017 Podcast announces “sacrifice tribal chieftain” policy on hurricane relief from September 12 2005

First broadcast September 12, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, the inside story on the tragic demise if our original site, the awful fate of those responsible, and the heartwarming tale of our British pluck, Kiwi fix-it-with-a-bit-of-number-eight-fencing-wire resilience and good old Yankee can-do spirit which has seen us indulge in an orgy of useless finger-pointing recriminations.

No wait, I’m sorry, that would be the various layers of government in the United States arguing over who is responsible for what happened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Silent Running is already back in business.

SR contributor Kiwi Bob, a former New Zealand emergency service official, talks about how the disaster relief operation seems to have gone in New Orleans, and discusses what might happen if a massive earthquake hits the New Zealand capital Wellington. Here’s a hint – you’re on your own.

We’ll hear from Craig Ranapia of NZ Pundit about how next week’s New Zealand election will play out – his only actual prediction being the safe assumption that on Sunday the 18th there will be many, many hangovers across the land. Blogs mentioned in the interview include KiwiblogPublic AddressSir Humphry’s and Frogblog.Laurence Simon pays a very personal tribute to a Houston landmark (mentioning Michelle Malkin’s blog prominently), and finally Our Man in London takes us out with his band’s new single, “Cry Freedom”..

SNN will be taking a break next week, but will be back again, in two weeks time. Complete with “Blog News”, I promise.

016 Podcast Underwater, blames Bush from September 04 2005

First broadcast September 04, 2005: In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, it’s all Katrina, all the time, as we dump the lighthearted Blog News segment on the grounds of taste while people are dying in New Orleans. I don’t want to make jokes this week, and you don’t want to hear them.

Instead, we hear from uber-Katrina-blogger Brendan Loy, and get some international reaction from Canada’s own Damian PennyOur Man in Londonbring his trans-Atlantic perspective to the story, and updates us on the latest from the British front in the war.

SNN will be taking a break next week, but will be back again, large as life and twice as ugly, on September 17th.

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014 Podcast has public mental breakdown, demands meeting with Bush from August 20 2005

In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, documentary maker Steve Rosenbaum talks about his film on 9/11, “Seven Days in September”; Our Man in London talks about the reaction to the new light shed on the police shooting of an innocent man at a tube station; and controversial Australian historian Keith Widschuttle discusses the politicisation of history and how to resist it.

Also mentioned, SamizdataMark Steyn, Cindy Sheehan and “flaming Jewish arrows”, Sydney blogger Leigh Cartwright, the withdrawl from Gaza and why no one wants to be prime minister of Israel, Brazialian-Israeli on the spot in Gaza blogger Renatinha of Balagan fame, Meryl Yourish, and righteous penetint Scott Randolph has the scales fall from his eyes so he can see the light. [James Brown voice] I SAID, HAVE YOU SEEEEEEEN THE LIGHT! [/JAMES BROWNVOICE]

And as always we bring you the Full of Crap Report from Laurence Simon.

You can now subscribe to Shire Network News on Apple iTunes. Under “Genres”, select “Podcasts”, type the word “Shire” in the left-hand panel just above the message “Search all podcasts”, and click the magnifying glass icon. You should then be taken to a screen where you can subscribe to SNN.

If for some reason that doesn’t work, click on “Advanced” on the top of the screen and then select “Subscribe to Podcast” and enter this into the panel: http://tuatara.blogmatrix.com/index.xml

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I’m looking at better and more efficient ways of distributing this podcast by also using a new hosting service called Liberated Syndication, so an alternative is for you to get the podcast from here . Let me know if that works better for you, and if it does then I’ll switch to in permenantly.

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013 Podcast issues multi-lingual threats to exterminate infidels from August 13, 2005

Of note to modern day Shire Network News geeks: this show is the original source of the Blog News bumper clip! About 5 min in you can hear Tom pick it up and use it as we then did for all time.

In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Our Man in London reports on a very British brouhaha over the former foriegn secretary’s funeral.

A “controversial” Australian historian (and when I say “controversial” I mean not a raving PC nutjob) Keith Widschuttle joins us to discuss the politicisation of history and how to resist it.

And the only New Zealand political party leader to also be an active blogger, Rodney Hide of the ACT Party previews his chances in the upcoming election.

And as always we bring you the Full of Crap Report from Laurence Simon.

Also mentioned, Sheikh Gazza, Lord of the Kyber, Little Green FootballsMEMRI, an alert commenter at Tim Blair’s blog, Chinese attempts to pretend they don’t have suicide bombings there, Internet Haganah and Jawa Report call bullshit on that, the Vietnam veteran who isn’t, a new report on why the Left is crazy and a summation of the various attempts to discredit it, and New Zealand blogs rumoured to be (gasp!) ACT Party boosters – NZ Pundit and Sir Humphreys.

We also have a challenge – send in a series of completely true and yet taken together highly misleading, facts about yourself, strung together in such a way as to make your life sound a lot more interesting that it actually is. Listen to the podcast for a couple of good examples.

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012 Podcast announces end to its armed campaign from August 5, 2005

In this week’s edition of Shire Network News, the official podcast of Silent Running, Our Man in London reports that Tony Blair is apparently taking advice from Scott BurgessHarry and a few other bloggers on how to handle Jihadi inciters.

We go to Baghdad to speak to Omar, from Iraq the Model, about blogging from a war zone, and why what you see on your TV screen is most assuredly not the full picture.

As always we bring you the Full of Crap Report from Laurence Simon, at the end of which I practically beg him to get me a gig on the much bigger and more popular IMAO Podcast. It’s true, I have no shame, and there are no depths to which I will not sink in order to get some fame. What I really want to do eventually is direct though…

And finally we travel to the land of leprechauns, jigs, shamrocks, and…uh…kneecappings. Mick Fealty, the man behind the essential Northern Ireland blog/news portal Slugger O’Toole joins us to talk about the IRA‘s announcement it’s giving up it’s “armed struggle”, and what this means for the future of the province. Anything that means less media coverage for Ted Kennedy’s bloviating is fine with me.

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