John Spivey hosts "Spivey Loves You", a weekly interview podcast where we discover new ways of thinking, living, and taking back control of life and work. We'll talk to people who found themselves in - and left - abusive relationships with sociopaths/psychopaths; people who have left cults or radically changed their views on religion; and other people who were in high control environments both at work and home. We'll just be maneuvering the tricky minefield of simply being human - together.
Brian Bouffard (Pt 2): Growing Up in a Hoarder Home
Last episode, Brian told us of some of his more interesting cases as a criminal defense attorney - currently representing a detainee in Gitmo. In this episode, Brian gets personal and talks about his life as a child of hoarders. Growing up in a hoarder house and carrying a burden of shame and anger - not understanding at the time the pathology behind his parents' behavior. He tells us ways he's dealt with his past and what has helped him as he works through his traumatic upbringing, such as writing. Initially, journaling and eventually writing poetry. His epic poem "Escape Velocity" is both a hero's journey, like Homer's Iliad or The Odyssey, and a mechanism for catharsis.
I did my best at doing a reading of this poem - and I would invite you to read along as I read it. Check it out below.
If you or a loved one is struggling with hoarding, there are resources for you at https://hoarding.iocdf.org .
Link to poem here: https://www.spiveylovesyou.com/blog/escape-velocity-by-brian-bouffard/
Brian Bouffard: What's Happening at Gitmo?
On this episode you'll learn some fascinating information about the detainees at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) from Brian Bouffard, a former JAG officer and current member of the Military Commissions Defense Organization (MCDO). He’s the defense attorney for a current detainee and he gives us some history about Gitmo, info about what’s happening now, and what the future may hold. Has our use of torture yielded any results or harmed us in the war on terror? How many detainees are left at Gitmo? What are some legal acrobatics currently being used?
As stated above, Brian is a TCU alum (Go Frogs!) and graduated from Duke University Law School. He was a former JAG Officer - if you're unfamiliar, think Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men". After his service time as a Naval Judge Advocate, he was an attorney in North Texas focusing on criminal law, where he had been involved with some very interesting cases, such as the infamous "Waco Biker Shootout Case". He tells us about his current job defending Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep, a Gitmo detainee,
Here are some links that Brian shared that should add some color to our discussion - they are important reads:
... is a page that includes a link to a copy of Majid Khan's statement. It is very hard to take, but for that very reason I view it as important for every American citizen to read it. This is what our people did, and what NONE of them have been held accountable for.
... is a fantastic primer on what has gone on, and is going on, in the military commissions. My client is one of those charged; his name is Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep. Everyone should care about what is being done in our name in this arena as well.
... is the Senate Committee report on the CIA torture program. There is a very good motion picture on this subject, called The Report, with Adam Driver and Annette Bening.
Larry Sharpe: How To Talk To The Politically Brainwashed...
Larry Sharpe is a well known Libertarian activist and 2018 New York gubernatorial candidate - and a business consultant, leadership trainer, and podcaster. Today's political climate is a bit frightening... People are 'politically brainwashed' or at best, 'politically gaslit': On the GOP-side, mindlessly following Qanon and a cult of personality and not a firm philosophical foundation. Of course, the Democrats have been going down their own rabbit holes as they frequently ignore their 'progressive tenets' to prop up populists and strategies geared more towards defeating the other side than adhering to principles.
How do you 'talk sensibly' to them? How can you get your point across in these polarizing times? How do you know YOU'RE not the one who is politically brainwashed? LISTEN in! Larry is total pro - and a wonderful communicator!
On top of everything, I thought his proposed improvements to the MTA (NYC's Metro Tranportation Authority) is worth the listen... I LOVED listening to him. I promise - you get smarter every time you listen to him! We also talk about what it means to 'be libertarian'.... Good stuff!
Jessica Underwood James: MLM Nightmares!
On the next, Spivey Loves You podcast episode, I'll be talking with Jessica Underwood James, a makeup artist on movies sets - and an active crusader against Multilevel Marketing (MLM) organizations. She has her own 'anti-MLM' podcast called The Persuasion Pitch - Check it out!
In previous episodes of SLY, we've taken a look at people who've had relationships with sociopaths, psychopaths and stalkers; Had abusive cults try to control every aspect of their lives; and have been saddled with wrongheaded mindsets. With many MLMs:
They lie without a second thought to advance themselves (like a sociopath);They have little empathy for those who don't serve the "upline" (like a psychopath);They reach out and cling to every human in their path to recruit them, like a stalker;They control every waking moment of their "downline", have revival-style sales meetings with insane religious zeal, and some go door-to-door to recruit new members, like a cult.The people at the 'top of the pyramid' tell those below that they're not doing enough, they're not producing enough, they're just 'not enough'. This is a wrongheaded belief that these members begin to adopt about themselves.With shows like Showtime's "On Becoming a God in Central Florida" and Netflix "LulaRich" exposing the dark underbelly of MLMs, we're now seeing how abusive these organizations can be. LESS THAN 1% of MLM participants make money, according to the FTC. Find out how to spot an MLM, what to do if you're in one (spoiler alert: GET OUT!), and hear stories of people who joined - and left - MLM's.
THANK YOU Jess for being an awesome guest!
Spivey Loves Carla! 36th Anniversary Episode
Not that we have a 'perfect marriage' at all, but I thought it might be fun to have my wife Carla on to talk about our life together - and to answer any questions you might have about marriage, love, whatever. We talked a little more about our beginnings; some weird connections we had that we discovered years after we married; offered up some advice for newlyweds; tried to figure out how to stay 'in love' and not just 'loving the other person; talked about how we support each other through some difficult times - and how we keep things 'fresh'.
We're two EXTREMELY different people and yet are basically the same person too. I like loud punk rock shows at crowded dive bars, Carla likes a quiet evening at home playing with her grandchild. When Carla walks into a crowded room, she looks for the exits - When I walk into a crowded room, I look for the microphone. I love sports, Carla doesn't. Yet - we make it work. We have a lot of common history and have powered through a lot of really bad times. Yeah, we've had some close calls in the past..
Listen in - I hope you have as much fun listening to it - and I hope you get as much out of it as I did when we recorded it.
Ask Me Anything Part 2
Last week I bared my soul a bit answering a few personal questions. This week, I'll address some different types of questions.
Hard hitting questions like: Boxers or Briefs? If I could only read one book; eat at one restaurant; watch one TV show; listen to one album for one year - what would they be? Are people who like pineapple on pizza doomed to Hell? What is the GREATEST punk rock band of all time? And if I was running for president, what would my ideal campaign look like?
Tune in and find out the brilliant answers to these tough questions! Let's see if this one make it past the music blockers!
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