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[Kurdish Conundrum]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/kurdish-conundrum Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:44:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

100 Iraqi Kurdish fighters are flying into Turkey today to cross the border into Syria in order to help out some Syrian Kurds who are defending the town of Kobane from ISIS….but Turkey ain’t none too happy about this. Say what? Why would Turkey not want to help defeat the extremist IS group? Because over the long term, they are more concerned with Kurds than with the crazies! Confused? Then dig this podcast and get a Kurdish clue!

Keywords: Turkey, Kurds, Kurdish, PKK, Peshmerga, Iraq, Syria, Kurdistan, IS, ISIS, ISIL, Kobane, Erdogan, Assad, civil war, devolution, Islam, Islamic, WW1

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100 Iraqi Kurdish fighters are flying into Turkey today to cross the border into Syria in order to help out some Syrian Kurds who are defending the town of Kobane from ISIS….but Turkey ain’t none too happy about this. Say what? Why would Turkey not want to help defeat the extremist IS group? Because over the long term, they are more concerned with Kurds than with the crazies! Confused? Then dig this podcast and get a Kurdish clue!

Keywords: Turkey, Kurds, Kurdish, PKK, Peshmerga, Iraq, Syria, Kurdistan, IS, ISIS, ISIL, Kobane, Erdogan, Assad, civil war, devolution, Islam, Islamic, WW1

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35:40 100 Iraqi Kurdish fighters are flying into Turkey today to cross the border into Syria in order to help out some Syrian Kurds who are defending the town of Kobane from ISIS….but Turkey ain't none too happy about this. Say what? Why would Turkey not want to help defeat the extremist IS group? Because over the long term, they are more concerned with Kurds than with the crazies! Confused? Then dig this podcast and get a Kurdish clue! World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Ebola: World War E?]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/ebola-world-war-e Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:34:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Ebola! Yikes! Is it the most lethal virus the world has ever seen that might wipe out the human species, much like a Zombie moive? Not likely. But the Professor goes long form in this podcast to point out the geography, history, and true danger potential of this virus that has captured the attention and imagination of planet earth..and indeed could very well play out to a horror movie-style finale in Africa.

Keywords: West Africa, Ebola, infection disease, healthcare, epidemic, Africa

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Ebola! Yikes! Is it the most lethal virus the world has ever seen that might wipe out the human species, much like a Zombie moive? Not likely. But the Professor goes long form in this podcast to point out the geography, history, and true danger potential of this virus that has captured the attention and imagination of planet earth..and indeed could very well play out to a horror movie-style finale in Africa.

Keywords: West Africa, Ebola, infection disease, healthcare, epidemic, Africa

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36:29 Ebola! Yikes! Is it the most lethal virus the world has ever seen that might wipe out the human species, much like a Zombie moive? Not likely. But the Professor goes long form in this podcast to point out the geography, history, and true danger potential of this virus that has captured the attention and imagination of planet earth..and indeed could very well play out to a horror movie-style finale in Africa. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Tiananmen, Take 2?]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/tiananmen-take-2 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:38:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Holy Hong Kong Phooey! Pro-democracy protest have erupted in Hong Kong, shutting this world city down, and causing a direct face-off with the powerful Chinese government! The Professor explains the background of this flashpoint face-off, and the repercussions that will impact the city, the state, and the century to come! It’s a big HK democracy deal! Or is it?

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Holy Hong Kong Phooey! Pro-democracy protest have erupted in Hong Kong, shutting this world city down, and causing a direct face-off with the powerful Chinese government! The Professor explains the background of this flashpoint face-off, and the repercussions that will impact the city, the state, and the century to come! It’s a big HK democracy deal! Or is it?

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34:31 Holy Hong Kong Phooey! Pro-democracy protest have erupted in Hong Kong, shutting this world city down, and causing a direct face-off with the powerful Chinese government! The Professor explains the background of this flashpoint face-off, and the repercussions that will impact the city, the state, and the century to come! It's a big HK democracy deal! Or is it? World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[A Scottish “Aye” May Make Others Fly]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/a-scottish-aye-may-make-others-fly Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:39:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Holy kilt-lifter! A historic Scottish vote goes down tomorrow, Sept 18, to determine the fate of a future state called Scotland! The Professor talks about why this is happening, as well as the much bigger repercussions it has for Europe and the world!

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Holy kilt-lifter! A historic Scottish vote goes down tomorrow, Sept 18, to determine the fate of a future state called Scotland! The Professor talks about why this is happening, as well as the much bigger repercussions it has for Europe and the world!

