The Vegan Vanguard Podcast

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All episodes now on YouTube, to help promote the message out a little more.

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Social Justice

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Podcast website and audio files

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Jeremy Corbyn on Education and Going To The People

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Jeremy Corbyn Listening & Speaking at Teachers Meeting on Education

Corbyn has been attending small meetings like this all his life and he’s still listening, still engaging. The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.

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‘Populism’ – The Media’s Favorite Catch-All Smear for the Left | The Citations Needed Podcast #42

With the rise of Trump, Sanders, Corbyn and Brexit, hundreds of pundits, reporters, and talking heads have been warning about the problems of “populism” and its alleged attack on democracy over the past three years.

“Populism and immigration pose major threat to global democracy,” the Gates Foundation insists. “The Dangerous Rise of Populism – Global Attacks on Human Rights Values,“ wrote Human Rights Watch in 2017. “Trump’s Rise Proves How Dangerous Populism Is for Democracy” NBC says. “Populism is still a threat to Europe,” The European University Institute tells us.

But what exactly is populism? How is a term that allegedly applies to Hugo Chávez and Bernie Sanders also casually used to describe fascists and far-right forces?

Under the thin, ideology-flattening definition of populism, the term is more often than not used as a euphemism for demagogic cults of personality and fascism and as the ultimate horseshoe theory reduction to lump together movements for equity and justice on the Left with those of revanchism, nationalism and explicit racism on the Right.

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Playlist Updates: Activism – Current Political Movements & Projects

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3 Animal Liberation Approaches + 1 Vegan Environmentalist Testimony

Open Rescue vs. Clandestine Rescue vs. Rewilding habitat & Reintroducing wild species. Plus one explicitly environmentalist vegan testimony that I feel we don’t hear enough from by George Monbiot the biggest vegan political journalist we’ve got at the moment.

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Steffen Meyn report from the european resistance to coal, Rest in Power

Promoting reporting made by Steffen before he tragically lost his life.

With English superimposed titles. You can watch the original without subtitles here with german title. Also a collaborater wrote spanish subtitles you can access by hitting CC on the orignal video.

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Tributes to Şahin Qereçox martyred in Deir al-Zour, Northern Syria (English Subtitles)

Edited this video to bring together the tributes to Sahin Qerecox (Waka), who died fighting ISIS in Rojava, Northern Syria. It’s said he went to learn from and defend the revolution when alliances on the world stage look their grimmest. Before Syria Waka was active in the UK and mainland Europe, working with communities to resist coal mining applications and expansion. He was a gentle man, welcome face around the campfire, a funny, intelligent and fiercely committed activist.

More Tributes by the YPG Press Office, Coal Action, Hambacher Forest, ceremony outside one & two.

Credit to Salem Medjahed and ANF News for the footage. As well as Osendale with help from FurcleTheKeh and Eisel Mazard for all the hard work on the translations

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Campaigns & Remberences of Hêlîn Qereçox (Anna Campbell)

Long video, just putting footage back up that was taken down when YouTube deleted the international academies channel. Hopefully mine isn’t next, but I’ll just link to it on my archive.org account if so.

More online tributes made into a zine so I could print and share with people who don’t use social media.

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New Playlist: Film Clips & Analysis

 

Tony Benn – Will & Testament Clips

Went to see the film in a small cinema in Liverpool. It’s a deeply personal portrayal of his family life and career which affected the lives of so many in this country and internationally, which had people in the cinema tearing up and standing to clap at the end.

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Hell or High Water Clips

Brother outlaws aim to payback a loan on their recently deceased mother’s house, with money taken from the predatory bankers who gave out the high interest loan, betting on them never being able to pay and getting to seize the house.

2 sherrifs, one coming up on retirement, the other a first nations person, wrestle with their modern values in relation to what historical values they’re supposed to have and what it is they’re supposed to be protecting.

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Suzanne 2013 Clip – Sisters jailhouse reunion

Really amazing drama, even just the time-span they manage to cover so well from childhood to motherhood:

Film Description: A single mother in adolescence, Suzanne lives with her father and sister. Her life changes when she falls in love with Julian, a petty criminal.

