KMO reminisces about the early days of podcasting with Cody and Sancho of the Black Light in the Attic podcast. KMO tries to introduce a bit of serious discussion about the future of artificial intelligence which we might be glimpsing in products like Amazon's Echo with the Alexa personal assistant, but this isn't really that sort of conversation. Mainly, it's just people having fun over Skype.
In the first hour of this week's C-Realm Radio broadcast, KMO and Silas welcome young, local farmer, Brian Stroffolino of Heartland Farms, to the WOOL.FM studios. Brian cultivates plants and raises animals, but he's largely in the business of building networks of personal relationships. In the second hour, Zora O'Neill, author of All Strangers are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World, calls in from her home in New York City. Zora has traveled extensively in Egypt and Syria, and she describes the dramatic changes she has seen in these two nations since the Arab Spring in 2011.
In this solo show, KMO revisits his conversation with Peak Oil personalities about the potential for transitioning to a post-petroleum lifestyle and infrastructure. Thereafter he delves into the question of what caused the Neanderthals to go extinct. Later he examines questions of solitude, persecution, and religious faith as depicted in the films Silence and Passengers. How do these themes all fit together? Maybe they don't.
In the first hour, KMO and Silas welcome Irv Mills of The Easiest Person to Fool blog and Bill Hulet of the Diary of a Daoist Hermit blog to the program. Irv provides a quick Peak Oil primer before moving on to relate those basics to the current political scene. Bill Hulet gives a primer on Taoism and highlights the need for practical philosophies to help overcome all of the encouragement we get to act according to our impulses rather than according to our ethical convictions. In the second hour, Brian Kaller, author of the Restoring Mayberry blog, calls in from his home in Ireland to provide his perspective as someone from Trump country who understands and identifies both with cultural conservatives and with people who are more concerned with preserving a viable biosphere than traditional values.
KMO and Doug Lain talk about punk rock, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump with Theodor Adorno levitating above it all and condemning everything. There is actually a bit of comment and "analysis" on the news of the day to be found in this episode. We don't get much of that around these parts. KMO gripes that folks on the left are associating single-payer health care with Nazism and then not owning up to it, and Doug reveals a secret so dark... Oh, wait, that last bit got cut from the final podcast. Carry on.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that is 50 times more potent than heroin, so manufacturers and distributors of heroin have a strong economic motive to adulterate their product with fentanyl. This greatly increases the risk of fatal overdose. Fortunately, there is Narcan, which has brought many a heroin user back from the brink of death. KMO talks with Kaileigh Fitch of Habit OPCO, a methadone clinic in Brattleboro, Vermont, about the struggles of local people to reclaim their lives from opiate addiction.
KMO welcomes Kevin A. Carson, “free market anti-capitalist” and the author of The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low-Overhead Manifesto to the C-Realm to talk about economics, technology, natural and artificial property rights, and the general outlines of the successor society that is arising to meet human needs as the over-built infrastructure of global corporate capitalism rots from neglect. They also touch upon R. Buckminster Fuller’s concept of the ephemeralization of technology. Kevin argues that an industrial society that can no longer afford to maintain its energy and capital-intensive infrastructure and is transitioning to a distributed, more supple mode of production looks a lot like a civilization that is receding from it’s peak of prosperity and technical prowess in a process that John Michael Greer describes as catabolic collapse. The interlude features excerpts from a 1976 interview with R. Buckminster Fuller, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.
For Kevin Carson’s recent posts on ephemeralization and freedom see –