ORLY-EP0142 - 2nd Week Damage Report - How Bad Could It Be?

ORLY-EP0142 - 2nd Week Damage Report - How Bad Could It Be?  

Welcome to ORLYRADIO #142 recorded Friday February 3rd, 2017 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen, with my usual suspects, Stephen Griffith, Amber Bieseker, Fred Sims, and David O’connor.

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  1. Federal judge blocked the Muslim Ban, and then enforcement continued causing a possible constitutional crisis as the Judicial and the Executive clash. - Canada says they will take those we cast aside.

  2. Trump puts Bannon on security council, dropping joint chiefs. The reshuffling of the National Security Council downgrades the military chiefs and gives a regular seat to his chief strategist Steve Bannon. The director of national intelligence and the joint chiefs will attend when discussions pertain to their areas. (BBC)

  3. Bannon is making sure there’s no White House paper trail. The Trump administration’s chief strategist has already taken control of both policy and process on national security. (Foreign Policy)

  4. At this point Trump CNN, WaPo, and New York Times as FAKE NEWS, and urges FOX as a source. (Politico) White House ices out CNN. Trump administration refuses to put officials on air on the network the president called “fake news.” (Politico)

  5. White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day didn’t mention Jews or anti-Semitism because “others were killed too.” (CNN)

  6. Trump fires acting attorney general Sally Yates, after she defiantly refused to defend his immigration executive order. (NY Times)

  7. Senate altered rules to approve Steve Mnunchin, Trump's nominee for treasury secretary, and Tom Price, the nominee for health secretary push Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General.Republicans suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations after confronting a boycott from Democrats. Senate Committee rules normally require at least one Democratic senator present to have a vote. But when Democrats refused to show, the committee’s chairman suspended those rules. (CNN)

  8. Trump signs executive order requiring that for every one new regulation, two must be revoked. (Politico)

  9. Trump Picks Neil Gorsuch, A Scalia Clone, For The Supreme Court. Ideologically, Gorsuch would almost certainly represent a reliably conservative vote and voice. Gorsuch would be the most conservative justice save for the silent stalwart Justice Clarence Thomas and would sit somewhere just to the right of the ideological space occupied by Scalia. (FiveThirtyEight)

  10. Rex Tillerson is confirmed as Secretary of State amid record opposition. The votes against Mr. Tillerson’s confirmation were the most in Senate history (NY Times)

  11. Bannon thinks there will be war with China in the next few years. Comments on his radio show are re-surfacing as the “special counsellor” assumes unprecedented power in the White House. (The Independent)

  12. Trump to Mexico: Take care of “bad hombres” or US might. Trump threatened in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless the Mexican military does more to control them itself. (Associated Press)

  13. Trump badgered, bragged and abruptly ended phone call with Australian leader. Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win. Trump called it “this was the worst call by far.” (Washington Post)

  14. Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam. (Reuters)

  15. Trump administration “officially putting Iran on notice.” National security adviser, Michael Flynn, issued a statement in reaction to an Iranian missile test and an attack on a Saudi warship by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. “It’s either an empty threat or a clear statement of intent to go to war with Iran.” (The Guardian)

  16. Trump tells Israel to hold off on building new settlements, saying new settlements “may not help” achieve Middle East peace. (NY Times)

  17. Trump Putin Call - Off the record. https://twitter.com/WashingtonPoint/status/826826543779479557/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

  18. Spicer falsely accuses Iran of attacking U.S. Navy vessel, calling it an act of war. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said he was “officially putting Iran on notice” following the country’s ballistic missile test and an attack on a Saudi naval vessel – Iran did not attack a U.S. Navy vessel. (The Intercept)

  19. House rolls back rule restricting gun sales to severely mentally ill. Republicans are using the Congressional Review Act to roll back all manner of regulations. Rep. Kevin Brady said the Social Security Administration “overstepped its mission.” The vote was 235-180. (CNN)

  20. Trump vows to “totally destroy” law restricting political speech by tax-exempt churches, a potentially huge victory for the religious right and a gesture to his political base. Repealing the law would require approval by Congress. (NY Times)

  21. Trump at national prayer breakfast: “Pray for Arnold… for those ratings”. Trump veered off script at the start of the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday when he asked a room full of lawmakers, foreign dignitaries and religious leaders to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger so that ratings of his show – NBC’s “The Apprentice” – would go up. (CNN)

