Philosophy

Episode 50: Human Supremacist

On This Week's Episode....

Has it been 50 episodes already? Seems like just yesterday we were three guys with a single microphone. Since it’s a milestone episode (and because we haven’t been kicked off the internet yet), we decided to tackle a tough topic. Capital Punishment is practiced by several countries around the world. While it’s not practiced in Canada, there is often heated debate that comes up when we talk about very emotional criminal cases. When the topics get tough, we get Perli! Our friend Perli joined Tim, Mike, and Josh and brought the philophical question, if not the practical question – if you could prove beyond the shadow of a doubt someone is guilty, is capital punishment right? Hold on to your butts!

Also Overheard:

  • Next episode, Josh gets a sippy cup….
  • Tim has trouble getting beyond a reasonable doubt
  • No, this guy is not Stephen Harper
  • Someone throw a pie or something!
  •  Vodka and Gatorade? Mike goes to a dark, dark place….
  •  In fact, Tim has met MANY Todds that were perfectly pleasant.
  • If a dude in Mount Brydges owns a tiger, that’s really just a failure of society.
  • Popeyes and KFC are WAY different in the US.

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Stop Yelling Sexually Degrading Things at Women

On This Week's Episode....

London, Ontario seems to have two local street preachers that enjoy yelling sexually degrading things at women on their walk to work. You know, just like Christ wanted. While we all agree that freedom of speech is important in society, where does it stop being “free speech” and start becoming harassment? Councillors in the City of London have proposed a new by-law that would ban amplified speech in public places without a permit. Would this solve the problem, or would this create a brand new one? What implications does this have for freedom of speech? Join Tim, Josh, and Mike on the latest episode of Two And Change!

Also Overheard:

  •  Hey, microphone slut!
  •  The alcohol percentage of Tim’s beer increases with his seasonal affective disorder.
  •  Religion has nothing to do with being a jackass….
  •  Shoulder pads are coming back!
  •  Even worse – it was Louisiana….
  •  Karl Popper and the Paradox of Tolerance.
  • Quit making me have to explain what ‘sucking dick’ is to a four-year-old….

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The Connotation of Gentrification

On This Week's Show....

Tim, Josh, and Mike channel their inner hipster to talk about gentrification…assuming they know what that actually means. Some say that a rising tide floats all boats, but others point out that sometimes the poor get negatively impacted by the lack of affordable housing. Where do we stand? Join us while we sip our lattes from our ivory towers!

Also Overheard:

  • Rob Ford was terrible but kind of charming.
  • Special Shout-Out to Sarah from Starbucks!
  • Gen·tri·fi·ca·tion: the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.
  • Apparently only Tim read A Modest Proposal
  • There’s nothing fancier than Starbucks!
  • Who got more alien STDs, Kirk or Riker?
  • That Drake can do anything!
  • Apparently, we have a YouTube channel. Please click on it repeatedly.

A special thank you to Matt Ebel for providing additional voices for the show. 

You can check out the discussion we had about girls joining the Boy Scouts of America here.

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Talking Trash

On This Week's Episode....

Tim, Josh, and Mike talk about garbage. Okay, so this really isn’t much different than normal, but we are discussing actual trash. When China announced that they’re no longer going to be in the business of taking the world’s recyclables, municipalities around the world panicked and started looking at alternate plans. What do we do with our stuff we don’t want anymore? We don’t want it winding up in the ocean, or lying in a landfill decomposing over tens of thousands of years. What’s the answer? We don’t know, but we have fun pretending we do! Take a break from Donald Trump in the news and give us a listen!

Also Overheard:

  •  Tim seems to be the only one ruining the illusion….
  • You put rubbish in the garburator, but not the aluminium or the yoghurt.
  • Pigouvian Taxes and the fine art of beating Josh with a sack of hammers.
  • Only the green bin is Socialism, Mike.
  • The milk fridge at Loblaw’s called Tim fat.
  • Level 7 Fire Druids and goin’ to the rippers!
  • We’re going to be posted on 4chan, and that’s pretty much it. 
  • Tim bought a new car instead of having children. 

One More Thing...

