do my best to show you the facts, and then I’m going to explain why we can disagree about how to handle them, while still accepting what they are. This, I believe, is how we can save our country. We need to return to reality.
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I'm going to make 3 points.
1. A Person's Value is more than their superficial attributes. Treat people kindly.
2. We are in a seriously difficult time. Treat people kindly.
3. We can save ourselves only through civil discussion of our shared problems. Treat people kindly.
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You've probably heard the quotations about great, mediocre, and small minds often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I've found no evidence she ever said it, but I love the quotation.
I'm going to be exploring that idea in this podcast, and then I'm going to tell a story of gratitude that I think you will enjoy. I hope you'll stay for that part.
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I find life to be more pleasant when I concern myself with the reasons I have to feel Gratitude. Certainly there are many things about which to be angry, hurt, unhappy, or just generally depressed. But when I focus on those I don't feel as good.
I'm going to be recommending we all focus on our reasons for Gratitude, and that we spend our Time trying to make the world a better place for us all to share.
I hope this makes you feel just a little better as this nightmarish year comes to a close.
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This is a summary of what you’ve heard me say most of the year. No, this isn’t about Covid. It’s not about the President. It’s about the need to put Humanity First. It’s about Love. It’s about eliminating the idea of Us and Them. It’s about ending poverty. In short, this is Classic Fred.
This also contains an actual music break. I haven’t done that in nearly a year. It really adds to the feeling I’m trying to create, though.
I hope you find some sort of Joy in your holiday this year. It’s probably never been so difficult. My hope is this will bring you just a little.
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I'm beginning to learn a little more about myself. I'm understanding, a little more deeply, why I love Star Trek so much. Spock, Data, and Reginald Barclay are excellent reflections of who I am... and perhaps, we're all reflections of you. And it could be all of us are a bit neurodivergent, which is a word I'm just beginning to learn. It means we process emotions differently than most people.
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The music in this episode was licensed by Artlist, so it's perfectly legal, but I want to give a plug to Katrina Stone, whose music I am using with increasing frequency. She did the opening and the closing. I've never met her.
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Obviously, I would prefer that no one be required to work, but I also live in reality. We have to.
If, however, we're going to do the work, let's make sure everyone earns enough to live.
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This will probably be my most controversial episode. I'm likely to piss off both Liberals and Conservatives. I apologize in advance for that. I don't intend to upset anyone.
I don't know how to hate 70 Million People. I don't believe I want to do that.
This is my plea for peace. It's not Kumbaya. It's not Pollyanna. It's my honest assessment of the situation.
It's also my birthday present to myself.
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This is our tribute to all those who have served. Thank you for your service. We thank your families for enduring your absence.
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Welcome to Week 3 of Shocktober!
This is the first of what I hope will be many Stargazer Virtual Community Theater productions.
In this episode, we're taking you to a small isolated village in 1666. We have assembled a great cast of amateurs who do the work for the love of the Art, and the results are what you will see (yes... you should be able to see the show in your imagination) and hear in the next 20 minutes or so.
Part 2 arrives on Patreon only on 10/31/2020 at 10:31 AM. If you want to get your ticket now, you can support either Jenner or me on Patreon. It not only means you get to hear the end of the story, but it means you will be keeping our little theater going.
This is the classic campfire story, told in this most frightening manner I can imagine. Seriously, don't drive a car when you're listening. Stay with me after the story for a nice epilogue about the most fun I ever had telling it.
Special thanks to Jenner Zeno for his post production brilliance. He's most of what makes this work so incredibly well.
Extra special thanks to Spooky Dexter. Thank you for that, Jurine!
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This is a rendering of Edgar Allan Poe's classic horror story such as you've never heard before.
Do not listen to this while driving a vehicle.
No commercials, openings or closings this week. We even left out the Gratitudes to keep the mood. Prepare to be frightened.
Special thanks to Jenner Zeno for his amazing post production work.
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The world is falling apart, and many of us feel helpless. We can change it, though. We begin with kindness.
I'm naught but an old stump... come and be for a spell.
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If you found this episode on Social Media, you probably saw many things to upset you there. This is your chance to refresh. No politics, no anger, no hatred. This is about Love. It's about Patience. It's about Time.
Take 15 minutes to feel better. It's okay to cry. We won't tell.
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Is this a horror story... or a series of coincidences and a hallucination?
