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JMG and KMO at ASPO 2011

JMG and KMO at ASPO 2011

Is Peak Oil still a thing? Weren't we all supposed to be farmers and blacksmiths by now? Where did that belief system go wrong, and is there anything left of it worth saving? KMO weaves together arguments from Eric Boyd, John Michael Greer, Richard Heinberg, and Steven Pinker to try to get a handle on where to go from here.

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The internet is made of cats.

The internet is made of cats.

KMO went out to shoot a tiny house video, and when the tour was over, he sat down with the owner of the house to talk about big picture themes. Hear Holly's take on Bellows Falls, the police, the government's seeming obliviousness to Peak Oil, and cats. Have you heard? The internet is made of cats.

316: Peak Blame

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KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of OilEmpire.us back to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss why both the mainstream political left as well as the right in the United States cannot address the demands of Peak Oil in a realistic way. Republicans have rebuked Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for attempting to ween the Navy off of fossil fuels because they see finding alternatives to petroleum as a Democratic partisan issue. Established environmental and social justice organizations are still holding onto unrealistic Green Technology and Green Capitalism paradigms and have yet to come to terms with the fact that the project of the 21st Century will be figuring out how to equitably distribute a shrinking pie. One thing unlikely to be in short supply as the realities of diminishing fossil fuel reserves make themselves unmistakable: blame. Mark hopes that we can achieve Peak Blame sooner rather than later and get on with the grown-up work of figuring out how best to deploy our remaining energy resources.

Music by Mistle Thrush.

263: Re-capturing the Awe

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KMO welcomes psychotherapist, Neal M. Goldsmith, to the C-Realm to talk about the themes of his new book, Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development. The quantitative, cut-and-control mentality gives humans great power to manipulate the natural world. Neal does not suggest for an instant that we abandon this very useful mental mode, but he does think that pyschedelics and indigenous peoples can offer us an expanded psychological repertoire that does not require that we renounce the control that the scientific paradigm affords us.

Music by Hobotech.

Links for further exploration of the topics discussed in this episode:

236: The Wedge of Hope

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KMO and Karl Klein visit Dr. David Murphy in his office at SUNY-ESF to discuss energy and economic growth. In the past, economic growth has required increased oil supplies, but where will we find the fossil fuel energy needed to keep industrial societies on the growth track? An increasing portion of our projected energy usage will come from as-yet-undeveloped and even undiscovered sources. Dave Murphy calls this growing slice of the energy pie "the Wedge of Hope." KMO rants about debt and moral hazard and closes the program with readings from Reverend Nemu on philosophy and knowledge and William Zinsser on verbs and adverbs.

Music by Float 23

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235: Depletion and Frakking Technology

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KMO talks with Charles Hall about Peak Oil, economics, technology and the potential of natural gas to fill the energy shortfall long enough for us to adapt to diminishing energy from petroleum. Karl Klein expresses his concerned about proposed hydrofracking in upstate NY. Charlie weighs in and KMO shares excerpts from a Kathy McMahon talk and from Battlestar Galactica.

 

Music by the David Wax Museum.

184: What a Way to Go

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KMO welcomes Sally Erickson and Tim Bennett, makers of the movie WHAT A WAY TO GO: LIFE AT THE END OF EMPIRE to the C-Realm. Covered topics include the shift in consciousness that occurs when one seriously delves into the vulnerabilities of industrial society and the fallout that it can have on one's relationships and the direction of one's life. Fast collapse vs. slow decline, living with uncertainty, and communication without craziness round out the list of topics.

http://c-realmpodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2009-12-16T08_54_34-08_00

160: Flashing Lights on the Console

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KMO welcomes Albert K. Bates back to the program, and they sit down together for a chat with Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything. Albert admits that he's finding it hard to maintain his "soft lander" status in the face of mounting evidence, and Richard talks about the themes in his new book, Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis. Later KMO plays a clip of post-interview banter with yoga instructor and musician Danny Paradise.

Music by Glöd.

 

148: Grokking the Connections

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Another Peak Oil episode? Yes, indeed. KMO welcomes Gail the Actuary, editor of the TheOilDrum.com, to the C-Realm to discuss the divergent channels in the Peak Oil reality tunnel. Topics covered include Peak Oil-inspired social alienation, the preponderance of atheists in the Peak Oil community, the link between Peak Oil and the financial crisis, and the possibility that we've reached "Peak Humanity" and now teeter on the doorstep of the "Malthusian Correction." Hey, Google, this is a PODCAST about "PEAK OIL!"

