Episode #149: A Jewish lens, bad t-shirts, socialists.

Plenty to discuss in the Twilight Lounge tonight. Rosen has returned from a golf outing with The King of Real Estate and found thousands of dollars in previously worthless stock. Goldbrener has dominated Xfinity and has a thing or two to say about the dotcom crash of the early 2000s. Despite Rosen’s admission of his Jewish worldview bias, though, the boys can’t find common ground when discussing the Democratic Socialists of America’s recent torpedo-filled anti-Israel resolution. Fortunately, they finally find common ground on this non-brainer:

Swastika t-shirts are NOT good for the Jews.

Speaking of no brains, why on earth would KA Designs think now is the time to “rehabilitate” the swastika? Why would they chalk up the entirely predictable blowback to a victory for “hate and Nazism?” What’s wrong with these people?

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Episode #148: Dreidels, Jewish pirates, Monsanto.

All is lightness and levity in the Twilight Lounge tonight as the boys skirt the day’s heavy issues in favor of tales of Rosen’s insane dog, Goldbrener’s run-in with a territorial paramilitary picnicker, the meaning of Tisha B’ av and what can happen when a bunch of Boy Scouts, armed with dreidels, band together to set a world record.

Do things turn serious when the Jews address this week’s question?

Are Jewish pirates good for the Jews?

Not really. The levity continues even as consensus proves elusive. Goldbrener is convinced that the Jewish people need all of the outlaws they can get, while Rosen worries about the victims of these semitic marauders. Also discussed: how the Disney Company ruined the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and how only teenage Disneyland locals know the secret purpose of the now-defunct Adventures Through Inner Space, a.k.a. Monsanto.

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Regulation dreidels, ready to spin.

Episode #147: Zuck v. Musk, empty resolutions, Sidewalk Heart Guy

Goldbrener isn’t buying his partner’s antipathy toward the Sidewalk Chalk Heart Guy, no matter how persuasive the argument that the whimsical drawings are, in fact, vandalism, but he’s completely on board when it comes to choosing people over coyotes. As for the Cal State University System, stepping in at SF State is the least they can do. Along those lines:

Is a Board of Supervisors resolution condemning anti-semitism good for the Jews?

Most of the second half of this podcast is taken up by the Elon Musk v. Mark Zuckerberg debate over artificial intelligence, which, Rosen learns too late, has only half as much to do with Jews as he thought (Musk, it turns out, is not Jewish). Goldbrener ranges far afield, eventually doing a deep dive into  the welfare system and drones, but he does not manage to incorporate Israel into the discussion, thus losing his bet with Rosen. As for this week’s question, resolutions are nice, but ultimately, what do they mean?

R.I.P. Kimel’s dog.

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