Happy Thanksgiving from all of the content creators here at North Park Radio! All of you have been so awesome + supportive ( especially all of our random fans from Brazil : Muito Obrigado! ) this year as we continue to learn what the fuck we're even doing.. We especially want to send big holiday love to our boy Xiao Li Wu, the little gift who makes all of this possible!
We will end 2018 strong with actual quality content as well as "best of" podcasts + minisodes, so be on the lookout for those. The Patreon will be launching soon, where you can help us grow while receiving merchandise + exclusive content! "T-Shirt club" will be launching in 2019. We're trying our best.. This whole thing might actually turn into something really cool next year, hopefully you'll be a part of it! ... come on, do it for Mr. Wu..
Californians seem to mumble a bit about secession every once in awhile. These calls for political revolution typically materialize in the form of vocal advocacy for an entirely seperate nation. Others have proposed a joint secession movement of Northern California with Southern Oregon as the proposed 51st state of the Union known as "Jefferson." Some here take that even farther and include all of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia in their secession plans as a new nation called Cascadia.. But, our various attempts to leave the rest of you out there typically gain little to no traction, ending after a few short minutes of media recognition.
However, it is 2018, kids are snorting condoms and eating tide pods, they're also simultaneously leading our national politcal movements, so I'd say all fucking bets are off. We're now witnessing a fairly significant push towards secession in California and it is likely not in the form you'd imagine. If you aren't here, or just generally aren't familiar with our state political happenings, you might not know that although 55 electoral votes consistently go for the Democrat Party every 4 years, and the major cities are dominated by liberal constituents, the state legislature itself shares its power between the two major political parties, if only at times by filibuster. There are noticeable divides between the "coastal elites" and the "inland farmers," the "hippies" and the "man," the "progressives" and the "conservatives." . . .
This divide has slowed legal implimentation of political movements, including the continuous delays in infrastructure projects like the high-speed rail system or even just basic reinforcements to our electrical grid. Not to mention a lack of general effort towards the whole drought situation, and the very real possibility millions of us could run out of drinkable water in the 2020's..
These partisan squabbles and power grabs from both sides have created a serious mess, like a $425,000,000,000 state debt ($11,000 per citizen) mess. A serious lack of trust in our police up and down the coast, type of mess. A crumbling infrastructure that is somehow, barely, supporting 40,000,000+ residents (which does not include future transplants still moving here in droves) sort of mess. A we've been ranked near the bottom in education and are literally last in housing affordability, while being rated the worst state for business in the country, kind of mess. This growing pile of mess has seemingly no end in sight, and Trump is president, so we're getting a bit desperate for soltutions out here.. So..
Welcome to New California.
The recently proposed 51st state of the union, now receiving true support from powerful political players and influential businesses all over the Golden State. This movement is attempting to divide and seperate counties into two camps, in what appears to be a massive attempt at gerrymandering tens of millions of people and a hundred million acres of land. The proposed secession of New California does appear to have legal legitimacy, as constitutional scholars seem to be giving the idea merit, but implimentation still requires initial votes of approval by lawmakers and their constituents in the state, and then more voting by more lawmakers and more constituents from other states after that..
The process begins when California's legislature first votes to split the state. If passed by the state Assembly and Senate, the resolution is submitted to the United States Congress. It would then be debated, at great lengths and for a long period of time, as neighboring states and the nation of Mexico would be greatly impacted both financially and politically by such a major change. The likely disturbances in many of the contracts/relationships between Californians and their federal government would cause a great deal of concern, including potentially significant losses of money and resources for tens of millions of Americans. If the resolution is somehow approved by both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, then the state of New California could legally secede, and be created without executive support. Those living within the new territory would participate in elections to decide a state constitution, state laws, state appointments and nominations for the legislature, judicial, and executive branches.. And so on..
But are we really doing this?
