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Bitchy Shitshow is an anti-oppression podcast. We approach all social justice topics from an anti-capitalist, anarchist, feminist, queer and pro-liberation perspective. We talk about things with a raw, philosophical viewpoint - always challenging ourselves and our listeners to think in a different way and grow from that experience.

Bitchy Shitshow Nichole and Callie

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Bitchy Shitshow is an anti-oppression podcast. We approach all social justice topics from an anti-capitalist, anarchist, feminist, queer and pro-liberation perspective. We talk about things with a raw, philosophical viewpoint - always challenging ourselves and our listeners to think in a different way and grow from that experience.

    016 The Platform Analysis: Capitalism Sucks, Obviously.

    016 The Platform Analysis: Capitalism Sucks, Obviously.

    Poppin Off







    Before we get to our analysis of The Platform, we take a VERY LONG ranty ride through our reactions to Joe Biden’s latest “gaffe” (aka he did a racism) this week with his quip to Charlamange Tha God from The Breakfast Club that if black folks still question who they’re voting for then, they “ain’t black.” We also go on a tear about his treatment of Stacey Abrams, and then fall through a whole thing again about vote blue no matter who







    Resources







    * Joe Biden on Black Woman Running Mate, Democrats Taking Black Voters for Granted + Wiping Weed Crime | The Breakfast Club (YouTube) – the whole interview is BIZARRE and worth watching but this link will take you right to the “you ain’t black” part* Stacey Abrams DEVASTATED when Joe Biden wouldn’t Announce her as his Running Mate on MSNBC | Christo Aivalis (YouTube)* It’s Not that I’m Negative, America Really is Screwed: Why Economics Says America’s Collapse is Probably Irreversible Now | by umair haque (Medium)















    Joke







    Why don’t cannibals eat clowns?







    The Platform Analysis: Is Spontaneous Solidarity Possible?







    We both LOVED Netflix’s gruesome yet beautiful Spanish film, The Platform, and so today we’re doing a deep analysis on the messages in the film and what came through for us as two staunch anti-capitalists. We explore what the film says about capitalism, socialism, communism, anarchism, class warfare, limited resources, neoliberalism, and so much more. Plus, Nichole has a few “hot takes” that she hasn’t heard anywhere else on the internet!







    Resources







    * Desperately Trying Not to be Politicize The Platform | Scaredy Cats (YouTube)







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    Transcript







    Nichole [00:00:26] Hey, everyone. I’m Nichole.







    Callie [00:00:28] And I’m Callie.







    Nichole [00:00:30] And today we’ll be talking about.







    Callie [00:00:32] The Platform!







    Nichole [00:00:33] Woohoo!







    Callie [00:00:34] Finally!







    Nichole [00:00:37] But first, we are going to pop off about Joe Biden.







    Nichole [00:00:44] I’m sure that’s shocking to all of you who have followed the news this week.







    Nichole [00:00:51] So, Callie, what did would a good old, good old Joe get up to this week?







    Callie [00:00:55] Well, you know, he just made another harmless gaffe, which is just code for he once again is showing his racist ass to the world.

    • 2 hrs 19 min
    015 Further Rants About Cops & Capitalism, Plus Teaser for The Platform Analysis Next Week

    015 Further Rants About Cops & Capitalism, Plus Teaser for The Platform Analysis Next Week

    Poppin Off







    Though we raged against cops and capitalism last week, these motherfuckers keep murdering people so we go off about it all again this week when covering Breonna Taylor’s murder at the hands of police:







    Breonna Taylor, a 26 yr old EMT and aspiring nurse, was murdered in Louisville, KY on March 13 by a drug task force of plainclothes police officers that busted into her apartment at 1 a.m. while she was asleep with a “no-knock” search warrant without identifying themselves. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker was in bed with her. Walker thought they were being robbed, took his licensed legal gun out and shot a cop in the leg. The cops opened fire in the apartment, shooting more than 20 bullets into the place and shooting Breonna 8 times in her bed. They arrested Kenneth Walker and charged him with attempted murder.







