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Rum Doings Episode 143: There’s Far Too Much Hemping Going On

by on Sep.11, 2013, under Rum Doings

In the 143rd episode of Rum Doings, we don’t discuss population control. And we’re no longer on a cruise. So life is empty. But John has recently gained a kitten, and that’s quite the matter. We express just how much we don’t know the right answer for Syria, nor indeed about fracking. We explain how you can buy anything you want when you’re buying a house, and also the complete lack of past kissing antics by our wives. Nick appoints Laura in charge of RPS, and John discusses the company’s exploitation of tiny kittens. Nick then makes John talk about the next console generation, we consider the lack of sticky-up winkies on TV, and then it ends.

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10 Comments for this entry

  • Jack

    Yay! I like leaving comments on things, so happy to do this while staring at the download bar. Do you know what my stupid fellow Australians have done? They’ve only gone and voted out the government who were going to bring optical fibre internet to every household. Twits.

  • Jens

    Someone should write a wiktionay entry on “Hemping”. I find myself taking extra delight in chowing down on a Big Mac or KFC meal because I know all those birkenstock-wearing hempers disapprove.

  • ruaidhri.k

    oh thank god, i was getting withdrawal symptoms.

  • Joe

    Hello! Nice to have Rum Doings back on dry land! You are truly the best of the poddington casts.

    Er, dum de dum, so the only thing of substance I can think to say sounds a bit curmudgeonly, but I’m just genuinely curious so this isn’t meant to sound like an accusation: having railed (rightly imo) against game “pre”orders, how come John’s ok with preordering the ps4? Feel there’s enough information already to make a decision? More worthwhile with physical goods that can go out of stock rather than digital games?

    Anyway thanks an enormous amount for the podcast and sorry for my boring question.

  • Ben

    I’ll leave a comment since you asked (and because Comcast sucks and my supposed 25 Mbps connection is going to take 30 minutes to download this so I might as well). I do very much enjoy the “Rumdoings Show” and appreciate the effort you put into it (when you can be bothered to be in the same room together, lazy bastards!) but just commenting that is probably a bit boring for everyone else to read. I don’t usually comment as if I do have something mildly interesting to contribute I’ll have forgotten it by the time I’m back at a computer.

    Oh, and one episode Nick mentioned he had a story about his interview at Oxford, but there wasn’t any time left so it was left for next time. That was something like three years ago, so maybe we can hear it now? Hope it’s worth the wait!

    P.S. Now it says 45 mins left to download, bloody cable company monopoly…

  • Jim Huxter (Jimangi)

    Is the Rumdoings at Sea logo permanent now? I do hope so.

  • Alex

    I wanted to bring up a few points. Nick is right that cowards can use the concept of state sovereignty as excuse to do nothing. Aggressors can just as easily use the the flip side of the argument, though. Just look at how Russia ‘saved’ South Ossetia from Georgia by annexing it.

    When it comes to Assad, the movement to intervene now feels suspect. If we take Nick’s utilitarian approach to these things, Assad has been murdering people quite effectively for years. His move to gas his own citizens is horrible, but the ones he had shot or bombed are just as dead. If we feel an urge to intervene now, why didn’t we take action at the start of the conflict?

    Since John brought up Iraq: Saddam was a horrible dictator, who’d even dabbled in genocide in the past, but he hadn’t suddenly picked up his murdering pace when Bush and Blair started agitating for an invasion. In the mean time, the governments of the West did their best to ignore the Darfur genocide as it was kicking into gear high gear.

    So: when do you choose to send in troops, and when do you send sternly worded letters? When do you use airstrikes to blow up a country’s nuclear reactor, and when do just blow up the scientists working on a reactor? If voting against military action is the last time British (or any other developed country’s) politicians pay attention to Syria, it’ll be horrible. I just don’t think that the militaries of the world are competent enough to make things better. They killed far more civilians than they did insurgents in Iraq, and drone strikes in Afghanistan and Yemen have only further radicalised the populace.

  • Alex

    Oops, forgot to mention this: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/09/10/ad-for-unpaid-busboy-internship-slammed-by-labour-leader

    Yes, they wanted hospitality students to bus tables for free.

  • drewski

    Nick’s (re)tweets on Syria have been interesting to observe, so I’m curious to hear what he thinks, in a couple of weeks when I finally get time to listen to this.

  • Xercies

    Hmm its interesting that Nick is more o nthe fence then his retweets led me to believe but I guess a lot of people are on the fence about Syria.