The Emotional Support Podcast

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 177 it’s the Emotional Support Podcast because, you know, everyone needs a little emotional support from time to time and we, yes *we*, you HLC Podcast comfort animals radio host Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa are here to provide it. We will give you the emotional support you need and, face it, that you so richly deserve.

We will discuss, naturally, emotional support animals (other than ourselves). Is the whole thing a fad? Is it getting out of hand? Is it just more Randian victimhood splattering on our enfeebled, moocher culture? We will discuss.

And then, Roseanne Barr. What is there to say? Rosanne, what the dern are you doing? You just don’t compare African Americans (or Africans for that matter) to primates. IT is an insult of, let us say, the first order. Don’t do it. Don’t think it. Honestly, what do you think Black people are going to say? “Oh that Roseanne! She really can stick the needle in, can’t she?” Honest to Pete, what an awful thing to say…and we all *hated* V.J. right up until she said it…and then we have to be *sympathetic* to Valerie fricken Jarrett? O.M.G. Tell me it ain’t so.

Our shower thoughts? Of course! And fifty years ago today the Beatles’ Love Me Do hit the top of the charts! The Beatles’ fourth chart topper in five months. Enjoy!

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  1. kylez Member

    55 years?

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    • May 31, 2018, at 12:45 AM PST
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  2. NickManeck Inactive

    Emotional Support?

    I saw the title picture of this podcast “The Emotional Support Podcast.”

    I got it all wrong. I imagined that the human being in the photo was being so nice offering emotional support to the chimpanzee. That is so good, I said to my self. I did not know I was soon to be disappointed by what @michaelstopa and @toddfeinburg had to say. My disappointment was primarily on account of my own expectation. My expectation was it would be a good thing for humans to practice offering emotional support to animals, and THEN extend that practice to offering emotional support to other human beings. I didn’t realize until it was too late, we poor guys were talking about “comfort animals.” I was however heartened to learn that neither psychologists nor other healthcare professionals *prescribe* that we *use* animals for the purpose of offering emotional support to human beings. I take pleasure in stating this because I think, it is our job as human beings to offer *emotional support* to one another. This job is not easy, but we can learn to do this on animals first, and then do it to other human beings. Just saying. 

     

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    • May 31, 2018, at 3:32 AM PST
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  3. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    kylez (View Comment):

    55 years?

    I’ve forgotten! What was 55 years? Where did we goof?

    Did we say 1964 was 55 years ago?

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    • May 31, 2018, at 10:47 AM PST
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  4. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    NickManeck (View Comment):

    Emotional Support?

    I saw the title picture of this podcast “The Emotional Support Podcast.”

    I got it all wrong. I imagined that the human being in the photo was being so nice offering emotional support to the chimpanzee. That is so good, I said to my self. I did not know I was soon to be disappointed by what @michaelstopa and @toddfeinburg had to say. My disappointment was primarily on account of my own expectation. My expectation was it would be a good thing for humans to practice offering emotional support to animals, and THEN extend that practice to offering emotional support to other human beings. I didn’t realize until it was too late, we poor guys were talking about “comfort animals.” I was however heartened to learn that neither psychologists nor other healthcare professionals *prescribe* that we *use* animals for the purpose of offering emotional support to human beings. I take pleasure in stating this because I think, it is our job as human beings to offer *emotional support* to one another. This job is not easy, but we can learn to do this on animals first, and then do it to other human beings. Just saying.

     

    In some ways we are much more distant with fellow human beings then we are with pets. But you are right. In the picture it looks like human is giving support to animal, not the other way around.

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    • May 31, 2018, at 10:49 AM PST
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  5. Quake Voter Inactive

    Thanks guys for an honest discussion of the Roseanne circus not defined by an agenda or NeverTrump “I told you so” point scoring.

    Todd’s take on the threat to free speech and the curation of protected classes is spot on.

    And then Michael adds: “… and Polish people thrive …” and thereby hits the bull’s eye: African Americans aren’t thriving. Not economically or socially or educationally or culturally (especially if one insists that ugly, misogynistic and racist utterances are disqualifying).

    Does anyone imagine this hypersensitivity would exist if African Americans had achieved the economic, educational and social success of other wretched refuse yearning to breathe free?

    I have no doubt they will. It took my Gaelic brethren more than a century to escape the slums (while often being depicted by Brahmin artists like Nast as monkeys and baboons) and start posting scores on economic and educational attainment which weren’t at the basement of the league tables.

    But until then Trump can be an orange orangutan and George W. Bush a chimp but Valerie Jarrett cannot be compared to a hyperintelligent monkey with an advanced degree in anatomy. Until then people will harbor submerged racist claptrap about genetic inferiority and black Americans will still suffer from a crushing inferiority complex.

    Yet I’m 55 years old. Doesn’t seem likely to happen in my lifetime. One of the truly sad aspects of the life of this great nation.

     

     

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    • May 31, 2018, at 12:14 PM PST
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  6. kylez Member

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    kylez (View Comment):

    55 years?

    I’ve forgotten! What was 55 years? Where did we goof?

    Did we say 1964 was 55 years ago?

    You said Love Me Do hit #1 in 1968.

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    • May 31, 2018, at 12:15 PM PST
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