The Podcast : Episode 82 – Connecting the Dots

Episode 82 – Connecting the Dots

In this new episode, Rob takes a look at some feedback which takes the discussion to one of speciesism and touches on Carol Adams absent referent before moving onto connecting the dots on the mindsets of oppression driving the matrix of domination. With some current events covered too, the show brushes over religious freedom, buffer zones, free speech, Arizona Russia and anti LGBTQ legislation, and even takes a bite out of celebrity culture.

Episode 82

Links from the Show

12 Horror Stories Show Why Wednesday’s Big Supreme Court Abortion Case Matters

The Guy Who Wants to Sell Lab-Grown Salami Made of Kanye West Is “100% Serious”

Russian Anti-Gay Law Response PDF

The Podcast : Episode 81 – Social Construction of Whiteness

Episode 81 – Social Construction of Whiteness

In this new episode of the podcast, Rob re-addresses and dissects the issue of consent a little more, looking at it via two lenses: individual and institutional. Then he shares an essay from Martha R. Mahoney, The Social Construction of Whiteness, along with some accompanying thoughts on the issue at hand. Featuring music from the Auckland Law Revue Girls! **Trigger Warning for the opening talk on consent and rape culture**

Episode 81

Links from the Show

Progressive Podcast Australia Ep. 44 Rethinking Porn and Sex Work – A Happy Ending to the Year

Auckland Law Revue Girls – Defined Lines (Blurred Lines Feminist Parody)

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

The Day We Fight Back! – Feb 11th we take on online surveillance!

The Podcast : Episode 80 – Confronting Rape Culture

Episode 80 – Confronting Rape Culture

In this new episode, Rob confronts rape culture head on dissecting the patriarchy’s role in the sexualization of the female body and in creating the male sense of entitlement to women’s bodies that leads to this violently aggressive sexualized act of dominance and power assertion. With a writing from Rob’s semester in WEST on how so many victims of rape are silenced by this culture, to the discussion of how we need to have more conversations about consent and sexual entitlement with men and boys to further confront rape culture this is a powerful, if not potentially triggering show.

Episode 80

The Podcast : Episode 79 – Privilege Pt 2 – The White Patriarchy

Episode 79 – Privilege Pt. 2 : The White Patriarchy

In this all new episode, Rob takes a look at the two most dominant categories in the privileged pyramid of oppressors, white folks and dude folks. With a look at the dominance sought through the perverse rape culture we are faced with, to the examination of privilege denial via the individual versus institutional contexts used to dismiss these wide reaching systems of oppression this new episode looks hard at white and male privilege in our society. With the help of an excerpt from Peggy McIntosh that breaks down white privilege in simple, hard to argue with terms. With slam poetry from Javon Johnson and a new DJ Mydnyt track, White Folks (White Santa’s War on Christmas) this episode promises to be evocative and entertaining! …the showrunners make no such promises.

Episode 79

Stats I misquoted in the episode (it’s actually much worse than I stated)

“Women aged 15-44 are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than cancer, traffic accidents, and war combined.”

~Feminist talk at Students For Liberty’s 2013 Austin Regional Conference

Links Promised in the Podcast

I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

The Podcast: 7th Annual Vegan Helliday Special

7th Annual Vegan Helliday Special : Winter of Malcontents!

Rob is ringing in the helliday season with an all new Helliday Special focusing on expanding people’s understanding of veganism and how it is much more than a diet, which will simultaneously hopefully help us convey to family and friends that gift-giving to vegans means making the same purchasing considerations we would. We also talk about the consumerism that is still poisoning the hellidays and lengthening the time consumers have to play into the corporate sponsored madness of the season, while we also take on the violence and aggression the supposed war on Christmas has spawned this season. Featuring the new poem, Grandma got suckerpunched by a Christian.

The 7th Annual Vegan Helliday Special

The Podcast : Episode 78 – The Water

Episode 78 – The Water

In this all new episode, Rob discusses socialization and the silence it lures us into that we need to break. With discussions of veganism and the socialization of meat in our culture, to the environmental issues tied to factory farming and our meat heavy diets. Also with talk of our societal conditioning with regards to victim blaming, before focusing on the systems at the heart of all the socialization poisoning our society.

