Author: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast

An individual. Amateur podcaster. Personal liberty advocate.

Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 9/17/2017

Good morning!

This week The Donald went to the UN. Among other topics, he threatened to destruction of North Korea. I’ll be talking about this along with a number of other stories to be aware of.

I’ve been reading a bunch about the Kurds, with the referendum on statehood coming up. Not the only one by the way, I see you Catalonia.

Also this week, the lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces Stanislav Petrov died. He’s known as “The Man Who Saved the World” because of his actions back in September of 1983. Petrov was in control of Soviet nuclear weapons when the computer alarmed him that the United States had shot off some missiles. It was a false alarm, and his actions halted global destruction.

This week’s topics include:

Topic suggestions always welcomed.

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: 2001: A War Odyssey

This week we talk about Rand Paul’s epic speech on Capital Hill, reflect on 9/11, and follow the guns from the Balkans to Syria. I also learn a thing or two about Myanmar.

Episode link here.

Full podcast archives can be found here. The podcast can also be downloaded from ITunes on any of the podcast apps you use.

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16 Years – Reflections of a New Jersey Kid Who’s World Changed at 8:46 AM

At this time 16 years ago, I was in sophomore Theology class when we’re told to go to the gym. Once there, it was announced that school would be let out because of an attack that took place in NYC. This began my journey towards informed, anti-war advocate.

Living in New Jersey, 9/11 affected me and those around me. I had friends who lost relatives. I had relatives that worked in those buildings, but weren’t there that day. My cousin had to be talked out of signed up for the army. I was young at the time, but I knew that these attackers didn’t “hate us for our freedom”.

As the years have gone on, I tried to go to NYC each year on 9/11. I’ve had good experiences and bad experiences. Sometimes getting into great discussions with people about that day. Most of the time, being told I’m “disrespectful” for discussing the situation on a day like today.

The first few years I could understand, but after a decade, you would think that the people most effected by the day would be as upset as I am that the criminals that carried out the attack are still at large. But the fear has won in NYC. The police state they live under makes them feel safe, as they continue to live in their ignorance.

This is the first year in five that I have not gone to the city. That city isn’t the one I grew up in. It has been invaded by police in riot gear, hipsters from across the country, and a doubled-down sense of self-importance that will lead to another attack leading to even more loss of freedom.

There are those in NYC and NJ that know the truth. That hate the wars. Who’s children have died. They are not allowed to speak out. They are silenced the same way someone critical of the State of Israel is silenced for being “anti-Semitic”.

The patriotism is deep in NYC. It’s an amazing thing to see. True love for their home country. But that emotion has been used by disgusting politicians to gain votes and support for their policies and wars. Today we will see politicians descend on New York City, closing down bridges and roads, making it impossible for the actual people affected to show their support for the fallen, or to remember the day. These snack-oil salespeople are the scum of this world.

I will leave you with a message I post each year on 9/11, to my friends and family. To try to get them to be upset on this day for the right reasons. That their government commits a 9/11 a week in the 3rd world, and the blowback kills their family and friends:

This year let’s actually try to not forgot. Maybe pay attention to the who, what, why & how for once. Let’s not forget how the country & world has changed since that day. Maybe as a country we can once and for all look at the events leading up and after that day seriously so we can recognize when a tragedy like 9/11 could be coming, and also make sure we don’t let the country get out control again if/when one does.

My humble opinion is that this might be more helpful then the obligatory posting of eagles, flags, “never forget”, towers or the combination of the four.

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Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 9/10/2017

Good morning!

Another week as past and that means a new episode of the podcast. Tomorrow’s episode will have some positive news, Rand Paul’s revolt on the Senate floor for example. I’ll also talk about looking back on 9/11, the current news regarding the courts and 9/11, and how we’ve seemed to have learned nothing.

I will also discuss the situation in Myanmar, Israeli’s very active week, Turkey’s deal with the Russians, and a big report providing evidence the Pentagon falsified documents about Syrian weapon transfers.

This week’s topics include:

Topic suggestions always welcomed.

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: The U.S.S. Liberty Gets a Win & Other News

In this week’s episode, I discuss a little-known story of murder on the high seas, the next stage in the Syrian conflictIsraeli continuing to go rougeMyanmar becomes the next geopolitical hot-spot, and how I believe the EU is going to break up.

