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512: Checking In with Petrocollapse

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COVER_ART_512The C-Realm podcast used to be ABOUT peak oil. Now, it's a topic to be checked in with from time to time, and this is one of those times. KMO talks with author and self-described heretic, Liam Scheff about the prospects for life after the oil crash. This is a continuation of a conversation that began on C-Realm Radio 032.

C-Realm Radio 032

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Liam Scheff

Liam Scheff

Given the overlap in their interests and the self-contained nature of the Peak Oil community, it's odd that Liam Scheff is just now making his C-Realm debut in February of 2017. In this introductory conversation, Liam describes his writing career and his current health struggles and then launches into an explanation of how the frustrated 9-11 Truth movement metamorphosed into something malignant and fueled the rising popularity of the Flat Earth belief system. Thereafter, KMO and Liam re-visit some familiar Peak Oil themes and consider timelines for collapse. The conversation will continue in C-Realm Podcast episode 512.

C-Realm Radio 031

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Lex Pelger

Lex Pelger

KMO treks through the snow to bring you this week's episode of C-Realm Radio. Chad Hill, the author of the HipCrimeVocab blog, is the guest in the first hour. Chad has written a 4-part series on an emerging alternative story about how and why humans created the first proto-cities like Jericho and Çatalhöyük. In the second hour, drug writer and Psymposia host, Lex Pelger calls in to talk about his current and upcoming projects.

C-Realm Radio 030

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A bystander caught in the mayhem cowers before the righteousness of the antifa.

A bystander caught in the mayhem cowers before the righteousness of the antifa.

On February 1st, 2017, Brietbart News technology editor, Milo Yiannopolous, was scheduled to give the final lecture on a US speaking tour prior to the publication of his upcoming book. The event was canceled when about 150 black-clad and masked people set fires, assaulted people waiting to get in the lecture hall, and goaded the police by throwing firecrackers at them. Some consider this a heroic example of anti-fascist "direct action." Others see it as leftist hooliganism. KMO and Silas welcome Keith Preston of AttackTheSystem.com back to the C-Realm to talk about the history, beliefs, and tactics of the antifa (anti-fascist) movement.

C-Realm Radio 029

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Charles Hugh Smith

Charles Hugh Smith

KMO and Silas welcome Charles Hugh Smith to the C-Realm Radio program to talk about the Deep State. What is the Deep State? Quite simply, it is the collection of people, agencies and institutions which determine and implement domestic and foreign policy but which are not elected by voters. Vote elected representatives out of office if you're not happy about the direction your country is headed, but the Deep State is dug in like a tick. It will take more than an election to take power back from them. But the Deep State isn't of one mind. It's various factions often work at cross purposes to one another, and some of them might even want what you want.

C-Realm Radio 028

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Jeff Sessions says, "Good people don't smoke marijuana."

Jeff Sessions says, "Good people don't smoke marijuana."

It sometimes seems like the war on weed is all but over, and then Donald Trump goes and picks Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, a man who joked that he thought the KKK was okay until he learned that they smoke pot. KMO and Silas speak first to Julie Goddard about the DEA's subtle rule change that makes CBD, a non-psychoactive constituent of the hemp plant that has a variety of medical applications, a Schedule 1 substance like heroin. Later, Doug Fine calls in with a dose of optimism. He points to the 2014 Farm Bill which defines the parameters of legal hemp cultivation. He argues that the DEA will be in violation of federal law if they try to persecute hemp farmers because their product contains CBD.

511: Splintered

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cover_art_511KMO looks back from the year 2050 with John Feffer, author of Splinterlands: A Novel. At the beginning of the 21st Century, nations were integrating into larger cooperative spheres, but the main character in John Feffer's novel takes a virtual tour of the geopolitical landscape of the future to show us how and why that trend floundered and what a world marked by constricted trust horizons looks like. You can also watch this conversation on YouTube.

C-Realm Radio 027

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Beware the butt-hurt beta male. He has been known to kill.

Beware the butt-hurt beta male. He has been known to kill.

Angela Nagel has written a piece for The Baffler called The New Man of 4chan in which she talks about "chan culture" and the failure of mainstream liberalism and mainstream journalism to devote enough time and attention to it to get past the facile stereotypes that have passed for reporting on this aspect of digital culture. She joins KMO and Silas for a discussion of safe spaces, beta males, the Red Pill, and the Alt-light, as embodied by Milo Yiannopoulos.  She describes her disappointment with the intellectual laziness of contemporary American feminists.

C-Realm Radio 026

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Chuck Burr

Chuck Burr

KMO welcomes author, permaculturalist and seed saver, Chuck Burr, back to the C-Realm to talk about the importance of wildcrafting. Chuck thinks the only hope is to change consciousness. We value what we depend on, and right now, most of us depend on the industrial system for food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, and validation. The more we can meet our needs from the wild, the more motivated we will be to preserve the non-human world.

C-Realm Radio 025

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R. U. Sirius

R. U. Sirius

KMO and Silas welcome Mondo2000 co-founder, R. U. Sirius, to the C-Realm to reminisce about the naive cyber-enthusiasm of the 90s. Wired's Long Boom never came to pass, and virtual reality is just now taking baby steps, 20 years after it's arrival seemed imminent. The old guys try to encapsulate the wisdom of Uncle Bob (RAW) for the younger generation between songs from the Bandcamp "album" Alt - WRONG: The Degenerate Song Exhibition.

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.

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.

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.

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.