Episode #46 – Mutual Election Meddling & Anthropogenic Emissions

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The suspenseful wait is over, so no more anxiety-ridden uncertainty!  ASP Stuff Radio emerge from their summer slumber and crank out an informative episode that will cure your “historical amnesia” by recalling the United States government’s meddling shenanigans of Russia’s 1996 election when Boris Yeltsin was running against the  favored Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, who was financially supported by Vladimir Putin; the same guy who is being accused of meddling with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  There’s even an amusing movie about this meddling political affair called Spinning Boris as well as a detailed cover story in the July 15, 1996 edition of Time magazine.  Its a curious case to ponder: was Putin seeking revenge against Hillary Clinton due to her husband’s interference with the 1996 Russian election? All that stuff aside, ASP discuss another arguably ‘hot’ and ‘heavy’ topic: global warming/climate change and whether this phenomenon is the result of human’s meddling with the Earth  over the course of human history.

Finally, Alberotle, Steveocrates and Paulato indulge in a game of Last Letter even though their attempt is piteous albeit somewhat entertaining.  Enjoy listening to episode #46!

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Credits:

Music: “Something Old” performed by Broke For Free
From the Free Music Archive
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Pyotr II’yich Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons, Op. 37a – VI. June: Barcarolle” (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Frank Zintl’s “Improvisata Norvegica ‘Langeleik'” (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Maria Girbiat’s “Anon – Medieval Dance Tunes”, performed by Paul Arden-Taylor (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “String Quintet in C Major, K. 515” (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Volition “I Love Bing Bong”

Sources: 

  1. https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/06/14/yelt-j14.html
  2. http://www.npr.org/2016/12/22/506625913/database-tracks-history-of-u-s-meddling-in-foreign-elections

 

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Episode #45 – Multiverses, Unlawful Trump, Oxytocin Misters, Emotional Posey, Kimmel’s Emotional Message, and Stringy Speculation

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There’s a copious amount of stuff stuffed into ASP Stuff Radio’s latest episode to keep you informatively entertained! Do cosmic space-time ripples from the big bang substantially prove (or suggest) that many universes exist?  What can a president (like Donald J. Trump) do and still legally get away with it? What is oxytocin or the “love hormone”, and is Costco or any other business spraying this stuff through their vents?  Is Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional healthcare message that he delivered to the masses on his late night show accurate? According to the 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, hospitals must treat and stabilize anyone – not just beautiful babies – regardless of ability to pay; so what was Kimmel trying to say? Speaking of verklempt, what’s the deal with Buster Posey (of the S.F. Giants) recently showing so much emotion and stress on the baseball field? And why do theoretical physicists call string theory a ‘theory’ (theōria) when it falls short of meeting the strict scientific criterion of a theory? ASP discuss these intriguing issues and conclude their potpourri of stuff with an “unpresidented” game of Donald Trump Mad Libs!  Enjoy the show!

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Credits:

“All Fall Down” http://www.purple-planet.com

“Mercury” https://www.dl-sounds.com/royalty-free/mercury/

Music: “Fast Motion” performed by Greg Davis
From the Free Music Archive
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Scott Joplin’s “New Rag”, performed by Gerluz (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Music: “Attempt 6” performed by Jared C. Balogh
From the Free Music Archive
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“Brahms Waltz (Marimba)” http://www.dl-sounds.com

“Patriotic Theme” by Sam Garner

Music: “Gameboy Love” performed by Buskerdroid
From the Free Music Archive
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Episode #44 – String Theory and Changing the Fabric of Reality

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Listen to episode #44 and take a peek into multiple spatial dimensions! Stevocrates, Alberotle and Paulato explore the depths of the subatomic world and pluck the strings of reality. Ants gain the ability to access quantum levels and Super Mario is transformed into 10D! Even Donald Trump would pass up delicious, chocolate cake and beautiful, little babies to discover this new concept. So, jump in as Einstein and Kalutza try to unify the universe into a grand unifying theory!

