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The Ugly American Report
10 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Ugly American Report # 027 - Report On Hitting The Pause Button
We briefly cover some similarities between John McWhorter (who incidentally, was describing White Racism as a religion long before the Ugly American was) and the legendary Thomas Sowell. Then...we hit the pause button.
36 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Ugly American Report # 026 - Disparate Impact & Danger Signs
Even though the Mindworm has no rebuttal to any of the facts laid out in the last episode, that will not stop them from busting out the Disparate Impact Defense. They consider it a mic drop. In reality, we expose it as a phantom of a pseudo-argument. Might be worth it if we could get Winston Zeddemore with a proton pack on it, but the Regressive Left can't even do ghosts correctly. Next, I outline some elements in the public discourse that seem benign...until you follow the bread crumbs and realize that all of it leads to two places Segregation War What we need are some bridge builders! (spoiler: that's coming next episode)
38 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Ugly American Report # 025 - Systemic American Racism (and other fiction)
On part III of the George Floyd Fiasco, we finally bury the Easter Bunny of American fiction known as Systemic Racism. If Systemic American Racism is a thing, somebody needs to explain: Tony Timpa Jussie Smollet Nigerian-American income "K" signs at baseball games The one word that can't be spoken Duke Lacrosse David Kaufman's Harrowing Article Jimmy the Greek David Howard Brett Weinstein's Excommunication And on And on And on Also, if someone could explain magnets to the Insane Clown Posse? They seem legitimately confused.
47 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Ugly American Report # 024 - On Police, Use of Force, and Race
In Part II of our George Floyd Fiasco coverage, we begin our assault on the myth of Systemic American Racism by analyzing a pair of studies. In 2016, Ronald Fryer tackled police use of force broadly, using more than 4 million points of data. In 2019, Michigan State and the U of Maryland studied every fatal officer-involved shooting in 2015 with an eye toward figuring out what factors predicted the race of the victim. What did they find? The Ugly American spills all. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez will be surprised.
35 minutes | Jun 6, 2020
Ugly American Report # 023 - The George Floyd Fiasco, Part I
We begin our multi-part analysis of the George Floyd fiasco with a breakdown of what we actually know about the crime. There is more transparency here than is usual for a case like this. The Report uses all available sources including the 911 phone call that sent police to the scene, multiple video sources, the official statement of probable cause, and two coroner's findings to piece together the puzzle. This is a complex issue that deserves to go to Nuance Town, despite what Don Lemon told you. And Nuance Town is what the Ugly American Report does best.
15 minutes | May 29, 2020
Ugly American Report # 022 - New CDC Data
We have a wonderful new problem here at the Ugly American Report - we've produced so much content in May, there isn't enough data left to upload a complete new episode until the calendar turns! Rather than leave you hanging with nothing, welcome to our itty bitty minisode on some sparkling new data from the CDC. Seriously...it's all good news. At least on that front. What's NOT good news is that as I type this, I'm currently under curfew due to the burning, pillaging, and looting in what used to be civilization. Look for our next show to tackle the George Floyd fiasco in full, as only the Ugly American can.
42 minutes | May 21, 2020
Ugly American Report # 021 - Tara Reade
Tara Reade has leveled some serious allegations at Touchy Uncle Joe. Insert American Pie joke here. Or better yet...refrain. Should we believe all women? Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi say "yes", except when they don't. Like now. We investigate the claims of Tara Reade and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and see if we can detect any disparities between media coverage of Biden's situation and Brett Kavanagh's. Hint: we can.
75 minutes | May 14, 2020
Ugly American Report # 020 - Covfefe 19 Part III
We close out our coverage of the virus with: A candid peek into the Corona Beer board room Lies, Damn Lies, & Statistics Redux The Origins of Covfefe 19 & Why It Matters State Over-Reach Aplenty Re-Opening Factors Weighed Sensibly Chuck Schumer would not approve of this podcast. Can you imagine a better reason to download?
