The Paranoid Strain
Stupid Land: Bush Can't Melt Steel Beams
A brand-new, steaming heap of whatever it is that the Chads do is now here for your delectation. Following through on our lifelong, three-month commitment to delivering monthly content, we present the second of our collaborations with the weirdos at Stupid Land. This time, they’ve done… something… terrible with the previous episode, Part 1 of our 9/11 discussion. I’d try to explain it better, but…just listen. You’ll understand. Anyway, as with the previous PS/SL collaboration, the audio production is impeccable, while the content is deeply bizarre. Keep it up, you oddball bastards. See you next month. Oh, and I don’t want to forget–the Chads got they-selves a website. Now, you can visit, listen, and subscribe at the aptly named stupid.land. Won’t you? Attributions: Chicago Rhythm Kings: “I Found A New Baby” (The Internet Archive) Mystery Mammal: “Wonders of Modern Technology” (Free Music Archive) Nihilore: “Broken Parts” (Free Music Archive) (read more at TheParanoidStrain.com)
New! Qanon: How we got here - Old ladies in tennis shoes derail the Deep State
Season 5, Ep. 8
We find ourselves falling deeper into the history of the John Birch Society, Robert Welch's baby, and the anti-communist organization that seemed so fringey in the mid-20th century, yet seems so clearly a prologue to Qanon today. Learn how the group formed, how it misjudged the communist menace, and how Welch's unique personal history shaped its worldview. See you in a couple of weeks with more exciting adventures in red-baiting!
New! Qanon: How we got here - The Candyman versus the Commies
Season 5, Ep. 7
As the title suggests, this is the moment where we hand off the story from contemporary Russia to the USA's number one Cold Warrior, a former candy magnate who founded the most successful and influential anti-Communist movement in our nation's history. The John Birch Society is truly the forerunner of today's unhinged right-wing conspiracy culture--the proto-Qanon, if you will. So let's examine what they were all about, starting with the man who founded and led the society for a quarter-century, Robert Welch Jr. See you with more in a couple of weeks.
New! Qanon: How we got here - The plot to DESTROY Russia. (Not really)
Season 5, Ep. 6
Our second full part on the topic of Putin's Russia, we cover more of that fun-loving gaggle of nationalist extremist conspiracy theorists who run that place these days, and with the help of our intrepid guide, Professor Yablokov, we learn how they do that conspiracy and repression voodoo that they do...so well. Also, we explore a series of interlocking theories that post-Soviet nationalists dreamed up about US plans to destroy the USSR during the Cold War. They're ridiculous. Not more ridiculous than the actual CIA plots to make Castro's beard fall out or whatever, but still--ridiculous. See you soon.