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Credits:

Music: “Bughici’s Suite for Violin 9 Hora vivace” performed by Advent Chamber Orchestra
From the Free Music Archive
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Music: “Bughici’s Suite for Violin 9 Hora vivace” performed by Advent Chamber Orchestra
From the Free Music Archive
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Music: “400g Live” performed by Carmel Raz, from the album String Theory
From the Free Music Archive
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Ambient space music: http://www.dl-sounds.com

“Jazz Comedy” http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/jazz

“Jazzy Frenchy” http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/jazz

Music: “Junky Magician” performed by The Crypts!
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

Video: Briane Greene explains the fundamental tenets of string theory

 

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Episode #43 – Are you Entitled to Health-care? We’ve Got you Covered!

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In this highly anticipated and iridescent episode, ASP Stuff Radio talk about the main features of the GOP health-care plan (the one that Paul Ryan pitches with his iridescently mesmerizing eyes), but more importantly the fundamental and highly contentious issue of whether all Americans have the right (are entitled) to health-care.  Albertotle, Steveocrates and Paulato share their varied views and health plans, and discuss common arguments for and against the right to health-care.  So, don’t worry ASP Stuff Radio has you (partially) covered!  ASP wrap up the show with a brief rundown of the S.F. Giant’s not-too-healthy performance from their first week of the regular 2017 baseball season.

Tell us what you think and cast your vote on our Twitter page: Is health-care a fundamental inalienable right that all human beings have? You can also vote below!

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Credits:

Ludwig Beethoven’s Symphony no. 2 in D Major, Op. 36 – I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Music: “Songe D’Automne” by Latche Swing
From the Free Music Archive
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Episode #42 – It’s a Beautiful Day for Baseball, Let’s Play Two!

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Alberotle and Paulato (along with a couple of special guests) enjoy a couple of San Francisco Giant’s 2017 spring training baseball games despite the moderately scorching heat.  In this brief episode you’ll have the opportunity to hear their live play-by-play commentary of some snippets of the action.  The first two audio clips were recorded at Scottsdale Stadium where the Giants played against the Milwaukee Brewers, and the third clip was taken from the Giants vs. Chicago White Sox game at the remote Camelback Ranch-Glendale stadium.  Sit back and enjoy another lighthearted episode of baseball stuff!

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Pictures from Scottsdale Stadium:

Socrates Stadium

Michael Morse

Picture from Camelback Ranch-Glendale Stadium:

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Credits:

Organ music by Anthony Ouradnik.  Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFR3S6jN0Ng and watch him play.

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Episode #41 – Talking Baseball Pt. 2, Zen Hitting and Motley Foolishness

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ASP Stuff Radio extend their break from politics and continue their discussion on Giant’s baseball.  This time you will hear Steveocrates provide his predictions on who will make the final cut for the 25 man roster of the San Francisco Giants.  If you haven’t already heard Alberotle and Paulato’s predictions be sure to listen to episode #40.  In the meantime, if you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a baseball batter’s brain while processing a super duper fast pitch you now have the chance to listen to ASP converse about that brain-boggling topic in this episode.  Being the good philosopher that he is, Alberotle brings forth a philosophical perspective on how, according to the book Baseball and Philosophy, some fundamental tenets of Zen Buddhism can substantially aid the mind’s, or perhaps relieve the brain’s, of baseball hitters behind the plate.

To conclude the episode, Alberotle and Steveocrates talk about their Motley Fool experience at an amusing and educational investing event they attended called Motley Fool One.  Each had the pleasure of meeting Tom Gardner, one of the co-founders of the Motley Fool, a private financial-services company in Alexandria, Virginia, Jeff Fischer, a “Foolish” options and stock analyst, and Chris Hill a dedicated podcaster who hosts a daily show called Market Foolery.  Alberotle and Steveocrates tell an interesting story about Jeff’s encounter with Donald J. Trump in the late 1990s.  Put on your jester hat and listen to the episode!

