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Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

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Blocked and Reported Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 87 Ratings

Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.

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    Episode 91: A BARPod Musical Milestone, A College Democrats Meltdown, And Rittenhouse Goes Rittenhome

    Episode 91: A BARPod Musical Milestone, A College Democrats Meltdown, And Rittenhouse Goes Rittenhome

    This week was not unbusy

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    • 43 min
    Episode 90: KEXP Promotes An Anti-Semitic Group (For Social Justice), Exploring The World Of Conservative Furries, And A New College We Weren't Invited To Teach At

    Episode 90: KEXP Promotes An Anti-Semitic Group (For Social Justice), Exploring The World Of Conservative Furries, And A New College We Weren't Invited To Teach At

    If you wanna attend the University of Nonconformity, first you're gonna have to learn the rules

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 89: Defending The LGB (Let's Go Brandon) Community And Launching Our War Against Each And Every Individual Furry

    Episode 89: Defending The LGB (Let's Go Brandon) Community And Launching Our War Against Each And Every Individual Furry

    Also: Jesse tries pizza for the first time

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    • 58 min
    Episode 88: As Proof That Existence Is Meaningless And Without Value, Here's Our Cotton Ceiling Segment

    Episode 88: As Proof That Existence Is Meaningless And Without Value, Here's Our Cotton Ceiling Segment

    Katie’s previous life is uncovered, an update is provided on the Loudoun County situation is provided, the cotton ceiling is discussed, Jesse becomes increasingly disconsolate, Huma Abedin’s “sexual assault” is discussed, and the passive voice is used in the episode description. (Note: this is the free version of this episode. If you’re a premium subscriber looking to access the comments section, you want this version instead.)

    Show notes/Links:

    Loudoun County rape case update: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/in-case-at-center-of-political-firestorm-judge-finds-teen-committed-sexual-assault-in-virginia-school-bathroom/2021/10/25/42c037da-35cc-11ec-8be3-e14aaacfa8ac_story.html

    Email from police officer: Scroll to the very bottom.

    BBC on the cotton ceiling: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-57853385.amp

    Explanation from a sympathetic source: http://sjwiki.org/wiki/Cotton_ceiling

    Planned Parenthood Toronto joins in on the fun: https://www.facebook.com/PPToronto/posts/in-january-of-2012-planned-parenthood-toronto-in-partnership-with-other-local-pr/10150615471958021/

    Linda Riley says it never happens and people respond with their stories of it happening:

    Shoddy survey: http://www.gettheloutuk.com/blog/category/research/lesbians-at-ground-zero.html

    Joanna Harper/IOC: https://www.science.org/content/article/scientist-racing-discover-how-gender-transitions-alter-athletic-performance-including

    #CisiswiththeT backfires: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CisWithTheT&src=typeahead_click

    Dawn Ennis in The Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bbcs-ignorance-about-trans-women-and-sex-is-disgusting-and-dangerous

    (Big Jesse fan: https://lifeafterdawn.medium.com/we-warned-the-atlantic-about-jesse-singal-but-they-ignored-us-beaee469d3f8)

    Huma Abedin experience described as ‘assault’: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/26/huma-abedin-sexual-assault-us-senator-book-memoir

    NY Post yells at Abedin: https://nypost.com/2021/10/27/huma-abedin-makes-a-mockery-of-real-sexual-assault/

    But she doesn’t even want to call it ‘assault’!

    Email from cop:

    I just wanted to share some context on sexual assault investigations, as I have seen them happen. It would be entirely normal for the SRO in the case of the Loudoun county incident to handle the entire initial investigation themselves. That may sound odd given the seriousness of the crime, but for most sexual assaults the process would look something like a patrol, or in this case a school officer being dispatched to someone wanting to make a report. The initial officer would take a basic report, often not even a full interview (if the case gets handed off the detectives are going to need to do a full interview and it doesn't make sense to traumatize the victim by making them go through every detail unless you have to). This report would basically try and establish whether or not there was a crime scene or evidence that needed to be preserved, and whether or not a forensic exam at a hospital would be of any value. It's only if you needed to preserve a crime scene that you would be calling for additional officers to do that. 

    This all gets more complicated with minors. I don't know how Virginia's laws around medical consent work, but it may be necessary, or at least wise to get parental consent before administering a SA kit, it is after all a pretty invasive exam. Also while it may seem odd to have a school cop handle such a major incident, they at least in theory, are going to have special training on interacting with and interviewing juveniles. On the occasions I have had to do these investigations, it's training I feel an acute lack of. Lastly, it's best practice, though I have no idea if it is derigur in Loudoun County, for interviews of juveniles who have been sexually assaulted to be interviewed by a psychologist or doctor with forensic training. A police detective will monitor the interview, and may ask for some specific fol

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    Episode 87: HE'S GOT A WEAPON!