    The officers were looking for a different man, and no drugs were found in the apartment. The police officers were not wearing body cams because as they are on the “Criminal Interdiction Division” handling violent and narcotic-based crimes, they don’t have to. Isn’t that nice.







    Police claim they knocked on the door several times and announced themselves to the sleeping residents. Four neighbors contradict that claim.







    These no-knock warrants are a huge problem in an already fucking terrible situation. In Houston last year, Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Douglas were murdered after officers busted in on a no-knock warrant and immediately killed their dog with a shotgun, prompting Tuttle to fire at the intruders.







    Imagine being completely innocent and thereby having no reason to think people busting into your house are cops.







    Also cops are financially incentivized. Fuck capitalism. Fuck cops.







    Resources







    * The Breonna Taylor Shooting Shows How Reckless Drug War Tactics Lead to Senseless Deaths (reason)* Breonna Taylor Was Murdered for Sleeping While Black (The Nation)* Lawsuit Filed in 2019 Against Cop Involved in Breonna Taylor’s Death Claims He Was Vindictive, Planted Evidence (The Root)* Why Were the Louisville Police Who Fatally Shot Breonna Taylor Not Wearing Body Cameras? (The Root)* ‘If You Ran for Ahmaud, You Need to Stand for Bre’: Breonna Taylor’s Death Isn’t Getting Enough Attention (The Root)* Cuba Giving Hope to Doctors Worldwide Despite US ‘Terror’ Accusation | By Any Means Necessary Podcast (Spreaker) – fourth segment discusses Breonna’s murder.* From Russiagate to “Obamagate,” Blame Game is Bipartisan | By Any Means Necessary Podcast (Spreaker) – second segment discusses five people killed in Houston by police







    Joke







    I’m sorry, your dad has been pronounced dead…







    Main Topic: Our Item and Favorite Dish for The Pit







    We recorded an episode doing an analysis of The Platform, a Netflix film,

    • 1 hr 19 min
    014 Capitalism, COVID, Cops. All The Things.

    014 Capitalism, COVID, Cops. All The Things.

    Poppin Off







    There’s so much shitty news this week, it’s hard to even know what to focus on, so we didn’t. We do a loose rant about everything from Ahmaud Arbery’s murder to meat-packing plant workers being forced to work in dangerous conditions.







    Related Resources







    * Meatpackers and Others to Lose Jobless Benefits If They Refuse Return-to-Work Orders (Democracy Now!)* It is time to get out of here. It’s time to go. | Ti Talks GRWM (YouTube)* Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso Books) – HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!* Buy Nothing Project* Right Wing and Left Wing Populists Can’t Coexist | Millennial Review (Libsyn)* Can’t find which Benjamin Dixon episode it was but highly recommend ALL his episodes (Spreaker)







    Joke







    What is a procrastinator’s favorite thing to do?







    The American Idiot & Freedom







    Content warning for explained and intentional use of the word “idiot” in relation to the article linked below.







    Inspired by the article linked below, we talk about the concept of freedom in the United States, particularly the idea of freedom from vs freedom to; as well as the the original Greek definition of “idiot” and how it relates to the current political climate.







    Related Resources







    * How Freedom Became Free-dumb in America (Medium)* What Governments Do. 3/25 | Irami Osei-Frimpong – The Funky Academic (YouTube)







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    Transcript







    Nichole [00:00:27] Hey, everyone. I’m Nichole.







    Callie [00:00:28] And I’m Callie.







    Nichole [00:00:29] And today we’ll be talking about.







    Callie [00:00:31] Freedom.







    Nichole [00:00:33] No!







    Nichole [00:00:34] Today we will be bitching about God damn it!







    Nichole [00:00:38] I did the transcript for last week and I was like, fuck!







    Callie [00:00:43] That makes it even funnier since we’re going to be bitching about freedom because people are going to be like, what?







    Nichole [00:00:50] We are going to be bitching about freedom though.