No. It simply won't happen, as it would be a massive, unprecedented, unpredictable change to the status quo, business contracts, and the political structure overall. New California is a proposal to essentially steal 15 million taxpaying citizens, their wealth, property and businesses away from the current state. Old California would become only the 2nd most populous state behind Texas, losing 25-30 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and nearly half of their previous electoral college votes. I can't imagine Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, or Jerry Brown supporting such a great loss in economic and political capital here, nor would democrats nationwide support essentially giving away 20-ish electoral college votes to Trump and other future Republican presidential candidates..
But should we be doing this?
I want to believe in it, I really do. Since I tend to believe personally that power should be broken down into the smallest groupings of people and locations possible, that the best form of governance is the least form of governance. A seperation of our constantly feuding political factions and/or competing industries into smaller bureaucracies likely opens wide doors to innovation and investment. However, I fear the consequences of such division being forced upon tens of millions of human beings through the strength of the law. We tend to despise and often resist changes imposed by government, especially when it involves money/god/sex..
The mayor of the Finest City in America, Kevin Faulconer, has been vocally in support of this proposed bureaucratic shakeup. He is calling on fellow state republican party members to strongly support, if not outright donate and help fund, the New California secession movement. In a recent speech at the Commonwealth Club, our Mayor declared "We New Californians stand for freedom; freedom of thought, freedom of religion, and freedom of sexual orientation.. for everybody." Now that's my fucking mayor right there! My fucking mayor! That is a truly noble platform I can easily get behind in spirit, as can most reading this, but I am also not going to hold even one breath waiting for our elected officials to actually pull something this extraordinary off. If this truly is what could solve our problems, we should know by now our powers that be won't let it happen.
As of March 17, 2018 the New California state movement approved a total of 37 fully chartered counties. That is a lot. 12 more counties are likely to join this month, and grievances are beginning to be filed. These next few months could very well be the start of something big for the Golden State, it could even be the end of it. This could all turn out to be some big gerrymandering scheme, a power grab by republicans.. It could even be an elaborate attempt by power-playing liberals to consolidate their influence over the coastal voters and thus our major industries.. or this whole thing could be a misguided attempt at solving the serious problems we face. No matter what, Californians are going to be hearing a lot more about this particular secession movement leading up to, and directly following the 2018 mid-term elections. @NorthParkRadio will be covering any meaningful progress, providing more nonsensical and barely informed opinions on the matter as it develops.
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According to the definitely not fake news source CNN, "President Donald Trump said former Vice President Joe Biden 'would go down fast and hard' in a fight after Biden suggested that he would 'beat the hell out of' Trump if they were in high school."
Let's fucking do this.
I'm so ready for a modern day presidential duel, something a master poet can immortalize in a revolutionary art piece sometime in our nation's future.. An event so epic that it would actually 'break the internet' and forever after be a 'where were you' moment. Why shouldn't we make Worldstar a legitimately referenced source in classrooms for centuries to come?
I personally don't want this potential fight to end with fists, however. Let's truly up the stakes here and put guns in their hands, heck give 'em muskets, and maybe the prize could be the office of president and whatever gun control legislation they deem appropriate. A truly high stakes political match! I truly believe that people around the world would love nothing more than watching two powerful, nefarious hucksters attempt to murder each other with muskets live on smartphones. We'd settle for the winner assuming control over the executive and imposing their own gun control measures, with smiles on our faces, if the pay-per-view were a reasonable price.
This whole drama might turn out to be the sort of definitive answer to our nation's most important problems: duels to the death.. True 'Trial by Combat' scenarios that the hit show Game of Thrones recently popularized, where arguments are fought between individuals not with words and ideas, but with outdated weaponry and unedited violence.
So what say you taxpaying citizens of the United States? Can we somehow make this Trump v. Biden duel to the death a reality, and finally Make America Great Again?
It is 2018 and San Diego milennials are now fascinated by bicycles. The future is here and it is the bikes that are taking over.. What really is the deal with these things suddenly swarming our streets and sidewalks?
