Freeze your eggs, anyone?; banking boondoggles; air umbrellas

19 Oct

Whole Shebang 10/19/2014

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1. Freeze your eggs, anyone?  Facebook and Apple are offering their employees the opportunity to freeze their eggs.  Shelley asks if this latest benefit of working for big techie companies is just a logical extension of foosball in the lobby, free sushi, and over-night accommodations, or as some suggest that it is the beginning of the doom of civilization.  Jen’s response is scathing; Cait’s full of possibly legitimate paranoia.

 

2. Banking boondoggles.  Bank of America is buying itself out of trouble with the Justice Department with a multi-billion dollar settlement  for its allegedly fraudulent mortgage practices that in 2008 resulted in so many home foreclosures and trouble for investors who bought the bonds. Shelley’s ire is still up because the practices that caused the problems with the system have not been rectified; Jen feels the ones to punish are the people who hired and okayed the people who robo-signed mortgages;  Cait’s fully justifiable paranoia continues. And, specifically what has been the government’s role in the financial crisis and continuing mess? Just for fun watch this video from Jon Stewart about the AIG trial which makes one laugh and cry at the surreal absurdity of the bailout and the companies that were saved.

3. Air umbrella.  Did some fellas in China build a better mouse-trap with this addition to personal rain gear, or is this just plain silly?

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged, or perhaps en-saddened, by the devaluing of the virtue of loyalty.
Cait is enraged by a wrong-headed ad on the bus aimed at Millennials.
Jen, for the trifecta, is enraged by her sense of disenfranchisement when working with(?!) her government representatives over a serious local issue.

 

The Death of Adulthood in American Culture; Dalai Lama Not Reincarnating; Ye Olde English

5 Oct

Whole Shebang 10/05/2014

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1. Have we lost the ability to represent (or enact) adulthood in American Culture?  A. O. Scott of The New York Times certainly thinks so.   Pointing to the end of patriarchy, the devouring of Y.A. fiction by O.A. (old adults), and 40-year-olds on skateboards, he says American Adults just aren’t doing it right.  (Listen for Jen’s thoughts on Y.A. fiction!)

Is Katy Perry acting like an adult?

Is Katy Perry behaving like an adult? (Spoiler: Yes.)

 

2.  Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, has decided not to reincarnate.  With twinges of sadness, dismay, and admiration, the Shebangers examine this choice and its effect on Chinese/Tibetan politics.  Here is the link to Robert Thurman’s interview with the Dalai Lama.

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The words of Shakespeare sounded very different back in Billy’s day.  A marvelous mini-documentary discusses how they determined what it sounded like during the English Renaissance, the value of performing the plays the way they were originally performed rather than adapting them for modern times (I’m looking at you, Ethan Hawke), and gives a lovely side-by-side recitation from Henry V.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s

We can do better.

We can do better.

 

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by the total lack of color in stores today.  How dreary!
Cait is enriched by her new Sistema Klip-It Lunch Cube and how it has made her life easier!
Jen is enraged by children reading Y.A. novels.  Live a little, little ones!

 

NFL; Scotland; Stonehenge

21 Sep

Whole Shebang 09/21/2014

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1. Is the NFL in charge of punishing their players for legal crimes? We have all gone on record saying that we don’t mind if our artists are bad bananas. I don’t expect Interscope Records to refuse to product Eminem’s album because he beats his wife. I don’t expect them to do that even if he writes a song about beating his wife and enjoying it. So why is the NFL different or is it?

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2. I was rather excited for Scotland’s referendum regarding seceding from the UK that took place on Thursday. But if there is one thing that I took to heart when I was learning about the US civil war as a kid is that secession is the whiners way out. We discuss whether we were pro or con secession in this case and about secession in general.

John Oliver had some valuable things to say about the “variously willing” members that make up Great Britain:

3. The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project has revealed 17 additional structures including one they are calling superhenge.To find these things, they used a magnetometer, ground penetrating radar, and 3d laser scans. Mom and Cait are not impressed.

defleshing chamber

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enriched by the feats of those who cut down large trees.
Cait is enraged by the CTA, again! Chicago needs more buses!
Jen is enriched the ipad game The Secret Society by G5 entertainment. It is a hidden object game to end all hidden object games.

 

Tidbits on the 2014 elections and Obama, Angelina, and Kim–fashion hits or faux pas?

7 Sep

Whole Shebang 7/9/2014

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Change of schedule:  After two years of weekly podcasts, the ladies have decided to go to an every-other-week format.  Full-time jobs, other projects, and life have made the weekly schedule difficult to maintain.  We hope our listeners will bear with our decision.

 

1. Tidbits on the 2014 elections.   The ladies are joined by guest, Ace, cousin and nephew, who brings his A game with information and opinion on whether the Republicans have a chance to keep the House and re-capture the Senate and how such an outcome will effect policy and on various pivotal races for governor. With characteristic aplomb, Ace also answers  queries on who will vote, how to mark a ballot, and other basics.  The ladies always feel so much more educated after he has been on the show.  Thank you, Ace!

