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Ep. 88: Video Essayist José on the Youtube Alt Right Pipeline, Journalism Vs. Psuedo-Journalism, & Culture Wars

Ep. 88: Video Essayist José on the Youtube Alt Right Pipeline, Journalism Vs. Psuedo-Journalism, & Culture Wars

April 30, 2019

Reports indicate that YouTube has become a breeding ground for alt right radicalization. How did this powerful platform become a haven for the far-right? Joining us on this edition of Parallax Views to tease out some details that may answer that question is video essayist José. José, whose Youtube videos feature deep-dive critiques of right-wing ideologues like Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, explains how the reactionary turn of the YouTube community goes back to the New Atheist Movement. Additionally, José talks with us a bit about some of the alt right's favorite talking points like social Darwinism and the "white genocide" conspiracy theory in South Africa and the pseudo-journalism of personalities like Lauren Southern. Then José and I turn to the subject of culture wars from Gamergate to the more recent Comicsgate which has found elements of video game and comic book fandom becoming enraged over what they see as a politically-motivated effort to force racial, gender, and sexual diversity onto their favorite media.

Check Out José on YouTube!

Show Notes:

The alt-right loves YouTube (Vox)

How YouTube Built a Radicalization Machine for the Far-Right (The Daily Beast)

From the Enlightenment to the Dark Ages: How "new atheism" slid into the alt-right (Salon)

The New Atheist "Elevatorgate" Controversy (RationalWiki)

Trump’s tweet echoing white nationalist propaganda about South African farmers, explained (Vox)

South Africa: The groups playing on the fears of a 'white genocide’ (BBC)

South Africa and the Far Right Pt. 1 (Rational Disconnect Youtube)

What is Comicsgate? The Newest Geek Controversy, Explained (Inverse)

Relevant José Video Essays:

How Stefan Molyneux Repackages Social Darwinism

Pseudo-Journalism with Lauren Southern

Why Why "Get Woke, Go Broke" is a Lie

#ComicsGate and the War on Diversity in Comic Books (with special guest Mexie)

José Talks About His Latest Two-Part Video Essay "Roseanne of the Conners", a Leftist Reading of Roseanne from Its Original Incarnation to the Revival and Reboot

Ep. 87: Barrett Brown on Anonymous, Whistleblowing, Wikileaks, Journalism, & the Pursuance Project

Ep. 87: Barrett Brown on Anonymous, Whistleblowing, Wikileaks, Journalism, & the Pursuance Project

April 26, 2019


On April 11, 2019 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British authorities after almost 7 years of asylum in London's Ecuadorian embassy. Reviled by many and revered by others, Assange and Wikileaks became a magnet of controversy for over a decade thanks to their publishing leaked media like the Collateral Damage video and the Podesta emails. Wikileaks, however, was part of a broader movement called "hacktivism" that became increasingly popular in the early 2000's through work of the informal, online collective Anonymous. This movement raised increasingly relevant questions about whistleblowing, journalism, and transparency that have only became more pressing as the highly technological 21st century rolls forward with concerning revelations made public by whistleblowers like NSA contractor Edward Snowden and former Cambridge Analytica data consultant Christopher Wylie. Joining us on this edition of Parallax Views to unpack these issues is journalist, whistleblower, and former Anonymous associate Barret Brown of the Pursuance Project.


Like Julian Assange, Barrett Brown ran afoul of government authorities due to his involvement with Anonymous eventually culminating in his arrest and a 63 month prison sentence in relation to the Stratfor email leaks case. Brown has written for such publications as The Daily Beast, Vanity Fair, True/Slant, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and D Magazine as well as winning a National Magazine Award for his work at The Intercept. During the course of our discussion Brown tells his story and gives his takes on the arrest of Julian Assange and the media's coverage of it, the state of journalism, Wikileaks, Anonymous, The Intercept's shutdown of the Edward Snowden archive, and much. In addition, Brown fills us in on his latest endeavor the Pursuance Project and his hopes that it will continue the fight for transparency where others have failed. On the whole it's a candid conversation with Barret Brown that's sure to go down as one of Parallax Views' most explosive and controversial episodes to date.




