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James Barraford

James Barraford 

Podcaster at Leave the Bottle/ Writer at Medium

Occupation: One of lifes minions just trying to get by. (Leave the Bottle podcast)

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Randy Resnick0A live edition, Episode 20 of our Leave the Bottle Podcast, with @104286363725914412325, @111058843129764709244 and @104027218792812194992. We'll be informally discussing writing, both online and print, for pay and not, Kindle, Fire or dead trees. Listen Live: http://mixlr.com/voipusers/ The recorded version will be at http://LeaveTheBottlePodcast.com  (and iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, etc.)Write or Wrong: Creating and Publishing2014-05-12 11:30:005  

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2015-12-16 12:07:22 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

An essay that I wrote after watching the GOP debate last night.

+Randy Resnick +Giselle Minoli

Most reshares: 2

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2016-02-08 12:01:56 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Sorry for your loss +Randy Resnick

Most plusones: 14

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2015-10-01 19:33:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Fuck your gun rights. My right to live trumps your need to measure your dick.

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2016-04-20 13:56:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I don't understand why Spotify has restrictions on premium mobile when using via Sonos. I cant find a way to access podcasts on mobile Spotify when using Sonos. At least with Amazon Echo, you can use the Bluetooth action to play podcasts 

I don't understand why Spotify has restrictions on premium mobile when using via Sonos. I cant find a way to access podcasts on mobile Spotify when using Sonos. At least with Amazon Echo, you can use the Bluetooth action to play podcasts ___

2016-04-18 20:38:12 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Has anyone gotten the Android update for Google Play offering podcasts? I'm curious how it will match up against Pocketcasts in th e Android podcast environment. 

Has anyone gotten the Android update for Google Play offering podcasts? I'm curious how it will match up against Pocketcasts in th e Android podcast environment. ___

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2016-04-15 12:55:46 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

I just started seeing this on my S5 two days ago whenever I charge. It's very invasive and I can't figure out why it started. I have Android 4.4. I uninstalled two apps I recently aded plus went back to previous versions on several updated. The only one I didn't delete was Amazon Alexa, which I added several days ago when I bought an Amazon Echo.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. 

I just started seeing this on my S5 two days ago whenever I charge. It's very invasive and I can't figure out why it started. I have Android 4.4. I uninstalled two apps I recently aded plus went back to previous versions on several updated. The only one I didn't delete was Amazon Alexa, which I added several days ago when I bought an Amazon Echo.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. ___

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2016-03-22 20:21:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I may have to try this out.

___I may have to try this out.

2016-03-09 20:21:10 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I have several Bluetooth and sonos speakers in my house. I want to add new Bluetooth speakers outside on my deck but I don't want them playing every time I use my indoor Bluetooth speakers. Short of turning on the deck speakers each time to use them can I create a separate means to play them from my phones and tablets?

I have several Bluetooth and sonos speakers in my house. I want to add new Bluetooth speakers outside on my deck but I don't want them playing every time I use my indoor Bluetooth speakers. Short of turning on the deck speakers each time to use them can I create a separate means to play them from my phones and tablets?___

2016-03-09 19:36:00 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Between Collections and Communities I'm getting pulled back into G+. 

Between Collections and Communities I'm getting pulled back into G+. ___

2016-03-08 21:42:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Digging The Night Manager. Americans watching on AMC in April will enjoy it I think. 

Digging The Night Manager. Americans watching on AMC in April will enjoy it I think. ___

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2016-02-10 18:36:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Michelle Alexander writes a brilliant take on why Hillary shouldn't be assuming anything when it comes to black voters.

Michelle Alexander writes a brilliant take on why Hillary shouldn't be assuming anything when it comes to black voters.___

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2016-02-10 10:30:19 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

There are many Democrats who are just not into Hillary Clinton. I'm one of them. Gender has nothing to do with my reasons. That's an easy cop-out at this point. We were more than willing twice to vote in a black man with the funny name, so I reject that gender is the main factor. Sure that's some peoples reasons, but not most. Many of us see Hillary as everything that is establishment and wrong in politics. It was laughable last night listening to her try to co-opt Sanders populist message. The last thing Clinton is, is a populist. 

