Broadly Focused Podcast Episode 24

Six months!? Six months we take off, and we expect you to just sit around and wait for Episode 24 of the Broadly Focused Podcast? What the hell happened to Episode 23? Oh, hell, no. You’ve moved on to better podcasts. We understand.

We were a little surprised at how easily it went after 6 months out of the game. We got through the episode live – no need for any edits – and almost on time. We don’t belabor the point that we’ve been gone, but we do address it briefly.

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Aren’t all proms gay, anyway?

Students, parents, and at least one teacher at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, have come together in support for a “traditional prom” that prohibits gays from attending.

“We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” said student Bonnie McCammon.

I’m sure you can guess where we go with this. Believe it or not, it has a halfway happy ending!

Zen and the Art of Molestation, by Benedict XVI (Second link)

Since arriving in Los Angeles from Japan in 1962, the Buddhist teacher Joshu Sasaki, who is 105 years old, has taught thousands of Americans at his two Zen centers in the area and one in New Mexico. He has influenced thousands more enlightenment seekers through a chain of some 30 affiliated Zen centers from the Puget Sound to Princeton to Berlin. And he is known as a Buddhist teacher of Leonard Cohen, the poet and songwriter.

Mr. Sasaki has also, according to an investigation by an independent council of Buddhist leaders, released in January, groped and sexually harassed female students for decades, taking advantage of their loyalty to a famously charismatic roshi, or master.

Contrast that response with this:

Pope received news of his warrant of arrest before resignation

On February 4, a week before Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, Vatican allegedly received a note from an undisclosed European government that stated that there are plans to issue a warrant for the Pope’s arrest. Addicting Info reports.

Nice. ‘Allegedly’. ‘Undisclosed European government’. A warrant for what? Who’s the source? WTF?

Pope blesses thousands at Vatican as details of ailments emerge

Transnational Organization Ownership is not a Conspiracy?

The structure of the control network of transnational corporations affects global market competition and financial stability. So far, only small national samples were studied and there was no appropriate methodology to assess control globally. We present the first investigation of the architecture of the international ownership network, along with the computation of the control held by each global player. We find that transnational corporations form a giant bow-tie structure and that a large portion of control flows to a small tightly-knit core of financial institutions. This core can be seen as an economic “super-entity” that raises new important issues both for researchers and policy makers.
Watch the TED talk linked above, then read these others. Pretty interesting stuff.

Surprise – America isn’t as homophobic as some think.

A wedding magazine quickly faced the fury of an outraged internet after refusing to print an ad that featured two lesbian brides and have since been forced to eat their words.

We talk about this and the article below in the context of the power of public outrage in the information age, and its necessary limitations.

DC Comics hires anti-gay science fiction writer to help launch new Superman series to fury of activists


Matt – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (May 10, 1900 – December 7, 1979) was an English-American astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her Ph.D. thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundances of hydrogen and helium.

Brian – X-Mice and Better Batteries

Detect infrared light… naturally. using your touch-sensitive nerves. Soon, at your local gene-shop.
More practical science news: How about a rechargeable battery that you can use all damn day?
Follow Up/Listener Feedback:
Geek & Sundry added a new show, that uses Google+ and Google Hangouts to panel several authors at once on the subject of Urban Fantasy – a popular genre, and they mention one of Brian’s favorite authors, Fritz Lieber.
A follow up on the online piracy discussion; we sympathize/empathize with author and his position.

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