Even the general public seems confused by the sudden appearance and general use of these nearly neon bicycles scattered about town. Just the other day I heard a group of hip passerbys ask out loud 'why is there a bike just sitting there on the sidewalk unlocked?' before walking on by without any true care. Friends have asked about them, customers at my work have been curious about the yellow bike seemingly always parked outside our store. I even overheard security guards at a North Park venue discussing the recent plague of bikes and their ability or duty to move them. I assumed these were going to be temporary or promotional, but after a rigorous internet investigation and personal experimentation I've come to learn how these bikes/scooters work, their potential impact on our city, and I want to share my thoughts here. So, what is up with these bikes?
The old bikesharing service San Diegans have seen or used since 2015 is currently on its way out. Those DecoBikes, now branded as "Discover Bikes," were bicycles that users could rent half-hourly from stations located around town. Customers would pick up and drop off the bikes at specific docking stations throughout the city, limiting access but opening the doors to more reliable and available bikesharing services. Enter Ofo & Lime... The bikesharing companies breaking into the Southern California area this year, that have no docking stations or required pickup/dropoff locations.
The Ofo bikes are bright yellow with black accents, you have probably seen them parked on a sidewalk around town by now. They cost $1 for every hour used and are activated with your smartphone. The app is free and quite easy to use, allowing users to find available bikes on a map resembling the Pokemon Go interface. These bikes are also free for the rest of March, so if you are wanting to try out these new bikeshare services right now is the time! Download the Ofo app and follow the instructions provided to take advantage of this offer!
In addition to my free Ofo test rides, I gave Lime bikes a spin and came away very impressed. These bikes cost twice as much, with rates of $1 for each half hour. However, this service allows users the ability to avoid investing in the entire hour. Unlike Ofo & Discover Bikes, Lime provides customers with the option for electric-augmented bikes, where each peddle generates an electric boost. These motorized bikes are optional, and must be tracked down using the map on the app, but they really make going uphill a breeze. Definitely download the limebike app and track down the lighting bolts on the map to test out one of their motorized bikes, it is quite enjoyable and nearly free.
Coming on to the city scene at the same time as these bikeshare services are Bird Scooters. These are all-black colored electrically motorized scooters, also available to rent by users outside of specific docking locations with only a smartphone. As with the Ofo & Lime apps, the Bird app allows users the ability to very simply track down a scooter to hop on and go. These are a bit more of a thrill, and also a bit more dangerous, reaching speeds of up to 15-20 mph with far less stability than your average bicycle. These are definitely worth trying out, and genuinely a fun activity to partake in with friends or dates, but make sure to take necessary safety precautions to protect your head and potentially your arms and legs from scrapes. These scooters cost more than the other newly available rideshare bikes, costing users $1 to unlock and 15 cents for every 10 minutes after. This is still in no way breaking the bank, but the Bird scooters are definitely less practical for users. However, in my opinion, these scooters are by far the most fun and inviting options out there, but please make sure you're wearing that helmet regardless of how uncomfortable or uncool it may look..
Overall I am personally jumping all in on these new "share economy" services, even if they do turn out to be short lived. The fact that the bikes and scooters can be left or picked up at nearly any/all concrete surfaces around town is beyond convenient. The prices are extroardinarily low and reasonable, providing more legitimate transportation options for the major city with limited public transportation options. This revolutionary service is going to ruffle some feathers, but could generally be the significant spark this city needed to get more cars off of the incredibly conjested roads, while putting pressure on our city council members to actually make more bike lanes as well as more trolly or bus routes in the future.
As of now these bikes are cute, quirky, mysterious, and slowly being integrated into the movements or happenings of San Diegans around town. In the very near future, these bikeshare services could be utilized by the public as legitimate methods of transportation to and from work, community events or even just going out for a night on the town.. Just as rideshare services like Uber/Lyft took over our lives and made taxis essentially useless over the last 6 years, these bikeshare services could also significantly change the transportation game for the better. If the bikes remain cheap, readily available, and practical in general, we could see a sizeable societal and economic shift towards these cheaper, gas-free, and environmentally friendly transportation options. We could be experiencing the beginning of a significant change in philosophy regarding transportation here, and if we decide to utilize the cheaper and more environmentally friendly options now out there, we'll see significant improvements to many aspects of our daily Southern Californian lives.
