S03E02 (20.02.2018) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS - STITCHER The gun debate is once again raging in the United States due to the actions of Nikola Cruz, the nineteen year-old who gunned down seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Gareth and Olly discuss the political reaction to the tragedy, the student movement 'Never Again MSD' and explore the concerning mix of religion, gun rights, liberty and what it means to be "American!"
Back in Australia, it's state election time. Tasmania has just seen the Liberals win their second term (not without controversy) and what the hell is Nick Xenophon doing with his political ads?
We are back for series 3 with a bumper episode where we delve into the Nunes Memo, Rob Porter, Russians, Barnaby Joyce has been a very naughty boy, arms dealing, the ABC and of course, our 'stupid political news' segment and rants.
Show notes to be posted soon.
S02E20 (13.12.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS Gareth and Olly recap the crazy year that was! They crown their 'stupid political news' champion of the year and talk everything from the #metoo movement to the Banking Royal Commission and Amazon. They name the biggest stories of 2017 from Australia and the United States and still find time for 'articles of interest' and one more rant before the year is out.
EXTRA SHOW NOTES Shameless plug: Gareth's brothers sock company https://www.zeffz.com.au Jake Tapper speaks to Roy Moore spokesperson.
S02E19 (parts 1 & 2) (13.12.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS Gareth breaks down his night out with Milo and finds a man who... nope, you're going to have to listen. Gareth & Olly also talk Michael Flynn, GOP tax policy and the newly announced banking royal commission in Australia. We also have stupid political news and articles of interest.
EXTRA SHOW NOTES John Rawls 'veil of ignorance' 12
S02E18 (28.11.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS Australia has said YES to Marriage-Equality, Queensland has said NO to One Nation and the Greens have taken over Northcote. In the US we look at the growing sexual assault scandal engulfing Roy Moore and his election campaign. In other news we chat about politicians lying about Safe Schools, Border walls, Flat Earthers, Net Neutrality, Elon Musk and Bob Katter wants you to be very concerned about crocodiles.
S02E17 (14.11.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS It's our first episode back since September and it's great to be back behind the microphone! We deep dive into the latest developments of the Trump/Russia investigation and get to the bottom of the Uranium One scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton. We also talk slavery in Victoria, Sunscreen as rain, Roy Moore, Rex Tillerson as well as our regular 'stupid political news' and 'articles of interest' segments.
S02E16 + Around the World (05.09.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS We take a a different approach this episode. Gareth is getting married very soon and the final touches are demanding his time - so we took episode 16 and 'Around the World' and turned them into one big sweeping episode. We focus on the natural disasters unfolding in Houston and Sth East Asia. We travel around the world, talk sports (wha?), German bombs, the Crying Nazi, the powers to pardon and new developments in the Trump/Russian controversy. And of course, more Twin Peaks.
S02E15 (22.08.17) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS In this episode: the tragic events at Charlottesville, Christopher Cantwell and the President who decided there were some "very fine people" on the side of the Nazis. Donald Trump recently had a war of words with Kim Jong Un and, now that he has his hands back on his weapons, Steve Bannon gets ready to fire up the machine that is Breitbart. In Australia, we discuss the technicalities of the upcoming plebiscite. We talk about Barnaby Joyce's woes and lament the tedious citizenship controversy engulfing all sides of government. Pauline Hanson also wore a burqa in parliament - so, there’s that. Everyone wants to be a cowboy.
S02E14 (08.08.17) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS Another huge podcast covering a wide range of thought provoking topics. In this episode: Olly details the history of the Magnitsky Act and it's relation to the ongoing Trump/Russia investigation. Gareth answers a question from a listener and breaks down the difference of sex, gender and sexual attraction. We also chat about "The Mooch", the state of same-sex marriage in Australia, Laurie Oakes retiring, Putin going fishing, libertarians want to build a floating utopia and fringe conspiracy theorists believe they know what actually happened to Chester Bennington.
