Finneran’s Wake – where the ART OF CONVERSATION lives. Where no topic is untouchable, no idea inadmissible, and no one too heretical to be heard.
In this age of ineloquence, this dark decade of intolerance, we’ve all forgotten how to talk and, more importantly, how to listen. I hope, on this channel, to rehabilitate and refine these two neglected acts.
As the great French essayist Montaigne once said, “To my taste, the most fruitful and natural exercise of our minds is conversation. I find the practice of it the most delightful activity in our lives”.
I agree. And so, I welcome you to join me. Let us exercise our minds together. Let us practice this delightful activity as friends. Let us engage, now and forever, in the art of conversation.
Videos of Paul Pelosi's Beating and Tyre Nichols' Killing Released
Long withheld from public view, the video of Paul Pelosi's cudgeling by David DePape was finally released by authorities in San Francisco. The harrowing clip, widely accessible on YouTube, shows a flat-footed officer intervening to separate the two men.
Pelosi, an elderly man in his 8th decade of life, suffered a fractured skull and was knocked unconscious for about 3 minutes. By all accounts, he has not yet, and perhaps never fully will recuperate from the injuries he sustained that night. DePape, a peculiar character of Canadian extraction, was apprehended and is facing many years in prison.
The second and more disquieting video shows the altercation between Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old father and FedEx employee, and the Memphis police. For having allegedly violated a routine traffic law, the officers stopped and detained Nichols. After he apparently evaded arrest, the officers descended upon and mercilessly beat him.
Nichols, a black man, died of his injuries at the hospital a few days later. The five police officers, also black, have since been relieved of their posts and charged with second degree murder.
What were your first impressions upon watching these videos?
What do they say about police in America?
What about the narrative of race?
Did Steven Crowder BETRAY Conservatives?
The fourth realm of the the ninth circle of Dante's Inferno is reserved for those who betray their benefactors and are unfaithful to their friends. In the fallout of the Steven Crowder/Daily Wire controversy, some people are prepared to open up the gates of hell and toss Mr. Crowder into its fiery depths.
In this video, I give my opinions and a little bit of commentary on the situation, as I understand it.
Embarrassingly, the microphone failed to capture the music for the intro! Aside from that, comment below with your thoughts. With whom do you line up: Crowder? or the Daily Wire?
Visit my website at finneranswake.com and send me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hey (Doctor) Jill!--Did Hunter Remember to Close the GARAGE door?
In this episode of "Our Thought Bubble", my father and I discuss the shocking revelation that President Biden was in unlawful possession of classified documents dating back to his tenure as VP six years ago.
This is the same infraction, a "strict liability" crime, over which the FBI raided former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. More importantly, it appeared to be one of a few crimes on which House Democrats and Biden's DOJ were hoping to indict him.
That seems less likely to happen now.
Some points on which we expand in this video: our system has an issue with over-classifying documents; as VP, Biden lacked the power to declassify documents; Trump, as president, enjoyed that power, although it's unclear if it occurred to him to exercise it in a punctual manner; the press immediately granted Biden the "benefit of the doubt", assuming nothing nefarious in his retention of documents; the same press immediately accused Trump of purloining and trading the codes to our nuclear arsenal; Trump's recalcitrance v. Biden's compliance; Hunter Biden's involvement; etc.
Toward the end, we discuss Tesla's announcement that it would be reducing the prices of its two cars: the Models 3 and Y. My Dad, a close follower of automobile trends, provides some clarity on the situation.
Visit our sites, finneranswake.com and ourtoughtbubble.com. Check out my instagram page (Daniel Finneran) for some shorts from this episode.
How to think, journal, and live like a STOIC | Brittany Polat
Stoicism–named for the stoa (or covered walkway) under whose cooling shade Athenian citizens gathered and philosophers lectured–is a philosophy whose influence has stretched across the ages. It was, so many centuries ago, a philosophy to which much of the classical world subscribed. Today, despite our distaste for all things “old” (how boring!), it remains a school of thought from which we can derive many benefits.
Brittany Polat, who’s devoted much of her life to studying and popularizing these benefits, is an author, mother, board member of multiple Stoic organizations, and creator of Stoicare, a 501c3 whose noble aim is to “share Stoicism as a holistic system of wisdom”. She was gracious enough to join me for a few hours to discuss this school of thought of which she’s such an enthusiastic and well-versed champion.
I can’t wait to share her wisdom with you!
This episode will teach you…
The history of Stoicism; the most important Stoic thinkers with whom you should be familiar; the life of Marcus Aurelius; the Eastern influences on Stoicism; the connection between Buddhism and Stoicism; the compatibility between our Judeo-Christian tradition and Stoicism; how to employ Stoicism as a PARENT raising young children; the difference between mere mindfulness, and stoic meditation; Stoic figures throughout history; whether or not George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were stoics; how to implement a daily journaling practice; the importance of Viktor Frankl; The search for meaning in life; Rationality and Society–the two fundamental features of our species;
And much more!
