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Homeland Season 5 Episode 1 Review – Porkins Policy Radio

For this new fifth season of Homeland Pearse and I are doing an episode-by-episode review to see if a more in-depth study of the show proves interesting and fun.  From the first episode of season five of Homeland it appears that, like season four, this is a departure from the established Homeland settings and storylines.  We will be switching the hosting duties throughout this season so next week’s episode will be an episode of ClandesTime, and the following will be an episode of Porkins Policy Radio, and so on.

 Via Porkins Policy Review:

In this inaugural episode, we take a brief look back to where all of our favorite characters left off at the end of season 4. Jumping ahead two and a half years, we see that Carrie has left the CIA, Saul has been promoted, and Quinn seems as crazy as ever. Tom and I discuss the new setting of this season, Berlin, and the implications of locating it in Western Europe. We also get into some of the major plot themes being laid out including: Edward Snowden, mass surveillance, ISIS and the threat of Islamic sleeper cells all over Europe. We break down how this season seems geared towards more of a niche audience immersed in the intelligence world, and round out this episode with our predictions for the rest of the season.

Disinfowars 21 – The Snowden – Twitter Bullshit

This is the 21st episode of my podcast series for Boiling Frogs Post.  This is a weekly show that is only available to BFP subscribers.  Subscriptions are only a few dollars a month and for that you get several podcasts a week and video roundtable discussions and more. Via BFP:

Former CIA officer and NSA contractor Edward Snowden has recently joined Twitter. While this is hardly headline news the story has gone around the world, reported on by dozens of major media outlets. A follow-up story, that Snowden accidentally received 47 gigabytes of emails as a result of joining Twitter also got enormous attention, despite being obviously untrue.

In this episode I briefly outline the reasons for my suspicion towards Snowden and demonstrate how the 47 gigabyte story cannot be true. I relate this back to the story of when and how Snowden stole tens of thousands of documents from the NSA, explaining why I find both sets of claims implausible. I round off by speculating as to the real purpose behind Snowden joining Twitter, guessing that it is some sort of experiment to see how relevant and popular the general public still believe Snowden is.

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ClandesTime 059 – Psychopaths on TV

From Breaking Bad to Hell on Wheels, House of Cards to Fargo, psychopathic characters are becoming the mainstays of modern TV.  In this episode I offer my opinions on all four of these shows, focusing on Fargo as an example of an antidote to the glorifying of psychopaths in pop culture.  I also reflect on the differences between reptiles and mammals and how this pertains to the problem of psychopaths lacking empathy and what this implies for our society.


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Disinfowars 20 – How to Catch Brzezinski in a Lie

This is the 20th episode of my podcast series for Boiling Frogs Post. This is a weekly show that is only available to BFP subscribers. Subscriptions are only a few dollars a month and for that you get several podcasts a week and video roundtable discussions and more. Via BFP:

Deep state intellectual Zbigniew Brzezinski turns up everywhere but he is perhaps most known for his role in the founding of Operation Cyclone – NATO’s program to support the mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. The media coverage, both mainstream and alternative, has focused on misleading interpretations of what happened and when, much of which has been encouraged by Brzezinski himself. I examine this coverage and identify the key questions – when did the arming of the mujahideen begin: before or after the Soviet invasion at the end of 1979 and what role did Brzezinski play in that?

To answer this I go through several documents from both the American and British governments that prove that Brzezinski is lying when he says the arming of the mujahideen did not begin until after the invasion. I also show that he is lying when he says he wrote a memo to Carter describing Afghanistan as the Soviets’ Vietnam. Finally I show that The Real News were being misleading when they, at Brzezinski’s stimulation, reported that he played no role in the decision to arm the mujahideen with lethal weapons.

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ClandesTime 058 – Are We a Cult or a Country?

From Jeremy Corbyn failing to sing the national anthem to the Prime Minister fucking a dead pig, it has been a fortnight to forget in British politics.  In this episode I offer my reflections on the current state of affairs, in particular analysing the media campaign against Corbyn, the new leader of the Labour Party, and asking what’s really behind it.  Is this about creating a false rebel?  Is this the establishment fighting back against a leader who refuses to occupy the centre ground?  Or is it more complex than that?  I round off this time by explaining what I’m up to in the coming months, and what you can expect from this show and the others I produce.


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