Series 2 Episode 13 (25.07.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS A bumper episode covering a wide range of in depth thought provoking topics. We cover: the implications of sex robots, union bashing by the LNP, unnoticed abuse victims, Indigenous Australians vs mega fauna, electricity pricing, reactions to the suicide of Chester Bennington and the 13th Doctor. In our Australian segment we look at the recent promotion of Peter Dutton and the current dramas of The Greens. Hoping across the pond to America, we talk about the recent revelations about Donald Trump Jr, recent Russian sanctions and the tragic shooting of Justine Damond. ARTICLES OF INTEREST Gareth 1 - Rise of the sex robots Gareth 2 - Spousal abuse Olly 1 - Electricity surge pricing Olly 2 - Ancient Indigenous findings
Series 2 Episode 11 (11.07.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS In late June, Victorian Police announced that they have charged Cardinal George Pell with multiple historical sexual assault offences. As he begins his journey back to Australia to have his day in court, Olly and Gareth look into the charges and the broader history of the controversial Vatican official. In other news, Tony "the gentleman" Abbott is once again tormenting Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump went to Warsaw as well as the G20. We also have stupid political news, articles of interest and rants where we talk about everything from Roman concrete to gonorrhea, Elon Musk, gun control, kitten food and violence on the football field. We also feature listener comments. Thank you for listening, your feedback and contributions.
Series 2 Episode 10 (06.06.2017) SOUNDCLOUD - iTUNES - RSS A massive episode covering Donald Trump's first Presidential trip overseas and his rejection of the Paris Accord. Macron has a go at Putin and Pauline Hanson does not understand that animals are alive before they are dead. We also cover the Adani mine, black holes, Peter Dutton vs the ABC and the Margaret Court controversy. We possibly have the stupidest of stupid political news, articles of interest and of course, our world famous rants.
Series 2 Episode 9 - Smoke (23.05.2017) In the span of two weeks, Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, potentially obstructed not one, but two investigations, played host to Russian diplomats behind closed doors in the White House before given away top secret information to them. Back in Australia, the latest Budget has been announced by Treasurer Scott Morrison. Olly and Gareth pick up apart some of the more controversial elements - and Olly get's to talk about his first true love, infrastructure. We also talk Chris Cornell, dinosaurs, weaponised teddy bears and underground bunkers.
Series 2 Episode 7 - Tell Me Lies (25.04.2017) In this episode: Tony Abbott listens to the pulse of the people, irony free. Alex Jones is a performance artist and the Herald Sun may have invented the APEX Gang for it's own political and social ends. Gay men are once again being targeted for persecution and migrants are being sold as slaves. Elections are happening throughout Europe and the Dalai Lama (potentially the nicest 81 year old in the world) is causing the Chinese headaches - possibly because of his niceness. What is happening with Trump and Syria, are we heading for a major conflict with Russia? What is happening with Trump and his administrations connection to Russia, and what is the latest in Trump v. Kim Jong Un. Back in Australia, we chat Aussie values, 457 visas and citizen tests. The Safe Schools program is coming to an in NSW, but what of the complaints that have been brought up against religious instruction? ARTICLES OF INTEREST Gareth 1 - Alex Jones the Performance Artist Gareth 2 - Concentration Camps in Chechnya Olly 1 - Did the Herald Sun invent the APEX Gang Olly 2 - Vantablack EXTRA SHOW NOTES Leonard Cohen - First We Take Manhatten Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton talk visas and citizenship - in full.
Series 2 Episode 6 - Occam's Razor (11.04.2017) In this episode: All eyes are on Trump's response to the recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria. But is there more to this that what the media and Administration are telling us? We look deeper into the Trump/Russia connection before heading back to Australia where Olly gives an update on the latest news. We also chat about Eric Abetz accidentally advocating for bisexuals, terror threats, Department of Finance videos, universal basic income, S-Town, desalination membranes, emails and petty political insults.
