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This time Nick is joined by Vanessa, a forensic psychology doctoral student and one of the hosts of VeganSci podcast. We discuss some of the content we taught in a Criminology unit on victims of crime, focusing on Nils Christie’s ideal victim concept and how it can help in understanding how the legal system, media and community respond to victims of crime. We also discuss: the monster myth, just world theory and what we can to do challenge victim blaming.

Nick also covers content warnings and free speech, as well as Julian Assange breaking his pledge to travel to the United States if whistleblower Chelsea Manning was pardoned.

If you’d like to hear more discussion on similar issues to those covered on this episode, check out our 95th and 96th episodes (featuring Kathryn Joy and Katie). You can also hear more from Vanessa on episode 159 – discussing animal activism and her experiences working in prisons. Please help Vanessa out by completing a survey for her doctoral research on investigative journalism!

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Clips:

The Smith Street bandWhy I Can’t Draw’, Tea Consent video, Australian government advertisement challenging violence against women, War on WomenSay it’.

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Image from @KieraGordan. *Thanks to Luc from Team Earthling who we got this term from.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can listen to both parts of the episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here. You can also listen to both parts on Cyber Ears here or download part 1 on MediaFire here (14MB) and part 2 on MediaFire here (24MB). 

We’re here to discuss the Abbottocalypse and though we can’t say the word, we can help you through it. We draw on the article ‘Why an Abbott Election Victory would be Good’ by Andrew P Street to explain some of the positives for the Left in Tony Abbott winning. In part one we recap the Australian federal election, bragging that we called the election result on our 8th episode and discussing the results in the House of Representatives, Adam Bandt from the Greens holds onto his seat in Melbourne but James Diaz loses his, Nova Peris becomes the first Indigenous female in Australia parliament, a record number of “informal” votes, and this would only happen in Australia! We also question whether Abbott will be “a leader for everyone” as he claims – even from his victory speech and him being congratulated by mining companies it’s clear what the party really cares about. We challenge whether he is a leader for Indigenous Australians, people in poor countries whose aid he is cutting or the environment. We also cover the media coverage of the election, including the Murdoch media’s role in Abbott’s victory – with not just one front page calling for an Abbott victory but many, as well as the mainstream media generally leaving out the Greens and discussion on environmental policies. Also covered on part one of this episode was: Malcolm Turnbull has a The Thick Of It incident regarding an internet filter, more on the dodgy “postal voting” scam, and some updates on our 35th episode, which covered Stop the Arms Fair: we encourage people to listen to Kirsten Bayes on In the Sprawl and Al Jazeera and you can see a recap and photos of some of the Stop the Arms Fair actions here.

In part two of the episode, we continue the discussion on the article ‘Why an Abbott Election Victory would be Good’, comparing Street’s predictions of a hostile Senate that will block Abbott’s proposals with the final results. There was some surprising results in the Senate, with minor parties getting in with virtually no primary votes, due to preference deals. As a result, The Greens and others have called for reforms in the Senate voting process. We discuss how Wikileaks did in the Senate, Julian Assange on Rap News being one of the key events of the election (see picture 14), Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa asks Assange to stop making fun of Australian politicians, and Rap News interviewed on mainstream media. Also covered is individuals controlling four different parties in the Senate, and Stevie and ICAS Oceania on the Animal Justice Party’s preferences – you can also read Team Earthling’s statement and listen to their podcast episode on this issue. While The Greens have done very well in the Senate and things look good for their future, Andrew Wilkie has pointed out that the Senate won’t be as hostile to Abbott’s right-wing policies as many of us would have hoped. Even though this is the way it has worked out, there is still the opportunity for social movements to get active to limit the damage cause by the Abbott government. There are so many examples of this already occurring, with vegan activism, refugee rights protests against Abbott and Rudd, and even some satirical protest all happening on election day. We also discuss the event ‘We Need to Talk about Tony’ organised by a broad coalition of leftist groups in Perth, a growing number of protests occurring all around the world (shown visually here), recommendations for alternative media and music, unfuckitup.com, the human rights program that Katie encourages people to donate to, and we accidentally create the new segment ‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week?’ – which this time includes the show Kitchen Cabinet.

This episode is brought to you by Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective. You can hear Coggo and the Melbourne SMC team interviewed on our show on our 29th episode! Thanks a lot to Coggo for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips (part one):

9 News ‘Tony Abbott Claims Victory’, The Simpsons shared by News.com.au, Anti-Flag ‘The Economy is Suffering…Let it Die’, Malitia Army ‘Back in Time Sound Effect’, Progressive Podcast Australia ‘Episode 8’, Back to the FutureTime Travel Sound Effect’, CNNNN ‘Series 2, Episode 1’, Austin PowersSharks with Lasers’, The Thick of it (Series 1, Episode 1), PropagandhiAnd We Thought Nation States Were A Bad Idea’, NotChukkov ‘Tony Abbott – Ladies Man (Ding Dong Song)’ – we also encourage people to watch Leigh Sales pwning Abbott – which is briefly featured in that song we played, Austin Powers, Flight of the Conchords, The Chaser ‘BABY parody – Tony Abbott’.

