Episode 418: Broment of Truth

September 18th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi – this is our last episode before the election, so there’s some stuff.

Colin Craig’s PR PR disaster disaster.  Winston on the warpath.  And the much-hyped “Moment of Truth” event where… well.  Intelligence and domestic spying; why this matters, and why it matters that we have probably been lied to.

Episode 417: Hurlnalism

September 14th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hey how’s it?

This was recorded prior to Greenwald’s interview, but even prior to that the election was heating up.  Political journalists are ever more the subject as well as the medium of reporting from the front lines – how’s that going?

Also, booze, vice and morals on the hustings.  How much more casked RTD raspberry vodka mix must be spilt in this horrible war?

And we conclude our MBC segment on jelly jollies from last episode.

Episode 416: Took Them Long Enough

September 11th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi, sorry about the wait.

Voting is happening.  You can vote.  Also, medieval ranged weaponry, and part one of our MBC Investigation into jelly genitalia.

Importantly, Darren Watson was in court today, and YOU can help with his crusade by attending the Off Key fundraising concert this Sunday the 14th, 4pm at SFBH.  Or if you can’t make it to the event but still want to put some coins in the purse of all that’s good and right with sticking up for artists to say stuff then do that here: https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/2543

Episode 415: Planet of the Japes

August 31st, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hey!  The thing about pre-recording episodes is…

Darren Watson was gonna join us but stuff happened, so instead we just talk about him.  His song, and its music video, have been ordered off the air by the Electoral Commission.  What the heck gives!?  Naturally, people on Facebook have an opinion.

Other songs are bubbling to the surface, penned by people not entirely enamoured by the Prime Minister.  What is acceptable in art, expression and restriction in an election period?  Has a line been crossed?  Will Dave sneak a link to the iTunes download of his song which he keeps mentioning into this blurb?  All questions demanding answers.

 

Episode 414: Mass Debate

August 28th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi!

The leaders’ debate just happened. Why?  And how do we carry on with our lives now?

Also in the news, and your water; fluoride.  Fluoride.

Episode 413: Oh, Ricky

August 20th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hey!

Coley Tangerina is here with us for a second episode!  She’s great.

We discuss; Richard Dawkins’ brilliant twitter account for idiots, and also Reddit*.

Also; McDonalds!  Music!  Cryptozoology!  The French!  Gareth Morgan!  Health!  Drugs!  Finding porn in the woods!  Ebola!  Gosh this is fun.

(*Hey heads up; discussing Dawkins and this online ecosystem means we quote some words and terms horrific and triggering.  It’s finished with after 8 mins into the episode if you want to skip.  Also a clarification; it was the Jailbail subreddit which was shut down.  There wasn’t a subreddit by the name I gave, but the jailbait subreddit was allegedly used to network an effective network to that end)

Episode 412: Book of Revelations

August 17th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi!  Welcome to our guest Coley Tangerina of tangerina.co.nz and @ColeyTangerina.

What HASN’T been happening this week, more like.  Nicky Hager’s book “Dirty Politics” is the latest book to fly off the shelves due to being packed with odd vampiric characters.  More sober analysis is available elsewhere (such as Danyl McLachlan’s summary and response) but this book has everybody who was already talking talking some more.

Amazon kindle link for Dirty Politics: http://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Politics-poisoning-political-environment-ebook/dp/B00MP7GKZU

Also, Massey University releases a series of safety measures for female students looking to protect themselves – but only at the last possible moment – from attack.

Episode 411: Race to the Bottom

August 13th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi.

For a reasonably enlightened, top-tier rugby-playing, coffee-appreciating nation, we appear to decide a lot of our politics on the basis of race.  Some might call this an embarrassment – they’d be right.  Race has entered the campaign with a deafening low note from ACT’s Jaimie Whyte, best summed up in this rebuttal from Andrew Geddis: http://pundit.co.nz/content/by-all-means-lets-do-what-the-swedish-do. Ensue stoush.  Here’s Giovanni Tiso’s blog on the subject of “Pākehaā grievance” which we mention in this episode: http://bat-bean-beam.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/the-pakeha-grievance-industry.html.  Here also is a blog post by Morgan Godfrey which we don’t talk about for the very unfair reason that it was not written at the time this episode was recorded: http://mauistreet.blogspot.co.nz/2014/08/the-country-that-white-supremacy-made.html.

We run long in this episode as the last ~30mins are used in an impromptu discussion on Gaza, which I point out here in case you want to avoid such things as a) there’s no untroubling way to discuss this, and b) the hell do we know.

Episode 410: Swear and Present Danger

August 10th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi,

Where did that egg you’re eating right now come from?  You may think you know the answer, but do you?  Also Hosking tries to shield himself from bias after his capacity as a debate host faced resistance.  Kim Dotcom, in chilling scenes reminiscent of the 20th century’s worst atrocities, teaches our children how to swear.  Has everybody lost their minds?

Episode 409: Mallard Season

August 3rd, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hey!

The National Party had their triennial “We’re Going To Beat Mallard”-athon.  In our MBC section we look at the outcry in response to outcry re the supposed dangers of the Ice Challenge.  And in a double MBC dose we look at the controversy around selfies in places of international mourning.