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Calvary Film Clip – On Integrity

Can’t recommend the film enough, try to get the directors cut for a long winding road through every facet of the moral challenges a preist is expected to deal with in a modern day village in Ireland.

Film Description: An honest and good-hearted priest (Brendan Gleeson) wrestles with a cynical, spiteful community after he receives a death threat from an unknown parishioner.

Snippet from a review called Calvary: A religious movie for atheists:

Ostensibly a black comedy, Calvary is more often frightening than funny. Father Lavelle (a superb Brendan Gleeson) visits a former pupil-turned-cannibalistic serial killer (played to creepy effect by Gleesons real-life progeny, Domhnall) in prison, and asks what human flesh tastes like; he replies, icily, and with sickening relatability, like pheasant its very gamey. Later, the local doctor, in the form of old-reliable Aidan Gillen, relays the story of a procedure gone wrong, in which a young boy was put under a mishandled dose of anaesthetic for a routine operation and subsequently woke up blind, deaf, dumb and paralysed.

In the horror of a world like that our world Calvary doesn’t treat some unseen force, one which it accepts not everyone can relate to, as the saviour. Instead, it is the good man at the heart of this wicked tale, a man driven by a moral code, who acts as the ultimate hero. Calvary makes the argument that the modern church lives not in the service of God, but in the service of people, and its a film that might even make sense of religion for atheists.

I’ve not become born again after watching Calvary, but McDonaghs film succeeds where Noah didn’t because it tolerates both believers and non-believers equally, and isn’t as violently opposed one way or the other, in the way that, say, The Passion of the Christ was strictly for and PTA’s cynical There Will Be Blood was vehemently against. It takes a long-overdue stand against loud, unglamorous media reports and counters that not all of religion is corrupted. Calvary is a stunning film, not least because it convincingly argues that there are still good people of faith out there, as it successfully speaks to both the religious and non-religious alike.

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House M.D. | The Social Contract

Ruminations on nature & nurture, existence & essence, belief, social contract and egoist practice.

Snippet from a review by Barbara Barnett:

“Does it bother you that we have no social contract?” House (Hugh Laurie) asks Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) regarding the unique nature of their relationship in this weeks’ House, M.D. episode, appropriately titled “The Social Contract.” While exploring the necessity of the social niceties and collaborative lies we sometimes need in order to survive in society, the story provides a framework for examining House and Wilson’s personalities and their deep friendship — and their own somewhat perverse “social contract.”

At the end of the episode, House asks Wilson if it bothers him that they “don’t have the normal social contract?” But as their conversation continues (Nick’s life resumes as if it had been merely on “pause”) it is clear that House and Wilson do have a social contract. It’s a bit perverse certainly, but it exists. Although House cannot tell Wilson beautiful lies to make him feel better, he can tell him beautiful truths. And for someone who beats himself up out of guilt, beautiful truths can be much more effective — especially coming from House.

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Clip – Commitment to character gets personal

Still not sure how I feel about Jim’s portrayal of Andy, but they’re both amazing comedians & actors in their own right. A lot of people want to find and re-watch a scene like this to figure out what it means to them.

It also got put up in this article of a high profile website interviewing celebrities, so it’s reached 179,884 views anyhow.

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Last Cab to Darwin – Just the phone calls

Really great film, based on a true story and adapted from a theater play.

“A terminally ill cabdriver picks up an indigenous drifter and a backpacker while traveling through the Australian Outback to get euthanized.”

You can watch the trailer here.

Director: Jeremy Sims
Screenplay: Reg Cribb
Actors: Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford

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Dead Man Analysis – Psychedelic Western, Colonialism & Spiritual Purgatory

The original video contained a lot of unverified film theory which I think does hold weight, but for this video just wanted to spread the really great analysis contained within for quick viewing.

Analysis of the film Dead Man, asking why is William Blake in purgatory?:

  • Introduction and plot summary
  • Purgatory – Who is Mr Dickinson and what do horses symbolise?
  • Stupid Fucking White Men – Why does Nobody ask for tobacco? Themes of genocide and broken contracts (land treaties).
  • Blake’s Journey – Peyote, spirit quest and new found reverence for culture.