As a proud communist, Comrad Mike wanted to share his souveniers that Chairman Jordan picked up on his travels. Here they are!

Все для фронта!
мир, хлеб и работа!

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The Right To Be Insulted

On This Week's Show....

Josh, Mike, and Tim welcome Matt back to the show for our inaugural recording in the “You Had Me At Beer” studio. The Canadian Human Right Commission was established in 1977 as a way to investigate and settle issues of human rights abuses in Canada in a legal and (somewhat) judicial matter. While they have done quite a bit of good, we still have to wonder about a few of their decision. Join us as we discuss if the concept of a seperate judicial process is needed for human rights abuse, and what, if anything, could replace the tribunal.

Audio note: In addition to changing studios, we recently changed our recording software…and apparently didn’t really know what we were doing. There might be a bit of distortion here and there. Our sincerest apologies.

Also Overheard:

  • Tim ‘minecrafted’ this thing together.
  • The Dutch discriminate a lot. Matt was only half insulted.
  • JOSH IS PUPATING!
  • Professor Josh needs a translator.
  • White, Straight, or Intelligent. Matt gets to pick two of the three.
  • Rights aren’t pie!
  • No one knows oppression like four white straight middle classed males with disposible income, amiright???
  • Remember when Kirk and the Time Lords took the Battlestar Galatica to fight the Wookies?
  • A Two And Change shout-out to Ken Lam. This man should never have to pay for beer again.

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Clearly Unedumcated

On This Week's Episode....

Tim, Josh, and Mike swap their dunce caps for mortarboards and talk about higher education. Should private colleges and universities hold the same significance in society? Is there a benefit to private schools? How should we pay for all this? Get ready to slap our knuckles with rulers as you enjoy this week’s episode!

Also Overheard:

  • The Mediocre System breaks down as Tim runs out of beer
  • Cromulent is a word. Probably.
  • Secretary of Education Beyonce? YES PLEASE!
  • Dr. Janssens, Ph.D. in Extraterrestrial Exobiology
  • Josh ships his kids off to join SeaOrg
  • All I’m saying is that Jesus hung out with, like, A LOT of dudes
  • John Oliver isn’t coming on our show.
  • Power to the Proletariat!
  • Peyote sounds pretty cool, actually.

Since we promised to post it, here it is!

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Long Live the Queen

Mike pledges allegiance to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and explains why he doesn’t mind the monarchy.

Copyright, Shmopyright!

On this week's show...

Since Josh has the week off, we welcomed Jordan to the show. Fresh back from his travels all over Southeast Asia, he definitely schooled us on Copyright. What is Copyright? How does it work? Is it different than a patent? Was Glenn Close REALLY in Hook?

Spoiler Alert: She totally was.

Everything you ever wanted to know about copyrights…and less…on this weeks episode.

Also featured: 

  • What $13 worth of Dong gets you in Vietnam; 
  • Disney is probably going to own us all until the heat death of the universe; 
  • The strange case of Robert Lutczyk
  • Jordan quickly learns this is a fact free show; 
  • Trade Secrets does NOT sell ladies underpants; 
  • Mike fingers all of Silicoln Valley; 
  • Trademarks vs. Patents vs. Copyright vs. Trade Dress vs. Holy shit you’re losing us, Jordan…; 
  • 1984: A Canadian Original Netflix Series; 
  • Charles Dickens would have wanted us to eat the rich; 
  • George Romero was in a bad mood for a good reason; 
  • Worst job on Star Trek? Holodeck Squeegy Boy.
And yes, this is Tim, enjoying Jordan's dong.

I Don’t Understand the Wage Gap Issue, Because I Don’t Have To.

Wrong kind of gap....

Growing up, I had two working parents. My mother worked in the non-profit sector, while my father worked in as a graphic artist for a major tech company. When I was a lot younger, my mother would stay home but run a home daycare. I remember my father being unemployed for a few months, but he was at least always working on something. They both worked hard and both had real jobs, but I grew up considering my father, not my mother, as the ‘breadwinner’ of the household. This is not to say my mother didn’t work her butt off, or at many points of the relationship earned equal if not more than what my father was making at the time. The lenses of a child are shaped by the environment we are in.

