The 9pm Henry Kissinger Hamageddon with Snarky Platypus

A platypus, but not that one. (Taronga Conservation Society Australia / Chris Wheeler)

It’s a bonus, or at least unfunded, summer series episode with guest Snarky Platypus. This long and rambling conversation was recorded on Boxing Day 2023, which explains many things.

We talk about the death of Henry Kissinger and the Fourth Crusade, the reintroduction of platypus to the mainland of South Australia, the TV series American Born Chinese, the new Minns Dynasty in NSW, the former member of parliament known as Tim Wilson, and some of the weird ideas held by boomers.

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Midjourney rendering of the prompt: In her secret basement kitchen laboratory, evil celebrity chef Maggie Beer is creating an animal which is the top half of a goose joined to the bottom half of a half rabbit –ar 16:9

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  • A platypus of many talents. Interested in politics, food, pop music & basketball.
  • [7 December 2023] NDIS review urges dozens of changes as Bill Shorten under pressure over surging costs.
  • [29 November 2023] The infamy of Nixon's foreign-policy architect sits, eternally, beside that of history's worst mass murderers. A deeper shame attaches to the country that celebrates him
  • [26 December 2023] First Christmas when Henry Kissinger is a corpse ?
  • Henry Alfred Kissinger[a] (May 27, 1923 – November 29, 2023) was an American diplomat, political scientist, geopolitical consultant, and politician who served as the United States secretary of state and national security advisor in the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford between 1969 and 1977.
  • In international relations, the liberal international order (LIO), also known as the rules-based international order (RBIO), or the rules-based order (RBO), describes a set of global, rule-based, structured relationships based on political liberalism, economic liberalism and liberal internationalism since the late 1940s. More specifically, it entails international cooperation through multilateral institutions (like the United Nations, World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund) and is constituted by human equality (freedom, rule of law and human rights), open markets, security cooperation, promotion of liberal democracy, and monetary cooperation. The order was established in the aftermath of World War II, led in large part by the United States.
  • The Fourth Crusade (1202–1204) was a Latin Christian armed expedition called by Pope Innocent III. The stated intent of the expedition was to recapture the Muslim-controlled city of Jerusalem, by first defeating the powerful Egyptian Ayyubid Sultanate. However, a sequence of economic and political events culminated in the Crusader army's 1202 siege of Zara and the 1204 sack of Constantinople, rather than the conquest of Egypt as originally planned. This led to the Partitio terrarum imperii Romaniae or the partition of the Byzantine Empire by the Crusaders and their Venetian allies leading to a period known as Frankokratia, or "Rule of the Franks" in Greek.
  • [14 October 2015] Many moons ago, when I visited the Smithsonian’s American History museum as a lad, one of the things I remember most about that trip was seeing the section on political memorabilia. From Eisenhower’s “I Like Ike” ad to many customized campaign buttons, pennants, signs and noisemakers. I don’t remember seeing these, however…
  • [25 March 2023] The ABC's Election Analyst Antony Green says Labor will win government in NSW.
  • Christopher John Minns (born 17 September 1979) is an Australian politician serving as the 47th and current premier of New South Wales since March 2023. He has been the leader of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) since 2021 and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the district of Kogarah since 2015. He was previously the deputy mayor of Hurstville from 2007 to 2008.
  • [5 December 2023] Thousands of homes will be built around eight stations, details accidentally published online by the planning department show.
  • [30 November 2023] Large parts of Sydney’s inner west, east and north shore will be exempt from plans to allow two-storey apartments or townhouses because of heritage rules that ban development in areas deemed to have cultural value.
  • Haberfield is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Haberfield is located 6.5 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the Inner West Council... The majority of houses in Haberfield are protected under a 'heritage order', which is the main reason why so many original Victorian and Federation houses still exist in the area.
  • [26 February 2023] A NSW Labor government would tap the brakes on plans for future multibillion-dollar Metro rail developments until cost blowouts and delays to existing Coalition mega-projects are fully understood.
  • The Hon Ryan Park MP.
