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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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.

Episode 408: Banned on the Run

July 30th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hey hey!  Stephanie is still here and we’ve got more to share.

In this podcast we pump another podcast: I Don’t Even Own A Television.  Also Gerry Brownlee has an airport mare, leading the charge of a great week for Nat MPs stuffing up.  How does this affect the “who do you want a beer with?” contest which is the upcoming election.  And religious education; should it be?

Episode 407: Mammoth

July 27th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi, how’s it going?

Stephanie joins us once again.  You can read a bunch of her stuff at http://bootstheory.wordpress.com and I suggest that you do.

Men.  They’re everywhere and it’s surprising how awful that turns things by default.  From the barriers to participation in pop culture, through to the multi-faceted and much-debated realities of rape culture.  Can we take the disproportionate backlash and pushback to one woman’s complaint about the handling of her case as evidence that, when it comes down to it, political offices, law enforcement, public mouthpieces and professional legal bodies will all fight for the sexual availability of women like a pack of MRA trolls?

Episode 406: I’M THE WINNER

July 13th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Ola!  In this episode we discuss football, sports, and the effect of both on USA politics.

Also; Education! The politics, the pragmatism, the idealism and all the slings and arrows of having children in the centre of an election campaign.

If a man shoots an electorate office  in the north, and nobody from the mainstream body politic is on the other side of the gun, does it make a sound?

Also we discuss the moral failings of the past fortnight; military assaults on civilians in Gaza, and the ever increasing crime against humanity which is Australia’s refugee policy.

And in our regular segment “Mouthbreather Comments” we take a look at the contentious issue of childhood myths.

Episode 405: Man

July 10th, 2014  / Author: Dave
 

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Hi,

There are two parts to this episode so plan your listening accordingly.

First, we have a laugh about a couple of dance parties and an attempted petty theft.  Textbook Egonomist stuff.

Then after that we talk about Tania Billingsley, the very brave woman who has come forward to discuss her case.  You can read the essay she’s written on this, and the wider cultural issues it highlights, here.

Her clear, decisive and determined voice is in sharp contrast to the waffle and noise coming from those officials who have been administering the situation at which she is both the centre and at the same time so far removed.  Is the indifference she’s been faced with symptomatic of institutional issues?

Also, on the topic, Labour released a policy to end violence against women and children.  Naturally, this was met with utter derision.