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To listen to Dave Gardner and Jeff Fischer talk about their Trump experience, click the audio link: Market_Foolery_02_26_2016.mp3.  You can also access that podcast episode here.

Credits:

Music: “Keg Baseball” by Centz
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

Scott Joplin’s “New Rag”, performed by Gerluz (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Music: “Morning Gymnastics” by Mons Jacet
From the Free Music Archive
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Book Recommendations: Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter’s Boxedited by Eric Bronson; Ted William’s The Science of Hitting

Podcast Recommendations: Motley Fool Podcasts

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Episode #40 – Talking Baseball: A Breakdown of the 2017 San Francisco Giants Spring Training

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ASP Stuff Radio takes a break from stressful political and philosophical topics to discuss all things Orange and Black…and we’re not talking about Donald Trump and Barack Obama!  It’s time to look forward to San Francisco Giants baseball and ASP Stuff Radio has you covered.  Alberotle, Steveocrates and Paulato focus on the beginning of Spring Training and break down the Giants roster from top to bottom and express their baseball expertise.  With a bit of their own roster shakeups, Paulato hosts the show and gives Alberotle a much needed break from carrying the load.  Alberotle and Steveocrates attended live Giants practice and give their scouting reports on some players to watch.  Hear Alberotle give his outlook on up and coming, talented arm Andrew (not to be confused with Albert) Suarez.  Steveocrates explains what he thinks about Matt Cain’s possibility of making the team as the 5th starter over Ty Blach.  And Paulato provides insight on why Michael Morse could be valuable to the team off the bench.  

Finally, Alberotle and Paulato provide their predictions on who will make the final cut for the 25 man roster, while Steveocrates saves his picks for the second part of this two-part episode coming out soon.  So, download, listen and let’s play ball!

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Credits:

Music: “Keg Baseball” by Centz
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

Scott Joplin’s “New Rag”, performed by Gerluz (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Scott Joplin’s “Pleasant Moments”, performed by Gerluz (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Music: “Morning Gymnastics” by Mons Jacet
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

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Episode #39 – Examining Trump’s Travel Ban & “Vetting” Coffee Beans

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In this critically insightful episode of political stuff Alberotle, Steveocrates and Paulato put to good use their cognitive powers by examining Donald Drumpf’s executive order to instate a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven countries in the Middle East. The main questions that the trio of inquisitive minds attempt to answer are the following:

(1) What is the ban intended for?

(2) Is Trump’s order a Muslim ban?

(3) Why these seven countries?

ASP not only discuss arguments against the travel ban, but also learn that the seven countries have been on the government’s radar since (at the very least) the Bush administration.  Although it still isn’t clear why exactly these countries are targeted as “areas of concern” Wesley Clark, Sr., a retired General of the United States Army confirms in an interview on Democracy Now (published in 2007) that the US Federal government had wanted to “clean up [some of] those old Soviet client regimes…before the next super power comes on to challenge us.”  To conclude this politically charged episode ASP play a game of “What If…” relating to the travel ban and the so-called “vetting process” but in a crudely analogous form: suppose you’re Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, and you learn that 10% of your big, expensive purchase of premium coffee is contaminated with a deadly strain of bacteria.  Do you cancel the order and lose millions of dollars or do you take your chances and risk killing hundreds if not thousands of innocent coffee-fanatic customers?

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It is interesting to point out that immigration restriction is not uncommon.  According to the Congressional Research Service report published on January 23rd, 2017 Democrat presidents enforce more immigration restrictions than Republican presidents since Ronald Reagan.  Barack Obama imposed immigration restrictions 19 times including 4 times on Muslim countries. The most recent one was placed on March 18th, 2016 involving North Korea.

