In this episode:
1. **Sidney Powell’s Guilty Plea:** Donovan discusses former Trump attorney Sidney Powell’s guilty plea in a Georgia election subversion case. The breach of election systems in Coffey County, Georgia hits close to home for Donovan, who resides in Georgia. Powell may receive a six-year probation sentence, which, if recommended, would keep her out of prison but involved in prosecuting other defendants.
2. **J.K. Rowling’s Pronoun Stance:** Donovan delves into the controversial statement by J.K. Rowling regarding transgender pronouns. Rowling’s preference for jail over using certain pronouns sparks discussion about nuanced perspectives on gender identity. Donovan emphasizes the importance of recognizing labels like “trans woman” and “trans man” and how the gender debate can lead to conflicts and cancel culture. The generational divide on this topic is explored.
3. **”The Marvels” Box Office Projection:** The episode covers the projected box office performance of the movie “The Marvels,” with expectations set at $75 to $80 million. This projection is notably 50% lower than the opening of the first Captain Marvel movie, attributed to factors like a strike, campaign launch delays, and audience confusion about character connections. Brief mentions of other superhero movies like “Black Adam” and “The Flash” are included, along with Donovan’s personal preferences.
4. **YouTube TV’s Video Quality:** Criticism of YouTube TV offering 720p video quality akin to cable TV is addressed. While the article claims cable channels mainly broadcast in 720p, Donovan disputes this based on his experience. However, YouTube TV has taken steps to improve video quality, with investments in feeds and bit rate improvements. This benefits users with 4K-compatible devices, enabling higher quality content. Collaboration with partners is underway to bring 1080p HDR and 4K games.
5. **Jason Aldean’s Controversial Song:** The controversy surrounding country singer Jason Aldean’s song and its music video is explored. The video’s setting at the site of a historical lynching and its controversial imagery have raised concerns. Aldean defends his work by explaining he’s portraying real events, not endorsing them. The song’s backlash and criticism, including Sheryl Crow’s comments, are discussed. Aldean emphasizes the importance of speaking out against wrongdoing in the entertainment industry.
6. **Jim Jordan’s Surprising Move:** The episode ends with a discussion of Representative Jim Jordan’s surprising decision to back a plan empowering interim Speaker Patrick McHenry temporarily. This comes after Jordan’s failed attempts to become Speaker of the House. While Jordan will continue his run for Speaker, he supports McHenry to ensure legislative business amid a government shutdown and ongoing conflicts. The potential consequences if Jordan becomes Speaker, especially in the context of a potential Trump re-election in 2024, are highlighted.
7. ** Thoughts on the Israel – Hamas conflict
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Donovan was born and raised in the deep south of South Central Georgia, roughly two hours from the Georgia-Florida line. His father was a guitar player, farmer, and eventually blue color worker for GM. His mother suffered from Scleroderma starting a few years after he was born, so she became a home maker. Growing up as an only child, Donovan’s interest included music (though he really never learned to play anything) and anything dealing with technology, but specifically computers.
He has spent his entire life involved with computer technology either as a hobby or as a career. In his middle to late teens, he ran a BBS (electronic bulletin board system – the precursor to the modern day Internet). He learned about networking computer systems, building computers, and communication technologies as part of his career.
Later in life, he fulfilled his dream of running his own ISP (Internet Service Provider) when he was hired first as the Network Manager and eventually the General Manager of the Telecommunications Department for the City of Tifton, known as CityNet.
Today he runs his own IT business and has been podcasting in some form or fashion since 2011.