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[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.

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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.

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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
<![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.

Related Plaidcasts:
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Ukraine in NATO? Nope, no, nyet, never, nein, non!
Ukrainian Gas Problems Causing Constipation For the EU!
Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 1: Backstory
Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 2: The Blow-up
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.

Related Plaidcasts:
Hold-Out Hottie Unravels Ukraine
Ukraine in NATO? Nope, no, nyet, never, nein, non!
Ukrainian Gas Problems Causing Constipation For the EU!
Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 1: Backstory
Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 2: The Blow-up
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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Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 1: Backstory
Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 2: The Blow-up
Hold-Out Hottie Unravels Ukraine
Ukraine in NATO? Nope, no, nyet, never, nein, non!
Ukrainian Gas Problems Causing Constipation For the EU!

Related Stories:
Crimean Punishment

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.

Related Plaidcasts:
Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 1: Backstory
Ukrainian Unraveling, Part 2: The Blow-up
Hold-Out Hottie Unravels Ukraine
Ukraine in NATO? Nope, no, nyet, never, nein, non!
Ukrainian Gas Problems Causing Constipation For the EU!

Related Stories:
Crimean Punishment

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

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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