TRJE 355: The Answer is Not Clear

The Charlotte protests, bad iPhone 7 mods, robotic shopping carts, nudity, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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In the past I’ve watched news reports of the police shootings of black men and of the protests and riots that occurred afterwards. But now those are happening in my back yard — Charlotte.

The shooting occurred last week, with protests turning violent, then becoming peaceful. The National Guard has been brought in and curfews are in place. I’ve followed news stories and social media, hearing lies and truths, but I don’t know which ones I can trust.

My concern isn’t about the facts of the case, or the lies being told, or the videos being released, or about the drugs, guns, and police reaction. I’m concerned about the fear of the people and their search for answers.

A great philosopher once said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Yes. That great philosopher was Yoda. Yoda also warned Luke, “But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.”

Think about that for a moment. Have you ever gotten so mad you couldn’t think straight (“Step on the gas and merge you idiot!”)? That’s what Yoda is referring to, that place where you are consumed by anger and your brain stops thinking rationally.

Here’s the thing (there always needs to be a thing) — Yoda points out that fear is the just the path to the dark side. Anger and hate are really just symptoms of the underlying problem. And it’s not just fear. It’s frustration at the lack of change in our country. It’s the feeling of being powerless to stop these shootings from happening. It’s the feeling of distrust in our government.

You know what else leads to anger and hate? Mario Kart. “Who threw that blue shell? Come on fess up! I will find you and I will shove a turtle right up your ass!!”

Anger is easy. Dealing with fear and the underlying emotions is not.

Violence is easy. Peaceful protests are not.

Protests are one of the most American things you can do — and a valuable tool to express ourselves — but they must remain peaceful. Once violence, looting, and vandalism starts, people STOP listening to you. People STOP supporting you. The government will not take you seriously unless you are peaceful (and unfortunately they may not do it then either).

For a protest … for a movement to be able to create change, it needs to express the true feelings of the people. Protest signs/slogans like, “We fear for our lives” or “Help us stop this violence” or “We no longer trust the police” help express the actual issue. They tell the government and onlookers their concerns and what they want. A movement must be able to communicate to our leaders.

Unfortunately most of what we get is, “Don’t shoot us”, “Fuck the police”, “Black lives matter”, and even “All lives matter”. These are passive aggressive statements. These are not communicating concerns or needs.

As a matter of fact, people need to stop saying “All lives matter” when they really don’t mean it.

Do homeless people matter? Are we really doing all we can for them? The government is making laws that prevent people from feeding the homeless in public areas (such as parks) and they pass laws to hide them away from the public eye. Does that sound like their lives matter?

The lower class. The poor. For those people in the middle or upper class, do you really care what happens to them? Do you resent that many of them need government assistance? Would you go our of your way to help them?

How about gay, trans, queer, non-binary, LGBTQ and sometimes Y people? Over the years I’ve listen to so much hate against these people. The government has passed laws against them in the name of “religious freedom”. Do these lives matter?

And speaking of religion, many religions have anger and hate towards other religions. Do Muslim lives matter? Do Atheist lives matter?

Drug users and small time drug dealers (excluding pharmacists – they legally kill people with drugs). Society doesn’t want to help them, they just want to lock them up. Lock them up in jail which is filled with violence, drugs, and rape. That doesn’t sound like caring to me.

So you do care about all of those people? Great!

But what about pedophiles, serial killers, republicans, democrats, and people who talk during movies? I see an immense amount of hate directed towards these groups of people all the time, including wanting to put these people to death.

I’m not saying I disagree, but STOP SAYING ALL LIVES MATTER WHEN CLEARLY THEY DO NOT.

People protest because they need something. It’s not a want. It’s a need. Some people need justice (although they don’t know what that means). Some people need the shooter executed (even though that won’t solve the overall problem).

But everyone needs answers.

Unfortunately there are no clear answers in this life.

And that’s what truly scares us. Terrifies us to the core.

