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Episode #212: 'The Formula'  

Campaign strategists that run major party presidential campaigns use data for every decision. They depend on polling, focus groups, modeling, and many other tools to gather as much information as they can from as many different methods possible. They can now identify particular precincts that will determine the outcome of an entire state. They know which demographic groups they need to improve with, and the groups they have locked up. This is why you see so many presidential candidates changing their message and retooling mid campaign. They are likely reacting to internal data their campaign has gathered. All of this data can be very useful, but it is not always practical. Even with all of this data and calculated moves it can be frustrating when the formula doesn't seem to be working. Why is Joe Biden's campaign likely frustrated right now? Join the conversation and get answers to this question and more on According2Sam episode #212.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Commodus The Emperor vs Maximus at the Great Arenas - Gladiator 2000

2) Here are all the restrictions Biden's team demanded in their Trump debate offer

3) Donald Trump Is Correct To Hit ‘La Raza’ Judge For Latino Identity Politics

4) Donald Trump, Judge Gonzalo Curiel and La Raza

Episode #211: 'Anti-Israel Protest'  

The protests on college campuses over the past few weeks are only a small part of the demonstrations we have seen over the past 7 months. Protesters have taken over the Capitol, blocked traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge and at O'Hare airport. They've protested at the Correspondents' Dinner, Met Gala, and all of Joe Biden's campaign events. Many people have classified these protests as antisemitic, but the numbers of Jewish demonstrators joining these protests, sometimes leading, cannot be overlooked. The View's, Sunny Hostin claimed these are anti-war protests, but if that was the case wouldn't they be protesting the war in Ukraine too? These are anti-Israel protests, because at the root of what they are protesting is the existence of the nation of Israel. Will these protests continue throughout the summer, and how do they threaten Joe Biden's reelection? Join the conversation and get answers to these questions and more on According2Sam episode #211.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Oslo Accords 

2) Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

3) Poll: 57.5% of Muslim Americans say Hamas at least ‘somewhat justified’

4) Israel rocked by largest protests since war began as Netanyahu faces growing pressure

5) U.S. Criticizes Israel for Failure to Protect Civilians in the Gaza Conflict

6) Ten family members, including children, dead after US strike in Kabul

7) Game Change

Episode #210: 'Betrayed'  

A few weeks ago, Speaker Johnson finally brought the $95 billion foreign aid package to the floor for a vote after months of holding the legislation up. It was highly controversial, and it angered many in his own party. More Republicans voted against aid to Ukraine than voted for it. In a radio interview with Mark Levin, Johnson justified his decision by saying it was the only way to get aid for Israel. He said supporting Israel was a priority, and Biden would not fund Israel without funding Ukraine. Now that the House has passed the foreign aid to Ukraine, Biden has announced he is withholding some weapons to Israel if they invade Gaza. Johnson says he feels betrayed. Where did he go wrong in his negotiations with Biden? How did Biden play him, and how is he setting Johnson up to get played again? Join the conversation and get answers to these questions and more on According2Sam episode #210.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Why Biden should be worried about the "uncommitted"

2) Israel-Gaza war live: IDF orders evacuation of central Rafah as it prepares to expand offensive – as it happened

3) Biden ripped over resurfaced anti-Trump tweet critics say 'endorses his own impeachment'

4) Fox Hosts Press Republicans on New Biden Impeachment: 'Where's the Crime?'

5) Freshmen Democrats Work to Turn Biden Impeachment Effort on Its Head

6) Biden’s threat to halt U.S. weapons to Israel draws immediate GOP blowback

 

Episode #209: 'If it Feels Good, Do it'  

Sigmund Freud's theory of the unconscious and the three personality structures of human psychology is based on three principles. The ego is based on the reality principle, and it relates to the mind and an individual's ability determine what is real about the world and act accordingly. The superego is based on the morality principle, and it relates to an individual's values, ethics, and morals. The superego is your conscious, and it is always encouraging you to do what is right, and to not obey the id. The id is based on the pleasure principle, and it relates to base level human desires. The id only seeks to please the flesh and avoid pain at all costs. The id doesn't care about morality or reality. The only thing the id cares about is if it feels good, do it! How does Freud's theory of the id, ego and superego relate to what the Apostle Paul wrote about flesh, soul, and spirit? Join the conversation and get answers to this question and more on According2Sam episode #209.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Benjamin Netanyahu orders Rafah evacuation as hostage talks falter

2) Hamas accepts a proposed cease-fire agreement

3) List of countries by antidepressant consumption

4) Edward Bernays

5) The Century of the Self 

6) Tabula rasa 

7) The Story of the Two Wolves

8) As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God

Episode #208: 'War for Your Mind'  

The emergence of psychotherapy in the 20th century changed the way we see ourselves as humans. At no other time in human history have we been more aware of how we feel and of our emotions. Today it seems like everything in our society is viewed through how we feel, or how someone else feels. Psychotherapy has led to a whole new healthcare industry that focuses on helping people control their feelings, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Over the years this industry has developed a verity of different diagnoses and treatments for what they term, "mental illness". Some of these treatments, such as electroshock therapy and lobotomies, are no longer in use and are considered inhumane and barbaric today. We look back with disbelief that we could ever use such procedures in the name of healthcare. However, we may look back on this time with the same dismay over the pharmaceuticals currently being used to treat mental health. Why are drugs such a big part of mental health treatment? Join the conversation and get answers to this question and more on According2Sam episode #208.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Romans 7