Special guest, JWTGirl, of YouTube fame, guest stars in this bizarre tale of suspected witchcraft, astral projection, and unrequited love.
Production: Fred Eder and Jenner Zeno.
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It's my podcast birthday! One year ago tonight, I did my first episode. I've improved significantly in the last year, and this episode will take you through The Story of Fred's Front Porch Podcast.
Who was Wimpy? What happened to him? How did the sound of the show change? Has The Front Porch been true to its ideals? Find out in this fascinating episode.
You'll also hear from listeners who called to wish the show a happy birthday. Their voices are at least as important as mine.
Support my Quest to Change the World by calling in to the show: (480) 331-9822. Say what you want to share with the world.
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This is an episode in which I make only a brief appearance at the beginning. I'm giving you a break from me this week, and I'm introducing you to two of my friends. They'll guide you through their thinking, which is very similar to mine, but they'll show you the world the lens of their experiences, which are very different from mine.
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This is the replacement for the previous episode. It had a repeated 10 minute section.
This is a traditional podcast in that it's a conversation, but it's also pretty bizarre. Watch out for falling Easter Eggs.
We're going to take you behind the scenes in podcasting, and we're going to make a plan to change the world.
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This one is a little more fun than most.
Come listen to as we begin...
Changing the World.
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This is an impassioned plea to save our country while there is still time,
As an Atheist, prayer, in the traditional sense, is not for me. It was necessary here, though.
This show has always been about changing the world. Now, we have our chance at last. Listen and find out why.
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I'd like to isolate problems, ask reasonable questions about how to solve them, and then discuss possible answers. That's what I'm trying to do in this episode.
This is my first effort using my new computer and new software. The Learning Curve is steep, but this is not a bad first effort. I promise I will do better in the future.
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This is the most personal episode I've done in quite some time. You're going to learn about how I got to the place that I can do this podcast. I'm going to thank people who never listen to this show. They kept me alive long enough to be able to do it.
I'm going to talk to someone from deep in my past about the difference I made. That's something we rarely get to hear, and something teachers need to hear more frequently. Teachers and students, I believe Robert speaks to many of you and for many others. He's a voice I'm honored to have added to this show.
You're going to hear some poetry read by Jenner Zeno who leads this extraordinary conversation about the value of Art in Education. He will both open and close the main portion of the episode.
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I want to let you know from the top, this podcast contains a word I never use myself. There's a trigger warning at the beginning.
You're going to hear Huck Finn's Pap rage against the government that existed just less than 200 years ago. Then you get to hear me whine about the current one.
Special thanks to Jenner Zeno and Corey Cottrell.
This is the link to support my claim about Americans and their ability to handle a $400 emergency.
Come travel through time and space on the Front Porch's first visit to Time Jumper Radio since episode 7.
Is it a shark or is it a virus? You may hear some connections as you float through space and different broadcasts pass by you.
I've never tried anything quite like this before. I hope it works.
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The music in tonight's episode comes, almost exclusively, from this album:
"Today, Tomorrow, Forever" by Corey Cottrell can be found here:
This is the first time in quite a while I have done a conversation on the show. It's good to do that again.
This time, I got to talk to the Godfather of the Front Porch Podcast, and host of the Moving Forward Podcast, Corey Cottrell, about a new social media platform called Chirp. This is going to be a superior alternative to Facebook, and you will want to check it out as soon as it launches. I'll post a link when it arrives.
I also learned about cryptocurrency, since I am almost entirely ignorant of this, and the form of it we will be using on Chirp. It's called COINS. The idea is that the media platform will finally pay you for your data, which is what Facebook should have been doing all along.
Finally, I learned a little more about Shitposting. We end with a very brief conversation about the current state of the world.
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This is the first two part podcast I have ever done. One might think the first half has nothing to do with the second half. They are, however, connected.
The first half is my normal podcast. I'm going to discuss the idea that the country, itself, is slowly smothering. I need to warn you that you will be hearing my readings of the last words of two black men who were murdered by the police.
The second is raw talk. I wrote nothing. I had to tell you about something odd that happened. My friend, Jenner, tells me my roommate and I may well have saved four lives that night... by refraining from violence. You can decide for yourself.
