ORLY-EP0107B - Judge Cruz, Smart Guns, Contested Convention, and Bigotry

ORLY-EP0107B - Judge Cruz, Smart Guns, Contested Convention, and Bigotry

Welcome to ORLYRADIO #107b for Friday April 29th, 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, Michael Robinson, Stephen Griffith, and Daniel Atherton.

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Second Half:

This week in SCOTUS

  1. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/277650-top-republican-floats-cruz-as-supreme-court-pick

Good Ideas:

  1. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/obama-announces-new-steps-to-curb-gun-violence/

  2. https://johnlaurits.com/2016/04/28/this-is-what-will-happen-at-the-democratic-convention/

Bad Ideas:

  1. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/04/27/tennessee_gov_signs_law_allowing_therapists_to_refuse_treatment_to_lgbtq.html

  2. http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/04/27/pee-home-alabama-city-bans-trans-people-using-public-bathrooms/

  3. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/27/oral-sex-rape-ruling-tulsa-oklahoma-alcohol-consent

Personal Picks:

Andy’s:   BlueStacks Desktop Android Emulator http://www.bluestacks.com/

Stephen’s:  The Court and The Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court  http://www.amazon.com/The-Court-Cross-Religious-Crusade/dp/0807044253  

Daniel’s:  http://blog.timesunion.com/boardgames/2016/04/27/international-tabletop-day-2016/


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

ORly Radio Show 94 - How US Elections Wonk PT1 Nominations

ORly Radio Show 94 - How US Elections Wonk PT1 Nominations

Welcome to ORly Radio Show 94 for Friday January 29th, 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 David O’Connor, Michael Robinson, Fred Sims, Stephen Griffith, and Ren Cowen.

We got an iTunes review!

Great show ***** by Histrionicspock
This show should be called, "Getting angry at ignorance" :) It is super fun to listen to the hosts inform, but also entertain by how justifiably angry they get at the ignorant people in today's society. Worth a listen!

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The zika /zē kă/ / ZEE'-ka/ virus was first described in 1947 as an RNA virus found  in rhesus monkeys of the Zika Forest of Uganda, Africa.  The first large outbreak recorded in humans was outside Africa and occurred 2007 in Micronesia with about 5000 people reporting symptoms like dengue fever.   A look at saved blood samples from West Africa showed infections in humans from 1968 – 2002.  Symptoms were mild dengue like sickness, but were not noticed at the time because the blood was taken to identify other problems.  At some point the zika virus mutated and jumped species from monkeys to humans. The RNA genotype was fully sequenced by 2007 showing 43 distinct strains.  The zika virus showed adaption to many different species of mosquitos as an intermediate host: Zika is able to invade and be transmitted by several species of mosquitos.  By 2014 zika had outbreaks in Europe, Asia and Indonesia.  No microcephalus cases were noted in babies in any of these or subsequent outbreaks, but that may be because they were not looking for it.  Perhaps during the world cup soccer match the virus began to show up in South America in 2014.  In 2015 Brazil reported to the World Health Organization the number of microcephaly cases suddenly rose to ten times the normally reported cases (some reports say the increase was 90 times normal).  Because zika can live in nerve cell it was postulated that the increase in reported zika cases could be the causal link to the increase in microcephaly.  The actual link and mode of action has not yet been demonstrated.  Zika arrived in Brazil in 2014 and has spread as far as Central America with a few transported cases from there reported in the U.S.  I live in Michigan where it is currently 11 degrees.  Since this is a tropical and sub-tropical virus so far, I give it a few years before it reaches me and by that time hopefully, much of the science about this virus will be done.  Stay calm and swat mosquitos.
miles aka meters1600

RANT Segments & Headlines:



  1. On this Day in History:

    1. Kansas admitted to Union as 34th State - A Free State - 1861

    2. Iran signs treaty of alliance with Great Britain and USSR - 1942

    3. William McKinley born - 25th President, 1st to Ride in Car - 1843

    4. Kubrick’s black comedic masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove Premieres - 1964

    5. “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe Published - 1845



-BREAK- Voicemail

The Good:



  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/28/us/oregon-standoff.html?_r=0 Ammon Bundy has been arrested along with 10 others.

  2. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-equal-pay-obama-20160129-story.html Obama is working to close the gender gap by making companies report wages.

-BREAK- Fallacy https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/loaded-question


The Bad:


  1. http://www.sltrib.com/home/3477802-155/iran-flies-unarmed-military-drone-over Things are still shaky with Iran.

The Ugly:


  1. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/oklahoma-lawmaker-wants-to-outlaw-depressed-and-suicidal-lgbt-children-from-seeing-gay-friendly-therapists/ Oklahoma Republican Sally Kern hates gays :(

  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/us/burns-oregon-protest.html The untold costs of sedition.



Andy’s: xsplitbroadcaster... brokesauce.

Fred’s: https://www.teevillain.com/ Taking over the world one t-shirt at a time.

David’s: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3477809-155/everything-we-know-about-teslas-secret Because drooooooool.

Stephen’s:  http://obviousplant.tumblr.com/




Music: "Rocket and Pamgaea” by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
PSA: Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia - GSoW https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject

ORly Radio Show 46 - 2 guys - 1 internet.

ORly Radio Show 46 for Friday February 20th, 2015 - 2 guys - 1 internet.

Hosts: Andy & the Usual Suspect: David!!!
Music: "Rocket and Pamgaea” by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)

Science / Technology / Politics

Item: Remember back on Show 40 when we talked about birds flying into the worlds largest Solar Thermal Power Project residing in california was turned on February 13th 2014? Well then this NEW story should sound really familiar.
110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada resulted in some 130 birds catching fire, when they flew into an area of highly concentrated solar energy.”
URLs: http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewire/solar/concentrating-solar/scores-of-birds-killed-during-test-of-solar-project-in-nevada.html
Item: Unwanted tattoos may soon be wiped away with a new and inexpensive cream.
URLs: http://www.dal.ca/news/2015/02/11/when--forever--fades-but-the-ink-stays--dal-phd-student-develops.html

: HIV Vaccine tests go live in South Africa Sponsored by NIH


Humanities / Religion/ Politics

Item: Oklahoma takes separation of Church and State in it’s school and breaks it over their legislative knee.

Item: Churches bemoan lack of freedom to deny freedom of choice to parishioners regarding birth control.
URLs: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/court-mandated-birth-control-religion

Politics / Humanities / Politics

Item: Republicans aim to rig game amid fears that the filibuster they abused for six years will soon be used on them.
URLs: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/05/17/senate-republicans-hit-time-blocking-bill-unanimously-supported.html
Item: Texas is bigger in every way except when it comes to Freedom to Marry. MERCA!
URLs: http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/breaking_texas_attorney_general_says_same_sex_couple_s_marriage_is_void


Potpourri / Politics / Flotsam & Jetsam

Item: Oklahoma Bill Banning AP US History Would Make Students Study Ten Commandments, 3 Speeches By Reagan
Item: Florida Minister Wants To Convert Robots To Christianity
URLs: http://www.liberalamerica.org/2015/02/14/florida-minister-wants-to-convert-robots-to-christianity/

Oh, Florida...

Item: Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals (Old story, but making the rounds)
Item: Florida woman leaves 3 year old in liquor store to help boyfriend who had shot himself.
URLs: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150219/APN/302199807