School doesn’t really do anything to dispel this. You all remember going to school and doing art projects where you drew your family. Regardless of actual size, I bet if you look at those projects, you’d see that you drew your father two to three times larger than your mother. Or maybe that was just me, I was a shitty artist. I didn’t take after my dad in the art department. Growing up, it was still ‘normal’ for women to stay at home, and men go out and work, despite that being some sort of 1950’s fantasy that wasn’t ever really true. I’m not going to knock on couples who make a decision that one should stay home and look after the kids, that’s not the point of this post. It’s more about the social perception of how women are still perceived in society.

The media also seemed to keep this image going of the father worker/mother nurture thing. I’m a child of the 80s, and there weren’t exactly a lot of ‘working mother’ TV shows that I can remember. Remember, this was before gritty reality and boobs took over TV. It was everywhere. What did Calvin’s (from Calvin and Hobbes) Mom do? I have no clue. I know his dad is a patent lawyer. TV, Books, Comics, Cartoons, and just about everything I can think of always portrayed mothers as being secondary in earning power to fathers. Dad made the money. If Mom worked, well, that was just ‘helping out’ the household. This is how society shaped us to view women. This is how it still shapes us.

I’m in a loving marriage with a wife that makes more than me, and probably always will. And who the hell cares? I certainly don’t. We both try to do our part. I’m not jealous, nor do I wish or feel any pressure that the tables should be turned. I’ve had many a discussion years ago wondering why I should care about the wage gap. I certainly didn’t see it where I am. I apply for a job, I earn what the job pays. Why does this affect me?

It affects me because in order to be an equal society, we must be treated with equal respect. One of the ways we show respect in a capitalist society is with a paycheque. Doctors make more. Lawyers make more. Stockbrokers *gag* make more because we at some level find them to be respectable positions. Broadcasters and television personalities make quite a bit as well. That’s why I was really surprised (and happy) to read about men in the BBC taking a voluntary paycut. I kind of wish that it wasn’t voluntary, but let’s be perfectly honest, gentlemen – if your boss came to you at work and told you that you were making more money than women at work, how many of you would be quick to jump at a voluntary paycut? Frankly, I think the reaction should have been to raise the wages of the women, not make cuts, but that’s just me.

I’ve never had to make choices between family and work, or a paycheque and dignity. These are things that women have to deal with that due to a freak hormone in the womb that gave me a Y chromosome, I don’t have to. To my fellow men who have been stewing about this debate, try to come to the realization I eventually did – you don’t have to get it. You just have to acknowledge it. You have to respect it. And you have to vote with your wallet and in the ballot box to correct it. Like so many things in life, this doesn’t affect you but it does affect those you love. Maybe we can start working towards a world where growing up, we see both mother and father as equal earners, and as equal providers. Until then, ladies, I guess keep marching on.

Post by Tim

Executive Producer of Two And Change and an unabashed beer snob.

Double Double Minimum Wage Trouble

Costs go up. Deal with it. Tim, Mike, and Josh sit down for a few drinks and talk about what’s been going on in the news now that they’ve hiked minimum wage in Ontario. Tim Horton’s francisees are going rouge with a few other businesses following suite. Have we had our last Timmies? Or are we just getting started?

Note: We bring up one of our most popular podcasts, The (Minimum) Wages of Fear. Find it here or on iTunes, Stitcher, PodBean, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!

In this episode:

  • Josh’s go-to is ‘dirty socialist’.
  • If you can’t afford to be in business, GTFO.
  • Slinging coffee and doughnuts is HARD WORK, damn it.
  • Tim goes full Marxist. You never go full Marxist.
  • Hurray McCafe!
  • Leia kissed him TWICE. That was really weird.
  • Tim went for a Roy Moore referrence. It didn’t land.
  • If you work full time in Canada, there is no excuse for anyone to live in poverty.
  • Staffing Agencies – F$#% those people in particular.
  • Late Capitalism?
  • Tim can’t do a Russian accent.
  • George Carlin might have had it right.
  • If Florida sank into the sea, would anyone really miss it?
  • BUT MY WATER IS ON FIRE!