There are many Democrats who are just not into Hillary Clinton. I'm one of them. Gender has nothing to do with my reasons. That's an easy cop-out at this point. We were more than willing twice to vote in a black man with the funny name, so I reject that gender is the main factor. Sure that's some peoples reasons, but not most. Many of us see Hillary as everything that is establishment and wrong in politics. It was laughable last night listening to her try to co-opt Sanders populist message. The last thing Clinton is, is a populist. ___

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2016-02-08 12:01:56 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Sorry for your loss +Randy Resnick

Sorry for your loss +Randy Resnick___

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2016-02-08 11:39:51 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

My latest essay in Medium

My latest essay in Medium___

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2016-02-07 17:41:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

My take on Gloria Steinem's comments this week posted in Medium.

My take on Gloria Steinem's comments this week posted in Medium.___

2016-02-04 21:36:18 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Curious how many people are using Slack for family instead of for work? I'm thinking of trying it out as a family communication tool. 

Curious how many people are using Slack for family instead of for work? I'm thinking of trying it out as a family communication tool. ___

2016-01-28 19:55:22 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

New 60" UHD 4K and it's interesting how less good looking many actors and actresses are in 4k.

New 60" UHD 4K and it's interesting how less good looking many actors and actresses are in 4k.___

2016-01-27 19:54:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Lucifer was horrible. F. And I really like the actor playing him. The rest of cast other than DB Woodside astonishingly bad. Dialogue atrocious. 

Lucifer was horrible. F. And I really like the actor playing him. The rest of cast other than DB Woodside astonishingly bad. Dialogue atrocious. ___

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2016-01-22 12:08:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Interesting concept for live broadcasting and using Twitter as the portal for interaction and listeners.

Interesting concept for live broadcasting and using Twitter as the portal for interaction and listeners.___

2016-01-18 15:39:50 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I have a new Fire TV and inserted a micro sd card. It's showing in my storage and in managing applications, but for the life of me I can't find where the hell to actually play video that I have on the card. I've torn through the Fire TV sections in search of and can't find. I've been on Youtube.
Any help would be appreciated.

I have a new Fire TV and inserted a micro sd card. It's showing in my storage and in managing applications, but for the life of me I can't find where the hell to actually play video that I have on the card. I've torn through the Fire TV sections in search of and can't find. I've been on Youtube.
Any help would be appreciated.___

2016-01-15 11:50:50 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Looking for recommendations for adapter. I want to use my micro sd card to move media from my laptop to watch on new Fire TV, but my chromebook has regular sized sd card reader. So what I need is adapter to fit my micro sd into a sd card to accomplish that.

Looking for recommendations for adapter. I want to use my micro sd card to move media from my laptop to watch on new Fire TV, but my chromebook has regular sized sd card reader. So what I need is adapter to fit my micro sd into a sd card to accomplish that.___

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2016-01-15 10:49:26 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

River is my highest Netflix recommend. A new BBC series features Stellan Skarsgard in a brilliant performance as John Rivers, a detective suffering vivid hallucinations related to the case he's working on. It's far from your typical cop show.

River is my highest Netflix recommend. A new BBC series features Stellan Skarsgard in a brilliant performance as John Rivers, a detective suffering vivid hallucinations related to the case he's working on. It's far from your typical cop show.___

2016-01-10 00:33:43 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Stupid question of the day: if you use the Netflix/Amazon/Youtube apps on a 4k UHD tv can you watch the offerings in 4k or do you still need a streamer like Roku4/FireTV to watch whatever Netflix/Amazon/Youtube have available in 4k?

