The 420th episode has almost nothing to do with marijuana. Instead, it continues the reading of and commenting on the 1995 essay by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, The Californian Ideology.
The podcast begins with the conclusion of the conversation with Dr. Steven Vannoy that started in C-Realm Podcast episode # 569. We talk a lot about the creeping influence of algorithms in daily life. In the second half of the program, I talk with Doug Lain about similar themes.
KMO and Jim talk about why KMO got kicked off of YouTube for a week. There's a tenuous link to Q Anon. For most of the episode, Jim and KMO provide a collaborative summary and review of The Storm Before the Calm: America's Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond by George Friedman. Toward the end of the conversation, they consider the possibility that the US and China could go to war. A Chinese invasion of Taiwan might provide the spark that ignites a much larger and more devastating conflict.