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Hey! If you’re here, you’re probably looking for links to the stories we talked about on this week’s episode of Unpopular Opinion.

You know the one! It’s about brands you won’t believe are, against all odds, out there still thriving in the world. It features Adam Tod Brown, Randall Maynard, Andy Sell, and Rivers Langley.

If you have no idea what we’re talking about, give it a listen now on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google, Stitcher, Megaphone, and all the other places.

And here come those links!

There’s Still a Sambo’s Pancake House In Santa Barbara

Via KCET.org

Does that name sound offensive to you? That’s because it totally is, no matter what the founders claimed to the contrary. This used to be a national chain, but only one location remains today, in liberal California.

So, business isn’t exactly thriving, but still. It’s insane that you can still eat at a Sambo’s in 2019 at all.

Kenny Roger’s Roasters Is Still Thriving In Asia

via Time.com

Do people in the United States even realize this was an actual place a person could go to eat food? It’s most notable in this country for being a plot line in a Seinfeld episode. But you haven’t experience sides until you’ve sampled the variety of sides available at a Kenny’s. Here’s hoping they make a comeback in this country someday. Asia probably doesn’t even realize how good they have it right now.

But Also Chi-Chi’s Is Thriving In Europe

via Wikipediah

What do you do when your food makes a bunch of people sick and a kills a few more, just weeks after you filed for bankruptcy? Easy! You move your operations to Europe and act like none of it ever happened!

Candy Cigarettes Are Still Super Duper Available

via Wikipedia

I’m always surprised when I see these at those crazy candy outlets with all the plastic bins. They’re banned in a bunch of countries, but not in the United States, because fuck these kids. How are we gonna get them into vaping without candy cigarettes?

Way back when they were first introduced we were already asking if they were maybe a bad idea, with the thinking being that candy cigarettes desensitize kids to real cigarettes and make them more likely to smoke in the future.

Studies have shown that’s true!

They were banned in North Dakota from 1953-1967, which is mind-blowing mostly because that detail implies there was an active and aggressive candy cigarette lobby working feverishly on this issue that entire time.

You Can Still Buy Tab Cola

via Target.com

This is fine. Tab was good. Or was good. It’s still alive. When the inevitable Back to the Future reboot happens they should team up and get Tab back in the game.

Other Links

LiveJournal is still huge in Russia – https://www.livejournal.com/

EarthLink will still sell you dial-up internet – https://bit.ly/2RMOOpr

Sign up for MySpace, using your Facebook account – https://myspace.com/

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Did you listen to this week’s Conspiracy! The Show yet? If so, you’re probably here for pictures of the Challenger crew and their modern day doppelgangers. We have that!

If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you should head over to Patreon to give it a listen. It’s the only place to hear new episodes!

In the name of providing a little background, in 2015, a conspiracy theory started making the rounds that claimed the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger is still alive and that disaster was just a cover for some other, unnamed government mission. Here’s a video about it.

The 1986 Challenger Crew Conspiracy Theory - YouTube

Sounds crazy, for sure. But you haven’t seen the pictures yet.

Richard Scobee, Commander

L-R: Richard Scobee, Richard Scobee

Do these two look alike? Yeah, hell yeah they do. Does it prove there was a conspiracy involving the Space Shuttle Challenger? No, but still. We talk about a few other similarities between these two on the episode.

Michael Smith, Pilot

L-R: Michael Smith, Michael Smith

Okay, but why wouldn’t any of these people change their names? Well, in the case of Michael Smith, do you really need to? What are you gonna do, Google the name Michael Smith? Try it right now! It’s pretty easy to hide in plain sight with a name like that.

Ronald McNair, Mission Specialist

L-R: Carl McNair, Ronald McNair

A fun moment in this episode is when Andy Sell argues that he doesn’t see the similarity between these two. Why is that funny? Because the official explanation in this case is that Carl McNair is Ronald McNair’s real-life twin brother.

Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist

L-R: Claude Onizuka, Ellison Onizuka

Same deal here. The explanation is that Ellison has a real-life twin brother named Claude. No doppelgangers here, folks!

Christa McAuliffe, Mission Specialist

L-R: Christa McAuliffe, Sharon McAuliffe

These two don’t look alike at all. There’s also no modern day twin for payload specialist Greg Jarvis. How does the conspiracy community explain this plot hole? They were the two expendable crew members who really did die on the space shuttle, of course.

Judith Resnik, Mission Specialist

L-R: Judith Resnik, Judith Resnik

In this website’s humble opinion, this is the most interesting example, not just because of the facial similarities.

There’s also some weird background information that conspiracy theorists point to when making the case that these two Resniks are one in the same. Also they’re totally the same person.

Anyway, subscribe on Patreon to hear the episode. Thanks! We love you!

