Politics Club: The Coming Third Reich

In the inaugural GeekNights Politics Club episode, with guests Andrew and the other Scott, we discuss Richard J. Evans' The Coming of the Third Reich.

From Amazon:
" There is no story in twentieth-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich , Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations."

This is part one, as we segue into contemporary politics in a part two that is forthcoming.

US Midterm Election Special

Tonight on GeekNights, Rym is back from PAX Australia, and we're finally resuming our regular schedule next week! But, to get the ball rolling, and considering several of our friends voted incorrectly in the US New York State Midterm Elections of 2014, we discuss how and why we voted. (No on 1, Yes on 2, Yes on 3). Rym tells us a little about his time in Sydney before PAX, and Scott tells us about the Fantasy Flight streams and the Netrunner World Championships.

A Showdown

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about Gundam models and Eric Cantor's 2014 Republican primary defeat. These are two things about which Rym and Scott give zero shits. Along the way, we have the anniversary of the OJ Simpson extravaganza, bootleg Gundam models, ConnectiCon's amazing panel schedule, The Rent is Too Damn Low, urban legends, fakelore, slenderman, pogs, OJ Simpson pogs, and Tesla Motors opening up their patents.

Real Politics and Stasiland

Tonight on the eighth anniversary of the first episode of GeekNights, we discuss politics (just as we did back in 2005)! Specifically, real politics that matter directly to us and our lives and over which we can have a meaningful effect. We then move on to address Stasiland in the GeekNights Book Club!

Government Shutdowns

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the ongoing US government shutdown, quote some Abraham Lincoln, and recall airline food. Rym reviews the movies he watched recently while flying (Phone Booth, The Last Castle, and No Country for Old Men). For what it's worth, Last Castle is basically a mishmash of Cool Hand Luke, Dead Poets Society, and The Shawshank Redemption.

Internet Governance

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider a topic which should be much more boring than it is: the governance of the Internet, particularly in light of the US's recent refusal to sign a UN treaty related to it. Before that, Rym has further adventures in HVAC, Twitter opens up your tweet history, we lament the "web we lost" and what that really means (hint: an eventual move to a federated replacement for Twitter, or possible to a future G+), we consider the resurgence of an ancient argument about ad blocking (spoiler: if you give me data, I will do with it what I will), and we wonder on the idea that an API could be considered a National Treasure.

Also, ConnectiCon 2013 Panel and Workshop submissions are live! And, we launched a new show! GeekNights Presents. And, we're going to MAGFest! And, you should spread the word on our video content if you want us to make more of it!

Hurricane Sandy

Tonight on GeekNights, back online from hurricane Sandy, we bring our relatively comfortable hurricane Sandy experience. We would have returned on Tuesday, but Scott is unable to bike in slightly cold weather. In the news, Rym finally gets Scott to talk a little politics as he officially endorses Barack Obama for the US Presidency. You should also check out Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog. NBC has some difficulty with the Creative Commons, Scott made a nice time lapse of the hurricane,

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