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Big IDEAS, Big OPINIONS, Big MOUTHS… The world famous Sofa King Podcast! The Sofa King Podcast is a weekly podcast dedicated to popular culture, recent events, and whatever topics the hosts find interesting. From conspiracy theories and technology to the mass media and the future, this podcast explores two interesting topics per week in a way that is simultaneously informative, critical, and humorous. The podcast hosts have big ideas, big opinions, big mouths, and give their take on weekly topics in a way that is both cynical and educational. Adult content, themes, and language. Listen below.

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  • Episode 468: William Wallace: For Freedom!
    March 31st, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we look at the life of a soldier, patriot, murderer, and traitor, Scotland’s own William Wallace. During the war for Scottish independence, Wallace grew to meteoric importance and was a cunning strategist and sometimes cruel warlord. He would fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble (or was that GI Joe?), and ultimately become the highest rank of knight possible in Scotland, while simultaneously becoming the worst villain England had ever known. Not much is known about William Wallace’s childhood. Historians claim he was born around 1270, and he was born to lesser nobility. Many think (based on accounts of him in battle and his personal crest) that was an archer in a mercenary army as a young man. Either way, he settled down and married Marion Braidfute. Now during all of this, Scotland was in strife. Its king died falling from a horse (like you do), and the country was on the verge of civil war trying to determine who would take the throne. Eventually, King Edward of England decided he would, and he invaded Scotland, where many historians say he ruled with draconian methods. Wallace’s father died fighting off this invasion, and his wife was killed by a British sheriff. So Wallace said, enough! He went and burned down the sheriff’s town of Lanark with a band of 30 men. The rebellion was born, and a price was put on Wallace’s head. But, he’s William Wallace. So, instead of hiding out, he went town to town and gathered more men to fight with. Eventually, he gathered an army and scored an astounding victory at the Battle of Sterling Bridge. He was woefully outnumbered by seasoned British troops, but he out-played them and slaughtered them. This made the new king of Scotland, John Balliol, declare him a knight of the realm. William Wallace freed towns and captured castles. He motivated all of Scotland to want freedom, and he also made a belt for his sword out of the skin of an Englishman. After suffering a defeat at the Battle of Fallkirk, he left military life and tried his hand at diplomacy. He recruited the aid of France (though they later backed out of the deal) and was said to even visit the Pope to try and get help. Eventually, he returned to Scotland and returned to fighting. He tried to get another Scottish rebel named Robert the Bruce to join the fight again, and when he was going to meet up, he was double crossed and captured. So, who set the trap and why would another good Scot capture William Wallace? How was he killed? Was it as bad as it looked in the movie Braveheart, or was it worse? What were his last word’s alleged to be? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/military-figure/william-wallace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wallace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wallace_(poem) https://www.nationalwallacemonument.com/sir-william-wallace/ https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofScotland/William-Wallace-Robert-The-Bruce/ https://historycollection.co/excruciating-death-braveheart-execution-revealed-account-william-wallaces-final-days/ https://learnodo-newtonic.com/william-wallace-interesting-facts https://www.factinate.com/people/42-brave-facts-william-wallace/  
  • Episode 467: Dalai Lama: The Thorn in China’s Side
    March 27th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time, the Dalai Lama. His real name is Tenzin Gyatso, and he is the 14th Dalai Lama, supposedly the true ruler of Tibet and a beacon for Buddhism around the world. His life story is one that involves mysticism, war, conquering armies, power-hungry warlords, the CIA, and a world leader. Born in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was an unassuming child of horse farmers. But when the 13th Dalai Lama died, the extensive mystical search for his replacement pointed to Tenzin. There are many Lamas, and several of them are supposedly reincarnations of previous iterations. In fact, two of Tenzin’s siblings are just such lesser Lamas. The search for the Dalai Lama takes years and involves the highest monks of the order. Signs such as the floating head of the previous Dalai Lama and visions near a holy lake pointed them to Tenzin. He passed the tests they gave him, and before he could become the new Dalai Lama, there was