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Links to the stories we talk about on this week’s episode of Unpopular Opinion with Adam Tod Brown, Randall Maynard, Matt Lieb, and Jay P. Brown? Yes, we have those!

If that’s not where you’re here for, maybe give the episode a listen on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google, Stitcher, Megaphone or any other podcast place and then read along with the stories below!


The Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Attack

https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/empire-jussie-smollett-homophobic-racist-attack-786029/>

https://www.tmz.com/2019/01/29/empire-star-jussie-smollett-attacked-hospitalized-homophobic-hate-crime/

Why isn’t it a bigger part of the story that Jussie Smollett’s people told TMZ the attackers yelled “this is MAGA country” during the attack on him? This seems to highlight that the rest of the media is handling this story in a kind of shady way.

Hate Crimes Rose In 2018 In the US and they Were All Right-Wing Related

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/2018-killings-linked-1995-adl-190124143748024.html

https://www.adl.org/media/12480/download

Last year marked the most killings by far-right attackers since 1995, with 42 of 50 murders carried out with firearms, and the murders were overwhelmingly linked to right wing extremists. Every perpetrator had ties to at least one right wing extremist movement, with the only sort-of exception being a white supremacist who claimed to have converted to Islamist extremism right before stabbing a bunch of people at a sleepover. So this isn’t alarming!

And All This While Americans Are Unlearning About Slavery and the Holocaust

http://www.claimscon.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Holocaust-Knowledge-Awareness-Study_Executive-Summary-2018.pdf

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/tt_hard_history_american_slavery.pdf

The above links are surveys about Americans’ knowledge of slavery by the Southern Poverty Law Center and their knowledge of the holocaust by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The most startling number from the holocaust survey is that 41% of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz was. It also says 58% of Americans think something like the holocaust could happen here. The slavery survey was done with American high schoolers, and only 8% of high school students knew the civil war was fought over slavery.

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Hey bookworms! You’re presumably here for links to the articles discussed on this week’s episode of Conspiracy! The Show with Adam Tod Brown and Connor McSpadden.

Well, good news! You’ve come to the right place! Unless you’ve come to the wrong place somehow, in which case you should probably listen to the episode first on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google, Stitcher, Megaphone, and all the other podcast places.

And hey! Read along as you go by checking out these links!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montauk_Project

https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/montauk/rainbow/montauk_project.htm#menu

Not a whole lot going on in the name of links this week! Just a Wikipedia page that has the details on the book series that spawned this conspiracy and a link to a weirdly-named dawn of the internet era website that goes into A LOT of detail about both The Philadelphia Experiment and The Montauk Project.

Happy reading! We love you!


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Oh! Hey! Hello! If you’re here that means you’re looking for links to the stories we talk about on this week’s episode of Unpopular Opinion with Adam Tod Brown, Alex Schmidt, Tom Reimann, and Randall Maynard.

Well, good news, those links are coming right up. If you want to listen along to the podcast while you read you can do that on iTunesSpotifyGoogleSoundcloudStitcher, Megaphone, and any number of other podcast locations. Here goes!

 

Notorious B.I.G. – “Who Shot Ya?”/Tupac – “Hit ‘Em Up”

The Notorious B.I.G. - Who Shot Ya? - YouTube

2Pac - Hit 'Em Up (Dirty) (Official Video) HD - YouTube

No links to sources to be found here, folks. Just Adam’s wild speculation about the role these songs played in the deaths of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

 

U2 – “Exit”

Exit (Remastered 2007) - YouTube

You know Robert Bardo killed actress Rebecca Schaeffer (depending on your age), but do you know why? Bono. That’s why. Other reasons, too. But Bono is totally one of them.

Rolling Stone

 

The Beatles – “Helter Skelter”

Helter Skelter (Remastered 2009) - YouTube

Charles Manson believed the “White Album” (not its real name) was a message from the Beatles heralding the start of a race war. We use the word “heralding” there because Manson also thought the Beatles were angels. He’s half right these days if nothing else!

Beatles Bible

 

Drake – “I’m Upset”

Drake - I'm Upset - YouTube

Did Drake set up rapper XXXtentacion to be murdered? Almost certainly not, but we talk about it on this episode anyway.

Babe

 

Frank Sinatra – “My Way”

Frank Sinatra - My Way - YouTube

Careful how you sing this song at karaoke bars in the Philippines. Also maybe leave the drugs alone while you’re there. Shit is crazy right now.

Wikipedia

 

50 Cent – “Ghetto Qu’ran”

50 Cent - Ghetto Quran (with lyrics) - YouTube

Did this song get Jam Master Jay murdered? Several people probably know the answer to that, but they definitely aren’t talking.

The Source

 

Guns ‘N Roses – “I Used To Love Her”

Used To Love Her-Guns N' Roses Lyrics - YouTube

This song has been used in evidence in two different murder trials. Axl must be so proud!

