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AVDP EP53 | Trust, Chess, Tarantino, Drunkeness

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  • What to Trust

    A topic that comes from Malone. When reading or learning a story, how does one decide what sources are trustworthy and which are not? How much bias is acceptable? Does size and history of the news organization instill trust? My strategy is to read several articles on the same topic from different sources so I have a better idea of all the angles.

  • NYPD Boycott Quentin Tarantino

    Tarantino had some choice words for the NYPD during an protest against police brutality. They are upset because an officer died in the line of duty close to the date of the protest. Instead of putting out a well crafted statement about how police put their lives in danger they decided to boycott Tarantino’s movie… Pretty childish and pathetic in my opinion, totally confirming the immaturity the police who are bad eggs exhibit when they go mad with power.

    Later, they threaten Tarantino with an accident.

  • Chess

    I reference this article drunkenly, about people trying to build the smallest chess program.

    But the more interesting question is will Chess ever be fully solved? Meaning will the computer be able to say based on the first move alone, what the outcome of the game will be if both players played perfectly?

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  • Classic Xbox Games

    I have been buying classic xbox games on ebay! They are super affordable, and the games are very awesome. I have especially fallen in love with Fight Night, first Round 3 and now Round 4.

  • Space Hulk

    Noah doesn’t actually like this game Space Hulk. But he wanted me to put the link in here anyway.

AVDP EP50 | Vaccine, Common Core, Peeple, Catering Scams



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

 

  • To Vax or Not to Vax

    We bring my lovely wife Emily on to talk about vaccines. Some people refuse to vaccinate their kids despite the obvious benefits to society. These anti-vaxxers get a bad rap, but are they really so irrational? I put myself in thier shoes and wonder, is it so unreasonable to simply refuse the risk vaccines carry?

    For example the Adenovirus vaccines may cause the following side effects (from cdc.gov):

    Mild Problems
    Several mild problems have been reported within 2 weeks of getting the vaccine:
    headaches, upper respiratory tract infection (about 1 person in 3)
    stuffy nose, sore throat, joint pain (about 1 person in 6)
    abdominal pain, cough, nausea (about 1 person in 7)
    diarrhea (about 1 person in 10)
    fever (about 1 person in 100)

    Severe Problems
    More serious problems have been reported by about 1 person in 100, within 6 months of vaccination. These problems included:
    blood in the urine or stool
    pneumonia
    inflammation of the stomach or intestines

    Not all of these sound very life-threatening, but the could be and some parents like to play it safe. Should they be FORCED to vaccines?

  • Common Core

    This article does a good job explaining both what Common Core is and why people shouldn’t freak about it on Skeptoid.

    Basically it’s a new methodology for doing basic math. I have noticed a trend of parents posting hateful messages about this saying things like “What is the point of this?” or “What was wrong with math the way we learned it?” It should be obvious a rational person that those responses are both very dangerous when talking about the education system. There are many reasons why education needs to develop with time, rather than teaching things the same way all the time.

  • The Old Catering Scam

    Eric brings us a tale of low-down-dirty scamming. At a wedding the catering company offers a brilliant idea: They will use clickers to measure how many drinks they serve, and then charge the hosts for them. Seems like a pretty decent idea since you aren’t paying for 80 bottles when you only needed 60.

    What’s the catch? The catch is, the caterers clear the tables and steal everyone’s drinks the second they turn their backs, encouraging people to go get a “free refill” from the bar. People don’t think twice, and the bill skyrockets! Keep your eyes peeled for this nonsense!

  • Peeple, Yelp for People

    Here is a new app idea making the rounds, Peeple. I guess it’s an online people review site where seemingly anyone can leave anyone a review. It might not be anything more than a hoax as of now, and me and Eric already found a bunch of serious flaws in the system, if it was real.

    But let’s a assume it does happen, how will this change our lives? Or will it matter at all?

Picks

  • Play DOS Games!

    Archive.org is hosting all of the DOS games, playable in the browser!

  • Reply All Podcast

    Look up “Reply All” in your podcast app, and LISTEN TO REPLY ALL! It’s my favorite podcast.

AVDP EP49 | Abortion! And some other less interesting topics



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Is Spreading the Truth a Moral Obligation

    A philosophical question. Is every person morally obligated to spread the truth if they know it? For example in a world in which slavery is acceptable, and you know that it should not be acceptable, are you obligated to tell others? Or is it okay for you to simply know the truth but let others go about living their lives?