Music by Neon Brown

A Few Thoughts on Religions and on Belief Systems by Gale the Actuary

Thanks to toucansanctuary for suggesting the interview with Gale and for making the initial approach.

134: Zombie Apocalypse Christmas Special

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"C" stands for consciousness

134: Zombie Apocalypse Christmas Special

 

KMO welcomes Neil Kramer back to the program to praise the films of George A. Romero and to judge those who carried on and/or ripped off his life's work. What does an animated flesh eating corpse symbolize? What can we learn about our fears and our beliefs concerning the people around us by pondering the shuffling corpses of 70's cinema and their fleet footed counter-parts in the 21st Century zeitgeist? All this and a quick trip Down Under to mash Mad Max into the mix.

More links to come, but for now here are five scientifically plausible scenarios leading to Zombie Apocalypse!

 

 

131: Rocky Top

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M. King Hubbert's peak is a perfect mathematical abstraction, and gliding over the top at speed might leave one with a giddy feeling of momentary weightlessness, but according to Albert K. Bates, the reality described by the mathematical object is more of a rocky mountaintop than a glassy smooth parabola, and moving over it's jagged topology won't (doesn't) feel much like gliding.

Read Albert's thoughts on bio-char or learn more about the upcoming permaculture design course in Belize.

The musical interlude in this episode features a track from Tibet2Timbuk2.

You can find the Michael Pollan for Agriculture Secretary petition here:

http://www.petitiononline.com/MPoll4Ag/petition.html

127: The Cube Remains the Cube

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"C" stands for consciousness

127: The Cube Remains the Cube

KMO explores the middle ground between techno-utopianism and and Peak Oil collapse fetishism with Digital Crusader, Eric Boyd, who attended the recent Singularity Summit. The Michael Tsarion provides his perspective on the mechanisms of political power and the significance of the Obama electoral victory.

Micheal Tsarion: http://www.michaeltsarion.com/

Eric Boyd: http://xprizecars.com/

 

Eric recommended some essays that can be found on Marshall Brain's webpage: http://www.marshallbrain.com/

126: Horticultural Consciousness

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"C" stands for consciousness

126: Horticultural Consciousness

What is Thinkism? And what does it have in common with Peak Oil Doomerism? Was agriculture a good idea? What are the prosepects for giving it up? KMO discusses these and other burning questions with Toby Hemenway and Eric Boyd in this week's installment of the C-Realm Podcast.

Musical interlude by Tibet2Timbuk2: http://www.ethnosuperlounge.com/tibet2timbuk2/index.html

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You can hear Cody's McKenna/Kramer mash-up here:
http://blacklightattic.podomatic.com/entry/2008-10-28T10_35_25-07_00

120: The Long Decent

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"C" stands for consciousness

120: The Long Descent

KMO welcomes author and Archdruid, John Michael Greer, to the program to discuss his new book The Long Descent: A User’s Guide to the End of the Industrial Age and explore the possibility that Peak Oil may play out more like a fall down the stairs than like a plunge from a third floor balcony. Do the worldviews of Peak Oil aficionados, Singularitarians, and Trekkies all spring from the book of Revelations, and are modern visions concerning progress and the human future really just ancient religious myths in secular drag?

http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/

John Michael Greer made reference to Limits to Growth. I would recommend an episode of the Electric Politics podcast in which host George Kenny interviews Dr. Dennis Meadow, one of the three co-authors of Limits to Growth:

http://www.electricpolitics.com/podcast/2008/07/modeling_planetary_dynamics.html

I read portions of Rapture of the Nerds, Not by Steven Smithee and made reference to the upcoming Singularity Summit:

http://www.singularitysummit.com/

111: Stop Digging

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KMO welcomes Peak Shrink, Kathy McMahon of PeakOilBlues.com back to the program to talk about practical steps people can take to move in the direction of independence and preparedness. KMO also reads a passage about denial and social inertia from The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon.

26 things you can do to RIGHT NOW manage your anxiety

by Kathy McMahon

You can hear my 2007 conversation with Thomas Homer-Dixon here.

At the end of the episode, I mentioned that I had scripted something to read in place of my usual ad lib closing comments. Continue reading 111: Stop Digging