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There is no Them who are going to die from this. We are dying in every country. We are dying in every town. We are dying in prisons. We are dying in the chain link cages in which refugees are living. We are dying in hospitals, while our loved ones bid us farewell on a cell phone because they can't be with us as we end our minutes on this planet. We are dying because we can't breathe anymore. That's the result of Covid. We are dying and only together can we slow death's march. This is a time when we absolutely must accept that we are all us.
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I have advocated this idea repeatedly. Lately, people I love and respect have suggested it is mistaken. This is my response.
" Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
-- Carl Sagan
Before we begin, I want to say I'm sorry. Somewhere in this I'm likely to piss you off. I want you to know I'm not doing it intentionally. It is absolutely not my goal. I hope to help heal a bit. I hope to make helpful suggestions. I hope to share some ideas. I hope to bring just a few of us together for a little while.
But, this topic is causing more division than I have seen anything cause, even in 2020, which has been characterized mostly by anger at each other. I can't address this topic meaningfully without upsetting someone, somewhere.
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Scott Santens, arguably the greatest mind on Universal Basic Income, graciously gave me permission to "cover" his essay "True Freedom Comes With Basic Income." I'm grateful to him.
The opening 6 minutes are my introduction. The rest of the episode is made up of his words.
Human Trafficking is a sickness that can be, if not entirely eliminated, certainly at least slowed, by giving everyone the means to survive independent of the work they do. He makes that point brilliantly in this essay.
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You have never heard a podcast like this one. It is a complete audio experience. Give us time, and it will also be a video experience.
This is unique, as far as we know, in the history of podcasting. We're unaware of an audiobook anything like this. If Pink Floyd ever produced prose, this would be it. We encourage you to use your headphones for this. It heightens the experience.
This is a story of regrets, errors, and poor choices, and the opportunity to redeem them.
This is a science fiction story.
This is a story of an old man's dying fantasy. It's a story of suicide and homelessness.
This story is also, perhaps, none of those things.
What is this, then? Listen for yourself and decide.
The original story, filled with illustrations, is available here:
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Directed by Fred Eder and Jenner Zeno. Produced by Studio Stargazer
Music by Jenner Zeno
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First... in the first three minutes I learned what audio latency is. I'm working on that. Sorry.
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I'm going to suggest that we are like the prisoners in Plato's Cave. We see only what we believe we are supposed to see. I'm going to show you a different world, created by Imagination and Belief. We can do better than we're doing now. Let's see how that can be done. Nick Hanauer's TED Talk is below.
Special thanks to Chet Gaines for suggesting this idea to me.
This is my effort to change a single mind. I have a friend who listens, at least occasionally, to this show. She actually left me a message once to tell me she was playing a show.
She and I disagree about COVID.
I am not simply dismissing her ideas. Neither should anyone else. I don't believe there is any sort of conspiracy going on with this pandemic, but I consider the idea carefully.
I would like for you to consider all of the ideas I present here. Your beliefs dictate your behavior. Your behavior is now relevant to all the rest of us. Let's choose our beliefs, and, therefore, our actions carefully.
If I can change, even just a little, a single mind, I will feel wildly successful. I hope you can use this to change the minds of your friends, too. Or, maybe I can get you to think differently about the pandemic.
There really is no more important discussion to have at the moment.
Come... sit down on the Front Porch, and let's talk about our beliefs.
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This is where I'm going to let you get to know me a little better. Why would I do that? It has to do with Connection. My friend, Corey Cottrell, who is essentially the Godfather of this show, had a great TED Talk on his 100 Days Page today. I don't know the speaker, but she makes the point that the reason we're all on this planet is Connection. We need to feel we belong. We want to be accepted.
Part of the problem with this is our sense of shame. We all have parts of us that we are afraid to reveal to the world because we fear if you really knew us, you would reject us. We would no longer have any sense of belonging. We would be disconnected.
I'm not going to reveal my deepest, darkest secrets. Have no fear. But I'm going to give you a little rundown of what I see as being the Major Facts of Fred. I'm also going to invite you to give me some of the Major Facts of You. I hope to have something called a Google number before much longer. If it works as I believe it does, you can leave voicemails there, and tell us a little about yourself. I suspect some of us will be relieved to know there are others of us out there who are as strange as we are. I will certainly be happy to hear about you.