Look Out for Barrett Brown's Upcoming Book My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A Memoir

Show Notes:

Anonymous (Wikipedia Entry)

2012–13 Stratfor Email Leak (Wikipedia Entry)

HBGary (Wikipedia Entry)

Video Footage of FBI Raid on Barrett Brown During an Online Video Chat

Accidental Warrior: The Life and Time of Barrett Brown (Documentary)

Relatively Free (Alex Winter's Short Documentary on Barrett Brown and His Release from Prison)

Barrett Brown Archive @ The Intercept

Barret Brown Archive @ D Magazine

Barrett Brown Archive @ Medium

Police arrest Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy in London (CNN)

EXCLUSIVE: Assange arrested & escorted out of Ecuadorian Embassy (Ruptly/RT)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be punished for embarrassing the DC establishment by Jonathan Turley (USA Today)

Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg Speaks Out on the Arrest of Julian Assange (The Progressive)

Julian Assange Went After a Former Ally. It Backfired Epically. by Spencer Ackerman (Barrett Brown Vs Julian Assange; The Daily Beast)

Barrett Brown's Statement on Julian Assange (April 4th 2019, Prior to and Predicting Assange's Arrest)

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: Expelled, Extradited, Undaunted. Is Journalism on Trial? (RT's The Big Picture)

Snowden archives at great risk — As alarming as Assange's arrest (Justice Integrity Project)

The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove by Maxwell Tani (The Daily Beast)

The Intercept Bars Co-Founder From Meeting After Snowden Archive Shutdown by Maxwell Tani (The Daily Beast)

Laura Poitras ‘Sickened’ By Layoffs at The Intercept (The Daily Beast)

Why The Intercept Really Closed the Snowden Archive by Barrett Brown (Medium)

The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald Responding to Criticism of the Snowden Archive's Shutdown


Metaphazic - Slipstream [ synthwave ] (Intro Collage)

Metaphazic - Hydrophase [ synthwave ] (Intro Commentary)

FSM Team – Flying Home [Synthwave] from Royalty Free Planet™ (Outro Commentary)



Ep. 86: Jen Hobbs on American Hemp’s History, Health Benefits, & Environmentalist Uses

Ep. 86: Jen Hobbs on American Hemp’s History, Health Benefits, & Environmentalist Uses

April 25, 2019


Hemp, a strain of cannabis sativa, has had a long, strange, and storied history in America from being grown by the Founding Fathers to being rendered virtually illegal by the United States government for decades. There was even a state-sponsored effort encouraging farmers to grow hemp to support the U.S.'s efforts in WWII! Now, with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill Act, hemp is finally receiving its moment in the 21st century. And according to our guest on this edition of Parallax Views it's a moment that's long overdue. Jen Hobbs, author of American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our, Clean Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change and co-author of Governor Jesse Ventura's The Marijuana Manifesto, joins us to discuss the many utilities of this incredible plant including making us healthier, solving the lead crisis, assuaging the problems arising in the aftermath of major fires like those that have recently ravaged California, and even, she argues, combating climate change! Sound to good to be true? Well, hear Jen out because she may just be able to make you into a believer!



Show Notes:

The United States Department of Agriculture's WWII-Era Hemp for Victory Short Film

Jesse Ventura's Marijuana Manifesto

"Hemp is Our 'Green New Deal'" by Jen Hobbs @ Salon

2018 Farm Bill

Primo Nutmeg Podcast

Black Op Radio (Recently Featured Jen as a Guest)

Friend of the Show Pearse Redmond's Porkins Policy Radio Has a New and Improved Live Show on Tuesdays from 3-5 P.M. EST at The Ochelli Effect

Upcoming Episode of Parallax Views Will Feature Whistleblower & Journalist Barrett Brown of the Pursuance Project on the Early Days of Anonymous, the Arrest of Julian Assange, the Intercept's Shutdown of the Edward Snowden Archive, and the State of Journalism


[No Copyright Music] Chill Lofi Hip Hop Instrumental (Copyright Free) Music - Days Like These (Intro Commentary)

V.I.P.N - EPIC CLOUD TRAP BEAT | No Copyright Trap (Outro Commentary)


Ep. 85: Terry Tapp on Art, Culture, Religion, Psychedelics, & Picto-Philosophy

Ep. 85: Terry Tapp on Art, Culture, Religion, Psychedelics, & Picto-Philosophy

April 24, 2019


On this edition of Parallax Views, New York-based author, artist, and returning guest Terry Tapp joins us for a discussion of his latest creative endeavor, The Lungfish Project, which traverses questions of evolution, time, human origins, religion, storytelling, and more in the form of what Terry calls picto-philosophy. Terry explains how the Lungfish Project found inspiration in the late beatnik writer William S. Burroughs' rumination on the space age at the Nova Convention and how the project is influenced by such varied sources as religion, philosophy, storytelling, anti-authoritarianism, and much more. Additionally, Terry and I discuss his interest in psychedelics and where psychedelic culture has gone wrong in recent years, the idea of the cynic and the philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, the aesthetics of time, and much more.