    I am on the side of obligation. Spreading the best information is everyone’s responsibility.

  • Men Control the Abortion Debate

    We talk about how fair or unfair it is that men get to decide the fate of the abortion debate, even though they cannot ever give birth. I think it is a big misdirection effort to say it has something to do with men controlling women, and a huge falsity to say that if men gave birth instead of women they would have a different opinion.

    They might. But there are plenty of women who are pro-life even though they are the ones giving birth. At the same time, plenty of men are pro-choice.

  • Abortion Debate! Alex vs Yury.

    The big abortion debate rages on!

Picks

  • Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls

    Both Yury and I are deep into Diablo currently. He is enjoying it on PS4 and I am enjoying it on PC. Try it out if you haven’t, or revisit it if you played before.

  • Narcos

    Narcos is on Netflix and many people have recommended it to me.

AVDP EP48 | Veganism and the Bible, Abortion, Universal Truth, Kim Davis



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Veganism and the Bible

    This is a conversation that is very important to me, despite being very non-religious myself. Many people I speak with however are and one of the most common justifications for eating meat is “God put animals on the Earth for me to eat.” To which I am unfortunately unequipped to deal with. Well Chris is here to empower me, and shine some light on exactly what the bible does have to say about eating animals and how it relates to humanity.

  • Shifting Abortion Views

    I have been pro-choice for as long as I can remember. My primary reason has been that I don’t value the lives of humans very highly and I don’t really care if there is one less baby in the world. But now when considering how a vegan sees the world I can see that isn’t good enough anymore. If that is the reasoning I use to not have to care about the plight of unborn babies is fine with me, then isn’t it also fine for other people to not care about the cows and chickens? Now I realize my reasoning isn’t good enough.

  • Master of Orion Remake

    One of my favorite games is getting a remake! If you have never played Master of Orion 2 (or 1) you should find a way to check it out. Super great.

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  • Horizon Chase

    A slick iOS game, only costs 1.99 has NO ADS, NO IAP. Just a slick racing game with vibrant colors.

AVDP EP45 | Baby Race, Police Brutality, Bacon Seaweed, Flag Desecration



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • San Diego Public Bathroom Costs City $$$

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    Costs to install the two shiny, silver restrooms last winter in downtown’s East Village ended up significantly higher than initial estimates — $560,000 versus $215,000.

    Further clouding the future of the loos are annual maintenance costs, which have skyrocketed from an estimated $50,000 to at least $185,000 — not including $35,000 per year for water and $30,000 per year for vandalism repairs. Read more via San Diego Union Tribune.

  • Flag Desecration

    • Flag belongs to all
    • Flag represents freedom
    • Inanimate object
    • Emotional outrage/taking personal offense is irrational
    • Similar to Muhammad drawings
    • People claim to be patriotic for opposing flag desecration in protest, when opposite stance would make more sense as freedom loving
  • Our Fucking Heroes: Sandra Bland

    In our new segment “Our Fucking Heroes” we discuss the Sandra Bland incident. In this seemingly routine traffic stop, our hero police officer took it upon himself to sniff out foul play, drag this small black woman out of her car, slam her on the ground and arrest her … for resisting arrest. Job well done! Read more via USA Today.

  • Our Fucking Heroes: Short Bus Fare

    Speaking of slamming people on the ground, here is another story of our hero transit officers saving society from an 18 year old college student who was short .75c on bus fair. I am glad SOMEONE was on this bus to slam her on the ground for attempting to STEAL a discount bus ride. Read more via NBC Washington.

  • Baby Crawl Racing DQed for Cheating

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    This cheating baby tries to scoot away with the trophy from a baby crawl race, but cannot outrun the eagle eyes of the race authorities! The baby and his parents were promptly disqualified from the race! Read more via Daily Mail.

Picks of the Week

AVDP 40 | Veganism, Dadbod, Cancer Charities, Minimum Wage



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Alex Goes Vegan

    I convert to full vegan. I encourage anyone to ask me anything about it, and I strong suggest everyone consider going vegan. It is the only ethical thing to do, and if you consider yourself an ethical person. Everyone must realize that in order to eat meat you need believe the following statement is true:

    “The torture and murder of innocent beings is less important to me than my pleasure.”

