Time For a Grilling

From time to time we eschew having guests here on America’s Most Trusted Podcast® so we can turn the tables on our hosts and allow the membership to ask the questions. (You are a member, right?)

After reviewing the President’s trip to Europe and the state of Euro-American relations, Rob Long and James Lileks field your inquiries from the 2020 race to the future of their full time professions. And it all ends with a fine adult beverage and a cigar. Ah, life is good!

Music from this week’s show: Questions 67 and 68  released 50 years ago this summer on the debut album of Chicago.

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  1. Al Sparks Thatcher

    If a Member Feed post/thread gets 12 likes, it’s considered for inclusion in the Main Feed by the editors. Why might such a post not be approved?

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    • June 7, 2019, at 1:02 PM PDT
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  2. Kim K. Member

     James was finally unleashed from doing only ad reads and ad segues. I hope he gets this much air time in subsequent episodes.

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    • June 7, 2019, at 2:55 PM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    If a Member Feed post/thread gets 12 likes, it’s considered for inclusion in the Main Feed by the editors. Why might such a post not be approved?

    It could be the subject, such as Ricochet inside baseball. It could be that the comments went off track. Or it could be one of @percival‘s threads, and they just don’t want to encourage him.

     

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    • June 7, 2019, at 3:26 PM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    Also, @ejhill, you’re on my list.

     

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    • June 7, 2019, at 3:27 PM PDT
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  5. EJHill Podcaster

    ArahantAlso, @ejhill, you’re on my list.

    Some I did or didn’t do? Something I said or didn’t say?

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    • June 7, 2019, at 3:33 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    EJHill (View Comment):

    Arahant: Also, @ejhill, you’re on my list.

    Some I did or didn’t do? Something I said or didn’t say?

    Didn’t do. Or did, depending on how one looks at it. My question wasn’t asked.

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    • June 7, 2019, at 3:39 PM PDT
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  7. EJHill Podcaster

    Time constrains us all, young man, and show business is a cruel mistress. 

    Get on, tell your story, pay the bills and get off on time.

     

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    • June 7, 2019, at 3:46 PM PDT
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  8. Miffed White Male Member

    When did they announce they were taking questions? I missed it.

     

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    • June 7, 2019, at 3:48 PM PDT
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  9. EJHill Podcaster

    Miffed White Male:When did they announce they were taking questions? I missed it.

    Monday of this week.

     

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    • June 7, 2019, at 3:54 PM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    Did they do ONE member question in the first 40 minutes?

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    • June 7, 2019, at 6:48 PM PDT
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  11. kedavis Member

    I’m older than Rob, but I know it’s been MasterCard for a loooong time.

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    • June 7, 2019, at 7:06 PM PDT
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  12. kylez Member

    Pacoima is closer to Magic Mountain than South Central. 

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    • June 7, 2019, at 8:16 PM PDT
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  13. kedavis Member

    What? No Fahrenheit 451 references? Ridiculous.

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    • June 7, 2019, at 9:22 PM PDT
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  14. James Lileks Contributor

    kedavis (View Comment):
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    Sorry! We were free-wheeling and I actually forgot about the Q time thing.

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    • June 7, 2019, at 11:39 PM PDT
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  15. kedavis Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):
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    Sorry! We were free-wheeling and I actually forgot about the Q time thing.

    It was great! Just not what I would call “Member Questions” or the like. :-)

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    • June 7, 2019, at 11:54 PM PDT
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  16. Blondie Thatcher

    Excellent music choice! I assume that was all you, @ejhill?

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    • June 8, 2019, at 5:54 AM PDT
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  17. EJHill Podcaster

    BlondieExcellent music choice! I assume that was all you, @ejhill?

    Yeah. That was me. Go figure.

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    • June 8, 2019, at 8:40 AM PDT
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  18. JosePluma Thatcher

    “New York. . .it doesn’t stink that bad.” A ringing endorsement if I ever heard one.

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    • June 8, 2019, at 3:27 PM PDT
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  19. JosePluma Thatcher

    And, of course, you resort to the cheap Feather joke.

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    • June 8, 2019, at 3:39 PM PDT
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  20. Repmodad Coolidge

    @jameslileks, I would subscribe to a podcast about local media with you and others in the industry who are experimenting in this new landscape. Loved your segment on that topic in this episode, and loved hearing how your paper is handling all the changes in the industry. 

