Plaid Avenger Plaidcast http://www.plaidavenger.com The world according to the Plaid Avenger. en hourly 1 ©Plaid Avenger kevincupp@gmail.com kevincupp@gmail.com 1440 world, international, news, plaid avenger, funny, education, alcohol, current The world according to the Plaid Avenger. The world's most dynamic, sharply dressed superhero is educating Americans on exactly what the hell is happening in the world...and why. Plaid Avenger Plaid Avenger kevincupp@gmail.com No yes http://s3.plaidavenger.com/layout/plaidcast-album-art-sm.jpg Plaid Avenger Plaidcast http://www.plaidavenger.com 144 144 <![CDATA[Turks Tank Twitter?]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/turks-tank-twitter Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:52:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan temporarily banned Twitter last week, followed by a brief ban on YouTube! OMG how did the peeps of Turkey survive for a day without it? lol The more important question is: why did that happen? Watch this 20 minutes on Turkey to get the background of protests that have occurred across the country for months, allegations of corruption again the government, and even the recent elections of March 30….all of which relate to what this story is really all about. Is Erdogan devolving into a dictator? Is Turkey turning into a theocracy? Doubtful, as the Professor pontificates about in this podcast.

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Keywords: Turkey, Prime Minister, AK Party, AKP, protests, corruption, Twitter, YouTube, banned, Hizmet, Gulen, election, politics, Republicans, urban, rural, conservative, liberal, secular, democracy, theocracy

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan temporarily banned Twitter last week, followed by a brief ban on YouTube! OMG how did the peeps of Turkey survive for a day without it? lol The more important question is: why did that happen? Watch this 20 minutes on Turkey to get the background of protests that have occurred across the country for months, allegations of corruption again the government, and even the recent elections of March 30….all of which relate to what this story is really all about. Is Erdogan devolving into a dictator? Is Turkey turning into a theocracy? Doubtful, as the Professor pontificates about in this podcast.

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Keywords: Turkey, Prime Minister, AK Party, AKP, protests, corruption, Twitter, YouTube, banned, Hizmet, Gulen, election, politics, Republicans, urban, rural, conservative, liberal, secular, democracy, theocracy

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21:19 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan temporarily banned Twitter last week, followed by a brief ban on YouTube! OMG how did the peeps of Turkey survive for a day without it? lol The more important question is: why did that happen? Watch this 20 minutes on Turkey to get the background of protests that have occurred across the country for months, allegations of corruption again the government, and even the recent elections of March 30….all of which relate to what this story is really all about. Is Erdogan devolving into a dictator? Is Turkey turning into a theocracy? Doubtful, as the Professor pontificates about in this podcast. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Venezuelan Violence; Socialism Showdown?]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/venezuelan-violence-socialism-showdown Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:16:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

So why is Venezuela suddenly on fire with protest? A simple question, with no simple answer actually. A month of violent protest and crackdowns has gripped the country, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez. Related events? Everything always is. In short, we have a society in a ideological showdown with itself; a battle over socialism that might possibly be heading for its endgame. In this special long form podcast, the Professor tries to explain how policies and politics of the last decade and a half have now turned the great state of Venezuela into a ticking time bomb…with no clear picture of what will be left after the explosion.

Keywords: Venezuela, Maduro, socialism, Caracas, protests, violence, San Cristobal, Colombia, Panama, USA

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So why is Venezuela suddenly on fire with protest? A simple question, with no simple answer actually. A month of violent protest and crackdowns has gripped the country, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez. Related events? Everything always is. In short, we have a society in a ideological showdown with itself; a battle over socialism that might possibly be heading for its endgame. In this special long form podcast, the Professor tries to explain how policies and politics of the last decade and a half have now turned the great state of Venezuela into a ticking time bomb…with no clear picture of what will be left after the explosion.

