This episode of The 9pm Edict is important. Every single piece of information is vital to our national security. You must help protect our way of life. Listen closely, and observe all safety precautions.
It’s so long since the last episode, we’ve already celebrated the birthday of gentle Baby Jesus. It’s a brand new year, but we’ve got the same old Crusader Rabbit as Prime Minister.
In this podcast there’s talk of terrorism, broadband, Space Lizards, the Brandis Ham, and much more.
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- How to spot a Communist, from Armed Forces Information Film No. 5, 1950, found in an extract on YouTube.
- Tony Abbott’s New Year message 2015.
- January, by Scottish band Pilot, listed from YouTube.
- Tony Abbott’s press conference via ABC News.
- UK government could ban encrypted communications with new surveillance powers, The Verge, 12 January 2015.
- The FCC has changed the definition of broadband, The Verge, 29 January 2015.
- “Chuck Tingle is my favorite author,” tweets Miktar, with illustrations.
- “I was looking for text of an Abraham Lincoln speech and the gods of Google gave me this. Who says literature is dead?”, tweets Sarah Churchwell.
- Adam Samuel’s tweet linking to the wisdom of Donald Oprie of Saratoga, USA.
- Michael Moore invokes Jesus in Sniper rant, Todd Starnes fires back, from Fox News. Of course.
- The 9pm Edict theme by mansardian via The Freesound Project.
- Edict fanfare by neonaeon, via The Freesound Project.
- Elephant Stamp theme by Joshua Mehlman.
- Photograph of the Trinity atmospheric nuclear test, July 1945, by the US Government via Wikimedia Commons.
[Photo: The other day my Zoom H1 recorder, the apparatus with which I record nearly all my audio these days, suffered one too many blows to the head. It has expired. It has ceased to be. Sigh.]
[Update 8 February 2015: Edited to add deadline for audio comments.]