Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast Downloads
- Podcast #8 – Introductions – Part 3
J.Q. Useless concludes his introductory / personal testimony sequence, touching on Harold Camping’s prediction of the second coming of Christ in 1994, 9/11 and 9/11 truth movements, the financial crisis of 2008, and truth radio as they have related to his walk with Christ and his drive to explore the New World Order and related issues from a Christian, end-times prophecy perspective.
- Podcast #7: J.Q. Useless Guest Appearance on The Alembic Files
In this third segment of “Poetic Perplexities: Emerging Visions of Global Empitre?”, a continuing series on The Alembic Files, J.Q. Useless joins A.L. Aric to explore the perplexing life and career of Philip Freneau, the late 18th/early 19th century poet, sea captain, journalist, newspaper editor and friend or associate of many of the founding fathers, including Madison and Jefferson.Freneau, who is reputed among some literary critics as “the father of American poetry,” is of particular interest to the general subject matter of The Alembic Files because he is also purported to have been “the Anti-Federalist poet.” By examining the content of selected poems of Freneau in the context biographical information and the surrounding historical milieu, A.L. and J.Q. explore the notion that Freneau may have been something quite different.
Is it even accurate to characterize Freneau, an early sympathizer with the French Revolution, as an Anti-Federalist at all? If so, we are arguably looking at a form of Anti-Federalism very different from what those who study The Anti-Federalist Papers are familiar with–especially given Freneau’s engagement with Jacobinism which, at the peak of the French Revolution, led to a powerful state regime that prefigures many of the characteristics of the totalitarian systems that emerged in the 20th century.
- Podcast #6: “When the World Stopped Making Sense” – Part 2
Part 2 of “When the World Stopped Making Sense,” a continuing series within Thoughts from a Useless Eater–the podcast that seeks a better understanding of “the way things really are in the world,” from a Christian perspective.In this segment, J.Q. Useless begins a multi-part examination of construct that he calls “material, middle-class fake rationality,” a way of looking at the world that was arguably promulgated to those in American society beginning with the post-World-War-II “baby boom” generation. It’s a worldview centered on ideas of naturalistic/scientific rationality, of a supposedly free-market economic system that allegedly operates according to a “fair set of rules,” and of a society with a social contract in which people who work hard and “play by the rules” can expect to be rewarded with a decent standard of living–a worldview in which the individual can rely on his or her own strengths under a social structure said to have been set up with the best interests of the individual in mind.J.Q. begins to break this worldview into its component parts and examine issues that point to its arguable invalidity and deceptiveness, especially in view of events in the early 21st century, such as U.S. foreign policy following 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008, and the implications of a globalizing political economy on expectations of average American families concerning their standard of living. The implications of all of these issues will be considered in a Christian context, especially in terms of end-times issues.Scripture References: Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25, and Luke 16:15.
- Podcast #5: J.Q. Useless Guest Appearance on The Alembic Files with A.L. Aric
Poetic Perplexities: Emerging Visions of Global Empire? Part 2
It is widely understood that artists, including poets and prose writers, possess an acute “cultural radar” that enables them to sense what may lie ahead. How long after the federation of the 13 states did they envision this new country as a possible candidate for empire? Join A.L. Aric as he hosts J.Q. Useless on The Alembic Files, in this second of a multi-part series looking into this question. This segment focuses centrally on The Anarchiad, a long-form satirical poem supporting the Federalist cause and the ratification of the new constitution, published serially in New England newspapers by The Hartford Wits, a group of poets who first began collaborating when they formed a literary society at Yale University. The discussion also touches on other topics of the time such as Shay’s Rebellion and the racist attitude of New England elites toward the American Indian population.
- Podcast #4: J.Q. Useless Guest Appearance on The Alembic Files with A.L. Aric
Poetic Perplexities: Emerging Visions of Global Empire? Part 1
it is widely understood that artists, including poets and prose writers, possess an acute “cultural radar” that enables them to sense what may lie ahead. How long after the federation of the 13 states did they envision this new country as a possible candidate for empire? Join A.L. Aric as he hosts J.Q. Useless on The Alembic Files, in this first of a multi-part series looking into this question.
- Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast #3 – Introductions, Part 2
Part Two of the introductory segment of Thoughts from a Useless Eater, a podcast that seeks a better understanding of “the way things are in the world” from a Christian perspective. This segment picks up where Thoughts from a Useless Eater #1 left off, continuing with personal testimony from J.Q. Useless about his walk with Christ in relation to the subject matter of the show.
- Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast #2: “When the World Stopped Making Sense, Part One”
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Part One of “When the World Stopped Making Sense,” an occasional series within Thoughts from a Useless Eater (see uselesseatersinstitute.wordpress.com) with J.Q. Useless, a podcast that seeks a better understanding of “the way things are in the world” from a Christian perspective. This edition takes a look back at horrifying missing-children case that forever changed Montgomery County, Maryland: the disappearance of Katherine Mary Lyon (aged 10), and Sheila Mary Lyon (aged 12), on March 25, 1975. Concludes with a short look at a case 17 years later that exposed the locality to another level of evil: case of Hadden Clark, convicted of two murders in Montgomery County: Michelle Dorr, age 6, in 1986, and Laura Houghteling, age 23, in 1992.
- Thoughts from a Useless Eater #1 — Introductions
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-Purpose & Focus