William Rees: Cognitive Blindspot; The Road To Extinction

In the face of abrupt climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity around the globe, and rapid species decline across the board in recent decades, why are we, as a species, unable to clearly perceive the very perilous situation we find ourselves in? What is it about creating very large-scale, complex systems (technologies, cultures, societies), that makes us unable to perceive how our way of living detrimentally impacts planetary life-systems, which we rely on for our own survival and well-being? In the face of the physical reality we are forging for ourselves and all other life on this planet, what can we expect to happen in the face of these profound changes currently underway?

In this segment, Dr. William Rees discusses the neuro-biological, cognitive and cultural barriers to sustainability, including human’s well-developed capacity for self-delusion. Dr. Rees is human ecologist, ecological economist, and is the originator and co-developer of the Ecological Footprint Analysis, the world’s best-known metaphor for the human "load" (the resources required of ecosystems to maintain our current mode of living) on the planet.

Learn more about the Ecological Footprint concept at The Global Footprint Network website: https://www.footprintnetwork.org

This is a segment of episode #125 of Last Born In The Wilderness "Marching Toward Collapse: Biophysical Limits & Our Cognitive Blindspots w/ William Rees." Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/2HGdECe

John Mark Dougan: Seth Rich, WikiLeaks, & The Connection

This is a segment of my interview with John Mark Dougan, whistleblower and founder the whistleblower website PBSOtalk.

In this excerpt, John claims that prior to fleeing the United States to escape prosecution under the Espionage Act (learn more about John’s story in episode #94 of this podcast), he had met with Seth Rich, an employee of the DNC and the alleged source of the 2016 DNC email leaks released by WikiLeaks that same year. John claims that during that meeting with “the man in DC,” he received a flash drive containing internal email exchanges within the DNC. John then goes over the details of how these emails eventually made their way to WikiLeaks, and how this event fits within the larger story of John’s life up to this point.

John Mark Dougan is a former police officer, whistleblower, and founder of PBSOtalk, an online forum dedicated to exposing police corruption within the Palm Beach County Police Department. John’s very interesting and peculiar story was covered in episode #94 of this podcast. Listen here: https://bit.ly/2sHoz9h

Listen to a segment of episode #94 here: https://bit.ly/2Hkv4UV

This is a segment of episode #124 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Man In DC: Seth Rich, The DNC, & WikiLeaks w/ John Mark Dougan.” Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/2JhPsI4

Zak Witus: The Madman Theory, Israel, Syria, & The Greater Middle East

“Over the past six years, Israel has launched at least 100 attacks against convoys in Syria that were allegedly carrying weapons (perhaps advanced missiles) to Hezbollah and other Shi’ite militias. In February, the Guardian reported that Israel had been conducting near weekly strikes in Syria for the past 18 months, and there’s little reason to think that the rate of attacks has since ebbed. These attacks, which escalated under Trump, target Syrian government forces, Hezbollah and, as of late, Iran.”

What are the aims of the Israeli government in attacking Syria? How does U.S. President Nixon’s infamous “Madman Theory” describe the kind of behavior coming from the state of Israel? Zak Witus, freelance journalist and activist, goes over the details in this segment.

Read up on the subjects discussed in this segment in Zak’s recent article published in Truthout ‘Israel Continues Aggression Against Syria While Playing the Victim’ here: https://bit.ly/2stsHKZ

This is a segment of episode #123 of Last Born In The Wilderness “A Bull In A China Cabinet: Israel, Gaza, and The Madman Theory w/ Zak Witus.” Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/2sJyKue

Franklin Lopez (The Stimulator): De-Zucking Social Media

Frank Lopez of SubMedia discusses the catch-22 of using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like to promote independent media and news, while simultaneously trying to build decentralized forms of online organizing and social media outside of centralized corporate media platforms.

Frank Lopez is man behind the Stimulator, the shit-talking riot-loving anti-authoritarian host of the SubMedia program "Here's The Fuckin' News." Watch the show at: https://sub.media

This is a segment of episode #122 of Last Born In The Wilderness "Here's The Fuckin' News: Decentralizing Social Media w/ Franklin Lopez (The Stimulator)." Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/2xm1ZbZ

Jonathan Lundgren: Scientific Research, Big Monied Interests, & Regenerative Agriculture

Agroecologist, entomologist, farmer, and beekeeper Jonathan Lundgren and I discuss the regenerative agricultural movement. Jonathan defines regenerative agricultural practices versus the large-scale, agro intensive farming commonly practiced today.

Jonathan Lundgren is the CEO of Blue Dasher Farm - "where research, education, and demonstration converge to support the regeneration of agriculture" - and is the Director of the ECDYSIS Foundation, a non-profit science lab for independent research.

