HWX Haunted Halloween – 2018

Brian Ward and Paul Happe emerge from their crypt for a special Haunted Halloween Spooktacular Episode of the HWX podcast. Topics include:

  • Monstrous old news around the Kavanaugh hearings
  • Frightening solipsism from In The Bubble featuring Sam Harris, Bill Maher, and Larry Charles
  • A haunting interview with the ghost of Senator Ted Kennedy
  • Nate Silver’s 538 blog is up to the same old tricks regarding election prognostication, but their analysis of favorite Halloween candy is a treat
  • Plus, scary news on how the HWX staff are thwarting Brian and Paul

Have a happy Halloween!

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There are 15 comments.

  1. Admin

    But what beers are you drinking??

    • #1
    • October 28, 2018, at 3:30 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  2. Member

    So glad to see you guys are back with a new episode!

    • #2
    • October 28, 2018, at 3:51 PM PDT
    • 6 likes
  3. Member

    I’m excited and I haven’t even listened yet!

    • #3
    • October 29, 2018, at 7:08 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  4. Coolidge

    Missed you guys.

    But need a crossover with Harvard Lunch Club for goofy humor with @michaelstopa and @toddfeinburg

    • #4
    • October 29, 2018, at 7:58 AM PDT
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  5. Member

    I was introduced to Sam Harris when he was interviewed by Ben Shapiro. I was impressed by him, even though I found any number of disageements with his ideas. I have since listened to almost all of his podcasts since then and some of his earlier stuff as well. The particulary podcast cited here with Bill Maher was so awful that I turned it off after about 5 minutes. It really bothered me that Harris reverted to type when in an environment surrounded by those of his own political stripe. For me, it said a lot about his integrity or lack thereof. Maher is totally lacking in self-awareness. I don’t think he consciously lies. I think he simply filters out any facts which disagree with his preconceived notions about what is actually happening in the world. He then speaks with such unimpeachable certainty that I find it impossible to listen to him for more than a few seconds. He is, in a word, a perfect propagandist. He believes his own Bovine Superabundance.

    The attack on Brett Kavanaugh launched by these two and Larry Charles, who I actually didn’t stay on long enough to hear, possessed nothing but the memes that had been spread around the media from the beginning of the hearings. None had given a wits worth of original thought or questioned the assertions. I am no fan of Trump’s, as I has stated innumerable times. However, I find the cliched attacks on him completely unconvincing. It appears to me that no one is bothering to update the narrative. There are continual repetitions of the same old/same old we have heard for two years, as if the economy was still in the Obama doldrums, ISIS was still on the rise, and Hillary actually was meant to be president, but was robbed by a conniving, plotting, evil right wing conspiracy. I suppose that when you live in a bubble and all who surround you believe the same dogma there is simply no reason to reexamine or rework your narrative.

    • #5
    • October 29, 2018, at 8:14 AM PDT
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  6. Member

    Sometimes you don’t know how much you missed something until you get it back. I had no idea I missed Paul’s off-key singing so much!

    Glad you guys are back. Hope we don’t have to wait another 6 months for the next episode.

    • #6
    • October 29, 2018, at 11:05 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  7. Contributor

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    But what beers are you drinking??

    Early Sunday morning recording killed that segment. We won’t make that mistake again, triumphant return next episode. 

    • #7
    • October 29, 2018, at 11:09 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  8. Contributor

    colleenb (View Comment):

    I’m excited and I haven’t even listened yet!

    Thanks Colleen! Hoping the expectation doesn’t exceed the experience.

    • #8
    • October 29, 2018, at 11:10 AM PDT
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    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    It really bothered me that Harris reverted to type when in an environment surrounded by those of his own political stripe. For me, it said a lot about his integrity or lack thereof.

    Great points Eugene. Same effect on me. I had happily ceded him authority on topics where he was more learned than I (neuroscience, theology, psychology), but after the past few of his zeitgeist paint by numbers podcasts, I can no longer trust those former observations either. Sad!

    • #9
    • October 29, 2018, at 11:15 AM PDT
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  10. Admin

    Brian Ward (View Comment):

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    It really bothered me that Harris reverted to type when in an environment surrounded by those of his own political stripe. For me, it said a lot about his integrity or lack thereof.

    Great points Eugene. Same effect on me. I had happily ceded him authority on topics where he was more learned than I (neuroscience, theology, psychology), but after the past few of his zeitgeist paint by numbers podcasts, I can no longer trust those former observations either. Sad!

    Yeah, it’s like Paul Krugman opining on politics. Makes you go, “man, he must be a lousy economist to boot.” That is if you haven’t already heard Paul Krugman opining on economics, in which case you’ve already observed, “man, he’s a lousy economist. I bet his ideas on politics are wacky.” 

    • #10
    • October 29, 2018, at 11:31 AM PDT
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  11. Member

    Lived up to expectations! MORE off-key singing. MORE interviews with very special guests. @jeffhawkins – Yes a four way w/ Harvard and HWX – they already have the same H in the podcast name so it should be a go.

    • #11
    • October 29, 2018, at 12:57 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  12. Admin

    HWX vs HLC. CONPODBRAWL!~ DO EEEEET.

    • #12
    • October 29, 2018, at 1:13 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  13. Coolidge

    Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t sing.

    Those dogs howling could mean anything.

    • #13
    • October 29, 2018, at 2:42 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  14. Member

    Brian Ward (View Comment):

    Eugene Kriegsmann (View Comment):
    It really bothered me that Harris reverted to type when in an environment surrounded by those of his own political stripe. For me, it said a lot about his integrity or lack thereof.

    Great points Eugene. Same effect on me. I had happily ceded him authority on topics where he was more learned than I (neuroscience, theology, psychology), but after the past few of his zeitgeist paint by numbers podcasts, I can no longer trust those former observations either. Sad!

    I agree, Brian. I cancelled my subscription to Harris’s site and podcasts this afternoon. I was thinking I would give him a chance to redeem himself, but then I realized that the last few podcasts were exactly as you described them, paint by the numbers, very disappointing after some of his earlier stuff.

    One I have found enjoyable is Ben Weingarten, Big Ideas. He has a bit of a weird accent, but he has done some stunningly good interviews, and he is quite bright and politically sound.

    • #14
    • October 29, 2018, at 6:42 PM PDT
    • 1 like
  15. Member

    I have been waiting and waiting! Happy to have HWX back.

    • #15
    • October 30, 2018, at 4:47 AM PDT
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