    • 2 hrs 35 min
    013 Embracing A Marginalized Culture Later in Life & Spoiler-Free Knives Out Review

    013 Embracing A Marginalized Culture Later in Life & Spoiler-Free Knives Out Review

    Advice Question: Embracing My Jewish Heritage Later In Life







    Hello Nichole and Callie,







    I apologize for not letting you know sooner, but I would love if you talk about it.  Ever since the “whiteness” episode I’ve been confused about how to handle my Judaism.  I’ve been “passing” as white my whole adult life… I don’t look Jewish, my father’s family changed their last name so my name doesn’t sound Jewish, and since I rejected the sexist, patriarchal b******t of the religion in my youth I never identify as Jewish to anyone who doesn’t know where I come from.  My family still identifies as Jewish, but they are mostly on the east coast and I live in California and don’t see them much or for holidays.  Anyway, I would love to embrace my non-whiteness, but don’t know how to separate the religion from the culture, or whatever it is… I’ve heard there’s Jewish DNA but I don’t understand that at all!







    Thanks! love you two and the new show!







    If you want us to answer a question, submit your query to contact@bitchyshitshow.com







    Joke







    What are the only kind of jokes you can tell during the quarantine? (Thanks, Amanda!)







    If you have a joke for the show, send it to ask@bitchyshitshow.com







    Update: Thoughts On The Open Country Protests







    Nichole gives a quick update about our segment last week re: the open the country protests after discussing it with a listener, mostly highlighting the fascist motivations behind the protests and how the whole topic of who to try to reach out to and who to see as the enemy is one that continues to confound her.







    Main Topic: Spoiler-Free Knives Out Discussion







    We have a quick chat about Knives Out, highlighting a few things we noticed as themes in the movie but without giving anything away. Mostly, we just liked it and thought it was a fun lil romp.







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    TRANSCRIPT







    Nichole [00:00:26] Hey, everyone. I am Nichole.







    Callie [00:00:28] And I’m Callie.







    Nichole [00:00:30] And today we’ll be talking about..







    Callie [00:00:32] Today we are going to do an advice question. It’s been a while since we’ve done one of those, so we are very excited to dip our toes back into that pool. And then we will also be doing a short fun main segment on Knives Out, a movie that we watched last night.







    Callie [00:00:49] We are taking a little break from politics for the most part, much as we can ever really turn it off completely and just doing something kind of fun and silly and light.







    Callie [00:01:00] So.







    Nichole [00:01:01] Yeah.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    012 Michigan Protests, XenoPhobia & The Red Scare

    012 Michigan Protests, XenoPhobia & The Red Scare

    Pop Tops: Seeing beyond Our anger over the Michigan protests to reopen the country







    Callie takes the lead on this week’s Pop Tops section to talk about how we need to see beyond our rage at the Michigan protests where citizens are clamoring for the government to reopen the country – some of whom are doing dangerous shit like blocking hospital entrances and threatening health care workers with their cars.







    Equating them to Trump voters, we dissect our complicated feelings around these actions while recognizing that some of these protestors are people who, just like all of us, are not being taken care of by the government and think the only way to care for their families is to reopen the country. How can we reach these people instead of lumping everyone together and vilifying them, “basket of deplorables” style?







    Timenergy Information







    theory pleeb’s Timenergy Theory Playlist (YouTube) – this is a formalized theory of “timenergy” as developed by the person behind theory pleeb’s channel over years of research. Check it out to get a deeper exploration of the concept!







    Help The Show







    Fundraising Efforts: Nichole is trying to raise money for transcription services to offer transcriptions on all episodes, if you want to help, you can donate on Patreon or PayPal 3







    YouTube: We will start live streaming and publishing educational videos on our YouTube channel soon; we’re trying to get 1,000 subscribers so sign up if you’d like to follow us there!







    Joke







    What concert costs $0.45?







    Bonus Joke:















    Main Topic: Racism, Xenophobia and Red Scaring In How We Talk About Other Countries







    Nichole then takes lead on the main topic to explore the way that we talk about other countries in our media and politics, and how this ties into Callie’s topic with Michigan protests screaming about “if you want communism, go to China!” The media in the U.S. usually criticizes and villainizes other countries by their name, as a whole, instead of specifically criticizing the leadership or government specifically as corrupt.