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I'm going to read to you, first, the end of a book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry called "Wind, Sand, and Stars." You may know him as the author of "The Little Prince." This is a memoir he wrote in 1939, and you will hear some less enlightened expressions of attitudes that were held by most French aristocrats in those days. Please see them in their historical context. He tells of a train trip he took in which he observed what happens to those tossed by the tides of the economy. It is a sad -- perhaps tragic -- story of people whose souls seem to have been crushed beyond recognition. This will make you gloomy. I promise to give you hope before it's over. I follow his essay with a Message of Light of my own. What is the theme of this episode? You can make a difference. So can I. We can shine.
This is a unique episode. It's the first time I've ever done an ACTUAL Front Porch conversation. This was entirely unintentional.
I met Jenner Zeno, a fellow podcaster, through my friend, Faye Ku, who thought he could help me to do my show better. And, obviously, he's done that, as I suspect you will be able to determine while listening to this episode. This is only a little over an hour of the five or six hours of conversation we've had in the past week. Every moment is fascinating to me because I'm talking to one of the few people I've ever met who do the same thing I do. It's not just the podcast thing. I have a few friends who do that. It's the using music to make things more powerful gig. You'll hear about that in the Introduction.
I hope you're as excited by this episode as I am. I am positive you're going to enjoy meeting my new friend, Jenner Zeno.
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Fred's Front Porch is honored to welcome Josh Bachynski, a PhD in Neuroscience, a TED Talks speaker on the topic of Google, and a meditation specialist. He's a scientist and a philosopher, and he stopped by the porch to discuss how we seek The Good. This is a deeper and more general conversation than you're used to hearing on the Porch.
What is The Good? This is a difficult concept to grasp, yet it's essential in driving our lives. We'll delve into that.
Descartes, and the idea “I think, therefore I am,” and that all of this is an illusion, is also worth considering. We do.
How do we solve moral problems? How does one decide between conflicting goods?
Josh, an expert in meditation, runs you through a brief example of serious experience of it. He'll show us how to spin the clouds.
My microphone didn't give me the performance on Zencastr that I had hoped. I apologize for my muddy sound. It will get better.
So, now, let's meet Josh.
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This is the exciting story of a hunter who believes the feelings of animals are meaningless. In Richard Connell's classic story, our hunter is going to discover there is game even more dangerous than a lion, a jaguar, or even a Cape Buffalo. And he will learn what terror truly is.
This is quite possibly my best work to date.
Thank you to my first supporter, Zara.
This episode is for Stephanie Hansen, and for all of the three decades worth of students to whom I would read this every year.
Money is, perhaps, necessary, but I argue in this episode that it is often misused as a tool for slavery. I believe we can change this. I believe the current crisis is an opportunity to consider what the world should be when we finally, someday, get to rebuild it.
The music is substantially less mainstream than you're accustomed to hearing on this show, but so are the ideas.
Take a walk on the wild side of the Front Porch.
Here is the link for the claim I made concerning feeding the world:
Horace, the Intrepid Introvert, is forced into a social situation that brings back memories of the demise of his first marriage. "As Time Goes By," he learns his experiences are not unique.
Special thanks to my friend, Korali Day, for music she contributed to this episode. (It's hard to find, but it was perfect for the brief time it was used.)
The original story, that I wrote last year, can be found here:
This week Fred begins with his reflections on the bizarre state of the world before he brings in guest Idealist, Faye Ku to discuss COVID 19, its effects on the each of us, and the possibility of changing the world, even to the point of doing away with money.
Stay tuned after the show for a sneak peek into next week's episode.
The song, “I'm Talking To You” was performed by the late Kevin Quigley. Ask me about him sometime.
This is the extraordinary true story of how Mike Clark, who won Andrew Yang's giveaway of a UBI of $1,000 a month for the next year, and saved the life of a homeless friend. This is an important point when we are all facing homelessness and economic collapse, ourselves. Mike joins us on the Front Porch to tell you what happened. You will want to hear this.
The sequel to "The Haunting of Horace" (also available on this podcast) finds the social outcast pointlessly in love with the most beautiful girl in his high school. If you've ever dealt with Unrequited Love, this story will feel familiar to you.
Special thanks for my good friend, Chuck Curry, for the use of his Middle School Marching Band's music. You can find his music here: http://chuckcurrymusic.com/
This is a more personal episode than I normally do. Last week I had one of the best weeks of my life. Love came at me from many sides. I got to do something that made me happier than anything else really can anymore. I had support from people I've never met, and from people who owe me nothing, and to whom I owe more than I can ever hope to repay.
