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SJW’s Satan and Mother’s Day

Hello, my friends. Once again, it is Saturday. I find myself sitting on the couch in my quiet house. The only sounds are the rhythmic snores of three dogs, and the faint hum of an electric fan in an adjacent room. It’s overcast outside, so it is comfortably dark in the living room. It felt like an ideal time to do a little writing, so here I am.

I just finished listening to some lectures by Dr. Jordan Peterson, of Toronto University. Dr. Peterson has gotten a lot of attention as of late from the Social Justice Warrior crowd, who regard him as the Devil incarnate. I’m new to this drama, but I believe the main reason is his refusal to use alternative gender pronouns when asked (demanded) to by those who would like him to do so. Apparently, this has become such a thing in Canada that the Canadian government is trying to enact legislation to force its citizenry to use such words. I don’t know enough about the issue yet to speak with any kind of intelligence on the matter, so I won’t. I just wanted to say that I discovered Dr. Peterson as a result of his demonization by the SJW’s, and I’m glad I did. He has several hundred hours of video on Youtube, on a variety of interesting subjects. His talks revolve around phycology and philosophy. He has some really interesting takes on things. Check out his Youtube channel when you get a chance.

This is Mother’s Day weekend. I don’t spend as much time with my mother as I know I should. I only live about twenty minutes away, so I have no real excuse. I want to have a closer and better relationship with her, but like most things in my life, I tend to procrastinate. This is chief among my flaws. The big problem with this is that neither of us is going to live forever. Every moment that passes in this life is forever lost and can never be reclaimed. With that in mind, I am going to propose to my mom that we plan a regular time, every week, to get together. I don’t want to waste any more time.

Another thing that Denice and I have procrastinated on in having children. Natural children have been denied us by the universe. But, there’s more that one way to have children in this world. We have talked about adoption, but have always had something stand in the way of us actually doing it. It reminds me of the old saying: “If you really want something then you will find a way, if you don’t, then you will find an excuse.” Well, I think this is something that we both really want. I think this Mother’s Day is the time to begin the journey to make Denice a mom. It is time to find a way, no matter what the obstacles.

Till next time.

Podcasts

On an average day I commute about an hour to and from work. That’s five hours a week, two hundred and sixty hours a year. I spend about eleven sold days a year in the car, driving back and forth to work. It’s sickening when I think about it, but at least I have put that time to good use.

Most days I will use my car-time for returning phone calls, chilling to Pandora, or my favorite car-time activity: education via podcasts, audio books, and Youtube videos (listening, not watching). I will get into the audio books and Youtube in another post, but today I want to share with you my current lineup of podcasts that I follow. This list changes periodically. Podcasters are a lot like Youtubers (or Bloggers for that matter). They will start a podcast hard and heavy, but over time they will lose interest and stop making episodes. When that happens I drop them. I will start my list with the staples, the ones that are super consistent and that I listen to regularly, and progress to the more infrequent ones:

jreThe Joe Rogan Experience

You probably know Joe Rogan from Fear Factor or the UFC. Well, he is also an epic podcaster. I’ve been listening to The Joe Rogan Experience longer than any other podcast on my list. He does interviews with a wide range of people, including: MMA fighters, comedians, doctors, scientists, actors, and many other cultural movers and shakers. His podcasts usually last about three hours and he is super consistent. Joe normally does a podcast every other day. He is also a comedian, so the podcast is hilarious at times, but still manages to cut through the cultural bullshit of our time. Highly recommended.

timferrissshowThe Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is the author of The Four Hour Work Week, Four Hour Body, and his latest book The Four Hour Chef. He is well known for using himself as a guinea pig to experiment with all sorts of self-enhancement strategies. In his podcast he interviews various “high performers” and attempts to extract the underlying principles that make them who they are. Tim is also a proponent of Stoic Philosophy. In fact, I got into Stoicism from listening to this Podcast. His podcasts are usually over an hour long, and he produces about one per week. Also, highly recommended.

richrollpodcastThe Rich Roll Podcast

Rich Roll was your average overweight American until he adopted a vagan diet, lost the weight, and became one of the most badass ultra-endurance athletes in the world. He is also a great podcaster, and interviews a wide range of (usually) health related movers and shakers. I am not vegan anymore, but I still highly recommend Rich’s podcast. He is very pragmatic and open-minded. He updates usually once per week.

jamesaltucherThe James Altucher Show

James Altucher is an entrepreneur and writer. In his podcast he interviews a wide range of “choose yourself” movers and shakers. He usually produces shows once per week.

