Thursday, March 15, 2018

ETC Pod #8: The Demon (2014 Throwback)

Recorded shortly after Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014, this was one of the most popular episodes from my old podcast. It covers many topics Friar Chris and I discussed in the previous podcasts, including the fraud of "normal",misguided identity, the emptiness of success, depression, and the performers need for praise and validation. Some of the early ideas surrounding the Social Media Disease, such as personal “branding” and virtual facades, are here as well as kernels of things that will become familiar to the regular listener, such as The Marrow of Humanity.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

ETC Pod #7: Friar Chris - Hitchhiking and Philosophy

The final episode of the Friar Chris Series begins with a discussion about the differences between bicycle touring and backpacking then moves on to deeper topics, including (@ 15:45) my experience volunteering on the Gulf Coast in the immediate aftermath of Katrina and the corrosive and corrupting effects of tribalism and dogma in the Disaster Relief Industrial Complex. We then move on to (mostly) explore the fundamental ideas behind why he and I chose hitchhiking and what we learned and experienced while traveling the country as “disposable” vagabonds loitering out on the fringe. SPOILER ALERT: Sausage Party Hope lies within!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

ETC Pod #6: Friar Chris - Walking Savannah to Seattle

 In this politically-free second of three, I sit down again with Chris Dyson for a chat about his walk from Savannah, Georgia to Seattle which included enduring a turbulent breakup on the side of US 287 in northern Colorado, getting lost in rural Wyoming, and anecdotes and observations about some of the fascinating people he met along the way. Deeper topics include self-generated baseless fear, choosing existential isolation in the name of personal security, internal narratives, religion & spirituality, restless escapism, travel and aging, and more.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

ETC Pod #5: Friar Chris - Gringo On The Hill

The first of three expansive (and nearly politics-free!) episodes with Chris Dyson, we discuss the mystical route leading to his founding of The Hof, his hostel in the Cordillera Blanca range of the Peruvian Andes and the difficulties he encountered in being a gringo outsider trying to integrate into the nearby Quechuan community, including the multiple robberies endured during his six and a half years living in Peru. We also discuss "The Personal Peace Corp" and the Dennis Doctrine, tribalism, non-caucasian based racism, apocalypse cultism, the epidemic of human disconnection, the related death of the sense of community, and more.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

ETC Pod #4: Self-Delusion, Solutions In Truth, and A Side of Crow

In this sprawling episode, Todd attacks Quixoteism & "personal truth": the human tendency toward egocentric self-delusion and how the Sausage Party Hope resides in the commitment to observing objective reality. He also discusses artist "activism", content control and the new feed, third party futility, and the need for one political religion or the other to inter the opposing half of the country inside ideological "concentration camps". You're also given the gift of laughter as he dines on his Twitter "marketing" crow. 2018 says, "Never Say Never!"

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ETC Pod #3: Capitalist Media 101: It's (We) The People, Stupid

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In this stuffed ideologically blasphemous episode, Todd tears into the popular escapist conspiracy theory about corporate media “dumbing us down to keep us docile and ignorant”. He also dissects the reasons behind why our media is composed exclusively of boutique news outlets producing chum for echo chamber sharks, media desensitization and the cure, as well as the need for sugar-coated truth, insulated and self-cleaning informational ecosystems (news, standup, and Hollywood).

Also: thoughtless “opinion”, “white inheritance”, Sausage Party Hope, #FleecingTheFucktards, and more. Toddzilla is not for everyone. Use only as directed. And, heed the intro!