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Spineless 04. Pride (2014 Film)

Pride is a lighthearted comedy-drama that tackles a heavy piece of history. During the British miner's strike of 1984 a group of gay and lesbian activists raised money to keep miner's families afloat. But like with most solidarity actions, things don't always run smoothly...The Spineless crew discuss showing the movie at a fundraiser, solidarity work in general, and somehow even we even manage to sneak in an 8 Mile reference.~Sources and links~---Intro music by digital zen https://soundcloud.com/digital-zen------The fundraiser was for the NSW Water Runs group. If you enjoyed the podcast, please donate here: ---Neoliberalism - the ideology at the root of all our problems (by George Monbiot for The Guardian)------Srsly Wrong: Neoliberalism and Chill------The National Union of Mining Workers' Banners------Interlude song: Bronski Beat - Hit That Perfect Beat------Outro Song: Bread and Roses (as heard in Pride)---~Get in touch!~---Subscribe to the pod and review us------Follow us on Twitter at @spinelesspod------email us at spinelesspod@protonmail.com ------visit our website here ---

1hr 33mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Spineless 03. Damon Gameau's 2040

Damon Gameau’s 2040 is part documentary, part advertorial for a tech driven, green future. In a world of doom and gloom it offers a welcome reprise. But in parts it becomes reductionist to the point of being problematic. The Spineless crew take a closer look at the various claims made in the movie, discuss the dangers of seeing everything through the rose tinted glasses of liberalism and geek out over gardening. Critical support for hot dog boy!     ~Sources and links~---Intro music by digital zen https://soundcloud.com/digital-zen------Here’s the “We need to talk about the economy” video that we wish Damon had included in his movie. Maybe in the director’s cut ay? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ1rqsc92tQ------Wired’s complete guide to driverless cars: https://www.wired.com/story/guide-self-driving-cars/------Uber’s driverless car saw the woman it killed: https://www.wired.com/story/uber-self-driving-crash-arizona-ntsb-report/------Jules’ article on the shitty ethics of driverless cars: ftrgzm.co/ftrgzm-blog/2019/10/28/the-ethics-of-self-driving-cars-are-no-longer-a-theoretical-concern---   ---More on some of the agricultural practices discussed in 2040: https://whatsyour2040.com/regenerative-agriculture/------Tim Flannery’s TED talk on sea weed and carbon sequestering: https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_flannery_can_seaweed_help_curb_global_warming?language=en------An expose on the seedier side of Cradle to Cradle’s bright green thinking: https://www.fastcompany.com/1042475/green-guru-gone-wrong-william-mcdonough------The Ellen McArthur Foundation breaks down what a “circular economy” entails: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/concept---

1hr 40mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Spineless 02. Tom the geographer talks Dark Emu

In this episode Tom responds to our reading of Dark Emu. Tom is a Eurallei man living on Awabakal and Worimi country (or so called Newcastle). Tom is currently doing his honors thesis in geography, so he ads a rich layer of environmental and cultural knowledge to the conversation.        ~Sources and Links~---Please donate to the Gale is Life project to ensure that our brothers and sisters in regional New South Whales continue to receive water. (I still can't believe it's come to that) https://www.galiislife.com/ ------Intro music by digital zen https://soundcloud.com/digital-zen------Outro Music: "Comply / Resist" by Propagandi---


1 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Spineless 01. Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu is a deeply researched, very readable account of pre-colonial Aboriginal civilisation. Watch out: some of the facts Pascoe has unearthed may blow your mind! The Spineless crew discuss the dangers of only valuing Aboriginal society through an economic lens, what Dark Emu learnings we can apply to Australia's future... and our new-found love for yam daisies.    ~Sources and Links~---Intro music by digital zen https://soundcloud.com/digital-zen------Outro song: Wise Ones by DENNI https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/denni------DENNI's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/denniproctorpuss/------Visit the Gali is Life website to donate and learn more about the water runs Cait discusses in the into https://www.galiislife.com/--- ---Dark Emu: https://www.magabala.com/culture-and-history/dark-emu.html--- ---The Guardian's map of aboriginal massacres: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/ng-interactive/2019/mar/04/massacre-map-australia-the-killing-times-frontier-wars--- ---A related Guardian article on Aboriginal massacers https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/mar/04/the-killing-times-the-massacres-of-aboriginal-people-australia-must-confront--- ---The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Family Council are taking their dispute with the Adani coal mine to Federal Court and the United Nations: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-03/anti-adani-campaign-by-indigenous-group-goes-to-the-un/10065240--- ---Manus Governor demands action from Australia as Behrouz Boochani says self-harm has spiked: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-13/manus--self-harm-crisis-escalates-as-governor-calls-for-help/11199258---  ---Recent article of activists sailing to Manus island with Aboriginal passports for asylum seekers. A powerful example of cross-cultural solidarity https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-17/refugees-on-manus-island-to-recieve-aboriginal-passports/11310214--- ---A drone video of the 40,000 year old Brewarrina fish traps: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.mchughes.90/videos/2083615611855038/--- ---The Collarenebri water crisis is a clear example of how poor our modern water management is and how our government continues to treat Aboriginal communities as second class citizens: https://honisoit.com/2019/05/driving-water-to-collarenebri/?fbclid=IwAR17W9qKUOqoSRnzA7fAuuMgT7OBOh5Hmjt6l1nkVfArvSVNx0U_pMehiF4--- ---The photo of Aboriginal fishing traps that we mentioned in the podcast: https://www.milkwood.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/dark-emu-306.jpg (sourced from Kirsten Bradley's review of Dark Emu)--- 

1hr 55mins

10 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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