SERIES 2 EPISODE 5 - Excuse Me, But We All Live Here (28.03.2017) In this episode: the American Health Care Act is dead on arrival. Obama did not tap Trump Towers - nor did the English and who is paying for the Mexican border wall? England suffered another tragic terror attack whilst Pauline Hanson used the event for self-promotion. Housing is expensive in Australia and Olly breaks down the latest developments. We have some very cool 'articles of interest', impressively stupid political news and angry rants.
SERIES 2 EPISODE 4 - Bias. Power. Distraction. (14.03.2017)
Whether it's dismissing verbal abuse in the streets or creating vast conspiracy theories - power will do what ever it takes to protect itself. In this episode: the Republican's Obamacare replacement lands with a thud. Jeff Sessions lied and Donald Trump goes deep down the rabbit hole to wage war on the Deep State. In Australia, the results of the Western Australian Election are in and the Department of Human Services doxed an Australian citizens. We also chat about traffic signals, the Knights of the Templar, bees, Marine Corp scandals and finish off with a rant!
SERIES 2 EPISODE 3 - The Coffee Fix Is In (28.02.2017) Tony Abbott was in the news again with A five-point plan to save the Coalition. It did not go over well. We head to space for Articles of Interest as well as the Great Barrier Reef. Gareth went to see Julian Assange live (via video link) at the Melbourne Town Hall prompting a conversation about Wikileaks, Russia and Trump. The Fair Work Commission handed down it's ruling on Sunday penalty rates, so Olly and Gareth take a sledgehammer to the rationale behind such a decision. Also, Dick Smith acts like a dick and the government of Daniel Andrews in in trouble again. And we rant!
SERIES 2 EPISODE 2 - Scott Heart Coal (14.02.2017) Having survived the Bowling Green Massacre (#neverremember) Olly and Gareth look at the depth of the lies being told by the Trump administration to justify their Muslim ban. A white Christian terrorist walked into a Quebec City mosque January 29 and killed six people. Gareth revisits his theory that beneath everything the connecting force driving all these tragedies is hate. In Australia, Scott Morrison pulled out a piece of coal in parliament, the LNP are still incorrectly blaming renewable energy for South Australia's energy woes, Pauline Hanson is okay with Vladmire Putin killing 38 Australians and Malcolm Turnbull unleashed on Bill Shorten. We also have stupid political news, articles of interest and of course, ranting. Oh, and a brief discussion on Twin Peaks.
SERIES 2 EPISODE 1 - 1984 Rising (31.01.2017) It's our first episode of 2017! In this episode we look at: tragedy in Melbourne. Malcolm Roberts and the invite that never was. Genes and trauma. Drug addiction. Australia Day. Centerlink debt collection. Alcoholic Socialists. And of course, Donald J. Trump.
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SERIES 1 EPISODE 20 - The Upside Down (23.12.2016) It's the end of the year and we are here to try and make sense of 2016 whilst predicting what we think will happen in 2017 (good luck!) We have TWO stupid political articles and articles of interest. We have a bit of fun as we dedicate the second half of the show to cool news.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 19 - The Racism Episode (29.11.2016) White-supremacists are emboldened, hate groups are energised and hate-speech is mainstream. Racism is once again having its day in the sun. Olly and Gareth talk about the rise of the alt-right, the racism of Pauline Hanson and the alarming sense of legitimacy currently felt by bigots. What can we do to bring reason in a world full of racial divide? We also talk about Australia’s complex and contradictory history with asylum seekers.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 18 - This Is Not Good (14.11.2016) Olly knocks this episode out of the park as he and Gareth break down the US Election result! The outlook is not good with Trump heading to the White House. We also have 'Articles of Interest' and 'Stupid Political News'.
SERIES 1 BONUS SEGMENT 4 - Trump vs The Fate of the World (11.10.2016) Gareth breaks down why he thinks Donald Trump won't win in a few days. But, there is still a chance. What would a Donald Trump Presidency mean for not only America, but the world? Chaos, disaster or simply mayhem? Why exactly is Trump bad for us all?
