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We're joined by Franc Milburn for a third time on the show to discuss the geopolitical situation between western powers and an increasingly coherent Russian-Chinese alliance.  But first Mike and Austin ask Franc about Project Unity's interview with Oke Shannon about his role in the events recorded by the Wilson-Davis Memo.COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
52. No Labels

52. No Labels

2022-09-1315:47

We're back with a reading series this week.  We check in with David Brooks and Ross Douthat over at the New York Times to figure out why the center of American power and its opinionmakers are ultimately blameless for the current political landscape. We're back next week with a film review and return the following week with guest Franc Milburn. COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
This time on Cointelpro we do an interview with John Yost about the 2022 documentary he directed called Alien Abduction: Answers.  We talk about Yost’s experiences with the phenomenon, its intentions, and what our focus should be when we think about this subject. Also, we will be releasing an extended version of this interview for our subscribers on Patreon later this week.  The link is in the show notes as always. COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
This show is firmly a post-2020 podcast.  But this week we dive into the six year effort to litigate Donald Trump.  COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
49. The Network State

49. The Network State

2022-08-0533:32

Balaji Srinivasan's 2022 book The Network State is the topic of this episode.  It’s a web3 political treatise with a crash course in history and social theory, making both accessible to an audience more typically focused on tech, finance, and business. Mike and Austin discuss the role of democracy, consent of the governed, and the impending struggle between the people of the state and the people of the network.  COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
48. A Rude Awakening

48. A Rude Awakening

2022-07-2228:47

Mike and Austin discuss Daniel Greenleaf's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed from last week. COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
We're joined for a third time on the show by Austin Mejdrich, a district director for the Illinois Democrats, to talk about three political stories.  Mike and Austin ask Mejdrich about the violence in Highland Park over the weekend, the Roe v. Wade decision, and the race for the Illinois governor's mansion. COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
A MUFON investigator looks into the abyss only to find it staring back at him.Jesse Peak on Twitter.Jesse's website.COINTELPRO Official Twitter.Co-hosts: Mike Spencer and Austin.Our Patreon page.Support the show
Mike Spencer discusses his recent publication for Protos with Austin.  Since 2020, the Human Rights Foundation has distributed grants to developers and educators working on improving the usability and infrastructure of Bitcoin.  The Bitcoin Development Fund's director says its a worthy human rights cause because it promotes civil and financial freedoms that undermine authoritarian rulers. Mike sat down with with Alex Gladstein and HRF's grant recipients to find out more.  Support the show
Austin and Mike react to growing up in a country post-Columbine.  We discuss the multifaceted causes of this violence, the immutable rhetorical cycle in the media, and the political dysfunction that ensures it will never stop. You can follow us on Twitter, along with our personal accounts:AustinMikeYou can support our work on Patreon.Support the show
We discuss the first Congressional UFO hearing in more than 50 years and one hell of a strange Easter egg that a United States Congressman decided to enter into the Congressional record. We provide context for the infamous Wilson-Davis documents and what this entry into the public record might mean for future hearings on UFOs.You can follow us on Twitter, along with our personal accounts:AustinMikeYou can support our work on Patreon.Notes:Bryan Bender's 5/16/22 POLITICO article: https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/16/intelligence-agencies-congress-ufo-hearing-00032713A link to the entire Congressional UFO hearing: https://www.c-span.org/video/?520133-1/hearing-government-investigation-ufos&live The infamous Wilson-Davis documents: https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://documents2.theblackvault.com/casefiles/wilsonleak.pdf&hl=enTheories of Everything interview with Ross Coulthart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM3kxeU_oDE Support the show
"Remember the Maine" -- In this week's episode Dr. Arlene Diaz joins Mike Spencer, Austin to discuss the start of the Spanish-Cuban-American War.  As tensions build in Cuba, American imperialists order the USS Maine into Havana Harbor.  In February of 1898, the ship exploded and a sensationalist media industry of the Gilded Age used it to break in the war, focusing public opinion around the perception that the Spanish were responsible.  But were they?  Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
"American Blood on American Soil" -- In this week's episode Mike, Austin, and Dr. Peter Guardino discuss the start of the Mexican-American War. With troops garrisoned in Corpus Christi, President James K. Polk sent future President Zachary Taylor across the Nueces River and into Mexican territory, where Polk would later claim that Mexican cavalry had attacked American soldiers on their own land. Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
We kick off our second series on the pod this week.  By highlighting three instances when facts and events have been manipulated and adjusted to fit the motives of interested factions in the U.S. ruling class, we endeavor to raise skepticism and awareness of such efforts in the near future.  Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
We discuss Ezra Klein's NYT article "The Enemies of Liberalism Are Showing Us What it Really Means."  Klein is in dialogue throughout with Matthew Rose's book from Yale University Press called A World After Liberalism.  Mike and Austin attempt get to the bottom of liberalism's conflicting definitions and historical background, demonstrating how the ideology is being used to construct a western political identity.  Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
It was September 18th, 1976. That night, the Iranian capital city of Tehran, was quiet. It was still dark out when civilians started noticing something strange hovering over the city. Four separate phone calls were received by the Iranian Air Force. The military’s interest peaked after Hossein Pirouzi, the night supervisor and air traffic controller fielding the calls, decided to take a look outside for himself before completely writing off the barrage of accounts from nearby eyewitnesses.  Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.https://www.nsa.gov/portals/75/documents/news-features/declassified-documents/ufo/now_you_see.pdfSupport the show
We induct a fifth film into the COINTELPRO canon.  Nicholas Cage, John Goodman, and Holly Hunter star in the second Coen Brothers' movie. We discuss the connections between this film, the western genre, and No Country for Old Men; and, explore a class analysis of this classic. Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
We are joined this week by David Marler, an independent researcher who is widely known in the field of UAP research as the foremost expert on triangular UFOs. In 2013, he published the book, Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation. David has served as the Illinois State Director of the Mutual UFO Network, the largest civilian research organization in the country devoted to the study of unexplained aerial phenomena. He has lectured on the subject to many academic and civilian audiences over the years. Marler has assisted multiple major television networks like the History, Discovery, and Smithsonian Channels with their productions on UFOs over the years.  Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
Our world conflict preview, I guess? Recorded March 1, 2022. Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
We're joined by journalist Jacob Silverman on this week's episode.  He works for the New Republic and writes about technology.  He's also writing about cryptocurrency with actor Ben McKenzie.  We discuss the motivations of crypto-skeptical journalists and the future of blockchain technology. Follow us on Twitter and support us on Patreon.Support the show
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