That’s right: it’s the Safe Spaces Podcast, now delivering its semi-regular greatness with Episode 83! With much of the country suffering through the never-ending pandemic, the never-ending election cycle and – sadly – what seems like the never-ending stupidity that threatens us all.

So will January bring us another term for President Trump? Or the inauguration of President Biden? To be completely, utterly honest and fair, it’s likely the latter, as the ongoing election snafus and errors that led us to this point seem likely to entrust the safety of the free world to Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Whether you voted for/against Donald Trump or for/against Joe Biden, one of these men is going to be called President come 2021, though whether that makes the upcoming new year full of dread or hope is entirely dependent on which way you did.

But it doesn’t have to be. Our hosts go through the paces and retract what led us to this point, and how the mainstream media utterly failed in their main objective to be, well, objective. There doesn’t have to be inflamed tempers and existential dread, however, and there doesn’t have to be the constant fear of “the other” as America – and the rest of the world – head into the next phase of history.

Americans may be divided into a near-perfect 49.5/49.5 ideological split, but they share so much else in common that it’s easy to forget the similarities when shameless political hucksters and nauseating newscasters simply won’t shut up about how terrible the other side is. For them, every day is the end of the world. We have met the enemy and he is us.

When our hosts are done yapping about the election, stay for the colorful commentary about the holiday formerly known as Black Friday, now simply known as “November”. At the top of many would-be Santa’s lists are new next-gen gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, respectively. Whether those holly jolly holiday dreams will come true remains to be seen as both mega companies have, to be charitable, screwed the pooch on pre-orders and having enough stock ready for greedy gamers to get their greedy, grubby hands on.

But does Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, matter in the age of pandemics and a superior online shopping experience? What does it mean when the unwashed masses can no longer be herded into shopping plazas like cattle, ready and willing to lap up every little scrap and every little morsel their retail overlords have deemed valuable? Don’t worry; spending all your money helps the economy and lord knows your kids don’t need college.

And that’s it! Happy Holidays, everyone. Stay safe, stay sane… and here’s to the future, whatever it looks like. It’s inevitable anyway, so you might as well enjoy the ride.