Episode 78

Links Promised in the Podcast

The Knockout Game Myth and Its Racist Roots

The Podcast : Episode 77 – Privilege Pt. 1 – Deconstructing Disability

Episode 77 – Privilege Pt. 1 – Deconstructing Disability

In this all new episode, Rob shares a couple of stirring and enlightening excerpts from two powerful essays discussing the construction of disability in our culture, the history of abuse and mistreatment of people who are not societally enabled, the religious and faux scientific reinforcement of the stigmatization and persecution of persons with disabilities, our founding failures, and much more. The essays by Susan Wendell, Cynthia Ann Bowman & Paul Jaeger serve as an emotional starting point for this dissection of privilege in our society. All with humor, music and more.

Episode 77

Links Promised in the Podcast

Link from Jenn on First Nations Anti-Fracking Protest in Canada

More on the Violence from Police at the First Nations Protest in Canada

The Introspective Retrospective 2

The Introspective Retrospective 2

An episode that takes a look back over the life of the podcast and its future. As the angry hippie himself has gone through something of a tumultuous and transformative year, the podcast too is undergoing a transformation. Check out this episode for some insights into the next evolution of the program.

The Introspective Retrospective 2

Minicast 8 – America: Armed & Dangerous

Minicast 8 – America: Armed & Dangerous!

In this long awaited return to the show, Rob comes out swinging with a minicast dedicated to America’s addiction to guns, and the dangerous future we are spiraling out of control towards. With talk of gun control and mental illness, the NRA, LaPierre’s excerpts from the National Rifle Association’s book on deflections and distractions for discussions on gun control, contextualizing violent video games and movies for children, Shelly Frey, Wal-Mart security guard shoots suspected shoplifting as she flees the scene, over-arming everyone is not the answer to our problems with guns, putting guns in schools to prevent shootings, Colorado failing on response to shootings on control and mental healthcare fronts, broken systems, media exacerbates Newtown’s grief and troubles with entitled journalistic asshattery, Joe Scarborough changes stance on gun control in wake of Newtown shootings, police state comes early to Paragould Arkansas, heavily armed police patrolling and harassing the public, illusions of safety, the racism behind the 2nd Amendment, racist bias that guides modern gun control policies and more!

America: Armed & Dangerous

Links Promised in the Show

NRA Blames Video Games for Violence as Another Mass Shooting Occurs

Woman Shot Dead by Wal-Mart Security Guard on Suspicion of Shoplifting

Newtown to Media, You’re Making this Nightmare Worse

Joe Scarborough says on air that Newtown shooting changed his views on guns

Paragould Police Deploys Assault Rifle Clad Officers to Stop and ID Everyone in Name of Safety

American History and the Right to Bear Arms

Scientists Discover Highly Referenced Island of Non-Veganity

Several of the world’s top scientific journals broke the story late last week, but mainstream vegan media is ignoring the reports of this major geographical discovery. This subtropic island, that until recently was untouched by human beings, was found by accident while a scientific research team from the University of Pramdon Major was on a routine sample retrieval expedition from the Arctic ocean. This was part of an ongoing research grant the university had received, that now, with this latest discovery, they are hoping to expand upon.

The island, which had never before appeared in their designated research grid of the ocean was a shocking find as the team entered the otherwise familiar waters. Suggesting the island has remained undiscovered for this long due to it’s non-tethered base that allows the island to move freely through the oceans with strong enough currents, displacing the geographic anomaly throughout the year. But that wasn’t the most interesting bit of data the team brought back from the island.

According to the preliminary surveys of this unique land mass, the island is one that has been speculated about and hypothetically discussed for years in the vegan community. Which is one reason the silence from the mainstream vegan media about this find is indeed troubling for the continued subsistence of the movement known as veganism.

“I recognized it immediately!” said Trevor Johannes, a former vegan, who was part of the exploratory team who landed on the long-thought mythical island’s shores. “It was clear from the vast amounts of feathers, blood and bone, exactly where we had come ashore. I would have never believed it had I not seen it with my own eyes.” Johannes reported to the correspondents gathered at the team’s recently held press conference.

