brangelina breaks our hearts, kind of, and then we discuss how to vote in a world where facts don’t matter

Last week Laurie was dying from the Scottish Plague and this week Crimson is dying from pink eye, but that doesn’t stop us from the much needed therapy session about the devastating news that Brangelina are now just Brad and Angie. We then move on to Crimson’s attempt to objectively evaluate candidates in a world that facts no longer matter. We discuss how we define human character and how the candidates stack up against the traits we look for when we are getting to know someone and trying to find the core of their being. Then Crimson sells out for an old but relevant mini-series Hatfield & McCoy’s. Through the mini-series we see the hate that war breeds, and the consequence of a divided nation.

crimson talks weiner which leads to a conversation about infidelity

Crimson recommends everyone watch Weiner, the documentary about Anthony Weiner’s attempt to re-enter politics. It’s a captivating experience that really immerses you into the absolute disaster that is his life. Which leads us to Esther Perel’s Ted Talk on infidelity, where she walks us through the realities of infidelity and how we need to reshape the way we think about something that is almost inevitable in today’s world. Laurie and Crimson “intellectualize” about the concepts of monogamy, infidelity and the gray space that is sexuality, love and companionship. Laurie also gives us some insight into John Gottman’s theory of the four horsemen that represent the end of a relationship.

conversation series: the benefits of social science and the importance of the american judiciary

Laurie and Crimson have a conversation with Dr. Michael Fix, mostly to discuss the implications of an 8 person SCOTUS, but we end up discussing the value of social science research. Of course, we have to discuss the recent RBG controversy, and the realities of how ideology plays a role in the judicial system. Dr. Fix breaks down the differences between our court systems from the local to federal level and how they all work together and are equally important to our democracy. Basically, you get a college course on the judicial system, without having to pay for the credit hour. As Donald Trump would say, what do you have to lose? Unless we convince you into a social science graduate degree, then you could lose a lot of cash, but have a fulfilling existence.

the realities of the alt-right, foreign voter intervention and Beyonce

Laurie catches us up on the highlight of her week- being a bitch. Crimson discusses pushing herself to be more vulnerable and the lessons learned in the process. We then move to the alt-right, a fringe of the Republican party that is currently very influential in the Trump campaign with Steve Bannon, an alt-right enthusiast, now running the show. Laurie briefly gives us the download on the news that the FBI just announced that voter information was hacked in a couple of states and we contemplate the implications or solutions of a foreign actor impacting our national elections. We also get off topic because Crimson drinks too much wine, and end of debating the validity of Eric Snowden’s contributions to our conversations about privacy in America. Then we end how everything should end, with a discussion of how Beyonce is a goddess, but yet, I can’t really listen to her music.

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laurie shoots some guns, crimson questions clinton controveries & then we chat cognitive dissonance

Laurie takes a concealed carried class and lives to tell the tale. Now that Crimson is finished with Stranger Things, we finish our conversation about the awesomeness of the series. And then we return to politics. We discuss all the errors of the Trump campaign and juxtapose those against those of the Clinton campaign. Crimson wonders if there is really any controversy behind the new drama with the Clinton Foundation emails and Laurie calls her out for potential cognitive dissonance. Which leads us to a conversation about the realities of cognitive dissonance and more so the importance of “backfire,” a political behavior that has been studied thoroughly and helps explain how Trump supporters can reconcile the discrepancies of the campaign thus far. We try to offer some advice, so everyone can understand this human behavior and help mitigate the sometimes overwhelming consequences to this natural propensity.