Stupid question of the day: if you use the Netflix/Amazon/Youtube apps on a 4k UHD tv can you watch the offerings in 4k or do you still need a streamer like Roku4/FireTV to watch whatever Netflix/Amazon/Youtube have available in 4k?___

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2016-01-03 12:23:29 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

So a bunch of white domestic terrorists can take over a federal building and the government stands by, but in Ferguson black citizens exercising first amendment rights peacefully had National Guard firing on and attacking them within hours.


So a bunch of white domestic terrorists can take over a federal building and the government stands by, but in Ferguson black citizens exercising first amendment rights peacefully had National Guard firing on and attacking them within hours.
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2015-12-27 17:15:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

We finished season 1 of this brilliant show from Amazon and can't wait for season 2. What my wife and I found fascinating is that the characters we're supposed to hate (Nazi's and Japanese) were by far the most compelling on the show. I won't say we were rooting for them, but we didn't want those main characters do be killed off. The only weakness in my opinion were some of the American characters, who we were be okay with them being killed off.

We finished season 1 of this brilliant show from Amazon and can't wait for season 2. What my wife and I found fascinating is that the characters we're supposed to hate (Nazi's and Japanese) were by far the most compelling on the show. I won't say we were rooting for them, but we didn't want those main characters do be killed off. The only weakness in my opinion were some of the American characters, who we were be okay with them being killed off.___

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2015-12-20 18:49:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Beautiful, mesmerizing, bittersweet. The artist Melodysheep took film clips of Robin Williams, added music, created effects that make Williams words sound like singing and rapping, and the finished product is this wonderful and thought-provoking tribute that we can all take something from.
+Giselle Minoli you love art and song... I had to tag you.

Beautiful, mesmerizing, bittersweet. The artist Melodysheep took film clips of Robin Williams, added music, created effects that make Williams words sound like singing and rapping, and the finished product is this wonderful and thought-provoking tribute that we can all take something from.
+Giselle Minoli you love art and song... I had to tag you.___

2015-12-17 17:00:31 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Prison rape is nothing to joke about even for a scumbag who jacked drug prices. 

Prison rape is nothing to joke about even for a scumbag who jacked drug prices. ___

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2015-12-17 15:17:03 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Finally a reason to watch the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Men in their 70's brawling and breaking fists and hips.

Ian Paice thinks a Deep Purple Rock Hall induction might end in violence___Finally a reason to watch the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Men in their 70's brawling and breaking fists and hips.

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2015-12-17 00:25:02 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Watching the GOP debate last night you would think America is on it's last legs. I wrote this essay on why I think that warts and all... we are not close to the vision they put out.

Watching the GOP debate last night you would think America is on it's last legs. I wrote this essay on why I think that warts and all... we are not close to the vision they put out.___

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2015-12-16 12:07:22 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

An essay that I wrote after watching the GOP debate last night.

+Randy Resnick +Giselle Minoli

An essay that I wrote after watching the GOP debate last night.

+Randy Resnick +Giselle Minoli___

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2015-12-13 19:23:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

The truth hurts. 

The truth hurts. ___

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2015-12-11 11:54:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Recently returned my Sonos play 1 for the play 3 and very happy. The play 1 was good but the jump in quality with more bass and a richer, warmer sound was noticed on the 3. I bought a Best Buy open box for the play 3 so the dollar difference was only $40.

Recently returned my Sonos play 1 for the play 3 and very happy. The play 1 was good but the jump in quality with more bass and a richer, warmer sound was noticed on the 3. I bought a Best Buy open box for the play 3 so the dollar difference was only $40.___

2015-12-10 10:36:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I agree with +Danny Sullivan.  Google should split off Collections and Communities and then kill Plus.

My sharing on Google+ is going to be much less than in the past. It's just not the place for that now. More below....

I've been with the new Google+ for about a week or two now. I keep having Collections shoved at me. I find it hard to get to my feed or even to post. When I do, engagement seems way down than in the past. I also find it a pain to have to click and wait for the comment to open, if I want to review or respond to them.

