TPN Podcasts for Week 24, 2019

Here are the shows we posted this week!

On our podcasts this week we talked about when to sell; Tiberius on treason; the recent attacks on Australian media; and Harry Truman’s Red Scare hysteria.

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Today we’re talking about when you should sell a stock that has passed the checklist. And our stock of the week is Vocus (VOC). A vertically integrated telecommunications provider, operating in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

Australian journalists are under attack for publishing stories on domestic spying and our military. What kind of protections should we have in place for whistleblowers and journalists in a democracy? That’s what today’s show is about.

Even as late as 24 CE, Tiberius seems to be mostly rational, although his view on majestas was hardening. He refused to allow Further Spain to erect a temple to himself and his mother. And when Sejanus asked for permission to marry Livia Julia, Drusus’ widow, Tibbo turned him down.

In 1950 Harry Truman complained about a “great wave of hysteria” sweeping the nation – the Red Scare. He should know. He was really largely responsible for creating it. Between the launching of his “loyalty program” in March 1947 and it’s finish in December 1952, some 6.6 million persons were investigated to see if they were Communist sympathizers. Not a single case of espionage was uncovered, though about 500 persons were dismissed in dubious cases of “questionable loyalty” – which was never defined.
Meanwhile in Hollywood, the FBI were worried that that “so-called intellectuals” might be influencing scripts. Because if it’s one thing you don’t want in a democracy, it’s intellectuals.

TPN Podcasts for Week 23, 2019

Here are the shows we posted this week!

On our podcasts this week we talked about interest rate cuts and the Australian economy; South Korean news reports about North Korean executions; how Poggio financed his book hunting trips; and how Sejanus tried to convince Tiberius to sweep the leg.

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On this episode, we talk about the RBA dropping interest rates and other signs the economy is weakening and what that means for investing. We also talk about how shorting the market works as an investment tool. And our stock of the week is Eclipx, a vehicle leasing company that has recently had a bump to its price.

Should we believe South Korean news reports about North Korean executions? Should we believe reports about marijuana-related illness and deaths? Should we believe American reports about Iran’s nuclear ambitions?

It’s the year 24 CE. Sejanus is trying to convince Tiberius that the sky is falling. His advice: sweep the leg.

So back to January 1417. Poggio made a number of book hunting trips that winter. So he must have had a lot of funding from back home. In fact, Bruni wrote to him, saying “keep going, don’t worry about the cost, I’ll cover them all, just find more books” On this trip, he had with him a companion, another apostolic secretary from Constance, Bartolomeo de Aragazzi.

TPN Podcasts for Week 22, 2019

Here are the shows we posted this week!



This week we interviewed Australia’s leading financial journalist Alan Kohler, talked about 20th century Australia-American union leader Harry Bridges, discussed the treatment of Julian Assange, and talked about Renaissance manuscript hunter Poggio Bracciolini.

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On this episode our guest is one of Australia’s most respected financial journalists, Alan Kohler. Alan gave us his thoughts on the economy, unemployment, internet stocks, lying CEOs, and his role with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Is the United States waging a war on journalism? Can we trust the OPCW reports on Syria’s chemical war attacks? Does the Pentagon produce fake terrorist propaganda films?

In his “New Deal”, FDR brought back the ideals of the “Social Gospel”, a 19th century Christian reform movement, to justify the creation of the modern welfare state. For a while, at least, some American Christian leaders were big fans of socialism. However, starting with FDR, and for the next 25 years, successive American administrations tried every trick in the book to kick Aussie union leader Harry Bridges out of their country. They all failed.

Poggio had to use all of his talents to talk his way into monastery libraries. In some he had to be super serious. In others, he would tell wild stories about stupid peasants, or sexy housewives and rapey priests. Whatever it takes to get his hands on their books.