    We do not need to eat animals to live, we can easily consume ample nutrition without them. The idea that we need protein and calcium from animal products is totally false. Before taking another bite if steak I strongly challenge you to watch the totally free documentary “Earthlings.”

    The movie will not be fun to watch and it will not leave you feeling good afterwards. But I don’t want you to watch it for your enjoyment. I think before you proverbially answer yes to the above statement, you owe it to yourself to know what the victims are going through. If it’s too difficult to watch perhaps you can seriously consider the alternative.

  • Dadbod

    We discuss the “dadbod” phenomena currently sweeping the nation. Does this give men permission to let themselves go? Does that permission hurt women?

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  • Cancer Charaties Steal Money Get Caught, Get No Punishment

    What is more disgusting? The people who created a ring of fake cancer charities and stole $200 million from kind people who wanted to help fight off cancer. Or the government institutions who let them off essentially without any punishment after catching them red-handed? Read more.

  • L.A. Makes Minimum Wage $15

    Although I am excited to see how this works, and I hope it’s a huge hit, the problem I have is how it’s impossible to go back. Once the min wage increases, there will be no way to decrease it again even if it doesn’t work. At that point the government will simply need to bail everything out to makes sure it works. I am not an economist and I don’t know everything, I agree that people should get paid more but there will always be a “minimum wage” and those people will always want more.

    You know the average rate of an EMT (Emergency Medical Tech) is about $15? Well now your Starbucks cashier makes that much too. Read More.

Picks

  • The 5th Wave

    A sci fi book about alien invasion. Yury says it’s good.

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  • Bad Blood

    Our girl Tailor Swift putting out mad hits.

  • Arcade Classics

    Every since I did my review of the X-Arcade joy stick I have been going deep on classic arcade games. The classics are just so awesome! I love Pacman, Joust, Donkey Kong and this hidden gem Venture.

  • Van Damme

    If you know anything about Yury and I it’s how much we love JCVD.

AVDP 39 | Racism, Johnny Depp’s Dogs, Animal Activism



Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP

  • Race and Discrimination in America

    Yury did some serious prep work for this topic and he brings up many reasons why racism still exists. It’s difficult to summarize all of the topics touched on in this segment but there is a fountain of insightful conversation.

  • Johnny Depp’s Dogs Become Stateless

    Johnny Depp went to Australia with his dogs but didn’t fill out some paperwork so the dogs were deported. Johnny also didn’t declare the dogs when he left America. In a typical absurd bureaucratic fashion the authorities hard saying the dogs can’t enter the country… I think the whole idea is a fucking JOKE and a waste of taxpayer money. Stop acting like a bunch of fucking morons, Johnny Depp isn’t a terrorist. Read story.

  • Everyone Should be Vegan

    Gary Yourofsky is an animal activist who travels around the world speaking against animal cruelty and promoting a cruelty free vegan lifestyle. I have found him to be very inspirational and people speculate that his speeches have converted over a million people to veganism. I take animal rights very seriously and I want everyone to open their eyes and stop being hypocrites. The flavor of bacon is not worth the suffering of 5 billion pigs.

Picks of the Week

  • The Wire

    An excellent crime drama. I have seen it all and it’s excellent.

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  • Brooklyn Nine Nine

    This is a police show parody along the same lines as Parks and Rec and the Office.

    B99

  • The Wicked + The Divine

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    Every 90 years, 12 gods are reincarnated in the bodies of living humans in an event called “The Recurrence.” This collection of gods, which includes names throughout various cultures such as Lucifer, Amaterasu, Sakhmet, and Morrigan, are collectively known as “The Pantheon.” The Purpose of the Pantheon throughout history has been to act as muses for humanity. In previous incarnations, the Pantheon has fostered some of the most important periods of cultural renaissance throughout humanity’s history.

    In their current incarnation, the Pantheon exist as a collection of pop stars who perform concerts which amaze and overwhelm the crowds who flock to to see them. However, one of their members has been framed for murder, an incident which has embroiled the entire Pantheon.

    The resulting events have placed the current mission of the Pantheon at risk. Even more dangerous however, is the possibility that these actions could prevent there being any future Recurrences. The result could be that humanity stagnates as cultural advancement is changed forever.

    Written by Keiron Gillen with gorgeous art by Jamie McKelvie, this series shouldn’t be missed.