a two year struggle with a local warlord and a play to sneak him into Tibet without the Chinese government knowing. By 1939, he was finally in Lhasa, the capitol of Tibet, where he was able to rule his people. By 1950, however, the People’s Republic of China had taken over Tibet. All religious freedoms were stifled, people were killed or disappeared, and it became illegal to hang a Tibetan flag or a picture of the Dalai Lama up. In 1959, a CIA-backed coup was meant to kick the Chinese out of Tibet, but it failed. The CIA had to smuggle the Dalai Lama over the Himalayas disguised as a soldier, where they placed him and 80,000 Tibetan refugees up in India in a government in exile. To this day, the 14th Dalai Lama still lives there. The Chinese still control Tibet, but to their government, he is a dangerous man. He controls the heart and culture of a land that is critical to their country. What will happen when finally dies? Why does he think China will try to create a fake Dalai Lama that they control? How can he stop such a thing? Why did they give him a Nobel peace prize? What threats does he face when he travels abroad to talk? How might quantum physics explain reincarnation? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources: https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/reviews/story/a-simple-universal-doctor-of-the-soul-59365 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalai_Lama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Dalai_Lama https://www.dalailama.com/ https://www.tripsavvy.com/facts-about-the-14th-dalai-lama-1458309 https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2008/03/28/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-dalai-lama https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48772175 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V45yL-rqsVo https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1989/lama/biographical/ https://freetibet.org/about/dalai-lama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_Tibetan_program  
  • Episode 466: Eddie Murphy: The Era of Eddie
    March 24th, 2020
    On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we discuss one of the all-time greats of comedy, Eddie Murphy. This New York native had a meteoric rise to fame in the early 1980s, and it led to a legendary run on Saturday Night Live and a stream of films such as the standup classics Delirious and Raw. With classics like 48 Hours, Golden Child, Coming to America, and Beverly Hills Cop under his belt, he became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and for good reason. He started as a smart but unique child in Brooklyn. While his brother, Charlie Murphy, would be outside playing all day, Eddie would spend the time watching TV and perfecting his voices and impressions. Murphy’s parents split when he was three, and his father was murdered by his girlfriend when he was 8. In spite of it all, he was a well-adjusted, funny, confident child. In high school, he led a talent show and got huge laughs doing an impression of Al Greene, and from that moment, he knew he wanted to be a comedian. He started working comedy clubs at the tender age of 15, and honed his craft through graduation and even a brief stint in college. He lied and said he was a disciple of Richard Pryor in order to get some traction in the clubs, and it seemed to work. At only 19 years old, he got hired by Lorne Michaels on Saturday Night Live, and his second season, he exploded. His bits like Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood, Tyrone Greene, and James Brown made ratings soar. He soon signed to his first movie, 48 Hours, and then Trading Places. They proved very successful, and he signed for a $25 million dollar movie deal, and the era of Eddie was upon us. He released hit after hit, comedy classics someone is lucky to pull off once, let alone several in a row. His fame rose, and he won a Grammy for his comedy album, and even his music reached number two on the Billboard charts. Of course, there were ups and downs, like the time he got pulled over with a transvestite hooker in his car and having won three Razzie awards for the period in time when he was just phoning in bad movies. But with hits like Shrek and the newer work like Dreamgirls and They Call me Dolomite, his star has started to shine again. Let’s hope he does more standup, and does it soon!   Visit Our Sources: https://www.biography.com/actor/eddie-murphy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Murphy https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/eddie-murphy-gets-the-last-laugh-wins-2020-razzie-rede-1842414110 https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/10/eddie-murphy-dreamgirls-blu-ray-oscars https://www.kennedy-center.org/artists/m/mo-mz/eddie-murphy/ https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/eddie-murphy-stopped-police-transsexual-prostitute-car-040035645.html https://theglowup.theroot.com/you-want-fries-with-that-nike-fuels-the-coming-2-ameri-1841993958      
  • Episode 465: Ant Hill Kids: Worst Cult Ever!
