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CRR015

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KMO talks to Omega Optical founder, Bob Johnson, about the technical side of adapting to energy decent. Change is not optional. Adaptive change is.crr015_cover

C-Realm Radio 014

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crr014_coverOn this 15th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of OilEmpire.us back to the C-Realm to separate the evidence from the disinformation and make sense of the changes that have come in the wake of that historic day.

C-Realm Radio 013

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CRR013_CoverLarry Lowe joins KMO to talk about the origin and use of the phrase "conspiracy theory."

507: Anthropogenic Ecosystems

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Cows and trees go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

Cows and trees go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

KMO welcomes Eric Toensmieir back to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about various ways of sequestering carbon. Eric comments on the controversy in response to Allan Savory's infamous TED talk on the benefits of holistic grazing practices. There are much better ways to sequester carbon and improve landscapes via wise grazing practices. Eric describes some of the edible perennial trees and shrubs that he has growing in his zone 5 home garden in Holyoke, Massachusettes. The conversation ends with a much-needed reminder (in some environmentalist circles) that humans are not a scourge upon the living Earth. Industrial capitalism is, but we're learning to make wise use of the land in spite of the economic imperatives that rule our lives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.