  22. Schwarzenegger to Trump: “Why Don’t We Switch Jobs?” (NY Times)

  23. Leaked draft of Trump’s religious freedom order reveals sweeping plans to legalize discrimination. If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity. (The Nation)

  24. The G.O.P. campaign to repeal Obamacare hits a wall. Republicans are struggling to come up with a replacement and a key senator has declared that the effort is more a repair job than a demolition. (NY Times)

  25. Why Congress just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams. (Vox)

  26. Kellyanne Conway cites “Bowling Green massacre” that never happened to defend travel ban. Kellyanne Conway has taken “alternative facts” to a new level. During a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the counselor to the president defended President Trump’s travel ban related to seven majority-Muslim countries. At one point, Conway made a reference to two Iraqi refugees whom she described as the masterminds behind “the Bowling Green massacre.” (Washington Post) (CNN)

  27. Government reveals over 100,000 visas revoked due to travel ban. (Washington Post)

  28. Trump will order a sweeping review of the Dodd-Frank Act rules enacted in response to the 2008 financial crisis. Trump also will halt regulations that requires advisers on retirement accounts to work in the best interests of their clients. (Bloomberg)

  29. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/02/politics/house-vote-guns-mental-illnesses/

  30. Black History Month Fuckery http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/a-full-transcript-of-donald-trumps-black-history-month-1791871370

  31. http://www.epicprogress.com/daily-trump-damage-report-2317/

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ORLY-EP0123 - European Focus And Plenty To EpiPen Home About

ORLY-EP0123 - European Focus And Plenty To EpiPen Home About

Welcome to ORLYRADIO #123 recorded Friday August 26, 2016 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen, with my usual suspects, Daniel Atherton and Stephen Griffith

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The theme tonight is global. The world seems to be on fire over the usual things, money and religion.

  1. Japan: https://www.rt.com/business/357310-biggest-pension-fund-billions-loss/

  2. IRAN

    1. Iranian military ships charge with weapons out at US Navy destroyer http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/iranian-military-ships-charge-at-us-navy-destroyer-with-weapons-out/

    2. Just one day after video emerged of Iranian ships swarming and harassing the USS Nitze, Business Insider has confirmed a separate incident on Wednesday involving the USS Squall http://www.businessinsider.com/uss-squall-fired-shots-after-incident-iranian-navy-ship-2016-8

    3. http://news.sky.com/story/iran-arrests-hundreds-of-instagram-and-whatsapp-users-10549124  

  3. Germany

    1. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/540859/Assassination-Angela-Merkel-Motorcade-Prague-Czech-Republic-Police-Armed-4x4-Mercedes

    2. https://www.rt.com/news/357246-austrian-minister-merkel-migrants-deportation/

  4. Auxit? Austria may leave the EU?

    1. Austrian far-right Hofer wants to suspend naturalization of Turks, says ‘Auxit’ still possible http://on.rt.com/7mmo

  5. France… The Burkini. France burkini: Highest court suspends ban

    1. The Nice law reads: “Access to public beaches is forbidden to ‘any person not properly dressed, respectful of morality and secularism, respecting the rules of hygiene and safety.’” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37198479

    2. Then the police got offended. http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/25/12637964/france-burkini-ban-photo-nice-social-media

  6. US, where do we begin? How about the Epipen...

    1. http://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/epipen-price-hike-has-parents-kids-allergies-scrambling-ahead-school-n633071

    2. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/no-epipen-did-not-lower-their-drug-price-they-pulled-a-sneaky-pharma-bro-trick-instead/

    3. http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/why-mylans-alleged-solution-its-epipen-price-gouging-scandal-scam

    4. http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-24/the-senator-s-daughter-who-raised-prices-on-anti-allergy-epipen Dem Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, top be specific.

    5. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/revealed-american-taxpayers-funded-100-of-research-used-to-develop-big-pharmas-epipen/

    6. And lastly, people are resorting to manual injection rather than epipen auto injectors. https://www.statnews.com/2016/07/06/epipen-prices-allergies/

  7. Canada: multiple homicide with a crossbow http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/3-dead-after-crossbow-attack-in-toronto-1.3044118?autoPlay=false

  8. Trump Campaign - A 12-year-old boy is running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign office in one of Colorado’s most vital counties, according to a new report. Weston Imer runs operations for the Republican presidential nominee’s camp in Jefferson County, KDVR News said Sunday. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/292180-12-year-old-running-trump-campaign-office-in-colo VIDEO

Science Bitches!  

