HLC-101 Hollywood Hell

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 10, 2017, it’s the Hollywood Hell edition of the podcast – number 101 – brought to you by ZipRecruiter and Simplisafe. It’s hard to get past Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe slam of Donald Trump. That is one hurtin’ woman. Put Hollywood together with academia, Wall Street and Silicon Valley (just check this out!), shake, and try to strain out a single Trump supporter. Good luck!  Mike posits that Hollywood celebrities and university physicists have some salient points in common. Next, Jorge Ramos and Univision lead the Latino charge of the light brigade. Where are los secuaces (the minions)? Could it be that some American Hispanics don’t think that amnesty for lawbreakers is a good idea no matter what color their skin is? Finally: to repeal or not to repeal? To repeal now or later, or to replace now and repeal later? Rand Paul is a doctor. What does he think? As usual, we’ll have our shower thoughts (only one this time) and our hidden gem for the week is Ray Bolger and Judy Garland performing “If I only had a brain.” If you like our podcast, please drop us a tip here. Find us online at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter @HLCpodcast; also on facebook look for Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast; and at iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. And visit our sponsors, including ZipRecruiter.com: Is your business giving you endless headaches because you can’t seem to find the qualified candidates who are right for the jobs you have to offer? With ziprecruiter, find candidates in any city or industry, nationwide. Just post once and watch your qualified candidates roll in to ziprecruiter’s easy to use interface. And...

HLC-100 Back to Camelot

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for January 2, 2017, this is, my god I can’t believe it, our century mark podcast. Yep, podcast number 100! And as grandiose as that is, we have an equally grandiose theme, it’s the Back to Camelot edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter. If your business is giving you headaches because you can’t find the right candidates for the wonderful jobs you have to offer, take a look at ziprecruiter.com. You can find us online at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter where our handle is @HLCpodcast; we are also on facebook, look for Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast. And of course we are here every week on Ricochet – the groovy center right clubhouse for intelligent talk and interesting perspectives. This week, our three topics are “Jackie,” the new movie (in theaters now) starring Natalie Portman and directed by Pablo Larrain. Was Jackie’s obsession with sculpting the JFK legacy by stuffing his funeral with fluff and pageantry the ironically appropriate obsession to commemorate a presidency which was (was it not?) characterized more by pageantry than any particular accomplishments? What was Camelot really about, eh? And we’ll talk about the Obama Administration’s last minute stiff arm to Netanyahu and Israel by allowing the UN scolding to become international law (rather than vetoing it as we have done for similar things in the past). So now the Wailing Wall is officially “occupied territory.” What is the UN for, anyway? Is it only for having a bunch of despotic Israel-hating regimes pass endless resolutions only to be vetoed by the US? Is there anything constructive that we can get from it? Finally, gender-neutral baby names – who doesn’t love them? Why saddle...

