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#TuneOutTuesday gives a whole new meaning to Loose Units

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It’s #TuneOutTuesday!
Around here a “Loose Unit” is usually a fairly unpleasant experience. If you’ve ever ordered a tongue-to-bum you’ll know what I mean.

In podcast land it’s a whole different story. This is one of Mr Vivi’s absolute favourites – Loose Units. He hangs out for it every week and I often hear him cackling away while he works and listens through his headphones.

Paul is a radio journalist and you’ll probably recognise his voice from various ABC radio shows and reports. John is his Dad and when Paul was a kid John was a cop. This was in Sydney in the 80’s and Paul worked the Northern Suburbs beat together with Paul’s mum – and that gives us Season 1. It’s Underbelly meets the Dukes of Hazzard most of the time but it’s definitely worth hearing from a decent bloke who joined the force to be of service to his community and left it almost completely disillusioned with the way corruption and graft had infiltrated all levels of the police force.

After John left the force he worked in forensics – which has kept us entertained through Season 2 – and after that he worked for the NSW Work Cover Authority investigating industrial accidents – here comes Season 3 in 2020!

The Loose Units live show is coming to Brisbane TONIGHT! and part of my Christmas present from Mr Vivi was tickets to the show. If you’ve ever worked for the public service or a large organisation with lots of weird rules and lots of weirder colleagues you’ll enjoy Loose Units.

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#TuneOutTuesday goes creepy crawly in The Critter Shed

It’sย #TuneOutTuesday! The weekly podcast recommendation from Miss Vivi that is meant to get you out of your head and into some cool content that will feed your amazing brain.

The Critter Shedย is a favourite of ours, particularly for road trips. If you like learning about the weird and wonderful side of nature – about things like spider sex, venom-packing frogs, or mind-controlling parasites, and more – then this is the podcast for you!
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Collie Ennis is a science research associate with Trinity College Dublin who owns a shed full of creepy crawlies and reptiles.

Colette Kinsella is an audio producer who loves to talk about animals.

This podcast isn’t recorded in a studio with a guest, a coffee and a suite full of sound effects. It’s recorded as Collie and Colette explore the sheds full of creatures in Collie’s back yard or the log habitat he built in his front yard or the local wetlands at night looking for newts with a torch. We give it 8 thumbs up!

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African Swine Fever risks genetic diversity of pig populations globally

dangers of africa swine fever and how to prevent it biosecurity

We’ve all seen the awful images of thousands of pigs being destroyed across Asia recently from countries that have been hit with African Swine Fever (ASF) and it is not only devastating for their agricultural producers, it threatens the food security of those nations. Small scale farmers are the hardest hit as they can lose their entire herd in one day.

This isn’t only a global crisis in terms of food production. It also has widespread implications for the genetic diversity of pigs around the world as up to one quarter of the world’s pigs have been culled by September 2019 to try and halt the spread of the disease.

Australia has been lucky so far and African Swine Fever has not been detected in Australian pig herds. However, two Western Australian men were jailed very recently for illegally smuggling boar semen from overseas through our airports – and they have been doing it since at least 2009.ย  ASF was detected in Europe as early as 2007.ย  It would only take one batch of infected semen to wipe out most of our domestic herds as well.

Imports of pork from affected countries have been restricted as the disease can also be spread through infected meat.ย  But we’ve all seen the TV shows where tourists are found trying to bring all sorts of biosecurity hazards in their suitcases – and those are just the people that get caught on camera at airports.

NSW DPI Biosecurity says:

“East Timor has become the latest Asian country to be hit with African swine fever, following China, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines.

ASF is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs.

Australia is currently free of ASF but meat products containing these pathogens may be illegally imported into Australia undetected by quarantine.

Feeding food scraps โ€˜swillโ€™ that has been in contact with these products may lead to serious diseases in pigs including foot and mouth disease and African and classical swine fevers.

Banning the feeding of prohibited food waste to pigs and ruminants provides an important defence against these and other serious livestock diseases to Australia.

For more information, visitย http://bit.ly/2AY4Es6

So, Vivsters, for the sake of our farmers who are already struggling so much to survive, for the sake of our own national food security and the global effort to feed the world and keep the peace, and for the sake of science and strong genetic diversity in all the world’s species – be alert, be a little be alarmed, be informed

and spread the word about how vitally important biosecurity is to the future of all nations.

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3 Oct 2019