In this, our first crowd sourced Ricochet Podcast, our members picked the topics -- well, most of them anyhow. So as requested, we dissect the NPR debacle, debate whether Scott Walker has gone all squishy on us, and unwind the continuing federal budget battles. Then, in another Ricochet Podcast first, we're joined by Ricochet members Kenneth and Pilgrim. They reveal what criteria they use when they post, encourage those who are too shy to comment, and then behave like normal guests and completely disagree with the hosts. We finish up with a little impromptu cowboy poetry and a totally unscripted Sheen rant. So much for rundowns.
Draw! It's a hail of bullets:
- Alas, Dicker and Dicker of Beverly Hills is not (yet) a sponsor of the Ricochet Podcast. But if we had furs, we'd certainly store them there.
- Coffee prices are indeed on the move. The New York Times suggests this is because of global warming. We'll leave that to the experts, but nonetheless, lock in the price of your Ricochet membership today!
- What do you mean you haven't heard the Kaus/Limbaugh Podcast yet? Drop everything and listen to it now. Go ahead, we'll wait...
- We're always happy to link to Martini Shot, Rob's weekly commentary on show business for L.A.'s public radio outlet KCRW. By the way, the Martini Shot is is a Hollywood term that describes the final shot set-up of the day. According to Dave Knox, author of the film industry slang guide Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde, the Martini Shot was so named because "the next shot is out of a glass", referring to a post-wrap drink.
- Ruth Seymour was the General Manager of KCRW from 1978 until she retired last year. She was responsible for not only dragging KCRW and NPR to the center, but for getting the station online very early and creating a strong presence there. She also had the unique ability to make you feel guilty for not giving money to the station.
- We've never gotten the appeal of A Prairie Home Companion either. Maybe it's a mid-western thing? However, in an incredible display of synergy with our podcast, the PHC's next episode apparently features Martin Sheen plays James Joyce in an episode of The Lives of the Cowboys. Way to cash in, Mr. Keillor.
- NPR has conveniently listed all past versions of the All Things Considered theme song here, but the files are encoded in Real Media, which is the web equivalent of wax cylinders. Clearly, they need more federal funding.
- Rob's post on how robots are the key ingredient to our economic future is here. His piece about his elitist Japanese john appeared in National Review last fall.
- Nanotechnology is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally, nanotechnology deals with structures sized between 1 to 100 nanometre in at least one dimension, and involves developing materials or devices within that size. Quantum mechanical effects are very important at this scale, which is in the quantum realm. OK, we admit that we just copied and pasted that from Wikipedia, and like Peter, have no idea what it means.
- According to this report from the BBC, illegitimate birth rates in Britain are actually much lower than people believe. The study quoted says that "an oft-quoted figure of one in 10 for the number of children fathered illegitimately is a myth. The real number is more likely to be less than one in 25, researchers say." Seems low to us.
- Here's Ross Douthat's piece Why Monogamy Matters.
- Consider yourself warned: if your company is hoping to do business with Marin County, you must first be vetted by their Peace Conversion Commission to make sure you're not involved in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons. We sleep better at night knowing this.
- We know we promised in the crowd source post that this would be a Sheen free podcast, but James called an audible, as is his right as host (it's in the rule book). But that doesn't mean we have to link to Sheen's Ustream videos.
- Yes, Rob Long is of course available for live cowboy poetry readings. To book him for your next live event, including weddings, book clubs, bar mitzvahs, and Rotary Clubs, please contact his agent.
- Attention Baxter Black: real cowboys don't have websites, and if even they did, they wouldn't have multiple videos set to autoplay AT THE SAME TIME! Yeesh.
Music from this week's episode:
- This Is Why We Fight by The Decemberists
- (I've Got Spurs) That Jingle, Jangle, Jingle by Tex Ritter and His Texans
The Ricochet Podcast is sponsored by Encounter Books. Our featured title this week is Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America by Walter Olson. Available at EncounterBooks.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.