TRJE 363: Mega or Double, Not Normal

Oreo cookies, successful protesting, other uses for dead people, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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I want 2 Mega Stuf Oreos. It’s “Stuf” (one “f”) not stuff but all of this autocorrect / spell checkers keep changing it. Because of this I’m not going to write about here. You’ll have to listen to hear the rest.

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

” ‘Die Hard’ is more of a Christmas movie than ‘It’s a Wonder Life’ ” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e44(363) for Monday, December 5, 2016 and clocked in at 16 minutes, 37 seconds

TRJE 362: Erase Your Hard Drive

My 2012 MacBook Pro, solitary confinement, hipster nativity set, nudity, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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It’s been a strange week for me. Thanksgiving holiday. Pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Time off of work. Days of the week blending together. Cleaning out my closet. More pumpkin pie. Chinese food. Working out. Also this week, I took the time to think of the health of my Mac. After the last update to macOS Sierra my mid-2012 was slower, clunkier — so I decided to do a clean install. That meant erasing the internal hard drive.

I had backups. Online and local, so it was easy to migrate my data back once it was complete. Afterwards it was like having a new machine again. I highly recommend it.

I also recommend the same thing with your health as well. Keep all your data, but refresh your inner self and start anew. Don’t wait for the new year. Do it now. Eat healthy. Exercise. Eat pie. Meditate. Or whatever it is you like to do. If you and your PC are healthy, nothing can stop you.

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

”My Kung Fu instructor used to say, ‘Pain is fear leaving the body,’ but I never understood it. Fear leaves my body through urine or feces — or both — and many times it’s complete unexpected.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e43(362) for Monday, November 28, 2016 and clocked in at 16 minutes, 12 seconds

TRJE 361: Rudolph The Red

My yearly Christmas Spectacular, the origin of the universe, 3 fingers Mac gesture and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Welcome to my Christmas Spectacular, where it’s neither Christmas or spectacular. But we are in the midst of the “holiday season” where there is a holiday for everyone!

Coming up this week is the Airing of Grievances dinner holiday, followed closely by the great African American holiday “Black Friday”. Although I never understood the need for a African American holiday — we all know Jesus was black. Also Santa Clause is based on Saint Nicholas who was Greek so … not white.

We eat the traditional reindeer as part of the 12 days of Christmas and tell stories about Rudolph; the reindeer that was different so everyone bullied him until he proved he was a functional member of society, then they pretended to love him while making fun of him behind his back.

This is when we learn that Santa died for our sins and it doesn’t seem even a tiny bit racist that all mall Santa are pasty white men — I mean Santa could be transgendered. Has anyone seen Santa’s genitals? What bathroom does he use in a Government building in NC? Recently I used the women’s restroom in a Government building and no one seemed to mind.

This is the season where we play jokes on people by giving them the dreaded fruit cake, and if you find the baby in the fruit cake, you are required to make the cake next year.

The Jewish culture also has a holiday called Monica where they dance naked around the Festivus pole.

Then there is Deal Season — where retailers sell crap product at lower prices to manipulating you into buying lots of other stuff. It’s not actually a deal, but they tell us that and for some reason we believe them – much like politicians.

So as you prepare the ritual sacrifice for your blood offering to whatever God you believe in and prepare to teach your children that they are being bribed to be good because we don’t know how to discipline them, please remember to always say Happy holidays — because no one knows what the hell is going on anyway.

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

“In this digital age, everyone is worried about are being tracked — by Google, by advertisers, by retailers, by the Government — and we are being tracked. It’s not a secret. It’s fact that each of us creates a large digital footprint. For those who are afraid of this, they try to hide by living off the grid. No digital access. No internet. No credit cards. Everything cash. For those of us leaving a digital trail — the Government doesn’t really care. But for those NOT leaving a trail — that’s who they investigate the most.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e42(361) for Monday, November 21, 2016 and clocked in at 12 minutes, 51 seconds

TRJE 360: Sing It For Me Otis

Nintendo blunder, the annual purge, nudity, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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I really really didn’t want to talk about the election this week — I really didn’t. I just wanted to say one little thing and then move on. But when I tried that, this happened.

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

“I’m spiritual, not religious, but that doesn’t stop me from using quotes from the bible once in a while. And with times as they are — with Americans fighting within ourselves —I bring up Mark 12:31 (NIV) “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

And while that sounds like a great philosophy — when I think about how I love myself, if I did that to my neighbors, I’m pretty sure they’d lock me up and throw away the key.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e41(360) for Monday, November 14, 2016 and clocked in at 16 minutes, 46 seconds

TRJE 359: Distracted

I’m distracted, and more (there is no more), on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Each and (most) every week I produce a well thought out podcast — or at least at hope that is what it is. But sometimes it’s just not there. Sometimes I’m empty. I’m distracted.

This is why I call myself The Distracted Philosopher. I’m distracted by quite a bit. Life is a big distraction. Death is a big distraction, along with the fear of death. It’s not shiny objects that distract me, it’s meaning. I’m searching for meaning in my life and that takes me down unusual paths. But it all comes down to the chaos and turmoil inside of me. The overthinking, the under thinking, the fear, the voices, the thoughts — some of which are not my own — at least I hope they are not my own because that would be scary.

I question myself. Should I create? Should I create something else? Or should I stop?

Things are changing. I’m changing. You’re changing.

God is NOT in your TV. I am not God. I am not afraid. This is who I am.

Some of these statements are false.