 

samharrisWaking Up with Sam Harris

Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, author, and one of The Four Horsemen of New Atheism. He is seen as controversial by a lot of the so-called Regressive Left. If they would put being ‘triggered’ aside long enough to actually listen to him, they may feel differently. Sam is a deep, analytical thinker. His podcasts are usually over an hour and he updates a couple of times a month.

thinkingatheistThe Thinking Atheist

Seth Andrews is a man who was born to be a podcaster. He has the perfect voice for it. Seth is a former Christian broadcaster who “escaped the bonds of superstitious thinking,” to become The Thinking Atheist. He usually interviews guest on the subject of religion, science, and of course atheism. His shows are normally around an hour and he updates about once a week.

fmfFound My Fitness

Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a biochemist and science communicator. In her podcasts she interviews other doctors and scientists in the areas of human health and performance. Her shows can get very technical, but are a treasure trove of useful information. She regularly explores topics like intermittent fasting, various diet plans, and the effects of environmental stressors like cold and heat exposure on the human body. Her podcasts can last from thirty minutes to multiple hours, depending on the subject. She usually posts a couple of times a month.

rewildReWild Yourself Podcast

Daniel Vitalis is a proponent of reclaiming your inner wildness. In his podcast he explores various strategies for enhancing your life by casting away societal and self-imposed domestication. I have gotten some good ideas from this podcast, and it is always entertaining. Daniel’s shows are usually a couple of hours long, and he updates about once per week.

tzmTZM Global Radio

This is the podcast of The Zeitgeist Movement. TZM is a sustainability and educational organization that promotes the use of science and technology for social concern. If you haven’t seen the Zeitgeist films, watch them here: Zeitgeist, Zeitgeist Addendum, and Zeitgeist Moving Forward. The films literally set my life on a new path. The podcast isn’t as active as it used to be, but they still update about every month or so and their shows are around an hour long.

historyonfireHistory on Fire

History on Fire is a podcast by author and university history professor Daniele Bolelli. Whether you like history or not, if you care about bravery, wisdom, passion, larger than life characters and some of the most emotionally intense moments in human experience, then this podcast is for you. I first heard professor Bolelli on Joe Rogan’s podcast. His heavy Italian accent really adds to the uniqueness of his episodes. Highly, Highly recommended. The shows are usually a couple of hours long, and he produces about one per month.

dogmadebateDogma Debate

David Smalley’s Dogma Debate is a podcast where conflicting ideas on religion, atheism, science, and politics meet in a (usually) respectful arena to duke it out. I haven’t been listening to Dogma Debate very long, but is definitely entertaining. The debates usually range from one to two hours, and new episodes come about once a week.

friendlyatheistFriendly Atheist Podcast

Hemant Mehta and Jessica Bluemke are a couple of friendly atheists. In the podcast they interview various people on the subjects of religion, atheism, science, and politics. The shows are very light-hearted and fun to listen to. Episodes usually last from thirty minutes to an hour, and come about once a week.

_podcastTemplateInfant Adoption Guide

I haven’t listened to a lot of episodes of this podcast yet. Denice and I started listening to it a little while ago to do research into the adoption process. We have struggled with infertility since we have been married, and have recently decided to explore adoption as a possible means to expand our family. Episodes are thirty to forty-five minutes long, and seem to come every month or so.

jockoJocko Podcast

And last but certainly not least, The Jocko Willinks Podcast. This podcast is brand new to me, but it is really popular right now. Jocko is a former Navy Seal, and talks on the subjects of discipline, self-improvement, and leadership. He is nothing if not intense. He is also a black belt in JuJitsu, a style of martial arts that I am really interested in. Jocko and his co-host, Echo, produce episodes that usually last a couple of hours and seem to come about once a week.