Out of all the bizarre conspiracy theories out there, the theory that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is comedian Bill Hicks, is definitely one of them.

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This episode features technobrarian Luc Brien from Libsaurus on a wide range of conspiracy theories including Alex Jones is Bill Hicks, Finland is a made up country, 9/11 was an inside job and GMOs are evil. Luc finishes the episode with some tips for how to stop spreading fake news. This episode is a continuation of the discussion on fake news from last episode #180.

You can listen to Luc’s talk on this topic here. This talk is from the 2017 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – see the notes of our 179th episode for links to all of the talks from this conference.

Check out the James Cook University Fake News Guide and Luc’s recommended songs about fake news!

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Clips:

The Living EndTabloid Magazine’, Info Wars ‘Child Slave Colony On Mars!’, Nine Inch NailsSurvivalism’.

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This episode features technobrarian Luc Brien from Libsaurus on what fake news is, why it is promoted and its dangers. This discussion continues next episode #181.

Luc giving his talk on fake news.

You can listen to Luc’s talk on this topic here. This talk is from the 2017 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – see the notes of our 179th episode for links to all of the talks from this conference.

Check out the James Cook University Fake News Guide and Luc’s recommended songs about fake news!

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Clips:

Katy Perry featuring Skip MarleyChained to the Rhythm’, Media WatchABC Media Watch calls out Channel Nine for plagiarising Outback newspaper’, Last Week Tonight with John OliverScientific Studies’, Faithless ‘Mass Destruction’.

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Nick is joined by Luc Brien, former host of Team Earthling (or “Tearthling”) animal rights podcast, to give a recap of the 2017 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference. The episode features a talk from this conference, Esther Alloun: Intersectionality And Its Discontents: Animal Politics In Palestine-Israel. You can listen to the Q and A from this talk here. You can listen to all of the talks from this conference here and each talk is also listed individually below (at the bottom of the show notes for this episode). Thanks to VeganSci for helping out with these recordings!

Also discussed on this episode is activism against horse-drawn carriages in Melbourne as part of the conference. For photos, tweets, posts etc from the conference, check out #ICASOceania2017 on Twitter and Facebook. In order to be notified about future conferences, like/follow ICAS Oceania on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe for email updates from ICAS Oceania. You can also listen to a recap of last year’s ICAS Oceania conference, as well as see links to all of the talks from this conference, on episode 152 of our podcast.

If you’re in Melbourne, come along to the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair! We’ll have an ICAS stall there all day (10am-6pm, 12th August, Brunswick Town Hall) and Nick will be speaking about anarchy and animals with Jess Ison at 5pm: Facebook event page.

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Clips:

ChumpedUnion Square’, Esther Alloun: Intersectionality And Its Discontents: Animal Politics In Palestine-Israel, 10 Foot PollRachel Corrie’.

Talks from the conference (alphabetised by the speaker’s first name):

Adam Cardilini: Establishing a multidisciplinary vegan research agenda to accelerate animal liberation.

Anarchist Black Cross Melbourne: The Importance of Writing to Political Prisoners.

Belinda Bos: What Does Health At Every Size Mean For Vegan Activism?

Dan Kidby: Speciesist to the Core: Legal Rights and Rationality.

Esther Alloun: Intersectionality And Its Discontents: Animal Politics In Palestine-Israel.

Esther Alloun and Guy Scotton: Q and A.

Guy Scotton: Species, Contract And Domination.

Jess, Nick, Naty and Cee: Femme Panel.

Katie Batty: How human overpopulation impacts other animals and what you can do about it – audio, PowerPoint.

Kirsten Leiminger: Mind Your Own Body Business.

Lara Drew: Radical Adult Learning From Below: The Learning Processes of Direct Action Animal Activists.

Luc Brien: Who’s Fake News? You’re Fake News! Media and Information Literacy in Activist Spaces – Luc discusses this topic on episodes 180 and 181.

Nick Pendergrast: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism” – audio, PowerPoint.

Nick Pendergrast, Lara Drew and Jess Ison: Veganism, Colonialism and Single Issue Campaigns – you can see Nick’s “pretty” drawing referred to during this workshop here.

Sy Woon: Speciesism – and Inherent Barriers to Ethical Changes and Animal Advocacy – in the Veterinary Industry.

Tara Ward: Licence to kill: how Australia’s new wildlife laws threaten animals and democracy.

Yamini Narayanan: Cow Protectionism And Indian Animal Advocacy, The Fracturing And Fusing Of Social Movements.

*If any of the speakers would like any changes to the way you or your talk is described, or would like any edits to the audio of your talk, or would like to send us your PowerPoint so we can link to it, please contact us.

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The episode features Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’. You can hear part one of this talk, covering what activist burnout is and why it is an important issue to address, on episode 177. The parts of the talk we play on this episode are on signs of activist burnout and tips for avoiding activist burnout. Bede works full-time for Amnesty International AND also runs A Poultry Place animal sanctuary!

Here are some additional sources on activist burnout that Bede recommends: flyer on sustainable activism and avoiding burnout by Activist Trauma Support, a 5 Minute Mindful Breathing Exercise (you can also hear Katie discussing mindfulness on episode 92), plantothrive.net.au (which features an article by Bede), lifelongactivist.com, compassionfatigue.org and rockwoodleadership.org.