Clips (part two):

Lowkey ‘Soundtrack to the Struggle’, Knowing Me Knowing You ‘Bald Brummies Are Back!’, Lowkey ‘Terrorist (part two)’, Derren Brown ‘Guess Whom’, The Chaser’s War on Everything ‘Doctor Who’, The Micallef Program ‘Series 2, Episode 5’ – Question Time, Howard Zinn ‘Civil Disobedience’, The Hamster Decides ‘Episode 5’, Katie GoodmanI Didn’t Fuck It Up’.

The image above is from Stop the Arms Fair

This episode has been released in two parts. You can listen to both parts of this episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here and you can also listen to both parts on Cyber Ears here. You can also download part 1 on Archive.org here (58MB) and part 2 on Media Fire here (49MB).

On part one of this episode we are joined by Kirsten Bayes from Stop the Arms Fair! who discusses Occupy vs the Arms Fair (September 8th in London), Australians stopping arms fairs, how you can take action against arms dealers regardless of where in the world you live, queer issues and arms dealers, and animals and war. We also introduce the new segment ‘What you HAVE learnt from Adbusters this week’, discussing issue 109 which has articles on planned obsolescence and riding bikes. In this segment we talk about Jeremy’s finds from the streetbike traffic jams in London, and gender and cycling, drawing on an article by Stevie from Team Earthling and a Critical Transit episode. We also talk about sex toys and light globes (which is more exciting?) and the importance of reading.

We finish part two of the episode by discussing the role of soldiers in war, drawing on the book 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military. Before this, we take an in-depth look into Chelsea Manning’s (formerly Bradley Manning) coming out as trans and imprisonment. In this discussion we cover using the correct pronouns to refer to her, Andrew Bolt being an asshole, writing letters to Chelsea, being trans in prison, how to be a trans ally, a great flyer on combating hate crimes from Camden LGBT Forum and staying safe without police.

Other topics covered in part two of the episode include: Silent Raging blog and podcast, visiting the Ecuadorian embassy where Assange is, Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda detained to intimidate journalists, the Propaganda exhibition in London, The Book of Mormon, Eric McElroy’s comedy, Australia has committed 143 violations of international law, refugee rights rallies in Melbourne and elsewhere around Australia, the book Walden Two, vegan restaurants in London – including Loving Hut Camden, Manna Cuisine and 222 Veggie Vegan – see Happy Cow to find vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants all around the world – anything can be vegan!

This episode is brought to you by “ACT Amy”. Thanks a lot to Amy for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor and episode too!

Book Recommendation:

Addicted to War by Joel Andreas.

Clips (part 1):

Lowkey ‘Hand on your Gun’, Sweeney Todd ‘There’s No Place Like London’, Lowkey ‘Dear England’, Lowkey ‘My Soul’, The Story of Stuff (Consumption), Foeknawledge ‘Knowledge is Key’, Our interview with Kirsten Bayes from Stop the Arms Fair!, Britney Spears ‘Oops I did it Again’, Rise Against ‘Hero of War’.

Clips (part 2):

Jeffery Lewis ‘Big A, Little A’, Austin PowersTrue Blood, Happy Birthday in teo reo – thanks to “the usual Jon”, Flight of the Conchords ‘Season 1’, Morrisey on Jonathan Ross, That Mitchell and Webb Sound – Series 3 ‘Anything can be Music’, ‘Anything can be Vegan’, True Blood ‘Season 1, Episode 2’, Lowkey ‘Skit 6’ – speech by Mike PrysnerAnti-Flag ‘You’ve got to Die for the Government’.

The image above is from The Disorder of Things. *Shamelessly stolen from the awesome Rap News.

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This episode is all about Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Wikileaks. We start off the episode by discussing Bradley Manning’s trial, drawing on the Guardian and BradleyManning.org. We point out that there have been no deaths due to Manning’s leaks, yet Manning faces a long time in prison, even though those whose crimes he exposed face no charges. We then discuss Wikileaks more generally, analysing the documentary We Steal Secrets, drawing on a review of the documentary by Chris Hedges and corrections on the movie from Wikileaks – these corrections also dispute Nick Davies account of the allegations against Assange.