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

That, my friends, is our circle of life.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“People turn to anger because it’s easier than facing their actual feelings” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e35(355) for Monday, September 26, 2016 and clocked in at 21 minutes, 23 seconds

TRJE 354: Why I Love America

The American protest experience, economics (but not really), sexist Judges, petty cops, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Over the past few weeks I’ve read/seen multiple stories and youtube rants with people angrily compiling about some sports figure protesting. Which is strange, because protesting is the most American thing you can do. It’s one of the mechanisms we have to help create change in our country and if you didn’t know it, we have changed our country a lot of the years. Twenty-seven times we’ve updated the constitution (aka amendments) and there was protesting before and after some of these changes. And that’s ok. Freedom of speech. Don’t just say yes to everything the government says — please, don’t — obedience is not a virtue.

If you don’t protest, then how are we going to get Apple to put the headphone jack back?

Also on the show, I’m sure I talk about Miley Cyrus somewhere.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“People don’t protest solely for themselves, they protest for others whose voice cannot be heard; hence why celebrities/athletes do it.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e35(354) for Monday, September 19, 2016 and clocked in at 22 minutes, 06 seconds

TRJE 353: Open Bobs

I explain why men don’t understand consent, a USB killer device, Sir Michael Caine, clowns (again), and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Have you ever watched the Pepe LePew cartoon skunk? You know, he’s the sexually aggressive skunk is who constantly sexually assaulting a cat that is obviously trying to get away from him. So why would a cartoon show something like this and why would we laugh at it? And why would someone make a show like that? One hint, it’s because the creators (who were probably men) know that is exactly how men truly are at their core — well not all men. But this week I tell you about that subset of men that are just like Mr. LePew.

Also on the show more clowns show up in the news, and Michael Caine gives me hope in my existence and my identity.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“My show is a “stream of consciousness” – no guests, no interviews — it’s just me talking through my struggle with existence and my pursuit of happiness (which tends to contain some strong language, so please listen responsibly). Sometimes my show is serious, other times it’s absurd, but my goal is to always entertain and hopefully make you think.

In the past I’ve talk about things like,
• George Washington’s Farewell Address
• Timothy Leary’s Eight Circuit Model of Consciousness
• Solipsism (and other isms)
• Miley Cyrus’ Vagina (which I talk about a lot, I seem to be obsessed)
• God (not necessarily in a good way but not always bad either)
• Han Solo shot first – A very important topic
• And I’ve talked extensively about he difference between a guys dick and a chick’s dick (and that’s a very important distinction)

So that’s what you can expect, each and every week.

You have been warned.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e34(353) for Monday, September 12, 2016 and clocked in at 33 minutes, 53 seconds

TRJE 352: Mission Snot Possible

The past and future, nudity, invaders, clowns, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Normally I say the picture is unrelated to the podcast (that’s the caption you should see below the picture above), but I fail to mention that much of the time the podcast title is unrelated to the content of the podcast — which is the case for this episode. The phrase “snot possible” just happened moments before I hit record. It doesn’t have any meaning. It just is. I wonder if in 2072 it will have some meaning. Will anyone be looking back at my posts or my show? Is anyone really listening now? Does it matter? Do I matter?

Also on the show is some other stuff — you know, “The Distractions”. This does involve nudity, spiders invading the homes in the UK (stay calm US), men dressing up as clowns to lure children into the woods (why don’t they just use candy?) and … I’m not really sure at this point. Move along, there is nothing to see here.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“This is my data. There are others like it, but this data is mine. Without me, my data is nothing. Without my data, I am nothing.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e33(352) for Monday, September 5, 2016 and clocked in at 24 minutes, 37 seconds

TRJE 351: What’s That Smell?

This week clean means not smelling bad, burkini’s, “lesbian farmers”, nudity against drugs, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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I think the smell is toast. That’s it! I smell toast. I’m not making toast, but nevertheless I smell toast. Toast. I’m just going to lie down for a bit. Don’t worry. I’ll be fine. I’m sure of it. Anyone have any jelly or jam?

Also on the show I’m sure I talk about something interesting (not politics) but honestly I can’t remember. Or maybe I can remember, but I just don’t want to. No Regerts.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“Meditation, especially for people who don’t know very much about it and think it’s this very hippy dippy thing, can really be powerful, terrifying even, as it lifts the rug up on your subconscious and the dust comes flying out.” – Amanda Palmer

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This is episode s09e32(351) for Monday, August 29, 2016 and clocked in at 24 minutes, 03 seconds

TRJE 350: Wait … Is My Butt Tingling?