31 minutes | May 10, 2020
Ugly American Report # 019 - Covfefe 19 Part II
We begin the episode by returning to an AOC clip from last episode. I did not appreciate all the layers of stupid contained therein, and rectify the situation here. We continue our discussion of the virus by examining the lies, damn lies, and statistics published by the esteemed Johns Hopkins site. The data is (sort of) unassailable, but the stories are all wrong. And what's worse...wilfully so. The Ugly American has good news and bad news regarding our current knowledge of the disease. The bad news is that we are wildly overconfident about our information, as confirmed by the CDC. The good news is that every piece of real data we can trust proves to be more hopeful than early projections bludgeoned us with. Two down, one more to go on our review of Covfefe 19! Alexandria Ocasio Cortez would not approve of you patroning this podcast, which means you should download immediately.
32 minutes | May 5, 2020
Ugly Amerian Report #018 - Covfefe 19 Part I
Despite the constant negative press on Covfefe 19, The Ugly American is back and ready to straighten out all this virus stuff. In part one, we tackle the two major gripes the U.S. punditshphere claims regarding the disease: Preparedness Response The legend being jammed into your ears daily like poor Chekov in Wrath of Khan is that Elephants are mean, don't believe in the virus, and don't take it seriously. Donkeys love you ever so much, and take it super serious, because science. As per usual, separated eyelids tell a much different tale. Join us for an edifying look at the actual events and policies that followed the outbreak, a comparison with the 2009 Swine Flu epidemic, and a wondering about the value of relying on the govt for pandemic solutions in the first place. It will be like listening to Jim Acosta- only with facts, and a genuine curiosity on the subject!
43 minutes | Jan 19, 2020
Ugly American Report # 017 - Universal Basic Income Part 2
We finish up our analysis of UBI and the Freedom Dividend by giving Andrew Yang a chance to make a case for it in his own words. Now...if I were a member of the degenerate left, I would simply decry him as a racist and make up a story about him introducing cobras into baby cribs. That's just solid argumentation for that lot! Somewhere, Socrates weeps. Thankfully, I'm not a member of the degenerate left. So instead, we'll assume he's acting in good faith, praise the positive elements of his proposal, (there are many) and rebut the less attractive ones. (there are many) What fantastical world is this? Welcome to Ugly America, my friends, a magical kingdom where reason flows like wine. You know...the anti-Twitter. A succinct conclusion on the value of UBI is contained herein. Plus, a Jeff Spicoli drop is hiding in there - you're welcome!
25 minutes | Jan 12, 2020
Ugly American Report # 016 - Universal Basic Income Part 1
Every time I hear somebody on TV talk about Universal Basic Income...they can't wait to bring up Milton Friedman and how excited he was about the concept. In our first look at UBI and Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend, we analyze Friedman's Negative Income Tax and talk about how fair the comparison actually is. What did Uncle Milty actually espouse, and what's the secret sauce he added to the recipe (or rather, subtracted) that these TV talking heads NEVER want to mention? All of that and more on this installment of the Ugly American Report!
36 minutes | Jan 3, 2020
Ugly American Report # 015 - End of the World
We're going full Hugh Downs and ushering in 2020 with a breakdown of an interaction between Jocko Willink and Tulsi Gabbard on Joe Rogan's podcast! If you're interested in the intricacies of the Social Contract, this will be good for you. After that, a quick analysis of an uncontested immigration fallacy. The Ugly American is going to put a hard foul on that fallacy.
47 minutes | Dec 24, 2019
Ugly American Report # 014 - Things I Wish I Knew Then
Let's wrap up the holiday season with a ribbon of bright rage and depression! First things first! Let's talk about the savagery of the Salvation Army and their infernal bell ringings. Next, we play a lightning round of "Vintage MTV Music You Could Never Get Away With Today", featuring: Wanna Be Starting Somethin' Morning Train Shock The Monkey Money For Nothin' We follow that up with an appreciation of gay music. You spin us right round like a record, baby! Right round, round, round. Finally, The Ugly American finds himself waxing philosophical at the end of the year thinking about things he wishes he knew then. It's about love and money, mostly. What else?
27 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
Ugly American Report # 013 - Impeachment
This episode, the Ugly American tackles impeachment! And by "tackle", I mean I don't give a rat's posterior, just like you. What do Americans care about? Having sex with Elizabeth Shue Avoiding a beating from the Cobra Kai Helping out old dude from Okinawa with various chores Becoming a champion, to escape Receda! Talk of the president segues into talk of hero worship, which segues into revealing the fact that Gandhi was a giant racist pedo. But you saw that coming. After the first break, it's on to actual discussion of what Trump did and how naughty it was. And by "naughty", I mean exactly what a sane person would expect from any politician.