HLC-099 Did 2016 Rock or What?...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for December 27, 2016 it’s the “Was 2016 Awesome or What?” edition. This is episode number 99 of the HLC Podcast, one short of a century, and our final podcast for the phenomenal year of 2016. Everybody loves a year in review article or story before New Year’s and since this is our last episode for 2016 we each offer three topics that have seized our imagination, thwarted our tightly held assumptions or tickled our funny-bones. Well, what were those you ask? You’ll just have to listen to find out. There are people (and others) who exited the stage in 2016 – de rigueur for year-end reviews. There were political upheavals and embarrassing scandals in 2016. There were movements and fallouts in 2016. But we’ll tell you one thing, we try for once to lighten up on the Trump, Trump, Trump marching feet of 2016 theme. So cautious to the sensational, eschewing the jejune, here are our thoughts on what made 2016 a Yuuuuge year. We will have our shower thoughts as always. And our hidden gem this week is by Bonnie Raitt, Women Be Wise (Don’t Advertise Your Man). The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust: It’s nearly the end of the year, that time when almost one third of all charitable giving occurs. Do you want to make sure your charitable giving gets done easily AND in alignment with your values? Check out donorstrust.org/ricochet and find out how. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-098 Electoral College Podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for December 20, 2016, it’s the Electoral College Edition of the podcast…hosted by nanophysicist Mike Stopa and radio talk host Todd Feinburg! We’re excited because we talk with the noted climatologist and courageous skeptic Judith Curry about the details – we’re talking details here – of the climate alarmist argument, and why most of the argument about global warming is rigged. The HLC podcast is brought to you by Donors Trust, by Patriot Mobile and by our friends at SimpliSafe. We started with the idea that we would bring you three (fascinating) topics. But the interview with Professor Curry of Georgia Tech was so engrossing that we whittled the other stuff down. So we will talk about (1) the electoral college, Donald Trump’s win (again) and whether democracy would be better served by having any old 50.00001% of the people making the choice. What are these “state” things all about anyway!?! And then (2) on to our discussion with Judy Curry. There are few more courageous climate scientists around and about these days than Dr. Curry. Her specialty is the exchange of heat between different components of the climate system, in particular between the ocean and the atmosphere. She talks about the dichotomy between those who believe that external forcings like CO2 and solar radiance dominate the temperature, on the one hand, or whether internal dynamics are dominant and external forcings less relevant on the other hand. As I say, we do some real nuts and bolts here, so hold onto your hats. We will have our shower thoughts as always. And our hidden gem this week is a little Christmas music from Africa (though not reggae): The Little Drummer Boy....

HLC-097 Bikini Burger Babes...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for December 13, 2016 it’s the Bikini Burger Babes edition of the podcast brought to you by SimpliSafe, DonorsTrust and Patriot Mobile. Today we will talk about Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and the mind behind the Hardees advertising campaign that puts fat, juicy hamburgers in the hands and mouths of scantily-clad, blue-hot, All American girls (see image). Why does the left view gorgeous women in bikinis as outrageous but Lena Dunham in a bikini as “empowering?” And who, by the way, really believes that raising the minimum wage is a smart idea that will help, for example, unemployed people? Andy Puzder doesn’t! We’ll also discuss Pizzagate: is the Comet Ping Pong Restaurant in Washington D.C. really involved in an international child sex ring with the complicity of major Democratic figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton? Seems unlikely…and we advise against going to “self-investigate.” Let the authorities handle it, okay? Finally, Harry Zieve Cohen writes in this week’s edition of American Interest that Donald Trump can use his infrastructure plan to build a powerful political machine while not simply flushing a trillion dollars down a rat hole. We will discuss. As always, we will have our shower thoughts and our hidden gem for this week comes to you from Pearl Jam: Wishlist. The HLC podcast is also brought to you by SimpliSafe: Protect your home the smart way without the expensive long-term contracts using Simply Safe home security. Visit Simply Safe-dot-com-slash-RICOCHET. That’s spelled S-I-M-P-L-I-S-A-F-E dot com slash Ricochet. And the HLC podcast is also brought to you by Donors Trust: It’s nearly the end of the year, that time when almost one third of all charitable...

HLC-096 Trump’s Taiwan On Strategy...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for December 6, 2016, it’s the Trump’s Taiwan On Strategy edition of the podcast, brought to you by Stamps.com, SimpliSafe and DonorsTrust. Today we discuss – Trumps phone call diplomacy with Taiwan. The Taiwanese government is no doubt in ecstasy that after forty years of one China policy – where the one China was someone other than them – that the new President-elect was either cunning enough or bumbling enough to get himself on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. We share some secret insight that we have from a Taiwanese diplomat acquaintance who shall remain nameless. Then, Kelloggs dives into a bowl of politics and goes Snap Crackle Pop as (a) they suspend their advertising from Breitbart.com and (b) Breitbart strikes back. As of this writing Kelloggs (NSYE: K) is down about 4% in the last five trading days (against a rising market). And we’ll talk about Madonna Doing the Trump Depression Dance. The rock star and pop tycoon is interviewed in Billboard Magazine this week and shares her mourning emote over the results of the election. It is not quite just another vacuum tube pop star whining however and the M-ster has a few intelligent things to say. We will discuss. We will, as always, have our shower thoughts and this week our hidden gem is Ian Tyson’s country/folk classic Someday Soon as sung by Suzy Bogguss. The Harvard Lunch Club podcast is brought to you by stamps.com: Anything you can do at the post office you can now do right from your desk with stamps.com. Anything except, of course, wasting your precious time. Buy and print official U.S. postage for ANY letter or package using your own...

