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CRV210

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The internet is made of cats.

The internet is made of cats.

KMO went out to shoot a tiny house video, and when the tour was over, he sat down with the owner of the house to talk about big picture themes. Hear Holly's take on Bellows Falls, the police, the government's seeming obliviousness to Peak Oil, and cats. Have you heard? The internet is made of cats.

C-Realm Radio 012

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Gabriel Land

KMO talks science fiction and actual technological trends with SF writer, actor, and urban explorer, Gabriel Land. Gabriel is skeptical about the potential for artificial intelligence. KMO tries to make the case that it's only the moving goal post that makes genuine machine intelligence seem like a far off target. The second hour features an archive interview with David Brin.

CRV 209

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CRV209_coverKMO enlists the aid of a former co-worker from Amazon.com to revive long dormant memories about working at the tech giant back when it was a scrappy start-up with an uncertain future. They also talk about the music they associate with living in post-grunge Seattle in the mid to late 90s.

C-Realm Radio 011

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Doug Fine

Doug Fine

KMO welcomes journalist, author, off-grid farmer, and hemp activist, Doug Fine back to the C-Realm. From a historical perspective, the war on weed is basically over, but when we're this close to the end, when we can practically smell the Drug Peace, the violence and abuses by police conducted in the name of the Drug War become absolutely intolerable. Doug talks about all that's going right, and KMO grumbles about all that's still going heinously wrong. One thing they can both agree on, the folks at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition are doing great work. God bless 'em.

CRV 208

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Nick Land

Nick Land

KMO talks to JM Colon about the alternative right, and more specifically, the region of that idea space known as Neoreaction or NRx.

506: Scale and Reflexivity

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Whoa!

Whoa!

In this monthly episode of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO concludes a conversation with Nicole Foss that began on the C-Realm Radio episode for 31 July 2016. Nicole explains how societies that grow beyond their appropriate scale develop a power elite who are insulated from feedback from below and so they are unable to self-correct and can persist in folly. KMO concludes with a rant about letting the presidential election assume too high a position in one's hierarchy of concerns. Music by Khali Haat.

CRV207

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The Basilisk says, "Work harder!"

The Basilisk says, "Work harder!"

KMO introduces the concept of Roko's Basilisk. Then he and Doug Lain return to the question of identity politics, and KMO alternates between representing Black Lives Matter and playing the part of a racial realist on the Alt-Right. It ain't pretty, but it ain't serious either. Just a little harmless roughhousing in the C-Realm Vault sandbox.

C-Realm Radio 010

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Nicole Foss

Nicole Foss

KMO welcomes Nicole Foss back to the C-Realm to talk about why fewer people are interested in talking about peak oil now than they were a few years ago. She also explains why she plays the role of the contrarian, warning of the inevitable return of bad times when things are good and disrupting despair when times get tough. We need a mental state between complacency and panic, but humans tend to vacillate between those two extremes with very little capacity for a calm sense of informed urgency.

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.