Posts Tagged ‘karl pilkington’

Us with comedian Simon Taylor, who MC’d the reception of our commitment ceremony.

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Our 200th episode special covers the reception of our commitment ceremony. You can see some photos from the night here. You can also listen to us discussing the ceremony part back on episode 100 – we’ve also added a video of our commitment ceremony to the notes of that episode.

The episode features a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time on weddings. We also cover bizarre wedding traditions, regular guest (Mother) Theresa’s wedding – you can read more about her wedding on her blog and Offbeat Bride, Crimethinc podcast on anarcha-feminism and celebrating relationships and Alain De Botton’s book Religion for Atheists.

After our atheist “wedding”, Nick had a religious conversion.

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Charlie the Super Dog got his own introduction to the song below.

Clips:

Me First and the Gimme GimmesWho Put the Bomp’, Steven Merchant from the stand-up show ‘Hello Ladies’, Crimethinc podcast episode 28, Ricky Gervais podcast, Ricky Gervais Show ‘Season 3, Episode 4’, Portlandia on alternative weddings, Whitest Kids U’ Know ‘Super Dog’, That Mitchell and Webb Look s03e03 ‘Best Man Wedding Speech’, Kool & The GangCelebration’, Nerina PallotGeek Love’.

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Nick is joined by environmental activist Mark Allen from the 3CR radio show City Limits. We discuss some tensions between animal rights, which values individual animals, and conservation, which values ecosystems and environments as a whole. More specifically, we discuss whether possums should be released from captivity into the wild if they almost certainly won’t survive; Oscar Horta’s hypothetical ‘The fox, the rabbit and the vegan food rations’; and Sydney Fox Rescue. There is also a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time on interfering in nature to help individual animals.

The episode also features Nick’s talk ‘Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists, A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement’. You can view the PowerPoint for this talk here and it is also embedded below. This talk was recorded at the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) conference – you can find links to all of the talks from this conference in the show notes of episode 152.

Also covered throughout the episode is: the importance of taking the climate emergency seriously; you know things are bad when the Doomsday Vault is being compromised by climate change; and Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich – covered on Cracked podcast and by The New Yorker.

We finish the episode by touching on the importance of the animal advocacy movement acknowledging and addressing the ongoing discrimination people face.

A common message in the animal advocacy movement – ignoring the fact that people continue to face racism, sexism and homophobia!

Book Recommendation:

Impact of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability edited by Talia Raphaely and Dora Marinova. Nick has a chapter in this book called ‘Environmental Concerns and the Mainstreaming of Veganism’. For more information about the book and some photos from the launch, see here.

Nick at the launch of this book.

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Clips:

Shock OctopusSafe Room’; Ricky Gervais podcastRicky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington Bonus Podcast; Nick’s talk ‘Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists, A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement’; Petrol GirlsHarpy’.

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Image from psiimpact.com

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This episode features politics professor Jason Brownlee discussing Australian ethicist Peter Singer’s work on effective altruism. To look further intro Singer’s views on the topic, listen to his Ted Talk (embedded below) and check out thelifeyoucansave.org. Our discussion with Jason on effective altruism continues on episode 143.

Also covered throughout the episode is: some of Singer’s more controversial ethical positions, the work-consume treadmill, againstmalaria.com and advocacy for homeless people in Perth.

We also have a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time on charity.

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Clips:

Logic ‘Begging You’, The Chaser speaking at the 2010 Global Atheist Convention, Ricky Gervais podcastKarl Pilkington Appeal for Comic Relief, Peter Singer’s Ted Talk: ‘The Why and How of Effective Altruism’, Bill Hicks ‘The War’ – from the album ‘Relentless’, Supertramp ‘Give a Little Bit’.

You can listen to a short (11 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Jason on effective altruism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Us at the end of our commitment ceremony – on our way to the reception.