Image from veganstrategist.org

The episode also features some listener feedback on our article on the Animal Justice Party, the Advertising Standards Authority finds that humane milk is a myth and further discussion on the topic of wild animal suffering, which we covered on episode 172. If you’re interested in hearing more on this topic, we recommend Alex Vince’s talk ‘Challenging the Pest Epithet’, from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference. Bede’s talk is also from this conference – you can find links to listen to all of the talks from this conference in the show notes for our 152nd episode. We’ve also recently both attended and spoken at the 2017 ICAS conference – we’ll do a recap of that conference next episode and you can also hear the talks we’ve uploaded from this conference here.

TV show recommendation: You’re the Worst.

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Clips:

The Smith Street Band ft Laura Stevenson & Tim Rogers ‘Run into the World’, Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’, AkalaTime to Relax’.

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Nick is joined by Ruth, a psychologist, activist and host of the Creating Space Project podcast. We discuss some listener feedback on staying healthy in a sick society, avoiding being a “shooting star” as an activist, Ruth’s environmental activism with Save Ashfield Park – against the West Connex highway development, activism as a privilege and mental health as a political issue. You can hear Katie’s interview on the Creating Space Project, covering her personal experiences with abortion, divisive issues, justice and compassion.

The episode also features part of Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’. Bede works full-time for Amnesty International AND also runs A Poultry Place animal sanctuary! This part of the talk focuses on defining activist burnout and why it is important, a broad definition of activism, links between activism and mental health issues, the book Aftershock – Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies by pattrice jones and we really encourage listeners to check in with how they’re going by completing the activist burnout questionnaire Bede mentioned during his talk. We played the rest of this talk on our following episode #178.

Bede Carmody at his animal sanctuary A Poultry Place.

This talk is from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference. You can find links to listen to all of the talks from this conference in the show notes for our 152nd episode. Also a reminder about the 2017 ICAS Oceania conference – the schedule is now up online! You can also hear Nick discussing this conference and ICAS generally on the show Freedom of Species on 3CR radio (9 July episode).

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Clips:

The Smith Street BandShine’, The Dead Milkmen ‘Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song’, Discussion with Ruth from the Creating Space Project podcast, Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’, Ruth from the Creating Space Project with B Munday ‘Collateral Damage’.

 

Jack, whose art and music is featured on this episode, at the punk show we saw in Leeds. Follow Jack on Twitter @infogrrrrl

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This episode covers our trip to Leeds, which included visiting an art show, doing an interview with advocates for homeless people, going to a punk show and seeing the LGBT History Month exhibit at Leeds City Museum. You can see some of our photos from Leeds and the rest of our UK trip here.

Katie at Leeds City Museum.

Jack discusses their art piece (below – content warning for mental health issues), zines, mental development, artistic practice and what is art? Check out Jack’s podcast on relationships: How We Connect!

Jack’s art piece *content warning for mental health issues.

Jack’s art piece continued *content warning for mental health issues. Sorry for the blurry pic!

There’s an interview with Haydn Pat from Leeds Homeless Partnership and Leeds Tent City on how to address homelessness in Leeds and beyond. This interview was featured on a Facebook video by Christopher Ellis, which has over 14K views!

Naomi discusses her art piece (below) and challenging whether classic feminist texts are actually feminist.

Naomi’s art piece.

We also discuss identity politics and implicit bias – for more on this, take the Harvard Test and watch this show on SBS.

We mention Nandos cashing in on the queer market. For more on animal exploiting fast food corporations making money off the queer movement, check out Jess Ison’s talk: “Do Gay People Even Eat Fast Food?” Queering animal liberation (animalizing queer?) which we played on episode 140.

We spotted this in Leeds.

We finish the episode by discussing Jack’s involvement with Leeds Survivor Support Group, “ideal victims” and male victims of sexual assault. There is a video on this topic but we will add a content warning for discussion of sexual assault and very frequent use of “the r word”: link for video.

Jack has set up this important group.

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Clips:

Cat ApostropheSmall Things’, Jack on their art work, Interview with Haydn Pat from Leeds Homeless Partnership, Naomi discusses her art piece, CamboysNo Timewasters’.

The bands we saw in Leeds – check all of them out on Bandcamp!

Image from youthlobby.org

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Nick is joined by environmental activist Mark Allen to discuss ethical Superannuation funds such as Cruelty Free Super. While these ethical Super funds are generally significantly better than “standard” Super funds and are worth switching to, we need to look critically into where they invest their money. For example, often there is just “one degree of separation”: while ethical Super funds don’t directly invest in fossil fuels (or animal exploitation as well in the case of Cruelty Free Super), they invest in companies who promote urban sprawl, which leads to harm to the environment and animals.

We also discuss the importance of divesting from unethical companies but the need to do more than just divest. Activists encouraging people to divest need to also push people to do more. On this topic, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’ is quite relevant – we discussed this on episode 118.

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Clips:

Ouch My FaceEaten by buildings’, Marianne FaithfullGreen Fields (Last Song)’.