I understand the reasons behind the Pinterestification of Google+. And no, I'm not saying Google+ is dead. But in terms of a place that I've found useful to share, yeah, that aspect is now pretty dead to me.

I'll probably still share a few things occasionally, but I don't see any reason to as much as I do with Facebook and Twitter -- Google+ itself has just changed to much for that to make sense.

From a brand perspective, I've long suggested that they make use of Google+ especially because of the personalization aspect that goes into search. But that's felt diminished over time. I'd still err on the side of caution that brands probably should share a bit, but it's so less compelling these days.

These types of posts tend to attract the Google+ loyalists who want to scream about how someone just doesn't get the platform or is doing it wrong. Blah blah. If you're one of those types, well, feel free to make the inevitable comment below.

I'll just say this is my perspective from someone who has been on the service from the beginning, who actually enjoyed sharing on the service for many years. I think Google gave it a good go as a social media sharing place in the spirit of Twitter or Facebook. They were just too established. The shift to Collections is smart. I'm not bemoaning or saying that it should somehow try to fight to bring the traditional feed back.

Really, this is just a reflection that the traditional feed here really has died exactly as was expected when changes first started happening last year.

Honestly, at this point, I wish they really would kill Google+ altogether. Get rid of the name. Spin out Google Collections on its own. Spin out Google Communities as its own. Finally bury the zombie that is Google+ with all the baggage that name carries and move forward without it___I agree with +Danny Sullivan.  Google should split off Collections and Communities and then kill Plus.

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2015-12-08 12:51:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Three weeks later Eagles of Death Metal retake the stage in Paris.
Goosebumps

Three weeks later Eagles of Death Metal retake the stage in Paris.
Goosebumps___

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2015-11-15 11:18:09 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Rousey....  Australian for knocked the fuck out.

Rousey....  Australian for knocked the fuck out.___

2015-11-14 12:08:09 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Blaming religion as the only reason for the Paris attacks is a misguided take. Yes, religious extremism is certainly one component. But another component is US foreign policy.... specifically George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq under false pretenses. That decision opened the can of worms that gave birth to ISIS.

The world, must now live with, and deal with, a force bent on destruction.  When dying for God or glory is the end-goal, it's going to be a long fight.

Blaming religion as the only reason for the Paris attacks is a misguided take. Yes, religious extremism is certainly one component. But another component is US foreign policy.... specifically George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq under false pretenses. That decision opened the can of worms that gave birth to ISIS.

The world, must now live with, and deal with, a force bent on destruction.  When dying for God or glory is the end-goal, it's going to be a long fight.___

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2015-11-13 11:58:12 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I'm digging it so far. I love listening to concerts going back to the 1950's so this works great for that.

I'm digging it so far. I love listening to concerts going back to the 1950's so this works great for that.___

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2015-11-11 21:57:34 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

As a leftist it's very disconcerting watching the video of the University of Missouri students so comfortable violating reporters 1st ammendment rights on public land. We've been seeing intolerant PC behavior for several decades on campuses and this articulated everything wrong with what a segment of leftist students are doing. Being a liberal isn't supposed to mean being unwilling to let other sides have their opinions heard or to surpress constitutional rights.

As a leftist it's very disconcerting watching the video of the University of Missouri students so comfortable violating reporters 1st ammendment rights on public land. We've been seeing intolerant PC behavior for several decades on campuses and this articulated everything wrong with what a segment of leftist students are doing. Being a liberal isn't supposed to mean being unwilling to let other sides have their opinions heard or to surpress constitutional rights.___

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2015-11-11 12:50:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I'm a liberal. Let's get that out of the way. I supported the protestors at the University of Missouri.... but I do not support the students/faculty who decided for themselves that they got to to decide on public land who gets to report the news. The behavior of the students and faculty in this video is astonishing.
Melissa Click, the communications professor in the middle of this should be fired, apology or not.

