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People seem angrier these days. But I don't think they are. Just like we are more worried our kids will be abducted than a generation ago despite evidence that these crimes are no more common, the proliferation of news outlets and the internet have also made us hyper aware of angry people. Technology has brought the world to our doorstep and some of us aren't handling the responsibility well.

Local news, in all forms, bears the standard for attempting to make every story about us. We can't be trusted anymore to find news inherently interesting. This approach keeps us through the commercial break and makes us click through the pages but it weakens us intellectually. There is more good journalism today than ever in history, but the bad stuff proliferates faster and it tastes better to dummies. Make room in that canoe, Luke, because I'm coming with you.

Today's show was supposed to be "listener mail" but one thing after another pushed the train off the tracks. Andrew is nauseated from his Eat Street lunch shoveling, and Luke is weary from constant online bickering, especially the bickering about what we should be bickering about. And I will write what Luke stopped short of saying. Everyone has a voice now, and maybe they shouldn't. Unfortunately the "shut up" horse is already out of the online barn.

Let me lighten up this up with a joke I recently made up:

What did the zero say to the eight? Maybe you should just go lie down for infinity.
(I'll see myself out)

Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Friend me on Facebook where I'm still trying to figure out a way to make the Ebola story about me. My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Go to TakedownPodcast.com to hear me spout vague, uninformed opinions.

The Germans are ruining everything. College is now free so even poor people and minorities can get higher education. They start drinking alcohol when they're toddlers so there's no novelty in college partying. They're teaching real trades so you can't just skip out of class and have fun for days at a time. And the progressive gun control laws means college kids are relatively safe from clock tower shootings. BORING!!

My Jeopardy anecdote: One time I was robbing a bank and just going for the one drawer ($3,000 average) job when I saw that the cash for the ATM was sitting on the counter behind the teller. I instructed her to bring me that money and I almost couldn't fit the $45,000 in my small backpack. Alex? Alex? You OK?

And what kind of lame hobby is watching people play Jeopardy on TV? Luke has the nerve to make fun of people who watch people play video games and don't really watch CBS commentaries but still get super into their feelings about it? Twitch.tv watcher's feelings… the only thing more brittle than a TBTL frisbee.

Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Friend me on Facebook where I post about Crossfit 24/7. My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Go to TakedownPodcast.com to hear me and Matt Baca embarrass ourselves weekly.

Jennifer Andrews is back and more delightful than ever. And not just because she has a lot of ideas about current events but because I agree with her about holidays. Americans embarrass ourselves with every holiday, but there's nothing more awkward than trying to jam "the troops" into every holiday. Every Memorial Day I see Facebook posts telling us to send our thoughts, prayers, and thanks to the troops overseas. With no mention of the deceased troops.

Flash's idea to have five or six national days we can spend relaxing, celebrating or memorializing whatever we need to appeals to me. First, it means we can stop arguing about holidays like Columbus Day. I think it's really mean of us to ignore Columbus all year and then jump all over his case on his ONE DAY! Erasing Christmas takes a lot of pressure off in the gift giving department. And finally everyone could fashion their own holiday. Mine would be Cheap Day. It would happen in March during the first day of the NCAA Tournament. The only appliances in operation would be the water heater, refrigerator, and television. No heat and all lights in the house are off. Cheap achievement unlocked.

I haven't seen any movies lately but I do admire Warner Brothers spending what seems like 14 billion dollars to get us out to see The Judge. It looks engaging, but maybe put something a little sexier in the trailer, like a pillow fight between a scantily-clad Vera Farmiga and some other lady. Take that one, ad wizards. it's free. And some advice for Burbank? More Jennifer, please!

Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Friend me on Facebook where I post nothing but scary insect videos. My "government" is Mike Frizzell. Go to TakedownPodcast.com where we also occasionally have Jennifer Andrews as a guest.

I brushed past this on the last entry, but here's an official announcement. Toni Hammer is getting her literary career started in earnest. She is now a mainstay on the mommy blog circuit and is about to complete her first book. You can find links to her and her work on Twitter @realtonihammer, and I know she would be thrilled if you Liked her Facebook Page Toni Hammer, Is It Bedtime Yet?

This means you get more of me. Aside from the sharpshooting I'm enjoying the interaction with the Tens. Also, this is a platform from which it's much easier to make Andrew uncomfortable.I won't be recaps as I assume you have already listened to the show. What I promise to deliver are my observations, opinions, and personal stories when they relate to the subject matter.If it makes you feel good, bad, angry, or sad I want to hear from you. You can leave a comment here and I will see it but I can't crack the code on responding. A better idea would be to comment on the FB post or just message me.

TBTL's new Friday practice of doing one show, then clearing out the nerdlingers and having "Sports Extra" after hours is a stroke of genius. I'm all over this like a Twitch-TV fan on a Call of Duty PPV tournament. At the very least it eliminates all of the apologies to the hens in the audience who hate sports. I love sports. But I know it's a stupid habit so I don't get upset when you make fun of me.

Since we're plugging things here remember Jennifer Andrews will be on TBTL Monday! Also, the podcast I do with fellow Ten Matt Baca comes out every Monday morning. You can find the latest shows at TakedownPodcast.com If you're not faint of heart we have a lot of fun on our FB page as well.

Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Friend me on Facebook where it's all 7-Day Weather screen grabs all the time. My "government" is Mike Frizzell.


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Alex Blumberg, formerly of Planet Money and This American Life is going all-in on podcasting. He's launching a podcast network he hopes will prove that the medium is now viable as a business. Whether or not I'm interested in any particular show on that network I'll download the whole catalog to do my small part to promote a bright future for podcasting.

If you're reading this you're into podcasting, maybe in too deep. So you know that it's SO much more satisfying than terrestrial radio. But because people are slow to change lifelong habits like radio, podcasting boasts very few large scale commercial success stories. Let's be honest, Tens. When we meet someone and find out they've not into any podcasts we're poised to check the Dummy box, right?

The health of the business at the A-lister level will be the first legitimate "leading economic indicator" for all podcasting. A rising Blumberg tide floats all Burbank boats. And speaking of floating, the job of blogger has washed up on my shore. Toni has stepped aside to pursue her dreams of making money on her writing. Something that is never going to happen here. Ever. Trust me, I asked about it.

I have to get back to doing research. I'm doing an interview today w/Tom Schnabel of Rhythm Planet. Because when you think rhythm you think Schnabel. But you have my promise, Tens, that I will keep blogging. But braver.

Follow me @drewmcfrizz on Twitter. Friend me on Facebook where i'm all animal rescue posts all the time. My "government" is Mike Frizzell. TakedownPodcast.com is not a place for the faint of heart.

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