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CRV 206

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Melania Trump in Azeroth.

Melania Trump in Azeroth.

KMO and Doug Lain start off talking about Brexit and somehow find themselves in the quagmire of, "What are the chances that we're all living in a big simulation?" In the end, perhaps frustrated by any lack of progress in the conversation, KMO lambasts the new media for its obsessive focus on whether Melania Trump may have plagiarized Michele Obama and its complete failure to notice that both women gave speeches blaming the poor for the stagnant economy and our fragmenting society.

C-Realm Radio 009

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C-Realm_346KMO and Dermot O'Connor made a video about lazy and irresponsible talk about Islam. The first hour of this week's C-Realm Radio program features the audio from that video and a lot of unscripted opining from KMO. The archive conversation in the second hour (which is included in this download) features a 2013 interview with Charles C. Mann which seems surprisingly germane to this discussion given that it doesn't once explicitly mention the topic of Islam.

CRV 205

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CRV205_coverKMO and Dermot O'Connor, with the help of FACT8 TV in Bellows Falls, VT, made a video in response to Sargon of Akkad, who asserted that Western Cultural was obviously and objectively superior to Islamic culture based a variety of criteria. This episode of the Vault includes the call that KMO and Dermot used to plan their approach to making the video. In it, Dermot dispels a variety of popular myths and misconceptions about the history of religion and science.  It contains plenty of great discussion which could not be included in the video for purposes of time.

C-Realm Radio 008

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CRR008KMO talks with animator and working class champion, Dermot O'Connor, about the on-going campaign to dehumanize working class people in Britain (Chavs) and the US (Rednecks) in order to justify throwing them under the bus economically.  Justifying austerity and immiseration for the working class will allow the upper middle class (what John Michael Greer calls the "salary class") to put off having to face the end of the great expansion of the 20th Century for a little while longer.

CRV204

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CRV204_coverKMO concludes the Brexit discussion with some listener feedback before moving on to fluffier pastures. For most of the episode, KMO and Tom O'Brien talk about the accents of the actors in some of their favorite TV shows including The Wire, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

C-Realm Radio 007

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BrexitThis episode features a conversation with Tom O'Brien of the From Alpha to Omega podcast about the recent Brexit referendum. This is a companion piece to C-Realm Podcast 505: Parsing Brexit. The second hour (not included in the uploaded recording) was a repeat of C-Realm Podcast 397: We're the House with guest David J. Blacker.

505: Parsing Brexit

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COVER_ART_505By the time this podcast has finished uploading to the C-Realm server, the knock-on effects of Brexit, should they prove just half as devastating as the prophets of Remain foretell, will have taken down the internet and possibly the global electricity grid as well. On the off chance that the consequences turn out to be less dire than all that, you may have the chance to hear KMO discuss the Brexit vote with Ben McLeish, a smart chap with a British accent.

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CRV203_coverThis is the second half of the group conversation that began in CRV202. KMO sets the stage with a little context on the origin and meaning of the famous quote, "War is the health of the state." The conversation, naturally, turns to consciousness, and the group explores whether there is any necessary relationship between consciousness and power. Corporations seem to be less conscious than the people who work for them, but they are far more powerful. KMO presses the group's conspiracy-minded member on whether the rest of the group is wasting their time and energy fretting over anthropogenic climate change. One participant mentioned the documentary The True Cost, and KMO inserts a clip from the trailer.

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CRV202_coverOn a recent road trip, KMO stayed with friends of the C-Realm in northeast Kansas who took him to a meeting of a local discussion group. The event hostess intended to talk about the papal encyclical on the environment, but the conversation turned immediately to gun control and proceeded from there. Thomas Frank asked, "What's the matter with Kansas?" Certainly not this group of thoughtful folks, which included permaculture teacher, Michael Almon and author, Margaret Del Debbio.

CRV201

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Cassy and Uncle Tom

Cassy and Uncle Tom

KMO grouses about the cynical opportunism that floods the commercial media and social media in the wake of every mass shooting before getting down to reporting on, reading from, and reflecting upon the second half of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

C-Realm Radio 006

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Kesha Ram in the WOOL.FM studio.

Kesha Ram in the WOOL.FM studio.

KMO asks Vermont legislator and candidate for Lt. Governor, Kesha Ram, about how the 2016 attempt to legalize recreational marijuana went off the rails and ended in no change at all to the law. Vermont does not allow citizen-lead ballot initiatives, and Governor Peter Shumlin was hoping to make Vermont the first state in which lawmakers rather than citizens lead the push to end the prohibition of marijuana at the state level. KMO and Kesha also talk about farming and the opioid "epidemic" in Vermont. The second hour features a conversation with Lex Pelger and Dimitri Mugianis about iboga from C-Realm Podcast #359: Mobengo!

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CRV200_coverNo guest this week, just KMO reflecting on Uncle Tom's cabin, the "successor society" envisioned by Kevin Carson, and the notion that life as we know it may well be a simulation of some kind and why it would be pretty terrible news if we were to learn that the life and world we know is really real.

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CRV199_coverAnother episode about H. P. Lovecraft with flashbacks to conversations with John Michael Greer and S. T. Joshi about HPL's fear of "the Other." KMO and Marty riff on the topic in a Z-Realm Podcast outtake. Finally, P. H. Lovecraft has the last word on why it's not fair to try to whitewash our beloved Howie.

C-Realm Radio 005

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C-Realm Radio cover artOn the Sunday before Memorial Day 2016, KMO shares conversations with Robert W. McChesney and Jacob George. Robert McChesney is the co-author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. He and KMO consider the various issues which have, by bi-partisan consensus, been taken off the table. Later, KMO shares most of a 2011 recording he made with Veteran activist and musician, Jacob George. Jacob did three tours in Afghanistan and then suffered the transition back into civilian life. Keep drawing breath.

504: Stripmining Idealism

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COVER_ART_504KMO and John Michael Greer continue the conversation which began on C-Realm Radio 004. JMG explains the rules of The Rescue Game, in which elites anoint groups of victims to console and perpetrators to punish. The game requires willing participants, and now that the previous occupants of the perpetrator role have refused to play, the game has entered the circular firing-squad phase in which the rescuers turn on each other for want of willing participants to play the role of perpetrator. Later, the conversation turns to H.P. Lovecraft. JMG has written a trilogy of novels which play with the places, characters and institutions from Lovecraft's stories but which turn Lovecraft's racism and xenophobia on its head.