HLC095 – Trump Killed Fidel...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club for November 28, 2016 it’s the Trump Killed Fidel edition of the show! Trump stuns the world winning the big election and just like that Fidel exits stage left to his eternal reward. Coincidence? We think not. We discuss how finally Fidel’s place in history is well-urned. Yuk, yuk. Should the Cuban government have kept their glorious leader in corporum eternus in the manner of Castro’s inspiration and guide V.I. Lenin (who continues to greet tourists to this day in his subterranean mausoleum)? Might an embalmed Fidel have come in handy as the greeting face at the future Havana Disney World’s Yesterday Exhibit? We’ll discuss. And, why do liberals continue to whine and moan in utter hysteria over Trump and what can we do to get them to keep it up forever? Todd tells the story of a colleague who forwards all manner of diatribe to him – including a hilarious piece by Milo Yiannopoulos entitled Here’s Why There Ought to Be a Cap on Women Studying Science and Maths, the humor of which appears to have eluded said colleague. We’ll talk about Milo’s argument and the perspective of Nobel Prize Winner Tim Hunt regarding which Mike giving his informed scientific opinion. Finally, Democrat Congressman Tim Ryan is challenging Nancy Pelosi and political orthodoxy that identity politics is all and everything to the left. What is identity politics anyway? Is our strength to be found in diversity or in unity? What is the value of diversity to the right? What is the value of unity to the left? We will have, per usual, our shower thoughts; and our hidden gem this week is the classic tune Somewhere Beyond the Sea, as rendered by...

HLC-094 The Trump Party Podcast...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for November 22, 2016, It’s the Trump Party edition of the program, brought to you by SimpliSafe as well as Donors Trust. This week on the podcast we discuss the conflict of interest landmines awaiting Team Trump described recently by Republican Commentator David Frum. How will it be possible for President Trump to avoid getting in trouble when legislation, executive orders and rolling out of bed will have consequences for his personal financial empire? For the Democrats (and Republicans) who will be scheming to get rid of him as soon as possible won’t this be a target rich environment? Then we’ll talk about Vice-President Elect Mike Pence’s trip to the theater with his daughter to see the big, Tony-award winning hit Hamilton and the booing and dissing that he endured just to acquire a little culture with his kid (other than that Mr. Pence, how did you enjoy the play?). Was that an unbelievable ego trip by the Hamilton cast and crew members or what?!? Finally, we’ll discuss an article by bustle.com writer Julie Alvin entitled: 21 Women Whose Dads Voted For Donald Trump Tell Their Fathers How It Made Them Feel. How does this make Mike feel??? That’s Mike with three college attending daughters who are not completely with the Trump program. You can find the Harvard Lunch Club at http://harvardlunchclub.com/ and on Facebook at Harvard-Lunch-Club-Political-Podcast, find us on iTunes (a 5 star rating, please!!!) or anyplace else that you get your podcasts. We are on Twitter: @HLCpodcast and, of course, we are on Ricochet.com! The HLC podcast is brought to you by SimpliSafe: Protect your home the smart way without the expensive long-term contracts using Simply Safe home security. Visit Simply Safe-dot-com-slash-RICOCHET. That’s spelled S-I-M-P-L-I-S-A-F-E dot com slash Ricochet.” And the HLC podcast is...