Episode 10 – JFK – Who Shot Him?

Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby  https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/jack-ruby-shot-oswald-1963/

A better angle:

  • The Chicago Plot to Assassinate Kennedy

CORRECTION: The Cuban Revolution was in 1953

CORRECTION: The CIA Director Joe can;t remember was Allan Dulles. Public Futility regrets Joe’s stupidity

The CIA was behind the Bay of Pigs

Episode 9 – Parasites: Racists, Hookworms and Facebook

Episode 9 (1:17)

Charlottesville and Racism

    • Don’t conflate two issues
    • Racism is indefensible
    • Has this caused us to talk about “how we talk about racism”?

Gut Fauna and Hookworm (starts: 24:13)

Facebook is evil (starts: 50:20)

Episode 008 – Different Theaters

Trump, the World and Whether We Care

Security Theater (starts around 31:00)

Pyramid Schemes and MLM’s (starts around 50:00)

Episode 007 -Sasquatch (51:41)


Episode 006 – Trumpdate & FAKE NEWS

Trump Update

Fake News, For Real  (Starts around 34:00)


WE GIVE THANKS TO: The Linus Pauling Quartet, The Wild Unruly Ancestors of Our Domesticated Fruits, Our-Yet-To-Be-Born Super Mutant Overlords (Let’s note future tyrants, that I was the first to pay obeisance)

Episode 005 – Eye Contact, Brainstorming

(Once again presented for your consideration — the worst title in history. One of us — I won’t say who, insists on titles drained of all life and interest. It’s like our podcast episodes are titled by a rogue AI… that has only listened to our podcast)

Eye Contact (27:51)

  • Joe expresses discomfort with eye contact
  • Can you opt-out of the eye contact game?
  • Staring contest with your dog
  • Joe vs. humans (Joe 1 Humans 0)


Brainstorming Doesn’t Work (25:27)

  • Alex Osborn, the father of Brainstorming!
  • Little evidence that brainstorming does work
  • The pitfalls of brainstorming
  • Critical thought vs brainstorming
  • Geek Warning: We talk a little bit about this in relation to software development.  But that’s OK.
  • Alternatives

THANKS, YOU: Linus Pauling Quartet , Time Off From The Podcast Grind

Episode 004 – Good Trump – Much Ado About Leaks

Episode 4

Good things about Trump (29:53)

  • Unfiltered language

Trump Travel Ban Starts Thursday (Bloomberg)

  • The humor of Trump

It is surprisingly controversial to think Trump is funny.  

10 times Trump Was Funny (WIRED)

What is a leak? (11:43)

  • What is a leak?
  • Recent use of the term

Did James Comey admit to leaking classified information? (Politifact) (SPOILER ALERT: No)

Amazing, single-spaced article about Valerie Plame that I won’t even read through (Stratfor)

Gladwell on Snowden, Ellsberg and Leaks (New Yorker)

THANKS: The Linus Pauling Quartet , Very Bad Wizards

Episode 003 – Filibuster and Obstructionism

Filibuster and Obstructionism (46:33) Recorded April 8th, 2017
* Senate changes filibuster rules, some history and context
* “Historic levels of obstructionism”
* This may be a bigger deal than you think
https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Filibuster_Cloture.htm (Senate.gov)
https://www.brookings.edu/testimonies/the-history-of-the-filibuster/ (Brookings)
https://goo.gl/vw9GTi (Filibuster and Cloture in the Senate – Congressional Research Service)

Public Futility 002 – What To Do With Your Whale Carcass

Episode 2 – What to do with your whale carcass

Alt title: Whale carcass, Netflix and Star Trek (this is the 2nd worst title suggestion in history)

What to do with your whale carcass (length: 18:49)

  • Washed up whale carcass? What to do.
  • Ideas for disposal
  • Joe asserts boats are hard to get
  • Orca whales encountered on a journey to the north pole

Netflix and Queue Husbandry (start: 19:33, length: 9:07)

  • There are two types of people
  • Ok, maybe there is only one type of person
  • Old Netflix vs. new Netflix

Original Star Trek Appreciation (start: 28:43, length: 24:19)

  • The Ultimate Computer, The Omega Glory and Gary Seven
  • Joe asserts the new movies are horrible as compared to the original series
  • And then discovers he is a Trekkie (Trekker?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQaDio772z8 (YouTube)
this fellow Patasiwa Kumbang Amalatu has amassed a veritable Staffordshire Hoard of whale carcass videos in the past few weeks.
Recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs37RWIY8MM (SPINE!!)

Famous Exploding Whale – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_t44siFyb4
The Worst Journey in the World by one of the all-time British names Apsley Cherry-Garrard
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14363 (Project Gutenburg)
https://librivox.org/the-worst-journey-in-the-world-by-apsley-cherry-garrard/ (audiobook) (Librivox)
https://www.amazon.com/Worst-Journey-World-Apsley-Cherry-Garrard/dp/1619491877 (amazon)
THANKS: The Linus Pauling Quartet, FreeSound.org

Public Futility 001 – The Trump-Russia Connections

Well, hi everybody! This is the first episode of PUBLIC FUTILITY – a conspicuous new audio event with Kevin and Joe.

This is a session we recorded in April, one of our first attempts, where we went through a pretty detailed timeline of Trump’s interactions with Russia. At the time, it was known that Kushner had met with Russia a lot, and hadn’t admitted to any of it, but in recent days we learned why.

A big thank you to the Linus Pauling Quartet for the intro song  ‘Victory Gin’