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Five decades to the day since John F. Kennedy met his untimely demise, many questions remain unanswered; pieces of a puzzle never likely to be filled. An undoubtable fact however is that November 22nd, 1963 changed America forever - and to talk about it, Guy Evans enlisted the expertise of the prolific author and fiery lecturer Dr. Michael Parenti. Enjoy, share, and peace!

Direct download: SLHS111.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

Each day, we reach for our phones an average of 150 times; spend nearly 8 hours using some sort of electronic device; and tweet, Instagram and Facebook excessively, often about the most inane things. Are we truly addicted to technology? In this edition of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Guy Evans examines the extent of our technological dependence, and discusses the potentially damaging effects that new technologies may have on our ability to read and understand each other. Enjoy!

Bonus - also included in this episode is an update on the latest in the Rob Ford saga. Ford, who has now been stripped of most of his powers by the Toronto City Council, vowed an 'outright war' in a bizarre rant to Councillors yesterday.

FURTHER READING

Becker, C. (2013). Confessions of a Phone Addict. The Huffington Post Thomspon, D. (2013). We are all addicts now. Salon.com.

Brzycki, C. (2013). Technology - why are we so addicted? Northwestern University.

Shontell, A. (2013). 10 stunning facts about what people are really doing on the Internet. Business Insider.

Facebook and Twitter are magnets for narcissists. CBC News. June 11 2013.

Ritchel, M. (2012). Does Technology Affect Happiness? The New York Times (blog).

Pearse, D. (2012). Facebook's 'dark side': study finds link to socially aggressive narcissism. The Guardian.

Pacheco, W. (2012). Professor says teens' social-media lingo hurts writing skills. The Orlando Sentinel.

Barcelona, R.J. (2010). Dimensions of Leisure for Life. Champaign, Il.: Human Kinetics.

Stout, H. (2010). Antisocial Networking? The New York Times.

Bauerlein, M. (2009). Why Gen-Y Johnny Can't Read Nonverbal Cues. The Wall Street Journal.

Buffardi, L.E. and Campbell, W.K. (2008). Narcissism and social networking web sites. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin34, 1303-1314.

Direct download: SLHS110.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Jeffrey Tucker, the Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, joins Guy Evans to discuss the fallout of Russell Brand's BBC Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman, an appearance that has provoked much discussion about the role and existence of government. Other topics of discussion include the prison-industrial complex, silk road, the Occupy movement, and more. Enjoy!

Direct download: SLHS109.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

The NFL has been rocked over the past two weeks in the wake of a series of revelations concerning bullying within the Miami Dolphins organization, revelations that have reignited the debate concerning what constitutes abuse within the sub-culture of sports. In this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Guy Evans outlines the underlying issues and asks if the sports world has some catching up to do with the rest of society.

BULLYING

NFL Bullying Scandal

On October 30, Jonathan Martin, a second-year offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, suffered an "emotional breakdown," seemingly triggered by a lunchtime prank pulled by his teammates.

According to reports, Martin has been the victim of a sustained period of bullying by one teammate in particular, Richie Incognito, since his rookie season in the league. This torment included intimidation on and off the field, including racist voicemail messages and what can only be described as extortion.

CHANGING TIMES

Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe writes that "the game must evolve past the idea that hazing, intimidating, or belittling teammates is a necessary part of NFL team-building. It’s not."

"NFL players need to stand up and recognize hazing and bullying for what it is and recognize that society has evolved. Now, their locker rooms have to evolve along with it.”

A 'ROOKIE TAX'

The case has raised awareness of the "rookie tax", a custom in which new players do monetary favors for older ones.

A ‘Rookie’ tax, according to former Dolphins player OJ McDuffie, is a relatively new term. "We just called it paying your dues as a rookie," said McDuffie. "It happens at every team in every position and it was happening before I got there."

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Direct download: SLHS108.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

The Rob Ford crack cocaine scandal continues to engulf Toronto, and while the Mayor faces repeated calls to step down, he has remained steadfast in his belief that there exists no reason to relinquish his post. In this latest episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Christopher Hume of The Toronto Star joins Guy Evans to discuss being on the 'inside' of the Star's battle to counter his projected public image as a 'man of the people', as well as what the implications of the scandal could be for Canada's largest city.

Direct download: SLHS107.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Guy Evans looks back at some of the key events leading up to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's admission that he smoked crack cocaine, and discusses the implications for Ford's political future and the city itself.

Direct download: SLHS106.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:43pm EDT

Episode 5 of Joe Rogan Questions Everything ('Real Close Encounters') featured Joe Rogan reviewing anecdotal 'evidence' of so-called close encounters, backwards engineering of alien spacecraft, and government cover-ups in relation to UFOs.

In this edition of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Guy Evans and James Wilson review the key points covered in the show, and even have a few laughs along the way. So get ready to rock and/or roll with SLHS No. 105!

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Direct download: SLHS105.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

Guy Evans joins Ricky Varandas and Dave Kornacki of The Ripple Effect Podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on a litany of topics including the NSA, Propaganda, Education, Russell Brand, and yoga! Enjoy!

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Direct download: GuyEvansRippleEffect.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Who decides what is and isn't important? Who creates the demand for a particular product or service? What is the public's role in this process? In Chapter 10 ('Art and Science') of Edward Bernays' seminal text 'Propaganda', the 'Father of PR' outlines his contention that the mechanism of propaganda must be used to 'accustom the public to change and progress.' In a short but insightful chapter, Bernays states that propaganda helps to establish what is beautiful, valuable, and desirable, specifically using the marketing of Art galleries as his example.

Although on the surface it may be ludicrous to suggest that contemporary art is a hoax, sold to us as being beautiful and revolutionary through the mechanism of propaganda, consider what our author Edward Bernays accomplished in terms of establishing the idea that the presence of a piano was essential in a modern home.

So what is art? Who defines it? Who controls it? To find out more, download Episode 104 of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast!

Direct download: SLHS104.mp3
Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

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