  1. Latest SpaceX Dragon Capsule returns with 3,000 lbs of cargo after delivering what is a preparatory step for commercial crew delivery to the ISS. https://www.facebook.com/SpaceX/posts/10157871546605131:0

  2. http://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-stereo-b-spacecraft-resumes-contact-2016-8

  3. http://www.iflscience.com/space/you-can-now-access-all-of-nasas-research-online-for-free/

  4. NASA's operation of the International Space Station is scheduled to end in 2024. Now, officials say instead of letting it fall out of orbit, they're looking to pass the outpost on to someone with the resources to keep it running. http://www.wftv.com/news/trending-now/nasa-hopes-to-sell-international-space-station/426892665

Law & Order:

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/08/18/justice-department-says-it-will-end-use-of-private-prisons/?utm_term=.0a955c0d82df

  2. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-department-says-poor-can-t-be-held-when-they-n634676

  3. http://bust.com/living/16586-another-feminist-win-from-the-supreme-court.html

Good Ideas:

  1. https://expatriate.pl/polish-electric-bus-ousts-mercedes-become-bus-year-2017/

  2. Japan for the first time to come to the rescue for other nations http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/japan/japan-s-military-begins-training-for-new-overseas-missions-1.425744

Bad Ideas:

  1. British Companies Are Selling Advanced Spy Tech to Authoritarian Regimes http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-uk-companies-exporting-interception-tech-around-the-world

  2. UK Government has confirmed the Human Rights Act will be scrapped in order to separate the UK from the European courts http://www.theweek.co.uk/63635/human-rights-act-will-be-scrapped-government-confirms

Personal Picks:


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ORly Radio Show 90 - Welcome to 2016!

ORly Radio Show 90 - Welcome to 2016!

Welcome to ORly Radio Show 90 for Friday January 1st, 2016 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen with Fred Sims, Stephen Griffith.

Errata From Previous Shows: We make mistakes. Please, if you find one, pause the podcast, and send us a note. orlyradiopodcast@gmail.com or phone it in 470-222-6759  

On Show 19, August 15th 2014, We mentioned and had quite a discussion on how some Police Agencies will not hire applicants whose mental capabilities, their IQ, is too high. This seemed a bit dubious at the time as being completely counter intuitive, given they were trying to claim it was to maintain job satisfaction levels and other such things. Well, today we have a first hand account of this policy in action. Fred, tell us what you went through.

-BREAK- Voicemail

RANT Segments & Headlines:

  1. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-wars-george-lucas-disney-white-slavers-1201669959/

    1. http://variety.com/2015/film/news/george-lucas-rolls-back-complaints-that-star-wars-successors-are-white-slavers-1201670406/

  2. http://www.wesh.com/politics/obama-to-announce-new-executive-action-on-guns/37210592

  3. http://interestingengineering.com/teslas-gigafactory-is-going-to-be-a-production-giant/

  4. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/gone-viral/os-florida-woman-arrested-at-lecanto-walmart-20151228-post.html (Auto Play Video.)

  5. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/12/27/detroit-job-hunting-felons-we-can-help/77563096/-

  6. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/family-values-republican-men-should-be-allowed-to-grab-breastfeeding-womens-nipples-in-public/

  7. http://www.livescience.com/32851-do-not-post-why-does-a-permit-to-climb-mt-everest-cost-70000.html

  8. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/12/19/christian-leader-its-troubling-that-mayor-took-oath-of-office-on-constitution-instead-of-bible/

  9. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/creationism-evangelist-god-put-contradictions-in-the-bible-to-weed-out-the-atheists/


The Good:

  1. http://www.theverge.com/2015/12/28/10674634/linknyc-new-york-public-wifi-installation-photos-gigabit  

  2. H.Res.569 -

    1. The Freak out. http://rightwingnews.com/top-news/no-house-dems-strike-to-implement-first-sharia-law/

    2. The Fact https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/569/text?q={%22search%22%3A[%22\%22hres569\%22%22]}&resultIndex=1

    3. http://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/students_in_action/debate_hate.html

-BREAK- Fallacy https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/no-true-scotsman


The Bad:

  1. http://www.occupydemocrats.com/new-princeton-study-confirms-u-s-is-no-longer-a-democracy-is-now-an-oligarchy/

  2. http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/7-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-u-s-supreme-court

  3. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/singer-natalie-cole-dead-65-article-1.2482580 Of Congestive heart failure.

