Homeless Latte

Welcome caffeine-addicts to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 212 (!!) with your frazzled hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg or the right coast and AI guy Mike Stopa of the left coast. We are here every week to bring you the action, bring you the news, we got the mojo, ain’t got no blues!

This week our topics are: 1. Gallup (yes, that Gallup) has noted a 7% bump in the President’s approval rating in one month. Holy Homecoming Queen, Batman! What popularity! What for? We explore.

Then, the revolution has taken a big step backward. Panera has exited the world of “it takes a coffee shop” and gone back to capitalism. The last so-called Panera Cares (pay whatever you think is fair) store in Boston is closing. That there are idiots out in the world who honestly think this was a good idea is profoundly depressing every day. So to see thee brain-dead ideas die and decay in front of their eyes is truly heartening.

Our shower thoughts? Yes! Our hidden gem, from Mike and the Mechanics, The Living Years. Enjoy.

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  1. Joe D. Lincoln
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    I’m totally annoyed, why couldn’t I have gone and got some sweet free food at a Panara Cares! :-(

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  2. Joe D. Lincoln
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    Panara’s always had a left wing feel – oh look we have our “natural” nongmo “organic” ridiculously overpriced products instead of just as good gmo and non”organic” products that are less expensive.

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  3. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
    @Rightfromthestart

    Atlas Shrugged is a bear to get through, I did it years ago when I had a daily train commute however the 20th Century Motor Corp section ( the Strarnsveiille that was mentioned) is only a few pages and I’ve always thought it should be required reading in high schools. It boils socialism down to its essentials , you can be either a sucker or a blood sucker , pay or take. It’s not only that it encourages a few bastards but that it turns decent men into bastards just to survive. I read it before I ever heard of Hillary Clinton and yet I saw her as Ivy Starns the moment I first saw her snarling face. 

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  4. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Atlas Shrugged is a bear to get through, I did it years ago when I had a daily train commute however the 20th Century Motor Corp section ( the Strarnsveiille that was mentioned) is only a few pages and I’ve always thought it should be required reading in high schools. It boils socialism down to its essentials , you can be either a sucker or a blood sucker , pay or take. It’s not only that it encourages a few bastards but that it turns decent men into bastards just to survive. I read it before I ever heard of Hillary Clinton and yet I saw her as Ivy Starns the moment I first saw her snarling face.

    Ayn Rand still comprises the backbone of the conservative morality in many ways. I’ve always liked the Fountainhead as a story more than Atlas Shrugged. But some of the vignettes in A.S. are overpowering.

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  5. jenniferimperato Inactive
    jenniferimperato
    @jenniferimperato

    Mike and Todd hit it outa the park again!!! love the conversation!! also

    love love this song!!!!

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  6. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    jenniferimperato (View Comment):

    Mike and Todd hit it outa the park again!!! love the conversation!! also

    love love this song!!!!

    Oh we *love* to hear that! Thanks Jen!

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  7. LibertyDefender Member
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    @LibertyDefender

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Atlas Shrugged is a bear to get through, … however the 20th Century Motor Corp section ( the Starnesville that was mentioned) is only a few pages and I’ve always thought it should be required reading in high schools.

    Agreed that Atlas Shrugged can be a slog. You’re dead-on correct that the 20th Century Motor Corporation story – told to Dagny Taggart by stowaway Jeff Allen – is riveting. It made me break out in a cold sweat as I read it, and is the passage of the book that has stuck with me the longest.

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Atlas Shrugged is a bear to get through, … I read it before I ever heard of Hillary Clinton and yet I saw her as Ivy Starnes the moment I first saw her snarling face.

    Ayn Rand still comprises the backbone of the conservative morality in many ways. I’ve always liked the Fountainhead as a story more than Atlas Shrugged. But some of the vignettes in A.S. are overpowering.

    That’s because The Fountainhead is a story. Atlas Shrugged is only half story, the other half is soapbox speechmaking. Once I figured that out, it became much easier to read. As soon as I realized I was in a soapbox speech, I’d skip ahead to where the story picked up.

    Looking forward to listening to the podcast.

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  8. Saint Augustine Member
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    @SaintAugustine

    Missed this one while traveling. Probably can’t catch up this week.

    But I mentioned you chaps just now. You guys are Exhibit 1 in my defense of the possibility of rational global warming skepticism.

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  9. Todd Feinburg Contributor
    Todd Feinburg
    @toddfeinburg

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Missed this one while traveling. Probably can’t catch up this week.

    But I mentioned you chaps just now. You guys are Exhibit 1 in my defense of the possibility of rational global warming skepticism.

    That’s quite an honor. Thank you. I just watched Leo DiCaprio’s climate propaganda film over the weekend, which I rather liked, as it did a quick exploration of the impact of warming around the world. And what I gathered from the film was that the two most powerful, fast and effective things Americans could do to help is 1) eat chicken in place of red meat, and 2) stop buying products made with palm oil, which leads to huge deforestation problems. And this is what I’ve long wanted from the climate movement, some honest talk about what would work if the theories of human influence are true rather than trying to kidnap the movement to make other things happen, like electric cars and the grounding of airplanes in favor of trains.

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