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    • June 8, 2019, at 4:17 PM PDT
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  21. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    If a Member Feed post/thread gets 12 likes, it’s considered for inclusion in the Main Feed by the editors. Why might such a post not be approved?

    It could be the subject, such as Ricochet inside baseball. It could be that the comments went off track. Or it could be one of @percival‘s threads, and they just don’t want to encourage him.

     

    When I posted that, I thought this was a call for questions, not an announcement of a podcast already done.

    I would like the people running Ricochet to answer the question at some point.

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    • June 8, 2019, at 5:12 PM PDT
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  22. kedavis Member

    Rob might be correct that countering the left’s essential control of education, will require a lot of work and spending by conservatives especially WEALTHY conservatives. But that’s not how the left did it! As usual, the left usually doesn’t use THEIR OWN money to accomplish their goals. They want to use EVERYONE ELSE’S money. And that’s what they did in education, by basically infiltrating and controlling the teaching and management positions, so they can use the tuition money, taxpayer funding, etc, for their goals. While getting paid to do it!

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    • June 8, 2019, at 7:25 PM PDT
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  23. RufusRJones Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Rob might be correct that countering the left’s essential control of education, will require a lot of work and spending by conservatives especially WEALTHY conservatives. But that’s not how the left did it! As usual, the left usually doesn’t use THEIR OWN money to accomplish their goals. They want to use EVERYONE ELSE’S money. And that’s what they did in education, by basically infiltrating and controlling the teaching and management positions, so they can use the tuition money, taxpayer funding, etc, for their goals. While getting paid to do it!

    This is a very big deal.

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    • June 9, 2019, at 1:17 AM PDT
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  24. RufusRJones Member

    Regarding the part about Tucker Carlson endorsing Elizabeth Warren’s economic plan.

    You can’t keep endlessly importing wage deflation and job destruction from Asia with the current government and Fed policies. Same thing with automation. Trade and automation are progress from increases in purchasing power i.e. falling prices. Better living through purchasing power. That is progress.

    There is no reason to run with 2% inflation in this scenario.

    Actually there is: there is too much public, private, and global debt.

    Nothing should be going up in price in this scenario except for some parts of healthcare. Too much money printing and too many government sponsored cartels.

    The other thing is you can’t tax “better living through purchasing power”. Assets and wages have to be constantly going up through inflation, because if they go to the other way the government can’t steal from you.

    The whole Western financial system is based on inflationisim.

    It should have been wiped out 30 years ago. The point of no return was 20 years ago.

    That is why the political system is going crazy. Then throw in all of the cultural issues.

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    • June 9, 2019, at 1:51 AM PDT
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  25. kedavis Member

    The single biggest problem there is likely housing. There is no good reason for a house bought this year to be worth MORE, NEXT year, when it shouldn’t cost any more to build another exactly the same.

    Also, what logic is there in the claim that a house should continue increasing in value/price, until the last poor sucker for whom it falls apart or whatever, and suddenly becomes worth NOTHING?

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    • June 9, 2019, at 10:10 PM PDT
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  26. Dick from Brooklyn Thatcher

    @rcbl Manhattan is so 2018. The cool kids are all in Jersey City enjoying summer sunRISES over Manhattan. Friday morning. No filters

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  27. Dick from Brooklyn Thatcher

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Did they do ONE member question in the first 40 minutes?

    That can be the first question next time. 

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    • June 10, 2019, at 3:55 AM PDT
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  28. Joe D. Lincoln

    I read long ago that a lot of restaurants only make decaf at night regardless of what people ask for. So, you may not need to worry about having coffee at night at a restaurant…

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    • June 10, 2019, at 7:53 AM PDT
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  29. Joe D. Lincoln

    I don’t know about your Hulu example, because it’s sort of a TV replacement and I think there are already commercials. It definitely makes sense for Netflix, though. I’ve been with them for a long time based on the DVD by mail thing, which I don’t have now as I don’t have that much time for movies these days. However, I still watch things on Netflix, and given the recent politics of the companies, they’d better keep the hits coming, because the only reasons I haven’t canceled yet is because of Stranger things and Black Mirror. I watch a few other things, but I would easily lose them.

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  30. Arahant Member

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    I read long ago that a lot of restaurants only make decaf at night regardless of what people ask for. So, you may not need to worry about having coffee at night at a restaurant…

    I would doubt that. Think of third shift workers.

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    • June 10, 2019, at 12:25 PM PDT
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