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The world's first and only anti-free speech podcast. Big Shiny Takes looks at the terrible columns written by the "thought-leaders" in Canada and goes through why some of these pieces should have never been published in a place where people can read them.

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The world's first and only anti-free speech podcast. Big Shiny Takes looks at the terrible columns written by the "thought-leaders" in Canada and goes through why some of these pieces should have never been published in a place where people can read them.

    The Dead Center (ft. Luke Savage)

    The Dead Center (ft. Luke Savage)

    Luke Savage, author of the new book The Dead Center: Reflections on Liberalism and co-host of the Michael and Us podcast , joins us to read a column from ur-smug centrist and National Observer "lead columnist" Max Fawcett.

    In this piece, Fawcett outlines how he thinks Pierre Poilievre is attempting to appeal to the far-right (true) and far-left (lol) by opposing vaccine mandates and talking about "elites". Naturally, it's his beloved Liberal party which has found the perfect balance in all things.

    Plugs and Recs

    The Dead Center

    Just how bad will Pierre Poilievre be for the climate?

    Conspiracy Theorist Danielle Smith Is Leading in Alberta's Conservative Party Race

    In Hasidic Enclaves, Failing Private Schools Flush With Public Money

    • 59 min
    Lilley Unmasked (ft. Megan Linton)

    Lilley Unmasked (ft. Megan Linton)

    The gang invites Megan Linton of the Harbinger Media Network podcast Invisible Institutions to slog through an incredibly lazy piece by Brian Lilley. It's a column that contains much hand-wringing about masks and requirements to have them. It's also basically the same as the column he wrote the week before.

    Also, a discussion about a certain monarch's death, its dominance of the news cycle and why that does Canadians a disservice – especially on a week that saw another mass killing event mishandled by the RCMP.

    Plugs and Recs

    Invisible Institutions

    Briarpatch Sept./Oct. 2022 – The Disability Justice Issue
    Fighting for the right to f**k“We are fed the same way caged animals are”Canadian mining companies rejoice as Chileans reject new constitution

    Education fraud experts raise alarm about Calgary police ties to unaccredited college

    The Queen Represented Racist Violence As Much As She Did Glamour

    • 1 hr 12 min
    National Post is a TERF rag (ft. Fae Johnstone)

    National Post is a TERF rag (ft. Fae Johnstone)

    The Big Shiny Takes Institute has returned! This week, Eric, Marino and Jeremy are joined by Fae Johnstone (Executive Director of Wisdom2Action, writer and activist) to read some absolutely horrendous transphobia published in the National Post.

    The National Post, seemingly taking their cues from the transphobes down in the US and UK (TERF Island) are now pushing "gender critical" talking points as a way of limiting access to care. It's b******t and whoever wrote it should have rotten produce thrown at their head.

    Unfortunately for us, this column doesn't have a name in its byline. The bigot who felt compelled to write this pseudoscientific trash was too shy to include their name in the byline. Listen to the episode and find out why.

    Despite the fact that all of us are well accustomed to the low standard for what passes as a column in the National Post, this column pissed us off.

    NOTE
    Less than an hour after recording this episode, failed actor and hack fraud journalist Sue-Ann Levy released a hatchet job piece on Fae for the True North Centre. The piece is stupid and pretends that Fae calling people TERFS is bad.

    We're not going to link to that piece. Instead, read this piece from Fae that she wrote for the Star on the optics-based approach of the Liberal Party in regards to 2SLGBTQI+ issues:

    Fae Johnstone - Six years in, Trudeau government's work on  2SLGBTQI+ issues is still underwhelming

    Plugs and Recs
    Maelys McArdle - Transphobia in the National Post
    Dragon Age (every single one but especially Origins)
    The Orchard
    Kino Lefter
    Breath of the Wild

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The War on Climate (ft. Mitchell Thompson)

    The War on Climate (ft. Mitchell Thompson)

    The Big Shiny Takes Institute is reporting live from the frontlines of the climate war (Eric's living room). This episode we are joined by Mitchell Thompson from PressProgress to take apart an incoherent screed written by a senior fellow of the Macdonald Laurier Institute - Jamil Jivani. 

    The column suggests Trudeau's cultish fixation on saving the environment is causing real world suffering. We, as readers and people who exist in reality, are left to try and figure out what on earth he is talking about. 

    • 1 hr
    They said sorry though (ft. Alex from Haus of Decline)

    They said sorry though (ft. Alex from Haus of Decline)

    The boys are back with another terrible column!

    This week they are joined by Alex from Haus of Decline to read another awful piece by Adam Zivo in which he makes the argument to let the police march in the Toronto Pride Parade. I say he makes the argument, but really what he does is list all the very valid reasons people don't want the police there and shrugs.

    This episode was recorded in early July, so during Plugs and Recs Jeremy talks about a fundraiser for his substack. It's over now but that shouldn't stop you from supporting his journalism. The fundraiser was a success by the way, here's a link to the article the fundraiser was supporting.


    Plugs and Recs

    Invisible Institutions
    Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
    Star Trek Deep Space Nine

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Not Alright Alright Alright (ft. Gordon Katic)

    Not Alright Alright Alright (ft. Gordon Katic)

    The Big Shiny Takes Institute has returned! Joined by Friend of the Institute Gordon Katic the boys read a particularly awful column by Vinay Menon about the aftermath of the horrific school shooting in Uvalde. Instead of having something useful to say, Vinay decided to write a column about Matthew McConaughey's moral obligation to run for president. We feel like he's sort of missing the point.

    Plugs and Recs

    Darts and Letters
    Imperial News - Bad Books by Bad People
    Tech Won't Save Us - Privatizing the internet was a mistake
    The Hoser - Short Circuit
    Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
    The Boys
    The Dig - The New Democrats w/ Lily Geismer

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Raoul_Duke1 ,

Funny and informative

This show is so good! I listen every chance I get.

Von Chimera ,

Yellow peril from Canada

Ayyy shout out to all the radlibs out there in anti-China land spreading misinformation for some to hear! I say some bc there don’t appear to be many listeners, but hey, that’s what happens to bigots who spread CIA propaganda about other countries. We'll get those Iraqi WMDs someday don’t give up fellows the hosts of this podcast certainly won’t give up that ghost

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