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The Eastern Hemisphere moves on while the West is a basket case • Democratic institutions undermined

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Pretty much the entire Eastern Hemisphere has signed a new free trade agreement and brought covid under control. They're moving on while the West is a giant basket case.

• American democratic institutions are being deeply wounded by Trump and his enablers. Quite the international inspiration.

• One tiny bit of good news. Can't say we didn't try.

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Relief with a Biden/Harris victory • Will underlying problems get addressed? • The joys of a botched presser

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! Another episode with a focus on the US, because, you know:

• The presidential race has been called for Biden/Harris, and we're breathing a sigh of relief. But it still feels tenuous until Trump concedes.

• The sheer joy that was the “press conference” at the “Four Seasons” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

• We’re concerned that the underlying problems will not be addressed, especially issues of inequality and especially by the Democrats. And Andrew Yang backs us up.

• Given the closeness of the race - and in the interests of domestic peace - Americans need to try to understand one another. But man, some Trump supporters make it hard, especially the conspiracy theorists. 

• And just in case it bears repeating, the good news is the Biden/Harris win.

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Count all the votes! • No repudiation of Trump • Macron sticks up for western values

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! Did you hear there was an election in the US yesterday? Well, we've got you covered with trenchant analysis and commentary, including:

• Count all the votes! As expected, Trump is trying to prevent all the votes from being counted. Bernie called it.

• Even if Biden wins, it's a hugely disappointing result since it's clearly not a repudiation of Trump, his performance in office, and his values.

• We've long thought the present and future of western values were on the ballot in the US this time. Elsewhere, Pres. Macron of French is doing his part to stick up for them.

• China could still have an opening to dominate the 21st century.

• For the song we finish the episode with, check out March of the Mindless by Casper.

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Bill & Nikolaj

Long voting lines • Do we like politicians to lie to us? • New missiles = big trouble

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Bill has voted. He had to wait an hour-and-a-half to do so, and Nikolaj just can't understand how that's possible.

• Lying and politics - We have global issues of trust in government. Do politicians lie, or do we want to be lied to? Or is politics basically just impossible?

• And we have fun with "hydrosonic" weapons. That is, until war breaks out in Asia...

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Paris Is Under Attack - Again • Covid Lockdowns in Europe • Asia’s Got It Together

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Paris faces attacks of freedom of expression - again.

• Europe is going under a new lockdown, the US never got it together, but Asia and the Pacific countries are coming out on top.

• And this time we have some fun with tape we like from this past week.

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Trump Says If You Get the Covid, You’re Weak • How Patient Should You Be • Stoking War with China

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• The continuing saga of Trump getting the covid.

• How patient should you be with anyone who still supports Trump?

• Trump and the US's loose rhetoric against China stokes fear of war in Asia. 

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Trump’s Got the Covid • Europe on Its Own • Bill Makes His Endorsement

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Well, we thought we'd be discussing the US presidential debate, but then Trump got the covid!

• With current international trends, Europe is increasingly on its own - for its well-being, security, and keeping the Enlightenment project alive.

• Bill makes is official presidential endorsement. If you're a US citizen, register to vote NOW. 

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Are They Anti-Maskers or a Comedy Troupe? • “Supreme” Court • Pumpkins!

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Coronavirus chaos continues in the US, with the Trump administration seizing control over health science and anti-mask rallies that leave Bill questioning if it's reality or Comedy Central.

• We mourn the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by completely confounding Nikolaj on how any political system could seriously be designed this way.

• Good news: Pumpkins!

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The Other Stuff Going on in the World: Hong Kong • Taiwan • Neural Pigs

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week we discuss some of the events we feel haven't gotten enough attention, as the US election and covid-19 dominate everyone's attention:

• Early on in FI we discussed the protests in Hong Kong and how we felt they were a front line in the defense of civil liberties in the 21st century. Unfortunately, things have not ended well. And it's precipitating a broader realignment in Asia.

• China and the US could be headed toward a confrontation over Taiwan and in the South China Sea unless cooler heads prevail.

• Neural pigs! On treadmills! That is to say, Elon Musk held a live demonstration of a new technology his company is developing called Neuralink, that directly connects a brain - in this case, a pig's - with a computer. Cyborgs aren't far away.

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Truth Is Hard and That Ain’t Good • Parliamentary Politics Are Good • Our Good News Supply Dried Up

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Bill despairs at finding a common truth for Americans, while Nikolaj is just baffled by the entire spectacle. Conspiracy theories are running rampant, but it doesn't matter because we only believe people like us, anyway.

• Parliamentary-style politics might help save the day. Or at least we could feel a little better casting our vote.

• And this is a real emergency - our source for good news is running dry! Way to go, 2020.

Thanks for listening!

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

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