    Episode 87: HE'S GOT A WEAPON!

    Everyone is spreading misinformation, especially us

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 86: More Dave Chappelle Fallout And An Astonishing Scandal In Loudoun County, Virginia

    Episode 86: More Dave Chappelle Fallout And An Astonishing Scandal In Loudoun County, Virginia

    Katie and Jesse follow up with just a bit more KidneyGate discussion, then talk about Netflix employees’ reactions to Dave Chappelle’s special. The second half is an in-depth look at an astonishingly bad scandal in the Loudoun County, Virginia public schools. This is the public version of the episode — if you’re a premium subscriber and want to comment on the private version, click here. (Image via Haley Milon Bour of Loudoun Now.)

    Show notes/Links:

    Shoutout to ChocoRaisinBoi: https://www.reddit.com/r/BlockedAndReported/comments/q6njk1/so_you_dont_have_to_listen_for_15_minutes/

    New version he made for us:

    The meme’s origin: https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/friendship-ended-with-mudasir

    Do we owe an apology to Dawn Dorland?: https://www.reddit.com/r/BlockedAndReported/comments/q85brs/pod_owes_an_apology_to_dawn_dorland/

    KidneyGate account, which is worth following: https://twitter.com/kidneygate

    Great tweetstorm on class element of KidneyGate — thanks to listener Katherine on our site for pointing it out:

    Terra Field tweetstorm:

    Pretty misleading headlines:

    Ted Sarandos denies that Netflix content causes real-world harm: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/ted-sarandos-dave-chappelle-defense-1235088647/

    Netflix fires walkout leader for leaking data: https://www.theverge.com/2021/10/15/22728337/netflix-fires-organizer-trans-employee-walkout-dave-chappelle

    Loudoun County 2016 and 2020 election results:

    https://results.elections.virginia.gov/vaelections/2020%20November%20General/Site/Presidential.html

    https://results.elections.virginia.gov/vaelections/2020%20November%20General/Site/Presidential.html

    Antiracist enemies list: https://wtop.com/loudoun-county/2021/03/parents-group-says-theyve-been-targeted-for-opposition-to-teachings-of-racial-equality-in-loudoun-co-schools/

    Gym teacher who doesn’t want to abide the new rules: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/loudoun-teacher-transgender-pronouns-cross/2021/06/08/567edf5e-c7b5-11eb-a11b-6c6191ccd599_story.html

    Local coverage of school board meeting chaos: https://wjla.com/news/local/loudoun-county-school-leaders-board-meeting

    https://loudounnow.com/2021/09/24/loudoun-school-board-tightens-reins-on-public-commenters/

    Fairly clear video of entire Scott Smith altercation:

    CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/24/us/loudoun-county-school-board-meeting/index.html

    New gender-identity policy passes in August: https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-school-board-passes-transgender-policy-8040/article_6a583872-faff-11eb-9a3f-e7f735eb41ab.html

    National School Boards Association letter to Joe Biden calling for his administration to use the PATRIOT Act and other tools to rein in out-of-control school-board protesters: https://nsba.org/-/media/NSBA/File/nsba-letter-to-president-biden-concerning-threats-to-public-schools-and-school-board-members-92921.pdf

    Explosive Daily Wire story (paywalled): https://www.dailywire.com/news/loudoun-county-schools-tried-to-conceal-sexual-assault-against-daughter-in-bathroom-father-says

    Newsweek followup: https://www.newsweek.com/loudoun-county-school-assaults-students-1638899

    Washington Post followup: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/loudoun-schools-sex-assault-allegations/2021/10/13/02d3f144-2c61-11ec-8ef6-3ca8fe943a92_story.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/loudoun-virginia-school-assault-apology/2021/10/15/10853e8e-2ddc-11ec-8ef6-3ca8fe943a92_story.html

    Beth Berts is out (happened after we recorded): https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/loudoun-school-board-member-beth-barts-resigns-her-position/2021/10/15/87608c52-2deb-11ec-8ef6-3ca8fe943a92_story.html

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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

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Thank god I found this podcast…

Just when I thought the entire world had gone completely mad, I found this podcast. Katie & Jesse bring sanity along with humor to all the latest outrage dramas, and it’s decreased my utter despair about the state of the world by at least 63%. Also Katie is the coolest and I wish to be friends with her. I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Just listen.

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Making sense in the era of senseless cancellations

So good to find humour, real facts and fair-mindedness in this entertaining podcast. Highly recommended.

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Clip notes for the culture wars

Great to listen, funny, fair, and educational. Great work Katie and Jesse.

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