This week Sommeliers, Wine, Thinking, Awesome Girl Names, Pokemon Go (again), my Butt, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Wine. The history of wine. The places. The time. The people. The weather. Wars. All of these and more determine the taste you get from any particular bottle of wine. In the past I felt wine was boring, not interesting. Mostly because I don’t drink wine, never has the palette for it. But after watching a few shows on Sommelier’s and wine — I’m hooked!

Also on the show I give the location of the origin of the universe (it’s right outside Kenosha Wisconsin), Penn Jillette gets me thinking, 2 of the most awesome girl names, Pokemon Go (again), my butt, and other stuff.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“Warning: Listening to my podcast, reading my blog, twitter, or anything I create may make you feel angry, sad, happy, exited, weak, woozy, and transgendered. Please don’t not be alarmed. These are normal reactions. Don’t be afraid. Don’t fight it.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e31(350) for Monday, August 22, 2016 and clocked in at 21 minutes, 46 seconds

TRJE 349: I’m Sorry I’m Back

This week I think I’m getting old, carnival rides are dangerous, Olympic coverage is sexist, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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This past week I visited my parents, which by some strange twist of fate, are quite a bit older than myself, and that got me thinking — will I get this old one day? Older? Will I turn into the old man that yells at clouds? Learn out about my fear of getting older on the show this week.

Also on the show, some people get hurt on carnival rides, sexism is all over the Olympics, I don’t talk about politics at all, and other stuff.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that we only called this country The United States of America because we weren’t allowed to call it, ‘You’re Not The Boss of Me’ ” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e30(349) for Monday, August 15, 2016 and clocked in at 24 minutes, 34 seconds

TRJE 348: How It Doesn’t Work

This week assumptions, tiny hands, how to make a huge impact, cheap rings, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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I’m in the elevator as the doors begin to close. Someone runs up, reaches their hand up way in the air (similar to the Nazi salute) and reaches in-between the doors to force them to reopen so they can get in. They look at me and say, “I can’t believe they put the sensor way up there, you have to reach way to to the red light to stop the doors from closing.” I’m like (to myself), Really? At that height? You think that’s the sensor? What about short people or someone in a wheelchair? Are you saying the elevator wasn’t designed to accommodate those people? The doors will always close on them? (Listen for more)

Also on the show, a skydiver with no parachute, insights into how the election works, rich people shop on Etsy, and other stuff.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“Liquor before beer, never fear – don’t do heroine” – BoJack Horseman

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This is episode s09e29(348) for Monday, August 8, 2016 and clocked in at 22 minutes, 35 seconds

TRJE 347: Fear and Cookies

This week I explain how we are being manipulated in politics, BoJack Horseman, Pokemon Go Go Go, tiny millennial boobies, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Turns out Yoda has some great insight into human nature. His views of the dark and light side of the force have real world implications — especially in politics. Actually, now that I think of it, so did Grand Moff Tarkin who said, “Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.” Want to know more? Listen to the show.

Also on the show, BoJack Horseman, a man (with no spouse and a lot of free time) captures all the Pokemon in the US, millennials aren’t wearing bras, and other stuff.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“You must unlearn what you have learned.” – Yoda

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This is episode s09e28(347) for Monday, July 25, 2016 and clocked in at 22 minutes, 49 seconds

TRJE 346: I’m Not Gonna Raichu A Love Song

This week Pokemon Go (aka Ingress 2.0), gay logos, tiny NES, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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When I hear someone say, “Get A Life” it screams of a strong lack of knowledge or awareness about what they are yelling about. Also, just in case you didn’t know, “lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular” is a definition of the word ignorant. I only say that because If I say someone is ignorant up front, people tend to think I’m insulting them when in fact … well, hopefully you see the irony.

To learn more about what I’m talking about (hint — it’s Pokemon Go and Fantasy Football) give me a listen. It won’t take long. Just as long as it takes to have a healthy bowel movement.

You can find all links referred to in the show (well, some of them) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

“Pokemon Go: This is what happens when your parents tell you to stop playing video games and go play outside.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e27(346) for Monday, July 18, 2016 and clocked in at 24 minutes, 22 seconds