So what say you, San Diego? It is 2018, get with the times and hop on a bicycle. These dockless bikes are our future, at least until the computers actually figure out how to drive cars for us.
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics came to a close last week and all of the memories I'll hang on to were very... strange. From the garlic girls to doping scandals, North Korea to shirtless Tonga guy, the range of oddities these Olympic games brought to our handheld devices were fairly entertaining, but lacking something to say the least.
I would like to start by congratulating San Diego native Shaun White on his many historical accomplishments and storied Olympic achievements. He continues to dominate big air events, even as the competition gets younger and more energetic by the day. Nobody matches his takeoff, few dare take the risks he does, even fewer land them smoothly, but all of us leave impressed. Shaun may have wow'd us for the last time on snow, grabbing his third Winter Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe, but we may see him skating on wood a few years from now in Tokyo..
As Japan prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics and South Korea wraps up their hosting duties, their geopolitical rival The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) somehow found a way to inject themselves into the Olympic headlines as if they had anything to do at all with the planning, organizing, or funding of the games. Their government sent propaganda agents to the Olympic village, where they coordinated cheering sections that mainstream news networks seemed to enjoy displaying. The antics of Kim Yo-jong, the sister of current state leader Kim Jong-un and literally the Director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department, stole the media spotlight from other diplomats during the opening ceremonies. I personally have a problem with journalists publicly displaying adoration for a minister of propaganda, especially one in a hostile and militarily aggressive state. But I guess she is kind of hot and sassy or whatevs..
Another one of our national political enemies made headlines, again. After a year of doping allegations, scandals, suspensions and fines, multiple Russian athletes still tested positive for illegal substances during the games. This time it was not the usual abusers or the likely suspects, as curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for banned substances. You read that correctly. Now even sporting events like curling and bobsledding are riddled with performance enhancing drugs and athletes actively breaking the rules for competitive advantages. The Russian government and Vladimir Putin himself still deny any state involvement with the doping schemes, but as the nation's athletes continue to test positive for banned performance enhancing drugs people will undoubtedly assume there are conspiracies afoot.
There was love in the air, at least in my mind, near the end of the games when the "Garlic Girls" made an emotional run at gold in Women's Curling. Yes, I actually watched Women's Curling and yes, I fell in love with "Sunny," "Pancake," "Yogurt," "Steak," and "Chocho" who are the South Korean members of the national team known as the "Garlic Girls." Two of the curlers are sisters, all five have the last name "Kim," and these lovely ladies are literally sparking a curling craze in Eastern Asia as I type, their popularity with milennials now nearing K-Pop artists. The "skipper" or captain of the team 27-year old Kim Eun-jung led the team to a second place finish, while also stealing my heart in the process. The Garlic Girls are second-place superstars, for some reason, and I'm in love with a curler on the other side of the planet.. What just happened?
Tonga shirtless guy was pretty cool too. I respect his dedication to the culture of his homeland, and I also think he's pretty genius for doing something wacky during the ceremonies to get noticed. We should all know by now that Olympic athletes, even medal winners, don't get big paydays for a life of extremely hard work and dedication to their respective sports. I personally admire those who go above and beyond to get a piece of the spotlight and potentially land some sponsorships to help put food on the table going forward. I mean heck, I don't know his name or care to even look it up for this blog, but I now know that Tonga is a real nation that exists somewhere. I now know what that guy looks like, that he has big Tongan balls, and that I would enjoy him being shirtless in a funny commercial. He has somehow found a place in my heart as a favorite person I don't really care at all about personally. Here's to you shirtless Tonga guy, hope you cash in on that big brown sack of yours..
As for the rest of the games, I truly didn't care for any of it as didn't the rest of the internet. We were all waiting for some big thing to happen, whether that be some act of political theatre, an embarassing failure of equipment or location errors, or just generally something truly random and hilarious.. I and many other unimportant online opinionists agree that this year's Olympics were generally boring and uneventful overall. I feel as if all us losers on the internet wanted there to be truly wacky happenings or eventful finishes to meaningful contests that could spark a revolution of funny memes or useful gifs, but I feel as if we were all let down. We might have expected too much, and should probably lower our expectations when the World Cup takes place this summer in Russia.. In the meantime, shame on you 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, for being mostly confusing and only slightly entertaining. Do better next time.