I chronicled my adventure on Facebook. Many people followed it with delight. I had more likes and loves last week than I have had in over a year. I wrote well. I pushed my depression out of the way.
This is the story of one of the greatest weeks of my life. It comes from wildly improbable situations. If I wrote it as a piece of fiction, no one would believe it. I would be pushing your suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. And yet... this is all true. It's a story of hope, and of dreams come true. It's how I confirmed The Power of Love. I think you can learn from this story, too.
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you're a part of this week's podcast, but have no fear. The only names I use are those of celebrities of whom you have probably never heard, unless you've been paying attention to my page, where I discuss them frequently.
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Here's a lively discussion of healthcare, the need for a basic income, identity politics, and a call for unity. We not only have our first guest, we also have our first member of the youngest generation Wimpy dubs The Doomed.
Faye tells fascinating stories of her life, and she makes a strong case for Universal Basic Income. She was one of the first listeners to the podcast, and she has a unique point of view. It's great we finally had the privilege of a perspective different from the ones you're accustomed to hearing here.
This was the only time we've tried it with 3 people, and the internet got sketchy for a few seconds, so when you hear someone cutting in and out, that's not your phone. It's our internet.
This is my experience with panhandling. I've been forced to be one, myself, in a different way, on several occasions.
The following are the links to back the factual statements I made:
This is a difficult subject for many to discuss. I'm going to let you make your own decisions, and I won't tell you what to believe here.
These notes are simply where I'm dropping links to the research done for this episode.
Where have all the protest songs gone? Long time passing...
How do you build a community? We would love to do that with our listeners.
Fred's Idealism leads to talk of a One World Government. What are your thoughts on that?
Fred and Wimpy discuss how frightened we should be about the new virus that seems to be threatening the world. We ask why people seem so eager to conform to the standards set by others. We discuss the idea that cultures need to adapt, and then to readapt to changing circumstances in order to survive. Fred suggests a whole new economy.
Is this a story of the supernatural, or is it just a set of interesting hallucinations? Horace is stalked by phantoms of his past in this eerie story of witchcraft, astral projection, and unrequited love or... perhaps none of those things.
I'm an Idealist. I'm sharing my ideas here, but most of them aren't my ideas. They're Thomas Paine's ideas. They Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's ideas. They come from Milton Friedman and Stephen Hawking. They have been synthesized by Andrew Yang. These ideas have helped to shape mine.
This is my effort to spread these ideas, and my Idealism, to enough people that, perhaps, we can make a difference. I would like to make the world a bit more kind, a touch more compassionate, and substantially less afraid. I have no delusions of grandeur that I will actually be able to change the world, but I am trying to do my small part in my small way. My late father, a Professor of Philosophy of Education, once told me that Albert Camus said, "To believe you can change the world is insanity; failure to try is cowardice." Sadly, he never told me WHERE Camus said that, and I've never been able to find the citation. Nevertheless, I choose not to be a coward.
I believe we all have a human right to the basics of survival. I believe that when we have our survival needs met, our lives, and, as a consequence, our civilization, will improve. I believe a sort of Utopia really is possible. It may not be in my lifetime, but perhaps I can be here to see us take those first few steps to a world in which we work to better ourselves and all of mankind, instead of working merely to survive.
I believe Andrew Yang is the first candidate in my lifetime who can actually put us on that road.
"Follow the fellow who follows a dream." -- Yip Harburg and Burton Lane
Here are the links to most of the references in this episode. They can all be found most easily, however, in the original article, which can be found here:
Wimpy and Fred go for a bizarre space walk in considering the possibility of a fourth dimension. If you pay attention long enough, we also discuss the shrinking attention span, and whether this is a good or an evil. Finally, we'll have a power struggle about how to end a power struggle.
We're featuring the music of Corey Cottrell in this episode once again. Thanks Corey! https://www.amazon.com/Today-Tommorrow-Forever-Corey-Cottrell/dp/B005P381WG
This is Fred's view of being more wealthy than most of the population will ever consider. This isn't the same as being a millionaire. This is enough to live for the next 1900 years without ever having to earn any more money.
As always, I invite responsible points of view that differ from mine.
Wimpy and Fred discuss the use of restraint against school children. Is it ever an appropriate use of force? Does it create more problems than it solves? After the break, we talk about the fact that people must now be 21 to smoke. This is another restraint of the young. Is this a power play or is it protecting our youth?
