HLC-158 The Harvard Bitcoin Political Podcast...

Well it worked for the Long Blockchain nee Island Ice Tea Corporation, why can’t it work for us? The former Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast is now the Harvard Bitcoin Club Podcast…or maybe it’s the Harvard Lunch Club Bitcoin podcast…we’re not sure yet. But the Long Island Iced Tea Company tripled their share price last month after catching the bitcoin wave with a catchy name change to go along with their business model change. So we too are going for it! In this edition of the Harvard Bitcoin Club podcast we talk about…Bitcoin! and then some more about bitcoin! and then (to show how flexible we are) we talk about racism and Donald Trump. Last week, founding father Peter Robinson posted on Ricochet an email Mike sent to him with my brief explanation of bitcoin – how it works, why is it worth anything, and what will it be worth tomorrow. You can find it here. Thanks Peter! You should equally check out the comments where the great Ricochetti once again displayed their depth and erudition. You know there are a lot of smart, well-informed people out there! In the future we will, on the Harvard Lunch Club page, um, er, the Harvard Bitcoin Club page, have a page of explanations and links to the bitcoin literature that embellishes on my short explanation. But for now, enjoy and comment and please recommend us to your friends and on iTunes! In addition to our shower thoughts (natch!) our hidden gem this time (and it’s pretty well hidden, believe me) is that smash hit “Om Asatoma” by Deva Premal. Cheers!   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-157 Let’s Go Get Sessions Stoned...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 10, 2018, number 157, it’s the Let’s Go Get Sessions Stoned edition of the show with your Magical Mystery Tour guides Todd Feinburg and Mike Stopa. This week we explore the non-changes to the federal law prohibiting the sale and use of marijuana and the radical suggestion (hasn’t he done this before?) by A.G. Jeff Sessions that we enforce the existing law!!! Where did they find this guy? Hasn’t he been around Washington enough to know that we pick and choose which laws we enforce based on our perceived anticipation of the arc of history? Our HLC edition #80 contains our interview with then Senator Sessions and is here. And we will also discuss Oprah! or, as NBC likes to call her, OUR future President Oprah (nothin but respect here too). After the Dems and the left have gotten flattened by an eighteen wheeler from the reality TV world, does it make sense that they should go looking for and eighteen wheeler of their own? We will discuss. We have our shower thoughts. And, our hidden gem for the week is from Brewer and Shipley: One Toke Over the Line. (p.s. they’re both still alive). Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-156 The Crimson Crystal Ball...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 3, 2018 – O.M.G. it’s 2018! It is the Crimson Crystal Ball edition of the show with your hosts fortune-teller Todd Feinburg and Swami Mike Stopa. We will peer into the future, part the enveloping mists of chaos and tell you what you can expect in the coming year and perhaps beyond! Here are, yes, our much-awaited predictions for 2018! Can you afford *not* to listen? We will also discuss a column from the New York Times which, gasp, gives begrudging credit to Trump’s deregulation efforts for the economic revival we are enjoying, including the optimism and investment by the business community even before the tax breaks became a reality (or even before they had moved very far along). We will have, as you, gentle listener, have come to expect, our shower thoughts and we will have, naturally, our hidden gem. The latter of which, this week, is by Gladys Knight and the Pips, Midnight Train to Georgia. Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-155 The Exquisite Flake...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 27, 2017 it’s the Exquisite Flake edition of the show, episode 155 (O.M.G.). We are your humble hosts…at times unabashedly pro-Trump, at times, acerbic, at times silly, we are Todd Feinburg, radio guy and Mike Stopa nanophysicist. And we are with you every week to keep you up to date and properly enraged at the political landscape. This week, enraged is the key to the show. We have two topics, both enraging. First, Jeff Flake and second regulatory dark matter. One. Jeff flake recently commented that the people at Trump rallies are the “spasms of a dying party” and that Trump is ruling through “anger and resentment.” This is the guy who drove around trying to bamboozle federal agents who came to his family;s ranch (or flew over it) trying to catch the illegal aliens that Flake’s family was “hiring and harboring” (that’s a felony if you want to look it up). Flake then goes on to say that he is thinking of treading in the giant footsteps of Evan McMullin in 2020 carrying the conscientious conservative banner. Flake is the kind of conservative who is – shallow as a dishpan – convinced that whatever is good for the Flake family is good for America. His sense of entitlement would embarrass Prince Harry. He waxes eloquent in the NY Times recently about how he, *he*, the very scion of the Flake dynasty, sat in humility at the feel of their illegal alien ranch hand and learned the value of hard work from the heathen. It reads like Jesus washing the feet of his lowly disciples. Then, we have a terrific discussion with Wayne Crews, the director of technology at...

