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A small independent Australian podcast about news, politics, sex and religion. An easy and entertaining way to keep up to date with the weekly news.

The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove

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    • 4.7 • 52 Ratings

A small independent Australian podcast about news, politics, sex and religion. An easy and entertaining way to keep up to date with the weekly news.

    Episode 432 - Racism, Democracy and Propaganda

    Episode 432 - Racism, Democracy and Propaganda

    In Episode 432, Trevor, Scott, and Joe reunite for a diverse panel discussion on local and international political issues. The episode starts with personal updates and what the hosts are grateful for, followed by a review of recent Facebook stream issues. They delve into various pressing topics: the proposed increase in social media access age by the Coalition, recent polls showing Dutton's rise over Albanese, and the skewed narratives in media. The crew dissects the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict, its parallels to the Voice debate in Australia, and brings attention to the propaganda permeating mainstream media. Global matters such as the surge in far-right politics in France, the upcoming UK elections, and details about the controversial AUKUS submarine deal are discussed. Additionally, discussions cover the state of democracy in the U.S., China's rising technical prowess, and emerging geopolitical movements in Georgia.
    00:00 Introduction and Greetings
    00:38 Panel Discussion and Gratitude Segment
    03:04 Facebook Issues and Social Media Policies
    07:43 Defence Spending and National Security
    13:01 Submarine Deal Controversy
    24:00 Gaza Conflict and The Voice Debate
    32:18 French Elections and Political Dynamics
    36:54 Propaganda and US Military Campaigns
    39:27 Pentagon's Propaganda Operations
    41:02 Trump and Duterte's Relationship
    41:31 Soft Propaganda in Media
    47:04 UK Election and Rishi Sunak
    54:56 US Democracy and Election Concerns
    01:11:16 China's Technological Advancements
    01:18:21 Conclusion and Sign-Off
    To financially support the Podcast you can make:
    a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
    We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
    You can sign up for our newsletter, which links to articles that Trevor has highlighted as potentially interesting and that may be discussed on the podcast. You will get 3 emails per week.
    We have a website. www.ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can email us. The address is trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can send us a voicemail message at Speakpipe
    We have a sister podcast called IFVG Evergreen. It is a collection of evergreen content from the weekly podcast.
    Transcripts started in episode 324. You can use this link to search our transcripts. Type "iron fist velvet glove" into the search directory, click on our podcast and then do a...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 431 - Cameron Leckie

    Episode 431 - Cameron Leckie

    Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove Podcast Ep. 431: A Conversation with Cameron Leckie on Australia's Defence and Foreign Policy
    In this special episode of the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove podcast, Trevor, also known as the Iron Fist, converses with Cameron Leckie, a retired army officer and prolific writer. The discussion spans Cameron's military background, his evolving perspective on military service, and his critical views on Australia's defence decisions and foreign policy, particularly concerning the US alliance and the AUKUS agreement. Cameron shares insights into the broader implications of these policies, reflecting on historical patterns of imperial decline and the motivations behind Australia's strategic choices. The conversation also touches on the influence of mainstream media narratives and the importance of independent media in shaping public opinion on these critical issues.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction to the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove
    00:52 Meet Cameron Leckie: Background and Military Career
    04:19 Reflections on Military Service and Changing Perspectives
    08:57 Questioning Defense Policies and the US Alliance
    16:05 The Submarine Debacle and AUKUS Agreement
    20:21 Australia's Role in Global Politics and Future Concerns
    32:02 Rising Distrust and Fear of China
    32:54 Australia's Naval Capacity and Military Concerns
    34:21 China's Non-Conflict Approach
    37:18 Media Propaganda and Political Influence
    39:41 Independent Media and Public Awareness
    42:03 Personal Experiences and Shifts in Perspective
    53:04 Global Power Dynamics and Future Predictions
    56:32 The Decline of the US Dollar and Its Implications
    59:32 Managed Decline of the US and Australia's Position
    01:02:13 Concluding Thoughts and Future Outlook
    To financially support the Podcast you can make:
    a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
    We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
    You can sign up for our newsletter, which links to articles that Trevor has highlighted as potentially interesting and that may be discussed on the podcast. You will get 3 emails per week.
    We have a website. www.ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can email us. The address is trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can send us a voicemail message at Speakpipe
    We have a sister podcast called IFVG Evergreen. It is a collection of evergreen content from the weekly podcast.
    Transcripts started in episode 324....

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 430 - Bogdan Syrotiuk.

    Episode 430 - Bogdan Syrotiuk.

