The Spokesmen 63 – Tim’s Twang

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  1. Mike Cornwall
    April 3, 2011

    I’ve been looking forward to the next Spokesmen…however I download directly (not being a pod-person). But your direct download links are jacked up…displaying as source instead of clickable links. Can you fix this please? Thanks.

  2. April 3, 2011

    Sorry about that, Mike. I will fix it when I return from my vaca. No computer here.

  3. April 4, 2011

    Sorry, Mike. I couldn’t validate the feed. Dave will sort from his computer.

  4. Mike Cornwall
    April 4, 2011

    It’s alright. I guess I’ll just have to listen to some OTHER cycling podcasts…. Thanks.

  5. April 5, 2011

    Direct play now possible, Mike. Dunno what I was doing wrong. File was fine on the podcast server but creating the RSS feed didn’t work for me – but David got it to work.

  6. Drew
    April 5, 2011

    Welcome back, guys. It’s good to hear you again.

  7. Mike Cornwall
    April 5, 2011

    Thanks. Now I have something to listen to on commute. Good. And yes, welcome back. I really enjoy the ‘casts.

  8. wayno
    April 11, 2011

    constructive criticism: work out the audio crackling beforehand and turn off your audio skype alerts. good show as always but really tough to get through this one with way too many audio distractions.

  9. April 11, 2011

    We understand! It was Tim’s microphone going to pot. He’s now got a new one. Agreed, also, about the Skype alerts. There were lots on this show cos Tim had to resort to DMing his words! We should all use sparingly in future – or find out if audio alerts can be turned off. Thanks for your feedback.

  10. Robert
    April 18, 2011

    Just listened to this episode (sorry about the technical difficulties, but it wasn’t that big a deal). However, I was disappointed that your discussion of PJ got pretty far off track. Even in the one point you did begin discussing (before drifting all the way to a discussion of Taipei’s bike-share system!), you let PJ get away with the assertion that cyclists somehow are more dependent on government than car drivers! Maybe you all just thought this position was so absurd that it didn’t need to be discussed, but I am afraid a lot of people out there might take it seriously. Maybe it would be worth going back and revisiting this issue with a segment called “How are SUV drivers dependent on government? Let me count the ways…” The infantilism of addiction to cars (especially big and fast ones) is worth a closer look.

  11. April 18, 2011


    As I mentioned in the podcast, while I know PJ O’Rourke’s piece is satire, I worry about those that do not. They will take it at face value and, for those inclined to agree with his statements, will see it as reinforcement and validation of their views. Unfortunately, though, in this day and age where people typically prefer to read/hear things that support their points of view rather than seek out reasoned discussion, facts and well written humor, I don’t know if it even matters.

  12. April 19, 2011

    Hi Robert

    We discussed PJ O’Rourke again on the latest show, and dissected his piece a bit more.

    If you think an addiction to cars is bad, I think you’ll find this particular episode is right up your street.

    I run the iPayRoadTax campaign in the UK. This is a campaign to point out that cyclists have equal rights to be on roads (perhaps even more rights) and that motorists don’t pay for roads and certainly don’t own them.

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