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[Putin Can’t Lose; Russia Can’t Win]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/putin-cant-lose-russia-cant-win Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:05:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

After a year of almost non-stop chaos in eastern Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the major events of the Ukrainian unraveling in the last 11 months….but mostly as a backdrop to the actions of Vladimir Putin in this drama, and the potential long-term impacts that all of this mess will have in the Eurasian region. Putin can certainly ‘win’ at any confrontation in Eastern Europe, but many of us fear that Russia will ‘lose’ in the long run. The East/West rift between Russia and the US/EU seems to be getting progressively worse, and all will suffer for it…it may not be a new Cold War, but the possible outcomes look very similar already.

Keywords: Ukraine, Donbass, Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimea, Putin, Vladimir, Russia, NATO, Cold War, military, Europe, EU, Eurasia, Estonia, madness

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After a year of almost non-stop chaos in eastern Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the major events of the Ukrainian unraveling in the last 11 months….but mostly as a backdrop to the actions of Vladimir Putin in this drama, and the potential long-term impacts that all of this mess will have in the Eurasian region. Putin can certainly ‘win’ at any confrontation in Eastern Europe, but many of us fear that Russia will ‘lose’ in the long run. The East/West rift between Russia and the US/EU seems to be getting progressively worse, and all will suffer for it…it may not be a new Cold War, but the possible outcomes look very similar already.

Keywords: Ukraine, Donbass, Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimea, Putin, Vladimir, Russia, NATO, Cold War, military, Europe, EU, Eurasia, Estonia, madness

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43:13 After a year of almost non-stop chaos in eastern Ukraine, the Professor summarizes the major events of the Ukrainian unraveling in the last 11 months....but mostly as a backdrop to the actions of Vladimir Putin in this drama, and the potential long-term impacts that all of this mess will have in the Eurasian region. Putin can certainly 'win' at any confrontation in Eastern Europe, but many of us fear that Russia will 'lose' in the long run. The East/West rift between Russia and the US/EU seems to be getting progressively worse, and all will suffer for it...it may not be a new Cold War, but the possible outcomes look very similar already. World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Saudi Shift to Salman #3: Potential Impacts]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/saudi-shift-to-salman-3-potential-impacts Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:26:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world!

Related Plaidcasts:
Saudi Shift to Salman #1: Adios King Abdullah
Saudi Shift to Salman #2: Salaam to King Salman

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Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world!

Related Plaidcasts:
Saudi Shift to Salman #1: Adios King Abdullah
Saudi Shift to Salman #2: Salaam to King Salman

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25:27 Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world! World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Saudi Shift to Salman #2: Salaam to King Salman]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/saudi-shift-to-salman-2-salaam-to-king-salman Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:26:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world

Related Plaidcasts:
Saudi Shift to Salman #1: Adios King Abdullah

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Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world

Related Plaidcasts:
Saudi Shift to Salman #1: Adios King Abdullah

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17:03 Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Saudi Shift to Salman #1: Adios King Abdullah]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/saudi-shift-to-salman-1-adios-king-abdullah Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:19:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world!

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Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world!

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23:18 Holy House of Saud! The most revered and awesome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia passed away on Jan 23, and has been replaced by new King Salman. In this 3-part podcast, the Professor chats about the old King, the new King, and the possible huge (but subtlety unfolding) impacts of this regime change for the Saudis, for the region, and for the world! World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[Oil Price Drops: Geopolitics Pops!]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/oil-price-drops-geopolitics-pops Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:34:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

Let’s get rude with the crude! What’s up with dropping oil prices world wide? Like the Titanic, they are going down my friends, and that has titanic geopolitical consequences for a whole lot of countries. The Professor points out the winners (USA! USA! USA!) and losers (sorry Russia!) of the precipitous petroleum plunge!

Keywords: oil, petroleum, OPEC, frack, fracking, USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, supply, demand, China, Japan, EU, India, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Qatar , Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, North Dakota

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Let’s get rude with the crude! What’s up with dropping oil prices world wide? Like the Titanic, they are going down my friends, and that has titanic geopolitical consequences for a whole lot of countries. The Professor points out the winners (USA! USA! USA!) and losers (sorry Russia!) of the precipitous petroleum plunge!

Keywords: oil, petroleum, OPEC, frack, fracking, USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, supply, demand, China, Japan, EU, India, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Qatar , Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, North Dakota

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34:52 Let's get rude with the crude! What's up with dropping oil prices world wide? Like the Titanic, they are going down my friends, and that has titanic geopolitical consequences for a whole lot of countries. The Professor points out the winners (USA! USA! USA!) and losers (sorry Russia!) of the precipitous petroleum plunge! World Plaid Avenger no No
<![CDATA[The 43: Muchos Muerto in Mexico]]> http://plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/the-43-muchos-muerto-in-mexico Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:44:00 -0500 the Avenger... {categories} {/categories}

What is up with the 43? The 43 kidnapped (and likely assassinated) students sparked a nation-wide protest in Mexico, a protest now spilling into the USA…and is symptomatic of a huge drug problem that ain’t going away. Get the Professor lowdown on this specific current event, and its role in the overall nasty narco-story of the North American continent. And dig these other vintage podcasts that refer to the Mexican War on Drugs in more detail:
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie Part 1 at plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/cool-calderon-bags-a-barbie-part-1/
and
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie Part 2 at plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/cool-calderon-bags-a-barbie-part-2/

Related Plaidcasts:
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie (part 1)
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie (part 2)

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What is up with the 43? The 43 kidnapped (and likely assassinated) students sparked a nation-wide protest in Mexico, a protest now spilling into the USA…and is symptomatic of a huge drug problem that ain’t going away. Get the Professor lowdown on this specific current event, and its role in the overall nasty narco-story of the North American continent. And dig these other vintage podcasts that refer to the Mexican War on Drugs in more detail:
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie Part 1 at plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/cool-calderon-bags-a-barbie-part-1/
and
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie Part 2 at plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/cool-calderon-bags-a-barbie-part-2/

Related Plaidcasts:
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie (part 1)
Cool Calderon Bags a Barbie (part 2)

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<![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