2. Obama, Angelina, and Kim–fashion hits or faux pas?  These three have been in the news recently for their controversial sartorial decisions.  President Obama gave an important speech in a a khaki suit (a khaki suit!! what is up with that!!), the media went wild, and Shelley smells a conspiracy.  Angelina’s veil has embroidered replica’s of her children’s art pieces which Jen finds a bit reminiscent of blood in vials worn around her neck.  Cait thinks the slut-tastic garment worn by Kim Kardashian to the British GQ awards is perfectly appropriate for the event and venue but horribly tailored. Here they are:

Schlubby, just-being hip, man, or political statement? You decide.

 

 

Va-va-voom, or poorly tailored?

 

 

 

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enraged by appallingly unhygienic and uncaring habits of those sharing public transportation.
Shelley is enriched by having witnessed the most terrifying thunderstorm of her life.
Jen is enriched by the Canadian show, Continuum. Well, maybe she is; she’s not sure. Listeners, weigh in and let her know what you think.

 

Dad Makeover #howtodad; Danes at Work; John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight

24 Aug

Whole Shebang 08/24/2014

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1.  Cheerios has given dads a media makeover.  That’s right; the bumbling idiot father’s of commercials and sitcoms we have seen since the 1950′s have been replaced by a very capable and oddly charismatic fellow.  Is this new portrayal of dad necessary?  This article suggests so.

Before:

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Where is your mother?

After:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GYxH2-WeZY

2. An article in Fast Company suggests that Americans could take a few pointers from the Denmark workforce.  The article, 5 Simple Office Policies That Make Danish Workers Way More Happy Than Americans, outlines simple, but systemic changes such as shorter working hours and low power distance between bosses and employees.  Cait has a terrible take on this:

A recent photo of Cait

A recent photo of Cait

3. After John Oliver’s brilliant coverage of the Anthony Weiner/Carlos Danger saga during Jon Stewart’s sabbatical, he earned his own television show.  Is John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight an update on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report?  The Shebangers discuss how airing on HBO provides different opportunities.

Here’s a monologue that effects us here at the Whole Shebang:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enriched by getting her printer working!!
Mom is enriched by her visit with Jen in Santa Fe.
Jen is enriched by Australian novelists.

 

myth of antioxidants; Channing Tatum; Crocs

10 Aug

Whole Shebang 08/10/2014

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1. The Whole Shebangers are becoming curators of all debunked health science. My favorite example being that sunscreen gives you skin cancer. In this installment we talk about the myth of antioxidants as our saviors. We read an article Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You by Moises Velasquez-Manoff that tells us that vitamins are worthless because they don’t contain the noxious substances that put stress on our bodies, which your body has to ramp up to fight against.

A sort of what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger type argument. So keep your eye out for the term hormesis —that something that is toxic can in small amounts be beneficial—in your next diet book.

2. It is time to decide – is Channing Tatum a worthwhile person to watch in movies? Is he hunky, dumb, boring, a good dancer?

Here are our It is Time to Decide results:

Cait thinks Channing is worthwhile.
Mom does not think Channing is worthwhile, unless he is dancing.
Jen does not think Channing is worthwhile, unless he is dancing.

 
And make sure you rush out to watch Step Up All In like it was the Titantic, so the powers that be are convinced they should make yet another Step Up. I can’t get enough.

3. It is time to decide – are Crocs the most amazing footwear ever created or a terrible crime against fashion?

Here are our It is Time to Decide results:

Cait thinks non-clog Crocs are work appropriate.
Mom thinks Crocs are amazing footwear.
Jen thinks Crocs are amazing footwear.

If you are now convinced, get yourself some Crocs and gibbets and join the revolution!

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enriched by the comedy special of her friend Jimmy Povolo.
Mom is enriched her movie theater’s rewards program which is easy and actually rewarding to use.
Jen is enriched by the fourth season of The Killing now streaming on Netflix. Worth it!

 

Fantasy Weddings–NIMBY; the Salieri Conundrum; Tech and Fitness

3 Aug

Whole Shebang 3/8/2014

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1. Fantasy Weddings–NIMBY.  We have discussed weddings in the past  but things take a whole different turn when such an event happens in Shelley’s backyard, or, at least two doors down.  Two weeks it took to build the venue and decorate it in a woodland glade.  But as Uncle Tom says, ” No matter how much you spend to spruce it up, it is still a port-a-potty.”  We discuss the pros and cons of the economics of such events, weddings as competition, and perhaps the necessity of changing the focus of marriages from romantic love to a shift in the fabric of the community. You have to hear Cait’s benchmark for a good marriage.

And, the winner is…

 

 

2. The Salieri Conundrum.  Should we all behave like Antonio Salieri, a composer contemporary of Amadeus Mozart, who deplored that such extraordinary musical gifts should be  housed within a deplorable character?  Why do we expect our celebrities to be perfect?  Extraordinary talent comes in all sorts of packages. The ladies produce a surprising answer.

Should this man be a role model for your children? Trick question.