2) Id, ego and superego

3) John Dewey

4) Scientists Find No Evidence That Depression Is Caused by “Chemical Imbalance” or Low Serotonin Levels

5) Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District 

6) Land letter

7) As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God

Episode #207: 'The Peacemakers'  

The Beatitudes are a list of nine blessings that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." These nine blessings reflect the character and attitude of those whom God favors. The meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, are given a special blessing. Then Jesus added the peacemakers. These are people who have a character and attitude of peace, but who also actively work to bring peace where there is war and conflict. Jesus says that these people will be called the Sons of God. As a nation, does the United States have the character and attitude that Jesus lists in the Beatitudes? Are we peacemakers, or do we make war and create conflict in the world? Join the conversation and get answers to this question and more on According2Sam episode #207.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Niger uranium forgeries

2) 'We cannot wait for the smoking gun'

3) 1953 Iranian coup d'état

4) Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran

5) Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi sentenced to death for protesting

6) Senator Rubio Questions Undersecretary Nuland Over Biolabs in Ukraine

7) Ukraine’s $61 bln lifeline is not enough

8) Zelenskyy Says US Is Working On 10-Year Fixed Aid Plan For Ukraine

Episode #206: 'Not a Whole lot of Money'  

After Congress approved the new supplemental foreign aid package worth nearly $100 billion, most of which goes to Ukraine, Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell was asked in a Fox News interview if the new aid will be enough money for Ukraine to push Russia back decisively. He said, “We hope so. It’s only .2 percent of our gross domestic product, so to put that in context it’s not a whole lot of money for us.” What an outrageous thing to say. The United States is nearly $35 trillion in debt and American citizens are struggling through record high prices for food, energy, and other necessities. $61 billion is a heck of a lot of money to us, especially considering the over $100 billion we have already spent on Ukraine. The purpose of the question was to determine how much longer the war will last, and how much more money will it cost us. Judging by McConnell’s answer ‘a lot longer’ and ‘much more’. How might Ukraine become the next Vietnam or Afghanistan for the United States? Join the conversation and get answers to this question and more on According2Sam episode #206.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Monmouth University Polling Institute Foreign Aid Poll

2) Sullivan & Cromwell

3) Halloween Massacre (Ford administration)

4) Special Activities Center

5) Operation 40

6) DCI Richard M. Helms and President Richard Nixon

7) Nixon’s Plan to Threaten the CIA on JFK’s Assassination

Episode #205: 'War is a Racket'  

Major General Smedley D. Butler was the most decorated Marine in American history at the time of his death. He had two Medals of Honor and sixteen other medals, including five for his heroism. In his 34-year career Butler fought in China, the Philippines, Mexico, Central America, and many more regions of the world. In 1933, after he retired, Butler claimed he had been recruited by major industrial businessmen to lead an army of veterans to overthrow America and install a fascist dictatorship. He led them on long enough to get as much information as he could and then he went to Congress with what he knew. He testified to this plot under oath to the House of Representatives, and a final report from that committee along with Butler's testimony still exist today. Butler later became a critic of American wars, and he coined the phrase, "War is a Racket". Who were the businessmen that tried to recruit Butler to overthrow the United States? Join the conversation and get answers to this question and more on According2Sam episode #205.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Phoenix Memo

2) Capture of Zacarias Moussaoui, August 16, 2001

3) Coleen Rowley's Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller

4) Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US (August 2001)

5) Business Plot

6) How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

7) The Fascist Plot to Overthrow FDR

Episode #204: 'New Axis of Evil'  

In his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush started making his case for the invasion of Iraq. He described Iraq, along with North Korea and Iran, as an "axis of evil'. He said they represented a unique threat to the world, and he was putting them on notice. The following year he invaded Iraq, based on lies and carefully manipulated intelligence that was used to support the lies. Now we are learning about a 'new axis of evil'. Iran is still included for consistency, but the two new additions are Russia and China. Russia is still selling our European allies liquified natural gas, and China is our largest trade partner. However, Speaker Johnson claims he has seen secret intelligence reports that demonstrate how these nations represent a unique threat to the world, and he believes the reports. How can we believe what Speaker Johnson is telling us, and shouldn't he be working to declassify this intelligence if it exists? Join the conversation and get answers to these questions and more on According2Sam episode #204.

* Host, Producer, Engineer​: Samuel C Winchester​

Shownotes

1) Former House Speaker John Boehner tears up at Pelosi portrait unveiling

2) What is FISA? 

3) France talks tough on Ukraine while gobbling up more Russian gas

4) Whatever Happened to Biden’s Iran Policy?

5) Zelensky says he will listen to Trump’s ideas to end war in Ukraine ‘with pleasure’

6) Putin's Kremlin Responds to Donald Trump's Ukraine Peace Plan

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