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FACT CHECKING THE NEWS

Can you smell it? 

The media is full of dubious stories. As the American journalist IF Stone wrote in 1952: “Emphasis, omission, and distortion rather than outright lying are the tools of the war propagandists.”

The same is true in peacetime. On this podcast, we take stories that are in the news and dissect them to see if we can work out where the propaganda lies. 

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BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

I was musing, in the last episode, about whether or not sanctions have ever worked. Are they even legal? Over the last two decades, international economic sanctions have become a central instrument in global governance. Today we explore the success rate and the real intentions of sanctions as a tool of Total War.

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Latest Episode

BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

I was musing, in the last episode, about whether or not sanctions have ever worked. Are they even legal? Over the last two decades, international economic sanctions have become a central instrument in global governance. Today we explore the success rate and the real intentions of sanctions as a tool of Total War.

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Recent Episodes

BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

BFTN 106 – Pimps Of War

The war continues, 60 plus days. The US and EU and their allies, eg Australia, continue to “support” Ukraine by giving them some kind of military aid. But the question is whether or not this is going to result in less Ukrainian deaths… or more?

BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

Bullshit Filter 105 – Offensive Realism 101

Today we talk about “Offensive Realism”, the theory put forward by John Mearsheimer in his 2001 book “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics”, and how it might explain the current Russia/Ukraine/NATO/USA situation.

BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

BFTN 104 – Russia and Ukraine P2

Yesterday Putin announced he was starting a “special military operation” in Ukraine. He said his goal was to “demilitarize” but not occupy the country, and that any countries that intervene in Ukraine invasion will face consequences. He also gave an hour long speech the day before, explaining his thinking behind they invasion. As usual, his speech has been completely misrepresented by the Western media. Today we’re joined by Trevor Bell to break down the events of the last week.

BFTN 107 – Do Economic Sanctions Work?

BFTN 103 – Russia and Ukraine

If you only get your news from the mainstream media, you’ve probably heard that the world’s about to end because of “Russian aggression”. Of course, as always, that’s a highly filtered version of the story. To understand what’s happening with Russia and Ukraine, we really need to understand what happened at the end of the Cold War, with Russia, NATO and the United States. On this episode, we delve into the history to we can understand the present. We talk about the infamous “one inch” promise and the how the USA has slowly increased pressure on Russia. As always, this isn’t a story about the good guys versus the bad guys. It’s a story about history and nations trying to protect their interests.

Welcome To The Bullshit Filter Podcast!

This show is different from some other podcasts in the following ways.

1. There are TWO OF US. This is a conversation, not a lecture.

2. It’s FLEXIBLE. Which means sometimes we cover a few stories in a single episode, but other times we might take 3 or 25 episodes to tell a story. 

3. It’s NSFW. While we take the world affairs very seriously, we also know that learning is more effective when you’re having fun. Sometimes (okay, quite often) “having fun” for us translates as bad language and dirty jokes. Let’s face it – this world is violent and sexy. This is NOT a child-friendly show, nor is it safe for work.

4. We sometimes CHARGE MONEY. We do this for a living and put a lot of time and effort into making our content. So some of our episodes are free and some require a paid subscription. Feel free to listen to the free ones and then, if you like them, register to listen to the rest.

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Worth Your Time

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by El Groo from United Kingdom on May 17, 2019

I’ve just listened to and thoroughly recommend the mini-series on vaccines, both from its exploration of the subject, but also it’s demonstration on how to decide what can be believed in a post-truth society.
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They read books!!!

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Divicus from Switzerland on November 26, 2018

So, the scandelous news is public!! All that these guys know is only from……BOOKS! Anyone who has followed their detailed, funny and well documented stories from the great JC to Stalin, from Brutus to Beria or from Alexander to Rooswelt would have thought that Ray&Cam must have a misterious time machine, hidden somwhere in Ray‘s secret basement, just behind the dark-age tourture machines. How else could Ray&Cam have discovered that many famous songs from the 1980‘s were in fact written by ancient singer&songwriters, among them the Toto Song Africa, which was originally composed by Sextus Pompeius, better known to the podcast community as Sexi Pee. Since all Ray&Cam know is from books, the still have to read the book of books received in Florence. No, not the bible, the book about how the 99% rule over the 1% instead the other way around. Yes, read the book about the secret formula to limit government spending on arms and direct cash to hospitals, schools and roads instead and how to tax the rich! The book is about Direct Democracy in good old Switzerland, a country with 4 impossible languages, sorunded by powerful neigbhours and divided by different religous believes and high mountains. Well, so keep reading your books! Great to listen to your podcasts!
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This is The Greatest Show!

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Benakiba from Australia on May 13, 2018

Imagine yourself having a chat over a coffee with a good friend who you admire, for their wits, humour and general view on humanity. You could easily sit there and listen all day without saying a word, and still feel you participated in the conversation and came out of it richer and looking for more. This is what you will experience listening to Cam and Ray. These guys are totally politically incorrect, contagiously funny, yet deadly serious in their relentless search for facts about the world we all live in. So, get yourself a cuppa and plug in. But be warned – you’ll keep coming back for more!
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