    March 20th, 2020
    On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at a most disturbing Canadian cult, the Ant Hill Kids. Founded by Roch Thériault (aka Moses, aka Poppy), this group started as an offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventists, but soon turned to a sadistic torture house. From frozen babies and the cutting off of toes to homemade pain surgeries and lots of castration, this cult was about as bad as it gets. Thériault was born to a religiously hyper household. They were members of a group called the White Berets, a pseudo-military religion that was highly political and sold journals to make money. Thériault was bright and charismatic from a young age but finished school at 7th grade. His father was abusive, so he left home soon after and married and started a normal life. His life got flipped, turned upside down, when a surgery went bad, and the results were constant pain. He turned to alcohol to self-medicate. His wife left him for sleeping with other women and being drunk, and at his homeless lowest, Thériault found the Seventh Day Adventists. He started selling literature for them and was amazingly successful, so his pastor moved him up to start recruiting members for their church. After a short amount of time, he started to recruit for his own group instead of the church, and his cult was born. On a hike one day, he had a holy vision of a spot that God would spare when the end of the world game a few years later, in 1979. He moved his group there and had them build a new town. He said they worked like ants on a hill, hence the cult’s name. Once everything was in place, the level of pain, punishment, and depravity is hard to capture in a couple hundred words of show notes. Ant Hill Kids had toes and fingers cut off. Limbs were removed. Children were nailed to trees where other kids threw rocks at them. Babies were left to freeze to death as a mercy to avoid Thériault’s sadism. People had to break their own legs, had their teeth plucked out, were castrated, had their genitals burned, and more than one was killed by Thériault’s home surgeries. What happened to Thériault? What brought down the Ant Hill Kids? How many people died? How did Thériault avoid capture when confronted by police more than once? What did the cult do once he was arrested the first time? How about the second? Listen, laugh, learn. Visit Our Sources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roch_Th%C3%A9riault https://www.cvltnation.com/ant-hill-kids-break-legs-sledgehammer-go-hell/ https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/crimefeed/murder/roch-theriault-the-horrifying-savagery-home-surgery-of-canadas-most-violent-cult-leader https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/chilling-insight-doomsday-cult-members-13995059 https://www.darkhistories.com/roch-theriault-the-ant-hill-kids/  
  • Episode 464: Lonnie Zamora: The Ultimate UFO Encounter
    March 17th, 2020
    On this episode of the world Famous Sofa King Podcast, we examine the Lonnie Zamora UFO Encounter. Zamora was a police officer from Socorro, New Mexico, and he had an experience on April 24, 1964. What he saw lead to an investigation by local police, civilians, the media, the FBI, and the US Air Force, including Project Blue Book. J. Allen Hynek, one of the leads of Blue Book describes it as the “Rosetta Stone” of UFO cases, and it is still considered one of the most investigated and valid UFO encounters to date. In April of 1964, Zamora was perusing some rowdy teens in a car when he suddenly heard a huge roar and saw a massive pillar of flame and dust a mile or so from his position. He turned to investigate what he thought was a local dynamite shed blowing up. He drove to the top of a steep hill where he could see what has happening, and to his surprise, he saw a strange oval craft on the ground in an arroyo, out of sight to anyone but those at high elevation. The craft was a while aluminum with an insignia on it, and nearby were two humanoids. He called them large children or small adults. They seemed surprised that Zamora saw them, and they headed back to their vehicle, which he thought was some strange car that had run into the gulch. There was a second roar and a second pillar of flame, and Zamora ran for cover on the other side of the hill. The craft was in the sky soon, no more roar, no more flame, just silently moving. And moving quickly! Estimate are that it was going at over 700 MPH with no clear sign of propulsion or noise. Zamora called it in, and another cop named Chavez came. He said Zamora looked freaked out but publicly claimed he never saw the craft. They went into the gully and found four imprints from landing legs and burned bushes from the flame. Within two hours, the FBI was one scene was were other cops, and shortly thereafter the USAF showed along with their Project Blue Book as well as investigators from NICAP. The speed with which big league investigators flooded the area was alarmingly fast. This case has it all. UFO? Check. Little “aliens?” Check. New Mexico? Check. Reliable witness? Check. However, some claim it was not real, anything from ball lightning to a college hoax, to a Scooby Doo like scam to boost tourism in the local town. But what did Project Blue Book’s report ultimately say? What did the pre-media witnesses confirm? Why is this considered such a rock solid case? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit Our Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie_Zamora_incident https://www.socorronm.org/attractions/socorro-landing-a-ufo-story/ https://science.howstuffworks.com/space/aliens-ufos/socorro-ufo.htm http://www.nmsr.org/socorro.htm https://skepticalinquirer.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2010/03/p25.pdf https://peoplepill.com/people/lonnie-zamora-incident/ https://www.ufocasebook.com/Zamora.html https://supernaturalmagazine.com/articles/the-lonnie-zamora-incident https://www.history.com/news/ufo-sighting-1950s-questionnaire-project-blue-book

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