“Is this the last days of normal civilisation?” asks Smoking Joe Rogan.
The insanely popular podcaster, and rare voice of the centre with perhaps a slight right-ish lean, Joe Rogan, has taken on the mighty task of examining the Hamas v Israel war with the big-wave superstar Shane Dorian.
Shane Dorian, whom you’ll remember from his epic debut on BeachGrit in 2014 where he instructed readers on how to catch a twenty-foot wave and maybe a little later later when he discussed what it’s like to have a pretty baby deer die in your arms, joined Rogan for what is mostly a talk about stem cell treatment, hunting and eating meat.
All very good, all well told by two charismatic men, interesting anecdotes fluttering between the two, nothing hysterical, just a couple of good ol boys doin’ what they do.
It lights up when Shane Dorian steers the conversation towards the Hamas v Israel war, which began on October 7 after Hamas terrorists, also the democratically elected government of Gaza, fed their blood lust for killing Hebes, prompting an understandable retaliation by the besieged Jewish nation.
“I don’t know if this is going to take us down a rabbit hole but…” says Dorian.
“I like rabbit holes,” says Joe.
“I was just…tripping” says Dorian, “We’re here in your studio talking about bow-hunting and food and there’s a war, there’s, like, people putting missiles together into some launcher thing right now and (Dorian makes launch and explosion sounds)…psssssh…pfffffow!”
“Israel’s about to invade Gaza,” says Joe. “They’re talking about a ground invasion of Gaza.”
“That’s so gnarly!” said Dorian.
“It’s so terrifying because we’re so close to World War III,” says Joe. “We’re so close.”
“It’s no joke, man,” says Dorian.