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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.

    Elon Musk: A Hero's Journey, by Douglas Cope-land (ft. Paris Marx)

    Elon Musk: A Hero's Journey, by Douglas Cope-land (ft. Paris Marx)

    It's our opinion at the Big Shiny Takes Institute that billionaires have it too hard. Yeah sure they have unlimited access to resources, are able to shape policy to benefit themselves and have the power of small nation-states – but have you considered how difficult it must be to have someone be mean to you on the internet?

    Paris Marx (@parismarx), host of Tech Won't Save Us (@techwontsaveus) explains why there should be room for criticism of all billionaires while we read through one of the most tedious pieces of unfettered PR for Elon Musk that has ever been written. It's a piece in the Guardian by Canadian Gen X icon (lol) Douglas Coupland, so we're allowed to make fun of it. 

    Plugs and Recs

    Tech Won't Save Us

    The Appel Orchard (Jeremy's Substack, everyone subscribe!)

    Worst Columnist in Canada Contest (Final begins Monday!)

    Rawan Abdelbaki: Erin O'Toole is no ally of labour - he's a con-man

    Robert Hiltz - The Communist Party Benefits Us All

    and of course, Spiderman 2

    • 1 hr 46 min
    TEASER: Bonus Episode – Lost in the Supermarket (ft. Rob Rousseau)

    TEASER: Bonus Episode – Lost in the Supermarket (ft. Rob Rousseau)

    Head to patreon.com/bigshinytakes to unlock this and all of our other bonus episodes for as little as $3 a month!

    Rob Rousseau joins us to read one of the most fun columns we have had the pleasure of reading in this very grim timeline.

    We go through Josh Freed's column in the Montreal Gazette on why customers should be paid by supermarkets for using self-checkouts. Now this isn't a typical Big Shiny Takes infuriating read. Josh actually has a bit of fun with the column. He also brushes up against a very strong point (that businesses use automation as an excuse to fire people in order to maximize their profit margins). Unfortunately, this seems to just be an accessory to the main point, which can be summed up as, "I'm old, minor inconveniences I experience are serious problems, and computers scare me".
    We also tell the story about how a National Post idiot messaged us very late at night to sarcastically applaud us for making fun of his weak attempts at writing.

    Stick around to the end for some talk about the election. I know this is a controversial opinion, but I think maybe a pandemic is a bad time for an election. 

    • 5 min
    Listen Mack (ft. Rob Rousseau)

    Listen Mack (ft. Rob Rousseau)

    This week we've got Rob Rousseau (@robrousseau) on the show to talk about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan after taking a detour through volunteer scabs, Calgary Herald ace Licia Corbella and who Rob thinks will take home the gold in our Worst Pundit contest.

    Former British soldier David Mack writes in the Globe and Mail that the U.S. must stay in Afghanistan for at least another 20-30 years, crying crocodile tears for all the Afghans who will now be under Taliban rule.

    We've let down Afghans, he says, ignoring completely everything that's happened in the past 50 years that contributed to the Taliban's rise.

    If you'd like to hear part two, where we discuss automation by way of a piece in Rob's hometown paper and decide which is worse, sign up for our Patreon to have it in your feed next week.

    Plugs and Recs

    Marino joins Haus of Decline

    The Rob Rousseau Show

    Eduardo Galeano: Open Veins of Latin America

    Jeremy: Can Systemic Racism In Policing Be Fixed?

    Kim Stanley Robinson: a climate plan for a world in flames

    Imperial Newz on Twitch

    Big Shiny Takes is a proud part of the Harbinger Media Network. Theme music is by Jack Dump.

    If you like our show, give us a follow on social media, @bigshinytakes, leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts, or give us some money at Patreon to unlock bonus content!  

    • 1 hr 4 min
    John Tory Hates Poor People (ft. Aliya Pabani)

    John Tory Hates Poor People (ft. Aliya Pabani)

    Aliya Pabani of the Encampment Support Network, and host of We Are Not the Virus, joins us to talk about Toronto Mayor John Tory's "reasonable, firm, but compassionate" war on homeless encampments in the city.

    We come by this through a column from newly-minted National Post ghoul Adam Zivo, who writes that the violent displacement of unhoused people from the city's encampments, like the one at Lamport Stadium, were in fact a victory for the working class, as if no working people are unhoused.

    In case you're wondering what kinda guy Zivo is, he describes himself as an LGBTQ activist, "with a focus on incremental change and private sector sponsorships." 

    Plugs and Recs

    Support the Encampment Support Network!

    Follow our Canada's Worst Columnist contest!

    We Are Not the Virus
    Brett Story: How Does It End? Story and the Property Form

    Vincent Bevins: The Jakarta Method

    Danielle Paradis: The UCP Knew the Inequitable Impacts of COVID-19 All Along

    The Bottlemen: Victims of Victims of Communism

    Big Shiny Takes is a proud part of the Harbinger Media Network. Theme music is by Jack Dump.

    If you like our show, give us a follow on social media, @bigshinytakes, leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts, or give us some money at Patreon to unlock bonus content!  

    • 1 hr 33 min
    TEASER: Bonus episode – Jon Kay, Pet Detective

    TEASER: Bonus episode – Jon Kay, Pet Detective

    Head to patreon.com/bigshinytakes to unlock this and all of our other bonus episodes for as little as $3 a month!

    Jeremy, Marino and Eric continue their conversation with Erica Ifill for a hilarious read of Jon Kay's latest anti-diversity screed. Dog Shampoo Boy scolds Sobeys for its "Woke Initiatives," then he gets distracted and starts rambling about churches burning.

    For just a few dollars a month you can get double the Big Shiny Takes content, and we would really appreciate it. We love making this show, and we hope you enjoy it too. 

    ALSO! Keep your eyes on our twitter feed to help us determine the worst columnist in Canada. 

    • 4 min
    Mendy Wesley (ft. Erica Ifill)

    Mendy Wesley (ft. Erica Ifill)

    Erica Ifill (@wickdchiq) of the Bad + Bitchy podcast joins us to talk about ex-CBC host Wendy Mesley's woe-is-me shtick in the Globe and Mail after she got canned for getting caught saying the n-word repeatedly over two years. How many times over her 40-year career did she say it without getting caught?

    Melsey argues that firing her alone won't solve systemic racism at our state broadcaster. True, but it's not like it would it would hurt either. 

    To hear part two, where we talk about dog shampoo enthusiast Jon Kay, sign up for our Patreon to have it in your feed next week. 

    Plugs and Recs

    Bad + Bitchy

    Barney Ronay: England the country — not the football team — needs to take a look at itself
    Erin Anderssen: Can racism cause schizophrenia?

    Jeremy interviews the PM

    Jaclynn Ashly: The Canadian Mining Company Dominicans Call 'Worse Than Columbus'

    Kevin Metcalf: I Was Fired For Criticizing Israel. Now I Dig Holes For A Living

    Big Shiny Takes is a proud part of the Harbinger Media Network. Theme music is by Jack Dump.

    If you like our show, give us a follow on social media, @bigshinytakes, leave us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts, or give us some money at Patreon to unlock bonus content!  

    • 1 hr 23 min

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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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