    This is a clear way to continue the long, nasty tradition of “red scaring” in the U.S. where we have economic systems conflated with brutal dictatorships in other countries, and those countries themselves become emblems of tyranny and corruption (rather than being seen as victims of tyranny and corruption). This increases nationalism in the U.S. to fervent heights, facilitating brutal policies on immigration, sanctions on other countries, and an understanding that to question capitalism or the U.S. government will brand you a traitor and put you in direct conflict with the government and other patriotic citizens.







    We use a vicious cycle of this rhetoric to increase racism and xenophobia in the U.S. while also linking socialism, communism, and anarchy to brutality, terrorism, and being a traitor to your country. We talk about how people say socialism and communism lead to tyranny and yet claim that capitalism is equivalent to democracy,

    • 1 hr 42 min
    011 Bitching About Vote blue No Matter Who; Plus Information about COVID19 & Masks

    011 Bitching About Vote blue No Matter Who; Plus Information about COVID19 & Masks

    COVID19 & Mask Information from a Nurse







    Question: How are surgical masks suppose to protect the public from COVID19, but are not considered protective against COVID19 to the individual wearing the mask?







    TYPES OF PRECAUTIONS: Before diving in to an explanation, I’m going to present the basic infection control protocol that all health care organizations adhere to. There are different categories we have that helps us categorize the disease types with how they infect individuals, and the types of protective equipment recommended—these are the main ones:







    * Universal Precautions- also known as “standard precautions”; every patient is considered this— PPE used for this are standard gloves, and hand hygiene before and after contact with the patient.* Contact precautions- PPE used for this are gloves and a protective gown as the pathogen is spread by skin to skin contact. The gown protects us because it is put on over our scrubs, and is removed after patient care. An example of this would be MRSA bacteria in a patient’s wound, or shingles lesions which are scabbed over.* Droplet precautions- PPE used for droplet precautions are gloves, a basic (surgical) mask, and (depending on disease) eye protection. This prevents large droplets from coughs and sneezes from directly entering our mouths and nose. Droplets are considered to be in the air temporarily but the weight from the droplet is too heavy to be aerosolized, so it falls towards the ground. Some diseases include influenza (flu viruses) and rhino viruses (common cold). Doors to these rooms are to remain closed.* Airborne Precautions- With this type, pathogens are in the air around the patient for an extended amount of time. They are placed in a special “negative pressure room”— where air is pulled out of their rooms continuously and diverted through filtration systems in the vents—then to outside. PPE includes gloves, a gown, hair cover, and a type of respirator—- N95 is the most basic, but we also use air purifying respirators that look like a space helmet and have a filtration component; they are battery powered. N95’s are sized for us upon hiring to ensure the size we wear is securely sealed around our mouths and nose. Diseases on this precaution include chicken pox, meningitis, tuberculosis, open sore shingles, and COVID19.* Neutropenia Precautions/ sterile bedside Procedures- used when a patient has very low white blood cells or we are preforming a sterile procedure at bedside— for this, it’s usually our cancer patients and is intermittently used with certain sterile bedside procedures to protect the patient. If it’s a sterile procedure, the patient and I both have a new surgical mask on and I have sterile gloves on. If it’s a cancer patient, I wear a mask because I’m protecting them from me.







    WHAT ARE N95s AND SURGICAL MASKS MADE OF: Both N95s and surgical masks are made with “melt blown fabric”— a process in which different polymers are melted down and blown at high speeds to create a randomized “webbing” pattern. Surgical masks typically have two to three layers of this with a hydrophobic—water repelling—outer layer, while N95s have melt blown fabric layers, activated cotton layers, an activated carbon layer, and a hydrophobic outside layer. Basically, the “activated” layers are electronically charged to help “catch” super tiny charged particles and bacteria and viruses. The randomized webbing of the melt-blown fabric helps create inconsistent “holes” in the various layers. In contrast, a homemade mask out of cotton, would have a woven pattern with consistent predictable gaps even upon layering the cotton.







    HOW MASKS SLOW COVID19: wearing a mask out in public is super important in helping to REDUCE the amount of virus particles you spread when you cough, sneeze, and breath.

    • 2 hrs 33 min

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