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Brendan

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    Hey genius, I'm gonna blow your mind. You ready? Check it out: PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IN THE POPULATION BEING OFFENDED CAN BE OFFENDED TOO! Like, I don't know if you can believe this craziness, but guess what... a lot of those people who voted for marriage equality?.... STRAIGHT PEOPLE! WHOA! INSANE!

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    Don't hurt yourself, now.

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    Thanks for the irrational response! I asked a question in a polite way, you responded in an insulting way. I realize one doesn't have to be part of a group to be insulted by comments, but it seems like someone who is upset by the term "trannie" would be a part of the transgendered community, or very close to it, to be so offended by such comments made on comedic podcasts. The other part of my comments, which you seemed to ignore, is that I was surprised that other comments that have been made on these podcasts that can be perceived as insensitive go by without any reference to anyone being insulted. I never implied that any group doesn't have the right to voice their concerns about insensitive remarks, but I thought it curious that the only times I've heard references to transgendered people, I also heard about am immediate backlash to those comments. And since transgendered people are a pretty small subset of the population, I thought the response seemed disproportionate.

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    Try to think before you respond next time. Your comments could justifiably be deleted due to their insulting nature.


  2. I just started listening, but I'm compelled to ask: is there a large trans-gendered community that listens to podcasts? I think Scott Aukerman also got a lot of flack when he used the term "trannies" on CBB. It just seems weird that there's that big of an audience that would be offended. Maybe it's just a couple people that are more vocal, but it still surprises me. I never hear any references to complaints from any other societal groups, for example, when the term "midget" gets used.(not that Who Charted has used the term, but I'm sure I've heard it used elsewhere without consequence).


  3. Just thought I'd mention, Elvis actually loved comic books, apparently his favorite was Captain Marvel Jr. So Kyle's impression was more on the nose than I think he realized! And I think the speculation of his cape and costumes being like a superhero are also right on, as it's thought that they were based on that love of Capt. Marvel Jr. (even his hair is similar).

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  4. I also figured I'd add (since it won't let me edit my previous post for some reason) that I feel Earwolf is getting oversaturated with shows. I'm one of the rare people that listens to a ton of podcasts, but I'm at my saturation point. I have my favorites and I don't have time to give new ones a try. I understand Earwolf's trying to add new listeners, but I feel like they're diluting the brand with all these additions.

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  5. Not to pile on, because there were a lot of things that weren't brought up in this episode, but I figured I'd mention one: Yates said that he felt that pollution and emissions are much better than we were years ago due in part to the creation of the EPA, and that if you'd ask the EPA and the state today, they'd also say we're doing better. Assuming this is true, because it could very well be, it only seems to refer to the United States. Other nations aren't governed by our EPA, and developing nations in particular are often excempt from international emissions and pollution standards. So while the US may be doing better than we were (which is relative to begin with), there are many nations that are doing worse. I just felt this was an important omission.

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    And we do all need to keep in mind that this is a comedy podcast that riffs off of the topics presented. It's not meant to be a scientific discourse, and isn't set up that way. So things often come off as one sided and we as listeners need to consider that. I do feel that sometimes the topics get more time than they should as opposed to the comedy.

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  6. That story about the alcohol enemas was on The Soup last night. Apparently it's being called "butt chugging," which also added to the gay vibe. In fact, the kid that was accused of it had his lawyer say that he's not gay.

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    I'm guessing some guy came up with this alcohol enema based on girls that soak tampons in vodka so they could get drunk at school.


  7. I actually just watched the whole Brody Stevens series on HBO Go a couple days ago. It was really good, as Kulap said. I didn't realize going in that Zach was such a big part of it. Maybe it'd get more views if people knew that he was also basically the co-star of it.

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    Of course, I think people don't know how to get it. If you have HBO, you probably have access to HBO Go, but you have sign up with your cable provider in order to login. Plus, HBO Go stuff isn't on your cable box with the HBO On Demand stuff, it's only on a separate app, so you have to watch it through a game console, on a pc, tablet or phone, or certain other streaming devices. So it's harder to get to.

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    One last thing: was Brody in The Hangover, Hangover 2, Due Date, and cut out of Funny People? It wasn't clear enough in the series.

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  8. True story (though not particularly interesting or funny), Guy Fieri was staying at the same all-inclusive resort as me several years ago, in Mexico. I didn't know who he was at the time, buy I knew he must've been famous because people were getting their picture taken with him. I thought he might be a wrestler or something, given his girth and ridiculous appearance.

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    And, yes, I did see him with his shirt off around the pool, so you can envy me for that.

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  9. Fact check time! Sascha stated "so many jobs that are female dominated, like teaching and nursing and childcare are paid very low wages."

    The avearage annual salary in the US is $47,000. Registered nurses earn, on average, $50,000 per year, and certain specializations easily average $80,000 per year, even up to $135,000 per year. The average salary for a teacher in the United States is $56,000 per year. Both of these jobs also usually have good benefits as well.

    Child care pay is low, averaging under $20,000 annually, but women often get into child care while they have young children of their own, which enables them to work out of their own home and take care of their own child/children while earning income caring for other children. In addition to the financial benefits of working out of their own home, it also means they don't need to pay for childcare themselves, which would be necessary if they had a different job. And there are the intangible benefits of staying home to care for your own children. So only one of the three occupations Sacha listed would be considered "very low paying" in my eyes, and the one job that does pay very low can have added benefits aside from its salary.

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    Sorry if that all seemed a little unnecessary, but that statement bugged me, and I wanted to clarify the facts. Still love the Blastoff!

