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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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Drones over New York City very soon

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It is really no surprise that in the very near future New York City will have military style drones flying all over the place as the New York Post just reported.  Unfortunately New York has fast become one of the least free cities in the US when it comes to privacy and basic civil rights.  It is even less surprising that the Dear Leader of New York, Kim Jong Bloomberg, is so flippant about the whole affair.  Speaking on his weekly radio show the dictator of New York had these wonderful things to say about the prospect of the completion of the security state in New York City:

“You can’t keep the tides from coming in…”

Yes you can.  That is in effect why your are mayor.  To stop the tides of oppression and surveillance of the citizens of new York City.

“We’re going to have more visibility and less privacy. I just don’t see how you could stop that”

You could do your job and protect the good people of New York and not let drones monitor everything we do.

“It’s scary. What’s the difference if a drone is up in the air or on a building”

There isn’t much of a difference except that drones can be outfitted with missiles designed to obliterate people.  But at least he admits its scary.

“I mean, intellectually, I have trouble making a distinction. And you know you’re going to have face recognition software. People are working on that.”

Again really horrifying.

“The argument against using automation, it’s this craziness– oh, it’s big brother. Get used to it. When there’s a murder, a shooting, a robbery of something the first thing the police do is go to every single building in the neighborhood and say let’s see your security camera,”

With this statement the Dear Leader basically shows his true colors.  Stop whining about having no privacy and submit to the power of the security state.  This is all to help victims of murder, robbery, and shootings (presumably shootings of either cops or white people in New York)  These drones flying are not going to be for spying on Muslims or political dissidents such as those in the Occupy movement.  This is the classic “we are just doing this for your safety” excuse.  When the drones do come to New York, those pushing for them will assure us that all the proper oversight will be followed and no abuses will take place.  And of course if your not doing anything wrong then you don’t have anything to worry about.  Right?

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