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CRV224

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No? How about six months?

No? How about six months?

KMO and Ben McLeish continue the conversation started in C-Realm Podcast 510: Spoiler's All 'Round. They explore Black Mirror episodes San Junipero, White Christmas and Nosedive. If you haven't seen them, beware, this episode is chock-a-block with spoilers.

510: Spoilers All ‘Round

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For the lulz.

For the lulz.

Ben McLeish and KMO talk about season 3 of Black Mirror with particular emphasis on the episodes Shut Up and Dance and Playtest. An ongoing theme in Black Mirror is punishing wrongdoers in a way that is grossly out of proportion to their supposed crimes. The conversation will continue on this weekend's C-Realm Vault podcast.

CRV223

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crv223_coverThe conversation with Ben McCleish from C-Realm Radio 024 concludes here. Ben provides his perspective as a representative of the techno-optimistic Zeitgeist Movement on Ted Kaczynski's arguments for an anti-tech revolution. Later, KMO and Silas riff on the main points from the conversation with Ben.

C-Realm Radio 024

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crv224_coverBen McCleish joins KMO and Silas in the C-Realm to summarize and discuss the first two chapters of Ted Kaczynski's new book Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How. This discussion mostly focuses on the why. Kaczynski may be a murderer, but he is no misanthrope. His aim is to defend human freedom and save all life on Earth from the relentless maw of the techno-industrial system. He thinks that the techno-sphere will render the planet uninhabitable by complex organisms and that reform and rational guidance are impossible. Only an anti-tech revolution stands any chance of preserving a life-sustaining planet.

CRV222

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crv222_coverIs Islam truly the religion of peace? Is any suggestion to the contrary the vile act of a cultural imperialist and hypocrite? KMO reads from two ten year-old blog posts which delve into this question in considerable depth.

C-Realm Radio 023

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Is that red patch getting bigger?

Is that red patch getting bigger?

Since the election of Donald Trump, we've heard the word "fascist" being thrown around rather freely. Does the shoe fit? The Angry Animator, Dermot O'Connor, joins KMO in the C-Realm to pin down the meaning of the word to see how it applicable it really is to the current state of affairs in the USA. The topic of the alt.right works its way into the mix, and KMO explains why he is more critical of the Blue tribe than the Red, even though he feels more at home and at east among the Blue tribe.

C-Realm Radio 022

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WOOL420While the 2016 Presidential election result was not to the liking of most progressives, the 8 out of 9 marijuana-related ballot initiatives that passed represent considerable progress in the move away from the war on the drugs. In this episode of C-Realm Radio, KMO and Silas welcome Matt Simon, New England Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project. They discuss the 2017 prospects for ending prohibition in Vermont. Now that Maine and Massachusetts have lifted the criminal penalties for possession and use, perhaps Vermont legislators will find the moral courage they have so far failed to muster on this issue.

CRV221

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crv221_coverFinally, the election is over. Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. In this episode, KMO welcomes Jeff Wilburn, a Sanders supporter, back to the Vault. Both Jeff and KMO are long past the heartbreak of seeing their candidate lose. That happened over the summer at the end of the primary season. They discuss the obvious cons and potential pros of a Trump presidency, and KMO tops it off with a reading from Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How by Theordore John Kaczynski.

C-Realm Radio 021

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crr021_coverKMO and Silas talk with Jerry Barnett, the author of Porn Panic! Sex and Censorship in the UK. According to Jerry, the war against female sexual expression used to be headed by people on the religious Right. Today, it is self-identified feminists who are leading the charge.

CRV220

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Eric Boyd in a bowl.

Eric Boyd in a bowl.

KMO welcomes Eric Boyd back to the C-Realm to discuss the government report on AI that KMO read aloud in episode 218 of the C-Realm Vault podcast. In one tangent, they get to talking about how the brain coordinates sensations to create a coherent sense of time. Eric mentions a Long Now talk by David Eagleman which can be found here.

CRV218 Part 2

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crv218_part2_coverKMO concludes the reading of a government report on the future of artificial intelligence. In the final moments of the episode, he summarizes the points that stood out for him in the report.

C-Realm Radio 020

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crr020_coverKMO and co-pilot Silas talk with Keith Preston of Attack the System about anarchism, the alternative right, racial realism, and the ongoing struggle against oligarchy. Discuss this episode with other C-Realm listeners on the Friends of the C-Realm group on Facebook.

CRV 219

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crv219_coverKMO and blogger Irv Mills talk Limits to Growth, artificial intelligence and speculative fiction. Don't miss Irv's blog seriesĀ Business as Usual, Crunchiness and Woo.

C-Realm Radio 019

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C-Realm Radio cover artKMO welcomes filmmaker Niles Heckman back to the C-Realm to talk about his new documentary series, Shamans of the Global Village. Niles is the man behind the camera, and Rak Razam hosts the program.

509: The Shale Intermezzo

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JHK in Bellows Falls, VT

JHK in Bellows Falls, VT

James Howard Kunstler knows walkable communities, and in this episode of the C-Realm, KMO and JHK consider the potential of formerly industrial small towns and cities to adapt to the coming new energy and financial realities that will nail the coffin shut on our 20th Century habits and expectations for getting around, making a living, and inhabiting the landscape. This conversation was recorded at the FACT 8 studios in Bellows Falls, Vermont.