It is about that time for us fantasy baseball losers to draft our teams for the 2018 season. As the fantasy world is being revolutionized by daily betting websites and services, the die hard fantasy players come out of winter hibernation to play the six month long baseball season together. Fantasy Baseball is unique in the fantasy sports world as the draft is extremely important and daily updates to your roster actually make a difference in the standings or with prize payouts. I'm not the most dedicated fantasy baseballer out there, as I often tend to forget about my team as I go about my summer endeavors, usually picking it back up just in time to make a playoff run. I do enjoy following the lives and happenings of individual players throughout the season however, and this website needs content, so here are my 2018 previews for buzzworthy individual players.
Mike Trout: He is without a doubt the best player in baseball right now, and without a doubt the most unrecognizable future hall of famer in the game. I mean, have you heard of him? The 6-time All Star, 5-time Silver Slugger, 2-time MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Overall Defensive Player of the Year is still generally unknown to the public, but another monster season or solid production during a long playoff run will change that. He will continue to be a 40 home run/40 stolen bases threat, with a consistently high batting average and many RBI's, and could even put up record numbers if Shohei Otani proves to be a legitimate threat at the plate this season. The Angels are now poised to make a run at the playoffs, with guys like Ian Kinsler, Albert Pujols, Martin Maldonado, and Justin Upton regularly in the lineup, and Trout will surely benefit from this added offensive production. He is strongly advised to be your top pick in this year's fantasy draft.
Nolan Arenado: This guy has been a real fantasy beast for a few years now, and his consistency at the plate as well as his ability to stay healthy make him one of the most valuable picks out there. A 3-time All Star, 3-time Silver Slugger, and a starting 3rd baseman for the Colorado Rockies, a team that's known for its offensive production for obvious reasons, will continue his dominance and career achievements this year and should be taken as soon as possible in all drafts. We can count on Nolan racking up 40-home runs, 140 RBI's, and a consistent .300 batting average this season.
Manny Machado: He is in his contract year, is currently switching from playing third base to shortstop (giving him both 3B & SS eligibility in fantasy) and will likely land a large contract from a big market team next offseason. Which means he will likely be traded in the middle of the season, which would actually add to his fantasy value if surrounded by other productive hitters. I am personally a big believer in increased fantasy production from contract year players, and Manny could be in a unique place to add immense value to his upcoming offseason contract negotiations by staying healthy, productive, and mentally stable in Baltimore or whatever other clubhouse he ends up in. If Machado is still available in the first round, do not hesitate to snatch him up.
Giancarlo Stanton: This is an obvious choice. The guy who seemingly had all the homeruns and RBI's last year has been immesurably upgraded this year to being a Yankee and batting next to the other best power hitter in baseball. I have a gut feeling this whole Stanton in NYC thing won't work out for some reason, but until that pseudo feeling of mine pans out, expect Stanton and Judge to put up insane power numbers next to each other in the lineup when healthy, and expect "Big-Dick-Stanton" to continue his fantasy dominance this season. But beware his usually low batting average and potential to disrupt the clubhouse. Regardless, draft him immediately in all of your drafts for high power numbers.
Clayton Kershaw: Whatever reputation he's accumulated during previous playoff appearances should never trump his consistent regular season dominance. Kershaw has been the most dominate fantasy pitcher over the last five seasons and has barely entered the prime of his career.. Which is truly a scary thought. I personally wait quite a few rounds to draft pitchers, as I find them to be injured or unavailable to play often, and generally expendable around playoff time. However, if you do want to land an Ace in the early rounds to dominate for you week in and week out, Kershaw is clearly the answer. The man should be unquestionably the first pitcher taken by every fantasy player this season, but Dodgers fans really should start worrying about his continued poor performances in the playoffs and possible remedies to whatever the problem he has in such important outings is.
