Brent Van Tassel is the podcast technology guru and conspiracy theory expert, co-founder of SWAT PC. Brent recently launched a second business called Bliss which remotely updates and repairs client computers, he also host the show named Sofa King Podcast.


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Episode 416: The Weather Underground: Bombs, Commies, and Orgies
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On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at the ultimate left-wing radical group from the 1960s, the Weather Underground. The WGO, or simply the Weathermen detonated 25 bombs in the US in only seven years. They blew up a bomb at the U.S. Senate, the Pentagon, and the New York Police headquarters. They tried to burn down the house of a member of the US Supreme Court, and they really hated one particular statue. Originally, the Weather Underground was a violent branch of a national student group called the Students for a Democratic Society. Their original goal was to help end the war in Vietnam and to bring social and economic equality to the poor and minorities. However, after a heated national meeting, the Weathermen took over the group and made it much more dangerous. They aligned themselves with groups like the Black Panthers, learned how to stage a revolution in Cuba and North Vietnam, and started to make explosives. The Weathermen declared war on the United States, and after bad politics, they went underground, severing their ties with the student groups. Within a few years, key members were on the FBI’s most wanted list, and they were rightfully branded a terrorist group. They had strange ways of recruiting their white middle class members. One was called “Jailbreaks” where they’d go into high schools (sometimes topless) and storm classes to tell the youth that the curriculum was corrupt and to peel students out of the class and into the streets. Another was drugs. Drugs and orgies. So many orgies, until the STDs started to spread, and people got weird about sexual jealousy. But in the background of all of this was a truly radical group. Where did they unleash their Days of Rage, and how many of them were arrested and shot? Why did they always go after police? What happened with the FBI illegally perusing them using COINTELPRO, and how did this affect the arrest and conviction of the Weathermen? What was the “Wargasm,” and how many of their own were killed in a failed bombing attempt? Oh, and what caused them to break Timothy Leary out of jail and smuggle him out of the country, and what might this have had to do with John Lennon? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources:
Episode 415: Hopkinsville Goblins: Aliens, Cryptids, or Silver Monkies?
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On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we hit you with a crazy recipe—take one part cryptid and one part UFO encounter, bake in the Kentucky summer, and you get the Hopkinsville Goblins. The case of the Hopkinsville Goblins is one of the most important in all of UFOlogy because it establishes the details that a great many UFO cases follow for years after. It is, in fact, the genesis of the term “little green men,” even though the Goblins weren’t thought to be green. So, what exactly happened in Hopkinsville that is still studied to this day? Back in August of 1955, two families were staying in a small, homemade house in the woods of Kentucky. There were a total of 11 of them (5 adults, 4 children, and 2 carnies) at the house when things went sideways. One member of the house went outside to draw some water from the pump and saw what he called a flying saucer that showed every color in the rainbow. He told everyone this, and they dismissed it as a shooting star. (A highway patrol officer reported similar lights in the sky a few hours later, unbeknownst to each other). About an hour after, everyone heard noises outside and went to investigate. Since the dog was freaking out, they took their guns and saw the Goblins. They were allegedly about 2 or 3 feet tall with large glowing eyes. They had atrophied legs but buffed upper bodies, and they walked with a strange gait that looked as if they were underwater (and some witnesses said they were floating off the ground). The two men fired at the first Goblin, hit it dead center, and reported a sound like a bullet striking metal. The Goblin fell back and retreated into the woods, and this was the start of a four hour campaign of fear and bullets. The Goblins started to claw at the roof and pop up into windows and scratch at the door. The families fired over 100 rounds at them and eventually packed it up headed into town to get the police. The cops had heard tell of the fire fight, so they weren’t taking any chances. A total of 16 officers from three police and military unit went to investigate. They confirmed in all 16 of their reports that the house was damaged as if something was trying to get in. The police also heard strange things in the trees and saw the weird lights. Eventually, the cops left, and about 45 minutes later, the Goblins were back to terrorize some more. The families left for the night, and it all hit the media. The next day, they gave their one and only interview to a local radio host, and they described the creatures. This is an odd case because it predates UFO hysteria, and the witnesses stood nothing to gain. They hated the attention it brought them and after later investigations were conducted, their story turned out to be one of the most consistent in UFO/Cryptid lore. So, what were these Goblins? Were they a great horned owl as many suggested? Was it a circus monkey painted silver (yes, that’s a theory). Were they all tripping balls on some chemical or drug? What connections do these creatures potentially have to the Mothman? Listen, laugh, learn.   Visit our Sources:  
Episode 414: Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs: Three Guys, One Hammer
