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CRV 183

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Keith Preston

Keith Preston

KMO talks to Keith Preston of Attack the System about the historical trajectory of the Neocons and why they're likely to be moving back to the Democratic party if and when the current Republican coalition fractures. Keith also describes the roll of "useful idiots" on both the left and the right and how they empower elites who only pretend to share the values and interests of their constituents.

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KMO in Berryville, Arkansas, 31 January 2016

KMO in Berryville, Arkansas, 31 January 2016

C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sadu interviewed KMO for the Symptomatic Redness podcast but then never used the recording. Here it is for the edification of the C-Realm Vault subscribers. The conversation was meant to focus on the Singularitarian mentality, but it focuses more on economics, climate change, collapse and "doomer porn."

500: Whiplash Plateau

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Dmitry Orov

Dmitry Orov

Dmitry Orlov returns to the C-Realm Podcast for a review of the Peak Oil scene and where it stands 9+ years after his first introduced the topic to C-Realm listeners in episode 20. KMO asks if the American empire has any chance of collapsing as gracefully as the Soviet empire did. Dmitry's answer gives little reason for optimism. Dmitry also explains how it takes a lot of oil to make a Bitcoin and why "undulating plateau" is too euphemistic a phrase to describe the wild fluctuations that the Peak Oil theory predicts for oil prices once the easy-to-obtain oil is gone. This episode marks the transition from a weekly to a monthly production schedule for the main C-Realm Podcast.

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Rory's Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes

KMO and Peg Aloi of The Witch's Voice talk about media, magic, the Internet of old, social media, fear and consumption. Peg is concerned that the mainstream acceptance that witches now enjoy could be lost in a new Satanic Panic. KMO reflects on the positive uses of magickal ritual in creating works of art.

499: Alt Dot Paganism

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Is this Major Tom's skull?

Is this Major Tom's skull?

In the 1960s and 70s, Hollywood gave us lurid visions of devil worship and the coming of the Anti-Christ in movies like Rosemary's Baby and The Omen. In the 1980s, The Believers, a movie about Santeria, provided a blueprint for the real life Metamoros cult murders in Mexico.  By the late 90s, movies like The Craft recognized a world older and less hidebound than the one encompassed by Christian beliefs. At the same time, the X-Files seemed to use the rising power of the internet to conjure weird tales that seemed more like an encounter with the strange side of real life and less like recycled Hollywood tropes about aliens and monsters. KMO and occult researcher Peg Aloi explore the interplay between popular entertainment and occult beliefs and practices.

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C-Realm_322KMO and James Howard Kunstler compare notes on Social Justice Warriors and the book SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day. Jim got a taste of the SJW modus operandi after he gave a talk at Boston College.

498: Everything’s a Racket

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Detail from The 4th of July by James Howard Kunstler

Detail from The 4th of July by James Howard Kunstler

As the weekly C-Realm Podcast production schedule winds down, KMO invites long-time, repeat guest, James Howard Kunstler back to the program to talk about what has allowed the world economy to levitate in defiance of the laws of economic physics for the last 8 years. KMO asks about the prospect of continued job loss to automation, and JHK says that there's no need to worry about robots stealing your job. Rather, he says, it's time to take an interest in working with mules. They also touch on the US presidential election.

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CRV179_coverThe conversation about universal basic income continues in this episode of the Vault. KMO welcomes filmmaker Joshua Bregman back the C-Realm to represent the views outlined in the book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. The conversation also touches on technological unemployment, the de-skilling of labor, and single-payer health care.

497: Back Ahead

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C-Realm_497_coverKMO starts 2016 with a look back at some of 2015's preoccupations, starting with the "sexy baby vocal virus" otherwise known as up speak and vocal fry. It only seems to bother anybody when young women do it, so is the objection based on sexism? If so, why does so much of the pushback come from older women and women who have had voice training? Did anything else of consequence garner any attention in 2015? Hmmm...

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Sweet Home, Minecraft!

Sweet Home, Minecraft!

The conversation with Alfie Bown concludes here with an EDA-style analysis of Minecraft. Then Doug Lain checks in to help poor KMO's analytic brain make sense of continental philosophy and critical theory.