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462 Fluid Binaries

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Ahnika Delirium

Ahnika Delirium

KMO and Olga visited House of Collection to speak with Ahnika Delirium about intentional communities, gender identities & presentation, privilege, and whether a conservative Christian cakemaker should be required by law to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Links and discussion on these topics can be found in the Friends of the C-Realm community on Facebook.

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Artwork by Andrew Dimitt

Artwork by Andrew Dimitt

Before there was FaceBook, before there was MySpace, there was LiveJournal. KMO welcomes fellow cartoonist, Andrew Dimitt, to the C-Realm Vault to talk about navigating online spaces, sacred geometry, the I Ching, plunging down the rabbit hole and speaking on behalf of an esoteric universe.

461: I Don’t Speak My Language

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Dr. Bayo Akomolafe

Dr. Bayo Akomolafe

KMO talks with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe about cultural hegemony and getting out from under imposed colonial value systems. Bayo, who flauted the expectations of training as clinical psychologist, embarked on a shamanic quest to re-connect with his own heritage. He say that he was lead by questions on that quest rather than by any formal guide. Later, the topic turns to the futile ambition of permanently dissolving the ego. For Bayo, the human ego is just as wonderful and deserving of admiration as every other element of creation.

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Hexagram 10: Stepping on the Tiger's Tail

Hexagram 10: Stepping on the Tiger’s Tail

KMO and Erik Davis continue the conversation from C-Realm Podcast 460 and compare the Amazon Studios production of The Man in the High Castle to the original Philip K. Dick novel. At the time they recorded that conversation, KMO hadn’t read the novel since the 80s. He re-visited it afterward and has a few reflections to share.

460: Not That Guy

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C-Realm_460_coverTechgnosis, by Erik Davis, was first published back in 1998, before the dot com crash, the presidential election fiasco of the year 2000, 9/11, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the financial crisis of 2008 and the protracted recession and jobless recovery. Erik joins KMO for a conversation about the continuity and evolution of their worldviews from 1998 to the present. In 1997, Wired magazine published their now famous headline story, The Long Boom, which argued that good times were here to stay, and not just for the elites. KMO reads from it and makes some 20/20 hindsight observations about the insular, self-serving, techno-utopian mindset that produced it.

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Vault_Cover139The conversation about iboga with Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis continues in this episode of the Vault. Dimitri describes his arrest in Seattle, his short time in federal detention and the seemingly unlikely outcome of his trial.

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Vault_Cover143A robot without boobies is like a fish without a bicycle. Or something like that. In this episode of the C-Realm Vault podcast, KMO goes it alone. Well, not quite alone. He’s got the writings of Eugene Thacker to help him distinguish the World from the Earth from the Planet, and he’s got the recent movies Ex Machina and The Avengers: Age of Ultron to help him understand how long it will take artificial intelligence to figure out that humanity is the ultimate source of all that ails this planet. Or is it? Many questions and few answers are offered in this episode. Brace yourself against the horror of podcasting. The horror.

459: Mobengo!

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Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis

Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis

KMO welcomes Lex Pelger back to the C-Realm, and Lex brought along his friend, Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis. Dimitiri, who is the subject of the film I Am Dangerous With Love, is a former heroin addict who beat his addiction with the aid of Tabernanthe Iboga and who has since dedicated himself to sharing this opportunity with other addicts. The challenge: Iboga is a schedule 1 drug according to the US Federal Government. Dimitri likens the junkie to the leper, an untouchable who is undeserving of compassion and who even the most pious members of society are free to scorn.

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Vault_Cover138Everything was hunky dory in the Roman empire until one day the barbarians showed up at the gates with legalized recreational marijuana. The Romans mounted a heroic defense. The officers barked at the soldiers under their commands, “Fight like demons, men! They’re here to turn our wives and daughters into POT WHORES!” But it was too late. One whiff of the devil’s weed and all the good Roman girls started hanging out with jazz musicians and drinking from lead cups. Thus did the empire fail. Eric Garland warns against relaxing our Drug War vigilance, lest we share Rome’s fate.

458: Wrangling Futures

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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

KMO welcomes futurist, Eric Garland, to the C-Realm to explain why it’s still important to look to the future. Eric is well aware of the bad rap that “futurism” has gotten in recent years, but he wears the futurist mantle with pride. Even flawed thinking about the future is better, in his opinion, than just assuming that the present moment will continue indefinitely forward. Toward the end of the program, Eric paints a picture of a future in which there is no single, systemic collapse but the present governing structures and institutions lose their perceived legitimacy and carry on in the buffoonish mode that is the bread and butter of satirical programs like The Daily Show. KMO closes with warnings from WB Yeats and Tyler Cowen about framing everything according to stories of good and evil.