A Serf's Journal: The Story of the United States' Longest Wildcat Strike by Terry Tapp (Zero Books, 2017)


Ep. 84: The Serfs’ Lance on Youtube Banning, Algorithms, the Alt Right Pipeline, & Breadtube

Ep. 84: The Serfs’ Lance on Youtube Banning, Algorithms, the Alt Right Pipeline, & Breadtube

April 22, 2019

On this edition of Parallax Views, Lance, one half of the YouTube lefty comedy duo The Serfs, joins us to discuss The Serfs getting removed from YouTube and the grassroots campaign that has brought it back, algorithms and the alt right pipeline, combating the right-wing presence on YouTube, the lefty YouTube equivalent Breadtube, and The Serfs taking on Intellectual Dark Web figures like Joe Rogan and Stefan Molyneux. We get into some doom 'n' gloom that explains how we got in our present politico-cultural predicament as well as the opening that may exist for getting out of it. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views!



BONUS: “Zizek Vs. Peterson” w/ Slimy Clearing’s Nathan Sacket

BONUS: “Zizek Vs. Peterson” w/ Slimy Clearing’s Nathan Sacket

April 21, 2019

Here's an Easter gift from Parallax Views! Slimy Clearing's Nathan Sacket and I discuss the April 19th "Great Debate" that saw public intellectuals Jordan B. Peterson, the Jungian psychologist of the Intellectual Dark Web, and Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian bear and Hegelian-Lacanian philosopher, face off in the squared circle... er, the Sony Center in Toronto. The debate was titled "Happiness: Capitalism Vs. Marxism" and generated a great deal of fanfare for both Peterson and Zizek. Nathan and I tackle the debate as well as what it means and represents in a larger context, and Nathan argues pointedly that we can do better.

Ep. 83: Brian Rosenquist on the Christian Scare Films of Ron Ormond (EASTER SPECIAL!)

Ep. 83: Brian Rosenquist on the Christian Scare Films of Ron Ormond (EASTER SPECIAL!)

April 20, 2019

On this Easter weekend edition of Parallax Views, filmmaker Brian Rosenquist joins us to discuss the Christian scare films of Ron Ormond. Evangelical convert Ron Ormond, along with his wife June Ormond and the help of Baptist minister Estus W. Pirkle, created supremely bizarre, gory, and shocking movies meant to literally scare the hell out of sinners and convert them to Christianity. Ormond's notorious "Christsploitation" films The Burning Hell, The Believer's Heaven, The Grim Reaper, and the anti-communist Red Scare flick If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? scarred a generation of Sunday school children before becoming sought after cult classics of the cinematic underground vis-à-vis the legendary experimental band Negativland's sampling of If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? in their hit single, played at college radio stations across America, "Christianity is Stupid". Brian fills us in on the life, times, and films of the Ormonds and tells us about his upcoming documentary about the Ormonds on this edition of Parallax Views.

Brian Rosenquist

Members Exclusive: Journalist Sameera Khan on Tulsi Gabbard, Narendra Modi, & Hindutva Fascism

Members Exclusive: Journalist Sameera Khan on Tulsi Gabbard, Narendra Modi, & Hindutva Fascism

April 16, 2019

Foreign policy analyst, political writer, and 2015 Miss New Jersey winner Sameera Khan joins us for an member's exclusive episode of Parallax Views to discuss Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard's problematic ties to Hindutva ideology. Sameera takes us through the reign of India's current Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the extreme nationalism of groups like the RSS and BJP. What does the progressive Tulsi have to say about all this? Sameera Khan argues she hasn't said nearly enough and gives the details as to why this should concern progressive voters who view her as an anti-war candidate despite Tulsi's neocon rhetoric about the War on Terror and Islam. Additionally, Sameera gives her take on the Gravel Teen phenomena and the arrest of Julian Assange.