You can watch the original longer version here, with further character analysis, reincarnation theory and more detail on the genocide theme.

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Christopher Hitchens On Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’

When it isn’t luridly statistic and demagogic it’s fortunately boring so Mr. Gibson and his father who both support this they claim sometimes we Catholics but actually they are in rebellion against Rome, they’re members of a right-wing schismatic fundamentalist group as I said, have absolutely assured themselves a wave of publicity by picking a quarrel with the Jews and by recycling the most ancient primitive Christian allegations of Christ killing against the Jewish people. In the film the Roman authorities are – pictured as puppets you know in a Jewish Empire completely without power of their own always having to answer to Jewish high priest enforced to torture to death a man who they believed to be innocent, this is this is a very very old slander and misrepresentation it’s unbelievably crued and irresponsible of Gibson to do so he’s done so in order to try and sell tickets I think it’s a great cultural disgrace.

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New Playlist: Educational – Vegan/Freegan/Low-Impact Advocacy

An introduction to the philosophy behind reducing your impact on the living world and going vegan for ecology & ethics.

 

 

Mod Vegan: The Future Of Veganism & Vegan Technology

Chris: Are we going to reach that ultimate vegan world? Do you think its’s in our grasp?

Margaret: I think it is, I think that it may take some time to reach you know a hundred percent level, obviously I think that’s going to take a little bit longer to achieve something like that, but I think it’s easily achievable for it to become the majority way of living in the future and I can see people looking down on meat eaters in the future as people who just you know won’t get with the program. I think that that’s more likely, what we’re going to see is this, just because it comes easier to do it, becomes more affordable, I think a lot of people are going to have kind of a post-hok justification of their behavior, a lot of people are going to eat plant-based food, drink plant-based milks, not necessarily because they’re such great people, but because it’s more affordable and then they’re gonna say well I’m vegan, you know? I think that’s gonna happen.

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Love this answer by Ethologic on Freeganism

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Penan Relationship To Animals – Nomadic Hunters Against Livestock Farming

I got the boxset of Tribe on my 14th birthday, I think, used to watch them on my playstation in the corner of my bedroom after everyone had gone to sleep. This spurred me into insisting on getting to join and fundraise for a company taking school groups to Malaysia. The start of my wonderlust. Living with peasent rice farmers and building bamboo bridges over rainy season tributaries with villagers who would blowdart frogs for a late night snack to be roasted on the campfire. I would openly reject the frogs and rice wine to the dismay of my teacher / group leader, a service relationship for tourists in which they didn’t feel the least agreeved, but I did form a welcome bond with many asking sincere questions about what was plain to see of the still mostly feudal society.

 

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New Playlist: Archiving – Podcasts


A selection of obscure podcasts to recommend to people the best of what I’m listening to and promoting content not otherwise available on YouTube for those searching.

Just showing up to 4 episodes per podcast for easier viewing, but you can view the full playlist on youtube here and longer list here.

 

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Philosophy

New Books network

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Public Domain’s Live from Edge City

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Equal Time for Freethought

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Philosophy Bites

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Elucidations

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The Ezra Klein Show

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Human Rights

Adventure Science

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Electronic Intifada

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Vegan

The Vegan Vanguard

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The Bearded Vegans

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The Vegan Option

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It’s All About Food

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Go Vegan Radio

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Paw & Order

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The Vegan Society

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Slate Magazine’s Hang Up and Listen

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Vegan Booster Club

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Let’s Rage Together

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Troubadours and Raconteurs 

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New Books network

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Freegan

Bluegrass Bios by Lexington Community Radio

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Up Close with Chris Tinney

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Environmentalist

New Books network

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Talking Animals

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Sustainababble

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This is Hell!

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Sustainable World Radio

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Native America Calling

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Adventure Science Podcast

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Social Justice

Very Loose Women

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Vegan Vanguard

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Socialist

Vedeng a Rojava

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Radical People

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From Alpha to Omega

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The Citations Needed Podcast

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Vegan Vanguard

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Vegan Warrior Princess Attack

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Other

Legally Crazy Podcast

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Pirate Radioreportage discords

Ask Yourself’s Safe Space

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The JF Gariépy Fan Club

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The (((Globalist))) Cabal

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