Welcome lil’ chil’ren to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 7, 2018, the day after the day (election day, that is)! We are bringing you episode number One-Nine-Nine of this venerable podcast. Who are we, you ask? We are East Coast radio guy Todd Feinburg and West Coast AI guy Mike Stopa. We are here every week and we hope you are too!

This week it is wall-to-wall elections! The Blue Wave! Was it transcendental? Was it a mere ripple of its promised self? Was it mitigated or enhanced by Le Grande Orange? We will discuss.

Our shower thoughts? Chocolate and Whole Foods prepared meals. Wall-to-wall food. And we have a special treat for this week’s hidden gem: Ray Charles doing a soulful (what else?) rendition of Randy Newman’s Sail Away. Enjoy!

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  1. Coolidge

    Todd, have you considered that your wife may have been hinting at something by gifting you a tongue cleaner?

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    • November 8, 2018 at 5:18 am
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  2. Coolidge

    I’m rarely disappointed in any chocolates/candies at Aldi/Trader Joe’s (same company). All their store brands are pretty decent but they seem to take their chocolate very seriously. They are a German company after all.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 5:32 am
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    No See’s are vastly superior to anything at Trader Joe’s. I would probably weigh 25/50 pounds more if I lived where there was an actual See’s around. I have to make do with boxes which are sold by our parish at Christmas/Easter to support an orphanage in Africa. I, of course, only buy the See’s for me the children. A story which I always heard when growing up was that See’s would not make faux candy during WWII. They would get their sugar ration and make their regular candy as long as the sugar lasted. Like Elizabeth Warren I believe this story but will engage in DNA chocolate-eating testing if required.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 8:37 am
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    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    They are a German company after all.

    That true? Didn’t know. I used to think that the west coast people who loved Trader Joe’s were just snobs. Now that there’s one less than a mile from my house I am sold. (not *in love* quite…but definitely a fan).

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    • November 8, 2018 at 9:06 am
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    No See’s are vastly superior to anything at Trader Joe’s. I would probably weigh 25/50 pounds more if I lived where there was an actual See’s around. I have to make do with boxes which are sold by our parish at Christmas/Easter to support an orphanage in Africa. I, of course, only buy the See’s for me the children. A story which I always heard when growing up was that See’s would not make faux candy during WWII. They would get their sugar ration and make their regular candy as long as the sugar lasted. Like Elizabeth Warren I believe this story but will engage in DNA chocolate-eating testing if required.

    My view is that the See’s toffee-ettes are imported straight from heaven, but the rest of the See’s offerings, while good, do not rise to the Frango Mint level. And I’d also put Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups on the level with those (lesser) See’s candies.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 9:10 am
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    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    Todd, have you considered that your wife may have been hinting at something by gifting you a tongue cleaner?

     No, but I did with the Obama bobblehead.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 9:26 am
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    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    I’m rarely disappointed in any chocolates/candies at Aldi/Trader Joe’s (same company). All their store brands are pretty decent but they seem to take their chocolate very seriously. They are a German company after all.

    They are reliable, unlike the produce at Traitor Joe’s.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 9:28 am
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    No See’s are vastly superior to anything at Trader Joe’s. I would probably weigh 25/50 pounds more if I lived where there was an actual See’s around. I have to make do with boxes which are sold by our parish at Christmas/Easter to support an orphanage in Africa. I, of course, only buy the See’s for me the children. A story which I always heard when growing up was that See’s would not make faux candy during WWII. They would get their sugar ration and make their regular candy as long as the sugar lasted. Like Elizabeth Warren I believe this story but will engage in DNA chocolate-eating testing if required.

    Never had any See”s chocolates, but because he has shared some of those wonderful mint chocolates with me this is one realm where I actually respect Stopa’s opinion.

     

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    • November 8, 2018 at 9:31 am
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  9. Coolidge

     This episode is a bit disorganized. At one point, one of the guys is looking up voter turnout numbers on Google: he should have done that before the show.

     The idea that, because prosperous people vote more than the poor, therefore increasing prosperity made the poor vote more in this election, is probably a reversal of cause and effect.*

    Instead, the traits that make people prosperous — intelligence and education and a sense of duty or citizenship — will also tend to lead them to vote. 

     Indeed, it’s prosperity that was one of the factors that was going to keep a lot of contented Republican voters home (until the Kavanagh debacle). 

     *It resembles the affirmative action fallacy; i.e., that if we shoehorn people into top universities, or into the middle class, then they will magically develop the traits needed to stay there. 

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    • November 8, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    HankMorgan (View Comment):

    They are a German company after all.

    That true? Didn’t know. I used to think that the west coast people who loved Trader Joe’s were just snobs. Now that there’s one less than a mile from my house I am sold. (not *in love* quite…but definitely a fan).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldi

    The Aldi group operates over 8,000 stores worldwide. Aldi Nord is responsible for its stores in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Poland, Spain, Denmark, and Portugal, and also operates the Trader Joe’s markets in the United States. Aldi Süd’s responsibilities are in the United States (operating under the Aldi name), Austria, Slovenia and Italy (as Hofer), Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and Switzerland.

     

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    • November 8, 2018 at 10:13 am
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