  • Alectryomancy (also called alectoromancy or alectromancy; derivation comes from the Greek: ?????????, romanized: alectryon, lit.?'rooster' and ???????, manteia, 'divination') is a form of divination in which the diviner observes a bird, several birds, or most preferably a white rooster or cockerel pecking at grain (such as wheat) that the diviner has scattered on the ground. It was the responsibility of the pullularius to feed and keep the birds used. The observer may place grain in the shape of letters and thus discern a divinatory revelation by noting which letters the birds peck at, or the diviner may just interpret the pattern left by the birds' pecking in randomly scattered grain.
  • Paul the Octopus (26 January 2008[1] – 26 October 2010) was a common octopus who predicted the results of international association football matches. Accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup brought him worldwide attention as an animal oracle.
  • [2 May 2019] Ex-Democrats leader Cheryl Kernot has opened up about her affair across party lines with then Labor senator Gareth Evans.
  • Timothy Robert Wilson (born 12 March 1980) is an Australian former politician and a member of the Liberal Party of Australia who served as the Federal Member for Goldstein in the Australian House of Representatives from 2016 to 2022.
  • The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) is a conservative non-profit free market public policy think tank based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It advocates free market economic policies such as free markets, privatisation, deregulation of state-owned enterprises, trade liberalisation, deregulation of workplaces, abolition of the minimum wage, criticism of socialism, and repeal of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. It also rejects large parts of climate science.
  • With a fearlessness to challenge the status quo, experience as a successful activist and campaigner, trade, health, climate and Intellectual property policy analyst, energy and climate policy Minister, Human Rights Commissioner, Member of Parliament oversighting the banking and finance sectors and the national intelligence community, and author on generational attitudes to shape public policy, Tim brings a rich diversity to offer unique perspectives.
  • 24 April 2023]An early Anzac Day ceremony has sparked a heated dispute between warring political figures. A wreath laying ceremony led to words between ousted Liberal MP Tim Wilson and a staffer for the woman who replaced him.
  • Fmr Assistant Minister & Liberal MP | Dees Man | Author, New Social Contract | Fmr Human Rights Cmsr.
  • [23 December 2023] Former federal Liberal MP Tim Wilson will set up a rematch with teal MP Zoe Daniel in the Melbourne seat of Goldstein, the only one of the six Liberals who lost to independents to confirm he will contest the next election.
  • American Born Chinese is an American fantasy action comedy television series created by Kelvin Yu for Disney+. It follows tenth-grader Jin Wang (Ben Wang), who is struggling to fit in with his peers. When he is tasked with showing new exchange student Wei-Chen (Jimmy Liu) around, he is unexpectedly thrust into a battle between mythical Chinese gods, including Sun Wukong (Daniel Wu) and Guanyin (Michelle Yeoh). The series is based on the 2006 graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, who drew inspiration from his own adolescent years in the 1990s, incorporating elements from Chinese folk tales and mysticism found in the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.
  • Saiy?ki (???, lit.?'Account of the Journey to the West'), also known by its English title Monkey Magic, is a Japanese television drama based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en. Filmed in Northwest China and Inner Mongolia, the show was produced by Nippon TV and International Television Films and broadcast from 1978 to 1980 on Nippon TV.
  • Ronny Chieng: International Student is an Australian television comedy series first screened on the ABC in 2017. The series follows the adventures of comedian Ronny Chieng as an international student, a fictionalised account of his own experiences as a law student at the University of Melbourne.
  • Find where to stream new, popular & upcoming entertainment with JustWatch.
  • [3 August 2023] It's been a couple of hundred years since platypuses lived in the River Torrens, but what if we could re-establish this urban river as a home and sanctuary for these unique creatures?!
  • [25 December 2023] Platypuses have not been seen in the Torrens since the 1880s, but now the river may be healthy enough to support the species again
  • Maggie Beer AO (born Margaret Anne Ackerman, 19 January 1945) is an Australian chef, food author, restaurateur, and food manufacturer. Beer was one of the judges on The Great Australian Bake Off alongside Matt Moran until 2022 and is also a regular guest on MasterChef Australia.
  • If you love to entertain, make your next gathering a deliciously easy event with Maggie Beer's range of cheeses, fruit pastes and pates; available today at Woolworths, Coles and leading independent supermarkets.

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