    In episode 430 of The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove podcast, the hosts delve into the arrest and imprisonment of Bogdan Syrotiuk, a young leader from the Young Guard of Bolshevik Leninists. Joining the panel are Max and Oscar from the Socialist Equality Party, who discuss the political motivations behind Syrotiuk's incarceration by Ukrainian authorities. The conversation explores broader issues of political repression, international socialist movements, and the ongoing conflicts involving Ukraine, Russia, and NATO. The episode also critiques the complicity of leftist organizations and unions in supporting imperialist agendas while emphasizing the need for workers' committees and international socialist unity.
    00:00 Introduction to the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove Podcast
    00:57 Special Guests: Max and Oscar from the Socialist Equality Party
    02:15 The Arrest of Comrade Bogdan Syrotiuk
    03:15 Political Context and Charges Against Bogdan
    04:54 Ideological Stance of the Socialist Equality Party
    07:41 Broader Implications of the Ukrainian Conflict
    09:43 International Reactions and Comparisons
    12:52 The Role of the Young Guard of Bolshevik Leninists
    15:28 Critique of Western Media and Government Narratives
    31:00 The Gaza Conflict and Its Global Impact
    37:05 Union Movements and Political Activism
    43:05 Formation of Rank and File Committees
    44:10 Union vs. Workers Committees: Key Differences
    44:43 Critique of Union Bureaucracy
    46:01 Union Failures in Healthcare
    47:17 International Union Comparisons
    50:01 The Role of Workers Committees
    52:09 Capitalism and Workers' Struggles
    54:06 Educating Workers on Socialism
    56:50 The Breakdown of Capitalism
    57:49 Building a Socialist Movement
    01:01:07 Perspectives on China
    01:08:34 Critique of Yanis Varoufakis and Syriza
    01:14:57 Campaign for Freeing Bogdan
    01:18:24 Conclusion and Call to Action
    Article about Bogdan
    Link to petition
    To financially support the Podcast you can make:
    a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
    We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
    You can...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 429 - ICC Arrest Warrants

    Episode 429 - ICC Arrest Warrants

    Topics:
    Global Politics & Controversies: Analyzing the ICC's Indictments and International Reactions
    In this episode, the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove podcast team, led by Trevor aka The Iron Fist and Scott aka The Velvet Glove, dive deep into recent international events and politics. Key topics include the ICC's arrest warrants for Israeli leaders and reactions from global leaders, the impact of US policies on international law, and the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The team also touches on the proposed changes to census questions regarding religion, the state of democracy in Taiwan and China, controversial comments by Australian politicians, and diverse media perspectives. Additionally, the episode explores the anomaly of instant xenophobia by newly arrived immigrants to the US. Tune in for a comprehensive analysis and some lighter moments.
    00:00 Introduction to the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove
    00:37 Podcast Hosts and Initial Banter
    01:09 Main Discussion: ICC and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    02:48 Gratitude Segment
    06:39 In-Depth Analysis: Israel's Actions and International Reactions
    16:44 International Law vs. Rules-Based Order
    21:43 Reactions to ICC's Arrest Warrants
    37:36 Hypocrisy in International Relations
    42:13 Banned from Germany
    42:44 Debating Democracy in the Middle East
    44:52 International Reactions to Netanyahu's Allegations
    46:02 Murdoch Press and Anti-Semitism Accusations
    50:01 Australia's Political Stance on Israel
    52:43 Genocide Debate and International Law
    58:42 US Arms Sales and Economic Impact
    01:00:23 Census Religion Question Controversy
    01:04:37 Gina Reinhardt and the Streisand Effect
    01:06:34 Taiwan's Chaotic Democracy
    01:09:21 Perceptions of Democracy Worldwide
    01:12:07 American Political System in Disarray
    01:14:14 Concluding Remarks and Future Topics
    To financially support the Podcast you can make:
    a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
    We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
    You can sign up for our newsletter, which links to articles that Trevor has highlighted as potentially interesting and that may be discussed on the podcast. You will get 3 emails per week.
    We have a website. www.ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can email us. The address is trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can send us a voicemail message at Speakpipe
    We have a sister podcast called IFVG Evergreen. It is a...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 428 - News and Ideas that you won’t hear anywhere else.

    Episode 428 - News and Ideas that you won’t hear anywhere else.

    In episode 428 of the 'Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove' podcast, hosted by Trevor (the Iron Fist) and tech guy Joe, the duo embarks on a diverse discussion covering global and local events. With Scott absent, the conversation spans various topics, including a documentary on Yanis Varoufakis, RFK Jr.'s controversial figure, the dire situation in Gaza, whistleblower David McBride's case, the unfair GST distribution in Australia, and significant geopolitical developments involving Ukraine, China, and Trump. Additionally, they express personal gratitudes, engage with live chat room interactions, and provide insights into the complexities surrounding international relations, emphasizing the importance of understanding multiple perspectives in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, as well as the strategic alignment between China and Russia against perceived US hegemony.
    00:00 Introduction to the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove Podcast
    00:37 Back from Break: Updates and Co-host Check-in
    01:33 Tonight's Agenda: A Dive into Global and Local Issues
    02:22 Gratitude Segment: From Public Transport to Healthcare
    05:26 Deep Dive: Yanis Varoufakis Documentary Review
    08:49 RFK Jr. Discussion: Skepticism and Political Implications
    13:08 Global Politics: Gaza, Ukraine, and U.S. Elections
    13:08 Gaza Conflict: Perspectives and Humanitarian Concerns
    28:11 Whistleblower David McBride: Motivations and Legal Outcomes
    34:41 Exploring the Ethics of Following Orders
    35:32 Debating Whistleblower Protections and Political Decisions
    35:52 Analyzing Pacific Islander Voting Behavior and Political Naivety
    36:22 Rex Patrick's Crusade for Transparency and Whistleblower Rights
    39:14 The Budget's Lackluster Approach to National Issues
    39:46 Dissecting the GST Distribution and State Finances
    48:44 The Australian Christian Lobby's Controversial Campaigns
    50:51 Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Law Reforms
    50:51 Queensland's Approach to Religious Discrimination in Schools
    50:51 Queensland's Progressive Move on Anti-Discrimination Laws
    58:06 The Complex Relationship Between China, Russia, and the West
    01:02:01 Unpacking the Potential for Peace in Ukraine
    01:09:04 Preview of Next Week's Topics and Conclusion
    To financially support the Podcast you can make:
    a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
    We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
    You can sign up for our newsletter, which links to articles that Trevor has highlighted as potentially interesting and that may be discussed on the podcast. You will get 3 emails per week.
    We have a website. www.ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can email us. The address is a href="mailto:trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au" rel="noopener