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19:16 Holy kilt-lifter! A historic Scottish vote goes down tomorrow, Sept 18, to determine the fate of a future state called Scotland! The Professor talks about why this is happening, as well as the much bigger repercussions it has for Europe and the world! World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Sovereignty Going Old School!]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/sovereignty-going-old-school Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:03:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

So much sovereignty shenanigans happening across the planet right now that the Professor was compelled to crank out an update! Due to the actions of both Russia in Ukraine and ISIS in the Middle East, it appears that the modern definition of sovereignty (based on mutual recognition and UN rules of conduct) is now defunct, and the old school rules of ‘protecting tribe’ and ‘defendability’ are back in play. In addition, he chats briefly about Scotland, Kurdistan, Palestine, and other areas were sovereign state status is somewhat mysterious!

Keywords: Scotland, Kurdistan, Palestine, IS, ISIS, Russia, Ukraine

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So much sovereignty shenanigans happening across the planet right now that the Professor was compelled to crank out an update! Due to the actions of both Russia in Ukraine and ISIS in the Middle East, it appears that the modern definition of sovereignty (based on mutual recognition and UN rules of conduct) is now defunct, and the old school rules of ‘protecting tribe’ and ‘defendability’ are back in play. In addition, he chats briefly about Scotland, Kurdistan, Palestine, and other areas were sovereign state status is somewhat mysterious!

Keywords: Scotland, Kurdistan, Palestine, IS, ISIS, Russia, Ukraine

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31:53 So much sovereignty shenanigans happening across the planet right now that the Professor was compelled to crank out an update! Due to the actions of both Russia in Ukraine and ISIS in the Middle East, it appears that the modern definition of sovereignty (based on mutual recognition and UN rules of conduct) is now defunct, and the old school rules of 'protecting tribe' and 'defendability' are back in play. In addition, he chats briefly about Scotland, Kurdistan, Palestine, and other areas were sovereign state status is somewhat mysterious! World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Passenger Plane Attack will Push Putin]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/passenger-plane-attack-will-push-putin Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:16:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Holy horrific un-natural disasters! A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 people was just shot out of the air over eastern Ukraine today killing everyone onboard! The Professor pontificates on how this bizarre attack will be spun in the press, as well as why the pro-Russian rebels and Russia itself will be pushed to significantly modify their objectives in Ukraine after this international incident.

Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian, Malaysian Airlines, disaster, rebels, military, Russia, secession,

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Holy horrific un-natural disasters! A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 people was just shot out of the air over eastern Ukraine today killing everyone onboard! The Professor pontificates on how this bizarre attack will be spun in the press, as well as why the pro-Russian rebels and Russia itself will be pushed to significantly modify their objectives in Ukraine after this international incident.

Keywords: Ukraine, Ukrainian, Malaysian Airlines, disaster, rebels, military, Russia, secession,

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11:01 Holy horrific un-natural disasters! A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 people was just shot out of the air over eastern Ukraine today killing everyone onboard! The Professor pontificates on how this bizarre attack will be spun in the press, as well as why the pro-Russian rebels and Russia itself will be pushed to significantly modify their objectives in Ukraine after this international incident. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Iraq is A-Wreck, Part 2: Repercussions]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/iraq-is-a-wreck-part-2-repercussions Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:56:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

In this second podcast on the rise of ISIS, the Professor points out a variety of repercussions (to the region and the world) from the declaration of an Islamic State by the radical group that has been destabilizing SYria and Iraq. Some of the ripples in the pond caused by this ISIS rock include: re-thinking rebel/Assad support in Syria; an independent Kurdish state; a large Sunni-Shia schism; and most importantly, a possible thaw in relations between the US and Iran, and Iran and the Arab states.

Related Plaidcasts:
Iraq is A-Wreck

Keywords: Iraq, Iran, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Islam, Sunni, Shia, Shiite, Wahhabism, Ira-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein, Syria, Arab, Persian, Persian Gulf, oil, Saudi Arabia, US, Russia, Kurds, Kurdish, Kurdistan

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In this second podcast on the rise of ISIS, the Professor points out a variety of repercussions (to the region and the world) from the declaration of an Islamic State by the radical group that has been destabilizing SYria and Iraq. Some of the ripples in the pond caused by this ISIS rock include: re-thinking rebel/Assad support in Syria; an independent Kurdish state; a large Sunni-Shia schism; and most importantly, a possible thaw in relations between the US and Iran, and Iran and the Arab states.