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  10. With the number of times Kyle went into Bill Mahr, maybe this ep should've been called "Religulous Upbringing."

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    If PB ever decides to do another religion show, it'd be interesting to have a religious historian on. Religious historians are different from theologians in that they study the actual history and historical context of religion, which debunks a lot of the religious claims that get cited from the bible (in the case of Christianity).

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  11. Sorry in advance, but I'm going to take this person to task a bit.

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    I have been on the Linkin Park train since the day it left the station in 2000. To listen to Howard and some dude I never heard of take a dump on them, comparing them to when a dad buys his kid a guitar or whatever it was... That was really irritating. I understand their music isn't for everyone, and I'm totally fine with that. I'm not a fan of the dance music that is discussed on this podcast, but I like Howard and Kulap, so I stick around.

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    I'll just remind you that Linkin Park just released their 5th consecutive album to debut at #1, and the only album they've released that didn't reach #1 was their debut album Hybrid Theory. Which while never reaching #1, is in the top 10 for total album sales for the decade of the 2000's.

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    I understand that album sales aren't everything. But since this a chart podcast, I thought I'd drop some chart knowledge in here. I'd also point out that they are one of the best live bands around. By live band, I mean, they don't hit play on the CD player and dance around for an hour and change costumes a few times. They sing their balls off, play their own instruments, and put on a great show. Lastly, the progression from the first album through the last one is amazing.

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    That's it, I just hate that they were thrown under the bus for no reason, and that like of musicianship seemed to be one of the reasons.

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    We all understand when you're a fan of something that hearing someone make disparaging comments towards it can be upsetting. But just like you have your opinions, so does everyone else. The whole hook of this show is hosts and guests judging pop culture, so keep that in mind, and also when you offer your own opinions.

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    That said, you cited the band's album sales as some proof of how "good" they are. It's true that it's an indicator of popularity, but it doesn't do anything to judge the merits of their music. Are they making music that is original? Are they elevating the art form? What exactly is their intention with their music? Is it an expression of themselves or is it just trying to make something "catchy?" Are they making songs with the intention of being popular so that they make more money? Are they virtuoso musicians that continue to advance their musicianship? These are a few questions I'd ask to truly judge any musician in today's landscape. I don't think every song has to try to achieve everything I've mentioned, but, in my opinion, too much of popular music is just a business designed to sell the most copies by imitating and/or looking for that "hook" that makes it have mass appeal.

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    The average music buyer isn't usually a musician or trained in music in any way, and usually has a limited "palate" in terms of what they like in music. Because they don't ever expand what they listen to beyond the mainstream, they generally can't appreciate other genres of music if those styles doesn't have the same elements, or hit the same "beats" as what they're used to listening to. Popular music is marketed toward the largest audience, which is the most limited in their knowledge of music and the most narrow in their taste. You may think Linkin Park's music is much different than that of Katy Perry or Tim McGraw, but the truth is, they are all heavily marketed music, designed to appeal to the largest amount of people as possible by using the same motifs, chords, lyrical styling and song structure. Adding to that, the music industry can also manipulate the market by pushing songs on the radio, in movies and on TV to get a lot pf people listening, and listening repeatedly, which helps reinforce the familiar nature of the songs.

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    Another point you made was that Linkin Park is "one of the best live bands around" based on the fact that they "sing their balls off, play their own instruments, and put on a great show." Setting aside that this is just your opinion (which you've admitted is biased), I find it sad that you consider a band "great" just because they don't use recorded music or do multiple costume changes. Granted, I haven't seen the band live, so I'm not going to say they don't put on a good show. But to say they're "one of the best" based on that criteria is limited. Symphonies perform music and don't rely on recordings, "dancing around" or costume changes. Opera singers "sing their balls off," and they don't even have the benefit of microphones to amplify their voices. Jazz musicians improvise new original melodies every time they play. Linkin Park is an extremely limited sounding band if you take the time to study music. I just listened to a few of their songs, and they utilized the same structure, voicings and style in each song, which have also been used in countless other pop songs. True, that's a small sample, but I'm not here to analyze their collective works.

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    My point is that you can like Linkin Park, but don't proclaim them to be any better than any other popular music act. The minute they all stop making money is when they all disappear.

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  12. Hey, I just started listening to the first episode. I'm not a dad and don't currently have the desire to become one, but maybe this show will help me figure out if I ever do want kids.

    I also wanted to mention that, from what I understand, the Health Savings Accounts that you mentioned briefly only help the wealthy and insurance companies. They're (mis)used as tax shelters by the rich, and they also benefit insurance companies by lowering their costs, since HSA 's are used to pay high out of pocket costs. They don't benefit lower income people because they cost a lot to pay in before you see any benefit.

    So it's really just another scam in the guise of offering help to lower healthcare costs.


  13. I also hope Tig is doing alright. I feel a little odd wishing someone well whom I don't know, but I enjoy the podcast and how everyone shares their personal lives with the listener, so it's hard not to feel like I know them. I saw she had to drop out of her most recent planned Conan appearance and the Montreal gig, which were both mentioned in the podcast. Her facebook page mentions that they were due to medical issues, though it does say she's "doing fine." I can only imagine what she's had to go through. My mother's going through the recovery process from life-threatening cancer, and her diagnosis was very sudden and unexpected. It also happened right around the time when Tig discussed her previous illness and sudden loss of her mother, so it hit close to home with me a bit more than it otherwise might have. So, this most recent news of Tig's affected me similarly. All I can say is, I hope Tig get's through whatever this is as fast and pain free as possible, both physically and mentally.

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