Wil Myers: With the signing of Eric Hosmer this offseason, the San Diego Padres will be moving Wil to the outfield. A position he is comfortable with but one that still requires quite a bit of adjustment. The one time catcher, one time first baseman, now outfielder for the Padres is poised to have a breakout season in 2018, showing strong signs of being a regular All-Star last season despite multiple minor injuries. Posting 30 home runs and stealing 20 bases despite missing games shows signs of being a valuable asset to fantasy teams going forward. Whether he hits in front of or behind Hosmer in the lineup, he should see added production with the increased lineup protection. I suggest overreaching in your draft to land Myers, who will have flexibility in your lineup (being eligible to play 1B & multiple OF positions) and who will hit for power while also stealing bases for the young and quickly improving Padres.
Noah Syndergaard: Despite the disappointing last few seasons, a healthy Thor should bounce back to be one of the more dominate fantasy starters in 2018. He is the inspiration for my fantasy team name (The Royal Syndergaard) so I tend to draft him higher than one should, especially with his continued injuries and missed starts. If truly healthy this year, as he and the Mets claim, his tall frame and rocket arm should be entering the prime of his career for a team with an outside chance at a playoff run. That combination could make for a deadly ace on your team, I strongly consider drafting Noah in the early rounds of your fantasy draft.
Stephen Piscotty: One of the more interesting transactions this offseason was the trading of Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics by the St. Louis Cardinals. A deal made to relocate Stephen closer to his home and his mother, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2017. As a Cubs fan and lifelong hater of the Cardinals, I can't help but shout praises from the rooftops for their organization after this move. This showed true signs of compassion and empathy for the needs of an individual player and their family over the typical business decisions made by managers and owners. I expect Piscotty to play often in Oakland this year, while likely benefitting from the support of his family, friends, and hometown. Expect a breakout season by Piscotty, but hold off on drafting him until the later rounds of the draft as his production is not yet near the more valuable and consistently playing outfielders.
Shohei Otani: He will likely be the most intiguing player to watch this season, but should not be taken high in any fantasy draft. Following an offseason packed full of immense hype for the 'Japanese Babe Ruth' the results of his first season may likely prove lackluster. He should be a true threat both at the plate and on the mound in the future. In the meantime, he will have to adjust to the power and speed of the Major Leagues, as well as a heavier baseball, while generally adjusting to the lifestyle and expectations of Los Angeles/Orange County. The Angels are starting to load up on talent, improving both their lineup and pitching staff with the extroadinarily cheap signing of Shohei, but his true potential won't be actualized for a few more seasons. Expect big things from Otani in a few years and mediocrity in 2018.
Eric Hosmer: The signing of Hosmer is huge for the Padres, and even larger for the city of San Diego. This signing will generate many millions in ticket and jersey sales, and could spark real interest in the city's remaining professional franchise. This season however won't be very magical for Eric, who will need time to adjust to life in America's Finest City and mesh into a lineup that is very young and inexperienced. Hosmer is a crucial piece of the Padres' future, but this season he should be avoided until the later rounds of your draft. He isn't very powerful, he doesn't steal bases, but he will be a leader in the clubhouse for an organization that currently has one of the best farm systems in all of baseball. Expect impressive fantasy seasons from Hosmer in the future, but avoid investing in him for 2018.
Jake Arrieta: As I type this 'The Snake' still has not signed with a major league ballclub for the 2018 season, which is truly a shame. He has been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last four seasons and also one of the best hitting pitchers as well. He helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series crown in 108 years, won a Cy Young award in 2015, and has truly dominated National League hitters for years now, all while being massively underpaid. It saddens me personally that the Cubs are not just throwing money at him as a 'thank you' gesture for his valuable services to our club over the years, but baseball is a business and his contract demands are too pricey for the team that loves to overpay for position players. I am hoping Arrieta lands on a team and earns a sizeable paycheck, but even if that does happen I suggest not drafting him until later rounds. He will be adjusting to a new environment this year, which includes a new pitching coach and teammates that might not be so accepting of his willingness to publicly express conservative opinions.