2:00 A Journey back to ancient Greece
4:54 Happiness as the “Ultimate Good”
6:05 Epicureanism v. Stoicism
12:05 The role of Socrates
15:10 Meet the Stoics! The Cast of Characters
22:20 Similarities Between Marcus Aurelius and George Washington
29:30 Eastern influences on Stoicism
41:29 Do Stoics believe in God?
46:23 What does Stoicism provide that Christianity lacks?
51:31 Why Materialism has prevailed
58:10 Viktor Frankl
1:04:48 How to Parent like a Stoic
1:08:00 Are some people born Stoics?
1:09:46 Developing a (daily) Journaling practice
1:13:40 The Difference between Mindfulness and Stoic Meditation
1:16:11 What inspired you to write this book?
1:20:45 How do you find peace with those around you?
1:24:24 The Serenity Prayer
1:29:48 Is Stoicism ANTI-Social?
1:36:29 From Linguistics to Stoicism
1:40:28 Modern Stoics
1:47:00 Closing Thoughts
Books she referenced:
“The Handbook of the Stoic Tradition” https://www.amazon.com/Routledge-Handbook-Tradition-Handbooks-Philosophy/dp/1138574104/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2REEZVE6DM02&keywords=the+handbook+of+the+stoic+tradition&qid=1670525292&sprefix=the+handbook+of+the+stoic+tradition%2Caps%2C88&sr=8-1.
“A Case For God”
“Some Do Care”
Links to her books:
“Journal like a Stoic”
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Warnock’s victory, the “Twitter Files”, and Trump’s (Unconstitutional) Proposal | Our Thought Bubble Ep. 3
Hello there, friends!
On this episode of “Our Thought Bubble”, my father and I discuss…
The results of the Georgia Senate run-off election, of which the Democrat incumbent, Raphael Warnock, was declared the victor; the fulfillment of our prediction that this would, in fact, be the result; our opinions on the man whom everyone loves to hate, Elon Musk; Musk’s recruitment of Matt Taibbi to divulge the much-anticipated “Twitter Files”; Donald Trump’s response to their release; our opinion on Trump’s fitness for high office.
If you’re feeling charitable this time of the year, and are looking for a good, unusual cause to which to donate a few bucks, please, visit my Go Fund Me page. I’m raising money for victims affected by Hurricane Ian. I’ll be running across the state of Florida (100 miles) on 13 December 2022.
100-mile run for Hurricane Ian Relief
Go Fund me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/100mile-run-for-hurricane-ian-relief?qid=17288d1e68b326d8bce68ce64dfdccbc
One final thing...
What should my Dad’s Twitter handle be??? (top candidate thus far is @GardenStateGeezer)
Comment below with your suggestions!
Has America Gone Race Crazy? | Charles Love
Charles Love is the Executive Director of Seeking Educational Excellence, the host of The Charles Love Show, the co-host of the podcast, Cut the Bull, and the author of two books.
Race, much more than class, persists in being the chief issue with which American society grapples–the timeless, contentious issue over which so many of our fights are still waged, and to which there appears to be no imminent resolution. In recent years, this struggle seems to have worsened, and one might be forgiven for thinking that racial harmony is a kind of impossible dream of which he ought to be disabused.This, at least, is the message promulgated by the likes of BLM, the 1619 Project, and the mysterious Movement for Black Lives–groups into which, with a rare combination of fearlessness and impartiality, my esteemed guest, Charles Love, probes.
From this episode, you’ll learn…
The origins of BLM; the shadow organization by which it’s funded–the “Movement For Black Lives”; how to appreciate the New York Times’ 1619 Project; the merits and demerits of this historico-journalistic endeavor; the sincerity of those who advocate“Anti-Racism” (Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi); why black Republicans are the Democrats’ betes noire; why black Americans disproportionately support Democrats; the meaning of “Progressive Racism”; what we can do to become a color-blind society; and much more!
2:15 What is the definition of “Progressive Racism”?
7:08 What’s been the effect of Progressive Racism?
11:50 What are the TRUE motivations of Progressivism?
14:16 Is it all a Grift?
17:00 Comments on Ibram X. Kendi and Nikole Hannah-Jones
24:55 LGBTQIA and BLM: Strange bedfellows
33:00 Marxism and BLM
40:10 The Movement for Black Lives: the puppet master
47:12 Why does the Left dislike Black Conservatives?
55:00 Origins of the Republican Party
Race Crazy: BLM, 1619, and the Progressive Racism Movement: https://www.amazon.com/Race-Crazy-Progressive-Racism-Movement/dp/1642938416/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1W1774DKEY1G0&keywords=charles+love&qid=1669859753&sprefix=charles+love%2Caps%2C111&sr=8-1
The Charles Love Show (main website)
Cut the Bull podcast
The Movement For Black Lives