We are joined by DIU Podcast’s substitute co-host, Kyle – who recently hooked the entire team up with fidget spinners!!! Gavin recalls Jack’s hatred for the toy on episode 51. Times have since changed, as Jack is the most obsessed with the toy out of the entire group.
Gavin brings in the topic of China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo passing away from multiple organ failure. Serving an 11-year prison sentence in China for “inciting inversion of state power,” Liu was denied access to medical treatment abroad. Many critics are outraged that China would not release the prisoner. We discuss if there is a “right” or a “wrong” approach to this situation, as well as brief thoughts on China and Communism. Meanwhile, Jack, undoubtedly self-conscious about his current position in life, talks about how many young adults are still living with their parents. We talk about how this was stigmatized in the past, but is slowly becoming more and more acceptable as cost of living continues to rise.
Afterwards, the Love Guru tells us about the three different types of men in this world – alpha, beta, and omegas – in a part one of this week’s Kao Lui Corner topic.
This week Jack talks about the new bill C-16 beings (not quite yet) passed in Canada. C-16, aimed to include more facets of the LGBTQ community into Canada’s code for human rights, is allegedly a gateway for “regular” folk to lose their freedom of speech. According to Jack, and various right-wing blog articles, C-16 will lead to people being imprisoned for using incorrect gender pronouns! This is definitely not the Canada Jack wants to be a part of… Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the 2.4 billion Euro fine Google received from the European Union. We talk about what this may mean for Google’s future and their methods of promoting advertisements.
Afterwards, Jack interviews Gavin during the Kao Lui Corner. According to various “sources” Gavin is allegedly a Love Guru? No one really knows, you’ll just need to listen and decide for yourself!
The Governor General was briefly mentioned during Jack’s topic. It is true that the GG is a representative of the Queen. However, the GG is appointed by the Queen on the advice of Canada’s Prime Minister.
Prime Minister vs President (Encyclopedia Britannica): A prime minister, by definition, must be able to command a legislative majority. In a parliamentary system, the prime minister sets the national agenda, appoints cabinet officials, and governs at the behest of a party or a coalition of parties. In parliamentary systems, presidents—if they exist—serve as largely ceremonial heads of state.
And just in case Jack doesn’t believe me regarding the word query… Query: a question, especially one addressed to an official or organization.
Tune in for a very medical episode of DIU Podcast (or at least as medical as a show with two unqualified millennials can get)!
In the past week, a viral video depicting a white woman demanding a white doctor to treat her son has surfaced. The video, from Mississauga, Ontario, has resulted in tremendous backlash against the mother. Gavin tries to examine how situations such as this can be a reflection of racism (or reverse-racism) in Canada. Specifically, Gavin explores the idea of whether the personal preference of a patient can be called racism. Meanwhile, Jack brings in new research claiming that one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life. Gavin suggests that the statistics are being manipulated for fear-mongering.
Afterwards, the Love Guru gives us some tips regarding the appropriate questions to ask someone when you’re trying to get to know them better.
Jack brings in the issue of over-sensitivity as we talk about Toronto Blue Jays’ centre-fielder Kevin Pillar being suspended for uttering a homophobic slur during a MLB game. Jack suggests that people need to chill-the-fuck down as the only reason Pillar was suspended is because the people (millennials) are too sensitive about progressive ideologies. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about how humidity and the heat. Being sweaty, the inability to dress nicely, and fending off insects are just some points covered on this issue.
Gavin confronts Jack about why part two of the California vlog still hasn’t been released. Jack also retracts a point about Gen Z kids and drug use he made on episode 31.
Jeremy Lin recently mentioned that he faced more racism during his college career when compared to his NBA career. Jack is distraught to hear that racism (still) exists in the 21st century and can’t believe that college students can be racist. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the issue of how a school district in California may be overstepping their boundaries by disciplining students who “liked” some Instagram posts. The conversation spirals into a discussion about online behaviour and its real-world implications.
Afterwards, the Love Guru tackles a listener’s question in this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.
Gavin is shocked to find out that May is Asian Heritage Month, as he brings in the issue of how the event isn’t being publicized efficiently. The duo talk about what they would like to see happen for Asian Heritage Month and what something like this means to Asian-Canadians. Meanwhile, Jack is under the impression that Gavin would be a perfect candidate as a partner on the Amazing Race. Jack tries to convince Gavin that they would be a successful team. Is Gavin convince? Tune in to find out!
Producer Seb joins us as we briefly revisit the “parking vs. standing” debacle. Jack also updates us on his “hair situation.”
Gavin then talks about how journalistic integrity could be threatened if the sources of journalists cannot be protected. We talk about government intervention in personal life and weigh freedom of speech with personal safety. Meanwhile, Jack talks about the new Power Rangers movie. According to Jack, Hollywood directors are trying to push a progressive agenda in their new movie remakes. He claims Power Rangers “ruined his childhood” because they added a bi-sexual character. What’s worse is that the rangers are not wearing the same colour outfits (i.e. the black ranger isn’t a black guy)!
