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CRV120

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Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill Cody

At the #DL14 conference, returning C-Realm guest, Henry Warwick, gave a presentation in which he described the development, growth and eventual enclosure of the internet using the narrative frame of the American frontier. Later, KMO sat down with Henry to discuss their experience of the conference. KMO was put off by the seeming disconnect between the academic jargon that many conference presenters and attendees use to try to come to terms with the predicament of people struggling to make a living online and the actual challenges that digital laborers face. Henry talks about the contradiction between the lip service that academics pay to the role of artists and the actual level of support and respect their actions imply.

441: Ayahuasca and the Anthropocene

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Alexander Bogdanov

Alexander Bogdanov

KMO and Olga welcome Joshua Wickerham of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council back to the C-Realm to talk about the state of drug policy reform and changing cultural narratives. The recent mid-term elections in the United States demonstrated that even with conservative politicians emerging victorious, drug policy reform is still moving forward, though it would seem that London Mayor, Boris Johnson, didn’t get the memo. The program ends with a recording of McKenzie Wark presenting his paper Digital Labor and the Anthropocene at the #DL14 conference.

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A maloka is a typical setting for an ayahuasca ritual in Peru.

A maloka is a typical setting for an ayahuasca ritual in Peru.

This episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast features a talk by Joshua Wickerham, Executive Director of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council, with Opening Remarks from Jag Davies and Ethan Nadelmann. This lecture was recorded at 6pm onTuesday, November 11 to a standing-room-only audience at Drug Policy Alliance Headquarters in Manhattan.

440: Voices of Hope

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Jonathan Santos provides the music on this week's episode.

Jonathan Santos provides the music on this week’s episode.

KMO attended the Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis gathering in NYC this past weekend and connected with people working to foster non-violent yet fundamental systems change. The first three speakers at the conference were Helena Norberg-Hodge, Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders. You can hear their presentations on this week’s episode of the C-Realm Podcast as well as the music of Jonathan Santos, who performed live, on-stage at the gathering.

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Vault_Cover118On last week’s C-Realm Podcast, KMO played part of a conversation with Brattleboro yoga teacher, Peter Rizzo. Some of that conversation, particularly Peter’s assessment of the yoga scene in New York City, was a bit more provocative than KMO wanted to get in the main C-Ream Podcast. Those juicy bits reside here in the Vault along with an extensive post-interview commentary from the lovely Olga K. Thank you for supporting the C-Realm with your Vault subscription.

439: Fundamental Systems Change

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Bhava Yoga's logo

Bhava Yoga’s logo

KMO’s conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures, recorded at Cooper Union, continues in this episode. Helena explains why she does not like to advocate for “revolution” with it’s implicit call for violence. Instead, she advocates the need for fundamental systems change carried out in a non-violent mode. Helena will be one of the presenters at an event called Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis. In the second half of the program, KMO and Olga sit down with Peter Rizzo of Bhava Yoga. The conversation brings together the seemingly separate (and possibly antithetical) concerns of changing the world for the better and refining the character of one’s own consciousness.

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Vault_Cover117KMO attended an event at the Murphy Institute that addressed the tension between climate activism and the labor movement. Unions seek to help workers secure good working conditions and pay, and the fossil fuel industry is a source of high-wage jobs. It’s also PART of what drives climate change. It’s hard to get people to support a campaign which could hurt their ability to earn a living and provide for the their families. The discussion was moderated by Sean Sweeney of the Cornell Global Labor Institute and features presentations by Bill McKibben of 350.0rg, Jill Furillo, Executive Director of the New York State Nurses Association, Christopher Erikson, Business Manager for Local 3 IBEW, and  Estela Vazquez, Executive VP of 1199 SEIU.

CRV117 Part 1

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Vault_Cover117KMO attended an event at the Murphy Institute that addressed the tension between climate activism and the labor movement. Unions seek to help workers secure good working conditions and pay, and the fossil fuel industry is a source of high-wage jobs. It’s also PART of what drives climate change. It’s hard to get people to support a campaign which could hurt their ability to earn a living and provide for the their families. The discussion was moderated by Sean Sweeney of theCornell Global Labor Institute and features presentations by Bill McKibben of 350.0rg, Jill Furillo, Executive Director of the New York State Nurses Association, Christopher Erikson, Business Manager for Local 3 IBEW, and  Estela Vazquez, Executive VP of 1199 SEIU.

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Vault_Cover117This is the audience participation portion of the Climate and Labor event that KMO attended at the Murphy Institute on October 31st, 2014.

438: The Great Grab

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If oil is the blood of the devil, then palm oil is his piss.

If oil is the blood of the devil, then palm oil is his piss.

KMO attended the Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth teach-in at Cooper Union this past weekend where he met and recorded conversations with Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture. Anuradha describes how agricultural corporations who portray their actions in terms sustainable practices and taking the needs of all stake-holders into account are pulling off an enormous land-grab in Africa and Asia and how the policies of the World Bank tilt the field in their favor to the detriment of local people. Helena Norberg-Hodge takes on the idea that humans are so selfish and short-sighted that they deserve to go extinct. This attitude plays into the hands of transnational corporations who are more than happy to see the blame for climate change, inequality and injustice fall on individual actors and not to the policies that create a marketplace which favors short-term profits over long-term responsibility.