Supplemental material for this this episode:

Outrage over BJP promise to 'remove every single infiltrator' from India - CNN

BJP tweet calling for removal of "every single infiltrator" in India

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - Wikipedia Entry

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - Wikpedia Entry

Tulsi Gabbard on the War on Terror

Sameera Khan Interviewed by Comedian and Redacted Tonight Host Lee Camp

Keep Up With Sameera Khan on Twitter


Ep. 82: Bobbie Brown on Modeling, Dating Rock Stars, & Life on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip

Ep. 82: Bobbie Brown on Modeling, Dating Rock Stars, & Life on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip

April 16, 2019

Drugs. Sex. Rock 'n' Roll. Big hairdos. They're the hallmarks of 80s/90s glam metal, which is finally experiencing its nostalgia moment thanks to the new Motley Crue biopic The Dirt on Netflix. Everyone knows the stories of sleazy rock star debauchery on the Sunset Strip, but what about the female perspective on those wild days? Joining us on this edition of Parallax Views is Bobbie Jean Brown, author of Dirty Rocker Boys: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip and a starring figure in Fuse's reality TV hit Ex-Wives of Rock, to discuss the her life on the Sunset Strip from activating a millions of teenaged libidos in Warrant's "Cherry Pie" music video to marrying Warrant's Jani Lane and dating Motley Crue's Tommy Lee.

Bobbie Brown as "The Cherry Pie Girl" in Warrant's "Cherry Pie" music video

The conversation begins with Bobbie and I discussing the Alice in Wonderland-esque "down the rabbit hole" nature of Bobbie going from a quite life in Louisiana to becoming the hottest girl on L.A.'s Sunset Strip. From there we get Bobbie's take on modeling and her long winning streak on Starsearch before delving into how she became the it girl of glam metal in Warrant's "Cherry Pie" music video. We discuss what life was like in Hollywood in the 90s and her experiences dating rock star's like Warrant's Jani Lani and Motley Crue, the later of whom controversially broke things off with Bobbie to marry Baywatch's Pamela Anderson. Additionally, we discuss some of Bobbie's experiences working on Married... With Children,her former interest in the occult, thoughts on the #MeToo movement, the Netflix's Motley Crue biopic The Dirt, online dating, and her recent work in the realm of stand-up comedy!

Bobbie Brown and Warrant's Jani Lane

Bobbie Brown and Motley Crue's Tommy Lee

Bobbie Brown still rockin' today!

Check out Bobbie's new book Cherry on Top! Coming out in July!


And be sure to read Dirty Rocker Boys


Ep. 81: Journalist Jenna Orkin on 9/11’s Deadly Dust

Ep. 81: Journalist Jenna Orkin on 9/11’s Deadly Dust

April 11, 2019

A fine detail of the latest budget proposal by President Donald Trump is that it will defund the federal agency responsible for compensating first responders to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attack who were adversely effected by the dust and degrees at Ground Zero in New York. The story of 9/11's "Deadly Dust", however, goes much deeper and the lives it has damaged reaches far beyond the heroic first responders of that fateful September day. Joining us on this edition of Parallax Views to discuss the full story of 9/11's Deadly Dust is Jenna Orkin, who has tirelessly pursued the saga as a journalist, activist, and concerned parent in the vicinity of Ground Zero since its earliest stages.

Jenna Orkin

We begin by discussing how Jenna became involved in activism related to 9/11's deadly dust. From there we delve into a number of different areas including the EPA's assurances that "the air is safe to breathe" after 9/11 and the conflicts of interest that existed with then EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman. Jenna and I dive deep into the asbestos and toxins that were inhalable throughout New York in the aftermath of 9/11 and the lives adversely affected by it, including schoolchildren. We also discuss how the media covered the story initially and how the saga of 9/11's deadly dust has changed since those days. Additionally, Jenna tells us about her work with investigative journalist Michael C. Ruppert, the 5th anniversary of whose death will occur on April 13th, and how Ruppert's work on 9/11, peak oil, Wall Street, and energy issues ties into not only Jenna's writings on the 9/11 deadly dust but also a broader picture of our world and where it is headed.

Ground Zero Wars:
The Fight to Reveal the Lies of the EPA in the Wake of 9/11
Clean-Up Lower Manhattan
Jenna Orkin


A Memoir of Investigative Journalist Michael C. Ruppert
Jenna Orkin