I'm a liberal. Let's get that out of the way. I supported the protestors at the University of Missouri.... but I do not support the students/faculty who decided for themselves that they got to to decide on public land who gets to report the news. The behavior of the students and faculty in this video is astonishing.
Melissa Click, the communications professor in the middle of this should be fired, apology or not.___

2015-11-11 12:17:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

The War on Christmas is as relevant as The War on Arbor Day.  Nothing more than agitators of the perpetually offended guiding the puppets.

The War on Christmas is as relevant as The War on Arbor Day.  Nothing more than agitators of the perpetually offended guiding the puppets.___

2015-11-11 10:48:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

This whole Starbucks red cup story is sickening. Internet outrage at it's worst. A bunch of people with nothing better to do than grab their torches and cry persecution while led by their leader Donald Trump.

This whole Starbucks red cup story is sickening. Internet outrage at it's worst. A bunch of people with nothing better to do than grab their torches and cry persecution while led by their leader Donald Trump.___

2015-11-11 01:04:39 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

People who use the word "literally" in speech or prose should be stuck watching Donald Trump host America's Got No Talent on an endless loop.

People who use the word "literally" in speech or prose should be stuck watching Donald Trump host America's Got No Talent on an endless loop.___

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2015-11-03 00:56:59 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Thoughtful and provoking essay. I've always despised the "everything happens for a reason" concept. It doesn't and the writer here does a fantastic job of cutting through the bullshit.

Thoughtful and provoking essay. I've always despised the "everything happens for a reason" concept. It doesn't and the writer here does a fantastic job of cutting through the bullshit.___

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2015-10-18 13:32:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Miles Davis on a crisp Sunday morning.

Miles Davis on a crisp Sunday morning.___

2015-10-08 14:17:21 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Why is there a need for another Steve Jobs movie? 

Why is there a need for another Steve Jobs movie? ___

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2015-10-01 19:33:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Fuck your gun rights. My right to live trumps your need to measure your dick.

Fuck your gun rights. My right to live trumps your need to measure your dick.___

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2015-09-18 11:13:02 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Throw "but" into this story and you're unmasking your racist self. 

Throw "but" into this story and you're unmasking your racist self. ___

2015-09-18 11:09:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I hate plunking the wrong eyebrow. All that pain, suffering, and welling eyes just to go through the procedure again.

I hate plunking the wrong eyebrow. All that pain, suffering, and welling eyes just to go through the procedure again.___

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2015-09-16 23:49:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Teacher should be fired. School and police should be sued (minor questioned without parent or lawyer present).
Anyone who throws a "but" into this is also guilty of ignorance.  There are no buts here. If he was white Michael the teacher would have praised the clock, not called the police.

Teacher should be fired. School and police should be sued (minor questioned without parent or lawyer present).
Anyone who throws a "but" into this is also guilty of ignorance.  There are no buts here. If he was white Michael the teacher would have praised the clock, not called the police.___

2015-08-31 10:03:14 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I want to love Fear the Walking Dead. Not yet, though. Terrible dialogue and some shitty casting choices.
All the teenagers need to die.

I want to love Fear the Walking Dead. Not yet, though. Terrible dialogue and some shitty casting choices.
All the teenagers need to die.___

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2015-08-30 18:03:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I want to love Narco, the new Netflix original series based on cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. But there are several reasons I'm on the fence. The voice over styles on Goodfellas, but where Ray Liotta was compelling, the actor portraying the DEA agent has zero personality. That shows when he's on screen as well. Narco is no Goodfellas and honestly it's not as good as the series it's actually stealing from.... Underbelly, the great Australian series currently on Hulu. 

I want to love Narco, the new Netflix original series based on cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. But there are several reasons I'm on the fence. The voice over styles on Goodfellas, but where Ray Liotta was compelling, the actor portraying the DEA agent has zero personality. That shows when he's on screen as well. Narco is no Goodfellas and honestly it's not as good as the series it's actually stealing from.... Underbelly, the great Australian series currently on Hulu. ___

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2015-08-27 18:08:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

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