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Episode 147: Scientists Unite Against Gas Stoves, Football, And The State Of Florida

Plus: Is "Battletech" problematic? Two lesbian nurses say so

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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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First they banned gas stoves, because the science said they were harmful. Then the science said football was racist, so we banned that too. Then the nurses came out and said Battletech was problematic, so we banned that as well. Then a data scientist came out and said Florida’s COVID data was fake, so we banned the entire state. Then the scientists said podcasts were harmful, and th—

In this (highly illegal) episode:

  • Jesse chains himself to his gas stove

  • A bizarre update on Rebekah Jones, serial grifter and former (?) media darling

  • Is football racist?

  • Drama within the Battletech community

  • Jesse threatens to shoot Katie


Errata & Updates

The Official Unofficial (or Unofficial Official?) BARPod Discord server, where Jesse will be playing Quiplash for charity at 7:00 PM ET on January 21st

https://discord.gg/YRctv8Xr9M

The Paula Curtis thread mentioned

https://twitter.com/paularcurtis/status/1608146988511690753

“Whistleblower Rebekah Jones wins dismissal- at a price.”

https://www.mynwfl.com/post/rebekahjonescasedismissed

Is Football Racist?

The closest thing we could find to a video of the collapse on YouTube

Daniel Engber’s article on the topic

https://slate.com/culture/2015/12/the-truth-about-will-smiths-concussion-and-bennet-omalu.html

Tracy Canada: “Damar Hamlin’s Collapse Highlights the Violence Black Men Experience in Football”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/damar-hamlins-collapse-highlights-the-violence-black-men-experience-in-football/

NFL players aren’t as rich as you’d think!

https://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/207780/current-and-former-nfl-players-in-the-drivers-seat-after-completing-mba-program

The movie about the NFL concussion scandal

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322364/

“Colin Kaepernick in Netflix series likens NFL draft to slavery”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/colin-kaepernick-netflix-series-likens-nfl-draft-slavery-no-dignity-rcna4312

Foolball players wanted to play during the pandemic

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/24/sports/ncaafootball/coronavirus-pac-12-restart.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/sports/ncaafootball/covid-big-ten-football-season.html

NCAA: “All student-athletes must be allowed to opt out of participation due to concerns about contracting COVID-19”

https://www.wibw.com/2020/08/05/new-ncaa-guidelines-to-protect-student-athlete-well-being-scholarships-and-eligibility/?outputType=amp

Football players were allowed to maintain their scholarships, even if they refused to play

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/sports/ncaafootball/coronavirus-college-football-pac-12.html

Scientific American: “the term ‘JEDI’ is problematic”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-term-jedi-is-problematic-for-describing-programs-that-promote-justice-equity-diversity-and-inclusion/

Laura Helmuth’s appointment to EIC at Scientific American

https://www.scientificamerican.com/pressroom/pr/scientific-american-appoints-laura-helmuth-editor-in-chief/

Her reaction to the article’s pushback

Former NFL player’s reaction to the article

Battletech

Faith introduces herself

http://acekaller.blogspot.com/2020/06/finding-your-faith.html?m=1

Faith finds Battletech

http://acekaller.blogspot.com/2020/12/faith-finds-battletech-it-dawned-on-me.html?m=1

Faith is going to be a mother

http://acekaller.blogspot.com/2021/04/musings-going-forward.html?m=1

The truth about “Faith McClosky”

https://blainepardoe.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/the-truth-about-faith-mcclosky/

“Blaine Pardoe is a f****** Liar...”

https://web.archive.org/web/20210728204225/https://faithmccarron.blogspot.com/2021/07/blaine-pardoe-is-f-liar.html

Ace denies being J, while surprisingly defending him for some reason

http://acekaller.blogspot.com/2021/07/no-you-dont-get-to-lie-and-inflate.html?m=1

“My Publisher Canceled Me in Favor of an Activist Who Threatened My Life”

https://amgreatness.com/2022/07/29/my-publisher-canceled-me-in-favor-of-an-activist-who-threatened-my-life/

Statement Regarding Blaine Lee Pardoe

https://bg.battletech.com/forums/general-discussion/statement-regarding-blaine-lee-pardoe/msg1853777/?boardseen#new

Faith No More

https://acekaller.blogspot.com/2022/12/faith-no-more.html

Pardoe’s response

https://blainepardoe.wordpress.com/2023/01/01/faithless/

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