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On this episode of the Sofa King Podcast, we focus our gaze on some Ukrainian true crime and look at some of the worst human beings to ever live—The Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs. These three 19 year olds were the culprits behind a chain of awful murders in the summer of 2007. They were made internationally famous for creating the ghoulish viral video called “3 Guys 1 Hammer” in which they bludgeon one of their victims to death and stab him with a screw driver, all while taunting him and posing for selfies as he gurgles to death. The three of them are said to have come from privileged backgrounds, with parents who were lawyers and such (one was even said to be friendly with the prime minister). They had typical upbringings, but at one point the three of them noted that they had fears and phobias, which they construed as weaknesses. One of them was a fear of heights, so they dangled from balconies for hours to “cure” him. Another had a fear of blood, so they became heartless sociopathic murderers. You know. Like you do. Their motive was said to stem for a desire to make 40 videos of 40 murders for a website. They would pick their victims at random, often targeting the young and the old. Their typical weapon was a hammer or some construction tool they could use to bludgeon. They’d often kill more than one person per day and film it. They’d also take the possessions from their kills and sell them at local pawn shops. Some murders were done in front of people, and one was right across the street from the main prosecutor’s office! These teens were heartless, soulless monsters who killed for fun. Or, maybe not even fun. Maybe out of boredom, it seems. So, what finally got the Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs arrested? Why did one of them get off with a  light sentence compared to the life sentences of the other two? How many did they ultimately kill? When did they start gouging out eyes, and what did they do to the pregnant woman they killed? If this is your sort of sick episode, then listen, laugh, learn.   Check out our Sources:  
Episode 413: Steve Irwin: The Crocodile Hunter
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On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we go down under and talk about one of Australia’s national heroes, Steve Irwin. This topic is a fan-favorite based on the polls, so we dive deep into the life of the Crocodile Hunter himself. Steve Irwin was born into the career he excelled at. His parents were a wildlife expert and a wildlife rehabilitator who owned a small place called the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. Young Steve grew up around crocs and snakes and all the horrible, horrible things in Australia that will kill you quick-like. He was given a pet snake as a boy, which made him love reptiles even more. Irwin spent his youth feeding, training, and cleaning up after the animals, and he was so good at it that by the age 13, he was able to volunteer at the Queensland's East Coast Crocodile Management. While there, he allegedly captured over 100 crocs himself, and he brought several of them back to his parents’ park. This upbringing made him an animal lover who was always one step ahead of the reptiles. As an adult, he was still working the in park, and he met Terri Raines, who owned an animal rehab joint back in Oregon. They fell in love instantly and married; this marriage is what rocketed Steve Irwin to fame. How, do you ask? Well, instead of a honeymoon, they went out capturing crocks and filming it, and the resulting work was the genesis of what became the massive hit, the Crocodile Hunter. In no time, this single documentary led to a TV series, and within a few years, it was an international smash. Irwin spent a large portion of his wealth buying up land to act as nature preserves, and he used his fame to help educate the world about amazing, deadly, and often endangered animals. He transformed the park owned by his parents to the now massive Australia Zoo. His wild eyes and crazy dialect, along with his crack-head like enthusiasm made him a house hold name. Everyone watched as he wrestled massive deadly crocs, taunted poisonous snakes, and crawled around horrible animals that would have killed anyone else. However, this flirt with death that made him so popular eventually caught up with him. While filing for a new documentary, he and his camera man ran into a large stingray. They filmed it to get footage that Irwin could give to his daughter Bindi for her new show, but he got too close. It stung him several times in the torso, eventually piercing his heart. They took him back to the boat and rushed him to a hospital, but it was too late. Steve Irwin was made famous by and died for what he loved, and he filmed it all the way. So, give this a listen, and then you have my permission to go binge watch YouTube clips of him doing crazy, crazy things.   Check out our Sources:  
Episode 412: Trail of Tears: American Greed, American Tragedy
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On this episode of the world famous Sofa King Podcast, we look at greed made manifest by the US government—the tragedy of the Trail of Tears. Most people know the Trail of Tears to be a death march in which indigenous peoples in the US were forced to relocate to lands they didn’t want, but it is a deeper tale than that. First, it wasn’t just the Cherokee as many people were taught in school. It was several groups, including the Creek, Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw (among others). It also wasn’t just a single bad march, it was a systemic, government run process of forcing people of their land for about a decade. So where did it start? Greed. In the early 1800s, gold was discovered in Georgia. Simultaneously, southern plantation owners in several states were trying to grab more land, and there were several Indian groups who owned the land they wanted. Why try to buy land at a fair price (for gold or agriculture), when you can get the government to forcibly remove people? Enter the Indian Removal Act of 1830. It was a close vote in the Congress, but the support of President Jackson won the day, and the native peoples were screwed. Money was set aside to buy land and pay for the move, but not enough. Plus which, the government had no idea how to move 100,000 people without a significant portion of them dying. In the Trail of Tears, there was greed and corruption. There was cholera and blizzards. There was a whole lot of death and a whole of people who didn’t care so much. Groups like the Choctaw made deals with the US government to sell their own farm land and set out early (but died on the trail anyway). Groups like the Cherokee held out until the end and were forced to move at military gunpoint. And, badass groups like the Seminole fought a war, killing people guerrilla style from the swamps of the Florida everglades by way of resistance. So, which native groups went willingly, and which ones fought tooth and nail? Who was the chief that caused so much trouble in Florida? Which groups of Indians owned African slaves? What did George Washington try to do decades earlier to stop this from happening? How many people were transported in the Trail of Tears and how many were thought to have died? How much more did boat owners charge the natives than the white man to travel to their destination? How many times will Dave say “supple cotton” in this episode? Listen, laugh, learn. Explore the Sources we Cite and Discuss:
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