The music on this episode comes from the incomparable Corey Cottrell. The album can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Today-Tommorrow-Forever-Corey-Cottrell/dp/B005P381WG
The link to evidence for Wimpy's claim about dogs and children can be found here. Turns out he was close, but missed the mark.
Christmas is a time of Magic. There must be something in the air at the Solstice that causes a strange change to come over all of us. Complete strangers wish each other “Merry Christmas” or some version of “Happy Holidays.” Charities are swamped with donor and volunteers. Forgiveness comes more easily. There seems to be a universal agreement that, at Christmas, love and kindness rule the day.
Fred and Wimpy discuss the rise of automation. While it's wonderful that it can relieve humans of dangerous and mundane tasks, it also eliminates work that humans need in order to have some market value. When it goes far enough, will automation simply wipe out humanity?
Has society become a sort of Borg Collective? Have we been assimilated by the demands of money, stuck tightly in the hands of the few? Actually... no, I don't think so. Wimpy does, though. Which of us is right? Join the conversation.
Thanks again to Corey Cottrell for the music!
Wimpy and Fred discuss Greta once again, since she was Time's Person of the Year, and we get to what motivates human beings to do anything. We don't get to discuss Fred's actual Idealism, but we talk about some of its perceived difficulties. There's also a deeply insightful conversation about whether a hot dog is a sandwich.
Thanks again to Corey Cottrell for the music!
This is the missing episode! Wimpy has resurfaced, and we are proud to present our Front Porch discussion of whether everyone is really entitled to an opinion, if all opinions are equally valuable, and you get a little (doubtful) Physics Lesson at the end. Physicists please, I beseech you, feel free to correct any errors in the science.
Corey Cottrell sings a complete song for us this week, and you can find it on his album (you should buy it), located here:
I'm going to read you one of my favorite O. Henry stories: "The Gift of The Magi." It's a beautiful Christmas story with an O. Henry sort of twist ending. I also offer a lovely song at the end of it, by my late friend, Kevin Quigley.
This is a description of what poverty really means, from the point of view of someone who has lived it. My poverty is much less than that of many others. I still have a home, food, and medical care. My clothing is adequate to my environment. In fact, I have a computer and an internet connection, so I am doing better than a large portion of the world. Many are worse off than I am.
It can always get better, but it can also get worse. This is what we need to end, not just for me, but for everyone on Earth. We have the resources, and we are foolish not to make use of them.
Snuffy Walden provides the background guitar on the porch today. He's delightful, and, sadly, he broke a nail in a fairly painful way.
Should you wish to support the podcast, you can donate here, and I will thank you in the next episode.
We begin with fairly lengthy responses to comments from our listeners, and then we move into the topic of public and higher education. What is the function of public education now, and is that what it was intended to be? Is it what it should be now? Should we change its direction? Is there really a need to go to college anymore? Is there an important social aspect of education? For the answers to these, and other equally exciting questions, join Fred and Wimpy on the Front Porch for an hour.
This was a live broadcast, and it actually worked. We're pretty proud of that. "It's getting better... all the time..." as the Beatles told us.
Thank you to Corey Cottrell for the use of his fantastic music. Go buy his CD.
Wimpy, the Sovereign Citizen, leads the discussion of whether laws are even necessary in our world anymore. There's an in depth conversation about whether Batman is a hero, and if it was right to make a film about a character as dark as The Joker. There's also a complete Corey Cottrell song for you to enjoy, and we respond to listeners who have responded to us.
You can find Corey's music here:
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This episode is about the Gratitude I feel toward the people in my life, and it advocates focusing on your own reasons to be grateful. If you would care to keep us afloat a while longer, you can contribute at either of these links.
This was our first attempt at doing a live broadcast on Twitch. Wimpy's computer shut down twice, but we finally managed to get this much running. And, we're joined live by a listener in chat, which, to my view makes it more exciting.
Listen to what it sounds like before we do all the editing to which you've become accustomed.
Special thanks to Corey Cottrell for his music.
Our minutes are our most valuable possession. Once you've spent one, you can never get it back. How can we reach a place where we all get to choose to spend those minutes in the ways that are best for us?
The blog post of this can be found here:
The short story I refer to can be found here:
Is fame attained as a child a ticket to disaster? Are parents who make money off of their talented children exploiting their progeny? Is the pursuit of money the cause of the disastrous results we too often see?