Perhaps it is Johannes last sentiment there, which has kept the MVM from addressing this find. But others, like long-time anti-vegan advocacy leader Christian Spencer of the decade old grassroots organization POP (People Opposed to Peta), believes the silence has a much wider implication about the chaotic state he believes the movement will be in, in the wake of this discovery.

The island’s main precipitation, even in the Arctic region it finds itself currently, consists primarily of raining fowl. Scientists remain completely in the dark about how any such meteorological event could occur, and insist that further study of the island is in order to determine the source of the precipitous poultry.

Other anomalies cited in the team’s initial reports indicated other animal inhabitants of the island, including an over abundance of bovine residents, all which were reported to have been aggressively eager to be consumed. The report is unclear as to what indications the cattle gave that were interpreted as their consent to consumption, but one source who spoke under conditions of anonymity seemed to suggest it was through some sort of audible indicators. Leading those at the press conference to infer that the cows somehow vocalized this consent.

Naturally, these preliminary findings will have to be further verified, but so far, it seems all accounts the team have provided have been factually accurate. With lead members even having submitted to polygraphs of their testimonies for initial verification. Given the outlandish nature of the claims, still members of the public remain skeptical. Though with another trip to the island already scheduled in the coming weeks with more teams of scientists in tow, the team hopes to lay this skepticism to rest.

The End of Veganism?

With so many implications stemming from this discovery, the one that seems to be gaining the most traction, even beyond the scientific, is what this could potentially mean for the vegan community at large. Hal Wystrop of the Healthier Consumers Initiative fears that this could be the “final nail in the coffin” of veganism’s attempt to gain mainstream acceptance among the public.

“Given the sheer volume of omni’s who ask vegans questions that would now seemingly be based on this newly discovered land mass in attempts to logically punch holes in or find a way around the lifestyle, the chances of getting anyone to seriously consider veganism as an alternative is slimmer now than it ever has been in the past.” Halstrop lamented in his recent interview with The Times Herald. “If they can now point to this island as some sort of sign that they were always on the right track, what chances do we vegans have now?”

Several religious groups have also jumped at this opportunity to show that their refusal to submit to more moral and ethically charged paths have been in step with God all along. As Pastor Terry Randall, of the Blood of the Lamb Church of Almighty Jesus Christ in Perryville, GA pointed out in light of this new finding saying, “Those hippies have been crying foul for years over their flawed interpretations of biblical text which they believe state we as human beings were not given these animals by God to consume!” Randall added, “It’s Godless hippie drivel, and this island proves it!”

Other indicators being pointed to that this discovery could spell trouble for the vegan movement came from reports that Happy Cow Consumables, a leader in the animal welfare fight (and an organization known to be partially owned by the founders of PETA) have begun legal proceedings to purchase the island. Sources close to those in charge of HCC have speculated that the acquisition would be for sourcing meats for their line of organic free-range food products. Representatives from both HCC and PETA declined commenting on the reports when contacted.

However, with last year’s rumors of the financial holdings in the company being currently restructured with sights on the resort vacation markets, others have speculated that PETA and HCC are seeking the island to open the first free-range, cruelty free organic hotel resort of it’s kind on the planet. Using the island with its unique properties and inhabitants as it’s potentially scenic locale.

Of course, one challenge this plan faces, scientists have pointed out, is the unpredictable mobility of this geographic anomaly, and how to work around that. Without constructing a major tether from the island’s base to the ocean floor, this aspect of the island could render plans to settle it something of an improbability.

Whatever the plans may be, and however the ownership of the island ends up being settled, this discovery makes one thing perfectly clear. From this day forward, whenever vegans are asked what they would do if they found themselves on an island that rains chickens or where the cows walk right up to you and demand to be eaten, they will have to actually give the smug, self-satisfied bastards asking a legitimate response. Lest they be seen as logically conquered.

As the ripples of this story spread throughout the world, we will be continuing coverage of any lasting developments, and reporting them to you here. Stay tuned…