SERIES 1 EPISODE 17 - Fight Night (07.11.2016) Round 1. FIGHT! In this episode we have: houses vs avocados, George Brandis vs Justin Gleeson, Abbott vs Turnbull and Trump vs Clinton. We also chat about 'water bears', the tragic death of Manmeet Alisher, 'devil tomatoes grown with witchcraft' and our stupid political news takes us back to the Philippines.
Street Fighter 2 intro music used in this episode is owned by Capcom.
SERIES 1 BONUS - Just The Theme Music (24.10.2016) We've had a few people asking us to make the theme music available by itself, so we have. Ask and you shall receive.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 16 - Words Matter (18.10.2016) In this episode: the plebiscite is dead, but what now for marriage equality in Australia? Malcolm Turnbull is again facing questions about his leadership and George Brandis looks like he has mislead Parliament. In America, Donald Trump proves yet again what a sorry excuse for a human being he is, Hillary Clinton's transcripts are leaked and we watched the second presidential debate so you didn't have to. We also have 'stupid political news', 'articles of interest' and RANTING!
SERIES 1 BONUS SEGMENT 3 - Obama and the Veto (11.10.2016) Families of those killed during the September 11 attacks can now sue Saudi Arabia for their alleged participation. Why did Obama veto the 9/11 in the first place? And now that the veto has been overturned 97-1 (Senate)and 348-77 (House of Reps), what does it mean for America?
SERIES 1 EPISODE 15 - Where Do We Begin? (04.10.2016) In this episode: we continue our stupid news article segment, in Australia politicians talk rubbish when they should be helping people in South Australia and we give a Port of Melbourne lease update. We chat about the complexities of the Syrian conflict and the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded. Over in America the first Presidential debate happened and we feel stupider for it. On top of all this we have our regular rant and 'articles of interest' and my cat has a sneezing fit. As always, thank you for listening.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 14 - The Inmates and the Asylum (26.09.2016) In this episode we follow up on Sam Dastyari and look into the problem of money in politics. Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts made their maiden speeches and were a masterclass of post-fact politics. We also chat about the sale of the ASIC Corporate Database and what it could mean for freedom of information. We then travel to America where the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has just occurred. Olly and Gareth reflect on that day, discuss the War on Terror, the surveillance state and Obama's love of drones. We close out with two passionate rants about two very different topics.
SERIES 1 BONUS SEGMENT 2 - International news (13.09.2016) Olly chats about events happening in Uzbekistan, Brazil and the Philippines.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 13 - One Remained Sober One Did Not (07.09.2016) The 45th Parliament begun last week and oh what a week it was. Derryn Hinch fell asleep, the Coalition lost control, Malcolm Turnbull slipped further into trouble whilst Tony Abbott had coffee with Pauline Hanson. Sam Dastyari's character has been questioned, Scott Morrison continues to kick poor people and Cory Bernardi is an angry prostitute. Then, it's off to the US to look at Trump's visit to Mexico and a black church. Clinton continues being Clinton, Sanders furthers his revolution and citizens of the United States can now fly to Cuba. We finish up with a rant! Well... one of us does.
SERIES 1 BONUS SEGMENT 1 - The Racial Discrimination Act 1975: 18C & 18D (30.08.2016) With the Australian Federal Parliament starting up this week, Section 18C has once again up for debate. What the hell is Section 18C? What are the motivations of those trying to repeal it? Is Section 18C even important? (Yes, the answer to that last question is yes).
SEGMENT NOTES Bill Leak cartoon
SERIES 1 EPISODE 12 - Dubious At Best (23.08.2016) We did it! Not one mention of D____d T___p. In this episode we talk Andrew Bolt, the politics of love, the man who saved a billion lives and the abuse of autistic students. We break down the census failure, chat about the importance of taking a stand before asking; what happened to neoliberalism? We finish off by letting our feminist flag fly!