Related Plaidcasts:
Iraq is A-Wreck

Keywords: Iraq, Iran, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Islam, Sunni, Shia, Shiite, Wahhabism, Ira-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein, Syria, Arab, Persian, Persian Gulf, oil, Saudi Arabia, US, Russia, Kurds, Kurdish, Kurdistan

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32:30 In this second podcast on the rise of ISIS, the Professor points out a variety of repercussions (to the region and the world) from the declaration of an Islamic State by the radical group that has been destabilizing SYria and Iraq. Some of the ripples in the pond caused by this ISIS rock include: re-thinking rebel/Assad support in Syria; an independent Kurdish state; a large Sunni-Shia schism; and most importantly, a possible thaw in relations between the US and Iran, and Iran and the Arab states. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Iraq is A-Wreck]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/iraq-is-a-wreck Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:00:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

A radical fringe Islamic group names ISIS is fighting to establish a extremist Islamic state in Iraq and Syria…and beyond. They control eastern Syria, western Iraq, just took control of Iraq’s 2nd biggest city of Mosul, and are advancing on the capital Bagdad! What the hell is going on here? Iraq is collapsing? Predictably, yes. In this rant the Professor outlines just a few of the contributing factors to why this significant event is taking place, the geographic/historic background of the state, and the consequences for the future of the region…and why it is the British’s fault.

Keywords: Iraq, ISIS, ISIL, Levant, Syria, Saddam Hussein, Islam, Muslim, Sunni, Shia, Kurds, Kurdish, Kurdistan, Arab, Baathist, Baath Party, US, Persian Gulf War, Alawite, Sykes-Picot, Mesopotamia, Fertile Crescent, Wahhabism, Wahhabi, jihad

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A radical fringe Islamic group names ISIS is fighting to establish a extremist Islamic state in Iraq and Syria…and beyond. They control eastern Syria, western Iraq, just took control of Iraq’s 2nd biggest city of Mosul, and are advancing on the capital Bagdad! What the hell is going on here? Iraq is collapsing? Predictably, yes. In this rant the Professor outlines just a few of the contributing factors to why this significant event is taking place, the geographic/historic background of the state, and the consequences for the future of the region…and why it is the British’s fault.

Keywords: Iraq, ISIS, ISIL, Levant, Syria, Saddam Hussein, Islam, Muslim, Sunni, Shia, Kurds, Kurdish, Kurdistan, Arab, Baathist, Baath Party, US, Persian Gulf War, Alawite, Sykes-Picot, Mesopotamia, Fertile Crescent, Wahhabism, Wahhabi, jihad

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35:05 A radical fringe Islamic group names ISIS is fighting to establish a extremist Islamic state in Iraq and Syria…and beyond. They control eastern Syria, western Iraq, just took control of Iraq's 2nd biggest city of Mosul, and are advancing on the capital Bagdad! What the hell is going on here? Iraq is collapsing? Predictably, yes. In this rant the Professor outlines just a few of the contributing factors to why this significant event is taking place, the geographic/historic background of the state, and the consequences for the future of the region…and why it is the British's fault. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[The Geography of D-Day]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/the-geography-of-d-day Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:47:00 -0400 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Holy historic spaces! Has it really been 70 years? Indeed! on June 6th 2014, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France….a major turning point in World War 2, and even in world history, the repercussions of which we can still see today. This place, on this date, is when “Team West” was born, creating an entity that defines the modern world like no other, and has hugely shaped the path of the planet for 7 decades. This podcasts deals with just a few aspects of the geography of this particular military maneuver and its global repercussions.

Keywords: WW2, World War 2, Normandy, Normandy Invasion, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Atlantic Wall, Allied Powers, Allies, Nazis, Europe, USA, Canada, UK, NATO, EU, UN, Omaha Beach

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Holy historic spaces! Has it really been 70 years? Indeed! on June 6th 2014, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France….a major turning point in World War 2, and even in world history, the repercussions of which we can still see today. This place, on this date, is when “Team West” was born, creating an entity that defines the modern world like no other, and has hugely shaped the path of the planet for 7 decades. This podcasts deals with just a few aspects of the geography of this particular military maneuver and its global repercussions.

Keywords: WW2, World War 2, Normandy, Normandy Invasion, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Atlantic Wall, Allied Powers, Allies, Nazis, Europe, USA, Canada, UK, NATO, EU, UN, Omaha Beach

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32:04 Holy historic spaces! Has it really been 70 years? Indeed! on June 6th 2014, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France….a major turning point in World War 2, and even in world history, the repercussions of which we can still see today. This place, on this date, is when "Team West" was born, creating an entity that defines the modern world like no other, and has hugely shaped the path of the planet for 7 decades. This podcasts deals with just a few aspects of the geography of this particular military maneuver and its global repercussions. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![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.

Related Stories:
Turkey bans Twitter — and Twitter explodes
Turkey’s most chaotic elections
Turkish PM claims landslide election win
Turkey elections: It's time for reconciliation

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.

Related Stories:
Turkey bans Twitter — and Twitter explodes
Turkey’s most chaotic elections
Turkish PM claims landslide election win
Turkey elections: It's time for reconciliation

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