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TPP, Russia and Mandatory Data Retention

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It's 11:26pm on Monday night, we're watching Dark Matter and the news has come out that the Trans Pacific Partnership has been signed off. Given that we've not actually been allowed to see what the full detail of the treaty contains and the only parts that we have seen have been leaks that actively threaten our ability to make our own laws and maintain our institutions (hello PBS), this is not a thing that I am happy about.

New episode out this weekend

So I finally managed to catch up with Chris Arnade and have a chat about his Faces of Addiction project last friday night. I don't think I was at my best (but, after a year off and the interview being at 11pm I'm going to cut myself a little slack).

I'll be putting the episode out this weekend and will let everyone know when it's up.


First PETW in over two years!

So tomorrow night I'm going to be conducting my first interview for Purser Explores The World in over two years, wootness!

And even more awesome it's going to be with New York based photographer Chris Arnade who has been documenting the stories of people battling addiction and poverty in the New York neighbourhood of the South Bronx via the Faces of Addiction project.

Mark got a booboo

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Mark Latham losing his AFR column because an advertiser thought his abusive tweets and articles weren't worth being associated with isn't actually a freedom of speech issue.

Nope, not even close to it.

Do you know why?


No one is stopping Latho from spouting his particular brand of down home "outer suburban dad" brand of putresence.

The next step in the death of the regional networks

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So we were flicking around youtube this evening as we are wont to do and we came across this ad

Now, an ad on youtube is nothing special, however what is special about this one is the fact that it's a local ad. That fishing shop is fifteen minutes from where I live and it's not the first local ad that I've seen on Youtube lately.

Rethreading the Beanie

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So there hasn't been any activity over at angrybeanie.com (actual podcast wise) since October last year.

I keep meaning to reboot things but I never quite get around to it and I've been thinking about why.

I think it boils down to two problems:

Firstly, I suffer from "Been there done that itis", that is once I've done something I tend to start looking around for the next challenge.

Secondly I suffer from a severe case of "creators block".

An Open Letter to Prime, WIN and Southern Cross

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So, you've decided to launch a campaign to "Save our voices" to try and "rescue" regional voices in news and current affairs.

That's nice and all, but what exactly are you proposing here?

I mean seriously, what do you think it will take to "rescue" an industry that has essentially been left to rot because the people in charge have completely missed the biggest shift in media consumption since the advent of the radio?

Tell your MP you support Same Sex Marriage

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If you support the right for two people to get married regardless of gender, then please respectfully and politely contact your local federal member and let them know.

Those who oppose this have already started up their very effective networks, and we will need to work very hard to counter it.

So Bill is going to bring a Bill

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So Bill Shorten has announced that he and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersec will be putting a bill to the house to allow Same Sex Marriage.

Honestly I'm torn.

Movement at the Angry Beanie station

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Good news everybody!

This week I've started pulling everything together to bring both For Science! and Purser Explores The World back to the internet airwaves :)

I won't reveal what the return episode of Purser Explores The World is going to be about, but suffice to say it's going to continue the same explorations and interview style that previous episodes had.