Keywords: Venezuela, Maduro, socialism, Caracas, protests, violence, San Cristobal, Colombia, Panama, USA

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44:09 So why is Venezuela suddenly on fire with protest? A simple question, with no simple answer actually. A month of violent protest and crackdowns has gripped the country, as it marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez. Related events? Everything always is. In short, we have a society in a ideological showdown with itself; a battle over socialism that might possibly be heading for its endgame. In this special long form podcast, the Professor tries to explain how policies and politics of the last decade and a half have now turned the great state of Venezuela into a ticking time bomb…with no clear picture of what will be left after the explosion. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Ukraine Update: Crimea lost; Nazis Abound]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/ukraine-update-crimea-lost-nazis-abound Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:49:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Upon request, a Spring Break special update on the state of Ukraine. Or should we now say the former state of the Ukraine, as the Professor will explain how the Crimean Peninsula has now been lost, and will become part of Mother Russia once more. Also covered: concept of Sudetenland, why everyone is yelling “Nazis!”, how much Russians hate the US, and how the modern definition of sovereignty has now been officially smashed.

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Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 3: Crimean Conundrum

Keywords: Ukraine, Crimea, Crimean Peninsula, Russia, Sudetenland, Nazi, Germany, sovereignty, EU, US, NATO

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Upon request, a Spring Break special update on the state of Ukraine. Or should we now say the former state of the Ukraine, as the Professor will explain how the Crimean Peninsula has now been lost, and will become part of Mother Russia once more. Also covered: concept of Sudetenland, why everyone is yelling “Nazis!”, how much Russians hate the US, and how the modern definition of sovereignty has now been officially smashed.

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Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 3: Crimean Conundrum

Keywords: Ukraine, Crimea, Crimean Peninsula, Russia, Sudetenland, Nazi, Germany, sovereignty, EU, US, NATO

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20:42 Upon request, a Spring Break special update on the state of Ukraine. Or should we now say the former state of the Ukraine, as the Professor will explain how the Crimean Peninsula has now been lost, and will become part of Mother Russia once more. Also covered: concept of Sudetenland, why everyone is yelling "Nazis!", how much Russians hate the US, and how the modern definition of sovereignty has now been officially smashed. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 3: Crimean Conundrum]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/ukrainian-unraveling-part-3-crimean-conundrum Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:01:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

In this third and final installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 days of mayhem in eastern and southern Ukraine…which have now crystalized on the Crimean Peninsula, a place that has raised the Russian flag! What the hell is that all about, and where will this Crimean crisis lead Ukraine, and the West, and of course the major player in all this, Mother Russia? WIll they intervene of invade? I give it 50/50 Vegas odds right now, which means its dead even. With the emphasis on dead.

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Keywords: Crimea, Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine, Soviet Union, Russia, Europe, EU, European Union, Tartar

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In this third and final installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 days of mayhem in eastern and southern Ukraine…which have now crystalized on the Crimean Peninsula, a place that has raised the Russian flag! What the hell is that all about, and where will this Crimean crisis lead Ukraine, and the West, and of course the major player in all this, Mother Russia? WIll they intervene of invade? I give it 50/50 Vegas odds right now, which means its dead even. With the emphasis on dead.

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23:04 In this third and final installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 days of mayhem in eastern and southern Ukraine…which have now crystalized on the Crimean Peninsula, a place that has raised the Russian flag! What the hell is that all about, and where will this Crimean crisis lead Ukraine, and the West, and of course the major player in all this, Mother Russia? WIll they intervene of invade? I give it 50/50 Vegas odds right now, which means its dead even. With the emphasis on dead. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 2: The Blow-up]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/ukrainian-unraveling-part-2-the-blow-up Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:05:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

In this second installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 months of misery and malcontents that led up to the last 2 weeks of outright outage and a Presidential purge. Now ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s fall from the halls of power have deep roots indeed, and even deeper repercussions for a now very uncertain Ukrainian future….

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In this second installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 months of misery and malcontents that led up to the last 2 weeks of outright outage and a Presidential purge. Now ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s fall from the halls of power have deep roots indeed, and even deeper repercussions for a now very uncertain Ukrainian future….

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25:03 In this second installment on the unrest in Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the last 3 months of misery and malcontents that led up to the last 2 weeks of outright outage and a Presidential purge. Now ex-President Viktor Yanukovych's fall from the halls of power have deep roots indeed, and even deeper repercussions for a now very uncertain Ukrainian future…. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 1: Backstory]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/ukrainian-unraveling-part-1-backstory Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:31:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

A pro-Russian President once more thrown from power, in this bitterly divided country! Why do I keep saying ‘again’ and ‘once more’? Because Ukraine is no stranger to revolution and political turmoil, and knowing the backstory of this state will help you get the current events, which are a repeat of the last 20 years! So I will do a 3 part series on the chaotic situation in this crucial state, with Episode 1 covering the last decade lead-up that built the powder keg currently exploding. Dig this.