We also discuss Edward Snowden being granted asylum in Russia, the Conversation’s election fact checker including Bob Carr’s incorrect claim that asylum seekers make up 20% of Australia’s immigration program, the media and others demonising oppressed groups, fighting against all forms of oppression, Vegan Pedicab and Critical Transit podcasts, Australia’s repressive policies towards those coming here by boat harm queer people specifically, as was pointed out by Amnesty International and also at a rally in Melbourne, silence over Manning’s imprisonment from some big gay rights groups but Manning is runner-up as the 2013 San Francisco Gay Pride Grand Marshall.

This episode is brought to you by “the usual Jon”. Thanks a lot to Jon for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor and episode too!

Clips:

The Colbert ReportBradley Manning’, Rap News ‘Episode XIII: A News Hope’, Jamie KilsteinDear Army’, CNNNN ‘Series 2, Episode 4’, We Steal Secrets, Lowkey ‘Skit 1’ – speech by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr, John Pilger interviewed on ABC Radio, Austin PowersTrue BloodJello BiafraGo Down on me Moses’, Vegan Pedicab podcast ‘Episode 5’, Sound Scene Revolution ‘Interview with Leftover Crack’, Charlie the Super Dog, Peep Show (Series 4, episode 3), The Stic ‘Healthy Living’, Lowkey ‘Hand on your Gun’, Lowkey ‘Million Man March’.

Labor or Liberal

Image from the Maritime Union of Australia.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can download part 1 of this episode on Media Fire here (49MB) and part 2 on Media Fire here (52MB).

On part one of this episode, we bring you a taste of the event Now That’s a Party!, organised by the activist organisation GetUp!, which gave a voice to some of the minor political parties in Australia. You’ll hear from Scott Ludlam from the Greens, Fiona Patten from The Sex Party, Greg Barnes from the WikiLeaks Party, Brendan Molloy from the Pirate Party, and Sam Wainwright from the Socialist Alliance. These parties are so often left out of the mainstream media coverage of Australian politics, which obsesses over the two major parties. These major parties, while having some differences, have many similarities, including both demonising “foreigners” and similarities on so many other issues. We focus on the media quite a bit in this episode, with a return of the segment ‘What you HAVEN’T learnt from the media this week’. In this segment, we mention that 77% of people in the United States don’t trust newspapers and TV news, as well as discussing Nick’s conference paper on elections and the media. We discuss some recent news, including Kevin Rudd becoming Prime Minister of Australia and we bust Labor’s myths about asylum seekers being economic migrants, while also speaking up for those migrating for economic reasons. We also give updates on Bradley Manning and discuss Chris Hedges article ‘We Are All Bradley Manning’, as well as discussing Edward Snowden’s case, Julian Assange trying to help him out and getting in trouble, the documentary: We Steal Secrets and a funny religious pamphlet we got in the mail.

On part two of the episode, we discuss some more points from the Now That’s a Party! event, including: Brendan Molloy from the Pirate Party on changing marriage to civil unions, Scott Ludlam from the Greens on sustainable cities, and Sam Wainwright from the Socialist Alliance on nationalising the mines, public money going to religious organisations, and challenging testing in education. We also discuss Corey Bernadi comparing polygamy to bestiality, iTunes reviews for our show (you can leave iTunes reviews for us here), memrise.com, The Dispossessed, croquet (or crochet??) and social change, Maori lessons from Jon, Turkey’s “standing man” protest, UK tries to deter immigrants with ridiculous billboards, Jeremy from Critical Transit on cars being the problem when it comes to transport, links between human rights and animal rights, Team Earthling’s episode on intersectionality, The Critical Animal Studies Conference in Canberra (we’ll discuss this conference and bring you some of the talks from it on our next episode), Julian Burnside’s talk on refugees, asylum seekers removed from Manus Island, and a recap of the Walk Together event, which we promoted on our previous episode.

Alternative Media:

RTR 92.1FM Indymedia.

Clips (part one):

The Desaparecidos ‘Left is Right’, Peep Show (Series 4, episode 4), Lowkey ‘Terrorist’, Goldfinger ‘Not Amused’, The Thick of it (Series 1, episode 1), Now That’s a Party! event – edited by Nick Pendergrast,* Chumbawamba ‘The Candidates Find Common Ground’.

Clips (part two):

Chumbawamba ‘The Candidates Find Common Ground’, 5 clips from the Now That’s a Party! event, Austin PowersThe IT Crowd, Jon’s Maori Pronunciation Guide, music from the Walk Together event, Critical Transit ‘Episode 33’, Suli BreaksI Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate’.

*You can listen to a recording of the entire event here. You can also watch all of the speech from Sam Wainwright from the Social Alliance here. If anyone knows of any of the other talks from the night being available to watch online, please contact us and we will add the link to them.