20 minutes | Nov 16, 2019
Ugly American Report # 012 - Parable of the Coffee Creamer Tub
Crank up your Morrissey record and dive into some delicious angst with the Ugly American Report! This week we finally discuss a topic with some gravity and import - the state of little coffee creamer tubs left on my workplace break room counter. Strangely enough, this subject cuts the core of exactly what is wrong with the Great American Divide, and how we might fix it.
17 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
Ugly American Report # 011 - Alternative Facts
FACT # 1: The FBI reports that anti-Muslim hate crimes are rising, and have exceeded 9/11 levels FACT # 2: A Muslim in the United States of America is 280 times more likely to die falling off a ladder today than to be punched in the tricep by some jag-off bigot. Both of these facts are true! One of these facts is reported daily for the purposes of stoking paranoia where none should exist. One of these facts is reported....never. Except here, at the Ugly American Report, where the truth is in fact quite ugly. TIME STAMPS 0:00 - 2:15 Cologuard. What a time to be alive, miscreants! 2:15 - 5:39 Alternative facts! Nobody complains about them more than the Regressive Left. Nobody has more of them then the Regressive Left. One that keeps popping up lately is the "rise of anti-Muslim bigotry as spawned by the Bad Orange Man" 5:40 - 7:54 Analyze your source. This is data collected by the FBI. Do you we trust them? Basically, yes. With an asterisk or two. 7:55 - 11:14 What exactly are we counting? Aggravated Assault Vs. Simple Assault OR: sometimes assault is just saying mean things. 11:15 - 13:09 Big crimes happen less often then little crimes. Because that's just how life works. 13:10 - 13:59 Over-reporting: is it Orange Hitler's fault, or is it the paranoia induced by his critics? 14:00 - 14:59 Other classification issues 15:00 - CLOSE Outro
59 minutes | Oct 26, 2019
Ugly American Report # 010 - Shocktober TV & Movies
This episode takes a breather from the Russian Hacking by reaffirming our mission statement and talking up some television and movies horrifying enough to make the Shocktober cut! TIME STAMPS 0:00 - 6:25 The Ugly American is capable of some pretty hilarious errors when out of his wheelhouse. A brief analysis of a whopper from last episode, and why the philosophy still works 6:26 - 11:20 Case in point - why group work in 9th grade Social Studies class taught you everything you need to know about Brexit. 11:21 - 13:35 Kicking off our horror talk by examining the scariest thing currently on screen...Linda Hamilton in those Terminator: Dark Fate trailers. 13:36 - 22:49 Why we like horror as a species, what good horror does, and why jump scares are just macabre masturbation. 22:50 - 36:14 The new Creepshow series from Shudder! 36:15 - 44:07 A review of Fallen (1998), starring Denzel Washington and John Goodman. Why this almost forgotten film is a fine entry in the "only I can see the threat" tradition. 44:08 - Close A review of The Terrifier (2016) and All Hallows Eve (2013). So...you say you have a homicidal clown that decorates restrooms with his own feces? I'm listening, I'm listening...
39 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
Ugly American Report # 009 - Russian Hacking Part 2
We return for another dose of those rascally Russians and their infernal hackings! This episode features a dive into the nuts and bolts of what kinds of pages/accounts the IRA were creating. We also cover the fact that Renee Diresta would come to much different conclusions about the nature of those pages if she actually reviewed the data collected by Renee Diresta. It's Shocktober, all you miscreants, malcontents, and misanthropes! Time to celebrate with a lethal little libation we call...the Ugly American Report.
33 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
Episode # 008: The Ugly American Report on Russian Hacking Part 1
After a brief hiatus, we return with the 2016 Russian Hacking Incident, aka "Russians post funny pictures on the internet, mostly to no effect." It's bone-chilling stuff. For realz. In this intro, we cover the scope of the report, and reveal the origins of the Internet Research Agency. If you're interested in what exactly those diabolical Russians were up to during the 2016 Presidential Election cycle, come join us! It's interesting in ways your Facebook wall will never guess.
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