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

“The results of the election are just that. They are not a time for hatred and violence. If you believe the system is rigged, then participate in your governmental process to change it. By the way, a new president isn’t going to change the country. Only we can do that.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e40(359) for Monday, November 7, 2016 and clocked in at 6 minutes, 46 seconds

TRJE 358: Hangranoid – The Election Version

Election stages of grief, emails, nudity, confused haters, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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There are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance; and these apply directly to the feelings of the voters during this presidential election.

Before the election, there is Pre-Election Grief. At first the voters DENY their “chosen” candidate because it seems no one wanted that person to represent the party, yet they were voted in anyway. This makes voters ANGRY over the choice of candidate (from both major parties). Next the voters begins BARGAINING with their values represented by their candidate — “am I still a even if my candidate isn’t really a ?” Then there is voter DEPRESSION when they realize this is the candidate they will have to support for the election. Eventually, there is ACCEPTANCE of the candidate and the voter becomes a 100% true supporter — no matter what happens.

POST-Election Grief is a bit different. The losing candidate/voters DENY the results, demand recounts, claim the system is rigged against them. This turns to ANGER over the loss and hatred directed towards the new president and the opposing party. And that is it. That’s all that happens. There is no bargaining, no depression, no acceptance. The losing party stays angry for the next 4 years or until their side wins. They all remain bitter, angry, hateful people.

People do this because anger is easy. Anyone can do it. Any deplorable or non deplorable.

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

“Here are the Top 5 Things You Need To Know That I’m Not Going to Tell You.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e39(358) for Monday, October 31, 2016 and clocked in at 12 minutes, 17 seconds

TRJE 357: Calm Down Sir

Anxiety attacks, scams, Tesla being bullied, humansexuals, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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I don’t know why it started. Everything was fine. I wasn’t worried. I wasn’t nervous. I was happy and content.

Then I felt slightly light headed — and that gets my attention. I can feel my blood circulating through my body, flowing, racing to get from place to place. My heart rate jumps up and a rush of heat and blood soars up my body into my brain. I start to wonder if I’m breathing. The feeling of heat and my heartbeat is drowning out everything around me. All I can think is, “Oh god no, don’t do this,” as my heart tries to rip through my chest.

The people around me are calm because they can’t see the turmoil inside me. All they see is a calm exterior. Nothing gives me away right away. I don’t want anyone asking how I am, or asking if they can help. I want them all to stay away. Don’t touch me. Leave me be. I smile to make sure people know there is nothing wrong.

But something is terribly wrong. So terribly wrong. This could be it. This could be my last moment in this existence. I want to scream and cry — but I can’t. Even if I could I wouldn’t. People would think I’m weak and helpless and I’m not, or rather I am, but they would’t understand.

People see me pace, or dance to music that isn’t there, or see me talk to people only I can see. They think this is normal behavior for me — and it is — but it’s normal because I’m trying to calm the panic that is rising to power within my eternal being.

Yes I know I’m overreacting. I know everything is actually fine. But that doesn’t matter because my soul doesn’t understand that. My body doesn’t know. To them, it’s all real. The threat is real.

What I’ve just described is one of many ways it’s like to have panic or anxiety attack, or whatever you kids are calling it these days.

Anxiety isn’t the same things has fear, it’s more than that. Wikipedia say this on it’s page for Anxiety, “Fear is defined as short lived, present focused, geared towards a specific threat, and facilitating escape from threat; anxiety, on the other hand, is defined as long acting, future focused, broadly focused towards a diffuse threat, and promoting excessive caution while approaching a potential threat and interferes with constructive coping.”

You can’t tell someone having an attack to just stop it. You can’t tell them to calm down, because never in the history of the world has anyone every calmed down by being told to calm down. The phrase “calm down” is equivalent to jabbing someone with a pointy stick – in their eye.

What can you do? — be calm and ask if there is something you can do to help. The answer may be to shut the hell up and leave them alone — and that’s fine.

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

“Earlier this year Donald Trump was quoted as saying, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” and he was correct (unless the person he shot was a voter and Trump supporter, then he lost 1 vote). But because of the bitter hatred between the Republican and Democratic Parties, each will support their party even if their candidate proclaimed themselves to be the AntiChrist and the destroyer of worlds. That statement is not in support of either party or candidate – it is merely a reflection of our society.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e38(357) for Monday, October 17, 2016 and clocked in at 19 minutes, 43 seconds

TRJE 356: Rule Number Poop

Thine own self, words, 1796, clowns, impure thoughts, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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I would never “punch a baby bear in his shit” (from DJ Shadow’s song “Nobody Speak”). Honestly, I don’t understand what those words mean. Is he sticking his hand in the bears excrement? Is he dominating a weaker creature? Even though I don’t understand their meaning, I believe those words are important to the writers of that song (Joshua Paul Davis / Jaime Meline / Michael Render, jsyk).

Words are also important to me. I use them to convey meaning, feelings, and beliefs. I use them with friends, family, coworkers, and sometimes the world — even though the world is not listening (nor does it care).

Words used in private express who people truly are, while words used in public express a facade. Actions may speak louder than words, but words incite actions. It is our actions and words together that reveal our true selves.

Words are important, but without understanding their meaning is lost. Without meaning, we are lost.

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

“What you say behind closed doors is who you really are. What you say in public is a facade. This podcast is a facade” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e37(356) for Monday, October 10, 2016 and clocked in at 24 minutes, 33 seconds

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