In this episode Snarky Platypus and I taste test the new Arnott’s Shapes Aussie Legends crackers, and we hear how bots and trolls are spreading disinformation about Australia’s unprecedented bushfires.
You’ll hear about climate change, disinformation, election curiosities, artificial flavours, how you’re probably useless as far as politics goes, and how one brand of processed “cheese” slices contains a minimum 41% cheese.
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Thank you, Media Freedom Citizenry
This episode itâ€™s thanks to Errol Cavit, Ian Hemming, Joanne Jacobs, Paul Wallbank, Peter Lieverdink, Roger Crawford, Sylmobile, and four people who choose to remain anonymous.
SPECIAL BONUS: If new contributions between now and the end of the month, 31 January 2020 at midnight AEST, reach $500 I’ll livestream a dramatic reading of 5G conspiracy theories for an hour. If it reaches $1000, two hours. And so on. Please consider.
Fox News host suggests that the Aussie fires are the media's fault.
To read or watch or listen to the conservative press in Australia is to get an altogether different story: that it's arson, not climate change, that's mainly responsible for the deaths of nearly 30 humans and an estimated one billion animals.
Research from QUT shows that 'some kind of a disinformation campaign' is pushing the Twitter hashtag #ArsonEmergency. There is no arson emergency.
In the first week of 2020, hashtag #ArsonEmergency became the focal point of a new online narrative surrounding the bushfire crisis.
Map of 379k tweets from 190k accounts on Aus bushfires and arson. The narrative that arsonists (and not climate change) are responsible for the crisis is being pushed by the larger (international) community on the right. (Start of a thread.)
“The bongs cost £500,000… but we’re working up a plan so that people can bung a bob for a Big Ben bong”
I was described as a monster and accused of dividing a nation, but I stand by my way of achieving barbecue perfection
POLL: Which is the greater food crime? Arnott’s Shapes in Meat Pie and Sausage Sizzle flavours? Or Adam Liaw’s lengthwise bread slide with sausage?
In a new book, Politics Is For Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change, Hersh explores what it takes to get engaged and examines who is responsible for broken politics. He and Brooke talk about the lessons he's learned from organizers around the country, and what civic engagement really mean. (Hint: it's not about scrolling through Twitter.)
This advertisement for Holden cars was first broadcast on Australian television during the 1970s.
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- The 9pm Edict theme by mansardian via The Freesound Project.
- Edict fanfare by neonaeon, via The Freesound Project.
- Elephant Stamp theme by Joshua Mehlman.