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PPR Bonus Podcast episode 11 To Play the King with Tom Secker

Tom and I are back for the second installment of our series on the House of Cards trilogy. This month we dissect the second series To Play the King. Tom and I look at the role of monarchy in Britain and the immense power it exerts politically. We explore how this is presented in the show, which the introduction of the newly anointed King, and his battle with Francis Urquart Tom and I talk about the fictional King and Queen’s real life counterparts Prince Charles and Princess Diana. We also discuss whether or not the monarchy should ever exercise it’s power to make political or economic change. We also take a look at how the show portrays other members of the royal family such as Quilly and the Fat Princess Charlotte.

Next Tom and I discuss the other major theme of this second series, the role of the security state. We talk about one of our favorite character Corder and his mysterious role through out the series. Tom and I talk about some of the real life events the show depicts, including the infamous assassination of three IRA members in Gibraltar in 1988 during Operation Flavius. We discuss how the security state represents the true power source of not only Urquart but of the whole of Britain. Tom and I also focus on Urquart’s use of false flag bombings and surveillance of the monarchy and virtually everyone else. We also touch on the bizarre parallels between the plot of To Play the King and the recent British elections and the wave of terrorists attacks including the London Bridge stabbing and Manchester Bombing. We also look at the strange similarity between this season and the Grenfall Tower fire.

We finish off the episode by once again asking if everything is about sex. We focus on Stamper’s possible unrequited love for FU and how this leads to his ultimate downfall.

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PPR Bonus Podcast ep 10 House of Cards Series One with Tom Secker

The wait is finally over. Tom Secker and I are covering the House of Cards Trilogy. In part one of our three part series we introduce everyone to one of our favorite tv shows. We first discuss the setting of the show and the decision to portray the Tory Party in a less than pleasant light. Next Tom and I discuss our favorite characters, and go into depth on why Roger O’Neil is so amazing in those first series.

We then explore the shows use of sex and taboo topics such as incest. We talk about Mattie’s distressing Elektra Complex as well as Urquhart’s own aristocratic desires to sleep with his daughter. Tom and I discuss how this shapes both characters and contributes to Urquhart’s rise to power, and Mattie’s ultimate downfall. We also take a look at the media’s portrayal in the first series. Tom breaks down the strange relationship the media have with politicians in Britain. We close out by teasing the next series, To Play The King.

Quick Note: there are no spoilers for either To Play The King or The Final Cut. Tom and I also strongly encourage you to watch the first series before listening to this podcast.

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PPR Bonus Podcast episode 8 Ng Lap Seng trial and UN Bribery with Matthew Russell Lee

This month I am joined once again by Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press. Matthew and I discuss the outcome of the Ng Lap Seng United Nations bribery case which saw six guilty verdicts. Matthew explains how this Macau based billionaire was involved in bribing UN officials such as former head of the General Assembly John Ashe, as well as fronting the money for a veritable fake news outlet South South News. We talk about many of the intricacies of the case including Ng Lap Seng’s connections to Bill Clinton. Matthew and I also focus on the way in which the UN has handled this corruption scandal. Matthew talks about their general response which has been to paint themselves and the UN as a whole as the victim in this case. The two of us also discuss the normalcy of bribery and corruption with in the organization.

Later Matthew tells us about his latest trials and tribulations with the UN. We discuss how he has no been relegated to operating out of a glorified phone-booth, and how his former office is being used by a journalist who never shows up. We discuss some of his recent work on the political situation in Cameroon. Later Matthew discusses the new Secretary General Antonio Guterres and ambassador Niki Haley.

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PPR bonus podcast episode 7 How to Defeat Trolls

This month I discuss the issue of internet trolls, their irritating tactics, psychology, and my own methods for defeating them. I use a recent email I received from “Gary” as a prime example of a troll. I break down how I dealt with this situation and offer my own advice for how you can defeat the Gary’s of the internet world. I also discuss the reasons I believe people resort to this behavior, primarily focusing on the issue of loneliness and isolation.

Later I discuss whether it is ever justified to troll someone. I also talk about the times in which I myself have acted like a troll.

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PPR Bonus Podcast episode 5 Under Siege 1986

For this special joint subscriber podcast Tom Secker and I discuss and dissect the 1986 TV movie Under Siege. Set in Washington DC the film revolves around a series of violent terrorists attacks carried out by a mysterious ill-defined jihadi group. The movie gives us an insiders look at how the government responds to the attacks, and attempts to solve the crime, and punish those responsible. The film depicts the FBI director up against the CIA and President who want all out war with Iran. Written well before 9/11 the movie was quite controversial at the time, and remains so today. Tom and I discuss the eerie similarities between the film and post 9/11 America. From TSA pat downs to CIA black ops, and war with Iran, Under Siege presents us with an amazingly accurate picture of where we are today as a society. Tom and I also discuss how the film manages to stand the test of time even to this day.

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PPR Bonus podcast episode 3 Tribute to Wayne Barrett

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I give a tribute the late great Wayne Barrett.  One of the last true muckracking journalists of our time, he will be truly missed by one and all.  I also talk about the need for people like Barrett right now given our current political and social climate.

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PPR Bonus podcast episode 2 Nicole Simpson 911 Call Revisited with Brian Heiss

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For the subscriber only bonus podcast we are joined by return guest Brian Heiss to discuss his recent work on Nicole Simpson’s infamous 911 call from October 25th, 1993. This call has become a legend in the OJ saga; being portrayed for the last 22 years as definitive proof that OJ was in indeed a violent psychopath. For the last 22 years only a partial transcript and two and half minute audio version has been publicly available. For the first time ever Brian has provided the full 13 minutes of the 911 call in a digitally remastered version. Brian and I begin by discussing the glaring omissions in the transcript. We discuss the numerous references to Nicole’s drug use by OJ through out the 911 call. Brian and I talk about the general tone of the call. While the media has portrayed this as OJ freaking out on Nicole in a jealous rage, when listening to the whole call you can see that OJ sounds fed up with Nicole’s dangerous behavior. We talk about OJ’s anger over Nicole performing oral sex on Zeith Zlomsowitch while their kids are sleeping upstairs. How OJ warns her in the call about Keith’s alleged drug dealing and connection to Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss. Brian and I also talk about how this changes not only the narrative of their tumultuous relationship, but how this might go towards explaining what transpired on June 12, 1994.

NOTE: Brian has not released this audio/video publicly. Brian intends to release this publicly in December. PPR subscribers have been given exclusive access to this 911 call. So please do not share this around or post on the internet.

 

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