HLC-154 Did Trump Dump Blacks?...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 19, 2017 it’s edition number 154 and we call it the Did Trump Dump Blacks? edition of the show with your hosts Hartford radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week, we will discuss a pair of interesting articles about the African American community and the Trump Administration (the first is called Black America and Donald Trump and the second, from Vox, is The past year of research has made it very clear: Trump won because of racial resentment). The eternal question is naturally why do Blacks support the Democrats so overwhelmingly when the Democrats are working so hard to keep them down and marginalized? Also, was Trump in a position to break that mold only to surrender to racial dog whistles so as to appeal to his racist voter base? What is going on in the heads of the left if they think this is really what’s going on? Next, we descend once again into the swamps of sexual harassment – this time talking about Tavis Smiley’s counter-attack against the misconduct accusations that have gotten him into deep poo poo. Do women as a whole suffer if the current climate treats them overwhelmingly as victims? Isn’t that a little condescending? Our shower thoughts involve definitions and liberal friends. As for our hidden gem, we wanted to post a composite of 67 hip hop songs from 1989 until 2016 that alluded – often favorably – to Donald Trump. Alas we could not download it – so we link to it here. In the meantime, out hidden gem is *one* of the 67 aforementioned pieces by Nas entitled New World. Enjoy!   Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple...

HLC-153 She’ll Do Anything for Moore...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 13, 2017, it’s the She’ll Do Anything for Moore edition of the show with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week, as we broadcast in real time the results of an election whose results are already known to all, we talk about whether the left is going to succeed by sacrificing Franken and Conyers and any and all other signs of impurity to go after Trump. Will Conyers succeed in holding his seat through nepotism? Will the people of his district in Michigan give a damn about a few pats on the ass here and there? And what of Franken? Who read him the riot act? Then we talk about more outrage over Trump from the guns of Kirsten Gillibrand. Just how calculating was K-illibrand when she denounced Bill Clinton (the very definition of throwing under the bus, no?)? Was she preparing her campaign against Trump’s supposedly egregious behavior already? Shower thoughts? Of course. And I’m Henry the Eighth by the Hermits is our hidden gem! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-152 San Francisco Dodges a Bullet...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 5, 2017 – number 152 – it’s the San Francisco Dodges a Bullet edition of the show with your hosts Hartford radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. Today we have special guest and good friend (really, she’s a friend…we have had a beer together at a restaurant and everything. I think it was twice even) Jessica Vaughan. Jessica is the Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies and about as knowledgeable as anyone in America about immigration issues. (And, did I mention? she’s a friend). We will talk about the recent verdict in the Kate Steinle case and about illegal immigration in general. Could we shut down sanctuary city policies by systematically raiding restaurants, hotels, landscaping companies etc. in those cities and putting the owners of said companies in jail? Do that for four weeks in San Francisco and how long before the business owners in the city go over to E-Verify and a repeal of sanctuary status? Our second topic is the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let the Trump travel ban go fully into effect. This is temporary, but suggests that the Supremes are leaning in a Trumpian way on this issue. We will have our shower thoughts (actually, only mine. Todd begs off). and our hidden gem is from rising folk star John Craigie, I am California. (you’ll love it Dick from Brooklyn!). This week also begins Mike’s blog over at Newsmax. I’ll give you a link when I get it. This week’s inaugural post: San(ctuary) Francisco Dodges a Bullet. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...

HLC-151 Trump First Things...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 28, 2017 it is the “Trump First Things” edition of the podcast with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa. This week we are very lucky to have the senior editor of First Things magazine and Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein as our guest for an extended discussion on dumbing down of English departments and conversations at Thanksgiving when you are the only Trumpkin and what’s wrong with Western civilization anyway and a wide array of other topics. Mark (the author, by the way of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30)) is a fascinating guy. So fascinating, in fact, that as a Trump-supporting conservative he has nevertheless been invited on to Politico and Vox and CNN. Is this guy a hypnotist or what? We will have our shower thoughts and we will have Greta van Fleet’s Black Smoke Rising as our hidden gem! Enjoy! Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android |...