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This is our 100th episode special and we discuss our commitment ceremony and the way it incorporated our political beliefs. This includes our anarchist, atheist, pro-queer, pro-feminist, vegan and level 5 (or 6) straight edge (drug free) ideologies. We cover the reception of this commitment ceremony on episode 200.

The episode features a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time it is on overseas weddings. We also discuss our wedsite (password: seashells), some of the wedding traditions we threw out the window, our commitment rings (Katie’s, Nick’s), and a voicemail from “the usual Jon” on why he doesn’t want a marriage OR a commitment ceremony. You can view some pictures from our ceremony here. See Offbeat Bride for more on alternative weddings/commitment ceremonies.

For more on why we reject marriage, check out our discussion below – taken from episode 28:

This episode is brought to you by “Jolly Jazz aka Santa Claus”. You can hear Jazz and other members of the Melbourne Street Medic Collective on episode 29. Be sure to like Melb SMC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for lots of important information for activists! Thanks a lot to Jazz for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too! Also thanks to all of our listeners for your support over the last 100 episodes!

Clips:

Nick’s dad’s speech at our commitment ceremony reception, The Sex PistolsMy Way’, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 2’, Ricky Gervais podcast, The Moaning of Life ‘Episode 1’, Bill Hicks ‘Alcohol is a Drug’, CollegeHumorWhy Engagement Rings Are A Scam’, Dashboard ConfessionalStolen’, Our commitment ceremony, Counting Crows ‘Accidentally in Love’, Jamie KilsteinSoulmates’, Father of the Bride, Voicemail from “the usual Jon”, Social DistortionFaithless’.

You can listen to a short (11 minute) version of this episode, which features our commitment ceremony, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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The image above is from Crimethinc.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can download part 1 of this episode on Media Fire here (49MB). You can listen to part 2 and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here and you can also listen to part 2 on Cyber Ears here and Archive.org here (61MB).

In part one of this episode, we discuss the Australian federal election. We start off by discussing a letter Nick received from the Liberal Party and their “direct action green army“, their solar panel to solve all environmental problems and how they always explain their policies “so clearly” (when they’re not being racist and sexist). We also discuss Luc “getting involved” in the I’m Voting Liberal Campaign. We highlight the similarities between Labor and Liberal – the two major parties in Australia – on issues such as digital rights and asylum seekers. See our 5th episode for an in-depth discussion on the similarities between these two parties.

The role of the minor parties is also covered. Family First have criticised The Sex Party – which makes us like The Sex Party a lot! We also argue that The Greens are not going anywhere any time soon, although Wikileaks preferences have not helped their cause in the Western Australian senate. Our friend Nathan may have worked out the reason behind these preferences – it involves football! Due to crappy preferences from many parties, we encourage people to work out your own how to vote card – see here for three sites where you can do this. We discuss all of the parties in our electorate and have created a Progressive Podcast “how to vote” for people to consider – you can view this here and please contact us before the election if you have any suggested changes. We encourage people to put progressive minor parties first, due to preferential voting in Australia, to oppose the “two-party system” which the mainstream media creates in Australia. Also mentioned were refugee advocate Julian Burnside’s recommendations for voting in this election, posters for the upcoming German election that we’ve seen around Berlin and Vego Foodworld vegan restaurant in Berlin.

We start off part two of the episode with the segment ‘What you HAVE learnt from Adbusters this week’, discussing the article ‘Barack Obama: The Hamlet President‘, from issue 108. Nick brags that he was right about Obama from the start (and you morons were all wrong :p) and John Pilger labels Obama ‘the Hopey Changey of western violence’. We discuss Obama’s broken promises (here’s more if you need them!), his policy on drones, the US political system and voting. We have the (long awaited?) return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’, this time on voting. We discuss the similarities of Pilkington’s points with smarter people like Noam Chomsky (from the books Chomsky on Anarchism and Hegemony or Survival) and David Graeber (from Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology). We talk about “informal voting” in Australia and former Opposition Leader Mark Latham (in)famously encouraging people to vote with a blank ballot and a big rise in the number people voting “informally” in that election.