The Ugly:

  1. http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-spy-net-on-israel-snares-congress-1451425210

  2. http://www.occupydemocrats.com/treason-leaked-wiretaps-reveals-netanyahu-bribed-republicans-to-sabotage-obamas-iran-peace-deal-2/


Fred’s: http://godawfulmovies.libsyn.com/


Music: "Rocket and Pamgaea” by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)

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ORly Radio Show 82 - We Live In - THE FUTURE

ORly Radio Show 82 - We Live In - THE FUTURE

Welcome to ORly Radio Show 82 for Friday October 23rd, 2015 - where we dismantle the current events for your edutainment through mostly rational conversations that make you go ‘Oh Really’! I’m your host Andy Cowen with my usual suspect Michael Robinson and Ophelia Falls.

You can find Ophelia here: http://opheliainthedark.tumblr.com/
Michael is over here: http://fathergrigorivonklaussen.tumblr.com/

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RANT Segments & Headlines:

  1. Joe Biden said he will not run for the presidency. http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/21/politics/joe-biden-not-running-2016-election/ VIDEO

  2. Chaffee has withdrawn his name from the run. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/10/23/chafee-ends-democratic-bid-for-president/

  3. Jim Webb also withdrew.

  4. Paul Ryan will run for the Speaker of the House seat. His competition is Daniel Webster. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessindixie/2015/10/14/the-next-speaker-of-the-house-may-be-a-disciple-of-bill-gothard/

  5. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/san-diego-company-slaps-pharma-bro-down-by-offering-same-cancer-drug-for-1-a-pill/

  6. http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/scientists-can-now-make-leukemia-cells-kill-each-other

  7. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/confederate-battle-flag-will-be-removed-from-florida-senate-seal/2250351

  8. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/mississippi-judge-shrugs-off-innocent-until-proven-guilty-people-charged-with-crimes-are-criminals/

  9. http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/naval_academy/ph-ac-cn-celestial-navigation-1014-20151009-story.html

  10. NASA aims to have an independent human colony living on Mars in 15 years… http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/today/videos/4548937364001/ VIDEO

  11. Daniel Craig after he admitted he'd rather ''slash'' his wrists than play 007 again, still reserves the right to decide his future with James Bond and hasn't signed up to the next movie. Sounds like a money ploy to me. http://www.tv3.ie/xpose/article/entertainment-news/182125/Daniel-Craig-Im-entitled-to-quit-Bond

  12. http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrismcdaniel/arizona-texas-purchased-execution-drugs-illegally#.nqz6La0LAg

  13. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/texas-officials-raid-planned-parenthood-health-centers-but-wont-say-why/

  14. http://austin.blog.statesman.com/2015/10/20/texas-is-slang-for-crazy-in-norway/




The Good:


  1. Justin Trudeau rose to Prime Minister of Canada ending more than a decade of conservative rule. He’s basically Canada’s Bernie Sanders.

  2. http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/20/opinions/kennedy-canada-election-bad-news-for-us-conservatives/index.html - Video

  3. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28372-canadas-new-government-heralds-freedom-of-speech-for-scientists/

  4. http://ringoffireradio.com/2015/10/20/canadas-new-pm-is-the-coolest-thanks-ordinary-citizens-in-the-subwa/

  5. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/justin-trudeau-s-environment-plan-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies-invest-in-clean-tech-1.3131607

-BREAK- Voicemail

The Bad:

  1. Benghazi

  2. http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/22/politics/hillary-clinton-benghazi-hearing-takeaways/ VIDEO

  3. http://www.alternet.org/media/watch-daily-show-rips-time-wasting-benghazi-charade

  4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mo-brooks-hillary-clinton_5625053de4b0bce3470156eb

-BREAK- Fallacy https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/the-gamblers-fallacy


The Ugly:


  1. http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/conservative-radio-host-freaks-out-transgender-crowd-will-use-magnets-to-suck-god-from-your-brain/

  2. http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/12/attorney-transgender-murder-victims-life-not-as-valuable-as-higher-class-victims/

  3. http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/rand_paul_says_it_s_ok_to_fire_lgbt_people_because_there_are_plenty_of_places_that_will_hire_them


Andy’s: MY New Bank, Simple.com  https://www.simple.com/friends/BBPWRXD

Ophelia’s:  Scandal (TV Show)

Michael’s: Blacklist (TV Show)


Music: "Rocket and Pamgaea” by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)

PSA: Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia - GSoW https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject