The show got delayed but the news kept rolling in, meaning that, even without a discussion topic, we’re back with another 4 hours of content, packed with great recommendations, music and an alternative look at recent news and events in the UK and beyond.
Having unwittingly lied that the previous show would be our last 4 hour-long behemoth, we return with yet another epic production. Just like the pigeon anus inspectors in China, we too have been delving deep, looking for anything suspicious and, for your deliberation and delectation, we’ve got our ‘non-mainstream’ take on our largest selection of news stories to date.
Before that, though, Morgan reveals plans for his first Kickstarter project: laser-cut business card models (postponed launch until January), and details his recent work in laser-etching skateboards, before giving his co-host a brief lesson in the art of bee-keeping. He also discusses our investment in new equipment, which means that we’re now able to play audio clips. ‘Reflections’ updates items from the previous show, including the Amazon Echo and BBC’s voice-and facial-recognition technologies, and a current case in Israel’s Supreme Court to completely ban wi-fi in schools.
“Anti-notMorgan” looks into the movie adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Harrison Bergeron’, before talking about Chris O’Brien’s peerless research into the cattle-mutilation phenomena, and his definitive book on the subject, ‘Stalking the Herd’. Referencing Chris’ recent appearance on Tim Binnall’s excellent ‘Binnall of America’ podcast, he recommends (for any newcomers to that show) some of their numerous interesting and informative interviews. Then, thanking listeners for getting in touch, we respond to feedback and further proclaim our love for the No Agenda show, whilst pondering our own place in the same podcasting universe.
Morgan opens our look into recent news and events. Starting with ‘Tech News’, he looks at Disney’s search engine, 75% of online ads being found to range from useless to dodgy, and Facebook’s growth slowing as Zuckerberg eyes up the third world. Google stuffs up their flu predictions and inadvertently startles a tech-committee Baroness by inventing Google maps and revealing her roses. NotMorgan looks at the remote shutting-down of subprime borrowers’ cars, and the tactics employed by their lenders and repo men. The legality of law enforcement drone surveillance data is found to be questionable, and we ask: “who can we trust with our data?” as the Samaritans are on Twitter suicide watch, the Chinese are sniffing our roaming data, and photographs of Northern Irish schoolgirls appear on a paedo-popular porn site.
Contemplating new UK laws and the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK, notMorgan looks at the criminalising of smoking in cars where there are children, and the new ‘anti-troll’ laws. Checking the wording of the relevant Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, and highlighting the dangers of making false statements to cause annoyance or inconvenience, we discuss how this will further damage people’s already quickly-eroding right to free speech. Morgan examines the benefits of ‘Fair Dealing’ in regard to UK copyright laws, limited as they are, and the EU’s ban on neonicotinoids. And then two men go to Court, one for saying that he’s not a Muslim, and another for unwittingly possessing a ‘gggggreat’ pornographic video.
NotMorgan examines our unelected Prime Minister’s comments to the UN, in which he branded those who question the Government’s official line as “non-violent extremists”. Morgan responds by pointing out that the right to free speech is available to all, including those we might not agree with, or who pedal lies. These lies can be easily countered when we have full transparency and access to information, but when Governments lie, redact, manipulate and hide the truth from us, it is them that create the environment of distrust. In ‘Health News’: the power of subliminal messages, magic mushrooms making MRI machines draw trippy pictures ;) and the legalisation of heroin in Switzerland. Also, Sam Parnia’s ‘awareness during resuscitation’ study, with evidence of consciousness persisting death, is published in the respected journal ‘Resuscitation’.
Morgan tries a mini-rant at the charitable status of the RNLI lifeboat service, and notMorgan shows him how to do it properly, with a mega-rant about both Labour and the coalition Government’s disgusting treatment of the UK’s disabled through ATOS and the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) programme, in which the sick and most vulnerable people were (and continue to be) treated appallingly. The dying and people in comas being found ‘fit for work’. The UN is investigating this treatment, including Iain Duncan Smith’s despicable ‘bedroom tax’, and notMorgan’s pointing them towards IDS’ future plans for mandatory counselling (forced medication?) for ‘the depressed’, and prepaid benefit cards for those with “destructive habits” like “debt problems”. The hosts look at the different sides of Lord Freud’s ‘the disabled aren’t worth the minimum wage’ comments, and Morgan looks into how plans to introduce shift work are affecting the learning-disabled in the community of Botton.
NotMorgan looks at the Home Office’s ‘Regenerate’ report into a post-apocalyptic UK and the wisdom of hiring psychopaths to keep order, and discovers a possible smear campaign against a woman who claims her life was threatened by corrupt officials at the highest levels of British politics.
Plus: Tom and Jerry is now racist, and so is the work of people promoting anti-racism. If that’s all too confusing for you, we also have police brutality and ‘bum fun’ antics at Harvard, a little something for everyone :)
We round the show out with the ‘value for value’ model and creative commons music. If you value the show then please give us some value in return, whether that’s in the form of a financial contribution, an artwork or music submission, or just your feedback and support – we love hearing from you and this episode has 4 hours of content for you to comment on and get involved with, so please get in touch and let us know your thoughts. Thanks for listening :)
Please note: not all links are currently active – they will be shortly!
Kickstarter: Morgan’s first Kickstarter project: Laser-cut business card models – UPDATE: I am postponing the launch until January, so Christmas and New Year doesn’t interfere with its potential success.
Morgan’s custom laser-etched skateboard designs
Wi-fi in Israel:
Israel’s Supreme Court considering a case to completely ban wi-fi in Israeli schools
Film adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut’s short story ‘Harrison Bergeron’:
YouTube: Movie short ‘2081’ (2009) (Apologies for the poor quality and Portuguese subtitles – the high quality version had been taken down by the time the show was released)
YouTube: full TV movie of ‘Harrison Bergeron’ (1995)
Binnall of America:
Binnall of America’s home page
BOA interview with Chris O’Brien, cattle mutilation researcher and author of ‘Stalking the Herd’
BOA interview with David Paulides, author of the ‘Missing 411’ books
BOA interview with Kendall Carver, founder of International Cruise Victims
BOA interview with CuChullaine O’Reilly, equestrian researcher and author of ‘Deadly Equines: The Shocking True Story of Meat-Eating and Murderous Horses’
Racist or not?:
The Huffington Post: ‘Exhibition B’, a ‘human zoo’ exhibit at the Barbican Centre cancelled due to threats
The Guardian: Banksy graffiti removed from Clacton-on-Sea after one person complains it’s racist
The Huffington Post: Tom & Jerry cartoons now carry a racism warning on Amazon Prime Instant Video
Social Media News:
Huff Post Tech: Samaritans launch ‘Radar’, a Twitter suicide-watch app
AOL Money: Man loses his job of 20 years after ‘liking’ a Facebook post
BBC News NI: 731 photographs of Northern Irish schoolgirls appear on pornographic website
Private Eye Magazine: Facebook growth slows as Zuckerberg waits for the third world to come online
New UK Laws:
Parentdish: Smoking in cars with children to become a criminal offence
BBC News UK: New ‘anti-troll laws’ – prison sentences increased to 2 years
Legislation.gov.uk: Full wording of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003
The New York Times Blogs: Subliminal messages and the elderly – more effective than 6 months’ exercise
The Huffington Post: FMRI research into the brains of participants on magic mushrooms
BBC News Health: English doctors to be paid £55 for each diagnosis of dementia they make
The Telegraph: Sam Parnia’s ‘Awareness During Resuscitation’ study, more evidence of consciousness persisting death
New Scientist: UK failing to protect bees from pesticides, say MPs (Neonicotinoid manufacturers to fund independent research on neonicotinoid impact on bees decline…)
The Disgusting Treatment of the UK’s Disabled by the Labour and Coalition Governments:
Mail Online: UN to investigate the UK Government’s treatment of disabled people
Wikipedia: The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) Programme
The Guardian: Judicial review finds WCAs ‘not fit for purpose’
BBC News Politics: Lord Freud’s comments on the disabled ‘not being worth the minimum wage’
Wikipedia: Iain Duncan Smith (IDS)
Huff Post Politics: IDS’ plans to introduce mandatory counselling for those unable to work through depression
AOL Money: IDS’ plans to introduce prepaid benefit cards for those with ‘destructive habits’
Huff Post Politics: The cost of benefit fraud compared to the cost of tax avoidance
Wikipedia: Heroin Assisted Treatment (Switzerland’s approach to heroin)
Wikipedia: The village of Botton, North Yorkshire
Private Eye Magazine: How shift work is affecting the learning-disabled villagers of Botton
The Northern Echo: Teacher and Carer at Botton village threatened with eviction
Tokyo Desu: Sony’s Project Morpheus game ‘Summer Lesson’ criticised for sexualising Japanese schoolgirls
AOL Cars: Starter Interrupt Devices: Woman’s car apparently remotely shutdown whilst being driven on the Interstate
The New York Times Dealbook: Good article on remotely shutting-down the cars of subprime borrowers
Mail Online: Baroness O’Cathain, House of Lords ‘Digital Skills Committee’ member, startled by Googlemaps
‘Regenerate’ post-apocalyptic study considers hiring psycopaths to keep order:
BBC News Magazine: The ‘Regenerate’ study and Jane M Hogg’s apparent comments
Amazon.co.uk: Listing of Jane M Hogg’s book ‘Beware the Mandarins’
Godlike Productions: Jane M Hogg’s post on Godlike Productions’ forum
Books mentioned on the show:
‘Harrison Bergeron’, a short story from ‘Welcome to the Monkey House’ –
‘Breakfast of Champions’ – ISBN-13: 978-0099842606
‘Slaughterhouse Five (or The Children’s Crusade)’ – ISBN-13: 978-0099800200
‘Bluebeard’ – ISBN-13: 978-0440201960
‘Stalking the Herd: Examining the Cattle Mutilation Mystery’ by Chris O’Brien –
‘Missing 411 – Eastern United States: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans That Have Never Been Solved’ – ISBN-13: 978-1468012620
‘Missing 411 – Western United States: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans That Have Never Been Solved’ – ISBN-13: 978-1466216297
‘Deadly Equines: The Shocking True Story of Meat-Eating and Murderous Horses’ by CuChullaine O’Reilly – ISBN-13: 978-1590480038
‘Beware the Mandarins’ by Jane M Hogg – ISBN-13: 978-1470068738
‘Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes’ by Andrew M Lobaczewski – ISBN-13: 978-1897244258
‘The Psychopath Test’ by Jon Ronson – ISBN-13: 978-0330492276
Movies mentioned on the show:
‘2081’ (2009) short movie – Link to poor quality YouTube version in show notes above
‘Harrison Bergeron’ (1995) TV movie – Link to full movie on YouTube in show notes above
‘Children of Men’ (1995)
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