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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 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
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    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
    Episode 426 - Experts say ...

    Episode 426 - Experts say ...

    Topics:
    Analyzing Contemporary Issues: A Deep Dive into Crime Statistics, Domestic Violence, and Societal Trends
    In episode 426 of the 'Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove' podcast, the hosts engage in a comprehensive discussion covering an array of timely topics including crime rates in Queensland, the marches against violence towards women, and statistical analyses revealing significant insights into domestic violence in Australia. Further expanding their conversation, they delve into international relations, focusing on the U.S.'s stance on Chinese manufacturing and tariffs, along with the dynamics of foreign aid to Ukraine amidst the conflict. The episode also touches upon workplace fatalities, the advantages of a four-day workweek, and the role of AI in content creation. Throughout, the hosts offer critical insights, question prevailing narratives, and analyze data to shed light on complex issues ranging from gendered violence to geopolitical strategies and societal progress.
    00:00 Introduction
    00:36 Meet the Hosts
    01:06 Diving into Current Events: Crime Rates and Public Perception
    01:21 Exploring the Complexities of Violence Against Women
    02:05 The Misleading Nature of Crime Statistics
    04:02 China's Economic Policies and Global Impact
    05:17 A Closer Look at Domestic Violence and Gendered Violence
    11:26 Workplace Fatalities: A Gendered Perspective
    13:40 Debating the Effectiveness of Harsher Penalties for Crime
    17:02 Unpacking Domestic Violence Statistics and Misconceptions
    24:54 Crime Statistics and the Impact of COVID-19
    29:52 Australian Government's Aid to Ukraine: A Critical View
    32:17 Decommissioning Costs and Second-Hand Goods
    33:58 Gratitude for Children's Literature
    35:09 Controversial Figures in Literature
    35:47 Geopolitical Discussions: Israel and Gaza
    36:46 The Role of Egypt in the Israel-Gaza Conflict
    38:23 UNRWA and International Relations
    43:20 The Debate on Manufacturing and Subsidies
    51:12 The Case for a Four-Day Workweek
    55:05 Exploring AI's Role in Content Creation
    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 a href="https://www.speakpipe.com/IronFistVelvetGlove" rel="noopener...

    • 57 min
    Episode 425 - Germany is a Terrible Student

    Episode 425 - Germany is a Terrible Student

    Episode 425 of the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove podcast features hosts Trevor, Scott, and Joe discussing a range of topics including the situation in Gaza, international politics, China and the Spratly Islands, U.S. protectionism, and the concept of a four-day workweek. Key highlights include discussions about Yanis Varoufakis being banned from Germany amidst the Palestine-Gaza crisis, an analysis of past treaties regarding the ownership of the Spratly Islands, and reflections on global hegemony and hypocrisy surrounding Gaza. The episode also touches on Germany's reaction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the suppression of free speech, and the parallels drawn between historical and current events, such as the Suez Crisis, in illustrating shifts in global power dynamics. Additionally, the hosts share personal updates and express gratitude for various aspects of their lives.
    0:00 425
    00:42 Diving Into Worldly Matters: News, Politics, and a Dash of Humor
    01:05 The Yanis Varoufakis Controversy: Banned in Germany
    02:06 Gratitude and Groundskeeping: Life's Simple Pleasures
    03:23 Trevor Support Group: A Unique Take on Names and Identity
    07:30 Analyzing Germany's Stance on Freedom of Speech and Expression
    24:14 Labor's Political Maneuvering and Defence Spending Insights
    30:50 Debating Defense Recruitment and International Relations
    31:04 Australia's Defense Strategy and International Critique
    31:40 Exploring the Complexities of Non-Citizen Recruitment in Defense Forces
    36:20 China's Strategic Moves and International Law
    37:33 The Spratly Islands Dispute: Historical Context and Legal Arguments
    43:12 Global Politics and the Impact of Sanctions
    44:24 The Power of Social Media in Highlighting Global Tragedies
    49:27 Analyzing the Dynamics of Zionism and Middle Eastern Politics
    53:31 The Shifting Global Power Landscape
    58:10 Reflecting on Historical Events and Their Modern Implications
    01:01:48 Wrapping Up the Discussion
    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 a...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 424 - Housing and Gaza

    Episode 424 - Housing and Gaza

    Topics:
    00:43 Technical Troubles and Audio Adventures
    01:14 Introducing the Cast: From Velvet Glove to Tech Guy
    01:43 A Week in Review: From Housing Affordability to Global Politics
    02:57 Board Games and Gratitude: Quiddler and More
    06:01 The Luhrmann Case: A Deep Dive into Defamation and Justice
    18:29 Housing Crisis in Australia: Policies, Problems, and Public Opinion
    34:41 The Role of Public Housing and Foreign Investment in the Housing Market
    38:22 Reflecting on Australia's Housing Crisis and Policy Impacts
    38:47 The Role of Land Costs and Construction in Housing Prices
    40:52 Government Policies and Their Effect on Housing Affordability
    41:26 Historical Perspectives on Home Ownership and Policy Changes
    43:49 The Boomer Generation's Influence on Housing and Retirement
    47:33 Exploring Solutions to the Housing Crisis and Negative Gearing Debate
    52:27 The Global Stage: AUKUS, Japan, and International Relations
    56:12 International Comparisons and the Complexity of Housing Markets
    01:03:01 The Middle East Conflict: Perspectives, Reactions, and Media Coverage
    01:19:28 Concluding Thoughts and the Australian Government's Stance
    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 word search. It even has a player which will play the relevant section. It is incredibly quick.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 423 - Too Many Topics - Better Audio

    Episode 423 - Too Many Topics - Better Audio

    There was a problem with the audio in episode 423 which has been fixed. If you downloaded the first version you probably couldn't hear Joe properly and this episode 423a is for you. If you are late to the party and downloaded episode 423 after 2:45pm on Tuesday the 9th then you have probably downloaded the better audio which is exactly the same as this episode 423a. Hope that makes sense.
    Topics:
    00:00 Welcome to the Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove Podcast
    00:43 Introductions and Absences: The Hosts of Today's Episode
    01:12 A Week Off and the Energy to Podcast
    01:25 Engaging with the Audience: Chat Room Interactions
    01:41 Tonight's Packed Agenda: From Crime Rates to Real Estate
    03:34 Personal Anecdotes: Crime Rates and Misconceptions
    08:09 Exploring the World of Yannis Varoufakis
    11:30 Max Chandler Mather and the Housing Crisis Debate
    15:12 The Greens' Influence and Future Prospects
    16:49 Australia's Left Populism and Housing Policy Critique
    20:53 The Murdoch Press and Public Opinion
    22:43 Developers, Land Banks, and Housing Supply
    33:49 Religious Organizations and Taxation: A Green Perspective
    38:37 The Australian Law Reform Commission Report on Religious Discrimination
    45:38 Donald Trump, North Korea, and Easter Messages
    50:27 A Satirical Take on Comparing to Jesus
    52:19 The Art of Impersonation and Levity
    52:43 Political Commentary: Trump's Potential Victory
    57:09 A Deep Dive into Climate Change Denial
    01:03:45 The Controversial New Immigration Laws
    01:09:09 Global Shifts: The Changing World Order
    01:19:19 The TikTok Ban Debate in Australia
    01:27:08 Global South Pushes Back
    01:33:11 Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead
    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 a href="https://transcriptsearchtool.com/"...

    • 1 hr 33 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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