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[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/

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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
<![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