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The Luthor Scale

Supervillains exist, and they can be categorized and placed on a comparative sliding scale. That scale? The Luthor Scale. Join Hosts Pat and Colin as they dive into the insane world of the rich and powerful, then reduce them to a number on an arbitrary scale.

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Larry Ellison: CEO of Oracle and Ur-Tech Bro
In episode three of The Luthor Scale, we cover the father of the modern database Larry Ellison.We'll cover Ellison's multiple choice backstory, explain his super powers, bring to light his evil plans, then place him on the scale. Is Ellison just a CIA lapdog? Or is he actually an immortal being hellbent on consuming all knowledge? Find out on this episode of The Luthor Scale.FOOTNOTES:1) Matthew Symonds, Softwar2) Mike Wilson, The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison3) Julian Guthrie, The Billionaire and the Mechanic4)  https://www.businessinsider.com/larry-ellison-paying-wages-lanai-hawaii-island-2020-45) https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/luxury/article/3074873/how-do-tech-billionaires-oracles-larry-ellison-and-google-co 6) https://www.civilbeat.org/2021/06/lanais-newspaper-is-now-owned-by-the-company-that-owns-lanai7) http://www.techlawjournal.com/election/20000628.htm8) https://www.techinasia.com/orcales-larry-ellison-data-priva9) https://gizmodo.com/tiktok-s-latest-suitor-is-oracle-a-company-wit10) https://www.ellisonfoundation.org/current-investments11)https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/9/2/21409530/larry-ellison-foundation-disband-london-philanthropy-coronavirus 
55:23 12/20/21
Carlos Lehder: Cocaine Megatrafficker and King of Party Island
In episode two of The Luthor Scale, we cover infamous drug trafficker Carlos Lehder. We'll cover Lehder's interconnected origin story, explain his super powers, discuss his grand plan for world domination, and then place him on the Scale.Is Lehder just a low level thug in another supervillain's organization? Or is he single-handedly responsible for America's sexiest drug habit? Find out on this episode of The Luthor Scale.FOOTNOTES:(1) Bruce Porter, Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All (St. Martin's Press, 1993) (2) Libaniel Marulanda, The documentary on the life of Carlos Lehder that could never be (El Espectador, July 3, 2020) (3) Peter Eisner, Bombshell Dropped At Noriega Trial -- Drug Boss Tells Of Scheme To Run Guns (Seattle Times, Nov. 22, 1991) (4) El Chapo and the 12 Richest Drug Lords of All Time (Yahoo News)   (5) Normans Cay: Playground for Drug Smugglers (PBS Frontline)   (6) Manuel Noriega Trial: 1991 (Law Library - American Law and Legal Information)(7) Robert L. Jackson, Ex-Drug Kingpin Testifies Against Noriega (Los Angeles Times, Nov. 20, 1991)
47:49 12/6/21
Elon Musk: World's Wealthiest (and Most Online) CEO
In our debut episode, we cover the one and only Elon Musk. Join us as we dive into Musk's surprising  origin story, explain his super powers, discuss his grand plans, and then rate him on our scale. Is Musk a full-blown Luthor? Or does he fall short, like a rocket that runs out of fuel before reaching orbit? Find out on The Luthor Scale.FOOTNOTES: (1) Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (HarperCollins, 2015) (2) Elon Musk, Making Humans a Multi Planetary Species, New Space, Vol. 5, No. 2, available at https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/space.2017.29009.emu (3) https://www.businessinsider.co.za/errol-musk-has-a-baby-with-his-stepdaughter-2018-3(4) https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-richest-person-elon-musk-dedicate-wealth-mars-colony-2021-1 (5) https://www.motorbiscuit.com/teslas-reliability-ratings-are-pretty-concerning-but-does-anyone-actually-care/ (6)https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/25/21302804/tesla-ranks-last-on-influential-jd-power-quality-survey (7) https://gizmodo.com/a-tesla-model-3-with-autopilot-activated-crashes-into-t-1847579288 (8) https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/us-probing-fatal-tesla-crash-that-killed-pedestrian-2021-09-03/ (9)https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhenry/2021/12/31/tesla-no-1-in-brand-loyalty-then-subaru-gm-also-scores-well-experian-says/?sh=431ca2379ee4 (10) Neil Strauss, Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow, Rolling Stone, 2017(11) Elon Musk wins defamation case over 'pedo guy' tweet about caver, BBC News, available at https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50695593(12) https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/01/sec-said-elon-musk-tesla-tweets-violated-settlement-agreement-per-wsj.html
83:01 11/22/21
The Luthor Scale - Trailer
Supervillains exist, and they can be categorized and placed on a comparative sliding scale. That scale? The Luthor Scale.Join us as we publish our first episode on 11/22/2021. We'll dive into the insane world of the rich and powerful, then reduce them to a number on an arbitrary scale.
01:30 11/15/21