Thanks to Corey Cottrell whose music can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Today-Tommorrow-Forever-Corey-Cottrell/dp/B005P381WG
Wimpy and Fred sit on the porch to talk about the state of the world, and to try to find a way to build empathy and bridges between those with vastly different views. Can we find peace before our country slips into Civil War? Can we recognize that all people have value? How do we bring everyone back together to work for a greater good? Are there any values on which we can ALL agree?
Special Thanks to Corey Cottrell for the generous donation of his music to use between segments. Please check out his amazing album below. We'll be featuring performances from it in future episodes.
In this mostly relaxing episode, you're going to hear a voice from a Dystopian future, and a voice from our not too distant past, both discussing how a world should run. I'm The Idealist who would like to find some way to make sure we all have the basics of human survival. It's not The Republican answer, or the Democratic, or Libertarian, or Socialist answer. It's the Idealist's answer. I don't think I can fix everything, but I have an idea, inspired by friends who disagree with me, that might help us.
There's also a discussion of whether I am secretly Grandpa Simpson, and a misunderstanding of the Young Person term "Netflix and Chill."
The music can mostly be found here: https://www.amazon.com/West-Wing-Original-Television-Soundtrack/dp/B07KGXTRZJ/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2LR9SQ7544GF&keywords=snuffy+walden&qid=1570222455&sprefix=Snuffy+wa%2Caps%2C305&sr=8-2
I want to thank my friends Corey and Rio, over at The Moving Forward Podcast for starting me on this strange adventure. Find them here.
Finally, this is my most technical and most produced episode. I hope it improves your enjoyment of it.
Pull up a seat on The Front Porch, and let's chat a while.
This is based on a blog post the day after I quite nearly died. It was one of those moments during which you can't help but ask why you're still alive. I hope it inspires you to keep living another day. We all have days where we stare into the Abyss and it seems to beckon us, inviting us to dive in. I hope you'll be able to resist its Siren Song.
The music is by Snuffy Walden. I can't find the CD from which it came anywhere anymore, but some of his best work can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Music-W-G-Snuffy-Walden/dp/B00138F3S2/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=the+wonder+years+soundtrack+Snuffy+Walden&qid=1569662513&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr0
The excerpt from Star Trek can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTH7sgbFtSY&t=1s
From the first episode, I stated my Fundamental Beliefs. This is an application of some of those beliefs. I'm advocating for Greta, I'm discussing the idea that we need to accept the Science of Climate Change, I'm advocating Health Care for All, I'm advocating Impeachment as a Moral Imperative, and I'm responding to the people who have taken the time to respond to me.
I'm also working on adding a little more to the feeling of the porch, and I just got a new microphone, so the sound goes up and down a bit. I apologize profusely for that. I'm learning.
The music in this episode can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Original-Television-Soundtrack/dp/B00OC1XER4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Snuffy+Walden+The+Stand&qid=1569524413&s=gateway&sr=8-1
There is an obsession with Little Pieces of Green Paper. I think it's absurd. Wimpy thinks there is a logical sense to it.
There a couple of words that may be inappropriate for children, but this is hardly shocking.
The music comes from W.G. Snuffy Walden.
You can comment on Anchor, or you can comment on my page, which is located here:
We're going to be talking about Art, in general, and we're going to read one of my original stories. I was a teacher for 29 years, so you can assume I'll have some questions for you.
We'll get to know each other a little better. This is a good chance for you to leave some comments about the story, or my opinions, or yours, or whatever else interests you. I may well use them on the next podcast.
Some links that I hope will post properly:
If you enjoyed the music behind the story, it can be found here https://saraniemietz.bandcamp.com/album/fountain-and-vine
If you enjoyed the instrumentals those can be found here https://www.amazon.com/West-Wing-Original-Television-Soundtrack/dp/B07KGXTRZJ
The Writers' Group, Witty Owl Writers can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1898988503494156/
An article I wrote about Sara Niemietz and Snuffy Walden is here http://www.frededer.com/2019/08/sara-niemietz-and-themusical-and.html
And, the original story, "Two Moments" is here https://frededer.home.blog/2019/04/01/two-moments/
This is an experiment. I've been urged to start a podcast by quite a few people now, and these are nine and a half minutes to see if it will be of any value. I lay out what the podcast will sound like.