Metal Report

 

Pearl Jam – “Jeremy”

Pearl Jam - Jeremy (Official Video) - YouTube

Because of the video, people think this is a song about a kid who shoots up his class. It’s actually about a kid who shot himself in front of his class. Too bad it took a lot of years for that message to reach people.

Metal Report

 

Bob Dylan – “One More Cup Of Coffee”

One More Cup of Coffee - YouTube

Don’t let this story distract from the fact that Desire is one of Bob Dylan’s finest albums. “Isis” still slaps hard. The song, not the terrorist organization.

Expecting Rain

 

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Looking for links to the articles we discussed on this week’s What In The World episode about the crisis in Venezuela? Of course you are, there’s absolutely no other reason for you to be on this page right now.

Unless you were just searching around at random and landed on this page and now you’re wondering what all this talk of podcasts is about. In that case, check out the latest episode of What In The World with Adam Tod Brown and Quincy Johnson II on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and all the other more obscure podcast places.

Also, here come those links!


The Start of the Current Unrest In Venezuela

The Telegraph

Venezuela has been a mess in a lot of ways for a long time now. So why have things gotten so much more intense over the past week or so? These articles will tell you that exact thing!


Opposition Leader Juan Guaido Declares Himself President

NPR

Common Dreams

The New York Times

In other news, we’ve declared ourselves President of Podcasts.


Maduro Still Has the Support of the Military (And Russia)

Reuters

Reuters

The New York Times

If this doesn’t change, we might have to go in and fight the military. Do we have a word for an act of that sort?


Guiado Offers Suggests Amnesty For Maduro/Military

The BBC

If anything is going to change the mind of the military currently keeping Maduro in power, it will be the prospect of not going to prison when everything inevitably collapses.


Former Top US General Says We Shouldn’t Invade

Vox

He’s probably right.


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Meet Janet Quinonez! She’s put herself through the ringer and now has a life beyond her wildest dreams.

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The Brujas open heavy with discussing living lives you haven’t planned for, a lack of stability and passion vs career. They delve into the rise of Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and grassroots campaigns. Vanessa has a penchant for a very certain kind of lady, Anna gets an interesting text from her man and Cindy shares a fun story about internet fetishists.

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Hello! Welcome to the official home of source links for the most recent episode of the Unpopular Opinion podcast! You know, the one about terrifying news we overlooked in 2018. Your guests are Francesca Fiorentini, Matt Lieb, and Anna Valenzuela.

If you’re wanting to listen to that episode again while you read, we’d certainly encourage that. Do so right damn here.

And now here come those links!

The FBI Has Been Using The Best Buy Geek Squad As Paid Informants For Years (via eff.org)

Mostly just to catch pedophiles though, so it’s fine! For now!

Humans Have Wiped Out 85 Percent of Mammal Life On Earth (via CBS)

Surprising? Nope, not really.

The US Lowkey Backed A Coup Attempt In Venezuela (via Bloomberg)

Can you believe we intervened in the affairs of Latin American government? Of course you can! But can you believe we’ve been trying to keep it a secret this whole time? Since when are we shy about foiling socialism?

That Weird Solar Observatory Evacuation Was Over Child Porn (via USAToday)

Of course, of course.

A Michigan State University Economist and a Bunch of Grad Students Uncovered $21 Trillion In Unauthorized Government Defense Spending (via MSU Today)

You’re hearing a lot about that missing $21 trillion dollars right now. You should’ve been hearing about it all year long, because this has been a thing we knew about since December of last year.

MIT Researchers Built A Computer That Transcribes The Words You Say In Your Head (via MIT)

Don’t buy this. It’s one step closer to us all having implants in our brain stems.

The post Terrifying News We Overlooked In 2018 – Unpopular Opinion Ep. 271 – Show Notes appeared first on Unpopular Opinion.

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Hey, bookworms! If you’re here you’re probably looking for links from this week’s episode of Good Luck, America. It’s about Donald Trump and South Africa. Specifically, how his feelings about the situation in that country reflect those of white nationalists all around the globe. Imagine that!

If you want to listen to the episode again while you do some reading, feel free to do exactly that damn thing right here.

Now here come those links!

The Tucker Carlson Segment That Started It All

South Africa begins seizing land from white farmers - YouTube

Like most of Trump’s worst ideas, this all started with a segment on Fox News.

Trump’s Response

His response, of course, happened on Twitter.

I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018

And Now, A Bunch Of Articles About Why They’re Both Wrong

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/23/641181345/heres-the-story-behind-that-trump-tweet-on-south-africa-and-why-it-sparked-outra

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/08/the-danger-of-south-african-land-seizure/568960/

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/politics/trump-lana-marks-south-africa/index.html

For more Good Luck, America please subscribe on iTunes (and maybe leave us a good rating and review while you’re there)

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