We finish the episode by arguing that voting can have some positive effect but we need to do more and there are plenty of other ways we can make change outside of the voting booth. We also argue that ideally we’d have direct democracy not parliamentary rule – check out our 29th episode (part 2) for more on anti-capitalism and anarchism. Also covered on part two is “dirty fucking usual Jon’s” rant about the Miley Cyrus “incident”, the anti-Russian queerphobia rally and Vegan Festival that we went to in Berlin (which featured hip hop artist Albino and the collective-run vegan store Roots of Compassion – see photos from the event here), and finally we talk about Indigenous people being attacked with a bomb in Australia, which the mainstream media mostly ignored – please share this story on Facebook and Twitter so it gets the attention it deserves!

This episode is brought to you by “B”. Check out her website here to find out more about veganism, atheism and feminism! Thanks a lot to B for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips (part 1):

Rap News ‘Australian Election: A Game of Polls’, Election 2013 – Day One, The Drugs ‘I Was a Teenage Voter’.

Clips (part 2):

Bill Hicks ‘Politics in America‘, Dead Prez (featuring Estelle) ‘Let the People be Heard’, MorrisseyIrish Blood, English Heart (live)‘, Lowkey ‘My Soul’, Lowkey ‘Obama Nation’, Lowkey ‘Skit 2’ – speech by Tariq Ali, Obama on the Daily Show, The Young Turks on ObamaLowkey ‘Obama Nation (part 2)’, Bill Maher owned by Glenn Greenwald, John LajoieMiley, You’re A Good Girl‘, Ricky Gervais podcast with Karl Pilkington (series 2, part 1), George Carlin on voting, Family GuyEstablishment‘, Peep ShowChumbawamba ‘Mr Heseltine Meets His Public’, Dead Prez on voting – from Democracy Now, Dead PrezPolitrikks‘.

This image is from Time to Thin the Herd – Black Friday is the biggest shopping day in the U.S.

You can download this episode on MediaFire here.

We open the episode (which marks one year of our show!) with some good news for Palestine, which has been recognised by the United Nations. We also look at which countries supported Palestine and which didn’t, including Australia, and how wealthy these countries are. On Palestine, we also cover calls for Holocaust studies to be compulsory in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the recent Rally for Gaza in Perth, organised by Friends of Palestine Western Australia. There is also a discussion on speciesism (discrimination based on species), intersectionality (links between different forms of oppression) and coalition building (making alliances betwen different social movements), and 99% of Australians being opposed to animal cruelty. We cover some environmental issues, such as the importance of buying second-hand books or borrowing from libraries (which also have social benefits), population growth in the Amazon, Growthbusters and The Species Barrier podcast. We have a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’, this time on Christmas. We finish the episode by talking about Black Friday zombies and the challenge to Buy Nothing Until 2013 – see articles on this here and here, and how to celebrate Christmas in a way that has less environmental impact, such as having a donation in your name to organisations like Pop Offsets as presents.

We encourage everyone to listen to our interview on the great podcast Politicized! You can listen to part one on links between human rights and animal rights here and part two on similarities between Australian and U.S. politics, refugees and feminism here.

Clips:

Al Jazeera ‘Palestinians Celebrate Status Upgrade at UN’, Michael Heart ‘We Will Not Go Down’, Peep Show (series 4, episode 1), Package from Rally for Gaza in Perth – recorded and edited by Nick Pendergrast, That Mitchell and Webb Look (series 3, episode 6), The U.S. Office ‘Season 6, Episode 11’, Growthbusters ‘Hooked on Growth: Find the Cure’, Ricky Gervais podcast with Karl Pilkington ‘The Podfather Part III – Christmas’, The Smith Street Band ‘I Want Friends’.