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A pro-Russian President once more thrown from power, in this bitterly divided country! Why do I keep saying ‘again’ and ‘once more’? Because Ukraine is no stranger to revolution and political turmoil, and knowing the backstory of this state will help you get the current events, which are a repeat of the last 20 years! So I will do a 3 part series on the chaotic situation in this crucial state, with Episode 1 covering the last decade lead-up that built the powder keg currently exploding. Dig this.

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20:56 A pro-Russian President once more thrown from power, in this bitterly divided country! Why do I keep saying 'again' and 'once more'? Because Ukraine is no stranger to revolution and political turmoil, and knowing the backstory of this state will help you get the current events, which are a repeat of the last 20 years! So I will do a 3 part series on the chaotic situation in this crucial state, with Episode 1 covering the last decade lead-up that built the powder keg currently exploding. Dig this. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Baseball in Cuba!]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/baseball-in-cuba Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:52:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories} 7:44 The world's most dynamic, sharply dressed superhero is educating Americans on exactly what the hell is happening in the world...and why. World Plaid Avenger no No <![CDATA[Brazil Economics and the World Cup]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/brazil-economics-and-the-world-cup Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:47:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories} 24:21 The world's most dynamic, sharply dressed superhero is educating Americans on exactly what the hell is happening in the world...and why. World Plaid Avenger no No <![CDATA[Holy Christ! The Rio Redeemer!]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/holy-christ-the-rio-redeemer Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:52:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories} Holy Christ! Christ the Redeemer, that is! Located at the peak of the 2,300 ft Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the fantastico city of Rio, this iconic 10-story statue is recognized the world over as one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. It is also a great venue to chat about the importance of Catholicism in Latin America, and the future of the faith in Brazil, in the region, and the wider world. Blessed are all ye that click here!

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Holy Christ! Christ the Redeemer, that is! Located at the peak of the 2,300 ft Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the fantastico city of Rio, this iconic 10-story statue is recognized the world over as one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. It is also a great venue to chat about the importance of Catholicism in Latin America, and the future of the faith in Brazil, in the region, and the wider world. Blessed are all ye that click here!

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Holy Christ! Christ the Redeemer, that is! Located at the peak of the 2,300 ft Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the fantastico city of Rio, this iconic 10-story statue is recognized the world over as one of the Seven Wonders of the New World. It is also a great venue to chat about the importance of Catholicism in Latin America, and the future of the faith in Brazil, in the region, and the wider world. Blessed are all ye that click here! World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[A Fracas in the Falklands!]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/a-fracas-in-the-falklands Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:46:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories} Live from the War Memorial in downtown Buenos Aires…for a conflict alternatively named Guerra de las Malvinas or the Falkland War. It’s the most recent and most infamous actual war in Latin America…..that you never heard of! Back in 1982 Argentina and the United Kingdom had a full-on shoot-out over a bunch of sheep-covered rocks in the South Atlantic, and this dinky little remote conflict may yet rear its ugly head again in the modern era. Learn a bit about it here!

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Live from the War Memorial in downtown Buenos Aires…for a conflict alternatively named Guerra de las Malvinas or the Falkland War. It’s the most recent and most infamous actual war in Latin America…..that you never heard of! Back in 1982 Argentina and the United Kingdom had a full-on shoot-out over a bunch of sheep-covered rocks in the South Atlantic, and this dinky little remote conflict may yet rear its ugly head again in the modern era. Learn a bit about it here!

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12:26 Live from the War Memorial in downtown Buenos Aires...for a conflict alternatively named Guerra de las Malvinas or the Falkland War. It's the most recent and most infamous actual war in Latin America.....that you never heard of! Back in 1982 Argentina and the United Kingdom had a full-on shoot-out over a bunch of sheep-covered rocks in the South Atlantic, and this dinky little remote conflict may yet rear its ugly head again in the modern era. Learn a bit about it here! World Plaid Avenger no No