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CRV189

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CRV189_coverKMO and Larry Lowe discuss the thematic similarities between the BBC drama, Utopia, and season 10 of the X-Files. The issue of humans having too many babies is a familiar one, but KMO also invokes the movies Children of Men and The Handmaid's Tale as examples of fictional explorations of the consequences of widespread infertility. While the non-human life on Earth probably wouldn't shed too many tears if humans didn't breed enough to maintain their numbers, in terms of social stability, too few babies can be as bad as too many.

CRV188

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How's that primary contest going?

How's that primary contest going?

KMO and Olga have moved from the Big Apple to Bellows Falls, Vermont. KMO gives his first impressions of life in a Vermont village in this episode. Friend of the C-Realm and Bellows Falls resident, Doug, joins KMO for a conversation about the proposed detention center project being advanced by the Windham county sheriff and how Vermonter's like to think that their state and local government is always blazing a progressive trail into an enlightened future.

CRV187

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Artist, Prophet, Nomad, Hero

Artist, Prophet, Nomad, Hero

KMO and Jim, your Ad Attacker, discuss the Strauss-Howe Generational theory through the lens of familiar C-Realm themes of energy decline, financial turmoil, and the coming crises. KMO and Jim are both Gen Xers, maligned as slackers by the Boomers throughout the 90s, but they make an effort not to beat up on the Boomers TOO much. KMO spends the first half of the podcast just laying out the basics of the theory which breaks the Saeculum or "natural century" into four seasons or "turnings" as Strauss and Howe call them. These turnings, High, Awakening, Unraveling, and Crisis correspond with Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. These turnings shape the young adult cohort that lives through them into Artists, Prophets, Nomads, and Heroes. The most recent examples of these archetypal generational cohorts are the Silent Generation (A), the Baby Boomers (P), Generation X (N), and the Millennials (H).

CRV186

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CRV186_coverThe conversation between KMO and Bruce Damer from C-Realm Podcast 501 concludes here with a discussion of the poison of pessimism and the effects that ubiquitous mobile computing, always-on social media, cognition "enhancing" drugs and unprecedented amounts of screen time are having on young people and the world they take charge of and shape as heads of government and industry. KMO concludes with a reading from and reflections upon The Disadvantages of an Elite Education: Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers by William Deresiewicz.

501: Outward Focused

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COVER_ART_501KMO welcomes Bruce Damer back to the C-Realm to talk about the renaissance in space exploration driven primarily by private ventures known collectively as "New Space." Bruce has designed a mission to capture an asteroid with a vehicle he calls SHEPHERD. This technique could usher in the long-delayed era of large scale construction projects in space. Lifting all the components for large structures into orbit from the surface of the Earth is just too costly, so to realize a genuine human space age, we'll need to find a way to use what's already up there. Unlike David Graeber, Bruce does not believe that the shiny high tech future of the mid 20th Century was deliberately switched out for a high-tech surveillance state in which technologies meant to discipline labor and squash rebellion received all the funding. Bruce has a different vision of what's kept our space dreams on hold for so long and what could break the logjam.

CRV185

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CRV185_coverKMO welcomes Eric Boyd of Toronto Hacklab back to the C-Realm to talk about the end of Moore's Law. Chip manufacturers are still designing new and better hardware, but the industry focus has shifted from speed and transistor density  to improvements in energy usage and portability. Later Eric explains why establishing floating colonies in the atmosphere of Venus is more feasible than building colonies on the surface of Mars.

CRV184

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CRV184_coverKMO and Z-Realm co-host, Marty, talk about time travel in science fiction with emphasis on Star Trek and the Terminator series. Is history homeostatic? Does it resist attempts to alter our timeline. What would the possibility of time travel imply for the possibility of free will? Does the concept of multiple, parallel timelines dispel some seeming paradoxes related to time travel? There are no authoritative answers to these questions to be found within this podcast, but it's still fun to tug at the questions.

CRV 183

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Keith Preston

Keith Preston

KMO talks to Keith Preston of Attack the System about the historical trajectory of the Neocons and why they're likely to be moving back to the Democratic party if and when the current Republican coalition fractures. Keith also describes the roll of "useful idiots" on both the left and the right and how they empower elites who only pretend to share the values and interests of their constituents.

CRV 182

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KMO in Berryville, Arkansas, 31 January 2016

KMO in Berryville, Arkansas, 31 January 2016

C. Derick Varn and Amogh Sadu interviewed KMO for the Symptomatic Redness podcast but then never used the recording. Here it is for the edification of the C-Realm Vault subscribers. The conversation was meant to focus on the Singularitarian mentality, but it focuses more on economics, climate change, collapse and "doomer porn."

500: Whiplash Plateau

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Dmitry Orov

Dmitry Orov

Dmitry Orlov returns to the C-Realm Podcast for a review of the Peak Oil scene and where it stands 9+ years after his first introduced the topic to C-Realm listeners in episode 20. KMO asks if the American empire has any chance of collapsing as gracefully as the Soviet empire did. Dmitry's answer gives little reason for optimism. Dmitry also explains how it takes a lot of oil to make a Bitcoin and why "undulating plateau" is too euphemistic a phrase to describe the wild fluctuations that the Peak Oil theory predicts for oil prices once the easy-to-obtain oil is gone. This episode marks the transition from a weekly to a monthly production schedule for the main C-Realm Podcast.