In this 300th episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast, KMO talks about the impulse to punish, and how the sort of short-term thinking fostered by representative democracy makes it easy to crank up the harshness in the criminal justice system but very hard to back it off. KMO also shares a conversation with someone who used to work for the Department of Corrections and now works to give incarcerated people a better chance at succeeding in life after imprisonment.
KMO has recently completed training to assist sex offenders who are re-entering the community after having been incarcerated. In this episode, he reflects on the issues that come up during this training, even though his own volunteer work will be more concerned with drug addiction than issues related to sex crimes. Later, he returns to the topic of Vermonters not wanting to accept new practices and ideas that the Flatlanders bring with them when they move to Vermont.
KMO brings together threads from an essay by Grant Morrison on magick from the pages of Heavy Metal magazine and Skin In the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Throw in a dash of Jodorowsky's Dune, and you've got a podcast.
KMO welcomes author Elayne Clift to the C-Realm to talk about finding one's voice as a writer and using it to change the world for the better. Elayne has worked in many countries around the world in international public health education and communication with a focus on maternal and child health, which led her to Virginia Woolf’s conclusion: “As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” She now lives in rural Vermont where she writes full time and mentors developing writers.
The continuation of KMO's conversation with Doug Lain about the potential of AI overflowed the banks of C-Realm Podcast episode 526 and into the Vault. Memory issues kept KMO from including all the podcast extras in a single file, so this episode of the Vault comes in two parts. This is part 2.