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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for February 1, 2017, it’s the This is What the Trump Trap Looks Like  edition of the podcast. We are brought to you this week by Patriot Mobile. Do you want a portion of every dollar you pay for mobile phone service to go to left wing causes? That may be happening, but there is an answer: Patriot Mobile. And we are also brought to you by SimpliSafe. Protect your home the smart way without the expensive long-term contracts using Simply Safe home security. Visit Simply Safe-dot-com-slash-RICOCHET. That’s spelled S-I-M-P-L-I-S-A-F-E dot com slash Ricochet.

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This week we talk about the long-awaited Muslim ban…only it’s not. Do the Democrats really believe that the dowdy, moms and pops in flyover country (read: Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania…boy I just Love writing out those state names!), do they believe that those leftover people are going to race to the parapets to defend the God-given rights of Yemenis and Somalians to come to the United States?! #SomaliLivesMatter? Honestly? Also, here’s a big question. The left says that all Trump is doing is recruiting more ISIS fighters. I mean, they *all* say that. (Google “Trump ISIS recruit” if you don’t believe me). Does that make sense? If it is true that what Trump is doing is used successfully to recruit more fanatics (and it might be) then is that a reason to stop doing it?

We interrupt 24/7 Trump (we are getting weary) to discuss coffee and longevity! Will you live longer if you drink it? What else might you do to elude the Grim Reaper for a few precious hours longer? We will inform and discuss.

And then, on to the mayors and municipal leaders of our American cities: what was their reaction to Trump’s broadside against sanctuary cities? Does rushing out to protect car thieves and drunk drivers look to you like a credible for strategy for getting those Midwesterners (cf. “moms and pops,” para. 2) back into the Democrat fold?

We will have, as always, our shower thoughts (do you like gin?) and our hidden gem this week is (a propos of topic 2), Black Coffee in Bed (originally by Squeeze) covered by Marti Jones.

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Members have made 6 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Keith SF Member

    Michael, given your love of coffee and your scientific background, I’m a little surprised you aren’t familiar with AeroPress or Chemex. Both are coffee makers with fine scientific pedigrees:-)

    AeroPress – a retired engineer and tinkerer prototyped the perfect coffee maker:

    https://backchannel.com/first-alan-adler-invented-the-aerobie-now-he-s-created-the-perfect-cup-of-coffee-c5e94ccc538e#.1qkoixdn8

    Chemex – right out of a mid-century chemistry lab (and now at the Smithsonian):

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-16/how-make-your-coffee-just-james-bond

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    • January 31, 2017 at 10:34 pm
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    Keith SF (View Comment):
    Michael, given your love of coffee and your scientific background, I’m a little surprised you aren’t familiar with AeroPress or Chemex. Both are coffee makers with fine scientific pedigrees:-)

    AeroPress – a retired engineer and tinkerer prototyped the perfect coffee maker:

    https://backchannel.com/first-alan-adler-invented-the-aerobie-now-he-s-created-the-perfect-cup-of-coffee-c5e94ccc538e#.1qkoixdn8

    Chemex – right out of a mid-century chemistry lab (and now at the Smithsonian):

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-16/how-make-your-coffee-just-james-bond

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    Thanks, Keith! I’ll check these out.

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    • February 1, 2017 at 6:04 am
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  3. Profile photo of Tedley Member

    Michael, you mentioned that you spent a long time in Japan, and also that you have eclectic choices in music. Were there any Japanese music groups that you enjoyed? You could use them as hidden gems.

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    • February 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm
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    Tedley (View Comment):
    Michael, you mentioned that you spent a long time in Japan, and also that you have eclectic choices in music. Were there any Japanese music groups that you enjoyed? You could use them as hidden gems.

    Tedley, there absolutely were. I will see if I can sneak one by Todd in the next couple weeks! Thanks for the suggestion.

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    • February 2, 2017 at 10:26 am
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  5. Profile photo of OmegaPaladin Coolidge

    Michael, I think the podcast would work better if you gave Todd more grief. I know Todd is doing the friendly banter thing, but it just feels like he’s always nailing you and you aren’t snarking back. (That starts to make him sound like a jerk) The GLoP and Ricochet crews are always going back and forth, and it seems natural.

    Also, I’d appreciate it if you could consider the panic in research universities where Donald Trump is supposedly going to destroy grant funding and crush science. Where is this coming from?

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    • February 2, 2017 at 10:30 pm
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    Keith/Mike,

    Just getting to this podcast and I came to make the same exact comment as Keith. The French Press is positively primitive compared to the AeroPress. I’ve used the AeroPress daily for many years and while traveling/camping where it really excells. It’s Fantastic!

    My son, the Chemistry Grad, of course prefers the Chemex, but for me it’s purely due to the chachet of its lab equipment appearance. Its just a pour over.

    The AeroPress removes the grounds mess of the French press, centralizes the waste into a compressed “puck”, allows the bloom that the pour overs don’t, passes the coffee through a filter, and offers the cup-to-cup consistency that Keurig promised but never seemed to deliver on.

    I hope you try one!

    Thanks,

    Bill DeWeese

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    • February 5, 2017 at 10:22 am
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