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Something Wonky launches

Something Wonky launches

The Pure Poison Podcast is dead, long live Something Wonky. Dave and Jeremy’s new podcast is now online. A new name, a new format, but with plenty of the elements that made the Pure Poison Podcast a part of your weekly routine. Subscribe to Something Wonky via iTunes, or via RSS. Alternatively, you can download […]

Weekend talk thread June 29

This is it, the very last Pure Poison open thread. I think that we’ve said everything that we wanted to about Pure Poison closing down already, but I’d like to take the opportunity once more to say thank you, Pure Poison was more than just Jeremy and I and we will miss all of your […]

The many definitions of “editorial independence”

Bad news for those thinking about subscribing to The Australian, according to these remarks it published today: …just $1200 a person. When you think about it, this is probably the equivalent of a two to four-year subscription to a pay-walled media site. In fact, it would get you 2.9 years’ worth of The Australian’s complete […]

The Inappropriately Happy Herald Sun reader returns

The Inappropriately Happy Herald Sun reader returns

Yesterday she was giggling over a mother murdered for a cheap meal. Today she’s cacking herself about asylum seekers in peril on the sea: It’s funny because they didn’t arrive here safely. I wonder how many more of these we’ll see before somebody has a word with the people photoshopping the iPad ads. (Via an […]

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Emotional parliament fears for lives of people on boats; refuses to address the actual safety of those boats

Emotional parliament fears for lives of people on boats; refuses to address the actual safety of those boats

As the media demand that politicians PUT ASIDE POLITICS and SAVE LIVES but are vague on the specifics of how exactly to do that, the parliament wrestles with legislation that will SAVE LIVES whilst simultaneously PUTTING LIVES IN DANGER and if only people on the other side to me would put politics aside for a […]

The odd things that Herald Sun readers smile at

The odd things that Herald Sun readers smile at

The Herald Sun champions psychopathic schadenfreude in its readers: The good news story really made her day Via LGWS

All hail our new boat regime overlords

Quick question: has something happened to our government this week that we’ve missed here at Pure Poison? Talking of an action by the Australian government, a columnist at News Ltd writes of ““this farcical boat people regime”. When did that happen? Have they broken out of detention centres and seized Parliament? ELSEWHERE: The same columnist […]

In which it turns out that “free speech” for certain News Ltd columnists means the right of businesses to lie as they trade

In which it turns out that “free speech” for certain News Ltd columnists means the right of businesses to lie as they trade

The Coalition sends out flyers to small businesses encouraging them to raise prices and blame it on the “carbon tax”: A handy notification that this butcher is one to avoid The Government responds, pointing out that lying to customers (even if Tony Abbott has told them to) could (as during the GST introduction by the […]

What’s the connection bw Dave and Jeremy leaving Crikey and Fairfax editors quitting?

Jeremy (from Victoria) and Dave (from NSW) announce that they’re leaving Crikey at the end of the week. Suddenly the editors of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald both quit. Coincidence? We’d love to tell you, but we can’t. Yet. UPDATE: An old friend thinks they might be after him, instead.

The good and the ugly

Crikey‘s First Dog On The Moon elegantly highlights the hideous flaw in anti-“boat people” rhetoric: I’m posting it to Reddit next. Elsewhere, The Age publishes former Senator Amanda Vanstone comparing refugees who arrive on boats with ants chasing after our precious sugar.