#113 | America Faded: Syria, Russia, & The Decline Of The American Empire w/ Dmitry Orlov

In this episode, I speak with Dmitry Orlov. This interview was recorded Sunday April 15, less than two days after the events discussed in this episode. The reason for the release of this episode outside of my normal release schedule, and on such short notice, is because of the nature of what is discussed in this interview with Dmitry.

Dmitry and I discuss the recent missile strikes by the US military in Syria, the Trump Administration, as well as the broader US military establishment's true intentions and objectives behind the strike, as well as what other major world powers (Russia in particular) are doing in response to this attack. 

Dmitry presents this whole event within a broader geopolitical trend: the American Empire is fading. America's influence in the Middle East, in particular, has begun to dissipate, with Russia and other regional players aligning themselves outside of American control and influence. These nations have begun to nudge the United States out of its once dominant role on the international stage, and the response to this missile strike in Syria fits neatly within this trend.

I was personally worried that this event in Syria would spark an escalation that could potentially lead to a deadly exchange of nuclear weapons between world powers. While that is still on the table, Dmitry puts much of the details of this strike within the context of broader geopolitical trends. Things are not as they appear, my friends.

Dmitry is a Russian-American engineer and writer, who regular writes on subjects related to social and economic collapse, geopolitics, peak oil, Empire, and how to adapt in a time of converging crises manifesting on multiple fronts. Dmitry is the author of many books, including "The Five Stages of Collapse," "Shrinking The Technosphere," and "Everything is Going According to Plan." 

Episode Notes:

- Please go and read Dmitry's bi-weekly updates on geopolitics, empire, and collapse, as well as purchase one of his several books he has written on these subjects, here: http://cluborlov.blogspot.com

- Get full access to Dmitry's essays though his Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/orlov

- Purchase Dmitry's most recent book "Everything is Going According to Plan" here: http://a.co/hRfIL7k

- This episode features the audio from the video "Trump Hails Syria Strikes: Every One Hit Target" published by Associated Press. Video description: 'President Donald Trump praised his new national security adviser John Bolton for last Friday's air strikes in Syria. Speaking at an event on tax cuts in Florida, Trump called the strikes "genius," saying not one U.S. missile was shot down. (April 16)' Source: https://youtu.be/8W9jS3-gt7w

- The song featured in this episode is "Axolotl" by The Veils from the album Total Depravity.

#94 | John Mark Dougan: Police Corruption, Whistleblowing, & Escaping The Country

John Mark Dougan, our guest for this episode, is a former police officer from Palm Beach County, Florida, and while serving his time there witnessed corruption and gross misuse of police authority within his department, which eventually lead to his resignation from police work in 2009. 

After his time ended as a police officer, John started PBSOtalk in 2010, a whistleblower website created as a means for individuals working in Palm Beach County law enforcement to anonymously and safely release information to the public, without out fear of reprisal.

In 2015 John posted on the website audio recordings of phone calls between a Palm Beach County detective and an unidentified woman, revealing targeted retaliations and investigations against the Sheriff’s political enemies, including John. Shortly after this, thousands of confidential documents revealing the private information of government agents, judges and police officers were leaked on the site. The FBI and Palm Beach County police department raided John’s home, confiscating his computer and other belongings.

Fearing arrest, John cleverly managed to sneaked his way out of the United States into Canada, eventually making his way to Moscow, Russia where he has resided since 2016.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about PBSOtalk at the website: http://pbsotalk.ru

- Listen to the audio recordings and other information discussed in this episode here: http://wiki.pbsotalk.ru

- For a more concise interview with John, listen to this: https://soundcloud.com/radiosputnik/weekend-special-the-price-of-truth-with-john-mark-dougan

- The song featured in this episode is "Fishin' Blues" by Taj Mahal from the album Giant Step.