Learn more about Blue Dasher Farms and regenerative agriculture: http://bluedasher.farm

This is a segment of episode #121 of Last Born In The Wilderness "The Regenerative Agricultural Movement: Research, Bias, & Farming w/ Jonathan Lundgren." Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/2IZ2pGk

Gerald Horne: Slavery, White Supremacy, & The Roots Of Settler Colonialism

Did racism and white supremacy arise as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the 17th century, or did these concepts exist prior to the mass enslavement of Africans and the genocide of the indigenous peoples on what is now called America? What came first: the logic of white supremacy, or the economic logic of enslaving millions of people to work the plantations of settler colonies in the "New World?" Dr. Gerald Horne, historian and prolific author, attempts to answer these questions in this segment.

Dr. Gerald Horne in the author of 'The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean.' Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2klqDzG

This is a segment of episode #120 of Last Born In The Wilderness "This Is America: The Apocalypse Of Settler Colonialism w/ Gerald Horne." Listen to the full episode here: https://bit.ly/2wVWReo

Teodrose Fikre: Overcoming Division In Times Of Crisis

In this segment Teodrose Fikre, founder and editor of the Ghion Journal, discusses how in these times of converging crises, people need to move beyond decisive political discourse, and instead toward more empathetic, nuanced, and unifying forms of political discourse that can more adequately address the often ignored underlying trends currently playing out in our society. If we can't overcome these regressive, divisive, and distracting forms of communication, we will be unable to generate the insight and focus we collectively need to face the underlying economic, political, and social problems plaguing our society today.

Read Teodrose's insightful wrings at the Ghion Journal: https://ghionjournal.com

This is a segment of episode #119 of Last Born In The Wilderness "Through The Divide: The Role Of Alternative Media In Our Times Of Crisis w/ Teodrose Fikre." Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/2rGR4n5

John Feffer: North Korea, Reunification, & The Neoliberal Order

John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, lays out what the underlying motivations would be for a reunification between North and South Korea, beyond the very obvious motivation to deescalate tensions and avoid a full-scale nuclear war. Some questions that arises in this conversation are: How does the dominant economic order of our time - Neoliberalism - play into all this? What underlying motivations and objectives does the South Korean and North Korean governments have in this shift in diplomatic relations, and how do the needs and desires of the citizens of these two nations fit into this unfolding process? John lays out the details in this segment.

Read more about John and his work at his website: http://www.johnfeffer.com

This is a segment of episode #118 of Last Born In The Wilderness "The Geopolitics Of The Impossible: North/South Korea, Iran, & The World Today w/ John Feffer." Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/2rG0jnn

Israel Bravo: Innovation In Bee Colony Storage

In this segment, I speak with Israel Bravo, innovator in the world of beekeeping and bee colony storage. Israel examines and provides solutions to a common problem many beekeepers experience through out the year: beekeepers lose significant portions of their bee colony populations over the winter months (in many cases, up to 40% of the bee colony populations). It's common practice, at least in this part of the United States, to store bees through the winter season in vacant potato cellars, and for reasons discussed in this episode, provide less than ideal conditions for bee colony storage. Israel goes over the very practical methods and tools that can be adopted and used by beekeepers to prevent such significant losses of bee populations during their time in storage.

Israel, through his passion and innovation, is responsible for the production of the largest (and best) bee colony storage facilities in the world. Learn more here: http://beestorages.com

This is a segment of episode #117 of Last Born In The Wilderness "Bees Over Everything: Innovative Beekeeping w/ Israel Bravo." Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/2HIbyGQ

Alley Valkyrie: Notre-Dame-des-Landes & The French Police State

Alley Valkyrie breaks down the current situation in Notre-Dame-des-Landes at the ZAD (French: zone à défendre; English: zone to defend) in rural western France. What originally began as the defense and occupation of a large patch of relatively undisturbed land from a state-sanctioned developmental project to build a massive international airport, has over time become become a place, by its occupants, to experiment with living communally, non-hierarchically, and outside the socio-economic logic of capitalism (to a degree) that pervades the dominate culture and society.

While the decision to build the airport has been recently rescinded by the French State under President Emmanuel Macron, the ZAD has, in recent weeks, been under daily assault by thousands of riot police, in an attempt of force the occupants off the land, and ultimately demolish what has been built there. Alley Valkyrie brings us all up to speed on the details of what is happening there objectively, as well in her subjective experience visiting and volunteering at the ZAD.

Alley Valkyrie is an activist, political theorist, and co-founder and contributor at godsandradicals.org

This is a segment of episode #116 of Last Born In The Wilderness “A Zone To Defend: The Historical/Cultural Context & Purpose Of The ZAD w/ Alley Valkyrie.” Listen to the full episode: https://bit.ly/2HVEQB8