Episode link here.

Full podcast archives can be found here. The podcast can also be downloaded from ITunes on any of the podcast apps you use.

I also want to take a minute to link to a few longer stories I think are worth your time:

Three Years After the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out – by Ramzy Baroud – Ramzy Baroud is editor of the Palestine Chronicle. His latest book is My Father was A Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press).

The USS Liberty Wins One! – by Philip Giraldi

Syria: Deir Ezzor Siege by Daesh Finally Broken by Syrian Army & Russian Airforce – by Sarah Abed/@sarahabed

I also want to point my listeners on Steemit over to VetsConnect by @stay-in-the-gray. It is an attempt to create a community/pipeline within Steemit for combat veterans to support their fellow vets.

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Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 9/3/2017

Good morning!

Tonight (or tomorrow) I will be putting out the next episode of the podcast. A bunch of new stories to discuss this week, along with a major update out of Syria. I hope you will check it out!

This week’s topics include:

Please don’t be shy in leaving interesting topics for me to research in the comment section. Deep dives in geopolitical situations is my guilty pleasure.

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: Lords of War

In this episode I discuss the discovery of a gun running operation from The Balkans to Syria and the gangster Bulgarian reporter that uncovered it (and was fired). I touch on Trump and Kim never-ending over who has the bigger missile. Shifting gears, I explain what the president means by “take the gloves off” in Afghanistan by pointing to Mosul, Iraq. A place where that policy has already been implemented. The conflict in Syria is also noted, updating you on the new geopolitical struggle between Russia/Syria and Israel.

Episode link here

Full podcast archives can be found here. The podcast can also be downloaded from ITunes on any of the podcast apps you use.

I also want to take a minute to link to a few longer stories I think are worth your time:

350 Diplomatic Flights Carry Weapons for Terrorists – The story that got Dilyana Gaytandzhieva fired.

End Times in Mosul – Patrick Cockburn details the horror the civilian population of Western Mosul endured under ISIS control and during Mosul’s “liberation” by US-backed Shite forces.

Syrian Man Recounts 33 Days Of Torture At Hands Of CIA-Backed FSA – @sarahabed tells the story of a Syrian man named Shadi’s journey from Syria, back to Syria, only to be kidnapped and tortured by the US-back Free Syrian Army.

Memories of Palestine – @evehuman tell her story of her time in Palestine.

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Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 8/31/2017

Good morning!

Tomorrow I will be putting out the most recent episode of the podcast. This week had some major escalations in different areas, along with the uncovering of a huge gun-running scandal, and Trump’s Afghanistan policy starts taking shape.

This week’s topics include:

I will still be offering to take listener requests for topics to discuss on future episodes. Submit your suggestions in the comment section!

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: Double Down in Afghanistan & The Forgotten Horror in Yemen

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First, let me apologize in advance for the recording of this episode. I am a little run down at the moment, so if I sound I bit out of it, it’s because I am.

In the episode, I go over my thoughts on Trump’s speech Monday on what his general told him his policy is going to be in Afghanistan. I break down the speech as I did in an earlier post this week. This was not the only esclation this week, as John “I love Nazis” McCain applauded “Mad Dog” Mattis’s promise to arm the government of Ukraine. I also hit on a few other stories, before updating you on the tragedy that continues to unfold in Yemen.

This week’s topics include:

Episode link here.

The full archive of the show can be found here.

 

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Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 8/20/2017

Good morning!

Tomorrow I will be recording and posting this weeks episode of The Voluntary Exchange Podcast. This week has been light in geopolitical stories. This episode will focus on much of the same stories from last week. Of course, the bulk of the episode will be my breakdown of Trump’s speech on Afghanistan from Monday. I posted my initial thoughts on the speech earlier this week, so I’ll hit on these points again.

This week’s topics include:

I will still be offering to take listener requests for topics to discuss on future episodes. Anything can be requested, but I do like to focus more on war and locking people in cages than transgender bathrooms. Submit your suggestions in the comment section!

I’d also like to give a shout out to Scott Horton. He has his first book out on Amazon, “Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan”. If you don’t know Scott Horton, he is the editor of Antiwar.com, one of the founders of The Libertarian Institute, foreign policy Jedi, anarcho-capitalist, skateboard, and all around badass.

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