SERIES 1 EPISODE 11 - Malcolm's Terrible, Horrible, No Good Double Dissolution (11.08.2016) Within this episode we chat about the continuing fallout of the recent Australian election. We travel into the world of political conspiracy and explore both its fringe elements and the creep of it's theories into mainstream politics. We then talk Trump - of course we do - and the Democratic National Convention. We close with a rant, and a quick chat about the 2016 Australian Census.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 10: WE FEEL ALL GROWN UP. (26.07.2016) We celebrate turning ten with announcements, an updated logo and INTRO MUSIC! In this episode, Gareth and Olly chat about the modern phenomena of the lone wolf terrorist, Sonia Kruger and the politics of fear as well as the insanity that was the Republican National Convention. We also chat Great Barrier Reef, 9/11 Report, Federal ICAC and the necessity of transparent government!
SERIES 1 EPISODE 9: WE'RE AN ELECTION CRITIQUING MACHINE! (12.07.2016) Olly is back from Europe as we tackle the Australian election – aka 'the failure of Malcolm Turnbull', Brexit, Hillary email scandals and police shootings. We also chat about the Serial podcast, The 'Coalition of the Willing' as war criminals, Deliveroo, the Koch Brothers and ‘he who must not be named’.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 8: THE ENEMY IS HATE (28.06.2016) A different episode in many ways. Gareth looks at LGBT events around the world and pulls apart the political, social and media reactions to the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida. The mainstream media wants us to see this tragedy through the lens of a single narrative, but there is so much more going on. What is at play here and what can be done to make sure that hate does not win?
SERIES 1 EPISODE 7: WE'RE MAKING THIS ONE UP AS WE GO (10.06.2016) We break from format and make it up as we go. We chat the Great Barrier Reef, burgers which are plants, synthetic meats and would a vegan or vegetarian eat them? Eggs, Roz Ward, character assassination and the Dalai Lama, free speech, California, Trump, Sanders, a wedding menu rant and Olly inspires!
SERIES 1 EPISODE 6: A POORLY CONCEIVED ANECDOTE (28.05.2016) On this episode: the AFP raid has brought the NBN back into the limelight. The Australian Liberty Alliance confuse a building for a religion and we chat Aussie milk. We then delve into all things meat agriculture - a conversation which is not a debate! We lament the state of the US Primaries and then rant.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 5: THE DIFFERENCE OF ONE FORTNIGHT (13.05.2016) We're halfway towards reaching double digit episodes! Amazing, and thank you for all your support! In this episode: we chat about the budget and the launch of the election campaign. We jump over to America and break down where the Republicans and Democrats are before asking the podcast question: Wind Turbine Syndrome, is it a bunch of crap or just made up BS? Then, we rant and Gareth sings an outro!
SERIES 1 EPISODE 4: What exactly are they doing? (30.04.2016) In this episode, we attempt to figure out what exactly the Liberals are trying to achieve with their election campaign that isn't a campaign... but is. We look at recent talk regarding the Timor Gap Treaty before heading back to America where the primary campaign (which actually is a campaign) has reached an interesting tipping point.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 3: Neoliberalism Rides a Pale Horse. (15.04.2016) In episode 3: We introduce a new segment 'Articles of Interest'. We get angry at the Panama Papers, chat about the current Australian election campaign which is also not an election campaign - but also is. We once again look at the US Primary race before asking the question: is the government's retiree funding equitable? And then - we rant! WARNING: some coarse language.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 2: Where Are We Now? (01.04.2016) In episode 2: Safe Schools and The Bernardi Tenuous Link Game, a shout out to Daniel Andrews and look at the current lack of leadership at the Federal level. We discuss Climate Change, the anti-vaccination movement and return to the US Primary race in our fortnightly segment, 'One Eye On America'. We finish off with a new segment where we rant like the old men we are becoming. WARNING: some coarse language
SERIES 1 EPISODE 1: And so, it begins... (18.03.2016) YouTube Episode 1 Segment 1 YouTube Episode 1 Segment 4 On today's episode: We say a big HELLO! Same-sex marriage, the Port of Melbourne sale, US Primary race and this fortnights question: are the Coalition the economic stewards they claim to be? WARNING: some coarse language. Thank you for listening. We hope you like it as much as we loved recording it!