At the end of the show, we hear about the lasagna experiment. Somehow, we lose sight of what the real reason for Gavin to cook was. We end up with a pissing contest as Jack claims he can also cook food for the DIU Podcast gang… so yeah, that’s happening next week now.
The original Power Rangers’ series was titled Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Jack said the new reboot also had the same movie title. However, the new reboot is simply named Power Rangers (or Saban’s Power Rangers).
Some guys (Henshin Grid) already put together a page for Power Rangers and their ethnic backgrounds. One of Jack’s points was that the black ranger should be played by a black person, because that’s how Power Rangers should be. But the franchise has long found ways to deviate from a notion of matching skin tone with suit colour. In fact, African-American actors have portrayed the black, yellow, red, blue, green, and pink rangers throughout various Power Rangers series. However, African-Americans have never been the white, gold, silver, nor sixth ranger.
Kyle drops by the studio this week as we hear his side of last week’s TFTI story. Gavin then brings in the topic of how a group of teenagers who vandalized a historic school in Virginia were recently sentenced to basically write book reports. More importantly, we learn about Jack’s disinterest in reading books for educational purposes. Meanwhile, a very stressed out Jack brings in the issue of whether or not we should stick to our comfort zones or to see what else life has to offer. The conversation goes extremely deep as Kyle and Gavin debate with Jack about the purpose of life and the idea of a quarter-life crisis.
Afterwards, the Love Guru, who has not written a new article since episode 34, continues his streak of not providing new content alive. Instead, he tries to avoid the situation by asking Gavin and Kyle about their ideal women.
Joining us in studio this week is a fellow podcaster and creative-mind, Robin. We spend the bulk the of the show talking about content creation, creativity, and making it in the podcast world. The conversation skews many times as we also talk about: being controversial, shit-talking, why Gavin picked Jack to be on the show, and regional slang.
Afterwards, the Love Guru grills Robin about his dating life as things get descriptive on the Kao Lui Corner.
If you enjoyed this free-flowing podcast style, be sure to look out for Robin’s podcast – What You Saying Podcast – in the near future.
EDIT: Robin’s podcast has officially dropped with a new name (Rap Nerd Problems) – check out the first episode (featuring DIU Podcast)!
I briefly mentioned this story on the show, but couldn’t recall specific details. It was Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, who said Trump’s inauguration held the largest audience ever, period.
An individual male human with magical ability is known as a wizard (plural: wizards), and an individual female human with magical ability is known as a witch (plural: witches), though “wizard” is sometimes used as a gender-neutral singular noun like “man”.
Joining us in studio this week is Jack’s fellow Love Guru Council member, Edmond. Gavin brings in the issue of single women in China renting boyfriends over the holidays; an increasingly popular trend. We also discuss if Jack will make a good “rental boyfriend.” Meanwhile, Jack talks about how the clothing company Uniqlo was hit with backlash because they just wanted to hand out free clothing. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!!
Sign the petition to get Jack a free piece of HeatTech clothing!
Afterwards, as a first on DIU Podcast, guest Love Guru Edmond provides us with an article for the Kao Lui Corner on how to find “the One.”
There was a bit of miscommunication on the show regarding China’s gender ratio. I brought up the point that there are 115.88 boys born for every 100 girls in 2014. Jack contested that the statistic is only a reflection of the birth rate in 2014, not of the overall population. However, according to Radio Free Asia (in 2015); out of the 1.36 billion people in China, there are 700 million men and 667 million women (a statistic that was reference on the show) – a difference of 33 million.
We discussed briefly about the “One-Child Policy,” which was started in the 1970s. Beijing announced at the end of 2013 that couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. The rules vary depending on one’s living location (i.e. rural versus urban).
We talked about Abercrombie and Fitch, and their refusal to make clothes for large women. Jack claimed that A&F was still profitable after the backlash, when in reality, the company’s sales were decreasing circa 2012. The company has made slight rebounds in 2015 largely in part of rebranding efforts as the A&F of today no longer look like the A&F of yesteryears (targeted to the “super cool looking,” All-American kids). The old A&F didn’t offer XL or above sizes for women; the new A&F does have XL sizes (according to a brief search on their website). It’s highly possible that the company would have gone out of business if the downward trend continued. They threw away their old ideologies and practices which focused on a narrow market in order to stay afloat.
Jack claimed that HALF of the homeless population is homeless because of substance abuse and gambling. According to Alcohol Rehab, it is believed that 38 per cent of the homeless population abuse alcohol; while drug abuse consists of approximately 26 per cent of the population. A 2014 study in the UK found that gambling problems affect 11.6 per cent of the homeless population. Although these issues are still important to identify, it is important to understand that there are several other factors (many of which are beyond the control of the individual) which can result to someone becoming homeless.
Factors such as lack of affordable housing, abuse, mental health issues, and breakdown of the family unit, should all be considered when examining homelessness. However, whether the homeless should receive special treatment (i.e. free clothing) is entirely up to each individual’s morality. Moreover, to put the blame of homelessness solely on the poor decision making of an individual (i.e. claiming half of all homelessness is due to drug abuse and gambling) is a drastic misrepresentation for the causes of homelessness.