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 427 - You realize that rates of intimate partner homicide are going down ... don’t you?

    Episode 427 - You realize that rates of intimate partner homicide are going down ... don’t you?

    Episode 427: Unpacking Homicide and Domestic Violence Trends in Australia
    In Episode 427 of the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove podcast, the hosts delve into various topics including intimate partner homicide, changes in domestic violence statistics, and their implications. The episode starts with general updates and moves into discussions on Gaza, media representation of domestic violence statistics, and the importance of accurately interpreting these statistics. A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to discussing a recent report on homicide in Australia, providing a detailed analysis of how homicide and intimate partner homicide rates have evolved over time, emphasizing the downward trend in intimate partner homicides despite recent increases. The hosts critique media narratives that claim an increase in violence against women, arguing for a nuanced understanding of the statistics. The episode also addresses changes in reporting domestic violence offenses in Queensland and how these changes impact crime statistics. Finally, the discussion shifts towards potential census changes to religion questions in Australia, critiquing the possible implications and reactions from religious communities. Throughout, the hosts offer detailed statistical analysis, critique media reporting and propose thoughtful reflections on violence, gender equality, and societal changes.
    00:00 Welcome to Episode 427: Introductions and Casual Banter
    00:34 Agenda Preview: Gaza, Intimate Partner Homicide, and More
    00:53 Gaza Crisis: A Deep Dive into the Tragedy
    02:51 Flu Tracking and Personal Health Anecdotes
    19:41 Australian Views on Israel's Actions in Gaza
    24:15 Misleading Statistics and the Importance of Accurate Data
    34:53 Analyzing Trends in Intimate Partner Homicide
    36:15 Exploring Solutions and Misrepresentations
    41:16 Impact of Reporting and Misleading Journalism
    51:50 Domestic Violence Solutions and Public Policy
    01:02:09 Debating Census Changes and Religion
    01:09:23 Wrapping Up with Listener Interaction and Future Plans
    https://www.flutracking.net/Join/AE/inv2024
    To financially support the Podcast you can make:
    a per-episode donation via Patreon or one-off donation via credit card; orone-off or regular donations via Paypal orif you are into Cryptocurrency you can send Satoshis.
    We Livestream every Monday night at 8:00 pm Brisbane time. Follow us on Facebook or YouTube. Watch us live and join the discussion in the chat room.
    You can sign up for our newsletter, which links to articles that Trevor has highlighted as potentially interesting and that may be discussed on the podcast. You will get 3 emails per week.
    We have a website. www.ironfistvelvetglove.com.au
    You can email us. The address is a href="mailto:trevor@ironfistvelvetglove.com.au" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

DonMarn ,

General review of the podcast

From a political and society perspective I have found this podcast to be a terrific and sometimes challenging listen. Terrific because of the topics abs diversity of guests and challenging because of the topics which have made me rethink some of my understandings based on my ‘non-white’ male perspective of the world around me.

By far the biggest challenge has been the ongoing whispering of one of the regulars that requires a constant adjustment of the volume. I now generally ignore most of what this person says because it’s seems he does not want to be heard. I’m sure he has great comments /ideas, and perhaps the producers can bring up his volume!

Otherwise a great show - thanks for the effort and the opportunity for insights to the ideas you share.

Algy ,

Non-woke authoritarian lefties

This once-innovative Aussie podcast has lost its mojo. Trevor has run out of ideas and is down to regurgitating Guardian talking points and whatever he reads on the John Menadue blog (plus the occasional limp challenge to woke ideology). The co-host / “tech guy” mostly offers dull sycophancy. If only they had the chemistry of the early days or were as important, informed and intelligent as they seem to think. This one is beyond repair, I’m afraid. Time to retire it: it’s only of interest to the cat ladies now.

Jwt1234 ,

TIFGG Podcast

Without the support for free speech this podcast would likely go into receivership!

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