 

3. Tech and Fitness.  Do all those gadgets that track your fitness improve health? Jen is unconvinced, but loves the fun of her MyTracks app that allows her to see in all its glory her adventures on her dirt bike. Cait is determined to win her company’s fitness challenge even if others are less than honest in their reporting of their actual fitness activity.  Shelley likes her pedometer but feels that Doug Adams in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy had it right.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enraged by cheaters cheating. Boy, is she ticked!
Shelley is enraged by the game players. You know who you are.
Jen is enriched by her ability lately to sleep like a champ. Such news gladdens a mother’s heart.

 

 

 

 

Solving Poverty; The Mandela Effect; All About That Bass

27 Jul

Whole Shebang 07/27/2014

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1. Following up last week’s discussion of the US Postal Service serving as a bank for the under-banked (is that a word?  We’ll go with yes) the Shebangers discuss an article by Tianna Gaines-Turner detailing “Three Steps We Can Take To Solve Poverty, From Someone Who Knows Firsthand.”  We determined last week that perhaps the problems of the under-banked (there it is again) arise not from a lack of banking options, but in fact a lack of funds to put into a bank.  Has Mrs. Gaines-Turner the answer?  Listen in.  Here is the book Jen discusses:

2. The Mandela Effect:  Do alternate memories indicate an alternate history in a parallel universe?  Fiona Broome thinks so.  The Mandela Effect refers to shared false memories such as people who all distinctly remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison when, in fact (or in this universe), he did not.

(Nelson Mandela's Autobiography) Or did you remember this as a James Bond film/book?

Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography (Or did you remember it as a James Bond book/film?)

 

Also, here is the video of Japanese school girls doing parkour that I sent to the Shebangers in lieu of links to information about the Mandela Effect.

Me this week.

Me this week.

 

3. All About That Bass:    Pastel pastries, unflattering outfits, gloriously shaking booties, and one poor, abused, skinny woman.  We discuss the music video for the joyous ear worm by Meghan Trainor who does not want to hear one word about that treble.  Remember listeners:  You are perfect from your head down to your toe, unless you are slender.  All About That Bass

The fabulous male dancer’s Vine compilation.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enraged by her failed attempt to get her laundry done.  How do these contraptions not except credit cards, by now?
Mom is enriched by the temperate weather.  Ahh, how refreshing!
Jen is enriched by Dr. Oz eating his words about Agave being better than sugar.  As she says, “Where is your God now?”

 

 

 

postal banking; free range kids; Weird Al

20 Jul

Whole Shebang 07/20/2014

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1. The US Postal Service has a new plan to make money. They want to provide banking services from which they believe they can earn $8.9 billion. Given that I come from a rural town, I hold a fond place in my heart for the daily trip to the post office and all the gossip it can bring. Which means I am not that sure I want to corrupt it with banking services. Read the full 33 page proposal or just listen to us.

2. What is the line between providing your kids with opportunities to become responsible, competent, and full of earned self-worth and being a foolish parent? Lenore Skenazy blogs at Free Range Kids to try to help us chill out on the parenting front. I am sensing a swinging pendulum where soon being a helicopter parent will be considered abusive.

Free Range Baby

Free Range Baby

3. Weird Al is back with Mandatory Fun a new album and, of course, silly new videos. We do the run-down. Check them out and hold your breath for the last video big reveal tomorrow on his website.

Enrichments or Enragements:

Cait is enriched by her first-ever full naked massage.
Mom is enriched by Cait and I pitching in to get our childhood house sold – fast and for millions and millions of dollars.
Jen is enriched by two good books available below. You can also check out the corresponding Slate Audio Book Club for Dept. of Speculation. I provided a link also to We Were Liars, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.


 

Rebroadcast: damned if you do; won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise; cuteness

13 Jul

We are all crazy stressed this week so we are re-broadcasting an episode from last July 28th.

Whole Shebang 07/13/2014

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1. The popular press makes it look like, in terms of healthful living, we are damned if you do. Lately we have learned that antioxidants erase exercise, your multivitamin is worthless, sunscreen gives you skin cancer, and overweight people live longer than those in the “normal” BMI category. We discuss the possibilities that 1.) these news reports inaccurately describe health studies, 2.) the studies themselves are so narrowly defined as to be inapplicable to the wider population, and 3.) the things that may be healthful for one person are unhealthy for another. Here is the video I was referring to where Russell Brand makes fun of Mika and her Morning Joe crew:

2. Won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise? The answer to that is a re-sounding “no”! We recap cruise ship disasters: icebergs, Somali pirates, rogue waves, food poisoning, sloshing sewage, downed ship stabilizers. Are cruise ship disasters like airplane crashes, rare, but salient and well-covered in the news or is there really something going horribly awry in this industry? Well let’s just say you won’t find any of us cruising anytime soon.

3. Cute is everywhere. We make miniature dogs and other animals, you can follow cute emergency on twitter, and a study shows that looking at cute pictures of animals increases your productivity. I swear that’s why I google image search puppies at work. Is this an office worker phenomenon?

 

 

 

Enrichments or Enragements:

Mom is enraged by swimmer’s itch.
Cait is enraged by rude cell phone usage.
Jen is enriched by RSA animate’s rendition of Dan Ariely’s The Truth About Dishonesty