Finally, it is important to emphasize that refugees have been in general negatively portrayed by the mainstream media and political pundits as a “burden or potential threat.” To trump this misconception, consider what David Androff, an Arizona State University associate professor in the School of Social Work, has to say about his experience working with refugees in the U.S.:

“Refugees love America. In some ways, I feel that they are more patriotic than most      Americans. They want to be here. They’re excited to be here. They know what a great country it is. They have a lot to contribute, and I don’t think it’s right to look at them as a burden or potential threat. They bring incredible diversity in the positive sense of the word. Because they come from another place, they can see the value of America through new eyes, and that’s inspirational. We’re stronger with them here because it’s a reminder too of the strengths of our political and economic systems compared to other places in the world that don’t do it as well.”

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Credits:

“Resort Loop2” https://www.dl-sounds.com/royalty-free/resort-loop2/

“Fugue in Bm, HWV 608” by Georg Friedrich Händel’s (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

“String Quintet in C Major, K. 515” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music: “The Machine Stops” by Miseryslims
From the Free Music Archive
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YouTube Video:

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Episode #38 – Know Your Values, Why Athletes are Overpaid, and How to Put on a Poncho

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In episode #38, the trio of inquiring minds (ASP) wax philosophical on what they value most in life and why, and how it may contribute to leading a good life.   They also employ their cognitive powers in order to determine why professional athletes are excessively paid lots of “buckazoids”, like the soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo who grabs $88 million a year for kicking a ball around. Finally, in light of George W. Bush’s all too human attempt to put on a fashionable, plastic rain poncho during Donald J. Drumpf’s inaugural speech, Albertotle, Steveocrates and Paulato provide impeccably reliable and undeniably useful instructions, especially for “dubya”, on putting on a poncho.  After listening to our 38th episode tell us your values and why they matter to you.  Send your values to aspstuffradio@gmail.com or tweet them on our Twitter page.

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Credits:

Music: “Don’t Be Afraid” by Hobo Jazz: Volume 1
From the Free Music Archive
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Music: “Say Nothing” by Hobo Jazz: Volume 1
From the Free Music Archive
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Music: “The Art of Style” by Hobo Jazz: Volume 1
From the Free Music Archive
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Music: “O’ Henry” by Hobo Jazz: Volume 1
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

Music: “Improv1@halas.am” by Jean Claude (JC) Jones
From the Free Music Archive
Attribution CC BY

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Moments musicaux, Op.16 – 3. Andante cantabile” (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Johan Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto No.2 in C for 2 Cembalos – II. Adagio” (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Wolfgan Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Trio in G, K. 496″ (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

“El Toro” @ http://www.purple-planet.com/international/4583971414

“Toys” @ http://www.purple-planet.com/cute/4593380234

Johann Strauss’s “The Blue Danube, Op. 314” (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

YouTube Video: Space Quest III Theme Song

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Episode #37 – Trump’s “Unpresidented” Unethical Behavior, Baby Photo FB Backlash & Baby Myths

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Happy & Healthy New Year listeners of ASP Stuff Radio! Its 2017 and Alberotle, Steveocrates and Paulato are back from their overextended winter break bringing you a brand new episode of non-fake stuff that will surely make your brain buzz; stuff like Donald Drumpf’s illegal and unethical refusal to divest from his Trump Organization (which would include his Trump Steaks sold at the Sharper Image) and his violation of the 1967 anti-nepotism law; or stuff like the Austrian teenage woman who sued her parents for posting and sharing “embarrassing” nude baby photos of her on the Facebook.  The show closes with an original game created by Paulato where he debunks or validates some assumptions (supplied by Alberotle and Steveocrates) about babies and parenting.

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Credits:

“Jazzy Frenchy” @ http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/track/jazzy-frenchy

“Help Cat Jive” @ http://www.purple-planet.com

“First Steps” @ http://www.purple-planet.com/cute/4593380234

Alexander Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances”  (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

“String Quintet in C Major, K. 515” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Royalty free music. Public domain and copyright free classical music)

Music: “Pomegranate” by D.A. Dad
From the Free Music Archive
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